Mark Austin

Mark Austin

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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Photography

Citing monkey business, court refuses to toss simian selfie lawsuit

Who owns the rights to an image taken by a monkey? Although an agreement was reached between the photographer and PETA, the court says there are other issues to consider in the "monkey selfie" copyright case..
Gaming

Ewoks are on a rampage in the upcoming, limited-time ‘Battlefront II’ event

Whether you love them or hate them, the furry but lethal Ewoks are a big part of the Star Wars universe, and they're featured in a limited-time Battlefront II event. Even more terrifying, loot boxes are coming back to the game.
Movies & TV

James McAvoy and Bill Hader join the cast of 'It: Chapter 2'

A second film based on Stephen King's It hits theaters in September 2019. Here's everything we know about It: Chapter 2, which is set 27 years after the events of 2017's box-office blockbuster, It.
Emerging Tech

Researchers can now create 3D-printed structures made entirely of liquid

Scientists at Berkeley Labs have discovered a way to create long-lasting 3D-printed structures, some smaller than a human hair, entirely out of liquid by using a "nanoparticle supersoap" to keep the liquids separate.
Emerging Tech

NASA wants to make the first Starliner test flight a fully operational mission

NASA's contract with Soyuz expires next year, and the agency wants to accelerate the timeline to certify private companies like Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
Gaming

Epic Games hauls in $15 million from ‘Fortnite’ on iOS in just three weeks

The multiplayer shooter Fortnite has blasted its way to the top of the mobile game charts, pulling in more revenue than even Candy Crush. With an Android release on the horizon, this may just be the beginning.
Computing

Telegram app is a favorite of Kremlin officials, but Russia wants to block it

Telegram, the encrypted messaging app, is popular with Kremlin politicians because it's a secure method of communications. Russian security, however, wants backdoor access and is threatening to block the app entirely.
Movies & TV

Documentary ‘Do You Trust This Computer?’ free to stream courtesy of Elon Musk

A provocative new documentary from the director of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" that explores the rise of artificial intelligence in society is available to stream for free all weekend, courtesy of A.I.-wary entrepreneur Elon Musk.
Emerging Tech

A luxury space hotel is now taking reservations — if you’ve got $10 million

Even if you don't have the "right stuff," you could still be an astronaut one day. Aurora Station, a space hotel planned for launch in four years, is now taking reservations for a 12-night stay in orbit around the Earth.
Movies & TV

Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel series might cost more than $1 billion

Amazon Studios is betting big on its 'Lord of the Rings' prequel series, which has a five-season commitment, a budget of more than $1 billion, and might spawn a spin-off series, too.
Mobile

Smugglers used aerial drones to sneak $80 million in iPhones into China

With a thriving black market, smuggling iPhones from Hong Kong into China can be quite lucrative, and an enterprising gang came up with an audacious scheme that involved aerial drones and a really long cable.
Emerging Tech

Google will broadcast real-time analytical predictions during the NCAA Final Four

Using a team of data analysts and basketball enthusiasts, Google will be at the NCAA Final Four using machine learning and data collected from the first half of the games to make real-time statistical predictions at halftime.