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xHamster solicits Netflix with offer to produce next season of Sense8

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xHamster wants to get in on the action… the Netflix action. The pornography heavyweight has extended an offer to the popular streaming service to produce the third season of its original sci-fi drama series Sense8.

The proposal comes a few weeks after Netflix – somewhat out of the blue – revealed its intention not to renew the show for a third season, despite critical acclaim and solid cult following. But xHamster wants to keep it going: “We know it’s unconventional, but we want to bring [Sense8] back.”

And no, they’re not talking about doing an X-themed parody of the show, but the real thing.

Facing a fierce backlash, Netflix eventually buckled to fan complaints and commissioned a two-hour finale to wrap up the series in a proper way. But the porn titan wants to a more satisfying ending.

“Ever since we read about the cancellation, we’ve been wondering if there was something we could do.” said xHamster spokesperson Alex Hawkins. “While we’re happy that Netflix is picking up the series for a conclusion, before you wrap up the story, we wanted you to consider another option – letting xHamster produce the series.”

According to the smut portal, Sense8’s “polymorphous perversity is a hard sell” for mainstream audiences. So the company is willing to hand in hard cash for the right to head the future production of the show.

It is not uncommon for adult entertainment companies to business-flirt with their SFW counterparts. Pornhub, for instance, offered to lend a hand to now-deceased Vine with a buyout offer last year: “6 seconds is more than enough,” comically said Pornhub VP Corey Price.

xHamster is not completely new to producing original content. The porn site released its own reality show last year, called The Sex Factor; though the show admittedly struggled to live up to the expectations of viewers.

But given that the porn industry traditionally prefers to dabble in primarily parody, my guess is xHamster will swiftly pull out if Netflix is ballsy enough to take the bait. But hey, who knows…

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Designer beautifully combines Helvetica and electronics to represent your favorite gadget brands

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Rio de Janeiro-based graphics and motion designer Vinicius Araújo sure knows his way around gadgets: his new project, 36days Electronics, captures the essence of product design from 26 iconic hardware brands, in Helvetica letterforms for each letter of the alphabet.

The execution is as stunning as you could possibly imagine, incorporating memorable shapes, colorways, surfaces finishes and design elements from the likes of Apple, Canon, JBL, Motorola, Nintendo, Sony, and Western Digital.

As if that wasn’t enough, a few of them are beautifully animated too.

Credit: Vinicius Araújo / Behance

Find the entire project over at Araújo’s Behance gallery.

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360 video shot over North Korea shows a sprawling, empty metropolis

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Singaporean photographer Aram Pan was recently given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when North Korean officials allowed him to shoot and release 360 video on a short flight over the capitol city of Pyongyang.

The significance of this being the “world’s first” 360-degree overhead video comes from the perpetual media blackout in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – which is heavily enforced under dictator Kim Jong Un. The state restricts photography of all kinds and censors media with an iron fist.

Pan credits his approval to shoot and release the footage with his attitude toward the North Koreans, in an interview with NK News he said:

Perhaps it’s because I don’t see them as the terrifying people everyone thinks they are and I guess they feel that. I find that the friendlier I am, the more they naturally reveal themselves to me. There’s an old saying, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”.

His imagery is quite remarkable, and while it’s obviously been edited – Pan says he was able to keep about 90 percent of his photographs – it shows the hidden country in a way we haven’t seen before.

I’m taken aback by the sterility of the environment in North Korea. In the video you barely see any traffic, there doesn’t appear to be any masses of people anywhere, and there isn’t a single piece of advertising in sight.

It’s amazing to think that North Korea was, basically, destroyed in the 1950’s as a result of the Korean war, yet today it’s remarkably beautiful —  if not a little ghostly.

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WhatsApp ditches Apple’s emoji to unveil its own unnecessary alternative

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WhatsApp will no longer rely on Apple for its emoji: The Facebook-owned company has introduced its own set of emoticons – that nobody asked for.

The new designs are currently available in the latest beta version of the app for Android, according to Emojipedia which first spotted the change. Up until now, the popular messenger used the Apple emoji set on both iOS and Android, as well as the web.

Despite taking the initiative to put together its own designs, WhatsApp certainly didn’t hesitate to draw inspiration from Apple’s own emoji – and the influence is difficult to ignore.

While the new emoticons will likely appeal to some users more than the old ones, this move seems like an unnecessary effort given that the new designs will likely confuse both Android and iOS users. Quite frankly, there is already too much choice when it comes to emoji.

The new set of emoji has yet to make its way to iOS – but will likely land on Apple’s mobile operating system in the near future. That is, if the company deems the Android trial successful enough to implement the same designs on iOS.

But since this is still merely a beta version, I wouldn’t get too happy – or mad – about the new emoji before WhatsApp has taken the steps to roll out the new sketches in the official release.

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