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Rand Paul's new app has a ridiculous 'Space Invaders' Easter eggOpen in a New Window


Apparently not content with being out-weirded by Donald Trump, Rand Paul just gave us a bizarre reminder of his ambitions for the 2016 presidential race

The Kentucky Senator's campaign released a new app Wednesday with one very strange (and hilarious) Easter egg hidden inside.

The new app (iOS and Android) has much of what you'd expect from a presidential candidate: a feed of campaign-related news, opinion polls, links to donate and signup as a volunteer, along with information about Paul's stance on issues like immigration and education Read more...

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NASA's Curiosity rover found a hovering 'spoon' on MarsOpen in a New Window


Never mind life on Mars. Is there cutlery?

A long spoon-shaped rock appears to hover over Mars in a photo taken by the Curiosity rover. The feature was spotted by a person posting to the Unmanned Spaceflight message board run by the Planetary Society.

Of course, it isn't actually a kitchen utensil placed carefully on a rock by some mischievous Martian. The spoon-shaped structure is likely a ventifact, "a rock shaped by wind," according to NASA

There is no spoon. This weird Mars feature is likely a ventifact—a rock shaped by wind. Info:

— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) September 2, 2015

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Obama finishes Alaska trip as fish finishes on his shoeOpen in a New Window


President Barack Obama is not above making a good sex joke.

If you're out of the loop on all things Obama, the president has been on a historic trip to Alaska this week highlighting the physical effects of climate change. Obama stopped at Kanakanak Beach in Dillingham, Alaska, on Wednesday to discuss the fishing industry when he found himself in a particularly funny situation.

According to the travel pool report, Obama was handling a large silver salmon when suddenly, the fish released its milt, the sperm-containing fluid that a male fish ejaculates in order to fertilize eggs that the female fish has already laid Read more...

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GOP circulates loyalty pledge in a bid to rein in TrumpOpen in a New Window


GOP leaders are quietly asking the party's 2016 presidential candidates to sign a pledge that they will not run for president if they do no secure the nomination, according to multiple outlets.

It's a move that seems aimed at hemming in the current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who has so far refused to promise that he won't run as an independent candidate — thereby splitting the GOP vote — if he doesn't win the nomination

The pledge being passed out to the candidates reads:

I, ______________, affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, regardless of who it is.

I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek to accept the nomination for president of any other party. Read more...

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Idris Elba has the perfect response to 'James Bond' author's 'too street' commentsOpen in a New Window


Anthony Horowitz, the decorated British author who sparked criticism with his remarks that Idris Elba is "too street" to play James Bond, ended up tweeting an apology on Tuesday, saying he was "mortifed" that his comments had caused offense.

Giving the author more reason for mortification, Elba himself responded to the comments with a choice Instagram post.

Elba, who has long been championed on the Internet as the perfect candidate for the role, posted a screen cap of an article regarding Horowitz's apology, responding ever-so-classily: "Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts," adding, "Learned that from the Street!!" Read more...

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Drones and Snapchat: How Made in America is trying to outdo itselfOpen in a New Window


Everything is looking up — literally — for the Budweiser Made in America music festival this Labor Day weekend

The fourth annual festival in Philadelphia, founded by Budweiser and curated each year by Jay Z, is taking an elevated approach to this year's events. For the first time ever, there will be a drone capturing aerial shots of both days of concerts, as well as elevated viewing structures for hundreds of audience members

About 70,000 people will attend each day's shows, headlined by Beyoncé on Sept. 5 and the Weeknd on Sept. 6

"I've wanted to have a drone there for two years and it's always been an obstacle," Brian Perkins, the vice president of Budweiser, tells Mashable. "I just think it's going to offer another perspective and another point of view." Read more...

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Pornhub wants to give you $25,000 for college (and you can keep your clothes on)Open in a New Window


Pornhub doesn't just care about your — ahem — leisure activities, it also cares about your education.

The adult website's latest endeavor involves giving out a $25,000 scholarship to college students all over the world as part of its campaign, Pornhub Cares — and no, the application actually has nothing to do with porn, sex or any kind of "favors" you can think of.

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Instead, interested applicants must write a 1000-1500 word essay answering the following question: “How do you strive to make others happy?” Along with the essay, applicants have to submit a 2-to-5 minute video that "elaborates on the good work that you do and anything else that you might want to say." Read more...

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Tesla Model 3 preorders to begin March 2016, production in 2 yearsOpen in a New Window


The luxurious Model S sedan and Model X crossover helped start the conversation around Tesla, but the $35,000 Model 3 hopes to be the car that brings electric vehicles to the mass market.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that preorders for the Model 3 would begin in March 2016, with production starting in two years. Musk said that Tesla's Gigafactory must be operational for Model 3 production.

This news confirms previous reports that Tesla would unveil the Model 3 in March 2016, though it doesn't necessarily mean that this timeline would be followed strictly. The Model X SUV was initially supposed to launch in 2013 after a February 2012 debut, but the first preorder customers were only able to configure their cars Tuesday. Read more...

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Obama's campaign logo looks a lot like Donald TrumpOpen in a New Window


Turn that logo upside down

While Donald Trump's official campaign logo for the 2016 election has a powerful message— "Make America Great Again!"— the presidential wannabe should really consider replacing it with a modification of President Barack Obama's logo.

Matthew Gordon, an interactive developer by day and now part-time campaign advisor (not really) noticed that if Trump were to flip Obama's logo and change the color scheme a bit, the emblem has an incredible resemblance to The Donald himself

Just noticed how well the Obama logo works for Trump with some simple color changes and

— Matthew Gordon (@ratherironic) September 2, 2015

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In a room filled with gin and tonic vapour, don't expect to get drunkOpen in a New Window


A room filled with alcohol mist might sound like a wild night out, but don't expect it to get you wasted

As part of the Australian production Fear & Delight, a dinner theatre spectacle at the Brisbane Festival, a room is filled with vaporised gin and tonic for the audience to absorb through their lungs and eyes

This is in collaboration with UK-based culinary designers, Bompas and Parr, whose previous vaporised cocktail experience in London provided a similar, alcoholic fog induced experience

Although it may sound like a dangerous experiment, Hackensack University Medical Center pulmonologist Eugene Santomauro isn't concerned about it from a medical standpoint Read more...

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You can now have an entire conversation in Kanye West emojiOpen in a New Window


I'm sure your emojis look great and imma let you finish but ... Kanye West emojis could be the greatest of all time! A just-released keyboard app lets you express your inner Yeezy in modern parlance, a.k.a. emojis.

The app, first spotted by Complex, could come in handy for pledging your support for Kanye West's planned presidential run in 2020. West announced his intention to run during a rambling monologue onstage at MTV's Video Music Awards. You can download the app here.


Image: Mashable composite

It's worth noting that they're not true emojis, like those built-in to mobile operating systems. They're really just images you're copying and pasting into your text messages. It's also iOS-only right now, sorry Android Yeezy lovers Read more...

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Sex, death and sadness: A look inside Miley's free 'Dead Petz' albumOpen in a New Window


LOS ANGELES — Like a shadow but with a smell, the potent scent of marijuana followed Miley Cyrus into the MTV Video Music Awards' press room. Minutes earlier on the VMAs stage, she released a surprise album for people to stream for free on SoundCloud

"Even though I'm not old, I've been doing this shit for a while," the 22-year-old experimental pop star told photographers and journalists, some of whom have been documenting her life since she became Disney's Hannah Montana half her lifetime ago at 11.

Wearing a pink hair bow with a pig snout attached, paired with pink inflatable "DO IT" letters on her matching skin-tight dress, Cyrus passed a lit joint to the photographers Read more...

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6 strategies for hiring exceptional senior leadershipOpen in a New Window


This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.

It’s no easy task to hire highly talented people with the expertise and personal qualities that align with your company's trajectory and values.

Finding great senior-level talent is both critically important and formidable, particularly for fast-growth companies. Bringing on new senior leadership at the right time can be a huge boon for the company's growth (and for your own career), while hiring mistakes at the executive level can be devastating Read more...

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Every music video is better with Doug the PugOpen in a New Window


Doug the Pug has proven that he's great at recreating the lives of celebrities, but what can a dog truly offer in terms of artistic creativity. Apparently a lot.

Although the Internet's favorite smoosh-face has never been featured in a popular musician's music video, he has created his own. But that wasn't enough for Doug, so he just placed himself into a ton of popular music videos, and recreated some others.

From Jay Z to One Direction and Beyoncé, a little bit of Doug in a music video is a vast improvement.

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Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over unflattering toy hamsterOpen in a New Window


Journalist and news anchor Harris Faulkner has no interest in becoming an action figure. Especially if that action figure happens to be a rodent.

The Fox News anchor has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Hasbro over a toy hamster that bears her name and is part of the company's "Little Pet Shop" line. The hamster has heavily made-up eyes, and a curled lock of brown hair — overall a very cute rodent, all things considered.


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However, Faulkner does not find the comparison to be favorable. According to the official complaint, Faulkner finds the toy hamster to be "extremely concerning and distressing," and claims the company crafted the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll to closely resemble her appearance: Read more...

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President Obama is wandering around Alaska with a selfie stickOpen in a New Window


There's now another reason for the Republicans to dislike Barack Obama.

The leader of the free world, the president of these United States, has been spotted with a selfie stick during his trip to Alaska.

Obama was seen with the device during his three-day trip to the Alaskan Arctic, in hopes of highlighting climate change issues. The White House has been busy documenting his adventure, even giving Obama a selfie stick and GoPro (he's reached peak Millennial) to share his point-of-view

Watch @POTUS go behind the camera in Alaska to talk about the impacts of climate change:

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 2, 2015

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'Star Wars' is getting an X-Wing emoji on TwitterOpen in a New Window


The new Star Wars movie doesn't hit theaters until December, but the Disney hype machine is working in full — wait for it — force.

Adding fuel to the fire is an X-Wing emoji Disney unveiled Wednesday as it begins an 18-hour YouTube event, during which all the new Star Wars toys will be unboxed by popular personalities. To activate the emoji, just tweet a specific Star Wars hashtag starting at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday — #ForceFriday, #Resistance, #XWing, #StarWarsXWing, #PoeDameron, #PoesXWing, #OscarIsaac or #Jakku — and the X-Wing emoji will appear to your heart's content.

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Kid perfectly trolls his parents with iPhone text hackOpen in a New Window


There are plenty of techniques out there to help you convince your parents to let you do something you want, but when all else fails, you can always outsmart them with technology

Redditor nasshole tricked his parents into agreeing to letting him throw a party by simply adjusting their text shortcuts on their phone. So, whenever his mother typed "no" it would appear as "HELL YES." And whenever his father said "no" it would say "WHERE THE BITCHES AT."

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We have a feeling that the party went well. Or maybe nasshole's Internet access was taken away because he hasn't posted since submitting the conversation on Sunday. Read more...

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You'll never feel more awkward than when watching exes talk about their failed relationshipOpen in a New Window


If you could ask your ex anything, what would you ask?

In a new video from Glamour, Ali and Andrew — who dated for seven years and broke up two years ago — ask each other a whole host of questions. They discuss their favorite memories, what they would change about their time together and ... oh, why exactly Andrew cheated on Ali so much. He is not sure, for the record.

In the words of Ali, "This is real heavy shit."

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Bryan Cranston flawlessly transforms into LBJ for HBO movieOpen in a New Window


When Walter White was on the run in Breaking Bad, visiting an experienced makeup artist would have been an effective way to shake any of the many people who wanted him and/or Heisenberg dead off his scent

Someone like the makeup artist that turned Bryan Cranston into President Lyndon B. Johnson

Cranston will play the former president in HBO's adaptation of LBJ Broadway show All the Way, which Cranston won a Tony for. From the first look of Cranston in character, it's obvious that his makeup artist went all the way to perfect the transformation

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Avril Lavigne announced her divorce from Chad Kroeger on InstagramOpen in a New Window


Marriage is complicated. Even if you're two of the most famous Canadian musicians in the world — and you share the bond of being frequently ridiculed by the general public — it can be hard to make things work

And this brutal summer of celebrity heartache isn't over yet. After being plagued by breakup rumors for the entirety of their relationship, Avril Lavigne and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger are officially divorcing. Rest in peace, Chavril.

Avril posted an Instagram sharing the news with her fans, writing, "Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we've created many unforgettable moments." Read more...

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Google's original logo designer reflects on a 'bittersweet' runOpen in a New Window


Google's decision this week to make the most significant change yet to its iconic logo in 16 years set off a fury of responses online: 9,500 comments on Google's blog post, countless tweets and articles for and against the redesign

But arguably no one had a more personal reaction to the logo change than Ruth Kedar, the graphic designer who created the original logo in 1999.

"I am the quote unquote mother of the previous child who has gone away and come back in a slightly modified form, so I’m adjusting to that," Kedar said in a phone interview with Mashable on Wednesday

She refuses to cast judgment on the design changes too quickly. "I'm still wrapping my head around it." Read more...

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Beluga whale masterfully photobombs entire press conferenceOpen in a New Window


A new bar has been set in the world of animal photobombs

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy held a very serious press conference at Mystic Aquarium on Wednesday, speaking about the state's tourism growth. Now while that seems important and very informative, the true takeaway from the briefing was that the aquarium has a very awesome beluga whale named Juno

During the entire 15-minute press conference, which was held conveniently in front of a beluga whale enclosure, Juno decided he needed some attention and proceeded to photobomb Mystic Aquarium and Sea Research Foundation President and CEO Stephan Coan, as well as Gov. Dan Malloy, the entire time Read more...

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Meet your new 'Daily Show' correspondentsOpen in a New Window


Trevor Noah won't be the only one debuting in a new role on The Daily Show this season

In an announcement Wednesday, The Daily Show introduced a few new additions to its current line-up of correspondents: Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic, and Roy Wood, Jr

Here's a handy crash course on these new cast members:

Ronny Chieng

Stand up comedian Ronny Chieng was born in Malaysia, raised in New Hampshire and Singapore, and up until this new gig, had been residing in Australia, where he has opened for Dave Chappelle and Bob Saget on their standup tours. Read more...

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Apple's News app now has more than 50 publishing partnersOpen in a New Window


When Apple's News app debuts alongside iOS 9 later this fall, it will come with a lot of content from publishers across the spectrum.

First announced at WWDC 2015, Apple's News app is similar to Flipboard and other news readers, with the purpose of offering the best news reading experience it can for users.

At WWDC, 18 publishers and 50 titles were announced as coming to News. Now Apple has signed more than 50 publisher agreements for hundreds of titles. The publishers run the gamut from old to new and include The New York Times, Conde Nast, Hearst, Wenner Media, The Washington Post, Reuters, CNN, Bloomberg and VoxMashable has also signed on with the new News app. Read more...

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How your smartphone can tell if you're boredOpen in a New Window


Add "boredom detector" to the seemingly endless list of things your smartphone can do. A group of researchers say they've developed an algorithm that can suss this out by looking at your mobile activity, considering factors like the time since you last had a call or text, the time of day, and how intensely you're using the phone

The work, which was conducted by several researchers at Telefonica Research in Barcelona, Spain, will be presented at the UbiComp ubiquitous computing conference in Japan next week. The researchers found that looking at this kind of data gave a reliable prediction of boredom as often as 83% of the time. The researchers also went a step further by sending bored smartphone users an alert to check out an article on BuzzFeed — which people who were judged to be bored clicked on more often than people who weren't Read more...

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Tensions rise in Budapest as police block refugees and migrants from trainsOpen in a New Window


Hundreds of people staged demonstrations outside the main train station in Budapest on Wednesday, chanting "Freedom" as after police blocked refugees and migrants from boarding trains bound for other European countries.

Most are headed to Germany and Austria, seeking asylum there and in other wealthy European Union countries. By evening, some locals had joined them on the streets as they shouted in police in English and in Arabic, demanding to be allowed to board trains.

An estimated 3,000 people are now believed to be camped out at the station as authorities continue to block those without European visas or travel documents from boarding trains. The station was closed temporarily one day earlier, and on Wednesday, riot police were deployed. Read more...

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Badass French surfer can still shred in high heelsOpen in a New Window


Getting dressed is so easy for Maud Le Car. She can catch a few waves, then head straight to a fancy dinner. No outfit change required.

While some of us have trouble even standing up in a pair of stilettos, Le Car — an accomplished athlete — can not only stand, but surf. Like on the water.

Take this as your daily reminder that glamour and athleticism are not mutually exclusive.

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A 20-foot mural honoring Ronda Rousey's awesomeness now existsOpen in a New Window


The time has finally come for Ronda Rousey to be immortalized in Los Angeles street art.

A new 20-foot mural by Los Angeles artist Jonas Never features the UFC champ herself, fists raised and ready to raise hell. The painting appears on the side of Clutch, a Mexican restaurant in Venice Beach, California

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Northern Illinois manhunt widens after officer's shooting deathOpen in a New Window


As family and friends mourned the death of Fox Lake (Illinois) Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, authorities widened their search for the three suspects in his shooting death, reviewing surveillance footage and searching for leads.

In a press conference Wednesday, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force commander George Filenko said that more than 100 officers from multiple agencies were involved in the search Wednesday, and that authorities are searching every lead, including a number from social media

#BREAKING: Mood around #FoxLake dept - "tenacious, focused, energetic, know exactly what their mission is and hoping for best outcome."

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethFox32) September 2, 2015

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