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Targaryens and Lannisters jam together in jazzy 'Game of Thrones' tribute

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:45

By the old gods and the new, that is smooth.

YouTube user PlayerPiano pays tribute to Game of Thrones with an extra jazzy version of the theme song, featuring Daenerys Targaryen on the piano, Littlefinger on the drums and Tyrion Lannister doing the thing he does best: drinking.

This is how you jam in Westeros.

Christopher Lee's greatest hits: From Dracula to Saruman

Fearless man rescues a pigeon stuck in his fireplace

Watch Bryce Dallas Howard cry on command about Home Depot

Chris Pratt kind of looks like a dinosaur while trying to run in heels Read more...

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Rupert Murdoch ensures media dynasty as 21st Century Fox may go to his sons

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:43

Rupert Murdoch, at 84, is finally preparing to relinquish control of one part of his media empire

Murdoch is preparing to step down as CEO of 21st Century Fox, the crown jewel of his empire, according to multiple reports from CNBC and The New York Times

The Fox business includes cable, film and satellite television entities. 20th Century Fox, the movie studio, releases eclectic movies with wide appeal ranging from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to X-Men

Murdoch currently serves as the chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox and executive chairman of News Corp, the parent company of many of Murdoch's print and television properties, which split off into a separate publicly traded company in 2013. Read more...

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Former rugby league star Ben Ross suffers gruesome arm injury live on Australian TV

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:40

Things went horribly awry Thursday night when former National Rugby League star Ben Ross suffered a gruesome injury to his arm during a charity arm-wrestling match that was televised live on Australia's Nine Network

See also: Jimmy Fallon arm-wrestled with Liam Neeson and lived to tell the world

Warning: Graphic video, below

WTF just happened??? #footyshow #benross

— El Mass (@Elmassi84) June 11, 2015

Fark that is why I don't like to watch arm wrestling!!!! #footyshow @NRLFootyShow

— Matthew Kingsford (@MATT_Chew90) June 11, 2015

Ross was arm-wrestling Wendell Sailor, another former rugby league player, on The Footy Show as part of the Iron Arm Challenge for the Men of League, an organization dedicated to supporting forming rugby league players, referees and their families. Ross began to cry out in pain as soon as the injury occurred, and the show cut away to advertisements. Read more...

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30+ professional events in New York, San Francisco and more

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:30

The Mashable Events Board is a great place to list and find leading conferences in your industry, whether it's advertising, technology, media or public relations. This week, we're highlighting five events that can help move your career forward. If you don't find anything that's right for you, check out dozens of other events featured in our complete listing.


On the Events Board, you can sort listings by date added, get discount codes as a Mashable reader and watch videos of past events to get previews of what to expect. You can also follow @MashableEvents on Twitter to catch the best events before they sell out. More about Events, Communications, Social Media, Business, and Event Board
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Miss Piggy warns you to catcall her at your own risk

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:34

Kermit and Miss Piggy recently sat down with MTV for an interview to talk about feminism, and we're happy to report Kermit did not do any mansplaining

They discussed why people are afraid to identify with the feminist label, how the Muppet Show will be pro-woman and what happens when you catcall Miss Piggy (it's not pretty)

"Normally, when someone catcalls me, there's a new pothole the next day," Piggy explained

"Yes, with a head sticking out of it," chimed in her adoring green partner.

Dark parody imagines if good and bad cops had 'realistic' action figures

A capella version of 'Jurassic Park' theme song rivals the original

Barry the Bedlington terrier likes to ride his tricycle

TV on the Radio's 'Game of Thrones' theme cover encourages everyone to chill Read more...

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NASA finds glass on Mars, which could help the hunt for alien life

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:22

For the first time, a spacecraft orbiting Mars has detected glass deposits inside craters on the red planet — a possible boon in the hunt for signs of past Martian life.

Researchers think that the glass was created when impactors (meteoroids, asteroids or comets) slammed into Mars, superheating the Martian dirt and turning parts of the surface into glass

Scientists using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) were able to see glass on the surface of the red planet using the spacecraft's sensors. The new Mars glass study was published this week in the journal Geology.

Researchers on Earth have been able to learn about past life on this planet by studying glass deposits left over from impacts, so it's possible that researchers studying Mars can do the same thing with the red planet Read more...

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Two Aussies play horrible prank on their friend, telling him he killed a man

Mashable - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 00:21

Too far?

A couple of serial pranksters have crossed an invisible line when it comes to over-the-top YouTube practical jokes

Australian guys Mark Reynolds and Richy Sandham, who go by the name The Royal Stampede, asked their mate Michael to help them with their latest video. Michael is dressed in a rabbit suit and told to jump out at passersby on the streets of Adelaide

See also: Dog wants new owner because current one doesn't know when to end a prank

Unbeknownst to Michael, the prank is actually on him. As he surprises two random strangers in the street — a woman and her dad — the man feigns chest pains and drops to the ground Read more...

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This monster of a shark will make you never want to swim again

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 23:22

Call the Guinness Book of World Records because this diver may have the biggest balls of them all

A gigantic shark, one of the largest great whites ever seen by the research crew that caught the beast on video, recently swam up to several divers off the coast of Guadalupe Island. One guy was gutsy enough to reach out and shove the nearly 20-foot creature away

Is this really a shark or a new super species here to bring an end to humanity? Read more...

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Jake Owen throws Katy Perry-inspired beach party at CMT Awards

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 23:01

Jake Owen has been taking notes from Katy Perry

At the 2015 CMT Awards show, the country singer performed the track "Real Life," complete with a beachy set and carefree backup dancers. Though there was no Left Shark, there were some enthusiastic dancing donuts.

See also: 10 unforgettable performances and moments in CMT Awards history

The 33-year-old country star's laid-back performance kicked off with him being carried onto the stage in a giant bed. As one should.

From there, it was all beach party fun vibes and down home lyrics like: "This is real life in the real world/We ain’t talking to no models/We got real girls/We get real low, we get real high/It ain’t all good baby but it’s all right." Read more...

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2015 CMT Awards: Carrie Underwood wins big

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 22:54

Carrie Underwood was this year's CMT Awards golden girl

The singer took home three "Buckles," as the country music award is nicknamed, mainly for the track "Something in the Water." She also nabbed the night's biggest award, Video of the Year...which she also won last year. No big deal

See also: 10 unforgettable performances and moments in CMT Awards history

Other winners included fan favorites Florida Georgia Line and notorious hip-shaker Luke Bryan. See the list below for all of the night's big winners.

Video of the Year

WINNER: Carrie Underwood — “Something In The Water”
Darius Rucker — “Homegrown Honey”
Dierks Bentley — “Drunk On A Plane”
Florida Georgia Line — “Dirt”
Jason Aldean — “Burnin' It Down”
Kenny Chesney — “American Kids”
Lady Antebellum — “Bartender”
Lee Brice — “I Don't Dance”
Luke Bryan — “Play It Again”
Maddie & Tae — “Girl In A Country Song”
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood — “Somethin' Bad”
Sam Hunt — “Leave The Night On”
Last year's winner: Carrie Underwood — “See You Again” Read more...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Justin Bieber and Steven Tyler made the CMT Awards extra weird

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 22:48

Um, what are you guys doing here?

Wednesday's CMT Awards — if you don't know what this award show is then don't even bother — decided to spice up its more than two-hour run with a bizarre Uber parody (promoting "Gruuber"), which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Justin Bieber, Steven Tyler, Tom Arnold and James Corden, to name just a few

See also: 10 unforgettable performances and moments in CMT Awards history

What do all of these famous people have in common? They are not country music artists — hence our bewilderment at spotting them during the CMTs. (The Biebs did admit to being a Luke Bryan fan, though.) Read more...

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BMW's new 7 Series is the luxury car of the future, here today

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 22:45

For luxury automakers, large flagship sedans are an opportunity for the company to show off the latest and greatest tech and BMW's new 7 Series is no exception.

The German automaker pulled the wraps off the newest version of its 7 Series Wednesday and with it comes many technological firsts for a mainstream(ish) car

See also: Speed demon: One man's mission to make his Tesla go faster

Most notably is the employment of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) within the car's passenger cell. BMW made a huge investment into the production of CFRP, which is lighter and stronger than steel and aluminum, for its i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid and the 7 Series heralds its incorporation with the rest of BMWs lineup. Read more...

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Dark parody imagines if good and bad cops had 'realistic' action figures

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 22:28

Nothing is off-limits for comedy — not even law enforcement officers

Above Average has created a snarky parody commercial for "Good Cop/Bad Cop" action figures. You can choose to be an upstanding boy in blue, or decide that the law is totally beneath you! Mediate situations and protect protesters as Good Cop, or use excessive force and racial profiling as Bad Cop!

You decide how to police the city!

A capella version of 'Jurassic Park' theme song rivals the original

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The Leica Q is a lust-worthy camera, if only it wasn't so pricey

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 22:11

Leica's got a new camera, and like every camera its ever sold it's powerful and crazy expensive.

The $4,250 Leica Q is the German company's latest camera with a full-frame image sensor (that's the real professional quality stuff, for you regular shooters). It packs 24-megapixels; ISO 10 to 50,000; and 10 frames per second continuous shooting.

See also: Sony announces trio of cameras that record 4K video, starting at $1,000

Around back, there's a 3.68-million dot electronic viewfinder, which is one of the highest resolution ones on any camera, and a 3-inch touchscreen. Like on a smartphone, you can tap on the touchscreen to autofocus on objects. Read more...

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Virtual reality amusement park in China will include a virtual zoo

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 21:46

Despite major efforts from the likes of Facebook's Oculus Rift and Samsung's Gear VR, virtual reality is still a largely niche technology

But one entertainment group has decided that VR is indeed the future of entertainment and plans to build an entire live experience around the technology in China

See also: Japan’s ‘Cardboard Theater’ uses your tablet to create a private movie house

Developed by the Landmark Entertainment Group, the company behind immersive entertainment experiences such as Universal’s "Jurassic Park: The Ride," and "The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman 5D," the L.I.V.E. Centre (Landmark Interactive Virtual Experience) will feature up to four hours of virtual reality content for visitors Read more...

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With iOS 9, HomeKit will get smarter and more powerful

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 21:38

SAN FRANCISCO — When iOS 9 launches this fall, it will include updated and enhanced support for HomeKit.

Although Apple briefly mentioned changes coming to HomeKit during Monday's WWDC 2015 keynote, the company went into more detail about what those changes entail in a session about what's new in HomeKit for developers.

See also: These are the first five Apple HomeKit-enabled devices

Apple announced a number of new accessory types — including security systems and mechanical blinds — but there is more stuff coming to HomeKit and iOS 9.

Scenes and Triggers

The original HomeKit allowed developers to create "scenes" that let certain actions take place, based on location, devices available and other conditions. In iOS 9, Apple will now make it easier for developers to use scenes by having four pre-defined scene templates that can be customized based on a certain scenario. Read more...

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Brittany Snow has 'Pitch Perfect' withdrawal at CMT awards

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 21:27

The CMT Awards are channeling a whole lot of Pitch Perfect.

The country music awards show, hosted this year by Pitch Perfect star Brittany Snow and sportscaster Erin Andrews, opened with a special mini performance by Nashville a cappella group the Belmont Bellas — a perfect nod to Pitch Perfect's group the Bellas. They even dressed up in the same kitschy flight attendant garb.

See also: Carrie Underwood leads all CMT Music Awards nominees with 5 nods

Andrews invited the group on stage to sing about "all the talented women in country music" and her obsessive Carrie Underwood crush.

"We love all our country girls/From Dolly and Reba/To Maddie and Tae," the Bellas trilled. Read more...

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These hospital drug pumps may be hackable in fatal ways, report says

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 21:23

Drug pumps used in thousands of hospitals around the world may be vulnerable to hacking in potentially fatal ways.

There are five types of drug pumps that can be hacked, according to Wired. The pumps are made by Hospira, a leading provider of the machines. One of the pumps, the Plum A+, is used in over 325,000 hospitals around the world

See also: Hackers Breach Hospital Network, Steal 4.5 Million Patient Records

In a statement to Mashable, Hospira said there have been no instances of breaches on its devices in a clinical setting. The company also said it is working with the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to help customers address the vulnerabilities. Read more...

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This guy will divorce his wife if gay marriage passes in Australia

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 21:16

A couple in Canberra want all you same sex lovers out there to know you're about to ruin a perfectly good marriage.

Posing on the cover of Canberra CityNews with his wife Sarah, Nick Jensen writes that despite the couple's 10 years of marriage and their children, the two will divorce if the Australian government changes the definition of marriage to recognise same sex couples.

See also: 80 years since Alcoholics Anonymous began, glimpse inside a 1965 meeting

Alrighty then.

As Christians, he goes on, they believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman. "The truth is, 'marriage' is simply too important," he writes. "It has always been understood to be that exclusive relationship where one man and one woman become 'one flesh.'" Read more...

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Police investigate Uber rider's claim that L.A. driver sexually assaulted her

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 21:12

An Uber X passenger has accused a driver of sexually assaulting her during a ride on June 3 in Los Angeles County, after he took her some twelve miles south of where she said she lived.

The passenger, a thirty-something L.A. resident, said in a Facebook update posted Tuesday that the driver assaulted her after picking her up in the early morning hours in Los Angeles's Koreatown neighborhood and driving her to Gardena, a city in the region's South Bay

"I'm writing this because I believe I have no other recourse," the post begins.

See also: Uber CEO: 'I'm not perfect and neither is this company' Read more...

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