Sunday, 5 May 2013

Mashable: Latest 28 News Updates - including “Facebook Stops Path From Finding Friends After Spam Mishap: Report”

Mashable: Latest 28 News Updates - including “Facebook Stops Path From Finding Friends After Spam Mishap: Report”

Facebook Stops Path From Finding Friends After Spam Mishap: Report

Posted: 04 May 2013 09:01 PM PDT


Facebook has cut off Path's ability to access its "Find Friends" function, according to a report.

Users of the social-network app, which let users share private updates with close friends and family, can no longer search for friends using Facebook, TechCrunch reported Saturday. Access was restricted after Path updated its smartphone app on Friday. However, the San Francisco-based company can still use Facebook as a login option, as well as share posts to Facebook.

TechCrunch speculates that Facebook blocked Path's "Find Friends" access because of a spamming mishap in which the app bombarded users' address book contacts with invites. Read more...

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Watch the 'True Blood' Season 6 Trailer

Posted: 04 May 2013 08:14 PM PDT


Fans only got a little taste of True Blood's upcoming sixth season after a brief 30-second teaser of HBO's vampire series dropped in late March. Luckily, Trubies can now sink their teeth into the full gory trailer, which was posted to YouTube on Saturday.

For all the action featuring stars Anna Paquin (as Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård), check it out, above.

Season six of True Blood premieres June 16 at 9 p.m. ET. What are you most excited to see when the show returns? Tell us in the comments, below

Screenshot image courtesy of YouTube, trueblood

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Halley's Comet Meteor Shower Peaks Sunday: Watch Online

Posted: 04 May 2013 07:34 PM PDT


A meteor shower made from the dusty leftovers of the famed Halley's Comet will be at its best on May 5, and NASA doesn't want you to miss it.

The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak Sunday night and NASA scientists will provide live views of the celestial fireworks display in a webcast from the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The webcast and chat will run from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. EDT (0100 to 0700 May 6 GMT), NASA officials said.

You can watch the Eta Aquarid webcast live on, courtesy of NASA.

"This year the peak will occur on the night of May 5 about 9 p.m. EDT with meteor rates of about 30-40 meteors per hour near peak. Eta rates will also be good on the evening of May 4," NASA officials said in a statement. "The Etas contain quite a few fireballs. Ideal viewing conditions are clear skies away from city lights, especially just before dawn." Read more...

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Experiencing Life Away From Your Computer Screen

Posted: 04 May 2013 06:44 PM PDT


Unchained Melody Comic, PC Weenies

With technology so ingrained in our daily lives, it's easy to forget to interact with others in real life (and, in some cases, to even leave the house).

In this comic, Krishna Sadasivam of PC Weenies riffs off of a quote from White Stripes frontman Jack White: "Getting out of your chair at home to experience something in the real world has started to become a rare occurrence."

Do you agree?

Comic illustration by Krishna Sadasivam, PC Weenies. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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10 Weirdest Questions Asked on OKCupid

Posted: 04 May 2013 06:11 PM PDT


I find it fairly scary there are people using a dating site to find a lover who showers once a month, eats garbage, likes tortured animals and finds the threat of nuclear war exciting. These are just some of the answers to user-generated questions asked by OKCupid, a dating site and app with 5 million monthly users.

To be fair, the last time I dated, Facebook hadn’t been invented, much less most of today’s social networking dating apps. In my 20s, you met people — wait for it — in a bar. But I was still pretty shocked by some of OKCupid member’s queries. Once you read some of the below gems, I think you’ll probably want to run screaming to your nearest bar, too Read more...

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Wearable Tech Fashion: What Would You Try On?

Posted: 04 May 2013 05:15 PM PDT


Google Glass' coming-out party last month solidified the growing popularity of wearable tech fashion.

According to an infographic by footwear retailer Brantano, the high-tech specs are just one example of electronic gadgets that double as sartorial statements. In addition to Glass, you can don InteraXon's Muse headband, which measures brainwaves, and sends the information to smartphones and tablets.

For your arms and legs, put on a Pebble smart watch and Apple's possibly forthcoming smart shoes. Finally, to complete your tech-friendly outfit, throw on Woven, an e-wearable gaming platform

Check out the entire infographic, below. Then tell us in the comments: What kind of wearable tech would you try on? Read more...

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Crowdfunding Puts Spark of Life in Tesla's Old Lab

Posted: 04 May 2013 04:29 PM PDT


The old, neglected lab of Nikola Tesla, arguably the closest real-world example of the archetype of the brilliant but eccentric scientist, has been purchased by a non-profit group, with the aim turning it into a museum and science learning center.

Tesla patented the logic gate (which makes modern computing possible) in 1898, and pioneered both the alternating current that ferries electricity over long distances and into our homes, and radio technology, which gives us not only Top 40 and talk, but also Wi-Fi.

On the darker side, he thought it was possible to control the weather, and attempted to build a particle beam weapon he said would be able to destroy fleets of airplanes from hundreds of miles away and "cause armies to drop dead in their tracks." Read more...

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Newbies Watch 'Star Wars' For the First Time: Follow Along

Posted: 04 May 2013 03:42 PM PDT


It's Star Wars day, so remember those less fortunate than yourself — that is, people who have never seen the original Star Wars movie, retroactively titled Episode IV: A New Hope.

Yes, they exist, and in greater numbers than you might think.

To address this problem, Mashable has partnered with and Lucasfilm to host a special screening Saturday night in San Francisco. Dozens of grown-up newbies will get their first taste of Star Wars. Their friends and family will be capturing their reactions live — and you can follow along

As with our first newbie-watching-Star-Wars event last year, starring Mashable features writer Christine Erickson, the Twitter account @StarWarsPlot will be tweeting out key moments in the movie as they happen. Friends, family and well-wishers will be tweeting with the hashtag #starwarsnewbies Read more...

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Hypersonic Aircraft Travels 260 Miles in 6 Minutes

Posted: 04 May 2013 02:59 PM PDT


A Boeing X-51A Waverider Scramjet flew five times the speed of sound before taking a planned nosedive into the Pacific Ocean this week

The launch was the fourth and final test flight in the U.S. Air Force's $300 million program. According to X-51A Program Manager Charlie Brink, it was a success

Powered by a solid rocket booster, the scramjet was released at 50,000 feet, and it only took 26 seconds to accelerate to Mach 4.8. At 60,000 feet, it hit Mach 5.1 after separating from the booster — that's 3,882 miles per hour, fast enough to fly from New York to London in 1 hour and 15 minutes.

However, this wasn't the fastest flight the Waverider has completed — the first Waverider test flight set that record — but this flight did set a world record for the longest air-breathing hypersonic flight: The flight recorders were running for 370 seconds. Read more...

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Finally, a Wristwatch to Match Your $1.3 Million Ferrari Supercar

Posted: 04 May 2013 02:33 PM PDT


Struggling to find a wristwatch that matches your shiny new $1.3 million LaFerrari supercar? Try the Hublot MP-05, designed alongside Ferrari engineers to be the perfect timepiece accompaniment to Ferrari's new top-end, 963 horsepower hybrid beast.

Hublot found a way to fit 637 components into this hand-wound watch, which keeps ticking a record-setting 50 days after each winding

The MP-05 will cost a rumored $300,000, but if you're already throwing down more than a cool million on a Ferrari, you're probably not going to blink an eye on spending that much for the accompanying timepiece to really round out the Ferrari look. Read more...

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 04 May 2013 01:49 PM PDT


Spring is finally here. But that doesn't mean the world of tech is ready to take a break — like you probably did, missing some exciting tech stories. As usual, you have nothing to fear, because we're here with our Top 10 Tech

This week, we finally got our hands on Google Glass, and Mashable's Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff had a chance to try them on for a few days and share his thoughts on this disruptive technology. For him, they represent the future

And the future has so many other exciting things in store for us. One will be curved OLED TVsLG launched the first model this week, surprising everybody. In the future, we will also have glowing plants, and smartphone displays that change shape to alert you when the phone receives a call or a text. Read more...

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Google Glass Goes to Large Hadron Collider

Posted: 04 May 2013 01:42 PM PDT


As a physics teacher, going to CERN to see the Large Hadron Collider was a dream come true for Andrew Vanden Heuvel. Armed with Google Glass, Vanden Heuvel's trip was even more meaningful as he shared every step in real time with his students in Michigan

In February, Vanden Heuvel was one of the lucky few applicants selected to be a Google Glass Explorer, a program in which consumers and developers test Glass before it hits mainstream markets. Vanden Heuvel, who received his Glass just days before his trip to Geneva, Switzerland, said he quickly became acquainted with the device

In the video above, Vanden Heuvel summons Glass as he bikes down the 17-mile-long Large Hadron Collider tunnel — more people have hiked Mount Everest than have biked this tunnel — as his students across the ocean watch in pure awe. Read more...

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Teen Creates Twitter Accounts to Spread Sweet Compliments

Posted: 04 May 2013 01:20 PM PDT


If you saw a post on Twitter that read, "How to Get 500 Followers in Two Hours," you'd probably write it off as the empty promise of a marketer. But you might be wrong.

After hearing about a friend who had taken his life while away at school, a Utah teen made an anonymous account on Twitter to post compliments to friends of friends. Within a couple of hours, @801compliments had attracted close to 500 followers. And, the next day, five new accounts using variations of the same name had begun doing the same thing.

"I just don't want people to feel like they're alone," the 15-year-old said, who also happens to be my daughter. While the rest of us were in shock, she took action with the social media tools that have become an integral part of her life Read more...

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This Horror Film for Cats Sucks in 3D

Posted: 04 May 2013 01:13 PM PDT


Cat horror films don't have much in common with human horror films. There's no antagonist named Michael Myers — err, Michael Meowers — but the scariest thing in the movie does sometimes hide in the closet.

Cat Horror Film, Formal Sweatpants

In this comic by Josh Mecouch of Formal Sweatpants, we learn that cat horror flicks really suck. Expect the gory sequel, Vacuums vs Doorbell, to hit litterboxes next summer.

Comic illustration by Josh Mecouch, Formal Sweatpants. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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15 Pop-Culture Realizations That Will Blow Your Mind

Posted: 04 May 2013 12:42 PM PDT


Mind = blown. It's about to happen, so prepare your noggin.

Sure, you know oodles of random facts about pop culture and can rattle off Big Lebowski quotes, but that doesn't mean your brain has made every weird connection that's happened in movies, TV and music.

Luckily for fun-fact seekers, the Internet encourages the sharing of mind-blowing tidbits on places like Reddit and Imgur.

Take a scroll through 15 of the most astonishing pop-culture realizations ever shared on the tubes.

1. Dunder-Mifflin recruited from KVWN-TV Channel 4 Evening News Read more...

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Readers Lament the Loss of Netflix Movie Titles and Other Top Comments

Posted: 04 May 2013 12:08 PM PDT


Every week we highlight the top comments on our site in a gallery roundup, as shown above

This week, readers reacted strongly to the news that, as of May 1st, Netflix has discontinued streaming close to 2,000 movie titles because of a licensing issue with some of the major entertainment companies. Our readers debated the importance of these titles, and offered alternatives to catch the flicks in the comments section. We've highlighted a few of them for you in the gallery above.

SEE ALSO: 12 Most Cliché Instagram Photos

Jason Collins also made news this week when he became the first active American athlete from one of our 4 major sports to announce that he is gay. His announcement sparked a conversation in the media over the importance of publicly that reveals one's sexuality, and the President of the United States even weighed in on the issue. Our readers had a heated discussion in the comments section of this article over whether or not it's important to identify a public figure as gay Read more...

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7 Apps You Don't Want To Miss

Posted: 04 May 2013 11:43 AM PDT


It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck — Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.

This week was a big one for app updates, with several big names releasing new and noteworthy updates to their current mobile apps.

We found a new way to share photos and videos with your friends in far-off places, and a new way to create short videos to share on the web.

Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's highlights.

Still looking for more? See last week's Apps You Don't Want To Miss for more great apps worth a look Read more...

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E! Online Twitter Account Hacked, Syrian Electronic Army Takes Credit

Posted: 04 May 2013 11:27 AM PDT


Entertainment news outlet E!'s Twitter account was hacked Saturday, tweeting fake headlines about Justin Bieber, Angelina Jolie and the conflict in Syria. The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is claiming responsibility for the hack

"Exclusive: Justin Bieber to E!online: I'm a gay," reads the first fake tweet, sent at approximately 1 p.m. ET. "Angelina Jolie admits, in E! latest issue, that Jordan is to blame for the Syrian refugees' atrocious conditions," reads another. The obviously fake tweets have been retweeted thousands of times between them. Read more...

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Apple Unveils Top Apps of All Time

Posted: 04 May 2013 11:18 AM PDT


Apple is counting down to the 50 billionth downloaded app in its App Store

In celebration of this milestone, the company, which launched the App Store nearly five years ago, will reward the person who downloads that app with a $10,000 App Store gift card. In line with this, Apple also revealed its updated lists of all-time top iPhone and iPad apps.

Without further ado, here are the new charts listing the most-downloaded paid and free iPhone and iPad apps of all time — that is, until the App Store hits another milestone

The Top 25 All-Time Paid iPhone Apps

  1. Angry Birds

  2. Fruit Ninja

  3. Doodle Jump

  4. Cut the Rope

  5. Angry Birds Seasons

  6. WhatsApp Messenger

  7. Camera+

  8. Words With Friends

  9. Tiny Wings

  10. Angry Birds Space

  11. Pocket God

  12. Plants vs. Zombies

  13. The Game of Life Classic Edition

  14. The Moron Test

  15. Where’s My Water?

  16. Draw Something

  17. Monopoly

  18. Angry Birds Star Wars

  19. MotionX GPS Drive

  20. Skee-Ball

  21. Scrabble

  22. UNO

  23. Minecraft – Pocket Edition

  24. Color Splash

  25. The Sims 3

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Google Glass Fitting: Behind the Scenes

Posted: 04 May 2013 10:41 AM PDT


The elevator door opened. We hadn't hit the ground floor yet, and another person entered. But other people on the floor who were standing by the elevator could tell that something was amiss with one of the passengers. Something was amiss with me.

"Oh wow, is that the Google gadget?" a woman exclaimed as she moved her hand between the doors, halting their closure.

"Yes, it is," I confirm, instinctively touching my right hand to the side of the device resting on my head. She comes into the elevator — even though she originally had no intention of leaving the floor — and asks questions excitedly, wondering if I'm filming video as she's talking (I'm not) and if I like it (I do). Others in the elevator seem more irritated than curious. Read more...

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13-Second Proof the Sun Is Crazy Powerful

Posted: 04 May 2013 10:20 AM PDT


The sun is more than 92 million miles away, but you can almost feel a ripple of heat when watching NASA's incredible footage of its fiery hiccup

The burst comes from a coronal mass ejection (CME) that erupted from the sun this week, creating a gigantic rolling wave of fire.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) caught the explosion on camera. While it's only 13 seconds long, the video covers about two and a half hours, so the seemingly slow-mo bubble is actually sped up a lot. The footage was taken in extreme ultraviolet light, a method commonly used in solar imaging


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How to Spot a 'Star Wars' Troll on May the 4th

Posted: 04 May 2013 09:37 AM PDT


It's Star Wars Day, and May the 4th be with you, Mashable readers! You'll see a lot of geek pride around the web today in celebration of one of the biggest and longest-lasting franchises in film history.

In this comic, our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech show us that there may be some trolls out and about today to bring down your Star Wars fandom. Watch out for those scruffy-looking nerf herders

May the 4th Comic, Joy of Tech

Comic illustration provided by The Joy of Tech. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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15 Digital Media Resources You Might Have Missed

Posted: 04 May 2013 09:16 AM PDT


Another month has flown by, and we're really hoping all those April showers will (finally) bring us May flowers. With graduation and Mother's Day quickly approaching, it would be easy to miss out on the latest updates in tech and social media — but don't worry, we've got you covered.

As always, we at Mashable have rounded up the most noteworthy features to keep you informed, so read on to learn about new Facebook features and cool digital tools to make your life easier.

  • Meet Vine's Most Creative Stop-Motion Animator
    Khoa's colorful stop-motion videos on Vine have boomed in popularity. Here's how he creates those six seconds of imagination. Read more...

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    Geeks From Alderaan to Kashyyyk Celebrate Star Wars Day

    Posted: 04 May 2013 08:39 AM PDT


    Star Wars fans across the world are celebrating "Star Wars Day" today. Why? Check out the date — and May the Fourth Be With You.

    Here's a look at how the Jedi, Sith, bounty hunters, smugglers and tibanna gas miners of the world are celebrating Star Wars Day on social media through memes, GIFs and movies:

    Image via Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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    How Google Glass Will Confuse a Generation of Kids

    Posted: 04 May 2013 08:30 AM PDT


    As wearable technology, Google Glass is an impressive piece of work. It's so useful and comfortable to wear that you might be tempted to sport the eyewear every single day. Sounds like a great idea now, but what about the future?

    Google Glass Cartoon by Lance Ulanoff

    Mashable cartoon by Lance Ulanoff

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    Solar-Powered Plane Completes First Leg of Coast-to-Coast Journey

    Posted: 04 May 2013 08:16 AM PDT


    A team of pilots, researchers and support crew scored a point for renewable energy early Saturday morning when their cutting-edge solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse touched down in Phoenix, Ariz. following an 18-hour, 18-minute flight from a base on the California coast

    The lengthy flight was the first leg in a multi-stop odyssey from California to New York that, if successful, will be the first cross-country flying trip with travel occurring during both daytime and nighttime

    Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard flew the aircraft on the first leg of its trip for 650 nautical miles at an average altitude of 10,000 feet and a ground speed of 40.6 miles per hour — less than half the top speed of a Cessna 172, a common small four-seat propeller aircraft. Read more...

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    Does Your Brand Offer a Value Proposition?

    Posted: 04 May 2013 08:00 AM PDT


    One man's trash is another man's treasure, the cliche says. But it's true — no good or service is of equal value to every person, not even money itself, as interest rates reveal, it all depends on what year it is. So if you're selling something, it would behoove you to set your customer's expectations before they start weighing costs and benefits themselves

    A Google Ngram would suggest the term "value proposition" first appeared in 1944; however, usage began to spike in the late 1990s. It's said that Michael Lanning, a McKinsey & Company consultant first coined the term in 1984. He later wrote a book, "Delivering Profitable Value: A Revolutionary Framework To Accelerate Growth, Generate Wealth, And Rediscover The Heart Of Business," in 1998, about how companies can grow by paying attention to customers Read more...

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    Kentucky Derby: How to Watch Online

    Posted: 04 May 2013 07:24 AM PDT


    The Kentucky Derby, they say, is the most exciting two minutes in sports — especially so with a few friends by your side and a few mint juleps in your stomach. But one thing you don't need for the fun: an actual TV

    You can watch the Kentucky Derby online through the NBC Sports Live Extra app — provided you can scrounge up some authentication credentials for access (not that we'd ever endorse using someone else's login info)

    Now, how do you access the app? First off, there's a web version at, letting you simply stream to your laptop or PC. But it's also available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch [iTunes link], as well as for a number of Android devices through Google Play [link]. Read more...

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    5 Sure-Fire Routes to Freelancing Success

    Posted: 04 May 2013 07:05 AM PDT


    In today’s shaky economy, freelancing is on the rise. In the U.S. alone, one in three workers are now doing freelance work. That's 42 million Americans going without employer health insurance, 401(k) plans and flexible spending accounts.

    But it’s not all doom and gloom — freelancing is often fulfilling work. Plenty of people freelance by choice. Some do it to supplement their existing income, and others do it because full-time work is simply hard to find. Creative types often choose this professional option because freelancing offers flexibility and the opportunity to showcase work in a variety of arenas. Freelancers can be anyone — artists, writers, graphic designers, lawyers, financial consultants, accountants, journalists — you name it, someone's probably done it via freelance. Read more...

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