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A guide to Westworld’s viral marketing, for fans who don’t want to translate binary code

A guide to Westworld’s viral marketing, for fans who don’t want to translate binary code

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The second season of Westworld premieres on April 22nd, and to promote the show, HBO has been leaning into its puzzle-box sensibilities by burying clues, Easter eggs, and sneak peeks in an avalanche of viral marketing. Over the last couple of months, the network has released trailers that point to secret websites, websites that introduce […]

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Spotify’s first hardware device might be this music player for your car

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Earlier today, Spotify announced it would be sharing news at an April 24th event. It’s unclear whether the company is planning to unveil hardware later this month in New York City, but evidence suggests that Spotify has been working on an in-car controller — or even a standalone player — for the streaming service that […]

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Facebook says it’ll now require political-leaning advertisers to verify their identity

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Facebook advertisers who want to promote their views on key political issues — like abortion and Second Amendment rights — will now have to verify their identity and location, the company announced today. These “issue ads” will also be labeled as “political ads” on the platform, along with information about who’s paying for their existence. […]

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Far Cry 5 wasn’t a game for the Trump era, but it tried to be one anyway

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Far Cry 5 is a game crippled by its potential for social relevance. Ubisoft’s open-world shooter series usually involves fictional conflicts in nonexistent countries, far away from America’s shores. But the latest installment, released last week, is set in rural Montana. Players are fighting an enemy that’s much closer to home: a gun-hoarding cult whose […]

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Twitter might wreck third-party apps in June

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The people behind third-party Twitter clients Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon, and Tweetings are warning users that their apps could lose important features like push notifications and an auto-refresh timeline in June. The problem is that after June 19th, Twitter will be removing the “streaming services” that have enabled developers to implement these functions in their apps. […]

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Google Chrome adds a new emoji right-click shortcut

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Google Chrome added a new shortcut today to make adding emoji on desktop easier. It’s currently on the testing channel Chrome Canary, and users can enable it now by going to chrome://flags and searching “emoji,” as spotted by 9to5Google. What Google Chrome is proposing is adding an emoji option on the menu that appears when […]

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Inside the high-tech plot to save the northern white rhino from extinction

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‘The northern white rhino is emblematic of our times, about the impact of humans on wildlife.’ Continue reading…

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Facebook will add an ‘unsend’ feature after secretly deleting Zuckerberg’s messages

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After TechCrunch reported that Facebook has been quietly deleting messages CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sent via Messenger, the company is now saying that the ability to retract messages will soon be available to all Messenger users. According to TechCrunch, an “unsend” feature is coming in the next few months, though it provided no further details […]

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This wearable device can respond to your thoughts

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MIT researchers have created a wearable device called AlterEgo that can recognize nonverbal prompts, essentially “reading your mind.” The system is made up of a device that loops around a user’s ear, follows their jawline, and attaches underneath their mouth, and a computer system. The wearable device has electrodes that pick up neuromuscular signals in […]

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Inside the surreal, probably inevitable world of plastic surgery apps

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How some apps are turning cosmetic surgery into a game Continue reading…

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