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How to share your gaming with the world on Twitch

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Thanks to the huge success of Twitch, gaming can be even more social and entertaining than playing alone. Everyone from pros to casual gamers can find a niche in the streaming community, gathering fans and followers to watch them play.

Here, we’ll walk you through the essentials of how to get involved with the Twitch community — now more than 55 million strong — and start streaming your games from either a PC or a console

See also: 'Twitch-speak': A Guide to the Secret Emoji Language of Gamers

No matter what your gaming platform of choice is, start by making an account on Twitch. You probably have one already if you’re an active follower or subscriber on the site, but for those those want to go straight from lurking to streaming, you’ll need to make it official Read more...

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12 best iPhone apps of 2014

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Between iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, 2014 may have been one of the best years yet for iPhone users.

But killer updates from Apple aside, there was no shortage of great new apps this year. From killer new productivity apps, to some of the most addicting games to ever land on the iPhone, you'd be forgiven for not being able to choose the best new offerings.

See also: 14 travel apps to download before your next adventure

Luckily, Mashable's done the hard part for you. Check out the gallery, above, to see which apps made our list of top picks of the year and see how they compare to your favorites.

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

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Michael Brown's family leaves empty seat at dinner table for Thanksgiving

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

The family of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson in August, have sat down for Thanksgiving dinner without their son and brother.

Brown had two sisters and seven half-siblings, but it was not immediately clear which of the siblings were pictured. Michael Brown Sr., Brown's father, can be seen standing in the middle holding a young girl

See also: Anger echoes across U.S. in nationwide Ferguson protests

PIC: Mike Brown's family sits at the table for their first holiday dinner without him#StolenLives

— Ferguson Action (@fergusonaction) November 28, 2014

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#PutOutYourBats: A moving Twitter tribute for cricketer Phillip Hughes

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

It is a striking symbol of a legend loss. The #putoutyourbats campaign on social media pays tribute to Phillip Hughes, a 25-year-old Australian cricketer who died on Thursday after being hit in the head with a cricket ball.

As Australia mourns, they are also putting their cricket bats against a wall as a mark of respect.

See also: Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes dies after being hit by cricket ball

It started when Sydney dad Paul Taylor put his at his front door and sent a tweet out. Now people across Australia and the world have joined the trending hashtag to say goodbye to a young star lost too soon in the most horrible of ways. Google followed the moving tributes with its own special moment on its homepage. Read more...

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People being awesome: The story behind the viral duckling video

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Cute ducks waddling across a road are saving the world one small step at a time.

This video, created by Animals Australia, received 90 million views and almost two million shares on Facebook in 10 days. On first watch, it appears to be a compilation of people being generally awesome helping our feathered friends out, but it is not as straightforward as it seems. The video is part of a campaign to end duck shooting in Victoria and the final message is not cute: "You know what's not awesome? Shooting ducks for 'fun'," it reads.

See also: 14 goats that made your heart skip a bleat in 2014

Lisa Chalk, Communications Director at Animals Australia, told Mashable with the state election coming up this weekend, the organisation wanted to create awareness about the fact shooting of native waterbirds is still legal in the state of Victoria. Read more...

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Full of Turkey? Time for a live-streamed 'MST3K' marathon

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Cord cutters, rejoice! The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Thanksgiving Day marathon does not require a cable-television subscription.

The marathon, which started Thursday at 12 p.m. ET, includes live streaming of six episodes of the TV show. The cult hit B-movie comedy series ran on various networks from 1988 to 1999.

See also: Stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Reunite for New Series

So if you're done stuffing your face, and Thanksgiving football is not your thing, take a seat and enjoy some hearty laughs.

Pranksters give away cash to honest strangers for Thanksgiving

Daredevil climbs a decrepit 919-foot chimney without any equipment

Here's how Taylor Swift and Lorde became BFFs

Two men amuse commuters with a lively imaginary ping pong match Read more...

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Pranksters give away cash to honest strangers for Thanksgiving

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

If you saw someone drop a ton of cash, would you tell them?

American comedian and prankster Roman Atwood says in a YouTube video posted Thursday that he wanted to give away some money — but in an unusual way. He repeatedly let a briefcase of cash fly open on city streets to see if anyone would tell him

See also: 50 Amazingly Epic Pranks

So do people inform Atwood that he just dropped a bunch of bills? Just watch and see. The video may restore your faith in humanity this Thanksgiving.

Full of Turkey? Time for a live-streamed 'MST3K' marathon

Daredevil climbs a decrepit 919-foot chimney without any equipment

Here's how Taylor Swift and Lorde became BFFs

Two men amuse commuters with a lively imaginary ping pong match Read more...

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Los Angeles police release Ferguson protesters for Thanksgiving

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

The Los Angeles police chief ordered on Thursday the release of about 90 Ferguson protesters who were arrested Wednesday night.

After Monday's announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown, protests broke out in dozens of cities across the United States. In downtown Los Angeles, about 200 demonstrators ended an hours-long march on Wednesday night, after they were stopped by riot police.

See also: NYC Ferguson protesters rally at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

About 130 of those demonstrators were arrested, according to NBC Los Angeles. Around 90 were still in jail Thursday afternoon. Read more...

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Philadelphia families volunteer to host guests during Pope Francis' first U.S. visit

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Pope Francis, in case you haven't heard, will be visiting the United States in the fall of 2015.

The pope confirmed earlier this month that he will attend the eighth World Meeting of Families, which will be held from Sept. 22 to 27, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Preparations have since been underway in anticipation of Pope Francis' visit

See also: The Pope Comes to America: Here's What His Holiness Should See

He will be the fourth reigning pope to visit the U.S.: Paul VI visited in 1965, John Paul II visited a total of seven times, and Pope Benedict XVI visited in 2008.

Event organizers expect about 15,000 attendees at the meeting, which will lead up to Pope Francis' public appearances on Sept. 26 and 27. Around 1.5 million people are expected to be in attendance on those days. The pope's appearances will include a festival and a Mass on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a boulevard running through the heart of Philadelphia. Read more...

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7 reasons Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

This week, countless Americans will spend Thanksgiving Day with their families, celebrating all of the things they're grateful for in this world — all of which will then be promptly forgotten in exchange for Black Friday deals

Sure, everybody loves a good deal, but at what cost? Is standing in line for hours and potentially getting trampled really worth the discount?

See also: 12 Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday

Fortunately there are other options for saving some cash and completely some holiday shopping. If you have your black heart set on copping a good deal, the monstrosity that is Black Friday can be easily avoided, thanks to the Internet equivalent known as Cyber Monday Read more...

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UK vinyl sales pass 1 million mark for first time in 18 years

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

LONDON — It's been dismissed as pastime for hipsters, but collecting vinyl is once again big business — a £20 million ($31.5 million) business, to be specific

New figures released Thursday by the UK's Official Charts Company show this year's vinyl sales have already passed the 1-million mark, and are on course to hit 1.2 million units by the end of this year, with a busy Christmas shopping season expected. It's the first time since 1996 — a year when Oasis, Alanis Morissette and the Spice Girls dominated the charts — that sales have hit that mark.

See also: The Company That (Still) Feeds Your Vinyl Record Obsession Read more...

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Bad Lip Reading marks Thanksgiving with a 'Hunger Games' double feature

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Bad Lip Reading, the YouTube channel that creates videos featuring hilarious dubbing that replaces original dialogue, is helping us all celebrate Thanksgiving.

On Thursday, the channel released a new episode, above, that parodies 2013's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and co. have never been so hilarious.

See also: NFL Bad Lip Reading Sequel Is Just as Funny as the First

And if that's not enough, Bad Lip Reading released another video on Thursday, which features a District 11 concert by Katniss and Peeta Mellark's (Josh Hutcherson) new band, Obsidiots. Check it out, below: Read more...

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In pictures, 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

The 88th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade went off relatively without a hitch Thursday, although New York police arrested a handful of Ferguson protesters who rallied at the event

It was a chilly 36 degrees Fahrenheit, with scattered snow, on Thursday morning; but that didn't stop millions of people from coming out to watch the parade. Since 1924, a procession of floats, bands and more have marked Thanksgiving by moving through Manhattan.

See also: We microwaved a Thanksgiving turkey and it was actually pretty good

The parade begins on Central Park West at West 77th Street, heads south around the park to Sixth Avenue, before finally arriving in front of the famous Macy's on 34th Street. New balloons in the 2014 parade include a holiday Pikachu, Paddington Bear, Thomas the Tank Engine, Skylanders and a giant red Power Ranger. Read more...

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Death Comes to Pemberley and four more P.D. James books to read

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

LONDON — The hugely popular mystery writer P.D. James who sold millions of books around the world and created stories that were adapted into television series and feature films died Thursday, aged 94.

In her career, which spanned five decades, she wrote books defined by the strong characters she created.

If you've never read a P.D. James books, we've picked five essential reads for you to start with:

1. Death Comes to Pemberley

Not a big fan of the mystery genre? Death Comes to Pemberley is a good entry point to the writing of P.D. James. Set in the world Jane Austen created, it's a whodunit with all your favourite Pride and Prejudice characters Read more...

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Uber suspends operations in Nevada after ruling

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Uber suspended operations in Nevada late Wednesday, after a Washoe County District Court judge granted the state's request for a court order blocking the ride-sharing service. The judge said Uber's refusal to comply with state laws regulating commercial motor carriers and passenger transportation services could put the public's safety at risk

Nevada's attorney general filed a lawsuit last month arguing that the Internet application matching riders with drivers using personal cars for a fee infringes on the franchise rights of taxi companies and cabdrivers serving fare-paying passengers under state oversight. Washoe District Judge Scott Freeman granted the state's request for a preliminary injunction pending a future trial. Read more...

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Stop-motion toy cars race in high-octane video

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

There is nothing more exciting than a high-octane car race — even if those cars can fit in the palm of your hand.

YouTube stop-motion artist ForrestFire101 created video of a thrilling, deadly race that hearkens back to Speed Racer or Death Race 2000, complete with stunts, gadgets and plenty of explosions. The artist got attention earlier this year for his Lego Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.

See also: Hot games for the holiday season: A gamers' gift guide

The video features Anki Drive cars, which are app-controlled vehicles that players can race against each other. Each car has its own personality, perks and virtual weapons, and players can customize them as they level up. Anki Drive works with both iOS and Android devices; the company launched at an Apple keynote in 2013. Read more...

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Daily Telegraph, L.A. Times and more

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

LONDON — Numerous publications have have their sites hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army, causing some visitors to be presented with a popup telling them "you've been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army."

See also: Syrian Electronic Army Reportedly Hacks Startup, Forwards Reuters Stories

In the UK, websites for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, OK! magazine and the London Evening Standard were affected.

A part of our website run by a third-party was compromised earlier today. We've removed the component. No Telegraph user data was affected.

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) November 27, 2014

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Holiday shopping has driven bargain hunters mad for the past century

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Crowds of shoppers bagging the best sales during the holidays and other major shopping days, from 1906 to the '80s. Not much has changed for bargain hunters. Read more...

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Brisbane slammed by super storm with massive hail: 'The worst since 1985'

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Brisbane, Australia, was slammed on Thursday by a massive storm that brought high winds, golf-ball sized hail and left more than 75,000 residents without power.

"This has been a ferocious storm, arguably the worst since 1985 for this city," Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said, noting that there were no reports of deaths or any serious injuries.

Post by Queensland Police Service.

The Australian army was reportedly called in to help clean up the damage, caused by high winds, which included downed power lines and trees across Brisbane, city police said.

See also: Welcome to Brisbane: The ghost town hosting the G20 Read more...

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NYC Ferguson protesters rally at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday Nov 27th 2014

Protesters demonstrating against the Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson tried to disrupt the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — but you would never know it watching NBC's live broadcast of the festivities.

#StoptheParade trended on Twitter Thursday, as protesters rallied at the annual parade in New York City. Just after it began at 9 a.m. ET, New York police arrested some protesters who tried to enter the parade path, while chanting and carrying signs

See also: Protesters block highways across U.S. in solidarity with Ferguson

#NYC protesters are being stopped by #NYPD from entering then#Thanksgiving parade! #MikeBrown

— Ash J (@AshAgony) November 27, 2014

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