A perfect time for Fahrenheit 451 remakes; HBO’s version falls short

Enlarge / Do you get it? It’s the temperature at which a book burns. (credit: Michael Gibson / HBO) Warning: This post contains minor spoilers for HBO’s Fahrenheit 451. Media and entertainment have been stripped of thought and reduced to quick dopamine hits. Societal norms—whether that means popular thought or preferred means of communication—have been […]

Peek at LEGO’s upcoming sets: Star Wars crafts, Hogwarts, Ninjago city, and more

Valentina Palladino NEW YORK—Upon walking into a gray, bricked-facade gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea area, color immediately flooded my eyes. LEGO chose an unassuming location to show off some of the more than 100 new sets coming out in time for the 2018 holiday season. The company literally took the blank canvas of the gallery’s interior […]

A dozen years after near-death, Star Trek’s future may be stronger than ever

On May 13, 2005, Star Trek: Enterprise ended its four-season run with the controversial two-part finale, “These Are the Voyages… ” The finale infamously brought in cast members from The Next Generation to tell the final chapter in Enterprise’s story, and it was viewed by some as a disrespectful and ignominious end to 18 almost-unbroken […]

North Korea-linked hackers targeted defectors with Android spyware

When Android malware slips into the Google Play Store, it’s usually there to push unwanted ads or perpetuate a scam. McAfee researchers, however, have discovered something more sinister. A North Korean group nicknamed Sun Team recently posted three apps in Google Play that were used to target defectors from the authoritarian country. The attackers contacted […]

FCC investigates site that let most US mobile phones’ location be exposed

Enlarge / Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), as seen on April 18, 2018. (credit: New America / Flickr) The Federal Communications Commission has taken preliminary steps to examine the actions of LocationSmart, a southern California company that has suddenly found itself under intense public and government scrutiny for allowing most American cell phones’ locations to be […]

AT&T’s Dash-like smart button doesn’t need WiFi

AT&T has launched a new product called LTE-M button, which allows users to place an order online in one click. Yes, it sounds just like Amazon Dash — in fact, it’s powered by Amazon Web Services — but since it’s connected to AT&T’s LTE-M network, it doesn’t need a WiFi connection to work. AT&T’s button […]