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The inner workings of surreal mechanical sculptures - CNET

exploratorium-curious-contraptions-6127 1 of 12 2 of 12 3 of 12 4 of 12 5 of 12 6 of 12 7 of 12 8 of 12 9 of 12 10 of 12 11 of 12 12 of 12 Published: November 18, 2017 5:01 AM PST Up Next Tech Turkeys 2017: The lowest point... 52 Latest Stories Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is bigger, better sequel 1:34 Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is bigger, better sequel by Dan Ackerman Awesome appliance gifts to splurge on in 2017 15 Awesome appliance gifts t...
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EA ditches microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II - CNET

Now Playing: Watch this: EA pulls Star Wars Battlefront II microtransactions...... 1:17 It's as if EA heard a million voices cry out in terror -- and it's not staying silent. Electronic Arts has announced it is turning off all in-game purchases on Star Wars Battlefront II, on the eve of the game's worldwide launch, after a massive outcry from fans. The company confirmed the news in a blog post late on Thursday, admitting that the microtrans...
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Pixar uses VR to bring the Land of the Dead to life - CNET

Pixar's movies can be so captivating, you sometimes want to walk around inside their worlds. Now you can. "Coco VR," the first virtual-reality experience from Pixar , lets you virtually explore the glimmering Land of the Dead from the studio's upcoming feature, " Coco ." Check out your skeleton body in a mirror as you try on different outfits and pop your skull off and place it into your hands. Walk around a town square with a friend, explo...
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CNET Book Club, Episode 3: 'Artemis' by Andy Weir - CNET

"I've got a gun, and I'm telling you, you can't stay," says author Andy Weir, describing a hypothetical sci-fi role-playing exercise where subjects are forced to board a time machine and strand themselves at any one-hundred-year increment in the past (1917, 1817, 1717, and so on).  His point is that most people, correctly in his opinion, would choose the most recent era available, 1917. Why? "On a century-by-century basis, the quality of li...
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How to watch Elon Musk unveil Tesla's electric semi truck - Roadshow

A teaser for Tesla's new electric semi truck Tesla Tesla Motors is struggling to fulfill orders for its Model 3 , but that isn't stopping Elon Musk from sending a new type of electric vehicle up the on-ramp. Tesla sent out invitations for the formal unveiling of its first semi truck this Thursday, and Musk invited the rest of the world to tune in via a live webcast of the event at 8 p.m. PT. "This will blow your mind clear out of your skull...
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I raced Lego drivers in VR on a roller coaster - CNET

Screams of terror pierced the air as I made my way up the steps to what used to be the terrifying Project X roller coaster. Legoland Malaysia, together with Merlin Magic Making, had given it a tech makeover: It's now the ostensibly less intimidating Great Lego Race. Still, I was nervous. The Great Lego Race marries virtual reality and good old roller coaster thrills, with a dash of Lego fun sprinkled on top. Riders zoom into a world made en...
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New Star Wars film trilogy coming from Rian Johnson - CNET

Get ready to fly to a different galaxy far, far away with a new slate of Star Wars films from "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson. According to Disney chief Bob Iger, who revealed the plan Thursday during the company's earnings call, Johnson will create brand new stories with characters from an entirely different galaxy. Johnson will also be teaming up with his longtime collaborator, "Last Jedi" and " Looper " producer Ram Bergman, on the...
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EPA approves bacteria-infected insects to kill mosquitoes - CNET

According to the World Health Organization mosquito bites kill 1,000,000 people each year. Getty Images No one likes the idea of being bitten by a mosquito, especially if that pesky pest also is carrying around viruses as deadly as yellow fever, dengue and Zika. But what if you could eradicate the diseased insects by releasing assassin versions of mosquitoes to kill them off? On Nov. 3, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a new app...
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Apple reportedly moved cash to island to avoid Irish taxes - CNET

The tiny island of Jersey in the English Channel has reportedly become a tax haven for companies like Apple.  Getty Images Apple's tax practices are back in the spotlight. A new report from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists  and its media partners says Apple sought out a new location to store its overseas cash to avoid paying higher taxes. The findings, part of a leak of documents dubbed the "Paradise Papers," say th...
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'Avengers: Infinity War' directors tease about trailer release - CNET

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo know fans want to see the " Avengers: Infinity War " trailer previously screened only to fans at D23 and San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year. But taking a note from an old Orson Welles wine commercial, the brothers have a message to deliver. On Friday, the Russos posted this brief video to their shared Instagram account, captioning it, "Regarding your demands for the release of the Infinity War trailer..." ...
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Netflix parts ways with Kevin Spacey - CNET

Netflix appears to be done with Kevin Spacey.  According to a Netflix representative, the streaming service is done producing its popular show " House of Cards " as long as Spacey, its star, public face and executive producer, is involved. (Spacey plays devious politician Frank Underwood.) The service says it's canceling the release of a movie produced by Spacey as well. The moves come in the wake of allegations that Spacey made unwanted se...
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'Fake news' named word of the year, even though it's two words - CNET

This story isn't fake news, but "fake news" has been named the Word of the Year by Glasgow-based Collins Dictionary. Even though it's two words, not one. "It has been derided by the leader of the free world and accused of influencing elections, but 'fake news' is today legitimate news as it is named Collins' Word of the Year 2017," the dictionary site announced Thursday. Good luck going back in time and trying out the phrase on yourself jus...
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Congress grills Facebook, Twitter, Google over Russian influence - CNET

Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, left, Twitter General Counsel Sean Edgett and Google General Counsel Kent Walker testify during a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.  Alex Wong / Getty Images Facebook, Google and Twitter came to Capitol Hill to argue that they're ready to fight back against the scourge of fake news and the Russian misinformation campaign that influenced the 2016 US presidential election. T...
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Samsung unveils three new co-CEOs after corruption scandal - CNET

Samsung is getting a trio of new co-CEOs. Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images Samsung is getting new executive leadership in the wake of a corruption scandal involving its de facto chief. The South Korean technology giant said late Monday it had promoted three presidents -- Kim Ki-nam, Kim Hyun-suk and Koh Dong-jin -- to succeed Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun and Presidents Yoon Boo-keun and Shin Jong-kyun in the company's current three co-CEO manage...
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Twitter suspends Trump ally Roger Stone after rant - CNET

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone has been suspended by Twitter. Joe Raedle / Getty Images Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, has been suspended by Twitter after lashing  out at CNN anchor Don Lemon on Friday. The suspension came after Stone went on a Twitter rant, calling Lemon a "dumb piece of shit" after CNN reported an indictment had been filed in an investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 electio...
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Twitter hate, violence policies to take effect late November - CNET

Social media site Twitter announced Friday that it will roll out new policies relating to violent groups, hateful imagery and hate symbols late next month. Now Playing: Watch this: Twitter now has a calendar for tackling abuse and trolls 1:30 This is all part of the company's ongoing efforts to improve user safety and cut down on online harassment and abuse. According to its calendar , which details upcoming approaches regarding safety poli...
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Google extends Pixel 2 warranty to ease burn-in fears - CNET

Google is extending the warranty on its Pixel 2 smartphones over consumer fears of screen burn-in. Juan Garzón/CNET if you're thinking of buying Google's new Pixel 2 smartphone, the tech giant wants you to know you won't get burned by possible display burn-in issues. Google, reacting to reports that some Google Pixel 2 phones are suffering from screen burn-in, said Thursday it would double the length of the warranty on the new smartphone to...
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Bad Rabbit ransomware attack bites Europe - CNET

The latest ransomware attack is believed to be a variant of Petya. Alexander Ryumin/TASS via Getty Images A new ransomware infection has struck several European nations,  ZDNet reported  Tuesday.  Called Bad Rabbit, the bug is thought to be a variant  of Petya . Infected systems direct people to a page where they are told to pay a ransom of 0.05 bitcoin ($277, £209, AU$360) to recover their files, according to ZDNet. Victims are given 41 ho...
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Calling Hawkins Power will give you 'Stranger Things' clues - CNET

Call Hawkins Power and Light to discover more clues from season 2 of "Stranger Things." Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET Hawkins Power and Light is more than just an electric company in Netflix 's hit series " Stranger Things ." The company has a hidden agenda, testing children -- namely the character Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) -- for various paranormal powers including telekinesis and remote viewing (RV). At the end of the first sea...
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Google will reportedly share revenue with news publishers - CNET

Google reportedly has a plan to share revenue with news publishers. Getty Images Google may have a lifeline for struggling news publishers. The web giant is planning to share a chunk of its revenue with publishers, The Financial Times reported Sunday. Google's plan is to mate its treasure trove of personal data with machine learning algorithms to help news publications grow their subscriber base, the newspaper reported. As readers have incr...
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iPhone 8 Plus and 7 Plus photos: What's the difference? - CNET

Meet the drop-resistant Moto Z2 Force The Moto Z2 Force is really thin, with a fast processor and great battery life. It can survive drops without shattering. Original link
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Lyft gets $1B investment, led by Alphabet - CNET

Lyft CEO Logan Green, CapitalG partner David Lawee and Lyft President John Zimmer. Lyft Looks like Lyft could soon be appearing larger in Uber 's rear-view mirror. Confirming last month's reports , Lyft announced Thursday that Google-parent Alphabet  is leading a $1 billion financing round  into the ride-hailing company. This ups Lyft's valuation from $7.5 billion to $11 billion. The funding is coming from CapitalG, one of Alphabet's invest...
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Studio for Electronic Music remembered by Google Doodle - CNET

Google celebrates Germany's pioneering electro innovators. Google Google is living forever in electric dreams with today's Doodle, which celebrates innovators of electronic music that pioneered much of today's music and recording technology. The logo on Google's search page celebrates the 66th anniversary of the Studio for Electronic Music , conceived in Cologne on this day in 1951 and considered the first modern recording studio. It began ...
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Toyota announces it's in a new industry - Roadshow

Akio Toyoda is done being just a carmaker.  "What I personally believe is that future of mobility will be in the hands of those who really want to make society better," the President of Toyota said at a major company event in Athens, Greece, where there wasn't a Prius or RAV4 to be seen. Instead, personal assistance robots, intelligent companion devices, three-wheeled pod-like vehicles, and nearly a dozen of the world's top para-athletes re...
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Apple gets a Harvey Weinstein joke on SNL - CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. Apple's new emojis linked to Harvey Weinstein. SNL/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET As film producer Harvey Weinstein became society's latest scourge, Apple reportedly canceled two series produced by the company that used to employ him. Yet on "Saturday Night Live," Cupertino couldn't quite get away from Weinstein, disgraced and kicked o...
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What to play this weekend: Cuphead, Shadow of War and Evil Within 2 - CNET

Cuphead has a gorgeous 1930's cartoon aesthetic and a crushing difficulty level.  Studio MDHR This week in games has me at an impasse -- I loathe tough-as-nails bullet-hell video games, but I adore traditional animation. Cuphead has me in deadlock. It's not a game for me, and I'm probably never going to play it, but I love everything about it. After three long years of waiting, it's kind of satisfying to see this playable 1930's cartoon deb...
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Richard Branson buys into hyperloop high-tech train business - CNET

Virgin Hyperloop One Hyperloop One is now Virgin Hyperloop One thanks a big investment from billionaire Richard Branson. Another famous mogul, Elon Musk, first championed the high-tech hyperloop train cause. Branson, however, is the latest of the ultra-rich entrepreneur set to put down his personal stake in the idea.The notion of putting people and material into pods and propelling them at incredibly high speeds might sound a bit insane. Dr...
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Amazon Fire HD 10 is an amazing big-screen tablet value - CNET

The Good: A great value for a 10-inch tablet with a high-res screen and solid performance. Starts with 32GB of storage, the same as an iPad . Hands-free Alexa works as well as it does on an Echo.The Bad: Really pushes you towards Amazon services, making other media options harder to find and use. Some popular apps are not available through Amazon's app store. The glossy screen makes movie-watching hard at times. The Bottom Line: It's missin...
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Carl's Jr. begs Amazon to buy it on Twitter - CNET

People don't think about us so much since we stopped featuring sexy women eating our big, fat burgers sexily. I know. But what are you going to do? Everything's so PC these days. How about we give up? We're marketing people. We never give up.  No, give up the company and make money. How about we beg Amazon to buy us? I mean, we're almost as healthy as Whole Foods. And that is how I imagine that Carl's Jr.'s more fertile minds came up with t...
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When it comes to trade-ins, iPhones are a safe bet - CNET

Though Apple and Android fanboys and girls will scratch each other's eyes out arguing over which phones have the best technology, when it's time to trade in your old phone, there's still only one clear winner. That's something to consider when investing in your next phone. The glory days of the wireless carrier subsidies are long gone, which means people actually have to pay full price for a brand-new phone. With high-end devices like the i...
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