Monthly Archives: June 2018

Meet the creepy new AI system designed to help astronauts in space

While many of us were sleeping, SpaceX launched tons of supplies to the International Space Station for NASA.  Hitching a ride to the station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is the Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, or CIMON — a new artificial intelligence technology developed by a team of researchers from the European Space Agency, NASA, and IBM. CIMON has a roughly spherical shape, with a childlike drawing of a face on the screen. It’s a little… creepy looking.  The AI bot is designed to float around in the […]

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iHookup review: A straightforward dating app that delivers on its promise

Relationships are definitely cool and all. It’s fun to get special presents for holidays, and definitely feels nice to have someone to cuddle up with during cuffing season. Sure. You know what’s also cool? Being able to hook up with whoever you want. SEE ALSO: These are the best dating apps for hooking up While being single definitely has its perks, you’re still gonna want to do the dirty — and let’s face it, sliding into someone’s DMs or awkwardly going up to someone at the bar […]

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Apple Maps is getting a complete redesign

Apple Maps is getting a total redesign. Image: MILES GOSCHA/MASHABLE By Karissa Bell2018-06-29 19:11:24 UTC Apple Maps is finally getting the redesign it needs. In a deep dive with TechCrunch, Apple detailed the lengths it’s gone to over the past few years to rebuild its maps app, which will make its (limited) public debut next week. According to the report, the new app will be available to iOS 12 beta users in the San Francisco Bay Area next week and will expand to all of Northern California […]

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The 10 best political jokes of 2018 (so far)

In 2018, standup comedy is almost as inescapable as politics, and the two overlap fairly often. Comedians like to say Trump is good for comedy, but that means holding jokes to a higher standard than the easiest impression or something about Cheetos.  How do we find humor in times of darkness, division, political upheaval and open hatred? How do we make people smarter and bring them together? With a Netflix subscription, for starters, and with some whip-smart comedy.  Here are the best political jokes from the standup […]

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Hi-tech dreamcatcher defeats sleep amnesia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption What happens when we dream and can we harness it to improve our waking lives? When Adam Haar Horowitz took to the stage at a conference dressed as a lotus flower, he raised eyebrows. Then, when he started hitting computers and making gong noises, jaws dropped. He was acting out a dream he had recently had to illustrate how our night-time fantasies can influence our waking lives, and how technology can help us access them. It is a subject close to […]

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The tiny country of Swaziland held its first ever Pride event on Saturday

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. The small African country of Swaziland celebrated its first ever LGBTQ pride on Saturday and no one, not even Donald J. Trump, can destroy this tiny bit of joy. It wasn’t an easy event to organize in Swaziland, a largely conservative country where anti-sodomy laws exist, according to the Daily Beast. Still, organizers pushed forward.  The event was organized by Rock of Hope, a […]

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Donald Trump isn’t even trying to lie convincingly anymore

Image: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Adam Rosenberg2018-06-30 20:07:50 UTC We’re all tired of “Donald Trump tweeted more BS” stories, but the lie he dropped on Saturday is too much of a doozy to ignore. “I never pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill, either GOODLATTE 1 or 2, because it could never have gotten enough Democrats as long as there is the 60 vote threshold,” Trump tweeted on Saturday afternoon. Here. See it for yourself. His own words, from his own tweet. […]

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ destroyed major Apple Music and Spotify streaming records

Image: John Phillips/Getty Images By Laura Vitto2018-06-30 20:19:34 UTC It’s been a big week for Drake.  First the artist confirmed on multiple tracks off his album Scorpion that he is indeed a father. Now, one day after the new album’s Friday launch, we’ve also learned that Scorpion broke a big streaming record: It earned the most streams on its very first day, on both Spotify and Apple Music.  Apple Music confirmed the broken record on Instagram, noting that Scorpion was streamed more than 170 million times in […]

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A rocket launched in ‘Fortnite’ and the internet went wild

Fortnite‘s rocket launch may be over, but the memories linger. Epic Games staged a one-time-only “Blast Off” event on Saturday. Fortnite players that were lucky enough to be online and in-game at precisely 1:30 p.m. ET had the opportunity to witness a proper spectacle: A rocket launch. Seeing it firsthand was no easy task. Even at the best of times, Fortnite hits players with long waits and server queues when they’re trying to join a game. And for Blast Off, a hyped event with a very specific […]

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The best signs from the Families Belong Together marches

On Saturday, people around the U.S. gathered for Families Belong Together marches in solidarity with the migrant parents and children who’ve been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. As the New York Times reports, there are more than 2,000 children in detention centers, and concrete plans to return them to their parents are few and far between. At Saturday’s marches, protestors carried signs demanding swift action.  Plans for a June 30 “Day of Action” began earlier in […]

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