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Gerard Butler's story of accidentally flashing 400 people is wonderfully awkward

30 min 36 sec ago

If you happen to be giving a speech at a family member's wedding, the last thing you want to do is accidentally flash the entire congregation. That's basically the stuff of nightmares.

It's exactly what Gerard Butler did, though. In the clip above from Conan, he tells the story of his disastrous first reading at his sister's wedding — and how his mother basically had to alert him to the fact he was sitting with his legs completely spread.

"I definitely, that day, was not wearing underwear," explains Butler.

Oh dear.

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This genius hack for graphic designers will cost you just $19

54 min 42 sec ago

TL;DR: Get the design goldmine of an Icon54 Unlimited Membership for $19. Usually priced at $97, you'll be saving an impressive 80% on the deal. 

When it comes to writing marketing copy, it's not cheating to use a thesaurus. And when it comes to graphic design, it's not cheating to use pre-made icons. In fact, some would say it's just plain smart.

Whether you're a professional graphic designer or a marketer trying to bootstrap some designs yourself, Icon54's massive collection of icons will be your secret weapon to designing more efficiently. Plus, a lifetime subscription is only $19.

Drawn by hand and approved by top designers, Icon54's collection of line and glyph vector icons will be a great addition to your design toolkit. With this subscription, you'll gain access to over 5,000 unique icons in 101 different categories for web, apps, iOS, and Android. Each icon is designed to precision on a grid system, so you can enjoy ease and consistency. All of them are also fully customizable, allowing you to alter the color, size, orientation, and shadow using your design software of choice. Plus, each icon comes in line and solid versions and available in seven file formats for next-level flexibility. Read more...

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Bluetooth is bad and you should stop using it

54 min 42 sec ago

Everyone uses Bluetooth. Perhaps they shouldn't.

The technology that we've come to rely on to connect our phones, smart speakers, cars, vibrators, and toasters is problematic for reasons more serious than pairing issues. Bluetooth has been shown time and time again to be a security and privacy nightmare — albeit one that can be mostly solved with a simple toggling of an off switch. 

You just have to decide to flip that switch. 

Bluetooth has long been a dirty word for security professionals. So much so, in fact, that one of the most common pieces of advice given to attendees of the annual DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas is to make sure Bluetooth is disabled on their phones. Read more...

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Gmail will fix your shoddy grammar for you using AI

1 hour 28 min ago

Google will soon improve Gmail's grammar correction with the help of artificial intelligence, the company announced Tuesday

Instead of having to click on Gmail's dots menu in the lower right corner and choosing "check spelling" while you write an email, Gmail will start doing it automatically, detecting spelling errors and grammar issues, and even autocorrecting some common spelling mistakes. 

Autocorrect is only available in English — for now. 

The engine powering the feature is the same one Google is using in Docs, where it was introduced in July 2018. You can find out more on how it works hereRead more...

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How did this ridiculous Instagram privacy hoax from 2012 fool so many stars?

2 hours 23 min ago

Famous folks including Usher, Julia Roberts, Taraji P. Henson, Dave Bautista, Rob Lowe, Josh Brolin, Judd Apatow, Retta, Scooter Braun, Adriana Lima, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and high-profile beauty influencers all fell for an ancient social media copypasta — this time focused on Instagram and a vague threat of posts becoming “public” and able to be used in “court cases”.

Celebrities! They’re just like your credulous aunt who types spaces before all her exclamation points on her balloon-background Facebook posts!

The image that circulated in both Feed posts and Stories was a doctored screenshot of a block of text, with one or two variations on the following: Read more...

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The first reactions for ‘IT Chapter Two’ are in and everyone’s obsessed with Bill Hader

7 hours 12 min ago

Get your therapist on speed dial, because IT Chapter Two is nearly here to retraumatise you with everything from a scary clown to how harrowing growing up is — and the first reactions are in as critics and fans stream out of the first screenings.

The overall mood is: IT Chapter One, but more. If you found yourself picking holes in the first movie, you'll probably be frustrated again; if you loved the personal stakes and the characters, there's that in spades here, with performances from the adult Losers to rival any "serious" drama; and the ending might make you cry.

And if it made you lose sleep, you can look forward to more of that too. Read more...

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MoviePass left customers' credit card numbers exposed on unprotected server

8 hours 25 min ago

MoviePass, the cinema subscription service that's gone from "This is too good to be true" to "What is even going on I'm so tired" in a series of reinventions, has had another setback. 

The company left thousands of customer card details, and tens of thousands of customers' credit card details, visible on a server that was not password protected, according to a security research firm. 

The database, which a reporter from TechCrunch observed "growing in real time," contained more than 161 million records and counting, ranging from logging details generated in the course of a normal running day to unencrypted user details. Credit or debit card details were available, too, including card numbers, expiration dates, cardholder names, and billing addresses in plaintext. Read more...

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Facebook wants to hire journalists, but where does that leave News Feed?

8 hours 42 min ago

Facebook's news plans are starting to take shape.

After months of rumors, the company has confirmed plans to introduce a separate "news" section in its app for which it will hire human journalists — not contractors  — to work on. It's also been widely reported that Facebook may negotiate licensing deals with some publications.

Speaking to The New York Times, Facebook's head of news partnerships Campbell Brown said the goal would be to "provide a personalized, highly relevant experience for people." 

While there are still few details to go on, it sounds similar to the approach Apple has taken with Apple News. A group of employees with media backgrounds, will determine which news stories appear in Facebook's "News Tab." There will also be some personalization based on each users' interests and habits.  Read more...

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Porn site leaks over a million users' private info

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:36

The great thing about the internet is that no one has to know you have a serious thing for hentai pornography. Unless, that is, the porn site you have an account on leaks your personal information. 

Over a million account holders faced that unexpected reality this week after security researchers announced a data breach affecting the site. According to the team at vpnMentor, an exposed database allowed would-be blackmailers or extortionists the ability to surreptitiously gather Luscious account holders' personal details. 

Specifically, the data available included usernames, email addresses, activity logs, and location data for all 1.195 million users. Read more...

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Spider-Man may be leaving the Marvel Universe. Here's what we know so far.

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:22

Just when you thought all the remaining Avengers were safe, a new threat has emerged.

Sony and Disney have been unable to reach new terms in their partnership over Spider-Man, and as a result, Deadline reports, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will no longer serve as producer on future films about the webslinger. Mashable has reached out to both studios for comment.

Does this mean Spider-Man is out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? 

Unclear. The report does not indicate that Spidey is out of the MCU, only that Feige will not be lead creative producer on the character's movies going forward. Theoretically, it's possible Sony and Disney could agree to keep making Spidey movies that are part of the MCU, just without Feige as a credited producer. Read more...

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Woman burns 'It' clown doll after it floats into her backyard

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 22:02

A New Jersey woman dealt with an unsettling plush clown appearing in her backyard in the most sensible way possible — by destroying it with fire. 

Renee Jensen posted in "We Live In Bergen County," a local community Facebook group, about her harrowing encounter with a stuffed version of Pennywise. She and her boyfriend, Alex, were sitting in their backyard when they noticed something fly "out of the sky" and land on the ground. 

"It didn't fall," she wrote in the Facebook post. "It like flew out of the sky without hitting any of the bazillion trees on our property."

The mystery object was a toy of Pennywise the Clown, the iconic supernatural villain from Stephen King's It. This version, albeit less terrifying than the depictions in the 1990 miniseries and the 2017 film, had a face covered in fake blood. It also had symbols written across its forehead in permanent marker.  Read more...

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There's a fast food chicken sandwich war and we have declared the winner

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 21:16

Alright everyone, stop the presses and rev up those fryers. I'm sick and tired of the fighting, so we're gonna settle this fast food score once and for all. I'm talking about the Great Chicken Sandwich Feud. 

Most fast food locations, chicken-themed or not, have their own fried bird. But there's been a food fight bubbling on brand Twitter recently with every big name in the business you can think of throwing their chicken hats in the chicken ring. 

The whole thing started after Popeyes released their first-ever chicken sandwich last week, and people began debating which chain had the best chicken sandwich. In typical Twitter brand fashion, Popeyes decided to start some chicken-flavored beef, subtweeting Chick-fil-A's appreciation post of their OG sandwich.  Read more...

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People are meme-ing this truly bizarre Trump painting

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 20:54

Conservative painter Jon McNaughton released his latest MAGA-related work on Tuesday. Titled "The Masterpiece," it features Donald Trump unveiling a painting of some kind while seated in ... a cathedral? A studio with really high ceilings? We are not sure.

The painting is ostensibly dry, because a cloth has been draped over it, but it's also probably wet, because Trump is still holding the palette he used to make it. It's unclear what the painting depicts, exactly, but we assume that's not particularly important. 

And that hand placement on the palette! That is really something. Is that his thumb? It certainly doesn't look like a thumb. Just some new material for your nightmares. Read more...

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'The Matrix' is getting a fourth chapter, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 20:51

Ahem. "Whoa."

Almost 16 years ago, The Matrix Revolutions hit theaters and brought the Wachowskis' daring sci-fi trilogy to a close. Or so we thought. Lana Wachowski is returning to write and direct a fourth movie in the series, and she won't be alone.

Stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will also reprise their roles of Neo and Trinity, respectively. Warner Bros. Pictures exec Toby Emmerich confirmed the news on Tuesday, per Variety.

"We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana," he said. "Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe." Read more...

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Even a Republican study can't confirm anti-conservative bias on Facebook

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 18:49

Is Facebook biased against conservatives? An independent review led by former Sen. Jon Kyl set out to answer that question last year. 

Now, the results are in. The answer? Inconclusive. But the methodology behind the "audit" is highly dubious.

On Tuesday, the long-awaited report was released, along with a Wall Street Journal op-ed by the former Arizona GOP senator.

“Facebook has recognized the importance of our assessment and has taken some steps to address the concerns we uncovered,” Kyl writes in the report. “But there is still significant work to be done to satisfy the concerns we heard from conservatives.” Read more...

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Facebook's 'clear history' tool doesn't actually 'clear' anything

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 18:44

It's finally here. More than a year after Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Facebook's 2018 F8 conference and announced plans to create a "clear history" tool that would let users remove browsing data from Facebook, the company has something to show for it.

After numerous delays, they're now starting to roll out the "clear history" feature. The catch? It doesn't actually "clear" any of your data at all. 

Instead, the new privacy feature will allow users to "disconnect" their "off-Facebook activity" from their account, meaning their browsing data will be separated from their account information. This will help reduce some kinds of targeted advertisements, but it won't actually remove any of your data from Facebook's servers, or prevent the company from using that data. And Facebook will still track people who don't use its service at all. Read more...

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HBO's 'Succession' officially renewed for a third season

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 18:40

Great news, Succession fans: we're not even three hours into the second season and HBO is already hungry for more.

The series about a dysfunctional family of mega-rich media people — think Rupert Murdoch and co., only fictional — will have more story to tell after the second season is over. There isn't a date yet, but the first two seasons fell in 2018 and 2019 — it's not a stretch to speculate that 2020 will bring Season 3.

"We are elated that Succession and its exploration of wealth, power and family has resonated so powerfully with audiences,” HBO exec Francesca Orsi said in a statement. "We cannot wait to see how the complex characters that Jesse Armstrong has created continue to navigate this captivating, ruthless world of the uber-rich." Read more...

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Dad jokes thrive on the 'ideal' thermostat temperature, even if you don't

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 18:38

A federal program says the "ideal" temperature for a home is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, and dads guarding the nation's thermostats seem to agree. 

Energy Star, a federal program from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, suggests Americans set their thermostats to 78 degrees at the least to keep their air conditioning as energy efficient as possible. When residents aren't home, the report adds, the thermostat should clock in at 85 degrees. Energy Star also recommends cooling down to 82 degrees when residents are sleeping.

When Jennifer Titus, a reporter for 10 News WTSP in Florida, tweeted about the report, the takes came in hot.  Read more...

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TCL 4K Roku TV on sale for $130 off at Amazon

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 18:37

TL;DR: Treat yourself to a TCL 43-inch HD Roku TV for only $199.99 from Amazon. It is normally $329.99, for a sweet savings of $130.

You have finally accepted the fact that Game of Thrones is really over. Done. Finito. The time to move on has come. You can finally catch that new buzz-worthy HBO comedy The Righteous Gemstones, or even start (another) marathon viewing of all 23 Marvel flicks, because Avengers: Endgame. There is no better way to celebrate the Streaming Circle of Life than with a new TV, like this smart Roku TV on sale now at Amazon.

Priced at just $199.99 from Amazon, that's a huge savings of $130 that gets you amazing picture quality, plus integrated Roku TV for easy access to all your new favorites. That kind of cash will more than cover a whole year of Hulu so you can add Handmaid's Tale and Future Man to your binge list. Or maybe just pull up some GOT for old time's sake. Read more...

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This flashlight is all you need for your camping trip

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 18:08

The Flashtorch's light is so powerful, it can start a fire. Read more...

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