Silent massacre: A month of slaughter in the Democratic Republic of Congo



Editor’s note: Some may find the imagery below to be disturbing.

Throughout October, the death toll in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been steadily increasing. Rebel groups have carried out a series of seemingly arbitrary killings and kidnappings against civilians, murdering men, women and children with machetes, batons and axes. The attacks have left at least 100 dead in the past month, Amnesty International said on Friday

One armed group being credited with most of the violence is…

British Museum now lets you 3D print its artifacts using Sketchfab



Why visit a museum halfway around the world, when you can check out 3D scans, and print them from your own home?

Sketchfab, a platform that lets users publish and share 3D content online, unveiled on Thursday an option for users to make their files downloadable. Under Creative Commons licenses, a user can either publish 3D content “for display and download” or “for display only,” Sketchfab said in a blog post. Users can apply the content in a variety of ways, such as using it in virtual…

5 top social media campaigns of 2014



When was the last time a social media campaign made you really feel something, whether it was happiness, hope or fear?

Below are five of the most successful social media campaigns of 2014, each of which was able to tap into genuine emotion to make a lasting impact on consumers.

Each of the below will be featured at this year’s Mashies Award Ceremony, where we’ll be revealing the year’s most outstanding examples of digital media from categories including Best Real-Time Marketing, Best Branded…

16 perfect reactions to the sexy Ph.D. costume on Amazon



Don’t get mad, ladies. Make a good joke.

For just $50, the Delicious Women’s Ph.D. Darling Sexy Costume on Amazon takes sexist Halloween costumes to a new level. Not only does a respected profession become a dizzy Halloween daydream for women to dress up as, but it’s also another example of turning women into sex objects

To add insult to injury, the sexy graduation gown component of the costume doesn’t even have a hood. Step up your…

For Microsoft Outlook for Mac, 2015 has come early



Microsoft Office for Mac won’t be coming until 2015 but the new Outlook for Mac is available now.

The company rolled out an updated version of Outlook for Mac for Office 365 users Friday and revealed new details about when the rest of its Office software will be available.

“This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and…

Gas prices are getting so low, people are taking photos of the signs



A gallon of gas for under $3? The number on signs across the U.S. has caught many drivers by surprise — so much so that they’re taking photos.

In the past month, the national average price of gasoline fell $0.30 to $3 on Friday, according to AAA.

“It’s stunning what’s happening here,” Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, told the Associated Press. “I’m a little bit shocked.”

Kloza said the…

Canceled ‘Magic City’ being made into movie with original cast, plus Bill Murray



Starz’s Magic City is coming back — as a movie.

The film, which will be penned and directed by creator Mitch Glazer, is set to bring back much of the original cast — including star Jeffrey Dean Morgan — of the TV series, which concluded in 2013. The twist? Magic City the movie will also feature some new characters, played by Bill Murray and Bruce Willis

“Mitch is a fantastic creative partner, and we’re thrilled to collaborate with him again,” said…

Storm brings much-needed rain to drought-stricken California



Rain or snow is expected to fall on much of California throughout Halloween weekend as a Pacific storm system drives a cold front across much of the state.

While the storm does nothing to change the fact that the state is in the midst of the worst drought in at least a century, it could bring significant rainfall to parts of southern and central California that have yet to see any major precipitation this season, according to the National Weather Service

California’s Central Valley and the…

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The real Dracula is way more disturbing than any story



Count Dracula might be a fictional character who makes the blood curdle on Halloween, but his historical namesake is not. Vlad III, known in his heyday as Dracula — or Drăculea, in old Romanian — was a medieval prince with a figurative thirst for blood.

As his other nickname, “Vlad the Impaler,” suggests, Vlad had a penchant for brutally punishing his enemies. However, much of what modern historians know about Vlad III comes from pamphlets and other texts printed in the 15th century, both…

Money flies onto interstate, motorists freak out



When cash starts flying (literally), people go crazy.

Motorists driving along I-270 near Urbana, Maryland, lost their minds Friday morning when they witnessed what many people dream of: money flying everywhere

At approximately 8 a.m. ET, a malfunctioning door of an armored vehicle owned by Canada-based company GardaWorld led to a bag of cash falling onto the highway, the Washington Post reported. Initially, the…