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Yup, 'Jane the Virgin' just gave fans the most shocking TV twist ever

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:01:00 +0000
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SPOILER ALERT: This post contains major spoilers for the Season 4 finale of Jane the Virgin: "Chapter Eighty-One."

Jane the Virgin has always had a knack for wringing our hearts out like old rags (sometimes in a good way), but the Season 4 finale ended with a special kind of torture. 

In the very last moment of the episode, Jane visits a grimly aloof Rafael at his apartment, expecting him to propose, where instead he reveals the secret he learned from Rose:  a living, breathing Michael Cordero.

So, in no particular order, here are 12 thoughts we had during that 5-second scene that felt like it lasted an eternity, and which we subsequently watched dozens of times and will haunt us until fall. Read more...

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Google's plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:56:49 +0000
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Google finally has a plan to fix Android's texting problem.

This week, the company confirmed its long-rumored plan to improve messaging on Android and bring its features up to par with other popular messaging apps like Apple's iMessage.

Google being Google, though, the plan is much more complicated than simply improving its own Android Messages app (though that's certainly part of it). Instead, Google is beginning what will be a years-long effort to get carriers and phone makers to all agree to work together and commit to using the same standard for messaging, called Rich Communications Services (RCS). Read more...

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How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:40:10 +0000
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After a racial incident that garnered national attention last weekend, Starbucks has required racial-bias training for all its employees. This move has the potential to positively impact America, but the company has an uphill climb.

Here's what happened. On April 12 a patron at a Philadelphia Starbucks captured a video of two black men being arrested, seemingly for doing nothing. The store manager called the police, saying the men had not bought anything and refused to leave. It turns out they'd only been in the store for two minutes and were waiting for a friend to order. The video quickly went viral, getting millions of views on Twitter and YouTube.  Read more...

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'Smallville' actress arrested for allegedly recruiting slaves for sex trafficking scheme

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:35:17 +0000
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Over the past several weeks, arrests of members from the purported self-help group Nxivm have revealed an underground web of heinous crimes, from sex slavery to pyramid schemes.

Reports and rumors about the groups connections to Hollywood actors were mounting. And on Friday, actress Allison Mack — best known for her roles on Smallville and Wilfred — was arrested on sex trafficking and forced labor charges.

Mack allegedly recruited women into a sex trafficking pyramid scheme within Nxivm. The group's founder, Keith Raniere (known by group members as "Vanguard"), has been accused of standing at the top of said pyramid. He was arrested in Mexico last month on the same charges.  Read more...

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The only student to walk out for gun control last month rallied his classmates for Columbine

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:12:02 +0000
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The teen who marched alone last month, attracting the attention of the country, just got his classmates to join a student walkout in memory of the 15 victims of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.

Justin Blackman received massive support on social media last month for being the only student at his high school to participate in the nationwide walkout, part of movement led by Parkland survivors that called for lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws. 

Wow I’m literally the only one #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/2F95qY2vTI

— Justin Blackman (@JustinIBlackman) March 14, 2018

"It's National Walkout Day, I'm the only one from my school out here," the 16-year-old said in a video he tweeted. “I’m just going to be chilling here for the next 15 minutes.” Read more...

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Flickr's new owner is here to save it from oblivion (again)

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:48:49 +0000
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After years of languishing under Yahoo's (and, more recently, Oath's) ownership, Flickr has finally found a buyer.

Image hosting company SmugMug announced Friday that it'd acquired Flickr for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which was first reported by USA Today, comes as Yahoo's parent company, Oath, looks to slim down the company's holdings.

Congrats to @DonMacAskill and his team @SmugMug on its deal to buy @Flickr - This is going to be a very good home for such an awesome service for the internet. The Flickr team is amazinghttps://t.co/QfVyXWAHvU

— Jeff Bonforte (@bonforte) April 20, 2018 Read more...

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This 'e-scooter for women' is... actually pretty good for women

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:14:07 +0000
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Ancheer electric scooter with suspension seat
$647.99
The Good
Smooth and sturdy • Good grips and easy controls • Sitting and standing options • LCD screen shows speed and charge • Comfortable seat
The Bad
Short range • Slow acceleration • Heavy
The Bottom Line
If you've got a short commute, and are willing to lug 40 pounds around, Ancheer's e-scooter for women is a great ride.
Mashable Score4.0
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve5.0
Performance4.0
Bang for the Buck3.0

All over the country, but particularly on the West Coast, e-scooter startups are descending. From "Spinning" to "Birding," electric scooters are all the rage these days, and it's not hard to see why. They don't get stuck in traffic, they're faster than walking, they smell better than the bus, and bikes are so last century. So when I received an email asking me to try the newest "e-scooter for women," I couldn't help but inquire further. Read more...

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Everything You Need to Know About the Infinity Stones

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:28:56 +0000
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Go on a tour of the moon with these 4K images

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:28:14 +0000
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NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been circling the moon for 9 years, taking high resolution images that NASA has used for research (and this nice virtual tour). Read more...

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Please take a moment to look at these dogs having fun with hoses and sprinklers

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:24:40 +0000
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As warmer weather approaches, outdoor activities, such as watering plants and walking dogs, are becoming more enjoyable. 

And sometimes, the two can collide in the best of ways. 

On Thursday, Twitter user @JabinSerene shared the "struggle" she faces when she tries to water her plants. Her enthusiastic dog, Taylor, attempts to slurp the water as soon as she turns on the hose. 

I’ve have yet to finish watering my plants 💀 pic.twitter.com/UikjA9UPzH

— Serene (@JabinSerene) April 19, 2018

People were excited and shared their own videos of pooches going crazy for a sip of a sprinkler or some hose water.  Read more...

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3 ways you can improve your recycling routine

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:02:00 +0000
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With climate change looming, maybe it's time to think about what you can do to help make a difference. There's a few simple actions you can take — and recycling is a big one. 50 percent of recyclable items are ending up in landfills, simply because people don't know how to recycle properly. 

Even though it seems like a lot of responsibility, everyone should be doing their part to ensure that their waste goes to the right place. Research recycling guidelines in your county for more information on how you can recycle the right way.  Read more...

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Our favorite deals from Amazon's huge Earth Day sale

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:57:43 +0000
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Happy Earth Day, fellow inhabitants. 

While April 22 isn't typically a huge shopping holiday, you didn't think Amazon was about to not use this as an excuse to have a giant sale, did you? In honor of Earth Day, save big on select used tech items across the site. Sales end at 11:59 pm PST on April 22.

E-waste is wreaking havoc on the Earth at a pretty alarming rate, with nearly 70% of toxins in landfills coming from electronics. 

The Amazon Warehouse is aiming to give used items a new home. In the spirit of reducing, reusing, and recycling, Amazon is offering tons of deals, plus an extra 20% off on select used itemsRead more...

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'Westworld' creators confirm robots poop, and other Season 2 info I guess

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:52:21 +0000
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Ever since Philip K. Dick first asked the question Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and inspired countless sci-fi classics like Blade Runner, we've wondered about a much more important question regarding artificial biology.

Do robots poop?

Luckily, the creators of Westworld took the time to answer our pressing questions about synthetic bowel movements. And, well, it does not disappoint.

Entertainment Weekly asked the showrunners of HBO's sci-fi hit, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, a simple question about what the physical limitations of the hosts were. Joy did not shy away from getting graphic:  Read more...

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Zac Efron ends sexism and discovers time travel in this alternate 'High School Musical' timeline

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:32:36 +0000
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High School Musical, the series that both revolutionized Disney Channel Original Movies and gave millions of children everywhere unrealistic expectations of high school theater, premiered 12 years ago.

Since the series ended with High School Musical 3: Senior Year in 2008, Zac Efron has gone on to star in movies ranging from Hairspray to Baywatch. Although he plays vastly different characters in each one, some HSM fans still stan him as Troy Bolton, varsity basketball star turned tortured artist. 

Just look at how torn up he is!

Twitter user @Miexriir created a High School Musical timeline that tracks Zac Efron/Troy Bolton's career after his high school graduation.  Read more...

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Swiping sucks, so here are 6 dating sites for guys to find love

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:10:22 +0000
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Online dating is hard. As a 2017 study points out, we used to end up with people who we were somehow connected to, whether friends of friends, classmates, or neighbors.

Online dating, however, changed the game, and people who meet through tech-based dating tend to be total strangers.

It's not easy to get to know someone through an app, and if you're looking for a relationship, tech-based dating usually means wading through hundreds of profiles looking for a casual fling.

If you're a guy looking for love, here are six dating apps and sites that will help you find "the one" — you just might have to do a lot of searching, first. Read more...

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Netflix's 'Aggretsuko' is about an adorable red panda who loves death metal

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:56:49 +0000
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Aggretsuko may best new show on Netflix that you haven't heard about.

From the creator of Hello Kitty comes Aggretsuko, a new Netflix show about an adorable red panda named Retsuko who works a horrible office job by day and lets out her frustrations at night with some good old fashioned death metal.

Retsuko is 25 years old and loves to remind herself that she's single, a Scorpio, and blood type A. Every day she goes to work as an accountant at a trading firm and constantly has work piling on top of her, all the while building up an internal rage thanks to her sexist, disrespectful boss, her fellow employees, and everyday frustrations like twisting her ankle. Read more...

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Rihanna just announced her very own line of lingerie

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:35:36 +0000
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Open up your wallets because Rihanna is here to collect your coins, people! 

The queen of Barbados is slowly creeping in on every aspect of life and it's near impossible to find someone who is mad about it. First she released a revered makeup collection and a celebrated collaboration with Puma. Now, she has finally confirmed that she is releasing a lingerie line — and it's coming soon.

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Lord save us, Twitter is down

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:17:36 +0000
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Everyone take a deep breathTwitter is down. 

The service, which last experienced another outage just three days ago, appears to once again be on the fritz. 

According to Down Detector, the problem is mainly focused in North America, Western Europe, and Japan. 

Oh no.

Oh no.

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At the time of this writing, this reporter's Twitter feed is stuck on a tweet from 20 min ago — a lifetime in the Twitterverse. 

what the fuck is wrong with twitter

i cant even make my B- topical joke

— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) April 20, 2018

According to the Twitter status page, "Currently people are unable to Tweet, engineering teams are investigating." Read more...

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Avicii, famous artist and DJ, dies at 28

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:52:35 +0000
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World-famous DJ and producer Avicii has died, according a statement provided by his representative to Variety. He was 28 years old. 

Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead Friday afternoon in Oman, the statement said. No cause of death was shared, but the Grammy-nominated artist had retired from performing live in 2016 for health reasons. 

"The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time," the statement read. "No further statements will be given."

Avicii produced a long list of radio and club hits, including "Wake Me Up" and "Levels," and attracted massive crowds in Las Vegas and at music festivals. His last album, Stories, was released in 2015.  Read more...

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Calling all Star Wars fans: The Millennium Falcon Lego set is back in stock on Amazon

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:41:27 +0000
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UPDATE: April 20, 2018, 1:48 p.m. EST: The Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon Lego set has again sold out.

The Millennium Falcon — aka the largest Lego set ever — caught our eye back when it first came out. But getting our hands on one has proven difficult. It sells out so quickly! 

With the May 25 release of Solo on the horizon, it’s back in stock right now.

The Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon is a Lego set consisting of a staggering 7,541 bricks, enough to keep any construction enthusiast busy for a while. Fans of the original trilogy can put it together like the ship from their childhoods, but you can also convert it into its Force Awakens and Last Jedi versions just by swapping out a few pieces.  Read more...

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The best dating sites for women looking to make a connection

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:31:27 +0000
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The online world can be rough for women, but navigating online dating is its own type of intimidating. However, as the world increasingly moves onto the internet, online dating has long been the new norm. 

Finding the right dating site can be a challenge. Every woman has different wants when it comes to finding a match.

Some are looking for a fun time, some are looking for their next long term relationship. Some are trying out online dating for the first time, while others are seasoned pros. Some are just getting back into the dating game. Read more...

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Cybersecurity conference exposed attendee info via a garbage app because of course it did

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:30:54 +0000
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Look, we get it. Cybersecurity is hard. But maybe, just maybe, a conference dedicated to computer security and encryption should know better than to leave attendee information exposed via its conference mobile app. 

And yet. 

As the RSA Conference winds down today in San Francisco organizers have been forced to acknowledge that all has not been right with their own house. Specifically, a security engineer looking into the RSA Conference Mobile App discovered that at least some user information was exposed to anyone who knew where to look. Read more...

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Art student made Owen Wilson's 'wow' into an absolute work of art

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:14:09 +0000
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This takes Owen Wilson's signature "wow" to a whole new level.

Savannah Lopett, a soon-to-be graduate from College of Charleston, made the Owen Wilson "wow" meme into a work of art for her Sculpting 1 class, and the result is truly a masterpiece.

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Let's break down exactly what you're seeing here.

First she sculpted Owen Wilson's nose.

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Then, she collaged it with pictures of Owen Wilson.

Image: savannah lopett

And used it as an 'O' to create Owen Wilson's famous meme. And there it is in all its oddly shaped glory. What else is there to say besides... wow? Read more...

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The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here's how to see it.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:52:53 +0000
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A meteor shower is a special thing. 

Watching as little bits of cosmic dust hurtle through the skies above tends to remind me of just how small we are in the context of the universe.

This weekend, people around the world will experience that feeling of smallness, thanks to the Lyrid meteor shower that peaks on April 22. 

While this meteor shower isn't the most impressive one during a typical year, it is still worth checking out. 

According to a NASA skywatching video, "In the early morning sky, a patient observer will see up to more than a dozen meteors per hour in this medium-strength shower, with 18 meteors per hour calculated for the peak." Read more...

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Janelle Monáe's new album will come with a 50-minute Afrofuturist film. Breathe.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:48:13 +0000
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If this were 1998 and Janelle Monáe just released her music video, "Pynk," she'd be sitting at the top of MTV's Total Request Live every day for months.

Alas, it's 2018 and we no longer have Carson Daly to guide our spiritual music journey. Which is why I'm here to ask you all to quietly bow down to Janelle Monáe next album, Dirty Computer, scheduled to drop April 27.

The album will apparently come with a 50-minute Afrofuturist film featuring black, brown, queer, and trans people under threat from an authoritarian government trying to scrape their memories.

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Here's your handy guide to weed legalization in the U.S.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:38:36 +0000
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Weed has faced a bad rap from many lawmakers over the years but legislation has been changing.    Read more...

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In honor of Earth Day, here's the most detailed satellite view of the Northern Hemisphere yet

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:35:58 +0000
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The newest polar-orbiting satellite in the U.S. fleet snapped the most detailed image of the Northern Hemisphere, just in time for Earth Day. 

The satellite photo — taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) NOAA-20 spacecraft — looks down on the top of the globe, showing the ice-covered North Pole, as well as North America and Eurasia. 

If you look closely, you can see stunning details, from sea ice near Greenland, to the marked lack of sea ice across the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Russia.

Satellite image of the Northern Hemisphere, with circles indicating the Bering Sea (top left), and sea ice near Greenland, (center).

Satellite image of the Northern Hemisphere, with circles indicating the Bering Sea (top left), and sea ice near Greenland, (center).

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Jonah Hill and Emma Stone are in a new Netflix show together

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:21:41 +0000
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Netflix is getting a new comedy series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill called Maniac. It's based on a 2014 Norwegian movie by the same name. The remake centers around two strangers who meet when a pharmaceutical trial goes wrong. 

The show is set to premiere in late 2018.  Read more...

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Over 25? Maybe don't admit you smoke weed in your dating profile

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:11:01 +0000
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We love a data-backed online dating tip – especially one tied to the holiday of choice for stoners everywhere. Unfortunately, this one isn't too promising for smokers who make their weed interest public.

According to data from dating app Hinge, revealing an interest in marijuana on a dating profile can actually work in your favor – but only if you're under 25.

Per the team's number crunchers, users under 25 who say they smoke weed see, on average, a 10 percent increase in likes.

But for those 25 and older, admitting you smoke weed on your profile results in a 25 percent decrease in likes. That number jumps to a 35 percent decrease for users over 40.  Read more...

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Summer movie preview: What to watch if you only have time for five films this summer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:05:51 +0000
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Welcome to the final installment of our 2018 summer movie preview. We've already got you covered if you're looking for action and adventure, drama and comedy, horror and thriller, or animated and family-friendly. Today, we'll wrap it up with the best of the best. 

All week long, we've been adding to your summer movie to-do list. 

But here's the point where we acknowledge that even the most diehard cinephiles have their limits. There are only so many hours in a day, even if those days are getting longer.

Besides, it's summer! It's nice out! You don't want to spend the entire season sitting in the dark. You'd like to occasionally do stuff like go outside, or see your loved ones, or maybe even take a little vacation. Read more...

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