Apple’s Thanksgiving ad encourages you to do wild gymnastics with your AirPods in

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Apple’s Thanksgiving ad this year teaches us that if we all wear AirPods, we can transport ourselves into a Stranger Things-esque world — minus the monsters and the grime — filled with ballet and sexy lighting. Then, by pirouetting through the streets and picking lint off strangers’ jackets, we, too, can find love. (That is, until the Sam Smith song ends.)

The music video ad is a weird, almost literal interpretation of Sam Smith’s “Palace,” except instead of the woman’s head being filled with ruins, it’s filled with romantic spotlights and plenty of wild gymnastics.

While it doesn’t encourage me to give Apple $159 for a pair of electric toothbrush head-like ear accessories I would definitely lose in the snow if I were to attempt to…

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Apple’s Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPods

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 Every year, Apple airs a new ad in the U.S. for Thanksgiving. Compared to other Apple ads, this is less about showing product features and more like a greeting card. This year is no different — you still see a lot of AirPods. Apple’s new ad is called “Sway” and takes place in the streets of Prague. A woman starts playing Sam Smith’s “Palace” on her… Read More

A Passion for the Best is in Mechanical Keyboards

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There is an entire subculture of people fascinated by computer keyboards. While the majority of the population is content with whatever keyboard came with their computer or is supplied by their employer — usually the bottom basement squishy membrane keyboards — there are a small group of keyboard enthusiasts diving into custom keycaps, switch mods, diode matrices, and full-blown ground-up creations.

Ariane Nazemi is one of these mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. At the 2017 Hackaday Superconference, he quite literally lugged out a Compaq with its beautiful brominated keycaps, and brought out the IBM Model M buckling spring keyboard.

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp brings the series’s leisurely charm to smartphones

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When I was in university, my trusty Nintendo DS went everywhere I did. I kept it stashed in my bag at all times, and whenever I needed a break I’d jump into Animal Crossing: Wild World to relax. The life simulation game, where players build a virtual life in a bucolic town full of animal friends, had a sense of aimlessness that made it the perfect distraction. If I had a few minutes in between classes, I could plant some fruit trees, catch a few fish, or chat with my neighbors. It’s a lot like the way I play mobile games today, making steady, incremental progress whenever I’m free. This week’s release of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on iOS and Android confirms that the series is a great fit for mobile. It makes some compromises, but…

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Blockchain shows open source’s fatal flaw—and a way forward

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“26,000 new blockchain projects last year!” screamed the headline. “But only 8 percent remain active!” The implication is that blockchain’s future is at risk, given the high mortality rate among its offspring. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, we need many more blockchain projects to fail to clear out some of the noise, leaving room for “Linux of blockchain”-type projects to remain.

And yet there is cause for concern, though not in blockchain specifically. Instead, the greater concern should be for open source, which has never been more popular with software users even as the developer population feeding it has remained flat. Unless we can find ways to encourage more contributions, open source efforts like blockchain threaten to crumble under the weight of user expectations unmet by developer productivity.

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