Meizu is selling its port-less phone on Indiegogo for $1,299

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Meizu is now selling its Zero phone — its device with no ports, buttons, or holes — on Indiegogo. In typical crowdfunding fashion, Meizu has to raise at least $100,000 in order for anyone to receive the $1,299 device. The company still hasn’t posted specs beyond the fact that it’ll use the Snapdragon 845 processor. We also know that it’ll have an in-display fingerprint sensor, rely on wireless charging, support eSIM, and incorporate “in-screen sound technology” so that it doesn’t need speaker holes to play audio.

The company also sold its prototype version for $2,999 on Indiegogo, but that unit has already sold out. Typically, we at The Verge will warn you about backing a crowdfunding project because if it doesn’t ship, you’ll be out the…

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Grade school children explain climate change to Trump

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We have a president who has a hard time understanding the difference between weather and climate. Science is a tough subject for the man. On Monday he proved once again just how ignorant he is with this tweet:

So Jimmy Kimmel kindly invited a couple of grade school children to try to help Trump out with this basic climate change tutorial. Mr. Trump, please listen and learn. Read the rest

Books collect an artist’s daily grotesque Trump portraits

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Warren Craghead writes, “I wanted to let you know about my TRUMPTRUMP drawing project and the new collection that Retrofit Comics that was just published. Since Trump got the nomination for president in July 2016 I’ve been drawing a grotesque portrait of him and his minions every day – you can see them at here. Retrofit Comics published a collection of the first six months of drawings last year, and the new collection is out now – 200+ pages of drawings.

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KFC’s new ‘Cheetos Sandwich’ not my first choice either

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A magazine named after something kids shouldn’t eat REALLY hates on a sandwich.


And then you see something like KFC’s new Cheeto Sandwich, and you remember how it feels to take one look at a promotional image and feel the tiniest bit of vomit rising in the back of your throat.

Good god, KFC. What hath science wrought on this one?

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Great 10-minute video about the history of movie poster design

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James Verdesoto is the movie poster designer responsible for some of the more memorable posters of recent decades, including Pulp Fiction, Girl, Interrupted, and Training Day. In this short video, he gives a terrific presentation about the design aesthetics of movie posters from the 1930s to present day. I learned a lot from this; it was 10 minutes well-spent.

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How To Make Your Own Springs for Extruded Rail T-Nuts

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Open-Source Extruded Profile systems are a mature breed these days. With Openbuilds, Makerslide, and Openbeam, we’ve got plenty of systems to choose from; and Amazon and Alibaba are coming in strong with lots of generic interchangeable parts. These open-source framing systems have borrowed tricks from some decades-old industry players like Rexroth and 80/20. But from all they’ve gleaned, there’s still one trick they haven’t snagged yet: affordable springloaded T-nuts.

I’ve discussed a few tricks when working with these systems before, and Roger Cheng came up with a 3D printed technique for working with T-nuts. But today I’ll take another step …read more

iFixit’s iPhone battery replacement kits will cost $29.99 for the rest of 2019

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iFixit, the company that sells gadget repair kits, said today that it’s going to keep selling its iPhone battery replacement kits for $29.99, the price that Apple charged for its official replacements in 2018. If you want to get your iPhone repaired at an Apple Store, the price now ranges from $49 to $79.

The iFixit kits include everything you need to replace your iPhone battery, including tweezers, a suction handle, the battery itself, and a precision bit driver. The company is selling kits for every model between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 8 Plus. (The 4S battery kit is cheaper at $16.99.) Of course, remember that if you take your phone apart and replace the battery with unofficial parts, it voids your warranty.

Apple only lowered…

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Netflix documentary The Great Hack turns the Cambridge Analytica scandal into high drama

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Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

“We were so in love with the gift of this technology that nobody bothered to read the terms and conditions.”

“We got high-end connectivity, and we lost our way.”

“It felt like our minds had been hacked.”

Read the lines above in the most portentous and menacing tone imaginable, and you’ll get a good sense of how The Great Hack — a new Netflix documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal — approaches its subject matter. The Great Hack covers one of 2018’s biggest tech controversies: the revelation that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica secretly…

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The Intel Xeon W-3175X Review: 28 Unlocked Cores, $2999

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Intel has always ensured that its high-end server platforms, one where multiple CPUs can act as a single system, have the highest core count processors. These servers go into the most expensive deployments, so they can afford the most expensive silicon to produce. The consumer market by contrast is very price sensitive by comparison, so consumers get fewer cores. However, consumers have always asked for a way of getting all of those cores, preferably in an overclockable chip, at more reasonable prices. Intel has answered your call, with the Xeon W-3175X. All 28-cores, all the time. This is our review.


Ariana Grande got a Kanji tattoo she thought meant “seven rings” but actually means “small charcoal grill”

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Brian Ashcraft:

Grande posted a photo of her tattoo. In Japanese, it reads, ?? (shichirin). You can see the pic photo (via Grande’s official Japanese Twitter), which has since been deleted from her Instagram. The kanji character ? means “seven,” while ? means “hoop,” “circle,” “ring,” or “wheel.” However, when you put them together, the meaning is different! ?? (shichirin) is a “small charcoal grill” and not “seven rings,” which is written differently in Japanese.

The mistake could have been avoided had she googled her new tat:

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Infrared Brute Force Attack Unlocks TiVo

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While the era of the TiVo (and frankly, the idea of recording TV broadcasts) has largely come to a close, there are still dedicated users out there who aren’t quite ready to give up on the world’s best known digital video recorder. One such TiVo fanatic is [Gavan McGregor], who recently tried to put a TiVo Series 3 recorder into service, only to find the device was stuck in the family-friendly “KidZone” mode.

Without the code to get it out of this mode, and with TiVo dropping support for this particular recorder years ago, he had to hack his way …read more

Wanna Kicks, a new AR app from Wannaby, lets you virtually “try on” your next pair of kicks

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Wannaby, a startup out of Belarus that is building “AR commerce” experiences, has launched a beta of its latest app, which aims to make it easier to find the perfect sneakers. Dubbed “Wanna Kicks,” the iOS app uses augmented reality to let you “try on” various pairs of sneakers. You simply choose a pair of […]

Build Retro Games with Script-8

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A whole generation of programmers learned to program by writing — or at least typing in — game programs for relatively simple computers like a TRS-80, a Commodore 64, or any of a handful of similar machines. These days, games are way more complicated and so are computers. Sure, it is more fun to play Skyrim than Snake, but for learning, you are probably going to get more out of starting with a simple game. If you want to learn programming today — or maybe start someone else on that same journey, you should check out Script-8, a project by …read more

Your smartphone may soon pack 1TB in storage thanks to Samsung’s new memory chip

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Sick of filling the limited space on your phone with apps, photos and videos? Sometime in the near future, your smartphone could ship with more than one-terabyte (1TB) of internal storage and run 10 times faster than a standard memory card. Samsung is best known for making smartphones but the company’s memory division — one of its […]

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