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‘Doctor Who’ recap: ‘Dark Water’

“You know who I am…”

For this season of Doctor Who, Ross Miller and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we’ll be publishing on the site. This week it’s “Dark Water” (warning: spoilers ahead). Check out our previous recaps: “Deep Breath,” “Into the Dalek,” “Robots of Sherwood,” “Listen,” “Time Heist,” “The Caretaker,” “Kill the Moon,” “Mummy on the Orient Express,” “Flatline,” and “In the Forest of the Night.”


Kwame: Looks like I get to start this week. I’m excited! In any case, this episode started off feeling fairly weak but wound up getting much stronger albeit much weirder by the end of the hour. This is Who going off the deep end with regard to its exploring darker themes by pretty much…

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The Internet Arcade puts 900 classic games right in your web browser

The weekend’s winding down, and sure, you could flip on your PlayStation or Xbox and play a few mindless rounds of Call of Duty, but why don’t you spin up a real classic instead? Thanks to the new Internet Arcade, an astounding 900 coin-operated arcade games from the ‘70s and ‘80s are free to play right in your browser. The software is hosted by the Internet Archive as part of its quest to preserve computer history, and it’s a followup to last year’s classic console emulator.

The Internet Arcade is the culmination of some impressive coding effort by one Jason Scott and the team behind the multi-platform JSMESS (JavaScript Mess) emulator. The result is something to behold — sure, not every game is easy to play with a keyboard, and bugs…

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Intel paying up after allegedly ‘manipulating’ benchmarks 15 years ago

Once upon a time, Intel’s processors didn’t dominate AMD. In fact, AMD’s Athlon processors were mighty competitive, enough so that Intel allegedly “manipulated” its Pentium 4 benchmark scores in the early 2000s to mask the performance gap. Intel denies those claims, but nevertheless, you’re probably feeling pretty taken advantage of right now.

Thankfully there’s some good news: Intel might pay you a hefty $15 for your suffering anyways. That’s about an entire dollar per year for having to live with a Pentium 4 computer. A new class action lawsuit is now accepting claims from consumers like you who purchased a Pentium 4 PC in the US between November 20th, 2000 and June 30th, 2002. And don’t worry about digging up a receipt — it’s not…

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Third-party app extensions are about to make Outlook.com a lot more powerful

Microsoft is opening up Office to developers unlike ever before. Earlier this year, the software company announced plans to bring third-party apps to Office 365, and now that program is being extended to Outlook.com. A new suite of APIs will give developers tools to hook into Microsoft’s webmail service and add features to everything from the calendar to the compose screen and contacts. While we won’t see the fruit of this effort for some time — the apps will first launch next spring — the program holds some exciting promise. Developers could come up with some truly useful apps that plug into not only Outlook.com, but also the rest of the Office 365 suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. And these apps will work cross-platform,…

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