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Ads are coming to Amazon Echo skills

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If the Beauty and the Beast and Burger King debacles were anything to go by, owners of smart speakers like the Google Home aren't big fans of ads. But that won't stop marketing companies like VoiceLabs from trying to make them happen. The voice analy...
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A future Apple Watch could be essential for diabetics

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Apple is quietly developing a sensor that can monitor a person's blood sugar levels continuously and non-invasively. If successful, the technology will be integrated into a future version of the Apple Watch to help people with diabetes manage their c...
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How to Block Auto-Play Videos in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox

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Kirk McElhearn:

Auto-play videos suck. They use bandwidth, and their annoying sounds get in the way when you’re listening to music and open a web page. I happen to write for a website that uses them, and it annoys me to no end. (My editors have no control over those auto-play videos, alas.)

But you can stop auto-play videos from playing on a Mac. If you use Chrome or Firefox, it’s pretty simple, and the plugins below work both on macOS and Windows; if you use Safari, it’s a bit more complex, but it’s not that hard.

Auto-play videos are so user-hostile that there ought to be a way to turn them off without needing an extension or hidden developer preference.

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102 days ago
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104 days ago
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Linked-to Chrome extension doesn't work on http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/323775-trump-official-slams-cbo-score-its-just-not-believable

Angry ram battles tetherball left in forest

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLzDRge6P0U&feature=youtu.be

The best part is the other sheep patiently waiting further up the path.

"Come on, Nigel."

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satadru
100 days ago
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Dodge[ball] tested. Ram approved.
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Patrick Stewart Tells Hugh Jackman About the Time He Found Out He Wasn't Circumcised

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Getting excited for Logan, which hits theaters this weekend? Have you already plowed through all 600 X-Men movies and crave more?

Well, you're in luck because Wolverine and Professor X were on The Graham Norton Show last weekend, and it was as exciting as any X-Man can be. They were talking about — what else — Patrick Stewart's penis. 

Watch Hugh Jackman lose it to this story about Patrick Stewart's penis and, more specifically, the time when Patrick Stewart discovered that he wasn't circumcised. 

Submitted by: (via The Graham Norton Show)

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116 days ago
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Jon Stewart Emerged from Beneath Stephen Colbert's Desk to Give Some Advice to the Media

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It's been a rough, I don't know, eternity since that reality-TV gameshow host became president. And in that time, we've seen an uptick in hatecrimes, a bunch of unanswered questions about Russia, and a president who thinks "fake news" means "I disagree." 

That's why, last night, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Jon Stewart emerged from his home beneath Colbert's desk to deliver a message to the media on how to deal with all this: Do your jobs. 

It's good to have the old boy back. 

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