The 13 enthralling science fiction and fantasy books you need to check out this June

I’ve been writing and editing military science fiction for years. In that time, robots, drones, and artificial intelligence have been slipping onto real-world battlefields. When people think about robots on the battlefield, they often envision something like the Terminator or the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica. But the reality is far more nuanced than pop culture would […]

Disney remixer Pogo can’t walk back his homophobic comments on YouTube

Remix artist Nick Bertke, best known online as Pogo, is a musician who turns sounds and songs from Disney films like Alice in Wonderland and Up into dreamy chillwave songs with millions of YouTube views. Last year, he managed to turn Despicable Me into a slick summer jam. But his association with saccharine Disney vibes extends only as far as his […]

Netflix shares a trailer for its first comic book

Netflix released a trailer today for The Magic Order, the first comic spearheaded by the streaming platform — or as Netflix’s US Twitter account called it, “baby’s first comic book.” The six-issue miniseries, which will be published by Image Comics, is written by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Civil War) and illustrated by Olivier Coipel (Thor, Avengers). The comic, […]

The US is limiting visas for Chinese international students majoring in tech

The US State Department announced yesterday it’s going to shorten the length of visas granted to Chinese citizens, a move to combat the supposed theft of US intellectual property, according to the Associated Press. Although the visa application process itself won’t change, Chinese citizens working or studying in specific fields won’t have as easy of a time […]

Xiaomi is bringing smart home products with Google Assistant to the US

This week at Google I/O Xiaomi announced that it would add Google Assistant compatibility to three smart home products and officially bring them to the US. The Mi Bedside Lamp (above) and Mi LED Smart Bulb can both display up to 16 million colors, with voice assistant support also allowing you to control brightness and color temperature. […]

Facebook reportedly plans to launch its own cryptocurrency

Facebook is reportedly planning to launch its own cryptocurrency, according to a report fromCheddar’s Alex Heath. Currently, there isn’t too much detail, but the company is said to be specifically focused on using cryptocurrency specifically for facilitating payments on the platform, something that could be a pretty dramatic shift given Facebook’s huge user base and existing […]

Google now says controversial AI voice calling system will identify itself to humans

Following widespread outcry over the ethical dilemmas raised by Google’s new Duplex system, which lets artificial intelligence mimic a human voice to make appointments, Google has clarified in a statement that the experimental system will have “disclosure built-in.” That seems to mean that whatever eventual shape Duplex takes as a consumer product will involve some type of verbal […]

Microsoft opens PC games and all Xbox One titles to its digital gifting program

microsoft today announced an expansion of its digital game gifting program to include PC titles and PC game content, like map backs and in-game skins. In addition to adding PC game gifting through the Microsoft Store, the company is also expanding its existing console game gifting program to include all Xbox One games. Prior to today, Microsoft only let […]