Someone wanted a Mariah Carey birthday cake. They got Marie Curie instead.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 02:47:38 +0000


Mariah Carey or Marie Curie? A not-so-common mix-up, but one that saw quite the birthday blunder.

In a tweet, author Harriet Alida Lye explained that her cousin, Siobhan, told her colleagues in England she wanted a cake with singer Mariah Carey's face on it — a perfectly reasonable request for one's birthday. 

You'd think one of the world's most recognisable pop stars would be a piece of, uh, cake for most people to organise, but in this case, Lye's cousin received a cake featuring Noble Prize-winning French physicist Marie Curie.

"They misunderstood, and [this] is the cake they made her instead," Lye wrote. "It's Marie Curie, looking very festive." Read more...

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Stain removal videos on YouTube are strangely therapeutic

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:45:00 +0000


Stain removal is an art form, and one that few have actually mastered. 

That's why I turn to YouTube to get my stain removal needs satisfied. I've spent years trying everything to get the stains off my clothes. I've gone through multiple Tide to Go pens, which are supposed to erase away most stains (they don't). I have poured half-bottles of detergent on my wine-soaked sheets. Beautiful bottles of club soda have been wasted on carpet stains, all for nothing.  

Despite all my efforts, I'm nowhere near as talented as the people who showcase their stain remove techniques on YouTube. These people have skill. Their mastery of stain removal is seemingly unmatched. I don't even care if their stain removal videos are doctored — I'm here for the magic of it all.  Read more...

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Of course there's a deepfake of Jon Snow apologizing for Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones'

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:03:49 +0000


"Eating Things," a Youtube channel usually dedicated to making videos about eating incongruous meals in the middle of famous movie scenes, leveled up with a deepfake featuring Jon Snow apologizing for Season 8 of Game of Thrones. The voice sounds so similar to Kit Harington's Jon Snow accent it's hard to discern it from the real thing, except when the (former) King in the North mentions the Starbucks cup and apologizes for wasting viewers' time with the final season. That much is definitely fake.  Read more...

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Genius said it used morse code to catch Google stealing lyrics

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:36:42 +0000


Genius is, well, genius. The company recently accused Google of lifting song lyrics from its site, reports the Wall Street Journal

How did Genius know Google was stealing? In 2016, Genius made a few changes to the punctuation in its song lyrics. Sometimes, it used a straight apostrophe. Other times, a curly one. 

Genius did this in a very specific sequence because (are you ready for this?) when "the two types of apostrophes were converted to the dots and dashes used in Morse code, they spelled out the words 'Red Handed.'"

That's how Google was caught, according to Genius. 

Google denied stealing any lyrics. Instead, it claimed, the lyrics that show up in the "information panels" that pop up in a Google search are from licensed partners. Genius, however, says it found more than 100 examples of Google taking its content.  Read more...

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People are sharing their "best" dad jokes on Twitter for Father's Day

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 14:58:12 +0000


The NPR Twitter account decided to pay a Father's Day homage to all the dads around the world by inviting people to share their "best" and "funniest" dad jokes in a thread. Some of them are real groaners, but in true dad joke fashion, it's hard not to laugh at some of them. 

NPR got the ball rolling with some examples of its own. 

When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent.

— NPR (@NPR) June 16, 2019

And others chimed in with their own jokes, either remembered from their own dads or from being dads themselves. 

All of my mom's sisters are incredibly healthy thanks to all of their auntie-bodies#DadJokes

— Clint (@chillastoria) June 16, 2019

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just released the first picture of baby Archie for Father's Day

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:03:37 +0000


Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have only been parents for a little over a month, but ever since their son Archie was born on May 6, there haven't been any pictures of the little fella available to the public. Until now! 

For Father's Day, the royal couple released an adorable photo of baby Archie on their official Instagram account @sussexroyal, and in the spirit of the holiday he's pictured in the arms of his loving dad Prince Harry. 

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Tyler Oakley on the 'game-changing' rise of queer YouTubers and the importance of being yourself

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:00:00 +0000


Every day of Pride Month, Mashable will be sharing illuminating conversations with members of the LGBTQ community who are making history right now.

Tyler Oakley isn't tired of the internet yet.

It's been more than a decade since the 30-year-old created his YouTube channel — which now has nearly 7.5 million subscribers — and over the years he's made hundreds of videos, encouraging aspiring creators to share their own experiences online, too.

One of the first openly gay YouTubers to attract a major following, Oakley uses his platform to help inspire other members of LGBTQ community to embrace their true selves. He shares everything from makeup, dating, and life tips to insightful videos on the LGBTQ activists he admires; interviews with iconic change makers like Michelle Obama; and an annual series called Chosen Family, in which Oakley highlights "stories of queer resilience" throughout the month of June. Read more...

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Alienware laptop, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, iPad Pro, and more for June 16

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:21:34 +0000


Does your laptop or desktop take ages to boot up or do anything in general? Lucky for you, Dell has some fantastic offers at the moment. If browsing the internet and writing up documents is what you're looking for, you can get the latest model of the Dell Inspiron i5 laptop for $552.49 after coupon code.

Gaming on the go more your thing? Well, you can save 38% off this Alienware 17 R5 i7 gaming laptop after coupon code. Which usually retails for $2509.99. It features 16GB of RAM, dual storage, and GTX 1070 graphics, giving you enough juice to run any AAA titles.

Check out more of today's best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Dell Home, B&H Photo-Video, Home Depot, and Drop for Sunday, June 16th. Read more...

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Learn how to turn boring data into cool infographics with this $10 course

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000


TL;DR: This engaging online class on the popular data visualization software Tableau usually retails for $199.99, but you can enroll for only $9.99 during this sale.

To a certain degree, we're all visual learners: Research has shown that humans are instinctively drawn to things we find aesthetically pleasing because they're easier for our brains to process. 

That's a very abbreviated version of modern philosophical and psychological notions of beauty, mind you, but you get the gist: If you're able to present information in a way that people find fun to look at, they tend to better understand it.  Read more...

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Want to learn how to travel on a budget? There's an online class for that.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000


TL;DR: Name your price for this comprehensive set of online courses about traveling on a budget.

You don't have to wait until you win the lottery to travel anywhere you want in the world. Everyone knows it's all about finding hacked plane fares, using credit card rewards, and seeking out free pub crawls to get where you need to go on the cheap.

It's easier said than done though, and you need all the expert tips you can getThe Ultimate 2019 Travel Hacker Bundle is basically a guide to finding loopholes, hidden gems, and tricks for traveling on a budget. Your first hack? You can actually pay any price you want to download it. Read more...

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Snag this 3-in-1 wireless charger on sale for less than $50

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000


TL;DR: Don't hold your breath waiting for a wireless charging pad from Apple — this one by iPM is on sale for $48.99, a savings of 62%, in the Mashable Shop.

One of the biggest drawbacks of technology is that everything requires so many wires. You need separate cables to charge your gadgets, an assortment of cords to plug in your computers and machines, and a slew of other electronic strings to connect your devices to one another.

Even if you follow every Marie Kondo-esque cord management tip in the world, cable clutter is inevitable. The best thing you can do for your sanity is to join the wireless charging revolution. Ditch the cables for your smaller gadgets and grab something like the iPM 3-in-1 Fast Wireless Charging Pad, which is now on sale for 62% off. Read more...

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9 summer deals you never knew you needed

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000


Congratulations on making it to another season of sweating. Your reward? A few months of sweltering heat. Whether you're the kind of person who lives for the summer or the kind who retreats to their couch, you'll definitely want to stock up on some survival gear.

Ok, so "survival" might be a bit of an exaggeration, but these products will definitely give your summer a boost no matter how you choose to spend it. And, better yet, they're all on sale.

1. For keeping your cool at the office: EvaSmart 2

The worst part about summer is being stuck in the office when you'd rather be at the pool. But at least with this EvaSmart 2 Personal Air Conditioner, you can keep your cool. It combines the functionality of an air conditioner and a humidifier, creating a comfortable personal climate for you (at work or at home). Change the temperature with the touch of a button or yell at it via Alexa, Google Home, or other smart home platforms. Read more...

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CyberGhost VPN is on sale for just £2.10 a month

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 07:00:00 +0000


TL;DR: A three-year CyberGhost VPN plan is on sale for 80 percent off, at just £2.10 a month.

We know that you've probably got big plans, and that your Sunday is normally reserved for some serious sofa time, but just give us a minute to talk to you about CyberGhost VPN. We're not asking for much here, guys.

CyberGhost VPN boasts a strong selection of features, including over 4,500 servers worldwide, around the clock live support, and the ability to connect seven devices simultaneously. That's all well and good, but the key point here is the price.

You can now sign up to a three-year CyberGhost VPN plan for just £2.10 a month. This is down by a massive 80 percent on list price, and comes with an extremely generous 45-day money-back guarantee. There's a lot to like about CyberGhost VPN, but it's the price that stands out. Read more...

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Brazen L.A. hawk refuses to leave the hood of a moving car

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:58:03 +0000


On an otherwise normal, sunny day, a bird of prey rode around on the hood of a moving car near downtown Los Angeles.

The hawk, likely a red-tailed hawk common to the city, landed on the car and wouldn't budge for 15 minutes, reports The Eastsider. The bird didn't move even as the car drove through the city's palm-lined streets.

"He's staring at us like he's staring into our souls," one of the passengers says in a YouTube video documenting the incident.

It may have been a younger, immature bird, exploring its urban world. Or perhaps the predator had another, elusive agenda.

Eventually the hawk flew off. But not before thrilling Angeleno dwellers, both in the car and on the street. Read more...

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Amazon shuts down its social network that you forgot existed anyway

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:47:17 +0000


Amazon Spark, we hardly cared about knew you.

The shopping social network (a kinda gross concept to start with) disappeared from the internet and Amazon's app some time in the past couple days, according to a report from TechCrunch.

Spark launched in July 2017, and was described by your friends at Mashable as "the grossest, purest thing on the internet." It attempted to bridge online shopping and authentic socializing while also bringing in sweet, sweet cash for Amazon. 

The service allowed Prime users to post photos of their favorite products in an Instagram-like feed with an easy click-to-purchase option built in.  Read more...

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This remarkable Greenland photo highlights extreme Arctic melting

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 17:08:51 +0000


The melting Arctic is on dramatic display.

At mid-June, Arctic sea ice is now at a record low for this time of year, and melted ice is especially notable both in and around Greenland — home to the second largest ice sheet on the planet. Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute, snapped a photo on Thursday of Greenland sea ice that had melted into a large lake of aqua water, pooled atop the icy surface.

Olsen, along with local hunters, had to sled across the flooded ice to retrieve vulnerable weather and ocean monitoring equipment. Their sled dogs splashed through the icy water. Read more...

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'Stranger Things' cast teaches Jimmy Fallon the song they used to annoy each other

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 16:52:21 +0000


The cute-children-turned-post-pubescent-teens of Stranger Things proved they're still the charming kids Netflix viewers flipped over when the show debuted in 2016. 

Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, and Sadie Sink squeezed onto The Tonight Show sofas to talk about the on-set antics they used to pass the time while shooting Season 3. The group even taught Jimmy Fallon the "Chicken Noodle Song," a purposefully irritating tune created by McLaughlin ("Lucas" on the show) to annoy his costars. 

Stranger Things Season 3 debuts July 4 on Netflix.  Read more...

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The ballsy realism of HBO's Euphoria is worth the risk

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:07:43 +0000


Euphoria is a jarring exploration into the dark gamuts of growing up with addiction, depression, and immense peer pressure among other coming-of-age obstacles. HBO's gritty teen drama pushes boundaries in its attempts to realistically display the how and why of high schoolers indulge in drugs and sex.

The show found its way into the news before its June 16 premiere when it was revealed that one of the actors quit while filming the pilot after feeling uncomfortable with explicit scenesIn an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, show creator Sam Levinson said, "There are going to be parents who are going to be totally fucking freaked out."  Read more...

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Jake Gyllenhaal reveals to Ellen what he wears to bed

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:00:00 +0000


This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.

Jake Gyllenhaal sleeps naked, folks. 

During the actor's appearance on Ellen this week, Gyllenhaal answered all of Ellen Degeneres' Burning Questions. The pair had a hilariously good time, pressing buttons and chatting about everything from his underwear preferences (briefs) to his favorite body part (the nape of a woman's neck). 

When asked what he wears to bed, Gyllenhaal answers, "nothing," to which the crowd loudly responds with whoops and cheers.

Thirsty indeed!

Thirsty indeed!

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NASA spots a telltale 'Star Trek' sign on Mars

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:25:12 +0000


The Martian desert is rich in curiosities

And Star Trek symbolism, too. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter — a satellite zipping around the red planet — captured a mass of ancient lava rock that looks strikingly like the Star Trek Starfleet insignia donned by the show's galactic explorers. 

"Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo: and you'd be right, but it's only a coincidence," NASA scientists said

NASA's planetary researchers, like they always do, had a realistic explanation for the geologic feature, calling it "a complex story of dunes, lava, and wind." Read more...

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How 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' will bring out the best of the franchise

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:06:08 +0000


In many ways, Animal Crossing has always been a friendship simulator. 

Sure, over the years it also became about being the mayor of your own town, or crafting, or collectibles. But from the beginning, the true heart of this nearly two-decade old franchise came from developing long-term connections, whether with adorable talking animal NPCs or IRL friends who could visit your virtual utopia. 

"Since I became involved in development during the Nintendo 64 days, the core concept of the game was to try to bring as many people as possible together," said Nintendo co-director Hisashi Nogami. "The way people communicate has continued to evolve throughout the series, with the latest version having both local play and online play." Read more...

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Taylor Swift delights with surprise Pride performance at Stonewall Inn

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:04:10 +0000


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Latrice Royale talks self-love, values, and voting against Trump in 2020

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:00:00 +0000


Every day of Pride Month, Mashable will be sharing illuminating conversations with members of the LGBTQ community who are making history right now.

"Get up, look sickening, and make them eat it!" 

Latrice Royale, the "chunky, yet funky" queen of RuPaul's Drag Race, has been offering those immortal words of confidence to fans for years. 

But in 2020, she'll be taking them straight to the polls — voting not only as a beloved leader of the LGBTQ community, but also as a former inmate with newly restored rights. 

A drag queen, activist, and television personality, Royale first came into the national consciousness in 2012 as a cast member on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 4. Snatching the title of Miss Congeniality and placing fourth overall in her season, Royale established a reputation of integrity, kindness, and talent early on in her public history, regularly using her primetime platform to advocate for a cause near and dear to her heart. Read more...

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15 movies and shows to stream with your dad this Father's Day

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000


Whether you're treating your father to some barbecue, a game of flag football, or something less stereotypical, there's always time to squeeze a movie or show into your Father's Day plans!

Here are 15 movies and series, all streaming now, about dads, for dads, and perfect for watching with your dad this weekend.

Note: Many of the films and shows on this list are not suitable for all ages, so we've marked the kid-friendliest options with an asterisk (*) for your knowledge. Enjoy! 

1. Bob's Burgers Seasons 1 - 9 *

The Belchers are an all-around fantastic family, and Bob is an exceptionally good dad. Read more...

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9 hidden iOS 13 features you need to know about

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000


iOS 13 is going to be a whale of an update, available for free this fall for iPhone SE, 6S, and newer models. It comes with much heralded features like a system-wide dark mode, redesigned Photos app, new Memoji customizations, and more. 

But as with previous versions of iOS, the software update also has a whole bunch of lesser-known features that aren't as flashy but are greatly welcome. Here are the eight we're most excited for — and one that we wish Apple would take back.

(Disclaimer: These are features as of iOS 13 developer beta 1. Features are subject to change when the consumer version of iOS 13 arrives in the fall.) Read more...

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Save $200 on the 17-inch LG gram laptop, the lightest device of its size

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000


TL;DR: The slim, 17-inch LG gram laptop is on sale in the PCMag Shop for just $1,499. (That's $200 less than what you'd pay on Amazon or the LG website.)

Lightweight laptops are excellent for on-the-go productivity, but as our friends at PCMag have mentioned, it's common for manufacturers to sacrifice display size for portability. 

Not with the LG gram 17Z990. Its sleek frame and display are ample at 15 and 17 inches wide, respectively, but it weighs a mere 2.95 pounds, making it the lightest laptop of its size (and even lighter than some smaller laptops). 

Its secret? A special metal alloy design featuring a combination of nanocarbon and magnesium gives it the look and feel of a metal laptop, minus the bulk — and at a fraction of the price, provided you buy yours from the PCMag Shop. Read more...

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Laptops and tablets on sale: Shop Fire tablets, MacBooks, and more all weekend

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000


It may be last minute, but it still isn’t too late to pick up a gift for your dad to help celebrate Father’s Day this weekend. (And check out our last-minute gift guide for more options.)

Sure you could get him a new mug or t-shirt that says “#1 Dad” (though we recommend going a more thoughtful or unique route), but if your dad happens to be a lover of all things tech like us, you should definitely check out some weekend deals on laptops and tablets that we found.

Take a look at our favorite deals that are live this weekend, including $150 off a MacBook Air, $20 off a Fire HD 8 tablet, and $130 off a Lenovo IdeaPad. Read more...

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10 fitness gadgets for living room workouts

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000


Every body is a swimsuit body. Full stop.

Working out should make you feel strong and capable — don't believe any of that bullshit about "swimsuit season."

That said, if you're looking to start a workout routine now that the weather is nicer, or have been trying to lose weight, then go for it. Summer can be the busiest time of the year, though and hitting the gym every day isn't always feasible. Plus, a gym membership can quickly eat up your vacation spending money — and then what's the point of it all? If you're looking for a more affordable, less time-consuming way to work out, we've got 10 deals to help you do just that without ever leaving your home. (Peep our top picks for the best at-home elliptical machines and treadmills too.) Read more...

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Breathe easier with this at-home ionizer that's on sale

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000


TL;DR: The ionbox Negative Ion Generator is on sale for $59.99, a savings of $15.

When talking about air pollution, smoke belched by cars and trucks, fumes from factories, wildfires, and emissions from air conditioning are probably the first things that come to your mind. But did you know that indoor air is also something you should worry about?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be two to five times as polluted as the air you breathe when you're out and about. 

This is an undeniably alarming fact, but you can help remedy the problem with the ionbox Negative Ion Generator, a portable generator that can help you breathe healthier, cleaner air. You can pick one up here for 19% off. Read more...

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Indulge your inner tinkerer with this 'pick your own price' Arduino course

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000


TL;DR: Build your own gadgets with this Arduino e-books bundle that's on sale — you can name your own price. 

Want to indulge your inner builder? Arduino, the open-source electronic prototyping platform, is a pretty cool way to do so. It's basically a way to create and program robots and IoT devices that can interact with the world around us. If you have a curious mind and a modest budget, this cheap Arduino e-book bundle can help you start building your own gadgets from the comfort of your living room.

This bundle contains five e-books and over 47 hours of project-based instruction that will help even total beginners to harness the power of Arduino. As you make your way through each e-book, you'll complete your own real-world projects from scratch to get practice. You'll start off by building a mini weather station and powering a robotic arm, then work your way up to making your own wearables. Read more...

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