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Digital licences coming to New South Wales in 2016

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 1:06am

New South Wales will be putting some licences on smartphones from 2016.

The first licences to be made available digitally will be those for recreational fishing, responsible service of alcohol and conduct of gambling licenses, NSW minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet announced on Wednesday.

See also: Sorry Bieber, using your hoverboard is illegal on Australian roads

The drivers license, the one that assumedly everyone wants, will be the last to digitise. It's set to come around in 2018.

"In 2015 our citizens are mobile and digital and that’s where the government should be too," said Mr Perrottet in an official statement. "The introduction of the NSW Digital Licence will mean the days of multiple plastic cards clogging up precious wallet-space are numbered." Read more...

More about Australia, Tech, Apps Software, Licence, and Digital Licence

Horrified woman has priceless reaction to holding an alligator

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:56am

If you're spooked by reptiles, then touching one can be a very traumatic experience

In this new video from America's Funniest Home Videos, one woman at an educational animal presentation is having a difficult time working up the nerve to touch a tiny alligator. And by "difficult time," we mean that she's frantically yelling at pretty much everyone.

Good on you for tackling your fears, lady!

GoT's Tormund Giantsbane hates White Walkers, loves riding his airwheel

Fuzzy golden retriever puppy battles untrustworthy doorstop

Adele and Jimmy Fallon covered 'Hello' using classroom instruments and it was sheer perfection

Little girl reacts to news of a baby brother with adorable tantrum Read more...

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Captain America beats up Iron Man in first trailer for 'Captain America: Civil War'

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:34am

Captain America gets called a vigilante and beats up Iron Man in the first teaser trailer for Captain America: Civil War, which premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night.

Stars of the latest Marvel installment Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) introduced the film and an exclusive movie poster after chatting with Kimmel about what it was like to film the movie in Atlanta

Divided we fall. #CaptainAmericaCivilWar

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 25, 2015

Evans shared he wasn't gung-ho about joining the Marvel universe at the start, noting that the long contract terms can be daunting. Read more...

More about Jimmy Kimmel, Marvel, Entertainment, Film, and Robert Downey Jr.

'Kebab Kings:' Modern Australia's love for the drunken döner kebab

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 12:06am

Australia has long had a drunken love affair with the kebab. A night out Down Under isn't complete without huffing down a tangled mess of cheese, meat and tabouli and trying to keep it down while taking a taxi home.

While not our own creation, the humble Turkish döner kebab has since become one of the country's treasured gems and is now the focus of a new documentary: Kebab Kings.

A fly-on-the-wall look at two Australian kebab shops — one in Sydney and the other in Melbourne — Kebab Kings tells the stories of the people who make the delicacy just as much as the people who splatter their faces with them at 3 a.m. while struggling to see straight Read more...

More about Documentary, Film, Australia, Entertainment, and Sbs

'Secret Hitler' game turns your friends into Liberals and Fascists

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:47pm

One of the fastest-funded Kickstarters of the year dropped this week, and it's a board game unlike any other you've seen. A board game that may, in the age of Trump, start to feel uncomfortably close to our divided reality.

In fact, it's probably for the best that this game isn't available in time for you to play it at your Thanksgiving dinner

See also: Hitler wanted these embarrassing pictures destroyed

The game is called "Secret Hitler," and as potentially offensive as the title might sound, this game actually constitutes a great little history lesson on how the infamous demagogue rose to power Read more...

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Australian food bloggers suffer intense grilling for homophobic review

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:25pm

Food blogging may not seem like a tough gig, but things can get rough when you decide to litter your reviews with pinches of casual racism and homophobia.

That's what the boys at "Burger Bun Day" — a supposed group of Melbournians trying their hand at foodblogging — learnt when they posted about their meal at Carlton restaurant Ike's Rack Shack.

See also: Bums and beaches: Everyday Australia in photographs

Australian blog Brown Cardigan captured Burger Bun Day's Instagram post — and the complete annihilation given by the restaurant's response — before they took it down.

Fair warning, the original review is highly offensive.

More about Australia, Food Blogging, Instagram, Watercooler, and Conversations

'Dancing With the Stars' crowns a new champ

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:18pm

Warning: Don't continue reading if you don't want to know who won this season of Dancing With the Stars.

Dancing With the Stars has a brand new champ: Bindi Irwin

This is not a surprise, of course

The Aussie activist and daughter of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has been a favorite all season, winning over viewers with her bubbly personality, positive outlook, ability to drive us to tears with those tributes to her dad and skills on the dance floor

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter didn't go down easily, though. The singer ended his Dancing run with a perfect score on a salsa-tango fusion that really highlighted how far he'd come since that first dance Read more...

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14 places to curl up into a ball and listen to Adele

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:20pm

With the likeliness of the Adele-aissance to completely blow the roof off the pop charts, it seems like a good time to contemplate where will we all be when every one of those nuanced, ballad feels hit?

It's no mystery that 25 is primed to rise to the top of the 2015 musical offerings, and a lot of people are going to be feeling a lot of things.

See also: Adele '25' review: Gorgeously crafted pop that gives fans what they want

Therefore, it's probably a good idea to seek out a nice safe space to curl up into a ball as we all wait for the Adele emotional wave to crash over us real hard

Remember, the tighter the space; the tighter the ball you must curl up into — but your emotions can soar as high as they want. Read more...

More about Music, Lists, Humor, Adele, and Watercooler

Little girl reacts to news of a baby brother with adorable tantrum

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 9:01pm

Sometimes, younger brothers can be kind of annoying. Which is why this little girl didn't react so well upon finding out that her mother is having another baby boy.

When the mother in this video uses a tin of blue paint to a hint that a boy is on the way, this little girl asks "because the baby likes blue, maybe?"

The guessing game ends, with this little girl's rather adorable tantrum in response to news of another brother in the family

Sorry, kiddo. Maybe next time.

Horrified woman has priceless reaction to holding an alligator

Little Dachshund tries its best to look like a fearsome hunting dog

GoT's Tormund Giantsbane hates White Walkers, loves riding his airwheel

Fuzzy golden retriever puppy battles untrustworthy doorstop

More about Video, Parenting, Viral Video, Funny, and Watercooler

10 families about to be torn apart by Thanksgiving political discussion

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:45pm

Turkey, mashed potatoes, and a passionate argument detailing the problems with America's current tax brackets?

See also: 20 boozy Thanksgiving recipes for an extra helping of holiday cheer

Thanksgiving is a holiday founded on the spirit of manifest destiny, and your family plans to keep in that spirit by stomping right over each other's social and economic beliefs in a group setting

While you can't avoid this tornado of ill informed opinions, quotes from newspapers your relatives read in waiting rooms, and statistics that aren't just politically incorrect, but also mathematically impossible, you can take comfort in watching it happen to others Read more...

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Here's what today's kids want to be when they grow up

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 8:31pm

If you're thinking cowboy, princess and astronaut are typical careers choices for the pre-adolescent child, you're out of step with the times

This year's annual Fatherly Imagination Report — based on 500 responses by kids ages 1-10 — discovered what this generation's kids really want to be when they grow up. The most popular answer of 2015 across all age groups was — drumroll please — a professional athlete

See also: Someone on Craigslist wants to babysit your kids on Black Friday

Image: Fatherly

While most of the children interviewed dreamed of becoming the next Lebron James or Serena Williams, others hoped to find careers like doctors, firefighters, teachers and vets Read more...

More about Kids, Parenting, Careers, Lifestyle, and Family Parenting

3D printer for kids looks like a helmet, cheaper than an iPhone

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 7:59pm

While popular among designers, the commercial 3D printer space has, so far, failed to capture much mainstream attention and instead seems to occupy a distinctly tech and academic niche

But one project hopes to change all that by introducing 3D printing to an entirely new, mostly untapped market for the technology: kids. The Rever 3D printer touts itself as an affordable and easy-to-use 3D printer for children looking to craft their own toys and harness their imaginations

See also: World's first 3D-printed car could cost you $53,000

Aesthetically, the small 3D printer starts in the right place by looking like a space helmet instead of a complicated, high-tech device or an oversimplified toy. But the design, which is fronted by a translucent visor–style cover, has a specific purpose — safety Read more...

More about Kickstarter, 3d Printer, 3d Printing, Tech, and Apps Software

'Jurassic World' fan's marriage proposal is more cute than scary

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 7:46pm

Alright, we'll admit it. We're suckers for unique marriage proposals — and this one is pretty sweet.

Actor and Jurassic Park fan EJ Cantu from Rochester, New York proposed to his girlfriend of five years, Katelyn Machnica, by re-enacting a scene from Jurassic World, where Chris Pratt tries to tame a group of dinosaurs.

Cantu tames the three dino-masked actors of course, and breaks into the Jurassic Park theme song, singing "Will you marry me?" to his longtime girlfriend — who of course said yes.

Here's to more movie-inspired marriage proposals.

Horrified woman has priceless reaction to holding an alligator

Little Dachshund tries its best to look like a fearsome hunting dog

GoT's Tormund Giantsbane hates White Walkers, loves riding his airwheel

Fuzzy golden retriever puppy battles untrustworthy doorstop

More about Australia, Marriage Proposal, Watercooler, Videos, and Jurassic Park

Audi readying software repair for emissions-cheating 3-liter diesel engines

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 7:40pm

The Volkswagen Group announced Monday that it has prepared and submitted for approval updated engine management software for its U.S. versions of the Audi 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines. The revised software alters the auxiliary emission control devices (AECD) — the so-called "defeat device" — and brings the vehicles into compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emissions laws.

The VW Group will install the rewritten software on all affected U.S. models once it is approved by the agencies. Audi estimates installing the new software could reach into the "mid-double-digit millions of euros." Read more...

More about Cars, Tech, Transportation, Audi, and Volkswagen

This robot can print emoji on your fingernails

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 7:17pm

Your manicure can get an upgrade with slices of pepperoni pizza and kissy face emojis thanks to the Nailbot, a portable robot that prints images directly onto your fingernails

The robotic device is currently featured on Indiegogo with a $150,000 funding goal. Nailbot had raised more than $23,000 at the time of publication. The campaign will end on Dec. 14.

See also: New app matches nail polish with virtually any color in nature

A photo posted by Preemadonna (@preemadonna) on Nov 18, 2015 at 7:15pm PST

Nailbot was created by robotics company Preemadonna. It's inventor, Pree Walia, tells Mashable that she created the portable nail printer to eliminate the need for expensive and inconvenient trips to salons while you're on vacation Read more...

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'Chilling' video of Chicago officer fatally shooting black teen sparks protests

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:55pm

UPDATED 11:15 p.m. ET

The city of Chicago released video Tuesday of police officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 shots into the body of Laquan McDonald, fatally wounding the 17-year-old

Though McDonald quickly falls to the ground, Van Dyke continues to fire into his body as the teenager jerks on the street. Puffs of smoke from the bullets can be seen rising from his prone body thereafter.

See also: Chicago officer charged with first-degree murder after shooting teen 16 times

"It is everything that it is described to be by the news accounts," Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said of the video at an earlier Tuesday press conference. "It is graphic, it is violent, it is chilling." Read more...

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Fastrack explores 9 bizarre fetishes you didn't know about

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:40pm

There’s curiosity, and there is just plain deviant. Some people aren’t satisfied with a guess or an imagined answer; these folks have to go out and try it themselves

That’s how we imagine these bizarre obsessions came about and eventually made it into the history books. Below, Fastrack gets down with the dirty deeds and not-so-fun fixations

  1. Melolagnia = A state of sexual arousal caused by music: Somewhere between the tone deaf and musically bent, there’s a bunch of people who appreciate music entirely differently. And for the select few who belong to this group, chorus usually equals climax.

  2. Image: Fastrack

  3. Objectophile = An unhealthy level of attraction to an object: Of all the things we possess, there are but a few that really possess us. Our money is with the metallic.

  4. Maschalagnia = A deep fascination of armpits: Of all those deep recesses of the human body that nobody discusses, the pits are definitely up there. Some people, however, are happy to overlook the stench and possible growth, all for the bigger picture. Hands in the air if you agree. Read more...

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A comprehensive list of Black Friday deals for travelers

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:21pm

You don't have to stand in line in the cold to score travel deals this Black Friday.

In the spirit of shopping till you drop, here is a list of all the travel sales we've seen so far. There are lots of them.

See also: The worst things people do on airplanes, ranked

We'll update this list as more sales are announced.

Flights LAN and TAM Airlines

LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines are offering "loco" fares for flights from U.S. and Canadian cities to Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia and other South American destinations. Tickets must be purchased between Nov. 27-30, 2015.

Also, passengers who book a deal to the capital cities of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru "can add an additional flight to select cities within those respective countries at no additional cost," according to the airline. Read more...

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Thank goodness these 'Golden Girls' granny panties exist

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:19pm

Praise be: There is now a way to incorporate the Golden Girls into your lingerie drawer.

Thanks to Candace Pugh's Etsy shop, "Bulletsandbees," you can now purchase silky granny panties featuring the Golden Girl of your choosing. The underwear runs for around $40 to $50 a pair. That may seem hefty, but they are handmade and made-to-order, naturally

See also: Please let this 'Golden Girls' Lego playset be in our future

You can choose from a white and lacy Rose pair ..

Image: Etsy

... an extra-high-waisted Sofia pair (for those who REALLY want to embrace the granny panty) ..

Image: Etsy

... a black and sassy Dorothy pair ...

More about Etsy, Golden Girls, Panties, Watercooler, and Pics

Ringleader of Paris attacks was planning another bombing in France

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 6:07pm

The main suspect behind the Paris attacks plot likely planned to carry out a separate suicide bombing in the capital's La Defense business district with an accomplice, according to new information revealed by the Paris prosecutor on Tuesday.

The prosecutor, Francis Molins, said the attacks were planned for Nov. 18 or 19.

See also: Not one Paris attacker has been identified as a Syrian refugee

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian man, was believed to be the ringleader of the attacks on Nov. 13 that left 130 dead and hundreds more wounded. He was one of three people killed during a police raid in the Saint-Denis neighborhood of Paris on Nov. 18. His female cousin, Hasna Ait Boulahcen, also died in the raid, while an unidentified third person is believed to have detonated a suicide vest, which led to part of the apartment collapsing. Read more...

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