- Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Mocks iPad’s Price in New Ad
- This Building Becomes Transparent at Night
- Decolabs Lets You Create and Share Interior Designs With Virtual Furniture
- Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson Tests the Smallest Car in the World
- This Hackable Mini Drone Can Now Be Yours
- Facebook is Too Damn Powerful
- Breaking Cute: Cat Looks Scarily Like Walter White
- First White House Petition Crosses Raised Response Threshold
- The Never-Ending Smartphone Checking Cycle
- Logitech CEO: Expect ‘Stream of Innovation’
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- Tumblr Discovers Things That Fit Perfectly Into Other Things
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- Soundfreaq Speakers Pair Up via Bluetooth for Rich Stereo Sound
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Posted: 08 Feb 2013 04:25 AM PST
Amazon has launched a new video ad for the Kindle HD 8.9, and it's not beating around the bush this time. The ad is a direct comparison with Apple's iPad, claiming the two devices' screens are virtually identical, while the price for the Kindle is much lower.
"This is the iPad with Retina display," says the text of the ad. "And this is the new Kindle Fire HD with an 8.9-inch display (...) You may not be able to tell the difference. But your wallet definitely can," the ad concludes.
The difference in price is, indeed, substantial. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9'' starts at $299, while the iPad starts at $499. In his review, Mashable's Lance Ulanoff called the device "good, but no iPad kill…
Posted: 08 Feb 2013 03:18 AM PST
In the small town of Brixen in Northern Italy, there is a climbing gym that is like no other. The exterior looks like a piece of crumpled tin foil, and what's more, when night falls the crumpled building becomes transparent, with the climbers inside on view for all to see.
The walls of the building are made out of aluminum that is laced with miniscule perforations. During the day, the building has a ripple effect inspired by a curtain, and by night, the perforations allows the light from within…
Posted: 08 Feb 2013 01:16 AM PST
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 11:48 PM PST
Small cars are nice in a crowded city, where parking spaces are tight, but how small is too small? In the latest episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson tests the smallest car in the world -- the P45.
Built by Clarkson himself, the P45 is not only far smaller than any car you've seen, it's even smaller than most bikes.
Of course, such tiny size comes with certain...disadvantages. Check out the video to see what they are, and tell us: would you consider buying such a car?
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 11:18 PM PST
Drones are here to stay, which is now a thought that hardly anybody doubts. The technology is getting cheaper, its applications are endless, and soon new regulations will finally open the door for them to fly freely. Liberalization is going to be closely followed by miniaturization. We've already seen examples of miniature drones in the civilian as well as the military world.
A swedish startup is amongst the companies at the forefront of this trend. Its mini drone, called Crazyflie Nano, is already available for preorder and is expected to start shipping this spring.
The drone is a quadrocopter equipped with multiple sensors and an antenna, and it weighs just 0.7 ounces and is less t…
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 08:50 PM PST
Look on the bright side, Facebook: you saw a massive spike in traffic Thursday evening. Unfortunately, it was all going to an error page.
Another bright side: the web-wide Facebook redirect crisis -- which essentially hijacked users of CNN, the HuffPo, Hulu, Kayak, Mashable, NBC, the Washington Post, Yelp, and every other one of the more than a million websites that lets you use Facebook to login -- didn't last longer than oh, 25 minutes.
You helpfully pointed out it was a "short period of time" in a quick, unapologetic statement after the glitch was over. "The issue was quickly resolved, and Login with Facebook is now working as usual," you added. Nothing to see he…
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 08:34 PM PST
A cat dressed as a meth cook. You just can't make this stuff up, folks.
George the Kat is apparently a huge Breaking Bad fan, and thought he would don his best Heisenberg outfit for the camera. It's like seeing Bryan Cranston's double.
SEE ALSO: Eyebrow Cat Looks Really Nervous
Just get this Walter White cat some beakers and a highly unstable drug kingpin personality, and you have a star.
BONUS: The 10 Most Awesome Breaking Bad Finds on Pinterest
Images courtesy of Instagram, Georgethekat.
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 07:52 PM PST
The first petition posted to the White House's We the People website has crossed the threshold to receive an official administration response since the threshold for such a response was raised in January.
The White House's Digital Strategy Office raised the threshold from 25,000 signatures in one month to 100,000 signatures in one month, saying it was difficult to provide full and timely responses under the existing threshold. The White House previously raised the threshold from 5,000 signatures just a few weeks after the petition site was launched in late 2011.
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 07:17 PM PST
We've all been there -- you take out your smartphone to make a call and 10 minutes later, after checking your email, Twitter and Instagram, you forget why you took it out in the first place.
This comic by H. Caldwell Tanner of Loldwell shows that we're all guilty of it. Can you break the cycle? Let us know in the comments.
SEE ALSO: More Comics on Mashable
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 06:38 PM PST
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Posted: 07 Feb 2013 06:01 PM PST
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:41 PM PST
Search results on Twitter were previously limited to tweets that had been made over the past week. The update significantly increases that time period (though Twitter has not said specifically by how much), surfacing older tweets based in part by how popular those tweets have been over time.
"We look at a variety of types of engagement, like favorites, retweets and clicks, to determine which Tweets to show," Twitter's Paul Burstein said in a blog post announcing the update. "We'll be steadily increasing this percentage over time, and ultimately, aim to surface the best content fo…
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Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:11 PM PST
It's that forbidden, imperfect connection -- when things that don't make sense piece together perfectly.
Literally, it's everyday things fitting seamlessly into other everyday things.
In some sort of beautiful twist of nature, it seems that the manufacturers of very different products have created similar size standards. And the single topic Tumblr page "Things Fitting Perfectly Into Things" is dedicated to finding and displaying the miraculous act of pairing objects with their oddly wonderful same-sized mate.
Images courtesy of Tumblr, Things Fitting Perfectly Into Other Things.
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Posted: 07 Feb 2013 05:09 PM PST
The reaction online was pretty much what you'd expect, with -- as the The Next Web noted -- hashtags like "Facebookmageddon" and "Facebocalypse" common amongst Twitter users.
So what happened, exactly? There was an issue with the Facebook Connect API that caused users on sites that use that API to redirect users to Facebook error page.
For example, if you were visiting Mashable and logged into our site using your Facebook account (and you were also signed into Facebook), you were automatically redirected to a page that looked like this:
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 04:49 PM PST
Ready to pop the question to your beloved Whovian? Artist Paul Pape created this light-up TARDIS engagement ring box. This design is $400, but he will handcraft your perfect vessel for $300 to $800. Image courtesy of Paul Pape
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 04:34 PM PST
Pair of Soundfreaqs
I was wondering why the company sent two of these. Photo by Mashable/Charlie White
The Soundfreaq Sound Platform 2 has the same scintillating full-throated sound of its predecessor. But why use one set of speakers when you can use two?
This version 2.0 brings with it a unique new feature: the ability to combine two of the speaker units from a single source using Soundfreaq's new dual-system streaming (DSS) capability.
If you're familiar with Soundfreaq's products, you'll recognize the minimalist and clean styling of this $125 Bluetooth speaker. Keep in mind, this is not a dock, and that's not a bad thing. It works with just about any Bluetooth device, which sends its audio wirelessly to the speaker.
There's a ledge onto which you can place your Bluetooth device…
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 04:25 PM PST
Less than 24 hours after releasing interactive art on image-tagging startup Stipple's website for his forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake has been appointed as Bud Light Platinum's new creative director.
"Justin Timberlake is one of the greatest creative minds in the entertainment industry, and his insights will help us further define Bud Light Platinum's identity in the lifestyle space," Paul Chibe, VP of Anheuser-Busch's U.S. marketing, said in a statement.
"Partnering with Justin as he makes his return to music brings a new level of relevance and credibility to the brand."
The company says Timberlake will bring "creative, musical and cultural curation for…
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 04:10 PM PST
If you're a Redbox Instant user, look for an email with a link to a claim code. Redeem the code on your Xbox 360 and the Redbox Instant app will download to your dashboard.
The app lets users access Redbox subscription (streaming) films and also search for films to reserve for pickup at a Redbox kiosk.
In my tests, the video quality for the film I watched (the so-bad-it's-almost-good Stuart Saves His Family) was on par with the same film viewed via Netflix on the Xbox 360.
The layout of the app is similar to other Xbox video apps -- most notably Amazon Instant Video.
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 03:57 PM PST
For Girls in Science, a website where young girls can learn about STEM careers, research and educational opportunities, revealed three Hollywood starlets who have had prominent academic careers and spent time in the spotlight.
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and chemist Marie Curie were some of the more familiar faces on the list of lady inventors, scientists, engineers and mathemeticians. But there were three names that surprised us.
Danica McKeller, Mathemetician an…
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 03:50 PM PST
Ever been stung by some criticism, then visited Facebook and suddenly felt better about yourself? Turns out we're soothing our bruised egos with the social network all the time, according to a study from the University of Madison-Wisconsin.
Professor Catalina Toma, along with fellow Communication specialist Jeffrey Hancock at Cornell University, conducted a couple of experiments on students to see if Facebook helps improve self-worth. In the first, students were told they were going to be tested on their public speaking skills.
While waiting for unseen evaluators to grade their speeches, they were asked to do one of three things: browse their own Facebook profile, browse a stranger's…
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Posted: 07 Feb 2013 03:27 PM PST
This looks easy to carry around with that sweet controller handle.
He told Mashable he'd found the non-working console for sale for $10. Since it was too badly damaged to ever play games again, Stanstanlol tried to come up with other uses for a busted NES.
"I had a friend years ago who used his Nintendo as a hiding spot from his parents. I didn't need a plastic safe, so my wife and I bounced ideas around," he said. "Turns out the lunchbox HAS been done before, but we thought we stumb…
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 03:17 PM PST
Same quality but cheaper price sounds like a pretty good deal. The problem is, most of the time, it is not feasible. Despite this, Ellie, an online-only women's athletic clothing brand, wants to prove that it can make yoga pants, capris and tops on par with luxury label Lululemon -- at half the cost.
The Canadian brand Lululemon has dominated the yoga gear market since it arrived on the scene in 1998, but it is equally known for its high price tag as well as its healthy mantra. This left a gap in the market, says Ellie co-founder Marcus Greinke.
"Lululemon is regarded as the pinnacle but it's also a luxury that many can't afford. That's why we realized there's truly no one in the marke…
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 03:05 PM PST
In a statement to AllThingsD, BlackBerry said in part:
Japan is not a major market for BlackBerry, and we have no plans to launch BlackBerry 10 devices there at this time.
The company will continue to support existing customer devices.
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 02:56 PM PST
We never thought we'd hear Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek utter the lyrics to pop star Carly Rae Jepsen's viral hit "Call Me Maybe," but that's what the 72-year-old did -- with much emotion -- Wednesday night during an episode of Jeopardy! Teen Tournament.
Trebek so eloquently listed these categories, leaving the contestants visibly entertained:
Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is nominated for Song of the Year at the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards, where it will compete against Fun.'s "We Are Young," Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger" and Miguel's "Adorn."
The song came out in Canada in Septem…
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 02:44 PM PST
This ad for Shortline Dental in Tulsa, Okla., plays off Brown's autotune-ready news quote from last April. The spot's premise? Toothaches: Ain't nobody got time for that. Quality dental care: Everybody got time for that.
Check out the ad for yourself above and let us know what you think in the comments.
And here's the original video, just because:
Homepage image courtesy Shortline Dental via YouTube
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 02:33 PM PST
On Feb. 5, Sony announced the World Photography Awards shortlist of finalists in both professional and open categories. From over 120,000 submissions, this list of 43 images has been curated from submissions spanning 170 countries-- a record number of entries to date.
Astrid Merget, creative director of the World Photography Organisation, said. "The World Photography Organisation is dedicated to finding the best international contemporary photography from across the world. The shortlist is a clear indication of the exciting photography which is out there and, as we do every year, we are looking forward to presenting this collection of photographers to a global audience."
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 02:27 PM PST
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 02:18 PM PST
Image courtesy of Bence Bakonyi.
In his "Transform" project, Bence Bakonyi turns casual clothes-wearing people into art, seamlessly blending them into their backgrounds.
The illusion is simple, yet stunning, and the floating heads are nothing short of mind-bending.
Images courtesy of Bence Bakonyi
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Posted: 07 Feb 2013 02:12 PM PST
Posted: 07 Feb 2013 01:58 PM PST
The company reported revenue of $304 million for the December quarter, a whopping 81% increase from the same quarter the year before and well ahead of Wall Street's consensus estimate for revenue of $278 million.
Much of the revenue growth came from a strong increase in sales of LinkedIn's talent solutions products for recruiters and businesses. Revenue from this segment nearly doubled from the year-ago quarter to $161 million. Revenue from premium subscription products also increased by nearly 80% to just under $60 million for the quarter.
All of this helped LinkedIn to come close to having its first…
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