Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs

A single threat actor has aggressively bombarded Android users with more than 4,000 spyware apps since February, and in at least three cases the actor snuck the apps into Google's official Play Market, security researchers said Thursday.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

13 Fantasies Inspired by Legends from the British Isles

For centuries the myths and legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England have carried down through stories told around firesides, in halls, and finally transcribed and adapted in the pages of books—from The Mabinogion to The Lord of the Rings to The Once and Future King.
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Introducing 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch


Superhero movies are all the rage in the early 21st century, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon. In the earliest days of superhero comics, they were quickly adapted into serialized formats: live action movie serials, radio dramas, and animated shorts.
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Japandemonium Illustrated

English translations of these books have been hard to come by, but now, for the first time, Dover Publications’ new book collects all four under one cover.
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Four Incredible Eclipses History Never Forgot


As everyone is undoubtedly aware by this point, on August 21st, folks across the country will be able to see a total solar eclipse—the first one visible coast-to-coast in nearly a century.
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Announcing the 2017 Hugo Award Winners


The winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list below. The 2017 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland.
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Monday, 7 August 2017

Aurora Australis: Awards, Books and Coming Events!

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand!
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Friday, 4 August 2017

IBM and Sony cram up to 330 terabytes into tiny tape cartridge


IBM and Sony have developed a new magnetic tape system capable of storing 201 gigabits of data per square inch, for a max theoretical capacity of 330 terabytes in a single palm-sized cartridge.
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Tolkien’s Map and The Messed Up Mountains of Middle-earth


We’ve got to talk about Tolkien’s map of Middle-earth. The man might have made up some beautiful languages and written stories that generations of writers have responded to in ways ranging from homage to bad photocopy, but I’m going to guess he was no connoisseur of geography.
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

10 Essential Stephen King Books to Complete Your Quest for The Dark Tower

The wheel of Ka turns, and  a movie based on Stephen King’s magnum opus The Dark Tower is finally coming to theaters, say thankee sai. Even better, it’s both an adaptation of the books and a continuation, meaning there’s sure to be plenty there for fans both old and new to obsess over.
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Monday, 31 July 2017

Set the Time Machine to 2114 for a Visit to the Future Library

You thought waiting for the remaining volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire was bad. How about waiting nearly a hundred years to read a book from Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale and the MaddAddam trilogy) or David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks)?
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Did You Know Stephen King Created a G.I. Joe Toy in the ’80s?!


Stephen King was everywhere in the 1980’s. His charisma and spooky nature made him just as big of a star as his wild and legendary creations. We’re talking movies, TV, and even credit card commercials. You name it, he was a part of it!
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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Rogue Planets May Be Even Lonelier Than We Thought


Rogue planets sound adventurous, like pirates of the final frontier minus the scurvy. The reality is much more depressing: these bodies are untethered to a star, so they’re doomed to dance around the void solo.
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Researchers Just Launched a Prototype of Humanity's First 'Interstellar Spacecraft'


Last year, extraterrestrial exploration venture Breakthrough Initiatives announced an ambitious plan to send tons of tiny spacecraft to our nearest neighboring star system, Alpha Centauri.
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Friday, 28 July 2017

The Tech World Is Convinced 2021 Is Going to Be the Best Year Ever

Ride-hailing startup Lyft announced last week that it’s making its own self-driving car technology—a move that could help it meet an audacious goal of having autonomous vehicles chauffeur most of its passengers around by 2021.
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

100 Must-Read SFF Short Story Collections

While classic authors like Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells wrote some of the earliest SFF fiction, the popularity of SFF as a genre started with short stories.
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Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories


Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

MAME devs are cracking open arcade chips to get around DRM


The community behind the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) has gone to great lengths to preserve thousands of arcade games run on hundreds of different chipsets through emulation over the years.
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Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI


Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent task of the twenty-first century.
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Netflix Announces Matt Groening’s Fantasy Animated Series Disenchantment

Netflix has ordered twenty episodes of Disenchantment, an adult animated comedy fantasy series from the mind of Matt Groening.
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