Stunning astronaut photos show Australia’s outback ‘like an open geology book’


German astronaut Alexander Gerst posts many extraordinary views from his lofty perch in the International Space Station.

The European Space Agency astronaut and geophysicist has posted videos and photos from orbit showing the extreme power of Hurricane Florence, an amazing timelapse of the Southern Lights, and dramatic views of extreme fires burning in California.

Now, he’s posted a rare view of Australia’s spectacular natural red rock formation, Uluru (also previously known as Ayers Rock), which sits in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the country’s Northern Territory. Read more…

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Get a free $10 Xbox Live gift card with ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ at Walmart for less than $50


Love cowboys? What about video games? Have someone on your gift list who loves both of those things? Then you’ll want to take advantage of this deal at Walmart, which gets you a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 for Xbox One, plus a $10 Xbox One gift card for less than $50.

We’re going to hit you with some truth: the Old West was NOT fun. Rife with bandits, corruption, dangerous wildlife, various diseases, and much more, it was a challenging time to be alive for sure. Movies, TV shows, and especially video games don’t make it seem that way though. On screen, the Old West looks fun.

Set in 1899, the Western-themed video game Red Dead Redemption 2 is easily one of the best games this year. It allows you to experience the Old West in all its glory — without any of the risks. Here’s what Mashable’s Adam Rosenberg had to say in his review of the game in October: Read more…

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Sharp’s new smartphone has double the notch for…double the fun?


As phonemakers try their best to make the notch look less obvious, Sharp is doubling it up.

The Japanese electronics maker has unveiled its AQUOS R2 Compact, featuring the company’s first “double notch” design.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 will have a very different kind of notch, rumor claims

While the top notch houses the front-facing camera, the bottom notch features a fingerprint reader which sits below the 5.2-inch 2280 x 1080 IGZO LCD.

Measuring 64 mm wide, it’s noticeably narrower than the newer iPhones and other higher end Android smartphones. Sharp boasts that its design means the phone can be used easily with one hand, a dream that’s long subsided for us. Read more…

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This official ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ artwork is spilling with ‘Harry Potter’ easter eggs


Without spoiling anything, it’s safe to say that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald brings the new franchise in the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling even closer to the Harry Potter universe. 

Characters we know and love are being introduced into Fantastic Beasts and fans of the original Harry Potter universe are pining for nuggets of information that tie Fantastic Beasts to the original canon they know and love.

SEE ALSO: Everything Harry Potter fans need to remember about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ before ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’

If it’s Potter easter eggs you’re looking for, you might want to pay extra attention to the artwork — the newspapers; the posters; the adverts – in the The Crimes of Grindelwald. They’re full of easter eggs for the attentive moviegoers. Read more…

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Someone tried roasting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ wardrobe, and got meme’d


Another man tried delegitimizing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and ended up getting both brutally ratio’d and beautifully meme’d.

Eddie Scarry, a media reporter for the Washington Examiner, tweeted a photo taken from behind the newly elected Democratic representative and wrote, “Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.” 

SEE ALSO: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she can’t afford D.C. rent until she gets her first paycheck

His smug attempt wasn’t received well by a majority of Twitter users. Read more…

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Black Friday 2018 Amazon deals: Shop sales on Fire tablets, Echo Spot, and more for Cyber Week


With Black Friday only a week away, Amazon isn’t waiting for the shopping holiday to officially begin. The online retailer is throwing caution to the wind and announcing deals really early, so you can save on great products for the holidays. 

We’ve rounded up the best deals we’re loving right now on Amazon, and are even giving you a sneak peek at what’s going to be on sale before the deals are actually live. So all you have to do is skim through this roundup and pick the products that would make the perfect gift for your friends and family — or for yourself because you totally deserve it. (Hot tip: Add what you’re coveting to your shopping cart now, then once the deals go live just check out!) Read more…

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Google’s Night Sight shooting mode for the Pixel 3 is mind-blowing


Holy moly, has Google just changed the smartphone camera game with the release of the Night Sight mode for its Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones.

Announced at its October Pixel 3 launch event, Google boasted Night Sight as a significant leap forward for taking night photos — useful for exposing colors and details lost in the shadows.

I’ve only just tried Night Sight, currently rolling out to Pixel 3 phones via a software update, and my mind’s still piecing itself back together from being blown apart.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL review: Android’s finest

It’s no secret Google has been flexing its computational photography and machine-learning skills to enhance shots taken with its Pixel phones. Read more…

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PlayStation is skipping E3 for the first time ever in 2019


PlayStation will not be making an appearance at the next E3.

Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that PlayStation will not be attending the upcoming E3 show in 2019, Game Informer reported Thursday. Not only that, it won’t even host an independent press conference around E3 — something that Electronic Arts has done.

SEE ALSO: Reggie Fils-Aimé on ‘Metroid Prime 4,’ Nintendo sales, and his ‘Smash’ main

This will be PlayStation’s first absence from E3 since the very first show in 1995.

The Entertainment Software Association announced its upcoming 2019 E3 show Thursday but made no mention of PlayStation in the press release circulated via email. In the press release, the ESA listed “the leading video game companies already committed to participating in E3 2019,” which included Microsoft/Xbox, Nintendo, Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, Ubisoft, and a handful of other heavy-hitters that pretty much always make an appearance. Read more…

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Black Friday 2018 shopping tips: How to get the best deals on sales through Cyber Monday


Black Friday is (almost) here, with Cyber Monday right on its heels — and we are pretty pumped about it.

Does “The Cyber Five” ring a bell? It’s what people in the know (hey, that’s us) call the five-day span of madness from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. While Black Friday *used* to be the one big savings day (back in the ancient days when people actually, you know, went to the store to shop), there is now nearly a week of savings: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. (If you’re wondering what to do on Sunday, check out Shop For Good Sunday.)

And the deals seem to start earlier every year. Read more…

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Facebook is creating an ‘independent body’ to review controversial content


Facebook spent much of Thursday attempting to quell the fire caused by the New York Times’ report about executive inaction and politicking on Facebook’s many crises over the past three years. 

It also chose Thursday to publish its latest note from Mark Zuckerberg about some of the “toughest issues” Facebook is addressing. Thursday’s note, the second in this series, addressed “Content Governance and Enforcement.”

“Just as a free society will always have crime and our expectation of government is not to eliminate all crime but to effectively manage and reduce it, our community will also always face its share of abuse,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Our job is to keep the misuse low, consistently improve over time, and stay ahead of new threats.” Read more…

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