People are reporting riots on Twitter before they call the police

July 6, 2017

A burning vehicle in Hackney on Aug. 8, 2011, in London.Image: Getty Images If you always kind of thought that Twitter is faster than authorities in accurately identifying threats, you’re not that far from the truth. SEE ALSO: Twitter cuts ties with another social media surveillance company New research from Cardiff University, which analysed 1.6 million tweets from the London 2011 riots, has noticed that the micro-blogging platform can be…

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Build your brand with these online courses

July 5, 2017

Image: pixabay.com Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Whether you run a small business or are just working on a great side hustle, maintaining an exceptional online presence is crucial. Carving out time for online courses may seem like the last thing on your mind, but the more you know, the more youll be able to do. One University…

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Manchester International Festival: Putting women in control of the world – BBC News

July 5, 2017

“I think there would be a different sense of care. Definitely.” Image copyright BBC/Getty Images Image caption Director Vicky Featherstone (left) and writer Abi Morgan have helped create the show “But your question to me was, do you think the world would be a better place if women did [rule it]? “At the moment, it isn’t equal. It is men ruling the world. And I think it would be a…

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For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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A catwalk show with real people instead of models – and it was beautiful – BBC News

June 30, 2017

They’re real people who are walking a catwalk in the middle of Manchester to create a live “self-portrait of the city” – an idea dreamed up by artist Jeremy Deller. Image copyright Getty Images It’s a simple idea. A platform that normally celebrates superficial appearance is instead used to celebrate the everyday brilliance and resilience of the people of the city. And it’s more beautiful than any fashion show. Beautiful,…

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Transgender firefighter marches as NYC Pride Parade grand marshal

June 26, 2017

(CNN)When Brooke Guinan joined the New York City Fire Department in 2008 she publicly presented herself as a man. She had no idea that on Sunday she’d be one of the NYC Pride Parade’s grand marshals while identifying as a transgender woman. Before joining the department, Guinan was unsure what her professional life would look like.

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Sorry, but I feel kinda weird about ‘Snap Map’

June 24, 2017

It’s a curious thing being able to see the location of many of your friends, colleagues, lovers and even family members on a virtual map. But, that’s precisely what Snapchat’s new feature Snap Maps is offering up. And, honestly, this new feature released just a day ago has already turned me into a creepy lurker. SEE ALSO: Snapchat releases ‘Snap Maps,’ aka a way to stalk strangers and events nearby…

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

(CNN)The congressional boys of summer ditched partisan hardball for seven innings of healing Thursday at their annual baseball classic just 36 hours after a horrifying gun rampage at a Republican batting practice. And while rattled lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill instinctively drew together after the shooting, sitting together at the game, that doesn’t mean their constituents and attack dogs in warring partisan media establishments will heed a moment of…

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New smart home designs will come with dead zone-free Wi-Fi and Alexa

June 16, 2017

You can now have a Wi-Fi network built right into your home.Image: Shutterstock / asharkyu The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that certifies Wi-Fi enabled products, is ready to usher in a new era of the smart homes. Traditionally, there have been no set standards for integrating a wireless network directly into home blueprints, unlike other essential utilities, such as plumbing and electricity. But as our houses continue to be…

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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

June 15, 2017

(CNN)After the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, we asked members of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams to weigh in on the attack. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors. The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team’s practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged…

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with…

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Family throws extravagant quinceaera for 15-year-old feline

June 10, 2017

Pets are a part of our families, and we will go to the end of the earth and beyond to make them feel that way. So, when Luna the cat from Charlotte, North Carolina, turned 15 (!!), she got the party she always dreamed of: an extravagant, pink quinceaera. A quinceaera is a celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday with cultural roots in Latin America, but celebrated throughout the Americas….

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Trump, critics gird for long war after Comey’s moment

June 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)The initial shock and awe phase of the great, unresolved Russia election mystery ended with James Comey’s spellbinding testimony. The former FBI chief weaved a devastating picture of a President who is not to be trusted and is straining against the constraints of propriety and the Constitution that define his office. “America is stunned. The cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker,” Senate Minority…

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 will explain what’s wrong with Mike

June 8, 2017

Now that filming has wrapped on the second season of Stranger Things, fans are already dying to know what comes next for the Netflix series. Given how secretive the production was, though, getting your hands on any solid information was a difficult thing to do until now. The cast of Stranger Things joined creators Matt and Ross Duffer, along with director and executive producer Shawn Levy, on the red carpet…

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Teen’s family recreates her mom’s special graduation photo

June 6, 2017

Madeleine Tarin honored her parents in the cutest way by recreating a photo close to her family’s heart. Tarin’s parents got together during her mom’s freshman year of high school and gave birth to her at age 16. Tarin was by her parents’ side as her mom graduated from high school in 2000, and can be seen proudly celebrating her mom’s accomplishment while sitting on her dad’s shoulders in a…

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This ‘wizarding pub’ kickstarter will use tech to simulate magic

June 1, 2017

If you like 1) drinking in pubs and 2) the magical world of Harry Potter, you are most definitely in luck. Matthew Cortland, a designer and former reading teacher, is launching a Kickstarter for a “wizarding pub and inn” in London called The Cauldron a venue that would use technology and the internet of things to simulate sweet, sweet magic. SEE ALSO: Don’t ever tell me ‘Harry Potter’ is just…

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

AI assistants aren't quite ready for our high-level workouts.Image: Christopher Mineses/mashable I did something very dumb last weekend: I decided to challenge the limits of artificial intelligence and my own body on a 13.1-mile course to glory. My body held up fine but the AI couldn’t quite keep the pace, serving as yet another reminder that current AI tech still hasn’t caught up to the hype. I had been testing…

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White House Dodges Questions About Kushner Meetings With Russians

May 31, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer dodged questions Tuesday afternoon about President Donald Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and what Trump did or didnt know about Kushners meetings last year with Russian officials. Mr. Kushners attorney has said that Mr. Kushner has volunteered to share what he knows with Congress about the meetings, Spicer told reporters during the daily press briefing. The Washington Post and other major outlets reported last week…

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As Trump’s Aides Touted His Alliance-Building, European Leaders Mocked And Disparaged Him

May 31, 2017

BRUSSELS Donald Trumps first trip abroad as president showed how quickly and decisively he is acting to strengthen alliances, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday. But if Trump strengthened Americas alliances in Europe, no one told Americas European allies. Instead, in remarks ranging from cautionary to disparaging, European heads of state have described a churlish, impulsive American leader whose actions have alienated them and threaten to upend the…

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Castlemorton Common: The rave that changed the law – BBC News

Image copyright Malvern Hills Trust Image caption Thousands of people heard about the event through word-of-mouth, media coverage and the infamous telephone message The travelling community had been intent on holding the latest in a series of small events, having successfully held the so-called Avon Free Festival at Inglestone Common in Gloucestershire in the 1980s and early 90s. Interactive Castlemorton rave: Then and now Image caption New Age Traveller Libby…

May 28, 2017
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Bill Maher: The Indisputable Godfather of Political Late-Night

Bill Maher delivered the first late-night television monologue of Donald Trumps presidency. Bounding onto the stage at his Los Angeles studio Friday night, the Real Time host blew his cheering audience a kiss and told the many fans watching live on HBO, It happened. It really happened. We Americans have a new leader: Vladimir Putin. Maher prides himself on his ability to get out ahead of his competitorshe was also…

May 21, 2017
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A Banksy-esque florist places surprise flower arrangements all over NYC

A florist is beautifying New York City, one flower at a time. If big, beautiful bouquets of flowers emerging from trash cans have stopped you in your tracks while wandering around NYC, you’ve come across the work of Lewis Miller. A post shared by Lewis Miller Design (@lewismillerdesign) on Apr 13, 2017 at 4:42am PDT Miller, a wedding and party florist, has been dazzling onlookers by placing surprise flower arrangements…

May 19, 2017
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Bulletin bets that online shopping brands still want storefronts

Image: bulletin What do you get when you cross a glossy fashion mag with a department store? That’s essentially the nonintuitive question Bulletin co-founders Ali Kriegsman and Alana Branston inadvertently answered as they formulated their Y-Combinator-backed startup. The pair originally set out to create a shoppable magazine an online publication that would showcase up-and-coming brands to potential customers. As that spark of an idea eventually evolved into the small chain…

May 19, 2017
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