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Archive for April 27th, 2017

Few sad as About.com closure announced

Posted by kenmay on April - 27 - 2017

When long-lived websites close down, they often give little notice, sending archivists scrambling to rescue its work for posterity. About.com, the venerable topic-mining hive abruptly put to death, seems to be a counter-example: a faceless mountain of bland, undifferentiated, half-plagiarized content that no-one seems sad to see vanish . Even its own CEO is plainly contemptuous of it. That’s why Vogel tells Business Insider he’s going to shut the site down as of May 2nd. “I got a phone call from Joey Levin, who is the CEO of IAC [About.com Group’s parent company]. He asked, ‘What do you think of About.com?'” Vogel told BI. “My answer — in perfect arrogance — was ‘I don’t.’ Who thinks of About.com? Nobody.” But not all of About.com is going away necessarily. Vogel says he will take parts of the website and turn them into separate niche verticals, then announce a new name for the overarching brand at a conference in New Orleans. “A year ago we were a general interest site,” Vogel told The Drum in March. “We were not growing. In fact, we were kind of shrinking. We had great content, but we were doing the wrong thing.” About.com was one of the earliest big web successes to cash out: to Prime Media in 2000 for $690m, then to the New York Times in 2005 for $410m, IAC in 2012 for $300m, and now to the deep void for sweet fuck all—but also the hope that the staff and infrastructure can be used to launch something new. “I’m not going to be the guy who ruined About.com,” Vogel told Business Inside. “ It’s already ruined, so this is all upside here. ”

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Acer’s new Predator gaming laptop may actually be portable

Posted by kenmay on April - 27 - 2017

What’s the point of getting a powerful laptop if you can’t drag it to a gaming party? Acer’s latest back-to-school update for its Predator series of laptops , the Triton 700, may actually be portable enough for those trips. It packs the latest NVIDIA graphics chips and an advanced dual-fan cooling system into a chassis that’s just 18.9mm (or 0.75 inches) tall. Acer hasn’t shared many other details about the notebook yet, except to say that it will be ready for the back-to-school season this summer. Folks who don’t need quite as premium a system can consider the new Nitro 5 laptop, which offers NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050Ti graphics and the company’s CoolBoost cooling system. Again, at its New York presentation, the company didn’t dwell very long on each product, so other details about the laptop are scant, and we’ll update this post as we get more later from our hands-on. For those who prefer to invest in their at-home battle stations, Acer also unveiled a 27-inch 4K gaming monitor called the Predator X27. It boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time and uses Quantom Dot technology for better image quality while saving energy. The X27, like many of its rivals, supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync HDR technology for smoother streams with higher definition and contrast. We’ll be taking a closer look at Acer’s gaming lineup for 2017 later, so check back here for more information. Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.

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How to Add Metal Inlay to Wood

Posted by kenmay on April - 27 - 2017

Adding metal inlay is a nice way to provide visual pop to wooden objects or furniture: The art of inlay is something that used to take decades to master. Now, with digital fabrication tools–or heck, maybe even a trim router with a downcut bit guided by a steady hand–the cutting part goes a lot quicker. However, that doesn’t mean the work can be taken lightly. As Instructables user Ninjosh shows, there’s still a fair bit of manual labor and finessing involved: “Inlays are a great way to set your work apart in a crowded market, ” writes Ninjosh. If you’d like to give it a try yourself, he’s laid out a comprehensive Instructable listing all the tools you’ll need and offering plenty of helpful advice, including the all-important, time-saving what-not-to-do’s. Check it out here .

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Superblack soft-serve ice-cream

Posted by kenmay on April - 27 - 2017

The Little Damage ice-cream shop near downtown LA has unveiled a new, superblack soft-serve flavor called “Almond Charcoal” whose coloring comes from activated charcoal. (more…)

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