General Kelly’s face had its own press conference yesterday


General John Kelly, a man whose own face appears to have been chiseled out of bedrock, isn’t exactly one for displaying human emotion.

Still, Trump’s Chief of Staff couldn’t contain all of his feelings at the president’s jaw-dropping presser yesterday. Observers couldn’t help but notice the General’s posture and all around incredibly depressed demeanor.

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Part of this is likely projection: so many of us want to believe that there are people in the Trump administration who think that Nazis are, you know, bad. Kelly did nod his head when Trump said he didn’t want to lay any blame before he knew the facts. He is, despite all this horror, not taking action and instead remaining on as his Chief of Staff. Read more…

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‘Overwatch’ deathmatch was a mistake


Overwatch was not made for deathmatch. It’s a fact made immediately apparent by the game’s new free-for-all mode.

Overwatch recently added two new deathmatch modes to the public test region (coming soon to all platforms): team deathmatch and free-for-all (FFA) deathmatch. Both game modes are a race to get to a certain amount of kills, except team deathmatch is a 4v4 team effort and FFA pits eight individuals against each other in one small space.

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Free-for-all deathmatch doesn’t work in Overwatch. It’s a mess, and renders half the heroes in the game useless.  Read more…

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Claim it! wants to be Instagram for free products


Marketing is expensive so Ali Abdullah wants to cut out the middlemen.

His app, Claim it!, relaunched this week with the goal of connecting people with companies or individuals looking to give stuff away for free.

“Our concept is they can promote whatever they love by just giving people something,” said founder and CEO Ali Abdullah. He previously worked as a software engineer at Google, but he was homeless for a few months prior. That’s how the idea for Claim it! came to fruition. 

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Digital ad budgets reach into the billions of dollars and are still rising, but there’s still doubt on whether it works. Brands don’t know whether or not they’re really selling anything, and more importantly to some, are they creating fans? Read more…

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‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ trailer: You’ll never hear Ellie Goulding’s ‘Burn’ the same way again


You can’t log onto the internet these days without stumbling across yet another movie trailer that prominently features a creepy, slowed-down cover of a pop song. But boy, when it works, it works.

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In the first trailer for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a young girl sings Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” to a friend. It starts out sounding sweet enough, but quickly takes on a more ominous tone as strange events start to unfold. 

But if you’ve seen director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth or The Lobster, you were probably expecting the bizarre already. Read more…

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Never run out of battery again with this adorable Darth Vader by your side


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The Force is strong with this Darth Vader charger.

Load up your smartphone, tablet, or any other mobile device with this rechargeable battery shaped like Anakin himself.

With 5200mAh of power, this backup power source can keep you up and running wherever your adventures take you. It’s the perfect gift for your Star Wars-loving best friend, or, you know, for yourself. Get it here for $15.85.

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This heat-changing mug gets an assist from Pac-Man and friends


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If chasing down Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde gives you all the nostalgic feels, then this heat changing mug is about to bring some joy to your morning caffeination routine. 

Things start out simple enough: when the mug is cool, it’s nothing more than a blank Pac-Man maze (see photo on the left.) But after pouring in the hot liquid of your choice, Pac-Man and friends reveal themselves.

Snag this nostalgic mug here for $9.86. 

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How to watch the total solar eclipse from anywhere on Earth


As the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blotting out our nearest star on August 21, millions of Americans will look up to see the total solar eclipse in person. 

But even if you aren’t in the path of totality, where the moon will temporarily completely block the sun, you can still get in in on the eclipse action, thanks to the wonders of the internet.

SEE ALSO: You can do some really cool science during the total solar eclipse

NASA and other space-centric organizations are planning to stream their views of the total eclipse for free, and if you’re located in other parts of North America, you can still see at least a partial eclipse in person (but only if you take the right safety precautions). Read more…

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What are critics saying about Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’?


Marvel’s The Defenders is finally here, and according to the critics, it’s worth the wait.


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While The Defenders is plagued by some of the same issues as Netflix’s earlier superhero solo series (like the pacing), it sounds like the fearsome foursome are fabulous together. 

Heck, it even sounds like they’ve figured out a way to deal with the unpopular Iron Fist – by having the other characters constantly acknowledge that Danny Rand is kind of the worst. If it’s not enough to make you love him, hopefully it’s enough to make you tolerate him. Read more…

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How I learned to love the simplicity of the Amazon Kindle


People often ask me what my favorite gadget is, or if there’s one piece of technology I can’t live without. They’re usually taken aback by my simple response: my Kindle Paperwhite, a device that reliably performs one task really well and one that I’ve treasured since receiving it as a gift in 2013. 

It might be a surprising answer from someone who makes a living chasing iPhone rumors and reviewing fitness trackers everyday, but it’s true. Amazon’s e-reader is, to me, the perfect confluence of technological savvy and no-frills, barebones utility. 

My Kindle helps me focus on just one task: reading books. It’s one of the few single-purpose devices left in this world, and I’ve come to appreciate its narrow focus. While thousands of other do-it-all gadgets seem to have abandoned all pretense of simplicity, the Amazon Kindle remains devoted to a basic purpose — it lets me read books regularly and holds a charge for weeks. Read more…

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Hey Netflix, Apple reportedly has $1 billion to spend on new TV shows


Apple dipped a toe into TV. Now it’s preparing to do a cannonball. 

Apple has set aside $1 billion for original video over the next year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The money would go to as many as 10 different shows in an attempt to put Apple on the map alongside Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and many other companies that are making high-end internet-delivered video.

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Just where those shows would appear is not immediately clear, as Apple doesn’t have a dedicated video platform… yet. The two original shows it has made so far (“Planet of the Apps and “Carpool Karaoke”) were in Apple Music. Read more…

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