Watch the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era monster movie

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The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is here, and it shows the director going back to his dark fantasy roots. The trailer starts with voiceover, asking, “If I were to tell you about her, the Princess Without Voice, what would I say?”

The narrator seems to refer to Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman who works with her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) at a Cold War-era government facility. She stumbles upon some kind of Amazonian aquaman creature in one of the labs and develops an intimate friendship with it, much to the fury of a supervisor (played by Michael Shannon!), who does not understand sign language and appears to love yelling.

The film was co-written by Vanessa Taylor, who will also write Disney’s…

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Jeremy Bloom’s Integrate raises $8 million for marketing software

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 You may know Jeremy Bloom from his days as an Olympian on the U.S. ski team or from when he was a professional football player. These days, he's busy running an enterprise software startup for marketers. With clients like Salesforce and Dell, Phoenix-based Integrate has raised $8 million in funding from Iron Gate Capital and existing investors, including Foundry Group, Comcast Ventures… Read More

Zego raises £1M to give gig-economy drivers a pay-as-you-go insurance platform

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 The gig economy, as we know, is big and just getting bigger. But companies like Uber and Deliveroo have a huge problem and it’s called insurance. How do you insure all these workers and how to the workers cover themselves in the gig economy? Step in Zego. This London startup has just raised just over £1 million in seed funding from investors, including LocalGlobe, with FTSE 100… Read More

Raspberry Pi Trackpad From Salvaged Trackpad Plus Arduino

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Old laptops are easy to find and many have a trackpad with a PS/2 interface hardwired into the guts of the laptop. [Build It] wanted one of those trackpads for use in the DIY Raspberry Pi laptop he’s working on. But the Raspberry Pi has no PS/2 input, and he read that a PS/2 to USB adapter wouldn’t be reliable enough. His solution? Wire the trackpad to an Arduino and have the Arduino convert the trackpad’s PS/2 to USB.

After removing a few screws, he had the trackpad free of the laptop. Looking up the trackpad’s part number online he …read more

San Diego Comic-Con 2017: all the best panels, trailers, and news to look out for

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San Diego Comic-Con is finally here, and it promises to be a crazy few days of news, panels, trailers, cosplay, interactive experiences, lines, merch, and bad convention center food. There’s going to be a ton going on, with panels (and hopefully new footage) showing off the latest movies from Marvel and DC, with possible appearances from things like Tomb Raider, Ready Player One, Blade Runner 2049, Ocean’s Eight, Deadpool 2, and more. And that’s not even counting TV shows like Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, Doctor Who, Westworld, and The Walking Dead, all of which will be holding court.

The Verge will, of course, be on the ground, bringing you the latest news live from San Diego. Here’s the full schedule…

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Nintendo isn’t abandoning the 3DS and neither should you

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With the launch of the Switch, Nintendo has almost entirely moved on from the disappointing Wii U. But the same can’t be said of the Nintendo 3DS. The Switch may occupy a place that straddles the line between a home console and a portable, causing some overlap with the 3DS line. Even still, the future for the handheld looks surprisingly bright, at least in the near term. This month sees the launch of not just a new hardware iteration with the New Nintendo 2DS XL, but also a handful of exciting releases, the kinds of games that feel ideally suited to the dual-screened handheld.

Here’s what Nintendo fans have to look forward to on July 28th and beyond.

New Nintendo 2DS XL

Quite possibly the last revision of the aging hardware, the 2DS XL…

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Samsung’s coral blue Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be released in the US on July 21st

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Samsung announced today that it’ll release the coral blue version of its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in the US on July 21st. It’ll only be available through Best Buy and Samsung’s website, although there are Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint-specific versions, as well as an unlocked model. Best Buy’s also offering a deal where you can get up to $400 off with a “qualified purchase or activation.” We’ve reached out for clarification on the details.

Both S8 models are already available in black, silver, and gray. Other countries, like Taiwan, have already gotten a pink edition, too. Coral blue is a nice, classic color, but I do wish the US would get some spunkier options. Maybe Samsung will give us a good option with the rumored Galaxy Note 8.

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Four robot demoes you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics

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 TC Sessions: Robotics featured robots for as far as the eye could see, and several took the stage for special demonstrations. We were honored to play host as these innovative companies and teams showed off their latest creations. The videos are below and are worth your time. The latest version of MIT’s Cheetah robot made its stage debut at TC Sessions: Robotics. It’s a familiar… Read More

Amazon Pay Places lets you pay for real-world shopping using your Amazon info, starting with TGI Friday’s to-go orders

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 Amazon is today introducing a new feature called Amazon Pay Places, that allows customers to pay for in-store and order ahead shopping experiences using their Amazon app. That is, instead of using cash, check, credit or debit while shopping out in the real world, you can just use your Amazon account information instead. The first implementation of Pay Places involves a partnership with the… Read More

Which Meta Tags Should You Be Using in 2017?

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Meta tags are those HTML tags that appear in the <head> section of HTML documents, and they act as behind-the-scenes settings that can be interpreted by the web browser to help render the website correctly, or by search engines to help them process certain information that aids your ranking (SEO).

Let’s take a look at all of the meta tags that are relevant in 2017, as you’d be quite surprised at how many of them have been deprecated. If there’s a meta tag you don’t see here, it’s highly likely that you don’t need it anymore.

NuAns’s Neo Reloaded is a modular smartphone that puts form over function

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The smartphone industry has changed dramatically over the last few years, and companies are learning that it’s not quite enough to get by on raw firepower alone. The designs of today’s devices have become just as important as what they can do in the eyes of many, and no company embodies that approach like NuAns. Its customizable smartphones could be the ultimate fashion accessory.

The Neo Reloaded is NuAns’ latest attempt to get its customizable phones to take off. But is it any good? Read on:

What is it?

Last year, a Japanese company called NuAns tried to reinvent smartphone design with the Neo, a smartphone with a wide range of interchangeable, customizable backs that would make changing the look on your smartphone easy. The problem?…

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Comic-Con 2017 preview: superheroes and TV shows take on San Diego

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San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner, and fans from all over the world will be descending on America’s Finest City — yes, that’s the actual nickname for San Diego — for all the latest news from the biggest pop culture event of the year.

Almost all the big players from fantasy, science fiction, and superhero movies and TV shows are putting in at least some kind of appearance this year. There’ll be news from Marvel, updates from DC, reveals from 20th Century Fox, and tons of TV shows all jockeying for your attention with casting announcements, producer panels, and flashy new trailers. The fireworks kick off on July 20th, but to tide you over until then, we’ve rounded up all the big news we’re expecting to see out of Comic-Con…

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Xbox One self-published indie games start appearing in the store

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Microsoft unveiled its Xbox Live Creators Program earlier this year, designed to let indies self-publish games to the Xbox One Store. Xbox testers in the Alpha Ring are now starting to get access to a small selection of titles that are self-published in the Xbox marketplace. Windows Central reports that six indie games are available in a separate “Creators Collection” inside the store. Three titles are paid, and the others are free to download and install.

The Creators Program is still in preview, and indie developers are able to use retail Xbox One units to create and publish games. Games created in the program, which will cost developers at least $20 to join, must be Universal Windows Apps, so that they can run on Windows 10 PCs too….

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Captain America co-directors will make an FX crime drama with Noah Hawley

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Joe and Anthony Russo, the sibling co-directors of Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, will direct a new FX series called The Mastermind, Variety reports.

The Mastermind is reportedly inspired by the true story of Paul Le Roux, a programmer and crime boss who became a DEA informant. The primary source material will be a series of investigative reports published by Atavist Magazine co-founder and CEO Evan Ratliff. Le Roux built encryption software in the 1990s, and in the early 2000s, he moved on to selling prescription drugs over the internet. From there he made the weirdly cinematic choice to branch out into Iranian arms deals, strange agricultural aspirations in Zimbabwe, some level of involvement in the…

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Dodge, and other Demons

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The Demon sucks the air out of the room.

That’s 5,000 liters of air, which is equal to the lung capacity of 800 humans, an engineer told us. We were being teased. It was only a test. A recording of an engine revving at a terrifying volume.

This isn’t the beginning sequence of a Koji Igarashi game, but the sound of the Dodge Demon. I grew up with this sound, when my father, who started his career as a Dodge engineer, showed off his love for all things mechanical.

When I was a kid, my father took me to the Milan Dragway in Michigan, where I covered my ears to block out the screams of the top-fuel dragsters. We didn’t wear earplugs. My father wore his cherry-red Dodge Boys jacket to show off that he was a Chrysler man. We always stayed…

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NBC News launches the first daily news show for Snapchat

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NBC News launched a daily newscast called Stay Tuned on Snapchat today, hosted by Savannah Sellers and Gadi Schwartz.

This is the first daily news program on Snapchat, and the first news show of any kind to be produced by a third party on the platform. Snapchat has invested heavily in news production in the last two years: making a three-minute version of Good Morning America in-house, creating Discover channels for outlets like The New York Times and Vice, and launching a news devision headed by CNN’s Peter Hamby.

NBC News has done its own staffing and production work for this program, putting together a team of 30, according to Variety. That team will be led by Andrew Springer, who used to be the…

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The Open Container Initiative launches version 1.0 of its container specs

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 It took a while, but the Open Container Initiative (OCI) today announced the launch of the 1.0 versions of both its container runtime and image specs for software container. The two-year-old open source foundation was established by Docker and other leaders in the container ecosystem to be the guardian of exactly these specifications, which are basically the industry standards for… Read More

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