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Selma Blair says director James Toback threatened to 'gouge' her eyes out, kill her

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:23

Selma Blair spoke candidly about her allegations against disgraced director and screenwriter James Toback on The Talk Monday, reiterating the threats he made against her and the hundreds of accusations of sexual assault and misconduct laid against him over the last several months.

Blair recounted on The Talk how Toback threatened to kill her and "gouge" her eyes out with a pen if she ever told anyone about an instance where he lured her to his hotel room and wasn't going to let her leave unless she had sex with him.

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

More about Sexual Assault, Hollywood, Threats, Selma Blair, and James Toback

Contraceptive app "Natural Cycles" is being blamed for 37 unwanted pregnancies

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:08

Birth control apps may be convenient but they're not proven to be more effective than any other method of contraception.

Not convinced? Cut to Natural Cycles, a birth control app that's currently being blamed for 37 unwanted pregnancies, according to Swedish publication SVT

Natural Cycles — which once claimed to be "the only approved contraceptive app out there" — appealed to users through confident branding, touting the lack of side effects that pills and IUDs can cause. And while that sounds nice, with no hormonal regulations, the app's potential for success is a bit dubious.

SEE ALSO: If you really don't want to get pregnant, don't use this fancy app. Get an IUD. Read more...

More about Tech, Conversations, Apps, Science, and Parenting

Amazon has a great deal on these slick-looking headphones right now

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:04

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These Bluetooth headphones are an Amazon's Choice product and they're currently on sale for less than $15. Move quick — this deal won't last.

SEE ALSO: Join the wireless revolution with these MagicBeatz earbuds that are on sale

According to the product page, these headphones boast a fast connection to any of your Bluetooth-enabled devices. The HD microphone also features noise-cancellation to drown out any of the background noise when you're taking calls or listening to music.  Read more...

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

Matt Damon finally gets it right: 'I should get in the back seat and close my mouth for a while'

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:58

It's a rough time in Hollywood these days, but Matt Damon has had a particularly rough go of it with repeated attempts to speak about sexual assault and harassment that have been slammed even by other celebrities. Damon went on TODAY to talk about the nonprofit Water.org and offered a few words about the Time's Up and #MeToo movements in Hollywood – and this time, he may get it.

SEE ALSO: Yes, Golden Globes host Seth Meyers will take on Hollywood's sexual harassment problem

“I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” Damon said, adding that he didn't think he had been a good listener. “I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that I am really sorry.” Read more...

More about Entertainment, Sexual Harassment, Activism, Hollywood, and Matt Damon

Samsung's Galaxy S9 could be in your hands by mid-March

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:51

Details on Samsung's Galaxy S9 are starting to crystallize. 

At CES 2018 Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh confirmed the company's next flagship Android phone will be announced at next month's Mobile World Congress, and now we may know exactly when you'll be able to get the highly anticipated device.

SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018

Prolific phone leaker Evan Blass has shared what he claims are several Galaxy S9-related launch dates, provided to him from a "C-level executive at a major case maker".

Blass's intel suggests the Galaxy S9 will be announced on Feb. 26. Pre-orders will start on March 1 and then land in eager hands on March 16. Read more...

More about Mobile, Android, Samsung, Smartphones, and Leaks

Things get 'romantic as F' in the new 'Love, Simon' trailer

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:44

The latest trailer for Love, Simon comes with an important disclaimer: "It's about to get romantic as F."

Based off of the hit YA novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon follows Simon Spier, a 17-year-old high school student who says he has the typical teenage experience except for one big secret: He's gay. 

When a fellow classmate discovers and blackmails Simon about Simon's online romance with a anonymous pen pal named "Blue," Simon must find the courage to present his true self to the world, all the while still trying maintain the romance he so desperately wants. Read more...

More about Katherine Langford, Love Simon, Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertali, and Nick Robinson

Get a retro wake-up call in the morning with this USB-enabled FM radio alarm clock

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:35

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Get some retro vibes each morning with this FM radio alarm clock.

SEE ALSO: Wake up and smell the lavender with this aromatherapy alarm clock

This alarm clock can wake you up with either your preferred FM radio station — with up to 20 channels to choose from — or a selected ringtone. It's also not completely retro, though. When the clock is plugged in, you can also use it to charge up to two USB-enabled devices or use it as a speaker. Read more...

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcome a baby girl

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:15

There's a new baby on the (private gated community) block: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed a baby girl via a surrogate on Monday. 

TMZ reported the news on Tuesday, and an announcement was posted to Kim's website shortly after.

Their message:

Kim confirmed the couple's use of a surrogate on her E! show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, though TMZ first reported the news in early September. In November, Kim accidentally revealed the sex of her child during an appearance on Ellen

SEE ALSO: Kanye West sends Kim Kardashian emails about what's hot and what's not

This is the third child for the couple. As she's often discussed in recent seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim suffers from placenta accreta, a high-risk condition that made her first two pregnancies unusually challenging. For this reason, the couple opted to hire a surrogate to carry their child.   Read more...

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

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:11

Everyone's favorite anchorman is back. 

Well, kind of. To the delight of many tennis fans, Will Ferrell reprised his famous role on the courts of the Australian Open on Sunday. 

John McEnroe was doing an on-court interview with Roger Federer when he stopped to introduce an important guest. Ferrell then strode across the court to cheers and immediately channelled his character from Anchorman. 

SEE ALSO: Will Ferrell calmly explains why he sang 'I Will Always Love You' at his graduation

"In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy, it's great to be here with two tennis legends—Roger Federer and John Macintosh," Ferrell joked, intentionally butchering McEnroe's name.  Read more...

More about Tennis, Will Ferrell, Roger Federer, Australian Tennis Open, and Culture

Kid gets head start on medical career by performing doll face transplants

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:07

January is rolling along and a lot of people are looking for some fresh hobbies. Have you considered cutting the faces off of dolls, then transplanting them onto other dolls?

For one 7-year-old, at least, this pursuit is working out well — so well that an image of her handiwork (posted by her sister Katelynn on Sunday) has been retweeted 18,000 times.

SEE ALSO: Kid's super deep response to classroom riddle is way better than the actual answer

My little sister has an obsession with cutting the faces off baby dolls/stuffed animals and putting them on other dolls. Help pic.twitter.com/Q6xzeg2fzw

— katelynn (@sassykattx) January 15, 2018 Read more...

More about Toys, Weird News, Culture, and Kids

Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world's largest in decades

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:04

What could be the largest oil spill since 1989's Exxon Valdez is unfolding in the East China Sea after a deadly and fiery collision between two vessels caused a tanker to sink. All 32 crew members are thought to have died aboard the Iranian vessel "Sanchi," which was carrying about 1 million barrels of condensate. 

According to Bloomberg News, the ship was transporting hydrocarbon liquid that's a key ingredient for making petrochemicals, including jet fuel. It was headed to the port of Daesan, South Korea when it struck the transport ship "CF Crystal" off China's eastern coast. 

SEE ALSO: This chatbot wants to cut through the noise on climate science Read more...

More about Climate, Science, China, Oil Spill, and East China Sea

Get a 4K action camera on sale today for under $60

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:01

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Admit it: Your snowboarding videos could be better. You've gone for far too long capturing flips and tricks with a shaky smartphone cameraUpgrade to this 4K action camera that's on sale today for $56.

SEE ALSO: An auto-tracking camera stabilizer means you don't have to bug your friends to take videos of you anymore

According to the product page, this camera can record video in 4K ultra HD and take pictures with 16 megapixels. The 170-degree lens offers a wide view and the camera comes with a wearable remote control for taking action shots of yourself. The camera can also connect to your smart device so you can control it with your phone and view your footage in real time. Read more...

More about Cameras, Surfing, Camera, Extreme Sports, and Snowboarding

Americans say social media is destroying the news — but nobody knows what to do about it

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:01

Social media truly is bringing Americans together... in our frustration over social media giants. 

Americans are fed up with the role that big tech companies now play in the news media, according to a new study from the Knight Foundation and Gallup. 

Maybe worse — we're enormously conflicted on what to do about that.

SEE ALSO: The first scientific fake news study is here to confirm your worst fears about America

On Tuesday, the Knight Foundation and Gallup published a sweeping study about the public's perception of the media — including tech companies — and its role in politics and society. 

Entitled "American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy," the study surveyed 19,196 Americans over the age of 18 about their news consumption habits, the extent that they believe the media is important to a democracy, whether they believe the media is succeeding in informing the public, how the proliferation of online news sources is contributing to their consumption of current events, the extent of the problem of fake news, and more.  Read more...

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Our predictions for the 'MOST DISHONEST AND CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR'

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:58

Trump's MOST DISHONEST AND CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR are supposedly tomorrow, and everywhere you go you can feel the lack of anticipation in the air.

Too bad. I love awards season. And just because these particular awards are a pernicious assault on the free press and were devised by a president whose brain has been deep fried in canola oil, it doesn't mean we can't make a few blue carpet prognostications.

Over the past year, the MSM has worked tirelessly to help keep the president up at night, stress-eating cheeseburgers and screaming at Jared like Trumpy Dearest from underneath his bathrobe. Read more...

More about Watercooler, Media, Politics, Humor, and Awards Show

Here’s how NASA is preparing the largest telescope ever built for space

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:43

Watch NASA's James Webb Space Telescope getting prepared for its 2019 launch. The telescope has now successfully passed all the necessary tests which ensured that it's going to withstand the "rigors of launch" as well as the extremely cold temperatures and the airless conditions in space. The only steps left at the moment are for the JWST to get equipped with its sunshield and get attached to the spacecraft bus that will take it to space. Read more...

More about Nasa, Mashable Video, Aliens, Telescopes, and Space Exploration

Spot the reference! 'Everything Sucks!' trailer is an homage to the '90s

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:40

Netflix announced a new comedy series called Everything Sucks! coming to the streaming platform in February, and in case you couldn't tell, it's set in a high school in the '90s.

Everything Sucks! will focus on two groups of high schoolers — the A.V. club and the drama club — in 1996 Oregon. Netflix describes the series as a quirky, funny coming of age story, and the trailer has a whole bunch of references to life in the '90s, including Walkman CD players and VHS tapes.

All 10 episodes of the show will be available to stream on Feb. 16. Read more...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger shares support for 'True Lies' co-star Eliza Dushku: 'I'm shocked and saddened'

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:13

Arnold Schwarzenegger stands with his former co-star Eliza Dushku, who accused stunt coordinator Joel Kramer Saturday of sexually assaulting her when she was just 12 years old.

SEE ALSO: Eliza Dushku says she was 'sexually molested' at age 12 while working on 'True Lies'

After Dushku shared her story of Kramer assaulting her while they worked on the film True Lies (Kramer was 36 at the time), another actor on the film, Tom Arnold, shared his support of Dushku's decision to speak out, saying he would have done something had he known what was going on. Schwarzenegger, the lead in True Lies, said he would have also done something, adding that he's proud of Dushku and her courage. Read more...

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Never lose your dog again with the help of this tracker

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:01

Whistle is a GPS tracker for your pets. It combines cellular and GPS technology to reportedly locate your dog anywhere in the country. The accompanying app sends alerts to your phone when your pet strays too far away. Whistle requires a monthly subscription package.  Read more...

More about Watercooler, Iphone, Dogs, Animals, and App

Brother plays the ultimate prank on his sister using just one light switch

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:54

Let's face it, siblings are the worst.

Unless, of course, you're that sibling.

Redditor PNWndn decided to play a prank on his sister with a flick of a light switch. Needless to say his sister and her friends won't be playing with a Ouija board anymore.

SEE ALSO: Clever girl FaceTimed her dad to complain that her little brother pooped on the floor

As soon as he turned the light switch off, all you can hear is a group of screams from a distant room.

Surprisingly, many users praised him for his work and gave more suggestions on how to torment his sister further. The internet simply has no chill when it comes to sibling pranks.  Read more...

More about Reddit, Culture, Brother, Prank, and Web Culture

Versatile electric wheelchair allows users to navigate both urban and off-road terrains

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:53

WHILL's new electric portable mobility device is lightweight, fast and portable. It's key component is allowing its users the freedom to explore the outdoors. The Model Ci won the Innovation Award at CES 2018 and can be purchased for $4,000. Read more...

More about Wheelchairs, Portable, Urban Transport, Senior Citizens, and Electric Vehicles

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