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How to keep an old version of Spotify

Spotify's most recent update is rolling out, which removes quite a lot of handy features -- but there's a clever way to get them back.<p>Not only does …

Spotify

17 science fiction books that every real sci-fi fan should read

Although sci-fi pushes past the boundaries of reality, it paradoxically allows readers to think about questions that hit closest to home.<p>Technology, society, war, existence, family — these main sci-fi themes are things that we all deal with every day.<p>No literary list is exhaustive, but we've put …

Science Fiction

Fon Gramofon review: A bargain Spotify Connect adapter with great audio quality - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Gramofon is a low-cost way to get Spotify playing on your home audio system using your phone or tablet app as the control. Audio quality and stability is significantly better then Bluetooth. Setup is fairly simple and straightforward. The device also acts as a Wi-Fi extender, which is an …

Audiophile

What's The Matter With Dystopia?

<b>This story originally appeared on Public Books</b><p>February 1, 2015 — Dystopia is flourishing. In the process, it is becoming routine and losing its political power.<p>If current fiction is to be believed, postapocalyptic wastelands will in the not too distant future be as common as parking lots, deadly …

Books

Come together: Rogue amplifier fuses the best of old and new tech

Straight out of Brodheadsville, Pa. comes an amp that uses vacuum tubes and Class D technology: the Rogue Sphinx is one of the sweetest amps around.<p>The Rogue Audio Sphinx is a cool-running vacuum tube/Class D hybrid design, but it feels and acts like a classic 1980s high-end integrated amplifier, …

Audiophile

Woody Allen answers questions from Robert Weide: watch. (VIDEO)

This video hit the web a year ago, but it has been making the rounds lately, and for Woody fans, it's a delight. While working on his Woody Allen …

How To Buy Speakers

Gallo

Daniel Dennett and Cornel West Decode the Philosophy of The Matrix

Apotheosis of cyberpunk culture, 1999’s <i>The Matrix</i> and its less-successful sequels introduced a generation of fanboys and girls to the most stylish …

Top 10 Martin Birch Albums

10<p>Martin Birch was just a humble studio engineer for what is arguably the greatest studio album recorded by Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac. But we …

Classic Rock

This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

The venerable Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifier paired with the new Dayton Audio B452 bookshelf speakers are a winning combination, says the Audiophiliac.<p>As regular Audiophiliac readers know, I love writing about cost-no-object, high-end audio, but I also have a soft spot for dirt cheap, but decent …

Audiophile

Watching science fiction on TV can be rather depressing. A viewer gets used to the characters and setup of a particular series, begins to feel …

Woody Allen's Amazon Series: Six Burning Questions

Woody Allen used to joke that television was the result of how Los Angeles disposes of its trash, but now he's in the business himself. There's a lot that's fascinating, surprising, confusing, even shocking about the news that he'll be creating a TV series for Amazon. For one thing, he's …

Woody Allen

2015 Sundance Film Festival Preview: Kurt Cobain, James Franco, and A Scientology Exposé

Last year's big hit was "Whiplash," so which buzz movies will premiere at this year's Sundance?<p>Sundance Film Festival

The top 15 independent sci-fi and horror movies of 2014

20 Best Movies of 2014: ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ and More

From a 12-year experimental film project to alien seductress Scarlett Johansson, it's been a very fine year for movies. Here are the best.<p>Marvel

The 15 best sci-fi and fantasy television episodes of 2014

The 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015!

<b>What It’s About:</b> The Wachowskis’ first original screenplay since ‘The Matrix’ trilogy concerns an Earth woman (Mila Kunis) who is secretly the heir …

The 10 Sci-Fi Films That Defined 2014

The most talked-about sci-fi films of 2014.<p>It was a good year for science fiction. Especially in cinema, that eyeball-hogging medium that dominates storytelling worldwide. There were great books, yes—William Gibson's <i>The Peripheral</i>, Jeff VanderMeer's <i>Annihilation</i>, and MIT's always killer Twelve …

Ice Age

Your List of New Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV/VOD Series of 2015 - Unbound Worlds

"Long live the new flesh."<p>Wondering what to watch this year? Well, I’ve got great news: There’s a ton of brand new science fiction and fantasy series …

Every Episode of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked

There are an infinite amount of parallel universes but one thing remains constant: <i>Star Trek</i> is THE franchise. There’s nothing with its hooks in …

The 10 Best Movies You Didn't See in 2014

The simple fact is this: there are <i>so many movies</i> released every year. Even when it's your job to see movies, chances are that you miss a handful (myself included). But more, it can safely be assumed, have slipped by <i>you</i>. Which is a shame, because there were a ton of smaller movies that missed the …

Science fiction: How not to build a future society

Science fiction films have many warnings for us – not least, how the road to a perfect future society is fraught with peril. Quentin Cooper loads up the DVD player to see what lessons we can learn.<p>Science-fiction films sometimes offer us a future so bright we’ve got to wear shades. But mostly we’re …

Science Fiction

The 20 best British science fiction films – in pictures

To coincide with the BFI’s sci-fi season and its digital re-release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, we thought this would be a good time to look at some of the British greats of the genre. Since the 1970s co-productions and foreign investment mean it’s hard to say exactly what a British film is, so for …

What Absolutely Everyone Needs To Know About Isaac Asimov's Foundation

Soon, Isaac Asimov's legendary <i>Foundation</i> trilogy will be coming to HBO. But what do you need to know about this series, which explores questions of …

Science Fiction

The Shazam Effect

Record companies are tracking download and search data to predict which new songs will be hits. This has been good for business—but is it bad for music?<p>In 2000, a Stanford Ph.D. named Avery Wang co-founded, with a couple of business-school graduates, a tech start-up called Shazam. Their idea was to …

Iron Maiden Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide

Iron Maiden was founded on Christmas day 1975 by bassist Steve Harris, but the band’s first singer, Paul Day, was quickly deemed too uncharismatic …

Rock Music

Philosophical SF: Thirty-Six Philosophers' Recommendations

by <b>Eric Schwitzgebel</b><p>... here!<p>This mega-list of about 360 recommendations is compiled from the lists I've been rolling out on The Splintered Mind over …