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How to access YouTube’s secret dog Easter egg on your timeline

Image: screenshot by mashable YouTube hasn’t ever been one to skimp on the Easter eggs, but this is a new one for me. It’s hidden away on the timeline that charts your progress through a video. If you highlight that timeline and hold left — either left on an attached game controller, or the left arrow key — in certain versions of YouTube (I’ll get to that in a minute), you can summon a dog. SEE ALSO: Please enjoy these Pope-like dogs wearing Crocs on their impossibly small heads It…

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Adorable kid tries to train his Google Home, and it does not go well

Ever feel like you’re more advanced than technology? This little kid can relate. A young, very patient boy was spotted in his kitchen talking to his family’s Google Home, desperately trying to impart some wisdom. He begged the device to repeat him so that he could teach it some brand new skills, saying, “I’m telling you stuff and you don’t know what it is… Can I please train you because you don’t know what stuff is?” The boy then realized maybe Google should help him, too, since he “doesn’t even…

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This device is trying to replace your phone AND laptop

Image: Bridget Bennett/Mashable While CES sets the tech trends for the year, it rarely sets the tone. The giant-size tech carnival is a great place to see the latest TVs, smart home gadgets, and self-driving vehicle tech, but it’s also a bubble. Hype and excitement over mostly incremental upgrades is epidemic at the show, and it has very little to do with our real-world relationship with technology. If there was any doubt about that, it was made jarringly clear on Thursday when news broke that Amazon-owned company Ring, fresh from…

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Google Chrome Labs’ digital Etch-A-Sketch feels like the real thing

My most successful Web-A-Skeb piece, in which I attempted to write "MASH."Image: screenshot: rachel kraus/mashable Want to relive a frustrating yet addictive childhood experience? Now you can! A Google Chrome Labs developer has built a web version of the classic Etch-A-Sketch. It’s called Web-A-Skeb, which is a name that rocks. And I am happy to report that attempting to create anything with it is just as maddening as the original. SEE ALSO: Google Chrome now has a handy drawing app for your silly sketches Google Chrome Labs is a group…

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T-Series is actually the best thing to happen to PewDiePie

YouTube's most-subscribed channel, PewDiePie, is bigger than ever thanks to a rivalry with India-based music video production company, T-Series.Image: J. Countess/WireImage PewDiePie just surpassed a new YouTube milestone, and he has T-Series to thank for it. Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie just hit 80 million YouTube subscribers on Monday. The achievement marks the first time any YouTuber has reached this milestone. PewDiePie, the platform’s most well-known (and most controversial) video game vlogger, has been embroiled in a fierce rivalry in recent months with a music video channel from India, T-Series. Both…

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Samsung profits plunge as smartphone and chip businesses struggle

Hong Kong (CNN Business)It’s not just Apple Samsung is hurting, too. China, the world’s largest smartphone market, is experiencing a deepening economic slowdown that’s affecting businesses around the world. As well as selling its own phones, Samsung supplies key parts like chips and display screens to other major device manufacturers. Apple’s latest iPhones use Samsung’s OLED screens. The South Korean company said it expects operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2018 to come in at 10.8 trillion won ($9.6 billion), compared with about 15.2 trillion won ($13.5 billion) in…

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Daimler brings in the truck equivalent of Tesla’s Autopilot

Freightliner Cascadia is Daimler's most autonomous truck.Image: Daimler AG Daimler trucks are going autonomous — eventually. For now, Level 2 (L2) partial automation will have to suffice. The vehicle company behind Mercedes-Benz cars announced Monday at CES 2019 that its new Freightliner Cascadia big-rig will include higher levels of robotic driving. The semi-autonomous trucks will start production in July in North America. It’s not fully self-driving, but it’s pushing the trucking industry deeper into an autonomous mode.  SEE ALSO: Uber fired Anthony Levandowski. Now he’s back with a self-driving truck…

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The internet is figuring out the best way to pirate Netflix’s ‘Bandersnatch’

Torrent your life away.Image: netflix The internet will always find a way.  Netflix’s new choose-your-own-adventure style episode of Black Mirror, “Bandersnatch,” has the online world abuzz with all the different storylines available for the viewer/player of the streaming digital experience.  Overlooked in the discussion regarding which breakfast cereal best kicks off the main character’s day lies another probing question. How, exactly, does one pirate a show that has roughly 5 hours of total runtime spooled out over multiple non-linear scenes requiring a specially designed Branch Manager tool to access? Fear…

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Very cool handmade jukebox uses a card reader to play music

We can all appreciate a handmade gift, but this is on another level. Designer Chris Patty was challenged by his family to create something that wasn’t store-bought, and so he made a nifty jukebox for his dad this Christmas. SEE ALSO: 5 surefire ways to find the name of that song It’s no regular jukebox, obviously: To play songs, you pick a card — which features a song title and the artist it’s by — and swipe it in the slot on the box. Patty posted a video of the…

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Hackers steal personal information of 997 North Korean defectors

North Korean defectors may be in danger.Image: Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images For North Korean defectors, this is a nightmare come to life. Hackers stole the personal information of 997 North Korean defectors living in South Korea, the South Korean government reported Friday.  The identity of the hackers is still unknown. But experts are reportedly worried for the safety and security of defectors and their families, according to the BBC. SEE ALSO: North Korea officially blocks Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Hana centers are South Korea’s resettlement agencies that work with defectors…

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Elon Musk couldn’t stop tweeting in 2018

Musk has tweets for everything.Image: mashable composite: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images / twitter What better way to really understand Elon Musk’s year as Tesla CEO than to look back at his Twitter. It’s been a bumpy and very busy year for the electric car executive. He went from the depths of despair to turning a profit for Tesla for the first time — with a few lawsuits and scathing news reports thrown in for good measure. He even took a few puffs of marijuana on a podcast. His most famous tweet of…

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A Spellbinding Ocean Exploration With an Underwater Wheelchair

In this dreamlike sequence, artist and activist Sue Austin explores a coral reef in the world’s first underwater wheelchair. Austin lost her mobility after an extended illness in the mid-90s. Through ‘Creating the Spectacle!’ Sue aims to use the surprising juxtaposition of an NHS wheelchair in an underwater environment to transform preconceptions, create positive empowering images and inspire people. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/wheelchair-scuba-diving-sue-austin/

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Make a ‘Doom’ map with the help of your Roomba

Your Roomba can help clean up your enemies.Image: Bildquelle/ullstein bild via Getty Images Once your Roomba is done tidying the house, you can clean up your enemies in hell. Game programmer and designer Rich Whitehouse released a script on Christmas Eve which allows you to convert the robotic vacuum’s trip around your home into a playable Doom map. SEE ALSO: The creator of ‘Doom’ is releasing nine new levels for free in 2019 Naturally, the script is called Doomba, which works with Whitehouse’s Noesis software that allows developers to convert…

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Good riddance, Alex Jones: The Year in Deplatforming

Deplatforming is a blunt but effective tool in the eradication of toxic speech online.Image: Oivind Hovland/Getty Images This was the year we began to answer the age old question: if a bigot rants in a forest, and nobody is around to hear him, does anybody care what that idiot says? Over the past year, internet companies wielded the hammer known as “deplatforming” more than ever. Deplatforming, or no-platforming, is the term for kicking someone off social media or other sites when they break the rules by, say, using hate speech,…

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Facebook filed a patent for tech that can predict where you’re going next

Goodbye, Facebook!Image: WireImage Facebook will be losing yet another prominent user: Walt Mossberg, one of the most respected technology journalists of our era, said that he will delete his account at the end of this year. The former Wall Street Journal, Verge, and Recode writer announced on Facebook his Facebook and Messenger accounts will be deactivated “around the end of the year” (or in other words, any day now) and he will no longer be posting content on the social network. SEE ALSO: How to Delete Something Permanently From Your…

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