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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is starring as Edward Snowden in the new movie Snowden, directed a short film starring the actual Snowden.
It's called Are You There, Technology? It's Me, The Internet (and no, Judy Blume does not make an appearance). In the animated Q&A, Snowden grapples with questions like, "is today's technology good or bad for democracy?"
Snowden is more on Team Technology, citing sustainable energy among the pros that outweigh the cons. He is not a fan of the way governments use innovations to abuse privacy, though, shockingly. Read more...
Mothers know that there's no easy way to bring a baby into the world, but new mothers are also acutely aware of the judgements others pass on pretty much every element of parenting.
Though the cesarean section is quite common — it accounted for 32.2% of U.S. births in 2014 — it's a surgery with its own set of challenges just like any other. Raye Lee, a new mother from Springfield, Missouri, shared her anger with the notion that her c-section — that any c-section — was an "easy" alternative to vaginal birth.
Bill Lee is supposed to call soon, but then a public relations rep emails and says it might get pushed back. Lee "missed his train" that morning, it seems, and "we're having a hard time tracking him down."
The predicament couldn't be more perfect. This is the guy they call "Spaceman," after all.
Casual baseball fans below a certain age might not know his name, but to longtime MLB aficionados, the former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos is a legend of the game — for his personality as much as his play. Imagine Hunter S. Thompson on a baseball diamond, more or less.
The release of Frank Ocean's Blonde is a cause for celebration to the fans who waited four years for an album from the elusive singer.
But clearly, it's Ocean who should be celebrating the most after a successful rollout of a visual film, music video, studio album and, for good measure, magazine. and it looks like he got some help from longtime friend and collaborator Tyler, the Creator.
"Birthday cake for Blonde. Thanks Tyler," the caption read, with a smiley face thrown in. Ocean and Tyler were both affiliated with Odd Future, a provocative rap collective founded in 2007 whose members have since branched out into music, television, design and more. Read more...
Over the past few weeks, EpiPens have slowly overtaken the news. So what is going on with them exactly?
What's happening with EpiPens?
Last year, Bloomberg broke the story that the pharmaceutical company Mylan had turned EpiPens into a cash cow of a business since it bought the product in 2007. In the past few weeks, those claims have come back to public attention.
Mylan, a huge international pharmaceutical company, has slowly raised the price of EpiPens from an average of $50 in 2007 to more than $300 today. Sold only in two-packs — another change in the past decade — EpiPens can cost as much as $600. Read more...
For the sake of transparency, it would be sort of nice to see stuffy politicians confess, "I'm a bag of dicks."
Run the Jewels and DJ Shadow imagined that world in their new video for their collaboration, "Nobody Speak." It all ends in a fist fight, which is at least better than nuclear war.
“We wanted to make a positive, life-affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best," explained DJ Shadow in the video's description. "We got this instead.”
"It's such a dope video. It's what I really wish Trump and Hillary would just do and get it over with," added Killer Mike, who is in the Bernie or Bust camp. "And even in that fight, I think Hillary would win — and that's not an endorsement." Read more...
The dim, red light of a small star illuminates the rocky surface of a world just four light-years from Earth.
This newfound alien planet, or exoplanet, may have a life-supporting atmosphere or it could simply be an irradiated rock not far from our solar system. But either way, the planet — known as Proxima b — is the closest world yet discovered outside our solar system.
A new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature details the discovery of the rocky, potentially Earth-like planet orbiting the star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun which may be part of the Alpha Centauri system of stars. Read more...
LONDON — The Game of Thrones calendar has come round full circle.
We had the steady, tense build-up to Season 6, the explosive joy of the 10-week season itself and then the instant, crushing emptiness that followed the final episode and the grim realisation that it's another 10 whole months before we can find out what happens next.
Now, though, we're back to the beginning of the cycle: the bit where the cast start to share their thoughts about what the upcoming season might have in store ahead of filming.
For the last four years, Danika Lee Massey has been talking about X-Men, other superheroes and Game of Thrones with thousands of fans. More commonly known as Comic Book Girl 19, she spends hours each week producing YouTube videos about her theories and reviews.
But earlier this year, after signing with crowdfunding site Patreon, she embraced the idea that not every video she makes has to be so finely edited and scripted.
“We recently launched on Patreon, and one of the things they suggested to us was live shows, talking to an audience live. I reached out to a friend of mine. I’m not a tech person, but I was talking to friends of mine about live-streaming,” Massey told Mashable while driving to the Smiletime studio in Santa Monica. Read more...
A hardware defect is causing certain iPhone touchscreens to malfunction and become unusable. Is it a design flaw or planned obsolescence?
The issue, dubbed "Touch Disease," affects iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, according to Jessa Jones, a repair specialist from iPad Rehab. On the surface level, affected iPhones show a flickering gray bar at the top of the screen and unresponsive touchscreens.
Snow is a good thing for Dark Souls. After all, spurts of blood look much more dramatic when they're painted across a snowy white backdrop.
The just-announced Dark Souls III add-on, Ashes of Ariandel, heads to a "defiled" frozen landscape where some manner of horrible evil is rising. You'll be be able to take on that evil this fall, though — this being a Dark Souls game — you can probably expect to die a few (hundred) times along the way.
The $24.99 Ashes of Ariandel comes to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One arrives on Oct. 25, bringing with it an assortment of new bosses, weapons and multiplayer features in addition to the new location featured in this first trailer. Read more...