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today at 08:25.

Cameo's Private Celeb Shout-out Videos Weren't So Private After All

Cameo's Private Celeb Shout-out Videos Weren't So Private After All

Cameo is a delightful app. You can pay D-list celebrities—the tier of folks you’d watch on The Masked Singer or some other ridiculous reality show—to record personalized videos for you and your friends. Prices per video depend on each celeb’s rates, but paying a Real Housewife to send a surprise birthday greeting to a Bravo-obsessed loved one is almost priceless.

Except those private video...

today at 07:20. 2 comments

This 143-Slide Instruction Manual for the Nevada Democratic Caucus Makes It Real Simple

This 143-Slide Instruction Manual for the Nevada Democratic Caucus Makes It Real Simple

Following the Iowa caucus app mishap  which fried the votes on computer and left us all confused about the official results, the Nevada State Democratic Party has planned for all eventualities and unleashed a 143-slide instruction manual for caucus volunteers. The party has ditched the Shadow app that spectacularly imploded in Iowa and pivoted to using Google Forms–the instructions for...

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today at 06:50.

Swiss Court Finds That Clicking 'Like' to Spread Hateful or Defamatory Content May Be a Crime

Swiss Court Finds That Clicking 'Like' to Spread Hateful or Defamatory Content May Be a Crime

Mashing the Facebook share or like buttons on defamatory content as well as anti-Semitic propaganda or other far-right drivel could amount to a crime in Switzerland as a result of a ruling in Swiss Federal Court this week.

The defendant in the case had liked posts that accused animal rights activist Erwin Kessler of being an anti-Semite and a neo-Nazi, the Local reported, with a Zurich court...

today at 05:45.

Nintendo Has a Cloud Problem

Nintendo Has a Cloud Problem

Nintendo showed off its latest first-party title, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this morning, and the reception was mostly good. However, gameindustry.biz noted that there’s at least one big problem with the yet-to-be-released game: You’re pretty screwed if you lose your save.

The problem is the limitation Nintendo is putting on saves. The FAQ at the end of the New Horizons video notes that...

today at 05:30.

EU Warns Google Buying Fitbit Presents a Major Privacy Risk

EU Warns Google Buying Fitbit Presents a Major Privacy Risk

It wasn’t too long ago that Google announced it had plunked down $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit . While the news was welcomed by some, many others raised the question of what would happen with all that health data Fitbit had collected. You can count the European Data Protection Board among the latter. At its 18th plenary session, the advisory board released a statement expressing concern that...

today at 05:15. 1 comments

These Birds Learned to Avoid Yucky Food by Watching Videos on the Computer

These Birds Learned to Avoid Yucky Food by Watching Videos on the Computer

Wild-caught birds in Finland seemingly learned to avoid certain foods by watching videos of other birds eating the snacks and reacting negatively, according to a new study.

Some prey come in bright colors to advertise to predators that they’re poisonous and to attract and sicken naive predators. But if a new brightly colored animal enters an environment, how are the predators supposed to know...

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today at 04:52.

KidKraft Playset Connects With Alexa for Baby's First Self-Surveillance

KidKraft Playset Connects With Alexa for Baby's First Self-Surveillance

Amazon’s privacy woes are no secret. There are a million and one reasons that privacy-minded consumers should be wary of Amazon’s smart gadgets and those of its subsidiaries . If a parent knows to think twice before buying a veritable Amazon surveillance device for themselves, why the hell would they buy one for their kid?

But none of that’s going to stop Amazon from weaseling its way into...

today at 02:15. 2 comments

One Woman and Thousands of Lego Bricks Are Building a Town Much-Needed Wheelchair Ramps

One Woman and Thousands of Lego Bricks Are Building a Town Much-Needed Wheelchair Ramps
Toys and Collectibles Action figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.

In an effort to undo decades of building design and urban planning that’s made spaces inaccessible to those with mobility challenges, 62-year old Rita Ebel is spending part of her golden years building wheelchair ramps out of colorful...

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today at 02:00.

Study Suggests Early Humans Had Even More Interspecies Sex

Study Suggests Early Humans Had Even More Interspecies Sex

Before we became the only remaining humans on the planet, Homo sapiens mated with Neanderthals and the closely related Denisovans . New research is now revealing that the common ancestor of Neanderthals and Denisovans interbred with its own predecessor, a population of “superarchaic” hominids.

This new model suggests a rewritten history of human evolution, and, if it holds, demonstrates that...

today at 01:45. 1 comments

Even Brief Mediation Can Help People Deal With Pain Better, Study Finds

Even Brief Mediation Can Help People Deal With Pain Better, Study Finds

A little dose of mindfulness might ease your perception of pain and unpleasant emotions, a small new study suggests. People who practiced a brief thought exercise before touching something hot or seeing negative images were less affected than when they weren’t practicing mindfulness, researchers found.

Mindfulness and meditation—the concept of focusing your thoughts on a specific thing,...

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today at 00:51.

Twitter Update Makes It Easier to Continue One of Your Awful Threads

Twitter Update Makes It Easier to Continue One of Your Awful Threads

A new Twitter update makes it easier for users to follow up their dumb, old tweets via a “Continue thread” menu, allowing users to continue a thread without actually having to navigate to the tweet in question.

It’s pretty simple. Instead of going to the actual tweet and clicking reply, users can click a drop-down menu when writing a new tweet and select an older tweet they’d like to create a...

yesterday at 23:40.

Apple Might Let You Change Your Default Apps, Other Giants Could Finally Get a Fair Shake

Apple Might Let You Change Your Default Apps, Other Giants Could Finally Get a Fair Shake

Potentially yielding some bitterly-contested ground, Apple is thinking about allowing its users to replace their default essential apps like Safari, Mail, and Apple Music with third-party apps, Bloomberg reports. [Muted golf clap.] This comes less than a year after the Supreme Court paved the way for app-related antitrust lawsuits, ruling that iPhone users could sue Apple for using its App...

yesterday at 23:21.

A New Book About Sega Includes Incredibly Detailed Pop-up Paper Models of Its Iconic Arcade Games

A New Book About Sega Includes Incredibly Detailed Pop-up Paper Models of Its Iconic Arcade Games

With a Sonic the Hedgehog film setting records at the box office, now’s as good a time as any to reflect on Sega’s glory days in the ‘80s and ‘90s. But instead of focusing on consoles, a new book takes a deep dive on Sega’s iconic ride-on arcade machines and includes intricate pop-up paper models of six standouts.

Besides that hyper-active blue hedgehog, Sega, which started life as a company...

yesterday at 23:06. 12 comments

Hasbro's Baby Yoda Animatronic Is Too Cute and Somehow Only $60

Hasbro's Baby Yoda Animatronic Is Too Cute and Somehow Only $60
Toys and Collectibles Action figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.

Baby Yoda was definitely the break out star of The Mandalorian , but it also looks like he’s the breakout star of this year’s Toy Fair too. A slew of Baby Yoda toys just dropped at a Disney event today, but of all of them, this...

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yesterday at 22:15.

HTC Vive Adds Three New AR and VR Headsets to the Cosmos Family (Plus a Prototype Teaser)

HTC Vive Adds Three New AR and VR Headsets to the Cosmos Family (Plus a Prototype Teaser)

HTC Vive had big plans to put on some fancy demos at Mobile World Congress, and while the show has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus , that isn’t stopping HTC from announcing three new additions to its Cosmos headset family.

When the original Vive Cosmos went on sale late last year, it was designed as a modular headset so that depending on the situation, you could swap out...

yesterday at 19:00.

2 Cruise Ship Passengers Die of Coronavirus, Raising Death Toll Outside China to 11

2 Cruise Ship Passengers Die of Coronavirus, Raising Death Toll Outside China to 11

Two passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan have died from COVID-19, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. They’re the first passengers from the cruise ship to die since it was put under quarantine on February 5, raising Japan’s death toll from the new coronavirus to three.

The news comes as both South Korea and Iran reported their first...

yesterday at 10:25.

Report: Firm Tracking Purchase, Transaction Histories of Millions Maybe Not Really Anonymizing Them

Report: Firm Tracking Purchase, Transaction Histories of Millions Maybe Not Really Anonymizing Them

The nation’s largest financial data broker, Yodlee, holds extensive and supposedly anonymized banking and credit card transaction histories on millions of Americans. Internal documents obtained by Motherboard, however, appear to indicate that Yodlee clients could potentially de-anonymize those records by simply downloading a giant text file and poking around in it for a while.

According to...

yesterday at 08:50.

Julian Assange Says Trump Offered Him a Pardon to Deny Russia Hacked Democrats in 2016

Julian Assange Says Trump Offered Him a Pardon to Deny Russia Hacked Democrats in 2016

Lawyers for beleaguered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claim that Donald Trump offered him a pardon if he’d claim the 2016 hacks of Democratic Party email systems had nothing to do with Russia, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

Assange is currently detained in the UK after he evaded bail over an unrelated, since-dropped rape investigation in Sweden and held out for years in the...

yesterday at 07:45.

Flywheel Bikes No Longer Work, So You Get a Free Peloton Instead

Flywheel Bikes No Longer Work, So You Get a Free Peloton Instead

Peloton accused rival stationary bike company Flywheel of stealing its ideas back in 2018, and now the two companies have settled. Flywheel is ending its at-home classes—both live-streamed and on-demand—in March, The Verge reported, which means Flywheel bike owners won’t have anything to watch on their giant screens. But don’t worry: Peloton is offering those riders free Peloton bikes, which...

yesterday at 06:22.

This App Tells You When Nearby Smart Devices Are Snooping on You

This App Tells You When Nearby Smart Devices Are Snooping on You

The devices we use every day are increasingly voice-controlled or internet-connected , even if they probably shouldn’t be. If you’re also one of those folks that’s morbidly curious about which of these devices are hiding behind bullshit privacy policies to collect reams of data on you, there’s now a handy app for that.

Enter the Internet of Things Assistant, released today by a team of...

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