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Snowstorm traps women's basketball team in bus for more than 24 hours

Wednesday Nov 19th 2014

The Niagara University women's basketball team has been trapped for more than 24 hours on a highway as a heavy snowstorm pummels New York state

The team isn't alone. More than 100 vehicles have been stranded along a 132-mile stretch of the Thruway, the main highway across New York, due to white-out conditions.

As the hours tick by, team members gather in prayer

See also: State of emergency: A year's worth of snow to hit New York over three days

We have been praying each hour. It has now been 24 hours. Keep us in your prayers #NUWBBstrandedonbus pic.twitter.com/hWR2fCOkEB

— jamie (@jimmbo_10) November 19, 2014 Read more...

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Artist plans to wear Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for 28 days straight

Wednesday Nov 19th 2014

A U.K-based artist plans to spend a month in a room wearing virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.

In those 28 days, Mark Farid will have a few handlers and remain in a confined setting that includes only a bed and bathroom area. His living space will be on display in London to an audience, like an art gallery. He will never remove the headset for the duration of the exhibition

See also: 5 Roadblocks to Virtual Reality Becoming Mainstream

"I'll wear it constantly," Farid told Mashable. "I'll shower with it on. I'll go to the toilet. Eat."

This concept might seem claustrophobic, but the theory is that he won't feel like he's there. The headset will be simulating a reality for Farid, and he thinks that, in time, it will appear authentic to him and learn habits (like the times he eats or showers) from the virtual world. It's an experiment to see if our identities are part of who we are or if they're something that is learned. Read more...

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Two singers gone, one saved by tweets: 'The Voice' narrows to top ten

Wednesday Nov 19th 2014

This week on The Voice begins and we're still reeling from the loss of great singers like Mia Pfirrman and Elyjuh Rene. All we can hope is that the singers whom the coaches saved last week will live up to expectations

Since we're one week into live eliminations, we are introduced to the all-powerful instant save. Now, the coaches are there simply to coach. They can voice their opinions, but they no longer can vote on anything. America holds all the power.

Let's look at how each team performed this week — who stood out, who flubbed and who went home

Team Pharrell

Best performer: Sugar Joans
Thank goodness for you, Sugar Joans. When Pharrell chose to save you over Elyjuh, we were unsure for a bit. That choice was a tough one. But after this week's performance, we're sure he made the right decision. Sugar killed it onstage this week with "Take Me to the River" by Al Green. Not only is Sugar immensely talented, but she's humble offstage and extremely confident onstage. Regardless of whether Sugar hits all the right notes, her voice is so spectacular that it frankly doesn't matter Read more...

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8 reasons why you should leave work on time today

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014
It's Go Home On Time day

If you aren't going to do it today, you never will. The initiative by The Australia Institute, a local think tank, is in its sixth year and encourages the 11.6 million Australian workers to think about the extra time they put in for The Man

How will you manage such a highly problematic task? The Institute have released some pointers to make it easier and even implement it regularly.

• Decide a time you will go home before you head off to work.
• Identify early any tasks that might prevent you from going home on time and speak with a manager about expectations.
• Take a lunch break to clear the head as it can boost productivity.
• Plan activities for after work, such as meeting a friend at the gym or taking the kids to the park.
• Make a commitment to go home on time once a week or once a month, to make it part of a routine. Read more...

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Frida, a chihuahua-mix, became the mayor of San Francisco for a day

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

The city of San Francisco has gone to the dogs.

A chihuahua-mix named Frida rose to power as mayor of San Francisco on Tuesday with a platform calling for more protection of animal rights and mandatory belly rubs. Her one-day term was made possible by a $5,000 bid from her owner, Dean Clark, at a gala fundraiser for the city's Animal Care and Control Department.

See also: Baby and dog battle for most adorable jumper

The four-legged city official spent her mayorship touring City Hall and other city landmarks before attending a Board of Supervisors meeting at 2 p.m. local time, where her human counterpart, Mayor Ed Lee, paid respects to her in his opening remarks and Supervisor Scott Wiener read her a commendation for service. She rounded out her term with a press conference on the steps of City Hall where she was presented with a retirement package consisting of play toys, a doggy bed and a gift basket. Read more...

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Nielsen to hack Netflix, other streaming viewership with audio recognition

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Nielsen will begin tracking viewership of streaming networks like Netflix and Amazon Prime beginning in December, dragging the secretive companies' ratings out into the open by using its home-based meters to listen in on TV audio, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Netflix and its streaming rivals have never self-reported viewership, and despite reaching nearly half of American homes this year, were never tracked by Nielsen. Well, Nielsen figured it out — and without their consent.

SEE ALSO: SEE ALSO: Netflix announces it is launching in Australia next year

Nielsen, which still pulls much of its data from boxes connected to the TVs of several thousand "Nielsen families" across the nation, will use Shazam-like audio recognition via those boxes to track streams, the WSJ reported — at least those that come through television sets. It seems views on mobile devices will remain in the abstract for now, but the news still foretells a powerful shift in the battle for ad revenue between over-the-top and traditional cable and broadcasting companies. Read more...

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'Dunkslaps' art series mashes NBA stars with pop culture iconography

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Not that Lebron James needed an ego boost...

At times NBA players seem like they are one cape short of being superheroes. They’re fast, they jump crazy heights and with the exception of Brian Scalabrine, most of them are built like monster trucks. In a world full of humans, NBA stars aesthetically look like modern-day titans.

Alberto Berroa Jr., or as the internet knows him, Artoflaff, took this idea of NBA stars having near mythical physical attributes and ran with it. His art series, titled Dunkslaps, is an NBA/Graffiti mashup that pairs NBA stars with classic pop culture iconography. The series was first posted online back in August and has been making waves in the Reddit art community since Read more...

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White men can't what? Here's the best dunker you've never heard of

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Despite what a certain classic flick from 1992 might lead you to believe, white men can jump. Or at least, an otherwise unknown Canadian named Jordan Kilganon can

Take the completely ridiculous dunk that begins the video above, for example. It's apparently called "the Scorpion" and a new invention, according to viral basketball hit-maker Hoopmixtape, which uploaded the clip to YouTube. We've certainly never seen a dunk like this before and are still picking our jaws up off the floor

See also: A YouTube Legend Battles for His Basketball Future

We've got to get this guy into the NBA dunk contest ASAP. But the 6-foot-1 Kilganon's dunking expertise goes well beyond the so-called Scorpion. Check this one out that Hoopmixtape debuted in February — again, it's claimed to be a first and we certainly can't refute that assertion Read more...

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Uber: We will only access your data for 'legitimate business purposes'

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Yes, Uber employees can access your data, but don't worry, it's only for "legitimate business purposes."

In an apparent attempt to assuage privacy concerns following top executive Emil Michael's suggestion that the company could look into the personal lives of reporters who are critical of it, the company posted an update to its privacy policy Tuesday. In it, Uber assures users their data can only be obtained for a "legitimate" purpose.

See also: Uber CEO apologizes for top exec's revenge plan, doesn't fire him

The update, posted on Uber's blog, doesn't appear to be materially different than terms outlined in previous privacy policies, though it is more explicit about how or when rider and driver data may be used. Read more...

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Netflix announces it is launching in Australia next year

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

After months of speculation and of Australians feeling smug sneaking in the back way, U.S. subscription movie and television service Netflix has finally announced it will be coming Down Under in March 2015.

The service will also be available in New Zealand.

See also: 15 Questions We Still Have About 'Friends' 20 Years Later

In a statement emailed to Mashable, Netflix said it will launch with the Netflix-created new series Marco Polo and adult animated series BoJack Horseman as well as the DreamWorks animation series All Hail King Julien.

The subscription service will be available on all computers, devices and smart TVs and will include in its ANZ collection family thriller Bloodline, Marvel's Daredevil, the thriller series Sense8 from the creators of the Matrix and Grace and Frankie, from the creators of Friends.

Pricing for Netflix has not yet been announced. Netflix's director of corporate communications and technology, Cliff Edwards, told Mashable details would be released in the near future on "content, technical capabilities and pricing," refusing to be drawn on the likelihood of Aussies getting access to Orange is the New Black Read more...

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Parrot’s Bebop drone is a speed demon

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Parrot’s latest drone the Bebop has an, at best, misleading name. There’s nothing boppy about this pro-level drone masquerading in a kid-friendly name (and colors).

Unveiled on Tuesday in New York City, the Bebop drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 It does have at least one thing in common with the previous drone. Both use ad-hoc Wi-Fi connections to talk to a tablet-based control app

See also: The 19 best drone photos of 2014

Beyond that, though, Bebop is a very different animal. It's $499 ($200 more than the AR.Drone). The body only marginally resembles AR.Drone. It still has four powerful rotors, which can be partially covered by a pair of foam hulls. Its curved back is made up of, in part, a slightly larger battery, which lasts slightly less time than the AR.Drone’s. According to Parrot, you get about 11 minutes flight time per charge. Read more...

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Air bags that shoot metal prompt demand for nationwide recall

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are demanding that automakers and Takata Corp. expand a nationwide a recall of vehicles with certain driver's side air bags equipped with inflators that can erupt and send metal fragments into the passenger compartment.

The recall could affect millions of vehicles.

Previously, cars with the inflators have been recalled only in areas along the Gulf Coast with high humidity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's basing its latest decision on an incident that happened outside of those areas.

See also: Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell car is coming to northeastern U.S. in 2016 Read more...

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Pittsburgh Steelers player to fan on Twitter: 'Kill yourself'

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly suspended safety Mike Mitchell from using social media after he lashed out at fans following the team's 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans in NFL action on Monday night

The team has told Mitchell to stay away from social media indefinitely, according to CBS Pittsburgh, after he used Twitter to tell one fan "kill yourself," call another one "trash" and instruct a third to "die broke."

See also: Are Twitter's Sports Trolls Out of Control?

Here are screenshots of direct messages Mitchell allegedly sent fans critical of his play against the Titans on Monday night Read more...

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'Baby It's Cold Outside' but cozy inside for a mini Menzel, Bublé duet

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Pint-sized versions of Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé are helping us ring in the holiday season in adorable fashion in this "Baby It's Cold Outside" music video

While the real Menzel and Bublé sing the holiday classic and appear only briefly during the video, their mini selves run amok performing the adult duo's version of the cheerful tune

See also: Michael Bublé can pull off a pretty sexy cover of 'Milkshake'

The cuteness overload is almost too much to absorb in one viewing, so spark up your fireplace, prepare a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up for repeat viewings.

Video: YouTube, Idina Menzel Read more...

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The world according to Nick Cannon

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Nick Cannon arrives without an entourage. Only Devon, who's big enough to be a body guard, but is clearly Cannon's affable guy Friday, is in tow.

The nattily-dressed actor, producer, writer, gadget purveyor and TV host is one of the busiest entertainment figures. As ever, he’s on a tight schedule, but does not appear almost preternaturally relaxed. When we realize we're bumping up against his next call, he tells Devon to push it, who just shrugs his shoulders and makes it happen.

Nick Cannon (right) sets the tone for his Mashable interview with Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff.

Image: Mashable, Luke Leonard Read more...

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Senate rejects Keystone XL pipeline

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The Senate's 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end.

See also: The Senate votes on Keystone: 5 things you need to know

The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House. The House passed it overwhelmingly last week.

President Barack Obama did not support the bill, but the White House has been mum on whether or not he would veto it.

Seen on C-SPAN2: U.S. Senate rejects #KeystoneXL Pipeline, 59-41 (60 needed)http://t.co/DZdLqprRrb #BREAKING pic.twitter.com/4tHFSdsoqK

— CSPAN (@cspan) November 18, 2014 Read more...

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Apple's new WatchKit SDK hints at the future of Apple Watch's apps

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Apple released a bevy of developer resources for the upcoming Apple Watch Tuesday.

The company released a WatchKit, documentation and guidelines for developers alongside the new iOS 8.2 SDK. The WatchKit page includes a Getting Started with WatchKit video outlining the new tools and how developers can build apps.

See also: Apple Watch Hands-On: Plenty of Promise, Plenty of Unknowns

The resources also let registered developers download a new font (called "San Francisco" for Apple Watch development), along with PSD templates for designers to develop mockups of their applications.

You need to be a registered developer to download the tools, but anyone can read the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines, which outline the basics for designing for the Apple Watch. Read more...

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Adrian Peterson's suspension: A clumsy solution amid a bigger mess

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Roger Goodell's hammer came down hard on Tuesday morning when the NFL commissioner suspended Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson without pay for the rest of the current season for beating his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, leaving the boy with visible welts and cuts on his legs, back and scrotum

Peterson has already had to sit out nine games of this NFL season (with pay), since news of the case broke; now, he has been banned without pay for the year's remaining six games, which will cost him a more than $4.1 million in forfeited salary

See also: If Ray Rice never plays again, please don't credit ethics Read more...

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'Grand Theft Auto V' first-person mode changes Los Santos entirely

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Grand Theft Auto V's first-person mode will make you want to try every activity in the exhaustive game all over again.

The next-gen version of last year's blockbuster has plenty of new tricks, but the ability to change perspectives was one of the most compelling. Things like a dangerous firefight or a carjacking are a little more fun from the first-person perspective.

See also: Try not to freeze to death in the Canadian wilderness in 'The Long Dark'

On Mashable's Gaming YouTube channel, we checked out some of the variety of first-person mode, from the leisurely to high-octane activities. Check it out above. Read more...

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Billy Eichner will soon be Billy on Hulu

Tuesday Nov 18th 2014

Billy Eichner is getting off the street and onto Hulu

Hulu on Tuesday ordered a series, titled Difficult People, that will be led by the Billy on the Street star and comes from executive producer Amy Poehler

See also: 10 things we learned about Amy Poehler from her Reddit AMA

On the show, Eichner and co-star/writer Julie Klausner star as best friends living in New York City whose irreverent behavior tends to find them in "very awkward situations," according to a logline.

.@julieklausner Julie, Difficult People was trending today at the same time as Charles Mansons wedding. This is literally ur dream come true

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 18, 2014 Read more...

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