Tesla likes to do things differently.
So when Electrek reported last month that the electric car company was allegedly working on a new key fob for its Model 3, we should have known it wouldn't be just your standard blob of a BLE device. Thanks to newly released documents filed to the FCC, we now know that's exactly right.
According to the filing, the as-of-yet-unreleased fob is actually shaped like a mini Model 3. Basically, it looks like the most expensive Hot Wheels car you never owned.
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Sorry cats, but when it comes to climbing tall buildings, you've got nothing compared to raccoons.
In Ocean City, New Jersey Friday, a raccoon was spotted a jaw-dropping nine stories up a building. The raccoon proceeded to leap off the building, hit the soft sand with its little raccoon feet, and scamper away.
Watch this little acrobat in action:
DAREDEVIL RACCOON: Incredible video shows a raccoon climbing roughly nine stories up a building off the Ocean City Boardwalk. It then appears to turn around and jump from the building, spiraling toward the ground. Then it gets up and walks away…
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Google wants the world's information to be universally accessible, unless that information just so happens to relate to its reported efforts to build a censored Chinese search engine that tracks its users.
According to the Intercept, which first broke the story of the project codenamed Dragonfly in early August, the Mountain View-based search and advertising giant is going to great lengths to keep information about its plans secret — even from its own employees.
The latest example of the company's attempt to squash even internal debate about the heavily criticized plans comes in the form of an internal memo. Specifically, the forced deletion of it. The memo, reportedly written by a Google engineer, detailed how the Chinese search engine would track users' locations, force them to login, and give "unilateral access" to a third-party Chinese partner. Read more...More about Google, China, Dragonfly, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Ted Cruz's social media team has reached a dark new low.
Right before Senate hopeful Beta O'Rourke's debate with Cruz last night, where the sitting Senator skirted the question about whether police violence against African-Americans was a problem, Cruz released a seemingly innocuous video on Twitter featuring O'Rourke.
In it, Beto denounces the murder of Botham Jean, who was mysteriously killed in his apartment by an off-duty police officer.
Botham Shem Jean, who is black, was unarmed at the time of his death. It's unclear why his neighbor, a white off-duty police officer, entered his apartment and proceeded to shoot himThe case is ongoing. Read more...More about Watercooler, Ted Cruz, Beto O Rourke, Culture, and Web Culture
Do guys like Louis C.K. or Charlie Rose deserve a comeback? Does any disgraced sexual predator? What has to happen before such a comeback is even possible?
These questions have been rattling around online for some time, though C.K.'s recent attempted return to stand-up raised the volume. Now, Jane Fonda has some advice for all those disgraced men to consider before they start mulling a comeback.
"Guys are trying to make a comeback and they haven’t done the work," Fonda said during an event for her upcoming HBO documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts. Read more...More about Entertainment, Tv, Jane Fonda, Metoo, and Entertainment
This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.
Nothing like a little wholesome parent-child bonding.
In this extremely cute video, a little kid dressed like Spider-Man acts out every child's superhero daydream with some much-appreciated help from dad.
Can we talk about the sound effects dad added to make this a truly authentic experience? Incredible. And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention this kid's on-point Spidey movements. We've got a Spider-Man star in the making, folks. Read more...More about Kids, Viral Video, Costume, Spider Man, and Father And Son
Chucky is back — and not everyone's happy about it.
On Friday, MGM announced it had started production for the reboot of Child's Play, the legendary 1988 horror film. The original's story creator Don Mancini, who won't be involved in the new production, proceeded to let his feelings be known with a subtweet.
Mancini has produced six sequels to the original's Child's Play, six times as a screenwriter and three times as a director. He's currently working on a Child's Play TV series featuring the voice of the original Chucky. This is all through Universal, which owns the rights to all but one of the Child's Play sequels (MGM, meanwhile, owns the original and 2004's Seed of Chucky). Read more...More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Film, Horror Movies, and Child S Play
How much water do you drink a day, really? What about your closest pal, or your family? Be honest. If it’s not the two litres recommended, then we’ve got work to do.
We all know someone (or are someone) who refuses to reach their daily H2O quota, so perhaps said rebel just needs a little sprucing up of their water receptacle. Plus, with an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic waste entering the global marine environment each year, having your own bottle is no longer a want, it’s a planetary need.Water, Gift Ideas, Gift Guide, Water Bottles, and Gift Guide 2018
There are burns, and then there are burns.
I am still shewk from this political ad released by Arizona Democratic Congressional candidate David Brill against his incumbent Republican opponent, Paul Gosar.
Watch the video until the very end.
Gosar is known for his extreme right-wing views, including the infamous birther conspiracy. The Congressman also believes that the white supremacist rally held at Charlottesville last year was a creation of the left.
Six of Gosar's ten siblings apparently couldn't take it anymore, and they came together to produce this masterful ad. Read more...More about Watercooler, Campaign Ad, Midterms 2018, Culture, and Politics
Americans have a love-hate relationship with selfies.
A new survey from the research company YouGov shows that over 63 percent of Americans say they take selfies. But that doesn't mean America is all aboard the selfie train.
While most Americans may take selfies, the majority of selfie-takers also associate at least one negative trait like "annoying" or "narcissistic" with the ubiquitous photos, according to the survey.
Sheesh, what's with all the self-loathing, America? We really need to spend more time looking into the mirror on that one! Read more...More about Instagram, Selfies, Plastic Surgery, Tech, and Identities
Mari Copeny, an 11-year-old with an irrepressible desire to make the world a better place, is remarkable proof that you’re never too young to be an activist.
Copeny, also known as "Little Miss Flint," is an advocate for her hometown of Flint, Michigan, which has been fighting a life-threatening water crisis since 2014. When she was 8 years old, she penned a powerful letter to President Obama on behalf of Flint and its children, who could no longer drink from the tap, shower without their eyes burning, or even safely use a Slip ‘N Slide.
Obama replied to Copeny, visited Flint, and eventually signed off on $100 million in funding to help repair the city's poisoned water system. But Copeny wasn't done advocating for change. Read more...More about Activism, Flint Michigan, Social Good Summit 2018, Mari Copeny, and Little Miss Flint
With any software upgrade, there's a lot to unpack.
Apple's iOS 12 is no different. You probably noticed Screen Time, Grouped Notifications, and fun photo effects right after the update. However, it’s the small changes that can make all the difference.
We've been digging through iOS 12 and found 10 hidden features that will level-up your iPhone experience.1. Face ID alternate appearance
Apple's TrueDepth sensor is the secret to how Face ID lets you unlock your iPhone with a glance. However, if you wear sunglasses often, sometimes put on heavy makeup, or switch wigs regularly — all of which are pretty common in professions like acting — facial recognition can fail a good chunk of the time. Read more...More about Iphone, Ios, Hidden Features, Ios 12, and Tech
Nick Kroll, surprisingly, doesn't remember much from sex ed.
You'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise if you've watched Big Mouth, Kroll's animated Netflix series that plays the mind-bending confusion of puberty for laughs.
In the first season, a young Kroll and his best friend Andrew, a character based on the actor and comedian's real-life best friend, awkwardly sit through a middle school classroom presentation on fallopian tubes that feels all too real.
What happens next is where Big Mouth goes beyond getting real and plumbs the murky depths of the adolescent male psyche. Suddenly, the imaginary "Hormone Monster" shows up to encourage Andrew to duck out of class to masturbate. Andrew is reluctant for obvious reasons but ultimately gives in. Read more...More about Netflix, Sex Education, Nick Kroll, Social Good Summit 2018, and Social Good
If you’re a canine lover, you know all the perks of having a pooch: There’s *always* a hyper fluffball to play with when you get home. If your pizza delivery shows up or there’s an Amazon Prime package, your dog alerts you ASAP through bark code, even though they might get a little too protective when the mail carrier arrives. While you love getting cuddly with your canine, sometimes you can’t both share the couch, which is why you should get a good dog bed, stat.
But, where to start? Your furry best friend can’t just have any dog bed. Before you drop major bucks on a dog bed, there are some factors you might want to consider: Read more...More about Dogs, Shopping Amazon, Shopping Mashable, Culture, and Animals
The World Maker Faire is an annual festival of engineers, artists, innovators, tinkerers, entrepreneurs, craftspeople, and techies. It's like the love child of Burning Man and Comic-Con, where people come together to proudly showcase their inventions, learn from, and collaborate with each other.
It's happening in New York City Sept. 22 to 23, and in honor of the massive creative exhibition, Maker Media has curated a CAD & 3D printing e-book bundle, which can help you grow your understanding of personal fabrication technologies and provide you with a ton of creative inspiration.3d Printing, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Shopping Onlinelearning
Disaster relief is most commonly thought of as providing food, water, and shelter to those affected by calamitous events beyond their control.
But as communities in places like Texas and Puerto Rico are learning, disaster relief that only alleviates physical wants is not enough to put their communities back on their feet.
After first responders have done their jobs to secure personal safety, an emotional recovery has to begin as well.
Organizations like UNICEF are acknowledging that the damage to communities can last long after the repairs to homes are completed.
Canned goods and other basic need items are given out in a disaster relief station in southeast Texas.
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Nothing beats playtime with your doggo. They’re always down for a tug-of-war match, a game of catch, or a hide-and-seek session. Even though you love spending time with them, it’s not that fun when they use your favorite pair of shoes as their chew buddy. If that’s the case, it might be time for you to buy a new dog toy, so your doggo can still have fun without destroying your stuff.
But, with so many dog toy options to choose from, it could be challenging to find the perfect fit for your pooch. Before you buy a dog toy, there are some things you might want to consider:
Size: Keep your doggo’s size in mind when you’re shopping for a dog toy. Have a puppy? look for a dog toy that supports baby teeth and helps with training. If your doggo is on the larger side, choose a toy that will excite them during playtime, such as an interactive tug ring. Also, you don’t want to get a small toy for your large doggo, because they can rip it and accidently swallow small materials. Read more...More about Dogs, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Amazon, Culture, and Animals
Virtual reality gaming is having a moment. It's either because people are treating it as escapist entertainment, or because immersing yourself in an alternate dimension is just too darn amusing not to get hooked. Whatever the case may be, there's no better time than now to join in on the VR craze.
Since the industry has started picking up the pace only recently, there might not be a game that suits your taste just yet. Take it as an opportunity to craft your own. The following three e-learning bundles can help you get started. Read more...More about Gaming, Virtual Reality, Mashable Shopping, Shopping List, and Shopping Stackcommerce
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...More about Internet, Tech Utility, Vpn, Internet Access, and Internet Security
Just hours after Amazon surprised us with more new Alexa-enabled gadgets than we can count, word broke that Facebook's voice-activated smart speaker (reportedly called "Portal") is apparently back on — and launching as soon as next week.
Suddenly, a market that's been dominated by Amazon and Google is starting to look more interesting ... right? Well, not exactly.
I'm not trying to pick on Facebook but, of everything we've heard about the yet-to-be-revealed Portal speaker, nothing suggests that it can overcome what will likely be its biggest hurdle: that nobody trusts Facebook anymore. If you think an Alexa-enabled microwave sounds creepy, how do you think people will react to a Facebook-branded smart speaker with an AI-infused camera? Read more...More about Gadgets, Facebook, Amazon, Tech, and Consumer Tech
There isn’t one way to describe your cat’s daily activities. They’ll hide in Amazon Prime boxes, or drink from toilet bowls. One thing most pet parents can agree on though is that cats need engaging playtime. If your feline is bouncing off the walls or scratching furniture, it might be time to buy new cat toys.
Googling “cat toy” could send you down an internet sinkhole, because there are so many plush mice, circle tunnels, and colorful wands available for felines. Plus, you might not know if a cat toy will meet your pet’s playtime needs. Before you buy a cat toy, there are some things you might want to consider: Read more...More about Cats, Mashable Shopping, Culture, and Animals
Days after shuttering its dedicated gaming app, YouTube made some more big changes to how users discover content.
Now, YouTube’s trending tab breaks down what's popular in five categories: music, live, gaming, news, and movies.
Trending on YouTube previously just displayed what videos were trending throughout a user’s country. YouTube said its algorithm takes a number of factors into consideration, such as view count and the rate of growth in views, among others.
Here's what the Trending on YouTube page looked like just earlier today.
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I guess we shouldn't be all that surprised. But still, they did say it would be practically impossible.
The Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Zaif suffered a major hack last week. It issued a statement on Thursday stating that approximately $59 million worth of bitcoin, bitcoin cash, and MONAcoin had been stolen by unidentified criminals. This, obviously, is not good. What makes it perhaps worse is the company's past insistence that it applied the "maximum effort" possible to keep its customers' funds safe — and that hacking it would be "practically impossible."
Like many exchanges, Zaif has a page on its website where it details the precautions taken to secure customer funds. With tens (or potentially hundreds) of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency at stake, it makes sense to let everyone know that you're taking this security stuff seriously. Read more...More about Hacking, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin Cash, and Tech
Joana Ceddia is blowing up right now.
You might have stumbled across a video of her hacking off her hair with craft scissors in her parents' bathroom, or watched her break down the contents of her school backpack to reveal a watermelon wedge and a stray parka like an unboxing video gone wrong.
In my case, her video about DIYing an overpriced clothing line haunted the "Up Next" side bar for weeks. Like many Gen Zers, Ceddia was thoroughly disappointed that vlogger Emma Chamberlain's new collection wasn't even visible, since each item of clothing for sale in the Dote app was pixelated to add a sense of intrigue. Read more...More about Youtube, Viral Videos, Vlog, Joana Ceddia, and Culture
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine think that octopuses are just like us! Well, at least in the way they react to ecstasy. The research, which, yes, means giving octopuses ecstasy, can definitely be seen by some as a little unethical, but the experts say they make sure to take care of the animals. The research could help us better understand that our brain and social behavior are influenced by more basic processes than we imagined. Read more...More about Animals, Mashable Video, Octopus, Drugs, and Ecstasy
Although MacBooks have grown in popularity over the past decade, Microsoft is making a bit of a comeback among consumers with the release of Windows 10 a few years ago. In fact, there are some benefits of using Windows 10 over MacOS X, such as functionality, ease of use, and touch-ability. Believe it or not, you can actually use many Windows 10 laptops like tablets.
Moreover, Windows-based laptops are catching up with MacBooks in terms of design and looks. PC laptops have always gotten a bad name since they have historically prioritized function over style thanks to cheap materials and awful looking displays. Apple computers, on the other hand, integrate form and style into one beautiful machine. Read more...More about Tech, Windows 10, Laptops, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
Check out this handy and foldable cutting board by Joseph Joseph. Just squeeze the handle and you are ready to speed up all aspects of cooking in the kitchen.
Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Cutting Board, Kitchenware, Cooking, and Knife
It's launch day for the iPhone XS and XS Max. And if it seems a little muted compared to iPhone launch days past, that may be because Apple is making it increasingly easy to hang on to your three-year-old phone instead — even if they no longer sell that phone.
As I wrote last week, I was in the market for an XS. But I was torn: I'm one of those people who believes the iPhone 6S is the last truly great iPhone Apple made. I'm loath to swap my built-in headphone jack for a life in which I have to carry around a Lightning-to-aux dongle just in case.
And yes, fanboys, before you jump in: I already use Bluetooth headphones! I just like the option to plug in a wired set of cans — the same option I am afforded on my latest-model iPad Pro and bang-up-to-date MacBook. Read more...More about Apple, Iphone 6s, Tech, Consumer Tech, and Big Tech Companies
UPDATE, 6:06 p.m. ET: Telltale Games has issued an official statement, which has been added below. Story has been updated throughout.
Beloved game studio Telltale Games went through a major downsizing.
The company went through a major round of layoffs Friday, dropping the size of its studio from about 250 people down to just 25 people as the developer moves toward "majority studio closure," Gamasutra, The Verge, and US Gamer, and former Telltale employees reported Friday.
— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018The Walking Dead, Telltale Games, Stranger Things, Entertainment, and Gaming
Your Facebook Page can now join members-only Facebook Groups.
In a new setting update spotted by social media aficionado Matt Navarra, Facebook is now going to let Pages on the site interact with communities through Facebook Groups.
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) September 19, 2018
Within Facebook Group settings, a new option has popped up for group owners that enables them to “allow Pages to request to join as group members.” Previously, only personal profiles could join Facebook Groups and post and comment within them. Read more...More about Facebook, Social Media, Facebook Groups, Facebook Page, and Tech