7 new trailers you should watch this week

Westworld starts up again this weekend after a little more than a year away. I had a very love / hate relationship with the first season. I didn’t love the watching experience so much as I loved the meta experience of reading speculation about where the show was going, but …

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This week in tech, 20 years ago

As a person who covers day-to-day technology news, I often wonder how my writing might come off to someone in the future — and whether anyone will even be reading it. I can’t answer those questions, but I can do the next best thing: look back at what other people …

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Xbox Hacking, LinkedIn Bugs, and More Security News This Week

If you haven’t read this month’s WIRED cover story about teen hackers who went too deep into Microsoft Xbox’s systems, make that your first stop. In more current news, the White House sent mixed messages on cybersecurity policy this week, calling out Russian hackers for compromising popular routers and firewalls—a …

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Thermal Imaging Cameras Could Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe

After Uber’s fatal self-driving crash last month in Tempe, Arizona, most observers had two basic question: Why did the car not see Elaine Herzberg crossing the street and stop before hitting her? And how can we stop this happening again, to someone else? The ride-hailing company has indefinitely suspended its …

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'Westworld': Here's What Needs to Happen in Season 2

Friends, humans, rapidly-evolving robots, the time has finally come: Westworld Season 2 is here. After nearly 17 months, HBO’s futuristic thriller about a theme park where the rich can live out their Wild West fantasies with android “hosts” finally returns on Sunday. At the end of the first season, it …

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Gadget Lab Podcast: The Tech We Can't Live Without

Lauren’s new around here, and she wants to get to know Mike and Arielle a little better. So she came up with the prompt for this episode: What’s the stuff you can’t live without? In this hour, we go deep into our personal relationships with inanimate objects. Which, as you …

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How to Build Custom Alexa Skills for the Amazon Echo

When Amazon first introduced developer tools that let people build stuff for Alexa, the company made a conscious decision to call these functions “skills” rather than apps. It was a subtle way of making Alexa seem capable, and also, suggesting to developers that building these skills would be a low …

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