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In the coming weeks, Lyft will introduce a new program called Round Up & Donate, which will allow riders to make a charitable contribution when they take a ride with the service. Riders will be able to opt into the program, which will automatically round up their fare to the nearest whole dollar. The company announced the program in an ad in The New York Times, stating that “parking your backsides in the back seats across the nation is a way to rebuild our communities around people, not cars.” A blog post aimed at drivers notes that if a fare is $12.75, it will be rounded up to $13, with the extra $0.25 will go to a charity. Riders will be able to pick from a list of charities The company’s ad explains that users will be able to make a... Continue reading…

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Rogue One, A Star Wars Story will soon be available on DVD and Blu-ray (the digital version was released on Friday), but there’s one format that the film won’t be released in: VHS. A fan-made commercial imagines how such a release might have been advertised in the 1980s. From the commercial’s editing to Anthony Sevins’ dramatic voiceover, the short is a perfect throwback to the VHS era. The grainy footage and retro box art looks exactly like something one would have found in your neighborhood video rental shop in the days, before Netflix drove them out of business. Continue reading…

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Awarded annually, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is given to a writer just starting out their career. While some of these authors go on to huge careers, such as Orson Scott Card, John Scalzi, or Naomi Novik, discovering newcomers as their career is just starting can be challenging, so one author has collected the stories of this year’s eligible authors into a single, 1,200 page anthology. The Event Horizon 2017 anthology consists of two volumes containing nearly 400,000 words of fiction from 75 different authors. While there have been similar books produced in past years, the publisher who has typically handled the project decided not to go forward with a book this year. As a result, Nebula Award-nominated author Jake... Continue reading…

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This morning, a United Airlines passenger took to Twitter to complain that a gate agent refused to let three passengers board because they were wearing leggings. The airline said that its rules allow airline personnel to refuse service for passengers who aren’t properly attired. The incident appears to have happened during boarding for a flight headed to Minneapolis from Denver. Twitter user Shannon Watts noted that her complaint originated when the gate agent refused to allow three girls to board their flight, and asked why the airline was policing clothing choices. While one girl was ultimately allowed to fly after changing, two others were reportedly not. 1) A @united gate agent isn't letting girls in leggings get on flight from... Continue reading…

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Some physicists use their degree to study space. Some research materials to aid technology product designs, like headphones or batteries. Others, like one Daniel Perlman of Brandeis University, put his brain where it really matters: designing a wine bottle that doesn’t drip. A biophysicist and inventor, Perlman said the trick to this design is an additional two-millimeter groove added to the tip of the bottle that helps to catch the liquid as the bottle gets tilted back up. The conclusion came after Perlman studied slow-motion videos of wine being poured for three years, and realized drips most often occur when the bottle is full or near-full. With the extra lip, he claims the tiny design update can fix an obviously very real problem... Continue reading…

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Weird Phone Case of the Month is a monthly series in which we live with, and subsequently review, our time with a phone case. Phone cases are one of our only ways to express individuality with our smartphones, so what do our phone case choices say about us? I first bought a green glittery phone case. Then a purple one. I’m sticking with the purple. When I made the switch from Samsung to Apple, part of my reasoning hinged on the fact that iPhones often have better case choices than Android devices. I wanted more phone case options, so there you go. When I got my iPhone, I initially picked out a cerulean gemstone-covered case. It shimmered whenever it caught the light and was over-the-top in every way. Eventually the gems got crusty and... Continue reading…

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Earlier this week, United States and United Kingdom officials announced new restrictions for airline passengers from eight Middle Eastern countries, forbidding passengers to carry electronics larger than a smartphone into an airplane cabin. According to a security source, the ban was prompted in part by a plot involving explosives hidden in a fake iPad. The Guardian reports that the bans were “were not the result of a single specific incident but a combination of factors,” and that one of those factors was a plot to use a fake iPad to bring explosives onboard a plane. Further details, such as when the bombing would be carried out, the group behind it, or the nation from which the plan originated, were not divulged. Details of this... Continue reading…

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The Stad Penninsula in Norway has one of the most dangerous coastlines in the region. As the meeting place between the Norwegian Sea and North Sea, the turbulent waters have claimed the lives of dozens sailors over the last several decades. Which may explain why Norway’s top coastal agency wants to dig a $272 million, mile-long “ship tunnel” to create a safer passage for commercial vessels. Designed to accommodate ships as massive as Norway’s Hurtigruten cruise vessels, the tunnel would be nearly 150 feet tall, 118 feet wide, and more than a mile long. The Norwegian Parliament earmarked one billion Norwegian kroner, or around $118 million, for the project in the National Transport Plan for 2014-2023. Construction is set to begin as... Continue reading…

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Blizzard Entertainment announced today that it will be remastering its classic real-time strategy games StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War, as StarCraft: Remastered, which it anticipates releasing this summer . StarCraft: Remastered will remastered graphics of the original games in 4K Ultra High Definition. It will also include a number of updates, such as remastered sound, new additional illustrations for the campaign missions, new matchmaking capabilities, the ability to connect to Blizzard App (formerly known as Battle.net), the ability to save to the cloud, and more. The company notes that while the game will be getting a refresh, it’s taken care to “precisely preserve” the gameplay and balance of the game. B... Continue reading…

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The dinosaur world is buzzing this week because of a new paper that suggests the way we classify dinosaurs may be very wrong. Back in 1888, a paleontologist named Harry Seeley said that all dinosaurs fall into two categories: bird-hipped (Ornithischia) and lizard-hipped (Saurischia). This has been accepted ever since. But a study published this week in Nature suggests that this division is wrong, essentially challenging the most basic division of dinosaur genealogy. Under Seely’s original organization, the bird-hipped dinosaurs include ones with horns and armor, like the Triceratops and Stegosaurus. The lizard-hipped ones include theropods like the T-rex and sauropodomorphs like Brontosaurus. Matthew Baron, a doctoral candidate at the... Continue reading…

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Amidst Uber’s recent problems surrounding its workplace culture, a new incident involving a company trip to a South Korean escort bar has been brought to light, according to a report published by The Information. The 2014 incident prompted a complaint to the company’s human resources department, and recently came to light when company officials tried to get their stories straight with former employees. The report outlines a trip by a group of Uber employees to a Seoul karaoke-escort bar in 2014, which included company CEO Travis Kalanick and his girlfriend, Gabi Holzwarth. After arriving, several male employees picked escorts to sit with, and went to sing karaoke. Uncomfortable, a female marketing manager, who was part of the group,... Continue reading…

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Drake’s latest project More Life was streamed 300 million times worldwide in its first week on Apple Music, Republic Records tells The Verge, surpassing the 250 million streams the label said Views, an Apple Music exclusive, did in its first week last year. The biggest first week for any album on a single service is Ed Sheeran’s Divide, which was streamed 375 million times on Spotify. The label also says early calculations for More Life have it at around 600 million streams worldwide, which would be a record for an album. After setting a record with 89.9 million streams in its first 24 hours on Apple’s streaming service — over 33 million streams ahead of Sheeran’s Divide in its first 24 hours on Spotify, which has around 80 million more... Continue reading…

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While space is largely devoid of matter, it does contain some gas and dust that floats between stars, material known as the interstellar medium. NASA has selected the Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO) mission to conduct the first complete study of this matter, to better understand how it behaves, . Interstellar objects such as stars, black holes, and galaxies get a lot of attention from scientists, but the interstellar medium isn’t a trivial thing to study: it makes up about 15 percent of the total mass in the Milky Way. 99 percent of that is free floating gas, mostly hydrogen and helium, and while space is still pretty empty (We’re talking a density of an atom per cubic centimeter), the vast... Continue reading…

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Today brought us a brand new Justice League trailer, and I’m going go out on a limb and say that I’m cautiously optimistic about where the film is heading. Now, let me be frank and say that I don’t think it’s going to be the greatest movie in the world. I still feel burned by the Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad to let myself feel too pumped about this upcoming DC superhero blowout. But this trailer provided me with someone to hang my hopes on: Aquaman. In which Arthur Curry somehow manages to smolder while waves crash over him Jason Momoa looks like he’s having the time of his life in this role, and it’s a great look for a character mainstream audiences know as “that dude who can talk to fish.” Don’t get me... Continue reading…

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The new red iPhone looks just awesome. Well, the back of it does, anyway. I’ve never been a fan of phones with white bezels. I find them distracting — particularly in sunlight — and have always preferred the “single slab of glass” appearance that a black border gives off. So I was disappointed that Apple went with white on the front of the Product Red iPhone. It wasn’t surprising given that’s what you get with the gold and rose gold iPhones. But Apple hasn’t always done that. The white iPhone 3G and 3GS had a black on the front. More recently, the same was true for the iPhone 5C, which had a black faceplate opposite its vibrant colors around back. But sadly that’s not the direction Jony Ive went for the special edition iPhone 7. So... Continue reading…

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Earlier this week, the Senate voted to repeal privacy measures that would stop internet service providers from sharing their users’ internet activity with third parties. Those rules were passed in October, but not only does this vote undo them, it prevents the FCC from reinstating similar rules in the future. This is great for broadband companies, but if you’re one of these companies’ users, what are you supposed to do? One popular recommendation you might have heard is to use a virtual private network, or VPN. You can find a lot of comprehensive online explanations of what VPNs are, but in the simplest terms, they create a secure, encrypted connection between your computer (or phone, tablet, &c.) and a private server somewhere else,... Continue reading…

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During an earnings call in February, video game publisher Activision announced that it would be taking its Call of Duty franchise “back to its roots,” fueling speculation that the next entry would be returning to the Second World War. Now, leaked marketing materials help reinforce that speculation. An anonymous individual sent Spiderlaw, of the YouTube channel TheFamilyVideoGamers, a series of promotional images supposedly from someone “close to the project over at Sledgehammer.” The images appear to be marketing concepts for a game called Call of Duty: WWII, and show off scenes from the Allied landings at Normandy in 1944. TheFamilyVideoGamers If these images are correct, the change could mean that Activision’s... Continue reading…

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Life, or as stylized during the opening credits, L I F E, is about six astronauts aboard the International Space Station for a fictional “Mars Pilgrim Mission” sometime in the very near future. As you can tell from the title, the film is partly about the meaning of life and partly about a violent space creature who wreaks absolute havoc on the ISS. The creature is a new form of life and its MO is destroying human life. Truly, this is a loaded title. Life (directed by Safe House’s Daniel Espinosa) is also about the human quality of curiosity, which Jake Gyllenhaal (the film’s star) referred to recently in an interview as “the absolutely most important trait in a human being in my humble opinion." Life was marketed with an ensemble cast... Continue reading…

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During its earnings report for the final fiscal quarter of 2016, retail chain GameStop announced declining sales in games and hardware, and that it could potentially close at least 150 of its 7,500 stores, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company noted that that its total global sales declined 13.6 percent during the 2016 holiday season, because of “weak sales of certain AAA titles and aggressive console promotions by other retailers”. The chain announced that it “anticipates that it will close between two percent to three percent of its global store footprint” in 2017. Digital sales are blamed for the falling sales of games and consoles GameStop CEO Paul Raines pointed to digital sales as a reason for why video game and... Continue reading…

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In the first full trailer for Justice League, the world faces a new threat, and it’s up to Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince to bring together the various heroes to save the day. In the trailer, Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne tells Wonder Wonder Woman that there’s a threat coming, and that they have to be ready. They bring together Aquaman (Jason Momoa) The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) for what looks a movie loaded with plenty of action. There’s also some glimpses of Amy Adam’s Lois Lane and J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon. Directed by Zack Snyder, (who previously helmed Man of Steel and the derided and dour Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Justice League is the DC movie universe’s answer to Marvel’s superhero team-up film A... Continue reading…

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Have you ever loved something so much that you’ve used it for over a decade? A love as strong as Chris Plante’s love for the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones in his eulogy for the perfect headphones? I honestly can’t say I have. It’s so rare that we hold onto anything for that long, much less gadgets. How many smartphones have you gone through in the last decade? Our favorite deal this week is the Sennheiser HD 650, a benchmark setter that’s 37 percent off right now — still pricier than most headphones, for sure, but they’re something you’ll likely hold onto for years. We’ve also found great deals on computers, gaming, and more. Top Deals 37 percent off Sennheiser HD 650 headphones on Amazon and B&H (usually $499.95, now $315.99) $100 off... Continue reading…

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The first few months of the year aren't the best time for new movies, so recently I've been watching some older ones. One of those was Stanley Kubrick's The Killing, a 1956 crime drama about an elaborate, Ocean's Eleven-style heist. The film is dated in quite a few ways (its women get some particularly horrid lines), but there are some wonderful things the movie does with structure. The story constantly skips around, rewinds time, and checks back in with different characters — it's the kind of thing you'd expect Tarantino to do, just 40 years earlier. You can check out seven trailers from this week below. The Handmaid’s Tale With only a month to go before The Handmaid's Tale starts streaming, Hulu has finally put out more than a short... Continue reading…

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A self-driving car operated by Uber has crashed in Tempe, Arizona, which the company confirmed in a statement to Bloomberg News. In images and video posted to Fresco News, a news gathering resource, the Uber Volvo came to a rest on its side, next to two other vehicles appear to have been involved in the crash. While the tweets indicate that there were no injuries, Uber could not confirm if the vehicle was carrying passengers. According to ABC 15 News, a car failed to yield to the self-driving car, and hit it, causing the Volvo to roll onto its side. In February, Uber began testing its self-driving cars in Arizona after California’s Department of Motor Vehicles revoked the registrations of the company’s fleet operating in San... Continue reading…

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I don’t consider myself a picky eater, but there are certain things I just can’t swallow. Raw celery, for example, or cilantro. Another one is ripe bananas. When bananas turn bright yellow or start having those hideous brown spots, forget it. I have to throw the whole bunch away. I can’t even stand the smell. The only time I can eat the fruit is when the peel is still greenish — at least at the tips. Apparently, that’s not how many of my friends eat their bananas. I’ve gotten into several heated conversations about optimal ripeness level — so I decided to investigate this and call up some scientists. Is there a best time to eat a banana? Does anything in the fruit change as it ripens? First off, let’s make clear that I’m talking only... Continue reading…

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“You guys have to check this out,” MythBusters veteran Adam Savage says to a small group of assembled crew members for his traveling show, Brain Candy Live! Along with Michael Stevens (host of the YouTube channel Vsauce), Savage has been touring the country with a show that is part hands-on science lesson, part TED Talk, and part Blue Man Group-style performance. I’ve followed him onto the stage before a performance, and he’s just pulled a large leaf blower out of a box. It’s an upgrade to the one used in earlier shows on the tour, he explains, and he demonstrates its power by turning it on and tossing an inflated beach ball over it. The ball, caught in the updraft, hovers over the stage, 20 feet above our heads. If you’ve seen M... Continue reading…

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