Chrome extensions with 1.4M installs covertly track visits and inject code
Google has removed browser extensions with more than 1.4 million downloads from the Chrome Web Store after third-party researchers reported they were surreptitiously tracking users’ browsing history and inserting tracking code into specific ecommerce sites they visited. The five extensions flagged by McAfee purport to offer various services, including... Read more
D23 Everything Announced: Marvel, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Disney and More
Disney fans flocked to California for D23 Expo 2022 last weekend. It was the first D23 convention since 2019 — the year its Disney Plusstreaming service launched, and also marked the company’s 100th anniversary (which is next year, but Disney loves to prolong its celebrations.) We got some major announcements from Disney,... Read more
4 Best Music Streaming Services (2022): Spotify, Apple Music, and More Compared
Spotify has the best music discovery algorithms and the slickest, snappiest user interface. It led me down rabbit holes to find new artists and old favorites, based on what I’ve already liked and listened to on the app. The free tier, with advertisements, defaults to a low-quality 96-Kbps streaming... Read more
Snow Crash author Neal Stephenson joins GamesBeat Summit Next speaker roster
Interested in learning what’s next for the gaming industry? Join gaming executives to discuss emerging parts of the industry this October at GamesBeat Summit Next. Register today. We’re excited that our special guest speaker for GamesBeat Summit Next 2022 on October 25-26 in San Francisco will be Neal Stephenson,... Read more
Artist uses AI to extract color palettes from text descriptions
Enlarge / A series of four example color palettes extracted from short written prompts by Matt DesLauriers. A London-based artist named Matt DesLauriers has developed a tool to generate color palettes from any text prompt, allowing someone to type in “beautiful sunset” and get a series of colors that... Read more
The Cowboy Is Deeply Misunderstood, Says Adobe Emoji Report
His warm smile beams out from beneath the rim of his 10-gallon Stetson, bringing farm-to-text delight into every conversation he joins. Summoned by only the most brazen texters, his rambunctious presence offers a sudden jolt of rodeo-howling glee when he rides into a thread. The message he sends? A... Read more
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe comes to Switch on February 24
Interested in learning what’s next for the gaming industry? Join gaming executives to discuss emerging parts of the industry this October at GamesBeat Summit Next. Register today. Nintendo announced the remaster of one of its Wii games: Kirby’s Return to Dream Land. The remaster launches for Switch on February... Read more
AI wins state fair art contest, annoys humans
Enlarge / The winning entry, Théåtre D’opéra Spatial. Jason Allen A synthetic media artist named Jason Allen entered AI-generated artwork into the Colorado State Fair fine arts competition and announced last week that he won first place in the Digital Arts/Digitally Manipulated Photography category, Vice reported Wednesday based on... Read more
‘House of the Dragon’: When Episode 5 Lands in Your Country
House of the Dragon, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel, is gaining momentum. Episode 3 was a banger, establishing Daemon Targaryen as an absolute unit, and episode 4 added some, uh, complications to his relationship with niece Rhaenyra Targaryen. We can’t wait to see what happens next, in episode 5,... Read more
Kate Beaton on Creating the Best Graphic Novel of 2022
The book was in the works since 2016, I pitched it to Drawn and Quarterly in the summer of 2016. I took a year to write it. I took several years to draw it. In between, there were a few stops and starts. I had two children, and I... Read more