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In HBO’s doc Come Inside My Mind, Robin Williams bares it all

Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Viewers can be forgiven for smirking at the seeming double entendre in the title of Marina Zenovich’s HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. It’s not just that we live in an age of off-color call-and-response, where “That’s what s/he said” and “69? Nice” have become conversational reflexes. It’s just natural to assume that any seeming vulgarity in Williams’ humor is entirely intentional, given how often his routines centered around genitals and their unpredictable behavior. Zenovich’s doc features plenty of footage of Williams onstage, improvising...

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End of Ze World gets a sequel more than a decade later

In 2003, a teenage animator by the name of Jason Windsor created one of the internet’s earliest viral videos, “The End of The World.” The 1.5-minute flash video is a sort of satirical period piece, created in a post-9/11 world in which America was invading Iraq, that details how we are definitely going to blow ourselves up. In 2018, that still seems pretty likely, but a sequel to the original video shows we have a new set of problems.

The 4-minute video spins through deportation, discrimination, and Nazis, while Trump continues to tweet from the toilet. “END OF ZE WORLD ...PROBABLY FOR REAL THIS TIME” introduces viewers once more to the Earth before cutting itself off. “Crazy fires,” it starts. “Hurricanes are being huge assholes....

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DJI’s new Mavic Air drone leaked a day before its unveiling

DJI is expected to unveil its new Mavic Air drone tomorrow, but you won’t have to wait to see what this new product is all about. Drone news site DroneDJ has published leaked photos and specs that the publication claims show the as-yet-unseen Mavic Air.

As you’d expect from the name, the Mavic Air looks like a smaller and lighter version of the 2016 $999 Mavic Pro. The spec sheet includes an integrated 32-megapixel camera mounted on a three-way gimbal, with panorama mode and 4K video capture (no word yet on frame rate). There’s also gesture control, obstacle-avoiding sensors, foldable arms, and a 21-minute flight time. The drone reportedly comes in white, red, and black, with other colors possible, and has a body similar to last year’s $...

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This video shows what Super Mario looks like at 380,000 frames per sec

If you have plenty of time on your hands, and are perhaps looking for something long to watch, this might be for you. A new YouTube video by The Slow Mo Guys explains how a TV works in slow motion. It features a sequence that shows what Super Mario Bros. looks like at 380,000 frames per second (FPS), as first spotted by Motherboard. The sequence was filmed in slow motion and shows the scanline creating the image line by line, left to right. It is painstakingly slow, and you can see Mario’s mustache being formed if you watch close enough. For comparison, game developers say 30 fps is a general baseline for games.

The video notes that it takes an extremely fast camera to see each frame built line by line from top to bottom, but “it takes...

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Steven Spielberg thinks that Ready Player One is a glimpse into our fu

With just a couple of months to go before Ready Player One hits theaters, Warner Bros. has released a new featurette that looks at the ties between Ernest Cline’s novel and Steven Spielberg’s films of the 1980s.

The featurette opens with scenes from some of Spielberg’s iconic films: Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and others. Cline adds that he never would have been able to write his book without Spielberg’s influence. The filmmaker returns the favor, saying that he thinks the book is glimpse into our future, depicting a population living in a virtual space.

Alongside Spielberg and Cline discussing the film, there is new footage that...

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Microsoft challenges Chromebooks with $189 Windows 10 laptops for scho

Microsoft is making a bigger push to keep students and teachers using Windows this week. At the annual Bett education show in London, Microsoft is revealing new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices that are priced from just $189. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools.

Lenovo has created a $189 100e laptop. It’s based on Intel’s Celeron Apollo Lake chips, so it’s a low-cost netbook essentially, designed for schools. Lenovo is also introducing its 300e, a 2-in-1 laptop with pen support, priced at $279. The new Lenovo devices are joined by two from JP, with a Windows Hello laptop priced at $199 and a pen and touch device at $299. All...

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Nike and PlayStation unite on these limited edition sneakers

Nike has released a pair of PlayStation-themed shoes in collaboration with basketball player Paul George called the PG2. The PG2 is George’s second signature shoe (a follow-up to the PG1), and features light-up tongues bearing the PlayStation and PG logos. Buttons inside the tongues let you turn the lights on or off. There’s also a pulse mode where the lights flicker and vibrate, supposedly like a PlayStation Dual Shock controller. According to Engadget, the shoe’s batteries aren’t replaceable and have a lifespan of around 150 hours.

George said Nike worked directly with the PlayStation team, which also provided the galaxy graphic seen on the sock liner in the shoe. That print is available for download as a theme for PS4 consoles using a...

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Facebook admits what we all know: that social media can be bad for dem

Facebook’s ongoing attempt to reckon with its impact on civil life continued today with the company acknowledging that its platform is not always good for democracy.

In a set of blog posts published as part of its “Hard Questions” series, Facebook execs and outside experts assess the company’s impact on elections, partisan politics, and fake news. As ever, Facebook tempers its self-criticism. For example, referring to “the damage that the internet can do to even a well-functioning democracy” (our emphasis), rather than damage caused by Facebook specifically. But, it does admit to a sliver more responsibility — taking the company one step further from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments in 2016 that it was “crazy” to say Facebook influenced...

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Shutdown means SpaceX can’t test its Falcon Heavy rocket, creating f

As long as the government shutdown continues, SpaceX won’t be able to test fire the company’s new Falcon Heavy rocket. The company needs support from the US Air Force to do the test, but too many personnel are furloughed and cannot help SpaceX conduct the firing. And that means the company can’t yet set a definitive launch date for the Falcon Heavy’s first flight, which was targeted for the end of January.

The Falcon Heavy is supposed to fly from a historic site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral Florida, called LC-39A. It’s the same pad that was used to launch the Apollo missions to the Moon, as well as numerous Space Shuttle flights. And right now, SpaceX is gearing up to do an important test at the site called a...

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Wonder Woman 2 will be the first production to adopt new anti-sexual h

Wonder Woman 2 will be the first film production to officially adopt the Producers Guild of America’s anti-sexual harassment guidelines. The PGA issued guidelines on Friday for producers, cast, crew, and other team members to recognize and combat sexual harassment both on and off set. The announcement that Wonder Woman 2 would be the first production to implement the new recommendations was made at the PGA Awards on Saturday by the presidents of the Guild (via iO9).

Joining the PGA trade association is voluntary, and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines are sanctioned as “best practices” for its over 8,000 members. “Producers possess authority both on and off the set, and can provide key leadership in creating and sustaining work...

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