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The Shift: Facebook Had a Good Election Day. But It Can’t Let Up Now.

The Shift Facebook Had a Good Election Day. But It Can’t Let Up Now. ImageFacebook’s war room at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., where workers monitored election-related content on the social network.CreditCreditMonica Davey/Epa By Kevin Roose Nov. 7, 2018 After an Election Day largely free of viral social media misinformation, and with little trace […]


GoPro’s video stabilization technology is so good, an eagle can use it

[embedded content] Who needs a drone for cool aerial shots when an eagle can do an even better job? OK, taking on responsibility for a bird of prey in order to satisfy your desire for dramatic drone shots does seem a little extreme, so we’ll ditch that idea. Instead, sit back and enjoy the spectacular […]

Emerging Tech

Struggling to start a good habit? Simone Giertz’s Every Day Calendar can help

[embedded content] Simone Giertz is best known as the creator of too many terrible robots to name — and we mean that as a compliment. The oddball niche has turned the 27-year-old Giertz into a YouTube superstar, with 1.3 million subscribers and a total of 65 million video views. “I think people just like seeing […]


Open-world video games are getting too big for their own good

Video game worlds have certainly come a long way since their formative period in the 1980s, when it was impressive to just move in three dimensions rather than the limited 2D planes of the 8-bit and 16-bit era. As soon as technology made it possible, developers began turning video games from linear, guided experiences into […]

Emerging Tech

MIT’s latest A.I. is freakishly good at determining what’s going on in videos

[embedded content] Just a few frames of information telling a story are all we need to understand what is going on. This is, after all, the basis for comic books — which provide just enough of the important story beats for us to follow what has happened. Sadly, robots equipped with computer vision technology struggle […]

Gears & Gadgets

Microsoft is finally going to make the Skype UI good for the things people use

Enlarge / The new mobile interface, with its buttons along the bottom. Skype In July, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that it was going to add useful new features to Skype: built-in call recording, along with the end-to-end encrypted messaging and NDI API support previously announced. Today, that drive to make Skype a better client […]

Gears & Gadgets

Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point

Enlarge Felix Rieseberg A silly new app has been doing the rounds this week: Windows 95 as a standalone application. Running on Windows, macOS, and Linux, the Windows 95 “app” combines Electron (a framework for building desktop applications using JavaScript and other Web technology) with an existing x86 emulator written in JavaScript. The emulator can […]


Logitech’s distinctive new ergonomic mouse looks as good as it feels

The idea of the ergonomic mouse has always been a smart one. However, because they’re often ugly and take a lot of adjustment before the ergonomic benefits kick in, they never went mainstream. Now, Logitech has announced its first true foray into upright mice with the MX Vertical, a stylish PC peripheral made specifically for […]


Disenchantment review: Groening’s new Netflix toon is off to a bloody good start

Enlarge / On Disenchantment, plague happens. Netflix “The Simpsons meets Game of Thrones” sounds like one of those Netflix ideas generated by bots (a tactic that Netflix has employed in the past). That kind of experiment, as cute as it sounds at first blush, could flop if it stitches two dissimilar series together in messy fashion. But […]


Denis Villeneuve is remaking Dune, and that’s a good thing

Enlarge / The last screen adaptation of Dune was this Sci-Fi miniseries, which debuted in 2000. Sean Gallup/Newsmakers/Getty Images Via the good people at io9, my attention was drawn this morning to news that Dune is coming back to the silver screen. This is probably old news to many of you; we’ve known for a […]


Forward-box: Xbox Adaptive Controller’s packaging is a good Microsoft move

SEATTLE—Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, and our hands-on time made us believe it may truly bridge the accessibility gap for gamers when it launches this September. During the reveal event, however, Xbox head Phil Spencer repeatedly referred to something that wasn’t available for us to test out: the XAC’s box. […]

Gears & Gadgets

Latest Windows 10 update now deemed good enough for business users

Enlarge Peter Bright / Flickr Corporate users should now be unafraid to roll out the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, aka Version 1803, to their fleets, according to Microsoft. Over the course of Windows 10’s life, the precise terminology that Microsoft uses to denote this has changed. Originally, there was a split between the “Current […]


GamesBeat Decides 86: Hammond is very good

On this week’s GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Jeffrey Grubb and Mike Minotti talk about Summer Games Done Quick, Mario Tennis Aces online, and more. We also had some news with Microsoft’s Xbox Community Content platform and more. Listen, won’t you? [embedded content] Here’s what we talked about: Wolfenstein 2 Battlefield V Overwatch with Hammond Mario […]