Google Home Mini review—A gateway drug for the Google Assistant

reader comments 82 Share this story Update: Earlier this week on October 11, we reviewed the new Google Home Mini—the company’s entry point into its voice-controlled home assistant ecosystem. After some early users noted the device recording more than it should, Google has officially disabled its center touch point forever (in what seems like a […]

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Wonder Woman aside, fall’s origin stories include EVs, Dahmer, and Gilbert Gottfried

reader comments 8 Share this story AUSTIN, Texas—Standard film genres—horror, documentary, sci-fi, et al.—run rampant at Fantastic Fest, but subgenre niches also seem to emerge every outing. In 2016, the festival boasted multiple films about promotional film art, for instance, in addition to a treasure trove of animation styles. In 2017, origin stories jumped off […]

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Tesla fires hundreds of workers

Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2014. Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 365 Share this story Tesla has a reputation as a demanding place to work, and the company lived up to its reputation this week when it fired hundreds of workers. The San Jose Mercury News estimates that between 400 and 700 workers […]

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After a month off, SpaceX returns with two launch attempts in three days

Enlarge / SpaceX’s last mission for Iridum, in June, launched amid foggy conditions in California. SpaceX reader comments 67 Share this story SpaceX has made 13 successful launches this year, and with every additional flight it continues to add to its record for total number of missions in a calendar year. The company’s previous high-water […]

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Saying goodbye to the proto-social network of AOL Instant Messenger

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty reader comments 62 Share this story Many people remember specific, weird things about September 11, 2001. For me, it was a headline about stamps tucked into the chaos. As I started to absorb the horror of the day through TV and online news sources that Tuesday morning, I noticed an […]

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Smart jewelry tested: do beautiful devices have the brains to compete?

Enlarge Valentina Palladino reader comments 29 Share this story Technology is shrinking, but that doesn’t mean it’s getting more subtle. Smartwatches are gaining popularity in the wearable world, but most make themselves painfully known by looking like high-tech gadgets. Not all wearables are fashion crimes, though; there’s a sector of smart jewelry trying to thrive […]

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Head, limbs of Kim Wall found, sinking story of suspect in submarine murder

Enlarge / Peter Madsen, inventor and submarine and space enthusiast, after his rescue from the waters off Copenhagen. It appears he sank his sub to destroy evidence of the murder of his passenger. BAX LINDHARDT/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 247 Share this story Danish investigators have announced that divers discovered bags containing the head, arms, legs, […]

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Nate makes nine Atlantic hurricanes in a row—unprecedented in modern era

Enlarge / Hurricane Nate, now in the Gulf of Mexico, makes nine Atlantic hurricanes in row. NOAA reader comments 89 Share this story Hurricane Season 2017 The Atlantic just finished its busiest hurricane month on record “Potentially catastrophic” Hurricane Maria set to strike Puerto Rico Jose hanging on, Maria intensifying as the Atlantic tropics sizzle […]

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