The internet’s horrified with Detective Pikachu

To understand the intense reaction to Detective Pikachu’s first trailer, you have to understand where the Pokémon fandom stands in 2018. As a franchise, Pokémon taps into a yearning for adventure: it’s just you, your pet pals, and the open road. Defeat the gyms and you’ll get actual emblems for …

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The US now has the two fastest supercomputers in the world

The world’s two fastest supercomputers are now American, according to the rankings that are released biannually. The two computers, Summit and Sierra, both use IBM technology. Summit was crowned the world’s fastest computer back in June when it performed the mathematical test LINPACK at 122.3 petaflops per second. (Each petaflop …

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Lyft planning to introduce a rewards program for riders

Lyft announced a new loyalty program on Monday, in which riders accumulate points that can be exchanged for trip upgrades or access to more experienced drivers. The rewards program, which launches next month, is further evidence of Lyft’s effort to introduce new products ahead of a planned IPO in 2019. …

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey plays dumb about editing tweets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has reiterated that the social network is considering adding an edit function (via The Next Web). When asked about the company’s plans for the oft-requested feature at a talk at the Indian Institute of Technology, the CEO repeated what he said in 2016 about needing to …

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Audio-Technica M50xBT review: better beats

There are two ways that most people first hear the Audio-Technica name: either in association with Technics turntables or via a pushy friend or YouTuber enlightening them about the M50x headphones. Audio-Technica got its start back in the 1960s as a maker of phonograph cartridges — the company’s logo is …

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Alibaba’s Singles Day sales dwarf Amazon’s biggest day

Alibaba’s 10th annual Singles Day sale, which took place yesterday on 11/11, racked up $30.8 billion in sales and set a new record for the platform, reports CNBC. The figure represents a 27 percent year-on-year rise over 2017’s total of $25.3 billion, and was helped in part by the e-commerce …

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