JSON tools you don’t want to miss

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JSON, for JavaScript Object Notation, is a popular and lightweight data interchange format that has become ubiquitous on the web. JSON is known for being both easy for developers to use and easy for machines to parse and generate.

Not surprisingly, JSON has attracted the attention of tool builders, which have created a variety of tools for reformatting, validating, and parsing JSON. These range from online utilities you run in your web browser to plug-ins for code editors and IDEs such as Visual Studio Code and Eclipse.

Google Fi makes clever use of the Pixel 4’s Dual SIM Dual Standby tech

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Google’s MVNO wireless service — Google Fi — has offered certain users a unique benefit: it can piggyback on multiple networks. Depending on which one is stronger, some Android phones on Fi can use either T-Mobile, Sprint, or US Cellular. The feature is mainly used on Pixel phones, and now with the Pixel 4, Fi is taking advantage of that phone’s Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) feature.

DSDS does pretty much what it says: two different SIM cards can be on “standby,” aware of the state for their respective networks. The Pixel 4, like many modern phones, has a physical SIM slot and an eSIM. Typically, a user would have a different network on each SIM so that they could use one for data and another for calls.

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Food Network Kitchen brings live, interactive cooking classes to Echo Show, Fire TV & more

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Someone is finally putting the Echo Show to good use. Today, Discovery announced the U.S. launch of its Food Network Kitchen subscription service which will bring daily live and on-demand cooking classes as well as on-demand classes, step-by-step instructional cooking videos, and more to Amazon Echo devices, including the smart screen Echo Show, as well […]

LG bundles G8X and second-screen case for $700 unlocked in the US

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LG’s G8X ThinQ will go on sale in the US on November 1st, and it’ll come bundled with the device’s biggest draw: a case that includes a flip-out second screen. The package will sell for $699.99 unlocked, with preorders starting this Friday, October 25th. LG expects the bundle to go for around $300 when discounted through carrier agreements.

The G8X ThinQ is a unique take on a dual-screen phone. Instead of using a foldable screen, like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, or attaching an entire second screen with a hinge, like Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Duo, LG just made a normal phone with one screen. The second screen is based entirely within a case that the G8X slips into. Once it’s in, you can turn the second screen on and off or remove the phone…

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HBO’s Watchmen is using Easter eggs to signal that it isn’t like the comic

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Easter eggs are a way for the people behind legacy films or television shows to demonstrate their love of and fidelity to its source material. When showrunners, writers, and directors stick a glancing reference to Luke Cage’s yellow shirt from his 1970s comics in the gritty 2016 Netflix series, it’s a way of nodding to the fans, of saying “We’re fans too, and we can be trusted with your beloved properties.”

That seems to be the intention behind the omnipresent Easter eggs in HBO’s new Watchmen series, helmed by Lost and The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof. The visual, narrative, and thematic references to the original Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons comic are obsessive and ubiquitous. But they don’t show that the series is keeping the…

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LG’s dual-screen phone bundle arrives in the US November 1, starting at $699

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Announced this summer at IFA in Berlin, LG’s G8X ThinQ offers yet another take on the folding/dual-screen phenomenon. Rather than the outright foldable display of the Samsung Galaxy or the dual-screen of the forthcoming Microsoft Surface Duo, the device sneaks in additional screen real estate through an accessory. Available here in the States starting November […]

Refinishing my waxed-cotton raincoats

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I am a huge fan of using this brush to spread Otter wax all over my favorite raincoats.

As temperatures drop its time to get ready for the wet. It has certainly already arrived elsewhere. One of my two waxed-cotton coats was leaking last winter. The sleeve started to absorb water instead of beading.

Heating up the wax and lightly brushing it on is cathartic. The results look better than spraying on Nikwax and last a lot longer. I also think the thicker wax helps protect the fabric, the Nikwax goes on near invisibly and the wax is a barrier.

Round Paint and Wax Brush for Furniture Handcrafted by Stay Fine via Amazon

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Japanese Red Cross under fire for using “overly sexualized” manga character in blood drive poster

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Uzaki-chan wa Asobita! (Uzaki-chan Wants to Play!) is a Japanese manga that features a young woman named Uzaki. Baka-Updates describes the manga this way: “The daily life of a quiet college student who just wants to be left alone, being teased by his cute, stacked underclassman.”

The Japanese Red Cross featured Uzaki in a recent blood drive poster. In the poster Uzaki is saying “Senpai, you’ve never donated blood? Is it maybe because you are scared of needles?”

A westerner saw the poster and complained about it on Twitter, then a Japanese person translated the tweet into Japanese, resulted in a heated conversation in the Twitterverse.

I the video below, That Japanese Man Yuta does a good job describing the reactions:

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Hunting for microplastics in your seafood

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We live in a plastic-coated world. Sure, there are the obvious bits and pieces — the straws, the plastic bags, a seemingly never-ending stream of packaging — but a lot of the plastic in our lives is too small to notice. Microplastics, or plastics that are smaller than five millimeters, are just about everywhere. They’re in the air you breathe, the tea you drink, and even the food you eat.

Some microplastics are easily washed off clothes or sent down the drain as people rinse away cosmetic products. Others are fragments of larger plastic items that have been broken down by wind, waves, or sunlight. No matter where they come from, many microplastics end up getting washed out to sea where they can be gobbled up by organisms — including…

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Fender’s new app is a giant chord library that integrates with Apple Music

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Fender Songs is a new iOS app from the veteran guitar manufacturer which lets you learn the chords to millions of songs on guitar, piano, or the ukulele. The app is available to download now for iPhone with a rotating selection of chords available for free, and you can get access to its full library with a subscription costing $4.99 a month or $41.99 a year.

I had a chance to try out Fender Songs ahead of its release, and I found that the app paired a slick interface with a database of chords that sounded pretty accurate to my ears. However, I also found that the app has its limitations, which means it won’t teach you exactly how to play many of its songs. It’s a great resource for anyone who’s getting to grips with playing their first…

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Samsung patent application reveals augmented reality headset design

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The patent application includes what appears to be a full 3D render of the headset. | Image: KIPRIS

A newly discovered design patent application has revealed an unannounced Samsung augmented reality headset. Galaxy Club, which was first to spot the February 1st application, notes that the headset features two screens (one in each lens), and one image shows a cable running down its right arm (although it’s unclear if this is a wired headset or if the cable is just meant for charging).

The unannounced headset would be Samsung’s first foray into augmented reality after years of focusing on its lineup of mobile Gear VR headsets. However, in recent years, the entire mobile industry’s interest in VR has decreased. Samsung hasn’t released a new VR headset enclosure for its smartphones since 2017, and its latest flagship, the Note 10, is the…

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This 12-course training bundle will teach you how to code for 2020 & beyond

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If you’re a coder, there’s a multitude of avenues for you to take your skills. Whether you’re just jumping into the world of programming or looking to rise up the ranks as an established professional, a wide base of knowledge is key. And this Premium 2020 Learn to Code Certification Bundle is a resource that’s truly worthy of its name.

This collection of 12 courses is designed to cover all the popular programming languages in detail, as well as emerging ones that are crucial for specialized professions like database management and platform-specific app development. If it seems like a lot, it is. And it’s going to seem like a lot more to potential employers when you’re able to add these skills to your resume.

Inside, you’ll find The Web Developer Bootcamp where you’ll use NodeJS, Express and other platforms to build 13 projects including authenticated web apps. From there, you’ll move on to Learn Python Programming in 150 Steps, which contains exercises and puzzles that take you through the high-level language from simple algorithms to deep learning applications.

You’ll also grow your understanding of Java with Learn Java Programming in 250 Steps, which teaches you clean coding with one of the most essential languages for web design. These courses only scratch the surface of what’s inside, though, as there are 12 courses included total.

Today, you can get lifetime access to all 12 courses for 98% off the cost of the individual courses, only $45 today. Read the rest

Creeptastic eye pies

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“Look into my pies”

Baker Lorraine Elliott has just the thing to bake this Halloween: creepy, vanilla-scented rhubarb “eye pies.” A conversation with her friend Nina inspired them:

“I’m so hungry I’m going to eat someone’s face off!” she said with madness in her eyes, while kneeling dangerously close to my face.

“How long have you been on this diet?” I asked.

“A day,” she said solemnly.

…I offered her a rhubarb tart but alas that wasn’t high protein enough. Moral of the story: eat pies even ones with eyes or you could possibly want to eat someone’s face off.

Go to her blog, Not Quite Nigella, for the recipe.

(Nag on the Lake)

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Arthouse Muppets for Inktober

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Bruce McCorkindale has been churning out some deliciously demented art for Inktober, recasting arthouse films with Muppets. Who knew the Muppets and David Lynch went together like peanut butter and jelly?

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The curious case of the Pixel 4’s missing headphones

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As you might guess, I have more to say about the Pixel 4 even though the review and video are both voluminous. After John Gruber pointed out on Twitter that I forgot to mention that Google didn’t put USB-C headphones or an adapter in the Pixel 4 box in the review, I realized that I had a whole series of thoughts about it that have been rumbling around in my head all weekend. (I have also updated the review.)

In the spirit of this newsletter, which has a tradition of taking a small thing and showing how it is instructive in understanding a big thing, I’m going to dwell on headphones for a bit.

Ahead of the event where Google formally announced the Pixel 4, I once again asked the perennial question: is Google serious about hardware? The…

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