Disney releases DisneyNow, a new app that combines live TV, on-demand, games and music

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 Disney’s streaming service may still be years away, but the company this week has launched a new app for streaming Disney’s series, Disney Channel movies, live TV and music all under one roof, with the release of DisneyNow. The app is designed to consolidate Disney’s existing “Watch” streaming apps into one, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and… Read More

Top Gantt Chart Solutions for Angular

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In this article, we’ll take a look at three different Angular Gantt charts. Our field of interest includes the basic features and documentation. Without going into technical details, we’ll check what these charts can do and how easy it’ll be to find a particular documentation page that describes how you can reach the desired functionality. Well, let’s start!

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Elon Musk proposes city-to-city travel by rocket, right here on Earth

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled revised plans to travel to the Moon and Mars at a space industry conference today, but he ended his talk with a pretty incredible promise: using that same interplanetary rocket system for long distance travel on Earth. Musk showed a demonstration of the idea on stage, claiming that it will allow passengers to take “most long distance trips” in just 30 minutes, and go “anywhere on Earth in under an hour” for around the same price of an economy airline ticket.

Musk proposed using SpaceX’s forthcoming mega-rocket (codenamed “Big Fucking Rocket” or BFR for short) to lift a massive spaceship into orbit around the Earth. The ship would then settle down on floating landing pads near major cities. Both the new…

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Google Pixel 2 event: what to expect

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Last year, Google released the Pixel, the first smartphone designed and sold by the company, and billed it as the best smartphone for Android around. One year later, the company is gearing up to release the next generation of its smartphone, the Pixel 2. Google is setting high expectations. Its teaser video makes claims that its phones can solve problems like bad photos, storage, battery life, software updates, and more.

Adding to the mix are a series of leaks from sites like Droid Life and Android Authority, rumoring that Google will be expanding its hardware presence in a big way with new Google Home devices, a new high-end Chromebook, and new Daydream VR headsets.

Taken together, it’s starting to look like Google’s event will be one…

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Star Fox 2 is strange, daring, and an important piece of game history

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The original Star Fox was a technological triumph. A sci-fi shooter starring a cast of anthropomorphic animals, the game managed to squeeze actual 3D graphics — chunky polygons and all — onto the Super Nintendo’s comparatively underpowered 16-bit hardware. Its sequel was equally ambitious. Star Fox 2 combined cutting-edge graphics with a unique, real-time structure that had you fighting off alien forces while simultaneously defending your home planet. It was tense, daring, and unlike any other game.

Of course, the other big difference between the two games is that Star Fox 2 was never officially released — until today.

Nintendo’s miniature SNES Classic is an excellent machine for 16-bit fans, with a built-in collection of some of the…

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Watch Elon Musk’s keynote where he announced SpaceX’s new rocket and Mars colonization

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 Elon Musk gave a keynote address yesterday to the International Aeronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. During the 43 minute talk, which is embedded above, Musk laid out SpaceX’s future including colonizing Mars and building one rocket to rule them all. The talk is fantastic. Elon was Elon and revealed countless details about future SpaceX plans. This is why he’s celebrated… Read More

Original Content explores the politics and space battles of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

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star trek discovery Star Trek: Discovery, the first Trek TV show in more than 10 years, premiered on CBS this week before making the leap to the network’s new streaming service, CBS All Access (which is where the rest of the season will air). Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, the show offers a serialized, morally complex take on the Trek universe. In the latest episode of the Original Content… Read More

Sheet, a spreadsheet program in 217 bytes of javascript

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The code for Sheet fits in one of those newfangled 280-character tweets with room to spare: at 218 bytes, it’s the most amazingly compact spreadsheet app committed to screen.

A 218b spreadsheet app in HTML/JS

Inspired by aem1k.com/sheet

Golfed by xem, subzey, p01, rlauck, aemkei, odensc, corruptio
Related AMA answer

See also my new favorite subreddit, r/TinyCode

Our Mr. Robot Digital After Show returns!

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The third season of Mr. Robot is coming to USA on October 11th, and the Mr. Robot Digital After Show is coming back, too! This year, it will be hosted by Nilay Patel, Megan Farokhmanesh, and me, Russell Brandom.

Mr. Robot has gotten really interesting over the last season, using hacker culture as a way to talk about history, mental illness, and the broader collapse of parasitic capitalism. There’s also a lot of straight-up hacking, with a level of technical detail that’s still very new to TV. All that gives us a lot to dig through each week — whether it’s breaking down the plot, walking through the hacks, or checking in with the fans.

You can find us on The Verge each week, or on the Mr. Robot Facebook page. And if there’s anything you…

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The Sphero Mini is the size of a ping pong ball and super cute

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I love a tiny object, but I wasn’t fully prepared for how small and cute the new Sphero Mini would be. The company introduced and released the ping pong ball-sized device today along with a new Sphero Mini app. I actually squealed when I took it out of its shipping box at The Verge‘s office this week.

The Mini works similarly to the original Sphero in that users can drive it around, program it, and play games with it through its companion iOS / Android app. There are four options for driving the Mini: Face Drive, Tilt, Slingshot, and Joystick. Face Drive is the most unique, if not at all practical, option. It relies on facial recognition software to scan users’ faces and identify basic emotions, like a smile or frown. Those expressions…

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These wireless noise-canceling headphones from Porsche Design and KEF are pricey but last 30 hours

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German lifestyle brand Porsche Design and British audio company KEF have released a new set of wireless noise-canceling headphones that feature a solid 30-hour battery, called Space One Wireless. They cost £350 (about $470) and feature active noise-canceling technology, Bluetooth aptX, 40mm drivers, and a cable with mic for optional listening without battery drain.

The companies claim the headphones will last 30 hours even with Bluetooth and active noise canceling switched on. That’s on the higher end of battery life; other cans from Plantronics, Sony, Bose, and AKG last between 20 to 30 hours. The Space One Wireless also feature a lightweight aluminum band with memory foam cups.

Vlad Savov, Verge headphone reviewer and…

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The ASRock Z270 Supercarrier Motherboard Review: 4-way SLI and 5 Gigabit Ethernet on Kaby Lake

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In this review we are having a close look at ASRock’s Z270 Supercarrier, an apical motherboard that is targeting design professionals and hardcore gamers. The motherboard is bristling with features, some of which cannot be found on middle-range designs, and yet it retains a standard ATX form factor. The combination of the above however had the predictable side effect of a sizable price tag.

Get your face into Meow Wolf’s long, striped ‘Experience Tube’

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The Experience Tube is my new favorite thing and yes, despite the wacky infomercial spoof promoting it, it’s real.

What IS the Experience Tube?

Well, it’s a long, striped fabric tube. One person puts their head in one end and another person puts theirs in the other. The couple then gets to look and interact with each other through mesmerizing confines of the tube.

Officially it’s described as a “revolutionary analog device which connects one experience to another.”

Using only soft striped fabric and the most sophisticated facial recognition technology ever developed (installed standard in current model human brains) the tube replaces all peripheral distractions with an unbridled visual feast of stripes and laughter! Simply upload a couple of faces into each end and make your own internet, instantaneously! Immediate vivid connection, with no subscriptions, user agreements, invasive advertisements, or spotty service!

The downright delightful creation is the “longtime dream project” of Nicholas Toll, an artist in Santa Fe’s Meow Wolf collective. It’s available online or in person at Meow Wolf for $24.99.

(I’m actually going to be in Santa Fe this weekend, specifically to experience Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return, and I’m totally buying one!)

Recommended: Ifixit’s Pro Tech Toolkit

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Ifixit’s Pro Tech Toolkit comes with 64 specialized screw bits that help my wife and I get into many restricted areas of technology.

The carrying case rolls out like a sleeping bag, with the goodies neatly tucked into tiny canvas holders, and the clever container that holds the bits is held to the carrying case by a magnet – easily detached when needed.

The set is intelligently designed; one flexible extender allows you to unscrew at 90 degree angles, perfect for working in the tight confines of a PC case.

OLED hacked power bank

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In a feat of over-engineering, [Everett Bradford] hacked his power bank to add power monitor via an OLED display to show live current, voltage, temperature, and capacity information. The idea came when he learned about the INA219 chip. The INA219 is a current shunt and power monitor IC with an I²C or SMBUS compatible interface. The device is able to monitor both shunt voltage drop and bus supply voltage, with programmable conversion times and filtering. A programmable calibration value, combined with an internal multiplier, enables direct readouts of current in amperes. An additional multiplying register calculates power in watts.

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NASA delays launch of the world’s most powerful space telescope, again

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has experienced another delay. The telescope will now launch between March and June of 2019, instead of the previously planned launch of October 2018. The space agency made the announcement after a new scheduled assessment, noting that the delay was due to the component integration and testing taking longer than expected.

The delay is at least partly due to the size and complexity of the Webb spacecraft and sunshield, the agency said. “The installation of more than 100 sunshield membrane release devices, factoring in lessons learned from earlier testing, like longer time spans for vibration testing, has meant the integration and testing process is just taking longer,” said Eric Smith, program…

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Hand-Carving Geometric Art

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[Scott Cramer] is a retired professional woodworker who specializes in geometric art made from beautifully joined wood. In this project he’s carving four interlocked cloverleaf rings from a block of basswood. First he made a series of cuts to turn the block into a cuboctahedron, a geometric solid comprising six squares and eight triangles. Then he drew on the basic lines of the rings on the wood and went to work with a chisel, smoothing and separating the rings and carving out the interior. You can see more shots of the project on his Facebook post, which is included after …read more

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