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Can This Little Magic App Make Your Headphones Sound Perfect?

A new app from a Latvian outfit called Sonarworks claims it can tune music to play perfectly through specific headphone models. So whether you’re using AirPods or a swanky pair of £900 Auduze LCD-2s, you’ll hear the same exact mix. Could the future of making music sound good be an app that compensates for the terrible headphones most of us insist on buying? Read More >>

science
The Ham-maid’s Tale: Swines, Sows and Sex in the CRISPR Age

Picture the scene. It’s twilight and an idyllic country farm is framed in the sunset. Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On laps down from the farmer’s open window into the pig sty. Coursing through the slurry, Gaye’s soulful tones work their magic. Coquettish oinks are exchanged, snouts are squeezed, and slowly, the pigs pair off. Except Kevin, the runt of the litter. But despite being covered snout to tail in spots and voted most likely to be used for hot dog meat at school, he still dreams of being a father. Like Chad. All the sows love Chad. Big as a boar and just as hairy, he’s Farmer Jones’ prized sire. And there he is, brazenly flirting with Patricia at the end of the sty. The swine. Read More >>

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Bose’s Fancy Home Speaker Might Be the Best Sounding Echo Alternative Yet

The idea seemed silly at first. Bose made an Alexa-powered wireless speaker with a little screen, a big £400 price tag and a promise “to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance.” I’ve been using the Bose Home Speaker 500 for a little more than a month, and there are a few things I don’t like about it. But it sure does sounds great. Read More >>

laptops
The HP Spectre Folio Is Gaudy, Ambitious and Maybe the Future

The HP Spectre Folio is deceptive. Closed it looks like a fancy leather folder business types take to conference rooms. Held in your hands, it’s smooth and rich feeling under your fingertips, but heavier than you’d expect. It opens exactly as a laptop should, but then when moving it into its tablet mode, you find you’re pulling the display towards yourself instead of doing 360-degree gymnastics. It’s weird. Confusing. But also natural? If laptop makers are dead set on making laptops double as tablets, then this one’s figured it out. Read More >>

shopping
How to Spot Genuine Discounts While Christmas Shopping

It’s shopping season, and you’re likely to be on the look-out for gifts for friends and family in the next few weeks. To limit the damage to your bank balance, you will, of course, want to do your business as cheaply as possible – but how can you spot the genuine discounts from the marketing tricks? And how do you know when a bargain really is a bargain? We’ve got some tips and some tools that can help. Read More >>

science
The Biggest Science Stories of 2018

This year taught us more about distant planets and our own world, about the ways we’re influencing our environment and the ways we’re changing ourselves. A whole lot of stuff happened, and last January seems like it was, well, a year ago. Read More >>

dont be evil
Google, Allegedly: Snitches Get Stitches

After a year of protests by its own staff against its work with the military, alleged plans to build a censored Chinese search engine, and handling of sexual harassment allegations against executives, Google is doing some soul-searching and self-reflection over the true meaning of “Don’t be evil.” Just kidding! According to the Times of London, they’re doubling down on finding and firing leakers. Read More >>

artificial intelligence
How We Can Prepare Now for Catastrophically Dangerous AI—and Why We Can’t Wait

Artificial intelligence in its current form is mostly harmless, but that’s not going to last. Machines are getting smarter and more capable by the minute, leading to concerns that AI will eventually match, and then exceed, human levels of intelligence —a prospect known as artificial superintelligence (ASI). Read More >>

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What Happens When Two Black Holes Collide?

On 14 September 2015, signals from one of the Universe’s most mind-boggling, powerful events produced the tiniest signal in a pair of detectors, one in the US state of Louisiana and one in the state of Washington. They’d detected two already-wild objects, black holes, slamming into one another. Read More >>

movies
Mortal Engines Is a By-the-Numbers Dystopian Drama That’s Several Years Too Late

Much like the toasters, smartphones, and Minions statues that decorate the London Museum, Mortal Engines feels like the relic of a bygone era – a time when audiences cared about dystopian fiction, and “strong female characters” were little more than toughened blank slates. Mortal Engines might take place thousands of years in the future, but it’s a movie that’s stuck in the past. Read More >>

gadgets
These Are the Best Smart Home Gadgets to Trick Out Your Pad

The first crop of smart home gadgets from a few years ago weren’t actually very smart, but times have changed, and there’s now plenty of good reasons to upgrade your hoover, microwave, and even your sound system, with a bit of AI-enhanced smarts. Read More >>

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Reigns: Game of Thrones’ Storylines Are So Good, HBO Should Copy Them

Strong writing is almost always what ultimately makes or breaks a video game, but it’s especially important in a game that’s as narratively-driven as Reigns: Game of Thrones. Read More >>

cars
The In-Car Air Purifier That Promises to Save You From Stale Farts and NO2

Are you fussed about the quality of the air you breathe in? Plenty of us are and, if you’re a city dweller then streets that are being strangled by a relentless onslaught of cars, vans and trucks doesn’t help matters. Breathing in a daily dose of exhaust fumes, brake dust and assorted other airborne detritus ain’t great. And, even inside the car we’re not immune from exposure to this grubby toxic cocktail, which is the reason why we now have a gizmo like airbubbl. Read More >>

smartwatches
This Smartwatch Has Incredibly Bad Timing

Here’s the thing about the Misfit Vapor 2: It’s the smartwatch Misfit should have released a year ago. Read More >>

animals
Do Animals Deceive Each Other?

Ours is a dog-eat-dog world – but is the same true for dogs? I’ve seen dogs tussle over discarded bits of hamburger meat, but I’ve never seen one try to enlist another in a shady multi-level marketing scheme, nor have I seen one dog try to distract another dog while a third dog steals the second dog’s rat carcass or whatever. Excepting the snake who allegedly screwed over Eve, animals in general would seem to lack the complex powers of thought which allow us humans to more or less constantly scam, defraud and double-cross one another. Read More >>