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Kristen Stewart has co-authored a paper on artificial intelligence

Here’s a sentence you don’t get to read everyday: Kristen Stewart has surprised the artificial intelligence community by publishing a paper on machine learning. The Twilight actress recently made...
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Japanese toilet industry agrees to standardize complex bidet controls

The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, a consortium of companies producing plumbing products including Toto, Panasonic, and Toshiba, has agreed to unify the iconography used on the...
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Donald Trump Reportedly Forced to Give Up Beloved Tweeting Machine

While rising to our nation’s highest office is an unparalleled honor, becoming President also involves many personal sacrifices. This week, Donald Trump may have made his first, reportedly “trad[ing] in” the Android phone widely believed to be his primary tweeting device for a Secret Service-approved smartphone.
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Unicode Committee will meet next week to discuss adding redhead emoji

Will it finally be time for ginger justice?
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Anne Hathaway Plays a City-Crushing Kaiju in the First Trailer for Colossal

Few movies have as original or weird a premise as Colossal. That premise: Anne Hathaway plays a woman who realizes she can occasionally spawn a real-life giant monster halfway across the world that acts as her avatar, mimicking her movements.
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Idiot Tasked With Maintaining America's Nukes Surprised to Learn What His Job Is

In December, Rick Perry enthusiastically accepted the nomination to be Donald Trump’s secretary of energy—unfortunately for both Perry and the American people, he had no idea what the fuck he was signing up for. According to a New York Times report, Perry originally believed the job was being “a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry.”
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Miguel Ferrer's Albert Rosenfield Will Always Be the Best Twin Peaks Character

Versatile character actor Miguel Ferrer—a memorable presence in so many films and TV shows, including RoboCop, Twin Peaks, and most recently NCIS: Los Angeles—has died. He was 61 years old.
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Apple and Amazon end decade-long audiobook exclusivity deal

Apple and Amazon have agreed to end an exclusivity agreement that made Audible the only seller of audiobooks inside of iTunes. The agreement had been in place for over a decade, since 2003, but...
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Donald Trump has surrendered his Android phone

Donald Trump has given up his beloved Android phone ahead of today’s inauguration, the Associated Press reports, though it is unclear what type of device he will use in the White House. According...
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Samsung Note 7 investigation will blame ‘irregularly sized’ batteries and manufacturing flaws, says WSJ

Samsung’s official investigation into the cause of widespread faults with the Galaxy Note 7 will blame "irregularly sized" batteries and manufacturing faults, according to a report from The Wall...
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Footage of apparent animal cruelty on movie set spurs boycott of A Dog’s Purpose

A company that provides trained animals for movies and TV shows has come under fire after its handlers were recorded forcing an apparently distressed dog into churning water on a film set. The...
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Mashable Tech 2 days

LG's going above and beyond to make sure its next phone doesn't explode

Nobody wants to be the next Samsung.
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A redhead emoji is finally in the cards

We might finally see the long overdue redhead emoji.
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How to Watch President Trump's Inauguration, No Cable Required (But Bring Your Own Booze)

Today, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. And unless some time traveler shows up before noon, this is really happening. If you want to watch history being made, there are plenty of options—even if you don’t have cable.
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Tesla’s crash rate dropped 40 percent after Autopilot was installed, feds say

Tesla’s crash rate dropped 40 percent after the electric carmaker installed its semi-autonomous Autopilot software, government regulators reported today. The National Highway Traffic Safety...
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Meet the People Racing to Stop Trump From Purging Federal Climate Data

Patricia Kim, a History of Art PhD candidate studying Hellenistic Greece at the University of Pennsylvania, is the first to admit she’s probably not what comes to mind when you imagine an academic researcher scrambling to archive federal climate data that might be erased by the Trump administration. But for Kim, information transparency is an issue that transcends disciplinary boundaries.
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Windows 10's new power slider lets you improve battery life or performance

Microsoft is testing a new Windows 10 feature that will let users quickly adjust power options to improve battery life or performance. The software giant has added a power slider option to the main...
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Leica’s new M10 camera may be small, but it packs a big 24MP sensor | TechRadar

The Leica M10 is the company’s smallest full-frame camera yet with a hugely improved 24MP sensor.
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Leica Debuts Its New M10 Camera and, Yep, It’s Gorgeous

The successor to the M only shoots stills, and you'll pay a lot for that red dot.
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Obama's five new national monuments set a US record for land protection

Can Trump destroy them?
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Tesla helps Sierra Nevada Brewing make 'green' beer

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is using a bunch of Tesla batteries, along with solar power and a microturbine generator, to help make beer brewing more environmentally friendly at its Chico,...
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A Black Female Astrophysicist Explains Why Hidden Figures Isn't Just About History

First, it beat Star Wars: Rogue One. Now, for the second weekend since its wide-release debut, Hidden Figures—the true story of three black female mathematicians at NASA—is number one at the box office. It’s raked in roughly $6o million so far, and counting.
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No, You Should Not Put Jade Eggs in Your Vagina Because Gwyneth Paltrow Tells You To

Gwyneth Paltrow—purveyor of $15,000 gold dildos and sex-dust smoothies—is back at it again with another oozing spoonful of Goop for your sex life. Ladies, it turns out that the key to life is sticking a jade egg up your “Yoni.”
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The Nintendo Switch won’t have Netflix or other streaming apps at launch

Nintendo’s focus at its Switch event last week was on the hybrid portable/home console’s lineup of games, with next to no information on the operating system or other functionality. Now, via some...
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The first GMO non-browning apples will go on sale in the US next month

The first genetically-modified apples will go on sale in the US next month, according to agricultural site Capital Press. The fruit, produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and sold under the brand...
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The Inauguration Parade Almost Had Tanks And Missile Launchers

The Inaugural Parade is an American tradition of high school marching bands, national well-wishers, and some scattered military units. President-elect Donald Trump, on the other hand, reportedly wanted something a bit more Red Square, with tanks and missile launchers.
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Shepard Fairey's protest posters for the Trump inauguration will run as full-page newspaper ads

Washington, DC is expecting nearly a million people to attend and protest President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. To that end, a nonprofit is looking to put its artwork into the...
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This Might Be the Cthulhu Video Game of Our Nightmares, Er, Dreams

Lots of video games use the influence of H. P. Lovecraft’s dread-drenched Elder Gods mythos. It’s been a while since there’s been one that tackled the author’s works directly but an upcoming title is going to attempt just that.
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Those X-Men Comics In the Logan Trailer Were Made Just for the Movie

One of the cutest moments in the Logan trailer released today (an aside: mentioning “cute” and Logan in the same sentence is very strange to me) is the moment Wolverine flicks through an X-Men comic, noting just how wildly embellished they are. The comics used aren’t actual X-Men books—but now we know who made them for the movie.
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Latest Power Rangers trailer gives us a first glimpse at Zordon and the Megazord

The live-action Power Rangers reboot is about two months away from release, and its second official trailer dropped earlier today with some much-needed cameos from franchise favorites. Not only is...
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A Monster Solar Storm Could Cost the US $40 Billion Daily

Our planet is due to be hit with a powerful solar storm, an event that happens about once every hundred years. New research shows that losses from the ensuing blackouts could total $41.5 billion per day in the US alone, including nearly $7 billion lost in trade.
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Mark Zuckerberg is suing Hawaiian land owners to secure his 700-acre island getaway

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is going to great lengths to protect his privacy on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where he purchased a 700-acre plot of land in 2014 for more than $100 million....
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Drug Maker Who Jacked Up Cost of Baby Medicine 85,000 Percent Still Isn't Sorry

You can lead a drug company to public shame, but you can’t make it feel remorse.
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Google Maps will soon get you where you need to go, then help you park

If only it could parallel park for us, too.
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The Star Wars Special Editions Remain a Crucial Milestone 20 Years Later

The phrase “Special Editions” is one of the scariest things in all of Star Wars. No one can forget the way, 20 years ago this month, George Lucas updated his iconic films with new effects, sounds, scenes, then basically tried to erase the original versions from existence.
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The Ten Most Horrifying Things Trump Has Said About Climate Change

Tomorrow, irritable Dorito Donald Trump will be inaugurated as 45th president of the United States. All the world will be watching as Trump is sworn in to the stylings of 3 Doors Down and associated acts.
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The Gorillaz release their first single since 2011 to take on Trump

The Gorillaz have been promising a return to form for nearly a year, but with Donald Trump about to claim the White House, the group saw fit to finally release new music. Titled "Hallelujah Money,"...
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This NBA Jam hack adds 2017 players, along with Harambe, Hillary Clinton, Kanye

In 1993, video game developer Midway published the first edition of NBA Jam. The basketball arcade game was ported to home consoles, stretched across sequels and spinoffs, lost in pop culture...
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How to keep your phone and your photos safe at the inauguration

On Friday, hundreds of thousands of people will arrive in downtown Washington for the inauguration of Donald Trump. Many will be there to celebrate the incoming president, but a significant number...
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This app doesn't just do your homework for you, it shows you how

A little confession from me. I was homeschooled (that's not the confession part), and in 8th grade my algebra textbook had the answers to half the problems in the back. And when I was stumped, I...
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Wisconsin Cows Go Hungry After Their Meal of Skittles Spills All Over the Highway

I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don’t know where it goes, but it’s fucking littered with red Skittles that fell off of a truck en route to feed some cows.
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Samsung starts rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices

Samsung has officially started rolling out the latest Android 7.0 Nougat update to existing Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets. While beta testers of the software update have had access to the...
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Wolverine's Clone Reads X-Men Comics in This Great, Final Logan Trailer

The final trailer for Logan has everything you could want: action, meta-discussions on what it means to have X-Men comics in the X-Men universe, and Professor X saying the f-word.
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What You Need to Know About the Nintendo Switch's Garbage Graphics

The Nintendo Switch looks like it might be complete weaksauce when compared to the best consoles from Sony and Microsoft. But the real question is: does that even matter? Probably not.
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The Original iPhone Is Dead

The original iPhone has died. AT&T, the phone’s only carrier, decided to end its support for 2G cellular networks, thus rendering the original iPhone useless. This means that iPhone can no longer make calls or send text messages. He was just nine and a half years old.
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Dwayne Johnson's Shazam Villain Is Getting His Own DC Solo Film

DC’s proposed Shazam movie doesn’t have a director, star, or even a finished script. What it does have is a villain, Black Adam, played by Dwayne Johnson, and that means he’s getting his own movie.
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RT Gets Banned From Facebook Until After Trump's Inauguration

In a surprise move, RT (formerly known as Russia Today) has been banned from posting articles, photos, and videos to Facebook. The ban was instituted yesterday after RT allegedly ran a pirated stream of Obama’s last press conference. The ban is scheduled to be lifted at 2:35pm ET on Saturday, the day after Trump’s inauguration.
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Driver in fatal Tesla Autopilot crash had seven seconds to take action

It’s not known what he was doing at the time
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DigiLens raises $22 million to make ‘eyeglass-thin’ augmented reality displays

Display technology maker DigiLens has raised $22 million to create better augmented reality and virtual reality products in which digital information lies on top of transparent glass.The Sunnyvale
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China aims to build world’s first exascale supercomputer prototype by 2017

Building supercomputers is a digital arms race, and China is moving quickly to solidify its lead. Last year, the country unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight (above)....
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