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Police dog too friendly for the force gets an adorable new job

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If you want to be a police dog, you’ve gotta be a bit tough. Gavel, a German Shepherd from Queensland, Australia, isn’t.

He was ruled too sociable for the frontline by police trainers, and was let go from the training program while he was being fostered at the official residence of the Queensland governor.

Left wondering what to do with the pooch, staff decided to give him a new job as a vice-regal dog, which was made official in February this year.

“He has outgrown four ceremonial coats, undergone a career change (his official title is now Gavel VRD, ‘Vice-Regal Dog’), and brought untold joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs de Jersey, Government House staff, and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate,” the office of Governor Paul de Jersey told the BBC. Read more…

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Smart glasses give legally blind man second chance to see his wife at their wedding

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Andrew Airey married his wife almost 15 years ago, but recently he had a second wedding and this time he could see more of her face and even her wedding veil.

Airey lives with Stargardt’s disease, a form of macular degeneration, and his eyesight has deteriorated over the past 20 years. He’s legally blind, which has made life with his wife, Kelli, and their three daughters challenging in some ways. He said one of the biggest challenges is “not being able to see my wife’s facial expressions.” But a new device has changed that. Read more…

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The leaked NSA report shows 2-factor authentication has a critical weakness: You

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So you’ve created a strong password, kept an eye out for sketchy links, and enabled two-factor authentication — what could possibly go wrong?

Well, it turns out the answer is “you.” 

As the leaked NSA report on Russian efforts to hack the computers of U.S. election officials before the 2016 presidential election demonstrates, we are all often our own biggest security weakness. The document, published by The Intercept, shows that hackers found a way around the protections offered by two-factor authentication that is striking in its simplicity: They asked the targets for their verification codes.  Read more…

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Tiny baby kangaroo having a yawn after eating is just like you

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Russell Westbrook goes back to where it all started in new Samsung ad

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook has had quite the season with his triple-double average in 2016-17. Although it wasn’t quite enough, as his team fell short against the Houston Rockets in the playoffs. 

In a new ad for Samsung titled Driven, Westbrook takes it back to where it all began, where he grew up in Los Angeles. The ad is of course littered with shots of Samsung products, but also heartfelt tidbits about the point guard’s life — like how much getting back to his roots matters. Read more…

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Relive SpaceX’s historic rocket launch and landing with this video

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Self-driving cars could create a massive new $7 trillion economy

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The race to create self-driving cars is on—but what happens when they’re everywhere and nobody has to drive?   

That could lead to a “passenger economy” worth $7 trillion by 2050, according to a new report by Intel and analyst firm Strategy Analytics.

While the name of the potential new market is lame, the amount of cash it’s estimated to drive is not: the study predicts self-driving cars will free up 250 million hours of commuting time per year, providing the backbone for a thriving $800 billion industry by 2035, when the study predicts fully autonomous vehicles will begin to proliferate globally.  Read more…

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The tech world is becoming more political, and not everyone likes it

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“Seventeen agencies, all in agreement… they concluded with high confidence that the Russians ran an extensive information war campaign against my campaign to influence voters in the election.”

This is Hillary Clinton uncensored, speaking on a stage, railing against Russia and the Trump administration, playing to her base, and generally urging the world to #resist.

This wasn’t a political rally or event, though. Clinton was headlining the Code Conference, an annual tech event where leaders from Silicon Valley and the greater tech world congregate, typically to talk about the latest innovations, ideas, and gadgets. Read more…

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La Croix got its very own song, because seltzer is the new champagne

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If you have an unhealthy obsession with La Croix, you’re about to fall in love. Rapper, Big Dipper has created the perfect love song for fans of the flavored seltzer aka “water juice.”

The “LaCroix Boi” music video has slow-mo bottle popping, sexy water pouring, 2000’s R&B vibes, and bubbles. Basically, it has everything you could want in a seductive music video dedicated to sparkling water.

Grab a cold one, crack it open with the bois, and enjoy.

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Scammer calls a guy to ‘fix’ his computer, doesn’t realise it’s the police

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Ah, delicious schadenfreude.

A scammer purporting to be from Microsoft technical support accidentally called New Zealand Police, trying to get access to the officer’s computer via remote access program TeamViewer — a unfortunately common PC support scam.

Sadly for this scammer though, he’s called the wrong people. And police posted the results on Facebook. Read more…

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10+ Of The World’s Most Amazing Fountains

Many of you have probably heard of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, and you’ve probably seen the famous Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, either in person or while watching the movie Ocean’s 11. While there’s no doubt that these are both spectacular sights to behold however, they only represent a small percentage of the incredible fountains that you can currently find around the world.

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Here’s a snake regurgitating a living snake, because nature is disgusting

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Change.org just got a $30 million investment to expand petitions into real social movements

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Change.org is getting some major support from tech billionaires to create real social movements. 

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is leading a $30 million funding round for the site in what he said in a post on LinkedIn was his largest personal impact investment to date. 

Bill Gates and Y Combinator’s Sam Altman are also investing in Change.org in this round, Change.org CEO Ben Rattray said in a blog post

“As a society, we should be doing everything we can to build powerful, easy-to-use civic spaces where upstarts and idealists can effectively challenge entrenched interests. Where people believe their participation makes a real difference. Where every day, in transparent fashion, individual citizens can join forces in highly democratic efforts to make the world a better place,” Hoffman wrote in his LinkedIn post. “That’s why I’m making this investment in Change.org.”  Read more…

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Dad pranks his son at school in the most embarrassing way possible

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Some parents are embarrassing. Then there’s Justin Beadles.

Justin’s 15-year-old son, Jack, had his last day of junior high recently, so to make it very memorable, Justin decided to pull a super embarrassing prank on his kid.

Dressed in a Speedo, a swimming cap, and medals hanging around his neck, Justin ran barefoot towards his son who was hanging outside of his school, screaming Jack’s name. Yep, his dad decided to dress up as swimmer Michael Phelps while his mother filmed it. 

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DARPA reveals design of its space plane for faster, cheaper satellite launches

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Launching satellites into orbit could get a lot cheaper thanks to an experimental space plane. 

This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) revealed the design for the XS-1, which is set to be built by Boeing. The hypersonic aircraft would launch vertically, deploy a second stage to carry a satellite into orbit, and then land like a normal airplane. 

Although the aircraft is still in the concept phase, DARPA believes the final result will be a vehicle that will provide “short-notice, low-cost access to space” for both military and commercial use. Initial tests of the XS-1 technology will attempt 10 flights over the course of 10 days with the ultimate goal being routine low-Earth orbit flights for around $5 million or less per launch. (Currently, it costs SpaceX about $62 million to launch its Falcon 9 rocket into orbit.) Read more…

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‘Spoon bandit’ bathes in 1,500 spoons he ‘stole’ from school

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A self-described “spoon bandit” lavished in his hard work after claiming to heist 1,500 spoons from his high school cafeteria.

Warning: The following tweet may be too badass for some readers. 

Over this past school year I have stolen over 1500 spoons from the Lincoln Way Central Cafeteria. I’m chaos. I’m fear. I am the spoon bandit pic.twitter.com/ZZnbrujeUc

— J.White (@Jayw1303) May 22, 2017

“Over this past school year I have stolen over 1500[sic] spoons from the Lincoln Way Central Cafeteria. I’m chaos. I’m fear. I am the spoon bandit,” student J. White tweeted, racking up more than 11,900 retweets in just two days.  Read more…

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Someone finally beat Trump at his handshake game

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President Donald Trump has become infamous for his handshaking technique, but finally, he may have met his match.

Thanks to Trump being in the public eye for so long, documentation of his “yank and pull” style handshake is vast. Some think it’s a power play, others believe he’s just being a jerk.

But alas, it appears as if Trump has met his match. The president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, met with Trump on Sunday at a summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and he was not taking any of Trump’s tugging lightly. Rahmon yanked back, turning the already awkward shake into a 7-second game of tug-of-war. Read more…

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