Logitech Circle 2 is a great surveillance system, but for a price

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 Accessible home monitoring should be more than just being able to buy a security camera. It means having a packaged software experience, where you should be able to link cameras over a secure cloud connection while mounting them on walls, glass or the outdoors. Because we live in the age of connected devices, being able to interface with Alexa and HomeKit software should not only be a bonus but… Read More

WhatsApp hits 1B daily users while its Snapchat clone rockets to 250M

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 Facebook is winning the race to bring Snapchat’s Stories format to the rest of the world before its originator. WhatsApp Status, its version of Snapchat Stories, now has 250 million daily active users. That’s despite it being relegated to a secondary dedicated tab in the app, opposed to being front and center on the home screen like Instagram Stories which also now has over 250… Read More

Medium acquires Talkshow Industries, with CEO Michael Sippey becoming Medium’s head of product

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 Medium has a new head of product, while the startup behind the defunct texting app Talkshow appears to be done for good. Talkshow Industries was led by Michael Sippey, who’d spent two years as vice president of product at Twitter. The company’s first product was the Talkshow app, which allowed you to follow other users’ text message conversations. The app was shut down at the… Read More

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2: ReLive Edition Refined for Gamers and Developers

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It’s been roughly 7 months since AMD released the Crimson ReLive Edition update for Radeon Software, the latest entry in their annual cadence for major driver revisions and feature additions. Today’s launch sees AMD/RTG bring the sequentially and demurely named “Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2,” but for all intents and purposes 17.7.2 serves as a major feature revamp to the original Crimson ReLive Edition, as well as refinement of Radeon ReLive and Radeon Chill. In addition to performance optimizations and feature changes, 17.7.2 also introduces AMD’s new Enhanced Sync (comparable to NVIDIA’s Fast Sync and Adaptive V-Sync) and Radeon GPU Profiler, a low-level GCN hardware tracing developer tool.

 

Bourne Identity composer John Powell will score the upcoming Han Solo movie

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Last year, Rogue One marked a small, but significant departure within the larger Star Wars universe: Michael Giacchino, rather than legendary composer John Williams, was in charge of scoring the film. Now, Lucasfilm has announced that another new composer will take the reins for the next standalone film: John Powell, best known for his work on the Bourne and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.

Powell has produced some excellent soundtracks over the years. His work on the Bourne films is pretty much constantly on in the background when I’m writing. He’s a composer who really excels at driving tension in a film, and I’m really interested in seeing what he comes up with.

While John Williams certainly can’t be expected to score every…

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Walmart confirms it’s canceling every single SNES Classic preorder

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Walmart confirmed today that it will in fact be canceling all of those SNES Classic preorders it accidentally accepted last week when the product page was mistakenly put live. The company is notifying preorder holders via email — some of whom are game journalists who’ve posted the note to Twitter — saying, “We know that this is incredibly disappointing to you, and we’re truly sorry for this mistake.” Well, there you have it, folks: the SNES Classic preorder party is over, at least for now.

“Unfortunately, due to a technical glitch, the Super Nintendo Classic Edition was mistakenly made available last Friday evening ahead of the official release date,” Deserie Dulaney, the senior director for customer care at Walmart, writes in the email….

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Meizu announces its new dual-screen Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus smartphones

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After previewing the devices earlier in July, Meizu has officially announced its next flagship Android devices, the Pro 7 and the Pro 7 Plus. But before we dive into the nitty-gritty of the specs, we need to talk about the most unique feature from the Pro 7 line — a second AMOLED display on the back of the device.

Meizu has shown off the second screen being used to display things like notifications, weather, time, music, and more. It also serves as a screen for taking selfies with the phones’ rear-facing cameras. While we’ll have to try out the Pro 7 in person to see if the second screen actually works in real life as more than a cool gimmick, the implementation does look pretty…

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Don’t blindly trust companies selling solar eclipse glasses on Amazon

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On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will pass through the continental United States — traveling from the coasts of Oregon to South Carolina. It’s going to be an incredible sight, but the only way to watch it safely is to view the Sun with special solar filter glasses that block out the majority of the Sun’s light. Only certain solar filter glasses sold online have been properly certified.

A quick search of solar filter glasses on Amazon will pull up hundreds of companies selling products for safely viewing the eclipse. Many of the glasses are sponsored or recommended by Amazon, and claim to have been certified for safely viewing the Sun. However, some of the vendors being featured on Amazon’s website are allegedly selling counterfeit…

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With 2 billion users and counting, Facebook’s profit and revenue soar

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Facebook reported its second quarter earnings today, and the results were predictably positive. The social network passed 2 billion monthly users earlier this summer, with over 1.3 billion using its software every day. The company parlayed that audience into $9.3 billion in revenue and $3.89 billion in net income. That’s a 71 percent higher profit than it reported for this same period last year.

The one criticism you could make of Facebook’s results is that the rate of growth for both its revenue and profit were down a few percentage points. But that seems only natural as the company works with ever larger numbers. Facebook has warned repeatedly that it expects revenue growth to slow meaningfully this year, as it reaches a point where it…

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WeTransfer offers $10,000 to every laid-off SoundCloud employee so they can ‘develop great things’

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A few weeks ago, when SoundCloud let go 173 employees, the internet banded together and created a “Hire a SoundClouder” Google doc to connect companies hiring with those affected by the layoffs. Now, WeTransfer has stepped in to also help the ex-SoundCloud workers by offering each of them $10,000.

In an open letter on Medium, Damian Bradfield, the CEO of WeTransfer, outlines how the idea came to him while chatting with a journalist at the Tech Open Air Conference in Berlin. Though he admired the “Hire a SoundClouder” idea, another, more radical alternative occurred to him.

“What if,” said Bradfield to the journalist, “each and every one of [the ex-SoundClouders] had been offered ten thousand dollars to refrain from getting a job? To…

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Tesla’s Top 10 Project Loveday videos reveal truly dedicated fans

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 Tesla is holding a video contest at the suggestion of a 10-year old fan named Bria Loveday, who asked the automaker to hold a competition among fans to see which ones could create the best videos celebrating their Tesla love. The submissions are all in, and Tesla is set to reveal its top 3 picks at Friday’s special Model 3 event at its headquarters in California. The top 10 video… Read More

Walmart cancels SNES Classic pre-orders, says “technical glitch” made it appear

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 A few days ago — seemingly out of nowhere — a product page for Nintendo’s upcoming SNES Classic went live on Walmart.com complete with a pre-order button. The Twitterverse lit up with people trying to share the news before the resellers caught on. As did my phone. Didn’t get your pre-order in? That’s okay. It looks like no one is getting them. Walmart just… Read More

MAD magazine looks at what’s on Vladimir Putin’s desk

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The usual gang of idiots at MAD is giving Boing Boing readers this exclusive sneak peek at an interior page from its upcoming #547 issue. “What’s on Vladimir Putin’s Desk?” displays clutter on the Russian dictator’s desk such as large drum of polonium, a gift from Mike Flynn, a Wikileaks report, and a Pussy Riot CD. It was written by Mike Morse and illustrated by Ward Sutton. The upcoming issue will be available on digital this Friday, 7/28 and on newsstands 8/8.

Fidget Spinner Slash Drone is Both

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So Hackaday loves fidget spinners and we don’t care who knows it. Apparently so does [Jeremy S Cook], who decided to mash up a spinner and a cheap quadcopter. To what end? Is that even a question? Spinners are the bearing-studded equivalent to the Rubik’s Cube craze of the ’80s and all we can do is embrace it.

[Jeremy] designed a quadcopter shape with a hole in the center matching a VCB 22 mm ceramic bearing he had on hand. He CNCed out the design from a sheet of Lexan resin. Then he detached the electronics amd motors from a …read more

Read the love letter Jorah sent Daenerys on Game of Thrones this week

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HBO’s Making Game of Thrones blog is a good homepage bookmark for the summer months. For one, it regularly posts solid behind-the-scenes tidbits from Game of Thrones, and for another, everything on it is purely fantasy and totally unrelated to the world around you. Last year, Making Game of Thrones shared an image of the prop letter Ramsay Bolton mailed Jon Snow just before the Battle of the Bastards.

This week’s post is a continuation of that “photos of letters” series, and it displays the three prop letters used in season 7’s second episode, “Stormborn.” We see Tyrion Lannister’s letter to Jon Snow, inviting him to visit Daenerys Targaryen on Dragonstone; Sam Tarly’s letter to Jon, telling him to go to Dragonstone because there’s…

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Valerian is the ultimate argument in favor of CGI

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The most thrilling scene in Luc Besson’s stupefyingly ambitious new science fiction opus Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets takes place inside a giant metaphor. Protagonists Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) have been tasked with retrieving a McGuffin from an alien junk dealer whose storefront happens to be located in an alternate dimension. Through the use of virtual reality-style gear and miniportals resembling old-school boomboxes, they’re able to reach through the membrane of reality and into the world layered on top of their own. The ensuing chase straddles the line between thrilling and silly, cross-cutting between Valerian hustling through a bustling marketplace in the mirror-plane, and dodging…

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Bullish: Increasing access to technology for blind people

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 Technology can be central to the lives of the 285 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired, as long as they know how to use it. That’s where Erin Lauridsen, access technology director at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, comes in. In her role, Lauridsen helps ensure people who are blind and visually impaired “know how to access all of the… Read More

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