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Saturday August 18, 2018 @ 01:05:50 PM mt

Netflix cancels its talk shows starring Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale




Netflix has canceled The Break With Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale; neither of the talk shows will make it to a second season. Their brief runs are the latest example of Netflixs struggle to deliver a show in this format that can draw eyes and maintain regular viewership. The company ended Chelsea Handlers weekly talk show its first real foray into the genre last October after two seasons. Chelsea initially aired three nights each week before moving to a once-weekly schedule.

Each of The Break with Michelle Wolfs 10 episodes debuted weekly. The show began streaming in May, not long after Wolfs controversial and profile-raising performance as host of the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner. Wolf has...

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Saturday August 18, 2018 @ 10:19:32 AM mt

9 new trailers you should watch this week




Usually I write about recent movies Ive watched up here, but my backlog of films to write about has gotten shorter and shorter for a couple reasons recently: for one, its summer, so Im finding more reasons to leave the house. But also, my girlfriend and I have been playing a lot of Breath of the Wild.

Ive never really understood the appeal of Lets Plays or other game streams, but Im starting to get an idea for why theyd be so entertaining. Even when youre not playing, you can still have the same surprises and a-ha moments as the gamer.

But really, the better part is that it becomes a communal experience. Its not just your reactions, but the reactions of whoevers playing, too. I realize a great many people have discovered this...

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Saturday August 18, 2018 @ 10:19:24 AM mt

Google rolls back Android Messages to old design and removes dark mode




On Thursday, it looked as though Google was starting to roll out a redesigned version of its vital Android Messages app. The update featured some visual changes like getting rid of the blue bar at the top and switching over to the companys Google Sans font. It also included a dark mode as an alternative to the default, so-much-white look.

But late last night, as Reddit users were quick to notice, Google reverted to the old Android Messages design even for those who had already installed the most recent update. If you had the new Messages yesterday, open it up today and youll see that its gone. Yes, Google has the server-side ability to change the look of Messages on a dime.

Some users had complained about losing the...

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Saturday August 18, 2018 @ 09:35:14 AM mt

HBO has picked up its Watchmen show for a full season




HBOs adaptation of the classic graphic novel Watchmen is officially coming to small screens. After ordering a pilot episode last year, the network has picked up the show for a full first season, which will debut in 2019.

Along with the announcement of the series pickup and roughly when well be able to expect the show, the network announced the cast for the series, which will include Regina King (Southland), Jeremy Irons (Justice League), Tim Blake Nelson (Wormwood), and more.

The network didnt reveal just what the show will be about, saying only that it was set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as...

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Saturday August 18, 2018 @ 09:35:05 AM mt

How Crazy Rich Asians turns a traditional Asian rom-com trope into a modern statement




Minor spoilers ahead for Crazy Rich Asians.

With the new romantic dramedy Crazy Rich Asians, based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan, Warner Bros. is making a rare venture into films with an all-Asian cast. But the Asian romantic comedy is already a wildly popular genre thats spawned a variety of online fan communities, and it comes with its own set of heavily used tropes, such as buffoonish gangsters who hold the female lead for ransom, or a male lead who gets into a car accident and ends up with amnesia. One of the most common tropes, the evil mother-in-law, appears in Crazy Rich Asians, but the filmmakers subvert it in a quietly revolutionary way, transforming the portrayal of Asian women in Western media. The characters in C...

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Saturday August 18, 2018 @ 09:34:57 AM mt

Discounted MacBook Pros Amazon devices and a GTX 1080 Ti bundle are this weeks best deals




This upcoming week feels like the last big back to school push from retailers. Were seeing Amazon devices drop down to near-Prime Day 2018 prices. Bose noise-canceling headphones, which are excellent study buddies, have had enjoyed a week-long $50 discount. Theres a whole lot more to see, whether youre looking for portable tech or gear to fill out your entertainment center.

Starting with a big deal on a high-end graphics card, B&H is offering a discount on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by way of a $999 bundle that packs in a computer case, modular PSU, motherboard, liquid cooling system, and more. This cards dominance in the GPU pack will likely be toppled by Nvidias own Turing cards that are expected to be unveiled next week, but its...

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Saturday August 18, 2018 @ 07:29:08 AM mt

Hug your old Mac with these retro pillows




We all love our computers a lot (most of the time). But what if you could give your favorite gadget an actual hug? Thats where pillow company Throwboy comes in, with a Kickstarter for its lineup of Iconic gadget pillows that look oddly similar to some of Apples most famous products over the years.

Throwboy is extremely careful to never mention the words Apple, Mac, or iPhone anywhere on its Kickstarter page, but the pillows are unmistakable to anyone whos ever interacted with an Apple product. The line of five pillows are instead just dubbed as the 1977 pillow (Apple II), 1984 pillow (the original Macintosh), 1998 pillow (iMac), 2001 pillow (iPod), and 2007 pillow (iPhone).

The pillows themselves look like...

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Saturday August 18, 2018 @ 05:19:00 AM mt

Googles ambitions for China could trigger a crisis inside the company




On Thursday afternoon, a critical meeting at Google was derailed by a handful of tweets. Employees who had been pressing top executives for answers about the companys plans to build a censored search engine and news app for the Chinese market appeared to have finally gotten their wish. Google cofounder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai had taken the stage to address employees concerns. Well definitely be transparent as we get closer to actually having a plan of record, Pichai said, according to a report from The Intercepts Ryan Gallagher.

Then employees noticed that executives words were being transcribed in real time by the New York Times Kate Conger, who had a source inside. Upon which an unidentified employee at the meeting...

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Friday August 17, 2018 @ 10:36:30 PM mt

Tesla eyes cost savings so it can make 25000 cars in three years Elon Musk tells MKBHD




Its been a hell of a week for Tesla CEO Elon Musk: federal investigations, allegations of drug trafficking, and a tearful interview with the biggest newspaper in the world. So why not cap the week with an interview with popular You Tuber and avowed Tesla fan (and Model S owner) Marques Brownlee to talk Model 3 production, technology, science, and basically everything not having to do with this off-the-rails news cycle.

The interview, which MKBHD promoted as the most important video probably ever on my channel, took place August 15th, a week after Musks fateful funding secured tweet about taking Tesla private. But that tweet, which has since spawned a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, never comes up in the course of...

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Friday August 17, 2018 @ 07:39:24 PM mt

Sony made a pretty infographic to explain why Android updates can be so slow




Sony knows you want Android Pie, and its working on it. It promises to get it to you by November, so long as you own an Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Premium, XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1, or XZ1 Compact. To tide you over before the update actually reaches your phone and you see all your upgraded friends enjoying it, Sony has published an infographic to teach you about phone updates.

Its not Sonys fault that updates are slow; blame it on the machine that is a new Android OS rollout. You see, Sony has to optimize the OS for its hardware; add its own personal touches; test it internally; test it externally; make sure it meets certain standards; and ensure the devices actually work with carriers. Its a tough job being a phone maker, I guess.

T...

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