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38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago this month, on April 23, 1616. His complete works—at least 38 surviving plays (including several …

Literature

Racism warning on remake of Jungle Book film

Disney’s new live-action version of the 1967 film will have to take great care not to cause offence, critics say<p>Disney is bringing back <i>The Jungle Book</i> in a live-action remake, but worries over racial stereotyping that plagued the 1967 cartoon original are already making critics fret.<p>The film, which …

Film Industry

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches and lands its rocket for a third time

The private rocket company Blue Origin has successfully launched and landed its suborbital rocket in an uncrewed test for the third time, according …

'Batman v Superman' drops 81% in second-Friday box office

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" took in an estimated $15.35 million on Friday at the box office, that's an 81% drop from its record-breaking opening last Friday (including $27.7 million in Thursday previews).<p>The film is projected to take in $50 million this weekend.<p>In a weekend where there is …

Comic Books

These Hypnotic Animations Deform Geometry

UK-based designer Matthew Lucas makes GIFs that spin with the kinetic consciousness of a ballet dancer.<p>Known for elegant loops of geometric objects to biological beings that mutate, Mathew Lucas is a multitalented designer who makes incredibly mesmerizing GIFs. The UK-based creator's works seem to …

Art

The Batman v Superman 4DX Experience is brutish, unapologetic capitalism sprayed directly in your face

'Demons don't come from hell beneath us'<p>Imagine what kind of cultural experiences $28 can buy you. A decent show ticket. Three matinees at a suburban movie theater. A couple ritzy museum admissions. Nine movie rentals on iTunes. Three months of Spotify. Twenty-eight CDs, probably.<p>Now instead of any …

Comic Books

Spotify raises $1 billion in debt with devilish terms to fight Apple Music

On-demand streaming music is inevitable, so Spotify is taking whatever fuel it can get to win the race against Apple. Whoever can sign up customers faster to consume their data and network effect could earn money off them for a long, long time. So it makes sense that Spotify would be willing to …

Apple Music

NASA just released 2.95 million satellite images to the public — here are 21 of the best

1/<p>Many ASTER images look like they were colored in by a little kid, including this one of the Andes Mountains. But that's because it has an infrared …

Microsoft's new Windows Ink makes stylus input way more useful

When I reviewed Microsoft's Surface Book last year, I was struck by how badly Windows 10 handled pen support. Windows has supported styluses since the days of tablet edition for Windows XP, but Microsoft hasn't really invested heavily in building ink into every part of Windows. Annotating …

Apps

The 10 best Leonardo DiCaprio movies, ranked

This will mark the first time the actor has won the prize, and all we have to say to the Academy is, "Took you long enough!"<p>DiCaprio has been one of the biggest stars in Hollywood for decades, and though he has focused recently on titles that will get him closer to that Oscar, his career has been …

Love Stories

Aligarh review: A subtle, strong film on human rights and democracy

<b>Aligarh<br>Cast:</b> Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi<b><br>Director:</b> Hansal Mehta<b><br>Rating:</b> 4.5/5<p>The man who gave us stark movies like Citylights and …

India

What Interstellar Got Right and Wrong About Science

If you’re one of the estimated 3 gajillion people who have seen or will see Chris Nolan’s blockbuster movie <i>Interstellar</i>, one thing is already clear …

Matthew McConaughey

Taking apart Google's modular smartphone

What do you want to know about Project Ara? Does a modular smartphone actually work? Yes. Is it very different from Android phones? In a basic how-a-phone-all-works, yes indeed. Paul Eremenko, Technical Project Lead on Google's modular phone project just called in at Expand NY, and he brought along …

Does Andy Serkis's motion capture acting deserve an Oscar?

A campaign has begun to win Andy Serkis an Oscar nomination for his CGI role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – but is it justified?<p>This week the character actor Andy Serkis was placed, once again, in line for an <b>Oscar</b> nomination for crafting a non-human character in an effects blockbuster. Talk of …

The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter

“What’s your greatest fear?” I asked Bill Gates one night, over Tom Yum Gai.<p>“Easy—not getting smarter.”<p>Bill then laid out his plan to ensure he’d always be surrounded by super smart people.<p>Maybe he didn’t know about myelin.<p><b>The Smarter Secret</b><p>Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, …

Runway collision with stray buffalo badly damages SpiceJet plane

Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet says that its plane hit a buffalo on the runway at Surat airport, causing enough damage it had to cancel flights.<p>"A …

This Solar-Powered Electric Bike May Be Even Greener Than A Regular Bicycle

Cruising towards the goal of a true zero-emissions vehicle.<p>Compared to cars, electric bikes have a tiny carbon footprint. Still, if you’re charging your bike with coal-powered electricity, it isn’t completely clean transportation. A new solar-powered electric bike called the Dutch Solar Cycle is an …

How All Those Intern Lawsuits Are Changing Hollywood

The 'Black Swan' case sparks a movement as NBCUniversal and Viacom begin to pay all their interns, film companies associated with Fox drop programs …

Employment

Jet-fueled electronics are coming

Fuel cells may be a practical reality, but there aren't many choices for the fuel itself -- you usually have to rely on hydrogen, which dictates where and how those cells work. The University of Utah may have a clever alternative in store, however. Its researchers have developed a cell that runs on …

'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' is having a rocky launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4

<i>Call of Duty</i> continues to be a pretty big deal. Despite annualized releases and the occasional stinker (we're looking at you, <i>Modern Warfare 3</i>!), people still love to wage virtual war on Activision's battlefields. Hey, we hear this year's game is pretty good! And when you've got a new Xbox One or …

New Gmail 5.0 for Android now available on Google Play Store- Technology News, Firstpost

Christopher Nolan: the man who rebooted the blockbuster

He is one of the few directors who can walk into a Hollywood studio with an idea and come out with $200m. So will Nolan’s latest epic, Interstellar, reinforce his reputation asthe auteur who thinks big?<p>In early spring of 2013, Christopher Nolan and his crew were scouting for locations in Iceland – …

Google takes another step into your living room with its Nexus Player (hands-on)

Google's wanted a piece of your living room for ages, and now -- after two attempts that never really went anywhere -- the search giant seems poised to get what it wants. Android TV is coming to, well, a TV near you, and we just spent a few brief moments wrapping our heads around Mountain View's …

Iron Man's Long History of Fighting His Fellow Avengers

Ahead of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' a guide to the many times Iron Man has faced off against Earth's mightiest heroes<p>The next few years don’t look …

Marvel Universe

Watch Jony Ive and Elon Musk talk design and sci-fi transportation

Tired of hearing little more than soundbites from tech luminaries such as Apple's Jony Ive and Tesla's Elon Musk? Today's your lucky day. <i>Vanity Fair</i> has posted its full video interviews with both Ive and Musk, giving you an insight into how the two executives work. Not surprisingly, Ive's chat …

'Forza Horizon 2' review

Sliding sideways in a Lamborghini Huracán through a lush field of lavender isn’t a life goal I knew I had before I started playing <i>Forza Horizon 2</i> last week. Turns out it was, and I accomplished it. I feel whole now.<p>Like the 2012 original, <i>FH2</i> is an open-world companion to the long-running <i>Forza</i> …

Apple Retires the iPod Classic and Iconic Click Wheel

The day has finally arrived. We all knew it was coming. Apple is retiring the iPod Classic.<p>The company’s faithful music player has disappeared from Apple’s website, all but confirming the device is no longer in production. The move also signals the end of the click wheel, an intuitive and hugely …

Google Begins Integrating Google Voice and Hangouts

Google appears to have finally hit the button to integrate Google Voice into Hangouts messaging service.<p>Android Police first noted that users are being given the option to migrate their Google Voice accounts in order to receive calls and text messages via the Hangouts mobile app. The blog notes …