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‘Game of Thrones’ sand animation adds a dash of art to Season 7 hype

It’s almost back, you only have a couple more weeks, but in the meantime, here’s a reminder of how awesome Game of Thrones is — in sand!  Poland-based sand artist Tetiana Galitsyna regularly uses her nimble fingers and the grainy medium to craft portraits of all kinds, but this time she decided to do the same in honor of the series’ return, and it’s beautiful.  Set to the theme music of the show, Galitsyna takes us from the iconic direwolves, to the Iron Throne, to Cersei Lannister, and she even gives us an amazing look at the white walker’s Night’s King. These shifting sands of blood and royal intrigue are a pale shadow of the show itself, but until July 16, when it returns to HBO, it’s the next best thing.  Read more…More about Art, Game Of Thrones, Entertainment, Game Of Thrones, and Movies Tv Shows

8 times Jason Kipnis won social media this MLB offseason

Though the Cleveland Indians blew a 3-1 lead and lost the 2016 World Series, Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis has been killing it on social media this MLB offseason. With weddings, trips to Puerto Rico and a big helping of humor, Kipnis’ posts show he’s put that rough loss behind him. After all, he and the Indians had three chances to seal the deal, but fell victim to the Chicago Cubs, who had fate, history and pretty much the whole universe on their side. SEE ALSO: These ‘Stranger Things’ baseball jerseys will turn your world upside down Here are a handful of Kipnis’ best moments from the offseason, proving he’s a super funny, relatable dude.  Read more…More about Instagram, Twitter, Baseball, Mlb, and Cleveland Indians

How to stream Carrie Fisher’s scene-stealing roles (besides Princess Leia)

Carrie Fisher was best known for her turn as Princess Leia in several Star Wars films, but her contribution to the worlds of film and TV went far beyond that iconic role. Though Fisher, who died Tuesday at age 60 following a heart attack, typically took on supporting roles outside of Star Wars and her stage work, she was always a scene stealer and her larger-than-life personality shined brightly.  Here’s how to watch some of Carrie Fisher’s roles from this galaxy online.   SEE ALSO: Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars family shows love after she’s rushed to the hospital 1. Catastrophe Recently, Fisher flexed her comic muscles on Amazon’s Catastrophe as Mia, the mother of a man who has the nerve to start a family an ocean away from his mom following an accidental pregnancy. Her dog, Gary, is also a scene-stealer in the series.  Read more…More about Star Wars, Carrie Fisher, and Entertainment

Fighting game community mourns death of Christopher ‘NinjaCW’ Harris

Friends and family have been mourning the death of Christopher “NinjaCW” Harris, a staple in the fighting game community and manager of Flipsid3 Tactics, who died this week at age 32. Harris died of complications from myocarditis, a heart condition that’s usually caused by a virus. SEE ALSO: ‘Call of Duty’ legend Phillip ‘Phizzurp’ Klemenov dies in car accident Harris not only was manager to Flipsid3 Tactic but a mentor and strong voice in the fighting game scene, helping Antwan “alucarD” Oritz and Killer Instinct Champion Darnell “HollywoodSleep” Waller come up in team Flipsid3 Tactic.  Harris also appeared on national television for his participation in Dead or Alive 4 tournament during the Championship Gaming Series. He’s also been known to compete in tournaments like Street Fighter, Dead or Alive and Virtual Fighter.  Read more…More about Ninjacw, Esports, Gaming, and Entertainment

Social media companies suspend Geofeedia’s access after reported police tracking

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have suspended Geofeedia, a platform that collects real-time social media information based on location, from having access to its data. The decision follows an investigation that law enforcement used the tool to track activists and protests, the American Civil Liberties Union of North California (ACLU) published in a blog post Tuesday. It provides another case that surveillance information is potentially being used to target minority groups.  SEE ALSO: The police technology intensifying racial discrimination Geofeedia pulls social media feeds and makes it searchable and accessible to third parties (Mashable is a customer). Subscribers can search by keyword and by location to find recently posted and publicly available tweets.  Read more…More about Aclu, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Geofeedia

Burning Man meets VidCon in Funny or Die’s go90 series ‘Tween Fest’

LOS ANGELES — What would happen if  Burning Man and VidCon merged into one festival?  That’s the premise behind Funny or Die’s latest series Tween Fest, developed from a popular Upgrade Citizens Brigade (UCB) sketch show in Los Angeles. (Mashable debuts an exclusive clip of the latest episode above). “When we wrote Tween Fest as a live show, we never intended for it to be anything more than that,” co-creators and UCB-ers Nick Ciarelli and Brad Evans told Mashable in an email interview. “We just wanted to make a sketch show starring our friend Tar, but the show wound up going well.” It went so well, in fact, that Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Ferrell saw the live show, met with with the duo and immediately greenlit a series. Read more…More about Go90, Digital Video, Tweenfest, Funny Or Die, and Online Video

Apple reportedly acquires AI startup Turi in what may be an effort to boost Siri

Apple has planted a new flag in Seattle. The California tech giant acquired Turi, an artificial intelligence and machine learning startup, GeekWire reported Friday. Turi provides tools for app developers and data scientists, including a machine learning platform, sentiment analysis tools and other big data learning algorithms.  GeekWire predicted that such technologies could be useful in Apple’s efforts to improve Siri. The personal assistant technology was only recently introduced into the Mac operating system.  Apple did not confirm the acquisition in a request for comment.  “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” an Apple spokesperson told Mashable.  Read more…More about Artificial Intelligence, Business, and Apple

7 can’t-miss apps: Prisma, Folioscape, ‘Mindvision’ and more

With Snapchat pushing out its biggest update yet and Pokemon Go finally hitting the App Store, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps. Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes a game that tests your multi-tasking skills, an app for creating animations and an app that will make your selfies look like art. SEE ALSO: 6 apps to help you win summer Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more items to fill up your phone, take a look at our last roundup of can’t-miss apps. Read more… More about Tech, Weekly App Roundup, and Apps Software

‘American Idol’ crowns its final winner

America has chosen its final American Idol. In the race between sultry crooner Trent Harmon and soulful La’Porsha Renae, the voting public chose Harmon to be the final crowned winner. To be sure, this was a tight race. SEE ALSO: Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban were country perfection in ‘American Idol’ finale duet Leading into the series finale of Idol, it was clear these two contestants each had their strengths — Harmon was a captivating performer and Renae could hit notes that some people only dream of reaching. In the end, though, Harmon came out on top. As with most Idol results, the reaction was mixed from viewers. Read more… More about Fox, American Idol, Television, and Entertainment