Mario Kart 8 Content Pack Adds Mercedes-Benz SUV

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In what has got to be one of the strangest franchise crossovers we’ve ever seen, a forthcoming DLC (downloadable content) pack for Mario Kart 8 will allow gamers to hop behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz.

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Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 is released in Japan today—as is the new Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV convertible. To celebrate this fortuitous coincidence the two companies have teamed up to produce the in-game “GLA Kart,” which will be available to download in Japan this summer.

This isn’t the first time Nintendo has utilised product placement in their games: Eurogamer.net reports that Pikmon 2 contained multiple discoverable licensed items, including Duracell batteries, whilst “Wave Race 64 featured Kawasaki jet skis.” Read more…

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15 Summer Cocktails That Deserve a Patio

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You’re young, you’re broke and you’re looking for a relatively cheap way to cool down this summer. The answer? Ice cold cocktails.

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, the unofficial start of summer has us dreaming of frosted margaritas and sweet sangrias

From boozy takes on your favorite non-alcoholic drinks to icy blends of fresh fruit and liquor, these recipes will keep you cool all summer long — and they’re cheaper than replacing your busted old air conditioner

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Volunteering and Your Health, By the Numbers

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Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Cooking a meal instead of eating out. There are simple tweaks you can make to your lifestyle to jumpstart your health — but they don’t end with activity and consumption. Another way to improve your health is volunteering.

A study by UnitedHealth Group and the Optum Institute finds that volunteering is linked to better physical, mental and emotional health

From company community service projects to finding local organizations that need assistance, there are myriad ways to get involved, improve your skillset and help others in the process Read more…

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Enter Private Mode: Technology That Protects Your Children Online

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It’s no secret that our kids are Internet savvy. Social-media profiles, e-mail and texts are as much a part of their daily lives as bikes and tree houses were to those of a generation before

That means parents are on the front lines, in 2014, when it comes to monitoring what their kids do online. It’s not a one-size-fits all equation.

While more than 50% of U.S. adolescents visit a social-media site every day, and 75% of them own smartphones — according to a recent American Academy of Pediatrics paper — even tweens are online. Some 30% of parents polled told Parenting.com that they allow their 10–12 year olds to use Facebook. And, of children even younger, 80% of those who do go online are using the Internet at least once per week Read more…

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Indian Police Identify 5 Suspects in Rape, Murder of 2 Teen Girls

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Warning: This story contains graphic content.

Indian officials have arrested three men, and are searching for two more, in the brutal rape and murder of two teenage cousins in northern India.

The girls, age 14 and 15, were found hanging from a mango tree in the village of Katra in Uttar Pradesh state on Wednesday. An autopsy revealed they had been raped, then strangled. Villagers sat for hours in silent protest under their bodies — one girl was dressed in a flowing green tunic, the other in red — until local authorities made arrests in the case.

Indian villagers gathered around the bodies of two teenage sisters hanging from a tree in Katra on Wednesday.

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Alleged iPhone 6 caught running iOS 7, is probably fake

Images have leaked over in China showing a device running on iOS 7 that is said to be an Apple iPhone 6. As there's no video material of the device there's no way of telling if it's a real device and not a dummy but the icons on the screen appear to have been reordered at least.

There are a couple of things about the device that strike us as odd, though. For starters it appears to be entirely made out of plastic, which isn't what Apple usually does for its flagship iPhone (not until the 3GS, anyway). So this might be another c version – as in the iPhone 5c.

Second there's a silver frame around the phone's front that looks similar to what Samsung used in devices like the Galaxy S II and seems unlikely to be featured in an Apple flagship.

At least the flash on the back looks in line with Apple's current two-toned flash on the iPhone 5s. A casing that leaked today shows a single LED flash placeholder, just like dummies we've seen before on a few occasions, including a video.

Finally there's no Apple logo on the back of the device. It could be a sign of a prototype unit, of course, but the smart thing to do is consider this one fake until proven otherwise.

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How-to eliminate notification spam on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8.1

Many of you know this feeling all too well. You install the latest trending app or game, play around with it for a few minutes, then close it and attend to more important things in life. Next time you reach for your smartphone or tablet, your attention gets distracted by a notification. It came from the same app or game, and it’s usually asking you to do something annoying – like download another app, buy more diamonds, or whatever. You will dismiss it, of course, but there’s always more where that came from. And if your luck is bad enough that you installed several apps like that, it won’t be … http://ift.tt/1kc9EKN (Source)