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What’s that weird speck in my eclipse photo?

Maybe you didn’t plan ahead for the eclipse and found yourself in the same situation I did: unprepared. I expected to be traveling on Monday, so when I found myself under the clear Boston sky as the Moon began to move in front of the Sun, I had no eclipse glasses , no supplies to make a pinhole projector , and no decent camera . All I had was my iPhone SE in its grubby plastic case. If you’re like me, you might have taken as many photos as ...
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Elon Musk and AI leaders call for a ban on killer robots

Leaders in the fields of AI and robotics, including Elon Musk and Google DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman, have signed a letter calling on the United Nations to ban lethal autonomous weapons, otherwise known as “killer robots.” In their petition, the group states that the development of such technology would usher in a “third revolution in warfare,” that could equal the invention of gunpowder and nuclear weapons. “Once developed, [autonomous wea...
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Volkswagen is finally putting an electric Microbus into production

A staple of coastal California’s towns, the Volkswagen Microbus will be reincarnated as an electric vehicle. VW announced that it will build a version of its I.D. Buzz concept bus , which it hopes to begin selling by 2022. Unveiled earlier this year the Detroit Auto Show, the vehicle is a clear homage to the iconic vehicle that the company sold in North America between 1950 and 1980. The production version of the concept is expected to devi...
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Essential Phone review

Even though it was announced less than three months ago at the Code Conference , there's already enough mythology surrounding the Essential Phone to fill a book. It comes from a brand new billion-dollar startup led by the person who helped create Android itself, Andy Rubin. That origin binds it up with the history of all smartphones in a way that doesn't usually apply to your run-of-the-mill device. The phone was also delayed a bit, a sign ...
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Read Apple CEO’s email denouncing white supremacism in Charlottesville

Much like politicians, tech company CEOs are nowadays expected to take a position on the big social issues facing their country, and Apple boss Tim Cook has been the latest to join the fray with an email sent to all global employees of the company on Wednesday night, which was obtained by Recode . In the email, Cook provides a strong response to the violence on display in Charlottesville over the weekend, and he goes on to make an unequivoc...
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Charlottesville is reshaping the fight against online hate

This morning, the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer dropped off the internet, the result of sustained campaigning by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups. In the wake of a killing and widespread violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, web services company GoDaddy announced it was dropping the Daily Stormer as a client , leaving the site without a registrar. After a brief stay at Google , the site dropped...
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LG’s Graphy app will help you rip off your favorite photographer’s style

LG’s trickle of pre-launch news about the upcoming V30 flagship-tier Android smartphone today turns to the new software that will be on board. Chief among the novelties is Graphy, a component of the manual mode in LG’s camera app that will allow users to apply the same “style and mood” of a chosen professional photo to their own. It sounds almost like Prisma, last summer’s popular style transfer app , but LG is doing it in a different manne...
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Facebook has been secretly testing an app in China called Colorful Balloons

In May, Facebook quietly launched a photo-sharing app called Colorful Balloons in China, where the social networking site is banned, according to a report in The New York Times . Colorful Balloons appears to mimic the look and feel of Facebook’s Moments app, which allows users to share photos with friends and family members. Rather than interfacing with Facebook, the app works with the country’s biggest social network, WeChat. Facebook rele...
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After cancelled town hall meeting, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at girls’ coding event

Google chief executive officer Sundar Pichai, speaking at a coding event for girls happening at Google’s campus today, emphasized the importance of engineers “building products for everyone in the world” and said that in order to do that, “we need to have people internally who represent the world in totality.” “I want you to know there’s a place for you in this industry,” Pichai said to the teams of young women who were finalists in a month...
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Nissan Leaf will be cheaper than Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt, but have less range

A leader in this decade’s electric vehicle push, the Nissan Leaf has been left behind by newer models with bigger batteries and more exciting designs. A new version should help keep Nissan in the game, but a low price may help, too. Already caught in production form ahead of a September unveiling, the new Leaf’s pricing has also reportedly been leaked, as Autoblog has obtained some pricing and specification information for Nissan’s new EV. ...
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Latest iPhone leak reaffirms all-screen front

One of the fascinating aspects of this year’s iPhone rumor mill has been the uncertainty generated by conflicting rumors about exactly how the next phone will take shape, though many of those doubts are starting to dissipate now. A new image, freshly posted by Evan Blass , gives us a good view of what the screen-dominated front of the expected iPhone 8 will look like. There’s the now-familiar wedge at the top to accommodate the earpiece, fr...
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Faraday Future leases central California factory in attempt to keep its electric car dreams alive

Just last month, Faraday Future scrubbed its ambitious plans for a $1 billion megafactory in Nevada. Now, the electric vehicle startup has found a new location for the production of its car of the future: a 55-year-old former Pirelli factory in Hanford, California which has been mostly empty since 2001. The property, now known as Hanford Business Park , is about 200 miles north of FF’s Los Angeles headquarters. It’s owned by a US-based real...
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Tesla drops Model X price by another $3,000

As if Tesla wasn’t already keeping busy with the Model 3, it’s continuing to juggle around prices and equipment on its existing models. But it’s pretty much good news for fans of lower prices and more stuff in their electric cars. While Tesla killed the least-expensive Model S in July and therefore raised its starting price by about $5,000, it dropped the price of the least expensive Model X this week to $79,500 — that’s $5,000 more than th...
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Ex Machina director Alex Garland’s next film will hit theaters on February 23rd

Paramount has set a release date for Ex Machina writer-director Alex Garland’s next film, Annihilation: February 23rd, 2018. Based on a 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who joins an expedition into a mysterious zone called Area X after her husband ( Oscar Isaac , who starred in Ex Machina and The Force Awakens) returned home from a year-long absence in the same region. The film also stars Jenn...
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Samsung’s massive 88-inch Q9 TV is now at BestBuy for $19,999.99

Samsung’s massive flagship 88-inch Q9 TV is available to purchase at BestBuy for $19,999.99 . It’s the first time we’ve been given any indication about the price, and as expected, it’s a huge one. The TV features a 2,160p (4K) resolution, HDR, and built-in Wi-Fi. BestBuy also offers a “geek-squad protection” for a meager $2,099.99, which provides insurance coverage for five years. The Q9 is part of Samsung’s new QLED TV series the company a...
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Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in August

When Netflix announced four years ago that it was partnering with Marvel Studios for a series of television shows , the ultimate end game was going to be a team-up series called The Defenders. And on August 18th it is finally coming to the streaming service. The show is just one of several pieces of splashy original programming that Netflix is touting for the end-of-summer movie season. On August 25th, Adam Wingard’s adaptation of the manga...
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AMC is developing a sci-fi show from the writers behind Arrival

During the Television Critics Association press tour, AMC announced a slate of eight new shows that it’s putting into development, according to Deadline , which includes a project based on a story by Ted Chiang, whose novella Story of Your Life was the basis for Denis Villeneuve’s movie Arrival. Liking What You See is being developed by Arrival’s screenwriter, Eric Heisserer, with Chiang as a consultant. It’ll be based on Liking What You Se...
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How Tesla changed the auto industry forever

With the release of Tesla’s Model 3 tonight to the first 30 customers (really just Tesla employees, according to multiple reports), it’s easy to lose sight of how far this young automaker has come — and how much impact it’s had on the rest of the industry. Most of the commentary around the Model 3 is focused on the stakes for Tesla , and many are parsing over every tweet by CEO Elon Musk for clues about the car’s cost, interior, and what so...
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Welcome to Radio Garden, free from the internet’s sin

It’s difficult to pick just one thing to hate about the internet, but if I had to, I’d say it was how overwhelmingly relevant everything is. Everywhere I turn online I see content I should click on. Advice for the stressed, advice for the sleepless; news of impending horrors, both environmental and political; pictures of friends and pictures of strangers who feel like friends even though they’re not (but I click all the same). The modern we...
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Niantic CEO blames cellular data congestion for Pokémon Go Fest issues

Niantic CEO John Hanke, the man in charge of the mobile app maker behind Pokémon Go, reflected on the company’s rather disastrous real-world meet-up this past weekend, writing in a blog post published today that he and his team are sorry for the issues and taking the time to detail exactly what went wrong. According to Hanke, it was not so much the lack of preparation on Niantic’s part that plagued the very first Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago ...
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Verge Editor's Choice: Nintendo Switch

I have a PlayStation 4 Pro and an Xbox One S attached to my oversized 65-inch 4K television. I haven’t touched either of them since I got my Nintendo Switch. At this point, it seems silly to enumerate all of the reasons why the Switch is great. It's not just that it's the best way to play the biggest game of the year, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it's that it's designed to play it anywhere and everywhere. Although the Switch is ...
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Hulk learns to talk in the new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is looking like the roadtrip movie of the fall, and Marvel definitely delivered at Comic-Con today. In the movie’s latest trailer, Thor starts out saying he’s been on a “journey of self-discover.” He’s been reunited with Bruce Banner, who vanished after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the two are out to defeat Hela (Cate Blanchett), who’s bent on destroying Asgard. Directed by What We Do In the Shadows director Tai...
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Lyft is now building its own self-driving technology, which is a big deal

Lyft believes that by 2021, “a majority” of its rides will be in autonomous vehicles. But up until recently, it has been reluctant to do any of the expensive work of building and installing the technology necessary to power these self-driving cars. Today, the ride-hail company said it would finally go beyond partnering with other companies on autonomous driving, and in a significant shift, it will start building some of the technology itsel...
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Microsoft confirms it’s cutting Windows 10 updates for Atom PCs

Microsoft has been preventing PCs with Intel Atom Clover Trail processors from obtaining the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. While many devices with Intel’s Atom Clover Trail chips were released in the Windows 8 era, Microsoft offered a free Windows 10 update to keep the tablet / laptop hybrids up-to-date. ZDNet revealed earlier this week that compatible drivers are preventing owners from updating to the Windows 10 Creators Update, and M...
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Snapchat adds multi-snap recording and Photoshop-style editing features

Snap today announced a pair of new Snapchat features that should make recording and editing new footage a bit easier. The first feature, called multi-snap recording, will let you record up to six 10-second clips in succession, so you can go back over up to one minute of footage and pick out the best clips to send out or save to your Story. The other is a new effect called tilt brush that will let you edit the color of objects within a photo...
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