It was the mid-’80s, and Freddy Krueger was having an identity crisis. The recent A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge had performed well in theaters, but the sequel to the smart, wickedly funny original had irked fans by slashing away narrative logic in favor of a few gruesome kills. The future of the franchise was unclear: Was Freddy just another rando big-screen stalker? Or was there still a hint of life left in the character? After Freddy’s Revenge, it was impossible to know. The film had been “a great disappointment,” Nightmare producer Rachel Talalay noted in a 2010 documentary. “There was a huge amount riding on what to do with Nightmare 3.” When that follow-up finally arrived, it took the form of 1987’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors. The movie wasn’t merely an improvement on its predecessor–it remains, to this day, the most imaginative Elm Street sequel ever made. For those who don’t … [Read more...] about The Singular Joy of the Dumb, Fun Slasher-Movie Threequel
Resurrection of the dead
Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Humans have always looked for tangible ways to remember departed loved ones. We save letters and emails they wrote us. We look fondly at photos of them. We watch and rewatch old videos just to see their faces and hear them talk. But the rise of digital technologies may soon give us even more compelling ways to remember lost friends and family. These include apps that let us text with digital representations of the dead — we’d type a message and then get some sort of comforting reply — and maybe even systems that let us speak with and possibly touch realistic avatars of the ones we miss most. Maybe that sounds creepy, but some experts believe we’ll find comfort in continuing our interactions with people whose biological existences have come to an end. “Many people visit the headstone of a loved one to help come to terms with their passing, and have a one-sided conversation where they think about the memory of … [Read more...] about Will ‘digital resurrections’ let us bring back the dead?
The Note 7 is the punchline to a joke that has been repeated so many times that it's only funny when compared to Amy Schumer's latest special. After two failed launches, Samsung chose to retire the phablet and try and repair whatever reputation it had with better products in the next generation. However, now, there is a “resurrected” Note 7 running amok — Sammy chose to refurbish a bunch of the yet-unburned units, rebrand them as Note Fan Edition, and sell them in the market where it has a steady fandom — South Korea.It seems that the Note FE will be the Note 7's swan song in this world — Samsung has officially announced that it will be green-lighting mission “recycle Note 7”. As a result of the operation, the manufacturer expects to recover 157 tons of rare metals, all of the OLED display panels, memory chips, and camera sensors, and use them for repairs or flat out recycle them.With the amount of smartphones that get manufactured and thrown … [Read more...] about The Lord of Light does not simply resurrect everyone: Samsung to recover tons of rare metals from the dead Note 7
Let's start off the week with some fun with the best new Android and iPhone games so far in July 2015! In our weekly round up of the best new Android and iPhone games we introduce you to everything new and worthy with no limits to the genre, platform, or price. We can't guarantee that you'd love the genre of the game we've picked, but if you do, chances are you'd spend hours playing one of these games.The beautiful new Prune game is the headliner of this week's round-upThe beautiful new Prune game is the headliner of this week's round-up: it's an immersive experience with ever-changing visuals that leaves a mark and is not just another game that you'd forget in a week. The entertaining new Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is a throwback from the good old past bringing dynamic arcade action to your brand new smartphone.Those two are hardly all that's worth talking about this week, and that's why we've summed up all the noteworthy new Android and iPhone games right below. Take a look and … [Read more...] about Best new Android and iPhone games of the week (July 21st
This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary, Motherboard editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to uncover the iPhone’s untold origin. The One Device: The secret history of the iPhone, out on June 20th, traces that journey from Kenyan mines to Chinese factories all the way to One Infinite Loop. The following excerpt has been lightly condensed and edited. If you worked at Apple in the mid-2000s, you might have noticed a strange phenomenon afoot: people were disappearing. It happened slowly at first. One day there’d be an empty chair where a star engineer used to sit. A key member of the team, gone. Nobody could tell you exactly where they went. “I had been hearing rumblings about, well, it was unclear what was being built, but it was clear that a lot of the best engineers from the best teams had been slurped … [Read more...] about The secret origin story of the iPhone