Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Say ‘Hey, Dude’ To ’90s Nickelodeon Again With This Nostalgic Gift Guide


The Nicktoons of the ‘90s are still alive and well in our hearts because we carry them around with us hoping we’ll get more of the cartoons that really mattered. Pretty much every […]

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Simple Geek’s Guide to Building an Affordable and Efficient Website


Let me just start off by saying that there is nothing affordable about my website. BrokeAssStuart.com is huge and expensive, as ironic as that is. There are over 10k posts, a main site, […]

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Japanese Pikachu Festival Will Be Happening This August


How much do you love Pikachu and other Pokemon? Would you go to a festival featuring Pikachu and other Pokemon as well? Great news: There’s been a special Pikachu festival for some time […]

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Gamergaters, Here’s Your Chance to Prove You’re Not Easily Triggered Snowflakes


I’m @AggroWill on Twitter. Putting this at the top both for feedback and as a kind of social experiment. So, Far Cry 5 will be set in rural Montana and be about a […]

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Geek Deals: The Complete Python Programming Bundle for $79

Python Bundle

Python is a very powerful programming language, and it’s used in countless websites and apps both large and small. And since many other languages (like Apple’s Swift) have similarities to Python, it’s a […]

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We Now Know Why Your Dog’s Face Is Smooshy


Everyone knows someone with a pug. They’re the goofy, snorting dogs that you suspect might actually need a ton of help and a respirator to breathe properly. Obviously, smoosh-faced critters are… a bit […]

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Some Korean Fans Were Upset About This Imagery in Persona 5


Persona 5’s stylish opening animation is absolutely gorgeous, with its red and black motif, perfectly choreographed character movements, and other bits that make it one of the most memorable introductions to a game […]

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Have An Awesome Night In With This Best Tabletop Games Gift Guide


Everyone loves board games and tabletop games, but too often there are so many out there that it’s hard to choose one to play. Which ones should you buy on your own or […]

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Todd McFarlane Toys Does Its Own Rendition of Attack on Titan’s Mikasa Ackerman


Todd McFarlane Toys is no stranger to awesome action figures, and it looks like there’s a brand new figure coming fans’ way that’s no doubt going to garner some very special attention. She’s […]

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It’s Time for Animaniacs (the Reboot)


It’s the early ’90s all over again, at least as far as TV is concerned. Twin Peaks is back on the air, we’re all looking forward to a new season of The X-Files, and now for the […]

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Fantastic Beasts’ Newt Scamander is the Most Interesting Male Fantasy Hero in a While


A relatively new YouTube channel, Pop Culture Detective, is, once again, challenging common tropes in science fiction and fantasy. But this time, by presenting a positive example of a new hero that leans […]

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Sonic Mania Gets a Release Date and an Awesome New Trailer

Sonic Mania August 15

After numerous delays, Sonic Mania will finally be released this summer. Sega has announced that the retro-tastic Sonic the Hedgehog game will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on […]

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‘Doctor Who’ Tuesday Trope: Catch Phrase


From survivor’s guilt to the action girl, Doctor Who‘s cup runneth over with repetitive motifs. Each week, I’ll tackle another trope, examining its use, effectiveness, and relevance to the long-running BBC show. CATCH PHRASE […]

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Google Earth Brings Beatlemania To a Computer Near You

The Beatles

It was 50 years ago that the Beatles released their eighth studio album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” in the UK and US, respectively. And while fans will travel far and wide […]

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Someone Turned the Legend of Zelda’s Master Sword Into a Fire Extinguisher


The Legend of Zelda’s Master Sword has a million uses, apparently. It can measure the strength of would-be heroes, cleave through enemies, and apparently be used as a fire extinguisher. Who would have […]

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TSA Preps for Insane New Travel Restrictions


Traveling via plane sucks. Part of that is the security. It’s degrading and awful and about to get a lot worse. The TSA has been testing out some new regulations in a few […]

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NASA Testing Inflatable Habitat’s Radiation Levels


Halfway through a two-year stint on the International Space Station, NASA’s inflatable habitat is undergoing radiation testing. Researchers are taking real-time measurements of radiation levels inside the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). Launched […]

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Fly The Ol’ Red, White and Blue With This Captain America Gift Guide


Captain America is one of the most recognizable superheroes out there and part of the Avengers. So it’s not surprising that he should have so many fans. He’s one of the most popular […]

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The Best Streaming Media Device: Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire

Kid watching TV

Roku, Google's Chromecast, and Amazon's Fire TV Stick are your best choices, but which is the top choice?

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Happy Birthday, ‘Doctor Who’ Companion Pearl Mackie

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Happy birthday, Pearl Mackie! A triple threat—actor, dancer, singer—Brixton-born Mackie is in good company among former Doctor Who companions Billie Piper, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill, none of whom boasted much experience before […]

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American Gods Shows Us What Mr. World and the New Gods Can Do


After two episodes ending up in the same place, it was time for American Gods to move its story forward. It did it with amazing performances, fantastic visual effects, and cleverly-hidden exposition. We’re now in […]

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11 Video Games That Got Banned and Why

Banned Games

All around the world, video games have been pulled from store shelves because they were just too much for the community to handle.

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TARS Heads-Up Display Brings Augmented Reality to the Battlefield


New technology is helping US Army soldiers precisely locate not only their own positions but those of friends and foes. Tactical Augmented Reality (TAR) replaces night-vision goggles and global positioning systems with an […]

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Elon Musk: Automation Will Force Universal Basic Income

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At the World Government Summit in Dubai, our real-world Tony Stark, Elon Musk, was throwing around some big and important ideas about the future of humanity. Musk says that Universal Basic Income — […]

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

This is What Happens When a Neural Network Names Metal Bands


You’ve seen artificial intelligence, and neural networks pull off some pretty impressive feats, like beating world champion Go players and helping self-driving cars navigate city streets and highways. There are still some tasks […]

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The Best Sci-Fi On Netflix Streaming

The Best Sci-Fi On Netflix Streaming

Being able to press a button and get a movie instantly sent to your TV is sort of the stuff of science fiction anyways, so it’s not surprising that Netflix has a pretty […]

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Give Something That Isn’t Zoidberg With This Futurama Gift Guide


Join Fry, Leela, Amy, Doctor Zoidberg, and the rest of the crew of the Planet Express ship as they zip through the galaxy to get packages where they need to go in the […]

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Geek Deals Memorial Day Roundup: 60-inch Vizio 4K TV, $50 Dashcam, and more

Geek Memorial Day

For Memorial Day weekend, many of the biggest brands are seeing major discounts across the web. If you’re looking for a new laptop, 4K TV, computer chair, grill, or other neat gadgets/appliances, this […]

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B&O’s Music-Infused Beer Probably Tastes of Danish Bands


Humans are basically hardwired to respond to music: Harmonies help calm nerves, ease pain, and boost energy. But what affect does sound have on alcohol? Electronics maker Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play unit […]

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‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Headless Monks


You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all? Each week, I will dig into […]

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Carrie Fisher Would Have Been the Star of Episode IX, and More Star Wars News


It’s no secret that Carrie Fisher’s sudden passing forced Disney and Lucasfilm to rethink Star Wars: Episode IX, but now we know to what extent. According to Vanity Fair‘s cover story about the […]

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The Nineties are Back, and So Is Crash Bandicoot in the N. Sane Trilogy.


Everyone’s favorite obscure animal has never looked better.

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Keep Watching ‘Doctor Who’ Through Season 15

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BBC Worldwide just inked a deal with China that includes another five seasons of Doctor Who. A Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Media Group Pictures covers the Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat […]

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Far Cry 5 is Basically a Nightmare Version of The Dukes of Hazard

Far Cry 5

Ubisoft has released the first details about the upcoming Far Cry 5. Previous entries have taken players to remote and exotic places, but this time, the game is set in the United States. […]

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Your Cellphone Isn’t Nearly as Secure as You Think


Over the past few weeks, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been picking up some headlines because they’ve started executing so-called “stingray” attacks. These work, essentially, by mimicking a cell tower and forcing nearby […]

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MovieBob Reviews: BAYWATCH (2017)


The revisionism involved in the making and marketing of the Baywatch reboot is really quite a wonder to behold. Counting almost entirely on the abilities of Rock “The Dwayne” Johnson and Zack Efron […]

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DNA Could Power the Hard Drives of the Future


So we all know DNA stores the code that makes us… well… possible, right? Those Gs, Ts, Cs and As might not seem like much, but they’re effectively the same as computer code. […]

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Quit Your Job to Cuddle Cats All Day


Bored by the monotony of office life? Break out the hand lotion and apply to be a professional cat cuddler. The Just Cats Veterinary Clinic & Cattery in Dublin, Ireland, is looking for […]

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

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New Mutants Will Be a Horror Movie, Might Star Rosario Dawson and More from Marvel Movies


Wolverine’s story may have ended with Logan, but 20th Century Fox still has big plans for the X-Men franchise. They’re not letting those rights revert back to Marvel Studios anytime soon.  Not that they necessarily […]

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Geek Deals: Save 73% on HDR Projects 5

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Want to step up your game as a photographer? HDR Projects 5 can help you take a good image, and make it truly outstanding. Make your high dynamic-range photos into something special for […]

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No Minifigs Were Harmed In The Filming Of This Lego Crash Test


Lego makes some pretty special models of some pretty special cars. They’ve done the iconic Volkswagen T1 camper van, the legendary Caterham Seven 620R, and, of course, the stunning Porsche 911 GT3 RS. […]

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‘Fans Are Quite Intense’: 24-Year-Old WhovianNet Admin Talks Shop


Doctor Who has the distinct pleasure of being one of the most popular and devoted fandoms in the world (Google it). And Dan Butler has the distinct pleasure of helping to supervise it. […]

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AlphaGo Beats Top Go Player in Best of Three Match


Google’s Go-playing AI, AlphaGo has effectively been crowned the world champion of Go. That’s notable, of course, because AlphaGo is an AI and Go was, at least, one of the most complex games […]

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Fargo Kicks Up the Suspense with a Surprise Death and More Stories


The first half of this season of Fargo, outside of a couple of interesting detours, was starting to feel formulaic. It’s deliberate pace was hurt by a lack of suspense and the feeling that the […]

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15 Best Sliders and Galleries For Your Next Project


If you want to grab a visitor’s attention by displaying a set of images, sliders are a great way to get that done. The best sliders are attention-getting, with attractive animations that match the tone and purpose of your site. We’ve collected a list of some of our favorite sliders and galleries below.

Fair warning: like many animated web plugins, most of these sliders are based on jQuery, the hat that JavaScript wears when it wants to seem cool. If you’re not already familiar with it, it’s fairly easy to learn, but it is distinct from JS in its own special ways. jQuery sliders also might not be ideal for every application. They often require large scripts that need to be downloaded and executed on the client computer, making them clumsy for mobile applications where data use is a concern. And some developers just plain don’t like jQuery, feeling like it’s the child’s version of JavaScript. If you’re not into it, Sequence.js and WOW Slider are CSS-only options.

Amazing Slider

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Based on jQuery, Amazing Slider offers numerous skins to users. You can choose from a gallery of options including custom backgrounds, banner buttons, thumbnail icons, vertical sliders and a lot more. It can be so flexible because it’s not just free code. Non-watermarked versions of the slider start at $69 and go up from there.

Huge IT Slider

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The Huge IT Slider is a plugin for WordPress that supports video and photo content along with captions and variety of interaction styles. It’s one of the best sliders for websites built on WordPress, and one of the more flexible.

Unslider

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Unslider is a minimal jQuery slider for a more modern aesthetic. Promoting itself as “ultra simple,” the code is as basic as an unordered list with some animation elements applied. It’s simplicity means it can support a huge range of options, if you know what you’re doing, from full-page sliders to text-only options.

Avia Slider

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Avia Slider is a jQuery slider that builds itself on unique transitions. The diagonal block build is particular impressive, and each feature of the slider is thoroughly documented by the developer

Jssor

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Jssor is a flexible jQuery slider built with a deep level of customization available. It includes complex features like z-axis animation and layers effects alongside common options like thumbnail views and video panes. Users can download a variety of pre-built version, or apply pre-developed skins to their own slider. In the tradition of open-source projects, power users have almost unlimited flexibility in how they use the project, and it’s free to download. Jssor is also one of the few sliders on this list that comes in a non-jQuery version as well, and one of the best sliders available for free.

Camera Slideshow

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Camera Slideshow is a responsive and adaptive slider built with jQuery. It’s basic but free, and includes a number of skins that ship with the code for limited customization. Mostly, though, it looks nice out of the box, and its plain enough to drop into most projects without clashing with your aesthetic.

Sequence.js

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Sequence.js is goes beyond the best sliders and offers a “responsive CSS animation framework,” allowing developers to create a whole host of effects by applying CSS3 animations to their projects. CSS animations are astounding simple to implement, support by a wide variety of browsers, lightweight and modern. This also makes Sequence one of the most complex sliders on this list. However, that also makes it the most customizable by far. Sequence.js is supported by every browser since Explorer 10, with graceful degradations in place for Explorer 8 and 9.

jQuery Banner Rotator

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jQuery Banner Rotator is a simple but useful jQuery-based slider. It offers solid animation options, a variety of transitions and easy super-imposed text options. You also get configurable tool tips for each thumbnail, flexible text descriptions and resizable UI elements.

Sideways

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Sideways is one of the more unique best sliders on our list. It’s forte is full-page sliders with complex, side-mounted gallery tabs. An excellent choice for building out a photographer’s portfolio, though not as applicable for headers on corporate sites. Users also get custom toolbars and mouse wheel-based navigation.

Bootstrap Carousel

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Bootstrap Carousel is made for non-coders, offering robust WYSIWYG tools and with a complete set of point-and-click options. The slider is built is custom software and then exported to your site. Users can even build full sites using the drag-and-drop website builder for quicker development timelines.

Master Slider

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Like Bootstrap Carousel, Master Slider also offers a visual builder for creating WYSIWYG sliders without coding. It’s based on jQuery, with support for animated layers and touch navigation as well as more than 25 pre-built templates that users can implement immediately.

WOW Slider

The last slider for folks who would prefer not to code, WOW Slider is designed to be easy to use.  It’s also built entirely off CSS, letting you ditch the heavy scripts required for many jQuery plugins. Users get a surprisingly wide array of options, include Joomla and WordPress support, complex transitions, intelligent image caching, and support for every browser since Internet Explorer 6.

Accordion Slider

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Accordion Slider uses a somewhat-unique user interface metaphor, displaying an “accordion” of images for users to choose from in the carousel. It’s not the first or last slider to do this, but it’s the most popular and flexible to offer this option. It’s touch enabled and SEO friendly, with animated layers and smooth animations.

Rhinoslider

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Rhinoslider bills itself as “the most flexible jQuery slideshow there is.” All its flexibility is wrapped inside of a generator that allows those with limited JavaScript and jQuery experience to swiftly implement the slider’s features on their website.

CSSSlider

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Lastly, there’s CSSSlider, an aggressively non-jQuery slider. It’s not as functional as some of its jQuery counterparts, with fewer animations available, but its responsive and massively cross-browser.

You might also like:

How To Build a Grid-Style Image Gallery with jQuery Modal Popups

Code a Dynamic Featured Image Gallery Layout using jQuery

The 32 Best Free Icons for Commercial Use to Download Today

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