This week saw the debut of some exciting gadgets — a new Moto X, Intel’s latest processor, Google’s wifi router — but the Star Wars BB-8 toy droid stole the show. We reviewed it and found it to be the Best Toy Ever. Here are the highlights from this week.


Ashley Madison Code Shows More Women, and More Bots

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After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week, I reported that there might be roughly 12,000 real women active on Ashley Madison. Now, after looking at the company’s source code, it’s clear that I arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence. Equally clear is new evidence that Ashley Madison created more than 70,000 female bots to send male users millions of fake messages, hoping to create the illusion of a vast playland of available women.

Sphero BB-8 Review: This Is the Coolest Star Wars Toy Ever

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For the past 38 years there hasn’t been a robot more loved by fans than Star Wars’ R2-D2. But that could all soon change when The Force Awakens hits theaters, especially now that anyone can own a tiny working version of the movie’s BB-8 droid that can roll and balance all by itself.

Google’s Logo Killed Serifs Because Serifs Had It Coming

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Google debuted a serif-free logo today—the first real change to its logo since 1999. And although it’s much prettier than the 16-year-old wordmark, the company claimed it was more about functionality than looks: The Google logo has become more and more problematic throughout its existence, and it had everything to do with those serifs.

This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations

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Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spams in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if you want them to be. For the past few years, people across the world have studied calculus for free online, by exploring a set of gorgeous, dynamic animations.

Physicists Discover “Hidden Chaos” Lurking Everywhere

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It appears that the standard tools used to identify chaotic signatures might be missing lots of hidden chaos — especially in systems that seem like they’re not chaotic at all.

Mr. Robot Season Finale: This Is TV’s First Great Cyberpunk Show

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In a previous Mr. Robot recap, I predicted Elliot Alderson will join Don Draper and Walter White as one of the iconic male antiheroes of 21st century TV. After last night’s season one finale, I think Elliot is also on track to becoming the definitive hacker in pop culture history. SPOILERS AHEAD.

Intel’s New Skylake Processors: What You Need To Know

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Stop. Don’t buy that new Windows laptop or tablet. Don’t pull the trigger unless you’re getting a truly amazing deal. Because today, Intel’s launching its latest processor—Skylake—and you may want one in your next PC.

Moto X Pure Edition Review: This Phone Does Android Better Than Google

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When it comes to experiencing Android the way Google intended, you have surprisingly few options. Two, really. Google’s own Nexus smartphone—made by a parade of different hardware partners—and Motorola. The new Moto X Pure Edition is the new unspoiled Android champion. It can do Android even better than Google.

The Moto X’s Camera Is Truly Stunning, But Still Afraid of the Dark

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Every time a new shiny phone is released, the typical claims of how great its camera is are barfed from the mouths of marketing professionals. It’s no different with the new Moto X, whose previous incarnation took disappointing shots. But the new 2015 edition might just deserve a seat alongside other smartphone heavy-hitters.

Donald Trump’s Instagram Attack Ads Are the Future of American Politics

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Donald Trump just posted a new attack ad against Jeb Bush on Instagram. And in typical attack ad form, it takes quotes from Jeb, uses them out of context, and tosses in photos of criminals while spooky music plays in the background. I have seen the future of American politics, and whether it includes a President Trump or not, it’s filled with Instagram attack ads.

Meanwhile in the Future: Endangered Animals Live in Armored Zoos

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Many scientists believe that the Earth is approaching another mass extinction event. Between deforestation, pollution, hunting, and general human encroachment, all sorts of species are at risk of going extinct. In this week’s future, humans give up on saving species where they live and instead put them in armored zoos.

The Steve Jobs Documentary Apple Doesn’t Want You to See

Remember when Steve Jobs abandoned his daughter and refused to pay child support despite being worth millions of dollars?

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