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These wireless Bluetooth headphones will last up to 16 hours on a single charge — and are on sale for $19

4 hours 18 min ago

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If plugging into your phone is so last year, then these Amazon's Choice wireless headphones that are 76% off are definitely up your alley.

SEE ALSO: Get earbuds that last 5 times longer than AirPods for 40% off

These noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones by DolTech employ buttons to control music or take calls. If you're not wearing the earbuds, the headset will vibrate when you're receiving a call and announce the phone number so you can choose whether you want to answer it. Read more...

More about Wireless, Wireless Technology, Wireless Earbuds, Bluetooth, and Wireless Headphones

The Harry Potter books are getting another swaggy redesign, so guess you're buying more books!

4 hours 21 min ago

In honor of the extended 20-year anniversary of the Harry Potter books – which released in 1997 in the U.K. and 1998 in the U.S. – the books are getting another new set of covers. This time, artist Brian Selznick will design jackets for the seven books.

SEE ALSO: These 'Harry Potter' ebook covers were never released (but should have been)

“I’m a big Harry Potter fan and it is an incredible honor to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s iconic series,” Selznick said in a statement, per Entertainment Weekly. “I am thrilled to play a part in this exciting 20th anniversary celebration and look forward to meeting Harry Potter fans and readers across the country.” Read more...

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Woody Allen's actors are turning against him, and it's about time

4 hours 27 min ago

The chorus of voices against Woody Allen is growing louder by the day.

Over the past few months, several actors who've starred in Allen's films have come forward to express their regrets – and, in some cases, announce that they're donating their salaries to charity. That list includes multiple stars of Allen's next movie, A Rainy Day in New York.

SEE ALSO: Dylan Farrow slams stars supporting Time's Up, but working with Woody Allen

Even in the throes of Hollywood's reckoning, Woody Allen has not faced the same swift and total condemnation that men like Harvey Weinstein have. 

His latest film, Wonder Wheel, hit theaters in December, and he's already wrapped his next movie, A Rainy Day in New York, for release in 2018. On the Wonder Wheel press tour, star Kate Winslet praised the director's "extraordinary" female roles, garnering side-eyes from some of her colleagues. Read more...

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Get a webcam cover and ease your anxieties about internet privacy and creepy online hackers

4 hours 49 min ago

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Computer webcams are a hot topic for those worried about internet privacy — and we're not just talking about that Season 3 episode of Black Mirror that we all hate. The most devious of hackers can hijack your computer view, invade your privacy, and catch you in some pretty compromising positions. 

SEE ALSO: Net Neutrality is dead and your privacy is at risk. Here are 5 VPNs that can help.

2016 was the year that proved that webcam danger is totally real. In August that year, a mother woke up to discover that a hacker had taken pictures of her daughter's room with the security cameras. Former FBI director James Comey even suggested that covering your webcam was tantamount to locking your house or your door. That probably explains why even Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg covers his own webcam. Read more...

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Chris Christie is the first elected NJ governor in decades who didn't break a leg during his term

5 hours 36 min ago

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie left office yesterday with a truly dismal approval rating. On the bright side, he also left with two intact legs!

As Obama administration alum Eric Columbus pointed out on Twitter Tuesday, Christie is the first elected NJ governor in decades to leave office without having broken a leg. We don't mean in the "Break a leg!" metaphorical way, either — we mean literally sustaining harm to a bone.

SEE ALSO: Chris Christie is no hometown hero for some New Jersey residents

In 1999, then-governor Christine Todd Whitman "broke both bones in her lower right leg" while skiing in Switzerland. In 2004, Jim McGreevey broke his leg after a fall in Cape May, prompting days of wild rumors and conspiracy theories. And in 2007, Jim Corzine broke his leg in a car crash. (He also broke his sternum, collarbone, and several ribs.) Read more...

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Seize the Awkward campaign wants to help you talk to a friend about their mental health

5 hours 43 min ago

We've all been there before: A friend or loved one feels down, maybe even depressed, but we're not sure how to raise the subject. Will it offend them? Could it make them feel worse? 

Those fears might convince us that staying silent is the best bet, but a new campaign called Seize the Awkward wants to help people get past such concerns so they can provide support to someone who may really need it. 

SEE ALSO: Two Apple investors want the company to study limiting children's iPhone use

The initiative launches Wednesday with a quirky PSA featuring Broadway star Gideon Glick. Dressed in a brown turtleneck, Glick pops up in the most awkward scenarios: two football players using urinals in a bathroom, a couple staring at the ceiling as they lay naked in bed, two besties sitting in silence as one tries to ask the other how she's doing.  Read more...

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This cryptocurrency correction is a good thing

6 hours 12 min ago

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If you own Bitcoin, Ethereum, or pretty much any other cryptocurrency, your portfolio isn't looking very good today. And you've probably gotten your share of smug looks from folks in the office who'd always said this crypto thing is a scam. And I bet you're also sick of the crypto-faithful telling you to HODL (aka "hold"). 

My portfolio is also a sad sight today. But as I'm looking at the double digit red numbers next to the names of the coins I own, I mostly feel relief.  Read more...

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Jane Fonda makes jokes about Megyn Kelly in reply to facelift comment

6 hours 38 min ago

It seems Jane Fonda can't go anywhere without someone bringing up plastic surgery.

You might recall that, back in September, Fonda was asked an infuriating question about her plastic surgery by Megyn Kelly during an excruciating interview on the Today show. 

Though a few months have passed by, Fonda doesn't seem to have forgotten about that rather cringeworthy interaction. 

SEE ALSO: Jane Fonda has zero time for Megyn Kelly's annoying question about her plastic surgery

Fonda and her Grace & Frankie co-star Lily Tomlin were appearing on the Today show together—thankfully sans Megyn Kelly this time—when Tomlin cracked a joke about Fonda's facelift.  Read more...

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AI Everywhere: Surprising ways we already interact with artificial intelligence

6 hours 45 min ago
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If someone were to say to you that you’ve spent all day interacting with artificial intelligence, you’d probably stop and try to recount any instances of accidentally running into a robot

Despite what’s constantly being hammered into our brains via science fiction movies and television, AI comes in many forms, which may surprise you. Not only has artificial intelligence become integrated within a number of industries, but it’s teaching people how to streamline business and optimize their lives.

From social media to public service, some people are interacting with artificial intelligence every single day and it may surprise you how broadly it is being adopted. Here are some ways we’re already using AI on the daily.  Read more...

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Hello, Watson: How AI actually learns how to think

6 hours 45 min ago
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People understandably have a lot of questions about how exactly artificial intelligence works. How could a machine understand nuance and context like a human brain can? Is creating Artificial Intelligence (AI) that sophisticated really possible?

Your answers lie with AI systems like Watson: IBM’s boundary-pushing technology, a collaborative effort designed to amplify human intelligence. Watson is on the cutting edge of cognitive computing, which means it thinks and learns

So how, exactly, does it do that?

Understanding how we reason

Before you can teach a machine to process information like a human brain, you need to understand how a human brain thinks. People go through four steps before making a decision. They can happen almost instantly, but we do it every time. Read more...

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Someone actually said 'Gucci Gang' a million times for charity because this is 2018

6 hours 50 min ago

Heroes come in many different forms.

Some people rescue others from burning buildings, or save the lives of puppies. Some wear capes and zoom around the earth.

Others, meanwhile, raise money for charity by saying "Gucci Gang" a full one million times.

Seriously, though, stop and think about that for a moment: 1 million times.

SEE ALSO: Youtuber uses only his voice to perform the whole 'Home Alone' soundtrack

In case you're not familiar with the term "Gucci Gang", it's the title of a song by the rapper Lil Pump. You can get caught up here:

The man who came up with this challenge is YouTuber Graham The Christian. He planned to give all proceeds to Red Nose Day. Graham wrote that he'd done this type of stream before, but "wanted to attempt something a little more ambitious". Read more...

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Penguin jumps into man's boat for a quick hi-bye

6 hours 57 min ago

Hello yes, I would like to apply to be a member of the Australian Antarctic Division team. Oh and also, I'm a penguin.

SEE ALSO: 10 of the most incredible moments from 'Blue Planet II'

Footage released on Wednesday by the Australian Antarctic Division shows a penguin quickly dropping in on communications specialist Matthew McKay, who was travelling through sea ice at the time.

When a #penguin drops in to check on your work.

📷 Matthew McKay#Antarctica #justanotherdayattheoffice #awesome pic.twitter.com/f7jsB1ZV2z

— Antarctic Division (@AusAntarctic) January 17, 2018

A bold move from the penguin there, but why did he do it? Read more...

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Thread about the 'grey areas' of bad sexual encounters is required reading in the wake of Aziz Ansari allegations

7 hours 22 min ago

Set aside your feelings about the slew of hot takes that have emerged after the publication of a report accusing Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct, and please give this powerful Twitter thread your undivided attention. 

Writer and radio host Ashley C. Ford shared an arresting anecdote about the grey areas of "bad sexual encounters," highlighting the need for specific language to facilitate difficult, but desperately-required conversations about these experiences. 

SEE ALSO: Hey Aziz Ansari defenders, saying 'no' is more complex than you think

Ford begins the Twitter thread with a story about an interaction she had with her roommate while at university. She wrote that one of her favourite aspects of college was the extent to which her friends wanted to talk about sex. "Like REALLY talk about sex. The good, the bad, the hilarious, and the downright confusing," she wrote.  Read more...

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You can track gritters in Scotland and they have incredible names

7 hours 38 min ago

Fasten your seatbelt, because this is one wild ride.

SEE ALSO: Public road gritter naming contest winner will make wordplay enthusiasts proud

There's nothing we Brits love more than silly names for vehicles. Combine that with the excitement of live gritter tracking, and you've got yourself a social media hit.

Scotland's gritters have risen to prominence thanks to a website that lets you track their movements, and people are loving their names.

Oh my. Gritters currently out on duty on Scotland's trunk roads include:

Gritty Gritty Bang Bang
Sir Andy Flurry
Sir Salter Scott
Ready Spready Go
Ice Destroyer
Gritallica
Grittie McVittie
and Fred pic.twitter.com/xYlcm1XwXd

— Philip Sim (@BBCPhilipSim) January 16, 2018 Read more...

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50 Cent explains why he called Jay-Z's new album 'golf-course music'

8 hours 7 min ago

So what exactly is "golf-course music"?

SEE ALSO: 50 Cent and Gerard Butler are big goofballs on Instagram

50 Cent was a guest on Conan on Tuesday night and O'Brien asked him to clarify what he meant when he described Jay-Z's new album in that way.

"Hip-hop culture is connected to youth culture," he said. He claimed that, "maturity bled off into the material." Read more...

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Politician casually falls asleep on live TV mid-way through debate

8 hours 21 min ago

It's a well-established fact that politics is super-duper boring.

Long, waffling speeches. Dull meetings. Arguments that go on for hours. 

SEE ALSO: 16 times Ed Miliband was the sassiest politician on Twitter

If you happen to actually be a politician, though, it's good to show at least a tiny bit of interest.

Or, if you happen to be UK MP Sir Desmond Swayne, you could just say screw it and fall asleep live on television, mid-way through a Brexit debate:

To be fair, he does deserve some points for the way he recovers after waking up 43 seconds into that clip. He even manages to smile as if he's been paying attention the whole time. Read more...

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Kimmel gets couples to compare how long they think their sexual encounters last

9 hours 5 min ago

How long should sex last? Don't worry, you don't have to answer.

SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel is all about Oprah in 2020

Inspired by a study of how long men and women think sex should last, Jimmy Kimmel Live took to the streets to ask couples how long their lovemaking lasts. The catch? They had to answer without consulting each other.

One couple disagreed by a margin of three whole hours. Three. Hours. Read more...

More about Couples, Sex, Jimmy Kimmel, Culture, and Sex Relationships

'Star Wars' stars totally shut down the men who edited the film to remove all the women

9 hours 18 min ago

If you're going to spend a large amount of time editing a whole new cut of The Last Jedi that removes pretty much all the women, you'd better be prepared for some feedback.

Lots of feedback.

SEE ALSO: A side-by-side comparison of the 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Homemade Trailer

Earlier in the week, Pedestrian reported that a 46-minute cut of The Last Jedi had been shared anonymously on Pirate Bay. The main difference to the original, it turned out, was that pretty much all the female characters had been removed.

Actress Priscilla Page made her feelings about the whole thing pretty clear:

ahhaahahahhahahahahahhahahhahahahahhahhhhhaaaahahahha pic.twitter.com/Uz2JfF8Snf

— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) January 16, 2018 Read more...

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David Harbour from 'Stranger Things' makes another big fan promise for lots of retweets

12 hours 53 min ago

Good guy David Harbour is back with his big promises.

The Stranger Things star has pledged to become ordained and preside over the wedding ceremony of Twitter user @ErickaElizabth, but only if he gets 125,000 retweets.

SEE ALSO: Millie Bobby Brown wants people to know that hair does not equal beauty

There's a bit of time though, the wedding is slated for September.

What would it take to get @DavidKHarbour to be the Officiant at my wedding in September?!

— Ericka (@ErickaElizabth) January 15, 2018

Of course, the wedding date will have to work with the shooting schedule of Season 3 of Stranger Things.  Read more...

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TV channel Spike is no longer, so its social media manager had a field day

13 hours 24 min ago

Better to go out with a bang than a whimper, we guess.

TV channel Spike is going to be rebranded as the Paramount Network on Thursday, as owner Viacom looks to general entertainment programming on the 34-year old basic cable network.

SEE ALSO: 10 TV shows we can't wait to see in 2018

So, as the days become numbered, Spike's social media presence has decided to well, not really care anymore. 

Viacom is killing off Spike TV & their social media person is having a fun type of meltdown pic.twitter.com/Xhr8fFoNGJ

— Kate (@kate_m_C) January 17, 2018

We don't know if this Twitter-led meltdown is all Viacom-approved (look, we're sure it is), but it's not everyday a TV channel ceases to exist for good. Read more...

More about Television, Culture, Social Media, Spike, and Culture

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