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Watch an exhaustive frame-by-frame analysis of the Battlefield 1 trailer

EA revealed yesterday that it's taking the <i>Battlefield</i> franchise to the First World War, and released an electrifying trailer of early-20th century combat. It was a big surprise: both because EA teased something futuristic toward the end of <i>Battlefield 4</i>, and because WWI just hasn't been blockbuster …

This online game gave scientists new insight into quantum computing strategies

Video game strategies may have given quantum researchers a new insight into a crucial problem facing quantum computing, according to a new article in <i>Nature</i>. The research focused on a game called <i>Quantum Moves</i>, which is designed to mimic neutral atoms in an optical lattice. Facing a time limit, …

Google has given its open-source machine learning software a big upgrade

Last November, Google opened up its in-house machine learning software TensorFlow, making the program that powers its translation services and photo analytics (among many other things) open-source and free to download. Now, the company is giving TensorFlow the machine learning equivalent of smart …

Machine Learning

Spend your weekend reading this paper about whether robots count as human

Do machines have rights? It's a classic question in science fiction, but we've reached a point where the question can be hammered out in actual case law too. A new paper from Ryan Calo at the <i>University of Washington</i> digs into some of the relevant questions, and it makes for a surprisingly good …

Watch Kendrick Lamar's stunning performance from the 2016 Grammys

A legendary performance of 'The Blacker The Berry' and 'Alright'<p>After being teased as a "very controversial" performance by host LL Cool J, Kendrick Lamar hit the 2016 Grammy stage and did not disappoint. The rapper delivered the performance of the night, walking out as part of a chain gang to …

Rick Rubin is releasing an official Star Wars-themed EDM compilation

Star Wars Headspace features Flying Lotus, Rustie, and... J.J. Abrams, and it's out February 19th<p>Do you ever listen to electronic music and think, "You know what would make this better? <i>Star Wars</i> samples!" You're not alone, apparently: legendary producer Rick Rubin is curating a new EDM compilation …

Firewatch review: a game that perfectly captures the beauty and terror of nature

People usually go camping to relax and get away from the stress of city life, but I’ve always found it to be terrifying. It’s not the bears or the fires that scare me — it’s the silence. When you’re used to the steady murmur of traffic and people and all of the other noises that come from urban …

You should watch the subtle, thrilling London Spy

It's airing on BBC America now<p><i>London Spy</i> revolves around international espionage, but it doesn't need explosions, car chases, or state secrets to generate nail-biting tension. One of its strongest scenes is startling in its simplicity. It focuses on two people in a lab, one of whom is administering …

Let's think about why props matter in movies

So, let's take a minute to consider how <i>things —</i> meaning ordinary and even less-than-ordinary objects — matter in movies. To be extra specific, movies need props, or the inanimate things that populate any set. If they're good, they help establish setting, whether it's in the past, present, future, …

7 open-source password managers to try now that LogMeIn owns LastPass

Some LastPass users were clearly not pleased to find out last week that the password management app had been acquired by LogMeIn. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to choose from.<p>Sure, there are premium options like Dashlane, Keeper, Passpack, 1Password, and RoboForm, but there are also …

Mobile Devices

"I Don't Give a F**k" Who Plays Bond Next, Daniel Craig Says

There has been a lot of discussion lately about which actor might take over for Daniel Craig after he's done playing the British super-spy James Bond. But Craig himself doesn't seem interested in that debate.<p>"Look, I don't give a f**k," Craig told London's TimeOut as part of the <i>Spectre</i> press tour …

Listen to Will Smith's first new song in 10 years

Rap megastar and greatest actor of our generation* Will Smith has released his first song in 10 years. Only it's not technically Big Will's song. The track, "Fiesta," is actually the work of Colombian group Bomba Estéreo, but Smith apparently liked it so much that he came out of rap semi-retirement …

You can now listen to Sam Smith's Bond theme song 'Writing's on the Wall’

Sometimes, <i>James Bond</i> films don't have theme songs so much as gently crooned CVs, letting you know what Bond's good at (shooting people!) and how he's feeling (conflicted!). Sam Smith's contribution to the oeuvre with "Writing's on the Wall," the theme song for the upcoming <i>Spectre</i>, falls right into …

Watch an incredible 360-degree video of a F-22 Raptor flying in formation with a P-51 Mustang

"Heritage flights" are just about the coolest single thing that the United States Air Force takes part in: assemble a few fighter aircraft from different generations and fly them in a very tight formation over a crowd, usually set to inspiring music. Obviously, they're designed to fill our hearts …

Chance the Rapper and Lil B just dropped their 'based freestyles mixtape' on SoundCloud

'Conceived from magic, love, acid, and bases'<p>Chance the Rapper and Lil B recorded a collection of "based freestyles" last month — and like a thoughtful neighbor leaving a bottle of cheap wine on the internet's doorstep, they've uploaded their work to SoundCloud for your listening pleasure. <i>Free</i> …

Watch five minutes of new Mirror's Edge Catalyst gameplay

After first announcing <i>Mirror's Edge Catalyst</i> at E3 this year, EA has released new gameplay footage for the visually stylish, parkour-focused title at this year's Gamescom. The game promises to take players through the origin story of courier-slash-revolutionary Faith, described by senior EA …

The best Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts

Windows 10 is available today as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. If you've followed our guide on how to upgrade, then you might be interested in some new keyboard shortcuts. Microsoft has introduced a variety of keyboard shortcuts to navigate between new features, like virtual …

Ghostbusters as the triumph of science over God (and 37 minutes of other stuff you missed)

I'm going to admit from the front that 37 minutes is a long time to spend on a video that breaks down what makes <i>Ghostbusters</i> such an amazing movie, but holy heck this is criticism that's worth your time.<p>The central question is whether <i>Ghostbusters</i> is as good as its cultural footprint would suggest, …

One of the year's best sci-fi games is getting an incredible makeover

Early this year, developer Mi-Clos Studio released one of the most interesting science fiction games of the year with <i>Out There</i>. Part space exploration sim, part choose-your-own-adventure novel, the game was a wonderfully lonely and dark experience that showed just how dangerous space can be. Next …

10 best college apps for Android

College can be an important time in one’s life. You’ll be learning all kinds of new things. Or at least you’re supposed to. Most sites that do lists for college apps will tell you to do obvious things like join Twitter or subscribe to Spotify because of their college discount. However, we think you …

Apps