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Google launches Google Earth tools that let users create and present virtual tours, with attached text, images, and videos, for specific places (Jay Peters/The Verge) November 20, 2019

Jay Peters / The Verge: Google launches Google Earth tools that let users create and present virtual tours, with attached text, images, and videos, for specific places  —  It’s like a homemade guided tour  —  Today, Google is adding new tools to Google Earth on the web that let you build your own tour of […]

Star Trek 4 eyes Fargo, Legion creator Noah Hawley to direct

After a three-year silence, there has been news on the fourth film in rebooted Star Trek film series: Noah Hawley, best known for creating FX’s Legion and Fargo TV series, is in final talks to write and direct it, according to reports from The Wrap and Deadline.

The most recent Star Trek film was 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. Unlike the original two films in the modern iteration of the franchise, Star Trek Beyond was directed by Justin Lin; 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness were directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams was a producer on Star Trek Beyond, and will be reprising the role in the as-yet-untitled fourth film.

The fourth Star Trek film was greenlit in 2016, with reports that Chris…

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Kickstarter’s new budget tool helps keep projects accountable for your money


We’ve all seen it happen: a crowdfunding project makes a ton of money and gets rave press only to get delayed by months, years, or never ship at all. Today Kickstarter is launching a ‘Project Budget’ tool that hopes to minimize these occurrences by letting creators share a project’s budget publicly. While Kickstarter launched a Funding Calculator tool earlier this year, this was a private feature for creators. The Project Budget uses this data and displays it publicly on a product’s campaign page, forcing a degree of accountability and reminding creators of expenses they might not have fully considered. According…

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Kickstarter’s new budget tool helps keep projects accountable for your money
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Improved Outdoor Solar Harvester Now Handles All The Parts

[Vadim Panov]’s 3D printed solar harvester is in effect a rechargeable outdoor battery, and the real challenge he faced when designing it was having it handle the outdoors reliably. The good news is that part is solved, and his newest design is now also flexible enough to handle a variety of common and economical components such as different battery connectors, charge controllers, and solar panel sizes. All that’s left is to set it up using the GoPro-style mounting clamp and let it soak up those solar rays.

We saw his first version earlier this year, which uses inventive and low-cost solutions for weatherproofing like coating the 3D print with epoxy (the new version makes this easier and less messy, by the way.) It was a fine design, but only worked with one specific solar panel size and one specific configuration of parts. His newest version makes a few mechanical improvements and accommodates a wide variety of different components and solar panel sizes. The CAD files are all available on the GitHub repository but he’s conveniently provided STL files for about a dozen common sizes.

When it comes to harvesting light, staying indoors offers less power but requires a far less rugged setup. If that interests you, be sure to check out the Tiny Solar Energy Module (TSEM) which can scrape up even indoor light.

Improved Outdoor Solar Harvester Now Handles All The Parts
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Scientist claims to spot insects on Mars, but I think they're just rocks – CNET

An entomologist believes he found evidence of alien life on Mars. I’m not buying it. Scientist claims to spot insects on Mars, but I think they're just rocks – CNET
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Google will sell a $15 ‘Claw’ to attach your Pixel to the Stadia controller


Google Stadia launched to mixed reviews, but it remains an intriguing concept for the future of gaming. If you’re one of the people who bought into the device and was fascinated by the idea of playing console-quality games on your smartphone, Google will soon begin to sell a ‘claw‘ accessory that will allow you to attach your phone to the Stadia controller. While the Stadia controller is not absolutely necessary to use Google’s gaming service on a PC or phone, the company has claimed it offers the best Wi-Fi experience. This is because the controller bypasses your device and connects…

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Google will sell a ‘Claw’ to attach your Pixel to the Stadia controller
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Karma SC2 concept car has 1,100 hp, 10,500 lb-ft of torque – Roadshow

Seriously, how is this even possible? Karma SC2 concept car has 1,100 hp, 10,500 lb-ft of torque – Roadshow
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Karma SC2 concept backs sharp design with bold 1,100 horsepower claim – Roadshow

That’s not even the craziest detail. The electric concept car is also said to produce around 10,500 pound-feet of torque. You read right: TEN THOUSAND. Karma SC2 concept backs sharp design with bold 1,100 horsepower claim – Roadshow
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Celebrate 10 years of Angry Birds by beating the crap out of this vending machine


In a recent NPR poll, 84 percent of respondents said that people were angrier today than they were a generation ago. And who can blame us? The idiots representing (insert political party you hate here) are full of crap and they don’t know what they’re doing. So many people are wrong about AI and vaccines, and other things you care about, it’s enough to drive you bonkers. And way too many people care way too much (or not enough) about that stupid (or important) movie that just came out (or is about to). If only there were some way we…

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Celebrate 10 years of Angry Birds by beating the crap out of this vending machine
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Google keeps face-planting on the small stuff with latest Stadia launch gaffe

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

On June 6th, Google opened up preorders for the $130 “Founder’s Edition” of its Stadia cloud gaming service, promising those buyers would be the first to experience the future of gaming — and reserve a unique username. Though Stadia is now live, many buyers are reporting they haven’t received the most crucial piece of the entire Stadia package: the invite email that opens the door to actually let them in.

Many on Stadia’s official Discord server are performing what they’re calling a “code check” to let others know whether their codes have been sent, and whether their devices have actually been shipped. Others are reporting the usernames they wanted are already taken.

On Reddit, Google said it was investigating the issue:

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Black Friday 2019 laptop deals coming soon – CNET

Some of these great deals are available now, others are coming on Black Friday and beyond. Black Friday 2019 laptop deals coming soon – CNET
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Verizon finally reveals actual 5G coverage maps

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg

Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Verizon is addressing one of the biggest criticisms about the company’s growing 5G network: a lack of traditional coverage maps. As noted by PC Mag, today the carrier has finally published maps where customers in 5G cities can get lightning-quick data speeds (over 1Gbps in some cases) from its millimeter-wave technology. Earlier today, Verizon launched 5G in Boston, Houston, and Sioux Falls. Service is now available in 18 cities, and the company says it will reach 30 by the end of 2019.

Verizon continues to claim that it’s putting 5G “in locations where more people can experience ultra-fast speeds together” — near landmarks and high-traffic areas of each market. Recently, it brought 5G to sections of football stadiums.

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Baby Yoda art from The Mandalorian might make your heart explode – CNET

Director Jon Favreau posts original concept art of the cutest character to come out of Star Wars in years. Baby Yoda art from The Mandalorian might make your heart explode – CNET
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Apple preparing to build the ‘next generation of media apps for Windows’

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Apple is hunting for software engineers to help the company build media apps for Windows. The iPhone maker revealed its plans in a job listing earlier this month, spotted by Neowin, inviting potential candidates to “join us and build the next generation of media apps for Windows.”

Apple maintains existing Windows apps like iTunes and iCloud, but these are both old traditional desktop apps that are showing their age. Apple revealed earlier this year that it’s breaking up iTunes into three separate macOS apps: Podcasts, TV, and Music. None of these apps have arrived on Windows, leaving PC users with just iTunes. If you’re an Apple Music or Apple TV Plus subscriber, you have to use the web versions instead of dedicated apps on Windows 10…

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Apple preparing to build the ‘next generation of media apps for Windows’
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Amazon lets police ask for Ring videos that are more than a month old

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Amazon’s Ring home security company lets police ask users for videos that are up to 45 days old and 12 hours long, Amazon said in a letter released today.

Ring has been the source of privacy concerns for months, as the company, which offers doorbell cameras, faces questions about how it works with law enforcement. The home security business has partnered with hundreds of police agencies around the United States, giving a way for officials to request customer footage through Amazon, with users’ approval. Those reports prompted Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) to ask Amazon for more information on Ring’s privacy practices.

Today, Markey released Amazon’s responses. To ask for video footage, the company…

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Amazon lets police ask for Ring videos that are more than a month old
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Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro has a mysterious new ‘lid angle sensor’

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Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro not only has a bigger screen, but it returns to a scissor switch keyboard, has louder speakers, a better mic, and a… lid angle sensor?

MacRumors found the mention of the new sensor in a service document that was sent to Apple Authorized Service Providers. It shared the info with iFixit, which found the small sensor inside the computer and also noticed that the MacBook Pro’s hinge has a magnet inside it with an arrow that indicates the hinge’s polarity.

But that’s as much as we concretely know about the lid angle sensor. Based entirely on the name, it seems likely that the sensor can track the exact angle of the lid in some way. iFixit also speculated that the sensor helps keep a history of how much the…

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Install the Latest WhatsApp Update to Fix a Major Bug

WhatsApp users should hit up the Google Play Store or the App Store and make sure they’re running the latest version of the app, as a new update fixes a major security bug that could let hackers slip malicious code onto devices through seemingly innocent .MP4 video files.

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Disney+ accounts are being stolen and sold online

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Scarcely a week after the service debuted, Disney+ accounts area already being hacked en masse. Users report their accounts being hacked within hours of creation, and now those same accounts are being sold online. The reported account theft goes about how you’d expect: the malicious party logs into the account and changes the email address and password, effectively nabbing the account for themselves. ZDNet conducted a dark web investigation and found hundreds of accounts for sale, some for as little as $3. Depending where you looked, you might find some given away for free. The BBC later corroborated those findings with…

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Disney+ accounts are being stolen and sold online
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DIY CNC Router Uses Chains The Right Way

There are a million and one ways to build your own CNC router, depending on your tastes, budget, and application, your design choices will differ accordingly. [Steve Tying] was well aware of this when undertaking his project, and built the machine that made sense for him.

[Steve’s] build has a strong focus on keeping costs down, and that’s reflected in the hardware used. Wanting a large work area of 30″ x 60″, off-the-shelf linear rails in 6 foot lengths were prohibitively expensive. Instead, 1″ angle iron was sourced from the local garden centre, and used in conjunction with steel v-bearings. It’s a lot cheaper, and good enough for the application at hand, so why not? Other smart choices abound, such as using an IKEA cabinet as the base, and a fanless computer to run the show to avoid death by dust.

When it came time to build the axes, there was plenty of roller chain on hand. Chain is usually passed up for options such as timing belts or ballscrews in the CNC community, as it tends to stretch over time and offers poor accuracy. However, [Steve] took stock of the drawbacks of the method, and made efforts to overcome these weak points in the design. The Y and X axes were specially designed to keep the chain supported along its length. This helped avoid the problem of long drooping chains and poor tension.

While it’s not an industrial-strength build with world-beating accuracy, it’s a solid CNC machine that can carve out large workpieces without issue. Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of DIY CNCs, built with everything from PVC pipe to welded steel. Video after the break.

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How to Keep Your Disney+ Account From Being Hacked

According to numerous reports, a number of hacked Disney+ accounts have been popping up over the web lately. And those breaking into your account aren’t taking advantage of some crazy vulnerability in the streaming service. They’re either phishing your account data or, worse, logging in as you by using credentials…

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How a Gig Worker Revolt Begins

Rev was just a small start-up offering online transcriptions. Now it’s the latest symbol of a gig-economy company whose workers are fed up. How a Gig Worker Revolt Begins
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Give'r's Incredible 4 Season Gloves Are Down to Just $100

Give’r 4 Season Glove with Wax Coating | $100 | Huckberry

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Give'r's Incredible 4 Season Gloves Are Down to Just 0
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Police can keep Ring camera video forever, and share with whomever they’d like, company tells senator

“The lack of privacy and civil rights protections for innocent residents is nothing short of chilling,” Sen. Edward J. Markey said. Police can keep Ring camera video forever, and share with whomever they’d like, company tells senator
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Why Everybody Wants to Give You a Free Flu Shot

In theory, when money is exchanged for goods or services, there’s supposed to be some relationship between the amount of money and the value of the thing bought. But because health insurance is such a weird system, in practice that doesn’t end up happening.

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Why Everybody Wants to Give You a Free Flu Shot
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Mixer’s Partners can now control who can make clips in their channels

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Mixer is changing the way it does its clips: it’s letting its verified Partners control who gets to make them, along with adding better editing functionality to the clipping feature itself. Streamers will be able to choose who can clip their streams, based on their channel progression rank — basically a loyalty program that you enter by watching a channel’s streams.

“We know that having clip creation available to every viewer can sometimes produce out-of-context or low-quality clips, and we believe in giving partners more control of their community,” wrote Mixer product marketing manager Ben Favreau in a press release.

The natural idiom of video online is the clip: a snappy, snackable hit of video that, when done well, is something…

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Mixer’s Partners can now control who can make clips in their channels
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Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker — trailers, release date, plot, cast and rumors – CNET

The Rise of Skywalker is coming to theaters this December. Here’s everything we know so far. Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker — trailers, release date, plot, cast and rumors – CNET
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