Remember that magical fall of 2014 when all everyone could talk about was Serial? The murder mystery podcast from This American Life happened to be serialized — a new episode every week — but their latest endeavor, S-Town just dropped in full.
S-Town is about a lot of things, with a voice distinct from Serial and production quality of equal caliber. John, a This American Life listener, asks producer Brian Reed and the investigative team to come to his "pathetic little Baptist shit town" and explore a murder and a sexual assault allegation.Reviews, Twitter, Binge, S Town, and This American Life
Generally, smartwatches aren't worth the time it takes to charge them.
But when Huawei handed me a review unit of their new Huawei Watch 2, which has pretty much all the tech you can stuff into a smartwatch these days, and runs the new Android Wear 2, I decided to give it a chance.
Unfortunately, while both the watch and the new version of Google's smartwatch OS do have a few redeeming qualities, after a few weeks of usage I still can't recommend either.
On paper, the Huawei Watch 2 is everything a modern Android smartwatch should be: A powerful, versatile wearable watch that's great at tracking your fitness activities. It's got LTE and GPS chips, so you can untether it from your phone. It's water resistant. It has a speaker and a microphone, so you can make calls without ever pulling out your phone. It can even store and play some music while you run. Read more...More about Google, Android, Huawei, Smartwatch, and Android Wear 2
Grindr might be your go-to place for a date, but it will now also hook you up with some hot #content too. The dating app has just launched an LGBTQ online magazine in an effort to establish itself as a "lifestyle brand."
The new digital magazine, or content platform for want of a better term, is called Into and it will comprise "a collection of articles, videos, photography, and more that celebrate and represent the modern LGBTQ world."
Grindr says Into will serve as a "barometer" and "a digital window into the LGBTQ world," publishing content on things like fashion and music, to current events and advice for the LGBTQ community. It aims to be an "all-inclusive" site that's "open to everyone with a message or story that needs to be heard." Read more...
Already binged Dave Chappelle? Netflix has got you covered.
The streamer on Tuesday dropped the trailer for Louis C.K.'s special 2017.
The performance, which was taped live in Washington, D.C., features the comedian tackling topics such as religion, eternal love, giving dogs drugs, email fights, teachers and more.
It's set to debut on Netflix globally on April 4. Read more...More about Louis Ck, Comedy, Netflix, Entertainment, and Tv
No surprise, Uber is facing some heat ... a lot of it ... for its toxic workplace culture.
But, the ride-hailing giant is working to make some changes. One of the first steps is releasing its diversity report. You can see all of it here.
Here's the most glaring statistics.Women employees account for 36.1% overall and 15.4% in tech across all of Uber Black employees: 8.8% overall and 1% in tech across Uber Hispanic employees: 5.6% overall and 2.1% in tech across Uber
And here is the most cringeworthy line: Read more...More about Minority, Businessman, Diversity, Silicon Valley, and Business
Sorry to ruin your lives, but Crayola is acting ~cray~ and we really need to address it.
Last week, the beloved art supply company that fueled all of your childhood creativity announced it would be doing something huge on March 31 (a.k.a. National Crayon Day).
Handing out free art supplies? Organizing the world's largest craft mob™? NOPE. For the first time in over one hundred years, Crayola decided it's time to retire a color from its classic, iconic 24-count box of crayons.
The company casually announced its ruthless decision on its social media platforms as though it wouldn't crush anyone who has ever colored outside the lines or dared to dream. My gosh. Then, Crayola had the audacity to announce it would be live-streaming the madness and holding an event in New York's Times Square to really celebrate this tragedy. Read more...More about Lifestyle, Childhood, Conversations, Art, and Crayons
In American Gods, belief is power.
In the new Starz series, based on the bestselling novel by Neil Gaiman, a war is brewing between the Old Gods and the New, with one unfortunate man, ex-con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), caught in the middle. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the shiny New Gods, like Media (Gillian Anderson) and Technical Boy (Bruce Langley), who represent our obsessions with technology, celebrity, money and pop culture.Bruce Langley, Gillian Anderson, Michael Green, Starz, and Ricky Whittle
Why, Mass Effect: Andromeda? Why is Kadara spaceport the worst place in the galaxy?
The latest Mass Effect introduces an entirely new galaxy for players to explore. There are ancient artifacts, alien wonders, and threats like you've not seen before. There are also doors. So. Many. Doors.
Normally, that's not a big deal in a Mass Effect game. You trot up to a door, hold down a button for the half-second it takes an "Activate" meter to full, and BOOM — door's open.
You want examples? No problem. Read more...Here are a couple doors from the planet Eos:More about Bioware, Mass Effect Andromeda, Gaming, Entertainment, and Entertainment
Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swung by in a new trailer today, so it's time for us to do what neighbors do and get a little nosy.
While the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer reveals a whole lot more about the superhero vs. supervillain conflict at the heart of the story, it raised as many questions for us as it answered. Let's dive in now and talk about what we've learned – and what we're still dying to know.
First, if you haven't seen the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer yet, here it is:
While the last Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer emphasized the film's high school setting, this one plays up the conflict between our superhero and his supervillain, the Vulture (played by Michael Keaton). It also featured a lot more of Tony Stark and even a brief cameo from a certain other Avenger. So here's what we still want to know: Read more...More about Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Spider Man Homecoming, Spider Man, and Entertainment
Kids these days are a lot more old-fashioned than you'd think.
A new survey of 3,500 college students done by Abodo, the apartment hunting app, found some surprising results. These kids aren't nearly as modern in their approach to meeting people as you might think.
Of those surveyed, only four percent said they preferred to meet people using dating apps. Some 80 percent of college students said they still liked to meet through mutual friends or because of shared interests. The rest said they liked to leave it up to chance and meet people while out and about. How positively old-fashioned.
Dating apps may not be their preferred method, though that doesn’t mean these students aren’t still using them. But contrary to belief, apps haven’t led to a culture of endless hookups. A little over 90 percent of these students said they are using Tinder and other apps for purposes other than hooking up. Read more...More about College, College Students, Bumble, Tinder, and Dating Apps
British Summer Time made its glorious entrance last weekend, hailing a new summer of lighter evenings and great outdoor festivals.
To make your summer even brighter, Amazon has introduced a new perk for Prime members in the UK.
From this Thursday, Amazon Tickets will offer prime members early bird access to premium seating, VIP tickets and luxury Amazon lounges for gigs, festivals and live events across the UK.
Concert-goers and music lovers who have a Prime membership can now buy tickets for gigs, theatre and comedy at least 24 hours before they go on sale to the public. Read more...More about Justin Bieber, Uk, Amazon Tickets, Amazon Prime, and Business
A rough 2017 continues to unspool for Uber, the ride-share company that can't catch a break—not even in Europe.
Come April, Uber will say goodbye to Denmark as the country starts enforcing new taxi laws—requiring taxi meters and surveillance equipment in vehicles—that will make it impossible for Uber to keep operating in Copenhagen, the only city in Denmark where Uber was doing business.
Uber says there are 300,000 riders and 2,000 drivers in Denmark currently. Those drivers would also be affected by a new law that sets a limit on issuing new cab licenses per quarter (125) that would dramatically curtail the addition of new drivers. Read more...More about Travis Kalanick, Denmark, Uber, Business, and Transportation
Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly, a man whose hairline and integrity have both greatly receded in the past decade, just messed with the wrong United States congresswoman.
On Tuesday morning, O'Reilly said that he couldn't listen to Congresswoman Maxine Waters' latest House speech about Trump because of her hair, which he called "a wig."
"I didn't hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig," O'Reilly said, to a chorus of laughter from the other white, predominantly male commentators in the room. Read more...More about Maxine Waters, Bill O Reilly, Watercooler, Watercooler, and Politics
It's the golden age for reimagining adaptations that have already happened. 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie is now older than many sentient moviegoers, so the beloved video game series was due for a reboot any day.
In Warner Bros.' 2018 take on Tomb Raider, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander embodies the title role, and she looks fierce as hell.
Here's Vikander in Croft's iconic gray tank top and cargo pants, ready to fight any haters in the woods:
Image: Graham Bartholomew
The synopsis, according to a press release, finds Lara struggling to find herself and dealing with her father's death: Read more...More about Movies, Warner Bros., Tomb Raider, Alicia Vikander, and Lara Croft Alicia Vikander
Move over, Ariel. Human mermaids are boring now.
That's because we have Haiku, a corgi mermaid who lives in Thailand. Haiku is not like most mermaids: for example, instead of swimming, she just sits in shallow water with her tongue out.
SEE ALSO: Meet the dog who's basically a saint
But this is not a problem, because Haiku is redefining what it means to be a mermaid. You see, you don't need a human upper body or a shell bra to be part of the mer-community. You don't even need to know how to swim! (We are not sure Haiku knows how to swim.)
All you need to do is ~believe~.
Okay, everyone! Time to add "mer-corgi" to your permanent lexicon. Read more...More about Dogs, Animals, Watercooler, and Watercooler
Maybe it's life after 2016, or maybe it was life all along, but death seems to be everywhere. It broke us on TV last year and was the subject of everything from dark comedies to Oscar winners to cinematic train wrecks.
The latest examination of the uniquely fraught pain of loss is Netflix's 13 Reasons Why. The series tells the story of Hannah Baker's life — more specifically, why she ended her life. She's left behind a series of audiotapes detailing the 13 reasons, all of which are people. Each episode peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Hannah — who she was, what she experienced, why she did what she did — but also delves further and further into the people who surrounded her. Read more...More about Katherine Langford, Dylan Minnette, Jay Asher, Netflix, and 13 Reasons Why
President Donald Trump took his first swing at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when he tapped the agency's biggest opponent — a man who denies climate science — to run the show. His second hit came earlier this month when Trump proposed shrinking the EPA's budget by 31 percent.
Trump will land his third big blow on Tuesday afternoon, when he is expected to issue a sweeping executive order that will begin unraveling the Obama administration's key efforts to address climate change, including the EPA's Clean Power Plan.Power Plants, Carbon Emissions, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Clean Power Plan, and Global Warming
As the old saying goes, where there's smoke, there's fire... and, these days, probably an explosive Samsung product or two.
One of the company's stores in Singapore mall AMK Hub caught fire early this morning, causing other stores in the center to close temporarily for safety precautions and cleaning, reports Singapore's Straits Times. The blaze, which started in the store's storage room, was quickly put out by water sprinklers and no one was hurt.
The cause of the fire still hasn't been determined, so we can't make any wild assumptions just yet – but it's just the latest in a long line of Samsung-related conflagrations. Read more...More about Singapore, Fire, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy Note7, and Samsung
AmazonFresh already delivers groceries to your house or apartment.
Now add your car to that list. Amazon on Tuesday announced the launch of AmazonFresh Pickup, which is basically curbside pickup at an Amazon grocery store.
To get your groceries via AmazonFresh Pickup, you place an order through the Amazon app and reserve a time for pickup. According to the video announcing the service, at least, a friendly person wearing an AmazonFresh apron will bag your groceries and put them in your trunk. There's no minimum order.Groceries, Amazon Fresh Pickup, Amazon Fresh, Amazon, and Business
Mobile payments company Square, founded by Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey, has launched in the UK and is eyeing a Europe-wide expansion.
The platform, which makes it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to take card payments, will sell a card reader that connects to a smartphone or tablet, thus allowing chip and pin or contactless transactions.
Britain, which is the fifth country where Square is available, is a good fit for the company as data from Barclaycard and FSB / BIS show that 70 percent of UK shoppers prefer to pay by card. Read more...More about Fintech, Uk, Twitter, Jack Dorsey, and Square
Despite what the record streaming numbers of "More Life" might say, some Drake fans are not too happy with the rapper.
Drake canceled his Monday night gig in Amsterdam after fans had gathered in the Ziggo Dome and already been waiting for the performance to start.
"Drake got sick. His doctor told him not to perform," the promoter announced before letting the frustrated audience know their tickets would be valid for a performance on Wednesday.
Drake's performances in Amsterdam were originally scheduled for Jan. 20 and 21, delayed by a week and eventually postponed for a third time in March. Read more...More about Conversations, Twitter Reactions, Watercooler, Amsterdam, and Drake
Tesla has a big new investor from China.
Technology company Tencent has purchased $1.8 billion of Tesla stock, giving it a 5 percent ownership in the futuristic car company.
This is far from your usual sleepy corporate investment.
Tencent is a massive technology conglomerate that owns a variety of major internet companies that are big in Asia. Among its biggest pieces is WeChat, a massively popular messing app that some believe is the future of mobile.Tencent, China, Elon Musk, Tesla, and Business
Prom season is here, and that means guys everywhere are picking out lush fabrics, pulling out their sewing machines, and slapping together elaborate costumes to craft the perfect promposal.
What, just this guy?
High schooler Valerie arrived to find a trail of tea lights and a single rose with the note "follow the flowers."
wasn't expecting to be asked to prom like this; a trail of candles and roses + he made the costume by himself 😢😢❤️ pic.twitter.com/4uigOYjpN7
— valerie (@valxfranco) March 26, 2017
At the end of the—honestly, very impressively long trail, that's a lot of tea lights—her date Joshua was waiting in a full prince costume THAT HE MADE HIMSELF and a shockingly accurate recreation of the rose in a glass from Beauty and the Beast. Uhhh OK! Cool, just set the bar super high for everyone else. Read more...More about Beauty And The Beast, Promposal, Watercooler, and Watercooler
Thanks to the annual SXSW Conference and Festivals, the brain power emanating from Austin in the middle of March was almost palpable – it seems like everywhere you turned in this Southern city there was another insightful talk, intriguing pop-up and exciting development around cutting-edge technology.
The themes surrounding the SXSW Interactive Festival this year were diverse and far-reaching. From talks that explored modern-day activism and how business can be used as a catalyst for social good, to the intersection between science and storytelling and why fashion is poised to be one of the next big disrupters in the tech industry. Read more...More about Sxsw 2017, Sxsw, Supported, Sponsored, and Tech
Attention iOS users: If you haven't already updated your device(s) to iOS 10.3, do it ASAP.
While iOS 10.3 doesn't come with any major new features outside of Find My AirPods, it does include one major patch for a scary Safari exploit.
According to Lookout, which discovered the security hole and reported it to Apple, the bug allowed scammers to "execute a scareware campaign" by using pop-ups within the Safari web browser.
In a nutshell, the attackers used the hole to bombard victims with pop-ups and render Safari unusable unless a ransom fee in the form of an iTunes gift card is paid. Read more...More about Apple, Ios 10.3, Safari, Tech, and Mobile
Overwatch, primarily known for its online FPS action, is actually a highly competitive game in the speedrunning community thanks to an oft-overlooked precision-based challenge hidden in plain sight right in the game's menus: the hero gallery.
That's right, Overwatch players are speedrunning the hero gallery. How? Take a look:
The Overwatch hero gallery speedrun rules are pretty simple: Place your cursor on the left side of the hero gallery between the two rows of heroes and drag the cursor all the way through to the right end of the gallery without touching any of the hero portraits.Blizzard Entertainment, Esports, Gaming, Speedrunning, and Overwatch
Engagement photoshoots are lovely, but can get annoying when ten of your engaged friends post them on Facebook all at the same time. We get it, you're so in love and the photographer made both of you look like you have very nice skin.
But it's not every day that you see two dogs have an engagement photoshoot.
Sebastian and Luna, two Washington D.C. based pups with a following on Instagram to the tune of over 56,000, showed us exactly how magical one of those can be this past weekend when they visited the city's cherry blossom festival. Read more...More about Engagement Photos, Engagement, Dogs, Cute Animals, and Instagram
It's an absolute scandal that our bosses don't allow us to spend every waking hour playing with Lego, but that's the sad reality the majority of us face.
But if you want to make building Lego models your life's work — and, why wouldn't you? — then you're in luck: your dream job just opened up at Legoland.
Legoland in Windsor, UK, is hiring a Lego Model Designer to design and build Lego models for attractions across the world. And, it's a pretty sweet gig.
"Perfect for someone who is good with Lego bricks and looking for a completely unique job, this is an exciting opportunity to work with one of the most iconic brands on the planet," reads the job ad on LinkedIn. Read more...More about Uk, Watercooler, Dream Jobs, Business, and Jobs
For as long as man has looked up at the heavens, he’s pondered one question: Are we alone in the universe?
While the answer remains unclear, there’s a tonne of research being conducted to determine just what life-sustaining planets beyond Earth might exist — and what they might look like.
There’s no shortage of imaginative renderings and fiction about what such worlds may entail, as well. Countless movies and works of literature envision fantastical worlds full of complex life forms and spacecraft that travel at physics-defying speeds. In EA Games’ latest installment of the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, game designers bring a variety of hypotheticals to life. The game’s plot revolves around humans’ search for a new, habitable planet; each of the game’s Golden Planets represents a literal world of possibility explorable via immersive, stunningly visual gameplay. Read more...More about Exoplanets, Nasa, Space, Sponsored, and Supported
It's human nature to feel a pang of wonderment when looking up at the night sky and envisioning the vast worlds that exist beyond Earth's borders. What's really out there? And which of those small, brilliant dots might support life?
Some people get to do more than wonder.
In the world of science fiction, artists and storytellers tackle the wildest "what if" conversations and breathe life to them. In EA Games' latest installment of the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, for example, a veritable universe of possibility becomes reality through stunningly designed gameplay. Read more...More about Game Design, Ea Games, Gaming, Video Games, and Mass Effect