The often gross and rarely steamy history of video game sex scenes

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:33

It’s Summer Lovin’ Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we’re celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood’s love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love.

Warning: This article contains images and videos that may not be safe for work.

In the earliest, most technologically limited days of video games, developers concocted the simplest of designs, leading to some extremely efficient, iconic creations. There were the balls and paddles of Pong, the spaceships of Space Invaders, the asteroids of Asteroids, all of which conveyed so much with so little. Read more...

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Can You Host a Web Server on Your Home Internet Connection?

How-To Geek - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 15:00
Setting up a web server and hosting your own website can be a fun and challenging learning experience. But if you’re looking to do this, you should check with your ISP first; it might be a violation of their terms of service.
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Brazil may probe Google over its cell phone system: report

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:51
Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade is considering opening an investigation into Google over alleged abuses in its cell phone operating system, the president of the agency said in an interview published on Wednesday in newspaper Valor Economico.
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Musk bid for Tesla: no formal offer, no firm deals with advisers

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:46
(This August 14 story was corrected to say "private" instaed of "public" in paragraph 14)
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The Best Cheap Portrait Photography Gear For Your Camera

How-To Geek - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:00

Portraiture is a big genre of photography.

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How to Take Better Photos in Burst Mode

How-To Geek - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:00
Burst mode, where your camera keeps taking photos as long as you hold down the shutter button, is handy when you’re trying to take action, sports, wildlife, or any other kind of photos where the subject is moving quickly. There’s a knack to doing it right, so let’s dig in.
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Chinese vaccine maker made 500,000 substandard baby vaccines: Xinhua

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:59
A Chinese drug company produced nearly 500,000 substandard vaccines for babies, roughly double an earlier estimate by authorities investigating a safety scandal, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.
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How To Organize Your Messy Windows Desktop (And Keep It That Way)

How-To Geek - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:40
The desktop is a convenient place to store files and program shortcuts, but it can get messy fast. Here’s how to tidy your desktop up so you can quickly find everything you’re looking for—and make sure it stays nice and organized.
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James Corden made Mayim Bialik put her face on a mop and it's surprisingly endearing

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:28

Watching fully grown adults nuzzling their faces up against different things is cute for some inexplicable reason.

Actress Mayim Bialik and basketball player Ben Simmons were guests on James Corden's The Late Late Show, where they played a game of "Nuzzle Whaaa?" against Corden and his resident drummer, Guillermo Brown.

Blindfolded, each player has to rub their faces up against something to guess what it is. The result is both funny and kind of adorable. Except for when the "something" was revealed to be two rather large snakes, which visibly freaked out Simmons. 

Bialik ponders, "Is it a puppy?" as she dips her chin into a sandcastle. Simmons also asks if the two massive snakes are "a horse or a pony." Later he guesses "donkey."  Read more...

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Express Scripts staking out million-dollar gene therapies

Health News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:19
Express Scripts Holding Co built a multi-billion enterprise pressuring drug companies to lower their prices for U.S. patients. Now it is quietly building a side business: getting paid to help drug companies dispense a new generation of high-priced drugs.
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The baking Pacific Ocean is changing the weather on the Southern California coast

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:00

Ocean temperatures off the Southern California coast have been profoundly warm in August, with a number of all-time high temperatures recorded in San Diego's almost bath-like waters.

These extreme marine temperatures — created by weather patterns and boosted by climate change — have a sphere of influence beyond the oceans, as this heat has contributed to unusual heat and mugginess on the heavily-populated coast. 

This is not the norm for seaside San Diego, which is famous for its sunny, though moderate, climate.

SEE ALSO: A dead baby orca and the intense grief of animals

"We’re in a record-setting streak right now," Mark Moede, a National Weather Service meteorologist in San Diego, said in an interview. "It's unprecedented — typically it's pretty temperate." Read more...

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Saudi fund may only play minor part in Musk's $72 billion Tesla plan: bankers

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:49
Elon Musk told investors this week that "obviously, the Saudi sovereign fund has more than enough capital needed" to finance taking Tesla private.
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Ryan Reynolds just tweeted 12 words to describe his gin, and they're ridiculously perfect

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:41

If the whole acting thing doesn't work out, Ryan Reynolds definitely has a backup career as either a) a social media manager or b) a poet. The guy just has a phenomenal way with words.

SEE ALSO: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds lost all chill when they heard their daughter's voice at Taylor Swift concert

This time, fresh of the back of a horrendous drinking game with Jimmy Fallon, he took to Twitter to talk about his company Aviation Gin.

.@AviationGin has had a lot of attention lately. 20,000 daily emails crashed our servers. I had no idea we had an IT Department until an hour ago. They seem super sober.

— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 15, 2018

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Football club sends letter of support to fan who wrote about depression on social media

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:39

A man who posted about living with depression has received a touching letter from the CEO of the football club he supports.

Chris Ryder posted a photo of the letter sent to him by Gauthier Ganaye, chief executive of Barnsley Football Club in South Yorkshire, UK. 

SEE ALSO: This Instagram poet is making young people feel less alone

"Sorry for sending you a letter at random, but I felt like I wanted to reach out to you and get in touch," wrote Gauthier Ganaye in the letter. "I've noticed through social media that you've had a bit of a hard time recently, I'm not sure what it is but I hope everything improves for you as soon as possible." Read more...

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How a science program teaches girls to stop doubting themselves

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:30

This post is part of Mashable's ongoing series The Women Fixing STEM, which highlights trailblazing women in science, tech, engineering, and math, as well as initiatives and organizations working to close the industries' gender gaps.

With patience, Emily Cruz detangled a vine with Dorito-shaped leaves from a fallen branch, unwinding it slowly and then pulling it out from the roots.

The 12-year-old and 40 other middle-school girls were working to remove what’s known as mile-a-minute vines recently from New York City’s largest green space as part of a program aimed at encouraging girls to pursue environmental science. Over the years, the fast-growing plant has elbowed its way into Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, which is more than three times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park Read more...

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Israel launches three-year program to boost cyber industry

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:26
The Israeli government said on Wednesday it is investing 90 million shekels ($24 million) to shore up the country's cyber security industry as a global leader.
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About that Omarosa book: This is what complicity looks like

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:00

Everyone is the hero of their own story — but in telling that tale, people often reveal much more about themselves than they realize. That is true of autobiographies in general, and of Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Newman more than most. 

The tell-all book, released Tuesday by the famous former reality show star and communications staffer, has plenty of beans to spill on the dysfunction and casual racism of Donald Trump and his White House. 

It's also the story of how the kind of person who seems to think in soundbites could help elect and participate in such an administration without ever really knowing what she was doing. And how, even after reflecting for a year, that person thinks she can avoid doing much soul-searching about her role.  Read more...

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Omarosa says she's 'not trolling' with White House recordings

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:41

Omarosa Manigault-Newman said she's "not trolling" the White House with her decision to release secretly taped conversations with Chief of Staff John Kelly and Trump.

The former Trump aide joined Trevor Noah on The Daily Show on Tuesday night to talk about her new tell-all book, Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the White House, and why she made the recordings — including one which reportedly discusses the existence of an Apprentice outtake tape in which Trump allegedly uses a racial slur.

"I'm not trolling them. I just want them to know that everything that you see in Unhinged, that’s quoted, can be verified as documented and corroborated." she said. Read more...

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Asian gaming stocks tumble as China halts license approvals

Technology News (Reuters) - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:36
Shares of Asian video game companies such as Tencent Holdings , Nexon and Nintendo tumbled on Wednesday due to concerns over delays in new games releases in China, as Beijing halted approvals for game licenses.
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Will chocolate or rum and Coke taste good with hummus? Jimmy Fallon finds out.

Mashable - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:49

Hummus is versatile as they come when talking about dips, but just how well does it combine with Hamburger Helper, rum and Coke, or bugs?

Good Mythical Morning's Rhett & Link joined The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night to find out, proving that Fallon — at least — has a real appetite for eating questionable things.

With barf buckets in hand, the gang enter uncharted territory when it comes to blended chickpeas, lemon and tahini. Read more...

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