Every tech brand should be using a .tech domain

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In the early days of the web, everyone wanted a .com domain for their site. As a result, all the good ones got snapped up. But .com no longer has the cachet it once did. In fact, many new businesses and individuals are opting for other top-level domain extensions. One of the most memorable is the .tech extension. It’s short, it’s memorable, and most importantly, it resonates very well with the field of technology. For example, a website on .tech clearly calls out that the website is about technology There are tons of great names on .tech available now, and you owe it to your company to at least check for your dream brand. Right now, you can save on your next domain for your next big idea with $7.99 for 1 year (down from $49.99), $24.99 for 3 years (down from $149.97) and $39.99 for 5 years (down from $249.95).

Start searching for the perfect domain extension here and get your .tech site online today.

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Early 16-inch MacBook Pro complaints include speaker ‘popping’ and display ghosting

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The new 16-inch MacBook Pro finally righted Apple’s keyboard debacle, and it’s a beast of a machine in terms of performance. But early buyers have still managed to uncover some bugs with the latest MacBook Pro — and one hardware characteristic that might put off some people.

As noted by AppleInsider (and backed by this long MacRumors forum thread), owners of the 16-inch MacBook Pro are complaining about an intermittent “popping” sound coming from the speakers. It’s noticeable after audio playback is stopped. From AppleInsider:

If you get the problem, what happens is that when you’re playing any audio or video, when you stop it, skip to another part, or close the window, you get this sound. It’s similar to the clipping you can get when…

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Riot launches publishing label to create even more League of Legends games

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For its 10th anniversary in October, Riot announced a number of new initiatives meant to expand the League of Legends universe, including a fighting game, mobile spinoff, animated series, and others. But there are plenty more in the works. Today, Riot announced a brand-new publishing label, which will see the developer partner with smaller studios to create even more League of Legends games. In fact, multiple titles are already in development, though Riot isn’t ready to announce specific games or partners just yet.

According to Leanne Loombe, head of the new label — which has been dubbed Riot Forge — the company is looking to work with studios with an existing track record. “One of the key elements we often look for is the studio having…

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Gift Guide: Gifts for the promising podcaster

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Spotify reportedly spent nearly $500 million on podcasts in 2019. The good news is that the rest of us can get into that world for considerably less. In fact, the low barrier of entry has always been one of podcasting’s primary selling points.

Before we go any further, I’d recommend everyone check out our on-going series “How I Podcast,” in which top podcasters give a peek behind the curtain at their podcasting rigs. The standard disclaimer applies here, as ever: there’s no one size fits all solution to any of this. One’s needs will vary greatly depending on how much you’re willing to spend and what the recording setup is (remote vs. in-person).

Kickstarting a new edition of Steve Jackson Games’s Car Wars

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I grew up on RPGs, not tabletop strategy games, but the one exception was Car Wars, a dystopian science fiction game where you kit out vehicles with weapons and then fight them in giant duelling pits or in freeway battles. I loved Car Wars and played it like crazy.

Now, Steve Jackson Games (previously) is kickstarting a sixth edition of Car Wars, set in a fallen USA in 2069, dominated by “wilderness lawlessness, banditry, regional dictators, and of the men and women who combat them.” The sixth edition includes rules, detailed miniature plastic model cars, player dashboards, and card-decks for internal damage. Stretch goals include custom six sided dice (a set of 20!), extra tokens, a new collision system and a 36″x36″ playspace — at higher levels, they’re going to add more minis and extra rules.

$75 gets you the game, $140 gets you the game plus various expansion elements, $400 gets you the current game as well as reissues of the original pocket-box sets. It’s Steve Jackson Games, so I’m totally sanguine about their ability to fulfill this, though of course crowdfunders are never guaranteed.

After six years of design, development, playtesting, and constant refinement and improvement, we’ve completed the core of the new Car Wars Sixth Edition game and we’re now ready for your support.

The new core game includes:

* 24-page rulebook, covering everything from building your car to movement and combat. All of the rules you need to start playing the game within moments of opening the box!

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8c and 7c processors will power cheaper ARM laptops

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Qualcomm has had big ambitions for ARM-powered Windows laptops for years. At its annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, the chipmaker revealed its biggest play yet: the Snapdragon 8c and the Snapdragon 7c, two new processors that are designed to create a new lineup of ARM chips for Windows laptops.

The 8c is positioned as a replacement for the Snapdragon 850 processor, Qualcomm’s second-generation Windows ARM chip. The 7c is an entirely new entry-level product that’s meant to compete with budget Windows laptops on the low end of the hardware spectrum. Last year’s 8cx isn’t going anywhere; it’ll remain a top-of-the-line flagship option for those who want the absolute best performance.

On the spec side, Qualcomm says that the 8c will offer up to…

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Pokémon Go creator Niantic is working on AR glasses with Qualcomm

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Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Concept

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Qualcomm just announced a new virtual and augmented reality platform, and it’s working with Niantic — the company behind games like Ingress and Pokémon Go — on a smart glasses reference design. The Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform is a follow-up to the earlier XR1 platform, and, like its predecessor, it’s specifically designed for AR and VR hardware. But it now supports 5G connectivity as well as voice-based interaction, eye tracking, and passthrough camera capabilities, among other features.

Qualcomm’s XR2 is a substantial upgrade to the XR1. It allows screen resolutions of up to 3K per eye at 90 frames per second as well as 8K resolution 360-degree video playing at 60 frames per second. It also supports up to seven concurrent cameras,…

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Good deal on Kindle Unlimited

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The Kindle Unlimited program is $10 a month, and it gives you access to over a million books and comics on Amazon. Amazon is currently offering a deal: 3 months for 99 cents a month. The program includes a lot of popular books: the Harry Potter series, The Handmaid’s Tale, the Hunger Games trilogy, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and even comics, like Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Read the rest

Popular manga art app Clip Studio Paint is now available on the iPhone

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Clip Studio Paint, the industry-standard software for manga artists, is now available on the iPhone. Unlike the iPad version, which is just an identical clone of the desktop app ported over for the tablet, the iPhone app is optimized for smaller screens. It features cloud integration so that work on the iPhone will also sync with files on the desktop and iPad versions. There’s no word yet on when an Android version will arrive.

Celsys, the makers of Clip Studio Paint, is clear to point out that “unlike the app versions of many popular desktop software kits, Clip Studio Paint for the iPhone offers all of the features and functionality of the desktop original in a mobile package, without the usual mobile compromises.” That may be a jab at…

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Google Nest Hubs include a Nest Mini, plus save on Philips Hue bundles

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but some pretty decent deals are popping up. The Google Nest Hub is $79 and comes with a free Google Nest Mini if you buy it from the Google Store or Target. That’s the same price the Nest Hub was during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the Nest Mini was on sale for $20 (now $35).

Here’s another deal: you can get the third-generation Echo Dot bundled with two Phillips Hue smart light bulbs for $34.99 on Amazon. This saves you $44.99, and starts your smart home system. You can use Alexa, the Echo Dot’s voice assistant, to control the light bulbs verbally.

This deal includes two A19 bulbs, and they’re Philips Hue’s newer Bluetooth models, so a hub isn’t necessary to get them working….

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Snake bites: Beware malicious Python libraries

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Earlier this week, two Python libraries containing malicious code were removed from the Python Package Index (PyPI), Python’s official repository for third-party packages.

It’s the latest incarnation of a problem faced by many modern software development communities, raising an important question for all developers who rely on open source software: How can you make it possible for people to contribute their own code to a common repository for re-use, without those repos becoming vectors for attacks?

Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021

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Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a new research note predicting Apple’s next two years of iPhones, and there’s a wild new detail: Apple’s 2021 flagship iPhone will reportedly kill off the Lightning port, but USB-C fans (like myself) shouldn’t get too excited. According to Kuo’s note, Apple won’t replace the proprietary port with USB-C; rather, it will rely on an entirely wireless experience for charging and syncing, via 9to5Mac.

The change would be a big one for Apple, which has relied on the Lightning port for all of its phones since it was first introduced on the iPhone 5 in 2013. And while modern-day iPhones are certainly less reliant on physically syncing data, going to a fully wireless model would have huge ramifications across…

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Boing Boing’s 28 favorite books in 2019

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Here’s 28 of our favorites from the last year – not all of them published in the last year, mind you – from fairy-tales to furious politics and everything in between, including the furious fairy-tale politics getting between everything. The links here include Amazon Affiliate codes; this helps us make ends meet at Boing Boing, the world’s greatest neurozine.


1: Arcade Game Typography

Toshi Omagari and Leo Field’s book offers a definitive view in print of the clean, colorful pixelated fonts of arcade games from the 1970s to the 1990s. It’s full of gorgeous-looking full-color spreads (with grids!) — both a beautiful item and a formal tour of a distinctive artform. Hit games (such as Super Sprint, Pac-Man, After Burner, Marble Madness and Shinobi) are represented, but the best part is the technology of pixel type, whose colorful details make sure this is unlike any other typography book. — Rob

Arcade Game Typography [Read Only Memory]

Arcade Game Typography [Amazon]


2: The Testaments

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. “A story of hope, resistance, complicity and rage, it’s been worth the wait.” — Cory

The Testaments [Amazon]


3: Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms

John Hodgman’s book-length memoir of his dwindling privilege after his TV career petered out is both hilarious and deadly serious, as much an indictment of elitism as it is a frank hymn to the pleasures of it — Cory

Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms [Amazon]


4: The Comic Book Story of Video Games goes deep

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Los Angeles: Dr. Zaius hosts ‘Christmas with a Z’

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Supporting Swing Left-Los Feliz and Field Team 6, Dana Gould will be hosting a fantastic night of entertainment as the loveable ape Dr. Zaius!

Come see Christmas with a Z!

From the release:

EMMY AWARD-WINNER DANA GOULD

AS “DR. ZAIUS” HOSTS

“CHRISTMAS WITH A Z!”

AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY MUSIC, COMEDY AND COCKTAILS

TO BENEFIT FIELD TEAM 6

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

NATASHA LEGGERO PUDDLES PITY PARTY KATE WILLETT

THE POUBELLE TWINS 2 HEADED DOG TOM KENNY TRACK IX

ANDY PALEY ORCHESTRA SEÑOR AMOR THE BACH STREET BOYS

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019

AT THE SATELLITE IN SILVER LAKE

PRESENTED BY SWING LEFT-LOS FELIZ AND STAND UP 4 AMERICA

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