HP’s new Elite x2 might as well be the Surface Pro 5 that Microsoft won’t sell

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With Microsoft seemingly uninterested in releasing a new 2-in-1 Surface Pro, other PC makers like HP are stepping in to fill the void.

HP’s Elite x2 1012 G2 (yeah it’s a mouthful) is the latest Surface Pro clone and it packs quite the punch.

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You want premium looks in a thin and light package? The Elite x2’s got it. The aluminum tablet’s thinner than a Surface Pro 4 at 0.36 inches thick.

You want a bright and sharp screen? The Elite x2’s got it. The 12.3-inch touchscreen is larger than its 11.6-inch predecessor and the resolution’s identical to the Surface Pro 4’s: 2,736 x 1,824. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert has a brilliant explanation of why Donald Trump fired James Comey

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The big news everyone is talking about is Donald Trump firing FBI director James Comey. 

It happened just 10 minutes before Stephen Colbert taped The Late Show, but the late night host had plenty of rounds to fire. 

“That shows no gratitude at all. Did Trump forget about the Hillary emails that Comey talked about?” Colbert said. 

Trump said in a letter that Comey was “not able to effectively lead the Bureau” after the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, but Colbert thinks he has a more plausible explanation. 

“I think he was fired because Comey couldn’t guess the name Rumpelstiltskin,” he joked. Read more…

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Netflix TV ad tricks people into supporting very fake politician Frank Underwood

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Tuesday was budget night in Australia, where people who cared about what the government was going to spend money on were glued to their television screens.

Interrupting the scintillating analysis on TV was an ad by Netflix, promoting the upcoming season of House of Cards

But instead of it being about the show, it was styled like your typical Aussie political campaign ad. And you guessed it, plenty of people fell for it.

SEE ALSO: This ‘House of Cards’ Season 5 trailer seems a little too realistic RN

The ad features two farmers, calling for people to support their chosen political leader — the show’s lead character and current US president, Frank Underwood. Read more…

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister doesn’t find John Oliver’s Kiwi jokes very funny :(

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We’d consider being made fun of by John Oliver on Last Week Tonight an honour, but of course, there are people who don’t quite appreciate the joke.

Like New Zealand’s Prime Minister and creator of the world’s most disgusting pizza, Bill English. Turns out he does not think the British comedian is that funny, what with his impression of a New Zealand accent and political party criticism. 

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We’re talking about Oliver’s hilarious take on the hilarious and strange lawsuit between Eminem and the NZ National Party, whom English is the leader of.  Read more…

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Jimmy Kimmel on Trump firing Comey: ‘This is the kind of thing dictators do’

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After taking on Republicans over health care, it turns out Jimmy Kimmel isn’t done being political. 

On Tuesday night, he talked about Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

“This is the kind of things dictators do,” he said. 

It was a stinging statement to sandwich between an OJ and Meat Loaf joke, but hey, welcome to 2017.  Read more…

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Thanks to Amazon, it’s time to kill your landline

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Every single time I go back to my parents’ home I try to get them to cancel their home phone line. And every time I fail.

I don’t know how much they pay for their phone bill off the top of my head, but whatever it is, it’s too much — especially since they rarely use it, and they have smartphones which I generously pay for.

SEE ALSO: Why the Echo Show could be Amazon’s most disruptive product

According to a recently published U.S. Health Department finding, 50.8 percent of American homes don’t have a landline and have a cellphone instead.

Naturally, as cellphones have become ubiquitous, the number of landlines in homes have declined and will continue to fall. There’s simply no need to have a home phone and cellphone — it’s an unnecessary duplication. Read more…

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The surprising place life on Earth could have started 3.5 billion years ago

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Life on Earth might have started billions of years ago on land, not in the sea, according to a new study.  

A group of researchers found that the red rocks of the Pilbarra in Western Australia contain terrestrial hot spring deposits, and in them, the earliest known remnants of life on land. 

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Dating back 3.5 billion years, the finding (published in the journal Nature on Tuesday) moves back evidence of life on land by 580 million years. And not only that, it hints at the possibility that life on Earth began not in the ocean, as commonly thought, but on land-based hot springs. *Mind blown*  Read more…

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Lightning strike leaves a surprise for an unsuspecting motorist

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Thanks to the rise of cheap and reliable dashcams, the internet is filled with random occurrences people have witnessed behind the wheel.

While we’ve seen plenty of meteor strikes, instant justice delivered to bad drivers, and even plane crashes, this clip of a bolt of lighting hitting a bird and whacking it right out of the sky is one for the weird record books.  Read more…

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‘Hooning’ is the latest obscure term confusing and delighting the internet

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So, if you didn’t know, Australia’s car culture is pretty hugeMad Max-esque, even.

And just like in Mad Max world, there’s an odd-sounding name, especially granted to drivers who race up and down public streets like Furiosa, partaking in “burnouts,” and “donuts.”

They’re called “hoons,” and people are baffled by it.

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Queensland police set up a hotline in 2010 — aptly called 13 HOON — for the public to snitch on offenders who’ve been racing on their streets. 

Queensland police has a dedicated hoon hotline, 13HOON, to which you can report hoons and counter hooning (you can also report hoons online) pic.twitter.com/NSBW61V5lI

— Elle Hunt (@mlle_elle) May 9, 2017 Read more…

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Anderson Cooper throws Kellyanne Conway a brutal eye roll

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Rolling eyes is a fine art, which CNN’s Anderson Cooper has mastered.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, emerged from the shadows to do a little bit of damage control on Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday. News broke that Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, and what do you know, Kellyanne Conway was available for a TV appearance. 

SEE ALSO: Even Edward Snowden thinks Trump firing James Comey was messed up

The White House fired Comey for how he handled the reopening of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, something that Trump himself praised on the campaign trail. Yes, this is real life. Read more…

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