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Why Australians are tweeting cake photos for #cookingforcopyright

Friday Jul 31st 2015

If you woke up Friday morning and found yourself overwhelmed by tweets about delicious cakes, you are not alone

The hashtag #CookingForCopyright has been trending in Australia, as people tweet photographs of hunger-inducing treats. It is a dizzying, chocolate-infused nightmare for those that are attempting to get through the 3 p.m. slump or not screw up their winter diet.

See also: New kitchen gadget tuns all your food into edible beads

But why are people cooking things for copyright? The hashtag was started by Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR) as a protest against archaic copyright laws Down Under Read more...

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Defense asks jurors to spare Colorado theater shooter's life

Friday Jul 31st 2015

Defense lawyers for James Holmes made one more appeal for mercy Thursday, urging jurors to consider mental illness in his sentencing even though they rejected his insanity claim when they convicted him of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others at a Colorado movie theater

Holmes was found guilty on all 165 charges he faced.

See also: Aurora shooter's mother says she still loves him as prosecutors seek death penalty

"It was not about notoriety, it was not about hatred. It was about the delusion," attorney Tamara Brady said.

"The stressors triggered his psychosis, the psychosis caused him to be delusional, and come up with this plan to shoot people in this theater," she said. "No one has said that Mr. Holmes is malingering or faking or exaggerating psychiatric symptoms. He is indisputably mentally ill." Read more...

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'Straight Outta Compton' review: Hip-hop nostalgia goes Hollywood

Friday Jul 31st 2015

"You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge."

These are the first words spoken on the seminal 1988 album Straight Outta Compton by hip-hop group N.W.A. Three scrappy guys from Compton — Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre — become stars, little bits of legendary status sparking together in the aftermath of the album's release, success and notoriety

It was the birth of gangsta rap, or "reality rap," as Ice preferred to call it. The kind of rap born out of being manhandled and violated by overzealous police officers. The kind of rap that uncovers life in the streets, rife with guns, gangs and drugs. No one was able to narrate life in Compton better than N.W.A. Read more...

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Here's how to install Windows 10 on a Mac. But should you do it?

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

Can Windows 10 run on a Mac?

Of course it can. Users have been able to install Windows on a Mac for years, and Microsoft's latest operating system is no exception. And no, the Apple police won’t come after you, we swear.

See also: Windows 10 review: A needed upgrade with missing pieces

By installing Windows 10, you get access to a host of new features. First you'll notice the look and feel. It's taking the flat, tile-based user interface introduced in Windows 8 and combining it with the Windows your parents know. There's a fancy new browser called Edge, and a new app switcher Mac users are sure to find familiar Read more...

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Is Windows 10 enough to bring Microsoft back? Listen to our debate

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

Windows 10, Microsoft's highly-anticipated update to its software ecosystem, is finally here, and the reviews have been largely positive.

See also: Windows 10 review: A needed upgrade with missing pieces

Since we also see Windows 10 as a strong improvement to Microsoft's key update, our debate on this week's episode of MashTalk asks: is it enough for Microsoft? Or are they simply playing catchup to the likes of Google and Apple?

Listen to the episode on Libsyn, above, or on iTunes. You can also subscribe to MashTalk on iTunes, and get our latest episodes instantly.

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

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A live exorcism will air on TV just in time to summon your Halloween spirit

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

It's not too early to start planning your Halloween costume and it's definitely not too early to write out a detailed schedule for yourself to make sure you see every haunting and horrifying thing you can. Work on your time management so you are sure to conduct ritual viewings of Nightmare on Elm Street, The Ring, The Omen and The Exorcism.

But if you're ready for the real thing, you have the first live televised exorcism in U.S. history to look forward to this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

See also: 12 horror movie Ben & Jerry's flavors that will make you scream for ice cream

Destination America will air Exorcism: Live Friday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. Read more...

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Silent night: The iconic Sydney venues killed by lockout laws

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

Kings Cross in Sydney, Australia was an area known for its seedy underbelly, its boozy nights and its ability to drag you in and spit you out. It was the centre of an otherwise tame city that prided itself on its wild characters and its raucously good times.

Now Kings Cross in Sydney is known for its empty streets, closed down and abandoned businesses and instead paints a very vivid picture of an over-regulated city.

See also: A Farewell to Kings Cross: Our Friend, Our Enemy, Our Wild Times

On Thursday, the iconic institution Hugos Lounge closed its doors and Sydney mourned again. It is the latest in a long list of decades-old establishments shutting down, and blaming the state government's strict laws Read more...

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Surfer in Australia attacked by a shark

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

A surfer was seriously injured as he fought a shark off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police said.

The 52-year-old man sustained significant wounds to his left leg and hand in the dawn attack at Evans Head, 550 kilometres (340 miles) north of Sydney, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said.

See also: Hero surfer Mick Fanning after shark attack: 'I'm tripping out'

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital in serious but stable condition, police said.

Recreational diver Damian Johnson, 46, became the second victim of a fatal shark attack in Australia this year when he was mauled on Saturday off the island state of Tasmania. Read more...

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NASA confirms discovery of nearest rocky exoplanet to Earth so far

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

A NASA space telescope has just confirmed the discovery of a rocky alien world just 21 light-years from Earth, making it the nearest rocky exoplanet to our solar system yet found.

The exoplanet (a label given to any planet outside the solar system) is called HD 219134b, and was first detected by scientists using the Galileo National Telescope in the Canary Islands

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope did follow-up observations confirming its existence

See also: What Is an Exoplanet?

Although it is our nearest rocky neighbor, it likely can't support life, according to NASA. The world orbits too close to its star to be habitable; it only takes about three days for the planet to orbit its star Read more...

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Lionel Richie's 'Hello' without music is hilariously creepy

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

Is it laughs you're looking for?

If you thought the classic music video for Lionel Richie's 1983 mega-hit "Hello" couldn't get any better/worse, you are in for a sweet surprise, my friend

This "Musicless Music Video" from Mario Wienerroither shows what the bizarre video would sound like if all of the music were taken away, and sound effects added

So basically you end up with a video of Lionel Richie stalking a woman and whining "hello" over and over. It's amazing. It's hilarious. Don't question it, just enjoy the creepiness.

Adventure-seeking dog copies humans, dives off Malta cliff

'Bad Blood' cover don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

Man stuck in Los Angeles traffic plays the flute to pass the time

1,000 musicians played Foo Fighters' 'Learn To Fly,' and it was epic Read more...

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New kitchen gadget tuns all your food into edible beads

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

You may soon be able to turn all your meals into beads that look like caviar — or at least, Dippin' Dots

The "Imperial Spherificator," a kitchen gadget making its way through Kickstarter, promises to streamline the process that allows home chefs to turn their food into small edible pearls.

See also: 6 delightful regional cuisines that don't get enough love

The gadget, currently $115 to $135 on Kickstarter (depending on when you back it), streamlines a culinary technique knows as spherification

"Spherification simply put is the culinary process of shaping a liquid into spheres which visually and texturally resemble caviar or pearls," the company explains on its website. "You can produce pearls and caviar with a liquid center by using a reverse technic called Reverse Spherification." Read more...

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HBO boss defends 'True Detective' Season 2, says finale is 'enormously satisfying'

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

LOS ANGELES — Season 2 of HBO's True Detective hasn't exactly been loved by critics, but HBO president Michael Lombardo is standing by the anthology series

"I'm enormously proud of it," he told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, taking place in Los Angeles. "If he wanted to do another season, I told [creator Nic Pizzolatto] our door is open. I'd love to do another season with him."

See also: 'True Detective' Episode 5: That's it, I've had it with this damn show

Season 2 of True Detective has been panned by critics from every angle — from the writing to the acting to the pacing of the main storyline Read more...

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Cinemax show 'The Knick' is coming to HBO for a limited time

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

LOS ANGELES — HBO is helping little brother Cinemax keep its prized patient alive.

The first season of The Knick, the ever-gnarly Cinemax period drama set in the famed New York hospital at the turn of the 20th Century, is getting a limited run on HBO's digital platforms starting Aug. 14, the cable networks announced Thursday. Cinemax has renewed Steven Soderbergh's show starring Clive Owen for a second season, coming this fall.

SEE ALSO: If You Think 'The Knick' Patients Have it Bad ... Go Back 50 Years

The show garnered five Emmy nominations and is a critical hit, but Cinemax would like to see stronger vitals for a show that clearly isn't cheap to make. That's where HBO, which owns Cinemax and shares parent company Time Warner, comes in. Read more...

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Now 'Game of Thrones' might end after Season 8, says HBO

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

LOS ANGELES — Your days in Westeros are numbered — like most of the characters on Game of Thrones — but the number isn't quite as low as we once thought

HBO president Michael Lombardo told reporters Thursday that while the series is currently in production on Season 6, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are currently planning for the series to run until Season 8

See also: 'Game of Thrones' tribute set to 'See You Again' will even make you miss Joffrey

"The question is how much beyond 7 we're going to do," Lombardo said at the Television Critics Association summer press event in Beverly Hills. "I think [Benioff and Weiss] are feeling there's probably 2 more years after [season] 6. As I've said before, I'd always love for them to change their minds, but I think that's their plan right now." Read more...

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'Paper Towns' author John Green weighs in on that Cara Delevingne interview

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

By now, Cara Delevingne's interview with Good Day Sacramento has become infamous

From accidentally calling the actress/model by the wrong name ("Carla"), to commenting on how tired and disinterested she looked, the whole scenario turned from a strained Q&A about the movie Paper Towns to a straight-up debacle. Soon, the entire Internet was referring to the incident as " painfully awkward."

See also: Hard-to-watch Cara Delevingne interview combines missed sarcasm with awkward questions

Plenty of outlets chose to voice an opinion on the interview, either siding with Delevingne against the news anchors, or calling her out as a spoiled brat. Even the women on The View were debating whether or not the actress was on her period when she gave the interview (yes, seriously). Read more...

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Why Friday's full moon is actually a blue moon, no matter its color

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

A blue moon is rising Friday, and, weather permitting, people all over the world will have a chance to see the rare lunar event.

Friday's full moon probably won't look markedly different than other full moons this year, but it will be the second full moon of July making it a rare blue moon, according to a modern definition.

See also: First Images of Blue Moon 2012 Are Mesmerizing

The last blue moon like this one rose in 2012, and there won't be another until 2018.

A full moon is labeled a blue moon when it is the second one to happen on any given month, but it hasn't always been that way

"If you told a person in Shakespeare's day that something happens 'once in a blue moon' they would attach no astronomical meaning to the statement," NASA said in a statement Read more...

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Iowa State Fair rejects Trump's ploy for free helicopter rides

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

With the Iowa State Fair fast approaching, Donald Trump was hoping to make a blustery appearance, metaphorically and literally, by offering children free rides in his lavish helicopter. But the Iowa State Fair, long a key stop for presidential candidates, doesn't like that idea.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Trump outlined his plans to take the helicopter to the state fair, which is scheduled for August 13 - 23, and to offer free rides to children. As usual, Trump was high on energy if short on details and approval

See also: 'The Simpsons' knew a Donald Trump presidency was a joke 15 years ago Read more...

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The Moto X Style vs. the latest flagship Android smartphones

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

Motorola is stepping up its phone game with the Moto X Style (called Moto X Pure Edition in the U.S.).

The third-generation Moto X has improvements across the board: bigger and higher resolution display, larger battery, microSD card slot, and most importantly, huge camera improvements.

But how does it stack up against the competition?

See also: Hands on with the Moto X Style

We crunched the numbers and put them all into an easily digestible chart. There's no fingerprint sensor and the phone's a little bulky — but in all the areas that really count, the Moto X Style looks like a serious contender Read more...

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Report: New Apple TV set to be announced in September

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

Apple will announce a new version of its Apple TV streaming box this September, during the same event it typically announces new iPhones, according to a Buzzfeed report that cited an anonymous source close to the company

In classic Apple fashion, the device is expected to be slimmer and faster, packing an A8 chip, a powerful processor currently used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new Apple TV will support Siri for voice commands and pack a new remote with a built-in touchpad

See also: When will I be able to make apps for Apple TV?

The device might also include a new app store and software development kit to enable creation of those apps. An app store could have enormous implications for the way people use the device. It could turn the Apple TV into a central hub to control internet-connected appliances, and not just be a way to watch television Read more...

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How 'Wet Hot American Summer' fans prompted the return to Camp Firewood

Thursday Jul 30th 2015

It had been about 15 years since the cast of Wet Hot American Summer sat on the steps of the little red cabin in Camp Firewood

The cabin was exactly as they remembered it, because the whole set had been recreated exactly as it was in the 2001 movie. But the circumstances surrounding their gathering couldn't have been more different.

See also: The cast of 'Wet Hot American Summer' reveals the best make-out spots at camp

Back then, the movie was made for just $1.8 million, and released to less-than-enthusiastic reviews. This time the cast was recording an 8-part TV series, backed by content giant Netflix, and filmed with the support of a large cult fanbase. Not to mention the fact that a bunch of the campers — including Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd — were now huge stars Read more...

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