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The 8 stages of finishing your favourite web series (or TV box set)

The rise of online streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon Prime, means that everyone could fall victim to the addictive potential of web series. You no longer have to be a loser sat in on your own night after night force-feeding your TV DVDs from box set after box set. In fact, Netflix is an…

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Becca CaddyThe 8 stages of finishing your favourite web series (or TV box set)
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8 of the daftest, flashest, fashion-est phones ever made

Every so often, a tech company woos a fashion or lifestyle brand, and together they birth a branded phone. Sometimes these are prettier, pricier versions of their less-fashionable siblings – and sometimes they're the ugliest pieces of tech known to man. We've collected 8 of the most interesting examples, including the alleged inspiration for the iPhone and…

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Holly Brockwell8 of the daftest, flashest, fashion-est phones ever made
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Now China has a special mobiles-only pavement lane

A street in the Chinese city of Chongqing has designated a pavement lane for chatters, texters and tweeters (or Weibo-ers, more likely), according to Engadget. A local publication first flagged up the innovation, which has a sign announcing 'First mobile phone sidewalks in China'. And we probably shouldn't be surprised, given that China is now…

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Diane ShipleyNow China has a special mobiles-only pavement lane
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You should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study

Ever looked at a friend of a friend’s Facebook profile, made a snap judgement about them, and then felt guilty because you can’t really tell what someone’s like without actually interacting with them? Well, it turns out you were right the first time. Researchers from the University of Kansas have found that looking at someone’s…

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Diane ShipleyYou should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study
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People in Redcar swear the most in the UK (on Twitter)

Some of us (not me of course, I would never) have been known to let out our frustrations on Twitter from time to time with a crass well-placed swearword. Or two. Or three. In fact, Dr Hannah Fry and Dr Ed Manley from University College London's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis were so curious about…

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Diane ShipleyPeople in Redcar swear the most in the UK (on Twitter)
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This Game of Thrones language course will teach you to speak Dothraki

Winter is coming, and so is season five of Game of Thrones (eventually). If you’re not sure how to channel your inner Khaleesi in the meantime, how about picking up a little Dothraki? You’re no longer limited to fan-made YouTube videos now that Living Language has just announced a new in-depth course that takes learners…

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Diane ShipleyThis Game of Thrones language course will teach you to speak Dothraki
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Could we actually see a Supergirl TV show?

The next superhero to be getting a reboot could be female, for a change. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers Television wants to make a Supergirl TV show. They’ve apparently asked Ali Adler (who co-created The New Normal and wrote for Glee) to write a pilot script and Greg Berlanti (creator of Arrow and…

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Diane ShipleyCould we actually see a Supergirl TV show?
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10 social network ideas that might just make us rich

When Miranda July’s truly social new app Somebody launched last week, it inspired a vast spectrum of responses – ranging from ‘MY HEART IS WARMED AND HUMANITY IS SAVED’ to ‘strangers keep hugging me and now I hate the world more,’ with a lot of ‘but… why?’ in the middle. Meanwhile, we were thinking: what…

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Lauren Bravo10 social network ideas that might just make us rich
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Marmosets can learn from movies, who knew?

Well, this is bananas. First tortoises were using iPads, now scientists say that marmosets can learn from movies, and they're not, er, monkeying around. (Sorry.) As New Scientist reports, researchers from the University of Vienna filmed a marmoset opening a plastic device to retrieve a treat in a lab setting. Then they took the video…

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Diane ShipleyMarmosets can learn from movies, who knew?
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Saying intelligence isn’t genetic makes us work harder, study says

You’re doing so well at work. Must be because you put in so much effort. Are you feeling more motivated or intelligent now? Most of us would be – however much we slack off in reality. That’s according to a new study from Michigan State University, at least. Researchers found that telling people that hard…

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Diane ShipleySaying intelligence isn’t genetic makes us work harder, study says
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Chinese cinemas are showing viewers’ comments on screen

It’s one thing making full use of a hashtag when you’re watching your favourite TV show (even people who don’t watch the Great British Bake Off were entertained by the initial reaction to #bingate). But it’s another going to see a movie and having other people’s opinions pop up on the screen while you’re trying…

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Diane ShipleyChinese cinemas are showing viewers’ comments on screen

ManServants could be the best idea ever, but shinyshiny actually predicted it!

So, the most perfect start-up was launched in San Francisco this week. Named ManServants, the service offers you a sexy stripper-free man who does whatever you want (get your minds out the gutter, girls!) The idea for ManServants sprung, partly, from a colleague who insisted that her bachelorette party be male stripper-free, and the two…

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Hayley MinnManServants could be the best idea ever, but shinyshiny actually predicted it!
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This piano turns clouds into music

A French museum of modern art has commissioned an installation that makes music from the weather. (Probably a better way to handle the end of summer than moaning to everyone you know about it being September.) With the help of digital and musical experts at the University of Minnesota, American artist David Bowen, who specialises…

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Diane ShipleyThis piano turns clouds into music
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Amazon’s released its new round of pilots (and wants to know what you think)

It’s Amazon pilots season again: when they unveil initial episodes of several prospective online series and allow customers (and critics) to tell them what we think. This time around, everyone’s favourite geek from the O.C, Adam Brody, has a lead role in The Cosmopolitans, a Paris-set comedy about a group of expats that also stars…

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Diane ShipleyAmazon’s released its new round of pilots (and wants to know what you think)
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Moviegoers don’t care about CGI, say neuroscientists

All those fantastical worlds filmmakers create on computers might give movies an impressive backdrop or stunningly scary monsters, but when it comes to CGI, it turns out viewers' natural reaction is... meh. Neuroscientists from Birkbeck teamed up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AKA the Oscars people) and Swedish eye tracking company…

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Diane ShipleyMoviegoers don’t care about CGI, say neuroscientists
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Overconfidence is the key to success, says study

If you’ve ever dealt with the manager of a company and wondered how they got into that position considering they don’t really seem to know what they’re doing, a new study explains how that happens. It’s all about (over)confidence. Researchers from Newcastle University and the University of Exeter discovered that other people’s opinions of our…

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Diane ShipleyOverconfidence is the key to success, says study

The 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair

Garages across the nation are crammed to the rafters with dusty dumbbells, ex-exercise bikes and untrodden treadmills, testament to the spirit being willing but the flesh being lazy. It's no surprise, then, that quick-fix fads offering gym bodies without the actual effort have made millions for their inventors. We're all guilty of watching those celeb-laden infomercials,…

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Holly BrockwellThe 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair
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Swiss start-up creates a ‘chair you can wear’

There are many places where it's unacceptable to plonk yourself on the floor out of tiredness: the train, the pavement, the loo. But Swiss start-up company noonee has created the a prototype for the 'Chairless Chair' to solve this problem and allow you to take a rest whenever, wherever you need to. As reported on CNN, the device…

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Sadie HaleSwiss start-up creates a ‘chair you can wear’
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ABC’s Selfie has become the first ever TV pilot to be shareable via Twitter

We wouldn’t expect anything less from a TV show called ‘Selfie’, but it’s become the first TV show to ever get its pilot episode available and shareable through Twitter. Starting yesterday morning, ABC made the entire 22-minute pilot episode of the comedy, starring Doctor Who actor and Britain’s very own Karen Gillian, available to watch…

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Hayley MinnABC’s Selfie has become the first ever TV pilot to be shareable via Twitter