Marijuana legalization looks promising, but plenty of questions remain

Marijuana legalization looks promising, but plenty of questions remain

This year, April 20th feels different. Marijuana enthusiasts have long celebrated 4/20, but now that businesses are seeing profit potential, they are getting involved, too, with things like $4.20 Lyft credits and CBD-infused Carl’s Jr. hamburgers. Marijuana is a big business, even if it’s not legal everywhere yet. So what’s the current state of marijuana legalization? In a nutshell, things look promising. From a public opinion standpoint, marijuana legalization has become very popular. As Vox’s…

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China unveils the first autonomous amphibious military landing vehicle

China unveils the first autonomous amphibious military landing vehicle

Earlier this month, a Chinese shipbuilder unveiled an amphibious autonomous landing vehicle that could someday be part of the country’s military. Nicknamed the “Marine Lizard,” it can be used for assaulting beaches from the ocean in concert with other autonomous vehicles. The state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company says that the prototype of the landing craft has been successfully tested and delivered, and it’s the first such vehicle in the world. The vehicle is 12 meters…

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Sony’s excellent 1000X M3 headphones are $50 off at Massdrop

Sony’s excellent 1000X M3 headphones are $50 off at Massdrop

Sony’s 1000X M3 wireless noise-canceling headphones are currently the best that you can buy. This model has better sound quality than most other over-ear headphones as well as a more isolating noise-canceling effect than its closest competitor, Bose’s QC35 II. The 1000X M3s are usually $349.99, and, according to my colleague Vlad Savov’s review (and my own personal experience), they’re worth every penny. For the next few days, they’re $50 off at Massdrop. That brings…

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Apple reportedly bringing Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts, and other iOS features to the Mac

Apple reportedly bringing Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts, and other iOS features to the Mac

As we near Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where the company will unveil its next major versions of iOS, macOS, and other software updates, 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo is getting the jump on some of those announcements. Today, he’s reporting that Apple plans to bring the Siri Shortcuts feature (and likely the Shortcuts app itself) to the Mac with macOS 10.15. Shortcuts allow users to create custom Siri voice commands that trigger actions within a…

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This weekend, watch Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey fight Terminators

This weekend, watch Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey fight Terminators

There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend. What to watch The 2008 pilot episode of the Fox TV series Terminator:…

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Heaven’s Vault is a sci-fi adventure about uncovering ancient alien cultures

Heaven’s Vault is a sci-fi adventure about uncovering ancient alien cultures

One of the biggest challenges I came up against in Heaven’s Vault was figuring out which little squiggle meant “and.” It’s an important word. As I sat around a dusty moon, trying to piece together fragments of a long-forgotten alien language, that one little word was what I needed to link things together. Once I finally figured out, it was a “Eureka!” moment. So much of what I had been struggling with suddenly fell into…

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How designer NikoNice’s Serbian roots helped build his collaborative workspace

How designer NikoNice’s Serbian roots helped build his collaborative workspace

Art director Nikola “NikoNice” Crnobrnja has worked on some amazing projects over the years, from directing a music video for Jazz Cartier to designing album packaging for Juicy J to art directing the crash test dummy-inspired branding for A$AP Rocky’s Testing. His latest project, a co-working / agency hybrid, has him swapping out his pens and sketchbooks for hammers and hard hats. After emigrating from Dalmatia (a region in Croatia) to Canada when he was…

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Under Chinese censorship, Game of Thrones becomes a mundane ‘medieval documentary’

Under Chinese censorship, Game of Thrones becomes a mundane ‘medieval documentary’

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1, “Winterfell.” Strip Game of Thrones of the sex, violence, and supernatural horror, and what’s left? Chinese fans of the show are finding out, as they’re watching a version of the series that’s been censored by the government. Many say the censored version of Game of Thrones they have ready access to is more like a mundane “medieval documentary” with disjointed plot points. HBO’s Chinese partner,…

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Amazon’s Echo Dot is on sale, or it’s free with select Ring smart home tech purchases

Amazon’s Echo Dot is on sale, or it’s free with select Ring smart home tech purchases

Amazon’s third-generation Echo Dot is at the center of several deals that are worth checking out today. If you only want the smart speaker, it’s cheaper than usual, especially if you buy it in a multipack. You can also get it for free with the purchase of select smart home products from Ring and Sengled. The Amazon Echo Dot is $39.99 (usually $49.99), but notably, you can also purchase three for $69.99. Just add three…

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