Is Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone the iPhone killer we’ve been waiting for?


Android inventor Andy Rubin finally took the wraps off his newest toy: the Essential Phone.

Yes, it’s an Android phone in an extremely saturated smartphone market and it’s wildly different from the second you look at its futuristic display. But can it dethrone the iPhone?

This week’s MashTalk is hosted by Mashable Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong and Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff.

SEE ALSO: What the Essential Phone means for the iPhone 8 and all future phones

If there’s anyone who can make you care about yet another rectangular slab, it’s Rubin. His new phone, the Essential Phone, is unequivocally designed for the future. Read more…

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That adorable ‘Wonder Woman’ scene is actually a comic book Easter egg


About halfway through Wonder Woman, while Steve and Diana head to the war front, she stops to buy an ice cream, and she loves it.

It’s a sweet moment of levity in the dramatic action-adventure movie … but it’s also a secret Easter egg for longtime fans of Diana, a character whose love of ice cream dates back to the comics. 

SEE ALSO: Did DC get as sexist with the new ‘Wonder Woman’ movie as they did with the old comics?

Twitter user @SergioEES highlighted the inside joke by placing the movie scene along side a nearly identical one from the animated movie Justice League: War

It’s wonderful! 🍦😛 #wonderwoman #JusticeLeaguewar

— Sergio-EL (@SergioEES) May 27, 2017 Read more…

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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the man behind the Pride rainbow flag


June is LGBTQ Pride Month and social networks and sites of all kinds are releasing special emojis and graphics in celebration.

On Friday, Google used its latest Doodle to honor American artist and LGBTQ rights activist Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag that has become a symbol of pride for LGBTQ individuals worldwide. Baker, who died last year at 65, would have turned 66 today. 

Image: Google

According to TIME, Baker left the military after traveling from Kansas to San Francisco with the U.S. Army. After leaving the military, he taught himself to sew and would often volunteer to make protest banners for the city’s LGBTQ community. Read more…

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Even the CEO of Goldman Sachs is tweeting at Donald Trump—and he never tweets


Lloyd Blankfein joined Twitter in 2011, but he took his sweet time before sending that first tweet. 

The Goldman Sachs CEO waited for the perfect moment yesterday—aka six years later—when he tweeted to criticize President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement. The climate agreement bound every country on the planet, besides Syria, Nicaragua, and now the United States, to work to fight climate change. 

Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world#ParisAgreement

— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 1, 2017

It’s not just like Blankfein is an inactive Twitter member. As the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar investment bank, Blankfein’s words have consequences, and he treads cautiously.  Read more…

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TV peaked exactly 4 years ago today, with this one ‘Game of Thrones’ episode


The Lannisters send their regards.

And that was it — the peak moment of the peak episode from the peak show in television’s peak year. Truly, “Peak TV.”

It’s a term we throw around a lot these days, but technically, it should be in past tense. Because there is no doubt that TV peaked on this very day, exactly four years ago, on June 2, 2013, with “The Rains of Castamere,” aka the “Red Wedding” episode of Game of Thrones.

SEE ALSO: Get used to the idea that the Lannisters will prevail

That day was a high water mark not just for the show, but for the medium itself, at a time when everything around it was peaking, too. Never before have we had such a moment.  Read more…

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6 things we learned about Hillary Clinton, Book Nerd


Hillary Clinton has been a lot of things – First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, Presidential Candidate. But through it all she’s also been one over-arching thing: A major book nerd.

SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton is back and wants you to ‘resist’

In her panel at the annual Book Expo America at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center Thursday night, Clinton spoke with fellow famous author Cheryl Strayed in front of a packed crowd of booksellers about the upcoming additions to her literary canon. That would be the fall-slated picture book edition of It Takes a Village and an as-yet untitled memoir. But as Clinton and Strayed talked all things politics and hiking (Strayed, famous for her memoir Wild, joked that the now famous hiker Clinton should join her on the Pacific Crest Trail), they also discussed their mutual love of books. Read more…

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eBay cracks down on ticket resellers trying to make a profit from Manchester tragedy


Tickets for Ariana Grande’s charity concert, One Love Manchester, went on sale at 10:00 a.m. yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the show was sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Demand for the ticket have been extremely high, with some going as far as submitting fake applications for the free tickets reserved for concertgoers who attended Ariana’s concert the night of the attack.

SEE ALSO: Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester, and she’s bringing friends

Fans were disgusted to find tickets up for resale on websites like eBay, Gumtree, and Stubhub at values between £200 to £500 ($258 to $645). The original tickets were sold for £40. Read more…

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Rihanna was the MVP of Game 1 of the NBA Finals


Noted LeBron James stan Rihanna brought her A-game to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, even as her hero’s team fell short. 

As the Cleveland Cavaliers faced off against the Golden State Warriors, the singer sat court-side heckling Kevin Durant, bowing to James and dabbing at anyone who dare question her. 

SEE ALSO: The NBA is a cold business, a story in 2 tweets

It was a delight.

Listen: Rihanna yells “BRIIIIIICK!!!” at Durant during free throw, he stares her down twice 😂 (h/t @tshent)

— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June 2, 2017

Durant vs. Rihanna is the main event. KD drills 3 and stares her down into oblivion 🔥🔥

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Pete Souza comes for your feels with Obama family ‘This Land Is Your Land’ Instagrams


Pete Souza has absolutely had it with President Trump and he’s not holding anything back.

After Trump announced that the U.S. was officially pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement on Thursday, a disappointed Souza shared his grief by posting a photograph of Obama’s signed Paris Agreement acceptance letter.

Now he’s coming for Trump with a series of powerful Instagram posts: photographs of the Obama family enjoying the wonders of our natural world, each captioned with lyrics from the popular traditional american song, “This Land Is Your Land.”

SEE ALSO: Obama photographer Pete Souza on Trump: ‘We failed our children’ Read more…

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