Why Android P gestures are a risk worth taking

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Now that those of us brave enough to install the Android P beta have had a week or two to kick the tires, I wanted to revisit them again. Chaim Gartenberg has rightly pointed out that the combination of swipes and buttons means that the core navigation is a set of mixed metaphors. Others have called them “bad” and “a hot mess.” A gentler way to characterize the new system would be “polarizing,” but for Android users a better way might be to call it “rejection.”

Having spent some more time with the Android P beta, I tend to agree — but for different reasons. I am not at all put out by the mixed metaphors in the UI; some button taps and some swipes. Nor am I really annoyed that the gesture system hasn’t reclaimed any screen real estate, if…

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This startup is building self-driving trucks and SUVs for futuristic off-road adventures

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With every month that goes by, it seems like another electric vehicle startup comes along and promises to disrupt the auto industry. This month, it’s Rivian, a California-based startup, emerging from stealth for the first time this month with aspirations to be something of a Land Rover for souped-up EVs. The company is intent on launching an all-electric five-passenger pickup truck in 2020 and a seven-passenger SUV after that, though it will show them off later this year at the LA Auto Show.

Rivian claims these vehicles will cost between $50,000 to nearly $100,000, deliver between 200 and 400 miles of range, offer “blistering” on-road speed, “incredible” off-road performance, and, eventually, will drive themselves. Want to drive to a…

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Nvidia’s GTX 1050 3GB graphics card will cater to the budget PC gamer

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Nvidia is prepping the next generation of graphics cards, but it’s not too late to unveil a new budget model for this generation, specifically the GeForce GTX 1050 3GB.

The GTX 1050 3GB sits between the lowly 2GB GTX 1050 and higher-end 4GB 1050 Ti, bringing a faster base clock but lower memory bandwidth (84GB / second versus 112GB / second for the other two GPUs) with 760 CUDA cores to its name.

Interestingly, Nvidia is cutting the concept of crypto out from this graphics card. Having 3GB of memory makes it possible to play PC games, but cryptocurrencies like Ethereum require 3GB at the minimum, so you’re better off looking elsewhere.

The GTX 1050 will be available from Nvidia directly and from partners such as EVGA, Asus, and…

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Matt Groening’s new animated fantasy show will premiere on Netflix in August

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Matt Groening’s animated epic fantasy series has a release date: Netflix has revealed that Disenchantment will premiere on August 17th. The company also shared a handful of pictures that show off an art style that will be familiar to anyone who’s watched Futurama or The Simpsons.

Netflix officially announced the series last year. It’ll follow a “hard-drinking young princess” named Bean, an elf companion named Elfo, and her personal demon named Luci as they encounter all manner of fantasy creatures in a magical kingdom known as Dreamland. Netflix ordered 20 episodes of the show; the first 10 will premiere this year.

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Plant Biology is a Gateway

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Too many college students have been subject to teachers’ aids who think they are too clever to be stuck teaching mere underclassmen. For that reason, [The Thought Emporium] is important because he approaches learning with gusto and is always ready to learn something new himself and teach anyone who wants to learn. When he released a video about staining and observing plant samples, he avoided the biggest pitfalls often seen in college or high school labs. Instead of calling out the steps by rote, he walks us through them with useful camera angles and close-ups. Rather than just pointing at …read more

Verge Art: a new home for our original illustrations and GIFs

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Each week, our team of designers and freelance illustrators creates a ton of custom art for The Verge, including illustrations for our articles, motion graphics for our reviews and series, and designs that spread across all of our platforms. So, we’ve made an Instagram account to compile and share all of our custom art in one place to showcase our wide breadth of work.

Follow us to see all the latest looping animations, thoughtful illustrations, and (from time to time) new wallpapers!

Follow @TheVergeArt

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

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Silicon Valley’s latest big idea is Tupperware parties for marijuana

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Converge is an interview game show where the biggest personalities in tech come on to tell us about their wildest dreams. It’s a show that’s easy to win, but not impossible to lose — because, in the final round, I finally get a chance to play and score a few points of my own.

On the premiere episode of Converge, Houseparty co-founder and chief operating officer Sima Sistani comes on to tell us about her big idea: Tupperware parties for marijuana — or, as she puts it, “Stella & Dot for pot.” With weed becoming legal in more states, people are curious about what they might enjoy. If you don’t feel comfortable visiting a dispensary, maybe you’d prefer to bring an expert to your house, along with some samples for you and your friends?


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Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen will be a ‘remix’ with original characters, not a remake

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When The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof brings his version of Watchmen to HBO, it will be as an original story with new characters, not a retelling of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel. “We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof wrote in a lengthy letter on Instagram. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced not rebooted.”

The five-page letter touches on Lindelof’s personal connection to the series as well as his vision for his new spin on it. The original Watchmen is canon, he says, but the show will neither be a sequel nor a reboot. Rather, he likens it to being “remixed,” because “the bass lines in those familiar…

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Google and LG show off their high-res VR display for future headsets

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Google and LG’s high-res prototype VR display is official and nearly ready for future VR headsets. It’s an incredibly pixel-rich, 18-megapixel OLED display at 1443 ppi, with a 120Hz refresh rate contained on a 4.3-inch screen with a 120 x 96 field of view.

For reference, Google says the upper bounds of human vision exist at 9600 x 9000, 2,183 ppi, and 160 x 150-degree field of view — so it’s not too far off, which is both fascinating and terrifying. If you want to compare current VR products, the HTC Vive has a smaller 3.6-inch 1080 x 1200 display with 448 pixels-per-inch, while the improved Vive Pro’s 3.5-inch 1440 x 1600 panel only has 615 ppi. Both VR headsets only have measly 90Hz refresh rates and 110-degree fields of view.


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A new eyewear brand is taking on Luxottica with a single wire, some seed funding, and a sustainability story

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A U.K.-based startup has come up with a new design for high-end, direct-to-consumer sunglasses that are original, modular, and virtually indestructible. But to get their eyewear in the hands of consumers, they’ll have to compete with some industry giants, including Luxottica Group of Italy, whose brands include Ray-Ban and Oakley among others. Their company, Wires […]

These mini cinder blocks let you build your own desk gear

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The workday is long, and inevitably, you’re going to find yourself needing to take a break from the daily grind. With Mini Materials Miniature Cinder Blocks, you can take some time for yourself and decompress by turning your desk into a miniature construction site. They’re available today in the Boing Boing Store for $22.49.

Handmade out of real cement, these 1:12-scale mini cinder blocks make fun toys for DIY-ers and tinkerers alike. You can use them to decorate your desk and build pen holders, platforms, and whatever else your mind can envision. Plus, they come on a wooden pallet that doubles as a coaster for extra utility.

24-packs of Mini Materials Miniature Cinder Blocks are available in the Boing Boing Store for $22.49.

Working replica of Snake Plissken’s Lifeclock countdown timer watch from Escape From New York

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The Lifeclock One: Snake Edition is a $300 licensed replica of the countdown timer watch worn by Snake Plissken in Escape From New York: it’s very cool looking and faithful to the original prop, but regrettably, the designers have added in a bunch of “smart-watch” features (Bluetooth, an app, text-message and app notifications from your phone) that raise the price, create needless attack surface, and add complexity.

Components and How They Interact in Vue and Vuex

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Vue, being a progressive framework, is similar to Angular in terms of syntax. In order to understand what components are in Vue and where Vuex comes into the picture, first, we will go through how Vue provides the ability to share data between components.

What Is a Component and Why Do We Need to Share the Data Between Components?

If you are familiar with Angular directives, then it’s just like a simple directive wherein we can write our own logic, provide a pattern (template), and call that component (rather than registering the component to the root instance).

This company wants to put “brains” in electric scooters and bikes to keep riders safer

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Superpedestrian, a Cambridge, Ma.-based company, has been known until now for its electric Copenhagen wheel, which a user attaches to his or her bikes and operates through an app. It’s essentially a circular unit that houses a motor, a battery and sensors and is placed in the middle of the rear wheel, measuring how fast and […]

Assessing Cavium’s ThunderX2: The Arm Server Dream Realized At Last

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A little less than 2 years ago, we investigated the first Arm server SoC that had a chance to compete with midrange Xeon E5s: the Cavium ThunderX. The SoC showed promise, however the low single-threaded performance and some power management issues relegated the 48-core SoC to more niche markets such as CDN and Web caching. In the end, Cavium’s first server SoC was not a real threat to Intel’s Xeon.

But Cavium did not give up. The new creation of underdog Cavium deserves the benefit of the doubt. Much has changed – much more than the name alone lets on – as Cavium has bought the "Vulcan" design from Avago. Vulcan is a rather ambitious CPU design which was originally designed by the Arm server SoC team of Broadcom. Based on its experience from the ThunderX, Cavium was able to take what they’ve learned thus far and have introduced some microarchitectural improvements to the Vulcan design to improve its performance and power.

As a result, ThunderX2 is a much more "brainiac" core than the previous generation. While the ThunderX core had a very short pipeline and could hardly sustain 2 instructions per clock, the Vulcan core was designed to fetch 8 and execute up to 4 instructions per clock. It gets better: 4 simultaneous threads can be active (SMT4), ensuring that the wide back-end is busy most of the time. 32 of those cores at clockspeeds up to 2.5 GHz find a home in the new ThunderX2 SoC.

To that end, today we are comparing this new contender for the server CPU market with the mighty Xeon Platinum 8176 as well as AMD’s EPYC. Can Cavium finally deliver on the promise of a performant and efficient Arm CPU for servers? Let’s find out!

Machine learning is helping computers spot arguments online before they happen

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It’s probably happened to you. You’re having a chat with someone online (on social media, via email, in Slack) when things take a nasty turn. The conversation starts out civil, but before you know it, you’re trading personal insults with a stranger / co-worker / family friend. Well, we have some good news: scientists are looking into it, and with a little help from machine learning, they could help us stop arguments online before they even happen.

The work comes from researchers at Cornell University, Google Jigsaw, and Wikimedia, who teamed up to create software that scans a conversation for verbal ticks and predicts whether it will end acrimoniously or amiably. Notably, the software was trained and tested on a hotbed of high-stakes…

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The Rammellzee universe

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Rammellzee (previously) — artist, graffiti writer, hip hop musician, masked performer, Gothic Futurist — died in 2010, leaving a mysterious body of work. Hua Hsa explores his spectacular mythology. [via Metafilter]

…language enforced discipline, and that whoever controlled it could steer people’s thoughts and imaginations. His hope wasn’t to replace English; he wanted to annihilate it from the inside out. His generation grew up after urban flight had devastated New York’s finances and infrastructure. Ramm channelled the chaos into a spectacular personal mythology, drawn from philology, astrophysics, and medieval history. He was obsessed with a story of Gothic monks whose lettering grew so ornate that the bishops found it unreadable and banned the technique. The monks’ work wasn’t so different from the increasingly abstract styles of graffiti writing, which turned a name into something mysterious and unrecognizable

It’s the year of the Ramm: a show is on at Red Bull Arts New York and here’s another article by Alexxa Gotthardt.

Rammellzee wasn’t average by any definition. “He just ventured out on this planet in his own dimensions,” his late wife, Carmela Zagari, once said. The art, rap, and cosmologies he conjured not only mesmerized the 1980s art world, within which he came of age, but left a permanent mark on his peers and the artists who came after him, from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jim Jarmusch to the Beastie Boys, graffiti artist Futura, and cult rapper Wiki. “He’s the kind of guy you could talk to for 20 minutes and your whole life could change, if you could understand him,” Jarmusch once said. Funkmaster Bootsy Collins has described Rammellzee as a “speck of magic galaxy dust from another time.”

On his tags:

…barbed with sharp, explosive lines that made them look like weapons. This was no accident. He wrote extensively about the alphabet’s ability to wage war against language, misinformation, and a repressive society. “The letter is armed to stop all the phony formations, lies, and tricknowlegies placed upon its structure,” he wrote. “You think war is always shooting and beating everybody, but no, we had the letters fight for us.”

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