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Stephen Colbert unpacks Trump's dramatic meeting with Pelosi, Schumer

1 hour 51 min ago

House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday, and uh, the meeting did not go smoothly.

So, naturally, Stephen Colbert unpacked the whole thing, hardly containing his delight and running videos of cat boxing to represent the encounter with the president.

The Late Show host ran through the highlights of the tempestuous meeting, in particular, Trump's threat to shut down the government in order to fund his border wall, and his remarkable ability to spring to action on hearing his own name.

"He's like Alexa, he only wakes up when he hears his name," joked Colbert. Read more...

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'Huckabee in a Tree' is here to cover your tracks these holidays

1 hour 53 min ago

Kids, if you need someone to cover your tracks these holidays, Jimmy Kimmel has an idea.

"Huckabee in a Tree" is the latest holiday adornment cooked up the show, inspired by the long-standing watcher Elf on the Shelf.

Kimmel's version of the surveilling ornament comes in the form of the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, helping "kids to spin their bad deeds and make Christmas great again," as Kimmel puts it.

Inadvertently painting the dog? Blame Obama.

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The 10 best gifts for new and old 'Doctor Who' fans

5 hours 23 min ago

Doctor Who fans are especially hard to shop for.

Like many franchises, Doctor Who has a plethora of official and unofficial material that directly relates to the show — Blu-rays, comics, books, audio adventures, and more — but in the case of Doctor Who, there's just so much of it. The show has had 55 years to build itself, which is wondrous, but as a gift-giver, you can pretty much toss all of that out since you never know what they already have.

SEE ALSO: Unique gifts for men: Fun, funny, and interesting gift ideas for the men in your life

However, Who also has an advantage: The show renews itself every few years, creating a ton more new merchandise in the process. And this past year has been a doozy, with Jodie Whittaker taking over as the Doctor, the first woman in the title role. That means a lot more interest, and plenty of new merchandise. Read more...

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Facial recognition tech spreads to car rentals

5 hours 29 min ago

Why take out your wallet and photo ID if a camera and software program can scan your face, verify your identity, and send you on your way in 30 seconds?

That's what Hertz rental cars is asking with its new partnership with Clear, the biometric face and fingerprint scanning company you've seen at airport security checkpoints. 

SEE ALSO: Microsoft wants regulation to keep the 'facial recognition genie' in the bottle

At the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport this month, you can check out and drive off in your rental car with just a scan of your face (or a fingerprint reading). The offer only applies, however, if you're a Gold Plus Rewards program member who's signed up for Clear. Instead of showing an ID, you just look up at the camera from the car window and after scanning your face it matches the images against the database where your info is already logged. Read more...

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102-year-old woman may just be the oldest skydiver ever

7 hours 18 min ago

This badass lady didn't let her age stand in the way of a thrill. 

Irene O'Shea became what seems to be the oldest person to skydive at 102 years old and 194 days. The previous oldest skydiver, according to news reports, was Kenneth Meyer, who landed a jump in 2017 at 102 years and 172 days. 

On Sunday, O'Shea bundled up, boarded a helicopter, and while strapped to her instructor, she jumped out at 14,000 feet — all for a good cause.

SEE ALSO: These old and obsolete tech products actually make great gifts

After her daughter died of motor neuron disease — a degenerative disorder also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease — 10 years ago, O'Shea began raising awareness and funds for research. This is her third dive for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of South Australia. Her first was on her 100th birthday in 2016.  Read more...

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Facebook is still trying to find new places to put ads

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:59

It might seem like there's already tons of ads on Facebook, but the company is still searching for new places to put more of them. 

The latest method that's materializing is in search results, where Facebook is now experimenting with ads, the company confirmed. 

SEE ALSO: 'Highly confidential' documents reveal Facebook used VPN app to track

“We're running a small test to place ads in Facebook search results, and we'll be evaluating whether these ads are beneficial for people and businesses before deciding whether to expand it,” Facebook product manager Zoheb Hajiyani said in a statement.  Read more...

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Cosmonauts brought a knife to a spacewalk

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:51

Let's be honest, spacewalks, as a whole, can be pretty boring to watch. 

Yes, it's one of the most dangerous things an astronaut or cosmonaut can do in space: floating out into the void with just a relatively thin spacesuit to protect them.

But at the end of the day, these spacewalks usually amount to some pretty tedious tasks performed in the name of routine maintenance on the International Space Station.

However, this week, things got a little more interesting.

On Tuesday, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev ventured outside of the station to perform a little rocket surgery.  Read more...

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Puma is reissuing a 1986 fitness-tracking 'smart shoe'

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:16

The nostalgia carousel keeps going round and round, and brands have happily hopped on for the ride.

Puma announced Monday that it would reissue a little-known shoe with a technical twist from 1986: the RS-Computer Shoe. The shoe, then and now, looks like a running shoe with a plastic protuberance on the back — which is where the shoe tracks your movement and activity. 

SEE ALSO: Bose Frames are augmented reality audio sunglasses

Chunky and retro fabulous? Yep, sounds like a very on-trend shoe to us. Plus, Puma is only releasing 86 of these babies (as in the year the shoe was released). So the hype beasts might really line up for this one. Read more...

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At the Google hearing, Congress proves they still have no idea how the internet works

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 22:35

Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s long-awaited Congressional hearing took place on Tuesday.

Pichai testified before Congress on Google+ data breaches, the controversial Chinese-censorship friendly search product, and perceived anti-conservative bias. But, there was one more pressing concern that took center stage to those watching the hearing: Several members of Congress, at least on the House Judiciary Committee, have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to technology.

At the #GoogleHearing, Rep. Smith is bringing up debunked claims that have been pushed by President Trump. Here, @LamarSmithTX21: "No, 96% of Google news stories on Trump AREN'T from left-wing outlets."

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 11, 2018

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Apple patent filing has us excited about the new AirPods design

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 21:56

Apple's recent patent filing hints at noise-canceling, expandable foam, and biometric sensors. Read more...

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Instagram will offer special features to influencers with new 'creator accounts'

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 21:44

Instagram is taking new steps to woo some of its highest profile users. 

The app is testing "creator accounts," which would add new analytics and messaging features geared toward influencers and other power users of the photo-sharing app.

SEE ALSO: These viral Instagram workout videos have gone too far

The update is currently being tested and will roll out more broadly next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  It will offer influencers an alternative to Instagram business profiles, which the company introduced in 2016, Instagram wrote in a statement.

"Increasingly, creators rely on Instagram to connect with followers and grow their personal brands, however the tools that are currently available to businesses today make it difficult for them to track their growth and engagement over time. We're building the new Creator Account to help solve some of those challenges and make it easier for creators to grow their personal brands on Instagram,” the announcement reads. Read more...

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NASA responds to moon landing truther Steph Curry

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:47

NASA wants Steph Curry to know that yes, the moon landing was real, and they're even inviting him to check out some space rocks to prove it.

During an interview on the podcast "Winging It," the Golden State Warriors star revealed that he doesn't believe the United States has been to the moon. 

About 46 minutes into the episode, he abruptly changed the conversation topic from what sounds dinosaurs made to space exploration.

SEE ALSO: Steph Curry responds to 9-year-old's letter about offering his shoes in sizes for girls

"We ever been to the moon?" Curry asked. 

The group, including Atlanta Hawks players Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore, and Curry's teammate Andre Iguodala, concluded with a unanimous "Nope."  Read more...

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New study finds female-led films perform better at box office. Your move, Hollywood.

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:28

Movie audiences love women. 

According to a study by Creative Arts Agency and shift7, films with women in leading roles earn more than their male counterparts at the box office, a finding which should lead to a major paradigm shift in show business.

“The perception that it’s not good business to have female leads is not true,” CAA agent Christy Haubegger told The New York Times. “They’re a marketing asset.”

SEE ALSO: We have a lot to learn from Megan Fox's #MeToo comments

CAA and shift7 examined 350 top box office films from 2014 to 2017, defining "lead actor" as the first performer credited in official press materials (also of note: most of these films passed the Bechdel test). 105 of these were women. In every category broken down by budget, films with women in the lead outperformed those starring men.  Read more...

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Save $700 on an Acer gaming laptop on Amazon and take powerful gaming on the go

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:19

Some people have a hard time staying in one place. For PC gamers, this has long been a challenge. Since desktop setups were the gold standard for so long, the more powerful rigs have often required that PC gamers stay in one spot — or else lug a heavy tower, monitor, and more with them.

The good news? The latest crop of gaming laptops make it possible to play wherever you are, as they easily rival desktops in both power and performance. If you're shopping for a gamer this holiday season, it's an important point to consider. Are they the kind to stay in one place and build out their setup? Or do they like to easily pick up and go? Read more...

More about Gaming, Acer, Laptops, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Amazon

Mixed reviews reveal critics can't quite agree on 'Aquaman'

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:08

"Like its hero, it's the kind of film that surveys the strangeness in front of it, flashes a smile, and dives right in. And if it stays in the water a bit too long—well, I'd still come back for a sequel."

Critics like Mashable's Angie Han concede that Aquaman isn't without its barnacles, but contend the flick is at least worth the price of admission. Others are denouncing the DC Comics' tentpole as an irrefutable, outright flop. 

The Jason Momoa and Amber Heard-starring adventure tackles the origin story of the Justice League's trident-wielding hero, taking viewers into the seven kingdoms of Atlantis and entrenching them in ocean-dwelling politics. Read more...

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The Arctic we once knew is gone

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:01

Atop the globe, there's probably no turning back.

Melting trends in the Arctic today are increasingly stark. The 2018 Arctic Report Card, produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), depicts a thawing world that is continuing to warm and melt at an unprecedented pace.

"I think that the report demonstrated everything we’ve been seeing for the last decade," Jeremy Mathis, a NOAA Arctic scientist who was not involved with this report, said in an interview. 

"The changes in the Arctic are happening faster than they’re happening anywhere else on the rest of the planet."

Loss of November #Arctic sea ice volume since 1979...

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— Zack Labe (@ZLabe) December 8, 2018

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Snag an Instant Pot Ultra for $59.95 on Amazon, its lowest price yet

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:46

The Instant Pot Ultra is $60 off right now on Amazon and that's a pretty big deal. As part of Amazon's 12 Days of Deals, the sale on this trendy kitchen gadget is sure to go quick. Plus, it's the lowest price we've seen for this model of the Instant Pot — like, ever.

Pick up the Ultra on sale for $59.95, marked down from the original listed price of $119.95. With a price like that, it's a great excuse to snatch up a few to keep on hand for some last minute gifts.

Image: instant Pot

Amazon customer Ashley Davis can vouch for the quality of the Instant Pot Ultra:

Just make sure to act quick: this deal ends on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 2 a.m. ET and we don't know when it will go this low again. Read more...

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A Danish photographer's 'sex' photo atop the Great Pyramid of Giza is causing an uproar

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:33

Some people have crazy sex fantasies — no judgment. However, doing it, or portraying yourself doing it, on top of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world may be crossing the line. Danish photographer Andreas Hvid did exactly that, which instantly pissed off a lot of people and caused Egyptian officials to launch an investigation. He doesn't plan to travel to Egypt again anytime soon. Check out our video to see the controversial image. Read more...

More about Mashable Video, Egypt, Sex, Investigation, and Controversy

KitchenAid Professional Series mixers are less than $200 at Best Buy (and that's kind of a big deal)

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:28

Sales on KitchenAid mixers are kind of a big deal around here. When an item's regular price is regularly $300 or even $400, seeing that hefty price drop makes it way easier to justify the purchase.

Here's one you probably haven't seen before: As part of Best Buy's 20 Day of Doorbusters promotion, they're basically giving away the KitchenAid Professional 500 Series mixer for $199.99. Black Friday didn't even offer the Pro series for that little — not even close.

Like any other cult-favorite kitchen appliance, KitchenAid has numerous models with different functions and sizes that all affect the price point. While the Artisan series, which isn't as heavy duty, has a 5-quart model that's often on sale, the reduced price is still over $200.  Read more...

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The skate culture parody of Instagram poets calls out bad men

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 19:23

An Ode to... is a weekly column where we share the stuff we're really into in hopes that you'll be really into it, too.

Getting ghosted by skaters is a subculture in itself — there's a whole poetry account dedicated to it.

They'll make eye contact with you at a party without actually approaching you, and then DM you three seconds after you leave with "Hey, saw you around." They'll invite you over to "just hang" but you'll just end up watching their skate compilation videos before an underwhelming hook up. They'll offer you a hit of their Juul before you go home, and then only text you back after they see your Instagram Story days later. They'll probably brush off the casual ghosting with a "Sorry, I'm bad at texting," and then ghost you again once you strike up a conversation — only to hit you up several weeks later and ask if you want to come over after their friend's DIY show.  Read more...

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