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Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough

Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, executive editor at The Verge and editor at large of Recode. In August of 2011, Steve Jobs, the tech icon who disrupted a string of traditional industries, called me and told me he thought he’d figured out a way to revolutionize TV. He invited me to come see it at Apple in a few months, but he died just six weeks lat......
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'This Is Us' gives us a road trip we'll never forget in 'Memphis'

This recap contains spoilers for This Is Us Season 1, episode 16, titled "Memphis." In an episode sure to make Kleenex shares skyrocket, this week's installment of This Is Us takes us back to William’s early life in Memphis, where we meet his cousin Ricky and learn that William was once on track to become a serious songwriter and musician — until his burgeoning career was derailed by the death of his mother and his subsequent drug addictio......
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Everything You Need to Know About Building Muscle Mass With Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are great strength training tools for home or while you travel, but they may not be ideal for building muscle mass when compared to weights. This video explains all. The video, from youtuber Picturefit, goes over the pros and cons of using resistance bands for your workouts. On one hand, they’re great for those who are just getting started. If you don’t life weights already, you’ll definitely see some newbie gains ......
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UPS launches an autonomous drone from a delivery truck

Credit: UPS On Monday, a UPS drone buzzed over fields in Lithia, Florida, to deliver a test package to a rural home. It was launched from the roof of a modified UPS truck and automatically returned to the vehicle after making its drop-off. The idea is that the driver can continue along his or her route while the drone makes a delivery that would otherwise be out of the way.  “Imagine a triangular delivery route where the stops are m......
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The International Mission to Get Bao Bao the Panda Laid

Photo: Getty Bao Bao the giant panda is on her way to China today and National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly only has one thing on his mind: smokin’ hot panda sex. “Bao Bao going back, as the ministry said, is important because she will have a boyfriend,” Kelly told reporters at a press conference this morning. He’s not the only one who has his mind the gutter. Brandie Smith, the zoo’s associate director for animal care sciences, was t......
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Kickstart Your Morning With This Coffee Butter

Most people already drink plenty of coffee with their breakfast in some form or fashion. For some, coffee is all that’s on tap for breakfast since that’s all they have time for. If only there were some mixture of the two that you could take in on the go. Japan does it again, this time with a new product in the works called coffee butter, a spread that’s flavored like coffee that you can slather all over your toast, bread, pancakes, waffles ......
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How To Choose Between Virtual Desktop Deployment Models

Many companies are turning to virtual desktops in the cloud to support end user computing, and they have multiple models to choose from. The choice between Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is becoming a bit murkier in 2017. While both technologies bring pros/cons, between the two, we now have several hybrid options that can leverage benefits from both worlds. Today, we're going to compare all three virt......
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Copycat McDonald's Apple Pies

Apple pie is a delicious treat, but it can be quite messy. McDonald's remedied this problem by making single-serve apple pies, warm goodness in a cardboard cuff. These would be great to pack into a kid's school lunch, or to eat warm for breakfast or dessert. No matter the occasion, these pies are sure to please.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says the company has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder to probe allegations of sexism

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent a memo to his employees today, announcing a series of moves to quell the growing outrage over serious allegations of sexism and sexual harassment at the car-hailing company. In it, he said he hired outside counsel, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to investigate the charges by a former female engineer and also the wider cultural problems across Uber. It was already announced that board member Ar......
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Frances Bean Cobain shares note to commemorate Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday

Image: Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesBy Chloe Bryan2017-02-20 18:02:23 UTC Artist and model Frances Bean Cobain shared a note on Instagram Monday, honoring her father, Kurt Cobain, on what would have been his 50th birthday. "You are loved and you are missed," she wrote. "Thank you for giving me the gift of life." Frances Bean Cobain is the daughter of the late Nirvana frontman and Hole singer Courtney Love. She appears alongside her father......
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Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer fairer deal on cloud storage

Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to give cloud storage subscribers fairer contracts after intervention by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority.Such cloud storage services are typically used to store photos, videos, music or digital copies of important documents.If the services shut down or vary their capacity or prices without notice, customers can lose their data, or be held hostage.The CMA asked the storage service provider......
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Saudi Arabia Holds Kingdom's First Comic Con

Screengrab via YouTube Saudi Arabia hosted its first comic convention over the weekend, marking a turning point in acceptance of Western entertainment and comic books, as well as showing evolving social norms. At Saudi Comic-Con, over 20,000 men, women, and families co-mingled while checking out the cosplay and panels, including an appearance by Doctor Strange’s Mads Mikkelsen. Comic book, video game, and anime fans celebrated havi......
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Make Vacuuming Suck Less With a Pair of Great Discounts

Eufy HomeVac Duo, $90 with code OISGH5TP | Shop-Vac 5 Gallon, $49 Vacuuming is objectively the worst chore, but with the right tools, it can be a little less miserable. Eufy (Anker’s home brand) makes a cordless 2-in-1 model that can switch between a stick vacuum and a hand vac at the push of a button, no power cord required. And because it’s from Anker, the lithium-ion battery lasts for ......
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Kawaii Sale: Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Way of the Samurai 4, Hatoful Boyfriend, and more!

Sakura Season begins on GOG.com with games up to 75% off! Welcome to Japan! It's a quite enchanting, slightly bizarre, and totally fascinating place - plus it's absolutely beautiful during the cherry blossom season! We've found a pretty convenient way to get spirited away there and take you with us: through the magic of videogames. Everything in this Kawaii Sale has been touched or inspired by those unique Japanese sensibilities we've grown......
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Escamotable

Hey, how you doing ?Here's a shelf that one can fit anywhere without spending much time.Well, Escamotable is a French word meaning "foldable". Yep, it means that this shelf is a foldable shelf. It began life as an elegant solution to a common problem of urban living. Realizing the limits of my cramped downtown studio apartment, I sat out to create a stylish, high-quality, and versatile shelving system that would be functional while occupyin......
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People love GIFs — but turning GIFs into ad dollars is taking some time

About 15 months ago, Tenor was trying to get its GIF search engine onto as many phones as possible. So it did the logical thing — it partnered with businesses that were already on a lot of phones. The startup, which offers a universal GIF keyboard that you can download to your phone, also signed deals with Messenger, iMessage and Kik to put its technology inside their messaging apps so users could easily search through Tenor’s library of GI......
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All Hail Trypticon, Giant Dinosaur Transformer!

Grimlock, Grimlock, Grimlock! That big dumb t-rex Transformer is all anyone thinks of when they think about Dinobots. He isn’t the biggest or strongest dinosaur Transformer by a long shot. That title goes to Trypticon, the only Decepticon who can go head-to-head with Metroplex. And, as Hasbro showed off at its Toy Fair media briefing, he’ll be joining Metroplex as the newest Titan-class Transformer. The Titan-class Trypticon is a massive g......
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Get your tissues 'cos Steve Irwin's son is basically a mini-Steve on 'Tonight Show'

Um, does the Irwin family have access to some kind of underground cloning technology? Because Robert Irwin, the late Steve Irwin's son, is the spitting image of his dad down to the khaki shorts and endless enthusiasm. A conservationist and TV personality, Steve died in 2006 after being struck by a stingray barb, but he clearly passed his media chops onto his son. The 13-year-old appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, an......
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This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week. Android: Few apps are less kind to your limited data plan than YouTube. If you want to download videos to watch offline, you can subscribe to YouTube Red or use the new, free YouTube Go. ......
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Accidental Inbound Missile Warning Scares the Hell Out of American Air Force Personnel 

Screengrab: Air Force amn/nco/snco The message read “MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!” as it took over the screens of Air Force personnel working at the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, earlier this week. It was accidentally sent out to all terminals through the bases AtHoc emergency alert system that is typically used for weather updates. Spokesman Maj. Bryon McGarry told Stars and Stripes, “One of t......
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The Full Nerd Episode 17: Vega vs. GTX 1080 Ti, Ryzen Rumors, and GDC preview

The Full Nerd Episode 17: Vega vs. GTX 1080 Ti, Ryzen Rumors, and GDC preview | PCWorld With competing events from Nvidia and AMD and just two weeks before Ryzen is supposed to launch, the Full Nerd crew goes full nerd on what to expect in hardware this month PCWorld | Feb 18, 2017 11:30 AM PT Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. Credit: IDG ");});t......
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Boot Projectors

I got invited to the Bangkok Mini-Maker Faire. My usual wearables are not really suitable for a family event so I had to come up with something small enough to fit in my luggage and simple enough I could make it with only a few days notice and no time to troubleshoot. So this does not really count as a build- it was more of a last minute hack. The effect looks really good even if actually knowing how simple it is takes away from it a bit.No......
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Sorry, y'all. SpaceX isn't going to Mars in 2018

In April 2016, SpaceX made the bold proclamation that it will send a robotic mission to Mars by 2018.  Today, the Elon Musk-founded company is singing a different tune.  Instead of aiming for the 2018 deadline, SpaceX will now try to launch a robotic mission to Mars — known as its Red Dragon mission — two years later, in 2020, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said during a press conference Friday.  This delay will allow the company to refo......
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Who Will Brawl in Avengers: Infinity War?

Thanos, currently the largest and most powerful villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been looming in the shadows, plotting the demise of the MCU heroes since 2008 when the series began. We have been given hints as to what his overall goal really is. Fans of the Marvel Comics already know the end game is to collect all the Infinity Stones and rule the galaxy with a big golden fist. Co-writer Stephen McFeely recently did a commentary ......
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Make Your Player's Handbooks Infinitely More User-Friendly With Some Tabs

    Nothing bogs down an epic Dungeons & Dragons session like four people thumbing through a player’s handbook for 10 minutes. With a few sticky label tabs, you can find what you need without slowing your games down. View image on Twitter On Twitter, Teagan Morrison, co-founder of Hero Forge and former technical art director at Naughty Dog, shared his favorite tabletop tip to RPG-lovers everywhere. He got some sticky label t......
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