Amazon employees listening to your Alexa chats can see where you live

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:30:39 +0000

It can see you when you're sleeping, it knows when you're awake, it knows if you've been bad or good, so pray an Amazon employee with access to audio recordings of your Alexa conversations doesn't also avail themselves of the ability to look up your home address for goodness sake. 

Although, to be fair, your prayers likely won't do much goodAccording to Bloomberg, some Amazon employees who listen to and transcribe customer conversations with Alexa can look up the location data of those customers. 

Mashable was able to independently confirm that some Amazon employees do indeed have access to Amazon device location data.  Read more...

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New study explains why Twitter feels like one big echo chamber

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:29:37 +0000

If you've ever felt like your Twitter feed is one big echo chamber, that's because it is. Now, a new study helps explain why. In short: most of Twitter really is the same people talking. 

A new study from the Pew Research Center proves, once again, that what you see on Twitter isn't even close to representative of how most people think or act. One big reason for that: most people on Twitter still don't tweet that much. According to Pew, about 80 percent of tweets are sent by just 10 percent of users.

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Rainn Wilson called Elon Musk out after Tesla 'stole' his leaf blower idea

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:22:41 +0000

Fact: On April 19, 2019, actor Rainn Wilson tweeted at Elon Musk and asked the tech leader if he could try to create a "quiet electric leaf blower."

We know this occurred. We saw it with our very own eyes. But four days later something strange happened.

.@elonmusk can u make a quiet electric leaf blower?

— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) April 19, 2019

On Tuesday, Elon Musk tweeted at his 26 million followers to announce that "Tesla is going to develop a quiet, electric leafblower." Sound familiar? It should! Musk used the exact same phrasing as the former star of The Office did in his request, yet failed to credit Wilson for the idea. Hmmm... Read more...

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Dog pals take a breezy stroll in the road and end up with a police escort

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:59:46 +0000

Some dogs just know they're good boys.

Watch as these dog friends take a cool, casual stroll down the middle of a road on Easter morning in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

A cop car crawls carefully behind the two dogs to protect them from cars. It's such a nice sight that the person who's filming comments, "That's beautiful."

This is the kind of man-dog partnership we can all get behind. Read more...

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Pornhub reveals the most popular 'Avengers' searches

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:50:41 +0000

Anticipation over Avengers: Endgame is so high that Pornhub visitors are even searching for their favorite Marvel heroes on the adult entertainment site. 

According to data from Pornhub, searches for "Avengers" started growing on April 16 and spiked on April 19 at 2,912 percent over the average number of searches from its "pre-April 15th average."

People are really excited for any Avengers videos, aren't they?

People are really excited for any Avengers videos, aren't they?

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For comparison's sake, Pornhub reported "only" a 356 percent spike for "Avengers" searches with the release of Avengers: Infinity WarRead more...

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Why sea creatures are fleeing their homes

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:35:13 +0000

There are 3,800 big thermometers floating in the ocean, and the readings don't lie: Over 90 percent of the warming created by humans is soaked up by the seas. Unsurprisingly, many creatures are feeling the heat. 

In new research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists found that global warming has forced twice as many marine species than land species to vanish from their hotter habitats —particularly near the already balmy equator. All the species examined were cold-blooded, or ectotherms.

"What we found so surprising is that global warming hits sea creatures the hardest," said Malin Pinsky, an evolutionary ecologist at Rutgers University and lead author of the research. Read more...

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'You are making these crimes possible': Facebook, YouTube torn apart by UK lawmakers

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:22:31 +0000

Representatives from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter were grilled and admonished on Tuesday by UK lawmakers angry at the spread of extremist and criminal content.

The UK parliamentary committee hearing was spurred by the spread of the graphic Christchurch shooting video, which the platforms struggled to contain. The shooter, who killed 50 people and injured 50 more at two mosques in New Zealand, livestreamed his crime on Facebook.

Both liberal and conservative politicians slammed the companies for allowing hateful content to proliferate, and in the case of YouTube, actually promote its visibility.  Read more...

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Watch these cats be the only protectors their garden needs

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:05:26 +0000

Let this video be the sole evidence in banishing the stereotype that cats are afraid of dogs. Because these cats certainly are not. 

Meet the garden guardians whose main purpose is to protect the garden they inhabit. According to YouTube poster walter santi, the "rolling cat" helms the front lines. If the dog can get past that cat, "D'Artagnan's girlfriend" is waiting patiently as the second line of defense.

Supposedly, the dog has never gotten past D'Artagnan's girlfriend, but if that ever happens, there's a total of 7 outdoor cats living in the gardenThe creator of this YouTube account also has a dog, Walter, and two indoor cats, Santi and Indy.  Read more...

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Make your own weed butter with the Levo I — on sale for the first time ever

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:00:00 +0000

Been thinking about making your own CBD gummies? It's easier than you think.

The Levo I is a DIY oil and herb infuser that sits right on the counter. (When your mom comes over, she'll just think it's a coffee maker). And it's never been on sale — until now. 

Using code MASHABLE10, you can save 10% with and get it for just $134. That's over $200 less than its big brother, the Levo II.

The code only works through April 30, and a sale probably won't happen again any time soon — so be quick. (You can thank the power of 420 for this deal.)

Of course, it's not just for edibles and other weed-enhanced goodies. The team at Levo has compiled a list of their best recipes, from plant-based mac and cheese and peanut butter dog treats to DIY lip balm and exfoliating coffee body scrub. If you've always wanted to open an Etsy shop but didn't have anything to sell, you do now. Read more...

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The MCU is loaded with a massive supporting cast you forgot about

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:38:12 +0000

With 11 years and 21 films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has stacked up quite the massive cast over the years. We all remember the big names, of course. Robert Downey Jr., the two best Chrises (yeah, not Pratt!), ScarJo, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Brie Larson ... the MCU is an ever-growing roster of Big Names!

But the smaller supporting actors form an important part of the larger universe, even if we rarely discuss their contribution. In fact, the MCU can easily double as a dystopian alternate universe inhabited by a smorgasbord of random TV characters plus our beloved movie superstars. (Seriously, the unsuspecting crossovers between the MCU and popular television shows is just uncanny.)   Read more...

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The 2019 iPad Air is only $579.99 at Best Buy — $200 less than at Apple's site

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:35:08 +0000

Since the iPad Pro and super affordable $329 iPad made their debut, it seems like the poor iPad Air has been swept under the rug.

You know, the thing that happened to every other kitchen appliance when the Instant Pot came out.

The Air finally reclaimed its place in the spotlight in late March 2019, when Apple announced the jump to a 10.5-inch screen (among other improvements).

If you've been in the market for an iPad and haven't pulled the trigger yet, be glad that you waited: The 2019 iPad Air is the perfect mix of the good parts of all its siblings, and it's $200 off as part of Best Buy's Apple Event. Read more...

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Get an extra 3 months of Xbox Live Gold for free when you purchase a membership at Best Buy

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:23:41 +0000

Gaming isn’t the cheapest hobby in the world — with such a vast library of games on the market and most of them starting at $60, adding on a paid live service to that already hefty price tag can seem like a bad idea. It is tempting, though, because who wouldn’t want to join the diverse community of video game fanatics out there? Thankfully, Best Buy is offering a way to help lighten the load on gamers and their wallets.  

Purchase a three-month Xbox Live Gold membership at Best Buy, and you’ll get another three months added on at no extra cost — that’s a $24.99 value for free. Read more...

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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is on sale for $400 off at Best Buy

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:15:26 +0000

Cheap laptops are nice, but if you want something that consistently performs well and has a processor that can keep up with you, you’re going to want to dish out a little more cash. Whether you’re a student or you’re deep in the workforce, a new MacBook can equip you with the technology you need to excel. Right now you can grab a MacBook Pro 15" with Touch Bar on sale for $2,399.99 at Best Buy.

This latest model MacBook Pro features a brilliant 15-inch Retina display with True Tone technology, which keeps your white balance and coloring consistent as you move through different lighting. The laptop also features a 6-core Intel Core i7 processor and Radeon Pro 560x graphics. The model on sale has 16GB memory and 512GB SSD storage. Read more...

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Bumble's new feature will alert you when someone sends you a dick pic

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:10:00 +0000

Dating apps have a dick pic problem. 

Unsolicited lewd photos and harassment have become part and parcel of dating app culture in recent years. Bumble has decided to put its weight behind combatting the issue that has long dogged dating app users.  

Bumble is launching an AI tool that will warn users when they've been sent an obscene photo. 

Andrey Andreev — founder of the dating group that includes Bumble, Lumen, and Badoo — and his team used AI to build a feature that's able to capture images in realtime.  Read more...

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'Jeopardy!' champion surpasses $1 million in winnings in just 14 games

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:03:09 +0000

James Holzhauer is by now, a household name. Well, maybe if you're a 'Jeopardy!' fan.

On Tuesday night Holzhauer became the second person to cross the $1 million mark in total earnings on the show. The only other person to accomplish this feat was Jeopardy! hall-of-famer Ken Jennings, whose 74-day winning streak totaled him about $2.5 million. If Holzhauer's hot streak continues, he could reach that number in a fraction of the time. 

While he has only been on the show for 14 games, he has shattered records. He not only holds the record for the most money earned in a single show, as of last night he holds the top five spots for that list.  Read more...

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Netflix's 'I Think You Should Leave' almost made me do a spit take

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:52:47 +0000

Sketch comedy can be incredibly hit or missI Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is a relentlessly bizarre hit.

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson is a new sketch comedy show on Netflix created by Saturday Night Live's and Detroiters' Tim Robinson (obviously) and Zach Kanin that leans in hard to its strange characters and scenarios to hilarious effect. I almost spit out my coffee during the first episode.

I Think You Should Leave is consistently surprising, and its sketches contain so many hard left turns, it's impossible to know where anything is headed.

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5 ways to enjoy the hell out of Mortal Kombat 11, even when you miserably suck at it

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:48:17 +0000

I am truly, deeply, unfathomably terrible at Mortal Kombat 11 — but damn if I don't like shouting "FATALITY!" at the top of my lungs. 

When I received a copy of MK11, I had every intention of respecting it with a full review. The latest installment in a 27-year-long franchise with a history and lore more complicated than the Rosetta Stone, this game is the kind that deserves to be played thoroughly and written about thoughtfully. (Not to mention, early buzz had been very promising and from what few promotional materials I'd seen, the game looked very worth my time.)

Unfortunately, as I've said, I suck at MK11 — so much so that after some surprisingly rough rounds in the tutorial setup, I deemed a traditional MK11 playthrough out of the question. Foregoing the traditional storyline, I decided to just mess around, and subsequently had a freakin' blast.  Read more...

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Sportscaster responds perfectly to being ditched during viral interview

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:32:51 +0000

There are plenty of savage insults, but perhaps the most savage of all is simply walking away mid-conversation.

Sportscaster Kelly Cates got accidentally dissed in that exact way by her Sky Sports colleagues Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher during a broadcast in early April. And now she's responded by recreating the viral moment where she got snubbed.

The original video showed Cates asking a question about Liverpool's upcoming game. Then Neville and Carragher respond by immediately turning around and walking away while answering her. An odd directing choice. 

Baffled fans criticized the two for ignoring Cates, but all's well that ends well, as Cates tweeted that it was a simple misunderstanding.  Read more...

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Ditch your gross microwave and grab this one from Farberware on sale for $69.99

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:22:43 +0000

You don't realize how much you use your microwave until you don't have one. Seriously, what did people do before they were invented in 1946? (Or the '70s and '80s, when most U.S. households started getting microwaves.)

Even if you have a toaster oven, a slow cooker, and a rice cooker, there's nothing that replaces that speed and convenience. 

Whether yours is busted, crusted in the last tenant's food explosions, or your current landlord decided you just didn't need one (New York apartments or notorious for this), splurging on a new microwave is something you'll have to budget for at least once. Read more...

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Twitter adds option to report attempts to mislead voters

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:20:30 +0000

Twitter is stepping up its fight against misinformation and voter manipulation.

In a blog post, Twitter announced a new reporting feature for tweets that attempt to spread false information about the electoral process. The new feature appears as a default option when a user elects to report a tweet.

When reporting a tweet, a user can simply select the “it’s misleading about voting” option, then let Twitter know how the tweet is trying to manipulate voters. This update looks to streamline the process, making the content easier to report, and getting it in front of the right eyes on the Twitter Safety team. Read more...

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The Lenovo Smart Tab doubles as a tablet and smart speaker — and it’s $50 off at Amazon

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:12:18 +0000

The Echo Show is one of the most innovative devices within the Amazon Echo family. It’s basically a stationary tablet with nice speakers and Alexa capabilities. But therein lies one of the biggest drawbacks of the Echo Show — it’s stationary. The bulky speaker makes it too awkward to hold as if it were a tablet.

This is where the Lenovo Smart Tab enters the scene. It’s a 10-inch tablet with a detachable smart speaker docking station, and the 32GB model is on sale for $199.99 at Amazon, down from $249.99. That's 20% off this versatile device.

Ask Alexa to play music or control smart home devices, then pull the tablet off its dock when you want to play Candy Crush or watch Netflix. The Smart Tab automatically switches to Show Mode when you connect it to the smart dock, which, by the way, has dual front speakers and Dolby Atmos support, giving you room-filling audio. Read more...

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We Photoshopped an alternate cast of Avengers who almost got the roles

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:10:05 +0000

Avengers stans know the end is near, which means it's time to go back to the beginning. The very beginning.

In honor of the highly anticipated film, Avengers: Endgame, Marvel fans are reminiscing over just how much our heroes have grown since their first appearances on-screen. But we want to take you back even further that that — to the casting decisions.

We've come to know and love characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so deeply that they feel almost irreplaceable. Chris Evans is Captain America, Chris Hemsworth perfectly embodies Thor, and Scarlett Johansson brings Black Widow to life. But the MCU group could have looked totally different today if casting directors had decided to go with some of the other talented actors who were up for the roles. Read more...

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Get an iPhone X for $200 off at Best Buy

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:05:08 +0000

Turn your head in any direction while walking down the street and you’re bound to see somebody holding a smartphone, and often it's an iPhone. It’s no wonder why you see them all over the place — Apple has spent years taking over the “smart device” industry, making innovative new products that blazed the trail for other tech giants. For a limited time, you can save a nice chunk of change on one of their latest products to hit the market.

You can score a 64GB iPhone X for $200 off at Best Buy — usually $899.99, you can now become a proud owner of one of the world’s most popular smartphones for just $699.99. Read more...

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The Google Fit health app is now on iOS

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:00:00 +0000

There's certainly no shortage of health-tracking options on iOS devices, between Apple Health, Fitbit, and countless other apps. However, one big name was missing until this week.

Google announced on Wednesday that its Google Fit app is now available on iOS. That means the app, which received a major revamp last year, is now usable on pretty much any smart device you might own. 

The announcement made it pretty clear that Google wants to be as accommodating as possible for fitness enthusiasts. Apps like Nike Run Club that connect with Apple Health will also sync with Google Fit, and the new iOS version of the app will track data from either an Apple Watch or a Wear OS device. Read more...

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We're probably not going to hit the world's most important climate goal

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:56:48 +0000

2 degrees Celsius. 

It's one of the most widely-publicized numbers in the world. In 2015, world leaders convened in Paris and agreed to limit the planet's warming this century to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial Revolution temperatures — and possibly even cap Earth's warming at an ambitious 1.5 degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). 

To get there, leaders proposed rapidly slashing heat-trapping carbon emissions from power plants, cars, and industry. But it wasn't ever going to be easy. And in a new study published in the American Geophysical Union journal Earth's Future, researchers argue that meeting 2 C climate targets is currently far, far out-of-reach, to put it gently. Even if the four biggest carbon-emitters — the U.S., China, the EU, and India — succeeded in dramatically ramping down their emissions over the next few decades, the rest of the world would need to radically cut their carbon emissions to nearly zero by 2030 — and stay there. Read more...

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ stars make emotional speeches at premiere

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:44:33 +0000

Following the world premiere of Avengers: Endgame, the Avengers assembled one last time. More than two dozen actors gathered on stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Read more...

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Donald Trump met with Twitter's CEO

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:43:41 +0000

Donald Trump sat down with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The pair reportedly discussed Dorsey’s platform, Twitter, as well as social media as a whole. Trump said he “look(s) forward to keeping an open dialogue” with Dorsey, a reversal from his usual sentiment towards the tech giant. Read more...

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Mark Ruffalo got 'dummy script' for 'Endgame'

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:42:39 +0000

Mark Ruffalo plays Bruce Banner and his alter-ego, The Hulk, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. He recently admitted that in order to avoid spoilers, directors Joe and Anthony Russo gave him a script with fake scenes. Read more...

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Damian Lillard's ice cold victory stare is now a meme

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:40:36 +0000

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard stuck a dagger in the Oklahoma City Thunder with a series-clinching buzzer-beater on Tuesday night, and now, his victory stare is spreading far and wide across Twitter.

Lillard nailed a ridiculously deep three-pointer as time expired to win the game for Portland, 118-115, and send the Thunder home. The shot capped a 50 point night for Lillard, too, making his final goodbye wave to the Thunder all the more brutal.

But as Lillard and his teammates celebrated, he gave a TV camera a cold-blooded stare and nod combo that had NBA fans shook, including a few who referenced what is perhaps the most well-known cold stare meme. Read more...

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Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown reveals multiple design flaws

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:28:10 +0000

Samsung's Galaxy Fold is not off to a good start.

After early Fold review units given to reviewers starting breaking just days after they got them, Samsung has indefinitely delayed the foldable phone's launch in the U.S. and China.

While we know some reasons why Folds were breaking — dirt somehow got underneath the screen and reviewers accidentally peeled off the display's screen protector-like film — a comprehensive teardown by iFixit has revealed the nearly $2,000 device has multiple points of failure. 

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