Microsoft's Sway: A Digital Assistant That Designs Presentations For You


At some point in your life, you've used PowerPoint. Whether for a class project or a meeting of some sort, you've click and dragged text boxes, dropped in photos, and awkwardly presented a slideshow. Now imagine doing that on a phone or tablet. Nightmare! Microsoft thinks its new app, Sway, can help make it less so. » 10/01/14 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

This MP3 Experiment Shows What 2,000 Smartphone Speakers Sound Like

Improv Everywhere is an NYC-based guerrilla prank group who's various missions have included planning a massive Best Buy infiltration and turning a busy New York subway stop into an underground spa. For their latest social experiment, the team gave 2,000 people instructions via headphones, severely confusing local… » 9/30/14 1:52pm Tuesday 1:52pm

HP Stream 13.3 and 11.6 Hands-On: Full Windows on a $200 Budget

Need a bottom-of-the-bargain bin Windows machine? HP has just revealed a pair of incredibly cheap laptops, the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch HP Stream. These two machines join the Stream 14 as HP and Microsoft attempt to offer full Windows at a Chromebook price, and we just snagged a hands-on at a NY press event. » 9/29/14 10:00pm Monday 10:00pm

James Franco's Saturday Night Shows Why SNL Is a Weekly TV Miracle

Last night, Saturday Night Live kicked off its 40th season (did you watch it!). It's a major milestone to be sure, but how exactly is it made? Countless books have been written on the subject but established actor and fledgling documentarian James Franco tries to capture the tortuous late nights and constant… » 9/28/14 10:00pm Sunday 10:00pm

After 20 Years, Ween's Chocolate and Cheese Remains Delightfully Odd

When Ween released their fourth studio album Chocolate and Cheese in September 1994, I was six years old. At the time, I was most likely rocking out to Raffi's Greatest Hits or something. Fast forward a decade later, featuring a more mature albeit acne-ridden adolescent, and I'm listening to the weirdest song I've… » 9/28/14 8:00pm Sunday 8:00pm

Ello Experiences Its First DDoS Attack (Update)

Ello, the upstart social network that's grown in massive popularity of the past week, is currently down. Whether for maintenance or more nefarious purposes, it isn't outwardly explicit. According to its current status page, the site is investigating the cause but is leaning toward a possible denial of service (DDoS)… » 9/28/14 4:40pm Sunday 4:40pm

What Bad Movies Have You Streamed Online That You Secretly Love?

We spend a lot of time talking about all the great films that are always a quick click away on our particular streaming platform of choice—and rightfully so. Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime do an admirable job of curating a rotating cast of blockbusters, art house sweethearts and critic-praising cinema. But to be… » 9/28/14 3:00pm Sunday 3:00pm

Hacker Controls This Rave-Approved LED Suit With an NES Power Glove

The Power Glove was the quirkiest little peripheral ever devised for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Although if found only limited use on that platform, modern day tinkers with access to cheap and simple microcontrollers can now turn these 25-year-old video game artifacts into futuristic wearables. » 9/28/14 2:20pm Sunday 2:20pm

This Is What Happens When a Bootleg Website Falls

Bootleg websites, usually tucked away in some shady digital corner filled with pornographic pop up ads and potentially malignant viruses, are a permanent fixture on the internet. Offering up tons of illegally free content, these sites' creators are the reason why publishing execs toss and turn in their sleep. » 9/28/14 1:00pm Sunday 1:00pm