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'Homeland' recap: Quinn has a no good, very bad day

Monday Feb 20th 2017
This recap contains spoilers for Homeland Season 6, episode 5, "Casus Belli." Refresh your memory with our recap of episode 604.

After a slow start, the Homeland we know and love is back with Season 6's fifth episode, "Casus Belli," which means "an act or situation provoking or justifying war."

The act in question is the bomb in Sekou's (J. Mallory Cree) van, whose detonation in midtown Manhattan miraculously left only two people dead, Sekou being one of them. It seems the bomb went off so early that not very many people were at work yet — though the episode's assertion that the bomb decimated three blocks really makes it seem like more people should have died, even if it was early in the morning, but that's a small quibble in the world of TV dramas. Read more...

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An English version of China's biggest taxi app is coming, but there's a small problem

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

China's top (and pretty much monopolist) taxi app, Didi Chuxing, is quietly trialing an English version.

The app, which doesn't even have an English listing in the App Store yet, started showing English translations to some users, according to Shanghai resident, Mathieu Bouchara.

SEE ALSO: You can track someone's live location and where they live for just a couple of dollars

Bouchara said that not only was his app's interface in English, Chinese addresses were also getting automatically translated.

However, this might be more trouble than it's worth for English-speaking users, he noted in an email. Read more...

More about Uber, China, Taxi Apps, Didi Chuxing, and Tech

Frugal person escapes burning bus, then returns to 'tap off' travel card, and fair enough

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

Public transport systems around the world require people to "tap off" their travel cards when exiting a bus or train, and forgetting to do so is a big (and expensive) headache.

But public transport investigators in Australia's Sydney were stunned to find that one of 22 passengers escaping a bus fire last September, went back to the flaming bus try and "tap off," according to Fairfax Media

Guess the unnamed passenger really didn't want to pay that annoying A$4.50 (US$3.45) day rate, which is arguably the bane of all of Sydney's existence.

SEE ALSO: An ambitious young photographer captured the chaos and beauty of Greyhound buses in 1943 Read more...

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'Walking Dead' goes beyond Thunderdome in episode 10

Sunday Feb 19th 2017
This review contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7, episode 10, titled "New Best Friends." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our recap of episode 9.

At last: Daryl and Carol are reunited, and it feels so good. Even if "New Best Friends" had been a terrible episode (which it wasn't — it was arguably one of the season's strongest to date), it still would've scored bonus points for bringing our two favorite lone wolves back together after way too many episodes apart. 

And what made their reunion even better was how Daryl found out about Carol's safehouse in the first place — as part of Richard's plot to incite a war between the Kingdom and the Saviors by framing Carol for killing some of Negan's scouts. It was an ingenious plan to get Ezekiel angry enough to take action, but boy, did Richard choose exactly the wrong accomplice for that particular scheme. Even if Daryl hadn't known that it was Carol that Richard intended to use as a scapegoat, there's no way he would've condemned an innocent person to die as a pawn in the soldier's game. Read more...

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This wearable can turn your dance moves into music

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

Making music you can dance to is so 2017. 

But dancing to make music is, potentially, the future.

SEE ALSO: The newest Barbie is a smart doll you can't touch

That’s clearly the perspective of Daigo Kusunoki, an engineer who loves to dance. The twin wristbands he’s showing off this week at the New York Toy Fair, called BeatMoovz by Dmet Products, are the product of that dual love affair.

Inside each soft-rubber BeatMoovz wristband is a Bluetooth radio and an accelerometer. Every time Kusunoki moved his wrists, a nearby JBL speaker emitted a beat. Each band is connected to the BeatMoovz app, which has a library of 400 different sounds. Wearers can assign different sounds or instruments to each band.  Read more...

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Yep, the U.S. gave a 'Make Somalia Great Again' hat to the country's president

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

Somalia is one of the seven countries President Trump placed under a U.S. immigration ban recently.

So just imagine the grimaces when the newly-appointed President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, received a "Make Somalia Great Again" hat from the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, Stephen Schwartz. 

SEE ALSO: How Donald Trump's own tweets could be his undoing

The hat gifted to the president had a blue and white colourway (as opposed to the usual red), matching the Somalian flag. 

Seems kind of inappropriate, what with the travel ban and all.

US2SOM Amb Schwartz had a fruitful mtng w Pres Farmaajo 2day + presented the Pres with a cap "MAKE SOM GREAT AGAIN"

— U.S. Mission-Somalia (@US2SOMALIA) February 17, 2017

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Horrific harassment story is giving the internet a new reason to #DeleteUber

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

It's been less than a month since ride-share company Uber faced a heavy wave of backlash that led to the "#DeleteUber" hashtag and now, after the publication of an employee's allegations of sexual harassment and HR bumbling, the hashtag is burbling back up. 

On Sunday, Susan J. Fowler posted about her experiences while at Uber and alleged a long list of institutional sexism, HR incompetence and organizational disorder and the story spread quickly across social media. 

Specifically, it gave users a chance to resurrect "#DeleteUber" to take more shots at the tech company. 

Goodbye forever @Uber. It's not me, it's you and your maligned moral judgment#deleteuber

— Brian Lin 🇨🇦🇨🇳 (@brianisme) February 19, 2017

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That Britney Spears biopic is a travesty, and Twitter wants its 2 hours back

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

Britney Spears deserves better than this.

While no one expected Britney Ever After to be anything other than The Room of biopics, it seems the unauthorised Lifetime movie that aired Saturday night was so bad it shocked even the most unshockable viewers with its hilarious inaccuracies. In short, it was a shit show.

But just as every cloud has a silver lining, the dedicated Britney fans of Twitter made the most of their two-hour torture fest by commentating on the film's worst moments, for us all to enjoy. 

SEE ALSO: The trailer for Lifetime's Britney Spears movie will just make you sad

From it's ridiculous casting, LOL dialogue (we're looking at you, Justin Timberlake impersonator, with your "bomb diggity" youth speak), and costume design atrocities — it seems this movie may replace Glitter as the go-to pop star biopic of choice, for hungover/still drunk people everywhere. Read more...

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Ex-Uber employee shares harrowing tale of sexism at the company

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

According to an essay by a former Uber engineer, the company has a big problem with sexism in the workplace.

Susan J. Fowler, now an engineer at Stripe, joined the ride-hailing company in 2015, but her experience quickly became "strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying." In her account, posted Sunday, she alleged a clown car-worth of institutional sexism, HR incompetence and organizational disorder.

In response, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a statement Sunday evening he had instructed the company's new chief human resources officer to conduct "an urgent investigation" into the allegations. Read more...

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Watch a clever comedy duo imagine what fighting Trump IRL might be like

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

The Umbilical Brothers are a pair of physical comedians, who've been performing live on television (in their homeland of Australia and beyond) for 20 odd years. 

Well, they just made their debut appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday night. And they didn't mess around.

Essentially, they staged an imaginary, cartoonish bunch-up between President Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Complete with jokes about tiny hands, foreign policy and plenty of cheeky innuendo.

'Overwatch,' but with cats (and a dog) returns for more

Daniel Radcliffe embraces fact that he looks like 'a lot of old women in the past'

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'The Great Wall' is a hit, just not in the U.S.

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

The Lego Batman Movie is #1 in the U.S. for the second straight weekend, but that's not the big story.

Instead, eyes are on The Great Wall — a Zhang Yimou-directed blockbuster starring Matt Damon — which opened at #3 domestically, with an estimated $18.1 million at the box office. It's an underwhelming start for a movie said to be budgeted at $150 million, but U.S. ticket sales present an incomplete picture.

SEE ALSO: Twitter trashes 'The Great Wall' with sarcastic #ThankYouMattDamon

The Great Wall is already an international hit. It's amassed more than $170 million in China since it opened on Dec. 16, and its total non-U.S. gross — which, as of this weekend, includes 21 additional markets — amounts to an estimated $244.6 million. Read more...

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'Overwatch,' but with cats (and a dog) returns for more

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

Meet Zarnya, Felinehardt, KI.T, Woofston, and Streetcat, the adorable kitty-cat versions of Overwatch tank heroes Zarya, Reinhardt, D.Va, Winston, and Roadhog. OK fine, Woofston is technically a dog. But Winston is technically a knockoff of Beast from the X-Men movies and comics.

Much like the last "Katsuwatch" video from YouTuber dillongoo, this video runs through each cat-ified hero's various "highlight intros" — the bit that plays when said hero wins Play of the Game. But where the last one focused on offense heroes, this one is all about the tanks.

If you're curious to see how closely these recreations line up with the real thing, check out the comparison video right here. Spoiler alert: It's pretty damn close. Read more...

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J.K. Rowling has the best response to Trump's non-existent Sweden attack

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

The internet can't get enough of President Donald Trump's "last night in Sweden" remarks, including, of course, J.K. Rowling.

Never one to shy from a little fun at the expense of the U.S. president, the author joined in on Twitter's response to Trump's confusing reference to a terrorist attack that didn't actually happen.

SEE ALSO: Internet turns to @Sweden on Twitter after Trump appears to invent terror attack

Literally the biggest incident of Sweden last night was a horse called Biscuit being rescued from a well

— Grapey (@Grapeykins) February 19, 2017


— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 19, 2017

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Daniel Radcliffe embraces fact that he looks like 'a lot of old women in the past'

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

Daniel Radcliffe is perfectly comfortable with the fact that he resembles bespectacled women of the past. 

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, he joked with Norton about his past-life doppelgängers, and the one trait they all share. 

"These are all my past lives— I was, like, a slightly depressed lady." 

[H/T: Vulture]

Relive SpaceX's incredible daytime rocket landing with this video

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Lady Gaga's isolated vocals from the Super Bowl are a bizarrely lovely listen

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The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rally

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

At a rally full of scientists, things were bound to get a bit geeky.

On Sunday, thousands scientists and supporters gathered in Boston's Copley Square to "stand up for science" under the Trump administration. 

Their signs were, predictably, quite clever. 

My favorite sign so far#standupforscience

— Tomas Green (@TomasWGreen) February 19, 2017

I can't tell you how many older people have come up to me today to say, "I remember polio. Thank you." #standupforscience #AAASmtg

— Kathleen Bachynski (@bachyns) February 19, 2017

#standupforscience (and other essentials)

— Karin (@Sage_Risotto) February 19, 2017

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Fox News anchor blasts Trump for calling media 'enemy of the American people'

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

Chris Wallace from Fox News isn't happy Donald Trump called the media an "enemy of the American people," and on Sunday, he let the president's chief of staff know it. 

Talking on Fox News Sunday, the veteran news reporter — himself a former White House correspondent — pushed back against Trump's comments (made on Twitter, of course) to Reince Priebus.

SEE ALSO: Donald Trump just called the media 'the enemy of the American people'

"But you don’t get to tell us what to do, Reince," Wallace said. "You don’t get to tell us what to do any more than Barack Obama did.  Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time, but I got to say, he never said that we were an enemy of the people." Read more...

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This transparent bowl swing is what cat dreams are made of

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

The 'Dim Dim' bubble is a chair, swing and bed for your cat. Read more...

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The United Arab Emirates wants to build a city on Mars

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

Elon Musk isn't the only person who wants to build a city on Mars. Now the United Arab Emirates has announced that it wants to establish a "mini-city" on the red planet by 2117. 

UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum explained the monarchy's Mars plans in a series of tweets on Feb. 14.

SEE ALSO: Dubai is bringing the world its first rotating skyscraper

"The project, to be named 'Mars 2117,' integrates a vision to create a mini-city and community on Mars involving international cooperation," Sheikh Mohammed said.

"Mars 2117" is a seed we are sowing today to reap the fruit of new generations led by a passion for science and advancing human

— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 14, 2017

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Crazy storm has streets of L.A. swallowing cars whole

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

Californians this weekend captured harrowing scenes of cars stuck in sinkholes, trucks toppling off a crumbling highway and muddy waters rushing through the streets of Los Angeles. 

The Golden State is grappling with yet another punishing wave of atmospheric river storms, which dump vast amounts of rain in narrow corridors over a short period of time. 

SEE ALSO: Insane drone footage shows massive damage and flooding at California's Oroville Dam

Drought-busting storms slammed Southern California cities on Friday and Saturday, killing at least two people and knocking out power for tens of thousands of residents.  Read more...

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Relive SpaceX's incredible daytime rocket landing with this video

Sunday Feb 19th 2017

SpaceX did it again, and this time, with a whole lot of style. 

Elon Musk's private spaceflight company managed to land yet another Falcon 9 first stage back at Cape Canaveral after launching a mission to orbit for NASA.

SEE ALSO: SpaceX sticks daytime rocket landing back on Earth after launch to space

The daytime landing marks the third time the company has landed a rocket back on land and the eighth time overall that it has recovered a rocket stage after launch.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 19, 2017

This Falcon 9 mission was the first SpaceX launch from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, a pad with a rich history dating back to the Apollo moon missions up through the space shuttle era.  Read more...

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