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Selfie tourism is killing these incredibly cute creatures

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Warning: this article contains images of animal abuse which some may find distressing.

A small furry creature huddles close to a tree branch on the edge of the forest. Its large, globular eyes are shut (it’s daytime, and so now it sleeps); its strong hands and arms hold firm even as it slumbers.

In a deep sleep, the creature doesn’t hear the rustling of approaching predators. Before it knows what’s happening, it’s plucked from the tree and bundled into a bag. When it is finally taken out into the blinding light of day, metal pliers are forced into its mouth to clip its teeth. Then it is shoved into a wire cage, alone and in pain. Read more…

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That viral Chinese library has turned out to be a bit of a sham

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The futuristic library that went viral has been exposed for being a lot less than it seemed in pictures.

The Binhai Library in Tianjin, China, has been making the rounds on social media for its incredible white floor to ceiling bookshelves, and all-around gorgeous interior design. 

It’s pretty much a book lover’s dream come true:

This picture taken on November 14, 2017 shows a general view of the Tianjin Binhai Library. A futuristic Chinese library has wowed book lovers around the world with its white, undulating shelves rising from floor to ceiling, but if you read between the lines you'll spot one problem. Those rows upon rows of book spines are mostly images printed on the aluminium plates that make up the backs of shelves. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / To go with AFP story China-library-architecture, FOCUS by Becky Davis        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

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TIANJIN, CHINA - OCTOBER 29:  The Tianjin Binhai New Area Library, called 'the eye of Binhai', is located at the cultural center of Binhai New Area on October 29, 2017 in Tianjin, China.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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TIANJIN, CHINA - OCTOBER 29:  The Tianjin Binhai New Area Library, called 'the eye of Binhai', is located at the cultural center of Binhai New Area on October 29, 2017 in Tianjin, China.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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But upon closer inspection, you can tell the rows and rows of books in the library’s main hall are actually rows with images printed on. Read more…

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China’s biggest search engine unveils a smart speaker, the first of its AI products to come

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Google Home and the Amazon Echo have new competition.

Baidu, which runs China’s most popular search engine, has produced the Raven H, a voice-activated speaker that runs on an artificial intelligence platform.

The Raven H is the first product in Baidu’s upcoming AI plan, following its acquisition in earlier this year of Beijing-based smart home startup, Raven.

‘Humans & machines have been interacting w/ one another for years, but raven H aims to create a world in which this interaction is seamless.’ – Cheng (Jesse) Lyu, Raven founder & Baidu GM https://t.co/2lrqrxtgUs#BaiduWorld ~*Bring #AI to Life*~ pic.twitter.com/HQFun4bKmR

— Baidu Inc. (@Baidu_Inc) November 16, 2017 Read more…

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Tim Cook tweets congratulatory message to Australia but uses the wrong flag

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Looks like Tim Cook might have sent this tweet out a little too quickly.

The Apple CEO on Wednesday congratulated Australia on saying “yes” to same-sex marriage — except he added an emoji of the flag of New Zealand.

Congratulations Australia! Another important step toward equality for all. 🇦🇺 #MarriageEquality

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) November 15, 2017

The original tweet was quickly deleted and a new tweet sent out, this time, with the correct flag.

The original tweet that was sent out

The original tweet that was sent out

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But the mistake had already been spotted by some on Twitter, and one guy pointed out how it’s tough searching for emoji on Apple’s keyboard: Read more…

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China now has more supercomputers on the world’s top 500 list than the U.S.

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China has reached a supercomputing milestone.

The country now has more machines on a list of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers than the U.S. 

China has 202 systems on the Top500’s supercomputer list, with the U.S. comparatively having only 143.

The U.S. ranking is its lowest since the Top500 rankings began 25 years ago, though the country still manages to come in at second place.

Japan comes in third with 35 supercomputers, and Germany fourth with 20.

According to Top500, China’s managed to turn things around pretty fast. Just six months ago, the US led with 169 systems, with China slightly trailing with 160. Read more…

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The beloved VW Beetle is about to go electric

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The timeless VW Beetle is about to step into the future.

Volkswagen is considering plans for an electric Beetle, according to VW’s chairman Herbert Diess.

Speaking to Autocar, Diess said that the company was “actively considering” plans for an electric Beetle as part of a range of zero-emissions cars.

He also added that if an electric successor would be made, it would actually be a throwback to the original rear-wheel drive Beetle.

“If we wanted to do a Beetle, electrically it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive,” said Diess. Read more…

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‘SNL’ takes Roy Moore to task with some Alabama sensibility, courtesy of Kate McKinnon

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Another week, another 34,989 sexual assault and harassment stories in the news (that’s an official number). On Saturday night, Saturday Night Live tackled the highly icky report that Alabama Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a minor with the man whose seat he’s filling: Jeff Sessions.

This week’s cold open started with a sensible Vice President Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) counseling Judge Moore (Mikey Day) on the best course of action. His counsel: Stepping aside isn’t the worst thing in the world, if you look at it the right way.

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Here’s why a Twitter account for Maine tourism gets so many notifications

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Your relatable tweets are proving to be a real headache for the state of Maine.

As The Daily Dot pointed out Saturday, one of the many ways people announce that they’ve found a tweet relatable is by at-replying the Twitter handle “@me.” It’s tongue-in-cheek — a shorter way to say “that’s me” or “it me.”

The handle is also frequently used when someone says “don’t @ me,” but fails to put a space between “@” and “me.” That space makes a world of difference, y’all. Isn’t Twitter interesting?

Using “@me” has an unintended side effect. The handle @me is actually owned by Maine.com, a website run by a man named Teddy Worcester to advertise Maine tourism.  Read more…

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You know you’re going to watch these two rats fight over a french fry

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It’s been over two years since Pizza Rat taught us what it means to reach for the stars. It was 2015, a simpler time — one that you may be feeling nostalgic for even now.

And that’s why we know you’re going to watch this video of two rats battling for a french fry in the disgusting NYC subway. Come on, give it a try! It’s short, it’s fun, it’s dramatic. It even has a beginning, middle, and end.

Truly, what more could you ask for? Read more…

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Please stop applauding Louis C.K. for doing the bare minimum

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Well, it looks like the Louis C.K. apologists have at least pivoted to a different tactic than simply labeling accusers liars, after the comedian finally admitted to the sexual misconduct he’s been disparaging as mere “rumor” for five years (and as recently as two months ago).

Within mere hours of C.K. issuing his statement, the internet fell over itself to commend him for the brave act of finally admitting he is, in fact, a sexual harasser and feels bad about it — now that there’s a New York Times story about it, anyway.

And as C.K. fans (and even some of his critics) pat him on the back for doing the literal least he could by not lying anymore, some conservatives continue to make excuses for Roy Moore, the former Alabama judge and U.S. Senate candidate accused of initiating a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Read more…

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Taylor Swift seems to diss on Kanye West in ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ and Twitter’s loving it

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Squad, Taylor Swift’s reputation has landed, and it was never going to be without a few swipes.

The pop mogul’s highly anticipated sixth studio album has dropped, with one of the tracks generating a significant amount of buzz, “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.” 

It’s (look, probably) a big swipe at Swift’s big frenemy, Kanye West.

Co-written with producer pal Jack Antonoff, the track appears to make a few digs at the rapper, who Swift has had a complicated friendship with over the last few years, from the 2015 Grammys to the West’s “Famous” lyric, right up until that phone call. Read more…

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Ford the river with kombucha and craft beer in the millennial version of ‘The Oregon Trail’

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Played The Oregon Trail in school? The classic classroom frontier game has had a modern day makeover.

An ambitious promotional tool from Travel Oregon, a “semi-independent” agency created by the Oregon Legislature, Travel Oregon: The Game is an homage to the educational staple, allowing you to explore all seven regions of the state. 

The game isn’t produced by the original team, according to Munchies, but it has the same 8-bit look and addictive nature. The game’s goal, as tradition stipulates, is to keep morale high, while playing different activities — or you’ll be writing tombstones.  Read more…

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Some poor guy had to sit between Trump and South Korea’s president for a ‘casual’ meal

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Oh man, imagine having to be this guy.

On Tuesday, U.S. president Donald Trump stopped by military base Camp Humphreys for lunch, during his official visit to South Korea.

For some reason, they sat one single soldier between Trump and South Korean president, Moon Jae-in. So that guy sat awkwardly while Trump and Moon talked across him.

"Why me?"

“Why me?”

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A video clip of the incident has been picked up on South Korean TV, highlighting the poor guy’s stunned expression as he sat between the two world leaders, apparently too terrified to eat. Read more…

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This ‘Harry Potter’ sock advent calendar could free 24 house elves this Christmas

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Free a house elf every day this Christmas, with this Harry Potter advent calendar filled with socks.

Perfect for wrenching poor ol’ Dobby from the Malfoys, Target’s new festive calendar contains 12 pairs of Harry Potter themed socks — that’s 24 freed house elves, people.

It’s going for $15 in Target’s online store, pretty decent for 12 pairs of socks. They feature design references to the Marauder’s Map, quidditch and the Deathly Hallows. 

Look at those socks, they’re cuter than a niffler (nah, nothing is cuter than a niffler). Read more…

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Indonesia wanted to block WhatsApp because people are sending ‘obscene GIFs’

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WhatsApp appears to be the latest social media platform to run afoul of Indonesia’s censorship rules.

The populous Southeast Asian nation on Monday vowed to block WhatsApp within 48 hours, if it did not ensure that “obscene” GIFs were removed from the platform.

Indonesia later dropped its threat after Tenor, WhatsApp’s third party GIF provider, appeared to have fixed the issue.

“We see now that they have done what we asked. Therefore we won’t block them,” the director general from Indonesia’s communication and informatics ministry, Semuel Pangerapan told Reuters on Tuesday. Read more…

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Entire cast of ‘Thor’ puts on a budget live play for unsuspecting moviegoers

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Just for laughs, James Corden stuck the entire star-studded cast of Thor in a cardboard budget, school play version of the hit movie.

The Late Late Show host sprung the surprise on a bunch of (very lucky) unsuspecting moviegoers, interrupting the movie minutes into the beginning. Corden then brought out each member of the cast in their movie roles, starting with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, before introducing Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Mark Ruffalo to the stunned audience.

While it’s incredible to see the Hollywood stars in the very budget version of their movie, it’s even more amazing that they didn’t seem to crack up while acting the whole thing out. Read more…

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Donald Trump and Paul Manafort take a very naked shower on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Donald Trump took a naked shower with Paul Manafort on Saturday Night Live tonight, and yes, things got weirder from there.

Kicking the episode off in classic SNL fashion, Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Trump – the real-life version of whom is on his first trip to Asia as president, the late night version of whom snuck off to check on his old buddy Manafort (Alex Moffat) after his no good very bad week.  

But don’t worry. Melania is happy with the (very) fake lookalike Baldwin’s Trump sent along in his stead. In fact, she’s falling in love!

To make absolutely sure Manafort isn’t wearing a wire, Trump insisted the pair pop in the shower together, as one does. He even got in a shot at the Hollywood scandal du jour. Read more…

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San Juan’s mayor has a message for Moe from ‘The Simpsons’

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Moe the bartender and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz both know what it’s like to have paper towels thrown at them. 

At least, that’s the message from The Simpsons, which released a video on Friday night announcing the show had raised $25,000 for the people of Puerto Rico. 

Apparently, Cruz appreciated the message. 

Thank you Moe for understanding how we feel. We have very little power but having @TheSimpsons in our corner fills our hearts with light.

— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) November 4, 2017

The show made an appeal for aid after the first episode of Season 29, which also got a response from Cruz. Looks like it’s the start of a perfectly cromulent relationship.  Read more…

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Thieves stole more than 300 iPhone X devices from a UPS truck

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Even your iPhones are not safe.

More than 300 iPhones have been stolen from a UPS track in San Francisco, with the thieves making away with some $300,000 worth of products.

The thieves staked out the truck and grabbed a shipment, before it managed to deliver to an Apple store at the Stonestown Galleria shopping mall in San Francisco, according to news outlet CBS SF. 

They broke in and took all the smartphones whilst the UPS driver was at Macy’s making a delivery.

The thieves are still at large, and police are asking for help in tracking them down. 

“A witness observed three unidentified suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts exit a white Dodge van,” San Francisco Police Department Captin Rick Yick said. Read more…

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‘Paperbark,’ the game that’s a love letter to unspoilt Australian nature

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While Australia’s renowned natural beauty is often plastered on postcards and featured in the occasional film, it’s something yet to be represented in the gaming world.

Paperbark, set to release early next year initially on iOS, will change all that. The game focuses on the life of a sleepy wombat exploring Australian bushland, discovering all kinds of flora and fauna along the way.

The game was originally the final year project of RMIT game design students Ryan Boulton, Nina Bennett and Terry Burdak. All three grew up in regional Victoria, and wanted to focus on creating a game that looked like an Australia they knew. Read more…

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Hello Aibo, goodbye Alexa: Sony turns robot dog into AI assistant

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That robotic dog you wanted as a kid is back. And sadly, it’s just as expensive.

Sony had announced that after more than a decade since retiring its robot dog product, the Aibo will be coming back for real.

Image: aibo/sony/screenshot

The new Aibo has also learnt some new tricks. Its AI capability will allow it to learn and recognise people’s faces, and remember and avoid obstacles in a room.

It’ll also be voice-capable and cloud connected, being able to record photos and save them online. For example, saying “take a picture” will trigger the Aibo to take a shot and send it to the cloud, accessible later from a companion app.  Read more…

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San Juan’s mayor isn’t happy Republicans canceled a hurricane response hearing

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San Juan’s mayor has freely criticized the government’s response to Hurricane Maria. But now she’s been denied the chance to testify before Congress.

Carmen Yulín Cruz was set to speak Wednesday in a hearing about FEMA’s preparation and response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Currently, only 33 percent of the island’s power has been restored.

She came to Washington, D.C., at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, a ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. This happened shortly after her public spat with President Donald Trump and Whitefish Energy, the two-person Montana firm hired to restore power to Puerto Rico.  Read more…

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This AR app lets you ‘try before you buy’ plants for your home

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Having more plants in your home can absorb airborne pollutants and improve your air quality, which can in turn affect your general wellbeingNASA knows it, we all know it. But what’ll work in your space, aesthetically?

New Australian app Plant Life Balance uses AR to help you “try before you buy,” and create a tangible shopping list of plants to take to your local nursery.

You can assess your current “plant-life balance” (how many rooms you have, how many plants), then use AR to drop in over 90 plant recommendations, and get an analysis of their benefits. Read more…

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Seth MacFarlane seemed to hint about the Kevin Spacey allegations back in 2005

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane seems to know a lot more than he gives off.

Following the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein, a clip from the best supporting actress Oscar nominations in 2013 went viral.

MacFarlane made an awkward joke about the nominees, and congratulated them because they “no longer have to be pretend to be attracted” to Weinstein. 

Now in the wake of accusations that Kevin Spacey made sexual advances toward actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 years old, another clip is making the rounds on social media.  Read more…

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Listen to Linkin Park’s new song ‘Looking for an Answer’

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On Friday, Linkin Park played a star-studded show at the Hollywood Bowl, the band’s first since Chester Bennington’s death in July. 

At the concert, they debuted “Looking for an Answer,” a ballad written by band member Mike Shinoda shortly after Bennington’s death. Shinoda performed the song solo, accompanied only by piano. 

It’s sparse, lovely, and poignant — a must-listen for Linkin Park fans and, to be honest, everyone else. Read more…

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7 Stephen King characters who mysteriously appear in multiple books

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The best thing about falling in love with a Stephen King character — something I’ve done many, many times — is that there’s a decent chance you might meet them again.

It’s one of the cool things about the horror master’s body of work: everything’s connected. Characters and settings crop up time and again in different books, often more than once.

It would be hard to go into absolutely every connection in just one article — there have been some impressive flowcharts made for this very purpose, and they’re incredibly complex — but there are a few big names that stand out. Read more…

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Pro ‘League of Legends’ player fired after he abuses girlfriend during livestream

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Warning: This story is about an incident that is distressing.

A professional League of Legends player has fired from his team, after he beat up his girlfriend and inadvertently livestreamed the incident.

Chinese player Li Wei Jun, better known as “Vasilii” in the gaming world, was on Thursday livestreaming his gameplay of a match, which he proceeded to lose.

His girlfriend is heard in the background telling him not to lose his temper, especially during a livestream where many fans would be watching him.

“I told you not to speak in such a manner. You have a problem you know, you keep losing your temper,” she says. Read more…

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Facebook’s Workplace is turning into a serious Slack competitor

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Facebook may be the last company you’d ever expect to make software for serious businesses, but the social network is quickly proving the haters wrong.

A year after officially launching Workplace, the business-focused version of Facebook, the service now counts more than 30,000 businesses and organizations using the software, Facebook announced Thursday. 

That group, more than double what Workplace claimed six months ago, includes names like Starbucks, Spotify, Lyft, and Walmart.

Though not as huge as some of its biggest competitors — less than a year in Microsoft Teams counts more than 125,000 organizations — the growth is impressive, considering that it wasn’t that long ago that the idea of Facebook launching professional software seemed like more of a joke than anything else. Read more…

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World’s ‘earliest navigational tool’ has been found in a shipwreck

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Archeologists have found what they believe to be the oldest astrolabe so far, a 500-year-old navigational tool, among a shipwreck led by Vasco da Gama himself.

The tool, believed to have been from the years 1495-1500, was recovered from the shipwreck of a Portugese explorer ship, which sank during a storm in the Indian Ocean in 1503.

The ship, named the Esmeralda, was part of a fleet led by famed Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who was the first person to sail directly from Europe to India.

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New Zealand’s bird of the year is a highly cheeky parrot known for messing with humans

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New Zealand, you’re alright.

What other country, teeming with magnificent, yet sadly endangered wildlife, would have an annual bird of the year competition?

Perpetual natural paradise New Zealand has announced the winner for the country’s 13th bird of the year, awarded to the world’s only alpine parrot, the kea.

What’s a kea? It’s an unusual olive-green parrot found in the country’s southern alps, known for its intelligence, cheekiness, and curiosity — something that can “get them into trouble,” according to the BOTY website. Read more…

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Dogs rescued from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria are being adopted

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After surviving Puerto Rico’s deadly Hurricane Maria, a group of rescued dogs have arrived in U.S. cities, ready for adoption.

In one instance, reported by the New York Post, a total of 53 dogs were scooped up by animal rescue group The Sato Project — and 28 of these are up for adoption in New York City (the rest have been distributed to shelters around the U.S.). 

Lower East Side no-kill animal shelter Animal Haven is where you’ll find the NYC-based pooches, flown to the city via charter plane from Puerto Rico, funded by the John and Wendy Neu Foundation. Read more…

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Protester hugs a Nazi and asks ‘Why do you hate me?’

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The age-old debate: Should you punch a Nazi? 

Here’s a new one: Should you hug one? Probably not, but a protester outside white supremacist Richard Spencer’s failed speech in Gainesville, Florida this week tried the tactic. 

High school football coach Aaron Courtney approached Randy Furniss, who was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with swastikas and had been punched earlier. 

A man wearing swastikas is punched at a protest against white nationalist #RichardSpencer https://t.co/NQx2rLelNW #SpenceratUF📷:Brian Blanco pic.twitter.com/DuK6b8VmIX

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7 things that will 100% maybe happen in ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2

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It’s been over a year since we rampantly binged our way through the sweet ’80s nostalgia of Stranger Things Season 1, and now — finally — the sequel is less than 10 days away.

The final trailer is out, a clip of Eleven has been released, and the Upside Down is so close you can practically smell it.

Still, we’ve got to find some way of killing time until those nine beautiful episodes glide their way into our hungry, hungry Netflix accounts.

In a desperate attempt to guess some of the things that might happen in Stranger Things Season 2, I’ve combed through as many clues as I could find in the trailers and promotional material. Read more…

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Made from metal and driven by the wind, these sculptures resemble pulsing alien creatures

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Anthony Howe is a sculptor who doesn’t like static works of art. For the last 30 years, his material of choice has been metal, and his purpose: to make it come to life.

Howe has built hundreds of kinetic sculptures that he says were plucked straight from his imagination. Today, some are scattered across the world, while others are blending in with nature in his studio on Orcas Island, Washington. Read more…

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Sonos One and Alexa is an audio marriage made in heaven

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This sounds amazing.

That’s what I thought when I got all my Sonos speakers playing the late Tom Petty’s Won’t Back Down and the first floor of my home filled with his distinct, Gainesville, Florida, twang. 

I chose that song with my voice and not by speaking to the first-generation Amazon Echo I have in my home, but by speaking directly to the brand new Sonos One smart speaker.

Sonos is just one of an increasing number of third-party partners integrating Amazon’s soon-to-be ubiquitous digital voice assistant Alexa. On the one hand, this seems redundant. Why do I need a Sonos Alexa-enabled speaker when I already have the Amazon Echo to drive what was my two-speaker Sonos system? Read more…

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New Zealanders worry about a ‘chipocalypse’ as potato supply drops

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We don’t want to ever live in a world where there is a “chipocalypse.”

No wonder New Zealanders are concerned at the prospect, as 20 percent of potato crops have been lost due to extended periods of wet weather, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Supermarkets have indicated to the newspaper there might be a shortage in potato crisps, as manufacturers have a smaller cut of potato crops in the country. Normal potato supply won’t return until the new year.

When the chips are down, people are going to freak out — a bit — on social media. Read more…

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Asics is going to bake your next custom sneaker in a microwave

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Custom sneakers can usually take weeks, if not months, to be made, but Asics is going to make you one the same way you make instant ramen.

The sportswear giant says it’ll soon introduce microwaves in its stores that can “bake” soles in just around 15 seconds.

It’s still in testing, but the company has produced an official site and videos illustrating the process, so it looks like it’ll happen sooner than later.

Image: asics

When ready, customers will be able to choose their colour of the various layers of their sneaker soles, including the midsole and upper. The component for the sole comes in pellet form, and gets microwaved in a mold, Asics explains in a new microsite. Read more…

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Kellyanne Conway as Pennywise is everything you’ve ever wanted from ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Maybe you see it. The resemblance. Kellyanne Conway. Pennywise from IT. Kellywise the Dancing Clown.

The writers at Saturday Night Live sure did.

Tonight’s offering in the ongoing cinematic saga of Kellyanne vs. Anderson Cooper featured Alex Moffat’s Cooper (clad in a yellow raincoat, natch) finding a reason to peek down a storm drain — while everyone and their brother shouted at home, “DON’T GO NEAR THE STORM DRAIN, COOP! 

Hiding inside was the disturbingly clownish Conway, played expertly as always by Kate McKinnon. Read more…

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Tesla fires hundreds of workers companywide amid production struggles

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Tesla just made some drastic changes to its workforce.

The automaker fired between 400 and 700 workers from its south Bay Area headquarters and production plant this week, the San Jose Mercury first reported. The company claims the employees were fired for subpar job performance rather than laid off.

“Like all companies, Tesla conducts an annual performance review during which a manager and employee discuss the results that were achieved, as well as how those results were achieved, during the performance period,” a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement. “Performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures.” Read more…

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‘Star Wars’ gym gear will take your workout over to the Dark Side

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Finally, your home gym equipment collection can be complete.

Fitness company Onnit has produced a line of Star Wars themed gear, including yoga mats, kettlebells, and medicine balls.

All the gear is black, so naturally it stands to reason that only stuff from the dark side is featured. 

All the baddies.

All the baddies.

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The medicine ball is the Death Star; the kettlebells are in the shape of Darth Vader, his Stormtroopers, and Boba Fett; and the yoga mat is poor Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

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Equifax may have been hacked again and it’s not even funny anymore

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Equifax, the credit rating reporting agency that exposed personal data of nearly 150 million people, appears to have been hacked — again.

The (probable) hack was noticed by security researcher Randy Abrams and first covered by Ars Technica. While visiting Equifax’s website, Abrams noticed that some pages redirect to a site offering a fake, malware-bearing Flash update. 

Hijacking some pages on a hacked site to target visitors is a common tactic amongst malicious hackers. Often, you won’t see the malware-infested links on every page, and nothing else on the site will indicate that something’s wrong. But click on the link, and boom — your computer is infected.  Read more…

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Australian court rules an unsent text message on phone counts as a will

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An unsent message of a deceased man in Australia has been ruled as a valid will. 

It means he will leave his estate to his brother and nephew as opposed to his son and wife, who he apparently had a difficult relationship with. 

The decision was handed down by a judge at the Supreme Court of Queensland, following no evidence of any other will created by the deceased man.

The man, who tragically took his own life, was found with the phone by his widow in October 2016. The following day, a friend of the widow was asked to look through the deceased man’s contact list to see who should be notified of his death.  Read more…

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Ikea has launched a new furniture collection just for your pets

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Even dogs and cats need to relax in style.

Ikea has just dropped a new collection designed exclusively for pets.

The new Lurvig collection, which means “hairy” in Swedish, made its pilot launch in five countries — Japan, France, Canada, U.S and Portugal (Algarve) at the start of October, an Ikea spokesperson told Mashable.

From a plush dog bed to a fancy scratching mat, Ikea’s pretty much got you covered.

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Image: IKEA JAPAN/INSTAGRAM

Here’s the catalogue, even if you aren’t in a country that has the goods yet yet. Read more…

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21-year-old woman loses her eyesight after staring at her smartphone game for days

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A woman from China has gone partially blind, after spending an entire day playing a game on her smartphone.

The 21-year-old, who goes under the pseudonym Wu Xiaojing, was a hardcore fan of popular multiplayer smartphone game Honour of Kings.

Wu, who works in finance, was said to have been playing the game for several hours when she suddenly lost her sight in her right eye.

She was taken to several hospitals and was diagnosed with Retinal Artery Occlusion (RAO) in her right eye.

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