LGBTQ Africans celebrate identity and community in this powerful photo series

May 21, 2017

Image: Mikael Owunna An ongoing photo series tells the complex stories of LGBTQ Africans, encouraging the celebration of two identities too many believe are at odds with each other. Queer Nigerian-American photographer Mikael Owunna created Limit(less) to debunk the myth that it’s “un-African” to be LGBTQ. The photographs also highlight queer African style, an essential point of self-expression for the community, according to Owunna. SEE ALSO: 6 ways allies still marginalize …

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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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Tips for dealing with a toddler and also Donald Trump

May 21, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Donald Trump is a man whose behavior follows the whim of his impulses and tantrums, much like a toddler, and the world is scrambling to accommodate it. Officials in the White House and from governments around the globe have tailored aspects of governance to the new president to fit his notoriously short attention span and need for praise. SEE ALSO: Trump’s fave …

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

May 21, 2017

But many concertgoers find the practice irrating, and now some performers are starting to object too. “No mobile phones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour,” read a message posted on ticketing websites when the comedian’s new UK dates went on sale this month. Image copyright Yondr Image caption Audience members keep the locked pouches with them throughout the evening Rock’s use of Yondr at his upcoming UK …

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Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

May 21, 2017

… electoral wipe out the Conservatives would experience across large parts of Northern England and Scotland, which it still trying to recover from today. Thatcher and “the Tories” remain dirty words to the former steel workers in Consett but few young people I spoke to could recognise her and those that did regarded her as a distant historical figure. Image caption Alex Blackham: ‘May is the only person for the job’ She will have experienced at first hand how …

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Mario Kart just removed an ‘offensive’ gesture in its latest update

May 20, 2017

Image: screenshot/mariokart/nintendo Bet you didn’t notice this little gesture the last time you played Mario Kart and now you never will. A new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe update has just been released, in which developers did away with what could have seen as an offensive gesture. SEE ALSO: A ‘Mario Kart’ Drinking Game? Shell Yeah! The character Inkling Girl was first seen in the game with her hand resting flat on her bicep while raising a fist something that could have been …

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Please stop talking about The Skimm

May 19, 2017

Image: The Skimm So! Right now on the parts of the internet mostly occupied by People Who Work In the Business of Content (or as known by their Hebrew name: Media Schmucks), there’s a fiery debate raging, mostly through the dumb art of white-hot takery, about a critical issue for this terrifyingly weird and abrasive moment in American history: An email newsletter. Yes: And you thought [INSERT LITERALLY ANYTHING ELSE] was important. But you were wrong. The email newsletter in question is …

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8 unnecessary startups you didn’t ask for, but here they are

May 19, 2017

Sometimes these ideas create problems instead of fixing them.Image: ambar Del moral/mashable Yes, there’s an app for that. And even that. While HBO’s Silicon Valley pokes fun at start-up culture, tech entrepreneurs, and off-the-wall ideas, the show’s riffs and jokes aren’t only contained to fictional cable TV storylines. The real world is filled with actual examples of unnecessary companies, apps, and products trying so hard to “disrupt” something, anything. …

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How to bring humanity and tech together: Innovators and advocates on hope for the future

May 18, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / whiteMocca The headlines are everywhere. Social media makes us narcissists. Screen time atrophies the brain. Work is inescapable. We sleep less, weigh more, and report higher levels of depression all thanks to the onslaught of tech. On the other hand, many of technologys benefits are undeniable: longer life spans, reduced poverty, and the democratization of both knowledge and opportunity. The question is: Can we bring humanity and tech into harmony? To find an answer, I …

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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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Lyft taps Delta as a new rewards program for riders

May 18, 2017

Image: ap/rex/shutterstock Lyft is teaming up with Delta Air Lines to offer you more reason to hail a ride. SEE ALSO: Check the numbers, it’s true: People really like Lyft over Uber, even before #DeleteUber Starting Wednesday, Lyft users can earn SkyMiles (Delta’s airline miles program) for every ride they take. For a limited time, users can earn extra miles when they travel to and from an airport no matter which airline they’re taking. Lyft users will earn one mile per …

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Treasure trove of new plant discoveries revealed – BBC News

May 18, 2017

… the future. Image caption Prof Kathy Willis inside the arid zone at Kew Lara Jewitt, nurseries manager at Kew, said some of the plants kept in the nurseries at Kew are the last of their kind in the world. “We have about 10,000 species here, 29% of which are natural source – so that means they’ve been collected from the wild,” she said. “That makes them much more important for conservation, for scientific research, for restoration. This is a living scientific …

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Hands on with the world’s first 4K TV with built-in Alexa voice controls

May 18, 2017

Image: ramyond wong/mashable It used to be that you bought a cheap TV from budget brands and got pure garbage for what you paid for, but that’s not so anymore. Case in point: Westinghouse and Elements new 4K Amazon Fire Edition TVs, the first smart TVs to include Alexa voice control. They start at $449 for a 43-inch and climb up to $889 for a 65-inch 4K set, but man are they anything but junk. SEE ALSO: Thanks to Amazon, it’s time to kill your landline I was extremely reluctant …

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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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Axe wants men to rethink masculinity, but can an ad really help?

May 17, 2017

Image: Ambar del moral / mashable Is it OK to be a virgin? Is it OK to experiment with other guys? Is it OK to be the little spoon in bed? These are just some of the questions that men ask themselves and Google when no one is looking, according to a new ad from Axe that aims to help “break the cycle of toxic masculinity.” SEE ALSO: 6 ways to survive bullying and feel good about yourself Don’t spit out your coffee just yet. Yes, this is the same Axe that once relished …

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General election 2017: The mystery of the three million ‘extra’ voters – BBC News

May 17, 2017

Their gender, age and socio-economic background are all a complete mystery. So too is how they voted. There was a clutch of on-the-day polls among people who had turned-out. But none of these questionnaires was designed to record the unexpected arrival of a great host of additional voters. Image copyright Reuters Image caption It is not known whether or not the extra voters helped the Leave campaign There is no guarantee that they will, given their opting out of the previous general …

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A 22-year-old \

May 16, 2017

A map of the "unprecedented" WannaCry cyber attack.Image: screenshot/malwaretech Two 20-something cyber experts helped bring down the widespread ransomware attack that infiltrated networks at hospitals, banks, and government agencies in multiple countries. A 22-year-old British researcher unintentionally found the so-called “kill switch” that authors of the malicious software left in the code. Later, he teamed up with a 28-year-old engineer in western Michigan to …

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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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Ransomware attacks on hospitals could eventually kill someone

May 15, 2017

According to a statement by Britain's National Health Service, several hospitals across England have been hit by a large-scale ransomware cyber attack, causing failures to computer systems.Image: ANDY RAIN/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The ransomware attacks spreading across at least 99 countries on Friday are the type of attack that could one day kill someone. That sounds like hyperbole, but this attack froze and disrupted computers inside many National Health Service hospitals in the United …

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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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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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Office sauna: Must-have or hot air? – BBC News

May 14, 2017

… peer-to-peer money transfer service TransferWise in Shoreditch, London, and you see scooters, a hammock and, would you believe, one of these: Image caption Inez Miedema in the TransferWise office sauna Companies like this say such an office helps create a culture where staff enjoy coming to work, and are more productive as a result. For others, office perks like a sauna are simply a load of hot air. Image caption The TransferWise headquarters in London features a hammock… …

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I learned more from YouTube than my professors in college

May 14, 2017

Image: christopher Mineses / mashable As I get ready to walk at my college graduation next week, I have more gratitude for one thing above all: YouTube. YouTube was my go to while doing homework, prepping for exams or just when I needed to refresh what a term meant. SEE ALSO: The time has come to remove Facebook from your life It’s also the first place I go when I want to learn about a subject I don’t know a lot about. Time and again, YouTube has helped me understand concepts, …

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