Does Facebook think you’re liberal or conservative? Here’s how to find out

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You probably already know that Facebook shows you ads based on what it thinks you like and dislike, but you might not be aware that it also labels your political preferences — even if you don’t state them yourself. Earlier this month, the social network made this information easier to find with a new ad preference tool. This lets you see what the company’s algorithms have determined as your interests (covering art, music, and hobbies, as well as politics) and edit them to your liking.

To find out what Facebook thinks your political allegiances are, head over to www.facebook.com/ads/preferences. From there, click on the “Lifestyle and culture” tab under the Interests section. There should be a box in that section titled “US politics”…

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Leap Motion’s new VR physics engine is built for your hands

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If you’ve ever used the Leap Motion hand tracker, you’ll know that it’s a magical experience punctuated by moments so frustrating it makes you want to throw things — except that you can’t pick them up, which is why you’re frustrated in the first place. Leap Motion is well aware of this problem, and the company has just announced a beta of what it calls the Interaction Engine, which is meant to fix it.

The Interaction Engine is an add-on for the larger Unity game engine, which supports just about any VR headset. It modifies the default physics rules to create more natural interactions with players’ in-game hands, including touching, picking up, and throwing objects. On a very broad level, objects without the Interaction Engine want to…

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Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world

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kindle fund Amazon today announced a new program called the Kindle Reading Fund which is aimed at making digital books more easily available worldwide. The Fund will donate a number of Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as e-books to communities around the world, in conjunction with various partner organizations. In addition to schools, libraries, PTAs, hospitals and other nonprofits, Amazon is also… Read More

Beautiful wooden shell thingy is also a classic arcade cabinet

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8Bitdo‘s prototype Desktop Arcade Joy Stick is a) an entire retrogame cabinet, complete with controls, display and guts, b) excellently crafted from wood, c) a surprisingly beautiful re-contextualizing of the experience of play. I’d like to own an entire arcadeful of these, in sizes ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet tall, in a colossal building the exact same shape, with anarchoprimitivist propaganda and classic arcade slowruns depicted on its vast screen. The real thing, though, is perfectly desktop-sized: about 12″ across. (more…)

Opera Brings Its Free VPN Service To Android

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Frederic Lardinois, writing for TechCrunch: Earlier this year, Opera launched its free and unlimited VPN service for iOS; today it is bringing the same functionality to Android. Like the iOS version, the Android app is based on Opera’s acquisition of SurfEasy in 2015 and allows you to surf safely when you are on a public network. While Opera’s marketing mostly focuses on safety, Opera VPN also allows you to appear as if you are in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Singapore and The Netherlands, so it’s also a way to route around certain geo-restrictions without having to opt for a paid service. In addition to its VPN features, the service also allows you to block ad trackers. Somewhat ironically, though, the app itself will show you some pretty unintrusive ads. “The Opera VPN app for Android sets itself apart from other VPNs by offering a completely free service without a data limit, no logÂin required, advanced WiÂFi protection features and no need for a subscription,” says Chris Houston, the president of Opera’s SurfEasy VPN division, in today’s announcement.

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33% off ThermoPro TP07 Remote Wireless Digital Cooking Thermometer – Deal Alert

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The TP-07 Digital Wireless Thermometer is a perfect choice to accurately monitor your meat remotely. Stop going back and forth from indoors to outdoors to check up on your meat, and instead monitor it from 300 feet away! Does your recipe call for your meat to be at a specific temperature? Not to worry, this unit allows you to set your desired temperature, so you’re enjoying the meat the way you prefer. If you’re new to cooking or unsure of meat temperatures, don’t worry our system includes programmed USDA approved temperatures for all kinds of meats at different doneness levels.  This device averages 4.5 out of 5 stars (read reviews). Its typical list price of $45.99 has been reduced by 33% to $30.59.  See the discounted ThermoPro Digital Wireless Thermometer now on Amazon.

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Hedge fund paid terminally ill people to sign up for “death puts”

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A “death put” on a certificate of deposit means that the bond matures immediately upon the bearer’s death, rather than when its term runs out: they’re used as a form of life-insurance, cushioning the blow to loved ones from unexpected death, and they can be held jointly, so that the bearer’s heirs and a third party get a payoff on death.

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Brigadier General: TPP is a threat to America’s national security

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Retired Brigadier General John Adams served for 30 years, including a stint as a military intelligence officer: in an op-ed in The Hill, he says that while he supports trade deals, the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership has almost nothing to do with trade, and will hasten America’s de-industrialization, making it harder for the US military to source the materiel it needs, and making it vulnerable to price gouging by foreign powers, who might even go so far as to block America’s ability to source certain vital items altogether.

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Facebook Is Testing Autoplaying Video With Sound

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An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is testing a “feature” that autoplays video clips on your feed with sound. It’s not a very big test, but there’s a possibility the company could roll it out to a larger group of users. The Next Web reports: “The company is currently trying two methods of getting people to watch video with sound in Australia: the aforementioned autoplaying, and an unmute button on the lower right corner of videos, like Vine videos on a desktop. The latter certainly sounds more reasonable; the last thing you want is to be checking Facebook quickly during a meeting or class, and suddenly have your phone blaring out an advert because you happened to stop on a video. Thankfully, you can disable the ‘feature’ from your settings, but the point is there’s nothing wrong with the current opt-in approach, especially considering how many companies are embracing video captioning, and that Facebook even has its own auto-caption tool for advertisers.” “We’re running a small test in News Feed where people can choose whether they want to watch videos with sound on from the start,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable Australia. “For people in this test who do not want sound to play, they can switch it off in Settings or directly on the video itself. This is one of several tests we’re running as we work to improve the video experience for people on Facebook.”

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Climate Hackers: One man’s plan to stop global warming by shooting particles into the atmosphere

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The National Park System is turning 100, and The Verge is celebrating with Wilderness Week: a look at the natural world, its freaky critters, and its future.

This year is already on pace to be the warmest on record, setting off another season of heatwaves, droughts, and wildfires around the world. But it would only be the latest record to fall, as 15 of the 16 hottest years have occurred since 2001. In turn, the ice sheets are melting, oceans are rising, hurricanes are increasing in number and intensity, and climate refugees are pouring over borders.

Climate change is real, so what do we do about it?

So despite what you may have heard about Chinese hoaxes or scientific fraud, it’s increasingly obvious that climate change is very…

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Mr. Robot Season 2 Episode 8: watch our digital after show tonight with special guest Kor Adana!

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The Verge is hosting the official Mr. Robot Digital After Show in partnership with USA Network, and we hope you’ll join us tonight directly after the show, and each week, as we discuss the exploits of sophisticated hackers and corporate overlords. Tonight we’re pleased to bring back Mr. Robot writer and Technology Producer Kor Adana, who gives the show many of its impressive details. We’ll be discussing the latest episode, which comes with a preview more cryptic than usual: Fsociety releases a video; and Darlene acts on an old desire.

Mr. Robot airs Wednesday night at 10PM ET, and you can watch the Mr. Robot Digital After Show right after by tuning in to the Ustream channel above. (Before the show airs, you’ll be able to watch last…

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How GM’s Maven car sharing service got to over 4.2M miles driven in 7 months

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Maven customers will experience seamless smartphone and keyless integration with the vehicle. Maven customers use its app to search for and reserve a vehicle by location or car type and unlock the vehicle with their smartphone. The app also enables remote functions such as starting, heating or cooling and more. Customers can bring their digital lives into the vehicle through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, OnStar, SiriusXM radio and 4GLTE wireless. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors) In January, GM did something somewhat unusual for a company founded in 1908 – it began a car sharing operation, offering customers a fleet of new vehicles on-demand, for use in exchange for an hourly fee. The car sharing company GM started, Maven, began in earnest in earlier this year as a 40 person operation, tiny relative to GM’s overall 216,000 employee organization, but in… Read More

Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Hillbilly Robot and MORE!!

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YOU can follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

YOU are eligible to join Tom the Dancing Bug’s subscription club, the INNER HIVE, for early access to comics, and more.

And YOU CERTAINLY can buy Ruben Bolling’s astonishing new book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures. Book One here. Book Two here.

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Replica cases for classic console cartridges

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Retro Game Cases sells at least superficially-accurate replicas of the cases that old games came in: perfect for game hunters who’ve nabbed a cartridge from a crate and want it to take pride of place in their collection.

Protective archival game cases are not only a safe way to protect your retro video games, but also a very appealing way to show off that retro collection you’ve been working on. Each case is designed using styles from the artwork of the original boxes. For those games that came in a horizontal style box (N64 & SNES), we offer both the original horizontal style and the vertical style designs. We are the leader in game cases and are very proud to have the largest selection (and growing daily!) of cases available online.

This flying egg drone is yours to preorder for $1,288

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The PowerEgg is up and flying. Those aren’t words I expected to write this morning, but sometimes life surprises you. The Egg in question is actually a drone made by Chinese company PowerVision. Renders of the craft were first shown off earlier this year, but now the company has actually demonstrated that their drone can fly. It’s even available for pre-order — yours for $1,288, with a shipping date scheduled for this October.

We’ve still got questions about the PowerEgg though. Although a few outlets have seen it in action (check out this video from CNET to see the Egg in action), the tests appear to be limited, and we haven’t seen any footage from the drone’s 4K camera. Although before this, we were skeptical that the Egg even…

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Microsoft’s iPhone keyboard takes aim at Google with new built-in search

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Microsoft has released a big update for its Word Flow keyboard on the iPhone this week. The biggest addition is a new search interface that lets you find GIFs, emoji, images, contacts, and anything from Bing search results without leaving the keyboard. Microsoft’s GIF search feature copies the animated pictures into your clipboard, allowing you to paste them in. Word Flow will even pick out GIFs from words you type, so if you say “deal with it” in a message you’ll get a GIF icon that brings up the relevant image.

The built-in search is useful for finding emoji, and Bing search results can be quickly dropped into a message in a similar way to Google’s Gboard keyboard on the iPhone. Word Flow still features the unique one-handed mode, and…

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Extra early-bird Disrupt tickets end 9/19

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For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Attention, startup fans in the U.K. and around the world. While December may seem like a long way away, TechCrunch Disrupt London will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start thinking about getting your tickets to the best startup show in Europe. Tickets to Disrupt London are available now through September 19 for the extra early-bird price point of just £800, a full £400 of… Read More

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