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The best animated movies on Netflix

Animated films often offer a bit of escapism, roping us into fantastical candy-colored worlds and investing us in the lives of scrappy heroes and …

Animation

More People Are Subscribing to Multiple Video Streaming Services

As the number of streaming video services proliferate, about 16% of U.S. video viewers have signed up for more than one online streaming service, up …

Televisions

Alibaba, in nod to VR shopping, lets you pay with a head-tilt

Browsing in a Chinese virtual-reality mall? Keep your chin up -- or else.<p>Forget "You break it, you buy it." In the world of virtual reality, a better warning might be, "Sneeze in front of it, it's yours."<p>China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba is developing a system designed to let shoppers in VR …

Virtual Reality

The Unfriendliest Cities In The World

<i>For</i> Condé Nast Traveler, by CNT Editors.<p>Over the last four years, we’ve asked our readers to rate a city’s “friendliness” in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, especially with respect to where you felt welcome (and where you did not). Did an outgoing local show you the way? Was the city easy to …

Qatar Airways

FAA warns airline passengers not to use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights

Aviation safety officials took the extraordinary step of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smartphone during flights following numerous reports of the devices catching fire.<p>The<p>Federal Aviation Administrationissued the warning Thursday night, citing "recent …

Michael Fassbender Has A Hard Time Watching Himself As Magneto

Adapting comic book arcs to the big screen is a notoriously tough task. Just ask anybody who found the willpower to sit through all of <i>Suicide Squad</i>. A decent amount of movies that find inspiration from comic book characters and stories do okay though. Some better than others of course, but all in …

Watch Snowboarder Amy Purdy Dance With a Robot at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony

She totally kills it.<p>While snowboarder Amy Purdy won't be competing at the Paralympic Games this year, she deserves all the medals for her incredible performance during the opening ceremony Wednesday.<p>Wearing a custom 3-D printed dress by designer Danit Peleg, Amy took the stage at Maracanã Stadium …

New Zealand Rugby under fire over 'pathetic' sex abuse investigation

Prominent women call for wholesale cultural change after rugby heads dismiss allegations of dancer allegedly groped by members of Chiefs team at party<p>Dozens of prominent women in New Zealand have joined the country’s Human Rights Commission in calling for systematic cultural change in men’s rugby …

New Zealand Rugby

Google's DeepMind Claims Massive Progress in Synthesized Speech

Researchers at Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence division claim to have come up with a way of producing much more natural-sounding …

Neural Networks

Telltale's second 'Batman' episode arrives September 20th

Telltale took its sweet time readying the first episode of its <i>Batman</i> adventure game series, but you won't have to wait too long to see what happens next. The studio has announced that the second episode, <i>Children of Arkham</i>, arrives on September 20th on Windows (through Steam), PS4 and Xbox One. …

Burning Man Apparently Took American Class Warfare to a New Stage Last Week

A group of alleged vandals raided one of the Nevada desert’s most popular annual Burning Man parties on Wednesday, apparently for reasons that have …

Festivals

LG may have tipped Apple’s 5K display hand at IFA this week

Recently, rumors have popped up that Apple would be introducing new 5K monitors this Fall to replace the now-defunct Thunderbolt display. At IFA this week, LG announced new displays, one with USB-C functionality.<p>First, here’s a snippet about the USB-C capable from LG’s press release announcing its …

Sri Lankan teenager hacks president's website to try to get exams delayed

Police accuse 17-year-old of crippling official home page and posting a demand that A-level tests be postponed<p>Sri Lankan police have arrested a 17-year-old teenager accused of hacking into President Maithripala Sirisena’s official website and posting a message calling for the postponement of …

Hacking

Photos of Meizu's Star Trek edition smartphone leak

<i>Update (8/31/16): It’s now official. The Meizu M3e Star Trek edition will arrive exclusively to China on September 2nd, just in time for the debut of the latest Star Trek movie in China. The phone will offer the same specs as the regular M3e and will have a limited run of just 5,000 units. Pricing</i> …

Star Trek

This dongle will let you know if your car is about to break down

The only catch is, right now it only works on Toyota, Nissan and Honda cars.<p>Singapore startup Carmen has plans to make your car smarter, and it's doing so by tapping into the power of the cloud.<p>Much like Verizon's Hum service in the US, Carmen uses an On Board Diagnostic reader that's connected to …

Car Tech

Alien hunters detect 'strong signal' from star 95 light years away

A "strong signal" detected by a radio telescope in Russia that is scanning the heavens for signs of extraterrestrial life has stirred interest among the scientific community.<p>"No one is claiming that this is the work of an extraterrestrial civilisation, but it is certainly worth further study," said …

Customers

Hear me now? 'Strong signal' from sun-like star sparks alien speculation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Astronomers engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) are training their instruments on a star around 94 light years from Earth after a very strong signal was detected by a Russian telescope.<p>An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its …

Astronomy

KFC’s secret ingredient is ‘the most underappreciated spice’ in the world

captionWho wants KFC?sourceHollis Johnson<p>Colonel Sanders’ nephew recently revealed what he claims is the secret recipe for KFC chicken. Although KFC …

Food

Where to stay in the 10 most popular US national parks

To mark the US National Park Service turning 100 this week, Mary Caperton Morton picks the best places to stay, from hotels and cabins to campsites, in the country’s favourite parks<p>Great Smoky Mountains<b>,</b> North Carolina<p>On the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, this is the most visited park …

National Parks

If You Think Electric Cars Save Gas, Think About Electric Trucks

While sales numbers remain relatively modest, battery-based vehicles like the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt and the all-battery Nissan Leaf are becoming more and more common fixtures on American roads. But where most makers have been focusing their “electrification” efforts on compacts and even …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

The Best Travel Agents for Booking a Cruise

<i>The A-List is</i> Travel + Leisure<i>'s annual selection of the world's best travel agents and destination specialists, as chosen by the editors. Rely on</i> …

Travel Industry

Over 2,300 marijuana plants seized from San Bernadino home

A man was arrested Tuesday after he was found tending more than 2,300 unauthorized marijuana plants at a San Bernardino property, according to law enforcement.<p>Camilo Farias-Rodrigues, 33, was described by authorities as a transient from central California who was hired to take care of the plants …

Physicists Have Calculated a Whole New Way to Generate Super-Strong Magnetic Fields

Stronger than any magnetic field on Earth.<p>Researchers have proposed a new way to use lasers to generate magnetic fields that are at least one order …

Physics

Sugar-free drinks may increase calorie cravings, say scientists

Sugar-free drinks could do more harm than good because the body craves the missing calories, which prompts people to eat more, a new study suggests.<p>Although many diet drinks and snacks are designed to help people cut calories, instead they fail to fully activate the reward centre of the brain which …

Honda unveils first hybrid motor without heavy rare earth metals

Honda pledged to reduce its use of rare earth metals a decade ago, and the automaker took another step towards that goal this week. It unveiled its new hybrid motor that was co-developed alongside Daido Steel, another Japan-based company. The new motor doesn't use heavy rare earth metals like …

Weight Loss and Water Consumption Appear to Be Linked

The average American doesn’t drink nearly enough water—only 4 cups a day, by some estimates. At the same, high obesity rates here have barely budged, …

Holistic Medicine

Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016):

Remember that interesting looking Samsung phone we shared last week with the ring flash-looking thing around the camera called Smart Glow? Well, that phone – the Galaxy J2 (2016) – and a massive, 7-inch monster called the Galaxy J Max have just been announced at a Samsung event in Delhi.<p>First, the …

Mobile Technology