What if a nightmare could follow you? Space Replay, by Royal College of Art student Francesco Tacchini , along with Julinka Ebhardt and Will Yates-Johnson from Design Products, appears to be just that: it’s an uncanny black orb that hovers around making eerie noises. According to its designer, the object “explores and manipulates transitional public spaces with particular acoustic properties,” and then records and replays them, producing “a delayed echo of human activity.” It also happens to look just like the malevolent orb of death from the Commodore 64′s enigmatic video game, Impossible Mission . Continue reading…
Space Replay is an obsidian nightmare from the future
The Public Prosecutor of Rome has unilaterally ordered Italy’s ISPs to censor 46 sites , and it appears the ISPs are complying, even though no complaint had been lodged against the sites, nor had any judge issued any order related to them.
It’s a bittersweet day in Austin, Texas for Aereo. The company’s remote DVR service, which allows users to stream or record over-the-air broadcasts, just launched in the city this week against the backdrop of SXSW, making it Aereo’s fourth market in…
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Aereo’s not for sale… not now, anyway
One of the most beloved episodes of the original Star Trek series is getting a remake — only this time, it’ll be a comic book. The award-winning episode “City on the Edge of Forever,” written by Harlan Ellison, originally debuted on April 6th, 1967, but the show that aired was very different from the script that was written. Now comic publisher IDW is trying to bring that original vision to life. Continue reading…
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Classic ‘Star Trek’ episode revisited as a comic book using original script
SXSW is a veritable playground for journalists, with panels catering to media professionals and — most importantly — no shortage of free food. We’re not surprised, then, that The New York Times chose Austin as the venue for an announcement this…
Legalized recreational marijuana raises a host of questions, including a major issue: how do police stop so-called drugged driving? Enforcement and detection is one problem, but awareness is perhaps even more important. To that end, Colorado this week unveiled a $1 million ad campaign to drive the point home that weed and automobiles don’t mix. In one ad, a stoned guy celebrates hanging his flat-screen TV on the wall and heads over to get some victory tortilla chips. Right on cue, the TV smashes to the floor.
Fresh off the announcement of the upcoming Angry Birds Stella , developer Rovio has revealed that yet another new game in the series is in the works. No name was revealed, but a brief teaser describes it as “the next epic Angry Birds game.” The video doesn’t even hint as to what type of game it will be, instead slowly panning around a suit of armor — which of course features an angry bird inside. Whenever the new game does launch, it will be available first in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, with other countries to follow sometime afterwards. The most recent entry in the series was Angry Birds Go , a disappointing kart racer that debuted on mobile devices back in December.
The reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic show Cosmos is coming tomorrow night in a huge international launch, and Fox has announced that the series will kick off with a message from President Obama. The new Cosmos , headlined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a blend of CGI fiction and science that explores the universe and humanity’s role in it. Fox says that Obama’s opening video message “invites a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future.” While the president’s 2015 science budget proposal is largely flat on research funding, Obama has backed several forward-looking science and technology projects since 2008, including a… Continue reading…
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President Obama will introduce the series premiere of ‘Cosmos’ on Sunday night
This Day in Blogging History: Welcome to Your Awesome Robot; Broadcaster sets up torrent tracker; Can Klingon be copyrighted?
One year ago today Welcome to your Awesome Robot: instructional comic turns kids & cardboard boxes into AWESOME ROBOTS!: Welcome to Your Awesome Robot is a fantastic book for maker-kids and their grownups.
Following up on the news that its UnCarrier rival will soon raise the cost of its unlimited data plan, AT&T is making some pricing changes of its own — in the completely opposite direction. The base rate for the company’s 2GB Mobile Share Value plan…
AT&T reduces 2GB Mobile Share Value plans by $15 per month
Janice writes, ” The Harlequin Creature is a journal of poetry and prose that is hand-typed at typing bees by a circle of friend and volunteers from Los Angeles to Ann Arbor to New York.
Sure, pedestrian detection tech for cars is already in the works, but the city of London wants to keep people even safer by equipping its crossings with a bunch of sensors and devices. London Mayor Boris Johnson just announced that the city will try…
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London will test smart crossing system to keep pedestrians safe
Aereo’s streams in Denver and Salt Lake City hung on for a while after the US District Court of Utah granted its opponents a preliminary injunction on February 20th, but today they’re shutting off. Yesterday a panel of federal court judges denied…
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Aereo’s internet TV service in Denver and Salt Lake City shuts down today
Smartphones have fostered short attention spans for years, and now Cartoon Network plans to take advantage of that with a new app designed to deliver entertainment in extremely short bursts. Later this year, the company will release Cartoon Network Anything, an app with 15-second videos, games, and other tiny chunks of entertainment, reports The New York Times . The free app won’t be tied to any cable service provider, says Cartoon Network Digital’s vice president Chris Waldron, who added that the company views it as a proving ground for new content that might be deserving of a longer-form production. Continue reading…
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Cartoon Network is working on an app with 15-second shows
Caitlin Roper’s 25th anniversary appreciation of Katherine Dunn’s magnificent novel Geek Love manages the improbable trick of doing the book justice.
So much for surprises. Oppo has been trying to maintain an aura of mystery around the launch of the Find 7 on March 19th, but the design lovers at Red Dot have spoiled things by showing off the smartphone in their product gallery, nearly two weeks…
I linked to the seven-hour video file from Trustycon, the convention held as an alternative to RSA’s annual security event, inspired by the revelation that RSA took money from the NSA to sabotage its own products.
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Videos of individual Trustycon talks
Dan Gillmor’s got more to say about the news that K-cups are getting coffee DRM and what it means in the wider world: “Just as the police and security agencies are racing deploy all new technologies to spy on everyone – whether the law permits it or not – private industry is racing to retain as much control as possible over the products and services it sells, and thereby control over us.”
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Coffee DRM and the wider world of state spying and corporate control
My partner Miles O’Brien will be appearing on tonight’s PBS NewsHour to talk about the accident that led to the loss of his left arm , while on a reporting trip in the Philippines.
A lot of products come out each week — we don’t highlight all of them, but all of them make it into The Verge Database . In Spec Sheet, a weekly series, we survey the latest product entries to keep track of the state of the art. Chromebooks are making a big statement in the laptop world: NPD Group Inc.
Justice of Toren is a living ship far beyond AI, spending millennia carrying officers and troops for the Radchaai Empire’s endless planetary annexations. Those troops are ancillaries – sometimes called corpse soldiers – reanimated bodies that now share a single consciousness and act as one. Breq was once the ancillary One Esk and the ship Justice of Toren. But now, separated in a moment of trauma, she’s autonomous. It’s a condition so rare no one suspects what she is
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Jim Munroe sez, “Ten years from now, videogames are so immersive that teenagers learn lethal skills just by playing. They’re called hapheads .
Spencer Hall interviews former SR-71 Blackbird pilot Rick McCrary about what it’s like to fly the world’s fastest plane. Spoiler: It’s terrifying. Continue reading…
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Flying the world’s fastest plane: behind the stick of the SR-71
You’re gonna want to steer clear of this CUPID. The Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, or “stun copter,” can deliver 80,000 volts of pure projectile terror directly into the skin of an ill-intentioned hoodlum. This is serious business for…