Mechanical camera sliders are the coolest terrible idea of 2018

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Oppo’s Find X and Vivo’s Nex are the two most recent and exciting Android devices of the year. Why exciting? Well, they bring us closer to the dream of a truly bezel-less phone, and they do it in dramatic style. Instead of putting a notched area at the top of the screen, both of these phones hailing from China give us pop-up selfie camera modules. Vivo’s is like a miniature periscope, while Oppo’s elevates the entire top of the phone.

Just take a second to appreciate the fluid synchronicity between the on-screen animation when unlocking the Oppo Find X and the physical elevation of its slider. It’s a thing of beauty, hardware engineering meeting software design in a harmonious “whoa” moment:

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Alto’s Odyssey is coming to Android next month

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Serene snowboarding game Alto’s Odyssey is finally making its way to Android next month. It was released on iOS back in February.

Once again, Team Alto will be partnering with Noodlecake Studios to handle porting the sequel. And like the Android version of Alto’s Adventure before it, it looks like Odyssey will be free on Android and supported by ads and in-app purchases, instead of the one-time purchase offered on iOS. It’s yet another indication of the piracy problem that tends to plague premium Android games and apps on the platform.

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Twitch now lets streamers use multiple Extensions at once

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Last year, Twitch announced a suite of tools called Extensions, that allow streamers to customize their channel pages with interactive features, including polls, leaderboards, schedules and more. Today, Twitch is making Extensions even more useful by allowing streamers to run up to three of these overlays at the same time on their video, plus three […]

Learn how to take on cybercriminals as a certified ethical hacker

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The cybersecurity landscape is changing, and now one of the most effective ways to counter hacking threats is to employ another hacker against them. Commonly referred to as ethical hackers, these professionals use a cybercriminal’s tools against them, checking networks for vulnerabilities and patching them up before they can be exploited. The Certified Ethical Hacker Bootcamp Bundle can help you join their ranks and make a living by neutralizing hacking threats for $39.

Complete with 19 courses and more than 70 hours of training, this collection is ideal for beginners looking to get started in the ethical hacking trade. You’ll learn from industry experts in an interactive, lab-filled environment and foster skills in incident management, penetration testing, and more while exploring common threats, such as viruses, social engineering, and DDoS attacks. Once you complete the course, you’ll be ready to sit for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker v9 exam, setting you up to enter the field with one of the industry’s top certifications.

You can catalyze your ethical hacking education today with the Certified Ethical Hacker Bootcamp Bundle, available in the Boing Boing Store for $39.

The Atlantic again concern-trolls: SHOULD CHILDREN HAVE SEX CHANGES?

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How did Twitter addict Jesse Singal become the anti-transgender spokesgoblin of his generation? When a Child Says She’s Trans continues his creepy fixation on gender-nonconforming minors. The “ex-trans” movement, similar to the discredited “ex-gay” movement, can always count on axe-grinding coverage that vastly over-represents their numbers and POV. (more…)

Lawn From Hell Saved by Mower From Heaven

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It’s that time of year again, at least in the northern hemisphere. Everything is alive and growing, especially that narrow-leafed non-commodity that so many of us farm without tangible reward. [sonofdodie] has a particularly hard row to hoe—his backyard is one big, 30° slope of knee-ruining agony. After 30 years of trudging up and down the hill, his body was telling him to find a better way. But no lawn service would touch it, so he waited for divine inspiration.

And lo, the answer came to [sonofdodie] in a trio of string trimmers. These Whirling Dervishes of grass grazing are …read more

The Best Tools for Angular Development

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Let me guess, you are probably an Angular developer or a soon to be website owner who is planning to build a website using Angular. Well, here I have an informative post for you which will possibly help you in finding the right tools for AngularJS development. Therefore, without any further delay let me introduce to you the best AngularJS development tools and services of 2018.

For the ease of the reader I have bifurcated the list of tools into the different phases of AngularJS development. So let us go in the chronological order of how and where you would need these AngularJS development tools.

What is Our Martian Quarantine Protocol?

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If you somehow haven’t read or watched War of the Worlds, here’s a spoiler alert. The Martians are brought down by the common cold. You can argue if alien biology would be susceptible to human pathogens, but if they were, it wouldn’t be surprising if aliens had little defense against our bugs. The worrisome part of that is the reverse. Could an astronaut or a space probe bring back something that would ravage the Earth with some disease? This is not science fiction, it is both a historically serious question and one we’ll face in the near future. If we …read more

The Scuf Vantage is a Fortnite player’s dream PS4 controller

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Scuf Gaming, one of the leading makers of custom game controllers for competitive play, has a new device coming out next month that promises to even further enhance the ability of gamepad users. The device is called the Scuf Vantage, and it’s a custom PS4 controller with back paddles, two additional side buttons, and an instant remapping feature that lets you customize every one of those additional input mechanisms on the fly.

It sounds like an obvious upgrade for serious competitive players and aspiring streamers, but the question remains: do you really need a controller that costs as much as $200 to improve your game? Last week at E3 in Los Angeles, I got my hands on a finalized version of the Vantage. I demoed it on the one game most…

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Nintendo doesn’t think Labo has reached its full potential yet

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Back in April, Nintendo launched a bold new initiative called Labo. A collection of DIY cardboard accessories for the Switch, Labo was designed primarily to reach brand-new audiences outside of the traditional game-playing demographic. While the company says that the first two iterations of Labo have sold well — the “variety kit” reached the top 10 on the NPD sales chart during launch month — there’s still a lot of work to do.

While more typical games like Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey tend to have a surge of sales at launch, Nintendo believes Labo will have a longer lifespan. “Labo represents something else entirely,” says Shinya Takahashi, general manager of the company’s software division, Nintendo EPD.

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Google launches a podcast app for Android with personalized recommendations

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Google today is introducing its first standalone podcast app for Android. The app, called simply Google Podcasts, will use Google’s recommendation algorithms in an effort to connect people with shows they might enjoy, based on their listening habits. While podcasts have previously been available on Android through Google Play Music and third-party apps, Google says the company expects Podcasts to bring the form to hundreds of millions of new listeners around the world. It’ll be available starting at 12PM ET.

“There’s still tons of room for growth when it comes to podcast listening,” said Zack Reneau-Wedeen, product manager on the app. Creating a native first-party Android app for podcasts ”could as much as double worldwide listenership…

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Bible Stories, with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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FOR THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE, AND THEIR SUMMER READING:  Get Ruben Bolling’s hit book series for kids, The EMU Club Adventures.

“The EMU Club inhabits exactly the world I always hoped to live in when I was 12, when the answer to questions like ‘Where did I put my toy’ led inevitably to alien conspiracies and secret underground tunnels. A book for the curious and adventurous!” -Cory Doctorow, author of “For the Win” and “Little Brother”

“The type of non-stop action and improbably hilarious fun that only a kid could dream up. … The EMU Club’s adventures perfectly capture the intersection of imagination and wonder – the crossroad that’s so often found in cardboard boxes, pillow forts and backyards everywhere.” -GeekDad

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The Rabbit Charger is a simpler way to integrate chargers into your wall outlets

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I like the idea of having extra chargers around my apartment, but I live in a rental unit, so I’m not exactly keen to start replacing the outlets with ones that have USB ports or wireless chargers just yet. However, the Rabbit Charger looks like a pretty good alternative that’s as easy to install as changing a faceplate on a regular outlet.

The Rabbit Charger is a outlet-sized block that plugs into your existing outlet. It covers both plugs, but it replaces one with a passthrough plug, so you’re not losing the whole outlet. In exchange for the other plug, you get a Y-shaped charging hub on top of the device with two charging tips. The clever part is that the entire charging cable is retractable, so you aren’t stuck with an ugly cord in…

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