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Attention photographers: This wireless charging pad looks like a DSLR lens

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New year, new phone? Congratulations! Speaking of the new year, wire-powered charging is so 2017. Now that the new era of smartphones is here, it’s only right that you free yourself from the nuisances of cords and cables and embrace the wireless life. No more tripping over wires, no more untangling wires, and no more dealing with flimsy cables — wireless charging is what you deserve.

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CES’ sexism problem is about more than booth babes and pink robots

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CES is a place of extremes. Each year, tech companies big and small spare no expense in coming up with bizarre ways to showcase their (often relatively mundane) gadgetry: massive tunnels made of huge OLED displays, home appliances with built-in assistants, and weird concept cars unlikely to make it far beyond the Las Vegas Convention Center floor.

But, peer behind the over-the-top displays of headline-grabbing “innovation,” and there’s a troubling truth that should come as little surprise to anyone in the industry: CES still fuels the sexist narratives so many have worked to change over the last year.  Read more…

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Photos Of 8-Year-Old ‘Ice Boy’ Go Viral After Teacher Shares What His Student Goes Through To Get To School

Recently, an 8-year-old Chinese boy walked approximately 3 miles (4,8 km) to his Zhuanshanbao Primary School in the township of Xinjie in Yunnan Province, China. In 16°F (-9°C) cold. To take an exam. After his trek went viral, people started contacting the school, trying to contribute in any way they could to improve learning conditions for him and other students.

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Trump’s racist ‘sh*thole’ comment: Who censored and who didn’t?

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Trump’s racist comment about “shithole” countries shocked with its crudity, leaving the press figuring out how to deal with the word.

The U.S. president used the word to refer to Haiti, El Salvador and other African countries. Trump questioned why its people were were coming to America, and asked lawmakers why the U.S. didn’t accept more people from Norway, a majority Nordic (white) country.

In the original Washington Post report, “shithole” appears in all its unsightliness throughout the article and in its headline.  Read more…

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Woman Performs Surgery On Monarch Butterfly With Broken Wing, Next Day It Surprises Her In The Coolest Way

Depending what time of year they’re born, Monarch butterflies can live from 2 weeks to about 5 months, but this guy’s time was threatened to be cut ever shorter. Romy McCloskey committed to raising these creatures some time ago, and after one of them came into this world with a wing defect, she knew something had to be done. McCloskey turned her home into an operating room and used common household items to perform a wing transplant.

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Twitter flooded after alleged creator of the ‘Shitty Media Men’ list steps forward

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The alleged creator of “SHITTY MEDIA MEN,” an anonymous spreadsheet used to report men accused of sexual misconduct in the publishing industry, has outed herself — and Twitter is ablaze.

Writer Moira Donegan came forward as the author of the shared document, launched in October, in an article for New York Magazine. In the piece, she explained that “the anonymous, crowdsourced document was a first attempt at solving what has seemed like an intractable problem: how women can protect ourselves from sexual harassment and assault.”

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Mystery person interferes with police radio to broadcast NWA’s ‘F**k tha Police’

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Someone’s messing with the radios of New Zealand cops, who are obviously not down with it at all.

To perhaps make matters worse, the mystery person interfered with police radios in Otago and Southland with rap group N.W.A.’s protest anthem, “Fuck tha Police.”

According to the Otago Daily Times, the song interfered with a call out to the armed offenders squad on Friday, when a suspect on a motorway had a gun pointed at a motorist.

“It was putting people in danger,” Otago coastal acting area commander Inspector Kelvin Lloyd told the newspaper. “There’s no question that if it carries on and if they do what they’re doing it will delay a response.” Read more…

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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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30+ Epic Toy Design Fails That Are So Bad, It’s Hilarious

We’ve seen our share of crappy design, but store shelves are so abundant of it, there’s always more to poke fun at. For example, toys. They’re usually designed and made by adults, so you’d expect a considerable amount of consideration before manufacturing them, right? Well, not so much. Bored Panda has collected some of the most questionable toys to prove that some designers have no clue what they’re doing.

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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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