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June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Is There a Better Individual Season of Doctor Who Than Tom Baker’s Debut? 

It feels like it’s been approximately 300 years since Doctor Who was last on the air, which has got me thinking about the classic show while waiting for the arrival of Jodie Whittaker’s new Doctor. And between Twitch’s ongoing marathon and its impending arrival on Blu-ray, I’ve been thinking: Tom Baker’s first season is bloody good. Read More >>

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‘Bitcoin Baron’ Gets 20 Months in Prison for DDoS Attack That ‘Crippled’ Emergency Communications

A man in the US state of Arizona who once styled himself as a hacktivist “Bitcoin Baron” has been sentenced to prison for a distributed denial-of-service attack against the city of Madison's computer networks in the state of Wiscomsin. According to the US Department of Justice, the attack “crippled” the city’s emergency communication system, causing “delays and outages in the ability of emergency responders to connect to the 911 centre.” Read More >>

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Our First Look at What Feels Like the First Star Trek Action Figures in Ages

There’s plenty of Trek merchandise out there, from giant ship replicas, to fancy dolls, to actual meme statuettes. But for honest to god action figures, it feels like it’s been years since there’s been a line of Starfleet’s finest small enough to command your valuable desk space. That’s finally changing thanks to McFarlane Toys. Read More >>

Algeria Shuts Off the Entire Country’s Internet to Stop Students From Cheating

Predictably, cheating in school has advanced with time. Students have hacked servers, hit schools with DDoS attacks, and purchased schoolwork on the dark web. In an extreme measure to prevent students from leaking high school diploma exams online, Algeria has begun instituting nationwide internet blackouts. Read More >>

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Quits After Investigation Into Total Boner Move

Intel’s CEO of five years, Brian Krzanich, has stepped down according to the company’s own press release. Surprisingly, this has nothing to do with Intel’s security woes or Krzanich’s selling of stock just before the news of those security woes broke. Read More >>

The Court Case That Could Tear Down Apple’s Walled Garden

The US Supreme Court agreed this week to consider an appeal in a long-delayed case that revolves around whether Apple’s App Store policies constitute a monopolistic practice that violates antitrust laws. Read More >>

Having Allegedly Failed to Gobble Up Bumble, Dating Giant Match Group Buys Rival App Hinge

Tinder’s parent company Match Group, the online dating conglomerate that owns a number of dating sites including OKCupid and Match.com, has acquired rival service Hinge. Per the Verge, that leaves women-centric Bumble as the “only notable dating app” outside Match’s control, though not for lack of trying. Read More >>

Koko the Gorilla, Famous for Learning Sign Language, Has Died

Koko, arguably the world’s most famous gorilla, has died at the age of 46. Known for her ability to communicate through sign language, Koko forever changed our conceptions of primate intelligence and emotional capacities. Read More >>

How Director J.A. Bayona Made Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom All His Own

In the world of Jurassic, J.A. Bayona is the new kid on the block. As the director of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the young auteur worked alongside the original film’s director, Steven Spielberg; the previous film’s director, Colin Trevorrow; the franchise’s longtime producer, Frank Marshall; and so on. It may seem like he was just a hired gun, but every step of the way, Bayona made sure made Fallen Kingdom very much his own. Read More >>

This Light-Up HAL 9000 USB Flash Drive Can’t Sing, But Probably Won’t Kill You Either

Master Replicas, makers of some of the finest lightsaber replicas in any galaxy, sadly closed its doors back in 2008. Last year, however, part of its original team opened Master Replicas Group, a new company that’s relaunching with a series of 2001: A Space Odyssey collectibles to start, including a flash drive based on one of Hollywood’s most terrifying villains. Read More >>

T-Rex’s Tongue Was Firmly Stuck in Its Mouth, Study Finds

With yet another Jurassic Park film out in cinemas, it’s the perfect time for busybody scientists to shatter our conceptions of how dinosaurs looked and acted. The latest dino truth bomb comes courtesy of a new study published Wednesday in PLOS One. It suggests that most dinosaurs, including the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex, couldn’t stick out their tongues the way many modern reptiles and birds do. Read More >>

Marvel is Getting Closer to Hiring its Black Widow Director

We’re still months away from knowing what, exactly, Marvel has planned for its film universe after Avengers 4, but chances are part of it includes Black Widow. Read More >>

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Star Wars’ Ships Have Terrible Aerodynamic Designs

When you’re flying around in space, where there’s no air or wind resistance, aerodynamics aren’t important. That’s why the Star Trek Borg ship is just a giant cube and still works just fine. But when ships are also visiting planets with atmospheres, aerodynamics do come into play — and apparently neither the Rebels nor the Empire in Star Wars know the first thing about properly designing flying vehicles. Read More >>

Don’t Expect Those Electric Scooter Sharing Services to Come to the UK

Over in the US the latest hip trend is to launch a scooter-sharing service, like the bike sharing services but with the option of leaving an electric scooter at the bottom of a canal. Those companies are planning on expanding, but you shouldn't expect them to be coming to the UK anytime soon. Read More >>

Ed Sheeran Concert to Bring Misery to People Who Can’t Even Hear it

Four solid gold nights of Ed Sheeran singing his song about that woman's body are to bring chaos to the people of Bristol, with drivers warned that the M4 and M5 and all their glorious associated interchanges might be clogged more than usual because of all the people heading in to see the singer's shows. Read More >>