Michael Rogers

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Do it with friends: why games are better IRL

<i>Johann Sebastian Joust</i> is the most fun you can have with a PlayStation 4 right now, but it doesn’t have online multiplayer. It doesn’t have 1080p graphics. It doesn’t really have any graphics, in fact. It’s a game that uses your body and your physical space to create an experience like nothing …

Watch the trailer for 'Ex Machina,' a sci-fi thriller from the writer of '28 Days Later'

If you're a sci-fi fan, you're probably familiar with some of Alex Garland's incredible work: he wrote the tense thriller <i>Sunshine</i> and the revered zombie film <i>28 Days Later</i>. Now Garland is directing his first film, and the result is <i>Ex Machina</i>: a thriller about two men testing the intelligence of an …

Why Only Beats Can Teach Google Glass How to Be Cool

When Apple dropped $3 billion on Beats this week, it was pretty clear Cupertino was more interested in the software and people than the hardware. …

Alternative Godzilla Movie Posters

A selection of unofficial, alternative Godzilla movie posters by different creative folks.<p>It’s always a pleasure to see how great blockbusters of the …

Construction

Sony reveals Project Morpheus, its VR headset for PlayStation 4

Sony has revealed its plans for virtual reality technology on the PlayStation 4. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, showed off a prototype headset at a Game Developers Conference 2014 event entitled <i>Driving the Future of Innovation</i>. "Nothing delivers a feeling of immersion better …

Virtual Reality

FX announces a return date for Louie, and it’s soon

FX announced today that the fourth season of Louis C.K.’s <i>Louie</i> will premiere on Monday, May 5, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. By that point, the show will …

With Paper, Facebook just blew its own iPhone app out of the water

This morning, Facebook is announcing a new standalone iPhone app called Paper. Contrary to earlier rumors, it's much more than just a news-reading app — it's a complete reimagining of Facebook itself. Once you've used it, you may never want to open the standard Facebook app again. It may not …

Apple's iOS controller API isn't solving a problem, it's opening a door to the future

Ben Kuchera makes a solid case that the iPhone doesn't need buttons for gaming.<p>He's right — it's solving a problem that doesn't exist. But that's not the point. It's not about the buttons. It's not about making the iPhone better at gaming. It's about making the iPhone better at everything.<p>Ben talks …

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware

According to a new report from <i>Der Spiegel</i> based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency's elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality. The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the …

Android 'started over' the day the iPhone was announced

Apple's boast that the iPhone changed everything about the mobile industry has received some support from one of Android's original software architects. Chris DeSalvo, who worked alongside Andy Rubin at Danger before joining Google to build its mobile OS, says that the iPhone's announcement forced …

Andy Rubin

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie will return to TV with new animated comedy

Bret McKenzie, half of the New Zealand-based music / comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, is bringing his talents back to TV. According to <i>TV Guide</i>, McKenzie signed a deal with Fox to develop his own animated series alongside <i>King of the Hill</i> veterans Tony Gama-Lobo and Rebecca May. The "workplace …

Tim Cook celebrates Cupertino's approval of Apple spaceship campus

Tim Cook has a small reason to celebrate today, as Apple was finally given approval by the Cupertino City Council to build its new "spaceship" campus. "Our home for innovation and creativity for decades to come," Cook says of the campus in a tweet. Apple still has a long way to go before it'll be …

Elon Musk's Grasshopper rocket makes its highest leap to date

Elon Musk's quest to build a rocket that can be reused after delivering its cargo is getting closer to the atmosphere's upper reaches. A new video from SpaceX shows the Grasshopper rocket reaching its highest point to date: 744 meters. The test flight comes a month after Musk demonstrated the …

Elon Musk

Merging the Past and Present of Anne Frank's Amsterdam

It's always rewarding to receive feedback from our readers and featured artists, but every now and then we're just as delighted to be contacted by other creative individuals and institutions that have found inspiration through My Modern Met. We were just recently reached out to by Anne Frank House, …

European Travel

'Mega Man' spiritual successor coming to PS4 and Xbox One after smashing Kickstarter goal

<i>Mighty No. 9</i>, the new side-scrolling action game from <i>Mega Man</i> creator Keiji Inafune, has finished its round of crowdfunding — and the project was a huge success, raising over four times the initial goal of $900,000. Inafune's team took in $3,845,170 on Kickstarter, or over $4 million total …

'Breaking Bad' finale song sees 9,000 percent surge in Spotify streaming

<b>This article contains very minor spoilers for Breaking Bad.</b><p>As if you needed any more confirmation of the grip <i>Breaking Bad</i> held on pop culture right up to its finale. Spotify tells <i>Business Insider</i> that global streams of Badfinger's song "Baby Blue," which was featured in the show's climactic …

Bankrupt 'Life of Pi' VFX studio agrees to $1 million back-pay settlement after Oscars protest

More than 200 employees of an Oscar-winning visual effects studio could finally get their back pay after two of their colleagues reached a $1 million settlement over layoffs earlier this year, <i>Variety</i> reports. Rhythm & Hues, which won Academy Awards for its visual effects on <i>Babe</i>, <i>The Golden Compass</i>, …

GIFs of a Captivating Light and Movement Performance

<i>Nuance</i> is a spectacular video by multidisciplinary artist Marc-Antoine Locatelli that features dancer Lucas Boirat combining his gift of movement with captivating beams of light. The interpretative performance presents a push and pull between the human silhouette and a shape-shifting abstract …

Art

The Last of Us multiplayer trailer shows off a faction-based battle for supplies

<i>The Last of Us</i>'s multiplayer modes include a game type that pits teams of humans against each other in a fight for control of supplies, as seen in a multiplayer trailer posted on YouTube by GamesHQMedia today.<p>The trailer follows yesterday's release by publisher Sony Computer Entertainment of 10 …

Elon Musk teases June news on Hyperloop, his rapid transit system for the future

Following his announcement of Tesla's dramatic Supercharger station expansion, CEO Elon Musk touched on another pet project: Hyperloop. The rapid transit system would connect downtown Los Angeles with San Francisco, 380 miles away. Musk told the crowd that more details for the project would be …

Apple Posts New iPhone TV Ad 'Music Every Day'

Apple started running a new iPhone ad this evening called 'Music Every Day', the second in a series that launched last month with a spot entitled 'Photos Every Day'. Both ads in the campaign focus on people actually using the phone, rather than just the phone itself.<p>Every day, more people enjoy …

Live TV on the Xbox One: Microsoft learns nothing from Google TV's mistakes

webTV returns to Redmond... with a vengeance<p>"For the first time, you and your TV will have a relationship."<p>That's how Microsoft began the introduction of its new Xbox One today — a presentation that focused less on games and more on the new console as a complete living room device. "The ultimate …

Showing Hollywood the way: how 'Upstream Color' hit iTunes without leaving theaters

Simultaneous digital release is what many big studios are pining for, and Shane Carruth just beat them to it<p>Two weeks ago, Shane Carruth's <i>Upstream Color</i> pulled off an interesting trick. After about a month in theaters, it went online, streaming from the movie's website and plugging into the larger …

Yahoo revitalizes Flickr with huge images, sharing, and a terabyte of free space (hands-on)

The features are the same, but everything looks better than ever<p>Yahoo has just taken the wraps off a major update to Flickr, it's long-suffering photo service, and we just sat down to put the revamped service through its paces to see how it has improved — and whether or not it'll be enough to keep …

Olympus announces PEN E-P5, a Micro Four Thirds camera with 1963 looks and 2013 specs

If it ain't broke, don't fix it — or fix it, and then undo it all 50 years later. That's what Olympus is doing with the new PEN E-P5, the company's latest Micro Four Thirds camera, which looks for all the world like the PEN F from 1963. That's a good thing, too: the silver and black, metal and …

'Upstream Color,' the new film from 'Primer' director Shane Carruth, available online now

<i>Upstream Color</i>, the beautiful and acclaimed indie sci-fi film from <i>Primer</i> director Shane Carruth, is still showing in a few theaters, but it's now available for everyone as a download or DVD. Carruth has released <i>Upstream Color</i> for download on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, and …

‘Sword & Sworcery’ composer Jim Guthrie releases first solo album in a decade

'Some things just take time.'<p>"I'm a lot more comfortable doing instrumental music," explains Jim Guthrie. "I feel like I can say more without words." After getting his start in the Canadian indie rock scene, Guthrie has spent the last few years intimately tied to the worlds of film and gaming …

Tribeca Film Festival Vine competition winners are stop-motion masterpieces

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winners of its #6SECFILMS Vine competition. With 400 submissions in several categories, the winners were chosen by a small panel that included the "King of Vines," Adam Goldberg. The winners for most of the categories were Vines insofar as they used the …