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Comcast Invests by the Billion in Theme Parks, Hogwarts and All

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Universal theme park chain was the last thing Comcast was interested in when it bought NBCUniversal four years ago. Endless upkeep? Endless spending on new rides? Endless anxiety about public safety?

Thanks, but no thanks. Some analysts predicted a speedy sale.

Instead, Comcast …


Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King

INDIAN LAND, S.C. — Twenty-five years ago, Ni Meijuan earned $19 a month working the spinning machines at a vast textile factory in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

Now at the Keer Group’s cotton mill in South Carolina, which opened in April, Ms. Ni is training American workers to do the job she used …


The Zoolander 2 Trailer Just Fell From Heaven

Derek is confused, but happy to see you again. Maybe.

Oh my. So this is what Derek Zoolander's brain looks like (merman!).​

Zoolander's officially back in the flesh, and he's confused—but also excited. Kind of. Definitely more confused about name punning, being Italian all the sudden, and witnessing …


U2: Bring Back the Irony

When U2 got together, in September, 1976, Bono, Adam Clayton, and the Edge were sixteen, and Larry Mullen, Jr., was fourteen. At first, they called themselves the Larry Mullen Band, then Feedback, then the Hype. They changed the band’s name to U2 the following year while playing at a community …


iOS v. Windows and Immunity to Disruption

The pattern of Mac growth exceeding Windows PC growth (and overall PC growth which includes the Mac) is old news. It has been observed for at least …

Microsoft Windows

Downton Abbey cast on saying goodbye: 'We didn't want to leave'

The cast of Downton Abbey gathered in Beverly Hills on Saturday to say goodbye to TV critics in a poignent final season press conference. With only two weeks of shooting left on the international hit, the cast revealed some actors have already wrapped their roles, and the entire production has …

Downton Abbey

Amazon lets anyone put Alexa voice control in their devices

Amazon released the Alexa Appkit last month in hopes that developers will create cool new features for the voice technology that powers the Echo. This time, the e-commerce giant is offering the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) itself as a developer preview, which both hobbyists and legit hardware …


Dark Energy Renders 97% Of The Galaxies In Our Observable Universe Permanently Unreachable

When you look out at a star whose light arrives after traveling towards you for 100 years, you’re seeing a star that’s 100 light years away, due to the fact that the speed of light is finite. But when you look out at a galaxy whose light arrives after traveling towards you for a journey of 100


A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers

If anything's kept pace with how video games have changed over the years, it's how we interact with them. Our biggest touchpoint with virtual worlds is the gamepad and -- akin to how games themselves have evolved from simple 2D affairs into 100-hour-long labyrinths in three dimensions -- …


Apple TV with Siri and App Store could finally arrive in September

A new Apple TV may finally be on the way. According to BuzzFeed News, Apple plans to announce an overhauled Apple TV in September, likely during the same event that it'll unveil new iPhones. The new Apple TV is supposed to bring some major changes to the device, including an App Store, voice control …

Apple TV

Pocket invites you to try beta features, starting with recommendations

On the heels of last month's collaboration with Mozilla, Pocket has even more tools for you to try. In fact, the save-it-for-later repository wants you to test new features before they officially arrive in the app or on the web. Pocket's Beta Channel will give you a look at what the company has …


NBCUniversal Said to Be Near Investing in BuzzFeed and Vox

NBCUniversal is poised to make a pair of investments in the digital media start-ups BuzzFeed and Vox, seeking to appeal to younger millennial viewers who are abandoning traditional media, according to executives with knowledge of the negotiations.

The film and television group, owned by Comcast, is …


Apple Expands Into San Francisco With New Office Building Lease

Apple has offices located around the Bay Area, in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose, but for the first time, the company is planning to expand into San Francisco. According to the San Francisco Business Times, Apple has leased 76,000 square feet of office space in the popular South of …

San Francisco Bay Area

Tesla's autopilot mode will get two awesome new features

Last fall, Tesla introduced an optional, semiautonomous "autopilot" mode on its Model S. Equipped with ultrasonic radar, the system can sense and avoid obstacles, other vehicles and even pedestrians. Hell, the thing even changes lanes for you with the flip of a turn signal. On Friday, Elon Musk …

Elon Musk

EA is making most of its money from downloadable content

DLC is big bucks.

Electronic Arts is now making most of its money from game downloads, according to its most recent quarterly earnings.

The creator of the popular Sims franchise reported that downloadable game add-ons made up 77% of all revenue during its fiscal first quarter. As the Wall Street …


Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation Is the Future of Blockbusters

Practically a silent film at times, the fourth Mission: Impossible film proves that a movie made for a global audience can also be great.

At the very beginning of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, you can get a glimpse of the future—and it has nothing to do with spy technology used by Ethan Hunt …


Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest’s Creative Team

Susan Kare, an early Apple designer behind some of the company’s early typefaces and icons, has joined Pinterest.

She’ll be part of Pinterest’s creative team as a product design lead, according to the company. Kare designed many of Apple’s famous original icons, like the Lasso and Paint Bucket, and …


Yahoo to Buy Social Shopping Site Polyvore

Yahoo Inc. agreed to buy social shopping site Polyvore Inc., a move intended to enhance the portal’s “Mavens” growth strategy.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed Friday. Venture-backed Polyvore—geared toward fashion, beauty and home décor—announced a $14 million Series C funding round in 2012. The …


The truth about the death of cash

Will cash disappear? Many technology cheerleaders believe so, but as Rose Eveleth discovers, the truth is more complicated.

It’s a hot summer day in 2025 and you’re wrapping up a long meeting at the office. Several of your colleagues have attended the meeting from home, their faces and bodies …


Some first results from the new, higher-energy Large Hadron Collider

The European Physical Society High Energy Physics conference is taking place now in Vienna. This is the first big chance for the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to show off what they have managed to extract from the new data they have recorded since 3 June, when the LHC restarted …


Your next phone could have USB Type-C (and that's a good thing)

These powerful, reversible charging ports are all the rage, and are coming to a phone near you. Here's everything you need to know as new USB-C …

Google Studies How Much Interstitials Suck On Mobile

How much do mobile users hate interstitial screens blocking their mobile browsing by urging them to down the native app instead? An overwhelming amount, judging by a study conducted by Google in July last year. Well, that and common sense when you think about the contrast between the aim of mobile …


While Its Streaming Service Booms, Netflix Streamlines Old Business

FREMONT, Calif. — It was just past sunrise on an early-spring morning at Netflix’s DVD operations here, where metallic arms whirred in a giant glass box and rolling carts holding millions of DVDs lined the walls. The company’s iconic red envelopes buzzed through an assembly line at the other end of …


Uber Makes Its Pain New Yorkers’ Problem

In the immediate aftermath of the stock market crash in 1929, amid the suicides, collapsed fortunes and other pervasive miseries, the number of men looking for jobs in New York expanded the ranks of the city’s cabdrivers to 30,000. Chaos reigned. There were too many drivers going after too few …

New York City

Toshiba’s woes show how PC sales slump is squeezing big tech firms

Losing your chief executive is bad enough. But for Toshiba, which has just admitted to a billion-dollar inflation of its profits since 2008, the news could get worse. In the wake of the resignation of Hisao Tanaka last week, it has restated historical profits and as a result may have to close or …


How Tom Cruise clung to a plane in the new 'Mission Impossible'

These days, audiences know Tom Cruise as the guy who willingly straps himself to the outside of a moving plane or hangs outside a skyscraper, but …

Tom Cruise

Report: Seahawks offered Russell Wilson nearly $21 million a year

Russell Wilson, who is in the final year of his rookie deal, is set to make $1.54 million in 2015. Ideally, the quarterback would make a lot more than that. The issue, however, is that he and the Seahawks aren't (yet) on the same page when it comes to his value. We've heard everything from Wilson …


Amazon wants to build drive-up grocery stores

If you enjoy the luxury of ordering groceries online but would rather not wait at home for your food deliveries, Amazon might soon come to your rescue. Silicon Valley Business Journal understands that Amazon is working on a drive-up grocery store in Sunnyvale, California (a possible concept …