The best TV deals of Black Friday 2018

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Black Friday season is likely the best and smartest time of year to purchase a new TV. It’s between this and sometime around the Super Bowl, when prices also tend to drop. A ton of retailers will be offering doorbuster specials like TVs priced under $200. Tempting as those “deals” might seem, it’s worth remembering that you’ll likely keep a TV for several years. Even for secondary sets, it’s worth spending a bit more to get something that’ll be a pleasure to watch.

Nothing on this list is a waste of your money. If you can spring for an LG OLED, that’s obviously the way to go. Second to that, I’d recommend either the TCL 6 Series or Vizio P-Series Quantum. We’ve yet to formally review the latter, but I can tell you it delivers…

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The Verge Guide to Black Friday

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For most in the US, the end of November is a time of much-needed relaxation, whether you’re making memories and / or sharing food with friends and family. But after the meals come Black Friday, the retail industry’s biggest sale event, which will begin offering doorbuster discounts at 5PM ET, Thanksgiving Day (November 22nd). Some deals will require you to head to your local stores, but if you don’t have that kind of time, be sure to set an alarm on your phone to shop online early Friday morning where you can find many of the same deals without leaving your bed.

Practically every retailer is participating in the Black Friday festivities, including Google, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon,…

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How to win at Black Friday

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Black Friday is upon us, but if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that sales started as early as November 1st. That’s been the trend in recent years, as retailers move the start date earlier to maximize shopping time. What that means for the rest of us is that we need more stamina than ever to stay vigilant and snatch the best deals — that is, if you want to win at Black Friday.

At The Verge, we’ve been scouring the web to bring you the best Black Friday deals in tech. From retailers like Sam’s Club and GameStop to individual companies like Sonos and Google, we’ve rounded up all the sales worth looking at, whether you’re hunting for a new smart home hub or just looking to snipe a quick bargain.

As retail workers will…

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Big Damn Hero is a familiar trip back to Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe

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In December 2002, Fox gave the ax to a little-known science fiction show from Joss Whedon called Firefly. The series gained a cult status when it hit DVD the following year, and its story continued in the 2005 film Serenity and a handful of comic books — but a planned massively multiplayer game based on the series never materialized, and Firefly has been weirdly left out of the recent surge of rebooted TV shows. Now, for fans who have been missing the franchise, there’s a new glimmer of hope — or at least an opportunity to revisit the ‘Verse, with James Lovegrove and Nancy Holder’s new novel Big Damn Hero.

Big Damn Hero is the first of three novels being published by Titan Books in the coming months, under the guidance of Whedon, who…

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Maybe using butane to extract weed oil isn’t the best idea

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No one’s ever satisfied with what they have. If you’re given a piece of cake, chances are, you’d be happy with another helping. You’ve got a job, but you’d like a better one. You can enjoy the view from the valley, but the scenery would be better at the top of the mountain.

Canada has legal cannabis. Now the cops are worried about Canadians making their own hash oil using dangerous methods.

From the Kelowna Daily Courier:

Alberta law enforcement officials say they are worried that the legalization of marijuana could lead to potentially explosive consequences for users taking a do-it-yourself approach to making cannabis derivatives at home.

Just over a month ago, Canadians were given the right to purchase dried and fresh cannabis and unconcentrated forms of cannabis oil.

It is likely to be another year before concentrates will be legalized.

“What’s going to happen — and this is just my prediction — is that people are going to do a butane hash extraction at home and they’re going to blow themselves up,” said Sgt. Guy Pilon, clandestine lab co-ordinator with the Edmonton Police Service.

“We’ve had a number of those in the recent past. People blow themselves up trying to make this weed oil.”

According to Sgt. Pilon, in the days before dope was legalized in Canada, the Edmonton Police Service dealt with only a handful of homemade lab setups designed to extract oil hash oil, using butane. The oil extracted is wicked potent. Unfortunately, using butane to extract it is wicked dangerous: a single spark with butane in the air will ensure you have a bad day. Read the rest

That time the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ stopped by to see Mister Rogers (1975)

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To show kids that she was just a nice person playing a wicked witch, Wizard of Oz actress Margaret Hamilton dropped by Mister Rogers’ neighborhood in 1975. Hamilton, a former kindergarten teacher, talked with Rogers about how she dreamed of being a witch when she was a girl and was “thrilled” when the part was offered to her as an adult.

“Sometimes, Mister Rogers, I’m a little unhappy because lots of children are quite scared by her and that always makes me feel a little sad.”

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The Wormhole (2018), a kaleidoscopic 4K timelapse

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Enjoy this trippy kaleidoscopic ultra-HD short film posted by Michael Shainblum.

I am proud to share my latest abstract mirror timelapse video “The Wormhole”. I knew after creating Mirror city I wanted to keep exploring the idea of kaleidoscopic imagery in timelapse. This time I wanted to expand upon the idea, creating scenes that feel like new worlds in alternate universes. I utilized camera techniques such as hyperlapse and aerial video to further showcase the surrealism in the video. Cities showcased in this video are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Dubai, Doha, Singapore, Shanghai. I really hope you enjoy the video!

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Wherein Werner Herzog gives voice to a lonely plastic bag

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Werner Herzog is responsible for many strange, wonderful things. Everything he’s involved in is kissed by a brutal beauty–even that first Jack Reacher movie, starring Tom Cruise.

In this video from Future States, Mr. Herzog gives voice to the odyssey of a plastic bag: once loved and then discarded by its maker. For a video that runs just under 19 minutes, it runs through a full gauntlet of emotions, weirdness and existential questions. Read the rest

Learning a new language is easy and inexpensive with Mondly

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The key to learning any new language is feedback. When you’re immersed in conversation, it’s easy to pick up key phrases and pronunciation, but not all of us have the means to jet off to Spain, France or wherever we can learn to speak like a local. The next best thing: The Mondly app.

Mondly is packed with thorough dictionaries and verb conjugators for 33 languages, plus lessons that will have you picking up basic conversation fast. Plus, it acts as your private tutor, correcting your pronunciation through speech recognition. Combine that with examples from a roster of professional voice actors, and it’s like having a new international friend to show you the ropes.

Why not learn a new language today? Your excuses are dwindling: The price has just dropped on a one, three or five language lifetime subscription to Mondly.

Mondly: Lifetime Subscription (1 Language): $19.99 (normally $39.99)
Mondly: Lifetime Subscription (3 Languages): $39.99 (normally $59.99)
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Give Women Your Money: Shoppable spreadsheet of women-led businesses

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Editor’s note: We love this one-stop spreadsheet of women-led businesses created by Krystal Plomatos, and encourage you to share it with friends and family. Give women your money, this holiday season and beyond.

I SPEND A LOT OF TIME OBSESSING about two things: how more women can get more money and power, and brands. I’m a brand strategist by day. “Give Women Your Money” is my way of making it easier for women to find, shop, and help scale women-led businesses. It’s a “shoppable spreadsheet” with more than a hundred companies I’ve identified and collected here, with a simple form that anyone else can use to make suggestions.

Give Women Your Money is also for the fellas!

A lot of men are looking for ways to be a productive ally. Nudging them to shop from women anytime they need to get a gift for a significant other, mom, sister, friend, niece, etc., is one easy way they contribute towards the push for a more equitable business environment. (And some of the companies on the spreadsheet make unisex products, as well.)

The numbers associated with women’s economic impact are staggering in terms of raw purchasing power (estimated at $7 trillion+ in the US), our dominance in gift-buying decisions (68%), our influence on entire household purchase choices (90%).

When you take a moment to reflect on just how much power we collectively wield, it becomes exciting to actively shift your spending so it can benefit women from different backgrounds. At this point there is almost always a woman-led option for every category; from deodorants, to toothpaste, skincare and beauty, handbags, shoes, jewelry and, of course, clothes. Read the rest

New Features in Angular7

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Angular is one of the most popular frameworks for making a web application and with the release of Angular 7, it has been given some more powerful features. Let’s dive into it and explore some new features introduced in Angular 7.

A New ng-compiler

Angular 7 added a new compiler called the Angular Compatibility Compiler (ngcc).

The OnePlus 6 is $429 for Black Friday

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The OnePlus 6 has received a $100 discount ahead of Black Friday. Normally $529 ($20 cheaper than the OnePlus 6T), it now costs $429 for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Configurations of the OnePlus 6 with more memory and storage are available through the company’s website, and are eligible for the same $100 discount at purchase.

Opting for the older OnePlus phone versus the latest model might seem counterintuitive, but it’s still a good deal if you’re after an Android phone with fast performance. The OnePlus 6 is mostly the same phone internally to the OnePlus 6T, barring a few differences, like the latter’s fingerprint sensor embedded into its display, the lack of a headphone jack, and more robust support for…

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DIY Mini Helical Antennas From Salvaged Co-ax Cable

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[Mare] has a visual guide and simple instructions for making DIY mini helical 868 MHz antennas for LoRa applications. 868 MHz is a license-free band in Europe, and this method yields a perfectly serviceable antenna that’s useful where space is constrained.

The process is simple and well-documented, but as usual with antenna design it requires attention to detail. Wire for the antenna is silver-plated copper, salvaged from the core of RG214U coaxial cable. After straightening, the wire is wound tightly around a 5 mm core. 7 turns are each carefully spaced 2 mm apart. After that, it’s just a matter …read more

Mobile Apps, APIs, and Secrets

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This article is featured in the new DZone Guide to Dynamic Web and Mobile Development. Get your free copy for more insightful articles, industry statistics, and more!

With consumers now preferring mobile apps on their portable devices rather than websites on their laptops/desktops, mobile app development is an essential component in any enterprise software product lifecycle. While websites don’t necessarily need APIs to serve their content, APIs are needed in the majority of the use cases for mobile apps. This adds a new layer of complexity in terms of software development, deployment, maintenance, and, as will be explained in this article, security.

A Candle Powered Guitar Pedal

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When it comes to guitar effects pedals, the industry looks both back and forward in time. Back to the 50’s and 60’s when vacuum tubes and germanium transistors started to define the sound of the modern guitar, and forward as the expense and rarity of parts from decades ago becomes too expensive, to digital reproductions and effects. Rarely does an effects company look back to the turn of the 19th century for its technological innovations, but Zvex Effects’ “Mad Scientist,” [Zachary Vex], did just that when he created the Candela Vibrophase.

At the heart of the Candela is the lowly …read more

A Hacked Solution For Non-Standard Audio Modules

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When life hands you lemons, lemonade ends up being your drink of choice. When life hands you non-standard components, however, you’ve got little choice but to create your own standard to use them. Drinking lemonade in such a situation is left to your discretion.

The little audio record and playback modules [Fran Blanche] scored from eBay for a buck a piece are a good example. These widgets are chip-on-board devices that probably came from some toy manufacturer and can record and playback 20 seconds of audio with just a little external circuitry. [Fran] wants to record different clips on a …read more

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