‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 aims for ‘bulletproof dopeness,’ says showrunner


Getting secrets about a Marvel/Netflix series out of one of its creative forces can often be as tough as getting a bullet past Luke Cage’s invulnerable skin. 

But when a showrunner is as schooled in musical metaphors as Cheo Hodari Coker, a former music journalist, he can slip you some valuable clues in hip-hop analogies. And that’s what Coker did during a quick chat with Mashable at a recent For Your Consideration event to promote Luke Cage for Emmy nominations. Everything you need to know right now about Season 2 of Luke Cage — and its relationship to the upcoming crossover series The Defenders, uniting Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Iron Fist — can be decoded in a quick study of the Wu-Tang Clan. Read more…

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The only thing worse than the fidget spinner craze is fidget spinner apps


In a matter of weeks, fidget spinners went from something almost nobody had ever heard of to the must-have toy of the season. The anxiety-reducing handheld spinners are so ubiquitous that dozens of developers are trying to cash in on the phenomenon with fidget-spinner themed mobile apps.

People are into it, apparently. So into it that the top game in the iOS app store is a virtual fidget spinner that doesn’t do anything but spin.

The app is called Finger Spinner and it lets you swipe a virtual fidget spinner. You get five swipes to get it to spin as many times as possible, and you earn coins based on how many spins you get. The coins are used to improve the stats of your spinner, and spinning unlocks new spinners that all act the same but are aesthetically different. Read more…

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A Russian embassy is promoting a right-wing murder conspiracy


Russia’s embassy in the United Kingdom is boosting a right-wing conspiracy theory.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised. 

The social media staff at the embassy are well-known trolls, but this conspiracy theory has made it clear just how far the embassy will go.

#WikiLeaks informer Seth Rich murdered in US but 🇬🇧 MSM was so busy accusing Russian hackers to take

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) May 19, 2017

Seth Rich, mentioned in the tweet above, was working for the Democratic National Committee in July when he was fatally shot while walking near his home in Washington, D.C. The reasons behind the murder are unknown, but Wikileaks founder Julian Assange implied that Rich was murdered for providing Wikileaks with leaked DNC emails. Read more…

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Ford just used Wi-Fi for the first time to update its cars’ software


Some of Ford’s SYNC 3-enabled cars are finally getting an update to match the rest of the connected car ecosystem.

The automaker’s 2016 model-year line will be eligible for an infotainment center software upgrade that will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving drivers a better connection with their phones while they’re on the road. Ford announced the update in a release touting the new compatibilities, which will be available to an estimated 800,000 vehicles.  

While the new integrations will undoubtedly be welcomed by 2016 Ford owners, they’re not the real news here. 

The more notable detail is in the way the rollout of SYNC 3 version 2.2 will be handled. For the first time ever, Ford will offer a SYNC upgrade via Wi-Fi in the form of an over-the-air (OTA) software update.  Read more…

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The Battle For Riddler Nation, Round 2

Welcome to The Riddler. Every week, I offer up problems related to the things we hold dear around here: math, logic and probability. There are two types: Riddler Express for those of you who want something bite-sized and Riddler Classic for those of you in the slow-puzzle movement. Submit a correct answer for either, and […]


Significant Digits For Friday, May 19, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 2-1 The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to begin the process of eliminating protections and rules ensuring net neutrality. If you’ve got beef with this, the FCC is accepting comment until Aug. 16. [Ars Technica] 18 Reuters has reported that […]


How Women Are Reacting to this Essay on Body Shaming

As we close out another work week, another essay has gone viral on social media and it’s causing a positive stir. Erica Dawn posted a blog entry entitled “Let’s Talk About Body Shaming in the Philippines.” And it’s got women nodding in agreement at this micro transgression that’s sadly been so deeply ingrained in Philippine culture. […]

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How Japan’s Princess Mako’s Marriage Is Sparking a Feminist Debate on Imperial Rule

The whole world is abuzz with the news that Princess Mako of Japan is set to marry her non-royal college boyfriend and will soon renounce her title. While this shocked people, this also sparks a feminist discussion about Japan’s imperial leadership. Princess Mako is the granddaughter of Emperor Akihito. Under Japanese imperial law, a princess who chooses […]

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Tesla is the latest Silicon Valley company to run smack into human limits


Silicon Valley companies are often built around making the world more efficient, but engineering efficiency has a human cost many of them either didn’t see coming or would like to forget. 

Tesla, it seems, is no different.

Reports of incidents at Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory include “fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains,” according to information published by The Guardian Thursday.

Someone’s had to call an ambulance 100-plus times since 2014. At least one person passed out, “hit the floor like a pancake” and split their face open, according to a production technician The Guardian spoke with. Employees were told to “work around him.” Another employee now has two herniated neck discs after he spent years on the assembly line with his arms raised above his head to reach cars hanging in the air. Read more…

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CBS’ ‘Mom’ will donate its Emmys campaign budget to Planned Parenthood


Hollywood likes to talk a big game about giving to charity, but one TV show just put its money where its mouth is — literally. 

Instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on an Emmy “For Your Consideration” campaign, CBS comedy Mom has instead donated $250,000 to Planned Parenthood and its Los Angeles affiliate. 

“In Los Angeles County alone, we answer approximately 2,000 calls each day from people asking us for help,” says Sue Dunlap, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. “Across the country, millions of women and men are relying on Planned Parenthood health centers for their basic care — like birth control, life-saving cancer-screenings, and STD testing and treatment. We are committed to being here for them, no matter what. Generous support from our community fuels this work, and we are honored that the team behind Mom is launching this campaign at this critical time.” Read more…

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