ITworld Offbeat http://www.itworld.com/taxonomy/term/45/all en Do you think that internet addiction is a real addiction? http://www.itworld.com/answers/topic/offbeat/question/do-you-think-internet-addiction-real-addiction <p>There is an HBO documentary called Love Child that I’ve got on my “to see” list. It’s pretty tragic; basically two people who are “internet addicts” meet, have a baby, then the baby dies because they ignore it to play online games. The thing I have trouble accepting is that there is such a thing as internet addiction.</p> <p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/answers/topic/offbeat/question/do-you-think-internet-addiction-real-addiction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Offbeat internet addiction Love Child Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:51:40 +0000 jackson 428998 at http://www.itworld.com 11 colorful characters seen at Comic-Con International 2014 http://www.itworld.com/slideshow/160344/11-colorful-characters-seen-comic-con-international-2014-428964 <!--paging_filter--><p>Letting their freak flags fly in San Diego.</p> <p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/slideshow/160344/11-colorful-characters-seen-comic-con-international-2014-428964" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Offbeat Personal Tech Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:59:00 +0000 kgerich 428964 at http://www.itworld.com Don’t overdo it on System Administrator Appreciation Day [CARTOON] http://www.itworld.com/data-center/428600/don-t-overdo-it-system-administrator-appreciation-day-cartoon Be sure to show your sysadmin how much you appreciate him or her today - but keep it sane<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/data-center/428600/don-t-overdo-it-system-administrator-appreciation-day-cartoon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/data-center/428600/don-t-overdo-it-system-administrator-appreciation-day-cartoon#comments Business Career Data Center Data Protection Hardware IT Management Networking Offbeat News cartoon cloud comic computers cyberculture dance frankincense humor Internet jokes king MacGyver Mobile news office poetry royalty security social media sysadmin SysAdminDay system administrator technology throne web work Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Phil Johnson 428600 at http://www.itworld.com Sony puts together $15 million package to settle 2011 Playstation data breach lawsuits http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/428599/sony-puts-together-15-million-package-settle-2011-playstation-data-breach-lawsu In happier news, next week your PS4 will be able to play 3D Blu-rays, and why that matters.<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/428599/sony-puts-together-15-million-package-settle-2011-playstation-data-breach-lawsu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/428599/sony-puts-together-15-million-package-settle-2011-playstation-data-breach-lawsu#comments Business Legal Offbeat Personal Tech News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:07:00 +0000 pasmith 428599 at http://www.itworld.com What e-sports need to change if they want to go mainstream http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/428409/what-e-sports-need-change-if-they-want-go-mainstream The 2014 DOTA International&#039;s $10 million prize pool was enough to get me to tune in, but I needed more to convert me to a full time e-sport enthusiast.<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/428409/what-e-sports-need-change-if-they-want-go-mainstream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/428409/what-e-sports-need-change-if-they-want-go-mainstream#comments Offbeat Personal Tech Opinion Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 pasmith 428409 at http://www.itworld.com End of an Era: I'm too old for gaming http://www.itworld.com/offbeat/427921/end-era-im-too-old-gaming Shooters are out, Candy Crush Saga is in. This was not by choice.<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/offbeat/427921/end-era-im-too-old-gaming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/offbeat/427921/end-era-im-too-old-gaming#comments Offbeat Opinion software cognition gaming Starcraft 2 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:59:34 +0000 Andy Patrizio 427921 at http://www.itworld.com Microsoft is shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios, Sony proves it can't handle success http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/427626/microsoft-shutting-down-xbox-entertainment-studios-sony-proves-it-cant-handle-s Sony promoted the heck out of the Destiny beta then couldn&#039;t handle the traffic it had created. Meanwhile Microsoft is giving up plans to develop original TV-style content. <p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/427626/microsoft-shutting-down-xbox-entertainment-studios-sony-proves-it-cant-handle-s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/427626/microsoft-shutting-down-xbox-entertainment-studios-sony-proves-it-cant-handle-s#comments Offbeat Personal Tech News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 pasmith 427626 at http://www.itworld.com Comcast doesn't know how to quit you [CARTOON] http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/427618/comcast-does-t-know-how-quit-you-cartoon The cable giant’s attachment to its subscribers is getting downright creepy<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/427618/comcast-does-t-know-how-quit-you-cartoon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/427618/comcast-does-t-know-how-quit-you-cartoon#comments Business Cloud Computing Internet IT Management Offbeat Personal Tech News boombox cable cartoon cloud Comcast comic computers customer service cyberculture humor Internet jokes Lloyd Dobler Mobile news Ryan Block Say Anything security social media technology TV web Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Phil Johnson 427618 at http://www.itworld.com MIT invents T-1000 robot precursor technology, may have doomed us all http://www.itworld.com/427033/mit-invents-t-1000-robot-precursor-technology-may-have-doomed-us-all A new generation of robots will have the ability to become alternately squishy and stiff, thanks to a phase-changing material developed by researchers at MIT.<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/427033/mit-invents-t-1000-robot-precursor-technology-may-have-doomed-us-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/427033/mit-invents-t-1000-robot-precursor-technology-may-have-doomed-us-all#comments Hardware Internet Offbeat Personal Tech News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:39:14 +0000 IDGNS staff 427033 at http://www.itworld.com The death of console gaming has been greatly exaggerated http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/426609/death-console-gaming-has-been-greatly-exaggerated Sure for some people a tablet is all that&#039;s needed to scratch that gaming itch, but the numbers show there&#039;s still a healthy market for dedicated gaming consoles.<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/426609/death-console-gaming-has-been-greatly-exaggerated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/426609/death-console-gaming-has-been-greatly-exaggerated#comments Business Offbeat Personal Tech Opinion Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:12:00 +0000 pasmith 426609 at http://www.itworld.com Crowdfunding jumps the shark [CARTOON] http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/426603/crowdfunding-jumps-shark-cartoon Will we see anything sillier than a Kickstarter campaign to make potato salad? Wait, don’t answer that<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/426603/crowdfunding-jumps-shark-cartoon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/cloud-computing/426603/crowdfunding-jumps-shark-cartoon#comments Business Cloud Computing Internet Offbeat News cartoon cloud comic computers crowdfunding crowdsourcing cyberculture dinner feet food foot rub humor Internet jokes kickstarter Mobile news potato salad restaurant security social media technology web Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Phil Johnson 426603 at http://www.itworld.com Programmer proverbs share the wisdom that comes from coding http://www.itworld.com/application-management/426431/programmer-proverbs-share-wisdom-comes-coding A new GitHub repo is collecting the life lessons that one can learn from programming<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/application-management/426431/programmer-proverbs-share-wisdom-comes-coding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/application-management/426431/programmer-proverbs-share-wisdom-comes-coding#comments Application Management Career Development Enterprise Software Internet Offbeat On-demand Software Open Source Software News A/B testing Antonin Januska API career coder coding computers cyberculture debugging developer Facebook Git GitHub Internet open source programmer Programmer’s Proverbs programming proverbs pull request software software development software programming technology testing Texas Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Phil Johnson 426431 at http://www.itworld.com Potato salad project opens Kickstarter's gates to ridiculous food projects http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/426118/potato-salad-project-opens-kickstarters-gates-ridiculous-food-projects It started (I&#039;m assuming) as a joke but now there&#039;s $20,000 worth of potato salad on the line.<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/426118/potato-salad-project-opens-kickstarters-gates-ridiculous-food-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/426118/potato-salad-project-opens-kickstarters-gates-ridiculous-food-projects#comments Offbeat Personal Tech News Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:05:00 +0000 pasmith 426118 at http://www.itworld.com Home IT support can generate its own fireworks [CARTOON] http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wireless/425556/home-it-support-can-generate-its-own-fireworks-cartoon No July 4th show can match the entertainment value of watching dad upgrade an iPhone<p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wireless/425556/home-it-support-can-generate-its-own-fireworks-cartoon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/mobile-wireless/425556/home-it-support-can-generate-its-own-fireworks-cartoon#comments Cloud Computing Disaster Recovery Hardware Internet Mobile & Wireless Offbeat Operating Systems Personal Tech Software News 4th of July Apple Boston Business cartoon cloud comic computers cyberculture fireworks humor Internet IOS iPhone jokes July 4th kids legal Mobile news parenting privacy security social media technology web Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Phil Johnson 425556 at http://www.itworld.com Ouya back in the news: Reading Rainbow, Ouya Everwhere and an all-you-can-eat plan http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/425422/ouya-back-news-reading-rainbow-ouya-everwhere-and-all-you-can-eat-plan The company continues to try new ways to build an audience. <p><a href="http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/425422/ouya-back-news-reading-rainbow-ouya-everwhere-and-all-you-can-eat-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/425422/ouya-back-news-reading-rainbow-ouya-everwhere-and-all-you-can-eat-plan#comments Mobile & Wireless Offbeat Personal Tech News Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 pasmith 425422 at http://www.itworld.com