lego
How Complex Technology Brings Ninjago to Life on Legoland’s Latest Ride

Recently I got to visit Legoland Windsor, which was a pretty cool way to spend a working day. Not only was I able to explore the park and get a glimpse of the model-making work done behind the scenes, I got to check out the latest ride to open up: the Lego Ninjago 4D interactive ride. Read More >>

movies
Making Justice League’s Aquaman Sexy Is the Smartest Thing Warner Bros. and DC Have Ever Done

Even though he’s a founding member of the Justice League, Aquaman’s never really enjoyed the same kind of widespread cultural significance other characters like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman have. Aquaman’s had a long-standing image problem, but with Justice League, DC’s finally trying to fix it in a very compelling way: by making him sexy as hell. Read More >>

movies
Justice League Isn’t Great, But It Sets Up Great Things to Come

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is both the best and worst of everything we’ve seen from the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe movies. There are plenty of things to like, and about an equal number to dislike. But ultimately, its good things bumped up against the bad enough to leave me with hope and excitement for what’s to come. Read More >>

giz asks
When Will We Have Designer Babies?

Within 20 to 40 years, sex will no longer be the preferred method of reproduction. Instead, half the population with decent health care will – no shitting you – have eggs grown from human skin and fertilised with sperm, then have the entire genome of about 100 embryo samples sequenced, peruse the highlights, and pick the best model to implant. At least that’s what Stanford law professor and bioethicist Hank Greely predicts in The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction. But skin-grown humans aside, how long until we have “designer babies”? Read More >>

star wars
Rian Johnson Is Developing a New Trilogy of Star Wars Movies

When Colin Trevorrow left Star Wars: Episode IX, fans wondered if Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would be taking his place. He didn’t, but that’s apparently because instead he’s working on three new Star Wars movies that are wilder than anyone could have possibly imagined. Read More >>

movies
The Past, and Future of Motion Capture: Where it Came From and What’s Coming Next

Over the past decade and a half, motion capture has become a staple part of any visual effects studio, whether they're working on films, TV, or video games. And with good reason, seeing as how recording real people can be invaluable in producing more natural and organic CGI. Read More >>

smartphones
Why You Don’t Need an iPhone X – Or Any Other Expensive New Phone

Hold on just a moment before you drop £1,000 (or more!) on an iPhone X—or another expensive phone from Samsung, Google, or anyone else. Do you really need that flagship handset? The list of reasons not to buy one of the latest and most expensive phones gets longer every year. Read More >>

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How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met

In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, “I’m from Manchester,” and they say, “Oh, I have a grandparent in Manchester,” and they tell you where they live and their name, and you may or may not recognise them. Read More >>

giz asks
Can Joker Venom Be Real?

As long as there has been a Joker—and we’re going on eighty years with this guy—there has been, as well, a Joker venom. It debuted alongside him, in 1940s Batman #1, and has been a part of his arsenal ever since. Read More >>

gaming
The New Star Wars AR Game is Clunky, Cool, Still Too Expensive 

The success of any AR game depends entirely on immersion: whether the player’s having so much they forget how massively dorky they look with a cafeteria tray stuck to their their face. Disney’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, a £250 standalone AR machine made in collaboration with Lenovo, succeeds at this in fits and spurts. Going toe-to-toe with Darth Maul in melee combat or commanding ground troops to retake ships is thrilling, but the package’s clunky, cluttered setup presentation wastes too much time in drawing in players. Read More >>

transport
I Went for a Ride in a Waymo Self-Driving Car, Which Was Surprisingly Chill

Waymo, the self-driving car group born out of Google’s secretive moonshot unit and recently spun out as its own company, has made a bunch of self-driving cars—around 500 of its current Chrysler iteration, with another 500 in the works, not to mention probably lots more than that in the future. Yesterday, Waymo let a gaggle of reporters ride around in said Chryslers at its test facility without putting anyone behind the wheel, giving us a first look at what our driverless future will look like. Read More >>

apple
I Hate How Much I Love the iPhone X

I’m a total gadget nerd, and it’s been five years since a new smartphone made me nod to myself with the understanding that, “Yes, I need that thing more than I need air.” But the buzz around the iPhone X has had me a little more hyped than usual. Not just because the iPhone finally ditched the bezels and got an OLED display—Samsung’s Galaxy S8 lost its bezels in March—but because the iPhone X is the line’s first significant overhaul since the iPhone 4. I should know better than to fall for the hype, but after spending nearly a week with the device, I’ve actually convinced myself that spending £1,000 on a phone seems like a good idea. If you hate me for saying that, that’s okay, I hate me too. Read More >>

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The Grand Tour is a Record Breaker, as Jeremy Clarkson Breaks a Water Speed Record

Well it looks like The Grand Tour will join Top Gear as a record-breaking car show, after Jeremy Clarkson broke a water speed record while filming. Read More >>

privacy
If Your Vibrator Is Hacked, Is It a Sex Crime?

On a recent trip to Berlin, Alex Lomas’ acquaintance posed him a challenge: Can you find a Bluetooth-enabled butt plug in the wild, and can you turn it on without its owner’s help? Lomas, a penetration tester with the British cybersecurity firm Pen Test Partners, pulled out his phone, consulted the detection app LightBlue, and quickly identified a Lovense Hush, purportedly “the most powerful vibrating buttplug on the market,” that Lomas says was nestled in the rear end of a stranger. What’s more, that Hush was vulnerable, open to hacking by anyone who knew how. Read More >>

amazon
The New Kindle Oasis is the Best Ereader of All Time, But Is It Worth It?

I’m not terribly fussy about how I read. I used an old Kindle Keyboard until a stray pen in my backpack broke its display, and I’ve long happily used a Paperwhite without so much as considering the fancier Kindles Amazon has released since I got it back in 2013. Hell, half the time I’m just reading on the Kindle smartphone app for a few minutes here and there between glances at my email. So the new Kindle Oasis, the company’s most advanced reading gadget yet, is not designed for me. But goddamn, it’s great. Read More >>