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Cloverfield 3 May Be Acquired By Netflix

Netflix is currently in talks to acquire <b>Cloverfield 3</b> from Paramount Pictures. The long-awaited sci-fi film from Bad Robot Productions marks the …


Engineers design artificial synapse for “brain-on-a-chip” hardware

When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can’t be beat.<p>Packed within the squishy, football-sized organ are somewhere around 100 …


Remembering Ursula Le Guin, Imaginer of Difficult Worlds

Ursula Le Guin imagined the future for a living, but her most prescient statement may have come in a speech. "I think hard times are coming," the …

Science Fiction

Why people are buying more expensive smartphones than they have in years

The average selling price for a smartphone is now $363.<p>The average smartphone price rose 10 percent last quarter compared to a year earlier— the fastest price increase to date. That brings the global average smartphone price to $363, according to customer checkout data from market research firm GfK.<p>…


Don't Miss: Designing Downwell around one key mechanic

Downwell creator Ojiro Fumito explains how he designed a fun, engaging game around one key mechanic: what if you jumped down a well with guns …

Game Design

See Why Japanese Women Are Paying to Cry with a 'Handsome' Man

In a society that values emotional suppression, see how this attractive man is being paid to make you weep.<p>PUBLISHED<p>Even though numerous animal species shed tears, emotional crying is a uniquely human activity. Regardless of the reason behind it, many people believe that expressing one’s emotions …


Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek (Nerdist Presents)

Star Trek

Malvertising factory with 28 fake agencies delivered 1 billion ads in 2017 | Ars Technica

Forced redirects from Zirconium group pushes phony malware and fake Flash updates.<p>Last year brought a surge of sketchy online ads to the Internet …

Information Security

China’s first astronaut said he experienced a wild ride into space | Ars Technica

"Hold on! Just hold on for a bit longer."<p>Later this year, China will mark the 15th anniversary of its first human spaceflight. On October 15, 2003, …


Animated Short Your Black Friend Is All About the Racism of Silence

In Ben Passmore’s comic <i>Your Black Friend</i>, a black man sits in a cafe and watches as one white person diligently ignores the casual, anti-black racism …


Robert Zemeckis-Produced Thriller 'Manifest' Scores NBC Pilot Order

It's the network's sixth drama pilot order of the season.<p>NBC is moving closer to finding its version of <i>Lost</i>.<p>The network has handed out a formal pilot …


Ursula K. Le Guin, the spiritual mother of generations of writers; John Scalzi pays tribute

Science Fiction

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminine sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.<p>Her son, Theo Downes-Le …

Fantasy Fiction

How a new technology is changing the lives of people who cannot speak

Millions are robbed of the power of speech by illness, injury or lifelong conditions. Can the creation of bespoke digital voices transform their ability to communicate? By Jordan Kisner<p>Last November, Joe Morris, a 31-year-old film-maker from London, noticed a sore spot on his tongue. He figured …

Stephen Hawking

Photos: Here’s what the new Amazon Go cashierless convenience store looks like

It’s the store of the future.<p>Amazon is getting into more brick-and-mortar stores. While the retail giant purchased Whole Foods last year, Amazon had previously opened up a convenience store for employees under its own brand in Seattle in 2016.<p>Amazon Go was supposed to be a cashierless, …


Christopher Nolan on casting Harry Styles, In Nolan We Trust and masking Tom Hardy & Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy

Elon Musk Wants to Dig Another Tunnel Under LA

The Boring Company sure sounds sexy. It’s founded and funded by Elon Musk, the guy who makes electric cars (Tesla) and sends rockets into space …

Elon Musk

The Second Coming of Ultrasound

Before Pierre Curie met the chemist Marie Sklodowska; before they married and she took his name; before he abandoned his physics work and moved into …


Amazon doesn’t care if you accidentally shoplift from its cashier-less store

Amazon has a high level of trust in its unique instant checkout system<p>Amazon Go, the e-commerce giant’s new cashier-less grocery store in downtown Seattle, opened today to a mix of general curiosity and incredulity. How can a store function without cashiers? How do you pay, and how does the …


A comparison of the visual similarities between Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 takes place in the same location 30 years after the events in the original Blade Runner film, so it’s natural that the two movies …

Blade Runner

Netflix To Release Series Of Quarter-Hour Stand-Up Specials In 2018

Netflix will premiere a series of 15-minute stand-up specials featuring up-and-coming comics in 2018.<p>The specials will be taped in February at …


Big Brother on wheels: Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse.

DETROIT — Daniel Dunn was about to sign a lease for a Honda Fit last year when a detail buried in the lengthy agreement caught his eye.<p>Honda wanted to track the location of his vehicle, the contract stated, according to Dunn — a stipulation that struck the 69-year-old Temecula, Calif., retiree as a …


To do in San Francisco Jan 28: Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland at SF in SF

The next installment in the extraordinary lecture/reading series features Hugo-winning environmentalist author Kim Stanley Robinson and prolific …


Richard Williams- Animating Movement


Making tools gives crows a big food boost | Ars Technica

A small time investment can lead to big gains.<p>Tool use among animals isn't common, but it is spread widely across our evolutionary tree. Critters …


Video demonstrates the marvel of CRT displays at 380,000 frames per second | Ars Technica

The video makes common display tech concepts easy to grasp.<p>We spend a lot of time reading about the differences between display technologies like LCD …


No Cutting Corners on the iPhone X

When the iPhone X launched, a lot of designers were put off about the screen shape. Those complaints have mostly died down, but I haven’t seen much …


The NSA’s voice-recognition system raises hard questions for Echo and Google Home

Are Amazon and Google doing enough to keep spies out?<p>Suppose you’re looking for a single person, somewhere in the world. (We’ll call him Waldo.) You know who he is, nearly everything about him, but you don’t know where he’s hiding. How do you find him?<p>The scale is just too great for anything but a …