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What It’s Like to Turn Good Omens Into a TV Show, According to Neil Gaiman, a Guy Who Would Know

Neil Gaiman is no stranger to having his fantastical literary works adapted to other media. Whether it’s Coraline, American Gods or Neverwhere, his writing has mutated into successful movies, TV shows and radio dramas. But when it came time to work on Good Omens – the upcoming Amazon series based on the 1990 novel he wrote with Terry Pratchett  – Gaiman says he’s being “much, much, much more protective”. Read More >>

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Apple Just Bought a ‘Netflix for Magazines’ App and Whoa, What Year Is It?

Apple exec Eddy Cue took the stage at SXSW in Austin on Monday to talk about Apple’s latest moves into content. The biggest news of the day is that Apple has agreed to purchase the all-you-can-read magazine subscription app Texture. Cue also talked about Apple’s plans for TV shows and answered questions about purchasing Netflix. Read More >>

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Time to Get Your Free 10.33GB of SXSW Music

Amid all the startups and tasteless PR stunts, it’s easy to forget that South by Southwest is technically a music festival. Thankfully, the organisers didn’t forget, and have continued their years-old tradition of releasing all the music, DRM-free. Read More >>

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This Portable Shower Reuses the Same Water for Two Whole Weeks

Indoor plumbing and unlimited clean water aren’t available everywhere. That’s why this clever, compact shower that recycles the same water several times—after purifying it after each use!—seems very handy. Read More >>

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Delightful App Turns Humming Into Sheet Music

This new app is musical wizardry: hum into your phone, and the humming is instantly transformed into a digital song, complete with onscreen sheet music. Read More >>

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Google Knows Its Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Going to Have Worse Days’ 

“We don’t like our car bumping into things,” said Chris Urmson, head of Google’s self-driving project, addressing the February 14th incident where Google’s car stuck a bus. “This was a tough day for us.” Read More >>

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You Should Go Get Your Free 8GB of SXSW Music

South by Southwest (SXSW), the back-patting tech conference masquerading as a music festival, wrapped up last night in Austin, Texas. In among the press conferences, there's been time for some actual bands to play — and for those of us unable to be there in person, the festival has released 8.42 gigabytes of DRM-free MP3s for your listening pleasure. Read More >>

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This Brilliant Coming-of-Age Space Opera Will Leave You Breathless

For some, the path to adulthood is gradual and fluid, as if maturity could somehow seep into one's pores like steam from a warm bath. For others, the yolk of real responsibility is thrust suddenly and heavily upon their shoulders, though neither have a say in which path to maturity they will take. Read More >>

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Meet CUPID: The Drone That Will Shoot You With an 80,000 Volt Taser

Are drones not scary enough for you yet? How about this? A drone helicopter that spots you and identifies you as an intruder. It tells you to stop and put your hands behind your head. Instead, you keep coming. The drone then shoots you with barbed Taser darts that pump 80,000 volts into you. If you try to get up, it will continue pumping voltage into you until you submit and the authorities arrive. Read More >>

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Barista Bot Paints Your Portrait On Your Latte

Starbucks baristas will write your name on the side of your coffee cup, but that's nowhere near the level of personalisation the Barista Bot is capable of. After snapping your portrait with a webcam, it uses a robotic arm to then draw your face in the milk foam atop your latte. That's overkill in the best way possible. Read More >>

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Google Glass Will Work with Apps Like the New York Times, Path, Evernote and More

Google showed off some new features of Google Glass at SXSW and they could be quite useful. For example, the New York Times (and probably others) will be integrated with Google Glass so you'll see pop up notifications of breaking news. You can even peep pictures, headlines or have Google Glass read the news to you too. Read More >>

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Go Get Your 7.39 GB of Free SXSW Music

There's a lot of tech stuff going down at SXSW between the talking shoes and the projection-effect pool tables and whathaveyou, but at the end of the day, music is still a huge part. A 7.39 GB part. And you can go grab it all for free right now. Read More >>

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Bruce Springsteen’s Inspiring Talk On Creativity and Music Is a Must Watch

Bruce Springsteen started this year's South by Southwest festival with a beautiful and inspiring—even tear-jerking at times—talk about creativity, music and hard work. No matter if you aren't a music buff or a Springsteen fan, it's a must watch. Read More >>

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Bruce Springsteen Is Still The Boss, Even if He Did Lift Animals Riffs

During Bruce Springsteen's keynote SXSW speech last night, he disclosed that, like countless artists and musical acts before him, he routinely lifted riffs from his predecessor's songs. So does this mean he's going to get sued by the RIAA for piracy or does that count as fair use? Read More >>