The bright spots in the dark era of Trump Twitter: political parody accounts

April 30, 2017

Image: mashable composite: Christopher Mineses Over the course of his first months in the White House, President Trump notoriously turned Twitter into his personal outlet for unhinged political venting. That of course inspired the creation of dozens of parody accounts that became tools of resistance, coping mechanisms, and light-hearted distractions from the political chaos. A simple Twitter search for “Donald Trump Parody” reveals a collection of over 50 accounts, and though …

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RIP: Yik Yak

April 30, 2017

RIP.Image: Ronald Lizik/AP/REX/Shutterstock Yik Yak has been on its last legs for a while, and now the end is officially here. The anonymous, location-based messaging app that rose to popularity in 2014 will “begin winding down” over the next week, Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington wrote in a blog post Friday. Square yup, the Jack Dorsey-led payments company acquired some of the Yik Yak engineering team for $1 million. Unsurprisingly, Square didn’t want the …

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United Airlines CEO will testify on Capitol Hill

April 30, 2017

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz.Image: rick kern/Getty Images for United Airlines After his company dragged a man off an airplane, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz lost out on a seat as chairman of United’s board. Now, he has to go to Congress. Munoz will testify in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday, the committee announced Friday. Munoz will have to answer questions about the incident, which left doctor David Dao bloodied and battered, in a hearing …

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The dumpling burger is the world’s latest unnecessary food hybrid

April 29, 2017

Have you ever gazed down at some delicious dumplings you were about to eat and thought to yourself, “Wow, these dumplings are great and all, but you know what would make them even better? If they were squished between a hamburger bun and topped with lettuce.” Neither have we. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t exist (or, um, maybe it does). In any case, hold onto your utensils, some culinary innovator created the dumpling burger. Image: Chinese Club Meet the Momo …

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Guns aren’t allowed at Trump’s NRA speech and people can’t handle the irony

April 29, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP/REX/Shutterstock (5935652i) Donald Trump Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at the National Rifle Association convention, in Louisville, Ky GOP 2016 Trump Guns, Louisville, USA Image: Humphrey/AP/REX/Shutterstock President Trump speaking at the NRA’s annual conference in Atlanta on Friday, the first sitting President to do so since Reagan in 1983. Georgia is an open-carry state, and it’s …

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Taco Bell will soon let you reserve at table at its private test kitchen

April 29, 2017

Taco Bell HQ in Irvine, CaliforniaImage: Taco bell PSA: The Taco Bell test kitchen a magical mystery land for fast food lovers is opening its doors to the public. That means you yes, you can book a reservation to dine at the very same test kitchen that thought a fried chicken taco was a good idea. Image: taco bell Starting May 5, the fast food retailer will work with OpenTable to book 32 guests for a dinner held May 19 at Taco Bell HQ in Irvine, California. The menu prepared by the …

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Yes, pregnant women can do amazing things. Get over it.

April 28, 2017

An elite athlete who also happens to be pregnant.Image: Getty Images Hi. It is 2017. Are we really still amazed that women are capable of working while pregnant? News broke Wednesday that actress Gal Gadot was five-months pregnant while she did re-shoots for Wonder Women. She did the required stunts and even had a cutout in her armor for her protruding belly, which was covered in green so they could edit it out later. And, of course, there was last week’s revelation that Serena Williams …

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Acer’s Predator Triton 700 is a VR-ready gaming laptop that doesn’t scrimp

April 28, 2017

Acer's Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop is a gaming laptop through and through, from its aggressive design to its mechanical keyboard.Image: raymond wong/mashable Aggressive, sharp-cornered gaming laptops are back in style. While most PC makers have been content with chasing Apple with sleek laptops that sport unibody builds, soft corners, and minimalist designs, PC maker Acer is going in the opposite direction. SEE ALSO: Acer’s huge, 10-pound gaming laptop is VR-ready The sixth …

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Games for Change highlights impactful VR projects with its new summit

April 28, 2017

A visitor plays a computer game holding virtual reality glasses at the independent and alternative games event A Maze.Image: Clemens BILAN/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The social change-driven organization Games for Change is expanding from video games into virtual reality with the VR for Change Summit at its annual Games for Change Festival this year, featuring VR projects that impact the way we learn and shape the way we view the world. The VR for Change Summit is focusing entirely on virtual …

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China’s all-girl boy band

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Made up of all girls, this “boy band” is the latest in the androgyny trend in China. “We’re a girl band. But we look more like beautiful young men, not young girls,” said band member Min Junqian. “So the positioning fits us more. “ Their promotional photos present the five girls ages 18 to 24 in short hair, ties with pants, sitting with spread-out legs. They also are shown in shorts, like tomboys playing soccer, for their affiliation with the …

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A writers’ strike may delay the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’

April 27, 2017

Save our shows!Image: hbo/amc Game of Thrones is safe. Netflix might even benefit. And Saturday Night Live well, they’ll be screwed. If you’re a TV fan, you’ve probably heard rumblings about a looming writers’ strike, which if it goes ahead (and that’s not a done deal yet) could cause significant disruption to some of your favorite shows. Movies, on the other hand, are a little better off; writers might be barred from doing polishes on scripts during a strike, but …

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This is what an extreme sea level rise scenario looks like for U.S. cities

April 27, 2017

New Orleans under an "extreme" sea level rise scenario.Image: CLIMATE CENTRAL Until recently, it seemed that we would be able to manage global warming-induced sea level rise through the end of the century. It would be problematic, of course, but manageable, particularly in industrialized nations like the U.S. However, troubling indications from the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets show that melting is taking place faster than previously thought and that entire glaciers if not …

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Amazon wants to rate your outfit, and that should worry you

April 27, 2017

"I see you."Image: Ambar Del Moral/mashable You’re in your bedroom, about to do something private. First, make sure you shut the door, close the blinds, oh, and remember to turn off your newly purchased Amazon Echo Look. SEE ALSO: These adorable teddy bears were reportedly hacked to expose 2 million messages A video camera peering into a bedroom is typically associated with the opening of a horror flick, not the latest cheery announcement from your friendly $300 billion mega …

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Consumers and innovators will lose if we kill net neutrality

April 27, 2017

Image: elenabsl Today FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will unveil his plan to undo the 2015 network neutrality rules, which prohibit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T and Charter from favoring or discriminating against any online applications, content and services. And while Pai claims he wants to preserve an open Internet, nobody should be fooled. Pai has been a long-time foe of net neutrality and that isnt going to change. Whatever road he takes will harm consumers and …

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‘Carpool Karaoke’ on Apple Music postponed to ‘later this year’

April 27, 2017

Image: YouTube/Apple We’ll have to wait a bit longer for the new Carpool Karaoke. The spinoff from CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, which was scheduled for an April launch on Apple Music, has been delayed, according to Reuters. SEE ALSO: Demi Lovato channels Adele for epic sing-off According to the report, Apple was originally scheduled to launch a premiere party for the series in March, but that was postponed without explanation. Another premiere party should’ve …

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Inside the stealthy club for entrepreneurs who want to change the world

April 26, 2017

Guests board a helicopter bound for the Rockefeller Estate as part of the Kairos Society's global summit on April 20, 2017 in New York City.Image: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Kairos Society Im at a New York City heliport in a waiting room so packed with people that the obviously overwhelmed staff are struggling to move through the crowd to check everyone in. While the staff of Blade, the “Uber for helicopters” company, is used to a well-heeled crowd, the current group may be a …

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Surrey puppy farm shootings: ‘Deep concern’ over police staff – BBC News

April 26, 2017

… took place, the IPCC said. Image caption Lucy Lee’s body was found outside the house, near the animal pens A separate investigation about complaints made by Mrs Banner looked at her contact with family liaison officers and her subsequent arrest after her mother and sister were shot at Lowe’s Farnham home. An IPCC investigator’s opinion was that a detective constable and a detective sergeant had cases to answer for misconduct, and a detective inspector had a case to …

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New museum shows migration is ‘everyone’s’ story – BBC News

April 26, 2017

Image copyright Christian Sinibaldi Image caption Cazenove Road in Hackney, East London is “a fantastic road because it shows such diversity,” says curator Sue McAlpine For at least a year the Migration Museum is to benefit from free premises while plans are developed for the total redevelopment of the LFB site. The project’s director, former judge Sophie Henderson, is leading the task of finding a permanent home. “We discussed whether we could go outside London …

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Snapchat wants to open millennials’ eyes to life in Baghdad

April 26, 2017

Image: bloomberg via getty Images  Snapchat has curated snaps about life in Baghdad to create an Our Story to go live Monday afternoon. That’s Snapchat-jargon for the mobile storytelling app opening up a geofence around Baghdad and encouraging Snapchat users to submit photos and videos to Snap (with Baghdad geofilters live in the app). Snapchat will later curate and stitch those submissions into one story exclusively available on the app. SEE ALSO: Anti-Trump protesters spread a …

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Facebook and GIPHY are now good friends

April 25, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook's F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.Image: justin sullivan/Getty Images Once upon a time, Facebook did not support GIFs. In fact, there was a time when Facebook supported the file format and then took that support away. Developers tried to hack it. One group succeeded, in a way. GIPHY, one of the internet’s most successful GIF-based plaftorms, built and …

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‘What were not doing is putting a newspaper on Snapchat’ — New York Times joins Snapchat Discover

April 25, 2017

Image: the new york times Remember this date in history: April 24, 2017, The New York Times launched on Snapchat Discover. All the news thats fit to print will be transformed into an edition on Snapchat, going live at 6 a.m. every weekday starting Monday. Its a dramatic moment for one of the worlds oldest and most respected newspapers and news brands to dedicate resources to a young app. SEE ALSO: Facebook to developers: Help us destroy Snapchat For Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, its …

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Prince Harry and Prince William are royals for the millennial generation

April 25, 2017

Image: the royal family / facebook For centuries, the British royal family has been watched, respected and revered from afar. The monarchy remained fiercely tight-lipped on all matters personal and private, and royal announcements were reserved for print newspapers. But the digital realm now breaks down the barriers that have long stood between the royal family and the people. Through their social sharing, the younger royals are coming across as relatable, relevant and human to a millennial …

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What Sheryl Sandberg can teach you about loss, grief, and resilience

April 25, 2017

Image: Ambar del moral / mashable There’s something comforting about Sheryl Sandberg’s voice on the phone. It’s calm, self-assured, and sweet. Yet there are also tremors of vulnerability in the Facebook COO’s voice, hints of the grief and longing she has grappled with ever since the sudden death of her husband Dave Goldberg in May 2015. SEE ALSO: What the words of a dying doctor taught me about life’s meaning “Living with this is a daily thing,” she …

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People turn out in droves to support science from New Zealand to North Pole

April 23, 2017

Scientists and science enthusiasts marched in London.Image: Natasha Quarmby/REX/Shutterstock The Trump administration’s assault on scientific evidence and research funding may have triggered the March for Science, but the more than 500 events around the world on Saturday demonstrated that the movement is truly global. The marches began Friday night in Oceania, with events in New Zealand and Australia. As Saturday dawned, the marches spread to Europe, with major gatherings in Berlin, …

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