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'Doctor Who' Christmas finale: What we just learned about Capaldi's epic farewell

SAN DIEGO — The Doctor is refusing to regenerate into what we know to be his upcoming female form, and Time itself is not happy with him.  That's the premise behind "Twice Upon a Time," the official title for Peter Capaldi's final episode of Doctor Who, revealed in an emotional panel at Comic-Con on Sunday that marked a changing of the guard. And the reason the First Doctor (originally played by William Hartnell, now David Bradley) is showi...
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This smartphone could be yours for free

By Team Commerce Mashable Shopping 2017-07-22 13:00:00 UTC If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that two-party systems sometimes end in chaos. The same principle applies to smartphone shopping. Why must we choose between Apple and Samsung as our predominant options, when both have their shortcomings and, for some, deal-breakers? For those fiercely independent smartphone shoppers who refuse to walk the party line, there’s the OnePlus 5. Wi...
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Blink-182 fans don't recognize the 'old space garbage' that is Mark Hoppus

Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 performs live on stage at The O2 Arena on July 19, 2017 in London, England. Image: Chiaki Nozu/WireImage By Brian Koerber 2017-07-21 00:58:30 UTC Life is tough as an aging pop punk star.  Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus is having a hell of a day. Hoppus tweeted earlier Thursday that he was sitting in the corner of a museum, playing Pokémon Go all by his lonesome. Currently in a museum filled with priceless antiquities...
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Side Hustle Pro is the perfect entrepreneurship podcast

It takes a certain kind of person to risk it all and follow their startup dreams.  A person with a serious safety net, and access to traditional forms of funding, for one.  But dedicating your free time outside your day job is a more accessible way to launch the idea that could eventually become a full-fledged career. That's why Nicaila Matthews created Side Hustle Pro , a podcast that features black women entrepreneurs explaining how they ...
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Ataribox crowdfunding plan is a giant, flapping red flag

Be concerned, Atari fans. At this point, there's only one fact about Ataribox that matters, and it didn't come from either of the vague press releases issued so far. As Eurogamer discovered in a June investor note, the console will be crowdfunded. "To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign," the note — translated from French — reads. It may not have been uttered by a PR mou...
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That 'Star Wars' Disney attraction that's going to take all your money has an official name now

Well, we can stop calling it "Star Wars Land" now. Disney has finally announced the official name for the Star Wars-themed zone that's coming to Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge." Yeah, I'm probably still gonna refer to it as "Star Wars Land." In addition, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, served up a host of new details about what parkgoers can expect from Star Wars Land Star Wars:...
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Trump hires a man with the most magnificent mustache to defend him against Russia accusations

Well, I might not be some big city lawyer ... Image: Denver Post via Getty Images By Keith Wagstaff 2017-07-15 01:19:30 UTC I dare say, I won’t stand for all of you besmirching my client, Mr. Trump. To get to him, you’ll have to get through me and my magnificent mustache. My name is Ty Cobb and winning runs in my veins. I'm a high-powered lawyer who represented people in the Clinton administration , and I'm a distant relative of The Georgia...
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Writhing snake head shows us why you shouldn't cut the head off a snake

Warning: The video below may be disturbing for some. This snake fought till it could fight no more. Jill-Scott Mollett posted a video of a still-moving decapitated snake to her Facebook page. In her post, she wrote: "So the girls found a cottonmouth water moccasin today, in our flower bed of all places. We didn't have a knife close to us, so Avery chopped its head off with some tree loppers. The girls' favorite part was when the head kept t...
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A Quentin Tarantino movie about the Manson murders is a disgusting idea

What I'm about to do is gross and wrong — to judge a work of art before it's even been made — but there's something about Quentin Tarantino tackling the Manson family murders that feels ... well, gross and wrong. The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday reported that Tarantino's next project would be a "unique take on the Manson family murders," and that "script details are fuzzy but one of the stories centers on Sharon Tate." Tarantino's sensibil...
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Police: Amazon Alexa didn't call 911, but it did call us about domestic dispute

A fight, a cry for help, and a very proactive, possibly heroic Amazon Alexa smart home voice assistant. This, in a nutshell, is the story of an alleged fight over the weekend in New Mexico between Eduardo Barros and his girlfriend and, apparently, a smart speaker, which was connected to the couple's home stereo system. According to authorities, the speaker heard these words, "did you call the sheriffs" and then called the police. On Sunday ...
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Elon Musk just gave us our first real look at the Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is finally here.  After months of hype, a bonkers production plan , and multiple prototypes spotted zooming around California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the first production Model 3.  Production unit 1 of Model 3 is now built and going through final checkout. Pics soon. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2017 The first Model 3 was slated to be finished to cap off the first week of the month , but the early July start is st...
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'Walking Dead' actress had the perfect response for trolls hating on her breastfeeding photos

Bad ass mama and zombie fighter. Image: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic By Jessica Sroczynski 2017-07-07 19:08:42 UTC Women are often shamed for breastfeeding in public, so it's super satisfying when a mom gets the chance to clap back.  Christian Serratos, who plays Rosita on The Walking Dead, was recently criticized on Instagram for posting a photo of herself nursing her daughter. It was meant to show off the necklace she's wearing, and honestly y...
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Yes, augmented reality sneakers are here

Image: ng yi shu/mashable By Yvette Tan 2017-07-06 07:32:11 UTC The AR hype is alive and kicking. Japanese footwear giant Onitsuka Tiger has teamed up with fashion label Anrealage to produce what is quite possibly the first pair of augmented reality sneakers in the world.  The Anrealage Monte Z looks like an ordinary pair of black and white sneakers, until you look at them through Anrealage's AR app. You open the app, scan it over the shoes...
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Mission accomplished in this shot-for-shot remake of the 1996 classic, 'Independence Day'

Mission accomplished in this shot-for-shot remake of the 1996 classic, 'Independence Day' Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2005-2017Mashable, Inc.Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved...
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Elon Musk says first Model 3 will exit the factory Friday

Tesla's affordable mid-size electric sedan, the Model 3, is ready for production, and the first car (Musk calls it SN1 which likely means serial number 1) will be completed on Friday.  That's according to Elon Musk, who shared the news on Twitter, explaining the Model 3 passed "all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule."  Musk also tweeted that he plans to throw a "handover party" for the first 30 Model 3s to be...
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'Babe' actor sentenced to one week in jail for climate protest

Actor and activist. Image: Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock By Emma Hinchliffe 2017-07-01 20:43:12 UTC The friendly farmer from Babe is facing jail time — for a cause.  James Cromwell, a climate activist, was sentenced to one week in jail for his arrest during a protest at a New York power plant in 2015. Two other environmental activists, Pramilla Malick and Madeline Shaw, were also sentenced by a judge in Wawayanda, N.Y.  Cromwell helped stage ...
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Dad's Twitter campaign for bullied son goes viral in the best way

The internet may be full of angry people and trolls, but sometimes it's just plain nice. On Thursday morning, Christopher Hope-Smith asked Twitter for help. His son Ollie was turning 9 soon, Hope-Smith wrote, but there was a bully who kept telling him his birthday wouldn't be "as good as his own". Hope-Smith had other ideas, though. He wanted to make sure Ollie's birthday was his best so far. Strange request. Anyone know anyone famous/well ...
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Congrats to the Portland Trail Blazers, who just won sports Twitter

Tim Quarterman in action for Portland last season. Image: Mitchelldyer/AP/REX/Shutterstock By Sam Laird 2017-06-28 23:25:39 UTC As far as NBA trades go, this one was a snoozer.  But the way the Portland Trail Blazers played it on Twitter was downright brilliant.  Portland traded guard Tim Quarterman and his 1.9 points per game to the Houston Rockets for "cash considerations" in a move announced Wednesday.  Now, pro sports teams typically lo...
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This app lets you upgrade the audio quality on your Mac for less than $10

By Team Commerce Mashable Shopping 2017-06-27 14:01:09 UTC We don't all have wads of cash to spend on fancy audio equipment. But luckily, technology has come through with some alternatives for upgrading what you have.  Boom 3D for Mac is a sound-enhancing app that brings your favorite media to life in a totally new way. How? It pumps more power and realism into the audio outputted by your Mac's speakers, or connected headset, allowing you t...
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Michelle Obama helps makes Chance the Rapper's BET Humanitarian Award historic

Image: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images  By Adario Strange 2017-06-26 04:05:50 UTC The BET Awards featured a surprise guest on Sunday: Michelle Obama . And she taped a special message for none other than Chance the Rapper.  The occasion for the visit from the former first lady was Chance's acceptance of the BET Humanitarian Award.  Michelle and Barack Obama both called Chicago home before moving to the White House, which explains why Michell...
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Divers use custom Snapchat Spectacles to explore deep underwater

Snapchatting deep in the ocean sounds like it could be a watery mess, but three divers are doing just that with a special mask that works with the messaging app's Spectacles video glasses. This week two divers plunged into the coast off the Mexican island of Cozumel to show off sea life normally only caught with special underwater equipment. Cruise line Royal Caribbean partnered with Snapchat to create a modified Spectacles mask that can la...
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Hummer factory gets second life making electric cars

A U.S. auto plant that once made giant gas-guzzlers will now make cars that don't need gas at all. AM General, which previously built the Hummer H2, sold its factory in South Bend, Indiana to the electric carmaker SF Motors, both firms announced  Thursday. SF Motors will pay $110 million to produce "intelligent electric vehicles," according to publicly available filings. It will spend another $30 million to upgrade the 700,000-square-foot c...
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The rainbow armpit hair trend has finally arrived

St. Louis-based hairstylist Caitlin Ford, or caitlinfordhair on Instagram, has upped the ante on the unicorn hair trend.  "My client wanted something fun she could show off while she was out celebrating St. Louis Pride Fest this weekend," Ford told Allure . So she came up with the perfect idea and dyed her client's armpit hair into a delightful, colorful rainbow.  Ford aptly calls her latest trend Rainbow Pits.  Caitlin's dye skills don't s...
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Eerily beautiful bioluminescent algae looks super fun to splash through

It's one thing to admire the serenity of bioluminescent algae from afar. But in Port Lincoln, Australia, people were splashing and playing in fluorescent blue water right on the sand.  Kye Higgins told ABC News he was walking his dog Miss Millie along the beach Sunday when he noticed something strange.  "It looked like there was glow-stick liquid on her legs," Higgins told the news outlet.  The algae lights up when disturbed, creating quite...
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Why the hell didn't any of you tell me about Orbeez?

Life is a series of crushing disappointments, and this is no exception: I have recently learned that Orbeez, which are tiny, absorbent polymer balls that expand to 100 times their original size when wet, and which YouTube personalities love to purchase by the millions and pour into pools, have existed for years. And none of you posers thought to tell me! Check this out. Here's a guy putting 25 million Orbeez in a swimming pool, where they b...
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