‘Resident Evil,’ a Vietnamese skincare specialist, and fake news: An investigation


If skincare is your specialty, associating your brand with desiccated human flesh is probably unwise.

It’s a good thing all this fuss over Medcare Skin Centre is probably fake news. Isn’t it? I’ll tell you, friends: I’ve spent the better part of the day investigating — with assists from Mashable Gaming Editor Tina Amini and Mic Gaming Editor Amanda Farough — and I’m still not clear.

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Here’s the face of what people are reporting: Medcare Skin Centre, a Ho Chi Minh City-based clinic, made the tragic error of adopting the logo of Resident Evil‘s Umrella Corporation as its own. For the uninitiated, Umbrella Corp. is the villainous body responsible for the series’ zombie epidemic. Read more…

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I wrote THE BEST presidential briefing on global warming for Donald Trump


Given that no one seems to know what President Trump thinks about the reality of human-caused climate change, perhaps we can agree that it’s about time that he received a briefing on the subject. 

Normally this would fall to his science advisor, or someone from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or perhaps the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or even the NASA administrator. 

However, he hasn’t appointed anyone to those positions… So, it’s up to me to get this on his desk. 

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In putting this together, I had to constantly remind myself that the briefing can’t be just any old document. Recent news reports have revealed that Trump consumes his intelligence information the way an eighth-grader researches assignments on Wikipedia.  Read more…

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Kylie Jenner basically just wore a sweatshirt as a necklace


In a year of WTF fashion, Kylie Jenner’s latest outfit may have just clawed its way to the top spot.

On Sunday, Kylie was doing what Kylie does best: Snapchating in the car. But something about these particular Snaps seemed a little…off. 

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Was it the way she barely lip synched to the song playing? Nah, that can’t be it. Seems pretty normal for her.

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I think Joey Fatone is biased in the *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys tip jar war


Yes, yes, yes here we go. *NSYNC has got the cash flow! Well, according to Joey Fatone anyway, who I do not trust as an impartial witness. 

The *NSYNC baritone tweeted a photo of a tip jar war, between his band and the Backstreet Boys to his competitor and Backstreet Boy member A.J. McLean. 

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Ha ha @skulleeroz look who is winning at milk for the boy band tip off pic.twitter.com/cPsgbRHYeK

— Joey Fatone (@realjoeyfatone) June 2, 2017

According to his evidence, *NYSNC is winning by a landslide, but can we trust Fatone? Maybe he just got paid and decided to celebrate with cupcakes and a 98-degree burn in an old rivalry by filling up *NYSNC’s cup himself. Read more…

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Apple wants more people buying things via iMessage


Back off, Facebook Messenger. 

Apple is now looking to support business owners in their quest to best serve their customers with a new feature called Business Chat. 

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Released during Apple Worldwide Developers Conference — but left out of the keynote — is a chat function that is able to integrate with Apple’s Messages software. The new feature was added to Apple’s developer website; we discovered it thanks to Owen Williams. 

Whoa, Apple’s taking on Facebook Messenger (?) https://t.co/vH5m109ZK6 pic.twitter.com/DNLqGdoEvo

— Owen Williams ⚡️ (@ow) June 5, 2017 Read more…

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College students help to expand renewable energy efforts in their community


One professor and a group of students at the University of Toledo in Ohio are doing their part to make their community more environmentally friendly while also lending a hand to their neighbors. 

They are part of a group that has been selected to participate in the Solar in Your Community Challenge, which aims to bring renewable energy to low and moderate income households. 

The group, called Glass City Community Solar, has the potential to receive up to $60,000 in seed funds by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to contribute to this effort. They’ll be competing along with 34 other teams to win a $1 million prize that’ll be awarded based on the innovation, impact, and replicability of their work. Read more…

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Amid White House silence, Trump tweets are all we have — that’s a huge problem


They’re just tweets. They aren’t meant to be taken seriously. It’s just a show. 

That’s the general reasoning for why President Donald Trump’s most common public statements shouldn’t be seized upon by the media, politicians, or just about anybody aside from his loyal bot army. 

It’s perfectly fine reasoning. Trump’s Twitter feed has remained a stream-of-conscious barrage of nonsense for years. That only increased during his presidential campaign. The tweets made news (most people agreed), but should be viewed with a sense of detachment. These weren’t his actual sentiments, just something to rile up the troops.  Read more…

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Somewhere out there is a lost hip-hop track LeBron James and Kevin Durant recorded in 2011


LeBron James and Kevin Durant are NBA Finals rivals right now — but six years ago, they apparently took advantage of a labor dispute to team up in the recording studio. 

Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. Somewhere out in the great yonder, there is a secret rap hip-hop track recorded by arguably the two greatest basketball players on Earth. 

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The story as reported Monday by Chris Haynes of ESPN.com boils down to this: During the NBA lockout in 2011, Durant joined James in Akron, Ohio, to work out together as both stars looked to keep their skills sharp and stay in shape. As a lark during some downtime between workout sessions, they recorded a hip-hop track together.  Read more…

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Apple will soon block autoplay videos and data tracking in Safari


Online advertisers beware—Apple is coming for you.

The company announced on Monday that a new update to its Safari web browser will block autoplay videos.

The update will also feature a new security feature that stops ad tracking technology from watching where users go on the web.

The announcement comes the week after Google confirmed that it would add its own in-browser filter to Chrome that would shut out ads deemed intrusive or annoying.

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Apple, which has less to lose by hammering advertising companies, takes this mandate one step further. Read more…

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Apple announces a Siri-packed iOS 11


The wait for iOS 11 is finally over.

Apple just introduced the next version of iOS during the opening keynote at WWDC in San Jose. The update, which won’t be available until later this year, brings a much more powerful Siri, updated Messages app, and revamped Apple Pay with person-to-person payments.

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Building on last year’s Siri update, which added support for third-party apps, Apple’s digital assistant will work with a much wider selection of apps starting with iOS 11.

Apple showed off an updated Messages app that stores all of your messages in the cloud so that it eats up less storage on your own device. All messages remain end-to-end encrypted. Read more…

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