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Olloclip Filmer’s Kit is your go-to bag o’ live-streaming tricks

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Good smartphone photography and video requires a steady hand, a good eye and, just maybe, a bag of tricks.

That’s more or less the concept behind Olloclip’s and Incase’s limited-time mashup: The Filmer’s Kit. 

It’s a black, compression-molded, 9-inch-by-6-inch-by-3-inch case packed with the majority of Olloclip’s iPhone 7 add-on lenses (the Core Lens Set and Active Lens Set) and Pivot, a nifty, articulating hand-held mobile phone grip with a universal clamp that accommodates most smartphone sizes. There’s also a cold-shoe mount on the Pivot for a microphone and light source and an adapter so you can use Pivot with your favorite GoPro style camera. Read more…

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A ‘Star Wars’ resort is coming to Orlando because Disney doesn’t have enough of our money already

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No, you can’t actually visit that galaxy far, far away, on account of it being fictional and all. But Disney being Disney, they’ve cooked up the next best thing.

At D23 today, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, announced a “100% immersive” Star Wars-themed resort to come to Walt Disney World.

Plans for the resort were first reported in April, but today’s D23 panel brought our first official announcement.

Described as Disney’s “most experiential concept ever,” the luxury hotel promises to be a “100% immersive” experience in “an authentic Star Wars environment.”  Read more…

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Trump hires a man with the most magnificent mustache to defend him against Russia accusations

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I dare say, I won’t stand for all of you besmirching my client, Mr. Trump.

To get to him, you’ll have to get through me and my magnificent mustache. My name is Ty Cobb and winning runs in my veins. I’m a high-powered lawyer who represented people in the Clinton administration, and I’m a distant relative of The Georgia Peach himself, Ty Cobb, the baseball player. 

It’s unconscionable that you would accuse my client, Donald J. Trump, and his associates of inappropriate contact with the Russians just because of evidence. Why, I’d challenge you to a duel, but I’m enjoying a tasty mint julep on a riverboat. Read more…

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We’re frankly baffled that luxury smartphone maker Vertu is done for

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Incredibly rich people lacking any sense of style let out a collective gasp today, as news broke that luxury smartphone maker Vertu will be liquidated. 

Despite having a target market of moneyed assholes, of which the world is in no short supply, the UK-based company apparently struggled to find a customer base for its $46,600 polished 18-carat red gold phones.

We’re just as shocked as you are. 

And what brought this visionary company down? According to the BBC, that would be an accounting deficit of £128 million (aka the cost of roughly 3,555 Clous de Paris Red Gold Vertu smartphones).  Read more…

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Gucci’s New Décor Line Was Made to Dress and Re-Dress Your Space

I’m sure I’m not the only who lusts for anything and everything Gucci. So I am not exempt from wanting every piece from their décor line. The brand first teased the upcoming collection on their Instagram, posting illustrations by portrait painter and illustrator Alex Merry. A post shared by Gucci (@gucci) on Jul 12, 2017 […]

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No need to worry, just hundreds of thousands of fire ants forming living towers

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Little girl’s reaction to the ‘Frozen’ ride is hilariously cute

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Disney World is supposed to be the most magical place on Earth. For one little girl, all that magic may have been too much to handle.

Imgur user Stingerj uploaded this album of his family riding Frozen Ever After at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort for the first time.

The camera at the end of the ride captured his daughter’s befuddled expression in all its glory.

Maybe she was just shocked that cartoon characters were dancing and singing in real life. Even in the movie Anna freaks out at first when Olaf comes to life. Read more…

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But his emails! The internet roasts Donald Trump Jr. over Russia report.

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Now it’s time for Donald Trump to worry about emails. 

Back in 2016, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, met with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. 

On Monday, the New York Times reported that the man who brokered the meeting, Rob Goldstone, stated in an email to Trump Jr. that the lawyer had information that could hurt the Hillary Clinton campaign and explicitly stated that the information came from the Russian government, who was trying to help Trump win the election. 

Why is this bad for Donald Trump? Well, it’s a sign that members of his campaign welcomed support from Russia. (Jared Kushner and Paul J. Manafort, then the chairman of the Trump campaign, also attended the meeting.) Read more…

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9 Donald Trump nicknames that did nothing to slow his authoritarianism

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Since Donald Trump’s election, it has felt hopeless staring down the barrel of the rise of fascism, feeling as if nothing we do or say is being heard by our government. 

But I, however, will not stand down. So I came up with these rude and crude nicknames for our president that, sadly, did not have the affect on the Trump administration I imagined they would.

1. The Cheeto

I referred to Donald Trump as this in an elevator with coworkers and everyone loved it. Huge laugh. I was king of the elevator and I thought I finally had him dead to rights. But alas, he still signed an executive order as the president of the United States later that day. Read more…

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Elon Musk just gave us our first real look at the Tesla Model 3

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The Tesla Model 3 is finally here. 

After months of hype, a bonkers production plan, and multiple prototypes spotted zooming around California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the first production Model 3. 

Production unit 1 of Model 3 is now built and going through final checkout. Pics soon.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017

First Production Model 3 pic.twitter.com/TCa2NSUNI3

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017

The first Model 3 was slated to be finished to cap off the first week of the month, but the early July start is still about two weeks ahead of Tesla’s adjusted schedule. That’s great news for the hundreds of thousands of Tesla fans who have placed a reservation since March 2016, when pre-order totals reached over 134,000 in just over 24 hours.     Read more…

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TrueFace.AI busts facial recognition imposters

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Facial recognition technology is more prevalent than ever before. It’s being used to identify people in airports, put a stop to child sex trafficking, and shame jaywalkers

But the technology isn’t perfect. One major flaw: It sometimes can’t tell the difference between a living person’s face and a photo of that person held up in front of a scanner. 

TrueFace.AI facial recognition is trying to fix that flaw. Launched on Product Hunt in June, it’s meant to detect “picture attacks.”

The company originally created Chui in 2014 to work with customized smart homes. Then they realized clients were using it more for security purposes, and TrueFace.AI was born.  Read more…

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Tesla wins contract in Australia for ‘the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery’

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The bet is on.

South Australia will work with Tesla and renewable energy provider Neoen to install the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery, in a bid to curb energy concerns that have plagued the state.

The announcement was made on Friday months after Tesla founder Elon Musk made a Twitter bet in March that he could fix the state’s energy problems by installing 100MW worth of its Powerwalls “within 100 days or it’s free.”

Jay Weatherill, South Australia’s premier called it a “historic agreement” on Twitter. Read more…

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Hobby Lobby buying smuggled Iraqi artifacts is too much for the internet to handle

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Hobby Lobby, the store that sells picture frames and wicker baskets to your grandmother, was just punished for buying ancient artifacts smuggled out of modern-day Iraq.

Like the villain in the world’s worst Indiana Jones movie (“It belongs in a museum!”), the company snatched up thousands of cuneiform tablets and clay bullae, which were moved through Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and illegally shipped to the United States. 

The Department of Justice made Hobby Lobby forfeit the artifacts, worth about $1.6 million, and pay an additional $3 million.  Read more…

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Nikki Haley is sooo bummed she has to work on July 4 just because North Korea launched an ICBM

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Don’t you hate when it’s the Fourth of July and instead of grilling burgers with friends, you’re forced to deal with a hostile foreign state that just tested an intercontinental ballistic missile

Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sure does! 

Spending my 4th in meetings all day#ThanksNorthKorea

— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) July 4, 2017

Ugh, meetings amirite? #ThanksNorthKorea. 

I mean, the least Kim Jong-un could do was wait another day to announce his country had taken a step toward being able to launch a nuclear warhead capable of hitting the continental United States.  Read more…

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We can finally destroy the myth that having a period makes you less competent

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For way too long, people have played menstruation for laughs. These hilarious jokes usually come back to a familiar punch line: Women just can’t function when they bleed. 

It’s not just a joke, either. That trope has been used by men and women alike to justify why we can’t have nice things, including a female president.  

But a new study published Tuesday in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience offers some quality research to destroy the myth of the woman turned incompetent by her period. 

The study took dozens of women and tested their cognitive abilities several times over the course of two consecutive menstrual cycles. The researchers found no consistent associations between fluctuations to the women’s hormones and their cognition.  Read more…

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SpaceX rocket lands in swimming pool — in Apple ARKit-powered augmented reality

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We’ve seen Elon Musk’s Tesla being virtually driven in augmented reality, so it’s only right that we also get a look at his SpaceX rockets in the amazing platform. 

Another person experimenting with Apple’s ARKit showed off the Falcon 9 rocket returning from space and landing on a drone platform not at sea, but in the middle of his swimming pool in his backyard. From the sound effects to the shadows and perspective, it looks surprisingly real. 

Yes, people are getting a little crazy with all these ARKit demos, but this one is too exciting to write off as just a cool AR trick. This looks like the future of AR, and we’re just getting started.  Read more…

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‘Babe’ actor sentenced to one week in jail for climate protest

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The friendly farmer from Babe is facing jail time — for a cause. 

James Cromwell, a climate activist, was sentenced to one week in jail for his arrest during a protest at a New York power plant in 2015. Two other environmental activists, Pramilla Malick and Madeline Shaw, were also sentenced by a judge in Wawayanda, N.Y. 

Cromwell helped stage a sit-in at a natural gas site run by Competitive Power Ventures. He and his fellow activists were charged with obstruction of traffic. Cromwell was sentenced to a jail sentence after he didn’t pay an assigned fine — another form of protest. 

“If we don’t stay together, nothing will change,” Cromwell told the Times-Herald Record. “Power to the people.” Read more…

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The Rock can’t wait to meet Elizabeth Warren, who is apparently a huge ‘Ballers’ fan

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can smell what Elizabeth Warren is cooking … and he likes it. 

On Friday afternoon, the movie star tweeted this after it was revealed that the Democratic senator from Massachusetts was a big fan of the HBO show Ballers, which is basically Entourage but with sports agents:

Can’t wait to meet Senator Warren one day. She’s got a big Rock sized hug coming for all the @BallersHBO luv. She’s a baller 👊🏾https://t.co/Ekggy8raDB

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 1, 2017

In a segment for Full Frontal, Warren sat down with host Samantha Bee, where it was revealed the senator had a huge crush on The Rock—which, I mean, who doesn’t. Read more…

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Fearless Australian dude throws himself into a hole to catch a massive mud crab

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