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Carrie Fisher's amazing dog should be in 'Star Wars'Open in a New Window

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It's cool that Star Wars is coming back, mostly because that means more public appearances from Carrie Fisher's French bulldog, Gary

The adorable pup makes a pretty good Princess Leia himself, and has captured the hearts of Fishers' co-stars like Daisy Ridley. Carrie and Gary appeared at the Star Wars Celebration together and he is a natural on the red carpet

Gary is a therapy dog that helps Fisher deal with her bi-polar disorder. "Gary is mental also. My mother says Gary is a hooligan. Gary is like my heart," Fisher told The Herald Tribune. "Gary is very devoted to me and that calms me down. He’s anxious when he’s away from me." Read more...

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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett loses iPhone with 250 guitar riffsOpen in a New Window

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Metallica fans despair: The band looks to have lost 250 riffs.

Their guitarist Kirk Hammett said in 2012 he'd come up with some 400 riffs for the band's forthcoming 10th album but he's just admitted 250 of them were recorded to a smartphone he lost six months ago.

“I put riffs on my iPhone, but something very unfortunate happened to me about six months ago," he told Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta in an interview transcribed by Blabbermouth.

"I lost my iPhone [containing] 250 musical ideas. And I was crushed. It didn’t get backed up.” Read more...

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This week on 'The Voice': Top 10 performOpen in a New Window

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"Something's going on tonight," host Carson Daly said after 17-year-old Koryn Hawthorne took the stage. Seriously, though. Something must have been in the water backstage on Monday night, because wow did some of these singers bring their A-game. The night wasn't without fault, though, as the coaches gave some criticism of a few performers (include Joshua Davis and Corey Kent White). But all in all, the admired performances were some of the best yet

One thing's for sure — Pharrell's reactions say it all. He was really feeling the following singers tonight, as were we: Read more...

Top 3 performances

Team Christina: Kimberly Nichole, "Something's Got A Hold On Me"

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Emilia Clarke's 'Game of Thrones' body double could even fool dragonsOpen in a New Window

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Every queen (even the Mother of Dragons) needs a decoy to help do her bidding. Likewise, Emilia Clarke needs a Daenerys body double.

Metro UK reports that actress and model Rosie Mac has taken on the task for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, and her selfies show that Mac is a dead ringer for Emilia Clarke. It's like The Parent Trap, but in Westeros.

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Happy birthday Ma'am! Queen Elizabeth turns 89Open in a New Window

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LONDON — Not only is she the head of state of the UK and numerous Commonwealth realms but the Queen has not one, but two birthdays

Queen Elizabeth turned 89 on Tuesday, but her official birthday won't take place until June. She is expected to celebrate the day in private at Windsor Castle, according to the BBC, while a number of salutes will take place around the UK, including a 41-gun royal salute in Hyde Park by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Today Her Majesty The Queen turns 89-years-old #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty pic.twitter.com/CDcGWWhiaU

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) April 21, 2015 Read more...

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Captain of capsized Mediterranean migrant boat arrested as death toll reaches 800Open in a New Window

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Monday was a dark day for migrants in the Mediterranean. As the search continued for survivors of the weekend's capsizing off the coast of Libya - from which 800 have been confirmed dead - three separate vessels got into trouble.

Coast guard boats spent the day criss-crossing the sea responding to two boats off the coast of Libya, with hundreds aboard each, and a third that had run aground off the island of Rhodes.

Amid what Italian Premier Matteo Renzi called an "escalation in these death voyages" two arrests have been made. The Tunisian captain and a member of the crew from the boat that capsized Sunday have been charged with favouring illegal immigration, and the captain also faces the charge of reckless multiple homicide. Read more...

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All the blockbuster movies you'll be hearing about from CinemaConOpen in a New Window

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LAS VEGAS — Now that Star Wars Celebration is over, get ready for the real onslaught of reactions to big movie first-looks and huge announcements in your feed. Time for CinemaCon

Wait — what is CinemaCon, you ask?

Well, that's the funny thing about this annual gathering at Caesars Palace: For an event that's supposedly very Hollywood-insider — most non-industry people are scarcely aware that it exists — the studios probably show more never-before-seen movie footage here than Comic-Con, WonderCon and Star Wars Celebration combined. And they make at least as much news.

SEE ALSO: 'Star Wars' has an amazing new droid: How does the BB-8 work in real life? Read more...

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Your social media cheat sheet for perfectly sized imagesOpen in a New Window

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Images are a vital element of social media. Set a photo with screwy dimensions as your profile pic or cover photo, and you've immediately set the tone all wrong

But don't worry — we took a look at the optimum image sizes for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn, so you can make sure your profiles and content look as good as they possibly can

Bookmark our convenient graphics now, and you'll have the sizes handy next time you want to redesign your profile

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

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Ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prisonOpen in a New Window

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An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country's first elected leader.

The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict Tuesday as Morsi and other defendants in the case stood in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom at Egypt's national police academy.

The case stems from violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012. Morsi's supporters attacked opposition protesters, sparking clashes that killed at least 10 people. Read more...

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threatening to killOpen in a New Window

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.

Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the prosecution case boils down to an angry phone call, and he is seeking a remedy that would involve no legal consequences for Rudd.

Rudd acknowledged in a court summary of facts that he'd offered large amounts of cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim "taken out" and that he'd also directly said to the victim he was going to kill him. Read more...

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Beyoncé has an Apple Watch Edition with extra goldOpen in a New Window

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How can you improve the bling factor of a $10,000+ gold Apple Watch Edition? Beyoncé has a pretty good idea.

In a photo recently posted on her website, she's wearing an Apple Watch Edition with what looks like a golden band, which is not available through Apple's standard retail channels

In Apple's online store, the Apple Watch Edition is only available with a fluoroelastomer sport band, or a variety of leather bands. And even though all of these come with a gold pin or buckle, you won't find an Edition that's available with a band that's entirely gold. Read more...

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Japan's maglev train breaks own speed recordOpen in a New Window

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A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.

Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 mph (581 kph) set in 2003. The train traveled for just over a mile (1.8 kilometers) at a speed exceeding 600 kph (373 mph).

Japan's high-speed rail services are among the most advanced in the world, with hundreds of trains running each day with minimal delays.

The Maglev Test Line, near Mount Fuji about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Tokyo, is developing technology for use on a future link between Tokyo and Osaka. The magnetic levitation trains hover above rails, suspended by powerful magnets. Read more...

More about Japan, Tech, Dev Design, Speed Record, and Maglev

 

Australia's first Android TV device arrives with Google Nexus PlayerOpen in a New Window

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The Google Nexus Player is finally arriving in Australian stores from next week.

The player, which runs the Android TV platform, was released in the U.S. in October 2014. It will be sold at JB Hi-Fi and Dick Smith from Tuesday for A$129. The device sits in the same market as Apple TV, and is the first device to offer Android TV locally

You can use Google's voice search technology to find out information about programs, discover content, find a YouTube video and navigate around the screen while the interface brings your favourite TV shows or apps to the surface. It also lets you play Android games on the big screen with the game controller, which will set you back an extra A$49. Read more...

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is the series at its most accessibleOpen in a New Window

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China finds its sweet spot in the quiet spaces between planning and action. It's a game of observation and (sometimes bloody) execution. You spend just as much time at rest as in motion, reading your surroundings and picking a path of least resistance in your endless pursuit of a higher score.

It's fun. It's satisfying. It's unashamedly arcade-y. It's also the best interpretation of Assassin's Creed in years.

Protagonist Shao Jun is the last remaining Assassin in China. The Templars have the upper hand, and they need to be dealt with before the brotherhood can rise again. Shao thirsts for vengeance, and she intends to get it by skewering five "Tiger" generals — Templars, the lot of them — with her hidden boot blade. Read more...

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Norway the first country in the world to announce it will phase out FM radioOpen in a New Window

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Norwegians will no longer be able to tune into FM radio starting in 2017.

Norway is slated to become the first country in the world to shut down its national FM radio airwaves, marking the end of an era for traditional FM/AM radio as more countries are expected to make the switch to digital broadcasting

That doesn't mean Norwegian radio listeners will be left with silence, but they will have to buy digital radio receivers or tune in on the Internet. According to the announcement, switching to the Digital Audio Broadcasting will save the country around $25 million, per year and allow listeners more channels and slightly better sound quality. Read more...

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Perth taxis protest Uber, locals don't seem to careOpen in a New Window

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On Tuesday, taxi drivers in Perth, Australia, took to the streets in protest against the on-demand ride share service, Uber.

According to Perth Now, hundreds of drivers will convoy from Perth Domestic Airport to Parliament House from 2 p.m. local time. The demonstration, organised by the Transport Workers' Union (TWU), is intended to draw attention to the West Australian government's inaction against the company.

Dean Nalder, the state's Minister for Transport, has expressed tacit support for on-demand transport services, but the legality of Uber in Perth, as in other parts of Australia, is still being debated. As of March, 13 infringements and 34 cautions had been issued against Perth Uber drivers, Perth Now reported. Read more...

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It's still fake: Surfers ride waves in Sydney Harbour after wild stormOpen in a New Window

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In 2012, following a massive storm, a video swept across the Internet showing Australian surfers riding waves in front of the Sydney Opera House. On Tuesday, it is back doing the rounds.

At the time, the footage seemed too good to be true — Aussies surfing massive waves in a normally flat harbour in front of an iconic landmark — and it was. The original video was posted on YouTube on June 6, 2012, with surfers saying a 100-year storm created the freak conditions

According to "Darren Jackson", the YouTube subscriber who uploaded the video, "Marcie and Frimmy scored an epic sesh with no one else out." Read more...

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iiNet: Aussies may suffer high costs, poor quality streaming under NBNOpen in a New Window

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With the arrival of Netflix on Australian shores, the ability of Australia's Internet networks to handle the increasing traffic is being fiercely debated.

By 2018, 91% of consumer Internet Protocol traffic will be video streaming. That's according to projections from Cisco, which Australia's Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull, cited at a telecommunication industry summit in Sydney on Monday.

But some, like iiNet's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mark Dioguardi, are raising questions about whether Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) — a government-backed project to roll out fast broadband to 8 million Australian premises by 2020 — can keep up with that kind of demand, and whether consumers will be able to afford it. Read more...

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Jon Stewart's final 'Daily Show' to air in AugustOpen in a New Window

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The end is nigh

Daily Show host Jon Stewart has officially set his a departure date of Aug. 6

The host made the announcement in the closing moments of Monday night's episode of The Daily Show

"One quick thing before we go: I mentioned to you that I would keep you up to date on any new information we had about the transition of the program, all those other things," he said. "We do have some specific information. My last Daily Show program will be August 6. I will be wearing a suit and more than likely be showered."

Though well aware of his impending departure, the audience reacted with sadness, to which Stewart joked, "I'm sorry; I will be wearing overalls and won't shower." Read more...

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Netflix officially orders 'Full House' revival for 2016Open in a New Window

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A Full House revival is waiting just around the bend

Just a few weeks after rumors began furiously swirling about Netflix's big Tanner return, the streaming network on Monday night officially ordered 13 episodes of Fuller House, a multi-camera comedy set to star Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, who played D.J. Tanner, Stephanie Tanner, and Kimmy Gibbler, respectively, in the original series

Billed as a "sequel," the show will center on veterinarian and mom of two boys ("rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max") D.J. Tanner-Fuller, who is pregnant, recently widowed, and living in San Francisco Read more...

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20 years later, Bill Clinton pays tribute to victims of Oklahoma City bombingOpen in a New Window

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More than a thousand people gathered Sunday at the Oklahoma City National Memorial for a service commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing

Bill Clinton, who was president at the time of the bombing, was one of several speakers at the event. We cut together his most heartfelt and memorable sentiments, in the video above

The Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people — and injured more than 680 others — on April 19, 1995.

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East coast of Australia hit by insane stormOpen in a New Window

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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 21, 2014, 4:57 p.m. AEST Three elderly residents have been killed on Tuesday morning as wild weather smashed Dungog, New South Wales. The deaths occurred after homes were washed away in the area, according toABC News.

A wild storm has been lashing the eastern coast of Australia for two days, with the cities of Sydney and Newcastle in the crosshairs. Trees are down on roads, traffic lights are flashing, power is out in several areas, and the coastal zones have been hit by violent sandstorms and surf

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), a deepening low pressure system is causing heavy rain and strong winds along the east coast of New South Wales (NSW), with wind gusts in some areas on the coast — Norah Head and Nobbys Head — reached gusts of up to 135km/h. Read more...

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42 songs about weed to celebrate 4/20Open in a New Window

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As more U.S. states declare recreational marijuana legal or decriminalized, April the 20th — AKA 4/20 — has become more of a public celebration

So for those choosing to celebrate 4/20 (safely and legally, of course), we compiled this Music Monday playlist full of songs that celebrate weed

Get ready to puff, puff, play

Have something to add to our playlist? Share it with us in the comments, below, or on Spotify, and we'll add it in.

How to share your song with us

1. To follow Mashable on Spotify, click here. If a popup window asks you to launch an external application, accept. This just means the browser will open up Spotify. Read more...

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Fan hit in the head with foul ball at Cubs-Pirates gameOpen in a New Window

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A baseball fan behind home plate at the Pirates-Cubs game Monday night took a fall — after a foul ball hit her hard in the back of the head

The netting behind home plate at Pittsburgh's PNC Park failed to protect the woman as Cubs player Starlin Castro knocked a ball backwards in the second inning. The woman grabbed her head and collapsed as other fans looked on in shock

In extended video of the incident, MLB announcers suggest that the woman "might have been too close to that net."

Medical personnel removed the woman on a stretcher, and the game resumed after a 22 minute delay

Woman hit in head with Castro's foul ball taken from field. Appears to be conscious. Friend next to her gives thumbs up to crowd.

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Man tries to kill spider, releases hundred of baby spiders insteadOpen in a New Window

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Oh, did you want to sleep tonight? Good luck

A big, tough human in Australia spotted a wolf spider crawling across his floor and tried to kill off the eight-legged beast not with fire (the smart choice), but with a broom. Amateur move because the squishing action instead released hundreds of baby wolf spiders. Nope, no, please never ever.

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The problem with using Facebook to fight crimeOpen in a New Window

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In 2012, Brooklyn police officer Michael Rodrigues arrested a burglary gang, the Brower Boys, by adding gang members as friends on Facebook. The day of the arrest was like gathering the lowest-hanging fruit. "It's break-in day on the avenue," one gang member posted in his status message. Officer Rodrigues and colleagues tracked the gang members to the avenue in question. They photographed the young men committing the crime, and then arrested them.

For the past several years, police and prosecutors across the country have been quietly using social media to track criminal networks. Their methods have become more sophisticated: by combining social media APIs, databases, and network analysis tools, police can keep tabs on gang activity. In New York's Harlem neighborhood, at-risk teens are identified as members of gangs based on their affiliations and are monitored on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Read more...

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'The Little Prince' trailer mixes charm and stunning visualsOpen in a New Window

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Pixar, eat your heart out.

The Little Prince just came out with its second trailer — and it's dripping in amazing visuals

The film frames the popular children's book within the story of a micro-managing mother and her impressionable young daughter

So get ready for a nostalgic movie experience that takes you back to when you had to read the book in elementary school.

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Now Google lets you save your search historyOpen in a New Window

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Google will allow users to download their search history — a handy tool if you've ever wanted a closer look at what really makes you tick online

The details of the functionality are outlined in a Google support document, which breaks down exactly how anyone can save their list of searches

First, visit history.google.com/history when you're logged in to your account. Then look for the options icon, and click download

You'll be prompted to create an archive, and your history will begin downloading — it's as simple as that. The archive will be saved to your Google Drive in the form of a zip file that can be saved to your desktop computer Read more...

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X-ray of Rembrandt painting reveals more than the eye can seeOpen in a New Window

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There's more than meets the eye in artist Rembrandt van Rijn's famous 17th-century painting, "Susanna and the Elders," according to a new study.

To learn more about how the Dutch painter created his masterpiece, art historians and researchers recently compared two imaging techniques that revealed hidden layers in the nearly 400-year-old painting.

The oil painting, dated and signed in 1647, hangs in Gemäldegalerie, an art museum in Berlin, Germany. The painting illustrates the biblical story of Susanna, who is caught bathing by a group of elders and is blackmailed into coming with them. In the tale, Susanna refuses, and the elders are undone by their lies Read more...

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The wackiest, wettest moments from the world's biggest water fightOpen in a New Window

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The annual four-day Thingyan Water Festival — also known as the biggest water fight in the world — wrapped up in Myanmar this weekend

The festival, which marks the beginning of the Burmese New Year, is observed in the country as a public holiday. In Myanmar, it is believed that the water washes away evils and sins

There was a dark side surrounding the festival and the people trying to get there; Times of India reports that 11 people were killed, and more than 130 injured, in automobile accidents related to drug and alcohol consumption.

Despite that heavy toll, the show itself went on. In the video above we cut together some of the wackiest, and wettest, moments from the festival. Read more...

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