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iPhone XS' industry-first A12 chip gives Apple big advantage over rivals

To get an idea of how small the electronic elements are on the Apple A12 Bionic chip at the heart of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, first squint really hard at a human hair.<p>It's thin, obviously. But it's still thick enough that you could fit about 10,000 of an A12's electronic components across its …

7 Nanometer

Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back – review

Along with his friend, the anti-corruption activist Roman Borisovich, the journalist Oliver Bullough has recently been acting as a guide on London “Kleptocracy Tours”. Adapting the open-top bus principle, groups of sightseers are taken on a journey through the capital that showcases the north …

North London

Mars colonization drama "The First" is a moving, sincere reminder of human potential

It’s good to be space, isn’t it? Not only does the final frontier get to be utterly indifferent to our daily terrestrial crises, but it’s always got Hollywood fawning over it—this year especially. Next month, Ryan Gosling will slip the surly bonds of Earth in <i>First Man</i>, the Neil Armstrong drama …

Space Travel

Why Science Fiction Is the Most Important Genre

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 09.08.18.<p>Time of Publication: 8:50 am. 8:50 am<p>Yuval Noah …

Science Fiction

9/11 FOIA Videos: Street-Level Footage, Aerial Shots (Viewer Warning)

17 years after the 9/11 attacks, a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits brought against the National Institute of Standards and …

World Trade Center

Step aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery with Google's 8K virtual tour

Now's your chance to (virtually) step inside the Space Shuttle Discovery.<p>To commemorate the 34th anniversary of the shuttle's first launch on Thursday, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and Google Arts & Culture released a 360-degree video that lets viewers peer inside Discovery, …

Space Exploration

The Looking Glass makes sci-fi movie-style holograms a reality

The disclaimer at the very beginning of the video should be indication enough that the things you are about to see will blow your minds away. After …

What's going on with Donald Trump? Psychologist explains the president’s lies, reversals

Trump's lies and reversals are not due to mental illness but because he reacts to people and situations in the moment, with no thought of future or past.<p>When I saw CNN’s Jake Tapper suddenly blurt out, “What the hell is going on?” in an online video the other day, I thought I’d better speak up.<p>Like …

Donald Trump

Netflix's Extinction Has Everything You Need From a Big Sci-Fi Blockbuster

Netflix's Extinction, directed by Ben Young, is an alien invasion movie with a prominent leading cast, starring Michael Pena (Ant-Man and the Wasp) …

The 80s and 90s PC games still unbelievably being updated today

The life cycle of a game isn't easy to predict. Some start strong and burn out quickly, others endure for years before slowly fading away. Some crash …

Starcraft

You Won't Believe These 25 Netflix Documentaries Are Real

Once you're done binge-watching <b>Queer Eye</b> season two (and bawling your eyes out), you might be in the mood for an addictive, fascinating look at other true events. With so many amazing documentaries on Netflix, covering everything from true crime to sushi chefs, there's no shortage of entertainment …

Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

A number of apps are recording people’s phone screens and sending the information out to third parties, claim scientists investigating smartphone surveillance.<p>Researchers have found that some of the most popular Android apps are recording videos and screenshots and sending it to other companies, …

“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.<p>“For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on <i>top</i> of it,” Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in …

Colossal 128TB SD cards could soon be on the way

The latest iteration of the popular SD memory card standard, the SD Express, could see future cards come with enough storage capacity to hold a lifetime’s worth of memories in high definition.<p>The SD Association, a group of nearly 900 companies that come together to prescribe SD memory card …

A shoot ‘em up on the US-Mexico border captures Trump’s odious politics | Matthew d’Ancona

As populism surges in Europe and America, Sicario 2 cuts through the political babble to show what is at stake<p>In times of pulverising change and social turbulence, when traditional political categories seem wanting and standard institutional processes falter, reality often manifests itself most …

Évolution Is the Weirdest Sci-Fi Movie on Netflix

A memorable surrealist nightmare, perfect for fans of Annihilation.<p>Sometimes you watch a science fiction film to see visions of the future, and sometimes you watch just to see big-budget robots and spaceships. Other times, you just want to see some weird fucking shit. If you’re the type of sci-fi …

Tech companies are eavesdropping on you through your smart speaker

Would you be willing to equip your bedroom or living room with an internet-connected microphone that could record and send all your conversations to the data-hungry server of a giant tech company or to a random person in your contact list? That is basically the privacy and security risk you’re …

The Shift From 4G to 5G Will Change Just About Everything

Telecom experts are going so far as to herald the arrival of 5G as the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. There are an ever-expanding number …

The Essential Reading List: Dystopian

Every month in 2018, we’re offering an essential reading list by genre. Those we’ve put together so far include:<p>This month, we’re covering one of the …

George Lakoff says this is how Trump uses words to con the public

President Donald Trump has "turned words into weapons" -- and journalists are providing additional ammunition.<p>That's according to Trump critic George Lakoff, a renowned linguist and professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. Lakoff wrote in a recent article for the Guardian …

Donald Trump

We've Got Booze, Dames, and Robots in the First Episode of Scifi Noir Automata

<i>Automata</i> is a classic story of two hardened detectives solving crimes and scoring ladies in Prohibition-era New York City. Except this time, one of …

Why our throwaway culture has to end

The plastic waste crisis is a symptom of our single-use approach to products and to solve it we need a new approach - the circular economy.<p>When you …

Sustainability

Upgrade is an extremely pleasurable sci-fi revenge film

<i>Review: Upgrade, Sydney Film Festival.</i><p>The French philosopher Paul Virilio famously suggested, in recent works like The Original Accident, that the …

Fortnite Scratch is What Happens When Fortnite is Banned in Schools

It's all fun and games until Fortnite is banned at school, at least until you discover Fortnite on Scratch.<p>Scratch is an online coding community …

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just beamed back even more jaw-dropping photos of the planet's tireless storm clouds

Juno, a tennis-court-size NASA probe at Jupiter, recently sent scientists a new batch of data, and the photos it included are even more stunning than the last set.<p>NASA launched Juno toward Jupiter in August 2011 and the probe arrived in July 2016. Every 53.5 days since then, Juno has performed an …

Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

On the Internet, the devil’s in the defaults.<p>You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting on.<p>They tout we’re “in control” of our …

Facebook

These 10 Questions Are Used to Test The US Public's Knowledge of Science. How Many Can You Answer?

See how America compares to other countries.<p>Every two years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is required to tell the president how the US is …

Financial Services

China is taking digital control of its people to unprecedented and chilling lengths | John Naughton

The Chinese government’s unsettling new system will see citizens rated by ‘good deeds’<p>Watching Donald Trump trying to deal with China is like watching a clown dancing in front of an elephant. The US president’s entire approach is transactional – the methodology he employed in his allegedly …

Kim Jong-un

International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy …

Conspiracies

The Simulation Hypothesis — Why Quantum Physics, AI, and Eastern Mystics Agree We Are In A Video Game

An MIT trained computer scientist and Silicon Valley video game designer gives 10 reasons for the “Simulation Hypothesis”: that our reality is a …