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When you sign up to play football, you know there's a chance you might get hurt.  A new study, however, appears to confirm that for players who reach the highest levels of the sport, "chance" might be substantially higher than previously estimated, and the concept of "hurt" might be better understood as "sustaining potentially irreversible brain damage."  SEE ALSO: One of football's biggest names turns to 3D scanning tech for safer helmets A team of Boston University researchers, including Ann...

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Categories: science, nfl, football, cte, tech

It's official, nearly every major tech company wants to put a listening device in your home—or as they call it, a smart speaker. The latest? Facebook.   SEE ALSO: Amazon's Echo Show has video streaming feature that plays Jimmy Fallon, CNN, CNBC, and more That's the chatter coming from Asia, where much of Silicon Valley's hardware is manufactured, via a report from Taiwan-based DigiTimes on Tuesday. Citing a source in contact with the "upstream supply chain," the site claims that Facebook is...

Source Feed: Mashable
Categories: facebook, smart home, echo show, smart speaker, tech

There’s a new smart outlet on Kickstarter, and it’s modular. Smart outlets are a nice way to make your home automated without adding too much clutter, but they're usually tied to a specific function or product. That means as soon as they’re outmoded, or if you want the smart outlet to have another use, you’re stuck buying and installing another one. Swidget’s modular setup is a smart, simple idea that theoretically solves this, making smart outlets future-proof. The Swidget is made of two...

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Today a petition is circulating to replace a Confederate monument in Bradenton, Florida, with a monument for Snooty the manatee, a beloved local resident who passed away Sunday at the age of 69. (He was believed to be the world's oldest manatee.) The current monument is located near Snooty's former home in Bradenton. And Anthony Pusateri, who created the petition, thinks Snooty would be a much better symbol for the area. SEE ALSO: Stubbs the cat, longtime mayor of an Alaska town, dies at...

Source Feed: Mashable
Categories: snooty the manatee, culture, animals, activism

What would Game of Thrones be without a little post-show dissection of obscure details? In Season 7 episode 2, "Stormborn," those details are all in written form — scrolls, texts and other communication between living characters (hopefully) or the books that guide them. SEE ALSO: Sam Tarly is the real MVP of 'Stormborn' on 'Game of Thrones' Let's start with the meatiest image HBO released: the letter Ser Jorah Mormont was writing to Daenerys Targaryen when Sam Tarly came to see him. How did...

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Categories: entertainment, television, hbo, game of thrones, entertainment

We already have ways to measure the levels of pollution in bodies of water, but an eel-inspired robot can do the job faster and more effectively. The researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and other institutions have created a mod...

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Categories: epfl, gear, pollutedwater, pollution, roboticeel, robots, switzerland


Artificial intelligence — software with the ability to observe, analyze, and act on its own — will play a big part in shaping our future. But will it destroy it? It's a serious question, at least as far as Elon Musk is concerned. Over the past few years, he's taken a grim view of the long-term prospects of AI, envisioning that, as computers get smarter than humans, they'll hold our very existence in their hands, and we may not like what they decide to do with that power. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk is...

Source Feed: Mashable
Categories: artificial intelligence, elon musk, mark zuckerberg, ai, machine learning

You know how sometimes you're tapping out a tweet or a Facebook post or an email and you hit "send" a second too soon and you're like, "shit, I shouldn't have said that?"  President Donald Trump has seemingly never felt that sensation. But perhaps he should try it out, because a tweet he sent late on Monday seems to confirm a secretive CIA program in Syria that he recently ended. SEE ALSO: 'SNL' writer treats Trump's tweets like they're text messages The president berated The Washington Post...

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Categories: donald trump, culture, politics


With invasive surgery sometimes being a literal pain in the ass, it's no surprise that scientists are working tirelessly to minimize the need for such procedures. Now, however, China's Harbin Institute of Techonology is hoping to bypass fiddly surger...

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Categories: medicine, nanobots, robots, swimmers

Why buy store bought cat food when you can just make your own? Youtube user Jun, previously known for his amazing work polishing a rusty knife to perfection, has taken his skills to a new level by preparing some delicious sushi. But this meal isn't for him — it's for his beloved cats. His preparation is a combination of magic and chemistry, meticulousness and dedication. Watch him mince fish and chicken into a fine paste using his extra sharp knife, make his own broth using some kind of...

Source Feed: Mashable
Categories: watercooler, viral videos, food, animals, cats

You may not know it, but the moment you become a parent your body is immediately graced with an impressive ability to save your child from danger.  For fathers, the very non-scientific term is lovingly referred to as "dad reflexes," and it's often showcased in videos of seemingly impossible scenarios in which a child is in imminent physical harm, and the dad swoops in at the last moment to save their offspring. Check out this dad, who first caused the dangerous situation, but then used his dad...

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Categories: watercooler, parenting, culture, viral videos, dad reflexes

If you have one of the more recent MacBook Pro laptops with a Touch Bar, Google Chrome has long played second fiddle. Despite early hints of support, you've had to spend months surfing the old-fashioned way where Safari had the fancy (if sometimes gi...

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Categories: browser, chrome, gear, google, internet, linux, mac, macbookpro, personal computing, personalcomputing, software, touchbar, web, windows


I was there at the beginning of Flash and yet, when Flash dies in 2020, I won't miss it. When I stumbled on the technology at the 1995 Internet World Conference in San Jose, it was called "Future Splash" and made by a tiny company called Futurewave Software, Inc. Future Splash was designed for creating web-based animations that did not use GIFs, then the prevailing internet animation and web page building block technology. SEE ALSO: Adobe is finally, finally, killing Flash Back then, we needed...

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Categories: web, ads, adobe, flash, tech

President Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Apple CEO Tim Cook promised him the tech titan would build "three big plants, beautiful plants" in the US. He didn't elaborate on potential locations or construction dates for the manufacturing...

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Categories: apple, business, factory, manufacturing, politics, president, presidenttrump, trump

The latest version of Google Chrome (version 60, if you’re counting) is now available for Windows, Linux, and Mac — but the most interesting update for Mac is the addition of Touch Bar support for the newest models of MacBooks, as spotted by 9to5Mac. Chrome 60 now allows Touch Bar users to customize Chrome shortcuts by adding, removing, or rearranging buttons as they please. You can find this setting by making sure your Chrome version is updated, then heading to View > Customize Touch Bar...

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There's much we don't know about Destiny 2. The raid is a (not at all surprising) no-show in previews, the system governing loot drops is a giant question mark, and the loot itself carries some inscrutable elements — such as mod slots — that will only be answered with the final game. That said, this video clarifies how a huge chunk of the game works: PatrolsDestiny 2 brings back the original game's open exploration spaces, but levels up the way those spaces work.  Cooperative "Public Events"...

Source Feed: Mashable
Categories: entertainment, gaming, bungie, destiny 2, entertainment

Just when you thought Song of the Summer "Despacito" couldn't get any better, in comes Donald Trump to add his voice to the track. If that sounds terrible to you, at least know that it's autotuned. Okay, the Commander in Chief didn't really sing the song himself, but YouTuber Maestro Ziikos got a little creative, and pulled the whole thing off. The video supercuts a few different Donald moments of him saying each word of the song, all to the background music of "Despacito." Make this another...

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Categories: watercooler, video, donald trump, culture, web culture

Hey there, Elon Musk. We need to have a little talk.  I understand that you're very worried about what artificial intelligence could mean for our future. In fact, just the other week you said that it's the "greatest risk we face as a civilization," an idea that has been echoed by high-profile futurists around the world.  But I'm here to tell you that it's time to take a deep breath and maybe get a little perspective on A.I. for a minute, when compared to the wide array of threats we face. SEE...

Source Feed: Mashable
Categories: tech, science, tesla, artificial intelligence, social good


The switchover to an electric vehicle (EV) future is bound to happen, with increased sales and companies like Volvo committing to hybrid models in the next couple of years. One of the things still holding back widespread adoption of the technology, h...

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Categories: batteries, electricvehicle, ev, gear, lithiumion, prius, solid-state, toyota, transportation


President Trump says he’s finally gotten somewhere in his years-long crusade to get Apple to build more products in the US. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal today, Trump said that Apple CEO Tim Cook called him and committed to build “three big plants, beautiful plants” in the United States. For now, there’s no detail beyond that. Apple declined to comment to the Journal and hasn’t responded to our own request for comment. If Trump’s statement is correct, that’d be a big investment...

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Those Lisa Frank pajamas you always dreamed of? Now they can be yours.  Go back to the days of rainbow-colored unicorns with Target's new set of Lisa Frank's line of adult-sized pajamas.The line features a variety of nightgowns, tops, and sleep shorts.  Last year, Lisa Frank launched a similar clothing line featuring the same neon colors and animals that we remember from our childhood. But now you have something to wear to bed to give you those sweet neon dreams. SEE ALSO: The internet is...

Source Feed: Mashable
Categories: watercooler, lisa frank, culture, web culture


You already get a healthy dose of sports with a PlayStation Vue subscription, but what if you need more? Sony is happy to help. It just launched a $10 per month Sports Pack that adds 13 channels, including season-specific and regional networks. It's...

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Categories: cordcutting, entertainment, espn, espngoalline, internet, longhornnetwork, mlbstrikezone, nbcuniversal, nflredzone, playstationvue, ps4, services, sports, streaming, television, tv


Another tech company is working to keep you safe during times of crisis. Google announced a new set of safety features called "SOS alerts" in a blog post on Tuesday. With SOS alerts, which the company will add to Google Search and Google Maps, Google hopes to "make emergency information more accessible during a natural or human-caused crisis." SEE ALSO: Facebook updates Safety Check to make the tool more personal and informative A vice-president of engineering at Google, Yossi Matias, spoke to...

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Categories: tech, business, google, safety, facebook safety check

Ever since Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt and other Trump administration officials raised the idea of putting climate science up for debate, it's been an open question as to where the participants who doubt mainstream climate science would come from.  Now that is becoming clearer, and the answer is sure to further convince many that this entire exercise is a set up to discredit some of the most basic, rigorously studied climate science conclusions.  SEE ALSO:...

Source Feed: Mashable
Categories: climate, science, global warming, climate change, climate denial

NASA has always been a fan of you and your ideas, often relying on crowdsourcing for thoughts about fun projects like the search for exoplanets and studying the surface of the moon.  Now comes word they're accepting ideas on designing a radiation shield for potential deep-space flights. More specifically, "a 3D folding concept for radiation shielding used to cover human habitation sections of spacecraft." SEE ALSO: A moon of Mars photobombs the red planet in amazing timelapse video The new...

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Categories: nasa, mars, radiation, space travel, science


It's ever more important to be able to edit your photos on the go. Adobe has stripped-down versions of Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom apps available in both mobile and web-based formats. You manage your photos through Adobe's Creative Cloud sys...

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Categories: adobe, app, cloud, creativecloud, gear, illustrator, internet, lightroom, mistake, mobile, nimbus, photoshop

Make Apple American Again. Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Tuesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook committed to building three new manufacturing plants in the U.S. "I spoke to [Mr. Cook], he’s promised me three big plants—big, big, big," Trump said to the Journal.  The future of Apple manufacturing has become a hot topic under Trump, who has vowed to return lost jobs to U.S. workers.  Key among Trump's plans is Apple, which does the bulk of its manufacturing outside of the...

Source Feed: Mashable
Categories: apple, jobs, donald trump, tim cook, business

USB-C has long been touted as the universal standard that will save us all, a single port that can charge your phone, your laptop, your tablet, your Bluetooth speaker, and even your Nintendo console, all through a single common port. Sadly, the future of charging isn’t quite that simple, with different voltage requirements, specifications for data transfer and power, and more all making it vastly more complicated to ensure that when you plug something into a USB-C port it will actually work...

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It's always refreshing to see a little bit of instant karma. A man urinating in the street received more splash back than he anticipated. Let's just hope he learned his lesson and will find a bathroom next time instead of using the street.  Read more... More about Funny, Viral Videos, Karma, Culture, and Web Culture

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Categories: funny, viral videos, karma, culture, web culture

Despite the plethora of external scandals and internal struggles, Uber is still a popular service, and recently reached a milestone of five billion rides taken with its service. Despite hitting the less auspicious mark of giving a million rides a day...

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Categories: lyft, quarterlyearnings, revenue, services, uber

Google released Trusted Contacts for Android at the end of last year as an app version of Facebook's Safety Check that automatically shares your phone's status to close friends and family. So long as your phone is on and moving, contacts can check th...

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Categories: app, gear, google, mobile, services, trustedcontacts, uk-reviews

Motorola's press conference is over, and we're now gearing up to put the Moto Z2 Force through the review wringer. (For those wondering, yes, I'm going to run this thing over with a car again.) I've been playing with Motorola's new flagship for a few...

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Categories: android, gear, hands-on, mobile, motoz, motoz2force, preview, smartphone

Being able to reason through potential future events is something humans are pretty good at doing, but that kind of ability is a real challenge when it comes to training AI. Taking those reasoning skills and using them to create a plan is even more d...

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Categories: ai, deepmind, design, facebook, gear, google, neuralnetwork, video

Android users will no longer be able to blame emoji for misunderstood texts. Developers working on updating their apps for the upcoming Android O release can now build in support for "emoji compatibility," which will prevent emoji from showing up as blank boxes when a user isn't running the most current version of Android with updated characters. They'll instead display the emoji through the support library. Google published a piece on how people can incorporate this feature into their apps....

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OnePlus fixed that nasty bug that rebooted your OnePlus 5 when you called an emergency number, but just what caused it, exactly? The company has offered an explanation... and it's a thorny issue. Apparently, there was a cellular modem memory usage...

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Categories: 0, android, gear, glitch, mobile, oneplus, oneplus5, smartphone


When Atsushi Hashimoto was a kid, he loved role-playing games. He’d settle in front of the television for hours, controller in hand, lost in quests full of magical spells and powerful evils. He was particularly enamored with the works of Squaresoft, now known as Square Enix, the developer behind 16-bit classics like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. As he grew older, classic-style Japanese RPGs largely went out of fashion, replaced by a combination of big-budget action games and smaller mobile...

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Jason Chaffetz, who stepped down from his Utah seat in the House of Representatives last month, still absolutely hates the idea of non-wealthy Americans having smartphones. Today, the former Republican lawmaker posted an Instagram photo of an apparently homeless person near Times Square, snidely noting that the person was “streaming video on a phone.” The last time we checked in on Chaffetz, he was suggesting that people show “self-reliance” by buying health insurance instead of “that new...

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Instagram has updated its API and is giving businesses access to content metrics as well as new tools for managing comments. Now, through the API, businesses can turn comments on and off as well as hide them. Business accounts already had access to t...

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Categories: abuse, design, facebook, gear, instagram, internet, services, twitter

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