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Activision's new patent makes it easy to exploit online gamers for their cash

"This was an exploratory patent filed in 2015 by an R&D team working independently from our game studios. It has not been implemented in-game." That's all Activision has to say for itself after word surfaced of a patent for a system designed to push players toward buying things like loot boxes when they play online games. It's not a great response for a number of reasons, but let's look at the patent first. SEE ALSO: The next big Star Wars game is in trouble Early Tuesday, Glixel reported on a patent that Activision first filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2015 and was...

Taylor Swift, Pop's Capitalist Mastermind

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's gym routine is crazy

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is renowned for his physique and his starring roles in action movies. He has a consistent regimen that involves working out twice a day and eating at least 5 meals a day. Read more...More about Movies, Celebrities, Mashable Video, Fitness, and Celebrity

This app will help you speak up—or shut up—during meetings

When men and women collaborate to solve a problem—say, in a meeting—women speak at least 25 percent less than men do.  That's why a team at BBC's 100 Women Challenge developed an app called All.ai to help women boost themselves at work—and to help everyone else quiet down and listen. The iOS and Android app isn't available to download quite yet, but should be coming to the App Store soon.  "Meetings are an important place to have your ideas be heard," said Rumman Chowdhury, an artificial intelligence specialist at Accenture who helped develop the app. "Women in...

Apple's new, improved self-driving car rig reportedly spotted in the wild

Apple's secretive automotive project has flown under the radar over the past several months after news leaked that the company was granted permission to test a self-driving car platform and entered the race to develop autonomous cars — but that doesn't mean that the cars stopped roving the roads to gather data.  SEE ALSO: The 'Google of China' is working on a driverless bus for next year and fully self-driving cars by 2021 A keen-eyed observer, MacAllister Higgins, spotted what he believes to be the latest version of Apple's self-driving rig out in the wild and posted a video to...

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