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13 LGBTQ Films to Watch From Fall's Blockbuster Film Festivals

As summer winds down, movie awards season is just ramping into high gear — bringing with it some of the year’s most exciting LGBTQ-themed releases, including an especially strong roster of lesbian films.<p>A trio of powerhouse festivals — Colorado's Telluride Film Festival, Venice International Film …

Film Festivals

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

One hundred years ago, a retail giant that shipped millions of products by mail moved swiftly into the brick-and-mortar business, changing it forever. Is that happening again?<p>Amazon comes to conquer brick-and-mortar retail, not to bury it. In the last two years, the company has opened 11 physical …

eCommerce

Airline Tech Keeps Melting Down But Nobody Knows Why

A storm in Delta’s hub of Atlanta prompted flight cancellations, but tech failures made matters worse.<p>Last week, a severe thunderstorm in Atlanta forced Delta to begin canceling flights out of its major hub. But that storm quickly spiraled into a five-day fiasco that resulted in 4,000 canceled …

VHS is dead, but at least it outlived Betamax tapes by nine months

Last remaining VHS VCR producer will cease manufacturing recorders at the end of this month, bringing the 40-year-long analogue videotape era to an end<p>The 40-year-war between Betamax and VHS is finally over, but while victorious 28 years ago, the VHS video cassette recorders only managed to outlive …

Televisions

This AI can analyze an image and create an appropriate soundtrack

We’ve seen... er, heard, Google’s artificial intelligence engine, Tensor Flow, help project Magenta compose original music in stunning fashion. Now, …

Meet the automated flash fiction writer you never knew you wanted

The automated assist<p>So often in modern literature, the would-be avant-garde talent grows stifled, boring. They attend the same parties and talk to the same people, and form movements and issue manifestos and so on. This activity in fact dominates the literature world so thoroughly that — …

Flash Fiction

Inside the mind of a mazemaker

With more than 700 creations, Adrian Fisher is the world's most prolific maze designer. He explains what goes into those twists and turns – and why we love feeling so confused.<p>In the 36 years that Adrian Fisher has been in business, he has created every kind of maze imaginable – from simple, …

United Kingdom

'Space Jam' Forever: The Website That Wouldn't Die

How a ragtag group of young coders skirted the studio and created a pop culture sensation that's still standing two decades later<p>In November 1996, …