Lindsay Ellis is just about ready to start shooting a video in her personal studio—aka a tiny second-floor room in Ellis’ western Los Angeles home—and the 34-year-old writer and YouTube essayist is making some final preparations. She gently repositions a couple of pet tortoises resting in a tank nearby, so they won’t noisily thunk their heads against the wall mid-shoot. Then she heads to a shelf stocked with Transformers of varying sizes, colors, and allegiances. “Which Starscream should I use?” she asks, scanning her collection. She eventually selects a handful of figures, including miniature-sized versions of Starscream and Windblade that recently appeared on her wedding cake, and carries them back to her desk If you’ve seen any of Ellis’ videos on YouTube, where she has more than half a million subscribers, you’re no doubt aware of her love for all things robots-in-disguise-related. A Transformer sometimes appears in the … [Read more...] about How YouTube Made a Star Out of This Super-Smart Film Critic
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Guy and Ann Junkins, it turns out, would’ve been better off if Guy had just gotten fired. When Comcast announced in March 2016 it was shuttering the Dover, New Hampshire, plant where he’d worked doing logistics and inventory since 2010, Guy—who was in his 50s at the time—expected to find his name on the chopping block. His friends and coworkers got sacked, netting small severance packages for their termination. So it seemed like a surprising stroke of good fortune when he found out he was one of only a handful of employees given the option to transfer to a different facility further down the road. He signed on. It seemed to make sense at the time. The Junkins had expenses—the mortgage they were finally getting close to paying off, two car payments, the loan on the Harley Davidson—and finding a new job in your mid 50s is no sure thing. A career change wasn’t in the cards. Guy had been doing warehouse work for decades, much closer to retirement … [Read more...] about YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials
As people continue to purchase tens of millions of smart speakers around the world, the Echo Dot and Home Mini continue to lead global sales by the numbers. But the new twist we collectively witnessed in the past year was the emergence of the smart display, a new category of devices that gives the likes of Alexa and Google Assistant a visual interface. These new devices let you watch videos, see the latest photos of friends and family, and give you visuals when you ask questions — but there’s more to it than that. With nearly half of all Google Assistant interactions this year combining voice and touch to get things done, smart displays could be on the rise. So which has the best features? Which is right for your home? In this article we draw on learnings from reviews of the Portal, Echo Show, and Home Hub and take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages that each of these smart displays brings to market. Amazon Echo Show The first Amazon Echo Show was a bit meh. … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which speaks to you?
Using Apple’s amazing new Shortcuts app, you can rip a video from YouTube, download it, and store it in a folder on your iPhone — all without using a computer. Maybe you want to watch some clips on your commute without burning through your cellular data. Or perhaps you’re a language or music teacher, and you want to keep teaching materials offline instead of relying on your pupil’s Wi-Fi? This shortcut can be triggered in Safari, and will save the YouTube video to your Camera Roll, iCloud Drive, Dropbox or other location of your choice. Let’s get started. No Mac required — this method is iOS-only Most methods to download YouTube videos for offline watching on your iPhone or iPad involve using your Mac to do the downloading, then iTunes (or an iTunes-like workaround) to get those videos onto your device. This one uses Apple’s Shortcuts app, which lets you automate all kinds of tasks on your iDevice. It will do the following: Check to see that … [Read more...] about Use Shortcuts to download YouTube Videos on iPhone
GOOGLE HAS OFFICIALLY introduced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, both of which had precisely zero surprises in store. Given the huge number of leaks building up to Google's launch, there was little left for the firm to unveil. As expected, the flagship duo sport larger displays than last year's models at 5.5in and 6.3in, respectively, run Google's Android 9.0 OS and offer dual front-facing cameras and wireless charging for the first time. We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL below. You can also check out our full Google Pixel 3 XL review. Release dateThe Pixel 3 and 3 XL are available to pre-order now and will start shipping in Blighty on 1 November. At the time of writing, some Pixel 3 XL models have sold out, with shipping dates now listed as "three to four weeks". This includes all configurations of the new 'Not Pink' model, and 128GB variants of the Black and White versions. PriceHere in the UK, … [Read more...] about Pixel 3 XL release date, specs and price: Pixel 3 Lite pictured next to Pixel 3 sibling