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'Deadpool 2' Is What All Sequels Should Be: Better Than Its Predecessor

5/18/2018
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Two years later, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was so enjoyable about the first Deadpool movie. Was it the action? The fourth-wall-breaking? The swearing? The cocaine and masturbation jokes? Well ... yes. A hard-R bloodbath that gleefully polluted the pristine sea of squeaky-clean superhero movies, Deadpool went on to make more than $783 million worldwide at the box office. It was the kind of success that guarantees a sequel.

Duration:00:05:41

The Physics—and Physicality—of Extreme Juggling

5/17/2018
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Among the (many, many) things you probably do not know about juggling is the fact that it is, at times, a physically grueling act. It's something I certainly failed to appreciate before meeting Alex Barron. We recently met at a squash court in Burbank, California so I could watch him practice his craft.

Duration:00:07:43

How to Record Calls on Your Smartphone

5/17/2018
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Recording a phone call used to require an external gadget that connected a digital recorder to a desk phone's base and handset. It's still one of the most reliable ways to capture a conversation, but it's not exactly convenient. These days, smartphone apps and cloud services make recording phone calls easy and convenient—whether you want to save a conversation with grandma, or a particularly candid conversation with a White House official. There are a couple of ways you can do it.

Duration:00:03:23

Marfa, Texas Is Getting Its Own Solar-Powered Stonehenge

5/16/2018
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Over the past six months, on a patch of desert ranchland outside Marfa, Texas, one man's mysterious vision has been taking shape. First, nine massive chunks of quarried black marble were trucked in from northern Mexico and craned into a circular formation, echoing Stone and Bronze Age erections in the British Isles. Next, one of the megaliths, the "king stone," was outfitted with a state-of-the-art solar array; at the same time, the other eight were carved to integrate LED lights and...

Duration:00:06:17

Acura's RDX Comes With an Easy-to-Use Infotainment System

5/16/2018
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The modern car has a problem. Over the past decade, automakers have raced to offer their smartphone-addled customers a bonanza of features: navigation, texting, phone calls, satellite radio, Bluetooth, ways to check tire pressure and oil temperature, suspension settings, charging status, and more. Then they try to stick all those things into an interface whose users are usually pretty busy—driving the 2-ton metal boxes that kill nearly 40,000 people in the US every year.

Duration:00:05:35

Americans Can't Have Audi's Super Capable Self-Driving System

5/15/2018
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Between Silicon Valley’s disruption-happy tech giants and Detroit’s suddenly totally on board automakers, it’s easy to think of America as the center of the self-driving universe. And so it seems a bit backwards that Audi has decided to release the world’s most capable semiautonomous driving feature in … Europe.

Duration:00:05:35

The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike

5/15/2018
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What’s the shiniest, most exciting new technology for transportation? Well, there are plenty of candidates! We’ve got the self-­driving car and drones big enough to carry people. Elon Musk is getting ready to bore hyperloop tunnels. When it comes to moving humans around, the future looks to be merging with sci-fi. But from where I stand, the most exciting form of transportation technology is more than 100 years old—and it’s probably sitting in your garage.

Duration:00:04:09

HTC Vive Pro Review: An Expensive VR Upgrade

5/14/2018
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The first time I wore the HTC Vive, it was like putting on a century-old metal diving suit. It was a heavy, hideous-looking 3D-printed early unit with a thick bundle of cords streaming out the back. It was so delicate that one of the developers had to hold the cables them so I could walk around without breaking it (or myself). Looks aren’t everything, though. That prototype Vive sent me down to the bottom of the ocean to walk around for the first time and let me stare a blue whale in the eye.

Duration:00:12:59

Is Amazon Prime Still Worth It?

5/11/2018
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On Friday, for the first time in four years, Amazon has raised the price of its Prime benefits program. What once cost $99 annually now costs $119 for new members; existing Prime subscriptions will get bumped whenever they renew, starting June 16. But while nobody likes a 20 percent hike, it's a good reminder that Amazon Prime is as worth it as you want it to be. If past is prologue, the price change won’t inspire many people to cancel their Prime accounts.

Duration:00:05:12

The Complex Engineering of Aston Martin's DB11 Volante

5/11/2018
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If you were asked to name the craziest thing that ever happened to an Aston Martin inside a laboratory, you’d likely invoke some witty repartee between James Bond and Q. But that’s only because you don’t know how Aston’s engineering department developed the roof for the 2018 DB11 Volante.

Duration:00:06:21

Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' and the New Shape of Protest Music

5/10/2018
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In 2014, a Rolling Stone poll declared Bob Dylan’s "Masters of War" the best protest song of our time. Recorded in April of 1963, during that fierce spell of racial and economic tumult, Dylan, in his folksy pragmatism, rages against the Cold War and the military industrial complex. "You play with my world/ Like it’s your little toy," he sings.

Duration:00:07:52

AI Isn’t a Crystal Ball, But It Might Be a Mirror

5/9/2018
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Everyone from the ACLU to the Koch brothers wants to reduce the number of people in prison and in jail. Liberals view mass incarceration as an unjust result of a racist system. Conservatives view the criminal justice system as an inefficient system in dire need of reform. But both sides agree: Reducing the number of people behind bars is an all-around good idea.

Duration:00:09:27

A Robotics Startup Perishes, and It’s Got Tales to Tell

5/9/2018
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TickTock has run out of time. Don’t fret if you don’t know what that is—after all, the startup launched just a year ago. But in that time the company cycled through four different consumer robot concepts in the hopes of shaping the future of the home, moving beyond simpleton Roombas to truly intelligent machines. After TickTock's collapse, though, co-founder and ex-Googler Ryan Hickman is talking candidly about what it’s like to build an unwanted robot.

Duration:00:07:01

Star Wars Is Becoming a Religion, and May 4 Is Its Spring Festival

5/8/2018
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It’s not even that good a play on words: May the Fourth Be With You. That’s all it takes to have a holiday? A pun? The joke at least has been around almost as long as Star Wars itself; official Star Wars doctrine traces the etymology to an ad congratulating Margaret Thatcher on the day she won the election to become Prime Minister of Britain in 1979, just two years after the first movie premiered.

Duration:00:05:29

Rudy Giuliani’s Many Recent Revelations Top This Week’s Internet News Roundup

5/8/2018
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Last week was so busy that we barely got to talk about failed Senate candidate Roy Moore filing a lawsuit claiming sexual misconduct allegations against him threw off his 2017 campaign. There also wasn't much time to talk about Stormy Daniels suing President Trump for defamation, or Paul Ryan’s surreal war with the House Chaplin, or even the fact that there’s a volcano erupting in Hawaii. Seriously. It’s been a helluva week.

Duration:00:09:27

'Westworld' Recap, Season 2 Episode 3: Robot, Human, and Everything in Between

5/7/2018
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Westworld watchers, we knew this moment was coming. The second season's third episode, "Virtù e Fortuna," opens not in Westworld but in an India-themed park. Where Westworld is an emblem of the colonization of Native American land, this park represents Britain's takeover of the subcontinent, and the racial-social hierarchy is clearly encoded: Women in saris and men in turbans—the hosts—walk amidst people dressed in turn-of-the-20th-century British garb.

Duration:00:08:19

Why Is NASA's InSight Mars Mission Launching from California?

5/7/2018
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The month-long launch window for NASA’s new Mars lander, InSight opens this weekend. InSight will be the first spacecraft to use a robotic arm to place its instruments on another planet’s soil—effectively unraveling the innards of the Red Planet. It’s also the first interplanetary mission to launch from the West Coast instead of Cape Canaveral, and it may not be the last. InSight isn’t a rover, like Curiosity or Opportunity, but a stationary lander.

Duration:00:04:54

How Fans Helped Hasbro Build Its Biggest Star Wars Ship Ever

5/4/2018
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Toys and Star Wars are inextricably linked forever and ever. Star Wars creator George Lucas famously waived part of his directing fee and retained the insanely lucrative rights to Star Wars merchandise in a deal that has gone down in history as a catastrophic blunder on the part of 20th Century Fox. The studio was skeptical this oddball space movie would resonate with audiences, even if its critters, spaceships, and memorable villains seem like obvious toys in hindsight.

Duration:00:11:14

Facebook Hid Unreleased Features in Its AR Scavenger Hunt at F8

5/4/2018
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If what technologists say is true, then at some point in the not-so-distant future we'll be unburdened of our phones and will experience augmented reality through smart glasses instead. For now, though, we're still standing en masse, pointing our phones at an unremarkable wall at a convention center in San Jose, California, all for the chance to see a simple AR animation. That's how the future was being represented this week at F8, anyway.

Duration:00:09:56

How to Interact With Robots Without Embarrassing Yourself

5/3/2018
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Few things in this world are as exhausting as interacting with humans. You’ve got to maintain eye contact (ugh) and watch for subtle body language (ugh) and pay attention the whole time (ugh). And if you think that’s tough, wait until you start interacting with robots, which aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer just yet. It’s going to be hell. That is unless, of course, a particular breed of roboticist can get humans and machines to form a strange new kind of bond.

Duration:00:05:29

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