‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

At their most basic level, randomizer mods shuffle the data in a game's ROM so that each run becomes a new and unpredictable experience.

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Working from a beachside shack on California's Monterey Bay , Nate Lindsey fired a stream of infrared laser pulses down a long fiber-optic cable extending onto the ocean floor.

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

Last spring, students at Hinsdale Central High School discovered six vaping detectors in bathrooms and locker rooms around campus.Administrators tried making students take online courses if they were caught with ecigarettes; they talked to law enforcement; the Village of Hinsdale even passed an ordinance that would make it easier for officers to ticket minors caught with the devices.

HBO Max Is the New $200 iPhone

HBO Max Is the New $200 iPhone

About a week ago, Disney and Verizon partnered up, offering unlimited-plan customers a year of free Disney+ .No matter your carrier, you’re getting a bonus streaming subscription of some kind as long as you’re on an unlimited plan.

I Tracked Everything My Baby Did Until Nothing Made Sense Anymore

I Tracked Everything My Baby Did Until Nothing Made Sense Anymore

Whatever the case, our baby seemed fine, and we resolved to turn the irksome air quality monitor off.

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

So as you watch all seven hours of the Town Hall tonight, as I’m sure you will, look for the ways candidates talk about the policy course they plan to follow, not just because it’s important for, like, saving the planet and stuff, but also because it’ll provide a clue to what election strategy they hope to pursue.

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar

Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar

Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar. The summer is a time for rejuvenation, don’t you think? Apple has now outfitted its least expensive MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar and Touch ID, meaning MBP buyers henceforth must resign themselves to a thin OLED strip at the top row of their keyboards.

Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution

Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution

The mystique of the X-Men movies depended on a sense of the larger world behind the characters—something the films began to lose as time went on. Subtext aside, X-Men wrapped its long past around itself like no comic-book movie ever had.

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

In early April, says from the Pingtang County government website, officials held meetings with local residents and workers to “internalize the sense of responsibility and responsibility of protecting the [telescope].” The rules and outreach efforts come just after the announcement of a new television show about FAST, which state-run Zhongxin reported in late February.

Lego's Newest Set Lets Kids Build Robots—and Confidence

Lego's Newest Set Lets Kids Build Robots—and Confidence

Think “robots with mohawks.” By contrast, the Spike Prime set aims for accessibility, opting for bright colors, friendly shapes, and drag-and-drop coding tools that gently nudge students towards learning.“We worked so hard on making it appealing to everybody, because we know that everybody will need this kind of skill in the future,” says Marianne Nytoft Bach, director of Lego’s secondary school team.

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

UPS Drones Are Now Moving Blood Samples Over North Carolina

Matternet's drones will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off. The drones, operating from specially designated pads at each location, will conduct about 10 daily flights to start, with more possible if the service takes off.

The Matrix Is Nothing Without Its Sequels—Nothing!

The Matrix Is Nothing Without Its Sequels—Nothing!

The Matrix is nothing without its sequels, and you'd know that if you watched them.

Inside the ‘Black Box’ of a Neural Network

Inside the ‘Black Box’ of a Neural Network

By inserting a postage-stamp image of a baseball, they found they could confuse the neural network into thinking a whale was a shark.

How I Became a Robot in London—From 5,000 Miles Away

How I Became a Robot in London—From 5,000 Miles Away

On each of its fingertips is a sensor that allows the robot to feel , a sensation that’s piped across the world into my haptic glove.

'Fortnite' Held a Marshmello Concert—and It's the Future of the Multiverse

'Fortnite' Held a Marshmello Concert—and It's the Future of the Multiverse

"The Fortnite phenomenon shows it doesn't take that much technological connection for people to feel that they are together in a virtual place—to make friends, and to start caring about what happens to their characters," he says.

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

Read on for a few tips on how to improve your home's energy efficiency, save money, and reduce your environmental footprint this year.

Why Seattle Built—Then Buried—a Key Part of Its New Tunnel

Why Seattle Built—Then Buried—a Key Part of Its New Tunnel

Why Seattle Built—Then Buried—a Key Part of Its New Tunnel Now that the 1.7-mile tunnel underneath Seattle is complete, crews can hook it up to the rest of the road system, and demolish the Alaskan Way Viaduct it's replacing.

A Third of Americans Use Ride-Hail. Uber and Lyft Need More

A Third of Americans Use Ride-Hail. Uber and Lyft Need More

That comports, mostly, with other surveys conducted in the past year about Uber and Lyft ridership, which have found that between 24.4 and 43 percent of the US population has used apps to summon rides.

Gamers, Heads up: Holiday Deals Are Available Right Now

Gamers, Heads up: Holiday Deals Are Available Right Now

You can choose between Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.Xbox Game DealsWe've highlighted some titles we think you might like, but you can find many of these deals at multiple retailers, including Walmart, Best Buy, Xbox.com, GameStop, and Target.Call of Duty Black Ops 4 for $40 ($20 off)Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $40 ($20 off)Forza Horizon 4 for $40 ($20 off)Battlefield V for $30 ($30 off)Madden NFL 19 + FIFA 19 for $50 ($20 off)Overwatch Legendary Edition for $30 ($30 off)Nintendo Holiday DealsNintendoNintendo has a lot of indie games and other titles for sale through the new year on its Switch Game Store.

Apple Music Lands on Amazon Echo, as Apple Branches Out

Apple Music Lands on Amazon Echo, as Apple Branches Out

In this case, that means making one of the most popular music platforms in the US available on the most popular voice-activated speaker.“They’ve had an on again off again tussle over things like whether Kindle readers can read Kindle books on the iPad, and then years later it was whether you could buy Apple TV devices on Amazon,” says James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research.

Spider-Man Loses Its Web-Swinging Joy in an Overstuffed City

Spider-Man Loses Its Web-Swinging Joy in an Overstuffed City

Insomniac has created a hero who moves like he knows what he's doing, and his abilities bind together your journey through massive setpieces and a large, varied architectural space that is always compelling to move and fight and climb through.So many open worlds in the past few years have been built on lists: monuments to explore; towers to climb; side missions and collectibles and clutter.

Wildfire Smoke Is Smothering the US—Even Where You Don't Expect It

Wildfire Smoke Is Smothering the US—Even Where You Don't Expect It

By 2050, an estimated 83.7 million people over the age of 65 will call the US home, nearly doubling the current population—and a paper published in April found that bad smoke days during California’s 2015 wildfire season caused spikes in emergency room visits, with the most pronounced impact on patients over 65.