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Facebook hackathon gives Super Mario millennial touch

Facebook hackathon gives Super Mario millennial touch

AFP Relax Amanda Maler wasn't even born yet when Nintendo's beloved Super Mario made his debut 30 years ago. Maler and fellow 20-somethings named their team "Move Fast and Brick Things" in a merging of a Facebook hacker-mindset motto "move fast and break things," with a reference to brick blocks that are well-known obstacles in Mario games. "We are millennials and we grew up playing Mario," 23-y…

  • Afghan refugees and Pakistani tribal people leave with their belongings during an operation to demolish their poverty-stricken neighbourhood in Islamabad on July 31, 2015
    Pakistan slum demolition drive exposes housing crisis AFP News - 7 hours ago

    Ashrak Khan wore a defeated expression as he surveyed the brownish-grey shanty homes of his neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, his house marking the border … More »Pakistan slum demolition drive exposes housing crisis

    Afghan refugees and Pakistani tribal people leave with their belongings during an operation to demolish their poverty-stricken neighbourhood in Islamabad on July 31, 2015

    Ashrak Khan wore a defeated expression as he surveyed the brownish-grey shanty homes of his neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, his house marking the border between those still standing and others now reduced to rubble. The 45-year-old fruit vendor and his family have lived in the slum since moving from the Swabi …

  • Katy Perry: My skin is so speckled
    Katy Perry: My skin is so speckled Cover Media - 8 hours ago

    Katy Perry would tell her teenage self not to pick her skin. More »Katy Perry: My skin is so speckled

    Katy Perry: My skin is so speckled

    Katy Perry would tell her teenage self not to pick her skin.

  • Jack Antonoff: Jacobs socks make me rock
    Jack Antonoff: Jacobs socks make me rock Cover Media - 8 hours ago

    Jack Antonoff needs to be comfortable in his clothes otherwise he feels out of his body. More »Jack Antonoff: Jacobs socks make me rock

    Jack Antonoff: Jacobs socks make me rock

    Jack Antonoff needs to be comfortable in his clothes otherwise he feels out of his body.

  • Seven 7-seater cars that aren’t MPVs
    Seven 7-seater cars that aren’t MPVs CarBuyer Singapore - 10 hours ago

    Volvo launched its all-new XC90 here yesterday, and with prices starting at $330,000 it’s not cheap, but it’s the finest car that the Swedish carmaker has ever made. … More »Seven 7-seater cars that aren’t MPVs

    Seven 7-seater cars that aren’t MPVs

    Volvo launched its all-new XC90 here yesterday, and with prices starting at $330,000 it’s not cheap, but it’s the finest car that the Swedish carmaker has ever made. There’s even a 400 horsepower plug-in hybrid version that’s intended for launch in Singapore. The XC90 is something of a comeback car for Volvo, and it wouldn’t …

  • Retro arcade racing fuels trio of hot new games
    Retro arcade racing fuels trio of hot new games AFP Relax - 13 hours ago

    Three games are poised to take on 1980s- and 90s-inspired arcade racing with renewed vigor, as "Power Drive 2000," "Slipstream" and "Drift Stage" … More »Retro arcade racing fuels trio of hot new games

    Retro arcade racing fuels trio of hot new games

    Three games are poised to take on 1980s- and 90s-inspired arcade racing with renewed vigor, as "Power Drive 2000," "Slipstream" and "Drift Stage" look to classics like "OutRun," "Power Drift" and "Rad Racer" for authenticity and inspiration.

  • This picture released on July 31, 2015 by the Austrian National Library (ONB) shows the farewell letter of Baroness Mary Vetsera to her mother
    'Sensational find' reveals passion of one of history's great … AFP News - 13 hours ago

    "Please forgive me for what I've done, I could not resist love" -- these are the final dramatic words of Baroness Mary Vetsera, whose farewell letters were discovered … More »'Sensational find' reveals passion of one of history's great …

    This picture released on July 31, 2015 by the Austrian National Library (ONB) shows the farewell letter of Baroness Mary Vetsera to her mother

    "Please forgive me for what I've done, I could not resist love" -- these are the final dramatic words of Baroness Mary Vetsera, whose farewell letters were discovered in a bank vault in Vienna 126 years after she famously committed suicide with Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, experts announced Friday. Hailing the find …

  • Hundreds of ice-cream parlours in Italy are now allowing customers to 'bank' a gelato for people who can't afford their own
    Italy's ice-cream parlours let you 'bank' treats for stran … AFP News - 14 hours ago

    It began as a charitable way to offer strangers in need a coffee -- but in a fresh take on the scheme, hundreds of ice-cream parlours in Italy are now allowing customers … More »Italy's ice-cream parlours let you 'bank' treats for stran …

    Hundreds of ice-cream parlours in Italy are now allowing customers to 'bank' a gelato for people who can't afford their own

    It began as a charitable way to offer strangers in need a coffee -- but in a fresh take on the scheme, hundreds of ice-cream parlours in Italy are now allowing customers to 'bank' a gelato for people who can't afford their own. Enthusiasm for the project has beaten expectations, with hundreds of parlours, patisseries and …

  • People walk in the Palace of Justice in Paris on February 16, 2015
    Japanese designer in catwalk bid for French immigration papers AFP News - 15 hours ago

    A Japanese fashion designer living illegally in France presented his latest women's collection at the Palace of Justice in Paris on Friday in a last-ditch effort to get … More »Japanese designer in catwalk bid for French immigration papers

    People walk in the Palace of Justice in Paris on February 16, 2015

    A Japanese fashion designer living illegally in France presented his latest women's collection at the Palace of Justice in Paris on Friday in a last-ditch effort to get his papers, his lawyer said. Umpei Ohura presented around ten outfits -- which included plenty of denim, fluid fabrics and pleated skirts -- at the clandestine …

  • Japanese firm to mature whisky in space
    Japanese firm to mature whisky in space AFP Relax - 19 hours ago

    Japanese whisky will be sent into space next month to test how time in a zero-gravity environment affects its flavour, one of the country's biggest drinks makers said … More »Japanese firm to mature whisky in space

    Japanese firm to mature whisky in space

    Japanese whisky will be sent into space next month to test how time in a zero-gravity environment affects its flavour, one of the country's biggest drinks makers said Friday. Samples of whisky produced by Suntory will be stored in the Japanese laboratory facility of the International Space Station for at least a year, …

  • Trailer released for 'Rocket League' add-on
    Trailer released for 'Rocket League' add-on AFP Relax - 19 hours ago

    A new trailer was released Friday for an add-on for popular sporting video game "Rocket League," the Supersonic Fury DLC Pack. The add-on brings only cosmetic changes … More »Trailer released for 'Rocket League' add-on

    Trailer released for 'Rocket League' add-on

    A new trailer was released Friday for an add-on for popular sporting video game "Rocket League," the Supersonic Fury DLC Pack. The add-on brings only cosmetic changes to the game -- often described as a cross between soccer and remote control car racing -- without altering the game's defining composition. "Rocket League" …

  • Reservations can now be made for renovated Paris Ritz
    Reservations can now be made for renovated Paris Ritz AFP Relax - 20 hours ago

    Travelers can now book rooms at the newly renovated Ritz Paris for dates starting next year. The Ritz Paris has been undergoing renovations since July 2012, and the … More »Reservations can now be made for renovated Paris Ritz

    Reservations can now be made for renovated Paris Ritz

    Travelers can now book rooms at the newly renovated Ritz Paris for dates starting next year. The Ritz Paris has been undergoing renovations since July 2012, and the project is believed to be the biggest makeover in the hotel's 117 year-old history.

  • Gatwick will now pick up and drop off baggage for flyers in London
    Gatwick will now pick up and drop off baggage for flyers in London AFP Relax - 20 hours ago

    In partnership with AirPortr, flyers traveling in and out of Gatwick Airport in London now have the option of trusting their suitcases with the luggage transfer service … More »Gatwick will now pick up and drop off baggage for flyers in London

    Gatwick will now pick up and drop off baggage for flyers in London

    In partnership with AirPortr, flyers traveling in and out of Gatwick Airport in London now have the option of trusting their suitcases with the luggage transfer service and traveling bag-free. For departing flyers, the service is touted as a time saver and stress reliever, as they no longer have to factor in the extra …

  • The One57 skyscraper looms above the Alwyn Court apartment building on June 16, 2015 in Midtown Manhattan in New York
    New generation of skinny skyscrapers alters NY skyline AFP News - 21 hours ago

    Super tall, super skinny and super expensive: a new generation of New York skyscrapers, some taller than the Empire State building, are altering the world's most famous … More »New generation of skinny skyscrapers alters NY skyline

    The One57 skyscraper looms above the Alwyn Court apartment building on June 16, 2015 in Midtown Manhattan in New York

    Super tall, super skinny and super expensive: a new generation of New York skyscrapers, some taller than the Empire State building, are altering the world's most famous skyline. Half a dozen buildings are planned or under construction in Central Park south, affording views across the park.

  • Luxury chain Mandarin Oriental opens hotel in Milan
    Luxury chain Mandarin Oriental opens hotel in Milan AFP Relax - 22 hours ago

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the inauguration of The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's newest addition in Milan. The new hotel, located on Via Andegari, features contemporary … More »Luxury chain Mandarin Oriental opens hotel in Milan

    Luxury chain Mandarin Oriental opens hotel in Milan

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the inauguration of The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's newest addition in Milan. The new hotel, located on Via Andegari, features contemporary Italian décor, the work of interior designer Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors, whose previous projects include the Bulgari Hotel in Dubai. …

  • Londoners to dine in the sky
    Londoners to dine in the sky AFP Relax - 22 hours ago

    Eleven chefs, considered to be the crème de la crème of the London food scene, will serve their culinary delights on a platform elevated 25 meters off the ground from … More »Londoners to dine in the sky

    Londoners to dine in the sky

    Eleven chefs, considered to be the crème de la crème of the London food scene, will serve their culinary delights on a platform elevated 25 meters off the ground from September 17-30. Yannick Alléno, Thierry Marx and Frédéric Anton all participated in making that event an experience to remember.