John Oliver explains how companies like Mary Kay are pyramid schemes

You probably have that one friend who tries to sell you beauty and hygiene products from the comfort of their own home, and then tries to convince you to quit your job and become an entrepreneur and sell the products yourself. John Oliver's advice? Watch out. On last night's Last Week Tonight, Oliver explained that companies like Herbalife…

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‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ trailer shares a new galaxy’s story

Something's up in the Andromeda Galaxy. It's N7 Day, a semi-regular Nov. 7 celebration of the Mass Effect series that BioWare typically uses for releases and reveals. This particular N7 Day is a special one, with Mass Effect: Andromeda just a few months from launching. This newly released trailer offers the clearest glimpse yet of the upcoming game's…

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The best leaf blower

By Doug Mahoney This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Re... ...read more Read more here:: Engadget      

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How did the FBI search through all those new Clinton emails so fast?

A little over a week after kicking off a firestorm by announcing the FBI was reopening the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal, FBI director James Comey pulled a "whoops, my bad" on Sunday and said there was nothing to see here, move along, please. SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton's email headache just turned back into a migraine Except it's…

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Spotify is urging listeners to vote with a message from Barack Obama

In case you haven't heard, President Obama really wants you to get out and vote. He's spent months encouraging Americans to cast their ballots while campaigning for Hillary Clinton, but to ensure everyone gets the message, he headed to a place he's sure you'll hear him..Spotify. That's right, Barack Obama reminding you to vote is the newest ad to interrupt…

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Vevo lets you make GIFs from its massive music video library

Vevo just launched a new feature that should help it drive visitors to its recently-redesigned website: a GIF maker. Yes, one thing we can all agree on is that we all love GIFs, and Vevo is making it far easier to mine its massive music video library... ...read more Read more here:: Engadget      

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Watch the Rubik’s Cube world record get destroyed

Mats Valk, a Dutch Rubik's Cube speed solver, broke a world record on Sunday when he completed the puzzle in less time than it takes most people to see a link to this post, decide to click and hit play on the embedded YouTube video. With a time of just 4.74 seconds, Valk beat Lucas Etter's previous record…

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How Twitter fueled the wild rise of vote rigging allegations

Casually lobbed by Donald Trump in early August after falling behind in the polls, allegations of vote-rigging in the U.S. elections have gone from political fringes to a mainstream battering ram of the right. The concerns—largely dismissed as unreasonable by reputable voting groups—are being amplified in the favored arena of this campaign: Twitter. SEE ALSO: Too late, this election has…

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How to become an active member in the fight to mitigate climate change

Promoted by Cool Effect Now helping Earth is as easy as tapping a button. Fight climate change by supporting the world's best projects committed to reducing carbon pollution. Small actions can create planet-sized change.It's easy to sit around wringing hands while discussing the distressing facts and statistics concerning our planet's climate change crisis. Tweeting an article about the Paris Agreement…

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Election take on ‘The Oregon Trail’ is almost too realistic

You may have no problem voting in the US election, but others won't have it so easy... and a web game is making that point all too clear. GOP Arcade and the New York Times' opinion section have posted The Voter Suppression Trail, a spin on the classi... ...read more Read more here:: Engadget      

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The 12 best tech gifts for fashionistas

Buying clothes and other apparel as gifts is always something of a risky proposition -- and that's doubly true if the person you're shopping for prides herself on having good taste. Indeed, you might want to skip clothing altogether and focus on serv... ...read more Read more here:: Engadget      

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This might be the worst onside kick in NFL history

The Pittsburgh Steelers were down by a touchdown with less than a minute to play in Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. So, in a effort to maintain possession of the ball, they did what any team would do — an onside kick. But it didn't work out so well. SEE ALSO: The 2016 MLB season was a series of…

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There’s no such thing as the perfect app

When you pick up your phone, what's the first thing you do? Chances are you're tapping on your favorite mobile app. And, according to the data, you're not alone. Research shows that people in the US spend an average of three hours a day on a smartphone or tablet and 87% of that time is spent using apps. So, why…

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Watch this NFL punter danced like no punter has before

One of the most epic NFL celebrations of 2016 just came from a very unlikely player. Though this season has provided some memorable celebrations — twerking, pelvic thrusts and bow-and-arrows, to name a few — most have taken place in the endzone, and have come from players that usually take center stage. Not on Sunday. SEE ALSO: LeBron James helps…

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‘Westworld’ had a cool easter egg that you probably missed

Warning: The following contains light spoilers for episode 6 of Westworld. If you're a big fan of HBO's Westworld and also have a near photographic memory of the 1973 film of the same name (looking at you, 20 people!) you may have caught a cool easter egg on Sunday's episode. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, a decommissioned host appeared during Bernard's…

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China’s new cybersecurity laws are a nightmare

Privacy fans will be delighted to hear that China has passed new cybersecurity regulations that mandate the use of real names. In addition, companies who operate in the country will be forced to store their data locally, making it fair game for surve... ...read more Read more here:: Engadget      

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Serena Williams Snapchats s’more disappointment

Serena Williams has quite the number of feathers in her cap. She is an athlete with almost superhuman capabilities, a feminist and a strong, clear voice against police violence. Sadly, nobody is perfect and Serena's downfall is that she can't appreciate the glory in a really toasted, charred s'more. Image: snapchat/serenaunmatchedSEE ALSO: Make s'more room for the Girl Scouts' newest…

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American kids try French food and it didn’t go over so well

Kids are well known for being picky eaters and unwilling to try new things. But watching little humans expand their palate can also be highly entertaining. Cut Video recently released a new episode of its most adorable series "American Kids Try," where young American children test out typical meals from around the globe. The latest episode is focused…

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Sharper, more vibrant HDR videos are now available on YouTube

YouTube, the world's largest and most popular video service, now supports HDR content for sharper, more vibrant picture quality. The company announced HDR (High Dynamic Range) support in January, and now it's finally live. SEE ALSO: Now you can see incredibly lifelike picture with this technology HDR videos have higher contrast, wider dynamic range of colors, brighter whites and blacker…

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YouTube is now streaming HDR video

We knew it was coming, but it's finally here: YouTube is now streaming High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Google announced today that it's enabled support for the the display technology, allowing viewers with HDR TVs and monitors to enjoy content with i... ...read more Read more here:: Engadget      

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Dave Chappelle’s Hillary Clinton jokes set off social media firestorm

Dave Chappelle's post-election Saturday Night Live monologue likely won't be going for the kumbaya tone that the late-night show tried to strike this past weekend. Over the weekend, Chappelle performed at a few small New York City clubs, presumably to try out material for Saturday, when he'll host the show for the first time. As expected, his material was election-based.…

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Wall Street veteran Sallie Krawcheck has had enough finance mansplaining — here’s how she’s fixing it

Wall Street veteran Sallie Krawcheck has faced decades of finance mansplaining. In the tall buildings huddled together on the southern tip of Manhattan around a bronze bull, Krawcheck rose through the ranks to become one of the most powerful women in finance while hearing words like "outperform," "beat the market," and "pick the winner" repeated by the mostly male financial…

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This t-shirt is the scary logical endpoint of Trump’s media tantrums

As the election nears, Donald Trump continues taking his trademark anti-media rhetoric to new heights, and his most hardcore supporters are taking that message to heart. People at Trump rallies now routinely drop by the media area to give journalists a piece of their minds, such as chanting "Jew-S-A" at them. It shouldn't entirely come as a surprise, then, to…

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Smoking triggers hundreds of DNA mutations every year

You know that smoking is bad for your health. However, scientists have just shed additional light on how those toxic chemicals can wreck your body. A newly published study has determined that a pack-a-day smoker typically produces 333 DNA mutations p... ...read more Read more here:: Engadget      

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Kid Cudi performed his first post-rehab show this weekend

It's been a lot of days n' nites since anyone's seen Kid Cudi but to the delight of fans, the rapper was able to make it to his scheduled performance at the first annual ComplexCon over the weekend. The rapper pulled all the stops on Saturday, Nov. 5—his first performance since he announced in September that he would be checking…

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Amazon celebrates Echo’s 2nd birthday with $40 price cut

If you've been on the fence about getting an Amazon Echo, today's your lucky day. Amazon is slashing $40 off the voice-controlled tube, bringing the device down to $140 from its regular price of $180. The limited time discount is in celebration of the Echo's second birthday. The smart home controller/speaker launched in late 2014 to Amazon Prime members through…

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Tweet these 3 election hashtags to reveal a secret emoji

Twitter wants you to get #pumped for this presidential election. In anticipation for the big event this Tuesday, the company has announced three official hashtags that will allow users to participate online. By tweeting and searching for #ElectionDay, #ElectionNight and #Election2016, Twitter users will be able to follow along with all the election excitement and also unlock a corresponding ballot…

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The Bernie Sanders doppelgänger wants you to know he’s not Larry David, either

While Bernie Sanders is less prevalent in the news after he lost the Democratic presidential nomination, he's still a major politician involved in the 2016 election. That means there's still enough reason for Sanders' doppelgänger to prove that he is not, in fact, Bernie Sanders. However, the Sanders look-alike has added a new twist on his classic shirt. SEE ALSO:…

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Motorola’s metal body Moto M launches with ho-hum specs

Motorola has just launched the 5.5-inch mid-range Moto M by way of its listing on Tmall (China's equivalent of Amazon). The Moto lineup always garners a lot of interest, thanks to previous stellar models like the Moto G and Moto X Pure Edition. Howev... ...read more Read more here:: Engadget      

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Friendless man bravely takes on mannequin challenge by himself

It is a basic human right to participate in the mannequin challenge, regardless of friend count. While most popular videos of the challenge include large groups of participants, Twitter user MartyMula got creative and decided he wouldn't be left out because of his lack of friends. He hilariously did the challenge by himself, and honestly, it's still pretty great. SEE…

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Lady Gaga channels the suffragette movement in election-inspired outfit

Lady Gaga has never been shy of using fashion to make a bold statement (meat dress...), and with a historical election in full swing, now is not the time for her to stop the head-turning practice. The singer strutted through Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, wearing an outfit that borrows from suffragette-style of the early 1900s. She shared a…

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The first ‘Valerian’ trailer docks in 3 days, and we got a sneak peek

LOS ANGELES — You see a lot of kooky alien creatures in and around Beverly Hills these days, but on a sunny afternoon last week, the wildest, most eye-popping extraterrestrial life forms were confined to the third floor of a bland office building just off San Vicente Blvd. These are the inhabitants of Valerian: The City of a Thousand Planets…

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This graphite skeleton is literally drawing itself to death

This is Ash Dancer – a life-sized, self-drawing human skeleton made of solid graphite that creates self-portraits until it disappears completely. It's made by artist ...More about Mashable Video, Graphite, San Francisco, Sculpture, and Skeleton ...read more Read more here:: Mashable      

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Here are the best ways to support Hillary online without getting trashed

Hillary Clinton is potentially poised to become the first female president of the United States tomorrow — but that doesn't mean it's cool to like her or anything. Posting on Facebook is always a dangerous challenge: say the wrong thing, and watch as the hidden trolls in your Facebook family pop up on your pristine wall. And while posting on…

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What to do when you see harassment at the polls on Election Day

All Americans have the legal right to vote without fear of intimidation or threats. The campaign rhetoric this year, however—consistently called racist, sexist, ableist and abusive—makes it hard not to expect tension at the polls, especially in battleground states. SEE ALSO: 8 marginalized groups still fighting for the freedom to vote in the U.S. In early October, Republican presidential candidate…

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