Zachary Quinto on ‘NOS4A2’ and the Testament of Comic-Con (Exclusive)

As the star of the AMC supernatural series NOS4A2, Zachary Quinto relishes in playing Charlie Manx, who feeds off the souls of children. Season 1 saw the introduction of the evil and immortal character, who was eventually put into a coma by Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings).

Now halfway through its second season, which picks up eight years after the events of the first, the series sees Manx continuing his reign of terror over Vic as he sets his sights on her 8-year-old son, Wayne. For Quinto, returning for season 2 was a welcome opportunity to further explore Manx’s past and expand the character’s story.

“That was something that really appealed to me and felt like a nice, new way of approaching the story. And I think it will give audiences a lot to look forward to and lots to plug into,” he says of the new episodes, which pull

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Combative TikTok Founder Races to Save App Before Trump Ban

(Bloomberg) — Zhang Yiming is the little-known Chinese entrepreneur who built TikTok into one of the most promising franchises on the internet. Now the brainy, combative founder is under pressure to save the business from Trump administration threats.

Venture investors in TikTok parent ByteDance Ltd. have approached Zhang with a range of proposals to address U.S. concerns that the short-video app is a security threat, according to people familiar with the matter. They include selling a majority stake in TikTok to American interests, perhaps strategic investors or the venture firms themselves, said the people, asking not to be identified because the talks are private.

Zhang, who controls the company, has so far resisted. He’s tried building up TikTok’s operations in the U.S., hiring an American chief executive officer and reassuring regulators that user data will not be shared outside the country. TikTok has also stepped up its lobbying in Washington,

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How a New Wave of Podcasts Is Shaking Up Chinese-Language Media

On June 21, a new podcast appeared on several Chinese and American podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts. Called In-Betweenness, it was recorded by four academics scattered around the world.

The podcast is in Mandarin, and the target audience is Chinese people, but the topic was race in America and across the world—specifically, what’s happening to race relations in the wake of the George Floyd protests. The hosts, based in the United States, Asia and Europe, didn’t shy away from difficult issues. They started the conversation with how Chinese people were characterized as “yellow” in a world order that still favors white Europeans, and ended it with a look at anti-Black racism in China.

Some listeners complained that the first episode was “too theoretical and abstract”—the discussion touched on the French philosopher Franz Fanon’s criticism of Hegel’s master-slave dialectic—but that didn’t prevent people from tuning in. Since it launched, the podcast

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Back to school? Most major schools are heading toward online class as COVID-19 cases spike

As COVID-19 cases rise in most states, the prospect of in-person learning this fall at the country’s major school districts is becoming increasingly remote.

As of late Wednesday, 11 of the top 15 school systems by enrollment were already either planning to start the fall semester online or in a hybrid of in-person and online classes, according to Education Week magazine’s reopening tracker. Still other top districts have shifted school schedules later, hoping for cases to decline or for teachers and administrators to have more time to plan for the school year. 

As back-to-school season approaches, it’s highly likely the majority of big districts will start learning remotely while they work out plans for socially distant reopenings, said Annette Anderson, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools.

The biggest factor: whether the community where the school is located is seeing infection rates decrease, said Kristi

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How to perfect remote UX workshops for your team

Today’s best designers are more than creators; they’re facilitators. In an increasingly multidisciplinary, collaborative, and creative process that includes many participants, they act as conductors who align and inspire the team to give their best.

UX workshops are probably one of the best ways to put this into practice. The rise of ideologies like Design Thinking, Lean UX, and Design Sprints have turned UX workshops into a necessity, and for designers, the ability to facilitate a design workshop is a highly desirable skill.

A UX workshop consists of inviting your team (other designers, developers, product managers, etc.) into a conference room, putting together an agenda around a goal (e.g., prototype a new product functionality), and coming up with some collaborative techniques, like brainstorming and sketching. You will achieve better results by doing this than by trying to manage everything yourself—and as an added bonus, cultivate a more engaged, motivated

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Megan Thee Stallion Claps Back After Draya Michele Jokes About Her Getting Shot

Megan Thee Stallion isn’t going to let insults go without hitting back. The rapper seemingly clapped back at Draya Michele after the former Basketball Wives LA star made a joke about her alleged altercation with Tory Lanez.

Following an alleged shooting incident in which the “Savage” rapper was reportedly shot in the foot — and Lanez was subsequently arrested on a felony charge — Michele sat down as a guest on Steelo Brim’s Wine and Weed podcast and joked about what went down between Megan and Lanez.

“I predict that they had some sort of Bobby and Whitney love that drove them down this type of road,” Michele joked. “I’m here for it. I like that.”

“I want you to like me so much you shoot me in the foot too,” she added to the conversation, which would go on to draw criticism from many online who felt it was

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Natural History Museum Launches Online Summer Camps For Kids

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — With in-person summer camps and typical summer plans put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Museum of Natural History is stepping up to offer online programs for kids.

The historic museum on the Upper West Side of Manhattan recently launched a wide-range of thought-provoking online summer science camps for children between the second and ninth grade.

The online activities will include virtual hall visits, guest scientist talks, behind-the-scenes tours, and live-animal encounters. Additionally, there will be offline hands-on science projects, games, and crafts.

The camps will take place starting on July 27 and run until Sept. 2, ranging from $175 to $500 in price.

You can sign up for any of the online summer camps on the museum’s website.

Here are the different programs you can choose from:

Grades 2-3

Keys to the Kingdoms of Life

  • Session 1: Monday, July 27 — Friday,

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Samsung Adds 5G to Pocket Foldable Phone for Release on Aug. 7

(Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co. said it will start selling an upgraded version of its compact foldable smartphone with fifth-generation networking, called the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, on Aug. 7.

The souped-up Z Flip will use Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G chipset, becoming the first device among the Galaxy series to do so. Samsung, which has its own Exynos line of processors, has relied on Qualcomm’s silicon for its premium foldable phone lineup. To match its higher specs, the Z Flip 5G will be priced higher than its predecessor at $1,449.99 and available online through Samsung directly, mobile carriers, Best Buy Co. or Amazon.com Inc. in the U.S.

After the original Galaxy Z Flip was released globally earlier this year, it drew admiring glances even from loyalists of Apple Inc.’s iPhone platform with its unique form factor. Samsung has marketed its foldable devices as luxury items, partnering with New

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Need to shake up your work routine? Try a productivity app.

Need to shake up your work routine? Try a productivity app.
Need to shake up your work routine? Try a productivity app.

There is, put simply, a ton of crap to get done. Keeping track of all of it can be a real nightmare, which is why you may want to set your sights on a productivity app.

Increasing your productivity means something different to everyone. Maybe you often feel overwhelmed by the tasks in front of you and want a way to sort them into categories. Maybe you want a to-do list that’s better than a Google Doc. Maybe you want to split tasks into smaller, more manageable goals: a method that makes big projects seem less daunting and can also Speaking of distractions, maybe you want to decrease the time you spend scrolling through social media during the workday and increase the time you spend working.

Whatever your needs, there’s likely a productivity app that’ll give you a little

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Boycott Boohoo, or Hunt for Bargains? What Will Consumers Do?

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LONDON — After a rough few weeks, Boohoo’s share price is bouncing back, but the question remains whether its young consumer base will keep buying from the brand, which has been dogged by allegations of poor labor practices and unfair pay at one of its supplier’s factories in Leicester, England.

It remains to be seen whether the scandal will bring forth any meaningful change, or encourage consumers to stop before they shop, and think about the clothing brand, or retailer’s, ethics. Or will the controversy just be forgotten in a few months’ time, with boohoo.com’s young clientele once again turning to the retailer for cheap alternatives to the trends they spot on social media?

Recent history has shown that shoppers have short memories, and often return to fast-fashion sites because they can’t resist the social media buzz — and a good bargain. In

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