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Meet Instagram’s YouTube Clone: IGTV

Instagram’s YouTube era apparently starts now. Today it officially announced IGTV, a new home for up to hour-long videos that will live on Instagram’s explore page and in a separate, standalone app. Read More >>

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How to Download Absolutely Everything You Can Find on the Web

The internet is always there, vast and accessible, from wherever you happen to be—until it isn’t. Maybe you’ve got a long flight ahead of you and need some reading material, maybe you just want to store something for safe-keeping. Whatever your reason here’s how you can download just about anything you come across on the internet with free tricks and tools. Read More >>

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The Rebirth of Vine Just Isn’t Going to Happen, Is It?

On Friday, Dan Hoffman, a co-founder of the defunct six-second video app, announced via Twitter that v2, his Vine sequel, is now indefinitely on hold. Hoffman said his vision of a small passion project was engulfed by too much attention, and that he would need a larger team and potential investors (?!) to see it through properly. Read More >>

virtual reality
Samsung is Tired of Waiting for VR-Exclusive TV Series, Decided to Make its Own

There's a fair bit of VR-compatible 360-degree video content out there for people to enjoy, but so far it's been pretty much restricted to scenery, porn, and phone launches that nobody really wants to watch in 360-degrees anyway. Samsung's clearly had enough of waiting for something new and interesting, so it's making its own TV shows for VR. Read More >>

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The 5 Strangest Westworld Theories That Could Still (Technically) Be True

The only thing better than Westworld itself are all the fan theories. Some have turned out to be true—others are, let’s say, a tad less plausible. In this latest video, I, Beth Elderkin, and Gizmodo social editor Joe Tonelli share five of the weirdest fan theories that haven’t actually been disproven yet. Read More >>

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VLC for Android *Finally* Gets Some Form of Chromecast Support

Chromecast was a big deal when it arrived four and a half years ago, since it meant you could smarten up you TV on the cheap using your phone, tablet, or PC. Nowadays it's not so special, but it's finally getting one feature it's been lacking all these years: support from VLC. Read More >>

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Oh My God Look At These Caterpillars

Ignore everything and watch these fluffy little dudes. They look like aliens or villains from some 1950s horror movie or something, but they’re all caterpillars you can literally find in the United States. Read More >>

virtual reality
Bleak New Game Trains Teachers How to Survive School Shootings

The essence of virtual reality’s appeal is immersing yourself in a role you normally wouldn’t or couldn’t in real life. Close your eyes and suddenly you’re a viking or a detective dressed as a bat. But, in our sombre reality, teachers across the country may soon find themselves forced into virtual roles they never chose for themselves: ballistic experts, first responders, crisis coordinators. Read More >>

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Google Finally Lets You Mute Autoplay Videos In Chrome—Here’s How

For several months, Google has teased some updates for Chrome that aim to make surfing the web slightly less annoying. And on Thursday, Chrome developers announced that you can now update your browser and choose to mute those annoying autoplay videos on websites. The update, Chrome 64 beta, also prevents malicious redirects, and a whole lot more. Read More >>

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Amazon’s New Batch of Pilots Arrive on 10th November

Different streaming services do things differently, like how Netflix releases all of its original original shows in one go. Amazon has its own thing, in that it lets the viewers decide which pilots get ordered to series. Well sort of. It uses viewer feedback to help it make its decisions, rather than simply trying to predict what people want - which is how most TV studios do it. Read More >>

history
Lecture at Los Alamos in 1992: ‘The End of the Soviet Union is the End of Who We Thought We Were’

“Do not buy maps, buy stock in companies that print maps,” Dr Paul Goble told a group at Los Alamos National Laboratory in November of 1992. Read More >>

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Big Idiot Drives Into Even Bigger Sinkhole Because He Was Staring at His Phone

There are a lot of reasons not to stare at your phone while you’re driving. A little kid might jump into the road, a car in front of you might have to stop unexpectedly, or a giant fucking sinkhole might swallow the entire road. A man in China learned that last one the hard way recently. Read More >>

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5 Reasons Why Facebook Watch Will Kill YouTube

For over a decade, YouTube has been the king of online video. If you want to watch video content, then it is the only place that matters. Facebook? Maybe if you want send a shaky video of your kid to your parents. Vimeo? Only pretentious film weirdos use that even though it presents videos in functionally the same way as Google’s behemoth. Read More >>

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Time To Say Goodbye Forever To YouTube’s Video Editor

Google is more than happy to put its weaker and less-used services out to pasture. Come September, we'll have another casualty — YouTube's web-based video editor, which made its debut seven years ago. Read More >>

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This AI Will Watch You Study And Can Tell If You’re Not Listening

A school in Paris will be the first to implement a system that studies the faces of students who study remotely using their webcam. The goal is to use artificial intelligence to determine how engaged students are - basically if they are listening or not. Read More >>