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19 January

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  • 19:33
    You've probably heard of big-name Chinese phone makers like Xiaomi, Huawei and Meizu. But you might want to start keeping a closer eye on Vivo. The Chinese phone maker's been around since 2009, but it's just now starting to kick things up a notch. Take the company's newest phone, the Vivo V5Plus. It's got two front-facing cameras to take the ultimate selfie. SEE ALSO: Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 Vivo's not the first company to include two front-facing cameras. LG's V10 also had dual 5-megapixel selfie cameras, one a regular wide-angle lens and the other an (...) -- Android, Smartphones, Cameras, Dual Cameras, Selfies
  • 19:18
    Primates are our closest living biological relatives. So perhaps it's time to show a little hospitality and stop destroying their homes. About 60 percent of the world's monkeys, apes, tarsiers, lemurs and other primates are now threatened with extinction because of widespread agricultural and logging operations that are destroying forest habitats at a rapid clip, scientists found. Of the world's 504 primate species, roughly 75 percent already have declining populations, according to a study published this week in the journal Science Advances. SEE ALSO: Pregnant woman shares touching (...) -- Habitat Destruction, Extinction, Primates, World
  • 19:16
    The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Navient Corp., the nation's largest student loan servicer, accusing it of “systematically and illegally failing borrowers at every stage of repayment,” according to a press release Wednesday. The CFPB is asking Navient to compensate the borrowers the agency says were harmed. Among other things, the CFPB alleges that since at least January 2010, Navient misallocated payments, steered struggling borrowers toward multiple forbearances instead of income-driven repayment plans, and provided unclear information about how to re-enroll in (...) -- Business, Student Loans
  • 19:15
    Olivia Pope & Associates is going digital. The fictional firm from ABC's Scandal is at the center of a new digital spin-off series, which launched on ABC.com and the ABC app on Thursday. “Scandal: Gladiator Wanted,” produced by Shondaland and ABC Studios, features Huck (Guillermo Diaz), Quinn (Katie Lowes) and Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.) as they search for an intern for Olivia Pope & Associates.  SEE ALSO: Everyone on 'Scandal' swears Season 6 is not about Trump The six-part series is directed by Darby Stanchfield, who plays former Gladiator Abby Whelan on the show. Image: (...) -- Digital Shows, Abc App, Shondaland, Shonda Rhimes, Abc
  • 18:58
    On Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. The event will bring wall-to-wall coverage across television and the internet, meaning even those who are bummed out about the whole thing will come face-to-face with their new reality.  SEE ALSO: Here's what we imagine the schedule for Donald Trump's inauguration will look like It'll be hard to avoid, of course, because, the inauguration of a new president is a big deal — the peaceful transition of power and all that — and every news station in the country will be covering the hours of swearing in, (...) -- Appalachian Trail, Donald Trump, Inauguration 2017, Watercooler, Politics
  • 18:41
    The aftermath of the U.S. presidential election has already seen familial, marital and even platonic relationships put under strain — and this extends to the realm of online dating. SEE ALSO: When a presidential election costs you the person you love the most But, one man thinks he has a solution for the latter. Well, for Trump supporters, at least. David Goss in February 2016 founded TrumpSingles.com, a dating site reserved exclusively for Trump supporters after he heard story after story about dates that had gone wrong due to political differences.  An end to acrimonious dates? "One (...) -- Politics, Lifestyle, Relationships, Dating App, Dating
  • 18:37
    Has anything good ever come from stepping on a scale? Don't answer that.  This german shorthaired pointer, a breed which we have since Googled and decided is both good and great, clearly understands the frustrations that weighing yourself can bring.  SEE ALSO: Fiona Apple debuts catchy anti-Trump chant just in time for the Women's March A video posted by Fergie's GPS Mess (ⓐfergiesgspmess) on Jan 15, 2017 at 9:03pm PST We feel you, girl.  And really, if you have to ask what the number is, you probably don't want to find out. After pawing around a bit on fergiesgpsmess, the Instagram (...) -- Viral Videos, Animals, Watercooler, Videos
  • 18:22
    Last year, Tesla's Autopilot tech suffered its first casualty when a Florida man was killed while using the semi-autonomous driving system. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has completed its investigation of the incident and says Tesla was not at fault. Joshua Brown, a Tesla-enthusiast who had once claimed the autopilot tech saved his life, was killed when his Model S drove underneath a white tractor trailer. He was reportedly speeding during the incident. The crash sparked a NHTSA investigation, along with calls from groups like Consumer Reports demanding (...) -- Autopilot Self Driving, Self Driving Cars, Accident, Investigation, Crash
  • 18:17
    The Power Rangers of 2017 aren't the mono-colored bodysuit wearers that you remember. From the new Power Rangers trailer, it looks like their crime-fighting wardrobe got the Iron Man treatment. Powered up in slick new suits, the trailer shows regular teens morphing into the Power Rangers of today, fighting off villainous creatures to the edgy tunes of Kanye West. Power Rangers will hit theaters March 24, and will star Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and Bill Hader. Stubborn man shows us the worst possible way to use a ladder Let yourself be soothed by this eyelash clock New 'Logan' (...) -- Watercooler, Trailers, Movie Trailers, Power Rangers, Entertainment
  • 18:09
    Facebook has changed the way we read our private messages. Again.  In the latest update sure to stir up the user base — even if it's just for a little while — the social network appears to have ditched the old layout of its desktop website's inbox, replacing it with Facebook Messenger. SEE ALSO: It's now much harder to see if someone edited a Facebook post The move to Messenger, first spotted by TechCrunch, brings even greater uniformity to the overall Facebook user experience. Your inbox on Facebook.com is now identical to your inbox on the Facebook mobile app, the Messenger mobile app (...) -- Update, Browser, Desktop, Messenger, Tech
  • 18:07
    There are two kinds of mothers in the world — those who tweet and those who don't. For some parents on social media, there's a bit of a steep learning curve. SEE ALSO: Ben Affleck, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling all have hilariously awkward mum stories Chad Doolan's mother still has much to learn.  He had a laugh when he saw that she tweeted this: Nothing — christina ditchett (ⓐchristinajd4) January 16, 2017 If you don't understand how truly amazing this tweet is, just wait. Doolan took to his own Twitter to explain.  Apparently his mother had responded to the automatic prompt question in (...) -- Mum, Son, Funny, Mother, Twitter Reactions
  • 18:01
    Time is a huge cause of our everyday stress. It's always either passing too slowly or too quickly. In an attempt to make watching the time feel different, Bina Baitel Studio has created the Lash Clock. So named because it looks like a ring of eyelashes, the clock does actually tell time. Gaps in the fringe of hair denote the hour and the minute, and the gaps move ever so slightly as time passes. According Bina Baitel Studio's website, the Lash Clock "ignores the stressful codes we are used to when facing the passing of time." The website also features the clock with both black and (...) -- Lifestyle, Design, Clock, Watercooler, Video
  • 17:57
    'EyeQue' is an optical device that can test your vision right at home. All you need is a smartphone.  Read more...More about Mashable Video, Technology, Tech, Iphone, and Optometrist -- Mashable Video, Technology, Tech, Iphone, Optometrist
  • 17:54
    Move over, Eleven, there's a new superhuman tween in town. Dafne Keen plays Laura in Logan, and a new trailer lets her loose on a unsuspecting Logan (Hugh Jackman), Charles (Patrick Stewart) and the rest of the world. "We've got ourselves an X-Men fan," Logan says, brandishing a comic that exists, in this universe, because of the X-Men's adventures. A young mutant herself, Laura's life is a direct product of everything Logan and Charles have worked for — and against. SEE ALSO: Get into Dan Stevens' head in FX's 'Legion' trailer "She's like you, very much like you," Charles tells Logan — (...) -- Marvel, 20th Century Fox, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Logan Paul
  • 17:53
    Ellen DeGeneres knows how to have a good time.  On Wednesday night, the comedian and talk show host added to her collection of People's Choice Awards, officially crowning her the most honored recipient in the history of the show. While the 20 trophies now in her name might have contributed to making it a fun night, it also seemed Ellen enjoyed the time of her life because, well, what else would you expect from the dancing queen?   SEE ALSO: Ellen DeGeneres swears that Emma Stone stole her rightful part in 'La La Land' Having fun cheesing with wifey Portia de Rossi  Image: Kevork (...) -- Conversations, Watercooler, People S Choice Awards, Justin Timberlake, Ellen Degeneres
  • 17:43
    Kanye West, who famously said he did not vote, but would have voted for Trump, has more not doing stuff to look forward to.  Speaking to CNN, Tom Barrack, chairman of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, dispelled any rumors that Yeezy would perform for Trump this week. West, unlike seemingly every other person tangentially related to music, didn't even get an invite.  SEE ALSO: Moby's new video has a message for 'unevolved, feral, self-interested man-baby' Trump Damn ⓐkanyewest couldn't even get to perform at this friend ⓐrealDonaldTrump's inauguration b/c the event is (...) -- Celebrities, Kanye West, Donald Trump, Inaugural Concert, Watercooler
  • 17:42
    UPDATE: Jan. 19, 2017, 12:13 p.m. EST Big Ten Network and Riot Games have officially announced their partnership. League of Legends just made a huge step for college esports, partnering with the Big Ten Network to create a college-level League of Legends season featuring 12 schools from the Big Ten Conference, the companies announced Thursday. The first BTN League of Legends season kicks off Jan. 30 and includes the University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, (...) -- Sports, Esports, Gaming, College Sports, Riot Games
  • 17:31
    We guess this isn't a thing you see everyday. The Slow Mo Guys Gav and Dan are back at Purdue, stretching a 1.5 in. thick steel beam until it snaps apart. With a machine that can pull apart up to 222 kips (222,000 pounds of pulling-apart force), and a high-speed camera, the duo is able to showcase a magnificent instance of science in motion. Watch the beam stunningly succumb to 157.4 thousand pounds of force above. Samantha Bee perfectly takes down Kellyanne Conway Top 10 best uses of color in a movie ever Stubborn man shows us the worst possible way to use a ladder James Corden (...) -- Slow Mo Guys, Slow Motion, Snap, Science, Rod
  • 17:19
    Color in movies have the power to convey powerful emotion (or damage your retinas if the settings are off on your TV). View if you dare, the greatest uses of color in cinematic history! Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Stubborn man shows us the worst possible way to use a ladder James Corden and Deepika Padukone boogie down with the Lungi Dance Samantha Bee perfectly takes down Kellyanne Conway Have yourself a real good time and listen to this dog's Queen cover Read more... More about Film School, Color Grading, Cohen Brothers, Movie Facts, and Movie (...) -- Film School, Color Grading, Cohen Brothers, Movie Facts, Movie Trivia
  • 17:10
    What do you do if a president-elect asks you to lead a government agency that you famously wanted to abolish? Well, if you're former Texas governor Rick Perry, you immediately fess up and apologize to the senate at the start of your confirmation hearing. SEE ALSO: Rick Perry vowed to scrap the Energy Department. Now he may lead it. On Thursday, Perry told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that — surprise! — he no longer wants to abolish the Energy Department, which is tasked with overseeing the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile and promoting energy research, among (...) -- Donald Trump, Politics, Science, Global Warming, Rick Perry
  • 17:10
    Russell Westbrook is a face-melting meteor streaking across the NBA skies. He eats triple-doubles for breakfast and dunks on defenders for dessert.  Westbrook went for 27 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists and his usual assortment of did-that-really-just-happen moments in a losing effort Wednesday night against the Warriors and former teammate Kevin Durant.  But Westbrook's greatest highlight of the night was actually a lowlight. A very, very entertaining lowlight.  SEE ALSO: The season just ended and college football is already showing its dark side Westbrook received an inbounds pass in (...) -- Nba, Sports, Entertainment
  • 17:00
    With an innovative cold pressing technique and specially designed juicing bags, the 'JUISIR' is completely mess-free. Read more...More about Kickstarter, Cold Pressed, Juice, Healthy Eating, and Health -- Kickstarter, Cold Pressed, Juice, Healthy Eating, Health
  • 16:59
    Now, Android users can complain about the always-online requirement as well. Super Mario Run, Nintendo's first real foray into mobile gaming, will finally make its way to Android devices in March 2017. This nofollows the game's Dec. 15, 2016 launch on iOS. SEE ALSO: 'Super Mario Run' remake brings parkour to the Mushroom Kingdom The iOS version of the game was relatively well-received, though it drew criticism for its always-online requirement and minimal amount of no-cost play before a $10 buy-in was required. The Android release — which already has a Google Play store page — appears to (...) -- Android, Super Mario Run, Super Mario, Nintendo, Gaming
  • 16:55
    A new, improved version of the Apple Pencil could be introduced alongside a new iPad Pro this year, according to rumblings from Asia's supply chain. According to the Chinese website Wei Feng, the updated stylus and rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro could be announced as soon as March — just in time for an iPad refresh. Apple last updated the iPad lineup with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro a year ago. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has yet to receive any update since it launched in 2015. SEE ALSO: Critics be damned, Apple's AirPods are dominating wireless headphone sales While the report doesn't provide any (...) -- Ipad, Stylus, Rumors, Apple Pencil, Apple
  • 16:50
    Ladders are a genius invention. They are so useful for getting things in high places that are just out of reach. The man in this video is attempting to do just that, so he has decided to use a ladder. Smart choice.  However, he has inexplicably decided to forgo the traditional way of using a ladder and instead went with the brandish-it-around-and-hope-for-the-best technique. Fascinating. James Corden and Deepika Padukone boogie down with the Lungi Dance Samantha Bee perfectly takes down Kellyanne Conway Have yourself a real good time and listen to this dog's Queen cover Nothing to (...) -- Videos, Youtube, Watercooler, Video, Conversations
  • 16:46
    If you don't want to ride out the coming Trumpocalypse alone, now is the time to lock down your end-of-the-world companion.  For those who didn't vote for The Donald, his inauguration on Friday feels like the beginning of the end. Perhaps it's best to look at the next four years as a sort of extended winter. (Let us pray it does not turn into a nuclear winter!)  While we'll spend some days marching for our rights, much of the time we'll no doubt be paralyzed by fear — unable to leave the house, unable to watch the news. This is the time to hunker down with the ones we love and ride out (...) -- Sex And Relationships, Dating, Relationships, Boyfriend, Trump
  • 16:43
    The amount of glam squads and retouching that goes on makes it hard to remember that models are actual human beings instead of flawless robots.  With a simple "whatevs" and a quick Twitter picture, Chrissy Teigen showed off her stretch marks on Wednesday night—once again reminding us that "stretchies" are totally normal human phenomenon and not something that needs to be hidden or photoshopped away.  SEE ALSO: Chrissy Teigen isn't into John Legend's Golden Globes dancing Whatevs pic.twitter.com/D67Qtt12gv — christine teigen (ⓐchrissyteigen) January 19, 2017 This isn't the first time (...) -- Twitter, Conversations, Watercooler, Chrissy Teigen, Body Positivity
  • 16:30
    Los Angeles — James McAvoy must have jumped at the chance to star in Split. His role, which involves playing a character with disassociate identity disorder (DID) and rapidly switching between different personalities, is surely a dream for any actor, and that's before you even come onto the fact it's a new M. Night Shyamalan movie he's starring in. And McAvoy, at least, nails it. He breaks out his full actor's arsenal of ticks and affectations, playing some personalities with a twitchy humour and others with a blank creepiness that produces laughs and tension in equal measure. It works. (...) -- James Mcavoy, Film Review, Review, M Night Shyamalan, Split
  • 16:27
    Lace up your dancing shoes! It's Lungi time! The Late Late Show with James Corden got a taste of Bollywood dancing last night when Bollywood movie star Deepika Padukone stopped by to talk about her latest film and teach the late night host a few moves. The Lungi (pronounced LOON-gee) dance, which is not an actual style of dance in India (sorry Vin Diesel), is a song featured in the 2013 Indian romantic action film Chennai Express. The dance is usually done while wearing a long piece of fabric but Corden and Padukone improvised with jackets, which obviously did not hinder their fun. (...) -- Deepika Padukone, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Watercooler, Videos, Tv

hack a day

  • 19:01
    Recently, [Manuel] did a post on making logic gates out of anything. He mentioned a site about relay logic. While it is true that you can build logic gates using switch logic (that is, two switches in series are an AND gate and two in parallel are an OR gate), it isn’t the only way. If you are wiring a large circuit, there’s some benefit to having regular modules. A lot of computers based on discrete switching elements worked this way: you had a PCB that contained some number of a basic gate (say, a two input NAND gate) and then the logic was all in how you wired them together. And in this (...) --

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  • 19:31
    The first lady of the United States twitter account is about to have a vacancy and, as of this moment, no one knows if incoming first lady Melania Trump will fill it. SEE ALSO: Trump is using Facebook ads to unload Inauguration tickets Outgoing first lady Michelle Obama joined Twitter with a personal, though verified, account in 2011. It quickly amassed millions of nofollowers. However, once the official FLOTUS account launched in 2013, Obama switched gears and stopped tweeting from her personal account.  Since then, Obama has used FLOTUS to give us a more personal view of life in the (...) -- Melania Trump, President Elect Donald Trump, Tech, Us

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Google Blog

  • 18:00
    Editor’s note: Leading up to Bett, one of the largest education technology conferences in the world, we're highlighting teachers, students and administrators who are using educational technology to make learning more interactive and impactful for their students. From our Impact Portraits series, Ben Forte shares how Devonport is creating a more collaborative, entrepreneurial environment for its 1,200 students using technology. Check out ⓐGoogleForEdu and #BETT2017 to learn what we're talking about at Bett. To hear more from Ben, visit Google’s teaching theater at Bett on Thursday Jan. 26 at (...) -- Education,

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Techmeme

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  • 18:51
    At this year’s CES, Dish introduced a 4K-ready streaming media player called Air TV, which is designed to combine Sling TV’s internet television service with over-the-air channels pulled in through your digital antenna, along with Netflix. The promise of the box, then, is one of an integrated experience – where all your favorite cable channels from Sling are accessible… Read More -- TC, Sling TV, air tv

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

kottke.org

  • 18:22
    Real Engineering takes a look at some of the greatest innovations in F1 racing, including those that have made their way into passenger cars, like disc brakes, carbon fiber construction, and aerodynamics. The part about how the teams of engineers started competing with each other to increase the aerodynamics was really interesting. The 2014 F1 season was an instance where one team's innovations were so dominant that the drivers were almost irrelevant. Mercedes dominated in 2015 and 2016 as well, but rule changes for 2017 (wider tires, wider cars, and lower spoilers mean faster cornering) (...)
  • 16:08
    Artist Josh Keyes makes paintings that imagine graffiti written on objects not commonly tagged, like satellites, whales, icebergs, and the Space Shuttle. (via colossal) Tags: art graffiti Josh Keyes Space Shuttle

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