Lockheed Martin is building a facility in Australia for tracking space debris

Space debris is a serious threat to satellites, and Lockheed Martin is now teaming up to further help keep satellites safe as they orbit around the planet. The firm is partnering with Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to build a facility in Australia that they say will increase the world’s ability to track space debris by 25 percent — if not more. EOS says that, so long as the debris is tracked, satellites will be able to avoid it, which will be increasingly important as the value of tech up in space continues to grow. Through the 2000s, EOS says that more than $400 billion  worth of equipment was sent up.

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This ‘Counter-Strike’ livestream was interrupted by a real-life SWAT team

A YouTube feed of a Counter-Strike game took an unexpected turn today, when it was interrupted by a very real SWAT team that happened to be sweeping the building. The gamers in the video are part of The Creatures, a group based in Littleton Colorado that publishes videos to YouTube and Twitch, and since the broadcast was in progress during the raid, their entire arrest ended up on the livestream.

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Breaking news: Hello Kitty is not a cat

Your childhood has been torn asunder by the Gods that once gifted you. In preparing a Hello Kitty retrospective for the Japanese American National Museum, University of Hawaii Anthropologist Christine R. Yano was given one major correction by Hello Kitty owners Sanrio (via LA Times): “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”

Indeed, after rigorously applying a variation of the “Duck test,” it all became clear: she only kind of look like a cat, she doesn’t walk like a cat, and she doesn’t talk like a cat…

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Neonize: new arcade shooter now out for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

You probably have not heard of Neonize, because it’s a new game that has just released simultaneously on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. The good news is that Windows Phone users do not have wait after its release on other platforms. It’s pretty good, too. Neonize is a mobile arcade shooter game, which the goal is to survive an onslaught of enemy ships trying to ram into you.

We’ve installed it on our Nokia Lumia 930. Go watch our gameplay video.


AT&T Lumia 635 available at Fry’s for just $79.99

You can now grab the AT&T Lumia 635 for just $79.99 from Fry’s Electronics. We’ve seen the budget friendly phone on sale in recent weeks, but this is one of the better deals around. For just $79.99, you get an excellent Windows Phone.


Motorola and Yo are giving away 20 Moto 360 smartwatches

Lots and lots of people are about to install a pretty silly app. Yo, the minimalist messaging app that can send only a single word (“yo”) to your friends, is holding a Moto 360 giveaway with Motorola. We’re just over a week out from Motorola’s September 4th press event where we expect to hear pricing and release details for the Moto 360, but the two have teamed up to give 20 people an early chance at winning the anticipated Android Wear smartwatch.

All it takes is downloading Yo (AndroidiOS) and adding ”MOTOROLA” to your contacts in the app. From there, just fire off a Yo to Moto and you’ll automatically be entered into the giveaway. Just do it fast; the contest is only running through tomorrow, August 28th, at 3:01PM CT. To be…

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'Party Down' will stream exclusively on Hulu starting this Friday

Here’s something to do for this Labor Day weekend that doesn’t involve inclement weather: stay inside and watch Party Down on Hulu. Starz’s cult comedy ran for two seasons starting in 2009, earning critical acclaim but never finding a large enough audience to keep going. The show enjoyed a brief stint on Netflix before getting pulled a few months before Starz left Netflix entirely.

Starting this Friday, the entire Party Down series returns to the internet as an exclusive to Hulu — and the first five episodes will be free for non-subscribers (though likely still ad supported) for a limited time. It’s a chance to see a group of actors who were on the precipice of bigger things, including Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Lizzy Caplan (M…

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Surface Pro 3 expands global reach with availability in 28 markets

Microsoft has just announced that 25 new markets around the world will now offer the Surface Pro 3. New Zealand is kicking things off, and we’ll see additional locations offer the Surface Pro 3 over the next 24 hours. This announcement brings the total number of markets with Surface Pro 3 availability to 28.


Watch the full ‘Game of Thrones’ Comic-Con 2014 panel

If you weren’t at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con and you love Game of Thrones, you’re in luck: you can now watch the full, hour-long panel on YouTube. If you’re not all caught up on the show, probably best you don’t (h/t Morning After/Gawker).

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Malcolm Gladwell to write pilot for TV medical drama

Everyone’s favorite pop sociologist has just been contracted to pen a TV show: as New York Magazine reports, Malcolm Gladwell will be co-writing The Cure, an American medical thriller starring a “young, impulsive” black neurologist. Gladwell, whose five books about behavioral science and psychology have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide, will be taking point on the story, which involves the main character “taking the law into her own hands” as she fights to cure some sort of ghastly disease.

An act of individual heroics outside the system is an obvious hook for Gladwell, who recently explained to an interviewer at Forbes that many of Americans’ health care woes could be solved if patients lived healthier lives rather than…

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Everything you wanted to know about how Instagram’s Hyperlapse app works, and more

Instagram released a new separate app yesterday called Hyperlapse, which allows you to make timelapse videos quickly, easily, and with impressive automatic image stabilization technology (meaning that your videos will look smooth and won’t betray your shaky, caffeine-addled grip). Today the company, owned by Facebook, released a lengthy blog post describing the technical features that underpin the app. It’s pretty geeky, but if you’re a programmer, videographer, or just interested in how it all works, have a read.

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Republicans hope this elephant and a busted video game will help ‘win back the Senate’

Many people believe the Republican Party has a fairly good shot of taking back the US Senate this November. But to help advance that cause, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) — or one of its interns, probably — just launched a new game called Mission Majority. You play as Giopi (get it?), a pixelated elephant who looks like he belongs in the good ‘ole 16-bit era, but is instead doing his best to persevere in a modern world.

Giopi says he’s a hopeful GOP volunteer just trying to cut through the “red tape and regulations” standing between Republicans and a Senate majority that would help the right push its legislative agenda. Throughout the run-and-jump platformer, you’ll have to overcome “job-destroying taxers” and…

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Handy Games releases SPS: Football and 1941 Frozen Front, two great free games for Windows Phone

There are basically two German developers we can count on to make great Windows Phone games: Flare Games (makers of Royal Revolt 2) and Handy Games. The latter entered the scene with Epic Battle Dude and Aces of the Luftwaffe, two fine free to play games.

This year, Handy Games finally has more Windows Phone games in store for us. A short while ago they released 1941: Frozen Front, a serious turn-based strategy game. We interviewed them about it at Casual Connect a while back. Today Handy follows up with SPS: Football, a very pretty and fun 2D soccer/football game. Both games are free, 512 MB RAM-compatible, and a whole lot of fun. Don’t miss our impressions and hands-on videos!


Microsoft re-releases Windows security bulletin after pulling it earlier in August

Microsoft has just re-released a security bulletin, MS14-045, for all currently supported builds of Windows, after a previous version of the patch was released, and later pulled from circulation, earlier in August.


Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist

Earlier this week, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian posted the latest in a series of crowdfunded videos called Tropes vs. Women, devoted to aggregating and analyzing games that portray women as damsels in distress, ornamental eye candy, incidental victims, and other archetypes that tend to be written in service of and subordinate to male players and characters. The videos — which are essentially subjective cultural criticism — come with transcripts and lists of the games mentioned, making it possible to check them and critique her analysis, which can be reasonably disagreed with in places.

Obviously, this is not what’s actually happened. Since the project launched on Kickstarter way back in 2012, the gaming community has been treated to…

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