We’ve got some questions for Beric Dondarrian and the Lord of Light

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If the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere taught us anything, it was to keep an eye-patch squarely focused on Beric Dondarrion’s shenanigans. He and his shifty red priest, Thoros — who’s man bun is fooling no one, especially not the Hound — are up to something.

Also known as Westeros’ Friendly Neighborhood Frankenstein, Beric is the dude from the Brotherhood Without Banners who Thoros keeps bringing back from the dead like it’s a party trick.

One reason to keep an eye on Beric this season is that he could very well play a role in turning the “Jon Snow = Azor Ahai” fan theory into a reality. Another, much more nefarious reason comes from George R. R. Martin himself in a recent interview with Time. Read more…

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What you don’t know about Bitcoin can hurt you

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Money is pretty simple nowadays: A piece of paper or a digital asset that you can exchange for goods and services. Someone else takes care of all the fine print. Some kind of central authority issues the money, calculates its value, and makes sure that that wire transaction you’ve sent goes to the right recipient. 

But money is changing. First there was Bitcoin, a digital currency that takes care of the issuance and payments parts all by itself — by means of technology instead of authority. And then there was Ethereum, which adds another layer over Bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain, by letting anyone run complex commands from within the digital coins themselves.  Read more…

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And the all-time streaming record goes to… you guessed it, ‘Despacito’

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Unless you’ve been hiding in a soundproof underground shelter, the catchy, sensual sound of “Despacito” has surely reached your ears at least once.

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Well, now Luis Fonsi’s hit single has become the most streamed song of all time, with 4.6bn streams globally, according to Universal Music Latin Entertainment. 

While that means “Sorry” by Justin Bieber has now been relegated to second place, Bieber has reasons to rejoice as his version of the song “Despacito (Remix)” helped the track become a worldwide hit. 

“Streaming has opened up the possibility of a song with a different beat, from a different culture and in a different language to become a juggernaut of success around the world,” Universal CEO Lucian Grainge said.  Read more…

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New Mercedes S-Class packs a crazy amount of futuristic tech

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Ask any Mercedes enthusiast, and they’ll tell you that the company’s S-Class is the car to beat in the luxury class. It’s so far ahead of everything else, that it usually takes other car makers an entire generation of cars to catch up. 

And despite Audi recently wowing us with its new, super-luxurious and near-autonomous Audi A8, Mercedes’ new S-Class might actually be even more advanced, albeit in a slightly more subtle way. 

SEE ALSO: Why Tesla’s Model 3 will be the most important electric car of our time

Let’s get one thing out of the way: Mercedes’ top-of-the-line sedan does not drive itself. You can’t watch a movie on your phone while the car drives you around (to be fair, only the A8 can do that, and only in some very specific situations). But it does a lot to subtly alter your driving experience for the better.  Read more…

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Snapchat now hosts a daily news show from NBC, ‘Stay Tuned’

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Want your daily news update? Perhaps you turn on the television and flip to CNN, open up your laptop and go to Twitter dot com, or ask Amazon’s “Alexa” for your “flash briefing.”

As of Wednesday, there’s another option: take out your phone, click a yellow ghost icon, and watch a few minutes of “Stay Tuned,” NBC News’ Snapchat Show. 

SEE ALSO: Snapchat will let you record longer videos but there’s an annoying catch

NBC’s series will air every morning at 7 a.m. ET, with another daily scheduled update at 4 p.m., and the potential for breaking news segments throughout the day. 

Stay Tuned is the first daily news show on Snapchat, complementing (well actually, somewhat competing) with the publishers — newspapers, magazines, and digital-only sites — who create editions exclusively for the app and its 166 million daily active users, many of whom are millennials. (Mashable is a Snapchat Discover partner.)  Read more…

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This magician’s card throwing trick shots are jaw-droppingly cool

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When you’re chopping up your fruit and veg or turning off the lights in your house, you probably have to do it the boring old-fashioned way. Chances are you need things like light switches and cutlery, too.

Rich Smith Jr. doesn’t, though. He just needs his trusty deck of playing cards.

SEE ALSO: This video of a man polishing a rusty knife honestly deserves to rule the internet

In the video above from Dude Perfect, the professional magician and card thrower completes a series of increasingly ridiculous stunts — everything from popping balloons and chopping up bananas to launching cards to stick between one brave man’s fingers. Read more…

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This British Airways ‘safety video’ is like nothing you’ll have seen before

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You’re meant to pay close attention during those in-flight safety announcements, but let’s be honest — it’s pretty easy to get distracted, isn’t it?

If safety videos were more like the one above, though, it might be a different story.

SEE ALSO: Ryanair throws serious shade at British Airways over travel chaos

British Airways partnered with Comic Relief on the clip, which features cameos from a bunch of different celebrities — everyone from a very serious Gillian Anderson to a significantly less serious Rowan Atkinson.

It’ll be shown on flights from Sept. 1. Read more…

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Samsung’s Bixby is finally available for all Galaxy S8 users

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Bixby, Samsung’s smart voice assistant that was supposed to launch together with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones, is now finally available for everyone. 

Bixby was previously available only to a small subset of “early access preview” users who got to test an early version of the software. Starting today, those users can also update their Bixby to the latest version. 

SEE ALSO: Samsung Bixby is promising, but Siri has nothing to worry about (for now)

To install Bixby, users can press the dedicated Bixby button on their Galaxy S8 or S8+ devices. Once it’s installed, you can invoke it by holding that same button or saying “Hi, Bixby.” Read more…

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Google is using your entire search history to create a personalized news feed

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Google, perhaps more than any other tech giant, knows an astonishing amount about you. 

Your search history alone could be enough to paint a surprisingly vivid portrait of everything, from your current hobbies to your deepest darkest secrets . Not to mention everything you’ve ever done in Google’s many other services, like YouTube and Maps. 

Now, Google is taking everything it’s learned about you (and everything it’s guessed about you) and is using it to create a personalized feed. The feed will appear alongside search on Google’s apps and, eventually, in your browser and other platforms.

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Whatsapp users in China report issues sending pictures and video, fearing censorship

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Chinese Whatsapp users are fearing that the app is being blocked in the country.

On Tuesday, users found they weren’t able to send pictures or videos across. It only worked when they used a VPN server instead, possibly indicating that the issue wasn’t with Whatsapp, but with the government’s notorious firewall.

If true, the high-profile messaging app would be the latest casualty in China’s latest efforts to police online content.

SEE ALSO: China censors ‘RIP’ and the candle emoji as people mourn Nobel Peace Prize winner

Users took to Twitter to confirm the peculiar outage:

Has #China blocked #whatsapp, or is it just a glitch? Can only access thru vpn since yesterday

— Jeremy Koh (@JeremyKohCNA) July 18, 2017 Read more…

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