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The best projector for a home theater

<i>By Chris Heinonen</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>The Sony VPL-HW45ES is the best projector for a dedicated home …

Home Theater

“Drupalgeddon2” touches off arms race to mass-exploit powerful Web servers | Ars Technica

Bug patched in March is still being exploited to take full control of servers.<p>Attackers are mass-exploiting a recently fixed vulnerability in the …

Information Security

Guinness strips Billy 'King of Kong' Mitchell's world records

Well, that was fast. When Twin Galaxies announced it'd stripped Billy "King of Kong" Mitchell's high scores from its forums yesterday, the gaming record-keeping outfit said it'd notified <i>Guinness World Records</i> of such. Today, <i>Kotaku</i> reports that <i>Guinness</i> will strip all of Mitchell's forged video game …

Retrogaming

Blu brought two phones down to nearly $100 today with flagship looks

For families looking for cheap budget phones for their kids, there are now phones around the $100 range that can almost pass for flagship phones from a distance. The Blu Vivo XL3 now costs $109.99 for 24 hours on Amazon. Blu is also launching an additional Blu Vivo XL3 Plus phone.<p>Both are budget …

Mobile Technology

Here are the 2018 Hugo Award nominees

The best science fiction and fantasy of 2017<p>The nominees for the 2018 Hugo Awards were announced today, representing the best science fiction and fantasy literature published in 2017.<p>The Hugo Awards are one of speculative fiction’s most prestigious prizes. Named for <i>Amazing Stories</i> editor Hugo …

Science Fiction

How to make perfect hot cross buns

This Easter, forget the perfectly-proportioned supermarket offerings and get really stuck in with some of your very own homemade hot cross buns.<p>Make …

Baking

The Last Jedi Blu-ray is a chance to reevaluate the film’s casino subplot

A vocal group of fans hated the sequence for a variety of reasons, but it’s an important part of the film’s story<p>Because George Lucas modeled the original 1977 <i>Star Wars</i> on classic movie serials like 1936’s <i>Flash Gordon</i>, the films that followed in the series have followed the pattern, and relied on …

Star Wars

Samsung’s Always-On Display can now show GIFs

Samsung is giving owners of its recent smartphones even more personalization options for the Always-On Display. According to <i>Android Police</i>, now you can showcase GIFs on the screen when your phone is asleep. The Always-On Display appears whenever you lock your phone and it shows the time, your …

GIF Animations

Microsoft reorg shakes up Windows group, Windows leader Terry Myerson departs | Ars Technica

The Windows and Devices Group is no more.<p>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a company reorganization today, with major changes coming to the …

Terry Myerson

Amazon may spend $1 billion to adapt hit Chinese sci-fi novels

Amazon's bid to create worldwide blockbuster shows may extend well beyond very familiar Western stories like <i>Lord of the Rings</i>. Investors speaking to the <i>Financial Times</i> claimed that Amazon is in talks that would let it spend up to $1 billion for the rights to Liu Cixin's massively successful sci-fi …

Science Fiction

The South Korean government will shut down employee computers so they leave on time

But over two-thirds of government workers have asked to be exempted from it<p>The South Korean government will launch a new initiative to stop the “culture of working overtime” by shutting down computers at 8PM on Fridays so workers can go home when they’re supposed to, reports the <i>BBC</i>.<p>The Seoul …

South Korea

Dropbox shares soared today in biggest tech IPO since Snapchat

DBX stock jumped 36 percent on its NASDAQ debut<p>Cloud storage and collaboration company Dropbox — which started 10 years ago as a small startup in the San Francisco-based Y Combinator incubator program — went public today, and its shares were up nearly 36 percent as of market close this afternoon. …

Dropbox

These two indie platforms are partnering to help authors produce audiobooks at affordable prices

A new way for authors to publish within a fast growing medium<p>Indie authors who publish through platforms like Amazon or CreateSpace usually don’t have the resources to publish an audiobook, which can be an expensive endeavor with production costs that self-published or first-time authors cannot …

Writing

Shareholders approve Elon Musk’s huge performance-based pay package | Ars Technica

Musk will get billions—but only if Tesla stock rises substantially.<p>Tesla shareholders have approved a massive new pay package for Tesla CEO Elon …

BlackBerry and Microsoft team up to make work phones more secure

BlackBerry and Microsoft may have been bitter foes before their smartphone dreams came crashing down, but they're becoming close allies now that they're focused on services. The two have unveiled a partnership that helps you seamlessly use Microsoft's Office 365-capable mobile apps from inside …

Philips tests LiFi in a real office

This week, Philips announced that its LiFi, or Light Fidelity, tech is currently being tested at the offices of Icade, a French real estate investment company. LiFi provides broadband internet through lights, using LEDs to transmit a high-speed connection of up to 30 Mb per second through light …

Microsoft wants to force Windows 10 Mail users to use Edge for email links

A desperate move to grab browser share<p>Microsoft is testing a new change to its future version of Windows 10 which will probably annoy anyone using the operating system. The software giant revealed today that “we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will …

Software

The Finns who refuse to give up on Sailfish OS

Wander the halls of Mobile World Congress and you'll notice a theme on almost every phone manufacturer's stall: Android. Google's operating system has slowly suffocated every "alternative" adversary including Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch and Windows Phone. But in the middle of hall five you'll find an …

Mobile

SpaceX just launched two of its space internet satellites — the first of nearly 12,000

They’re hitchhiking to space with another satellite<p><i>Update February 22nd, 1</i><i>1</i><i>AM ET:</i> <i>SpaceX successfully launched and deployed its primary satellite after a smooth Thursday morning launch.</i><p><b>Original story:</b> Now that the dust has settled from SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy mission, the company is getting back …

PicoBrew is getting into larger-scale brewing production

PicoBrew launched as a way to consistently brew your own beer. Now the company’s introducing new products that’ll help home brewers or restaurant owners launch their own, larger-scale brewing productions. The PicoBrew Z Series consists of four modular brewing appliances that can produce anywhere …

Essential Oils

Netflix’s Altered Carbon misses the point of cyberpunk

An aesthetic isn’t the same thing as a world<p>Netflix’s new science fiction TV series <i>Altered Carbon</i> ticks all the boxes for a modern-day cyberpunk series. Based on a 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan, it’s about a hardboiled investigator named Takeshi Kovacs who lives in a world where human …

Altered Carbon

Caavo review: the future of remotes, a little too soon

There’s a lot going on here<p>I have been excited to get a Caavo to review since I first saw it demoed last year — it’s a next-generation universal remote system that uses machine vision to operate all your TV devices in a simple, seamless way.<p>After a lengthy development cycle, a new round of funding, …

Smart TV

'Altered Carbon’ is more than just a 'Blade Runner’ ripoff

<i>Altered Carbon</i> is the very definition of a guilty pleasure. The show, adapted by Laeta Kalogridis from Richard Morgan's novel, isn't exactly well written. And, like most Netflix joints, it goes on for way too long. But it's gorgeous, it's filled with charismatic actors and its cyberpunk aesthetic …

Joss Whedon’s Firefly is coming back as a series of novels

Can’t stop the signal<p>Ever since Fox canceled its science fiction / Western TV series <i>Firefly</i> in 2003, fans have been clamoring for more stories from the world. Now, we’re going to get another series of adventures in book form.<p><i>EW</i> reports that Titan Books will release three new novels, the first of …

Comics

Laurene Powell Jobs buying BuzzFeed News is a great idea, even if it doesn’t happen

Take: One civic-minded billionaire. Add: One money-losing news operation. Presto! A fun combination to talk about.<p>Here’s a head-scratching deal that makes plenty of sense: Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire investor and philanthropist, wants to invest in the news division of BuzzFeed.<p>That’s per …

Media Industry

Intel is making smart glasses that actually look good

Exclusive first look at Vaunt, which uses retinal projection to put a display in your eyeball<p>The most important parts of Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses are the pieces that were left out.<p>There is no camera to creep people out, no button to push, no gesture area to swipe, no glowing LCD screen, no …

Wearable Tech

Google’s giant presence at CES should scare Amazon

There was a jumbo gumball machine, a mini outdoor theme park, and an army of employees dressed in white. Everywhere you looked at CES this year, …

Smart Homes

These AR glasses solve some of Google Glass’s biggest problems

These $1,000, Alexa-enabled smart glasses feel like the first fully baked AR product since the failure of Google Glass<p>Vuzix, a Rochester, New York-based display provider, has been trying to resurrect the promise of Google Glass for years now, but this year’s iteration finally feels ready. The …

Augmented Reality

Remember solar roof? Tesla’s making tiles in New York, installing them | Ars Technica

Tesla employees got first solar roof installations, now reservation holders get theirs.<p>Tesla began manufacturing solar tiles for solar roof …

Solar Power