Comic-Con’s Batman VR Experience SoarsWhile Others Fall Flat

July 24, 2019

HBO's Watchmen bringing an AR experience to Comic-Con International? I was in. Virtual reality has been a mainstay at the convention for some time now, but AR hasn't—and with new mixed-reality wearables coming to market since the last Comic-Con, I could think of a dozen ways that the anticipated show could leverage the technology. Maybe it would combine human actors with a Microsoft HoloLens, the way FX did to promote…

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WIRED Book of the Month: Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson

July 3, 2019

In its 880 pages, Neal Stephenson's Fall; or, Dodge in Hell navigates many of the themes the science fiction author has become known for. The history, and future, of science. How knowledge engenders power, and how that power perpetuates itself. How technologies that sound far-fetched are in fact inevitable, derived as they are from a centuries-long process of incremental breakthroughs. What’s unique to this go-round is that Stephenson’s pet ideas…

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Neal Stephenson’s Latest Book Dodges Its Scariest Premise

June 6, 2019

In its 880 pages, Neal Stephenson's Fall; or, Dodge in Hell navigates many of the themes the science fiction author has become known for. The history, and future, of science. How knowledge engenders power, and how that power perpetuates itself. How technologies that sound far-fetched are in fact inevitable, derived as they are from a centuries-long process of incremental breakthroughs. What’s unique to this go-round is that Stephenson’s pet ideas…

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Minecraft Earth Wants to Be the Next Pokmon GoBut Bigger

May 19, 2019

The gaming world may seem like it’s ruled by Fortnite, but Minecraft continues to be a phenomenon. In the 10 years since the very first Java edition went public, it’s sold 176 million copies. More than 90 million people play it every month, and that number has gone up every year, boosted most recently by 200 million Chinese users. Between PCs, game consoles, mobile, and VR devices, you can buy…

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Facebook Can Make VR Avatars Lookand MoveExactly Like You

March 16, 2019

"There's this big, ugly sucker at the door," the young woman says, her eyes twinkling, "and he said, 'Who do you think you are, Lena Horne?' I said no but that I knew Miss Horne like a sister." It's the beginning of a short soliloquy from Walton Jones' play The 1940's Radio Hour, and as she continues with the monologue it's easy to see that the young woman knows what…

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Enhance Your Day With the Perfect Workplace Distraction

August 23, 2018

If your workspace has seemed a bit shoutier than usual in the last few days, you might have Nicole He to blame. The Brooklyn-based programmer and technologist is the creator of ENHANCE.COMPUTER, an online “cyberpunk game” that recalls the futuristic voice-command sleuth-machines found in films like Blade Runner: By shouting out directives like “MOVE DOWN!,” “MOVE LEFT!,” and especially “ENHANCE!,” you can zoom in on a picture, find a hidden…

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The Quiet, Steady Dominance of Pokmon Go

July 10, 2018

Two years ago today, a studio called Niantic released a game with a novel proposition: Go outside. Point your smartphone at the real world. Catch some monsters. Within a day, Pokémon Go was at the top of every app store chart. Within 200 days, players had spent a billion dollars on in-game upgrades—the shortest time to reach that milestone by a wide margin. In the summer of 2016, you couldn’t…

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Apple’s New AR Features Are Proof That Wearables Are Coming

June 8, 2018

In his time on stage at Apple’s annual developer conference yesterday, Craig Federighi did many of the things that people have come to expect of the company’s senior vice president of software engineering. He wore a blue shirt. He said "isn’t that amazing?" a lot. He undertook a demo with an oddly personal touch—in this case, using augmented reality to measure a photograph of himself as an infant. (No, Infant…

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7 tips to perfect your graduation pictures

April 26, 2018

Graduation is a time to celebrate your accomplishments, but remember the photos will probably stick around for a while.  You don’t want people scrolling through social media the next day and seeing your pic among the same boring photos. And you don’t want to see the photo on your mom’s mantlepiece for decades to come and wish you’d planned for it a bit better. SEE ALSO: Jazz up your graduation…

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Behind the Scenes of Black Panther‘s Afrofuturism

February 16, 2018

In Black Panther, the future is female. Sure, the titular hero is the man-king T’Challa, but his bodyguards, advisers, and chief technologist are all women. Same goes for the crew behind the camera: The design of the movie’s setting—the fictional African nation of Wakanda—mostly comes from production designer Hannah Beachler (Moonlight, Beyoncé’s Lemonade) and costume designer Ruth Carter (Amistad, Selma). “The challenge was imagining how something futuristic looks in Africa,”…

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