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J.K. Rowling publishing new 'Harry Potter' story about Dolores Umbridge

J.K. Rowling may not be writing more Harry Potter novels, but she's far from leaving the world behind. This Halloween, she's planning to release another short story fleshing out the Harry Potter...

The 'Red Velvet' Oreo is a fake, and here's why

Earlier this week, a tweet sent the Twitter cookie community into an uproar. This tweet from @chevroletgirl, posted on October 18th, showed a picture of an alleged new limited edition flavor of...

Wii U 'Super Smash Bros.' has eight-player fights on gigantic battlefields

The Wii U version of frantic fighting game Super Smash Bros will support eight player matches, introduce a range of new modes, and allow players to build their own stages on which to battle. The...

Microsoft Lumia design officially revealed without Nokia branding

Microsoft is officially replacing its Nokia branding with Microsoft Lumia on the company s Windows Phones. The software giant is "looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon," and,...

Ferrari's hybrid commits sacrilege, rolls in electric-only mode

Pop quiz, hotshot. How much horsepower do you get with a 789HP V12 and 160HP electric motor? Any Ferrari fan knows the (insane) answer: 949. That's the total output from the $1.69 million hybrid...

Watch this: The Simpsons recreates Adventure Time, South Park, Archer, Pokemon, and many...

Saxophone enthusiast Lisa Simpson closed last night's Treehouse of Horror episode with this terribly meta thought: "I just had a worrisome thought. If there could be two incarnations of The...

First 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer leaks online

Marvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELD next Tuesday, but apparently that plan isn't working out. What appears to be the entire trailer has now leaked...

Iron Man is forever. Robert Downey Jr. isn t

After weeks of back and forth, will he or won't he, Marvel finally announced Robert Downey Jr.'s next appearance as Tony Stark / Iron Man, playing counterpoint to Chris Evans' Steve Roger in the...

Former SpaceX Exec Explains How Elon Musk Taught Himself Rocket Science

While it's certainly impressive that Elon Musk has bachelor's degrees in physics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, it's an absurd understatement to say that prepared him to run...

Watch the full-length trailer for Ridley Scott's live-action 'Halo: Nightfall'

Here it is, the first full-length trailer for Halo: Nightfall, the live-action series executive produced by Ridley Scott (i.e. not the Steven Spielberg one). We got a tease in late July, but this...

I rode a hoverboard designed to save buildings from earthquakes and floods

As I push off for my first time on an actual working hoverboard, the first thought in my mind is not how different it is from how Michael J. Fox did it in Back To The Future Part II which is...

New 'Harry Potter' spin-offs may be released as often as superhero films

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the spin-off trilogy set in the Harry Potter universe, will be released individually in 2016, 2018, and 2020, according to a tweet from Wall Street Journal...

Microsoft Lumia will replace the Nokia brand

Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official. Microsoft Lumia is the new brand name...

Google VP's 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump

A senior Google executive has broken the world record for highest free-fall parachute jump today. Dr. Alan Eustace, whose official title is Senior Vice President of Knowledge, successfully...

PhotoMath uses your phone's camera to solve equations

Need a little help getting through your next big math exam? MicroBlink has an app that could help you study more effectively -- perhaps too effectively. Its newly unveiled PhotoMath for iOS and...

We rode a $10,000 hoverboard, and you can too

It's impossible to talk about hoverboards without invoking a particular movie title, so we're not even going to try: remember that awesome scene from Back to the Future Part II? It's one step...

IKEA captures shopping horror with halloween tribute to 'The Shining'

IKEAs are terrifying. The thought of spending a weekend inside the Swedish furniture giant is the stuff of nightmares for many. IKEA Singapore takes the idea one step further by incorporating the...

Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, promises to share work toward 'what makes the universe...

Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook, promising to share his work toward discovering "what makes the universe exist" with his followers of his new account. "Time and space may forever be a mystery,...

Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic

Christian Bale will star as late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic from director Danny Boyle. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed the decision in an upcoming interview with Bloomberg...

Google launches support for Security Key, a simpler kind of two-factor authentication

It just got a little easier to log into Gmail. Today, Google launched support for Security Key, an open standard that lets you log in to an account with a physical device, usually in the form of a...

Microsoft will replace its Nokia brand with Microsoft Lumia

It s been a gradual process since Microsoft finalized the deal to acquire Nokia s Devices & Services division back in April, but we finally have some clarity on what will happen to the Nokia brand...

HBO is finally going to let you watch its shows without cable

Starting next year, you'll finally be able to watch HBO on the web without a cable subscription. In a dream come true for cord cutters, HBO CEO Richard Plepler has confirmed the company plans to...

Doctors transplanted 'dead hearts' into three patients, and it worked

Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a "dead heart" a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor's chest into a 57-year-old woman, reports the BBC. The operation, which has been...

This Clever App Scans And Solves Math Problems Instantly Using Your Phone's Camera

Every now and then, an app comes along that combines two existing technologies in a way that just makes sense. PhotoMath does just that, utilizing your smartphone's camera to quickly solve math...

New Nintendo 3DS review

Portable games consoles are still a thing. As the Wii U flounders, it s almost easy to forget that Nintendo has another console plugging away in a valiant effort to prop up the company s bottom...

Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google

The new Gmail app from the Gmail team isn't technically just an email app, at least if you ask them. It's called "Inbox," and it's being released as an invite-only system that works on the web,...

Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions

Automakers like Subaru and Volvo have had automatic anti-collision braking for a while, but what if you're a Ford fan? You won't have to wait long. The Blue Oval has revealed that it's adding its...

The villain of 'Captain America 3' isn't Iron Man it's the NSA

In 2014, it s easy to think of Captain America as a bit of a tough sell. He s a figure of an earlier time, and bringing him into the modern age has always meant a dance between sly retcons and...

Classic Macs turned into modern furniture

The Apple Power Mac G5 was a classic computer of the early millennium, but for all of its strengths besides its gorgeous design, it was the fastest Mac in Apple's lineup when it was released in...

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

I was wrong about big phones. Actually, a lot of people were wrong about big phones. When Samsung first came out with the Note in 2011, I wasn t the only one who laughed at the idea of a 5.3-inch...

The Xbox One can now find your lost controller

Microsoft's latest Xbox One October dashboard update is rolling out today, and it aims to help you find missing controllers. The software maker has been previewing the many features included in the...

This insane, gruesome sculpture brings 'Doom' to life

Jason Hite has been in love with Doom since 1993. And in 2004 he decided to create a tribute in the best way he knows how: a wonderfully dark and disturbing sculpture. It all started when Hite...

Google exec sets a new record for highest-altitude jump

Move over Felix Baumgartner (pictured above) -- just two years after the daredevil's record setting 128,000 foot Red Bull Stratos space jump, Google VP Alan Eustace has topped it. The New York...

Fake news sites are using Facebook to spread Ebola panic

There s a scary story bouncing around Facebook, accruing hundreds of thousands of likes: the small town of Purdon, Texas, has been quarantined after a family of five was diagnosed with Ebola. The...

'Minecraft' movie may be made by 'Night at the Museum' director

The Lego Movie made it clear that a film based on a plotless, block-based property could somehow be wildly successful and really funny, so we really ought to be looking forward to the upcoming...

Google CEO Larry Page just put Sundar Pichai in charge of almost everything

Google's Sundar Pichai, who's already responsible for overseeing Android and Chrome, is about to have even more on his plate. According to Recode, CEO Larry Page has sent a memo to employees...

Google leads $542 million funding of mysterious augmented reality firm Magic Leap

Google is leading a huge $542 million round of funding for the secretive startup Magic Leap, which is said to be working on augmented reality glasses that can create digital objects that appear to...

University threatened with 'massacre' if it lets Anita Sarkeesian speak

Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the popular Tropes vs. Women video series, is at the center of yet another death threat. The Standard Examiner reports that the director of Utah State University's...

The Nexus 6: hands-on with Google's phablet

After watching Apple unapologetically release the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung release the fourth iteration of its massive Galaxy Note, getting a 6-inch phone from Google seems almost par for...

Using Google Inbox: this feels like the future of email

My favorite thing about Inbox, Google's radical new email app for Android, iOS, and the web, is that it's perfectly happy to have you use your email as a to-do list. Rather than try to turn your...

Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop

After an extended testing and preview period, Google has announced the final release of Android L, its latest version of the world's most popular mobile platform. Android 5.0 Lollipop is debuting...

Mark Zuckerberg Taught Himself Mandarin While Running Facebook He Got So Good, He Just Did...

Mark Zuckerberg taught himself Mandarin, inspired by his wife Priscilla Chan, while running Facebook. He's good enough that he was able to give a 30-minute Q&A today entirely in Mandarin at...

This Excel Trick Will Make Your Reports Much Easier To Deal With

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Zuckerberg Speaks Chinese, Internet Soils Itself

Mark Zuckerberg may only own one hoodie, as far as we can tell, but he is multilingual. The Facebook founder was interviewed at business school Tsinghua University today and answered all questions...

Michigan latest state to ban direct Tesla sales

Michigan has become the latest state to ban Tesla from selling its cars straight to consumers, with Governor Rick Snyder signing a law yesterday that prohibits direct sales. Michigan joins a...

The media is doing an awful job explaining Ebola, and #ClipboardMan is proof

Earlier today, a photograph of man in a button-down shirt and a pair of black trousers exploded all over the internet. He was spotted escorting Amber Vinson, the second nurse to become infected...

Edward Snowden's Privacy Tips: Get Rid Of Dropbox, Avoid Facebook And Google

According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google. Snowden conducted a remote interview...

Every episode of 'Friends' is coming to Netflix in USA and Canada

Every episode of Friends is coming to Netflix, according to a tweet from Netflix and an announcement at today's Time Warner investor event. The show, which ran from 1994 to 2004, follows the...

'Civilization: Beyond Earth' takes the strategy series out of the stratosphere

This is how humanity ends. We've fought our way out of caves and from shorelines, built cities, built rockets, finally slipped the surly bonds of Earth. We've made it to a new planet and conquered...

Michelle Obama Made A 'Turn Down For What' Parody Vine And It's Amazing

Michelle Obama just posted a Vine of herself holding a turnip in response to a question that asked, "turnip for what?," a parody on the popular song "Turn Down For What." You kind of have to just...

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Teens Have Had Their Snapchat Photos And Videos Intercepted By...

A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years. Shocked users of notorious chat forum 4chan are referring to...

Humans Genetically Engineered To Be Super Intelligent Could Have An IQ Of 1000

Genetically engineered human beings could have IQs of 1000 or higher. At least that's the theory from scientist Stephen Hsu. Hsu is something of a scientific polymath, who has done work pertaining...

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donating $100 million to fight Ebola

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will contribute "at least" $100 million to fight the spread of Ebola, he announced Thursday. In a tweet, Allen revealed the new donation amount and urged others to...

Here's Why Mark Zuckerberg Studies Chinese Every Day

Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Wednesday. To the delight and amazement of the crowd, he spoke in Mandarin Chinese. "I'm very glad to be in Beijing," he said to...

Disrupt London Finalist Photomath Rockets To The Top Of The App Store

Have you tried Photomath yet? It's brilliant. It's a camera app that solves math equations. Just point and solve. The company launched the app earlier this week at Disrupt London, and yesterday,...

Take A Rare Peek Inside The Massive Data Centers That Power Google

Data centers are typically shrouded in secrecy because they are the brains behind tech companies. But not Google. The search giant has shared with the world photos that lift the veil off its...

Steve Carell is making a movie with 'Eternal Sunshine' writer Charlie Kaufman

Steve Carell is generating early Oscar buzz for his performance in the upcoming drama Foxcatcher, but now there's exciting news about a project that's further out. Deadline reports that Carell has...

Amazon Fire Phone Flops

Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a "Fire sale!" joke), this probably won't come as much of a surprise: the Fire...

Bang and Olufsen have made a portable Bluetooth speaker, no, we're not kidding

It's the last press day at German trade show IFA, and I should be hauling ass across the show floor. Instead, I'm waiting outside by the taxi rank, sucking down secondhand smoke of the booth...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses students in Chinese

Mark Zuckerberg used to be extremely awkward during presentations. He s still no Steve Jobs, but he s gotten way better. In fact, he s gotten so good, that he s conducting interviews in Chinese....

Yardarm will tell police dispatchers when and where officers have fired their gun

With the exception of maybe old Andy Taylor, most police officers in the United States carry a firearm as part of their standard equipment. Wouldn't it be nice to know when those sidearms are...

Google wants to help you leave iOS for Android Lollipop

So, you've taken a look at the new iPhones and iPads and thought to yourself: "Nah, it's time to see if the grass really is greener on the other side." Well, good timing, because Google has...

The awesome 'Guardians of the Galaxy' mixtape will be released on cassette

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy makes it clear that Peter "Star Lord" Quill is willing to risk his life for two things: his friends, and a cassette mixtape called "Awesome Mix Vol. 1." The mix has...

'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' adds an eight-player mode for double the madness

Think you know everything there is to about Super Smash Bros for Wii U? Think again: during today's Smash-centric Nintendo Direct event, the gaming giant announced an eight-player mode for...

'Assassin's Creed' and 'Watch Dogs' lead Jade Raymond has left Ubisoft

The driving force behind some of Ubisoft's most successful franchises and best moments is no longer with the game maker as of today. Jade Raymond, executive producer on Assassin's Creed II, Watch...

Google's Nexus 6 is a giant phablet designed for Android Lollipop

Google is today introducing the Nexus 6, the latest in its line of smartphones designed to show off the capabilities of new Android releases. This is the biggest Nexus phone that Google has...

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Disney's upcoming animated film Big Hero 6, about a boy and his soft robot (and a gang of super-powered friends), is perhaps the largest big-budget mash-up you'll ever see. Every aspect of the...

Microsoft is doing great, and so are Surface Pro 3 and Office 365

The cloud has been a solid source of income for Microsoft in recent times, and while the company is still in the middle of a huge transition, the future is looking bright under recently appointed...

The Foo Fighters are streaming a live concert on Facebook

Still a hardcore Foo Fighters fan? You'll want to swing by Facebook in a couple of days, then. The band is premiering both new music and a new documentary series by streaming a live Chicago concert...

New York patient tests positive for Ebola

New York City has its first confirmed case of Ebola in a doctor who had recently been traveling in West Africa to treat patients suffering from the deadly disease. Craig Spencer, 33, was taken to...

Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour

Ever heard of Electronics for Imaging? We hadn't either until this morning, but it's apparently a multimillion dollar, multinational, public corporation based out of Fremont, California. And the...

Robert Downey Jr. reportedly playing Iron Man in 'Captain America 3'

It looks like Robert Downey Jr. will be putting the Iron Man suit back on again for some big roles in the Marvel universe. According to Variety, Downey is close to signing on to play Iron Man in...

Canadians now have faster mobile data than you

Our Canadian neighbors have already been given a taste of Rogers' extremely data-friendly LTE, but now the carrier is officially rolling out its LTE-Advanced network across 12 different cities. In...

Scientist trumps his own work three weeks after winning the Nobel Prize

If you'd just won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, no-one would blame you if you took a quick trip to Disneyland, or at least a few days to catch up on Orange is the New Black. Eric Betzig, however,...

The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer

The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer; it was designed to inspire Google's Android partners to create one instead. Though you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise: It was announced one...

How a computer error helped Deep Blue beat humanity's best chess player

Chess legend Garry Kasparov beat IBM computer Deep Blue four games to two in a match organized in 1996. A year later, he was man versus the machine again, accepting another challenge from the team...

Mercedes built a self-driving truck that could save thousands of lives every year

Mercedes-Benz believes it's built a self-driving semi-truck that could eventually help cut down on highway tragedies that kill thousands of drivers each year. The Future Truck 2025 can't navigate...

AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM's Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one sim, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you'd just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you...

This is the Fitbit Surge, a $250 'superwatch' with built-in GPS

Fitbit is preparing to launch three new fitness trackers in the coming weeks. Two of those will be the Charge and Charge HR. The Charge looks to be a revision of the Fitbit Force, which was pulled...

Hungary wants to tax internet data transfers

Late on Tuesday, the Hungarian government proposed a controversial way of dealing with a national budget deficit: taxing internet service providers for data transfers sent over the web. Under the...

Take A Tour Of Bill Gates' New 224-Acre Ranch, Complete With A Horse-Racing Track

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has has purchased a 228-acre horse farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to property records, the purchase price was a...

Civilization: Beyond Earth Review Much More Than Just Civilization In Space

The Civilization series has repeatedly roped me in for disappearances that span hours and even days, and the newest instalment, Civilization: Beyond Earth continues that storied tradition. The...

The One App You Need To Mention On Your Resume If You Want A Job At Google

Google has more than 50,000 employees right now and they earn great salaries. Average pay at Google is $141,000. It's relatively easy to get a job at Google, too. The company is so large, and has a...

Lenovo is building a new smartphone brand to compete with Xiaomi

Samsung and Apple may be the two biggest names in smartphones in the western world, but in China it's all about Lenovo and Xiaomi. The two companies are among the most recognizable brands in the...

Resident Evil is getting its own TV series

If you love Zombies, but find The Walking Dead's narrative a little too serious, pay attention: a campier option is coming soon. Constantin Film, the production group behind the Resident Evil...

Bill Gates Reportedly Dropped $18 Million On This Southern California Horse Ranch

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has reportedly purchased a 228-acre horse farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to property records, the purchase price...

Watch a self-driving Audi become 'the fastest autonomous car on the planet'

Audi put a big exclamation point on its self-driving technology "piloted driving," as the company calls it with an adrenaline-filled demonstration in Germany over the weekend. The car in question...

Apple will reportedly integrate Beats Music with iTunes next year

Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes next year, integrating the recently purchased streaming service into its hugely popular music store, according to The Wall Street Journal. The...

Images of the first official Lego Minecraft sets have leaked

The idea of Minecraft Lego isn't entirely new Minecraft is, ostensibly, Lego's digital spirit animal. And now thanks to Russian store Mir Kubikovan, we've gotten the first look at six official...

Gaming Company Razer Is Now Valued At $1B+

Razer, the San Diego-based high-end gaming tech company, is on a roll. In the wake of the latest models of its thin Blade gaming laptops, a partnership with Tencent in China, and preparing for the...

We Tried Out Apple Pay In The Real World

Apple released iOS 8.1 today, and with it comes the ability to use Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. We decided to try it out by going to two nearby businesses that already accept Apple's...

'Doctor Who' will soon teach kids how to code

The BBC is tapping everyone's favorite time-traveling doctor to help get kids into coding. The broadcaster is launching The Doctor and the Dalek, a Doctor Who-themed game that features a number of...

Facebook's new Rooms app brings bite-sized forums to your iPhone

"We re not trying to build the next Snapchat we re trying to build the next Wordpress." These aren t the words you expect to hear from the guy building Facebook s next big app. Facebook has spent...

Here's Why A Quarter Of The World's Best-Performing CEOs Studied Engineering

The Harvard Business Review came out with its list of the 100 best-performing CEOs on the planet last week. Amazon head Jeff Bezos topped the list. As we've mentioned before, the exec has grown his...

Tesla's autopilot isn't special

"We ve been able to accelerate autopilot and bring it to market faster than originally anticipated," Elon Musk said to a gathered throng at Hawthorne Airport last week, the ex-Northrop facility in...

Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

Good news, you don't have to scour eBay for an invite to Google's new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of its "Inbox by Gmail"...

Google plans to make a component store for its modular phone

Project Ara is surely one of the most exciting things Google is working on right now -- at least from the ones we're aware of. Better yet, given how young it is, chances are it will only keep...

Magic Leap Secures $542M Led By Google For Lightweight Wearable Tech That Merges Physical...

It's rare that a company can stay relatively secretive while raising a huge amount of funding, but Florida's Magic Leap has managed that. The startup, led by CEO Rony Abovitz, announced today the...

I Waited In Line With Hundreds Of Teens To Meet YouTube Superstar Michelle Phan Here's...

With more than 7 million subscribers and 1 billion views, hair-and-makeup guru Michelle Phan is a certified YouTube superstar. Young people love Phan for her friendly, relatable persona, and she's...

'2001: A Space Odyssey' just got a brand new trailer after 40 years

2001 is among the finest sci-fi movies ever made. So, as part of the film's special re-release next month in the UK, the British Film Institute and Warner Bros. produced a new trailer to capture...

The SIM card is about to die

If there's one thing I've learned about Apple's dealings with SIM cards in the past seven years, it's that Apple gets what Apple wants. The little gold-plated circuits which identify you as a...

Record everything with this dive-friendly 360-degree action cam

Remember 360fly? The panoramic camera from EyeSee360, which built the panoramic GoPano iPhone lens, has been on the scene since early this year at NAB. Now, the WiFi- and Bluetooth-equipped 360fly...