Man Creates A Musical Stylophone Business Card

This is a video of inventor, artist and musician Tim Alex Jacobs discussing and demonstrating the little stylophone business card he created for himself. Obviously, this is not a business card you go handing out to everyone you meet all willy-nilly, because I imagine it’s relatively expensive as far as business cards go. Maybe not as expensive as my business cards, but I’m a baller. “This is a $10 gift card to Applebee’s.” You can find me at the bar from five to seven.

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Source: Geekologie – Man Creates A Musical Stylophone Business Card

Pet Store Puppies Are Spreading a Diarrhea-Causing Superbug to Humans

One of the few bastions of purity left in this forsaken world—puppies—might be inadvertently spreading a bacterial superbug that causes diarrhea. Last week, the Centers for Disease and Prevention reported that an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter jejuni has sickened more than 100 people across 18 states in…

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Source: Gizmodo – Pet Store Puppies Are Spreading a Diarrhea-Causing Superbug to Humans

Apple Watch Series 4 teardown exposes all the big changes

Apple Watch Series 4 brings a lot of changes, but how much has it changed on the inside? Quite a bit, actually — iFixit has torn down the new smartwatch, and it’s clear that this was Apple’s opportunity to rethink some of the hidden details. For o…

Source: Engadget – Apple Watch Series 4 teardown exposes all the big changes

Waze navigation is now available on Apple CarPlay

If you’re an iPhone owner in need of driving directions, you’ve probably had one thing on your mind since June: when will that version of Waze with CarPlay support show up? Thankfully, you don’t have to wait any more — it’s here. Hot on the heels…

Source: Engadget – Waze navigation is now available on Apple CarPlay

Crafting the Perfect Viral Video in Ralph Breaks the Internet Took a Lot of Trial and Error

When your name is “Wreck-It Ralph,” breaking things is usually meant literally. But in Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to Disney’s 2012 hit Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph breaks the internet in a different way: by going viral.

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Source: io9 – Crafting the Perfect Viral Video in Ralph Breaks the Internet Took a Lot of Trial and Error

How to Wipe Your Smart Gadgets Before You Get Rid of Them

You probably know you have to wipe your old computers and smartphones clean before you sell, donate, or recycle them. After all, you don’t want whoever ends up with your secondhand gadget to access your documents, login credentials, or any personal information.

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Wipe Your Smart Gadgets Before You Get Rid of Them

Microsoft releases Office 2019 for Mac and Windows

Just because Microsoft is bent on moving everyone to cloud-based subscriptions doesn’t mean it has forgotten about those who want a one-and-done purchase. The company is rolling out Office 2019 for Mac and Windows, giving you a “subset” of the upgra…

Source: Engadget – Microsoft releases Office 2019 for Mac and Windows

Mitsubishi Recalls 68,000 SUVs Over Bad Software

Mitsubishi is recalling 68,000 SUVs because of bad software in two different engine-control units (ECUs), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Consumer Reports adds: In one of the two actions, the automaker is recalling 58,916 of its 2018 Eclipse Cross, 2017 to 2018 Outlander, and 2018 Outlander Sport SUVs because of faulty software in the hydraulic unit ECU — the computer control system for the brake system. According to NHTSA, the software problem could cause some features — such as adaptive cruise control (ACC); forward-collision mitigation (FCM), which is a combination of forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking; and antilock brakes (ABS) — to not work as expected. In the second action, Mitsubishi is recalling 9,166 of its 2018 Eclipse Cross, 2017 to 2018 Outlander, and 2018 Outlander Sport SUVs because of bad software in the computer control for the FCM system. According to NHTSA, if the FCM system detects a pedestrian in front of the vehicle who could be hit, that ECU may activate the brake for longer than necessary, even when the obstacle is no longer detected. There’s concern that when this happens, the driver may provide additional braking, making the SUV slow rapidly and increasing the risk of a rear-end collision, NHTSA says. Consumer Reports has also detailed the models that are affected and how customers could contact the manufacturer.

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Source: Slashdot – Mitsubishi Recalls 68,000 SUVs Over Bad Software

Ancestry hopes you'll share your DNA for a custom Spotify playlist

What would your music selection sound like if it reflected every last bit of your genealogy? Ancestry can tell you… if you’re willing to shed some control. The company has partnered with Spotify to offer custom playlists based on your genetic her…

Source: Engadget – Ancestry hopes you’ll share your DNA for a custom Spotify playlist

Double The Deadly: Two-Headed Copperhead Snake Found In Virginia

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This is a shot and short video of a young two-headed copperhead (aka Two Cents) found by a Virginia woman in her neighbor’s yard (what she was doing in her neighbor’s yard is unknown, although I suspect hijinx). Some more info while I give my cubicle a thorough once-over for snakes:

In a statement on Friday, Sept. 21, the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro posted details from the radiographs that they did on the rare snake:

It appears as though the left head is more dominant – it’s generally more active and responsive to stimulus. Radiographs revealed that the two-headed snake has two tracheas [the left one is more developed], two esophaguses [the right one is more developed], and the two heads share one heart and one set of lungs. Based on the anatomy, it would be better for the right head to eat, but it may be a challenge since the left head appears more dominant.

As for what will happen to this little baby two-headed killer, [Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries specialist John] Kleopfer also said that, “With a little luck and care, we hope to eventually donate it to a zoological facility for exhibit.”

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? “You need this for your traveling circus.” Exactly. But first– “You need a traveling circus.” And I want you to be my ringleader. Granted the pay is shit and you’ll probably die within the first month, but what do you say? “No.” Come on, I’ll let you bunk with Frog Man! “Who’s that?” *catches fly with tongue* You’re looking at him. “I really wish I wasn’t.” I think the same thing in front of the mirror every morning.

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Source: Geekologie – Double The Deadly: Two-Headed Copperhead Snake Found In Virginia

So, We've Come To This: A 'Ghosting' Halloween Costume

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This is the Women’s Ghosted Costume available from Party City ($25). It features a sad, one-sided text conversation on the front. Will anybody be able to guess what you are without telling them? Maybe. Will you win any costume contests? Absolutely not. Will I still offer you a mug of witch’s brew punch? Of course, I’m a very gracious host. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have other guests to attend to. DAMMIT SPIDER MAN STOP DRINKING ALL MY LIQUOR.

Thanks again to Aroth, who informed me he’s going to be a cowboy this year. Awesome, I’ll be your horse.

Source: Geekologie – So, We’ve Come To This: A ‘Ghosting’ Halloween Costume

Let’s Go Through Everything That Happened In Spider-Man PS4

When players aren’t caught up in solving random crimes, performing optional missions or basking in the sheer joy of swinging around Insomniac’s New York City, Spider-Man for the PS4 tells a classic Spidey tale that shouldn’t be missed. In case you are missing it, here’s what happens.

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Source: Kotaku – Let’s Go Through Everything That Happened In Spider-Man PS4

These Laser Tag Wands Deliver Some Hogwarts Fun Without as Much Studying

As a kid, I would have been ecstatic to attend Hogwarts instead of my boring public school. But given the choice as an adult, even the promise of magic isn’t enough to convince me to ever go back to school again. Why would I spend years studying textbooks and practicing potions when JAKKS Pacific’s new Wizard Training…

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Source: io9 – These Laser Tag Wands Deliver Some Hogwarts Fun Without as Much Studying

What it is: Jonah Hill is the mentally ill black sheep of a wealthy family, and Emma Stone is a con

What it is: Jonah Hill is the mentally ill black sheep of a wealthy family, and Emma Stone is a con artist trying to score a rare new drug. Both them enter an experimental medical trial that messes with their minds. It’s a love story (kinda)!

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Source: Kotaku – What it is: Jonah Hill is the mentally ill black sheep of a wealthy family, and Emma Stone is a con

Federal Agents Dressed as Mail Couriers Are Busting Illegal Online Drug Deals

Federal agents are becoming better at busting drugs bought online through the dark web and ultimately preventing them from entering the country via the mail service. Agents can scan only a few of the millions of international packages that enter into the country each year. In 2016 at the JFK mail sorting facility, only 9 packages were intercepted, but this year more than 200 have been stopped from feeding the country’s opioid crisis. The U.S. Senate has targeted China as the main source of drugs like fentanyl as 71,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year. Federal agents are now delivering fake drug packages filled with coffee grounds and a GPS device to unsuspecting drug dealers. They setup surveillance in and around the buildings where the packages are delivered and then bust the dealers when the packages move.



The volume of drugs coming through the mail has grown in step with legitimate online shopping, customs agents say, as Americans have taken to ordering drugs from overseas via the dark web. Agents suspect that was how the package for “Randy” came to arrive at JFK.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Federal Agents Dressed as Mail Couriers Are Busting Illegal Online Drug Deals

Over 1,100 New Arcade Games Added To the Internet Archive

Jason Scott, writing for Internet Archive blog: The Internet Arcade, our collection of working arcade machines that run in the browser, has gotten a new upgrade in its 4th year. Advancements by both the MAME emulator team and the Emscripten conversion process allowed our team to go through many more potential arcade machines and add them to the site. The majority of these newly-available games date to the 1990s and early 2000s, as arcade machines both became significantly more complicated and graphically rich, while also suffering from the ever-present and home-based video game consoles that would come to dominate gaming to the present day. Even fervent gamers might have missed some of these arcade machines when they were in the physical world, due to lower distribution numbers and shorter times on the floor.

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Source: Slashdot – Over 1,100 New Arcade Games Added To the Internet Archive