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Draw on This Website is a communal art project that captures the internet at its best

Draw on This Website is a communal art project that captures the internet at its best

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Draw on This Website delivers exactly what it promises: a website that allows anyone with access to the internet and a little imagination the chance to contribute their own art. It’s communal: people can draw whatever they like on an open document, or add to other people’s drawings in real time. It’s a site where […]

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Facebook is rolling out a redesigned Messenger focused on simplicity

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Facebook is releasing a redesigned version of Messenger today that attempts to put the focus back on your chats. After years of revenue-focused expansion into bots, games, payments, and other distractions, the company is bringing Messenger back to basics. While all those extra widgets are still present in the app, they’ve mostly been hidden away […]

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Pixel phones can use Wear OS smartwatches as a camera viewfinder

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The new Google Camera app for Pixel 3 phones touts a lot of widely publicized features like the wide-angle selfie camera and updated AR stickers, but another lesser-known feature is that it can add a remote viewfinder to any smartwatch running Wear OS. The Google Camera Wear OS app also adds a timer and flip […]

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GM is letting more people rent their cars for money

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General Motors is expanding its peer-to-peer car-sharing service to 10 cities by the end of this year, the company announced today. The service, which is part of GM’s mobility arm Maven, launched this summer and is already live in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan, along with Chicago and Denver. By the end of 2018, GM […]

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Suspiria is an ambitious remix of a horror classic

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Remaking horror classics is a tried-and-true tradition, but it’s still a little mystifying why anyone felt 1977’s Suspiria was a good candidate. Dario Argento’s giallo classic, about a dancer training in a school that is secretly home to a coven of witches, isn’t influential for its setting and premise, so much as for its bold […]

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Oculus is dropping movie rentals from the Rift because it’s ‘used primarily for gaming’

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Oculus is dropping the Rift VR headset’s support for renting or buying non-VR movies through Oculus Video, and the service will officially shut down on November 20th. Users will lose access to movies they’ve purchased or rented up to that point, although they’ll be reimbursed for the cost of purchases. They’ll still be able to […]

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How YouTube makes everything more extreme

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This week on The Vergecast, we’re doing something a little different — we’re introducing you to our newest reporter, Julia Alexander, who joins The Verge to cover YouTube, Twitch, and more. Nilay sat down with Julia to talk about the controversy around YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, the rise of parasocial relationships, and how creators are cultivating […]

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Google Play is upgrading your movie purchases to 4K for free

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Google announced in a blog post today that Google Play customers in the US and Canada will see several upgrades to their movie-watching experience. Any movies you’ve previously purchased in SD or HD that are available in 4K will now be automatically upgraded to stream in 4K. If you open the Play Movies & TV […]

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YouTuber Simone Giertz launches her first Kickstarter campaign, and it’s a pretty calendar

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If you’re motivated by pretty lights and the prospect of turning them on, you might be into YouTuber and robot maker Simone Giertz’s new (and first) Kickstarter campaign: The Every Day Calendar. It’s a large printed circuit board that relies on capacitive touch and LEDs to light up individual days on the calendar — the […]

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These two books look at a pair of sci-fi’s most influential projects and their flawed creators

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In 2018, films and television shows about superheroes or the adventures of heroes fighting evil across space are commonplace: only a single non-genre film (Crazy Rich Asians) has cracked the top 10 list for highest box office gross this year. Historically, that’s a new development; science fiction was once a reviled genre, dismissed as juvenile […]

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