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Creator of NUKEMAP, which lets users visualize effects of nuclear explosions, explains why it isn't using Google Maps anymore, citing API stagnation and pricing (Alex Wellerstein/Restricted Data) December 14, 2019

Alex Wellerstein / Restricted Data: Creator of NUKEMAP, which lets users visualize effects of nuclear explosions, explains why it isn’t using Google Maps anymore, citing API stagnation and pricing  —  When I created the NUKEMAP in 2012, the Google Maps API was amazing.1 It was the best thing in town for creating Javascript mapping mash-ups […]

Creator of NUKEMAP, which lets users visualize effects of nuclear explosions, explains why it isn't using Google Maps anymore, citing API stagnation and pricing (Alex Wellerstein/Restricted Data)


Alex Wellerstein / Restricted Data:

Creator of NUKEMAP, which lets users visualize effects of nuclear explosions, explains why it isn’t using Google Maps anymore, citing API stagnation and pricing  —  When I created the NUKEMAP in 2012, the Google Maps API was amazing.1 It was the best thing in town for creating Javascript mapping mash-ups …

Creator of NUKEMAP, which lets users visualize effects of nuclear explosions, explains why it isn't using Google Maps anymore, citing API stagnation and pricing (Alex Wellerstein/Restricted Data)
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The best Instant Pots of 2019 – CNET

Confused about which model is best for you? We’ve got the ultimate guide to what makes each Instant Pot unique. The best Instant Pots of 2019 – CNET
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The best iPad deals for holiday 2019 including an iPad Air for $400 – CNET

Plus: Grab an $80 discount on the new 10.2-inch model or save $150 on the 11-inch iPad Pro. The best iPad deals for holiday 2019 including an iPad Air for 0 – CNET
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Bose is having a holiday 2019 sale with discounts on speakers and headphones – CNET

The SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker, Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, QuietComfort 35 II and SoundSport Free headphones are among the products being discounted. Bose is having a holiday 2019 sale with discounts on speakers and headphones – CNET
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The best Xbox holiday deals right now: Get an Xbox One S plus three games for $160 at Walmart – CNET

Looking for Jedi: Fallen Order or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? There are still solid bundles to be had on the Xbox One S, Xbox One X and the All-Digital edition. The best Xbox holiday deals right now: Get an Xbox One S plus three games for 0 at Walmart – CNET
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Best Nintendo Switch holiday deals for 2019: Switch V2 plus $30 in credits or Switch Lite for $194 – CNET

There are still some Switch deals out there, and we’ve rounded up the lowest prices for you here. Best Nintendo Switch holiday deals for 2019: Switch V2 plus in credits or Switch Lite for 4 – CNET
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What AI analysis of placentas can teach us about childbirth and health


Artificial Intelligence may be one of the greatest technologies developed by humans. The quest for imitating human intelligence might not be a hundred percent accurate. But, it’s pretty helpful in shifting the existing burden of humans to an extent and developing devices that can work independently without the intervention of human beings. Ever since its inception, artificial intelligence has come a long way to become what it is today. It’s expanded its domain and gave subfields such as machine learning a great chance to thrive in the world. Name any sector today, artificial intelligence has been able to penetrate it…

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What AI analysis of placentas can teach us about childbirth and health
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A graduate of Slack's Next Chapter initiative, which helps former prison inmates land tech jobs, recounts how he managed to land a full-time job at the company (Simone Stolzoff/The Atlantic)


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A graduate of Slack’s Next Chapter initiative, which helps former prison inmates land tech jobs, recounts how he managed to land a full-time job at the company  —  Jesse Aguirre’s workday at Slack starts with a standard engineering meeting—programmers call them “standups”—where he and his co-workers plan the day’s agenda.

A graduate of Slack's Next Chapter initiative, which helps former prison inmates land tech jobs, recounts how he managed to land a full-time job at the company (Simone Stolzoff/The Atlantic)
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No matter how Watchmen ends, it’s already done more than enough

It was the Rorschach mask in the glove box that sold me. Watchmen, HBO’s sequel / reinvention of the comic of the same name by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore, came out the gate swinging with a prologue set during the 1921 Tulsa race riot. But it was the next scene that got me fully on board, one that showed that Rorschach, the original comic’s most popular character, was a hero to white supremacists. It felt transgressive but also right — and then I flipped back to the comic and you know what? It was right. The TV Watchmen sold me on its relevance by resurfacing something incredibly obvious about its source material that years of fan culture had scrubbed away, mostly because the character looked cool.

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No matter how Watchmen ends, it’s already done more than enough
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Why Is Your Cellphone Not A More Useful Computer?

Sometimes when you are browsing randomly through the tech feeds, up pops an article that just crystallizes a nascent thought that had been simmering below the surface for a long time, and is enough to make you sit up and say “Yes! I agree completely with that!”. Such a moment came with [Cheapscatesguide]’s post: “My Fantasy: A Cellphone I can Use as a Desktop Computer“, in which the pertinent question is asked that if smartphones are so powerful, why are they not much better at being more than, well, smartphones?

Readers with long memories may recall that the cellphone-as-computer idea is one that has been tried at least once before. The Motorola Atrix appeared in the early years of this decade, and was a high-end smartphone that could be slotted into both desktop replacement and netbook-style base stations and used as a Linux-based personal computer. Unfortunately it was both eye-wateringly expensive and disappointingly slow due to a hobbled operating system, so it failed to set the market alight. There was a brief moment when unsold Atrix netbook docks were available on the surplus market and became popular platforms as a Raspberry Pi desktop interface, but this experiment seems to have put paid to the idea of one device to truly rule them all.

If we had to hazard a guess as to why this has failed to happen, we’d finger both the manufacturer’s desire not to undermine their lucrative sales in other sectors, and both their and the carriers’ desire to lock down the devices as much as possible. A manufacturer such as Apple will for example never  produce an iPhone that can replace a desktop, because it would affect their MacBook sales. Oddly in another form we’re nearly there, this piece is being worked on with a Chromebook, a device that has a useful browser, a functional Android layer, and (because it’s a 64-bit model) an officially supported and useful Debian layer. We don’t expect this to translate into a phone any time soon though.

From another angle, we’ve asked in the past why we aren’t hacking old cellphones.

Moto Atrix lapdock picture: ETC@USC [CC BY-SA 2.0].

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Why Is Your Cellphone Not A More Useful Computer?
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Saturday's Best Deals: Jachs Polos, RAVPower Qi Charger, PowerBeats Pro, LG 4K Monitor, and More

A Chaps Gold Box, Simple Modern insulated bottles, smokeless grills, and a GameCube-style Switch controller lead off Saturday’s best deals from around the web.

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Saturday's Best Deals: Jachs Polos, RAVPower Qi Charger, PowerBeats Pro, LG 4K Monitor, and More
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How to Get Samuel L. Jackson's Voice on Your Amazon Echo

This morning Samuel L. Jackson helped me out with a little holiday baking. By “help,” I mean that was the one that told me it was time to take some cookies out of the oven, a job normally reserved for my kitchen Alexa.

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How to Get Samuel L. Jackson's Voice on Your Amazon Echo
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Fintech startups in Asia are proving to be formidable competitors to traditional banks, offering a slew of financial services, but many are bleeding cash (Financial Times)


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Fintech startups in Asia are proving to be formidable competitors to traditional banks, offering a slew of financial services, but many are bleeding cash  —  Rice Basket Queen is the name of a stall run by Ruri Ruhyaty in a bustling suburb of Jakarta.  A year ago it was typical of thousands of others.

Fintech startups in Asia are proving to be formidable competitors to traditional banks, offering a slew of financial services, but many are bleeding cash (Financial Times)
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Will the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra get an independent rear suspension? – Roadshow

Now that the Tahoe and Suburban SUVs have given their live axles the heave-ho, could GM’s popular pickup trucks be next? Will the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra get an independent rear suspension? – Roadshow
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The Ducati Memorabilia program brings ex-MotoGP engine parts to your living room – Roadshow

Want an ex-Cal Crutchlow crankshaft for your bookshelf or an ex-Dovizioso piston for your parlor? The Ducati Memorabilia program brings ex-MotoGP engine parts to your living room – Roadshow
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The Snapchat cat filter shows how little we know about cat cognition

Christopher Nolan’s Cat

Apologies to Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber, but the most interesting cat content online right now is a Snapchat filter that lets humans try on a feline face. The resulting clips are adorable, confounding, and a great example of just how little we know about cat cognition.

In a video compilation making the rounds online, cats look at a phone screen that shows their owners with a cat face filter. The cats whip their heads around to look up at the human, and then back to the screen. “It appears the cat recognizes that their owner’s face should be on the phone, but it is not,” Kristyn Vitale, who studies cat…

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The Snapchat cat filter shows how little we know about cat cognition
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2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, Tesla keeps on Cybertruckin' and more: Roadshow's week in review – Roadshow

Here’s a look at our most important stories for the week ending Dec. 14. 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, Tesla keeps on Cybertruckin' and more: Roadshow's week in review – Roadshow
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The best movies of 2019: What to watch from this year – CNET

The movie buffs at CNET put on our monocles, sip some whiskey and round up the best movies of the year. The best movies of 2019: What to watch from this year – CNET
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Start your photography side-hustle with this $29 expert training


The path to becoming a working photog starts with training found in The Complete Photography Side Business Bundle. It’s available now at hundreds of dollars off its regular price, only $29 from TNW Deals.

Start your photography side-hustle with this expert training
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China's AI unicorns like Megvii, which thrived on government contracts for facial recognition, are now facing challenges amid US sanctions and cheaper tech (Will Knight/Wired)


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China’s AI unicorns like Megvii, which thrived on government contracts for facial recognition, are now facing challenges amid US sanctions and cheaper tech  —  Companies such as Megvii thrived on government contracts for facial recognition, but they face challenges from US sanctions to cheaper tech.

China's AI unicorns like Megvii, which thrived on government contracts for facial recognition, are now facing challenges amid US sanctions and cheaper tech (Will Knight/Wired)
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Keep Your Drinks Cold With This One-Day Drinkware Sale

Simple Modern Drinkware Sale | Amazon

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Keep Your Drinks Cold With This One-Day Drinkware Sale
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It’s About Time We Saw Another Infinity Mirror Clock

Have you made an infinity mirror yet? They’re pretty much a rite of passage project at this point. But unlike that DIY power supply, most of them serve no function beyond looking cool (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Might as well make it do something, right?

[How Do You – DIY] has a built a few mirrors because he likes experimenting with the effects of different reflective surfaces in various positions. This time, he’s built a clock from the ground up. Basic infinity mirror rules apply here, though he used semi-transparent reflective film on both sides for greater effect and put an adjustable warping bar in the back so the trail curves toward the center. The actual timekeeping is done by an Arduino Nano.

The RGB LEDs on his strip were a few millimeters too far apart for his liking, so he added a few dozen hours to the build by cutting it apart and painstakingly placing them all around the wood frame. Then he Dremeled a groove for each set of three wires that link the LEDs so that they sit flush. The final product is beautiful, and it’s a shame that this LED-holding frame is hidden away inside the equally well-crafted aluminium frame.

Don’t waste another minute — sweep past the break to check out the build video. If it’s a portable and functional conversation piece you want, make a set of infinity mirror coasters.

Oh, and did we mention that we’re running a clock contest? Hint, hint.

It’s About Time We Saw Another Infinity Mirror Clock
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Hang on, will Apple really kill Lightning on the 2021 iPhone? – CNET

Are you ready for a wireless future? Hang on, will Apple really kill Lightning on the 2021 iPhone? – CNET
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Pixel 3 vs. 3 XL: Battery life, screen size and price are the main differences – CNET

The Pixel 3 phones have been deeply discounted, so which one should you buy? Pixel 3 vs. 3 XL: Battery life, screen size and price are the main differences – CNET
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CHEAP: This wireless HP printer is only $25 — you know what to do


Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! The world is pretty goddamn futuristic. You can watch movies on your phone anywhere. You can have things delivered to you the day you order them. Drones are an actual real thing you can go on Amazon and buy. But, despite all the technological advancements, sometimes the simplest ways of navigating the world are still best. Phones can run out of battery, or aren’t suitable to use in certain conditions. Sometimes you just need the information you require on a bit of paper. And the…

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CHEAP: This wireless HP printer is only — you know what to do
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