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Hmpgr was created by Chris Haines, Dan McLaughlin, Kaeti Hinck, Kamal Grey, Rob Martinez, Sheryl Sulistiawan, and Tito Bottitta during SND Makes 2014 at the Upstatement office in Boston.

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October 17, 2014

Steam is letting you play ten games for free this weekend

Dante D'Orazio October 18, 2014 11:16 am9 minutes ago

Are you looking to get your game on this weekend? Is your collection looking a bit stale? If so, you might want to boot up Steam, as the online store is throwing one of its largest free weekend promotions...

Weekend plans: solved
October 17, 2014

Foo Fighters' American music history lesson 'Sonic Highways' premieres tonight

Sean O'Kane October 17, 2014 09:40 pm14 hours ago 5

The new HBO documentary series Sonic Highways — directed by the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl — debuts tonight, and if it's anything like the extremely well-received documentary Sound City he directed in 2013,...

October 17, 2014

This is the most beautiful owner's manual you've ever seen

Chris Ziegler October 18, 2014 09:01 am2 hours ago 5

When you invest seven figures in securing one of the most exotic, exclusive vehicles ever made, perhaps you just expect that the owner's manual is going to be a work of art. I don't know, I've never been...

For one of the most beautiful cars ever made

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October 19, 2014

Watch 'The Hobbit,' as told in 72 seconds of Lego stop-motion animation

Nathan Ingraham October 17, 2014 07:44 pm16 hours ago 5

Even if, like me, you have a love for all things Middle-earth, it's easy to say that Peter Jackson has probably gone overboard with his trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. (My point of view? Two films...

Save yourself 33,000 seconds over Peter Jackson's films

Pascal Blanche is building a stunning sci-fi universe

Andrew Webster October 17, 2014 01:16 pm22 hours ago 10

By day, Pascal Blanche is a senior art director at Ubisoft Montreal, a massive game studio where blockbusters like Assassin's Creed and Watch Dogs are made. But by night, he's an artist dreaming up...

"I just wanted to create worlds of my own." Pascal Blanche

The insanely elaborate quest to recover the oldest satellite photos of Arctic ice

Carl Franzen October 17, 2014 05:57 pm17 hours ago 4

If you are a climate scientist trying to study the amount of sea ice on Earth poles over time, it make senses to look at as many satellite images of Antarctica and the Arctic as you can get your hands on....

And you thought looking at your old family photos was painful...

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite review

David Pierce October 16, 2014 03:00 pm10.16.2014 344

For nearly two decades, the release of a new PC operating system was an event. Upgrading cost money; you had to go to the store to get the necessary floppy disk or a CD; the new OS was expected to be...

There's a great "top of the mountain" to be made here

The fault in our czars

Michael Zelenko October 17, 2014 03:15 pm20 hours ago 46

At a meeting Thursday night, President Obama suggested that in order to effectively tackle the Ebola issue in the United States, he would "appoint an additional person… just to make sure that we are...

From Asian Carp Czar to Manpower Czar

Staring into the Retina iMac: Apple's desktop PC gets a gorgeous upgrade

David Pierce October 16, 2014 02:31 pm10.16.2014 211

Apple loves making the iMac easier on the eyes. It was made much sleeker, then much thinner, and today Apple focused not on the shell but on the screen. And what a screen: the new 27-inch iMac with Retina...

Pixels as far as the eye can't see

Apple has removed all Bose products from its stores

Chris Welch October 17, 2014 03:02 pm20 hours ago 143

You can't buy Bose products from Apple's online store anymore. As spotted by 9to5Mac, headphones from Bose's QuietComfort series and speakers including the SoundLink Mini and SoundLink III have completely...

This rivalry is getting intense

Google's Nexus 9 is now available to pre-order

Jacob Kastrenakes October 17, 2014 02:06 pm21 hours ago 185

Google's new Nexus 9 tablet is now available to pre-order from HTCAmazonBest Buy, and the Play Store, with orders scheduled to ship out for its release on November 3rd. The HTC- and Google-made tablet...

Black or white, 16GB or 32GB

Tumblr's new OS X app lets Yosemite users share from anywhere

Chris Welch October 17, 2014 01:55 pm22 hours ago 16

Tumblr has launched an official app for OS X today, one day after the release of Apple's latest desktop operating system. It's available for free in the Mac App Store right now, and Tumblr wants you to...

Other than that, it's just a web wrapper

The SIM card is about to die

Chris Ziegler October 16, 2014 05:51 pm10.16.2014 348

If there's one thing I've learned about Apple's dealings with SIM cards in the past seven years, it's that Apple gets what Apple wants.

The little gold-plated circuits — which identify you as a subscriber...

Apple just dealt the first blows, and the wounds are mortal

Android 5.0 Lollipop's Easter egg is a Flappy Bird clone

Dan Seifert October 17, 2014 01:44 pm22 hours ago 35

Every version of Android has featured a variety of hidden treats and features, commonly called "Easter eggs." Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is due to arrive on devices in the coming weeks, might have the...

Flappy Droid?

Microsoft CEO 'humbled' by backlash to equal pay comments, outlines diversity plan

Carl Franzen October 17, 2014 01:39 pm22 hours ago 78

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is not done addressing the criticism over his recent remarks that women in the notoriously sexist technology industry shouldn't be "asking for a raise" but should instead be...

Trying to restore his karma

Tablet photography is here to stay

Sean O'Kane October 16, 2014 06:20 pm10.16.2014 146

Not long after the original iPad debuted, I was home for the holidays and saw a husband take a picture of his wife at a bar with a BlackBerry PlayBook. Being from a small town that always seems a bit...

It might look goofy, but the specs are there

Radioactive coyotes and poisoned apples: The strange history of the Manhattan Project

Todd VanDerWerff October 17, 2014 01:30 pm22 hours ago

The creator of WGN America's Manhattan — a show about the construction of the first atomic bomb — tells us five crazy things he learned in researching his show.

Google puts Android engineering head in charge of Chrome OS, says report

Dan Seifert October 17, 2014 01:26 pm22 hours ago 27

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Google has appointed its vice president of Android engineering to oversee its Chrome OS engineering teams as well. Hiroshi Lockheimer will oversee both...

Another exec to pull double duty

Here's the perfect typewriter to celebrate nearly 20 years of Comic Sans

Ross Miller October 17, 2014 01:25 pm22 hours ago 12

The origins of Comic Sans date back to October 1994, when Microsoft designer Vincent Connare set out to create a font inspired by the lettering style found in The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. Though...

It's called the "Sincerity Machine"

Amazon's same-day grocery delivery service launches in New York

Jacob Kastrenakes October 17, 2014 01:23 pm22 hours ago 13

Amazon is beginning to launch its same-day grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh, in New York, with service to one Brooklyn neighborhood starting today. Recode reports that the service will begin in Park...

As though anyone will leave the food coop

The beautiful skyward action of the Red Bull Air Race in photos

Sean O'Kane October 17, 2014 12:19 pm23 hours ago 2

I grew up around an open-wheel racing community, so I was looking forward to my time with the Red Bull Air Race. I was extremely curious to see how it compared to the race fans I know and the earthbound...

Facebook is actively trawling the dark web for stolen passwords

Russell Brandom October 17, 2014 12:15 pm23 hours ago 21

As Dropbox learned earlier this week, password dumps are a regular occurrence on today's web. Thanks to duplicated passwords and security breaches across the web, just securing a company's servers isn't...

Reusing passwords is still a very bad idea

'The New York Times' wants you to help decode ads from the age of Don Draper

Carl Franzen October 17, 2014 11:56 am24 hours ago 13

If Mad Men has taught us anything —aside from the fact that the blatant sexism and racism of postwar America hasn't improved very much with time— it's that the 1960s were a golden age of advertising. Back...

"That's what the money is for!" Don Draper in 'Mad Men' season 4, episode 7: 'The Suitcase'

Google rolling out new Search update to downrank 'most notorious' pirate sites

Adi Robertson October 17, 2014 11:55 am24 hours ago 47

Google and the copyright lobby have been, to some extent, enemies for years — they probably will be as long as Google is an index for the web and the web contains pirated media. But as the company's grown...

New copyright report promises changes

9 trailers you should watch this week

Jacob Kastrenakes October 17, 2014 11:25 am10.17.2014 13

This is a good weekend for movies. Birdman, Dear White People, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya are all opening and are all worth your time, so choose wisely. As for what else you'll be spending your time...

'The Hunger Games,' Chris Rock's 'Top Five,' and Disney's 'Feast'

This MasterCard with a built-in fingerprint sensor is coming in 2015

Chris Welch October 17, 2014 11:22 am10.17.2014 34

MasterCard has announced the world's first contactless payment card that uses your fingerprint to authenticate payments. It's partnered with Zwipe, the company behind this biometric technology, on a card...

More secure than chip and PIN

White House will name Ron Klain as 'Ebola Czar'

Arielle Duhaime-Ross October 17, 2014 11:13 am10.17.2014 19

The Obama administration will name Ron Klain as "Ebola Czar," reports CNN. Klain, a former White House official and general counsel of Revolution, an investment group, will be responsible for coordinating...

"It may be appropriate for me to appoint an additional person." Obama, US President

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available for pre-order

Colin Lecher October 17, 2014 11:05 am10.17.2014 37

Following yesterday's iPad event, Apple has, as promised, placed the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 up for pre-order in the Apple Store. They'll begin shipping next week.

The Air 2, the company's thinnest...

Ships next week

Former Google attorney Michelle Lee nominated to run US patent office

Jacob Kastrenakes October 17, 2014 10:17 am10.17.2014 18

Former Google patent chief Michelle Lee has been nominated by President Obama to run the US Patent and Trademark Office, potentially placing a tech-industry leader in a key position as the government...

Lee joined the USPTO two years ago

Samsung's Chromebook 2 can now be purchased with Intel inside for $250

Chris Welch October 17, 2014 09:00 am10.17.2014 34

When Samsung released its Chromebook 2 earlier this year, it shipped with the company's own Exynos 5 Octa chipset. And you can still buy those 11.6 and 13-inch models — though better Chromebooks exist....

Same fake stitching, new processor

This Tumblr has discovered the dark secret of the J. Crew catalog

Casey Newton October 17, 2014 09:00 am10.17.2014 22

Ever notice how drunk the models for J. Crew are? That's the premise of Drunk J. Crew, an anonymously run Tumblr that makes a convincing case in the affirmative. Over its first 10 posts, the site has...

"Also, Shelly is crying in there." Drunk J. Crew

Windows 10: the top 10 most requested features

Tom Warren October 17, 2014 07:50 am10.17.2014 216

Microsoft is currently soliciting feedback for Windows 10 as part of a Technical Preview program to improve the features of the company’s next version of Windows. While testers are voting on a variety of...

Microsoft wants feedback and it's getting it

Twitpic changes course yet again, will now be shutting down on October 25th

Nathan Ingraham October 16, 2014 08:19 pm10.16.2014 2

Twitpic, one of the first Twitter image-sharing services, continues to toy with our emotions. A few months ago, the service said it would be shutting down at the end of September, then it said it was g...

Yet another course change for Twitpic — hopefully the last one

Why is Apple's $999 display stuck in 2011?

Josh Lowensohn October 16, 2014 06:11 pm10.16.2014 96

Apple's new iMac with Retina display is very pretty and useful, but in the same places where it's made leaps and bounds, it's also made one of Apple's other pieces of Mac hardware look like a relic, and an...

Stuck in the pixelated past
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