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Made from metal and driven by the wind, these sculptures resemble pulsing alien creatures

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:30

Anthony Howe is a sculptor who doesn't like static works of art. For the last 30 years, his material of choice has been metal, and his purpose: to make it come to life.

Howe has built hundreds of kinetic sculptures that he says were plucked straight from his imagination. Today, some are scattered across the world, while others are blending in with nature in his studio on Orcas Island, Washington. Read more...

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Paris wants to regulate Asian bike-share operators

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:29
PARIS (Reuters) - Paris does not want Asian bike-sharing operators to burst into the city the way Airbnb and Uber did and plans to introduce regulation to ensure an orderly rollout of new bicycle schemes, a top city official told Reuters.
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How to Spot Fake Stock Photos (and Attribute the Right Person)

How-To Geek - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:24
Spammers and other unscrupulous advertisers are always looking for new ways to get you click on their pages. One of the latest tactics is to steal popular and useful stock images—like the kind you sometimes see in news articles—and re-upload them elsewhere.
Categories: IT General, Technology

The reviews for Michael Fassbender's new movie are savage AF

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:23

In another world, a movie about a deranged serial killer who dismembers his victims and transplants their body parts with snowmen could be so entertaining. But this is not that world, and Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman (currently rocking 13% on Rotten Tomatoes) is an incoherent mess. Critics screened the film in time for its Oct. 19 debut and found nothing worth redeeming in its cast, plotting, and shoddy editing.

Here's what they had to say.

SEE ALSO: Aronofsky's 'mother!' and the psychological horror of women's domesticity


The secret comedy

Alissa Wilkinson, Vox:

The overall effect means that as the movie soldiers bravely on, the suspicion begins to build — like icy fingers on your neck — that this is not in fact a crime drama, but a vast punking conspiracy, a bit of avant-garde satire without any clear target. That feeling only grows with the dialogue, which is baffling in its badness. “Maybe this will bring your balls back,” Katrine says to Hole, handing him a cup of vodka. A character speaks of a “pregnancy doctor,” as if anyone calls an obstetrician by that name. At one point, a character says that he is infertile, then clarifies helpfully for those in the back that this means he cannot have children. Read more...

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Halloween costumes for your baby who's too dumb to know what's going on

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:20

Babies. They're dumb. 

And I'm not saying this like it's a bad thing. There are so many wonderful dumb things in this universe —  Channing Tatum and novelty hot dog toasters are perhaps the best examples. And babies, unlike Channing Tatum, will grow out of it. 

Parents can even take advantage of this unique period in their child's life to make them costumes they would never, over their tiny chubby body, wear if they were fully sentient.

There's never been a better time for this totally socially acceptable kind of exploitation than Halloween. 

SEE ALSO: 17 Halloween costumes that people need to stop wearing Read more...

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This 94-year-old WWII veteran is crowdfunding a tour of refugee camps across the world

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:20

Harry Leslie Smith is a World War II RAF veteran who will turn 95 in February 2018. 

SEE ALSO: David Miliband wants you to know that the refugee crisis is still happening

He is also an activist who's written several books on the Great Depression, which he experienced in Britain, the war and the rise of Neo-liberalism in the West. Recently, Smith has been vocal in advocating for refugee rights, visiting the Calais "jungle" and tweeting his passionate political opinions (he's a Labour supporter). 

But there's still a challenge Smith wants to complete: travelling to refugee camps across the world. For this reason he's launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to help him fund his tour.  Read more...

More about Uk, Refugee Crisis, Britain, Veteran, and Ww2
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Denuvo DRM Cracked within a Day of Release

Schneier on Security - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:17
Denuvo is probably the best digital-rights management system, used to protect computer games. It's regularly cracked within a day. If Denuvo can no longer provide even a single full day of protection from cracks, though, that protection is going to look a lot less valuable to publishers. But that doesn't mean Denuvo will stay effectively useless forever. The company has... Bruce Schneier
Categories: Security

Prosecutors seek pharmacist's conviction over U.S. meningitis outbreak

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:12
BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor on Friday told jurors that a Massachusetts pharmacist, charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak, acted with a "depraved heart" while knowingly producing non-sterile drugs.
Categories: Health

NFL player Chris Long is giving back to the communities that have always been there for him

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:10

For NFL player Chris Long, being a professional athlete means more than just playing football. He is using his platform to raise awareness and support education equality, which he views as an essential component to building a better future for our country.

After donating his first six paychecks this season to create scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, Long has pledged to donate his ten remaining game checks to four organizations dedicated to making education accessible for underserved youth. The organizations are based in Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis—the three cities Long has played for in his professional football career. Read more...

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Smart Watches for Children Are Dangerous Garbage

How-To Geek - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:00

A recent analysis of popular smart watches intended for children has revealed that the fledgling market is littered with devices that, at best, fail to…

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Someone brought this macaroni and cheese to a potluck and thought, 'This is good'

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:56

There are two types of people who come to a potluck: those who bring food, and those who bring napkins.

Every once in a while, people will attempt to cross that inviolable boundary and pretend to be something they're not, putting the entire potluck at risk. Twitter user @coolstoryjanis' coworker, clearly a napkin-bringer, recently pretended that they were a "food potlucker" at a company event and well, you can see the consequences for yourself. 

SEE ALSO: Is 'cheese tea' the next big food trend?

Warning: the following content you're about to experience may be disturbing to viewers who make good macaroni and cheese. Read more...

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This grill is made of cardboard and is totally sustainable

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:50

The CasusGrill is the most environmental friendly grill you'll ever use. The cardboard grill is perfect for when camping, hiking, or on the beach. Its lightweight design makes it easy to carry and you can use it as bonfire fuel when you're done. Read more...

More about Food, Mashable Video, Environment, Outdoors, and Global Warming
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The WeDo app may be the key to (finally) conquering your to-do list

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:43

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Staying on top of everything you have to do each day is sometimes tedious and sometimes overwhelming. There are the chores, the happy hour plans, the kids’ schedules — and that’s not even counting what you do at the office. 

SEE ALSO: Emergency prep 101: Invest in a solar-powered flashlight radio combo

There’s a good chance your to-do list system consists of Post-it notes, scribbles on scraps of paper, and the always handy “I’ll just remember it” method. It’s no wonder that 41 percent of to-do list items are never completed.  Read more...

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Snag a Lucero color changing smart bulb, no WiFi hub required

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:20

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The Smart Bulb from Lucero is exactly what your next party needs.

This advanced light bulb can shift colors through its companion app, which gives you access to more than 16 million different colors. You can set up rave lights for parties, mellow lights for relaxation, or dark colors for your daily brooding sessions. You can even schedule different colors at different times, so you can program the bulb to wake you up to a soothing warm light.

The Smart Bulb goes for $79.99, but you can buy it today for $23.96 and save 70 percent. Read more...

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Save $45 on these certified refurbished Amazon Tap speakers

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:02

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Save $45 today on certified refurbished Amazon Tap speakers. As the name suggests, give this speaker a tap and you can ask for music from your favorite streaming service like Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Pandora. With a WiFi connection, you can even ask Alexa to play music, order a Lyft, or check the weather for you.

The speaker makes up the entire device, so it can deliver clear 360-degree audio for up to nine hours. You can set it in the charging cradle when it needs a bit of juice.

The Amazon Tap normally costs $109.00, but you can get this certified refurbished Tap today for $64.99 and save 41%

Buy it here. Read more...

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Six Month Review: The Nintendo Switch Delivered On Its Lofty Promises

How-To Geek - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:00

The Nintendo Switch came out earlier this year and the hardware looked great, but a few questions still lingered…

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The first speaker with Microsoft Cortana is a great listener

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:00

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London the starting line as Adidas laces up robotic shoe run

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:56
LONDON (Reuters) - Adidas has launched the first of six planned city-themed running shoe models in London as it capitalizes on its first Speedfactory, which it has opened in Germany and equipped with time-saving robotics.
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Oliver from 'Hannah Montana' tweets sweary rant about his character's terrible outfits

Mashable - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:35

Hannah Montana star Mitchel Musso has something he wants to get off his chest about the terrible outfits his character wore. 

Musso played Oliver Oken, a character who often referred to himself "Smokin' Oken". But his outfits were anything but smokin'. 

SEE ALSO: Miley Cyrus gets nostalgic about 'Hannah Montana,' encourages fans to play drinking game

Years after Hannah Montana finished gracing our television screens, Musso has broken his silence on how he really felt about his character's sartorial choices. 

In an extremely sweary tweet, Musso has focused on one particular outfit. 

"Fuckin Diamond plaid, double collar, pants like wtf lookin motherfucka and the shoes?" he wrote.  Read more...

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XPO Logistics adding 6,000 holiday workers on e-commerce outlook

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:33
SEATTLE (Reuters) - XPO Logistics Inc said on Friday it is hiring more than 6,000 seasonal workers for the crucial peak holiday season, roughly 20 percent more than last year, as the third-largest publicly traded U.S. logistics company gears up for a surge in e-commerce deliveries.
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