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Chadwick Boseman says T’Challa is the enemy in Black Panther

February 28, 2018 Alex 0

Major spoilers ahead for Black Panther.

Cultural critics have had a lot to say about how Black Panther’s Erik Killmonger is a sympathetic villain, and how black viewers can identify with his point of view. He’s a casual murderer with a lengthy kill list literally carved into his own body, but Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) isn’t just fighting for personal reasons. He’s avenging his father and his lost childhood, but he identifies with other black people who’ve grown up in poverty, and he wants to use Wakanda’s advanced technology to liberate people of color who’ve been oppressed by Western imperialism. His goals have real political weight, and they’re more interesting than those of a lot of superhero-movie villains, who are often…

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There’s always a bigger fish

February 28, 2018 Alex 0

Hall One at Mobile World Congress – a single space more massive than most conference centers in major cities – contained only a few displays. Although a quarter of the room housed small phone and mobile manufacturers, Huawei controlled the rest, creating a walled-off compound patrolled by women in folk costumes from many lands.
The Small World After All jollity stopped at the gates. Read More

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See you tonight in New York

February 28, 2018 Alex 0

A reminder that I’m going to have Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, authors of The Truth Machine, onstage with me next week at Knotel, a co-working and event space in Manhattan. I’ll see you there tonight. RSVPs are closed. It starts at 7pm and will feature a 35-minute talk with two of the top writers in crypto. These guys literally wrote the book on bitcoin and their new book is about… Read More

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Spotify files to go public as it discloses subscriber growth and heavy losses

February 28, 2018 Alex 0

Spotify, the world’s largest music streaming service, has filed for an initial public offering today. The Sweden-based company co-founded by Daniel Ek, who has remained its CEO since its 2006 inception, and Martin Lorentzon has more than 71 million paying users as of December 2017. The company also enjoys an overall user base that includes ad-supported free listeners of 159 million, far outpacing the competition from Apple, Google, Tidal, and others. Spotify will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SPOT.”

Spotify will be offering a direct listing, meaning that its shares can be traded on the open market sooner than with a more conventional IPO, as Spotify doesn’t intend to raise a large amount of capital with its IPO. A…

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How Annihilation’s visual effects artists created those terrifying mutant creatures

February 28, 2018 Alex 0

The last time director Alex Garland and visual effects supervisor Andrew Whitehurst worked together, they created Alicia Vikander’s Ava, the robot star of Ex Machina. For their follow-up collaboration, Annihilation, they had a much bigger set of challenges. Garland’s newest film is a heady mind-trip that explores humanity’s self-destructive impulses, but it’s also a walking tour of the gorgeous and the grotesque. The story of Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist who joins a group of women to explore an area of coastal America that’s rapidly mutating due to an alien contaminant, Annihilation is full of improbably beautiful biological mashups, shimmering landscapes, and human-plant hybrids.

It also features one of the most terrifying…

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Google’s Flutter app development framework is now in beta

February 28, 2018 Alex 0

It’s 2018, how should you make an app? Here’s the short answer: nobody knows. But maybe that’s a good thing.

Yesterday, Google announced the official beta release of its Flutter app development framework (as seen on 9to5Google). It’s one way to make an app, and it’s especially well-suited to fancy user interfaces.

”But wait,” you ask, “didn’t Google just announce Kotlin support for Android development? Why would Google want me to learn Flutter now?”

And that’s a very good question.

See, there are two main paths to app development. “Native” development, where you use the default tools and languages provided by Apple or Google for their respective platforms. But then there’s… everything else. You can make apps for Android and iOS in C#…

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LittleThings blames its shutdown on Facebook algorithm change

February 28, 2018 Alex 0

A recent Facebook algorithm change seems to have claimed a high-profile casualty: LittleThings, a digital publisher focused on inspirational and how-to content for women, which shut down yesterday. I wrote about the company at the beginning of 2016, when it raised debt funding from City National Bank. At the time, it seemed to be flying high, becoming one of the largest lifestyle publishers… Read More

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Logitech’s customizable dial Craft keyboard gets Lightroom support and an open SDK

February 28, 2018 Alex 0

Logitech has announced some updates to its Craft keyboard, expanding what users can do with the customizable creative input dial, along with releasing an open SDK that will allow app developers to build their own integrations for the Craft keyboard.

The biggest addition is support for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, allowing users to access 11 different editing tools (including saturation, tint contrast, and shadows) through the dial. Like the other integrations on the Craft, tapping the dial allows users to change between them, and turning the infinitely scrolling wheel allows for precise adjustments.

Control Lightroom with the Craft’s physical dial
Logitech has also added support for several other apps, including Adobe Reader DC (Windows…

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LG showed off a phone called the G7 at Mobile World Congress

February 28, 2018 Alex 0

We’ve heard rumors that LG won’t call its next G-series phone the G7, and that the company scrapped its internal plans for the phone to start fresh. But today, Israeli publication Ynet published a video of a device that’s clearly marked as the G7 with the codename Neo. It’s unclear whether this is actually the device LG will be releasing or if it’s just to show some work the company’s done on one of its next phones.

Ynet reports this phone has a notch, of course, along with a 6-inch OLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, two 16-megapixel cameras in the back, and a rear fingerprint sensor. It also incorporates Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor and has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. It has…

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