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Sunday's Best Deals: Kindle Ebooks, Backyard Sports, Egg Cooker, and More

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 09:29

Cheap Kindle ebooks, noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones, and backyard sports equipment lead off Sunday’s best deals.

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io9 Co-Founder Charlie Jane Anders Wins Best Novel at This Year's Nebula Awards

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 09:15

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the Nebula Awards for 2016 over the weekend. There are some impressive and talented works in the mix, including an award for Arrival. But, of course, io9 can’t help but be a little extra thrilled that our co-founder, Charlie Jane Anders, took…

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Amazon's Top-Selling Egg Cooker Makes Breakfast at the Touch of a Button - Just $16 Today

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 07:04

Cooking eggs isn’t exactly rocket science, but I’d say the ability to make soft, medium, and hard boiled eggs, plus omelettes and poached eggs at the touch of a button is worth $16. The Dash Go is Amazon’s top-selling egg cooker, and carries a truly stellar 4.5 star review average from nearly 3,000 customers, so get…

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This Game of Thrones Fan Film May Be the Only Prequel We Need

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 16:35

As George R.R. Martin and HBO try to figure out which (and how many!) of the five Game of Thrones spin-offs they’re working on a small group of indie filmmaker in Belfast have taken it upon themselves to make their own prequel, titled “The Wild Wolf,” a short depicting Ned’s doomed brother Brandon Stark and Catelyn…

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Vienna Game Developers Are Using The City's Coffeehouse Culture To Create A New Kind Of Arcade 

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 16:00

The rise and fall of arcades have in large part shaped how we think about playing video games together in public places, but in their absence, young designers are finding new ways to bring social gaming out into the open.

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Chelsea Manning Is Using Social Media Like It's the Good Ol' Days

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 15:50

After seven years in a military prison, Manning was free on May 17th. And over the last few days, her social media posts have been reminding us of the good old internet, before logging on meant bracing yourself for news of the next disaster.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Reteam With James Cameron for the Next Terminator Movie

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 13:20

Arnold Schwarzenegger has just announced he’ll be starring in the next Terminator movie, which is not at all a big deal. It’s definitely less exciting than the news from January that James Cameron would be regaining rights to the franchise he created, and was working on a new, possibly good Terminator film. But…

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The Doomsday Vault Isn't Flooded But We're All Still Going to Die

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 13:07

It was a story that was too good to pass up. The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault had flooded because of global warming-induced high temperatures melting the surrounding permafrost. But according to one of the vault’s creators, the reports are pretty overblown and everything’s fine. Well, the vault’s fine. The…

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Someone Is Trying to Scrub Trump's Name From the Wikipedia Page of Lieberman's Law Firm

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 11:00

There’s a Wikipedia edit war going on right now on the page of the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. That wouldn’t be notable except for the fact that someone is trying to scrub Donald Trump’s name from the page and Joe Lieberman is a special counsel at the firm. Lieberman is a frontrunner to head the…

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Do Not Watch These Two New Wonder Woman Clips, Because They Are Too Awesome

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 10:59

Given these tumultuous times, there’s a real comfort in knowing that WB/DC somehow managed to get a live-action Wonder Woman movie right while hilariously flubbing Batman and Superman. We should all be immensely looking forward to the film, which is why I very recommend you don’t watch these new, completely amazing…

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Hugh Jackman Didn't Know Wolverines Were Real Animals Until After He Started Shooting X-Men

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 09:05

We hear stories about actors being cast as superheroes who have never picked up a comic book all the time, but Hugh Jackman took this a step further when he showed up for his Wolverine audition back in the late ‘90s for the first X-Men movie. He didn’t even know wolverines existed—and he found out in the most…

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So George Romero's Next Of the Dead Movie Is Basically About Zombie NASCAR 

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 17:00

George A. Romero, director of the legendary Night of the Living Dead, the equally legendary Dawn of the Dead, the not legendary but still good Day of the Dead, and countless other zombie entertainment, is trying something different. Very different. So different it’s a movie where zombies race cars to entertain rich

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In WannaCry's Wake, a New Rapidly Spreading Ransomware Attack Appeared Today

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:31

A week after WannaCry induced worldwide panic, another vicious ransomware attack is currently underway.

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If This Orchestral Version of the '60s Spider-Man Theme Isn't in Homecoming, It Goddamn Should Be

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:30

Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Homecoming composer Michael Giacchino (Up) just put up a lovely 30-second video on Twitter of the orchestra currently recording the score to the film. They’re playing a wonderful arrangement of the classic theme song from the ‘70s Spider-Man cartoon, and it’s so good we can’t stop listening…

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That 'Alien Megastructure' Star Is Freaking Out Again

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:25

It’s almost certainly not aliens, but once again, Tabby’s Star is acting hella weird. The star that first became our planetary obsession back in the fall of 2015—when astronomer Jason Wright suggested its weird flickering behavior might be the result of an alien megastructure—is, once again, flickering. But unlike…

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The Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Releases Its First Results

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 15:55

Around eighty-five percent of the matter scientists have detected in the universe comes from something we can’t feel or see. It’s a seemingly enormous amount of mass whose gravity bends other stars’ light and makes galaxies spin strangely. And scientists really, really want to know what this so-called dark matter is.

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Instagram Won't Stop Showing Me the Mother's Day Photos I Don't Want to See

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:45

After four and a half years of not speaking to my mom I’ve learned to stay away from social media on Mother’s Day.

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'World’s Hottest Pepper' Will Have You Breathing Fire, But It Won’t Kill You

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:40

Not all hot peppers are created equal, and few are as unequal as the Dragon’s Breath chili—a new breed that may soon find itself atop the “world’s hottest” throne. Forged by Wales horticulturalist Mike Smith, the red-orange, fingernail-sized fruit is the unintentional product of a trial of a new performance-boosting…

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Federal Agents Are Now Using ‘Stingrays’ to Track and Capture Undocumented Immigrants

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:11

Controversial cellphone tracking technology is being deployed as a tool in President Donald Trump’s expanding effort to arrest and deport illegal US residents.

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