Category: Technology

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Why the alt-right can’t build an alt-internet

After the August 12th hate rally in Charlottesville, online platforms that have long tolerated or ignored white supremacists are very publicly kicking them off. The crackdown spans a broad range of sites and apps, some of which are household names, like Uber, Facebook, and Spotify. But some of the most notable companies to purge their ranks are those we don’t often consider: the web hosts, domain registrars, and other services that you need to put a website on the internet. Over the past week, GoDaddy, CloudFlare, and Google — to name a few — have been playing hot potato with the major neo-Nazi news site Daily Stormer, taking it offline several times as it’s moved around the internet.

After being booted from Namecheap over the weekend,…

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Game of Thrones’ Jon and Daenerys romance is weak as hell

Spoilers for Game of Thrones follow.

Of all the pairings on Game of Thrones, none have been as anticipated — or as heavy-handed in the execution — as the relationship between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. Their significance to each other has been foreshadowed in the books through Dany’s visions of blue roses, which are often associated with Jon’s mother, Lyanna Stark. His recently confirmed Targaryen blood makes them family. Also, as the priestess Melisandre explained just a few episodes ago, they represent the ice and fire the series is named for.

In Game of Thrones lingo, this all equates to the very high probability that these two characters will bone. So why are the show’s creators doing such a bad job of building their…

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American Horror Story: Cult’s title sequence has Trump and Clinton in it after all

Back in February, American Horror Story executive producer Ryan Murphy promised that the seventh season of the show would recount the nightmare of the 2016 presidential election. In March, he walked it back a bit, saying that the series would merely be an allegory. In July, a teaser clip announcing the “cult” theme of the season featured a crew of killer clowns muttering disturbing mantras about group think. That day, Murphy posted promotional artwork to his personal Instagram account that included an American flag, but there was no sign of Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Given Murphy’s propensity to troll loyal viewers of the show, there was plenty of speculation about whether he would actually bring real-world politics into the generally…

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Samsung launches Gear VR app Relúmĭno that aids the visually impaired

Back in February, Samsung’s tech incubator C-Lab announced visual aid app Relúmĭno was coming for Gear VR, and now it’s available in the Oculus Store. The app can be downloaded for free with a verification code and works with newer models of Galaxy smartphones — including the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, and S8 Plus.

Relúmĭno helps people with low vision in several ways: it can magnify or minimize images, adjust brightness and sharpness, highlight objects with an outline, invert colors when reading text, add a color filter to the screen, enhance a user’s peripheral field if they have tunnel vision, and even assist people with scotoma by helping them see what is blocked by their blind spot in the surrounding area.

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Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington just bent the knee to Elmo

It took Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow almost an entire season to bend the knee to Daenerys Targaryen, but he was much more agreeable when dealing with Sesame Street‘s furry red monster, Elmo — or rather, the actor that plays him was. In a recent YouTube clip, Thrones star Kit Harington gladly accepted Elmo’s “Share the Laughter” challenge, a promotion that dares people tell a joke, record it, and then share it on social media. Harington’s entry: “What does a bird give out on Halloween?” he asked. “Tweets!”

The joke had nothing to do with either Game of Thrones or Sesame Street, and it wasn’t particularly good — but we can almost forgive Harington because of the mischievous twinkle in his eye. (Plus he was clearly reading off some sort of…

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