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Uber wants to be the 'Amazon of transportation.' BMW and Daimler might do it first.

Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:05:30 +0000
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Two major car makers just out "Ubered" Uber. 

Last year, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he wanted the app to do it all: individual rides, carpools, food deliveries, electric bicycles, e-scooters, self-driving vehicles, and even flying taxis. He wanted Uber to become "the Amazon of transportation."

But on Friday, German companies Daimler (of Mercedes-Benz) and BMW announced they were investing 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) to offer many of the same services. 

Under the plan (which will initially focus on Europe, but could expand around the world), the two companies will combine existing services and companies with new transportation options.  Read more...

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Twitter cofounder Ev Williams is leaving the company's board

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 23:24:15 +0000
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One of Twitter's cofounders is taking a major step back from the company: Ev Williams is leaving the company's board.

“It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company. I will continue rooting for the team as I focus my time on other projects,” Williams said in a statement in an SEC filing announcing his departure from the board.

Thank you, @jack and @biz for starting this crazy company with me—and continuing to make it better and better. And to my fellow board members, new and old—some of the most thoughtful people I've ever known.

— Ev Williams (@ev) February 22, 2019 Read more...

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Period tracking app says it will stop sharing health data with Facebook

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:12:16 +0000
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After The Wall Street Journal reported that popular period-tracking app Flo had been secretly sharing some of its users' most personal health data with Facebook, Flo is promising to make some changes.

Along with a number of other popular health apps, Flo used Facebook's developer software to track users' data in a way that could be used for advertising purposes, the report found. 

In Flo's case, the period tracking app "told Facebook when a user was having her period or informed the app of an intention to get pregnant," according to The WSJ. This data "was sent with a unique advertising identifier that can be matched to a device or profile." Read more...

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Drivetime trivia app turns your daily commute into a gameshow

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:07:13 +0000
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Drivetime commuter trivia app
$Free download on App Store or Google Play
The Good
Interactive without being distracting • Designed knowing you are at the wheel • You might actually learn something • Available to play anytime
The Bad
Limited content with a focus on current events • For heavy drivers • only 30 minutes of trivia per day • Meant for solo • adult drivers • so doesn't work well for carpooling • passengers • or young kids • Can be hard for app to pick up your answers in noisy car situations
The Bottom Line
For commuters looking for something to do while driving, this makes the time go by much faster. For hardcore trivia fans, this is another way to get your fix. It's tailored to a driving experience, so it's a slower pace with a bit more banter and background info than usual. Once you've opened the app and pressed play, you don't have to look at or touch the screen again.
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This cat opening a door by himself is truly impressive

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:57:26 +0000
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Videos of cats opening doors are always good, but here is a particularly good one.

It was taken by Twitter user @steeleio_, who couldn't figure out why her roommate's cat was always able to break out of their bathroom. So she set up a camera on a shower shelf, shut the cat in the bathroom, and shook his food bag outside the door so he'd want to get out. 

He escaped in less than five minutes. "Once he got out, we gave him a treat and watched the video," @steeleio_ explained via Twitter DM. "My roommate was in complete shock."

Here is the video. Watch and be amazed.

My roommate’s cat is always breaking out of her bathroom. I set up this hidden camera to find out how...and y’all....i- 😂💀 pic.twitter.com/AUDN9IWPNE

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Proud Pokémon Parents, It's Time to Show Off

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:49:58 +0000
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How VR and AR are going to transform the way we consume news

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:49:38 +0000
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In this special edition of MashTalk, Mashable sits down with Ray Soto, Director of Emerging Technology for USA Today, at CES 2019. 

Soto discusses his team's latest projects that bring an entirely new perspective and interactive experience to contemporary hot button topics - like Trump's border wall. Furthermore, Soto sheds light on how he believes this style of storytelling will change the media industry going forward. Read more...

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Amy Klobuchar apparently ate salad with a comb and then made her staffer clean it

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:46:15 +0000
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The New York Times published a story Friday detailing the harsh, occasionally demeaning manner in which 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has treated her staff. There are a lot of disturbing details in the report, including accounts of Klobuchar throwing items "in the direction of aides" and making employees wash her dishes, which is probably unethical and definitely shitty.

The weirdest story, though, is about a comb. In 2008, an aide allegedly forgot to bring a fork for Klobuchar's salad aboard a short flight to South Carolina. According to the Times, Klobuchar "berated" the staffer for his mistake, then proceeded to eat the salad with a comb. Read more...

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Colin Kaepernick's new 'Icon' jersey sells out in hours

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:43:39 +0000
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The NFL quarterback revealed the jersey on his Instagram page. Read more...

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Can you tell between a real and computer-generated face?

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:37:30 +0000
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The test is simple enough: Guess which human face is real and which is not. You'd be surprised how tricky it can get. Read more...

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Breakdancing proposed as new sport for 2024 Olympics

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:36:10 +0000
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Squash, snooker, and chess also launched public bids for inclusion in 2024, but were not selected by the Paris organizers. Read more...

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6 major challenges foldable phones need to overcome to prove they're not a fad

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:33:44 +0000
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Foldable phones are really, finally, happening this year. But almost nobody should buy one until their many kinks are worked out.

Earlier this week, Samsung upstaged its own Galaxy S10 unveiling (all four of them) with another big announcement: its foldable Galaxy Fold phone. The nearly $2,000 luxury device, which transforms from a phone into a tablet when unfolded, is being touted as a taste of the future of mobile. 

But now that we're days removed from the Galaxy Fold's flashy reveal and merely days away from Mobile World Congress, where a handful of other Chinese phone-makers will show off their own foldable phones, I can't help but see red flags everywhere. Read more...

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Save $30 on these very stylish Urbanears Bluetooth headphones on Amazon

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:58:17 +0000
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If you live in a big city, then you've probably seen people on the subway or walking down a crowded sidewalk wearing hipster-friendly and very colorful retro headphones from Urbanears, a company based in Sweden known for premium sound quality and style. The audio company released the Plattan 2 Bluetooth, a wireless version of their most popular headphones, and they're now on sale for $30 off.

Usually retailing for $100, the Urbanears Plattan 2 Bluetooth headphones offer more than 30 hours of wireless playback on just one charge. Even if these headphones run out of juice, you can still use their included 3.5mm audio cable jack to plug directly into your iPhone or Android smartphone. The on-ear headphones deliver a crisp and clear audio experience with about 32 feet (10 meters) of wireless range before they start losing their connection. Read more...

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Out of traffic, into a ditch: Why Waze on snowy mountain roads could be a bad idea

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:26:43 +0000
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Rachael got out of her car, crying as she walked through a foot and a half of snow, looking for a paved road that could take her out of the mountains. 

Instead, she found herself staring into the face of a horse wearing a blanket. 

How did Rachael — in a car with four-wheel drive in an extremely popular tourist destination — find herself stuck on an unpaved road in the snow? Apple Maps. 

Recently, transportation officials and highway patrolmen who manage snowy, mountain roads have a new problem to manage, beyond the usual slick roads: the tendency of real-time navigation apps like Google Maps, Waze, and Apple Maps to send drivers onto potentially unsafe roads in an effort to find shortcuts or avoid traffic. It got so bad California Highway Patrol was forced to put up a sign.  Read more...

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'Barry' season 2 trailer is all about comical introspection

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:56:30 +0000
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Bill Hader's assassin-turned-actor Barry Berkman continues to unravel in the Barry Season 2 trailer. 

He's working on a new play while still keeping his dark past a secret from love interest Sally (Sarah Goldberg) and acting coach Gene (Henry Winkler), whose girlfriend he may or may not have killed in the Season 1 finale. It also looks like he's teamed up with Noho Hank to form "Team Badass." 

The trailer has references to Charles Manson, Ariana Grande's thank u, next, lots of laughs and violence. In short, I'm excited.

HBO's acclaimed comedy, which earned Hader and Winkler their Emmy awards last year, returns on March 31.  Read more...

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Sex robots are a hot trend for online porn

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:42:49 +0000
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We may not have flying cars but sex robots are definitely a thing that exist and they're becoming increasingly popular, even in porn searches. according to the adult website xHamster, there is an  upward trend of searches for sex robots on its website. 

In 2017, the site saw 21,402 total sex robot searches, a 60 percent jump over 2016's total of 13,339. December 2017 was that year's biggest month, with over 3,900 searches. 

And in 2018, there were 36,709 total sex robot searches on xHamster, an increase of 72 percent over 2017 and an increase of 175 percent over 2016, quite a healthy jump in a short amount of time. January 2018 is the biggest single month for xHamster and sex robot searches so far with nearly 6,200 total searches. Read more...

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Congrats to Bowser, the next President of Nintendo of America

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:37:09 +0000
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The next President of Nintendo of America is Bowser. Okay, it’s actually a man named Doug Bowser, but that didn’t stop the internet from making jokes. Read more...

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:36:48 +0000
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If you're a fan of hating on the New England Patriots, you're probably enjoying a bit of schadenfreude right about now.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with "two misdemeanor counts of soliciting a prostitute" on Friday, part of a widespread Florida investigation into prostitution and potential sex trafficking. The announcement came just a day after Deadspin noted some peculiar NFL-related questions at a press conference about arrest warrants being issued.

As of early Friday afternoon, Kraft had yet to be arrested on the charges. The incidents allegedly happened at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida and authorities say they have video evidence supporting their case against Kraft. Read more...

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What Silicon Valley can learn from Pinterest

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:33:43 +0000
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When was the last time a social media company could say it had a good week? Because that's something the often overlooked social media platform Pinterest can actually claim today.

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Pinterest had confidentially submitted paperwork to the Securities and Exchange Commission to file an IPO later this year. Just two days earlier, the Journal also broke the news that Pinterest had taken the most definitive action of any social media company in the fight against anti-vaxxer misinformation by blocking searches of vaccine content on the platform; finally, it seemed, a social media company willing to actually do something about online misinformation with real-world consequences. Read more...

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Cheap laptop alert: Save $150 on the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 at Walmart

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:55:13 +0000
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Desktop PC computers can certainly break the bank, but getting left out of crystal clear movie-watching and high-level gaming graphics doesn't feel great. There must be some other way to experience these perks without having to apply for a loan, right? The answer is yes. Consider snagging this Dell laptop if you're on a budget and looking for a high-end entertainment experience. 

The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is a good option for an entry-level laptop, and it's only $399 at Walmart. Normally priced at $549, this is a pretty sweet deal that'll save you a whopping $150.

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Instant Pot Lux is $30 off at Walmart — get it for just $69

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:42:56 +0000
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It can be tempting to opt for an easy frozen dinner when you’re feeling lazy. But you shouldn’t have to compromise taste and quality just because you don’t feel like cooking. Instant Pot pressure cookers allow you to create legit, homemade meals two to six times faster than standard cooking.

You know what's even better than saving time, though? Saving money.

The Instant Pot LUX is $30 off at Walmart right now, bringing the price down to $69. The LUX acts as six different appliances in one: It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté, steamer, and warmer. 

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Karl Lagerfeld's cat could inherit a fortune

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:39:38 +0000
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Lagerfeld previously revealed that his feline had made over $3 million from modeling. Read more...

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Save $30 on the ecobee4 smart thermostat, plus an extra $50 in rebates

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:39:11 +0000
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The daunting climate change situation is such a big deal, it's time we made every day and Earth Day-related holiday. According to sites like oceanconcervancy.org and blueocean.net, Feb. 22 is 2019's National Skip the Straw DayNat Geo even covered it last year.

We're not gonna rant about metal straws (though you should get some), but we do have a deal that can help you save the environment while saving money: Get $80 off the eecobee4 smart thermostat with this $30 off deal on Amazon. You may even be eligible to get an extra $50 rebate from your electric company. 

And then there's the whole saving on your monthly bill thing: ecobee claims that you'll save 23% on heating and cooling each year. (It was rated higher than Nest by PCMag. Just saying.) Read more...

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Best 4K smart TV deals: Sony, RCA, VIZIO, Samsung, and more on sale this weekend

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:18:35 +0000
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There are a number of great TV events coming up over the next few weeks — including the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, the final season premiere for Game of Thrones, and The Bachelor season finale — that it would be a shame if you missed out on them because your old HD TV is slowly breaking down. Maybe it's time for an upgrade.

We found the best deals on 4K smart TVs of various shapes and sizes for just about any room in your home this weekend. There are amazing deals on brand new 4K TVs from Sony, LG, Samsung, and more. If you want something to replace your failing old TV set, we got you covered with the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and beyond. Read more...

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Save up to 30% ($450!) on refurbished MacBooks and MacBook Pros on Amazon

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:43:22 +0000
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Everyone is always asking when the best time to do something is. 

We're not sure when the best time to post on Instagram is or when the best time to say "I love you" is (not after two dates, though), but we do know this: The best time to buy a new MacBook is all the time.

If you've been pushing the limits of your janky laptop for far too long, you should know that Amazon's Deal of the Day is all about refurbished MacBooks: Save up to 30% (that's $400 or more off) on the 2017 MacBook and MacBook Pro.

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15 domino videos so beautiful you'll fall in love

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:43:16 -0500
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It seems more and more kids are growing up with iPads instead of playing with toys that don't have screens. 

But for those of us who grew up with blocks and know the insufferable rage when your dominos knock over prematurely, these videos will impress the crap out of you. But proceed with caution, the sound of these dominos falling over will give you major ASMR.


1. A game-themed spectacle

This build took 19 builders seven days to complete, with a combined total of more than 1,200 hours, according to Hevesh5, who is a huge domino artist on YouTube. Read more...

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Marvel's Spider-Man games are up to $30 off at Best Buy

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 11:01:28 -0500
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If gaming is a hobby of yours, you most likely know the struggle of not being able to play all of the year's best titles because there are just too many games and too little time. It's okay, we all go through it. But, you're in luck, because you now have the chance to grab two of last year's most critically-acclaimed video games, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Marvel's Spider-Man only at a much cheaper price. 

Thanks to Best Buy, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is $30 off, and Marvel's Spider-Man is $20 off. Two best-selling games that are usually $60 apiece are now $30 and $40, respectively. Beat the FOMO this time around and grab these games as soon as you possibly can. Read more...

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Lyft plans to launch IPO next month

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:53:46 +0000
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Driving service Lyft is planning to beat Uber to the punch of launching an IPO. At the end of last year, both companies filed the necessary paperwork around the same time. Should Lyft go public on March 18 as planned, it would be the only ride-hailing company on Wall Street. Read more...

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Malware attacks that hunt for porn site login credentials on the rise

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:51:00 +0000
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If you own a paid account to a porn site, watch out for hackers. More PCs appear to be getting attacked with malware that's designed to steal login credentials for the top adult video websites.

Last year, the attacks targeted more than 110,000 PCs across the world, double the number from 2017, according to antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab. On Thursday, it published a report on the malware threat based on anonymized customer data taken from the company's antivirus products.

In total, the porn credential-hunting infection attempts reached 850,000 in 2018, or about triple the amount from the year before, the security firm said. Read more...

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Get the Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker for less than $40 at Best Buy

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:39:38 +0000
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When you get home from a long day, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour bent over a hot stove making dinner. Yeah you can pop something in a slow cooker before you leave for your day, but that takes advanced planning and sometimes you just don’t have the time or energy for that. With a pressure cooker, you can just toss ingredients in like a slow cooker, but the food cooks in a fraction of the time. 

You’ve probably heard the craze about Instant Pots, but those can run a bit pricey. The Insignia 8-Quart Multi-Function Pressure Cooker does virtually the same thing as an Instant Pot at a lower price point. Right now you can snag the Insignia pressure cooker for $39.99 at Best Buy, a savings of $80. Read more...

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