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The Real Military History Behind Top Gun

Thirty years ago, <i>Top Gun</i> hit theaters and took people’s breath away with director Tony Scott’s exhilarating Navy fighter-jet flying scenes and Tom …

Military

Tiny Debris Chipped A Window On The Space Station

The ISS is fine, don't worry<p>A spacecraft orbiting the Earth gets damaged by space debris. You're probably thinking it's the plot of <i>Gravity</i>, and you're not wrong.<p>It's also what happened to the International Space Station a few months ago. Don't panic, everyone's fine, and the ISS is still safe. But …

Space Exploration

Footage of Unannounced Star Wars Game Emerges

Scum vs. villainy.<p>Footage of an unannounced Star Wars real-time strategy game emerged online overnight.<p>Originally uploaded to Vimeo by a user …

Luke Skywalker

Spider-Man's suit in the new 'Captain America' trailer is a nod to a classic

After Marvel's explosive reveal of Spider-Man in the second "Captain America: Civil War" trailer, the wait seems longer than ever.<p>19-year-old actor Tom Holland will take on the role of the webslinger in "Civil War." We still don't have plot details on Peter Parker's role in the film, but we can …

Comics

Xbox Live down again as persistent troubles haunt the Xbox One (update)

<i>Update at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, February 23: Xbox Live is mostly up and running. It was offline for more than half a day, and we’ve asked Microsoft again for an explanation.</i><p>Microsoft’s online gaming infrastructure is having a rough February.<p>Xbox Live is still down after going offline …

These secret codes have completely changed how I watch Netflix

We've all been there. You sit down on the couch, turn on Netflix, and the next thing you know, you've spent 20 minutes scrolling through shows and movies without finding a single thing you actually want to watch.<p>You feel like you've seen everything before, the recommended choices don't look …

Entertainment

Uber Wants to Make Your Ride a Little More Interesting

If you thought the rise of Uber meant the end of backseat TVs with ads and news quips typically found in taxis, think again.<p>On Tuesday, the …

Apps

2016 Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 officially announced, equipped with fast-charging, Samsung Pay support, OIS cameras, more

It’s not quite the end of the year yet, meaning we still have a few more weeks for companies to squeeze in some product announcements before 2016 rolls in. Samsung has just officially announced its Galaxy A-series of phones for next year and — from the spec sheets alone — they look like decent …

AmpMe connects phones and tablets to create one giant speaker

A free app that makes a lot of noise<p>There are lots of ways to use your phone to fill a room with sound, from using wireless speakers to throwing your phone in a bowl. But every once in a while we all find ourselves in a situation where none of those options are at our fingertips. A new company …

Apps

Beethoven, Flaming Tubas And 5,000 Kazoos: Classical Music At Burning Man

The well-established soundscape at Burning Man is an audio layer cake of dubstep and techno. More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual arts festival — and many of them will spend their nights at post-apocalyptic raves, spinning fiery hula hoops and passing …

Flute

Rent the Wasteland with a Fallout: New Vegas Monopoly board

Anyone who's spent an hour or 129 in <i>Fallout: New Vegas</i> will appreciate this themed Monopoly board by Redditor KongoBoom, whose high and low-rent districts are absolutely spot-on in the choice of locations. And that's just the beginning.<p>Seriously, you start with Camp Searchlight and Vault 22 as the …

Non-stop action: why Hollywood’s ageing heroes won’t give up

Shootouts and fist-fights are no longer a young man’s game. Hollywood is rebranding ageing actors as action heroes – but it still discards older women<p>Male careers in the movies have always been longer than female ones, but until recently there was only one real route to on-screen immortality – to …

Mission Impossible

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Neuroscience

David Cameron: captain of the starship Enterprise

He may have won the most recent election against all expectations, but how would David Cameron manage as captain of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise?<p>Yes, silly season is in full swing round here.<p>I’ve seen this image doing the rounds online lately. Although it’s clearly a massive partisan …

Star Trek

3D-Print A Model of NASA's Curiosity Rover For Your Desk

Explore strange new workspaces<p>If you always wanted your very own Curiosity Rover, but couldn't afford the $2.5 billion to build and launch your own, don't worry: NASA has your back.<p>NASA recently released the plans to 3D-print your own mini Mars rover. It may not be able to fire lasers, send back …

Space

PAX Prime 2015: Runic Games Announces Hob for PC and Consoles

Runic: "Multi-layered puzzles and striking visuals."<p>Runic Games has officially unveiled Hob as its next game, coming to PC and consoles.<p>Hob is being …

Mashups

Watch us play the first eight minutes of Tacoma, Gone Home's sci-fi successor

<b>Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>It feels like it's been ages since the 2014 Game Awards saw the world premiere of <i>Tacoma</i>, The Fullbright Company's second game following up their debut title (and Polygon Game of the Year winner) <i>Gone Home</i>. The small handful of teasers and trailers …

Volume review: without a face

<i>Volume</i> is a game of observation and action. It is a stealth game of patterns.<p>Patterns are the concrete powder of video games, the heavy bags of gray stuff from which solid structure and delicately colored ornament are wrought. Mike Bithell is a designer who understands the fundamental appeal of …

Samsung made the world's largest hard drive, with nearly 16TB of storage

That's a lot of storage in a tiny space<p>There's a thing called the Flash Memory Summit in California, because of course there is. And there, <i>Golem.de</i> reports, Samsung has introduced the PM1633a. It's a terrible name for a wonderful thing: the world's largest hard drive, packed into a 2.5-inch case. …

Customers

Report: Apple TV Streaming Service Delayed Until 2016

<i>Bloomberg</i> reports that Apple’s negotiations with televisions networks have stalled, making them unable to debut their much-rumored streaming …

Televisions

A startup dissolved overnight and laid off its 400 employees via email with no warning

In the middle of the night, a startup that had raised $5.5 million dissolved and disappeared. It deleted its Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and Google+ profile. It changed its website to say it was "pausing operations."<p>At 1:34 a.m. PT on Monday, Zirtual, a virtual-assistant company, sent an …

Startups

E-commerce startup Jet.com to seek $2 billion valuation

Jet, the online e-commerce startup led by Diapers.com co-founder Marc Lore, is preparing to speak with prospective investors on a new Series B …

Venture Capital

Upcoming Han Solo Movie and Spider-Man Animated Film Discussed by Directors

Check out new footage from ‘The Force Awakens’ that appears in a South Korean TV spot for the movie

We're just over four months before the premiere of "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens," and every bit of footage that we are teased with just builds our excitement.<p>Like this 30 second TV spot released in South Korea for the movie, which is now on the YouTube channel for Star Wars Korea.<p>The …

Star Wars

Snapchat Adds Data-Saving Mode To Win Users On A Budget

Snapchat is courting teenagers around the world who want to save their data plans with a new travel mode. When enabled, Snaps, Stories and Discovery content will only load if users tap them, rather than loading automatically when they open the app.<p>Travel Mode comes alongside several other new …

Social Media

Khronos wins support from Google Android for its Vulkan graphics API

Outstanding cross-platform graphics could soon be coming in the future for all gaming devices.<p>The Khronos Group, an open consortium of hardware and software companies focused on improving graphics, announced today that Google’s Android operating system is the latest platform to embrace the upcoming …

What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: August 10 - 16

<i>At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.</i><p><b>New on DVD and Blu-ray</b><p><b>"Hot Pursuit"</b><br>Critics torched this crime comedy, but you can judge for yourself. Reese Witherspoon plays a by-the-book cop trying to protect Sofia Vergara's …

Entertainment

Google Will Soon Bring Metal-Like, Low-Overhead Graphics API To Android

Google today announced that it will soon support the Khronos Group’s Vulkan graphics API on Android.<p>The goal of Vulkan is very similar to that of Apple’s Metal API for iOS and OS X. Vulkan is a low-overhead graphics API that gives developers more direct access to the graphics processor and control …

Game Development

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture has a heart-wrenching story that’s tough to watch

In the early morning of June 6, 1984, the residents of Shropshire County vanished. They left behind their pristine homes, farms, and cars after a mysterious event. In Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, it’s your job to figure out how they died.<p>The PlayStation 4 exclusive (out on August 11) presents a …