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Alexa can now wake you up with your favorite song

Maybe, just maybe, Alexa‘s new alarms can make you actually enjoy getting up in the morning. You can finally instruct Amazon‘s voice assistant to wake you up in the morning with a song of your choice. SEE ALSO: Canada, meet Amazon Alexa Yes, if you have a smartphone, you could do this already. But unlike the iPhone, which limits your selection to your Apple Music library, Alexa can select songs from a number of platforms: Amazon Music

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Apple invests 390 million in the production of...lasers?

Apple has invested 390 million in Finisar, a manufacturer of optical communications components. That‘s right: It‘s investing in lasers. SEE ALSO: Gift ideas for your friend who can‘t put down their iPhone According to Apple, the money will enable Finisar to increase research and development of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). These may sound like something straight out of a sci-fi thriller, but they‘re al

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Nintendo is reportedly looking to increase its mobile game output

Nintendo is aiming to increase its output of mobile games and it‘s looking for mobile developers to help out, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Nintendo already has a partnership with the mobile developer DeNA, formed in 2015, but according to The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo also recently had partnership talks with developer GungHo Online Entertainment. GungHo is the developer behind the Puzzle and Dragons series, which has games

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Tech gifts for people who love the great outdoors

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Got a friend who seems to love nature and animals more than they like people? Yep, we all have one and even if they‘re constantly forgetting to text back because they never have service, we love them anyway. Fuel their anti-civilization passion even more and check out these gifts for the outdoor enthusiast. SEE ALSO: Tech-enhanced clothin

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New Twitter ads ignore the site‘s Nazi problem and admit another major issue

Even after 11 years of existence, Twitter is still trying to explain the basics of the product. New ads, released Wednesday, show two scenarios of two different men joining the social network and struggling to understand what to do next. Comedian Romesh Ranganathan tries to calm them down and then walks through the steps of using Twitter. SEE ALSO: Twitter‘s most popular tweets, accounts, and hashtags of 2017 Twitter is also updating about.

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In their own words: Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill on Luke‘s journey in ‘The Last Jedi‘

"It‘s time for the Jedi to end," Luke Skywalker says in the Last Jedi trailer, his brittle voice dripping disdain for the knights who once protected the galaxy and saved so many lives, including his own. Actor Mark Hamill and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson reportedly butted heads over this cynical new take on the once starry-eyed Mr. Skywalker, and they recently told Mashable how they resolved their differences over such a drastic characte

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Here‘s the new electric big rig that could bring the hammer to Tesla‘s Semi

Tesla‘s all-electric Semi truck has been the biggest story of the year for freight hauling, but the rig won‘t even go into production until 2019, assuming everything actually goes according to plan. In the meantime, Elon Musk‘s dream machine will face some steep competition from other future-forward truck companies looking to cut in on the marketshare with energy and emissions-conscious fleet operators. The newest player just th

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T-Mobile is launching a TV service because there‘s just not enough options just yet

If you‘re a cord cutter and you really, somehow don‘t think there‘s enough options for streaming TV over the internet, we have some good news. T-Mobile is launching a television service and acquiring Layer3 TV to do so. Details are scarce right now, but the move highlights how every single service provider is moving to also be the company that you go to for your TV content. T-Mobile did not announce a price or details about what

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Emmanuel Macron lures top U.S. climate scientists fleeing from Trump research cuts

In the name of furthering climate research (and trolling Donald Trump), French President Emmanuel Macron awarded "Make Our Planet Great Again" grants to 18 climate scientists, 13 of whom are from the United States. On Monday, in preparation for the "One Planet Summit" a meeting in which international world leaders gather to discuss global climate initiatives the French president awarded the grants, which were announced right after Trump withdre

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Adorn the top of your Christmas tree with these inspirational women

A nonprofit called Women To Look Up To has created Christmas tree toppers of powerful women that better represent our modern icons. Read more...More about Christmas, Mashable Video, Women, Beyonce, and Holiday

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Let‘s look back at the year in Hollywood Chrises

The Hollywood Chrises were not invented in 2017. They‘ve all been kicking around in some form or other since the early ‘80s, and people have been cracking jokes about Hollywood‘s fixation on blandsome young white male Chrises since at least 2013, when Chris Pratt was cast in Guardians of the Galaxy. But 2017 was the year that the Hollywood Chrises collectively reached new heights - as did our obsession with them, both individual

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Winter Workout: How to keep warm without sacrificing performance

PAID CONTENT | UNIQLOFor the sporty crowd at Mashable who refuse to allow bad weather keep them down, Uniqlo‘s HEATTECH, BLOCKTECH and Ultra Light collection keeps the game going strong all winter long.Winter is that magical time of year when people bundle up, bake pies, spend quality time with loved ones and tend to put on an extra five or ten pounds. Yikes. We get it though; when it‘s cold outside, the body‘s natural reaction

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People are tweeting their failed attempts to make gingerbread houses

People may be good at getting into the Christmas spirit, but that doesn‘t mean they‘re any good at constructing a sound gingerbread house. SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged Nobody is, it seems. This holiday season Twitter has been awash with dismal, tragic photos of the tiny lopsided constructions. Just look at some of these delicious disasters... Awful: Listen. I tried to make a gingerb

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Snag an R2-D2 charging station for 50% off today

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. R2-D2 is decked out with a lot of handy gadgets, so it would stand to reason that he should probably have a few outlets and USB ports on him. Enter: the R2-D2 charging station. The Star Wars inspired charging station features two USB ports and four regular sockets so you can increase your outlet options. It‘s a great and geeky way to refil

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Master chef sculpts impossibly realistic pastries that look just like fresh fruit

Cdric Grolet is a world-renowned pastry chef who‘s changing up the dessert game in Paris with his incredible food sculptures. Read more...More about Instagram, Mashable Video, Paris, Dessert, and Sculpture

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Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert have a heated discussion over Christmas tree decorations

On The Late Show last night, Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert had a heated discussion over how they like to decorate their Christmas trees. And it got intense. When Tom Hanks asks if Colbert has flashing lights on the tree Colbert retorts, "That‘s insane. Flashing lights? We‘re not landing a plane!" The argument climaxes when Tom Hanks tells Colbert to "get off my show," and Colbert immediately gets up and begins to leave. "Sorry, yo

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Ambulance gets called out for figure in park, turns out to be a statue

We know better safe than sorry is the old adage, but if you call an ambulance out for a statue this idiom loses its wisdom a bit. SEE ALSO: Police wait for snake to cross the road, and nope An ambulance in the UK received a call about a person in a park. The caller was worried that they were sitting perfectly still and covered in snow. It turns out there was a very good reason for that. Next, call from a member of the public who was concerned th

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A food critic is taking one for the industry and eating tacos for a full year

Mike Sutter is a restaurant critic for the San Antonio Express-News. For 2017, he made it his goal to go to 365 taquerias and try their tacos. So far, he‘s eaten 1,300 tacos and spent around 600 a month doing so. The reason for this mission: to get to know the culture of the city of San Antonio. Read more...More about Food, Health, Mashable Video, Restaurant, and Texas

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Stock up on Amazon Cloud Cams they‘re on sale today for 25% off

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The Amazon‘s Cloud Cam, the Alexa-compatible camera can connect to your phone or even your Amazon smart TV so you can view your surveillance feed from anywhere or at the sound of your voice. The push notifications from the Cloud Cam app alert you when the camera detects motion, and lets you view what‘s going on in your house as it ha

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2017 was the year late night grew up, and we did too

In an earlier, better time, late night was the place where smart comics got to write mostly meaningless jokes about transitory crap. Ah, what an era. 2017 didn‘t change all of that there will always, sadly, be space in our culture for James Corden sing-a-longs but it did force late night comics to lean in one two directions. Either they could take the easy breezy hair-fluffing Jimmy Fallon road and be ridiculed by rose emojis on Twitter,

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Someone designed an accordion-like table that unfolds to double its length

Heatherwick Studio designers created a shapeshifting table, called Friction Table, that can be stretched to become two times longer than its original size. The result was achieved using a mechanical device that provides its lattice structure. Read more...More about Design, Mashable Video, Shape, Interior Design, and Furniture

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This rapid egg cooker is on sale for less than 20

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. When you‘re in a hurry to make breakfast so you can get out the door, it might not hurt to have this egg cooker on hand, especially when it‘s 34% off. SEE ALSO: Gift-worthy kitchen tech items for the Chopped enthusiasts in your life The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker can cook up to six eggs at once, and can prepare just about any egg-related

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Ethereum‘s price surpasses 700 in another astonishing crypto-rally

Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap (behind Bitcoin), is currently trading at 707, a 20% increase in the last 24 hours. This is a new record for Ethereum, which has kept pace with Bitcoin for the better part of the year but started falling behind sometime in the summer. Bitcoin‘s price grew tremendously in the second part of the year. One bitcoin is currently worth 17,176. SEE ALSO: Bitcoin‘s secretive creator co

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame names its Class of 2018, from Bon Jovi to Nina Simone

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Moody Blues, The Cars, and Dire Straits. Meet the full lineup of 2018 inductees into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame. The 33rd annual induction ceremony won‘t happen until April 14, 2018, but you can start cheering for the new entrants now. Those five musical forces making up the Rock Roll Hall of Fame‘s Class of 2018 are joined by legendary gospel singer/songwriter Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who receives an Early

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