Google is making a new commitment to sustainable design

The company announced today that by 2022, all “Made by Google” products will include recycled materials. And that’s just part of a larger rethinking about how to change its design process to incorporate sustainable thinking. When Google’s hardware team began working on a yet-to-be-announced product that will be launched later this year, one engineer had a proposal: Instead of using an industry-standard polyester fabric, made from virgin plastic, could they use a fabric made from recycled bottles in the device? The team spent two years validating that the material met design and manufacturing requirements and that vendors could supply enough material at scale, then decided to move forward with it. Each new product will reuse a third of a plastic …

Nick Offerman is so down to play every single role in ‘Cats’

Though people typically love cats on social media, they aren’t so in love with the newly released Cats movie trailer. Since its debut on Thursday, fans have been dragging and meme-ing the adaptation to hell. The general consensus is that the movie looks creepy–and its CGI effects are to blame. On Thursday, one person suggested a quick fix that many are ready to get behind: Simply make all of the characters in the movie Nick Offerman. Disney artist Joaquin Baldwin photoshopped Offerman’s face onto the “cats” from the film, along with the caption, “Cats (2019) but every character is played by Offerman.” After seeing the photos, some think it may not be such a bad idea, including Offerman himself. Cats …

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 bundle on sale: Save 20% at Walmart

TL;DR: Score this Microsoft Surface Pro 6 bundle for just $769 when you shop at Walmart. It’s normally $958.98, so you’ll save about $190. A Mashable’s Choice Award-winning device on sale with bonus software *and* an extended warranty to boot? In this economy? Yeah, we can’t believe it either: Walmart just slashed the price of a Microsoft Surface Pro 6 bundle that includes our favorite tablet/laptop hybrid, four programs, and a one-year extended warranty on top of the included manufacturer warranty. The Surface Pro 6 itself usually retails for $899, but you’ll pay just $769 for the whole kit and caboodle.  Read more… More about Microsoft, Software, Microsoft Surface, Mashable Shopping, and Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Read more: mashable.com

vivo S1 hands-on review

Vivo just announced its Y7s smartphone for India with a different name – vivo S1. Way more manageable to be honest. But we are not here to talk about the different aliases of the phone. Instead, we will take a closer look at the device in person and see what’s all about. The vivo S1 is a mid-range phone with some 2019 features. An improved MediaTek Helio P65 chipset sits behind the wheel based on the 12nm manufacturing process and it’s paired with either 4 or 6GB of RAM depending on the configuration you choose. Internal storage is always 128GB, though, which is pretty generous,… Read more: gsmarena.com

HP PRODESK MINI PC

Save big during HP?s 2019 Back to School laptop an computer sale! It may feel like the summer is in full swing, but it is already time to start thinking about getting ready for the back-to-school season. Or maybe you are a professional in full-time work that needs a new machine. HP has announced a series of discounts on great products, so if you need a new computer, now is a great time to buy. Our pick from their options is the ultra-small HP ProDesk, an affordable PC designed to fit the modern workspace with a compact, stylish appearance. Powerful and customizable, you can flexibly configure it with the right OS, processor, memory, and storage amongst other options, for your …

Beats Studio 3 wireless headphones are on sale for $70 off at Amazon

TL;DR: Snag the immersive Beats Studio 3 wireless noise canceling headphones for $279.95. They’re typically $349.95, so you’ll save $70. College move-in day is just around the corner and although I’m sure your parents have double- and triple-checked your packing list more times than you can count, there’s definitely something you forgot: headphones. Yes, headphones. Think about it for a second: Headphones are a necessity for every college student. What other device could possibly drown out the sound of your roommate snoring or bingeing the latest season of Riverdale while also allowing you to listen to your artistically crafted back-to-school playlist?  Read more… More about Apple, Amazon, Beats Music, Beats Headphones, and Mashable Shopping Read more: mashable.com

Petition calls for Joe Rogan to moderate a 2020 presidential debate

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition urging the Commission on Presidential Debates to have comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan host a debate during the 2020 election cycle. The Change.org petition, “Get Joe Rogan to Moderate the 2020 Presidential Debate” was created several months ago, but picked up steam on Monday—reaching 1,000 signatures early in the day. The petition argues that Rogan has interviewed politicians on both sides of the political spectrum–including two Democrats currently running for the party’s 2020 nomination, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Andrew Yang. Earlier this month, Rogan also interviewed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) bringing his total to three, where they discussed what they believed were problems with the format of the first two …

The Hare Krsna’s

It seems that I don’t spend as much time on my desktop computer surfing the web, as I used to. I guess that is because I spend more time on my phone. But this morning I thought I would revisit some of the old sites I used to frequent. One such site that I visited this morning was “the Hare Krsnas“. I found there was some very good information on this site particularly in the section on Philosophy and Spiritual Practice There is a lot of useful information here, and direct quotes by Srila Prabhupada from his letters, conversations, books and lectures. I appreciate all time and effort it took, being a fellow web master myself, to put all this …

Infinite Forms Unfurl in New Rotating Sculptures by John Edmark

We continue to be transfixed by John Edmark’s (previously) infinite 3-D printed designs. The self-described artist, designer, and inventor uses visual tricks to create cascading effects on rotating textured white sculptural surfaces. His most recent video, “Blooms Assortment”, features a noodle-like form, shifting cubes, and a hollow gridded shape that resembles a geyser or mushroom cloud. Edmark has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science and has lectured at Stanford’s design program for over fifteen years.  See more of Edmark’s creations on Vimeo and if you’d like to call one of his pieces your own, visit his online store. Read more: thisiscolossal.com

LG teases a triple-screen smartphone for September reveal

Photo: LG LG is teasing a smartphone that could have as many as three screens in a short trailer for its press conference at IFA 2019. The 20-second trailer shows a video game mockup being played on a smartphone that features a small video game controller icon and a camera, before a second screen folds out to show a map with a route to the company’s IFA press conference. Finally the device closes, revealing what appears to be a third, smaller screen on its front, which displays the time and date of LG’s presentation. It’s a very similar concept to the LG V50 ThinQ’s second screen case accessory that LG showed off earlier this year during the phone’s reveal at …

Apple announces replacement program from Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 units with aluminium bodies

Apple has announced an extended replacement program for Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 models with an aluminium casing. According to Apple’s support page on the issue, “in very rare instances”, aluminium models of the above Watches can develop cracks around on the curved edges of the glass, which can extend to all around the screen. The program extends to three years from date of purchase or one year from the start of the program. Affected devices can be brought into an Apple Store, to a certified professional, or you can contact Apple Support online. If the device is eligible, Apple will replace the screen or Watch for free as needed. The program is valid for three years since …

Can You Solve It? Simple Math Equation Goes Viral Since People Can’t Agree On One Answer

When I graduated from university, I thought that was the last time I’d have to do any serious mathematics. Boy, was I wrong. Not only do I still have to help my sisters out with their elementary school maths homework (trust me, it’s surprisingly difficult), but every time I log into Facebook, there’s always some tantalizing equation thrown at me, asking me to solve it. “Only 1 in 1,000,000 people can solve this simple equation” — we’ve all seen taunts like these, inviting us to dust off our noggins and get our hands dirty with deceptively basic calculations. Well, here’s the newest ‘simple’ equation to go viral on the internet: 8 ÷ 2(2+2) = ? Have you worked out the …

Sega Mega Drive / Genesis Mini stokes the nostalgia fire with new trailer

We’re a little over a month away from the release of the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis Mini. After a series of frankly pretty crappy attempts to capitalise on the emulation console market, Sega is hoping this much-improved venture will capture the same kind of success Nintendo saw with its NES and SNES Classic consoles. The legendary developer/publisher has dropped a short trailer, reminding us of some of the classic titles that will be appearing on the portable device. Beginning with a TV set that looks like it’s from the 1970s (when the Mega Drive was first released, I guess), the one-minute preview features clips from some of the included 40+ titles, such as Alisa Dragoon, Virtua Fighter 2, Strider, …

Google commits to recycled materials in all hardware by 2022

Google is pledging to use recycled materials in all of its hardware products by 2022 as a way to cut down on electronic waste. The goal is to “maximize recycled content wherever possible” for the company’s hardware, Google’s head of sustainability, Anna Meegan, wrote in a Monday blog post. As a result, you can expect future Pixel smartphones, Chromebooks, and Google Home smart speakers to be (at least partly) made out of previously discarded plastic bottles and metals. One product releasing later this year will incorporate the environmentally friendly design approach, according to Fast Company. The device has been designed with polyester fabric made from recycled bottles instead of fresh plastic; Google’s hardware team spent two years testing the material …

This cheap cloud storage plan combines all your files in one place

TL;DR: Get access to the reliable Koofr Cloud Storage Lifetime Subscription Plan for as low $19.99. You can choose between four different storage sizes, all of which will have you saving more than 90% off the usual list price.  Saving all of your important files directly on your phone or computer doesn’t cut it anymore. That is, unless you’re fine losing precious vacation photos, your favorite songs, and even important documents for work or school the next time your phone ends up in the toilet. Plus, considering how easy it is to use up storage space on your devices (thanks Netflix), relying on your phone alone means you’ll find yourself deleting photos of your dog to free up storage space …

Microsoft’s new Mac vs. PC ad gets a guy named ‘Mac Book’ to diss Apple

Apple and Microsoft have a storied history of duking it out on TV, often cleverly sniping at each other in a series of iconic Mac vs. PC ads. But Microsoft’s latest campaign is a rather low blow — it apparently found a guy named Mackenzie Book (Mac Book, get it?) to testify that the Surface Laptop 2 is a better buy than a MacBook. Imagine the audacity of combing the world for a single actor with the right name, just so you can arrive at the punchline “Mac Book says get a Surface Laptop” without an army of lawyers breathing down your throat. Would Apple stoop to finding a “Mike Rosoft” to tout a new iPad? I think not. It’s …