Star Trek

  • Reverse-engineering the universal translator Crunch Network

    Reverse-engineering the universal translator

    Cinema critics keep raving about Arrival, a sci-fi drama focusing on one linguist’s attempts to decipher an alien language. Star Trek recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. As a language geek and a sci-fi fan, I felt it only logical to look into the feasibility of the universal translator, the device used by the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Read More

  • ‘For the Love of Spock’ pays tribute to Star Trek’s logical heart

    ‘For the Love of Spock’ pays tribute to Star Trek’s logical heart

    No one person can take sole credit for Star Trek’s success, not even creator Gene Roddenberry. But Leonard Nimoy could make a pretty strong claim to being the franchise’s heart, or at least its face to the outside world, having portrayed Trek’s most iconic character on the original show, plus the animated series and six feature films. And that’s before his appearance… Read More

  • Facebook boldly emojis where no emojis have emoji’d before

    Facebook boldly emojis where no emojis have emoji’d before

    it’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, counting from the airing of the first episode of the original 1966 Star Trek series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Facebook is marking the occasion, in a few different ways. First, there’s a personalized greeting appearing atop News Feeds of users who’ve liked or otherwise interacted with Star Trek or sci-fi content on FB… Read More

  • ‘Star Trek Beyond’ points the 50-year-old franchise back at the stars

    ‘Star Trek Beyond’ points the 50-year-old franchise back at the stars

    Let’s start with the obvious: Star Trek Beyond is a pretty good movie, but it doesn’t quite make it into the top tier of Trek films like The Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country and First Contact. Beyond, which opens today, starts with the crew of the Enterprise in the middle of its five-year, deep space mission. This is exactly what Captain James T. Kirk (played by Chris… Read More

  • Ubisoft is bringing Star Trek to VR this fall

    Ubisoft is bringing Star Trek to VR this fall

    Well, this just rocketed to the top of our list of most eagerly anticipated VR games in warp speed. At its big pre-E3 press conference, Ubisoft unveiled Star Trek: Bridge Crew, a new title set to arrive on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR this fall. The title was unveiled courtesy of a trailer featuring Trek vets Levar Burton, Jeri Ryan and Karl Urban playing the game together… Read More

  • CBS Will Launch A New “Star Trek” TV Series On Its Streaming Service, Not Network TV

    CBS Will Launch A New “Star Trek” TV Series On Its Streaming Service, Not Network TV

    CBS’s own over-the-top streaming service aimed at cord cutters has largely flown under the radar in comparison with more popular competitors like Netflix and Hulu. But now the network is hoping to change that, with the announcement that it will launch a brand-new “Star Trek” TV show exclusively on CBS All Access, the company’s on-demand streaming service. The… Read More

  • Google Launches First Beta Of Its Zync Visual Effects Renderer On Google Cloud Platform

    Google Launches First Beta Of Its Zync Visual Effects Renderer On Google Cloud Platform

    Google, the largest subsidiary corporation of Alphabet, wants movie studios to use its cloud to render their special effects. Last August, Google acquired Zync, a visual effects rendering service that allows studios and independent artists to render their works in the cloud. Today, the company announced that it will open up the first beta of Zync on its Cloud Platform next week on August 20. Read More

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