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Twitter Might Be The Most-Advertised Company In History — And They’re Still Fucking It Up

The little blue bird logo appears everywhere. On TV, Twitter usernames are listed below the real names of news anchors, athletes and politicians. On …

Superman And The Damage Done

Every generation has a Superman.<p>I consider myself lucky to have been alive at a time when I could, as a four year old, go see <i>Superman: The Movie</i> in …

Comic Books

Contested conventions, explained - Vox

Why the GOP's best hope to stop Trump is so risky and dangerous.<p>There's a growing consensus that the only way Donald Trump can still be stopped from winning the GOP nomination is through a contested convention — one that would award that honor to somebody else instead. (According to a new report …

Quantum Break review

If nothing else, <i>Quantum Break</i> demonstrates that Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment's priorities remain constant.<p>Remedy has always displayed a flair for putting its own distinct, and often bizarre, spin on genres — from the hard-boiled detective dreamscapes of <i>Max Payne</i> to the <i>Dark Half</i>-era …

The iPhone SE

“<i>Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. An elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.</i>” —Obi-Wan KenobiAfter WWDC last June, I wanted to spend some time …

Mobile Technology

Feel the Math

The Sanders campaign has come much further than almost anyone expected, to the point where Sanders can have a lot of influence on the shape of the race. But with influence comes responsibility, and it’s time to lay out some guidelines for good and bad behavior.<p>The first thing to say is that it’s …

Apple turns 40: remembering the products that mattered to us

When I was a kid, I used to stare at the Apple logo on my sister’s hand-me-down Macintosh LCII and dream about the future. That half-bitten apple was a symbol, a vision of a different world: a world where renegades and upstarts took crazy ideas and turned them into reality.<p>The funny thing is that …

Nintendo DS

The Music Startup Meltdown

It’s going to get worse before it gets better…<p>In <b>Hemingway’s</b> “The Sun Also Rises,” Mike Campbell is asked how he went bankrupt. His reply (“gradually, …

Netflix’s Content Chief Just Perfectly Summarized How the TV Industry’s Been Broken Since Birth

Netflix execs had a lot to say at the streaming giant's CES keynote today, but amid all the flashy trailers and big global news, one compelling …

Televisions

How a man accused of million-dollar fraud uncovered a never before seen, secret surveillance device

The Dragnet<p>How a man accused of million-dollar fraud uncovered a never before seen, secret surveillance device<p>By Russell Brandom | Illustrations by Cam Floyd<p><b>On May 6th, 2008,</b> a package containing $68,000 in cash arrived at a FedEx store in Palo Alto, California. The bills had been washed in lantern …

The $600 Oculus Rift is the end of an era

The thing that democratized VR is now its exclusive high end<p>Lots of people are angry about the Oculus Rift's $599 price tag. It's hundreds of dollars more than an actual gaming console, and twice as much as the original development kit. It also requires a powerful computer to run — maybe $1,000 if …

Satoshi's PGP Keys Are Probably Backdated and Point to a Hoax

The PGP keys referenced in stories naming Craig Wright as the creator of Bitcoin were probably falsely backdated.<p>On Tuesday, both <i>Wired</i> and Gizmodo dropped a big bombshell: According to "leaked" (<i>Wired</i>) or "hacked" (Gizmodo) documents, the real Satoshi Nakamoto is…. Craig Steven Wright.<p><i>Uh, who?</i> one …

Bitcoin

The US government is already lying like crazy about surveillance after the Paris attacks

At a Center for Strategic & International Studies talk today, CIA director John Brennan renewed one of the government's favorite lies about spying: that mass surveillance has been successful in stopping a bunch of mysterious threats <i>while it is simultaneously</i> too ineffective to stop real attacks, …

Surveillance

Grantland and the (Surprising) Future of Publishing

It’s dangerous, I suspect, to draw too many lessons from the ignominious end of Grantland, the high-brow sports and culture site that ESPN shuttered …

Twitter’s Moment

<i>It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn</i><p>I try to save the most over-used of clichés for special moments, and that’s exactly what this week feels like for …

This camera is actually 16 cameras in one

It's not often that you see something <i>truly</i> different when it comes to camera design these days. The meaningful differences tend to show up in the more obscure details — more megapixels here, a better viewfinder there. But on the outside, most are variations on the same idea: a rectangle, some …

Cameras