Archive | April 2017

Trump’s war on the media is straight out of a dystopian dictator’s handbook


President Donald Trump was a distracting entertainment from the moment he launched his campaign in June of 2015 — until he wasn’t.

His opening speech, in which he called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and told the world he would be the best jobs president “God ever created,” was looked at as the ravings of a man whose outsized ego was too big to be anything but hilarious.

News outlets such as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC carried his run-on sentences and gesticulations seemingly every time he got behind a podiumThe Huffington Post for a time only wrote about Trump in its entertainment section.


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This entry was posted on April 30, 2017, in Mashable.

Very Aussie ‘The Voice’ contestant charms judges with constant use of the word ‘flamin’


As most Australians live along the coast in urban areas, it’s not often someone as “ocker” as the guy in Crocodile Dundee comes along. But when they do, the people love it.

The Voice Australia has unearthed Sam Hale and as well as being quitessentially “Aussie,” he’s quite an impressive singer, as evidenced in his take on Shawn Mullins’ “Lullaby.”

But it seems like most of the attention was on Hale’s slang-heavy musings, which basically means he loves dropping the word “flamin'” into sentences — something only …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2017, in Mashable.

Twitter news video will appear 24/7, thanks to Bloomberg


Twitter is now a 24/7 streaming video service, beginning with financial news.

Bloomberg, the finance news site with a wealth of funds from terminals, has agreed to produce exclusive video content for Twitter that will play 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The announcement comes just ahead of Twitter’s first-ever NewFronts, where the tech company will pitch advertisers on a slate of original programming they can advertise within for the upcoming year.

The deal also landed just after a …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2017, in Mashable.

Ed Sheeran drops details about his ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo and it includes Arya


Red-headed scamp Ed Sheeran is making the rounds promoting his new album, Divide, and he seems to have let slip a little bit about his much-anticipated cameo on the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.

We already know that Sheeran’s character doesn’t die, but, as The A.V. Club noted, he elaborated a bit on the role during a laid back game of beer pong with The Hits Radio’s Tom Green.

“I just do a seen with Maise [Williams],” Sheeran reveals, “I don’t really know what I’m allowed to say.”

He adds, “I sing a song and then she [Arya] goes, ‘Oh, that’s a nice song,’ and I go, ‘It’s a new one’ and then there’s other lines.” …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2017, in Mashable.

WTF just happened on ‘American Gods’?


This recap contains spoilers for American Gods Season 1, episode 1, titled “The Bone Orchard.”

Shadow Moon had a hard week in the first installment of American Gods.

After being released from prison and learning that his beloved wife Laura had died (while performing a particularly ill-advised sex act on Shadow’s best friend Robbie in a moving car, as he later discovered), our brooding ex-con reluctantly agreed to work for the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday, a canny grifter with a false eye and a flair for the dramatic.

What followed was a disorienting trip into a world of myth and symbolism for Shadow and the audience. We witnessed the seductive goddess Bilquis devour a man with her lady-parts in a sex scene unlike anything else on TV; an epic bar fight between Shadow and a gigantic “leprechaun”; a talking buffalo with burning eyes haunting Shadow’s dreams; and a virtual reality beatdown that was all too real. …

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Facebook accused of targeting ‘insecure’ children and young people, report says


Facebook has apologised for reportedly allowing advertisers to target emotionally vulnerable people as young as 14, as a 23-page leaked document obtained by The Australian revealed.

According to the news outlet, the document prepared by two top Australian Facebook executives uses algorithms to collect data (via posts, pictures, and reactions) on the emotional state of 6.4 million “high schoolers,” “tertiary students,” and “young Australians and New Zealanders … in the workforce,” indicating “moments when young people need a confidence boost.”

In other words, data says they feel “worthless” or “insecure” and are therefore well-positioned to receive an advertiser’s message. …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2017, in Mashable.

Sneaky TV contestant makes a whole nation lose the ‘circle game’


High school wouldn’t have been the same without painful memories of the circle game.

You’ll know the one: Someone tries to get you to look at something below their waist, but it turns out to their hand — with their index finger and thumb arranged into a circle — meaning you’re in store for a jab on the shoulder.

While most of us have grown up and forgot about it, a dude by the name of Alex Macleod who was a contestant on Millionaire Hot Seat in Australia on Apr. 10.

Just watch him get a little itchy, then slyly throw one while the camera is on him, as per a video from …

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2017, in Mashable.