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Decade-long study shows video games not linked to negative social behavior

Decade-long study shows video games not linked to negative social behavior

A study has been released this month by a group working with the University of Glasgow which shows the effects of television and video game use in children starting at age 5 spanning through age 7. This study began when the children were 9 months old and ran through age 7, with the full study taking place over the past 10 years - this study was first completed by the study group in December of 2011 and was just published by BMJ this week, having been "accepted" by Open Access in December of 2012. The study makes a point to separate their findings between the effects of watching TV for 3 hours or more daily and playing video games in general.

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SFBatKid takes over San Francisco with Make-a-Wish Foundation

SFBatKid takes over San Francisco with Make-a-Wish Foundation

Today may very well have been the greatest day ever for Miles Scott as his very batty wish was made a reality by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The foundation today turned San Francisco into Gotham City so that this 5-year-old could save the day as he became none other than BatKid! To do this, the foundation brought Miles and his family to San Francisco from their home in Northern California and began he day with a fantastic costume.

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Simpsons headed to Cable in TV’s biggest off-network deal ever

Simpsons headed to Cable in TV’s biggest off-network deal ever

Up until now, The Simpsons had been running on broadcast syndication - Fox, fo be exact - the same place it started (as its own show) back in 1993. Because a cartoon comedy show such as the Simpsons was relatively unheard of at the time, Fox was able to secure a contract that meant they were able to hold complete exclusivity with the show just so long as they were still airing it on their station. Fast forward 26 years and you've got a show that continues to push new episodes.

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Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Calvin and Hobbes ebooks appear: iPad, Kindle, Nook readied

Here near the end of 2013 the comic adventure universe of Calvin & Hobbes has reached the digital realm at last, being presented as a set of ebooks for several platforms. While it's not entirely clear whether this is the doing of Bill Watterson himself or those that he'd battled for years over the rights to his own artwork, the results are in: three of the most over-produced treasury books of this century are now digital.

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Star Wars VII actor auditions online and in-person internationally

Star Wars VII actor auditions online and in-person internationally

There’s a casting call out this week for two major characters in the upcoming Disney-produced Star Wars film, this “Star Wars VII” set to begin shooting in the Spring of 2014. That leaves a window of time between when a new set of talents must be found and when they’ll be needing to actually set out to act, and it would appear that Lucasfilm’s regular behind-closed-doors sessions are a bit askew this time around. What we’ve got instead is an international effort to get the perfect characters in the roles of code-named characters “Rachel” and “Thomas.”

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Marvel Comics next TV series heads to Netflix: Daredevil initiates

Marvel Comics next TV series heads to Netflix: Daredevil initiates

Disney certainly isn't letting up when it comes to capitalizing on the likes of one of their most popular brands: Marvel Comics. Today they've announced that they're set to unleash a brand new series of live-action television show episodes with Netflix, the whole lot centered on the section of New York called Hell's Kitchen. As Marvel Comics aficionados well know, this area of New York is protected by none other than everyone's favorite high-flying blind superhero: Daredevil.

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YouTube Music Awards goes live tonight at 6PM EST

YouTube Music Awards goes live tonight at 6PM EST

The first-ever YouTube Music Awards are set to go live tonight at 6:00PM EST with a star-studded cast of performers including Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Avicii, M.I.A., and others. Hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and directed by Spike Jonze, the YTMA are written for laughs, entertainment, and of course kudos for the nominated artists. Nominations were determined by user data.

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PLAiR 2 aims to one-up Chromecast with on-device apps

PLAiR 2 aims to one-up Chromecast with on-device apps

There's a big competitor out in the wild today for the Chromecast called the PLAiR 2, a new generation of the original PLAiR, made to connect to your television's HDMI port and act as a full-fledged smart TV. You'll be able to connect to and control this machine from your Android smartphone or iPhone - or iPad, for that matter - and stream media with ease. This updated version of the device also ads Android TV action, allowing you to browse and install apps straight to the dongle itself.

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Android KitKat “Magic” and “Give” videos appear

Android KitKat “Magic” and “Give” videos appear

While you'll not be seeing one whole heck of a lot of new details appearing on the operating system known as Android 4.4 KitKat in the following teaser trailer, you will find entertainment in abundance. Google and Nestle appear to be rolling out one - if not a whole series - of video advertisements for the public for their cross-branding effort in Android 4.4 KitKat. This video shows a couple of Androids working some magic with the chocolate candy bar.

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Star Wars LaserDisc video provides long-lost clips galore

Star Wars LaserDisc video provides long-lost clips galore

There's nothing like a good Star Wars scene you've never seen before to start your week off right. What we're seeing here is the purchase of a massively expensive LaserDisc-format Return of the Jedi complete with a collection of behind-the-scenes video clips so rare that @THX found them amazing to behold. This is the collection known as EditDroid Demo ROTJ - manufactured by 3M from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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