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I Just Strapped a Windows Computer to My Face for the First Time

The future of Windows computers could soon be worn on your face. Today, at a special media event in New York City, we got our hands on the first Windows 10 “mixed reality headset” from Acer. The device is only a developer kit for now, but it’s expected to be commercially available by the holiday season this year.

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The Circle review – Emma Watson and Tom Hanks face off in empty techno-thriller

The Harry Potter alumna missteps after the $1bn success of Beauty and the Beast with a Dave Eggers adaptation that swaps initial intrigue with vapidity

There’s something quite perfectly pitched about the release of The Circle. First, in a landscape overflowing with headlines proclaiming that “this is the BLANK we need right now”, an adaptation of Dave Eggers’ cautionary tale about the dangers of a life consumed by an over-reliance on one’s digital footprint remains ever prescient. Second, it’s anchored by Emma Watson, coming off the back of the phenomenal success of Beauty and the Beast and she’s joined by John Boyega, his first role since his charming breakout turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Finally, it’s arriving on the edge of the summer season, aiming to engage our brains before they get pummeled into submission by a parade of shiny effects-driven epics with little interest in raising questions other than: wasn’t that explosion, like, totally sick?

Related: Emma Watson: feminist to the core or carefully polished brand? | the Observer profile

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How Is it Possible to Screw Up a Sonos Clone This Badly

I have this vision of waking up in the morning, and pressing a button that plays music everywhere in my house. Sonos was the original pioneer that built a speaker system to get this multiroom job done, and it remains the best option for a number of reasons: The $200 starting price point is reasonable, the system…

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People Are Reprogramming the Galaxy S8’s Bixby Button Because It’s Currently Pointless

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the prettiest phones you can buy right now, but it launched as a somewhat incomplete product. Bixby, the phone’s new digital assistant, doesn’t yet have one if its key features—voice recognition. This shortcoming wouldn’t be so obvious if only Samsung hadn’t included a new button on the…

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Uber’s Investigation Into Sexual Harassment Is Off to a Really Bad Start

It looks like Uber’s toxic work culture is so awful, it’s going to take even longer for the company to fully investigate it. According to a new Recode report, Uber just extended its internal investigation into sexual harassment claims at the company. The internal report is now expected by the end of May.

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New Research Shows Electric Brain Stimulation Can Help Memory

Zapping the brain with small bursts of electricity in hopes of improving memory isn’t a brand new concept, however a new study shows that the experimental therapy could be more effective than previous studies indicated. A team of neuroscientist from the University of Pennsylvania are the first to successfully…

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Facebook Literally Wants to Read Your Thoughts

At Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8, on Wednesday, the group unveiled what may be Facebook’s most ambitious—and creepiest—proposal yet. Facebook wants to build its own “brain-to-computer interface” that would allow us to send thoughts straight to a computer.

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Photoshop Contest: Bernie Sanders Emerges From a Pint of Ben & Jerry’s

When it comes to a cool, refreshing pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, we all know Bernie would have one.

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Heavy hitters and hot tickets: Cannes 2017 is as mouthwatering as ever | Peter Bradshaw

Michael Haneke’s Happy End leads the charge for this year’s Palme d’Or, but there are tasty spectacles on the Croisette wherever you look

Related: Cannes takes on Trump with highly politicised lineup for 2017 film festival

The Cannes official selection list has been unveiled and it is a politicised lineup with a repeated thematic emphasis on the refugee crisis, designed to give the finger to the New Trump Order. The inclusion of Claude Lanzmann’s new film Napalm may be of interest to the White House press secretary Sean Spicer — horrified as he is about countries who use chemical weapons.

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The World’s Most Infamous Computer Viruses, Transformed Into Cyberpunk Heroes

Getting hit with a computer virus sucks. But if the process actually resembled one of these amazing designs from artist Ace Volkov slinking its way through your hardware in a mashup between Tron and Neuromancer, it’d probably be slightly less infuriating. It’d also look cool as hell.

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Google’s AlphaGo Is About to Face Its Toughest Competition Yet

Google’s AlphaGo made history last year by becoming the first machine to defeat a top-ranked human Go player. It was an important AI milestone, but AlphaGo isn’t getting off that easily. Next month, the expert system will partake in a five-day tournament that will pit it against China’s top Go players—including Ke…

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These Are the Wildly Advanced Space Exploration Concepts Being Considered by NASA

Earlier today, NASA announced funding for 22 projects as part of its Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. From a planet hopping laser-driven sail and a solar powered Venusian weather balloon to an autonomous rover on Pluto, the future of space… Continue reading

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Digital love: why cinema can’t get enough of cyberpunk

Ghost in the Shell is part of a cult subgenre whose lineage stretches back to the 1920s – and whose visions have never seemed so prescient

Code streams across a computer screen; hackers bark at each other in techno-jargon and hammer at keyboards; the real world seamlessly shifts into the virtual, and back again. This is the sort of scene that is instantly recognisable as a cyberpunk film, the subgenre of sci-fi that meshes together technology and counterculture – of which Ghost in the Shell, the live-action remake of the Japanese anime classic, is the latest high-profile example.

It is little surprise that cyberpunk has proved irresistible for many film-makers over the decades since the term was coined, by the author Bruce Bethke, in the early 1980s. With its visions of postapocalyptic futures, advanced technologies and virtual realms, they get to pack their films with visual effects to sweeten the (red) pill, while wrestling with weighty existential themes.

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Elon Musk’s Cryptic Art Suggests Unicorn Fart-Powered Teslas

Enigmatic entrepreneur Elon Musk has no shortage of hobbies: sometimes, he makes cars. Other times, he likes to do a space thing or play Martian overlord. But now, the 45-year-old billionaire is turning his attention to the arts, as evidenced by a series of cryptic drawings he created using Tesla’s new sketchpad…

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Christopher Nolan and Sofia Coppola urge fans to watch films in cinemas, not on Netflix

As studios reckon with the rise of streaming, the two directors ask audiences to watch their movies on the big screen, where they’re ‘meant to be seen’

Christopher Nolan and Sofia Coppola have urged audiences to see their films in the cinema at a time when the movie industry is reckoning with the growing popularity of video on demand and streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.

Presenting their forthcoming films at CinemaCon, the annual convention organised by the National Association of Theatre Owners, the directors said that they hoped fans opted to watch them at movie theatres, where they were “meant to be seen”.

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Robots Are Already Replacing Human Workers at an Alarming Rate

We all know, or at least suspect, that robots are taking people’s jobs, but new research shows the dramatic degree to which industrial robots are replacing human workers and forcing down wages.

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Elon Musk Is Wrong to Think He Can Save the World By Boosting Our Brains

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced a new venture called Neuralink, a startup which aims to develop neural interface technologies that connect our brains to computers. Musk says it’s the best way to prevent an AI apocalypse, but it’s on this point that he’s gravely mistaken.

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Netflix poses no mortal threat to cinemas | Letter from UK Cinema Association

Ellen E Jones paints a picture of a cinema industry under mortal threat (Go fullscreen: can Hollywood ever fight back against Netflix?, G2, 24 March).Happily the facts tell a very different story. Last year both the UK and US box office reached record … Continue reading

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Shia LaBeouf’s Trump art project shut down one day after moving to Liverpool

He Will Not Divide Us is curtailed on police advice after reports of ‘dangerous trespassing’, with alt-right group thought to be involved

He Will Not Divide Us, Shia LaBeouf’s artistic protest against the Trump presidency, has been shut down again, just one day after moving to its latest location in Liverpool.

On Wednesday. the city’s Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Fact) centre announced that they would be displaying the project, which currently takes the form of a live stream of a white flag featuring the words: “He will not divide us.” The announcement came after the actor’s artistic group LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner said that it was not safe to display the artwork in the US.

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Rediscovered 1920s Home Movies Are the First to Show the White House in Color

An archivist working at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library has stumbled upon color home movies taken in the late 1920s by former First Lady Lou Hoover. Incredibly, this is very likely the first color film to show a US President, the First Lady, an… Continue reading

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