Monday, 1 April 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “The Pirate Bay Moves Servers to the U.S., Becomes Freedom Bay”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “The Pirate Bay Moves Servers to the U.S., Becomes Freedom Bay”

The Pirate Bay Moves Servers to the U.S., Becomes Freedom Bay

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 03:12 AM PDT


After trying its luck to North Korea, the world's largest BitTorrent tracker, The Pirate Bay, has announced it has moved its servers to the U.S.

"We have worked closely with the awesome american government to establish a strong military graded server park that will endure any nuclear attacks that Kim Jong Un and his evil allies will send at US," writes The Pirate Bay in a blog post.

This news, which comes on a very significant date, also means some changes in the way The Pirate Bay operates. The site says it will remove all torrents from certain countries, and seed American torrents with "extra power." Read more...

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AT&T Says It Has an 'Exclusive' on the 64GB HTC One in the U.S.

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 02:23 AM PDT


If you're in the U.S. and looking for a bit of extra storage on your HTC One, AT&T might be your destination. The nation's second-largest wireless provider has announced it will get an "exclusive" 64GB version of HTC's next-flagship.

In a video on its YouTube account, the carrier made it clear that no other carrier in the U.S. would get the added storage.

In a video on its YouTube account, the carrier made it clear that no other carrier in the U.S. would get the added storage. We knew the 64GB version was out there, it's just the "exclusive" part we weren't so sure about.

We suspect only the hardcore users will want to get the larger version — 64GB of space seems like a bit much even for the biggest media junkies. HTC will also be making available a 8GB and 16GB version on T-Mobile and Sprint stateside. Read more...

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Twitter Now Costs $5 Per Month — If You Want to Use Vowels

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 11:24 PM PDT


Twttr — doesn't sound too bad, right? Well, that's exactly what you'll get if you want to continue using Twitter for free — only consonants will be available for writing messages. For $5 per month, you'll also be able to use vowels — A, E, I, O and, of course, U

The change, which goes into effect on April 1st (wink wink, nudge nudge), is not only meant to increase Twitter's revenue, but also to make communication among Twitter users even more condensed. Imagine how much info you could put in a tweet if you skipped those pesky vowels?

Check out the details on Twitter's blog, nd tll s hw y lk t n th cmmnts! Read more...

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Google Revolutionizes Its Email Service by Introducing Gmail Blue

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 10:52 PM PDT


Google has added another prank to its April Fools' Day playbook by introducing a colorful change to Gmail.

Called Gmail Blue, the search giant's latest effort to revolutionize its email service is as simple as it sounds: to make Gmail the color blue. Everything from the compose button to the font formatting will be blue. As Google's project manager, Richard Pargo, says in the above video: "It's Gmail, only bluer."

Well, not really (in case you're wondering, Gmail is still the same monochromatic interface it's always been). But the announcement, unveiled late Sunday night, makes for a great prank Read more...

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Google Nose Harnesses Your Sense of Smell for Search

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 10:02 PM PDT


First, Google pranked its users by claiming to shut down YouTube; then, the search giant introduced old-school "Treasure Maps." But its pièce de résistance for this year's April Fools' Day has got to be Google Nose.

Currently in beta, the new feature incorporates scents into Search. Google describes Nose as its "flagship olfactory knowledge feature enabling users to search for smells." To learn more, watch the semi-serious video, above.

Clicking the "Try Google Nose Beta" button on its landing site produces a random search term such as "diaper." On the right-hand side of the results page, there's a description of the term ("baby powder and poop") from the Google Aromabase, as well as the option to smell and share the scent. When users click on "smell," a pop-up prompts them to "Bring your nose as close as you can to the screen and press Enter." A progress bar then indicates that it is transmitting the scent. Read more...

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'Dash' Wirelessly Monitors Your Driving

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 09:33 PM PDT


Smartphones are extensions of ourselves — we use them for organizing, planning and shopping, so why not driving? Dash, a low-energy Bluetooth device, works with your smartphone and car to analyze your trips using the engine computer

Plug Dash into your car and sync it with any iOS device to monitor your driving. The free app creates a new profile for every car you plug the device into, and automatically sends data to the company's website so you can track trends and costs. Check out the video, above, for more

While there are other devices that operate as driving assistants, Dash improves your driving during your trip as opposed to after. The aim is to make the app a seamless part of your dashboard by creating customizable displays such as fuel usage and mileage Read more...

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8 ThinkGeek Products We Wish Were Real

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 09:01 PM PDT


Nerdy novelty site ThinkGeek certainly gets in the holiday spirit. The ecommerce retailer prepares April Fools' Day pranks every year, yet despite its tradition, customers keep falling prey over and over again

But alongside ThinkGeek's typical, eclectic selection of oddities, it's no surprise we can't tell the real from the fakeZombie chocolate Easter bunny? RealLOTR Suaron Desk Lamp? FakeFortune-telling bacon? Real

ThinkGeek tried to fool us with these eight wacky products, but we're on to them. Are you? Do you wish these were real?

Homepage image courtesy of ThinkGeek

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Sony Launches Headphones for Cats on April Fools' Day

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 09:00 PM PDT


Can pets be as gadget-obsessed as their human masters? Sony imagines a world where dogs, cats and hamsters can get in on the latest tech trends with its Animalia line of products — including a doggie TV and cat headphones — that are designed for a particular furry friend.

It's a just-for-laughs April Fools' prank, of course, although the photo of a cat rocking out with a pair of M3-OW KittyCans is so worth it. We're glad the leaner, meaner Sony under CEO Kazuo Hirai has a sense of humor. Here's the gag press release:

“Now that there are more households with pets than with children, we are targeting pet owners who want to provide unique entertainment experiences for their furry, four-legged family members,” said Tom Barret, lead engineer for the Animalia line. “Sony is known for making products that enrich our lives, and the Animalia line was developed for domesticated animals who also naturally seek visual, music and emotional experiences.” Read more...

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This Week's Biggest Moments in 27 Photos

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 08:30 PM PDT


This week was filled with photo-worthy events. With Spring underway, butterflies emerged from their chrysalises in the "Sensational Butterflies" exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London. The world's number one chess player was also seen competing this week in the World Chess Championship Candidates competition. This competition will decide who challenges Viswanathan Anand for the title of World Champion in november 2013

The fight for marriage equality also had a big week, with the marches in its support that happened throughout the United States. This eventful week also marked the end of lent for Catholics with Holy Week and its many celebrations throughout the world Read more...

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'True Blood' Teaser Reveals a Bloody Season 6

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 08:07 PM PDT


HBO is gearing up to debut season six of its vampire series, True Blood, and the network released a titillating teaser to fire up fans

Posted to YouTube on Saturday, the 30-second promo features plenty of blood and gore, with stars Anna Paquin (as Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) at the center of the drama. Watch the entire clip, above

Season six of True Blood premieres June 16. Do you plan to watch it? Tell us in the comments, below

Screenshot image courtesy of YouTube, trueblood

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Surprise! Even Teens Love Jennifer Lawrence

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 07:28 PM PDT


In the eyes of media and fans, Jennifer Lawrence can do no wrongThe Hunger Games star fell while accepting her Best Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony last month, but managed to recover gracefully. She then effortlessly charmed reporters during her post-win press interviews

Now, Lawrence has conquered arguably the most temperamental of all age groups: teenagers.

In the YouTube video, above, watch them react to (and fall in love with) J. Law's endearing quirks.

What's your opinion of Jennifer Lawrence? Tell us in the comments, below Read more...

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10 Creative Ways to Use Your Favorite Running App

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:58 PM PDT


If running is a staple of your regular workout routine, odds are you have a favorite smartphone app to run alongside you. Whether it's RunKeeper, Nike+ or MapMyRun, you use mobile technology to measure your distance, pace and speed, and to push yourself to the limit.

But with all their features, how else could you use these apps? We put together a list of 10 ways to get the most out of your running app. Try measuring how fast your dog runs, or see how active you really are when you mow the lawn

Do you use a running app in particularly clever ways? Let us know in the comments Read more...

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5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:29 PM PDT


Was that a ghost in the mirror? Nope. Most likely, it was just your (scumbag) brain

Take a look through the gallery to see what other bizarre and spooky factoids we rounded up for this week's Reddit Facts.

Did you stumble across any cool facts on the web this week? Share them with us in the comments.

Mashable composite: Image courtesy of Flickr, Cea.

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Did Da Vinci Invent Google Glass?

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 06:00 PM PDT


Leonard Da Vinci, the 15th-century Renaissance man, is credited with envisioning or outright inventing hundreds of modern-day devices; facsimiles of everything from a machine gun to parachutes and even today's helicopter can be found in his detailed drawings

The schematics and notes he left behind are a treasure trove for researchers, including Dr. Burt Wilde. The University of Illinois researcher says he’s discovered evidence that the first design for something very much like Google Glass was created by the master himself.

“The drawing is rudimentary, but the text and notation are unmistakable,” said Wilde in a phone interview Read more...

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15 Geeky Easter Eggs You'll Want to Poach

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 05:29 PM PDT


If the Internet was a hen, these are the types of eggs she would lay. These "Geakster eggs," if you will, are the result of some pretty festive nerds at the peak of their Easter spirit

Who knew a Doctor Who tardis would look so fine as an oval? And who could expect that LEGO's pesky right angles could form a believable egg?

What other geeky Easter eggs would you like to add to your basket? Share your ideas in the comments

Homepage image courtesy of Abbie Bocan

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'The Walking Dead' Season Finale a Boon For Advertisers

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 05:06 PM PDT


The third season finale of AMC's hit show, The Walking Dead airs Sunday night, and although it's going head-to-head against the third series premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones, viewers are expected to tune into the show en masse.

The Walking Dead isn't just one of the biggest shows on cable — it's one of the biggest on all of television. For the 2012 to 2013 television season, The Walking Dead is second only to Sunday Night Football as the highest-rated show in the all-important 18 to 49 demographic. That puts the gritty, action-packed drama ahead of such network TV staples as The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and American Idol. Read more...

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Why Cats Are Better Than Men

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 04:29 PM PDT


There's nothing wrong with being a crazy cat lady. Your furry friend is your most loyal companion, always there to take a nap on your head or garner likes on your Instagram feed

In fact, your cat's probably more reliable than your current beau, and definitely requires less maintenance and attention. She's always up for a mid-day cuddle — which is more than you can say about your significant other — and you don't have to worry about her hogging the sheets (the whole shedding thing is a different story)

Even the Internet thinks cats are better than almost everything — have you ever seen Maru in a box, or one notable Grumpy celebrity? Check out the infographic below from to read more about why felines rule, though we doubt you need to be convinced Read more...

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50 Amazingly Epic Pranks

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 03:58 PM PDT


There is nothing more satisfying than successfully pranking someone. Whether it's your co-workers, classmates, family or friends, the look on their faces makes every minute spent planning worth it. Maybe not the wasted office supplies, but that's beside the point.

Sometimes a photo of the prank itself is just as great as the person's reaction. It's especially important if you can't witness their reaction — like when you cover your boss's office with scans of his headshot.

SEE ALSO: 7 Easy and Slightly Evil Pranks

In honor of the biggest troll holiday of the year, we've selected 50 of the greatest, most epic pranks, large and small. Gather some April Fools' Day inspiration with these tricks, and share your best prank in the comments below. Read more...

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Captain Picard Doesn't Understand Google Glass

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 03:38 PM PDT


Google Glass Star Trek, Jerry King

Did Star Trek: The Next Generation's Geordi La Forge inspire Google Glass? Probably not, but Captain Picard and Commander Riker can't quite figure out what Geordi is wearing. They were probably too busy playing with the warp drive.

Comic written by Larry Lambert; illustrated by Jerry King. Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' Fans Waiting Hours to See These Items in Person

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 03:14 PM PDT


Molly Glover and Whitney Rice, like many Game of Thrones fans in New York City, waited hours in a line on 57th Street this week to see the show's free traveling exhibit.

Once inside, the two Pratt Institute students — dressed in costume — soaked in HBO's and Time Warner Cable's pop-up experience, which features more than 70 artifacts from the show's first two seasons. It focuses on five noble houses from the series: the houses of Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon and Greyjoy.

The immersive exhibit gives fans who are anticipating the March 31 season 3 premiere a chance to "join the realm," bringing them deeper into the world of Westeros. Visitors sat on the Iron Throne for photos and played the Blackwater Bay bows-and-arrows game Read more...

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Google Adds 'Treasure Maps' for April Fools' Day

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 02:37 PM PDT


Google joined in on the April Fools' Day fun a day early with their latest feature: Treasure Maps. Following last year's prank, 8-bit Google Maps, the company debuted a pirate-style design on Sunday, complete with 2D hand-drawn landmarks and hidden treasure chests

The map uses a spyglass to zoom in for Street View, with a rounded telescopic frame and old-school filter. To access, visit Google Maps and click on the "Treasure" picture icon in the right-hand corner. Instructions for the "beta technology" warn, "Your system may not be able to display at higher resolutions than paper print."


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Top 5 Apps for Kids This Week

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 02:30 PM PDT


Chris Crowell is a veteran kindergarten teacher and contributing editor to Children's Technology Review, a web-based archive of articles and reviews on kids apps, technology toys and video games.

Your child could be the next Van Gogh with a little jumpstart from this week's top kids apps. Spark some creativity with excellent illustrations while teaching kids their ABCs and shapes

Children's Technology Review shared these five top apps for children with us from their comprehensive monthly database of kid-tested reviews. The site covers everything from math and counting to reading and phonics. Download a free issue of CTR here. Read more...

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How Much Money Is the Zombie Meme Worth?

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 02:07 PM PDT


With the season three finale of The Walking Dead on Sunday night, we know you're looking for your next zombie fill to chew on until World War Z hits theaters.

Fear not, for zombies are here to stay. From TV series and movies to video games and books, those groaning, bloodied masses know how to rake in the cash, with a $5.74 billion contribution to the global economy over the past four years. Who knew the undead could be so lucrative?

Plants Vs. Zombies on Apple's App Store generated $1 million in sales in its first nine daysThe Walking Dead comic book series brought in more than than $335,000 in mid-2012 and zombie comic books, magazines and shows raked in $50 million since 2008 Read more...

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Ford C-Max Energi Feels Like the Car of the Future

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 01:34 PM PDT


One of Ford's most technologically advanced products for 2013 is the C-Max Energi, a plug-in hybrid that Ford says gets 43 miles per gallon. I tested one for a couple of weeks, giving me plenty of time to see what it's like to live with the latest electric-car tech.

When I saw this unusual vehicle decked out in a Prius-like color Ford calls "Ice Storm Metallic," it looked to me like a typical four-door hatchback. But hopping into the vehicle, which is about 4 inches higher than most small hatchbacks, it felt like I was sitting in a mini SUV. If you like that feeling of sitting high in the saddle, this car will give you a hint of that. Read more...

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Astronaut Celebrates Easter in Space (Easter Eggs Included)

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 12:53 PM PDT


Children around the world aren't the only ones having an Easter egg hunt today. Astronauts in space will get Easter treats, too.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who commands the International Space Station, made sure that the Easter Bunny would make a special trip to the orbital lab today (March 31) just in time for a celebration of Easter in space.

"Good Morning, Earth! A fine Easter Sunday morning to you from the crew of the International Space Station," Hadfield wrote in a post on Twitter. He's using the social media service to chronicle his mission under the name @Cmdr_Hadfield.

Hadfield snapped a sunrise photo of Earth on Easter showing the sun glinting off the Great Lakes in North America this morning to mark the occasion: Read more...

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For Some, Google Doodle of Cesar Chavez Lays an (Easter) Egg

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 12:27 PM PDT


Online controversy continues to build over Google's decision to honor Cesar Chavez with its Google Doodle on Sunday instead of Easter.

While Google traditionally avoids Easter-related Google Doodles, the search giant has drawn the ire of some conservatives for choosing to honor the labor leader and activist.

Conservative website Twitchy has collected many of the responses, with some users threatening to switch their search activities to Microsoft's Bing.

Putting Cesar Chavez on the Google masthead is the best Bing ad I've seen so far.— Daxton Brown (@daxtonbrown) March 31, 2013

Not everyone sees the choice to celebrate Chavez as a conflict with Easter Sunday. As ABC Univision News pointed out, the conservative Catholic website First Things defended the doodle, writing: Read more...

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Viral Video Recap: Must-Watch Memes of the Week

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 12:04 PM PDT


If you were too busy stocking up on Peeps and decorating Easter eggs, we've got you covered with this week's best viral videos

Get your daily dose of cute animals with a curious cat who gets her head stuck in a box. Will they ever learn? And of course, nothing makes a better match than babies and dogs — watch one toddler who thinks its hilarious to let her dog run free on a leash

Aside from infectious laughter, kids are filled with unabashed wisdom. Take some dating advice from kindergarteners lamenting over their coloring crushes, and learn how not to rob a convenience store from one slick burglar Read more...

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 11:23 AM PDT


It was just another breathless week in tech — full of news, rumors, and exciting developments. The week was so eventful, chances are you missed something big. But worry not, that's why we bring you the Top 10 Tech every week.

The biggest rumor of the week came when Facebook announced a mysterious Android event to be held on April 4 in Menlo Park, Calif. Rumors indicate it might be the much-rumored Facebook phone

Meanwhile, Google announced the winners of its "If I had Glass" contest, in which people had to tweet with the hashtag #ifihadglass to have a chance to purchase the futuristic glasses from Google. The other big tech announcement of the week was T-Mobile dropping contracts to offer just pre-paid plans. Read more...

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5 Peeps Meet Their Violent Demise

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 10:10 AM PDT


Peeps are undoubtably an Easter classic. At 26-34 grams of sugar per 'mallow, the colorful classics are guaranteed to warm your heart as quickly as they make your sweet tooth ache

Here at Mashable, we're a little health-conscious (it's almost bathing suit season, after all). So, rather than gobble up the cavity-causing chicks and bunnies, we came up with five Vined alternatives

Do you have any creative ways of "taking care" of Peeps? We'd love to see them — share your Vines and ideas in the comments below.

Peep death by scalding hot

— Watercooler (@watercooler) March 29, 2013

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Spring Clean Your Resume!

Posted: 31 Mar 2013 10:01 AM PDT


So you've cleaned your closet, maybe your inbox, and you're feeling pretty good about your spring cleaning. But before you wash your hands and congratulate yourself — pull out your resume, and take a look at it (whether or not you're looking for a job right now).

You see, your resume is a lot like a closet. At least once a year, it needs a good cleaning.

You see, your resume is a lot like a closet. At least once a year, it needs a good cleaning. That includes taking a look at what you've got and determining what to keep, what to get rid of, and what to emphasize. Then, after all the unwanted items are cleaned out, you can add in new information to create a resume that's current, relevant, and appealing. Just like your closet, if you don't clean and update it regularly, it's only going to be worse later. Read more...

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