Bag Week 2018: Chrome’s BLCKCHRM Bravo 2.0 backpack is a burly, stylish beast

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If you needed to pick a bag to have your back in a street fight, you should probably choose Chrome’s Bravo 2.0. I tested a version of this pack from the company’s higher-end BLCKCHRM line. The BLCKCHRM version of the Bravo 2.0 replaces the normal pack’s 1050 denier nylon exterior with a slightly rubbery, Navy-grade material […]

Refurbishing A DEC 340 Monitor

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Back in the “good old days” movie theaters ran serials. Every week you’d pay some pocket change and see what happened to Buck Rogers, Superman, or Tex Granger that week. Each episode would, of course, end in a cliffhanger. [Keith Hayes] has started his own serial about restoring a DEC 340 monitor found in a scrap yard in Australia. The 340 — not a VT340 — looks like it could appear in one of those serials, with its huge cabinets and round radar-like display. [Keith] describes the restoration as “his big project of the year” and we are anxious to …read more

Tech leaders condemn policy leading to family separations at the border

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By now you’ve seen the photos and videos and probably heard the audio tape. The media coming out of the U.S./Mexico border over the past week has been truly heart-wrenching and horrifying, including, most shockingly, images of young children being housed in what amounts to human cages. Many prominent politicians across the world (and in […]

Football matches land on your table thanks to augmented reality

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It’s World Cup season, so that means that even articles about machine learning have to have a football angle. Today’s concession to the beautiful game is a system that takes 2D videos of matches and recreates them in 3D so you can watch them on your coffee table (assuming you have some kind of augmented reality setup, which you almost certainly don’t). It’s not as good as being there, but it might be better than watching it on TV.

‘Family detention’ existed under Obama, too. But systematically separating kids is all new.

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“Systematically separating kids and parents is a new Trump policy,” said NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff today about this first-person account. “But detaining families isn’t.” You’re going to want to read this thread.


Laser Cutter Turns Scrapped To Shipped

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We’ll go way out on a limb here and say you’ve probably got a ridiculous amount of flattened cardboard boxes. We’re buying more stuff online than ever before, and all those boxes really start to add up. At the least we hope they’re making it to the recycling bin, but what about reusing them? Surely there’s something you could do with all those empty shipping boxes…

Here’s a wild idea…why not use them to ship things? But not exactly as they are, unless you’re in the business of shipping big stuff, the probably won’t do you much good as-is. Instead, …read more

Were real dinosaurs as bulletproof as the one in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?

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<em>The “Indoraptor,” a new dinosaur hybrid in</em> Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom<em>.</em>

At one point in the new film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Velociraptor trainer Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) fires multiple rifle shots into the “Indoraptor,” a new dinosaur hybrid constructed from DNA taken from Tyrannosaurus rex samples, Velociraptors, and god knows what else. The dinosaur cowers for a couple seconds, then charges at its prey, seemingly undamaged. Like the Indominus rex in the first Jurassic World, the franchise’s latest human-made dino seems to be immune to gunfire.

Obviously, there’s a fair bit of scientific fudging going on in the Jurassic Park series, given that the entire series’ premise is based on an incorrect idea of how long DNA can be preserved. But that image of dinosaurs shrugging off gunfire for dramatic…

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TP-Link’s new mesh router can control smart home gadgets

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TP-Link is launching its second mesh router today, the Deco M9 Plus, and it comes with two notable upgrades over the original around speed and smart home functionality.

The first is the more common feature: this is a tri-band router, instead of a dual band one, which means it should allow for even faster speeds. Like most tri-band routers, the M9 Plus sets up a dedicated network for communication between router units, allowing for faster operation for the networks connected to your phone and computer.

TP-Link’s first mesh router, the Deco M5, was only a dual-band model, which is what you’ll usually find on routers, and tends to be a bit cheaper. But at this point, most mesh systems offer both dual- and tri-band options, so there isn’t…

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Oppo made a Lamborghini edition of its new flagship Find X smartphone

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Oppo showed off its new Find X smartphone with a pop-up notch earlier today, and now the company has announced a partnership with Lamborghini to create a special version of the device. The smartphone maker says the Lamborghini version of the Oppo Find X will cost 1,699 euros ($1,966), and it’s the start of a partnership with the Italian luxury car brand.

The special edition smartphone will have Super VOOC charging, which helps it fast charge its 3,400mAh battery from 0 to 100 percent within 35 minutes, according to Oppo. There hasn’t been word on whether the specs will be different from the regular Find X, but we do know that the Lamborghini edition has a carbon fiber texture on the rear with the car brand’s logo.

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Patriot Boot Camp wants to turn soldiers into entrepreneurs

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From the earliest moments of boot camp, budding soldiers learn about entrepreneurship. They learn how to operate in unknown terrain, how to listen to signals, and perhaps most importantly, how to make things happen with extremely limited time and resources. Yet, when soldiers return home following a deployment, the transition to civilian life can be […]

Star Trek: Discovery showrunner’s new five-year deal could bring Patrick Stewart back to the franchise

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After several years of tumult, Star Trek: Discovery — and the greater Star Trek TV empire — may finally be getting some stability: CBS Television Studios has signed Discovery’s recently promoted showrunner Alex Kurtzman to a five-year deal that will put him in charge of all TV Trek projects for the foreseeable future, via The Hollywood Reporter. (We’d make a five-year mission joke, but Verge readers deserve better.)

In addition to Discovery, CBS reportedly has multiple Star Trek shows already in development for Kutzman to oversee. Per Variety, these include a Starfleet Academy show from Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz (who previously created Dynasty, Gossip Girl, and Marvel’s Runaways), a limited series based on the Wrath of Khan…

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The Google Home and Home Mini are now available in Spain, Ireland, and Austria

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The Google Home and Home Mini are now available for purchase in Spain, Austria, and Ireland. The Google Home will cost €149 ($172.54), while the Home Mini will cost €59 ($68.32).

While a leak last month suggested a Spain launch for the Home and Home Mini was coming soon, there had been no indication of the Google products coming to Austria and Ireland. Still, the Google Assistant on Google Home is only available in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish, and the company makes no mention of adopting Austrian German, Slovenian, Gaelic, or Irish. That means people in Austria or Ireland purchasing a Google Home or Home Mini will have to get by with the languages that are available.

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How to text from your computer with Android Messages

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Yesterday Google started rolling out the ability to text from the web with Android Messages. The feature gives users a lot more flexibility in choosing how and where they can carry on conversations. As long as your Android smartphone is powered on, you can text from a desktop computer or even other mobile devices — including iOS products like an iPad if you just open up Safari. Aside from text, you can also send emoji, stickers, and images over the web.

Using Android Messages on the web requires using Android Messages as your main texting app on your phone. I like it just fine, and Google is clearly planning big things for the future, but if you prefer, say, Samsung’s default messages app or something else, the two don’t work together….

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Database shift: Start with open source but finish with AWS

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The cloud was supposed to kill open source. Instead, savvy cloud operators appear to be using open source as an on-ramp to proprietary services, giving them reason to increase investments in complementary open source projects. Google is the obvious example, spinning out TensorFlow and Kubernetes as a way to raise a generation of developers anxious to perfect machine learning and container-driven workloads on the Google Cloud Platform.

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