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Venture Catalysts: The 36 Women Secretly Breaking Up Silicon Valley's Old Boys' Club

Silicon Valley

HomePod review roundup: not as smart as it could be, but stunning sound

Apple seeded HomePod review units to a number of websites, embargoed for today, and the first reviews are landing.<p>There are quibbles. More than one reviewer said that, for a smart speaker, it wasn’t as smart as its rivals. But when it comes to audio quality, everyone was universally impressed. The …

∞ Review: Apple HomePod

I’ve been using the HomePod for almost a week now. The device is part technological marvel with a little bit of magic thrown in to make it a really …

My HomePod Review

Apple HomePod, a connected speaker is about to come to market, after being delayed by over a month. It is not the first to the market, and it will …

A four-sentence HomePod review (with appendices)

Apple’s HomePod is easily the best sounding mainstream smart speaker ever. It’s got better separation and bass response than anything else in its size and boasts a nuance and subtlety of sound that pays off the 7 years Apple has been working on it.<p>As a smart speaker, it offers best-in-class voice …

Audiophile

The 10 Best Movies Awards Season Forgot

Just because they weren't Best Picture-worthy, that doesn't mean they're not worth your time.<p>The Golden Globes are behind us and the Oscars are ahead of us, which means it’s that time of year when we all get to vent about snubs, bicker about why so-and-so deserves it over other-so-and-so, and …

HomePod Early Hands-On Reviews: 'Seamless' Siri Commands and Audio Quality 'Feels Like You're at a Live Performance'

Although longer and more in-depth reviews for Apple's smart speaker, the HomePod, have not yet been published, a few websites have gotten the chance to spend an hour or so with the speaker and have been sharing their experiences this week.<p>At <i>Digital Trends</i>, Julian Chokkattu liked the unassuming …

Jennifer Hudson to play Aretha Franklin in biopic

An Aretha Franklin biopic is in the works, and another powerhouse singer has signed on for the lead role. Jennifer Hudson will play in the …

2018 Super Bowl halftime show: Ranking every performance, from Prince to Coldplay

The Purple One takes the top spot in our rankings, but read on to see the rest of the list<p>The real action begins when the first half of Super Bowl 52 …

A Marijuana Bust Broke Up Bruce Springsteen’s First Band

Bruce Springsteen skyrocketed to fame in 1975 as the gravel-voiced frontman of the E Street Band, but he actually broke into the music scene years …

Harry Styles, Haim and Bill Clinton Honor Fleetwood Mac’s Legacy at MusiCares Tribute

In Lindsey Buckingham’s own words as he and his Fleetwood Mac bandmates accepted MusiCares Person(s) of the Year Award, the band was “a group of …

Music

Astell & Kern’s music player supercharges headphone sound

If you crave uber clarity you've come to the right place: the Astell & Kern Kann will take your music to the next level. The company has dominated the high-quality portable music player market for years, and when you hold the Kann in your hands you'll start to understand why. Measuring a tidy 1 by …

Audiophile

Pro-Ject Essential III Review: Solid Performance From A Value Turntable

There are a lot of people out there who bought a few records and one of those suitcase record players from the mall as part of the whole vinyl craze. Many of them ended up getting hooked on the whole analog experience. But those entry level record players aren’t renowned for their sound quality and …

Marvel exec insists wave of cancellations not motivated by books’ diversity

The readers ‘ultimately decide what survives,’ said Marvel chief<p>The release of Marvel Comics’ publication schedule for this coming March had some unpleasant surprises for fans: A lot of cancellations. Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada has since responded to concerned readers on his Twitter …

Comics

7 Ways the Marvel Cinematic Universe Can Include the X-Men

Time for these two Marvel universes to become one.<p>Now that Disney's purchase of 21st Century Fox is more or less in the bag (yes, there's at least a …

Donald Trump Just Pulled Off the Greatest Long Con in History

Winners: Wall Street, corporations, Donald Trump’s kids, and Vladimir Putin. Losers: The rest of us. That about sums it up.<p>Bernie Madoff must be …

The forgotten art of squatting is a revelation for bodies ruined by sitting

Sentences that start with the phrase “A guru once told me…” are, more often than not, eye-roll-inducing. But recently, while resting in <i>malasana</i>, or a deep squat, in an East London yoga class, I was struck by the second half of the instructor’s sentence: “A guru once told me that the problem with …

East London

The iPhone X Is A User Experience Nightmare

How did we go from the most elegant user experience ever created to this mess?<p>If the iPhone X’s hardware features are the epitome of fluff over function, its new navigation gestures are the epitome of needless complexity over intuition.<p>Need proof? Just take a look at this cheat sheet published …

Wall Street

This Stranger Things Scene of Hopper Dancing Is Now an Amazing Meme

Even the actor who plays the chief approves.<p><b>WARNING: This story contains spoilers for Stranger Things 2.</b><p>The second season of <i>Stranger Things</i> featured a more sensitive side of Hawkins' police chief Jim Hopper, thanks to his heartwarming relationship with Eleven. He left Eggo waffles out for her in …

Guns N’ Roses, Pearl Jam Supergroup the Levee Walkers: Hear Cathartic New Song

The Levee Walkers are a Seattle-based supergroup featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Barrett …

Rock Music

‘Stranger Things 2’ Highlights the Problem with Netflix’s Drive for Quantity over Quality

<b>Stranger Things 2</b> takes place over nine episodes, one more than the previous season, and arguably six more than <b>The Duffer Brothers</b> needed to tell the …

Entertainment

How that polarizing Stranger Things 2 episode was inspired by Star Wars

Anyone who has watched <i>Stranger Things 2</i> in its entirety likely has an opinion about the seventh episode, “The Lost Sister,” which has polarized …

Star Wars

Chris Hemsworth's 'Thor' workout will put yours to shame

The 34-year-old Hemsworth returned for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and definitely got into shape.<p>With the help of his trainer, Hemsworth did weightlifting, …

Chris Hemsworth

What was the deal with Mike Wheeler in 'Stranger Things 2'?

In the grand tradition of sequels everywhere, <i>Stranger Things 2</i> had more of everything – more demogorgons, more Will, more Steve being a good guy, …

Make This Honey-Garlic Skillet Chicken ASAP

Your search for an irresistible chicken dish is over. These chicken thighs have perfectly crispy skin, thanks to the hot cast iron skillet, and are …

The Military Diet: 3-day diet that promises you'll lose 10lb in a week

This fast weight loss plan is only for the hardcore – but is it any good for you?<p>If you're keen to lose weight quickly, you might be tempted by the …

Chief Hopper from 'Stranger Things' Thinks the Kids Need a Break from Fame

David Harbour chats about living up to the hype, drones, and whether Hopper could hang with Dale Cooper.<p>When you're the ass-kicking hero of one of TV's biggest shows, an 8-bit video game iteration of yourself punching out bad guys shouldn't feel <i>too</i> out of the ordinary. Yet, David Harbour has …

TV

All the '80s references you might've missed in 'Stranger Things 2'

Warning: This post contains spoilers for <i>Stranger Things 2</i>.<p>It was the 1980s – you kinda had to be there. But thanks to a deep reservoir of references …

Grammarly launches iOS keyboard with advanced grammar and contextual spell checking features

Grammarly is launching a clever new iPhone and iPad keyboard that includes sophisticated grammar, spelling, and punctuation coaching features. Grammarly Keyboard brings the popular writing service from the desktop to anywhere you can write on iOS.<p>Grammarly announced the new third-party keyboard …