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Taylor Swift used facial recognition at a concert to detect stalkers

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While facial recognition is increasingly being used by authorities to keep track of wrongdoers, entertainers have employed the tech as well – to keep track of stalkers.

As per Rolling Stone, at Taylor Swift’s Rose Bowl concert in May, a kiosk was set up where it was playing clips of the pop star’s rehearsal.

Little did concertgoers know was that a camera was hiding behind the kiosk’s screen, where a facial recognition camera was snapping photos and transferring them to a Nashville-based “command post.”

The images were then checked with a database of the singer’s known list of stalkers, which numbers in the hundreds. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert unpacks Trump’s dramatic meeting with Pelosi, Schumer

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House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday, and uh, the meeting did not go smoothly.

So, naturally, Stephen Colbert unpacked the whole thing, hardly containing his delight and running videos of cat boxing to represent the encounter with the president.

The Late Show host ran through the highlights of the tempestuous meeting, in particular, Trump’s threat to shut down the government in order to fund his border wall, and his remarkable ability to spring to action on hearing his own name.

“He’s like Alexa, he only wakes up when he hears his name,” joked Colbert. Read more…

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SantaCon is back to make you regret moving to the city

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. 

That’s right, cities around the globe are celebrating that most modern of holidays on Saturday: SantaCon. The annual gathering of revelers dressed as Santa Claus may have originated in San Francisco as a radical act of anti-consumerist mischief, but it has since morphed into a worldwide day of debauchery and excess that feels just about right for our sinking-ship hellscape of a reality. 

Thankfully for us, it’s a well-documented hellscape. So let’s take a peek, shall we? 

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‘Aquaman’ star Jason Momoa challenges Jimmy Fallon to some casual trident throwing

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It might seem foolish to challenge Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman in the upcoming DC chapter, to a casual trident throwing challenge. But that didn’t stop Jimmy Fallon.

In the film, Aquaman is a master of the trident, and on The Tonight Show, Momoa absolutely nailed it, like he was casually playing darts in a friend’s basement. Highly impressive.

The target? Arch-villain Ocean Master, of course. Minus 20 points if you hit Nemo. Read more…

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‘Outlander’ author responds to concerns about actor with domestic violence record

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Sunday’s episode of Outlander featured an actor with a recorded history of domestic violence, prompting a response from the book’s author.

As first reported by EW, Will Strongheart appeared as an English-speaking Cherokee named Tawodi in Season 4 episode “Common Ground.”

In 2010, Strongheart was reportedly charged with two counts of assault causing bodily harm, according to CBC News, something which resurfaced when he appeared in the Canadian film Indian Horse earlier this year.

Following the airing of the season’s fourth episode, “Common Ground,” fans asked the series’ author Diana Galbaldon about her feelings toward the casting on Facebook. Galbaldon said she had nothing to do with the casting process. Read more…

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Did you lose a pigeon dressed in a tiny bedazzled vest? He’s been found.

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Hey, if you lost your bedazzled pigeon, he’s safe and sound at a bird sanctuary in Arizona. 

A young male pigeon, inexplicably dressed in a rhinestone-studded vest, was found in Glendale, Arizona on Nov. 10. He’s been under the care of Fallen Feathers ever since. 

“He’s very friendly and fits on your finger,” Fallen Feathers director Jody Kieran told AZ Central.

She posted a photo of the bird and his impossibly tiny get up on the sanctuary’s Facebook page on Sunday. 

“If you know the owner we have your friend here waiting,” the post says.  Read more…

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Jimmy Kimmel on the Sarah Sanders doctored video: ‘She should be fired for that’

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The doctored video of the interaction between CNN’s Jim Acosta and a White House intern, which was posted by the Trump administration and originated from Infowars, hardly pleased many of us, including Jimmy Kimmel.

“She should be forced to resign for that,” Kimmel said on Thursday. “She intentionally disseminated doctored video footage to discredit a reputable journalist … Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be fired and sent to live in a JOANN’s Fabrics store.”

Also in the line of fire was Kellyanne Conway, who also took the side of the intern. It’s “so ridiculous,” in fact, that Kimmel decided to take his qualms straight to Conway herself. Read more…

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Air New Zealand’s new safety briefing is a music video set to ‘It’s Tricky’

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Air New Zealand has taken people to Middle Earth and done a Men In Black throwback in its safety videos, setting itself apart from other, boring pre-flight briefings.

The airline’s latest edition is dubbed “It’s Kiwi,” a remake of Run-DMC’s classic track “It’s Tricky” featuring Deadpool 2 actor Julian Dennison, local musicians, as well as talent from 30 community groups.

It’s the 18th safety video the airline has ever produced, and aims to celebrate Kiwi culture and the country’s diversity. Read more…

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Heidi Klum just outdid herself (again) with her Shrek-inspired Halloween costume

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Heidi Klum is the queen of Halloween, and this year, she’s truly outdone herself.

The model and former Project Runway host has made an art of show-stopping Halloween costumes each year, from her Jessica Rabbit jaw-dropper to her insect alter ego to that time she cloned herself

And for 2018, Klum transformed herself into the supreme green Princess Fiona from Dreamworks’ classic animated film Shrek, with her boyfriend Tom Kaulitz as the titular ogre himself.

Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz dressed as Shrek and Princess Fiona. In the morning, they may or may not be making waffles.

Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz dressed as Shrek and Princess Fiona. In the morning, they may or may not be making waffles.

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Ariana Grande and James Corden survive a terrifying escape room

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Ariana Grande is super into Halloween, haunted houses, and escape rooms, so James Corden invited the pop star to a combination of the three.

As an addition to The Late Late Show‘s “Carpool Karaoke” segment with Grande, Corden decided to book a session at 60OUT Escape Rooms in Los Angeles, picking the horror themed room.

It looks downright terrifying, and Grande spends the entire time being understandably beside herself. 

“That’s not an escape room, that’s one of the seven gates to hell,” she said.

At least know we know how she injured her hand — running away from whatever the hell that is in the clip. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert on synagogue shooting: ‘Hate is not what America stands for’

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A very sombre Stephen Colbert responded to Pittsburgh’s synagogue shooting on The Late Show Monday. 

After declaring that “hate is not what America stands for,” and praising the Muslim group which raised more than $140,000 for the shooting’s victims, Colbert turned his attention to Trump’s indefensible response to the tragic event.

“Naturally, in times like these our nation looks to its president for comfort and guidance. That’s our first mistake,” he said.

Of particular annoyance to the late show host was Trump continuing with a rally hours after the attack, where he claimed that he did so because the New York Stock Exchange opened the day after 9/11That claim was in fact, false. Read more…

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It’s a very special Gritty Halloween

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Gritty just celebrated his one month birthday. He’s already accomplished so much in his time on planet earth.

For the past month, Gritty’s brought nothing but joy to the sad people of the internet, crushed daily by Trump. Now, he’s bringing hope in the form of  homemade Gritty Halloween costumes and carved Gritty pumpkins.

Everywhere you look, there’s Gritty. And thank God.

Here’s some of the best Gritty Halloween costumes and pumpkins. There’s more to come.

This sweet lass dressed as a #DIY @gritty is seriously the most entertaining + creative #Halloween costume I’ve seen in ages! I love this town – you never know who you’re going to bump into in @haddonheights! 🏒🧟‍♀️ 🎃 #HootsandHowls pic.twitter.com/RaVdT7XvxQ

— Laura Storck (@Laura_Storck) October 21, 2018 Read more…

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Tiffany Haddish and Jimmy Fallon throw down ’90s bangers in a Lip Sync Battle

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Ready for the fastest feet you’ve seen today?

For the latest instalment of his wildly popular “Lip Sync Battle” segment, Fallon invited Saturday Night Live favourite Tiffany Haddish into the arena.

Both kicked off with some solid ’90s nostalgia. Fallon shimmied through Deee-Lite’s 1990 banger “Groove Is in the Heart,” but Haddish absolutely nailed the Lady of Rage’s 1994 track “Afro Puffs.” 

The late show host picked Post Malone’s “Psycho,” which seemed to slow the pace, but Fallon picked it up with a few of the rapper’s signature face tattoos. But Haddish went old school for James Brown’s “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” with some highly fancy footwork. Read more…

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Apple’s subscription TV service might be coming sooner than you think

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Apple’s competitor to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video is apparently just around the corner.

According to a report by The Information, Apple is set to launch a subscription TV service in the U.S. within the first half of next year.

In the months following the U.S. launch, the service will become available in more than 100 countries around the world, matching the availability of the aforementioned streaming giants.

The service will feature original Apple series, of which the tech giant has been slowly building on, and allow users to subscribe to TV network subscriptions as one can already do through Amazon Channels or Roku.  Read more…

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Hear a brand new song from ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in latest trailer

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There’s a dolphin in the bath and a brand new song in the latest trailer for Mary Poppins Returns.

As everyone’s favourite magical, singing nanny, Emily Blunt takes the lead in a new original track for the Disney sequel, called “Can You Imagine That?” and teased in a clip released Monday. 

Directed by Rob Marshall, the film features all new original songs by Broadway stalwarts Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and a musical score by Shaiman.

The teaser also appears to feature a few aesthetic throwbacks to Poppins classics like “Jolly Holiday” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” but foregrounds the original track. And many, many dolphins. Read more…

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Elon Musk’s high-speed hyperloop tunnel in L.A. will soon be open for public rides

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Elon Musk says the first tunnel is “almost done.” 

Posting on Twitter on Sunday night, the Boring Company founder and CEO announced the first test tunnel of the ambitious ultra-high-speed hyperloop project in Los Angeles will be open for public rides on Dec. 11.

The very first LA tunnel, which will primarily function to transport pedestrians and cyclists, was officially completed in May, after digging permission was granted in August last year. 

Opens Dec 10

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018

Musk has previously announced that the service will apparently cost passengers just $1 to ride on shuttles within the city when it officially launches. Read more…

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This city is letting people try out self-driving cars for free

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If you’re visiting Arlington, Texas, and have been itching to try out an autonomous vehicle, you’re in luck. 

Starting Friday, three Drive.ai self-driving cars (and eventually five) will be available to ride — for anyone, not just office workers, city officials, or a select group of “early riders.” Back in July, Drive.ai piloted the autonomous Nissan NV200 vans in Frisco, Texas. The Arlington deployment will be around for the next year.

“This is a not a quick demonstration,” CEO Bijit Halder said in a phone call this week.

If you’re interested, you can download the Drive.ai app or order a car from a kiosk at five pickup points. The cars are taking passengers along three routes that hit the Dallas Cowboys stadium, the Texas Rangers ballpark, the Arlington Convention Center, restaurant districts, and other venues.  Read more…

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Enterprising Girl Guide sells cookies to Canadians waiting in line at cannabis store

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Canada’s recent marijuana legalization is set to bring a wave of economic benefits.

While the country’s government is set to benefit from taxes, and the cannabis industry is sure to grow, the policy has already done wonders for a Girl Guide in Edmonton.

Elina Childs, 9, sold C$120 worth of sandwich cookies and mint thins to a line of people waiting to buy legal marijuana at Nova Cannabis on Wednesday, as reported by CBC. 

It took her less than 45 minutes to sell all 30 boxes, compared to how slow it was selling cookies to people in her neighborhood. Read more…

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Stop tattling on people smoking weed, Toronto police warn in cheeky tweets

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Marijuana became legal in Canada on Wednesday, and authorities are still trying to get used to it.

Toronto’s police have been pretty blunt about the matter, telling people to stop tattling on their neighbours for smoking weed or possessing pot plants.

The directive came in a series of funny tweets, comparing the reporting of smoking or possession to trivial matters, like calling 911 to ask for directions or what one should do with frozen meat in the case of a power outage.

“Do not call police for this,” the tweets read. Read more…

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Jimmy Kimmel created a fake Broadway musical version of ‘Sully’ but then actually did it

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Film after film has been made into a Broadway musical, from Mean Girls to Legally Blonde. But who would have thought you could make a musical from Sully?

For a new segment dubbed “Fraudway,” Jimmy Kimmel made up a musical version of the 2016 film starring Tom Hanks, inspired by the emergency landing made by U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, after it struck a flock of geese.

Kimmel’s team asked folks passing through Times Square in New York to review the fake musical, dubbed Hudson, We Have a Problem, with pretty hilarious results.

But not to make liars out of their participants, Kimmel then presented an actual number from his Sully-inspired musical on Tuesday night’s show, performed at the Howard Gilman Opera House of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Read more…

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Piers Morgan gets dragged for going after men holding babies

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Ugh. 

I regret to inform you that Piers Morgan is at it again. The TV personality, known for his terrible hot takes, blatant misogyny, and strange obsession with Donald Trump took to Twitter to rail against … good fathers? 

He posted a photo of Daniel Craig, who plays James Bond, holding his infant in an adorable spotted baby carrier. Implying that Craig was “emasculated” for caring being a good father, Morgan tweeted, “Oh 007.. not you as well?” 

Oh 007.. not you as well?!!! #papoose #emasculatedBond pic.twitter.com/cqWiCRCFt3

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 15, 2018 Read more…

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U.S. Embassy apologises after cat picture mistakenly sent out

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We’d never get you to say sorry for sending an adorable cat picture.

But the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia has apologised on behalf of the Department of State who did just that, accidentally sending a test email featuring a photo of a cat dressed in a Cookie Monster costume.

According to the Australian Associated Press, the photo was was titled “cat pajama-jam” and was sent within an email titled “meeting,” as part of a fake meeting invitation sent by the Department of State to recipients.

It’s been described as a “training error,” and at least the U.S. Embassy saw the humour in it. Read more…

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Jake Paul responds to his ex Alissa Violet appearing in Shane Dawson’s series

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Jake Paul released a reaction video to Alissa Violet’s appearance in Shane Dawson’s upcoming installment in his popular docu-series all about Jake, so buckle up for … genuine self-reflection? 

The controversial vlogger took a rare approach to his ex-girlfriend’s cameo. Alissa, who dated Jake from 2015 to 2016, publicly accused him of physically and emotionally abusing her. In a clip featured in The Mind of Jake Paul, Alissa says Jake dragged her down the stairs. 

In his response uploaded on Friday, Jake claims that Alissa wasn’t originally going to appear in Shane’s docu-series, but he felt that it made sense to add her perspective.  Read more…

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Best pals ever Post Malone and Jimmy Fallon visit Olive Garden

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Jimmy Fallon has never been to Olive Garden.

Fortunately he’s in the safe hands of Post Malone, who is a big time fan of the Italian-American chain. The “Rockstar” rapper showed the late show host all the delights of Post Malone-style free breadsticks, which involves taking a bite and putting hunks of butter on it.

In a segment that’s apparently totally not an ad for Olive Garden, Fallon spent most of his time being shocked at how things like breadsticks and salad were free. “How do you guys make money?” he asked.

As per the Hollywood Reporter, when the pair finished filming, they headed over to an Irish pub where Post Malone got involved in a jam night. Sounds like quite the night out. Read more…

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Shawn Mendes covers ‘Treat You Better’ with classroom instruments

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Jimmy Fallon’s classroom instrument covers are the stuff of legend, with the likes of the Backstreet Boys and Ed Sheeran giving those mini-xylophones a good tapping.

Joining the fray on Monday night was Shawn Mendes, whose 2016 hit “Treat You Better” just had to be covered by The Roots and Fallon in another edition of the segment.

Mendes, lucky for him, only needs his incredible voice and a set of silver spoons to deliver his performance. He makes it look so dang easy. Read more…

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SpaceX lands its first rocket on West Coast ground

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SpaceX has just successfully landed its first rocket on the U.S. West Coast.

After launching a satellite from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sunday evening with the Falcon 9 rocket, the spaceflight company brought its first stage booster back to Earth just under eight minutes after liftoff.

While SpaceX has launched a rocket from Vandenberg AFB in July, its landing took place on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

This time around, the Falcon 9’s booster returned to SpaceX’s ground-based Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4), located right next to the launch pad at Vandenberg AFB. It’s a former launch pad for NASA’s Titan family of rockets, which were retired in 2005.  Read more…

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Images of Google’s new Pixel tablet leak before its October event

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At this point, the biggest question about Google’s annual hardware event is not what new products the company will show off, but if there’s anything left we haven’t seen yet.

The latest: images of Google’s new Pixel-branded tablet, which have surfaced thanks to My Smart Price. The leaks kicked into high gear a while ago, but even those have ramped up considerably in the last few days.

As with all leaks, some skepticism is warranted, but the new images line up with previous rumors and they appear to be the real deal.

The tablet, reportedly called the Pixel Slate, is meant to be Google’s answer to the iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface. It’s a standard-looking tablet with a detachable keyboard cover and stylus. Read more…

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Party Rock Anthem has the same BPM as a lot of songs, and it’s a glorious meme now

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Please take a moment to appreciate one of the internet’s greatest gifts: the Party Rock Anthem music video set to other songs. 

LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem captures the spirit of 2011, from the thick rimmed glasses, to the skinny jeans, to the inexplicable trend of wearing vests over T-shirts. Although the song is now rarely played at public events other than sweet sixteens and unfortunate weddings, it’s still a beloved piece of pop culture. It’s so thoroughly enjoyed, it went diamond earlier this year, snagging 10 million units through song sales and streams. 

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Tesla’s first safety report claims drivers on Autopilot are safer, but lacks detail

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Tesla has released its first Autopilot safety report on Thursday, following promises from CEO Elon Musk in May that the company would do so quarterly after highly-publicised crashes involving its cars.

The one-page report claims that in the third quarter of 2018, there has been one accident or crash-like event for every 3.34 million miles for Tesla cars driven with Autopilot. 

Without Autopilot engaged, Tesla registered one accident or crash-like event for every 1.92 million miles driven. 

Tesla compared their findings to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, whose latest data shows “an automobile crash every 492,000 miles,” — this doesn’t include near-misses that Tesla has recorded in its report. Read more…

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Seth Meyers slams Trump’s ‘demeaning and sexist’ treatment of female reporters

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Late Night host Seth Meyers has slammed Donald Trump’s treatment of female reporters during Monday’s White House press conference, in which the president defended his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Multiple female reporters tried to ask Trump about FBI’s investigation into accusations of sexual abuse facing Kavanaugh, but as Meyers pointed out in his segment, “A Closer Look,” Trump “shot them down in super demeaning and sexist ways.” 

One of these moments happened when Trump called on ABC News’ Cecilia Vega, saying to her, “I know you’re not thinking, you never do.”

“I mean, how much of a sexist dick can you possibly be?” said Meyers.  Read more…

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Kanye West’s comments about the 13th Amendment are confusing and bad

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Oh no.

Kanye West took to social media on Sunday to tell everyone that he supports the messages of Donald Trump while wearing a MAGA hat. In the same tweet, he wrote that he wants to abolish the 13th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America — the one that abolished slavery.

this represents good and America becoming whole again.  We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs.  We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love pic.twitter.com/a15WqI8zgu

— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018 Read more…

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A secret new Chromecast wound up on the shelves at a random Best Buy, apparently

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In a media environment that thrives on leaks, tech companies do their best to keep the very latest and greatest iterations of their products away from prying eyes until the right moment. When they finally release them, it’s with press conferences and fanfare, ad campaigns and endorsements.

Or, you know, they just show up a month early at some completely random Best Buy. 

Google’s new Chromecast, which was presumably not to be announced until the coming Oct. 9 reveal event, was accidentally sold to a Reddit user with the handle GroveStreetHomie. So of course, the buyer posted an image of his new hardware on r/google. Read more…

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Scooting while drunk is a dangerous, lame way to get a DUI

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Yes, you can get busted for scooting while drunk. 

With scooters swooping into more and more cities, it’s no surprise that people are behaving badly on the electric devices. E-scooter rental company Bird celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month with 2.1 million riders in 100 cities. That’s 10 million rides.  

But not all those rides have gone smoothly. Just this week Los Angeles had its first DUI case involving an e-scooter. The Bird scooter driver was three times over the legal limit when he crashed into a 64-year-old pedestrian, who fell to the ground, scraping their knees. Twenty-eight-year-old Nicholas Kauffroath rode off without helping the pedestrian. Read more…

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Mark Zuckerberg shares the first projects he ever coded

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The key to being first-to-market? Working to create products that service the public by listening to their needs. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has always been working to get his products to the public as soon as possible. This episode is narrated by Masters of Scale Host Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn Cofounder, Greylock investor).

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So, turns out snakes have been hitchhiking on planes. Have a nice flight.

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Seems Snakes on a Plane isn’t as a ridiculous film as we thought, as new research suggests snakes have been hitchhiking on planes. Feel good about that trip you’re about to take? 

A team of scientists led by the University of Queensland has found that the brown tree snake, which has been obliterating Guam’s native bird population, made it to the Pacific island by hitchhiking on planes. 

And from Guam, they’re hitching it to Hawaii.

What planes? Don’t worry, the snakes didn’t just slither through security to a business class seat on a commercial flight. According to the study published in the Journal of Molecular Evolution, they hopped on military transport planes somewhere around Australia during World War II. Read more…

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Aussies are baffled over something called ‘Australian battered potatoes’

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Thanks to the likes of Outback Steakhouse, Australians have grown used to Americans and their weird take on what their food is like.

While they’re happy to let the awfully calorific Bloomin’ Onion slide, the Aussies are less amused about something called Australian Battered Potatoes.

Spotted by Rachel Lonergan on Twitter, the concoction of deep fried spuds, topped with a very American combination of ranch and liquid, radioactive-looking cheese left people scratching their heads.

I don’t want to upset anybody but I just found out that you can buy potato scallops at county fairs in the US but they call them “Australian battered potatoes” and they put cheese and ranch dressing on thempic.twitter.com/EgLMxRTr2I

— Rachael Lonergan (@RachaelHasIdeas) September 25, 2018 Read more…

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Next time someone annoys you on Tinder, rock this Halloween ‘ghosted’ costume

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Ghosts are everywhere — in haunted houses and on our most popular dating apps.

That’s why Party City has developed an adult ghosting costume for women. Plenty of women have encountered someone who just won’t stop bothering them on dating apps or over text.

Might as well “ghost” them in real life.

The costume is now available for $24.99 on the Party City website. As of now, there is only a women’s costume.

“If someone’s blowing up your phone, ghost them in a Ghosted Costume for women!” the Party City description reads. “The costume is a hooded white dress designed to look like a ghost with a series of unanswered texts on the front.” Read more…

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Here’s how to set up a VPN and protect your data

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On today’s internet, having at least some level of protection is essential.

A VPN or virtual private network is a tool to get an extra layer of protection — it essentially masks your connection while encrypting your data. The best part is you don’t need to get any physical hardware to use one; using a VPN is usually as simple as downloading and launching an app

Once you have a VPN setup, you can use it on your home WiFi, public networks, over LTE, and even while traveling. 

Certainly, the internet is a great way to connect with others, but users need to be careful now more than ever. A VPN will mask your IP address and give you a bit more security, especially for your viewing history — not to mention it makes using public WiFi networks much safer and can stop hackers from accessing data. Read more…

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Instagram says it’s not testing or building a reposting feature

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Instagram is reportedly testing new features that could dramatically change what your feed looks like.

As first reported by The Verge, the company is looking to introduce native reposting, which will allow users to share posts from other accounts to your own feed.

An Instagram spokesperson, however, told Mashable that it is not a feature the company is currently building or testing.

According to The Verge, who viewed two screenshots of the feature, the “seamless sharing” feature will introduce a “share to feed” button when you open the “…” menu in the top right corner of a post. Currently, users need to use a third-party app to repost. Read more…

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Watching Kevin Hart being afraid of a baby ostrich is pure joy

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Comedian Kevin Hart being scared of things is always funny.

He’s particularly frightened of random animals, even when it comes to something as cute as Robert Irwin’s baby ostrich, who makes an adorable chirping noise.

“You know what she’s saying. I want some little black man, and all of his brothers,” Hart said on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night.

In case you didn’t know, Hart has a bit of history with ostriches, something which he spoke about in 2009’s I’m A Grown Little Man when he was chased by one. 

Hart is not so afraid of a falcon though, despite their frightful talons, managing to get close — if uncomfortably so. Read more…

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Bored? Make a doo-wop song on an iPad like Kelly Clarkson, Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon

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Here’s a fun activity: Get two friends, a Looper app, and make a doo-wop song.

On Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon dragged out live music looping app Loopy to create a doo-wop iPad masterpiece with powerhouse singers Queen Latifah and Kelly Clarkson.

Choosing classic tune “Earth Angel,” originally by ’50s group the Penguins, and popularized by Marvin Berry and The Starlighters in Back to the Future, the trio layer up some sweet, sweet harmonies, then some deep basslines, and a whole lot of bahp-bahps.

It’s damn delightful, and could be a pretty solid activity for your next bored night. Read more…

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Hannah Gadsby’s one-minute of Emmys glory stole the show

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What are jokes anyway?

A delight in an often lacklustre Emmys, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby pretty much stole the show on Monday with her brilliantly dry, but very funny bit while handing out the Outstanding Director for a Drama Series award.

Hosting alone, Gadsby took some time to acknowledge how amazing it was to be there, with her free outfit and everything thanks to the people who didn’t quite get Nanette

Second, @Hannahgadsby‘s bit. So good! pic.twitter.com/osw9Fo8bjI

— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) September 18, 2018 Read more…

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Football player stuns fans by retiring from the entire sport at halftime

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It might be only two games into the NFL season, but it’s been a sorry affair for the Buffalo Bills already.

After losing their first game 47-3 against the Baltimore Ravens in the first week, the Bills were pummeled by the Los Angeles Chargers 28-6 at halftime on Sunday.

Cornerback Vontae Davis, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with Bills earlier this year, did something most only dream about. Then and there, midway through the game, Davis decided to quit and retire. Even his teammates had no idea.

“I’ve never seen it ever … it’s completely disrespectful to all his teammates,” Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told reporters. Read more…

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BMW’s autonomous concept car of the future was cool, I guess

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As I approached San Francisco International Airport, my expectations for BMW’s new concept car were as big as the looming Boeing 777F Lufthansa cargo jet waiting for me. 

I had surrendered my cellphone and everything in my purse but my drivers license to see BMW’s iNext vehicle. Its tour started in Munich a few days earlier; it came to the Bay Area after a stop at New York’s JFK airport, and was scheduled to continue on to Beijing. Talk about precious cargo.

After passing a final security check, I climbed up the rickety staircase with fellow media members and entered the cavernous aircraft. We had been told very little about what we were going to see, except it was not only the “car of the future” but the “idea of the future.” Read more…

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Little Baby Bum has billions of views on YouTube — and just sold for millions

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Did you know that a near hour-long collection of children’s nursery rhymes set to 3D animation is the 20th most popular YouTube video ever?

The video, with over 2 billion views and counting on the site, was created by the YouTube channel Little Baby Bum

And the husband-and-wife duo behind the popular channel just sold Little Baby Bum, likely for millions of dollars.

The exact sale price is confidential, but a social media marketing firm told Bloomberg that the London couple likely made between £6 million to £8.5 million ($7.8 million to $11.1 million).

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A very disguised Justin Bieber photobombs people in Central Park

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Justin Bieber is the kind of celebrity who is sure to get swarmed once he’s seen in public.

So in the latest edition of Jimmy Fallon’s photobombing segment, Bieber and the late show host went in disguise to surprise people in New York’s Central Park, ahead of The Tonight Show‘s special outdoor broadcast from the park later that evening.

Despite dancing along to Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” no-one in the segment manages to recognise the pop superstar, until right at the end when they pull their wigs off.

Also, like everyone these days, Bieber is really good at those Fortnite floss dances. As he should be. Read more…

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Daniel Radcliffe, perpetual good sport, reacts to Harry Potter memes

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Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t actively seek out Harry Potter memes, but that didn’t stop Jimmy Fallon from throwing a few his way.

The Harry Potter star, who is currently promoting his Broadway run in The Lifespan of a Fact, was a damn good sport on The Tonight Show on Wednesday, offering up genuine enthusiasm for meme after meme. 

But one particularly generated a strong grin, the viral video of YouTube personality Kelsey Ellison at MCM London’s ComicCon, stupefying all with a casually fierce dance while dressed up as Hermione Granger.

“That is great. We need to remake the film as a musical,” said Radcliffe. Read more…

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The new iPhones will be called XS, XS Max, and XR, Apple leak confirms

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The names for Apple’s upcoming iPhones — the unveiling is today, in case you forgot — have been floating on the internet as rumors for a while, but a new leak on Apple’s own website all but confirms them. 

The new iPhones will therefore be called the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR. 

The names, first unearthed by ATH, appear in Apple’s product sitemap file, now taken offline. 

The iPhone XS will likely be the smallest, 5.8-inch variant of the device, while the iPhone XS Max will be the largest, 6.5-inch version. The iPhone XR will probably be the 6.1-inch iPhone, which is rumored to look similar to the other two (display notch and all) but with an LCD screen (instead of OLED) and a lower price.  Read more…

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Live from Apple’s 2018 iPhone event

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It’s time for some new iPhones.

Apple is set to reveal its iPhone lineup for 2018 at an event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The event begins at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, and Apple will be live-streaming the keynote on its website and, for the first time, on Twitter. Mashable Tech Editor Pete Pachal and Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong will be at the event, and you can follow their live updates right here.

While the devices Apple reveals on Wednesday will be new, they’ll be familiar — all rumors point to three new iPhones, all based on the iPhone X design, complete with edge-to-edge design, Face ID unlocking, and the so-called “notch.” Also expected: a new Apple Watch design with a slightly bigger screen, an upgraded version of AirPods, and possibly even refreshed iPads and a new entry-level laptop to replace the aging MacBook Air. Read more…

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Barbie Dreams’ video features a hefty amount of… puppets?

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Nicki Minaj’s latest video is the last place we thought we’d find a whole bunch of puppets, but here we are.

The rapper’s new Hype Williams-directed video clip for “Barbie Dreams” from her recently released album, Queen, features an exorbitant amount of costume changes and enough puppet characters to rival The Happytime Murders.

As if Minaj’s tongue-in-cheek naming and shaming famous male artists like Drake and 50 Cent wasn’t enough in the lyrics, you might recognise a few of Minaj’s puppet pals, with versions of Lil Wayne and DJ Khalid popping up in the clip.

It’s not really the first time puppets have appeared in a Minaj video, with her video for “Barbie Tingz” released in May seeing the rapper suspended as a marionette. Read more…

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