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Save over $200 on an iPad Pro, get a $500 Dell gift card when you buy a smart TV, and more of today's best deals

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:00

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It's January, and for movie and TV show aficionados that means one thing: new Netflix content and new Hulu content. This month, we'll see new titles added to the streaming lineups, like Cars 3, Dallas Buyers Club, This Is Us, Bob's Burgers, and tons of other new movies and series. Save big on a smart TV, iPad Pro, or laptop so you can ignore your adult responsibilities and stream to your heart's desire — and get a $500 Dell gift card while you're at it. Read more...

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Dude uses drone to give a huge bear the gift of flight

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:51

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It's bird, it's a plane, it's a big flying... bear?

Hunter Clearly (@Cyranek_ ) found the best way to use his new DJI Mavic Pro drone by flying a plush bear (known as the Tiny Headed Kingdom Bear, but to Clearly, simply Bart) across the sky. 

Just imagine the horror and confusion on neighbors' faces. The perfect writing inspiration for the next season of Black Mirror

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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' official synopsis released...and it's a bad sign

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:51

There are just over four months left to go before the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. And unusually for this stage in a movie's promotional cycle, we still don't even have a publicity shot of the movie's star Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo, much less a trailer. 

But we do at least have an official synopsis for the movie, which was unveiled by Lucasfilm Tuesday on StarWars.com. And again, for anyone wanting to learn anything new about the movie, this is worryingly slim pickings. 

SEE ALSO: Everything We Know About the Han Solo Movie

In other words: we've got a bad feeling about this.  Read more...

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Finally, an automatic food and water dispenser for your cat

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:40

'Catspad' is an automatic food and water dispenser for your cat that connects to your home's Wi-Fi. It can be controlled remotely with an app allowing you to program and schedule how much food is dispensed and when. It also sends a notification when the food and / or water is low. 'Catspad' also stores an emergency battery in case of a power outage.  Read more...

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Welp, here is your state's most popular search term on Pornhub

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:19

Curious if you and your neighbors have the same tastes in porn?

With millions of viewers flocking to its site each day, Pornhub has no shortage of data to mine for that very answer. The adult content platform has just released their 2017 State of the Union, which breaks down the trends that defined viewership in the US, from the most popular search terms in each state to the nation's average time spent per visit.

So, which search terms were biggest in your home state?

SEE ALSO: Surprise: Women watched more porn in 2017

In 2017, searches for "lesbian" came out on top in 42 states, with "milf" in a distant second place. Read more...

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Lego is bringing brick-building games to China

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:18

China, rejoice: You're about to have an internet full of Lego

The Lego Group is hooking up with Chinese technology conglomerate Tencent; the pair of companies say they'll collaborate "across a broad range of digital content and digital platforms" to create Lego games for Chinese children. 

SEE ALSO: This Lego machine wants to ice your Christmas cookies for you

A few plans are in the works. The companies will produce a Lego "video zone" on Tencent's video platform. They will also develop Lego Boost, an online tool that will let kids recreate their Lego creations online. 

Lego and Tencent will explore bringing Lego Life, a Lego-centered social network currently available on the iOS App Store and Google Play, to China, but the plan is to create more online Lego games of all shapes and sizes.  Read more...

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This robotic closet knows how to fold and sort your clothes

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:57

The “laundroid” from Seven Dreamers is a closet with robotic arms to fold and sort your clean clothes. Read more...

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The Google Arts and Culture app has a race problem

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:55

The Google Arts and Culture app (available on iOS and Android) has been around for two years, but this weekend, it shot to the top of both major app stores because of a small, quietly added update.

SEE ALSO: Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018

The newest feature lets you take a selfie, then searches a database of well-known artworks from around the world to match your photo with a face from a museum piece. 

The software uses advanced artificial intelligence and facial recognition to analyze patterns in your face, then find similar traits across real photos and paintings. It's a fun experiment — especially if you get a good match. Read more...

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You'll never have to pick up a tennis ball ever again

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:54

'Tennibot' is an autonomous tennis ball collector that's basically a Rumba for your tennis court. The bot uses cameras and sensors to detect the ball and comes with an app so you can specify where on the court you want to collect. Read more...

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This personal sauna uses infrared lights to give you the perfect relaxation

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:49

Health Mate designed personal saunas that fit right at your home. They use infrared lights. Health Mate claims these saunas offer health and beauty benefits. You can control the temperature and lighting, too.  Read more...

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Weird Facebook glitch has 'broken' News Feed, but it's actually kind of nice

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:49

Facebook's News Feed is broken. No, that is't a comment on the current state of social media or Mark Zuckerberg's pledge to fix what's broken about Facebook. 

I mean, it's literally broken. Many users are reporting that they're opening the Facebook app and website only to see a big, blank space that says "there are no more posts to show right now."

SEE ALSO: I deleted Facebook off my phone and you should too

Though not affecting all users, the glitch appears to be fairly widespread, with a number of users reporting some variation of the "no posts" issue.

Facebook is broken right nowpic.twitter.com/VHMpX3IJmL

— Meredith Guthrie (@meredithea) January 16, 2018 Read more...

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One person is probably responsible for almost 600 percent of Bitcoin's price rise

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:44

Bitcoin is complicated. From what, exactly, it's good for to who created it, there remains a host of unanswered questions about the world's foremost cryptocurrency. 

But when it comes to what drove the monumental price rise over the last 9 years, we now have at least a partial answer — and it's not what you'd think. You see, it turns out that one person or one coordinated group is likely responsible for a massive increase in Bitcoin's value back in 2013. Yup, just one. 

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

That's the conclusion of a group of researchers in the Journal of Monetary Economics, who write that the price of Bitcoin has been (surprise!) subject to manipulation over the years.  Read more...

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Blame Hawaii's apocalypse fake-out on this common video game mistake

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:30

Nobody likes a bad user interface.

It makes video games — and really, any app or software — needlessly confusing and difficult to navigate. And as we now know, it's also the reason the state of Hawaii experienced a brief yet horrifying period of existential panic on Saturday.

SEE ALSO: Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines flight got to kiss 2017 goodbye twice

When an unnamed state official accidentally issued the alert about an incoming ballistic missile attack, this is the screen they were looking at:

This is the screen that set off the ballistic missile alert on Saturday. The operator clicked the PACOM (CDW) State Only link. The drill link is the one that was supposed to be clicked#Hawaii pic.twitter.com/lDVnqUmyHa

— Honolulu Civil Beat (@CivilBeat) January 16, 2018 Read more...

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How it works: A step-by-step guide to buying glasses online with Warby Parker

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:06

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If you're a glasses-wearer, you've probably heard of affordable designer eyewear company Warby Parker. If you haven't tried out their glasses yet and are still picking from the small selection at your optometrist's office, you're probably overpaying and you're definitely missing out on some pretty cool frames.

SEE ALSO: Impress your dinner guests with these wine glasses that play music

Warby Parker was founded in 2010 by Warton School students who noticed that most of the "designer" glasses are simply licensed to a few giant eyewear companies and sold in bulk to optical shops. They realized that if they cut out the middle man by designing their own glasses and selling them online, they could pass on huge savings to the customer.  Read more...

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'#MeToo, Now What?' asks where we go from here in a five-part PBS miniseries

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:49

Believe it or not, the world has changed for the better in a lot of ways over the past year. But we still have a long way to go.

In #MeToo, Now What?, a newly announced five-part PBS miniseries, host Zainab Salbi will take a closer at the ongoing conversation around sexual misconduct. It's not a recap of 2017 and beyond, but rather a forward-looking consideration of what happens next as the toxic level of gender inequity in our society continues to be rooted out.

SEE ALSO: 2017 was the year women took back their own narratives

The official synopsis from PBS sums up the series' intent:

Each of the five episodes will focus on different aspects of sexual harassment. One explores how the shifts in pop culture filter down to women in the workplace. Another factors in the all-important considerations of race and class through the lens of this ongoing conversation. Read more...

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Chrissy Teigen just offered to pay gymnast McKayla Maroney's fine for speaking out against sexual abuse

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:28

Chrissy Teigen to the rescue. 

The model and cookbook author responded to a report from Daily Mail that revealed gymnast McKayla Maroney, the first to speak out about being sexually abused by USA Gymnastics ex-team doctor Larry Nassar, currently faces a $100,000 fine if she violates a non disclosure agreement with USA Gymnastics and address Nassar at his sentencing

Teigen spoke out on Tuesday morning against the principles behind the NDA and offered to pay Maroney's fine if the gymnast decided to break the contract. 

SEE ALSO: And now, a nice chat featuring Chrissy Teigen, Chelsea Clinton, the Church of Satan, and Hooters Read more...

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Keira Knightley on modern films: 'female characters nearly always get raped'

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:28

Keira Knightley is voicing her concern over the way women are treated in films.

In an interview with Variety, the 32-year-old actress discussed how she tends to shy away from taking on modern-day films "because the female characters nearly always get raped."

"I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces," Knightley said, noting there's been some improvement over the years but the industry still has a lot of work to do. 

SEE ALSO: Keira Knightley to play Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney's 'Nutcracker' Read more...

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Startling video shows airborne car slamming into second floor of office building

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:27

Intense footage has emerged of a car launching into the air, narrowly missing a bus, then crashing into the second floor of an office building in Santa Ana, California.

The video is from the dashcam of a Orange County Transportation Authority city bus, and shows the exact moment of the collision, which happened on SundayAccording to local reports, the car went airborne after the driver drove it into a center divider. Shortly after, the car caught fire.

SEE ALSO: Terrifying footage shows the cruise that traveled through the bomb cyclone

OCFA in Santa Ana with a vehicle that crashed into the second floor of a small Office building. The vehicle hit the center divider and went airborne and landed into the building. One person self extricated, the other person is still trapped in the vehicle. USAR from OCFA On scene pic.twitter.com/Lm5b4oyCIm

— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) January 14, 2018 Read more...

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The internet breaks Ralph in awesome new 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' image

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:20

The Wreck-It Ralph sequel may be titled Ralph Breaks the Internet, but the latest image makes it look more like the internet is breaking Ralph.

SEE ALSO: All the Disney princesses are coming back for the 'Wreck-It Ralph' sequel

The Pixar sequel sees Ralph and his BFF Vanellope venturing outside the arcade and into the weird wide world of the internet. To find their way around, they enlist the help of some new friends, including an algorithm to be voiced by Taraji P. Henson and a clique of classic Disney princesses.

The new photo suggests that it'll take Ralph some time to settle in. He seems positively terrified, while Vanellope is apparently just excited to explore. We'll see what comes of their adventure when Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (boy, that title is a mouthful) hits theaters November 21.  Read more...

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Sad sexist cuts together edit of 'Last Jedi' minus the women, Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill aren't having it

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:17

Here's a thought exercise for you: What would Star Wars: The Last Jedi be without its female characters?

The answer is a slim and sloppy 46 minutes – and a reason for Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson to laugh their asses off.

SEE ALSO: What backlash? 'The Last Jedi' just crossed $1 billion at the box office

Over the weekend, a Pirate Bay user uploaded a "de-feminized fan edit" of the film that cuts out most of the women, including "Haldo" (sic) in her entirety; alters Luke Skywalker's storyline to cut out the "whiny/reluctant/murderous psycho" stuff; and makes Kylo Ren "more badass and much less conflicted and volatile." Also, Leia dies, Poe dies, and Phasma dies (killed by Finn). Read more...

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