White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Lewis Hamilton on preparing for life after Formula One

June 30, 2017

(CNN)“No one else is going to do it for me, that’s for sure.” One of the fastest drivers of his generation, the three-time Formula One champion has always been a go getter. Much like David Beckham in the soccer world, Hamilton has become a celebrity outside his sport, often being snapped in the front row at fashion week and on the red carpet of film premieres — and he’s also…

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A VidCon veteran reveals this year’s big takeaways

June 29, 2017

Image: brendan gahan People go to VidCon to take selfies with YouTube stars. For the last eight years, Ive gone to learn about the changing landscape and the future of video. What Woodstock was to music, VidCon is to digital video. Ive attended from the beginning, so Ive gotten to see the event mature from 1,400 people attending taking over the Hyatt Regency in LA into an influencer marketing epicenter…

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Fatherland: Searching for the soul of England’s lads and dads – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Image copyright Animation/Koba/REX/Shutterstock Image caption The Monkey Thought Translator in action in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs That scene inspired Graham to embark on his own project asking men to talk honestly about their dads, and dads to talk about their sons, in the hope of getting an insight into the state of fatherhood and masculinity. Image copyright Tarnish Vision Image caption Left-right: Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens and Scott…

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Celebrate Pride by following these incredible queer artists on Instagram

June 26, 2017

It’s Pride Month, and millions are celebrating the LGBTQ community by participating in Pride Marches, donning the colors of the rainbow, or continuing to fight for rights through protests and different forms of resistance. Another way to showing some love during Pride is through art, and it only takes a second to lift up and double-tap queer artists this June and beyond. SEE ALSO: Laverne Cox boldly addresses the one…

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El Hadji Diouf of Senegal on why he is not ‘a bad guy’ – BBC News

June 26, 2017

‘Bad loser’ But now in his retirement he is telling his story. “I am a lion, I am a bad loser and it’s not wrong to be a bad loser,” says Diouf of his often combative mood during his playing days. “I have got character and I want people to respect me.” Diouf, who has now permanently moved back to the Senegalese capital Dakar, says he was often misunderstood during…

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Lady Gaga wore a ballgown and heels on a hike to show the world that she DGAF

June 24, 2017

Lady Gaga never fails to flaw us with her exquisite style. But her latest outfit, worn while on a hike in Montauk, New York, is perhaps her most diva-esque outfit to date. SEE ALSO: Lady Gaga pens touching note for her late best friend While most of us don leggings, hoodies, trainers, or hiking boots, when out for a hike with her boyfriend Christian Carino Gaga opted for something a…

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Here are the funniest lines from a coal CEO’s attempted takedown of John Oliver’s coal industry takedown

June 23, 2017

John Oliver is facing the legal wrath of a lawsuit-happy coal baron after a brutal segment in which the host tore into the American coal industry. The document accuses Oliver of a “ruthless character assassination” of Robert Murray, CEO of the nation’s largest coal mining operation, Murray Energy. SEE ALSO: Coal company sues John Oliver for being John Oliver It didn’t exactly come as a surprise; in fact, Oliver more…

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Is there such a thing as a high-fashion fitness tracker? Yes, yes there is.

June 15, 2017

Image: Withings Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. While you may be accustomed to fitness trackers looking like props from sci-fi movies, more and more companies are in the business of creating stylish wearables. Enter the Activit Steel by Withings. While the competition has grown since the company originally released their analog fitness tracker, no one has succeeded at…

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Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence to work on Travis 2.0

June 15, 2017

Image: getty images/nicolas mccomber Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company he built into one of the world’s biggest private businesses. It’s not clear how long Kalanick will be away from Uber or who will be serving as interim head of the company, but the move signals the biggest shift yet for the ride-hailing giant since the emergence of allegations of systemic workplace dysfunction…

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Kim Jong Un Pal Dennis Rodman Reportedly Heading To North Korea

June 14, 2017

Rodman was spotted at Beijing International Airport Monday and is expected to land in North Korea Tuesday, two Pyongyang officials told CNN. Rodman knows PresidentDonald Trump personally he was a contestant on Trumps TV reality program Celebrity Apprentice and endorsed him during the campaign. Rodman said at a talk three months ago at West Point that Trump told him he wanted to visit North Korea. Rodmans agent,Chris Volo, said at…

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I came up with some GoT season 7 theories while drinking 19 cups of coffee

June 11, 2017

Image: mashable composite; hbo/shutterstock These days, it seems like everybody has the same old theories about Game Of Thrones. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai Daenerys is Azor Ahai Jon Snow is half Targaryan Jaime is going to kill Cersei. Can you say boring? How have fan theories about our favorite show become so dull when there are still so many avenues left unexplored? As a huge GoT geek, I really…

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Trump, critics gird for long war after Comey’s moment

June 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)The initial shock and awe phase of the great, unresolved Russia election mystery ended with James Comey’s spellbinding testimony. The former FBI chief weaved a devastating picture of a President who is not to be trusted and is straining against the constraints of propriety and the Constitution that define his office. “America is stunned. The cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker,” Senate Minority…

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 will explain what’s wrong with Mike

June 8, 2017

Now that filming has wrapped on the second season of Stranger Things, fans are already dying to know what comes next for the Netflix series. Given how secretive the production was, though, getting your hands on any solid information was a difficult thing to do until now. The cast of Stranger Things joined creators Matt and Ross Duffer, along with director and executive producer Shawn Levy, on the red carpet…

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Guys seeking a ‘generic’ dad on Craigslist ad want a paternal presence at their BBQ

June 7, 2017

Polish up those resumes, dads, because your services are seriously needed. A few young roommates in Spokane, Washington, recently created a Craigslist ad in search of one lucky, “generic” dad who could perform some much-needed dad duties for their upcoming backyard barbecue. SEE ALSO: There’s now a Roomba for your lawn, but it’ll cost ya What kinds of dad things? The usual: – Grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (whilst drinking beer)–…

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’13 Reasons Why’ showrunner says ‘there’s quite a bit more of Hannah’s story to tell’ in Season 2

June 5, 2017

Season 2 will start the healing process.Image: Beth Dubber/Netflix 13 Reasons Why isn’t stopping at just 13 reasons. Netflix’s hit drama based on Jay Asher’s bestselling book of the same name is already in production on its second season. Showrunner Brian Yorkey is venturing into completely new territory with the show’s sophomore outing, having no source material to follow, since the first season covered Asher’s book in its entirety. While…

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Eating on the Road With the Alabama Shakes

June 4, 2017

Singer Brittany Howard is about to take the stage in front of a packed New York crowd, but she just wants to talk about her newfound passion: fishing. Seriously, the frontwoman and guitarist for indie-pop sensation the Alabama Shakes, who is famous for her gut-wrenching performances that go seamlessly from screeching to cajoling, has gotten so immersed in the sport that she even packs her Sage 7-weight rod when the…

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The definitive rules for being cool on Instagram and Snapchat, according to teens

June 3, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable Sure, you might think your Instagram of your smashed avocado toast and soy latte is totally hip. But in the world of teens, you’re basically a massive loser. Sorry. SEE ALSO: Devastated Snapchatters talk about the heartbreak of losing a Snapstreak after hundreds of days Being cool is an art form and few of us know how to truly master it. But teens today seem…

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In 2017, politics and tech are becoming inseparable

June 3, 2017

Image: Steve Rapport/FLICKR “Seventeen agencies, all in agreement they concluded with high confidence that the Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign to influence voters in the election.” This is Hillary Clinton uncensored, speaking on a stage, railing against Russia and the Trump administration, playing to her base, and generally urging the world to #resist. SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton jokes that ‘covfefe’ was a ‘hidden message to…

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A startup of totally not vampires is selling teenagers’ blood to the rich so that they might live forever

June 2, 2017

"This is totally normal. Really. Now be still while I drain you."Image: Gravity Images Growing old: It’s for the poors. Feasting on the vitality of the young in a scientifically questionable effort to live forever? That, friends, is for the tech elite. And if that just so happens to mean draining teenagers of their blood for rich old people, so be it. This is a brave-new world, and (the definitely-not-run-by-vampires)…

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Amazon Alexa is now iCloud calendar compatible

June 2, 2017

Image:  TYLER ESSARY/MASHABLe If you use Amazon’s trusty AI, Alexa, for all your scheduling needs, we have some good news for you. Amazon announced on Wednesday that Alexa-compatible devices now finally support Apple’s iCloud calendars. While Alexa has previously synced with other major calendar services including Google Calendar, G Suite, Outlook, and Office 365 the AI assistant has been notably lacking integration with iCloud calendars … until now. With the…

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

AI assistants aren't quite ready for our high-level workouts.Image: Christopher Mineses/mashable I did something very dumb last weekend: I decided to challenge the limits of artificial intelligence and my own body on a 13.1-mile course to glory. My body held up fine but the AI couldn’t quite keep the pace, serving as yet another reminder that current AI tech still hasn’t caught up to the hype. I had been testing…

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What happened to Robert the smoking robot? – BBC News

June 1, 2017

“I won.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robert was popular with children and could also – apparently – direct traffic The only remaining evidence for his existence are a selection of photographs and Robert himself disappeared from view after World War Two. Mr Lawson’s son David, an 84-year-old retired farmer, remembers “wires and gears, a maze of chains and electronics” inside the robot’s 10ft-tall frame. He said his father…

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Bill Maher: The Indisputable Godfather of Political Late-Night

Bill Maher delivered the first late-night television monologue of Donald Trumps presidency. Bounding onto the stage at his Los Angeles studio Friday night, the Real Time host blew his cheering audience a kiss and told the many fans watching live on HBO, It happened. It really happened. We Americans have a new leader: Vladimir Putin. Maher prides himself on his ability to get out ahead of his competitorshe was also…

May 21, 2017
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Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’ – BBC News

The RSPH report warns that “social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people. It can also be used as a tool for good, the report said, and companies should be doing their best to make platforms a safe place to be. About 90% of young people use social media – more than any other age group – so they are particularly vulnerable to its effects, although…

May 19, 2017
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