Adult smokers more apt to use e-cigarettes than nonsmokers

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:49
(Reuters Health) - Current smokers are more likely than ex-smokers or adults who have never smoked to use e-cigarettes, according to a Swedish study that concludes e-cigarettes might not work as a cessation aid.
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Sure looks like the SEC is investigating Elon Musk's 'funding secured' tweet

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:49

The tweet may have become a meme, but the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission isn't laughing at Elon Musk's tweet about taking Tesla private.

The electric car company CEO blurted out on Twitter last week that he plans to buy back Tesla from shareholders. He said he had "funding secured." Now the feds are worried about market manipulation and other violations from that seemingly innocuous tweet.

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk is serious about taking Tesla private

The company followed up with a lengthy blog post from Musk about what it would take to make Tesla private instead of publicly traded. He cited a recent meeting with the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund to explain his funding comment.  Read more...

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Forget Supreme: Wikipedia-inspired streetwear is now a thing

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:46

Hypebeasts: You're in luck. Thanks to a new shirt collaboration between a streetwear brand and the internet's encyclopedia, looking cool and doing good just got easier. 

In an effort to raise money for the donation-fueled Wikimedia Foundation, the brand Advisory Board Crystals released a shirt emblazoned with the Wikipedia logo across the front. The back reads "INTERNET MASTER" in bold letters surrounding a picture of the site's spherical puzzle logo.

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"Knowledge is power and awareness is survival," reads the shirt description. "In addition to being a large source of inspiration and information for our projects, Wikipedia leads us to a place in which you can imagine a world where every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge."  Read more...

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Facebook Bans Ads for Kodi Boxes Because Pirates Are Ruining Everything

How-To Geek - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:42
Facebook banned all ads for Kodi boxes this week, the latest in a long run of similar crackdowns.
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Cancer risk with diabetes is higher for women than men

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:40
(Reuters Health) - People with diabetes are more likely to develop certain cancers than those without the condition, and a new analysis suggests that the increased risk is greater for women than for men.
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Best Buy to acquire health services company GreatCall for $800 million

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:36
Best Buy Co Inc said on Wednesday it would buy health services provider GreatCall Inc for $800 million in cash, its largest acquisition ever, as it focuses on selling products and services to an aging U.S. population.
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Weight gain temporarily hikes diabetes risk when smokers quit

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:32
(Reuters Health) - Weight gain can be a big concern for smokers who want to quit, and a new study suggests that it raises the odds of developing type 2 diabetes in the first six years after quitting.
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Cancer patients using alternative medicine may skip some standard care

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 23:28
(Reuters Health) - Cancer patients who use alternative, non-medical therapies may be more likely to forgo recommended medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, and be more likely to die as a result, a U.S. study suggests.
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Save $100 on the Apple iPad Mini 4 at Walmart. No, you're not reading that wrong.

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:59

The Apple iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi is on sale at Walmart right now for $299.99. Normally, the tablet goes for $399.99, so $100 off is a welcome discount on the Apple device.

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The Mini comes packed with the dual-core A8 chip for processing, so it will definitely deliver the speeds you'd associate with iPads and iPhones. And with 128 GB of storage, the tablet will be able to handle all those apps and games you may want to play while on the train or laying in bed.

Saving $100 on any Apple product is great and doesn't happen every day, so if you like Apple, need to upgrade, or want to jump ship to Apple, give the iPad Mini 4 a look. Read more...

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China isn't approving video game licenses right now

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:52

China, the largest gaming market, has not approved any video game licenses for at least four months due to President Xi Jinping's recent government shake up (read: power consolidation), reports Bloomberg.

Although China is notoriously stringent with media censorship, this game licensing freeze is taking the vetting process one step further.

SEE ALSO: Google is developing a censored news app for China

Unnamed sources told Bloomberg that officials are concerned over sex and violence displayed in these games, and it's been impacting games across all platforms: console, online, and even mobile.

The National Radio and Television Administration (the agency that grants game licenses) and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (the agency that lays out game registration procedures) command the game approval, and both are tightening the process after undergoing personnel changes and restructuring earlier this year. Read more...

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8 of the best subscription boxes for beauty addicts

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:49

What's the only thing better than going on shopping spree to Sephora and buying things you definitely don't need? Having a shopping spree delivered right to your house and spending way less than you would in the store for the same amount of stuff.

That's right, ya'll, we're talking about beauty subscription boxes. These are a clutch way to discover new brands and decide if you like a product before buying it at full price, especially when you're too lazy to return stuff to the store (raises hand). The best part is that these boxes are always valued significantly more than what you're paying — so you could end up paying $25 for a box that contains $150 worth of stuff. One tiny item at the store is usually $25. Who's gonna say no to finessing the system like that? Read more...

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Vertex cystic fibrosis drug gets expanded approval for use in infants

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:42
U.S. health regulators have expanded the use of one of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc's cystic fibrosis drugs to include patients aged between 12 months and 24 months.
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Tension-taming videos of pancake art are all we want to watch right now

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:25

This post is part of Hard Refresh, a soothing weekly column where we try to cleanse your brain of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter.

We've all tried our hand at making shapes out of pancake batter — a first initial perhaps, or maybe a crude version of a dog that bears closer resemblance to a Rorschach test.

But making a pancake that actually resembles anything other than a pancake is difficult. Sometimes the batter is too runny, sometimes your pan is too hot, and sometimes your design gets destroyed when the time comes to flip. But pancake artists have all this down to a science. Read more...

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How long does it take for today's violent wildfires to go out?

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:18

When a massive wildfire erupts in the United States today, it can leap over formidable rivers, produce whirling tornados of flame, and cause tens of thousands of people to flee. 

These modern infernos — enhanced by a warming climate that makes for profoundly parched land — are burning over twice as much land than they were in the early 1980s, breaking all-time records

After flames spread over tens or hundreds of thousands of acres, it can take quite a bit of time for the fire to finally go out. How long, exactly?

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The length of any individual fire can vary quite a bit, Stephen Pyne, a fire historian at Arizona State University, explained in an interview. But more telling numbers can be seen in a decades-long, growing trend. On average, individual fires today burn for a significantly longer time than they used to.    Read more...

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Twitter bans Alex Jones, Infowars from tweeting for seven days

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:17
Twitter Inc has banned U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars from tweeting for seven days, saying their tweets violated company's rules against abusive behavior.
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Getting too little sleep may 'age' the heart

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:16
(Reuters Health) - Adults who sleep too little or too much may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, say researchers who argue that the best way to think of the harmful effect is in terms of "excess heart age."
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Cisco tops revenue estimates as newer bets pay off

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:13
Cisco Systems Inc reported quarterly revenue above Wall Street estimates on Wednesday, driven by growth in the network gear maker's newer businesses such as cyber security.
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A ramen thief stole a trailer with almost $100,000 worth of noodles inside

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:10

From the half a billion dollars worth of art stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to the time an Irish assassin scammed his way into stealing the crown jewels at the Tower of London, none of history's memorable getaways quite compare to the hungry thief in Georgia who got away with a trailer full of ramen noodles. 

SEE ALSO: Scott Pruitt’s resignation has inspired as many memes as he had scandals

According to local TV station WAGA, a trailer parked at a gas station in Fayetteville outside of Atlanta, was hauled away sometime between July 25 and August 1. The station reports that the trailer was reportedly packed with $98,000 worth of ramen noodles. Read more...

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So 'Castle Rock' is apparently a sci-fi drama about a universe that loves to scream, or something

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 22:10
Spoilers up to Castle Rock Season 1, episode 6 below.

Castle Rock is, as many have noted, a very slow burn of a show. It lobs mysteries wholesale at the audiences and jealousy hoards their answers, doling out only the smallest, barely noticeable clues as the episodes unfold. 

When Castle Rock does have big reveals, they usually create as much confusion as they clear up, and Episode 6 of the series pretty much nails that approach with...whatever the hell happened to Henry in the woods. 

SEE ALSO: On 'Castle Rock,' The Kid is not all right

To recap, Henry Deaver went to the forest around Castle Rock after finding old tapes of him and his father hanging out there. While exploring he stumbles upon Odin (played by C.J. Jones) and Willie (played by Kieran Culkin), a deaf acoustics expert and his interpreter/student, respectively.  Read more...

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Google provides data on U.S. political advertising

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 21:59
Google has added a section to its twice-yearly transparency report to show who buys U.S. election ads on its platform and how much money is spent on political advertising, the search engine giant said on Wednesday.
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