augment This Jap startup is making a hasten backpack to enhance jumping ability
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We live in a post-Juicero world, and yet somehow, inexplicably, startups continue to push the limits of what is a socially acceptable expenditure of engineering effort. Case in point: Lunavity, a hover backpack for augmenting one’s jumping ability from a team of University of Tokyo students that seems to draw most of its inspiration from…

franchise The 2018 Tomb Raider movie dials down the franchise’s tackiness
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Released in summer 2001, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was an ungainly attempt to level up the art of cinematic Raiders of the Lost Ark knockoffs. It grafted the cutscene mythology of the popular video game onto an adventure that rappelled down the Uncanny Valley of early-2000s special effects. Director Simon West (Con Air) found a…

pianos A $1.6 billion Spotify lawsuit is per a laws made for player pianos
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Spotify is finally gearing up to go public, and the company’s February 28th filing with the SEC offers a detailed look at its finances. More than a decade after Spotify’s launch in 2006, the world’s leading music streaming service is still struggling to turn a profit, reporting a net loss of nearly $1.5 billion last…

create Google is opening up Maps so sport developers can form the next Pokémon Inch
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There’s been a wave of location-based mobile games announced recently, based on everything from The Walking Dead to Jurassic World. It turns out these games have more in common than just timing: they’re all powered by Google Maps. Today Google is announcing that it’s opening up its ubiquitous mapping platform to allow game developers to…

culture Stephen Hawking changed into a friendly physicist and a pop tradition icon
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Physicist Stephen Hawking, known for his pioneering brilliance, died today at the age of 76. He is best known for his work on black holes and theoretical physics, but he also made many pop cultural appearances in films, TV shows, books, and comics. Hawking has been referenced and made direct appearances in shows like The…

media The reckoning over social media has remodeled SXSW
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Ev Williams last came to Austin for the South by Southwest Interactive Festival eight years ago. The entrepreneur, who previously founded Blogger and sold it to Google, was then a regular attendee at SXSW, where he relished an opportunity to gather with like-minded technologists who believed in the potential of the web. In 2007, he…

hacker Wargames review: interactive TV meets clichéd hacker fable
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There’s a scene in WarGames, the latest interactive experience from Her Story creator Sam Barlow, where the main character Kelly is sifting through a series of photos of buff young men. A hacker looking to exact revenge on a journalist, Kelly is hoping to find the right hunk to lure her prey into a trap.…

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