We’re mesmerized by this spelling bee contestant typing as she spells


You might’ve once used your fingers to help count the number of letters in a word while spelling, or tried to write the word out on your palm.

But now there seems to be a new generation of kids who type as they spell, and we can’t help but be mesmerised.

SEE ALSO: Google points out everyone’s terrible spelling, and then misspells a word

Like this effort from Alabama’s Erin Howard at the National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, who spelt out “apparentement” — while typing on a keyboard that isn’t there.

Unfortunately for Howard, she was eliminated for the word klydonograph, a device that records a surge in electrical voltage. She placed 11th in the competition, according to WHNT. Read more…

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Spelling Bee winning word gets the whole internet Googling what on earth ‘marocain’ is


You probably didn’t know what marocain was yesterday, but thanks to Thursday night’s nailbiting National Spelling Bee, it’s all over the internet.

Ananya Vinay, a sixth-grader from Fresno, was crowned winner at the 2017 Scripps annual event. After effortlessly dealing with hypapante, gifblaar, and wayzgoose, she finished the night with the winning word: marocain.

She played to win and win she did. Ananya Vinay takes home the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion title and trophy#spellingbee pic.twitter.com/9oRmIOXzyY

— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) June 2, 2017

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93-year-old bride gets the internet to help her pick her wedding outfit


It’s never too late for love. 

But when it comes to the wedding, you only have one shot at getting your outfit right.

For 93-year-old Sylvia Martin from Canberra, Australia she’s left it in the hands of the internet to decide what she’ll wear when she gets hitched to her long-time friend Frank Raymond next month, as reported by the Canberra Times.

SEE ALSO: Bride bucks bridal shower norms for a party with her male friends

The clothing store Martin and her bridesmaids visited for her wedding dress, Birdsnest, posted a photo with four different options on Facebook Sunday. 

Suffice it to say, she’s really into the red. Read more…

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Ivanka Trump tweets support for LGBTQ people, and you can guess what happens next


Oh, Ivanka.

With June being Pride Month, Ivanka Trump hopped back on to Twitter Thursday evening to voice her support for the LGBTQ community. Feel free to read that again.

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“This month we celebrate and honor the #LGBTQ community,” she wrote. “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.”

Logging back on after Shavuot, wishing everyone a joyful #Pride2017. This month we celebrate and honor the #LGBTQ community.

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 2, 2017 Read more…

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This full-motion VR simulator was so intense, I stepped off and threw up


I didn’t expect, stepping in, that this 720-degree VR simulator would make me physically sick.

At a glance the Aorus VR simulator looks like a lot of similar rigs you’d find in janky arcades of your youth. 

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But I wasn’t ready for the game I was about to get strapped into, Redout.

Sitting in the rig, you have a VR headset and a pair of headphones on, before you’re handed a joystick and told to “hold on really tight.”

Yes that's me not ready for the next 2 minutes.

Yes that’s me not ready for the next 2 minutes.

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Turns out, Redout is a pretty intense high-speed-racing game. Read more…

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Poor kangaroo rescued after getting stuck in a canal


From time to time, kangaroos wander out into the water in Australia — sometimes just to cool off.

It’s not so leisurely for this young male kangaroo, who has somehow fallen into a canal. So it’s left to the folks at Australia Zoo’s Rescue Unit to help fetch this little fella out of the water.

The rescue isn’t as simple as picking the kangaroo up and putting it in a boat, as its human rescuers were met with a bit of resistance from the marsupial, despite the pressing time constraints. 

“The Rescue Unit knew that they had to work quickly, the water levels were rising as the tide came in and it was only a matter of time before the barnacles on the rocks would cause serious injury to the kangaroo’s feet,” according to the video’s description. Read more…

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Nintendo drops details about Switch Online—and it’s not all good news


With just under two weeks to go before all some is revealed at E3, Nintendo delivered a double-edged surprise: we know how the Switch online service will work, but it’s not arriving on time.

Previously pegged for a fall 2017 launch, Nintendo Switch Online — as the subscription service is known — will now be available sometime in 2018. 

SEE ALSO: Your intense iPhone thirst could be slowing down Nintendo’s Switch production

There are pricing tiers for 1-month ($3.99) and 3-month ($7.99) subscriptions, but the $19.99 1-year option offers the most value. It’s worth noting that this is roughly $40 cheaper than competing services for PlayStation and Xbox. Read more…

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The tech world is becoming more political, and not everyone likes it


“Seventeen agencies, all in agreement… they concluded with high confidence that the Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign to influence voters in the election.”

This is Hillary Clinton uncensored, speaking on a stage, railing against Russia and the Trump administration, playing to her base, and generally urging the world to #resist.

SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton jokes that ‘covfefe’ was a ‘hidden message to the Russians’

This wasn’t a political rally or event, though. Clinton was headlining the Code Conference, an annual tech event where leaders from Silicon Valley and the greater tech world congregate, typically to talk about the latest innovations, ideas, and gadgets. Read more…

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Facebook now allows you to add posts to albums


Your Facebook albums are about to get an upgrade.

Facebook made several updates to albums, including improved collaboration tools. One of the new updates allows you to add videos, check-ins, text posts, and other forms of updates to albums in addition to photos. 

The company has also redesigned the collaboration features and made it easier and more intuitive to add friends as contributors to albums.

Image: facebook

Image: facebook

You can also add featured albums to your profile that make them public so everyone can see them:

The update is out today for desktop and Android, with an iOS update coming soon. The increased collaboration features and overall focus on albums comes soon after Google Photos’ updates and increased success. Allowing users to add non-photo content is something that only Facebook can really do well, and can be an advantage over Google in the future. Read more…

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