RE2 is making bomb defusing robots as intuitive to control as your own hands

 Within a few minutes, I’ve got one hand grasped gingerly on the zipper. The other is holding the bag’s handle in place. I unzip it slowly, as if performing surgery. There’s none of the pressure of a real life battlefield, but the potential humiliation of having to start all over again in front of the film crew is enough motivation to it right this time.  RE2… Read More

Accessibility and communication apps take FCC honors

 It may seem strange to see a headline with “FCC” in it that doesn’t concern net neutrality. But the Commission has a wide variety of responsibilities, among which is promoting and enabling tech that empowers people with disabilities to take advantage of the internet and its many services. Several companies creating such tech just got accolades from the FCC today. Read More

This ‘Game of Thrones’ fan theory is peak Lannister


Six seasons into Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister seems all but invincible, but longtime fans of the series and books know that she can’t outrun death.

Among the sprawling web of Reddit theories about Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire is one little nugget about Cersei: Just who will be the one to end her life?

Recall, if you will, the prophecy foretold about Ms. Lannister’s future, starting with her children:

The first part of that has already come true, as Tommen, the last surviving Lannister child, died in the Season 6 finale. “Valonqar” is Valyrian for “little brother,” which points to Tyrion or Jaime (the younger twin) to kill Cersei dead. Read more…

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Nintendo owes its customers an explanation about the NES Classic


R.I.P. NES Classic. We hardly knew ye.

No, really. The pint-sized, 30-games-in-1 recreation of Nintendo’s O.G. video games console launched on Nov. 11, 2016 in the United States. It’s been sold out just about every day since then. Today, a hair over five months later, the company confirmed production will cease.

Before we look at the news of the day, it’s important to understand how we got here.

The NES Classic was one of the hottest holiday items of last fall. At $60, its form factor — an adorably miniaturized NES console — and its mixed lineup of classics and deep cuts made it an irresistible gift for people of all ages. Read more…

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