Cindy Wilson of the B-52s Drops Surprising Solo Album

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Cindy Wilson of the B-52s has dropped a solo record called Change, and as the name suggests, it’s nothing like what you’d expect from the founding member of a band best known for the one-of-a-kind, frenetic party sound of songs like “Rock Lobster” and “Loveshack.”

On Change, gone are Wilson’s lusty wails about fish and candy, limberger or tin roofs rusted. Nowhere does she shriek like a sea creature, bang on her bongos or belt out the soaring harmonies heard on B-52s’ songs “Roam” or “Juliet of the Spirits.”

Instead, Wilson’s new effort is an ethereal dream-pop album featuring a subtle vocal performance of quiet harmony whispering and dancing over layers of pulsing synths, rolling rhythms and indie-rock guitars. From the low tempo “Sunrise” to the upbeat “Mystic” the songs on Change are quite wonderful–all the more so because Wilson’s new direction is unexpected.

Wilson is touring small clubs with her band comprised of fellow Athens, GA musicians Ryan Monahan, Lemuel Hayes, Suny Lyons and Marie Davon–all decades her junior–in support of the music they’ve created together. (She’ll also be on the road in 2018 with the B-52s, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary and still going strong.)

This snippet of the song “Corporeal” from a recent show in Washington DC perfectly captures Wilson and her band’s celestial live performance:

Get the album Change, as well as Wilson’s Supernatural and Sunrise EPs, from bandcamp or iTunes.

Republic Wireless announces a clever walkie-talkie for tracking your kids

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Republic Wireless has announced two new communication devices called the Relay and Anywhere HQ. The Relay is a screen-less, water-resistant device that works like a walkie-talkie, but has the added ability of being able to locate children with GPS, so you can check on them whenever you want.

To talk, you just push the button and hold the device close to your face and speak. It connects over 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networks, and also features music, games, and Google Assistant. Other hardware features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, an accelerometer, haptics, and a LED notification ring. There’s also a companion app for Android and iOS devices, and the battery lasts several days. The Relay will be released in early 2018 and sold in pairs…

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Why Persona 5 is my game of the year

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It’s been a shockingly packed year for great new video games. Over the course of the last 12 months, it seemed like there was never really a pause, or a moment when there wasn’t something interesting to play. To celebrate, this week Verge staff will be publishing essays on their favorite releases of the year, the games that spoke to us personally. Expect to see a new one each morning, culminating in a list of our collective 15 favorite games of 2017 on Friday.

I knew it was love just shy of the 10-hour mark. In that time, I’d befriended a handful of troubled students, discovered my alter ego as a masked vigilante, and infiltrated the psyche of an evil man: a teacher abusing his students. His darkest desires, laid out in a literal…

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Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger

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 Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer.
“Some time ago someone asked me if I can figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard… Read More

Google’s premium Home Max smart speaker goes on sale

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 Looks like Google’a premium smart speaker has hit the market just in time for the holidays. The Home Max is now available through a handful of online retailers, including Best Buy. The big box retailer says it will be able to deliver the Assistant enabled smart speaker as early as tomorrow, if you choose expedited shipping. The product was announced back in October, at the Pixel 2 event… Read More

Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview

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 At the Microsoft Ignite Conference in September, Microsoft let it be known it was going to be a player in the future of quantum computing, and today the company took another step toward that goal when it released a preview of its quantum computing development kit. The kit includes all of the pieces a developer needs to get started including a Q# language and compiler, a Q# library, a local… Read More

Cheggers dead at 60

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A headline meaningful only to Britons of a certain age, and for all others a momentary visit to the strange alternative reality of UK childrens’ light entertainment in the 1970s and 1980s. Keith Chegwin is dead at 60.

Chegwin was known for hosting programmes including children’s game show Cheggers Plays Pop and Swap Shop. …

He went on to make infamous Channel 5 nudist gameshow Naked Jungle, appearing naked except for a hat, and also starred as himself in Ricky Gervais show Extras….

The larger-than-life character, described by his family as “a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend” leaves two children and his wife Maria. He had been cared for at a hospice in recent weeks.

Photo: BBC

Here is footage from the nude game show.

Your inbox is full of spyware-riddled emails that are both potentially very harmful to you and also very easy to disable

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It is routine for companies — and even individuals — to send emails with “beacons,” transparent, tiny images that have to be fetched from a server. Through these beacons, companies can tell whether you’ve opened an email, whom you’ve forwarded it to, and even your location from moment to moment.

Redux: A Practical Tutorial

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TL;DR:  Shows through practical, short examples how Redux works and what are its main pieces. To find the final code that we are going to create in this article, please check this GitHub repository.

What Is Redux?

Mostly used with React, Redux is a storage facility that helps JavaScript applications to manage state. Note that I started the introductory sentence with "Mostly used." What I mean is that we do not have to use Redux with React. We don’t even need a browser to use Redux. We can use it to control the state of a Node.js backend application, for example.

Google Home Max is now on sale at Best Buy and Verizon for $399

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If you’ve been patiently waiting for Google to release its Home Max speaker, well today is your lucky day. Best Buy has begun selling the Google Home Max speaker, with both the chalk and charcoal colors in stock, as first spotted by Phandroid. The $400 Home Max is designed to compete against high-end speakers like Sonos and Apple’s HomePod, whenever that gets released.

Strangely enough Best Buy is seemingly the only place where you can buy the Home Max in both colors right now. Verizon has the Home Max available in chalk, but charcoal is currently sold out. And Google’s store still has an option to join a waitlist in place of the purchase option. One would expect a larger rollout for Google’s first high-end speaker — and for it to at…

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LimeBike, the cycle-sharing startup, expands to Europe as it hits 1M rides in the US

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 LimeBike, one of the many startups hoping to steal a march in the crowded bike-sharing market, is today taking its first step to scale internationally. The Bay Area-based company — which lets people use an app to find and ride “dockless” bikes for $1 for 30 minutes (or $0.50 for students) and then leave them parked on sidewalks for future customers to use — is expanding… Read More

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Now with Extra Monsters): At Least One Monster Per Paragraph! This Is Our Guarantee!

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To Mrs. Saville, England

St. Petersburgh, Dec. 11th, 17–.

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. I arrived here yesterday; and my first task is to assure my dear sister of my welfare and increasing confidence in the success of my undertaking, and the absolute lack of any monsters that she need worry about.

I am already far north of London; and as I walk in the streets of Petersburgh, I feel a cold northern breeze play upon my cheeks, which braces my nerves and fills me with delight. Inspirited by this wind of promise, my daydreams become more fervent and vivid. I picture Dracula, mooning himself beneath a silvery orb; mummies and wolfmen ply me with Italian ices. I try in vain to be persuaded that the pole is the seat of frost and desolation; it ever presents itself to my imagination as the region of beauty and delight. There, Margaret, the sun is forever visible; its broad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual splendour. There–for with your leave, my sister, I will put some trust in preceding navigators–there snow and frost and hideous creatures out of nightmare are banished; and, sailing over a calm sea, we may be wafted to a land surpassing in wonders and in beauty every region hitherto discovered on the habitable globe. What may not be expected in a country of eternal light, other than a total lack of vampires? I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle, repels bloodsuckers, and may regulate a thousand celestial observations that require only this voyage to render their seeming eccentricities consistent forever. I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man or “vampyr.” These are my enticements, and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death or undead and to induce me to commence this laborious voyage with the joy a child feels when he embarks in a little boat, with his holiday mates, on an expedition of discovery up his native river.

This expedition has been the favourite dream of my early years, to counteract my childish nightmares. I have read with ardour the accounts of the various voyages which have been made in the prospect of arriving at the North Pacific Ocean through the seas which surround the pole. You may remember that a history of all the voyages made for purposes of discovery composed the whole of our good Uncle Thomas’ library, except for those small dioramas featuring monsters in various threatening poses. My education was neglected, yet I was passionately fond of reading. These volumes were my study day and night, and my familiarity with them increased that regret which I had felt, as a child, on learning that my father’s dying injunction, a curse lifted from the Necronomicon, had forbidden my uncle to allow me to embark in a seafaring life.

Six years have passed since I resolved on my present undertaking (which makes me in a sense an UNDERTAKER). I can, even now, remember the hour from which I dedicated myself to this great enterprise. I commenced by inuring my body to hardship. I accompanied the whale-fishers on several expeditions to the North Sea; I feasted on the dead; I voluntarily endured cold, famine, thirst, want of sleep and sasquatch attack; I often worked harder than the common sailors during the day and devoted my nights to the study of mathematics, the theory of medicine, and those branches of physical science from which a naval adventurer might derive the greatest practical advantage, and monstrology. Twice I actually hired myself as an under-mate in a Greenland whaler, and acquitted myself to admiration.

And now, dear Margaret, do I not deserve to accomplish some great purpose? My life might have been passed in ease and luxury; but I preferred glory and monster-stalking to every enticement that wealth placed in my path. Oh, that some encouraging voice would answer in the affirmative! My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed. I am about to proceed on a long and difficult voyage, the emergencies of which, and the spectral haunts which will no doubt trouble the ship, will demand all my fortitude: I am required not only to raise the spirits of others, but sometimes to sustain my own, when theirs are failing. I am also sometimes required to raise the spirits of the dead, and the flesh of them as well.

This is the most favourable period for travelling in Russia. They (the people, not the byakhee or vampire bats) fly quickly over the snow in their sledges; the motion is pleasant, and, in my opinion, far more agreeable than that of an English stagecoach. The cold is not excessive, if you are wrapped in furs–a dress which I have already adopted, for there is a great difference between walking the deck and remaining seated motionless for hours, when no exercise prevents the blood from actually freezing in your veins, though that might foil the action of certain predatory creatures of the night. I have no ambition to lose my life on the post-road between St. Petersburgh and Archangel, or even Archdevil.

Farewell, my dear, excellent Monster I mean Margaret. Heaven shower down blessings on you, Hell fling them upward, and save me, that I may again and again testify my gratitude for all your love and kindness.

–Your affectionate brother, not a monster, I swear by God, and not the God of monsters but the regular God,


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Now with Extra Monsters): At Least One Monster Per Paragraph! This Is Our Guarantee! [Marc Laidlaw]

YouTube for Xbox One updated with 4K support

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Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles are finally getting 4K YouTube support this week. It’s been a long time coming for the Xbox One S, which launched with 4K Blu-ray support but no 4K YouTube back in August 2016. Google has been slow to add 4K support for the Xbox One, but it’s arriving with a new app update for both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.

The new YouTube app includes support for 4K resolution videos and 60 fps, ideal for watching gaming footage or sports events. Unfortunately, there’s no support for HDR YouTube content with this particular app. The updated app is rolling out now, or if you don’t want to wait you install it early from the Windows Store.

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NFL games will start streaming on all mobile carriers in January — not just Verizon

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Verizon has long held exclusive rights to mobile streaming of live NFL games, offering the content as a lure to its own subscribers. Today, the telecoms company announced a new deal with the sports league which will see games streamed to mobile devices regardless of carrier.

From the 2018 playoffs in January onwards, customers with any mobile carrier will be able to access NFL games through the official NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app, and go90, Verizon’s on-demand streaming service. (Watching on a PC or anything larger than a phone has already been possible, as those devices weren’t subject to Verizon’s exclusivity.)

A Verizon spokesperson told The Verge: “All in-market games including national pre-season, regular season, playoffs and…

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A Bluetooth Speaker For Babies

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[Mike Clifford] of [Modustrial Maker] had not one, not two, but five friends call him to announce that their first children were on the way, and he was inspired to build them a Bluetooth speaker with a unique LED matrix display as a fitting gift. Meant to not only entertain guests, but to audio-visually stimulate each of their children to promote neurological development.

Picking up and planing down rough maple planks, [Clifford] built a mitered box to house the components before applying wood finish. The brain inside the box is an Arduino Mega — or a suitable clone — controlling …read more

The ASUS ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming Motherboard Review: Strix Refined

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Today we have a chance to dig down on the ASUS ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming. The XE Gaming differs from the non-XE by adding a larger VRM heatsink and includes a 40mm fan and mounting hardware to further assist VRM cooling. A number of companies are releasing ‘XE’ models with larger heatsinks, although the fan will be an interesting addition.

Lego storage bricks

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Lego makes storage containers that click together like standard bricks (Amazon), coming in a range of sizes and all the classic lego colors, from single-nodule pencil cups to four- and eight-nodule boxes.

They suggest using it to store normal lego bricks, which makes me want a range of miscroscopic legos that may be stored inside the normal ones, with these tiny ones concealing a further inner layer of quantum-scale legos.

Plastic polypropylene, pvc free
Gather all your regular lego bricks in this large size storage brick and make it a more playful way of tidying up
This large size LEGO storage brick also work as stackable blocks with the rest of the storage bricks
Storage bricks come in classic lego colors
Large size lego storage bin
Storage bricks come in classic lego® colors

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