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Firefox Quantum is here, and it could double your browsing speed

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:20

After almost a year of development, Mozilla has launched what it claims is the fastest Firefox ever. 

The new browser, called Firefox Quantum, will be released and automatically update on Nov. 14, but it's available today in beta and developer editions. You can get the desktop, Android, and iOS versions from Mozilla's website

SEE ALSO: The future of obnoxiously loud autoplay videos is in doubt

Mozilla claims its new browser is twice as fast as Firefox was a year ago, and is often (though not always) noticeably faster than Google Chrome.  

Over the past several months, Mozilla has fixed 468 bugs that were slowing down the browser.  Read more...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the physics behind NASCAR

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:04

Gary O'Reilly and Chuck Nice join Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the physics of NASCAR, including track banking, spoilers, and drafting.

Check out the full StarTalk podcast with Neil's NASCAR here

StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio. 

StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

Follow StarTalk Radio on Twitter, and watch StarTalk Radio on YouTube. Read more...

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Everything you need to know about the cartoon villain who is Roy Moore

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 15:04

If I were a movie director and some intern passed a script to me that featured a candidate like Roy Moore, I would send them back to Oberlin immediately. 

Audiences simply wouldn't believe that a caricature like this existed IRL.  

Alas, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is just as bad as every post you've been too depressed to read says he is. Moore, who won Alabama's Republican Senate primary last night, is a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and a gun-toting parody of a human. 

You probably don't want to know much more about him. But he's the (incredibly early) favorite for Alabama's open Senate seat, so better get your sad facts straight now. Read more...

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Tom Cruise shuts down theory that he wore a fake butt in 'Valkyrie'

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:57

It was August of 2017, almost 10 years since the release of Tom Cruise's Valkyrie, when Twitter proposed that the actor — for at least one brief moment — wore a fake butt.

The rumors finally made their way to Cruise himself who confirmed: The butt is real.

SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise's fake butt is the internet's newest conspiracy theory

It started, like so many things do these days, with a tweet; an innocent viewer of Valkyrie catching The Butt and sharing it with the internet and wondering: Hey, is this thing real??

hello, please, i present the theory that for one single shot in Valkyrie (2008), at 5:12, tom cruise wears a fake butt. observe:

— swizz keats (@iluvbutts247) August 20, 2017

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Neil deGrasse Tyson has been doing physics experiments while driving

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:54

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chuck Nice, and Gary O'Reilly discuss the importance of spoilers and drafting during NASCAR races, and Neil explains how he has been doing physics experiments on the freeway.

Check out the full StarTalk podcast with Neil's NASCAR here

StarTalk on Mashable is a video series, produced by Mashable and StarTalk Radio. 

StarTalk Radio is a podcast and radio program hosted by Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

Follow StarTalk Radio on Twitter, and watch StarTalk Radio on YouTube. Read more...

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Amazon's new Fire TV is tiny and HDR-ready

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:54

Amazon's new Fire TV is so small it can hang off your TV, but it's packed with more technology than any of Amazon's previous set-top boxes.

In addition to 4K video, the all-new Fire TV supports HDR video, Dolby Atmos audio technology, and can support 2160p video at 60 fps, which may add a level of ultra-realism to your TV-viewing experience.

Amazon just dropped an all new Fire TV. Looks like the square Google Chromecast#amazonevent

— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) September 27, 2017

Like its predecessor, the new Fire TV still has those ultra-sharp edges, but now the HDMI cable is built into the device so it can plug in and hang off the back of your HDTV. This set-up will be familiar to anyone who has ever owned or seen a Google Chromecast streaming device. Read more...

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There’s a voice-activated Thor hammer and it’s peak cosplay perfection

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:50

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By Odin’s beard, this Mjölnir replica is exactly what your Thor cosplay needs to be complete.

Loki cosplayers, beware.

Image: thinkgeek

This hammer is more than just a foam imitation that you’ll find in a toy store. It’s an exact 1:1 recreation of the hammer featured in the Thor movies, including the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. The metal-like paintwork gives it an authentic finish and it’s even got special functions for those who are worthy enough.

If you speak the words “Thor” or “worthy,” Mjölnir lights up with intricate runes and a big Asgardian insignia to make any Thor cosplayer feel like a thunderous badass. It’s a true-to-life Mjölnir in every way — except for being able to fly around everywhere, of course. Read more...

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Amazon will bring Alexa to BMWs starting next year

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:47

Alexa is coming to BMW cars to give drivers AI assistant support starting next year. 

Amazon announced the new automotive integration at a special Alexa-themed event in Seattle today, where it also debuted the second version of its full-sized Echo speaker and other smart products.

The AI will come built-in to all 2018 model year BMW and MINI vehicles produced from the middle of next year onward, thanks to a new SIM card, according to the automaker. The integration will give drivers the ability to ask Alexa to control their music, check the weather, ask for directions, make a call, and more. BMW worked with Amazon to bring some Alexa voice control functionality to its BMW Connected app last year — but this new integration will offer the complete scope of the AI's capabilities right on the dashboard without needing an app. Read more...

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Saudi women celebrate end of driving ban, while reminding us there's more work to be done

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:40

Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday through a royal decree that it would finally allow women to drive, eventually ending a ban that has long been considered an abuse of human rights and inspired protests in the country for decades.

In the 24 hours since the announcement was made on state TV and picked up by news outlets around the world, Saudi women — who vocally and powerfully led the fight against the ban for years — are celebrating the news on social media, while also reminding the world there's still more work to do.

SEE ALSO: Rihanna shows solidarity with Saudi women in touching Instagram post Read more...

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Amazon Echo Spot is coming for your alarm clock

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:40

Amazon is officially ready to push aside your classic alarm clock with with Echo Spot.

The round, roughly 5-inch device sits on a desktop with an angled 2.5-screen and defaults to showing a clock. Amazon unveiled it along with a host of new Echo devices on Wednesday at its Seattle headquarters.

It has virtually all the functionality of an Echo Show. "Anywhere the Echo Show shines, Spot does, too," said Amazon executive Dave Limp.

Amazon Echo Spot includes Bluetooth connectivity for connecting to your favorite stereo and a new 4-microphone far-field array to listen to all your commands. The Spot also comes with a front-facing camera to enable video conferencing (like the larger and more expensive Echo Show). Read more...

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Facebook just pulled back the curtain on how it influences elections

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 14:39

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week preached his company's commitment to election integrity. This week, he showed it off. 

Facebook on Wednesday revealed the four main ways it believed it played a role prior to, during, and after the federal election in Germany last weekend. In a blog post, the company provided an unprecedented level of transparency in what the company does during campaigns. 

SEE ALSO: What the Facebook/Russia controversy is actually about

Facebook's efforts included:

  1. Removing tens of thousands of fake accounts in Germany

  2. Showing related articles that could include opposing viewpoints

  3. Providing the option to explore different party perspectives on issues

  4. Cooperating with authorities on online security issues

  5. Supporting media partners in the distribution of election information Read more...

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