The NBA’s New Shot Clock Is One Slick, Smart Ticker

The NBA is teaming up with Swiss watchmaker Tissot to give a 21st-century update to an old and clunky piece of in-game tech: the basketball shot clock. The new clock is a thin, transparent panel boasting a set of features lifted from a smartphone. It has efficient LEDs, it’s controlled …

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Outlander Finale Recap: Time Travel Never Felt So Real

Here we are at the end of the second season of Outlander. This finale is an outstanding end to what has been, overall, an outstanding season. “Dragonfly in Amber” is impeccably written, acted, directed, and produced. I really couldn’t ask for much more. I must admit I’m surprised to be …

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Your Phone Has an FM Chip. So Why Can’t You Listen to the Radio?

Everyone carries the Internet in their pocket, yet radio and television remain the primary way people get information in an emergency. So when a disaster knocks out power and takes down cell service—along with those government emergency alerts—you’re going to need a radio to know what’s going on. A radio? Who …

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Opt-Insecurity

We’ve been anticipating these last two weeks for decades. Within eight days of each other, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were released to the public. It was a huge, huge fortnight for VR, as the promise of computer-generated reality finally arrived in our specially-prepared living rooms. On this week’s …

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Watch London Get Its Shiny New Crossrail Tunnels Ready for Action

After eight years of plowing its way under one of the oldest cities in the western world, London’s Crossrail underground system is nearly ready to meet the public. Workers have dug 26 miles of 20-foot-wide tunnels. They dodged centuries of history, including a mass grave of plague victims. They shoved …

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