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Peter Jackson: 'I didn't know what the hell I was doing' when shooting 'The Hobbit'

The director reveals how the rushed pre-production on his second Tolkien trilogy left him "making it up as I went along."

By 20 November 2015


Watch a floating green ball of water effervesce in space in glorious 4K

Take a ball of water in microgravity. Add coloured dye and an effervescent tablet. Film the fascinating results.

By 14 October 2015


4K? For what? iPhone 6S camera ushers ultra-high resolution into mainstream

Thanks to Apple's new iPhones, the next wave of super-high-def video won't flow from Hollywood or pro sports leagues. It will bubble up from people like you.

By 25 September 2015


Lost book by J.R.R. Tolkien coming soon is basically fanfic for fans of Finns

"The Story of Kullervo" was written decades before "The Hobbit" and the world it takes place in will be familiar to fans of Finnish mythology.

By 18 August 2015


Why prequels always suck (and the golden rule to make sure they don't)

Commentary: From "Star Wars" to "The Hobbit", CNET pop culture addict Richard Trenholm investigates whether prequels are just fundamentally rubbish.

By 8 August 2015


In New York, Starbucks and now Internet on almost every corner

On Road Trip 2015, CNET gets up close with a new structure that will supply the city with free, public Wi-Fi via a project that swaps phone booths for hotspots.

By 13 August 2015


US geek takes on the wacky world of British technology

A trip to the UK takes CNET writer Amanda Kooser through a world of British tech quirks, full of baffling toilet buttons and an alphabet soup of cellular networks.

By 27 June 2015


Christopher Lee, fantasy's dark knight, dies at 93

The iconic actor, who portrayed Dracula, Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings" and Count Dooku in "Star Wars," left an astonishing legacy in cinema.

By 12 June 2015


Middle-earth to Marvel: Martin Freeman joins 'Captain America: Civil War'

The "Hobbit" star follows his "Sherlock" buddy Benedict Cumberbatch into the world of Marvel movies.

By 6 May 2015


Geeky cake pan will turn you into a Mother of Dragons

Perfect for "Game of Thrones" and "Hobbit" dinner parties or D&D gatherings, this Dragon Cake Pan from ThinkGeek will make you the hit of the kingdom. No slaying required.

By 29 April 2015