Microsoft teams up with Kano to create a DIY Windows 10 PC for kids

Microsoft and Kano have unveiled a build-it-yourself Windows 10 PC aimed at making computing fun for kids. The Kano PC features an 11.6-inch touchscreen and attachable keyboard, and comes bundled with a range of software.
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This Pikachu plush came vacuum sealed and it's the stuff of nightmares
Pokéballs are passé — enter a new system of travel for Pokémon (and non-Pokémon) plush toys.  After ordering a new plush, how can you ensure that your new friend can survive the trials and tribulations of the postal service? Sure, their stuffed bodies could probably withstand more than usual if the mail carrier gets bored and decides to play Toss Across with your precious valuables. But the plush sellers don't want to take any chances — your little buddy will get to you in mint condition, even if they have to vacuum-seal them for maximum freshness. But that doesn't still the shock of receiving an incredibly smooshed Pikachu in the mail, or the carnal feeling that you must free him. Read more...More about Twitter, Toys, Pokemon, Detective Pikachu, and Culture
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George Conway calls Trump a 'racist president' after his attacks on progressive congresswomen
George Conway, husband of top White House aide Kellyanne Conway, called President Donald Trump "a racist president" after remarks the President made attacking progressive Democratic congresswomen of color.
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Get an Apple Watch for $50 off — and then some — with this Prime Day hack
TL;DR: You can save $50 on the multi-functional Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40-millimeter model — and another $19.01 if you opt for no-rush shipping at checkout.  Patience is a virtue, and this Prime Day, it can pay off big.  So far, we’ve seen some pretty stellar deals on Apple essentials including this Apple Watch Series 4 GPS 40-millimeter watch marked down $50 for a total of $349. Amazon is sweetening the deal by discounting the watch another $19.01 for shoppers who opt for free no-rush shipping at checkout. Seeing as though you’ve lived your entire existence without the watch, waiting a few extra days to save an additional $19.01 shouldn’t kill you (but hey, you do you).  Read more...More about Apple, Health, Apple Watch, Prime Day, and Mashable Shopping
A government shutdown just got a lot more likely -- again
Don't look now but the US government is, again, nearing the brink of a shutdown. And that prospect got more likely on Monday night.
Blue Apron beefs up menus with Beyond Meat burgers, shares rise 33%
Blue Apron Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it would include Beyond Meat Inc's plant-based burgers on its menus next month, betting on a multi-billion-dollar meat alternative market to lure new customers.
Tesla cuts prices and simplifies its product line
The federal tax credit for Tesla vehicles declined by $1,875 on July 1.
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Fix Your Travel Nightmares Through Your Carrier's Airport Lounge
I have one of those bougie credit cards that comes with airport lounge access—via Priority Pass—and I always wondered what the point was. Sure, you can get a few free snacks and a decent place to sit, but it’s not like the lounge is passing out free Cinnabons and rum-and-cokes to all attendees. Read more...
Passing the Torch: 4 Tips to Ensure That You Thrive As a Successor-CEO
Congratulations! You're about to head your company! Now, how do you deal with that ex-CEO who's so used to "running the show"?
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Apollo 11: Secret Nixon speech reveals what would happen if Armstrong and Aldrin couldn't come back
Apollo 11 was a rousing success and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were able to walk on the Moon and return to Earth. But what would happen if they couldn't come back?
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Landr raises $26 million for AI-powered music creation tools
Landr, a Quebec-based startup developing an AI-powered creative platform for musicians, announced that it recently raised $26 million.
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Prime Day deal: The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker is now under £135
TL;DR: The ultra-portable Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker is down to under £134.99, saving you over £95 on list price. When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, portability is everything. You want to be able to grab your speaker in an instant, and take it with you wherever you go. That's exactly what you get with the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Bluetooth speaker. Weighing just 600 grams, this speaker lets you enjoy music and make calls on the go, with up to 24 hours of battery life per charge.  The fact that this device is ultra-portable doesn't mean you lose out on sound quality. Bang & Olufsen delivers bass and power in abundance, ensuring that you're never let down when it matters. Read more...More about Bang Olufsen, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Prime Day 2019
Get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free until July 31
TL;DR: Get three months of the expansive Kindle Unlimited for free for Prime Day. (This particular offer is actually good until July 31!) Kindle Unlimited provides users with unlimited access to millions of titles, including magazines and audio books, and the best part is you don't need to own a Kindle device to use the service — you can access it from any device compatible with the Kindle app.  If all that sounds too good to be true, just wait until you hear this: You can score Kindle Unlimited for free for three months during Prime Day. After the three months is up, you can either cancel or continue paying $9.99 per month. Read more...More about Kindle, Prime Day, Mashable Shopping, Kindle Unlimited, and Entertainment
AI solves Rubik's cube in under a second
If civilization as we know it ends at the hands of artificial intelligence, at least we know those hands are really good at solving puzzles. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine programmed a machine learning algorithm that can solve that most beguiling of human puzzles, the Rubik's cube, in less than a second.  That's all well and good, but robots have been solving Rubik's cubes for a while. What makes this one special is that it learned how to do it by itself, "without any specific domain knowledge or in-game coaching from humans," according a press release from the university. Read more...More about Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Machine Learning, Rubiks Cube, and Rubik S Cube
Curious about the Squatty Potty? It's on sale for Prime Day.
TL;DR: Amazon Prime members save 30% on the Squatty Potty for Prime Day. It’s time to talk shit — no literally. Sorry to tell you but unless you have a Squatty Potty you’ve been pooping wrong.  Sitting on your toilet the ordinary way can cause “booty blockage” and can make it difficult to do your business. The squatty potty is a foot stool that you place on the bottom of the toilet to force you in a squat position, which allows you to open your colon and essentially ease the poop out.  Not only is the Squatty Potty recommended by doctors but it also has over 9,000 reviews on Amazon. For people who love the Squatty Potty, they like really love — and aren't afraid to tell anyone who will listen.  Read more...More about Amazon, Toilet, Toilets, Prime Day, and Mashable Shopping
Alaska man illegally killed polar bear, left wasting carcass in front yard for months: authorities
An Alaska man has been federally charged with illegally killing a polar bear and leaving its carcass to rot in his front yard for five months, authorities said last week.
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Tom Brady roasts random Tweeter -- and himself -- over Madden stats
Tom Brady knows when it comes to quarterbacks, he's not that fast. But he's definitely faster than you, a regular person without six Super Bowl rings and a Hall of Fame football career.
New York City can ban ads inside Ubers, Lyfts: U.S. appeals court
A federal appeals court on Tuesday said New York City can ban advertising inside vehicles driven for companies such as Uber and Lyft, handing a victory to the millions of passengers who it said find such ads "extremely annoying."
The fibers of this futuristic bodysuit contain bacteria that reduce body odor
Apparel designer Rosie Broadhead collaborated with microbiologist Chris Callewaert to create Skin II, a bodysuit that contains encapsulated probiotic bacteria.  The bacteria of the garment are getting activated once the wearer starts sweating, reducing body odors and helping rejuvenate skin cells. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Clothing, Bacteria, Bodysuit, and Probiotic
Trump sent back to where he's originally from!
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the adorable racist Donald Trump complains about America so much, true patriots send him back to where he's originally from.
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Bayer shares rise after U.S. judge slashes Roundup payout
A U.S. federal judge on Monday slashed a damages award Bayer owes a California man who blamed Roundup weedkiller for his cancer. Francis Maguire reports.
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UPDATE 2-U.S. senators grill Facebook on its plans for Libra cryptocurrency
Facebook Inc is "delusional" to believe people will trust it with their money, a U.S. senator said on Tuesday as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle questioned the social media company on its plans for a digital currency at a hearing on Tuesday.
That video of a drone shooting fireworks into a crowd is not what it seems
Have you seen the video of someone who appears to use a drone to launch fireworks into a partying crowd in Brazil? Well, it's not exactly what it claims to be. The video, which has been circulating on Reddit in recent days, has a title which loosely translates to "When you have funk dancing on the street, upload your drone with a rocket and finish the party." People have widely taken it at face value — as a person who was upset by a loud street party getting some rather spectacular revenge via drone. But it seems the whole thing was a stunt by a popular Brazilian Instagram personality, Lucas Albert, and his pals. As some media outlets have reported, the clip appears on Albert's Instagram with a caption that says roughly, "My friends did a barbecue on the street and they did not invite me look at what I did with them." Read more...More about Brazil, Drone, Fireworks, Culture, and Web Culture
A group of Oklahoma teens found a human leg with a shoe still attached
Oklahoma teens scavenging for frogs made a grisly discovery: a human leg with the shoe still attached.
No New York police officers will be charged in Eric Garner death: official
None of the New York police officers whose attempted arrest of Eric Garner in 2014 led to the man's death and fueled the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement will face federal criminal charges, a Justice Department official said Tuesday.
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This Cuisinart food processor is $89.99 — but hurry, it's a lightning deal
TL;DR: This 14-cup food processor from Cuisinart is almost $110 off during a Prime Day lightning deal — pick one up before they're all claimed for just $89.99. Okay, this deal is already almost gone, so we're just going to get straight to the point here. This versatile 14-cup food processor from Cuisinart is only $89.99 as a part of a Prime Day lightning deal — that's almost $110 off, so hurry up if you want one (it's already over 90% claimed). SEE ALSO: 9 of the best blenders for smoothies, dough, and everything in between Mix, chop, slice, shred, knead, emulsify, purée, and mix your ingredients with effortless precision using Cuisinart's food processor. Its got a powerful 720-watt motor that'll, a 14-cup bowl, an extra large feed tube, seven different food prep functions, and super simple controls for no-fuss usage. Oh, and all the parts are dishwasher safe (bonus points!) Read more...More about Prime Day, Cuisinart, Mashable Shopping, Kitchen Appliances, and Food Processors
Greek Police Have Arrested a Suspect in the Killing of an American Researcher on Crete
Police say the 27-year-old suspect confessed to seeing Eaton walk towards a local memorial and "motivated by sexual satisfaction, he hit her twice with his car to stop her."
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Merge Games turns 10, launches $4 million indie fund
Game publisher Merge Games is starting a $4 warchest to help the funding and advertising of indie titles.
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New York Giants' star facing assault charge after woman alleges he knocked her out
The New York Giants have suspended safety Kamrin Moore after he was charged with aggravated assault following an incident in which a woman alleged he stepped on her neck before knocking her unconscious.
Alan Turing to be honored on British currency
Alan Turing, the legendary WWII codebreaker and computer science pioneer who was persecuted for being gay in the 1950s, will be honored with his photo on a new £50 note. "CBS This Morning" has details.
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‘I’m sorry their child is using the product’: Juul CEO apologizes to parents
Speaking to CNBC on a factory tour for a new documentary about vaping, Juul chief executive Kevin Burns was asked what he would say to a parent of a teenager who had been using his product.
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This 'peace bench' is meant to physically bring people together to converse
In order to bring peace, we need to come together. Like, really together. That's the idea behind a new "peace bench" designed for the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, which physically brings people together in the middle of its curved design. Created by Norwegian design firm Snøhetta (which designed Europe's first underwater restaurant) with aluminum company Hydro and sustainable furniture manufacturer Vestre, the "peace bench" has been provocatively titled The Best Weapon. This is derived from Nelson Mandela's quote, "The best weapon is to sit down and talk," which is engraved on the 6.5-metre (21-foot) bench itself. Read more...More about Design, United Nations, New York, Peace, and Social Good
Pound engulfed by 'perfect storm', plunges to 27-month low vs dollar
Sterling plunged to a 27-month low against the dollar on Tuesday (July 16) and hit new six-month lows versus the euro as the two candidates to be Britain's next prime minister vied to take the hardest Brexit stance. David Pollard reports.
Prime Day deal: Save £100 on the Instant Pot Duo V2 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker
TL;DR: The convenient Instant Pot Duo V2 7-in-1 electric pressure cooker is available for £69.99, saving you £100 on list price. We've been saying it for a while now, but time really is running out on Prime Day deals, guys. There's no more time to waste. If you want to save, you need to act. The Instant Pot Duo V2 electric pressure cooker is now available for just £69.99. This deal saves you £100 on list price, which works out at better than half-price. The catch is that this deal expires at midnight on July 16. That doesn't leave you with a lot of time to think things over, but this deal is so good that you shouldn't need to. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Instant Pot, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Prime Day 2019
Knicks finalize re-worked deal with Reggie Bullock
The Knicks made the Reggie Bullock deal official Tuesday morning. Though it hit a bump because of health issues, Bullock ultimately agreed to a two-year deal at less than the $4.7 million exception, according to multiple reports. Bullock himself announced the signing, tweeting, “Done deal.” The deal was originally for $21 million over two years,...
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From the archives: Apollo 11 astronauts talk Mars mission
In 1969, "Face the Nation" sat down with the three Apollo 11 astronauts to talk about. the future of space travel.
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How much did it cost to land on the moon?
The United States spent some $288 billion, in inflation-adjusted dollars, to reach the moon
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From the archives: Apollo 11 astronauts recount their lunar landing
In their first TV interview after returning to Earth, the three Apollo astronauts recounted their experiences on "Face the Nation."
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Live-action mystery game Telling Lies needed a new way of filming conversations
When it came time to create his next live-action mystery game Telling Lies, Her Story creator Sam Barlow had a few key components in mind. He knew he wanted a story that was made up entirely of secretly recorded clips, ones that would often be viewed out of order by players. He also knew that he wanted to have players experience both sides of the conversation, but not at the same time; you might watch a husband speaking to his wife over Skype, but while she’s talking you’re only able to view his reactions. “My original pitch was ‘I think it’s going to be interesting to watch someone’s face whilst they listen,’” Barlow explains. It’s an intriguing concept, but it also came with one slight problem: how was the team going to actually film all of this? For Her Story, filming was relatively simple. The entire experience consisted of a series of video clips, all pulled from police interrogation tapes, of a single woman discussing a particular crime. Players then had to scrub through the videos in search of clues for what really happened. Barlow’s second release, which rebooted WarGames as an interactive TV show, maintained the found footage concept, but added multiple characters, and viewers were able to change their focus during conversations in real time, subtly changing the story along the way. Telling Lies, meanwhile, has a cast of four different characters — played by Logan Marshall-Green, Kerry Bishé, Alexandra Shipp, and Angela Sarafyan — and a trove of footage of conversations between them, found on a stolen NSA hard drive. Players can search the hard drive for specific keywords and it will bring up related clips, which you can then watch to uncover new topics to search for. The idea is that, much like in Her Story, you’ll slowly be able to piece together the story and how these characters are related. However, because of the nature of these conversations, you’ll only be watching one side of the discussion. “I got my steps in.” Barlow says that he wanted to shoot on location, not on a set, in order to create a more natural feeling. But that also made filming tricky, as he wanted both sides of the conversation to be recorded simultaneously. “What I’m thinking is going to be fun is actually having the two performers bouncing off of each other, so more natural and less cinematic conversations are happening,” he explains. “That’s only going to work if we have two people actually in real time having these conversations. That was an early requirement from me.” The production team came up with a novel solution. They were able to rent out what Barlow describes as a “compound” which featured multiple houses, apartments, and other buildings. They were all distinct buildings, so that the actors could still feel as if they were having a remote conversation over a distance. But they were also close enough together that the two locations could be wired up and connected, and filmed at the same time. Further complicating matters was the fact that, unlike WarGames, where most of the conversations involved young hackers talking to each other while sitting at desks, Telling Lies has a broader array of scenes and locations, many of which were captured over video chat on mobile phones. As director, Barlow watched events unfold from an editing bay in between the two sets, which meant a lot of running around — though it was made slightly easier by the fact that the actors were essentially chatting over Skype the whole time. “In some cases what I would do is run to one set, and then speak to both of the actors over the video chat. In other cases I’d run between the two. So I got my steps in,” Barlow explains. “There’s a rule that you’re not allowed to run on film sets because they don’t want anyone to get hurt. So it’d be like a mini stealth game where I was trying to run as fast as I could without any of the PAs spotting me.” Telling Lies was filmed mostly in chronological order — it takes place over the course of two years — and a lot of footage was recorded. Barlow says that the team captured around 100 hours of conversation, which was cut down to about 10 hours for the final game. That makes it slightly longer than Her Story, though players won’t see everything. You’ll be viewing clips out of order, and depending how you search, there will be plenty you won’t even see. For the actors, this required a bit of faith that the director could put this massive amount of footage together in a way that players will understand. “Trust me,” Barlow remembers telling the actors, “this will all make sense when people play the thing.” Telling Lies is launching later this year on iOS and Steam.
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How Tiger Woods’ personal life and injury history derailed his major record run
It was a long road between his 14th and 15th major wins On April 13, 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer ever to win the Masters but it was only the beginning of what would become a reign of dominance never seen before in the sport. The time he would spend at number one is unparalleled, ranking first in the world for over 260 consecutive weeks on two separate occasions. No other golfer has ever spent even 100 consecutive weeks ranked number one. But the focus of diehard and casual fans alike has always been his chase for major championships. In a nine year span from August 1999 through 2008, Woods won 13 majors. The only man alive with more than eleven in his career is Jack Nicklaus, the career leader in major wins with 18. What many consider his greatest championship, however, came at the 2008 US Open. Tiger had entered the final round with a one shot lead but dropped three shots on the opening holes and lost the lead to Rocco Mediate. On the 18th hole, he needed a birdie to tie it and send it to a playoff. He put it on the green with a beautiful approach and then sunk a now iconic putt. Tiger and Mediate played another 18 holes to a tie. Then in sudden death, Tiger just missed a birdie and tapped in for par. Mediate’s par putt was off and Tiger claimed his 14th major Championship. With 14 major wins under his belt, the countdown clock began, it was inevitable that Tiger would break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors. But just like frozen soup in the microwave, time keeps getting added to the clock and eventually you find yourself wondering, will it ever be done? For more episodes of COLLAPSE visit
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Priest’s son arrested in murder of American scientist in Greece
A 27-year-old Greek farmer – the son of a priest – has been arrested after confessing to raping and murdering the California scientist who was found dead in a World War II bunker on the island of Crete. The unnamed suspect, who was brought in for questioning Monday, was later arrested after he “confessed his...
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CQS looking to grow U.S. presence under new CEO Rolet
CQS, the London-based global multi-strategy credit-focused asset management firm with $17.7 billion in assets, is looking to grow its presence in the United States, Xavier Rolet, who took over the...
Boris Johnson's early days as mayor: 'It was total, total chaos'
The politician’s years in London’s City Hall give clues to his possible working style as PMBoris Johnson had been mayor of London for 115 days when the rest of the world got its first glimpse of the idiosyncratic charms that had helped him bag the job. After shambling, his blazer unbuttoned, into the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing for the handover ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, he inexpertly flapped the official flag of the Games for a few seconds, half-heartedly punched the air and then put his hands in his pockets.Later that evening, “London’s new and unusual mayor” (New York Times) would declare to a gathering of tipsy Britons and utterly baffled Chinese that “wiff-waff [was] coming home”, concluding a display that led the paper, in a roundup of unofficial medallists, to award him “least reassuring performance in a transitional role”. The subtext of this and much of the other international coverage was clear: this was the man Londoners had chosen to run their city? Continue reading...
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Pole to Win International expands Montreal game and tech outsourcing studio
Pole to Win is a big game outsourcing company, and now it is expanding its game studio in Montreal.
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Organelle M is a portable and endlessly hackable music ‘computer’
Critter & Guitari has been pumping out interesting musical devices since at least 2008. But a few years ago the company streamlined its selection of instruments to focus on two products: the ETC video synthesizer and the Organelle music com...
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Get a Break From Your Kids on a Plane by Booking a 'Vacation Seat'
Back in my earlier days, all I had to do was make one decision—window or aisle?—and then I’d be given a seat number and and then I would get on an airplane and sit in that seat and thus would conclude my mental exertion on this issue. Alas, that was then. Now that I have a partner and two young children, selecting the…Read more...
Scientists Find a New Kind of Cell That Helps Heal the Heart
The human body has plenty of nifty tricks to keep itself alive for as long as possible, and scientists still haven’t come close to figuring them all out. Case in point, a team of researchers this week describe a previously unknown type of cell near the heart that helps it heal from injury. The discovery could lead to…Read more...
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Tetris Effect is coming to PC next week
Tetris Effect, Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s ethereal take on Tetris and one of our favorite games of last year, is coming out on PC next week. Developer Enhance Games says the PC version supports unlocked framerates and resolutions with more graphical options than the original PS4 release, and it can be played in VR on HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headsets with their relevant controllers. (The game also supports regular monitors and gamepads, of course.) Tetris Effect for PC will be released next Tuesday, July 23rd, and will be another Epic Games Store exclusive. It’ll cost $39.99, though there’ll be a 20 percent discount for the first two weeks, and orders during that period will also get bonus content including a seven-track soundtrack sampler and some desktop wallpapers.
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The Hard Lesson This BBQ Entrepreneur Learned When He Sold Out to a Corporate Backer
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que founder John Stage discovered that an abundance of capital means nothing if you lose control of your business.
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