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SpaceX test accident in Florida sends a massive plume of smoke into the sky

43 min 7 sec ago

A SpaceX Crew Dragon experienced an "anomaly" during ground tests that manifested as a column of smoke rising from the spacecraft's thrusters. The Crew Dragons were expected to fly with astronauts aboard later in the year, and it is currently unclear whether recent tests could delay that.

Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly at Cape Canaveral via @Florida_Today

— Code Tripping (@Code_Tripping) April 21, 2019

Though few details are available, SpaceX did release a statement to SpaceNews confirming the incident.

“Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida,” a spokesperson told SpaceNews. “The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.” Read more...

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13 people who just need to log off for a minute

51 min 44 sec ago

Sometimes your mind wants to leave but your scroller finger won't let you. 

There are a gazillion reasons to close an app, exit out of your browser, or simply kill the power. Perhaps you matched with a jerk on a dating app, maybe the sun has set while you watched one too many YouTube videos of random items being squished by large pistons. 

At a point, there's little left to do but vacate the feeds and interact with the physical realm for a bit. I know, I knowSounds scary. 

If you've been clicking around for so long that your eyes are dry and watery at the same time, here are some inspiring reasons to slow your scroll. Read more...

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Samsung 4K HDTV on sale, plus Philips Hue, iPad, HP ENVY laptop, Nintendo Switch, and more for April 21

3 hours 42 min ago

Streaming on a laptop or tablet is a convenient way to catch up on all the shows you been meaning to watch or to avoid spoilers from friends. But doing so, you miss out on a lot of benefits from watching TV in your living room, such as movie night experience, optimized positioning, better viewing distance, and many more.

Lucky for you, Walmart is offering the Samsung UN65NU7200 65-inch 4K HDR smart TV for $599.00 (listed at $998), or you can get the Samsung UN55NU7200 55-inch model for only $399.00 (listed at $648). Saving you up to 40% off. To top it off, it comes with a $20 VUDU credit as well. Read more...

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Online project management training that can help boost your career

5 hours 51 min ago

The reality show Shark Tank doesn't paint a complete picture of all of the intricacies of running a business but it does give you an idea of what project managers do in real life.

Appointed PMs are in charge of overseeing the entire production cycle, and it's their neck that's usually on the line if something goes haywire. They're also often the first people to get the boot since they fail to propel their teams to success.

The sheer amount of responsibility put on the shoulders of project managers is what makes them in-demand in the real world. Companies pay top dollar to professionals who are adept at producing deliverables accurately, on time, and within the budget. Read more...

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Hungry for CBD gummies? These 5 flavors are on sale.

5 hours 51 min ago

Once relegated to the mystical lairs of hippies and far-out health nuts, CBD products are now everywhere. Even Kim Kardashian recently espoused a desire for a CBD-themed baby shower, which officially marks the entrance of CBD into the mainstream, y'all.

If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon already, here's a quick primer. CBD products are sought after for their purported abilities to induce calm, relieve stress, reduce pain, and more. And while the research isn't quite there to support those claims, there have been a flood of products ranging from balms to chocolates to the ever-popular gummy. Read more...

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Dog has existential crisis after finally catching his tail

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 19:47

There's a core spiritual question for dogs who chase their tails: What, exactly, are they after?

Twitter user @omw2innisfree's friend's dog, Max, recently experienced something of a spiritual crisis after finally capturing his own tail.

Pay attention to the look on Max's face after he finally holds onto it.

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What exactly could Max be thinking? It's like he landed on the emotional jackpot of a dog's life — complete and total tail entrapment — and now he doesn't know what to do with his riches.

Does he bite his tail? Squeeze his tail? Nuzzle his tail? What was the point of capturing his tail? Perhaps the whole tail-chasing thing was about the journey, not the end destination. Read more...

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Apple plans to bring more iOS features to the Mac

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 19:32

It sure looks like Apple is moving closer and closer to its goal of merging its iOS and macOS ecosystems. 

Apple has plans to bring more iOS features, including Screen Time and Siri Shortcuts, to macOS later in 2019, according a new report from 9to5Mac. The update will likely be shown off at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June as part of macOS 10.15, according to the report.

SEE ALSO: iOS 13 will bring a huge dark mode update to iPhone

With the update, Apple's Screen Time features, which lets you set limits on how long you use certain apps, would be accessible from System Preferences on macOS. The feature is reported to work the same way on the Mac as it does on iOS — when you've reached your predetermined time limit, you'll get a notification and the option to close the app.  Read more...

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4/20 isn't just a 'stoner' holiday. It's an opportunity for activism.

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 19:17

At my college, 4/20 was marijuana Christmas. Every year at that time, people would go outside, put on their worst possible pants, turn up the jam band radio stations (String Cheese Incident, baby!!!), and smoke up.

As much as I loved seeing my fellow classmates roll down grassy hills, the 4/20 of 2019 has become more than a traditional stoner's holiday. It's also an incredible opportunity to advocate on behalf of legal marijuana, whether for medical or recreational purposes.

Want proof? Just browse through some of the material under the #Happy420 Twitter hashtag.

With multiple Democratic presidential candidates now pushing for the full or partial legalization of marijuana, 2019 has already been a banner year for the legal weed movement. Read more...

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SiriusXM releases a subscription plan for people without cars

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 17:49

If you're one of the millions of people in America who don't own a car and have to rely on terrible public transportation (points to self), SiriusXM is out-of-reach.

Recently, however, the company released a new plan called SiriusEssential that would give people access to SiriusXM on mobile or for listening at home. At just $8 a month, the plan gives people access to over 200 channels. 

SEE ALSO: Google loses its Human Rights Campaign endorsement over anti-gay 'conversion therapy' app

Unfortunately for some listeners, the plan will not include premium channels including the NBA, the NHL, the NCAA, and Howard Stern. Listeners who want access to those channels would have to sign up for their Premium Subscription plan, which goes for $13 a month. Read more...

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Amazon's delivery drivers now have to verify their identity with selfies

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 17:21

Amazon is now using facial recognition to verify its delivery drivers' identities. 

Specifically, the change applies to people who drive for Amazon Flex, the retail giant's program that allows contract workers to deliver Amazon packages using their own cars. Now, Amazon will start verifying their identities using a combination of selfies and facial recognition.

SEE ALSO: Amazon Kindle (2019) Review

The new development was reported by The Verge after the Amazon Flex app began notifying drivers they needed to start taking selfies in the app. Amazon has said the change is meant to reduce fraud and ensure only people authorized to deliver packages are able to access Amazon Flex. Read more...

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Older dog loses his sh*t after meeting new puppy

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 16:41

There is nothing more exciting in the world than getting a new puppy. Human babies are great, but puppies are ... frankly a little better.

Take a look at how Twitter user @gillianrobles00's dog responded after her family got a puppy. 

SEE ALSO: Hey dog owners, these are the best hair dryers for your doggo

This is peak joy. I'm not sure it's possible for any animal, including humans, to be happier than this. I just downed five absolutely incredible fresh-out-of-the-box Krispy Kremes and still — not this happy.

People on Twitter agree.

We want daily updates on their relationship progress

— 令和 S. 💋 (@senoritashelly) April 19, 2019

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'God of War: Raising Kratos' doc looks at how the biggest game of 2018 got made

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 16:20

Sony Santa Monica's critically and commercially acclaimed 2018 hit God of War is going to be the subject of a "making of" documentary.

It's a Sony production, so it's reasonable to expect the rosiest possible picture. But this trailer for Raising Kratos hypes a feature-length documentary look at the intricate development process that fuels a modern-day video game blockbuster.

Best of all: it's a no-cost deep dive into that process. There isn't a release date, but Sony promises a PlayStation YouTube channel debut for Raising Kratos "soon." Read more...

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Uber's self-driving cars are still a 'science experiment,' report says

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 15:58

Uber's self-driving cars still aren't very reliable, apparently.

Business Insider reports that Uber's self-driving tech is still far behind competitors like Waymo. The report, which cites interviews with employees in Uber's Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), compares the self-driving cars project to a "science experiment," and says that the cars "perform reliably only on limited well-mapped routes, and aren't making much progress on handling more."

That may sound like a harsh assessment, but as BI points out, Uber has had other priorities besides autonomous driving alone. Since the company resumed testing its self-driving cars in December following a fatal accident in Arizona, Uber has been progressing much more slowly. It's possible the cautious approach is frustrating to some employees, who may want to see more rapid improvements in the underlying technology rather than safety-related updates alone.  Read more...

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Drone discovers a Hawaiian plant that was thought to be extinct

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 15:27

Hey there, Hibiscadelphus woodii. How you been?

The plant, which is also known as "Wood's hau kuahiwi" and was thought to be extinct, is apparently still around and possibly even flourishing in its native Hawaii. Researchers for the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai made the discovery with a little help from a drone.

SEE ALSO: In a glamorous turn of events, polar bears are pooping glitter to fight off extinction

Three of the plants were spotted in footage captured by a drone that was sent out to explore Kalalau Valley. The remote region of Kauai is known for its biodiversity, thanks to cliffs that make the region inaccessible to the humans and goats that pose a threat to local plant life. Read more...

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How dare you do this to Cypress Hill, Hollywood Walk of Fame

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 15:13

West Coast hip-hop legends Cypress Hill finally made it to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday — two days too early, in the minds of some.

The plaque was formally presented on Thursday, April 18, 2019. But everyone knows that Cypress Hill is synonymous with marijuana. Couldn't whoever constructed the plaque have waited two days to present it on 4/20, the biggest marijuana holiday of the year?

SEE ALSO: Where the 2020 presidential candidates stand on marijuana legalization

Cypress Hill is known for their many excellent pro-weed jams, including "Hits From the Bong" and the subtly titled, "I Want to Get High." Read more...

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Converse introduces trans-themed shoes for Pride and Twitter is happy for once

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 14:19

Brands sometimes go too hard during Pride season. Every once in a while, however, they get it right.

The year 2019 has already brought us one *actually good* example. Converse recently introduced its LGBTQ Pride sneaker line, which now includes sneakers modeled after the Transgender Pride flag.

This is the first time Converse has ever had a trans-specific sneaker.

SEE ALSO: Mapping state-by-state tech trends: Most popular dating apps

The trans-specific sneakers currently retail for $80. Customers can also customize their own rainbow Pride shoes and add Trans Pride flair.

Regardless of how you feel about corporate participation during gay Pride, this is a huge symbolic step forward. Advocates for the trans community have long complained that gay and lesbian people dominate the LGBTQ movement.  Read more...

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This pricey CBD sheet mask is a fun skincare one-off

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 12:00
Beboe Therapies High-Potency CBD Face Mask $78 for 5 View Product The Good Pleasant • botanical smell • Easy to use • Immediate glow-y results The Bad Expensive • Curls at the sides during use The Bottom Line This CBD mask is fun as a luxurious one-off, but its high price makes it difficult to incorporate into a regular skincare routine. 👑 Mashable Score 3.25 ✨Aesthetic 4.0 💅Easy to use 4.0 🎯Delivers on promise 3.0 💵 Bang for the Buck 2.0

The internet is so full of CBD content these days that Lord Jones peppermint tincture is practically oozing from its pores. Now, the (non-psychoactive) cannabinoid is increasingly showing up in beauty products, including mascara, serums, and body soaps. Read more...

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iPad Pro on sale, plus Avengers: Infinity War, Anker accessories, Nintendo Switch, and more for April 20

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 11:33

Have you been holding out on getting an Apple iPad Pro? Lucky for you, Amazon has dropped the price of it by another $74, saving you 15% off the listed price, making this an excellent Mother's Day gift.

Like most older generation parents, technophobe is a thing and what makes Apple products so great, is that it's so clean and straightforward to use, even a toddler will understand it. Plus with a ton of features that help you on a day to day basis, simply looking at the screen can unlock the device, log in to apps, and even pay with Face ID.

Already got one? No problem, keep scrolling as we have gathered more deals from Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, B&H Photo-Video, and Dell for Saturday, April 20: Read more...

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Fitbit Inspire HR review: Detailed fitness tracking for a low price

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 11:00
Fitbit Inspire HR $99.95 View Product The Good Impressive feature lineup for the price • Easy setup • comfortable to wear • Mobile app integration works seamlessly The Bad Serious lack of extra features • Mobile notifications on the watch screen are useless • Step counter a bit generous at times The Bottom Line It's easily the best value in Fitbit's product line, but don't expect a lot of bells and whistles. ⚡ Mashable Score 3.5 😎 Cool Factor 2.0 📘Learning Curve 2.5 💪Performance 4.0 💵 Bang for the Buck 4.5

I’ve never particularly liked wearing things on my wrists. Watches, wristbands and the like tend to be more distracting than not, and the fact that I have a phone on me at all times negates the time-keeping aspect of watch ownership. Read more...

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Is it OK to be 420 friendly on main?

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 10:30

It's 4/20 baby!!! It's Saturday, you're lit, brain perfectly calibrated to toasted, sparking your joy, blowing smoke rings so on point it feels criminal not to share on your Instagram story.

But something stops you from posting. And it probably sounds like the voice of your D.A.R.E. teacher yelling about how posting pictures of pot online can get you arrested and ruin your career.

"Even if you just post one picture, it comes back," said Anjela, who is very much not a D.A.R.E. teacher. Preferring to keep her full name separate from her online weed-sona, she's better known as Koala Puffs, a weedfluencer with over half a million Instagram followers.  Read more...

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