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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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