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Billie Eilish wins big at Grammys, duh

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

Billie Eilish, the breakout artist of 2019, solidified her musical success with four Grammy wins on Sunday night.

The 18-year-old Los Angeles native won Grammys for Song of the Year for "Bad Guy," Best New Artist, Album of the Year for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, and Record of the Year for "Bad Guy," sweeping the biggest awards of the evening.

And just like that, Billie becomes the first artist since Christopher Cross (!) in 1980 to sweep the Big Four

— Andrew Hampp (@ahampp) January 27, 2020

SEE ALSO: Alicia Keys & Boyz II Men sing touching tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys

Early on in the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, Eilish and her brother/songwriter Finneas took the stage for a beautiful performance of "When the Party's Over." The duo both accepted the award for "Bad Guy" and When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Read more...

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Alicia Keys & Boyz II Men sing touching tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

Following the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Sunday, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards paid tribute to the basketball legend in tear-jerking fashion.

After an opening performance from Lizzo, host Alicia Keys took to the stage to address the loss, acknowledging the impact Kobe Bryant had on the world and the building that the Grammys were being held in Sunday night, the Staples Center.

"We're all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero," Keys said. "And we're literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built."  Read more...

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Protesters take their '.org' sale criticism offline

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

A group of protesters took their disapproval of the sale of the .org domain registry to the streets.

On Friday, around two dozen people rallied outside of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) offices in Los Angeles to protest the sale of the .org registry to private equity firm, Ethos Capital. 

ICANN protest

— Kieren McCarthy (@kierenmccarthy) January 24, 2020

Protesters held signs saying “Save Dot Org” and brought with them a petition with 35,000 signatures asking ICANN, the nonprofit which basically sets policy and maintains the internet’s domain name system, to block the sale. More than 700 organizations, from Greenpeace to Girl Scouts of the USA, backed the petition. Read more...

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Kobe Bryant, 41, and daughter Gianna, 13, dead after helicopter crash

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is dead at 41.

On Sunday, TMZ first reported and Variety subsequently confirmed that Bryant, along with eight others, had been killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. The Los Angeles County Sheriffs tweeted about the crash shortly after it happened, initially noting that five had died. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed later at a press conference that authorities "believe" there were nine deaths, though the investigation continues.

Five people confirmed deceased, no survivors in #Calabasas helicopter crash#LASD #Malibu deputies remain with #LA County Fire personnel. Investigation ongoing

Avoid the area until further notice.

— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020

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Green Day shows they still f*ck by swearing repeatedly on TV

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

Despite his best efforts to the contrary, Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong may have come off as quite the American Idiot to NHL TV censors.

Green Day performed between periods at the National Hockey League's (NHL) All-Star game in St. Louis, Missouri, hosted by the NHL's St. Louis Blues on Saturday. The band recently signed a multi-year deal with the NHL to appear at games and use their new track, Fire, Ready, Aim, in league promotions.

During the band's medley of Basket Case and American Idiot, Armstrong dropped multiple f-bombs in the songs as well as in apparently improvised call-outs to the crowd. He implored the good people of St. Louis to "put your fuckin' hands up," and then made the proposition "lets go fuckin' crazy" — twice! Read more...

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U.S. Senator calls out Tesla over safety issues involving 'misleading' Autopilot feature

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

A sitting U.S. Congressman is urging Tesla to rebrand its Autopilot feature due to safety concerns.

In a statement, U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) is requesting that the Elon Musk-founded electric vehicle manufacturer make significant changes to its Autopilot driver assistance system. Namely, well, its name.

“Tesla promotes confusion about the capabilities and limits of its driver assistance system with an inherently misleading name – 'Autopilot' – that encourages users to over-rely on the technology,” reads the statement. “This branding significantly undermines all of the user manuals and subsequent instructions that Tesla issues to its customers that explain how the system is not fully autonomous and how drivers must stay actively engaged with the road.” Read more...

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India is now the second largest smartphone market in the world, surpassing the U.S.

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

The U.S. has been dethroned as the second largest smartphone market.

A new report by Counterpoint Research estimates that India surpassed the United States to become the second largest smartphone market with an estimated 158 million devices shipped to the country in 2019. China is still the global leader at number one.

Interestingly, India’s surge to second place is largely thanks to Chinese smartphone manufacturers. Phones manufactured by companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Realme made up a whopping 72 percent of devices shipped to India in 2019. The report largely attributes series’ of budget-priced phones from these companies as leading to their growth in the country. Read more...

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Fiona the hippo celebrated her third birthday with a massive fruit cake

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

You've come a long way, baby hippo.

We've been following Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo's adorable and widely beloved hippopotamus (who was born premature but is now doing great), for years now. Well, she just turned 3 a few days ago, and of course this was cause for celebration. 

There was cake, naturally. I'm not actually sure what is and isn't OK for hippos to eat, but Fiona's cake seems to include an assortment of fruits and veggies. Look at this thing, and the delighted hippo that's about to crush it all on her own.

Image: John Minchillo / AP / Shutterstock

Image: John Minchillo / AP / Shutterstock

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'White male rage' is the theme song of the 2020 Oscars on 'SNL'

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

From Joker to The Irishman to Toy Story 4, the 2020 Academy Awards are brought to you by "white male rage." It's the same sponsor that's also behind Little Women director Greta Gerwig's nomination snub.

That's the pitch Melissa Villaseñor laid out – in song! – on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update. Villaseñor taps into some of the frustrations following the 2020 nominations announcement as she sings about the various releases of 2019 and the common theme that, in addition to tying many of them together, also helps explain who got nominated and who got snubbed. Read more...

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Adam Driver gets really serious about his character at Medieval Times on 'SNL'

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

It's always great to see a professional actor chew scenery as if it's an audition for William Shakespeare himself. And who's a better choice to get super, over-the-top serious than Saturday Night Live guest host Adam Driver.

In this sketch, Driver is a performer at New Jersey's Medieval Times restaurant, but he thinks he's William Wallace in Braveheart. He's also kind of racist? And a dick in general? But it's all right because he's taking an acting class.

This sketch is great. Driver's clearly having a blast. Read more...

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This is the best time in human history. We're designed to think otherwise.

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

Mashable's new series Don't @ Me takes unpopular opinions and backs them up with ... reasons. We all have our ways, but we may just convince you to change yours. And if not, chill. 

Are you a performative pessimist, a Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Stan? 

Do you loudly claim that War will soon end us all, despite both violence in general and battle deaths per year are in long-term decline since 1946? Like Thanos in Infinity War, do you believe in a coming global overpopulation-based famine that has been predicted ever since English economist Thomas Malthus thought it up in the 1790s — despite there being fewer famine deaths in the last decade than at any time in recorded history, despite scientists telling us the end of famine is in our grasp? Do you see a coming age of extreme global poverty when the data tells us it is literally declining every second Read more...

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Adam Driver's 'SNL' monologue is here to show the world how chill he is

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

Adam Driver is, like, super chill. Nevermind the fact that he's walked out of interviews and fielded an endless barrage of questions about what some have characterized as an intense demeanor. He's actually a chill dude.

Or that's what he set out to prove in his Saturday Night Live monologue.

He kinda did it? Driver always seems to have fun on SNL and his monologue got things off to a great start. All those things about him being intense do seem to be true, but on SNL at least he's able to lighten up and make fun of that public image. Solid monologue, Adam. Read more...

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Adam Driver's Kylo Ren returns to 'Undercover Boss' on 'SNL'

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

The first time Adam Driver hosted Saturday Night Live, he busted out his Star Wars villain Kylo Ren for an Undercover Boss sketch. It was a hit. So of course, Driver's latest return to SNL gave us the gift of an Undercover Boss sequel.

It's pretty similar to the last one, but with 100 percent more misplaced uses of "OK, boomer." (Kylo just doesn't get it, folks.) You will probably laugh. 

And hey, just in case you're worried: No The Rise of Skywalker spoilers here. Read more...

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John Mulaney was totally Mr. Peanut in this 'SNL' cold open set in Hell

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

A new Saturday Night Live in 2020 can only mean one thing: A cold open sketch fixated on the exploits of Donald Trump.

In lieu of Alec Baldwin's increasingly unfunny impression of the U.S. president, however, the latest cold open focused on the ongoing impeachment trial and Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz (Jon Lovitz). When an unfortunately timed heart attack sends Dershowitz to Hell (just for a visit), all sorts of modern day villains emerge from the woodwork.

There's Jeffrey Epstein (Adam Driver), the disgraced businessman and convicted sex offender who died in prison under mysterious circumstances in 2019. There's also the guy who wrote "Baby Shark" (Bowen Yang), naturally. Mark Zuckerberg (Alex Moffat) also pops up, also naturally. And Flo (Heidi Gardner)! Yes, from Progressive! She's there too. Read more...

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We can't stop watching these weird '80s Apple commercials

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

Television commercials have always been weird. Sometimes they masquerade as entertainment, as in the case of Amazon's celeb-filled, Alexa-themed 2019 Super Bowl ad or, in other instances, serious art, like those eerie David Lynch-helmed PlayStation 2 ads. But the idea behind ads remains the same regardless of the era in which they were made: Companies want to sell you stuff.

Apple is one of the best examples of this. The company behind the Mac, iPhone, and AirPods has been producing TV ads for decades that sometimes straddle the intersection of the bizarre and iconic. Since a new treasure trove of Apple nostalgia called the Apple Archive popped up earlier this month, we've been trawling it for digital gold, and we'd like to share our findings. Read more...

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YouTubers are quitting their day jobs to influence full time. Their followers aren't always impressed.

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

“Today I am filming the most nerve-wracking video I’d have to film in quite a while,” said 23-year-old Natalie Barbu. As she avoided looking into the camera she continued, “I feel like I can’t even make eye contact.”

Text reading "i quit my job" overlaid on her face — but anyone watching the video knows this as the video is titled, “so i quit my job.”

Barbu, who in addition to having over 250,000 YouTube subscribers, hosts her own podcast called The Reel Reel and owns a self-titled social media consulting firm. Like her peers, she garnered a following during her college days when she documented her life as a student. She then transitioned to post-grad life, and she's now one of many YouTubers whose channel is mostly made up of vlogs about everyday living.  Read more...

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'Promising Young Woman' punches through rape culture and leaves a bruise

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

Promising Young Woman opens with an encounter that feels like a fantasy. 

If you've seen the trailer, you're already familiar with the scene: Cassie (Carey Mulligan) gets ushered home from the club by a not-so-nice guy eager to take advantage of her heavily intoxicated state. 

Then, just as he's about to rape her, she snaps to attention, revealing herself to be stone-cold sober. "What are you doing?" she demands, to his shock and horror.

Watching this reversal, it's hard not to think, If only more collisions between drunken women and lecherous men ended this way. If only the women were never really in danger. If only we could demolish rape culture by scaring the shit out of bad men. If only it were that easy. Oh well. At least we can enjoy it in the movies. Read more...

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These roses will stay beautiful for an entire year, and they're on sale

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

We don't know how it happened so fast, but Valentine's Day is less than three weeks away. Love it or hate it, if you're part of the 53 percent of Americans who celebrate it, you better get prepared.

You could be basic and grab a bouquet of flowers from a local grocery store that'll likely die in a few days. It's the thought that counts, right? Or — you can try something a little different.

The rose arrangements from Rosephoria and Rose Box NYC are pre-treated and made to last for an entire year. That means you'll not only cut back on waste and ultimately get more for your money, but also give your loved one something they can enjoy until the next Valentine's Day comes around. Oh, and you don't even have to water them or keep them in sunlight, so they're practically magic. Read more...

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5 online courses in Adobe CC that are less than $40 each

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

It may seem like a bizarre comparison, but the Adobe Creative Cloud is like the Infinity Gauntlet, and each app is a powerful infinity stone. As you master using each software, you become a more skilled creative. And once you become adept in a whole slate of programs, then you'll undoubtedly be a creativity machine.

Ready to become the Thanos of creativity and productivity? Below are five different pieces of training that will get you up to speed on various Adobe programs. Whether you want to get introduced to a certain software or just improve your existing skills, each course is designed for a specific goal — so choose wisely. Read more...

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Why type when you can tap? Meet the wearable keyboard that's on sale.

Sunday Jan 26th 2020

TL;DR: Translate your finger taps into commands with TAP STRAP 2, an all-in-one wearable keyboard, mouse, and controller for $169.99, a 14% savings. 

We type and click by day, and we swipe and scroll by night. It's all incredibly exhausting, not to mention ergonomically disastrous. Enter: hand-gesture technology, and an alternative way of typing and clicking via predefined hand gestures. 

Got your attention? Then you definitely won't want to miss this deal on a TAP Strap 2, the all-in-one wearable keyboard, mouse, and controller that's available right here for $20 less than on Amazon (where it's got a 4.5-star review btw). Read more...

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