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17 black-owned businesses in honor of Black History Month

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0000
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In 2017, H&M, Dove, and Zara were just a few of the global companies that faced backlash because of racist accusations, marketing, and cultural appropriation.

In the midst of all the controversy, people are tired of supporting these brands and more and more folks are turning to small black-owned businesses for better service and products. But black-owned businesses only account for 2.1 percent of small businesses across the country, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. That number hasn't grown much over the years, thanks to gentrification, big corporations, and perhaps lack of awareness. Read more...

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Here's the new 'Frozen' song that's gonna get stuck in your head for the next million years

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:53:26 +0000
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Move over, "Let It Go." There's a new Frozen earworm in town.

This one, titled "Monster," is the first original song released from the Frozen Broadway musical. You can hear it sung here by Caissie Levy, who'll play Elsa on stage.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote the songs for the Frozen movie, are back working their magic for the show. The Broadway production features 12 new songs, along with all your faves from the film – including, yes, "Let It Go."

"Monster" comes in the second act, as Elsa starts to wonder if she might be a monster. Other new tunes include another Elsa solo called "Dangerous to Dream," an Anna solo called "True Love," and and Anna-Kristoff duet titled "What Do You Know About Love."  Read more...

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Cardano: a rising cryptocurrency that wants to change the world

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:04:00 +0000
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On Oct. 1, 2017, an unusual event caused a collective gasp in the world of cryptocurrencies. A little known cryptocurrency called Cardano — or ADA, as its corresponding coin is called — showed up on crypto-tracking sites with a market cap of about $600 million.

At the time, it was unusual to see a new coin appear out of thin air with such a high market cap. But Cardano is different. It's an incredibly ambitious product with a strong team and tons of buzz. By year's end, the market cap of Cardano was more than $10 billion, despite the fact that the project was in a fairly early stage. In January, it briefly soared to more than $33 billion before receding back to roughly $10 billion as the overall cryptocurrency market shrunk. It is currently the sixth largest cryptocurrency by market cap, behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin. Read more...

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Download this: Alto is back and better than ever in 'Alto's Odyssey'

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:45:00 +0000
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One of the best iPhone games finally has the sequel we've been waiting for.

Alto's Odyssey, the long-awaited sequel to Alto's Adventure, hit the App Store this week, three years after the original became one of our favorite games of 2015.

With a three-year wait, expectations for Alto's Odyssey were extremely high, but we can now say the $4.99 iOS game was worth the wait.

The games strikes the perfect balance of maintaining everything that was great about the original, while adding enough new elements you don't feel like you're just rehashing the same game with new graphics.  Read more...

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This 4K action camera will capture every nuts thing you do, and it's on sale for only $70

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000
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They say a picture's worth a thousand words, but sometimes a mere snap from your smartphone will hardly do a place or experience justice. 

"You had to be there," you assure your friends as you swipe through dozens of dim, unfocused photos.

But now, thanks to XtremePro's 4K Ultra HD Action Camera, it doesn't have to be that way. Instead of taking sub-par images that leave much to the imagination, this camera puts the audience in the center of the action.  Read more...

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This vinyl subscription service is an audiophile's dream

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000
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We love the convenience of streaming songs as much as the next person, but we have a soft spot for vinyl records. Maybe it's the sheer satisfaction of dropping the needle onto a smooth 45, or perhaps it's the vintage allure of listening to the classics the way they were intended to be played, but more and more millennials are becoming proud owners of record players — and growing collections of tracks.

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Adorable exchange between Ryan Reynolds and Tessa Virtue reignites Moir shippers

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:08:34 +0000
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Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, the gold-winning figure skaters from Canada, are the Ross and Rachel of this year's Winter Olympics. 

Although Moir addressed romance rumors as "none of your business" — complete with sassy snaps — their fans are still convinced that his partnership with Virtue is more than just a professional relationship. 

This is how Scott Moir helps Tessa Virtue off the podium. What a prince#VirtueMoir #XX pic.twitter.com/119kirHmsU

— Maddie (@mQharper) February 20, 2018

Fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds is one of those fans. On Monday he tweeted his support for the Team Canada, and implied that the figure skating duo was a couple: "And thank you @tessavirtue & @ScottMoir for agreeing to raise my children as your own."  Read more...

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Dude crashes Olympic skating rink wearing only a tutu and monkey sock

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:45:21 +0000
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The men's 1,000m speed skating event at the Winter Olympics may have been the most risqué event in Pyeongchang yet, thanks to a nearly-naked man in a tutu with a monkey pouch covering his privates. 

Nope, this is not a joke. 

With the words “PEACE + LOVE” written on his bare chest, a semi-nude streaker (quite possibly the infamous Mark Roberts) barreled down the seats of the venue and onto the ice right after the men finished competing on the ice. Thanks to this blurry footage caught by @mhj.kooij on Instagram, you can watch him land on the rink, strip down to a tutu and then fall flat on his face.  Read more...

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Stoneman Douglas alumni rise up in incredible ways to support shooting survivors

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:30:16 +0000
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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, may look like any other American high school from the outside.

But former students who spent their teenage years in its hallways and classrooms will tell you there's something special about the school's culture. 

So special, in fact, that when news spread last week that a gunman had killed 17 people at the school, thousands of alumni felt compelled to reach out to each other, springing into action to offer practical and emotional support to survivors and the local community.  Read more...

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'Dunkirk' may win without it being anybody's favorite movie

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:29:43 +0000
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Danielle Radford (@danielleradford) of Screen Junkies, Tights and Fights, and more joins us this week to weigh Dunkirk's chances of winning Best Picture. Is the movie even worth it if you're not seeing it in IMAX? Or is it going to skate on a technicality all the way to the big win?

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Brands are cutting ties with the NRA after student-led campaign

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:27:51 +0000
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Companies are cutting ties with the National Rifle Association after Parkland students and gun control activists called for an end to their support. 

In the past 24 hours, these companies have ended their relationship with the @NRA:

Best Western
Wyndham Hotels
Alamo Rent A Car
National Rent A Car
Enterprise Rent A Car
First National Bank of Omaha#BoycottNRA

— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 23, 2018

The hashtag #BoycottNRA topped Twitter's trends in the United States on Friday as a cybersecurity firm, six car rental companies, an insurance corporation, and a bank ended their partnerships with the NRA.  Read more...

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Everyone is freaking out over 'Black Panther' with memes

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:27:44 +0000
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Marvel Studios’ 'Black Panther' has created a ton of buzz amongst Marvel fans, film critics, and of course, the online community. Here’s how the internet expressed their feelings about the epic movie.

Tune in to All the Memes to see the next meme of the week! Read more...

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FCC chairman who killed net neutrality given gun and award from NRA

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:21:53 +0000
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Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai was set to give a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland Friday afternoon, but instead the organization surprised him with a "Courage Under Fire" award for standing up to net neutrality supporters. 

Pai introduced a repeal to the net neutrality regulations brought in during the Obama administration. The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal the rules last year and on April 23 it will be officially dead, barring any successful legal challenges.

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Facebook removes VR shooting game demo at CPAC 'out of respect' for Parkland victims

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:04:22 +0000
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Facebook pulled a demo of Bullet Train, a virtual reality game that lets players use an imaginary gun to pretend shoot people in a train station, at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference. 

The move comes following criticism for featuring a violent game so closely after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead. 

"There is a standard set of experiences included in the Oculus demos we feature at public events. A few of the action games can include violence. In light of the recent events in Florida and out of respect for the victims and their families, we have removed them from this demo. We regret that we failed to do so in the first place," Facebook's VP of VR Hugo Barra said in an emailed statement to Mashable.  Read more...

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There's an uptick in HIV in these millennial groups. Here's why

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:31:15 +0000
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a report about HIV trends for people under 30 in the U.S., and the numbers show an increase in one particular group: 25- to 29-year-olds.

After collecting data from all over the country on HIV and AIDS diagnoses between 2010 and 2014, the CDC found that overall rates of infection for 13- to 29-year-olds has remained stable overall. And for some of the younger groups, like those aged 15 to 19, rates have actually gone down.

But "We can't pat ourselves on the back just yet," said Craig Wilson, a professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in an interview. Read more...

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Josh Duhamel defends ex-wife Fergie over her national anthem debacle

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:30:24 +0000
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In case you missed it, earlier this week, pop star Fergie of Black Eyed Peas fame gave a, uh, questionable rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star game. 

To be fair, it's a very hard song to sing, but because this version was just so... unique, it sparked plenty of memes and criticism

But not everyone's a critic. In fact, the singer's ex-husband and father of her child, Josh Duhamel, came to her defense on The Ellen Show.

"I think that she would probably admit that it's not her best work," Duhamel said, referring to the incident. "But the girl's crazy talented. She really is." Read more...

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'Ghostbusters World' will be like Pokémon Go, but with ghosts!

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:26:18 +0000
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Pokémon Go might have gotten pretty old pretty quick, but a new augmented reality (AR) game with the same capture-and-battle concept could actually be pretty freaking awesome — because it's a Ghostbusters game, people!

Called "Ghostbusters World," Sony published a trailer for the new game on Friday. It depicts the powers of the Ghostbusters' proton pack and ghost traps getting charged into a smartphone. 

The game is described as "an all-new state-of-the-art augmented reality game" in which players "battle and capture hundreds of ghosts from all dimensions of the franchise." The game's Facebook page captioned the video "Specters, poltergeists, full-roaming vapors, and more from your favorite Ghostbusters movies, TV shows, comics and video games are about to invade our world." COOL! Read more...

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Troll gets trolled with some quality sign Photoshopping

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:10:56 +0000
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In a well-deserved twist, a guy just looking to argue was turned into this week's most contentious memes. 

Steven Crowder, a conservative podcaster and professional troll set up a booth at Texas Christian University with a sign that said "Male privilege is a myth." The sign prompted students discuss whether or not he was right with "Change my mind," an ongoing segment he has on YouTube.  

Hello @TCU. Come one come all#ChangeMyMind pic.twitter.com/r4U4WaFFtm

— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) February 16, 2018

His tweet got a considerable amount of criticism — people pointed out that his booth wasn't really an  effort to engage in discussion and that he just wanted to incite anger for his YouTube channel.  Read more...

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Detective Pikachu's creepy old man voice is a crime against nature

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:08:50 +0000
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You remember Pikachu, right? That joyful, electric yellow furball who's your constant companion and always ready with an affirming thumbs up and high-pitched exclamation of "PIKA!"

WELL HE'S DEAD NOW — or at least forever tainted by the horrifying introduction of a grizzly-voiced Pikachu in a new trailer for the upcoming Detective Pikachu that none of us can ever unsee.

Slated for a March 23 release date, the Nintendo 3DS game will follow the journey of said Detective Pikachu as he tries to get to the bottom of strange disappearances in the Pokémon community. Appropriately, this bizarre-o world Private Eye version of Pikachu will be investigating "a puzzling case involving oddly behaving Pokémon." Read more...

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Manafort's PDF conversion confusion becomes evidence in Mueller probe

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:02:01 +0000
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In the end, it's our own mistakes that bring us down. 

Former Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates are learning that lesson first hand. Apparently, prosecutors have evidence of the pair's fraud thanks to a paper trail caused by Manafort's inability to turn a PDF into a Word doc and vice versa.

On Thursday, federal prosecutors issued a new set of indictments on former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, including tax and bank fraud.

One damning passage, spotted by DC attorney Susan Simpson, shows that prosecutors have evidence of the fraud because Manafort has the exact (lack of) computer skills you expect him to.  Read more...

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This vibrator can give you a climax and order you a pizza

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:55:29 +0000
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RubGrub is the vibrator that can also get you food. Read more...

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Dropbox, a company that turned down an offer from Steve Jobs in 2009, is finally going public

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:26:21 +0000
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The place where you may or may not store and share your photos, PDFs, and other documents is going public. 

Dropbox, a cloud storage company based in Silicon Valley's heart San Francisco, is listing on the Nasdaq under the stock ticker $DBX, according to its S-1 document unveiled by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Friday. Dropbox was most recently valued at $10 billion and is now seeking to raise $500 million. 

"Our modern economy runs on knowledge. Today, knowledge lives in the cloud as digital content, and Dropbox is a global collaboration platform where more and more of this content is created, accessed, and shared with the world. We serve more than 500 million registered users across 180 countries," the S-1 document states.  Read more...

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The selfie stick is so over: this is how we're filming ourselves hands-free now

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:09:40 +0000
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Think of all the times you wanted to snap a full-length photo to capture your #OOTD but couldn’t because no one was around to take it.

Sure, mirror selfies are okay, but most of us don’t always want our phones in the shot.

A few years back, we flocked to selfie sticks to snap photos of ourselves from a distance, but, if you haven’t noticed, the selfie stick trend is all but dead (unless of course, you're a tourist or something).  Read more...

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Gifts ideas for that person who's literally obsessed with space

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:01:21 +0000
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If you care about NASA news more than you do about life itself, you're not alone — because we are quite literally obsessed. I mean, with the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy and plans for new rockets like the Space Launch System Rocket, it's kind of hard not to be.

And with this constant groundbreaking news, the wannabe astronaut corner of the world seems to be growing by the day — and the celestial merchandise is having no trouble playing catch-up. We need stuff to tide us over until the 2019 Mars rover or X-Plane, right? And no, we're not talking about galaxy-printed leggings or sweaters with cats using a taco as a spaceship. That's just weird. We scoured the Internet to find the real, cool space-themed merchandise that true science nerds will appreciate. This stuff is truly out of this world. (Sorry, you had to see that one coming.) Read more...

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Tesla is donating electric car chargers to select U.S. offices

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:55:05 +0000
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Keeping your electric car charged is a big part of maintenance for those living the gas-free life, so Tesla is now bringing its Wall Connectors to offices — and it's installing them for free.

Tesla introduced this month the Workplace Charging program, which brings electric vehicle charging units to office buildings, so that employees can get a charge while they work.

The program gives employees an easy way to juice up their cars while they sit in a parking lot for eight hours during the workday.

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Today's best deals include smart TVs with free Dell gift cards, air fryers, and robot vacuums

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:47:30 +0000
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Can we talk about weather for a second? We're breaking record-high temperatures for February one day, and the next day there are snow flurries in the air. And then it will randomly start pouring. Punxsutawney Phil did not mention this on Groundhog Day.

So basically, even though we just got a little taste of Spring this week, we don't get to count on multiple 70-degree weather days in a row just yet. And this means a very good chance of plans getting ruined by rain or snow and many more days of being cooped up at home. Luckily, there are a ton of deals on boredom-curing items: How does a new PlayStation or Xbox One sound? Or perhaps a new Samsung or Vizio smart TV with a free Dell gift card? Perhaps a new laptop to play Sims for hours on end and ignore adult responsibilities? Read more...

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This machine is basically a Roomba for waterways

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:19:49 +0000
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These innovative trash wheels are powered by mother nature, and are working hard to remove trash and debris from waterways to keep them from flowing into our oceans. Read more...

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The clock for ending (or saving?) net neutrality has officially started

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:46:26 +0000
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April 23 is the day net neutrality is set to die.

The Federal Communications Commission's plan to repeal the Obama administration's open internet rules is on track. The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality back in December, and on Thursday, the order, named Restoring Internet Freedom, was officially listed on the Federal Register.

Now it's 60 days and counting until the 2015 net neutrality rules are officially, fully repealed. 

The idea of net neutrality is all internet traffic is treated equally, but with the new order — spearheaded by FCC chairman Ajit Pai's — internet service providers like Comcast or Verizon can pay for faster and better access. This has the potential to allow for big companies to pay for preferential (read: faster and more reliable) service. Read more...

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YouTube puts Infowars on notice over high school shooting conspiracy videos

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:43:18 +0000
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Infowars, a multimedia outlet popular with the far-right and famous for its conspiracy theories, is facing some pushback from the tech platforms that host its content. The latest controversy is related to Infowars' videos about Parkland shooting in Florida as the tech companies continue to crackdown on fake news and hate speech. 

YouTube has given one strike to The Alex Jones Channel, Infowars' largest YouTube channel, CNN reported Friday, citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter. If a YouTube account receives three strikes in three months, it is permanently banned, according to YouTube's community guidelines.  Read more...

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Allergies are the worst — this smart air quality monitor wants to help.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:16:46 +0000
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Let's be real: Do we have any idea what's in the air we breathe on a daily basis? Because I sure as hell don't. Pollution is obviously a word we all recognize, but is something that we probably frequently overlook. Unless we're thinking about a factory with huge smoke stacks or the exhaust pipe on a car, none of us really think about what's getting sucked up our sinuses.

However, we do notice when we're in a bad mood, are constantly getting sick, or can't fall asleep to save our lives. And though a lot of outside factors can definitely impact these things, crappy air quality is another thing that can trigger these daily annoyances.  Read more...

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