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Building community through arcades and beer

It's springtime in downtown Phoenix, and Cobra Arcade Bar is open for business. Wednesday afternoon sunlight spills through two massive open windows at the front of the bar, illuminating silver tap handles, neon-splattered paintings from local artist...
Published on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 | link

IBM opens its quantum computer to the public

Want to use a real, honest-to-goodness quantum computer yourself? Now's your chance. IBM has introduced a cloud-based platform, the Quantum Experience, that lets anyone try a 5-qubit quantum computer for themselves. You can run algorithms and expe...
Published on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 | link

Marvel videos will help 'Black Panther' readers catch up

Superhero comics are a notoriously difficult medium for beginners to jump into. Where to begin? So many are a continuation of long-running series, constantly referencing prior events or other characters' books. Marvel's latest attempt to solve the pr...
Published on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 | link

Dear Veronica: So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Well, dear viewers, our time has come to part ways. It's been an incredible year of question answering, but I'm moving on from the world of video for now. Thank you to the entire team here at Engadget for letting me make this crazy show (really,...
Published on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 | link

Gumball team creates Lamborghini-powered Batmobile

Look, whatever you think of the Gumball 3000 Rally, it does attract some spectacular machinery. High-end supercars and modded monsters are the norm, but occasionally, something really special pops up. Like the Batmobile.
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Microsoft thinks disorientation is the key to touch in VR

To manipulate virtual objects in VR, you have to use an Oculus Touch or other "virtual wand" controller like some kind of hands-off, digital tong. To get an actual "haptic" or touch experience, you need real objects, but it's computationally challeng...
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Government officials can no longer be ignorant about cybersecurity

It's sort of cute when someone you know, usually an older family member, announces that he doesn't understand Facebook or smartphones. It's far less endearing when elected officials and law enforcement flaunt their ignorance of technology and cyberse...
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Hulu will offer live TV in early 2017

That talk of Hulu getting into live TV? It's real. Company chief Mike Hopkins has announced that you'll see live entertainment, sports and news on the streaming service in early 2017. He didn't say which networks were involved or what it might cost,...
Published on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 | link

Biotech companies get permission to test brain death reversal

Brain death in humans is normally considered irreversible. Even if you keep the body running, those damaged brain cells just won't recover to the point where you get a fully functioning person again. However, that isn't stopping Bioquark or Revita Li...
Published on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 | link

UK telephone boxes to be turned into tiny offices

Some of the UK's iconic telephone boxes will soon be converted into small personal offices. Bar Works, a company operating a trio of co-working spaces in New York, has leased 15 of BT's old call receptacles in London, Leeds and Edinburgh. They'll soo...
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