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One Video: Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott

Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you have a deadline, a hungry pet, or other grown-up concerns. ...

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YouTube thumbnails now look like GIFs

Since the end of June, YouTube has been slowly rolling out GIF-like video thumbnails that play three seconds of the video. As of this writing, many already have this feature on their YouTube pages, although it has been available to a select few as early as February . According to YouTube , the platform has been letting a growing percentage ...

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Juicero admits its juicer is still too expensive, even after a $300 price cut

Juicero , the Silicon Valley equivalent of an overturned truck full of slime eels , has apparently started to recognize its mistakes. According to Fortune , Juicero’s newish CEO, Jeff Dunn, emailed employees about making a “strategic shift” to lower-cost machines and juice packets. “The current prices of $399 for the Press and $5 – $7 for produce Packs are ...

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Google is using AI to create stunning landscape photos using Street View imagery

Google’s latest artificial intelligence experiment is taking in Street View imagery from Google Maps and transforming it into professional-grade photography through post-processing — all without a human touch. Hui Fang, a software engineer on Google’s Machine Perception team, says the project uses machine learning techniques to train a deep neural network to scan thousands of Street View images in California ...

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Google Maps now can tell you the best time of day to travel to your destination

Google is adding a new feature to Google Maps that not only tells you how to get somewhere or how long the trip should take, but when the best time to leave is (via Android Police ). The new feature is only available for Maps users on Android, and it pops up when you input directions. Along with showing you ...

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Refresh your memory of Game of Thrones’ tangled story with this five-minute recap

Game of Thrones returns on Sunday , and oh dear has a lot happened since the show first aired in 2011. If you haven’t made time or had the emotional fortitude to sit through six seasons of gut-wrenching deaths, shocks, and scheming, again, HBO has you covered. The show’s official YouTube channel has released a handy, five-minute video that recaps ...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming’s VFX lead unpacks the secrets of the Staten Island Ferry scene

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a great little movie , thanks to its small focus and deeply personal stakes. Peter Parker is one of the greatest comic book characters ever created, because where heroes like Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne face huge conflicts, Peter’s a regular teenager with everyday problems, and he strains to be worthy of the title “superhero.” Tom Holland’s ...

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Planet of the Apes movement coach Terry Notary on the secret to the films' stunning performances

Planet of the Apes movement choreographer and actor Terry Notary says playing an ape takes strong legs and an ability to reach a kind of effortless, meditative state. If performers consciously try too hard to take on ape-like qualities, Notary says, it “makes the performance look crappy.” Crappy ape performances would have killed War for the Planet of the Apes, ...

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Game of Thrones Hope Chest: what do you want to see happen to Cersei Lannister?

Game of Thrones has never been about giving readers or viewers what they most want. It’s more about creating fan expectations, then overturning them for narrative impact — and sometimes for pure shock value. But as long as the series is running, we can all live in hope that at least a few of the characters will come to a ...

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Dark Web drug marketplace AlphaBay was shut down by law enforcement

AlphaBay, a Dark Web marketplace for illegal drugs and other underground goods, has been down since early last week . Now, it appears the cause of the shutdown was an international effort from law enforcement that nabbed one of the site’s operators, a Canadian citizen named Alexandre Cazes, while he was in Thailand, according to a report in The Wall ...

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