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Ever been extremely lost and wished for divine intervention? Well, now you can have the next best thing to God. Morgan Freeman, who’s been the voice of the Almighty on screen a couple of times, has partnered up with Waze.

The GPS navigation app, founded in Israel in 2007 and acquired by Google in 2013, has tapped veteran actor Morgan Freeman to lend his velvety voice. For a limited time only, his dulcet tones can guide you to the nearest Starbucks, gas station or bathhouse 😉

The endorsement is part of marketing tie-in for Freeman’s new film London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. Apparently, he’ll address you, the driver, as if you’re the president of the US. Freeman now joins the likes of Stephen Colbert, Kevin Hart, Arnold Schwarzenegger and C3PO who have all teamed up with Waze in the past.

Would you change your settings to have Freeman dole out directions? If not, which celebrity would you rather help you out with your navigation needs? Sound off below.

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The largest search engine has released its annual review of top searches and trends. Some of the results are rather surprising. For instance, global events were no match for anything Kardashian related. The reality family does really rule the world.

Not even the millions searching online for details following the terrorist attacks in Paris last month could topple those people Googling Khloe Kardashian’s ex, Lamar Odom, or Caitlyn Jenner. They ranked No. 1 and 4 respectively, while ‘Paris‘ ranked at No. 6. How shocking are those findings?

Check out the Top 10 General Searches below, along with a sampling of Google’s 2015 Year in Review including Top Cocktails, Top Deaths, Top Calorie Searches and more.

check out some of the Top 10 lists after the jump

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What is it, 2007 all over again? That’s when Guitar Hero was all the rage, appearing everywhere including shows like Gossip Girl. Admittedly, I was on the bandwagon and was obsessed with the video game. I even used to have Guitar Hero parties. How lame looking back now 😉

Activision shut production on the once-popular game in 2010, but the brand is being resurrected this month. In a new commercial, Lenny Kravitz and James Franco take each other on in Guitar Hero Live coming October 20. Watch below, Franco trying to keep up with the “Are You Gonna Go My Way” singer on “Keep On Swinging,” by Rival Sons.

watch commercial after the jump

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Intel recently unveiled 2015’s Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities. The annual list takes a look at the celebrity keywords that most often lead to malware and viruses.

Jimmy Kimmel earned the dishonorable title last year but falls all the way to No. 24. Instead, DJ Armin van Buuren who took the runner-up slot in 2014 rises to the top for this year. According to Intel, nearly one in five results generated by van Buuren searches combined with terms like “free MP4,” “HD downloads,” or “torrent” linked to malicious websites.

“With today’s busy culture and a desire for real time information, consumers often click on sites that will quickly provide them with news and entertainment, without considering safety and security implications,” said Stacey Conner, online safety expert at Intel Security. “Cybercriminals leverage this need for immediacy by encouraging people to visit unsafe sites that can steal private data.”

Not surprisingly, musicians dominated the Top 10. However, there were a couple of exceptions. Amy Schumer, Nina Dobrev and shockingly Betty White made the cut. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

Apple Adding More Diverse Emojis

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech
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This Spring, Apple emojis are getting a little more colorful. The company has been criticized in the past for its lack of diversity. As part of its new operating system, Apple plans on addressing that with new multicultural emojis, ranging in multiple skin tones.

“Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.” – Apple spokeswoman

Naturally, there are already complaints about the new characters. Some are complaining at the lack of redheaded emojis, others think the Asian ones look like they have jaundice, and plenty other criticisms. Oh well, at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Also included in the batch are new flags, different family compositions and wait for it… an Apple Watch one. LOL. Check out below a sampling of the 300+ new emojis coming this Spring.

check out a sampling after the jump

Instagram 2013 Year In Review

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech, Random Reads
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Last year, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand was the most Instagrammed location. In 2013, it falls all the way to #9. Fret not Thai people, the top slot still remains within the country at Siam Paragon, a shopping mall in Bangkok earning the distinction as Most Instagrammed location of 2013. Random, right?

New to the list this year are Walt Disney World, High Line and Central Park in New York City and the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Au revoir Eiffel Tower, you’ve been bumped off the list. Coming up just short in second place is Times Square in New York. If it’s any consolation prize to the Big Apple, it came first on the social media’s most Instagrammed cities of the year list.

Check out the rest of the top locations below, along with stats about the most popular picture and holiday of the year.

check out more stats after the jump

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Did you retweet in 2013? If you did, chances are pretty high you shared one of Twitter’s top three retweets of the year. Two of them involve a celebrity death while the other is a birthday shout-out. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular on the micro-blogging site is Lea Michele’s thanks to her fans for their support in the wake of Cory Monteith’s death. Check out the other two below, along with Twitter’s year in review video.

Lea Michele Thanks Fans

check out the other two after the jump

Grindr, the most popular location based gay “dating” app, has just released a new update with several new features aimed at making it a faster and more engaging experience for the seven million-plus users around the globe. The update features a sleek new design (included a slightly different take on the logo), an optimized user interface and many other features that allow users to narrow down their search for Mr. Right (…or Mr. Right now).

“We rewrote the software for the new Grindr with a focus on speed – giving our users the ability to meet other guys in mere minutes. We did that by strengthening the app’s reliability and performance, and by introducing ‘Tribes‘ and other filters to make it even simpler for men to identify themselves and find exactly what they’re looking for,” said Joel Simkhai, founder and CEO of Grindr. “Get ready for a whole new level of user personalization, speed and convenience to the Grindr experience, along with many added capabilities for Grindr Xtra users – all in a new sleek design.”

Do you know how many chat messages were sent on Grindr in the last month? One billion! They also exchanged one billion photos and logged in one billion times in a two month time span. Check out the specifics on the new features below and if you’re a Grindr user yourself, share your thoughts on the latest update in the comments.

Check out all of the new features after the jump…

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