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Telstra increases its international roaming rates and no one's happy

Monday Nov 30th 2015

Australians planning a trip this holiday season will need to keep a close eye on their phone bill. Customers with Telstra, the country's biggest telecommunications provider, have been stung with a price increase just in time for Christmas.

From Thursday, a new set of prices for Telstra's International Travel Passes will be issued by the telco, and they are pretty damn pricey.

See also: The Cyber Monday master list: all the deals you need to know

Where before, travellers to Thailand and Indonesia could pay a one-off fee of A$35 (US$25) for a seven day trip, they'll now have to pay A$70 (US$50). Read more...

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'The Walking Dead' capped off fall with an anxiety-inducing finale

Monday Nov 30th 2015

Warning: This story contains spoilers about The Walking Dead fall finale.

Going into The Walking Dead fall finale, we knew there'd be a death. Why? Because there always is. The question was, who would it be? And what else would come with it

Well, the death square on The Walking Dead fall finale bingo card was filled by Alexandria's once fearless leader Deanna, who was injured early on in the episode while running away from walkers

See also: Glenn's fate revealed on 'The Walking Dead'

At first, the gang believed Deanna had been simply sliced by someone's ill-placed saw, but upon further inspection, it was discovered she's also been bitten as well Read more...

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This Bulgarian Toyota Hilux 6x6 is rugged on the outside, plush on the inside

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

The global market for 6x6 pickup trucks just got a bit bigger ... and a lot more rugged.

See also: Toyota's Ultimate Utility Vehicle is a minivan fit for the apocalypse

Just when you thought that only the Germans were mental enough to make rugged but luxurious six-wheel drive trucks with the Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6, here come the Bulgarians with a Toyota Hilux 6x6 of their very own.

Image: Vromos

For those unfamiliar with the nameplate, the Toyota Hilux is essentially the global go-to vehicle for simple and rugged pickups

This one, though, is a bit more burly than stock. It was modified by a Bulgarian company called Vromos that normally customizes golf carts into off-roading buggies. The company blessed the Hilux 6x6 with an extra axle, custom pickup bed, fender flares and a generous lift kit that makes the BF Goodrich all-terrain tires underneath it appear simply puny. Read more...

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7 Christmas decorations you need for a true blue Australian holiday season

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

As the 2015 holiday season approaches, it's officially time to deck the halls. Rather than sprigs of holly or plastic snowmen, this year consider making it a very Aussie Christmas.

Seasonal differences mean that Australians celebrate the occasion at the beach rather than in the snow — an excuse to wear ugly rashies and sunscreen instead of knitted sweaters.

See also: 20 truly bizarre gifts for under $5 on Amazon

If you're Australian or just a fan of Down Under, here's a list of ornaments, decorations and cute knick-knacks that will give your Christmas that certain Australian "je ne sais quoi." Read more...

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The Cyber Monday master list: all the deals you need to know

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

The only Monday worth waking up early for is Cyber Monday, the day everyone scours the web for online deals.

Cyber Monday generates more traffic than usual for many companies. For example, the day is historically Amazon’s busiest day of the year, according to the company, and last year Cyber Monday customers bought 43 million items worldwide — a record-breaking 500 items per second.

See also: Here are all the Black Friday deals you need to know

But Cyber Monday has evolved a lot over the years. Considering consumers are now more connected to always-on mobile devices, retailers have responded with offering discounts in various ways and across several days. Read more...

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What to stream on HBO, Hulu, Amazon and Netflix in December

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

The holiday season is in full swing, which means plenty of hot chocolate, egg nog and whiling away hours of your life in front of a television screen at home. Get in the yuletide spirit — or just the lazy spirit — with the latest from your favorite streaming services. Shows and films will become available on the dates listed below

See also: Let's talk the first season of 'Jessica Jones,' the most sophisticated Marvel show to date


Top Pick: Spaceballs

Mel Brooks adds sci-fi zeitgeist to his roster of skillful parodies with Spaceballs, a Star Wars-esque space caper from 1987. Whether it’s John Candy as Barf, Joan Rivers’ voice as the robot droid Dot Matrix, or Brooks himself as the ineffectual President Skroob, Spaceballs is full of characters as memorable and absurd as their Star Wars counterparts...just in slightly different ways. Add it to your pre-Force Awakens watchlist and may the Shwartz be with you.

Vice Special Report: Countdown to Zero (12/1)

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University of Chicago cancels classes, events at main campus over threat

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

UPDATE (8:45 PM PST): Added additional comment from University spokesperson.

On Sunday night, the University of Chicago canceled classes and activities scheduled for Monday, November 30 on the school's main campus in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood, citing a threat of violence made online

See also: Police arrest white suspect who made Yik Yak threats to black students

Monday classes and activities at UChicago Hyde Park Campus canceled due to threat. More info:

— UChicago (@UChicago) November 30, 2015

In a statement posted to the school's website, officials said they were taking the threat seriously and events were canceled due to an abundance of caution in light of "recent tragic events at other campuses across the country." Read more...

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Australian politicians won't stop dropping references to Taylor Swift

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

Taylor Swift is currently sending Australia into Tay Tay fever as she tours the country, and it seems the nation's politicians aren't immune.

Take Treasurer Scott Morrison. The minister was responding to media questions Monday regarding whether he had been offered the treasury job by current Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in February, months before the dumping of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott

We won't bore you with the details, but please note the part where the Liberal Party member told reporters to "shake it off" in regards to these events.

See also: Taylor Swift fan meets her idol before losing her hearing Read more...

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Overfinch's 40th Anniversary Defender is a super-limited edition masterpiece

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

Infamous Land Rover modifier Overfinch is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a special edition of the now-discontinued Defender, which combines the rugged boxiness of the iconic British 4x4 with the bespoke luxury of Overfinch.

Clearly, it's a match made in heaven. Sadly, though, only five examples will ever be made.

See also: You can drive this $100,000 SandRacer on the street

Image: Overfinch

Overfinch is scant on details surrounding the small run of special-edition trucks. But does it really need to say much? Just look at the thing.

The British coach-builder does give a few details about the 40th Anniversary Defender. To the trademark Overfinch hood and tailgate, designers added raised lettering in polished black chrome with a sandblasted face. Read more...

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Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting victims identified by family

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

Several media sources, citing family members, have named the victims of Friday's deadly mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado as 36-year-old Jennifer Markovsky and 29-year-old Ke’Arre Stewart

The third fatality, as previously reported, was University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey

See also: Planned Parenthood shooting: A shocked community grieves and waits for answers

Family members told media in her native Hawaii that Markovsky, a mother of two, was at the clinic in support of a friend, who was injured with a gunshot wound to a hand Read more...

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Cannabis crop larger than a football field set on fire by Aussie police

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 30 at 2.20 p.m. AEDT: NSW Police have confirmed they burnt the seized cannabis.

A patch of grass is about to land someone in trouble — a football field-sized amount of trouble.

Australian police have seized more than 8,500 cannabis plants, bordered by a 150 metre-long by 50 metre-wide fence (164 yards by 54.6 yards) on the New South Wales north coast. As the Daily Telegraph pointed out, that's bigger than the Sydney Football Stadium, or larger than a soccer field.

To add insult to injury, NSW Police confirmed to Mashable Australia all of the cannabis plants were burnt in what must have been a hell of a bonfire. Read more...

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Australia commits to doubling its clean energy investment

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

As Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in Paris for the Paris Climate Summit, hopes are high that global leaders will agree to an effective plan to combat climate change.

On Monday, Australia took a step forward, joining 18 countries in committing to double its clean energy research and development investment over five years.

The initiative, called Mission Innovation, brings together the U.S., Brazil and Canada, among others, and aims to accelerate clean technology innovation in response to global warming. A Breakthrough Energy Coalition of 28 high-profile investors who will invest in early-stage clean technology, including Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg, has also been announced. Read more...

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Kobe Bryant's retirement poem crashed the site that hosted it

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

The retirement of NBA legend Kobe Bryant took many by surprise on Sunday night. Right now, Bryant's fans around the world are finding out that every game from here on out will be his last

Attention around his poetically framed announcement has garnered so much activity that it appears to have crashed the site hosting the poem (The Player's Tribune)

SEE ALSO: When a teenage Kobe Bryant was on the brink between hometown hero and worldwide celebrity.

In light of that, we present to you the full text of Bryant's farewell poem to his fans, haters and fellow competitors:

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

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Obama makes surprise visit to Le Bataclan to honor victims of Paris terrorist attacks

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

Having just arrived in Paris for the the upcoming COP21 climate summit, President Barack Obama's motorcade from Orly Airport made a surprise stop at the Le Bataclan music venue, one of the sites of the deadly November 13 terrorist attacks, to pay respects to the victims

See also: Obama on Paris bloodshed: An 'attack on all of humanity'

Escorted by French President François Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama made the visit at around 12:45 a.m. local time, according to pool reports, and wordlessly laid a rose at a large shrine of flowers and candles

@POTUS placing a flower at memorial at the Bataclan, site of one of the #ParisAttacks. Joined by President

— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) November 29, 2015

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Kobe Bryant announces retirement, says this will be his final season in the NBA

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

After weeks of struggling to make a comeback from two seasons of injury-riddled disappointment, on Sunday, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant announced that this will be his last season.

See also: My high school teammate, Kobe Bryant

"You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream and I’ll always love you for it," wrote Bryant in a message on the Player's Tribune. "But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer. This season is all I have left to give."

Bryant is currently playing in his 20th season in the NBA, an epic milestone by any measure in sports. But recent performances, including a 31.5 shooting percentage, the worst in his playing career, apparently led to his decision to call it a career after this season Read more...

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President Obama and Bill Gates to announce historic investment in clean energy research

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

President Obama will join with the leaders of 18 other countries as well as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Monday at the United Nations Climate Summit in Paris to launch a historic expansion in clean energy research and development funding

This funding will come both in the form of public sector financing and private sector backing, and together they are likely to constitute the biggest investments in clean energy technologies in history

See also: The 12 days that will decide Earth's future: A guide to COP21

Under the public sector program, which is known as Mission Innovation, each participating country will commit to a doubling of its respective research and development funding within the next five years Read more...

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My high school teammate, Kobe Bryant

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

Before Kobe Bryant was an NBA superstar, a Los Angeles Lakers icon and a basketball legend, he was a Lower Merion Ace

Twenty years ago this season, as a high school senior, Bryant led Lower Merion to the 1995-96 Pennsylvania state championship. That was also his final season as an amateur, and as anything remotely resembling a normal teenager. Months later, he was playing in the NBA, against grown men before audiences of millions

Now Bryant is on a different cusp. He’s 37, slogging through the final season of his Lakers contract and visibly in the twilight of his career. Speculation abounds about how many more seasons he’ll play.  Read more...

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A scientist examines the folly of 'I am not a scientist.'

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

A few weeks back, I wrote a piece about the political, social and journalistic implications of a phrase that has been bothering me like a burr under a saddle. “I’m not a scientist” has become a go-to cop out for politicians, big corporate press reps, and activists who want to evade deliberate scientific questions about things like climate change, GMOs, vaccines, stem cells and all the other hot button scientific issues that expose raw political leanings or moral ideologies

Judging by the magnitude of the response, I’m not the only one who feels this is a problem.

My call to action is to rally journalists (and you at home) to demand better, more complete answers and explanations from both scientists and the politicians and leaders who are using “I’m not a scientist” as an excuse to avoid engaging with the science. When it comes to explaining the myriad roles science plays in our everyday lives and our policy choices we need to elevate the dialogue. Read more...

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Amazon reveals Prime Air drone flight footage with Jeremy Clarkson explainer

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

Back in 2013, when Amazon revealed plans to begin delivering packages via flying drones through Prime Air, some seemed skeptical about the reality of deploying such a system

Today, Amazon doubled down on those claims by releasing a video of one of the drones in action, and it's impressive

See also: The new rules for drones: What you need to know

Presented by former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson (who is working on a show for Amazon), the two-minute video takes us through the entire process, from ordering, to warehouse launch, to delivery

The new drone looks a lot different from the one Amazon showed us a couple of years ago. This one has a more commercial and streamlined look, and instead of showing the package hanging in open air, the new drone hides the item in a square compartment Read more...

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Roborace is the world's first driverless racing championship

Sunday Nov 29th 2015

The creators of the Formula E all-electric racing series have announced a new motoring championship called "Roborace." It combines the fast-paced excitement of alternative energy racing with the thrill of robot competition.

And, no, there's no need to check your calendars; it's not April Fool's Day. People are really planning to race driverless cars.

See also: VW's new Beetle Dune is a modern 'Baja Bug' for your daily commute

Roborace will serve as a support race to the headlining Formula E races during the 2016-17 season. The all-electric, driverless cars will compete in hour-long races that are aimed at accelerating the development of autonomous tech algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Read more...

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