Jack Dorsey tweeted a real bummer of a WikiHow on Valentine’s Day

Jack Dorsey tweeted a real bummer of a WikiHow on Valentine's Day

It’s Valentine’s Day and Jack Dorsey is tweeting about wine. 

Or, more precisely, he tweeted a screenshot of a WikiHow article telling people how to properly hold a wine glass. Whatever you do, insists the article with an accompanying picture of a solitary hand holding a glass of wine, “Never hold the bowl.” It’s real depressing shit. 

The Twitter CEO shared the image late Friday afternoon after, we’re assuming, his date told him to stop being such a pretentious jerk and just enjoy the nice bottle of Priorat for crying out loud. 

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There’s a privacy bracelet that jams smart speakers and, hell yeah, bring it

There's a privacy bracelet that jams smart speakers and, hell yeah, bring it

Smart speakers are creepy recording devices that eavesdrop on unsuspecting people. A new piece of custom technology offers the chance to fight back. 

Stylized as a cyberpunk bracelet, a “wearable jammer” was developed by a trio of professors at the University of Chicago. In addition to looking punk rock as all hell, the device emits ultrasonic noise that interferes with microphones’ ability to record yet is inaudible to humans. 

Oh, and the professors — Ben Zhao, Heather Zheng, and assistant professor Pedro Lopes — published schematics online so the more technically proficient of you can make one at home.  Read more…

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No more quizzes: HQ Trivia is shutting down

No more quizzes: HQ Trivia is shutting down

HQ Trivia, the live trivia gameshow app created by two of Vine’s cofounders, is shutting down less than three years after launching. 

The abrupt shutdown, which was first reported by CNN, was announced Friday after a planned acquisition fell through, HQ Trivia CEO Rus Yusupov told employees. 

“With HQ we showed the world the future of TV,” Yusupov said in a tweet. “We didn’t get to where we hoped but we did stretch the world’s imagination for what’s possible on our smartphones. Thanks to everyone who helped build this and thanks for playing.”

With HQ we showed the world the future of TV. We didn’t get to where we hoped but we did stretch the world’s imagination for what’s possible on our smartphones. Thanks to everyone who helped build this and thanks for playing.

— Rus (@rus) February 14, 2020 Read more…

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Heart emoji, ranked

Heart emoji, ranked

Saying “I love you” can be hard. But sending a heart emoji? No problemo!

On Valentine’s Day, heart emoji have their work cut out for them as our emotionally burdened fingers send pictographs of love ’round the globe. 

Not all of these emoji staples are created equal, though. According to Emojipedia’s Jeremy Burge, the red heart was Emojipedia’s most searched emoji on Valentine’s Day. At any given time on V-Day, the red heart emoji was looked up twice as much as all the other hearts. People are suckers for a classic! 

Love conquers indecision!

Love conquers indecision!

Image: screenshot: rachel kraus / mashable / emojipedia
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‘Table Manners’ finally lets you take a disembodied hand out on a date

'Table Manners' finally lets you take a disembodied hand out on a date

I love dumb stuff: corgis with long legs, cheese that looks like people, my idiot boyfriend (hi, honey!) In Table Manners, dumb stuff abounds. For a gamer like me, that is a match made in heaven.

The “physics-based dating simulator,” available on PC this Valentine’s Day, tasks players with helping a disembodied hand impress a dinner date. How did this hand come to be severed? I don’t know. Can the hand even eat dinner? No clue. Why is this charmer still single? You tell me! 

The game opens on a desk that doubles as your mission control center and tutorial level in what looks like a college dorm room. Taking a break from his studies and other undisclosed hand business, Mr. Hand swipes away on an app called Blundr. Read more…

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Prices for .com domains likely to jump thanks to Trump

Prices for .com domains likely to jump thanks to Trump

The price of .com domains could be about to go up and you can thank President Donald Trump.

Thanks to a new contract, Verisign can now jack up prices on .com domains — and companies could pass those higher costs onto consumers. 

First, here are the organizations you need to know about. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a not-for-profit corporation that has authority over the internet’s domain name system. The registry, Verisign, manages all .com domains on the web, and sells them wholesale to registrars like Namecheap and GoDaddy, which sell them to individuals and organizations. Read more…

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After damning report, a voting app says it’s secure—but experts have questions

After damning report, a voting app says it’s secure—but experts have questions

On Thursday, researchers at MIT published an injurious study about vulnerabilities in a “blockchain-based” voting app called Voatz. They found that malicious attackers could penetrate the app and then view, disrupt transmission, or even alter voters’ choices. 

Despite the niche nature of the app (it’s geared towards overseas and disabled voters) and the technicality of the study, the New York Times picked up the news; the integrity of electronic voting is on everyone’s mind in the wake of the disastrously botched use of a voting app in the Iowa caucus. 

Broadcasting the troubling findings in the Times has prompted public criticism of the app across the internet, and worry by public officials of its use in elections: One county that was planning to use the app has already decided against doing so in the wake of the report. Read more…

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Listen to Billie Eilish’s moody Bond theme for ‘No Time to Die’

Listen to Billie Eilish's moody Bond theme for 'No Time to Die'

He might be a super spy, but James Bond is no more immune to the musical stylings of Billie Eilish than the rest of us. 

Eilish was announced in January as the singer of the latest Bond theme for No Time to Die, and now she has shared the song, also titled “No Time to Die,” with the world.

Her signature moodiness seems an appropriate accompaniment for the dark and tortured Bond of the Daniel Craig era — and the fact that she’s basically the biggest thing in pop music right now gives the decades-old franchise the dash of modernity it needs.

The rest of No Time to Die arrives April 10. Read more…

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‘The Batman’ reveals first look at Robert Pattinson in new Batsuit

'The Batman' reveals first look at Robert Pattinson in new Batsuit

Watch out, Gotham City — there’s a new Batman in town.

Director Matt Reeves has shared a first look at Robert Pattinson in costume for The Batman, and so far he’s looking pretty good.

#TheBatman#CameraTesthttps://t.co/M1tAE2aTA1

— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) February 13, 2020

The clip offers a close look at Batman’s costume from the chest up. Turns out Pattinson’s cheekbones look great in that mask. And that, red light notwithstanding, Batman still only works in black and sometimes very very dark gray.

As Reeves confirmed in a followup tweet, the test above was shot by cinematographer Grieg Fraser with music by composer MIchael Giacchino. Read more…

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Dog absolutely loses it when her astronaut owner returns from space

Dog absolutely loses it when her astronaut owner returns from space

NASA astronaut Christina Koch got a truly out-of-this-world welcome after returning home from space. The one who was there to greet her? None other than her dog.

Koch had been in space for 328 days before coming back to Earth, and the reunion between her and her dog is the most wholesome thing we’ve seen today.

There’s a lotta tail wagging, overjoyed jumping, hugs, and — OK we would like some tissues now, please and thank you.

Koch’s 11 months in space was “the longest single space voyage by a female astronaut or cosmonaut,” according to CBS, and she was also a part of the first all-female space walk. Read more…

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