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Skiing behind a car is one way to get around during a blizzard

20 min 35 sec ago

The blizzard that hit the north-east parts of the U.S. brought a ton of snow and traffic problems, but one person saw it as an opportunity to have some fun on skis — while being towed by a car

In a video posted to YouTube Tuesday by Alex Paige, we see a skier performing tricks while being towed by an Audi car on a street somewhere in Maine

Though the street in the video appears to be completely empty, it's probably not wise to attempt such a feat, even if you're a great skier, as it might be dangerous

Check out the stunt from another perspective, below

The blizzard hit New England hard on Tuesday, though it largely spared New York City, where city officials shut down schools, roads and public transportation in anticipation of far worse weather. Maine was not so lucky, with some towns in the state seeing more than 25 inches of snow in the last few days. Read more...

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Qantas is going to have Samsung virtual reality on its flights

1 hour 37 min ago

Australia's national airline, Qantas, announced Thursday it will start using Samsung's virtual reality device, Gear VR, on some of its flights.

The company said in a statement it is launching the service for first-class customers on a three-month trial basis

The VR devices will be available for passengers flying with Qantas in first class on selected A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles along with being available in the international first class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne. The technology will be on offer in the lounges from mid-February and on flights from mid-March — if you can afford the first-class price tag. Read more...

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Japan studying latest message in Middle East hostage crisis

1 hour 43 min ago

Japan has been studying the latest message purportedly from the Islamic State group, which extends the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi prisoner, while officials worked feverishly Thursday to try to free a Japanese journalist held by the militant group.

See also: Jordan set to swap Iraqi death row militant for pilot captured by ISIS

The message, read in English by a voice the Japanese government said was likely that of hostage Kenji Goto, was released online late Wednesday after Jordan offered to hand over the al-Qaida-linked would-be suicide bomber to the Islamic State group in exchange for Jordanian air force pilot Mu'as al-Kasaseabeh. The militants have purportedly threatened to kill him and Goto. Read more...

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Microsoft finally has an Outlook app that doesn't suck

1 hour 54 min ago

Outlook users: the wait for a proper email app is over. Microsoft rolled out new native Outlook apps for iOS and Android Thursday.

The new apps are essentially repackaged versions of Acompli, the email app Microsoft acquired last year

See also: The 5 Best Email Apps for Power Users

Acompli aimed to set itself apart from other email clients by focusing on multitasking. The app included a built-in calendar and features that made it easier to find attachments and contact information without digging through your inbox — all of which carry over to the new Outlook-branded apps

The apps also maintain support non-Microsoft email accounts, so Gmail and Yahoo users can continue to use the Outlook app — as of Thursday Acompli's iOS and Android apps will redirect to Outlook. Read more...

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A supercut of the most overused pop song lyric

2 hours 14 min ago

Pretty much every wildly-popular song of the last five years has utilized the tried and true lyrics, "Whoa-oo-oh."

From Fun to Coldplay to Rihanna, the lengthy vowel sound is essentially a catchy filler that's easy to sing along to. So Youtuber Cutting Room sliced together just about every "whoa-oo-oh" offender in a five-minute roundup.

While it's pretty lazy writing, we can't lie and say we don't love it.

You can't look away from this Ed Sheeran chin puppet named Ed Sheerchin

NSFW 'Fifty Shades of Grey' music video stars Dakota Johnson tied up

One-man version of 'Uptown Funk' is even better than the original

Fall Out Boy covering 'Uptown Funk' will restore your faith in Fall Out Boy Read more...

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Dog weddings are an engaging tradition for humans

5 hours 11 min ago

If the sight of a bulldog in layers of white tulle brings tears to your eyes, you are not alone

Dog weddings —also know as puptials— are an adorable, if slightly bizarre tradition. The idea of two canines coming together in tiny veils and bow-ties to declare their everlasting love is too irresistible to let go

See also: 15 Dogs With Jobs That Put Your Resume to Shame

Cats get married too, but it's less frequent because it's more difficult to get felines to participate in a ceremony because they are their own masters.

It's natural to question whether animals themselves ever get anything out of the experience. As Dr. Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a professor at Texas A&M, plainly told The Associated Press, "Pet marriage or weddings are for people." Read more...

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TracFone Wireless to pay $40 million for throttling 'unlimited' data

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:46pm

WASHINGTON — The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.

The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that TracFone promised unlimited data in its advertising, but then drastically slowed down consumers' data speeds — a practice known as throttling — when they had used a certain amount of data within a 30-day period. In some cases, the FTC said, the company cut off customers' data service when they ran over the limit.

See also: FCC Challenges Verizon Wireless on Data Throttling Read more...

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Tony Abbott stars as a knightmare in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:42pm

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been the butt of every joke to do with knightmares this week, after he decided it was a jolly good idea to give an Australian knighthood to the Queen's husband, Prince Philip

But far from a joke, many commentators are now predicting the issue has taken a serious turn with rumblings in Abbott's coalition government.

See also: Australian PM offers knighthood to Prince Philip, annoys Twitter

As Australia watches the goings-on from a distance, wondering if we will see a throw-back to the days of Labor's backstabbing massacre that saw two prime ministers ousted, one man is still seeing the funny side. YouTuber Huw Parkinson turned controversial Abbott into a movie star. Read more...

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Cyber sleuths find 'smoking gun' linking British spy agency to Regin malware

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:17pm

Ever since the sophisticated and unprecedented cyberattack platform called "Regin" was uncovered in November, cyber sleuths have been working hard to put together all the pieces of this complicated puzzle.

Regin was like a dinosaur: many researchers found some of its bones throughout the years, but no one had the full skeleton, as a researcher put it at the time. Now, thanks to newly published Edward Snowden documents, some researchers might have found the smoking gun that conclusively connects the dinosaur to a specific spy agency, the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), a close ally of the National Security Agency (NSA). Read more...

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Qualcomm confirms its Snapdragon 810 lost a major smartphone customer

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:58pm

Qualcomm Wednesday said that its Snapdragon 810 chip was dropped by a major phone manufacturer. The announcement came as the company released its first-quarter earnings report.

The news, which forced the company to cut its financial outlook for the current fiscal year, seems to align with reports from earlier this month that indicated Samsung would not use Qualcomm's chips for its upcoming Galaxy S6.

See also: Report: Next-generation Samsung Galaxy will ditch Qualcomm chip

Although Qualcomm wouldn't confirm what major manufacturer had declined to use its Snapdragon 810 processor, we know the LG G Flex 2 will be using the chipset, as will upcoming handsets from Xiaomi. Read more...

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Scientists are one step closer to a cure for peanut allergies

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:51pm

Australian researchers have had a breakthrough while researching the treatment of peanut allergies.

Murdoch Children's Research Institute said in a statement scientists gave 60 children either a particular strain of a probiotic or a placebo. The probiotic, lactobacillus rhamnosus, together with peanut protein was administered over a period of 18 months to see if the children could become tolerant to peanuts.

See also: X-ray reveals SpongeBob SquarePants living in child's throat

The scientists aim is to reprogram the immune response to peanut, and if successful the method is transferable to the treatment of other food allergies Read more...

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Red pandas playing in the snow is off-the-charts adorable

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:24pm

The Trevor Zoo's red pandas took full advantage of what the nor'easter had to offer

Tuesday's blizzard may not have been the seaboard-crippling, mega-storm we were expecting, but that wasn't going to stop these red pandas from enjoying the fresh powder. The pandas, who are native to China and the foothills of the Himalayas, more than welcomed the change in weather since they are naturally used to cooler climates.

See also: Mystery shovelers clear snow from Boston Marathon finish line during blizzard

The Trevor Zoo is located in Millbrook, New York, and is home to more than 80 species of exotic and indigenous animals. Read more...

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Apple's Photos for OS X is delayed

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:19pm

The desktop version of Apple's new Photos app has apparently hit a roadblock

The desktop app, originally slated to roll out around the beginning of 2015, is set to replace iPhoto and Aperture as the new photo management software for Mac users. But Apple has mysteriously removed references to it from its website.

See also: Apple to Retire Aperture Photo App This Fall

The updated iOS version of the app rolled out with iOS 8 last year, but the promised Mac counterpart has yet to make an appearance

Previously, Apple's website had preview pages for the software, which said the Photos app would be coming to OS X in early 2015. Those pages have since been removed from Apple's website. Meanwhile, 9to5Mac reports the app is still "on track" to be released by the end of April — the same month in which the company is set to release the Apple Watch Read more...

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SpaceX concept video shows the future of controlled re-entry space rockets

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:50pm

With a fresh round of funding from Google to the tune of $1 billion, Elon Musk's SpaceX is firmly in the lead position of the commercial space race

But the company is still working to convince any doubters out there that what it's doing with reusable rockets is truly revolutionary, and now a new concept video offers a better look at the company's vision for more sustainable space travel

See also: Elon Musk on 'Simpsons' jab: Electric space rockets are no good

The space travel company released video this week showing how its Falcon Heavy, which it calls the "world's most powerful rocket," is designed to make a controlled re-entry to Earth after traveling to space

Set to a track that sounds suspiciously like Iron Man (Musk's unofficial nickname) movie music, the video shows the Falcon Heavy taking off and then separating the two boosters from the center core in space Read more...

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Chinese regulators: Alibaba fails to block fake goods, faces 'credibility crisis'

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:43pm

BEIJING — There's a tiger fight going on in China.

Regulators on Wednesday issued a scathing report against one of the country's biggest stars, accusing e-commerce giant Alibaba of failing to do enough to prevent fake goods from being sold on its websites

Uncowed, Alibaba fired back with charges of bias and misconduct by a named Chinese official. The company is set to file a formal complaint against the director of the federal agency that criticized its business practices, according to Forbes.

Such public defiance is almost unheard of in China. Even more dubious is the timing of the sternly worded report. The State Administration of Industry and Commerce wrote the report in July after meeting with Alibaba management, but postponed issuing it to avoid affecting the company's New York stock market listing. Alibaba disclosed the issue of counterfeit goods as a risk factor in its prospectus — but didn't reveal any investigation by regulators before raising $25 billion in its September IPO. Read more...

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Sydney siege inquest: how the victims died

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:36pm

The gunman who held 18 people hostage in a Sydney cafe for 16 hours in December shot the cafe manager in the back of the head as he knelt on the floor, an inquest into the deadly siege revealed Thursday

Two people, plus the gunman Man Haron Monis, were killed during the siege inside the Lindt Cafe in Sydney's busy central business district on Dec. 15, 2014. Until now, details regarding the events — which ended when police stormed the building in the early hours of Dec. 16 — have been sparse.

See also: Sydney hostage drama: Scenes from the 16-hour standoff

During the New South Wales Coronial inquest Thursday at Glebe Coroners Court, the final moments of the two victims — Tori Johnson, 34, and Katrina Dawson, 38, — have been detailed, according to The Australian Read more...

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Feminist blogger posts 157 abusive tweets — from just one week

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:28pm

Warning: Many will find the language in the screenshots below extremely offensive.

Anita Sarkeesian, a blogger and critic, has faced a deluge of online hate on a daily basis ever since she began pointing out sexism in the video game industry two and a half years ago.

But it can be hard to convey exactly what all that hate looks like. That's why Sarkeesian, who runs the blog Feminist Frequency, laid out the 157 abusive tweets that she received in the last week alone in one post on Tuesday.

See also: Why GamerGate Can't Continue

All in all, the word "c*nt" appears 31 times and there are at least 24 explicit threats of rape or violence within the seven-day span of hateful messages. Other common attacks include users calling her a "femi-nazi" or a whore or a sexist and informing her that rape and death threats are a sacred part of gaming culture Read more...

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Requiem for blogging: Daily Dish decline marks the end of an era

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:19pm

Love it or hate it, it was hard to ignore the Daily Dish

That was true throughout the 15-year old blog's life, through its various stints at The Atlantic, Time and the Daily Beast and finally as an independent paywalled blog. And it was certainly true of Wednesday's announcement by Andrew Sullivan, the Dish's founder and primary author, that he was stepping away from blogging altogether

See also: Blogger Makes $333,000 Online in One Day

"There comes a time when you have to move on to new things, shake your world up, or recognize before you crash that burn-out does happen," Sullivan wrote. "I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again ... although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms." Read more...

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The supreme Super Bowl snack stadium, because America

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 7:30pm

Wings, pizza, cheese puffs, ranch dip — all the incredible junk we'll be stuffing down our throats on Super Bowl Sunday tastes better when picked from an enormous, DIY snack stadium

For those who've never built their own snack stadium, it's straight-forward enough to do half drunk in the hours before kickoff.

See also: What your Super Bowl party will look like in 2025

In our handy DIY video, Mashable shares how to build the snack stadium of every football fan's dreams

BONUS: Super Bowl Food Porn

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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Of course our climate reporter became a dad at the height of a huge blizzard

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 7:29pm

Mashable's science editor and resident climate nerd Andrew Freedman became a proud father this week in the only appropriate way for a climate reporter to become a father: during what was hailed as a "potentially historic" blizzard.

Avi Isaac Freedman was born during the peak of the storm in New York on Tuesday at 3:15 a.m. ET, weighing in at a healthy 6 pounds and 14 ounces at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Andrew, his wife Olga and baby Avi are resting well.

See also: This was New York City in the blizzard of 2015

But without Andrew’s personalized storm forecasting, the family likely would have never made it out of their Brooklyn apartment in time. Read more...

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