After last week’s first trailer for Archer’s eighth season, subtitled Dreamland, FXX has released a boatload of new, very short promos, further teasing the show’s 1940s noir setting. So what if the whole thing is (probably) taking place in Sterling Archer’s comatose brain? This looks like a lot of fun.
Android/iOS: Hopper is a great app for all kinds of personalized flight details and today it’s getting an update that breaks down all the airlines confusing additional fees so you aren’t surprised by anything when you actually get on a flight.
Hopper’s main appeal is in finding the cheapest ticket, but one big caveat with those cheap tickets is fees. Some airlines charge for checked bags, other even charge you for a carry-on, so the price you get when you look for tickets isn’t always reflective of the actual cost to fly. So, now Hopper will help you figure that out with its new “Fair Bear.” When you go to book a ticket, it shows you all the extra fees, from cancellation costs to carry-on fees to help you can pick a flight that works for you. The update is available on Android right now, with iOS following later this week.
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Hopper,which tells you when to book your flight to
maximize savings, has rolled out a new feature to help you avoid
getting smacked with hidden fees.
The basic premise of Hopper is that you set up what days
you want to fly, and then Hopper sends you push notifications
telling you how prices are changing, and recommending when you
should buy. Then you can buy your flight directly in the
It’s been my
go-to travel app for over a year, and I recently used it to
book a one-way flight from San Francisco to New York for only
$131.60 — cheap!
But my main gripe with Hopper has been that it’s not always
clear which tickets are going to have potential fees associated
with them. Now Hopper is trying to change that with a new
feature, which will give you “an overview of
all the restrictions and fees related to cancellations, changes,
carry-on baggage, checked baggage, and seat selection.”
And as airlines continue to cut the base fares on flights
by adding in sneaky fees, this will likely become more useful
In conjunction with the new feature, Hopper also released a
new report on the state of fees in the airline industry. Here’s a
few of the things Hopper found:
Big re-booking fees. “Cancellations
are almost never allowed (99%) for domestic trips, but tickets
can almost always (98.8%) be changed for a fee, which will cost
you $287 on average.”
You’ll pay extra for bags. “Bags are no longer
included and it’ll cost an average of $25 to bring one piece of
luggage, or $59 for two pieces. As more airlines roll out basic
fares, you’ll be expected to pay for your carry-on too.
Frontier and Spirit both charge an average of $35 for
International is a bit less crazy. “About
two-thirds of international flights included at least one free
bag, so that a trip with one piece of luggage adds only $9 with
two pieces coming it at $55.”
But still. “About 10% of [international]
itineraries offering cancellation for a fee which will cost you
about $300. And, almost all (97.5%) international itineraries
offer changes for about $250.”
Talk of a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse has been rampant as of late. There have been rumors of titles, shooting dates, actors returning, and more. But one thing there hasn’t been is an answer to the question of who might write and direct the expected X-sequel. Now that name may finally be revealed.
Ableton Link has become the de facto, configuration-free, seamless sync and jamming protocol for software – with or without Ableton Live itself. (Even VJ app CoGe just joined the party.) Now, it’s time for hardware to get in on the fun.
Vincenzo Pacella has been in touch for a while as he hacks away at a solution to connect Ableton Link to analog hardware and Eurorack. Now, it’s ready for prime time, as an inexpensive, easy-to-build, open source project based on Raspberry Pi.
Jamming with Ableton Link is as easy as this:
And then, all your analog gear can groove along, like so:
What Vincenzo has done is to produce a custom shield for the crazy-tiny Raspberry Pi. Pop his custom board on top, add his software/scripts, and you’ve got plug-and-play Ableton Link support for all your hardware. That connects both clock and reset signals to your Eurorack (or other compatible) analog gear, so they can jam along with Ableton Live, Reason, Maschine, Reaktor, Max, Pd, iOS apps, and everything else that’s been adding Link support.
There’s even a cute display and controls.
It works with WiFi wireless networks. It works with Ethernet (via adapter). It even works without anything connected at all – then it’s just a clever little clock gadget.
I imagine this could also be a great starter project for learning a bit about the state of what’s possible with Raspberry Pi (I found some of those links useful).
You could also adapt this to MIDI – I might have to try that. Vincenzo notes that the Raspberry Pi Zero features a “UART (pin #8 and #10) which could be used for MIDI I/O.” Handy. (I would also have been inclined to go the Teensy route, but this may have changed my mind. Anyone interested in exploring, do get in touch – shout out via Twitter!)
You know when someone writes something that hits you right where you live and you had no idea it was coming? That’s what happened when I got to a certain moment in Chuck Wendig’s final installment of his Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy, Empire’s End. I actually yelled with joy reading this book.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced its 2016 Nebula Award nominees—honoring the best works of scifi and fantasy published in the US—as well as its Bradbury (for dramatic presentation, with Westworld cracking the film-heavy category) and Norton (for YA works) nominees.
The first photo of the full Alien Covenant crew was revealed Tuesday, with the news that a teaser will be seen during Wednesday’s episode of Legion. Which is great, but we wanted to break down this photo a bit more.
Marvel’s next foray into TV, Inhumans, has just cast its first star. It’s Iwan Rheon, who most people know as the deplorable Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones. He’s playing Maximus, brother to the king and a major thorn in the side of Black Bolt.
The push and pull of maintaining a secret identity sits at the heart of so many superhero stories. However, recently it wasn’t part of Matt Murdock’s tale. For a few years, he lived his life having it all, letting the world know that he really is Daredevil—and then, suddenly, it was a secret again. Now we’re about to…