How to preorder the LG G7 ThinQ

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LG’s latest flagship smartphone is available for preorder in the United States today, May 25th, on Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Regional carrier availability at US Cellular starts on June 1st.

Before you take the plunge, be sure to read our review on the LG G7 ThinQ, because you just might learn something new. While you can get started on buying this device today, the price makes it a little hard to recommend right now — however, if you’re really into this phone, then details on where and how to order are below.

Verizon

Verizon’s offer is pretty straightforward, with no additional down payment costs upfront.

Pricing:

LG G7 ThinQ for $750 or $31.25 for 24 months

Preorder here.

Sprint

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Algorithms and Data Structures in JavaScript

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Hello readers! I’ve recently launched a JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures repository on GitHub with a collection of classic algorithms and data-structures implemented in ES6 JavaScript with explanations and links to further readings and YouTube videos. There is also Algorithms and Data Structures YouTube playlist that contains all the videos mentioned in that repository so you may just go and take this hand-made online learning course. 

So I guess you’ve already grasped the main idea of the project — helping developers to learn and practice algorithms and do it in JavaScript.

Bringing a VIC-20 Back from an Oily Grave

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No matter which platform you’re into, retrocomputing is usually a labor of love. The obsolete, the unpopular, the downright weird – old computers of every stripe are found, restored to something like their former glory, and given a new lease on life. It’s heartwarming, in a way. But when a computer has obviously been abused, it takes a little extra effort, of a lot in the case of this oil-submerged VIC-20 restoration.

In the two-part video below, [The 8-Bit Guy] goes through the gory details of bringing this classic Commodore back from the grave. The first video shows the cosmetic …read more

Rey’s Blaster Shoots Glow-in-the-Dark Bullets

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Youtuber and rubber band enthusiast [JoergSprave] is a big fan of Star Wars, and he loved the look of the blaster that Han Solo gave to Rey. He’d seen a few replicas of Rey NN-14 gun, but hadn’t seen any that actually fired anything, so he set out to make one that did.

The build itself is from plywood, with a paint job to make it look like an old blaster. What makes the build really cool is the bullets used: glow sticks! [Joerg] created space in the magazine for three glow sticks, so you’ve got a couple of shots …read more

Ears To You: Sensing Facial Expressions with an Ear Plug

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Electronics keep getting smaller, but human fingers don’t. This leads to a real challenge with highly-embedded wearable computers. Sure, voice command has come a long way, but it has its own challenges. You might not want to verbally command your Borg implants in some situations. Maybe you need to be quiet. Or perhaps you are worried about accidentally triggering the device. Researchers in Germany want to monitor facial expressions instead. So to snap a picture, you might wink and to fast forward your movie playing on the inside of your eyelids, perhaps you’d look to the right twice. You can …read more

Apple rejects Valve’s Steam Link game streaming app over ‘business conflicts’

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Valve’s game streaming service Steam Link won’t be coming to iOS today, despite a successful Android beta launch earlier this month. According to the official Steam Database Twitter account, Apple rejected the Steam Link app over apparent “business conflicts with app guidelines.” Steam Link was first announced for mobile back in March, and the app functions as a remote desktop so users can access their Steam library of PC games from a mobile device and stream them directly for touchscreen play or for use with a Bluetooth controller.

It’s not exactly clear at the moment what the “business conflict” here is, and whether it has anything to do with Apple’s somewhat contentious 30 percent App Store fee for all purchases, in-app or otherwise….

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Headlight Mod For An Audi A3

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If you have a car that is getting on in years, it may be missing some of the latest frills and features that the latest models sport. [Muris] has a slightly dated Audi A3 8P which did not have an AUTO setting for the headlights. In the newer models, this feature turns on the headlights when the ambient light falls below a threshold level (overcast conditions or when going through a tunnel), or when the windshield wipers are turned on. The light sensor is integrated behind the rear view mirror in a special mount, requiring an expensive windshield upgrade if …read more

The director of Logan is reportedly making a Boba Fett movie

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This weekend Ron Howard’s Solo is hitting theaters, but Disney and Lucasfilm are already lining up one of the next standalone Star Wars film — and per a new report, it will focus on one of the franchise’s most beloved villains. According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer-director James Mangold is working on a movie focused on none other than Boba Fett.

Rumors of a Boba Fett movie have circulated for years, but Mangold would make a particularly strong choice for this kind of project. His varied career has taken him from dramas like Cop Land and Girl, Interrupted to westerns like 3:10 to Yuma, but genre fans will know him best as the writer-director of the Wolverine swan song Logan. That film brought an unexpected emotional depth and…

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The Nvidia Shield gets a new UI with Android Oreo update

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The Nvidia Shield is one of the more popular options for Android TV set-top boxes, and its usefulness continues to escalate as it finally gets an Android 8.0 Oreo update today, via Android Central.

The new software update brings a host of improvements to the Shield, including a new home screen that makes finding your content and most recently used apps easier, along with some more minor tweaks like improved support for game controllers and better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There’s also an updated Amazon Prime Video app, support for ESPN+, and the new voices for Google Assistant announced back at I/O.

Also new is how the Shield will handle apps — treating them as their own TV-esque channels, as seen below, in a sort of mix between how a…

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Animated Bluetooth Bike Turn Signals

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Tired of risking his life every time he had to signal a turn using his hands while riding his bicycle in rainy Vancouver, [Simon Wong] decided he needed something a bit higher tech. But rather than buy something off the shelf, he decided to make it into his first serious Arduino project. Given the final results and the laundry list of features, we’d say he really knocked this one out of the park. If this is him getting started, we’re very keen to see where he goes from here.

So what makes these turn signals so special? Well for one, …read more

YouTube brings its messaging feature to the web

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Because we have not yet reached peak messaging on Google products, YouTube is now bringing its previously mobile-only messaging feature to the web. Now, when you’re logged into your Google account and browsing YouTube.com, you can share and talk about videos with your friends right on the site. You can access conversations from the chat bubble icon next to the notifications bell on the upper right corner. Chat histories will pop up on the bottom left of the screen and allow you to continue conversations, just like Hangouts on the web or from your Gmail web inbox.

You can share content into private conversations using the share button under any YouTube video and select a contact (or multiple, if you want to discuss in a…

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Elon Musk thinks you can crowdsource truth, but that’s not how the internet works

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In the beginning, the reason for the internet’s existence was to connect people as vastly and as easily as possible. Its fatal flaw, perhaps, is that nobody thought about the horrible things people might do once those walls were broken down. One of the most disconcerting trends of the modern internet is the specific, reflexive ways that bad actors have learned to manipulate and dismiss inconvenient truths by using the culture, systems, and mechanics of the internet. In the four decades since the internet expanded beyond its military origins, a clear playbook has emerged for denying reality — and it’s one that is insidiously easy to use. That hasn’t been good for discourse or truth. Elon Musk, the tech mogul and Tesla CEO, might be about…

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Get the awesome Babylon 5 encyclopedia print edition before it sells out

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Last year, the team behind B5 Books put together a The Babylon 5 Encyclopedia a thoroughly researched, lovingly crafted set of volumes on the universe of the 90’s Sci-Fi series Babylon 5.

I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this edition when it came out, and have referred to it repeatedly when rewatching the series recently. It’s an amazing one-of-a-kind resource for fans of the show.

WHAT ARE THE SPECS OF THE 2-VOLUME HARDCOVER COLOR EDITION?
Trim Size: 8 x 10 inches. These books weigh about 3.5 pounds each (1.58kg), and this was the best size to keep the weight evenly distributed for extended reading.

  • 832 pages total
  • Hand-signed by J. Michael Straczynski
  • Premium 90gsm paper
  • All pages full, four-color printing
  • Custom Slipcase with foil stamping
  • Two Ribbon Bookmarks: one purple, one green. The advantage of two is that you can mark were you left off reading and you can mark the last entry you cross-referenced. Even better, couples can each have their own color.

Less than 100 copies are remaining, however, and the B5 Books team is letting the resource go out of print to focus on B5s 25th anniversary. If you’re a B5 fan, this is your last chance to own the definitive resource on all things Babylonian.

Also, Amazon has Announced that the entire series will be available to stream come June 1st, so if you haven’t delved into the story of our last, best hope for peace, now’s the time!

Riunite advertising was something out of another universe

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Riunite. On ice. Who were they trying to sell this wine? These ads had me cracking up as a child. Were yodelers, robots, and folks with made-up but pretty racist accents really lacking the right choice in pink wine?

Wine on ice is a thing I rarely see, but when I do the people drinking it are generally on an airplane and headed to a good time. The 1980s jingle is the one that seems to come to mind with my contemporaries.

Evidently the Box Wine Revolution did not kill Riunite. They have a website and show some fairly recent awards from San Diego! San Diego is a city revered for their ComicCon, large warships, and proximity to Tijuana, Mexico! So, lets drink up!

Programmable Air Makes Robotics A Breeze

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[Amitabh] was frustrated by the lack of options for controlling air pressure in soft robotics. The most promising initiative, Pneuduino, seemed to be this close to a Shenzhen production run, but the creators have gone radio silent. Faced with only expensive alternatives, he decided to take one for Team Hacker and created Programmable Air, a modular system for inflatable and vacuum-based robotics.

The idea is to build the cheapest, most hacker-friendly system he can by evaluating and experimenting with all sorts of off-the-shelf pumps, sensors, and valves. From the looks of it, he’s pretty much got it dialed in. Programmable …read more

How to make Twitter enjoyable again: time travel

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If you’ve ever wished for the simpler days of Twitter, before it became the floating dumpster of a social media site we’ve all submitted to like captives with Stockholm Syndrome, you’re not alone. But the good news is that you can go back again, albeit briefly. XOXO Festival co-founder and blogger Andy Baio has pointed out on Twitter that by using a hyper-specific filter, you can see what your Twitter feed would have looked like 10 years ago with the same people you now follow.

For me, 2008 Twitter was a delightful mix of people sharing what they ate for dinner, song lyrics, and, of course, what they were doing at that exact minute. It’s the sort of mundane, weightless joy that today’s timeline — which bounces between horrifying…

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BlackBerry teaser shows the KEY2 Android phone with dual cameras

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The BlackBerry KEY2 is the latest business-oriented Android smartphone from the company, teased in the below video and uploaded to YouTube today. The device appears to have a dual camera with LED flash setup, a physical keyboard, messenger apps support from BlackBerry Hub, Privacy Shade pre-installed, and for some reason, a new app drawer shortcut.

The KEY2 is the successor to the KeyOne, a phone that was brave for BlackBerry but not the best as a daily driver, functioning more as a collection of nostalgia with some productive features.

Image: BlackBerry

It’s tough to say whether the KeyOne was successful for BlackBerry Mobile; the device was part of just 850,000 total BlackBerry units sold last year though senior…

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