Rob Beschizza

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iPad and iMac updated

The iPad Air 2 is thinner and has a fingerprint sensor; the 27" iMac goes Retina.

T-shirt printer spits them out in seconds

Epson's SureColor F2000 can print a t-shirt in just a few seconds. At Comic-Con in New York, they had one on display: I emailed a picture, rested my iPhone on its transparent lid, and recorded this real-time video of it running one off in less than a minute. Like a goddamn office memo! It does full color tees, too. Specs:


• 5-color Direct-to-Garment Printer
• All new Ultrachrome® DG inks
• Revolutionary EPSON PrecisionCore® TFP® Print Head for extreme print quality and production speeds
• Maximum resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi for white ink and 1440 x 720 for color inks
• Large garment imaging area up to 16" x 20"
• Designed for simple maintenance and high reliability
• Garment Creator imaging software included

It was on special at the show, but you'll have to pay the full $20,000 price now, suckers. Another caveat: you have to prep the tees chemically, and with a heat press, before using it. Here's some more video from a different show:

A brief history of coonskin caps

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 9.03.40 AMPioneer Haute is hot again, but never as hot as it once was: "At its peak, the coonskin cap nearly ubiquitously adorned the heads of American children, made manufacturers [$2.6bn in 2014 dollars], and became one of the defining ‘it’ products in United States history."

Umbrella with no support frame

Umbrella-Outside

The Sa umbrella is said to use the "principles of origami" to maintain its shape.

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WATCH: Savage fox eats man alive

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Android roundup

The Verge reviews today's new Android announcements: Android 5, the Galaxy Note 4, (great hardware, too much junkware), and the Nexus 6 ($649!)

Kiss goodbye to cable: HBO to allow online subscriptions

"HBO CEO Richard Plepler has confirmed the company plans to launch a "standalone, over-the-top" HBO Go subscription offering at some point in 2015"

Liberia needs body bags--and many other medical supplies

Beating the Ebola outbreak in Africa isn't just about manpower and money: it's about logistics. [Mother Jones]

Man arrested after grabbing cleaner's mop and aggressively mopping his shoes

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 10.04.02 AM"He was also charged with second-degree threatening after allegedly shouting insults and threats during his journey to the police station."

Fox falls down chimney, tears up pub

Sooty pawprints convinced bartender Tim Carter that's how the creature got in, but it was in no hurry to leave: "He seemed quite happy in the pub. It didn't want to leave but we got him out."

Bono sorry for compulsory iCloud album

"I had this beautiful idea," said the Irish-born rocker. "Might have gotten carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that thing: a drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion."

Decent cheap bluetooth headphones do not exist

Marco Arment says they all suck, but that the Sennheiser PX 210 BT suck least.

Help queer pop culture convention Bent-Con cover its costs

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 3.42.35 PM Bent-Con is an annual gathering dedicated to LGBT films, comics, books and geekiness, celebrating its fifth anniversary this time around. Having grown from 500 attendees in 2010 to nearly 3500 last year, they've set up a modest Kickstarter to help offset their costs. If it reaches the $15k target, they'll knock out 1/4 of the convention fees--but with 24 hours left to go, only half the goal is covered.

Here's organizer Sean Maker's description of the event:

It’s sort of an “A to Z” in creativity, networking, opportunity and fandom -- a place where everyone takes center-stage and showcases whatever they’re up to creatively, expressing and sharing with an ever-growing audience. I personally like to think of BENT-CON as an annual celebration that is a welcoming and safe place for anyone—fan or professional—who believes everyone has a right to see themselves reflected in the things they love.

Bent-Con takes place 7-9th Nov at the Los Angeles Burbank Marriot Convention Center and one-day badges start coming with pledges at $20 and up. Panels this year include women who write queer characters, gay gamers' love of RPGs, and race and class in comics. Check out this year's guests and exhibitors.

Mechaphile recalls losing virginity to a VW Beetle

"I’m not really attracted to any sort of, may I say, penetration. It is hugging and holding the shape of the car close to me and actually talking to it a little bit. And then of course, the rest is just physical satisfaction – masturbation is, I guess, the word.”

Dracula Untold: yet another villain gets a pathos-fueled emo origin story

And it's terrible, writes Wired: "It undermines the mystery of one of literature's greatest characters."