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You can win HQ, but you’ll never get that money. Probably.

You may be a trivia buff but you're no match for company lawyers. 

A provision in viral trivia app HQ's terms of service unearthed Monday by Vox presents a loophole for the company to get out of paying prize money to some winners. 

SEE ALSO: How I cheated and won $11 on HQ trivia

It was already common knowledge for players of the daily live trivia app that you needed to bank at least $20 before you could cash out. But the terms of service seem to indicate that there's a time limit to accrue that amount, or your winnings get erased:

As more people play HQ, the pot often splits into amounts that fall far below the $20 threshold. Mashable managing editor Annie Colbert knows that pain: Read more...

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Spielberg on 'Ready Player One' and the future: 'Virtual reality will be a super drug'

The director behind the upcoming film adaptation of Ready Player One is making some bleak predictions about what lies in store for us in the decades to come. 

While the rest of us are still waiting for Steven Spielberg's vision of creepy AI children to come true, the legendary director has moved on to imagining how other real-world technologies will affect society. "Virtual reality will be a super drug," he said in a new video promoting Ready Player One, which is set to release in the U.S. on March 30.

SEE ALSO: How did Ernest Cline become the author he is today? Blame George Lucas

Based on Ernest Cline's beloved novel, Ready Player One takes place in a dystopian future where people are hooked on digital fantasies. Spielberg sets the scene for how this technological takeover happens, explaining that "the fabric of our economy is crumbling. It's a good time to escape." Read more...

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These iPhone cables are designed to last forever — and they're on sale

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

There are forever friends, forever rings, and even My Tamagotchi Forever, but "forever" is not usually a word you hear associated with tech gadgets. And although a "Forever iPhone" is clearly not happening in this millennium, we can finally get our hands on a forever lightning cable. 

Look inside your purse, backpack or briefcase, and you'll probably find a lightning cable or two — and for good reason. Whether you want to power up your iPhone or upload your latest photos onto your computer, a cable makes even the most mundane tasks a breeze. But while lightning cables are incredibly useful, they have a short shelf-life. Take a closer look at your cord, and you'll notice its frayed edges and the occasional wire popping out of the coating. It's all fun and games until one day it conks out for good when you need it most. Read more...

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Why the iPhone X will probably never see its first birthday

If you've been debating whether to buy an iPhone X, you may have just been scared out of your decision.

On Friday, the king of Apple analysts, his majesty Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, predicted Apple will soon be discontinuing the iPhone X, according to a recent AppleInsider report

That's right: Apple is due to kill off its most expensive iPhone after the summer, right when the next generation of iPhones is due and less than a year after its debut (it didn't go on sale until Nov. 3).

SEE ALSO: Apple admits that new updates slow older iPhones—but for a good reason

In his note, Kuo appeared to imply the move was a response to weak demand, particularly in China, where smartphone buyers are said to be more skeptical of the infamous "notch." He later clarified in a follow-up note that the iPhone X was being put out to pasture early to prevent any potential "cannibalization" of the new iPhone line that's planned for the fall, according to MacRumors. Read more...

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USA Gymnastics board members resign amid sexual assault scandal

As the sentencing hearings for USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to sexual assault charges, continue, three members of the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors announced their resignation.

Nassar's sentencing hearings for 10 sexual assault charges in Michigan resume this week. As part of the proceedings he must listen to impact statements from his victims due to his plea deal. More than 100 women and girls have accused Nassar of abuse, including Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and McKayla Maroney. He's already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography.    Read more...

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Montana adds its own net neutrality rules in defiance of FCC

The net neutrality backlash just stepped up a notch.

Just weeks after the Federal Communications Commission controversially peeled back open internet rules, amid widespread protests and condemnation, Montana has taken the first steps in enforcing its own regulations.

SEE ALSO: Net neutrality's latest hope: 22 state attorneys general file lawsuit against FCC

The state's governor, Steve Bullock, signed an executive order Monday requiring any service providers with state contracts to follow net neutrality principals.

"Montana's future depends on a free and open internet," Bullock tweeted, adding that he hoped the state's initiative would inspire other states to follow suit. In a subsequent tweet he offered to pass on a copy of the order to make things easy. Read more...

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Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay publishers, which is adorable

Should Twitter pay me for my tweets?

Sure! I post great stuff, which is why people go on Twitter — to find great stuff. I, and everyone else who post good stuff, should get paid. 

Is Twitter going to pay me for my tweets? Hahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha. No. 

SEE ALSO: Current Facebook wants to go back to being Old Facebook

Yet that exact situation is what Rupert Murdoch proposed for Facebook. On Monday, the media mogul released a statement calling for Facebook to begin paying "trusted publishers."

"If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay those publishers a carriage fee similar to the model adopted by cable companies," Murdoch wrote.  Read more...

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Watch this actress get transformed for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Actor Karen Gillan had to endure 2.5 hours on the makeup chair to transform into Nebula in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'. That's nothing compared to the first film, where she was required to shave her whole head and spend 5 hours for makeup. Read more...

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Scientists have found a potentially super cool replacement to electrical lighting

Engineers at MIT have created a technique for embedding nanoparticles into plant leaves that make them emit a dim light. The nanoparticles contain chemicals known to make fireflies glow, known as luciferase and luciferin. Read more...

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We are sorry to report that Pikachu has fallen down

It brings us no joy to share this news, but we're duty-bound to inform you: Pikachu has fallen down.

The tragedy occurred at what looks to be an in-store appearance of some sort, at which numerous children were present. Pikachu, perhaps too hot in its business suit, took a tumble as it darted across the room.

SEE ALSO: Pikachu gets his highest honor yet, becomes Japan city ambassador

Here's video, but be warned: it is extremely shocking.

Fear not, though. Pikachu was helped up by a kind group of bystanders and seemed to be fine in the wake of its fall. Actually, we have no idea. It's just as likely that the person wearing this Pikachu suit was deeply traumatized and will never wear it again.  Read more...

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That really oily guy from the Olympics is going to compete in the Winter Games

Buy your stock in coconut oil because Pita Taufatofua is returning to the Olympics.

The Tongan flag holder became a beloved meme during the opening ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he appeared in all his glistening glory. Well, now Taufatofua is officially heading to the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea in a sport he barely knows: cross-country skiing.

SEE ALSO: Aly Raisman: The more we talk about sexual assault and 'uncomfortable issues,' the better

The Wall Street Journal reports that Taufatofua officially qualified in Iceland on Saturday for the games. All this despite the fact that he comes from Tonga, a small Polynesian country that never sees snow.   Read more...

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Netflix executes perfect 'The Office' joke about Millie Bobby Brown

Netflix's Twitter presence continues to be a gift, this time with a delightful Stranger Things/The Office crossover tweet. In a screen shot from Season 2, episode 1, "The Dundies," Michael prepares to present the office award for "Whitest Sneakers." Office fans will know this award went to a rather tipsy Pam Beesly, but Netflix chose to honor Sunday night's SAG red carpet look of one Millie Bobby Brown.

SEE ALSO: Please god no, don't revive 'The Office'

— Netflix US (@netflix) January 22, 2018

The tweet clearly resonated with Netflix's followers, whose replies included references to "Millie Beesly," "Scranton Things," and routine requests to bring The Office to every country that doesn't have it (rooting for you, Brazil). Read more...

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Hijab-wearing model steps down from L’Oreal Paris hair campaign over 2014 tweets

Fashion blogger-turned-L'Oreal Paris hair model Amena Khan backed out of a hair care campaign Monday, just a few days after announcing she was part of the Elvive product line ad campaign.

SEE ALSO: Hijab-wearing hair model featured in L’Oreal Paris ad campaign

Khan wrote a statement on Twitter and Instagram early Monday that she was stepping down from the campaign because of a series of tweets from 2014 in which she criticized Israel. She said the tweets were detracting "from the positive and inclusive sentiment that (the campaign) set out to deliver."

A post shared by Amena (@amenaofficial) on Jan 22, 2018 at 4:24am PST Read more...

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This amazing exoskeleton is helping people with paralysis walk again

ReWalk is a bionic exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to walk upright and climb stairs.

One user was able to grow muscle tissue in his legs, which he was subsequently able to raise independently.  Read more...

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Dudes try, and fail repeatedly, to snowboard

The best parts of any vacation with your friends are the shared laughs and fond memories you make. Especially if those shared laughs are caught on video.

A couple of mates here are shown against a picturesque winter landscape, ready to channel their inner Shaun White. The only problem? They never make it a more than a few yards from the lift. 

Oh, they try. They really do. But none of them can learn from each other's mistakes and end up plopping into the powder each time, sometimes making it a bit farther, till finally one of them makes it the farthest—by tripping and getting dragged along. Read more...

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Steven Soderbergh's new HBO show 'Mosaic' lets your obsession go way deep with murder mystery app

Steven Soderbergh's Mosaic premieres Jan. 22 on HBO, but the entire story is already out there for public consumptionMosaic was initially launched in November 2017 as an interactive storytelling app; Users choose a character and follow their journey to piece together the mysterious murder of Olivia Lake (Sharon Stone).

Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon have worked on Mosaic for nearly four years. Soderbergh was invigorated to push current models of storytelling and to explore a show with a "branching narrative" (they detest the phrase "choose your own adventure") for viewers to explore.

SEE ALSO: 10 TV shows we can't wait to see in 2018 Read more...

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In a first for video games, a major sports league is making its own game

Professional sports are a big business in video games, but it's mostly thanks to licensing deals. Major League Baseball is set to change that in 2018.

Since 2014, the corporate side of the league has been relying on for-hire studios to drive its R.B.I. Baseball series. But this March, R.B.I. Baseball 18 will arrive as the product of a completely internal development team inside the MLB Advanced Media division of the company.

SEE ALSO: Philadelphia greased poles to stop Eagles fans from climbing them. It didn't work.

In a sprawling feature penned by Polygon's Samit Sarkar — one of the most authoritative voices out there when it comes to sports video games — we learn the new R.B.I. is built on many of the same ideas that went into past game.  Read more...

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A new study reveals how Russian trolls manipulated our Twitter conversations

Over the weekend, Twitter told 677,775 people via email that they interacted with Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election. But according to Kate Starbird, an assistant professor at the University of Washington, that's far from enough.

In a Twitter thread on Saturday, Starbird shared her recent research into social networks and the "echo chambers" they create. Her team successfully identified that polarized tweets are one way people, including Russian trolls, can effectively manipulate conversations. 

SEE ALSO: Twitter to notify users who got played by Russian propaganda accounts Read more...

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These college kids aced their voice class with a lovely version of a 'Spongebob Squarepants' song

Spongebob Squarepants may be the answer to acing your next exam.

Two sophomores at Shelton State Community College in Alabama recently decided to sing a classic song from Spongebob Squarepants for their vocal performance class. And it didn't take long before Quentin (@SweetTea_Sav) and Sean (@OtakuTacoKing) became viral stars. 

SEE ALSO: These vintage Wendy's training videos are catchy as hell

these guys in my voice class really sang without you from spongebob as a performance grade

— queen (@Tailleurmade) January 19, 2018

"I was listening to it randomly and I realized we had an opportunity to sing it for our voice class," Sean to Mashable. "I chose this song because I knew that it was the best duet for the two of us." Read more...

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'Overwatch' League makes an example out of pro, suspends him for homophobic insult

Two weeks into the Overwatch League, one pro player has already been suspended and fined for throwing a homophobic insult at an openly gay opponent.

Felix "xQc" Lengyel of the Dallas Fuel was suspended by the Overwatch League and his own team Friday after insulting Houston Outlaws player Austin "Muma" Wilmot during a personal live stream on Twitch. The league's suspension is a clear warning to other players to stay professional and not be hateful or else they'll risk losing out on vital time playing with their teams.

SEE ALSO: Porn traffic took a major hit during the first matches of 'Overwatch' League Read more...

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