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Samsung really wants you to start talking to your fridge

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Samsung is still finding ways to pack more features into perhaps the least exciting thing in your house: your refrigerator.

The tech giant announced today at CES a brand new version of its smart refrigerator that now includes voice controls, AKG speakers, and smart home integrations. 

The new Samsung Family Hub refrigerator has many of the same options as the original 2016 model, but adds a bunch of entertainment and smart home controls. Now, you can use the fridge to operate smart home products using Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant. Read more…

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What it’s like to ride in a self-driving Lyft

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Riding in a self-driving Lyft car is way more boring than you’d expect. But that’s really the point.

The ride, which I took on the streets of Las Vegas at the outset of CES 2018, was only remarkable in how mundane it was. Turns, lane changes, braking for red lights, accelerating for green — it was all pretty much the same as if a human were doing the driving. Well, if it weren’t for the display on the dash showing a LiDAR-constructed view of the streets around us, and the robotic female voice that would occasionally chime in with a “lane change checking” or some other status update.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop suggests you use coffee to clean your poop chute. Don’t.

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No matter what Gwyneth Paltrow’s dubious health website tells you, please talk to your doctor before shooting coffee into your colon.

In an article titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Colonics,” Goop writer Dr. Alejandro Junger suggests a specific brand of enema device for people who want to use a home system and know what they’re doing. Goop links out to the device which immediately advertises itself as “a clean way to do coffee enemas” for the low low price of $135.

If you don’t know what an enema is, it’s a procedure (usually performed by doctors) to clean out someone’s colon by injecting fluid up their butt. The product linked in Goop’s article claims to work well with coffee, and also claims that shooting coffee into your colon is good for your liver, removes “toxins,” and relieves depression, confusion(?), allergy symptoms, and severe pain. Read more…

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Faraday Future is the ultimate CES cautionary tale

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It was the “first of a new species.” It was going to change the game. It both was, and maybe was not, a car. It was the talk of CES. But that was then. 

Now, almost a year after Faraday Future unveiled the FF 91 at CES in January 2017, the would-be electric car manufacturer that sought to challenge Tesla has come close to crashing and burning. And while much has been written about the unfulfilled promises and stumbles of the company, its frothy CES showcase speaks to a much larger truth about the biggest consumer tech show in the world: Don’t believe the hype. 

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Trump calls Steve Bannon ‘Sloppy Steve’ in a tweet

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The “adult day-care centre” that is the White House is getting even cattier, with the president referring to Steve Bannon as “Sloppy Steve” in a tweet.

Donald Trump has been a bit tetchy over the last few days, after excerpts from Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House were made public.

One of these excerpts detailed former White House Chief Strategist Bannon referring to Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.” 

“When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” responded Trump in a statement released by the White House. He then dropped a cheeky cease and desist letter on Bannon. Read more…

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SoundCloud rejects claims of reduced sound quality on its streams

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SoundCloud is still the place to be for budding and established music makers, and it’s fair enough that they won’t budge on sound quality.

Since Wednesday, the company has been on the receiving end of users bemused and angry over a purported change to the format it streams music in. 

It’s apparently switched from 128 kbps MP3 to 64 kbps Opus, an open source format developed by the Xiph.Org Foundation, leading to headlines and tweets about it “halving” its sound quality.

According to its developers, Opus seeks to meet or surpass the audio quality of MP3 and other proprietary codecs like AAC, especially at lower bitrates.  Read more…

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Trump and Bannon are locked in a ‘cuck fight’ on the cover of the NY Daily News

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The feathers are flying in the White House, and on the front of the New York Daily News.

The publisher has revealed quite the cover, depicting President Donald Trump and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon as chickens engaged in a “cuck fight.”

The cover is something to behold, fronting a feature unpacking Trump’s claim that Bannon “lost his mind” for calling Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”  

If you’re not across it, a “cuck” is a dismissive term used by the so-called alt-right to belittle men associated with liberal politics as weak and effeminate. (It’s literal shorthand for a man being sexually cuckolded by a woman.)  Read more…

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Watch Cardi B and Bruno Mars pay homage to ‘In Living Color’ in new video

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Bruno Mars and Cardi B have teamed up for a ’90s-inspired video for their rework of R&B track “Finesse,” from Mars’ 2016 album, 24K Magic

While the track was teased with artwork and images on social media as a plain and simple single release, the pair dropped a video at midnight on Wednesday as well.

With Cardi B added on vocals, the clip appears to pay tribute to iconic Wayans brothers ’90s television show In Living Color, with those classic outfits and signature choreographed dance moves. The sketch show appears to be, according to Mars, one of his “favorite T.V shows of all time.” Read more…

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Pete Souza throws shade at Trump for ‘nuclear button’ tweet

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Pete Souza is back with more Instaburns for Donald Trump, after the latest scary-beyond-all-reason tweet from the president.

The former Chief Official White House Photographer during the Obama Administration, Souza has posted two images on Instagram in response to President Trump’s boast on Twitter that his “nuclear button” was bigger than the one apparently on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s desk.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018 Read more…

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Beyoncé makes triumphant return as Coachella headliner

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The Queen is back on the bill.

Beyoncé is returning as a headliner for Coachella 2018, after cancelling last year due to her pregnancy (she was replaced with Lady Gaga).

Queen Bey joins fellow headliners The Weeknd and Eminem (could there be a “Walk on Water” duet?) for the 2018 festival, which announced its full lineup on Tuesday. Coachella kicks off its two weekends on April 13 this year, finishing up on April 22.

Doctors recommended last year that Beyoncé pull out of Coachella, but she promised to return for the 2018 festival. Read more…

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Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby drops dance track and well, it’s terrible

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Convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby spent 13 years in Bali after being found guilty of bringing, oh, 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia.

And now, she’s dropped a dance single.

The 40-year-old Queensland local posted the joke song, dubbed “Palm Trees,” on Instagram on Monday. She’s teamed up with music producer Nat Zeleny for the track, on which Corby provides chorus vocals.

The video currently has 58.5K views, for some reason. Unsurprisingly not available on Spotify, iTunes or Apple Music, “Palm Trees” is the dumb summer track you wish you’d never heard. Read more…

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Trump’s NYE bash has a ‘modern fantasy garden’ theme. We have some better suggestions.

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President Donald Trump is often accused of living in his own personal fantasy world where white supremacists are “very fine people” and New Jersey muslims celebrated the 9/11 attack. So it is perhaps fitting that his New Year’s Eve celebration at Mar-a-Largo has, according to The Washington Post, a “modern fantasy garden” theme.

And while we’re excited to see what mythical bullshit takes root in such a gathering of sycophants and enablers, we also can’t help but note that Team Trump passed up a wonderful opportunity to explore other themes perhaps more germane to the 45th presidency of these great United States.  Read more…

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“I Met Travie McCoy in Megamall”

Guess who’s in Manila? “Billionaire” rapper and former Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy. And one of Hinge’s own staffers unexpectedly bumped into him at the mall. Danica Condez, associate art director for Southern Living Magazine and NoliSoli.ph, said she saw Travie while eating at Ogetsu Hime, SM Megamall. “At first I didn’t want to […]

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My favorite Twitter account is a bot

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Human Twitter accounts serve their purpose, but I prefer tweets from bots.

Research suggests there are now some 30 million tweeting bots — though this might be a low estimate. Some of these bots provide weather updates, make stock recommendations, or attempt to subvert democracy. 

I, however, like bots that aren’t necessarily so useful nor ambitious. I look forward to their musings because their primary directive is to produce creative or absurd content — and I’m not alone. 

“I like anything that’s going to inject a little strangeness, beyond the normal strangeness that we have every day now,” Charles Bergquist, the creator of my favorite twitter bot, NewFound Planets, told Mashable. Bergquist is also the director of the public radio program Science FridayRead more…

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Niagara Falls is a frigid, beautiful wonderland right now

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It’s bitterly cold across parts of the U.S. and Canada right now, and the freezing temps aren’t going away anytime soon

The bright side? Pretty pictures. In Chicago, people captured stunning images of their frozen city. And the images hitting Instagram from Niagara Falls have been beautiful. 

I mean, look at these photos, which went viral after journalist Muhammad Lila posted them on Twitter: 

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Even Australia’s prime minister isn’t immune from being fined

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Politics might’ve been mad as ever in 2017, so perhaps there’s something oddly normal about a country’s leader getting what is a rather boring fine.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was issued a A$250 ticket (US$193) on Friday for not wearing a lifejacket when he was moving his dinghy near his Sydney home earlier this week.

The fine was confirmed by the New South Wales maritime authority, who are on the lookout for boaters who are breaking the law — seemingly no matter how distinguished they may be. 

The executive director for NSW Maritime, Angus Mitchell, said it was “a timely reminder during the holiday season to always wear a lifejacket.” Photos of the prime minister sans lifejacket were published in The Australian, which noted the law that had been broken. Read more…

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