Monthly Archives: August 2015

EPA battles with 15 states as thousands die from pollution in China

Pollution in China

On Thursday, 15 state attorneys general filed a petition to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan that was announced by President Barack Obama in early August.     The Clean Power Plan was created to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by 32 percent below the levels documented in 2005. Every state… Read More

Free-to-play MMOs: The future of the genre or doomed to fail?

WildStar game

Carbine Studio’s online game, “Wildstar,” has been released for just over a year, yet they have already announced that it will be going free-to-play starting this fall.       “Wildstar” is one of many massively multiplayer online (MMO) games that has had to throw out their monthly subscription fee and base game cost in… Read More

Facebook withdraws student’s internship over invasive app

A silhouette of a person using a cell phone in front of a Facebook logo

Facebook seeks out interns that are skilled at developing innovative apps, but Harvard student Aran Khanna had his internship withdrawn from the company over the creation of an app.   In May, Khanna created the Chrome extension “Marauders Map” soon after accepting an internship at Facebook; the app can track people’s locations when they use… Read More

Blizzard’s ‘World of Warcraft Legion’: What’s to come?

On Thursday, Blizzard presented a cinematic trailer at Gamescom that announced the development of “Legion,” the sixth expansion to their popular online game, “World of Warcraft.”          Like most of the game’s expansions, “Legion” will have new dungeons and raids to take part in, 10 more levels to grind out, and a new… Read More

The power of documentaries: SeaWorld faces sinking profits

An orca swims in a tank at Sea World

The 2013 documentary “Blackfish” aimed at exposing SeaWorld’s mistreatment of orca whales; the theme park is now seeing a substantial 84 percent drop in profits.   On Thursday, SeaWorld reported that their net income dropped from $37.4 million in 2014 to $5.8 million in 2015. The company explained that the problem resulted from challenges with their… Read More

Fastest men alive: ‘The Flash’ adds Jay Garrick and Wally West

The Flash

At the beginning of every episode of “The Flash,” Barry Allen makes the bold statement that he is the fastest man alive. At the end of the show’s first season, he successfully defended that title against Reverse Flash, but now it seems he will have more competition in the coming season.   During the season… Read More

Millionaire gamers: The dollars and sense of a career in e-sports

professional video game tournament event

The International 2015 “Dota 2” tournament shocked casual and professional gamers alike with its $18 million prize pool that made millionaires out of the top six placing teams. This is just one of the events that’s making it possible for skilled gamers to make a career out of e-sports, which is exactly what many of… Read More

Straight back to Compton: Dr. Dre album proceeds to finance Compton arts center

Dr. Dre

There’s something to be said about remembering where you come from — it’s a central theme of the hip-hop community. Some people falter; they achieve success, and forget their own past. Rap legend Dr. Dre has not forgotten.   Last week, the artist announced that the royalties accrued by his new album, “Compton” — released… Read More