The Future of Fear: Inside the psychological maze of LA’s most insidious theater event

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Audiences associate the word “horror” with scary movies or terrifying novels. But over the past half-decade, live theater and haunted house exhibits have merged, bringing new life to the genre with interactive, real-world experiences that let audiences step through the screen and into their own personal tales of terror. For October, we’re introducing The Future of Fear. We’ll talk to the creators of some of the most striking, immersive horror experiences to see how they’re inventing a new artistic medium to take the genre in directions it’s never gone before.

“Hold on, my agent’s about to get naked.”

I’m in the bowels of a dingy warehouse in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, and horror director Darren Lynn Bousman is…

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No Man’s Sky travel diary: looks can be deceiving

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No Man’s Sky is an almost impossibly huge game, an entire virtual universe filled with 18 quintillion planets, each one different from the next thanks to the powers of procedural generation. Instead of a typical review, I’m going to be writing regular dispatches from No Man’s Sky, giving a firsthand account of what the experience is like, and what you can expect if you choose to dive in. You can follow along right here. Spoilers below.

Things are starting to look up.

After being trapped in a barren, toxic solar system, I manage to cobble together the resources necessary to make a hyperdrive jump to a new system. I’m hoping it’s somewhere I can make a fresh start, and rekindle the excitement of exploration. Things start out promising….

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Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show next year

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It’s official: Lady Gaga will be performing at 2017’s Super Bowl halftime show. US Weekly rumored the news earlier this month, but it was never actually confirmed by the NFL or Gaga herself. Today, Lady Gaga tweeted that she will, in fact, be the headlining act on February 5th.

This year’s halftime show was a perplexing but aesthetically stimulating combination of Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars wearing a button-up trash bag. Beyoncé’s performance was one of the most exciting the Super Bowl has seen in a while, and it’s going to be a tough act to follow.

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The race to Mars: here’s how SpaceX ranks against the competition

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On Tuesday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced his ambitious — if crazy — plan to colonize Mars within the next 40 to 100 years. But Musk isn’t the only one with Mars dreams and ambitions. In fact, people have been drawing out missions to the Red Planet for at least the last 70 years — and we’re still waiting for one to take flight.

How do the most prominent plans stack up?

One of the early proposed missions that set the stage for today’s Mars plans was the Mars Direct proposal, which was published by aerospace engineers Robert Zubrin and David Baker in 1991. They thought it might be possible to land the first crewed mission to Mars as early as 1999. That didn’t happen of course, but some of their ideas — like sending a return vehicle to…

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Amazon shows its first games integrated with Twitch

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amazon-twitch Amazon Games Studios this week showed off the first games that will be integrated with live-streaming site Twitch, which Amazon acquired for over $1 billion in 2014.  The new games will run on Lumberyard, the game engine powered by Amazon Web Services, that debuted earlier this year. These integrations will allow gamers to stream their broadcasts in real-time, overlaid with live stats,… Read More

The new LIFX smart bulb emits infrared light to help security cameras see better

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lifx__a19_e26_800 California-based lighting startup LIFX has released a number of smart lightbulbs since completing a successful Kickstarter campaign back in early 2013. The latest from the company is pretty straightforward as far as such things go, offering up the kind of features we’ve long come to expect from the company and competition like the Philips Hue. The bulb’s intensity and color… Read More

Who should go to Mars?

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Elon Musk laid out his plan to colonize Mars at a conference on Tuesday, but it was during the Q&A session that a woman asked one of the key questions: who will be chosen to embark on a risky trip to colonize a harsh planet?

“If normal people want to travel to Mars, do we need some specific requirements?” she asked. “Can normal people go?”

The SpaceX CEO had two answers to this line of questioning. “We’re trying to make it such that anyone can go,” he said, with “maybe a few days of training.” However, the trip will be dangerous. “The risk of fatality will be really high. There’s no way around it,” he later said. “It would be basically, are you prepared to die? If that okay, then you’re a candidate for going.”

But choosing a candidate…

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The last time Logitech released a webcam, Obama was running for re-election

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Logitech The last time Logitech released a webcam, the year’s hit song was by a fresh-faced Canadian newcomer named Carly Rae, Ryan Lochte was most famous for swimming, and we were all pretty sure the world was going to end in December. Sure that last bit still seems like 50/50, Mayan prophecies aside, but one thing’s for certain: webcams just aren’t the hot commodity they once… Read More

The SilverStone SX700-LPT SFX 700W PSU Review

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In the interest of minimizing space and noise, living room gaming PCs often require compact, high performance PSUs. Today we are taking a look at the SX700-LPT from SilverStone, an 80Plus Platinum certified SFX PSU with a power output of 700 Watts. As a result of its total capacity and its high efficiency, this makes the SX700 the most advanced consumer SFX PSU available today.

New iPhone 7 Case Brings Back the Headphone Jack

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Apple removed the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, forcing users to use either Bluetooth, the Lightning port or included Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor in order to listen to music through headphones. However, one company took it upon themselves to create an iPhone 7 case with a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack. The company is called Fuze and they recently launched an Indiegogo campaign that promises to bring the audio port back to the iPhone 7. The Next Web reports: To achieve this, the company is taking Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm adapter and building it straight into a case, where you can plug your headphones with “no dongles, no adapters, no problems.” In addition to the audio port, the Fuze Case will also serve as a battery pack as it adds 2,400mAh of extra battery life to the iPhone 7 and 3,600mAh to the 7 Plus. It will be available in five different colors including white, black, gold, rose gold and blue. The case is currently available for $49 to “super early bird” backers, but will increase to $59 once more people have chipped in and will eventually sell for $69 in retail. The company expects to start shipping the accessory in December later this year.

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33% off Kinivo 5 Port HDMI Switch With Auto-Switching & Remote – Deal Alert

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This highly rated splitter from Kinivo takes 5 HDMI inputs from your various devices, and outputs them to one HDMI connection. Ideal for TVs that just don’t have that many HDMI inputs. 501BN will automatically switch to the currently active input source if there is only one active input. If there are multiple active inputs, you can simply select using the IR remote or using the selector button on the unit itself. Supports video up to 1080p and 3D as well. The item currently averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 9,000 customers (read reviews) and its list price of $59.99 is currently discounted 33% to $39.99.

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LIFX’s new smart bulb emits light you can’t actually see

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LIFX is announcing two new smart lighting products today: a light strip and another bulb. Both work more or less how you’d expect a smart light to work, but the bulb comes with one slightly unusual feature — the ability to emit infrared light.

For the vast majority of people, this is probably not going to be all that useful. But LIFX has one very specific use case in mind, where having some infrared lights around your house could be pretty helpful: security cameras.

To see at night, a lot of security cameras rely on infrared, which they shine out like an invisible spotlight. With the addition of some infrared bulbs around a room, a security camera that relies on IR should have a farther and…

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Angry man smashes iPhones and Macs at Apple Store in France

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Apple customer support is often rated highly throughout the world, but that doesn’t mean the company always avoids unhappy customers. A disgruntled customer in France entered an Apple Store in Dijon yesterday and calmly smashed devices in front of Apple staff and customers. At least 10 iPhones were smashed with a boule metal ball (used in a French bowls game), alongside a MacBook Air.

French media reports suggest the angry man, who actually calmly smashed devices, was complaining about his consumer rights and a refund. The man appears to have been detained outside the store, and there are no reports of injuries apart from the broken Apple equipment. Hopefully the angry man purchased multiple AppleCare protection plans, otherwise that’s…

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First Click: GoPro Karma or DJI Mavic Pro?

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Two drones; in one corner we’ve got the DJI Mavic Pro from China, and in the other we’ve got the GoPro Karma from the United States of America. Which will you choose?

Both drones shoot 4K, both fold up to carry in a backpack, both feature a gimbal with 3-axis stabilization, and both are priced at around $1,000 depending upon options. But when you dig deeper into the specs, DJI wins in almost every way.

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Rosetta spacecraft lands on comet 67P and switches off for good

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It’s over. After orbiting the duck-shaped comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko for 786 days, the Rosetta spacecraft has landed softly on its surface and turned off its instruments for good. The touchdown was confirmed at 7:20AM ET as the last signals from the probe’s instruments were received at the European Space Agency’s mission control .

“I can announce full descent and I declare, hereby, that the mission has ended for Rosetta,” said ESA mission manager Patrick Martin moments after signal ended. “The Rosetta mission was inspiring to many. Historic and pioneering, and it revolutionized how we understand comets and the Solar System. Farewell Rosetta, you’ve done the job that was space science at its best.”

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When is a crash landing not a crash landing?

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More than 12 years after it launched and after 786 days in orbit around comet 67P, the European Space Agency’s will make its final maneuver this morning: a slow, but undeniably terminal, descent onto the comet’s dusty surface. Even at such a leisurely pace, many people would call this a crash landing, but for reasons that will become clear, this is a term that many people involved in the mission seem to avoid.

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Save on Tesla Powerwall home batteries by joining a ‘virtual power plant’

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Powering your home from sunlight is a dream shared by many, but cost prohibitive for most. Solar energy might be free, but only after you pay for the panels, inverters, and storage systems, and pay someone to install it all. But what if you could subsidize some of the upfront cost by agreeing to sell back a fraction of your power to the grid? That’s the idea behind CrowdNett, a new energy service announced today by Eneco in The Netherlands.

An estimated 400,000 homes in The Netherlands already have solar panels installed. Eneco is offering those homes discounted Tesla Powerwalls — €4,500 euro installed, instead of €7,000 — in an effort to build a “virtual power plant” of 400 networked batteries. The power can then be tapped as reserve…

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Watch live as the Rosetta probe ‘softly’ crashes into comet 67P

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The ticker at the top of the European Space Agency’s live stream says it all. Days at comet: 786; days until end of mission: 0. After launching from Earth back in March 2004, the Rosetta space probe is preparing for its final mission — a controlled landing onto the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, where it’s been in orbit for the last two years. The impact is expected to happen at approximately 11:18AM Universal Time or 7.18AM ET, and you can watch along with the ESA’s live stream.

If you’re tuning in at the time of publication article (4:30AM ET) then don’t expect to see more than a quiet control room. But as we get closer to impact, Rosetta will be sending more images back to Earth, charting its own final plunge with good,…

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