Anyone can name the new Mars rover, but the nerds in charge will have to approve it

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 17:34

Space. The final frontier. A vast, formless abyss into which humanity launches its satellites and rovers in a boundless quest for knowledge. The discoveries made in that airless vacuum of mystery could impact the human understanding of the cosmos, and now anyone has the opportunity to name one of the rovers that the European Space Agency will use to explore the surface of Mars.

Except the European Space Agency will choose the rover's final name with a panel of scientists. And they probably won't go for Marsy McMarsface. 

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Netflix's 'Insatiable' looks like it does more, and worse, than fat-shame

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 16:35

The trailer for Netflix's Insatiable has already made quite an impact on social media, though perhaps not for the reasons the creators may have anticipated. 

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The show, which stars Debby Ryan and Alyssa Milano, tells the story of Patty, an overweight girl known as (ugh) "Fatty Patty" at her high school. After she is (UGH!) punched in the face and has her jaw wired shut for a summer, she returns to school thin and therefore conventionally attractive, and so decides to exact revenge on the bullies who made fun of her before.  Read more...

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'Spider-Man' PS4 trailer shows Spidey teaming up with MJ -and- Miles Morales

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 15:55

Spider-Man may do whatever a spider can, but the new story trailer for his anticipated PlayStation 4 game shows that he can't do it alone. 

The trailer features Spidey teaming up with Mary Jane Watson and Miles Morales in a city overrun with costumed villains, Norman Osborne as a vigilante-averse Mayor of New York, and introduces Silver Sable as one of the many antagonists poor Peter Parker is going to have to web up in his quest to keep the city safe. 

Spider-Man for PS4 launches on Sept. 7.

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New 'Walking Dead' mobile game has a killer social element, but fairly pointless AR

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 15:50

After a solid week of playing The Walking Dead: Our World, the new AR-optional mobile game set in the world of AMC's The Walking Dead, I can solidly say that I would 100% survive the zombie apocalypse...but only if I was there with my friends. 

While Our World can be played by oneself, it has a strong and unique emphasis on partnering with famous characters from the show and squadding up with strangers to take on the full force of a zombie-infested wasteland.

SEE ALSO: AMC takes on 'Pokémon Go' in freaky new 'The Walking Dead: Our World' game teaser

The premise of the game is simple, but the execution is not. On its face, The Walking Dead: Our World is an Ingress/Pokémon Go style game where a real-world map of a player’s surroundings is transformed into a post-apocalyptic landscape riddled with supply crates, walker encounters, and player-built shelters that serve as drop off points for survivors.  Read more...

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A 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' reboot is in the works with a new focus on diversity

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 15:35

As it was told in old times, a slayer will rise to fight against the forces or darkness: Buffy The Vampire Slayer is finally getting a reboot.

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Joss Whedon, the original creator of the Buffy movie and beloved TV show, will executive produce the project, while Monica Breen (who co–executive produced Whedon's Agents of Shield) will write and serve as showrunner for the reboot. 

Whedon has promised that a black actor will take over the iconic Buffy role and that the reboot will focus more of its casting efforts on making the Scooby gang, previously played by geek TV titans like Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz, and Seth Green, more racially diverse to better reflect the social issues of today.  Read more...

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The Moto Z3 Play is the midrange phone to buy... if the OnePlus 6 isn't an option

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 14:54
Moto Z3 Play $499.99 View Product The Good Premium glass and metal design • Great display • Clean • near stock Android • Comes with battery Moto Mod (U.S.) The Bad So-so battery life • Average cameras • No headphone jack • Fingerprint sensor's weird for lefties The Bottom Line The Moto Z3 Play has a premium design and big, sharp screen that'll win you over, but its average battery life and cameras might turn you off. Mashable Score3.75 Cool Factor4.0 Learning Curve5.0 Performance3.0 Bang for the Buck3.0

The OnePlus 6 should be at the very top of your list if you're on a budget of about $500-$600. However, there's a deal deal-breaker: If you're on Verizon or Sprint, the OnePlus 6 isn't compatible with those networks. Read more...

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Five Tips and Tricks to Set Up In-Car Entertainment for Your Kids

How-To Geek - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 14:00

Are we nearly there yet? How many times do you hear this on a road trip with the kids? Too often, right?

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6 Smarthome Safety Features You Should Enable Right Now

How-To Geek - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:40
Most homeowners deck out their houses with smarthome gear for the convenience and cool features, but what you may not know is that some devices come with features that can prevent problems and even potentially be life saving.
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That weird neck hammock is back on sale for less than $40

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:30

If you've ever had chronic neck pain, you know it's so much worse than a fleeting frustration or small nuisance. It can cause bad headaches and even be a symptom of something more serious.  And the only thing that seems to (temporarily) help is popping some ibuprofen.

SEE ALSO: Bose's sleepbuds have one job: killing noise to help you sleep better

Enter the Neck Hammock, a quirky — but effective — contraption that can alleviate neck pain in minutes. Simply wrap the Neck Hammock's strap around a railing, pole, or doorknob, place your head in the cradle, and let your pain drift away. We've written about the product before (see here) and are back to tell you that it's on sale. Read more...

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Learn all things business math with this $10 online course

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:00

Just when you thought you'd already cut all your ties with math, you realized numbers are an important part of building a business or a side hustle.

We hate to break it to you, but if you want to make it big, you need to rekindle your love-hate relationship with math. That is unless you want your business to sink as soon as you've built it.

SEE ALSO: These are the self-improvement journals you'll actually use

If you want your math knowledge to extend further than calculating tips at restaurants, the Essential Business Math online course will strengthen your grasp of numbers to help you make critical business decisions. Read more...

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A judge threw out another climate suit against Big Oil. But the real battles lie ahead.

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:00

For the second time this summer, a federal judge acknowledged that oil companies are unquestionably responsible for the greenhouse gases amassing in the atmosphere, warming the planet and causing seas to rise. But district court judge John Keenan ultimately ruled that courts aren't a good place to decide whether oil companies are responsible for the environmental damages wrought by the sale of their fossils fuels.

On Thursday, Keenan tossed out New York City's lawsuit against Chevron, ExxonMobil, and other oil giants, explaining that "the immense and complicated problem of global warming" requires a global solution — involving Congress and the president — because courts aren't equipped to solve such a world-encompassing problem. Read more...

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Amazon, Toyota, Alcoa and others working to counter Trump's tariff plans

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 09:44
Big companies in the United States from Inc to Toyota Motor Corp and Alcoa Corp are working to counter the effect of the Trump administration's trade policies and to head off new tariffs.
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'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' unveils three more Spider-People, including Spider-Ham

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 04:21

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not done adding Spider-People.

At Comic-Con's Hall H Friday, Sony unveiled dazzling new footage that included our first glimpses at three new Spider-Folks: Spider-Man Noir, voiced by Nicolas Cage; Peni Parker, voiced by Kimiko Glenn; and, last but not least, Spider-Ham, voiced by John Mulaney.

SEE ALSO: What exactly is the Spider-Verse?

In the footage, which was screened exclusively for Comic-Con, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) arrive at a mysterious building, where a smiling woman hands them "Hello my name is" stickers. Read more...

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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase forms political action committee

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 03:57
Coinbase has formed a political action committee (PAC) to raise money to spend on U.S. elections, the cryptocurrency exchange said in a filing made public on Friday.
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Facebook confirms it's building an internet satellite

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 03:25

It looks like Facebook is indeed building an internet satellite. 

The social network is working on a new satellite project that will provide broadband internet connections to "unserved and underserved areas," according to FCC documents uncovered by Wired.

SEE ALSO: The call to break up Facebook's 'monopoly' is getting louder

The documents, produced by a Freedom of Information Act request, detail several email exchanges between FCC officials and Facebook representatives from 2016 and 2018. In the 2018 messages, Facebook reps refer to a "small satellite experimental application for the Athena satellite." Read more...

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M. Night Shyamalan drops extremely creepy 'Glass' trailer at Comic-Con

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 02:06

M. Night Shyamalan's latest brings together the stories of two of his movies —2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split.

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Following the events of Split, Glass picks up in a mental hospital with a woman (Sarah Paulson) treating Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and The Horde (McAvoy). Given the title and his eponymous character, it's safe to infer that Jackson will play a bigger role in this as his alias Mr. Glass. Anya Taylor-Joy will reprise her role as Casey Cooke, who was abducted in Split. Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard also star. Read more...

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Food Names And Terms

Microsoft Kitchen - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 02:00
If you don’t know some of the food names and terms that you come across on the Internet, this list may help you. There are many more, and we’ll be adding as we go along. You may be surprised with some of them. I always thought “antipasto” had something to do with pasta! AMANDINE is […]

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Dilbert - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 01:59
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Another effort in the fight against fake news: WhatsApp tries to stop messages from going viral

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 01:55

WhatsApp is taking its most dramatic step yet to cut down on fake news.

The app is testing a new feature that places limits on how many times a single message can be forwarded, WhatsApp announced Thursday. The update comes as Facebook scrambles to fight the messaging app's fake news epidemic, which has lead to a number of violent incidents in India.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp tests a new anti-spam feature that detects shady links

With the change, WhatsApp will restrict the number of times you can forward a single message. In India, the limit will be five chats; it will be 20 in other countries. The app will also remove the "quick forward" shortcut that appears alongside media messages. Read more...

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Facebook suspends yet another analytics company

Mashable - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 01:49

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Facebook allows a third-party analytics company access to user data, conducts poor oversight of said company, and then is caught flat-footed when asked about the situation by a journalist. 

Yeah, it's happened again. And no, you're not crazy for getting that Cambridge Analytica déjà vu. Facebook was forced to suspend Boston-based Crimson Hexagon today after the Wall Street Journal reported on the company's contracts with a Kremlin-tied Russian nonprofit and the U.S. government. 

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