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NFL condemns 'divisive' Trump remarks without really addressing the core issue

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:28:50 +0000
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The NFL had a response for Donald Trump on Saturday morning after the 45th U.S. president called any player who kneels during the national anthem a "son of a bitch" in a rant on Friday

The league used strong language to condemn Trump's "divisive" comments, but despite appearances, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn't entirely take a strong stand

Here's Goodell's statement:

Although Goodell generally defended his league and its players, his statement doesn't mention the situation that set Trump off in the first place. The president's comments were directed at NFL players who, following the lead of Colin Kaepernick, have knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and violence against black people in America.  Read more...

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How Harley Quinn helped me overcome trauma in my life

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:14:13 +0000
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For the last four years, Sept. 23 has been celebrated by DC Comics and its fans as Batman Day. 

But not this year, folks. It's 2017 and they're sending in the clown.

It was 25 years ago this month that Harley Quinn made her debut in Batman: The Animated Series, so she's taken over the bat's special day. DC Comics has released three free comics for the occasion (the covers for which are all featured here), along with in-store signings and other events to celebrate this zany fan-favorite.

It's important to acknowledge how far Harley has come. She's gone from a one-off henchwoman to bona fide pop-culture phenomenon and movie star in the past 25 years. But I'd also like to tell the story of how she affected one fan — me.  Read more...

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The tiny secret in Apple's new App Store and why it matters

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000
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This tiny silkscreen t-shirt press is perfect for your hipster Ken doll

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000
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Artist Devin Smith makes all things miniature! Check out more of his work on Instagram. If you're interested in getting one of these tiny machines you can visit his shop by clicking here. Read more...

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1945: Stunned reactions after a plane struck the Empire State Building

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000
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On the morning of July 28, 1945, a B-25 Mitchell bomber on a routine personnel transport out of Massachusetts encountered heavy fog and became disoriented as it passed over New York City on its descent into Newark Airport.

At 9:40 a.m., it smashed into the north side of the Empire State Building.

The impact blasted a fiery hole through the 78th and 79th floors. One of the bomber’s engines shot completely through the building, tumbling out the other side and destroying a sculptor’s penthouse studio across the street.

All three crew aboard the bomber were killed, along with 11 people in the building Read more...

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Donald Trump begins feud with Steph Curry, reaches new level of petty

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:49:47 +0000
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Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn't act more childish and petty, he takes to Twitter and kicks off a feud with the second biggest basketball star on the planet right now.

As the NBA champ Golden State Warriors announced plans to vote as a team on whether or not they would make the traditional champions' visit to the White House, star Steph Curry said he'd likely be joining teammate Kevin Durant in not going.

Said Curry pretty succinctly, with a laugh, "I don't want to go."

Curry hedged a bit as he spoke, implying this was a team decision, but he was clear in his feelings on Trump when he spoke of "the things [Trump] has said, the things he hasn't said in the right times, we won't stand for it." Read more...

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This is how to use the new iOS 11 Files app

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000
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How to use the new QuickType keyboard in iOS 11

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000
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A definitive timeline of music being released this fall

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000
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The arrival of fall means so many nice things: pumpkin spice lattes, cool weather, Halloween, and my personal favorite: new music. 

In honor of myself, here is a timeline of the most anticipated music albums being released this season, along with their singles. Some are relatively fresh new faces, while others are big comebacks you've been waiting for. 

September 22


Fergie - Double Dutchess

As the follow-up to Dutchess, Fergie will release her second studio album after 11 years. Featuring collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross, this should be something that both pop and hip-hop fans will enjoy.  Read more...

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5 apps that can turn you into a productivity Jedi

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000
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We all wish we could add more hours to the day. But barring the invention of time travel, or a change in the Earth’s rotation, the best you can do is work on YOU. With the help of these skill-sharpening, discipline-building apps and software bundles, you can improve your productivity, fit more tasks into each day, and maybe even develop some nifty new talents along the way.

1. Achieve mobile mindfulness

When the burdens of the world build up, and anxiety sets in, meditation can be a lifesaver. And with Welzen, you can jump right into a more mindful state anytime, any place. This app is packed with simple, situation-specific meditation exercises, including new daily programs and inspiring life lessons to help put it all in perspective. You can even choose between 5, 10, 15, or 20-minute exercises and tailor your practice to your busy schedule.  Read more...

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Get hired as a graphic designer with this online bootcamp that's just $15

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000
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These days, graphic design is one part talent, two parts Adobe proficiency. Full command of all the popular tools and tactics used by graphic designers is essential to career success, and luckily, can be mastered online with a training like the  Graphic Design Bootcamp. Got the talent part down? Time to fill in the gaps.

This collection of 65 lectures and eight hours of video training focuses on developing skills in Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. These three design-centered Adobe programs can be used separately or in tandem to execute almost any creative idea. Read more...

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11 times 'BoJack Horseman' gut-punched us right in the feels

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:30:00 +0000
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You might not have thought a cartoon about a talking horse could warrant an entire list of heart-rendingly emotional moments, but here we are.

The thing is — for all its scenes of hilarity — BoJack Horseman is also an incredibly poignant show. It makes you laugh, and then it catches you off guard. It's got way more in common with comedy-dramas like Master of None than it does with shows like Family Guy.

Anyway, what good is misery if we can't at least revel in it? In the list below we've broken down 11 of the show's most memorably emotional moments — from the crushing isolation of LA to the family trauma that gets passed down through the generations. Read more...

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NFL players slam Donald Trump for rant against protests

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:32:21 +0000
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Football players are lashing out at Donald Trump after the president went on an extended rant about athlete activism at a rally Friday night.

Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem and encouraged fans to boycott the league.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired! He's fired!" Trump said.

Read the transcript from Trump's racist rant on Black players in the NFL

It's WAY worse than I thoughtpic.twitter.com/WbbUEZvVgr

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Lady Gaga may be a superstar, but her new documentary makes her struggles extremely relatable

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:05:16 +0000
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If you watched just the first few minutes of Lady Gaga's new Netflix documentary "Gaga: Five Foot Two," you'd be forgiven for thinking she's only a pampered pop star who has her every need met with a snap of her fingers.  

In the opening scene, Gaga strolls through her luxurious Malibu estate in a revealing body suit and sweats. She feeds pieces of chicken to her adorable dogs. She eats food someone else appears to have prepared for her. When she climbs a staircase lined with star-shaped balloons, she explains they're to celebrate starring in a new Bradley Cooper movie. She puts her plate down so she can get a massage.   Read more...

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If Rainbow Brite had a job, this would definitely be her keyboard

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:51:03 +0000
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Protecting Rainbow Land and bringing color to the universe is a full-time job in itself, but those of us without a Color Belt to lend us magical powers have to go to work every dayThis Rainbow Brite-inspired keyboard is your secret weapon to defeating the King of Shadows — or at least the King of Boredom.

The rainbow LED effects on this mechanical keyboard have adjustable brightness, and can be set to "breathe" mode, which sounds creepy but is actually really cool. They slowly dim and brighten, adding dramatic lighting for the final stretch of that report you're writing. You can also just turn the lights off if you're really boring and hate fun. Read more...

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Become a master of professional social encounters in 5.5 hours

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:34:33 +0000
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PSA for business owners (current or future): If you've played Sims before, you'll remember having them talk in the mirror to increase charisma. While we're not sure that talking to yourself is such a great way to up your social interaction game, Sims was right in that nonverbal communication is a huge deal — especially in the business world.

Mastering the art of body language can actually help you advance your career, increase communication skills, and help you get ahead — no matter what line of work you're in. Read more...

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The Wu-Tang Clan dissed 'pharma bro' Martin Shkreli in a new track

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:25:46 +0000
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The Wu-Tang Clan and pharma bro saga continues.

On the new Wu-Tang track "Lesson Learn'd," Inspectah Deck raps, "my price hikin' like the pills Martin Shkreli sell," calling out the pharmaceutical executive-turned-convict, who recently had his bail revoked after offering his Facebook followers a $5,000 reward for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair.

Pharma bro and Wu-Tang go way back. 

It all started back in 2015, shortly after Shkreli notoriously bought the rights to an anti-parasitic drug commonly used by people with AIDS and hiked the price from around $13.50 per tablet to $750 and made himself everyone's least favorite bro.  Read more...

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Esports events are taking over huge stadiums—and for good reason

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000
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At the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, fans have gathered to enjoy a weekend of friends, fun, and video games at 'ESL One' New York, a professional 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' tournament featuring eight of the best teams in the world.

Esports events are definitely a recent phenomenon, pulling diehard fans away from their PCs and into the seats of major sports venues around the world. Read more...

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Here's how to make your very own DIY Link costume

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0000
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Tali is back and this time she puts her own feminine spin on "Link" from classic Legend of Zelda series.

In each episode of DIY Costume Squad one of our expert hosts shows you how to make your own DIY costume based on popular movie/TV/video game characters. Watch as they transform everyday materials and store-bought items into fantastic costumes!  

See more episodes of Costume Squad!

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'Star Trek: Discovery' announces companion show for fans who can't get enough

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:47:49 +0000
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Star Trek has sustained a seemingly endless amount of discussion for nearly half a century now. And the newly announced spin-off After Dark will continue that tradition for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series.

Following in the footsteps of Nerdist host Chris Hardwick — who practically invented the aftershow with The Talking Dead, Talking Bad, and Talking SaulAfter Trek will be hosted by fellow Nerdist Matt Mira

(We're assuming Chris Hardwick could not host because he was previously engaged in the aftershow for his aftershow's aftershow.)

Jokes aside, Mirra is well-suited for the job, as not only Hardwick's mentee but also as the host of his own discussion-oriented, pop culture deep-dives with podcasts like Star Trek: The Next Conversation and James Bonding. Read more...

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Facebook and Microsoft's big undersea cable is finally finished

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:45:45 +0000
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More than 17,000 feet below the ocean's surface, there now lies the "most technologically advanced subsea cable," providing up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second — beating Google's alternative, now poorly named, "Faster." The cable is the handiwork of Facebook, Microsoft, and Spanish telecommunication company Telxius. 

Construction on the cable, which stretches 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, began in August 2016. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won't be operational until early 2018

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Comic creator calls Trumpcare 'kryptonite' for the industry

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:41:15 +0000
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Many people will be negatively affected if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. That much has been obvious for a while now.

What you may not have thought of, though, is that an entire industry could suffer.

Most comic creators, if not all of them, are independent contractors, which means that they rely on ACA for their health care. Writer Van Jensen, who has written James Bond and The Flash comics, reached out to Twitter to spread that message, calling Trumpcare "kryptonite." 

Again: Comic book creators are all contractors. The ACA has saved our health#Trumpcare? It's kryptonite. Please help oppose itpic.twitter.com/Tz4ciVmosk

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Why Russia hasn't successfully screwed with Germany's election — yet

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:03:09 +0000
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Germany heads to the polls on Sunday and, as the country's election quickly approaches, signs of a giant Russian effort to sway voters are vanishingly small.

Russia-linked hackers actually launched their most obvious cyber assault on Germany more than two years ago, which was thought to be just the start of a coming onslaught on German election integrity. But there are currently few signs that the country has achieved anything like the success it had in the U.S.

In mid-2015, German officials discovered that some entity had cracked open the internal server of the Bundestag, one of two German houses of parliament. The people behind this entity stole a trove of data that included emails, possibly from members of the dominant political party – the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) – and even perhaps from the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who have proven to be something of a foil to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more...

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No one is safe: 'South Park' game trailer pokes fun at Kanye West's mom

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:52:28 +0000
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The latest trailer for the upcoming game Souther Park: The Fractured But Whole is a direct reference to Kanye West's video game project called Only One, which is about his mother going to heaven.

In the trailer above, the green fish that the player character and Seaman come across is a stand-in for West, who was parodied in a 2009 South Park episode as singing a song called "Gay Fish," where he raps about having sexual relations with male fish. The fish in the trailer asks the player character to get his mom into heaven in exchange for $3 million and some jewelry.

After the character touches the fish's fin, the characters see the fish's mom — a black fish — on the back of a unicorn, riding through Valhalla to heaven. It's a clear reference to the trailer for Only One. Read more...

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Volvo wants you to treat your car just like your smartphone

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:44:02 +0000
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Volvo is hoping that drivers will be ready to upgrade their cars just like they do their phones: on an annual schedule. 

The Swedish automaker will now offer a 12-month subscription for its new XC40, which it's calling the "Care by Volvo" service. The concept is specifically designed to mimic the yearly refresh schedule consumers have grown accustomed to from smartphone makers.

Volvo is offering drivers more than just the option to switch out their SUV on a yearly basis. The package also offers payment options on a national, flat-rate monthly fee, eschewing the typical dealership structure included in most leases (the rate hasn't been settled yet).  Read more...

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A milestone just happened on 'The Price is Right' and everyone rightfully freaked out

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:29:03 +0000
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What the Facebook/Russia controversy is actually about

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:22:27 +0000
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Mark Zuckerberg is in damage control mode like never before because Facebook is facing the only real threat to its dominance: U.S. government regulation.

Zuckerberg's video on Thursday told the story. Staring directly into the camera, the Facebook CEO offered by far his biggest mea culpa. He looked, for lack of a better word, scared:

Image: Facebook screenshot

He should be. The revelations that Facebook's platform was used by Russia to target politically divisive ads represents a systemic threat to the empire that Zuckerberg has built in just 13 years. The threat doesn't come from its loyal users or from disgruntled advertisers or growing competition. Facebook has shown its ability to keep users happy, advertisers spending, and competition at bay.  Read more...

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Turns out Russia went after Wisconsin's voter registration system

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:15:17 +0000
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Another piece of the messed-up puzzle that was the 2016 U.S. presidential election fell into place today, as the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that "Russian government cyber actors" targeted the voter registration system of a key battleground state. 

While U.S. officials had already claimed that the Russian government went after 21 states' voter registration systems, this is the first time that names have been publicly named. And, sorry to say it Wisconsin, you have the dubious distinction of being the state in the spotlight. 

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Elisabeth Moss reportedly stayed true to her Scientology roots with that Emmys f-bomb

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:01:44 +0000
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Few religions sanction swearing on the reg, but Scientology apparently does. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elisabeth Moss's Emmys speech, which started with a loud f-bomb, was true to her status as a scientologist — in fact, it's "almost a sacrament."

"Scientologists are urged to communicate with 'average people,' and to do so effectively you have to 'go down the tone scale,'" former Scientologist and friend of Moss's from the church TIziano Lugli told THR

"So they all use 'fuck, fuck, fuck' every time they talk. It’s fascinating. The quote-unquote philosophy behind it is you match the tone level in order to communicate on the same level of the people with whom you’re communicating. If you’re too 'high-tone,' people will not understand you." Read more...

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There's a major sale on Star Wars gear going on right now

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:01:09 +0000
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As anticipation around The Last Jedi mounts and we all go crazy for Porgs, Star Wars fever is sky high. The only prescription? More merch. 

Thankfully, the rebels over at ThinkGeek have you covered. Their blowout fall clearance sale includes an entire section dedicated to all things Star Wars. Apparel, collectibles, gadgets, and more are all available for up to 75 percent off. There are literally hundreds of items on sale, but we rounded up a few of our favorites.  Read more...

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