Tesla is facing ‘hard times ahead’ as it cuts 7% of its workforce

Tesla is reducing its full-employee headcount by 7%, Elon Musk announced in an email sent to employees on Friday. 
The layoffs are necessary if the company plans to keep turning profit as it starts delivering cheaper variants of the Model 3, Musk wrote. The company will also retain only the “most critical” temps and contractors. 
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“Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months. Higher volume and manufacturing design improvements are crucial for Tesla to achieve the economies…

Tesla is facing ‘hard times ahead’ as it cuts 7% of its workforce

For under £20 you can relive the ’80s and play classic games on this mini arcade machine

What does £20 get you nowadays? A ticket to the cinema and a snack maybe. That only covers your ticket though, so if you want to bring a friend they’d better be paying. And whilst seeing a film is great fun, alone or otherwise, it’s only a couple of hours of entertainment, and then what? You’ve lost your £20 and you need to find something else to do.
What if we told you that you could play 240 16-bit video games with an easy-to-use joystick, on a colourful 2.5-inch screen, with built-in speakers, all for under — yes under — £20? You…

For under £20 you can relive the ’80s and play classic games on this mini arcade machine

John Boyega posts very teasing photo from the set of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

At this point we really don’t know much about the next instalment in the Star Wars saga. Apart from the cast and the release date (Dec. 20, 2019) Episode IX is still very much shrouded in mystery.
But John Boyega just gave us a tiny sneak peek from the set of Episode IX. Boyega shared a photo on Instagram showing his hands after a day of shooting. Along with the photo, Boyega wrote a pretty teasing caption.  
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“Great working day on set,” Boyega wrote. “The whole team pushed themselves today to achieve…

John Boyega posts very teasing photo from the set of ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Samuel L. Jackson has a glorious backstory to becoming Nick Fury

If you’re ever in a comic book store in LA, keep your eyes peeled for superheroes. Not just the illustrated kind, either.
In the clip above for The Tonight Show, Samuel L. Jackson explains to Jimmy Fallon how he became Marvel’s Nick Fury. Apparently it all started when he was browsing comics.
“I’m passing the rack and I see this thing, the Ultimates, and I go: ‘Wow: Dude looks like me’,” explains Jackson, before going on to describe a scene in the comic where Nick Fury even says he would want Jackson to play him in a movie. 
Imagine how surreal it must…

Samuel L. Jackson has a glorious backstory to becoming Nick Fury

‘The Simpsons’ featured a meme of Homer and it’s so wonderfully meta

If you thought Inception was mind-blowing, just wait until you see a GIF of Homer Simpson using a GIF of himself.
That’s right folks, this is 2019, and things are about to get freaky.
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On Sunday night, The Simpsons official Twitter account tweeted a GIF from the latest episode.

Even Homer uses that GIF#TheSimpsons pic.twitter.com/Gw7V6mbxID
— The Simpsons (@TheSimpsons) January 14, 2019

That tweet has now been shared well over 5,000 times. Needless to say, it went down well.

First time I laughed hard at this show in years.
— Serious Guy (@jerjef) January 14, 2019 Read more…
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‘The Simpsons’ featured a meme of Homer and it’s so wonderfully meta

A skeleton’s blue teeth represent a ‘bombshell’ discovery for women’s history

It’s not surprising to learn that women who lived during the Middle Ages didn’t always get the credit they deserved, but tangible proof that further erodes our male-centric view of history is always welcome.
A new study asserts that lapis lazuli found in the teeth from the remains of a Medieval woman indicates that she was an artist. Researchers are calling the discovery a “bombshell” because it provides extremely uncommon proof of the role that women played as skilled artists at the time.
“It’s kind of a bombshell for my field,” Alison Beach, a medieval history professor at Ohio State University and co-author…

A skeleton’s blue teeth represent a ‘bombshell’ discovery for women’s history

Pervs kept stealing the ‘mile 69’ highway marker, so it was replaced with this

2019 has barely started, and we’ve already suffered a great loss: A “69” mile marker is gone forever, and will not be replaced.
The Washington Department of Transportation is sick and tired of people stealing the marker (notably known as the ~sex number~) so it’s replacing the highway sign with one that says “68.9.” 
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“Thieves show no signs of slowing down,” a local CBS station reported. Watch the mildly painful banter between the two anchors as they debate the accuracy of the sign without cracking up over its reference…

Pervs kept stealing the ‘mile 69’ highway marker, so it was replaced with this

Bryan Cranston and Lana Condor go back to school in ‘To All the Boys’ inspired song

We all have secret selves, but you’ve just gotta let ’em shine. We’ve all got actual secrets too, but maybe some of those can stay well and truly buried. 
That’s what we’ve learned from a weird song performed by Jimmy Fallon alongside Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before star (and heroine of our hearts) Lana Condor.
The unlikely trio time-travelled back to the ol’ high school cafeteria on The Tonight Show for a song dubbed “To All the Me’s I’ve Loved Before,” reminiscent of High School Musical’s “Stick to the Status Quo.”
Yeah, Cranston makes it brilliantly weird….

Bryan Cranston and Lana Condor go back to school in ‘To All the Boys’ inspired song

Lady Gaga apologizes for collaborating with R. Kelly, pulls duet from streaming

Lady Gaga is pulling her 2013 song with R. Kelly, “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from streaming services.
It comes after pressure on the pop star to condemn Kelly, whose history of alleged sexual abuse has come under the spotlight again due to the release of Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.
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In a statement via Twitter, Gaga affirmed her support for Kelly’s accusers, and vowed to never work with the singer again.
“I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices…

Lady Gaga apologizes for collaborating with R. Kelly, pulls duet from streaming

Amazon’s Echo Auto is finally here

Alexa is ready to ride.
Back in September, Amazon went a bit overboard with Alexa-powered devices like a microwave and wall clock. One of the many new items was a device with eight microphones that connects to your phone to bring Alexa to your car. A few months later, the Echo Auto is out in the real world. 
The device was on display at the Amazon Alexa booth at CES in Las Vegas, along with other third-party car accessories that work with Alexa, like the iOttie phone mount. 
The Echo Auto started shipping a few weeks ago to a “small” group of customers. Later…

Amazon’s Echo Auto is finally here

John Oliver screaming Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’ is all of us

Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” is too high-pitched for mere mortals like ourselves, Shaq, John Oliver, Rachel Brosnahan, Anthony Anderson, and even Mumford and Sons.
That didn’t stop Jimmy Fallon from challenging a bunch of celebrities and musicians to try their voices on the formidable pop song.
The Tonight Show host whacked headphones on the willing participants, but apart from fellow pitch-perfect singer Meghan Trainor, none could come as close as the supremo soprano herself, Kelly Clarkson.
John Oliver screaming like a banshee? That’s what the rest of us sound like. Read more…
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John Oliver screaming Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’ is all of us

Samsung’s stunning 75-inch TV can be made larger or smaller in seconds

I’ll spare you all of the technical advantages of Samsung’s newly announced 75-inch Micro LED TV — an even wider color gamut and higher peak brightness and deeper black levels — and instead wow you with the TV’s customizable design, because it’s really something to behold.
Samsung first boasted about the modular design of “The Wall” Micro LED TV at CES 2018, bragging about how it could be customized to any size, resolution, and aspect ratio your heart desired.
But it didn’t show how it worked until now. At CES 2019, I finally got a first look at how easy it is to…

Samsung’s stunning 75-inch TV can be made larger or smaller in seconds

Zendaya got her wisdom teeth out, and now everyone’s sharing chipmunk selfies

Certified American sweetheart Zendaya got her wisdom teeth out, and now all the teens are responding with their wisdom teeth selfies in solidarity.
After deliberating on posting a video after surgery — noting that she looked like “a hot ass mess” — Zendaya blessed us all with a photo on Twitter. Despite the gauze and ice packs wrapped around her head, she still looks pretty freaking good. 

Sneak peek pic.twitter.com/vW0qAQoe13
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) January 4, 2019

In solidarity, her followers posted their own pictures post-wisdom teeth. Get ready for a wall of chipmunk-cheeked selfies. 

Yoooo I also got my wisdom teeth removed, but yesterday 🤣 we…

Zendaya got her wisdom teeth out, and now everyone’s sharing chipmunk selfies

Henry Cavill loved ‘Aquaman’ so much he went for a swim with a fork

While Henry Cavill’s first look as Geralt in the TV adaptation of The Witcher video game did not go down well, his Aquaman impression can stay.
The Justice League star posted a congratulatory Instagram to his superhero co-star Jason Momoa by channeling his box-office smash Aquaman. 
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Cavill, who’s usually seen donning a cape as Superman in the DC Extended Universe films, instead took to a body of water — in what weirdly looks like the dead of night — capeless, Lycra-less, and wielding a fork as a trident. 
“Channeling the man of…

Henry Cavill loved ‘Aquaman’ so much he went for a swim with a fork

Curse you, people who landed $16,000 first class seats for $675

While we toil on travel sites looking to save a couple of bucks on a squishy flight, spare a thought (or your jealousy) for these people who snagged the travel deal of a lifetime.
Cathay Pacific sold premium business and first-class tickets from the U.S. to Vietnam for a fraction of the price, thanks to an error on the airline’s website.
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Spotted by travel bloggers on New Year’s Eve, return first class fares between New York and Hanoi were going for $1,100, which would usually set you back…

Curse you, people who landed $16,000 first class seats for $675

Cane toads hitch a ride on a python and it’s the stuff of nightmares

What’s one of the worst things you could stumble upon in the middle of a rainy night? Say, a handful of lousy cane toads hitching a ride on a python? 
That’s exactly what a farmer in the Western Australian town of Kununurra stumbled upon on Sunday.
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According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, farmer Paul Mock was casually checking his dam late at night when he came upon the frankly horrifying sight. 
Mock’s dam had reportedly seen a large build up of water after heavy rainfall during the night, which caused thousands…

Cane toads hitch a ride on a python and it’s the stuff of nightmares

This ‘Infinity War’ tune was the throwback jam of 2018

2018 was a year that cried out for a simple, effervescent throwback tune we could use to forget our present troubles. No one could have guessed we’d find it in a movie that was all about the successful eradication of 50 percent of humanity. 
But that’s exactly what happened this May when Avengers: Infinity War topped the movie charts, and sent a 42-year-old track bouncing up the music charts in its wake. With Infinity War newly available on Netflix as of last week, we’re just a-movin’ and a-groovin’ to it all over again.
The track, of course, is “Rubberband Man” by the Detroit…

This ‘Infinity War’ tune was the throwback jam of 2018

Microsoft’s prediction of 2019 ten years ago is just a bit off

Predictions of the future are rarely accurate, but Microsoft’s vision of what its technology would look it 2019 would be like is pretty off the mark.
The promotional video originally launched in 2009 was unearthed on reddit recently, where translucent, ultra-thin screens and interactive newspapers, slick (albeit dated looking) graphics are part of everyday life.
There are handful of things in the video that have become reality, not necessarily all by Microsoft though, like the foldable phone, augmented reality, gesture controls, but these technologies aren’t as slick as the tech giant envisaged them to be by now. Read more…More about Tech, Microsoft, Big…

Microsoft’s prediction of 2019 ten years ago is just a bit off

No, Netflix isn’t making fake teen accounts to spread ‘Bird Box’ memes

Even in a year that gave us peak Q Anon, this may be the most 2018 conspiracy theory ever. There are people online who believe Netflix used bot accounts to spread viral memes about its record hit movie Bird Box. 
The over-the-top apocalyptic thriller, which features a family making the perilous journey down a river in hopes of finding a community safe from invisible monsters that have taken over the world, is ripe with meme potential. The monsters inexplicably make victims commit suicide, which plays perfectly into the younger generation’s grimdark sense of humor.
SEE ALSO: Netflix releases viewership numbers for ‘Bird Box’…

No, Netflix isn’t making fake teen accounts to spread ‘Bird Box’ memes

‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ doesn’t work on Apple TV and users are furious

It may be a groundbreaking high-tech piece of TV entertainment, but the interactive Black Mirror movie Bandersnatch is off limits if you happen to be using the highest-rated high-tech TV setup.
That would be the Apple TV, the 4K model of which we recently rated not only the most essential set-top box but also the most ahead-of-the-pack product Apple currently makes. (Many users agreed.) 
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Bandersnatch is also unavailable on Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire Stick. Try to watch it on these platforms and what you’ll get instead of the two-plus…

‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ doesn’t work on Apple TV and users are furious