Finding an ancient monument that has been sitting for thousands of years is a special thing, but when it’s been “hiding” in plain sight, its very existence is sure to raise more than a few skeptical eyebrows.
In December, a seemingly prehistoric stone monument was discovered on farmland in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and archaeologists were shocked that it hadn’t been found earlier. Now, it seems the unlikely find was indeed too good to be true, as a former owner of the land has come forward to admit that he arranged the stones himself, never expecting that historians would one day come along and make up their own origin story.
A stone circle in this area of Scotland would have been entirely out of the ordinary for archaeologists, and researchers thought they had simply overlooked this particular location for too long and had finally stumbled upon it. Dating of the stones, which was done by studying its lichen-covered surface, suggested it had been constructed as far back as 4,500 years.
Because these kinds of monuments are made of large stones which have been exposed to the elements for thousands of years, pinning a date on when they were actually arranged is incredibly difficult. In this case, the circle was a bit smaller than others found in the region, and it didn’t take long before archaeologists found out why.
After seeing news of the monument making local headlines, a former owner of the land got in touch with the scientists to explain its actual origins. The man admitted to the team that he had arranged the rocks himself in the 1990s when he owned the land.
“These types of monument are notoriously difficult to date. It is obviously disappointing to learn of this development, but it also adds an interesting element to its story,” Neil Ackerman of the Aberdeenshire Council explained. “That it so closely copies a regional monument type shows the local knowledge, appreciation and engagement with the archaeology of the region by the local community.”
Samsung is rolling out the Value Pack update for the Gear S3 and Gear Sport, which includes an OS upgrade to version 4.0. The rollout started yesterday in select markets and will expand to more regions “in the near future”.
Samsung Health got a major update and can now track 39 types of exercise (20 of which indoors). Back to back workouts are supported as well. Strava, C25K (Couch to 5K) and TIDAL apps are now available.
New exercise modes and back-to-back tracking • Strava, Tidal and C25K
The sleep notifications you get each morning have been simplified and a Sleep Widget has been added. The new Theater Mode and Goodnight mode will prevent the watch from disturbing you when you’re at an event or sleeping (these modes are accessible from the Quick Panel).
The new sleep notification • Theater and Goodnight modes
The new software also improves the messaging experience. While typing up a response, you can see previous messages (in case you need to refer to them) and you can use 1,500+ emojis. Incoming MMS messages will show attached images on screen and will even play animated GIFs.
Check the Samsung Galaxy Wearable app to see if the update is available in your region.
We’ve overanalyzed the first Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, now that it’s finally out, and we explained why there should be no question about Marvel’s MCU timeline. Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame, and Far From Home happen in this order. Regardless of what happens in Endgame, that’s still the order of events. There may be time travel, time loops, and time resets in Endgame, of course. That’s something we expect from the Infinity War sequel as, somehow, the decimation must be undone.
But the Far From Home trailer doesn’t explain how Peter Parker is brought back to life for this movie. At the moment, for all we know, he’s dead for good. And Sony went to great lengths not to spoil Avengers 4 with its marketing for Spider-Man: Far From Home, although there may be hints in the trailer teasing tragic Endgame events. Marvel fans, of course, already have theories as to how Spider-Man will be saved.
Last week, a theory said that Peter never left the bus. That is, Tony Stark and co. reversed time after beating Thanos, so the battles in Infinity War did not happen. Nobody died, and Peter went about his business on that day. Other theories, meanwhile, suggest a different outcome.
Reddit user SinSanity_ believes that Far From Home takes place in a different universe:
I think after endgame the 2 universes are aware of each other and exist separately… That’s why they were fine mentioning Iron Man and Thor but neither of them (or anyone else) made an appearance… It’s also why Happy has let himself go but isn’t depressed… Endgame likely ends with the two universes becoming aware of each other and deciding to accept this separate existence with their respective heroes safeguarding their own universes.
Relegating dead heroes to a different universe, or timeline, would be a cheap trick from Marvel, one that would negate everything they achieved after Infinity War. But others have conceived similar theories that involve separate universes. A more recent post on Reddit also proposes the existence of separate universes:
My theory is that Peter Park ends up in an alternate universe/dimension post decimation. It’s likely the same thing happened to the other dusted characters, but since we’re dealing with Spider-Man, we’ll focus on him…This theory lines up with Feige’s statement about the title. [Far From Home] refers to Peter being in Europe in the movie, and it could also refer to him not being in his default reality during the movie. As mentioned above, the tone of the trailer and behavior of the characters don’t seem to be impacted by the decimation. Of course, we don’t know how Endgame will conclude, but I don’t see it ending in a way where the characters either don’t remember the decimation or ‘it never happened.’ Again, this would completely undercut the ending of Infinity War. There has to be lasting consequences of the decimation imo.
This theory, however, says that each dead character would get their own alternate
GMC has unveiled its 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty pickup truck, which packs in 445 horsepower and a 10-speed transmission — along with plenty of tech, of course. It offers 15 camera views, including a transparent trailer view that lets you see what’s behind your trailer. The feature blends what a tailgate-mounted camera sees with the view from an accessory camera you can affix to the back of the trailer. You can also install and connect to a camera inside your trailer to make sure no loose items are causing chaos.
The truck includes a smart trailer system which allows you, with compatible trailers, to turn on the air conditioning and water heater, and keep an eye on generator fuel levels using a mobile app. You may also control the trailer through the infotainment system, which offers road incline grades and navigation information on a 15-inch monitor, and can also display details on your trailer’s tire pressure and temperature. Pricing and full specifications will be revealed later, though the truck
In late 2016, Apple introduced a revamped MacBook Pro lineup with a whole lot of fanfare. Not only did Apple’s new top of the line notebook feature a TouchBar, the entire lineup incorporated a brand new butterfly keyboard design which was supposed to create an improved typing experience. In reality, the new keyboard design was temperamental insofar that certain keys would stop working altogether if even the tiniest bit of dust happened to wedge itself underneath the keyboard.
Apple has since addressed the controversial keyboard design with a product refresh this past July. And while that’s all well and good, a brand new issue plaguing certain MacBook Pro models has emerged.
According to a report from iFixit, a few MacBook Pro owners are experiencing what is being referred to as a “stage light effect” at the bottom of their displays. Though the issue does not appear to be widespread, it’s nonetheless a point of concern when we’re talking about a laptop that easily costs more than $1,000.
The photo below, courtesy of MacRumors, shows how the issue manifests itself:
Image Source: MacRumors
As to the underlying cause of the problem, iFixit explains that Apple’s MacBook Pro models use relatively thin flex cables to “connect the display to a display controller board beneath the Touch Bar.”
These cables wrap over the board, where they’re secured by a pair of spring-loaded covers—and they’re subjected to the stress of bending with every opening and closure of the laptop. Within a seemingly short time, those cables are starting to fatigue and tear. The backlight cable is generally the first to go, producing the infamous “stage light” symptoms, and eventually giving out entirely when the laptop is opened more than about 40°.
Again, this doesn’t appear to be problem impacting a significant percentage of users, but it’s still unacceptable. Compounding matters is that fixing the problem costs an estimated $600 because the MacBook Pro design precludes users from simply replacing the faulty cables on the cheap. Essentially, what we have here is a problem similar to what we saw previously with the MacBook Pro keyboard issue in that the design itself transformed what would ordinarily require a relatively quick and cheap fix into a monumental expense.
As it stands now, an online petition calling for Apple to launch a repair program has already amassed more than 2,000 signatures.
A new Twitter is coming: The social media platform is testing a new design interface for web users that includes an emoji button and upgraded trends.
On Tuesday, Twitter unveiled its new look online with a short video. Unlike previous Twitter updates, the new version features quick keyboard shortcuts, advanced search, and direct messaging. Twitter said the update, which only rolled out to some Twitter users so far, has other perks coming soon, including easy switching between top and latest tweets, and account switching.
Twitter’s home page has a cleaner interface: There is a “Trends for you” section that has personalized hashtags based on users’ interests. Users can also see what’s trending in their countries on the social media platform. Plus, conversations are also more streamlined, so users can easily communicate with others on their Twitter accounts.
Under the “Whats Happening” area, users can click on the box, write a message, and select the emoji button to add happy faces, food items, and hearts to their statuses. Twitter didn’t have an emoji button before, so it’s a sweet addition to the social media platform for funny responses.
Twitter hasn’t disclosed when the design will be available for all users, but its recent video gives more tips on how to navigate the new design.
Last but not least the generous Moto G7 leak caps off with a detailed list of specs of the upcoming phone. It will come with a 6.24-inch 1080x2270px IPS LCD, a Snapdragon 632 chipset with 4GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery.
The main camera will be a 12MP unit coupled with a 5MP depth-sensing snapper. On the front there’s an 8MP f/2.2 selfie camera.
Moto G7 Power
Onto the Moto G7 Power. We have three images of the phone in the wild and one of a storefront dummy with the specs and the price on it.
The Moto G7 Power will allegedly carry a price of BRL 1,400 (around €325) and come in a Blue color.
There are a few key differences between the Moto G7 Power and the Moto G7. The G7 Power has a wider, regular notch, a slightly smaller 6.22-inch screen and a lower 720x1520px resolution.
There’s a single 12MP rear camera and an 8MP selfie camera. The chipset of choice is a Snapdragon 632 with 2GB, 3GB or 4GB of RAM and the Moto G7 Power’s party trick – a 5,000mAh battery.
Moto G7 Power
Thanks to the leaked press invite featured below, we know that Lenovo will premiere its entire Moto G7 lineup of G7, G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus at a press event on February 7 in Brazil.
A moose chases snowboarders and skiers at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado. (Photo Credit: Lo Drogsvold/Facebook)
Wildlife can be really, well, wild — and several snowboarders and skiers at a popular Colorado resort got a scary reminder of that fact.
In an effort to promote safety, awareness, and respect for wildlife, Lo Drogsvold posted a video on Facebook and Instagram of a moose charging skiers and snowboarders on Sunday at Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.
The video shows a large bull moose approach and then charge a crowd of people. There were no reports of injuries.
“We got charged by a moose on our snowboards today!” Drogsvold wrote on Facebook. She said the moose chased them for a half a mile “with no signs of letting up.”
“I ducked into a tree well because I was losing speed and he was closing in on me fast. I hid behind the tree until the coast was clear,” Drogsvold wrote. She said another friend “had just enough speed to out run the big boy to town.” She added: “But damn, was so intense!”
Drogsvold told CBS Denver she hopes the video reminds people that moose are dangerous, aggressive, and unpredictable animals. “It’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and keep your distance from any wildlife when in their turf,” she said. “Leave the wild, wild.”
Breckenridge Ski Resort CEO John Buhler said staff tries to prevent guests from approaching the highly territorial herbivores, according to Fox31 Denver. Moose are generally peaceful but can turn aggressive when they feel threatened.
There were plenty of exciting appearances on this year’s list of nominees, including Black Panther and Roma both scoring nominations for Best Picture. As always, though, there are plenty of omissions that some people no doubt feel are surprising — and that arguably even count as outright snubs. Which is what Fandango decided to poll fans about immediately after the nominations were unveiled, which generated some interesting findings as part of the movie network’s 2019 Oscar Nomination Snubs and Surprises survey.
More than 1,000 fans were polled, and three results quickly emerged as what these moviegoers’ think were today’s “most shocking omissions.” Fans picked the Mister Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor failing to land a Best Documentary nod as one of the surprising snubs. Likewise, Crazy Rich Asians and Bradley Cooper (for directing A Star is Born) were also included among the “shocking omissions.”
“It’s pretty shocking to see Neighbor and Crazy Rich Asians — two films that captured the hearts of so many fans — missing out on any Oscar recognition,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis. “Cooper’s shutout from the Best Director category is also baffling moviegoers, since he was poised as a clear frontrunner from the beginning. But as the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture, Black Panther made Academy history today and its seven nominations are without a doubt the happiest surprise.”
Yes, the survey also measured what fans think were today’s happiest surprises, with Black Panther’s seven nominations at the top of that list.
Moviegoers responding to this survey also counted Best Supporting Actor nominee Sam Elliott (for A Star is Born) and Best Actor nominee Willem Dafoe (for At Eternity’s Gate) as likewise among the happy surprises.
If you missed the livestream of today’s nominations, meanwhile, you can check it out again here:
Freya, a 3-year-old octopus with a 14-foot span across her extended arms, wraps around the arms of volunteer Wilson Menashi, 84, at the New England Aquarium in Boston. (Photo Credit: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The New England Aquarium has a special volunteer: Meet Wilson Menashi, an 84-year-old man who’s known as the “octopus whisperer” at the Boston-based attraction.
Menashi, who’s “armed with affection” for the aquarium’s octopuses, including Freya and Professor Ludwig Von Drake, is a long-time friend of the sea creatures, the Associated Press reported. Menashi, who retired from his chemical engineering job and started volunteering at the aquarium 25 years ago, has spent over 7,000 hours caring for the octopods.
“I have been able to connect with them from the beginning. I do not know why,” Menashi told the Associated Press. “I cannot explain it, but I can connect with them.”
Working with the octopuses isn’t an easy task either: Menashi, whose volunteer work includes designing puzzle boxes for the octopuses, rubbing their backs, and gently stimulating their arms, has to have a lot of patience and cater to each animal’s needs.
Freya, who has 2,240 suction cups, is a 3-year-old octopus who weighs almost 40 pounds and has an arm span of 14 feet, which could easily kill a shark. However, she’s very calm with Menashi, who often feeds her fish treats.
The octopuses also leave their marks of love as well. Menashi jokingly told the Associated Press that he often comes homes with “hickeys” on his neck and arms. However, they’re always 10 to 15 marks in a line next to each other, and his wife knows about his time with the octopuses at the aquarium.
“Just being here has been, to me, a lifesaver,” Menashi told the Associated Press. “Gave me different interests and showed me the world is a wonderful place to be.”
Food recalls are nothing new, and there’s plenty of reasons that a company might need to issue a recall of a consumable product. Sometimes food is contaminated during manufacturing or contains traces of another food product that could trigger allergies in unsuspecting consumers, but a recent recall of chicken nuggets comes with a bizarre twist.
According to the USDA, Perdue Foods LLC is issuing a prompt recall of nearly 70,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nuggets because the company fears there’s wood — yes, wood — in them. Somehow, that might not even be the most surprising thing about this story.
The official recall doesn’t really tell us how exactly wood would have gotten into a bunch of tasty (and gluten free!) chicken nuggets, stating simply that the food “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically wood.” We’re left to imagine a scenario by which wood was mixed in with the chicken during processing.
Interestingly, while the USDA labels the recall with a health risk of “High,” the bulletin also notes that nobody has actually been made sick by the woody nuggets. The company received a total of three consumer complaints, leading them to issue the recall, but the USDA notes that there are zero “confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.”
Eating wood is obviously something you shouldn’t make a habit of, and it can’t possibly be good for your digestive system, but whatever traces of wood are present in these chicken nuggets doesn’t seem to be causing anyone discomfort. That is, not yet.
You can identify the recalled product by its packaging:
22-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “PERDUE SimplySmart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS GLUTEN FREE” with “Best By: Date 10/25/19” and UPC Bar Code “72745-80656” represented on the label.
“[The USDA] is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” the agency writes in the bulletin. “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
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Influencing people on Facebook doesn’t have to be rocket science: The Spinner, a U.K. startup, claims it will target an individual Facebook user with ads designed to sway their behavior for only $29.
With the ads, The Spinner aims to help individuals persuade colleagues, friends, and family members to change their ways, whether it’s convincing a partner to increase intimacy or swaying a parent’s opinion on buying a pet, The Daily Beast reported.
“We’re giving these capabilities to the common man,” Elliot Shefler, Spinner’s spokesman, told The Daily Beast. “With a credit card you can target a specific individual and brainwash them with a specific message.”
Photo Credit: JESHOOTScom/Pixabay
Despite some concerns over spamming, The Spinner said the service is not done by downloading sketchy software or hacking into people’s smartphones: It involves a marketing strategy that displays specific native ads to each targeted Facebook user. Once they’re exposed to hundreds of articles that repeat the same messages, they might be “brainwashed” into changing their behaviors, perspectives, and lifestyles.
Here’s how it works: For $29, you can target a Facebook user with a set of 10 different articles, which are shown to them 180 times within a 90-day period. Once you choose your campaign (The Spinner’s site has 12 different campaigns) and pay, The Spinner will send you a normal-looking link. Next, you can send the link to your targeted Facebook user in a text message. When they press the link, the cookie connected to the link bonds to their smartphone, so they’ll keep seeing similar articles during the three-month window.
Could The Spinner really bend your coworkers, family members, and friends at the subconscious level? The company told The Daily Beast that it currently has 35,000 users. The service’s FAQ page provides more details on pricing, custom campaigns, and more.
If you came across the hashtag #Avengers4Alexander on social media recently, we’ve got an update on the sad story behind it that sparked a massive outpouring of support for a dying 33-year-old Australian man who happens to be a fan of the Avengers movies. In a heartbreaking Reddit post, the man who identified himself as Alexander explained how he’s suffering from liver cancer, mouth cancer and a rare genetic disease that affects bone marrow. He fully expects to die before the official release of Avengers: Endgame in April, and he put out a call asking if anyone can help him get an early screening.
It now looks like that will indeed happen. In a new update to his original Reddit post that’s attracted almost 4,000 comments at the time of this writing, Alexander raves: “We did it Reddit! Disney have reached out and we are discussing options. I cried when I read their email. It’s everything I hoped for and I owe it to all of you.”
Alexander published his original post, which he titled “Dying Before April: My Endgame,” on Reddit on Jan. 5. He was clear-eyed about what little time he had left, and also didn’t try to play up his misfortune with a long, sad description. ‘I’m not a child or anyone with a particularly tragic story,” he wrote. “Just a normal guy.” He went on to explain how he lost his sister a few years ago to the same disease he now has.
He’ll leave behind his girlfriend and an adopted greyhound. “I thought I’d make it to April but my bone marrow is toast.”
The hashtag #Avengers4Alexander quickly exploded on Twitter. Someone got hold of directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and word also got to Thor actor Chris Hemsworth. About that last part, Alexander added a funny update about how Australia is a small place, because it turns out that he knows a guy who knows a guy who’s friendly with Hemsworth.
Alexander has kept up a brave front and has been allowing some humor to shine through. “If I do survive until Endgame,” he said in a recent update to his post, “it’s gonna feel strange because I’ll feel sorta obligated to die :-P”
It’s not exactly correct to say this story has a happy ending, of course. But we can definitely say it’s welcome news to see the internet come together for good, to share a bit of kindness with someone who definitely could use some in spades.