MB&F makes a T-Rex clock

MB&F, makers of imaginative watches, clocks, and music boxes, has a new clock out, the T-REX Bronze Clock. What prehistoric wrath, the mighty REX OF TIME (my words) will issue, rending minutes and hours from my day – we can only recount in fever dreams. What is this thing?

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Google partnering with banks to make online banking portals… in the middle of anti-trust investigation

Google, currently under anti-trust investigations by US Congress, isn’t letting that scrutiny slow them down. Having tried and failed to make Google Pay (formerly Android Pay) adoption take off, they’re going to partner with banks to build online banking portals.

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Who’s buying TikTok, and why? (And how to work around a ban)

TikTok, for the intersection of people who read knapsack and yet somehow don’t know what TikTok is, is an app for short video creation, with tools for superimposed video, quit cutscenes, and basically fun dances, social commentary, or comedy. They’re headquartered in China, with a US division. And, in case you haven’t heard, are under threat of being banned, or acquired.

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Read the first chapter of Star Wars: Poe Dameron – Free Fall, by Alex Segura

You like wars in the stars? What started as a samurai-cowboy-space opera became a cultural identity, and funded effects research that changed movie-making and story-telling forever.

In the original and latest generation of these stories, there’s a character that stands out – the character of the rogue with a soft spot. We emailed with Alex Segura, the author, and we are privileged to share the first chapter of Star Wars: Poe Dameron – Free Fall with you.

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2-factor authentication. Protect yo neck (and logins)

A few days ago, I wrote about password managers and why they’re a good idea. You also need to use 2-factor authentication. 2-factor authentication (2FA) and passwords are both ways of trying to solve the problem of identifying yourself to a Web site or app. 2-factor says, “I am who I say I am, because of something I know (the password) and something I have (a second device the service knows.)

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