Xiaomi made a 150-inch $2,000 projector that’s available exclusively at Walmart

Xiaomi made a 150-inch $2,000 projector that’s available exclusively at Walmart

Xiaomi has a couple of new products out in Walmart and gave press the rundown today at an event in New York City. The first is a 150-inch projector going for $1,999.99 at Walmart doubles up as a television with Android TV. It’s strangely overpriced for what it is, but it also marks one of Xiaomi’s infrequent expansions into American offerings. There are a couple of things to break down here, namely that projector is…

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Brian Kemp elected governor of Georgia, after Democrat Stacey Abrams ends campaign

Brian Kemp elected governor of Georgia, after Democrat Stacey Abrams ends campaign

The controversial former secretary of state was repeatedly accused of voter suppression. Democrat Stacey Abrams announced she would end her campaign in Georgia’s governor’s race on Friday, putting Republican Brian Kemp in the governor’s mansion and keeping the leadership of Georgia in GOP hands for at least four more years. The announcement comes more than a week after Election Day, and follows a string of legal actions taken by the Abrams campaign and independent groups…

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Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend doesn’t just compel people to read, but to travel

Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend doesn’t just compel people to read, but to travel

Ferrante’s portrayal of Naples isn’t glamorous, but that’s exactly why people are going. Erica Goldsmith and Kate Dunlop were friends the way lots of moms are friends with parents in their child’s class: peripherally. That is, until they realized they were both reading My Brilliant Friend, the first of Elena Ferrante’s quartet of books called the Neapolitan novels. The books, Erica says, gave the Seattle friends a shorthand for each other and a launch pad…

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Jonathan Franzen’s new essay collection is a bird-obsessed, condescending mess

Jonathan Franzen’s new essay collection is a bird-obsessed, condescending mess

Do you want Jonathan Franzen to scold you for several hundred pages? You’re in luck! Earlier this week, bookish denizens of Twitter spent a solid day gleefully eviscerating a list of Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules for Writing. It’s hard to blame them: the list is so stern, so peevishly cranky, so absolute in its dictates (“Never use the word then as a conjunction — we have and for this purpose”), so condescending in its outlook…

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Verily pauses research on glucose-sensing contact lens

Verily pauses research on glucose-sensing contact lens

Verily, previously Google Life Sciences, is putting a hold on its program to build a contact lens that can monitor glucose in tears. First announced in 2014, the glucose lens has been one of Verily’s highest-profile projects, even as experts suggested the entire project was a pipe dream. The lens — which was supposed to contain a tiny wireless chip and glucose monitor — was intended to help diabetic patients. People with diabetes need to…

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At Eternity’s Gate

At Eternity’s Gate

The painterly film about Vincent Van Gogh’s waning years is currently in theaters. Metacritic score: 78 Julian Schnabel is both a painter and a celebrated filmmaker, with four Oscar nominations under his belt for his 2007 film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. He’s clearly attracted to stories about people who overcome the odds — often while facing some physical or mental challenge — to create art that endures far beyond their time. Schnabel’s latest…

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Widows

Widows

The bleakly entertaining heist thriller from Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen is currently in theaters. Metacritic score: 87 Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, whose film 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture in 2014, returns to the awards race with a heist movie that has all the trappings of a typical heist movie: the plans, the machinations, the twists. But there’s a lot more going on, too, in a tale about women who know the world is…

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The extraordinary trial of the notorious drug lord El Chapo is underway

The extraordinary trial of the notorious drug lord El Chapo is underway

The first week saw tight security and some wild moments. Here’s what to know. In grainy, black-and-white security footage, a man paces back and forth in a prison cell. Then, breaking his pattern, he ducks behind a barrier in the corner of the video’s frame — and disappears. The almost banal video doesn’t quite match up with the true audacity of his escape. Joaquín Guzmán Loera — better known as the drug kingpin “El Chapo”…

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With FilmStruck disappearing, Criterion is launching its own streaming service

With FilmStruck disappearing, Criterion is launching its own streaming service

In the wake of WarnerMedia’s decision to shutter FilmStruck, The Criterion Collection is planning to launch its own standalone streaming service in spring 2019. The new service, “The Criterion Channel,” will allow subscribers to stream the company’s library of celebrated films, ranging from Hollywood classics to arthouse cult films and foreign pictures. A blog post on the company’s site confirms The Criterion Channel will also be available on “WarnerMedia’s new consumer platform when it launches…

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The internet is celebrating Danny DeVito this week

The internet is celebrating Danny DeVito this week

Sometimes, people can have really astounding weeks: they get engaged, promoted, and win their local karaoke competition all within a few days. Other times, they can have really terrible weeks: they go through a rough breakup, get fired, and are forced to listen to seven horrible rendition’s of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” at their local karaoke competition. Danny DeVito had a legendary week — on the internet, at least. DeVito, who has become best known…

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