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TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges

Warning: This story discusses a handful of specific moments from TV in 2018. Though we’ve strived to avoid spoiling anything too major, please note this list includes specific references to The Good Place, Star Trek: Discovery, Westworld, Bojack Horseman, Preacher, The Americans, Killing Eve, and The Haunting of Hill House, among others. We are in the era of “peak TV,” …

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Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch

Enlarge / Civil CEO Matthew Iles, as seen in this promo video. (credit: Freethink / YouTube) In March 2018, Matthew Iles—the head of Civil, an ambitious blockchain-for-journalism startup—stood in a tiny New York conference room with a few colleagues seated around him. Wearing a peach-colored sweater, Iles looked up at a mounted camera to speak …

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Douglas Adams was right: “Genuine people personalities” are coming to our gadgets

I remember the first time I read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It was back in junior high, around 1982, before I knew about the radio series. I got to the part where the automatic door talks to Arthur Dent, and I remember very clearly thinking: “This is ridiculous. Why would an automatic door need …

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Try your hand at being an operator at the Roseville Telephone Museum

Enlarge / An early 1910-era magneto telephone. (credit: Cyrus Farivar) ROSEVILLE, Calif.—I don’t know about you, but I marvel that, with a tiny device in my pocket, I can instantly hear the voice of any of my loved ones, any time, essentially for free. Of course, this wasn’t always the case. I’m old enough (nearly …

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Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device

Enlarge (credit: June Oven) When my husband and I received a flashy, $250 Breville toaster oven for our wedding in 2014, we couldn’t believe how awesome it was. It revolutionized the two-person meal in our household. We were freed from using the geriatric, unreliable oven that came with our apartment, and cookies, pizzas, and baked …

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Pokémon Go creators launch AR-game contest that (nearly) resembles American Idol

Enlarge (credit: Niantic) How could Niantic, the leading developers of Pokémon Go, possibly top its augmented-reality (AR) gaming sensation? Today’s announcement from the studio hints at its future strategy: find someone else to do it. The Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest talks up a prize pool of more than $1 million, but the real meat …

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