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The 20 best pre-00s electro tracks

If you haven't been hearing electro on the dancefloor over the last 12 months, then have you even been going to the right parties?<p>We documented the …

Herbie Hancock

Apple, IBM And Selling Artificial Intelligence To The Public

A number of this week’s milestones in the history of technology showcase two prominent computer industry showmen, Steve Jobs and Thomas Watson Sr., their respective companies, Apple and IBM, and how they sold smart machines to the general public.<p>On <b>January 22, 1984</b>, the Apple Macintosh was …

Artificial Intelligence

Netflix's Altered Carbon Asks: Can Humans Handle Becoming Gods?

Netflix’s <i>Altered Carbon</i> looks a hell of a lot like <i>Blade Runner</i>. That isn’t a surprise—after all, <i>Blade Runner</i> is the father of modern cyberpunk. But</i> …

Singularity

Facebook can’t be fixed

<i>Facebook’s fundamental problem is not foreign interference, spam bots, trolls, or fame mongers. It’s the company’s core business model, and abandoning it is not an option.</i><p>Mark Zuckerberg has announced his annual “personal challenge,” which in the past has ranged from eating meat he personally kills …

Mark Zuckerberg

Are There Any Easter Eggs in 'Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams'?

Not in the traditional sense.<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>Amazon’s new anthology series based on the works …

Science Fiction

24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

Dig deeper into iOS.<p>Part of the appeal of the iPhone is its simplicity—you can grab it right out of the box and starting setting it up without reading any instructions. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 24 you can use …

iOS

How close are we to a Black Mirror-style digital afterlife?

One of the threads running through the sci-fi series’ latest season concerns digital versions of ourselves who live on after we die … it could happen sooner than we think<p>When Roman Mazurenko was struck down by a car and killed just before his 33rd birthday, his “soulmate” Eugenia Kuyda memorialised …

Singularity

The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters

Photos from Project Nightflight and others in the EarthSky community of the famous star cluster Pleiades. Look for this tiny, misty dipper in your …

Astronomy

Apple confirms iPhones with older batteries will take hits in performance

It makes sense, but the company could have been a bit more transparent<p>Reddit users have noticed that Apple appears to be slowing down old iPhones that have low-capacity batteries. While many iPhone users have experienced perceived slowdowns due to iOS updates over the years, it appears that there’s …

iOS

My Year of No Shopping

Nashville — The idea began in February 2009 over lunch with my friend Elissa, someone I like but rarely see. She walked into the restaurant wearing a fitted black coat with a high collar.<p>“Wow,” I said admiringly. “Some coat.”<p>She stroked the sleeve. “Yeah. I bought it at the end of my no-shopping …

Tom Hanks

What your daily routine should look like, according to science

Wondering if it's better to workout in the morning or at night? Whether that multivitamin you pop every morning does anything? Or perhaps how long you need to workout to start to see results?<p>As it turns out, scientists have been looking for answers to these questions too.<p>You can use their answers …

Get ready for more hacks in 2018

No really, get ready. Do these security basics now, because online criminals are going to get even more aggressive next year.<p>After the year we've had, do you need any more convincing that your personal information is constantly being exposed to hackers?<p>It wasn't just the Equifax hack, which leaked …

How the Fingerling Caught On (Robot Grip and All) as 2017’s Hot Toy

About two years ago, Sydney Wiseman had a challenging assignment for an engineer at her family toy company.<p>Could he design a small robotic toy that resembled a pygmy marmoset, a tiny Amazonian monkey that Ms. Wiseman had been obsessed with since she was a child growing up in Montreal.<p>Sure, the …

Arthur C Clarke at 100: still the king of science fiction

2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World … one hundred years after his birth, the British writer is the undisputed master<p>Born on 16 December 1917, Arthur C Clarke lived long enough to see the year he and Stanley Kubrick made cinematically famous with <i>2001: A Space</i> …

Netflix has optioned John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War

If the service follows through on making a film, it could launch a strong franchise for Netflix’s original-content roster<p>After years of teases and dead ends, we might yet get an adaptation of John Scalzi’s 2006 military science fiction novel <i>Old Man’s War</i>. <i>Deadline</i> reports that Netflix has optioned …

Science Fiction

(Virtually) No one should ever own an Echo or any other "voice assistant" product

If you buy one of those intrinsically insecure, always-on "smart speakers" from Google, Amazon, Apple or other players, you're installing a …

Automation

'Thriller': How Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones Made the Bestselling Album of All Time

After the album was released, pop music would never be the same again<p><i>This story originally appeared in the October 2009 special issue dedicated to</i> …

Soul Music

The Substitute Phone is designed to help smartphone addicts cope in their absence

Satisfy your cravings for swiping and scrolling<p>We’ve all been there: fiddling with your smartphone because it’s there, or reaching for it when you hear a text message notification. Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger created the Substitute Phone as a way to help smartphone addicts cope in its …

Substance Abuse

Ciao, Chrome: Firefox Quantum Is The Browser Built for 2017

It's been years since I gave a second thought to my web browser. Safari's fine, Microsoft Edge is whatever, I think Opera still exists? None have …

Software

Best local multiplayer and couch co-op games

Grab four controllers and a good couch<p>There’s plenty of reasons why you’d want to whip out four controllers, some friends (or family) and plop down on the couch for some games. Whether its the holidays, a get together or a weekend with terrible weather, local multiplayer games are one of the best …

China's supercomputers race past US to world dominance

China doesn't just have the single fastest supercomputer in the world. It now dominates the list of the 500 fastest.<p>For years, China has claimed the top spot on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers. Now it dominates the overall list, too, pushing the United States into second place.<p>For the …

World's first human head transplant is successfully carried out

The world's first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China in an 18-hour operation that showed it was possible to successfully reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels.<p>At a press conference in Vienna on Friday morning, Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, director of the …

Hulu’s ‘Future Man’ Is A Fun, Raunchy Homage To The Sci-Fi Genre

There’s a lot to love about Hulu‘s new sci-fi comedy <i>Future Man</i>. Executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the R-rated time-travel comedy …

How Facebook and Google threaten public health – and democracy

The sad truth is that Facebook and Google have behaved irresponsibly in the pursuit of massive profits. And this has come at a cost to our health<p>In an interview this week with Axios, Facebook’s original president, Sean Parker, admitted that the company intentionally sought to addict users and …

Watch Starship Troopers now: it’s reality, not sci-fi

Twenty years ago Paul Verhoeven’s film foresaw the nightmare of the west’s endless war with terrorists. If only the world had recognised its genius<p>There’s an image from Starship Troopers – 20 years old this week – that has been carved into the walls of my memory ever since I first watched it as an …

Science Fiction

Somebody wrote an email bot to waste scammers' time

I love this. When you get a scam email, forward it to me@rescam.org and a bot will keep the scammer busy emailing back and forth with it, giving the …

Identity Theft

Forget Washington. Facebook’s Problems Abroad Are Far More Disturbing.

For months, Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., has been in crisis mode, furiously attempting to contain the damage stemming from its role in last year’s presidential campaign. The company has mounted an all-out defense campaign ahead of this week’s congressional hearings on election …

Facebook

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Science Fiction

Porn publisher offers up to $10 million for dirt on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pornography publisher Larry Flynt is offering "up to $10 million" to anyone who produces information that leads to President Donald Trump's impeachment and removal from office.<p>He lays out the offer in a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post.<p>During last year's …