Netflix Finally Adds a Shuffle Play Feature for Those of Us With Decision Paralysis

Netflix rolled out its new “Play Something” feature this week, a shuffle play option for when you have thousands of TV shows and movies at your fingertips and no idea what to watch. Read more...
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Instagram Realizes It Had a Clubhouse In Its Heart All Along

As more and more social media platforms start cooking up their own Clubhouse clones, Instagram is adding new features to its existing livestreaming service to get in on the voice chat craze. On Thursday, Instagram announced it’s rolling out the option to turn off your audio or video while using Instagram Live.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Linkedin, Software, Facebook Messenger, Computing, Freeware, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Mobile Applications, Business Finance, Adam Mosseri, Video Software

Windows 10 Is Finally Getting Better Support for AirPods

Part of Microsoft’s great big overhaul to Windows 10 finally includes some major changes to Bluetooth support and audio endpoints. These changes are now live in the latest Windows 10 Insider preview build, reports The Verge.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Bluetooth, Microsoft, Headphones, Computing, SBC, Lossy Compression, iPhone accessories, AirPods, Aptx, Telecommunications Engineering, Audio Codecs, Technology Internet, Sound Blasteraxx

Yasuke Writer Nick Jones Jr. on Exploring Japan's Legendary Black Samurai

Netflix’s anime selection is huge and growing by the day. One new original project in particular—Yasuke, created by LeSean Thomas and starring LaKeith Stanfield—tells a true story but uses some truly fantastical elements to do it. io9 recently spoke to head writer Nick Jones Jr. about his journey to becoming a writer,…Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Netflix, LeSean Thomas, LAKEITH STANFIELD, Yasuke, Nick Jones Jr

Amazon Renews Invincible for 2 More Bloody Seasons

It shouldn’t be a surprise. ’s animated adaptation of his own 2003 comic has been even more popular and well-reviewed than its source material, thanks to its airing on Amazon Prime. Clearly, Amazon isn’t unaware of this fact, since it’s just renewed Invincible for not one but two more seasons.Read more...
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Biden's Labor Secretary Wants to See Gig Workers Reclassified as Employees

Tech stocks tumbled on Thursday following a Reuters interview in which U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh stated that many of the millions of gig workers across the country should, in fact, be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors.Read more...
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Scientists Find Billion-Year-Old Fossil Life, 'Something Which Has Never Been Described Before'

On the shores of a Scottish loch lie geologic deposits dating back a billion years, and within the rocks is evidence of the earliest known non-marine multicellular organism, according to a study published in Current Biology. It’s a fascinating new detail in the story of how animals may have evolved from the soup of…Read more...
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Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine Just Had a Dark Side Squid Fight

That’s not even the most ridiculous thing I can tell you about Marvel’s latest Star Wars comic, Darth Vader #11.Read more...
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A GOP lawmaker asked if the COVID-19 vaccine had tracking devices, insisting the question was to debunk 'wild charges' from his constituents

Dado Ruvic/Reuters Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner asked if there are tracking devices in the COVID-19 vaccine. A health official denied that; Wagner said he wanted to debunk "wild charges" from constituents. Video of the moment prompted critics to accuse Wagner of spreading misinformation about the vaccine. See more stories on Insider's business page. A GOP lawmaker in Southern California asked a top county health official if COVID-19 vaccines had "tracking devices," insisting t...
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Real-world data suggest the side effects from Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are not as bad as expected

SDI Productions/Getty Images Side effects from the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are less common in the real world than in trials. Research shows that one in four people who got either of those vaccines reported mild side effects. Other vaccines, too, might have lower rates of side effects than clinical trials indicated. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fewer people reported side effects after their Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines in the real world than in clinical trials...
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Show Me a Directed Energy Weapon or Shut Your Anonymous National Security Official Mouth

Another day, another mostly anonymously sourced story about unidentified assailants supposedly assaulting U.S. government employees around the globe. This time, according to CNN, federal agencies are looking into something closer to home: symptoms suffered by a White House employee in Virginia and National Security…Read more...
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60-Member Ransomware Task Force Has a Plan to Crack Down on Ransomware Criminals

A new, Big-Tech-backed coalition is lobbying the Biden administration to more aggressively pursue the threat of ransomware. In sent to the White House this week, members of the new group—simply called the Ransomware Task Force—have asked the president and the U.S. intelligence community to prioritize the…Read more...
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Borderlands' Moxxi Has Been Cast, Completing Eli Roth's Adaptation

Eli Roth’s Borderlands seems determined to claim the title for most star-studded video game adaptation ever, and today’s announcement that the cast is finally complete—with the addition of Gina Gershon, American Horror Story’s Cheyenne Jackson, and a few others—seems likely to seal the deal.Read more...
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter just failed to lift off from the Martian surface, but it will try again on Friday

Left: NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars, photographed by the Perseverance rover. Right: An illustration of Ingenuity flying. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU NASA's Ingenuity helicopter failed to lift off for its fourth Mars flight, but it will try again Friday. A software issue may have prevented its flight computer from transitioning to flight mode. Ingenuity has just a week left for the two final flights that would push it to the limit. See more stories on Insider's bus...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Software, Mars, Spaceflight, Helicopter, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ingenuity, Tech Insider, Thomas Zurbuchen, Mimi Aung, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Perseverance Mars Rover, NASA JPL Caltech ASU

Why Could Menthols Be Banned, but Not Regular Cigarettes?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it would begin the process of trying to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes and flavored cigars from the market. The decision will likely meet fierce opposition from many corners and may not come into effect for years. But it brings up an interesting question: Why…Read more...
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Castlevania's Final Season Trailer Teases an All-Out Supernatural War

Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard’s journey are coming to a final end—and in true Castlevania style, it’s going to be a bloody good time.Read more...
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David Cronenberg's New Sci-Fi Film Casts Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, and More

It’s been seven years since iconic director David Cronenberg made a film, and it’s been 22 years since he made a science-fiction with 1999's eXistenZ. Now Cronenberg is heading back to the genre with Crimes of the Future, and he’s bringing Aragorn, Madeleine Swann, and Bella Swann along with him.Read more...
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Neil Gaiman, Chuck Wendig, and More Are Uniting to Make Disney Pay Royalties

Late last year, Alan Dean Foster—the novelist who wrote the first Star Wars novels, the ghost-written novelization of A New Hope and its direct sequel, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye—went public with his struggles to negotiate a royalty contract for his work since Disney took ownership of Lucasfilm. Although Foster’s…Read more...
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No, Sickos, You Can't Buy an NFT to Destroy a Basquiat (Today)

A Jean-Michel Basquiat has possibly averted annihilation by NFT. Earlier this week, a seller who only identified themselves as “DAYstrom” attempted to auction an NFT of Basquiat’s 1986 drawing Free Comb with Pagoda, granting the winner the option to destroy the work so that only the NFT would survive. Whether the…Read more...
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter failed to lift off from the Martian surface on Thursday for its planned 4th flight

Left: NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on the surface of Mars, photographed by the Perseverance rover. Right: An illustration of Ingenuity flying. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU NASA's Ingenuity helicopter failed to lift off of Mars for its fourth flight on Thursday. A software issue may have prevented the helicopter's flight computer from transitioning to flight mode. Ingenuity has just a week left for the two final flights that will push it to the limit. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Software, Mars, Spaceflight, Helicopter, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ingenuity, Tech Insider, Thomas Zurbuchen, Mimi Aung, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Perseverance Mars Rover, NASA JPL Caltech ASU

Luca's Mystique-Like Transformations Were Inspired by 'Squid Chromatophores'

Like many fantasy stories involving sea-dwelling people who work up the courage to explore the land beyond the ocean, the young heroes of Pixar’s Luca have the ability to pass as humans thanks to a magical transformation. It’s easy for Luca and his platonic buddy Alberto to pass once they step out of the water and dry…Read more...
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California’s Carbon Offset Program Is a Complete Disaster

As businesses in California race to tamp down their emissions by buying carbon offsets, some serious math errors in the program may mean more carbon dioxide—not less—is being added to the atmosphere. Read more...
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Google Assistant Will Now Finally Be Able to Say Your Name Correctly

It’s always awkward when you ask the robot (i.e. your phone’s digital assistant) to call a friend or family member, and then it responds with a cold and butchered pronunciation of that name. Now you can help stave off those unfortunate uncanny valley moments by teaching the Google Assistant how to pronounce your name…Read more...
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Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin will soon begin selling tickets for rides on its space-tourism rocket

Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin Getty Images / Blue Origin Blue Origin released a video announcing its plans to start selling rides on its New Shepard rocket. The company said it plans to release more details on the space tours on May 5. Tickets are expected to be competitive with Virgin Galactic's space tours at around $250,000. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin will soon begin selling tickets for space tours on its New Shepa...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Texas, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Space Exploration, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin, Bezos, West Texas

Declassified Satellite Images Show Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Ever

The world’s glaciers are melting faster and the climate crisis is to blame, a new study shows.Read more...
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Scientists Closer to Creating Psychedelic-Like Drugs That Work Without Hallucinations

In a new study this week, researchers describe their work with experimental compounds that could offer the mental health benefits of a psychedelic drug, without causing people to trip out. Their early research, so far only conducted in mice, might someday provide people with more first-line treatments for illnesses…Read more...
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U.S. Court Says Ghost Gun Blueprints Can Stay Online

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled this week that posting plans for so-called “ghost guns”—homemade firearms and firearm parts designed to route around gun regulations—is technically legal. The ruling, which affirmed the Trump-era removal of these gun and gun parts from the State Department’s…Read more...
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Murder Cover-Up: Man Allegedly Set Deadly Wildfire to Hide His Crime

A fire that raged outside of San Francisco last summer was allegedly set to cover up a murder—and became part of the largest wildfire season on record in California as well as one of the deadliest.Read more...
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This Fast & Furious Promo Is Either Fantastic or Terrible, I Can't Decide

Do you have trouble remembering which movies are Fast & Furious movies? This perplexing UK promo, which is not only for F9 but the entire franchise, is here to help by telling you exactly what makes one of these movies, beginning with “cars.” There are cars in the Fast & Furious movies. Who knew?!Read more...
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Reductionism vs. emergence: Are you “nothing but” your atoms?

Reductionism is the view that everything true about the world can be explained by atoms and their interactions.Emergence claims that reductionism is wrong, and the world can evolve new stuff and new laws that are not predictable from "nothing but" atoms.Which perspective on science is correct has huge implications, not only for ourselves but for everything from philosophy to economics to politics. Stop me if you have heard this one before. "Sociologists defer to Psychologists. Psychologists de...
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