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Theme parks are trying incorporate tech to lure you off the couch

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ORLANDO, Florida — Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

They need to lure you, the American guest, off your sofa with your high-resolution, interactive video games and into their world of fun — real-life fun.

A decade or two ago, folks went to theme parks, big and small, to experience the latest in entertainment and technology. Now, attractions need to come up with something better than the amazing quality of entertainment you…

Bryan Adams’ iconic album ‘Reckless’ turns 30

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Welcome to Throwback Tunesday, where Mashable amplifies the echoes of music past. With genre trends and throwbacks, we synthesize music and nostalgia.

This month, Canadian musician Bryan Adams is celebrating something big, even for him — and we’re talking about the the artist that’s sold ~65 million albums. The “Summer of ’69″ rocker’s hit album Reckless turns 30Reckless, which was released on November 5, 1984 (Adams’ 25th birthday), was number one on the Billboard 200 and had a whopping…

‘The Graduate’ Director Mike Nichols dead at 83

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Film and stage director, writer, producer and Academy Award winner Mike Nichols has died Wednesday evening at 83 years of age, ABC reports

Nichols’ illustrious career includes the legendary movie The Graduate, for which he had won the Acadamy Award for Best Director in 1968.

He is also known for adapting Edward Albee’s famous play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for the big screen. His other noteworthy films include the adaptation of Joseph Heller’s novel…

Sorry, Travis, but I’m boycotting Uber

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It pains me to have to delete the Uber app; in fact, I’ve been procrastinating on pulling the trigger all day. I’ve grown loyal to the service over the last couple of years, and you can see just how pro-Uber I was in this anti-taxi opinion piece from earlier this year.

Like many a user, I’ve been mesmerized by its efficiency. I’ve loved watching the swift, real-time approach of my rides on the app’s map; I’ve thrilled at the seamlessness of the tip-free transaction. So much so that I never…

Drones ‘flying off the shelves’ ahead of UK’s festive season

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LONDON — The skies will be busier on Christmas morning, thanks to this year’s big ticket item. Drones, in all shapes and sizes, are filling pre-Christmas gift-buying lists ahead of the festive season

In the electronics stores, drones are, as one store assistant described it, almost “literally flying off the shelves.” Stocked under “great gift ideas” signage, they are one of the big gadget presents of the year.

The…

HBO picks up ‘Westworld’ series starring Anthony Hopkins

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Is it too early to say we’re excited about the latest news from Camp HBO? Probably. But we are

The network announced Monday it has ordered to series a show based on the 1973 sci-fi drama by Michael Crichton, Westworld, which centers on a mind-bending amusement park where humans and life-like robots interact as part of the one-of-a-kind experience

The series, executive produced by Interstellar

New York City approves use of Google Chromebooks in public schools

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The New York City Department of Education announced Monday that it had approved Google’s Chromebooks for use in the city’s public classrooms — which represent roughly 1 million students and 1,800 schools.

The DOE also authorized the use of Google Apps for Education, and put together a guide to implementing Chromebooks and Google utilities into the classroom.

Google has touted Chromebooks as useful education tools in the past, and indeed,…

The hot streak continues: Earth just had its warmest October on record

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Fueled by record warm ocean temperatures, October was Earth’s warmest such month on record, according to new data from three independent sources

Coming after the warmest September on record and the warmest June through August period, the year is virtually certain to set a milestone for the warmest year

This could mark an end in a temporary slowdown in the rate of warming, which scientists think has been caused by a…

Taylor Swift record company says Spotify paid a lot less than $6 million

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The numbers don’t lie, Taylor Swift’s paycheck from Spotify is a lot less than the $6 million it’s promising.

Spotify, the world’s biggest subscription music streaming service, paid Swift less than $500,000 in the last 12 months for listening by its U.S. users, Scott Borchetta, CEO of Swift’s record label Big Machine, told Time magazine. Counting all listening worldwide, that number jumps to $2 million, Jonathan Prince, a Spotify spokesman, told Mashable.

Google Nexus 6 review: Yes, smartphones can be too big

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If there’s a word to describe the Google Nexus 6, it’s gargantuan. This is a seriously big phone. To paraphrase the late Douglas Adams, you just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. You might think that shiny new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is pretty huge, but it’s really just peanuts to the Nexus 6.

Built by Lenovo-owned Motorola, the Nexus 6 ($649 unlocked from Google or unsubsidized from T-Mobile, $249.99 with a 2-year contract from AT&T, $696 unsubsidized from Sprint)…