Metal Gear Solid V is the best cardboard box simulator on the market

Anyone who is even slightly familiar with international espionage knows that a cardboard box is an indispensable tool in any spy’s inventory. For some reason, though, many video games ignore this, but not Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain. As YouTube videos of the recently released game have shown, you may as well just ignore The Phantom Pain‘s typically labyrinthine plot and just have fun mucking about in a box. You can try popping out of the box, watch your box gradually deform in the rain, or just find the nearest hill and go box tobogganing. As with previous Metal Gear titles you can, of course, use the box as an infiltration tool, sneaking past enemies in it or confusing them by putting pictures of saluting soldiers or bikini-clad…

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Author: James Vincent

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Canon makes a 250-megapixel image sensor

The megapixel wars broke out on a new front today as Japanese camera giant Canon announced a head-spinning new sensor. The roughly 250-megapixel (19,580 x 12,600) APS-H CMOS sensor sets a world record for resolution in its size, according to a Canon release, and is said to be able to distinguish lettering on the side of an airplane from 18 km away. APS-H is a sensor size bigger than APS-C but smaller than full-frame, and is primarily used on Canon’s legacy EOS-1D line of DSLRs.

The sensor has a fast signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels a second, and Canon says it has good noise performance despite the pixel count. Beside photos, the sensor can be used to capture incredibly high-resolution video  — about 30 times sharper than 4K —…

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Author: Sam Byford

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After delays, SpaceX's massive Falcon Heavy rocket set to launch in spring 2016

SpaceX’s super sized Falcon Heavy rocket has a new launch date: spring 2016. That’s according to remarks given by Lee Rosen, SpaceX’s vice president of mission and launch operations, at a conference in Pasadena this week. Space News reports the executive as saying, “It’s going to be a great day when we launch [the Falcon Heavy], some time in the late April – early May timeframe.”

We’ve been hearing about the Falcon Heavy for some time, but it has seen its share of delays. It will be the world’s most powerful operational rocket, capable of launching 115,000 pounds (53,000 kg) into low-Earth orbit. In history, it only comes short of the Saturn V rocket, which powered NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon. SpaceX originally promised to launch…

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Author: Dante D’Orazio

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It’s simple: Idris Elba has the James Bond look

You wanna know why Idris Elba would make the perfect James Bond? It’s not the acting chops or the iconic roles. It’s not the Golden Globe or magazine covers. It’s not his being painfully aware of the effect he has on women. It’s the look. He has the look of a suave gentleman, one who could go from holding a gin martini (shaken, not stirred) to a Walther PPK with ease. One who could coolly kill for Queen and country without a second thought. That’s the essence of James Bond.

Bond author Anthony Horowitz said his piece earlier this week, suggesting that Elba wasn’t quite right for the role. He was wrong. But rather than dredge all that up again, we thought we’d show you. The Verge director Hadaya Turner created this short video that shows…

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Author: Kwame Opam

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LG’s $1,200 Urbane Luxe covers short-lived technology in timeless gold

I find that luxury watches can be polarizing objects. People tend to think they’re either extravagant and a waste of money, or a testament to traditional craftsmanship and an investment for the future. Slotting the LG Urbane Luxe into either category is difficult. Made in collaboration with US jewelers Reeds, the Luxe is functionally identical to the regular Urbane, but comes encased in a layer of 23-karat gold with an alligator leather strap. With all that gold you might claim it’s an investment, but with smartwatches still an evolving form factor, it’s certainly not the sort of object you’d pass down for generations.

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Author: James Vincent

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It will take a year for New Horizons to send all of its Pluto data back to Earth

It’s hard to get a good internet connection on the outskirts of our solar system. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has just started its “intensive downlinking” phase, a process that will ultimately send home all of the data recorded during the craft’s Pluto flyby back in July. NASA says there’s “tens” of gigabytes of data on board, and it will take an entire year to transmit the information across the solar system.

That’s because New Horizons can only send data at around 1–4 kilobytes per second. And even though radio waves travel at the speed of light, it takes four and a half hours for a signal to traverse the 3 billion miles between the craft and Earth, according to NASA. If you were trying to browse the web with that kind of…

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Author: Dante D’Orazio

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Should you hope your child never has to drive a car?

In its most recent monthly self-driving car report, Google notes that it hasn’t set a timeline for rolling autonomous vehicles out to the public in any real way — there are still plenty of kinks to iron out — but it does say that “project lead Chris Urmson’s goal is to make sure his 11-year-old son doesn’t need to get a driver’s license.” Presumably, that means that Urmson would like to see these cars have a real impact within five years, when his son is 16.

You can debate the realism of putting fully autonomous cars in actual customers’ hands by 2020 — that seems optimistic, considering the regulatory hurdles and technological challenges that remain — but there’s another issue at hand: what about this parent’s hope that his child never…

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Author: Chris Ziegler

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The Verge Review of Animals: the great-tailed grackle

I am familiar with worthy urban devil birds and the people they live to cause grief. For the past decade, I’ve been on the receiving end of New Yorkers’ gripes about the common pigeon (or the “rock dove” if the complainer felt poetic). “Rats are bad,” a friend once told me, “but at least rats don’t have wings.” Pigeons are pesky and they smell; they sap morale, I’ve been told. I’ve admittedly filed my own share of grievances, also: too loud, too ugly, too quick to shit. They wear you down, day by day. In my decade in the city, I saw not one, not two, but no less than three fights instigated by some wise guy littering the street with shredded white bread, as if conceding the turf to the poo-leaking, dead-eyed bird.

So please trust me…

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Author: Chris Plante

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