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Here's How Fans Reacted to The Empire Strikes Back in 1980

Thanks to the letter archive of an old scifi mag, we can get a glimpse into how the nascent <i>Star Wars</i> fandom reacted to the shake-ups of <i>The Empire</i> …

Philips New Hue 2.0 Hub Lets Siri Control Your Home Lighting

Today, Philips announced the newest incarnation of its smart light system, Hue. While the hub may have changed from a circle to a more rounded …

Apple responds to iPhone 6S privacy concerns over always-on Siri and Live Photos

Apple introduced some smart new camera and Siri features in its new iPhones this week, but they came along with some privacy concerns. Various articles have been pointing out that Apple's new "Hey Siri" feature — which allows you to activate Siri at any time by saying that phrase — means that the …

Kirkville - Apple Music Matches Files with Metadata Only, not Acoustic Fingerprinting

If you’ve used iTunes Match in the past, you may know that it matches music using <i>acoustic fingerprinting</i>, which means that iTunes scans the music, …

9 unlikely objects that are smarter by the second

Apparently, it isn’t enough that our phones, appliances, TVs, thermostats and light bulbs are getting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections so we can control them remotely and teach them our habits. No — some enterprising souls are looking at their stuff and just gasping at how dumb all of it is.<p>And so, …

Luggage

The Dark Side Of Open Data: It's Not Only How Much You Publish, But How And Why

A few days ago, the World Wide Web Foundation established by Sir Tim Berners-Lee released the second edition of the Open Data Barometer, a report on the impact and prevalence of open data initiatives around the world. Turns out the UK government is the “most transparent” in the world, when it comes …

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided left me obsessing over cyborg oppression

Transhumanism, wrist blades, and the politics of power<p>When Eidos Montreal boots up the E3 demo of <i>Deus Ex: Mankind Divided,</i> a woman is standing on a train platform in the year 2029. A man bumps into her, and she falls to the ground. "Damn clankie," he mutters when he sees her face, traced with lines …

UK needs a 'clean slate' for surveillance laws, says independent report

But claims bulk collection of online data is justified<p>The legal framework justifying mass surveillance by UK intelligence agencies needs to be scrapped, according to an independent report commissioned by the UK government. The 373-page document titled "A Question of Trust" defends the controversial …

The entire music industry is just another feature of the iPhone

Apple's enormous cash pile can move mountains<p>Apple spent a lot of time at WWDC heaping praise on developers — the middle point of the keynote featured a video celebrating all of the apps and experiences enabled by the iPhone and the App Store in the seven years of its existence. Neil deGrasse Tyson …

Walking the walk

SIX big European oil and gas firms called on June 1st for a globally co-ordinated price on carbon-dioxide emissions, to restrain the impact on the …

L’offesa su Facebook è «a mezzo stampa»

Il <b>Quotidiano del Diritto</b> è il nuovo strumento di informazione e formazione professionale pensato per avvocati, notai, magistrati e giuristi di …

Apple radically upgrading its cloud data infrastructure in run-up to streaming music launch

<i>Bloomberg</i> provides some detail on our report that Apple is working to dramatically upgrade its cloud infrastructure as it prepares to launch its Apple Music streaming service. The company is said to be working on designing its own storage and network equipment, rather than relying exclusively on …

Apple Music and the terrible return of DRM

Give me convenience or give me death<p>My Amazon Echo just arrived, months after I pre-ordered it. I'd totally forgotten about it until I got a ship notification the other day, and then it was there, a strange little tube promising yet another peek at a future that never seems fully within grasp.<p>After …

Mad Men e La Golden Age: The End Of An Era

WARNING: In questo articolo sono presenti alcuni spoiler sull’ultima puntata di MadMen.<p>La conclusione delle vicende di Don Draper ha portato con sé …

Così i big data rendono più stupida la musica

“I musicisti sono morti, ma ancora non lo sanno”, scrive sull’ultimo numero la rivista francese Paris Match vicino all’immagine di un chitarrista …

Airbnb is using machine learning to help hosts make as much money as possible

If you go on vacation, regardless of whether you're staying at a hotel or renting out someone's house using a service like Airbnb, you're probably aware of the fact that what you pay is going to be based on demand. Trying to find somewhere to stay in Austin during SXSW is naturally going to cost …

Google comments on EU antitrust charges: 'We don't always get it right'

Company's European chief blames miscommunication<p>Google has addressed the anti-trust charges leveled at it by the European Union for the first time, blaming miscommunication and a difference in cultural values between the US and Europe. "We don’t always get it right," Google's European head, Matt …

US believes China behind cybersecurity breach affecting at least 4M federal employees

Hackers based in China are believed to be behind a massive data breach that could have compromised the personal data of at least 4 million current and former federal employees, U.S. officials said late Thursday.<p>Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the …

The global warming 'hiatus' never actually happened, study says

Researchers say rate of warming has not declined in the last 15 years, contradicting a landmark UN report<p>Global warming hasn't slowed down — we were just measuring it wrong, according to a new study published today in the journal <i>Science</i>.<p>In 2013, a landmark UN report on climate change described a …

Climate Change

Relive the Internet of the 1990s in 6 Gifs

Thirty years ago, on March 15, 1985, the first .com domain name—symbolics.com—was registered by the technology company Symbolics, marking the birth …

Neil Gaiman: ‘Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry’

I want to tell you about my friend Terry Pratchett, and it’s not easy. I’m going to tell you something you may not know. Some people have encountered an affable man with a beard and a hat. They believe they have met Sir Terry Pratchett. They have not.<p>Science fiction conventions often give you …

Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty

I didn’t go looking for grief this afternoon, but it found me anyway, and I have designers and programmers to thank for it. In this case, the …

As Facebook's Internet.org opens up, criticism of the platform grows

In May, Internet.org announced it was opening up to other providers, allowing them to add their sites to the service if they met a set of rules. The move followed pressure from groups claiming Facebook was threatening net neutrality.<p>Many organizations are still restless, despite the change. An open …

Net Neutrality

Laughing and crying my way through the new Google Photos

Last weekend I flew to Massachusetts, my first visit since my grandmother’s funeral last October. I spent Saturday with old friends, celebrating our 20th high school reunion. (We’re all pretty much the same, just older and slightly wiser. We drink less.) And I spent Sunday with my parents in our …

Researchers have grown a partially functioning rat limb in a lab

A researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital has successfully grown the world's first biolimb, <i>The Washington Post</i> reports. It's a rat's forearm and hand, and it looks a little smaller than an adult human's thumb. Researchers are hopeful this could be the first step toward growing fully functional …

Our Facebook page has been hacked, and it’s impossible to get it back (Updated)

Mark Zuckerberg

Tim Cook: Silicon Valley's most successful companies are selling you out

A new plea for privacy rights from Apple's CEO<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook has made no secret of his disdain for online services that ask you to trade highly personal data for convenience — a trade that describes most big advertising-supported technology companies. But last night, in some of his strongest …

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

The first trailer for <i>Fallout 4</i> manages to cram quite a few things in a span of three minutes, ranging from references, to potential gameplay …

Heroes of the Storm review: into the breach

<i>Heroes of the Storm</i> might be a new MOBA on the block, but in some ways it feels just a bit like coming home.<p>The multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) saw its main genesis with mods for Blizzard's 2002 release <i>Warcraft 3</i> and its expansion <i>The Frozen Throne</i>. The result, called <i>Defense of the Ancients</i> …

Tim Cook says privacy is an issue of morality

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Have we come a long way since Mark Zuckerberg insisted that people didn't actually want privacy at all?<p>Zuckerberg has. He's even defended his own legally.<p>It's not clear, though, just how much the likes of …