The U.S. government might not negotiate with terrorists, but it is willing to use social media as a tool to engage in conversation with jihadists and their sympathizers online. Why bother? The U.S. government hopes that it can convince potential terrorists to go in another direction. It’s an ugly world the government’s stepping into, but can it work?
“We are actually giving al Qaeda the benefit of the doubt because we are answering their arguments,” Alberto Fernandez, coordinator of the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), tells CNN. “The way I see it is we are participating in the marketplace of ideas.”
U.S. PlayStation fans weren’t fortunate enough to receive a big Easter promotion like their European counterparts, but Sony is making up for it with a 99 cent flash sale this weekend, slashing prices on over 25 games on the PlayStation Network. Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that the offer had officially gone live on Friday, featuring PlayStation 3, Vita and PS2/PS1 Classics that will cost you less than a dollar to pick up. The full list follows below.
Back to the Future: The Game – Full Series
Crash Bandicoot 2
Crash Bandicoot 3: WARPED
CTR: Crash Team Racing
Gex: Enter the Gecko
Gotham City Imposters
Jurassic Park: The Game – Full Season
Plants vs Zombies
Red Faction: Battlegrounds
Retro City Rampage
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playground
Spyro the Dragon
Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Super Stardust HD
Tales of Monkey Island
Urban Trial Freestyle
When Vikings Attack
World Gone Sour
There’s a lot of great games on that list, but the PlayStation 1 Classics and the bizarre Tokyo Jungle are by far the most tempting in my eyes. If you want to take advantage of the sale, you’ll have to act fast — everything goes back to its standard price on Monday at 7:00 am PT.
Look hip and retro carrying this Volkswagen Shoulder Bag. Just say beep beep, hold your bag in front of you, and others will get out of your way. Then they will admire your bag.
The VW Bus has held our fascination for decades. It is an iconic image that we all recognize. If you love the classic vehicle, you will love this Volkswagen Shoulder Bag. It has a shoulder strap, a zipped closure with a bunch of pockets inside, key clasp and two front zipper pockets with VW Bus pulls.
It comes in orange, green, red and blue and measures 14 inches long x 10 inches tall x 4 inches deep. It is made of PVC/imitation leather and is officially licensed by Volkswagen. Only $ 49.99 from Perpetual Kid.
Nike has moved to calm reports it plans to ditch its completely FuelBand wearables division following layoffs this week.
A report on Friday claimed the sportswear giant had fired the majority of staff in charge of developing the fitness wristbands, in order to focus solely on software.
While Nike confessed to a "small number" of layoffs, the firm says it remains committed to selling existing products and developing the accompanying apps.
"The Nike+ FuelBand SE remains an important part of our business. We will continue to improve the Nike+ FuelBand App, launch new METALUXE colours, and we will sell and support the Nike+ FuelBand SE for the foreseeable future."
We live at a quizzical time in technology. The tech boom has revolutionized the world, and the innovations that are pouring out of brilliant minds are incredible in both their frequency and content. But there is also a backlash against a lot of technology, perhaps highlighted best by the curious rage that Google Glass seems to engender in a startling number of people.
To gauge attitudes about technology’s future, the Pew Research Center did what it does and conducted a survey. Primarily, the study looks at our collective level of excitement or fear over current and future technologies.
“Overall, most Americans anticipate that the technological developments of the coming half-century will have a net positive impact on society,” reads the report. “Some 59% are optimistic that coming technological and scientific changes will make life in the future better, while 30% think these changes will lead to a future in which people are worse off than they are today.”
Blizzard’s new Warcraft-inspired card game soft-launched on iPad in early April, and was released worldwide earlier this week as a free download. However, in less than a day the game took the App Store by storm, quickly becoming the top application in the Top Free Apps charts in many markets. According to data provided by App Annie, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now the No. 1 free app in 38 markets where the App Store is available to customers, including the U.S. When looking at iPad games only, the app is No. 1 in 40 countries.