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Amazon just announced Amazon Go, a grocery store with no checkout

Amazon just announced Amazon Go, a grocery store with no checkout

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Amazon is the web’s largest retailer, but the company has long been planning a move into the brick-and-mortar retail scene as well. Now, the reports that Amazon was hard at work on a revolutionary corner store concept have finally achieved fruition. It’s called Amazon Go, and it looks like the future.

Amazon Go is a system that marries physical stores with advanced algorithms and sensors to eliminate the need for a typical store checkout. Instead of packing all the things you need into a basket or cart and then dragged it through a tedious checkout process, you just grab whatever you need and walk out of the store.

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Jon Stewart slams Trump, the media and the bizarre 2016 Presidential election

December 2nd at 2:27 PM

Jon Stewart slams Trump, the media and the bizarre 2016 Presidential election

Jon Stewart earlier this week appeared at a “Times Talk” event to help promote a new book which outlines the history of The Daily Show during the Stewart era. During the event, Stewart opened up and didn’t mince words as he laid into Trump and the overall sorry state of the media in 2016.

Indeed, with the recent U.S. Presidential election being one of the most bizarre and contentious elections in recent memory, Stewart’s willingness to call out BS and hypocrisy across both sides of the political divide was sorely missed over the past few months. While Stewart made a few cameo appearances here and there, there’s truly no substitute for Stewart going in full-throttle on a particular topic.

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Marijuana Legal

As Obama opens up about marijuana legalization, Trump’s pick for Attorney General is fiercely anti-pot

December 1st at 11:31 PM

As Obama opens up about marijuana legalization, Trump’s pick for Attorney General is fiercely anti-pot

The state of marijuana legalization across the United States is arguably at a crossroads. On the one hand, the judgmental prism through which society has traditionally viewed marijuana usage has become decidedly less harsh over the last few years. Whereas the drug was previously stigmatized as a gateway drug that would inevitably lead to a life of crime and heroin addition, societal acceptance of marijuana as a safe recreational drug seems to be taking hold in many regions across the country.

To this point, the recent election saw four new states — California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Meanwhile, the number of states that have legalized marijuana use for medical reasons now stands at 25.

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Vote Recount 2016: Jill Stein

Surprise! Jill Stein’s recount now costs almost $10 million

November 30th at 12:14 PM

Surprise! Jill Stein’s recount now costs almost $10 million

A week ago, Jill Stein kicked off a vote recount campaign that went viral online. The Green Party wants recounts in three swing states, which could theoretically give Hillary Clinton the presidency — but only if the recount shows that Clinton should have won in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Since then, Stein’s campaign has continued to raise the ceiling on that crowd-funding target. It started at $2.5 million, then went to $4.5 million, and up until a few hours ago it had a $7 million goal. But guess what? That goal is now $9.5 million. It turns out that vote recounts are expensive endeavors.

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Stephen Hawking knows why you’re fat

November 29th at 10:02 PM

Stephen Hawking knows why you’re fat

Stephen Hawking is, by all accounts, a genius. The 74-year-old physicist and author has more awards and honors than you have hairs on your head, and he’s go something to say about you spending nights with your butt on the couch, covered in Cheeto dust and potato chip crumbs.

In a new public service spot, the professor addresses the ongoing obesity crisis that plagues the planet. “Humanity faces a major challenge and millions of lives are in danger,” Hawking begins. “As a cosmologist, I see the world as a whole and I am here to address one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century.”  More →

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Parking lot ‘brawl’ turns into demolition derby

November 29th at 7:11 PM

Parking lot ‘brawl’ turns into demolition derby

The holidays are a stressful time for all of us, but normally that angst translates into Black Friday fistfights, not vehicular assault. In Los Angeles, a fight over a parking spot went from a simple disagreement to bloody knuckles and eventually full-on carmageddon, as a pair of SUVs did their best to literally destroy each other.

Details about how the rapidly-escalating kerfuffle began are sparse, but witnesses told a local L.A. ABC affiliate that a stolen parking spot was the spark. Fists quickly began to fly, and at least one of the pair of woman drivers involved ended up absorbing a few haymakers while laying on the pavement.

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Don’t panic, but Google’s AI is now smarter than human doctors

November 29th at 5:56 PM

Don’t panic, but Google’s AI is now smarter than human doctors

Humanity’s relentless march towards a future where machines rule everything gained some ground today, as Google revealed that one of its fancy artificial brains is now better at diagnosing some medical conditions than human doctors are. This should prove extremely valuable for whenever the inevitable robot uprising results in a swift demise for the human race.

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Google brings its gorgeous Featured Photos screensaver to Mac, and it’s glorious

November 29th at 3:22 PM

Google brings its gorgeous Featured Photos screensaver to Mac, and it’s glorious

If you’re a Chromecast owner, you know that letting the device site idle can be entertaining all on its own. That’s because Google’s fantastic photo stream screensaver pulls a seemingly endless collection of breathtaking shots from the web and displays them in high-resolution glory. Now, Google is treating Mac users to the very same eye candy.

The screensaver — which is officially called “Google+ Featured Photos Screensaver” because they couldn’t think of a catchy name, apparently — pulls snapshots from the massive collection of user-uploaded media on Google+.  More →

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Donald Trump on Jill Stein's Recount

Donald Trump: ‘I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally’

November 28th at 6:50 AM

Donald Trump: ‘I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally’

President-elect Donald Trump decided it’s best to respond directly to The Green Party’s campaign to recount votes in three swing states. Jill Stein’s camp is almost on the verge of reaching that final $7 million target — a goal that continued to shift upwards since Wednesday — and an official Wisconsin recount has already been confirmed. The Hillary Clinton campaign said it would help out with the recount process.

What did Trump do? He launched a Twitter-based tirade against the entire thing culminating with what might be the biggest lie Trump delivered to date. More →

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Jill Stein Vote Recount

Jill Stein’s vote recount campaign blasts through $4.5M goal, but she wants more

November 25th at 7:15 AM

Jill Stein’s vote recount campaign blasts through $4.5M goal, but she wants more

The Green Party’s presidential candidate Jill Stein wants to recount votes in three swing states and wants your money to do it. A Kickstarter-like campaign was listed on Stein’s page on Wednesday, and it has gone viral almost immediately. In just over a day, Stein raised the initial $2.5 million goal, but the campaign soon changed the target to $4.5 million, which was soon reached. As expected, there’s now a new aim for the vote recount effort, as Stein’s party says $7 million is needed to get the votes recounted in all three states, including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. More →

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Amazon deletes over 500,000 sketchy reviews in massive cleanup effort

November 24th at 4:12 PM

Amazon deletes over 500,000 sketchy reviews in massive cleanup effort

Amazon has long had a problem with fake reviews, but an even bigger problem might be reviews of products that were received either for free or at a large discount with the promise that a review would follow. Now, Amazon is finally cutting them out.

Even if a positive review wasn’t actually a condition of a complimentary product, the numbers suggest that reviews from customers who received these special deals were often significantly higher than the product’s average. That bias, whether intended or not, is harmful to the entire review system, and following on Amazon’s pledge to do something about it, the company has culled over 500,000 of these sketchy reviews from tens of thousands of its products.  More →

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The Amazon reviews of Donald Trump’s tree ornament are the best thing you’ll read today

November 24th at 2:17 PM

The Amazon reviews of Donald Trump’s tree ornament are the best thing you’ll read today

Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States, but he’s still a crafty businessman, so it should come as no surprise that the billionaire has a plan to capitalize on your holiday cheer in the form of licensed ornaments.

One ornament in particular — modeled after the now iconic, ill-fitting red cap that became a symbol of the Trump movement — has accumulated over 1,200 reviews on Amazon, and they’re some of the best pieces of writing you’re going to find anywhere online.  More →

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