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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still with us: a timeline

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Microsoft's Windows 9 Unveil Said To Be Coming September 30

Windows 9 has been leaked, and seems to show a backing away from the aggressively touch-focused Windows 8, with a mini start menu and dropping of the Charms bar, but we'll get a better look...

The awesome oldies mix from 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is still the best-selling album in...

There are a lot of good things about Guardians of the Galaxy. Groot is one. The fact that Vin Diesel plays Groot is another. Chris Pratt is also awesome. But one of the very best things about the...

Tom Hanks Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store

Tom Hanks' name can do more than sell a movie, it seems. His recently launched, hipster-ish typewriter app for iPad, Hanx Writer, has now shot up to the top of the iTunes App Store, ranking number...

Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th

Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event. Sources familiar with Microsoft s plans tell The Verge that the software maker is tentatively planning...

Look at what two years on Mars did to the Curiosity Rover

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Watch every death in all eight of Quentin Tarantino's movies

Right from his first film, Quentin Tarantino showed he had little remorse for killing off characters both big and small. Ever since 1992's Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino's films have been known nearly...

The world's largest solar thermal power plant is incinerating thousands of local birds

A common sight in the sky above the world's largest solar thermal power plant is a "streamer," a small plume of smoke that occurs without warning. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the...

The HTC One M8 for Windows is an HTC One running Windows Phone 8.1

HTC is today announcing a new variant of its popular One M8 smartphone: the HTC One M8 for Windows. The new phone has the exact same hardware features and specifications as the Android model...

A brief history of Gordon Ramsay's epicurean empire

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Spotify's 'Serendipity' map shows when two people play the same song at the exact same...

Spotify today unveiled Serendipity, an online map that displays a live stream of coordinates whenever two users play the same song at the same time. As each pair of listeners flashes onto the...

Antonio Banderas is a terrifying robot in the first trailer for dark sci-fi film...

With just its first trailer, Automata easily takes a place beside Christopher Nolan's Interstellar on the list of the best-looking sci-fi films coming this year. The film takes place in a dark...

Sony Has A New Feature Coming For The PS4 That's Going Bury The Xbox One

Amid all the exciting announcements coming out of last week s Gamescom trade show in Cologne, Germany, Sony announced a handful of new features coming in its 2.0 firmware for the PlayStation 4. And...

Marginal gains: How making 1 percent improvements on tiny things adds up

James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post...

People are building increasingly huge hard drives inside of 'Minecraft'

The fad of building anything and everything in MInecraft may be far from its peak today, but that seems to mean that the people still building are the most dedicated and they're creating some of...

AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire' is getting a second season

Until recently, prospects weren't good for AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. The drama, about a group of misfits attempting to clone IBM computer technology in the 1980s, saw a dip in ratings, and renewal...

You Can Now Get A Dirt Cheap iPhone 5s And A Nearly Free iPhone 5c At Walmart

Walmart is practically giving away iPhones. As part of a new sale, the retail giant is now selling the iPhone 5c on a two-year contract for just $0.97. The iPhone 5s is also getting a significant...

This Is Samsung's New, Metal Galaxy Smartphone The Galaxy Alpha

After months of speculation, Samsung has taken the wraps off its Galaxy Alpha a mid-range smartphone with a metallic design that makes it stand out from the company's previously released devices....

This face-tracking projection is the craziest thing you'll see today

We've seen a whole bunch of projection-mapping videos, but this demo raises the bar, training the projection to recognize a model's face and follow her as she moves it. The result is basically...

Kurt Sutter on ending 'Sons of Anarchy' and the 'necessary evil' of social media

'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter on set (Credit: Prashant Gupta, 2014 FX Networks) My fianc e and I have binge-watched a lot of TV over the course of our relationship. But we ve rarely become...

Slaying the demons of 'Dungeons & Dragons'

Twenty three years ago I left my just-purchased copy of the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia in math class. I went back for it at the end of the day, and found that my teacher wanted to have a...

Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Stanford In The Fall, USC In The Spring

When Steve Ballmer announced he was stepping down from Microsoft s board of directors, he cited a fall schedule that would be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season....

Watch Jimmy Fallon kill Pierce Brosnan in N64 'GoldenEye' showdown

Pierce Brosnan might have been the best Bond even if he wasn't very pleased with his own performances but he's certainly not the best at playing Bond. The actor appeared on The Tonight Show...

Sony has sold 10 million PlayStation 4s

At Gamescom 2014, Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 has reached an important milestone: 10 million units sold worldwide. That's nearly double the number of consoles sold back in February, when...

Michael Bay may not direct the next 'Transformers'

Director Michael Bay may finally be ready to step away from his explosive (and explosively successful) Transformers franchise. In an interview with USA Today, Bay tells the paper that he believes...

John Oliver utterly shames the police in Ferguson on 'Last Week Tonight'

Once again, the unsubtle British comedian provides a searingly funny and (sadly) more accurate analysis of recent events than anyone else in the mainstream media. Watch Vox's 'The roots of...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos takes the Ice Bucket Challenge and dares 'Star Trek' stars to go...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the latest to answer the call and take a bucket of ice water to the head for charity. Bezos got up on stage during a company all-hands meeting to soak himself while...

Bill Gates Has The Best Ice Bucket Challenge By Far

Bill Gates had the best ice bucket challenge we've seen yet, by far. The ice bucket challenge has been going viral across Facebook and Twitter. It's being used to raise money for ALS. A person...

Xbox One will stream TV to your phone or tablet with upcoming update

Microsoft is kicking off its press event at Gamescom today by announcing some significant improvements to the TV experience for Xbox One owners. Preview users will soon get access to a streaming TV...

See the actual photo Nick Frost took in 'Shaun of the Dead'

If one thing's for certain, it's that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost had far too much fun parodying the zombie movie with 2004's Shaun of the Dead. In one of the movie's better gags, when the two are...

Microsoft's first Chromebook killer is a $200 HP laptop

Microsoft announced that it would be working with its partners to release ultra-low-cost Windows laptops just over a month ago, and now thanks to a leak from MobileGeeks, it looks like HP will...

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

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Swiss startup creates a wearable chair so you can rest anywhere

Most of the wearable gadgets getting people hot and bothered either strap onto your face or your wrist, but Swiss startup noonee has cooked up a little something that straps to your legs instead....

Meet The $199 HP Stream 14, The First Of Microsoft's Chromebook Killers

In mid-July, Microsoft announced its uber-cheap line of Windows 8.1 notebooks, with the cheapest model from HP, called the Stream, costing just $199. With such a cheap price point, Microsoft is...

Taylor Swift Randomly Left Her Insight On Unrequited Love Under A Fan's Instagram Photo

There's a reason why Taylor Swift is the overlord of the teenage crowd. In what seems to be a totally random and genuine move, Swift left some really wonderful words about unrequited love and...

No Google. No Netflix. No iPhone. This Is What Tech Was Like In 1994

20 years ago, your smartphone wasn't even a twinkle in Steve Jobs's eye. Nevertheless, 1994 was a momentous year for the tech industry. It was the year the World Wide Web was born, a.k.a. the...

Sharp's new phone for Sprint looks like something out of a sci-fi fantasy

This week, Sharp, Softbank, and Sprint announced a new line of devices called Aquos Crystal, which feature full-screen designs like nothing we've seen before. Sprint confirmed today that it would...

Elon Musk's SpaceX Is Raising Money At A Valuation Approaching $10B

Space Exploration Technologies, the commercial space transportation startup founded by Elon Musk with ambitions to land people on Mars, is raising investment that values the company somewhere south...

Monkey's selfie cannot be copyrighted, US regulators say

Wikimedia Commons United States copyright regulators are agreeing with Wikipedia's conclusion that a monkey's selfie cannot be copyrighted by a nature photographer whose camera was swiped by the...

NFL wants artists to pay to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

Musicians typically don't get paid for playing at the NFL's Super Bowl halftime show. Having 115.3 million people watch your performance is payment enough, really. But this year the NFL is using...

Windows 9 preview expected next month

Microsoft is expected to deliver an early preview version of Windows Threshold next month, the codename for what will likely be named Windows 9. The software maker has been gradually working on the...

'Breaking Bad' stars reunite to run a seedy pawn shop for Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are back together, but they're not quite in their iconic roles as Breaking Bad's Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. The duo appear alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus, once of...

The sequel to 'Flappy Bird' is basically impossible

Flappy Bird was a hard game. My high score was eight, and it took a long time to get even that far. When I saw people get scores in the dozens, or even hundreds, I was in awe. That brutal challenge...

22 Quotes That Take You Inside Albert Einstein's Revolutionary Mind

Associated Press Back in 1904, a 25-year-old Albert Einstein would spend his afternoons pushing a stroller. You could find him "wheeling a baby carriage on the streets of Bern, Switzerland, halting...

Elon Musk's SpaceX reportedly raising $200 million in funding at $10 billion valuation

The company that Elon Musk hopes will some day carry him to Mars has been making big strides in recent months, winning contracts to provide the rockets that ferry public and private satellites and...

Ariana Grande's new 'Break Free' music video is a trippy sci-fi romp

"What you are about to witness is scientifically authentic. It is just one step ahead of present day reality and two steps ahead of present day sexiness. Brace yourself for something so...

Reddit, Twitch, and Imgur have created a research partnership called DERP

Reddit and Imgur may be home to fairly strange corners of the internet, but they're still filled with deeply valuable information about the world and how we all use the web. Now those sites, in...

30-Year-Old Who Sold His Startup For $170 Million Just Wrote 1,284 Slides On How To Win...

Ryan Allis just turned 30. In his 20s, he created and sold a company, iContact, for $170 million. Allis created the longest PowerPoint deck imaginable of life lessons learned over the past year....

Silicon Valley's Tech Elite Are Spending Millions To Live Like Kings At Burning Man, The...

Burning Man is a 50,000-person event in the middle of the desert filled with music, strange outfits and drugs. It's also a favorite event for many important people in Silicon Valley: CEOs Elon...

The Big Picture: That's no moon, that's a movie theater

What do you do after you've retired from running the Official Star Wars fan club and magazine? You recreate the iconic space opera in your own home, of course -- at least that's what Vic Wertz and...

Steve Ballmer's introduction as the LA Clippers' new owner is perfect

Today is the Clippers Fan Festival in Los Angeles, which means it's the first chance fans have to welcome former Microsoft CEO and all-around super excitable guy Steve Ballmer as their new owner....

Robin Williams has died in an apparent suicide

Actor Robin Williams has died in an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's office said. In a press release, the sheriff's office said they received a 911 call from Williams' home in Tiburon,...

Kanye West's sampling: a listenable history

A listenable history of Kanye West s samples Kanye West s songs have always been huge, elaborate affairs that either build off of an existing song or pick out the best parts of several others to...

George W. Bush takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Here is former president George W. Bush in a little skit that perfectly captures every possible feeling about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, from "this is weird and undignified and just donating is...

'Batman v. Superman' moves release date to avoid 'Captain America'

Batman v. Superman is arriving a little bit sooner than previously planned: according to The Wrap and Variety, its release date is being moved forward about a month and a half to March 25th, 2016,...

Daft Punk gives elusive 'Human After All' remix album worldwide release after 8 years

Daft Punk's polarizing 2005 album Human After All got an extensive remix treatment back in 2006, featuring such acts as Soulwax and Justice. The only trouble was that the LP was exclusive to Japan,...

Apple Hid Steve Jobs' Amazing Commencement Speech In Its Word Processor Here's How To Find...

If you have Apple's word-processing application, Pages, on your Mac, then you can find an Easter egg that honors Steve Jobs: the text of his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. OS X...

Two fish are playing Street Fighter II and it is surprisingly entertaining

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Bill Gates And Tim Cook Dump Ice On Their Heads For ALS Awareness, Challenge Elon Musk and...

Oh, you thought Bill Gates wouldn't be up to Zuck's challenge to dump a bucket of icewater on his head for ALS awareness? You thought wrong. And because it's Bill Gates, the video involves...

Researchers find it's terrifyingly easy to hack traffic lights

A typical intersection configuration. Halderman et al., University of Michigan Taking over a city s intersections and making all the lights green to cause chaos is a pretty bog-standard Evil Techno...

Norm MacDonald tweeted our favorite Robin Williams remembrance to date

If there's a common theme in the stories told by Robin Williams' friends in the wake of his tragic death yesterday, it's of his fundamental sweetness. Actor and comedian Norm MacDonald contributed...

Facebook Doesn't Want You To See Everything Your Friends Post

On July 17, Tim Herrera spent six hours scrolling through his Facebook News Feed. What may sound like procrastination or killing time was actually Herrera's own experiment to understand Facebook's...

Robin Williams Will Be Honored In World Of Warcraft, One Of His Favorite Games

Things move quickly on the internet, especially when a tragedy brings millions of fans together. In the case of Robin Williams, thousands of fans quickly responded to a petition asking game...

The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

The other day, as I sat on the couch with a dead iPhone resting on my belly, I found myself wondering why my phone is constantly out of battery. And I had a revelation: I'd rather have a dead phone...

Uber Launches An Open API With 11 Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United...

Last week, my colleague Josh Constine reported that Uber was preparing to release an API that would enable its on-demand ride-hailing service to be integrated into a number of third party apps. And...

Use This Trick To See A Map Of Everywhere Google Knows You've Been

If you have a Gmail account or use any of Google's apps, there's a good chance Google has some of your location data stored in its systems. Luckily, there's an easy way to see exactly what Google...

Here's Proof Every Startup Idea You've Ever Had Craigslist Already Does

Four years ago Spark Capital's Andrew Parker made a chart, and it seems to go viral every year. The chart is a screengrab of Craigslist homepage and a list of valuable startups that attack specific...

Lady Gaga does the creepiest Ice Bucket Challenge yet

Folding your legs like that on a weird wooden chair looks extraordinarily uncomfortable, but then again, pretty much everything about the Ice Bucket Challenge is designed to be uncomfortable. In...

Getting My Brain Back

I can't do it anymore. This has been a summer of social media. I've used it endlessly, made plans on it, chatted, read it religiously, and watched countless friends and friends of friends go on...

Bring a friend to T-Mobile and you'll both get unlimited data for a year

T-Mobile's approach when it comes to luring new customers continues to nab loads of users. This time around, the so-called UnCarrier is offering a year of unlimited data on its LTE network for...

Jimmy Fallon gets political with hilarious 'House of Cards' parody for 'The Tonight Show'

Jimmy Fallon is a likable, disarmingly charming entertainer, as anyone who's watched The Tonight Show knows. But in this online only, two-part House of Cards parody, he's a scheming, power hungry...

This lizard's DNA might hold the key to regenerating human tissue

The humble green anole has but a few claims to fame: it was featured on the cover of the very first Animorphs book, and it can self-amputate and regrow its tail after coming face to face with a...

I burned through my inbox with Mailbox for Mac

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This Real-Time Projected CGI Makeup Is Beautiful And Terrifying

CGI has come a long way - from simulating Jar Jar Binks on the silver screen to replacing green screens with King's Landing. Today, we should add this video to the progression. Producer and...

The Xbox One is the underdog against the PS4 in Microsoft's new ads

Polygon's Ben Kuchera just put up an interesting opinion piece pointing out that Microsoft's new Xbox One ads tacitly admit that the PS4 is winning but promise that the Xbox team will fight back....

Tesla improves Model S drive unit warranty to cover 8 years and 'infinite miles'

Elon Musk and Tesla are showing even more confidence in their Model S. Moments ago, Musk announced that the car's drive unit warranty has been extended to match that of the Model S battery pack and...

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' review: don't think

While researching this review, I came upon Roger Ebert's 2 1/2-star (out of 4) review of 1990's live-action Ninja Turtles. The entire piece is as applicable now as it was then: "I did not walk into...

How Shark Week screws scientists

Discovery s Shark Week reached an important milestone this week: it hit an all-time ratings high, which the network partially attributes to an increase in female viewership. But instead of...

Why Does The Economy Stink? Because America's Owners Are Greedier Now Than Ever Before

The U.S. economy is still sputtering. (See GDP growth chart above.) Why is growth so slow and weak? One reason is that average American consumers, who account for the vast majority of the spending...

Microsoft's white Xbox One due later this year with Sunset Overdrive

Microsoft created white Xbox One envy when it gifted a special variant of its console to employees last year, but the company now plans to release the white version alongside Sunset Overdrive....

Sprint's new individual plan gets you unlimited everything for $60

Sprint didn't waste any time after reshuffling its leadership -- the SoftBank-owned carrier kicked into high gear by announcing a competitive limited-time $100 family plan promotion just a few days...

In The Airplane Of The Future, Every Seat Is A Window Seat

Depending on how you think about it, the IXION Windowless Jet Concept either has no windows or it has all the windows. Cameras on the exterior of this as-yet-unbuilt jet would provide jaw-dropping...

Apple Patents A Way For Your iPhone To Remember Where You Parked Your Car

Apple has a new patent application (via AppleInsider) that could indicate some additional functionality it's building for its automotive-focused mobile features - the tech described offers a way...

7,000 People Are Watching Two Fish Play Street Fighter

Two fish are playing Street Fighter over on Twitch, and more than 7,000 people are watching the mayhem. Or, partial mayhem. Sometimes the fish don't swim in a pattern that leads to much...

A private military company is now providing security in Ferguson, for just one person

A menagerie of armed state and federal agents have filtered in and out of Ferguson, Missouri for more than a week as unrest has grown there, and now even a private military company is joining the...

Restaurant Discovery Service Zomato Eats Its Way Into Central And Eastern Europe With Two...

Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service that's raised a whopping $55 million in VC, is adding a presence in Central and Eastern Europe by means of two local acquisitions. Read More

You'll soon be able to start a Tesla Model S just with an iPhone

It appears that Tesla Model S owners get as excited by firmware updates as gadget nuts get when a new phone operating system gets released. Someone on the Tesla Motors Club forum has posted some...

Warner Bros. is pretending 'Edge of Tomorrow' has a cooler name because it bombed in...

This summer's sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow was pretty widely received as a legitimately good summer blockbuster, but for one reason or another it did pretty awful at the box office. Now, as...

Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall

WillCall is a pretty concert app, but its weakness was a lack of deals with venues to get tickets to sell. Well no more, as today it was acquired by Ticketfly, the second-biggest concert ticket...

There are 18,796 distinct Android devices, according to OpenSignal's latest fragmentation...

The much-maligned Android fragmentation problem has blighted the mobile operating system for years, though Google has been steadily taking corrective measures in recent times. The issue? So many...

This 19-Year-Old Lost $46,000 Because Google Says He Didn't Follow Their Rules

Idris Sami is a 19-year-old French-Moroccan entrepreneur who set up a website that lets people text their friends for free. Don't have a phone, or want to avoid mobile data charges? No problem....

The Highest-Paying Jobs At Google [RANKED]

Google loves its engineers. So it's not much of a surprise that software engineers are some of the best-paid employees at the company. But there are a bunch of other roles at Google and a lot of...

Is Aphex Twin planning a return?

A neon green blimp was spotted over London on Saturday emblazoned with the Aphex Twin logo inside of 2014, and stencils have been spotted in New York. There s been no official confirmation from...

Three Teenagers Created An App To Document Police Abuse

The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, is posing some new questions about law enforcement and the militarization of the police. Three teenagers from Georgia have decided to take the issue into their own...

Patent troll speaks to podcasters: You re so poor, we won't sue you

Adam Carolla at Hollywood's Roxy Theater in 2013. Eric Neitzel Yesterday, news broke that the highest-profile opponent of podcasting, "patent troll" Personal Audio LLC, and podcaster Adam Carolla...

Messenger warfare: I put same-day delivery to the test

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The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social...

It was early in the morning when the flooding hit The Knolls, a neighborhood of about 500 homes in Columbus, Ohio. The sewer overflowed, dumping a foot and half of water into Chuck Totten s...

'Minority Report' TV series reportedly in development from Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is trying to bring back Minority Report, according to The Wrap and Deadline. The director is reportedly working to turn his classic sci-fi film into a television show, which would...

Facebook will now pay you money to find bugs in the Oculus Rift

Here's a new way to support your expensive VR habit: hunt for flaws in the code for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, software development kit (SDK), and website. Facebook just announced it...

Ricky Gervais will return as David Brent from 'The Office' in a new movie

Ricky Gervais will once again portray David Brent, the painfully awkward middle-manager from The Office, in a full-length movie set to enter production next year. Life on the Road catches up with...

11 Google Chrome Extensions That Will Boost Your Productivity

We're all trying to find the next productivity hack. But did you know that the key to getting more done might be in your browser? Google's Chrome Web Store is chock-full of cool ad-ons for your...

Watch a violinist play through his brain surgery

Doctors would normally fix a tremor like Roger Frisch s by keeping him awake during surgery, inserting electrodes deep into his brain until the trembling appeared to stop. But for a concert...