Comic for August 19, 2018

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Categories: Funny

Ken Jeong talked some kids into seeing 'Crazy Rich Asians' — and Jon Chu got it on film

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 23:29

If there's anyone out there who can shame you into buying a ticket for Crazy Rich Asians, it's definitely the director of the blockbuster film and one of its many stars. 

Director Jon M. Chu showed up to a movie theater with Ken Jeong in tow this weekend. They apparently ran into three kids in the lobby who were spending their night seeing..The Meg? 

The teens were quickly talked out of their choice.

SEE ALSO: 'Crazy Rich Asians' star Henry Golding 'tried not to audition' for the role

"We found these three Asian dudes who had tickets tonight to The Meg!! Hahaha so Ken Jeong decided to rectify the situation," Chu wrote on Instagram.  Read more...

More about Ken Jeong, Crazy Rich Asians, Culture, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

Here's the app you need to make your iPhone photos look good enough for Tim Cook to share

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 22:44

It's World Photography Day, which means Tim Cook is celebrating in a very Tim Cook way: sharing #ShotOniPhone snapshots.

On Sunday, the Apple CEO tweeted the breathtaking work of John Bozinov — a photographer who focuses on wildlife and portraits. Bozinov is a master of iPhone photography, and the images that Cook shared are breathtaking examples of his work capturing life in Antarctica. 

But it's kind of hard to believe they were actually shot on an iPhone, especially when you compare them to the smartphone pics we normally see on our timelines. 

SEE ALSO: Photographs shot with an iPhone in Antarctica are super chill Read more...

More about Photography, Tim Cook, Vsco, Photography Tips, and Photography Skills
Categories: IT General, Technology

We tried avocado chocolate toast, the new 'it' food according to at least one pop star

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 21:17

Like any good millennial, there are a few things I enjoy: #catsofInstagram, '90s nostalgia, and the overwhelming sense of entitlement that comes with contributing to the demise of entire industries, like soap

But if there's a stereotypical millennial trait I identify with most, it's my love of avocados. 

SEE ALSO: Shout-out to this Dunkin' Donuts for replacing its broken drive-thru speaker with a baby monitor

So when pop star Anne-Marie tried to make chocolate avocado toast a thing this weekend, I'll admit I was slightly intrigued.

I just made avocado and chocolate spread on toast and before u say ew please try it

— ANNE♥MARIE (@AnneMarie) August 18, 2018

More about Food, Avocado, Avocado Toast, Culture, and Food
Categories: IT General, Technology

'Truth isn't truth': Giuliani coins perfect phrase for the internet nightmare that is 2018

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 20:36

Another day, another Trump aide gaslighting the American public.

The latest: Rudy Giuliani's declaration Sunday that "truth isn't truth," which is mind-numbingly WTF and yet somehow perfect for our post-"fake news" era.

SEE ALSO: Rudy Giuliani's puzzling unfinished tweet brings out the best in Snark Twitter

Speaking to Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press, President Donald Trump's lawyer was attempting to explain why his client hasn't spoken with the special counsel's office regarding its probe into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, citing fears that the president may get "trapped into perjury."  Read more...

More about Politics, Culture, Rudy Giuliani, Culture, and Politics
Categories: IT General, Technology

No, you can't just text your last will and testament to someone, court rules

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 20:19

Dear friends and family: If you've ever gotten a drunken text from me about one day owning my prized possessions when I'm outta here, unfortunately, that's all null and void. 

According to a recent ruling from a French court, a text message of someone's last will and testament actually has no legal value. My bad. 

SEE ALSO: People are texting Stephen Miller, the guy responsible for separating families at the border

As the BBC reported, the case was brought to court because of a dispute. In a text message to his sibling, a man mentioned that he wanted a portion of his estate given to his mother after he dies. When the man tragically took his own life in 2016, his wishes were reportedly ignored — so the mother took the texts to court.  Read more...

More about Texting, Will, Culture, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

Geek Trivia: In The Early 1980s, The U.S. Gaming Industry Lobbied For?

How-To Geek - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 19:37
Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right!
Categories: IT General, Technology

'Crazy Rich Asians' absolutely dominated its first week at the box office

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 18:57

There's yet another reason to celebrate the historic release of Crazy Rich Asians

Not only is it the first studio film in over 25 years to star an all-Asian cast, but in the five days that Crazy Rich Asians has been in theaters, it's shattered expectations and made $34 million — handily surpassing its $30 million budget.

SEE ALSO: 'Crazy Rich Asians' is an appealingly fluffy romcom with a surprisingly solid core

The gross includes worldwide ticket sales for the film's run in over 3,000 theaters, according to Box Office Mojo. Analysts had expected it would make around $25 million, according to CNN. Read more...

More about Box Office, Crazy Rich Asians, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
Categories: IT General, Technology

Jack Dorsey says Twitter's 'left-leaning' bias doesn't affect content decisions

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 17:02

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is still trying to convince conservatives that his service treats them fairly.

Speaking to CNN's Brian Stelter in an interview that aired Saturday, Twitter's top executive again reiterated that the social media company does not make content decisions on the basis of political views, even though Twitter itself has a "more left-leaning" bias.

SEE ALSO: #DeactiDay: The growing Twitter movement urging users to delete their accounts over Alex Jones

"But the real question behind the question is, are we doing something according to political ideology or viewpoints? And we are not. Period," Dorsey said in response to a question about "shadow bans," Twitter's practice of using algorithms to limit the visibility of certain tweets. "We do not look at content with regards to political viewpoints or ideology, we look at behavior." Read more...

More about Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Social Media Companies, Tech, and Social Media Companies
Categories: IT General, Technology

August needs more holidays, so here are some ideas

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 17:00

It's the last slog of summer, and with each hot, sticky day we become more panicked.

Some questions on our minds right now: Will we ever be comfortable again? What does not sweating feel like? Is there anything to look forward to before the autumnal equinox? 

The solution to our woes, of course, is to create some kind of reason to enjoy the sweltering, existentially taxing days before fall saves us. And what's a better excuse to enjoy things than a nice holiday? August needs more of those.

SEE ALSO: If you want to stay cool this summer, don't be afraid to look corny

Obviously, work should be cancelled on each of these occasions, which we've detailed below for your consideration. Please discuss with your employer. Read more...

More about Holidays, Summer, August, Culture, and Work Life
Categories: IT General, Technology

Elon Musk enjoys world's gentlest softball interview with Marques Brownlee after total meltdown

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 16:37

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has the whole world on his shoulders, but you sure wouldn't know it watching a new interview with popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee.

The 17-minute conversation, supposedly conducted on August 15 and published on Friday, is filled with hot air about traction control, making "products that people love," and the upcoming Tesla Roadster that Brownlee pre-ordered sight unseen.

"I'm a day-one deposit, because I'm that excited," Brownlee, a 24-year-old whose show MKBHD could make up to $99,900 a month according to one estimate, said.

Of course, outside of the chitchat about how to make the nice cars go faster, Musk has spent the last week navigating a series of stranger-than-fiction controversies.  Read more...

More about Tesla, Elon Musk, Mkbhd, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Categories: IT General, Technology

This tabletop rom-com kicks off game night with an amazing tutorial

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 14:54

It’s Summer Lovin’ Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we’re celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood’s love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love.

In hindsight, Zosia and I were never meant to be.

We met one night at a friend's party and had one of those mutual lightning crash moments. Instant connection. I liked her free spirit and her nerdy librarian vibe, and she was drawn to my long, blonde hair and my laugh.

SEE ALSO: New 'Walking Dead' mobile game has a killer social element, but fairly pointless AR Read more...

More about Entertainment, Gaming, Fog Of Love, Summer Lovin Week, and Entertainment
Categories: IT General, Technology

The Best Universal TV Remotes

How-To Geek - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 14:00

A universal remote is the go-to solution if you want to control everything in your entertainment center without juggling pieces of plastic. He…

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Netflix's 'Insatiable' takes 12 mind-numbing hours to add insult to injury

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 14:00

Turns out Insatiable wasn't better than advertised.

If you're not caught up on the controversy, in July, Netflix dropped a trailer for the new campy, teen series—and some viewers (understandably) lost it. Labeling the preview an unequivocal display of fat-shaming, many called for its cancellation prior to the series' premiere. 

SEE ALSO: 22 truly abhorrent things from just one episode of Netflix's 'Insatiable'

On August 10th, Netflix made Insatiable available as scheduled — and the mystery of whether its promotion was a marketing faux pas or a sneak peek into a costly mistake was ripe for the solving. Read more...

More about Netflix, Body Image, Fat Shaming, Alyssa Milano, and Insatiable
Categories: IT General, Technology

YouTube's women of STEM make learning about science fun

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 14:00

This post is part of Mashable's ongoing series The Women Fixing STEM, which highlights trailblazing women in science, tech, engineering, and math, as well as initiatives and organizations working to close the industries' gender gaps

Learning shouldn't stop after school ends, and the women of YouTube's STEM channels prove that.

These aren't the boring science lessons that you had to sit through in stuffy high school classrooms or massive college lecture halls. There are no tests, no grades, and no assignments. You will, however, need a sense of curiosity and a love for all things science. 

SEE ALSO: How a science program teaches girls to stop doubting themselves Read more...

More about Youtube, Stem, Women Stem, Science, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

5 tips to help manage your back-to-school mental health

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 13:00

If you're headed back to school, chances are you've already made at least one checklist. Got your schedule? Check. What about your supplies? Check. Talked with friends about which classes you have together? Bet you checked that one more than once. 

But there's something likely missing from your list, and it might be the most important thing you take care of all year: addressing your mental health and wellbeing. 

SEE ALSO: 8 inspiring, young mental health activists you need to know about

Going back to school can be exciting. It can also be terrifying, particularly for teens who've already experienced bullying, anxiety, stress, depression, or trauma. In addition to the nerve-wracking aspects of middle school or high school — crushes, grades, cliques — students today are grappling with intense experiences, including natural disaster anniversaries, school shooting drills, and heightened political and social tensions that disproportionately affect young immigrants and LGBTQ people.  Read more...

More about Mental Health, Stress, Teens, Back To School, and Social Good
Categories: IT General, Technology

Should You Buy a Smart Smoke Alarm?

How-To Geek - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 12:40
If your house is already decked out with a ton of smarthome products, your next addition might be some smart smoke alarms, but are they worth buying in the first place? Here are some things to keep in mind.
Categories: IT General, Technology

Dip your toes into AI with these online courses for Google Cloud

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 12:00

AI systems have led to improvements in a broad spectrum of industries, including medicine and business, and sprouted new technologies like voice assistants (can you imagine what your day would be like without Alexa?) and self-driving cars. It's an expansive and endlessly exciting field. If you're curious about learning more and want to dip your toes in a bit — whether out of sheer fascination or for business and job hunting purposes — the Google Cloud Mastery Bundle can serve as your primer to the world of AI.

SEE ALSO: Become the hero of your company by learning these project management skills Read more...

More about Google, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Shopping Solo
Categories: IT General, Technology

Save $69 on a wireless Bluetooth speaker that also charge your devices

Mashable - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 11:00

There are a ton of wireless speakers on the market, so why not find one that does more than just play tunes? A wireless speaker that does your laundry may be difficult to come by, but there's gotta be a happy medium somewhere in there. 

With a built-in USB power port that allows it to act as a portable battery pack, the Soundfreaq Double Spot Bluetooth Wireless Speaker is an excellent option for those looking for a little more than the standard.

SEE ALSO: 11 of the best Bluetooth speakers worth buying right now

The Soundfreaq Double Spot Speaker syncs with any Bluetooth-compatible device, amplifying the audio from any app on your smartphone. And as previously mentioned, the speaker comes with a USB charging port, so you can charge your devices while you listen. The Double Spot features wireless controls directly on the unit, so you can skip tracks, pause, and play without having to run back and forth to your device. It also boasts a longer than average battery life, allowing for up to six hours of playtime before it needs to be recharged. Read more...

More about Bluetooth Speakers, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Shopping Solo, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Third African swine fever outbreak hits China's hog herd

Health News (Reuters) - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 08:26
China's Ministry of Agriculture said on Sunday 88 hogs had died from African swine fever in the eastern city of Lianyungang, the third outbreak this month, as the highly-contagious disease threatened to spread through the world's biggest pig herd.
Categories: Health
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