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7 Mysterious Treasures the World Is Still Looking For

33 min 26 sec ago

Time to channel your inner Jack Sparrow. Buried treasures aren't just pirate myths. While there are a few legendary pirate booties still allegedly floating around, troves of valuable items still await claim.

See also: The 10 Most Valuable 'Antiques Roadshow' Items

From stolen Aztec gold to missing European art work, here are seven antiquated treasures at large around the world.

1. The Treasure of La Noche Triste Location: Beneath Mexico City

In late June 1520, the Aztecs finally had enough of Hernan Cortes and the Spanish conquistadores. As the indigenous army drove their Spanish conquerers out of the capital city of Tenochitlan, Cortes commanded his men to gather as much gold and treasure as they could, stuff it in their armor and bolt for their ships. Read more...

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German Court Bans Uber Across the Country

39 min 49 sec ago

A court has banned Uber from operating in Germany, creating a new hurdle in the company's plan to expand in Europe.

The state court in Frankfurt ruled late last week that the car-sharing company lacks the necessary permits established by German transport laws to operate in the country, slapping it with a temporary injunction that bars Uber from legally operating in Germany pending a full hearing

See also: Driven: Uber's Campaign to Run Over Competitors and Win the World

This ruling is the result of a lawsuit brought forth by Taxi Deutschland, a German cab association that also offers a taxi-ordering app. Taxi Deutschland argues Uber skirts safety and insurance regulations that apply to conventional cabs Read more...

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17 Cats That Just Can't Deal With This Week

1 hour 6 min ago

You may think the life of a cat is easy, but you'd be dead wrong.

Though they're much cuter about it, these cats still feel the harrowing reality of the return from a long weekend just as much as any human. Some take out their frustration on a roll of paper towels and some prefer to hide in a brick wall's crevice.

See also: 19 Things You Didn't Know Cats Could Do

Let these cats take you to the end of the workday. If they can do it, so can you.
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Dramatic Photos of Flames Engulfing Sydney Office Building

2 hours 28 min ago

SYDNEY - A fire broke out in an office building in the Sydney central business district on Tuesday afternoon, causing chaos and the evacuation of 100 workers.

In dramatic scenes, dark smoke billowed from the seven-story complex on the busy George Street before flames raced up an exhaust flue and onto the roof just before 4pm AEST.

See also: Everyone Wants To Live in The Land Down Under, Here Are Some Tips

Firefighters told the Sydney Morning Herald the blaze started in the Emperor's Choice Chinese restaurant.

"The fire's occurred in a downstairs area in a restaurant and has travelled up the chimney, or the flue, up the outside and onto the roof," Fire & Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer said. Read more...

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OPPO Launches Four Mobile Devices in Australia, Including Selfie Phone

3 hours 16 min ago

SYDNEY — Chinese electronics manufacturer OPPO has pushed into the Western mobile phone market by launching four mobile devices in Australia on Tuesday, including a phone for taking the perfect selfie.

OPPO decided to branch into the Aussie market due to the amount of tech-savvy consumers who are passionate about the latest gadgets. The range initially includes the Find 7, N1 Mini, Find 7a and Neo 5, which are available locally via their website.

See also: The Most Connected Man Is You, Just a Few Years From Now

Michael Tran, OPPO's head of marketing, said the company — which in previous years had been focussed on BlueRay and DVD products — is known for pushing boundaries in the tech space. "We want to offer groundbreaking approach to mobile devices, to show high-end phones don't have to cost a fortune," he said at a launch event in Sydney. "We have a huge amount of devices in the pipeline." Read more...

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Everyone Wants To Live in The Land Down Under, Here Are Some Tips

3 hours 38 min ago

SYDNEY — International workers are moving to the lucky country in droves, as Australia becomes one of the most desired countries in the world to work in.

Australia has been ranked the 12th most desired country to work in out of 54 countries and more than one in 10 job seekers globally are looking for work here, according to a survey released by Indeed Hiring Lab

See also: 11 Ways to Act Like a Local in Australia

The government granted more than 258,000 working holiday visas in the 2013 financial year, which was an increase of 16% on the previous year. With 3.2 million of workers living in Australia born overseas, a new web resource is helping foreigners settle in to life in Australia. Read more...

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A New Star Wars Universe Begins ... Now

4 hours 3 min ago

This will be a day long remembered: a new dawn for Star Wars, in all its forms of media

Pay attention, people of Earth: that distant rumble you hear is the gears of the world's most popular film franchise slowly cranking up into full dream-generating and money-minting mode. If you think the speculation about the contents of Star Wars Episode VII published in the past 18 months has been frenzied, or if you think Disney reached the heights of international success with Frozen, then to borrow a line from a guy who liked to borrow lines from movies, you ain't seen nothing yet

See also: Who Will Play What in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'? Read more...

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'Extant' Episodes 7-10 Recap: 'Everything Comes at a Cost'

6 hours 37 min ago

For the past two weeks, Extant has aired two episodes back-to-back, with 7 to 8 and 9 to 10 each functioning like continuous two-hour mini movies. They marked a turning point for the sci-fi series, which until now, had been largely lackluster and derivative of other similarly themed shows.

While Extant is not necessarily a slow-burn thriller, it took some time for the development of the series' two major plot lines — Molly Wood's alien offspring and the evolution of Humanich Ethan Woods — to pay off. In short, Extant has finally become compelling.

See also: 'Extant' Episode 6 Recap: 'We Love Heroes' Read more...

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Author Compares Women in Traditional Marriages to Prostitutes on TV Panel Show

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 10:45pm

SYDNEY — On Australian panel show Q&A, author Jane Caro caused a stir when she said women in traditional marriages could be considered prostitutes.

During the all-female panel discussion on Monday night, the thought leaders were asked for their views on prostitution as a conscious choice in the Western world.

See also: American Kids Eat Vegemite, React With Absolute Disgust

The question stemmed from an interview with former journalist Amanda Goff on television show Sunday Night, during which she revealed she had chosen a new career path in prostitution as a high-class escort earning $5,000 a night. In the interview, Goff said, "Nobody is taking advantage of me anymore. I'm going to become empowered". Read more...

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Cuba Cracks Down on What Travelers Can Bring Into the Country

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:54pm

Over the last five years, travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba have eased to the point where travelers now bring in as much as $2-billion worth of products annually.

But new restrictions enforced Monday — an attempt by the Cuban government to crack down on abuses, and likely to increase tax revenue and boost local business — could greatly affect what is brought into the country.

See also: The Internet in Cuba: 5 Things You Need to Know

Usually, passengers on flights arriving from Miami are carrying duffel bags crammed with goods, ranging from everyday items like soap and socks to luxury items like bicycles, big-screen televisions and game consoles. Travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that the new restrictions would leave their families wanting. They include higher customs duties and stricter limits on both the number and total value of items. Read more...

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Joan Rivers Reportedly Brought Out of Coma as Family Considers Lawsuit

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 8:25pm

Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa Rivers told Mashable in a statement that she is keeping her "fingers crossed" for the comedian's full recovery, as doctors begin to bring her back from a medically induced coma.

Rivers remains in "serious" condition, and the family is considering legal action, Melissa said, according to New York Daily News.

See also: Joan Rivers Is 'Resting Comfortably,' Placed in Medically Induced Coma

The 81-year-old comedian went into cardiac arrest during a surgical procedure on her throat on Thursday. She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was placed in a coma for her safety Read more...

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Survivor Singer Jimi Jamison Dies of Heart Attack at 63

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 7:50pm

Survivor and Cobra frontman Jimi Jamison died of a heart attack Sunday night in his Memphis home, according to a report published Monday. He was 63.

The energetic singer, who originally was with Cobra, joined Survivor in 1984 after the band's frontman Dave Bickler (the voice on "Eye of the Tiger") left because of vocal-health issues

See also: 'Such a Brilliant Human Being': Jeff Bridges Mourns Robin Williams

Mashable has reached out to Jamison's manager, promoter and booking agent for details about his death. We'll update this post when we receive a response

The band's verified Facebook page confirmed the sad news on Monday: Read more...

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Aussie Football Players Dress Up as Rolf Harris and Victim

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 7:29pm

SYDNEY — Two Australian football players are at the centre of a costume controversy after they dressed up as entertainer Rolf Harris, recently convicted for indecent assaults four young girls.

Melbourne Demons player Dean Terlich wore an eccentric coat, grey facial hair and glasses to dress up as the disgraced Australian music icon, while his teammate Alex Georgiou wore a red dress with a wig with pigtails. The incident happened during Mad Monday celebrations, a party to celebrate the end of the football season that traditionally involves heavy drinking.

See also: American Kids Eat Vegemite, React With Absolute Disgust Read more...

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Grover Norquist Had an Awesome Burning Man

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:53pm

When some Burning Man veterans heard that Washington, D.C.-based anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist was planning to attend their favorite desert festival for the first time this year, an eyebrow or two was raised

Surely this conservative campaigner, creator of the tax-cutting pledge that still binds the hands of nearly every GOP lawmaker, would turn his nose up at something that outsiders often mistake for an ultra-liberal hippy holiday?

See also: Burning Man Isn't What You Think, and Never Has Been

Well, the verdict is in: Norquist had an awesome time. So much so, in fact, that he's already planning on coming again in 2015 — and bringing the kids next time. Read more...

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Man Who Inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge Is Now a Father

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:33pm

The 29-year old man who inspired the world to raise millions of dollars for ALS research through the Ice Bucket Challenge now faces a different kind of challenge: parenthood.

Pete Frates and wife Julie Frates welcomed the birth of a 7 pound, 8 ounce baby girl named Lucy Fitzgerald Frates on Sunday morning, according to Boston television station WCVB.

The new parents made the announcement on their Facebook page Read more...

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Browser Extension Tells You Wi-Fi Speed at Hotels Before You Book

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:02pm

If getting online while you're on the road is important to you, slow Wi-Fi at hotels can be a pain

A browser extension launched Monday wants to help travelers avoid the hassle of bad Internet connections by adding information about hotel Wi-Fi speeds and quality, on top of what is already available on popular booking sites.

See also: 14 Unique Hotels for an Extraordinary Vacation

In July, Hotel Wi-Fi Test announced its rankings of hotels according to Wi-Fi speed and quality. Now, it's integrated that information into popular booking and travel sites through an extension that works on Chrome and Firefox browsers, showing Wi-Fi information on Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Booking.com and TripAdvisor. Read more...

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Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Puts on Breathtaking Lava Display

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 5:22pm

The Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland continues to put on quite a show, with lava pouring out of a gash, or fissure, in the ground

The latest fissure eruption, which began on Sunday, could go on for weeks, if not longer. It may also lead to a greater hazard — an explosive eruption that sends large clouds of ash into the air and melts glacial ice, causing flooding.

See also: Incredible Photos Show Papua New Guinea Volcano Spewing Ash, Lava

Such ash clouds are hazardous to modern jet aircraft, and an explosive eruption in Iceland could snarl trans-Atlantic air traffic again — as when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010 Read more...

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Celebrity Photo Leak: Is Poor iCloud Security to Blame?

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:56pm

Apple has for the first time acknowledged reports of an untold number of nude or compromising photos allegedly stolen from celebrities' Apple iCloud accounts.

"We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," Apple representatives told Mashable.

While that doesn't admit any kind of culpability in the attack, which was first reported Sunday, security experts are already pointing the finger at not one but two flaws in iCloud security.

See also: The 25 Worst Passwords of 2013

According to a report in TheNextWeb, a hack called iBrute was posted Saturday on GitHub by mobile security firm HackApp. Though technically a mere proof of concept, it showed hackers how to exploit an apparent "brute force" vulnerability in the Find My iPhone API. Read more...

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7 Standout Moments From Made in America Music Festival in Philly

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:36pm

PHILADELPHIA — Through rain and shine, the east coast segment of the bi-coastal Budweiser Made in America music festival delivered many memorable moments over the weekend

Some moments left attendees spellbound in dance fervor, inspired by monologues from artists and surprisingly silent during poignant artistry that broached hot topics such as Ferguson, celebrity culture and female empowerment.

See also: For Early Made in America Acts, Cover Songs Get the Rowdiest Responses

In chronological order of the major nighttime acts, here are our seven standouts: Read more...

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Space Sex Geckos Dead on Reentry, Russia Reveals

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:03pm

The five heroic sex geckos sent into space on July 19 to study sexual reproduction in zero gravity died before returning to Earth on Monday, Russian officials said

It is unclear what they died of, or whether the intrepid geckos ever mated in space. Their tiny, partially mummified bodies were found within their enclosure aboard the small Foton-M4 spacecraft at the conclusion of their mission

"All geckos, unfortunately, died," the Russian Space Agency said in a statement. "The date and conditions of their deaths will be determined by specialists."

See also: 8 Facts About Space That Will Rock Your World Read more...

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