Ser Pounce, Game of Thrones’ beloved fan-favorite cat, was killed off-screen

Ser Pounce, Game of Thrones’ beloved fan-favorite cat, was killed off-screen

Game of Thrones’ eighth season hasn’t started yet, but showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently confirmed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that at least one fan-favorite character won’t make it out of the final season alive: Ser Pounce, Tommen Baratheon’s pet cat, who was introduced back in season 4. Spoilers for previous Game of Thrones seasons ahead. According to Benioff, “Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him…

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Humans playing VR game Beat Saber move faster than what Steam thought was ‘humanly possible’

Humans playing VR game Beat Saber move faster than what Steam thought was ‘humanly possible’

Some people move so fast when they play the VR game Beat Saber, a rhythm game that’s basically Dance Dance Revolution with lightsabers, that Valve developers have had to issue a fix. People were moving so fast that Steam VR couldn’t track their movements, as spotted by Kotaku. After collecting the data on Beat Saber experts, Valve developers had to issue a fix to the trackers in Valve’s Lighthouse technology that tracks movement. On the…

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Earth is dying and this couple is crowdfunding a sex button

Earth is dying and this couple is crowdfunding a sex button

Millennials have killed many things: cable television, golf, McDonald’s, and now, apparently healthy sexual relationships. A new gadget currently being Kickstarted called “LoveSync” is the Amazon Dash button for horny men and women who don’t feel comfortable telling their partner they’d like to have sex. Instead of leaning over and vocally asking your girlfriend or boyfriend, the LoveSync button does it for you. Essentially, there are two buttons — one for you, and one for…

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Apex Legends has hit 25 million players after one week

Apex Legends has hit 25 million players after one week

Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale game from the creators of Titanfall, has just passed 25 million registered players after just one week since its release, developer Respawn Entertainment announced this afternoon. The milestone shows just how explosively popular the game has become in such a short time; just three days after release, Apex Legends passed 10 million players. Additionally, the game recorded “well over” 2 million concurrent players this past weekend, Respawn CEO Vince…

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Pixar’s new YouTube short plays like a companion piece to Wall-E

Pixar’s new YouTube short plays like a companion piece to Wall-E

When Pixar Animation Studios first introduced the SparkShorts series in January, the studio explained that the short films came from a program of “indie filmmaking inside of Pixar.” Creators are given six months and a small budget to make their own unique projects. The latest of those shorts, Smash and Grab, just debuted on YouTube, and it may seem a bit familiar to longtime Pixar fans — it features robots with a minor resemblance to…

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Zero-rating programs increase wireless data prices, according to new study

Zero-rating programs increase wireless data prices, according to new study

A lack of net neutrality rules can have real-world consequences on wireless data prices, according to a new study by Epicenter.works. The new data from dozens of countries in the European Union suggest that when a country allows zero-rating programs, it ends up seeing an increase in wireless prices over time. Zero-rating programs (like AT&T not counting DirecTV toward a customer’s data usage) can allow people to use specific apps and services without the data…

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Amazon is buying mesh router company Eero

Amazon is buying mesh router company Eero

Amazon has announced that it’s acquiring Eero, the maker of mesh home routers. Amazon says buying Eero and its technology will help its mission to advance the smart home — and it will certainly make Alexa-compatible gadgets easier to set up if Amazon also owns the router. “We are incredibly impressed with the eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work,” Dave Limp, Amazon’s SVP of devices,…

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Baidu made a smart cat shelter that uses AI to tell cats and dogs apart

Baidu made a smart cat shelter that uses AI to tell cats and dogs apart

China’s top search engine company Baidu made a smart cat shelter in Beijing that uses AI to verify when a cat is approaching and open its door. The cat shelter is heated and also offers cats food and water. Besides running China’s main search engine, Baidu also works on AI tools in general and owns iQiyi, a Netflix-like rival that uses algorithms to determine what viewers may be interested in watching next. While cat shelters…

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The Handmaid’s Tale returns for its third season on June 5th

The Handmaid’s Tale returns for its third season on June 5th

Last May, we learned that Hulu’s spectacularly dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale would be returning for a third season, and last week’s Super Bowl gave us a tease — now, Hulu is confirming that the award-winning drama will debut on June 5th. That’s when the first three episodes of the show will arrive, assuming you’re still willing to grit your teeth and bare the torture and mutilation the series makes its women endure — in exchange…

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John Delaney has a plan for universal health care — but don’t call it “Medicare-for-all”

John Delaney has a plan for universal health care — but don’t call it “Medicare-for-all”

Delaney probably won’t be president. But check out his universal health care plan anyway. John Delaney has been running for president for nearly two years. Most people haven’t heard of him, and so far, he isn’t getting much traction in the polls. But the former Maryland Congress member has cooked up one of the more unique universal health care plans of anybody in the 2020 field. Delaney’s plan sticks out for two reasons: He is…

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