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Jay and Silent Bob are coming to virtual reality, whether you’re ready or not

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith first broke into the film industry thanks to his no-budget, 1994 indie comedy Clerks, and now that movie’s two most memorable characters will be coming to virtual reality. Jay and Silent Bob VR will be a live-action comedy series that will be written and directed by Smith, shot from the point of view of his Silent Bob character as Jason Mewes’ Jay “leads the way through a string of idiotic adventures.”

It’s just one of several VR projects in development that were announced today by STX Entertainment’s Surreal division, which handles VR and immersive entertainment production for the company. Among the other titles are an untitled live-action series from John Wick writer Derek Kolstad, about a government agent sent to…

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A Quiet Place blends horror and drama in a silent world

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After the premiere of A Quiet Place at SXSW, the film’s director, John Krasinski, explained that he picked up the script after a simple pitch: “What if it’s a family, and they can’t make noise, and you have to figure out why?” This explanation goes a long way toward illustrating A Quiet Place’s goals. The film hits all the necessary beats for a straightforward horror film in an eerie post-apocalyptic setting. But it’s more effective as a portrait of four people who have constructed a deceptively peaceful life under the constant, inescapable threat of death.

A Quiet Place is open about its premise, but sparing with the details. In the very near future, a species of large, seemingly unkillable spider-like monsters appears and wipes out…

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‘Silent Streets’ sequel beefs up the AR sleuthing on iOS

Silent Streets was an odd mix of walking simulator and AR-based Victorian detective story, but clearly the mix of genres was a hit. Funbakers, the studio behind the game, has already cooked up a sequel, Silent Streets: The Mocking Bird, that'll see p…
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A Tesla Semi Prototype Spotted in California is Swift, Sleek, and Silent

Swift and Silent

Tesla’s electric semi-truck is not only more environmentally friendly than its competitors, but it is also quieter than the typical diesel-powered truck that barrels down the street. An eight-second YouTube video, first revealed by Inverse, shows a sleek Tesla Semi prototype gliding swiftly and almost silently through an intersection in Sunnyvale, California, near the company’s Palo Alto headquarters. Watch it below.

The prototype features impact-resistant glass, a streamlined cabin design, and the ability to accelerate from zero to 97 km/h (60 mph) in five seconds when not carrying cargo. After pushing back the unveiling date twice due to Tesla’s Model 3 production delays and the company’s humanitarian efforts in Puerto Rico, CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled the much-anticipated Tesla Semi prototype in November 2017.

Revolutionizing Hauling

Though the lowest-priced model costs a cool $ 150,000, the truck is supposed to travel 483 km (300 miles) on a single charge. The more expensive $ 180,000-model can go even farther, with a range of 805 km (500 miles). While those costs were higher than some analysts anticipated, Musk asserted that the electric semi costs less to operate than typical diesel rigs by about $ 0.16 per km ($ 0.25 per mile).

Though the vehicle isn’t scheduled for production until 2019, companies are already buying into Musk’s sales pitch of a cheaper, greener truck en masse. By the end of 2017, 18 companies — including Walmart and Pepsi Co. — had pre-ordered at least one truck. UPS topped the list, reserving 125 vehicles.

Hopefully, Tesla’s production team will be able to keep to Musk’s scheduling promises. But the odds could be slim, given that the company’s Model 3 electric car production fell well short of Musk’s 2017 goals. Delayed production or not, however, this new YouTube footage reveals that the new truck will be making our streets quieter whenever it does finally hit the road.

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This silent coffee grinder will save your ears and break your caffeine habit

Mornings are hard for a caffeine addict. The headaches and grumpiness are bad enough, but then you have to deal with the noise of the grinder before you get the anti-migraine juice you so desperately crave.

This silent coffee grinder uses a hand grinder and a strong motor to grind coffee slowly and quietly. It connects to the internet, so you can set it to run automatically or run it from your phone. You can even set it to grind less and less coffee over time, imperceptibly reducing your caffeine intake until you’re back to more tolerable levels of dependence, or breaking the coffee habit entirely.

The best part? You can build it yourself! Check out the instructions below. If you have questions about the build or are looking for more…

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A Silent Voice shows why Kyoto Animation is one of the top animation studios

Kyoto Animation’s work isn’t quite like anyone else’s. The style of its animation and storytelling separate the studio from the majority of other Japanese companies. It’s known for high production values compared to its contemporaries; Kyoto’s smooth, intricate animation is used for both subtle and spectacular sequences while having very stylized, but realistically detailed backgrounds.

Kyoto Animation (often abbreviated KyoAni) gets more distinctive results than most studios in part because unlike in much of the Japanese animation industry, its animators are salaried employees. Japanese animation studios typically hire most of their artists as freelancers and pay them a rate for each frame they produce. That incentives speed over…

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[Update: Live] Google Home can now help find your phone, even if it’s on silent

Where is your phone right now? Is it in your pocket, on the coffee table, or has it slipped in between the couch cushions? You won’t have to wonder about where your phone has gotten to anymore, as long as there’s a Google Home nearby.

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This Fallout 4 mod looks like a mashup of True Detective, Silent Hill, and The Witch

For an apocalyptic wasteland, Fallout 4 is quite colorful. Its vista often contrasts the vibrant red and oranges of settlements with a clear blue sky. It isn’t safe, but it’s hardly frightening. Fallout 4 modders l00ping and TreyM intend to change that. Their new creation, via Kotaku, sucks up the figment of the world, and replaces it with muted neutrals and haze.

A horror mod, Pilgrim – Dread the Commonwealth is inspired by the film The Witch. But its focus on gothic horror and spooky nature calls to mind everything from True Detective to Silent Hill to Stalker: Shadows of Chernobyl.

The mod creators haven’t recreated the props or set of the cult film. Rather, they’re emulating how the film was made. TreyM’s camera emulation system is…

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