Google Stadia nearly doubles launch lineup to 22 games on eve of debut

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Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service is just two days away from launch — a launch that’s taken some serious criticism (including from yours truly at The Verge) because the company keeps revealing that most of the service’s promised features and games won’t be ready. But now, Google has given its early adopters a welcome surprise for a change: 22 games will be ready to play on day one, nearly double the number that Google said would be available as of last week.

Some of these titles weren’t slated to arrive until 2020 by Google’s last estimate, but Stadia boss Phil Harrison replied to one of my tweets with this explanation:

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Original Content podcast: Disney’s ‘Mandalorian’ is never boring

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Disney’s shift to streaming is officially underway with this week’s launch of Disney+  along with its flagship show, the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.” On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we discuss our initial reactions to the new streaming service. It turns out that we had fairly different responses: Anthony was impressed […]

This training can turn you into a certified Microsoft Excel pro

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If you’re doing any kind of data work, chances are you’re working in Excel. This venerable platform has evolved beyond its roots as a workhorse spreadsheet creator into an essential tool for data analysts and other high-level number crunchers.

Want to brush up on this year’s version of the software? There’s no quicker way than the Complete Microsoft Excel 2019 MOS Certification Exam Training Bundle.

That “MOS” stands for Microsoft Office Specialist, and it’s a definite standout on any resume. This 3-course bundle ensures that you’ll qualify for that title in no time with plenty of hands-on preparation exercises.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced courses cover all functionalities in both Excel 2019 and Excel 365. You’ll go from making basic worksheet calculations to crafting complex macros in no time. By the end, you’ll be any company’s go-to troubleshooter for data management on one of the most widely-used platforms in the Microsoft arsenal.

You can pick up all three courses now for only $25. Read the rest

Kathleen Turner, Patty Hearst and Mink Stole will be counselors at Camp John Waters in 2020

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Attention John Waters’ fans: Tickets for the filthiest weekender on the planet, Camp John Waters in Kent, Connecticut, are about to go on sale. This will be the camp’s fourth year and it promises to be even “dirtier, raunchier,” and “filthier” than ever. Activities include: A costume contest (judged by the “Pope of Trash” himself); themed dance parties; a film marathon (of Waters’ movies, of course); a meet & greet with Waters; Hairspray karaoke, and Bloody Mary bingo. But, wait, there’s more. This year’s camp counselors are Kathleen Turner, Patty Hearst and Mink Stole — making for a mini-Serial Mom reunion.

It’s a disgrace that I have not yet made the pilgrimage to this filthy fête for grownups. But friends of mine have been and rave about it.

If you want to get your trash on next September (11-14), buy your tickets to Camp John Waters now. They are already on sale and are sure to sell out. Read the rest

Get Black Friday pricing on gaming desks, mice, and more today

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Does your computer gear need an upgrade? Don’t cross your fingers and wait for Christmas. You can get 15% off the final sale price of all these essential accessories now by using the online code BFSAVE15, including gaming mice and computer desks.

Wireless Charging Mouse Pad

Talk about a space saver. This high-quality mouse pad doubles as a wireless charger, and even works on phones without a Qi receiver.

MSRP: $25.99

Sale Price: $16.99

With Code BFSAVE15: $14.44

Offex Overlord 45″ Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk

With two USB charging ports, a cable manager and headphone hook, this desk is sure to be command central for all your marathon raids. And yes, it’s even got a cup holder.

MSRP: $316.00

Sale Price: $239.99

With Code BFSAVE15: $203.99

Quest 45″ Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk

This slim desk is deceptively durable with a steel frame and scratch-resistant finish. And it’s got everything you need to keep organized, including three grounded outlet receptors and twin USB ports.

MSRP: $298.00

Sale Price: $219.99

With Code BFSAVE15: $186.99

Azio GM2400 Gaming Mouse

This unit is built for speed, with a rubberized grip and onboard buttons that can adjust the DPI settings on the fly. The LED lights allow you to find your triggers easily and add a dash of style to any rig.

MSRP: $19.99

Sale Price: $15.00

With Code BFSAVE15: $12.75

Zone 47″ Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk

This mammoth desk has room for all your gear, and you can save even more space by running all your cables through the power hub. Read the rest

This page builder makes WordPress design effortless for all

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WordPress is a fantastic tool for building web pages – if you know how to use it. Even with all the accessibility, a lot of the deeper features of WordPress are lost in translation to the average user.

Enter WP Page Builder, a tool that not only makes WordPress site design easy but also more robust.

The tool comes with a pretty extensive list of templates for your budding site, all of which are fully customizable from the color scheme down to the font. Along the way, you can add not just the complete arsenal of WordPress widgets but also add-ons from WP Page Builder as well. Need things to go smoothly across platforms? You can tweak the optimization for smartphones or other devices with a few simple clicks.

But the real highlight here is the interface. Just drag, drop and tweak your choice from a series of design blocks on a sidebar – all with no coding required. It’s the perfect system for design beginners that don’t hide the features available to professionals. It just makes them easier.

Pick up a lifetime subscription to the WP Page Builder Unlimited License Plan for more than 90% off the retail price. Read the rest

This Week in Apps: Apple’s vaping app ban, Disney+ gets installed, apps gear up for Black Friday

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. What are developers talking about? What do app publishers and marketers need to know? How are politics impacting the App Store and app businesses? And which […]

DIY: Feral cat Shelters from coolers

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Oh, I am seriously here for this DIY-maker-recycling project that’s all about giving street kitties safe homes. Wow this is cool.

Making feral cat shelters from an old cooler.

Says IMGURian @petsncharge, “Cat Tested and Approved Shelters

We designed and built these durable cat shelters-Donating to the many Rescues that need them for the Homeless Cats they care for…TomTom Tests each new Design

So cool. Watch the whole video.

Cat Tested and Approved Shelters

This is the QA tester!

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Randall “XKCD” Munroe has a New York Times column where he answers weird science questions

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Randall Munroe’s “Good Question” column in the New York Times is in the vein of his How To and What If books, in which he answers weird science questions with equally weird thoroughness.

In his inaugural column, Munroe answers: “If I Touched the Moon, What Would It Feel Like?

Touching lunar rocks inside a spacecraft, or in a museum, is one thing; removing a glove and exposing yourself to the vacuum of space is another. In science fiction, terrible things befall such astronauts: their blood boils away, their insides get sucked out.

But removing a glove wouldn’t necessarily be instantly fatal. For the most part, human skin is tough enough to handle brief exposure to a vacuum. If you had a custom spacesuit with a seal around your forearm, you could probably remove your glove during a moonwalk without suffering permanent damage.

It definitely wouldn’t be comfortable. In 1960, during a high-altitude balloon test, Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger’s pressure glove sprang a leak, exposing his right hand to near-vacuum conditions for several hours. His hand swelled up and went numb, but he suffered no permanent damage.

If I Touched the Moon, What Would It Feel Like? [Randall Munroe/New York Times]

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7 new trailers you should watch this week

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I watched The Lego Movie 2 a few weeks ago now that it’s finally streaming. The first one was an unexpectedly smart and hilarious take on what a Lego story can be, and this second one does a good job of keeping up the momentum. The film is funny, and it still grounds the whole thing in a story about family and growing up.

That said, I do think there’s an odd tension within the movie. The sequel wants to tell a story about toxic masculinity and supporting traditionally feminine interests, but to do that, it kind of makes a joke of them first. Likewise, the film acknowledges related issues like how the original movie played into the trope about an incompetent man becoming the hero thanks to guidance from a fully competent woman… but then…

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I found the perfect distraction-free writing device

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It’s no secret that Jason Weisberger and I have little love for the Freewrite. While it allows for distraction-free writing, it’s design, build quality and software limitations make it a pain in the ass to use. Having found that the device just isn’t for me, the last several years have seen me hunting for a highly portable distraction-free writing device that I can use when I’m not plugging away at my day job. The ability to constantly check in on Twitter, look at what’s new on Flickr and look up random, interesting but in the end, useless facts sucks the marrow out of my creativity and robs me of the small amount of personal writing time I have at my disposal. Happily, I finally found the tool I’ve been longing for: the KingJim Pomera DM30.

I imported mine from Japan (although you can sometimes find it on Amazon) after doing scads of research on the thing. It weighs less than a laptop and most tablets and when not in use can be folded up to around the size of a paperback novel.

When you’re ready to write, simply flip up its E-Ink display (which also turns boots the DM30 up in under two seconds,) unfold its near full-sized keyboard and you’re good to go. The DM30 boasts a Japanese keyboard layout which, at first, is a little vexing. Keys that North American Qwerty keyboard users have come to expect are not always where you’d assume them to be. To type an apostrophe, for example, its necessary to hit Shift and the number seven. Read the rest

Get early Black Friday savings on these noise-canceling headphones

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In this age of ever-shrinking gadgets, it bears reminding that sometimes bigger is actually better. And if you care about audio quality, we can’t think of a better example of this principle than these TREBLAB Z2 Bluetooth 5.0 Noise-Cancelling Headphones.

We know tiny Bluetooth earbuds are all the rage right now. But their battery life simply can’t compete with the TREBLAB Z2’s, which boasts an impressive 35 hours of playtime. And that’s without a single recharge.

As for the sound, the 40mm neodymium speakers are outfitted with Sound2.0™ technology that keeps the bass kinetic and the treble crisp. The T-Quiet™ active noise canceling ensures that you stay locked into that inspirational playlist for as long as your workout lasts. The fit is snug enough that you can take them securely on bike rides, trail runs or wherever else you need to rough it.

Best of all, you won’t have to wait until Black Friday to get them on the cheap. They’re already on sale for 69% off, but you can take an extra 15% off that by using the online code BFSAVE15 and reap the final price of $67.14. Read the rest

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