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Study Discovers Wealthier Parents More Likely to Download Apps for Kids

A new study by the San Francisco-based non-profit group Common Sense Media found that affluent parents download apps specifically for their young children more than parents of lesser financial means do.

Deemed the “app gap,” researchers found almost half of families with incomes above $75,000 had downloaded such apps, compared with only one in eight families earning less than $30,000. Lower-income families were also more likely to have televisions in their kids’ bedrooms.

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Kitten Obsessed With Playstation Controller [VIDEO]

This wee kitty seems pretty intrigued by a Sony Playstation controller, but would probably need a smaller joystick if it wanted to play. Perhaps kitty is as obsessed with ‘Batman: Arkham City’ as we are.

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Are They Really Making a FarmVille Movie?

Get your crops ready, hayseeds — there might be a FarmVille movie coming. As one of the most popular video games probably ever, the scourge of Facebook is about to hit the silver screen thanks to screenwriters Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen.

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Mariah Carey Will Sing Duet with Justin Bieber on His Christmas Album [VIDEO]

Justin Bieber‘s upcoming Christmas album ‘Under the Mistletoe’ already features duet partners like Usher, Boyz II Men and Busta Rhymes. But the revelation of the Biebs’ latest collaboration seemed to get fans really excited.

After teasing his 13 million Twitter followers with questions like, “Who is the living legend that I got on the album????,” Bieber finally linked to a video of pop diva Mariah Carey announcing the two will pair up to rerecord her classic holiday tune ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You.’

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Sculpture Pays Tribute to Iconic Jumping Cards in Computer Solitaire

The best part about winning computer solitaire is the flurry of cards that fills the screen after making the final move. Lars Marcus Vedeler and Theo Tveteras of experimental design team skrekkogle have now translated this iconic moment into a physical 3D sculpture of the jumping cards.

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Real-Life Game of Pac-Man Breaks Out in Germany [VIDEO]

Using only Google Earth, simple special effects and some kitschy homemade costumes, directors Sergej Hein and David Moya were able to turn a German city into a giant game of Pac-Man.

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An Arcade Racing Game That Actually Drives [VIDEO]

Remember going to the arcade as a kid and playing those driving simulation games? Well, what if instead just sitting there when we revved the engines and hit the gas, the things actually moved?

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Teacher Uses Angry Birds to Explain Projectile Motion to Students
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Teacher Uses Angry Birds to Explain Projectile Motion to Students

With over 200 million downloads to mobile devices, Angry Birds is a full-fledged phenomenon. Now an Atlanta teacher has found a way to use it as an educational tool as well.

Since the birds are catapulted into the sky, John Burk, a ninth-grade physics teacher, felt it was a great way to teach students the laws of projectile motion.

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Are Violent Video Games Contributing To the Declining Crime Rate?

A new academic paper suggests that the proliferation of violent videos games over the past 20 years has contributed to the more than 50 percent decrease in violent crime over that time period.

The paper’s authors analyzed published studies on the topic of violence and video games, and were able to conclude that “though there is evidence that violent video games cause aggression in a laboratory setting, there is no evidence that violent video games cause violence or crime.”

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Play On! Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Video Game Sales to Minors

In a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court ruled Monday that it’s unconstitutional to ban kids from buying or renting violent video games, saying that despite fears the games may prompt children to emulate what’s seen in them, the government has no right to “restrict the ideas to which may be exposed.”

The decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association upholds that of the 9th Circuit federal appeals court, which previously tossed out a California ban on the sale or rental of such games to minors.

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Hacker May Have Stolen Credit Card Data From PlayStation Users
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Hacker May Have Stolen Credit Card Data From PlayStation Users

Millions of PlayStation Network users got the scare of their life yesterday when Sony announced that their personal information, including credit card data and billing addresses, may have been stolen by a hacker.

On its company blog page, Sony said that it believed an "unauthorized person" obtained information from its 77 million-strong user base -- everything from names, to addresses to birth dates.

Also at risk: users' credit-card data.

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Super Mario Brothers Get the Indie Film Treatment in ‘Mario’ [VIDEO]

A live-action re-imagination of Nintendo 8-bit hero Super Mario as an angsty, mushroom-eating, down-on-his-luck plumber was a big hit this week at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.

"Mario" is a trailer-length short which filmmaker Joe Nicolosi doesn't intend to turn into a feature film. You can check out all two minutes of the project below.

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