7 Films We Should Probably Ban Right Now, You Know, Just In Case

So you've no doubt heard about American cinemas' near unanimous decision to pull The Interview from theaters. Not to be outdone in cowardice, Paramount is also telling some theaters to not play 2004's Team America: World Police in its place in deference to our new cultural overlords in Pyongyang. » 12/18/14 5:35pm Thursday 5:35pm

Skype Translator Hands-On: Close But No Babel Fish

When Skype announced its real-time translation program back in May, most of us seized on the sci-fi-ness off it all—Star Trek's universal translator, Babel fish, etc. But the technology is very real, and has been for years, just it separate pieces. Skype Translator is is the commercial culmination of those efforts,… » 12/16/14 5:45pm Tuesday 5:45pm

Toho Is Returning to Godzilla, So I Am Too

There is a special place reserved in my heart for kaiju. A love that I've cultivated through meticulous fandom and my brief four-month stay in kaiju's ancestral home of Japan. That's why when Toho, the Japanese production company responsible for the King of Monsters himself, announced that they were getting back into… » 12/14/14 9:00pm Sunday 9:00pm

How One of the Internet's Most Memorable Logos Was Created

Welcome to Reading List, a brief tour of some of the wonderful tech reads around the web. Online vigilantism, government hacking, and a brief history lesson on the early internet are just a few great reads in store. Indulge in a lazy Sunday, at least for the next hour or so, and catch up on some long form internet. » 12/14/14 6:00pm 12/14/14 6:00pm

What Is Your Favorite Holiday Memory About Tech?

Christmastime holds some of the most visual memories of gadgets and gizmos, especially when I was kid. You're presented with a deluge of gifts that on any other normal day would make you faint from excitement, but during the holidays you channel that raw excitement into your voracious wrapping paper-tearing skills. » 12/14/14 5:00pm 12/14/14 5:00pm

New Climate Agreement Is a Step Forward, But Is the Step Big Enough?

A mini drama just played out in Lima, the capital city of Peru. More than 190 countries have agreed to a tentative deal to lower carbon-dioxide emissions by 2020. The salvaged agreement, which was threatened by clashing views from the U.S. and China (of course!), will set the stage for the United Nations Climate… » 12/14/14 4:25pm 12/14/14 4:25pm

How Sound Engineers Made the Millennium Falcon's Most Iconic Noise

The Millennium Falcon is the king of cool when it comes to classic sci-fi spaceships. The vessel is a kitbashed masterpiece and a bold image that screams Star Wars. It's also a "piece of junk," a "bucket of bolts," and constant headache for Han Solo and company, but hey, she's got it where it counts. » 12/14/14 2:15pm 12/14/14 2:15pm

11 Sci-Fi Films That Actually Deserve Reboots

Hollywood's favorite pastime is remaking movies, or at the very least, slapping on another sequel and making millions. While that's all fun and good—I'm looking forward to the new Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator like everyone else—many other sci-fi films also deserve adequate reboot/sequel attention. » 12/14/14 12:00pm 12/14/14 12:00pm

New Leaks Show a Closer Look at Cortana and Xbox on Windows 10

To say that we're excited for Windows 10 would be an understatement. With Microsoft accidentally gimping Windows 7 with a faulty update this week and Windows 8.1 continuing to be a lovable mess, Microsoft's new operating system can't get here soon enough. » 12/14/14 10:19am 12/14/14 10:19am