Author: dhrandco

Pentagram designed a smart speaker that’s like HitClips for kids

The Yoto Player, a connected speaker for kids, has more in common with old-school cassette players than smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home devices. It deliberately doesn’t have a microphone, camera, or a screen — it’s really just designed to play audio, but through NFC-enabled physical cards. Inspired by Montessori teachings that emphasize […]

SNL’s ‘White Male Rage’ song goes viral, prompting critical discussion of Oscars

During the “Weekend Update” segment of this week’s “Saturday Night Live,” a standout bit performed by cast member Melissa Villaseñor acknowledged a commonality among a majority of the Oscar-nominated films, leading to a lively discussion on social media. Villaseñor appeared on the segment to show off her “Oscar songs,” each about a different film nominated […]

Manchester United drops Tranmere Rovers 6-0 in FA Cup

Attacking drought for Manchester United? Not to worry, call on the defenders. Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot, and Phil Jones all scored brilliant first-half goals as Manchester United dropped League Two side Tranmere Rovers 6-0 to advance to the FA Cup fifth round. The Prenton Park pitch was in horrendous shape after heavy rain, but that […]

Vaping May Not Help With Smoking Cessation, Says Report

The US government released on Thursday its first smoking cessation report in 30 years, showing that there is inadequate evidence to conclude that e-cigarettes help quit smoking. It is difficult to make generalizations about efficacy for cessation based on clinical trials involving a particular e-cigarette, according to the report. E-cigarettes have long been embraced as […]

U.S. stock futures fall more than 1 percent as coronavirus fears spread

U.S. S&P500 e-mini futures ESc1 fell more than 1% in Asian trade on Monday on mounting worries the new coronavirus outbreak could severely disrupt the Chinese economy, an engine of global growth. China’s cabinet said it would extend the week-long Lunar New Year holiday by three days to Feb. 2 and Hong Kong banned residents […]

YouTube signs exclusive streaming deal for Activision e-sports like Call of Duty and Overwatch

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard has entered into a multiyear partnership with Google that will see the search giant’s cloud platform power all of Activision Blizzard’s game hosting and other technical needs. But more importantly, as part of the deal, YouTube will become the exclusive streaming partner for all of the game publisher’s big e-sports […]

Pennsylvania woman charged with imprisoning sister in a wooden cage

A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with imprisoning her sister in a wooden cage, according to the state’s attorney general. Leona Biser, 51, of Vestaburg, who was charged with false imprisonment, is accused of having kept Loretta Lancaster, 53, her sister, in the cage with only a dirty mattress and little to no medical care, […]

NHL players in favor of ‘international flavor’ All-Star idea

ST. LOUIS — Nathan MacKinnon enjoyed when the NHL All-Star Game featured North America against the World in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Something similar could be coming back next year, but with a twist. The league is in talks with players to bring what Commissioner Gary Bettman called a ”distinct international flavor” to […]

Jude Law Loves Starving Himself

Actor Jude Law says he loves starving himself so that he can enjoy “excessive banquets” every now and again. In an interview with Vulture magazine, the actor revealed that he follows an intermittent fasting diet in which he only eats between noon and 8 p.m. He said, “I love restricting what I’m eating, like really […]

Tesla’s Musk seeks to allay water concerns at factory site after protests

Tesla (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk sought to allay environmental concerns about the electric carmaker’s planned factory in Germany, saying the plant would use less water than was estimated originally. The U.S. company had said in planning documents that the factory would need 372 cubic meters of water from the public drinking water network per […]