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$19 iPhone X case heals itself from scratches…

Clear cases are awesome because they let you protect your smartphone without hiding the device’s sleek design. Seriously, no one really wants to cover up that gorgeous iPhone design, but it’s a necessary evil in order to ensure that’s it’s protected from scuffs and scratches. But then once you’ve protected it with a case, the case gets all scratched up over time. Well, most cases do, that is. The Innerexile Instant Self-Repair Case for iPhone X looks like any other clear case out there, but it hides a special feature that no other cases have: a special layer that instantly heals itself from fine scratches and swirling. Maybe it uses science, maybe it uses black magic… whatever the case may be, it’s awesome and it’s only $19 on Amazon. Here are some notes from the product page: Protective film 3000g tested Anti-Fingerprint and oil Odyssey Unique Design Shock Resistance 100% Full protection

Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than…

Insiders say the U.S. indictment against the St. Petersburg troll farm only scratches the surface of the agency's zany, ambitious operations _ and glosses over just how unconvincing some of its stunts could be

Late-Night Uber Eats Delivery Ends With Dead…

An Uber Eats driver claims he was acting in self-defense when he killed a customer during his first week on the job. Robert Bivines, 36, arrived at the Atlanta condominium of 30-year-old Ryan Thornton around 11:30pm Saturday after a $27 food order was placed at Tin Lizzy's through the...

Stop Blaming Social Media For Feeling Lonely

Researchers found social media isn't causing social displacement, so critics can stop bashing it. Buzz60's Sean Dowling has more.

SpaceX Taking First Steps To Provide Internet To…

SpaceX plans to launch two satellites equipped with internet technology to test the company's internet-in-space project.

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Makes Headway in DC

Elon Musk's dream of building a hyperloop that can move people between Washington, DC, and New York City in 29 minutes may be a small step closer to becoming a distant reality. A Nov. 29 permit issued by DC's Department of Transportation allows Musk's Boring Company to dig at an...

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Scientists hatch a baby dumbo octopus for the…

Earth's oceans are filled with creatures that range from deadly and dangerous to cute and curious. Some are familiar, while others are downright bizarre. The dumbo octopus, a strange, pod-like cephalopod that glides through the water with a pair of fluttery wings, is a rare treat for researchers because it makes its home far deeper than any diver could venture. The creatures prefer depths of 10,000 feet or more, and have even been found over 20,000 feet below sea level. Now, over a decade after its hatching, researchers are revealing what a baby dumbo octopus looks like moments after it enters the world and it's downright adorable. The video, which was shot in 2005 on board a research vessel, was just released as part of a newly-published study which focuses on how the species lives. It shows a newly-hatched dumbo octopus wriggling in a shallow dish where it hatched just moments earlier, much to the surprise and delight of the scientists who gathered it. While using a remote-operated vehicle to study a coral site deep in the Atlantic, scientists spotted what they described as "tan-colored golf balls" attached to branches of the coral. Not knowing what they were looking at, they decided to collect some of them and take a closer look. When brought to the surface, the team realized they must be eggs. "With each successive collection, it became apparent that this was some sort of an egg case," Tim Shank, co-author of the paper, explains. "The first few were open and empty, the next two contained a white gelatinous mass within, and the final collection yielded the specimen described in the paper." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jlbgbTPKcg After placing the curious spheres in dishes for further examination, one of them cracked open and the tiny octopus emerged. The egg's former resident, a baby dumbo octopus, was initially quite still, which the researchers attribute to the stress of the collection process. However, it soon began to swim around, giving scientists their very first glimpse of what the species looks like as a juvenile. As you can see in the video above, the creature is very small. While it might look like it's swimming head-first into the side of the dish, the dome-like end of the creature is actually its posterior, and its eyes and tentacles which mark the "front" of the octopus are situated below its ear-like fins.

After School Shootings, Russian Bots Hijacked Gun…

For Russia-linked Twitter accounts and bots linked to Russian propaganda campaigns, last week's horrific school shooting in Florida was just another opportunity to sow division among Americans, security researchers say. Within an hour of the shooting, hundreds of automated Twitter accounts with suspected Russian links began sending out tweets with...

Paul Ryan Challenger Banned From Twitter Over…

Paul Nehlen is vying for Paul Ryan's Wisconsin House seat, and he won't have Twitter to help him in his quest. The man described by the Washington Post as a "fringe challenger" who lost to Ryan 16% to 84% in 2016 had his account permanently suspended in a move he...

He Saves Our Electronics From the Dump, Now Faces Prison

Eric Lundgren is known for impressive and admirable feats, with his e-waste recycling company putting 14,000 cellphones in the hands of US soldiers abroad; the 33-year-old's company handles 41 million pounds of e-waste annually. Now, he's fighting a 15-month sentence. The Washington Post explains the jargony situation, which involves...

‘Last Men in Aleppo’ Producer Denied Visa to…

Kareem Abeed, producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Last Men in Aleppo,” has been denied a visa to travel to the United States to attend the Academy Awards ceremony on March 4. Abeed holds a Syrian passport and is currently living in Turkey. According to a letter from the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, his application was […]

Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

Israel says it's successfully tested system capable of defending against ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere

Sirius XM Chief Scott Greenstein Seeks Sale of…

Sirius XM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein, once the chairman of USA Films who oversaw the release of acclaimed films including “Traffic,” “Being John Malkovich” and “Gosford Park,” is asking $8.5 million for his sprawling, three-residence compound that backs up to protected land managed by the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy in the leafy […]

Spotify Hints at Hardware Plans in New Job…

Spotify is getting ready to branch out into consumer hardware: The music startup is looking to fill multiple roles on its hardware team, including a project manager who is supposed to have “experience within hardware production and engineering.” “Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operational organisation […]

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Federal Judge Bars California’s Actor-Age…

A federal court judge has barred California’s legislation requiring that subscription entertainment database sites remove an actor’s age, if requested by the actor. U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria issued the ruling on Tuesday. IMDb filed a lawsuit in November of 2016, attempting to invalidate AB 1687. IMDb — a subsidiary of Amazon — had […]

Go download iOS 11.3 beta 3 right now

Apple is sticking with its Tuesday release cycle for iOS 11.3 betas, since the latest version -- that's iOS 11.3 beta 3 for those keeping score at home -- is available for developers to download right now. The iOS 11.3 betas have proven to be a goldmine so far. The first beta brought us a bunch of new features, including new Animoji, a version of ARKit, and some battery health data. iOS 11.3 beta 2, released a week ago today, brought us new battery health features, including a toggle that lets users with older batteries disable the "performance enhancements" that got Apple in so much trouble. We're still combing through the release notes to see if there are new features this week, or whether we're just getting the dreaded stability improvements and bugfixes. iOS 11.3 beta 3 is available for download right now for anyone on the developer beta channel. If your device is already configured with the developer profile, you should see the update appear for you to download right now. Just go to Settings–>General–>Software Update, and you should be prompted to download and install the update. The iOS 11.3 update will be bringing a whole host of new features to the iPhone when it launches. The biggest point of interest for most people has been the new Animoji. Although we’ve become used to new emoji landing with an iOS update, this is the first time that any new Animoji have been released. Apple is blessing us with the power to become a lion, a bear, a dragon, or a skull, which brings the total number of face-mimicking Animoji up to 16. In addition, iOS 11.3 brings the newest version of Apple’s augmented reality kit, ARKit 1.5 In addition to horizontal surfaces, ARKit will now be able to recognize and place objects on verticals surfaces, like walls and doors. It can recognize the position of a sign or a poster, which Apple says can be utilized for interactive museum exhibits or bringing movie posters to life. Plus, the view from the camera now has a 50% greater resolution and auto-focus. A battery health function in the Settings app is another big addition, which will let users check the health of their iPhone’s battery without downloading a third-party app or going to the Apple Store. Apple is offering discounted $29 battery replacements to all iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 7 users, and presumably the company is hoping that having a way to check battery health from within the Settings app will help reduce the number of people swarming the Apple store.

‘Survivor’ Team on the Reality Giant’s…

Almost one year ago, Jeff Probst took a sheet of paper and headed to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the corner of Whitsett and Ventura in Studio City, Calif. He told his wife he wouldn’t return until he cracked the concept for the upcoming season of “Survivor.” The caffeine-fueled result of his labors […]

Freeform Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Girls Code,’ Paul…

Freeform has given a pilot order to the female-led comedy “Girls Code,” Variety has learned. The project was written and created by Kim Rosenstock with Paul Feig attached to direct the pilot and executive produce. It follows the partnership between a brazen, self-centered tech CEO and a community-building social entrepreneur who must overcome their many issues with […]

Uber Eats driver who killed a customer during a…

An Uber Eats driver late on Saturday fatally shot a customer during delivery, who later died at the hospital. Initially, the Uber driver fled the scene, but he then turned himself in on Monday. Atlanta police said in a statement they had a warrant charging 36-year-old Robert Bivines with felony murder. Bivines' lawyer Jackie Patterson told WSBTV that his client “had no choice but to defend himself” when the victim, 30-year-old Ryan Thornton, became irate over the time it took for his food to arrive. The attorney added that Thornton was aggressive, and as Bivines walked away, Thornton made a threatening move. "He turned around, put his hand in his pocket and said, 'I'm going to (bleep) you up,'" Patterson said. Bivines was apparently afraid to see what was in the customer’s pocket and he defended himself. When asked why his client didn’t drive away, Patterson said that “you can't drive away when someone is coming at you with your window down.” It’s unclear exactly what happened leading up to the shooting, but witnesses said that words were exchanged between the two men. Apparently, Bivines had only worked for Uber Eats for a few days before the incident took place, and he had passed a background check. He has never been a driver with Uber's main taxi on demand service. Uber prohibits drivers from carrying guns, but it’s unclear how the company is enforcing this policy, and whether it conducts any random checks. Since Uber's drivers are so far removed from the company itself, it's possible that Uber does little if anything to ensure that drivers are adhering to this particular policy.

Queens of the Stone Age Guitarist Troy Van…

Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen aims to sell his Spanish Revival-style residence on a down-sloped, street-to-street lot in the rolling hills above Glendale, Calif., for a smidgen below $1.8 million. The veteran rocker and music producer, also a founding member of the less-well-known band Sweethead, purchased the hillside property over the […]

Oscars: Best Picture Winner Poised to Rout History

Those who have been following the annual ups and downs of Oscar season long enough know that while the numbers don’t lie, they certainly don’t tell the full story. Using statistics to guess which way the Academy breeze will blow in the best picture race can wind up leading you straight into a wall — […]

Drama Series Days Opening Reception Captures…

Delegates to Berlinale’s buzzy Drama Series Days spilled out of the Zoo Palast cineplex Monday and into a bustling opening reception, supported by Film und Medien Stiftung NRW and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and with Variety as a media partner. Having spent the day debating where the scripted TV business is headed, hearing from finance and creative experts, […]

Topher Grace Wheels and Deals Residences on Both…

Topher Grace, next to appear on the silver screen opposite James Franco in William Faulkner adaptation “Mississippi Requiem,” as well as in the Spike Lee bio-thriller “Black Klansman,” has recently made substantial real estate moves on both the East and West coasts. In May 2004, the former “That ’70s Show” star paid $2.2 million for […]

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‘Black Panther’ tops ‘Star Wars: The Las…

Black Panther, the latest movie from the Marvel universe is a bona fide smash hit. In fact, the four-day opening of Black Panther netted $242 million in ticket sales, according to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter. Consequently, Black Panther is now the second-highest grossing film of all time when looking at 4-day openings. With Black Panther hitting the $242 million mark, it just barely edged out Star Wars: The Last Jedi which netted $241 in ticket sales in its first four days in theaters. Not surprisingly, the best 4-day opening of all time is a Star Wars vehicle, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens having generated a whopping $288 billion in ticket sales during its first four days in the theater a few years ago. While the figures above aren't adjusted for inflation, the larger takeaway is that Black Panther is a raging success. And coupled with extremely positive reviews from both viewers and critics alike, it stands to reason that the film's popularity will not wane in the coming days. If anything, as word of mouth continues to spread -- not to mention repeat viewers -- ticket sales may not see a huge drop off for quite some time. The Hollywood Reporter adds that the film was enjoyed by a particularly diverse group of movie-goers. Indeed, the film has been heralded for its portrayal of both African Americans and women. According to comScore, 37 percent of ticket buyers were African American. Caucasians made up the next largest group (35 percent), followed by Hispanics (18 percent). That sort of demographic breakdown is unheard of for an all-audience event film. On average, African Americans make up about 15 percent of the audience for superhero fare. Females also turned out in force to see Black Panther, heralded for its portrayal of strong women, making up 45 percent of all ticket buyers (that share is usually 35 to 40 percent on a superhero movie's opening weekend). Incidentally, the film currently enjoys a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

AT&T/Chernin’s Otter Media Adds Andy Forsse…

Tony Goncalves, newly installed at CEO of the AT&T/Chernin Group-owned Otter Media, has filled out his management team with four new appointments. Andy Forssell, a former top Hulu exec who served as interim CEO, has been named Otter Media’s COO after previously serving as COO of Otter’s Fullscreen. The other exec hires are: Sean Kisker, […]

The Brilliance of ‘Black Panther’ Helped It A…

The outpouring of reactions to Ryan Coogler’s Marvel triumph “Black Panther” is understandable, given that there are any number of things to praise about it. Its world-building is spectacular (I need Shuri, Okoye, and Nakia spinoffs now); it disproves the frustrating, long-held myth that movies starring actors of color don’t perform well all over the […]