‘Carpentry Compiler’ turns 3D models to instructions on how to build them

Even to an experienced carpenter, it may not be obvious what the best way is to build a structure they’ve designed. A new digital tool, Carpentry Compiler, provides a way forward, converting the shapes of the structure to a step-by-step guide on how to produce them. It could help your next carpentry project get off the screen and into the shop. “If you think of both design and fabrication as programs, you can use methods…

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Luna Display turns your Mac into a secondary display for your other Mac

Luna Display, the solution that lets you use an iPad as a secondary display for your Mac, now works Mac to Mac. Announcing the new functionality in a blog post, Luna Display says that the feature works between any combination of iMacs, Mac minis, and MacBooks running on macOS 10.8 Mountain Lion or later. In a tweet, Luna Display CEO Matt Ronge said that the functionality was a direct response to being “sherlocked” by Apple’s…

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It turns out there really is an American social network censoring political speech

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge For the past couple of years we have endured a lengthy, one-sided, and largely fruitless debate over “censorship” on our US social networks. The issue reached a low point in May, when the Trump White House put out a call for all Americans to report perceived incidents of censorship on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Nothing came of the exercise but a campaign rally disguised as “a social…

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This site turns Wikipedia pages into ‘legit’ academic papers

In the words of a famous philosopher whose name I can’t recall, “Wikipedia is the best thing ever — anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject… so you know you’re getting the best possible information.” With all that knowledge readily available, it’s no wonder someone has built a site that turns any Wikipedia entry into a “legit” academic paper. It’s called M-Journal, and it works in a pretty simple manner:…

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Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode turns Android devices into smart displays

Image: Google Today at IFA, Google is announcing a new feature for Google Assistant: Ambient Mode. On a few upcoming Android phones and tablets, this new mode will turn those devices into something like a Google Nest Hub (neé Google Home Hub) display when docked. It will show calendar info, weather, notifications, reminders, music controls, and smart home controls. Also like the Nest Hub smart display, it will automatically show a slideshow from your Google…

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Pokémon Masters on mobile turns collecting pokémon into a microtransaction

Image: Nintendo Since Nintendo properties started expanding to mobile devices four years ago, we’ve seen a number of uncharacteristic experiments, including games branded with popular flagship characters that are nonetheless filled to the brim with microtransactions. And Pokémon Masters, the latest mobile title in the monster-capturing franchise announced last month, is no exception. The game is developed by Japanese mobile powerhouse DeNA, the same company that helped Nintendo develop mobile versions for popular franchises like…

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Snap turns to search giant Baidu to court Chinese advertisers

Two years have passed since Snap Inc. first struck a deal with Baidu that authorized China’s largest search engine to be a reseller of Snapchat ads for companies in Greater China, as well as Japan and South Korea, where Baidu runs a portfolio of mobile apps. This week, the pair announced they have renewed the sales partnership without revealing how revenues are divided between the two and when the extended agreement expires. We reached out to…

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