Gadgets

Fellas, you’re gonna want that cowbell. And what better way to get that cowbell than with an automatic cowbell-playing robot that uses simple components to create a musical experience like no other. The system, built over at Adafruit, includes a simple Arduino controller, a potentiometer to control the speed of the cowbell hammer, and a
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Silicon Valley firms crunched their hardest in 2017 to rebrand ordinary merchandise long produced by other industries as uniquely innovative product lines. Some of them were pretty obnoxious, like Lyft’s totally-not-just-a-bus shuttle service, or WeLive’s attempt to market living in communal housing as a lived experience, or the company selling a “private pop-up space” that
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A general view of atmosphere during the Amazon Prime Summer Soiree hosted by Erin and Sara Foster held at Sunset Towers on July 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.Photo: Getty Amazon Prime Video, the streaming service you turn to when Netflix doesn’t have what you’re looking for, is best known for shows like Transparent, The
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Rick and Morty, debating collectibles, probably. Image: Adult Swim I feel like I understand most merchandising decisions. This one is a little lost on me. As reported by Comicbook.com, Cryptozoic is debuting a series of Rick and Morty trading cards, including characters, moments, and apparently even gags from the series. The trading card packs also
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A cup of coffee.Photo: AP Officials with California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have intervened to nullify a recent court ruling saying coffee sold in the state—say, like at a local Starbucks—must be accompanied by warning labels saying brewed coffee contains the carcinogen acrylamide. The Los Angeles Superior Court ruling ordered producers to
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks to the press at an event held to announce Foxconn’s plan to purchase an office building from Northwestern Mutual on February 6, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Photo: Getty Foxconn, the giant Taiwanese electronics manufacturer that works with everyone from Apple to Amazon, now has a North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Chris Hardwick, at an AMC event. Image: AP Images Yesterday, allegations surfaced claiming that Chris Hardwick sexual assaulted and emotionally abused his ex-girlfriend, the model, cosplayer, and actress Chloe Dykstra. Today, AMC issued a statement indicating that Chris Hardwick’s programming will not air on the network. The statement, below, also indicates that Hardwick’s planned panels
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Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. Image: Marvel Studios Marvel securing the rights to use Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a minor triumph for the company, and before it happened, Captain America: Civil War would’ve been a little different. As revealed by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the screenwriters for Captain America: Civil
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Screenshot: BBC Twitter recently “accidentally” banned a whole lot of users for joining the service before they were thirteen years old. The users, now “old enough” to use Twitter “responsibly,” have been upset, and Twitter has a whole thread on steps its taking to bring these “not children” back online. But here is something that
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Photo: Getty For the past month or so, inboxes the world over have been awash with emails about updated privacy policies and new permissions required by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You probably haven’t been reading those emails, and that’s bad news for email marketers. According to a CNBC report, people—Americans, especially—aren’t
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Tallulah Haddon and Simona Brown star in Kiss Me First, on Netflix June 29.Photo: Netflix Movies like Ready Player One and The Matrix have done it, but what about TV? Well, Netflix is about to launch a new series called Kiss Me First, and it’s also partially set in a fully functional virtual world. Created
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Image: Fortnite Earlier this week, Nintendo delighted Fortnite fans by announcing that the game, which might just be the most popular game being played right now, was coming to the Switch immediately. Even better, Switch players would be able to compete with PC and Xbox players, too—instant digital distribution and multiplayer open to all! Nintendo’s
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An artist’s conception of a black hole shooting a jet of plasmaIllustration: NASA/JPL-Caltech Black holes are already some of the strangest objects in the universe, and scientists sometimes dream up some pretty wild theories about their behavior. Like maybe they can accumulate dark matter particles and turn into black hole lasers, beaming radiation out into
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