| |2. Fox News analyst quits after finally realizing it's a 'propaganda machine'02:11[−]
Life comes at you fast.
Ralph Peters, a retired Lt. Col. for the army and until recently a Fox News strategic analyst, decided to leave his post at the station after finally having a moment of clarity.
Peters' departure was first reported by BuzzFeed News, which obtained a copy of an email announcing his departure and detailing his reasoning to his colleagues.
"Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers," Peters wrote in the email. "Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed." Read more...More about Fox News, Culture, and Politics
|↑|3. Why 'The Death of Stalin' is the ultimate Trump-era comedy01:03[−]
Someday in the not-too-distant future, you'll be sitting in the dark of a multiplex as a trailer plays for the first big-budget movie rendering of the Donald Trump administration. No doubt there will be laughs, gasps, boos, and intense online debates about whether it's too soon to turn our collective nightmare into silver-screen fodder.
Until that day, one way movie makers can help us process the present American political crisis is to look at it through the lens of dark historical comedy — just as they did during the Vietnam war. While it was still happening, the only way audiences could acknowledge the absurdity of what we were going through was by reaching backward, viewing satires set in Korea (M*A*S*H*, 1970) and World War II (Catch-22, also 1970.) Read more...More about Russia, Trump, Satire, Trump Administration, and Armando Iannucci
|↑|5. This tiny car starter can jump a boat and charge your phone — and it's only $3000:35[−]
Dead phone batteries and dead car batteries are 21st century nightmares, especially if they happen at the same time. (That sounds like the premise of a horror movie. Pay attention, Hollywood!) And don't even get us started on this happening when it's like, 20 degrees out. Talk about road trip anxiety.
Luckily, there's a portable car jump starter that doubles as a power bank for phone charging — and it's only $30 with a coupon code. You're welcome.
The Beatit Tech Portable Car Jump Starter and its crocodile clamps sport a 14000mAh capacity battery with 600 amps of peak current and a 12-volt charger. That's enough to jump a car, motorcycle, truck, or boat — anything with a 5.5 liter gas engine or 4.0 diesel engine. For folks not familiar with car talk, that's insane. And with that much power, you'd expect the device to be huge — but it's small enough to fit in the glovebox. Read more...More about Travel, Cars, Portable Chargers, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Skimlinks
|↑|6. Avengers attractions are coming to Disneyland parks around the world00:27[−]
Some of Marvel's most popular superheroes are coming to Disneyland.
Disney Parks announced that new Avengers-themed attractions will be coming to three different Disneyland parks around the world: Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort in California, and Hong Kong Disneyland. In the coming years, all three parks will be getting new rides and experiences centered around heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Ant-Man, The Wasp, and more.
Disneyland Resort will get a "completely immersive superhero universe," with experiences centered around Spider-Man and the Avengers planned to open in 2020. Read more...More about Disney, Marvel, Avengers, Theme Parks, and Disneyland
|↑|7. Ecovacs robot vacuums, touchscreen laptops, Segway scooters, and more on sale00:11[−]
Happy first day of spring, folks. (OK, so it might not be that happy due to another nor'easter on its way, but let's just pretend.)
We're guessing you're annoyed with this "spring" weather as we are, but at least there are tons of deals today to distract you — and deals on warm weather things for when the weather actually decides to cooperate.
While you're still stuck inside, let a new smart TV and the HTC Vive VR Headset keep you busy ThinkPad (code THINKPADSALE) and Dell are having huge laptop sales, so if you're stuck working from home due to the weather, you can do it in style. Read more...More about Dell, Smart Tvs, Robot Vacuums, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Amazon
|↑|8. Lindsay Lohan has a bizarre new gig with Lawyer.com00:09[−]
Lindsay Lohan has made a foray into a new industry.
The actress is now the spokesperson for Lawyer.com, which is a "lawyer and law firm directory." (It is different than Lawyers.com, which is another, unaffiliated database.) And, lo and behold, her first ad for the company has made its debut.
"When Lawyer.com first reached out to me, I was confused and a little scared, because I thought I was in trouble," Lohan says in the video. After meeting with employees of Lawyer.com, however, her fears were apparently assuaged — and she was ready to represent the company on camera. Read more...More about Lindsay Lohan, Culture, and Celebrities
|↑|10. That interstellar asteroid probably came from a solar system with two sunsВт., 20 марта[−]
Remember the interstellar asteroid that zipped through our solar system last year? It likely came from a very alien place.
According to a new study, the asteroid, named 'Oumuamua, probably came from a solar system with two stars.
(Perhaps the best analog for this kind of binary system is actually in fiction. In Star Wars, Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine orbits two stars, or suns. A star is a "sun" if it's the center of a planetary system.)
Researchers have some good reasons for thinking that 'Oumuamua — which clocks in at an impressive 1,312 feet long — came to our solar system by way of a binary system. Read more...More about Space, Science, Asteroids, Stars, and Interstellar Asteroid
|↑|11. 5 businesses that are actively fighting Donald Trump and his agendaВт., 20 марта[−]
Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, people all over the world have been chanting "RESIST."
From the historic Women's March on Washington after Trump's inauguration to airport protests the day that he announced his proposed travel ban, concerned citizens have been making their voices heard in ways big and small.
But it's not just individuals who are resisting. In response to policies enacted by the Trump presidency, several businesses have risen up, opposing Donald Trump and the Trump agenda.
Of course, companies everywhere are speaking out against Trump's agenda. Nike and Google, for instance, criticized Trump for pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and firms ranging from Mozilla to Pornhub all slowed down their websites in December 2017 to lobby for net neutrality. Read more...More about Microsoft, Social Good, Trump, Cards Against Humanity, and Merriam Webster
|↑|12. I will delete Facebook, but you can pry Instagram from my cold, dead handsВт., 20 марта[−]
Go ahead, take my Facebook, but don't you dare touch my Instagram.
You may have noticed over the last few days that the tech world has erupted after it was revealed this weekend that data mining company Cambridge Analytica sneakily used the social network to collect data from 50 million people for the Trump campaign. People are rightfully pissed, and the conversation of deleting or deactivation has been bubbling up, complete with how-to guides and think pieces.
While I do find the recent revelations from Facebook unsettling, I have to admit I'm not all that surprised. Facebook has been creepin' me out for a while now, and I've seriously cut back on my usage, along with a lot of my friends. My News Feed has become a stale, never ending pipeline of mundane content from a rotating cast of power users still posting to the app. I rarely interact with my actual friends on the platform. Read more...More about Facebook, Instagram, Culture, and Social Media Companies
|↑|14. So much for spring: Another historic storm is coming to paralyze the East CoastВт., 20 марта[−]
The fourth nor'easter in just three weeks is taking shape across the Mid-Atlantic states.
The storm is expected to become the biggest late-March snowstorm on record from Washington, D.C. to New York City.
The fact that the storm is hitting on the first full day of spring is twisting the metaphorical knives in the backs of millions who are weary of shoveling snow, enduring power outages, and facing more travel disruptions.
This storm has the potential to shatter March snowfall records in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York, where up to a foot or more of snow is possible. Some spots in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey could approach 2 feet, if computer model projections on Tuesday afternoon prove to be correct. Read more...More about Climate, Science, Global Warming, Climate Change, and Nor Easter
|↑|16. Cambridge Analytica suspends its CEO after secretly recorded commentsВт., 20 марта[−]
The British data firm that's come under fire for its use of ill-gotten Facebook user data has suspended its top executive.
Cambridge Analytica has suspended CEO Alexander Nix, who was caught on tape discussing his company's sometimes shady practices that included entrapping politicians.
"In the view of the Board, Mr. Nix’s recent comments secretly recorded by Channel 4 and other allegations do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation," Cambridge Analytica said in a statement. Read more...More about Tech, Cambridge Analytica, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
|↑|18. Roger Federer puts an end to the tennis ball color debateВт., 20 марта[−]
One of the biggest questions to be posed in modern history isn't "is the dress blue/black or gold/white?" It's something much, much more complex and nuanced:
Are tennis balls green, or are they yellow?
It's been debated in Slack channels, social media feeds, and probably in tennis courts, but until today and to my knowledge, there has not been an official declaration of color from any current ranking tennis champions themselves. Thank goodness Roger Federer has put an end to that.
While in Chicago for September's Laver Cup preparations on Monday, Federer was signing autographs for fans when one posed the question for the #1 ranking men's tennis player: are tennis balls green or yellow? Read more...More about Tennis, Tennis Ball, Roger Federer, Culture, and Sports
|↑|19. It’s the first day of spring and cold people everywhere are pissedВт., 20 марта[−]
Happy equinox! On Tuesday, there'll be an equal amount of daylight and night. Flowers will start blooming again soon, the weather will get warmer, and the world will start looking alive again. It's the first day of spring!
Unless you live in the many places where it still feels a lot like winter.
The East Coast is getting slammed with another nor'easter this week that's expected to dump almost a foot of snow from Boston to Washington, D.C. It's the fourth nor'easter in three weeks (which one news station dubbed a four'easter) to hit New England and the Mid-Atlantic, and people are pretty done with the first day of spring. Read more...More about Winter, Spring, Twitter Reactions, Culture, and Web Culture
|↑|20. Grown man Ben Carson blames his wife for the $31,000 dining room setВт., 20 марта[−]
One of the most powerful men in government, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, is terrified of desks.
Carson disclosed his highly un-understandable anxiety in a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Tuesday. The Secretary was asked to speak about the $31,000 dining set he recently tried to purchase for his office. Carson then used the opportunity to pass the buck. First, he blamed formidable desks.
Then, he blamed his wife, who... does not serve in government.
Here's Carson's version of events:
"People were being stuck by nails, a chair had collapsed with somebody sitting in it," Carson told the committee. Read more...More about Ben Carson, Culture, and Politics
|↑|22. People are really jazzed about 'Lumines' coming to Switch. Why?Вт., 20 марта[−]
The latest "Nindies" showcase from Nintendo highlighted a whole mess of upcoming Switch releases, but one in particular stands out: Lumines Remastered.
Social media is buzzing with excitement in ways that you, someone who doesn't obsess about video games, might find confusing. Why are people so excited for a remastered game when Nintendo also announced a bunch of new games?
What is Lumines?
Lumines — which is pronounced loo-mih-NESS, or "luminescence," without the "cence" — is a puzzle game from Tetsuya Mizuguchi. He's a co-founder of Q Entertainment (though he left the studio in 2013) and he is perhaps best known as the creator of another puzzle game, Rez. Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Lumines Remastered, Entertainment, and Gaming
|↑|23. The best sous vide machines and cooking devices according to Amazon reviewsВт., 20 марта[−]
Sous vide: That plastic bag cooking thing that you've seen all over the internet and are confused as hell about. It may look complicated, but it's actually almost too easy — all you need is a pot, and a Ziploc bag, and a sous vide device.
Sous vide barely requires any work from you and is pretty hard to mess up. So if you're someone who blows just about every attempt at cooking, this is the method for you.
The only hard part is choosing which cooker to get — it's basically the robot vacuum market all over again. Real chefs have used sous vide cooking for years. And though the trend has been blowing up for a few months among us plebes, the market has already exploded with almost every appliance brand out there throwing their version into the mix. Read more...More about Cooking, Sous Vide, Mashable Shopping, Shopping List, and Shopping Skimlinks
|↑|24. Sean Penn is writing about #MeToo and we can only process this through angry gifsВт., 20 марта[−]
Sean Penn's debut novel, out in April, is apparently going to be a loaded allegory. Among other things, it will contain references to prominent social movements and a questionable president, as well as the #MeToo movement.
For some background, Penn was charged with physically abusing then-wife Madonna in the 1980s, a charge she withdrew and eventually denied altogether. We don't need another #MeToo take from a man on the outside, much less one with this spot on his record, rescinded or not.
So we're turning to angry gifs.
More about Entertainment, Celebrities, Madonna, Novel, and Sean Penn
|↑|28. The best Apple iPhone X and iPhone 8 deals for 2018Вт., 20 марта[−]
The iPhone X is widely regarded as the biggest and most powerful smart-phone that Apple has launched to date. For this reason, contracts and stand-alone prices are perceived by many to be extortionate. That's where Mashable can assist. We've browsed the web for the most affordable contract deals along with the best accessories to stylize your phone, and gathered it all for you into one roundup.
Buying it Outright
The iPhone X starts at £959
The iPhone 8 Plus starts at £759
The iPhone 8 starts at £659
The iPhone X starts at £959 for the 64GB model while the larger 256GB model is £1109. The iPhone 8 Plus starts at £759 for the 64GB model while the larger, 256GB model is £909. The iPhone 8 starts at £659 for the 64GB model while the larger, 256GB model is £809. Read more...More about Shopping List, Shopping Mashable, Shopping Uk, Tech, and Smartphones
|↑|30. Thawing chunks of Arctic sea ice trapped and sunk boats in the Atlantic OceanВт., 20 марта[−]
In the spring of 2017, a thick-hulled icebreaking research vessel, the Amundsen, had left its Quebec port en route to a research cruise in Hudson Bay. But the scientists aboard never made it to their destination: The Amundsen was diverted to rescue unsuspecting ships that had become entrapped by Arctic ice floes that moved into North Atlantic Ocean shipping lanes.
In past years, these masses of Arctic ice had mostly stayed put in their proper ocean — the Arctic — but increasing temperatures caused ice to melt, unclogging the channels connecting the Arctic to the north Atlantic, thus allowing massive surges of ice to flow freely south. Read more...More about Science, Global Warming, Glaciers, Arctic Sea Ice, and Climate Change