Elon Musk May Soon Be Selling a $600 Flamethrower

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Elon Musk is known for trying to bring some unconventional ideas to life—say, a super-high-speed Hyperloop transit system or an underground tunnel system to eliminate L.A. traffic—but this time, he seems to be playing with literal fire. Leaked photos indicate that his Boring Company is about to start selling a flamethrower, according to The Verge.

In December 2017, Musk teased the idea of a flamethrower on Twitter, writing that the limited-edition promotional hats the Boring Company was selling had run out. “Hats sold out,” he wrote, “flamethrowers soon!”

Weeks later, dedicated fans on Reddit noticed a password-protected page on the Boring Company’s website, at boringcompany.com/flamethrower. For a time, the password was “flame,” allowing a select few rumor-hunters to see the page—a product page for a very real-looking gun—and grab some screenshots like the one below.

According to the tweeted screenshot, the web page was advertising a Boring Company-branded flamethrower available for pre-order for $600. “Prototype pictured above,” the site read. “Final production flamethrower will be better.” (Unsurprisingly, the password was quickly changed, and we can't access it.)

There’s no indication that this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke, but at least one prototype might exist. A brief video of what appears to be a Boring Company-branded flamethrower showed up on music producer and Space X investor D.A. Wallace’s Instagram, though the post was quickly deleted. Whether or not anyone else will be allowed to shell out $600 for one of their own might be debatable.

[h/t The Verge]

Email Regrets? Android Users Can Now Unsend Their Gmails

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Users of America Online might remember an intriguing feature of the once-dominant internet portal: The ability to unsend email messages, so long as they remained unread by the recipient. It was the virtual equivalent of reaching into a snail mail box and retrieving an ill-advised or premature correspondence. The feature probably saved more than a few relationships and jobs from suffering permanent damage.

Popular mail service Gmail officially introduced a similar feature in 2015 for its desktop version, allowing users to open their Settings and opting in on an "Undo" feature that would give them up to 30 seconds to unsend an email. An iOS function followed. Now, The Next Web reports that Android users can benefit from the same do-over.

Once you've composed a message and hit "send," the app will notify you that you've got 10 seconds to change your mind. Tapping "Undo" will prevent Gmail from completing delivery, a welcome feature on phones that are prone to sending emails before you've finished due to a clunky touch screen interface.

If you're an Android user and don't see the feature, try updating Gmail to the latest version. Users who have spotted the feature aren't sure if all versions will be updated or if it's a slow rollout, so you might want to keep checking the app.

Don't use Gmail at all? Outlook also allows limited recall of messages, depending on which email provider you're using, and may allow you to tack on an apology note if you've accidentally sent something to the wrong recipient. Yahoo! users on Android and iOS can unsend emails, but they've only got three seconds to have a change of heart.

[h/t The Next Web]

GIPHY Is Launching the World's First All-GIF Film Festival

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Think you’re a GIF master? GIPHY is looking to showcase the best in extremely short films with what it calls the world’s first GIF-only film festival, according to It’s Nice That. The GIF database and search engine company is teaming up with Squarespace to launch a contest dedicated to finding the best GIF-makers in America—the GIPHY Film Fest.

To enter your work for consideration in the festival, you’ll need an 18-second-or-less, looping film that tells a “compelling, creative, entertaining, professional-grade story,” according to the contest details. U.S.-based GIF artists can enter up to three mini-films in each of five categories: Narrative, Stop-Motion, Animated, Experimental, and Wild Card/Other. The films can have music (as long as you have the rights to use it) or be silent. All that matters is that they're between one and 18 seconds long.

The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, a five-year subscription to Squarespace (to host that amazing GIF on your website), and the chance to guest-curate an official Spotify playlist. All entries will be judged by a panel of professionals from across several creative industries, including film, animation, illustration, and design.

The GIPHY Film Fest is not the first uber-short film festival in existence. In 2013 and 2014, back when Vine still existed (RIP), the Tribeca Film Festival held a competition each year to find the best six-second films—a time limit that will make 18 seconds feel practically feature length.

Enter GIPHY’s contest here before the entry window closes on September 27, 2018. The winner will be announced on November 8, during a special New York City screening of each of the top films in each category.

[h/t It’s Nice That]

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