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Inside the labs where Netflix is trying to make televisions suck less

In a nondescript room in the center of Netflix’s headquarters, you can walk into a small, paper white chamber called the Shu. It’s an homage to the solitary confinement cell in <i>Orange Is The New Black</i>, one of Netflix’s most popular original series. And just like the Shu in the show, Netflix’s …

Televisions

Cannes journal, part 1: welcome to the aquarium

The official theme song of the Cannes Film Festival is "The Aquarium" from Camille Saint-Saëns' <i>The Carnival of the Animals</i>. It's a piece that's somehow become the go-to "magic of cinema" theme, due to its frequent use in "magic of cinema" montages in awards show telecasts and other settings in …

Cannes Film Festival

How to Turn Your PC (or Other Device) Into a Retro Arcade with Lakka

If you’re looking for a fun way to use an old PC, Lakka can turn it into an amazing retro gaming machine. This easy setup doesn’t require any …

Raspberry Pi

LG Watch Urbane review

In the three-odd months since I last reviewed an Android Wear smartwatch, the platform has actually grown on me. A big reason is that Google has shipped a new version of the software that isn’t so dogmatic about making you bark commands at the watch anymore. Another reason is the incremental …

Wear OS

In the age of digital comics, we are all comic book fans

But some comics will always be better in print<p>With the <i>Age of Ultron</i> Marvel movie tearing up the box office, it's easy to forget that comics weren't always easy to access or well regarded. Modern comics have come a long way. Gone are the days when it was considered an anomaly to see someone reading …

Graphic Novels

A water commercial for Halloween that would have made Russ Meyer proud

Lithuanian mineral water Vytautas has a long-lasting love story with unorthodox director Tadas Vidmantas, the creator of some of the brand's most …

Pirate Bay Founder Convicted on Hacking Charges, Sentenced to 3.5 Years

The founder of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay was found guilty today in Denmark on hacking charges unrelated to the web site.<p>Swedish national …

How long until you become a millionaire?

Now you can see exactly how long it would take you to become one.<p>This interactive calculator shows how much you’d need to put away each year to save …

In This Short, A Security Robot Becomes The Ultimate Cyberterrorist

In the future, one company deals with the problem of data theft by inventing robotic couriers that will deliver their data packages no matter what …

Lauren Davis

Why Alien Isolation deserves to be as influential as the movies

I finished <i>Alien: Isolation</i> last weekend, after a glorious, 3-week slow burn with the game. Despite its issues (and it does have issues), I feel comfortable saying it's likely going to be my personal game of the year. More importantly, I think there's a lot to learn from it.<p><i>Spoiler warning for</i> …

Volvo Trucks: the design process

Below we report the official videos – a 4 minutes clip plus three short interviews with Volvo Trucks Exterior Chief Designer <b>Asok George</b> and Design …

Volvo Trucks UK launches ‘Truck of the Future 2050’ Design Competition

The ‘Truck of the Future 2050’ Design Competition was launched to celebrate the 200,000th Volvo truck to be registered in the UK since the company …

How Magic Mushrooms Change Your Brain

Psilocybin is a chemical found in magic mushrooms that causes the user to experience a sensory overload of saturated colors and patterns. Recent …

Consciousness

A Day With Project Ara, Google's Crazy Modular Phone

Seth Newburg has a phone. It’s a new phone, just a prototype. Almost no one here at Google has seen it yet. Newburg is sitting in a corner conference …

Never-Before-Seen Sketches That Inspired the Birth of Alien

The Archive<p><b>The alien xenomorph</b> may have first appeared onscreen bursting through poor John Hurt's chest, but it originally spawned from the mind of …

Best Not To Think About Where Some Pokémon Items Come From

Some Pokémon items, like Pokeballs, are obviously man-made. But some items obviously come from Pokémon—and it's probably not a stretch to think that …

Pokémon

This Curved, See-Through Speaker Sounds Wonderfully Clear

The Clear View Clio looks more like a modernist picture frame than a Bluetooth speaker. That's because instead of relying on traditional cones (and …

Channeling Creativity: The Story Behind Metal Gear Solid 4's Intro

Four years had passed since the last entry in the acclaimed Metal Gear Solid series, and seven since players had seen the character Solid Snake in …

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The Dialectic of Class: The cultural paradigm of reality and dialectic<br>Marxism<p>Charles F. O. Drucker<p><i>Department of English, Yale University</i><p>1. Narratives …

Computer Science

Zinc Skips Coupon Clipping and Automatically Applies Discounts Online

Chrome: We've featured a few coupon-clipping extensions in the past that make it easier to automatically find a discount and enter the code quickly …

Blek: An iPad Game With Brilliant, Unique Mechanics

To me, the best touchscreen games are the ones that wouldn't make sense on anything but a touchscreen. Sure, tablets are great for Scrabble …

You Can Now Hack Your Car to Post to Facebook and Instagram

Automatic is a clever service that aims to help drivers save time and thousands of dollars in wasted gas by teaching better driving habits in real …

How to steal Bitcoin in three easy steps

Earlier this month, someone pulled off the largest heist in the history of Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet. The illegal drug bazaar Sheep Marketplace was plundered, either by hackers or insiders, and about $100 million worth of the currency was stolen from …

The Universe Will End Before This Minecraft Clock Finishes Counting

"Even the most ridiculous design has a purpose" says the creator of this virtual countdown timer in the building game <i>Minecraft</i>. Well, the purpose of …

Minecraft

Dyson wants to build domestic robots that 'see and think' like we do

The British company invested £5 million in a robotic vision lab in London<p>Is Dyson readying its own take on the autonomous Roomba vacuum cleaner? The British appliance company has invested £5 million pounds (about $8.2 million dollars) in a new robotic vision laboratory at Imperial College in …

'Hacktivist' #1: sympathy for the internet hate machine

What happens when you turn Anonymous into Bruce Wayne?<p>Nothing I say to introduce four-part comic miniseries <i>Hacktivist</i> can possibly be as compelling as the simple fact that its producer, <i>Charmed</i> actress Alyssa Milano, came up with the basic premise by imagining what might happen if Anonymous were …

2001: A Space Odyssey

<i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> – Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi masterpiece – seems an appropriate place to start a blog about typography in sci-fi. Amongst …

Typography