Amazon Go is coming, so it’s time to learn how to bag your own damn groceries

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Amazon Go is coming, and that means you’re finally going to have to bag your own groceries.

*gasp*

On Monday, Amazon released its new app that aims to revolutionize in-store shopping by allowing users to swipe their phones upon entering a store, scan items along the way and then, well, to put it simply… leave.

Sounds convenient, right? Well, not if you’re a stranger to the self-checkout line and have relied on cashiers to bag your groceries all these years.

With the new Amazon Go app, shopping (like so many other things in life) is about to become totally centered around your smartphone. With Amazon Go’s new “Just Walk Out” technology, customers won’t have to wait in those pesky checkout lines, which means there will no longer be a need for cashiers. Read more…

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This is why you don’t pose with guns for the mannequin challenge

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A mannequin challenge filmed in Huntsville, Alabama, has attracted plenty of attention — much of it from law enforcement. 

In November, a group of 22 men gathered together to partake in the viral challenge, but rather than striking a silly pose with a friend or pretending to chug from a bottle of wine, they decided to film themselves frozen with firearms in hand.

After the controversial video was submitted to the Madison County Sheriff’s office website, police launched an investigation that ended in two arrests, along with the seizure of several firearms and marijuana.

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Truth is, Trump hated ‘Time’ until it put him on the cover

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By now, you’ve probably heard the news.

President-elect Donald Trump has been given the coveted title of Time magazine’s 2016 Person of the Year, and he is thrilled, of course.

Despite the fact that Time labeled him as president of the “Divided States of America,” Trump told NBC’s Today show receiving the title was a “great honor” that “meant a lot” to him.

However, being the openly opinionated and indecisive man he is, Trump has not always shown Time love. In fact, he has had some truly terrible things to say about the magazine in the past. Very sad! The worst. Read more…

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6 deeply serious questions we have for Joe Biden about a 2020 presidential run

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America is holding out for a hero to save us from the shitshow known as the 2016 election, and it turns out Joe Biden might be up for the job.

Though the beloved VP crushed hopes of running for office in 2016 early on, at a Senate session on Monday Biden gifted us a glimmer of hope that he hasn’t completely ruled out running for president in 2020.

Barack’s right hand man hinted at a possible run for office after Trump’s four years are up, according to CNN.

“Yeah, I am. I’m going to run in 2020,” Biden responded, when questioned about his future plans. When reporters asked what exactly he would be running for, he sassily replied, “For president. What the hell, man.” Read more…

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Justin Trudeau has worked his way back into our hearts

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Our relationship with Justin Trudeau has been on the rocks, but after the Canadian Prime Minister’s heartfelt interaction with a Syrian refugee, he’s found his way back into our hearts.

Trudeau was overcome with emotion listening to newcomer, Vanig Garabedian discuss his first year living in Canada, and when Trudeau weeps, we all weep.

Garabedian recalled that when he stepped off the plane a year ago, the prime minister personally welcomed him to the country, shaking hands with him and his family in Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

As Trudeau heard how genuinely grateful Garabedian is to be living in Canada, he couldn’t help but shed a few tears. Read more…

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A pizza shop patron is fighting back against the #PizzaGate trolls

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One man has taken the fight against fake news into his own hands after his local pizza restaurant became embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy theory.

On Dec. 4, police arrested 28-year-old, Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, after he entered Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington D.C. armed with an assault rifle and fired a shot. Welch claimed he was investigating conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton and campaign chairman John Podesta running a child sex ring inside of a pizza place, referred to as “#Pizzagate.”

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Comedian casually grills Eric Trump on flight to Scotland

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It’s always interesting to see who you’ll be sitting next to on a plane, right?

Well imagine how Mohammed Amer felt when fate (and his chosen airline) sat him right beside the Eric Trump.

When the Arab-American standup comedian boarded his plane at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey Wednesday and saw that the president-elect’s son was his seat mate, he knew exactly what he had to do — take a selfie and post it on Facebook.

In his post, Amer announced he was heading to Glasgow, Scotland to embark on his UK Tour. “I am ‘randomly’ chosen to sit next to none other than Eric Trump,” he wrote alongside a photograph of himself seated beside Eric in a blue Trump sweater (of course). Read more…

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The future president is blocking people on Twitter like there’s no tomorrow

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Since winning this year’s presidential election the talk of the 2016 Twitter-sphere, Donald Trump, is heavily utilizing the site’s block feature.

It appears that the controversial tweeter has decided if he sees anyone badmouthing him or disagreeing with his policies on his favorite social media site, he will simply hit the digital “you’re fired” button, dismissing the unwanted followers from his Twitter life.

Sick burn, Donald.

Now, as more and more people share their own personal “I’ve been blocked by the future President of the United States on Twitter” tales, it seems as though the blocking maneuver — normally reserved for extreme instances — is becoming second nature for The Donald.  Read more…

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New element names are the scientific equivalent of dad jokes

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Great news, chemistry geeks — the four new elements added to the periodic table last December have finally received their permanent names.

On Wednesday, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced that the names for the new elements — with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 — have officially been accepted, thus completing the periodic table’s seventh row.

The names were suggested back in June by scientists from the United States, Japan and Russia who discovered the synthetic elements. Each name bears special significance and creatively fits the guidelines, which require an element be named after a mythological concept or character, a mineral or similar substance, a place or geographical region, a property of the element, or a scientist. Read more…

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Spotify adds weekly in-house recordings with ‘Singles’

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As the streaming wars rage on Spotify is attempting to raise the bar on its original material.

For its latest venture, the popular music streaming service is teaming up with featured artists to create original, in-house recordings, which will be released every Wednesday.

The perfect way to celebrate hump day, right?

The first round of Spotify “Singles,” which launched on Nov. 30, gave users access to new music by more than 20 artists including John Legend, Grouplove and Lindsey Stirling.

The deal is that an artist will record one of their original tracks and a cover song at Spotify’s in-house recording studio in New York. Both will debut back-to-back, giving you a nice contrast and allowing you to see a new side of the artist. Read more…

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