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  • ‘Saul’ better than any ‘Breaking Bad’ fan could have imagined Mar 6, 2015 6:00 AM
    In five short weeks, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” already has established itself as one of the best shows on television. If it's a rousing success, what other improbable spinoffs await us?

  • Inside Tumblr's teen suicide epidemic Mar 1, 2015 12:19 PM
    In the past two months, at least three transgender teenagers have committed or attempted suicide after scheduling suicide notes on the blog platform Tumblr. Public health experts fear that the spread of the notes -- and their attendant memes, photo collages, and highly idealized portraits -- could actually present a very warped, romanticized narrative on suicide to the exact group of kids who need to hear the opposite.

  • Reddit’s new privacy policy bans sharing nude images without consent Mar 1, 2015 7:00 AM
    Reddit, the site that just last fall hosted a trove of stolen nude images of celebrities in its forums, banned “involuntary pornography” from its site on Tuesday in an update to its privacy policy, which goes into effect in early March.

  • Love a man in uniform? Online dating scammers hope so Feb 28, 2015 7:32 AM
    Despite being happily married for 13 years, Ray Chandler is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. Single women can find him on the dating site, where he confesses to being “Very new to this dating thing and am looking to see where this takes me.” He is on Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook. Literally hundreds of dating profiles and social media accounts are illustrated with photographs of the same handsome salt-and-pepper-haired military man.

  • Tinder tested by Millennials who won’t pay for dating apps Feb 28, 2015 7:41 AM
    Paul Eggler has three free dating apps on his smartphone and hasn’t found a partner yet. Even so, the 28-year-old, who is pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at Washington University in St. Louis, isn’t willing to pay for more features or a premium matchmaking service that might give him a better chance.“Why spend 20 bucks a month when the free ones are pretty good?” Eggler said.

  • Leonard Nimoy’s work will live forever — where you can see it Feb 27, 2015 7:47 PM
    Mr. Spock died in 1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” but that didn’t deter Leonard Nimoy, who, thanks to the powers of Dr. Carol Marcus’ Genesis Planet, went on to play the beloved Vulcan science officer in six more “Trek” movies and two episodes of television. Nimoy himself died Friday at the age of 83. His work as Spock, a director, a photographer, a writer and, yes, even a singer, will live forever.

  • Pac-Man-themed restaurant opens at Woodfield Feb 24, 2015 10:02 PM
    On the verge of his 35th birthday, Pac-Man has a new home at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Level 257, Wood Dale-based Namco Entertainment Inc.'s prototype restaurant and entertainment center themed after the iconic video game, has finally opened after months of anticipation.

  • YouTube at 10: How an online video site ate the pop culture machine Feb 21, 2015 7:43 AM
    The massive video-sharing site turned 10 years old Saturday, which almost passes for old age on the Internet. And yet, for much of its history, YouTube was the upstart, the disrupter, the 12-year-old kid just revving to conquer the pop culture machine.

  • More best-picture nominees come home Feb 20, 2015 6:00 AM
    Two movies expected to loom large over Sunday's Academy Awards telecast on ABC are now available for purchase and rental. “The Theory of Everything” and “Birdman” are both nominated for best picture, and their stars are considered the front-runners for the best actor prize. Both films can be seen today on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD — not to mention many suburban movie theaters.

  • Naperville might offer Craigslist buyers, sellers safe place to meet Feb 18, 2015 4:36 PM
    Naperville soon may create a “Craigslist safe zone” similar to those popping up at police stations across the nation as law enforcement agencies offer space and a watchful eye to protect buyers and sellers using the online marketplace. Such safe zones have been established by police departments in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kansas, and now Naperville is considering one after a city council member brought the idea to police Chief Robert Marshall.

  • Grim Fandango Remastered: A witty but tedious classic Feb 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Since it was originally released in 1998, a consensus has hung around “Grim Fandango” in the gaming community, such that it’s tempting to connect the word “classic” with it even if you had never touched it. So it was that I welcomed the announcement at Sony’s E3 press conference last year that the comedic noir would be spruced up for current technology. The update features hi-res assets, revamped lightning and a score performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

  • ‘Bosch’ another doleful detective, but this one just might have a case Feb 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Like all detectives of his literary ilk, Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch isn’t easy to warm up to. Brought to life from the pages of Michael Connelly’s crime novels, this Los Angeles homicide detective is now the center of “Bosch,” a slow but steady 10-episode drama from Amazon that began streaming Friday. Titus Welliver stars as Bosch, who is facing a civil suit stemming from the night he shot and killed an unarmed suspect.

  • Will Arnett talks new Xbox show, celebrity gaming pals Feb 15, 2015 7:15 AM
    Despite a recognizably raspy voice that’s been featured in everything from “The Lego Movie” to GMC truck commercials, self-professed video gamer Will Arnett hasn’t been identified while chatting with other players online, nor has he taken the opportunity to put trash-talkers in their place. Arnett is producing the new streaming series “Game Chat,” which features him playing games like “Evolve” and “FIFA” alongside comedian hosts Peter Giles and Dennis Gubbins in several installments. The show debuted Wednesday, and subsequent episodes will launch every other week on Xbox Live and YouTube.

  • The case of the Facebook page that posts the same thing every day Feb 14, 2015 7:42 AM
    Once a day, every day since Aug. 21, some fan with a weird sense of humor has posted the exact same photo of Italian pop singer Toto Cutugno to Facebook. It’s not a new schtick, exactly: There is also a Facebook (and a Twitter, and a Tumblr blog) dedicated to a single photo of actor Dave Coulier. The amazing and unusual thing about this page, however, is that people really like it. A lot of people. Almost 50,000 people. And without fail -- once a day, every day -- the exact same unsmiling, heavy-browed photo of Cutugno gets approximately 1,500 of those little thumbs-ups, and a whole lot of bizarre comments. “It seems a little bit more somber to me today.” “The jacket was ironed better yesterday.” There are even pages about the page about Cutugno’s picture: One, called “I like posting the same photo of Toto Cutugno every day,” publishes regular, bizarre meditations on Cugno and his picture. Another, called “the same comment on the same photo of Toto Cutugno every day,” trades in weird Photoshops of the famed image. (No word as to whether that page’s creator actually posts the same comment on the same photo every day -- we’re not going down that rabbithole.) The whole thing is so bizarre and so surreal, in fact, that it attracted the attention of researchers at Italy’s IUSS Institute for Advanced Study, who saw more than an impenetrable in-joke in all those identical photos. For one thing, they noted, it’s highly unusual to have a page that posts the same thing every day. And it’s even more unusual that a novelty page of that type should attract such a large and varied following. To them, “The same photo of Toto Cutugno every day” represented an excellent opportunity to study how the actual content of a Facebook post influences its spread -- as opposed to the workings of the News Feed algorithm, the consumption patterns of groups of friends, or other things we generally associate with virality on the world’s largest social network. As it turns out, content has a lot to do with it: Pages with “heterogenous” content tend to see wildly varying numbers of likes and comments on their posts. But Toto Cutugno, which only posts one thing, is constant: 1,500 likes, 40-odd comments. Ogni giorno lo stesso -- every day the same. That’s important, says Alessandro Bessi, one of the authors of the study, because it could help researchers model how urban legends, conspiracies and hoaxes perpetuate on Facebook. In fact, that’s Bessi’s main subject of research: He’s interested in how misinformation spreads online. There’s plenty more research to do on that score, of course. But Bessi and colleagues may soon have more material to study. Since the Toto Cutugno page became popular in Italy, a number of (literal) copy cats have sprung up -- like the adorable “every day the same kitty.” “This page is madness,” one man wrote. “I like it.” Indeed. • Dewey writes The Post’s The Intersect web channel covering digital and Internet culture.

  • Why you should see 'Fifty Shades' in a packed theater Feb 16, 2015 2:53 PM
    My lovely girlfriend and I will be among the many couples seeing “Fifty Shades of Grey” this weekend, and I approach the outing with much anticipation — not because I think it will be a good movie, but because I can't think of an analogous communal experience from my lifetime. What is it like, watching a steamy, silly, sadomasochistic movie with hundreds of other people?

  • Constable: Clowns, farmers among online Valentine’s dating options Feb 10, 2015 8:00 AM
    There's still time to find the perfect date for Valentine's Day if you are willing to wade through the plethora of online dating services. And if you'd rather date a clown, well there's a dating service for that, too.

  • FCC chair proposes strict net-neutrality rules Feb 8, 2015 7:34 AM
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that by placing broadband Internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon Wireless under a stricter regulatory framework, the government would ensure an open Internet for consumers. Under the new regime, broadband providers would be explicitly banned from blocking content or creating fast lanes for Web services that can pay for preferential treatment in American homes.

  • There is no better illustration of smartphone addiction than this app Feb 7, 2015 7:43 AM
    Welp, so, this is what we’ve come to: We now need to use apps ... to control our app use. Pocket Points, a recent-ish invention by students at California’s Chico State, shot up Apple’s trending chart on Tuesday as millions of college students anointed it the hot new thing. The app’s premise is pretty simple: Just show up to class, lock your phone, and earn points redeemable at local businesses. Because if a lifetime of crushing student loan debt wasn’t reason enough to pay attention in class, Pocket Points provides another incentive: free snacks! “You guys rock!!” tweeted one student at Penn State, where the app launched two weeks ago. (Current in-state tuition: $34,000/year.) “Couldn’t imagine going to class without this app.” Pocket Points, which started at Chico State in September, has since expanded, per the company’s Twitter account, to the Universities of Michigan, Arizona and Colorado-Boulder, San Diego, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While it’s unclear exactly how many students use the app, it already had 3,000 users at Chico State within weeks of launch. In fact, Twitter is now crowded with the cries of deprived students, begging the app to come to their campus next: What about Austin! What about high school! What incentives do we have to pay attention in class?! In all seriousness, though, this type of “productivity” app -- Silicon Valley speak for apps that address app addiction -- is really a booming field. Moment will track how much time you spend on your phone every day, even enforcing screen-free periods like a “family dinner time.” Pause invites users to “compete” over who can keep airplane mode on the longest. Checky logs how many times you unlock your phone, and then (oddly?) encourages you to tweet it. An app specifically for college classrooms -- where, by all accounts, smartphones have become a scourge -- is only the next logical step. “I find it ridiculous that it takes an app to get students paying attention in class,” wrote one college editorialist soon after the app launched. “(But) ‘Pocket Points’ is actually a really good idea and has the potential to be successful.” You heard it here first, you guys. Big in 2015: technology that makes you use technology less. • Dewey writes The Post’s The Intersect web channel covering digital and Internet culture.

  • Review: 4 different ways to rate potential dates Feb 7, 2015 7:31 AM
    You may be tired of the old standbys such as Match, OKCupid or Tinder, but the popularity of those services makes it more likely to find a variety of people there. It can be daunting to weed through thousands of profiles on the big sites. But on smaller networks you may find the fish you threw back returning to you again and again. With that in mind, here are alternatives to the more popular dating apps — and their pros and cons.

  • The political potential of Instagram Feb 7, 2015 7:35 AM
    Twitter and Facebook are old news; Instagram is where it’s at. And that matters, politically speaking. While much of the political world and official Washington converses on Twitter and the Obama campaign in 2012 revolutionized how Facebook is used in campaigns, neither is as ascendant as Instagram.

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