Graeme McMillan

Graeme McMillan

Former Digital Trends Contributor
A transplant from the west coast of Scotland to the west coast of America, Graeme is a freelance writer with a taste for pop culture and technological trends. In addition to Digital Trends, you can find his work on Time.com and Wired.com.

Now you can Google which movies will be a hit

For some, the ability to know whether a movie is likely to be a success ahead of time is the stuff of arcane math and analytics. For Google, it's just a matter of finding patterns in search data.

Movies & TV

Just what your fridge needs: A special ultraviolet room for strawberries

If you're the kind of person who always forget to eat food before they've gone bad in your fridge, maybe all you need is a fridge compartment with ultraviolet LEDs to keep things fresh longer.

Cool Tech

Computers are gaining the ability to remember what things look like

For all their technical progress, computers have a lot of trouble recognizing what things look like. At least they did until a Ph.D student at Imperial College, London, created a work-around that solved that problem.

Computing

Shazam predicts ‘Sounds of Summer’ based on user requests

If you're already thinking about what music you'll be listening to as you spend your summer evenings laying in the sun, Shazam has already released a list of ten songs it thinks will dominate the season.

Music

Zap, boom, pow! DC Comics debuts new interactive digital format

Superman, Batman, and the rest of DC Comics' legendary superheroes will get a technological upgrade with the publisher's announcement of DC2, a new interactive digital comic format.

Cool Tech

Disney launches Digital Copy Plus program for those who need DVD cloud backups

Disney is trying to make the digital bundle idea work better for its customers with a newly-relaunched program that will allow DVD and Blu-ray owners their choice of Amazon, iTunes or Vudu downloads after buying physical copies.

Home Theater

AOL sells shuttered blogs to former AOL boss

Townsquare Media has purchased four of the blogs closed at the end of April by AOL in a move that reunites said sites with the man responsible for their creations: Former AOL Content chief (and now Townsquare EVP) Bill Wilson.

Web

China censors Wikipedia ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary

Just days before today's anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Chinese authorities blocked the HTTPS encrypted version of Wikipedia, meaning that the only version available in the country was one that could be (and is) censored.

Web

From LCD Soundsystem to building a brand new sound system

LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has a new musical ambition: Building his own sound system so that clubgoers can hear music the way he intends. Oh, and he's only playing them on vinyl.

Cool Tech

Google, Facebook, Bing under fire for not enough anti-child porn funding in the U.K.

Three of the Internet's biggest companies - Google, Facebook, and Microsoft - are coming under fire in the United Kingdom over the amount of money they've donated to a charity set up to stop child pornography online.

Web

Touch-sensitive robot arm can navigate through a field of clutter

A new combination of a robotic arm and "electronic skin" covered in hundreds of individual sensors has created a prosthetic that can not only navigate around the world, but also know when objects are nearby or how tightly to hold them when necessary.

Cool Tech

Google wants to help you make healthier food choices

Google knows it's summer and you probably want to look and feel good in your own skin. That's why it's added a table of nutritional data on various food items each time you search for something food-related.

Home

Despite Netflix availability, the world illegally downloaded ‘Arrested Development’

Despite being widely available for just the price of a Netflix subscription, more than 100,000 people torrented the new season of "Arrested Development" on its first day of release.

Web

Chinese military to launch cyber war games next month

The official news agency of China has announced that the country's People's Liberation Army will launch a new round of war games next month to test its military readiness. The big difference in this go-around? The inclusion of cyber warfare.

Computing

Fatigue Monitoring System detects when workers are too sleepy to run heavy machines

As the instructions always say, heavy machinery should not be operated while drowsy. If circumstances demand otherwise, however, at least now there's a system that will warn when the user is far too drowsy for their own - and everyone else's - good.

Cool Tech