A titanic, bittersweet symphony: 35 pop-culture windows into 1997

Two years after warring electronics companies competing to develop high-capacity CDs declared a truce, their compromise format, the DVD, first went on sale in the U.S. in March of 1997. (Twister, The Mask, GoodFellas, and The Road Warrior were among the first batch of titles.) DVDs didn’t hit major retail chains like…

Cartoonist reimagines Apple’s terms and conditions in the style of famous artists

The “terms and conditions” document that you have to agree to before using iTunes is a dense and endlessly dull piece of work, to the extent that only a very small percentage of the millions of people who have agreed to it have probably actually read it—which, it’s worth pointing out, is probably somewhat on purpose.…

An in-depth appreciation of onscreen video displays, from The Net to today

When a movie needs a video screen, Hollywood turns to people like Todd Aron Marks, a computer video playback supervisor. As part of its Almanac series, Vox talks to Marks about how those screens within screens are a crucial part of the world-building process. Basically, it’s Marks’ job to make sure what’s on those…

This guy lined up every iPhone side by side to perform a speed test

There is something religious or cult-like about the Apple devotees who wait patiently outside stores for the opportunity to buy the company’s latest doodad. But every religion needs its share of skeptics and fact checkers; that’s where the popular YouTube channel EverythingApplePro comes in. In its videos, the channel…

Smartphones can ruin live broadcasts in all kinds of entertaining ways

The tech story of the week is undoubtedly the imminent debut of the headphone-jack-free iPhone 7, introduced during Apple’s annual event in San Francisco. But it was Apple’s first generation iPhone that ushered in the era of the smartphone back in 2007, and the world has found itself unable to look up ever since. Nine…

New York’s Tekserve, a shrine to technology, goes the way of all flesh

People generally don’t repair pieces of technology these days. They replace them. By the time some gadget has broken down or malfunctioned, there’s almost always something better that has come along in the meantime. And technology isn’t as buggy and temperamental as it used to be either. While that’s perhaps good news…

Win an Oscar-nominated movie bundle from Universal, including Steve Jobs

The final balloting process for this year’s Oscars has already begun, so your dreams of becoming an appointed member of the Academy in time to vote Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Picture have already been crushed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up with the rest of this year’s crop of nominees. Thanks to the folks…

The Revenant won a bunch of Golden Globes, raising Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar hopes

Another Golden Globes, another opportunity for the world to gasp in horror as Ricky Gervais says mildly offensive things that are specifically designed to make people gasp in horror and get them talking about the Golden Globes. Did you clutch your pearls when he implied that Donald Trump is racist? Did your monocle…

The best of film 2015: The ballots

Eight writers contributed to The A.V. Club’s list of the best movies of 2015, each ranking their 15 favorites; we used the results of that poll to create an aggregate, mostly mathematical rundown of the year’s finest films. So if you’re wondering who to blame for the exclusion of that masterpiece you adored or the…

Do you have to like Aaron Sorkin to like Steve Jobs?

A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are split on Steve Jobs, the Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic of the Apple icon that’s expanding into wide release this week. Returning again to Farmhouse Tavern, the A.V. Club’s film critics also find time discuss two visually sumptuous movies that opened in theaters…

The tension between Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle drives Steve Jobs

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It’s a scene straight from the Aaron Sorkin playbook: A prickly, smartass genius man explains to a naïve female subordinate how coincidences work—and specifically, how a coincidence is responsible for the genius’ computer project sharing her name. Only in this case, the man performing the calmly rational condescension…

Steve Jobs’ widow called up actors and asked them not to play her husband

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of late Apple founder Steve Jobs, apparently devoted a great deal of time and energy to obstructing Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s biopic about her husband—up to and including calling potential stars and urging them not to play him in the film. According to a Hollywood Reporter profile on…

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