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LG and Sprint are launching a 5G phone in the US next year

Ahead of the launch of its mobile 5G network in the US, Sprint has announced that it’s working with LG to make a phone to support the new carrier technology in the first half of 2019. The company says that the device will be the first-ever 5G handset in the country when it arrives, and that Sprint will be the first to roll out a 5G network in the US. It’ll be interesting to see if it can make good on those claims in 2019 – and what sort of hardware the LG-made device gets. With 5G, you can expect…

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Netflix's new animated movie is like Big Hero 6 mixed with The Iron Giant – CNET

If you’re going to mimic animated movies, you might as well mimic the best ones.
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Twitter puts Infowars’ Alex Jones in the ‘read-only’ sin bin for 7 days

Twitter has finally taken action against Infowars creator Alex Jones, but it isn’t what you might think.

While Apple, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Spotify and many others have removed Jones and his conspiracy-peddling organization Infowars from their platforms, Twitter has remained unmoved with its claim that Jones hasn’t violated rules on its platform.

That was helped in no small way by the mysterious removal of some tweets last week, but now Jones has been found to have violated Twitter’s rules, as CNET first noted.

Twitter is punishing Jones for a tweet that violates its community standards but it isn’t locking him out forever. Instead, a spokesperson for the company confirmed that Jones’ account is in “read-only mode” for up to seven days.

That means he will still be able to use the service and look up content via his account, but he’ll be unable to engage with it. That means no tweets, likes, retweets, comments, etc. He’s also been ordered to delete the offending tweet — more on that below — in order to qualify for a fully functioning account again.

That restoration doesn’t happen immediately, though. Twitter policy states that the read-only sin bin can last for up to seven days “depending on the nature of the violation.” We’re imagining Jones got the full one-week penalty, but we’re waiting on Twitter to confirm that.

The offending tweet in question is a link to a story claiming President “Trump must take action against web censorship.” It looks like the tweet has already been deleted, but not before Twitter judged that it violates its policy on abuse:

Abuse: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.

When you consider the things Infowars and Jones have said or written — 9/11 conspiracies, harassment of Sandy Hook victim families and more — the content in question seems fairly innocuous. Indeed, you could look at President Trump’s tweets and find seemingly more punishable content without much difficulty.

But here we are.

The weirdest part of this Twitter caning is one of the reference points that the company gave to media. These days, it is common for the company to point reporters to specific tweets that it believes encapsulate its position on an issue, or provide additional color in certain situations.

In this case, Twitter pointed us — and presumably other reporters — to this tweet from Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson:

WTF, Twitter…


Adobe Stock: A 101 Introduction

Navigating the world of stock images can be tough. There are a lot of sources and even more photos to sort through. Finding a reputable vendor for stock images that’s easy to use can be a lifesaver.

That’s where Adobe Stock comes in. Adobe – the same company you know for making software that you probably use daily – also offers stock photos, templates, and 3D assets to help jumpstart your projects. And the best part is that that assets are high-quality; you’ll actually want to use them.

Here’s a look at how Adobe Stock works.

What is Adobe Stock?

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Adobe Stock is a provider of ready-to-use photos, illustrations, videos, templates and 3D assets for creative projects. The library includes more than 90 million individual elements that come with a royalty-free license.

What’s different about Adobe Stock is that it’s built right into your Creative Cloud software. So when you access a file, it’s available in tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign right away. It also syncs with your personal Creative Cloud library for easy access. (Design Shack users can try 10 images free today.)

Another key differentiator is that Adobe Stock isn’t just a collection of images, like many stock providers. There’s almost every image – from photos to videos to illustrations – you can imagine, but you can also download templates to get projects moving faster. Before Adobe Stock, most creatives had to subscribe to two services for access to stock images and templates, but this tool combines them into one. (Plus, it all works with a login and service provider – Adobe – that many designers already use.)

5 Reasons You’ll Love Adobe Stock

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Adobe Stock has assets and resources that you’ll want to use. That’s just one of the reasons you’ll love it.

  • Assets come in a variety of file formats. Find exactly what you need in the format that works for you. Images come in JPEG, AI, and EPS formats. (Yes, you can download native files!) HD video is in MOV format and 3D objects come as .obj, .exr/.hdr and .mdl.
  • The Editorial Collection includes images that have news value and are of real people, events, places, and things. These premium images are timely and come in a high enough resolution to use for print projects as well as digital design.
  • Adobe Stock is open to anyone, even if they aren’t Creative Cloud subscribers. Just create a free Adobe ID to sign in and view or download content.
  • Everything syncs with Creative Cloud apps. You can also launch Adobe Stock from the library panel in each tool to see previous downloads or preview new content.
  • The Adobe Stock library is easy to search so that you can find exactly what you are looking for, download it and keep working.

How Do I Use Adobe Stock?

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Whether you are a Creative Cloud user or not, Adobe Stock assets work just like any other file of the same type. Download and import a JPEG, or open an InDesign template and start customizing text and other elements.

Once you find what you are looking for from the Adobe Stock website, download the file and it’s yours to use. (You can also download preview versions of files before you commit, to make sure an image is just right for your project.)

The only big difference is for existing Creative Cloud users since files will sync with libraries and software automatically. Anything from Adobe Stock that’s saved to a Creative Cloud library is available for instant access across all apps that use that file type.

Once you license and download a file, it’s yours to work with in any way you like.

Templates are just as easy to use as image files. Once you pick a template and download it, you can work on it just like you would any other native file. Plus, finding a template is easy with access from right inside the app-based software. Look in the New Document dialog to find available Adobe Stock templates.


Adobe Stock is a subscription-based service with different plan types for individuals, teams and large businesses.

There are specialty pricing options for editorial and premium content. (Check the website for more details on these options.)

Subscription-based pricing starts at $29.99 per month for 10 assets. (That’s a pretty good deal at only $2.99 per asset, and if you need more images, you can purchase them at the same price.) There are also packages available for more assets per month.

For users that don’t need assets on a consistent monthly basis, Adobe Stock also offers credit packs. Buy a certain number of credits to “spend” on a combination of assets that work for you. Images range from 5 to 50 credits each, templates are 2 to 4 credits, videos are 8 to 20 credits and premium 3D assets range from 2 to 10 credits apiece. Credit packs include as few as 5 credits up to packs with 150 credits to use on Adobe Stock assets. (Note that credits are good for one year.)

While subscription plans offer a better overall value, they are best suited for regular users of Adobe Stock assets.


Adobe Stock has a great collection of images that are appropriate for all types of projects. And if you already use Creative Cloud, it syncs right in your account. (It’s hard to find a solution that easier than that.)

Start downloading today. You can get 10 free images from Adobe Stock.

Our thanks to Adobe for sponsoring this post, and helping to support Design Shack.


MoviePass' new 3 movies per month for $10 plan is live – CNET

Unless MoviePass has changed their plans again.
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Y Combinator is launching a startup program in China

U.S. accelerator Y Combinator is expanding to China after it announced the hiring of former Microsoft and Baidu executive Qi Lu who will develop a standalone startup program that runs on Chinese soil.

Shanghai-born Lu spent 11 years with Yahoo and eight years with Microsoft before a short spell with Baidu, where he was COO and head of the firm’s AI research division. Now he becomes founding CEO of YC China while he’s also stepping into the role of Head of YC Research. YC will also expand its research team with an office in Seattle, where Lu has plenty of links.

There’s no immediate timeframe for when YC will launch its China program, which represents its first global expansion, but YC President Sam Altman told TechCrunch in an interview that the program will be based in Beijing once it is up and running. Altman said Lu will use his network and YC’s growing presence in China — it ran its first ‘Startup School’ event in Beijing earlier this year — to recruit prospects who will be put into the upcoming winter program in the U.S..

Following that, YC will work to launch the China-based program as soon as possible. It appears that the details are still being sketched out, although Altman did confirm it will run independently but may lean on local partners for help. The YC President he envisages batch programming in the U.S. and China overlapping to a point with visitors, shared mentors and potentially other interaction between the two.

China’s startup scene has grown massively in recent years, numerous reports peg it close to that of the U.S., so it makes sense that YC, as an ‘ecosystem builder,’ wants to in. But Altman believes that the benefits extend beyond YC and will strengthen its network of founders, which spans more than 1,700 startups.

“The number one asset YC has is a very special founder community,” he told TechCrunch. “The opportunity to include a lot more Chinese founders seems super valuable to everyone. Over the next decade, a significant portion of the tech companies started will be from the U.S. or China [so operating a] network across both is a huge deal.”

Altman said he’s also banking on Lu being the man to make YC China happen. He revealed that he’s spent a decade trying to hire Lu, who he described as “one of the most impressive technologists I know.”

Y Combinator President Sam Altman has often spoken of his desire to get into the Chinese market

Entering China as a foreign entity is never easy, and in the venture world it is particularly tricky because China already has an advanced ecosystem of firms with their own networks for founders, particularly in the early-stage space. But Altman is confident that YC’s global reach and roster of founders and mentors appeals to startups in China.

YC has been working to add Chinese startups to its U.S.-based programs for some time. Altman has long been keen on an expansion to China, as he discussed at our Disrupt event last year, and partner Eric Migicovsky — who co-founder Pebble — has been busy developing networks and arranging events like the Beijing one to raise its profile.

That’s seen some progress with more teams from China — and other parts of the world — taking part in YC batches, which have never been more diverse. But YC is still missing out on global talent.

According to its own data, fewer than 10 Chinese companies have passed through its corridors but that list looks like it is missing some names so the number may be higher. Clearly, though, admission are skewed towards the U.S. — the question is whether Qi Lu and creation of YC China can significantly alter that.


Evangeline Lilly wanted to play Leia in Star Wars trilogy – CNET

The actress says she loves playing The Wasp, but has dreams of an all-female Avengers movie.
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Twitter suspends Infowars host Alex Jones' ability to tweet – CNET

Twitter finally follows the lead of every other social media platform.
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Stranger Things star: Hopper denies Eleven has powers – CNET

Netflix star David Harbour admits his character can’t be honest about the girl he treats as a daughter.
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