‘Zikr’ brings transcendental Sufi dancing to VR

Director Gabo Arora has spent the last few years promoting virtual reality as the ideal medium for evoking empathy. He spearheaded the UN’s VR app, which featured two of his films, Clouds Over Sidra and My Mothers Wing. Now with Zikr: A Sufi Revival,…

Oculus shows how much VR has evolved at Sundance

Two years into the rise of modern virtual reality, following the launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, the medium might seem seem as if it’s losing a bit of its luster. Headsets are cheaper and easier to use, especially with new Win…

This chat app only works when your phone battery is low

We spend a lot of time trying to eke out a few more minutes from our smart phones. Apple is offering cheap battery replacements and apologizing for iPhone slowdowns, while Android may update to show you which apps drain your battery the most. It’s no…

Netflix orders a weekly show hosted by Joel McHale

Netflix has snagged several former show hosts to head their own programs, from Chelsea Handler to David Letterman. Next on the list is Joel McHale, who notably starred in the priceless sitcom Community but got big helming E! channel’s unscripted pop…

Facebook’s fake war on fake news

It’s hard watching Facebook struggle. Like how for the past two years it’s alternated between looking like it’s doing something about fake news, and actually doing something about fake news.

The company’s latest stab at the problem is saying it will…

Def Leppard albums you might actually listen to are now streaming

The list of streaming holdouts just got shorter. British rock outfit Def Leppard has made its catalog of older albums available on streaming services for the first time. Until now, only the band’s more recent releases were on the likes of Spotify and…

Duncan Jones’ sci-fi movie ‘Mute’ debuts on Netflix February 23rd

Duncan Jones’ next movie won’t be coming to theaters — it’s going straight to streaming. The Moon and Warcraft director has revealed that his long-in-the-making sci-fi film noire, Mute, will premiere on Netflix February 23rd. The movie is set in a f…

With a crazy folding design, Revolve has literally reinvented the wheel

Revolve is a full-size, 26-inch spoked wheel that can be folded to a third of its diameter in a second, allowing it to take up just 60 percent of the space it would in its unfolded state.
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Amazon adds voice control to its Alexa app for Android

Amazon added voice commands to its Music and Shopping apps a while back, but if you wanted to use your phone as an Echo-style speaker, you were out of luck. Now, though, an Alexa app update adds support for Alexa voice interaction on your Andr…

Lockheed’s ‘Son of Blackbird’ spy plane might already be here

The Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird is one of the most recognizable aircraft designs in history. Few other planes have captured the public’s attention and imagination in quite the same way as the SR-71 has since it was declassified in 1990 (nearly 30…