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Australia to Deploy 600 Military Personnel to Middle East to Fight ISIS

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 5:46am

SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Australia will send 600 military personnel to the Middle East as part of an international bid to fight the Islamic State (ISIS).

During a press conference in Darwin, Northern Territory on Sunday, Abbott said he would deploy 400 air personnel and 200 military personnel after a specific request from Washington to join the United States in moving forces in to the region.

See also: Australia Raises Terror Threat Alert Level to High, Meaning Attack 'Likely'

“The government has decided to prepare and to deploy to the United Arab Emirates a military force,” Abbott said. The United Arab Emirates would serve as a base for the operation. Read more...

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10 Job Openings Around the Country, Including Some You Can Do From Home

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 1:00am

Are you on the job hunt? The Mashable Job Board is the ideal place to search for your next big move. More than 3,000 employers in tech and digital have posted on our board, and they're looking to fill positions from Mashable's community.

Each week, we highlight 10 recently posted openings. Check out some of this week's newest listings, below, and be sure to read our Job Search Series for valuable career tips.

Position: Web Analytics Manager
Location: San Francisco, California

POPSUGAR, the leader in online media for women and recently named to the "10 San Francisco Tech Companies You Wish You Worked For" by WIRED (, is looking for an energetic Web Analytics Manager to help us deploy and manage Adobe Analytics across our web, mobile and video platforms.POPSUGAR develops high-performance web properties with an audience of over 30 million monthly visitors. If you like working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with a dynamic team of engaged executives, in-the-know editors, and expert engineers, we want to hear from you! Read more...

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Juggling Classes and Career: 8 Tips for Holding Down a Job in College

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 12:40am

For college students considering balancing their classes with a full- or part-time job, the idea of splitting time between coursework and a budding career can be daunting.

Getting your resume together, searching for jobs and going through interviews is time-consuming — and you can easily make the excuse about focusing on school and "the college experience" — but it is possible to simultaneously work and go to school. You just might learn more about yourself than you can imagine.

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Whether you’re starting your own business, working on campus or waiting tables at a nearby restaurant, everyone faces difficulties while trying to juggle multiple priorities. I started my company while I was in college, and learned some valuable lessons through trial and error. Below are a few tips that may help students in similar situations achieve balance with work, school and fun Read more...

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Trial Held in North Korea for American Who Violated Tourist Status

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 12:12am

PYONGYANG, North Korea — A trial has been held in North Korea for U.S. citizen Matthew Miller, who had been detained since April.

See also: North Korea Supports Scottish Independence

The trial was held Sunday morning. Details were not immediately available.

Miller, 24, of Bakersfield, California, was detained for violating his tourist status when he entered the country. The specific charges or punishment he could face were not announced before the trial. He is believed to have torn up his visa at Pyongyang's airport and demanded asylum.

A trial is also expected soon for Jeffrey Fowle, 56, who entered the North as a tourist but was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a provincial club. A third American, Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae, is serving out a 15-year sentence for alleged "hostile acts." Read more...

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5 Can't-Miss Apps: 'Lego Star Wars' and More

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 11:50pm

With Apple finally unveiling its latest iPhones and highly anticipated smartwatch, you may have overlooked some of this week's best new apps

Luckily, Mashable creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out.

See also: 8 Fantastic Fitness Apps to Keep You Motivated

This week's list includes the latest from Lego, Afterlight's Windows Phone debut and an app for texting tacos

Check out the gallery, above, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you're looking for more, check out last week's roundup of can't-miss apps for football fans. Read more...

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How to Save Money by Adding Vacation Time to Your Next Business Trip

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:45pm

Have you ever taken a weekend trip in a city you traveled to for work? If the answer's yes, you've partaken in "bleisure" travel, an increasingly popular trend and likely the worst portmanteau ever created.

Despite its terrible name, combining work and play on the road makes a lot of sense

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For starters, money has already been saved on transportation, according to Hotwire president Henrik Kjellberg, who credits money savings as a driver behind the trend. "It's increasing even more among younger travelers," Kjellberg told Mashable. "I think the key reason is that airfares are higher." Read more...

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Astrophysicist Invents a $110 Earthquake Warning System

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:55pm

In the early hours of Aug. 24, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake jolted Californians awake in terror across the Bay Area. But one UC Berkeley professor received five seconds of warning from a $110 homemade device. Now, Josh Bloom has gone public with his invention to drive investment in a statewide early earthquake warning system

California already has a warning system network called Shake Alert, but lacks the political will to fund the five-year process of building it out into a robust public warning system

See also: Satellite Maps Use Stunning Colors to Show Napa Quake's Impact

Nobody can predict when an earthquake will occur. However, an earthquake's shockwaves move at the speed of sound, whereas digital messages move at the speed of light. When seismographs detect an earthquake's early, imperceptible waves they can warn the areas around the epicenter before the more dangerous waves hit. Both Mexico and Japan have warning systems like this - Tokyo received an estimated 80 seconds of warning before the 2011 quake Read more...

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Ray Rice Makes First Appearance Since New Elevator Video Released

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:57pm

Ray Rice attended a high school football game Saturday — his first public appearance since a February surveillance camera video of him knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in an elevator was shared with the media.

Rice, who was cut from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely from playing for the NFL after the video was released, went to the game at New Rochelle High School in southeastern New York with his wife and daughter. He was also accompanied by his mother and former classmates as he watched from the sidelines, according to multiple news reports

See also: Can We Rehabilitate Domestic Abusers Like Ray Rice? Read more...

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11 Awesome Moments From 'The Simpsons' Live Show

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:05pm

LOS ANGELES — Hank Azaria kicked off The Simpsons Take the Bowl live show Friday evening with a warning to the audience of devotees: The cast hadn't had a chance to rehearse much, so there might be some rough moments

And, sure, it turned out to be a fair disclaimer

See also: A Sneak Peek at the 'Simpsons'-'Family Guy' Crossover We Can't Wait For

Some singing cues were missed, some moments of confusion were seen and some exits were clunky. But, really, no one cared

Why? Because it's impossible to be unhappy when watching Conan O'Brien sing about monorails in a red blazer. Totally unacceptable to be displeased watching Michael Jackson sound-alike Kipp Lennon sing "Happy Birthday Lisa" with Nancy Cartwright (Bart). And it's practically illegal to not enjoy a Weird Al performance. (In this case, the singer performed his "Jack and Diane" parody, "Homer and Marge.") Read more...

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ISIS Kills Third Western Captive, a British Aid Worker, in New Video

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 7:37pm

The Islamic State militant group has killed a third western captive: British aid worker David Haines.

The group posted a video of the killing online Saturday. It is shot in the same style as videos depicting the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The masked executioner, speaking in a British accent, wears a mask and black clothing. Haines can be seen in an orange shirt. Another captive, identified as Alan Henning, a British citizen, is shown in similar garb.

Haines' killer threatened Henning, also an aid worker, may be next, much like Sotloff's killer did for Haines in an earlier video. The killers appear to be the same person. Read more...

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Rage Knows No Age: EDM Grandma Parties Hard at Surprise Zedd Concert

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:23pm

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Zedd sneaked into a large freight container, the type you see piled onto cargo trains, Friday night at Pier 9 for a secret concert. Once inside, the Grammy-winning "Clarity" DJ felt it being lifted to an elevated stage, where the container's doors dramatically opened to reveal his surprise appearance

"No one knows I'm here," Zedd, the electronic-dance music producer, told Mashable an hour before hitting the stage around 10 p.m. ET. "I want them to remember this night as a unique memory and as something they've never seen."

See also: U2's Manager Responds to Backlash: If You Don't Like This Gift, Delete It Read more...

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'Batman' Director Zack Snyder Jokingly Tweets Image of Stormtrooper's Arrest

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:41pm

It seems the latest villain to terrorize Gotham City is a Stormtrooper.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder tweeted an image Saturday of a Stormtrooper being arrested by the Gotham City Police Department with the caption "Case closed."


— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 13, 2014

See also: The First Official Image of the Batmobile From 'Batman v Superman'

Snyder was most likely poking fun at a recent, false rumor that the Batmobile had been stolen from the set of the new Batman film, suggesting it was the work of a soldier from Star Wars' Galactic Empire Read more...

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Liberian President Calls on Obama to Step Up Ebola Outbreak Aid Efforts

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:27pm

The Ebola virus outbreak currently holding West Africa in its grip has prompted the president of Liberia to publicly plead for help from U.S. President Barack Obama

In a report in The New York Times, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, is quoted desperately asking for assistance before the country descends into an unmanageable state

See also: Number of New Ebola Cases Increasing 'Exponentially' in Liberia, WHO Warns

"I am being honest with you when I say that at this rate, we will never break the transmission chain and the virus will overwhelm us," said 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Johnson Sirleaf in a letter to president Obama on Tuesday, according to the report Read more...

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Ukraine Government Repels Rebel Attack on Airport

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:01pm

LUHANSK, Ukraine — A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev's consent, yet met with silence by Ukraine's top leaders.

"Early in the morning, we entered Ukraine to bring aid to Luhansk," said Yury Stepanov, a Russian who was overseeing the convoy. "We came in around 215 vehicles," he added, as workers unloaded boxes into a local warehouse.

See also: Ukraine President: 70% of Russian Troops Have Left

The much-needed aid arrived, as fighting flared again between pro-Russian rebels and government forces, further imperiling an already fragile cease-fire in the region. Read more...

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Groundskeeper Willie of 'The Simpsons' Makes Plea for Scottish Independence

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:32pm

Listen up, people of Scotland: Groundskeeper Willie has some political advice for you

The beloved Simpsons character is taking a stand in a video recently released by Fox, saying he is pro-independence. Scotland will be voting on Sept. 18 to decide if the country will separate from the United Kingdom

See also: Young People in Scotland Want Independence

In the video, the kilt-wearing Springfield Elementary School janitor makes a case for independence, touting the country's oil reserves and whiskey-making capabilities

"Scotland is the home to two-thirds of Europe’s oil reserves," Willie says. "Notice how in no country rich in oil does a man wear pants. We also make a fine damn whiskey. And we spell whiskey right, too!” (Scots prefer spelling it "whisky.") Read more...

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15 Types of Sexts That Charge Up Your Love Life

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:30pm

Sexts are the love letters of the Millennial era

In less than three texts, you can start a fiery romance on par with that of Bogart and Bacall, Johnny and June, Kim K. and Kanye. That may be a serious stretch, but we can certainly dream

See also: 11 Incredibly Awkward Sexts Gone Wrong

There are so many different ways to let a special someone know that you're thinking of them (naked), but finding the right approach can be tricky. But you're an adult; you'll figure it out.

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

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All-Electric Car Race Ends in Crash With No Flames, But Plenty of Sparks

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 1:55pm

Mixing perilous motorsports and environmental awareness sounds cool, but in the end, no amount of earth-loving eco-tech can defy the realities of racing — namely crashing

The FIA Formula E Championship in Beijing, which only features cars running on electric power, kicked off with the inaugural race of its first season on Saturday, which runs until June 2015. Saturday's race went smoothly until the end, when a major crash put a damper on the festivities

See also: NASCAR Adds New Rule on Exiting Cars After Accidents

As drivers Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost approached one of the final turns, Prost — attempting to prevent Heidfeld from taking the lead — collided with him, sending Heidfeld's car flying over one of the track dividers Read more...

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9 Stunning Images of the Aurora Borealis Over the U.S.

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 1:26pm

Thanks to the occurrence of two solar flare-induced geomagnetic storms this week, New England's sky was lit up with the Aurora Borealis

Usually the dazzling colors are only visible in regions like Iceland, Norway and Finland, but America got a small dose of the kaleidoscope of colors on Friday

See also: NASA Launches Rocket Into Aurora, Further Proves Science Is Awesome

Overcast conditions did make it harder to witness the phenomenon, but some lucky sky-gazers managed to capture the breathtaking sight and share the images on social media

Take a look at views of the Aurora Borealis from states like Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire — and even an out-of-this word image taken by astronaut Reid Wiseman Read more...

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18 Whimsical London Fashion Week Photos That Will Make You Smile

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 1:08pm

Some people think of British fashion as prim and coquettish, probably with ruffles — you know, something you could wear to a polo match. On the contrary

London Fashion Week, which started Friday, proves the UK has its own brand of fashion whimsy. Designers and tastemakers are eager to share their style sense through garments and accessories. With cartoonish colors and cheeky statement jewelry, Brits continue their time-honored tradition of challenging the style status quo.

See also: 17 Things I Learned About Fashion From Models' Backstage Instagrams

It's only day two of London Fashion Week, and our heads can't stop spinning. From neon vinyl and fuzzy sandals to ironic swim caps, here are the favorite finds that made us smile: Read more...

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Apple Deal Sheds Light on McDonald's Digital Transformation

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:33pm

Along with the list of expected partners for Apple Pay this week was a bit of a surprise: McDonald's

How did the Golden Arches, not an outfit known for its association with cutting-edge technology and gadgets, get on Tim Cook's radar? It turns out the partnership was the fruit of a year-long effort that began with the hiring of Amazon exec Atif Rafiq last October

See also: The Apple Watch Compared to the Smartwatch Competition

Rafiq, the SVP and global digital officer at McDonald's, calls himself "Employee No. 1 for McDigital" at the fast-food chain. He oversees a unit that now includes two-dozen execs from PayPal, Yahoo, Tesco and Ticketmaster, among other companies. In June, the company also opened a San Francisco office on Market St. right near Yelp's headquarters. That proximity was integral to the Apple deal, Rafiq says Read more...

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