As students, parents, and concerned citizens across the United States prepare to march in protest of gun violence on March 24, they can also take part in a virtual and educational journey towards Washington.
To raise awareness for March For Our Lives — an upcoming march on Washington organized by survivors of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Flordia — art director Martins Zelcs and his friends created a video game called Game For Our Lives.Social Good, Video Games, Gun Control, Parkland Shooting, and March For Our Lives
Mark Zuckerberg has 40 billion reasons to be mad at Cambridge Analytica, but he should save at least some of that anger for Facebook board member Peter Thiel.
That's because Thiel, who infamously supported the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, also happened to donate $1,000,000 in October of 2016 to the Super PAC Make American Number 1 — an organization that paid Cambridge Analytica $231,352 toward the end of the same year, an FEC filing shows.
That's the same Cambridge Analytica, of course, that worked on behalf of Donald Trump's campaign for president. Trump secured the Republican party nomination in July of 2016. Read more...More about Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, Peter Thiel, and Cambridge Analytica
Netflix has taken extra steps for the second season of its series '13 Reasons Why.' The streaming service is adding crisis resources, a viewing guide and an after-show.
The measures come after critics have questioned whether or not the show does more harm than good. The second season is set to stream later this year. Read more...
Can any one appliance really replace seven? Yep, sure can.
In case you've been living under a rock and missed the whole Instant Pot phenomenon, you may be wondering what exactly these little beauties do. An Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté pan, warming pot, or even a sous-vide cooker, which is just fancy chef talk for cooking under vacuum pressure. Read more...More about Cooking, Pressure Cooker, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Skimlinks, and Shopping Solo
Vibes, the company behind reusable earplugs that protect your ears while allowing you to still hear clearly, has teamed up with Hear The World Foundation for a project in Lima, Peru that will screen 30,000 children for hearing impairment. Read more...More about Education, Mashable Video, Social Good, Healthcare, and Disability
Political strategy in the Trump era is apparently two grandfathers threatening to fight each other.
On Tuesday, Joe Biden got heated during a rally to fight campus sexual assault and went off on President Trump's misogynistic history. According to ABC News, Biden said, "If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him" .
"I've been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life," Biden bragged, "I'm a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room."Politics, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Culture, and Web Culture
If you've been curious about how Alexa can improve your life, then today is the day to give her a shot. Amazon is currently holding a sale, knocking 20% off select Alexa-enabled Amazon devices to get you started.
From tablets to the Echo Show to the ever-popular Echo Plus, take your pick of awesome Alexa devices to help make your day-to-day a little bit better.
Here's what's on sale:Echo Plus with built-in Hub (Philips Hue Bulb included)d
One of the coolest Alexa devices out there, the Echo Plus is the perfect start to your new smart home way of living. Have Alexa set timers, ask her questions, or check on the weather so she can help you plan your whole day — and that's just for starters. She can also play music to fit your mood. Read more...More about Amazon Alexa, Alexa, Mashable Shopping, Shopping List, and Shopping Skimlinks
Raise your hand if you enjoy getting out of bed.
Yeah, no. Thankfully, today's deals are all about not getting out of bed for as long as possible.
Alexa is here to help with almost any request you have, from ordering food to playing baby making music so you don't have to ruin the moment by finding a remote. Select Amazon products are 20% off today, including the Echo Spot, Echo Show, and Echo Plus (with smart lightbulb included), as well as the Amazon Fire HD 8 and 10 Tablets. Snag these smart plugs to control lights or blinds, or make sure the oven is off without getting up. You can also have Alexa launch Netflix on your new LG smart TV, and get a free Dell gift card with your purchase. Read more...More about Star Wars, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Smart Tvs, and Mashable Shopping
Unless you have one of those super fancy, full-body shower systems, we're gonna bet that your daily scrub up is a pretty boring task. Increase your a.m. excitement with one of these funky shower heads by Zooheads ($29.95), which have just hit the market.
These 3D-printed bathroom fixtures could inject a bit of fun into anyone's morning. They're animal heads designed to fit over any shower head with a 1/2-inch pipe thread, which supposedly means they'll fit just about everywhere.
These funky shower heads are available in a variety of different animals, including a T-rex, shark, elephant, or an eagle — not to mention a few fiendish animal skullsGame of Thrones fans might also get a kick out of the fantastically-detailed dragon shower head, so you can imagine one of Dany's scaly kids spewing hot water all over youDracarys, am I right? Read more...More about 3d Printing, Shower, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Skimlinks, and Shopping Solo
It's time to start getting excited, David Mitchell fans — a new novel is on well on its way.
The Cloud Atlas author dropped some hints about the story during a Facebook Live interview with Mashable on Thursday, while promoting his new book Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A young man's voice from the silence of autism — a translation of a book by the Japanese author Naoki Higashida which acts as a follow-up to his earlier work The Reason I Jump.
You can watch the full interview below (jump to 24:50 for the question about Mitchell's new book): Read more...More about Uk, Books, David Mitchell, Entertainment, and Books
Tumblr will get a massive makeover on March 24 to help promote March for Our Lives, the protest for gun violence prevention led by teenage survivors of the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
When users open Tumblr's app or visit its website on Saturday, they'll see a livestream of the march in Washington, D.C., and content related to the protest and gun violence prevention will pop up in their regular feed. It'll be the biggest site takeover Tumblr has done to date, and it's the product of a partnership between Tumblr and Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy organization, to support the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students. Read more...More about Tumblr, Social Good, Activism, Gun Violence, and March For Our Lives
But two U.S. Democratic Senators have called for Zuckerberg' personal testimony in front of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Sen. Edward Markey and Sen. Richard Blumenthal also want the CEO to answer more questions on what exactly happened when Facebook let 50 million users' data be sold without their direct consent. Read more...More about Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cambridge Analytica, Senators, and Ed Markey
When we talk about porn's relationship to #MeToo, we tend to focus on the negative. But one woman is using porn as an opportunity to address the cultural issues at the heart of every #MeToo story.
Indie adult filmmaker Erika Lust has been hosting public screenings of her popular erotica series XConfessions at theaters and festivals around the world for years now. From Berlin to Buenos Aires and most recently Los Angeles, her work showcases exactly how sexy consent can be, while lengthy Q&A sessions with audiences spark powerful conversations.
"Sexually explicit films help us construct our visions of pleasure and desire," Lust says. "Porn is a discourse about how we interact sexually, about gender roles, masculinity, femininity." Read more...More about Watercooler, Entertainment, Feminism, Porn, and Sex And Relationships
One of the best parts of the Nintendo Switch's smash hit Super Mario Odyssey was dressing Mario in a seemingly endless amount of outfits. You could hunt for Power Moons as a Samurai, a skeleton, or even while wearing a wedding dress with a scuba mask. The only thing that could make the game more perfect is if we could add this exciting new Nintendo-inspired fashion line from Bloomingdale's to Mario's wardrobe. We're pretty pumped just to wear it ourselves, though.
Started in celebration of Mario Day on March 10 (Mar. 10, get it?), this special collaboration captures the world of Nintendo with stylish new clothing from a variety of different designers, including Kenneth Cole, Rebecca Minkoff, Herschel Supply Co., Zac Posen, and more. From bathing suits to shirts to purses and beyond, this new line of apparel is a great way to merge your classic gaming obsession with your personal style. Read more...More about Fashion, Nintendo, Mario, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping List
They're out again in force, the #deleteFacebook brigade. In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg's belated Thursday acknowledgement (one couldn't really call it an apology) that his company erred in letting Cambridge Analytica acquire deep psychological data on at least 50 million Americans — data that could have helped Trump win a tight election — many users have reached boiling pointThis time, they say, Zuck has gone too farThis time, they're out.
I have great sympathies for this crew. I too would like to believe we can somehow pour the genie back into the bottle. That we could roll back a global network that has literally two billion people in its thrall, or that we could all simultaneously hop over to the network next door. But we just can't. It's too late. Zuck won, whether or not he ends up with more FTC oversight. And already there are other successful companies copying his tactics. Read more...More about Facebook, Slack, Culture, and Big Tech Companies
Disney's hit animated film Frozen has been adapted into a Broadway musical and the first trailer is here.
The video gives a glimpse at some of the famous characters and scenes on stage during the musical production, which is on Broadway now. It includes all your favorites: Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and even Olaf.Movies, Trailers, Frozen, Broadway, and Entertainment
Trust me, you don't want to search "guns" on PornHub.
But if you do, these days, the search will yield more than just your run-of-the-mill use of guns as a sexual prop.
Following YouTube's announced ban of several types of gun-related content, as reported by Bloomberg, at least one gun blogger has moved its video operations to the popular pornography site, PornHub.
— InRange TV (@InRangeTV) March 21, 2018
On Wednesday, YouTube took steps to remove certain kinds of gun-related videos from its platform. Following the Las Vegas massacre in October 2017, YouTube removed bump-stock DIY videos. Now, it's gone a step further, prohibiting videos that promote the sale of firearms and accessories, along with firearm assembly instructional videos. Read more...More about Youtube, Guns, Gun Control, Pornhub, and Tech
An update called Map Explore lets Snapchat users more easily see what their friends are up to, without any action required by the user. Your status might update itself based on where a your friends are and what Snapchat predicts you're doing. And maps can populate your status when you appear to be taking a road trip, flying to a new destination, or using a particular geofilter, a Snap spokesperson told Mashable.
Think of it as Snap re-imagining the old AIM "away" status as literally showing where you are or what you're doing. Read more...More about Snapchat, Apps And Software, Snapchat Stories, Snap Inc, and Snap Maps
The Google Assistant just learned another new trick: Sending money to your friends.
The new peer-to-peer money transfer feature lets iOS and Android users use Google's digital assistant to send and receive money to each other using Google Pay (formerly Android Pay and Google Wallet).
According to Google, sending money to friends and family is free and works with two easy voice commands.
To send money, say "Hey Google, send Jane $15 for lunch today." And to request money, say "Hey Google, request $20 from Sam for the show tonight." Transactions require authentication with a fingerprint or passcode. Read more...More about Google, Android, Google Assistant, Google Pay, and Tech
In an increasingly cashless world, the need to carry physical money is rapidly on the way out. And, one institution that previously relied on physical cash for donations are making big changes to adapt.
The Church of England introduced contactless card terminals at thousands of sites in an effort to make "donations and transactions faster and easier for their congregations." 16,000 churches, cathedrals, and religious sites in the UK now accept contactless donations, including Apple Pay and Google Pay.Uk, Religion, Apple Pay, Church, and Contactless Payments
Instagram, sadly, is most likely never going to go back to the good ole days of a chronological feed. But to appease us, the Facebook-owned app is trying to make its messy algorithm better.
A test, announced via blog post on Wednesday, introduces a "New Posts" button to users' Instagram feeds. By tapping the button, a user will be brought to the top of their Instagram feed where new posts will appear.
In addition to that new button, our overlords at Instagram have promised to show more "newer posts" first in the feed.
"With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up," the blog post reads. Read more...More about Instagram, Apps And Software, Instagram Feed, Tech, and Social Media Companies
No matter where you live, a universal remote can help you achieve full couch potato status, so allow Logitech to deliver.
Save 53% on the Logitech Harmony Ultimate All-In-One Remote to streamline all of your device usage. It's fully customizable, so sync it up to home entertainment, game consoles, and other gadgets. You can even control certain devices behind nearby walls and cabinets.
The touchscreen lets you swipe easily, but it can also be integrated with Alexa if using your hands is just too. much. work.
If you order now, you can also get a free consultation with an Amazon expert who can fill you in on smart home FAQs and guide you on how to make your home better. Read more...More about Logitech, Universal Remote, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Skimlinks, and Shopping Amazon
Google's war on autoplaying videos in Chrome continues.
Chrome 64, released in December, gave users the ability to mute annoying autoplay videos on an entire site, not just one page. Chrome 66 is the next step.
Now, Chrome will more aggressively block autoplaying videos with sound. Going forward, Chrome won't allow a video to autoplay unless it's muted or never had sound in the first place. There are exceptions, however. From Google's notes to developers:Chrome, Google Chrome, Chrome Canary, Chrome Update, and Tech
On The Late Show yesterday, Stephen Colbert worked out with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and he could barely keep up.
They started with a conversation, in which Colbert asked RBG the most important question facing mankind today: is a hot dog a sandwich?
By Colbert's definition, Ginsburg says, yes it is. "See this is why you're on the Supreme Court," Colbert says.
They then hit the gym, with Colbert falling behind or sitting on a treadmill and watching as RBG does a variety of intense exercises, to a strict playlist of opera music.
If only I could be that in shape now, much less when I'm 85. Read more...More about Watercooler, Colbert, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Workout, and Late Show
On Thursday, in a packed federal courthouse in San Francisco, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup donned a space-themed tie and listened as scientists and lawyers formally presented the fundamentals of climate science. The hearing, dubbed a "tutorial" by Judge Alsup, marked the first time a judge has ever asked for and heard a presentation of climate science for the purposes of deciding a court case.
The case Alsup is presiding over involves several fossil fuel companies and two major cities — San Francisco and Oakland. The cities are suing the world's oil giants — Chevron, BP, Shell, and others — for extracting and selling fuels that the companies knew would stoke climate change and sea level rise. Read more...More about Climate, Science, Global Warming, Climate Change, and Climate Science
It looks like we're going to be seeing the new Super Smash Bros. Switch game sooner than we thought.
Nintendo announced Thursday that it will be hosting a Super Smash Bros. Invitational tournament at E3 this summer, which means the world will be getting a pretty extensive look at the game on June 11 and 12. We'll likely be seeing at least portions of the upcoming Nintendo Switch Smash roster and hopefully more than one stage during the tournament.
When the new Smash was first teased earlier this month, the only pieces of info Nintendo gave us were the characters Mario and Link and two Octolings from Splatoon, and a vague release window of 2018. Read more...More about Nintendo, E3, Nintendo Switch, Super Smash Bros, and Entertainment