You know what, Julia Louis-Dreyfus could sell us anything.
But we're not so sure how she is effective is at selling a lie, however, as exemplified when she stepped into a round of "Box of Lies" with The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon on Thursday.
The Veep star is good fun, but boy, not so convincing when it comes to trying to dupe Fallon into thinking that she's got a horse with a huge collection of sandals and high heels in front of her. Read more...More about Entertainment, Television, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Fallon, and Julia Louis Dreyfus
Back in February, Tesla cut its customer referral program due to how much it was costing the company.
Elon Musk announced on Thursday that the program is back, but the incentives are admittedly much, much slimmer than they used to be.
Now, if you refer a customer to buy a Tesla, both people will receive 1,000 miles of free Supercharging.
Each referral also receives an entry to win a Founders Series Model Y monthly and Founders Series Roadster, both signed by Musk and Tesla's chief designer Franz von Holzhausen. Read more...More about Tech, Transportation, Tesla, Elon Musk, and Big Tech Companies
Whatever you do, don't look away.
Stacey Spikes, the co-founder of the ongoing psychological experiment known as MoviePass, has a new offer he's sure you can't refuse: absolutely free movie tickets.
All he needs from you in exchange is whatever shred of self respect you've somehow managed to hold onto as you shuffle through this modern hellscape.
Announced via Kickstarter, Spike's new movie-related scheme comes across as even more harebrained than its MoviePass precursor. PreShow, as the eventually to-be-released app is called, offers you credits redeemable for movie tickets in exchange for watching roughly 20 minutes worth of ads. And we do mean watching. Read more...More about Apps, Facial Recognition, Moviepass, Tech, and Other
It was announced as "simple VR." And that's exactly what it delivers.
Nintendo chose wisely in using Labo to plot the company's path into a virtual reality future. There's already a global market familiar with the idea of "cardboard VR" — and cardboard, of course, is the glue that holds Labo together — and the low-tech approach keeps the price family-friendly.
Now, having actually spent some time playing with the Labo VR Kit, I'm happy to confirm: It's good stuff.
Let's talk about what's in the box first. A basic $40 starter set gets you the VR Kit software, the cardboard pieces you'll need to build the headset — which includes a hard plastic component for the lenses — and the Toy-Con Blaster, one of several build-it-yourself peripherals that work in tandem with the headset. Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Nintendo, Virtual Reality, and Nintendo Labo
Raise a glass to RBG with the beer dedicated to her.
Samuel Adams is naming a new Belgian Brut IPA in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It's part of the company's annual contribution to the Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit for women in the brewing industry, according to the Boston Globe. The collab was inspired by International Women's Day, which was earlier this month.
The new brew is named after Ginsburg's iconic response to the question, "When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?"
Image: eventbrite/samuel adams Read more...More about Beer, International Women S Day, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Culture, and Web Culture
Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is a lot of different things at once. To some people, it's a useful tool that makes daily household life significantly more convenient.
To others, it's a bit invasive and creepy to have something listening to all of your conversations at home.
One thing most people can probably agree on is that Alexa is weird. A voice-powered home assistant with a huge number of community-made skills you can download for it is bound to get a little strange at times.
We've perused Amazon's Alexa skills marketplace for some of the oddest ones around, and these are the most bizarre picks we could find. Read more...More about Amazon, Amazon Echo, Amazon Alexa, Alexa, and Virtual Assistant
Sexting gets a bad rep. But we shouldn't confuse the sins of an unsolicited dick pic with the gift of an enthusiastically consensual dick pic.
Getting horny with your partner over text isn't just great foreplay. For many it can also act as an ideal space for establishing enthusiastic consent, exploring each other's sexual fantasies, kinks, boundaries, and limitations.
In the age of #MeToo, we're finally talking about how to change our sexual culture to ensure everyone's having a great time during a sexual encounter. But often, dissenters frame consent like it's a contract you have to sign before touching each other. (Those people clearly haven't seen Fifty Shades of Grey, where the BDSM contract is hotter than the actual sex scenes.) Read more...More about Tech, Watercooler, Social Good, Sex And Relationships, and Consent
One of the worst-kept secrets in tech over the past year or so is that Apple is gearing up to launch a video streaming service akin to Netflix.
It's one of the few services Apple doesn't offer at this point, so the news is hardly a surprise.
Still, Apple hasn't officially announced it just yet. After a long wait, it seems Tim Cook is finally ready to talk about Apple's streaming plans during a special event on Monday, March 25 at 1 p.m. ET. Like every announcement event Apple has, it can be streamed on Apple's website.
SEE ALSO: Apple's second-gen AirPods are here
The tech giant says it'll be best experienced on an Apple device using Safari, but it should work on Chrome and Firefox on Windows PCs, too. Read more...More about Apple, Apple Tv, Tim Cook, Apple Music, and Apple Event
Apple is rolling out the red carpet for what could be a serious Netflix competitor.
The iPhone maker will broadcast an event from its Cupertino headquarters at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, March 25. Rumors have swirled around the tech world for months about Apple beefing up its services business. Here is what to expect.
It's widely believed Apple will reveal a Netflix-esque video streaming service. Original video content has not necessarily been Apple's strong suit over the years, but with big tech competitors like Amazon making moves in the space, Apple is expected to follow suit. Read more...More about Apple, Iphone, Ipad, Netflix, and Amazon Prime
Facebook is all about making the world more open and connected, except perhaps when it comes to sharing its own colossal privacy screw-ups with its more than 2 billion users.
After KrebsOnSecurity first reported that the company had been storing hundreds of millions of users' passwords in plain text since as far back as 2012, Facebook VP of engineering Pedro Canahuati rushed to publish a blog post noting the error was discovered in January. In other words, three months ago.
That Facebook waited until the news was already out in the world to cop to a seriously negligent security and privacy error shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention, but the lack of shock shouldn't translate to resignation. Facebook could have notified users early, but chose not to. Read more...More about Facebook, Privacy, Mark Zuckerberg, Passwords, and Tech
Sphero is out here trying to make customizable bots super fun by giving you an insane amount of creative and technical freedom. That's where RVR comes in. The bot, which by now has been fully funded on Kickstarter, is a kid-friendly bot that you can change into just about anything with some code. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Sphero, Sphero Rvr, Sphero Bot, and Rvr
Turns out that sometimes, Tinder is good for something other than unsolicited dick pics and catfishing.
Twitter user @meggzsalad was having a bit of a struggle with her Wii when the images on-screen were only showing in black and white. Instead of frantically Googling or sifting through multitudes of tech support forum responses from 2011, she reached out for help to an unlikely source — men on Tinder.
SEE ALSO: Don't Make These Tinder Mistakes
my wii is finally in color so i’d like to take a moment to thank the men of tinder, really helped a girl out pic.twitter.com/8jUEqOZiKeTwitter, Culture, Tinder, Wii, and Culture
Coffee isn't the only workout fuel Dunkin' has to offer— they have shoes now, too.
The classic shoe brand Saucony has once again collaborated with Dunkin' on a pair of branded running shoes. In preparation for the Boston Marathon on April 15, the coffee company is serving up a colorful take on Saucony's Kinvara 10 shoe design for the second year in a row.
Since both Dunkin' and Saucony are Boston-based, the collaboration is sure to hit a sweet spot amongst locals— as well as fans across the country. Last year, their collaboration sold out almost immediately, proving there's no way to slow down these front-runners. Read more...More about Shoes, Collaboration, Dunkin Donuts, Saucony, and Culture
A staggering lineup of the world’s most innovative minds, a slew of events optimized for maximum showoff potential on the ‘gram, and a bounty of amazing tacos—it can only be SXSW. In 2019, the masses converged on Austin, hopping on motorized scooters to zoom to the next celebrity panel or legendary BBQ spot
And when they had their fill of absorbing knowledge and brisket, one party beckoned above all others. Where was the only place to take a selfie with an alien while enjoying a cocktail, piloting an AR-powered spaceship, and dancing your heart out? This year’s MashBash, of course, where we blasted off into the unknown in our space-themed celebration. Read more...More about Sxsw, Event, Mashbash, Sxsw 2019, and Culture
Historically, politician spouse Twitter is one of the most insipid parts of Twitter. With the exception of that one time Melania psychoanalyzed a dolphin, politician spouse Twitter is the place where you'll find the internet's most useless political statements and hackiest, corniest hashtags.
Politician spouse Twitter is so bad it makes brand Twitter look good.
Every once in a while, however, a spouse comes along who gives you hope. This week, that's Chasten Buttigieg, presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg's husband.Twitter, Culture, Pete Buttigieg, Culture, and Web Culture
15 years after HBO's acclaimed and award-winning series Deadwood premiered, the cable network has finally shared a teaser for its movie revival.
The two-hour film picks up 10 years after finale, which aired in 2006. It stars returning actors Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Paula Malcolmson, Anna Gunn, Robin Weigert, and Gerald McRaney among others.
Deadwood will premiere on May 31, cutting it just in time for Emmy eligibility this year. Read more...More about Entertainment, Hbo, Deadwood, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
In an essay written for The New Yorker, Emilia Clarke has revealed the serious health struggles she faced while filming Game of Thrones.
Shortly after production wrapped for Season 1 in 2011, Clarke remembers collapsing at the gym following a severe headache. The incident would mark the beginning of the first of two major surgeries for Clarke, each tied to a life-threatening brain aneurysm.
"At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged," Clarke recalls.
"The diagnosis was quick and ominous: a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain. I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture." Read more...More about Game Of Thrones, Emilia Clarke, Brain Surgery, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
We give our pets food, shelter, and unconditional love, and they often pay us back with surprise messes and odors (plus lots of puppy kisses of course.) But you don't have to sacrifice clean floors when you have the right vacuum for pet hair. It's a necessary purchase since we doubt your dog is ever going to pitch in and help with clean up.
With one of Walmart's latest Rollbacks, you can get $31 off the Bissell CrossWave Pet Wet/Dry Vacuum. For $268.99, this Bissell 2328 multi-surface model is an all-in-one solution to clean up after your pets no matter where they roam in your house.
Able to vacuum and wash your floors at the same time, the Bissell CrossWave can tackle messes on hard floors such as tile, sealed wood floors, and linoleum. And with the simple smart-touch controls, it's an effortless switch to vacuuming area rugs and carpets. Inside is a pet brush roll that spins at over 3,000 RPM and is tangle free for hair up to eight inches long. The CrossWave is also easy to clean up itself with a pet hair strainer, and its two-tank system keeps clean and dirty water separate. You can even get rid of stubborn pet odors when you use Bissell's specialized pet cleaning formula Read more...More about Pets, Vacuum, Mashable Shopping, Bissell, and Tech
Tesla is suing five former employees for stealing trade secrets in what looks like ridiculously obvious fashion.
On Wednesday evening, Tesla filed two lawsuits against former employees and the self-driving startup Zoox, as spotted by The Verge. In the first case, it accuses four ex-employees of porting over “proprietary information and trade secrets" to Zoox. And in the second, it accuses one employee of stealing Tesla's Autopilot source code, and bringing it over to Xiaopeng Motors (XPeng).
The theft, according to Tesla, was "blatant and intentional.” From the filings, it certainly seems that way. Read more...More about Tesla, Lawsuit, Autonomous Vehicles, Zoox, and Xpeng
Cyclone Idai left death, destruction, and a sprawling inland sea in its wake.
The powerful tropical cyclone — which struck Mozambique last Thursday as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds of around 100 mph — has left at least 150 dead and 600,000 in need of help in the flooded nation said the EU, though the Associated Press reports over 300 fatalities as of March 21 when accounting for deaths in neighboring Zimbabwe.
The cyclone's widespread flooding — in part overshadowed by simultaneous and historic flooding in the Midwest — has left behind an inundated area some 200 square miles in size (518 square kilometers), with the inland sea reaching up to 15 miles wide, according to satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA). Read more...More about Science, Extreme Weather, Climate Change, Mozambique, and Cyclones
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took a turbulent journey from page to screen, but we never realized how different things could have been. Screenwriter Chris Weitz revealed that before he joined the project, the story had a happy ending.
“The version prior to [my involvement] didn’t have everyone die. As a matter of fact, it ended with a wedding,” Weitz told CultPopture. “I think it was on the presumption that Disney wouldn’t allow characters to die with such abandon.”
More than two years after the film's release, this is almost impossible to imagineRogue One ending with a joyful wedding???Entertainment, Movies, Disney, Star Wars, and Lucasfilm
Once again, former president Barack Obama has released his official March Madness brackets for all to see. But the reaction this year has been a little bit different than in years past.
First, though, the picks. Obama has a history of being just okay with his picks — not great, but passable, like most Americans. And this year, once again, there's nothing particularly controversial about them.
In the Men's Bracket, his pick of Duke vs. North Carolina, with a Duke championship, probably mirrors a lot of other brackets. There are a few upset picks, particularly of some No. 12 seeds, but even that isn't that outlandish given how often it occurs. Read more...More about Basketball, Barack Obama, Ncaa March Madness, Culture, and Sports
Hundreds of millions of Facebook users’ passwords were stored in plain text, completely searchable by Facebook employees for years.
Some users had their passwords stored in plain text as early as 2012, according to a senior Facebook source who spoke to KrebsOnSecurity. The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, says that somewhere between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users were affected. More than 20,000 Facebook employees would have had access to these plain text passwords.
Shortly after KrebsOnSecurity published its story, Facebook posted its own statement by its vice president of engineering, security and privacy, Pedro Canahuati. He states that the company first discovered the issue during “a routine security review in January.” Read more...More about Facebook, Instagram, Cybersecurity, Passwords, and Password Security
Let's say you're ready not just for a new 4K TV, but also to finally cut the cord. All of your TV comes via streaming and you need a quick, affordable solution to prepare for the new season of Stranger Things. If budget and simple streaming features are all you need, the latest deal on a TCL 4K TV is what you're looking for.
At Best Buy, you can save an extra $90 off a 49-inch TCL 4K UHD TV with Roku TV for a final price of $249.99. Not only does that qualify for free shipping, you even get Sling TV free for 30 days. That's a month to live stream your favorite channels and shows (like a certain collegiate basketball tournament) to help you decide if you want to fully subscribe to Sling TV when the free trial is up. Read more...More about Roku, 4k Tv, Tcl, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Solo
Playing music from your laptop while you’re hosting guests isn’t always the most convenient (and the sound just isn’t as good). Adding a solid portable speaker to your repertoire can quickly remedy that issue — and save your poor laptop speakers from bursting when you inevitably have to crank their levels up all the way. Bose is always the way to go when it comes to these things, and their popular SoundLink Revolve model just saw a sweet discount.
The Bose SoundLink Revolve portable speaker is currently $40 off over on Amazon — bringing its original $199 price down to $159. You won’t regret picking one of these up (and neither will your guests). Read more...More about Bluetooth, Bose, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Skimlinks, and Shopping Amazon
Tile Bluetooth trackers help you find the items you frequently need and are prone to lose, but the Tile Pro Series helps you find them in style. The series includes Tile Style and Tile Sport, for a classic or rugged look.
Now is your last chance to snag one (or more) of these trackers before they’re gone for goodGet a Style one-pack for $20, Sport two-pack for $40, or a Style and Sport combo pack for $40.
Tile Style ensures that you’ll always be able to find your valuables and you’ll look fabulous doing so. Tile Sport keeps track of even your most adventurous items with a rugged, waterproof exterior. These trackers also have twice the typical range and are two times louder, which is great for items you might lose outdoors. Read more...More about Tech Accessories, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Solo, Bluetooth Tracker, and Tile Pro
Instagram is about to give its users some time to think over that name change.
An automatic username lock feature has been discovered in the latest alpha version of Instagram’s Android application. The change, which is currently in testing, would give the previous owner of an Instagram handle up to 14 days to revert back to their old username after changing it.
Instagram will start locking old usernames for 14 days after changing so the previous owner can revert to it within the grace period
This is the end of username grabber bots :D pic.twitter.com/mAAgbDYny2
If you’re like us, you get slight separation anxiety when you see your doggo run off. We don’t blame you. The American Humane Association estimates over 10 million dogs and cats are lost and stolen in the U.S. every year. Equipping pets with ID tags or microchips is one way to ensure your pets’ safe return in case they get lost while on vacation or stray away from home, but you can take your dog’s safety to another level — with wearable tech for pets. Pet wearables, such as GPS collars, are making it possible for pet parents to track their doggo’s location (and even monitor their activity) wherever they are. Read more...More about Dogs, Pets, Gps, Mashable Shopping, and Culture