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Recently, celebrities accused of sexual misconduct have started to issue a new kind of defense: at least they didn't commit sexual assault.
Morgan Freeman adopted that reasoning for his second apology this weekend, after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior, according to a CNN investigation. Freeman has additionally bemoaned the effect the allegations would have on his "80 year career."
"All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor," Freeman wrote in his statement. Read more...
A simple, new browser game from called MTA Country (from Everyday Arcade) offers a very pro-business solution for fixing New York City's beleaguered subway system: Hand its management over to private interests.
The game, which plays like a subway-themed, side-scrolling endless runner, quite literally spells that out as you play. As you guide a single subway car along on a length of track, you collect old, now defunct subway tokens as well as a series of letters that, together, spell out "PRIVATIZE." Read more...
Another day, another streaming service swooping in to rescue a TV series that couldn't cut it on cable.
For weeks, fans of Syfy's The Expanse have been held in suspense over the show's abrupt cancellation and subsequent hints of a pickup, a la Brooklyn Nine-Nine. That suspense is now at an end, thanks to Jeff Bezos.
The Amazon founder and CEO summed up the situation succinctly during an appearance at the International Space Development Conference: "The Expanse is saved." The watching crowd, which included multiple members of the show's cast, erupted with cheers immediately. Read more...
As far as most of us are concerned, Sesame Street puppets don't have bodily fluids like blood and semen. They are made of felt and giant hugs. And the show's producers are willing to take legal action to defend that position.
, which carries the tagline "NO SESAME, ALL STREET," believes quite the opposite, however. The "puppet crime comedy" about a private detective puppet and a Detective (Melissa McCarthy) who team up together to track down a serial killer features violent Sesame-esque puppets that allegedly aren't afraid .
Ireland, once seen as one of the most socially conservative countries in Western Europe, is poised to end its highly restrictive abortion ban.
The decision came after a historic vote, in which a landslide majority of the country voted to repeal the country's Eighth amendment, which established an “equal right to life” for mothers and the "unborn," and banned abortion even in cases of rape and incest, or where the pregnancy was a risk to the mother.
Emotions ran high — and so, too, did celebrations.
There are light spoilers ahead for both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Proceed with caution if you haven't seen them yet.
Disney, please stop trying to make Han Solo's lucky gold dice a thing.
One of the first conversations that sprung up in Mashable chat after we all saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi was: What's the deal with Han's dice? The bauble made its apparent big screen debut in the 2017 film, and every lingering shot of the chained-together chance cubes suggested they held a deeper meaning.
We agreed as a group that they were probably included as a forward-looking tease of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which hit theaters just over five months after The Last Jedi, on May 25. An explanation would surely be coming in Han's new origin story, right? Read more...
Summer may seem like the time to go outside and do things, but let's be real: it's time to sit indoors and watch TV. Networks generally try to keep things fun and light for their summer premieres, and these seven shows will have something fun for every type of person out there.
If you need new heroes to root for after the end of Infinity War...try Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (June 7)
The TV branch of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe gains two new heroes this summer Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen are two teens with the kind of superpowers audience haven’t yet seen from the MCU. Read more...
Shared autonomous vehicles, self-driving buses, driverless shuttles — whatever you call them, these vehicles are beating autonomous cars to the road.
While companies like Waymo, GM's Cruise, Lyft, Uber, Baidu, Tesla, and others continue testing personal vehicles that can drive themselves, others are focusing efforts away from personal transit options and seeing how autonomous tech can move crowds at school campuses, residential communities, office parks, business districts, and event spaces.
Just this week the New York Times uncovered that Apple's self-driving car program is refocusing on an employee shuttle with Volkswagen vans. Making personal vehicles autonomous isn't as easy to deploy. Read more...
For anyone who grew up attending a school that, come the first day above 65 degrees, became a steaming sauna of pre-teen sweat, dragging oneself from one overheated classroom to another was a terrible fact of life.
And though I don't know how things went down at your school, I can tell you that at my school, the ultimate warm-weather status item was a handheld misting fan.
In hindsight, handheld misting fans are semi-disgusting. Essentially, it's a plastic spray bottle with fan-blades surrounding the nozzle. On particularly sweltering bus rides to school, we'd pull out our never-cleaned spray bottles and mist one another with stale tap water. Read more...
Over the years Jennifer Pahlka has listened as discouraged people across America shared their stories of missed employment, education, financial, and housing opportunities with her. She’s comforted these individuals, gotten to know them, and learned that past marijuana convictions follow them in ways that make it impossible to move forward in life.
"The things that people write will break your heart: 'I made a small mistake a long time ago and it’s just haunting me, I need a job to take care of my kids, I need a job to take care of my parents,'" Pahlka, founder and executive director of , said. "In a human way, when you see the problem up close it becomes a moral imperative to solve it." Read more...
Editor's note: Cynthia Germanotta runs the Born This Way Foundation with her daughter Stefani, who performs as Lady Gaga. The nonprofit focuses on empowering youth to create a kinder, braver world and provides mental health resources.
Talking about mental health can be awkward, and intimidating, and just plain hard.
I know that personally, as someone who has struggled to talk about it in my own life — even with people that I know well and trust completely — and I know that from research on the topic. When Born This Way Foundation about this issue last year, we found that about 9 in 10 young people recognize it as a very important priority, but only about half actually talk about it with anyone — friends, healthcare professionals, and even their families. Read more...
Whoever said that history repeats itself was seriously onto something. In the past couple of years, we've seen the resurgence of things we've enjoyed from yesteryear — Polaroids, turntables and vinyl records, the Nokia 3310, heck, even bell-bottom jeans. But one item that's got people buzzing is the Mighty — the only MP3 player that can fill the iPod Shuffle-sized hole in everyone's hearts.
A lot of people think app development is some unattainable, alien skill accessible only to those big-brained, glasses-wearing creatures we rudely call “nerds.” But that’s simply not true.
Anyone can make an iPhone app, and everyone should make an iPhone app. Though it may seem daunting, apps are not difficult to make when you have the right instruction, like the sort you’ll get from the aptly titled online course How To Make a Freaking iPhone App. This fun, easily digestible course is available for 85% off, so you should probably get on that.
The family drama around the Arrested Development cast continues to unfold. And like kids caught in the crossfire of feuding parents, it hurts to watch.
We've heard countless bad takes on #MeToo from Hollywood men. But this one feels personal. And it's because it comes across as definitive proof that the house is still in burning, despite promising signs that things might be getting better.
The motorized scooters arrived with a vengeance—but cities including San Francisco are putting up a fight. The city is forcing all scooters off the road as it implements a new permit program for the vehicles.
Beyond the Bay Area, other large cities such as Washington, D.C., and Austin saw flocks of e-scooters — electronic, GPS-tracked transports that accelerate up to about 15 mph — come in the past few months. Now, they're realizing something has to be done before their communities are covered in e-scooters or before someone gets seriously hurt.
The scooters have been an especially popular option for short trips. A network of contract workers are paid to scoop up scooters, charge them at home, and return the juiced-up devices to the streets in the morning. Read more...
When Snap Maps launched last June, some privacy concerns were raised. But the company had the right idea, turning off sharing with all for everyone by default.
Today, Snapchat is providing an update to Snap Maps that I wish had been included earlier. You can now request a location or share yours on an individual basis through Chat. Simply hold down on a friend's name, and you'll be given the option to "Request Location" or "Send My Location."
With the release of Solo, Lucasfilm marks another milestone: this is the 11th Star Wars movie to land in theaters.
Yeah, that's right — 11 movies, not 10. The eight Skywalker saga episodes and the two spin-off films were not the only one to get an official release. There's one cinematic stepchild that Lucasfilm would rather forget.
And don't worry, we don't spoil anything about Solo other than its ranking. In reverse order, then, starting with that unwanted stepchild:
This mess was initially created as the opening batch of episodes for the Cartoon Network series Clone Wars. Then George Lucas made the baffling last-minute decision to release this barely-hung-together content as a movie. Lucasfilm's key merchandising licensees weren't even notified in advance, so it's possible Lucas himself wasn't exactly proud of the effort. Read more...
The National Hurricane Center has named the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, precisely one week before the season is expected to begin on June 1.
Currently spinning off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, forecasters named the subtropical storm "Alberto," which is the first of 21 names the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has on its list of possible storm names for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.
On Friday, Alberto met the minimum requirements for earning a name, having reached sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.
From the ground, lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano can look terrifying.
Over the past few weeks, newly cracked fissures in the ground have allowed fountains and pools of molten rocket to well up to the surface, destroying homes and other structures in the area surrounding the active volcano.
In a just world, Season 8 of Game of Thrones would be airing right now, but because large scale television productions "take time to create" especially when the expectations are "earth-shatteringly high," it's not. Boo.
However, just because Season 8 isn't coming out this year doesn't mean that fans aren't hungry for sweet, sweet speculation when it comes to the hit show's anticipated ending. To serve that need, here's how some of Game of Thrones's minor characters might impact the final season.
Anyone would be forgiven for forgetting poor Kinvara, the High Priestess of R'hllor who had one scene with Tyrion and Varys in Season 6, but Melisandre's banishment may bring this fiery lady back with a vengeance. She was introduced as a High Priestess of the Red Temple of Volantis, and her brief conversation with Tyrion showed that the priests of her temple are huge fans of Daenerys. She believes that Daenerys and her dragons were "sent to lead the people against the darkness in this war and in the great war still to come," which happens to be the war Daenerys is fighting right now. Read more...
Mashable's readers (and writers) are known for being OBSESSIVE about the things we love, like comic books and movies, gadgets and tech, or the latest Space X launch. You may say we kind of geek out about things. Okay, fine, we *are* geeks. And geeks are awesome.
Voice actor Joe Gaudet face swapped his daughter's face with John C. Reilly's and the results are terrifying. Gaudet even did an impression in Reilly's voice, turning his poor baby into a mini Dr. Steve Brule in a onesie.
"Wait, wait a second Dad," the unfortunate mashup says, "You don't happen to know where my, my baba is do you?"
Star Wars has some great ships, but it also has some great ships, and Solo is no exception. You know the ships I mean – ships that make you want to take straight to space, don a cape, and punch it right into hyperdrive.
Friendships. Relationships. Situationships. Star Wars has is it all, from the day Luke kissed his sister to the time Anakin went blind with love, or something. Let's dive into the ships of Solo and wonder how anyone had time to make the Kessel Run when there was so much flirting to get on with.
Verizon wants to give you two pairs of Apple Airpods for $270. That's.
This is the only way we know of to get Airpods with this big of a discount right now, and Verizon is the only carrier in on the action. It's only happened once before, and it probably won't happen again any time soon. This is like, the Halley's Comet of Apple deals.
Apple has just kicked off a surprise sale across it's Beats lineup of over-ear and in-ear headphones. This is not the first time a sale like this has occurred, but they usually don't last for long.
The high-performance Beats Studio3 get a $70 discount down to $279.95 from $349.95. Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling is a key feature and provides real time blocking of background noise. Studio3 comes in white, matte black, blue, red, porcelain rose, and shadow gray You can see the Beats Studio3 on Apple.com by clicking here.
George Takei tweeted on Friday about the sexual misconduct allegations against him, which a recent Observer piece dissected and found to be unreliable.
Takei thanked his husband and fans for standing by him after accusations of inappropriate behavior from Scott Brunton, whose story altered slightly with each retelling. He referred to it as sexual assault, as groping, and finally said he would dismiss the thing as a misunderstanding.
"Despite what he has put us through, I do not bear Mr. Brunton any ill will, and I wish him peace," Takei wrote.