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Why Tumblr's new 'safe mode' is a bigger deal than you think

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

Tumblr just made some big changes to how it approaches NSFW content. 

Earlier this week, the platform introduced a new "safe mode" that, when enabled, prevents users from seeing NSFW content unless they choose to view it.

SEE ALSO: Couple sitting on a boat created a very NSFW optical illusion

That may sound like a pretty straightforward change, but it's already proving to be controversial and not just for the reasons you may think.

First, a bit of context: the Tumblr community has long been known as a free-spirited group where just about anything goes, including porn and many other varieties of NSFW content. Not only that, Tumblr's openness has given rise to countless communities of people who eagerly share and celebrate much of this content.  Read more...

More about Tech, Tumblr, Apps And Software, Tech, and Social Media Companies

Men can't wear shorts to work, so they're wearing skirts

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

Men across Europe are complaining about what they see as unfair dress codes.  

With temperatures reaching record highs in the French city of Nantes, bus drivers of the CFDT Semitan union showed up to work wearing skirts, as they are not allowed to wear shorts despite the hot conditions.

According to the International Business Times, the drivers called the shorts ban "absurd," and pointed out that female drivers are allowed to wear skirts, but men are not allowed to wear shorts.

SEE ALSO: A record-smashing heat wave will scorch the southwestern U.S.

"Our uniform is not appropriate for these high temperatures. We envy women at moments like this,” Didier Sauvetre, a driver from the CFDT union, told the local Presse Ocean news site. Read more...

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Adorable little dog was reportedly saved by mouth-to-nose resuscitation

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who knows doggy CPR, so when man's best friend is in trouble, improvisation is key.

Glenn Rowe, a farmer from Wimmera in Australia, claimed he saved the life of his kelpie Jack when the dog was lifeless after accidentally strangling himself on a lead attached to a quad bike.

SEE ALSO: Friendly island doggo followed a street view mapper and photobombed all his shots

"I thought crikey, he's not looking too good, he was all glassy eyed — yeah, he was cactus," Rowe told radio station 3AW.

Rowe leapt into action by giving the dog a bit of improvised CPR. The farmer pumped him on the chest, which wasn't effective. So then he started blowing into his nose. Read more...

More about Australia, Dogs, Animals, Dog, and Culture

The USGS sent SoCal a quake alert on Wednesday for a tremor that actually occurred in 1925

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

A powerful and deadly earthquake struck the coastal California city of Santa Barbara back on June 29, 1925. More than a dozen people died and $8 million in damage was reported in the historic quake, which had a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter Scale.

Flash-forward almost 92 years and a quake with the same magnitude and with the same epicenter was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on Wednesday. 

Only this latest event was a false alarm — a database aftershock to be more precise — of the 1925 event.

SEE ALSO: Facebook updates Safety Check to make the tool more personal and informative Read more...

More about Earthquake, Usgs, 1925, Earthquake False Alarm, and Santa Barbara Earthquake

Richard Branson: Business leaders are 'baffled' by Trump on climate change

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

British billionaire Richard Branson said business leaders were left dumbfounded by President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. But if there's a silver lining, it's that companies are now even more driven to invest in clean energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"Whether it's GE, or whether it's the big oil companies... I haven't come across one business person who doesn't want to get out there and do everything they can to try to compensate for the [Trump] administration's very strange stance," Branson said on a Wednesday call with reporters.

SEE ALSO: Apple is investing $1 billion in clean energy with this unique approach Read more...

More about Science, Transportation, Global Warming, Donald Trump, and Paris Agreement

Kid getting real dizzy at the park is the cutest thing you'll ever see

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

The internet can provide the perfect escape for our everyday problems. But when videos of kittens and puppies just isn't enough, it's time to watch a kid get real dizzy on a spinning ride at the park. 

After getting a real good spin in, this little dude tried his very best to stand up, but ended up looking like he had a few too many drinks, much to the enjoyment of everyone around.

SEE ALSO: Be amazed by these kids flawlessly breaking a jump rope world record

Apparently, everyone needed a little bit of contagious laughter today, because the tweet has since racked up more than 205,000 retweets at the time of writing. Thank you for bringing smiles to hundreds of thousands of people, dizzy kid.  Read more...

More about Funny, Parenting, Culture, Viral Videos, and Culture

Robert Downey Jr. posts a pic of him and his 'Avengers' bros hanging out and we're sooo jealous

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

We're having flashbacks to that feeling where you really want to sit at the cool kids table, but you're also content just watching from afar.

SEE ALSO: Chris Hemsworth getting angry at 'Avengers' action figures is perfect internet

On Wednesday, Robert Downey Jr. posted a photo of the ultimate cool kids table, featuring his Avengers: Infinity War costars.

The photo shows Downey posing with his original Avengers buddy Mark Ruffalo and the Doctor Strange duo Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong.

Forks, tongs, cans + bottles + a Wong... Help us #healthenet #afeastoffriends #AvengersInfinityWar #beardbros #sciencebros #benedictsquared pic.twitter.com/kjvCmC5Mk8

— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) June 21, 2017 Read more...

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The Knicks used a fake internet holiday to savagely troll their suffering fans

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

Wednesday was apparently "National Selfie Day" on some parts of the internet. Lots of people posted photos of themselves, but the New York Knicks used the occasion to torture their poor fans yet again. 

The Knicks, as we documented recently, are an NBA dumpster fire. Perhaps their only saving grace is the promising future of 21-year-old star Kristaps Porzingis. 

Knicks fans booed Porzingis when he was drafted in 2015, but have since come to love the budding star. That's why they reacted with horror and incredulity when it was reported this week that the team is open to trading him. 

Which brings us to National Selfie Day ... which the Knicks used to ... post a photo of Porzingis. Amazing.  Read more...

More about Knicks, Porzingis, Porzingis Knicks, National Selfie Day, and Entertainment

Police raid homes of 36 accused of spewing hate online in Germany

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

German police searched the homes of three dozen people on Tuesday, all of whom are accused of writing hateful messages on social media.

The raids illustrate significant differences between how Germany treats hate speech online when compared with the United States. 

SEE ALSO: German police will give you €25 if you give your face to the government

The 36 targeted people are accused of threatening others, racism, and other forms of harassment, and most of them are classified as "right wing," according to The New York Times

In the U.S., speech meant to threaten is illegal, but hate speech is not. In Germany, both can result in a visit from policeGerman law prohibits speech that "incites hatred" against a number of groups, including groups defined by race, national origin, and religion. Read more...

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Sean Spicer says reporters ask 'snarky' questions because they want to become 'YouTube stars'

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's obvious disdain for the media seems to have reached a new level.

In an interview with Lifezette publisher Laura Ingraham, Spicer accused the White House press corps of asking "snarky" questions in order to become famous on YouTube, because that is obviously the dream of any reporter. 

SEE ALSO: If Sean Spicer leaves, who will ignore Stephen Colbert's questions?

"There's a lot of them that want to become YouTube stars and ask some snarky question that's already been asked eight times," Spicer said of reporters. "There's a bit of snarkiness now with the press, because, again, a lot of them are more focused about getting their clip on air than they are of actually taking the time to understand an issue." Read more...

More about Youtube, Politics, White House, Trump, and Politics And Government

We're no closer to a 'Downton Abbey' movie than we were a year ago, so slow your roll, internet

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

In today's installment of "old news the internet is suddenly treating like it's new," another producer has reiterated that a Downton Abbey movie is in the works. 

This would be much more remarkable if everyone from the show's creator to its cast hadn't been promising a Downton Abbey movie ever since the series left the air. 

The movie has been newly "confirmed" since January 2016/March 2016/May 2016/July 2016/August 2016/September 2016/January 2017/March 2017/May 2017 — at least if you have a flexible definition of "confirmed," but as far as we can tell, not much has progressed since then. There is supposedly a draft of the script, which was "confirmed" by the cast last October, but a rep for NBCUniversal International Studios reiterated to Mashable that the project is still in the development stage, with no updates to report. Read more...

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'Echo Arena' is the first VR game that made me forget I was real

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

Echo Arena is basically ultimate frisbee VR, and it completely consumed me at E3.

In a demo station at E3, I turn my head to watch a disc float by and activate my wrist jets to chase after it, weaving past floating obstacles and using my hands to guide me.

Reaching the disc, I grab it with my dominant hand and look up toward the diamond-shaped goal, about 30 feet away. With a flick, I launch the disc toward the open, glowing goal and nail it right in the middle, setting off sparks and a ripping guitar riff, earning my team three points.

SEE ALSO: The breathtaking indie games of E3 2017

In my ear a teammate says, "Nice throw, Kellen!" Read more...

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Self-driving shuttle will take a few lucky college students to class next year

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

University of Michigan engineering students will get a slick new ride to class starting next school year — no driver necessary.

The University's MCity self-driving development hub just announced its plans to launch a free autonomous shuttle service in the school's North Campus. It's the first time the self-driving program has offered services outside of the 32-acre MCity complex, which opened in 2015.

The shuttle will run a non-stop, two-mile route between the Lurie Engineering Center and the university’s North Campus Research Complex, so students won't be able to take advantage of the autonomous transport for their extracurricular activities, if you know what I mean.  Read more...

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Trump's terrible handshakes are given the ‘Mortal Kombat’ treatment they deserve

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

If you've ever wanted to feel the satisfaction President Trump gets from his assertive handshakes with world leaders, you're now in luck. 

American Hand Fighter II, a new 8-bit style mock video game, is a glorious rendering of some of Trump's most aggressive and awkward handshakes.

SEE ALSO: Macron finally speaks out about the Trump handshake: "it wasn't innocent"

The "player" watches Trump advance through different handshake rounds, most of which he tremendously wins, obviously.

Here he is taking on Japan's Shinzo Abe - an awkward encounter back in February.

The game also features some of Trump's most infamous hand-shaking tendencies as power-ups.  Read more...

More about Election 2016, Donald Trump, Video Games, Trump, and Awkward

Massive cobra slithers into guy's window, and all he can do is film it

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

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Major 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' spoiler may have found its way into this comic

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

The Star Wars franchise isn't just about movies. Its attendant novels, comics, and games have always been important too — especially since 2014, when all new publications became part of official Star Wars canon. These days, all tales from the galaxy far, far away tie into each other in subtle ways under the guidance of the Lucasfilm Story Group. 

And that's why you should be paying attention to Darth Vader, a new comics series by Marvel. In Darth Vader #2, published this week, we're introduced to an old Jedi vow that may well explain why Luke Skywalker went missing before The Force Awakens — and steal some thunder from Luke's tale in this year's The Last JediRead more...

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The fake news story about an NBA superstar that made Twitter feel every emotion

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

It's OK, everybody: Kawhi Leonard has apparently not cut his braids. 

And thus, a legion of fans exhales after a brief moment of questioning everything it thought it knew about the NBA and the universe. 

SEE ALSO: How Derek Jeter's once-mocked startup became a sports media powerhouse

Leonard is an NBA superstar for the San Antonio Spurs. His quiet, humble demeanor and his braids have been trademarks since before he entered the league in 2011. So when a photo emerged Tuesday night of Leonard apparently sporting a closely cropped hairdo, NBA fans kind of freaked out. 

After all, this was the perfect morsel of quasi-important news for the NBA off-season, when nothing's really out of bounds. Read more...

More about Kawhi Leonard, Kawhi Leonard Haird, Kawhi Leonard Braids, Entertainment, and Sports

Virgin Mobile will be the first iPhone-only carrier with a bonkers $1 unlimited plan

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

Virgin Mobile USA has taken iPhone fever to the next level. 

Sir Richard Branson broke the news that Virgin Mobile will become the first iPhone-only mobile carrier as part of a new deal with Apple. Virgin's services will be available for purchase in Apple Stores, and the carrier's online store will offer new and "pre-loved" iPhones at significantly lower prices than you'll find elsewhere. 

The new iPhone-only network is hitting the market with a bold promotion: the new Inner Circle plan will offer those who buy an iPhone from Apple or Virgin six months of unlimited everything — talk, text, and data — for $1. Enrollees who pull the trigger between the plan's launch on June 27 and July 31 will get an entire year of unlimited service for the same price.  Read more...

More about Apple, Wireless Carrier, Virgin Mobile, Tech, and Consumer Tech

FX should really accept our brilliant idea for 'Fargo' Season 4

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

As the third season of Noah Hawley's midwestern crime anthology Fargo comes to a close, fans are left wondering if the next episode will be its last.

The show's creator, Noah Hawley, recently said that there are currently no plans for a fourth season of the show. This isn't due to poor performance or negative reviews, just a lack of firm ideas.

SEE ALSO: We made a 'Fargo' board game so you too can live a life of midwestern crime

"There may never be another Fargo. Unless Noah has an idea for Fargo that he thinks he can make as good as the prior three," FX Networks CEO John Landgraf recently told The Hollywood Reporter. Read more...

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You can wear these shoes 10,125 different ways

Wednesday Jun 21st 2017

'KI ecobe' has developed modular footwear that allows you to fully customize your shoes without adhesive. Read more...

More about Design, Clothing, Shoes, Sneakers, and Sneaker
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