Modeled after Star Wars Stormtroopers, Apple AirPods were


Your Apple AirPods have a darker origin than you might guess.

Jony Ive, the design mastermind behind all of Apple’s iconic products since 1997, was inspired by the sleek Stormtrooper uniforms from Star Wars when he created Apple’s now ubiquitous gloss-white earbud design (used for both the EarPods and more recent wireless AirPods), according to a breathless profile in the Wall Street Journal

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Ive reportedly told The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams that the rounded, white-shelled armor of the Empire’s foot soldiers was the look he had in mind when he designed Apple’s earbuds, putting the personification of intergalactic totalitarian rule in all of our pockets.   Read more…

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What’s coming to Hulu in August


Hulu is so much more than secretly catching up on The Handmaid’s Tale while you pretend to have seen it all so you can participate in party chatter (yes, you). 

This month, binge Hulu originals Difficult People and Harlots, or take your pick of the dozens of new movies joining the streaming platform throughout the month (Spider-Man marathon, anyone?).

Here’s what’s coming to Hulu in August.

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Top pick: You’re the Worst Season 3

FX’s twisted romance about raging narcissists Gretchen (Aya Cash) and Jimmy (Chris Geere) comes to a head with her coping with her depression and him dealing with the loss of his father. Meanwhile, Lindsay (Kether Donohue) tries to prep for motherhood and Edgar (Desmin Borges) struggles with resurgent PTSD. Read more…

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Olive Garden will soon introduce Cookie Butter Cake to its menu


Cookie butter is one of the most indulgent, unabashedly sweet treats in existence, and Olive Garden knows it.

If you’re unacquainted with the spread, cookie butter is basically just ground-up cookies blended with powdered sugar and vegetable oil. Sounds too good to be true, right?

But now we don’t have to feel too ashamed of eating it straight out the jar with a spoon and calling it “dessert” because Olive Garden is introducing a Cookie Butter Cake to its menu starting Monday, July 31.

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According to Refinery 29, this magnificently sweet dessert is composed of two fluffy layers of vanilla cake, and blanketed between the layers is the good stuff — the creamy cookie butter. The cake is frosted with even more cookie butter and drizzled with warm caramel syrup. Oh, and there’s even some crumbled up cookies in there to make this slice even better. Read more…

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Man recreates his 10-year-old ‘High School Musical 2’ music video with perfect angst


It wouldn’t be a High School Musical movie without an angsty solo from Zac Efron’s Troy Bolton. It just wouldn’t be right.

And birthed from these solos came recreations from teenage boys channeling the same anguish and despair Troy expressed while singing “Bet On It” in High School Musical 2 after being banned from the country club talent show. 

Youtube user Blake Richter was one of those young boys inspired by Troy’s pain who focused that energy into an incredible music video filled with teen rage. If we weren’t blessed enough with that video, Richter has now recreated his solo music video 10 years later to absolute perfection. His moves, the setting, and even his shirt are completely replicated elements of the original video — except for the tree swing he apparently sat on and broke in 2009.  Read more…

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Justin Trudeau and his sultry gaze are on the cover of ‘Rolling Stone’


Canadian prime minister and sock fan Justin Trudeau is on the cover of this month’s Rolling Stone. The feature within discusses his relationship with Trump (of course), his “sunny ways” approach to governing (complete with Louis XIV joke), and what he likes to do instead of golf (snowboard).

Oh, and the cover says “Why can’t he be our president?”

SEE ALSO: Ring in Canada Day with Trudeau’s best moments (and forget about Trump for a while)


So this is a thing that just happened

— Lauren Pelley (@LaurenPelley) July 26, 2017

Reactions to the cover are mixed on Twitter. Trudeau has a sizable fan club in the U.S., which is unsurprising. He reminds a lot of people — including Rolling Stone‘s Stephen Rodrick — of Barack Obama.  Read more…

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Chelsea Manning, others react to Trump ban of transgender individuals from the military


Update: 10:25 A.M. Eastern time: This story has been updated to include a tweet made by Chelsea Manning.

The tweets speak for themselves, right?

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter Wednesday that the United States government will not allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the United States military. 

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According to Trump, the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017 Read more…

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Kanye’s sneakers appear in the most unexpected place: ‘Splatoon 2’


Kanye West’s pricey branded sneakers might be unobtainable IRL, but… well… they’re actually pretty unobtainable in Splatoon 2 as well. 

But hey! They’re in there! Sort of.

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You can play dress-up with your Squid Kid in Nintendo’s paint-splattered online game, and store inventories rotate every day. Sharp-eyed sneakerheads spotted something familiar on Tuesday in the game’s shoe store.

Why they got yeezys in splatoon @desusnice @THEKIDMERO

— Esteban Marte (@Estemar720) July 25, 2017

The name isn’t right — not exactly — but, for anyone familiar with Mr. West’s fashion aspirations, the shoe itself is unmistakable. With the exception of missing laces, these kicks are a spitting image of the Yeezy Boost 750. Read more…

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James Cameron is making a ‘Titanic’ documentary to find out where he went wrong


It’s been almost 20 years since Titanic was released, and even now the film still prompts a lot of discussion.

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The main recurring question, of course, being: Why the sweet hell didn’t Rose just budge up a bit and make room for Jack on that very spacious plank of wood?

Well, if we’re ever going to get an answer to that question then now is surely the time: James Cameron announced on Tuesday that he’s making a one-hour National Geographic documentary about Titanic, in which he’ll explore the film’s historical accuracy. Read more…

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