These 3D-printed Switch adapters allow one-handed gamers to play Zelda

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The versatility of the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Con controllers is one of the console’s greatest strengths. An engineer named Julio Vazquez has taken that idea even further to create a 3D-printed Joy-Con adapter that lets disabled gamers play with only one hand. The creation was first spotted by Eurogamer.

Vazquez developed the adapters for his friend Rami Wehbe, who lost the ability to control his right hand in a cerebrovascular accident, but still wanted to be able to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Vazquez ended up with two designs for the Joy-Con controllers. One resembles Nintendo’s Joy-Con grip, but it pushes the controller halves together to make it easy to reach across to the other side. It also adds two…

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The race to the bezel-less bottom is on

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You probably haven’t heard of the phone you see above. It’s called the Doogee Mix. As you’ll have noticed, it’s in line with the biggest trend in phone design for 2017 — that of slimming down the bezels around the screen as much as possible.

Ever since this phone’s namesake, the Xiaomi Mi Mix, broke cover last year, we’ve been seeing a parade of high-end phones from the likes of Samsung, LG, and Essential that have taken various approaches to increasing the ratio of screen to phone body. Apple is virtually confirmed to be joining the pack soon.

The difference here is that the Doogee Mix costs less than $160. It’s a harbinger of impending bezel-less ubiquity.

Now, there are some caveats here. It runs a mid-range Mediatek Helio P25…

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Hunger Games and Twilight are getting theme park lands in South Korea

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The Twilight and Hunger Games film franchises may have come to a close, but movie studio Lionsgate will soon offer fans a new way to engage with both thanks to new theme park expansion lands. Today the studio announced that it will be opening Lionsgate Movie World, a 1.3 million-square-foot theme park in South Korea dedicated to its various movie properties.

The park will be part of Jeju Shinhwa World, a luxury resort on South Korea’s Jeju Island. Movie World will be made up of seven different “zones,” each devoted to a different Lionsgate film. Along with Twilight and The Hunger Games, the magic-themed Now You See Me franchise will receive an area, as will the studio’s upcoming Robin Hood remake. According to the press release, guests…

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The Pixel 2 will do things when you squeeze it, FCC filing confirms

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Recent leaks have shown that the Pixel 2 won’t feature a display as impressive as what’s coming on the larger Pixel 2 XL. But a filing that HTC made with the FCC confirms a number of things about the smaller Google-branded smartphone expected to debut sometime in the next couple months. For one, the FCC documentation confirms that HTC is definitely making the thing.

The original Pixel and Pixel XL were both manufactured by the company, but this year it’s been rumored that LG is handling the larger model. Both will share a very similar rear design with smaller glass “window” than the first Pixels, but the HTC-made Pixel 2 isn’t slimming its screen bezels to nearly the same extent as the XL variant. On the plus side, it’s likely to…

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Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens TV show just cast the perfect devil in David Tennant

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Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of the Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman novel Good Omens has cast its lead roles of Aziraphale and Crowley with actors Michael Sheen and David Tennant, respectively.

Sheen, recently seen in Masters of Sex, seems like a fine choice for the angel Aziraphale, who often serves as the straight man to Crowley’s more sly and conniving character. (Prachett and Gaiman delightfully describe Crowley as “An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.”) And as someone who is a particular fan of Tennant’s work in shows like Doctor Who and Netflix’s Jessica Jones, I can’t help but think that the morally grey elements…

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Iron Marines is the new game from the creators of Kingdom Rush, out September 14th

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Developer Ironhide Games is best known for its original tower defense hit Kingdom Rush along with its sequel Kingdom Rush Frontiers and prequel Kingdom Rush Origins. Now, three years after Origins’ release, the studio has finally taken the wraps off of its long-gestating new mobile game. Iron Marines looks to take the same incredibly colorful, cartoonish style of the Kingdom Rush series, and transplants it from a fantasy to a sci-fi setting.

The Kingdom Rush series date back to the heady days of early 2012. A time when most people still used an iPhone 4S, and tower defense games were the hottest thing around. Of the many games looking to take the tower defense genre’s crown at the time, nothing beat Kingdom Rush for sheer polish and and…

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Walmart’s Vudu video streaming service is coming to Apple TV on August 22nd

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Walmart has confirmed a native app for Vudu, its video streaming service, is set to become widely available on Apple TV beginning August 22nd.

The creation and integration of an app had been discussed since March, when a Vudu engineer confirmed it was “in development” on the official Vudu forums. Currently, Vudu users have to use AirPlay from an iPhone or iPad to watch movies and shows on Apple’s set-top box

The service offers more than 100,000 titles that can be rented or purchased and also supports UltraViolet, a digital cloud locker for video that has become the entertainment industry standard. Vudu also allows customers to convert over 8,000 movies from disc to digital by scanning a film’s barcode, allows purchased titles to be…

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Facebook tests showing eBay Daily Deals in Marketplace

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Facebook’s Marketplace may soon expand outside of peer-to-peer sales. Today, Marketplace has begun showing a new Daily Deals tab on the mobile app for select users, sourcing deals from eBay. The new partnership allows users to browse eBay deals inside the Facebook app, but they must go to eBay’s site to check out. The Daily Deals feature is rolling out to select users for now.

“We’re conducting a test to determine if people are interested in shopping for discounted products when they visit Marketplace,” a Facebook representative told The Verge. As with all Facebook tests, the feature may not end up being offered to all users, or it may be killed if users don’t love it.

Facebook Marketplace, which relaunched last fall, gives people a way…

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Louis C.K. made a secret 35mm movie, and it’s coming to the Toronto Film Festival

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced more of its 2017 lineup today, and high on the list is a film directed by comedian Louis C.K. I Love You, Daddy, which was made entirely in secret and shot on 35mm film, marks his return to feature film directing, 16 years after his film Pootie Tang. That movie crashed and burned upon release, though in the years since, it has gained some kind of reputation as a cult movie.

Historically, TIFF has tended to be one of the most Oscar-friendly film festivals, with many movies kicking off their awards seasons campaigns there. This year appears to be no different. The lineup includes Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, which starts Jessica Chastain as a…

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Facebook redesign nixes the blue profile header and adds circular pictures

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Facebook is rolling out a slight redesign to the News Feed today, which overhauls the main interface of the site for a cleaner look. What that actually translates to in practical terms is getting rid of the blue accents and headers across most of the interface, which the company claims will make navigating easier and more consistent.

The other big change is that comment threads on posts are getting a new design to make them look more like message conversations — specifically, Facebook Messenger conversations. So instead of comments being broken up by simple line breaks, each comment now gets its own gray message bubble, with the goal of making it easier to track who is replying in a given thread.

Lastly, profile pictures…

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Undertale’s release on PlayStation 4 and Vita today is a perfect reason to revisit it

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If you missed Undertale when it was released on PC in 2015, now is a great time to fix that. The critically acclaimed game is out today on PlayStation 4 and Vita for $14.99.

The fanfare around Undertale reached an undeniable frenzy after its release, and for good reason: it’s a role-playing adventure in the vein of Earthbound and the Mario & Luigi series, and it has a quirky, offbeat humor to it along with a catchy soundtrack. In Undertale’s world, humans once coexisted peacefully with monsters. Players take on the role of a child who’s stumbled into the monster’s domain and has the choice to either fight or friend the creatures they encounter. These battles play out through a series of mini-games, where you dodge on-screen obstacles,…

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The UE Boom 2 and UE Megaboom Bluetooth speakers now have Alexa built in

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Logitech’s UE Boom 2 and Megaboom speakers are some of the best Bluetooth speakers around, and now they’re getting even better with a new software update that adds support for Amazon’s Alexa assistant.

The Alexa support — which is available as an over-the-air update in the UE Boom and Megaboom apps — only works with Android devices for now, and is similar to the existing Siri and Google Assistant support built into the devices. It’s the full Alexa experience, although to activate it you’ll need to press the Bluetooth button on the speaker. (Unfortunately, it’s not the always-listening option that Amazon offers in its Echo and Tap devices.)

Still, it’s a useful addition to what are already great speakers. If you own a UE Boom 2 or…

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Smart lock vendor accidentally bricks its own locks through firmware update

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A perk of connected devices, or at least what gadget manufacturers will tell you, is they can receive over-the-air updates to keep your device current. Those updates don’t always go as planned, however. In fact, they can go horribly wrong. Take a company called Lockstate, for example, which attempted to issue new software to its LS6i smart locks last week and ended up bricking devices. That isn’t great.

In a statement to The Verge this weekend, the company said a “small subset” of customers’ locks were unable to communicate with Lockstate’s servers. Again, let me just reiterate: these are locks used to secure physical homes. Okay, I’ll keep going.

The company says, “We immediately contacted each and every customer that was affected and…

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Orphan Black’s series finale is the show in a microcosm

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Spoilers ahead for Orphan Black’s series finale.

Orphan Black‘s fifth and final season just wrapped up, and while the show faded from the limelight over the past few years, the finale managed to draw its many threads together. At its heart, Orphan Black has always been two shows: one is a science fiction conspiracy thriller packed with secret organizations (The Dyad Institute, Neolution, the Proletheans, Topside, and Project Castor, just to name a few), bizarre biology, and cadres of clones. The other is a look at what it means to be a family, and to choose a family, with ties that go beyond simple biology. And while Orphan Black occasionally tilted too far in one of those directions or the other, the meshing of both ideas made it stand…

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Facebook adds new camera features in hopes that you’ll use Stories

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Facebook is rolling out a few camera features it began testing earlier this summer, and the most exciting one is the ability to create GIFs.

Now, if you swipe over to the camera inside of Facebook’s main app, you’ll have the ability to record two-second GIFs and post them to the News Feed, your story, or in a message to a friend. It’s a nice addition for Facebook, which resisted GIFs for the longest time before finally adding a way to embed them in 2015. You can see our impressions from when the feature was in testing last month.

In addition to making GIFs, Facebook now lets you start a live stream straight from the camera screen. Facebook is also bringing its colorful text posts to the camera, even…

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Baby Driver is better when it stars the Snapchat hot dog

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In Baby Driver, Ansel Elgort stars as a getaway car driver with an arsenal of good playlists. What it does not feature is the Snapchat hot dog. Luckily, one wonderful and talented human has fixed this for everyone’s benefit.

YouTuber BigVanElecMan recut the entire Baby Driver trailer with the beat-bumping meat tube. The video, spotted by Mashable, simply replaces Elgort with this smiling goof. It adds far more character to the love-story-slash-car-chase-thriller, including why Debora (Lily James) falls deeply in love with Baby in roughly two seconds (hot dogs are great), and why people wouldn’t trust this getaway driver (he is a hot dog).

It’s worth a shout-out to Snapchat hot dog’s performance for his brave and enduring take on the…

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Instagram begins organizing comments into threads

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Instagram comments will now be organized into threads, just as they are on parent company Facebook. Starting today, replying to a comment on Instagram will begin a new thread, which should make conversations easy to follow. The feature will roll out globally on Android and iOS “in the coming weeks,” Instagram said.

There’s not much more to the announcement than that, so let’s look at a nice picture of comment threads. Here you go:

Modest improvements to comments has been something of a summer project for Instagram. In June, the company announced introduced new tools to block offensive comments and reduce spam.

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Samsung’s new Portable SSD T5 is fast and mostly affordable

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It’s a portable SSD golden age right now. The drives themselves are getting faster and cheaper, and most new computers these days have fast USB 3.1 connections to take full advantage of the speed. Samsung’s new Portable SSD T5 has speeds up to 540 MBps, and includes a USB-C to USB-C cable, in addition to a USB-C to USB-A cable for backwards compatibility. That’s speed on par with Samsung’s desktop SATA SSDs, although still a good bit slower than an M.2 drive.

If you haven’t seen any of these recent portable SSDs, it should be noted that they’re a lot smaller than the standard 2.5-inch portable hard drive — the T5 is about the size of a business card, and weighs 51 grams. It also has AES 256-bit hardware encryption, if you’re worried…

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The Big Sick is a culturally specific story that’s relatable to other cultures

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Spoilers ahead for The Big Sick.

Independent movie The Big Sick, which just opened in international markets, is a culturally specific project that’s surprisingly cross-culturally relatable. The critically acclaimed Sundance darling, scripted by TV writer-producer Emily Gordon and actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani, finds comedy and drama in the story of their real-life relationship. It’s most specific about how Nanjiani relates to his traditional Pakistani family, who have strikingly different expectations than Gordon’s white, well-off North Carolina parents. In examining how Nanjiani deals with both sets of parents, the film is dealing with one person’s direct, highly personal experience with culture clashes and family expectations. And yet…

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Razer’s new Atheris wireless mouse gets 350 hours of battery life

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I just finished reviewing Razer’s high-end Lancehead wireless mouse, which is based on proprietary “Adaptive Frequency Technology” to keep a strong, consistent wireless connection. But if the Lancehead’s $138 pricetag is too much for you, or if you’re looking for something more portable, AFT is now available in Razer’s new $49.99 laptop mouse, the Atheris.

Razer claims the mouse has the world’s longest battery life “among mobile productivity mice with gaming-grade features.” That’s a pretty specific claim, but 350 hours for two AA batteries feels like a good deal. There’s an AFT 2.4GHz wireless dongle that slots into the mouse when not in use, and the mouse can also work over Bluetooth LE once you’ve lost the dongle.

The…

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