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Pick up your used car at Carvana's newest car-sized vending machine

Mashable - 5 hours 40 min ago

For online car buyers, there's another option to get your car.

Sure, you could pick it up from a used lot or have it delivered. But online car site Carvana has another car vending machine, this time in the Pittsburgh area. Opening Thursday, the eight-story tall glass building holds 27 cars.

After buying online through the Carvana site, buyers get an oversized commemorative "coin" to bring down the car — just like a bag of chips in a vending machine after inserting coins, only a bit bigger. Also in Pennsylvania, two other cities, Erie and Reading, now have next-day vehicle delivery — to your door. But you don't get the vending machine experience. Read more...

More about Car Buying, Used Cars, Online Sales, Tech, and Transportation
Categories: IT General, Technology

Can't get enough of Elizabeth Holmes? Here's what to watch after 'The Inventor'

Mashable - 5 hours 40 min ago

Theranos ex-CEO Elizabeth Holmes has yet to lock down a date for her criminal trial, but in the court of public opinion, a verdict has already been rendered. 

If you've been on the internet at all in the past week, you've likely seen a small truckload of viewer reactions to HBO's The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley — many of them delighting in the damning portrayal of Holmes and her alleged multi-million dollar fraud. 

But HBO wasn't the first to profile the entrepreneur and they won't be the last. From podcasts to movies, the now-defunct blood-testing company is the subject of a whole slew of projects, nearly all of which position Holmes as their star subject. Read more...

More about Hbo, Jennifer Lawrence, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, and Adam Mckay
Categories: IT General, Technology

A petition to remain in the EU has gone so viral it crashed a government website

Mashable - 5 hours 49 min ago

You might have heard, but things aren't exactly going smoothly in the run-up to Brexit. The exodus from the EU is slated to happen on March 29, which (*checks calendar*) is just days away.

A petition to remain in the EU and revoke Article 50 gained over 600K signatures before crashing the government petitions website. 

As if Brexit wasn't already shambolic. 

SEE ALSO: Hot mic picks up someone saying 'we're actually f**cked' during live BBC broadcast

Article 50 is the legal mechanism by which countries can formally exit the European Union. 

A House of Commons spokesperson confirmed in an email to Mashable that the website was experiencing difficulties due to a high volume of traffic. Read more...

More about Politics, Uk, Brexit, Culture, and Politics
Categories: IT General, Technology

U.S. top court jeopardizes Google settlement in internet privacy case

Technology News (Reuters) - 6 hours 9 min ago
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday put in jeopardy an $8.5 million settlement Google made with users to resolve a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating their privacy by sharing users' search queries with other websites.
Categories: Technology

Jordan Peele had the perfect response to a viral tweet about one of his outfits

Mashable - 6 hours 16 min ago

Jordan Peele recently told Mashable that everything in his latest movie, Us, is deliberate.

Could the same also be said for his fashion choices?

SEE ALSO: Jordan Peele reveals what he hopes Donald Trump would learn from watching 'Us'

The writer/director attended a UK junket to promote his new movie, and dressed in a checkered shirt and a red jacket for the occasion. 

And it wasn't long before someone on Twitter made an interesting connection.

Jordan Peele out here literally dressed as Jack Torrancepic.twitter.com/TD5D9J2n3E

— a common dog name (@MaxCorn) March 20, 2019

The picture on the left is from Mashable's interview with Peele; the image on the right is Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) in The Shining. Read more...

More about Jordan Peele, Culture, and Celebrities
Categories: IT General, Technology

Amnesty faults electric vehicle batteries as carbon intensive

Technology News (Reuters) - 6 hours 23 min ago
Amnesty International attacked the electric vehicle (EV) industry on Thursday for selling itself as environmentally friendly while producing many of its batteries using polluting fossil fuels and unethically sourced minerals.
Categories: Technology

Flu season is still here — fight it with this sale on humidifiers

Mashable - 6 hours 40 min ago

It's not just you who felt "a little something coming on" right when you thought flu season was behind you — so did millions of Americans across the country.

It's true: flu season is far from over. There's a more severe strain of influenza spreading across the U.S. at the moment, and everyone is at risk — including the lucky ones who have already been slammed with the flu once this year (sorry, but it's totally possible to contract it twice in a single season).

So go ahead and get vaccinated (if you haven't yet), keep your hands clean, chug water, get lots of sleep, hit the gym, and eat your greens. And if you want to be extra careful, invest in these humidifiers to keep the air in your house fresh and moist. They're all on sale for an extra 15% off with the code MADNESS15. Read more...

More about Home, Flu, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Humidifiers
Categories: IT General, Technology

Credit cards with the coolest perks: Wine tastings, museum admission, free hotels

Mashable - 6 hours 40 min ago

Your first credit card probably lured you in with a free beach towel and a promise of 1% cash back. Is that still the card you’re carrying in your pocket? If so, you’re missing out on one of the best parts of the modern economy: credit card perks.

Credit card perks and rewards can be worth literally thousands of dollars every year, and you don’t have to be a big spender to enjoy these big rewards. In some cases, simply being a cardholder is enough to give you valuable perks and discounts. 

Whether you’re looking to fund your retirement, pay off your debt, travel in style, or take advantage of freebies and discounts, we’ve got the credit card with the coolest perks and rewards for you. Read more...

More about Business, Lifestyle, and Other
Categories: IT General, Technology

Snag this realistic painting software on sale for 40% off

Mashable - 6 hours 40 min ago

The creative prowess of a great artist is contingent upon what they do with what they have. If someone is truly talented, they can create something spectacular with even a tool as rudimentary as, say, MS Paint. Just ask Picasso (FYI: He only used common house paint in some of his masterpieces.)

This isn't to say that you should have complete disregard for art tools. They are still very useful in elevating your work from good to great. And if digital art is your thing, you'll greatly benefit from Corel Painter 2019, the brand spanking new version of a longtime artist favorite. You can get lifetime access to it right now for over 40% off at the Mashable Shop. Read more...

More about Design Arts, Visual Arts, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, and Entertainment
Categories: IT General, Technology

Why anti-vaxxer mobs go after pro-vaccine doctors online — and what to do about it

Mashable - 6 hours 40 min ago

In 2017, Kids Plus Pediatrics, an independent medical practice in Pittsburgh, posted a 90-second video on its Facebook page encouraging parents to have their children vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cancer. 

For three weeks, the post garnered positive, higher-than-average interest and engagement from the page's followers. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the anti-vaccination attacks began. Thousands of comments from vaccine skeptics and opponents poured in from around the world. Chad Hermann, KPP's communications director, says he spent 18 hours per day, over the next eight days, combing through the remarks, individually banning commenters, and trying to remove dozens of negative Yelp and Google reviews left by strangers who'd never set foot in the practice.  Read more...

More about Facebook, Science, Research, Vaccines, and Anti Vaxxer
Categories: IT General, Technology

From California to Oslo: foreign subsidies fuel Norway's e-car boom, for now

Technology News (Reuters) - 8 hours 32 min ago
On the outskirts of Oslo, a row of Fiat 500es imported from California stand parked in the snow outside the Buddy Electric dealership, part of a global flow of pre-owned electric cars to Norway powered by green subsidies elsewhere in the world.
Categories: Technology

Geek Trivia: What Ubiquitous Insects Are Actually Crustaceans?

How-To Geek - 9 hours 38 min ago

What Ubiquitous Insects Are Actually Crustaceans?
  1. Cockroaches
  2. Millipedes
  3. Pill Bugs
  4. Crickets

Think you know the answer?

Categories: IT General, Technology

You Can’t Stop Change at Work, So Learn to Adapt to It

Havard Management Tip of the Day - 9 hours 40 min ago

Change at work can be emotionally draining, which is why we often resist it. But resisting change won’t help you grow. If you want to succeed in your career, you need to learn to adapt. Start by thinking about where your resistance comes from, and then use that insight to take action. For example, if you’re worried an organizational change will make your skills seem obsolete, create a plan to acquire the new skills you’ll need. If a change makes you feel powerless, a victim of executives’ high-level decisions, take control of the situation by identifying new opportunities you could pursue. A key part of adapting to change is recognizing how your attitude and behaviors shape your experience. Studies show that having a positive outlook can open us up to new possibilities. So, although it may feel bleak when you don’t agree with a change, finding ways to make the best of it will help you in the long run.

Adapted from “How to Embrace Change Using Emotional Intelligence,” by Kandi Wiens and Darin Rowell

Categories: Management

Protecting Your Social Media Account

Bad guys are targeting your social media accounts. One of the most effective ways you can protect them is with a unique, strong password called a passphrase. Enabling two-step verification (if your social media site offers it) is even better.
Categories: Security

South Korea chipmaker shares rise on Micron's industry recovery outlook

Technology News (Reuters) - 10 hours 51 min ago
Shares of South Korean chip giants jumped on Thursday after U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc forecast recovery in a memory market saddled with oversupply as device demand sags.
Categories: Technology

Enormous, weird fish washes up on an Australian beach. So, what is it?

Mashable - 11 hours 7 min ago

This is certainly one very fishy encounter.

Two fishers stumbled across quite the surprise when they found a sunfish which had washed onto the beach at Coorong National Park in South Australia.

SEE ALSO: 'Captain Marvel' is proof EVERY superhero should have a pet

The photos, taken by Linette Grzelak, were posted on Facebook by National Parks South Australia on Tuesday, and boy, it's a weird looking fish.

Grzelak told CNN they thought the fish was a piece of driftwood when they drove past it.

The strange-looking sea creature has since been identified by the South Australian Museum's ichthyology manager Ralph Foster as an ocean sunfish (Mola mola), due to markings on its tail and the shape of its head. Read more...

More about Australia, Science, Animals, Fish, and Science
Categories: IT General, Technology

South Korean watchdog cuts fine on Qualcomm after decade-old legal battle

Technology News (Reuters) - 12 hours 27 min ago
South Korea's antitrust regulator has lowered a decade-old penalty imposed on U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc by 18 percent to $200 million, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said on Thursday.
Categories: Technology

Google's new gaming service will let game makers use rival clouds, executive says

Technology News (Reuters) - 12 hours 57 min ago
A Google executive offered new details on Wednesday about the company's upcoming video game streaming service, telling Reuters that game makers may use competing cloud providers and must avoid some inappropriate content.
Categories: Technology

China smartphone maker Xiaomi beats profit view, sees more global expansion

Technology News (Reuters) - 13 hours 28 min ago
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp said on Tuesday its fourth-quarter net profit more than tripled to 1.85 billion yuan ($275.59 million), on stronger revenue.
Categories: Technology

Jury finding upends Bayer's Roundup defense strategy: experts

Health News (Reuters) - 13 hours 30 min ago
Bayer AG had hoped a new trial strategy focusing jurors on scientific evidence could stem a burgeoning tide of U.S. lawsuits over its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup, but a second jury finding on Tuesday that the product caused cancer has narrowed the company's options, some legal experts said.
Categories: Health
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