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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com

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Surface Book 2 Review: Meet Microsoft's Beefy, Fast, Everything Machine

11/20/2017
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Microsoft's Surface devices defy easy description. Even Microsoft itself has never quite known what to call them. It's the one device for everything in your life. It's a tablet that can replace your laptop. It's powerful as a laptop, lighter than air. It's powered by beautiful. In reality, the Surface is all those things—and none of them. The Surface Book 2, on the other hand, is really only one thing: a laptop. A beefy, fast, get-shit-done laptop.

Duration: 00:08:06


It's The Worst Time Ever To Release The Punisher —Just Like Every Other Time

11/17/2017
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Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and society. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com

Duration: 00:05:57


Rian Johnson Is Getting a Star Wars Trilogy—'The Last Jedi' Must Be Amazing

11/15/2017
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Congratulations, Rian Johnson—you survived the Star Wars obstacle course! In a world where not every director even gets to finish the movie they start producing, you, exalted amongst your peers, have not only wrapped one—you’ve been given more. Lucasfilm announced yesterday that you're getting your own trilogy (three films!) with which you can do whatever you want. (Like, within reason.) How does that feel? Thrilling, I’ll bet. It means big, big things for you.

Duration: 00:04:48


The Iranian Smugglers Trafficking Fuel Into Pakistan

11/14/2017
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Trucks gather near the border to unload their cargo. Pack animals will carry the fuel across. Aslan works at a fuel depot in Pakistan. He is just 12 years old. Smugglers load donkeys and mules with fuel to cross the border. Abdowahed has a bachelor's degree in agriculture but turned to fuel smuggling after drought dried up his orchards in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan. He takes a bath in a spring near the Pakistan border after selling a load of diesel.

Duration: 00:02:52


Steven Soderbergh on Virtual Reality, iPhone Filmmaking, and Harvey Weinstein

11/13/2017
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Steven Soderbergh is nothing if not ever-evolving—except, maybe, for tireless. After establishing himself as one of his generation’s great auteurs with movies like Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Out of Sight, and Traffic, he vowed to stop making theatrical films. During the supposed hiatus, he made HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, and two seasons of prestige drama The Knick for Cinemax.

Duration: 00:10:40


Twenty Years after His Death, Carl Sagan Is Still Right

11/10/2017
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Twenty years ago I called Carl Sagan to ask him why people believed crazy stuff. Sagan—astronomer, creator of the “golden record” messages to any aliens who might find the Voyager space probes, creator and host of Cosmos, novelist, arguably one of the best-known scientists of the 20th century—would’ve been 83 years old today. Me, I was a fact-checker on the science desk at Newsweek, which meant I mostly did reporting for other people’s stories.

Duration: 00:07:01


Kindle Oasis Review: Way Better, Way Bigger

11/9/2017
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Earlier this year, I caught myself complaining to a colleague that I don’t read enough books. I read more than ever, but I’d largely replaced books with magazine features, news stories, and tweets. (Mostly tweets, if I’m being honest.) I read in fits and starts: five minutes in line at Safeway, 20 minutes on the train, 15 minutes when I’m early at the restaurant. This, I whined to my poor colleague, was just not conducive to reading books.

Duration: 00:07:16


How Koenigsegg's Agera RS Set a New World Speed Record

11/8/2017
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Records may be made to be broken, but the laws of physics aren't even supposed to bend. Which makes it all the weirder that the Koenigsegg Agera RS just set a new production car speed record, hitting 277.9 mph. That is, to use the engineering term, insane. It pushes the limits of aerodynamics, suspension, engine power, and tire rubber. It seems impossible. Koenigsegg, a tiny Swedish supercar outfit, set the new mark this weekend on a closed section of public road in Nevada.

Duration: 00:06:12


The Downfall of Doppler Labs: Inside the Last Days of a Hardware Startup

11/7/2017
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On October 23, Doppler Labs founder Noah Kraft got a Facebook notification. One of those "On This Day" pop-ups, resurfacing a post from exactly two years ago, when Kraft had appeared on CNBC to make the case for his company. "We want to put a computer, speaker, and mic in everyone's ear," Kraft said during the interview. "We have very lofty visions of the future, everything from real-time translation to personal assistants." The memory stung.

Duration: 00:16:59


Review: Timbuk2 Lug Knapsack

11/6/2017
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The name “Timbuk2” has become synonymous with moderately-priced, high-quality bags. Their iconic messengers are emblematic of a place and time, a part of the 2000s Silicon Valley wardrobe that was as ubiquitous as a hoodie and a pair of Chuck Taylors. To not like a Timbuk2 bag is outrageous, like not liking cheap burritos, or sitting in sunny parks. And yet here we are. As much as it pains me to say this, I simply don’t like their Lug Knapsack.

Duration: 00:05:49


Razer Phone: Specs, Price, Release Date

11/3/2017
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If I told you Razer made a smartphone, you'd probably develop a mental picture pretty quickly. Since the company is mostly known for its gaming mice, keyboards, and laptops, you'd expect this phone to be For Gamers. It'd be crazy powerful, of course, with all the best specs and the highest numbers and probably a bunch of chips you don't need but sound really cool at a LAN party. It'd probably be huge, and super expensive, as gaming gear tends to be.

Duration: 00:05:29


YouTube's Quest to Make TV Work Everywhere

11/1/2017
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Neil Cormican has spent his career trying to fix the interface on your TV. Before he was the head of design at YouTube TV, Cormican worked on program guides, interactive systems, and web-based TV. Lots of ideas, always the same roadblock. "Everybody already watches TV," he says. "So everybody has an opinion, and everything you do is always wrong." To borrow a Gladwell-ism, just about everyone has put in their 10,000 hours flopped on the living room couch, aimlessly thumbing through channels.

Duration: 00:13:12


President Trump's Data Dump Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

10/31/2017
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In a week where sexual harassment allegations against powerful men continued to come to light and the situation continues to be dire in Puerto Rico, people have been turning to old traditions to keep their spirits high: Halloween, Stranger Things , and wondering what in the world is actually going with Taylor Swift right now . Well, it's that or wondering what in the world is happening in Spain , but that's not entirely uplifting. And those tidbits are just the beginning.

Duration: 00:07:23


Prezi’s Augmented Reality Presentation Software Wants to Kill Boring PowerPoints

10/30/2017
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When Peter Arvai founded Prezi in 2009, he didn't set out to topple PowerPoint. He just wanted to see better presentations. With the right tools, he figured, he could help people create visual aids that felt more engaging. Arvai was sick of sitting through slide decks containing walls of text and bullet-pointed lists, listening to the speaker ramble on while the audience squinted at the words on the screen.

Duration: 00:08:11


Google Pixelbook Review: The Mack Daddy of All Chromebooks

10/27/2017
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I believe in Chromebooks. Windows and MacOS come with three decades of cruft, old ideas about how things work that don’t mesh with a new generation that sends more snaps than emails and doesn’t know what that weird rectangle on the Save icon even is. (It’s a floppy disk, kiddies. Look it up.) Now that the primary computer for so many people is a five-inch rectangle of glass in their pocket, it seems obvious that we need to redefine what a computer means.

Duration: 00:10:22


Sonos One Review: Amazon's Alexa Is Here, But It Still Has Some Growing Up to Do

10/26/2017
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I like my Echo. In my house, we use it to play radio stations, to get the weather, and to answer questions like "When was the Edo period?" One thing I don't often use the Echo for is music. That's because it sounds terrible. As good as Amazon's Alexa voice service is, the Echo's black tin can croaks out audio just a notch better than the 20-year-old Coby FM radio I keep in the garage.

Duration: 00:06:29


What It's Like to Rappel 1,000 Feet Down Into a Volcano

10/25/2017
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Most people's idea of a good night's sleep involves a plush mattress, blackout shades, and maybe some sleeping pills. But Ulla Lohmann catches her best zzz 's hundreds of feet deep inside a rumbling volcano , lava casting a red glow all around. "It's like a night light," she says. The German photographer loves volcanoes so much her husband proposed to her atop one, and then the couple honeymooned on another. She's spent the last decade exploring 10 active volcanoes around the world.

Duration: 00:03:37


Gear for the Multi-Modal Work Commuter: Microsoft Surface Book, Tern Vektron E-Bike, Cole Haan, Nau, Topo Designs

10/24/2017
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When the trek to work involves multiple modes of transit, this gear will ease your way. At 2.76 pounds, Microsoft’s newest ultraportable is light enough to practically disappear inside your briefcase. And thanks to more than 14 hours of playback time, you can continue watching mov-ies when your evening train home is interminably delayed. | $999 Your feet need mobility machines too.

Duration: 00:02:32


5 Toys to Teach Your Kids the Basics of Engineering: Lego, Kano, Cubetto, Tech Will Save Us, XYZprinting

10/23/2017
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Today, learning about science and tech is all play. Well, and maybe just a little work. You don’t need to be a fab-lab rat to work this simple 3-D printer. Kids can design their own objects using free software or print a predesigned trinket. | $250 (Ages 14+) It’s no Retina display, but Kano’s 16x8-pixel grid still dazzles. Make the LEDs glow using Kano’s simple web coding app. Program the screen to display weather and stock data, or just create pixel art.

Duration: 00:02:32


To Survive the Streets, Self-Driving Cars Must Learn to Think Like Humans

10/20/2017
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Next time you’re driving down the road or walking down the street, pause to consider how you read your surroundings. How you pay extra attention to the kid kicking a soccer ball around her front lawn and the slightly wobbly, nervous looking cyclist. How you deprioritize the woman striding toward the street, knowing she’s heading for the group of friends waving to her from the sidewalk.

Duration: 00:08:53

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