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Love video games? It’s because you get a kick out of being SCARED

Video games are now so popular they outsell films and music in many regions. But while the psychological impact of movies has been widely studied, the effect scary games have on us is relatively unknown. By studying students in the US, researchers have now discovered that playing games scares us more than watching films – and we get a kick out of it.

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‘Sexting’, ‘vaping’ and ‘photobombing’ reach Oxford English Dictionary

Around 500 new words and phrases have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in the tome’s quarterly update, including several that provide an insight into 21st century hobbies, such as ‘sexting’, ‘photobombing’, ‘vaping’ and ‘crowdfunding’.

Other gems included in the latest version of the dictionary are the words ‘meh’ and ‘twerk’, as well as more complex ones like ‘Enviropig’ — the trademark for a genetically modified line of Yorkshire pigs with enhanced digestive capabilities — and ‘pharmacovigilance’, which denotes the practice of monitoring the effects of drugs after they have been licensed for use.

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Google Banning Revenge Porn

We’ve heard many troubling stories of “revenge porn”: an ex-partner seeking to publicly humiliate a person by posting private images of them, or hackers stealing and distributing images from victims’ accounts. Some images even end up on “sextortion” sites that force people to pay to have their images removed.

Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web. But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims—predominantly women. So going forward, we’ll honor requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results. This is a narrow and limited policy, similar to how we treat removal requests for other highly sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers and signatures, that may surface in our search results.

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Wikipedia Being Turned Into a $500K Book Set

It’s going to take two weeks to upload, and the table of contents will be 91 volumes alone, but Michael Mandiberg is determined to bring the project he tells the New York Times is “half utilitarian data visualization project, half absurdist poetic gesture” to fruition. That project: to transform the English-language version of Wikipedia into a 7,600-volume book set.

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Apple Watch 2: Apple plans FaceTime camera, iPhone-free Wi-Fi,

Two months after the initial launch of the Apple Watch, and only a day following the device’s debut at Apple Stores, sources have revealed Apple’s considerations for the 2016 release of a second-generation model. According to multiple sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the Apple Watch 2 is planned to gain a video camera, a new wireless system for greater iPhone independence, and new premium-priced models. Interestingly, it will also feature similar battery life to its predecessor…

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Will banks allow emojis to replace PIN numbers?

Smiling sun, flames, guitar, penguin… that is just one combination of emojis that a person might use to log into their bank account instead of using a PIN number. UK technology firm Intelligent Environments announced the launch of “the world’s first emoji-only passcode,” because emojis are “mathematically more secure” than four-character PIN numbers as well as easier to remember.

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