Original Content podcast: Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ are here, and they’re very cheesy

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Lockjaw We’re breaking the rules a little for this one. While TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast is focused on new shows and movies from streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, we’ve also gone out of our way to remind listeners that Inhumans, the new Marvel series airing on ABC, looks very bad. This week, your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha decided to take the plunge… Read More

The Best Towel for Crying Into

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The best paper towers for mopping tears as reviewed by Wirecutter, which is to say McSweeneys.

Why You Should Trust Us

Drawing from decades of experience covering cleaning products, we created a grading system by consulting at length with paper towel experts and manufacturers. Then, we corroborated our findings against thousands of online ratings and sources like Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping. To create the tears, we referenced a complete list of every mistake we’ve ever made, usually right as we were trying to fall asleep.

Buy a random permanent tattoo from this vending machine

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Choosing art to be inked permanently on your body can be a crippling decision, at least for some folks.

Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, Texas thought of a fun way to make the process simpler. They created a vending machine that picks the art for you.

Yup, for $100 you get one turn of their “Get What You Get” machine. “What you get” is an old-school tattoo design which pops out in a plastic toy capsule and is then inked on your person. If you aren’t cool with the design, don’t throw a fit because for another $20 you can buy yourself another spin. No one is forced to put the design on their body; however, there are no refunds.

Boogie, a shop employee, told the Dallas Observer, “All of these tattoos I would price out between $160 and $180 … maybe $250.”

Tattoos will be completed on a first-come, first-served basis. If there’s no line, you can get yours right away. If all of the artists are booked, you may have to make an appointment.

The shop’s co-founder and Ink Master star Oliver Peck writes, “Not a bad design in the bunch.”

(Teen Vogue)

Previously: Tattoo artists snark on celebrity tattoos

Understanding Ruby Metaprogramming and DSLs

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A DSL, or Domain Specific Language, is a language that has a specific purpose rather than a general purpose, like C or Java. One of the most popular DSLs is SQL because it’s the standard for querying a relational database and its syntax is specific to activities such as sorting, filtering, and displaying data.

SQL falls under the category of external DSLs, which means it requires its own parser and implementation of all of the necessary components. Other examples of external DSLs are Gherkin, for writing feature files, Make Files, for building C and C++ applications, and HTML, for declaring webpages).

DIY Nintendo Switch May Be Better Than Real Thing

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Nintendo’s latest Zelda-playing device, the Switch, is having no problems essentially printing money for the Japanese gaming juggernaut. Its novel design that bridges the gap between portable and home console by essentially being both at the same time has clearly struck a chord with the modern gamer, and even 8 months after its release, stores are still reporting issues getting enough of the machines to meet demand.

But for our money, we’d rather have the Raspberry Pi powered version that [Tim Lindquist] slaved over for his summer project. Every part of the finished device (which he refers to as …read more

Razer’s Electra V2 headset does virtual 7.1 surround sound on a budget

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Gaming headphones and headsets can be a real crapshoot, with some of them being downright excellent and others, the majority, tending toward poorly engineered disappointment. I can’t yet speak for where on that spectrum Razer’s Electra V2 cans will land, but the good thing is that you won’t be making much of a financial gamble to find out.

The newly updated Electra V2 sport Razer’s signature luminous green as an accent color and a nice aluminum headband with a self-adjusting fit. They cost $59.99 with a standard 3.5mm analog connector or $69.99 with a USB plug, and both versions offer the promise of 7.1 virtual surround sound.

Faux leather ear pads sit in front of 40mm drivers that Razer says it has custom-tuned to suit the needs of…

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Essential Phone is $100 off at Best Buy

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Remember the Essential Phone; the all-screen smartphone with 128GB of storage and magnetic accessories that Andy Rubin announced in May? That was a long time ago in phone years, and well before a spate of other bezel-less devices including the iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Mi Mix 2, and others made their debuts (not to mention the Google Pixels). Well, the unlocked Essential PH-1 is now on sale at Best Buy for $599.99; $100 less than the price asked by both Sprint and essential.com.

It might not be essential, but at this price the Essential Phone might be nice to have.

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You can remap the squeeze functionality on Google’s Pixel 2

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The squeeze functionality on HTC’s U11 and Google’s new Pixel phones is undeniably odd, but HTC’s implementation has the advantage for one reason: the U11 lets you map the squeeze to different functions, while the Pixel 2 only silences calls or summons Google Assistant. Well, not any more, as an app named Button Mapper now lets you remap the squeeze feature in the new Pixel handsets.

XDA brought the app to our attention, and points out that you’re not really re-mapping the function. Instead, the app is intercepting the instruction to launch Assistant and dropping in another command in its place. It’s hacky, but it works.

As the video below shows, you can change the function to do all sorts of useful things, including returning to the…

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Amiga Gets a PS/2 Keyboard Port

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Name any retrocomputer — Apple II, Sinclair, even TRS-80s — and you’ll find a community that’s deeply committed to keeping it alive and kicking. It’s hard to say which platform has the most rabid fans, but we’d guess Commodore is right up there, and the Amiga aficionados seem particularly devoted. Which is where this Amiga PS/2 mouse port comes from.

The Amiga was a machine that was so far ahead of its time that people just didn’t get it. It was a true multimedia machine before multimedia was even a thing, capable of sound and graphics that hold up pretty …read more

Let CrunchMatch curate your Disrupt Berlin experience

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 TechCrunch Disrupt events are famous for attracting the best and brightest minds the tech world has to offer. This December, Disrupt Berlin will be rife with opportunity both for startup founders and venture capitalists. The tricky bit is finding the right fit amidst hundreds of companies and thousands of attendees. That’s why we created CrunchMatch. Read More

CSS Containment Modules

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One of the new hidden gems in the new CSS modules, which is supposed to drop in new browser versions in the future, is CSS containment. In this short post, I’ll explain what is the new contain property and why you will want to use it.

CSS Containment Module

The CSS containment module defines a new indication, using the contain property, that an element’s subtree is independent of the rest of the page. This will enable browsers to optimize the performance of rendering/painting.

3 Exciting New C# 8 Features

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C# is rapidly approaching its third decade of life. Originally released in 2000, the language has grown and changed across 7 major versions. Once a knock off of Java in all but name has jumped out ahead on many aspects.

The Nixie Tube Killer That Never Was

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With the wealth of Nixie projects out there, there are points at which Hackaday is at risk of becoming Nixieaday. Nixie clocks, Nixie calculators, Nixie weather stations, and Nixie power meters have all graced our pages. And with good reason – Nixie tubes have a great retro look, and the skills needed to build a driver are a cut above calculating the right value for a series resistor for an LED display.

But not everyone loved Nixies back in the day, and some manufacturers did their best to unseat the venerable cold cathode tubes. [Fran Blanche] came across one of …read more

FoTW: LED Strips Make Awful Servo Drivers

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We must all have at some time or another spotted a hack that seems like an incredible idea and which just has to be tried, but turns out to have been stretching the bounds of what is possible just a little too far. A chunk of our time has disappeared without trace, and we sheepishly end up buying the proper part for the job in hand.

[Orionrobots] had a conversation with a YouTube follower about LED strips. An LED strip contains a length of ready-made PWM drivers, they mused. Wouldn’t it be great then, if each of the drivers on …read more

Adobe wants to let you draw data visualizations by letting you draw data visualizations

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 Every year at its MAX conference, Adobe shows off a couple of interesting prototypes that may or may net end up in one of its products. This year is no exception as the company highlighted 11 projects from its labs today. These included Project Lincoln, a tool that everybody who has ever tried to visualize data would surely welcome with open arms. Read More

Google’s AVA dataset raises the bar for identifying human actions in videos

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 Today Google announced a new labeled dataset of human actions taking place in videos. That may sound obscure, but it’s a big deal for anyone working to solve problems in computer vision. If you’ve been following along, you’ve noticed the significant uptick in companies building products and services that act as a second pair of human eyes. Video detectors like Matroid,… Read More

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