Vicky Kalogera, a Northwestern University physicist, took her week of much-needed vacation in Utah this past August. She promised her family she'd stay off of email for a week. It wasn't a real promise, of course, but she was going to try. She'd arranged the perfect day for August 17. Her husband was going to take the kids hiking in Arches National Park while she'd spend the whole day at the spa. Right as she left her room, she just had to give her email a peep. The deluge brought the news: Telescopes and detectors across the world were making a monumental observation.
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An intriguing video appeared on the Chinese social network Weibo today. It shows a man wearing one rubber glove feeding an Apple-branded device into a machine and then touching the Apple logo with his ungloved index finger. When he does, code scampers across a display at his work station. Is this our first peek at the new TouchID sensor on the iPhone? I don't know. Do I want this mystery device that might not even exist? Yep.
In just a few weeks, "Force Friday II" begins -- which means the first wave of toys based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit shelves. Inevitably, that means people will start ruthlessly inspecting every toy they can find, hoping to decode clues about Episode VIII. But as you'll see, movie merch is rarely a reliable source of secret movie spoilers.
If you had any doubts about Apple releasing a bezel-free iPhone in September, you can probably throw those out the window. The company just pushed out a version of the HomePod firmware, and not only does the code tell us more about how Apple's smart speaker will work, it also offers a few clues about the next iPhone.
Last week, Nintendo dealt a crushing blow to retro gaming fans when it announced that it was discontinuing the uber-popular NES Classic Edition. We're still not sure what Nintendo was thinking -- most companies do not choose to discontinue products that get such great reviews and sell out immediately and consistently across the globe -- but the good news is, we might see a mini Super Nintendo at the end of the year.
The Star Trek rumour mill has been full of reports that The Next Generation actor Michael Dorn would return to his Klingon roots on Star Trek: Discovery. Turns out, nope, that's not happening. However, it sounds like he was offered a part, but turned it down after hearing how small his paycheck would be.
Thanks to the wonder that is the internet, every truth comes with two lies. There were a ton of rumours that circulated this year about our favourite movies, shows and comic book franchises. Of course, a ton of them turned out to be total garbage -- and sometimes, that was a real disappointment. Here are some of the year's biggest rumours we desperately wanted to come true.
To say that George R. R. Martin's Winds of Winter is very, very highly anticipated is putting it very, very mildly -- so any micro-crumb of information regarding a release date is going to attract attention. Today's pulse-quickening clue comes courtesy of Amazon's French site, which has a release date for the book listed.
Every year for almost a decade, the most anticipated gadget release has been Apple's iPhone. And with any iPhone release, there are also swarms of rumours, leaks, hearsay and arguments that begin to paint a convincing picture of what's coming this week. Although rumours and features are always subject to change, this is most likely the next iPhone.
We've been waiting four painful years for new MacBook Pros, and if you've been holding on to your dying machine in hopes that a refreshed line must be imminent, we're sorry to inform you that you're going to have to wait even longer. According to Bloomberg's Apple sleuth Mark Gurman, the new MacBook Pros are coming -- but not at the early September iPhone event as many had hoped.
These days, creators struggle to keep the details of their upcoming movies and TV shows from leaking on the internet, so they can preserve their big surprises. And this leads to some pretty feeble attempts at misdirection, with cast and crew vehemently denying what everybody already knows. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, though... it just looks sad. Here are nine times the pop culture industry tried to mislead everyone, and just failed so hard.
HTC has seen better days. Ever since launching the much-loved One M7 in 2013, the Taiwanese company's been unable to create a phone with equal charm. The One M8 and M9 leaned too heavily on past successes, and HTC's own version of Android, HTC Sense, still lags behind.
While almost everyone in the universe is convinced tablets are dead, destined to be replaced by some hybrid laptop, Apple remains committed to the product category. If rumours are true, Apple is doubling down on its insistence that we all need new tablets. The company is rumoured to be working on a brand new, ultra-slim iPad Air 3. Or maybe it's a smaller version of the iPad Pro. Whatever it is -- it's bound to make a splash.