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‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ is basically over and BioWare just confirmed it, folks

Five months. That's how long it's been since Mass Effect: Andromeda launched, and that's how long it took BioWare Montreal to admit that nothing more can be done with the ailing game's story mode. Technically, it wasn't even a full five months, as Andromeda launched on March 21. SEE ALSO: 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' reviews are in: Bad game is bad BioWare confirmed the decision in an update on the Mass Effect website. The Andromeda corner of the game's universe won't be tossed, but continuing stories will be relegated to special multiplayer missions and other forms of media. "Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda," the note reads. "There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content." Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Mass Effect, Mass Effect Andromeda, and Bioware

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Fair warning: Chelsea Handler’s story about adopting a senior dog will make you cry

Hello. Get ready to cry! Saturday marked the third annual Clear the Shelters event, a day when animal shelters nationwide waive or lower adoption fees in hopes that as many pets will find homes as possible.  To encourage others to participate, Chelsea Handler posted a video relaying one of her own adoption stories. (Handler has adopted two dogs from local shelters.)  SEE ALSO: Spoiled doggo with 5 dog beds prefers the floor "I went into the [Long Beach] pound," she says, "and I found the ugliest-looking dog I could find. And that was Tammy." Handler goes on to describe how Tammy, a senior dog, "blossomed" under her care, becoming the very good girl fans saw on her exquisitely-run Instagram page. Tammy passed away last week after a bout of illness, but Handler says she's just glad Tammy was able to enjoy her final two years. Read more...More about Dogs, Adoption, Chelsea Handler, Culture, and Celebrities

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13 times ‘The Defenders’ roasted Iron Fist so you wouldn’t have to

So you spent your weekend bingeing The Defenders and no spoilers, but Danny Rand is still the worst. Meeting Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage brings him down a few notches from his high horse of channeling chi, but only after his fellow heroes repeatedly roast him for being an idiot. Snarky dialogue spoilers for The Defenders ahead, but nothing more. SEE ALSO: What are critics saying about Marvel's 'The Defenders'? Luke: “Who’re you?” Luke: “Just some skinny white kid.” Luke: “What’s the deal with that fist?Danny: “I earned it.”Luke: “You what?” Danny: “I’m the immortal Iron Fist.” (this isn’t a burn, but try to keep a straight face when he says it) Read more...More about Entertainment, Television, Netflix, Marvel, and Iron Fist

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Three construction innovations that will change the way we build

A number of companies are competing to find ways to automate construction, using bricklaying robots and machines that can 3D print with concrete.  These innovations are among the most successful prototypes whereby entire buildings were constructed using robots. Read more...More about Innovation, Housing, Robotics, Construction, and Real Time Video

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J.K. Rowling uses kindness to shut down a mansplainer who told a woman she didn’t actually write a book

The term mansplaining came from an author who had a man explain her own book to her. Now, men are explaining not just the contents of books ... but the act of writing a book itself.  Author Laura Kalbag shared on Twitter on Saturday that her new book Accessibility for Everyone, about the accessibility of websites to users, was coming out soon.  SEE ALSO: JK Rowling just roasted Donald Trump again with one incredibly ironic observation If you missed it:I’ve written a book! It’s coming out very soon, sign up to get it firsthttps://t.co/y0sMW97Xyjhttps://t.co/sWWrIFzQub — Laura Kalbag (@laurakalbag) August 18, 2017 Read more... More about Books, Jk Rowling, Mansplaining, Culture, and Web Culture

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White supremacist rally ends early in Boston as counter-protesters show up in huge numbers

A few dozen attendees showed up for Saturday's planned "free speech" rally in Boston. But counter-protesters showed up in the thousands. Per local news reports, over 10,000 people gathered at Boston Commons to protest the right-wing gathering, which quickly fell apart after it became clear the planned speaking schedule would not come to fruition.  In fact, police were seen taking down rally flags and decor before 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. (The rally was scheduled for 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Whoops! SEE ALSO: How you can take action against white supremacy after Charlottesville At around the same time, Twitter was flooded with images from the counter-protest. In one clip, crowds can be heard chanting "Not in Boston" — a reference to last week's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read more...More about Boston, White Supremacist Rally, Culture, Web Culture, and Activism

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‘Game of Thrones’ prequel writer teases future shows and we’re already stressed about it

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTe3tiRC-CM?enablejsapi=1&] You might feel like it's too soon to think about the Game of Thrones spinoffs HBO has in the pipeline, but consider this counterpoint: It's not.  Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who will pen at least one of the prequels planned for after Thrones concludes in 2018, spoke to IGN about what her series would include — and she kept it deliberately, maddeningly vague. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' is proving itself to be leak-proof "I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, 'Oh, that! OK.'" Goldman said of her series. "Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go." Read more...More about Entertainment, Television, Hbo, Game Of Thrones, and Spinoff

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Steven Soderbergh’s new HBO show will have a choose-your-own-adventure feel

Though it's still in preproduction, Steven Soderbergh's upcoming series Mosaic is already unlike anything HBO has ever done. In an extensive, new interview with Lincoln Center's Film Comment, Soderbergh shared more about the project and how it will tie in to an app due out in November — an app that lets users familiarize themselves with the story of Mosaic and choose how it unfolds. SEE ALSO: Apple’s Instagram account reeks of desperation "Branching narratives have been around forever, but technology now allows, I hope, for a more elegant, intuitive form of engagement than used to be possible," Soderbergh said in the interview.  Read more...More about Entertainment, Television, Apps, Hbo, and Steven Soderbergh

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How to put old photos in your social media stories

Stories started with Snapchat, then Instagram and Facebook added their own versions to try and win our loyalty.  There are crazy amounts of ways to make your story unique within each app. But you might not know that you can also post old photos in your current stories. SEE ALSO: I'm giving up on Snapchat because it's way too bloated Here's how to put photos you've already taken in your stories on Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. Just note that your followers might get a little annoyed if you do it too much. Snapchat  Access Snapchat and camera roll photos at the bottom of your screen.Image: molly sequin/mashable Read more...More about Iphone, Android, Smartphones, Social Media, and Sharing

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Move over, activated charcoal. Try the matte black latte.

Activated charcoal—the trendy margarita ingredient and cleaning agent—is nothing compared to a matte black latte.  The new drink from Round K in New York City is even darker than the activated charcoal recipes that swept the internet a few months ago.  SEE ALSO: A rare white moose has been spotted and if you wanna freak out, that's cool The nondairy drink contains coconut ash, almond milk, espresso, 98 percent Dutch process cacao, and a coconut cream and marzipan topping. Coconut ash, a type of activated charcoal, is the ingredient that gives the drink its color. It's popular in ice cream too.  Read more...More about Lattes, Activated Charcoal, Culture, and Food

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