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'The Last Jedi' gave us the perfect answer to the question of Rey's parents

Thursday Dec 14th 2017
Spoiler alert: This post contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

As promised, Star Wars: The Last Jedi gives us a definitive answer to the question of who Rey's parents are.

And with apologies to every fan who's spun an elaborate theory about why she's definitely a Kenobi, or a Skywalker, or a Solo, or a Palpatine, or what have you, she's none of the above.

SEE ALSO: 'The Last Jedi' review: Laughing and crying, Star Wars reaches full throttle

After a movie and a half's worth of wondering about and pining after her missing family, Rey finally comes to terms with the truth in The Last Jedi: her parents were just a couple of random deadbeats who, as Kylo sneers, probably sold her off for drinking money, and are now in a pauper's grave. Read more...

More about Movies, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Entertainment, Star Wars, and Movies Tv Shows

Dating show promotes openly sexist dude, and like, read the damn room

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

If you lived under a rock during 2017 (can I come too?), it was a year in which various sexual harassers were outed for being awful.

It was a year that the conversation around harassment, power and abuse started to be taken seriously, but it seems like Australian television station Channel Nine — who had its own problems recently, missed the memo.

SEE ALSO: Actresses plan to wear black at Golden Globes to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood

In a commercial for its upcoming season of Married at First Sight, it featured Dean, a man looking for a woman who will listen to him, and openly wants to be the "man in charge" in the household.  Read more...

More about Tv, Television, Australia, Sexual Harassment, and Sexism

Sia's delightful new video for 'Under the Mistletoe' will melt your jaded holiday heart

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

We just finished watching Sia's adorable new video for her holiday single "Under the Mistletoe" and we're a little teary-eyed. 

Originally released Nov. 17, the lovelorn holiday ballad comes from Sia's first-ever Christmas album, Everyday Is Christmas.

Now, the single has a delightful video to match, which reminds us of Raymond Briggs' classic holiday story The Snowman. It follows the tale of a young whippersnapper with a Sia-like fringe, who strikes up a pretty damn magic friendship with a snowman who comes to life.

It'll melt your cold, cold, holiday-hating heart. Read more...

More about Christmas, Holiday, Sia, Christmas Music, and Holidays 2017

The city where Jesus grew up canceled Christmas because of Trump

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

The mayor of Nazareth is canceling Christmas, and he's blaming Donald Trump.

Ali Salam, who is Muslim in the Muslim-majority city, shut down all Christmas festivities in the city in protest of Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

SEE ALSO: Net neutrality is officially dead

“Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate,” Salam said, according to the Times of Israel. “The decision (by Trump) has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”

The city council was the bearer of the bad news Thursday after the mayor made the economically risky decision. Religious tourists flock to the city where Jesus grew up, especially for the Christmas holiday. Read more...

More about Christmas, Israel, Donald Trump, Diplomacy, and Jesus

Y Combinator's Sam Altman wishes San Francisco was more open-minded, like China

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

Sam Altman is a Silicon Valley kingmaker. Sam Altman is rich. Sam Altman wears cargo shorts. Sam Altman is awful. 

As president of Y Combinator, an internationally renowned startup accelerator based in Mountain View, California, the 32-year-old has an outsized influence on the world of tech. The seed money his company doles out has both life-changing effects on its recipients and the potential to reshape entire industries

And if Altman's latest blog post is any indication, this has all very much gone to his head. 

SEE ALSO: Tech CEOs are looking more and more like politicians

Titled "E Pur Si Muove" in a transparent attempt to position himself as a righteous contrarian speaking truth to power à la Galileo Galilei, Altman explains in the post how toxic censorship has supposedly crushed intellectual dissent in San Francisco. You see, according to the 2015 Forbes 30-under-30 luminary, daring to disagree even in the slightest with the politically correct monsters that run this town is now enough to get you driven out of it.  Read more...

More about Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Peter Thiel, Homophobia, and Y Combinator

Tobacco company makes a hard pivot to cryptocurrency mining

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

Rich Cigars just made the ultimate pivot: from high-end cigars and tobacco products to cryptocurrency.

The Miami-based company announced Thursday it had become Intercontinental Technology, Inc., and was phasing out the cigar part of the business — aka its entire premise.

Instead the company is jumping into two very not tobacco-related industries: patents and "aggressive cryptocurrency mining." And it initially seems to be paying off.

SEE ALSO: Bitcoin is a victim of its own success

With Bitcoin, Ethereum, LiteCoin and other cryptocurrencies rallying like crazy in the past few days this seems like a smart move. Who needs a fancy cigar when there's Bitcoin to be mined at nearly $17,000 per coin? Read more...

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People are asking Tommy Wiseau for life advice and his answers are actually awesome

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

Despite all the press surrounding The Disaster Artist, there's still plenty of unanswered questions about Tommy Wiseau.

Where did he get all the money to finance The Room? Where is he really from? How old is he? Is Tommy Wiseau even his real name? And so on and so forth.

SEE ALSO: Should you watch 'The Room' before seeing 'The Disaster Artist'?

One thing that's not under question is Wiseau's unrelenting drive and energy. That's something plainly obvious in his spectacular Twitter account, which was created around two weeks ago. 

There's been plenty of excellent, if disconcerting content.

May the Good Spirt be with you ! pic.twitter.com/2kv04qrYOM

— Tommy Wiseau (@TommyWiseau) December 14, 2017 Read more...

More about Entertainment, Twitter, Movies, Tommy Wiseau, and The Room

Dude who ruined the internet with ‘Harlem Shake’ goes after the FCC for making it worse

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

Baauer's "Harlem Shake" may have obliterated the internet in 2012, but now the producer is taking on the FCC for using it in a (very dumb) net neutrality repeal video without permission.

SEE ALSO: Net neutrality is officially dead

The creator of the viral track, which became a 2013 meme thanks to thousands of dancing challenge YouTube videos, has vowed revenge on the FCC and its chairman Ajit Pai. 

"Harlem Shake" was used by Pai and conservative outlet The Daily Caller in a video entitled "7 Things You Can Still Do on the Internet After Net Neutrality," released after the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to repeal protections for net neutrality. Read more...

More about Video, Fcc, Copyright, Net Neutrality, and Harlem Shake

That interstellar asteroid probably isn't aliens, but the hunt continues

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

Well, it should come as no surprise, but the interstellar asteroid astronomers discovered in October doesn't appear to be a piece of alien technology. 

According to initial observations made by a radio telescope on Wednesday, the asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua, doesn't appear to have any obvious "artificial signals" coming from it. 

But the hunt isn't over yet.

SEE ALSO: A group of scientists will listen for alien signals coming from that interstellar asteroid

Researchers still have to comb through a fair bit of the data gathered by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to see if there might be some sign of alien technology to be found. However, it's not exactly looking promising. Read more...

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Net Neutrality is dead and your privacy is at risk. Here are 5 VPNs that can help.

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

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The FCC has spoken and it's official: Net Neutrality is dead.

Mashable's been closely covering this story — you can read everything here — but we'll give you the TL;DR version. The FCC has decided that large internet service providers (ISPs) like Xfinity, Verizon, RCN, and any other company in the game can charge customers premium rates for faster internet access. This decision was also significant in that it set ISPs significantly free from the confines of government oversight, and it is sparking justifiable privacy concerns as deregulation could empower ISPs to peek into our browsing behavior even more than they already do, or worse, sell that data. Read more...

More about Cybersecurity, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Vpn, and Mashable Shopping

This state senator wants to revive net neutrality in California

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

The Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, which prohibited powerful telecoms from charging more for faster internet access. 

But 3,000 miles away, in California, State Senator Scott Wiener announced plans to buck the FCC's decision by introducing California's own net neutrality rulesIn a Medium post, Wiener said he will spend the next 60 days considering the best regulatory options and then introduce a law early next year. 

SEE ALSO: The net neutrality vote, explained

Like the FCC's two dissenting commissioners, protesters in every corner of the nation, rock stars, Pornhub, and legendary internet pioneers, Wiener believes net neutrality is essential for maintaining an open internet where internet service providers "treat websites equally" and don't "play favorites based on who pays more." Read more...

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The HyperCharger PRO can handle three devices at once

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

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These days, you wouldn't want to be caught dead on a long flight without a portable charger — yet, you still likely forget to purchase and pack one, time after time. And there you are, once again stuck on a plane with no Netflix, a dead phone, and a snoring old man leaning on your shoulder. For the love of it all, buy a portable battery pack.

SEE ALSO: Now that you have your shiny new iPhone X, here are the accessories you need

The Graphene Series HyperCharger PRO is a welcome solution, with two built-in charging cables and an additional USB port. With a whopping 8,000mAh capacity (in layman's terms: a lot of battery power), Graphene enables you to charge three devices simultaneously. Or you can opt to charge your phone over and over again. Either way, you won't have to worry about awkwardly situating yourself near an airport outlet anytime soon.  Read more...

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Caught between Mac and Windows? This crossover program could help.

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

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As Mick Jagger once moaned into a microphone, you can't always get what you want — and computers are no exception.

Windows-powered computers are still some of the most popular models money can buy. But with their razor-sharp aesthetics and user-friendly edge, Apple's slew of MacBooks are climbing their way to the top.

SEE ALSO: Best Buy's '20 Days of Doorbusters' is your daily stop for holiday deals

Switching from Windows to Mac may be a logical decision, but there's just one problem: You bought a bunch of Windows-only programs. So what are you supposed to do, start from scratch?  And waste plenty of resources and money? Um, no thank you. Fortunately, a program called CrossOver 17 offers a way for you to run all your favorite apps and games on your new computer. Read more...

More about Apple, Gaming, Mac, Pc, and Windows 10

What's next for 'The Simpsons' after years of mocking their new owner Disney?

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

As I'm sure you heard, Disney bought 20th Century Fox for $52 billion today. And I'm sure your first thought was, what does this mean for The Simpsons?

While we don't know exactly, we will gladly speculate while ruminating on the fact that, for 28 years, the longest-running animated show has dunked on the Big Mouse company over and over again. 

SEE ALSO: 'The Simpsons' has finally addressed why Maggie is still a baby after 27 years

While we don't know about how the show's new overlords will treat the beloved show, it could very well mean good things for fans.

Another huge thing that Disney bought — besides the right to include X-Men in their Avengers movies — is a hefty share of control over streaming platform Hulu. As we wrote, one of Disney's main goals for buying the media company would be to compete with Netflix's and Amazon's growing influence with its own enormous back catalog. That includes The Simpsons.  Read more...

More about Disney, Disneyland, Fox, The Simpsons, and 20th Century Fox

Give Omarosa credit for this: she made General Kelly's life hell

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

The reign of Omarosa Manigault Newman is officially over, and everyone has the same question: What the hell did she do every day?

On Wednesday, former White House Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault officially "resigned" — or was fired, depending on your source. What is evident is that she appears to have left on explosively antagonistic terms, according to America's top Omarosa Manigault reporter, April Ryan.

Before we get into the details of her departure, it's important that we record her history for internet posterity. With Manigault gone and the Mooch fired, it might be a long time before we get this kind of trashy Beltway drama again.   Read more...

More about Watercooler, Omarosa Manigault, Culture, and Politics

Matt Damon attempts to speak about sexual harassment and shows he STILL doesn't get it

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

Here's a pro-tip if you're trying to shut up and listen to women: Shut up. 

Matt Damon, who has been speaking out following the avalanche of sexual assault and misconduct allegations in Hollywood, has stepped up to the mic for a third attempt at advocating for women in Hollywood, and once again falls flat.

In an interview with Peter Travers for ABC News, Damon repeatedly emphasized that the current reckoning in Hollywood right now is good and that women should be listened to, but seems to face a near-constant internal struggle to reconcile that idea with everything he knows about business and entertainment. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Movies, Hollywood, Matt Damon, and Harvey Weinstein

You've heard of cronuts, but have you heard of 'crossushi'?

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

Invented at Mr. Holmes Bake House in Los Angeles, this kooky Japanese-French creation could be the next big food trend. Read more...

More about Mashable Video, California, Los Angeles, French, and Sushi

If you've never seen 'Star Wars' before, you're not alone

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

Believe it or not, a few Mashable employees have never seen Star Wars before. With all this talk about porgs and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we thought it'd be interesting to ask people what they thought Star Wars is about and if they could identify characters.

Their responses were hilarious. Read more...

More about Space, Movies, Robots, Galaxy, and Star Wars

This Lego machine wants to ice your Christmas cookies for you

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

Jason Allemann designs and builds custom models using Lego bricks. He built a cookie-icing machine using a Lego Mindstorm EV3 kit. The machine features 3 different designs—an angel, snowflake, and a star for the holiday season.  Read more...

More about Watercooler, Christmas, Mashable Video, Lego, and Robot

Google just helped NASA find an alien planet thousands of light-years from Earth

Thursday Dec 14th 2017

And we're tied, folks. 

Thanks to Google and some fancy artificial intelligence, we now know that our solar system is just slightly less unique than we may have thought. 

Scientists have discovered an eighth planet circling the sunlike star Kepler-90, 2,545 light-years away. This means that our solar system and Kepler 90 are now tied for the most number of known planets within a star system. 

SEE ALSO: Now you can own NASA's Golden Record on vinyl

So yeah, maybe we're not that special after all.

The newfound planet, named Kepler-90i, was found using machine learning technology from Google that effectively teach a computer to spot patterns in large datasets. Read more...

More about Tech, Google, Space, Nasa, and Science
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