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So You Want To Make A Podcast

There are a gazillion podcasts out there. Maybe even eleventy gazillion. Read More >>

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The Justice League We Got Was the Best Version the DCEU Could Give Us

I'd like to go on the record right now to say that I think a lot of the bad Justice League reviews are overly harsh. The film isn't perfect, but it's an awful lot better than some people seem to think. I won't declare that JL was amazing and that everyone who says otherwise is receiving some sort of anti-DC bribe, but it was alright. Frankly, after everything that's happened, it's probably the best version of that film we could get out of the DCEU. Read More >>

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The Mid-Season Finale of Star Trek: Discovery Was a Great Climax to a Show We Never Got

The mid-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, “Into the Forest I Go,” finally got this show to the place it should have been all season. Of course, in the process, it had to jettison a lot of character development it has been working on—but since it was mostly stuff that was bad, I’m perfectly happy letting them get away with it. This episode was the climax to a season that never existed, a season where the plot and characterisation was better. You can see that potential here. Read More >>

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The Most Essential Episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited

In a week, the Justice League will finally unite on the big screen. It’s far from the first time DC’s finest have gathered outside of the comics, and if the live-action has anything to live up to, it’s the beloved animated series and its continuation, Unlimited. Want to binge-watch to get in the justice mood? Here’s the best of both series. Read More >>

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7 Handy Google Assistant Tricks You Didn’t Know About

Google Assistant is keen on taking as big a role in your life as possible, and to that end Google keeps pouring new features into the app, whether it’s on your phone, your dinky smart speaker, your Pixelbook, or your Nvidia Shield. Here are 7 capabilities that the Assistant has been given that you might not have made use of yet—we’ve specifically tested them on phones, but they should work to some extent on other devices too. Read More >>

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The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies is More Diabolical Than We Realised

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called “zombie ant” and is no longer in control of its actions. Manipulated by the parasite, an infected ant will leave the cosy confines of its arboreal home and head to the forest floor—an area more suitable for fungal growth. After parking itself on the underside of a leaf, the zombified ant anchors itself into place by chomping down onto the leaf. This marks the ant’s final act. From here, the fungus continues to grow and fester inside the ant, eventually thrusting a stalk through the ant’s head that releases fungal spores. This entire process, from start to finish, can take upwards of ten agonising days. Read More >>

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New Brain Technologies Could Lead to Terrifying Invasions of Privacy, Warn Scientists

Imagine for a minute that you survive a terrible accident, and lose function of your right arm. You receive a brain implant able to interpret your brain’s neural activity and reroute commands to a robotic arm. Then one day, someone hacks that chip, sending malicious commands to the robotic arm. It’s a biological invasion of privacy in which you are suddenly no longer in control. Read More >>

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Mammals Literally Came Out of the Dark Once the Dinos Were Gone

The first mammals emerged during the reign of the dinosaurs, adopting a nocturnal lifestyle to stay safe. It was only until the dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the planet that certain mammals began to assert themselves during the daylight hours, according to new research. Read More >>

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What the Hell Is a Quantum Computer and How Excited Should I Be?

They will never sit on your desk, and they will most certainly never fit in your pocket. Today, they’re fragile, and need to be kept at temperatures close to absolute zero. Quantum computers aren’t much like the desktop PCs we’re all so familiar with—they’re whole new kind of machine, capable of calculations so complex, it’s like upgrading from black-and-white to a full colour spectrum. Read More >>

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The Razer Phone is Here, But is it For Real?

As the folks at Razer would tell it, the plan was always to make a phone. No one at Razer was quite sure what that phone would look like, or precisely how it would be a “gamer” phone—Razer’s peripherals and laptops are built primarily for gamers—but the phone was a distant dream. Now it’s a distinct reality, and at £699, the new gaming-focused Razer Phone could even be a solid alternative for people tired of slick glass backed OLED phones like the iPhone X and Galaxy S8. Read More >>

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Working Out in a Group Is Better for Your Mental Wellbeing Than Going at It Alone, Suggests Study

The way we exercise and who we choose to do it with is a very personal thing, but new research suggests that working out in a group setting has its advantages, resulting in significant improvements to physical, mental, and emotional measures. Those who workout alone, by contrast, experience virtually no changes in stress levels or perceived levels of fitness, at least those in the study—even though they tend to put in more effort. Read More >>

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Simple Benchmarks to Run on Your Computer to Check If It’s Working Well

At first glance the computer on your desk might look a lot like last year’s model or the model your colleague has, but looks can be deceptive—if you want to really rate your laptop and find its place in the power and performance stakes, that’s where benchmarks come in. Read More >>

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Razer’s New Cheaper Razer Blade Pro Doesn’t Make Any Damn Sense

There are always going to be people who want a big, powerful laptop. I’m talking about people like developers that want to show off early game builds at trade shows, or stubborn people who simply can’t compromise on performance when they are away from home. But is there any benefit to turning these 17-inch behemoths into something that is thin and light too? Read More >>

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Sonos One: Can Alexa Supercharge The OG Of Multiroom Audio?

For many years, speakers were boring unless you were a hardcore audiophile. They didn’t do anything clever. Sure, there were speakers that sounded better or worse - but to the lay listener, this was simply a question of price: The more money you spent, the better the sound. Read More >>

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Stranger Things’ Second Season Lives Up to Its Incredible Expectations

Here’s the thing about Stranger Things season two: If you liked season one, and pretty much everyone did, then you’ll like this season just fine. Everything is turned up a bit, but the soul of Stranger Things remains what it was last season—a story about friendship, family, and giant piles of ‘80s nostalgia. Read More >>