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Be drunk forever with the new Keurig for Jell-O shots

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:58pm

The dawn of the Keurig has made getting your morning cup of coffee faster and more efficient than ever before. Now, that same phenomenon can happen with Jell-O shots.

The Jevo is an automated Jell-O shot maker, marketed as being able to create 20 Jell-O shots in just 10 minutes. College party houses everywhere rejoice: a new, drunken dawn is on the horizon.

See also: 9 easy beer equations that solve all your problems

The machine is being marketed mostly to bars, because, you know, regular consumers probably don't need 20 Jell-O shots every 10 minutes. It is currently available for pre-order.

Image: Jevo Read more...

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Ford recalls more than 6,000 ambulances over defect that shuts down engines

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:42pm

Ford announced that it wants to pull more than 6,000 ambulances off the road to fix a defect that causes their engines to spontaneously shut down and refuse to restart

"The exhaust gas temperature sensors may not function properly, causing the vehicle to incorrectly identify a high temperature condition," Ford said in statement.

The recalls, announced on Wednesday, came as part of a larger announcement that involves more than 200,000 Ford Explorers and police vehicles in North America and nearly 2,000 limos and hearses

See also: The new Ford Police Interceptor is a cop-approved workhorse Read more...

Regulatory pressure on FordMore about Auto, Ford, Business, Us, and Recalls

Facebook unveils VR-ready 'spherical videos' for News Feed

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:38pm

The next frontier for Facebook isn't video, it's "spherical videos" — immersive, 360-degree videos that work right in the News Feed.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new feature on stage at the social network's annual F8 developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

See also: What to expect at Facebook's F8 conference

Spherical videos are 360-degree videos that will run natively in News Feed and are shot with 24 high-resolution cameras, Zuckerberg said.

In addition to embeds in News Feed, spherical videos will also be compatible with virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and Samsung's Gear VR. Read more...

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10 Kraft and Heinz pairings made in snack food heaven

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:35pm

After years of kids mixing Heinz Tomato Ketchup into their bowls of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, the two brands made their relationship official

On Wednesday, HJ Heinz bought Kraft to create a mind-boggling $28 billion company. We're sure these two will be very happy together.

See also: HJ Heinz buys Kraft to build a $28 billion food giant

To celebrate this blessed union of sauces and snacks, we've imagined 10 ways you can pair Kraft favorites with Heinz standbys. Happy eating.

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Sarah Jessica Parker throws shade at national treasure Tom Hanks

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:33pm

Tom Hanks has a reputation for being completely delightful

Whether he's helping Girl Scouts sell cookies or dancing through the streets of Manhattan in a Carly Rae Jepson video, the actor always seems like the kind of guy who is too good be be true. And maybe he is

See also: 14 Stunning Photographs That Bridge Past and Present

Hanks was involved in what looked to be a pleasant conversation while he attended a New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden last night, but Sarah Jessica Parker's face says otherwise.

The actress, seated in the row behind him, was visibly disgusted — or has an intense case of resting bitch face — as Tom Hanks chattered along, oblivious to the destruction he was doing to his sparkling reputation. Read more...

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What the first round of Facebook Messenger apps will look like

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:29pm

Facebook Messenger has opened up to third-party developers, and the first dedicated apps for Facebook's messaging platform have arrived.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the first group of partner apps that will integrate with Messenger during the company's F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco Wednesday and revealed.

See also: You can now do a whole lot more with Facebook Messenger

For Facebook, third-party apps can potentially lure many more users to its ever-expanding Messenger service while developers are hoping Facebook will bring visibility to their apps that may otherwise be overlooked in an increasingly crowded app ecosystem Read more...

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Headbutting pig banned from London pub

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:27pm

LONDON — We've all been there: You've had one too many, and headbutted a fellow punter in the pub.

One pig in London, though, has been doing it so often, she's been barred.

See also: A pop-up 'pignic' full of teacup pigs is coming to London

Frances Bacon (kudos to the owners for that one) is a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig who props up the bar of the Conquering Hero in West Norwood.

Normally, she's quite happy snaffling peanuts and unwittingly cannibalising distant cousins in the form of discarded pork scratchings, but sometimes she sups some of the customer's beer and cider and, well, the hairy one gets lairy. Read more...

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Google Pony Express: Part of the big, digital cash grab

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:25pm

What is it with all these companies suddenly wanting to be in business? And by "business" I mean finance. Whether it's on my phone, in my watch or on the desktop, big name tech and social media companies are angling to get between your wallet and everyone else holding their hands out.

Google Pony Express, the project ReCode stumbled on this week, is another perfect example. According to the site and a raft of secret documents they perused and then published, Google is working on an entire Gmail-driven bill payment system. So instead of you visiting two dozen sites to pay your e-bills, you just check your Gmail. Read more...

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You can now do a whole lot more with Facebook Messenger

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:23pm

Following an onset of rumors, Facebook unveiled on Wednesday that Messenger is becoming a massive communications hub, where users will be able to do much more than chat with others via the service.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced during the company's F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco that developers can now add a Messenger button to third-party apps so content like personalized music messages and animated photo effects can be pushed out to friends. ESPN and The Weather Channel are among the 40 apps that now support Facebook Messenger

See also: What the first round of Facebook Messenger apps will look like Read more...

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Jupiter 'wrecking ball' may have destroyed early planets

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:15pm

Jupiter may have acted like a giant wrecking ball in the newborn solar system, roaming in to destroy an early generation of inner planets before retreating to its current orbit, researchers say.

This Jupiter finding could help explain why the solar system is so different from the hundreds of other planetary systems that astronomers have recently discovered, and that life as it is known on Earth might be rarer than previously thought, the scientists added.

SEE ALSO: The strangest alien planets we know

In the past two decades or so, researchers have confirmed the existence of more than 1,800 planets orbiting distant stars. These discoveries have included nearly 500 systems that, like our solar system, possess multiple planets. Read more...

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Two Americans on Germanwings flight were mother and daughter

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:56pm

A Drexel University graduate and her mother were killed in the Germanwings crash in the French Alps on Tuesday, according to a family member.

Emily Selke and her mother Yvonne were two of the 150 people on the Airbus 320, which crashed and killed everyone on board, while en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

See also: 16 high-school students and 2 teachers were on Germanwings flight

Selke's father confirmed to the Washington Post that his daughter and wife were on board the plane

The U.S. State Department confirmed on Wednesday that three Americans were on the flight, but declined to name them Read more...

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The apocalypse is now: Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:55pm

The worst has happened. It is the seventh sign of the apocalypse. The world will never be the same

Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction. [Insert sound of billions of teenage girls' hearts shattering.]

See also: 8 most hirable boy band replacements for Zayn Malik

A Facebook post on Wednesday announced the news: Read more...

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Benedict Cumberbatch to help rebury his cousin, Richard III, 530 years after king's death

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:45pm

LONDON — Benedict Cumberbatch will soon play King Richard III in a big new BBC series, but before he does, the actor will first help rebury him on Thursday

The Plantagenet king, who was the last king to die in battle, was killed in 1485 and buried in a hurry in the foundations of an old friary in Leicester. Richard III's remains were later discovered underneath a parking lot in 2012.

See also: 530 years after his death, King Richard III reburial procession attracts thousands

Ahead of the reburial service in Leicester Cathedral, it was revealed that Cumberbatch and the king are related. The actor is Richard III's second cousin, 16 times removed, according to genealogy expert and professor Kevin Schurer who found the connection. Read more...

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See the cover art for Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' sequel

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:37pm

Book lovers, rejoice. We're one step closer to getting our hands on the To Kill a Mockingbird sequel

HarperCollins debuted on Wednesday morning the cover of Go Set a Watchman on People.com. It is reminiscent of the iconic cover of Harper Lee's 1960 novel, recalling the tree in the foreground. The new cover, in shades of blue and yellow, also features an approaching train

See also: 10 lost literary works to rival Harper Lee's 'Mockingbird' sequel

Image: Harper Collins via People

"[The cover] draws on the style of the decade the book was written," HarperCollins president Michael Morrison told People Read more...

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Sweet 16 preview: March Madness levels up as the Final Boss awaits

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:29pm

Think back to those old-school arcade games, from when you actually had to go to arcades to play games. You'd slot in some quarters, jostle the sticks and level up to face boss after boss. Beat one boss and advance to the next, as the crowd around you grew

That ascending journey was all good fun, but half the thrill resided in the threat that loomed at the end, through the final portal. His name, powers and appearance were typically interchangeable. But he was ultimately the same guy in every game: The Final Boss. The biggest. The baddest

Kentucky is the Final Boss of this year's March Madness. Of that there's even less doubt than existed a week ago when this tourney got underway Read more...

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SEC allows regular Americans to become venture capitalists, no Silicon Valley cred required

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:10pm

Get the PayPal account ready.

Startups can now raise up to $50 million by selling stock online to anyone, opening the door for Internet-based equity crowdfunding platforms to begin operation

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt rules that permit startups to raise money from the vast majority of Americans, including provisions that allow for deals to be made over the Internet

See also: The $40,000 T-Shirt: Oculus Rift and Ownership in Crowdfunding

Previously, only individuals with more than $1 million in net worth or income of at least $200,000 for each of the last two years — so called "accredited investors" — could easily invest in startups. Some websites already offer the chance to invest in startups online, but prospective investors had to be accredited and subject to more stringent regulations. Read more...

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3 generations of one family among victims in Germanwings crash

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:39am

One day after a Germanwings Airbus 320 crashed, killing all 150 passengers on board, information about the victims' identities has begun to emerge. Several children, including two infants, are among the dead. There were six crew members and 144 passengers on the plane in total.

Germanwings has not yet provided a final toll of the victims' nationalities, and said it's still trying to reach the relatives of those who were on board. Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of the low-cost carrier, confirmed at a Wednesday morning press briefing that people from 15 different countries were on the flight, but said dual nationalities of some of the passengers were making it difficult to determine an early tally. Read more...

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Charming uncle wears princess dress to help shy niece

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:23am

Prince Charming, meet your dress-clad match.

Michigan actor Jesse Nagy and his 4-year-old niece Izzy recently planned a princess day to see Cinderella in a local theater. But, when Izzy was too nervous to go outside in her Cinderella dress, Nagy knew he could help.

Image: Facebook Jesse Nagy

Nagy spoke with ABC News, saying Izzy suggested that her uncle dress the princess part too. He agreed, but insisted the little girl wear the crown, to which she happily agreed.

See also: Chill dad dressed as Elsa takes his daughter to 'Frozen' sing-along

When the two arrived at the movie theater in full princess garb ready to see Cinderella, theater employee snapped a picture and posted it to Reddit. Read more...

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New inflatable habitat is ready for its first space station trip

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:15am

A new, inflatable addition to the International Space Station is ready for its close-up.

NASA officials viewed Bigelow Aerospace's Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) at the company's facility in Las Vegas on March 12. BEAM is scheduled to depart later this year for NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and then blast toward the station atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster.

SEE ALSO: Bigelow's inflatable space station idea in photos

BEAM's time attached to the orbiting lab should provide a key test for expandable space habitats, which represent a dramatic departure from traditional metallic designs. Read more...

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