Apple’s HomePod will be available in China on Friday

Apple’s HomePod will be available in China on Friday

In December, Apple said that it would begin selling its HomePod smart speaker in China “early next year.” Today, the company revealed that the device will go on sale in China and in Hong Kong on Friday, January 18th. The company began selling the HomePod a year ago in the US, and has since rolled it out to various countries in Europe. As my colleague Shannon Liao noted back in December, the HomePod has a…

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Watch a Chinese probe land on the far side of the Moon

Watch a Chinese probe land on the far side of the Moon

On January 2nd, China became the first country to land a spacecraft on the Moon’s far side (not the dark side) when its Chang’e-4 probe gently touched down the surface. Now, China’s space agency has released footage of the landing. The short video shows the robotic lander flying over the surface of the moon before abruptly tilting to descend (hovering at one point), before safely touching down in its new home, the Von Kármán crater….

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Why thousands of Los Angeles teachers are going on strike

Why thousands of Los Angeles teachers are going on strike

The second-largest school district in the country joins a growing national movement for better school funding and higher teacher pay. Monday morning, tens of thousands of Los Angeles educators will leave their classrooms and go on strike, throwing the weight of the country’s second-largest school district behind a growing national movement for better school funding and higher teacher pay. The strike comes after months of fruitless contract negotiations between the teacher’s union and the Los…

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California standoff ends after police use robot to deliver vape pen to suspect

California standoff ends after police use robot to deliver vape pen to suspect

An hours-long standoff in Novato, California came to a peaceful end yesterday when police officers used a police robot to deliver a vape pen to the suspect, who had threatened to burn down a gas station, reports the Sacramento Bee and Marin Independent Journal (via Gizmodo). The incident occurred on Saturday morning when the suspect, Juan Roman, became upset with a gas station manager over an issue with the pump. After arguing with employees, he…

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Final season premieres are surprisingly important. You’re the Worst has a great one.

Final season premieres are surprisingly important. You’re the Worst has a great one.

The FXX anti-rom-com satirizes ’90s tropes in its final season premiere. But it loves those tropes too. Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will always be interesting. You can read the archives here. The episode of the week for January 6 through January 12 is “The Intransigence of Love,” the fifth season premiere of FXX’s You’re the Worst. There’s an unheralded type…

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This beautiful short Star Wars fan film brings Hamlet to a galaxy far, far away

This beautiful short Star Wars fan film brings Hamlet to a galaxy far, far away

The works of William Shakespeare are incredibly versatile, especially when it comes to science fiction and fantasy. They’ve been translated into Klingon, been reinterpreted as science fiction films and novels, and even been used as a way to reinterpret the Star Wars franchise. A new Star Wars fan film takes one of the playwright’s most famous monologues as a devastating inspiration. Directed by Quebec-based director Maxime-Claude L’Écuyer, Squad Leader TD-73028 Soliloquy (spotted by io9) follows…

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