Hear a brand new song from ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in latest trailer


There’s a dolphin in the bath and a brand new song in the latest trailer for Mary Poppins Returns.

As everyone’s favourite magical, singing nanny, Emily Blunt takes the lead in a new original track for the Disney sequel, called “Can You Imagine That?” and teased in a clip released Monday. 

Directed by Rob Marshall, the film features all new original songs by Broadway stalwarts Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and a musical score by Shaiman.

The teaser also appears to feature a few aesthetic throwbacks to Poppins classics like “Jolly Holiday” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” but foregrounds the original track. And many, many dolphins. Read more…

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Google News bug chews up massive amounts of data in the background


Google News is chewing up huge amounts of data in one very annoying bug.

As reported by The Verge, Android users have complained about the issue since May, with the app mysteriously downloading gigabytes of mobile data in the background.

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A Google community manager acknowledged the problem in September, after unhappy users reported data usage as high as 24GB, resulting in excess charges that amounted to hundreds of dollars. 

Some users said they had the Google News app set to “download via Wi-Fi only,” but were still stung by the bug. Read more…

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Teens use Instagram more than Snapchat, report says


Snapchat may be losing ground to Instagram with some of its most important users: teens.

Instagram is now the most-used social media platform among teens, according to research firm Piper Jaffray. 

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The new stats show that the Facebook-owned photo sharing app is slowly gaining ground over Snapchat. Eighty-five percent of teens report using Instagram at least once per month, compared with 84 percent who say the same for Snapchat. 

The findings, part of the firm’s fall 2018 “Taking Stock With Teens” survey, is the first time Instagram has edged out Snapchat for the top spot. Though the two apps have consistently ranked at the top for teens, Snapchat has been slightly more popular since the spring of 2016. Read more…

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Cardi B okurrrrrs her way through spine-tingling ASMR video


Janet Jackson’s doing itJeff Goldblum’s doing it. Now Cardi B has purred her way into ASMR. 

In a tingly new interview with W Magazine, the rapper kicks your autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) into overdrive by stroking and whispering into the microphones, and playing with a fluffy rug and toddler toy. 

It is alarmingly stimulating, but also a genuine interview that delves into the success of her commercial debut single “Bodak Yellow,” her debut album Invasion of Privacy, and the difficulties of working during her pregnancy.

But the real highlight? You’ve never heard Cardi B deliver her signature “okurr” like this.  Like what you hear? Check out the rest of W Magazine’s ASMR interviews with celebrities like Aubrey Plaza and Melissa Benoist. Read more…

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Get ready for an explosion of Alexa-powered headphones


Get ready for the Alexa headphone explosion.

Up till now, there haven’t been too many headphones that integrate Amazon Alexa. There are certainly some you can buy — from high-end noise-canceling cans that fit over the ears to true-wireless models — but even when Alexa is present, its abilities are limited to a subset of what it can do on an Echo smart speaker.

That’s about to change in a big wayQualcomm has developed an audio chipset specifically for headphones to integrate digital assistants like Alexa, and a reference design that incorporates the technology: a neckband-style pair of headphones lets you call up Amazon’s digital assistant at the touch of a button. Read more…

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Sarah Silverman said she let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, with consent


Sarah Silverman used to let Louis C.K. masturbate in front of her, she told Howard Stern in an interview on Monday.

While C.K. has been somewhat eviscerated for doing the same thing to other women, as per a New York Times story last year which he later admitted to, Silverman said she let the comic masturbate in her presence consensually when they were in the early part of their careers.

SEE ALSO: The Louis C.K. apologists are missing the point

“Listen, I don’t know if I’m going to regret saying this, but I’ve known Louis forever. I’m not making excuses for him — please don’t take this that way,” Silverman told Stern, according to a transcript from Vulture. Read more…

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Here’s why you should make your bed every morning


This is You Won’t Regret It, a new weekly column featuring recommendations, tips, and unsolicited advice from the Mashable culture team.

Making my bed was the one chore I hated the most, but I’ve learned that it’s one of the best tools to tackle my depression. 

Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to leave the house until I made my bed. My mother would inevitably catch me at the front door, one shoe on, and ask whether or not my bed was made. When I mumbled out a reluctant “no,” she would march me back to my unkempt bedroom and wait at in the doorway until I haphazardly tossed the comforter and pillows in place. I was perpetually late to study groups, slumber parties, and even the train because I always had to make my bed last minute.  Read more…

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YouTube promises creators more transparency and expanded features


YouTube wants its creators to know that the company hears them loud and clear.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki published her latest letter to creators on Monday, discussing the company’s priorities for the rest of the year. While the bulk of the letter covered the threat Article 13 in the EU poses on the YouTube community, Wojcicki also snuck in a slew of major updates for its content creators.

SEE ALSO: YouTube now lets you subscribe to a channel from an embedded video

Going forward, YouTube will be improving its communications with creators, according to Wojcicki. YouTube has a bit of a reputation for not always being transparent, often leaving many in the dark when it comes to platform upgrades. The company says it will provide regular updates through its Twitter account and Creator Insider YouTube channel, as well as through the new YouTube Studio.  Read more…

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Car heist video reminds Tesla owners that relay attacks are still a thing


The crooks definitely haven’t forgotten. 

Despite a rash of publicity last year warning Tesla owners of the risk, yet another unlucky individual appears to have fallen victim to a so-called relay attack — losing his pricey electric car in the process. In surveillance video published to YouTube (embedded below), it seems thieves can be seen amplifying the signal from the car owner’s key fob (located inside his home) in order to trick the vehicle into thinking the fob was present. 

And, after initially struggling but finally succeeding to unplug the charging vehicle, the two car thieves manage to drive away.  Read more…

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YouTube CEO warns EU ‘meme ban’ threatens the open internet


YouTube is sounding the alarms at the highest level over new controversial copyright legislation in the EU.

In a new blog post updating YouTube creators on the company’s priorities for the remainder of the year, CEO Susan Wojcicki focused on Article 13 of the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. 

While there are a number of problematic parts to this new legislation, such as Article 11 — which the EFF described as akin to a “link tax,” requiring internet platforms “to obtain a license before linking to news stories” — YouTube is putting the spotlight on Article 13, which has been widely referred to as a “meme ban.” Read more…

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