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

Mashable - 5 min 4 sec ago

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

Mashable - 11 min 30 sec ago

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.

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

Mashable - 15 min 12 sec ago

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

Mashable - 33 min 58 sec ago

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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Windows 10 passes 14 million installs its first 24 hours

Engadget - 36 min 43 sec ago
Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi is checking in with a Windows 10 status update, revealing that the OS is already on some 14 million devices. He notes that not everyone who reserved an upgrade has gotten it yet, but that the rollout will continue in phases ov...

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May Making Show For Amazon

Slashdot - 54 min 43 sec ago
mrspoonsi writes: Amazon has announced that former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be reuniting to create “an all-new car show” that will be exclusively on Amazon Prime. The first season will be made available worldwide in 2016 and will be produced executive producer Andy Wilman. The BBC reports: "The move follows their departure from the hit BBC Two show earlier this year. Clarkson's contract was not renewed following an 'unprovoked physical attack' on a Top Gear producer. His co-hosts then followed him in leaving the show. They will now make the unnamed new programme with former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, who also quit the BBC following the 'fracas.' In a statement from Amazon, Clarkson said: 'I feel like I've climbed out of a biplane and into a spaceship.'"

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Surfer in Australia attacked by a shark

Mashable - 1 hour 1 min ago

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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Translogic 181: Energica Ego electric motorcycle

Engadget - 1 hour 6 min ago
#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-398083{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-398083, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-398083{width:570px;display:block;} Translogic's Jonathon Buckley takes to the hi...

NASA space telescope discovers Earth's closest rocky neighbor

Engadget - 1 hour 26 min ago
NASA researchers working with the Spitzer Space Telescope announced on Thursday that they had indeed found the closest rocky exoplanet to our own. It's a tiny burg called HD 219134b that's just 21 light years from Earth in the Cassiopeia constellatio...

Google's Project Loon Balloons May Cover Sri Lanka With Internet Access

Slashdot - 2 hours 5 min ago
Zothecula writes: Sri Lanka is set to become the first country with universal Internet access after signing a memorandum of understanding with Google to use the company's Project Loon balloons. Officials say there is not a timetable for when the balloons will be covering the 25,000 square mile nation, but this is a crucial first step. The Foreign minister noted that "from this event onwards advertisements or headlines saying “Matara covered” or “Jaffna covered” will become a part of history." And concluded his speech saying that he was "proud to declare that we are at the cusp of a reclaiming our heritage of being connected to each other and connected to the world. In a few months we will truly be able to say: Sri Lanka, Covered."

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Pocket invites you to try beta features, starting with recommendations

Engadget - 2 hours 21 min ago
On the heels of last month's collaboration with Mozilla, Pocket has even more tools for you to try. In fact, the save-it-for-later repository wants you to test new features before they officially arrive in the app or on the web. Pocket's Beta Channel...

NASA confirms discovery of nearest rocky exoplanet to Earth so far

Mashable - 2 hours 23 min ago

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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Facebook Fuels Ad Tracking By Nagging App Users To Instantly Log In On Safari

TechCrunch - 2 hours 39 min ago
 35 million people run into a Facebook email and password login roadblock on iOS each day, and over half of them bounce. That’s why Facebook confirms to me that it’s testing a new tool that lets users log in to Facebook on Safari with one tap, rather than having to type in their credentials — which most don’t. It could ease frustrations for users while boosting… Read More

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

Mashable - 2 hours 40 min ago

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.

'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

'Game of Thrones' tribute set to 'See You Again' will even make you miss Joffrey Read more...

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Find A Photo, Get A Waffle

TechCrunch - 2 hours 45 min ago
 About a week ago, the Google Photos team shared this mystical and magical video about a waffle wafel. What could it mean? What is this all about? Why a waffle??!?!?! Read More

'League of Legends' pirate Gangplank is dead; long live Gangplank

Engadget - 2 hours 46 min ago
Gangplank is dead. Riot, the developer of League of Legends, took an unprecedented move this week and killed off one of its champions, the pirate Gangplank. He's completely unavailable in the game right now, even for people who have thrown down real ...

New kitchen gadget tuns all your food into edible beads

Mashable - 2 hours 56 min ago

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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DogSync Is An App To Help Your Family Keep Track Of Feeding Fido

TechCrunch - 2 hours 57 min ago
 Designed for pet-loving households, DogSync (a recent winner of our patent-pending TC Radio pitch-off) is a task manager that helps families communicate and sync tasks like feeding, walking or letting out Fido. So how do you sync real-life events like walking your dog? Read More

Requiem For The App Revolution

TechCrunch - 3 hours 13 sec ago
 The app revolution is dead. In fact, it died years ago. It had been a good run, but a revolution is no longer a revolution when the model is the status quo. With new apps created every day, the revolution has definitely been televised, commoditized and capitalized. But while the app revolution is dead, a new movement is rising to take its place — the experience evolution. Read More

The Weird History of the Microsoft Windows Start Button

Slashdot - 3 hours 18 min ago
Gamoid writes: Windows 3.1 was so complicated that even a Boeing propulsion scientist couldn't figure out how to open a word processor. A behavioral scientist, who once worked with BF Skinner at Harvard, was brought in to Microsoft to figure out what was going wrong — and he came up with the Start button, for which he holds the patent today. It's a weird and cool look at how simple ideas aren't obvious.

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