The E-40 and Too $hort Verzuz battle is more popular than Christmas this year

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Timbaland and Swizz Beatz created Verzuz TV to keep us entertained with virtual DJ and MC battles while we’re stuck in pandemic purgatory. Since March, they’ve streamed battles between the likes of Gucci Mane and Jeezy, Snoop Dogg and DMX, RZA and DJ Premier, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Brandy and Monica, among others. — Read the rest

Plastic-teeth synthesizer

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Photo of plastic teeth synthesizer, by Love Hulten

In one sense, the voc-25 is just a keyboard controller triggering a synthesizer, with some visual yuks thrown in.

But when I heard it played, I realized there’s a loud clack every time a note is sounded. I think it’s produced by the solenoid that’s opening the teeth — but since it sounds like the CLACK of creepy horror teeth, it adds a nicely (and fittingly) crepuscular element to the project. — Read the rest

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro will have a feature just like ‘spatial audio’ on the AirPods Pro

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With its upcoming Galaxy Buds Pro, Samsung is planning to counter one of the differentiating features of Apple’s AirPods Pro (and now AirPods Max): spatial audio. Spatial audio crams an immersive, surround sound-like experience into a set of earbuds or headphones. And it accurately keeps the sound source anchored to your iPhone or iPad, so if you turn your head, you’ll notice that the audio stays in front of you. Wherever you move the device, that’s where it’ll sound like the audio track is coming from.

But Samsung seems to be readying its own take on spatial audio. As is becoming oddly common, the company’s mobile Galaxy Buds app has prematurely spilled some of Samsung’s latest earbud tricks. As noted by 9to5Google, an updated version…

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The Station: Zoox’s six-year ride, Aurora makes its Uber ATG employee picks and NHTSA takes a new position on AVs

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The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to […]

You Could Play With Some Serious Industrial AI In Make’s Latest Contest

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It isn’t every day that makers get to take a $5,000 industrial AI platform to pull off their dream project. Yokogawa, a world leader in industrial automation, reached out to us because they want to see what makers can do with the E-RT3 Plus. After years of seeing incredible projects […]

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This Giant Arduino Actually Works… Kind Of

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Any maker who loves their Arduino wishes they had more. Typically though, they don’t simply mean BIGGER. Zach, however, did mean bigger: 12 times bigger! Zach’s giant Arduino is mainly comprised of wood, cnc milled to look like the tiny blue board. A fresh coat of paint and some 3d […]

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Lupin III: The First is the perfect holiday adventure

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It is shockingly hard to find a new movie that’s interested in an old-fashioned adventure. You know what I mean: the globe-trotting Indiana Jones kind, with riddles to solve and death traps to avoid, featuring a hint of romance and a strange treasure at stake. Thankfully, Lupin III: The First is exactly that. Written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki and streaming on-demand, the film is a gorgeously animated romp around the world starring an iconic manga character. Also, some Nazis get their asses handed to them.

Depending on how familiar you are with the manga, The First is either a triumphant return or modern introduction to Arsène Lupin III, one of manga and anime’s most storied characters. Created by artist and writer Monkey Punch…

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NextMind’s Dev Kit for mind controlled-computing offers a rare ‘wow’ factor in tech

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NextMind debuted its Dev Kit hardware at CES last year, but the hardware is now actually shipping out, and the startup shared with me the production version to take a test drive. The NextMind controller is a sensor that reads electrical signals from your brain’s visual cortex, and translates those into input signals for a […]

The 10 best streaming shows on Netflix for 2020

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The year 2020 likely kept many of us inside for most of it, and it looks like that situation may last at least into part of 2021. One of the few positives is that many great movies and TV shows were released on streaming services such as Netflix. The streaming service has made available a plethora of movies and TV shows, some original to Netflix.

Netflix currently offers three plans: Basic ($8.99 / month) lets you watch content on one screen at a time; Standard ($13.99 / month) brings it up to two screens and adds HD content; and Premium ($17.99) offers a total of four screens and Ultra HD content.

Whether you need a new show to binge-watch once The Office leaves Netflix or something for a movie night with your loved ones, here’s a list…

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OnePlus’ latest concept phone is a color-changing, motion-tracking 8T

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OnePlus has a new concept phone to show off, which is its way of teasing tech that maybe, just maybe, might make it into one of the company’s future phones. The OnePlus 8T Concept is a similar phone to the OnePlus 8T that was released a couple months ago, but it’s got a pretty unique rear design that changes color alongside a motion-tracking radar module.

According to OnePlus, this color-changing effect is achieved with a film that contains metal oxide, which sits underneath the phone’s glass back and changes color as different voltages are applied to it. At its most basic, it could change color to show off the phone’s notifications, like an incoming phone call, much like the notification light that it has included on its phones in the…

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OnePlus’ latest concept phone changes color to ‘breathe’ with the user

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Back in January, OnePlus showed off its first concept phone. The aptly (if plainly) named Concept One sported color-shifting glass, giving the effect of an “invisible camera” on the rear of the device. The concept wasn’t particularly useful — if anything it was a fun diversion from boring old phone updates. From that standpoint, the […]

Is Cyberpunk 2077 anything more than a reskinned GTA? Wired UK says not really

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Anyone who’s been paying attention to all of the controversies leading up to the release of the open-world cyberpunk videogame, Cyberpunk 2077 (seven long years in the making) can’t help but be gobsmacked by the disaster of its release.

But, all of pre-release drama and tech issues aside, is it the game-charger of a game that is was tirelessly billed as? — Read the rest

Comics Beat’s choices for best comics of 2020

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The Beat has published their list of the best comic books of 2020. It’s a nicely diverse list, from mainstream spandex to obscure indies.

Crisis Zone by Simon Hanselmann (Self-published)

During the pandemic, Simon Hanselmann has updated his Instagram nearly every day with 10 new panels of comics, which is by my count 250+ pages, dating all the way back to March 13.

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Adobe releases Apple Silicon version of Premiere Pro in beta

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Adobe has released an Arm version of Premiere Pro for macOS, allowing owners of new Apple Silicon M1 Macs to run the video editing software natively. The program is still very much in beta for now, however, and the Adobe post announcing its availability lists a host of known bugs and missing features. News of its release was spotted by The 8-Bit, and MacRumors adds that Adobe’s Premiere Rush and Audition have also been updated to run on the new machines.

Adobe says it’s porting Premiere Pro’s features over in phases, starting with its core editing functions and workflows, as well as popular codecs like H.264, HEVC, and ProRes. Third-party integrations will need to be updated by their respective developers to work on Apple Silicon. Adobe…

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