Washington caught its first Asian giant hornet. OK fine, yes, a 'murder hornet'.

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Washington caught its first Asian giant hornet. OK fine, yes, a 'murder hornet'.

Don’t call it a “murder hornet.”

The stinging. honeybee-hunting insect that first made the news in May is back in headlines once again. Months after it was first sighted in the U.S., the Washington State Department of Agriculture actually managed to catch one in a trap.

A WSDA press release confirms that an Asian giant hornet was recovered on July 14 from a trap set near Birch Bay, just south of the Canadian border. It wasn’t formally identified until July 29, at which point it became the first of its species to be caught in the U.S., following five previous sightings.

The state agency characterized the news as “encouraging.” While it’s not great that the invasive species of hornet is indeed present in the U.S., having a viable trap means work can begin on finding and er… Read More

13 of our favorite deepfakes that'll seriously mess with your brain

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13 of our favorite deepfakes that'll seriously mess with your brain

By now you’ve almost certainly heard of deepfakes — perhaps all the sinister things they can do — but honestly… they can also be kind of fun. 

In a rudimentary sense, deepfakes can be a face-swap of sorts, but really it’s more complex. It makes something that wasn’t — swapping in a person for another, changing what they say, shapeshifting reality. That’s why it can be scary. Imagine the damage that could be done making someone say something they did not. 

But again… they can also be kind of fun. That in mind, we’ve collected some of our favorite amateur deepfake videos but, you know, not the kind that threaten democracy.  Read more…

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Egyptians call out Elon Musk for spreading a ridiculous pyramids conspiracy theory

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Egyptians call out Elon Musk for spreading a ridiculous pyramids conspiracy theory

Sheesh, can’t a billionaire CEO tweet out a racially insensitive conspiracy theory in peace?

We are of course talking about Elon Musk, who loves to post wild shit in a way that makes it unclear as to whether he’s joking or not. Experts on ancient Egypt weren’t so tickled by his latest proclamation. 

On Thursday, Musk tweeted, out of the blue: “Aliens built the pyramids obv.” The claim that aliens built the pyramids is a conspiracy theory that spreads on YouTube and Reddit.

Aliens built the pyramids obv

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 31, 2020

On Saturday, Rania al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister of International Co-operation, quote tweeted Musk with a seriously gentle rebuke and an invitation for Musk to visit Egypt and see the pyramids for himself. Read more…. Read More

Microsoft confirms it's in talks to buy TikTok, and Trump is involved

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Microsoft confirms it's in talks to buy TikTok, and Trump is involved

Microsoft has confirmed reports it’s in talks to acquire TikTok, writing in a Sunday blog post that the deal is currently in preliminary discussions. Oh, and the U.S. president is part of them too.

TikTok has been the subject of intense international scrutiny as of late, with various governments accusing the video sharing app of sharing users’ data with the Chinese government. President Donald Trump claimed he would ban TikTok just last week, and a report from Bloomberg stated he may even order China-based parent company ByteDance to sell the app.

It still isn’t clear whether Trump has given a direct order mandating a sale. He’s certainly involved though, as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella actually met with Trump to discuss the potential acquisition. Microsoft stated it “appreciates the U.S. Gover… Read More

Don't you wish you could fly free like this beautiful space butterfly?

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Don't you wish you could fly free like this beautiful space butterfly?

These are hard days for the humans of planet Earth, especially those of us who despise inequity and fascism. Wouldn’t it be nice, then, if you could flap your brilliantly colored wings and take off into the stars?

The below image, captured by the European Southern Observatory’s “Very Large Telescope” (great name) in northern Chile, gives us a look at the vibrant planetary nebula known as NGC 2899. Yeah, I know, it’s not a real butterfly. But imagine if. Then go further, and pretend the butterfly is you.

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How a TikTok ban could work, and what it means for your content

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How a TikTok ban could work, and what it means for your content

President Donald Trump casually dropped Friday that he would “ban” TikTok. That added heft to earlier statements made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the administration was considering a ban.

But how would a ban on an app that’s already been downloaded by 165 Americans, and that anyone can currently download from Apple and Google app stores, actually work? 

Trump provided few details, and any executive actions he might sign would be subject to legal challenges. TikTok also maintains that it isn’t going anywhere. The issue might all be moot if the app’s rumored sale to Microsoft comes to pass.  Read more…

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Ugh, fine. I 'get' Twitch now. All it took was 'Ghost of Tsushima' and a pandemic.

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Ugh, fine. I 'get' Twitch now. All it took was 'Ghost of Tsushima' and a pandemic.

Five months into self-isolating alone in a one bedroom apartment, I’ve accepted that my expectations of how all this was going to go were unrealistic. I don’t mean that in reference to the physical reality of the COVID-19 pandemic or even the whiplash unpredictability of the time loop that is 2020 — I mean my expectations for me, personally. I have not baked a single loaf of bread, planted no herbs, and completed exactly zero virtual yoga classes. 

The reality of my isolation is that trying new things is hard and I’m tired. The paradox of being exhausted from a surfeit of nothing is not lost on me, but I’ll be damned before I spend my energy on something I’m not even sure I’ll like. As someone who works full time reviewing telev… Read More

What to expect from Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event

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What to expect from Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event

The world may be at something of a standstill thanks to COVID-19, but Samsung is still out here making flagship phones and, uh, other things. As such, we have another Galaxy Unpacked event to look forward to this week.

Samsung previously announced that its next Galaxy Unpacked would be online-only for obvious reasons. The event will stream on Samsung’s website at 10 a.m. ET on Aug. 5. In a blog post, Samsung revealed it would announce five new devices at the event. Since the new Galaxy Z Flip 5G has been officially confirmed, we can probably strike that one off the long list. 

Thanks to a litany of leaks (what else is new?), we have a pretty good idea of what we’ll be seeing at Galaxy Unpacked. Get ready to see the word “Galaxy” way too many times. Read more…

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Wilford Brimley, beloved entertainer and star of 'Cocoon,' is dead 85

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Wilford Brimley, beloved entertainer and star of 'Cocoon,' is dead 85

Wilford Brimley, whose work as an actor and as a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association made him a transgenerational favorite, is dead at 85.

Brimley died on Saturday morning, his manager Lynda Bensky confirmed to Mashable. He was in intensive care at the time, receiving dialysis treatments and dealing with unspecified medical problems. He is survived by his wife Beverly and his four children.

“Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust,” Bensky said in a statement. “He said what he meant and he meant what he said. He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. I’m sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend’s wonderful stories. He was one of a kind.” Read more…

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Build your own website with this front-end web development course

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Build your own website with this front-end web development course

TL;DR: The Complete Front-End Web Development course is on sale for £11.43 as of August 2, saving you 92% on list price.

Interactive buttons. Scannable layouts. Flashy graphics. Beautiful typography. Elements of a website — or any digital product for that matter — that make you go “ooh” and “aah” are all thanks to the front-end developer.

The geniuses responsible for the look and visual aesthetic of a site, front-end developers make sure that it’s pretty enough that people spend more than 30 seconds browsing it. It’s not surprising that they get paid handsomely, too. 

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