'The Crimes of Grindelwald' looks like it's all about Dumbledore

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 23:07

The title may be about someone else, but the full trailer shows that The Crimes of Grindelwald is all about Albus Dumbledore. The younger version of Harry Potter's mentor (played by Jude Law) has a lot of power and baggage in the Fantastic Beasts sequel, and he's the key to the events of this movie – and the future of the wizarding world.

SEE ALSO: The new 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' trailer is here and it's time to get hype

The Hogwarts hero

"Horcruxes? Never heard of 'em."

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The Crimes of Grindelwald catches up with The Young Dumble as a Hogwarts professor, teaching not Transfiguration, his erstwhile subject in the books, but Defense Against the Dark Arts. Defense is the most well-known Hogwarts subject, especially for moviegoers less familiar with J.K. Rowling's books who Warner Bros. wants to rope in. Read more...

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One ad libbed line in the first 'Iron Man' changed everything for Marvel

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 21:33

"I am Iron Man."

Robert Downey Jr.-as-Tony Stark utters that short sentence in the waning moments of 2008's Iron Man, the movie that kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the fictional moment, Stark opted to cast aside prepared remarks that would have kept his secret identity safe and out himself instead.

SEE ALSO: Marvel's 'Black Widow' gets one step closer to reality with a new director

It's such a lightning strike moment for a movie based on comic books, where secret identities are often treated as sacrosanct. It was also, as we now learn, an unscripted moment that Downey himself felt was a better fit for the character. Read more...

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It sure does sound like this dog is singing Britney Spears' 'Toxic'

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 21:15

It's been 15 years since Britney Spears' song "Toxic" hit airwaves but it continues to be one of the great earworms, with the people of the planet still humming the song's hooks to themselves often. You're probably humming it to yourself now just reading this. You're welcome.

Also, you're not alone. Dogs love it, too. Or, at least, one particular dog named Riley who sure as heck sounds like he's singing one of the song's memorable hooks. 

There was plenty of reaction and, yes, everyone agrees this is definitely what Riley, a very good boy, was doing.

HES ON KEY tOO ??????

— max (@Max_iac) July 22, 2018

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Flabbergasted Twitter trashes Forbes story that suggests replacing libraries with Amazon

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 20:52

There are bad takes, and then there's the take by Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas (who also serves as Chair of the Department of Economics at Long Island University) that local libraries should be replaced by Amazon book stores

Among the reasons Mourdoukoutas offers are: libraries don't have as many public events as they used to because of school auditoriums; people go to places like Starbucks to hang out and work and read now instead of their library; and because technology makes physical books obsolete.

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China's plans move into Europe: CEO tells German newspaper

Technology News (Reuters) - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 19:47
Chinese e-commerce company plans to expand in Europe and aims to have finalised its strategy for entering the market by the end of the year, its chief executive told a German newspaper.
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Geek Trivia: The First Person To Be Honored With A Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star For Live Performances Was?

How-To Geek - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 19:37
Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right!
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'Guardians of the Galaxy' actors respond to Disney firing James Gunn

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:50

Guardians of the Galaxy actors have responded to Disney's decision to fire series director James Gunn on Friday. The firing came after conservative personalities online resurfaced old tweets in which Gunn joked about pedophilia and molestation.

Gunn himself apologized Thursday night in a series of tweets, and again Friday with an official statement after the firing went public.

SEE ALSO: At Comic-Con, mixed feelings on James Gunn's firing from 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'

Of the core cast, only Dave Bautista, a.k.a. Drax, responded to the Gunn situation through a very frank tweet on Saturday: Read more...

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At Comic-Con, mixed feelings on James Gunn's firing from 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:38

As the online debate rages on over Disney's decision to fire director James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, reactions on the ground at Comic-Con have been no less mixed. 

Many of the attendees I spoke with seemed more uncertain than outraged – in either direction. 

SEE ALSO: James Gunn fired as 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' director following resurfaced old tweets

"I don't know how to describe it," said Suzanne Quon, a Mantis cosplayer. However, she continued, she ultimately agreed with Disney's decision. 

"Guardians of the Galaxy is typically a family-friendly movie," she said. "So I think if they're trying to continue to pitch to that audience, they have to be aware of what their director has been doing." Read more...

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Prince George turned five so of course there's an adorable photo release

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:29

Prince George, royal rapscallion and older brother to Charlotte and Louis, turned five on Sunday and Kensington Palace knows just how to grab our attention: with an adorable photo release of the birthday boy.

SEE ALSO: Prince George and Princess Charlotte look seriously adorable in new royal christening photos

The photo shows the five-year-old style icon smiling in all his glory like a child who doesn't yet realize the burden of being third in line to the throne or isn't at all bothered by the attention his new Aunt Meghan is getting

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark his fifth birthday – thank you everyone for your lovely messages 🎈

📷 @mattporteous

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 21, 2018

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Amazing new robot arm can catch and release deep sea creatures without harm

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 18:19

Being able to snag the gelatinous or otherwise soft creatures of the deep ocean for study without harming them in the process provides researchers with a bit of challenge, a challenge Harvard's Wyss Institute may have overcome.

The new RAD sampler (RAD stands for rotary-actuated device) is an origami-style robotic claw-like machine that can track down the deep-sea creatures and close around them to create something like a globe that fully encapsulates and then releases the creature without harm. 

The device has been tested of depths between 1,600 and 2,300 feet while researchers plan to build a more heavy-duty version for rougher tests. Researchers also plan to eventually add cameras and sensors that will enable the device to collect data on the creature before release.  Read more...

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Nicole Maines joins 'Supergirl,' becoming TV's first transgender superhero

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 17:55

Not all heroes have, or need, super powers.

Actor and activist Nicole Maines will join CW's Supergirl during its fourth season as Nia Nal, aka Dreamer. The network confirmed the news at Comic-Con on Saturday, making Maines the first transgender superhero on TV.

SEE ALSO: 'Queer Eye's first trans participant speaks out about the episode

In an appearance during the Comic-Con Supergirl panel, Maines described her character as a young, hungry reporter who's been sent to National City to learn the ways of journalism, and superhero-ing. She added that Nia Nal is an appealing role to take on because of who she is on the inside. Read more...

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Elon Musk makes nice with the farting unicorn artist

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 16:29

It sure seems like the saga of Elon Musk and The Farting Unicorn™ is reaching a satisfactory conclusion, clearing up Musk's plate to continue feuding with rescuers of children stranded in caves or journalists or whoever else is on deck. 

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's muskiest moments of 2018, so far

The story, thus far, in case you hadn't heard: A drawing of a farting unicorn showed up as a Tesla easter egg but a woman named Lisa Prank claimed Musk ripped it off from the artist (her father) without permission and Musk was pretty Musk-y about it

hey y’all Grimes’ boyfriend ripped off my dad’s art! this is a true story! what do you have to say for yourself @elonmusk ??

— Lisa Prank (@lisaprank) June 26, 2018

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SpaceX makes beautiful pre-dawn rocket landing at sea. See it here.

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 15:42

SpaceX's rocket landings are back and better than ever. 

After a months long dry spell, SpaceX just completed its latest and greatest rocket landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after launching a satellite to orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:50 a.m. EDT.

SEE ALSO: Thai cave rescue saga shows how Elon Musk's narcissism gets the best of him

The rocket's first stage touched down on the SpaceX drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" (yes, that's what it's called), shortly before 2:00 a.m. and less than 9 minutes in total after the initial liftoff. You can see the start of the landing at around the 23-minute mark in the video below, but the feed cuts off before the rocket actually enters the scene. Read more...

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The Best Powerline Network Adapters

How-To Geek - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 14:00

If you want high-speed network access throughout your home and Wi-Fi isn’t cutting it, you’ve probably considered running Ethernet…

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The Smarthome Industry Has Reached a Plateau. Here’s What’s Holding It Back

How-To Geek - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 12:40
There’s a problem with the smarthome industry—multiple problems, actually. And after experiencing a huge boom over the last few years, smarthome as a whole has reached a plateau of sorts.
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These Super Mario Moleskine notebooks are classy as hell

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 12:11

Writers, artists, doodlers, and scribblers have a new way to show their love for Nintendo's resident goomba-stomping plumber with Moleskine's cool new line of Super Mario-themed notebooks.

Moleskine unveiled its latest line of nerdy notebooks Friday, Digital Trends reported, which includes four different hardcover, ruled notebooks, all of them with a different Mario-themed aesthetic. 

SEE ALSO: The NES Classic is back. Here's where to get it.

There are two large-sized notebooks, both featuring Mario mid-jump, and two pocket-sized notebooks, one of which looks like an NES Super Mario Bros. cartridge and the other resembling a Game Boy playing Super Mario Land. Read more...

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'Aquaman' star Jason Momoa admits wearing jeans underwater was a 'bad choice'

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 12:10

For a guy who’s supposed to be really good at swimming, Aquaman sure has some strange ideas about swimwear.

Like, who the hell wears jeans underwater?

SEE ALSO: Aquaman is even more of a bro in his solo movie than he was in 'Justice League'

At Comic-Con Saturday, star Jason Momoa acknowledged the pitfalls of wearing pants while swimming.

“It was a bad choice, looking back, to wear denim. They look like leather. They’re not. They’re wet, 20-pound denim. Bad move.”

Momoa recalled one day on set when director James Wan kept telling him to do a certain jump “cooler,” and Momoa had to tell him that there was only so much he could move in soaking-wet denim. Read more...

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These could be the last charging cables you ever buy — and they're on sale

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 12:00

Standard issue charging cables are, as a whole, undependable.

SEE ALSO: A bento box-inspired accessory case keeps cords organized on the go

Not only are they prone to breakage, but they juice up your phone for an unnecessarily long time.

The best thing to do is to choose a cable that is tough as nails and has the capability of transferring data and powering up your device at lightning speeds. Below, you'll find a list of cables that fit those criteria, all on sale.

Syncwire UNBREAKcable: MFi-Certified Lightning

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Perfect for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod, this is one heavy-duty cable that features a tinplate interior, and a TPE jacket exterior. Wrapped internal wires prevent friction or fraying. It has proven to hold over 30,000 cycles of 90-degree bends and up to 275 lbs — in case you were skeptical. And it also has an 8-pin connector that delivers speedy data transfer, syncing, and of course, charging. Read more...

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How to learn coding online at a rock-bottom price

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 12:00

Your foray into coding doesn't have to start and end with the basic HTML you inadvertently learned while you were sprucing up your MySpace and Neopets profile way back when. Needless to say, coding isn't just about creating swanky banners and changing font colors. If you truly commit to learning it — we're talking hours of immersing yourself in programming languages — the world is in your hands. You can create any digital product you want, broaden your job prospects, and maybe even earn buttloads of cash.

SEE ALSO: This crash course in machine learning could be your ticket to a new career

For a total newbie, it can be intimidating to dip your toes into such a complex field. It's even harder to choose where to start and try to squeeze in training time in your already loaded schedule. Read more...

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Just some photos of Donald Trump yelling

Mashable - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 11:30

Nothing Donald Trump does is subtle, especially when speaking in public.

Whether it's shouting declarations about making America "great again" or yelling something a bit more derogatory towards someone he doesn't like (the press, our foreign allies, whoever hasn't given him his way recently), Trump is never not emphatic. The man loves to yell.

Very, very loudly.

SEE ALSO: Donald Trump isn't even trying to lie convincingly anymore

As such, the world has been treated to numerous photos of Trump yelling over the past few years, since he began revving up his presidential campaign. And what better way to represent our 45th president than with a curated collection of photos that capture Trump in his natural element? Read more...

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