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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ opened to $126 — and no, that isn’t a typo

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Yes, you read that rightBillionaire Boys Club, starring Kevin Spacey, made just $126 at the box office during its opening weekend. 

The film opened Friday in only 10 theaters in the U.S. 

Despite its all star cast — including Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Cary Elwes, Judd Nelson, and Billie Lourd — it brought in an abysmal $126 in total. 

The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the numbers: each location averaged $12.60, which is approximately less than two tickets per viewing if the average cost of a ticket is $9.27.  Read more…

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Tiffany Haddish says she ‘would thrive in space’

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You’d better believe Tiffany Haddish would be quite alright existing in space.

The Girls Trip star and Saturday Night Live favourite joined Jimmy Kimmel for a cocktail and “Three Ridiculous Questions” on Thursday night, one of which was whether or not she would do well in space.

“I know I would thrive in space,” she told Kimmel. “If there was a man there with me. If there’s a female there, I’m not gonna thrive. Because we can’t reproduce.”

Older man? “That’s fine, yeah that’s cool with me, I’ll change his space diaper. That sperm still work.” Read more…

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Disney won’t change its mind on James Gunn and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: report

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James Gunn will not be coming back to Guardians of the Galaxy.

As first reported by Variety, Disney and Marvel will not reinstate Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, despite significant pressure from stars of the film and the public.

The decision reportedly came following a meeting between Gunn and Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn. Sources told Variety the meeting was “civil and professional,” but Horn stood by his decision despite the push for Gunn to be given a second chance by him and his agency. Read more…

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Free beer! But wait, this smart fridge only opens if Cleveland Browns win.

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Cleveland Browns fans have been suffering for a long, long time.

Not only did the team go winless last season, but its last win was back in 2016 when they narrowly beat the San Diego Chargers in Week 16.

In recognition of this despair, a “Victory Fridge” full of free Bud Light beer has been installed in bars around Cleveland that will open when, or if, the Browns win this season.

You’ve stood by us through it all. We love you for it, and so does @budlight.

These special fridges will unlock celebratory beers when we get our first regular season “W”.#VictoryFridge pic.twitter.com/LgsGNabMpt

— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 14, 2018 Read more…

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MoviePass users cancelling their subscriptions find they can’t actually leave

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Tried to cancel your MoviePass subscription? Some users of the movie ticket subscription service are finding they can’t actually leave.

Former MoviePass users are venting their rage on Twitter, after finding their accounts have not been closed as requested, and have instead been reactivated under new plans.

First reported by Business Insider, some complained on Twitter that users who tried to cancel their subscriptions were automatically enrolled in a “new plan,” detailed in a confirmation email.

“Please note: if you had previously requested cancellation prior to opting-in, your opt-in to the new plan will take priority and your account will not be cancelled,” reads one email, apparently sent by the MoviePass team. Read more…

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Hacker convention in Vegas is full of tin-foil hats. Literally.

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What if they really are out to get you. 

If you spend enough time walking the Las Vegas casino floors, you’re sure to come across some unique sights. But scores of people sporting all shapes and sizes of literal tin-foil hats? Welcome to DEF CON.

The annual hacker convention currently underway in the Nevada desert draws a diverse crowd of professional and hobbyist security researchers from around the world. And, for the most part, they all share one defining characteristic: the desire to stick it to The Man. 

Which, well, that specific proclivity just might end up making you a target. Read more…

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These stoner hackers want machine learning to save us from sick weed

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Nothing harshes a good mellow like sick buds. Thankfully, there may one day be an app for that. 

Hidden from the hazy Friday afternoon of Las Vegas, tucked away in the basement of the Flamingo casino, a group of likeminded hackers and security researchers gathered to explore “DIY cannabis tech” at DEF CON’s Cannabis Village. One researcher in particular, Harry Moreno, told the rather laid-back crowd that he believed that machine learning could one day solve a huge problem for home-grow enthusiasts: determining whether or not, and in what capacity, a marijuana plant is sick.

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Hip-hop edition of ‘Mean Tweets’ features rappers reading out nasty comments

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Mean Tweets is back, and this time it’s featuring the kind of people who you’d think are used to nasty comments: rappers.

On Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel featured the likes of 50 Cent, A$AP Rocky, Eve, Pusha-T, Big Sean, Remy Ma, Rae Sremmurd, Anderson .Paak, DJ Khaled, and more reading out the bilious comments directed at them on Twitter.

You have to love them for being good sports though, even if their entire discography gets compared to a fart, as Wale gets told. Read more…

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Finally, a climate change ad specifically for Trump

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It’s no secret that Donald Trump is clueless about climate change.

Given the soaring summer heat in many parts of the globe, including the Arctic Circle, it’s about time the president pay attention. It’s a tricky task, but Jimmy Kimmel might have the solution by creating an ad that puts those issues into terms that Trump can understand.

After all, it’s true that golf courses and fast food supplies will be affected as extreme heat and droughts cause havoc. He wouldn’t want to ruin his handicap. Read more…

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Glenn Close, far from her Cruella de Vil days, is covered in puppies

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Glenn Close was frightening as Cruella de Vil in the 1996 live-action film 101 Dalmatians.

Not these days. Close was covered in puppies on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, thanks to her superior general knowledge skills during another edition of “Pup Quiz.”

Close battled Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard in the segment on Monday night, picking up a whole heap of dang adorable goldendoodles along the way. 

And boy, doesn’t she love it. Read more…

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Apple removes podcasts from InfoWars’ Alex Jones on iTunes

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Apple has taken a strong stand on InfoWars founder Alex Jones.

According to BuzzFeed, five InfoWars podcasts including War Room and The Alex Jones Show were removed from the iTunes and Podcasts directory, leaving only RealNews with David Knight available on the platform.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed to the news outlet it had taken down some of InfoWars’ podcasts. 

The spokesperson added the company “does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users.”  Read more…

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The latest iOS 12 beta all but confirms a bigger iPhone X

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iOS 12 has truly been a treasure trove of both heating up the rumor mill and strongly hinting at upcoming devices.

Since last’s September iPhone X unveiling, rumors have been swirling that a larger model, presumably the iPhone X Plus, was en route for 2018. Now, legendary iOS developer, Guilherme Rambo, has taken to Twitter to show off a sketch of the presumed iPhone.

While digging through the latest iOS 12 beta, now up to version 5 for developers, he discovered a new sketch of what looks like a larger iPhone carrying the X’s trademark notch. You might recall that he found the original iPhone X in an iOS 11 beta at around this time in 2017. Read more…

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Instagram just made it way too easy to accidentally unfollow someone

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Instagram used to have a safeguard in place to make sure you really, truly wanted to stop following someone on its mobile app. 

If you clicked on the “unfollow” button (it looks like the top half of a person with a check mark next to it) intentionally or accidentally, it would ask if you were sure you wanted to unfollow that account, giving you a final chance to change your mind. 

But it quietly removed the dialogue box in the latest app update. Now your hasty swiping or large thumbs could make for some awkward re-follow request situations.  Read more…

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These women are disrupting their industries one click at a time

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When it comes to emerging technology we don’t always think of women in lifestyle. Instead, our minds dart to computer programmers, IT gurus and software developers. 

Thanks to these forward-thinking female entrepreneurs however, that’s all starting to change. They’ve turned their hard work and determination into thriving businesses – all thanks to a bright idea, and a helping hand from the right devices. 

These days, if you’re a busy content creator or a business mogul in the making – there’s nothing more important than having the best tools. But how do you choose which products to go with? Easy – you go with the ones that help you do your best work.  Read more…

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Spotify bans some Alex Jones episodes, but some say it’s not enough

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Facebook and YouTube hit far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones with minor bans over the last week. Now YouTube has joined the fray. 

The streaming service said it removed some, but not all, of the The Alex Jones Show, citing violations of its hateful content policy.

“We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community,” a Spotify spokesperson told Recode in a statement.

“Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of ‘The Alex Jones Show’ podcast for violating our hate content policy.” Read more…

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Facebook cuts off access to user data for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of apps

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Facebook has just blocked a truckload of apps from accessing its user’s data.

Facebook’s VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, explained in a blog post Tuesday that Facebook had cut off API access for “hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that have not submitted for our app review process.” That’s a lot of random, dormant apps that had access.

The social media giant, which was once very open to developers until the whole Cambridge Analytica thing, announced in May during F8 that it was tightening up the review process for apps.

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NASA study says setting off bombs over Mars isn’t the best idea

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Remember when Elon Musk said he wanted to nuke Mars

As he later clarified, the idea was to create two “pulsing suns” over the poles with fusion bombs, which would release trapped carbon dioxide to thicken the atmosphere and warm the planet. Next, people would pack up their belongings, board a spaceship, and touch down on a much more habitable Mars. 

This is called terraforming — altering a planet to make it more like Earth. (Yes, like in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.)

Welp, it looks like that plan has a fatal flaw, according to a NASA-sponsored study published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy. There just isn’t enough carbon dioxide trapped on Mars to make it work.  Read more…

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Virgin America flight attendant has one more safety video dance

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A Virgin America flight attendant had one more safety video dance before the brand disappears forever. 

People were heartbroken last year when Alaska Airlines announced that it would phase out Virgin America’s brand by 2019. The company bought Virgin in a $2.6 billion merger in 2017, and promised to keep the “flair” that frequent fliers loved about Virgin, like its colorful mood lighting and upbeat loading music. 

In case you didn’t know, the safety video is a total bop. 

One flight attendant paid homage to Virgin’s brand — which seemed to embrace the complete opposite of what airlines are usually known for — by leading an enthusiastic dance to the flight safety video.  Read more…

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Math determines that the more Tom Cruise runs, the better his movies are

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Arguably, Tom Cruise running his goddamn ass off is the glue that holds the Mission: Impossible franchise together. And now, we have math to prove it.

In celebration of the most recent addition to the franchise, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Rotten Tomatoes has crunched the numbers to find out exactly how much the man has sprinted throughout his nearly four-decade long career, and whether his running has a net positive effect for his films.

Spoiler alert: Tom Cruise’s running sells more tickets than Forrest Gump could ever hope to.

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Why a $95 million bill to study tech’s effects on kids might actually pass this time

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Congress wants to spend $95 million to study how gadgets and social media affects children. 

The proposal for the Children and Media Research Advancement Act, or CAMRA Act, was introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate. A bipartisan group is behind the bill, so it might actually have a chance of passing. 

The bill is not new. Back in 2004, then-Sen. Joseph Lieberman wanted to study the effects of electronic media on the youth. It fizzled out. The same thing happened when a version of the bill was introduced again in 2007 — just a few months before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhoneRead more…

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Britney Spears obsesses over horses and mermaid pillows with BFF Jimmy Fallon

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Britney Spears joined Jimmy Fallon for a totally ahmazeng instalment of recurring Tonight Show sketch “Ew,” on Thursday.

Reuniting for a sleepover after meeting at camp, Sara (Fallon) and her BFF Abby (Spears) obsessed over horses and custom mermaid pillows, traded Throwback Thursday Instagram photos, and nailed Fashion Freeze.

There’s a perfect “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” throwback, plus, they totally gave mad love to Steve Carell in here, especially for his work in Dahspackabal Mah Thrah. Read more…

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‘The Late Show’ has its own version of the secret Trump-Cohen tape

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So, we’ve heard the audio of the secret recording between Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen, but now there’s video?

Well, at least a video made by Stephen Colbert and The Late Show team.

The late night show has crafted their own comedic video accompaniment to the real 2016 recording aired by CNN on Tuesday. 

In the audio clip, Trump and Cohen discuss a payment for Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story, in which she claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006. 

In 2016, the Wall Street Journal revealed that American Media — which owns the pro-Trump National Enquirer — bought the rights to the model’s story for $150,000, but didn’t publish it. Read more…

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The largest dinosaur foot ever belongs to ‘Bigfoot’

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The largest dinosaur foot ever found, belonging to one of the largest land animals this planet’s ever seen, surely deserves the title “Bigfoot” more than Sasquatch.

Excavated in 1998 by an expedition from the University of Kansas, and described in a new study published in PeerJ – the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences, “Bigfoot” was discovered in the Black Hills area of Wyoming. Scientists determined the dinosaur — a very close relative of Brachiosaurus — had the biggest feet of any sauropod, and roamed the area 150 million years ago. 

Crew member Anthony Maltese, who is also the lead author of the study, writes that the foot was nearly 1 meter wide. It didn’t belong to the largest dinosaur ever discovered, the study said, but “Bigfoot” did have particularly large feet. Read more…

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Jimmy Fallon and Tom Cruise hardly make it through this spy movie scene without losing it

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Jimmy Fallon and Tom Cruise have done their fair share of silly skits on The Tonight Show over the years. And their newly made-up Mission: Impossible scene is just as harebrained.

In a segment on Monday night’s show, Fallon and Cruise acted out a dramatic spy movie scene they’d written together playing the “Mad Lib” game. Adhering to the segment rules, Cruise answers Fallon’s random questions, and then the two use them as dialogue in a made-up movie scene.

Cruise’s answers are quite bizarre — his response to a hypothetical spider crawling up his leg was a cool “come here, darling,” — so make for a pretty strange scene. But it’s worth watching just for the pair to try and keep a straight face during their fictional train ride. Read more…

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This lightweight design software is an affordable alternative to Adobe Creative Cloud

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On the spectrum of graphic design software, pro-level software suites like Adobe Creative Cloud sit at one end, while bare-bones, free-with-purchase apps like Microsoft Paint reside on the other. But if your budget and ambition lies somewhere in between the two, your options are kind of limited. Yet there is a large demand for design software that’s both powerful and accessiblePixTeller Pro is here to answer that call.

This robust, web-based design tool is just what you need to create custom content for the web, social media, print, and more. Pick up a lifetime subscription today for just $34.99. Read more…

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Snapchat shuts down peer-to-peer payment service Snapcash

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The days of Snapchat‘s peer-to-peer payment service Snapcash are numbered.

Snapchat will officially end its mobile payment service on Aug. 30, according to buried code within the Android app uncovered by TechCrunch

It’s been four years since Snapchat launched Snapcash. In November 2014, Snapchat announced a partnership with mobile payments service Square to introduce the feature that lets you transfer money between accounts on the content sharing platform.

The feature has been available to Snapchat users using both Android and iOS in the United States who have a debit card and are 18 or older. Read more…

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Is ‘The Purge’ TV series pure fiction or a vision of our grim future? Watch the first trailer.

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Each new release in The Purge series pushes us closer to the central question: How much of this is actually fiction and how much is a taste of what humanity’s future looks like?

For the USA Network’s 10-episode televised take on the series, it certainly appears as if we’re getting more of the same. The “all crimes are legal for one night each year” conceit, an idea dreamed up by the totalitarian figures presiding over the United States of America (fictional ones), is central to the story.

This trailer doesn’t give up the goods on who the central players are in this story. There are some suggestions in the various snippets that they hail from different walks of life, but character development will have to wait for a later date. This trailer is about capturing a vibe, and it more than succeeds. Read more…

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ unveils three more Spider-People, including Spider-Ham

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not done adding Spider-People.

At Comic-Con’s Hall H Friday, Sony unveiled dazzling new footage that included our first glimpses at three new Spider-Folks: Spider-Man Noir, voiced by Nicolas Cage; Peni Parker, voiced by Kimiko Glenn; and, last but not least, Spider-Ham, voiced by John Mulaney.

In the footage, which was screened exclusively for Comic-Con, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) arrive at a mysterious building, where a smiling woman hands them “Hello my name is” stickers. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert stages a ‘presidential intervention’ for Trump

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Stephen Colbert has held a “presidential intervention” after the week’s hootenanny of events featuring Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

After brutally roasting Trump’s ‘double negative’ defense on Wednesday after that press conference, Colbert spent Thursday’s opening monologue on Trump’s invitation to Putin to visit the White House in the fall for another summit.

Fed up, the Late Show host staged a little intervention for the president, beginning with Trump’s questioning of the United States’ commitment to defending all NATO allies. Read more…

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Neptune looks extremely sharp and very blue in these new images

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Several billion miles from Earth, Neptune’s looking particularly sharp in a set of new images captured by one of the most powerful telescopes in the world.

Located in Chile, the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) used what’s known as laser tomography to capture test images of the planet and surrounding star clusters.

The telescope’s Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) instrument works with what’s called the GALACSI adaptive optics module. This allows the telescope to correct for turbulence at different altitudes in the atmosphere, resulting in some incredibly clear, sharp images captured from Earth. Read more…

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Gun rights activist claims he was in on the joke of that ‘Who Is America?’ skit

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Who among us hasn’t tried to save face during an embarrassing situation with the classic “I actually meant to leave my fly down” excuse?

That’s essentially the defense strategy of one of the unsuspecting participants in Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest mockumentary satire, Who is America?.

Viewers of the recently premiered Showtime series will recognize Virginia Citizens Defense League president Philip Van Cleave as the “gun rights hero” in the show’s “Kinderguardians” training video. 

In the disturbing segment, Cleave can be seen alongside an in-character Cohen, teaching toddlers how to use “Puppy Pistols” and “Gunny Rabbits” to make “bad guys go to sleep.” Read more…

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Trump-Putin press conference gets a roasting from late show hosts

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President Donald Trump’s rather disturbing joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was always going to be skewered by late-night hosts.

And they did not disappoint.

Following the presidents’ double address in Helsinki on Monday, The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah didn’t hold back. Before the show, the team pointed out what Russia and America both got out of the summit:

What Russia got:
– total capitulation from Trump
– exoneration for past meddling
– permission to meddle in future

What America got: pic.twitter.com/n4BTIvRzf0

— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) July 16, 2018 Read more…

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Essential FitTech gadgets for any lifestyle

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Remember when you promised yourself that 2018 would be the year you’d get back into jogging, master Crow Pose, and feel healthier and stronger than you’ve ever felt before?

If you’ve been slacking on those goals, you might need a little boost to get back on track. Luckily, the below gadgets can help. These FitTech products are must-buys for 2018.

Funds at your fingertips with Bankwest Halo payment ring — $39

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Heading out for a jog, but don’t want to bring along your entire wallet? You don’t have to with this nifty gadget: The Bankwest Halo is Australia’s first payment ring. The attractive design is ideal for anyone with an active lifestyle. Bankwest Halo works just like your contactless cards — all you have to do is fist-bump the terminal at check-out and be on your way.  Read more…

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How to send spam calls straight to voicemail with Google’s phone app

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Google just gave us another good reason to use its phone app: better protection from spam callers. 

The company’s phone app for Android has a new setting that can automatically detect spam calls and send them straight to voicemail so your phone never even rings.

The app now has a “filter suspected spam call” option in its settings. When enabled, suspected spam calls will be routed straight to your phone’s voicemail. Your phone won’t ring, and you won’t get a missed call notification.

If the caller does leave a voicemail, you also won’t get a notification, though you’ll have the ability to view missed calls and voicemails that have been “filtered.” Read more…

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People are falling for a fake Mueller indictment citing the ‘international meme community’

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Guys, not everything on the internet is true.

With Special Counsel Robert Mueller at the helm, the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. In a 29 page document, Mueller’s team detailed how Russia’s GRU operatives used spear-phishing attacks through malware to infiltrate the Clinton campaign and gain access to internal communications. 

The document did not mention anything about shitposting or memes. Read more…

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Trump gets rude welcome in UK thanks to giant crop circle

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A massive crop circle that will troll Trump as he flies over the United Kingdom isn’t the work of aliens, but it’s definitely sending a message.

The crop circle on Moat Farm in Stoke Mandeville says “блядь” in Russian, with “Trump” directly beneath it. The Russian word directly translates to “whore.” It’s also used as an exclamation, much like shit and damn. In this context, it probably translates to “Fuck Trump,” possibly a jab at the president’s chumminess toward Russian president Vladimir Putin. The circle is directly under Trump’s flight path from London to Chequers, where Trump will visit Prime Minister Theresa May on FridayRead more…

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Michelle Wolf perfectly roasts Australia’s ‘bag rage’

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Some Australian customers are losing their damn minds after finding single-use plastic bags banned from many major supermarkets. One even became violent, a perpetrator of “bag rage.”

Oh, Michelle Wolf noticed.

The Break host took a moment during her  monologue this week to skewer part of the country’s attitude toward the plastic bag ban rolling out in some states, as Australia moves to reduce marine pollution.

Kicking off July 1, the states of Queensland and Western Australia banned single-use, lightweight plastic bags from major retailers. This means aligning with other state bans in the ACT, South Australia, and Tasmania. Read more…

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Local police lip sync to ‘Uptown Funk’ on their lunch break

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Gotta love a lip sync, especially a one-take-wonder by your local police station.

A video of police officers from Norfolk, Virginia, lip syncing and dancing through their station to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” has gone viral, clocking up 25 million views in two days.

Around 40 officers, who were challenged by Texas’ Corinth Police Department, took part over their lunchtime, reports local newspaper The Virginian-Pilot. Corinth had already thrown down Miley Cyrus’ ‘”Party in the U.S.A.”

Even Norfolk’s bomb squad and fire service get involved. Now, they’ve challenged Seattle Police Department, Norfolk Constabulary, Virginia Beach Police Department, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  Read more…

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Jimmy Kimmel finally responds to Trump’s bizarre rally rant — with a fact check

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Jimmy Kimmel has been pretty quiet about Donald Trump’s recent vendetta against late night show hosts.

During a rally for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Trump called Stephen Colbert a “low life,” Jimmy Fallon a “lost soul,” and Kimmel “terrible.” But unlike Colbert and Fallon, Kimmel had yet to respond. 

Now we know why — he was off-grid, on summer vacation with his family in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana with no service. But Kimmel finally responded to Trump on Monday night, with a big ol’ fact check.

During the rally speech, Trump told a longwinded story about his experience on Jimmy Kimmel Live! pre-election, that included a claim that the late show host reverently waited out on Hollywood Boulevard for Trump, and apparently visited him in his dressing room before the show. Read more…

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Elon Musk is building a ‘kid-size submarine’ to rescue Thai kids trapped in cave

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Elon Musk is coming to the rescue.

The tech leader, along with SpaceX and Boring Company engineers, have been working with cave experts in Thailand to rescue the boys’ soccer team of 12 that’s been stuck in a cave system since June 23.

On Saturday, Musk tweeted an updated rescue plan, which essentially involves constructing “a tiny, kid-size submarine” that he plans to fly to Thailand.

Musk began his Saturday updates by discussing an “escape pod design” and “an inflatable tube with airlocks.” But as the day progressed, he settled on the idea of a mini-submarine. Read more…

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MoviePass was down for hours, ruining everyone’s Friday night

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Frustrated moviegoers let out a collective scream Friday night when MoviePass stopped working. 

As customers from across the country tried to purchase tickets, they were left confused as the popular app that lets you pay a monthly subscription fee was down for several hours. The company announced on Twitter that it was aware of the issue around 7:45 p.m. ET — after social media users had complained prior —  and asked moviegoers to buy tickets at full price from the theater in exchange for a refund at a later date. The company resolved the issue around 9:30 p.m. ET and asked customers to wait to submit their refund requests until Saturday. Read more…

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YouTube star Ryker Gamble dies after falling from waterfall

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YouTube star Ryker Gamble died after falling from a waterfall in British Columbia, Canada. He was 30 years old. 

A travel vlogger for popular channel High On Life, Gamble was one of three people who were confirmed dead on Thursday by federal police, the Associated Press reports.

According to AP, search and rescue teams found Gamble and the two yet-to-be-named victims, who had gone over Shannon Falls, the third-tallest waterfall in British Colombia.

After swimming in a pool at the top, the trio had walked along a ledge at the top of the falls before falling approximately 100 feet over the edge. Read more…

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Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best opens up about the real effects of intense backlash

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Sometimes people don’t realise that hating on a fictional character can have repercussions, particularly on the real human being playing the part.

Reminding us of this is actor Ahmed Best, who played Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars franchise, and who opened up about his experience with intense backlash on Tuesday.

Binks, the friendly Gungan, made his debut in 1999’s Episode 1, The Phantom Menace, with a smaller role in Attack of the Clones, and a brief cameo in Revenge of the Sith.

But although some adored Jar Jar, the character was quickly swept up in wave of audience and media criticism, eventually becoming one of the most railed-on characters in Star Wars history. Read more…

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‘Dead’ woman wakes up in a morgue. Why does this keep happening?

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A woman was taken to the morgue and pronounced dead after a car crash near Johannesburg in South Africa. 

The only problem? She wasn’t dead.

According to the BBC, the unnamed woman woke up in a mortuary fridge after a car pile-up on June 24 which reportedly left two others dead.

The woman was discovered by a morgue worker, according to the news service, and she is now recovering in a hospital east of Johannesburg.

The woman’s family declined to comment on the incident to the BBC, but said, “We need answers.”

So, how did this happen? An investigation is reportedly underway. Ambulance company Distress Alert, who mispronounced the woman dead, told news publisher Times Live, “Equipment used to determine life showed no form of life on the woman.” Read more…

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San Francisco skies turn orange as wildfires return to Northern California

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San Francisco took on a post-apocalyptic shade of orange, after smoke from Northern Californian wildfires reached the city on Sunday.

Just under a year since the deadliest firestorms in state history, intense wildfire has returned to the region, fanned by high winds and hot temperatures.

Smoke and ash from fires burning in the Yolo and Lake counties filled the sky about 75 miles south in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday morning, giving the city a foreboding orange filter.

San Francisco sky is bizarre right now. Rayleigh scattering through this cloud is depleting all the blues and leaving us with a sepia skypic.twitter.com/weUDCkulsN

— Rick Zuzow (@RickZuzow) July 1, 2018 Read more…

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ destroyed major Apple Music and Spotify streaming records

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It’s been a big week for Drake. 

First the artist confirmed on multiple tracks off his album Scorpion that he is indeed a father. Now, one day after the new album’s Friday launch, we’ve also learned that Scorpion broke a big streaming record: It earned the most streams on its very first day, on both Spotify and Apple Music. 

Apple Music confirmed the broken record on Instagram, noting that Scorpion was streamed more than 170 million times in its first 24 hours of release. An earlier post also noted that the album had hit #1 in 92 countries. Read more…

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Europe’s ‘biggest ever’ LSD bust nets more than $5 million in seized cryptocurrency

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Not cool. 

A combined task force of the Spanish Guardia Civil, the Austrian Federal Police, and Europol yesterday announced what they’re calling “Europe’s biggest ever LSD bust” and oh man in unrelated news I totally need to rethink my July 4 plans to just sit back and stare at fireworks for hours while contemplating life.

According to the press release, the bust went down in the Spanish cities of Granada and Valencia, and resulted in the seizure of approximately €4.5 million (around $5.25 million) worth of bitcoin, lumens, and IOTA. Read more…

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Capital Gazette releases front page following tragic shooting

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Despite a shooting tragedy that claimed the lives of five people at its offices, the Capital Gazette declared it would still put out a paper on Friday.

“I can tell you this: We’re putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” declared Capital reporter Chase Cook, just hours after an active shooter opened fire inside the newspaper’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland. 

Early on Friday morning, the paper released its front page. 

The Capital’s headline didn’t flinch from what just happened: “5 shot dead at The Capital,” it read, leading with the photos of staffers who had been killed on Thursday afternoon.  Read more…

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Two surfers, same waves. But people aren’t cool with the difference in pay.

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Over the weekend, surfers competed in the Ballito Pro, which takes place in South Africa’s east.

In the Billabong Junior Series, the under-18 mens winner was Indonesia’s Rio Waida, while the womens competition was won by South Africa’s Zoe Steyn.

While the news would invite congratulations, a Facebook post showing the two winners has angered people. 

As the photo shows, Waida received 8,000 SAR ($577), while Steyn — who was standing right beside him — received exactly half of that. It’s… not a good look.

“Did the girls surf a different ocean that was easier we don’t know about? This is pathetic,” reads one comment.  Read more…

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‘Simpsons’ fans dream of a Mexico and Portugal World Cup final

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Fans of The Simpsons will never forget its classic parody of soccer. 

From 1997, the episode “The Cartridge Family” poked fun at the sport with its meaningless but exotic player names (“Ariaga! Ariaga II! Bariaga!”) and the impatience Americans had for the sport.

In that fictional match (which ended in a riot), Mexico and Portugal battled it out to “determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth.”

For followers of the sport, the inclusion of the two countries was a bit of a joke in itself at the time. When the Season 9 episode aired, Portugal’s team was on the slide, ranking 30th in the worldMexico, however, managed to reach a much more respectable 5th.  Read more…

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