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Guy at World Cup lights his cigarette with a literal flaming wallet

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:43

aThere's something admirable about the fiery passion that World Cup fans have. 

In some cases, it's literal fire. 

A fan at the World Cup lit his cigarette with a FLAMING WALLET. Yes, you read that right. He lit a cigarette with a whole wallet that lights on fire

SEE ALSO: Someone brought an IRL World Cup meme to a soccer match

To quote the Fox Sports commentator, "Oh good lord, son!" 

The commentator continued: "That is so unhealthy for you on multiple levels."

As the Independent points out, lighters would probably be confiscated at stadium security checkpoints. There's no written policy on flaming wallets — the same kind that magicians usually use for tricks — so this guy slipped through.  Read more...

More about Memes, Wtf, World Cup, Culture, and Web Culture
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Facebook shuts down actual news under the cover of 'political ads' policy

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:34

Having missed the boat completely on fake news, Facebook appears to now be dropping the hammer on the real stuff. 

The nonprofit investigative journalism outlet Reveal published a major story this week regarding immigrant children allegedly being forcibly injected with drugs at a government-contractor run detention center. As outlets do these days, it attempted to share the story on Facebook with its readers. And, possibly because Facebook's opaque Newsfeed algorithm means no one has any idea if their followers will even see the story, the organization also tried to boost the story's reach with an ad buy.  Read more...

More about Facebook, Immigration, Fake News, Tech, and Social Media Companies
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Instagram expands into long videos, will compete with YouTube

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:33
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc-owned social network Instagram launched a mobile app on Wednesday dedicated to user-generated videos up to an hour long, intensifying the competition for consumers' time among ad-supported streaming services such as YouTube.
Categories: Technology

'Fortnite' made $100 million on iOS in just 90 days

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:32

Fortnite: Battle Royale, the free-to-play game that's sweeping the world, is making bank.

Fortnite has made $100 million on iOS through in-app purchases in just 90 days, mobile app data analysis company Sensor Tower reported on Wednesday. That number makes the game the second most successful launch of all time on iOS.

SEE ALSO: 13 epic tweets only 'Fortnite' players will understand

Fortnite, which is free to download and play, has garnered that impressive revenue despite the fact that the only things available to purchase are completely inconsequential to gameplay. Players are spending money on costumes, outfits, and emotes that don't give anyone an advantage in multiplayer — but they do make them look cool, which is important for people who spend a ton of time in that game. Read more...

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NASA's Curiosity rover took a badass Mars selfie during a huge dust storm

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:19

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Oral antibiotics tied to increased risk of kidney stones

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:18
(Reuters Health) - Children and adults who take five commonly prescribed types of antibiotics may be more likely to develop kidney stones than people who don't use these medicines, a recent study suggests.
Categories: Health

The question everyone's asking about kids detained at the border: 'Where are the girls?'

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 23:10

Since early May, more than 2,000 migrant children have been separated from their families at the border of the United States. In that time, questions ranging from "how is this allowed?" to "how can I help?" have plagued the minds of concerned people around the world.

But as leaked photographs show detention centers filled with young boys, government officials dodge direct questions about the specific location of children. Meanwhile, confusing video footage shows kids being escorted through the streets. There are many questions about what's going on, but one in particular continues to gain momentum: "Where are the girls?"  Read more...

More about Politics, Kids, Social Good, Trump Immigration, and Social Good
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Trump, U.S. lawmakers meet to discuss 'problematic' measure on China's ZTE

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and a group of Republicans from the Senate and House of Representatives met at the White House on Wednesday to discuss their disagreement over how to penalize Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp.
Categories: Technology

Ivanka Trump gets destroyed after she thanked Daddy T for fixing the immigration crisis he created

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:34

She speaks, finally!

After remaining silent for days during the raging debate over the separation of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, Ivanka Trump finally decided it time to weigh in — but only after her father, the president, had signed an order to end the policy. 

And the Internet was pissed.

SEE ALSO: We read Ivanka Trump's insufferable new book so you don't have to

First, here's Ivanka's tweet.

Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values;the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 20, 2018 Read more...

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

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:26

Sleep is a necessity, and missing out on it for whatever reason is never good.

That's the reason sleep tech has been a booming business for the past few years, with hundreds of gadgets, mattresses, and wearables that promise to track your sleep or help you improve it. Bose thinks it can bring something to the category by attacking what it knows best: sound, or in this case, noise. 

In urban areas, noise is one of the most common reasons for losing sleep. White-noise devices for masking noise have been around for a long time, but they tend to be big, expensive, and not at all personal. 

SEE ALSO: Sleeping in on the weekends might prevent an early death Read more...

More about Bose, Sleeping, Sleep Tech, Tech, and Consumer Tech
Categories: IT General, Technology

Stunning space photo shows orange glow of the Kilauea volcano from orbit

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:18

From the ground, the erupting Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island looks like a hellish mouth opening up, revealing the Earth's depths. 

But from space, the volcano takes on a different look. 

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold snapped a photo of the oozing volcano from his post on the International Space Station. From orbit, Kilauea appears nothing more than a bright spot of light in a vast sea of darkness. 

SEE ALSO: Why Guatemala's volcano erupted in deadly avalanches, but Hawaii's hasn't

Arnold described the scene in a tweet: "The pumpkin orange lava flows of #Kilauea aglow during the predawn hours over the Pacific Ocean."  Read more...

More about Space, Nasa, Science, Space Photos, and International Space Station
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Even 'resolved' atrial fibrillation carries increased stroke risk

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 22:09
(Reuters Health) - Even when the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation goes away after treatment, patients' risk of stroke may still be higher than average, a large UK study suggests.
Categories: Health

Instagram launches their latest video feature called IGTV

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:55

Instagram's IGTV allows users to create channels and upload hourlong videos. YouTube may have some competition. Read more...

More about Video, Youtube, Instagram, Mashable Video, and Mashable Video
Categories: IT General, Technology

This artist just crushed the #stylechallenge

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:23

Artist Sam Skinner drew herself as 50 different cartoon characters for the #stylechallenge and nailed each one. Read more...

More about Art, Disney, Mashable Video, Illustration, and Drawing
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Big readers will love this multicolored mood lamp

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:16

The Book Light Mood Lamp is a great way to express your love of books. It's got 5 different colors and some other cool features that will brighten your day. You can get your own hereRead more...

More about Books, Mashable Video, Reading, Sale, and Lamp
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Facebook lets some group admins charge members for access

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:03

You already give Facebook your data, so why not throw a little cold, hard cash into the mix as well. 

Just bear with me here. So, you're following your favorite creator on the social network created in a dorm room, but because of that pesky algorithm her posts never show up in your Newsfeed. That's OK, you can still join her group! And now, thanks to a subscription-group test announced today by the advertising juggernaut, you may just have the pleasure of paying for that special access. 

SEE ALSO: Facebook mistakenly switched 14 million people's post settings to public because... oops!

According to a Wednesday press release, Facebook is trying out giving group admins the ability to charge their members subscription fees for special sub-groupsTechCrunch reports that the fees will range from $4.99 to $29.99 a month.   Read more...

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People are texting Stephen Miller, the guy responsible for separating families at the border

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:02

Enraged and concerned citizens are now texting one of the men that's largely responsible for tearing families apart at the U.S. border. 

Separating children from their parents at the border has led to disturbing conditions at detainment facilities — the sound of children screaming as they were taken from their parents and reports of teenagers required to change toddlers' diapers are prompting outcry all over social media. 

Trump's senior policy advisor Stephen Miller has reportedly been one of the main driving forces behind the decision to enforce the inhumane policy. But Miller told the New York Times that "it was a simple decision" to make, and that "no one is exempt from immigration law."  Read more...

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How to Create a Template in Microsoft Word

How-To Geek - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 21:00
Templates let you configure all the relevant settings you want pre-applied to documents—page layout, styles, formatting, tabs, boilerplate text, and so on. You can then easily create a new document based on that template.
Categories: IT General, Technology

What trade war? FAANGs scale new highs

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:53
(Reuters) - Four of the five so-called FAANG stocks – Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon and Netflix – surged to all-time highs on Wednesday, with only Apple spoiling a perfect scorecard.
Categories: Technology

Barack Obama finally breaks his silence on immigration controversy, and it's kind of a let down

Mashable - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 20:43

Former President Barack Obama finally weighed in on the ongoing debate over the separation of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, and it left a little to be desired for a few reasons. 

SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama joins Laura Bush in taking on Trump's immigration policy

In a post to Facebook Wednesday afternoon to mark World Refugee Day, Obama lamented, "And to watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question: are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?" Read more...

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