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'Mass Effect: Andromeda' is basically over and BioWare just confirmed it, folks

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Five months.

That's how long it's been since Mass Effect: Andromeda launched, and that's how long it took BioWare Montreal to admit that nothing more can be done with the ailing game's story mode. Technically, it wasn't even a full five months, as Andromeda launched on March 21.

SEE ALSO: 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' reviews are in: Bad game is bad

BioWare confirmed the decision in an update on the Mass Effect website. The Andromeda corner of the game's universe won't be tossed, but continuing stories will be relegated to special multiplayer missions and other forms of media.

"Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda," the note reads. "There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content." Read more...

More about Entertainment, Gaming, Mass Effect, Mass Effect Andromeda, and Bioware

Fair warning: Chelsea Handler's story about adopting a senior dog will make you cry

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Hello. Get ready to cry!

Saturday marked the third annual Clear the Shelters event, a day when animal shelters nationwide waive or lower adoption fees in hopes that as many pets will find homes as possible. 

To encourage others to participate, Chelsea Handler posted a video relaying one of her own adoption stories. (Handler has adopted two dogs from local shelters.) 

SEE ALSO: Spoiled doggo with 5 dog beds prefers the floor

"I went into the [Long Beach] pound," she says, "and I found the ugliest-looking dog I could find. And that was Tammy."

Handler goes on to describe how Tammy, a senior dog, "blossomed" under her care, becoming the very good girl fans saw on her exquisitely-run Instagram page. Tammy passed away last week after a bout of illness, but Handler says she's just glad Tammy was able to enjoy her final two years. Read more...

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13 times 'The Defenders' roasted Iron Fist so you wouldn't have to

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

So you spent your weekend bingeing The Defenders and no spoilers, but Danny Rand is still the worst. Meeting Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage brings him down a few notches from his high horse of channeling chi, but only after his fellow heroes repeatedly roast him for being an idiot.

Snarky dialogue spoilers for The Defenders ahead, but nothing more.

SEE ALSO: What are critics saying about Marvel's 'The Defenders'?

Luke: “Who’re you?”

Luke: “Just some skinny white kid.”

Luke: “What’s the deal with that fist?
Danny: “I earned it.”
Luke: “You what?”

Danny: “I’m the immortal Iron Fist.” (this isn’t a burn, but try to keep a straight face when he says it) Read more...

More about Entertainment, Television, Netflix, Marvel, and Iron Fist

Three construction innovations that will change the way we build

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

A number of companies are competing to find ways to automate construction, using bricklaying robots and machines that can 3D print with concrete. 

These innovations are among the most successful prototypes whereby entire buildings were constructed using robots. Read more...

More about Innovation, Housing, Robotics, Construction, and Real Time Video

J.K. Rowling uses kindness to shut down a mansplainer who told a woman she didn't actually write a book

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

The term mansplaining came from an author who had a man explain her own book to her. Now, men are explaining not just the contents of books ... but the act of writing a book itself. 

Author Laura Kalbag shared on Twitter on Saturday that her new book Accessibility for Everyone, about the accessibility of websites to users, was coming out soon. 

SEE ALSO: JK Rowling just roasted Donald Trump again with one incredibly ironic observation

If you missed it:

I’ve written a book! It’s coming out very soon, sign up to get it first

— Laura Kalbag (@laurakalbag) August 18, 2017

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White supremacist rally ends early in Boston as counter-protesters show up in huge numbers

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

A few dozen attendees showed up for Saturday's planned "free speech" rally in Boston. But counter-protesters showed up in the thousands.

Per local news reports, over 10,000 people gathered at Boston Commons to protest the right-wing gathering, which quickly fell apart after it became clear the planned speaking schedule would not come to fruition. 

In fact, police were seen taking down rally flags and decor before 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. (The rally was scheduled for 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Whoops!

SEE ALSO: How you can take action against white supremacy after Charlottesville

At around the same time, Twitter was flooded with images from the counter-protest. In one clip, crowds can be heard chanting "Not in Boston" — a reference to last week's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read more...

More about Boston, White Supremacist Rally, Culture, Web Culture, and Activism

'Game of Thrones' prequel writer teases future shows and we're already stressed about it

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

You might feel like it's too soon to think about the Game of Thrones spinoffs HBO has in the pipeline, but consider this counterpoint: It's not. 

Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who will pen at least one of the prequels planned for after Thrones concludes in 2018, spoke to IGN about what her series would include — and she kept it deliberately, maddeningly vague.

SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' is proving itself to be leak-proof

"I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, 'Oh, that! OK.'" Goldman said of her series. "Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go." Read more...

More about Entertainment, Television, Hbo, Game Of Thrones, and Spinoff

Steven Soderbergh's new HBO show will have a choose-your-own-adventure feel

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Though it's still in preproduction, Steven Soderbergh's upcoming series Mosaic is already unlike anything HBO has ever done.

In an extensive, new interview with Lincoln Center's Film Comment, Soderbergh shared more about the project and how it will tie in to an app due out in November — an app that lets users familiarize themselves with the story of Mosaic and choose how it unfolds.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s Instagram account reeks of desperation

"Branching narratives have been around forever, but technology now allows, I hope, for a more elegant, intuitive form of engagement than used to be possible," Soderbergh said in the interview.  Read more...

More about Entertainment, Television, Apps, Hbo, and Steven Soderbergh

How to put old photos in your social media stories

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Stories started with Snapchat, then Instagram and Facebook added their own versions to try and win our loyalty. 

There are crazy amounts of ways to make your story unique within each app. But you might not know that you can also post old photos in your current stories.

SEE ALSO: I'm giving up on Snapchat because it's way too bloated

Here's how to put photos you've already taken in your stories on Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. Just note that your followers might get a little annoyed if you do it too much.


Access Snapchat and camera roll photos at the bottom of your screen.

Image: molly sequin/mashable

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Move over, activated charcoal. Try the matte black latte.

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Activated charcoal—the trendy margarita ingredient and cleaning agent—is nothing compared to a matte black latte. 

The new drink from Round K in New York City is even darker than the activated charcoal recipes that swept the internet a few months ago. 

SEE ALSO: A rare white moose has been spotted and if you wanna freak out, that's cool

The nondairy drink contains coconut ash, almond milk, espresso, 98 percent Dutch process cacao, and a coconut cream and marzipan topping. Coconut ash, a type of activated charcoal, is the ingredient that gives the drink its color. It's popular in ice cream too.  Read more...

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Resourceful golden retriever finds $85,000 of heroin in his backyard

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Police dogs aren't the only ones sniffing out drugs. 

A regular, untrained family golden retriever in Oregon dug up something interesting in his own backyard. The 18-month-old dog, Kenyon, came back with what his family thought was a time capsule

After they all gathered around to see what was inside and film themselves opening it, they realized it was ... not a time capsule. 

They called the police, and the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office identified the contents of the package: $85,000 worth of black tar heroin. 

“Opioid addiction and overdose deaths are on the rise and with the help of Kenyon this large quantity of heroin is removed from our community," Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson said in a Facebook post.  Read more...

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Space combat in 'Star Wars: Battlefront II' looks exhilarating

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

There's a new trailer for Battlefront II and it's all about the "star" part of Star Wars.

Starfighter Assault is the upcoming sequel's mode for people who crave dogfights and nothing but dogfights. As with the rest of the game, the mode's Battlefront II appearance spans all the timelines of the Star Wars series, from the Prequel trilogy on.

This particular trailer is more style than substance, but that's OK. It's not every day you get to see Yoda at the controls of a starfighter. Read more...

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This dancing Ariana Grande fan is the world's most inspiring concertgoer

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Is it cool to say "goals" anymore? Probably not, but in this case, I truly do not care. When I saw this video, my first thought was "goals." And that is just the truth.

On Thursday, Ariana Grande shared the clip in question, which features a fan dancing at one of her shows. "Dancing" doesn't quite sum it up, though. It is something far deeper than that, something far ... better.

SEE ALSO: Ariana Grande named honorary citizen of Manchester for her support to the city

"I can't believe an 11 second video represents the entire fandom," wrote one Twitter commenter. If this is true, I would like to sign up. Read more...

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New Star Wars film might include Princes Harry and William

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Even princes want to be Jedi. 

Princes Harry and William got significantly closer to that dream with a Star Wars set visit in 2016, and John Boyega confirmed Friday that they did indeed film a cameo — and that they weren't the only visitors on set.

SEE ALSO: John Boyega on Carrie Fisher's 'Last Jedi' appearance: 'She lives forever'

The royals made a highly publicized visit to the set and studios in 2016, when it was rumored they filmed Stormtrooper cameosStar Wars is notorious for its secrecy, and in an interview with BBC Radio 4 "Today", John Boyega decided he was done.

After Boyega spoke candidly about race relations and his film Detroit, the host asked him to treat the royal cameo rumors with the same candor: "When you last spoke to us on the program, you sort of intimated that yes, Prince Harry and Prince William were in the movie as Stormtroopers. I wonder, can you tell us — do they have lines in the movie? What can you tell us?" Read more...

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Get these 3 in-demand skill sets and switch careers

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

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There's no doubt about it: tech is king when it comes to the industry with the most dynamic, innovative opportunities on the market. There's only one drawback — when innovation is paramount, your skill-set needs to be as adaptive as the market. And in 2017, there are a few skills you would benefit by developing, especially if you're looking to switch careers:

  • Mobile app development

  • Digital marketing / business analytics

  • Web development

Which all make sense, considering mobile is crucial to the success of companies to make their products and services visible to customers. And since more than 26% of companies are looking for qualified candidates who possess these skills, we've rounded up four different courses focused on sharpening your expertise, making you stand out to any recruiter. Taught by highly regarded online instructor Rob Percival, you're sure to negotiate your way to the job of your dreams. Read more...

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Download this: Off the Menu Club is the answer to all your foodie prayers

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Most people know about In-N-Out Burger's animal style fries, Jamba Juice's gummy bear smoothies, and Starbucks' infamous pink drinks.

But what about the secret menu items of other restaurants—high-end places? Enter Off the Menu Club, a foodie's dream app

SEE ALSO: The McDonald's Secret Menu: Stop dreaming, start ordering


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Six Flags parks will wisely stop flying Confederate flags

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

The six flags of Six Flags are looking a little different this weekend.

Parks in Georgia and Texas have removed the Spanish, Mexican, French, Confederate, and Texas state flags that once flew over its grounds, choosing to only fly the American flag instead.

The switch-up is intended to minimize feelings of division in the wake of last week's deadly violence perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

SEE ALSO: By supporting Confederate monuments, Donald Trump shows how poorly he understands history

From 6 Flags to 1 flag. As a result of criticism over its confederate flag, , Six Flags Over Texas removed all but the U.S.

— Jeff Brady (@kens5jbrady) August 18, 2017

More about Theme Parks, Confederate Flag, Six Flags, Culture, and Politics

All the features in Apple Maps that’ll make you not hate it

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Apple Maps isn't the first app most people are clamoring for when they're lost on a road trip. It's actually one of the first apps I deleted when iOS finally let you get rid of native iPhone apps. 

SEE ALSO: GBoard now supports YouTube and Google Maps for faster texting

But since the iOS 10 update, there are some features that can make Apple Maps an app you'd want to use. Here's why you might want to consider keeping it around. 

Travel notifications for events

Let Apple Maps tell you when to leave for events.

Image: Molly sequin/mashable

Apple cross checks its native apps to be as helpful as possible. This means that any events you have saved in your calendar will trigger a traffic notification via Apple Maps. It'll give you the event time and location while telling you when to leave based on current traffic patterns. This feature could help you avoid showing up late for your next important event.  Read more...

More about Apple, Iphone, Technology, Smartphones, and Transportation

'Planet of the Apps' wasn't a great show, but it was still a success for Apple

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Apple aired the finale of its first original series this week. If you missed it, don't stress. 

Planet of the Apps was a decent 10-episode series, but it's not something that viewers will want to think about for hours like Netflix's House of Cards or talk about with friends like Hulu's The Handmaid Tale

It's just a pretty undramatic, very-edited reality show about dozens of entrepreneurs, people who were trying to make careers off a business based around an app. 

SEE ALSO: Apple’s Instagram account reeks of desperation

Not unlike Shark Tank, viewers learn a little about what it takes to build an app-based company and raise venture capital. But unlike Shark Tank, it's really not that thrilling. Read more...

More about Startups, Apple, Apps, Funding, and Entrepreneurship

Spectacular color photos capture WWII air cadets in training

Saturday Aug 19th 2017

Aviation Cadet Thanas inspects an airplane engine.

Image: Library of Congress

One year before the outbreak of World War II, a U.S. congressional board found that the Navy had insufficient training facilities to deal with a potential emergency demand for new pilots

With the consultation of Texas Representative Lyndon B. Johnson, the Navy commissioned a new air training station on Corpus Christi Bay in March 1941.

That year, 800 flight instructors were brought to Corpus Christi and put to work training 300 cadets each month. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, that rate nearly doubled.

More than 35,000 aviators earned their wings at NAS Corpus Christi before the end of the war, including future President George H.W. Bush, who graduated in 1943 just days before his 19th birthday. Read more...

More about History, Retronaut, Military, Aviation, and World War Ii
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