Twitter is hilariously attempting to recreate Ariana Grande's album cover for 'My Everything.' The challenge started when @McJesse on Twitter questioned just how Grande balanced her entire body on a small stool. Other people followed after, posting photos of them trying the same pose. Read more...More about Twitter, Internet, Mashable Video, Chair, and Twitter Reactions
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt is about to take a major step toward reshaping the agency's scientific advisory committees. This action, to come in the form of a directive next week, will effectively replace scientists on scientific advisory committees with representatives of the industries the EPA regulates.
Apparently conflict of interest means different things to different people.
Typically staffed by top experts, the EPA's scientific advisory committees are tasked with ensuring that the scientific information the agency uses in its rule-making is the best-available data on the topic. Read more...More about Science, Global Warming, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, and Epa
If you still don't know what you're going to be for Halloween, don't worry. We've found just the thing.
Snap Inc. has released a Dancing Hot Dog Costume today through its online Amazon store. The costume sells for $80 and is even available for two-day shipping — making it a great option for anyone still scrambling to find a costume.
Finally, you can rest assured knowing that the awful cliché costumes you've been considering until this point — like a Kylo Ren, a Minion, and Harley Quinn costume — can finally be taken off your list. Nothing is going to be anywhere near as fun as a freaking dancing hot dog, and anyone who's not planning on wearing this to their next Halloween party needs to get with the times. Read more...More about Halloween, Snapchat, Halloween Costumes, Dancing Hot Dog, and Tech
Congratulations, Facebook users! There's a new Facebook News Feed coming your way.
Facebook's "Explore" feed is now rolling out to all users after months of testing in the mobile app, TechCrunch reported Wednesday.
The tab will show posts from Facebook Pages the user does not follow but may fit their interests. These posts can be articles, photos, and videos. Facebook-owned Instagram has a similar feature in its app, which suggests videos the user might like and Instagram Stories.
For Facebook, Explore is another way to keep its two billion users entertained on the site as it competes with Google, Twitter, Snapchat, and the rest of the internet for people's attention. Read more...More about Facebook, Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg, Apps And Software, and News Feed
The legendary Diana Ross has seven American Music Awards to her name but this year, she'll be adding one very important one to the shelf.
Ross will be receiving the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement as announced by ABC on Wednesday.
“I have endless memories of all the years that I have appeared on the American Music Awards. It started with Dick Clark and The Caravan of Stars and American Bandstand," Ross said in a statement.
"It was Dick Clark who said, ‘Music is the soundtrack of our lives.’ So true," she continued. "I am so excited to be receiving this honorable award.” Read more...More about Diana Ross, American Music Awards, Culture, Music, and Celebrities
And yet, it appears on Wednesday Cruz decided (about a year and a half too late, we might add) to get in on the joke:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 18, 2017
Perhaps you're wondering: Why did Ted Cruz, a sitting U.S. senator, choose today to compare himself to a serial killer?
Apparently, it all started during Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate hearing.
Per CNN, Senator Ben Sasse opened his line of questioning with an apology, noting that he'd "dumped a Dr. Pepper on Senator Cruz, so that was what was distracting us on this side of the dais." Read more...More about Watercooler, Politics, Culture, Donald Trump, and Culture
Samsung may now have the VR camera to beat.
The company just unveiled a new 17-lens 360-degree camera for VR that can live-stream in 4K. Called the 360 Round, it will be available in the U.S. later this month.
Samsung hasn't yet revealed how much the beast of a camera will cost, but we're pretty sure it's not going to be cheap. Google's rival Yi Halo camera comes in at $1,699 and it doesn't have 4K live-streaming capabilities.
The 360 Round looks like it has just about everything a virtual reality filmmaker could want: 17 cameras with f/1.8 lenses, six onboard mics for spatial audio, two external mic hookups, 50GB of internal memory (LPDDR3 and eMMC), support for 2TB of SSD, a gyroscope, accelerometer, and a staggering live streaming resolution of 4,096 x 2,048 at 30fps. Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Samsung, Virtual Reality, and 360 Video
Amid all the tweets and denials about what President Trump did or didn't say to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger, donations are pouring in for Sgt. La David T. Johnson's family's education.
An online crowdfunding campaign was launched Tuesday night and has already raised more than $400,000 for Johnson's two children — a six-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son — and pregnant wife, as of midday Wednesday.
The campaign was established by Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson — who overheard Trump's comments and first brought them to the public's attention — and the Miami-based 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. The nonprofit offers mentoring for "at-risk" youth, and is planning to use the money to create a scholarship fund to send his children to college. Read more...More about Education, Crowdfunding, Florida, Social Good, and Donations
Samsung wants Bixby to power your smart home, and it has a Chromecast-like dongle to make it happen.
The company unveiled an experimental dongle prototype called Project Ambience that turns "dumb" appliances and gadgets into Bixby-enabled smart home accessories.
During a demo onstage at Samsung's Developer Conference in San Francisco, Samsung CTO Injon Rhee demoed how the Project Ambience dongle could be connected to televisions and speakers to turn them into Bixby-enabled smart devices.
The news follows an earlier announcement that Samsung would be integrating Bixby into its smart TVs and Family Hub refrigerator. But Project Ambience promises to make the process of getting Bixby into the home much easier, according to Samsung, since it can be connected to older, "dumb" devices. Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Samsung, Smart Home, and Bixby
Ah, yes, nothing like a quaint dramedy about a fictional Hollywood sexual predator to get our minds off of all those real Hollywood sexual predators. Especially when it's made by someone who is, himself, an alleged Hollywood sexual predator.
Insert upside-down smiley face emoji here.
Louis C.K. directed, co-wrote, and stars in I Love You, Daddy, a Manhattan homage featuring a Woody Allen stand-in played by John Malkovich. C.K. plays a C.K. type, a successful TV writer raising a daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz).
The film centers on the ugly allegations surrounding Malkovich's character. It's a known fact that he has a taste for teen girls, and a rumor that he once molested a child. When the daughter strikes up a friendship with the pervy older director, C.K.'s character freaks out. Read more...More about Louis Ck, Chloe Grace Moretz, John Malkovich, Charlie Day, and I Love You Daddy
"This was an exploratory patent filed in 2015 by an R&D team working independently from our game studios. It has not been implemented in-game."
That's all Activision has to say for itself after word surfaced of a patent for a system designed to push players toward buying things like loot boxes when they play online games. It's not a great response for a number of reasons, but let's look at the patent first.
Early Tuesday, Glixel reported on a patent that Activision first filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2015 and was granted on Oct. 17. Its title: "System and method for driving microtransactions in multiplayer video games." Read more...More about Business, Entertainment, Gaming, Activision, and Activision Blizzard
When men and women collaborate to solve a problem—say, in a meeting—women speak at least 25 percent less than men do.
That's why a team at BBC's 100 Women Challenge developed an app called All.ai to help women boost themselves at work—and to help everyone else quiet down and listen. The iOS and Android app isn't available to download quite yet, but should be coming to the App Store soon.
"Meetings are an important place to have your ideas be heard," said Rumman Chowdhury, an artificial intelligence specialist at Accenture who helped develop the app. "Women in meetings are often overlooked or ignored or interrupted. In some situations men will get the credit. We wanted to disrupt how meetings are handled." Read more...More about Apps, Bbc, Women In Business, Women In Tech, and Women In The Workplace
Apple's secretive automotive project has flown under the radar over the past several months after news leaked that the company was granted permission to test a self-driving car platform and entered the race to develop autonomous cars — but that doesn't mean that the cars stopped roving the roads to gather data.
A keen-eyed observer, MacAllister Higgins, spotted what he believes to be the latest version of Apple's self-driving rig out in the wild and posted a video to Twitter, first reported by The Verge. He said the car, which you can't quite make out in the video, was a Lexus SUV — the same type of vehicle Apple is approved to use for tests on public roads, one of which was thought to have been spotted back in April. Read more...More about Apple, Apple Car, Autonomous Vehicles, Self Driving Cars, and Tech
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Taking the LSAT can be stressful. LSAT prep is even more stressful. But the best way to prepare for the LSAT exam is to practice.
The pros over at Velocity Test Prep have created an online LSAT prep course that gives you access to some 4,000 LSAT questions and answers. During the course they also explain each of those 4,000 answers so you go beyond memorization to really understanding the why behind each answer.
This course will also give test-takers access to more than 100 hours of LSAT prep videos and help on the LSAT Prep Forum, through course video discussions and an online community. They’ve got every practice test from this millennium on hand, too, so you'll be learning from real questions. Read more...More about Online Course, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Solo, and Online Courses
Despite being a medium often defined by "fun," video games are notoriously bad at being funny.
Granted, there are plenty of exceptions to the rule, with their numbers growing every year. But the team behind the newly released South Park: Fractured But Whole set out to push the boundaries of humor in games in the same way the show set out to push every conceivable boundary in animated comedy when we were first introduced to it.
In games, many point to classics like Monkey Island and the crass Conker’s Bad Fur Day as the height of comedy in games. But, in actuality, those (and most others) borrow from the same established humor techniques used in film or TV — delivering jokes almost exclusively through dialogue, text, or cutscenes. Read more...More about Gaming, Ubisoft, South Park, South Park The Fractured But Whole, and South Park Stick Of Truth
If you thought the stories regarding sexual abuse and harassment were done—or only limited to Hollywood—you have grossly misunderstood the scope of this pervasive problem.
In a heart-wrenching and personal note Wednesday, Olympic gold medalist and member of the Fierce Five McKayla Maroney addresses sexual harassment and abuse in the competitive sports world. The 21-year-old gymnast revealed that since the age of 13, she had consistently been molested by the former US Women's National Gymnastics Team doctor, Dr. Larry Nassar.Olympics, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Gymnastics, and Culture
A team of scientists in Austria filmed a single tree root tip growing over a 17-hour period. The footage shows how organisms respond to gravity and it can help us figure out how to grow plants in space.Tech, Uk, Photography, Animals, and Mashable Video
Finally, I have something in common with 2-month-old babies: we both love falling asleep to the sweet sounds of early '80s soft rock. One new dad won't let his newborn stop him from playing music, only now, he'd rather she were strapped to him while he does.
Relatively new YouTube channel Songs With My Daughter shows what it's like to make songs with the close assistance of your child.
We'd venture to guess this little girl might enjoy dozing off to her dad's instrumental covers more than her dad enjoys playing them for her. While she might be too young to appreciate most of these melodies, it's truly an ingenious way to get the little one to snooze. Read more...More about Music, Culture, Babies, Web Culture, and Culture
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Bluetooth speakers are one of the most convenient technological breakthroughs of the last decade, but they can also be clunky, difficult to transport, and annoying to charge. That's apparently not the case with the DASH A. At only 3/4" high and weighing 6.9 oz, the DASH A is a super slim portable speaker that's so compact you won't even know it's in your purse. If it's in your pocket you'll probably know, but it's also a full-blown speaker that fits in your pocket — so yeah.Bluetooth, Bluetooth Speakers, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Shopping Solo
It was only a matter of time: Samsung's Bixby assistant isn't confined to just phones anymore.
The company will soon bring its digital assistant to appliances, starting with its own refrigerators and smart TVs. Samsung is also working with third-party developers to open up Bixby to non-Samsung products "in the near future."
SEE ALSO: Samsung promises foldable phones by 2018
The news is part of Samsung's "Bixby 2.0" update, announced today at the company's developer conference in San Francisco. The revamped Bixby is smarter, has better voice recognition capabilities, and has improved personalization features. Read more...More about Tech, Gadgets, Samsung, Bixby, and Tech
The latest controversy surrounding Donald Trump is ridiculously low, even for him.
After Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson described extremely insensitive comments she claimed to have heard Trump made while speaking to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson — a soldier who was killed in Niger — Trump said the recollection of the incident was "totally fabricated."
Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
Now, despite Trump claiming to have proof he didn't tell Johnson's wife her husband "knew what he signed up for" multiple times, the soldier's mother told The Washington Post she heard the call and Trump did disrespect her family. Read more...More about Conversations, Politics, Culture, Donald Trump, and Reactions
Time to throw this old couch to the curb.
After two weeks of horrific revelations about predatory producer Harvey Weinstein — and now his brother Bob — it's hard to imagine we'll see another "casting couch" joke in movies or TV for some time – if ever.
But as the industry examines the parts of its system that let Weinstein act unchallenged, we should not ignore the fact that the whole concept behind his behavior has been baked into its product for decades.
The casting couch is shorthand for a cartoon image: the lascivious old producer with roaming hands pursuing a young starlet in an uncomfortably close seating situation during a private audition. The more this became a cliche of entertainment, the more it blunted the edges of a harsh reality for untold numbers of women. Read more...More about History, Producers, Producer, Harvey Weinstein, and Producer Director
By combining the ground-breaking 3D world design of Super Mario 64 with the addicting combat mechanics of Super Smash Bros., game modder Skelux has birthed an amazing new mod called Super Smash Bros. 3D.
This early version of Super Smash Bros. 3D only has a handful of stages, including what appears to be Super Smash Bros. Melee's Final Destination stage and the living room from the original Super Smash Bros. game's intro video.
If Super Smash Bros. 3D drums up enough interest, Skelux may continue to work on improving the mod, including adding four-player capabilities, more stages, and items. Read more...More about Gaming, Nintendo, Super Smash Bros, Super Mario 64, and Mods
A lot of science fiction writers had theories about the future but sadly most of those things aren’t happening anytime soon, but at least we have FaceTime technology.
We may not have flying cars, teleportation, or meals in pill form, but we sure don't have to stand and wait for water to boil like a bunch of peasants.
One visionary figured out how to use technology to save us from this.
Twitter user, Justin Hill, posted a hack for the tedious act of watching water boil while making pasta.
FaceTiming the water so it doesn’t boil over while I’m watching tv in the other roompic.twitter.com/9gWyG7AlcLIphone, Food, Pasta, Hacks, and Facetime
President Donald Trump is whining about the NFL again.
Trump blasted the league in a tweet on Wednesday morning after the NFL decided not to punish players who protest during the national anthem.
The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017
The NFL's decision came after a Tuesday meeting with athletes and union representatives.
The president has picked a very public fight with the league over ongoing player protests during the national anthem played before games, decrying the protests as unpatriotic. At a rally in September, Trump implored football fans to leave games at which players protest, and said owners should respond to players by saying, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he's fired." Read more...More about Nfl, Donald Trump, National Anthem, Colin Kaepernick, and Business
Chinese search giant Baidu has some bold new targets for its self-driving auto plans.
Baidu CEO Robin Li outlined company's self-driving vehicle goals for the next few years onstage at the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live technology conference, touting a plan to roll out driverless busses in China next year, semi-autonomous vehicles by 2019, and fully autonomous cars by 2021.
Li also revealed that Baidu spends about $1.5 billion on self-driving R&D efforts annually, which amounts to about 15 percent of the company's revenue.Baidu, Autonomous Vehicles, Self Driving Cars, Self Driving Bus, and Tech
You might remember the story of Champagne Torino a.k.a. Michael Zaydel, a wanted man in Michigan who said on Facebook that he'd turn himself in if Redford Police Department's next post got a thousand shares.
Well, that post got more than 4,000 shares. And lo and behold, Zaydel kept his word:
Zaydel, who was wanted on "existing warrants", seemed to revel in trolling Redford Police Department's Facebook page, commenting on a post about home invasion saying "You guys suck!" for example.
Exasperated by the constant trolling, police warned him if he continued, he'd be blocked. Read more...More about Police, Challenge, Michigan, Web Culture, and Taunt
Sure, you can probably bang out "Chopsticks" on the piano – but can you do it with your feet?
In this sweet video from dad and YouTuber Viva Frei, his son proudly shows off his "Chopsticks" skills – but with a little help, of course.
We'd give this little guy two big toes up. Encore! Read more...More about Parenting, Kids, Culture, Web Culture, and Culture