How to be overly prepared for college with apps

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As we enter the thick of back-to-school season, companies are discounting school supplies and kids are packing up to return to the dorms. No matter who you are or what school you attend, there are numerous apps that can help your college life feel a little easier and less stressful. Some of the better ones will continue being useful and follow you post-graduation. Besides the basic social media apps and word processing essentials like Google Docs and Microsoft Word, what are some other standout apps of the 2.2 million plus that are in the app store? I’ve selectively chosen a few, knowing from my own studies that memory, data, and mental energy are the most frequent constraints. Nearly all of these should be available for both Android and…

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Spark email app now works with Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, and Apple’s Reminders app

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Software company Readdle announced today that it’s adding new third-party integrations to the Spark email app. Version 1.4 of Spark for macOS and Spark 1.9 on iOS will now work directly with Things, Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, Asana, and even Apple’s own Reminders app.

Each service integration has gotten its own custom design from Readdle, which looks much more dynamic than the typical Share Sheet dialog box that often serves as the transition between apps on iOS. For example, the new Spark on iOS will let you pluck a PDF from an email, send it to Asana, and assign the task to a particular person or project inside that service, all without leaving the app. On macOS, you can bounce an email between Spark and Evernote, similar to how…

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Stranger Things is getting a third season

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The second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things isn’t set to air until October, but co-creators Ross and Matt Duffer have already confirmed a third. In an interview with Vulture, Ross said the series will likely be “a four-season thing and then out.” The imagined fourth season hasn’t actually been greenlit yet.

In the same interview, the Duffer Brothers reveal a few minor details about the second season — mainly that it will feel more like a movie sequel than a TV show. As for the just-confirmed third season, the brothers say the storyline will probably have to move outside the small, fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. “We just have to keep adjusting the story,” Matt says. “Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening…

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The first Shenmue III trailer is here, and the characters look as deadpan as ever

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A new trailer has dropped for Shenmue III, showcasing the first footage we’ve seen so far of the highly anticipated sequel. The original Shenmue was one of the most expensive video games ever made. It garnered a cult following when it was released on Dreamcast in 1999. The game was notable for its day and night mechanics, interactivity, and mini games.

Unfortunately, the game was a commercial failure, and the long-awaited sequel was only able to go ahead after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter which made over $6 million. Shenmue III follows the story of martial artist Ryo Hazuki who leaves Japan to search for his father’s killer in the mountains of China.

The trailer doesn’t give much away, but it does showcase sprawling…

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Big data analytics platform Databricks raises $140M Series D round led by Andreessen Horowitz

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 Databricks, a big data analytics platform built by a team that grew out of the Apache Spark project, today announced that it has raised a $140 million Series D round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from New Enterprise Associates and Battery Ventures. This brings Databricks’ total funding raised to date to $247 million, which includes a $60 million round the company… Read More

ClassPass plans launch in 10 new cities

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 ClassPass, the subscription service that lets you work out where you want, when you want, has today announced that it’s launching in 10 new cities across North America. In September, interested folks from New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio will be able to join the platform. Following the September launch, ClassPass will open up in Cincinatti, Calgary, Honolulu, Indianapolis,… Read More

Netflix’s Stranger Things will be back for a third season

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 Stranger Things, the Netflix show that become a surprise megahit thanks to its appeal to 80s babies and mix of horror, charm and general weirdness, will return for a third season. The show’s second season has yet to arrive (it’s coming October 27th), but co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer told Vulture that the third season has been approved already. Netflix likely has little to… Read More

Cough drop-flavored Kit Kats

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Just when you think they can’t make foods any weirder, out comes an unusual crossbreed: a cough reliever/candy bar.

SoraNews24 reports:

Called Kit Kat Nodo Ame Aji, which translates to Kit Kat Cough Drop Flavour, this new chocolate actually delivers a dose of 2.1 percent throat lozenge powder in every serving…

Accompanying the unique release is some equally unusual packaging which features the image of Yasutaro Matsuki, a former national soccer player and manager who’s also well-known for his work as a soccer commentator. His enthusiastic commentary acts as the perfect inspiration for the sweet, which has been designed to support Asahi TV sports broadcasts while helping to soothe the throats of supporters as they cheer for the Japanese soccer team.

Each box, which contains three individually wrapped Kit Kats, features an image of Matsuki yelling out “It’s one more point! Another point!!” alongside a slogan that reads “There’s a battle there that most definitely can’t be lost”, as a nod to the fact that Kit Kat is pronounced “Kitto Katsu” in Japan, which literally translates to “Surely Win”.

If you want to get one, better hurry. The cough drop-flavored Kit Kat is only available until September 5th, and only in Japan.

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Just $9.99 Right Now For a 3-Pack of 6-foot Lightning/Micro USB Combo Cables – Deal Alert

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Amazon Temporarily Discounts Echo from $179 to $100 – Deal Alert

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By now I’m sure you’re familiar with Amazon’s Echo device. Amazon Echo comes in both white and black, and is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. One works well, or string them around your house for Alexa in every room. Multiple Echo devices work together seamlessly. It may be one of those devices that actually does what it promises to do. Echo is discounted fairly regularly, but usually not by this much. If you’ve been thinking about picking one up, now may be a good time. Its list price has been reduced from $179 to $99.99 for a limited time. See the deal on Amazon.

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Laser Etching PCBs

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A while ago, [Marco] mounted a powerful laser diode to a CNC machine in an attempt to etch copper clad board and create a few PCBs. The results weren’t that great, but the technique was promising. In a new experiment, [Marco] purchased a very cheap laser engraver kit from China, and now this technique looks like it might be a winner.

[Marco] sourced his laser engraver from Banggood, and it’s pretty much exactly what you would expect for a CNC machine that costs under $200. The frame is aluminum extrusion, the motors are off-the-shelf steppers, the electronics are just Pololu-like …read more

Self-Playing Violin: Eighth Wonder Of The World

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[Martin], of the YouTube channel [WinterGatan], recently uploaded a video tour of the Phonoliszt Violina, an orchestrion, or a machine that plays music that sounds as though an orchestra is playing. The interesting thing about this one is that it plays the violin. At the time of its construction, people weren’t even certain such a thing would be possible and so when [Ludwig Hupfeld] first built one around 1910, it was considered the eighth wonder of the world.

The particular one shown in the video is at the Speelklok Museum in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The bow is a rotating cylinder …read more

Did you miss yesterday’s total solar eclipse? Here’s your next chance

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Yesterday, the US experienced one of the biggest astronomical events of the decade: a total solar eclipse that crossed the country from coast to coast for the first time since 1918. If you’re heartbroken you missed it, don’t worry. You ought to get a few other chances over your lifetime.

Total solar eclipses happen every 18 months or so, when the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun on its orbit around our planet. If you’re in the direct path of the Moon’s shadow — called the path of totality — you will see the Sun go dark. Often, however, the path of totality goes over the ocean or Antarctica. So that’s why whenever a total solar eclipse crosses easily reachable areas, it’s such a big deal. And one that shouldn’t be…

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There’s a new Gran Turismo Sport version of the PS4

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Sony has unveiled a shiny new limited edition Gran Turismo-themed Playstation 4, featuring a faceplate bearing the GT logo and a customized wireless controller. The 1 TB system will be available for sale on October 18th across the UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

The release coincides with that of the latest Gran Turismo game, and will come with a ‘Day 1’ edition of the title, giving players $250,000 of in-game credit, sticker packs, a chrome racing helmet, and 60 PS4 avatars.

You can get your hands on this limited edition gear in all sorts of combos. You can buy the controller on its own; the controller with the game; or the whole lot together, with game, controller, and console. You can also buy just a standard copy of G…

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Final Fantasy XV is being remade as an adorable mobile game

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The role-playing epic Final Fantasy XV is being reimagined for smartphones — and it’s getting a whole lot cuter in the process. At Gamescom in Germany today, developer Square Enix revealed Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, which will be coming to iOS, Android, and Windows 10 this fall.

It’s not a spinoff of the main game, or a direct port. Instead, Square Enix describes it as “an all-new adventure that retells the beloved story of Final Fantasy XV.” The new version switches things up with a cutesy art style and newly integrated touch controls. Pocket Edition will also feature an all-new structure: the story will be divided into 10 episodes; the first one will be available for free in the fall.

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Matterport grabs $5M more to accelerate deep learning development for their 3D capture tech

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 Matterport is picking up new funding as it looks to speed the development of deep learning tech in its capture technology which brings immersive views of spaces into 360-degree 3D The company, which largely specializes in scanning spaces for commercial and real estate purposes, announced today that they’ve picked up $5 million in funding from Ericsson Ventures. This strategic raise… Read More

Skytap raises $45M for its enterprise cloud

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 Skytap is probably one of the more interesting clouds right now. Unlike so many other startups, it’s not trying to offer enterprises specific cloud computing services on top of one of the big platforms like AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Instead, the company actually runs its own cloud with the goal of helping enterprises that want to modernize their infrastructure bring their… Read More

Facebook’s colorful status updates are now available on WhatsApp

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WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that lets users write status updates with a colorful background, reports VentureBeat. It’s pretty much identical to a feature on Facebook, and also allows users to add a link and choose a font for their statuses. Previously, you could only use photos and videos as a background.

Facebook began adding the colored-background statuses in December 2016. While garish at times, the feature was supposed to increase engagement among users. WhatsApp started testing the feature earlier this month before releasing it to all users today. The statuses disappear after 24 hours and can be added to WhatsApp’s stories feature — copied from Snapchat, and now available on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.

Ephemeral…

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