Google launches collaborative game to reveal when I/O 2020 is happening

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Every year, Google launches a game or puzzle that people can play to eventually learn the dates for the company’s annual I/O conference, and this year’s game is now live (via 9to5Google).

It’s a space-themed game where users have to work collaboratively to restore an intergalactic satellite network. When you first visit the game’s site, you’ll see the “map” of the galaxy I’ve included at the top of this post as well as a message about the mission and a few progress bars (which have been slowly rising as I’ve been writing this story):

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If you accept the mission, a command line box appears with this text:

The satellite cluster nearest your current location has been located. Determine its proper name, then…

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LEGO step-by-step build: Ultimate Millennium Falcon

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Oh this is gloriously satisfying.

IMGURian Phoenix3600 did a step-by-step build gallery of what I am assuming is the very pricey and fancy LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon 75192 Expert Building Kit.

I no longer need to buy it, as I have seen all the assembly photos and foud them to be most pleasing indeed.

I built a thing, grown men can still have these right?

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How to secure your WhatsApp account from social hacking

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Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging service is incredibly easy to set up, but this easy setup process means that your account is open to abuse if you’re not careful. Thankfully, it’s fairly simple to enable an extra layer of security on your account, which means that you won’t lose it if your six-digit activation code gets compromised.

These security options unfortunately won’t stop you from a serious hack such as the one that hit Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. What it will do is offer another layer of protection if someone manages to trick you into sharing your security code, which is a process known as “social hacking.”

If you need any convincing about why it’s a good idea to use this extra security, then allow me to share a friend’s recent…

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I love this Logitech gaming mouse and have no idea why it is cheaper than similar models

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I use this Logitech G502 Hero SE. It is wonderful.

I recently switched from controller to Keyboard + Mouse for my video gaming. This mouse is just great.

The shape of the mouse and the button placement just feels right in my hand. The adjustable weight system let me fine-tune the devices gravitas as I wing it around, trying to headshot some 13-year-old before they shoot me.

While the ‘Hero’ sensor reads upto 16000 dpi, I usually set it way down to 800 in Fortnite. This lets me turn in a more controlled manner and doesn’t have the mouse zipping all over the place.

I don’t really care much about the ever-changing colors that light the mouse up, but it seems all my PC gaming gear likes to do this rainbow display… and it is kinda pleasing.

I have no idea why this SPECIAL EDITION of the mouse is cheaper than the regular one, but it is and I like it!

I am gonna admit right now that moving back to KB+M over controller may screw my carpal tunnel right to hell, but I’ll be super sensitive to it, and try to stop before I feel any pain. I am already playing less, but enjoying the games I play more. Sacrifices we make, right?

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This powerful Alienware m17 gaming laptop is $700 off for a limited time

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Alienware’s previous-generation m17 gaming laptop is usually $1,999.99, but it’s steeply discounted right now from Dell. This 17-inch model houses Intel’s 9th Gen i7 processor (the hexa-core 9750H with a base clock speed of 2.6GHz and a maximum clock speed of 4.5GHz) and Nvidia’s midrange RTX 2060 graphics chip. It also comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM installed and a fast 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD. One note about the RAM: you can add more if you’d like, unlike the m17 R2 model released in May 2019 that has RAM soldered to the board.

There are a few more reasons to consider this model if you’re looking for a gaming laptop. Its 17-inch QHD (1560 x 1440) display has a 120Hz refresh rate, which means the games that can run smoothly on this machine will…

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Brooke Hammerling launches The New New Thing, a strategic communications advisory

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Brooke Hammerling, the strategic communications veteran that brought us BrewPR, announced her new project today. Dubbed The New New Thing, Hammerling’s new communications advisory wants to help startups bring more authenticity to brand messaging and comms through high-level partnerships with CEOs, founders, and executive leadership teams. There are a few critical pieces to The New […]

Maker Business Profile: Courtney Reckord’s Topographical Jewelry

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Who are you and where are you located? My name is Courtney Reckord and I live in Burlington Vermont. What do you make? I make data driven jewelry using USGS data. Each piece is an accurate representation of a different landscape. How do you make them? I start with data […]

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Uncovering two lost comedy albums from cult comic Dick Davy, who once championed civil rights and antiracism

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Jason Klamm from the Comedy on Vinyl podcast (previously) writes, “In late 2018, I uncovered the true identity of comic Dick Davy. Since starting his archive, I’ve come across some real gems, but in August, one find took the cake. His niece, Sharon, mailed me two records that had been sitting in a box, and it turns out these are unreleased acetates of material no one has heard in almost sixty years. I had Firesign Theatre archivist Taylor Jessen transfer and do a quick clean-up of them. This episode discusses their contents and what their future might be.” (MP3)

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Automate CRUD Operations and Focus on What Matters

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I have written about Magic here previously, but on the 5th of January we came out with a significant upgrade to the Magic wand — the ability to automatically scaffold up an entire Angular frontend. This means that you can now start out with only a database, click one button, and Magic creates your entire backend. The result is that every single database table becomes wrapped inside of CRUD HTTP REST endpoints. Click another button, and Magic gives you a ZIP file that contains an entire Angular frontend, tailored specifically to your backend. See the process in the video below, or download Magic and try it out on your own database if you wish.

According to an article I read here at DZone, a highly skilled software developer can produce roughly 750 lines of code per month. When I tested Magic on a database with 122 tables, Magic produced almost 100,000 lines of code for me automatically. That becomes the equivalent of 8.8 years of software development for a human being, and my computer created this code in less than 60 seconds. Add to that the fact that human beings will write an occasional error into their code, and a computer will never create an error — and you get the point.

Adobe Premiere Pro teases Google Drive-like collaborative editing

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Adobe is previewing a new feature for Premiere Pro called Productions that’ll help teams work together on projects. Announced today at the Sundance Film Festival, the new panel was designed with filmmakers in mind, and was created with input from the production teams behind Terminator: Dark Fate and Dolemite is My Name. Adobe says a special build of the feature is also currently being used in editorial on David Fincher’s Mank.

Productions is essentially a new panel that acts as a shared folder system, like Google Drive, to make sharing assets between editors easier and more collaborative. On its blog, Adobe describes potential use cases like managing large projects by dividing them into smaller pieces organized around reels and scenes,…

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How Bad Boys For Life’s directors brought back the ‘90s — from Belgium

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Bad Boys For Life pulls off one of the most unlikely tricks in blockbuster moviemaking: It’s the rare good third entry in a franchise, a successful soft reboot that introduces a small squad of new faces to carry the Bad Boys name into the future. It does all this while also coming nearly 20 years after the last film in the series and being the Hollywood debut of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, a Belgian directing duo known for gritty crime dramas on a much lower budget.

Over a phone call just after Bad Boys For Life’s opening weekend, Adil and Bilall spoke with The Verge about making that transition. The duo are as ebullient and energetic as brothers, frequently finishing each other’s thoughts and serving as the other’s hype man….

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Apple Watch gym partnerships give you perks for working out

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Apple is launching a partnership program for gyms today called “Apple Watch Connected” that’s meant to highlight chains that integrate with its wearable and offer perks for owners. In some cases, perks include discounted membership fees and gift cards for people who regularly work out, according to CNBC.

For a gym to get the Apple Watch Connected branding, it’ll have to offer three things:

  1. An app for iPhones and Apple Watches that offers information like class times
  2. Support for Apple Pay to buy things at the gym
  3. Some kind of perk for wearers, like membership discounts

One thing that’s not required across the board: machines that support GymKit, Apple’s system for syncing an Apple Watch with fitness equipment like treadmills and…

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How to FBI-proof your encrypted iPhone backups

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If you’re an iPhone user who is steadfast about retaining your privacy, you’re probably not very happy about the recent news that Apple is retaining the ability to decrypt most of what’s in an iCloud backup at the request of government entities, such as the FBI.

In that case, you may want to pay attention to the adage that sometimes the best ways are the old ways. While it’s more convenient to use iCloud to back up your phone, you can back up your iPhone to your Mac or Windows computer and retain full control of your data backups.

If you’ve always backed up via iCloud, or if you haven’t done a local backup in a while, you might be able to use a refresher course. Here’s how you do it.

  • Connect your phone to your computer using its…

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Building and testing a drone made almost entirely from LEGO parts

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On the highly-recommended Brick Experiment Channel, “BEC” (the unidentified, silent LEGO engineer you never see or hear) tries his hand at building a quad drone using LEGO bricks and other LEGO components. The only non-LEGO parts he uses are the battery, the receiver, the flight controller, and a motor driver circuit.

For the flight controller, BEC used the Matek F411-mini. For the motors, he used four LEGO L-motors [88003-1].

Besides the cool LEGO drone he ends up with, I love watching his experimentation and iterative process. And like many fellow ‘tubers such as Jimmy DiResta and Primitive Technology, the un-narrated video is kind of mesmerizing to watch as you hear only the sounds of making. Read the rest

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