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Recommended Reading: The new and improved 'Halt and Catch Fire'

Billy Steele
May 30, 2015
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Hard Reboot: The Excellent Season 2 Makeover of 'Halt and Catch Fire'
by Andy Greenwald
Grantland

Despite an interesting premise, AMC's Halt and Catch Fire never really took off during its first season. The show that chronicles the effort to reverse engineer an IBM PC in a Texas garage got a full revamp for season two, though, and Grantland's Andy Greenwald explains how the changes have drastically improved the series for version 2.0.

Google's Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete
Brian Barrett, Wired

Perhaps the most interesting announcement at this week's Google I/O was Now on Tap. It's an extension of the card-based tool that keeps tabs on your screen to provide relevant info from around the web the instant you need it. The crazy part? It's not even completely finished and the folks that have spent time with it say the new tech is a game changer for Android devices.

Your iPhone Now Has Virtual Reality, Compliments of Google
Mark Wilson, Fast Company

Samsung and Google had both offered VR to Android phones, but with the second-gen version of Cardboard from the folks in Mountain View, iPhones can get in on the virtual reality action, too. And the goal is ever clearer: Make it cheap and accessible and let people's creativity run wild.

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