The one video game my kids played all year long

Enlarge I was cooking this weekend when my eight-year-old son looked up from the couch, where he was listening to the Stardew Valley game soundtrack on Apple Music. “Dad,” he announced, “I’m going to read you the name of every song on this album.” “Cool,” I said as I minced the garlic. “Stardew Valley Overture,” […]


AI Weekly: Amazon plays the long game in health care AI

Today concludes Amazon’s re:Invent 2019 conference in Las Vegas, where the Seattle company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) division unveiled enhancements heading down its public cloud pipeline. Just Tuesday, Amazon announced the general availability of AWS Outposts, a fully managed service that extends AWS’ infrastructure and services to customer datacenters, co-location spaces, and on-premises facilities. And […]


Disney+’s The Mandalorian joins a long list of fake HDR content, analysis finds

Enlarge / Pedro Pascal stars as the Mandalorian. YouTube/Disney Plus High Dynamic Range (HDR) is the most notable new display technology for rich-media consumption since high definition, but judging from some implementations of it, you wouldn’t necessarily know it. YouTube channel HDTVTest is known for doing quality analysis of the HDR implementations in popular media […]

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Hayabusa2 spacecraft begins long journey home with goodies for scientists

After a 17-month rendezvous with an asteroid hurtling through space some 200 million miles from Earth, Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is on its way home. In a tweet, Japan’s space agency (JAXA) described the spacecraft’s departure from the Ryugu asteroid on Wednesday as “an emotional moment.” But Hayabusa2 isn’t coming back empty-handed. Assuming its homecoming is […]


Microsoft’s Clippy came back from the dead, but didn’t last very long

Image via The Science Elf/YouTube Image via The Science Elf/YouTube Do you remember Clippy? Before Cortana, Alexa, and Siri existed, the anthropomorphic paperclip-shaped assistant dominated the screens of computers everywhere in the 1990s to help Microsoft Office 2001 users when writing letters. Well, though it has been over 18 years since Clippy last appeared in […]

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Netflix's 'Black Mirror' season 5 was delayed because 'Bandersnatch' took so long to make, but it's still coming in 2019

NetflixNetflix“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” producer Annabel Jones confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that “Black Mirror” season five was delayed because the interactive movie took so long to make. Netflix confirmed to Business Insider that season five is coming in 2019. Last week, Netflix gave fans what they’ve come to expect in late December: […]