Bill Nye Saves the World is coming to Netflix

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Bill Nye, known as the Science Guy to practically every 20-something in America, is headed back to TV with a new talk show set to premiere on Netflix next spring. Called Bill Nye Saves the World, the show will revolve around different science topics, while attempting to dispel myths and false scientific claims made by politicians and religious leaders. Special guests will appear in the show’s episodes, too, and you can expect to see some cool experiments and lab demonstrations from Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!

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Logitech has finally made quiet mice

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Logitech has announced its first silent mice, which will hopefully be enough to convince your boss to replace those aging mice that torment your ears on a daily basis. The company is releasing two versions of the quiet clicker: the M220 Silent and the M330 Silent Plus. Logitech says they reduce noise by 90 percent over standard mice. The mice have even received the Quiet Mark seal of approval from the Noise Abatement Society, so that’s good.

Logitech says you’ll still get the familiar click feeling, but without the annoying sound that bothers everyone around you. The M220 Silent will retail for $25 when it’s released in October, and the M330 Silent Plus — which features a 24-month battery life compared to the 18-month…

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Google’s OnHub router can now control Philips Hue lights

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When Google’s OnHub launched last year, it was marketed as a stylish wireless router that could be placed anywhere and would still look like it belonged there. It was also supposed to become a hub for the smart home. Well, that didn’t happen. Although OnHub works with IFTTT, the router itself doesn’t pair with any smart devices. Today that’s changing, though, with Google announcing a partnership with Philips Lighting. Anyone with OnHub can type “On.Here” into any browser and control their Hue lights from there. The Philips app isn’t needed.

Also to celebrate the OnHub’s birthday, Google is selling it for $20 less on the Google Store and Amazon over the next month. If lights are a big selling point for you, maybe now’s the time for a new…

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The Nubia Z11 is coming to America and Europe

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Back in July when the Zubia Z11 was released, it was unclear if Nubia would make its new flagship device available outside of China. Today during IFA, the company announced that it would in fact be rolled out internationally, and the device would make its way to Europe and North America starting next month. The specifications are pretty much identical to the Chinese version:

  • 5.5-inch 1080p display
  • Snapdragon 820 SoC
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 with Nubia UI 4.0
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera with a wide-angle lens
  • Dual SIM, VoLTE, fingerprint sensor, hifi sound
  • 3000mAh battery with fast charging

Nubia says the Z11 will be available in the UK, Europe (Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia,…

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This wristband turns your fingers into a phone

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A new gadget on Kickstarter is basically designed to make you feel like a secret agent. It’s called Sgnl, and it lets you make phone calls just by wearing a wristband and touching your ear, with your fingers acting as the receiver.

There’s no speaker on the device — instead, audio is directed into your ear through vibrations that are sent through your body, into your wrist and up to the fingers touching your ear; a mic is built into the band. It’s not a new concept, but it’s a neat twist on the not-very-cool Bluetooth headset.

The project comes from Innomdle Lab, a startup that’s been spun out of Samsung. This is its first project, and it’s launching with a Kickstarter campaign looking for $50,000, which it’s very nearly reached at the…

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Samsung shows off its latest smartwatch, the Gear S3

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Last year’s Gear S2 was, without question, one of the best looking smartwatches around. After a few generations of unwieldy wearables, the company took it down a few notches with a device that was smaller and decidedly more minimalist. Where other companies have looked to bling it up, the electronics giant stayed subtle.
Announced this week at IFA, the S3 isn’t that. The company… Read More

Sunrise was the best calendar app ever and now I feel lost

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Sunrise I’ve been looking for a good replacement for a few months. While there are many mobile calendar apps out there, none of them come close to Sunrise as they’re not as polished and well-designed. Let’s break down what made Sunrise great. From sunrise to sunset Today sounds like a good time for a post-mortem on Sunrise. In October 2012, shortly after Hurricane Sandy hit New York,… Read More

Facebook shows commitment to video with new 360 video stabilization demo

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04 New Facebook Stabilization Algorithm Steps With new 360 video cameras hitting the shelves alongside matching headsets in time for the holiday season, millions of new users will be looking to consume VR content. Facebook recognizes that one of the biggest impediments to the enjoyment of 360 video is excess motion. The company released a demo today of its new 360 video stabilization technology. The new technology combines traditional… Read More

Teenager dies from hickey

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A 17-year-old boy in Mexico City has died after reportedly receiving a hickey from his 24-year-old girlfriend. According to physicians, the hickey suction likely caused a blood clot that traveled to his brain, resulting in a deadly stroke. It’s rare for a hickey to cause a stroke but it does happen. From WWMT:

In a 2010 case… reported in a New Zealand Medical Journal where a 44-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital after losing movement in her arm due to a hickey on her neck, Doctors weren’t sure why the woman was having a stroke, but then noticed a bruise on her neck and realized the suction on a major artery created a blood clot. According to an interview with the doctor who treated the woman, Dr Teddy Whu, the clot was in the “artery underneath where the hickey was” (and the clot traveled to the woman’s heart.)

DEA will ban kratom, a popular herbal supplement

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Kratom is an herbal supplement that’s become popular in recent years in the United States. Kratom users say taking capsules of the powdered herb helps with social anxiety, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. On Tuesday, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it intends to place two of kratom’s psychoactive chemicals into its list of Schedule I controlled substances, on temporary basis, citing the necessity “to
avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.”

According to the DEA, substances in Schedule I “are those that have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.”

From the DEA’s announcement:

Evidence from poison control centers in the United States also shows that there is an
increase in the number of individuals abusing kratom, which contains the main active
alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. As such, there has been a steady
increase in the reporting of kratom exposures by poison control centers. The American
Association of Poison Control Centers identified two exposures to kratom between 2000
and 2005. Additionally, the Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN), which is comprised
of six poison centers that service the State of Texas, reported 14 exposures to kratom
between January 2009 and September 2013. Between January 2010 and December 2015
U.S. poison centers received 660 calls related to kratom exposure. During this time, there
was a tenfold increase in the number of calls received, from 26 in 2010 to 263 in 2015.

From STAT News:

“It’s a very tragic day,” said Susan Ash, the founder and director of the American Kratom Association, an advocacy group that works to keep the substance legal.

The issue is more than just work-related for Ash, who used kratom to wean herself off opiates to treat the chronic pain she attributes to Lyme disease. She still takes kratom every day to help control her pain.

“This just ripped my quality of life right out from under me,” she said. “This is the plant that returned me to being a productive member of society, and I truly fear for my future, and I fear for all of the people who found kratom to be a solution for them to get off things like heroin. I foresee a large jump in the already epidemic proportions of opiate deaths in this country.”

Ash and other kratom advocates insist that the substance is no more addictive than coffee, and that as long as it is unadulterated, it is safe for adults to consume. They claim that it is impossible to overdose because consuming too much kratom will make you throw up.

Emergency room doctors and toxicologists, on the other hand, have seen kratom interact negatively with other drugs. In the most extreme cases, seizures have been reported.

Caverns and Creatures RPG silliness continues in ‘Probing the Annis’

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Robert Bevan’s silly satire of RPG gamers continues in Probing the Annis. Bevan must really hate the folks he games with.

Don’t expect a lot of intellectual discourse in any of Bevan’s short but funny tales of the Caverns and Creatures universe. His bunch of beer’d up bozo bros are still trying to rules lawyer their way out of trouble in an RPG that has become all too real. Clearly, the situation gets uncomfortable.

Get ready for a lot of puns about butts!

Probing the Annis (Caverns and Creatures) by Robert Bevan via Amazon

Jet-set like a pro with this New York Times featured bag

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If you’re like us, packing and unpacking are two of your least favorite aspects of traveling. Specifically with multi-destination trips, our suitcases usually end in wrinkled clothing, toothpaste stains, and a misplaced deodorant.

The good news is that we’ve found a suitcase that eliminates the disastrous effects of packing and unpacking: The Rolo Travel Bag ($42.99). You essentially use it just as you would your closet. It comes with four separated mesh pockets that easily store all your stuff (from toiletries down to tiny accessories) and even comes with a 360-degree hanger.

All you have to do is pack what you want to bring, roll the bag up, and hook it up once you arrive for easy access to all your essentials. Plus it’s made of waterproof nylon so you don’t have to worry about any accidentals spills or unfortunate weather.

This bag is the greatest thing to happen to our travel routines, and we think you’ll like it too. The Rolo Travel Bag is even 14% off for a limited time.


Scientist reviews most painful insect stings he’s ever received

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Tarantula Hawk Wasp. Image: Ken Bosma/Flickr

Entomologist Justin O. Schmidt has written a book called The Sting of the Wild, about his mission to “compare the impacts of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge.” Here’s how he poetically describes a few bug stings, based on his own 4-point “Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects.”

Red fire ant (1): “Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch.”

Anthophorid bee (1): “Almost pleasant, a lover just bit your earlobe a little too hard.”

California carpenter bee (2): “Swift, sharp, and decisive. Your fingertip has been slammed by a car door.”

Western yellowjacket (2): “Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W.C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.”

Fierce black polybia wasp: (2.5): “A ritual gone wrong, satanic. The gas lamp in the old church explodes in your face when you light it.”

Velvet ant (3): “Explosive and long lasting, you sound insane as you scream. Hot oil from the deep frying spilling over your entire hand.”

Florida harvester ant (3): “Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a power drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.”

Tarantula hawk (4): “Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair dryer has just been dropped into your bubble bath.”

Bullet ant (4): “Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like walking over a flaming charcoal with a 3-inch nail embedded in your heel.”

Warrior (or armadillo) wasp: “Torture. You are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?”


Asskicker coffee has 80 times more caffeine than regular coffee

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A cup of Asskicker coffee supposedly has 5 grams of caffeine, or 80 times the amount in a regular cup of coffee. Can that be right? According to Wikipedia, the median lethal does of caffeine “is estimated to be 150 to 200 milligrams per kilogram of body mass (75–100 cups of coffee for a 70 kilogram adult).” That would mean you’d have a good chance of dropping dead from drinking a cup of Asskicker coffee.

From Oddity Central:

[Adelaide, Australia’s Viscous Coffee owner Steve Benington] says he came up with the idea for the Asskicker when an emergency department nurse asked him for something that would keep her awake and alert for an unexpected night shift. “She consumed her drink over two days and it kept her up for almost three days — I toned it down a little after that and the Asskicker was born,” he recalls. Nowadays, the complex concoction is made with four espresso shots, four 48-hour brewed cold drip ice cubes, 120ml of 10-day brewed cold drip and is finished with four more 48-hour brewed cold drip ice cubes. “Each cold drip ice cube is approximately equivalent of a bit more than two shots of espresso in caffeine,” Benington explains.

Tiki Style packs a big punch full of everything under the Tikidom roof

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Tiki Style

by Sven Kirsten


2015, 192 pages, 4.9 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches (softcover)

$10 Buy a copy on Amazon

This little pocket book packs a big punch full of tiki culture with flamboyant images and a fun history. The author Sven A. Kirsten is the go-to guy for everything tiki. He’s the author of the Book of Tiki, which this bite-sized edition pulls from. The book takes you through the origins of tiki in the South Pacific, explains how this island culture worked its way into mainstream Americana, and highlights some of the legends like Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic.

There’s something about Tikidom that’s just fun. The mugs, the artwork, the cocktails – it’s easy to get wrapped up in the tropical fantasy. Maybe it was growing up in grey and rainy Seattle that made me a sucker for tiki, but I can’t get enough and this book delivers. It’s filled cover to cover with photographs, illustrations, and incredible island imagery. So grab your favorite ceramic mug, pour yourself a Mai-Tai and enjoy this fantastic look at the stylish world of tiki. – JP LeRoux

Note: If you already have The Book of Tiki there won’t be anything new for you here, but I’d highly recommend picking up any of Sven’s other tiki books if you want to learn even more about the culture.

Acer Unveils Slim Windows 10 Notebooks, Convertible Chromebook, Curved Screen Laptop

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Ahead of this week’s IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, Acer has unveiled a range of notebook computers. The company has a new 13-inch Chromebook R 13 laptop, which it says can also be used as a tablet. There’s a new line of Windows 10 Swift notebooks and Spin convertible laptops that are powered by Intel’s just unveiled seventh generation Core processors. The Chromebook R13 sports a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, and is powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. It also houses a USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and HDMI ports. It offers as much as 12-hour of battery life. ZDNet adds:The 14-inch Spin 7 features an aluminium unibody design and is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, with up to 8GB RAM, and 256 GB solid state disk storage. It weighs 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds) with a width of 10.98mm (0.43 inches). It also includes two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. The Spin 7 goes on sale in the US and Europe in October, with prices starting at $1,199 and 1,299 euro respectively. Heading up Acer’s ultra-slim lineup is the aluminium construction, black and gold Swift 7. It features a 13.3-inch full-HD IPS display and Intel 7th generation i5 processor, with a 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM. It boasts fast wireless and dual USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Acer is promising nine hours of battery life for the device, which weighs 1.1kg (2.48 pounds) and has a height of 9.98mm (0.39 inches), making it the slimmest in the Swift series. It will be available in the US and Europe in October from $999 and 1,299 euro respectively.

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Hackers Stole Account Details for Over 60 Million Dropbox Users

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The Dropbox hack is more severe than we expected. Motherboard has the details: Hackers have stolen over 60 million account details for online cloud storage platform Dropbox. Although the accounts were stolen during a previously disclosed breach, and Dropbox says it has already forced password resets, it was not known how many users had been affected, and only now is the true extent of the hack coming to light. Motherboard obtained a selection of files containing email addresses and hashed passwords for the Dropbox users through sources in the database trading community. In all, the four files total in at around 5GB, and contain details on 68,680,741 accounts. The data is legitimate, according to a senior Dropbox employee. Security expert Troy Hunt has corroborated on Motherboard’s claims, and has updated Have I Been Pwned website where you can go and see if you’re among one of the victims.

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The 30 games we can’t wait to play this holiday season

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Tomorrow is September 1st, which means fall is almost here. It’s a time for drinking syrupy seasonal coffee drinks, wearing big warm sweaters, and finding the time in your life to play the incoming onslaught of holiday game releases. 2016 has already been a pretty great year for games, with everything from indie gems like No Man’s Sky and Inside, to big blockbuster experiences like Uncharted 4 and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. But it looks to only get better from here on out.

As is typical leading up to the holidays, the next few months will feature a huge number of new game releases, anchored by sequels to some of the biggest franchises around, including Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Pokémon, and Civilization. There’s also the…

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