Slack adds action buttons to become a true workplace communication hub

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Slack is giving developers tools to build new integrations that turn clicks on messages into actions on their own platforms. Developers including Asana, Jira, Pocket, and Zendesk have integrated the new “action buttons,” as they are known, letting you perform actions on those services directly from Slack messages. While aspects of this feature were previously available using slash commands, Slack executives say that showcasing the options in a visual interface will boost their usage.

In the work-tracking service Asana, for example, you’ll be able to turn a Slack message into a task, complete with person responsible, due date, and corresponding project. You can also add Slack messages to existing Asana tasks to provide additional context.

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‘Solo’ is a serviceable Star Wars story

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In the trailer for Solo, Chewbacca dangles for dear life from a high speed train barreling through a snowy landscape. “Chewie!” the young Han shouts, as the Wookiee’s head comes within spitting distance of a rocky mountainside, moments before everything goes black. For those with even a passing familiarity with the Star Wars universe, it’s […]

Publix censors graduation cake to remove the cum from “Summa Cum Laude”

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Cara Koscinksi ordered a graduation cake from the John’s Island Publix, requesting the phrase “Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude Class of 2018”. Publix ruined the order by removing “cum”, because “cum” is “profane.”

A $70 cake!! He earned a 4.79 GPA. Publix refused to write the words Summa Cum Laude because I was using ‘profanity!’ They put three dashes instead of the word!

How utterly ridiculous and I will be speaking to a manager for a refund. Shame on you Publix for turning an innocent

Latin phrase into a total embarrassment for having to explain to my son and others (including my 70 year old mother) about this joke of a cake. My son was humiliated!!! I seriously couldn’t make this crap up!!!!

What better day to explain “cum” to great grandma?

Two displeased lynx have a screaming match with each other

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If you’ve never heard a lynx wail, now is your chance. Their screams sound more like humans just being weird than actual animal sounds, but according to Global News, these lynx shouts are real.

The video was shot in Ontario, Canada.

While Edward Trist, his girlfriend Nicole Lewis and his daughter were heading down a logging road to go fishing near Avery Lake, Ont., east of Kenora, on Friday, they came across the rare sight about nine metres from where they stopped.

Trist said in an interview with Global News that they were heading off to go fishing.

“We started off down this road and there were two lynx on the road and as we approached, they didn’t move which was really odd,” he said. “We got out and started filming it … what we caught on camera is very, very rare to catch.”

The Onion wishes to speak to Michael Cohen about the angry email he sent them in 2013

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In January 2013, The Onion ran a satire piece “written” by “Donald Trump,” titled, “When You’re Feeling Low, Just Remember I’ll Be Dead In About 15 Or 20 Years.” (Excerpt: “In the not-very-distant future I will die and then be gone from the world for all eternity. You may even get to watch me in a casket on national television being lowered into the ground, never to be seen again. I bet you’re smiling just thinking about that… Indeed, you can always take solace in the fact that the monstrous, unimaginable piece of shit that is me will stop existing fairly soon, and that I will continue to not exist for the remainder of your lifetime.”)

A couple of weeks later, Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, sent The Onion an unintentionally funny email, asking The Onion to contact him “immediately to discuss,” saying “the article is an absolutely disgusting piece that lacks any place in journalism; even in your Onion.” He adds, “This commentary goes way beyond defamation and, if not immediately removed, I will take all actions necessary to ensure your actions do not go without consequence. Guide yourself accordingly.”

The editors of The Onion say they would love to speak with Cohen now.

Unfortunately, this email must have been improperly sorted by one of the Malaysian children who work in our mailroom, and was only discovered crumpled up under a pile of journalism awards in a remote corner of our offices last week. We read the email, and given Mr. Trump’s ascension to the presidency since its writing, we want to apologize for the delay and would be delighted to meet with Mr. Cohen in person—at the White House, perhaps?

Hacking a Cheap Laser Rangefinder

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When a new piece of technology comes out, the price is generally so high that it keeps away everyone but the die hard early adopters. But with time the prices inch down enough that more people are willing to buy, which then drives the prices down even more, until eventually the economies of scale really kick in and the thing is so cheap that it’s almost an impulse buy. Linux SBCs, Blu-ray lasers, 3D printers; you name it and the hacker community has probably benefited from the fact that it’s not just the hacker community that’s interested anymore.

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RED is partnering with Lucid to build an 8K 3D camera for the Hydrogen One phone

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One of the biggest appeals of the upcoming RED Hydrogen One phone (other than the holographic screen) are the pogo pins on the back that will let the phone serve as a central hub for accessories, including RED’s signature cameras. Today, RED announced a partnership with camera company Lucid, and now we know what the first of these accessories will look like: a hulking black box with two hardware-synced 4K cameras.

The as-yet-unnamed accessory leverages Lucid’s existing work in shooting 3D and VR content along with the company’s “3D Fusion Technology” to stitch together the two 4K streams to create traditional 3D video. It’ll also be able to make content in RED’s 4V format that can be displayed on the Hydrogen One’s unique screen to…

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Fiio’s new high-res music player is $200 and comes with USB-C

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The Chinese audio company Fiio is launching a new music player today that includes one uncommon feature: USB-C. The new USB standard is still a rarity on music players, but Fiio’s M7 will have the port available to use for charging, syncing music, and music playback over USB-C headphones.

Realistically, you’ll only want to use USB-C for those first two things. Headphones that work with the port have to contain their own DAC (digital-to-analog converter) to convert sound, and given the current state of USB-C headphones, chances are they won’t be very good. Or at the very least, they won’t be as good as what you’d get out of the M7’s built-in DAC for when it’s being used with traditional headphones. (Fiio makes a good, cheap pair of those,…

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Hands-On: Flying Drones with Scratch

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I’ll admit it. I have a lot of drones. Sitting at my desk I can count no fewer than ten in various states of flight readiness. There are probably another half dozen in the garage. Some of them cost almost nothing. Some cost the better part of a thousand bucks. But I recently bought a drone for $100 that is both technically interesting and has great potential for motivating kids to learn about programming. The Tello is a small drone from a company you’ve never heard of (Ryze Tech), but it has DJI flight technology onboard and you can program …read more

Explaining the “Bee-pocalypse” once and for all

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For years now, we’ve heard “save the bees” rallying cries from the media, environmental groups, and concerned friends. We’ve read about poisonous pesticides and the ever-mysterious “colony collapse disorder,” which tends to get framed as some kind of bee rapture: all the bees are vanishing. In the past few years, “save the bees” has been the new “save the whales.”

This is not to say all is well in bee-land — it’s not. In fact, The Verge has covered many of the enduring threats to the health of bees around the world. But, for an insect that enables maybe 35 percent of our global crop production, there’s a lot of confusion around who we’re even talking about when we say “save the bees.”

So, we made a video to suss it all out. We spoke with…

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Instagram now lets you mute your friends

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At long last, Instagram is adding the option to mute people from appearing in your feed. With an update rolling out “over the coming weeks,” you’ll be able to choose to remove someone’s posts, or both their posts and their stories, from appearing on Instagram’s main screen. You’ll still be able to view a muted person’s profile; you can unmute them any time you want; and the person won’t be told that they’ve been muted.

This feature is long overdue. While you can always unfollow someone, that often isn’t a realistic option — you can’t unfollow a close relative just because they post 12 times a day, for instance, even if they really deserve it. Now you’ll be able to choose to mute the offending profile instead, thus preserving any IRL…

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The OnePlus 6 is now available to order

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‘The OnePlus 6 is now officially available to order from OnePlus’ website. You can pick up the base model starting at $529, which gets you 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage. As a reminder: if you get a OnePlus 6, it won’t work on Sprint or Verizon in the US; it’s only on AT&T and T-Mobile.

Also available is a more powerful 8GB RAM / 128GB storage model for $579 or the top-of-the-line 8GB RAM / 256GB storage model for $629. New on this year’s model is a bigger 6.28-inch 2280 x 1080 pixel OLED display (complete with the 2018-mandatory notch at the top) and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor. There’s also an updated camera, which The Verge’s reviews editor Dan Seifert noted was better than previous OnePlus shooters, but it’s still not…

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This smart Tupperware connects to Alexa and warns you when food is about to go bad

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If you need more evidence that we’re living in an increasingly (and maybe unnecessarily) connected world, there’s a new Kickstarter for smart Tupperware containers that are compatible with Amazon’s Alexa. The Ovie Smarterware food storage system is designed to help you keep track of the food in your fridge so it doesn’t go to waste. The system contains several parts: a SmartTag that goes into an Ovie container, a clip for bags of food, or a universal connector for other forms of storage (like takeout boxes). You push the button to turn the tag on and tell the app what food it’s tracking by entering it manually or telling Alexa what you’re storing. You also need a separate hub that needs to be plugged into a wall and connected to the…

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Xiaomi will announce its Mi 8 flagship on May 31st

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Xiaomi will take the wraps off its new flagship smartphone on May 31st, dubbing it the Mi 8 Anniversary Edition to mark the eighth anniversary of the tech brand. The details come from a teaser for the event, spotted by GizmoChina and posted on Weibo.

As we noted before, the Mi 8’s highlight feature will be one you can’t see: an in-display fingerprint sensor. The other bullet point specs will include 3D facial recognition, a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge capabilities, a Snapdragon 845 chipset with 8GB of RAM, and a full-screen 6-inch display.

Here’s a brief clip that shows off the in-display unlocking feature.

Vivo was first to market with an in-display fingerprint sensor, but Xiaomi isn’t too far behind. The Xiaomi Mi 6 — the Mi…

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Spark email app launches a new version that allows teams to collaborate on emails

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Customizable email app Spark has just launched Spark 2.0, which adds a host of collaborative features for team members to work on and discuss emails together.

Now, if you’d like input on an email you’re drafting or on how to respond to an email you’ve received, you can share it with other people and have a private chat conversation below the compose area. You can also draft an email by inviting others to join a real-time editor. (Think of it like Google Docs but inside your email.) Lastly, Spark now allows you to create links to specific emails or threads that can be shared with other people in docs or apps like Slack. Permissions can be set to make sure only specific people can access the shared emails.

There’s also a new calendar that…

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