Search for classic GIFs in the Internet Archive’s new collection

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Internet Archive has created a special treat for its visitors: an utterly enormous number of GIFs culled from the original social network, GeoCities. Fittingly, the new collection is dubbed the Geocities Animated Gif Search Engine or GifCities for short. It features a whopping 4,500,000 animated GIFs from the classic internet era of the mid ’90s. Even though Yahoo shut down the service in 2009, each of these GIFs links back to its originating page via the Wayback Machine — just as with the National Archive’s collection.

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PlayStation Vue is on Android TV now, Mac and PC later

Additionally, web support for Mac and Windows PCs is coming soon, Sony said in a blog post. Although no specific timeline was disclosed, at least you know that feature is in the works. As an incentive for Android TV users who don’t have a PS Vue account yet, Sony’s offering free seven-day trial. That would be a good way to see if you like it more than, say, Sling TV or another internet TV service.

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LG’s latest 5K screen is Apple’s new flagship display

The biggest selling point for both models is the ability to charge your new MagSafe-less laptop over the same Thunderbolt 3 connection that delivers video, audio and data. That, plus the three USB-C ports on the back led Phil Schiller to describe them as “the ultimate docking station” during today’s presentation. Both models also bring an additional FaceTime-ready camera and microphone setup with built-in speakers. At the pixel level, the 27-incher brings 5120 x 2880 resolution with 218 ppi, while the smaller model has 4096 x 2304 4K resolution with 219 ppi. One Thunderbolt 3 advantage: you can adjust settings like screen brightness and speaker volume without the need for a separate cable or dedicated buttons on the monitor itself.

The larger model will run you $1,299.95 and the smaller is selling for $699.95. Only the smaller model is available for pre-order today, but it should ship in late November, with its big sibling coming sometime in December.

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The new 15″ MacBook Pro can push four 4K monitors at once

As 9to5Mac points out, the little 13-inch sibling doesn’t have quite the same graphics horsepower due to its integrated Intel Iris GPU, but it can still run a single 5K monitor or two 4K monitors simultaneously with zero lag and no drop in resolution on the built-in screen.

Of course, that much resolution won’t come cheap — although 4K monitors are widely available at this point, your 5K options are still relatively limited. And a new laptop, plus a pair of LG’s successor to the 5K Apple Thunderbolt Display will cost a wallet-flattening $5,400 total.

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Watch Apple's MacBook Pro event in nine minutes

In contrast to Microsoft’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to announcements just a day earlier, Apple’s “Hello Again” event was a more focused affair. However, there was still a lot to take in. How does the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar work, exactly? And what’s this TV app that Apple introduced? Don’t worry about having to spend ages reading (or watching the full replay) if you don’t have time, though. We’ve recapped the entire presentation in a 9-minute video, so you can get the gist of Apple’s media shindig in the time it takes to grab a drink.

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The Nintendo Switch reportedly has a multitouch screen

Nintendo isn’t offering clarification on a potential touchscreen just yet. A spokesperson provided the following statement to Engadget: “We have nothing to announce on this topic. We will make additional announcements about the Nintendo Switch hardware later, before the launch of the product.”

It makes sense, however, for Nintendo to keep some of these finer details to itself. The Switch is an ambitious piece of hardware — for its initial unveiling, it was wise of the company to focus on its portability and removable JoyCon controllers. Nintendo wanted to sell the overall concept, and how it might fit into your life, rather than explain every single component choice. For now, that’s okay. As for the touchscreen — we should get more details in January, when the house of Mario takes another stab at selling the world on its new, console-meets-portable dream.

Jessica Conditt contributed to this report.

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‘SpyParty’ finally looks like a real video game

These are big changes. For years, SpyParty was packed with blocky placeholder art as Hecker fine-tuned the actual gameplay. In 2012, he started rolling out the updated visuals. Even in an unfinished, seemingly never-ending beta, the game has attracted plenty of players and it boasts a small, yet fervent, fanbase that includes everyone from casual players to competitive fighting game fans.

Today’s update affects the UI most of all. Aside from a massive visual upgrade, the new UI enables players to fully customize their matches, jump into a quick game and share unique “QuickPlay” settings.

'SpyParty' finally looks like a real video game

“Things like game timer duration, number of guests, prohibited and required missions, etc,” he says. “I’m expecting a lot of wacky totally unbalanced game modes to be tried by the elite players, and probably some interesting new balanced ones will be found as well.”

The five new characters are Mr. Q (a Lex Luthor-looking fellow), Ms. R (a businesswoman with short brown hair), Mr. S (a dwarf modeled after Silvio Berlusconi), Ms. T (who wears an orange Sari) and Mr. U (a fancy blonde lad). Mr. Q and Ms. T are updates to the fan-favorite characters “Orange Dress” and Danger P. Johnson. These additions bring SpyParty‘s character count to 21 and they were initially intended to be the final batch. However, there may be five more coming down the line.

“One thing is that we’re up to the letter U in the temporary code names, and doing five more would take us to Z,” Hecker says. “A compelling argument, you must admit.”

'SpyParty' finally looks like a real video game

Finally, the game’s largest map, Veranda, is now a Southern Colonial Mansion. Previously, it was a simple 3D balcony floating in the midst of the ether.

“This is the start of a long road to a full professional game,” Hecker says (yes, after nine years of development on SpyParty).

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Twitter’s identity crisis killed Vine

The news comes on the heels of Twitter’s latest quarterly report, which not only revealed that it would be laying off 350 employee, but that it was also restructuring to be profitable in 2017. And no wonder — though it continues to make money, Twitter has never turned a profit and user growth has remained stagnant. Even after co-founder Jack Dorsey took over as CEO last year, the company just couldn’t seem to turn its fortunes around.

2016 in particular has been rough for Twitter. Not only did it see an exodus of executives, it also faced increasing scrutiny over its constant harassment problems. The problem reached a fever pitch this year when SNL’s Leslie Jones received a barrage of racist and sexist tweets, leading her to briefly quit. Twitter did eventually ban the leader of that mob as well as implement quality filters and a safety council, but the damage was already done. Plus, those efforts don’t seem to have solved matters either. Marvel writer Chelsea Cain was also recently driven off Twitter due to abusive comments she received about her work.

This turned out to be a sticking point when Twitter sought to sell itself a few months ago. Several companies were interested in the deal — Salesforce, Google and Disney, to name a few — but all were ultimately scared off, in part because of the toxic reputation of Twitter’s users. Indeed, it seems as if Disney was even really close to pulling the trigger, but Twitter’s online abuse issues proved too messy for Disney’s family-friendly image.

Meanwhile, Vine was fading. As mentioned earlier, it was losing valuable market share to Instagram and Snapchat. Not only do they both allow for longer clips (Instagram allows up to 60 seconds while Snapchat’s restriction is 10) but there’s also a lot less pressure to be funny or original. Vine was a fun place to be creative and quirky, sure, but most people just want to take goofy videos of their cat. Furthermore, the stars that did emerge on Vine quickly discovered that there weren’t a lot of monetization opportunities there and eventually fled to other platforms.

See what’s happening: https://t.co/ChbWRrSJyKhttps://t.co/r9AZd9rzI3

— Twitter (@twitter) July 25, 2016

At the same time, Twitter is still trying to find its voice. A few months ago, it launched an audacious television ad campaign that positioned itself as a place to “see what’s happening.” It was the beginning of Twitter trying to rebrand as a source for live news, not just a social network. It introduced Moments, a feature that highlights trends and news tweets and further integrated Periscope, its video streaming platform. Most recently, it started dabbling into live programming, such as Thursday Night Football and the US presidential debates. It’s even going to air two live original shows produced by the NBA.

As the possibility of a Twitter sale dwindled, it became clear that the company needed to double down on this vision. In a leaked internal memo, Dorsey said the site was a place for “news and talk,” making it “the people’s news network.” If Twitter is going to remain independent — which it seems like it’ll have to — it needs to focus in on a single purpose. For now, that appears to be in live news and entertainment. And unfortunately, six-second video loops have no place in this world.

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Apple’s ‘Hello Again’ event by the numbers

Well, that was unusually brief. Apple debuted just three new products during its 2016 Hello Again event held in Cupertino, California on Thursday. The company showed off its new almost-all-in-one TV app (which somehow doesn’t include Netflix), a fully-revamped Final Cut Pro X and the newest additions to the MacBook Pro line. There wasn’t even a “one more thing” moment. Man, I sure do miss those. Numbers, because how else will you know how many input ports Apple has decided to randomly remove from this year’s model?

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Marvel writer chased off Twitter by pathetic misogynists

In a blog post, Cain explains that she didn’t leave Twitter because of horrific threats. She left because of the daily abuse, the “base level of casual crassness and sexism” that Twitter allows to persist. It didn’t take rape threats or users doxxing her address to make the social platform’s environment intolerable, Cain said: “The tweets that bothered me were never the ones concerned with content; they were the ones that questioned my right to write comics at all, and were disgusted by the idea of a female hero having her own series.”

Other users quickly rose to Cain’s defense, including many in the comics community, like Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and lauded editor and Ms. Marvel co-creator Sana Amanat:


Having creators like Chelsea Cain write comics makes our industry stronger & stories better. Support them & their work!#StandWithChelseaCain

— sana amanat (@MiniB622) October 27, 2016

The comic industry suffers from its own sexist toxicity, both at a professional level and within its fanbase. In a 2011 essay, former Dark Horse editor and co-host of the comics history podcast Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-Men Jay Edidin summarized how the industry got here: More men held more control over fewer comics publishers and created content for their envisioned male demographic. This formed a chicken-and-egg causation whirlpool that alienated many girls and women, keeping them from joining the fanbase and entering the comics industry.

Some persisted over the decades, enduring the boys club exclusivity and harassment to lay the foundation for more women to create comics. There’s certainly a higher population in the professional echelon today and publishers are paying more attention to their female fans, but parts of comics fan culture remains from the days when Marvel and DC catered almost exclusively to men. These are the vocal and entitled lot that lash out on social media against female creators. Resisting that abuse often takes drastic measures, as comics writer and artist Kate Leth explained:


I forget about it most days because it’s taken 5 years to get to a point where I can’t see someone telling me to kill myself every day

— Leth Merenghi 💀📚🕯 (@kateleth) October 26, 2016

Cain left on rather moderate terms compared to the extensive racist harassment that bullied actress Leslie Jones off Twitter back in July. But at the end of the day, both fled rather than deal with a toxic minority of the social network’s userbase. Even if much of the blame for Cain’s exit lies with the hostile comics fans that refuse to embrace (or even tolerate) female voices in the medium, Twitter’s inaction allows the bullying to continue. Its persistent failure to combat abuse already may have prevented a deal to get bought. Then again, Disney’s back to sniffing around for a possible acquisition, so maybe Twitter doesn’t have to fix its harassment problem before money saves the day. For them.

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