Get your daily dose of nostalgia with this fantastic Todrick Hall ’90s music mash-up


It’s time to get your fill of ’90s nostalgia for the day because Todrick Hall has a new music video covering the best of ’90s music in five wonderful minutes.

Hall sings all the hits like Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time,” the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” and around 40 other songs in his medley. Using four different takes of himself, he become his own ’90s boyband singing different parts of the songs and tying it together with choreography. 

Only true ’90 kids (and kids at heart) will get a kick out of remembering these awesome tunes of yesteryear.  Read more…

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Windows 10 will soon be more accessible with new eye tracking feature


Microsoft is taking important steps to make Windows 10 more accessible for everyone, adding a built-in eye tracking function to the OS for users who can’t control a computer through more traditional input methods. 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the upcoming new feature, dubbed Eye Control, at the company’s One Week Hackathon. The native eye tracking support will allow users to launch programs, type, and scroll through documents — just about everything you can do on a PC — by just looking at the screen. 

Eye Control is especially important, however, because of the potential it has to allow those suffering from diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka ALS, to communicate with those around them with text to speech programs and other methods. Read more…

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Little girl doesn’t really understand how fresh concrete works


As far as botched concrete jobs go, this one is by far the cutest. 

Tennessee based company, Porter Concrete Construction Co., posted photos on their Facebook on July 28 of a very adorable obstruction to their work. 

SEE ALSO: Friendly 2-year-old greeted everyone on his flight with a tiny fist bump

Two-year-old, Izzidore Millaway, went looking for her parents in her family’s basement. The company had just put down fresh concrete, so of course Izzidore left behind a trail of tiny footprints. 

She looks so proud of her new artwork. 

The construction workers poured back over the footprints but left one pair of feet as a little memento.  Read more…

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This VC firm just made its 50th investment in underrepresented founders


Backstage Capital launched with a mission: to support underrepresented founders and to invest in 100 of them by 2020. 

Almost two years after getting off the ground, the venture firm is halfway to that goal. Last week, Backstage Capital invested in its 50th company, adding to a roster of portfolio companies nearly all from traditionally underrepresented founders. 

The milestone is significant for the firm, but also for venture capital as a whole. The firm is one of few out there that use their money—about $5 million in two funds—to make diversity its top priority. While other firms tout their diversity numbers, they’re not explicitly pushing to diversify tech with every investment.  Read more…

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Chris Martin turned a Linkin Park song into a ballad to honor Chester Bennington


On Tuesday night, Coldplay took a moment during their concert to pay respects for Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park who was found dead last month. 

Chris Martin turned one of Linkin Park’s songs off their debut album Hybrid Theory (“Crawling”) into a ballad on the piano, and footage was shared online by Linkin Park band members and fans alike. 

SEE ALSO: Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington reportedly dead at 41

“I know this is probably going to end up on YouTube so I want to do it right, and I want to do it respectfully,” a self-aware Martin said, after a false start according to The Guardian.  He then dedicated the song to, “everybody who misses someone you know. This is for our whole community of musicians.” Read more…

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HBO hackers upload unseen ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes and more online


Winter is coming and so is some bad news for HBO.

Since reports that the television network’s servers were hacked on July 31, it’s been revealed that 1.5 terabytes of data — including several upcoming episodes of popular television series like Game of Thrones — had been obtained by the cyber attackers and the situation has escalated.

On Wednesday morning, Hack Read reported that the hackers who breached HBO’s security had already begun uploading some of the stolen data to a website, including personal employee info, several unaired episodes of Game of Thrones and Barry, and more.

SEE ALSO: HBO gets hacked, upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ episode info leaked Read more…

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The latest trend in podcasts? Making them into movies


The main difference between when Matt Lieber cofounded Gimlet Media three years ago and now? Now, there’s actually a business model.

He’s not joking. 

“When we first started [Gimlet], the company was an idea,” Lieber said. “When we raised a Series A, the company was a halfway-working business model, and now that company in a Series B has a working business model.”

SEE ALSO: Side Hustle Pro is the perfect entrepreneurship podcast

On Wednesday Gimlet Media announced its second major round of investment — a $15 million Series B from a group of investors including Strips Group and Emerson Collective, the organization led by Laurene Powell Jobs (who recently bought a majority stake in The Atlantic).  Read more…

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The 14 best Daenerys Targaryen quotes to burn the fuccbois from your life


If there’s one thing Daenerys Targaryen is good at, it’s burns. If there’s a second thing she’s good at, it’s shutting down the men who vex her. With burns.

Confession: since college, I’ve basically just been quoting Daenerys whenever a fuccboi has had the misfortunate of crossing my path. And using her burns works Every. Single. Time. 

Because the Khaleesi’s lessons on how to deal with insufferable male egos applies to much more than just the fictional world of Westeros. I mean, let’s be real, aren’t fuccbois essentially the real world equivalent of the looming Army of the Dead in Game of Thrones?  Read more…

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The first trailer for Angelina Jolie’s new movie is here, and it’s upsetting


Angelina Jolie’s new movie looks like a tough watch. Not because it looks bad, mind you, but because the subject matter is so harrowing. 

First They Killed My Father, which Jolie directed, is based on the memoir by Loung Ung about growing up in Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime.

SEE ALSO: Angelina Jolie says ‘Vanity Fair’ mischaracterized new film’s audition process

And Jolie isn’t looking away from the horrors. The trailer shows a happy childhood interrupted by war and persecution. Luong Ung herself (played by Srey Moch in the film) is forced to become a child soldier.

It’s a story that’s not discussed much here in the U.S., but here’s hoping Jolie’s work (and famous name) can help draw some eyeballs to a dark chapter in the world’s history.  Read more…

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How fashion brands are saving Android Wear smartwatches


Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform isn’t dead. It’s just pivoting from a do-everything experience on your wrist to one that’s better customized for your own fashion and lifestyle.

That’s good because I don’t want a world where the Apple Watch is the only smartwatch that matters. It’d be too dystopian.

SEE ALSO: Everything we know so far about Google’s Pixel 2

No matter how much you might adore your Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S3 or LG Watch Style smartwatches can be described in a single word: disappointing. 

The smartwatch market declined by 51.6 percent in Q3 of last year, resulting in a year-over-year drop in volume, according to IDC. The only one reportedly thriving is Apple Watch. But still, as a product category smartwatches simply haven’t lived up to expectations. Read more…

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