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"We want world leaders to hold polluters accountable," Alexandria Villaseñor told the audience at the 10th annual Social Good Summit on Sept. 22, speaking on behalf of her fellow members of the Youth Climate Strike. 

At 14 years old, Villaseñor is one of the youngest members of the global climate strike. She is the co-founder of US Youth Climate Strike and founder of Earth Uprising, a youth-led climate organization. 

On Friday, Villaseñor attended the climate strike in New York City, but it wasn`t her first time. "I`ve been on climate strike every Friday for the past 41 weeks in front of the UN headquarters," Villaseñor said on the Summit stage.  Read more...

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If you`re still on the cycle of upgrading your old smartphone with whatever the the new one is every year, you may want to stop. That`s the takeaway from a new comparison video on the EverythingApplePro YouTube channel.

In a side-by-side-by-side showdown between the iPhone X (2017), iPhone XS (2018), and iPhone 11 Pro (2019), the beefy newcomer and its shiny, new A13 Bionic processor is roughly comparable in performance – and sometimes even comes out on top! – to the 2018 model. The testing consists of clocking the time it takes to open various apps and running benchmarks.

Don`t put too much stock in the performance lead. Yes, the XS outpaces the 11 Pro in some spots, but the lead is likely temporary. Apple only just released the latest line of iPhones, and forthcoming iOS updates are sure to bring optimized performance for all the new phones. Read more...

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Sunday`s Google Doodle celebrated the feats of Junko Tabei, the first woman to reach the ceiling of the earth by scaling Mount Everest, on what would have been the legendary climber`s 80th birthday.

The Junko Tabei Google Doodle

The Junko Tabei Google Doodle

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Born Sept. 22, 1939, in Miharu, Japan, Tabei and led a team of Japanese women to the top of Mount Everest in May 1975. Her Everest adventure broke ground not just as the first woman to summit the mountain but for the cultural statement it made in her home country. 

In a 2012 interview with the Japan Times, Tabei said, “Back in 1970s Japan, it was still widely considered that men were the ones to work outside and women would stay at home... Even women who had jobs — they were asked just to serve tea. So it was unthinkable for them to be promoted in their workplaces.” Read more...

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Backing up your data is important, especially when you have precious pictures you don`t want to lose on your phone. Lucky for you, B&H Photo-Video is offering the WD Elements 8TB USB 3.0 external hard drive for 121.09, saving yourself 13% off the listed price.

Check out more of today`s best deals from Amazon, Dell Small Business, Home Depot, Lenovo, B&H Photo-Video, Rakuten, and Verizon Wireless for Sunday, Sept. 22.

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TL;DR: The calming Dozzi natural white noise machine is on sale for 19.99, saving you 30.


Not to sound overdramatic, but silence can be deafening – during arguments, at the end of performances, and most of all, when you`re trying to sleep.

While we can`t help you with the former, the latter can easily be fixed with a white noise machine like the Dozzi Natural

The Dozzi features a built-in fan, so you`ll hear the natural faint hum of an actual fan, rather than a digitized noise. You can adjust the fan speed to low, medium, or high, and control the amount of air flowing in and out to find the most soothing sound for you. And as an added bonus, you can charge your phone through its USB port. Read more...

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TL;DR: Get a pristine live stream by blurring out your background with a lifetime subscription to XSplit VCam, which is on sale for 19.99 — a 30 savings. 


The ability to attend a work meeting is the best thing to happen to the workplace since the coffee machine. You no longer have to sit in a stuffy conference room or fly somewhere boring to meet with a client — now, you can collaborate from your couch. 

Perhaps the only downside is that you and your surroundings have to look presentable, at least from the waist up.

XSplit VCam is a genius app that removes your background without the use of a green screen. Whether you`re joining virtual meetings, live streaming video games, or recording a vlog, XSplit VCam replaces your background with an image or webpage. You`re given the option to upload JPEGs, GIFs, or PNGs for the background of your choosing, and it transforms your webcam to a DSLR thanks to its adjustable blur slider.  Read more...

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The digital TV recording company TiVo is back in the spotlight with some upcoming changes and new products. 

TiVo had its heyday back in the early 2000s before DVR and streaming were everywhere, but it still has a few million subscribers. Those viewers will soon be subjected to ads playing before their TV recordings. 

It`s a bit ironic for the company that gained popularity for letting you scrub through ads during TV shows and programs. On its website, TiVo still lists this as a benefit: "[We] give you the power to skip ads."

According to an industry news outlet, the ads will go out to all users with the latest software version known as TiVo Experience 4, but will be skippable. That`s a relief. But users aren`t too happy. On a TiVo online forum one user wrote, "If they start doing this to me I`m out. No way they`re forcing me to watch ads on a device I paid almost 1,000 for with lifetime service." Read more...

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Admit it, you`ve Googled, "How to remove..." for red wine spills, bacon grease splatters, and even blood droplets. These all feel impossibly unforgiving when they get on your clothes, so we turn to the search platform hoping the almighty Google will provide the help we need.

The internet offers up some interesting solutions to get stains out, but should you trust Google`s crowdsourced advice? Chemists from the American Chemical Society systematically tested different stain removal tips pulled from Google search results and definitively determined what works and what doesn`t. 

The internet isn`t totally full of lies, and some suggestions seemed to work. Others not so much. Hairspray for a grease stain? Not really, unless you want a crunchy T-shirt. For blood stains, hydrogen peroxide worked best, but definitely don`t use lemon juice. Then, red wine and boiling water do mix it turns out. As to that bacon grease: dish soap and water is the move. Not so much for Coca Cola.  Read more...

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The Achaemenid Empire was an ancient empire whose heartland was the region of Persis, in the southwestern part of modern-day Iran.

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Would you rather take an Uber ride home alone late at night or have a self-driving taxi service come pick you up with no one at the front wheel?

The prospect of riding in a car with only a stranger driving can feel as unsafe as some people feel about new self-driving technology, as a study from car insurance company The Zebra recently found. 

After surveying 2,000 American passengers in August, 53 percent of those surveyed said they felt safer in an autonomous vehicle than a solo ride with a driver. Younger respondents between ages 18 and 24 were more accepting of self-driving vehicles compared to those 55 and older, who preferred a human-driven ride. Self-driving vehicles continue to rank low in consumer confidence, a recent J.D. Power and SurveyMonkey study shows. Read more...

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Weekends are always the best time for a good thirst trap party, and this new one is a blast from the past.

Yes, it turns out that famed Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach is a stone-cold hottie. He looks like what we`d see if Brad Pitt traveled back in time and somehow made it into the history books as a famed early 1900s physician.

No, seriously. Don`t take my word for it. See for yourself.

People are so thirsty for Hermann Rorschach, creator of the Rorschach test

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The Rorschach test involves showing pages of inkblot patterns to patients and asking them to describe what they see. The responses then lead to insights into each patient`s personality. Read more...

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Apple Arcade is a blessing for fans of mobile games, but also a curse: with so much great stuff to choose from, where do you even start?

Some people will no doubt download absolutely everything and then randomly pick things to check out until something clicks (hi, it me). That`s a perfectly reasonable approach to take, but some of us have tighter constraints on our time.

Lucky for you, I play lots and lots of games, and I`ve spent the past week tooling around with every Apple Arcade game I had time for. I still haven`t touched every single one – it`s a lot to go through! – but I`ve played enough to get a good feel for what`s on offer and single out some favorites. Read more...

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Virginity has been the obsession of men for thousands of years. It has driven the best people, like the virgin warrior Joan of Arc, to fight for just cause. Virginity has also lured the worst people, such as the sadistic Countess Elizabeth Bathory

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Two Android apps that weren`t what they seemed got pulled from the Google Play app store this week.

Instead of offering features to up your selfie game and mobile picture-taking, the two apps, Sun Pro Beauty Camera and Funny Sweet Beauty Camera, were pushing adware onto phones.

Researchers at cybersecurity company Wandera discovered the malicious apps only recently, after the Sun Pro app had been available for two years, since Sept. 2017, and seen more than 1 million downloads. The other, Funny Sweet Beauty Camera, was only up since July but had pulled in more than 500,000 downloads, according to ZDNet. Read more...

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These days, amidst fears of a climate change-induced apocalypse and unhinged, criminal politicians edging us toward war, it`s hard enough just getting out of bed in the morning. To help, I present to you this video of a dog hugging a horse.

After coming back from an outing, this adorable Aussie Shepherd from Sweden, named Orion, decided to give their horsey pal Destiny a big hug. It`s the most precious show of bipartisan love the internet has seen since at least 2016.

Thank you for this truly inspiring display, Destiny and Orion. Read more...

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In the ancient battle of Thurii in 282 BC, between Rome and the Greek colony of Tarentum, the Romans noticed a youth of extraordinary height marching in front of them and performing miracles of bravery.

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As part of the 2019 Social Good Summit on Sept. 22, Mashable is tackling the climate change problem head on, highlighting the progress the world needs, and celebrating the experts making change happen.


Climate change can often feel like a huge problem with few actionable solutions. Just look at the facts: July was the hottest month on record. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest recorded. And the rate of CO2 increase in the atmosphere is unprecedented in the geologic record

While it`s true that politicians and entire countries hold many of the keys to fixing these issues, there are simple way you can help — through apps. Read more...

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The latest Fortnite crossover event is one for the DC Comics fans.

Epic Games revealed its "Fortnite x Batman" cash farm collaboration on Saturday, an event that brings a touch of Gotham City to both the game`s map and its catalog of cosmetics. Until Oct. 6, Fortnite players who spend any time in the Tilted Towers area of the map will find Gotham City vibes and landmarks waiting for them.

The event also includes new shinies to reach for, including Batman-themed character and gadget skins. The trailer is very matter-of-fact about all of this, but the event is live now for you to check out at your leisure. Read more...

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The Scottish public is being consulted on a proposed national memorial in Fife for people condemned as witches.

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There were more news crews than alien hunters at the second attempt to "storm" Area 51’s back gates in the predawn hours of Saturday morning. 

A guy with a plunger and a neck brace led the charge toward the secretive facility after hyping up a small group of us with a speech, but stopped short right before the gate. 

The number of campers in Rachel, Nevada, had doubled by Friday night, but only a handful of people showed up to actually Naruto-run through the military base’s gates. More than two million people RSVP’d to the viral “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us” event on Facebook. About a thousand showed up in Rachel and Hiko, two small towns in Nevada that are both hosting music festivals, to either camp in reserved sites or snag a free spot on Bureau of Land Management land. Read more...

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The iPhone 11 and 11 Pro/11 Pro Max are officially here — maybe even in your hands right now as you read this — and you`re ready to go out and shoot some photos and videos.

Before you go forth on an adventure with the best smartphone cameras (for now), we`ve got a couple of tips and tricks that`ll help because the Camera app`s changed a little bit. Some things have moved around and there are a few hidden settings you may not be aware of.

1. Go ultra wide

Both the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro have new ultra-wide cameras on the back. The 12-megapixel (f/2.2) camera is equivalent to a 13mm DSLR lens and has a 120-degree field of view, which is capable of fitting A LOT more in a shot. Read more...

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Netflix has announced its October line-up and, uh... hope your whole month is free! 

On the TV front, we`ve got the return of Big Mouth, Carmen Sandiego, My Next Guest with David Letterman, Nailed It!, and The Kominsky Method, alongside the premieres of Living with Yourself and Jenny Slate: Stage Fright.  

For movies, check out El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Dolemite Is My Name, The Laundromat, and In the Tall Grass — all among the most anticipated films coming to Netflix this fall.    

Check out everything coming to (and going from) Netflix in October 2019 below. Read more...

Top Pick: Big Mouth Season 3 

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With the NFL season officially underway, watching the games on a small TV can be painful. So why not upgrade it to this LG C9 series 65-inch 4K HDR Smart TV. Saving yourself 1098 off the listed price. Packed with an a9 gen 2 intelligent processor, making images look more real, plus you can share what you`re watching with Apple AirPlay.

Check out more of today`s best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Dell Small Business, BuyDig, Adorama, Rakuten, and Verizon Wireless for Saturday, Sept. 21.

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TL;DR: The nine-function Yedi pressure cooker is just the appliance your kitchen countertop needed — pick one up in the Mashable Shop for just 75.65 when you use the code COOKING15OFF


If there`s one thing we all can agree on in 2019, it`s that the Instant Pot is a game-changer. Not only does it simplify the cooking process, but it takes way less time and is easy to clean, too. The only not-so-great thing about it is the price tag.

Fortunately, there are worthy alternatives on the market. Case in point: the Yedi 9-in-1 instant programmable pressure cooker

This bad boy has earned a whopping 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon with over 1,000 customer reviews. Most shoppers compared it to the Instant Pot, with many saying they actually liked it more. It basically works exactly the same way.  Read more...

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TL;DR: Become your own boss with this entrepreneurship training bundle — just 39 in the Mashable Shop.


Pivoting from traditional employment to being a freelancer is good in theory, but it`s not as easy as what others make it out to be. Sure, you`ll get to manage your own schedule and do what you love every day, but you will still need a lot of guidance if you want to survive on your own.

And you can get that from this online class on how to become a solopreneur. Comprised of 10 courses, this bundle lets you in on what you need to know to build a self-employed empire from scratch — and it will only set you back 39. Read more...

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Feel a little bit of a chill in the air? Notice that the days are getting shorter? Yeah, that’s because summer is over, so put on a jacket and stop sulking. Besides, fall is obviously the best season, anyway — better outfit opportunities, fun Starbucks beverages, pumpkin picking, and apple cider donuts galore. What’s not to love?

Another thing that fall is great for: Sales. And Walmart’s first fall savings event of the season is finally here, offering up to over half off on some of the best of the best in home and lifestyle products, like KitchenAid mixers, Dyson vacuums, and more. (The full sale runs through Sept. 27).  Read more...

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TL;DR: The compact Farberware 1.9-quart air fryer is on sale for 28.89, down from 44.48.


You’ve probably heard that an air fryer can get you “fried food without the guilt.” And while that phrase is a bit played out, it’s kind of true. An air fryer actually delivers the fried texture you’re looking for without totally drenching your food in heavy oil.

Depending on your needs, you can get one of these appliances for pretty cheap. If you’re cool with a relatively small frying container, you might want to check out the Farberware 1.9-quart air fryer. It’s currently on sale for 50% off during Walmart’s Fall Savings Event, which runs through Sept. 27. Read more...

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With more and more companies foregoing traditional USB ports for their products (we`re looking at you, Apple), it`s increasingly difficult to find gadgets that play nice together. So you`re stuck either living in a mess of power strips or buying sleek USB hubs with more connectivity options.

Here`s a bunch for every kind of gadget you may or may not have, on sale right now:

6-in-1 USB-C hub for MacBook Pro (a 159.95 value)

You might think of your MacBook Pro as your most prized possession, but you can`t deny that its lack of ports is a huge bummer. Made specifically for the MacBook Pro, this hub extends your computer`s capabilities with its six built-in ports: two USB-C, two USB-A 3.0, an SD, and a microSD slot. It even offers 40GBps power delivery and allows for rapid data transmission. Grab it on sale now for 39.99. Read more...

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TL;DR: Select KitchenAid mixers (like the Deluxe and Artisan Mini) are up to 53% off as part of Walmart`s Fall Savings Event, saving you up to 130.99, plus free shipping.


Fall baking recipes deserve just as much respect as winter ones do. All pumpkin spice everything, all cinnamon everything, and all apple everything? Your sweet tooth is shaking.

Walmart`s Fall Savings Event will inspire you to take your basic to the next level: Through Sept. 27, you can save up to 130.99 on select KitchenAid mixers (that`s half off or more), and free two-day delivery is available on most models.

There`s a reason KitchenAid mixers remain the single most popular item on bridal registries. Despite being one of the priciest in the market, these machines will never skimp out on power — even the smaller models. Each is also equipped with a power hub where you can switch out attachments for pasta rolling, juicing, meat grinding, and other stuff that blenders can`t do. Read more...

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As a throng of climate strikers crowded New York City`s Battery Park on Friday, Greta Thunberg lamented the empty promises of politicians who are ensuring a world in which the youth suffer due to their inaction. 

"No matter where you are, that burden, they leave to us teenagers, us children," the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist said before more than 300,000 people.

Elementary to college-age students skipped school to attend the historic event, holding signs criticizing politicians with barbs like, "If you did your job we`d be in class right now." The crowd, congesting Foley Square, had marched about 20 minutes from the park to hear several speakers, including Thunberg, whose become a leader for youth climate change activists. Several people needed medical attention during the event, with Thunberg stopping her speech twice to direct medics to help those in need as the blaring sun beat down on the crowd.  Read more...

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YouTube`s CEO is once again apologizing to the service`s top users following a massive backlash over changes to its verification policy.

One day after announcing that it was ditching the checkmarks and notifying many users that they were no longer eligible for verification, the company is walking back those changes.

"We completely missed the mark," the company said in an updated blog post published Friday. 

"Channels that already have the verification badge will now keep it and don’t have to appeal. Just like in the past, all channels that have over 100,000 subscribers will still be eligible to apply. We’ll reopen the application process by the end of October." Read more...

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Virginia, get ready for some air drops. 

Wing, Google`s drone spinoff company operating under parent company Alphabet, announced this week that a pilot program next month will offer Christiansburg, Virginia residents drone deliveries for FedEx, Walgreens, and local shop Sugar Magnolia.

This is Wing`s first U.S. delivery trial. It started testing its store-to-customers flight system in Australia and Finland this year The company that came out of Google`s X division says it`s completed 80,000 flights on three continents.

In April, Wing was granted Federal Aviation Administration certification to operate a drone delivery program. The Virginia trial is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation`s Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program. Read more...

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As a throng of climate strikers crowded New York City`s Battery Park on Friday, Greta Thunberg lamented the empty promises of politicians who are ensuring a world in which the youth suffer due to their inaction. 

"No matter where you are, that burden, they leave to us teenagers, us children," the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist said before more than 300,000 people.

Elementary to college-age students skipped school to attend the historic event, holding signs criticizing politicians like "If you did your job we`d be in class right now." The crowd, congesting Foley Square, had marched about 20 minutes from the park to hear several speakers, including Thunberg whose become a leader for youth climate change activists. Several people needed medical attention during the event, with Thunberg stopping her speech twice to direct medics to help those in need as the blaring sun beat down on the crowd.  Read more...

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Close up of the monument to Crazy Horse. Source: Scott Lee / Public Domain.

The famous Lakota were one of the three Sioux tribes of the plains. Throughout their history, which is both glorious and tragic, there have been many prominent heroes, braves, and chiefs.

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As a throng of climate strikers crowded New York City`s Battery Park on Friday, Greta Thunberg lamented the empty promises of politicians who are ensuring a world in which the youth suffer due to their inaction. 

"No matter where you are, that burden, they leave to us teenagers, us children," the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist said before more than 300,000 people.

Elementary to college-age students skipped school to attend the historic event, holding signs criticizing politicians like "If you did your job we`d be in class right now." The crowd, congesting Foley Square, had marched about 20 minutes from the park to hear several speakers, including Thunberg whose become a leader for youth climate change activists. Several people needed medical attention during the event, with Thunberg stopping her speech twice to direct medics to help those in need as the blaring sun beat down on the crowd.  Read more...

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"It`s time to invest in the products and services the [Climate Pledge signers] will need to meet their commitments." - Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO Read more...

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All good things must come to an end, and that includes films leaving Netflix. Read more...

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WeWalk is an electronic cane designed to make the walking experience for blind and low-vision community members easier. Read more...

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Known as the Barisieur, the alarm clock uses the smell of brewed coffee or tea over loud sounds to wake up users. Read more...

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This absolutely mesmerizing compilation features experimental skater Matt Tomasello from the Brooklyn-based skater mag Jenkem Magazine

Tomasello is known for his Frankenstein skateboard collection comprised of different boards strung together into layers, reversible decks, or ripped pieces barely holding on to one another. Combining these moving parts into an actual style leads to something that Jenkemmag calls "Rodney Mullen on bath salts".

Most clips are from Tomasello`s Instagram, but you won`t find them backdropped by hypnotizing vaporwave-esque beats there. Consumed back-to-back, Jenkemmag really illustrates Tomasello`s incredible footwork and technical mastery. You won`t see him pulling the hardest skateboarding tricks, but Tomasello isn`t trying to skateboard per say. He`s doing his own thing. Read more...

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In a not-at-all-shocking revelation, the New York Times reports the FBI has been using secret subpoenas to collect data from more than just big tech companies. 

Documents show the subpoenas — which can include requests for usernames, locations, IP addresses, and purchase records — were sent to credit agencies including Experian and Equifax, numerous banks such as Bank of America and Chase, and even universities, including Kansas State.

Previously, Twitter, Google, Facebook, and Apple publicly acknowledged getting the requests, known as National Security Letters, via transparency reports. Telecom companies such as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon have done the same.  Read more...

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Sick and tired of seeing families torn apart by ICE, one man decided to take a stand by pulling his code from a tech company working with the federal agency. 

On Thursday, software engineer Seth Vargo pulled his open source “Chef Sugar” project from Github, as well as the Ruby package library, RubyGems. Vargo made the decision to pull the code, which had millions of downloads, after learning that Chef, a company that provides an “automation platform” for infrastructure management, had a software contract with ICE. 

“Chef was found to have entered into an agreement with US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), best known for their inhumane treatment, denial of basic human rights, and detaining children in cages,” said a statement from Vargo on the project`s Github page. “In response, I have removed my code from the Chef ecosystem. I have a moral and ethical obligation to prevent my source from being used for evil.” Read more...

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Leaves are changing, I just bought some new boots that don’t really fit, and “All Too Well” by Taylor Swift is blasting from my phone: It’s fall, baby.

Autumn also means a bounty of new theatrical productions opening after the typical end-of-summer closings (we hardly knew ye, Be More Chill!). The docket is particularly exciting for 2019; in addition to some jukebox favorites, we’ve got buzzy, challenging new works from brand-new playwrights, TV faves making anticipated returns, and even a, gulp, psychological magic show!

Below, 10 NYC-based shows to check out this fall.  Read more...

1. The Great Society (now in previews)

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Facebook`s attempt to clean up its platform has revealed its developer problems are about much more than just Cambridge Analytica.

The company has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps from its platform as the result of its investigation into developers that kicked off following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. It`s not clear what rules the developers broke, or if they mishandled any Facebook users` personal data.

Facebook`s VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, said in the update that most of the apps in question came from "about 400 developers," but that the thousands of suspensions were "not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to people." Read more...

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TL;DR: Garmin`s Instinct line of GPS watches is on sale on Amazon, saving you up to 20% depending on the color variant you choose.


Quick: How much do you think it costs to max out the new Apple Watch Series 5 with all available upgrades and accessories?

If you guessed "1,749," please come collect your prize. 

According to Mashable`s tech team, that`s how much you`ll pay for Apple`s brand new wearable (out today!) if you add cellular connectivity, a white ceramic case, and a space black stainless steel band to the larger 44mm modelWhew.

Of course, you don`t have to add all of those fancy features to the Apple Watch Series 5. (Maybe you do; I don`t know you.) But even 399 — the base price of the 40mm model — might be enough to make you clutch your wallet in fear. Read more...

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Darrell Hammond was to the late `90s and `00s what Keenan Thompson is to now: Both are best known for their impressively long tenures on Saturday Night Live (Thompson only recently trumped Hammond as the longest running cast member), rather than breakout, leading roles. Hammond is one of SNL`s greatest impressionists of all time, known for his Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Donald Trump, Sean Connery, Dick Cheney... 

TL;DR: Hammond can "do" just about anyone. In Cracked Up, a documentary on the SNL star`s life and mental health, Hammond reveals the secret to how he keeps his vast array of impressions straight in his head: He organizes the tones, dialects, mannerisms, and cadences of famous voices through a sort of mental color-coding. For example, Hammond imagines Bugs Bunny`s voice as "aqua"; Porky the Pig as "yellow." However, throughout all the characters Hammond played on his 14 year run on SNL, he never color-coded an impression "red." Read more...

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The local Aymara held a ritual before the vessels were removed.        Source: Ministerio de Culturas y Turismo de Bolivia / Facebook

At Tiwanaku, Bolivia, archaeologists have excavated a number of vessels that are believed to be 1,400 years old making them amongst the very oldest artifacts to be found at the site. 

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The aliens might not be coming to Area 51, but the alien truthers have already started to show up.

Early Friday morning — ahead of Alienstock, the music festival in Rachel, Nevada, that was organized  after the viral Facebook event to storm Area 51 — a group of around 75 to 100 sign-wielding alien hunters gathered at an entrance to the mysterious U.S. Air Force base.

The gathering, which has been referred to as a "pre-dawn celebration," reportedly took place around 3:00 a.m. PT. People in costumes, UFO and alien enthusiasts, and tourists responded to the call, and arrived at a gate that was being guarded by armed members of law enforcement. The mood seemed joyful and positive. Read more...

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Forget the Dragonfruit Frappucino. Starbucks`s best secret menu item is the puppuccino, and everyone knows it.

The puppuccino, which is for dogs, is just whipped cream in a small cup with no lid. It`s not on the actual menu, but if you ask for it at the window the barista will know what you`re talking about.

Think of how good it feels to take a huge lick of ice cream on a hot summer day. Then imagine you are a dog. The result is probably pretty close to what having a puppuccino is like.

Here are 10 dogs who have experienced that unique joy. Read more...

1. Leo the German Shepherd, who sniffed the cup a lot before taking the plunge

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Witchcraft? Tributes to Murder Victims? The Uncertain Origins of 17 Miniature Coffins in Scotland

17 miniature coffins were discovered in a small cave on the mystical Arthur’s Seat outside of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1836. Today, only eight remain and are now on display at the National Museum of Scotland. 

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