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NFL players slam Donald Trump for rant against protests

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Football players are lashing out at Donald Trump after the president went on an extended rant about athlete activism at a rally Friday night.

Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem and encouraged fans to boycott the league.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!” Trump said.

Read the transcript from Trump’s racist rant on Black players in the NFL

It’s WAY worse than I thoughtpic.twitter.com/WbbUEZvVgr

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 23, 2017 Read more…

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This new documentary will make you painfully aware of how often you check your phone

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How often do you check your phone? We’ve all heard the stats, but it never really sinks in. By the end of today, most of us will have checked our phones 150 times — on the toilet (you know), at the table, and especially in the car.

In a new documentary, It’s People Like Us, Academy Award-winning director Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side, Chasing Asylum) follows five Australians who are somewhat attached to their devices. It’s an attempt to expose the increasing dependence humans have on their smartphones — and how dangerous this can be on the road.

A pretty common scene, shown in this still from the doco.

A pretty common scene, shown in this still from the doco.

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Jimmy Kimmel tears apart his critics on health care bill

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Jimmy Kimmel isn’t taking your shit lying down.

On Tuesday night, Kimmel went to town on the Graham-Cassidy bill — proposed by Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy — for failing the “Jimmy Kimmel test.” 

In the monologue, Kimmel said Cassidy “lied right to my face” when he appeared on the show in May, where the senator promised coverage for kids like Kimmel’s son who was born with congenital heart disease.  

In the day after Kimmel’s outburst on the bill, politicians and television personalities lined up to criticise the talk show host. Like Cassidy, who accused Kimmel of not understanding the bill, when talking to CNN‘s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday morning.   Read more…

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Terrifying Hurricane Maria videos shared from Puerto Rico and Dominica

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As Hurricane Maria continues to rampage through the Caribbean, images of the destruction are starting to surface. 

The island of Dominica was completely devastated by the storm. Puerto Rico was hit by “catastrophic” flooding, as the National Weather Service put it, and its capital could be without power for four to six months. 

When Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, it was a Category 4 storm with winds up to 155 miles per hour. As you can see, it was a terrifying event to live through. 

My moms friend in Puerto Rico sent us this video she took from her apartment #hurricanemaria #maria #MariaPR #pr pic.twitter.com/TzOvmfrTIC

— TheHungryCondor (@TheHungryCondor) September 20, 2017 Read more…

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Collector finds treasure after developing hundreds of thousands of film negatives found in the trash

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Thomas Sauvin has spent nearly a decade trawling through film negatives people have thrown away.

The French photography collector buys photographic negatives that are destined for the scrapyard, and brings them back to his studio where he selects, classifies and digitises them.

He has so far developed 750,000 photos over the course of eight years.

Sauvin’s project first started in 2009 when he was travelling around China as a photography collector.

★ 北 ☆ 京 ★ 银 ☆ 矿 ★

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Yeah, so here's Lil Wayne's weird cover of the 'Friends' theme

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Feel free to file this in the “unlikeliest covers ever” folder.

Lil Wayne covered the Friends theme song, poking fun at the San Francisco 49ers’ poor start to the NFL season in a promotion for the league’s second week on Fox.

Well, as fans would know the 49ers did indeed go 0-2 with their loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but the upshot is that we’ve got this utterly bizarre Lil Wayne cover to store in our minds forever.  Read more…

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'See' sounds around you with these eyeglasses for the hearing impaired

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For the hearing impaired, getting around without audio cues can be a challenge. Sudden noises can alert you to things happening in that direction, and allow you to react faster to them.

A new design idea translates these audio cues to visual ones, via a set of eyeglasses.

The Peri prototype, worn by one of the team members.

The Peri prototype, worn by one of the team members.

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Inspired by shoot-em-up video games, which typically show a red glow in the direction from which an enemy is shooting at you, these glasses will light up at the edges when they detect sound in that direction. Read more…

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So … what is Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' really about?

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Warning: Major spoilers for mother! are ahead.

Well, that was something.

Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! has finally arrived in theaters, and the general reaction can be summed up in three letters: WTF?

It’s clear that writer-director Darren Aronofsky is trying to say something with his new work, and that he wants to get people talking about that something. The problem is that no one quite seems able to agree on what that something is. 

Ask 10 people who’ve just seen this movie what they think it’s “really” about, and you might get half a dozen different explanations. I know, because I did just that after seeing mother! for the first time at TIFF. Read more…

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World's oldest person dies, giving title to Japanese supercentenarian

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Some sad news out of Jamaica: the world’s oldest person has died. 

Violet Mosse-Brown was 117 years old, born on March 10, 1900, in Jamaica.

The prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, posted about Mosse-Brown’s death Friday evening.

With her death, Japanese 117-year-old Nabi Tajima is now the known oldest human on the planet. She was born on Aug. 4, 1900, in Japan, a few months after Mosse-Brown.

Our oldest person in the world Mrs. Violet Mosse-Brown has died. She was 117 years old.

Rest In Peace Mrs Mosse-Brown#worldsoldestperson pic.twitter.com/p9fYNDV9vM

— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) September 16, 2017 Read more…

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Apple explains what went wrong with Face ID at the iPhone X event

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During Apple’s big event Tuesday, Craig Federighi tried to unlock an iPhone X using Apple’s new face recognition system, Face ID, but something went wrong: The phone asked for a passcode, and Federighi quickly replaced it with another iPhone X, which worked as advertised. 

Now, in a statement to Yahoo, Apple has explained what happened during the presentation. 

“People were handling the device for the stage demo ahead of time and didn’t realize Face ID was trying to authenticate their face. After failing a number of times, because they weren’t Craig, the iPhone did what it was designed to do, which was to require his passcode,” an Apple rep told YahooRead more…

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Watch Bill Skarsgård pull his demonic 'It' smile on Conan

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Bill Skarsgård is an undeniably delightful-looking human — until he smiles like a homicidal clown.

The 27-year-old Swedish actor stars as neighbourhood killer clown Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It. He showed off his killer smile on Conan on Tuesday, without the makeup.

“You have easily the most evil, demonic smile I think I’ve seen in all of horror — and I’ve worked with Andy Richter for a long time.” says O’Brien.

Skarsgård apparently learned the technique from his brother Gustaf when he was just ten years old. Yeah, not cute. Read more…

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Watch this reporter rescuing dolphins beached by Hurricane Irma

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Reporters tend to keep their distance from the story, but when a baby dolphin needed help, one reporter rose to the occasion.

NBC News reporter Kerry Sanders helped rescue a stranded baby dolphin on Marco Island, Florida during a storm surge caused by Hurricane Irma. Sanders’ rescue attempt was broadcast live on Today.

Today reports that the dolphin had been brought back to the beach by a local after being found washed all the way to a sidewalk.

Sanders reports the surges as measuring 4 feet, enough to wash wildlife ashore. After finding the exhausted dolphin on the beach, Sanders teamed up with a passing tourist to help it back into the Gulf of Mexico. Read more…

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If you like ranting on Twitter, a new tweetstorm function is your dream come true

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Sometimes, 140 characters is not enough.

Twitter is reportedly secretly testing out a new feature in Android that lets users publish a string of tweets all in one go, according to a report by The Next Web.

A user under the alias Devesh Logendran reportedly shared screenshots showing the tweetstorm feature with Matt Navarra of The Next Web, who added that the feature was still hidden and “not live yet.”

WOAH! Twitter has a hidden tweet storm feature!

h/t Devesh Logendran pic.twitter.com/QpDLhKnAZZ

— Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) September 10, 2017 Read more…

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All the new Apple iPhone features we know about from that big iOS 11 leak

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Apple kinda sorta just spoiled its own big event by letting slip some of the biggest updates coming to the new iPhone and Apple Watch. 

We’ve already detailed some of the possible new emoji goodies, Apple Watch updates, and iPhone naming updates, but there’s also a few other features revealed in the iOS 11 firmware leak.   

The massive outpouring of information includes a new set of wallpapers that feature Apple’s traditional abstract color patterns, images of flowers, and the planet Earth, as well as a new set of retro-style rainbow color patterns.  Read more…

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Cruise ship company is rescuing its employees from Irma—on a cruise ship

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The high seas are not where anyone wants to be as Hurricane Irma rips through the Caribbean and southern Atlantic. 

To evacuate employees usually stationed aboard ships now in hurricane-churned waters, Royal Caribbean is using its most valuable resource: its own gigantic cruise boat.

Royal Caribbean is taking the 2,500-passenger Enchantment of the Seas mega-boat to calmer waters with the cruise company’s employees and families onboard.

.@RoyalCaribbean Enchantment of the Seas leaving #Miami – taking employees + fam out to safer waters before #Irma hitspic.twitter.com/mgT9j3qDAa

— Erica Hill (@EricaRHill) September 8, 2017 Read more…

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Why some people can't handle coffee

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While java love is widespread, some people can’t handle the jittery effects of coffee. Why is it that some people can chug coffee like water while others can’t have a single sip without feeling like their hearts are going to pop out of their chest? Dr. Marilyn Cornelis from Northwestern University explains the genetic reason behind this phenomena. Read more…

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7-year-old with 3D-printed hand could soon throw first pitch at every MLB stadium

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Turns out, Twitter can be used for the powers of good.

That’s sure the case with Hailey Dawson, a 7-year-old with a penchant for tossing fastballs. She was born with a disease called Poland Syndrome, according to reports, and is missing three fingers on her right hand. But thanks to a specially designed, 3D-printed hand controlled by fishing line, she’s never let that get in the way of her love for baseball.

In fact, after using teaching herself how to hold and throw a baseball, she wants to use her 3D-printed hand to throw the first pitch at every single stadium in the National Baseball League.  Read more…

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Don't fall for these fake Facebook videos of Hurricane Irma, like millions of other people did

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More breaking news, and another score of fake videos and Facebook Lives, attracting tens of millions of views. 

The first example is this 30-second video which falsely claims to depict Hurricane Irma devastating the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean. 

The video, which was shared on Facebook by Hendry Moya Duran, attracted more than 27 million views and more than 789,000 shares. 

However, the footage he used is at least more than one year old, and it allegedly shows a tornado that hit Dolores, Uruguay, in May 2016, according to several comments on this YouTube video from that time.  Read more…

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Facebook comments might soon get colored backgrounds, because we all deserve to suffer

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Oh, no. First it was the colored statuses — those awful, ugly, often-gradient-based abominations that pop up in your Facebook feed now and then — but we thought at least our Facebook comments are safe. 

Well, not any more. It appears that Facebook is testing comments with colored backgrounds. 

First spotted by The Next Web on Wednesday, the feature allows users to choose from a solid or gradient color for the comment’s background, just like the statuses.

The feature currently appears to only be available on mobile, and only to a small subset of users. We’ve checked a dozen or so phones here at Mashable, and no one had the feature available.  Read more…

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Australian lamb ad causes outrage for featuring vegetarian Hindu god

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A new ad promoting Australian lamb has caused a strong reaction from the Australian Indian and Hindu communities, for the representation of deity Ganesha encouraging the eating of lamb.

Released on Monday, Meat and Livestock Australia’s new spring ad brings the world’s religious figures together for a casual barbecue — serving lamb, of course.

Guest include Jesus, Moses, Zeus, Buddha and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, along with Hindu god Ganesha. Unfortunately for MLA, Ganesha is known as vegetarian, which contradicts the campaign’s key message: “Lamb, the meat we can all eat.”

So the Hindu community in Australia is outraged by this ad. Of course. Tbf it is offensive if Ganesha is God to you https://t.co/tuyP53OwRT

— Malhar Bhadbhade (@malharcfc08) September 6, 2017 Read more…

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New startup lets you take out interest-free loans to buy art on the spot

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Ever been to an art exhibition, spied something you like, wanted to snap it up immediately, but didn’t have the coin? Don’t ask your bank, ask Art Money.

Launched in 2015, Australian startup Art Money is designed to help regular folks buy art on the spot in local galleries — and now it’s going worldwide. Started with a handful of Sydney galleries by 10 Group, Art Money is now available in 350 galleries worldwide, from Auckland to Singapore to New York. 

Art Money has sold more than 1,000 artworks through its interest-free loan program — and one quarter of customers were first-time art buyers. The team says they’ve seen more than $2 million spent in Sydney galleries with their program — and now, 90 percent of galleries in inner city Sydney offer Art Money. Read more…

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Heinz's new Australian ad could be mistaken for a Pixar short film

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If you’re in the business of marketing baked beans, you’ll pull out a fair few stops and a large budget to cut through the noise.

Heinz has launched their new Australian ad for baked beans, as part of their new ‘Can Size for Every Aussie’ product launch, and it could be mistaken for a Pixar short.

Created over a year, the ad has a rather Up vibe. It focuses on central character Geoff, head of innovation at the company. Essentially, the ad is a three-minute life narrative of a man addicted to beans, and his future wife in the spaghetti department. See for yourself above. Read more…

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Camera lenses literally melted during the solar eclipse

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Will people ever learn?

A camera rental company found its cameras and lenses severely damaged after people took them to shoot the solar eclipse last month.

This, despite warning users not to point their cameras directly at the sun.

Online rental shop LensRentals told renters that solar filters had to be attached to lenses to protect them and camera sensors during the eclipse.

Naturally, some people didn’t listen.

Here are the results, from burnt shutter systems:

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To damaged sensors:

Image: lens rentals

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Here's how the White House may be keeping Trump off the web

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It’s the digital version of a playpen for an adult who’s incapable of setting his own boundaries.

A new report in The New York Times on Friday talks about President Trump having no access to a normal web browser on his iPhone. It’s a setup designed, according to the report, to limit his exposure to the news media (thus, presumably, avoiding one of his now familiar, venomous, media-hating tweetstorms).  

“[New chief of staff, John F. Kelly] cannot stop Mr. Trump from binge-watching Fox News, which aides describe as the president’s primary source of information gathering,” the Times report states.  Read more…

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Trump's nominee for NASA administrator is really into the moon

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James Bridenstine is ready to take America back to the moon. 

With Donald Trump’s Friday announcement that he intends to nominate the Oklahoma representative as administrator of NASA, Bridenstine is one step closer to his moon dreams.

Rep. Bridenstine is already on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and has been gunning for the head boss role at NASA. The position has been open since Trump’s inauguration with acting administrator Robert Lightfoot Jr. serving in the role. 

The long wait on a nomination for NASA administrator could end as soon as Tuesdayhttps://t.co/jhnYEA7ccP

— Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) September 1, 2017 Read more…

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Take cover, Australia. It's time to prepare for ungodly magpie swooping season.

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There are few sounds more pants-wettingly nightmarish to an Australian in spring than the ungodly whoosh of a pair of incoming wings. 

It’s the first day of the blooming season for Australia, and with spring comes angry, angry winged new dads who’ll rather accurately swoop at the most tender part of the back of your head.

Magpies can be a particularly aggressive demon bird in Australia from late August to late October — a significantly lengthy time to wear a helmet at all times but so be it. While apparently only 10 percent of magpies actually attack during this time, these can be bloody brutal. Read more…

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SanDisk just released the world's biggest microSD card

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SanDisk just announced its biggest microSD card yet—but it doesn’t come cheap. 

The world’s first 400GB microSD starts shipping in September, and will set you back $249.99

The new microSD with adapter is good for 35 hours of full HD video. So it makes sense that SanDisk is marketing this microSD toward action camera and gaming console owners. 

This could be a game-changer for drone owners, GoPro enthusiasts, and Nintendo Switch fans. 

The 400GB microSD card is tiny but packs a punch.

The 400GB microSD card is tiny but packs a punch.

Image: western digital

This microSD has up to 100MB/s transfer speeds. For those of you who aren’t aware of what that means, here you go: You’ll be able to move up to 1,200 photos in a single minute. That’s pretty impressive.  Read more…

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Woman creates board game about arranged marriages based on her experience getting out of one

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Nashra Balagamwala was only 18 when she first faced pressure to enter into an arranged marriage.

More than five years later, she’s back with something that has helped her get out of an arranged marriage — a board game.

Arranged! is a board game that follows three women. Their objective? Avoid the matchmaker.

Balagamwala, who’s previously worked for board game giant Hasbro, first came up with the idea of making her game, after making a list of all the things she had done to avoid an arranged marriage.

“Wearing fake engagement rings, getting a tan or being seen with male friends in public, [these are] the things I had done to avoid an arranged marriage myself,” she told Mashable. Read more…

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'Game of Thrones' star weighs in on Dany and Jon's union: 'It's going to blow up in their faces'

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Davos Seaworth has basically been the lone voice of reason on Game of Thrones since his introduction in Season 2, graduating from advising the terminally stubborn Stannis Baratheon to advising the suicidally stubborn Jon Snow (aka Aegon Targaryen).

Both of those roles were pretty thankless, and now that Jon has decided to unite — politically and, um, physically — with Daenerys Targaryen (aka Jon’s aunt), life’s about to get a lot more difficult for everyone on Team Snowgaryen heading into the final season.

Mashable spoke to Ser Davos himself, Liam Cunningham, in the wake of the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, to discuss his thoughts on Westeros’ newest incestuous power couple, who will survive Season 8, and whether we’ll finally get to see CleganebowlRead more…

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What Jaime's big moment with Cersei means for 'Game of Thrones' Season 8

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Ah, Jaime Lannister. Longtime kingslayer, first-time queen betrayer.

Turns out that most of the biggest political maneuvers in Game of Thrones Season 7 finale were a farce. For all her apparent fear of the wight from beyond the Wall and waffling over whether or not to join the Great War, Cersei was full of it the whole dang time.

That was one of the bombshell revelations from the episode’s concluding sprint across Westeros: Cersei still gonna Cersei. She’s been a vile, duplicitous monster for seven straight seasons and, hey… she’s still got it!

Although she agreed to stand beside Dany, Jon, and their assembled forces to fight in the Great War, Cersei never intended to do anything of the sort. Instead, she sent punk rock pirate boytoy Euron Greyjoy off on a secret mission to retrieve the Golden Company mercenaries: 20,000 warriors — with elephants — who can defeat dragons, I guess? Read more…

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9 key predictions for how 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 will end

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Warning: Contains plenty of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7 so far, plus some inevitably wonky predictions for Sunday’s finale.

After many long months of waiting for Game of Thrones to come back on, I now have to contend with the horrible, horrible reality that it’s about to go away again.

Old Nan thinks she knows all about Winter, but we know what the Long Night really is: it’s those 10 sickeningly dragon-free months before Season 8 finally gets here.

But enough of all that. The fact is we still have one deliciously long episode still to go. So rather than waste time worrying about next Monday, let’s focus on those sweet, sweet predictions. Read more…

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Old Taylor Swift is dead. May New Taylor Swift forever reign in terror

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Taylor Swift has been sorted into Slytherin, and she’s bringing a new banger to their house parties.

If the snake videos weren’t enough of a clue, Taylor’s enemies have driven her to a poisonous place — or so she’d have us believe. “Bad Blood” will go down as a bratty tiff compared to “Look What You Made Me Do,” a message from the all-new Taylor Swift, a first offering from Reputation that’s dripping with lethal venom.

“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now,” she sarcastically snarls during the break. “Why? Oh! ‘Cause she’s dead!”

RIP sunny, lovelorn Taylor. Long live dark, vengeful Taylor.  Read more…

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Use neuroscience to convince your boss to let you nap at work

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 A nap can be a beautiful thing when we feel our brain slowly grinding to a halt. Whether it’s a siesta to shake off a food coma, a daytime doze on a lazy Sunday, or an all-out nap orgy with friends or loved ones, we arise feeling replenished, recharged, and ready to take action
Unfortunately, not very many bosses see any correlation between snoring and success. Only a handful of organization—Ben & Jerry’s, Nike, Zappos, Google, and The Huffington Post, to name a few—currently see naps as smart business. They’ve invested in nap pods and massage chairs because they know that, when it comes to boosting productivity and creativity in the workplace, naps can be  Read more…

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A smart thermos promises to keep track of what you drink

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What if it turned out that you were drinking a Big Mac every day? Ok, not like a gross hamburger-shake, but the nutritional equivalent of one. 

It’s actually not that hard: if you have a latte in the morning, a Coke in the afternoon, and a single beer at dinner, you probably don’t think you’ve gone too crazy. But, those drinks together have more calories than McDonald’s iconic double burger — and many of us could be easily imbibing that every day.

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Floyd 'Crypto' Mayweather is totally into cryptocurrencies

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Floyd Mayweather — the same one that’s fighting Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 — is serious about cryptocurrencies. 

The boxing champ is promoting an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) of a startup called Hubii. In an Instagram post, which shows him posing in a (probably very expensive) suit, he described Hubii as “smart contract for sports.” He also wrote we can now start calling him Floyd “Crypto” Mayweather (his standard nickname is “Money”). 

This is the second ICO Mayweather is promoting. In July, he hyped up the ICO of a prediction market platform Stox, which went on to raise $33 million in Ethereum in less than two days.  Read more…

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Trump says he doesn't 'do Twitter storms' – uh huh, ok, sure

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President Donald Trump, who can both make the world cower in fear and belly laugh in response to his very well-known tweetstorms, wants you to know a very important fact: He doesn’t ‘do Twitter storms.’

“Do you notice when I go on and I’ll put out like a tweet or a couple of tweets, ‘He’s in a Twitter storm again,'” he said at a Phoenix rally Tuesday night. “I don’t do Twitter storms.”

OK, um, but what about the tweetstorm when ex-FBI Director James Comey got fired or the one about his failed Muslim travel ban or that time he tweetstormed the hell out of his Obama wiretapping accusations, oh and don’t forget the tweetstorms about the “illegal leaks,” Democrats, and the “fake media?” Read more…

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Rare baby white koala looks for a name on Facebook

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This adorable rare white koala needs your help to find her new name.

The little joey is among several koalas born at an Australian zoo in recent months, but has only recently emerged from her mother’s pouch.

She is the first white koala ever to be born in Queensland’s Australia Zoo.

The female koala, who has light fur, does not have albinism but owes her pale colouration to a recessive gene, thought to be inherited from her mother.

Image: AUSTRALIA ZOO/SUPPLIED

Image: AUSTRALIA ZOO/SUPPLIED

However, her white fur might not last forever. Read more…

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Uber forced to raise prices by up to 80% in Hong Kong

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If you’re going to be hailing an Uber in Hong Kong — expect to pay a lot more, starting today.

The ride hailing giant has hiked its minimum fare in the territory by as much as 80 percent, a decision that came after an “evaluation of the marketplace.”

Uber announced that the price hike starting Monday would affect UberX, UberBlack and UberAssist services.

The company will also be introducing an additional booking fee of $0.64 (HK$5).

For UberX for example, the minimum fare from Kowloon to the New Territories would be raised from $3.20 (HK$25) to $5.11 (HK$40) — with the booking fee charge, that’s $5.75 (HK$45). Read more…

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

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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.

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…

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Hackers just sent us practically all of HBO's social media passwords

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The leaks just keep coming.

The hackers responsible for the massive breach of HBO haven’t let up, and reached out to Mashable to share their latest exploits. And while the latest data dump doesn’t include any Game of Thrones spoilers, it definitely contains some information that the network wouldn’t want out in the open. 

Specifically, what appears to be the login credentials for almost every single HBO social media account. Passwords for everything from @HBO, @GameOfThrones, and @WestworldHBO to various Instagram and Giphy accounts were in a text document provided to us by the so-called “Mr. Smith group.” Read more…

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Tina Fey eats a cake for America on SNL's 'Weekend Update: Summer Edition'

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Tina Fey didn’t like seeing racists march through her college town. 

“It broke my heart to see these evil forces descend upon Charlottesville,” the University of Virginia graduate told Colin Jost on Weekend Update: Summer Edition.

Then she laid into Donald Trump. 

“Donny John comes out and he says that he condemns violence on many sides, on many sides, Colin. I’m feeling sick because, you know, I have seen Raiders of the Lost Ark. I wasn’t confused by it. No, Colin, Nazis are always bad, I don’t care what you say.”

When talking about a planned alt-right rally on Saturday in New York City, she settled on a desert-based method of protesting. Read more…

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Chinese state media just released a terribly racist video mocking Indians

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A video released by Chinese state media is turning heads for all the wrong reasons.

The Xinhua News Agency, China’s official press agency, on Wednesday released a video accusing India of committing several “sins.” 

The video features a man dressed in a turban and a fake beard, speaking in a supposed “Indian” accent. 

The video, titled “7 Sins of India“, comes amid months of increasing tensions between China and India over a border dispute, which has become known as the Doklam standoff.

The three-minute long video sees a Chinese presenter explaining the Doklam standoff via a script chiding India, while the Indian “guest star” enacts a mock dialogue to a canned laugh soundtrack. Read more…

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Next episode of 'Game of Thrones' leaked online, courtesy of HBO Spain

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It turns out you don’t need hackers to spoil the next episode of Game of Thrones — HBO Spain is here for your needs!

This season’s episode 6, due to air Sunday, has leaked online after HBO Spain accidentally made it available to subscribers for an hour before it was removed. 

Reddit user Kingrdgz posted a screenshot of the episode on /r/FreeFolk (SPOILERS!), a popular Game of Thrones discussion board that isn’t moderated. He even posted a 2 minute video from the leak (WARNING, SPOILERS!)

Other users in the thread shared links of the episode being livestreamed on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch. All the links have been removed at the time of publication.  Read more…

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Jimmy Fallon fights back tears as he delivers powerful attack on Trump after Charlottesville

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We already knew that Jimmy Fallon doesn’t hold back when it comes to addressing serious, critical issues. 

But this time, in the aftermath of the horrific events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, he might have delivered his most powerful, politically charged statement yet. 

“What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, was just disgusting. I was watching the news like everyone else, and you’re seeing Nazi flags and torches and white supremacists, and I was sick to my stomach,” he said, tears welling in his eyes.  Read more…

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Classy football fan brings his own cheese plate to the game

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Sometimes you’re too fancy for a limp, overpriced hot dog. 

Like this dude who brought his own cheese platter during an Australian rules football match between the Melbourne Demons and St Kilda Football Club on Sunday.

Look, we’re not going to lie, bringing your own cheese platter for instant consumption sounds like quite the idea. The occasion however, is a little questionable.

Demons fans bringing cheese platters #AFLDeesSaints pic.twitter.com/XBqG6GxPk1

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Usain Bolt's final race ended with an unexpected injury, but he's still a legend

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This wasn’t supposed to be how it ended.

What should have been a triumphant finish to a momentous career ended in injury when Usain Bolt fell to the track in the midst of his last-ever race at the IAAF World Championships in London on Saturday.

Bolt had apparently developed a cramp in his left hamstring just after taking the baton in his anchor leg of the 4×100 relay and was unable to finish.

The United Kingdom went on to win the race, and America and Japan took second and third as Bolt’s teammates helped him limp off of the track. Read more…

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How the heart-stopping music for blockbuster film trailers gets made

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In terms of box office takings, a trailer can make or break a movie.

On the one hand, it could go viral. It could be like the IT teaser trailer. That one’s had almost 31 million YouTube views at the time of writing, and it even set a record for the most online views in a single day.

If the trailer misses the mark, though — if it’s a bit drab or, even worse, it gets panned — it could significantly damage the hype around a movie’s release.

One man who’s well aware of this is 26-year-old Frederick Lloyd. Under the name Ursine Vulpine, he has composed music that’s featured in a huge number of blockbuster trailers: everything from Mad Max: Fury Road to the recent Professor Marston & The Wonder Women: Read more…

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Yes, there's now an app with the sole purpose of showing you dank memes

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If you enjoy wasting time on the internet, you’re probably going to love Memeois, the new iOS app made solely to deliver you the hottest new memes.

The app was made by 17-year-old Anushk Mittal and is free for download on iOS. Just be warned that the only way to enter the app is by signing in through a Facebook account. We don’t see any reason to be alarmed up front, but it’s something you might want to consider before joining.

The app apparently uses machine learning to crawl your Facebook activity to determine what memes it thinks you want to see. It also surfaces different trends based on your activity within the app. Read more…

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