Inside Amazon’s first New York City Bookstore


Lawrence stood at the front of Amazon’s first New York City bookstore, momentarily startled by the applause.

He was the first shopper at Amazon’s newest “Amazon Books” physical retail location – and he wasn’t even shopping for books. Lawrence, who didn’t offer his last name, had basically wandered into the still unopened location during a press preview and instead of throwing him out, Amazon welcomed him as customer #1 with a round of applause. 

Lawrence later told me he “really just wanted to check out the space.”

His interest is warranted. 

All the books at Amazon Books face out to shoppers for better discoverability.

All the books at Amazon Books face out to shoppers for better discoverability.

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There are approximately 3,000 titles in the store.

There are approximately 3,000 titles in the store.

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Apple launches App Development Curriculum for college


Welcome to Apple College. School is in session.

Everyone I know has a mobile app idea. I even have a few, but little idea of how to build an iPhone app.

Last year, I tried learning code with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds iPad app. It schooled me in the basics of Swift, the new programming language Apple unveiled three years ago, while entertaining me with an adorable on-screen code buddy. I liked it, but also had trouble seeing the path from my training (which, to be fair, I never completed) to building a Swift-based mobile iOS app. Swift Playgrounds also launched at the same time as Apple’s K-12 Everybody Can Code educational curriculum materials.  Read more…

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Woman can’t get top over her head, internet completely feels her pain


Ordering clothes online isn’t easy. More often than not, you find your dream item of clothing, you click and buy, and when it arrives? Well, it’s nothing like the photo on the website.

Olivia Skuce, from Northern Ireland, had one such predicament. She ordered a top online from Pretty Little Thing, but when it arrived, it wouldn’t fit over her head. 

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Skuce tweeted photos of herself attempting to squeeze the top over her head. And, countless others tweeted photos at her to show they are experiencing the exact same problem.  Read more…

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The tiny clue in that new ‘Game of Thrones’ dragon photo you may have missed


By now you’ve almost certainly seen the new Game of Thrones Season 7 photos that Entertainment Weekly released on Monday.

In all the excitement of seeing just how damn gigantic Drogon has gotten, though, it’s possible you missed one tiny background clue.

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Here’s the photo of Daenerys on the back of her mighty dino steed:

Exclusive: See new photos from @GameOfThrones season 7, including that 747 sized dragon! #GameofThrones #GoTs7

— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 22, 2017

If you look past Drogon into the bottom-left of that image, though, you can see two men locked in the middle of a battle. Read more…

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Woman gets punched in the gut by Nissan car during anti-collision safety tech demo


If you’ve ever been punched in the gut by an SUV, you know how this will feel.

A demonstration of Nissan’s anti-collision safety technology went awfully wrong in Sichuan, central China, when the brand new Nissan Rogue, outfitted with a collision avoidance feature, brutally slammed into a female emcee.

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The vehicle was filmed slamming into her:

Organisers at a roadshow were demonstrating the Nissan’s collision avoidance feature when the accident happened. The emcee, who was unnamed, escaped with minor injuries, reported Phoenix TV.  Read more…

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Sean Hannity is desperate for your retweets


For a moment, it seemed like the Sean Hannity conspiracy train had come to a halt. 

The Fox News host announced on his show Tuesday night that he would stop talking about the debunked claim that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich had leaked thousands of emails to WikiLeaks “out of respect for the family’s wishes.”

SEE ALSO: Fox News retracts Seth Rich story — but continues to push the conspiracy theory

Apparently, not discussing the matter means immediately going on Twitter and hitting Kim Dotcom with an OMG. 

Then he posted a tweet with lots of caps, so you know to take it seriously. 

Ok TO BE CLEAR, I am closer to the TRUTH than ever. Not only am I not stopping, I am working harder. Updates when available. Stay tuned!

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 24, 2017 Read more…

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This Ultimate Lightning McQueen robot is awesomely real


Pixar’s original Cars movie worked because you believed cars had feelings. 

Anthropomorphized vehicles talking, fighting, falling in love. It all clicked because of Pixar’s animation prowess and the voice talents of people like Owen Wilson. 

That magic, though, doesn’t always translate to the real world. Toys built around these movies are generally disappointing because they can’t capture the personality and emotion of the original characters.

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Sphero’s Ultimate Lighting McQueen animatronic toy car may be that breakthrough product. It gets virtually every detail right (at nearly $300, it should) and is instantly captivating. Read more…

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Rattlesnake gets waaay too close in terrifying video


Be careful what you wish for.

After an unsuccessful search for snakes, YouTuber Nick The Wrangler sat down to take a break. A moment later, an extremely venomous snake got a little too close to him. 

“I heard a rustle in the brush next to me. I take a better look to see an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake crawling towards me, so I just sat there as still as possible,” Nick wrote in the YouTube description.

Though they rarely attack unless provoked, a bite from an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake is “extremely painful and can be fatal to humans,” according to National Geographic. 

Nick stayed as still as possible, and eventually managed to coax the snake away with a few distracting pokes to the tail, but not before the snake slithered right up onto his lap. Read more…

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A happy ending to a poignant NBA storyline


J.R. Smith was living the dream: He got married to girlfriend Jewel Harris last summer right after his Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship; soon after, a baby daughter was on the way. 

But that dream turned scary in January when baby Dakota was born five months early. Nearly a week after birth, she still weighed just one pound. It fell beneath the mainstream radar, but Dakota’s future was a poignant storyline basketball fans followed for much of this NBA season. 

Now that story has a happy ending. 

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Smith announced via Instagram on Tuesday that Dakota has finally gone home after spending the better part of five months hospitalized.  Read more…

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Someone finally beat Trump at his handshake game


President Donald Trump has become infamous for his handshaking technique, but finally, he may have met his match.

Thanks to Trump being in the public eye for so long, documentation of his “yank and pull” style handshake is vast. Some think it’s a power play, others believe he’s just being a jerk.

SEE ALSO: Donald Trump is absolutely terrible at handshakes

But alas, it appears as if Trump has met his match. The president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, met with Trump on Sunday at a summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and he was not taking any of Trump’s tugging lightly. Rahmon yanked back, turning the already awkward shake into a 7-second game of tug-of-war. Read more…

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