• The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was the best day of my life

    Ever since I learned about the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City, I knew I would have to make it my life's mission to go someday. That dream finally came true for me when I moved to New York last year, and the parade, as expected, did not disappoint. How could you go wrong with hundreds of dogs in adorable costumes? That's right, you can't.
    Halloween costume choices for humans and dogs alike are telling of the trends and events of that year. Last year's parade saw meme
  • Superman shilled for AT&T in the '80s

    AT&T is now on its way to acquiring Time Warner for more than $80 billion. The deal promises to have a massive impact on the tech and entertainment industries. But seeds of this merger were planted almost 30 years ago. Back in 1987, AT&T did a deal with DC Comics (which is now held by Time Warner) to have an animated Clark Kent and Lois Lane appear in a Super Bowl spot promoting the AT&T Card. And none other than Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder are voicing the characters!
    Can we
  • Near Death is a tense, fantastic game about surviving Antarctica

    Near Death, a first-person survival game released this summer, is easiest to describe in terms of the things it’s not. Taking place in an abandoned Antarctic research base in the 1980s, Near Death shares a setting with John Carpenter’s The Thing — but it’s not a sci-fi or horror game. Its main mechanic is avoiding death by crafting and scavenging, but it’s not a survival simulator. It’s made by Orthogonal Games, creator of character-driven indie project The No
  • AT&T to buy HBO, CNN, and the rest of Time Warner for more than $80 billion

    The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T has reached a deal to acquire Time Warner for more than $80 billion. News of the merger first surfaced on Friday, when Reuters and Bloomberg reported that the deal could top $85 billion. If successful, AT&T will gain control of huge entertainment and news brands including HBO, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and CNN, and resembles efforts by competing ISPs in recent years to create enormous media conglomerates.
    Since one of Time Warner's holdings is
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  • Trump says Comcast and NBC are poisoning the minds of American voters

    In a speech today about his first 100 days in the White House, Donald Trump got more specific about how the universe is allegedly rigged against him. Trump, who has routinely called journalists nasty liars for bringing up his own record, blasted the media by turning his ire toward Comcast / NBC Universal. Saying the merged company is "trying to poison the mind of the American voter," Trump said that the now-five-year-old deal should never have been approved in the first place, and that it's bad
  • Toyota’s new hydrogen-powered bus also doubles as a powerful emergency generator

    Toyota announced today that it will start selling buses that run on hydrogen fuel-cells in Tokyo next year in advance of the 2020 Summer Olympics. That news (first reported by Endgadget) in-and-of-itself isn’t that interesting — many cities across the globe have fleets of hydrogen-powered buses — but Toyota’s bus a nifty secret power: in an emergency situation, it can also operate as a high-powered external power generator.“The Toyota Group considers the use of hydr
  • The Future of Fear: I was eaten alive by an escape room cannibal

    Audiences associate the word "horror" with scary movies or terrifying novels. But over the past half-decade, live theater and haunted house exhibits have merged, bringing new life to the genre with interactive, real-world experiences that let audiences step through the screen and into their own personal tales of terror. In The Future of Fear, we’re talking to the creators of some of the most striking, immersive horror experiences to see how they’re taking the genre in directions it&r
  • Conquest mode is still a crazy free-for-all in Battlefield 1 multiplayer

    When I first heard that Battlefield 1 was going to be set in World War I, I shook my head. I thought that the multiplayer combat would be very slow paced. The weapons would be very unsatisfying and mostly ineffective. And the sessions would involve a lot of walking and running to get to the action.
    Thankfully, I was wrong. The 64-player Conquest Mode in multiplayer is a crazy battle, where 32 players fight 32 from the other side. Everywhere you go, even in a big map, you run into comba
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  • New trailers: Assassin's Creed, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, and more

    Black Mirror is out on Netflix today. Should I tell you the twist about [REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED]? Just kidding, I don't know all the twists but I'm sure they have something to do with our collective impending doom. Luckily we can pass the time until the apocalypse hits with Jake Gyllenhaal movies and high-def footage of all of the Earth's most beautiful places that we haven't yet destroyed with our human-ness.Continue reading…
  • 3 things the flyover states need to compete with Silicon Valley

    GUEST: In the first presidential debate of 2016, Secretary Clinton pointed to innovation as a key to economic prosperity saying, “I want us to invest in you. I want us to invest in your future. That means jobs in infrastructure, in advanced manufacturing, innovation and technology, clean, renewable energy, and small business, because most of the new jobs will come from small business.” Her remarks highlighted that the U.S. needs technology innovation beyond the classic hubs
  • Amazon is refreshing its Fire TV interface later this year

    Amazon has begun shipping its latest Fire TV stick, and along with the new hardware the company announced its biggest update to the Fire TVs user interface since its launch in 2014 is on the way. Amazon describes the new user interface as a "cinematic experience" and says that it will show trailers and screenshots without the need to jump in and out of apps. The new interface also supports a customizable apps list on the home page, which should make it easier to quickly access the games and apps
  • This is Long Island: Huawei’s curved-screen flagship will be dubbed the Mate 9 Pro

    EXCLUSIVE: The launch of Chinese electronics powerhouse Huawei’s upcoming flagship smartphones is fast approaching, and VentureBeat has learned that the curved-screen variant codenamed Long Island will come to market as the Mate 9 Pro. VentureBeat recently reported its existence, and published the first (small) renders.
    Continuing the New York-themed pre-release naming scheme, the standard Mate 9 is codenamed Manhattan.
    These are 5.9-inch handsets powered by HiSilicon Kirin 960 systems-on-
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  • Your experience is probably worth a lot less than you think

     Do you work in software? Do you have more than a decade of experience? You do? I’m sorry to hear that. That means there’s a strong possibility that much of what you know is already obsolete. Worse yet, there’s a good chance that you’re set in anachronistic ways, hidebound with habits which are now considered harmful. If you think your experience is automatically valuable,… Read More
  • The New Dirk Gently Show Is Nothing Like the Books, But It’s Still a Blast

    The BBC America series may be based on Douglas Adams' book, but it's a distinctly American stew of pulp influences. The post The New Dirk Gently Show Is Nothing Like the Books, But It's Still a Blast appeared first on WIRED.
  • No, Facebook, ‘Diversity’ Doesn’t Explain Your Support of Thiel

    "Diversity" is just the latest hollow excuse tech leaders are making to justify their support of Peter Thiel and Donald Trump. The post No, Facebook, ‘Diversity’ Doesn’t Explain Your Support of Thiel appeared first on WIRED.
  • In Nevada, Latino Groups Are Finding the Voters Data Can’t

    These voters are on no email lists. How do you find them? Go door to door. The post In Nevada, Latino Groups Are Finding the Voters Data Can't appeared first on WIRED.
  • Falling Into the Wormhole Connecting Physics and Education

    The theoretical particle physicist Helen Quinn has blazed a singular path from the early days of the Standard Model to the latest overhaul of science education in the United States. The post Falling Into the Wormhole Connecting Physics and Education appeared first on WIRED.
  • Three Ways to Bring Solar Power to the People Who Need It Most

    The cost of solar panels can put them out of reach for many families. But organizations are finding new ways to bring solar to low-income households. The post Three Ways to Bring Solar Power to the People Who Need It Most appeared first on WIRED.
  • How massive DDoS attacks are undermining the Internet

     On Friday morning, I awoke to find that our company-wide single sign-on and cloud storage was disrupted due to the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against domain host Dyn. This attack was big, disrupting consumer services like Spotify and Netflix, all the way to enterprise-grade providers like Heroku and Zendesk. Once the dust has settled, it’s likely that this… Read More
  • Apps Are Bringing Fans Closer to the NFL Than Ever Before

    They used to just be able to order nachos. Now, gameday apps are poised to do much more. The post Apps Are Bringing Fans Closer to the NFL Than Ever Before appeared first on WIRED.
  • Look at This Outer Reach of Space, Where Wind Hits 6 Million MPH

    Space photos of the week, October 16 — 22, 2016. The post Look at This Outer Reach of Space, Where Wind Hits 6 Million MPH appeared first on WIRED.
  • Announcing the startups pitching in the TC Pitch-off in Seoul!

     TechCrunch is coming to Seoul next week for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off, and today we’re proud to announce the startups participating in the pitch-off. These companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs. First place wins a table in the Startup Alley at TC Disrupt London. Second place gets two tickets to… Read More
  • Russian indicted in U.S. on charges of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring

    (Reuters) – A federal grand jury in California has indicted a Russian man for hacking computers belonging to LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.
    Yevgeniy Nikulin was arrested on Oct. 5 by officials in the Czech Republic and remains in custody in Prague, the Justice Department said in a news release.
    LinkedIn said at the time of his arrest that it was related to a 2012 breach at the social networking company that may have compromised credentials of
  • Crunch Report | Huge DDoS Attack on Major Websites

    Huge DDoS this morning has been affecting many websites, Hampton Creek buyback allegations are being investigated, a team of engineers in Russia was able to design a computer vision system to recognize faces in television broadcasts, AT&T may buy Time Warner and Weebly notified everybody it had been hacked. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
  • Why Videogame Actors Just Went on Strike

    Their union wants better compensation and improved working conditions for actors who actually have fairly tough gig. The post Why Videogame Actors Just Went on Strike appeared first on WIRED.
  • Google put its address on Pixel and Pixel XL SIM trays

    If you just received your Google Pixel or Pixel XL this week and rushed to activate it — as I did — you may or may not have noticed a quirky detail on the hardware itself.
    The SIM tray for each phone is detailed with the address of Google headquarters, a.k.a. the Googleplex — 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, in Mountain View, California — as noted today by Android Police. The Parkway part is left out, and the Mountain part is abbreviated as Mtn, presumably for lack of space.
  • Snag an Ultra-Wide Dell Display Plus a $100 Gift Card for $292

    Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, here's an unbelievable price for a gorgeous 29″ 2560 X 1080 UltraSharp HD panoramic monitor. In addition to top-notch visuals this deal comes with a bonus $100 Dell gift card good for discounts on computers, laptops, accessories, and any content you'll need to complete your media library. Best of […] The post Snag an Ultra-Wide Dell Display Plus a $100 Gift Card for $292 appeared first on WIRED.
  • Hands-on with the 17-inch Razer Blade Pro gaming laptop

    Razer went all-out with the design of its new 17-inch Razer Blade Pro gaming laptop. I went to the Razer office in San Francisco to get a hands-on look at the machine that the company calls the “desktop in your laptop.”
    Desktop replacements are popular now with the availability of the Nvidia Pascal-based graphics chips, which have performance on-par with bigger machines and low power consumption as well. Razer is reaching for the no-compromise laptop, on
  • AT&T is close to acquiring Time Warner for $85 billion

    AT&T is nearing a deal to acquire Time Warner for $110 per share, a price tag to the tune of $85 billion for the telecom. According to Reuters, AT&T has reached an agreement in principle, which is a kind of stepping stone on the path to a formal contract. It essentially puts in place the terms of a future contract, but it is not an indication of a closed deal.
    However, a finalized deal could be approved as soon as Sunday and may be announced on Monday, according to Bloomberg, which earli
  • Kodak Revives Its Iconic Logo—and Gives It a Little Twist

    After a 10-year hiatus, the Kodak "K" is back. The post Kodak Revives Its Iconic Logo—and Gives It a Little Twist appeared first on WIRED.
  • Superhero Movies Are Dead on Arrival, Says Author Jonathan Lethem

    The MacArthur Fellowship recipient says the contemporary superhero movie is "one of the least satisfying" film genres around. The post Superhero Movies Are Dead on Arrival, Says Author Jonathan Lethem appeared first on WIRED.
  • Donald Glover Is Your New Lando Calrissian

    The actor, comedian, and musician will co-star in the standalone Han Solo film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The post Donald Glover Is Your New Lando Calrissian appeared first on WIRED.
  • Six reasons to be hyped for the Nintendo Switch (and four reasons to worry)

     Yesterday saw the introduction — after many leaks and rumors — of the Nintendo Switch, the company’s next game console. It isn’t due to arrive until March of next year, which is infinitely frustrating because it looks amazing for several reasons, not all of them obvious. Here’s why I’m more excited about the Switch than for any Nintendo product in a long time. Read More
  • Security News This Week: Ecuador Takes Away Assange’s Internet Privileges

    Each weekend we round up the news stories that we didn't break or cover in depth but still deserve your attention. The post Security News This Week: Ecuador Takes Away Assange's Internet Privileges appeared first on WIRED.
  • Nintendo Switch: Features required for success

    Nintendo revealed its new Switch console yesterday, but much the new device remains a mystery.
    The console/portable hybrid is coming next March, which seems awfully soon considering how little we know about it here. It’s not a lot. Don’t get us wrong, we’re intrigued by the base ideas of the Switch. But these days, we expect a lot features from our consoles. Just look at the competition, which offers suites of online features for playing with friends, sharing gam
  • 2017 will be the year of interactive email

    GUEST: Three years ago I started a mobile app business. At that time, apps were a novelty and smartphone owners tried out new apps on a regular basis.
    Today, the market is oversaturated with new apps, and to make things worse, many smartphone users have simply stopped downloading new apps altogether. To validate this, ask yourself when was the last time you downloaded a new app? Exactly…
    Mobile apps are deep in the trough of disillusionment.Messenger apps are destined to repeat histo
  • With its first VR series, CollegeHumor gives a completely accurate overview of presidential history

     How do you make things funny in virtual reality? That’s the question CollegeHumor is exploring with 1600 in 360°, a new video series depicting some of the, um, highlights of U.S. presidential history.
    Apparently, Google approached IAC-owned CollegeHumor about creating 360-degree content for YouTube and for its DayDream VR platform. Sam Reich, president at CollegeHumor’s… Read More
  • AT&T reportedly in advanced talks to acquire Time Warner

    (Reuters) — AT&T Inc is in advanced talks to acquire Time Warner Inc, sources said on Friday, a potential blockbuster deal analysts predicted could be worth almost $100 billion that would give the telecom company control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets.
    The deal would be one of the largest in recent years in the sector as telecommunications companies look to combine content and distribution capabilities to capture customers
  • Instagram appears to be testing live video

    Facebook's all-out embrace of live video appears to be heading to Instagram. A new report from a Russian news site shows live functionality embedded into Instagram stories, with a bold "LIVE" banner on what is apparently a live video appearing at the front of the stories feed. The report from T Journal also shows the user interface for going live from Instagram, which includes a giant red button reading "Go Insta!" Continue reading…
  • Airbnb sues New York City

     Another city, another Airbnb lawsuit. Airbnb sued the city of New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio today over legislation that would make it illegal to advertise accommodations that can’t legally be rented out for less than 30 days. The bill was passed in June and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier today. New York housing law… Read More
  • Donald Glover will play a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie

    Donald Glover has just been cast to play a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo movie coming out in 2018. The news confirms months of rumors linking Glover to the project, and now the artist will officially join Alden Ehrenreich, who was recently cast as Han, in the spin-off. Continue reading…
  • A.I. isn’t about to invade your life — it already has

    GUEST: Imagine this fairly typical scene of modern life. You are half-heartedly watching a recommended show on Netflix while casually checking sports recaps on your phone when you receive a potential fraud alert from your bank because, while making your routine Amazon purchases, you were tempted to treat yourself to a lavish suggested item. This is hardly the kind of scene that makes for a gripping sci-fi movie. However, in this moment, every aspect of your life is positively bathed in arti
  • Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on the key to equality

     Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff took the stage at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing today to talk about diversity and equality. This comes just weeks after Salesforce brought on board Tony Prophet, its first-ever Chief Equality Officer. Equality, Benioff said, has to be something that Salesforce stands for, just like it stands for growth, innovation, new ideas and creating new… Read More
  • Earnings show Microsoft is adapting well to changing market

    GUEST: Microsoft just released its earnings, indicating it had a good quarter ($20.6 billion revenues with income of $3.1 billion) that exceeded expectations. Indeed, Microsoft seems to be making many right moves to take advantage of a changing marketplace. But what does an analysis of Microsoft’s earnings tell us about the larger marketplace?
    Microsoft’s reliance on Windows sales still accounts for a major portion of its revenues (about one third), although a few years ago i
  • This Beefed Up SeaDoo Could Someday Save Imperiled Surfers

    This concept combines the classic vehicle with a hull made to take on the rigors of the ocean. The post This Beefed Up SeaDoo Could Someday Save Imperiled Surfers appeared first on WIRED.
  • The reality of AR/VR competition

     Virtual, augmented and mixed reality have a competition problem. But while most AR/VR companies will tell you how much better they are than their nearest direct competitor, they’re picking the wrong fight. The main event isn’t between the major companies; there are far bigger and scarier competitors out there: Status quo is AR/VR’s biggest competitor. Read More
  • How an army of vulnerable gadgets took down the web today

    At some point this morning, one of the US’s critical internet infrastructure players was hit with a staggering distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that has taken out huge swaths of the web. Sites like Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Reddit, and many others — all clients of a domain registration service provider called Dyn — have suffered crippling interruptions and, in some cases, blanket outages.
    Details are now emerging about the nature of the attack. It appears the c
  • LG is reportedly abandoning its modular phone strategy after one try

    Modular phones aren't winning. Korea's Electronic Times reported today that LG will go back to a regular, integrated design for its upcoming G6 phone after a failed experiment with modularity.
    LG seemed to have big plans for its G5 phone, with a nice collection of modules out of the gate and the promise of an ecosystem. We liked some things about the phone, but also found a lot of compromises thanks to the modular design. In June we learned that the phone wasn't doing very well, partly due to th
  • Your Comcast Bill Is a Mess, But a Class-Action Lawsuit Might Finally Fix It

    The FCC continues to crackdown on telcos, but your bill is still a mess. A new lawsuit aims to change that. The post Your Comcast Bill Is a Mess, But a Class-Action Lawsuit Might Finally Fix It appeared first on WIRED.
  • Facebook employees argued Trump's posts should be banned as hate speech

    Some Facebook employees have argued that Donald Trump’s posts on the social network should be designated as hate speech and removed, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal said today that Trump posts calling for a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States had triggered an emotional debate inside Facebook over enforcement of the company’s community standards. CEO Mark Zuckerberg ultimately ruled against deleting the posts, which he argued would amount to censorship of