This keychain has Tile tracking built-in so you’ll never lose your keys

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From your apartment door to your bike lock, it’s not uncommon to carry a number of different keys on your keyring, but that doesn’t make it any more bearable when you’re fussing to find the right one or deal with the infamous pocket bulge. The KeySmart Pro‘s smart design cuts down on key clutter and comes loaded with Tile™ Smart Location, so you’ll always have your keys handy.

Fashioned from stainless steel, the KeySmart can easily store up to 10 keys in its space-saving sleeve. In addition to locating your keys on a map, the KeySmart’s Tile™ functionality also allows it to ring, so you can hear your sleeve even if it’s buried between the couch cushions. What’s more, the KeySmart even works in reverse, allowing you to ring your phone if you can’t find it—even if it’s on silent.

The KeySmart Pro with Tile™ Smart Location is available in the Boing Boing Store for $39.99 today. Read the rest

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are $200 off

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You can save $200 on Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones at the Google Store until 11:59PM PT on May 6th. Normally $799, the Pixel 3 is selling for $599, while the Pixel 3 XL, which usually starts at $899, is down to $699. You can save a bit more money on either if you have a phone to trade in: Google currently offers up to $610 back for the iPhone XS Max. The resale value of most other Android phones is pitifully small by comparison.

Earlier this week, Google Fi ran a day-long $400-off price drop on both phones (as long as you also were signed up for Google Fi), so this sale isn’t quite as good. But there’s at least a bit of value in being able to activate one of these phones using any carrier right out of the box.

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Why we’re hoping for a big body count in Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame

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We’re approaching a weird weekend of pop culture grief. Thursday, April 25th, marks the release of Avengers: Endgame, the follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, in which literally half the universe died. Just a few days later, on Sunday, April 28th, the latest episode of Game of Thrones will send the majority of the show’s surviving cast into an epic battle with the undead horde of White Walkers sweeping down from beyond the Wall. Both Endgame and Game of Thrones have something unusual in common: they’re installments of long-running, immensely popular franchises where the audience widely expects they’re about to see their favorite characters die.

That’s rare in a cultural environment that thrives on endless sequels, prequels, spinoffs, and…

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AWS expands cloud infrastructure offerings with new AMD EPYC-powered T3a instances

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Amazon is always looking for ways to increase the options it offers developers in AWS, and to that end, today it announced a bunch of new AMD EPYC-powered T3a instances. These were originally announced at the end of last year at re:Invent, AWS’s annual customer conference. Today’s announcement is about making these chips generally available. […]

You can now build a Psyduck to bring to Detective Pikachu

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Most pokémon are adorable, cuddly creatures that you want to just squeeze to your chest and never let go. Finally, Build-A-Bear is letting people create a snuggly pal based on the most underrated pokémon: Psyduck.

Psyduck, the poor, confused yellow duck who’s forced to stagger around the world with a bad headache and no ibuprofen in sight, is Build-A-Bear’s latest addition to its Pokémon lineup. It’s being added just in time for Detective Pikachu, Warner Bros.’ CGI-meets-live-action Pokémon movie. Unlike some of Build-A-Bear’s other stuffed animals created as a tie-in for movies (looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord bear), Psyduck is painstakingly cute. Just look at him! You immediately want to hug him, rub his belly, and…

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Moog’s new limited edition Matriarch is a powerful analog synth

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Moog has debuted a new synth called the Matriarch, which will be built and available to play with on-site at its Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina. The Matriarch is a patchable semi-modular analog synth that follows in the footsteps of previous Moog releases, like the Mother-32 and Grandmother.

As with other synths the company has put out, Moog says the Matriarch doesn’t require any patching to make cool sounds, but if you want to dive in, there’s an array of different kinds of synthesis modules to connect together at your fingertips just above its 49 keys.

It’s got the same retro aesthetic that Moog has been leaning into as of late, not just with this series, but other synths like the Sirin (which it introduced at this year’s NAMM…

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Netflix’s horror series Chambers follows Get Out in exploring the terror of white people

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As the recent documentary Horror Noire lays out, most early American horror films featuring black characters play very different for black audiences than for white ones. Traditionally, in American horror stories, people of color have been associated with a monstrous, vengeful, often magical Other that threatens white purity. As POC creators have entered the horror field to add new perspectives, though, innovative new narratives have flipped those tropes. In more recent stories, affluent white people are the sinister nightmare power that seeks to possess, corrupt, and control everyone else by stealing their bodies and maybe their souls.

Most famously, that’s the plot of Jordan Peele’s hugely successful 2017 film Get Out. The same broad…

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Kiwi’s food delivery bots are rolling out to 12 new colleges

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If you’re a student at UC Berkeley, the diminutive rolling robots from Kiwi are probably a familiar sight by now, trundling along with a burrito inside to deliver to a dorm or apartment building. Now students at a dozen more campuses will be able to join this great, lazy future of robotic delivery as Kiwi expands to them with a clever student-run model

Watch the teaser for the upcoming Swamp Thing series

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I haven’t paid much attention to Swamp Thing since the days of Bernie Wrightson, but this teaser trailer for the upcoming TV series looks promising.

From Ars Technica:

The DC Universe series stars Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane who, in the comics, is niece to arch-villain Anton. According to the official synopsis, she’s now a doctor with the CDC who comes back to her hometown of Houma, Louisiana, because of “a deadly swamp-borne virus” ravaging the area. She teams up with fellow scientist Alec Holland to investigate—and just like in the comics, Holland is killed. Except he might not really be dead, as Abby learns more about the mysterious, likely supernatural nature of the local swamp.

We don’t learn much more from the first teaser about just how Swamp Thing will be reimagined this time around, but the writers are clearly emphasizing the horror aspects. There’s no dialogue apart from horrified screams of various folks who encounter something terrible—probably Swamp Thing, but there could be other monsters in the mix.

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Unboxing video of a phone that’s as hideously ugly as it is expensive

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It’s too late for this to be an April Fools joke, so I’m assuming this $5000 Caviar Vladimir Tsarphone, which runs a Nokia OS from 2008, is real.

From the marketing copy:

Flawless. If one characterizes this phone with one word, this very epithet should be definitely chosen. Concentrated masculinity dressed in a strict “smoking” of the most classic style. Confident and expressive tandem of shining gold and the ultimately black color attracts eyes and places a focus on the original shape – six charismatic tops give the dynamics and some belligerence to the phone’s silhouette, because it starts looking like a sword.

Called with the name “Vladimir”, according to the creators’ idea, it refers to the image of Prince Vladimir Krasnoye Solnyshko (the Red Sun) and symbolizes fair power, union and wisdom.

Strict, business but along with it festive in its superiority and majesty, this phone is created for the most important talks of the most high-powered people.

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Java persistence with JPA and Hibernate, Part 2: Many-to-many relationships

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The first half of this tutorial introduced fundamentals of the Java Persistence API and showed you how to configure a JPA application using Hibernate 5.3.6 and Java 8. If you’ve read that tutorial and studied its example application, then you know the basics of modeling JPA entities and many-to-one relationships in JPA. You’ve also had some practice writing named queries with JPA Query Language (JPQL).

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