We’re now almost ten days into the new year, and the verdict is in on what we’ve been calling the console wars between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. And it’s a bit of a surprising verdict, because one console was definitely ahead of the game a month ago, but the tortoise may have beaten the hare this time.
We’re still a ways away from a truly great video game movie, if it’s ever going to arrive, and good, bad, or indifferent, the big screen adaptation of Need For Speed is arriving in theaters this March.
Although Steven Spielberg is now officially a senior citizen, he still loves staying on top of what’s new and hot. And now he’s going to have his new TV series, Extant, streaming on Amazon Prime right after it will air on CBS.
So last year Matt Smith finally left Doctor Who, and a new era is about to begin this year. In fact, the first scene of the new model Doctor Who just started shooting, with Peter Capaldi now playing the good doctor.
Huawei has debuted a mini Android (4.2.3) gaming console powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC.
Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world's fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology has the potential to achieve the performance needed for high-resolution television screens and similar electronic devices.
team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical and reliable.
An object discovered by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto (U of T) nearly 500 light years away from the Sun may challenge traditional understandings about how planets and stars form.
After nearly a decade of development, construction, and testing, the world’s most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets around other stars is pointing skyward and collecting light from distant worlds.
A bright, long duration flare may be the first recorded event of a black hole destroying a star in a dwarf galaxy. The evidence comes from two independent studies using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes.
The Silicon Valley gives birth to many innovative green technology ideas, and now one of the latest is the rather unique Onewheel, a “self-balancing electric skateboard that lets you fly over pavement on only a single wheel using self-balancing technology.”
Renewable energy critics harp on the variability of wind and solar production, suggesting (or pretending) that this increasingly manageable challenge is some kind of fatal flaw.
We just reported that late last year, Stan Lee hit the big 9-1, and it’s remarkable that he’s still here, and just as spirited as ever. He’s also been busier than ever, with a brand new TV show, Mighty 7, and an upcoming cameo on SHIELD.
Trekkies everywhere are familiar with what’s called the tricorder, which could diagnose what was wrong with you as easily as scanning your groceries at the market. A lot of things we’ve seen in sci-fi movies and TV could become a reality some day, so is a real life tricorder on its way?
While we at TGD were very skeptical about Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but it proved a worthy reboot of the series to many fans, especially with Andy Serkis’s remarkable motion capture performance as Caesar. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes may not be out in theaters until July 11, but the third Apes movie has already gotten the greenlight, and Matt Reeves will return as director.
At CES, Nvidia showed off the breadth of its ambitions by showcasing the 192 core Tegra K1, and not just for next-gen gaming, but in-car, in an electric BMW i3.
At CES, Qualcomm is showing off the incursion of its Snapdragon processor into in-car infotainment systems through a partnership with in-car software developer QNX.
How many times have we had to go to the bathroom at a movie, but we’re not sure when’s a good time to flee because we don’t want to miss anything? Some movies, you know when’s a good time to take a tinkle, and some you can’t tell.
Asus has debuted a “quad-mode” hybrid PC designed to run both Windows and Android. The 13.3-inch Transformer Book Duet TD300 allows users to easily switch between operating systems by simply pressing a button.
With the emergence of metamaterials and transformation optics in the past few years, invisibility has become a scientific possibility that has attracted sustainable research interest.
A team headed by Stefan Eisebitt has developed a new X-ray holography method that will enable snap-shots of dynamic processes at highest spatial resolution. The efficiency of the new method is based on a X-ray focussing optics being firmly fixed to the object to be imaged.
Three-dimensional printers are transforming the business, medical, and consumer landscape by creating a vast variety of objects, including airplane parts, football cleats, lamps, jewelry, and even artificial human bones.
Swirling, stormy clouds may be ever-present on cool celestial orbs called brown dwarfs. New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that most brown dwarfs are roiling with one or more planet-size storms akin to Jupiter's "Great Red Spot."
A team of scientists led by astronomers at the University of California, Riverside has used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to uncover the long-suspected underlying population of galaxies that produced the bulk of new stars during the universe's early years.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production.
The yearly Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is known typically for showcasing the latest in gadgets and gizmos. In addition this go around however we are also seeing a number of alternative vehicle announcements.
Sony is getting into the fitband business and tying everything up nicely around its mobile phone business. At this year's CES, the company launched two versions of its Xperia Z1, and a complementary set of NFC enabled devices including a Bluetooth headset the SmartBand.
Fashion bag maker Intel has been slowly backing away from its old chum Microsoft allowing the forces of darkness to pick it off -- now it seems to have gone into actual back stabbing mode.
As we’ve reported before here on TGD, DC is trying to catch up with Marvel on the big and small screen, especially with so many superhero films and TV shows that will be coming up in the next two years. Now rumors have been flying The Rock may be taking on a legendary DC hero. (Give you a hint, he might be green…)
1982 was an incredible year for genre movies with E.T., Blade Runner, Tron, The Thing, and many other classics. 1983 had some great films too like WarGames, and love it or hate it, it was also the year the Star Wars saga concluded for the first time with Return of the Jedi.
You can sum up Intel's strategy in a few choice phrases: we can be ARM, too; we will build anything now; we are a conflict material free company; we don't know how to make wearables wearable; McAfee is kind of embarrassing so we're dropping the name, finally.
The rubber Batman cowl is always a great Halloween perennial. When in doubt, you can buy it at a costume store, plop it on your head, and you’re good to go for trick or treating. But we’re talking the modern Batman look. What if you want to go Adam West this October?
Okay, so you’ve read our reports on 4K TV, which is very expensive, and some experts will tell you that past a certain point the human eye can’t tell the difference in terms of sharpness. Still, like a lot of technical innovations, it’s being hyped as the next big thing, and it’s certainly going to be the talk of the Consumer Electronics Show.
AMD has announced that two of its A-series "Kaveri" chips are now available for preorder, and will be in the shops on January 14.
When the news hit that Sir Run Run Shaw was going to retire at the tender age of 104, it was really remarkable news that he made it this far. Yes, if you take good care of yourself, you can go to 100 and beyond, and 104 is definitely a good age to think about slowing down and taking it easy.
Toshiba is jumping on the Chromebook bandwagon with a new 13-inch laptop designed to run the web-centric operating system.
Panasonic has introduced a 20-inch, 4K Toughpad with a rather hefty $7,000 price tag. Yes, seriously.
Self-driving vehicles offer the promise of significant benefits to society, but raise several policy challenges, including the need to update insurance liability regulations and privacy concerns such as who will control the data generated by this technology, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
An international team of astronomers, using NASA's Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source.
A newly discovered system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense pulsar–all packed within a space smaller than the Earth’s orbit around the sun–is enabling astronomers to probe a range of cosmic mysteries, including the very nature of gravity itself.
Galaxies can be remarkably dusty places and supernovas are thought to be a primary source of that dust, especially in the early Universe. Direct evidence of a supernova's dust-making capabilities, however, has been slim and cannot account for the copious amount of dust detected in young, distant galaxies.
A new idea to cut back on air pollution: spray water into the atmosphere from sprinklers atop tall buildings and towers, similar to watering a garden. This suggestion comes from Shaocai Yu of Zhejiang University in China, and North Carolina State University in the US.
It appears to be utterly unrealistic, but isn’t it always thus for a great advance when the idea is first floated?
With pollution being a serious issue for those living in major Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, any form of greener transportation on the roadways has to be an improvement.
MakerBot is using CES to launch a new 3D printing platform and ecosystem. This includes new software, app and digital store products, new strategic partnerships, and its fifth generation of 3D printers. It's 3D printing as home entertainment.
We at TGD were surprised to read about Kevin Smith’s plans for a new movie, because we were under the impression he was going to retire from the biz. Then again, how many times have The Who, The Rolling Stones and Ozzy done final tours, right?
It’s too bad the movie for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a disaster, because the graphic novel was a hell of an epic. Now it’s thankfully returning this March, and this time they’re fighting some really bad guys in nazi Germany.