Cardboard augmented reality goggles? Please, no. We’ve done this dance before.


No. Just, no. We do not need a series of “Google Cardboard meets HoloLens” devices to help usher us into the age of augmented reality. 

But yes, that’s exactly what at least two companies are trying to do: Sell you cardboard devices that use your smartphone to create a kind of low budget HoloLens for a fraction of the price. 

SEE ALSO: Microsoft HoloLens delivers first ever augmented reality Easter Egg hunt

In just the last couple of weeks I’ve seen the emergence of cardboard-framed AR devices for smartphones from Aryzon (about $32) and Holokit. Both are promoted as cheap alternatives to pricier, higher end AR (or “mixed reality”) devices and both have videos showing off how they work. Neither is immediately available to the public yet, but I can see where this is all going.  Read more…

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Apple quietly announces great news about iCloud storage


Apple just changed how much you’ll have to shell out for extra cloud storage — and in a good way. 

One of the many announcements at Apple’s annual developers conference, WWDC, was new iCloud pricing and a family plan.

SEE ALSO: WWDC 2017: iOS 11, HomePod, and everything else you need to know

The first big change is the elimination of 1TB storage. Instead you can buy 2TB for $9.99 per month — that’s what the 1TB cost before the changes. Other storage options are 50GB for 99 cents per month or 200GB for $2.99 per month.

You still only get 5GB of free storage when you sign up though — sorry.

@Apple aye My G y’all need to show love to the Apple family and update everybody iCloud storage at least 10Gb because that 5Gb ain’t shit 💯

— SGCLK😈 (@TiggzBadAzz) June 6, 2017 Read more…

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California’s governor, not Trump, meets with China over climate change


A key politician is missing from a new clean energy partnership between the United States and China: President Donald Trump.

The agreement instead involves Chinese President Xi Jinping and California Gov. Jerry Brown, who has vowed to lead America’s fight against climate change following Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Brown, along with a dozen U.S. governors and hundreds of mayors and companies, has pledged to slash his state’s greenhouse gas emissions and uphold America’s commitment to the landmark treaty, even in the absence of federal support.

SEE ALSO: Trump who? Tech giants join massive effort to uphold Paris Agreement Read more…

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Jerry Seinfeld awkwardly denying Kesha a hug is like a modern day ‘Seinfeld’ plot


Seinfeld might have ended almost 20 years ago, but Jerry Seinfeld’s penchant for awkward human interactions lives on.

On Monday night, Seinfeld attended the National Night of Laughter and Song event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. While there, the comedian was approached by singer Kesha during an interview with radio host Tommy McFly, who uploaded the clip to Twitter.

SEE ALSO: Not even Ellen DeGeneres could handle this Jessica Simpson interview

LAST NIGHT @KeshaRose found out @JerrySeinfeld is not a #Hugger — Is it hard to be a non-hugger in 2017?

— Tommy McFLY (@TommyMcFLY) June 6, 2017 Read more…

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Couple discovers a snake hiding inside a gas pump


Nowhere is safe from snakes, not even the … gas station?

A couple attempting to fill their vehicle with fuel were shocked to discover a snake curled up inside the holder for the nozzle.

SEE ALSO: Here’s a snake regurgitating a living snake, because nature is disgusting

“Look carefully before picking up those gas handles,” Loren-Stacie Fleenor warned on Facebook.

Fleenor says she stopped at the Cowboys Shell gas station on in Cedartown, Georgia, when her partner Matthew went to pump some gas and noticed the snake camping out. The couple moved their vehicle to another pump, and a hero decided to jump in to remove the snake. Read more…

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Katy Perry can’t find a signal on ‘Witness’


Imagine your terror of tweeting a joke that doesn’t quite land or even a careless typo. Multiply that pressure millions of times, and you’re in Katy Perry’s social media hell, where the weirdly defensive Witness was born. 

The album plays out like the “Can you hear me now?” Verizon commercials — a meme before we knew to call it that — as Perry wanders aimlessly in search of a connection. “Can I get a witness?” she pleads. Feeling like the world is slipping out of your fingers is ripe for material, but more of than than not, it comes off as robotic. She’s chained to her own rhythm. 

SEE ALSO: Katy Perry’s cannibalism video for ‘Bon Appétit’ is finally here Read more…

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Real-life Wonder Woman Jessie Graff makes ‘American Ninja Warrior’ history


Warning: You’re gonna want to hit the gym after watching this awesome triumph. 

Jessie Graff has made American Ninja Warrior history as the first woman to defeat Stage Two of the USA vs. the World Competition. And that’s after she already made history as the first woman to ever compete in the competition period. Representing team USA, Jessie completely crushes the obstacle with incredible ease. 

In Stage One, Jessie was disqualified during the Snake Run, but when her team gave her the opportunity to compete in Stage Two, she certainly redeemed herself. 

Jessie is paving the way for more bad-ass, strong female warriors.   Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’: The 7 episodes you MUST rewatch before Season 7


Since Game of Thrones is premiering three months later than usual this year, you may be tempted to fill all those dark, terror-filled nights between then and now with old episodes of the show. 

But with 60 hours of Thrones already behind us, a full series rewatch might seem as daunting as a fist-fight with the Mountain. 

As an alternative to sequestering yourself in the House of the Undying and swearing off sunlight for the next few weeks, we’ve (agonizingly) identified seven vital episodes that should prepare you for the wars to come, based on where we think the show is heading from the clues sprinkled throughout the Season 7 trailer and other teasers. Read more…

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 won’t have a Barb resurrection, thank goodness


If you were on the internet in 2016, first of all, sorry. Second of all, you’re likely all-too-familiar with “Justice for Barb,” the online campaign/joke about the dearly-departed Stranger Things character.

But don’t expect a big Season 2 return for the fan-favorite lady, creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed in a new podcast. 

SEE ALSO: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 will have ‘more horror’

“There’s no resurrecting Barb,” they shared, via Variety. “It was really surprising how much she took off. I related to her, so I think other people did as well.”

Tied in with that, the duo discussed fans’ expectations for the second season — and why it’s good passionate fans aren’t always in the driver’s seat. Read more…

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