Sat.Sep 26, 2020

The Last of Us Part II voice actor breaks new ground with Twitch’s Artificial

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Stephen Chang played the voice of Jesse in The Last of Us Part II. And now he's playing as a character in Twitch's original interactive show Artificial. Read More.

How Duolingo designed the new characters for its Project World

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The cast of characters from Duolingo’s Project World | Duolingo. Don’t worry, Duo the owl isn’t going anywhere Language app Duolingo is unveiling a new cast of characters that it hopes will help users better learn new languages, even during the toughest lessons.

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Websites still don’t provide equal access in 2020 — and lawsuits are increasing

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The number of Web-accessibility lawsuits has grown this year as the public relies increasingly on digital to survive COVID-19. Read More. Business Commerce Dev Enterprise Entrepreneur accessibility category-/Law & Government/Legal category-/People & Society

PSA: Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans September 30th

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Google said in April it would allow unlimited-length meetings in its Google Meet video chat platform for all users until September 30th, and it looks like the company is sticking with that timeline.

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

SideQuest raises $650,000 for testing apps and games for Oculus Quest

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Sideloading platform SideQuest is taking $650K in early investment from BoostVC, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, and The Fund. Read More.

Tommy Oliver Leads the Charge in Hasbro's Next Wave of Power Rangers Action Figures

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If you’ve been waiting to finally complete your Mighty Morphin’ team in Hasbro’s six-inch scaled Power Rangers figure line , the wait is over. We’re about to get the O.G. version of Tommy Oliver at last, and he’s bringing some friends (and foes) to boot. Read more.


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Amazon Luna Isn't Solving Cloud Gaming's Biggest Problems

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Luna—no, not the surprisingly delicious protein bars— is Amazon’s upcoming foray into the world of cloud gaming. Some of us probably rolled our eyes at the announcement and thought, “Ugh, why does Amazon need to have its greedy little paws in everything?”

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds are $35 off at Woot

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Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge. Samsung’s fantastic Galaxy Buds Live, lovingly referred to as “Galaxy Beans” due to their shape, are $35 off at Woot if you’re an Amazon Prime member. This brings the cost from $170 down to $135 (just make sure you’re signed in with your Prime account on Woot).

Book Excerpt: How to build a startup with a different measure of success — your own satisfaction


[ Editor’s Note: Lee LeFever shares lessons learned from building Common Craft , a Seattle company known for its distinctive explainer videos, in the new book, “Big Enough: Building a Business that Scales with Your Lifestyle.” Excerpt published with permission.].

How the pandemic is bringing Elon Musk’s dream to connect everyone on Earth closer to reality


Illustration by Efi Chalikopoulou for Vox. How the technology behind airplane wifi could help connect everyone on Earth. In vast swaths of the United States and the world, there are millions of people who don’t have reliable internet access.

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Fitbit Unveils New Software for Versa 3 and Sense, Zilch for Other Models

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If you’re waiting for your new Fitbit Versa 3 or Sense , you’re in for some news. First of all, you’re probably going to get your device soon, as the company said it expects to start shipping at the end of September.

Go read this story about a bizarre harassment campaign by a group of ex-eBay employees

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge. Back in June, authorities in Massachusetts announced they were charging six former eBay employees in connection with the strange harassment campaign of a couple who ran an e-commerce newsletter.

These Official Behind-the-Scenes Photos Continue to Prove that Avatar 2 Exists

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Avatar 2 , James Cameron’s long-long-long-in-the-anticipation high-tech sequel to his high-tech opus, is back at it in production. And at the very least, it does look like Avatar. Read more. avatar 2 avatar james cameron 20th century studios


The European Commission will appeal ruling that favored Apple in $15 billion tax case


Back in July, Apple and Ireland won an appeal against a $15 billion tax bill imposed by the European Commission. The Cupertino giant paid the amount plus interest -- a whopping $16.7 billion -- in 2016, representing unfair tax breaks and benefits received in Ireland between 2003 and 2014.

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Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

Amazon gives customers a way to immediately delete Alexa voice recordings — here’s how to do it


The new Echo Show 10 features a panning camera that moves to look at the user. Amazon Photo). Privacy was front-and-center for Amazon at the company’s big devices and services event this week.

Fast & Furious: Spy Racer's Second Season Trailer Is So Much Fun

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Fast & Furious: Spy Racers is the animated adaptation of The Fast and the Furious we all very obviously needed in our lives. A cartoon staring young “spy racers” doing races, spy stuff, and spy racing stuff , it’s just as absurd and delightful as the film franchise it’s based on. Read more.

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Next-gen AMD APUs will have DDR5 support and Navi 2 graphics


Although little is known about the Van Gogh architecture, we do know that it will use Zen 2 processor cores built on TSMC’s 7nm process, like current Ryzen 3000 offerings. It’s expected to be designed for low-power laptops but it could also make a desktop appearance

The cast of HBO's 'Veep' is reuniting to help elect Joe Biden in 2020

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Add Armando Iannucci's 17-time Emmy winning satire to the list of shows reuniting in 2020. On Saturday, Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that members of HBO's beloved political parody would reunite for a livestream contributing to Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign.


eLearning demand is at an all-time high. Pick the right LMS!

The need for online learning is greater than ever having the right LMS is absolutely crucial. Quickly, easily, and cost-effectively decide which Learning Management System is right for you with this 12-step guide from LMS implementation experts.

Saturday's Best Deals: Remote Car Starter Kit, JACHS NY Stretch Tech Pants, Dyson Ball Vacuum, Ravpower Wireless Charging Pad, Pet Water Fountain, Door Opening Multi-Tool, and More

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A remote car starter , a JACHS stretch pant sale , and a Qi charging pad lead Saturday’s best deals. Read more. kinja deals deals

NASA would really like it if you stared at the moon on Saturday night

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Did you know that Sept. 26, 2020 is officially the date of the annual International Observe the Moon Night? To celebrate the occasion, NASA's latest "Image of the Day" drop highlighted a view of Earth's lone natural satellite as seen back in 1991.


Avoid Germs With These Handy Door-Opening Multi-Tools, 40% Off With Promo Code

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Social Distancing Multi-Tool | $6 | Amazon | Promo code 40USDX3Q Read more. kinja deals deals

Since astronauts vote from space, you can definitely vote on Earth

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In the early days of space travel, astronauts only stayed in orbit for a few weeks at most. But now that NASA and other space agencies launch missions that can last months, astronauts have to plan ahead to participate in important Earthly events, like the November 2020 election.

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

GeekWire Podcast: Amazon’s flying security camera, and Microsoft’s $7.5B gaming deal


Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week: Ring, the Amazon-owned smart doorbell and security company, unveiled a flying indoor camera on Thursday morning. Sure, it’s cool technology that may make your home safer, but what about the privacy implications?

Everything you need to know about the OLED display rumored to be on the iPhone 12

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In a normal year, Apple shows off its new line of iPhones in September. 2020 has been anything but normal, so naturally we didn't get that. However, new iPhones are coming and some of the rumored new features require some explanation.

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How to change your password on Flickr


Flickr is one of the most popular photo and video hosting services, and it is also an online community. If you are into photos, love taking them and want someone to see your work, Flick is the perfect place for you.

The 'Father of the Bride' cast reunited for the Zoom wedding of the year

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It’s been 25 years since the last Father of the Bride movie, and 2020’s trend of virtual cast reunions has finally brought the original cast of Nancy Meyers’ iconic comedies back for a threequel.

Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

Suck Up the Savings with a Discounted Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner, Only $180 Today

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Dyson Ball Multi Floor Upright Vacuum | $180 | Newegg Read more. kinja deals deals dyson deals amazon deals newegg deals


Apple Watch Series 6 review: More health data but not much to do with it

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Apple Watch Series 6. 399.00 (starting). View Product. The Good.

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US tightens trade restrictions on Chinese chipmaker SMIC

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge.

Learn the ropes of Google Ads and SEO with a 9-course training bundle

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TL;DR: Build your brand with the Ultimate Google Ads & SEO Certification Bundle for $49.99, a 97% savings as of Sept.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!