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These songs inspired by Trump’s handwritten quid pro quo defense are peak Twitter


The Twitter-verse is alive with the sound of music that was inspired by the most unusual of lyricists: US President Donald J. Trump. Earlier this week the embattled number 45 put on one of the strangest performances of his presidency as he spoke to media outside the White House. Starring as both narrator and lead, the President acted out what it might look like if he directly responded to inquiries raised by US Ambassador Gordon Sondland during the ongoing impeachment hearings. It has to be seen to be believed, here’s a video from C-SPAN: But if you’re not able to…

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Celebrate 10 years of Angry Birds by beating the crap out of this vending machine


In a recent NPR poll, 84 percent of respondents said that people were angrier today than they were a generation ago. And who can blame us? The idiots representing (insert political party you hate here) are full of crap and they don’t know what they’re doing. So many people are wrong about AI and vaccines, and other things you care about, it’s enough to drive you bonkers. And way too many people care way too much (or not enough) about that stupid (or important) movie that just came out (or is about to). If only there were some way we…

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AI creates the perfect(ish) Nike commercial after studying 7 years of ads


Working in advertising can’t be easy. For every “I’m lovin’ it” or “Just Do It” there’s thousands of crappy, forgettable slogans that never caught on. But it’s nearly 2020 and that means the brave front-line marketers tasked with capturing our hearts, minds, and wallets have a powerful new ally: Artificial intelligence. Take this unofficial Nike advertisement that a neural network spit out after being trained on seven years worth of the company’s commercials: TNW caught up with the faux-advertisement’s creator, Jean-Baptiste Le Divelec, via email, who shared their inspiration for the project with us: I work in advertising as a…

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The Modern Warfare reboot is alright, but it’s no Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville


A tiny speck of light reflects off the enemy’s scope and flashes in my peripheral. I’ve got a few milliseconds to react before a projectile rips through my on-screen avatar’s head. Exposed and unable to find cover, I try unsuccessfully to distract the sniper with hip-fire. I make a mental note of the marksman’s position and decide to switch to a different class when I respawn. I’m not going to shoot the enemy soldier, that wouldn’t be satisfying enough. I’m going to eat them. I’m going to burrow under the ground, explode from the dirt like a muddy phoenix, and…

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Just putting it out there: I’m a sucker for influencer marketing


In this column, “Just putting this out there…,” we write about the odd ways we engage with tech and the unpopular opinions we form about it. You can read the rest of the articles in this series here. Hi, my name is Yessi and, even though I should know better, I’m a complete sucker for influencer marketing. While it brings me great shame to admit this, recent research suggests I’m not alone. The industry is huge. In 2017, eMarketer reported that marketers spent $570 million on influencer marketing globally. In 2018, a staggering $1.6 billion was funneled into sponsored posts on…

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Why this 2019 Nobel physics winner says we should stop calling it a ‘Big Bang’


The Big Bang Theory remains the most convincing and popular estimation on the origin of universe, but that doesn’t mean it’s true. James Peebles, a one-half winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics (he split the award with a duo comprised of Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz), is a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to early-universe theories. According to him, the events surrounding the “Big Bang” are still unknown, and he really wishes his colleagues would stop referring to it as a “big bang.” According to a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP), Peebles told an audience at…

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The Outer World will satiate your need for character-driven RPG experience


This article was originally published by Super Jump Magazine, an independent publication all about celebrating great video games and their creators through carefully-crafted, in-depth featured produced by a diverse team of games journalists, designers, and enthusiasts. I have been playing a lot of great games lately. Apex Legends and Forza Horizon 4 — along with sprinklings of Damsel, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, and Mini Motorways — make up a fairly balanced diet. But in addition to these delights, I’m finding myself knee-deep — again — in Dragon Age: Inquisition. After about a dozen hours (on my third character), I’ve been having plenty of fun (Inquisition is easily one of my favorite games of…

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