Entertainment 

Jack Reacher creator Lee Child shares his thoughts on writing while working on 23rd novel

GETTY Lee Child shares how he hopes to allow readers an escape from messy world events His Jack Reacher novels, along with The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, have topped bestseller lists, while TV crime dramas attract huge viewing figures. Child says the depressing nature of world affairs, culminating in Donald Trump becoming US President in January, has inspired writers to become more creative. In doing so they have given readers a break from reality into a safe world where they know…

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Technology 

This Brooklyn brownstone brims with beautiful music, art – CNET

Meet Ivan Ivan’s living room A closeted audio system Luxman SQ-38u amplifier VPI Classic turntable VPI HW-17i record cleaning machine DeVore Fidelity Gibbon 3XL speakers The kitchen sound system World music Singalodeon double cassette player Arcam FMJ Blu-ray player Epson EMP TW720 projector A print by Eugenio Dittborn Quinto Totem speaker Quinto Beta integrated amplifier Ivan with a Korg microKorg keyboard Fibes drum set The party music system Tascam Portastudio 424 More LPs Time to go Prev Next Next Ivan, an artist and record company owner, gives us a tour…

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Science 

How Elon Musk’s Mars-Focused Moon Base Will Look: ‘Future Needs to Inspire’

The SpaceX founder has big plans for the future. More President Donald Trump wants to send humans to Mars, and Elon Musk thinks that’s a great idea. The SpaceX CEO and founder has voiced his support for the idea of returning to the moon, stating that humanity really ought to have a base of operations there. “It is high time that humanity went beyond Earth,” he said on his Twitter page Wednesday. “Should have a moon base by now and sent astronauts to Mars. The future needs to inspire.” Musk…

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Science 

Rise of the machines: Super intelligent robots could ‘spell the end of the human race’

GETTY Stephen Hawking warned AI could spell the end of humanity Artificial intelligence is beginning to transform society, from babysitting children to self-driving cars. But, many scientists, including Professor Stephen Hawking, argue it may only be a matter of time before they gain consciousness and destroy mankind like something out of science fiction. Professor Hawking said: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Robots could soon be weaponised and some people have advocated the advancement, arguing it could save lives. Related articles But,…

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Top Stories World 

5 ‘Star Wars’ technologies that won’t be make-believe much longer

As the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga hits theaters this week, audiences will once again journey into a futuristic world of spaceships, humanoid robots, and laser weapons. But some of the make-believe technology seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and its predecessors is a lot closer to reality than you might think. Maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise. “A lot of times science fiction inspires great science,” says Jeanne Cavelos, a former NASA astrophysicist and the author of “The Science of Star Wars.” Maybe faster-than-light-speed travel…

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Gaming 

Nintendo Switch games news confirms retail launch as fans get new PS4, Xbox One port

Psyonix have now revealed when Rocket League on Switch will be launching in stores. Rocket League Collector’s Edition for the Nintendo Switch games list will be arriving in North America on Jan. 16, although there will be a delay for UK players. According to the latest information, fans across the pond will be waiting until January 26 for their chance to nab a physical copy. This version of the game will be priced at €39.99 / £34.99 and will contain the following content: Rocket League Full Game Supersonic Fury DLC…

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Top Stories World 

5 ‘Star Wars’ technologies now moving from make-believe to reality

As the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga hits theaters this week, audiences will once again journey into a futuristic world of spaceships, humanoid robots, and laser weapons. But some of the make-believe technology seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and its predecessors is a lot closer to reality than you might think. Maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise. “A lot of times science fiction inspires great science,” says Jeanne Cavelos, a former NASA astrophysicist and the author of “The Science of Star Wars.” Maybe faster-than-light-speed travel…

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How To 

5 fun things you can do with Google Home for Christmas – CNET

With Christmas right around the corner, your house is likely decorated from wall to wall and filled with all the Christmas smells. But with the help of your Google Home ($129.00 at Dell Home) speaker, you can help capture the spirit even better this year. Here are five fun things you can do with Google Home this Christmas season. Play Christmas tunes One of the most obvious things you can do with Google Home this Christmas is play your favorite Christmas tunes. With a Google Home speaker, you’re able to…

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Technology 

Harry Potter chapter written by bots is magically terrible – CNET

Is there a spell that can write more Harry Potter books that aren’t robotic-sounding? Warner Bros J.K. Rowling, you’re in no danger of being replaced any time soon. The bright Muggles at Botnik Studios trained predictive keyboards (one for narration, one for dialogue) on all seven Harry Potter books and produced a brand-new chapter about the young wizard. And great sizzling dragon bogies, is it awful. “Our web keyboard app analyzes text files and offers the most common word sequences as suggestions to the human user, to help them write…

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Entertainment 

The Moody Blues inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Dire Straits, Bon Jovi and The Cars will also be inducted along with jazz singer Nina Simone and the “godmother of rock ’n’ roll” Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The six acts were chosen from 19 nominees that included Radiohead, who had been tipped to enter the hall of fame in their first year of eligibility. Hayward said: “It’s a privilege to be celebrated in the same building as my own heroes – Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers – and with my heroine Nina Simone. “I’m extremely grateful to the Rock…

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