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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:39:54 PM mt

The best phone you can buy right now 2017



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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:39:52 PM mt

Google leak may have just confirmed Android Oreo



Its been a long, confusing road, but a file attached to a Google\+ post announcing the newly announced Android O eclipse teaser may have finally revealed that Android O will in fact be called Android Oreo. The files name was caught by Android Police, who noted that the (now deleted) video post on Google\+ was called GoogleOreo_Teaser_0817_noDroids (1).mp4, which would seem to confirm or at least, strongly imply that the next version of Googles mobile OS will be named after milks favorite cookie.

Image: Android Police

Of course, its possible that this is more of Googles mind games related to Android Os name, which so far have included hints to Octopus and Orangina as possibilities. But whether Oreo or...

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:39:51 PM mt

The Defenders is a blueprint on how to make Iron Fist suck less



Iron Fist is the weakest hero of Marvels Netflix run. Hes a cartoonish character with no real depth, one who wields power through nonsensical actions. But though the Iron Fist viewers met in the eponymous show was a failure of imagination, The Defenders series itself improves upon Danny Rand in a real way. Or at the very least, depicts him as somewhat less of a train wreck.

As a serious superhero venture, Iron Fist was destined to walk a rockier path than its sister shows. Jessica Jones focuses on sexual assault, abuse, and overcoming the trauma associated with those experiences. Luke Cage elevates a bulletproof black superhero, fighting for justice and the common man in Harlem. Even Daredevil, despite essentially starring a blind...

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:39:51 PM mt

How to use the iNaturalist app to record weird animal behavior during the eclipse



In 2012, Elise Ricard was on an Australian beach, watching the Moon obscure the Sun in a total solar eclipse, when she noticed something weird: the birds in the rainforest behind her had fallen silent. It was a great feeling of unity with the other forms of life on this planet, Ricard says. There were other living things on the planet that were responding to something celestial.

On Monday, Americans will have the same rare opportunity to watch how the natural world reacts when the Sun goes dark. Total solar eclipses are known for making some animals go haywire, and Ricard wants people to record what theyre seeing. She works at the California Academy of Sciences, and shes spearheading a citizen science project called Life Responds....

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:39:51 PM mt

Spying on penguins is as simple as taping a camera to their backs



By capturing penguins and strapping them with video cameras, scientists created their own penguin cam to learn more about how birds communicate in the open ocean.

Gentoo penguins live in the islands around Antarctica and spend a lot of time in the water foraging for food, which makes them hard to access. So, scientists randomly captured 26 penguins and used waterproof tape to stick cameras on their heads and backs. Then the birds were sent back out to sea for two breeding seasons. The results were published this week in the journal Scientific Reports and give us more insight into the life of these animals.

Photo: Won Young Lee
A gentoo penguin with a camera on its head

The scientists ended up recording 598...

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 12:39:50 PM mt

Xbox One X leak suggests limited Project Scorpio Edition



Information about where and when youll be able to preorder Microsofts upcoming Xbox One X console is expected to arrive this weekend at Gamescom, but it seems that some details are leaking out early in the form of listings for a surprise version of the console: the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition. The listings which were live on the sites of at least two German retailers, one of which has since been removed were first spotted by XboxDynasty.de.

While well have to wait for Microsoft to officially announce the special edition, it seems that the Project Scorpio-branded version will pay homage to the Xbox One Xs original code name by branding the Scorpio logo on the front of the controller and console. The hardware in the Project...

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 10:32:58 AM mt

How to build a DIY pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse



In case you havent heard, theres a solar eclipse coming! But while eclipses are cool, unless youre in the path of totality i.e., the part of the country where the Moon will completely obstruct the Sun youll need to take some safety precautions to safely view the eclipse. (Even then, youll still need to wear glasses before and after the moments when its totally blocked.) After all, just because part of the Sun is covered doesnt mean you should look directly at the uncovered part of it. Eclipse glasses are a good way to go, but counterfeit models are making rounds on sites like Amazon. Plus, even if you buy certified ones, they might not make it to you in time.

Fortunately, theres another option: a pinhole projector. Putting...

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 10:32:57 AM mt

Its a great time to jump back into No Mans Sky



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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 10:32:57 AM mt

Google Home now supports free Spotify accounts



Google Home can now stream music from free Spotify accounts, as spotted by Android Police. Google promised to make its Home speaker compatible with more music and video streaming services back at I/O in May, with a list included Deezer, SoundCloud, HBO Now, and Hulu; Home already supports premium Spotify accounts.

With Home, you can ask the device to play a particular song, artist, or album, and with a free-account, requesting these will start a station of songs inspired by the item you choose. If you request a playlist, the music will start playing in shuffle mode. Youre also able to ask for music to be played based on genre, mood, or activity, or for Spotify-curated playlists on a free account, Google says.

If you want to set up...

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Friday August 18, 2017 @ 10:32:56 AM mt

Hear the Essential Phone review on this weeks Vergecast



On The Verges flagship / only podcast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul go through the weekly rundown of news that hit the site this week.

The show begins by addressing the accumulation of online hate as a result of the Charlottesville attack, and how its affecting the topics we cover.

Also, the Essential Phone is out today, and Dieter had the chance to review it. Nilay, Paul, and Dieter discuss where phones like Essential are headed with this release and the other upcoming releases this fall.

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Weve got a new segment for you as well! Loren Grush, science reporter and friend of the show, steps into the...

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