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The electric Cobra is the classic car conversion of your dreams

All of the classic car class without any of the gas-guzzling guilt.

Design

Mickey Mouse rapping is the greatest thing on TikTok right now

People are creating bizarre videos of Mickey Mouse rapping songs from the likes of Lil Tjay and Bizzy Banks using 3D social app IMVU.

Culture

Save up to 80% on unmissable games through Xbox's ultimate sale

Microsoft is running an extensive sale on a number of the biggest Xbox titles from CoD Black Ops to Forza Horizon 4.

Good Finds

How to dress as cool as Bella Hadid for under $100

The model makes everything look good — that’s her job. But even without the runway expertise, you can channel her elevated fits on a budget with these eight pieces.

Style

Nintendo-playing robots are here to own you in 'Super Mario Bros.'

Researchers at the University of Maryland combined soft robots and 'Super Mario' in a recent demonstration.

Gaming

I visited the physical Google store in NYC and it was... fine

Buy Chrome Dino socks, T-shirts, caps or, you know, Google's growing selection of hardware, which you can also have repaired on-site.

Tech

MNT Reform: Building my own laptop

The whole process took about 1.5 hours and it was a ton of fun.

Tech

BeachBot is an AI-powered robot that picks up cigarette butts

Martijn Lukaart and Edwin Bos, two dutch engineers have created BeachBot to do the opposite of digging for treasure.

Ethical Robotics

Here's every handheld gaming PC hitting the market right now

Valve isn't the only purveyor of portable gaming PCs. These indie upstarts might just be your Steam Deck sit-in.

Guides

How to block spam calls on iOS and Android phones

We’ve got all the apps you need to avoid robocalls for the foreseeable future.

Guides

Huge leak shows off Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

Leaked images of the Galaxy Buds 2 show it has a similar design to the Buds Pro with some premium features, such as noise cancellation, to match.

Tech

These shots from the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards will blow you away

It’s the photographer, not the camera. But also the iPhone camera.

Culture

Tech

Nokia returns to rugged with new XR20, launching next month

The XR20 is a Nokia phone like the indestructible bricks we remember — with a modern twist.

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Style

Kanye and Adidas’ Yeezy Day will bring back a ton of their hyped sneakers

Expect restocks and new releases, as well.

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A summer of omnipresence for Kanye West is set to continue, not just for new music but also for his kicks. A massive day of releases called Yeezy Day has been confirmed for West’s Adidas line, following up a marathon of drops across 14 hours back in 2019.

More than 15 different pairs of Yeezys were restocked in 30-minute intervals that day, giving fans their best chance yet at securing at least one of the coveted sneakers. No specific shoes have been confirmed for the second Yeezy Day, and chances are it’ll stay that way until the moment each goes up for sale.

Yeezy Day will go down on Yeezy Supply, the Adidas Confirmed app, and Adidas’ website, according to a report from Hypebeast. Releases will be exclusive to the United States on August 2, while customers in Europe and Asia will have their chance on August 3.

Good Finds

‘Among Us’ is free to play for Nintendo Switch Online members, but not for long

As part of Nintendo's game trials, those with Switch Online memberships can download and try out the break out multiplayer game of 2020 for free until tomorrow.

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It is safe to say that most peoples’ first encounter with Among Us, the multiplayer game focused on mutiny in space, was this past year in 2020. But the game has been around since 2018 and was the beneficiary of a massive spike in interest during a year where we were all stuck inside. Among Us isn’t a competitive shooter, a complex fighter, or an RPG with an extensive universe. What the game benefits from is a simple, yet rock-solid premise: You along with a crew of up to 15 people are working together on a spaceship but there are a couple of imposters on board with murderous intent. Your goal is the work out who they are.

As part of Nintendo’s Game Trials you can play Among Us for free until tomorrow night. The catch is that this promotion is only available for users with existing Switch Online memberships. Keep in mind that this deal is only available until tomorrow, July 27 at midnight.

Reviews

Wearing Converse’s Rick Owens TURBODRK Chuck 70: A classic shoe goes goth

Finally, a gothic, high-top, square-toed sneaker, straight from Owens’ DRKSHDW.

Style

WiiBoy Color review: A modded Wii in a Game Boy's outfit

Console modder GingerOfMods delivers a magical experience via this petite handheld console.

Wii would like to play

MNT Reform: Building my own laptop

The whole process took about 1.5 hours and it was a ton of fun.

Tech

MNT Reform review: Your DIY laptop fantasy is here at last

No, the MNT Reform isn’t a laptop from the ‘90s. I assembled this DIY laptop with only a screwdriver and let me tell you, it’s anti-MacBook in every way, and that is not a bad thing.

Reviews

Are holographic picture frames as cool as they sound?

Looking Glass is making holographic picture frames that might actually be worth the hefty price tag.

Reviews

It’s too damn hard to find a decent laptop shade for working outside

Welcome to the clunky, over-priced reality of laptop sunshades.

Reviews

I love 360 cameras but I couldn’t love this one

The pen-shaped Iqui 360 camera is packed with good ideas and incredibly user-friendly, but its far too expensive for what it offers.

Reviews

Hori Split Pad Pro review: The ‘pro’ Joy-Cons the Switch should have come with

With a D-pad, better ergonomics, and programmable rear buttons, and no joystick drift (so far), the Split Pad Pro is almost the perfect cure for the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift.

Reviews

I’m no longer a plant killer after I started using the ‘PictureThis’ app

With just one picture of your plant, the app can advise you on how to care for it and diagnose any problems. It’s impossible to kill a plant unless you can’t follow directions.

This Thing Rules

Switching to T-Mobile Home Internet is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made

After a decade of getting ripped off by Spectrum, I knew I had to leave. T-Mobile Home Internet was my savior.

This Thing Rules

The Kiiroo Keon is the blowjob robot of your dreams

Screw the moon landing, we're finally justifying the past century of technological advancement.

Blown away

'Monster Hunter Stories 2' is gorgeous, engaging, and laggy as hell

The perfect way to dip your toes in the Monster Hunter universe — if you can get past its repetitive nature and performance issues.

Gaming

Style

Wearing Converse’s Rick Owens TURBODRK Chuck 70: A classic shoe goes goth

Finally, a gothic, high-top, square-toed sneaker, straight from Owens’ DRKSHDW.

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Rick Owens’ Ramones sneaker, which debuted in 2013, has always served as an homage to Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor and the namesake band that wore said sneaker so religiously. It’s only fitting that Owens finally collaborate with Converse to make an official rendition of his Chuck Taylor — paying tribute to its punk roots, of course.

"When I think of Converse, I think of the black and white Chuck Taylors and the punk rock generation. These have always been iconic pillars of my aesthetic," the designer said in Nike’s press release. "Wearing Chuck Taylors, you align yourself with a generation that was experimental. There is a confident dynamic to the subculture.”

Owens has certainly aligned himself with the experimental generation; his distorted designs are now influencing the next one. Ever since the January announcement of Owens’ Converse collaboration, hundreds of fans — including myself — were eager to get their hands on his distorted Chuck 70 sneakers. Remixed in high and low iterations under the designer’s DRKSHDW sub-label, the shoes have gotten the true Owens treatment: monochromatic shades of white and black dress the classic kicks while a modified silhouette gives them a signature gothic look.

Style

Drake’s new OVO women’s apparel looks a lot like Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS

Certified Lover Boy has some explaining to do.

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Drake’s clothing line, October’s Very Own (better known as OVO), has previously received praise for making a space in streetwear for women. The brand’s latest “Weekender” collection, however, utilizes the same pink range that women are tired of, and offers no outstanding silhouettes. What happened to our “Wants and Needs,” Drake?

OVO’s first womenswear capsule, which debuted last December, saw loungewear staples like sweatpants paired with mesh bodysuits, patterned silk pajamas, and luxurious headbands. Drake’s love of women finally seemed to be benefiting them — radio hits aside — and with the rapper starting to design loungewear for his sublabel with Nike, it was hoped he could inspire a bigger change for womenswear within the streetwear industry.

Copaganda

ShotSpotter sure sounds like it’s aiding cops by tampering with evidence

Another day, another damning report concerning police departments’ abuse of surveillance tech.

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We have been covering police departments’ grotesque love affair with shiny surveillance state toys for a while now, but a new deep-dive courtesy of Vice offers some of the most troubling misuses of cop tech yet. According to extensive court analysis and interviews with multiple sources, police have repeatedly pushed to alter trials’ audio evidence to better support prosecutors’ cases against defendants. More specifically, law enforcement has leaned on ShotSpotter, a contracted surveillance system utilizing dozens of hidden microphones installed across a city to pinpoint gunshots’ sound, location, and time.

One such documented What-The-Fuckery (this is the technical terminology if we’re not mistaken) stems from a May 31, 2020, shooting / homicide in Chicago which ShotSpotter initially logged as occurring near 5700 South Lake Shore Drive — a location which was later overridden by ShotSpotter analysts to instead list as the 6300 block of South Stony Island Avenue, roughly a mile away to enhance prosecutors’ evidence against the alleged killer.

Additionally, the software’s algorithms initially classified the percussive sound as a firework... a designation which was also overridden by a different analyst on a separate date to instead be categorized as a gunshot. There are quite a few more shady evidence switcheroos in the Vice exposé, so please, feel free to join us below if you have the stomach for it.