Amazon Prime Now launched in Singapore, then quickly couldn’t cope with demand


Just hours after it launched in Singapore to great fanfare — Amazon Prime Now is down.

The e-commerce giant’s launch on Thursday marked its first foray into Southeast Asia.

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But for all the initial hype and excitement it drummed up, it seems like the delivery service is unable to cope with demand. 

The app, which launched Thursday morning, showed that delivery was “unavailable” from Thursday afternoon till Friday afternoon, when Mashable tested it out.

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Prime Now has now resumed its delivery service, though the app still states that “delivery availability may be limited”. Read more…

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Reverse engineer your favorite food with an app


Remember when “Julie and Julia” was the craziest thing to ever happen to the food world? We’ve come a long way, baby. 

Now, there’s an app that claims to actually look at photos of food and know what the dish is and even how to prepare it. 

SEE ALSO: This new meal kit app is like a Blue Apron for low-income families

Pic2Recipe is the artificial intelligence system developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory that analyzes photos of food and actually tells you what the food is and how to cook it. 

The researchers used websites like All Recipes to create the Recipe 1M database with — you guessed it — over one million annotated recipes, complete information about various ingredients. The researchers then “used that data to train a neural network to find patterns and make connections between the food images and the corresponding ingredients and recipes.” Read more…

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New Zealand is luring the world’s tech talent over by flying them there for free


When people think of moving to New Zealand, they think of pretty images of lush greenery and snow-capped mountains. And then there’s the draw of great work-life balance — and shelter from an apocalypse, no less.

SEE ALSO: In Silicon Valley, even a place to live is a job perk

But to build itself into a technology hub, it needs the specialised workforce. 

Wellington, the country’s capital with a population just under 500,000, is working on that by offering 100 tech workers a free week-long trip to the city, under its LookSee Wellington programme.

The unconventional marketing plan will fly you out, if you agree to pre-arranged job interviews with companies in the area.  Read more…

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HAIM’s cover of Shania Twain’s ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ is seriously unreal


The ’90s song you probably won’t admit you like — but secretly really, really do — got a cover from HAIM, and it’s out of this world.

Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” was covered on Australian radio station triple j, but instead of extending the rambunctiousness of the 1997 hit, the three piece went for a stripped back version that is really, seriously, quite unexpected.

HAIM also covered Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” last month, so look, it’s probably not going to be the last cover of the Canadian country singer we’ll hear from the band.

Can we get “From This Moment On” next? Read more…

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One of the world’s longest electric car highways will be built in Australia


Flush with long stretches of road, Australia is now set to be home to one of the world’s longest electric highways.

Queensland has unveiled plans for the Electric Super Highway, a series of fast-charging stations in 18 cities and towns it hopes will encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

SEE ALSO: Lucid Air, Tesla’s new rival, can hit an impressive speed of 235 mph

“This project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board the electric vehicle revolution, as part of our transition to a low emissions future,” the state’s acting roads minister, Steven Miles, said in a statement. Read more…

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Expedition team heads to mysterious underwater continent of Zealandia


For millions of years, the underwater continent of Zealandia has done its own thing.

Once part of Australia, it broke off from the country about 75 million years ago and moved northeast. It stopped moving 53 million years ago, but recently the mysterious continent has attracted a lot of attention. 

SEE ALSO: Two storms set to undergo bizarre ‘Fujiwhara’ dance, leaving only 1 standing in the end

On Friday, a team of researchers led by the Australian National University will embark on a two-month-long expedition to examine Zealandia, a 4.9-million square kilometer (1.9-million square mile) chunk of land now mostly submerged underwater. Read more…

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The secret sexuality behind Nintendo’s popular ‘Splatoon 2’


Hello, friends. I am here to a) ruin your innocent, childlike entertainment and b) reveal the truth about the secret sexuality of Nintendo’s popular, “kid-friendly” game that recently released on Switch, Splatoon 2.

To those with less perverse minds (or — ahem — those less well-versed in Freudian symbolism), you might not have picked up on the undercurrent of sexuality embedded in Splatoon. Hear me out. 

(Warning: NSFW content ahead)

This particular video game stars creatures known as Inklings, AKA squid-people with flopping, suctioning tentacles for hair. Their primary objective it to territorially splat ink all over the damn place, shooting their colorful discharge from various shapes and sizes of guns. As if that wasn’t enough, these Inklings can also turn into sperm-like sea creatures who swim and luxuriate in their own mess of goo. Read more…

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Brilliant New York Post cover perfectly sums up Trump’s White House


When the New York Post calls out the president for being an absolute joke, you know you’re living in some classy times.  

Less than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency and it’s become clear that the White House is basically a very long and complicated reality TV show. Trump himself is a reality TV star, so we truly should not be surprised.

SEE ALSO: Quiz: Who said it? Anthony Scaramucci or a Real Housewife?

Things hit an all-time low on Thursday when The New Yorker published an interview with newly appointed communications director Anthony Scaramucci and reporter Ryan Lizza, which was littered with expletives and some seriously trashy trash talking. In response, the New York Post whipped up a cover photo for its Friday edition, and it’s just perfect.  Read more…

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Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ IS connected to the MCU, but don’t expect to see Iron Man


We all know that superheroes have catchphrases, but so do their bosses. Marvel’s head of TV, Jeph Loeb, is well known among fans for trotting out a familiar refrain — “It’s all connected” — whenever he’s describing the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its various TV offshoots. 

So far, the Marvel shows on ABC (Agents of SHIELD and the upcoming Inhumans) and Netflix (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and the upcoming Defenders and Punisher) haven’t crossed over network lines — or appeared on the big screen with the likes of the Avengers or the Guardians of the Galaxy, and we’re not holding our breath for that to change. And don’t even mention FX’s trippy Legion and Fox’s upcoming mutant series The Gifted, which take place in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men film universe, annexed from the MCU. Read more…

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It’s shockingly easy for hackers to remotely scan and clone your work security badge


You’re riding the subway to work, or taking a smoke break outside the office, or simply strolling down the street. Someone with a backpack is standing nearby, but you think nothing of it.

Thirty seconds later that very same someone has a cloned hard copy of your work ID badge, ready to stroll right into your office. 

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This is not only possible, but “very simple” according to security researcher Dennis Maldonado. Maldonado, the founder of Houston Area Hackers Anonymous and an Adversarial Engineer at pen-testing company Lares Consulting, was speaking to a packed house of hackers at the 25th annual DEF CON in Las Vegas on Thursday. Read more…

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