Adam Driver gets really serious about his character at Medieval Times on ‘SNL’

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It’s always great to see a professional actor chew scenery as if it’s an audition for William Shakespeare himself. And who’s a better choice to get super, over-the-top serious than Saturday Night Live guest host Adam Driver.

In this sketch, Driver is a performer at New Jersey’s Medieval Times restaurant, but he thinks he’s William Wallace in Braveheart. He’s also kind of racist? And a dick in general? But it’s all right because he’s taking an acting class.

This sketch is great. Driver’s clearly having a blast.

‘White male rage’ is the theme song of the 2020 Oscars on ‘SNL’

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From Joker to The Irishman to Toy Story 4, the 2020 Academy Awards are brought to you by “white male rage.” It’s the same sponsor that’s also behind Little Women director Greta Gerwig’s nomination snub.

That’s the pitch Melissa Villaseñor laid out – in song! – on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update. Villaseñor taps into some of the frustrations following the 2020 nominations announcement as she sings about the various releases of 2019 and the common theme that, in addition to tying many of them together, also helps explain who got nominated and who got snubbed.

India is now the second largest smartphone market in the world, surpassing the U.S.

The U.S. has been dethroned as the second largest smartphone market.

A new report by Counterpoint Research estimates that India surpassed the United States to become the second largest smartphone market with an estimated 158 million devices shipped to the country in 2019. China is still the global leader at number one.

Interestingly, India’s surge to second place is largely thanks to Chinese smartphone manufacturers. Phones manufactured by companies like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Realme made up a whopping 72 percent of devices shipped to India in 2019. The report largely attributes series’ of budget-priced phones from these companies as leading to their growth in the country.

These China-based smartphone manufacturers’ popularity in India has also attributed to overall growth for the companies themselves. When it comes to Xiaomi, for example, India is now the company’s largest market, surpassing even China.

Apple also experienced growth in India. The report attributes this to price cuts to the company’s iPhone XR model as well as the release of the new iPhone 11 series of devices. The same can’t be said for Samsung, however. The company did not experience any growth in India in 2019. In fact, sales declined by 5 percent in the market over the course of the year.

So, what does this all mean? Smartphones are becoming more accessible to India’s large and growing population. 

Now that the country is a global leader in the smartphone market, second only to China, brands are going to take notice of the Indian consumers’ wants and needs when it comes to its smartphone devices.

Bystander Stops Kangaroo From Drowning Dog: ‘If I Wasn’t There, That Dog Was Dead’

A small dog picked a fight with a big kangaroo ― and it almost ended in tragedy for the petite pup.

The terrier-like pooch barked at a 5-foot-tall ’roo, then chased the marsupial into the Pine River in Brisbane, eastern Australia, on Monday. 

But the kangaroo sought to wreak revenge by drowning its canine tormentor.

Bystander Jono Lonie witnessed the skirmish from his boat nearby and sprang into action to save the dog.

“The kangaroo turned around and started drowning the dog. It went under a good four or five times,” Lonie told 7 News.

“I just put the boat back in the water and went and got the dog,” he continued. “If I wasn’t there, that dog was dead.”

The entire incident was caught on camera by one of Lonie’s friends and the video is now going viral. The dog was later reunited with its owner. 

The kangaroo swam back to shore and fled the scene.

Android users might finally be closer to getting an AirDrop-like feature

While it’s taken a very long time, Google might finally release its own version of Apple’s Airdrop soon. Called Nearby Sharing, the feature will allow users to quickly send and receive content between devices with the tap of a “Share” button, XDA Developers reports.

Reports have been surfacing for a while now, but in a hands-on video with XDA Developers’ Mishaal Rahman, we get to see it in action. 

The feature is demonstrated between a Google Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 4 running Android 10. But, he points out that it’s also been used between a Pixel 2 XL and OnePlus 7T Pro. 

So, that means the feature isn’t locked in to Pixel devices. It might be available on any Android device that comes with Google Pixel Services pre-installed on the phone. 

Nearby Sharing works similarly to Airdrop. You can choose whether you want your device visible to all your Google contacts, specific ones, or completely hidden—which means you have to manually accept each request beforehand.

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You can also decide how your data is used during the transfers which includes using data for transferring small files, Wi-Fi only, or without internet at all. The phone then uses Bluetooth and location services to find compatible nearby devices.

Once you choose the files you want to share, choose the device you want to send it to, and tap Share. In the video, the content is transferred instantaneously. Your files are then saved in a specific “Nearby Sharing” folder.

Rahman also makes sure to point out that devices have to be within one foot of each other. That means you won’t get unsolicited content randomly sent to your phone. Which is unfortunately, very much a thing with AirDrop. 

While it’s unclear when Google plans on releasing the feature, the company did recently announce dates for 2020’s Google I/O conference. So, it’s possible we could see Nearby Sharing unveiled soon.

But prior to that, we might see a similar feature from Samsung called Quick Share, according to XDA Developers, that might debut on the upcoming Galaxy S20. As with AirDrop and Nearby Sharing, those with Galaxy devices will be able to quickly transfer files with the press of a “Share” button.

We could all learn from this excited little puppy who just can’t

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Yeah, you still have the capacity to feel excited. But when was the last time you were faced with something so delightful that you straight up lost your balance?

Eight-week-old Jake, on the left, is here to meet his cousin Oakley for the first time. And the enormity of Jake’s expanding world is so overwhelming and awesome that he just… tips over.

There was a time when we felt happiness this hard, right? It’s a messy world out there, folks. Whatever you believe, wherever your politics fall – unless you’re a racist, you all can screw off – remember to be like Jake and indulge in the good stuff when it comes your way

Tesla leaks suggest the Model S and Model X could receive some helpful updates

While not many of us are in the market for a Tesla, it’s still always interesting to see all the new features being added to the cars. Or, well, potentially being added.

According to Greentheonly (h/t Engadget), who is known for his Tesla-specific leaks on both Reddit and Twitter, upgrades on both the Model S and Model X might include a built-in wireless Qi charger, two new battery types, a new charge port type, some kind of change to the suspension, and maybe upgraded seats.

The Twitter thread goes on to mention the Model 3 could have premium Yanfeng seats. But it seems you can only choose between both the front seats or just the left and right. 

Greentheonly also points out that a lot of people find the current hardware on both the Model S and X “somewhat stale” and suggest that, without a refresh, they “would switch to other brands for their new car.”

Back in Nov. 2019, both the Model 3 and the Model S reclaimed the “recommended” title from Consumer Reports. This came after fewer problems were reported for the Model 3 like stuck latches or malfunctioning doors. 

Regardless of all this, it was reported earlier in January that the company sold more cars than ever in 2019. Specifically, the Model 3 which sold 367,500 vehicles in the last year, which is more than in 2017 and 2018 combined.

So, even with some mishaps and restless owners waiting on an update, it seems like Tesla is doing just fine.

MH370 mystery solved? How expert presented ‘full description of what happened’

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The official investigation concluded that the plane most likely ended up at the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean, after being hijacked shortly after take-off. However, no wreckage was ever found in the search area, despite two very expensive attempts.

Without the black boxes, which would have recorded what happened on the plane in the minutes before its demise, the authorities cannot say conclusively what happened.

This means dozens of theories have popped up.

Science journalist and aviation expert Jeff Wise outlined a speculative scenario in his 2015 book ‘The Plane That Wasn’t There’.

He suggested that three men may have hijacked the plane between them.

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MH370 expert Jeff Wise produced a theory in his 2015 book (Image: YouTube (Jeff Wise) / Getty)

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Families of MH370 victims light candles (Image: GETTY)

In his description, one of them found a hatch in the floor of the business class cabin and lowered himself into the Electronics and Equipment Bay (EE Bay). 

In the EE Bay, he used a patch cord to plug into the plane’s Portable Access Maintenance Terminal and began uploading software.

While that was running, he started pulling circuit breaks and cut the airing cable coming out of the Internal Referencing System.

This causes the plane’s Satellite Data Unit (SDU) to go into standby mode.

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Pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid (Image: Channel 5 / Snapchat)

Mr Wise described how the hijacker’s work in the EE Bay would be experienced by the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit.

He wrote: “The pilot is staring out into the dark of the night sky, mind-warning, when all of a sudden he feels a sensation he doesn’t expect – the plane is tilting to one side, it’s banking, it’s making a turn to the left.

“Instinctively he glances to the right to see if the junior pilot has decided to play some wildly inappropriate prank, but the co-pilot just looks back at him, eyes wide.

“The yokes aren’t moving, but the plane is unquestionably making a turn.”

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All search missions for MH370 have proved futile (Image: GETTY)

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Aviation expert Jeff Wise detailed how he believes MH370 could have been hijacked (Image: YouTube – Jeff Wise)

He went on: “He grabs the yoke, it’s a dead thing in his hands, inert. 

“He feels the tendrils of panic spreading as he grabs a checklist and starts running through it.

“The more he tries the more bizarre it gets, nothing works as it should – switches are dead, readouts blank, indicators flashing gibberish.”

Next in the scenario, the hijackers managed to depressurise the aircraft and cut off the air supply for the masks in case of emergency.

As the pilot tried to leave the cockpit to investigate the EE Bay, two men blocked his exit.

The pilot and copilot pass out, but not before the copilot attempted to send a text with the transponder code for hijack – 7500.

The mobile phone connected with a telecommunications tower on Penang Island, but the text never makes it through – this would explain the connection made between this tower and the phone belonging to Fariq Abdul Hamid.

As the hijackers turned the plane around, they went unnoticed by people on the ground because their timing was perfect – they chose to pounce exactly as MH370 was leaving Malaysian-controlled airspace and just a couple of minutes before it contacted air traffic controllers in Vietnam.

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Families of those on board MH370 still have no closure (Image: GETTY)

In other words, no one on the ground was responsible for the plane.

What’s more, they then turned the jet around and flew it between the borders between Malaysian and Thai airspace, so even though it was picked up on military radar, no one questioned it.

Once they made it to the Indian Ocean, they turned the transponder back on, but this time feeding it false information that would later mislead investigators as to where they were going.

Mr Wise wrote: “Flight MH370 is once again in contact with the outside world.

“The thread is as tenuous as one could imagine but it’s there and days from now when an Inmarsat engineer thinks to look for it in the company’s logs of recorded transmissions, he will be astonished to find that he has the sole clue to the fate of the missing plane.

“It will be so subtle, so arcane a hint, the man and his colleagues will congratulate themselves for their brilliance in finding the clue and discerning its meaning.

“It will be literally inconceivable to them that another group of men have achieved the even great stroke of genius of planting that clue for them to find.”

In this theory, the hijackers trick investigators into thinking the plane went south, but then actually turned the plane around again and flew north.

MH370’s fate, though, remains a mystery.

Bigfoot sighting: Traffic CCTV of mysterious creature walking sparks meltdown online

Sightings of Bigfoot have surged in recent days, after traffic cameras in Washington state appear to capture a mysterious creature. Footage from the Washington State Department of Transportation revealed an ape-like human walking on its foot across a snowy field. The video, which was posted on Twitter, sent the Internet into a meltdown, as conspiracy theorists wondered whether the search for Bigfoot was coming to a close.

Earlier this week, the Transportation Department also captured photos of the creature close to a mountain pass on one of its road webcams.

The previous post detailing the photos read: “If you look closely by the tree on the left there looks to be something… might be Sasquatch. We will leave that up to you!”

When the transportation department’s Twitter account tweeted the latest video, they added: “I think Bigfoot is making the rounds across our mountain passes.

“WSDOT showed him on Sherman Pass. Now he is on the I-90 wildlife overcrossing, Snoqualmie Pass.”

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Traffic cameras in Washington state appear to capture a mysterious creature (Image: IG)

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The mythical creature is widely associated with the mountains of the Pacific Northwest (Image: IG)

The officials are even advising drivers to keep watch for Bigfoot.

One recent tweet read: “Even once the sun comes up, keep the headlights on for visibility, watch for Bigfoot along with areas of standing water.”

Ryan Overton, a spokesperson for the eastern region of the state, said there have been strange sightings for years at the Sherman Pass webcam location.

The mythical creature is widely associated with the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Back in 1970, Washington Govenor Dan Evans even proclaimed “the Great Sasquatch” to be the official state monster.

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The Transportation Department also captured photos of the creature close to a mountain pass on one of its road webcams (Image: IG)

Mr Overton said: “In fact roughly 15 years different things have popped up in front of the camera.

“Now it is Sasquatch. I had seen something there before but this was the most clear picture I have been able to capture from the webcam.”

The Department of State’s regional Twiter accounts joined in on the speculation, with one citing the X-Files when they tweeted: “I want to believe.”

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The officials are even advising drivers to keep watch for Bigfoot (Image: IG)

However, sleuths online were not impressed by the footage and photos.

One critic claimed that the photo of the alleged Bigfoot was simply a “tree trunk shadow”. 

They added: “Zoom in.  I want to believe but I don’t believe this picture. Or that he stood still in multiple photos… unless he is frozen of course.”

Others criticised the video, claiming that it was “amazing how it turns and seems to look toward the camera”.

Another responded: “Typical bigfoot, always looking back over their shoulder as though they have a secret, and know exactly where the camera is. Bigfoot must also model part time.”

A third user wrote: “It’s a dude. If Bigfoot was real, it’s a wild creature. Wild creatures don’t look behind them for mere micro seconds if they hear a noise.

“They look over, observe in that direction for a few seconds, only humans gloss over a noise that startles them enough to look back.”

Waze App Directs Drivers Into Wilderness Instead Of Casino

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — An ad in the Waze navigation app is misdirecting motorists headed to Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa into the wilderness of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, police said.

Jackson Township police posted on Facebook that officers in recent weeks have had to help motorists who followed the directions into the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, where they became stuck on unpaved roads.

“The wildlife area is comprised of more than 12,000 acres, mainly located in Jackson and Plumsted townships, which is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) away from the actual Borgata Casino in Atlantic City,” police said.

The Borgata is off the Atlantic City Expressway.

According to police, the problem stems from an orange ad logo in the Waze app.

The address on the ad is correct, police said, but the location pinned with the ad is actually in the Colliers Mills wildlife area, police said.

Waze was working to fix the problem, police said.