17 black-owned businesses in honor of Black History Month

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 16:00

In 2017, H&M, Dove, and Zara were just a few of the global companies that faced backlash because of racist accusations, marketing, and cultural appropriation.

In the midst of all the controversy, people are tired of supporting these brands and more and more folks are turning to small black-owned businesses for better service and products. But black-owned businesses only account for 2.1 percent of small businesses across the country, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs. That number hasn't grown much over the years, thanks to gentrification, big corporations, and perhaps lack of awareness. Read more...

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Here's the new 'Frozen' song that's gonna get stuck in your head for the next million years

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 15:53

Move over, "Let It Go." There's a new Frozen earworm in town.

This one, titled "Monster," is the first original song released from the Frozen Broadway musical. You can hear it sung here by Caissie Levy, who'll play Elsa on stage.

SEE ALSO: Idina Menzel loved this little boy's rendition of 'Let it Go' so much, she asked him to sing it twice

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who wrote the songs for the Frozen movie, are back working their magic for the show. The Broadway production features 12 new songs, along with all your faves from the film – including, yes, "Let It Go."

"Monster" comes in the second act, as Elsa starts to wonder if she might be a monster. Other new tunes include another Elsa solo called "Dangerous to Dream," an Anna solo called "True Love," and and Anna-Kristoff duet titled "What Do You Know About Love."  Read more...

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Cardano: a rising cryptocurrency that wants to change the world

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 14:04

On Oct. 1, 2017, an unusual event caused a collective gasp in the world of cryptocurrencies. A little known cryptocurrency called Cardano — or ADA, as its corresponding coin is called — showed up on crypto-tracking sites with a market cap of about $600 million.

At the time, it was unusual to see a new coin appear out of thin air with such a high market cap. But Cardano is different. It's an incredibly ambitious product with a strong team and tons of buzz. By year's end, the market cap of Cardano was more than $10 billion, despite the fact that the project was in a fairly early stage. In January, it briefly soared to more than $33 billion before receding back to roughly $10 billion as the overall cryptocurrency market shrunk. It is currently the sixth largest cryptocurrency by market cap, behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin. Read more...

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Download this: Alto is back and better than ever in 'Alto's Odyssey'

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 13:45

One of the best iPhone games finally has the sequel we've been waiting for.

Alto's Odyssey, the long-awaited sequel to Alto's Adventure, hit the App Store this week, three years after the original became one of our favorite games of 2015.

SEE ALSO: Snap has a new message for all the Snapchat redesign haters

With a three-year wait, expectations for Alto's Odyssey were extremely high, but we can now say the $4.99 iOS game was worth the wait.

The games strikes the perfect balance of maintaining everything that was great about the original, while adding enough new elements you don't feel like you're just rehashing the same game with new graphics.  Read more...

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How to Set Up and Optimize the Steam Link for In-Home Game Streaming

How-To Geek - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:40
Valve’s Steam Link is a sleek, easy way to stream games from your PC to a TV elsewhere in your home. You connect the Steam Link to your PC via HDMI, connect a controller, and play. It uses Steam In-Home Streaming, which you can use with any PC, but the Steam Link offers a cheap, optimized streaming receiver you can connect to your TV.
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This 4K action camera will capture every nuts thing you do, and it's on sale for only $70

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:00

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They say a picture's worth a thousand words, but sometimes a mere snap from your smartphone will hardly do a place or experience justice. 

"You had to be there," you assure your friends as you swipe through dozens of dim, unfocused photos.

SEE ALSO: Get a 4K action camera on sale today for under $60

But now, thanks to XtremePro's 4K Ultra HD Action Camera, it doesn't have to be that way. Instead of taking sub-par images that leave much to the imagination, this camera puts the audience in the center of the action.  Read more...

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This vinyl subscription service is an audiophile's dream

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 12:00

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We love the convenience of streaming songs as much as the next person, but we have a soft spot for vinyl records. Maybe it's the sheer satisfaction of dropping the needle onto a smooth 45, or perhaps it's the vintage allure of listening to the classics the way they were intended to be played, but more and more millennials are becoming proud owners of record players — and growing collections of tracks.

SEE ALSO: Will Spotify and Apple Music soon be forced to jack up their prices? Read more...

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Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 06:15
SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud.
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Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 03:29
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc's Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday.
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Dropbox files for IPO of up to $500 million

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 02:49
(Reuters) - Data-sharing business Dropbox Inc on Friday filed for an initial public offering of up to $500 million with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Adorable exchange between Ryan Reynolds and Tessa Virtue reignites Moir shippers

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 02:08

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, the gold-winning figure skaters from Canada, are the Ross and Rachel of this year's Winter Olympics. 

SEE ALSO: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: The endless 'will they, won't they'

Although Moir addressed romance rumors as "none of your business" — complete with sassy snaps — their fans are still convinced that his partnership with Virtue is more than just a professional relationship. 

This is how Scott Moir helps Tessa Virtue off the podium. What a prince#VirtueMoir #XX

— Maddie (@mQharper) February 20, 2018

Fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds is one of those fans. On Monday he tweeted his support for the Team Canada, and implied that the figure skating duo was a couple: "And thank you @tessavirtue & @ScottMoir for agreeing to raise my children as your own."  Read more...

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Comic for February 23, 2018

Dilbert - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:59
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Dude crashes Olympic skating rink wearing only a tutu and monkey sock

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:45

The men's 1,000m speed skating event at the Winter Olympics may have been the most risqué event in Pyeongchang yet, thanks to a nearly-naked man in a tutu with a monkey pouch covering his privates. 

Nope, this is not a joke. 

SEE ALSO: Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski's Olympics outfits, ranked

With the words “PEACE + LOVE” written on his bare chest, a semi-nude streaker (quite possibly the infamous Mark Roberts) barreled down the seats of the venue and onto the ice right after the men finished competing on the ice. Thanks to this blurry footage caught by @mhj.kooij on Instagram, you can watch him land on the rink, strip down to a tutu and then fall flat on his face.  Read more...

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Stoneman Douglas alumni rise up in incredible ways to support shooting survivors

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:30

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, may look like any other American high school from the outside.

But former students who spent their teenage years in its hallways and classrooms will tell you there's something special about the school's culture. 

SEE ALSO: Teachers say #ArmMeWith classroom resources instead of guns

So special, in fact, that when news spread last week that a gunman had killed 17 people at the school, thousands of alumni felt compelled to reach out to each other, springing into action to offer practical and emotional support to survivors and the local community.  Read more...

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'Dunkirk' may win without it being anybody's favorite movie

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:29

Danielle Radford (@danielleradford) of Screen Junkies, Tights and Fights, and more joins us this week to weigh Dunkirk's chances of winning Best Picture. Is the movie even worth it if you're not seeing it in IMAX? Or is it going to skate on a technicality all the way to the big win?

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Brands are cutting ties with the NRA after student-led campaign

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:27

Companies are cutting ties with the National Rifle Association after Parkland students and gun control activists called for an end to their support. 

In the past 24 hours, these companies have ended their relationship with the @NRA:

Best Western
Wyndham Hotels
Alamo Rent A Car
National Rent A Car
Enterprise Rent A Car
First National Bank of Omaha#BoycottNRA

— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 23, 2018

The hashtag #BoycottNRA topped Twitter's trends in the United States on Friday as a cybersecurity firm, six car rental companies, an insurance corporation, and a bank ended their partnerships with the NRA.  Read more...

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Everyone is freaking out over 'Black Panther' with memes

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:27

Marvel Studios’ 'Black Panther' has created a ton of buzz amongst Marvel fans, film critics, and of course, the online community. Here’s how the internet expressed their feelings about the epic movie.

Tune in to All the Memes to see the next meme of the week! Read more...

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FCC chairman who killed net neutrality given gun and award from NRA

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:21

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai was set to give a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland Friday afternoon, but instead the organization surprised him with a "Courage Under Fire" award for standing up to net neutrality supporters. 

Pai introduced a repeal to the net neutrality regulations brought in during the Obama administration. The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal the rules last year and on April 23 it will be officially dead, barring any successful legal challenges.

SEE ALSO: The clock for ending (or saving?) net neutrality has officially started Read more...

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Facebook removes VR shooting game demo at CPAC 'out of respect' for Parkland victims

Mashable - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 00:04

Facebook pulled a demo of Bullet Train, a virtual reality game that lets players use an imaginary gun to pretend shoot people in a train station, at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference. 

The move comes following criticism for featuring a violent game so closely after the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead. 

SEE ALSO: I just don't understand these cheesy virtual reality movie 'experiences'

"There is a standard set of experiences included in the Oculus demos we feature at public events. A few of the action games can include violence. In light of the recent events in Florida and out of respect for the victims and their families, we have removed them from this demo. We regret that we failed to do so in the first place," Facebook's VP of VR Hugo Barra said in an emailed statement to Mashable.  Read more...

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There's an uptick in HIV in these millennial groups. Here's why

Mashable - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:31

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a report about HIV trends for people under 30 in the U.S., and the numbers show an increase in one particular group: 25- to 29-year-olds.

After collecting data from all over the country on HIV and AIDS diagnoses between 2010 and 2014, the CDC found that overall rates of infection for 13- to 29-year-olds has remained stable overall. And for some of the younger groups, like those aged 15 to 19, rates have actually gone down.

But "We can't pat ourselves on the back just yet," said Craig Wilson, a professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in an interview. Read more...

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