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Cecil the lion and endangered species glow on the Empire State Building

1 hour 9 min ago

One of the most iconic symbols of metropolitan life brought a little nature to New York City Saturday night when filmmakers projected images of endangered species on the Empire State Building

Cecil the lion, whose death sparked international outrage, was included in the display along with eagles, leopards, monkeys and manta rays lighting up the Manhattan skyline

See also: Cecil the Lion's death opens question of why illegal poaching of protected animals is still so common

Louie Psihoyos, director of the Oscar-winning film exploring dolphin hunting in JapanThe Cove, conceived this project, which serves as a companion to his upcoming documentary Racing Extinction airing on The Discovery Channel in December. More than 160 animals were featured, according to NBC New York Read more...

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Cilla Black, famed British singer and TV host, has died at 72

1 hour 33 min ago

Cilla Black, a famous British singer, died on Saturday at her home in Estepona, Spain.

She was 72. Her death was announced on Sunday by Spanish police.

See also: Dave Grohl responds to 1,000 rockers who played 'Learn to Fly'

Black, who was born in Liverpool as Priscilla White, had a show business career that lasted around half a century

Twitter users expressed condolences and remembered her for her talent

PM: Cilla Black was a huge talent who made a significant contribution to public life in Britain. My thoughts are with her family.

— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) August 2, 2015

So sad to hear that Cilla Black has left us......you gave us a "Lorra Lorra laughs" Cilla. RIP x x

— Ruth Langsford (@RuthieeL) August 2, 2015 Read more...

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25 comic books for nerdy newbies to read first

2 hours 21 min ago

Every comic book nerd has an origin story, and it starts with opening that first book.

There are so many titles with so much history, so it's natural for a new comic book reader to be intimidated by jumping into the fandom. When it comes to picking up comics with rich backgrounds, it can kind of feel like starting a movie half way through.

See also: 20 Comics for Non-Comic Book Readers

Mashable consulted with Sam Maggs, associate editor of The Mary Sue, to give her best advice for the newbies out there. "Try not to feel overwhelmed. There is so much fandom out there, and that’s beyond making your way through the entirety of the text," she said. Read more...

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3 things you need to know about personality type and your career

2 hours 28 min ago

In today's diverse work world, it's important to know as much as possible about yourself and your strengths — and that includes knowing your personality type

Are you an ambitious ENTJ? A grounded-in-reality ESFJ? An analytical INTP? A recent study of the 16 Briggs Myers personality types in the workplace by my team at Truity suggests that if you haven't yet explored your personality type, you may be missing key information that can help you reach your potential.

See also: Skills vs. connections: What matters more in today's business world?

We surveyed 25,759 people about their career success, their earnings, their happiness at work and the roles they play in their organization in order to find out how personality type shapes career development. Read more...

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BuzzFeed Television? Maybe it's closer than you think

5 hours 21 min ago

Arianna Huffington built The Huffington Post into a global digital media empire, while Jonah Peretti, who helped found HuffPo, went on to co-found BuzzFeed, turned into a digital juggernaut that could soon be valued at $1.5 billion. The former colleagues now stand at the vanguard of the new media industry, watched and discussed and speculated about all the time for clues about where digital media is going

But both of digital media's big empire-builders are looking in another direction: Television.

See also: Vice and BuzzFeed: How Very Different Companies Came to Play the Same Game

Digital media companies, the great disruptors of news and entertainment, are cozying up to television as they look to find cash to justify their lofty valuations. Following in the footsteps of their rapidly growing rival Vice — which made its name on well-produced videos on transgressive subjects and tyrannical regimes — BuzzFeed and more recently HuffPo have begun building out video operations that are producing the kind of original, high-production work that could help tap the big bucks that TV still commands Read more...

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How to protect your tech with a duct tape iPad case

6 hours 16 min ago

Image: Mashable, Lili Sams

Everything is better with duct tape, especially your back to school supplies.

If you're planning on downsizing your textbook load this year, an iPad or tablet is a great way to go. Of course, one drawback of getting a fancy device is that they can cost you a pretty penny even without all the special accessories you need to keep it looking shiny and new

See also: 23 Ways Duct Tape Can Fix Anything

Luckily, there are DIY ways to keep your tech protected from the harsh elements. Just grab some rolls of duct tape and let your imagination run wild.

Materials:

  • Duct Tape, several colors Read more...

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    Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook

    6 hours 21 min ago

    Create a social network or risk everything.

    That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the social network's chief architect, Vic Gundotra, in meetings with the company's top brass

    Gundotra, described by colleagues we spoke with as charismatic and politically-savvy, eventually persuaded Larry Page, the Google cofounder who returned as CEO at the beginning of 2011 after a decade behind the scenes, to turn the company upside down for this cause.

    "Vic was just this constant bug in Larry's ear: 'Facebook is going to kill us. Facebook is going to kill us,'" says a former Google executive. "I am pretty sure Vic managed to frighten Larry into action. And voila: Google+ was born." Read more...

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    1920s London parks used sheep as natural lawnmowers

    7 hours 18 min ago

    1926

    A flock of sheep head down the Kingsway in London.

    Image: Fox Photos/Getty Images

    Welcome harbingers of Spring are now to be seen in Hyde Park."THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK," 1920

    In the 1920s and 1930s, sheep were routinely introduced into London parks to keep the grass under control and reduce mowing costs.

    Shepherds competed for the privilege of grazing their flocks on Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Clapham Common and other pastures around the city.

    George Donald once brought his flock all the way down from Aberdeen, Scotland. Considering the difficulty involved in transporting hundreds of sheep over 500 miles, this caused a bit of consternation in Parliament. Sir Harry Brittain asked, "Were not any English sheep available?" Read more...

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    Chris Pratt asked fans to Photoshop him, and boy did they ever

    7 hours 49 min ago

    Actor Chris Pratt is known to be friendly with his fans, but he went above and beyond Friday when he asked them to create a new header for his Facebook page using the powers of Photoshop.

    He asked only that the image feature his most famous characters — Peter Quill, Owen, Andy and Emmet — as well as "eagles, american flags, guns, cool ford raptors, cigars, explosions" and "some cool guns or rollerblades," among his other favourite things.

    See also: 'Fantastic Four' stars awkwardly laugh off offensive interview questions Read more...

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    Social media celebrates news of Australian politician's resignation

    8 hours 36 min ago

    Embattled Australian politician Bronwyn Bishop stepped down as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday in the face of public opprobrium and increasingly sharp criticism from her colleagues.

    Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Bishop had tendered her resignation to the Governor-General at a press conference Sunday afternoon.

    See also: Trans-Pacific Partnership talks stall, with no end in sight

    Bishop had been embroiled in an expense scandal for weeksIn an incident that spawned one thousand memes and the hashtag #choppergate, Bishop was accused of spending more than A$5,000 worth of taxpayer funds on a rather short helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong. She apologised for the expensive commute last week, some said belatedly, and voluntarily paid back the money. Read more...

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    Memphis police officer fatally shot during traffic stop

    11 hours 5 min ago

    A Memphis police officer has been shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Saturday night.

    At around 9 p.m. local time, a person inside the vehicle fired at the officer, who was taken to hospital in a critical condition where he later died, NBC reported.

    See also: Osama bin Laden family members killed in UK plane crash

    #Video Ambulance arriving at hospital following shooting of MPD officer tonight during a traffic stop#Memphis pic.twitter.com/pJ3ALxfly7

    — Jerica Phillips (@Jerica_Phillips) August 2, 2015

    Memphis police say officer is in critical condition at Regional Medical Center. The suspect at large@3onyourside pic.twitter.com/6x0sKDZ33j

    — ALEX COLEMAN (@AColeman_WREG3) August 2, 2015 Read more...

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    Osama bin Laden family members killed in UK plane crash

    11 hours 52 min ago

    Three relatives of the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden, have reportedly died in a plane crash in the UK on Friday.

    Four people passed away in the accident, British authorities confirmed Saturday

    See also: Trans-Pacific Partnership talks stall, with no end in sight

    The Hampshire Police said in a Facebook statement it believed those killed to be the mother, sister and brother-in-law of the owner of the aircraft — all Bin Laden family members. The three deceased were Saudi Arabian nationals, the police confirmed, and formal post-mortem examinations are ongoing. The plane's Jordanian pilot also died. Read more...

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    Trans-Pacific Partnership talks stall, with no end in sight

    Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:05pm

    It was meant to be the largest regional free trade deal ever signed, but talks between the trade ministers of the twelve Pacific negotiating countries have stalled.

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) discussions, which took place in a luxury hotel in Maui, Hawaii last week, have ended and a date for future talks has not yet been set.

    See also: Why Australians are tweeting cake photos for #cookingforcopyright

    A joint statement from the ministers said the parties had made significant progress and agreed to continue their discussions.

    "I feel very gratified about the progress that's been made and I am confident that through our continued intensive engagement that we'll be able to tackle the remaining issues successfully," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Friday. Read more...

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    Unknown assailant destroys hitchhiking robot in Philadelphia

    Sat, 08/01/2015 - 9:50pm

    A Canadian experiment to test the kindness of strangers has provided an unsettling result.

    After making the trek from Boston to Philadelphia, hitchBOT — a hitchhiking robot that had captured the hearts of fans worldwide — is no more. An unknown assailant damaged the robot beyond repair on Saturday in Philadelphia, according to its creators.

    See also: Hitchhiking robot is leaving on a cross-country trip across the U.S.

    Prior to meeting its demise just two weeks after hitting the road in the U.S., hitchBOT made it across Canada and through much of western Europe.

    Oh dear, my body was damaged, but I live on with all my friends. Sometimes bad things happen to good robots! #hitchBOTinUSA

    — hitchBOT (@hitchBOT) August 1, 2015 Read more...

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    5 can't-miss apps: 'Qbert Rebooted,' Google Translate and more

    Sat, 08/01/2015 - 9:20pm

    With Windows 10 finally making its public debut and a bevy of new flagship Android phones — the OnePlus 2 and three new Motorola handsets — you may have missed some of this week's best new apps.

    See also: Google now shows you how to avoid lines at restaurants and coffee shops

    Luckily, every weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps. This week's list includes a big update to Google Translate, an app that cleans up your camera roll and Yahoo's new app for silent video messaging

    Check out the gallery, below, to see our top picks. If you're looking for more, take a look at last week's roundup of can't-miss apps. Read more...

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    Livetext app is silly fun, but no Snapchat

    Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:55pm

    Chances are your phone is chock-full of messaging apps already, whether it's Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Yik Yak or something else. Even so, Yahoo is hoping you’ll give its latest app, Livetext for iOS and Android, a shot

    Think of Livetext as text-messaging that marries some of Snapchat’s ephemerality with some elements of Periscope and Meerkat live video. But Livetext's live video sports text without sound: You can see the other person, but communication mostly happens by text. Once the session ends, the entire conversation disappears.

    See also: Snapchat reportedly working on 'special' ecommerce product with Hearst Read more...

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    Tourism-focused farms give Chinese city dwellers a break from urban life

    Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:40pm

    "Rural tourism" is big business in China.

    In 2014, Chinese farms had more than 1.2 billion visitors, according to the China Tourism Association. That's up from more than 900 million visitors in 2013, which generated $4.7 billion in revenue. To put the popularity of farm tourism in perspective, that accounts for about a third of all holidays in the country.

    See also: 12 tiny settlements for getting away from the big city

    Farms offer residents of China's biggest metropolises a refreshing break from urban life, while giving rural populations the chance to earn a decent living.

    "The ultimate goal is to help farmers increase income, ensure agricultural products' quality and safety, and increase urban resident's happiness," Jiang Hongfang, chairman of the Beijing Entertainment Farming and Agri-Tourism Association, told China Daily. Read more...

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    Firefighter killed in California wildfire remembered as great husband and father

    Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:05pm

    SAN FRANCISCO — A firefighter killed by a wildfire in Northern California became trapped by the erratic, wind-stoked blaze while he was scouting an area to decide how best to attack the flames, a U.S. Forest Service official said Saturday.

    Forest Service firefighter David Ruhl, 38, was driving down a road in the Modoc National Forest on Thursday when the fire grew suddenly and trapped him, Forest Service spokesman Ken Sandusky said.

    "He was trying to develop a plan of attack," Sandusky said.

    Officials said they couldn't immediately say whether Ruhl had time to let others know by radio that he was in trouble, or whether the flames overtook him too fast for him to call for help. Crews fighting the blaze lost communication with Ruhl on Thursday evening, and his body was recovered Friday. Read more...

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    August Smart Lock app update turns Apple Watch into a door key

    Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:14pm

    Owners of an Apple Watch just got another tool to make life easier: a digital door key on their wrists

    The functionality comes via the August Smart Lock thanks to an update of the company's iPhone app that allows you to swipe and tap your Apple Watch to open an August Smart Lock-equipped door

    See also: Apple yanks Google's Nest smart thermostat from website and retail stores

    Image: August Smart Lock

    Although the Apple Watch functionality is essentially just a porting of August's iPhone app to your wrist, it immediately makes the notion of using the smart door lock a lot more practical and faster than digging your iPhone out to open a door Read more...

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    7 reasons to be pumped for 'The Leftovers' Season 2

    Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:36pm

    The Leftovers is still months away from coming back to TV, but this week's Television Critics Association press tour resulted in a fresh sneak peek at Season 2 of HBO's twisted tale of loss.

    In addition to a trailer — which Mashable was told should be released to the public in a week or so — executive producers Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof and the cast gathered to tease the new season and talk about some big changes we'll see

    Here's hoping these hints hold you over until the show premieres Oct. 4

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

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