Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Could Data Science Reduce Resume Overload?”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Could Data Science Reduce Resume Overload?”

Could Data Science Reduce Resume Overload?

Posted: 19 Jun 2012 04:29 AM PDT

A new job board called Bright aims to kill resume overload with a little bit of data science.

Instead of encouraging candidates to apply for as many jobs as possible, Bright promises to cut down on unnecessary resume exchanges by showing both parties what is the best fit for them.

To do so, the startup analyzed 2.8 million resumes submitted in response to more than 2.1 million job descriptions on its beta site. Hundreds of HR recruiters looked at the resumes and rated them based on compatibility with their corresponding descriptions.

Meanwhile, a team of about 15 data scientists and engineers tracked the ratings and used them to develop an algorithm that not only predicts such com…
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Microsoft Surface and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 19 Jun 2012 04:04 AM PDT

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories.

Microsoft Launches Surface Tablet

At a super-secretive event Monday Microsoft has unveiled its own tablet computer called Surface.

While the device definitely shows promise -- it's a super-thin, 10.6-inch tablet with two USB ports and an innovative keyboard/cover combo -- the verdict is that it's too early to give a final verdict just yet.

We've had a chance to try it out, but we don't know the full list of specifications, and we weren't allowed to test certain aspects…
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13 Must-Follow Musicians on Instagram

Posted: 19 Jun 2012 03:51 AM PDT

1. The National

Indie rock band The National maintains a rather active account on Instagram. Their photos are normally candids, backstage shots and other antics.

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Instagram has recently become a vital tool for musicians and bands, who have posted to the platform to promote their music videos, song challenges, album reveals and giveaway contests.

Like other forms of social media, the photo-sharing tool allows musicians to connect and engage with fans -- mostly through their phones. Fans like to feel as if they're touring with their favorite bands, and Instagram makes that possible.

SEE ALSO: 10 Instagram Tips For Bands, By Bands

Marketing and promotion aside, socially savvy artists give fans a taste of what it's like on the road and off the stage. We've gathered 13 rock stars for you to follow on Instagram. Who is the most interesting musicia…
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iRobot Releases Smartest Roomba Yet

Posted: 19 Jun 2012 03:18 AM PDT

iRobot announced on Tuesday the latest vacuum cleaning robot in its Roomba lineup, boasting a wireless command center that schedules cleanings and allows users to control the device from anywhere in the house.

The new Roomba 790 -- available now for $699.99 -- gives users more flexibility in cleaning. By using the Wireless Command Center remote control, it's possible to steer the Roomba to any spot in the house and schedule it to routinely clean during certain hours, even when no one is home.

Although the scheduling feature exists on previous Roomba models, it's only been available via programming on the robot itself.

SEE ALSO: Sharp Introduces World's Largest LED TV: The 9
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Nokia 808 PureView Coming to the U.S. Through Amazon

Posted: 19 Jun 2012 01:28 AM PDT

Remember 808 PureView, that 41-megapixel smartphone Nokia has unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress? Well, it's finally coming to the U.S. through Amazon.

The device will be available unlocked and unsubsidized, which brings us to the price -- a hefty $699.

As far as specs go, Nokia 808 PureView's claim to fame is its 41-megapixel sensor, still unmatched (in terms of resolution) in the world of mobile phones.

The device also sports a single core 1.3 GHz CPU, a 4-inch, 360 x 640 pixel screen, 512 MB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It will play nice with AT&T's 3G network, and it'll also work on T-Mobile's network, but only 2G will be supported.

The exact date of availabilit…
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The Internet Usage Patterns of Depressed College Students

Posted: 19 Jun 2012 12:07 AM PDT

Switching quickly from Spotify to email to Facebook can be a telltale sign of depression. A recent study extensively correlates specific web habits, such as jumping between different applications, with depression.

The study by Missouri University of Science and Technology associates observed how 216 university undergraduates surfed the web for a month. About 30% of the students had depression, according to the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, an official screening test for the mental condition.

These numbers match the national average. Depression affects about 10% to 40% of the national population of college students at one time. More than 90% of U.S. college stude…
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Tilted Screens: The Secret to Apple Store Success? [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 11:19 PM PDT

Steve Jobs was meticulous in designing Apple's iDevices, so it makes sense that tremendous thought went into designing the stores in which those devices are sold.

The clean and modern interior of Apple stores may be the perfect canvas to display the company's shiny gadgets and entice consumers into making a spendy purchase. It's aesthetically pleasing, sure -- but there's also a deeper concept behind the way the stores are laid out (Hint: Even the tilt of the laptop screens is intended to coerce you into trying one).

According to author Carmine Gallo, who spent a year researching the Apple store experience, laptop screens are tilted back about 7…
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What Does Surface Mean For Other Windows 8 Tablets?

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 08:58 PM PDT

Microsoft describes Surface as the re-imagining of the tablet, much as it describes Windows 8 as the re-imagining of Windows. Of course, that brings up an interesting question: What about those "other" Windows 8 tablets?

After all, Windows 8 is expected to launch this fall on an assortment of different tablets. A slew of companies -- including Dell, Nokia, Lenovo, Acer and Asus -- have already publicly committed to building Windows 8 tablets -- either running Windows RT or on Intel chipsets.

Part of the reason we expected to see a more media-centric tablet approach from Microsoft was because it seemed unlikely that the software behemoth would compete against its own partners.

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Robot Dog Ready to Steal Your Heart [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 08:49 PM PDT

What, exactly, is the allure of a robot pet? Is it that you never have to walk it, feed it or clean up its "little gifts?" Perhaps, but whatever the reason, robotics, consumer electronics and toy manufacturers never stop trying to lure us with the another metal, plastic and silicone-based companion. The latest, i-SODOG from Takara-Tomy is tiny, puppy-sized and full of electronic life.

Unveiled at Tokyo's Toy Show, the little robot pup is packed with servos (15) and sensors; it can respond to 50 voice commands and, thanks to a bit of artificial intelligence, change its personality over time. Some have compared it Sony's now discontinued AIBO robot d…
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20 TV Shows With the Most Social Media Buzz This Week

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 08:32 PM PDT

Buzz surrounding the ESPN broadcasts of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship almost entirely dominated cable TV chatter this week. But while soccer fans may be rowdy, basketball fanatics are this week's clear social media champs.

When the Thunder met the Heat for Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs, there was a perfect storm of trash talk and gloating (the latter from Heat fans) that totaled more social media impressions than the top five EURO 2012 games combined. Miami beat Oklahoma City 91-85, bringing the series standings to Heat: 2, Thunder: 1.

Despite the Los Angeles Kings' first 2012 Stanley Cup championship title, buzz over last Monday night's hockey finals didn't really compete…
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Microsoft Surface Tablet: 10 Unanswered Questions

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 08:20 PM PDT

Microsoft made some serious noise in the tech world this evening by unveiling a new kind of tablet: the Surface. The new device isn't just an exciting piece of technology -- it also changes the game for Windows devices because it's built by Microsoft itself.

Microsoft revealed many details during its event -- including the operating system (both Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro), the screen size (10.6 inches) and how the clever Type Cover keyboard accessories would work -- but it also left some key questions unanswered. Foremost among them: How much money consumers can expect to spend on the Surface.

We likely won't know those answers until we get much closer to the release of Windows
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Startup Connects Travelers With Locals in 15,000 Cities Worldwide

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 08:02 PM PDT

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Tripping South KoreaName: Tripping

Quick Pitch: Tripping is a global network for travelers to find locals renting out their homes.

Genius Idea: The social travel site rounds up housing options for travelers onto one platform. There are more than 750,000 vacation and short-term rental spaces to choose from at a given time.

Tripping is an online aggregator of home rentals around the world. Tripping works with a number of rental sites popular in various parts of the world to collect the best list…
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Microsoft’s Surface Tablet RT: How it Compares to the iPad

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 07:52 PM PDT

Microsoft's newly-announced Surface tablet is powerful enough to replace your PC, but Microsoft execs told press gathered at the launch in Los Angeles that Surface is a reimagining of the tablet.

In fact, Surface is both a tablet and a PC, and will be available in two versions when it ships later this year. One is Windows RT, the other Windows Pro, running a full version of Windows 8.

So how does the Surface tablet stack up against the iPad, the current tablet market leader? We don't have all the specs in yet -- Microsoft didn't release any information on pricing or availability. They did say "suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to b…
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Hands-on With Microsoft’s Tablet: Plenty of Surface, Not Much Depth [PICS]

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 07:19 PM PDT

Security was heavy backstage at the Microsoft Surface launch event Monday. In what was probably one of the most controlled tech demos I've ever seen -- even Apple lets you handle the product more than this -- the media was ushered through a hushed white room in groups of seven. We clustered at each of four demo tables for a few minutes each.

"It's like Disneyland," joked a security guard. He meant the near-physical way you are led from ride to ride. Linger too long, and things could get ugly. Ditto if you dared to take video too close to a moving, functioning Surface.

The demonstrators gave us their spiel -- here's the Touch Cover, here's how it was made. Feel the quality. Admire…
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8 Twitter Celebs Who Don’t Follow Back

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 06:56 PM PDT

1. Conan O'Brien

Since 2010, @ConanOBrien has deliberately followed only one person on Twitter. He tweeted why he chose user @LovelyButton: "I've decided to follow someone at random. She likes peanut butter and gummy dinosaurs. Sarah Killen, your life is about to change." Before Conan's announcement, Sarah's follower count was in the hundreds. Now more than 90,000 people follow her on Twitter.

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People use Twitter for many reasons -- for example, to broadcast their thoughts or share information. But another huge component of Twitter is to learn from and interact with others. So, what does it mean when people don't follow anyone?

Specifically, we found eight celebrities on Twitter who either follow zero or only one person. Some follow specific fans or loved ones. Others choose to follow no one, but nonetheless, interact with fans via @mentions.

SEE ALSO: 7 Celebrities Who Should Tweet More Often

Why do you think these celebs choose to follow few or no people on Twitter? Share your opinion in the comments below.

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4% of People Have Used Their iPhone While Having Sex [STUDY]

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 06:45 PM PDT

Which would you rather give up for a weekend -- sex or your iPhone? 15% of respondents to one study said they would choose a romance-free weekend rather than go without their beloved device.

A recent survey conducted by Gazelle.com (the company that buys your old iPhone) asked 1,000 people who have used the service to trade-in an old device if they'd rather go without sex or iPhone for a weekend. Yes, 15% of people chose sex.

This isn't the first time smartphone owners admitted they would give up sex over their smartphone. In a related survey by another company, smartphones tied with intimate relationships as two things business professionals said they couldn't live without.

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Meet Microsoft Surface’s Innovative Keyboard Cases

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 06:25 PM PDT

Microsoft announced Surface, its new Windows tablet, at an event on Monday. To go along with it, the company also announced two covers for the tablet that double as a keyboards for the device.

Much like Apple's Smart Cover does with the iPad, Touch Cover connects to Surface via magnets on the device's side. When opened up, the inside of the 3mm cover has a full multi-touch keyboard with trackpad. During its presentation, Microsoft focused on how book-like Surface will feel with the case on.

"Nothing stirs me more than Touch Cover." Panos Panay, a designer for Microsoft said while showing off the Touch Cover at the event. "This spine feels like a book. You'll hold it like a book. It…
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As Paul McCartney Turns 70, Memes Mark the Occasion

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 05:40 PM PDT

Paul McCartney, singer, songwriter and Member of the Order of the British Empire, turned 70 today -- the latest milestone in the life of one of the world's most prolific musicians.

More than 50 years after McCartney first started penning songs for the Fab Four, the septuagenarian doesn't look like he's slowing down any time soon. Despite his formidable presence in the music scene (the Guinness Book of World Records once claimed that "Yesterday" had the most cover versions of any song ever written), the Internet endured the travesty of having  "Who is Paul McCartney?" trend on Twitter during the Grammys earlier this year. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to gripe about how tone-de…
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Netflix to Run on Windows 8 with Microsoft’s New Surface Tablet

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 05:07 PM PDT

Taking the Tablet to New Heights

Microsoft thinks Surface can redefine the tablet with dual USB ports, thin-yet-sturdy construction and a cover that reveals a fully functional keyboard complete with trackpad.

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Microsoft announced on Monday its own branded tablet -- the Surface. Versions of the tablet will run on Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT -- and for the first time, Netflix will be running on that yet-to-be-released operating system.

The tablet running Netflix was briefly flashed to a crowd of tech reporters in Los Angeles on Monday at Milk Studios as Microsoft made its awaited and much-hyped announcement. Microsoft was careful not to refer to the device as a tablet, but rather as a PC.

No word on the exact pricing of the device yet, but Microsoft says it will be competitive with ultrabooks and tablets on the market. Designed with Gorilla Glass and weighing 1.5 pounds, the Surface comes w…
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Microsoft Unveils Surface Tablet

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 04:27 PM PDT

Taking the Tablet to New Heights

Microsoft thinks Surface can redefine the tablet with dual USB ports, thin-yet-sturdy construction and a cover that reveals a fully functional keyboard complete with trackpad.

Click here to view this gallery.

The star of Microsoft's mystery Monday unveiling has been revealed: Surface, a Windows tablet.

"It was always clear that what our software could do would require us to push hardware, sometimes where our partners hadn't envisioned," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at the event. "Much like Windows 1 needed the mouse, we wanted to give Windows 8 its own hardware."

Just as Windows 8 is a reimagining of the Windows operating system, Microsoft describes Surface as a reimagining of the tablet.

The first of its kind, Surface is designed to work as both tablet and PC and comes in a version running Windows RT as well as a version running Windows 8 Pro.

Super-thin, the tablet is just 9…
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Sharp Introduces World’s Largest LED TV: The 90-Inch AQUOS [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 03:56 PM PDT

Front View

Sharp unveiled on Monday the largest TV on the planet, the 90-inch AQUOS LED with 3D technology. It is nearly four feet tall and spans more than six-and-a-half feet in width.

The model, which is in stores now, costs about $10,999.

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Sharp unveiled the largest LED TV on the planet -- the 90-inch AQUOS with 3D technology -- at an event in New York City on Monday.

Standing nearly four feet tall and spanning more than six-and-a-half feet in width, the screen is big enough to rest about 56 iPads on its surface. It weighs in at a lean 141 pounds (without a stand) and is less than five inches deep.

"It's nearly three-times the viewing area of a 55-inch television," a Sharp spokesperson told the press at the launch event. "The picture is stunning, and we are quite excited about our new flagship AQUOS 90-inch television."

Microsoft Unveils Its Mystery Device [LIVE BLOG]

The AQUOS 90-inch TV may be large, but thanks t…
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Is This the Solution for How to Deal With Erroneous Tweets?

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 03:37 PM PDT

Twitter is celebrated for rapidly distributing breaking news, sometimes reaching vast audiences before that information is reported by the press. But sometimes that information is inaccurate, misspelled or taken offensively -- and it can be difficult to correct once it's saturated the Twittersphere.

So how do you stop a bad tweet from spreading? Simply deleting it often looks suspicious. Deleting it and issuing a correction is better, but even then, tweets can perpetuate in quoted retweets and in screenshots (or, if you're a member of congress, remain forever on public display.)

In an entry on his agency's blog, interface designer Oliver Recihenstein proposes an alternative. Give users…
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Microsoft Presents Its Mystery Device [TRANSCRIPT]

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 03:12 PM PDT

We're live at the Milk studio in Hollywood for Microsoft's big moment. The software giant has tantalized the rest of the tech world with a mysterious, details-free invite to something major; now it has to deliver on that promise.

So what's it to be? The smart money -- and most of your bets, apparently -- is on a game-changing tablet. But what exactly? Xbox tablet with SmartGlass technology, as we suggested earlier Monday? iPad killer? A sub-$500 Kindle Fire competitor? Microsoft partner Barnes & Noble has told us they're not involved in this launch, but could it still be some kind of media reader?

We'll know soon enough. The live blog starts at 3:30pm Pacific time, 6:30pm Eastern;…
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Never Lose Your Keys Again with Hone for iOS [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 03:05 PM PDT

They're not on top of the dresser, not in the kitchen, not in the laundry room and and definitely not in your pockets. We've all left the house well on our way to our next destination when the realization hit us: no keys.

Now, absent-minded travelers can now rest a little easier: Designers Louis Gerbarg and Geoff Litwack have introduced Hone, a Bluetooth 4.0 device and iOS app that makes finding your keys less stressful.

Attach the Hone device to your keychain, then pair it with either your iPhone 4S or the new iPad. When you can't seem to find your keys, tap the "Find" button in the app. If your Hone device is within 150 feet, it will signa…
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Now You Can Buy Services As Well As Products on The Fancy

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 02:19 PM PDT

The Fancy, a Pinterest-like startup that wants you to shop what you pin (or "fancy"), announced a partnership with location-based marketplace Zaarly Monday. Now, users of The Fancy can find and purchase nearly any item or service they can find a Zaarly member to provide, in addition to the more conventional, branded items already available on its site.

Like Pinterest, The Fancy encourages you to save pictures of destinations, clothing, food, etc. It's different from Pinterest in that there's a strong shopping component: The site wants you to buy the items you fancy, or at least something similar. For example, if I were to "fancy" a picture of the YingXi Corridor of Stone Peaks in China, T…
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Music Monday: Hear Our Favorite Summer Songs and Tell Us Yours

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 01:50 PM PDT

Here at Mashable we love music - we listen to it on our commutes, while we work and in our free time. When we're at our desks, it can help set the mood for productivity and make the day go by.

Collectively, we listen to a diverse range of music, and we love to share what we like and discover new music to enjoy. We decided to launch a new weekly post to share our love of music with you. From here on out, we'll publish a Spotify playlist crafted around a certain theme every Monday.

Since this week is summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, we decided to take this opportunity to kick off Music Monday with a playlist of "Summer Songs."

These songs were handpicked by the Masha
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Dad Paints Epic ‘Legend of Zelda’ Nursery [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 01:23 PM PDT

Cole Bradburn clearly wants to raise a little geek after his own heart. Why else would he paint the entire nursery with scenes from Legend of Zelda games?

Bradburn said it took 150 hours of work to paint scenes from Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks on his soon-to-be born son's walls. This was after an earlier project where he helped a friend paint a Yoshi's Island-themed nursery that is equally beautiful.

Now our only question is: does he do offices?

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What Will Come Out of Microsoft’s Mystery Event? Consumers Say a Tablet

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 01:06 PM PDT

Although it's still unknown what exactly Microsoft could unveil at its mystery event in Los Angeles on Monday, a recent poll conducted among Mashable readers indicates many are expecting the company to launch a Microsoft-built tablet.

Rumors have been circulating the web since Microsoft revealed last week that it is making a "major announcement" on Monday. But judging by the results of the poll -- which launched on Friday and has since been answered by about 1,450 readers -- most are anticipating the launch of a Microsoft-branded tablet along with other hardware as well as new software.

About 38% of voters said they are expecting to see a Microsoft Tablet -- which Mashable editor-…
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How to Create Real Relationships With Social Marketing

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 01:06 PM PDT

If you want to continue to reach your market in the social media age, the marketing focus needs to be on building relationships, and metrics need to expand beyond ROI. In fact, ROI is simple dollars and cents. But a return on relationship is the value -- both perceived and real -- that will accrue over time through connection, loyalty, recommendations, and sharing. That's what any marketer actually wants, and here's how to do it.

Don't Just Act Authentic
This might seem obvious, but authenticity is on the verge of becoming just another buzz word in social media marketing. True authenticity -- not just using that word often in your tweets and posts -- will set your brand (prod…
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Man Watches 252 Netflix Movies in a Month, Gets Invited to Netflix HQ

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 12:50 PM PDT

Comedian Mark Malkoff's successful attempt to watch 250 movies using his Netflix subscription recently caught the eye of folks at Netflix, and they invited him to their headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif., this month.

During his visit, Malkoff met CEO Reed Hastings and sat in auditorium as company employees screened the video for his "Netflix Challenge" project -- in which he viewed 404.25 hours of 252 Netflix movies.

Netflix also declared June 11 as "Mark Malkoff Day" (see video above to view his visit and challenge summary).

"Watching 252 films in a month was like a mini-school," he tells Mashable. "I enjoyed it, but it was challenging at times -- especially watching 29.4 ho…
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