Sony’s excellent WH-1000XM4 headphones are down to a new low for Prime Day

Enlarge / Sony’s WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones. (credit: Jeff Dunn) Today is the start of Amazon’s Prime Day sales event, which means a ton of gadgets that may or may not be worth buying are currently on sale. We have a big curated roundup of the best deals we can find, but I wanted to give …

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Amazon Prime Day 2021: All the deals that are actually worth your time

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Amazon Prime Day has arrived, and another avalanche of deals has come along with it. As ever, the vast majority of the gadget and gear discounts Amazon is advertising aren’t that special: many of the products are mediocre, and many of the prices aren’t much lower than usual. But there are …

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Review: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard amps up screwball factor for another fun ride

Ryan Reynolds, Samuel Jackson, and Salma Hayek reunite for more madcap hijinks in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. It took a little while for Ryan Reynolds to find his true cinematic niche—one that makes good use of his rare combination of leading-man looks, self-deprecating amiability, and smartly sardonic sense of humor. He was sheer perfection in …

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Sweet Tooth is hopeful post-apocalyptic fare—but beware its Walking Dead vibes

The trailer for Sweet Tooth. Netflix’s new fantasy series, Sweet Tooth, first looks like a crudely fictionalized version of 2020. A disease colloquially referred to as The Sick spreads rapidly among humans while overwhelming infrastructure, grinding daily life to a halt, and racking up a body count. When this story begins, society tries to put itself …

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Test out next-gen space tech in Kerbal Space Program

Enlarge (credit: Take-Two Interactive) Most games lose relevance after a few years, but the indie rocket-building game Kerbal Space Program is a bit different. It’s a glitchy, 10-year-old underdog of a game with a cult following of programmers, engineers, astronaut candidates, and your typical lay explosion enthusiasts, and it has a unique and active community …

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Archaeologists recreated three common kinds of Paleolithic cave lighting

Enlarge / Spanish archaeologists recreated three common types of Paleolithic lighting systems. (credit: Medina-Alcaide et al, 2021, PLOS ONE) In 1993, a media studies professor at Fordham University named Edward Wachtel visited several famous caves in southern France, including Lascaux, Font-de-Gaume, Les Combarelles, and La Mouthe. His purpose: to study the cave art that has …

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The efforts to make text-based AI less racist and terrible

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) In July 2020, OpenAI launched GPT-3, an artificial intelligence language model that quickly stoked excitement about computers writing poetry, news articles, and programming code. Just as quickly, it was shown to sometimes be foulmouthed and toxic. OpenAI said it was working on fixes, but the company recently discovered GPT-3 was being …

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Pornhub sued for allegedly serving “under-age, non-consensual” videos

Enlarge / A Pornhub logo at the company’s booth during the 2018 AVN Adult Expo on January 25, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (credit: Getty Images | Gabe Ginsberg ) Pornhub was sued yesterday by 34 women alleging that the site hosted videos without their consent and profited from other nonconsensual content involving rape, child …

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