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'Star Trek: Discovery' spaceship flies over New York - CNET - News - 4 hours 55 min ago
The USS Discovery takes off for real in Manhattan the night before the show's premiere. Well, sort of.

The Blockbuster Showdown At Tomorrow's Berlin Marathon

Wired - 9 hours 19 min ago
Can three elite runners, with a little help from Nike and Adidas, smash the marathon world record?

5 things we just learned from the iPhone 8 teardown - CNET - News - September 23, 2017 - 10:39pm
Would you believe the iPhone 8 has a smaller battery? Here's what else iFixit discovered.

We smashed the iPhone 8 - CNET - News - September 23, 2017 - 10:01pm
We subjected a brand new iPhone 8 to three drop tests to find out how fast it would break.

Big for a reason: Behold the Klipsch Forte III speakers - CNET - News - September 23, 2017 - 9:59pm
The Audiophiliac checks out Klipsch’s brawny new horn-loaded speakers.

Hackers targeted election systems in 21 states, DHS says - CNET - News - September 23, 2017 - 8:45pm
Vote-counting systems weren't affected, and few of the states targeted were actually breached, says the Department of Homeland Security.

Google Doodle celebrates Asima Chatterjee, pioneering chemist - CNET - News - September 23, 2017 - 8:38pm
Chatterjee was the first woman to earn a science doctorate from an Indian university.

Our favorite Star Trek episodes of all time - CNET - News - September 23, 2017 - 6:34pm
With "Star Trek: Discovery" coming this Sunday on CBS, we asked the people around the office which Star Trek episodes from any of the series were their favorites.

Microscopic and in motion

Ars Technica - September 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Nikon, one of the leading manufacturers of microscopes, also hosts an annual microscopy competition (and you can use any company's microscopes to enter). We've shared some of our favorite images with you in years past, since they've been every bit as artistic as good photography and, in many cases, reveal important details about the natural world—details that we'd otherwise never be able to appreciate.

Most people will only get exposed to microscopy during high school biology, which is typically the realm of static slices of long-dead organisms, permanently pressed onto a glass side. But history's first use of a microscope back in the 1600s involved watching living microbes flitting across the field of view. Microscopy doesn't have to be static; in fact, the element of time can be incredibly informative.

And advancements in technology mean that we can do some amazing things with living samples, including labelling them in a rainbow of fluorescent colors, automating long time-lapse recordings, and more. And movies can tell us things that wouldn't be possible to learn otherwise, like the process by which a material deforms and breaks, the coordination of cell divisions and migrations that assemble an embryo, and more.

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Selling your old iPhone? Here's how to avoid scams - CNET - News - September 23, 2017 - 5:07pm
You might need a hand paying for that iPhone X. CNET’s Marguerite Reardon offers advice on how to safely sell your old phone to help pay for the new one.

Justice Department goes nuclear on Google in search warrant fight

Ars Technica - September 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

Enlarge / Close-up of cables and LED lights in the data center of T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. (credit: Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images)

The Justice Department is demanding that a federal judge sanction Google for failing to abide by court orders to turn over data tied to 22 e-mail accounts. "Google's conduct here amounts to a willful and contemptuous disregard of various court orders," the government wrote (PDF) in a legal filing to US District Judge Richard Seeborg of California.

The government added in its Wednesday brief:

Google is entitled to have its own view of the law and to press that view before a court of competent jurisdiction. However, when faced with a valid court order, Google, like any other person or entity, must either comply with such an order or face consequences severe enough to deter willful noncompliance. The issue before this court is what sanction is sufficient to achieve that goal.

Google said it wasn't complying with the order because it was on appeal. Google also said it was following precedent from a New York-based federal appellate court that ruled Microsoft doesn't have to comply with a valid US warrant for data if the information is stored on overseas servers. Google is appealing the California warrant to the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on the same grounds. However, neither Seeborg nor the 9th Circuit is bound by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals' decision— which the government has appealed to the US Supreme Court. (The US circuit courts of appeal are not bound to follow rulings by their sister circuits, but they all must obey precedent from the Supreme Court.)

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After debut, Star Trek: Discovery will only be available on CBS All Access

Ars Technica - September 23, 2017 - 4:00pm

Enlarge / Nichelle Nichols (left, who played Lt. Uhura in The Original Series) and Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham) attend the premiere of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery at The Cinerama Dome on September 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Todd Williamson / Getty Images News)

Get yourself to a viewscreen: Sunday, September 24, 8:30pm ET is the moment that Star Trek fans have spent years waiting for.

The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will broadcast on traditional television (your local CBS station) as a way to kickstart the series before it moves over entirely to CBS All Access, the company’s nearly-three-year-old paid online video service.

According to CBS, after the first broadcast of Episode 1 airs (“The Vulcan Hello”), the first two episodes will be made available on CBS All Access. A one-week trial is free, otherwise the service costs $6 per month or $10 per month with an ad-free version. All Access is available on all mobile platforms, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, and more.

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Spettacolo: Tension between tradition and the future take center stage in Italy

Ars Technica - September 23, 2017 - 3:00pm

Enlarge / In Spettacolo, literally this town's whole world is a stage. (credit: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen)

The early moments of Spettacolo, the latest documentary from the team behind the acclaimed 2010 work Marwencol, may cause travel lust. As the film gets underway, old brick buildings serve as a backdrop for European architecture and vistas, practically begging viewers to hop on Airbnb, HomeAway, or some similar service just to survey the current options.

But like the unflinching Marwencol—a critically adored film that details the work of artist Mark Hogancamp, who suffered brain damage after being jumped in a bar and then created a 1/6th-scale backyard model of a WWII town as a form of self-therapy—Spettacolo wants to take its audience well beyond this surface. By the end of this charming but philosophical film—which debuts theatrically this month and recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival—viewers may find themselves thinking twice about that next dream Airbnb rental.

Tradition via chance

Set in tiny Monticchiello in the Tuscany region of Italy, Spettacolo focuses on the Teatro Povero di Monticchiello (the Poor Theater). For 50 years, this town (population: 136) has staged a communal play that a majority of Monticchiello’s residents typically participate in. Don’t mistake this for your run-of-the-mill community theater production of Grease, though. The annual play in Monticchiello stands as part art, part therapy, part pleading Facebook wall post: rather than perform an existing work, every year residents hold town meetings to formulate a story about their current lives to produce and perform.

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Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious (And Play Super Mario Bros.)

Wired - September 23, 2017 - 3:00pm
Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.

Is beaming down in Star Trek a death sentence?

Ars Technica - September 23, 2017 - 2:00pm


In the 2009 movie Star Trek, Captain Kirk and Sulu plummeted down toward the planet Vulcan without a parachute. “Beam us up, beam us up!” Kirk shouted in desperation. Then at the last second, after a tense scene of Chekov running top speed to the transporter room, their lives were saved moments before they hit the doomed planet’s rocky surface.

Is Trek's transporter a bit like Futurama's suicide booth? (credit: 20th Century Fox )

But can beaming out save someone’s life? Some would argue that having one’s “molecules scrambled," as Dr. McCoy would put it, is actually the surest way to die. Sure, after you’ve been taken apart by the transporter, you’re put back together somewhere else, good as new. But is it still you on the other side, or is it a copy? If the latter, does that mean the transporter is a suicide box?

These issues have received a lot of attention lately given Trek’s 50th Anniversary last year and the series' impending return to TV. Not to mention, in the real world scientists have found recent success in quantum teleporting a particle’s information farther than before (which isn’t the same thing, but still). So while it seems like Trek's transporter conundrum has never had a satisfying resolution, we thought we’d take a renewed crack at it.

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Hackers Break Into the SEC, DHS Tells 21 States Russian Hackers Targeted Them, and More Security News This Week

Wired - September 23, 2017 - 2:00pm
An SEC hack, a Russian dark web takedown, and more security news this week.

What's So Great About Kids Fighting Monsters?

Wired - September 23, 2017 - 2:00pm
Stories like the one in 'It' are pretty common in horror, but audiences never tire of them.

Iceland authorities weighing options after neo-Nazi site registers there

Ars Technica - September 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Enlarge / Clouds hover above the surrounding geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik, Iceland in 2008. (credit: Matt Cardy / Getty Images)

For the last six weeks, the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer has struggled to find a permanent domain name. The site lost its original .com address last month after site editor Andrew Anglin wrote a post mocking Heather Heyer, victim of the deadly hit-and-run attack in Charlottesville. The site bounced around from domain to domain, with each registrar canceling the site's service within a few hours or days of registration.

But for the last week, the site has been available at an address at Iceland's .is domain. ISNIC, Iceland's domain authority, is pondering how to handle the situation.

“What we worry about is the reputation of the .is domain,” ISNIC CEO Jens Pétur Jensen told the Reykjavik Grapevine. “ISNIC does not want to have the reputation that we’re a safe haven for criminals.”

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PUBG vs. Fortnite: A game-genre copycat face-off heats up

Ars Technica - September 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Enlarge / Fortnite's new Battle Royale mode includes this explosive splash screen. (credit: Epic Games)

It's inevitable: every time a wildly successful video game comes along, imitators quickly follow in its footsteps. The tradition began with Pong and Pac-Man clones, and that practice has continued on PCs, consoles, and smartphones ever since. "Homages" at best and "blatant ripoffs" at worst have always been a part of the game industry.

I couldn't help but think of this after my first thrilling time playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in May of this year. You may have heard about this PC game: it's a somewhat familiar-looking military shooter, albeit with clever rules that gradually force dozens of players to a giant island's random "center" point. The result feels like a video game version of the Japanese film Battle Royale. The "early access" game is also setting records for concurrent player counts on Steam—which is particularly wild considering it costs $39.99, as opposed to popular free-to-play games like Dota 2.

Before the player counts climbed sky-high, however, I had already predicted a very PUBG future. "How long until other games rip this off?" I said to my online team via voice chat, shortly after I was sniped while foolishly running across one of PUBG's open fields.

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Google's trade-in program could help pay for your Pixel 2 - CNET - News - September 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
A trade-in program could help make Google's forthcoming phone cheaper overall.

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