Mark Austin

Mark Austin

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Mark’s first encounter with high-tech was a TRS-80. He spent 20 years working for Nintendo and Xbox as a writer and corporate shill. He sucks at shooters and much prefers playing relaxing city builders and management sims.
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Emerging Tech

At Stephen Hawking’s memorial, his message of peace was beamed into the cosmos

As Stephen Hawking's ashes were buried in Westminster Abbey, a message from the renowned scientist was broadcast to a nearby black hole.
Gaming

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ pre-order bonuses and special editions revealed

Those who pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 will receive a fan-favorite horse and a survival kit. The pricier editions are pretty cool and there is even a $100 collector's box ... that doesn't include the game.
Gaming

Xbox One may soon welcome Alexa and Google Assistant

A leaked Xbox One screenshot from an upcoming build suggests that Cortana may soon have some company, with voice commands utilizing Alexa and Google Assistant devices added to the console's expanding repertoire.
Gaming

‘Evolve’ is pulling the plug on its dedicated servers in September

After limping along with no support and a free-to-play version the past two years, the four-on-one shooter Evolve will finally be laid to rest, as 2K Games announced it will shut down the dedicated servers for the game.
Emerging Tech

Take a VR journey to an exoplanet with NASA’s new ‘Travel Bureau’

Humans won't visit alien planets beyond our solar system for many decades, but NASA has provided the next best thing -- an interactive VR visualization of what you might see if you were standing on the surface of a faraway world.
Emerging Tech

Robot submarine discovers the ‘holy grail’ — a shipwreck with billions in gold

After being lost during a fierce naval battle, the location of the San José -- and the billions in treasure it carried -- has been a mystery to treasure hunters, until a high-tech robot submarine discovered the wreckage.
Emerging Tech

A miniature chemistry lab is headed to Mars to search for signs of life

The ExoMars mission will include an entire chemistry lab, shrunk down to the size of a toaster oven, with a sophisticated spectrometer to analyze samples from below the Martian surface in search of organic molecules.
Movies & TV

Final Sharknado film has time travel, Nazis, dinosaurs, and Noah’s Ark

It's time for Sharknado to finally jump the shark, as SyFy has announced that the upcoming sixth entry in the cult franchise will be the last. The finale premiering in August is sure to be a star-studded time-traveling adventure.
Movies & TV

‘Solo’ includes a shout-out to one of the worst Star Wars games ever made

If you grew up with PlayStation, you may have recognized the obscure martial art practiced by Qi'ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was introduced in a Star Wars novel and showcased in a low-rated 1997 fighting game.
Cars

Shelby will roll out 10 new limited-edition ’67 Mustang GT500 Super Snakes

One of the most recognizable muscle cars ever made, the 1967 Mustang GT500 Super Snake, will get a new lease on life with an extremely limited run from Shelby American and a price tag of a quarter million dollars.
Emerging Tech

China is creating a ‘magpie bridge’ to the far side of the moon

A high-tech relay satellite with a name from Chinese folklore will not only support the new Chang'e 4 rover when it lands on the far side of the moon but it will also search for clues about the origin of the universe.
Emerging Tech

NASA’s planet-hunting TESS satellite: What you need to know

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will seek out new exoplanets close to Earth — and possibly extraterrestrial life. Here's everything you need to know about the satellite.