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Razer’s upcoming smartphone’s specs leak, revealing a gaming powerhouse

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Razer’s new smartphone is only expected to launch on Nov. 1, but the leaks have already begun.

According to Phone Radar, a listing has already appeared on GFXBench titled “Razer Phone“, that could just very well be the phone we’re set to see in a little over two weeks.

According to the listing, the phone will have a 5.7 inch screen with a 2650 x 1440 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 64 GB of internal storage — all pretty standard stuff for a smartphone, except for one standout. It’ll also come with 8GB of RAM.

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Beck’s Colors Finds Joy In Its Time

An odd thing happened when Beck’s Morning Phase won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2015: he got Kanye’d. As he was walking up to accept his gramophone trophy from Prince, the outspoken rapper started to follow him onstage, feigning a reprise of his infamous 2009 stage-crashing of Taylor Swift at the MTV…

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Sam Smith pledges thousands of dollars to Australia’s pro-marriage equality campaign

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Now that’s putting money where your mouth is.

UK singer Sam Smith has made a considerable donation to the Australian pro-marriage equality campaign, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. 

The Grammy-winning artist has pledged a third of the expected profits from his January 2018 show at the Sydney Opera House to lobby group Australian Marriage Equality.

Australians are smack bang in the middle of a non-binding, non-compulsory nationwide postal survey asking the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” Read more…

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Four Reasons to Catch Erykah Badu’s Concert

After announcing her tour dates in July, Erykah Badu is finally making her way to the Philippines. Her show in Manila will be the last stop of her Badu vs. Everythang tour. She started with a performance in Birmingham, making her way around the states and also Japan. If you’re still thinking about getting some […]

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Australia, where people pick sharks out of pools

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Australia might have a lot of sharks, but we try not to mess with them.

Not so for Melissa Hatheier from Sydney, Australia, who picked up a one-metre shark from a rock pool and placed it back into the ocean.

The video was posted to the Cronulla Real Estate Facebook page on Tuesday, which is a kind of a weird way to promote houses, but you know what, this is Australia after all.

“Our in house Shark Wrangler Melissa Hatheier wrestling a shark out of Oak Park Rock Pool yesterday morning! Nice work Mel,” reads the Facebook caption. Read more…

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Aminé’s new ‘Spice Girl’ video has an actual Spice Girl in it

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“Caroline” rapper Aminé is back with a brand new single “Spice Girl,” a genuine, highly catchy tribute to the iconic British girl band who dominated Discmans, Chupa Chups and Impulse cans in the ’90s.

In the video, the rapper gets a big ol’ serve from a real Spice Girl, Mel B, aka Scary Spice, who turns up for a cheeky cameo at the end of the clip. 

Aminé also receives a casual prison visit from Insecure actor Issa Rae.

Zigazig ah. Read more…

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‘Rick and Morty’ fans: Szechuan sauce turned us into a ‘Rick and Morty’ joke

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We started out wanting to do nothing more than in-depth taste test of Rick and Morty‘s infamous, discontinued McDonald’s Sezchuan sauce

And, to paraphrase Pickle Rick’s therapist Dr. Wong, we got the impression that Rick and Morty fans valued science. So we conducted the most scientifically rigorous experiment possible.

Our comparative analysis of all the other McNugget sauces came complete with test subjects — courtesy of McDonald’s — and palette cleansers, ensuring the purity of our findings. We sought to answer the question: is a Teriyaki knockoff really worth the 9-season character arc that Rick ranted about in the show’s Season 3 premiere?  Read more…

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Stern little Stormtrooper robot uses AR and facial recognition to help you deal with rebel scum

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Want to uphold the First Order and deal with some rebel scum from your own room?

In the same week we’ve seen the new trailer for The Last Jedi, AI and humanoid robotic company UBTECH has released a new Star Wars Stormtrooper robot. It’ll come with an augmented reality app, and can take voice commands, do facial recognition and even sentry patrolling.

The First Order Stormtrooper Robot’s AR app mode is supported by a voice activated command feature so you can issue direct verbal orders to your robot, launch “attacks” and tackle those pesky rebels through the app interface. Read more…

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‘The Walking Dead’ will finally cross over with ‘Fear,’ says Robert Kirkman

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Ever since The Walking Dead got its spinoff (aka prequel) series, Fear the Walking Dead, fans and reporters alike have been badgering the producers behind the two shows about the possibility of a crossover — and apparently said badgering has finally paid off.

“There are two Walking Dead shows, I’m not gonna name them… There is one character that is going to go from one show, that I will not name… and appear in the other show, which I will not name,” series creator Robert Kirkman revealed at the show’s New York Comic Con panel. “So what does that mean, because these timelines, how does that work? Are we going to see an interesting backstory of a Walking Dead character showing up in Fear the Walking Dead, or are we going to see a Fear the Walking Dead character show up in The Walking Dead, and see a future version of a character? What’s gonna happen? Is it going to be something completely different than that? Who knows?” Read more…

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Google got permission to float its internet-beaming balloons over Puerto Rico

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The FCC has given Google permission to deploy its Project Loon balloons over Puerto Rico. 

Previously, the helium balloons were able to provide LTE coverage to Peru after extreme flooding. But in that case, Google had already partnered with a telecom provider on the ground, which it depended on to beam the signal to the balloons, for disaster relief.

In Puerto Rico, Google’s innovation lab, X, is starting from scratch. It’s unclear if Puerto Rico’s stressed telecom companies even have the resources to partner with Google on this endeavor.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Almost Like Praying’ video is here to inspire you

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On Friday Lin-Manuel Miranda released his Hurricane Maria relief song to benefit Puerto Rico, and now he’s giving the world a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process.

Miranda released a video to accompany the song, which fosters an even greater feeling of togetherness in wake of the tragic natural disaster. 

After opening with a shot of the island the video shows talented celebrities like Marc Anthony, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Luis Fonsi, Gloria Estefan, and Gina Rodriguez belting out their verses in the studio.

All proceeds from the song will go to the Hispanic Federation‘s Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. Read more…

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This connected tabletop gadget can measure the calories on your plate in 10 seconds flat

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Counting calories from an app can be pretty inaccurate, so this kitchen gadget is set to be a godsend for dieters.

Japanese electronics conglomerate Panasonic just showed off a prototype of its tabletop calorie counter dubbed CaloRieco.

All you have to do is pop a plate of food into the microwave-sized device, press a button on the lid, and 10 seconds later you’ll get an overall calorie count of your meal. Impressively, it’s also able to deliver a breakdown of your meal into carbs, fat and protein — great for people watching their macros. Read more…

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Discovery of World War II shipwreck ends a 74-year mystery

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For 74 years, the merchant ship SS Macumba lay lost beneath the depths of the Arafura Sea, off the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory.

It was attacked back in August 1943 by two Japanese aircraft, who scored a direct hit on the ship’s engine room. Three seamen were killed, and survivors were taken aboard an escort. 

The ship was left to sink, and its whereabouts remained unknown for decades.

The SS Macumba.

The SS Macumba.

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That’s until researchers from the CSIRO aboard the RV Investigator discovered the shipwreck on Wednesday morning, during a survey of the area. Read more…

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Solar power beat all other energy sources in 2016, but Trump still wants more coal

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Listening to the Trump administration advocate for reviving coal, one might get the impression that a fossil fuel resurgence is taking place in the U.S. and abroad. 

However, the global statistics tell a far different story about where the world is getting its energy, with unprecedented thresholds crossed by renewable energy technologies like solar and wind power. 

A major new report released Wednesday morning shows that, for the first time ever, 2016 saw solar photovoltaics, or solar PV, take the lead for the fastest electricity capacity growth when compared to any other fuel, beating the net growth in coal. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert on gun control after Las Vegas: ‘Doing nothing is cowardice’

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On Monday night, Stephen Colbert opened The Late Show as much of his television compatriots did by addressing the shooting massacre in Las Vegas.

And like his fellow talk show hosts, Colbert also called for something, anything to be done on gun control.

“Terrible things happen in the world. Sometimes like today, where we feel things have risen to a new level. But we cannot accept that as the new normal,” he said.

Colbert also challenged Trump to prove himself as a president “who doesn’t care about how things have always been done in Washington D.C.” Read more…

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