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Everything Google announced at today's Pixel hardware event

Kicking off the show at its hardware launch, Google CEO Sundar Pichai touted the shift from mobile to artificial intelligence that allowed for two-way conversation and natural dialogue. He described Google’s desire to build an ‘individual Google’ for each user before detailing some interesting AI …

America is obsessed with happiness — and it’s making us miserable

A Brit on life in America: “The pursuit of happiness” has gotten out of hand.<p>I’m at the gynecologist for my Pap smear, feet in stirrups, idly wondering what Emily Post might have suggested as appropriate small talk for those moments when the person you are speaking to will be replying to your …

Barack Obama on 5 Days That Shaped His Presidency

On August 25, after a short trip to Baton Rouge to assess flooding in Louisiana and before what will likely be his last visit to China on Air Force …

Ranking every 'Star Trek' movie and TV series from first to worst

We get the science fiction we need at the time we need it. When "Star Trek" premiered on Sept. 8, 1966, the United States was escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War while also reckoning with the civil rights movement — not to mention waging a cold war with the Soviet Union that seemed always …

Science Fiction

50 Things That Happened Because of Star Trek

As Gene Roddenberry’s franchise boldly soldiers into its sixth decade, we pick out half a hundred things that wouldn’t exist without his greatest enterprise.<p>It was half a century ago, in Earth years, that pop culture and real science were first struck by the bold, influential rays of <i>Star Trek.</i> When …

Science Fiction

Star Trek turns 50: A look back at the desperately sad first episode

The original <i>Star Trek</i> TV show is half a century old, and I’ve never loved it more. It is talky, stagebound, narcotically slow. The alien planets look …

11 Movies So Bad They're Worth Watching Just to See How Bad They Are

Ten years ago, the cinematic bomb known as "Catwoman" hit theaters, and it was so awful, it threatened to sink Halle Berry's post-Oscar career. Audiences couldn't believe it could be <i>that</i> bad. It lost money, and its surprising $82 million take is far more than it deserved. Some people can't stay …

Jaguar Land Rover projects driving data directly on the windshield

I've had my on-track exploits overlaid with race telemetry to be viewed after the session, but Jaguar Land Rover is looking to project that info on the windshield while you make laps or cruise the highways. The Virtual Windscreen concept beams hazard, speed and navigation graphics to the driver's …

'The Karate Kid' Cast: Where Are They Now?

Sorry, Jaden Smith, but to a generation of moviegoers, the Karate Kid will always be Daniel-san, a.k.a. Ralph Macchio, the star of the original "Karate Kid." Released 30 years ago this week (on June 22, 1984), "The Karate Kid" hit pop culture with the force of a flying-crane kick to the chin. It …

Five albums to try this week: Lana Del Rey, White Lung and more

Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Polydor)<p><b>Why you should listen</b>: With production from the Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach and pivoting away from the string-laden, hip-hop-lite sensibilities of Born to Die, this album shows Del Rey’s vocal maturity and ability to experiment with a different sonic palette. An …

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

Immune System

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

13 GIFs That Show You How Everyday Items Are Made

Some we use everyday, others we only ever see the final product - but how exactly are things like forks, crash barriers, springs and even camouflage …

Super Bowl Commercials 2014: Grading Best and Most Memorable Ads

Link to Media<p>The Super Bowl is usually the most watched television event in the U.S. each year, with over 100 million people tuning into the broadcast annually.<p>Some people are in it for the football, while others are just along for the ride. Which is what the massively hyped up halftime show and …

Media Management

Packers' Jarrett Boykin Scores TD on Bizarre Play

Link to Media<p>Plays don't get much weirder than what happened between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday.<p>The Bears' Julius Peppers hit Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and the ball went past the line of scrimmage.<p>Link to Media<p>Nearly everyone on the field thought …

Football (U.S.)

Google Play is giving away 'Yeezus' and top singles from 2013

Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy.<p>Google's making it easy to catch up on some of the best music of the year. As part of what …

Micropayments, mega angst, and the future of console games

Sony and Microsoft have delivered their next-gen visions, but with this caveat: more microtransactions. Cash grab or survival strategy, it will surely generate controversy as 2014 rolls along.<p>"It feels like you're intentionally making a bad game" <br>--Frank Lantz, game design veteran and director …

Payment Systems

The best films of 2013: Mark Kermode's choice

The picks of the year, from Gravity – the first 3D must-see – to a harrowing documentary about Indonesia<p>Read the Observer critics' reviews of the year in full here<p>It was the year that someone finally made a movie which made me think that 3D might not be just a headache after all. After the …

The FCC’s plan for TV blackouts: what it means for sports fans

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: NFL<p>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a major step this week to end a TV blackout rule that can prevent …

The Crazy, Ingenious Plan to Bring Hippopotamus Ranching to America

In the early years of the last century, the U.S. Congress considered a bold and ingenious plan that would simultaneously solve two pressing problems …

18 Extreme Gingerbread Houses

From an edible White House to a life-size kids' playhouse, these gingerbread houses put our DIY attempts to shame.<p>Gingerbread house: the term calls to mind a quaint little brown cottage, decorated to a T with precisely piped icing, delicately spun sugar, and vibrantly colored gum drops. But more …

Gingerbread

Watch this Amazing 2,000 iPhone 5S Happy Holidays Domino

Earlier this year, the folks over at <i>Aatma Studio</i> released a viral concept video showing a crazy 10,000 iPhone 5 domino to show off the power of NFC, …

Where were you when Kennedy for iPhone was released?

A minimalist journal that helps you contextualize your memories<p>There's no shortage of apps that want to help you document your life, but there are none quite like Kennedy. The critically acclaimed app Day One has carved out a niche for itself as the go-to journalling app for iOS users, offering a …

Infants With Pets Look To Where The Action Happens

My baby is three months old, and he already seems to understand the world around him. The coffee machine (known as the coffee robot in our household) makes a grinding and pressing noise, which no longer startles him. The holiday tree, which has only been up for a week is a source of constant …

Pets

VCs -- Not "Shark Tank" -- Give DoorBot $1M for Caller ID for the Doorbell

A startup called DoorBot has raised $1 million after selling 10,000 Wi-Fi videocamera doorbells for $199.DoorBot on Shark TankDoorBot is a …

Home Security

Why Nintendo Needs To Stay In The Hardware Business, Regardless Of The Wii U

The debate over Nintendo's future rages on thanks to the disappointing sales figures of the Wii U console which has consistently under-performed since its launch late last year.<p>Recently I argued that the Japanese game maker should start development immediately on a replacement console, riffing off …

TRAILER: The Godzilla Remake Looks… Good?

Hollywood never seems capable of making a decent Godzilla or King Kong movie, but that doesn’t stop them from trying, over and over again. Gareth Edwards (not to be confused with The Raid director Gareth Evans, someone should really change that) becomes the latest to take a crack at it, having …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …