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Everyone can relate a little too well to this insane ice skating fail

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:05

Two Japanese teenagers just unintentionally gave us the perfect viral video that epitomizes life itself. 

After not having ice skated in four years, Madoka Takayama's first moment back on an ice rink was filmed by her friend Kyoka Tanaka. And well, you've just got to see for yourself what happens next. It's 37 seconds of pure chaos and unadulterated hilarity.

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滑れんのに最初からいく勇気✋ pic.twitter.com/kUHC8fS6hB

— きょうか (@ruu__2331) December 9, 2017

According to their interview with Buzzfeed, thankfully no one was hurt in the video. Since being posted last week, it's been seen over 10 million times, accumulating over 310,000 likes on Twitter so far and eliciting the same sort of relatable response from so many folks. Basically, it's the perfect visual metaphor for life, finals, 2018 and so much more. Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Twitter Reactions, Fails, Ice Skating, and Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

Twitter is rolling out a new tweetstorm feature

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:00

Twitter is finally embracing the tweetstorm.

In yet another admission that 140 characters (or 280 characters) just isn't enough for some people, today Twitter is introducing a feature that makes the so-called tweetstorm an official part of its service. 

SEE ALSO: Ditch Twitter's annoying new character-count circle with this Chrome extension

The new feature is rolling out now (though it may take a few weeks to get to everyone) and it allows users to compose a thread of multiple tweets almost as easily as a single tweet, with a new "+" menu that allows you to link more than one tweet at a time.  Read more...

More about Tech, Twitter, Apps And Software, Tweetstorm, and Social Media Companies
Categories: IT General, Technology

A robot sawed through a wall while carrying the Olympic flame (and yet humanity still stands)

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:51

It's 2017 so of course the phrase, "a robot cut through a wall to pass the Olympic torch on to its creator" is a real sentence to describe a real thing that actually happened

On Monday, "Hubo," a robot created at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, passed the Olympic flame through a hole it cut in a wall to its creator, Professor Oh Jun-Ho. The passing of the torch was a part of the 101-day Olympic torch relay as the 2018 Winter Olympics fast approaches.

SEE ALSO: Boston Dynamics robot can now nail a backflip and land steadily on its feet

The hole-cutting party trick was the same task Hubo performed in 2015 to win the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Read more...

More about Olympics, Robots, Olympic Torch, 2018 Olympics, and Hubo
Categories: IT General, Technology

Now is the worst time to bring back the Facebook Poke

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:46

I find that the absolute best way to introduce yourself to someone is to sneak up behind them, tap them on the shoulder, and then run away as fast as you can.

Or... hold on, no. What I meant to say is that's bizarre, anti-social behavior that no one should ever do outside of schoolyard playground.

Yet Facebook appears determined to make this a common, accepted way of getting someone's attention on the network. It's made a change to how your friends' profiles appear when you're browsing them on mobile: Now, instead of a Message icon in the row of buttons beneath the profile picture, there's a new button with a familiar name: the Poke. Read more...

More about Facebook, Poke, Tech Column, Facebook Poke, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

This 72-year-old just completed his 2,000th marathon

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:34

After taking on his first marathon at age 52, Larry Macon has completed 2,000 races in just 20 years. Read more...

More about Sports, Health, Mashable Video, Cute, and Running
Categories: IT General, Technology

This mutt has a complex doggy DNA that stumped everyone

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:28

On What's Your Mutt?, we test the doggy DNA of one pooch to reveal its exact breed mix and genetic makeup, once and for all! Don't miss the shocking results of our “pawternity” tests, each week!

How many different breeds can you cram into one dog? According to Scout's DNA test results, the super official, very scientific answer is "Geez, like a whole bunch!"

Subscribe for more episodes on Watercooler! Read more...

More about Watercooler, Boxer, Rottweiler, Canines, and Kerri Doherty
Categories: IT General, Technology

This suitcase can transform into a stroller for your child

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:13

Traveling with young kiddos is no easy taskBagrider has designed a rolling suitcase that can be used as a stroller for your toddler, making travel a bit easier for families.  Read more...

More about Tech, Travel, Children, Airplane, and Air Travel
Categories: IT General, Technology

Could Bitcoin's secretive creator become the world's first trillionaire?

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:06

We don't know the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. We don't know if Nakamoto is a singular person or a group of people. We don't even know if Nakamoto is alive or dead. 

But if Nakamoto is a single person, they're currently the 52nd richest person in the world when measured against Forbes' list of billionaires. And judging by the way Bitcoin's price has exploded, they might soon sit on top of that list, potentially as the world's first trillionaire.

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Here's the basics: Nakamoto is estimated to hold nearly 1 million bitcoins, giving him a net worth of more than $17 billion based on bitcoin's price as of Tuesday. That would slot Nakamoto around 52nd near German retail overlord Dieter Schwarz. Read more...

More about Bitcoin, Forbes, Billionaire, Satoshi Nakamoto, and Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Sorry, Snapchat: Facebook just unleashed its own 'dancing hot dog' studio

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:00

Get ready for the next dancing hot dog. 

Facebook opened up its AR studio on Tuesday to everyone and released its own "world effects," AKA features that let users augment the world around them through their smartphones and adapt as objects move like we've seen in Pokémon Go and in Snapchat. 

SEE ALSO: Snapchat just completely redesigned its app. Here's why.

Starting Tuesday, Messenger and Facebook Camera (upper left corner button of the Facebook app) will feature effects such as balloon words, unicorns, and robots. It's not brand new to the Facebook ecosystem, but the functionality is soon to get far more pervasive as more developers build their own effects for Facebook. Read more...

More about Facebook, Snapchat, Developers, Augmented Reality, and Apps And Software
Categories: IT General, Technology

'The Last Jedi' zero-spoiler review: See it. Just see it.

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:59

There has been an awakening of Star Wars reviews. Have you felt it?

At 12pm ET on Tuesday December 12, hardcore fans of the Star Wars franchise faced a choice as perilous as any Jedi. The Disney embargo for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi dropped, and seemingly every news outlet across the planet rushed out their review at once. 

SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' review: Laughing and crying, Star Wars reaches full throttle

But if you want, nay, need to experience every tiny surprise a new Star Wars movie has to offer, how can you read such a thing? Even if you're not entirely spoilerphobic, reviewers often get carried away in their nerdiness; who knows what they might reveal?  Read more...

More about Star Wars, Star Wars Episode 8, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Star Wars The Last Jedi, and Entertainment
Categories: IT General, Technology

Han Solo is trapped inside this mini-fridge, but at least it's got warm and cool settings

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:58

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Looking for a great gift for a Star Wars fan? Commemorate the iconic moment when Hal Solo got trapped in carbonite during The Empire Strikes Back with this geeky mini-fridge that's 25% off.

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This fridge boasts an extra-large capacity (for a mini-fridge, at least) and can hold up to 18 cans of soda and has removable shelves. It also has both warm and cool settings, depending on what you're planning on storing.  Read more...

More about Star Wars, Han Solo, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Skimlinks, and Shopping Geeky
Categories: IT General, Technology

'The Last Jedi' review: Laughing and crying, Star Wars reaches full throttle

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:58

Want a completely spoiler-free 'The Last Jedi' review? Click here.

Very early in the excellent Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi comes the moment an entire planet has been waiting for. It does not go the way you think. 

Episode VII: The Force Awakens ended with a scene that was, like much of the movie, a little too on-the-nose. It was a cliffhanger on a literal cliff: Desert planet orphan Rey (Daisy Ridley) crosses the galaxy to track down Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), hidden like a hermit on a green, craggy island. She presents him with his original blue lightsaber. 

SEE ALSO: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere left the first audience to ever see the movie visibly stunned Read more...

More about Star Wars, Star Wars Episode 8, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Star Wars The Last Jedi, and Star Wars The Last Jedi
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Instagram will now let you follow your favorite #trends

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:30

Instagram is widening the scope of its feed and officially opening up its follow feature to your interests by allowing users to follow hashtags. That's right, you've been #blessed — and now you can give that topic a follow, too. 

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No longer will you be forced to manually search through the platform's public posts for some extra #fitspo encouragement before a workout or when you want to while away your day dreaming about living that #vanlife. Starting now, users will be able to add hashtags related to their favorite subjects to their follow list alongside the brands, Instacelebs, and friends that already flood network with content.  Read more...

More about Instagram, Apps And Software, Hashtag, Tech, and Web Culture
Categories: IT General, Technology

AI could discover the next best esports pro player

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:28

Earlier this year, Elon Musk's 'OpenAI' machine learning researchers built a prototype artificial intelligence to compete against (and beat) pro Dota 2 players. Now, neuroscientist Wayne Mackey and his company 'Statespace' are pushing the envelope further, creating AI-powered training and scouting tools, which could revolutionize esports and traditional sports alike. Read more...

More about Gaming, Microsoft, Xbox, Artificial Intelligence, and Elon Musk
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Vinci 2.0 smart headphones are looking to take your phone out of the equation

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:24

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Isn't it about time for your wireless headphones to do more than just play music and answer your calls? Vinci 2.0 is a set of headphones on Kickstarter that are aiming to take the technology to the next level — sans smartphone. 

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Vinci 2.0 can connect either to the internet or your smartphone via Bluetooth, but the idea is that once it's connected, you'll have access to many of your phone's capabilities from anywhere, even if your phone is nowhere near you. Using voice commands and hand gestures, you'll be able to make and answer calls, send messages, and ask Alexa to do something for you. You can even receive push notifications from other apps. Read more...

More about Kickstarter, Wireless Headphones, Kickstarter Project, Kickstarter Campaigns, and Kickstarter Campaign
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Watch what could happen if you forget to water your Christmas tree

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:21

The last thing you want to do is ruin Christmas... and your entire house. You probably don't want that either. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission posted a video Dec. 5 of the difference between a dry and watered tree. The outcome of the dry tree is something out of the pits of hell. 

It takes less than a minute for a dry tree to erupt in flames, so they suggest you water your tree like you're taking care of a plant.

SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged

But if the first video doesn't give you any indication to keep you and your family safe, another recent video published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology will show your tree burning up in seconds.  Read more...

More about Culture, Web Culture, Christmas Tree, Christmas Trees, and Culture
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Facebook to book advertising revenue locally amid political pressure

Technology News (Reuters) - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:18
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Social media giant Facebook said on Tuesday it would start booking advertising revenue locally instead of re-routing it via its international headquarters in Dublin although the move is unlikely to result in it paying much more tax.
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Get this talking Chewbacca toy to comfort you after watching 'The Last Jedi'

Mashable - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:04

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The Last Jedi is probably going to leave us with a lot of questions and even more feels after the credits roll. You might want to have a talking Chewbacca plush to hug and squeeze while you process all of those emotions. Lucky for you he's on sale.

SEE ALSO: This Chewbacca Christmas stocking is the perfect gift for Star Wars fans

This 24-inch plush has three Wookiee phrases. You won't necessarily know what he's saying, but it's probably something insightful and profound. He also comes with a 6-inch Porg friend, because you definitely don't have enough Porgs in your life (yet). Read more...

More about Star Wars, Chewbacca, Wookiee, Star Wars The Last Jedi, and The Last Jedi
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Which Fish Are Okay to Eat? [Interactive]

Information is beautiful - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:55

Toxins. Overfishing. Bycatch. From trawled tuna & cod to farmed salmon & tilapia – the latest data on sustainable fish visualized!

Multi-sourced from the Marine Conservation Society, Marine Stewardship Council, Greenpeace and Seafood Watch.

Filter by what concerns you and paste your choices into your phone for easy reference.

» See the interactive
»Trawl the data

Categories: IT General, Technology

Cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase, Bitfinex down

Technology News (Reuters) - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:47
(Reuters) - Digital currency exchange operators Coinbase and Bitfinex reported problems with service through their websites on Tuesday, frustrating traders seeking to cash in on the latest surge in the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
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