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Thomas Crain 2021-03-22
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This is adapted from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it here. Hold on, what’s that vile, musty, and inescapable smell? Shhh, friend, don’t concern yourself with that, it’s just the latest issue of Plugged In. We all have enemies. And if you say you don’t, then you either haven’t thought about it hard enough, or you’re a dirty liar. Me? I have loads. A veritable adversarial smorgasbord. But, today, I’m here to talk about just one: mold. Yes, friends, I’m at war with fungus.  [Read: How do you build a pet-friendly gadget? We asked experts and animal owners] This isn’t my…

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Thomas Crain 2020-12-19
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How to always be on the wrong side of tech fashion

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  "It will never catch on." The next thing you know, you’re staring at a badly drawn zob scrawled over Shakespeare's shimoneta*.…

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Thomas Crain 2020-09-16
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Can Nvidia's latest stand up to next-generation game consoles?
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Thomas Crain 2019-08-07
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Xzibit must be laughing his ass off.

Google has revamped Image Search with a new side panel that lets your scroll through images as you, eeerm, scroll through other images.

Starting today, Image Search for desktop will open pics you click on in the new side panel.

The company says this will make it easier to compare images with others on the search result.

If you accidentally click on another image, you can easily pull back the last picture you were looking at by hitting the ‘back’ button.

Jokes aside, the Big G says the revamped look will help retailers and publishers attract more potential customers seeking information about a product they’re considering purchasing or a task they’re trying to solve.

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Thomas Crain 2021-03-16
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Bridgewater Associates boss Ray Dalio also said the economics of investing in bonds "has become stupid."
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Thomas Crain 2020-10-27
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If there’s a competitive mode, you'll find Korean players at the top of the charts. But the reasons have less to do with esports and more to do with culture and class.
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Thomas Crain 2019-11-14

Best free-to-play Steam games at a glance

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Art of War: Red Tides

When it comes to MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas), not every game has to be a fantasy-based romp with daggers, spells and cutesy champions.

Skewing the classic MOBA concept as a space-based naval affair gives the setup you know and love a much-needed breath of fresh air, while blowing away all the cobwebs.

Much like Paladins, Gigantic offers a team-based shooter that’s part-Overwatch, part MOBA and part something brand new.

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Thomas Crain 2019-07-17
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FaceApp, the photo editing app that uses artificial intelligence to apply filters, has seen a resurgence of interest in recent days.

People have been using the app's "Old" filter to share photos of what they might look like after aging on social media.

Celebrities such as rapper Drake and pop group the Jonas Brothers have been using the app too.

In recent days, there's been a resurgence of interest in FaceApp, the popular photo app that uses artificial intelligence to apply filters that can make you look older or younger or swap your gender in addition to other effects.

The app launched in 2017, but has been flooding social media feeds everywhere over the past several days.

Celebrities from rapper Drake to famous chef Gordon Ramsay and pop group the Jonas Brothers have been using the app to see how they might age.

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Thomas Crain 2021-01-19
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Though Spanx is usually associated with smoothing, panty line-eliminating shapewear, its comfortable, stylish leggings are the real standouts for us.
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Thomas Crain 2020-10-23
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"Permission to jump in an X-wing and blow something up?" "Permission granted."
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Thomas Crain 2019-10-10

I argued that they should be: Facebook ads are public and searchable, and if a politician or political party is out there telling lies, that seems like an important and useful thing for a democracy to know about.

The most common response I got was a kind of cake-and-eat-it-too argument in which citizens should push for (1) Facebook to be broken up but (2) referee political speech until that happens.

Those two issues are able to live side by side easily, in my opinion.

In this sense, it means Facebook is practically reaping the benefits of such lax policies with regards to advertising (attracting a wide range of clients and the money from publishing advertisement) and also avoiding the responsibilities and costs associated with actually taking decisions proactively.

There’s like 20 categories of harmful content that we focus on.

... 18 out of the 20 categories are not that controversial.

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Thomas Crain 2019-07-11
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Some of the science-fiction flourishes in the new HBO miniseries Years and Years are deft-but-familiar technological signifiers of a near future—a smart speaker named “Señor” has telephonic and IoT skills far beyond those of Alexa, a teenager wears a holographic Snapchat filter mask to breakfast, self-heating school lunches have vat-grown meat entrees.

Television apocalypses tend to come with a bang—zombies, dragons, Revelations.

Except for one nuclear bomb, courtesy of President Trump in the last few days of his second term, most of the show grapples with the day-to-day indignities of civilizational collapse.

That teenage daughter with the IRL filter-mask gets into a spot of trouble with an illicit Russian cybermodification surgery.

When the eldest brother and his wife go downtown early one morning to try to figure out why their online bank account has been 404-not-found all night, they realize that the crowd they’ve been walking past is actually the line at the door of the bank branch.

That, maybe, is the best logline I could lob from my armchair at Years and Years: “This is what it’ll look like.”

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Thomas Crain 2021-01-05
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More details on Overwatch 2 are coming, which will hopefully answer many of the lingering questions about the game. In the meantime, here's everything we know.
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Thomas Crain 2020-10-06
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In a smartphone market where photography has been king for a few years already, entry-level phones have been left behind in the dust of more expensive devices. Manufacturers may sugarcoat words about their amazing 8 megapixel cameras but even the Google Pixel’s 12 megapixel main shooter fares far better because digital photography isn’t just about pixel counts. Fortunately, Google is … Continue reading
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Thomas Crain 2019-10-05
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Foldable phones versus dual-screen devices that have a seam down the middle.

The question now isn't whether large-screen devices you open and close are coming.

It's a goal that phone-makers have wrestled with for years, especially as the demand to watch videos, multitask and work on ever-larger screens has grown.

"We know scientifically you'll be more productive on two screens," Panos Panay, Microsoft's chief product officer, said at an event in New York on Wednesday.

The battle between the two designs is just beginning.

The Surface Duo has sturdy glass screens

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Thomas Crain 2019-06-26

Google has always argued that the data it collects does more than provide power for its targeted ad empire — it also makes its services more useful.

But not everyone thinks that Google should be able to suck up a never-ending stockpile of personal data on its users.

Today, Google is taking a step towards giving users more control over some of their data with the launch of a new feature that automatically deletes Location History data on iOS and Android devices.

The company pre-announced the feature back in May, just ahead of its annual developer conference Google I/O.

Google had said at the time that location history could help it make better recommendations — like suggesting a restaurant you may like, for example.

However, Google amasses what some would say is a “creepy” amount of user data, right down to a map of everywhere you’ve ever been.

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Thomas Crain 2021-03-22
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This is adapted from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it here. Hold on, what’s that vile, musty, and inescapable smell? Shhh, friend, don’t concern yourself with that, it’s just the latest issue of Plugged In. We all have enemies. And if you say you don’t, then you either haven’t thought about it hard enough, or you’re a dirty liar. Me? I have loads. A veritable adversarial smorgasbord. But, today, I’m here to talk about just one: mold. Yes, friends, I’m at war with fungus.  [Read: How do you build a pet-friendly gadget? We asked experts and animal owners] This isn’t my…

This story continues at The Next Web
Thomas Crain 2021-01-19
img
Though Spanx is usually associated with smoothing, panty line-eliminating shapewear, its comfortable, stylish leggings are the real standouts for us.
Thomas Crain 2020-12-19
img

How to always be on the wrong side of tech fashion

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  "It will never catch on." The next thing you know, you’re staring at a badly drawn zob scrawled over Shakespeare's shimoneta*.…

Thomas Crain 2020-10-23
img
"Permission to jump in an X-wing and blow something up?" "Permission granted."
Thomas Crain 2020-09-16
img
Can Nvidia's latest stand up to next-generation game consoles?
Thomas Crain 2019-10-10

I argued that they should be: Facebook ads are public and searchable, and if a politician or political party is out there telling lies, that seems like an important and useful thing for a democracy to know about.

The most common response I got was a kind of cake-and-eat-it-too argument in which citizens should push for (1) Facebook to be broken up but (2) referee political speech until that happens.

Those two issues are able to live side by side easily, in my opinion.

In this sense, it means Facebook is practically reaping the benefits of such lax policies with regards to advertising (attracting a wide range of clients and the money from publishing advertisement) and also avoiding the responsibilities and costs associated with actually taking decisions proactively.

There’s like 20 categories of harmful content that we focus on.

... 18 out of the 20 categories are not that controversial.

Thomas Crain 2019-08-07
img

Xzibit must be laughing his ass off.

Google has revamped Image Search with a new side panel that lets your scroll through images as you, eeerm, scroll through other images.

Starting today, Image Search for desktop will open pics you click on in the new side panel.

The company says this will make it easier to compare images with others on the search result.

If you accidentally click on another image, you can easily pull back the last picture you were looking at by hitting the ‘back’ button.

Jokes aside, the Big G says the revamped look will help retailers and publishers attract more potential customers seeking information about a product they’re considering purchasing or a task they’re trying to solve.

Thomas Crain 2019-07-11
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Some of the science-fiction flourishes in the new HBO miniseries Years and Years are deft-but-familiar technological signifiers of a near future—a smart speaker named “Señor” has telephonic and IoT skills far beyond those of Alexa, a teenager wears a holographic Snapchat filter mask to breakfast, self-heating school lunches have vat-grown meat entrees.

Television apocalypses tend to come with a bang—zombies, dragons, Revelations.

Except for one nuclear bomb, courtesy of President Trump in the last few days of his second term, most of the show grapples with the day-to-day indignities of civilizational collapse.

That teenage daughter with the IRL filter-mask gets into a spot of trouble with an illicit Russian cybermodification surgery.

When the eldest brother and his wife go downtown early one morning to try to figure out why their online bank account has been 404-not-found all night, they realize that the crowd they’ve been walking past is actually the line at the door of the bank branch.

That, maybe, is the best logline I could lob from my armchair at Years and Years: “This is what it’ll look like.”

Thomas Crain 2021-03-16
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Bridgewater Associates boss Ray Dalio also said the economics of investing in bonds "has become stupid."
Thomas Crain 2021-01-05
img
More details on Overwatch 2 are coming, which will hopefully answer many of the lingering questions about the game. In the meantime, here's everything we know.
Thomas Crain 2020-10-27
img
If there’s a competitive mode, you'll find Korean players at the top of the charts. But the reasons have less to do with esports and more to do with culture and class.
Thomas Crain 2020-10-06
img
In a smartphone market where photography has been king for a few years already, entry-level phones have been left behind in the dust of more expensive devices. Manufacturers may sugarcoat words about their amazing 8 megapixel cameras but even the Google Pixel’s 12 megapixel main shooter fares far better because digital photography isn’t just about pixel counts. Fortunately, Google is … Continue reading
Thomas Crain 2019-11-14

Best free-to-play Steam games at a glance

Paladins: Champions of the Realm

Art of War: Red Tides

When it comes to MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas), not every game has to be a fantasy-based romp with daggers, spells and cutesy champions.

Skewing the classic MOBA concept as a space-based naval affair gives the setup you know and love a much-needed breath of fresh air, while blowing away all the cobwebs.

Much like Paladins, Gigantic offers a team-based shooter that’s part-Overwatch, part MOBA and part something brand new.

Thomas Crain 2019-10-05
img

Foldable phones versus dual-screen devices that have a seam down the middle.

The question now isn't whether large-screen devices you open and close are coming.

It's a goal that phone-makers have wrestled with for years, especially as the demand to watch videos, multitask and work on ever-larger screens has grown.

"We know scientifically you'll be more productive on two screens," Panos Panay, Microsoft's chief product officer, said at an event in New York on Wednesday.

The battle between the two designs is just beginning.

The Surface Duo has sturdy glass screens

Thomas Crain 2019-07-17
img

FaceApp, the photo editing app that uses artificial intelligence to apply filters, has seen a resurgence of interest in recent days.

People have been using the app's "Old" filter to share photos of what they might look like after aging on social media.

Celebrities such as rapper Drake and pop group the Jonas Brothers have been using the app too.

In recent days, there's been a resurgence of interest in FaceApp, the popular photo app that uses artificial intelligence to apply filters that can make you look older or younger or swap your gender in addition to other effects.

The app launched in 2017, but has been flooding social media feeds everywhere over the past several days.

Celebrities from rapper Drake to famous chef Gordon Ramsay and pop group the Jonas Brothers have been using the app to see how they might age.

Thomas Crain 2019-06-26

Google has always argued that the data it collects does more than provide power for its targeted ad empire — it also makes its services more useful.

But not everyone thinks that Google should be able to suck up a never-ending stockpile of personal data on its users.

Today, Google is taking a step towards giving users more control over some of their data with the launch of a new feature that automatically deletes Location History data on iOS and Android devices.

The company pre-announced the feature back in May, just ahead of its annual developer conference Google I/O.

Google had said at the time that location history could help it make better recommendations — like suggesting a restaurant you may like, for example.

However, Google amasses what some would say is a “creepy” amount of user data, right down to a map of everywhere you’ve ever been.