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Why Kevin Pietersen can turn this Ashes series into a sexy blockbuster

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:26pm

Two Tests down, two sumptuous thrashings on each side and one knockback for beers. This Ashes cricket series truly has it all

With cattiness and bloodletting and an upper hand being treated like a hot potato, it is already shaping up as a dead tasty smash. In fact, let's not be scared to dream large here; the bones are there for a screenplay. It just needs something minuscule like an atomic explosion to catch Hollywood's eye.

See also: A beginner's guide to the Ashes: The game, the characters, the glory

So what can boost this showdown from British empire quirk into a sexy box-office thriller? Read more...

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You can buy Katy Perry's latest fragrance exclusively on Twitter

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:18pm

Forget navigating a department store maze to get your hands on a bottle of Katy Perry perfume. The superstar singer has made sure her followers — dubbed KatyCats — can stay freshly spritzed without ever leaving the Twitter app

Fresh from throwing shade at Taylor Swift on Twitter, Perry is using the social media platform to exclusively launch her new fragrance: Mad Potion by Katy Perry

See also: Some nuns are trying to stop Katy Perry from buying their convent

All Tweeters have to do is click the "Buy Now" button in a tweet, enter their credit card information, and the $29.99 perfume will be on its way Read more...

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Why it's amazing Pedro Martinez made the Hall of Fame on Sandra Bullock's birthday

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:01pm

Major League Baseball icon, entertaining interview and Historically Great Pitcher Pedro Martinez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday July 26, 2015 — which also happened to be the 51st birthday of actress Sandra Bullock

Why would Martinez being inducted on Bullock's birthday be anything other than a celebrity coincidence? The answer lies in an anecdote attributed to Martinez that's little-known to the masses but become the stuff of legend among Pedro fanatics while revealing the deadpan sense of humor that helped make him so beloved as a player

It's also mildly NSFW and shows the universe is cosmically connected in ways mere terrestrial beings can hardly fathom Read more...

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Follow along with the OnePlus 2 virtual reality livestream

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:00pm

The hype train ends tonight. At 7 p.m. PT, OnePlus will finally take the wraps off the highly anticipated smartphone OnePlus 2, the successor to last year's surprise hit, the OnePlus One

Instead of holding a special event and inviting the media, OnePlus is streaming the launch event live, in virtual reality — to anyone with a smartphone and Google Cardboard

Will the livestream crash over technical difficulties, as even 2D livestreams are known to do? We don't know, but we're going to be watching along in VR

See also: What to expect from the OnePlus 2, the most hyped Android phone of the year

Mashable senior tech correspondent Christina Warren has volunteered to strap Google Cardboard to her face and provide commentary as the event happens live. You can follow us on the Meerkat stream below and on Periscope under the Mashable account Read more...

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Khloe Kardashian silences skeptics by releasing original version of magazine cover

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 8:24pm

If a Kardashian appears on the cover of a magazine and people don't tweet about the shot being excessively photoshopped, did it even happen?

Khole is this month's Complex Magazine cover star, and the reality star's sexy fitness-themed photoshoot is already causing a furore online — where skeptics doubt the photo's authenticity, and wonder how much of her body was digitally altered

See also: 20 ways to keep up with the Kardashians on Etsy

Seriously I can't believe this shoot I did for @complex!!! I'm still blown away by how talented @stevengomillion is!!! Shout out to my glam team @1maryphillips and @cesar4styles. @monicarosestyle you always know how to make me feel so comfortable on set!! You are my security blanket!! I love you all madly! Check out the article at

A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Jul 27, 2015 at 7:16am PDT Read more...

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NSA: We'll stop looking at old U.S. phone records in November

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:56pm

The Obama administration has declared that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American phone records it collected under a controversial program — one that was leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden.

See also: Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on the NSA

Congress passed a law in June ending the NSA's bulk collection of American calling records after a six-month transition. But officials said they weren't sure whether they would continue to make use of the records that had already been collected, which generally go back five years Read more...

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Street Fighter V's beta ended before it even began

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:54pm

For Street Fighter fans eager to test the game's next generation, most didn't even get to throw their first punch.

The much-touted public beta for Street Fighter V was canceled prematurally after days of connection issues made the game nigh unplayable for nearly everyone

See also: 'Street Fighter V' will get new characters, but you'll have to fight for them

"While the purpose of a beta is to work out these type of issues, it was very clear that the issues we faced were more severe than we were prepared for," Capcom spokesperson Peter Rosas wrote. "After three days of testing, while we were making progress and collecting valuable data, we felt the majority of players were not having a good experience, and the best course of action would be to take the servers offline for extended maintenance. We will be postponing our first beta phase until we believe the experience is going to be a positive one for players." Read more...

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China's answer to the Tesla Model S: The Youxia X

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:42pm

What happens when you combine a Tesla Model S with KITT from the TV show Knight Rider? Answer: The Youxia X.

Chinese startup Youxia Motors announced its first ever production car, the all-electric X, at an event Sunday evening, according to Car News China.

See also: Tesla's Ludicrous Mode will push Model S from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds

The Youxia X isn't quite as blatant a rip-off as some other Chinese cars, but its design inspiration should be obvious to anyone who has seen a Tesla. It looks mostly like a Model S — down to the tall touchscreen center console and the retracting door handles — with design cues from Lexus, Audi and Maserati thrown in for good measure. Read more...

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'General Hospital' fans underwhelmed by Anthony Geary's exit

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:26pm

Monday was a big day in Port Charles. Long-running soap opera General Hospital bid farewell to Luke Spencer, who has been played by actor Anthony Geary for 37 years

Geary's character was one half of the partnership at the center of one the most-watched soap opera moment in history. Some 30 million viewers tuned in for Luke and Lara's nuptials back in 1981

Luke Spencer's exit, announced back in May, was a highly anticipated event for the series — but as far as fans are concerned, it seems to have fallen short of expectations

#FarewellTony zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz #gh

— gail (@gailog) July 27, 2015

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Watch an antacid tablet and water mix it up in weightlessness

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:09pm

Astronauts on the International Space Station like to have fun too

A new video filmed using a 4K RED Epic Dragon camera and posted by NASA shows astronaut Terry Virts dissolving an antacid tablet in a blob of water floating in the microgravity of the Space Station, and it looks kind of mesmerizing

The ball of water appears fizzy on the inside, shooting out tiny bits of water as the tablet dissolves

See also: Astronauts play with a GoPro, 3D camera and water bubble in space

Water behaves this way in space because of surface tension in microgravity, which allows the ball of liquid to hold its shape despite the low gravity environment. Read more...

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Samsung event invite teases the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:49pm

Get ready for some new Samsung Galaxy devices.

The Korean electronics giant sent out invitations to the press Monday for another one of its "Unpacked" events to be held on August 13 in New York city. The event will start at 11 a.m. ET.

See also: Smartphones don't get more utilitarian than Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active

The minimalist invite shows a bunch of waves in a rectangular outline. It's possible the invitation is teasing the much-rumored Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. The way the waves taper off in the invitation are reminiscent of the curved edges of the S6 Edge, suggesting we'll soon see a larger version Read more...

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Up to 950 million Android devices are vulnerable to texting hack, report says

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:38pm

A major security flaw in some Android devices would only require the attacker to have your cell phone number, according to security research firm Zimperium.

The flaw involves a remote code execution that could be initiated by sending the target Android smartphone user a text message

See also: Revealed: The NSA's plan to 'hijack' Android app stores

"Attackers only need your mobile number," Zimperium's security report said on Monday. "Using [that] they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS."

Even more troubling, the firm says that the message could be deleted before the user even gets to read it — with nothing but a notification appearing on the handset Read more...

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Sam Smith turns to the dark side in steamy music video for Disclosure's "Omen"

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:35pm

Sam Smith is getting steamy

The Grammy-winning singer stars in the naughty new music video for "Omen," a new Disclosure song featuring Smith's signature vocals. In the video, Smith croons in a club, surrounded by sweaty, sexy people dancing to the catchy new track. There's a touch of madness to the place — piercings, tattoos and a hint of magic

The song is called "Omen," after all

It's also a follow-up to Disclosure's last video, for the song "Holding On" featuring Gregory Porter.

See also: Don't tell your mother about Demi Lovato's 'Cool for the Summer' video

This track marks the second time Disclosure have tapped pal Smith for some vocals. They last worked together on the 2012 hit "Latch." Read more...

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Cute kids teaching NFL star J.J. Watt how to 'Nae Nae' is simply the best

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:28pm

NFL players can always learn something new, especially when it comes to dancing.

J.J. Watt may be the one of the best defensive players in the NFL, but he might as well have two left feet when it comes to dancing.

See also: Riley Curry doing the 'Nae Nae' will give you life

Watt is especially bad at the doing the Nae Nae. His infamous touchdown dance cemented him as one of the worst dancers in the NFL (to his credit, it was an 80-yard pick six).

Thankfully, the Texas youth know how it's done. Children at the Houston Texans YMCA camp took it upon themselves to fix Watt's subpar dance moves by teaching the 300-pound defensive end how to do the Whip and Nae Nae properly. Read more...

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Women are sharing #ThighReading photos in the name of body positivity

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:19pm

A new body positive hashtag is making its way across Twitter: #ThighReading.

Coined by Twitter user @princess_labia on July 20, the hashtag encourages people to share unretouched photos of their thighs. Stretch marks, scabs and scars are all welcome.

See also: 9 plus-size fashion rules you should break this summer

palm readings <<<< thigh readings

— EMO SLUT (@princess_labia) July 20, 2015

show me ur #thighreading

— EMO SLUT (@princess_labia) July 20, 2015

@princess_labia, who declined to share her real name, told Mashable that #ThighReading came to her "after I had the idea that my stretch marks told a story the same way I had been told my palms did." She says posting images of her stretch marks felt empowering, even before she realized that other women would join in. Read more...

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Police officer investigated for throwing peanuts at a homeless man

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:17pm

A Florida police officer is being investigated for allegedly throwing peanuts at a homeless man who was being booked in the Sarasota County jail earlier this month.

A video of the incident has prompted an investigation, according to local reports, into the dehumanizing way the officers appear to have treated the homeless man.

See also: Sandra Bland was absolutely right to protest violent male authority

The man, Randy Miller, was intoxicated and handcuffed as the Sarasota officer, Andrew Halpin, threw peanuts at his mouth

Halpin can be seen laughing in the background; he later kicks several peanuts across the floor at Miller. Three other police officers watch as the incident unfolds. Read more...

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Why your email font is ruining your life

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:15pm

Well, maybe not your life. But certainly your reputation with people of good taste

Helvetica, the hip font of choice for brands and typeface nerds, is the default font setting for Apple Mail. Gmail defaults to Arial, a font one designer called Helvetica's "ugly bastard son." If the browser doesn't support Arial, Gmail will use Helvetica instead.

SEE ALSO: China stocks sink most since 2007 as state-induced calm shatters

While Helvetica is beloved by design nerds for its neutrality, its uniformity and lack of consistent spacing make it hard to read in large chunks of text. "The letters are too close together," said Nadine Chahine, a type designer at Monotype. "That makes it too tight." Read more...

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$1 million in sunken treasure recovered from ocean floor after 300 years

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:08pm

More than $1 million in gold that has sat on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean for nearly 300 years has finally resurfaced, thanks to a team of Florida treasure hunters

The shipwreck has been excavated before, but this particular find uncovered 60 gold artifacts from the area where eleven Spanish ships sank on July 31, 1715. Previous excavations have turned up other important pieces, giving the stretch of Florida coastline the name Treasure Coast

Florida-based company Queens Jewels owns the rights to the exploration of the wreck and announced the find on Monday. The gold treasure was discovered by the Schmidt family, who were subcontracted to salvage valuable pieces from the wreckage Read more...

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Musk, Wozniak, top scientists sound the alarm about Artificial Intelligence 'arms race'

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:06pm

Robots probably won't kill people, but people could kill people with robots.

That's the concern of an open letter signed by scientists and other interested parties — including Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking

Here's what the letter said:

If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow.

See also: Team KAIST won the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge, so now what?

The Future of Life Institute, the volunteer-backed research organization which posted the letter, aims to "maximize the future benefits of AI while avoiding pitfalls," according to its website. In January, it published an open letter, also signed by Musk, Hawking and Wozniak, on the need to make AI systems both "robust and beneficial." Read more...

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Behold: A mouse and keyboard designed for your PlayStation 4

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 5:57pm

Gaming consoles keep things simple. You don't have to fiddle with the operating system, and user-friendliness always comes first. And, perhaps most importantly, joysticks and buttons control everything.

Hori's looking to change that for PlayStation 4 fans with the upcoming Tactical Assault Commander 4, which is basically a reduced-sized keyboard that has a USB mouse attached to it. If you've ever wanted to pair smooth, reliable console gaming with PC-style mouse/keyboard controls, take note.

See also: Using your mouse on Xbox One may soon be possible

The unusual-looking controller uses a keyboard-lite layout for basic movement and interaction controls. It looks like the button layout works best with Call of Duty-style first-person shooter controls, but it's hard to say how customizable the whole thing is at this point. The Amazon UK listing indicates there are "programmable buttons," but there's no product listing yet on Hori's UK website. Read more...

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