Disney Pulls Netflix Content To Start Own Streaming Service

Disney is to start its own streaming services and pull its movies from Netflix. But there’s some question over whether Marvel content will be part of the move. The plan is for two standalone services. One would be an ESPN sports service and the other would carry movies and TV shows, based largely or wholly […]

Empty ‘Driverless’ Car Is No Joke

A self-driving car with no humans on board being tested on the streets of Arlington, Virginia turned out to be operated by a man who was disguised as a car seat. But it was genuine research rather than a prank. While Virginia Tech university has been testing autonomous vehicle technology on specified interstates and highways, […]

Algorithms Getting Smarter To Sarcasm

Emojis may be the key to algorithms finally being able to grasp sarcasm. It could mean more effective ways to track public moods and tastes or spot hate speech. Online marketers and have for several years been using social media posts as a way to track how people are talking about brands and products. Originally […]

Tape Cartridge Could Store 330 Terabytes

IBM and Sony have teamed up to produce a magnetic tape cartridge that could fit 330 terabytes in the palm of your hand. The tape can store 201 gigabits (25 gigabytes) in a single square inch (pictured). Arstechnica notes that the theoretical 330 terabyte tape cartridge would be more than 20 times the biggest capacity […]

Ralph Maccio Returns In Karate Kid Spinoff

Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are reprising their roles from the Karate Kid in a 10-part series on YouTube’s Red subscription service. Cobra Kai will depict LaRusso and Johnny 30 years after their initial All Valley Karate Tournament clash. The main storylines involve Johnny looking to rebuild his life by reopening the Cobra Kai dojo […]

NASA Looking For Planetary Protection Officer

NASA wants somebody to take responsibility for keeping Earth – and other planets — safe. The Planetary Protection Officer will earn up to $187,000 a year. The job isn’t so much about zapping incoming aliens. Rather it’s about making sure that space missions don’t contaminate Earth with organic or biological material from other planets and […]

Super Mario Bros on NES Sells For $30,000

A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros has sold on eBay for more than $30,000. It was helped by a couple of frantic last-minute bids, but is still ludicrously expensive compared to an opened copy. The cartridge by itself is currently going for around $10 among fixed-price ‘Buy It Now’ sellers, while used boxed copies […]

Robot Cuts Safe-Crack Time From Months To Minutes

A $200 robot cracked a safe in 30 minutes, thanks largely to exploiting weaknesses in a physical rather than digital lock. The safe makers say it would be difficult to replicate in a real attack. The SentrySafe uses a combination with three pairs of digits, making for 970,299 different possible codes. A brute force attack […]

First ‘Moon’ Spotted Outside Our Solar System

Astronomers may have detected a moon from outside of our solar system for the first time. Either way, they’ve definitely come up with a terrible pun. The ‘candidate moon’ is formerly known as Kepler-1625b but has been nicknamed a “Nep-moon” because it’s a similar size and mass to Neptune. That would give it a radius […]

SNES Classic Pre-Orders Cancelled in US

Walmart has cancelled all pre-orders for the SNES Classic, meaning US buyers appear to be back to waiting until the September release. The company had the console on sale for about 30 minutes last week which, in the age of social media, was long enough for word to spread. While some buyers had since received […]

Adobe To Kill Flash In 2020

Adobe says it will ditch the Flash Player at the end of 2020. It says open standards such as HTML5 mean Flash is no longer needed. Rather than use the verb “kill”, Adobe instead says it will “end-of-life” Flash, specifically that it will stop distributing the player and issuing updates in 2020, though it will […]

Teen Hackers Sent To Rehab Camp

British teenagers accused of hacking offenses have taken part in a weekend ‘rehab’ camp. The event involved coding challenges and talks on careers in cybersecurity. According to a BBC report, the camp was conceived following research that found both criminal hackers and legitimate security researchers had largely similar skills and backgrounds, with the main difference […]