HTC's blockchain phone is here, and it has a special way of keeping your cryptocoins safe

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 08:45:00 +0000

It's an important day for HTC. 

The company's Android smartphones, once touted as among the best around (they're still pretty good), haven't been selling very well in recent years. But HTC is reinventing itself with a new device, that fully jumps onto the hottest trend in technology: the blockchain. 

Starting today, HTC is accepting pre-orders for the Exodus 1, an "early access" version of the previously announced Exodus device. 

In smartphone terms, the Exodus 1 a pretty powerful phone, in line with the top flagships of today. It's got a 6-inch Quad HD display with 18:9 aspect ratio, a dual, 16-megapixel back camera and a dual, 8-megapixel selfie camera. It's powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor, and it's got 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 3,500mAh battery and IP68 dust/waterproof rating. Its only weak point, specs-wise, is the fact that it's running Android Oreo and not Android Pie.  Read more...

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Twitter briefly locked Elon Musk's account but it's back now, thank heavens

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 07:51:44 +0000

Call it a modern tragedy: For a very short period of time, we were apparently deprived of Elon Musk's tweets.

According to the man himself, Twitter thought Musk got hacked and locked his account. 

Twitter thought I got hacked & locked my account haha

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 23, 2018

"Haha," tweeteth Musk casually, like it's no big deal. Well it is a big deal, Elon. It is to us. 

Twitter apparently did this because of a tweet earlier today, in which Musk shared an anime image with the text: "Wanna buy some Bitcoin?" Frankly, we can't blame them.  Read more...

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'Surviving R. Kelly' puts accusations against the singer into focus

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 06:45:55 +0000

R. Kelly will find himself under the spotlight — and not in a positive way — in a Lifetime docuseries set to air next year.

Over the past decade, the R&B singer has been accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct, and more serious allegations that he held several women in a 'cult,' resulting in the #MuteRKelly movement earlier this year. 

These accusations come into focus in a new trailer for Surviving R. Kelly released on Monday, a six-hour, three-part series in which several women have come forward to talk about alleged sexual, mental, and physical abuse conducted by the artist. Read more...

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This impression of Björk singing 'Rock-A-Bye Baby' is almost too perfect

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 06:20:41 +0000

Ariana Grande may be the champion of musical impressions but Saturday Night Live's Melissa Villaseñor gave her a run for her money on Monday night.

Jimmy Fallon challenged Villaseñor to a game of musical impressions, from Post Malone singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider," to Gwen Stefani thrashing out "Three Blind Mice."

But it's Villaseñor's impression of Icelandic queen Björk singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby" that really nailed it.  Read more...

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Mars might hold enough oxygen under its surface for life

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 06:17:42 +0000

We've long thought about the unlikely possibility of life on Mars, but it's under the planet's surface where those chances look stronger.

A new study published in Nature suggests that the salty water which subsists under Mars' surface could hold enough oxygen to support the kind of life which flourished on Earth billions of years ago.

While there are traces of ice deep under the planet's surface, the sheer scarcity of oxygen in Mars' atmosphere has diminished any belief that life could thrive on the planet. Until now. Read more...

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Hear a brand new song from 'Mary Poppins Returns' in latest trailer

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 02:35:01 +0000

There's a dolphin in the bath and a brand new song in the latest trailer for Mary Poppins Returns.

As everyone's favourite magical, singing nanny, Emily Blunt takes the lead in a new original track for the Disney sequel, called "Can You Imagine That?" and teased in a clip released Monday. 

Directed by Rob Marshall, the film features all new original songs by Broadway stalwarts Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and a musical score by Shaiman.

The teaser also appears to feature a few aesthetic throwbacks to Poppins classics like "Jolly Holiday" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee," but foregrounds the original track. And many, many dolphins. Read more...

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Google News bug chews up massive amounts of data in the background

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 02:02:50 +0000

Google News is chewing up huge amounts of data in one very annoying bug.

As reported by The Verge, Android users have complained about the issue since May, with the app mysteriously downloading gigabytes of mobile data in the background.

A Google community manager acknowledged the problem in September, after unhappy users reported data usage as high as 24GB, resulting in excess charges that amounted to hundreds of dollars. 

Some users said they had the Google News app set to "download via Wi-Fi only," but were still stung by the bug. Read more...

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Teens use Instagram more than Snapchat, report says

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:28:18 +0000

Snapchat may be losing ground to Instagram with some of its most important users: teens.

Instagram is now the most-used social media platform among teens, according to research firm Piper Jaffray

The new stats show that the Facebook-owned photo sharing app is slowly gaining ground over Snapchat. Eighty-five percent of teens report using Instagram at least once per month, compared with 84 percent who say the same for Snapchat. 

The findings, part of the firm's fall 2018 "Taking Stock With Teens" survey, is the first time Instagram has edged out Snapchat for the top spot. Though the two apps have consistently ranked at the top for teens, Snapchat has been slightly more popular since the spring of 2016. Read more...

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Cardi B okurrrrrs her way through spine-tingling ASMR video

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:13:47 +0000

Janet Jackson's doing itJeff Goldblum's doing it. Now Cardi B has purred her way into ASMR. 

In a tingly new interview with W Magazine, the rapper kicks your autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) into overdrive by stroking and whispering into the microphones, and playing with a fluffy rug and toddler toy. 

It is alarmingly stimulating, but also a genuine interview that delves into the success of her commercial debut single "Bodak Yellow," her debut album Invasion of Privacy, and the difficulties of working during her pregnancy.

But the real highlight? You've never heard Cardi B deliver her signature "okurr" like this.  Like what you hear? Check out the rest of W Magazine's ASMR interviews with celebrities like Aubrey Plaza and Melissa Benoist. Read more...

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Get ready for an explosion of Alexa-powered headphones

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 01:00:00 +0000

Get ready for the Alexa headphone explosion.

Up till now, there haven’t been too many headphones that integrate Amazon Alexa. There are certainly some you can buy — from high-end noise-canceling cans that fit over the ears to true-wireless models — but even when Alexa is present, its abilities are limited to a subset of what it can do on an Echo smart speaker.

That’s about to change in a big wayQualcomm has developed an audio chipset specifically for headphones to integrate digital assistants like Alexa, and a reference design that incorporates the technology: a neckband-style pair of headphones lets you call up Amazon’s digital assistant at the touch of a button. Read more...

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Sarah Silverman said she let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, with consent

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 23:31:21 +0000

Sarah Silverman used to let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, she told Howard Stern in an interview on Monday.

While C.K. has been somewhat eviscerated for doing the same thing to other women, as per a New York Times story last year which he later admitted to, Silverman said she let the comic masturbate in her presence consensually when they were in the early part of their careers.

"Listen, I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this, but I’ve known Louis forever. I’m not making excuses for him — please don’t take this that way," Silverman told Stern, according to a transcript from Vulture. Read more...

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Here's why you should make your bed every morning

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 22:53:33 +0000

This is You Won't Regret It, a new weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team.

Making my bed was the one chore I hated the most, but I've learned that it's one of the best tools to tackle my depression. 

Growing up, I wasn't allowed to leave the house until I made my bed. My mother would inevitably catch me at the front door, one shoe on, and ask whether or not my bed was made. When I mumbled out a reluctant "no," she would march me back to my unkempt bedroom and wait at in the doorway until I haphazardly tossed the comforter and pillows in place. I was perpetually late to study groups, slumber parties, and even the train because I always had to make my bed last minute.  Read more...

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YouTube promises creators more transparency and expanded features

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 22:19:06 +0000

YouTube wants its creators to know that the company hears them loud and clear.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki published her latest letter to creators on Monday, discussing the company's priorities for the rest of the year. While the bulk of the letter covered the threat Article 13 in the EU poses on the YouTube community, Wojcicki also snuck in a slew of major updates for its content creators.

Going forward, YouTube will be improving its communications with creators, according to Wojcicki. YouTube has a bit of a reputation for not always being transparent, often leaving many in the dark when it comes to platform upgrades. The company says it will provide regular updates through its Twitter account and Creator Insider YouTube channel, as well as through the new YouTube StudioRead more...

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Car heist video reminds Tesla owners that relay attacks are still a thing

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 22:10:59 +0000

The crooks definitely haven't forgotten. 

Despite a rash of publicity last year warning Tesla owners of the risk, yet another unlucky individual appears to have fallen victim to a so-called relay attack — losing his pricey electric car in the process. In surveillance video published to YouTube (embedded below), it seems thieves can be seen amplifying the signal from the car owner's key fob (located inside his home) in order to trick the vehicle into thinking the fob was present. 

And, after initially struggling but finally succeeding to unplug the charging vehicle, the two car thieves manage to drive away.  Read more...

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YouTube CEO warns EU 'meme ban' threatens the open internet

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 21:49:31 +0000

YouTube is sounding the alarms at the highest level over new controversial copyright legislation in the EU.

In a new blog post updating YouTube creators on the company’s priorities for the remainder of the year, CEO Susan Wojcicki focused on Article 13 of the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. 

While there are a number of problematic parts to this new legislation, such as Article 11 — which the EFF described as akin to a “link tax,” requiring internet platforms "to obtain a license before linking to news stories" — YouTube is putting the spotlight on Article 13, which has been widely referred to as a “meme ban.” Read more...

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Amy Schumer is pregnant and wants you to vote on November 6

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 21:38:55 +0000

Amy Schumer's discovered the one surefire way to get publications to cover her midterm endorsements: pairing them with her pregnancy announcement.

On Monday, the actress and comedian had Jessica Yellin of News Not Noise post a Notes app screenshot of Schumer's November election picks to her Instagram Stories. 

Also in the note, down at the bottom, is news that Schumer's expecting with her husband Chris Fischer.

Schumer teased the news on Instagram, and told her fans to head over to Yellin's Story for "some exciting news." Read more...

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Ford's self-driving cars are first to hit D.C. roads

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 21:15:49 +0000

Washington, D.C., is tracking more than politics. As of Monday, the nation's capital has its first self-driving cars on city streets. 

Ford is expanding its autonomous vehicle testing from Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Miami to the D.C. area. But that self-driving Domino's pizza delivery service is still only in Miami — for now.

With Argo AI, the company will map the city and collect data about driving around the city ahead of a 2021 goal for a commercial self-driving car service.

Ford's arrival marks an industry-wide expansion from the "usual" testing grounds. The roads of California, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have hosted self-driving cars for yearsOhio, Florida, and other states recently have become new test spots. Read more...

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13 of the best haunted Airbnbs you can rent to get in the Halloween spirit

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:41:44 +0000

Love the thrill of visiting a haunted house, but it's not quite enough for you? Why not go all in and stay overnight in one?

Yup, that's right. We took stock of the scariest haunted houses, apartments, and rooms that you can rent on Airbnb. But between the active spirit sightings, inexplicable events, and occurrences of random music playing, you may want to reserve a room elsewhere too, just in case you're too spooked to spend a full evening in one of these places. 

But for those feeling particularly brave and excited for specter-sightings this year, here are the 13 best haunted Airbnbs that you can stay in: Read more...

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Learn how to use social media to grow your business by taking this super cheap online course

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:37:30 +0000

It's a sign of the times that many colleges and universities now offer actual degrees in social media. The University of Florida, for instance, has designed an online Master's in Social Media that teaches students cutting-edge engagement and messaging tactics that appeal to screen scrolling-obsessed modern consumers. The price of said degree? Oh, just $30,999 and at least 16 months of your precious, fleeting time on Earth.

The Silicon Valley Social Media Marketing Certification Course doesn't cost as much as a new car, nor must you dedicate a year-plus of your life to it. But just like its UF Gator counterpart, it will give you the skills and education you need to pursue a lucrative career as a top-performing social media professional.  Read more...

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Donald Trump has an upsetting new nickname for Ted Cruz

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:36:38 +0000

The long, twisted relationship between President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) continues as Trump coins a new nickname for one of his most heated 2016 GOP rivals: "Beautiful Ted."

Trump shared his new nickname for Cruz while speaking to reporters on Monday as he prepared to leave for yet another rally, this time down in Texas in support of the senator's re-election efforts.

"To me, he's not 'Lyin' Ted' anymore—he's 'Beautiful Ted,'" Pres. Trump tells @jonkarl about Ted Cruz ahead of Houston rally. "I call him 'Texas Ted.'"

— ABC News (@ABC) October 22, 2018

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Donald Trump’s election was a 'traumatic experience' for many college students

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:20:33 +0000

To say that the 2016 presidential election had a profound impact on the American psyche might be an understatement. 

In fact, new research suggests that for many, the experience was actually traumatic. 

In a survey of roughly 800 college students, 25 percent reported such high levels of stress after the election that researchers likened it to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study published in the Journal of American College Health

Throughout the election, researchers noticed some pretty strong reactions in young adults. But the day after the election, lead researcher Melissa Hagan taught two classes where she saw that students were visibly upset — some were even crying.  Read more...

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6 of the best portable Bluetooth speakers that go everywhere

Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:21:25 +0000

Using your smartphone or tablet's built-in speakers should only ever be a last resort if you want to listen to your favorite music playlists. With many Bluetooth speakers out there, it's the perfect time to invest in a great device for a superior listening experience. You don't even have to worry about buying a bulky unit that's tied into a power supply. 

Plenty of portable Bluetooth speakers are high quality, while also offering the flexibility of a great battery life and added convenience. These are great for taking out with you while you're hiking, or simply for when you're traveling away for the weekend and you still want to listen to your tunes in the hotel room.  Read more...

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Facebook loses another important executive as Oculus co-founder resigns

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 19:01:15 +0000

Facebook is losing another founder.

Oculus cofounder Brendan Iribe is leaving the company, four years after Facebook's acquisition. Iribe becomes the latest high-profile founder to exit Facebook amidst a wave of executive departures from the company.

"Working alongside so many talented people at Oculus and Facebook has been the most transformative experience of my career," Iribe wrote in a Facebook post. "The success of Oculus was only possible because of such an extraordinary team effort."

Iribe didn't give a reason for his departure, only saying "this will be the first real break I've taken in over 20 years." Read more...

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8 of the best smart speakers according to Amazon reviewers

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:19:26 +0000

If you’re searching for a new smart speaker, the market is flooded with options. Whether you’re looking to spend your time listening to music outside, or you’re in search for the perfect indoor music solution, or both, there are hundreds of smart speakers for you to choose from.

For something entry-level with enough sound to fill a small room, perhaps DOSS, an Amazon bestseller priced at $29, is a good choice. If you prefer something more high-end that fills your entire home with premium sound, consider the Multiroom Audio System bundle at $349.

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10 of the best cheap Bluetooth speakers, according to online reviews

Wed, 23 May 2018 21:22:32 +0000

With Bluetooth speakers, it's simply a matter of pairing your device of choice with your speaker, and you're ready to blast that awesome playlist from anywhere. No more being tethered by an aux cable or worrying that your CD will skip. As long as you're within range (and the connection range is pretty generous), your music will always be at your fingertips.

But there are a ton of different Bluetooth speakers out there. Some can connect to multiple devices at once, and others can even connect to multiple speakers to expand the sound. Most let you take hands-free calls when your smartphone is connected, so you don't have to lift a finger. There are nice big ones with great sound, and smaller portable (even waterproof) speakers that you can take with you to the beach.  Read more...

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'Wonder Woman' sequel delayed

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:45:26 +0000

Wonder Woman 1984 has been delayed seven months from Nov. 2019 to June 2020.

Gal Gadot revealed the date change Tuesday on Twitter, calling the new date the Wonder Woman sequel's "rightful home."

Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!


— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) October 22, 2018

“We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” Warner Bros. said in a a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.” Read more...

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Samsung's A9 Has So Many Cameras

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:43:37 +0000
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8 of the greatest internet trolls of all time

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 18:00:00 +0000

It's Troll Week on Mashable. Join us as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of internet trolling.

The internet is full of trolls — but there's a special breed of troll that has garnered a reputation for being the best in the game.

Whether it's on YouTube, Twitter, or in the dreaded comment sections, these masters know how to play the game. In honor of these great heroes, take a look at eight of the best trolls, who are out there doing the internet a great service by just being themselves.

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A $4,000 inflatable colon has been stolen, and people want answers

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:53:47 +0000

A $4,000 inflatable colon was stolen last week and absolutely no one knows why, or who stole it. 

The colon was stolen from the University of Kansas Cancer Center off the back of a pick up truck in Kansas City, Kansas last week, the Wichita Eagle reports. Now the Cancer Center wants is to replace their colon, or at least have the stolen colon recovered.

We're on our way to replacing the #STOLENCOLON! Help @GYRIG_KC get back to raising #colorectalcancer awareness in Kansas City! Donate today#checkyourcolon @KUHospitalNews @KUcancercenter

— ColonCancerCoalition (@GYRIG) October 21, 2018

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Pick up the world's first smart ukulele and teach yourself how to play

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 17:44:04 +0000

Centuries before twee Zooey Deschanel lookalikes started strumming YouTube covers of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, a musician named Joao Fernandez hopped off a boat in Honolulu Harbor. The year was 1879, and Fernandez — along with other Portuguese immigrants — just completed a four-month, 12,000-mile journey from the ailing Atlantic island of Madeira to tropical Hawaii. 

Fernandez is said to have celebrated the vessel's arrival by deftly plucking a song on his machête, or pint-sized guitar. According to The Atlantic, a group of Hawaiians who witnessed his performance "were so impressed by his fingerboard prestidigitations that they called the instrument 'ukulele,' which translates to 'jumping flea.'" Read more...

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