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The Twitter bots that make the internet a little bit nicer

This post is part of Hard Refresh, a soothing weekly column where we try to cleanse your brain of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter. While "bot" may be a dirty word on Twitter in the year 2018, there's a subset of bot accounts that have nothing to do with subverting democracy and…

Uber’s rider loyalty program crushes Lyft’s

In the wake of a similar announcement from its chief rival Lyft, Uber announced a rider rewards program Wednesday to give loyal users perks for spending money in the app. The program is almost exactly like the new Lyft Rewards program in that both track points you've accumulated in the app and give you rewards…

What critics thought of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2’

"Ralph Breaks the Internet is a two-hour journey down a series of rabbit holes filled with laughs, tears, a ton of self-referential meta gags, and a Tumblr-worthy reinvention of familiar characters that eventually delivers something you didn't know you always needed."  Critics, like Mashable's Angie Han, have reached a consensus: the Wreck-It Ralph sequel does…

Steve Carell ‘SNL’ promo teases his return as a serious actor

Steve Carell fans may be nervous about the actor's recent turn in serious dramas, but a promo for his Saturday Night Live hosting gig shows that he still has comedy in his blood. In a teaser for Saturday's show, Aidy Bryant and Chris Redd ask Carell if he's still capable of comedy. He assures them…

What’s What in Doctor Who: Traveling Through Space and Time with the Eleventh Doctor...

   The TARDIS returns! We’re celebrating the return of Doctor Who (Sundays on BBC AMERICA) with a rundown of what makes Doctor Who the world’s longest-running sci-fi series and a unique, ever-evolving program with generations of fans. You can explore the universe with the Ninth and Tenth Doctors in our first article here. Whether you’re…

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ gets the internet mostly right: Review

"The internet is nothing to laugh at. It's new and different and we should fear it." It's an odd line to hear in 2018, when everyone from your 4-year-old nephew to your 95-year-old grandmother knows their way around a Facebook page.  In Ralph Breaks the Internet, though, it's being said to what might be the…

How to find the best temperature for your high-tech weed vape

This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows. Cannabis users have always been fine-tuning their experience. Rolling a joint tighter or grinding bud finer will result in…

Netflix is testing cheaper, mobile-only subscription plans

Netflix is testing out cheaper, mobile-only plans in certain Asian markets.Image: Chesnot/Getty ImagesBy Matt Binder2018-11-14 10:48:50 -0500 Netflix is testing cheaper subscription options in some overseas markets. The catch: The plan only allows users to stream content on a mobile device. The first trial run has already in Malaysia, where users can currently sign up…

‘Kidding’ is an extraordinary case study of consequence

Everything matters. Even the giant foot.Image: Erica Parise/SHOWTIMEBy Alexis Nedd2018-11-14 14:34:40 UTC Somewhere between the puppets, musical numbers, dazzling one-take transformations, and bizarre cold opens, Kidding on Showtime became one of this season’s best and most underrated comedies. Each episode took the audience further into the world and psyche of Jeff Pickles and the rest…

‘Hitman 2’ review: Building a better murder mousetrap

Hitman 2 is basically just a slightly more perfect version of Hitman, easily one of the best games of 2016. As sequels go, it doesn't do much to shake things up. Mirrors work now, so if you're sneaking up behind someone standing in front of a mirror, it's not going to go well. The user…

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George W. Bush playfully photobombs Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush...

CLOSE Former first lady Michelle Obama and President George W. Bush have become friends after years of sitting next to each other as dignitaries at government events. USA TODAY Barbara Pierce Bush walks down the aisle with her father George W. Bush on the occasion of her wedding to Craig Coyne in Kennebunkport, Maine, on…

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