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Watch Kanye Record “Smuckers” in New Clip From Tyler, the Creator’s Documentary

Last year, Tyler, the Creator announced a new documentary about the making of his 2015 album <i>Cherry Bomb</i>. Today, his platform Golf Media shared a new clip from the film that begins with Kanye West recording his verse for the record’s “Smuckers.” Later, Tyler talks about the song, as does Lil Wayne, …

The Chatbot Will See You Now

In March of 2016, a twenty-seven-year-old Syrian refugee named Rakan Ghebar began discussing his mental health with a counsellor. Ghebar, who has lived in Beirut since 2014, lost a number of family members to the civil war in Syria and struggles with persistent nervous anxiety. Before he fled his …

17 Google products you've never heard of

Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more.<p>While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly …

Apps

11 wireless earbud headphones that aren't the Apple AirPods

If you aren't ready to pick up the Apple AirPods and hitch yourself to the Apple wagon, check out this roundup of wireless earbud alternatives.<p>Early impressions of the Apple wireless AirPods had us worried the little white earbuds wouldn't work with non-Apple sources, but the new W1 chip is …

Consumer Tech

How America's Legal Weed Is Changing the Black Market and Influencing Mexican Cartels | VICE News

Drive an hour east of Portland, Oregon, through the stunning Columbia River gorge, and you'll arrive in the idyllic town of Hood River. Tourists come to windsurf and fly kites in the stiff breeze that blows off the river, and to tour the "fruit loop," a circuit of wineries and fruit vendors …

This Montreal Artist Is Putting Dildos in Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Hands

"Harper talks with his hands, so I try to find some picture that I can put a dildo in."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>Over the years, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's done everything imaginable to present himself as warm-blooded human, employing stylists and make-up …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Tesla will launch a new roadster in 4 years (with nod to 'Spaceballs')

What's faster than Ludicrous speed? Maximum plaid.<p>Elon Musk confirmed an all new Roadster will be coming in four years, with a "maximum plaid" speed …

What It's Like to Live with an Ankle Bracelet

The device is, both literally and metaphorically, my greatest source of pain.<p><i>This story was originally published by the Marshall Project.</i><p>I cannot sleep. There is a device on my leg.<p>It requires that I wake up an hour early so I can plug it into a charger and stand next to the outlet, like a cell …

These Underwear Hide Your Boners from the World

Or you could take three deep breaths and try to remember what you had for lunch the day before yesterday.<p><i>Read:</i> <i>I Tried a Four-Week Workout Regimen to Strengthen My Dick</i><p>Boners are involuntary, as 14-year-olds riding crowded subway trains in sweatpants, and guys doing yoga in public parks can attest. …

'Tangerine' Was Shot on an iPhone, But Director Sean Baker Still Pines for Celluloid

We spoke to Sean Baker, the director behind this year's breakout Sundance film, about depicting the world of two trans women of color as a white, male director.<p>Sean Baker doesn't just remember the movie that made him want to become a filmmaker, he remembers the exact scene: that final image of the …

The one crucial reason Apple Music and Spotify can never replace your music collection

It's not that streaming music often fails to properly value artists' work — though there have been grumblings for years about the amounts paid out by Spotify to rights-holders.<p>And it's not the overall cost of a lifetime of a streaming service, though Apple founder Steve Jobs hated streaming …

In Photos: Celebrating America and Legal Marijuana at Portland’s 'Weed the People' Party | VICE News

On the eve of America's Independence Day, a former craft brewery in an industrial riverfront area of Portland, Oregon, was transformed into a veritable weed Disneyland. Though there were no rollercoasters, eager attendees waited in long lines for hours in the sweltering sun for the promise of …

Cannabis

The science behind Netflix’s first major redesign in four years

How Netflix is using a mountain of data to get you to watch more stuff<p>Back in March, a developer named Renan Cakirerk wrote a small piece of code that made a big impact on Netflix. Cheekily named "god mode," it addressed one of the most annoying aspects of trying to use Netflix in your browser: …

Stalk Everyone You Know With Crystal's Eerily Accurate App

Crystal, a new app that analyzes public data to tell you exactly how to communicate with people, has had us all at TNW looking up our friends and family today (as well as ourselves, of course) to find out what it knows about us.<p>What’s surprising is that it’s often eerily accurate. The app touts …

San Francisco

Snoop Dogg has invested in an Uber-style weed delivery app

The rapper/ reggae artist/ full-time weed smoker Snoop Dogg has invested millions of cash in a marijuana delivery service called Eaze. Snoop is edging away from the rap game (see: Snoop Lion) and is no doubt considering how best to spend all that dosh he's accumulated over a long career spent as a …

Snoop Dogg

Philosopher John Gray Believes Humanity's Desire for Freedom Is a Lie

We talked to him about Gnosticism, torture, and the economic crisis.<p>In his new book <i>The Soul of the Marionette</i>, British philosopher John Gray aims to tackle humankind's relationship with freedom. He claims that people don't want more freedom of choice, but rather less, as they can't handle …

Human Rights

Elon Musk: Burning Fossil Fuels Is the 'Dumbest Experiment in History, By Far'

Burning oil will probably destroy the environment, but why find out?<p>​Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, and chairman of SolarCity, and the guy who dreamt up the hyper loop, says we shouldn't need an environmentally motivated reason to transition to clean energy. We're probably going to run out …

The Canines of 'White God' Take Over Cannes in a Dark Portrayal of Europe's Moral Crisis

In <i>White God</i>, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó casts a harrowing light on Europe's moral crisis.<p>One of the opening scenes in Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's new film <i>White God</i> is every child's worst nightmare: a pack of 250 wild dogs, jowls quivering and spit flying, tear-ass after a …

Is Consuming Like Crazy the Best Way to End Capitalism?

A conversation with philosopher Steven Shaviro about "accelerationism," which is essentially the belief that the best way to shorten capitalism's lifespan is to push it to the extreme.<p>Hang out on Tumblr or in a dorm lounge long enough and eventually the talk will turn to ending capitalism. These …

Key Smart brings Swiss Army order to keys in pocket

At our current place on the evolutionary chart, we are a species that carries more things in the pockets of tighter pants.<p>Michael Tunney understood this every time he went to a bar and saw patrons pull out their cell phones and bulky wads of keys before sitting down. Tunney, himself bothered by …

Human DNA gives mice bigger brains

Injecting mouse embryos with a human DNA sequence leads to a marked increase in brain size -- and may provide insights into Alzheimer's.<p>The human genetic code is very similar to the genetic code of our closest living relative -- the chimpanzee -- sharing around 95 percent. Of all the differences, …

Genetics

CT scan finds mummified monk inside 1,000-year-old Buddha

A Chinese statue of the Buddha dating back to around 1100 AD is more than just a statue -- it's the final resting place of a Buddhist master.<p>It seems Mexico isn't the only place in the world where you can find human body parts incorporated into religious statuary: a Chinese statue of the Buddha has …

Archaeology

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

Kanye West Gets Deep With Ryan Seacrest: 11 Things We Learned

From interrupting Beck to why he thinks the Grammys are a joke, the rapper opens up<p>Kanye West recently spoke with Ryan Seacrest and co-host Ellen K …

Music

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain