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Secrecy Is Dead. Here's What Happens Next. | Backchannel

<b>“Hey Don,</b> we have an unusual idea. Leak us one or more of your father’s tax returns.”<p>WikiLeaks slid that message into Donald Trump Jr’s Twitter …

John Besh

The Polka King | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix


Ronald D. Moore Is Returning to Space For a New Apple TV Series

The architect of the <i>Battlestar Galactica r</i>eboot, and most recently Starz’s adaptation of the time-travel romance <i>Outlander</i>, is heading back to space …

Star Trek

Orbital | Satan | Live in London


Gwendoline Christie Was Asked for a Selfie While on the Toilet | The Graham Norton Show

Gwendoline Christie

Daisy Ridley Couldn’t Handle It When She Got the Star Wars Part | The Graham Norton Show

Daisy Ridley

Mark Hamill Didn’t Tell Carrie Fisher the Big Star Wars Secret | The Graham Norton Show

Star Wars

Math Says You're Driving Wrong and It's Slowing Us All Down

Ah, the phantom traffic jam. You know, that thing where the flow suddenly slows to a halt and you inch forward for a half hour and then things pick …


New Kepler Exoplanet Discovery Fueled by AI

Saturn's rings sure are pretty, and Matt Damon’s been to Mars, but our eight-planet solar system may not be that special after all. Today, scientists …


'Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty' debuts on smartphones

If you're looking for a premium mobile game without in-app purchases, there's good news: <i>Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty</i> has arrived on iOS, Android and NVIDIA Shield. The 2014 console game, based on Lorne Lanning's <i>Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee</i> has been re-purposed for mobile with new controls for a small …


The Lisa

When thinking about the earliest days of Apple, it's easy to recall the Apple I, the Apple II line and the Macintosh. However, there's one more computer that defined Apple's early years. This computer was ground-breaking but incredibly expensive, and exposed many things wrong within Apple …


Russo Brothers Win Sci-Fi Novel ‘The Electric State’ For ‘It’ Team Andy & Barbara Muschietti

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: Russo Brothers Studio has just won a heated bidding war for <i>The Electric State</i>, an illustrated novel from Simon Stålenhag. Andy Muschietti, …


Retail Like It's 1999


Coursera, Google Brain co-founder launches new venture with Foxconn to bring AI to factories

Google Brain co-founder Andrew Ng launched a new venture with Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn this week to bring artificial intelligence to …

Artificial Intelligence

Mark Hamill – ‘I said to Carrie Fisher: I’m a good kisser – the next thing, we’re making out like teenagers!’

Luke Skywalker is back in The Last Jedi – and it’s a triumphant return. He recalls the shock of finding out about Fisher and Harrison Ford’s secret affair and the pain of losing his longtime friend<p>Han Solo is dead and Princess Leia, heartbreakingly, died almost a year ago, when Carrie Fisher died …

Star Wars

Size does matter: wine glasses are seven times larger than they used to be

In the 1700s the average-sized wine glass could hold just 66ml of the tipple. Today it’s not unusual to be handed a glass that holds almost half a litre<p>Our Georgian and Victorian ancestors may have enjoyed a Christmas tipple but – judging by the size of the glasses they used – they probably drank …


Film critic admits he purposefully lowered a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score

For about two weeks, ‘Lady Bird,’ a coming of age tale directed by Greta Gerwig, was the best-reviewed film ever on Rotten Tomatoes. It sat at a perfect 100 percent score after nearly 200 reviews. And then came Cole Smithey, a film critic known for his contrarian reviews, to give the movie its …


Republicans Just Sold Out the Internet. Now What?

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took an ax to net neutrality. The rest of us, now at the mercy of broadband providers unshackled …

Net Neutrality

Mimi O’Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction

The first time I met Phil, there was instant chemistry between us. It was the spring of 1999, and he was interviewing me to be the costume designer for a play he was directing—his first—for the Labyrinth Theater Company, <i>In Arabia We’d All Be Kings</i>. Even though I’d spent the five years since moving …


The BS reasons Disney won’t make the Xenomorph Queen a princess

This is an utter disgrace, and a pop culture crime<p>It’s hard to figure out why some characters from Disney films are official Disney Princesses, and why other characters have been left out from the group. It’s a designation that is more important for marketing and licensing than anything else, but …

Disney World

The Puzzle Of A Lifetime

Mr. Robot S3: If you abandoned f-society last year, it’s time to come back | Ars Technica

After an up-and-down S2, no one would blame you for skipping S3—but Mr. Robot is back.<p><b>Warning</b>: This story contains spoilers for S2 and S3 of <i>Mr. Robot</i>.<p>…


The Remarkable "Curvature Blindness" Illusion

A new optical illusion has been discovered, and it's really quite striking. The strange effect is called the 'curvature blindness' illusion, and it's …


“Suspicious” event routes traffic for big-name sites through Russia | Ars Technica

Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft all affected by “intentional” BGP mishap.<p>Traffic sent to and from Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft was …


AI Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality | Backchannel

<b>There’s a revolution afoot,</b> and you will know it by the stripes.<p>Earlier this year, a group of Berkeley researchers released a pair of videos. In one, …

Artificial Intelligence

Robots Are Fueling the Quiet Ascendance of the Electric Motor

If you were going to kick off a technological revolution, you’d be hard-pressed to do it with more pizazz than Tesla with its electric cars. Flashy, …

Electric Vehicles

Sally Ride will get her own postage stamp next year

In addition to Mister Rogers, dragons, and John Lennon<p>Today, the United States Postal Service unveiled a preview of its 2018 stamp program, which includes one honoring the late Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space. The USPS didn’t say when the stamp would be available.<p>Ride is …

John Lennon

Fez finally comes to iOS

Adventure is ready! It’s Gomez time!<p><i>Fez</i>, the mind-bending platformer from Polytron, is now available on iOS.<p>Polytron launched <i>Fez</i> as an Xbox Live Arcade title on Xbox 360 in April 2012. The Canadian indie studio later released the game on Linux, Mac and Windows PC, as well as PlayStation 3, …


PubG creator says games need 'better protection' from copycat titles

By Steffan Powell <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>"Look at movies, Armageddon came out then 20 other comet disaster films came soon after," Brendan Greene explains.</b><p>He claims elements of his game, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PubG), have been ripped off by other titles and he wants better protection from …

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds