Carrie Fisher's dog loved 'The Last Jedi' and we're crying

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:53

The most important fan has finally seen The Last Jedi: Carrie Fisher's French Bulldog, Gary.

All Star Wars fans know Gary has been waiting for this moment since he first saw his late owner in The Last Jedi trailer, and a Friday screening his dreams came true.

ABC 7 reporter Veronica Miracle tweeted a video of Gary post-screening, showing off his X-Wing pilot costume. She explained that Gary sat on the lap of Fisher's former assistant to watch the movie and "his ears perked up" whenever she was on screen.

SEE ALSO: Here's a breakdown of the beloved 'Star Wars' character, the porg

"What'd you think of the movie?" a reporter can be heard asking Gary. DON'T WORRY — he didn't drop any spoilers, guys. Read more...

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EU agrees clampdown on bitcoin platforms to tackle money laundering

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:53
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement.
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This 400-pound, sidewalk-roaming security robot just got fired

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:46

A five-foot tall, 400-pound robot with four surveillance cameras just got fired from its security job. Right before Christmas.

The San Francisco animal welfare non-profit, SF SPCA, rented the 'bot to roam its parking lot and grounds, ostensibly in response to a recent burglary.  But to the dismay of neighbors, the SPCA also let the robot patrol the public sidewalk outside the property. 

Now, after being sent a deluge of threats, Ars Technica reports the SPCA has pulled the plug on its robot... for now. 

SEE ALSO: The latest surveillance robot is designed to patrol rough terrain (and fight crime) Read more...

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Peter Jackson alleges Harvey Weinstein sabotaged careers of women who refused him

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:45

Director Peter Jackson, who worked with Harvey Weinstein decades ago, said he now suspects Weinstein and his brother were deliberately badmouthing Hollywood actresses because they refused sexual advances behind closed doors.

"I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998," Jackson told Stuff.

Actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino both came forward about Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct in October, and from what Jackson says, both careers (as well as many we don't know about) may have taken huge hits.

SEE ALSO: Here are all the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse so far Read more...

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Geek Trivia: The First U.S. President To Publish A Work Of Fiction Was?

How-To Geek - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:37
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Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labeling rules

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:12
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates.
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Could Chico be a Jack Russell Terrier?

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:07

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!

For over a decade, Chico's owner has been asking him "Who do you think you arf?" Thanks to genetic testing, now they'll finally find out exactly what type of mutt he is!"

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Is tap water safe to drink?

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:05

This is an age-old question: is tap water okay to drink? In countries like the U.S., you may not think twice about grabbing water straight from the tap and gulping it down. However, in light of tragedies in places like Flint, Michigan, we should evaluate whether or not tap water is as reliable as you think. Read more...

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Exclusive: FCC plans to fine Sinclair $13.3 million over undisclosed commercials

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 19:01
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine Sinclair Broadcasting Corp $13.3 million after it failed to properly disclose that paid programming that aired on local TV stations was sponsored by a cancer institute, three people briefed on the matter told Reuters.
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This $12 lens kit will be your smartphone's newest sidekick

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:44

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Sure, your smartphone camera is great. But don't you wish it could do a little more?

SEE ALSO: This DSLR camera has 'food mode' and it's $300 off at Target today

The RAWtronics Universal 3-in-1 Lens Kit will be your smartphone's new sidekick. As the name suggests, this versatile accessory comes with three different lenses: fisheye, wide-angle, and macro, all of which were designed to elevate your snaps and potentially increase that Instagram follower count. Just as a professional photographer makes use of different lenses for different scenarios, this kit allows you to switch between lenses depending on your subject. Be that a detailed closeup shot, a large group photo, or a perspective-warping snap.  Read more...

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BB-8 is getting a vacation from saving the galaxy and is here to charge your devices in the car

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:31

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With The Last Jedi finally here, there's no better way to celebrate than tricking your car out with a handy BB-8 car charger.

SEE ALSO: Star Wars kitchen items for the fans that already have everything else

This USB-enabled charger fits snugly into your cupholder and has two ports in case you have multiple devices in need of charging. For a little authenticity, BB-8's head moves and rotates, and it even makes traditional beeps and boops like any proper Star Wars droid should, though you can turn that off if you want. Read more...

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Brazil's Embraer eyes 2024 commercial launch for Uber partnership: CEO

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:24
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A partnership that Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA has struck with U.S. ride-hailing application Uber Technologies Inc will launch its first test flight in 2020, and aims to start commercial service in 2024, an executive said on Friday.
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Here's a breakdown of the beloved 'Star Wars' character, the porg

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:17

The most anticipated character from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is the porg. From its origins to how they are brought to movie-life, here's everything you need to know about the porg. Read more...

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Oh god, here's Barack Obama playing Santa Claus

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:14

We assume that if you clicked on a story about Barack Obama playing Santa Claus, you are prepared to cry. And so we cannot say we didn't warn you.

The president visited the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington on Thursday to deliver gifts to a few middle schoolers. He wore a leather jacket and a Santa hat, and whatever your opinion on his fashion dad style, you can't deny that he looked pretty cool. And friendly... and smart... and... oh god.

SEE ALSO: MSNBC trolls Donald Trump with Obama 'Merry Christmas' montage

Imagine Trump meeting with children and not discussing their weight. You can't!  Read more...

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The oldest U.S. polar bear turned 37 years old and she had a better birthday than you

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:06

Coldilocks is the oldest Polar Bear in the United States and she celebrated her 37th birthday on Thursday at the Philadelphia Zoo.  

Happy birthday to Coldilocks! At 37 years old, Coldilocks in the oldest #polarbear in the country! Join us tomorrow as we celebrate Coldi's birthday with treats, presents, singing, BEARthday cake and more!

— Philadelphia Zoo (@phillyzoo) December 13, 2017

The average lifespan of polar bears in captivity is usually 23 years old according to zoo officials but Coldilocks is benefiting from personal care at the Philadelphia Zoo.

SEE ALSO: The polar bear in this video is dying from starvation. Fortunately, most aren't...yet Read more...

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Everybody is cringing at a judicial nominee's inability to answer basic legal questions

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 18:04

On Wednesday, the Senate judiciary committee questioned Trump's district judge nominees. Things got awkward real quick. 

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) initiated a line of questioning that revealed that one nominee, Matthew S. Peterson, doesn't know the first thing about the workings, laws, and procedures necessary for running a courtroom.

SEE ALSO: Gross bacon tweet comes back to haunt this Trump nominee

The world got a front seat to the interrogation when Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) tweeted the awkward exchange. He summed it all up with one painfully accurate phrase: Hoo-boy.

MUST WATCH: Republican @SenJohnKennedy asks one of @realDonaldTrump’s US District Judge nominees basic questions of law & he can’t answer a single one.

— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017

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Thin ice didn't stop firefighters from saving this stranded dog

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:58

Swift Current Fire Department saved a dog which had fallen through ice in a creek. The owner allowed their dog to run off leash when the dog fell through the thin ice. A fireman managed to save the dog after nearly slipping in himself.  Read more...

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OK, fine, some of these holiday puns are actually pretty good

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:57

Let's take a moment to appreciate how much work this couple put into their 2017 Christmas decorations. The props! The puns! The glass of red wine! It all comes together in this clip from YouTube user Kyle Gunderson. 

While those hoping to guess the puns on their own can simply mute the volume, we recommend watching with the sound on – the tipsy homeowner's delivery is the best part. Read more...

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Upgrade your holiday with app-controlled lights

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 17:56

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The holidays are nearly upon us and if you haven't already decked your halls or are looking to take things full Griswold this year, may we suggest these super cool app-controlled twinkle lights.

Image: ThinkGeek

Image: ThinkGeek

Whether you're decorating a Christmas tree or hanging lights outside your house just to be festive, these LED lights let you add a personal touch to your decorating. Using its companion app on your device, you can program the lights to shine with various patterns. Choose from pre-set designs or customize your own.  Read more...

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