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5 more banks join Apple Pay in Singapore so we can all finally use it

19 hours 48 min ago

SINGAPORE — Now many more Apple users here can pay in stores with their iPhones and Apple Watches.

Five banks in the country — DBS, OCBC Bank, POSB, Standard Chartered and UOB — announced on Wednesday they had started to support Apple Pay on their credit and debit cards.

SEE ALSO: Apple Pay comes to Singapore

Together with American Express, which launched together with Apple Pay here a little over a month ago, the six banks collectively cover the vast majority of the island's card users, with over 80% of the cards issued by Visa and MasterCard. Some popular banks like Citibank and Maybank have not yet started supporting the service here. Read more...

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South Korea claims it has ice cream that will cure hangovers

19 hours 51 min ago

Forget stuffing your face with greasy food or chugging gallons of isotonic drinks, you can now do away with a nasty hangover as long as you can get your hands on this South Korean icy treat.

On Friday, a convenience store in South Korea, Withme FS, launched a grapefruit-flavoured ice cream bar that they claim cures hangovers. They even named the new invention the "Gyeondyo-bar", which translates to "hang in there".

According to a press release from the company, its name "expresses the hardships of employees who have to suffer a working day after heavy drinking, as well as to provide comfort to those who have to come to work early after frequent nights of drinking." How considerate! Read more...

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Scientists want to bake your nasty cigarette butts into bricks

20 hours 12 min ago

Turns out, tossed cigarette butts could have a beneficial second life.

A new report has found that using cigarette butts as a material in fired clay bricks could not only put the waste to use, it could help reduce the energy needed to fire the bricks.

SEE ALSO: A new code of conduct to protect animals from drones

Close to 6 trillion cigarettes are produced on the planet each year, Abbas Mohajerani, lecturer in the school of engineering at Melbourne's RMIT University, told Mashable Australia, creating a significant environmental problem. 

The butts and filters end up in parks and waterways and take years to breakdown, all the while leaching their unfriendly chemical ingredients into the environment. Read more...

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People in Australia were once convicted for being gay. Finally, they have received an apology.

20 hours 20 min ago

A change has arrived in the Australian state of Victoria. After decades of living with the shame of a criminal conviction for simply being gay, members of the LGBT community have finally received an apology from the government.

Australian man Tom Anderson knows the reality of living with a conviction all too well. For almost 40 years, Anderson wondered why he was treated like a criminal for suffering months of sexual abuse as a young teen.

SEE ALSO: Transgender police officer raises LGBTQ rainbow flag for the first time

When the 14-year-old gained the courage to report his predatory employer to police in 1977, he found himself charged under laws in Victoria that made gay sex a crime. Despite being a victim of repeated assaults, police charged him with buggery and gross indecency because he had penetrated his abuser. Read more...

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'Dancing with the Stars' has crowned a very worthy winner

Tuesday May 24th 2016

Dancing With the Stars has crowned a new winner. 

This season marked its end by handing a Mirrorball trophy to Nyle DiMarco, who with partner Peta put on strong performances all season and taught the viewing audience a lesson about perseverance in the process. 

SEE ALSO: Nyle DiMarco just performed what could be the best dance in 'DWTS' history

A large part of that credit should go to Peta, who adapted her teaching style to help her partner, who is deaf, keep the beat and stay in tempo. Nyle, too, stayed determined to rise above the rest all season, even in the face of sometimes unfair criticisms.  Read more...

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Star Wars pug parade is full of the galaxy's cutest Jedi

Tuesday May 24th 2016

The Force is strong with these pugs.

A fleet of squish-faced Jedi, TIE fighters and a few Star Wars villains took to the streets of Portland on Sunday for the Oregon Humane Society's annual Pug Crawl fundraiser.

SEE ALSO: Pokémon reimagined as tiny pugs are completely adorable

And oh, what a Pug Crawl it was.

The event, which was officially called Star Wars: The Pug Awakens, raised more than $28,000 and hosted more than 2,000 people and 800 pugs. 

Regardless, here are some of the craftiest, most creative costumes from the event. We wish these pups would show up in Episode VIII — they might give the Resistance a fighting chance.  Read more...

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Foursquare's new bot feeds you restaurant recommendations

Tuesday May 24th 2016

Foursquare is once again trying its hand at personalized restaurant recommendations.

The company launched a new app Tuesday that uses a chatbot to surface personalized restaurant recommendations. Called "Marsbot," Foursquare is testing the app with iPhone users in San Francisco and New York City. 

SEE ALSO: Big changes at Foursquare: New funding, new CEO and new focus

The goal of the app is to provide recommendations that are both personalized and proactive — so rather than simply messaging the bot when you are looking for a dinner spot, the app will text you suggestions when you are near locations you may like. Read more...

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Amy Schumer fires back at swimsuit body-shaming trolls: 'I feel happy'

Tuesday May 24th 2016

Repeat troll-assassin Amy Schumer has once again shut down her haters for body shaming. 

The actress posted a picture to Instagram on Monday of herself from her Hawaii vacation wading through the ocean in a one-piece bathing suit — she captioned it "BFG" (big friendly giant). But before long (and unsurprisingly) people began posting negative comments about the picture, criticizing her appearance. 

SEE ALSO: Amber Riley addresses body shamers in beautiful Instagram rant

So Schumer, who has never taken online bullying about her weight lightly — she recently spoke out against the label plus-size — edited the picture's caption with a pointed and ass-kicking message to her trolls.  Read more...

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'The Flash' finale remembered the one thing many DC Comics properties forget

Tuesday May 24th 2016

His name is Barry Allen, and he's the fastest man alive. But Tuesday night's season finale reminded the viewers that all his speed's worth nothing without his family cheering him on.

On The Flash, that found family has been at the heart of the show since its start — through betrayals and the addition of some long-lost siblings and surly dopplegangers. The Flash, both the character and the show, is nothing without that support system, which is something so many other DC Comics properties forget.

SEE ALSO: 9 things you need to know about the big 'Supergirl'/'Flash' crossover

The finale started where the penultimate episode ended: with Zoom murdering Barry's dad in front of him. This leads Barry to react with anger and seek revenge, exactly what Zoom wanted. But luckily his found family — the Wests, the Wellses, and the STAR Labs team — are there to literally lock him up before he can do anything stupid (in this case, accept Zoom's request for a race).  Read more...

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Chromebooks are beating Macs, but which Chromebook's for you?

Tuesday May 24th 2016

History was made in the first quarter of 2016 as more Chromebooks were shipped in the U.S. than Macs according to market research company International Data Corporation.

Sure, less-expensive, non-Mac computers don't offer the same high-end performance that allows you to professionally edit photos and videos, but that's not what most people need in a computer. The numbers are showing that instead of dropping $900 on a laptop with a bunch of features they don't need, people are starting to lean toward the more fiscally responsible option: Chromebooks.

SEE ALSO: The Evolution of Mac OS, From 1984 to Mountain Lion Read more...

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Chewbacca mask lady lives her best life with IRL Chewbacca at Facebook HQ

Tuesday May 24th 2016

Candace Payne's unstoppable joy has made it to Facebook HQ.

The Texas mom and Star Wars enthusiast, who delighted the Internet with her ecstatic reaction to a Chewbacca mask, visited Facebook headquarters on Tuesday after a special invitation from Mark Zuckerberg.

SEE ALSO: Chewbacca woman reaches new level of joy when her kids get masks, too

"We invited Candace Payne, whose Chewbacca mask video got 141 million views and is now the most-watched Facebook Live video ever, to come by Facebook HQ today," Zuckerberg wrote in a post. "And we had a fun surprise for her!"

That surprise was an IRL Chewbacca — a fitting companion for Payne's day in Silicon Valley. And from the looks of it, the two had the best day ever. Read more...

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Kangaroo relaxing and stretching in the sun is where you want to be

Tuesday May 24th 2016

Some days you just have to take some time out from the world.

This little buddy knows it, stretching, scratching and rolling about on a bed of soft red sand in the sun. The video, uploaded to the Alice Springs' Kangaroo Sanctuary Facebook page, is a pretty accurate recreation of me on a Sunday morning. 

What a charmed life, hey.

Adorable wolf dog getting a belly rub is the best thing you'll see today

Emilia Clarke is feeling victorious about that male nudity on 'Game of Thrones'

Brazen NYC squirrel attacks innocent man

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Billionaire investor Peter Thiel reportedly funded Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker

Tuesday May 24th 2016

The name of a surprising new contender may have just entered the ring of Gawker's increasingly strange legal showdown with Hulk Hogan. 

Forbes is reporting through anonymous sources that billionaire Silicon Valley investor and Donald Trump delegate Peter Thiel has been secretly helping Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, bankroll his ongoing quest to take down the media company in court.

SEE ALSO: Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker. Again.

The supposed revelation does fit with rumors throughout the Florida trial that Hogan was being supported by a wealthy benefactor. Gawker Media founder Nick Denton told the New York Times on Monday that he had a "personal hunch" that this backer had ties to Silicon Valley. Read more...

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44 books on 44 presidents: How a gunman and a doctor killed Garfield

Tuesday May 24th 2016

Editor's note: This is the twentieth entry in the writer's year-long project to read one book about each of the U.S. Presidents by Election Day 2016. You can also follow Marcus' progress at the @44in52 Twitter account and with this 44 in 52 Spreadsheet.

One of the problems with biographies is how we never get as in-depth on each anecdote as we might like. For the writer, they're just steps in the overall narrative of the subject's life.

That problem is never more evident then when you encounter a book that breaks out of that mold and becomes an enjoyable experience not only for what it is, but for what it's notRead more...

More about 44 In 52, Candice Millard, James Garfield, Entertainment, and Mashreads

This fraternity trashed a campground so badly, photos of the litter went viral

Tuesday May 24th 2016

A University of Oregon fraternity is in hot water after trashing a popular California campground last weekend and leaving behind mounds of garbage, including items marked with their fraternity letters and school logo.

SEE ALSO: How do we teach frat brothers not to rape?

The scene of the littering crime was Slaughterhouse Island at Lake Shasta in Northern California, with photos of the trash going viral on Monday thanks to a Facebook post. 

The students were there as part of a gathering of hundreds of students from universities and colleges across the region who regularly visit the area. One official told KRCR that more than 1,000 students were in the area over the weekend on board over 60 different boats. Read more...

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Ray J reveals the inside story of his bid to launch a tech startup

Tuesday May 24th 2016

In recent years, technology isn't what you'd typically think of when the name Ray J comes up. The career of the actor, singer and reality show star is usually linked to the latest social media chatter involving other celebrities, most notably a certain infamous video involving a Kardashian

That's partly why when the electric vehicle called the Scoot-E-Bike showed up on my radar last month, apparently (though, at the time, not officially) linked to Ray J, my skeptic's instincts were working overtime

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Those instincts were particularly sharpened after a year of reporting on another celebrity-driven transportation device — the hoverboard. That story ultimately ended in tears for many of the insta-companies and celebs attached to the devices after exploding batteries and fires turned the hoverboard into a late-night show punchline. (Thankfully, the numerous fires didn’t result in any fatalities, and the government eventually stepped in to help regulate the hoverboard market.) Read more...

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You can now stay at a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed Airbnb

Tuesday May 24th 2016

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed Airbnb posting has opened up in Tribeca, New York, and not surprisingly, vacancies have been selling like hot cakes.

SEE ALSO: Artists design totally rad shoes for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Dubbed "The Turtle Lair," the space features three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and accommodates six people. The posting asks for $10 a night, but quickly notes, "Don't sweat the 10 bucks, we'll pay you back after you stay. Good times!"

The posting written in the voice of TMNT themselves, and it's almost certainly a marketing stunt for the upcoming movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.  Read more...

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Australian politician says he's Johnny Depp's 'Hannibal Lecter' after infamous apology video

Tuesday May 24th 2016

Johnny Depp versus the great nation of Australia is a war without end.

The infamous video apology Depp and his partner Amber Heard made after getting caught illegally sneaking their dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia in 2015 was one of the best things anyone had seen all year. 

We now know what Depp looks like when his soul leaves his body, and we now know he holds a grudge as well.

SEE ALSO: This great-grandfather looks suspiciously like Johnny Depp

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night, Depp shared a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making the classic video. He also took the opportunity to throw shade at the Australian politician who gave them a hard time Down Under, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Read more...

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'Beauty and the Beast' teaser claws past 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record

Tuesday May 24th 2016

LOS ANGELES — The Beast awakens.

You read that headline right: Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer is the most-viewed in the first 24 hours with 91.8 million peeps, beating out Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whose second teaser previously held that title with 88 million views.

SEE ALSO: The 10 awesome malapropisms from 'The Bachelorette' season premiere

Disney has more or less mastered the art of the tease – Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron had 61 milion and 34 million views, respectively, for the first day of their teaser trailers.

The Beauty and the Beast teaser debuted Monday morning on (Disney-owned) ABC’s Good Morning America, went online around the (not-yet-Disney-owned) globe and was re-shown that night on (Disney-owned) ABC’s premiere of The Bachelorette, that show where they are obsessed with roses. Read more...

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Justice Department wants death penalty for Charleston church killer

Tuesday May 24th 2016

The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

SEE ALSO: Charleston church reopens with message of love and healing

In a statement, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said: 

Roof is awaiting trial on federal hate crime charges in connection with the June 17 shooting at Emanuel AME Church, which contributed to a national conversation about race relations and also led to the removal of a Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina Statehouse.

Roof is also charged with nine counts of murder in state court, and South Carolina prosecutors have already announced plans to seek the death penalty when he stands trial next year. Read more...

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