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Former Google and Instagram engineers got millions to take TV into the future — here's what it looks like

Dreams is a new company that's reformatting TV for smartphones. It got $5 million from investors including Box Group, NEA, SV Angel, and Ronny Conway's A Capital Ventures. It's made watching TV on your smartphone an intuitive experience by reformatting it to fit a mobile frame.

When you first enter the spare, airy office of Dreams, a new media startup, the first thing you notice is a mid-sized television that's been turned on its side. Propped upright against a wall, the TV plays shows that have been reformatted to fit its new vertical orientation.

There's something about this setup that's deeply disorienting: After all, it's the opposite of just about every other TV you've encountered in your life. It looks different. It looks weird. It looks like it might come from the future.


Astronaut Chris Hadfield says the rockets from NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin won't take people to Mars

Chris Hadfield, a former astronaut, recently spoke to Business Insider about his new online course on space exploration. When asked the future space vehicles of NASA, SpaceX, and Blue Origin, Hadfield said, "I don't think any of those three rockets is taking people to Mars." Hadfield said we'll need some "outlandish" new space-travel technologies if we want to get to and from Mars practically.

Chris Hadfield, most widely known for his zero-gravity guitar-playing, has seen an impressive amount of space travel.


A new feature in the next iPhone software is going to shock people — it surprised even Apple's CEO (AAPL)

A new feature in the iPhone operating system shows how much time you spend on your phone. You'll be able to download it this fall.  People are going to be shocked about the number of hours per day they spend on their phone.

I've never had a software update cause me to rethink my lifestyle, but the latest version of the iPhone operating system forced me to take a hard look at myself — and my relationship with my iPhone.

And when everyone gets access to iOS 12 this fall, it's going to surprise millions of people. 

Tucked into the updated iPhone settings menu is a new collection of features called Screen Time. It collects data on how many times you use your phone and how many times you pick it up. It also includes statistics on which apps you use most, and how many notifications you receive. 


Mars will come closer to Earth in the coming weeks than it has been in 15 years — here's how to see it

Mars will be at its closest point to our planet in 15 years throughout July, making for some prime nighttime viewing. That's because of a phenomenon called perihelic opposition, in which Earth's and Mars' orbits align, bringing the two planets closer together.  Perihelic opposition only occurs once every 15 to 17 years, so get out there and find the red planet in the sky. 

Mars will look brighter in the night sky over the next six weeks than it has appeared in 15 years.

That's because the red planet will be at its closest point to Earth since 2003 throughout June and July, as our planet passes between Mars and the sun.

On July 31, when Mars will be at its brightest, it'll be 35.8 million miles away from Earth,


How to see exactly which Google Chrome tabs, websites, and extensions are slowing down your computer

It's no secret that Google Chrome is often the culprit behind a slow computer, even if your computer is relatively new. 

Open enough tabs in Chrome and you can easily eat up all your RAM, which doesn't leave much for other things you might be doing on your computer. Extensions can use up your computer's processor (CPU), too. 

One way to check whether Chrome is to blame for slowing down a perfectly good computer is to check your computer's processes. On Macs, that means checking Activity Monitor. For Windows PCs, check the Task Manager. 

If you're seeing that Chrome is hogging a bunch of your resources like RAM and CPU, you could go one step further and check exactly which tabs, websites, and extensions are causing the biggest slow-downs on your computer.

Check it out: 

In Chrome, click the button with the three dots towards the top right of the Chrome window > More tools > Task Manager. The C...

Amazon won a major battle in Seattle, but a Big Tech 'head tax' could still happen for Apple and Google

This week, the Seattle City Council repealed a $275 per-employee tax for larger companies amid pressure from AmazonMountain View and Cupertino, California — the homes of Google and Apple — are considering similar head taxes.  Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel predicts that his city will pass the tax, which would fund primarily fund public transit projects.  Siegel believes that Cupertino could see more pushback from Apple.

Amazon is the largest property taxpayer and private employer in Seattle. Since 2000, the metro area has added nearly 


Here's what we learned about 'Cyberpunk 2077' from the 50-minute gameplay demo held behind closed doors at E3 2018

"Cyberpunk 2077," from CD Projekt Red, is one of the most anticipated video games in the world right now.

Fans finally got to see the latest trailer for "Cyberpunk 2077" at Microsoft's E3 press conference on Sunday — after a 5-year wait since the last trailer — and it was one of the highlights of the whole multi-day expo.


There’s a sea change coming for the $1 billion marijuana-based industry you’ve never heard of

Change is coming for a small but blooming corner of the marijuana industry. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a marijuana compound that has been linked to a range of potential health benefits but does not get you high. The roughly $1 billion CBD industry is slated to shift into high gear if the federal government approves the first CBD-based drug, an epilepsy medication called Epidiolex.

Change is coming for a small but blooming corner of the marijuana industry.

A compound in marijuana that's been linked to a range of potential health benefits — but doesn't cause a high — is increasingly being eyed for use in salves, oils, balms, and beverages. It's also the active ingredient in a new


The glorious history of the best plane Boeing has ever built (BA)

The Boeing 777 is one of the most successful and revolutionary airplanes in aviation history. The 777  helped usher in the era of the modern twin-engine, wide-body airliner that effectively rendered four-engined jumbos like the 747 obsolete. It's also the first computer-designed airliner. Boeing has taken more nearly 2,000 orders for the 777, making it the best selling wide-body airliner in aviation history.

This week in 1994, the Boeing 777 airliner made its first flight — kicking off a career that would revolutionize the airline industry. 


The PlayStation 4 is getting 4 incredible-looking exclusive games starting this September — take a look

Sony's PlayStation 4 continues to dominate the world of gaming, with over 75 million consoles in the wild. And what's selling all those consoles? Great games!

Games like the incredible-looking "The Last of Us: Part II," which Sony dug into in a lengthy video on Monday evening:

It's one of four hotly anticipated games that Sony showcased during an event at the video game industry's annual E3 gathering in Los Angeles: "Spider-Man," "Ghost of Tsushima," "Death Stranding," and the aforementioned "The Last of Us: Part II."

Check out all four below:

1. "The Last of Us: Part II"

The folks behind the Indiana Jones-esque blockbuster third-person action "Uncharted" series are true veterans of video game creation. The studio, Naughty Dog, goes all the way back to the first PlayStation console, having created the beloved "Crash Bandicoot" series.