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YouTube's solution to scary conspiracy theories: Wikipedia

Problem solved!

How a sketchy cryptocurrency-mining app got into the Mac App Store

Not a good look.

Zayn and Gigi Hadid have broken up and the future is bleak

"As for the future, whatever's meant to be will always be."

Watching Stormy Daniels decimate trolls on Twitter is its own kind of porn

On the floor, worms.

Sam Altman just paid a startup $10,000 to one day kill him — and preserve his brain

The rich really aren't like us.

“Fantastic Beasts 2” Trailer Light On Johnny Depp–Almost As If Embarrassed He’s There

The trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald” is here, but the controversially cast actor is scarcely in sight.

New Fitbit Versa takes aim at Apple Watch | Cult of Mac

Fitbit is stepping up to compete better with the Apple Watch. The new Fitbit Versa smartwatch offers music playback and other capabilities, and comes in at just under $200.

I can't stop watching the Galaxy S9's moving aperture blades

Like a guillotine.

'Tillerson-ed' is the perfect dating slang for these chaotic end times

Ghosting? That's so 2017.

GM plans to launch a car-sharing program this year

Grab someone's Chevy for a ride.

Google’s NSynth Super is an AI-backed touchscreen synth

Directions are available on GitHub

Watch passengers react to a truly driverless Waymo ride

The driver's seat is empty.

Woody Allen's actors are turning against him, and it's about time

Woody Allen's former stars are stepping forward to denounce his alleged abuse of Dylan Farrow.

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Broadcom reportedly ends bid for Qualcomm but keeps its plan to relocate to US

Broadcom's board was meeting on Tuesday night to formalize its plans and it could make an announcement as soon as Wednesday, the two sources added. The company will also drop its challenge to Qualcomm's board, the people added.

Google Assistant is now available for iPads

Google says the benefit of Assistant on the iPad is that it’s adapted to a larger screen and can work in both portrait and landscape modes. Assistant also allows for multitasking, the company says, so you can use it while in other apps. It’s general stuff, and the integration with Siri isn’t as smooth as on one of Google’s devices, but it’s obviously better than nothing. And based on our comparison between the two on the iPhone, Assistant has some notable advantages over Siri that may tip in Google’s favor over time.

Fitbit takes a second swing at smartwatches with the $199 Versa

And while we’re here, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. Yes, the Fitbit Versa basically looks like an Apple Watch. At a press event in New York City, Fitbit executives were covertly wearing the new smartwatches ahead of their keynote, and it was difficult to tell the devices apart from the Apple Watches attendees had been wearing until you start looking for a digital crown. The Versa is also offered in black, light grey, and rose gold, making the similarities uncanny.

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Like, it's currently essentially a Gun Free Zone in space. That's gonna get you criminals. Who want's that? No one! NOTHING protecting our space border. What'll keep out illegal space alien probe rapists? Space drugs? Alpha Century is not sending us their best! @Protec_of_man

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VW just gave Tesla a $25 billion battery shock

Samsung’s SmartThings smart home hub has been down since yesterday for some users

At 2PM ET Monday, SmartThings first acknowledged the outage . The SmartThings team said most of the problems had been resolved by Tuesday morning. “The issues impacting North American users have been largely addressed and we are seeing improvements to app loading and device control. Our teams are continuing to work on restoring full functionality and will provide an update when available.” The company has kept users updated on the downtime through Twitter and its Status page.

Ecobee’s new Switch+ puts Alexa in your light switch

There’s also a basic button on the front to manually turn the lights on or off from the switch itself. Unfortunately, it doesn’t allow for dimming of lights, which seems like an obvious thing you’d want a $100 connected light switch to do. (Ecobee says you can use smart bulbs in the fixtures that the Switch+ controls to gain dimming features, but that sort of defeats the purpose of putting the smarts in the wall switch.) The Switch+ can be voice-controlled by Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri via its HomeKit support. It also integrates with SmartThings and IFTTT for more advanced smart home integration.

Anker unveils PowerWave fast wireless chargers for iPhone and Android | ZDNet

Anker's new PowerWave wireless chargers can charge the iPhone X and iPhone 8 at 7.5 Watts, and premium Android devices at 10 Watts.

Iran’s iPhone users have been locked out of App Store | Cult of Mac

The App Store ban appears to be IP based, which means there are ways for users to get around it, but it’s unclear whether Apple is behind the ban or if it was done by the government.

BioLumic raises $5 million to harness ultraviolet light to improve crop yields

“Light is an extremely powerful biological tool that can safely manipulate plants without the concerns often associated with genetic modification, chemical usage, and other unnatural treatments,” said BioLumic CEO Warren Bebb, in a statement. “BioLumic is the only company using light as an ag treatment at the beginning of a plant’s life. Exposure to a short-duration treatment of UV-enriched light at a critical stage in a plant’s development turns on characteristics to help the seed or seedling more effectively defend itself against disease or pest attacks and more efficiently use water and nutrients from the soil for its entire lifespan.”

Are Your Office Computers Mining Cryptocurrency?

In recent months, Microsoft has noticed a number of enterprise systems running coin mining software. One might think that hackers were behind the scheme, but Microsoft found that none of the systems were compromised. Instead, someone—likely an employee—decided to install a coin miner on the enterprise system and reap the rewards, the software giant said in a Tuesday blog post .

The U.S. secretary of state was fired. On Twitter.

Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

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I love Funko Pops so much I had to stop buying them

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Lexus has announced an ultra-luxury sports yacht to catch up to Mercedes

The Soles Of These Shoes Are Made From Recycled Gum

Gumdrop uses the recycled material to make a handful of products, including a comb, frisbee, and a reusable coffee mug, which it sells at the university campuses where it collects gum. But shoes may have more mass appeal. “When you talk to people about chewing gum recycling and you start to talk about all the different products you could possibly make, I think some people find it psychologically quite a hard leap to think, do I actually want to touch that?” Bullus says. “I think what we’ve found with footwear is it’s a really nice story that people can actually get their head around. The fact that it’s gum on the street, and your shoes go everywhere, it’s a bit more palpable.”

This personal air purifier and air quality tracker helps you breathe easier

Wynd is a smart portable device that purports to emit fresh, clean air, and lets you take it with you wherever you go. You can set up Wynd on your nightstand to breathe easy while you sleep, carry it in your car's cup holder, stand it up on your desk at work, or affix it to your baby's stroller. Wherever you put Wynd, it filters the air within a three-foot radius. It does this by using a silver-impregnated filter that's about the same quality as a HEPA filter . As of right now, replacement filters cost $10, and last up to 6 months.

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There's going to be an official "music-only" cut of The Last Jedi

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US power company fined $2.7 million over security flaws impacting 'critical assets'

Tim Berners-Lee: We need a ‘legal or regulatory framework’ to save the Web from dominant tech platforms

The British computer scientist issued an open letter today, 29 years to the day after he first proposed his idea for the online information management system that would later become known as the Web. In the letter, he outlined what he thinks we need to do to save the Web from the concentration of power of a “few dominant platforms” that has “made it possible to weaponize the Web at scale.”

Apple and Google see their reputations tumble in new survey

Sorry, Google and Apple, consumers just aren’t that into you right now. The annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll came out on Tuesday and, according to the survey of 25,880 people, Google and Apple don’t have the reputation they used to. In this year’s poll, Apple dropped to No. 29 from its previous position at No. 5 (we blame batterygate ) and Google dropped from No. 8 to No. 28, perhaps because of YouTube’s fake news and Russian manipulation problem. That said, John Gerzema, CEO of the Harris Poll, told Reuters that he thinks the tumble in ranks is because Apple and Google didn’t release “ attention-grabbing products ” last year.

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Black-owned barbershops in LA helped customers lower their blood pressure

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Trump stops a chip deal: How the Broadcom-Qualcomm deal collapsed

Is Your Morning Routine Making You Less Productive?

Yes, there are proven  benefits  of rising early–but unfortunately, working smarter, not harder, involves a lot more than the time you wake up every morning. So if you’re wondering why your 5 a.m. start isn’t making you into a productivity machine (and is in fact turning you into a more inefficient one), one of the following reasons might be to blame.

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InfoWars slapped with lawsuit for smearing Charlottesville attack witness

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Boaty McBoatface has returned from its most perilous mission yet

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Legends of Tomorrow found its final knockoff Infinity Stone in the strangest place

Essential Phone receives long-awaited Android Oreo 8.1 update

This Android Oreo update will certainly make the Essential Phone better than before, though it’s now slightly overshadowed by the Android P developer preview that just tested on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL .

Miserable At Work? Here’s When (And When Not To) Tell Your Boss

Unhappiness at work can have a powerfully negative effect on your quality of life, so it’s something that’s important to address. But think carefully before you raise the issue with your boss and make sure you’re not giving the impression that you’re on your way out. Get a backup plan in place, study your manager, and come up with realistic solutions to your problem before mentioning anything.

A reporter gave her 'Legally Blonde' dissertation to Reese Witherspoon and it was A LOT

Meeting Reese in-person is a huge, and perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So Ford said the heck with professionalism (it is generally frowned upon to do anything personal like this at a junket) and brought the dissertation with her.

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William Shatner responds to Flat Earthers using his image to promote their stupid ideas

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Inside the tragic beginning that set the tone for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Android Oreo 8.1 is now out on the Essential Phone

We're excited to announce the full release of Android Oreo 8.1 on Essential Phone! Check your phone now for the update.

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What Would Tesla do? Enter the Hackaday Prize. This year's theme: Building Hope. Check out the video. #HackadayPrize

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It took almost 10 days to 3D-print this giant Millennium Falcon model

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Did you catch all these Easter eggs and hidden details in the #FantasticBeasts Crimes of Grindelwald trailer? Check out our full breakdown: …

A Chinese reporter’s frustrated eye roll goes viral in China and is censored

Chinese reporter Liang Xiangyi eye-rolled during another reporter’s long-winded question at the National People’s Congress yesterday and the moment has gone viral. Many Chinese residents have created dozens of videos, GIFs, memes, and illustrations inspired by the scene, having identified with Liang’s frustration. (Since Liang dressed in blue and the other reporter dressed in red, the moment has also birthed blue and red memes.)

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Melania Trump is hoping to meet with Facebook, Twitter, Google and others next week as part of her push for internet safety and against cyberbullying. 

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Google Station, a public network of free WiFi hotspots in high-traffic locations, is launching in Mexico with 60+ hotspots and 100+ planned by year's end ( @jonfingas / Engadget) … …

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Read the first issue of Dark Horse's excellent American Gods comic right here

Elon Musk is poaching 'The Onion' staff for a comedy project

Those involved haven't directly confirmed what's happening, but it's not hard to put the pieces together. Musk joked that it was "pretty obvious that comedy is the next frontier" in his strategy, while Bolton and Berkley have acknowledged that they're working on a "brand-new comedy project." It's more a question of what they're doing -- is it mostly online? Will there be video? You get the idea.

Kitty Hawk's autonomous air taxi lifts off in New Zealand | ZDNet

"We needed a place that was just as bold and dynamic in order to bring Cora to the commercial market," the company said in a blog post. "A place that could be more than just a willing airfield. That had a world class reputation in certification and regulation. And a government and society with an eye to the horizon."

Strava will refresh its heat map every month to clear it of data that recently went private

None of these changes seem super helpful for avoiding the exposure of low-profile locations. Researchers can always register to view data, and assuming a group of people work out at a military base and run the same routes with Strava, their data will make it to the heat map. The monthly clear is nice, though, and will at least erase data for people who have changed their mind about sharing their location.

'Fantastic Beasts 2': Harry Potter trailer conjures Jude Law

A teaser trailer for " Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ," set in the Harry Potter universe, hit Tuesday, and it includes more magical creatures, some wicked wizardly wand work, and a few familiar faces, including eventual Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. But Potterphiles might be happiest to see Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry back where it belongs on the big screen.

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Yeah, I also find these types of articles to be disingenuous. The tech hiring process is suboptimal, but it doesn’t help when you have a lot of noisy PR articles disguised as interviewing tips.

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