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Anna Kendrick was confused for another Anna K. Oh, she noticed.

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 23:47

Anna Kendrick didn't just welcome twins with Enrique Iglesias. But a news story using the wrong image has the Pitch Perfect star taking to Twitter with a hilarious thread about the mistake.

Yahoo News ran a story about the "Hero" singer reportedly sharing photos of his new babies with tennis star Anna Kournikova — but it used the wrong Anna K's picture.

SEE ALSO: 'Pitch Perfect 3' is...fine, and you can't have expected more than that

Kendrick called the error out on Twitter, with a wry post:

Dear Yahoo: how do I get to this timeline where I've slept with Enrique Iqlesias please and thank youpic.twitter.com/4mmA2i7dse

— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) January 17, 2018 Read more...

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Trump's first presidential physical prompts 'girther' conspiracy

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 23:46

A usually routine affair, there has been a lot of interest over Trump's first presidential medical exam.

It comes off the back of talk about Trump's insatiable appetite for McDonald's burgers and relative lack of exercise (aside from the occasional spot of golf). 

SEE ALSO: How to worm your way into Trump's inner circle (Hint: Red and pink Starbursts)

Despite all this, Trump was given a clean bill of health by president's physician Dr. Ronny Jackson on Tuesday afternoon.

"He has incredible genes, I just assume," Jackson told reporters, responding to questions on how he's managed to keep healthy. Trump also abstains from alcohol and smoking. Read more...

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People totally freaked out over a 'likely meteor'

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 23:05

Was it … Superman? No, but the super bright light in the sky certainly freaked people out.

Residents of southeast Michigan reported a white ball of light paired with a loud boom on Tuesday night, capturing some seriously impressive footage of the event around 8:15 p.m. ET.

SEE ALSO: This is what a meteor looks like from space

The National Weather Service in Detroit, although yet to issue an official statement, said the flash was "not thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor." 

After reviewing several observational datasets, the NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor. We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor#miwx

— NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) January 17, 2018 Read more...

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'Super Mario 64' meets 'Banjo-Kazooie' in the mash-up of your '90s dreams

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 22:14

Imagine, two of the greatest Nintendo 64 games, mashed up into one epic late '90s adventure featuring a lot of wahoo-ing.

Modders Trenavix, Waschpenner and Shyguyhex have thrown favourites Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie together — and it works pretty damn well. Using the SM64Paint program, the modders have dropped your ol' pal Mario right into the "Spiral Mountain" level of the game usually inhabited by an agreeable bear, Banjo, who carries his bird best friend around in a backpack (that lazy Kazooie).

BK's collectable musical notes have been replaced with Mario's red coins, and enemy Goombas and Shy Guys have replaced Spiral Mountain's usual cohort of aggressive carrots and cauliflowers. But it doesn't stop at the intro level — the modders have appropriated a large portion of the game. Read more...

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The Bitcoin community reacts to crash

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 22:06

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies crashed hard, and many people aren’t taking it well.  

Down from the near-$20,000 highs of early December, Bitcoin plummeted 25 percent on Tuesday to as low as $10,194. This hasn't gone over so well with those who poured their life savings into cryptocurrency. 

SEE ALSO: You know who's not loving Bitcoin's rise? Speed freaks.

Just how bad is it? Well, at the time of this writing, a post providing the phone number of the U.S. National Suicide Hotline sat at the top of the cryptocurrency Reddit

Image: reddit

Importantly, it's not just Bitcoin that's down. Everything from Ether, to Ripple, to Bitcoin Cash, to Litecoin is presently taking a bath. Read more...

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Crowd imitates tennis player's very loud shrieking when hitting the ball

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 20:27

Surely you'd be used to hearing the shrieks of tennis players hitting the ball by now.

But it was on a whole new level with Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka, who was playing Aussie player Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

SEE ALSO: Will Ferrell crashes on-court interview with Roger Federer and asks all the hard-hitting questions

Sabalenka has gained notoriety for both her exceptional skills and rather loud grunts on the court. During Thursday's match, they prompted the umpire to address what was believed to be the crowd imitating Sabalenka's screams. So of course, the crowd responded by making their grunts even louder, much to the chagrin of Barty. Read more...

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Dylan Farrow talks about Woody Allen abuse for first time on TV

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:53

The #MeToo moment finally appears to be closing in on Woody Allen — and it's about damn time. 

On Thursday, Jan. 18, his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow will finally get the chance she deserved years ago, to talk about her accusation of sexual abuse in her first ever televised interview. 

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

“I am credible, and I am telling the truth, and I think it’s important that people realize that one victim, one accuser, matters. And that they are enough to change things,” the press release quotes Farrow as telling CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King. Read more...

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Alec Baldwin says Woody Allen backlash is 'unfair and sad'

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:12

Woody Allen, who was accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, has a new public supporter in Alec Baldwin.

Baldwin hopped on Twitter on Tuesday to broadcast his two cents on the situation, writing that working with Allen three times "was one of the privileges of my career," and that the backlash against him is "unfair and sad."

SEE ALSO: Dylan Farrow questions Hollywood's enduring blind spot for Woody Allen

Dylan Farrow, who was adopted by Allen and actress Mia Farrow, says Allen sexually assaulted her in the attic when she was 7 years old. She first publicly accused Allen of the assault in a 2014 open letter published by the New York Times, in which she said he'd often "place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out." Read more...

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Hawaii emergency agency password caught on a Post-it in public photo

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:54

If you thought there was nothing worse to put on a Post-it note than a break-up letter, think again.

On Tuesday, a photo of an employee at Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency, which was originally published in July, made the internet rounds because of something hiding on the man's computer. For reference, that's the same agency that mistakenly sent out a missile alert to Hawaiian residents on Saturday.

SEE ALSO: FALSE ALARM: Panic ensues as Emergency Alert Service issues missile threat for Hawaii

The photo, taken by the Associated Press for a prior news article, shows the employee's desk with his many monitors. And stuck to one of those monitors is a Post-it note — with a password on it. The employee was identified by the AP as an operations officer. Read more...

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Google will construct three new undersea cables in 2019

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:33

Can't get enough Google? You're in luck. 

The company, a division of Alphabet Inc., has announced that it will expand its Cloud services to five new regions, and build three new submarine cables to service its capacity needs. 

SEE ALSO: Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker

Google's Cloud platform is already up and running in thirteen regions including Tokyo, Taiwan, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, London, Belgium, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Oregon, Iowa, Northern Virginia, and South Carolina. The company estimates that its network currently accounts for 25% of all internet traffic.   

The platform will expand to Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Montreal, the Netherlands, and Finland. This means companies in these regions who leverage Google's Cloud Platform for their server capacity in these regions will experience higher performance and fewer service disruptions.  Read more...

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Talking about #MeToo on social media is hard, but we shouldn't stop trying

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:27

When news broke late Saturday that the actor and comedian Aziz Ansari had been accused of sexual misconduct, I had plenty of thoughts but didn't feel compelled to share a single one of them on social media. 

I partly blame my naturally cautious personality for that; I like to know exactly what I believe before I put it out into the world. But I also watched my timeline on Facebook and Twitter become a deluge of impassioned comments and hot takes. I didn't want to wade into the churn just yet. I imagine I'm not alone. 

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

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Apple forgot the greatest lesson of the MacBook Air

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:17

Ten years ago, Steve Jobs hopped on stage at Macworld 2008 and did another one of his seemingly impossible magic tricks: He undid the string on a manila envelope, pulled out the MacBook Air, and forever changed laptops forever.

On Monday, the MacBook Air turned 10 (time flies!), and while it's incredible how much the thin, light and tapered computer has influenced all laptops, it also serves as a lesson on how Apple can make its family of MacBooks great again.

SEE ALSO: Ready or not, Windows 10 laptops are going all-in on USB-C ports

The MacBook Air wasn't an instant hit at first. Sure, it was the thinnest and lightest laptop the world had ever seen, but it was ultimately such an underpowered machine that it was better to just buy a bigger, bulkier MacBook or MacBook Pro instead. Read more...

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For under $30 get this 10,000mAh battery pack and a fast-charging 3-in-1 cable

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:17

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Nowadays, almost no one dares to leave the comfort of their homes without carrying a portable battery. People have become so dependent on their electronic devices that when power runs out, they are scrambling to find the nearest outlet to juice up. Which is why when you're on the go, you need a high-capacity and low profile battery that isn't a pain to lug around anywhere.

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Update your résumé this year by learning these tech and leadership skills

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:08

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

It's a new year, and that means another chance to reinvent yourself (or at least consider the idea). If you've been unhappy at work for a while now, maybe it's time to start looking elsewhere. But are your skills like so 2010? 

SEE ALSO: 21 products to help you get organized this year

Luckily, you don't have to go back to school to make yourself relevant. Right now, you can learn the top in-demand skills with eduCBA Professional Training, which includes over 5,000 different courses. Typically, you'd have to pay upwards of $8,000 to take these online classes, but you can get the whole eduCBA Professional Training bundle right now for just $99. A 98% discount? Yes, please. Read more...

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YouTube will try to prevent the next Logan Paul fiasco by cutting off the cash

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:00

YouTube sees one central element to its problems: money. 

On Tuesday the company announced changes to how videos on the platform make money, adding in a heavy dose of human moderation and new tools to make sure advertising cash gets put toward the right kinds of videos — and never hate speech, child exploitation, and other questionable content. 

Yes, that would conceivably include videos like the one Logan Paul recently uploaded featuring the body of a person who had recently committed suicide. 

YouTube "will be strengthening our requirements for monetization so spammers, impersonators, and other bad actors can’t hurt our ecosystem or take advantage of you, while continuing to reward those who make our platform great," wrote Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer, and Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer, in a blog post. Read more...

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Black actresses ask the world to stand by them during the #MeToo moment

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:54

"We are America's black women," Kerry Washington began. "Forces of nature," added Tracee Ellis Ross. "We have always been at the frontlines of change," continued Washington. "We show up," said Ellis Ross. "Everyone knows when we show up, we make a change," Jurnee Smollett-Bell said. 

"But we can't do it alone,"Angela Robinson cautioned. "Stand by us, stand for us, stand with us,"  Laverne Cox urged.

SEE ALSO: There's a must-watch documentary about Recy Taylor, the woman Oprah shouted out in Globes speech

Washington, Ellis Ross, Smollett-Bell, Cox, and Robinson, along with Lena Waithe, were all speaking on Monday at The NAACP Image Awards, an award show that honors the greatest achievements from people of color in entertainment from the past year. An acknowledgement of the importance of strong media representation, the Image Awards honors those fighting to end race discrimination in the industry, and these celebrated actresses and female creators used the platform to deliver a powerful message on the need for intersectional solidarity in the #MeToo movement. Read more...

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Net neutrality's latest hope: 22 state attorneys general file lawsuit against FCC

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:48

The attorneys general of 22 states — including New York, California, Kentucky, and Mississippi — are suing over the repeal of net neutrality regulations. 

SEE ALSO: Internet pioneers call on Congress to save net neutrality

This comes the day after Democrats in the Senate announced they had 50 votes for legislation that would override the recent vote by the Federal Communications Commission. That's a step in the right direction, but with a Republican-controlled House and Donald Trump in the White House, it almost certainly won't lead to legislative victory for net neutrality. 

So, the nation turns to the courts. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Read more...

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Pretend you're sitting by the fireplace with help from these flaming light bulbs

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:39

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The fastest way to make your friends think you're a real adult is by putting extremely fancy candles in your house. But what if you're not adult enough for candles? What if the mere thought of an open flame unattended gives you the shivers — and not in a good way? 

SEE ALSO: These in-sync touch lamps are perfect for people in long distance relationships

Instead of investing money in a candle that'll last you two weeks and make your house smell like old fruit, consider snagging an LED Flame Flicker Light Bulb instead. This awesome light bulb plugs into any light source and creates a majestic, lifelike flame. Now you can have that #hygge ambiance without the fire hazard.  Read more...

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Senator reaches for nonexistent glasses and takes them off anyway

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:31

Today's collective LOL at the expense of lawmakers came courtesy of Senator Orrin Hatch, who just reached for his glasses and, upon finding there were none there, decided to take them off anyway.

SEE ALSO: This state senator wants to revive net neutrality in California

The 83-year-old was deep in the middle of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when he made the gaffe. Of course Twitter pounced like a rabid fox on the nonsensical gesture.

Here it is in all its glory.

And here's perhaps the best of the inevitable jokes that followed.

.@OrrinHatch we got you, dude pic.twitter.com/ymMhRuiiOS

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 16, 2018 Read more...

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'Black Lightning' presents powerful, intersectional heroes when we need them most

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:28

At some point in the young progressive's education, you realize that the word "normal" is code for "straight and white." Everything else — foreign cinema, LGBTQ romance, minority-led TV and films, etc. — must be explicitly labeled for its otherness. So it should come as no surprise that the CW's new drama Black Lightning is being marketed to television viewers for, well, it's blackness.

But for the CW and Black Lightning, the challenge to provide representation for a whole community is a badge of honor and crucial part of the show. And it tackles that challenge head on, and does so much more. Read more...

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