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$22 million worth of Bitcoin sold in Australian-first auction

Monday Jun 27th 2016

If you had a couple of million to spare last week, you could have won yourself a very healthy haul of Bitcoin.

On Tuesday, financial services firm Ernst and Young announced it had successfully auctioned off 24,518 bitcoins. The bitcoins are worth around A$22 million ($16 million) by current value. One bitcoin is currently worth A$891.95 ($657.89) as at time of publication.

SEE ALSO: Report: Netflix is no longer Australia's fastest growing streaming service

The closed international auction, which ended on June 21, was open to bidders who supplied a deposit of $250,000 (A$338,698) and met other financial requirements. There were 11 lots of 2,000 bitcoins and one lot of 2,518 bitcoins. Each lot was worth well in excess of A$1 million, although bidders could have paid less. Read more...

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Icelandic commentator disses England in most enthusiastic way possible

Monday Jun 27th 2016

England's rough week got even worse thanks to Gummi Ben.

Yes, Gummi Ben, aka Guðmundur Benediktsson, is the center of attention again after the commentator's ecstatic reaction to Iceland's goal against Austria last Tuesday went viral.  

SEE ALSO: The world reacts to Iceland's Euro 2016 win over England with joy, Brexit jokes, and Bjork

On Monday, he again delivered incredible commentary as Iceland knocked out England in a stunning 2-1 victory in the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament. 

As the final whistle sounded, Benediktsson was one of the first to rejoice at England's loss — soon to be followed by hordes of Twitter users posting Brexit memes. Read more...

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Australian ad showing cyclist wearing a helmet in Amsterdam amuses the Dutch

Monday Jun 27th 2016

For most Australians, this Emirates advertisement at a Sydney bus stop would barely raise an eyelid. 

A photo of the ad posted by Twitter user @BicycleAdagio shows a woman with a helmet, riding a bicycle along a bridge in Amsterdam with the tagline "Don't just visit it, live it. Navigate new paths in Europe." 

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi launches a smart folding bicycle for China's busy city roads

Notice anything odd? The Dutch certainly did, the sight of a cyclist wearing a helmet became the source of ridicule in an article from the country's newspaper Het Parool last week.

"If we believe the bus posters in Australia, we cycle here in Amsterdam well-behaved with a helmet on our heads," according to a rough Google translation of the article. Read more...

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The U.S. election through the mind of a Bondi Hipster

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Culture creators, innovation innovators and scene starters Dom and Adrian give their poignant and well thought-out take on the U.S. election and turning the assassination industry on its head.

The comedy duo, who dabble in satire that takes a wry stab at anything they can get their ironic work-out clothes close to, discuss in their new video the pros and cons to both presumptive presidential nominees and others whose race is drawing to an anti-climactic close.

From Bernie Sanders as the first bald president, lizard overlords and the STD-like staying power of the Trump campaign, it's political commentary that literally nobody asked for but is the breath of fresh air you're going to need to get through the next few months. Read more...

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Samsung's Gear 360 camera now available in Australia

Monday Jun 27th 2016

It looks like an eyeball on three legs, and it is now yours to own.

On Tuesday, Samsung launched its new camera, Samsung Gear 360, in Australia. The device, which is able to capture 360-degree video and images, has a retail price of A$499.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 may unlock with a glance, report says

While the camera has been available in South Korea and Singapore since April, it still has only a limited release in the U.S., making this a rare opportunity for Australians to get their hands on something their American friends cannot.

The slick Samsung Gear 360.

Image: Samsung

The camera uses two fisheye lenses, both with 15-megapixel image sensors, to capture 360-degree video that can then be experienced using the Samsung Gear virtual reality headset. Footage can be previewed in real-time on a number of Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6. Read more...

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Google's Project Bloks designed to get kids programming early

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Increasing its dedication to early learning through technology, Google has announced Project Bloks, a tool designed to get children started on the path to programming and making cool gadgets.

SEE ALSO: Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids

Project Bloks consist of three components: Base Boards, Pucks and the Brain Board. Pucks can be used to initialize any number of functions (on, off, turn, go, etc.) and work by connecting to square Base Boards via capacitive sensors. Those two components are given power and connectivity (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) by hooking up to the larger Brain Board Read more...

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Ram not going to let guy insulate his house without a few headbutts

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Perhaps it's time to add "insulating your home" to the list of things you can't do without a ram charging you.

The fittingly named YouTube user Angry Ram claimed that he was attempting to insulate the walls of his house when the animal showed up. It's hard to say whether the ram attacked a perceived predator or tried to warn the guy that his insulation wasn't up to regulation standards. But the ram really goes for it.

At the very least, it looks like things resolve themselves in the end. Sure, the ram charges the guy even after he drops the bag, but he seems to give a "good game" bleat at the end. So we assume.  Read more...

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Singapore Airlines plane catches fire after emergency landing

Monday Jun 27th 2016

A Singapore Airlines plane caught fire after making an emergency landing. The plane was bound for Milan, but was forced to turn back due to an engine oil-related warning. All 222 passengers and 19 crew members were able to safely exit the plane with no injuries, according to Singapore Airlines.

More details: http://on.mash.to/295YSrj  Read more...

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Sweden creates world's first 'electric road'

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Sometimes vehicles will be too big and heavy to make them ideal candidates for full electrification. That doesn't mean, though, they can't be powered solely by electricity.

Proving that point, Sweden — in conjunction with truck manufacturer Scania — has created the world's first "electric road." It's a two-kilometer stretch of freeway in central Sweden with power lines stretched over the righthand lane.

SEE ALSO: Tesla signs $9 billion agreement to build factory in China, report says

Hybrid trucks specially fitted with a device called a 'pantograph power collector' can drive underneath the lines and tap into the power. When connected to the lines, they run completely on electricity. When they drive out of the right lane, the onboard engine kicks on, as it reverts back to hybrid mode. Read more...

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Jesse Williams gives a passionate speech about racism at the BET Awards

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Actor Jesse Williams, most famous for his role on Grey's Anatomy, gave a passionate speech as he accepted the Humanitarian Award for his work with Black Lives Matter. Williams touched on a host of issues facing black Americans, including cultural appropriation and police violence.  Read more...

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The world's 772nd-best tennis player just won a spot opposite Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Marcus Willis might be far from a household name in the world of tennis, but the 25-year-old from unglamorous Slough in England has just made the ultimate entrance at Wimbledon.

The player, who's ranked number 772 in the world (and number 23 in Britain), destroyed Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis in straight sets on the first day of the annual tournament. Berankis is ranked 54th in the world.

In the process, Willis netted at least £50,000 ($66,000) — way more than the £220 (or $290) he's earned for all of 2016 so far — and a spot opposite Roger Federer in the second round.

Marcus Willis faces Federer in the second round.

Image: APRex Features via AP Images Read more...

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Suge Knight sues Chris Brown over nightclub shooting

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Death Row Records co-founder Marion 'Suge' Knight is suing Chris Brown, singer Pia Mia Perez and the owners of the 1 Oak nightclub where he was shot seven times at a party in 2014, according to legal documents obtained by Mashable.

In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Knight accuses Brown and the nightclub of failing to have adequate security and preventing people from bringing firearms into the property.

He survived gunshot wounds to the abdomen, chest and left forearm after the attack, and has cited complications from those injuries — including a blood clot — in court appearances on an unrelated murder charge. Read more...

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Judge blocks Mississippi clerks from refusing same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds

Monday Jun 27th 2016

A federal judge ruled Monday that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

SEE ALSO: Pope: Gay people and others marginalized deserve an apology

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' ruling blocks the state from enforcing part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law Friday.

Reeves is extending his previous order that overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. He says circuit clerks are required to provide equal treatment for all couples, gay or straight.

Mississippi's religious objections measure, House Bill 1523, was filed in response to last summer's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide. That ruling is called the Obergefell case, after the man who filed it. Read more...

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That chilling song from the 'Game of Thrones' finale is on Spotify

Monday Jun 27th 2016

If you're looking to halt your emotional recovery from the Game of Thrones' season finale, it just got much easier. 

"Light of the Seven," the chilling song that opened up the episode and made you feel so tense and vulnerable, has been made available on Spotify. Now you can spend your commute reliving Cersei's final transformation into the ruthless queen we always knew she would be. 

SEE ALSO: A scorecard for this season's big 'Game of Thrones' fan theories

The show's composer, Ramin Djwadi, was in top form soundtracking the episode. Fire and swords are deadly and all, but softly stroking piano keys can be pretty brutal, too. Read more...

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Ludacris will perform at Guantanamo Bay on July 4th - but not the prison

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Ludacris is going to Guantanamo Bay.

The Grammy-winning rapper is set to perform at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba on the Fourth of July for the annual Freedom Festival, according to The Miami Herald

According to The Herald, the festival takes place miles away from the prison where 89 detainees are still being held, at the Windward Ferry Landing. 

SEE ALSO: Ludacris has a ludicrous diamond-studded Apple Watch

This is not the first time a musician has performed at Guantanamo Bay, but Navy Chief Monique Hilley told The Herald "Gitmo hasn’t seen a star with as big a name as Ludacris in several years."
Read more...

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Google Earth gets a fancy new look thanks to NASA satellite data

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Google is mining photos from a satellite launched in 2013 to create a better, cloud-free image of Earth from above.

The newest mosaic is an updated version of one produced in 2013. The new version was pieced together mostly using data from the Landsat 8 satellite, launched by NASA, which snaps "twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day," according to Google.

SEE ALSO: The Future of Google Maps: You'll Never Be Lost Again

"This new rendition of Earth uses the most recent data available — mostly from Landsat 8 — making it our freshest global mosaic to date," Chris Herwig, program manager for Google Earth Engine wrote in a blog postRead more...

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Get the last bit of shampoo out of the bottle with this relieving invention

Monday Jun 27th 2016

What horrible quality unites all bottled cleaning items like shampoo, conditioner and liquid detergent? It is virtually impossible to get the last drops out.

And so, you end up wasting product and more importantly, money.

Luckily, researchers from The Ohio State University are on a mission to remove that tiny frustration from our lives with their latest invention.

SEE ALSO: This ingenious no-electricity cooler made with plastic bottles is helping Bangladesh cope with summer

Engineers Bharat Bhushan and Philip Brown have a treatment in development that will coat plastic bottles and allow soap to cleanly and entirely flow out. Read more...

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VW to pay $15 billion to settle 'dieselgate' in the U.S., report says

Monday Jun 27th 2016

When "dieselgate" first broke late last year, Volkswagen set aside roughly $7.3 billion to pay for the scandal worldwide. Turns out, it might cost the automaker more than double that figure to settle — and that is just in the U.S.

SEE ALSO: Tesla signs $9 billion agreement to build factory in China, report says

Volkswagen is scheduled to file its emission-cheating settlement in court on Tuesday morning. The German carmaker is planning to buy back diesel-powered models from owners in the U.S. and also compensate them up to $10,000 a piece, "two people familiar with the negotiations" told BloombergRead more...

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Devious clump of dirt delays MLB game for 5 minutes

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Everyone remain calm and sit perfectly still. The dirt clod cannot see us if we don't move.

During the bottom of the 5th of Sunday's game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, a solitary clump of dirt on the pitcher's mound brought two teams of grown men, umpires included, to a standstill. 

SEE ALSO: Boy at a baseball game will stare into your soul

The dirt clod ate up a mind-boggling five minutes. It was first was assessed, then picked up by infielder Jean Segura, then shoveled away by the grounds crew, at which point the remaining hole was deemed unacceptable by Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Butcher, which finally led the area to be re-dirtified and raked smooth by the grounds crew. Read more...

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At 12, Khloe Kardashian promised she would never grow up. She lied.

Monday Jun 27th 2016

Khloe Kardashian turns 32 today, which means she's a total liar.

See, 20 years ago, she signed a document prepared by her father Robert Kardashian, promising she would never grow up, and agreeing to, "always stay as sweet and wonderful as I am today." He was a lawyer, so it's all very official. 

SEE ALSO: On North West's third birthday, we honor her growing personal brand

Kris Jenner shared the heart-melting note from Khloe's 12th birthday on Instagram.

"I agree that I will never become like my 2 older sisters, Kourtney and Kimberly," the note reads, presumably in reference to their decision to age according to the laws of time.  Read more...

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