I tried a new virtual reality program that puts firefighter trainees in front of a raging fire to prep them for life-threatening situations

Supplied I have been trying out a new virtual reality program that helps firefighters to get accustomed to dangerous, high-pressure situations without them having to be physically in the field tackling real fires. Dimension Data, a global technology integrator and managed services provider, and Flaim Systems, an immersive VR start-up owned by Deakin University, have […]

Twitter puts verification fixes on hold as elections loom

Twitter has spent the past several months trying to fix its verification mess, but it looks like you’ll have to wait a while longer for a solution. New product lead Kayvon Beykpour has announced that Twitter is putting its verification reform efforts on hold to focus on “information quality” in the run-up to the US […]

Most powerful passport in the world: Global ranking puts UK in top five – who came on top?

The UK was pipped to the top spot in The Henley Passport Index by Japan and Singapore, who made joint first. Germany came in second, while third place was shared by seven countries – Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway and South Korea. Sharing fourth place with the United Kingdom, passports from Austria, Luxembourg, […]

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: First Poster Puts Salem Front and Center

Something wicked cool this way comes. The first poster for Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was released on Tuesday — courtesy of series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa — and it finds the show’s titular spell caster (played by Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka) cozying up to her familiar Salem (whose voice actor has not yet been announced). Based on […]

Medical board puts infamous doc on probation for toddler vaccine exemption

Enlarge / Dr. Robert Sears in his Capistrano Beach, CA office on Aug 8, 2014. Among his many books on pediatrics, Sears has written The Vaccine Book, in which he discusses possible side effects from vaccines. (credit: Getty | Don Bartletti) Dr. Robert Sears, a pediatrician infamous for promoting alternative vaccine schedules that allow parents […]

LeBron James isn’t talking to the Cavs, and it puts them in a bind as they scramble to find ways to keep him

Kirk Irwin/Getty LeBron James is approaching a deadline to decide whether or not to become a free agent. James has not been in contact with the Cavs, making their efforts to keep him all the more challenging. The Cavs are in the dark about ways to improve the roster without clear […]

Google’s 11th-hour intervention puts ‘revenge porn’ bill in New York back on ice

A New York state bill that would outlaw ‘revenge porn’ has been shelved until next year, after a late lobbying effort by tech giant Google succeeded in blocking a vote in the state Senate. The bill, which existed in legal limbo since 2013, was pushed through the State Assembly after a New York Post article […]

Report: Lucasfilm puts Obi-Wan film “on hold” after underwhelming Solo debut

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Lucasfilm) The film news and reviews site Collider posted an exclusive report on Wednesday concerning the fate of future Star Wars films—and in particular, a long-rumored, not-yet-announced film focused on the classic character Obi-Wan Kenobi. Citing “sources with knowledge of the situation,” Collider confirmed that all pre-production for Lucasfilm’s unnamed […]

New ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Photo Puts Gal Gadot in More Vibrant Armor

Wonder Woman 1984 is in production over in Washington DC right now. We’ve already gotten an official look at Gal Gadot back for the sequel as Diana Prince, and surprisingly Chris Pine as Steve Trevor came along with her. But now we have a new look at Gal Gadot back in her signature armor, except […]