Thailand launches ‘Pokémon Buster’ squad to nab trainers who ‘catch and drive’

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Thailand's capital city of Bangkok is legendary for its gridlocked traffic , but it looks like things have taken a turn for the worse since Pokémon Go launched in the country on Aug. 6. Following numerous complaints from residents about the reckless behaviour of both motorists and pedestrians while playing the augmented reality game and an increase in road accidents, the Thai government launched a crackdown on Sunday of players who disregard traffic rules, reports The Bangkok Post . The "Pokémon Buster" squad is made up of 50 police officers who will patrol 10 of Bangkok's busiest roads, which are now no-go zones for Pokémon hunters. Read more... More about Singapore , Pokemon Go , Pokemon , Thailand , and World Read more »

Why Feyisa Lilesa’s gesture was such a brave – and important – moment

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To most spectators of the Olympic men's marathon Sunday, it looked like a standard gesture of jubilation from Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa as he crossed the line to win silver. But to anyone familiar with the political situation in Ethiopia, his arms aloft pose meant something much more brave and important: a defiant stance that could spell danger for him but has drawn international attention to an important issue. SEE ALSO: Runner's brave gesture at the Rio Olympics could cost him his life Lilesa made a cross over his head with his forearms as he clocked in at 2 hours, 9 minutes and 54 seconds in front of the world's media, and repeated it again during a press conference after the event. The images were beamed across the globe, and to anyone watching in his home country the message was clear. Read more... More about Feyisa Lilesa , Ethiopia , Rio Olympics , Olympics , and Rio Read more »

Fiji’s stars of Rio return home to a hero’s welcome and seas of blue

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Thousands of people have lined the streets of Fiji's capital Suva to welcome home the island nation's gold medal-winning rugby 7s team. SEE ALSO: Team Fiji had the most powerful reaction to their first gold medal win In honour of the victory, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama not only declared a national holiday , he extended it so the celebrations could continue. The rugby 7s team captain, Osea Kolinisau told journalists that the reception was humbling and overwhelming, saying "we knew it was going to be crazy but not this crazy." And a bit of rain wasn't about to stop anyone from lighting flares, waving flags and singing songs . Read more... More about Gold Medal , Rio 2016 , Fiji , Us World , and Sports Read more »

Hamster version of ‘Super Mario’ takes cute to the next level

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Everything is better with hamsters. One cute, furry creature runs through a man-made Nintendo paradise, trying to score as many points as it can until it reaches the castle. The only thing that would make Hamster Mario even cuter would be a tiny mustache. Koko the gorilla jams out on bass with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers Nimble corgi deserves a spot in the Olympics Feel free to laugh at these 'SNL' stars breaking character 'Spirited Away' told in the style of an old-school, 8-bit game Read more... More about Videos , Viral Videos , Watercooler , Cute Animals , and Funny Read more »

Mo Farah completes historic double-double, winning 5,000-meter gold

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Winning gold in the 5,000-meter final Saturday, Britain's Mohamed "Mo" Farah doubled his Olympic wins for double the glory. In Rio de Janiero, he became the first man in 40 years to win gold medals in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races in two separate Olympic Games. His victories in Rio follow wins in both events at the 2012 London Games. SEE ALSO: The Rio Olympics coverage is rife with sexism and here's what needs to change "It's pretty amazing. I never, ever dreamed of someone calling me the greatest," Farah told Australia's Channel 7 after the 5,000-meter race. "All I used to think as a kid was, 'man, if only I could have one medal' and now I've got four medals. I can't quite believe it." Read more.. Read more »

Twitter celebrates Obama hitting 10 million users with video highlights

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The era of Barack Obama as U.S. president is gradually winding down, with less than six months left before we get either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the White House.  One of the memories of Obama's tenure will be his presence on social media, a dynamic highlighted on Saturday by Twitter as Obama's verified presidential account, @POTUS , hit the 10 million follower mark.  SEE ALSO: Twitter's Periscope videos will now play inside embedded tweets Launched back in 2015, the account set the Guinness World Record for the fastest Twitter account to reach a million followers. That feat was achieved in under five hours.  Read more... More about Potus , Barack Obama , Obama , Twitter , and Tech Read more »

Snapchat adds an altitude filter to show how high you are

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Your airplane snaps are about to get a whole lot cooler. Snapchat just added a new type of filter to its lineup: altitude. The new filter joins the speed, temperature, time and battery life filters as one of Snapchat's dynamic filters, which show real-time data based on your current activity. SEE ALSO: This app will help you make your own Snapchat filters You can find the new filter alongside those other dynamic filters. Like them, the altitude overlay will change based on your location.  Keep in mind that you can only add these types of filters to an image one at a time. (You can add up to three filters at once to any single snap, but you can only use one each of the three types: geofilters, color and dynamic filters.) Read more... More about Snapchat , Apps And Software , Tech , and Apps Software Read more »

Heartbreaking photo of a dazed young boy draws attention to Aleppo

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He sits in the back of an ambulance apparently unaware of the blood covering his face.  Dazed, dusty and confused, it takes several seconds for five-year-old Omran Daqneesh to put his hand to his head to check the wound he sustained during ongoing fighting in Aleppo, Syria. SEE ALSO: From Raqqa to Norway: One Syrian refugee's search for a new home His photo , and video of him being loaded into the emergency vehicle , was shared widely on social media Wednesday as the human toll of the conflict was thrown again into stark relief. Raf Sanchez, a correspondent for the Telegraph , shared his image on Twitter. Read more... More about Photo , Civil War , Aleppo , Syria , and Us World Read more »

Ivanka Trump makes a small donation to Hillary Clinton without knowing it

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee The Donald, may have sent some of her money to the campaign of her father's rival, Hillary Clinton. The donation, however, was unbeknownst to her.  SEE ALSO: Trump's favorite bands really don't like Trump As New York Magazine pointed out, Ivanka Trump appears to have ordered an ear cuff from the jewelry line Lady Grey. Lady Grey's founders and co-designers, Sabine Le Guyader and Jill Martinelli, presumably saw the order at some point and decided to donate Trump's $84 dollars to Clinton, along with other progressive causes.  Then they told the world about their donation via Instagram.  Read more... More about Ear Cuff , Gop , Election 2016 , President , and Republican Read more »

Amy Adams ain’t afraid of no aliens in ‘Arrival’ full trailer

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Paramount has released the first full trailer for Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi movie Arrival , and it's a "proper introduction," to quote a line from the clip. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in the film, which hails from the gifted director of Sicario and Prisoners. When a mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Adams) — is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers. To find them, she'll take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Read more... More about Denis Villeneuve , Paramount , Arrival , Amy Adams , and Jeremy Renner Read more »