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It’s Time to Bring Back Translucent Gadgets

For years, tech bloggers have lamented the boring sameness of mobile phones. “They’re all slabs of glass and metal,” we groaned in 2016. “Phone design has plateaued.” These days, the same could be said of many electronic devices, all housed in generic brushed aluminium and dark plastic that doesn’t so much “wow” as inspire a “sure.” Fortunately, the solution to this problem is as simple as it is obvious: let us see inside. Read More >>

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Raccoon Vs. Crow Is the Alien Vs. Predator of Trash Animals

Nature isn’t always pretty. Sometimes it’s just gnarly as hell. Read More >>

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Is Mark Zuckerberg Wet or Dry?

As the sun passed over the office on Monday and staffers shook off the muggy torpor of the mid-afternoon, they found themselves drawn into a (seemingly simple, yet surprisingly contentious) debate: Is Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, a dry man? Or is he a wet one? Read More >>

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Elon Musk Should Tweet More

On Sunday, Elon Musk’s long-simmering internet meltdown reached a full boil when he called a man who was mean to his submarine a paedophile. This gave the Tesla founder’s harshest critics and fiercest fanboys something they could finally agree on: the guy needed to give it a rest and log off. A Twitter sabbatical, basically everyone concluded, was in his best interests. It is not, however, in ours. If anything, Musk should pour himself a frothy mug of genius juice, fire up the take machine, and tweet more – a lot more. Read More >>

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The Internet Is a Big, Nasty Potato Salad We Can’t Get Enough Of

On a picnic table before you sits an enormous bowl of potato salad. You have a bite, which tastes okay, and almost immediately start feeling ill. You, however, love potato salad. So you have another bite, which makes you feel even worse, and then another, and then another. Somewhere, deep down, you know this is madness. “Why am I doing this?” you ask, shovelling another vile dollop into your quivering maw. “I feel like I’m gonna hurl.” Read More >>

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The Tech Gods Won’t Save You

In times of great strife and uncertainty, it’s natural to look for heroes, leaders whom we can point to and say, “that right there, that’s what we believe in.” In a more armorial age, these heroes were warriors and generals. Throughout the political turmoil of the 20th century, champions of conscience earned our admiration. These days, it seems, being a rich doofus with a single benevolent bone in your body is enough. Read More >>

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I’m More Confused Than Ever About The Incredibles’ Legal System

Like many Americans, I used my Fourth of July holiday to perform my patriotic duty and watch a summer blockbuster, in this case, Pixar’s Incredibles 2. Overall, I found the movie to be an improvement over its (pretty good) predecessor, but I was left with some disturbing questions. First and foremost, just how, exactly, does the law work in the Incredibles universe? Read More >>

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Hisense’s Absurd 100-Inch Laser TV Turned Me Into a Big Screen Believer

When discussing a big-screen TV, size is bound to be the primary topic of conversation, but with HiSense’s 100-inch Ultra HD Laser TV, bigness approaches a thought-terminating cliche — one I have been happy to let take over my puny mind. Read More >>

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Slack Is Down and I’ve Never Felt Less Alive

On Wednesday, Slack confirmed that users worldwide were experiencing difficulty connecting to the workplace messaging service, pledging to investigate the problem and provide updates soon. Read More >>

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American Christians’ Vision of God Looks Suspiciously Like Elon Musk

If you asked 100 random strangers what God looks like, you’d probably get around 100 different responses. But if you specifically asked American Christians, and then aggregated their answers, you’d apparently end up with a face that’s so close to Tesla founder and aspiring mole man Elon Musk it’s frankly bizarre. Read More >>

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What’s Proper Smartphone Etiquette When Watching a Movie at Home?

A little over a decade after the release of the original iPhone, it seems we have arrived at some basic grounds rules for phone use in cinemas: calls are verboten, texting is a major offence, and checking your screen in anything but the most surreptitious manner is frowned upon. But what about when watching a movie at home with others? I’ve found that the proper protocol here has remained largely unspoken—a mistake if we, as a society, want to remain on the same page. Read More >>

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Infinity War Puts Adam West’s Batman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Just Hear Me Out

With the recent worldwide release of Avengers: Infinity War, many comic book fans spent the weekend processing the movie’s grand implications on the larger Marvel universe. Perhaps the most surprising revelation of all, however, isn’t being discussed in forum posts or on social media. Hidden among the movie’s numerous crossover characters is one passing cameo that connects to Adam West’s Batman, suggesting he’s the canonical Dark Knight of the Marvel movies. I know it sounds nuts, but just hear me out. Some Infinity War and St. Elsewhere spoilers follow. Read More >>

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Please Help Facebook Solve the Mystery of What Made Facebook Shit

In its latest display of public penitence in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook released a new ad today acknowledging past fuckups while promising to do better. Titled “Facebook Here Together”—an apparent reference to our everlasting blood pact with the social media giant—the video serves as the company’s most explicit admission yet that, yes, the website kind of turned to shit. Read More >>

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Let’s All Take a Long, Deep Breath

Humanity, man. We’ve had a good run, and have come up with some really neat stuff, but I think we could all use a bit of a breather. Nothing permanent, just a short break where we stop for a moment and maybe reconsider our priorities. Read More >>

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A Tiny Singing Dog Might Be the Solution to Your Lousy Commute

As commute times continue to rise, more and more people are working from home. But if you still have to physically drag yourself to the office, there are concrete actions you can take to improve your daily grind. Namely, the addition of a little dog that sings along to your favourite string quartet. Read More >>