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18 Nov 13:31

Virtual nation Asgardia has launched itself into space

by Mallory Locklear
Last year, Russian scientist Igor Ashurbeyli announced the formation of Asgardia -- a new virtual nation that will ultimately exist entirely in space. Since its debut, Asgardia has attracted over 300,000 registrants, created a constitution and, as of...
18 Nov 13:23

Tesla unveils its vision of the future of trucking

by Roberto Baldwin
At an event adjacent to SpaceX, the Tesla Semi (yes, that's its name) electric truck was introduced with the same pomp and circumstance the company uses for all its automobile launches. The tall, slick big rig follows the Tesla minimalist design lang...
18 Nov 13:23

Tesla reveals a new Roadster, due in 2020

by Roberto Baldwin
At Tesla's Semi event, the automaker dropped its new Roadster. It'll have a 620-mile range via a 200kWh battery pack."You'll be able to travel from LA to San Francisco and back without recharging," CEO Elon Musk said. The new Tesla Roadster will do z...
18 Nov 13:22

Netflix outbids Disney for superhero movie starring Daisy Ridley

by Saqib Shah
There's no shortage of superheroes on Netflix, yet it's found room for a subversive spin on Hollywood's favourite genre, courtesy of Josh Gad. The streaming giant outbid Disney to nab the film, dubbed Super-Normal, according to The Hollywood Reporter...
12 Nov 08:13

How Much Might It Cost to Replace Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott's New Movie?

by Brian Barnett

With reshoots, post-production, new marketing material, and expanded availability for other stars, it will cost millions to replace Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott's upcoming film.

It is no easy feat replacing an actor in an already-finished movie, but that is exactly what Ridley Scott and film financiers at Imperative Entertainment are doing with All The Money In The World, according to Variety. We already knew that Christopher Plummer would be replacing Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty, and despite logistical difficulties, reshoots are only expected to take eight to 10 days.

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12 Nov 08:09

'Assassin's Creed' predicted the new pyramid chamber discovery

by Saqib Shah
Just days ago, scientists found a previously undiscovered chamber inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. As it turns out, the makers of Assassin's Creed: Origins had the jump on them. As Kotaku's Stephen Totilo notes, the space itself is already built int...
12 Nov 08:04

Quark fusion makes ten times as much energy as nuclear fusion

by Saqib Shah
Scientists have overcome huge barriers in the past year to get us even closer to nuclear fusion, and with it a near-limitless supply of clean energy. But, what if there's something far more powerful out there? According to researchers at Tel Aviv Uni...
12 Nov 08:03

Google shows the waiting times at your favorite restaurants

by Rachel England
If weird food trends (cronut, anyone?) have taught us anything it's that people are prepared to wait a long time for a seat at a restaurant, so whether you're visiting a popular local eatery or Time Out's latest gastro-pick, you're faced with two cho...
11 Nov 22:29

Matrix PowerWatch hands-on: The promise of a world without chargers

by Cherlynn Low
When Matrix co-founder Douglas Tham handed me my review unit of the PowerWatch, I had to fight the instinct to ask for a charger. This thermal-powered wearable doesn't need one -- it gets energy by converting your body heat into electricity. It's bee...
11 Nov 22:27

'Star Trek: Discovery' season one resumes January 7th

by Rob LeFebvre
Star Trek: Discovery is doing pretty well, it seems, with CBS All Access bringing in record numbers of subscribers. In fact, the network has given the go-ahead for a second season of the latest Star Trek series. According to a report over at Deadline...
04 Nov 09:21

CBS previews its All Access-exclusive cop comedy 'No Activity'

by Jon Fingas
CBS wants to remind you that All Access doesn't just revolve around Star Trek: Discovery. It just premiered the trailer for its third All Access original series, the police comedy No Activity, ahead of its November 12th debut. The adaptation of an...
04 Nov 09:14

Battery-free toothbrush is powered with a twist

by Jon Fingas
Battery-powered toothbrushes are convenient if you don't like brushing your teeth the old-fashioned way, but they have a catch: batteries. Typically, you either need to dock your brush (and remember to carry a charger with you on long trips) or toss...
04 Nov 09:12

Signal's secure messaging is now available in a desktop app

by Jon Fingas
You can already use Signal for secure chats on the desktop, but you've had to use a Chrome web app to participate in those encrypted conversations. What if you don't like Chrome, or would just prefer something more elegant than a browser? Signal is...
04 Nov 09:12

Former Windows, Office exec Julie Larson-Green leaves Microsoft

by Saqib Shah
Veteran Microsoft exec Julie Larson-Green is leaving the tech giant to explore new opportunities. During her almost 25 year stint at the company, Larson-Green really did see it all, making her way from Windows software to Xbox and Surface hardware. A...
04 Nov 08:54

New Kevin Spacey accusations come from 'House of Cards' crew

by David Lumb
Earlier this week, Netflix announced that the next (sixth) season of its show House of Cards would be its last -- and then suspended production -- when allegations emerged of sexual harassment by lead actor Kevin Spacey. Today, eight people who worke...
04 Nov 08:54

Twitter: An employee on their last day disabled Trump's account (updated)

by Richard Lawler
No, you weren't hallucinating -- the President's personal Twitter account was unplugged earlier this evening. It disappeared, and then reappeared without warning or reason, however now Twitter is offering an explanation. The account was "inadvertentl...
04 Nov 08:54

Each of your kids can have their own YouTube Kids accounts

by Timothy J. Seppala
YouTube has been steadily improving its Kids app for youngsters lately, and now Mountain View is giving it a bit of a revamp. Parents will be able to create profiles for each of their kids now, and even better, they'll be accessible regardless of the...
04 Nov 08:54

Tor’s next-gen onion system works to keep servers hidden

by Saqib Shah
The dark web is no longer just a marketplace for illicit drugs, weapons, and other nefarious material. Mainstream media and social networks, from The New York Times to Facebook, are also using it to give users an anonymous way to access their sites....
04 Nov 08:47

Alias Grace: Netflix Series Review

by Matt Fowler

This is a non-spoiler review for all six episodes of Netflix's Alias Grace - adapted from Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name, premiering Friday, November 3rd.

Written with melancholy flair by Sarah Polley (Go, Dawn of the Dead) and directed with a tragic ghost story panache by Mary Harron (American Psycho), Alias Grace takes us into the enchanting, incarcerated mind of a 19th century celebrity "murderess" to experience her many indignities, sufferings, and endured cruelties in a deeply rich and layered murder mystery based on true events.

Margaret Atwood, of The Handmaid's Tale's fame, crafted a story -- a devilish narrative designed to unravel and mesmerize -- around the real-life case of Grace Marks. The teenage Irish immigrant maid was convicted in 1843, in Canada, of killing her employer (while suspected of also having a hand in the death of a fellow housekeeper during the same manic spree). Alias Grace is, all at once, a coming of age story, an immigrant tale, a "whodunnit?," and a chilling tragedy. It doesn't involve ghosts, but it is haunted in its own way. There's definitely a "presence" involved, a phantom feeling that permeates through the story - which is mostly, at its core, a collection of recollections.

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04 Nov 08:42

Ant-Man and The Wasp's Laurence Fishburne and Marvel Working on a "Secret" Project

by Hope Corrigan

Oscar-nominated Ant-Man and The Wasp actor Laurence Fishburne has revealed he's working with Marvel on a different secret project.

Fishburne told Collider about the secret project which he pitched to Marvel before being cast as Bill Foster in the Ant-Man sequel.

“I’ve got Black-ish going on, I’m developing something else for Marvel that I can’t talk about. It’s gonna be really cool. It’s gonna change the world, we hope

. I went to Marvel and pitched them something that really couldn’t work out—there was a lot of legal red tape that just

something they couldn’t work out. But then they came back with the offer for Ant-Man and The Wasp and then they said, ‘Hey, what do you think of this?’ and I went ‘Oh yeah that, yes!’ so…”

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04 Nov 08:33

Netflix: We won't make 'House of Cards' with Kevin Spacey involved

by Richard Lawler
If House of Cards comes back for its planned sixth and final season, it won't happen on Netflix with Kevin Spacey attached. After accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced yesterday from crew members working on the show, the streaming video company i...
04 Nov 08:25

Western Digital Now Shipping 14 TB HDDs: HGST Ultrastar Hs14 with 1000 Gb/in2

by Anton Shilov

Western Digital has started to ship its new HGST Ultrastar Hs14 hard drives, promoted as being suitable for cloud datacenters and for hyperscale developments. The capacity increase from its predecessor, the Ultrastar Ha10, from 10TB to 14 TB offers a significant performance improvement. The new 14 TB HDD is based on shingled magnetic recording technology, which is a system that naturally focuses more on sequential write performance. These drives will only be available with host management, which means it will not be available to general consumers, but only to select customers of HGST. 

The HGST Ultrastar Hs14 relies on Western Digital’s fourth-generation HelioSeal enterprise platform which integrates eight platters and features various internal components specially designed for such hard drives. The new helium-filled HDD has a 7200 RPM spindle speed, a 512 MB cache. and numerous enhancements when it comes to reliability and durability of the drive. As with other HGST enterprise-class HDDs, the Ultrastar Hs14 is rated for 2.5 million hours MTBF and comes with a five-year warranty.

Unlike the Ultrastar He12, which is based on the same fourth-gen HelioSeal platform, the Ultrastar Hs14 uses shingled magnetic recording (SMR) and thus has a number of peculiarities when it comes to re-writing. As described numerous times here at AnandTech, HDDs featuring SMR increase their bit density by recording new magnetic tracks and partly overlapping the previously recorded tracks in a 'shingle' fashion. This process is usually suitable for sequential writes, but as multiple tracks need to be adjusted when re-writes occur, this will slow down the rewriting process

Unlike its rival Seagate, Western Digital does not incorporate any special features into the SMR-based HDDs that mitigate peculiarities of the recording technology, but requires their hosts to manage writing process on such drives. This naturally reduces addressable market of such HDDs to a relatively limited number of companies who run cloud and hyperscale datacenters and which can optimize their software for particular hardware. When it comes to the HGST Ultrastar Hs14, Western Digital explicitly says that the drive was designed specifically for sequential write environments, such as archives and content delivery networks: basically data that is not updated frequently (if at all).

The Ultrastar Hs14 drive comes with 1.75 TB platters and therefore can offer a significantly higher sustained transfer rate than its predecessor, the Ultrastar Ha10, which relied on 1.42 TB platters. Meanwhile, the improvements offered by the Hs14 vs. the Ha10 are not limited to higher areal density.

First off, the Ultrastar Hs14 comes with a 512 MB DRAM buffer for indirection table management, which is double the size of the Ha10. For sustained performance, HGST claims that the new Ultrastar Hs14 drive offers 233 MB/s read/write performance, which is a 48% increase over the Ha10 when it comes to reads and nearly 3.5x increase when it comes to writes (note that the areal density of the Hs14 increased by 24%). The manufacturer does not want to share all of its secrets but claims that with its first-gen host-managed SMR drive it had to make a tradeoff between performance and reliability which resulted in a rather low read and write speeds. In particular, the Ultrastar Ha10 performs 100% read verify of previous track after all write commands to ensure that the previous tracks was not destroyed at sequential write (due to a narrower track than a conventional PMR HDD). Therefore each write operation requires several revolutions to complete. The company called this tech “Write Verify”. Meanwhile, the new Ultrastar Hs14 no longer does 100% verification, but only does read verify a previous track when the drive sees a failure at write command. So, if there are no write failures, the drive moves to next track write and therefore has an improved write performance (and since it does not have to perform a read operation, its read speeds are also higher). The company calls the new tech “Intelligent Write Verify”. Since the Ultrastar Hs14 works differently than the predecessor, the new drive also reduces average read seek time to 7.7 ms, down from 8.5 ms in case of its predecessor.

With the new Ultrastar Hs14 design characteristics, the company is shipping with an MTBF of 2.5 million hours at sustained performance levels that people expect from enterprise-class drives. Operating power consumption of the Ultrastar Hs14 (SATA) was reduced to 6.4 W, down from 7.6 W in case of the Ultrastar Ha10.

HGST Ultrastar Hs14 General Specifications
Capacity 14 TB
RPM 7200 RPM
Interface SATA 6 Gbps SAS 12 Gbps
DRAM Cache 512 MB
Format: Sector Sizes 4Kn: 4096
512e: 512
4Kn: 4096, 4112, 4160, 4224
512e: 512, 520, 528
Helium-Filling Yes
Areal Density 1034 Gbit/inch2
Sustained Transfer Rate 233 MB/s
Average Latency 4.16 ms
Seek Time (read/write) 7.7/12 ms
Acoustics 2.0/3.6 Bels
Power Rating Idle 5.2 W 6.2 W
Operating 6.4 W 8.3 W
MTBF 2.5 million hours
Warranty 5 Years

Since the HGST Ultrastar Hs14 HDDs are aimed at customers with software optimized for SMR, the first clients to be interested in the new drives will be operators of cloud and hyperscale datacenters who already run the Ultrastar Ha10 hard drives. For them, the new drives open up an opportunity to increase their storage capacity by 40% without increasing their power consumption, without expanding the footprint of the datacenter, and changing other hardware.

Performance Specifications of HGST Ultrastar Hs14 vs. Ultrastar Ha10
  Ultrastar Hs14 Ultrastar Ha10
Capacity 14 TB 10 TB
RPM 7200 RPM
Interface SATA 6 Gbps
DRAM Cache 512 MB 256 MB
Helium-Filling Yes
Areal Density 1034 Gbit/inch2 830 Gbit/inch2
Sustained Transfer Rate Read 233 MB/s 157 MB/s
Write 233 MB/s 68 MB/s
Average Latency 4.16 ms
Seek Time (read/write) 7.7/12 ms 8.5/? ms
Power Rating Idle 5.2 W 5.1 W
Operating 6.4 W 7.6 W
Power consumption efficiency at Idle 0.37 W/TB 0.57 W/TB
MTBF 2.5 million hours 2 million hours
Warranty 5 Years

Western Digital is currently sampling its HGST Ultrastar Hs14 with select OEMs and is qualifying them with customers. It will ship them commercially when its clients demand the new 14 TB HDDs. Regular consumers will not be able to buy the new Ultrastar Hs14 HDDs and will not be able to take advantage of it until mainstream operating systems learn how to 'host-manage' SMR drives. In the meantime, WD Gold drives of 12 TB and 10 TB capacities are available from retailers like Amazon and Newegg.

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04 Nov 08:24

Razer Enters The Smartphone Arena With The Razer Phone

by Brett Howse

Earlier this year, Razer bought the smartphone company Nextbit, so it should perhaps not come as much of a surprise to see the gaming-focused company step into the smartphone market, but Razer wants to bring more than just another 'me too' Android phone. Today the company is launching the Razer Phone with a couple of industry firsts, which is impressive considering the competition in the smartphone space.

One of the first questions we asked the Razer engineers is 'how can one design a phone specifically for gaming - what features would it have over and above other devices out there?'. This seems like an obvious question, however it was greeted with a good answer: Razer has designed the phone for prolonged use to maintain high frame rates. Most modern smartphones that use either the Snapdragon 835 (like the Razer), an Exynos 8890, a Kirin 960/970 or a MediaTek chip will have an immediate turbo profile for the CPU and GPU, and depending on the design, will at some point jump to a lower frequency in order to maintain an appropriate thermal profile. Razer has stated that they have built their design to maintain the top frequencies for as long as possible: where other devices throttle after 2-10 minutes, Razer's engineers say that their device should have a much better frequency response to external thermals - we're invited to test when we get a sample to see how long it can sustain those higher clocks.

Razer Phone, aka 'Project Cheryl'
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 8GB dual-channel LPDDR4-1600
Storage Internal: 64GB UFS
External microSD class 10 2TB max
Display 5.7" IGZO LCD 2560x1440
120 Hz Ultramotion
Wide Color Gamut
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Rear Cameras 12MP AF f/1.75 Wide
12MP AF f/2.6 Zoom
Dual-tone, dual-LED Flash
Front Camera 8MP f/2.0
Sound Stereo front facing speakers
Dual amplifiers
USB-C Audio Adapter with THX certified DAC
Power 4000 mAh battery
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
Wireless 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2
Bands GSM: Quad-band GSM UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8
TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39
Dimensions 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm
6.24 x 3.06 x 0.31 in
Weight 197 grams
OS Android Nougat 7.1.1
Price $699
Availability Pre-orders on Nov-1
Shipping from 17-Nov

The Razer Phone will feature a 5.72-inch display, but with Razer’s roots, it shouldn’t be a big surprise to see them wanting to one-up the competition here. Razer has long used Sharp IGZO LCD panels in its laptops, and the Razer Phone continues that trend with a 5.72-inch IGZO LCD with a 2560x1440 resolution, which works out to just over 500 pixels per inch. That should be plenty sharp for almost any application, and due to it being LCD there shouldn’t be any issues with subpixels like you see in OLED. Also to appeal to gamers, the Razer Phone is the first shipping smartphone to have a screen that can run a 120 Hz refresh rate. The faster refresh rate should help smooth out animations, and gameplay, but because 120 Hz would be a power draw if used all the time, it also supports variable refresh to lower the refresh rate down to 30 Hz. The display also supports a wide color gamut, and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 from Corning.

Powering the Razer Phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, which we’ve seen in most of the high-end smartphones this year. Razer is turning up the notch a bit though, with 8 GB of LPDDR4 1600 MHz RAM. The combination should provide plenty of performance, as well as great multitasking. There’s 64 GB of UFS internal storage, and microSD support for an additional 2 TB of storage. Implementation of the SoC, including the power profiles, and cooling capabilities, can all play into how the phone performs, so we'll hopefully get a chance to review this and see how they did.

Just over a year ago, Razer also acquired the majority of THX assets, and Razer has been applying their audio knowledge to some of their products already, but the Razer Phone is the first smartphone to bear the THX certification. In this case, Razer is offering a THX certified DAC for external audio, which will be available as a USB-C adapter since the Razer phone doesn’t offer a headset jack. Apparently, this is the new normal now, so RIP 3.5mm on phones. But the company also wanted to provide a great sound experience for local playback, and they’ve included stereo front-facing speakers, which feature dual-amplifiers. The company said on the briefing that they wanted to provide the best audio experience from a phone, so we look forward to checking it out.

Smartphones have to also be great cameras to even be considered at the high-end of the market, and Razer has chosen to ape the camera hardware from the iPhone, with dual 12 MP rear cameras. One offers a f/1.75 wide angle, and the other offers a f/2.6 zoom lens. It offers phase-detection auto-focus, and a dual-tone dual-LED flash. The front camera is an 8 MP f/2.0 camera.

Razer wanted great battery life as well, so they packed in a 4000 mAh battery, and to get it charged quickly, they are the first smartphone to offer Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+. The phone is shipping with Android 7.1.1, although not much was said about Android 8in the future.

Despite offering a premium smartphone in 2017, Razer is actually coming in with a price under what some of the competition is asking. The Razer Phone is available for pre-order today for $699, and shipments will start on November 17th. They'll also be offering a special edition model, replacing the muted gray Razer logo with the more customary green version.

Source: Razer

30 Oct 07:33

Star Trek: Discovery renewed for season 2

by James Hibberd

The voyages of the USS Discovery will continue on CBS All Access.

The streaming service has renewed Star Trek: Discovery for a second season. Sources say current showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg are signing on for another tour of duty as well.

“In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise,” said Marc DeBevoise, President of CBS Interactive. “This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the Star Trek legacy.”

It’s still unclear how many subscribers Trek has fueled, and how many viewers are actually watching the series (CBS hasn’t released either number). Yet a renewal seemed likely at any rate due to the show’s heavily promoted tentpole status on the subscription service plus CBS’ heavy start-up world-building investment in the series (additional episodes add to the show’s total cost but decrease the average spent per episode overall).  

Discovery airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access.

30 Oct 07:28

Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp accuses Kevin Spacey of making sexual advance toward him at 14

by Lynette Rice

Kevin Spacey has apologized to Anthony Rapp after Rapp alleged Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance toward the Star Trek: Discovery actor when he was 14 years old. Spacey, at the time, was 26.

“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear his story,” Spacey wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”

In addition, Spacey said Rapp’s story “encouraged me to address other things about my life,” including his sexuality. “I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy,” Spacey said. “As those closes to me know, in my life, I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic relationships with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.”

In an interview with BuzzFeed published late Sunday, Rapp, now 46, alleged Spacey invited the then-teenager to his Manhattan apartment for a party in 1986, where Rapp said he spent most of the evening in a bedroom watching television. As the night wound down, Rapp said he found himself alone in the dwelling with Spacey.

“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” Rapp said. According to Rapp, Spacey appeared in the bedrrom doorway and allegedly picked the young actor “up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold.”

“But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me,” Rapp said.

At the time, Rapp was starring in the play Precious Sons opposite Ed Harris while Spacey was doing Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Jack Lemmon. “He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp alleged. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”

Rapp said he left the apartment after the alleged incident, but claimed to “have a memory of turning around and , What was that? What am I supposed to do with it? What does it mean? The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen. And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can’t believe it. I could never imagine anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy.”

Rapp told BuzzFeed that he never approached Spacey about what happened. (He began telling friends about it around 1990, which BuzzFeed confirmed.) Rapp eventually talked to a lawyer, who advised him against pursuing a case.

Rapp, who has appeared in movies like School Ties and Twister and on Broadway in Rent, said he’s bringing the issue up now because of the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. He currently plays Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery.

“Part of what allowed the Harvey situation to occur was that there was this witting and unwitting conspiracy of silence,” Rapp said. “The only way these things can continue is if there’s no attention being paid to it, if it’s getting forgotten.”

In a statement released to EW after the BuzzFeed story published, Rapp said, “I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out, to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me. Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.”

This post has been updated to include Kevin Spacey’s response

30 Oct 07:27

Kevin Spacey criticized after coming out as gay amid Anthony Rapp allegations

by Lynette Rice

Kevin Spacey came out as gay via social media early Monday morning after actor Anthony Rapp accused the two-time Oscar winner of making unwanted sexual advances more than 30 years ago.

In a two-paragraph tweet, Spacey, 58, wrote he was “horrified” to hear Rapp’s allegations that Spacey climbed on top of the young actor at a Manhattan party when Rapp was only 14. (Spacey was 26 at the time.) While he claimed to not remember what happened, Spacey wrote that he owes the now 46-year-old actor from Star Trek: Discovery “the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”

Spacey continued, writing that he wanted to “address other things about my life.” The House of Cards actor wrote that while he has had relationships over the years with both men and women, “I choose now to live as a gay man.”

Spacey’s tweet was met with a mixture of shock and skepticism (if not straight-up anger) from many people online — including Billy Eichner, Rose McGowan and numerous members of the media — for its conflation of the actor’s public coming-out statement with sexual misconduct allegations.

30 Oct 07:16

HP lost key historical archives in California's wildfires

by Jon Fingas
There's no question that California's recent wildfires are ultimately a human tragedy, destroying homes and upturning lives. Please donate if you can. However, they've also represented a loss for technology history. The Press Democrat has learned tha...
27 Oct 15:08

Nathan Fillion set to return to ABC in cop dramedy The Rookie

by Maureen Lee Lenker

Nathan Fillion is returning to ABC and the world of police procedurals, but this time he’s the one with the badge.

The former Castle star is set to headline and executive produce The Rookie. The drama reunites him with Castle producer and co-showrunner Alexi Hawley and is produced by the Mark Gordon Company. ABC has ordered the show straight to series, EW has confirmed.

The series is based on a true story and stars Fillion as John Nolan, a rookie cop in the LAPD who is twenty years older than most of his fellow rookies. Nolan ditched his small-town life and career to move to L.A. and pursue his dream of becoming a cop, but now he finds himself navigating the unpredictable, dangerous, and occasionally humorous world of a “young cop.”

The series has all the signs of a potential hit for the network — Mark Gordon Company most recently brought the Kiefer Sutherland-led Designated Survivor to ABC, now in its second season; Hawley got his big break as a writer on the Fillion-led Castle beginning in 2009.

Castle was one of ABC’s most successful procedural dramas for the entire eight seasons it was on the air before it was abruptly canceled in May 2016 following the shocking announcement that Fillion’s costar Stana Katic would not be returning to the show. Fillion has remained in close contact with ABC, featuring in a prominent guest-starring arc on the net’s hit comedy Modern Family in the last year

25 Oct 21:24

Amazon Key Grants Delivery People Access to Your Home

by Brian Barnett

hell no

Amazon has revealed a new service for Prime members called Amazon Key that allows packages to be delivered inside their houses.

In a step-by-step guide that teaches you how to let Amazon-approved strangers enter your home, Amazon reveals that the new Key service for Prime Members is meant to ensure safe delivery of packages. The company highlights the ability of Key users to allow remote entry to anyone they choose with the installation of a new camera and lock system.

The Amazon Cloud Cam and Smart Lock are included in the Amazon Key In-Home Kit. The Amazon Cloud Cam and Smart Lock are included in the Amazon Key In-Home Kit.

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25 Oct 06:26

This ramen fork will play noises to cover up your gross slurping

by Swapna Krishna
We've seen some pretty strange tech-related PR stunts over the years -- Engadget editor Edgar Alvarez rounded up some of the most bizarre for your enjoyment. But this new invention out of Japan might be one of the strangest we've seen. It tackles the...