All I want for Christmas is the new, largest diamond ever found in North America


I don’t want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need — and it’s that gigantic 552-carat diamond recently uncovered by Canadian miners.

Because this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill huge ass yellow diamond. The gemstone is actually the largest to ever be found in North American history, according to a press release by Dominion Diamond Mines. 

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Coming in at 33.74mm by 54.56mm, this stocking stuffer blew the previous record out of the water, which was a 187.7 carat diamond found in the same mine back in 2015.  Read more…

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Climate talks end with a deal to keep countries committed to the Paris Agreement


There’s now a set of standards for all Paris Agreement-aligned countries to stick to as they work to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.

The deal between the agreement’s nearly 200 participating countries came after an all-night negotiating session at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland. It establishes a “rulebook” aimed at guiding countries toward planning and implementing climate-focused policies and measuring the effects of emissions.

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“In Katowice, countries made important progress toward realizing the promise of the Paris Agreement — in particular by adopting strong rules requiring countries to transparently report their greenhouse gas emissions and progress toward meeting their national commitments,” read a statement from Nathaniel Keohane, vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund.  Read more…

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Prada apologizes for ‘Pradamalia’ toys that evoke racist blackface imagery


In the 2018 holiday season, luxury fashion brands appear to be competing with one another for worst case of tone deaf racism.

On the heels of Dolce & Gabbana’s disastrous Chinese ad campaign, Prada found itself embroiled in its own controversy over monkey toys and keychains accused of evoking racist imagery. The company later apologized on Twitter, promising to recall the offensive figurines from its new “Pradamalia” line of collectibles.

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“The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface,” the company statement read. “Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. In this interest, we will withdraw all of the characters in question from display and circulation.” Read more…

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HBO’s Benedict Cumberbatch-led take on Brexit gets both a trailer and a heaping pile of backlash


Because 2018 continues to be a mad libs soup of WTF, HBO recently released a trailer for its upcoming Brexit movie with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the controversial Leave campaign leader, Dominic Cummings.

It’s two minutes of “lol wut?” and people are taking the premium cable channel to task for it on Twitter.

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Understandably, most of the ire is coming from the folks who are actually still caught up in the clusterfuck of an as-yet-unfinished Brexit. The trailer dropped at a particularly bad time, with debates over negotiation deals between UK and EU reaching a fever pitch over the past week as British prime minister Theresa May faced a no-confidence vote and the possibility of a second referendum started to seem more plausible. Read more…

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Meet Tango, the weirdest horse on Twitter


Move over, Lil’ Sebastian. There’s a new viral horse in town: Tango.

Twitter user @mckellogs recently started sharing photos of her horse Tango. As someone who identifies as “not a horse girl,” I was skeptical until this particular Tango thread pulled me in.

That’s the Tango magic.

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@mckellogs told Mashable that her family adopted Tango and his mother, Lulu, after their owners could no longer afford them. Tango has since grown up largely independently, rarely socializing with other horses. As result he’s become something of an … individual.

Here’s how @mckellogs describes him: Read more…

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Let a little light into your world with this moving story about Charles Barkley’s friend


Here I am, sitting at my work desk on a Saturday and sobbing uncontrollably.

The social media savvy among you might be noticing a lot of posts mentioning a story about former NBA star Charles Barkley and his friend, Lin Wang. I’m here to tell you that you should listen to all this unasked-for advice and read that story.

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It’s from WBUR, a Boston public radio station. Wang’s daughter, Shirley, sat down and described her dad’s unusual relationship with Barkley in an appearance on the station’s weekly Only A Game sport show, which aired Friday. (It’s available in both audio and text form.) Read more…

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Lenovo Yoga C930 review: Small changes make a big impact

Lenovo Yoga C930
$1,399.99 (starting)
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The Good

Stylus lives in an always-accessible slot • Latest Intel processors • Sleek design • Robust sound

The Bad

A little on the heavy side • Limited ports • No dedicated graphics card

The Bottom Line

The Lenovo Yoga C930 is a 2-in-1 laptop with better-than-expected sound and the power to perform basic tasks, streaming, and web browsing.

Mashable Score3.5
Cool Factor3.0
Learning Curve4.0
Bang for the Buck3.0

Back in 2012, Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga 13 turned laptops upside-down. It introduced what the company called a “multi-mode” design that used a 360-degree hinge to connect the two pieces of a clamshell design. Read more…

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Twitter wants advertisers to ditch Tucker Carlson after his latest xenophobic remarks


Words still occasionally have consequences — even on Fox News.

After Tucker Carlson accused immigrants of making America “dirtier” on his show Thursday night, outrage quickly followed. On Friday, one of Carlson’s most prominent advertisers, Pacific Life, announced that it would be pausing advertising on the show while the company “re-evaluated” its relationship with the program.

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Here is Tucker’s original comment in full:

“Nice people, no one doubts that, but as an economic matter, this is insane,” Tucker said of low-skilled immigrants. “It’s indefensible, so nobody even tries to defend it. Instead, our leaders demand that you shut up and accept this. We have a moral obligation to admit the world’s poor, they tell us, even if it makes our own country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided. Immigration is a form of atonement. Previous leaders of our country committed sins; we must pay for those sins by welcoming an endless chain of migrant caravans.” Read more…

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Michelle Obama’s letter to her younger self is so tender it has broken me


This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week

As a perfect person, it’s hard to imagine Michelle Obama having any doubts about herself. Hasn’t she always assumed that she was brilliant, graceful, and exceptionally good at gardening? Didn’t she always think that she would one day become one of the most powerful people in the world and achieve it by being … nice?

According to Obama’s new memoir, Becoming, she wasn’t always so confident.

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The best apps of 2018


The end of 2018 is upon us and if you didn’t download any new apps, then you’re missing out. I know — it’s sometimes surprising that 10 years into the App Store, there are still enough fresh ideas to make it worth downloading an unfamiliar name. 

But, from apps that gave us new ways to edit photos and video to games we just couldn’t put down, developers still managed to find new ways to surprise and delight us in 2018.

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Here’s a look back at some of our favorites. We’ve listed the download links and prices, but as always take “free” with a grain of salt since most apps these days rely on subscriptions and in-app purchases to make money. Read more…

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