Try as I might, I just cannot bring myself to enjoy eggnog. I’m not against eggs in cocktails, but there’s something about the warm, viscous liquid I just can’t get behind. As such, I’m always looking for festive, warm beverages to drink and serve, so eggnog haters like myself don’t get left out in the cold.
Latte, extra hot, with a Pikachu.
First it was Sprint, and now Starbucks and The Pokémon Company are teaming up to make over 7,800 of the company’s popular coffee stores and meeting places into either PokéStops or Gyms.
The news comes as Niantic and The Pokémon Company try to prevent the inevitable winter participation drop in a game that relies on people having to trek outside. For much of the U.S., where both the Sprint and Starbucks promotions are located, having a place to go to lure and catch Pokémon outside of the snowy and cold weather is going to be a boon for usage.
Starbucks is also launching a Pokémon-inspired Frappucino for the occasion:
Today at 11 a.m. PST, more than 7,800 company-operated Starbucks locations in the U.S. will begin to transform within the game into PokéStops or Gyms, enabling Trainers to play the game while meeting friends, recharge in the Starbucks environment, and enjoy the new Pokémon GO Frappuccino® blended beverage. The Pokémon GO Frappuccino® blended beverage starts with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino® and blends in raspberry syrup with freeze dried whole blackberries, topped with whipped cream – the perfect treat for any Pokémon Trainer on the go.
As stated, the transformation from store to PokéStop happens on December 8 at 11am PT / 2pm ET, which gives you plenty of time to plan a route to your local store.
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Reports that Australian imams are pushing for religious alternatives to Peppa Pig, the insanely popular children’s cartoon, have been flatly dismissed as “misleading” by the people involved.
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Peppa Pig started trending on Twitter this morning after news media reported that a group of imams considered it a corrupting a influence for Muslim children.
According to these reports, the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) encouraged parents to raise funds for Barakah Hills, a “halal cartoon series” set in a predominantly Muslim town and produced by …
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Westworld’s first season told a compelling story about artificial intelligence, consciousness and personal freedom.
Most of the show’s hosts were more human than the robots we’re used to (and a little more human than the humans themselves, honestly). That being said, we can’t help but wonder how a park like Westworld would’ve differed if they’d used some goofy pop culture robots instead of those moody, intelligent, fully-sentient robots they decided on.
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Take a look at which famous robots we’d cast as the star hosts of Westworld below. …
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When you’re feeling your look, you don’t necessarily want to be compared to a Spongebob character.
So when someone does tell you that, you need Twitter to weigh in.
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After her boyfriend told her she looked just like Pinhead Larry, this woman tweeted a photo of herself with a photo of the character.
Thought I looked cute as hell today and my boyfriend told me I look like Pinhead Larry pic.twitter.com/H5jsUqCZxP
— Tessa Denae (@tessa_denae) December 6, 2016
Plenty of people have come to the woman’s defense in the replies. Some went with compliments. …
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Airbnb is changing policy in a bid to improve its lobbying powers and help establish itself within city and regional regulations. Having failed in its recent New York lawsuit, it’s now attempting to get to some kind of middle ground. It’s drawn up a… – Source
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we have a number of great deals to share today. Now you can get $150 off a Dell XPS 8900 desktop that features a Core i7 Skylake processor, 1TB hard drive, and 8GB of RAM. If you’re looking for a desktop that doesn’t crowd your office space, there’s also a great deal on a Dell Inspiron Small desktop, featuring a Core i3 processor, 1TB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM, that brings the price down to just $299.
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Secret co-founder David Byttow said his shuttered startup would make a return of sorts, tweeting as much in November. Byttow launched the revived anonymous publishing app as IO on Thursday morning, with a different approach that has more in common with Medium than mobile social apps like Twitter (and with Bold, the startup he launched as a long-form content publishing platform for enterprise… Read More
You know how smartphones frequently say they support microSD expansion up to 256 GB? Well, until recently such microSD cards hardly even existed. They’re much more commonplace now, but they still tend to be more expensive than most of us would like. That’s why when a deal like this comes around, you’re going to want to pay attention.
The 200 GB (sorry, not the 256 GB version) SanDisk Ultra microSD card is currently available on Amazon for just $64. While that’s not its lowest ever price – that honor came with a $49 price tag during Cyber Week – it’s still a worthy addition to your smartphone kit if you didn’t pull the trigger on Black Friday.
If you want to get all crazy you can still order a 256 GB card, but that’ll set you back a hefty $199, so the 200 GB version should serve you just fine. There’s no telling how much stock Amazon has though so if you’ve been regretting now buying some expandable storage during Black Friday, now might just be the next best time to do so.
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If you live in a small space, it’s tough to find room for seasonal decorations like a Christmas tree without taking up a ton of usable space or making your home look cluttered. This wall-mounted tree looks great, saves space, and is perfect for small homes or apartments.
Sony has announced that its PlayStation 4 console has crossed the 50 million sales milestone this week. This includes the sales of all variants of the PS4 launched over the years across the world.
The PS4 launched back in November of 2013 in US and Europe and in February 2014 in Japan. Since then it has sold consistently well, often outselling its closest rival, the Xbox One. In recent times, the Xbox One has pulled ahead, partly thanks to the launch of the smaller Xbox One S but without official figures from Microsoft it’s hard to say where the Xbox sales stand at the…
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The holidays are upon us and I don’t know about you, but to hell with the mall. Give me a mouse and an Amazon account and I’ll get the job done in 20 minutes with free shipping.
If you’re shopping online from a bunch of different sites, it can be difficult to keep track of every purchase. Download a killer parcel tracking app and get your ducks in a row before a fat guy comes down your chimney.
Package Tracker Pro
Deliveries is likely one of the first names you’ll hear when you want to find a great package tracking app. It supports over 40 shippers and couriers, as well as postal services in 21 countries.
You can sync your packages across your devices, and in most cases track packages using Google Maps, so you can see exactly where your stuff is at all times. You can even get notifications when shipping statuses are updated.
Download: Deliveries (Free, IAPs)
ParcelTrack is another wonderful tracking services that brings all of your incumbent deliveries into one place where you can monitor each one’s status on the go.
You’ll be provided with push notifications for shipping updates, and the very handy ParcelTrack Inbox simply extracts tracking numbers from the shipping emails you send its way, so you never need to tediously enter long tracking numbers.
Download: ParcelTrack (Free, IAPs)
AfterShip is a completely free service that helps you track your shipments with over 360 couriers and does it all ad-free.
The developer recently added a data sync feature so you can keep track of your parcels across your devices, and when you copy and paste in tracking numbers, AfterShip automatically detects the courier to save you the hassle.
Download: AfterShip (Free)
17TRACK is a great app to use if you like to often order from China or countries where shipping to North America is sometimes dicey at best. It supports over 170 postal carriers, as well as many, many of the world’s largest couriers, like DHL, UPS, FedEx, and a ton more.
You get a custom widget for your home screen, alerts for status changes, syncing across devices, and you can add multiple tracking numbers at once, while the app auto-detects carriers and tracks your packages accordingly.
Download: 17TRACK (Free)
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When the Library of Alexandria burned, the world lost a significant portion of its cultural knowledge and history. That’s the fate that Brewster Kahle fears might await the Internet Archive under Donald Trump’s regime — and so he’s creating a backup of his renowned digital library in Canada. Every election cycle, voters disappointed by the outcome joke about moving… Read More
In 2015, 86,212 more Americans died than the year before. That means life expectancy in the United States is heading in the wrong direction—something that hasn’t happened since 1993.
The best is yet to come for Pandora.
A year after it acquired Rdio, Pandora plans to enter the on-demand music market in early 2017 with Pandora Premium.
Using a number of features directly taken from, or inspired by, the sleek UI Rdio made famous, Pandora Premium lives alongside the company’s existing streaming radio options, a free ad-supported service, and a $4.99 per month ad-free experience called Pandora Plus.
But unlike those cheaper options, Pandora Premium will compete directly with the likes of Spotify and Google Play Music, allowing for all-you-can-eat album and playlist consumption for $9.99 per month. It’s not a new proposition, but Pandora hopes to convert a small portion of its existing free and paid base to Premium, largely on the back of its troves of user data; if you’ve been listening to Pandora for years, it knows what you like, and will cater customized playlists accordingly.
The question for most Americans, though, is whether Pandora’s new offering is worth switching to in a market saturated by Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Napster and others.
While I still miss Rdio and its album-first user experience, it appears that Pandora Premium embodies more DNA of the latter than the former. Pandora Premium will launch in early 2017.
Do you plan to switch to Pandora Premium? Let us know!
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More than a little bit of drama has emerged in the VR community in response to the trend toward exclusives among hardware manufacturers. Oculus and Sony have devoted significant resources to ensuring its systems have titles either launch first on their platforms or only on them. Meanwhile HTC and its Vive system, which is built upon Valve’s OpenVR platform, have stayed in the good graces… Read More
LONDON — The gender pay gap is a phrase that many people are, by now, well acquainted with.
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In the past few months alone, we’ve seen women across Europe walk out of work at a specific time to mark the moment when women effectively start working for free — because, on average, they earn less than men.
But, there’s another gender gap that’s just as deserving of our attention — the Wikipedia gender gap. And, the BBC is teaming up with Wikipedia in order to address it head-on.
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It appears that Apple is in talks with several major Hollywood studios in a bid to expand its iTunes business by offering earlier access to new movies. Such a move is perfectly synchronized with the desire of several big names in the business such as Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and 21st Century Fox to offer premium, high-priced video rentals of new motion pictures as early as two weeks after their theatrical debuts.
It is only natural for film producers to look for new ways to make their products widely available, as profits from home-video and cinema attendance … – Source
After debuting Super Mario’s first iPhone game, the eagerly anticipated Super Mario Run, a super-elated Jimmy Fallon tested out the Nintendo Switch for the very first time. We’re all pretty used to Fallon having a geek attack every time he gets to play a game on his show — but this one may be the winner.
Later on, the Roots also played the Super Mario theme song with its creator Shigeru Miyamoto, so that all your nerdy dreams could come true.
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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) gave the green light to Bluetooth 5 this week, a new spec that promises some pretty radicular performance enhancements over its predecessor, according to the organization. The latest version of the ubiquitous wireless technology is said to offer twice the speed, four times the range and eight times the capacity for broadcast messages. All of those… Read More
The Samsung Galaxy S8 might feature a brand new, all-screen wrap-around display and a futuristic design, but along with that Samsung is also rumored to kill the 3.5mm headphone jack.
And it’s a shock: Apple took the public grilling by being one of the first to remove the headphone jack from its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Apple marketing chief said the move took courage, but critics slammed it for being impractical as millions, if not billions own wired speakers, headphones or other audio system that connects via the 3.5mm headphone jack.
“Samsung, don’t do this. Please.”What … – Source
Rare promo photos surface online of Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley posing with her beloved tomcat. – Source
Given the flying rumors about “bezel-less” or “all-screen” Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8, every phone maker and their pets seem to be rushing to beat Samsung and Apple to the punch by pushing the screen-to-body ratio of their handsets as far as possible. Xiaomi ushered the bezel-less era in with the Mi Mix, while Meizu and Huawei are rumored working on similar concepts.
The Honor brand, however, may have saved its 2016 best for last, as it teased an event for next week, where it is supposed to show the modestly titled Honor Magic – a handset that should be mostly screen … – Source
Don your headsets for a little retro-inspired virtual reality in the first title from Vive Studios, Arcade Saga. – Source
Is it hot in here?
It will be come Memorial Day when the film reboot of Baywatch officially drops. A very hunky Zac Efron and The Rock star as the famed lifeguards (did we mention they were hunky?) and from the looks of things, this won’t be a serious drama.
The trailer is NSFW and if you check it out above, you’ll see why. The once and future Troy Bolton sure has grown up.
Jimmy Fallon is as excited as you are about the Nintendo Switch
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‘Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore’ is out and here’s the launch trailer
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All aboard the Super Mario Run hype train! Nintendo’s long-awaited foray into mobile gaming — no, Pokemon Go doesn’t count — is shy of a week away from its official release, and projections for its first month revenue are now through the roof.
With over 20 million people lined up to be notified when Super Mario Run hits the App Store on December 15, mobile market intelligence platform Sensor Tower is projecting upwards of $70 million ($50 million net) in revenue for Super Mario Run during its first month. The figure is not as spectacular as Pokemon Go’s staggering … – Source
Facebook can’t escape criticism about its role in distributing “fake news.” Confronted with what you might call a gentle probing on The Today Show on Thursday, a top exec said the company is “working on it.”
“We’ve been working on this for a long time, and we’ve taken important steps, but there’s a lot more to do,” Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, told Today anchor Savannah Guthrie. “We’re working on it, because misinformation is something we take seriously and something we’re going to continue iterating on the surface.”
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