'The Problem With Apu' dives into the damaging effects of stereotyping

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It’s 2017, and some things just won’t stand anymore. Hollywood’s twisted norms are being ripped apart, from habitually silenced sexual misconduct to blatant whitewashing and irresponsible racial representation.

The last of that delightful trifecta is the subject of The Problem With Apu, a new truTV documentary about how The Simpsons‘ breakout caricature became the bane of an entire racial diaspora’s existence.

The Problem With Apu started out as comedian Hari Kondabolu’s personal vendetta against the fictional title character. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is a recurring guest character on The Simpsons. He speaks in a thick, fabricated Indian accent, exaggerated for comedic effect by voice actor Hank Azaria.  Read more…

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Maybe the problem with 'Justice League' is that it's not enough like 'Batman v Superman'

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Justice League is fine. It’s fine! If you trust the Tomatometer, it is 13 percentage points more fine than its predecessor, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Justice League earned those points by going out of its way to address the criticisms lobbed at BvS, resulting in a film that’s lighter, funnier, more narratively straightforward. 

It’s just not nearly as interesting. And that’s a damn shame.

Whatever its shortcomings, Batman v Superman felt like the product of a single distinctive vision. Maybe not the vision everyone wanted – maybe one that some people found annoying or unpleasant or even downright reprehensible – but a single distinctive vision nonetheless.  Read more…

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Another day, another Google Pixel 2 problem: Many users can't unlock their bootloaders

It seems that yet another new issue is her to mar the quality control regarding Google’s newest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL stock Android champs. 

It would seem that a number of Google Pixel 2 units purchased straight from the Play Store and not some shady reseller are arriving with bootloaders that can’t be unlocked. As you might imagine, the issue first popped up on XDA’s developer-centric forums, where multiple users bemoaned that they are unable to unlock the bootlaoders of their new devices though they are supposed to be able to do that by default, …

Google Pixel 2 XL has another problem with the screen (VIDEO)

The Google Pixel 2 XL continues to have problems with the screen. Besides concerns about burn-in on the OLED panel, the other day we told you that some Pixel 2 XL users are seeing the screen flash when they unlock the phone. This morning, there is talk about the latest bug that is preventing Pixel 2 XL users from enjoying the phone like they should be. It appears that on some units of the Pixel 2 XL, the edges of the screen are unresponsive.

The Pixel User Community website has some threads about the issue, including one from a Pixel 2 XL owner who claims to have spoken to Google …

Four ways to wake up the iPhone X screen. No home button? No problem!

So, the iPhone X is coming out in just under a month, and you may be one of the many waiting at the edge of their seats. And for good reason — the X is a long-awaited design evolution and a technological marble by Apple. But, being so drastically different, it also comes with slight differences on how you are going to physically the device.

For example:
There is no home button? How can I conveniently wake my iPhone now?
The little circular pad, which has been a signature feature of the iPhones ever since the original launched is now gone. Users have long been …

Federighi on Face ID, sunglasses and theft: Shades are not a problem, but getting your iPhone X stolen is

Face ID, Apple’s new security and authentication method for the iPhone X, has been the object of various controversies from the moment it was announced at Apple’s September event. From the perceived failed attempt of Craig Federighi to unlock the iPhone X using Face ID during the keynote, down to legitimate concerns about the security and privacy of users’ data, the system will have a lot to prove when the X launches.

In the mean time, iOS developer Keith Krimbel has emailed Apple with some questions regarding Face ID, and he has got an interesting …

Samsung's new Gear IconX wireless earphones could fix the first-gen model's biggest problem

Samsung’s first foray into the wireless earphone space wasn’t exactly a grand slam. The first-gen Gear IconX had a lot of features that remain unique to this day, such as a built-in music player for phone-free listening as well as an integrated fitness tracker and heart rate monitor. However, the biggest drawback of the wearable was its poor battery life, which, quite understandably, was a deal breaker for most consumers. 
Well, it looks like Samsung isn’t ready to give up just yet, as the tech giant just unveiled version …

AirAsia X flight shook like a 'washing machine' following mid-air problem

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An AirAsia X flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back on Sunday, after a mid-air technical issue left the plane’s cabin shaking like a “washing machine.”

Flight D7237 with 359 passengers onboard left Perth at 6:50 a.m. local time, then returned to Perth by 10 a.m., after what reportedly seemed to be a problem with an engine.

“I heard a loud explosion I think on the left-side engine,” passenger Tzeyau Chung told ABC News.

“After the explosion it started to shake, it started to bounce, but overall the captain did a very good job. Of course we were a bit worried but at the end of the day … we safely landed. I think that is the most important thing.” Read more…

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Verizon spreads Galaxy S8 update with fix for red tint display problem

Verizon is the latest carrier to issue an update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+’ ‘Red Tint’ display issue. Software version NRD90M.G950USQU1AQDF for the Galaxy S8 and NRD90M.G955USQU1AQDF for the Galaxy S8+ is now live and seeded over-the-air. In addition to providing adjustments for the display’s color temperature, the build improves device performance and fixes the “DQA keeps stopping” pop-up error on some phones.

To fix up your screen, install the update, then go to Settings > Display > Screen mode and tweak the color temperature until you like what you’re seeing. …

Norway's Slow TV encounters a weird problem: TV that's too slow

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The producers of Norway’s smash-hit “Slow TV” genre have captivated audiences with videos of a 134-hour-long cruise voyage and 13 hours of people knitting. 

But sometimes even Slow TV can be too slow.

Norway’s public broadcaster NRK recently suspended a show following the progress of migratory reindeer because the animals stopped moving, The Local reported, citing Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

The latest addition to this hypnotizing genre followed the spring migration of reindeer from their winter home on the inland Finnmark plains to the coastal summer grazing areas on Kvaløya island.  Read more…

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