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  • Despite all your rage, Wall Street still doesn't give a fuck

    After a string of bad press and the worst crisis in its 14-year history, Facebook today posted gains of 63 percent in profit, and 49 percent in revenue. Or, to put it another way, Wall Street gives zero fucks about your privacy concerns. For a company neither stalled nor slowed by the #DeleteFacebook movement, rapidly shifting public sentiment after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, or the non-story that came of our android overlord Mark Zuckerberg’s trip to brief Congress on the differences...


  • Review: KEF's LS50W are the best gateway to the world of hi-fi speakers

    Few hobbies exemplify the law of diminishing returns like audiophilia. Buying $500 speakers may be a clear upgrade from a pair that cost you a benjamin, but the more money you spend, the less obvious those improvements become. As you venture into the world of hi-fi, the requirement of a decent amplifier and other components only add to the sticker shock. That’s why the KEF LS50W are so refreshing. If you’ve never invested big money in audio, it might seem absurd to call pair of $2,200 speakers a...


  • YouTube Kids hands the reins to parents rather than fixing its own mess

    YouTube is giving parents greater control over its Kids app, presumably in an attempt to curtail the complaints that it’s not doing enough to keep the app clean. Now parents can get a better handle on what their child watches on the Kids app — which would be great, except for the fact that shouldn’t have been a problem in the first place. The rumors about this change began earlier this month, and it appears the changes are both more and less extensive than we’d heard. According to the report...


  • Watch: Tesla Model X rudely interrupts man's workout by plowing into gym

    A trip to the nail salon nearly turned into a harrowing experience for a woman and a gym of go-getters anxious to get their Sunday swole on. The car first crashed into a karate studio — which would normally be full of kids, but had recently relocated — before plowing right through that building and into a second wall at a neighboring Anytime Fitness. In security footage obtained by ABC Action News, we see the black Tesla Model X crashing through the wall and nearly mowing down a local man...


  • Someone made Soulja Boy's old website point to a bunch of dragon dongs

    Soulja Boy is promoting dragon-themed sex toys on Twitter, whether he knows it or not. In what’s possibly the best combination of dungeons and dragons since Dungeons and Dragons, a sex toy company called Bad Dragon makes marital aids for lovers of all things dirty and dragon related. It turns out the company’s website is now getting some accidental promotion from Soulja Boy, the famous rapper, thanks to a mysterious redirect from a website he used to own. And since he used to tweet about his old...


  • Scientists can now keep brains alive without a body

    A team of scientists recently revealed they’d successfully conducted experiments on hundreds of pigs that involved keeping their brains alive for up to 36 hours after the animals had been decapitated. Maybe Sergio Canavero, the mad scientist who wants to perform a brain transplant on a human, isn’t so crazy after all. Researcher Nenad Sestan, who lead the team of Yale University scientists, disclosed the nature of the research in a meeting at the National Institutes of Health last month to...


  • The new Harry Potter game sucks all the magic out of Hogwarts

    The new Harry Potter app brings you to Hogwarts, then proceeds to bog you down in menial microtransactions. It’s enough to kill the magic — for the most part, anyway. My love for the Harry Potter series has been going strong for almost two decades now. When I realized today was the release day for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, I was excited until I remembered the upcoming Niantic game is called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Still, I’m a good Potterhead, and I generally can’t resist anything...


  • Review: Brainwavz B-400 quad balanced earphones hit all the right notes

    Brainwavz’ newest entry into the audiophile market is its B-400 earphones. They feature four drivers, a unique 3D-printed design, and a level of sound-quality usually reserved for much pricier gear. The B-400s feature a rich sound stage. I usually prefer over-the-ear headphones because earphones tend to be a little more hit-or-miss whether they handle acoustic bass sounds well. Most mid-to-high end in-ear phones, in my experience, handle dance music and hip hop better than jazz or blues. But the...


  • Amazon teases 'Fire TV Cube' that might double as an Echo

    What is it? Amazon is teasing the release of a mysterious new ‘Fire TV Cube‘ on its very website. Well, maybe not that mysterious; based on previous leaks, it appears the device is a small set-top box that combines Amazon’s TV offerings with the Echo’s voice assistant capabilities. The context: Way back in September, we wrote up a leak indicating Amazon was working on a new Fire TV module that could double as  an Echo. The devices were originally rumored to be announced by the end of 2017, but...


  • Google swaps revolver for water gun in its emoji armory

    Today Google became the latest company to replace its gun emoji with a non-lethal alternative — namely, a water pistol. I’ve been an iOS user for as long as I’ve owned a smartphone, but I admit one look at this cute squirt gun had me thinking, “You know, there are perfectly good Android phones that are much cheaper than the next iPhone will be…and I’d get to use the new water pistol.” For context: Over the last five years, several companies have quietly switched their firearm emoji out for water...


  • Amazon announces new Echo Dot and Alexa features for kids

    Amazon today announced its new Echo Dot Kid’s Edition and ‘FreeTime’ content services for parents and children. What it is: Today’s big announcements include a new service for parents and kids called FreeTime, which comes in a free and subscription version, and a new Echo Dot bundle for kids. The unpaid version of FreeTime, available on your existing Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Plus devices starting May 9, will update Alexa with parental controls, to include time limits and explicit song blocking....


  • Turn (almost) anything into a table with this... leg

    When I first read the motto of Tabl, I laughed. It’s hard not to when it declares itself “the world’s most adaptable table leg” – a category I assume it stands alone in. But, the more I found out about it, the more weird sense it made. The idea is this: You get any flat surface under 60kgs, attach legs to it and, boom, there’s your table. The only tool you need is an allen key, which is included. This GIF visualizes the concept well: “I live in New York and I have moved around a lot in the last...