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Mikaela Rakos

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Zachary Levi and Sesame Street’s Bert Aren’t Happy With How Much You’re Using Social Media [VIDEO]

It’s time to put down your phones, walk away from your computers and get a breath of fresh air. At least that’s what singer-actor Zachary Levi and Sesame Street’s Bert want you to do. The duo takes a stroll through a Central Park in New York City, singing about how great it is to leave behind technology and social media, even for just a day. No Facebook, email, or Dashburst can hold these two back from enjoying the sunny day. Forget your technology because outside is where it’s at. Like they sin
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Exhausted Father Records Vines of Daughter Every Saturday Morning for 3 Months

It’s hard being a parent, from the long nights to early mornings spent with overly energetic kids. But Tony, (aka “Bottlerocket“) a 38-year-old father of two daughters, decided to make something of the tired mornings. Using Vine, Tony turned his early Saturday mornings into something a little more fun. Every Saturday Tony is left alone with his four-year-old for an hour before her dance class and, without fail, his daughter insists on listening to her Spotify playlist every time. Tony started r
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Netflix Now Brings You Video Streaming in Ultra HD/4k

Political drama series House of Cards just became even more addicting now that you can binge watch the latest season in ultra high definition. As if high definition video streaming wasn’t good enough, Netflix has taken it one step further with Ultra HD/4k video streaming. The wildly popular online video streaming service announced Sunday that it will make some shows, including House of Cards season 2, available in the ultra clear format. The Ultra HD/4k, now available on television sets with pr
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Sesame Street Launches New Video Streaming Service Called ‘Sesame Go’

Sure, Netflix has already devoted an entire section to children’s programming, but it looks like video streaming just got even more kid-friendly. Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street, has just launched ‘Sesame Go’, a new video streaming service for children who love the show. For only $3.99 a month, or $29.99 a year, Sesame Go will give you unlimited access to hundreds of episodes of Sesame Street, Sesame Street Classics and the animated series Pinky Dinky Doo to stream on all y
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‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creator Carter Bays: Alternate Ending Coming to Complete Series DVD

People have been quite vocal about their displeasure with the March 31 series finale of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. But to everyone’s delight, creator and writer Carter Bays announced via Twitter that the show have an alternate ending to the nine year long sitcom coming to the Complete Series DVD release. The creators and writers of the show stated that the real ending was decided from the beginning of the show. But in a series of tweets last Friday Bays announced that during production,
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This Dog Smelled Cancer on His Owner Before Doctors Could Even Detect the Disease [VIDEO]

Sometimes, doctors can’t detect what nature can, as this dog owner learned from her loving pet. Dogs can detect disease through their sense of smell, as Maureen Burns learned when she connected the strange behavior of her Collie cross, Max, to her previously undiagnosed case of breast cancer. Not only can dogs detect disease based on their profound observation of humans and human body language, they can actually detect the chemical changes of cancer. With training, dogs can pick out cancer pati
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You May Be Able to Charge Your Phone in Just 30 Seconds With This New Charger

It’s bad enough when your phone doesn’t keep its charge throughout the day, but it can be just as frustrating when it won’t charge fast enough. This is why Israeli startup StoreDot, Ltd. is releasing a prototype charger that would rejuvenate your phone in just 30 seconds. StoreDot, which came out of the nanotechnology department at Tel Aviv University, revealed its charger at Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv this morning. Though originally designed for the Samsung Galaxy 4, the cha
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Google Files Appeal to Turkish Courts to Lift YouTube Ban

Just a week after Twitter was banned in Turkey, YouTube came under fire by the Turkish government. The site was blocked when a YouTube user uploaded leaked audio from Turkish officials regarding potential military operations. Google filed appeals with Turkish courts, requesting the ban on YouTube be lifted “immediately.” Though On Friday, April 4, an Ankara court ruled that the ban violated human rights, thus lifting the ban and imposing restrictions on 15 specific videos instead, the courts la
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Legendary Hollywood Actor Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

Mickey Rooney, best known for his small stature and large acting career, died Sunday at age 93. He was one of the most persistent actors in Hollywood, getting a career start before the age of 10 and continuing up until his death, returning as his character Gus in Night at the Museum 3. Rooney’s career kicked off when he was a teenager, playing the role of Andy Hardy in A Family Affair. He is also known for his work with Judy Garland, which started with the 1937 film Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry. The
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Groupon Makes Big Return to TV With First Commercial Since 2011

Groupon has dropped off the TV advertising scene for three years, but the coupon website is back and doing it big with a commercial promoting its new and improved site. The commercial will run for seven weeks in only six cities: Atlanta, Buffalo, Detroit, Minneapolis, Nashville and San Francisco. In its new commercial, Groupon has turned to humor to highlight its improved website and new focus. Groupon, long viewed as a company that emails daily deals, now plans to serve as an online marketplac
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Top 100 Most Popular People on Twitter [STATS]

Ever wonder who the most popular people are on Twitter? Luckily Twitter Counter recently released stats showing who has the most followers, so we can see exactly who the most popular Twitter users are along with who follows the most people on Twitter and who’s tweeted the most. With the most followers, Katy Perry unsurprisingly still tops the chart as the most popular person on Twitter. After triumphantly reaching 50 million followers, Perry is still going strong and now has almost 52 million f
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Obama-Ortiz Selfie Samsung Publicity Upsets the Obama Administration

A few days ago, David Ortiz took a selfie with President Obama. The two smiled and posed as Ortiz snapped the photo. Ortiz then asked, “Do you mind if I take my own?” Obama responded, shouting out to the crowd in a joking tone, “Oh, he wants to do a selfie!”, and Ortiz laughed, “Yes, sir! Yes, sir.” Little did we or the Obama administration know, the entire interaction may have been a publicity stunt by Samsung which sponsors Ortiz. Once finding out about the sponsorship, the White House told B
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Welcome Back to Twitter, Turkey: Twitter Ban Officially Lifted

Today Turkish telecom authorities officially lifted the ban on Twitter after constitutional courts ruled Wednesday that it infringed upon freedom of expression. The ban lasted just under two weeks. Beginning March 21, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan implemented the block of the popular social media site in response to people tweeting leaked wiretapped recordings of misconduct by his officials. After the court ruled on Wednesday that the block was unconstitutional and news media like Turke
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Twitter Now Supports Emojis on the Web

People love emojis, but when you input them on your phone they don’t always translate smoothly to a computer. This should no longer be an issue with Twitter since the social network now supports emojis on the Web. Now you can view all of your favorite cartoon images not just on your mobile device but on your desktop too. To celebrate emojis on its site, Twitter launched the trending hashtag #emojiparty that people can use to show off their emojis on Twitter on the Web. Instagram also supports
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An Alternate Ending to ‘How I Met Your Mother’ You Might Actually Like

Monday, March 31 marked the end of a nine-year era of following the How I Met Your Mother gang through comical adventures and humorous moments. In the series finale, after years of explaining his dating mishaps, we finally see exactly how Ted met the mother. But the last episode left an unsatisfying ache in the hearts of HIMYM followers everywhere, as its bittersweet ending involved a couple twists some just couldn’t quite get over. Fortunately for those who were dissatisfied with the finale, H
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New Smart Tattoos Could Revolutionize Healthcare Technology

Scientists have created a device for the ultimate medical record convenience, and it’s as thin as a temporary tattoo. Researchers at the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea, Seoul National University and the University of Texas at Austin have partnered with MC10, Inc. to develop the first electronic tattoo that can store data and deliver medicine. The researchers introduced the smart tattoo in Nature Nanotechnology, highlighting its potential application for movement disorders like Parki
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Apple Is Most Improved in Green Internet Efforts, Amazon among the Worst [REPORT]

A new movement is taking green practices to the internet, with the biggest IT companies cleaning themselves up and using sustainable and energy efficient practices. Greenpeace conducted its annual report on the most and least green companies and found that this year Apple was the most improved company in terms of using and promoting green internet practices while Amazon lags behind the rest as one of the least clean companies. In its April 2014 report, Greenpeace created an IT company scorecard
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‘Lion King’ Cast Surprises Airplane Passengers With a Show

The Australian cast of The Lion King celebrated a successful season launch in Brisbane in song. But their celebration wasn’t on stage: rather it was aboard an airplane on the group’s way back to Sydney. Overflowing with excitement, the cast sang “Circle of Life” for their flight’s passengers and crew members to enjoy. All in all, the performance was a little surprise for the people on the plane that made their travels a little more pleasant and a lot more entertaining.
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Stephen Colbert Is ‘Still Here’ Despite Twitter Incident that Caused a Stir

Stephen Colbert is not the most politically correct when it comes to his spoof and satirical reporting on The Colbert Report. But after a comment he made on the show was tweeted out of context and people petitioned to have the show canceled, Colbert addressed the situation in his typical lighthearted but spot on manner as soon as he arrived back on air. Last week on The Colbert Report Colbert gave Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, a hard time for rebelliously creating the Original A
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Mark Zuckerberg Slashes His Salary to $1

As the one of the richest people in the world with an overall wealth of $27 billion, CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg only earned one dollar in annual salary in 2013. He joins a group of extremely wealthy, important people in the tech world who slashed their salaries to one dollar a year after becoming incredibly rich. The dollar-a-year salary was made popular by Steve Jobs. Google’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin followed suit. Of course, all of them own sizable equity in their companie
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David Ortiz Scores a Selfie With President Obama

After snagging the title of MVP of the 2013 World Series, David Ortiz can mark down one more accomplishment: taking a selfie with the President of the United States. As winners of the most recent World Series and as admirable citizens during the Boston Marathon bombing and beyond, the Red Sox were invited to the White House to meet President Obama. The Boston Red Sox have an extensive community outreach program involving volunteering, mentoring and more. After honoring the team, Ortiz presented
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Now Capture Pokémon in Google Maps

Google is kicking off April Fools with a spoof job opening for people with a very unique skill set: catching Pokémon. If you were a Pokémon master a decade and a half ago when the game was taking off, then you just might be right for the job. Unfortunately, the job isn’t real but Google did decide to let everyone have some fun for the prankster holiday. Now you can capture Pokémon in Google Maps. To play along, open the Google Maps app on your Android or iOS device, click on the search bar and
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Facebook Has Mapped Out Baseball Fans Across the US for MLB Opening Day

Today is opening day for Major League Baseball 2014, and Facebook has released a handy map which plots the distribution of each team’s fans across U.S. The results were calculated by going county by county and tallying the number of likes per each team’s Facebook page. The New York Yankees are the most rooted for team across the country, followed by the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers. The New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics did not have enough likes in any county to be t
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Actor Wil Wheaton’s Answer to a Little Girl on How To Deal With Being Called A Nerd

Actor Wil Wheaton may be famous now, but he was once a kid struggling to survive his younger years. At Denver Comic Con, he explained just that when a little girl asked him whether he was ever called a nerd and how to deal with the ridicule. His response, a rallying cry for standing up for people with different interests and “being who you are,” was extraordinarily touching. Watch here to see exactly what Wheaton says about being called a nerd!  
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Amazon Greenlights Six New Original Shows for Amazon Instant Video, Renews ‘Alpha House’

As if Amazon didn’t already dominate business and technology, it’s now making moves toward dominating online video streaming with a new lineup of shows for Amazon Prime Video. Today Amazon announced that it’s greenlighted six new, original shows and renewed Alpha House for a second season. Six new shows are coming to Amazon Instant Video: These shows span a wide range of genres, from shows with more conventionally popular story lines to shows that are a bit less traditional. The Sci-Fi action
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United Nations Orders Japan to Stop Whale Hunting in Antarctica

In a court ruling today, the United Nation’s International Court of Justice ordered the Japanese government to stop its whaling program in Antarctica. The Court agreed with Australia that Japan’s current whaling program was not for scientific research as claimed by Japan. The Court’s ban, decided by a 12 to four vote, is legally binding, and Japan must revoke its whaling licenses in Antarctica and not issue any new permits. Japan agreed to the order, but it “regrets and is deeply disappointed b
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