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By Bufo Calvin | A geeky mix of pop culture, tech, and the weird world, from Bufo Calvin (of The Measured Circle blog and Bufo's Weird World)

Amazon Already Has Windows Mixed Reality Bundles

That didn't take long. One day after Windows Mixed Reality debuted alongside the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Amazon bundled systems from MSI, …


Microsoft hits back at Google over approach to security patches

Microsoft’s Windows security team haven’t been happy with Google for the past year. While the pair are bitter rivals for a number of different reasons, Google disclosed a major Windows bug before Microsoft was ready to patch it last year. It irritated the company so much that Windows chief Terry …


The Snowman's main character is named "Harry Hole," and it only gets worse from there


iPhone 8 Plus vs. Pixel 2: Which does better video?

These two phones go head-to-head in a video camera comparison.<p>The Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 Plus both take really good still photos. So let's see how well they shoot video.<p>I found the biggest differences between these two phones came down to stabilization, and how they perform in low light.<p>We …


LeVar Burton Is No Longer Being Sued for Using His Reading Rainbow Catchphrase

Soak up this glorious news because it may be the best you’ll hear all week: LeVar Burton is no longer being sued for using his famous <i>Reading Rainbow</i> …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tesla workers claim anti-LGBT threats, taunts, and racial abuse in lawsuits

Exclusive: A factory worker says he was harassed for being gay. A father and son say they faced daily racial epithets. Each claims that Tesla failed to stop it<p>Soon after he started working on the assembly line at Tesla, Jorge Ferro said he was taunted for being gay and threatened with violence. …


The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

From heavyweights like James Cameron to indie darlings like James Gray, studios are risking it all to make science-fiction great again.<p>“Blade Runner …


Will Ferrell’s PSA encourages device-free dinner

Will Ferrell stars in a hilarious PSA aimed at eliminating screen time at the dinner table with hashtag #DeviceFreeDinner.

Will Ferrell

MongoDB shares pop 25% in its public market debut

MongoDB made its public debut with a bang, with jumping more than 25%, today after spending the past several days revising up its expectations throughout the IPO process — which seems to have landed on the right spot.<p>The company provides open-source technology that can be attractive for early-stage …


Nintendo Switch update adds new features, video capture, and a way to transfer data

Video clips can be shared, and your system data can be moved to another Switch...but there's a catch.<p>A week ahead of Nintendo's next big Switch game, Super Mario Odyssey, a big software update arrived to Nintendo Switch consoles. It adds some interesting new features to try. But it also doesn't …

Nintendo Switch

3 ways your remote team might get cabin fever — and how to combat it

Studies show that employees who work from home can be even more productive than in-office peers. They’re typically happier since they have more control over their lives and schedules. Business owners with a telecommuting staff don’t have to maintain expensive office space or deal with as many …

The Workplace

The good dog who is bad at sniffing out bombs

<b>This is Lulu, the Labrador who joined the CIA as one of their newest recruits. Her mission: to sniff out explosives.</b><p>But weeks into her training programme Lulu just wasn't making the grade. A life at the United States Central Intelligence Agency, it seems, was not for her.<p>So she had to be dropped …

National Security

Michael Fassbender's new movie 'The Snowman' is getting trashed by critics, and the reviews are hilarious

• <b>"The Snowman," starring Michael Fassbender, comes out this weekend.</b>• <b><br>Critics hate it, but they're having a blast reviewing it.</b>• <b><br>The director blames the film's quality on time constraints during filming.</b>• <b><br>A lot of the film's reviews have snowman puns.</b><p>"The Snowman" comes out this weekend, and critics …


Ellen DeGeneres shares #MeToo: 'Hell hath no fury like a woman with a Twitter account'

In the spirit of speaking out against sexual harassment and assault without fear or shame, Ellen DeGeneres shared “#MeToo” on social media Tuesday …


When Adam Schumann went to war, he didn’t foresee its horrors — or a movie about his life

It’s one of those small and forgettable moments in a movie. A soldier, returning from war, gets off a plane and hands his weapon to another soldier checking him in. “Sergeant Schumann, welcome home,” the other soldier says. That’s the moment, and then it’s gone, and yet every time I see that scene, …


FIFA 18 is the biggest justification for the Nintendo Switch yet

There’s an old saying about cameras: the best one is the one you have with you. Unfortunately, the same is rarely said about video games. Despite …

Nintendo Switch

George Michael shows up for his new 'Freedom' documentary, just not the way you'd expect

George Michael

What it takes to be a drone racer

One cold, dreary afternoon in 2014, Jordan Temkin took his drone to Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado. He put on a pair of goggles that filled his view with the live video feed from the drone's tiny camera.<p>He'd built the drone frame from scratch using a 3D printer, finishing it with parts he'd …


Pixel vs. Pixel 2: the five biggest changes

It’s no secret around these parts that I’ve been deeply enamored with Google’s Pixel. That Android smartphone came almost out of nowhere last year to claim the crown of best mobile camera, and in the process it swept me up as a loyal fan as well. Sure, Google had previously dabbled in the mobile …


Soft robotics will pick fruit with finesse and save your life too

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a robot? Bender from Futurama? R2D2? Well yes, you’re not wrong, however, I want to introduce a new breed of robots that might change the way you think about them entirely.<p>‘Soft robots’, unlike their old, rigid counterparts, are simply …


11 Thrilling Facts About Dial M for Murder

In 1953 Alfred Hitchcock was looking for a new project after a film he’d been developing fell through. Sensing a need to go back to his safe space of …


Sleep BETTER Diet: The Eating Habits of Hightly Rested People

Experts say what and when you eat all day long definitely affect your slumber.<p>In one study, researchers tracked diet and sleep for a group of healthy adults over the course of five nights and found that indeed, food choices during the day did affect sleep. The researchers chose what the study …


Samie Kim Falvey Named President Of Imagine Television | Deadline

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: After a short break, Samie Kim Falvey is returning to the executive ranks as President of Imagine Television. Falvey, who will oversee the …


How to set up Alexa voice control for Sonos

Have a Sonos speaker? Own an Amazon Alexa-powered device like an Echo or Echo Dot? Now you can control Sonos by talking into thin air.<p>The Sonos One may be the hottest smart speaker right now, but if you have an existing Sonos system you don't need to spend $200 to control your system with your …


Jean-Claude Van Damme is a little rusty in Amazon's new Van Johnson trailer

“My name is Jean-Claude Van Damme. I used to be super famous.” Now, he goes by Jean-Claude Van Johnson.<p>The ’80s and ’90s action movie star comes back …


How 'virtual fences' are helping to stop baboon raids in South Africa

Residents of South Africa's Cape Peninsula are coming into conflict with the area's local baboons, who break into homes searching for food.<p>But a new non-invasive method of deterring the animals, known as a virtual fence, is hoping to solve the problem once and for all.

South Africa

Life after death? Study finds brain still works after body dies

A major study from the NYU Langone School of Medicine found there was brain activity in people who were declared dead but later revived.


Adobe's 'Cloak' experiment is a content-aware eraser for video

Glamorous show-reels from shows like <i>Game of Thrones</i> get all the fame, but a lot of VFX work is mundane stuff like removing cars, power lines and people from shots. Adobe's research team is working on making all of that easier for anyone, regardless of budget, thanks to a project called "Cloak." …


August’s third-generation smart lock is uncomplicated and cheap

Much like Nest did a few weeks ago with its Thermostat E, August has begun offering a cheaper version of its flagship product with a fresh design. August’s new third-generation Smart Lock has moved away from the circular design that it was known for (which can still be found on the Smart Lock Pro) …

Home Automation