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Berlin Profile: Alina Skrzeszewska, Director of…

In her latest documentary, “Game Girls,” which premieres in Panorama, Polish director Alina Skrzeszewska returns to Los Angeles’ Skid Row – considered America’s homeless capital – to accompany a lesbian couple as they struggle to survive. Skrzeszewska, who grew up in Germany, has been based in L.A. since 2005, when she traveled there to study […]

Paul Ryan Challenger Banned From Twitter Over…

Paul Nehlen is vying for Paul Ryan's Wisconsin House seat, and he won't have Twitter to help him in his quest. The man described by the Washington Post as a "fringe challenger" who lost to Ryan 16% to 84% in 2016 had his account permanently suspended in a move he...

Indictment: Social media firms got played by…

Indictment shows how Facebook and Twitter got seriously played by Russian agents

India Could Have Its Own Hyperloop Soon, Thanks…

The hyperloop would connect the cities of Pune and Mumbai in just 25 minutes. It currently takes more than three hours to make the trip.

He Saves Our Electronics From the Dump, Now Faces Prison

Eric Lundgren is known for impressive and admirable feats, with his e-waste recycling company putting 14,000 cellphones in the hands of US soldiers abroad; the 33-year-old's company handles 41 million pounds of e-waste annually. Now, he's fighting a 15-month sentence. The Washington Post explains the jargony situation, which involves...

Samsung’s screen-carrying drone will save you…

Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to control a drone with your eyes or voice? Samsung, apparently, is considering the creation of such flying devices, which would be able to interpret your gestures, but also eye movements, and voice commands. It may be a while until we see such devices in stores if that ever happens. A more grim possibility for the technology is advertising, the kind of ad experiences that follows you around in stores or on the street. What’s certain is that Samsung is studying pairing displays with drone technology. First discovered by Dutch site Let’s Go Digital, US Patent 9,891,885 is titled Flying display device. As you can see in the following image, that’s exactly what Samsung’s Display unit has conceived. A display attached to a drone frame, with the screen occupying the most part of the drone’s body. The patent was just awarded to Samsung Display, but the documentation was first filed in early January 2016. The device would be able to track the user’s eyes, the head, and hands. Other built-in technologies include GPS, Wi-Fi, gyroscope, accelerometer, and a vibration system. Voice recognition technology would allow it to respond to commands, and the drone can adjust the display’s angle to meet your needs. Would anybody want a personal display to follow him or her around and show relevant information? I’m not too sure about that. But I bet retailers could put the technology to good use in or outside stores. That said, I’ll remind you that everything that’s patented becomes a commercial product. So, hopefully, we won’t see annoying flying displays around us anytime soon.

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SpaceX Taking First Steps To Provide Internet To…

SpaceX plans to launch two satellites equipped with internet technology to test the company's internet-in-space project.

Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

Israel says it's successfully tested system capable of defending against ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere

‘The Bachelor’ Recap: Arie Luyendyk Jr. Meets…

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Bachelor” episode from Monday, Feb. 19. And then there were four. Week 8 on “The Bachelor” means time for the infamous hometown dates, with Tia, Kendall, Lauren B. and Becca each bringing Arie Luyendyk Jr. home to meet their families. With only two weeks to […]

WSJ report that the iPhone is floundering in Asia…

A new report from The Wall Street Journal relays that the iPhone X's hefty $1,000 price tag is hindering adoption in a number of Asian countries. In turn, Asian consumers are increasingly turning to more wallet-friendly alternatives from Chinese-based smartphone manufacturers such as Xiaomi. While iPhone market share in countries like Thailand and Vietnam have either remained steady or declined, the market share for rival devices have increased dramatically. "The iPhone maker’s market share in Indonesia, home to some 260 million people," the report explains, "has fallen to 1% from 3% in 2013. Apple’s market share has also dropped in the Philippines and Thailand, and has remained static in Malaysia and Vietnam." While these statistics are somewhat jarring at first glance, Apples' top priority has never been to court customers in emerging markets. Hardly a revelation, Apple's bread and butter -- for decades now -- is to sell premium products at premium prices. In other words, if consumers in some countries are inclined to purchase lower-cost devices with fewer features, that's not necessarily something Apple worries about. Moreover, Apple has never concerned itself with overall market share, especially when it continues to command the lion's share of all industry-wide profits. To be fair, Apple in recent years has made more of a concerted effort to provide iPhone options at a variety of price points -- with the iPhone SE being a prime example. Nonetheless, Apple's top priority has always been to dominate the higher-end of the smartphone market. Indeed, a look at Apple's recent earnings report reveals an entirely different reality from the one the Journal attempts to portray. Looking at the recent holiday quarter, revenue in China and Japan increased by 11% and 26%, respectively. Across the rest of the Asia Pacific, revenue jumped by 17%. And while Apple doesn't break down how many iPhones it sells on a per-region basis, the fact that the iPhone remains Apple's primary revenue driver is reason enough to assume that iPhone sales in the aforementioned areas are doing quite well overall. Indeed, a recent Morgan Stanley report found that iPhone shipments in China during the recent holiday quarter jumped by 12% relative to the September quarter. Android shipments, meanwhile, dropped by 17%.

Fox News Plans to Launch Fox Nation Streaming…

Fox News Channel is planning to launch a new subscription-based streaming service called Fox Nation that would offer commentary-and-opinion programming to “superfans” of the network even when popular primetime hosts like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson are not on the air. Fox News is expected to announce the new stand-along service on Tuesday, according to […]

‘Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia’ co…

If simply playing Super Mario games isn't enough and you want to dig deeper into the history of the franchise, look no further than the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, which Kotaku says is coming stateside later this year. First released in Japan a few years ago, the Mario Bros. tome will be published by Dark Horse Books in the United States, which is the same publisher that handled Nintendo's three Legend of Zelda books in recent years. Super Mario Encyclopedia is jam-packed with content from all seventeen Super Mario games--from the original Super Mario Bros. to Super Mario 3D World," reads the description from the Amazon store page. "Track the evolution of the Goomba, witness the introduction of Yoshi, and relive your favorite levels. This tome also contains an interview with producer Takashi Tezuka, tips to help you find every coin, star, sun, and mushroom--even explanations of glitches! With information on enemies, items, obstacles, and worlds from over thirty years of Mario, Super Mario Encyclopedia is the definitive resource for everything Super Mario!" 256 pages of information, guides, interviews and more from the Mushroom Kingdom. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Nintendo was able to sneak in anything about 2017's Super Mario Odyssey in this book, but considering how massive the Switch game is, maybe it will get a book all its own at some point down the road. According to Kotaku (as well as the Amazon store page), the Super Mario Encyclopedia will be out on October 23rd, 2018 and will retail for $39.99. No word yet on a special collector's edition, but we'll be keeping an eye out.

Washington DC has given Elon Musk a permit for…

In the middle of last year, Elon Musk announced that he had "verbal government approval" to build a Washington DC to New York City Hyperloop that would shuttle passengers between the two cities in just 29 minutes. The plan was classic Musk-level audacity, but one thing that was also quintessentially Musk was the lack of details. "Verbal government approval" doesn't mean much, and without any hard plans or route guidance to go off, most people filed the plan away in the Things Elon Says drawer. But thanks to a permit from DC government, The Boring Company can now conduct preparatory and excavation work in an old car park in Washington's NoMa district. The Boring Company didn't divulge its full plans for the site, but a spokesperson told the Washington Post that "a New York Avenue location, if constructed, could become a station" in the broader Hyperloop system. To be clear, this isn't a permit to build a Hyperloop. It's a license to dig a big hole in the ground and do some prep work. Obtaining permission from the federal government and four states to dig a giant underground tunnel, all associated infrastructure, and a bunch of stations will take much longer. But if nothing else, it shows that The Boring Company is serious about following through on Musk's vision. Government officials at every level have been cautiously welcoming of a Hyperloop, but without clear details about the route, timeline, or funding, it's difficult for any government to take a real policy stance. The DC Mayor's Chief of Staff, John Falcicchio, gave a statement to the Washington Post that demonstrates just how hard it is for any administration to go all-in on Musk's plan just yet: “We’re just beginning, in the mayor’s office, our conversation to get an understanding of what the general vision is for Hyperloop,” Falcicchio said. Asked whether the Bowser administration supports the project, he was somewhat upbeat but noncommittal, adding: “We’re open to the concept of moving people around the region more efficiently.”  

Apple ‘didn’t test the HomePod enough,’ design…

The HomePod, a $349 smart speaker that signaled Apple's opening salvo in the war against Amazon Echo and Google Home, is off to a bad start. Despite reviews that stressed fantastic sound from such a small speaker, the HomePod failed to sell out, likely hurt by a poor voice assistant and a lack of standard features like multi-room pairing. To make bad things even worse, it was revealed last week that the speaker can leave a white ring on some wooden surfaces. Apple tried to downplay the issue, saying that it’s ‘not unusual‘ for a speaker to do that, but by that point, the ‘Ring of doom’ narrative was already too strong.   Apple's statement made it seem like nothing was out of the ordinary. “It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces,” the company said in an updated support article for the HomePod. “The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer’s recommended cleaning process. If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.” But according to industrial design specialists contacted by Business Insider, the problem was indeed "unusual," and a lack of attention to detail was the culprit: "I'm actually very surprised," said Cesar Viramontes, a Senior Industrial Designer at Y Studios, a San Francisco based firm that has worked on everything from TV set top boxes to digital picture frames. Viramontes, who has worked on numerous speakers in the past, said it's not an issue he's encountered before. "They didn't test the product enough and in the right variety of circumstances, especially considering that a wood surface is a very likely support for the product," said Ignazio Moresco, a product design expert who has worked at frog design, Microsoft and Ericsson. "They should have caught the issue if they followed a rigorous QA process," he said, referring to the quality assurance process that hardware makers put new products through to ensure that they are consumer-ready. That's the bad news. The good news is that it might be an easy fix: Apple may need to "re-tool" the manufacturing process since silicone is manufactured using a different process than the other kinds of elastomer," said Berkowitz. If that's necessary, the process could take anywhere from two weeks to six weeks, he noted. "It's an issue, but I think it's probably going to be one that'll be corrected in the next round of manufacturing," said Y Studios' Viramontes. "I think it will be a minor issue, and people will probably forget about it in the next couple of months when it goes away." At this point, the damage is likely done for Apple. Anyone who already owns a HomePod (or is thinking about buying one) will use a coaster, regardless of whether or not Apple "fixes" the problem. The stains from the HomePod were never really the problem -- it's a simple issue to work around, even for the small number of customers affected -- but it's the fact that Apple seemingly didn't know about the problem that made it embarrassing.

First Look: ‘Victoria’ Star Jenna Coleman in…

Production has begun in Melbourne, Australia on psychological drama “The Cry,” starring “Victoria” actress Jenna Coleman. The BBC also released first look images for the four-part drama which is produced by Synchronicity Films for BBC One. Co-starring Ewen Leslie the new drama sees Coleman star as a woman travelling with her husband and baby from […]

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Sony tries to steal the MWC hype with this curved…

Samsung and the Galaxy S9 are already shaping up to be the winners of the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The Galaxy S9 is on everyone’s lips, as it's featured in more rumors and leaks than any other handset supposed to be unveiled at the show. But Sony just released a puzzling teaser for its own MWC 2018 press event. The company posted a 23-second clip on Twitter and Instagram, that shows a hand reaching out to hold what appears to be a curved device. https://twitter.com/sonyxperia/status/965511954935803904 Last year, Sony unveiled an interesting Xperia XZ Premium phone, which was named the best new smartphone at MWC 2017. Sony indeed surprised the audience with its announcement, taking advantage of the Galaxy S8’s absence from the same show. But no matter how great that device looked like, and no matter how powerful it was supposed to be, the Xperia XZ Premium had one major handicap. It was stuck in the past when it comes to design. MWC 2017 brought us the LG G6, an all-screen handset with minimal bezels, and we already knew the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X would introduce the same type of design. Fast forward to a year later, and it’s next-gen design that Sony’s teaser alludes to. Sony’s video, posted on social media a week before its customary early Monday MWC press event, suggests the next flagship will feature some sort of curvature, likely on the outside. It’s probably too early to dream of a foldable Sony handset. Instead, Sony is perhaps teasing a device that’s more comfortable to hold thanks to a curved rear shell. We’ll tell you exactly what it is come February 26th, as soon as Sony unveils its new smartphone models.

There’s something wrong with NASA’s Mars…

NASA has had an incredible streak of good luck as of late with spacecraft that have far outlived their expectations. Cassini at Saturn, the Opportunity rover on Mars, and several other pieces of high-tech space hardware have performed for much longer than was initially expected of them. Unfortunately, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was launched in 2005 and has delivered more data on the Red Planet than any other Mars mission, is starting to cause some headaches. According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the spacecraft has been put into "precautionary standby status" after it alerted its handlers of low battery voltage. The craft is equipped with solar panels that power its instruments, but when it swings to the dark side of the planet it relies on rechargeable batteries to keep it up and running. Now, NASA has to figure out exactly what is wrong, and do so from over 30 million miles away. "We're in the diagnostic stage, to better understand the behavior of the batteries and ways to give ourselves more options for managing them in the future," MRO Project Manager Dan Johnston explains. "We will restore MRO's service as a relay for other missions as soon as we can do so with confidence in spacecraft safety, likely in about one week. After that, we will resume science observations." NASA is optimistic that they can iron out whatever issues are leading to the spacecraft's battery woes, but it's not exactly shocking that the hardware is having problems when you consider its age. Launching in 2005, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbit was slated to have a two-year mission window which it completed with flying colors. Following that success, NASA has issues extended missions five times, allowing the orbiter to continue gathering and relaying a treasure trove of data about the planet. According to NASA, the MRO has delivered over 317 terabits of data thus far, which is more than all other Mars mission combined. In just a couple of years, NASA is slated to launch its Mars 2020 mission which will feature the delivery of a new rover to the Red Planet. The rover will be a cutting-edge piece of scientific hardware capable of making advanced observations about the composition of the Martian surface.

Andrea Riseborough’s Thriller ‘Nancy’ Sells to…

Samuel Goldwyn Films has purchased North American rights to the thriller “Nancy,” which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Dramatic Competition and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Samuel Goldwyn will give the film a traditional theatrical release later this year. “Nancy” stars Andrea Riseborough as a woman who becomes increasingly convinced […]

Fergie Acknowledges National Anthem Snafu…

Fergie’s performance of the national anthem at Friday’s NBA All-Star Game didn’t exactly go over well, with her sexy take causing observers to take to Twitter in confusion and dismay. The singer released a statement Monday responding to the backlash, admitting that “clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone.” “I’ve always been honored and […]

Watch Overwatch’s bizarre Puppy Rumble live rig…

Blizzard is going big for the Overwatch Year of the Dog celebration. Not only has the game rolled out new seasonal skins and a new game mode complete with brand-new map, the company is also hosting some kind of Overwatch-themed puppy derby. We don't know exactly what to expect, but based on the teaser trailer, cute dogs in Overwatch costumes doing cute things for the camera is a pretty safe bet. Tune in below at 6PM ET/3PM PT to find out. https://twitter.com/PlayOverwatch/status/964937496583749633 The event will be streamed live on Twitch, and we've embedded the channel below for your easy viewing pleasure. The Lunar New Year event is live right now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, bringing with it a handful of new legendary skins and the first-ever dedicated Capture The Flag map. The new skins are for Pharah, Widowmaker, Genji, McCree, Mercy, and Zarya. There are also new Victory poses, Highlight intros and Emotes for many of those characters. The biggest change for this event, however, is the introduction of a new Capture the Flag map, and Competitive Capture the Flag. The Overwatch team has tweaked the game-mode a little to make it more fun and less likely to end in a draw, with the hope of making Capture the Flag a more permanent fixture in Arcade. The full patch notes are below: PATCH HIGHLIGHTS New Seasonal Event: Lunar New Year 2018 Get ready to ring in the Year of the Dog! This year, we’re celebrating Lunar New Year with over 50 new seasonal items including legendary skins like Red Phoenix (Zhu Que) Mercy, Black Tortoise (Xuan Wu) Zarya, White Tiger (Bai Hu) Genji, and Black Lily Widowmaker. Experience our updates to our Capture the Flag mode—including a competitive Capture the Flag mode and Sudden Death—on a brand-new map, Ayutthaya. To learn more about the new Capture the Flag changes, click here. Hero Skin Selection Fashion-forward heroes, rejoice! Players can now change hero skins with the “Select Skin” dropdown menu in the Hero Select screen at the start of a match. Show off your favorite unlocked skins when playing solo or coordinate with your friends to be the best dressed on the battlegrounds of tomorrow. HERO UPDATES Doomfist Hand Cannon Damage reduced from 11 to 6 Number of bullets fired increased from 6 to 11 Spread pattern made more consistent Developer Comments: We have made a lot of progress with Doomfist’s movement in recent patches but we wanted to revisit his Hand Cannon. While the damage per bullet has been lowered, the number of bullets he fires per Hand Cannon shot has been increased which makes his overall damage output unchanged. Overall, these changes will help his Hand Cannon feel much more consistent. Reaper Death Blossom Now fires at players behind barriers Developer Comments: Previously, Reaper’s Death Blossom would target barriers but not the players hiding behind them. This change will make it more effective against shields and consistent with how other auto-target abilities work (e.g. McCree’s Deadeye, Symmetra’s Sentry Turret). USER INTERFACE UPDATES General Matchmaking UI now displays the game mode players have queued for while waiting for players Competitive Play leaver messages now display as a chat notification The Hero Select screen now displays the game mode and map type Heroes Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony will now display its target’s hero name BUG FIXES General Fixed a bug that caused the mouse cursor to lose focus when using third party overlays (e.g. Discord) Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented the Overwatch League scheduled matches of the day from loading AI Fixed a bug that prevented bots from voting on cards at the end of the match on Hybrid and Control maps Competitive Play Fixed a bug that prevented capture progress UI on Assault and Hybrid maps from displaying the correct team colors Fixed a bug that allowed players to use the Hero Select screen during the loading screen at the start of a match Deathmatch Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Infra-sight from functioning if it was used at the same time as another Widowmaker’s Infra-sight Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn to collide with his turret Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets to continue targeting Junkrat’s Steel Trap after it was destroyed Fixed a bug that prevented players from being able to stand on top of enemy players Fixed a bug that allowed backfilling players to enter at 9th place during the match Fixed a bug that caused targets hacked by Sombra to appear purple instead of red Fixed a bug that caused the displayed hero on the lobby screen to appear in low detail when entering and exiting the Overwatch League screen Game Browser and Custom Games Fixed a bug that allowed players to summon infinite bots in custom games Fixed a bug that caused D.Va to lose her Self-Destruct ultimate if she died out of her mech when the “Spawn with Ultimate Ready” option was enabled Fixed a bug that caused the Victory voice line to play when a match ended in a draw while spectating Heroes Fixed a bug that caused airborne heroes to lose speed when changing direction Fixed a bug that prevented golden weapon visual effects from displaying when an Overwatch League skin was equipped Fixed a bug that caused heroes’ scoped shots to be calculated as misses in the accuracy statistic Fixed a bug that prevented Ana’s Candy emote from displaying when viewing Kill Cam footage Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to impact with D.Va’s mech before it materialized during her Call Mech ability Fixed a bug that prevented kills caused by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from receiving environmental kill credit Fixed a bug that allowed D.Va’s mech to take damage before it materialized when using Call Mech Fixed a bug that prevented Genji from sheathing his katana after using his Whirlwind emote Fixed a bug that prevented Genji from using his Cyber-agility occasionally Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Dragonstrike to be calculated in the accuracy statistic Fixed a bug that prevented Hanzo’s Wall Climb from activating occasionally Fixed a bug that prevented Junkrat’s Concussive Mine from dealing damage if it was deflected by Genji Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s Caduceus Staff to disappear when using the Parasol emote Fixed a bug that caused Mercy to fly in an unintended direction if she was stunned during Guardian Angel Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy from destroying breakables she collides with in her flight path when using Guardian Angel Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s Valkyrie flight controls to not be precise when using Resurrect Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Biotic Grasp’s hits against barriers to be calculated as misses in her accuracy statistic Fixed a bug that extended the cooldown of Orisa’s Halt! by one second if it successfully pulled an enemy Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to block Reaper’s Death Blossom if she used her Marioneta emote Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt to have a blank expression during his Toast victory pose Fixed a bug that allowed projectiles to sometimes penetrate Reinhardt’s Barrier Field Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Charge bonus damage from being dealt if the target was sandwiched between a charging friendly Reinhardt and a charging enemy Reinhardt Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt to knock back a target instead of pinning them if he collided with an enemy at the start of his Charge Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s canister from appearing when viewing Overwatch League skins Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to clip the first-person camera when pulling in a target Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s EMP from canceling an enemy Sombra’s Hack if it was in progress Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Shield Generator from displaying in the Overwatch League skin preview screen Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s lava ball from appearing in his Batter Up emote if his hammer was equipped Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s hair to not hang properly in the Hanging Around Highlight Intro when an Overwatch League skin was equipped Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s Venom Mine to use Overwatch League team colors when an Overwatch League skin was equipped Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook animation from playing when using the ability Fixed a bug that caused Winston to lose some upward momentum when using Jump Pack off small inclines Fixed a bug that caused Overwatch League team decals to disappear from Winston’s suit when he used Primal Rage Fixed a bug that caused Zenyatta’s Discord Orb to fly in an odd direction if its target died before arriving Hero Gallery Fixed a bug that prevented players from purchasing non-hero sprays Maps Fixed a bug that caused some heroes to get stuck behind the lamp post directly outside the first Defender spawn room in Blizzard World Fixed an issue that allowed players to reach unintended locations in Blizzard World Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va’s Micro Missiles from passing through piñatas on Dorado Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat’s RIP-tire to travel under the trailer at the final point on Hollywood Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Biotic Orbs from bouncing off the wooden pillars on Hollywood Fixed a bug that caused the UI to show a fraction of a meter to go when reaching checkpoints on Escort and Assault/Escort maps UI Fixed a bug that prevented the hero portrait from displaying when watching Highlights when an Overwatch League skin was equipped Fixed a bug that prevented player portraits from displaying during the Play of the Game, Kill Cam, Spectating, and Highlights

Watch a Japanese hypercar go from 0-60 MPH in 1.9…

For reasons that are mostly arbitrary, evaluating a car's 0-60 MPH time has become the de facto standard for measuring a car's raw acceleration. Indeed, the only reason we even pay attention to 0-60 times is because it's the closest approximation to the 0-100 km/h standard used elsewhere in the world. Now you might be wondering: why was 100 km/h chosen as a benchmark in the first place? Well, who doesn't like a nice round number. Although there are a number of other performance metrics which are far more instructive than an impressive 0-60 time, that's the reality the automotive world operates in. That's the metric we all have a frame of reference for. That being the case, you'll undoubtedly be impressed by the Aspark Owl, a hypercar out of Japan that can go from a full stop to 60 MPH in just 1.9 seconds. While the next-gen Roadster Tesla unveiled a few months back can accelerate just as fast, the car isn't set to be available until 2020. And given Tesla's storied history of missing deadlines, it wouldn't surprise us in the slightest if the release date gets pushed back to 2021. The Owl, meanwhile, exists today and was recently captured on video doing its thing in what seems like a back lot of some random building. And while the Owl reportedly achieved the feat using racing tires, Aspark notes that future iterations will be able to hit that same impressive 0-60 time with street legal tires. https://youtu.be/7H6uhtbwx1k Motor Authority adds: Powering the Owl is an electric motor at each axle delivering a combined 430 horsepower and 563 pound-feet of torque, which is sent to all four wheels. That might not seem like much but the Owl only weighs 1,874 pounds. Powering its electric motors is a combination of batteries and supercapacitors, said to be capable of delivering a range of 93 miles on a single charge. If you're interested in picking up an Aspark Owl for yourself, you better have extremely deep pockets. The company is planning to manufacture about 50 units at a planned price point of $4.4 million.

Your photos will look so much clearer thanks to…

It’s so weird how a tiny little gadget that costs next to nothing can end up being one of the best purchases you make. Such is the case with the AmazonBasics Lightweight Mini Tripod, a compact tripod that works with action cameras, web cams, and especially smartphones like the iPhone or any flagship Android phone you might be using. It has metal legs so it’s nice and sturdy, and you can also adjust the height and angle to perfectly frame your subject. Trust is, it’ll be the best $7 you spend this week. Here are some highlights from the product page: Mini tripod with adjustable-height metal legs and rubber feet Compatible with small digital cameras (not DSLRs), GoPro devices, and smartphone adapters (not included); Works well for a webcam on your desk Recommended max load weight is 1.1 lbs (0.5kg) for optimal performance Small and lightweight for travel; extends from 4.76-inches to 7.5-inches Mini ball head for 360-degree rotation and 90-degree tilt Mini tripod with adjustable-height metal legs and rubber feet Compatible with small digital cameras (not DSLRs), GoPro devices, and smartphone adapters (not included), Works well with most of the webcam on your desk

Ridley Scott Tells Aspiring Filmmakers They Have…

Acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott told young filmmakers Monday night that they had “no excuses” not to be able to go out and make a movie. Speaking at a special BAFTA: A Life in Pictures event celebrating his career, Scott said the availability of modern technologies, such as digital cameras and computer editing programs, meant many […]

Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi’s Marie Curie…

Amazon Prime Video has partnered with Studiocanal for Marjane Satrapi’s “Radioactive,” a biopic of two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie that stars Rosamund Pike. As part of the deal, Amazon is co-financing with Studiocanal and has taken international rights outside of France, Germany, Australia/New Zealand and the U.K., where Studiocanal has direct distribution operations. The […]

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Berlin Film Review: ‘7 Days in Entebbe’

The word “fascist” is bandied around a lot in José Padilha’s recreation of the 1976 hijacking of Air France flight 139 from Tel Aviv to Paris. Two of the hijackers are German revolutionaries, and they know that they’ll be seen as fascists on a par with Nazis, for holding a planeload of Jewish people at […]

iOS 11.2.6 is available for download, and it…

Apple has released iOS 11.2.6 to everyone running iOS 11, one month after the last iOS 11 update. This edition appears to be purely a bug fix for the Teluga character bug, which caused messaging apps and iOS to crash. The bug centers around one character from the Teluga language, a Central-Southern Dravidian dialect spoken in India by about 70 million people. Receiving the character will crash whatever messaging app sees the character, forcing you to force-close the app. If you reopen the app and the character is still there, it will crash the app again. The bug will only crash the entire iPhone if a notification card or banner containing the character pops up on the device. If that happens, the Springboard software, which serves as the iOS app launcher, appears to crash, forcing you to reboot or reset your device in order to make it work again. The bug affects most messaging apps, including iMessage, WhatsApp, Gmail, Outlook for iOS, or Facebook Messenger. Apple's update notes confirms that the bug fix should be universal, so the Teluga character shouldn't crash any apps or Springboard any more: iOS 11.2.6 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad. This update: Fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash Fixes an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories To apply the update, you need to be on a device already running iOS 11. You should also be connected to Wi-Fi, and be either connected to a charger or have greater than 50% battery life remaining. Assuming you’ve done all that, just go to Settings–>General–>Software Update, and your device should prompt you to download and install the update.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot may be dying, and could…

With the exception of Saturn and its iconic rings, Jupiter is probably the most recognizable planet in our Solar System. Its long, thick stripes are unlike anything else in our little celestial neighborhood, but its the massive swirling storm called the Great Red Spot that really catches our eyes. It's been raging for centuries, but that might be about to change, as scientists now believe that the storm is actually dying down, and could disappear entirely within a couple of decades. The incredibly intense storm, which is large enough that it could swallow Earth whole, is being closely watched by NASA's Juno spacecraft. Juno has been orbiting Jupiter for over six years, and in since arriving it's made some stunning observations regarding the planet's impressive weather patterns. The Great Red Spot is a result of powerful jet streams which spin in opposite directions, but they won't be able to keep churning forever. "In truth, the GRS has been shrinking for a long time," Glenn Orton of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory told Business Insider. The storm was once as large as four times the diameter of Earth, but more recent observations have shown that it's rapidly losing steam. "Now it's something like 13 degrees wide in longitude and only 1.3 times the size of the Earth," Orton says. "Nothing lasts forever." Late last year, Juno revealed some surprising information about the huge storm, including how deep into the planet it goes. The data showed that the storm is up to 100 times deeper than Earth's oceans, and the base of the storm is significantly hotter than the rapidly-moving winds we see in Jupiter's upper atmosphere. Researchers still don't know many of the specifics of what drives the storm, but it's obvious that it's beginning to breath its dying gasps. Within the next decade or two, the storm is likely to die out completely. Juno makes its observations during what are known as "science passes," which is just a fancy way of saying that all of its instruments are up and running as it cruises around the planet. The spacecraft's current planned mission is slated to wrap up in less than a year, but if it's still returning valuable data there's a good chance that it will get an extended mission which will keep it up and running for a while longer.