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Vulkan benchmarks: A boost for AMD and Nvidia, but there’s work to be done

Unlike DX12, there's no shocking leap in performance this time.<p>While Microsoft's DirectX 12 may have been the first low-level API to appear on PC …

Astronomers may have found most powerful supernova

<b>(CNN) —</b> An international team of astronomers may have discovered the biggest and brightest supernova ever.<p>The explosion was 570 billion times brighter than the sun and 20 times brighter than all the stars in the Milky Way galaxy combined, according to a statement from The Ohio State University, …

How knockoff Apple Watch bands are nearly as good as the real thing

The internet is awash with knockoff bands for the Apple Watch that are almost as good as the genuine articles.<p>Knockoff products are traditionally cheap and nasty, but tons of these replica Apple Watch bands are so good, they rival Apple’s own products — at a fraction of the price.<p>We’ve taken a tour …

Smartwatches

Progress! New CMOS chip can process both light and electricity

Sends and reads bits from memory using nothing but light.<p>Moving data around inside a computer means shoving it through wires, which have inherent …

Asian-American band “The Slants” overturns USPTO rule on “disparaging” trademarks

Federal Circuit ruling arrives as Washington Redskins fight a similar battle.<p>An Asian-American rock band called The Slants has taken a legal fight …

Watch the first teaser for Orphan Black's fourth season

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The new Ghostbusters are fighting the ghosts of the patriarchy

<i>Entertainment Weekly</i> has given us yet another glimpse into what is looking more and more like a badass take on <i>Ghostbusters</i>, this time hinting at what kind of ghosts the new foursome will be facing. According to the magazine, the ghosts will be criminals who include "pilgrims, old-­timey sailors, …

See what The Empire Strikes Back trailer would look like if it came out today

It's a testament to the enduring visual design of the original <i>Star Wars</i> trilogy that in order to make "modern trailers" for <i>The Empire Strikes Back</i>and <i>Return of the Jedi</i>, all YouTuber Tom F had to do was employ some clever cuts and overlay the haunting music used in <i>The Force Awakens</i>' trailers. The …

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Volkswagen hints again at electric Microbus announcement at CES

Next week's CES is officially a full-on car show between the debut of the Chevy Bolt and Ford's rumored tie-up with Google for autonomous driving, and Volkswagen is coming at the show with guns blazing, too: it has promised a new electric car concept, which <i>Autocar</i> says will be an long-range EV …

Electric Vehicles

Watch President Obama's episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

'I always wanted to be in a show about nothing, and here I am'<p>With a dry, biting wit and several well-reviewed performances at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Obama is often cited as one of the funniest men to grace the Oval Office. His sense of humor was sharp enough to earn a …

Comedy

Ryan Coogler in talks to direct Black Panther with a mostly black cast

Marvel's upcoming <i>Black Panther</i> movie was pushed back to a 2018 release date this year, but details about the film are still slowly trickling out. In a recent interview with <i>Empire Magazine</i>, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige indicated that <i>Creed</i>'s Ryan Coogler is, at the moment, onboard to direct …

Note to protesters: Rage won't work

<b>(CNN) —</b> It isn't that there is no racism on college campuses anymore. And it's hasty to simply dismiss the students that are up in arms at Yale, the University of Missouri and elsewhere as whiners. But it's hard for even the most open-minded among us not to think there is something a little off …

Ben Carson: My sources 'better' than White House on Syria

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Friday that he has better sources than the White House about the situation in Syria, sticking by his claim that China is involved in the fighting there.<p>Carson previously said that the Chinese were involved in Syria in Tuesday's GOP …

Mizzou, Yale and the culture of entitlement in colleges

<b>(CNN) —</b> We can avoid it no longer. The crisis in academia has reached a boiling point.<p>Too many students are wasting their educational years going to college -- and earning degrees in self-indulgence. The academic institutionalization of entitlement is lobotomizing America's kids.<p>If I had been a …

Roughly 6,000 federal inmates to be released

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In a move to reduce prison overcrowding and provide relief to inmates given harsh sentences in drug cases, the federal Bureau of Prisons will grant early release to about 6,000 inmates beginning later this month, officials confirmed to CNN.<p>The mass release is the largest in the …

Neutrinos, ghosts of the universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> October is a sweet month for the scientific community. That's when the annual Nobel Prize in physics is announced. Tuesday's award -- in a pleasant surprise for particle physicists -- went to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen's University in Canada …

'SNL' gave Hillary Clinton a better deal than Sarah Palin got

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton's cameo in a comedy skit on "Saturday Night Live" was, like her other media appearances, carefully calibrated to connect with a broad national audience and cross off another item on her campaign checklist without risking outright ridicule. The Democratic frontrunner did not …

Samsung denies using software to cheat TV energy efficiency tests

An independent research group has claimed that Samsung TVs showed higher energy consumption in real-world situations than in lab tests. According to a report from <i>The Guardian</i>, the EU-funded ComplianTV says that a feature named "motion lighting" dimmed the brightness on Samsung TVs, "[raising] the …

Skype now has real-time translation built in

Not on Mac or mobile versions yet<p>Microsoft first released Skype Translator almost a year ago as a standalone app designed for Windows 8. The software giant is now integrating its impressive translation feature directly into the desktop version of Skype, opening it up to Windows 7, Windows 8, and …

Lawyers are lining up to take on Volkswagen

Volkwagen's legal problems are piling up.<p>Since the EPA revealed a week ago that VW used software in its diesel-powered cars to cheat on emission tests, there have been 89 federal lawsuits filed against VW across the country.<p>Most of those suits have been on behalf of car owners who argue the value …

Automotive Industry

Pilot makes scary sideways landing

An Airbus A380 pilot fought strong crosswinds and made an incredible landing at Dusseldorf airport.

Japanese GP: Lewis Hamilton matches Ayrton Senna with dominant win

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lewis Hamilton took another giant step towards his third world title as Mercedes restored its dominance with a one-two in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.<p>Hamilton took the lead early from teammate and pole sitter Nico Rosberg and cruised to his eighth win of the 2015 Formula One …

Aaron Sorkin to Tim Cook: ‘You’ve got a lot of nerve’

Aaron Sorkin, the screenwriter for the upcoming <i>Steve Jobs</i> movie, didn’t hold back his feelings about Tim Cook’s recent comments. Sorkin said that Cook has “a lot of nerve” calling his film “opportunistic,” which seems to imply that the filmmakers are capitalizing on Steve Jobs’ death. Sorkin threw …

GOP religious conservatives channeling anger toward victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Religious activists in the Republican Party, bolstered by House Speaker John Boehner's sudden exit, say the next GOP presidential …

Republicans

Ahmed Mohamed says he's going to the White House — and then he's transferring schools

Standing tall after an outrageous arrest<p>Two days after his arrest for bringing a homemade clock to school, Ahmed Mohamed appeared at a press conference today to address his supporters. The 14-year-old student at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX, thanked his many fans on social media, who include …

Hillary Clinton

GM will pay $900 million criminal penalty in ignition switch case

Reuters reports that federal prosecutors have reached an agreement with General Motors today over defective ignition switches that will see the company admit to misleading regulators and consumers, pay some $900 million in fines, and agree to the installment of an independent monitor to oversee …

Tom Brady endorses Donald Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Tom Brady is not only Donald Trump's golfing buddy. The New England Patriot endorsed The Donald for president Wednesday.<p>When Brady was asked about a "Make American Great Again" hat that was previously spotted in his locker, he said the hat is a "nice keepsake" and that it would …

Palmyra's Temple of Bel destroyed, says UN

<b>A satellite image confirms the main temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria has been destroyed by Islamic State (IS) militants, the UN says.</b><p>Syria's head of antiquities had suggested on Monday that the Temple of Bel was still standing, despite reports of a massive explosion at the weekend.<p>But …

Archaeology

The Bernie Sanders surge

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton has far more money, name recognition, endorsements and political experience than any of her Democratic rivals. Her legion of high-profile supporters have made the case that she will inevitably win the Democratic nomination for president.<p>But a funny thing happened on the way …