• If you think it was easy for Tiger Woods to clinch top spot in the Arnold Palmer Invitational — his first PGA Tour win since the fall of 2009 — put your clubs where your mouth is in the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 ($59.99; rated "E" for "Everyone").

    But like Tiger's real-world comeback, the new video game has its share of challenges. If you can get past the shortcomings, you'll find a somewhat rewarding golf simulation for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

    As with past golf games from EA Sports, you can play as or against Tiger in a handful of accurately-modeled championship courses, including Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. It's also the only video game that lets you vie to wear the Masters green jacket at Augusta National. Along with Tiger, you can choose to play as more than 20 golf pros, including Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson (who shares the cover of the game with Tiger) and newcomers to the franchise, Luke

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  • Making sense of the many parody and fake celebrity accounts on Twitter can be a daunting task at times, even with the benefit of Twitter's 'verified' blue checkmark. Throw in a sans-serif font, and you've got a real mystery on your hands.

    Fans of actor Will Smith got thoroughly confused last Friday when a tweet from @RealWiIISmith went viral: "WE live in America where a girl that threw flour on Kim Kardashian was arrested on site. But the man who KILLED Trayvon Martin is still free"

    Original tweet from @RealWiIISmith

    As Buzzfeed reports, that Twitter account isn't run by Will-Smith-the-actor, or anyone affiliated with him. It even states in the account bio that it's meant as a parody. And yet, in just a short time, that tweet was re-tweeted by many who agreed with the sentiment, especially coming from a big name like Smith. Even big name celebrities like Spike Lee and Rosie O'Donnell started spreading it around.

    Things got especially problematic when this picture was shared online:

    Two things really complicated the

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  • There are no shortage of people who are looking for love on the Internet. But a project by Online University suggests that dating websites might not be where you should be hoping to meet your soulmate.

    Flying in the face of archaic gamer stereotypes, Online University found after studying data for both World of Warcraft and eHarmony that there were several ways that gave players on WoW an advantage.

    Yahoo!'s Plugged In blog reports that WoW trumps popular dating site eHarmony in sheer numbers alone: over 12 million players subscribe to WoW, verus eHarmony's 1 million.

    The WoW players spend more time online, too. On average, the players are in the game for about 30 hours a month, compared to only 30 minutes for the eHarmony users. Even if the eHarmony people are dedicating their time exclusively to finding a mate instead of battling the Horde, there's definitely still time to make a meaningful connection with a fellow guild member.

    And if you need proof that people are actually acting

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  • The outspoken Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi , has attracted widespread attention for his quick-witted responses on Twitter.

    This time, he garnered fans on the social news website Reddit when he replied to someone criticizing Calgary's new pedestrian bridge, The Peace Bridge:

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    Reddit users found it clever, too, and the story made it to the site's home page. According to Metro, the story had received more than 2,000 "up" votes and 900 comments by Sunday, just one day after the original tweets were written.

    The popularity of the post spawned a copycat tweet, this time claiming that Nenshi was responsible for bringing the Doritos taco to Calgary, and backed up the claim with a Batman reference. Unfortunately, Nenshi confirmed on Twitter that the taco-related tweets were not actually from him.

    All that activity on Twitter — both real and fake — has encouraged lots of people to follow the mayor on the social network, and pushed him over the 50,000 follower mark late Tuesday.

    While Reddit

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  • For most people, the fascination of painting with light begins when you first wave a sparkler in circles. Many graduate to capturing light designs with a flashlight and a long-exposure camera. But the LightScythe takes that to a whole new level.

    Flickr user The Mechatronics Guy has created the LightScythe, a light-painting wand that can create far more detailed images than you could get while waggling a flashlight. According to Gizmodo, The Mechatronics Guy covered the staff in LEDs, and controls it using Arduino boards and a laptop. He opens the camera shutter, then walks at a steady pace in a line as the staff flashes different colours in a controlled sequence.

    The effects which you can see below, are pretty stunning:

    The project was inspired by an urban art movement to map WiFi signals, Geek.com reports. The LightScythe took the concept of these floating walls of light and made them highly detailed.

    If you're inspired to make your own, you can find the instructions here.

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  • An effort to prove how fast the new Windows Phone can perform has backfired on Microsoft after a blogger claimed the company wouldn't give him his prize when he beat their challenge.

    Sahas Katta visited his local Microsoft store, BGR reports, in order to participate in the latest Windows Phone Challenge. The premise is simple: if your non-Windows phone can perform a series of challenges faster than a Microsoft store employee on a Windows phone, then you can win a limited edition Hunger Games PC, worth over $1,000.

    When Katta took the challenge with his Galaxy Nexus, the blogger says that he easily won the challenge. His challenge was to bring up the weather for two different cities: much to Katta's luck, he had widgets for two California cities on the home screen of his Android-based phone. When the race started, all Katta had to do was start up his phone, and yell "DONE!" in victory. The Microsoft store employee finished a split-second later, as she has to unlock her phone after

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  • Late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel's first Unfriend Day was such a huge success, he just had to do it again.

    The inaugural 2010 event saw millions of Facebook users trimming the fat from their respective profiles, all in the name of what irked the jocular television host.

    "Everyone I work with is on Facebook all the time," Kimmel shared with the Los Angeles Times. "I just don't understand why they're interested in what somebody they went to the fifth grade with is having for lunch...I decided it would be a good idea to encourage people to whittle those friends down."

    With the help of Canadian Trekkie William Shatner, Kimmel kicked off his second annual Unfriend Day in November 2011. What followed was either a simple coincidence, or proof that Kimmel's influence can challenge that of Oprah Winfrey.

    A report from GOOD reveals that more than half a billion Facebook users were unfriended in 2011, far surpassing the 158 million who saw the same fate in 2009.

    Morley Winograd, director of the

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  • Scene from Mass Effect 3Many fans of the Mass Effect series have voiced their opinions: they aren't happy with how Mass Effect 3 concluded the trilogy. It seems that developer BioWare has listened to their complaints, and is doing something about it.

    BioWare's GM and co-founder, Dr. Ray Muzyka, has announced via the company blog that there will be changes coming to the ending of Mass Effect 3. Muzyka says that the Mass Effect team is going through all of the feedback that they've received, and are developing "a number of game content initiatives" that the company will elaborate on in April.

    As explained in a BBC story, the changes will provide "further closure" to the series, although the exact form that will take — whether it's an entirely new ending, more available endings, downloadable content that furthers the story or something else entirely — remains to be seen.

    One of the hallmarks of the Mass Effect series has been the ability for players to shape how their game would play out through the choices

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  • In case you've been living under a dusty 'ol Super Nintendo Entertainment System over the past few years, the video game industry has matured from jumping over barrels to rescue a damsel in distress, or chomping dots on a maze while avoiding ghosts.

    In fact, with the average age of a video game player today at 37 years old — yes, that's the average age, says the Entertainment Software Association — perhaps it's no surprise we're seeing more mature content than ever before. The just-released Mass Effect 3, for example, includes a heated love-making scene -- including same-sex relationships, if you prefer. In the recent NeverDead, your body is ripped apart by demons and you must hop and roll around to collect your limbs as you continue the fight. Good times.

    Most games are still family friendly interactive entertainment offerings, but high-tech parenting expert Scott Steinberg reminds parents to read the game's ESRB ratings on the box as not all games are appropriate for young eyes.

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  • There have been lots of stories in the past year or so about cool things created with 3D printing technology, like this case for the world's most inexpensive computer Raspberry Pi, or this very cool guitar body. But aside from the way these printers seem to make something out of nothing, exactly how they work remains a bit of a mystery for many.

    National Geographic has tackled the subject in a recent episode of the series "The Known Universe." Theoretical physicist and one of the show's co-hosts, David Kaplan, went in search of a way to help astronauts when they lose (or break) tools while working in space. In light of a real Star Trek replicator on board the shuttle, Kaplan finds out in this video why 3D printing could be the next best thing:

    3D printing is really still in its infancy, at least in terms of how it can be best used. Various companies and individuals have floated other ideas for how 3D printing can be brought to the masses, whether it is through an application on the

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