Monopoly rises from the grave with ‘Walking Dead’ edition

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We can’t even remember the last time we (or anyone we know) sat down for a rousing game of Monopoly. Could our interest be brought back from the dead?

Hasbro certainly has been trying, with various themed editions of the game over the last decade or two. The latest ties in to one of the most popular shows on TV: AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” based on the comic by Robert Kirkman. It’s basically the same Monopoly, more or less, featuring art by Kirkman and zombie-themed chance cards — and, of course, locations from the series.

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Instead of buying houses and hotels to make your property more valuable, though, you buy walls and guard towers to fortify it against attack.

The player pieces are themed for items in the comic: Michonne’s katana (dibs!); Rick’s hat; Negan’s barbed-wire-wrapped baseball bat, Lucille; Dale’s 1973 D-27C Winnebago Chieftain RV; a telephone; and a bucket of limbs.

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Nintendo outs Limited Edition orange, turquoise 3DS XLs

The new 3DS XLs

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Nintendo is going colorful for its 3DS XL (or 3DS LL, as it’s known in Japan).

The company on Wednesday announced two new colors for the 3DS XL — orange and turquoise. The Limited Edition models come with the same 3DS XL design but feature the new colors on the outside and on the buttons.

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Google Glass Explorer Edition starts shipping now

Google Glass.

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Google promised last week that Google Glass Explorer Edition prototypes would be in developers’ hands within a month. That month-long wait has now turned into just a few days.

The Web giant sent out an e-mail today to everyone on the Glass Explorers list to say that a few of the $ 1,500 wearable devices had already come off the production line. Anandtech’s Brian Klug posted an image of this e-mail on Twitter (see below).

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This week in Crave: The quadrillion dollar edition

Too busy being grateful your last phone bill didn’t tally to $ 15 quadrillion to keep up with Crave this week? We’ve got lots more reasons for you to be grateful right here.

– What do you get when you cross a Sony Aibo with a Samsonite? A Hop suitcase, that’s what!

That’s some masterful calligraphy, Mr. Calligraphy Robot.

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– “MacGyver robot” uses objects in its environment (and doesn’t even have mullet).

– Nor does this calligraphy robot, which can perfectly mimic expert techniques.

– Sunday only at Best buy: $ 100 off Samsung’s Galaxy S3.

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This week in Crave: The joy-riding edition

It's bigger on the inside.

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Feeling sad that you can’t drive this life-size Lego big rig? At least you can turn your car into a Tardis or NCC-1701 for $ 15 or less. And more news to cheer you up:

– No bike lane? No problem. Make your own.

– Will we be seeing two new Nexus tablets before year’s end?

– A 625-foot tall Ferris wheel? That’s a whole lot of Ferris wheel.

– The Ostrich Pillow is your own personal public-nap tunnel.

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This week in Crave: The sock-it-to-’em edition


Behave, or you might get a visit from the cinema ninjas.

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Too busy waiting in line for some gadget this week to keep up with Crave? Now that the wait’s over, you have all the time in the world to catch up.

– Speaking of some gadget, is this the most obnoxious iPhone 5 case yet?

– Yap on your cell phone in this movie theater, and you might get ninja-ed.

– Retro-styled 3D-printed sunglasses put pixels right on your face.

– Who needs Helvetica when you can write in a font made from galaxies?

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This week in Crave: The huggable edition


C’mon, give us a hug!

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We’d totally understand if you were too busy hiding from robot mules and cyborg cockroaches this week to keep up with Crave. We’re pretty sure the coast is clear now, though, so please come out and catch up on what you missed.

– Give us a squeeze, Hug Me Coat.

– Awesome geek son hacks Kinect to help mom e-mail poststroke.

– Season or no season, NHL 13 gives hockey fans what they want.

– NBA Baller Beats sounds fun — if you’re not a glass fixture.

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This week in Crave: The imposter edition

Too busy trying to keep thieves out of your brain this week to stay on top of Crave? Continue not thinking about your PINs while you ponder the stories you missed.


"Ecce Homo" gets the Batman treatment from Twitter user @Darklyte510.

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– Finally! Your iPad can pretend to be a MacBook.

– It’s an “iPhone 5,” minus just one key feature.

– Stargazers, have a gaze at this massive Mars mosaic.

– A suborbital space flight? Yeah, we’d call that a decent frequent flyer award.

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This week in Crave: The patented edition

It’s election time! Too busy deciding who should make it into the Robot Hall of Fame to keep up with Crave all week? Put down your ballots for a moment and take a look back at the week that was.


Modern gadget design meets Louvre masterpieces.

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– You might have heard of a verdict reached in an itty-bitty patent case? The result you expected?

– If Venus de Milo had an iPhone, she would look like this.

– Microsoft’s logo got a makeover. What do you think of it?

– Note-taking app Evernote teams with… a paper company?

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This week in Crave: The Mars-struck edition

Too busy professing your love to “NASA Mohawk Guy” this week to keep up with Crave? Look this way, starry-eyed Mars watchers, and catch up on what you missed.


Olympic South Korean fencer Shin Lam in Lego form. Is nothing safe from the Lego treatment?

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– Mohawk man wasn’t the only part of the Curiosity story that had us curious. Do you think the rover will find signs of life? And why on earth (and the Red Planet) does the rover have measly 2MP cameras?

– As Lego turns 80, it seems no major modern news event can escape being Lego-ized.

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