This tiny AirPods bag lets you carry your headphones like Rihanna

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Y’all, I can’t even. Just look at this thing:

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It looks like your typical purse, right? Except…

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What we have here is a tiny leather handbag from Twelve South designed for absolutely no other purpose than to carry your AirPods. It’s a limited edition release in honor of (sigh) April Fools’ Day, and there are 671 units left at the time of this writing. It’s called the AirBag, and it’s my absolute favorite thing ever.

“But!” the haters are probably objecting. “Who on earth would actually buy such an impractical and clearly overpriced object?” The answer to that question, haters, is Rihanna. The singer was spotted rocking a $1,000 tiny Delvaux purse last…

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Six Dark Sky alternatives for Android weather watchers

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Radical Drop In Temperatures And Winter Weather In Pamplona

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If you’re a weather geek, you must already know that Dark Sky, one of the most popular weather apps around, has been acquired by Apple — and that, as a result, anyone who uses an Android device is going to lose access to that app. In addition, a variety of other apps (some not even weather-related) will lose access to the Dark Sky API.

If you’re an Android user with Dark Sky and you’re wondering where to go now for your weather report, there are a few alternatives to choose from. But first, here are a couple of things to consider.

Several Android weather apps have been found to ask for more permissions than they need and to have shared location data with advertisers and other third parties. These privacy issues are detailed in a Vice…

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Scaleway launches managed Kubernetes clusters

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Cloud hosting company Scaleway has launched Kubernetes Kapsule, a new service that lets you manage Kubernetes clusters on Scaleway’s infrastructure. The service works with a wide-range of Scaleway instances and lets you create large clusters that scales depending on demand. Kubernetes is an open-source platform to manage containers and the server infrastructure behind those containers. […]

There was a prototype toy line for the X-rated epic film disaster Caligula (1979)

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In 1979, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione produced a big budget feature film about the Roman emperor Caligula starring Maclolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O’Toole, and John Gielgud. Scripted by Gore Vidal and filled with graphic sex and violence, it was a critical and box office disaster but has garnered cult acclaim over the years. (Original trailer below.) Now, archivist Thomas Negovan and Shadow of the Vampire director E. Elias Merhig have located all of the original footage and are recutting the film into a 40th anniversary edition titled Caligula MMXX. Over the course of their research, they found this bizarre TV commercial produced for a line of Caligula action figures that, of course, never made it into production. Negovan tells Dangerous Minds:

A company named Cinco Toys pitched Guccione, who never met a deal he didn’t like, on them getting a license to do a line of action figures. Star Wars action figures were making millions and apparently they pitched him pretty hard for this. Caligula‘s budget was twice that of Star Wars. They made a handful of prototypes for action figures. They even went so far as to make a spec TV commercial to woo Guccione to let them do this, which is extra insane. They made it like he (Guccione) would be (star) in the commercial himself and had someone do a VO as if they were Bob. And there it was on the shelf with the various drafts of the script. There was a 3/4” tape and a VHS of the same commercial with Cinco labels.

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This 3D animation shows you what’s inside Seattle’s famous Space Needle

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Ever wonder how the Space Needle’s rotating glass floor works? CGI animator extraordinaire Jared Owen gives us an inside look at Seattle’s most iconic structure.

The Space Needle is located in Seattle Washington. It was built in 1962 just in time for the World’s Fair. The top looks like a Flying Saucer and is meant to inspire people to look towards the future. The Space Needle is icon to Seattle just as Eiffel Tower is to Paris, France. Around the Space Needle there plenty to see and do as well. The bottom of the building has a large spiral ramp that tourists get to climb on their way towards the elevators. The top of tower has the observation level with an outdoor deck, a service level, and The Loupe which features a revolving glass floor. The center of the tower has supports for the 3 elevators and the stairs which are mostly used for emergencies. The Skyline level is for private events at the Space Needle.

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Packaging a React App With Spring Boot

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In this article, we’re going to discuss how to combine Create React App with Spring Boot to give you a single war file, so that we:

  • Can have our frontend and backend in a single war file with optimized productions build
  • And keep the benefits Create React App gives such as hot reloading

Setup

  1. Must have Java installed. Head over here to download a version.
  2. Must have Maven installed. For Mac, I used Homebrew (brew install maven), but otherwise, head here.
  3. Must have Node installed. For Mac, I used Homebrew (brew install node), but otherwise, head over here.

Note: my IDE of choice is IntelliJ. When working on react code, I usually switch over to VS Code. Feel free to use what makes you feel comfortable. 

Best Picture-winning film Parasite is $10 to own in 4K HDR

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If you are looking for a great film to watch, Parasite from director Bong Joon-ho is $9.99 to own in 4K HDR through iTunes. This movie swept the 2020 Academy Awards, picking up big awards in several categories, including Best Picture (it’s the first non-English film to do so), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

Even if you don’t use iTunes, buying Parasite through Apple’s storefront will allow you to add it to your Movies Anywhere library.

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Webcams are tough to find these days since almost everyone is working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re finding yourself in need of one, Wyze recently issued a firmware update for its affordable Wyze Cam so it…

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This animated short about a horse is adorable, existential, and relatable

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This is exactly how I’ve felt while cooped in my house these last few weeks and yes I mean “exactly.”

The 2-minute film was created by AJ Jeffries, a 3D illustrator and animator based in Norwich in the UK. The only description or explanation given for it is this: “A horse struggles to exist.” That feels like it’s vague or underselling, after watching this mesmerizing cartoon several times over, I think it’s actually perfect.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to JavaScript Localization

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Internationalization (dubbed as I18n) and localization (dubbed as L10n) are very important (though often hard) steps for any application that is going to be used worldwide. In one of the previous articles we’ve seen how to implement I18n at the back-end powered by Ruby on Rails, but today it’s time to talk about front-end. In this article we will discuss how to localize JavaScript applications using the following solutions:

  • jQuery.I18n by Wikimedia
  • Polyglot by Airbnb
  • Globalize by jQuery team

All of these solutions are quite different and have their own specifics so we’ll see them all in action.

Ring’s mysterious new ‘Doorbox’ leaks

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Amazon-owned smart home company Ring appears to have a new product on the way called the “Ring Doorbox,” according to an image discovered by Dave Zatz over at Zatz Not Funny. However, it’s not immediately obvious what exactly the Doorbox is. It doesn’t appear to have a camera, so it’s probably not another video doorbell, and there are no obvious motion sensors for a security system. It’s all a bit of a mystery.

Although the term “doorbox” is sometimes used for intercom systems, Zatz speculates that Ring’s new device is actually for storing keys since it can apparently be locked and unlocked remotely. That could make it a good alternative to a smart lock for anyone who wants to give someone access to their home using a smartphone, but it…

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Every movie, starring Godzilla

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Sean Kaen, @oddnmacabre on Twitter, posed the challenge ‘let’s make some Godzilla movies!” and the results are unusually amusing due to the one rule: replace 1 word in any movie title with “Godzilla”.

Heather offers “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Godzilla.”

I know I’ll never get to watch “Remains of the Godzilla”, but there’ll always be the whale on Florence beach. And then I can found the Dead Godzillas Society. Read the rest

Watch Sir Patrick Stewart read a Shakespeare sonnet every day

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“Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare’s world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend—someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine,” Patrick Stewart once said.

On Instagram, he’s now delivering a daily fix of the Bard. See them all at @sirpatstew on Instagram.

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It has led me to undertake what follows. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn’t much) and as she put it in front of me she would say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So…here we go: Sonnet 1.

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Sony’s latest true wireless earbuds have nine-hour battery life and cost $129.99

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Sony’s high-end 1000XM3 earbuds offer noise cancellation and some of the best audio quality you’ll find in a truly wireless set, but today, the company is announcing a significantly less expensive option: the new WF-XB700 earbuds. Priced at only $129.99, the XB700s feature Sony’s signature “Extra Bass” technology for punchier sound output. At that price, Sony is undercutting competitors like Jabra and Samsung.

They last for up to nine hours on a single charge, with the battery case getting you another nine hours for 18 total. And they’ve got an IPX4 water and sweat resistance rating, so they should be able to handle your workouts and the occasional run in the rain. The earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0, and each one establishes an individual…

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The Moto G Stylus and G Power will release on April 16th

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Motorola announced that presale has begun for the Moto G Stylus and Moto G Power, and both phones will be available on Monday, April 16th. These are the latest entries to Motorola’s budget-friendly lineup of phones, and if you need a breakdown, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg spent time with both devices in February when they were announced, resulting in the hands-on video above.

The Moto G Stylus, as you might assume, includes a stylus that you can use for jotting down notes. In addition to the stylus, it features a more capable array of rear-facing cameras than the G Power offers. The G Power’s defining trait is its bigger 5,000mAh battery that will likely last for multiple days.

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Microsoft Excel is still the lifeblood of data analysis and this training bundle breaks it all down

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If you’re charting the fortunes of a business, one glance at the right columns can instantly detail that company’s health. If you want to see their current roster of customers, a spreadsheet can bring those clients into sharp focus.

Make no mistake — the world of business is still dominated by the all-powerful spreadsheet. It’s still a defining business tool, one users can get to know inside and out with training like The 2020 Ultimate Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle.

The package collecting 10 courses jammed full with more than 40 hours of training unlocks everything a new Microsoft Excel user needs to start exploring, managing and analyzing data in this business industry staple.

First, a trio of courses guide first-timers through three levels of Excel knowledge, starting with basic terms and ideas before moving to templates, databases, and ranges, then the most advanced Excel tools like macros and creating your own Excel operations with VBA programming.

Meanwhile, another three courses dig into some of Excel’s most valuable functions, including productivity tools like keyboard shortcuts and data validation; data visualizations to create data-driven maps, templates, forms and other dynamic visuals; and pivot tables for grouping and displaying your data in every conceivable way.

Additional training covers powerful data modeling and business tools like Power Query and Data Analysis Expressions, how to use formulas and functions at all levels, and advanced tips for handling critical data processes like password protection and tracking changes.

From Excel newbies to hardcore veterans, there are tips and strategies here to help users of any level extract even more meaning from all their Excel explorations. Read the rest

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