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Jon has led a double-sided life: he grew up with technology as a youngling but spent much of his time in academia learning to write.  Thankfully, people have been making jobs for people like him.  When he's not telling you why stock Android beats custom, he's firing up a game or engaging in some street photography.


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If you know your Rare history, you probably know that Conker's Bad Fur Day began life as a tame, kid-friendly game and evolved into the foul-mouthed 'mature' title that reached your Nintendo 64. Hav...

October 3rd 2015 at 9:09pm
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And just like that, another one of the tech industry's epic patent battles is coming to a close. Google and Microsoft have dropped all 20 (!) of the lawsuits they've filed against each other, endin...

September 30th 2015 at 7:44pm
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For ages, Polyphony Digital has been promising a Gran Turismo 6 track editor that lets you build the race course of your dreams. Well, it's finally here... if not quite in the form you might have e...

September 30th 2015 at 6:10pm
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Microsoft has already done a not-so-stellar job of keeping its upcoming Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones a secret, and it just erased whatever doubt was left. The company's UK online store briefly l...

September 30th 2015 at 5:52pm
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If you've used a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion or later, you're well-acquainted with Gatekeeper: it's the security measure that prevents unsigned apps from running unless you want them to. Unfortu...

September 30th 2015 at 3:56pm
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Theme park attractions tend to be based on well-worn movies, if they're based on anything at all, but games? Not so much. However, Santa Clara-based California's Great America is planning to chang...

September 30th 2015 at 11:37am
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Most attempts at creating artificial veins don't come close to replicating organic processes, but researchers at the Queen Mary University of London might change that. They've developed a technique...

September 29th 2015 at 6:18pm

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Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment. It's be...

November 18th 2013 at 12:30pm