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Jerk alligator steals a huge fish off a little boy's line

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:07:51 +0000


Today, a little boy named Connor learned the brutal lesson that Mother Nature has no manners.

In a clip posted to the Bass Masters And Fish Experts Facebook Page, a thieving alligator had an easy lunch thanks to some humans fishing off a pier.

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In the clip, a young boy hooks a pretty sizable fish, and as one man encourages the boy to reel in the fish all on his own, another spots an alligator lurking near the pier. The man tries to distract the gator by hitting the side of the pier with his arm, but the reptile was determined to get its eats.

"You need to cut your line," one the of the men tells the little boy as the gator swims away with his catch.  Read more...

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How to knit your own chunky blanket with your hands

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000

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'Ohhio Braid' lets you knit your own blanket with your arms. It's made out of cotton and siliconized microfibers, making it soft and laundry-friendly. You can also use it to knit a basket for your pet. Read more...

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All-star Gorillaz fan gets Damon Albarn to confirm new album is done

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:53:15 +0000


Now this is how you fan.

When music blogger Jack Winstanley ran into Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn, he didn't just geek out on his own behalf. He reported back and made some news.

Albarn confirmed, per Winstanley's tweets, that the fifth Gorillaz album is officially done and that the band is currently in rehearsals for an upcoming tour. A single for the as-yet-untitled album already dropped on Jan. 19, delivering a charged political message on the day before Donald Trump's inauguration.

Albarn also confirmed that he got himself a new hat for the tour. Presumably the same beret he's wearing in his photo with Winstanley, below. Read more...

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The Huawei Watch 2 is a sporty Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch with tons of features

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:45:37 +0000


After the initial smartwatch craze subsided, it became clear that consumers are more interested in the fitness aspects of these devices than the bling factor. 

This changed how these gadgets were made and marketed, and Huawei's new Watch 2 is no exception. 

Just launched as part of the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, the Huawei Watch 2 is a sporty, rugged-looking, Android Wear 2 device that's resistant to dust and water. It also tracks your steps, precisely measures your heartbeat and offers you a pretty extensive running experience.

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Huawei's new flagship P10 phones certainly look familiar

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:37:03 +0000


Every phonemaker is trying to "innovate" in the same way in 2017, with sleek devices that are basically all screen and glass. 

But Huawei, the third largest smartphone maker in the world, isn't playing that game. The company just launched its new flagships, the P10 and the P10 Plus, at a Mobile World congress event in Barcelona, and these phones aren't a radical departure from their predecessors. 

The biggest change on the 5.2-inch P10 and the 5.5-inch P10 Plus is the new fingerprint sensor on the front. It's a smooth, glass surface that responds to touches with a subtle vibration, and it also replaces Android's standard on-screen controls (which can be turned on in the settings, if you so desire). Note that like the sensor on the iPhone 7, this isn't technically a button. Read more...

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These strange 1917 photos were supposed to teach businessmen how to get in shape for success

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000


Image: Library of Congress via Internet Archive

Impressive carriage and appearance are much needed by those who would succeed in the business world. Undeniably the reader who could appear before another man looking exactly like the illustration would secure his host’s attention instantly.
H. Irving Hancock, 'Physical Training for Business Men'

These illustrations were created by photographer A.B Phelan to accompany H. Irving Hancock’s Physical Training for Business Men, a handbook of simple exercises designed to improve a man’s poise and appearance and give him a subtle advantage in the competitive marketplace. Read more...

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'Ring of fire' solar eclipse will blaze across the Southern Hemisphere

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:27:06 +0000


A "ring of fire" eclipse will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere on Sunday morning, although anyone can catch the spectacle live via the space site

Sunday's solar phenomenon is known as an annular eclipse. It happens when the moon slides in between the sun and the Earth but doesn't completely block the sun, as would a total solar eclipse. 

Instead, a thin, fiery ring of the sun's edges blaze like an iris on an enormous, menacing eye.


ring of fire #eclipse live from #Chile

WOW :)

— David Fiacchini (@naturaetratio) February 26, 2017

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Google Assistant is finally coming to a lot more Android devices

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0000


You no longer need a Pixel to use Google Assistant on your smartphone.

Google is finally expanding its Assistant to phones beyond the Pixel line. The company is starting to roll out the intelligent assistant feature to nearly all phones running Android Marshmallow and Nougat (some low-end devices excepted.)

The update, which will be part of a change to the Google app, will be available in the U.S. beginning this week and will then launch in the UK, Australia, Canada and Germany. Once live, you can use the feature by holding down the home button or saying "Okay Google."  Read more...

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LG G6 ushers in a new era of smartphones with huge screens

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:00:00 +0000


How much bigger can your smartphone screen become? You're about to get the answer.

LG just announced a new flagship phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — the LG G6. Although it's not all screen on the front, it's pretty damn close. And it's widely rumored that Apple and Samsung will also try to reach that goal on their upcoming flagship products.

The phone has, as LG puts it, a 5.7-inch screen in a 5.2-inch body, and it looks impressive. The phone feels tiny for today's phablet standards, and yet it has a beautiful 2,880x1,440-pixel screen. It also has rounded corners, which make it harder to break if it falls. They're also a subtle visual detail that makes the device look a lot more elegant.  Read more...

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Who is this random guy Fox News had on to talk about Swedish security?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:59:42 +0000


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A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials.

Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of the Nordic nation in the U.Ssince President Donald Trump invoked "what's happening last night in Sweden" while alluding to past terror attacks in Europe during a rally Feb. 18. There hadn't been any major incident in Sweden the previous night.

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How to predict the president's next bogus tweet: Just watch Fox News

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:45:09 +0000


Donald Trump's obsession with live-tweeting his morning cable news binges has made his erratic timeline...incredibly, disconcertingly, comically predictable.

One Boston journalist proved it on Saturday morning, with his own impressively prophetic tweet.

David Bernstein was watching Fox and Friends when he saw guest Hermain Cain (Remember him? The Hermainator?) regurgitate a bogus stat—one clearly too tantalizing for our Twitter-egg-in-chief to resist amplifying.

Cain claimed, somewhat misleadingly, that the national debt decreased $12 billion during Trump's first month in office,  compared to a $200 billion jump in the same time on Barack Obama's watch. The talking point can be traced back to a sketchy right-wing blog known for peddling conspiraciesRead more...

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Kim Kardashian would love the BlackBerry KEYone

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000

It's no secret Kim Kardashian West loves her BlackBerry and nearly lost her goddamn mind last year when her last BlackBerry Bold died and she couldn't find any more on eBay. Well, Kim, I hope you're reading this because everything is going to be OK again once the new QWERTY keyboard-equipped BlackBerry KEYone comes out in a few months. SEE ALSO: BlackBerry partners with Indian firm for manufacturing and selling smartphones in local markets Designed and manufactured by TCL Communications Technology (TCT), which now has the global rights to build and sell BlackBerry-branded phones, the KEYone (formerly codenamed "Mercury") is the best marriage of BlackBerry and Android I've seen yet. Read more...More about Mwc 2017, Mwc, Mobile World Congress, Android, and Qwerty [...]

Finally, there's a thighmaster for your arms

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000

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'DoubleFlex Black' is a workout tool that was created using technology from NASA. Astronauts in space use the same kinds of resistance exercise. Its lightweight design is perfect to pack in your bag. 

This could be your path to getting swole.

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Mike Pence's pro-Israel tweets really couldn't have gone worse

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:48:41 +0000


Mike Pence is here to support Israel, so he's...throwing up that Nicaraguan flag?

As the veep began his speech for the Republican Jewish Coalition on Friday, the @VP social media team decided to reiterate his pro-Israel stance by tweeting out its flag.

Unfortunately, they tweeted the Nicaraguan flag instead: not once, but twice.

Someone please tell the Pence social media team that's the flag of Nicaragua, not Israel

— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 25, 2017

As much as we'd like to find a "to be fair" caveat here, there really isn't one. The flags both have blue stripes, we guess, but let's face it: They just aren't that similar.  Read more...

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This week in apps: 'Alto' gets a sequel, Instagram gets more like Facebook and Google's SMS reboot

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:36:51 +0000


With Uber's never-ending drama, Twitter's somewhat confusing new harassment policies, and Facebook's technical error, you may have lost track of some of the best new apps. 

Luckily, we're keeping score for you for you. Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated apps, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your phone.

Here's what we were following this week. And if you're looking for more, be sure to check out last week's look at the most interesting apps. Read more...

'Alto's Adventure' is getting a sequel

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Barack Obama and Malia had an awesome night out in NYC and looked awesome doing it

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:49:57 +0000

After a nice Italian dinner on Thursday and a rock star's welcome from the public Friday afternoon, Barack Obama continued his post-vacation jaunt around NYC—and he took cool teen Malia along for the ride. On Friday night, the two were spotted at a performance of the current Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's play The Price. The show stars Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo, which made for a pretty decent photo op afterward — one of those rare ones where all parties involved are excited to be meeting a celebrity. SEE ALSO: Rare photos show Obama girls on their first visit to the White House Malia reportedly wants to be a filmmaker, so perhaps this was also a preliminary casting call. (Danny DeVito appears to be in the lead so far, yes?) Read more...More about Twitter, Malia Obama, Barack Obama, Watercooler, and Watercooler [...]

Send in the bern unit, Bernie Sanders just poured the hot fire bern sauce all over Trump on Twitter

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:39:13 +0000


President Donald Trump thinks his voters should have their own rally, but luckily, Bernie Sanders is here to remind him that, um, they already did. And it didn't go well.

In his usual Saturday morning tweet routine (tweetine?), Trump turned his attention to the rallies against him since he took office: 

Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally. It would be the biggest of them all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

But Bernie Sanders was ready with the receipts. 

.@realDonaldTrump They did. It wasn'

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 25, 2017

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Going to 11: 'La La Land' will tie the record for most Academy Awards (and destroy everything in its path)

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:29:26 +0000


Here's a question for ones who dream: Why are Oscar records made? 

La La Land, nominated for 14 Academy Awards, isn't likely to break the Oscars record of 11 wins by a single film, shared by Titanic (1997), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), and Ben-Hur (1959). That record might not be made to be broken this year — but it can be tied.

A bit of madness is indeed key to this prediction for the 89th Academy Awards: La La Land will join those hallowed films in sharing the record by going to 11.

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Spectacular color photos capture WWII tank crews in training

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000


A tank driver.

Image: Library of Congress

As the mechanized German Army swept through Europe in the early years of World War II, American military brass recognized the need to develop a strong armored force.

In 1940, the former 7th Cavalry Brigade was reorganized and activated as the 1st Armored Division.

For the next two years, as engineers and factories rushed to design and manufacture new tanks, the men of the 1st Armored trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky (also home to the famous gold depository).

Thousands of recruits were introduced to hulking tanks, half-tracks and armored vehicles, and trained in newly developed tactics and doctrines for a modern kind of warfare. Read more...

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