The Outer Worlds swaps Fallout’s post-apocalypse for art deco in space

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Obsidian Entertainment is a studio best known for building on the work of others. Its most popular games to date have been titles like Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2, and Dungeon Siege III, to name a few. And even the studio’s better known original work, the Pillars of Eternity series and spiritual spinoff Tyranny, are modeled on old school RPGs like Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale series, and Planescape: Torment.

So it’s not entirely surprising that despite being a completely new franchise, The Outer Worlds (not to be confused with the excellent and extremely similarly named space-exploration game Outer Wilds, which came out earlier this year) draws on Obsidian’s own past RPG and action experiences…

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Verizon overhauls its ‘unlimited’ offerings with four new plans and $5 price cuts

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Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Verizon has (rather confusingly) offered three different types of “unlimited” data plans for the past two years, but today, the carrier is looking to clear up that confusion by replacing them with four unlimited plans. Sorry, did I say “clear up”? I meant “make everything even more confusing.”

The changes aren’t that sweeping: there are $5 price cuts across the board; new names for two of the old plans; and the third plan is now split into two similar options that allow people to choose which perks they’d like, making the whole system somewhat baffling from the outside.

At the top of the list is the new “Get More Unlimited” plan, which starts at $90 per month for a single line (with autopay…

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Let these robot vacuums do your cleaning for you

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Attention humans: The robots are taking over. The good news is, they’re taking over the household chores. Robot vacuums have come a long way in terms of technology in the last decade or two. Not only are they a huge time-saver, but some of them are also downright fun to watch. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite deals on our favorite robo-cleaners.

ECOVACS DEEBOT 901 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner (Refurbished)

Not every home is the same, but the DEEBOT 901 has solutions for nearly any floor plan. You can draw cleaning maps and assign jobs from the ECOVACS app on your phone, or just direct the bot to clean by voice command and let its Smart Navi Mapping technology do the rest. Get a refurbished ECOVACS DEEBOT 901 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $249.99, half off the retail price.

ECOVACS Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner & Canister Vacuum Station

When it comes to tidy floors, it’s OK to be a bit of a control freak sometimes. This cleaning duo includes ECOVAC’s flagship robot and its smart mapping features for vacuuming wide areas, but the charging station also has a standard canister vacuum for those tight areas that need a personal touch. Pick up the ECOVACS Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner & Canister Vacuum Station for $439.99, a full 44% off the list price.

iRobot Roomba 805 Robotic Vacuum (Certified Refurbished)

iRobot has had a long time to perfect their pioneering Roomba units, and it shows in this model. iAdapt Responsive Navigation lets it deftly navigate around or under obstacles and its Dirt Detect technology can actually seek out areas with a high concentration of dirt. Read the rest

French’s made mustard ice cream a thing

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So, for National Mustard Day (August 3), French’s thought to make mustard-flavored ice cream. They’re selling their horrible concoction for a limited time on both coasts:

To celebrate National Mustard Day on the West Coast, Coolhaus’s location in Culver City, CA will have the ice cream available on August 2-4 and August 9-11. On the East Coast, New Yorkers can look for the French’s Mustard Ice Cream truck on August 1 and 2, before making its way out to the Hamptons on August 3…

August 2
Madison Square Park
Brooklyn Heights (DUMBO)

August 3
Main Street Hamptons
East Hampton Main Beach on Ocean Ave.

Or, you can make your own. Because, why not? French’s leads the way:

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Biome Makers closes $4M to assess the quality of the ‘gut bacteria’ of a farm’s soil

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The agriculture industry faces huge problems of sustainability. The world’s population is increasing, leading to higher food demand, but this then threatens increasing deforestation, pesticide use, and some fertilizers that are responsible for greenhouse emissions. Farming can also be a source of carbon sequestration, but how to preserve that? Plus, land quality is being decreased […]

Why we like fake stuff on Facebook

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One of my favorite essays for understanding modern life was published in May of 2016 by Jeremy Gordon. In “Is Everything Wrestling?”, Gordon examined the way that the news cycle had come to resemble a scripted WWE spectacle. As in a wrestling match, the boundaries between reality and fiction had become permanently blurred. Gordon writes:

With each passing year, more and more facets of popular culture become something like wrestling: a stage-managed “reality” in which scripted stories bleed freely into real events, with the blurry line between truth and untruth seeming to heighten, not lessen, the audience’s addiction to the melodrama. The modern media landscape is littered with “reality” shows that audiences happily accept aren’t…

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Bring your team to Disrupt Berlin 2019 and save big

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Early-stage startuppers around the world are getting ready for Disrupt Berlin 2019, which takes place on 11-12 December. Our premier tech conference attracts an international startup community from more than 50 countries. It’s the intersection of current and future tech and an incomparable networking opportunity. You reap big savings with our super early-bird pricing (up […]

Nintendo and Tencent reveal Switch release plans for China

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At a press event at the ChinaJoy gaming conference in Shanghai today, Tencent and Nintendo announced the first details of their strategy for releasing the Nintendo Switch console in China.

The Chinese internet giant will be providing cloud services and servers for the Switch’s online platform in China as well as localizing Nintendo’s games into Simplified Chinese. Titles like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have already been announced, with more on the way. The Switch’s eShop store will also be modified so that users can buy games with Tencent’s hugely popular WeChat payment system.

The companies’ collaboration was first revealed in April, when Tencent won initial approval from Guangdong authorities to…

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Watch how this gifted dog groomer creates trust with a barking hostile dog

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This video of a dog groomer deftly nurturing a bond of trust with a dog who’s feeling very hostile, very defensive, and very much like biting and barking — wow, it’s something to behold.

She’s so talented.

Not sure where the original video came from, or who the woman in the video is.

There’s a lot to learn from this short clip, however, if you have to interact with dogs you don’t know.

Here’s the video clip in full.

The way this talented groomer creates trust with this dog.

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Card Tricks: ‘How To Flick a Card Boomerang’ [VIDEO]

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Here’s a fun card trick video that shows you “How To Flick a Card Boomerang.”

“Prepare to be Whelmed,” says Max Maher.

Here’s the complete video:

How To Flick a Card Boomerang. Prepare to be Whelmed

And here’s a fun behind-the scenes companion clip.

Here’s another fun card-related video from Max’s YouTube channel.

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#Corgi cuteness: Watch this happy corgi dog spin for 60 seconds

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It’s a real life Corgi hamster wheel!

This behavior may be what the AKC calls “Frapping,” – corgi code for “frantic random acts of play,” which usually conclude with dramatic slides or fanciful choreography sequences.

Watch this truly wonderful iPhone video of Allycorinne’s corgi and UNMUTE for maximum enjoyment.

A meatball spinning for 60 seconds

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Dasha AI is calling so you don’t have to

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While you’d be hard pressed to find any startup not brimming with confidence over the disruptive idea they’re chasing, it’s not often you come across a young company as calmly convinced it’s engineering the future as Dasha AI. The team is building a platform for designing human-like voice interactions to automate business processes. Put simply, […]

Razer’s new Viper is a light and fast ambidextrous wired gaming mouse

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The $79 Razer Viper is the lightest wired gaming mouse I’ve ever used. It weighs just 69 grams, which I learned is the weight of two standard-sized light bulbs. What are the benefits of such a feather-light gaming mouse? It depends on who you ask. Those who prefer a hefty mouse with added weights won’t want much to do with it, but during my week with the Viper, I really liked how easy it was to flick along the mouse pad whenever the in-game moment demands some brisk, twitchy movement.

The relative weightlessness — at least compared to the Logitech G502 Lightspeed I’ve been using, which weighs 130 grams with all of its added weight installed — doesn’t come at the expense of ergonomics. The Viper molds well to my hand, and its…

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YouTube TV is offering an extended two-week free trial until August 14th

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YouTube TV must be feeling a crunch from its recent price increase that raised the streaming TV service’s monthly subscription to $50. For “a limited time only,” YouTube TV is offering a two-week free trial instead of the usual one-week duration. Droid Life spotted the longer-than-usual free trial. Sadly (but predictably), this is only for new customers and won’t do you much good if you’ve already tried and canceled YouTube TV.

The fine print reveals that this promo will run from today until August 14th. There are a number of other YouTube TV trial “deals” happening — particularly if you’re a Verizon Wireless or home internet customer. But again, anyone who has already used up their YouTube TV free trial can’t redeem any of these. The…

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What is ‘Ultra Cruise’? GM teases mysterious autonomous technology to investors

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Last year, General Motors filed a trademark for something called “Ultra Cruise.” The company has never explained what Ultra Cruise is, but it would seem to be a reference to the auto giant’s well-regarded advanced driver assist system, Super Cruise. Today, we got some more details courtesy of GM CEO Mary Barra — but not enough to see the whole picture.

In an earnings call Thursday, Citi Research’s Itay Michaeli asked Barra about Super Cruise, and then a follow-up about how GM “might go to market with the next-generation Ultra Cruise system?”

Barra’s response suggested the new technology would have even more capability than Super Cruise. Or she could be conflating Ultra Cruise with Super Cruise? Honestly, it’s hard to say.

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