President Donald Trump called up to the International Space Station on Monday to congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on her record-breaking spaceflight.
Trump used some of his time speaking with Whitson and her fellow crewmember Jack Fischer to talk about the military and the inspiration that space brings to kids watching the long-distance video call around the country.
But he also asked a revealing, and unsettling, question.
Instead of announcing his pick for NASA administrator (we're still waiting...) or revealing more about what he's planning for space policy in the next four years, Trump used part of his time to ask Whitson and Fischer a question only he, as president, can answer [emphasis added]: Read more...More about Nasa Budget, Space Exploration, Astronauts, Peggy Whitson, and Science
Obama is back, baby, and oh boy did he have a lot to say about selfies and social media.
The beloved 44th president of the United States and hip AF dad stopped by the University of Chicago on Monday afternoon to a.) torture us by asking, "what's been going on while I've been gone?" and b.) deliver his first major public speech since leaving office in January.
Obama spoke about many important matters ranging from his political career to the future of America's youth, but then, near the end of his talk the former POTUS unexpectedly dropped some knowledge on the art of selfie-taking.Watercooler, Selfies, Speech, Education, and Chicago
'Sagaya' restaurant in Tokyo, Japan partnered with teamLab to create an interactive dining experience.
Customers can watch their food come alive right before their eyes. When a dish is served, the magic unleashes. You can see flowers blooming and butterflies and birds flying by.
It's the ultimate dining experience. Read more...More about Real Time Video, Real Time Video, Real Time, Magic, and World
The 'Flavour Bottle' has a scented nozzle, tricking your brain into thinking your water is flavored.
The bottles come in five flavors and the nozzles' scent last up to a year. When the year is up you can easily replace the spout. Read more...More about Bottle Water, Bottle, Drinking More Water, Water Bottle, and Water
Snapchat has curated snaps about life in Baghdad to create an Our Story to go live Monday afternoon.
That's Snapchat-jargon for the mobile storytelling app opening up a geofence around Baghdad and encouraging Snapchat users to submit photos and videos to Snap (with Baghdad geofilters live in the app). Snapchat will later curate and stitch those submissions into one story exclusively available on the app.
The feed should go live on the app at about 3 p.m. ET Monday.
Snapchat does not plan to include much about the violence or anything too politically-related to what's happening in Baghdad. Rather, the app is looking for snaps that show residents simply living their lives. Read more...More about Apps And Software, Business, Tech, Snapchat Stories, and Baghdad
UPDATE: April 24, 2017, 2:39 p.m. EDT Instagram reps have confirmed that the service outage has been fixed.
You're not alone: Instagram went down shortly this afternoon on both web and mobile. Believe it or not, sun stayed in the sky, time didn't stand still, and the world continued to turn.
We noticed the mobile version of the site was struggling shortly after 1:30 p.m. EST, and confirmed the web version of the photo sharing service was down as well.
We also saw this error message:
Twitter was predictably filled with frantic users reacting to the outage, desperately hoping to confirm that they weren't the only ones left out in the dark. Read more...More about Outage, Instagram, and Tech
Why have a reality show when you can turn reality into a show, am I right?
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is not a man widely known to be good at his job. He tells blatant falsehoods to the press, consistently mispronounces the names of foreign leaders, and recently proved Godwin's Law IRL. His daily press conference always seems like a train that's about two run-on sentences from derailing and wiping out a news cycle. This is not normally considered good, but it is highly watchable for middle-of-the-weekday TV. And to Spicer's boss, anything that watchable must be good.President, White House, Press Secretary, Fire, and Ratings
Scientists and data experts are closely tracking the websites of federal agencies, noting changes to pages dealing with climate change and energy since President Donald Trump took office.
On Monday, they noticed an alarming message posted to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) open data website, indicating it would shut down on Friday, April 28.
Friday is the day the current federal stopgap funding bill expires. The EPA apparently worried that Congress wouldn't pass a new continuing resolution to fund the government, and preemptively planned to end the Open Data service, according to the contractor managing the site, 3 Round Stones in Arlington, Virginia. Read more...More about March For Science, Data Scientists, Data Science, Open Data, and Trump Administration
Fallout has appeared on computers, consoles, tablets, and smartphones, but one format still eludes it: tabletop.
No longer. The hit series from Bethesda Softworks is finally getting the board game treatment. And unlike the older, themed version of Monopoly, this one is its own game.
Fallout: Wasteland Warfare is a miniatures game from Mophidius Entertainment. It's "coming soon" and... that's pretty much everything we know at this point.
A teaser image offers an early look at some of the game's miniatures. Lots of familiar sights here: a power armor-wearing Brotherhood of Steel soldier, a couple of raiders, a deathclaw, an eyebot, and even a Nuka Cola machine. Read more...More about Mophidius Entertainment, Fallout Wasteland Warfare, Fallout, Gaming, and Entertainment
It's been years since J.K. Rowling secretly wrote a detective book under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, but the detective mysteries of Cormoran Strike are on their way to TV. The Cormoran Strike series, in development at the BBC, still doesn't have an air date, but Rowling couldn't resist sharing her screeners with Twitter.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 24, 2017
The Cuckoo's Calling refers to the first Strike novel, in which we meet our weathered war hero private investigator and his resourceful assistant Robin. Together, they investigate the murders of supermodel Lula Landry, eccentric author Owin Quine (The Silkworm), and several young women in a serial attack by a terrifying culprit (A Career of Evil). Read more...More about Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo S Calling, Cormoran Strike, Jk Rowling, and Entertainment
If you thought the current unicorn trend would quietly peter out of the news cycle and your social media feeds, you were severely mistaken.
Let's make this clear: The unicorn will never die.
Just in case you question this fact, we have definitive proof. Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccinos have come to the end of their limited edition run but people are already experimenting with new recipes in order to create the "unicorn lemonade."
That's right, instead of letting the unicorn-era of Starbucks come to a natural end, we are hellbent on making sure it somehow lives on. Read more...More about Trends, Baristas, Starbucks, Lemonade, and Unicorns
Charging a Tesla is about to get a lot more convenient.
The Palo Alto-based electric car manufacturer announced today that it intends to double the size of the Tesla charging network by the end of 2017. This expansion, which will take place across the globe, comes at a time when Tesla is preparing to increase its manufacturing output to 500,000 electric cars in 2018. (It produced 83,922 in 2016.)
The charging network is a vital part of Tesla's mission to sell all-electric cars to consumers worldwide. While owners can always charge their car overnight at home, this isn't an option for those looking to go on road trips or people who don't have personal overnight parking (like apartment dwellers). Read more...More about Electric Cars, Model 3, Superchargers, Tesla, and Elon Musk
The testimonials of gay and bisexual men recently targeted, detained, and tortured in Chechnya are nothing short of harrowing. When read by queer Russian refugees granted asylum in the U.S., they're filled with even more emotion.
In a new video titled "#EyesOnChechnya," created by U.S.-based advocacy organization Human Rights First, gay men from Russia read personal accounts of abduction and violence from survivors of torture in Chechnya. The video was produced in partnership with the Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association, and has helped spread awareness of the situation on social media. Read more...More about Refugees, Social Good, Lgbtq, Chechnya, and Russia
Captioning your Instagrams is one of the biggest struggles of the digital realm. Instead of coming up with something witty, smart and zeitgeisty every time, we're left racking our brains for something, anything to say about our thirst trap selfies and holiday snaps.
But this app could end all your caption deliberation woes. The app — called Rubric — analyses your Instagram photos using visual recognition technology and generates a selection of relevant captions.
Rubric founder Amber Atherton explains that the app scrapes trending words from social and Urban Dictionary while also linking in Rap Genius' API. Read more...More about Selfies, Lifestyle, Apps And Software, Tech, and Social Media
Here's hoping you love mutants, because you'll be seeing a lot of them next year.
20th Century Fox has just announced 2018 release dates for three Marvel movies: the X-Men sequel Dark Phoenix; the X-Men spinoff New Mutants; and the X-Men spinoff sequel Deadpool 2.
Of the three, New Mutants will be the first to arrive on April 13, 2018. Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), it centers on a team of young superheroes.
New Mutants will be followed a month and a half later by Deadpool 2, due out June 1, 2018. That one will be helmed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) and bring back Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth. New additions to the cast will include Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino. Read more...More about New Mutants, Dark Phoenix, Movies, X Men, and Deadpool 2
It's a known fact that all dads love naps. ALL DADS. And when they nap, they nap hard, making it easy for us to sneak out of the house, steal a beer, or, in this case, do an entire makeup look on them while they're asleep.
Bree Telon of Buckeye, Arizona taught her father, Eddie, a very valuable lesson in falling asleep around his makeup-savvy daughter: don't do it. Telon painted an entire lewk onto her dad's face and he woke up looking fierce AF. She posted the video of the masterpiece in progress on Twitter:
Those eyebrows, that cut crease shadow, that highlight! She even "bakes" his face to set the look for a night out on the town. Read more...More about Daughter, Sleeping, Beauty, Makeup, and Dads
The biggest hunger relief organization in the U.S. is using technology to help restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses fight food waste.
In honor of Earth Day on Saturday, Feeding America launched a new tech platform called MealConnect. As its name implies, the free service taps into the organization's large network, connecting businesses that have surplus food with thousands of food banks and other meal programs.
The goal is to advance the organization's mission of solving hunger in the country by 2025 by tackling the persistent yet often overlooked problem of food waste caused by businesses and food chains. Read more...More about Earth Day, Feeding America, Food Waste, Hunger, and Social Good
Christian Bale might not do it for the 'gram, but he did open up a bit with The Daily Beast while promoting his upcoming film The Promise—and the conversation revealed a bit about the Oscar winning actor's political thoughts in today's climate.
The controversial film finds the English actor playing a journalist in the Ottoman empire (now Turkey) during the country's 1915 mass killings of millions of Armenians. In the interview, he discusses the "post-truth era" he says we're currently living in, in regards to people constantly questioning facts and the importance of a free press. Read more...More about Christian Bale, Donald Trump, Conversations, Watercooler, and Watercooler
LinkedIn just hit a big milestone — the social networking platform now has more than 500 million users, according to a statement the company sent out on Monday.
In other words, you can now easily peruse the resumes of half a billion people.
While it may not make as much noise as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, LinkedIn's got close to seven percent of the world's population tied into its network. The platform passed 400 million users toward the end of October 2015, and crossed the 450 million mark about nine months later.
Hitting the 500 million member mark another nine months after hitting 450 million shows the company's rate of growth has stayed pretty consistent over that time. Read more...More about Members, 500 Million, Linkedin, and Business
Two people who orchestrated the throwing of a professional Overwatch match received more than a lifetime ban from the tournament in question — they were booked without detention by police in South Korea and charged with interference with business.
The incident — reported by Inven Sunday and translated by ESPN — involved Overwatch team Luminous Solar's player manager Jin Seok-hoon and coach Baek Min-jeh coordinating with team UnLimited player Choi Yoon-soo to guarantee Luminous Solar a win during OGN's Overwatch Apex Challenger Season 2 qualifiers, according to an internal investigation by OGN. Read more...More about Match Fixing, Esports, Gaming, Blizzard Entertainment, and Overwatch
iOS users can now ask Siri to read them their latest WhatsApp messages, Macrumors reports.
Last year WhatsApp added support for Siri with the ability to send messages and place WhatsApp calls. Users can say "Hey Siri, text Bob on WhatsApp." The new feature adds support for reading messages as well. Users can say "Hey Siri, read me my last few messages" to hear their recent messages. If the integration is not already set up, Siri will guide users towards authorizing it to send and read WhatsApp messages.
The latest WhatsApp update on iOS enables the feature for users running iOS 10.3 and above. Other changes in this update include a simplified UI for two-step verification, group info, contact info and calls. The Facebook-owned app has been slowly adding features to make itself a powerful contender for a universal messaging app. Read more...More about Sirikit, Siri, Whatsapp, and Tech
As frustrating as Twitter can be to some, the social media platform has brought about friendships, romance and unprecedented online activism since 2006. Now, Twitter.com might just be the birthplace of your future favorite film.
Folks on the site have really outdid themselves this weekend when they roped in Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and everyone's favorite Grammy award winning pop star Rihanna into starring in a film, penned by two award-winning directors—and all it took were a few tweets.Lupita Nyong O, Rihanna, Conversations, Watercooler, and Watercooler
On Monday, she opened up on Instagram with a photo of her pregnant belly and a sweet note to her future child.
My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can't wait to meet you. I can't wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you.... once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. 😉 from the world's oldest number one to the world's youngest number one. -Your Mommy
A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Apr 24, 2017 at 6:06am PDTRead more...More about Sports, Serena Williams, Watercooler, and Watercooler
If people don't want to buy pieces from Ivanka Trump's clothing line, the only logical thing to do is change the labels and pretend the clothes are from another brand, right?
It's an interesting/shady AF sales technique, to be sure, but according to Business of Fashion, the company that licenses Ivanka Trump's brand relabelled her inventory as Adrienne Vittadini, then proceeded to sell the clothing items to Stein Mart, a chain of discount department stores with nearly 300 locations in the United States.
As BoF stated, G-III—the company that owns the right to manufacture and distribute Ivanka's brand—admitted the garments were relabeled and sold without informing Trump's people. Read more...More about Fashion, Conversations, Politics, Donald Trump, and Ivanka Trump
It's the classic ABCs of business — Always Be Computing.
The CEO of Asia's largest ecommerce company said at a conference in China over the weekend he believes that we're just a few decades away from having robots run our companies.
"In 30 years, a robot will likely be on the cover of Time Magazine as the best CEO," said Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, according to a CNN report.
First of all, good news for Time that they're going to be around in 30 yearsDid not see that coming.
Image: studiostoks/shutterstock Read more...More about Jobs, Business, Future Of Work, Artificial Intelligence, and Robots
Bad news, Samsung fans: Your favorite new flagship might just be one drop away from a spiderwebbed screen.
Independent phone insurer SquareTrade put the brand new Galaxy S8 through its extensive "breakability" testing, subjecting the handset to drops, tumbles, and dunking. Parts of the testing abuse the phones to the extreme – Samsung has criticized SquareTrade for its methods before – but overall, but it's a more thorough process than some of the other stress testing we've seen the phone go through.
SquareTrade concluded the S8 and S8+ performed "significantly worse than their predecessors," the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, according to an emailed statement from the company. The biggest issue? That beautiful, extremely crackable OLED display and glass casing. Read more...More about Oled Display, Breaking, Stress Test, Squaretrade, and Samsung Galaxy S8
If you happened to forget that nature is insanely terrifying, look no further than these two angry gators.
YouTuber derekreed36d got lucky enough to see the holy grail of nature: two big-ass alligators whaling on each other at the 18th hole of a golf course in North Carolina. The uploader identified them as a 12-foot alligator and an eight-foot alligator getting into a real scuffle.
It's fun to watch, but also a staunch reminder to leave gators alone, do not go into any lakes, and actually just never leave your house ever again. Read more...More about Fight, Alligator, Watercooler, and Watercooler
What's circular, black, and has 17 integrated cameras?
No, it's not that drone that keeps flying by your yard (but seriously, what is that?) — it's the latest entrant into the ultra-hot 360-video camera space courtesy of Google, and it's called the Yi Halo.
The Halo is the next-generation Jump camera. Jump, you may remember, is Google's platform for 360 video cameras. What makes Jump different from consumer 360 cameras like the Samsung Gear 360 are two things:
The cameras are aimed at pros or semi-pros, combining several cameras in a circular array so the video actually has depth — as opposed to a "flat" video that looks like it's painted on the inside of a sphere.
Jump is actually a camera platform, not a camera itself. Google gives guidance on the camera rig and builds the software for syncing and combining the footage from the individual cameras to create the 360 video Read more...More about Cameras, Google Jump, Yi Halo, Virtual Reality, and Vr
This dog has just adorably personified FOMO.
America's Funniest Home Videos shared a hilarious home video of a dog who isn't quite ready to let go his title of baby of the house. In fact, he'll do just about anything to keep some attention away from his family's newborn baby.
Watch him literally cling to his most-adored-child status above. Read more...More about Cute Animals, Cute Babies, Lol, America S Funniest Home Videos, and Watercooler
Fact: At some point, every one of us has (or had) a boss.
In so many ways, we look to them to have all the answers. At every rung in the ladder, we expect our bosses to actually lead us, guide us, and be our mentors.
But managers don’t know everything, and more often than not, they need our help, too. Unfortunately, only the best leaders actually ask for it.
But why wait to be asked? Here are five tiny sentences that every boss is secretly dying to hear you say, and that’ll help you manage up and make both you and your manager shine:1. “I’ve got this”
Maybe your manager has a few bosses of her own who have just joined on. These new players are demanding, and she may not know how to manage them and their requests. Projects she used to oversee—like the ones you work on—may not be her top priority right now, nor might she be the best person to know how to do them. Read more...More about Business, Careers, Work Life, and Business