Monthly Archives: March 2018

Hundreds gather to bid farewell to Stephen Hawking

Image: BRIAN RANDLE/MIRRORPIX/GETTY IMAGES By Chloe Bryan2018-03-31 18:16:56 UTC Beloved physicist Stephen Hawking was honored at a private funeral service on Saturday. Hundreds of people gathered outside Great St. Mary’s Church in Cambridge, U.K. for the event, which was attended by about 500 of the scientist’s family, friends, students, and collaborators. Attendees included Elon Musk, Chuck Lorre, Brian May, Lily Cole, and others. Inside, according to NBC News, Eddie Redmayne (who played Hawking in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything) read from Ecclesiastes. Two people delivered […]

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How an extra lens can transform your iPhone’s photos

A few years ago, the hit Sundance film Tangerine was shot entirely on an iPhone 5S to surprisingly good results. And last year, Steven Soderbergh did the same the same thing while making Unsane, with his only camera being an iPhone 7 Plus. While a lot more than camera gear goes into making those movies look the way they do, the fact that professional filmmakers are using cameras that many of us keep in our pockets is a pretty encouraging sign when it comes to what we […]

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Being a space reporter on April Fools’ Day is truly the worst

Fake space news on all sides. Image: vicky leta/mashable By Miriam Kramer2018-03-31 17:01:44 UTC Every year on April Fools’ Day, reporters in newsrooms around the world brace themselves. While we’re usually a pretty skeptical bunch, April 1 brings out the worst in us.  We don’t believe anything anyone tells us on this one day of the year, and rightfully so. It’s a holiday that literally just celebrates people lying, and brands have been in on the act for years, leading to some really bad moments for journalists […]

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The best, worst, and weirdest cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show

The New York International Auto Show opens to the public this weekend, and upon entering the Javits Center attendees will be bombarded with new cars, SUVs, trucks and even a handful of supercars that will most likely be out their price range. Here’s our primer for anyone who wants to cut through the noise and see the stuff that really matters. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Most Futurama-ready car: Genesis Essentia Anyone who grew up on dog-eared copies of Popular Science probably assumed we’d […]

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Funko launches adorable cereal with iconic pop culture figures in every box

The company behind pop culture’s most collectible vinyl figurines has joined the cereal game in the most brand-appropriate way. Funko is known for its Pops, which turns everything from Star Wars to Edward Scissorhands into adorable collectible action figures. Nothing beats the cute of its latest invention though, a line of cereal that will come packaged with mini-Pop figures of icons like Wonder Woman and Freddy Krueger. Funko Founder Michael Becker gave the Coronado Eagle & Journal an exclusive look at the new venture, which will launch […]

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MoviePass is great, but we’d like these other monthly subscriptions as well

We’ve got MoviePass, we’ve got ClassPass, but don’t we need more?  Woe are the memories before monthly subscription passes came out. Now, we can work out, watch a movie, work out again, then come home to our Book of the Month! But it shouldn’t stop there. Here are 10 more passes that we want, that we need, and on which we would love to become dependent. DogPass Image: Getty Images/RooM RF This pass would allow you to pet any dog in the city without their stingy owners […]

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No one won the Google Lunar X Prize, but these competitors are still shooting for the Moon

Today was the official deadline for the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize competition — an international contest to send the first private spacecraft to the Moon. There is no winner; no one got to the Moon in time. But many of the teams that competed in the Google Lunar X Prize say they are still forging ahead, even without the promise of millions of dollars in prize money. The rules of the competition were relatively straightforward: build a robotic lander, using mostly private money, that can touch […]

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PC Building Simulator might be one of the most important DIY enthusiast tools ever created

It’s been almost exactly a year since we last checked in with PC Building Simulator. A productive year, it seems. What was once an extremely rough “pre-alpha build” on itch.io is now a more polished $20 Early Access production on Steam. Yes, you can buy it and start assembling your own dream PCs right now, complete with dozens of licensed parts. There’s even the skeleton of a career mode. And I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but I think PC Building Simulator might […]

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9 Instagram Stories tips and tricks to dazzle your followers

It didn’t take long for Instagram Stories to take off. Instagram’s hottest new feature has become exponentially popular since its inception in August 2016, much to the detriment of competitors like Snapchat. In August, the company said that Stories have driven users younger than 25 to use the app upwards of 32 minutes a day on average. In September, the app as a whole announced it had 800 million monthly active users, 500 million of those who return each day. In comparison, Snapchat boasted 173 million daily […]

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Read an excerpt from Luna author Ian McDonald’s heartbreaking new time-travel romance

I’m a big fan of Ian McDonald’s science fiction novels. The Dervish House and Luna: New Moon are complicated, intelligent stories about how societies cope with advanced technologies. McDonald’s next (and final) novel in the Luna trilogy, Moon Rising, isn’t hitting bookstores until 2019, but we will have a new story from him to tide us over while we wait: Time Was. This book is a novella from Tor.com about Ben and Tom, two engineers who fall in love while working on a secret project for the […]

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