2 Redditors used bread and math to turn Earth into a giant sandwich

2 Redditors used bread and math to turn Earth into a giant sandwich

You may not have realised it, but for a brief time a few days ago, you were no longer inhabiting the Earth. You were actually inhabiting a giant, rapidly spinning sandwich.

It all started when 19-year-old Etienne Naude, who’s currently studying at New Zealand’s University of Auckland, took to Reddit to make a rather unusual request in the r/Spain sub.

«I am wanting to make a thing called an earth sandwich,» Naude wrote, before describing exactly what this would entail: «2 people at opposite parts of the world place pieces of bread at the exact opposite ends of the globe.»

It may have seemed like a slightly odd request to some, but Reddit was more than happy to answer the call. Read more…

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The case for never cleaning out your inbox

The case for never cleaning out your inbox

Mashable’s new series Don’t @ Me takes unpopular opinions and backs them up with…reasons. We all have our ways, but we may just convince you to change yours. And if not, chill.


Email is a burden on our lives. Just like most of the modern internet, it’s a curse that may have seemed like an exhilarating new communication tool at one point, but has only become a source of daily stress. It brings us down, in part, because we let it.

We generally consider it lazy, inefficient, and overall burdensome to let your inbox grow and fester to the point of chaos. Once that little red counter next to the Mail icon hits a high enough number, you convince yourself it’s a problem that needs to be solved. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t because that little red counter is a jerk who needs to mind its own business. Read more…

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Save over £500 on this stunning LG TV

Save over £500 on this stunning LG TV

TL;DR: The LG 55-inch UHD 4K HDR smart LED TV is on sale for £399 on Amazon, saving you 58% on list price.


We’re not exactly inundated with TV deals at the moment, but that doesn’t mean the occasional opportunity won’t present itself.

Things might be quiet, but one deal is upping the volume. You can now save over £500 on the LG 55-inch UHD 4K HDR smart LED TV on Amazon. This staggering saving is not set to expire any time soon, but with no explicit deadline, we can’t say for certain how long you have to save.

This impressive model comes with the latest ultra HD innovation, ThinQ AI technology, 4K active HDR, and ultra surround sound. It is packing a lot of features, but won’t break the bank. It now costs only £399 on Amazon, saving you a massive 58% on list price. Read more…

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Period products are now free in schools in England. Meet the activist behind it.

Period products are now free in schools in England. Meet the activist behind it.

No child should miss school because of their period. 

State-funded schools in England have just made a big leap forward in tackling period poverty: by making free period products available to students.

The move is part of the UK government’s scheme to combat period poverty. It comes after years of campaigning by activist Amika George, who founded the Free Periods campaign in 2017 when she was 17.

Using an online system, schools will be able to order single-use and reusable pads, applicator and non-applicator tampons, and menstrual cups. Schools can also place orders via email or over the phone with the designated supplier, phs Group. Each school has been designated a set budget by the government. That money has been calculated with the estimate that 35 percent of students who menstruate will make use of the products. Colleges in England — which are attended by pupils aged between 16 and 18 — will also be able to order free products.  Read more…

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Radiohead launches online ‘public library’ so you can stream their rare stuff

Radiohead launches online 'public library' so you can stream their rare stuff

Radiohead has launched a «public library» online and yes, you can get a library card.

The legendary English band unveiled the Radiohead Public Library on Monday, an online archive of Radiohead’s back catalogue in one place, with links to either buy or stream via Spotify and Apple Music, along with videos and out-of-print merchandise.

Fans can head to the website to register as a library member, and create their own library card. It’s pretty neat, but it looks like you can’t customise it on the site — you have to download the PNG file to add your mugshot into the corner. If you want to print it out and laminate it to throw in your wallet, go for it.  Read more…

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This app lets you keep tabs on loved ones from anywhere in the world

This app lets you keep tabs on loved ones from anywhere in the world

TL;DR: Know where your loved ones are at all times with a lifetime subscription to the GeoZilla phone GPS locator and tracker app for $29, a 90% savings. 


Thanks to the wonderful world of technology, it’s never been easier to connect with our families no matter where in the world they reside. You can set up a group chat to serve as a hub for meme exchange and swapping grocery lists. Group video calls are available when you need to spill some tea to your sibs. You even have the option of creating a shared calendar for scheduling family dinners and group quiz nights.

And of course, there are also apps designed to look after your loved ones. A prime example is GeoZilla, a highly-rated phone GPS locator and tracker app, which is offering Mashable Readers an exclusive lifetime subscription to their premium offering for only $29. Read more…

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson opens up about his father’s death in moving Instagram video

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson opens up about his father's death in moving Instagram video

Dwayne «The Rock» Johnson has taken to Instagram to speak directly to his fans, following the death of his father, Rocky Johnson, last Wednesday.

In a moving eight-minute IGTV video, Johnson thanked people for their support before opening up about his relationship with his father, his sudden death, and dealing with the aftermath.

«As you know I lost my old man a few days ago — I lost him just like that,» Johnson said. «Didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him. I would give anything right now to give him a big old hug and a big old kiss, before he crossed over, and just say thank you and I love you, and I respect you. But I didn’t get a chance to say that. Read more…

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Give old wired Nintendo controllers new life with this Switch adapter

Give old wired Nintendo controllers new life with this Switch adapter

TL;DR: Go back to your childhood with the Gbros. Wireless Adapter for Nintendo Switch for $14.99, a 25% savings. 


There’s no denying the Nintendo Switch is innovative as heck, allowing you to *switch* between playing as a handheld device and a console. But with all these modern eccentricities afloat, it really makes you miss the days of playing old-school Donkey Kong with your friends or smashing your siblings in Super Smash Bros. on the consoles and controllers of yesteryear.

With the Gbros. Wireless Adapter for Nintendo Switch, you can teleport back to those magical days and use your traditional wired controllers from old consoles. Compatible with wired GameCube, Wii Classic, NES Classic, and SNES Classic controllers, you can enjoy your favorite games just like you did in the good old days, but through your modern-day device. Read more…

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Add some sparkle with this discounted SodaStream bundle

Add some sparkle with this discounted SodaStream bundle

TL;DR: The SodaStream Genesis sparkling water bundle is on sale for £39.99 on Amazon, saving you 44% on list price.


Sparkling water is not for everyone. In fact, we can’t think of many things more polarising than those little bubbles.

There is no in-between when it comes to sparkling water. You either love it or you recoil in disgust whenever your lips make contact with the stuff. But right now, we’re talking to the fans when we point out that you can save big on a sparkling water bundle on Amazon.

The SodaStream Genesis bundle lets you enjoy fresh sparkling water from the comfort of your home at the touch of a button. The bundle includes one sparkling water maker with carbonating bottle, one carbon dioxide cylinder from SodaStream, one Dr Pete flavour syrup, and an extra blue emoji bottle. Read more…

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Joaquin Phoenix pays tribute to Heath Ledger during acceptance speech

Joaquin Phoenix pays tribute to Heath Ledger during acceptance speech

Joaquin Phoenix continued his strong award season run on Sunday, taking home another trophy at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards for his acting in Joker.

During his acceptance speech for winning Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the SAGs, he spent the majority of his time talking about the other actors nominated — praising Leonardo DiCaprio («you’ve been an inspiration for over 25 years») and Adam Driver («I’m so moved by you, and you were just devastating in this film») — before finishing with a moving, memorable tribute.

«Really I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favorite actor, Heath Ledger,» he said. Read more…

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These wireless earbuds deserve a chance

These wireless earbuds deserve a chance

TL;DR: Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 earbuds are on sale for £69.99 on Amazon, saving you 30% on list price.


Apple AirPods dominate the conversation around wireless earbuds, but are they actually the best? The answer is unclear, because there are cheaper devices out there with similar features and specifications.

We know that Apple has a certain charm, but if you look past style and street cred you may end up with a better deal. There are a bunch of wireless earbuds on the market right now that deserve a chance.

The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 earphones are a prime example of this lesser known bunch of buds. They come with a wireless charging case, up to 28 hours of playtime, Bluetooth 5.0, diamond-enhanced sound, and a whole lot more. They also come in at under £70. Read more…

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Sex is better with the lights on

Sex is better with the lights on

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42 Downright Bizarre Facts About Howard Hughes

“Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon, but hires an army to prove it.”—Ted Morgan.

Howard Hughes was a larger than life billionaire who is still famous today for his extravagant and bizarre lifestyle. As a man of particular tastes, he was a genius aircraft designer and pioneering filmmaker who also happened had severe obsessive habits and a dark vindictive streak. Over the years, these odd habits have overshadowed his achievements, and his mark on our cultural canon is largely colored by his erratic, reclusive nature at the end of his life. From the strange to the obsessive to the brilliant, here are some of the most interesting facts about the Aviator himself.


Howard Hughes Facts

42. Tragic Youth

Hughes knew tragedy at a young age, losing his mother to an ectopic pregnancy when he was 17, with his father following her into the afterlife after a heart attack two years later. He dropped out of university after his father’s death, got married, and headed to Los Angeles to begin his career as a filmmaker.

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42 Downright Bizarre Facts About Howard Hughes

“Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon, but hires an army to prove it.”—Ted Morgan.

Howard Hughes was a larger than life billionaire who is still famous today for his extravagant and bizarre lifestyle. As a man of particular tastes, he was a genius aircraft designer and pioneering filmmaker who also happened had severe obsessive habits and a dark vindictive streak. Over the years, these odd habits have overshadowed his achievements, and his mark on our cultural canon is largely colored by his erratic, reclusive nature at the end of his life. From the strange to the obsessive to the brilliant, here are some of the most interesting facts about the Aviator himself.


Howard Hughes Facts

42. Tragic Youth

Hughes knew tragedy at a young age, losing his mother to an ectopic pregnancy when he was 17, with his father following her into the afterlife after a heart attack two years later. He dropped out of university after his father’s death, got married, and headed to Los Angeles to begin his career as a filmmaker.

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45 Decadent Facts About The History Of Money

“Money often costs too much.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Does cash really rule everything around us? Whether a spender or vendor is partial to debit, credit, or the sweet feeling of cold hard cash, the very idea of “money” shapes nearly every social interaction—it can literally even be a matter of life or death. And yet it’s distasteful to admit this truth in public. How much cash does one have? How much cash does one want? How much cash does one need to live right at this moment? The taboo surrounding money-talk speaks to its sacred place in modern society.

Yet what counts as “money” has proven remarkably flexible. Throughout human history, cash has come in all different shapes and sizes (that is, if the society hasn’t done away with cash completely…). From tales of snail shells to telegraphed e-bills, enjoy these 45 cost-free facts about the history of money and finance.

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History Of Money Facts

45. Will Work for Everything

The concept of “money” is by no means universal. Take the Inca, a society where men would exchange their labor for government-provided services—but without the intermediary of gold or bills. Public palaces and roads centralized the society together, providing the necessities of food, clothing, and tolls in exchange for service to said institution. It’s not that Inca did not value gold or silvers—it’s just that the “sweat of the sun” (gold) and “tears of the moon” (silver) held more of a religious purpose than an economic one.

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45 Decadent Facts About The History Of Money

“Money often costs too much.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Does cash really rule everything around us? Whether a spender or vendor is partial to debit, credit, or the sweet feeling of cold hard cash, the very idea of “money” shapes nearly every social interaction—it can literally even be a matter of life or death. And yet it’s distasteful to admit this truth in public. How much cash does one have? How much cash does one want? How much cash does one need to live right at this moment? The taboo surrounding money-talk speaks to its sacred place in modern society.

Yet what counts as “money” has proven remarkably flexible. Throughout human history, cash has come in all different shapes and sizes (that is, if the society hasn’t done away with cash completely…). From tales of snail shells to telegraphed e-bills, enjoy these 45 cost-free facts about the history of money and finance.

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History Of Money Facts

45. Will Work for Everything

The concept of “money” is by no means universal. Take the Inca, a society where men would exchange their labor for government-provided services—but without the intermediary of gold or bills. Public palaces and roads centralized the society together, providing the necessities of food, clothing, and tolls in exchange for service to said institution. It’s not that Inca did not value gold or silvers—it’s just that the “sweat of the sun” (gold) and “tears of the moon” (silver) held more of a religious purpose than an economic one.

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Netflix just struck a deal that’s great news for Studio Ghibli fans

Netflix just struck a deal that's great news for Studio Ghibli fans

We’ve got good news and bad news for you, Studio Ghibli fans, and that’s largely going to depend on where you live.

The reason? Netflix has picked up the exclusive rights to show Hayao Miyazaki’s epic library of movies, in every territory world-wide except North America and Japan (sorry, guys — if you’re in the U.S. you can still watch them on HBO Max, though.)

For those of us Netflix subscribers who are based internationally, that’s a whopping 21 new movies – from the ridiculously beautiful, Oscar-winning Spirited Away to the crushingly sad Grave of the Fireflies.

From February 2020, 21 films from the legendary animation house Studio Ghibli are coming exclusively to Netflix

We’re proud to bring beloved, influential stories like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbour Totoro to first-time viewers and high-flying fans alikepic.twitter.com/955uiYAzA1

— Netflix ANZ (@NetflixANZ) January 20, 2020 Read more…

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42 Rebellious Facts About Drew Barrymore

“[I] found it very easy to love her, and I still do. I knew her dad, and I know her mom. I’ve watched the four generations of major alcoholic destruction that she comes out of … She’s an extremely talented kid who got dealt a very short hand. Her father was a disaster and never made any attempts to correct it—let’s leave it at that. And to put it very mildly, as politely as I can, I disagree with her mother’s approach to life rather much. I would really hope that Drew keep a distance from her. I will say this: I consider her mother one of the worst influences possible.” —David Crosby on Drew Barrymore

“There’s a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I’ve got to see my friends ’cause I’m too content being by myself.” —Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore may be best known as Dylan Sanders of Charlie’s Angels, but her career has numerous roles coming before and after, with a film career that stretches back to the 1980s. Barrymore began as a child star and had all of the personal problems we typically associate with child stars. She might not be in the news as much as Scarlett Johansson or Jennifer Lawrence but there is much to learn about Barrymore. Here are 42 rebellious facts about Drew Barrymore.


Drew Barrymore Facts

42. Memoir

Barrymore got her start as a child actress—and the child actress who goes on to become a substance abuser is pretty much a tragic cliché at this point. However, it might make for some good reading. Little Girl Lost, Barrymore’s memoir, tells the story of her early years, including having her first cigarette when she was nine and frequenting clubs just a few years later. Barrymore completed the book when she was 14, and also released Wildflower in 2015, a followup that reveals more about her life.

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42 Rebellious Facts About Drew Barrymore

“[I] found it very easy to love her, and I still do. I knew her dad, and I know her mom. I’ve watched the four generations of major alcoholic destruction that she comes out of … She’s an extremely talented kid who got dealt a very short hand. Her father was a disaster and never made any attempts to correct it—let’s leave it at that. And to put it very mildly, as politely as I can, I disagree with her mother’s approach to life rather much. I would really hope that Drew keep a distance from her. I will say this: I consider her mother one of the worst influences possible.” —David Crosby on Drew Barrymore

“There’s a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I’ve got to see my friends ’cause I’m too content being by myself.” —Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore may be best known as Dylan Sanders of Charlie’s Angels, but her career has numerous roles coming before and after, with a film career that stretches back to the 1980s. Barrymore began as a child star and had all of the personal problems we typically associate with child stars. She might not be in the news as much as Scarlett Johansson or Jennifer Lawrence but there is much to learn about Barrymore. Here are 42 rebellious facts about Drew Barrymore.


Drew Barrymore Facts

42. Memoir

Barrymore got her start as a child actress—and the child actress who goes on to become a substance abuser is pretty much a tragic cliché at this point. However, it might make for some good reading. Little Girl Lost, Barrymore’s memoir, tells the story of her early years, including having her first cigarette when she was nine and frequenting clubs just a few years later. Barrymore completed the book when she was 14, and also released Wildflower in 2015, a followup that reveals more about her life.

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Huawei’s Google Maps alternative is TomTom

Huawei's Google Maps alternative is TomTom

Cut off from Google services due to a U.Strade ban, Huawei is slowly building an ecosystem of apps and services to replace them. The latest, and one of the most important on this list is TomTom, which will serve as a replacement for Google Maps. 

According to Reuters, Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom struck a deal with Huawei, allowing the Chinese giant to use its maps and services in its apps. 

The deal was actually closed «some time ago,» TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra told Reuters, but has not been disclosed to the public until now. 

Google Maps is an incredibly important part of Google’s ecosystem of mobile apps and services. It comes preloaded on Android phones and provides detailed maps of nearly every corner of the world, as well as turn-by-turn navigation. TomTom is a veteran in the space, having produced turn-by-turn navigation software since the late nineties.  Read more…

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Meghan Markle’s husband speaks out about royal family split, kindly asks everyone to step off

Meghan Markle's husband speaks out about royal family split, kindly asks everyone to step off

«Harxit» may not really roll off the tongue the way «Megxit» does — but Prince Harry would like to make it clear that the decision to bail on being royalty was actually his, thank you very much.

After weeks of royal family drama and years of appalling treatment by the British press, Queen Elizabeth II confirmed, firmly, that her grandson and his wife would be stepping down from their official roles and ceremonial duties as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with her blessing. The couple will be seeking financial independence, and splitting their time between the U.K. and North America. 

Now, Harry has made his first public comments about the official split with his royal family at an event for a charity he co-founded, Sentebale, which works with children in HIV-affected communities in Lesotho and Botswana. Read more…

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‘Parasite’ makes history with major award win, standing ovation from half of Hollywood

'Parasite' makes history with major award win, standing ovation from half of Hollywood

History was made during the 26th annual Screen Actors’ Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, when Parasite took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The South Korean black comedy is now the first film in a language other than English to win the award, beating out fellow nominees Bombshell, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Parasite‘s win was somewhat foreshadowed earlier in the night, when some of the cast received an enthusiastic standing ovation upon taking the stage to present their film. The Screen Actors’ Guild Awards are decided by peer vote, so such a positive reception was a very good sign. Read more…

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A 6-year-old has raised over $240,000 for Australia’s bushfires making adorable clay koalas

A 6-year-old has raised over $240,000 for Australia's bushfires making adorable clay koalas

More proof that you’re never too small to make a difference: Six-year-old Owen Colley from Hingham, Massachusetts, is making clay koalas to help animals affected by the Australian bushfires, and has already raised over $240,000 Australian dollars. 

Owen’s mother Caitlin told CNN her son had been upset when he learnt of Australia’s bushfires, and particularly their impact upon the country’s wildlife. Owen’s father Simon grew up in Sydney, and he himself spent a few months there as a toddler, so he felt «a pull to Australia.»

The news of the crisis thus prompted the kindergarten student to draw a picture of Australia’s native animals in the rain. «It was really the first time Owen had made a wish for something other than LEGO or something other than himself,» Colley said. Read more…

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Get goosebumps with the trailer for Apple’s docuseries about being LGBTQ on TV

Get goosebumps with the trailer for Apple's docuseries about being LGBTQ on TV

It’s been almost 50 years since the first openly gay sitcom character appeared on All In The Family in 1971, but Apple isn’t waiting for the big anniversary to drop its epic docuseries Visible: Out On Television. It boasts an incredible lineup of talking heads — entertainment icons and queer trailblazers ranging from Billy Porter and Rachel Maddow to Lena Waithe, Indya Moore, Asia Kate Dillon, Anderson Cooper, and even Oprah. 

The five-episode series promises to span early censorship and taboos, how TV documented historical moments like Stonewall and the AIDS epidemic, the iconic LGBTQ characters and personalities beamed into people’s living rooms all over the world, Soap and Queer As Folk and Pose and I’m not crying already, you are. Read more…

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Drive me to the moon in one of these lunar cars

Drive me to the moon in one of these lunar cars

What if a car, but on the moon? 

The designers for Lexus and Toyota went beyond Earth to cook up concept ideas for out of this world rides. But instead of an all-electric autonomous vehicle with drone helpers like the LF-30 concept car released in 2019, the design team came up with moon cars.

Lexus calls it «moon mobility concepts» but let’s be real: These ideas are for riding around the moon like a boss. Seven space vehicle concepts were dreamed up and a selected design featured in Document Journal, an art and culture magazine. 

The selection? A concept called «Zero Gravity» that looks like a futuristic motorcycle that can go 310 mph and handle the bumps of the moon’s surface, no problem. Read more…

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Facebook apologetic after a ‘technical issue’ calls China’s leader ‘Mr. Shithole’

Facebook apologetic after a 'technical issue' calls China's leader 'Mr. Shithole'

More like Egg-On-Your-Facebook, amirite?

Facebook is striking an apologetic tone after Burmese text posted on the website showed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name as «Mr. Shithole» in an English translation. The social network is blaming the error on a tech foul-up.

«We fixed a technical issue that caused incorrect translations from Burmese to English on Facebook. This should not have happened and we are taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We sincerely apologise for the offence this has caused,» a statement provided to The Guardian reads.

The UK paper goes on to note that Google’s own translation feature doesn’t show the same error. Though it turns out there is an explanation for how exactly this happened. Read more…

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Big Scooter flags helpful e-scooter map for privacy violations

Big Scooter flags helpful e-scooter map for privacy violations

There’s the Lime app, the Lyft app, the Uber app for Jump scooters, then there’s Bird. And don’t forget about Spin, Scoot, or Skip, each with its own smartphone app to unlock, rent, and ride a two-wheeled electric scooterScooter Map arrived in 2019 with all that scooter data aggregated. In One. Single. Place. Thank you.

But developer Victor Pontis’ creation is facing scrutiny from bigger scooter companies. The latest issue comes from scooter operator Lime, The San Francisco-based company recently sent another cease and desist letter to Scooter Map, which pulls Lime scooter data like location and battery level onto its app.  Read more…

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Michelle Obama works out to Lizzo, Beyoncé, and Ed Sheeran

Michelle Obama works out to Lizzo, Beyoncé, and Ed Sheeran

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been a proponent of exercise since she founded the Let’s Move public health initiative in 2010, but these days she’s encouraging people to stay active in a different way. 

Obama posted a list of her favorite workout songs to Twitter complete with nine songs for cooling down, and the list contains songs from Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars, Nipsey Hussle, and more. 

It’s about that time when New Year’s resolutions get a bit harder to stick to. To offer a little inspiration, I want to share my go-to #WorkoutPlaylist with you. These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts. What’s on your playlist? pic.twitter.com/GFP56Yi9A6

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A British grocery chain is taunting the Beyhive about Ivy Park’s new line

A British grocery chain is taunting the Beyhive about Ivy Park's new line

Beyoncé’s anticipated new line of Ivy Park X Adidas athletic wear has already sold out, but that didn’t stop British grocery chain Sainsbury’s from having some fun with the Beyhive when the first promotional images emerged online. 

Ivy Park’s new color scheme is burgundy and orange, which happens to be the same color as the uniforms worn by Sainsbury’s employees. The official Sainbury’s twitter account tweeted out an image marked with the hashtag #SainsBey, and from there all bets were off. 

Repping since 1869 😉 #sainsburys pic.twitter.com/a5VwkKnu5A

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New 3D-printed electric scooter propels you underwater at 12 mph

New 3D-printed electric scooter propels you underwater at 12 mph

Diving into the ocean is as easy as… riding a scooter. Sounds absurd, but here we are.

Another underwater electric scooter made its debut in Germany on Saturday after a lightweight, handheld e-scooter made a splash at a water tank at the CES tech show. The Amazea e-scooter from German electronics company Jamade is modeled after dolphin anatomy and made from biodegradable materials.

Those materials are printed from a large-format 3D printer to make up the scooter’s main body and some front parts, so about 75 percent is printed materials. The two 3.1 KW engines and lithium-ion battery are sadly not printable. But the power system lets the scooter reach up to 12 mph when submerged and nearly 19 mph when gliding on the water. The battery lasts up to an hour, depending how hard you drive it. Read more…

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The end of ‘Dolittle’ is breaking everyone’s brain

The end of 'Dolittle' is breaking everyone's brain

If Dolittle is on your must-watch list, you should know there are spoilers ahead. (And also that I’m sorry.) This is your only chance to turn back.

I hope you’re still here, because this is some weird and wild stuffDolittle, in case you hadn’t heard, is Robert Downey Jr.’s first big post-Marvel movie. It’s a reboot of the Dr. Dolittle series, in which a renowned doctor and veterinarian has adventures. Also, an important point to add: He can talk to animals.

Downey’s turn as the leveled-up animal whisperer sends him off to a mythical island as he hunts down a cure that will save the ailing queen. The story eventually brings him face to face with a dragon, with a climactic showdown that’s immediately followed by… hastily executed rectal surgery? Read more…

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Photos show staggering snow pile-ups in Canada after historic weekend blizzard

Photos show staggering snow pile-ups in Canada after historic weekend blizzard

It’s been a long, cold weekend of hunkering down for people living in eastern Canada.

A powerful blizzard dumped a record-shattering amount of snow on the province of Newfoundland across Friday and Saturday. After moving through the northeastern U.S. at the end of the week, it developed into a powerful weather event known as a «bomb cyclone.»

Meteorologists use that term to describe a kind of rapidly strengthening storm that occurs when the weather event’s minimum central pressure drops by at least 24 millibars in a 24-hour period. That process of rapid intensification – «bombogenesis,» as it’s called – is where the «bomb cyclone» name comes from. Read more…

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Watch a SpaceX rocket break apart in a test that clears the way to crewed missions

Watch a SpaceX rocket break apart in a test that clears the way to crewed missions

On Jan. 19, SpaceX performed its final test before putting astronauts in its Crew Dragon capsule by intentionally aborting a Falcon 9 rocket launch shortly after liftoff. 

A video of the In-Flight Abort Test, which was recorded live in conjunction with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is below:

LIVE NOW: @SpaceX’s In-Flight Abort Test – the final major test before @Commercial_Crew astronauts fly aboard the #CrewDragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket – is targeted to lift off at 10:30am ET. Watch: https://t.co/vjbZFBIMHD

— NASA (@NASA) January 19, 2020

The video shows a successful Falcon 9 launch as it’s aborted 84 seconds after launch, after which the flight computers triggered a sequence that detached the Dragon Crew capsule (where the astronauts and cargo would sit) from the rocket.  Read more…

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Watching ‘Little Women’: We were four sisters. Now we are three.

Watching 'Little Women': We were four sisters. Now we are three.

When we first watched (and rewatched and rewatched, ad infinitum) Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women as girls we were four sisters. Now, we are three.

After my sister died two years ago, I couldn’t understand why the change to our number — no longer four, but three — distressed me almost as much as how much I missed her. Watching Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation, though, I started to realize why. 

People always have the most incredulous reactions to hearing you’re one of four sisters — as if a house of three women was reasonable, but four or even five women including mother!? That’s one too many, a preposterous amount of girlishness under the same roof and surely torture for our “poor” father. Read more…

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HBO’s ‘Avenue 5’ charts a ballsy voyage to comedy’s final frontier

HBO's 'Avenue 5' charts a ballsy voyage to comedy's final frontier

The following is a spoiler-free review of HBO’s Avenue 5

HBO’s Avenue 5 isn’t stellar yet…but dang, if it isn’t thiiiiiis close.

When Veep creator Armando Iannucci announced he’d be taking on the sci-fi genre, fans of his sharp satire yearned for Selina Meyer in space — a witty workplace comedy with punchy quips and intergalactic stakes. 

Instead, viewers are getting a send-up of the space industry twice as vicious and ten times as brutal as the beloved political comedy ever got. It’s a risk that doesn’t pay off entirely in the first four episodes I’ve seen, but could set the stage for a new HBO comedy staple. Read more…

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Private Internet Access should be your first stop for protection

Private Internet Access should be your first stop for protection

TL;DR: A one-year subscription to Private Internet Access is on sale for £2.55 per month, saving you 67% on list price.


We know that there are a lot of VPNs out there, and picking just one can seem impossible, so we have made it our mission to bring you the best of the best for your consideration.

There are loads of things to properly think about before investing, like security features, contract length, and of course, price. Private Internet Access should be one of the first services you consider because it ticks each of these boxes.

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The most exciting Netflix series and movies coming in early 2020

The most exciting Netflix series and movies coming in early 2020

Netflix hit the new decade running. 

We’re only halfway through January 2020 and we’ve already devoured new seasons of Grace & Frankie and Sex Education, as well as the debuts of Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, The Circle, Spinning Out, and Cheer. There’s plenty more to look forward to the rest of the year, with a  number of exciting series and movies streaming on Netflix before the end of March.

Listed in order of expected release, here are 10 Netflix originals to cue up now.

1. The Stranger (Jan. 30) 

Starring Black Mirror‘s Hannah John-Kamen, this episodic thriller aims to make viewers look over their shoulders — particularly when surrounded by the ones they love most.  Read more…

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Facebook just lost a court battle to cover up possible privacy abuses

Facebook just lost a court battle to cover up possible privacy abuses

Facebook can’t keep it all a secret forever. 

The social media giant lost a major court battle today that has the potential to pull back the curtain on thousands of as yet unknown privacy scandals. According to The Washington Post, a Massachusetts judge ordered Facebook to hand over data regarding scores of third-party apps suspended from the platform following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. 

Facebook has 90 days to deliver on the order. 

Up until now, Facebook has fought efforts to publicly reveal many of the apps it suspended — or why it suspended them — after it publicly bragged about doing so. When Facebook made the announcement this past September, the company’s vice president of product partnerships, Ime Archibong, name dropped only a few specific offenders.  Read more…

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Fisker Ocean promises an affordable Tesla alternative, but will it deliver?

Fisker Ocean promises an affordable Tesla alternative, but will it deliver?

If the Tesla Model 3 trajectory is any indicator, Fisker Ocean reservation holders will need to give the dream of a $37,499 electric SUV (complete with all the bells and whistles) a few more years.

Before the Model 3 successfully made it to more than 220,000 owners last year, Tesla struggled to hit even 2,000 cars produced a week by mid-2018. Remember CEO Elon Musk’s production hell? Building the car at scale and offering one of the first «affordable» all-electric cars took years. That car was originally announced in 2016. Talk about a long wait. 

Now, there’s another hot EV from a small, U.S.-based carmaker on the scene, promising similar electric wonders without the bloated costs — and as soon as 2022: the Fisker Ocean. Reservations for this all-electric SUV doubled in the past week and currently number in the thousands in regions across North America and Europe. Read more…

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42 Surprising Facts About Tara Reid, Hollywood Wild Child

At different points in her life, Tara Reid has been a promising young starlet, an accomplished actress, and (sadly) an easy punchline about the dangers of fleeting fame. Despite any mockery or scandals, however, Reid continues to pursue her acting career to this day, and nobody can deny that she’s prolific. So what happened to Tara Reid? Read on to find out.


1. Rocky Start

Reid’s film debut, like with so many other actors in Hollywood, was in a low-budget horror flick. Directed by B-movie figure Larry Cohen, A Return to Salem’s Lot was a sequel to the 1979 miniseries Salem’s Lot, itself an adaptation of a book by Stephen King. When she appeared, Reid was just 13 years old. Suffice to say, the movie didn’t do as well as King’s original book.

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People Share The Absolutely Dumb Things They’ve Heard Others Say

Sometimes, you hear something so mind-numbingly dumb it makes you think, “Wow, how does that person even survive?” These Redditors shared the stupidest things they’ve ever heard someone say, and the stories are unbelievable and hilarious. If you’ve ever felt like you say dumb things sometimes, rest assured: It can’t be as bad as these. Here are 50 of the dumbest things people have ever said.


1. Lightning in a Bottle

We were in a summer camp, and when I opened a flashlight during a stormit was also nighthe started yelling at me to shut it off because, apparently, light attracts lightning…

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These Embarrassing People Have Absolutely No Self-Awareness

Dates that crash and burn. Jerks who play the victim. “Jokes” that die on arrival. First-hand embarrassment is hard enough, but there’s something particularly difficult about digesting the most humiliating and infuriating moments of others in real time. But things get even worse when people don’t even realize that they’re making fools of themselves. From horrible bosses to cringe-inducing parents, shudder to these shocking moments of people who have no self-awareness.


1. It Runs In the Family

Was at a friend’s brother’s 21st birthday party and was standing around talking with some other guys. On the driveway, a bunch of girls were dancing to the music. It was a really chill night. But it was about to get a lot chillier. The guy next to me said to the guy on his other side “How about the rack on that blonde chick?” The other guy replied, “That’s my daughter.” The first guy mumbled something and left at a brisk walk.

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44 Lethal Facts About Bruce Lee

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”—Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee. The name alone brings a smile to most people’s faces. Lee is still one of the most adored and legendary celebrities in the world and it was due to his infectious personality and incredible dedication to his craft. An inspiring story of willpower and an example of the powers of the human body and psyche, Bruce Lee lived a fascinating life in which he fought for what he wanted out of life. Here are 44 lethal facts about the legendary Bruce Lee.


Bruce Lee Facts

44. Slow It Down

While filming Enter The Dragon, Lee was so fast that scenes had to be reshot in slow motion in order to properly capture his moves.

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40 Ferocious Facts About Tiger Woods

“People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.”—Tiger Woods.

In the top ten most famous athletes in the world, if not actually at number one, Tiger Woods has had an unparalleled career, both professionally and in the public eye. The career of Tiger Woods can be seen as a modern-day retelling of Icarus, but he is intent on turning back the clock and bring himself back to prominence. From the highest highs to the lowest lows, here are 40 of the most interesting facts about the life and times of Tiger Woods.


Tiger Woods Facts

40. Awww

Just because you’re a professional athlete (with endorsement deals worth tens of millions of dollars, to boot) doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some good ol’ fashioned homemade equipment.

To whit: the golf club cover that Tiger uses in competition was handmade by his mom, who also stitched the words “Love from Mom” in Thai on it.

Hey, you know what? If it works, it works. Good work, Mrs. Woods.

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27 Heartbreaking Facts About Rags to Riches Stories

“There are many boys, and men too, who, like Micky Maguire, have never had a fair chance in life. Let us remember that, when we judge them, and not be too hasty to condemn.” —Horatio Alger, Jr. The Complete Ragged Dick Series

The idea of someone going from rags to riches has fueled people’s imaginations for untold centuries. Human history is filled with examples of people beginning at the bottom of society, only to somehow make their way to the very top of the world by the end of their lives. As you can expect, this concept has also bled into the world of fiction. Read these 27 facts about the “rags to riches” myth and the reality behind it. Who knows, maybe the good luck will rub off.


Rags to Riches Stories Facts

27. From Swineherd to Soldier

Over a century after the Roman Empire had been split between the Eastern half and the Western half, a young pig farmer descended from peasants named Istok was forced to flee, with some friends, to Constantinople. With almost nothing but the clothes on his back, Istok joined the army, devoting most of his life to a military career, rising high enough that he actually commanded the palace guard. Amazing what an illiterate pig farmer managed to do with his life!

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42 Heartbreaking Facts About Whitney Houston

“When Whitney Houston died, I felt great sadness. My sadness, of course, was about our collective loss – when you listened to this nightingale sing, your body would drop into a chair, your head would tilt up, a small smile would creep across your face, and inside you knew that there was a higher power somewhere: gifted, beautiful, spiritual.”—James Belushi.

Best known for “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston was not only a great singer but also one of the most revered and successful pop artists of all time. Houston sold over 170 million records during her time, and that number will continue to increase, even after her untimely passing in 2012. Although she was famous and loved by fans, Houston’s personal life was fraught with drama, ranging from drug use to domestic abuse at the hands of her husband. Here are 42 heart-breaking facts about Whitney Houston.


Whitney Houston Facts

42. Hand-Me-Down

Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 9, 1963 and later built a 13,607 square foot estate in Mendham, NJ. Two years after her death, a lifelong fan bought the vacant estate. After Houston’s death, the home failed to sell for a while and was bought by Commercial Property Management Group. The company then decided to put the house up for sale again and Matthew Krauthamer, an emergency room physician, came along to scoop it up for $1.5 million. Krauthamer was only in grade 2 when the house was actually built.

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46 Awe-Inspiring Facts About Sir Christopher Lee

“To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead or excessively old!”—Sir Christopher Lee.

It goes without saying that 93 years is a long time to live, with lots of opportunities for adventures and accomplishments. This was especially true of Christopher Lee, a renowned film actor with one of the most recognizable voices of his time. However, despite the many iconic films he appeared in—Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, the James Bond series, the Hammer Horror films—Christopher Lee’s career was so much more diverse than just the acting he was commonly known for. It’s safe to say that Lee was one of the great British Renaissance men to grace a film set, as can be determined by these 46 awe-inspiring facts about Christopher Lee.


Sir Christopher Lee Facts

46. Army Brat

Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born in West London on May 27, 1922. His father, Geoffrey, had fought in the Boer War and the First World War with the 60th King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

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27 Dark Facts About Lorenzo de Medici

“What I have dreamed in an hour is worth more than what you have done in four.”—Lorenzo de’ Medici.

The most well-known of the Medici family, which is saying something, Lorenzo de’ Medici was a Renaissance man in the very literal sense of the term—he was legitimately one of the people responsible for the golden age of the Renaissance. Living with great influence over the city of Florence during the 15th century, his life marks the peak of the Renaissance as well the end of the era, as his death coincided with Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of the “New World.”


Lorenzo de Medici Facts

27. Age Exception

Lorenzo came to power at only 20 years of age, after the death of his uncle. There was actually an age requirement of 45 years at the time, but the statesman of Florence felt Lorenzo was ready. Moreso, they felt a smooth transition of power was necessary to keep chaos from raining down on the city.

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Jimmy Kimmel has fantasies about Trump’s impeachment trial

Jimmy Kimmel has fantasies about Trump's impeachment trial

«It was an all caps kind of day for the President of the United States today,» said the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live during Thursday’s episode. 

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is scheduled to start on Tuesday, with the Senate requesting he provide a written response to the charges by Saturday. Of course, as Kimmel pointed out, Trump dealt with this request the same way he deals with most things — with angry tweeting. Which is a kind of written response, I guess.

Kimmel went on to go through some of the special rules the senators in the impeachment trial will have to abide by, including having to stand when they cast votes. «[This] is a big deal, because for a lot of these senators this will be the first time they’ve ever stood for anything,» quipped Kimmel. Read more…

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People Share Their Wildest Stories Of Pure Genius

Discover the internet’s most remarkable stories about moments of pure, unadulterated genius.


1. Good Dog

I was seven years old and had a loose tooth that I couldn’t pull out. I tied a string from my tooth to the door and swung. It didn’t work. So, I tied a string to the tooth and tied the other end to my dog’s collar. Threw a tennis ball. Bye-bye tooth.

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Breaking Bad’s Hank is joining Better Call Saul’s final season

Breaking Bad's Hank is joining Better Call Saul's final season

Better Call Saul has been renewed for a sixth and final season, and will include a little treat for Breaking Bad fans.

Co-creator and showrunner Peter Gould has announced Breaking Bad alum Dean Norris will join the show’s final season to reprise his role as Hank Schrader, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and Walter White’s brother-in-law. Hank will also be reunited with his partner Steven Gomez, with Steven Michael Quezada set to return in the role.

From the moment the Breaking Bad prequel was announced, fans have begged for more of the show’s beloved characters to appear. While Better Call Saul is centred on the early exploits of Walter’s unscrupulous lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), and features both Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), few other Breaking Bad main characters have appeared. Read more…

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Here’s the real reason Mark Zuckerberg is so afraid of TikTok

Here's the real reason Mark Zuckerberg is so afraid of TikTok

Mark Zuckerberg has already made it clear he has no love for TikToK, but we now have an even clearer look at just why he’s so concerned about the Chinese rival. In short: the app is growing like crazy, even by Facebook standards.

TikTok was downloaded more than 738 million times in 2019, according to analytics company Sensor Tower, beating out both Instagram and Facebook. In fact, there was only one app that was downloaded more, according to the firm: the Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

But while a Facebook property may hold the top spot, the report underscores just how big of a threat TikTok is to Facebook’s dominance.  Read more…

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Facebook still hasn’t paid that $5B FTC fine, but what happens when it does?

Facebook still hasn't paid that $5B FTC fine, but what happens when it does?

Facebook still owes the U.S. government $5 billion. 

The social media giant has yet to make good on its debt to the American people following a record fine levied by the Federal Trade Commission in July. While the specifics of the settlement are still being challenged, it’s worth asking what happens next with all that money — assuming this all eventually gets worked out. 

I mean, it’s not like Mark Zuckerberg can just walk one of those giant novelty-sized checks over to the the While House. However, don’t think for a second that the exact manner and timing of the payment hasn’t been precisely dialed in. Read more…

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Daily Show imitates Facebook to remind Trump who his friends are

Daily Show imitates Facebook to remind Trump who his friends are

Late night hosts and social media have one big thing in common: neither will let you forget your most embarrassing moments.

In the style of Facebook’s sentimental «Friends Day» commemorative videos, the Daily Show released a video Thursday to remind President Trump who his friends are.

Recently, Trump has been disavowing a connection to Lev Parnas, a key witness in the congressional impeachment trial. His insistence that he doesn’t know him is an attempt to distance the President from plans to get Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden family for Trump’s political gain.

Another odd figure in the mix is Robert Hyde, a Trump donor and aspiring politician, who attempted to help Parnas and Rudy Giuliani in the Ukraine scheme by informing on the whereabouts of the Ukrainian ambassador. Recently, it was revealed that Hyde has a history of stalking and mental illness. Read more…

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Twitch bans Onision

Twitch bans Onision

Twitch has booted Onision off its platform as the campaign to deplatform the controversial YouTuber, who’s been accused of grooming teen fans and emotional abuse, continues. 

The platform banned Onision on Wednesday, according to streamer tracking site StreamerBans. Neither Twitch nor Onision have stated what policies he violated or whether the ban is permanent. Twitch has not responded to Mashable’s request for comment.

Reddit users theorize Onision was caught streaming on Twitch while simultaneously streaming on another platform. Twitch partners sign exclusivity agreements to monetize their channels and dual streaming is punishable by an indefinite ban and termination of the user’s Twitch partnership. Read more…

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Everything to know about NBC’s Peacock streaming service

Everything to know about NBC's Peacock streaming service

On Thursday, NBCUniversal reps standing at the feet of a gigantic avian topiary in Rockefeller Center unveiled the much-hyped Peacock streaming service

Set to launch nationally on July 15, Peacock will feature a free, ad-supported version and two premium options, priced at $4.99 and $9.99 per month. Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex Customers will have Peacock Premium bundled at no additional cost starting April 15. 

“This is a very exciting time for our company, as we chart the future of entertainment,” said Chairman of NBCUniversal Steve Burke, emphasizing the stand-out decision to stream free content.  Read more…

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Quiz: Fake ’30 Rock’ TV show or new, real Peacock series?

Quiz: Fake '30 Rock' TV show or new, real Peacock series?

NBC officially launches its streaming service Peacock in April, and until then we get to be treated to a growing slate of new and old TV shows that will soon call Peacock home, many of which were announced Thursday.  

We don’t want to judge a TV show by its logline, but with little known about these programs, plus the immediate connection of NBC, its peacock logo, and comedy darling 30 Rock, we can’t help wonder if these silly-sounding ideas came straight out of a pitch meeting with Jack Donaghy. How soon will Peacock green light Bitch Hunter, or Kenneth Parcell’s short-lived brainchild Gold Case? Read more…

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Netflix’s revelatory docuseries on Aaron Hernandez is a cautionary tale

Netflix's revelatory docuseries on Aaron Hernandez is a cautionary tale

It would be an understatement to say that executive producers Angus Wall and Geno McDermott had a lot ground to cover when focusing on Aaron Hernandez as the subject of Netflix‘s latest deep dive docuseries, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. 

Hernandez was not only a football prodigy drafted at age 20 into the New England Patriots, where he played until 2012, he was also a convicted murderer by the time of his own death by suicide in 2017.

In particular, the docuseries details Hernandez’s convictions, childhood, NFL career, various stints in prison, his psyche, sexuality, and the effects football had on his body. However, despite the complicated, intense, and fatal outcomes of Hernandez’s story, Killer Inside moves carefully and comprehensively when exploring the motives behind his actions. More than that, Netflix uses Hernandez’s life story as a cautionary tale and seemingly as a call for change. Read more…

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