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We've come to the end of another year, and as we wave goodbye to 2013, we figured it was only fitting that we share the most popular stories published on Gear Live this year, as determined by our readers (we've also got the top ten most read stories regardless of publish date, as well as the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2013!) These are the ten stories that were read the most, and when you consider that fact, it's pretty surprising to see what made the list. Let's kick it off with our most read story of the year:

OS X El Capitan will be released on September 30:
Anticipation for Apple's newest desktop operating system, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, trumped all other news here on Gear Live in 2015!

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How to use gadgets for Halloween pranks in your home

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Household, Videos,

Halloween Bathroom Prank

If you wanna kick up your Halloween festivities, you may be able to do so with some of the smart home gadgets and consumer electronics that you already have in your posession. One example is using your Hue lights to simulate a thunderstorm or fire happening in your home, which I've been enjoying for the past few days. The ambiance can be enjoyed both from inside the house, as well as by people passing by (especially with a connected Bluetooth speaker chiming in with sound effects, pointed outside an open window!)

For more inspiration, Best Buy has compiled five videos that show how you can use different pieces of technology that you can use to put together you own scary holiday scenes. The one I liked most is the Haunted House Wicked Washroom, where you use Philips Hue lights, a Bluetooth speaker with ambient lighting, and Belkin WeMo smart plugs to allow you to turn on plugged in gadgets remotely. Head on over to Best Buy to check out all five video tutorials.

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Celebrity Chatter: Isla Fisher’s Advice to Julianne Hough, Kim Shows Off Baby North

Allie Teilz and Joaquin Phoenix+ Good celebrity Samaritan Isla Fisher reportedly tried to help Julianne Hough avoid what became her blackface scandal by advising her to wash her face off before the paparazzi got to her. Hough clearly didn't take her up on the advice, and Isla's reps are denying that she attempted to intervene.

+ Her actor Joaquin Phoenix was photographed frolicking around in Rome with a new lady who looks like Madonna straight out of the Eighties. Sadly, he didn't go back in time to bring Eighties Madonna to 2013, as it's been revealed that she's Allie Teilz, a 19 year-old DJ.

+ Want to see cute photos of baby North West posing with Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci? Of course you do, which is why Kim Kardashian has been snapping up a storm over it.

+ Miley Cyrus has come out and proclaimed herself as one of the world's biggest feminists. Though one can't argue that she's definitely a staunch proponent for women expressing their sexuality however they may please, she doesn't seem too keen on abstaining from using other women's (especially black women's) bodies for one's own purposes.

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Miley Cyrus and Benji Madden: New Couple Alert?

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Music, Hook-ups, Parties, Rumors,

Miley Cyrus as Lil' Kim for Halloween Miley Cyrus and Benji Madden

Despite all the makeup, costumes, tricks, and treats, there was apparently love in the air for Miley Cyrus and Benji Madden this Halloween.

Insiders at Adam Lambert's Halloween bash divulged that the "Wrecking Ball" singer was spotted snogging the Good Charlotte musician. "They were really into each other. I saw them making out at one point, and his hand was on her legs the majority of the time. They were very touchy-feely," one eyewitness said.

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Lindsay Lohan Told to Pay Back Money

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Legal Issues, Parties,

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan has been asked to pay back part of an appearance fee after turning up late.

The Mean Girls actress was reportedly paid over $50,000 to host a Halloween party at Foxwoods casino in Connecticut on Thursday, but the event organizers are attempting to claim back some of her generous payday because she was more than 90 minutes late and didn't honor the full extent of her duties.

According to TMZ, Lindsay was due to arrive at 10pm local time, but only showed up at 11:43pm. The 27-year-old star also refused to walk the red carpet, where she was expected to pose for photographers and meet with some lucky fans, and went straight inside the venue. Lawyers for the establishment are now hoping to renegotiate their contract with the actress because they feel she didn't uphold their agreement.

However, eyewitnesses say Lindsay and co-host, boxer Floyd Mayweather, did a great job hosting a Halloween costume contest on stage. Floyd, who was reportedly paid the same amount as the Liz & Dick star, also arrived late but made up for his tardiness by meeting with fans, signing autographs and taking photos. Lindsay appeared in fancy dress at the event, styling herself as classic horror character Carrie White from the movie Carrie.


Kelly Osbourne Dresses as Carrie for Halloween

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Television, Clothing, Parties,

Kelly OsbourneKelly Osbourne dressed as Carrie to celebrate Halloween last night.

The 28-year-old star recreated the blood soaked look of the iconic character from the 1976 horror movie - which has just been remade with Chloe Moretz in the lead role. The Fashion Police host slipped into the gory prom dress to attend Adam Lambert's Halloween Party, which was Powered by CIROC, Bootsy Bellows in West Hollywood.

Kelly needed the help of her fiance Matthew Mosshart to complete her gruesome look for fright night. Writing on her Twitter page before heading out, she posted,
Soooo excited for tonight's #Halloween costume!!!! Getting my fiance to poor a bucket of blood over my head!!! es I'm going as Carrie however I have a feeling I might end up looking like a tampon! [sic]." She added, "#LetTheBloodPouringBegin! This feels disgusting! [sic]."

Kelly traded in her violet locks for an auburn wig, which she teamed with a delicate tiara and had fake blood all over her face and chest as well as her dress.


Miley Cyrus Bares Breast in Halloween Outfit

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Clothing, Photos,

Miley CyrusMiley Cyrus bared her breast in a provocative Halloween outfit last night.

The 20-year-old pop star dressed up as rapper Lil' Kim for a costume party, sporting a purple one-shouldered jumpsuit which left her entire left breast exposed. The "Wrecking Ball" hitmaker - who was also adorned a matching purple wig - covered her modesty with the use of silver and purple glitter in the shape of a flower petal. Miley shared pictures of the raunchy outfit on Twitter, with one caption reading, "Happy Halllllloweeeen [sic]."

The singer's bare-breasted snaps highlighted her infamous "Just Breathe" tattoo, which she got at the age of 17, located under her left breast on her ribcage. Miley also posted a close-up of her purple wig, reminiscent of the colorful hairpieces worn by troubled child star Amanda Bynes earlier this year, captioning it, "SHHHH*tzzzz A WIGGGG [sic]."


Hugh Hefner and Wife Dress as Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus

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Hugh Hefner and his wife Crystal HarrisHugh Hefner and his wife dressed as Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus for Halloween.

The 87-year-old Playboy magnate and his 27-year-old spouse Crystal Harris opted for a topical costume for his annual Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday, as they spoofed the controversial MTV Video Music Awards performance from August.

Hugh wore a pinstriped suit and dark sunglasses just like "Blurred Lines" crooner Robin, 36, while Crystal was adorned in a flesh-colored dress - similar to the latex two-piece bikini worn by Miley - and put her blonde hair into pigtails like the "Wrecking Ball" hitmaker.

Crystal shared a humorous picture of their costumes on her Instagram account, which shows her bending over in front of her husband with her tongue sticking out. The blonde beauty also has a large foam finger on display.


VIDEO: Watch Britney’s Cute/Weird ‘Thriller’-Esque Video

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Videos, Pop,

In the spirit of Halloween, Britney Spears teamed up with British TV personality Nick Grimshaw to put out the above video, "It's Britney Witch!" (in case you've forgotten about her colorful lyrics, the title is a play on the first line from her "Gimme More" song).

Short and sweet, the pop star recites the opening lines from Michael Jackson's legendary "Thriller" video in a faux-British accent while propped against various "spooky" green screen backdrops. Although it's quite silly, it's great to see Britney enjoying herself (I mean, have you seen any of her interviews over the past few years?) and not feeling obligated to be sexy.

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Julianne Hough Wears Blackface for Halloween

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Television, Photos,

Julianne Hough as Suzanne UPDATE: Julianne has since apologized on Twitter.

It's no surprise that Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black is indeed so popular of a character that folks want to dress up like her for Halloween. What is surprising is that dancer-turned-actress Julianne Hough found it acceptable to dress up in blackface.

Although it's good to see that fans are identifying with a female character of color, Hough could have done without the makeup, considering the fact that she was already wearing her hair in the character's recognizable quasi-spiked 'do and had Warren's ID tag easily noticeable on her chest.

Hough was spotted in the "Crazy Eyes" getup at a Halloween Party she attended with friends last night - all of whom were also dressed like Orange Is the New Black characters.

The Dancing with the Stars winner has yet to address any of the controversy and Twitter uproar regarding her Halloween costume.

(FYI - You can also follow VIP Breakdown on Twitter.)

Read More | Daily Mail

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