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Stranger Things 2 review: Binge watching can't disguise how bad this is

Stranger Things 2 review: Binge watching can't disguise how bad this is

The afterglow of binge watching Stranger Things 2 is very, very strong — believe us, we know.  Unless you’re a heartless, unfeeling demodog, you’re probably still feeling the warm fuzzies from Steve Harrington and Chief Hopper dadding all over our strange things. But let’s put our feels to the side for a moment, and consider […]

The pope is about to drop bars and the internet loves it

The pope is about to drop bars and the internet loves it

Sorry, Kendrick. The pope is the greatest rapper alive.  On Saturday, His Holiness was on a flight from Cairo to Rome, where he warned about the devastating effects of a war with North Korea.  A serious topic, for sure. But the internet was too distracted by the above photo to care about the message. Francis: […]

'Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2' already crosses $100 million at the box office

'Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2' already crosses $100 million at the box office

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 doesn’t open in the United States until May 5, but international box office returns portend good times ahead for the latest Marvel space adventure. Across 37 international openings, Guardians 2 has picked up an estimated $101.2 million in ticket sales. It’s on pace for a #1 box office finish […]

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Hello Aibo, goodbye Alexa: Sony turns robot dog into AI assistant

Hello Aibo, goodbye Alexa: Sony turns robot dog into AI assistant

That robotic dog you wanted as a kid is back. And sadly, it’s just as expensive. Sony had announced that after more than a decade since retiring its robot dog product, the Aibo will be coming back for real. SEE ALSO: Sony’s bringing back an old favorite to get back into AI Image: aibo/sony/screenshot The […]

Kristen Bell and Dave Grohl mashed up Metallica and 'Frozen' and it kind of worked

Kristen Bell and Dave Grohl mashed up Metallica and 'Frozen' and it kind of worked

Do you want to build a… Sandman? Taking over for Jimmy Kimmel on Halloween night, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, dressed as a beardy David Letterman, was chatting with Frozen star Kristen Bell, dressed as Tom Selleck. After asking Bell to “jam,” she dedicated the Disney film’s song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” to […]

AT&T will open AI marketplace to the public next year

AT&T will open AI marketplace to the public next year

Thanks to AT&T, you may soon be able to build your own AI-powered app.  The Acumos “AI Marketplace,” launched with open-source nonprofit the Linux Foundation, is currently open for “initial access” to companies who pay a registration fee. The platform will be released to the public, for free, in early 2018.  SEE ALSO: Grab your […]

Slack went down, and the workers of the world united...on Twitter

Slack went down, and the workers of the world united…on Twitter

Slack went down, and workers were left scrambling. The popular workplace collaboration client suffered “connectivity issues” late Tuesday afternoon (PDT), affecting access to the service worldwide. SEE ALSO: This Slack setting tells you if your boss is spying on your DMs Slack responded to tweets about the outage on Twitter, and on its status page […]

I finally understand what the iPhone X 'notch' is for

I finally understand what the iPhone X 'notch' is for

I had an epiphany the other day.  I was finalizing my review of LG V30, which would be my third review of a “bezel-less” phone in a row. And as I struggled to find the words to describe the V30’s design, which is so similar to all the other big-screened Android flagships that came out […]

The next generation of iPhones won't have a TrueDepth rear camera, says analyst

The next generation of iPhones won't have a TrueDepth rear camera, says analyst

The iPhone X‘s release is imminent (and we can tell you all about it in our review), but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out reports about Apple’s next generation of smartphones.    The latest speculation about Apple’s 2018 offerings is more concerned with what the phones won’t have, rather than what new […]

AT&T wants to put AI in the public's hands

AT&T wants to put AI in the public's hands

Thanks to AT&T, you may soon be able to build your own AI-powered app.  The Acumos “AI Marketplace,” launched with open-source nonprofit the Linux Foundation, is currently open for “initial access” to companies who pay a registration fee. The platform will be released to the public, for free, in early 2018.  SEE ALSO: Grab your […]

Listen to an exclusive excerpt of Jason Segel's new novel 'Otherworld'

Listen to an exclusive excerpt of Jason Segel's new novel 'Otherworld'

This Halloween, you may be thinking of scares from the supernatural world, but what about the much scarier, and much more real, technological one? Otherworld, a new novel from Kirsten Miller and Jason Segel (yes, that Jason Segel), imagines a world not too far ahead of our own, one where virtual reality can become your […]

'Your power scares me' senator tells Facebook during first hearing on 2016 election

'Your power scares me' senator tells Facebook during first hearing on 2016 election

The two biggest moments of Tuesday’s hearing about Russian propaganda on social media put Facebook in the crosshairs. “You put billions of data points together all the time. You can’t put together rubles with a political ad?” asked Sen. Al Franken of Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch during one of the hearing’s most heated exchanges […]

MIT researchers create an AI bot that writes horror stories

MIT researchers create an AI bot that writes horror stories

Deep inside an MIT laboratory, an artificially intelligent bot is composing ghastly tales of nightmarish creatures and strange shrieks in the night.  MIT researchers named their bot Shelley (after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley). They endowed her with an artificial mind, called a neural network, an advanced form of machine learning in which a computer learns […]

NYC's plan to finally kill the MetroCard

NYC's plan to finally kill the MetroCard

New York City is preparing to join London in the transportation future.  Last week, the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced a $573 million plan to replace its nearly 25-year-old MetroCard swiping system with a modernized payment program modeled after London’s. It will allow the city’s over 1.7 billion annual riders to waive a phone […]

Apple iPhone X will take Snapchat to the next level

Apple iPhone X will take Snapchat to the next level

You’d totally do it for the Snap if all your lenses looked like this. Look, I’m impressed with what app developers and third-party partners have created for Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat using the middling front-facing cameras of most phones — but it’s about to get way more interesting. SEE ALSO: This is how Apple built […]

Instagram app now has Hebrew, Farsi, Arabic language options

Instagram app now has Hebrew, Farsi, Arabic language options

Languages written from right to left are having an Instagram moment.  The photo-and-video social app now supports languages read from right to left, including Hebrew, Farsi, and Arabic. The new languages will first be available on Android devices. SEE ALSO: Instagram’s 3-second ‘Superzoom’ videos are the new Boomerang Instagram already has more than two dozen […]