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Steve Wozniak Appears to Be Launching a Space Garbage Company

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Photo: Steve Wozniak, 2015. (Rich Fury) (AP)Step aside, space barons. Steve Wozniak has announced space plans. On Sunday night, Wozniak tweeted a cryptic announcement: “A Private space company is starting up, unlike the others.” The embedded video ad for the company, Privateer, deceptively resembles most other billionaires’ space announcements with platitudes like “together, we’ll go…

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Companies Tied to Fugitive Chinese Billionaire Behind Right-Wing Social Network Must Pay SEC $539 Million Settlement

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Guo Wengui, fugitive Chinese billionaire, seen here giving a news conference in November 2018 in New York.Photo: Don Emmert / AFP (Getty Images)The Securities and Exchange Commission has penalized companies tied to Guo Wengui, the fugitive Chinese billionaire who fled the nation in 2014 and has since ingratiated himself with several prominent right-wing personalities in…

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15 X-Files Guest Stars Who Helped Make the Show a Classic

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Reggie (Brian Huskey) meets up with “Foxy” (David Duchovny) and “Sculls” (Gillian Anderson) in “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat.”Image: FoxSure, we love Mulder and Scully—as well as Skinner and even that pesky Cigarette Smoking Man. And while a good portion of The X-Files’ magic came from the interactions between its regular cast members, the…

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Apple: Don’t Attach Your iPhone to Motorcycles, Mopeds, or Scooters if You Want the Camera to Last

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Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images)Apple has a message for iPhone users with high-power motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters: Don’t attach your phone to them you value your camera. In a support document with a uniquely-long and oddly-specific title published on Friday—which was called, “Exposure to vibrations, like those generated by high-powered motorcycle engines, might impact iPhone cameras,”…

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In Ron’s Gone Wrong, the Social Network Has Been Roboticized

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Best friends don’t cleave each other, Ron.Screenshot: 20th CenturyThose kids today. Always on their phones! It seems like they’ve stopped talking to each other except through Instagram and TikTok and the Whozit and Whatevers. But what if. instead of phones, their social lives were conducted through adorable robots called B-Bots?Honestly, it seems like everything would be…

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Wave Goodbye to Houseparty

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Screenshot: Lucas Ropek/HousepartyHouseparty, the video chat app that Epic Games bought and integrated with its Fortnite gameplay experience, will be shutting down soon, the company announced Thursday.The platform, which was purchased by Epic in 2019, allows multiple people to interact via video call. Popularity for the platform skyrocketed when covid-19 forced global lockdowns, with some…

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Twitter Finally Embraces Bots

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Graphic: TwitterAfter spending the past few years trying to usher out the many, many bots populating its platform, Twitter is finally trying to give some of them a chance. On Thursday, the company announced it would begin testing out labels for some automated accounts—better known as Twitter bots—to let users suss out which ones are…

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Star Trek: Discovery Doesn’t Have a New Trailer But It Finally Has a Season 4 Premiere Date

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This highly relatable “WTF NOW?” facial expression gives us yet another reason to love Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green).Image: Michael Gibson/Paramount+Stardate, November 18: that’s when we’ll finally pick back up with the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery, led by a brand-new captain we’ve gotten to know rather well over the past three seasons: Michael Burnham…

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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Beams Up Its New Crew

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Celia Rose Gooding as Cadet Nyota Uhura.Screenshot: Paramount+We’re not getting a glimpse of the series proper yet, but here it is: your new Enterprise crew for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Well, technically an old-new Enterprise crew.As part of its “Star Trek Day” celebrations for the series’ 55th anniversary, Paramount+ released a brief video introducing…

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House of Leaves Just Blew Us Away, Again

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A crop of the cover to House of LeavesImage: Random HouseDid you hear that one about the book that’s about a man reading a manuscript about a movie that doesn’t exist? I first read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski after its original publication in March 2000 and have been itching to revisit ever…

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DC’s Injustice Movie Finds the Voice Actors Among Us

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Inset of the Injustice: Year One - The Complete Collection cover by Jheremy Raapack.Image: DC ComicsWe’re big fans of Tom Taylor’s Injustice: Gods Among Us comics, dubbing it the greatest “Superman goes evil” story ever written. So by extension, we’re looking forward to WB Animation’s upcoming movie adaptation—especially now that the first details have been…

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Marvel’s Midnight Suns Game Looks Like an Avengers Roommate Simulator

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The demon invasion can wait, Carol’s gotta scroll through TikTok first.Screenshot: Marvel/2K GamesIf you were excited about last week’s announcement of a tactical RPG video game starring Marvel’s superheroes, good news—you’re going to continue to be excited! 2K Games has revealed the Midnight Suns’ first gameplay trailer, which pits an unlikely assortment of Avengers, X-Men,…

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The Young Duke Leto Prepares for Intrigue in Dune: House Atreides

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Inset of the cover of Dune: House Atreides #10 by Evan Cagle.Image: Boom Studios/Herbert ProductionsIf you’re slavering in anticipation of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune movie—and you should be—hopefully, you’ve reading Boom Studios’ comics adaptation of the prequel, House Atreides, based on the novel by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, to whet your appetite. If so,…

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The 15 Best iOS 15 Features to Try First

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Screenshot: AppleIt looks like we’re just weeks away from the official rollout of iOS 15, which is expected to be available when the iPhone 13 launches later this month. But if you’re impatient, you can still try the next-gen version of the iPhone operating system before it’s fully baked by downloading the public beta. We’ve…

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Some of the New Avatar Projects Will Be CG, You Gotta Deal With It

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The next generation of Avatar might look a bit different from what we know, and that’s OK.Screenshot: Paramount+When ViacomCBS announced it had big plans for Avatar: The Last Airbender once more—establishing an entire studio dedicated to future projects that drew back original Avatar creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko from Netflix’s own remake plans—we…

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Dune Is the Jaw-Dropping Sci-Fi Epic You’ve Been Waiting For

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Dune feels like a product from another time in Hollywood history. A movie with the scope and vision of modern blockbusters that tells a complex, mature story usually reserved for independent dramas. It’s hugely ambitious, not always straightforward, but accessible and lived-in in a way that makes watching it completely engrossing, even when the thrills…

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China’s Concept for a Martian Helicopter Seems Awfully Familiar

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A prototype of China’s Mars cruise drone. Image: CNNSCChina’s National Space Science Center is working on an aerial drone that bears a striking resemblance to NASA’ Ingenuity helicopter, currently on Mars. It’s got four outstretched wiry legs, two rotors stacked atop each other, and a simplified fuselage. It’s China’s take on NASA’s wildly successful aerial drone.A…

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