Google’s Stadia wireless controller won’t be very wireless at launch
- While it’ll work wirelessly while playing Stadia on a Chromecast Ultra, you’ll have to plug in a USB-C cable to use it with computers or phones at launch, Google tells The Verge.
- When Google first showed off the controller in March, the company touted how you could seamlessly switch from gaming on your TV to a laptop or phone while using the same exact controller, without having to pair it to each device — because the controller would stay directly connected to Stadia’s servers over its own Wi-Fi. But as 9to5Google spotted earlier today, Google recently added a disclaimer in a new Stadia explainer video that wireless play will only be available on Chromecast Ultra at launch, and a Google community manager on Reddit later confirmed that meant you’ll need to break out the USB-C cables for other devices — perhaps because Bluetooth also won’t be an option by launch.
Obama endorses Trudeau for reelection ahead of Canadian vote
- Obama's support continues the pair's friendship from when the former US president sat in the Oval Office.
- It comes as Trudeau runs a competitive race against Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and in the aftermath of Trudeau's recent blackface controversy.
- CNN partner CTV News later obtained that second photo from a source, who said it is a picture of Trudeau in a yearbook at Brebeuf College.
- A video shows a third instance of Trudeau wearing dark makeup, this time in the early 1990s.
- This isn't the first time that Obama has endorsed a foreign leader since departing the White House.
- In a 2017 video, Obama endorsed French President Emmanuel Macron, the centrist politician widely backed by the establishment in his run against far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
11 juicy details from Elton John's new memoir
- Elton and the ex-Beatle were in a hotel suite in New York, "determinedly making our way through a pile of coke," when there was a knock at the door.
- Apparently Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were not very good at it -- but not as bad as Bob Dylan, who Elton says couldn't get the hang of the whole "how many syllables?" thing.
- As they left, Elton's mother said, "He'll be dead next year." She was right.
- A bad dye job in New York made what was left of his hair fall out.
- In 1980 Elton played a concert in New York's Central Park for half a million people -- the largest crowd of his career.
- In the early 1990s Elton hosted a dinner party in London for Disney exec Jeffrey Katzenberg.
How to watch YouTube movies for free on desktop or mobile, in the 'Free to watch' section of YouTube Movies
- When it comes to saving money on entertainment, YouTube is a solid option because it has a lot of free, entertaining content to watch — even movies.
- YouTube offers many movies that are available to watch for free, just keep in mind that those movies do come with ads placed throughout the video.
- Here's what you need to know to find the "Free to watch" section of YouTube and start watching movies.
- Another way around the lack of a dedicated section for movies on the mobile app would be to save free videos to the "Save for later" section of your account.
- That way, you can easily locate individual free movies by going into the "Library" tab and selecting the "Watch Later" playlist.
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A Dutch family was discovered waiting for the world to end after one of the siblings snuck off to a bar and spilled the story to a bartender
- A Dutch family who spent nine years waiting for the end of the world in their farmhouse basement was discovered on Sunday after the eldest son escaped, went to a local bar, and spilled his story to the pub's owner.
- Café de Kastelein owner Chris Westerbeek told RTV Drenthe that the 25-year-old man, identified by his first name, Jan, visited his bar a number of times in recent weeks and that he initially turned him away.
- Initial reports stated that he was the father of the family, but Mayor Roger de Groot later clarified at a Tuesday news conference that he rented out the farm but wasn't the siblings' father, according to Dutch News.
- The children in the family ranged from 18 to 25 years old and had no idea there were other people in the world, according to RTV Drenthe.
Magic Mushrooms Can Help Smokers Kick the Habit
- Well, not actual magic mushrooms, but a little pill of a drug called psilocybin.
- New research shows that psilocybin might be an effective treatment for diseases such as depression and addiction.
- While the work is still in its early stages, there are signs that psilocybin might help addicts shake the habit by causing the brain to talk with itself in different ways.
- Magic mushrooms have been used by indigenous communities for thousands of years, and research on psilocybin isn't all that new either.
- Chen-McLaughlin started smoking in 1971, around the same time that the first round of research was shutting down.
- Results are still coming in, but right now, half of the people who took psilocybin are smoke-free after a year.
- Nutt of Imperial College says that bad trips of the sort Chen-McLaughlin experienced can be common for those using the drug for treatment of diseases.
Actress Gina Rodriguez comes under fire over her use of the n-word
- A video posted on her Instagram on Tuesday shows Rodriguez getting her hair done as The Fugees song "Ready or Not" plays in the background.
- The "Jane the Virgin" star raps "I can do what you do ...
- She later deleted the video but not before people saved it and shared it widely on social media.
- After a flurry of criticism, she posted another video.
- Hours later, she posted a followup apology early Wednesday on Instagram.
- "In song and in real life, the words that I spoke should not have been spoken," she said in the lengthy message.
- "I thoughtlessly sang along to the lyrics of a favorite song and even worse, I posted it.
- The word I sang carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine.
These are all the celebrities who knew about Harvey Weinstein's treatment of women before it was reported in the press, according to Ronan Farrow's new book
- As Farrow first began to interview Weinstein's accusers, he said he soon found himself tangled up in a web of powerful, wealthy men across industries working to protect each other — sometimes with the help of powerful women, too.
- In "Catch and Kill," McGowan told Farrow that in 1997, after McGowan attained early success in Weinstein-produced films like "Scream," and was working on another, "Phantoms," with Affleck, her business manager set up a meeting with Weinstein at a hotel restaurant.
- The former assistant also said she was tasked with bringing aspiring actresses and models to Weinstein, buying condoms for him, and cleaning up hotel rooms after he met with the young women, according to Farrow.
- That assistant also intercepted Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival in 1998 after a different assistant emerged from his hotel room crying and saying he had sexually assaulted her in their first alone face-to-face encounter, Farrow wrote.
Netflix reveals its huge lineup of holiday movies and specials
- A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby will drop December 5th.
- A week later, Let It Snow, based on John Green's novel of the same name, arrives and on November 15th, the animated movie Klaus drops with the vocal talents of Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones and J.K. Simmons on board.
- A week later, Netflix will release Holiday Rush, about a dad (Romany Malco) who loses his job as a radio DJ and hatches a plan to buy his own station -- just as his kids share their Christmas wishlists.
- As for holiday specials of Netflix shows, you can expect to see festive entries from The Great British Baking Show, Nailed It!
- There's also an original series called Merry Happy Whatever on the way (November 28th), which stars Dennis Quaid and follows a slightly dysfunctional family during the Christmas period.
It's nice to be nice! - Code Reviews
- Code reviews are something very intimate for developers, as we share our work with others, in order to get feedback.
- Sometimes, feedback can be harsh, and this is maybe why people are sometimes afraid of opening their code for to review.
- And instead of having a few constructive comments and improvements, you'll end up with an 80 comments long code review where everyone is defending their own view.
- Writing an assay about something in code review is usually not a good idea.
- Do you like to read bad and not constructive comments on your code?
- Saying phrases like: "Good work", "Good step in the right direction" or "This a good improvement", don't hurt to write.
- And even if the code in review has some flaws, someone spend time to write it and had the guts to open it up for people to review.