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Figuring out what Aussies think about Trump on Twitter is pretty difficultOpen in a New Window

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Australians reacted more "positive" than "negative" to the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, according to a sentiment analysis study of tweets that were posted at the time.

Only tweets sent on November 10, 2016, (just after the result of the US election) that included the word "Trump" and were sent from an Australian capital city were analysed.

SEE ALSO: 6 ways to push your online activism into the real world in the Trump era

This resulted in 32,908 tweets including retweets being retrieved. For the purpose of this analysis we classified the tweet sentiment as either positive, negative or neutral. Read more...

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The world’s best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realmOpen in a New Window

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From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are at once beautiful, technically astounding and, often, incredibly moving.

Before the widening rupture between humans and nature, creating images of animals was of the utmost importance: animals were among the first subject matter for painting. 

In his essay Why Look at Animals, the late and renowned art critic John Berger argues that animals "first entered the imagination as messengers and promises." Wildlife photography joins in this ancient representative tradition, giving new life to animals as symbols and storytellers for the natural world. Read more...

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That didn't take long: Trump's press secretary is already a memeOpen in a New Window

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We're one day into the Trump presidency and the memes are already flying.

President Donald Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave a press conference Saturday in which he complained about the media's "false" reporting of crowd numbers at the inauguration. 

Although he admitted to not having any, you know, hard figures, he declared:  "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe."

In so many ways, he was just plain wrong. Pictures from President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009 show many more people on the mall than on Saturday, and D.C.'s transport agency told the Washington Post that 570,557 people took trips Friday compared to 1.1 million trips in 2009. Read more...

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Don't worry, America: Shirtless Putin's got this in SNL cold openOpen in a New Window

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Friday's inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th president of the United States gave a lot of us, well, some anxiety about the future. Fortunately, shirtless Vladimir Putin is here to assuage all our fears.

In a "Paid Message From the Russian Federation" to the American people (carried on Russia's government-funded English language channel, RT), the Russian president, played by an expert Beck Bennet, assured us we have nothing to worry about with Trump's leadership. 

"You are worried that your country is in the hands of this unpredictable man. But don't worry, it's not," he said with a wink.  Read more...

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Chelsea Handler leads defiant, star-studded Women's March at SundanceOpen in a New Window

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PARK CITY, Utah — Twenty-one degree weather and a steady sprinkle of snow couldn't dampen the enthusiasm at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday morning, where an estimated 8,000 women, men and children took to the streets of Park City for a peaceful but potent Women's March on Main.

Organized by Chelsea Handler (as Mashable first reported), the procession was one of several hundred sister marches taking place the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, with other gatherings drawing hundreds of thousands of participants across the country and around the world.

"I just don't know how you can't get involved," Handler told Mashable of her decision to organize the event at the film festival. "I don't have a choice. This is just too scary. I've always had a big mouth, so now I have a real reason to use it." Read more...

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Rihanna dabbing at Women's March in New York is as good as it soundsOpen in a New Window

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Where was Rihanna Saturday night? Dabbing out front of Trump Tower in New York City, why do you ask?

The pop star has been posting supportive messages about the Women's March on Instagram, but it wasn't clear whether she would be joining herself. Now we know, with images and video on social media showing Rihanna in a pink cap, protesting against President Donald Trump outside his New York residence.

Rihanna also posted pictures of herself at the protest, including a closer look at her pink "this p***** grabs back" hoodie. "So proud to be a woman!!" she wrote. "So proud of the women around the world who came together today for pro-choice." Read more...

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Virtual reality offers spooky, realistic view of Trump in the Oval OfficeOpen in a New Window

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A new virtual reality experience for the HTC Vive is dedicated to depicting the newly elected President Donald Trump. But it doesn't deliver the post-inauguration fanfare some might expect. 

Created by Los Angeles-based VR production studio MacInnes Scott, the hyper-realistic model of Trump stands alone in a darkened Oval Office — an environment you can explore in full detail by walking around the room.

The preview video (above) features no sound, just a stern figure cloaked in shadow, a setting that appears designed to produce a chilling, almost spooky effect. However, in the description of the VR experience on its website, the creators instead describe the scene as one of readiness. Read more...

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7 can't-miss apps: Color by Disney, 'Time Turner' and moreOpen in a New Window

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After an eventful weekend, you may need to take some time away from your news apps. Instead, check out some of our favorite apps from this week that might make your day-to-day life a little easier and funner.

Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week's list includes a time travel game, an adult coloring app by Disney and an app that helps you learn languages faster by connecting you with a native speaker.

Bazaart

Image: Bazaart

Thanks to Bazaart, moving photo edits between your iPhone and Photoshop just got a lot easier. Designed for the photography-obsessed, Bazaart allows you to edit your photos across both platforms seamlessly, and even allows you to access Creative Cloud Assets if you're a subscriber. Read more...

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The Trump administration spent its first full day in power complaining about media coverageOpen in a New Window

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There was a clear theme of the Trump administration's first full day in power, and it wasn't "Make America Great Again."

Instead, in both President Trump's address to CIA employees and Press Secretary Sean Spicer's combative conference held with the White House press pool, a theme of an administrative war against the media emerged. 

Spicer was not subtle in his comments to the press. After taking the podium, he told the room that before sharing news on the President's first actions in office, he wanted to address the coverage of the previous day. Read more...

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Hey Trump, check out these YUGE Women's March crowds across AmericaOpen in a New Window

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The Women's March on Washington has taken solidarity to a whole other level.

On Saturday, the peaceful protest, which took place in Washington D.C. one day after Donald Trump became the country's 45th President, inspired a global movement, leading to marches in 160 cities across 60 countries. 

All across the world, people stood in unity for a chance to have their voices heard; to fight for their beliefs, values and equality; and to give a big old "screw you" to President Trump.

With the United States at the heart of it all, an overwhelming number of Americans flooded the streets, taking over their cities and making a powerful statement. Read more...

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Trump extended family member spotted at Women's March on WashingtonOpen in a New Window

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The Women's March on Washington has already made history as perhaps the biggest post-inauguration protest march in D.C. in history. 

But while the Trump family is apparently staying far away from the massive protest, at least one member of the extended family was reportedly spotted in the middle of the action. 

Venture capitalist Joshua Kushner, the brother of Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was spotted in D.C. amid thousands of marchers, many of whom may have been unaware of who was in their midst. 

Among the men at the #WomensMarch: Joshua Kushner, brother of White House senior adviser Jared. (Photo by @jsidman.) https://t.co/1zeAx318qt pic.twitter.com/FtALNYlvvF

— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) January 21, 2017 Read more...

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Sir Ian McKellen's Women's March sign is a top-notch friendship trollOpen in a New Window

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While they are important showings of solidarity in retaliation to the threat of oppression, today's Women's Marches held in cities around the world have also been possibly the greatest display of sign-making skills and cheeky wit in recent memory. 

It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the world's most treasured actors, Sir Ian McKellen, showed up to London's event with an absolutely top-notch sign that both extolled the fed up message of the day and trolled his good friend, Sir Patrick Stewart.

McKellen was spotted by a fan, who snapped a pic of him and posted it to Twitter. In a message shared on Twitter late Saturday, McKellen said the sign was not his own.  Read more...

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Madonna out-Madonna'd herself at the Women's March on WashingtonOpen in a New Window

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Leave it to Madonna to sneak a couple of F-bombs onto CNN.

Speaking at the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, the iconic singer urged protestors to remember that although "good did not win in this election, good will win in the end." 

Oh, also, she said "fuck" a lot. To critics of the march specifically, she said "fuck you."

According to Rolling Stone, both CNN and MSNBC ended up cutting away from her speech after she got a full three f-bombs in. They cut so abruptly, in fact, that they missed her next notable quote: that she'd "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But that won't change anything." Read more...

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Sundance hacked! Cyberattack shuts down box office in Park CityOpen in a New Window

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PARK CITY, Utah — A cyberattack briefly crippled the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, knocking out the network that supports its ticket sales, though service at the main box office was quickly restored and no screenings were affected.

The festival issued a statement in the afternoon, just as the ski resort town had concluded its own version of the Women's March on the bustling Main Street.

Festival organizers sent the following statement to Mashable:

It wasn't immediately clear who carried out the attack or whether the festival was specifically targeted. Read more...

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Trump's inaugural ball cake looked suspiciously like Obama's from 2013Open in a New Window

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Looks like we have a copy-cake on our hands.

Baker and Food Network personality Duff Goldman created a cake for President Obama's "Commander-in-Chief" inaugural ball in 2013. On Friday, however, he noticed a very similar cake in the news — the cake at one of Donald Trump's inaugural balls.

The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama's inauguration 4 years ago. The one on the right is Trumps. I didn't make it. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/qJXpCfPhii

— Duff Goldman (@Duff_Goldman) January 21, 2017

Turns out, the resemblance wasn't a coincidence. According to Tiffany MacIsaac of Buttercream Bakeshop, the order she received from Trump's team requested an exact replica of Goldman's 2013 creation.  Read more...

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The Force is strong with women marching to protest TrumpOpen in a New Window

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While parts of Friday's Presidential Inauguration seemed like they came straight out of a movie (like the political regime shift portrayed in the third Star Wars prequel, Revenge of the Sith), today's marches in protest of now-President Donald Trump have reminded many of a different (and way better) entry in the Star Wars saga: Episode IV: A New Hope.

As women march in cities around the world, they've channeled the rebellious spirit of Princess General Leia Organa, the character portrayed by the legendary, recently departed Carrie Fisher. 

The signs emphasize the rebellious nature of the character and also fit with Fisher's life as an advocate for mental health and proponent of women's rights.  Read more...

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Sundance review: 'Tokyo Idols' paints a creepy picture of J-pop super fansOpen in a New Window

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PARK CITY, Utah — There's a scene in Tokyo Idols where Rio Hiiragi, a pop star trying to make it big, bikes to small provinces as a publicity stunt to meet her fans. She's wearing a cute yellow helmet and live streaming her trek. Trailing behind her are a handful of older men. They are her biggest fans. 

The documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival spotlights the world of young female performers — "idols" — who dress like anime characters and sing and dance for adoring crowds, even though many aren't very good at singing or dancing. 

It's more important for idols to be cute and tender to fans than sing well.  Read more...

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From London to Antarctica women march in solidarity with AmericansOpen in a New Window

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From London to Antartica, hundreds of thousands of women around the world marched in solidarity with Americans.

People of all ages in 160 cities in 60 countries mobilised on Saturday to show their support for those attending the Women's March on Washington

Across seven continents, protestors brandished homemade signs and posters emblazoned with calls for equality and anti-Trump slogans. 

The largest marches took place in London, Paris, Berlin and Sydney. 

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More than 100,000 people took to the the streets of London and marched from the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square to Trafalgar Square.  Read more...

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Twitter apologizes for mistakes around @POTUS accountOpen in a New Window

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There was a mistake made on Inauguration Day. 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized Saturday for accidentally making it so that Twitter users followed @POTUS and other administrative accounts even when they tried not to.

It was a complex ordeal during which Twitter told Mashable on Friday, following reports of users saying that they were automatically following @POTUS under Trump even when they were not before or had unfollowed prior to Inauguration (as Twitter outlined they could do), that there was no glitch. 

That is still true, in part. But Twitter engineers orchestrated settings that violated what they had said to do.  Read more...

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Watch the Women's March on Washington streamed in 360 degrees on FacebookOpen in a New Window

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The Women's March on Washington is already proving to be a historic event, with the massive number of marchers from around the country far outpacing the attendance of Friday's inauguration event in Washington, D.C. 

And while there are still thousands of women (and men) streaming into the nation's capital, there are many who for various reasons weren't able to attend and are offering support from afar. 

For those supporters, the next best thing to a local city march may be a series of 360-degree immersive videos being produced by RYOT from the site of the march.  Read more...

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All the best protest signs from Women's Marches across AmericaOpen in a New Window

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Hundreds of thousands of protestors showed up Saturday to demonstrate at Women's Marches across the country.

And, naturally, they brought their best sign game with them.

As crowds pack cities around the world, here are just some of the poignant, artful, witty messages protestors want to get across.

Omg. ❤ #WomensMarchCLT pic.twitter.com/zzOt7XqDNy

— same for barbara (@YayOrNaye) January 21, 2017

Image: Mashable/Peter Allen Clark

Shon Jackson, Edith Barnes, Sletta & Erna from DC: "we're here for solidarity. its historic, its real, we need to stand up" pic.twitter.com/o3O5f7nqh7

— Emma Hinchliffe (@_emmahinchliffe) January 21, 2017 Read more...

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Inauguration crowds are looking puny compared to Women's March crowdsOpen in a New Window

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Sorry, Trump, but these Women's March crowds are YUGE.

Ladies from around the world got in formation to take part in the Women's March on Washington following Trump's inauguration, and the crowds are downright bigly.

With attendance projections for the D.C. March now at over 500,000, many can't help but compare today's attendance to Friday's underwhelming inauguration numbers.

While hundreds of thousands did show up to watch Trump be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, visible empty bleachers and photos of Obama's packed 2009 inauguration ceremony,which had an estimated turnout of around 1.8 million, proved Trump's gathering was far from record setting. Read more...

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Dad uses HTC Vive to give daughter immersive VR tour of her dollhouseOpen in a New Window

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Because the technology is so new to mainstream users, the benefits of virtual reality are still being discovered. But we're increasingly finding that VR can bring families together in new ways. 

The latest example comes from an HTC Vive user who decided to give his daughter a tour of her dollhouse in a way that's never been possible before. 

Using a Ricoh Theta SC 360-degree camera, Toby Newman captured all the rooms in his daughter's dollhouse and then gave her the unique opportunity to stroll around alongside her dolls inside the tiny structure. Read more...

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Hillary Clinton to marchers: I'm with youOpen in a New Window

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On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton hoped that her supporters would be proud to say I’m With Her. 

Now, with women across the country (and the world) marching to protest her former opponent, now-President Donald Trump, she’s saying she’s with them.  

Clinton's account tweeted in support of the Women's March on Washington today, repeating one of her most consistent messages from the her presidential run: 

Thanks for standing, speaking & marching for our values @womensmarch. Important as ever. I truly believe we're always Stronger Together.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 21, 2017 Read more...

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Celebrities share the empowering reasons they're marching for women todayOpen in a New Window

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Women are banding together to lead a  powerful march for equality, respect and peace in Washington, D.C. today, and celebrities are using their social platforms to help spread the word.

Thanks to the hashtag, #WhyIMarch, celebrities like Sophia Bush, Connie Britton, Cher, Katy Perry and Zendaya, to name a few, were inspired to share the empowering reasons they're taking part in the Women's March on Washington.

As the march begins, prominent names in Hollywood have started sharing photographs and video of themselves at the march and iconic women from history, along with the powerful reasons why this peaceful protest and expression of togetherness is so important. Read more...

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An insane number of people in pussyhats attend the Women's March on WashingtonOpen in a New Window

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With attendance projections now around 500,000, people are gathering in huge numbers for the Women's March on Washington.

According to the Washington Post, packed Metro stations and hour long waits to board trains — you know, the kind of stuff that would generally make commuters behave like their worst selves — are not fazing marchers. 

Photos of the Shady Grove Metro station currently. Hearing it's an hour wait to get on the train. O____o #WomensMarch pic.twitter.com/YOaaQ41v1s

— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 21, 2017 Read more...

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Here's how the key CS:GO Major teams have performed recentlyOpen in a New Window

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The ELEAGUE CS:GO Major is upon us, and it is set to be one of the most exciting tournaments to date.

We break down how the top teams have been performing and who to watch out for heading into the event. Read more...

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Sundance documentary 'Legion of Brothers' reveals the heroism and horror of warOpen in a New Window

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Immediately after the September 11 attacks, the U.S. government initiated a secret war in Afghanistan. 

Fewer than a hundred Special Forces soldiers, building a coalition with the rebels of the Northern Alliance, faced off against the Taliban and the terrorist organization al-Qaeda and succeeded in driving them out of power by the end of the year — with minimal coalition casualties and without conventional, large-scale military operations. 

Despite this victory, the U.S. and its allies soon became mired in a seemingly never-ending war, the impact of which is still being felt to this day. 

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1940s: Classic New England summers at Cape Cod's ProvincetownOpen in a New Window

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Nestled on the far northern tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, Massachusetts is a tiny resort town which swells from 3,000 to 60,000 residents during the summer months.

Its deep harbor provided shelter for the Mayflower in 1620 and was the site of the Mayflower Compact’s signing.

After the American Revolution, the town grew with the whaling and fishing industries and became home to a sizable community of Portuguese seamen and their families.

By the turn of the 20th century, Provincetown had become a popular summer destination, with thousands of tourists taking day trips from Boston by car and boat. Read more...

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7 strategies for raising confident girls in the Trump eraOpen in a New Window

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For girls, women and their allies who believe in gender equality, the presidency of Donald J. Trump marks a terrifying moment in modern American history. 

With President Obama's departure, the White House loses a man who wrote emphatically about being a feminist and focused on policies that provided equal opportunity to all girls and women. 

Trump, on the other hand, insists he respects and champions women, but has made a sport out of rating their physical appearance and was recorded making comments that indicate he's sexually assaulted women. He also gleefully threatened to imprison Hillary Clinton, the first woman to run for president on behalf of a major political party. Read more...

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