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When a mother wants some parrots, she`s going to get some parrots.

In a hilarious Twitter thread full of twists, turns, and birds, Twitter user Himynameisnoor documented a very interesting day she had in which her mother, after years of holding off, finally went and bought parrots.

It sounds odd, but Noor explains all of it, starting with a secretive phone call she received from her mother on Saturday morning.

She called and whispered “can you keep a secret”

Me: Um... sure?

Mum: I need you to come with me to go get a parrot.

Me: What??? Mum, not again.

Mum: please just come, if you don’t, I’ll go alone


— Noor (@Himynameisnoor) April 28, 2018

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T-Mobile and Sprint have finally agreed to a 26.5 billion deal that will make T-Mobile the third-largest carrier in the United States, the companies announced Sunday. 

T-Mobile CEO John Legere will be CEO of the new company, which will continue under the T-Mobile name.

The agreement comes after two previous failed attempts to merge the two carriers. The most recent was in November of last year, when talks between the two companies fell apart amid reported disagreements over Sprint`s valuation and SoftBank`s reluctance to cede control of Sprint. 

So what changed in the last five months? Well, T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom and Sprint parent SoftBank reached an agreement that valued Sprint at 26.5 billion for one. Sprint Chairman and Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son will also serve on the board of the new T-Mobile, Bloomberg reportedRead more...

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The New Yorker reviewed Avengers: Infinity War and people are not having it. At all.

The New Yorker movie reviewer Richard Brody wasn`t a big fan of Infinity War, with one of his biggest grievances being that it relied too much on the groundwork set in the movies that came before it. Considering Infinity War was advertised as a culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies, the internet was understandably unhappy with Brody`s criticism.

Here`s the crux of Brody`s review that has the internet in a tizzy:

People took to Twitter to make fun of Brody`s criticism, likening him to complaining about starting any series at all on anything except the first movie or season. Read more...

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Solo: A Star Wars Story won`t be out until May 25, but here`s a new behind the scenes featurette to keep you busy.

Director Ron Howard and stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke share their thoughts on how the new movie shapes our understanding of Han Solo as a character. Sprinkled in alongside the interviews are clips from the movie, many of which are new.

If you prefer your teases to come in the form of a trailer, there`s also this new TV spot that dropped on Saturday.

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Welp, Siri might have some explaining to do.

Apple`s notoriously sassy assistant gives a very NSFW answer when you ask it to define the word "mother."

First spotted by users in Reddit`s r/Apple subreddit (h/t Ars Technica), the second definition of "mother" provided by Siri is "short for motherfucker." 

We put this to the test ourselves several times, and confirmed that Siri does indeed give the R-rated definition when prompted for a second definition.

You can see for yourself in the video below (warning, the language is, obviously, NSFW). Read more...

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Being a teenager is like waking up every morning in a house of mirrors. You`re everywhere and nowhere at once, trying to pinpoint which version of yourself is the most authentic. 

For the past decade, teens have navigated this tumultuous period of their lives with a smartphone in their hand. We know the power of connectivity can be liberating, especially in adolescence. We also know how our craving for that connection often leaves us longing for more — incomplete without one more scroll or an extra like. 

What we don`t know yet is how that constant whiplash effect of moving from elation to despair or creative engagement to mindless distraction changes young minds. I`ve been writing about this subject for a year, studying the research that suggests a link between screen time and poorer mental health, talking to experts worried about the inevitable moral panic that comes with every new technology, exploring the positive aspects of being online, and even urging young people to reclaim their lives from the thrum of social media.  Read more...

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Up, up, and away. 

Blue Origin — the previously secretive rocket company started by Amazon`s Jeff Bezos — just launched another successful flight and landing of its New Shepard rocket and capsule from its facility in Texas. 

The test flight, which took place on Sunday at around 1:07 p.m. ET, will pave the way for people to actually fly to suborbital space aboard the Blue Origin rocket sometime in the coming years. 

The rocket reached a maximum altitude of 350,000 feet during the test flight, which took roughly 10 minutes from liftoff to the rocket and capsule touchdowns. You can watch a replay of the whole thing below (the fun starts at the 1:10:00 mark). Read more...

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Someone just bought a brand new copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Game Gear.

No, it wasn`t from an online reseller or a copy from a consignment store. Someone bought Sonic 2, new, at a store that has apparently been carrying it since the game first arrived in 1992.

This weird piece of information comes from Mat Piscatella, a video game industry analyst at market research company The NPD Group, who tweeted about the sale on Saturday. The NPD group receives point-of-sale (POS) data from different retailers, Piscatella explained, and he was surprised to see Sonic 2 pop up, considering the game probably arrived at the store that sold it 26 years ago. Read more...

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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post should be interpreted as medical advice, or should inspire you to pull anything out of your body. Go to a doctor, OK? Also, this post is graphic, and some readers may find these images disturbing. 

YouTube trends continue to gross us out while simultaneously satisfying our oddest urges. 

Pimple popping videos went from a deep, dark corner of YouTube to a widely accepted guilty pleasure thanks to the popularity of Dr. Pimple Popper. And while we secretly love watching a big, old blackhead finally see the light of day, the human body has so many other disgusting excretions and growths to offer. Read more...

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Nothing can touch Avengers: Infinity War.

With an estimated U.S. box office total of 250 million, Marvel`s latest is officially set to claim the record of biggest opening weekend of all time. Nothing will be official until the final figures are tallied on Monday, but this record is likely to stand.

Infinity War unseats previous record-holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens (248 million) from its #1 berth. Those two, plus Star Wars: The Last Jedi (220 million), means the top three opening weekends in the U.S. of all time belong to Disney movies.

The stats get even crazier from there: 6 of the top 10 opening weekends are Marvel movies. 9 out of the top 10 are Disney moviesInfinity War officially pushed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (169.2 million) to #11, and Jurassic World (208.8 million) — the only non-Disney contender — to #4. Read more...

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Sometimes a kid needs to feel like a superhero.

Inspired by Avengers: Infinity War, photographer Josh Rossi created a new project that turned kids who have been victims of bullying into superheroes, letting them forget about their daily struggles and feel empowered.

For the project, 15 children got to dress up as their favorite Avengers to unite and fight back against bullying.

The project details each child and the kind of bullying they face, whether because of things they were born with that make them a little different, their ethnicity, their identity, or just being singled out for seemingly no reason at all. Read more...

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On Saturday night, a political firebrand with striking hair and a funny voice said a bunch of provocative stuff in front of a large crowd. Elsewhere, comedian Michelle Wolf hosted the annual White House Correspondents` Dinner (#WHCD).

While Wolf was busy jabbing D.C. and media elite mercilessly (as you can see in the video above), Donald Trump was doing his Donald Trump thing in Michigan. He spent an hour-plus vaguely threatening Democrats, complaining about the Russia investigation, and threatening a government shutdown if his long-sought border wall with Mexico isn`t built.

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The earliest eons of the universe were turbulent and violent. 

Newly found data shows that back then — just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang set this cosmic experiment in motion — a group of 14 galaxies in the midst of star formation merged and interacted with one another. 

The galaxies found in the new data, which was collected by the European Southern Observatory`s (ESO) ALMA and APEX telescopes, are known as starburst galaxies. 

These types of galaxies form thousands of stars each year, as opposed to a more typical galaxy like our own, which only forms a few annually.  Read more...

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We use earbuds. We lose earbuds. We replace earbuds. Just like bobby pins and socks, this is just a fact of life. 

If you`re looking to stock up for the inevitable, you can get a solid pair in the RX18P Comfort-Fit In-Ear Headphones for just 8.99. Don`t let the price fool you; these are a great pair of headphones that fit comfortably in your ears and deliver great value.

With quality sound, inline controls, and an ergonomic fit, these headphones cover all the bases. Here`s the rundown: the 10mm dynamic drivers deliver crisp audio with deep controlled bass. Plus, the inline microphone and remote allow you to control everything without having to reach for your phone.  Read more...

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There`s a reason coding is one of the most in-demand skills to have on your résumé. Whether you`re building the next million dollar app or social media platform from scratch, adding personal touches to your blog, or troubleshooting an everyday tech problem, it`s useful in just about every industry. 

A quick search will tell you there is no shortage of tools and languages to learn, all of which boast various levels of difficulty. But if you`re looking to dip your toes into coding with a tool that`s sure to take you places, you might want to give React a try.  Read more...

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Facebook really wishes its problems would just disappear. But, since that`s clearly not going to happen, maybe they could, I don`t know, get smaller?

That appears to be the thinking of Mark Zuckerberg and Co., who on Friday announced that the company`s new plan to combat fake news essentially boils down to font size. 

So reports TechCrunch, which notes that Facebook`s latest grand idea is to reduce the amount of space articles take up in the News Feed if their accuracy has been disputed by the company`s third-party fact checkers.  Read more...

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Amazon`s Alexa is great for many things. I love walking through my door saying "Alexa, turn on all lights." I like asking Alexa for the weather and telling it to play music. I really appreciate how Amazon is constantly improving its capabilities with new skills.

But what I don`t want is to have any kind of extended conversation with Alexa. I`m the boss and Alexa`s my assistant. I`m sorry, but there`s no room anything deeper in this relationship. 

This rant is inspired by a Carnegie Mellon University project in which a team of students is trying to make Alexa more chatty. Read more...

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Larry Harvey, the co-founder of the Burning Man festival who grew it from an event on a San Francisco beach to a desert arts festival of global significance, died Saturday. He was 70.

Harvey had been hospitalized after a stroke on April 4, and had remained in critical condition. "Though we all hoped he would recover, he passed peacefully this morning at 8:24am in San Francisco, with members of his family at his side," wrote Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell in the organization`s official announcement

Harvey`s story has already passed into countercultural legend. A former landscape gardener and carpenter, he and his friend Jerry James decided to burn a large wooden figure of a man on San Francisco`s Baker Beach in 1986.  Read more...

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The dance continues.

Ryan Reynolds has a habit of trolling his old X-Men Origins: Wolverine pals Hugh Jackman. Just a few weeks ago, in fact, Reynolds took a (proverbial) dump all over an anniversary message Jackman sent to his wife of 22 years.

Now he`s at it again. In a video tweeted on Friday, Jackman can barely keep a straight face as he tries to record a "heartfelt birthday message" while a Deadpool-suited Reynolds sings "Tomorrow," from Annie, on the bed behind him.

It`s hilarious. Especially with them breaking into "Who Let the Dogs Out." Read more...

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Celebrities ... they`re just like us, right?

If you put aside all the wealth and fame and success and, well, yeah. Hey, at least they were once kind of like us! We were reminded of that fact this week when #oldheadshotday started trending and scores of celebs took the opportunity to tweet pictures from their past. 

The results are truly wonderful. 

For starters, let`s take a look at America`s funny man, Stephen Colbert. Did you know he wasn`t born with an arched eyebrow? Neither did we!

I don’t remember ever being this happy in my 20s..#oldheadshotday pic.twitter.com/XKpx1zIx3A

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 28, 2018

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Oh, did you think Kanye West was done grabbing attention for the week? Pfffttt.

Following the release of his new song "Lift Yourself," which may or may not have just been one big troll on poop-scooping, Kanye dropped "Ye Vs. The People." The track features rapper T.I., with the two trading verses as they discuss a more serious matter: Yeezy`s unhinged tweets in support of Donald Trump.

Kanye split the internet in half earlier this week after reiterating his love for Trump. In typical Kanye-does-Kanye style, he called the president "my brother" and slammed haters for not being "free thinkers" who stay true to their own independent thoughts. Read more...

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This post is part of Mashable`s Spring Cleaning Week. Just a little something to distract you from the eternal dread of constantly wiping all those fingerprints off your screen. 

It`s really easy for your Spotify account to become one helluva cluster.

Sometimes you`re really feeling particularly rowdy and you need to bump the latest stylings of Cardi B while hitting the milly rock during your mid morning commute. Sometimes you need to turn your grocery run into an adventure by moonwalking down an aisle while listening to Bruno Mars. Sometimes, you really just need to ugly cry into your palms while listening to a Jessie Reyez and Daniel Caesar collaboration. Read more...

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Tasmanian devils are on the brink of extinction, but there`s a glimmer of hope. And it`s shining brightly. 

Scientists exploring Tasmania`s southwest wilderness discovered a group of the animals that so far appears to be completely free of the contagious cancer that is ravaging the rest of the population.

According to the Tasmanian government, a team led by Dr. Sam Fox trapped 14 healthy devils free of Devil Facial Tumour Disease — a cancer that spreads from devil to devil and results in the marsupials` death. 

The Independent reports that, since the discovery of the disease, the population of wild devils has declined by 80 percent.  Read more...

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Snapchat is really, really screwed.

While Snapchat distracts itself with new Spectacles 2 camera glasses, Instagram is arming itself with new firepower to nuke the crap out of its adversary app.

Twitter user Jane Wong has done some digging through Instagram`s code and in the process discovered several unreleased features that could be released in the future. 

Instagram is reportedly testing these features with some users, but has yet to officially announce them. It`s possible these features might never see the light of day. We`ve reached out to Instagram for comment. Read more...

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When Sergey Brin talks, people listen. And right now Brin is talking about AI and cryptocurrency. 

As the president of Alphabet, Google`s parent company, Brin is uniquely positioned to not only see what technological developments are coming down the pike but to influence them as well. That makes the company`s annual founders` letter an important indicator for the tech world. According to Brin, who wrote this year`s, the signs are mixed. 

He opens the letter by quoting from Charles Dickens`s A Tale of Two Cities, and proceeds from there to dive into the huge growth in computing power that he`s witnessed during his tenure at Google and Alphabet.  Read more...

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There`s a bigger box office story to come for Avengers: Infinity War, but for now let`s look at opening day.

Disney estimates a Friday box office total of 106 million in the United States, capping off what started as a record preview performance on Thursday night. It`s the second-largest first day performance ever for a domestic release, slotting in between two Star Wars movies: The Last Jedi (104 million) and The Force Awakens (119 million).

Here`s the stat that will really boggle your mind: Only 42 domestic releases to date have managed to earn more than 106 million across their entire opening weekendsInfinity War earned more in one day than The Jungle Book (2016), Wonder Woman, and many other Hollywood megahits did in their first three days. Read more...

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Here we go again. Another report, this time from CNET, claims Apple is working on a combo AR/VR headset that could launch as soon as 2020.

The tech site corroborates previously reported details on the top-secret headset such as its "T288" codename and purported use of a custom Apple chip. But the most interesting thing is its alleged performance. It sounds like it could blow away every existing AR/VR headset.

Up until now, we`ve only heard whispers of what Apple`s AR/VR headset might be like. But if CNET`s report is accurate (and nothing changes in the next two years), Apple could out-muscle current VR leaders such as Oculus and HTC. Read more...

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When celebrities interact with each other, it can be fun and exciting. But sometimes it`s not. That is also fine and weirdly interesting.

Yes, celebrities can just be normal people who comment on each other`s Instagram posts like normal, boring people. That is, just like us, except we didn`t star in Batman vs. Superman.

To prove that celebrities can be just like us (!), we`ve rounded up some truly banal, even basic, social media interactions. Because it`s super weird with famous people talk like normies.  Read more...

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"Changing the world," the rallying cry of the technology industry, sounds like a concept bursting with optimism. But in reality, it`s complicated.

Take Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg`s creation, built under the banner of "move fast and break things," certainly changed the world. But the creation of Facebook has also impacted democracy, privacy, communication, and even the nature of truth, in unforeseen ways; Facebook has since disavowed that motto (and Zuckerberg was harangued for his company`s association with it while testifying before congress). Read more...

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Nothing says springtime like going back to Gilead with Hulu! If The Handmaid`s Tale is a bit heavy to kick off your May watchlist, don`t worry – we`ve got a few other suggestions, and a look at everything else Hulu has to offer this month.

Here`s what`s coming to Hulu in May.

Top pick: I, Tonya

Though tragically overlooked by the Best Picture category at the Oscars, I, Tonya is well worth a rewatch when it arrives on Hulu at the end of the month. Academy voters may have been turned away by the style and editing, but they`re what makes this movie soar as it explores the rise and fall of Tonya Harding. Read more...

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Seattle is leading the way. 

The city is on the verge of tossing out old convictions for marijuana possession, and with legalization spreading across the country it`s past time other cities and states follow suit. 

According to The Hill, officials are looking to vacate old possession charges which have dogged 542 people over the years. In a statement, Seattle`s Mayor spoke to the necessity of trying to undue the damage wrought by years of failed policy. 

“Vacating charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession is a necessary step to correct the injustices of what was a failed war on drugs, which disproportionately affected communities of color in Seattle,” wrote Mayor Jenny Durkan. Read more...

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SPOILERS AHEAD for Avengers: Infinity War. This post discusses the end of the new movie in detail, so you should stop reading here if you haven`t seen it.

Whether or not you saw it coming, the explosive "basically everyone you love is dead now" ending to Avengers: Infinity War spells major implications for the events of Avengers 4.

Here`s what we know: Thanos won, assembling the Infinity Gauntlet and completing his goal of wiping out half the population of the entire universe. He snapped his fingers and it was done.

Following the finger-snap, we saw a group of key heroes and other important players melt away into dust. They`re probably not dead dead, but all indications suggest they won`t be around to save the universe in Avengers 4, at least not right away. Read more...

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Easily lost amid the news of Gmail`s biggest redesign in years was the revelation that the company also launched a new to-do list app to supplement Gmail`s new productivity features.

Called Tasks, the app integrates with your Gmail inbox to make managing your to-do list easier.

Tasks, which is available for iOS and Android, is deceptively simple: you can create lists of to-do items and check them off once they`re completed.

But the real power of the service is when you use it directly from your inbox. With the new Gmail design, you can opt to add something to your tasks without ever navigating away from the message  Read more...

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China is the world`s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, but it`s also leading the world in clean energy investment and deployment. The growth in China`s solar power sector, in particular, has been swift. 

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, China added 53 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2017 alone, up from 30 gigawatts the year before. Part of the reason for this large increase? The Chinese government paid subsidies to developers of solar projects so as not to build more of the coal-fired power plants fouling the air in the country. 

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Before Facebook, there was Echo.

Stacy Horn thought of it back in 1988. Back then, there were no VCs throwing money at dotcoms, because the Web as we know it didn’t exist. You could use it to chat in real-time, send emails to friends, and debate in threads about everything from politics to music. There was no slick interface, photos, or even colors — it was text only. You connected with a telnet client and entered text commands to navigate around. Still, by 1990, it got so popular, the phone company had to dig up her street to install a dedicated phone line to her Greenwich Village apartment.  Read more...

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This post is part of Mashable`s Spring Cleaning Week. Just a little something to distract you from the eternal dread of constantly wiping all those fingerprints off your screen. 

It required a glass of wine. A big one.

On a weeknight, I settled down at my dining room table to do something no one should have to do, ever: Text all the names in my phone`s contact list that I did not recognize. 

The idea was to reach out to people and numbers I couldn`t identify, ask if they remembered me, and delete the "Contact" if neither of us knew when, where, how, or, why that contact had ever been established. Previous scans through my contact lists on bored evenings had made me realize I had dozens of these digital lurkers; friends said that they did, too. It was time to clean house, and subject myself to just a bit of squirmy torture. Read more...

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We live in a technological age — and there is no going back. For anyone looking to get ahead in their career, mastering certain skills is absolutely necessary.

You don’t have to be Mark Zuckerberg for technical skills to be important in your career. No matter your industry, it’s vital that you stay on top of things or you’ll wind up as obsolete as the fax machine.

Here are eight of the most in-demand job skills to have on your résumé in 2018:

1. Coding

We’re in the middle of another tech boom, and there aren’t enough coders to meet the demand. Coders are hot commodities inside and out of the tech industry, and the pay is quite lucrative. Get ahead of the curve and start coding before it`s as common as knowing how to type (and your grandkids start rolling their eyes at your lack of JavaScript know-how). Read more...

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We now live in an era where there are more gadgets in the world than there are people, which means more charging than you can handle. You know how much of a pain it is to have to fight to the death with your sibling, partner, roommate, or colleague over who gets to hog the outlet and charge their phone or tablet next.

Keep the peace in your household or office by getting yourself the ZeroLemon 75W Desktop Charger with Quick Charge 3.0. It`s a charging hub with multiple smart ports designed to power up your gadgets all at once.  Read more...

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We`ve all had to scoop our way through the poop pile that has been Kanye West`s Twitter feed for the last week, now we`re poop-scooping our way through his newest single.

After teasing a new single on Friday, West dropped a link to his website, which contained a stream to the new track "Lift Yourself." 

I`m going to drop a song with a verse that will bring Ebro the closure he`s been seeking

The bars 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

It`s called Lift Yourself

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 27, 2018

Lift Yourself  https://t.co/shjFIROujA

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 28, 2018

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It`s never been easier to take phenomenal photos. As smartphone cameras improve, and professional-quality lenses abound at affordable prices, your food, kittens, tropical landscapes, and #nofilter selfies have never looked better. 

But if you want to take your photo-editing game to the next level, whether you`re a professional photographer, designing posters for work, or photoshopping inappropriate things into Trump`s mouth, the right monitor can make a huge difference in the quality of your work. 

If you`re serious about producing great photos, you`ll want a monitor with clean, accurate colors, a display large enough to fit all the windows you need, and the appropriate settings and calibration tools for the work you`re doing.  Read more...

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So you`ve deleted your Facebook account and feel pretty good about it. But there`s still that nagging feeling, that itch in the back of your mind, insisting quietly yet forcefully that you haven`t escaped Mark Zuckerberg`s data-slurping maw just yet. 

That would be Instagram. To be truly (well, sort of) free, you know deep down that you must delete Instagram, too. Thankfully, the company was just compelled (hat tip, GDPR) to release a new feature which enables you to download a bunch of your data — making sure you don`t have to leave empty handed when you walk out that social-media door.

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This restaurant took it way too far after someone left a mediocre review.

Yesha Callahan had a rough experience after eating from La Porchetta, a restaurant in Sterling, Virginia. She ordered a burger, fries, and zeppoles for delivery to her apartment. 

"The delivery guy was quite friendly and asked if I could leave a review on Yelp," she wrote in the Root, "I said sure, and he went on his merry way."

But she was disappointed when she opened the styrofoam box and found "sorry-looking steak fries" and a burger without any lettuce or tomatoes. 

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Ladies, you have 5 to build the perfect man, but have you considered spending that money on tacos instead?

Perhaps you have seen a few earnest "build the perfect man" posts online, presumably from the same Facebook friends who tag you in a pic because your name starts with "C," then insist that you "owe them a pizza." These posts (there`s a good example on Know Your Meme) present you with a budget — 200, for example — then ask you to build a hypothetical man based on a list of traits. Each trait costs money, so you can only pick a few. 

For example, if you spend 75 on "has a bed frame," you might give up "healthy relationship with his mother," which costs 150. Them`s the breaks! Read more...

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The eTape16 is here to make all of your construction projects way less stressful.

This digital measuring tape is pretty straightforward: as you start measuring, the device instantly starts reading and gives you an accurate length down to the decimal point. You can change the units between feet, inches, meters, or whatever you need for your project. 

Plus, don`t worry about keeping multiple measurements recorded in your head, because the eTape16 can recall the last two readings so you can check back any time.

Typically priced at upwards of 30, the eTape16 is available on Amazon for 28. Read more...

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We need to talk about Kanye Omari West. 

In anticipation of any new project of his, Kanye does what he does best — he hops online to ruffle up feathers and cause headlines to scream nothing but his name for weeks (remember the Taylor Swift/Kim Kardashian phone leaks before The Life of Pablo rolled out?). 

This time, though, things are a bit different. Kanye`s wading in treacherous waters with his recent alignment with Donald Trump. While he claims that all he does is out of "love" and "free-thinking," many fans have chosen to pivot away from the rapper — but it`s not because of what party he aligns himself with. Things have switched for a more sinister reason.  Read more...

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Since 2013, the Tomb Raider reboot video game series was billed as Lara Croft`s modern origin story: a journey from survivor to hunter. In the newly announced Shadow of the Tomb Raider, she`s reached her "defining moment," finally embodying the badass apex predator we knew in the older games.

But it`s going to cost her. And honestly, I`m kind of tired of watching Lara Croft suffer.

Because in practice, the survivalist story arc of the series reads more like the developers asking themselves: "How can we torture Lara Croft this time? What fresh hell can we drag her through?"

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The Giant Magellan Telescope, currently being constructed in Chile, is expected to be operational by 2026. Currently, the project is in a critical stage — casting seven huge mirrors that will hopefully allow the telescope to capture far-off alien worlds. Read more...

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The internet has connected us in ways we never thought possible, allowing people who would`ve never met to create long-lasting friendships. Unfortunately, distance is a bitter reality and often those internet friendships are screen-only. 

Redditor core330 and his best friend have daughters the same age. The two introduced them on FaceTime four years ago, and since then, they`ve been best friend. Unfortunately, the two  were separated by a 7 hour distance, and were never able to meet IRL.

But without their knowledge, the dads decided to plan a surprise visit and captured the girls meeting for the very first time.  Read more...

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It`s been a long week of memes, guys. From the emoticon stare meme, to buying a perfect man for 5, to Kanye being Kanye, to Donald Trump hanging out with President Macron. We cover a lot of ground this week, so what are you doing? Hit play!

Thanks for watching! Let us know in the comments which meme-worthy moment was your favorite. We’ll be back next week with All the Memes! Read more...

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Chicago is the first major American city to take a strong stance on keeping its sidewalks open and accessible instead of littered with discarded bicycles.

The city begins a six-month pilot program next week in an aim to keep litter from bicycle-share programs off city streets. Any service renting out bikes that don`t have bike stations — also known as "dockless" bikes — must make sure their vehicles have "lock-to" technology, which allows users to lock the bikes to a physical object, like a bike rack.

With this pilot, which starts in the South Side area, Chicago is preemptively sparing its sidewalks from bicycles left in the way. Cities like Dallas, San Diego, and San Francisco have been dealing with unregulated bike-shares that allow riders to leave self-locking bikes strewn around those cities. Chicago currently only offers Divvy for bike rentals; those are checked out from dock stations around the city, as with Citi Bike in New York or Ford GoBike in San Francisco.  Read more...

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