Can you find the scared government official trying to hide?

May 21, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable composite/Getty images Washington in the middle of a crisis of historic proportions, and our brave leaders are responding the best way they know how: by hiding in the bushes. The past few months have produced story after story of elected officials trying to run from the people they’re supposed to have relationships with. Constituents can’t find their senators, senators can’t find other senators, and no one wants to find President Trump. SEE …

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Could you last a whole gig without using your phone? – BBC News

May 21, 2017

… tour so we were happy to facilitate.” But are the audience happy with the restrictions, and the potential delays at security? Image copyright Reuters / Getty Image caption Alicia Keys and Dave Chappelle have previously enlisted the help of Yondr Collins says: “I’m very torn, because on one hand I feel like it’s something of an infringement of your civil liberties, but I appreciate that sounds far-fetched because they’re not taking their phone off you, you …

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Twitter update shares what advertisers are interested in you

May 18, 2017

Image: bloomberg via Getty images Twitter just released an update that lets you know who is selling to you and why and gives you the power to stop it. The update, not unlike Facebook’s own, much-more-detailed audience insights, lists your interests and what advertising partners think your interests are, Twitter wrote in a blog post Wednesday. SEE ALSO: Twitter’s search just got a very important update “Today, were announcing a suite of industry-leading tools to give you …

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Apple will host big-name musicians and high-profile workshops to kick off new program

May 17, 2017

Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images Apple is doubling down on its quest to turn its stores into more than just a stop on a shopping trip. The Cupertino giant unveiled a host of new programs on Tuesday meant to make its retail locations feel more like community gathering places of sorts. One of these moves is a new “Today” section on Apple’s website that will serve as a central hub for daily happenings in the company’s nearly 500 stores worldwide. SEE ALSO: Apple launches …

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GOP Still Trusts Trump With Classified Intel After He Gave It To Russians

May 17, 2017

… Alexander Shcherbak via Getty Images introduced a bill last fall Call Alex in my office, said Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the bills author. Asked if he considers it extremely careless that Trump related classified intelligence to Russian officials, Scott dryly repeated, I dont think the president broke the law. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), also a bill co-sponsor, said the measure applies to all federal employees the president. For that matter, he said, he still trusts Trump with classified …

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Experts poke holes in marketing claims about fidget spinners

May 15, 2017

Teachers' worst nightmare.Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Fidget spinners are a fun, relaxing fount of mindless entertainment. But are they really more than a cheap toy? Some experts say no. Despite marketing claims, there’s no research that shows the wildly popular spinners are therapeutic tools for people with anxiety, autism, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “I know there’s lots of similar toys … and there’s basically no scientific …

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Microsoft helps out stubborn Windows XP users with WannaCrypt update

May 14, 2017

Image: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Still stubbornly running an ancient version of Windows, despite the security threats? You’re in luck, this time. The ransomware attack known as WannaCrypt that sent organizations and individual users around the world scrambling for security cover has been addressed by Microsoft, the company behind the most widely used operating system on the planet, with a new software update. And, to the relief of many holding onto old versions of Windows, the update …

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How to remove Facebook from your life and never miss a social beat

May 14, 2017

It's easy.Image: Getty So you’ve decided to dump Facebook. But you’re worried. Worried about missing out, struggling to stay connected, or getting left behind by the almost 2 billion users on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s platform. Don’t be. SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook from your life It has never before been easier to completely remove Facebook from your life not missing a single social beat in the process. And when you finally do, you’ll …

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Bafta TV awards: What to look out for at this year’s ceremony – BBC News

May 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images The glittering guestlist includes Alan Carr, Amanda Holden, Ant and Dec, Benedict Cumberbatch, Claudia Winkleman, Daniel Mays, David Walliams, Ed Balls, Jessica Raine, Kim Cattrall, Louis Theroux, Nicola Walker, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Olivia Colman, Pearl Mackie, Sarah Lancashire, Scarlett Moffatt, Suranne Jones, Thandie Newton, Tom Hollander and Zawe Ashton. And by the look of the seating plan (above), The Crown’s Claire Foy will spend the ceremony sitting …

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Since when are laptops on planes such a threat?

May 13, 2017

Has the laptop become the new shoe?Image: Getty First shoes, then liquids, and now laptops. With reports suggesting the airplane cabin laptop ban may soon expand from flights originating in eight Middle Eastern and African countries to parts of Europe, it’s clear that our computers have now joined the list of things we have to worry about when flying. However, some big questions remain: Why now, and why are laptops considered OK in a plane’s cargo hold but not in its cabin? SEE …

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Delta might have jumped the gun on the broader laptop ban

May 13, 2017

A Delta airlines plane is seen on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on July 14.Image: Joe Raedle/Getty Images UPDATED 10:55 a.m. PT with information from Delta. Abandon all devices bigger than a smartphone, ye who board here. We just got our first look at an airline warning passengers that they cannot bring laptops, tablets, or e-readers in their carry-on bags. This: .@Delta tells @ABC: The sign was posted in error and has been taken down. …

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Fyre Festival basically just asked employees to work for free

May 13, 2017

Rapper Ja Rule co-founded Fyre Media, the startup behind the Fyre Festival debacle.Image: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for City Harvest In today’s least shocking news, it turns out the organizers behind last month’s disastrous Fyre Festival are about as good at running a workplace as they are at throwing a luxury musical extravaganza. Employees of Fyre Media, the tech startup behind the event, were recently informed on a staff conference call that they would no longer be paid, …

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Snap CEO: ‘Just cause Yahoo has a search box, it doesn’t mean they’re Google’

May 12, 2017

Image: bloomberg/Getty images “Just cause Yahoo has a search box, it doesn’t mean they’re Google.” In this case, Snapchat is Google, and Facebook is Yahoo. It takes guts to lob a line like that in your first-ever earnings call as CEO of a public company, particularly when your shares just dropped 25 percent. But that’s what Snap CEO Evan Spiegel told investors on a call Wednesday when they dared to ask about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s tendency to copy …

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Snapchat is helping make QR codes cool again

May 9, 2017

Image: carl court/Getty images QR codes are dead, an internet marketing strategist wrote in AdAge in 2013. The murderer: “easier-to-use apps.” And yet, four years later, that isn’t the case. Apps have become even more prevalent and perhaps easier-to-use, but Facebook and Snapchat, two of these most-frequently-used apps, are pushing a present and future of QR codes. Spotify introduced its own codes last week. SEE ALSO: This inventor built a real-life ‘Iron Man’ …

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Eurovision Song Contest: Bluff your way through this year’s show – BBC News

May 9, 2017

… now The decision to give Australia a wild card entry in 2015 was a surprise to many, not least those in possession of an atlas. Yet it was considered a successful enough experiment for the Land Down Under to compete for real in 2016 – and they’ll be back again this year to try their luck once more. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Timberlake performed Can’t Stop the Feeling in Stockholm last year 6) Where’s it being held? This year sees the contest make a …

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Simplify your email inbox (and life) with these easy tricks

May 8, 2017

"Oh hell yeah, an email from Bob!"Image: Getty We’ve all been there. Missing that one important email because your inbox is cluttered with garbage. But it doesn’t have to be that way. SEE ALSO: The best thing you can do to protect yourself from hackers Thankfully, there are numerous tricks you can use to make sure that you see the emails you want to see, when you want to see them. While the specifics of your digital streamlining will vary depending on your email provider …

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Rich List 2017: Six surprising ways to make money – BBC News

May 8, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption William Dean’s firm started out as a door-to-door egg seller in rural Hertfordshire “The egg market is big” – that’s how egg producer Noble Foods put it. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption VIP Pet Foods offers posh nosh for cats and dogs Never underestimate how much people love their pets. Most owners think of their animals as members of the family and are willing to spend big to prove it, making it a …

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Amazon tests out newspaper delivery to complete its takeover of everything

May 7, 2017

Instead of heading out for a newspaper, just order it online.Image: Getty Images Amazon Prime Now is the souped-up version of the regular online delivery service with its promise to get certain items in select locations to your door within two hours. Now it’s hoping to deliver the news and pronto. SEE ALSO: China ironically decides to clamp down on online news outlets on World Press Freedom Day Publishers in major Spanish cities, like Madrid and Barcelona, have teamed up with Amazon so …

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General election 2017: Theresa May ‘not taking victory for granted’ – BBC News

May 6, 2017

… draw denies Tories control Metro mayor results Image copyright Getty Images The SNP has replaced Labour as the biggest party in Glasgow, but fell short of a majority. And despite also replacing Labour as the largest party in Aberdeen, and finishing as comfortably the biggest party across the country, the SNP lost overall control of Dundee and Angus councils – the only two areas where it had won majorities in 2012. It was a strong night for the Conservatives, who increased their …

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The State Department wants visa applicants to hand over their social media handles

May 5, 2017

And what's your Twitter handle, sir?Image: David McNew/Getty Images If you’re applying for a visa in the United States, the U.S. government may want to follow you on social media. The State Department wants more United States visa applicants to hand over their social media handles, according to Reuters. SEE ALSO: Why Trump’s latest speech is a big deal for Silicon Valley Though the requirement allegedly doesn’t apply to anyone of a particular nationality, it would affect …

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Snapchat just made it a lot easier for brands to buy ads

May 5, 2017

The sign for Snap Inc., adorns the front of the New York Stock Exchange on the day of the company's IPO.Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Prepare to see more brands advertising on Snapchat. Snap, the company behind the platform, announced a new self-serve advertising tool on Wednesday that will make it much easier for marketers to buy full-screen placements. The company has been easing into this model for months. The launch of its long-awaited API (application programming interface) last …

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Turkish authorities block Wikipedia from the entire country

April 30, 2017

Wikipedia is now blocked in Turkey.Image: peter macdiarmid/Getty Images Wikipedia is now blocked in Turkey, according to news reports. Turkish authorities blocked all versions of Wikipedia in any language in the country through an “administrative measure” and did not give a reason, BBC reported. Turkish media reported that authorities had asked Wikipedia to remove content that linked Turkey to terrorist groups, BBC said. Wikipedia didn’t remove that content, and was blocked on …

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Line of Duty: series creator Jed Mercurio interrogated – BBC News

April 30, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Keeper of secrets: Jed Mercurio Is it true a sixth series is not confirmed? We definitely have a fifth, not a sixth… but we haven’t started working on it yet. I need to think what the character is first. Image caption Thandie Newton as DCI Roz Huntley How do you come up with the plots for Line of Duty? I come up with the story ideas on my own. I like to sit at my desk… sometimes I get inspiration when I’m going …

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Freed marine Alexander Blackman praises his ‘wife in a million’ – BBC News

April 29, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Claire Blackman was present when her husband had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter by an appeal court in March Blackman had more than 13 years of service and had previously been deployed to Iraq on three occasions and to Afghanistan in 2007. The killing on 15 September 2011 took place during the final month of 42 Commando’s six-month tour of duty to Helmand province – a deployment which saw the unit lose seven men. …

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When Adolf Hitler confidante Unity Mitford came to stay – BBC News

April 29, 2017

… person. “Unity had no money, she had no passport, she had no writing paper. She was allowed absolutely nothing at all. For a while, she wasn’t even allowed a library ticket.” Image copyright Getty Images According to MI5, Unity was “mentally unsound” and “harmless” However, the Home Office reported complaints from members of the public that Unity was “driving about… picking up airmen”. The local police inspector was forced to …

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Bill Gates doffs his hat to the Indian prime minister. Here’s why

April 27, 2017

Image: VCG via Getty Images Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who’s one of the four global leaders in TIME’s ‘Most Influential People’ list, has a new admirer in Bill Gates. The software billionaire took to social media to acknowledge Modi for putting “the spotlight” on India’s open defecation problem through the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission. SEE ALSO: India bans one of its oldest symbols of VIP culture Gates wrote: “Indian Prime …

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