Sunday, 30 June 2013

Mashable: Latest 19 News Updates - including “'World's Fastest Ship' Is Powered by Modified Jet Engines”

Mashable: Latest 19 News Updates - including “'World's Fastest Ship' Is Powered by Modified Jet Engines”

'World's Fastest Ship' Is Powered by Modified Jet Engines

Posted: 29 Jun 2013 08:55 PM PDT


Australian shipyard Incat claims to have built the world's fastest ship, the Francisco, which can travel up to 58 knots or 67 miles per hour.

Described as a "high-speed dual-fuel vehicle and passenger ferry," the ship is powered by two modified jet engines driving a pair of water jets

"This is certainly the fastest ship in the world," Kim Clifford, Incat managing director, said in a statement. "Of course there's a few speed boats that could surpass 58 knots, but nothing that could carry 1,000 passengers and 150 cars, and with an enormous duty-free shop on board."

Check out the video, above, to see the Francisco in action. Then tell us what you think in the comments Read more...

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What Would 'Grand Theft Auto' Look Like in Real Life?

Posted: 29 Jun 2013 07:00 PM PDT


Disclaimer: The YouTube video, above, features actors depicting graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

A new YouTube video portrays what popular video game Grand Theft Auto would look like in real life — and it's startling to see in an everyday setting.

In the two-minute video, YouTube user TyVerteLive shows actors recreating scenes from the game's storyline including simulated shootouts and a carjacking.

Watching this fictional Grand Theft Auto recreation may be imaginative filmmaking, but it also shows just how violent the game is, and how outrageous its scenarios would be in real life. What's more, the main player appears creepy and ruthless. Read more...

More about Video Games, Violence, Entertainment, Gaming, and Grand Theft Auto

Record-Setting British Electric Race Car Reaches 204 MPH

Posted: 29 Jun 2013 06:32 PM PDT


When you think electric car, "fast" might not be the first adjective that comes to your mind. But at 204 mph, Drayson Racing has a electric race car that surpasses the impressive speeds of Nissan's experimental ZEOD electric car, which Mashable covered last weekend.

UK-based Drayson's new B12 electric car packs 1,126 horsepower between four engines inside a carbon-fiber-covered structure. As explained in the video above, it's faster than Nissan's ZEOD, which reached a top speed of 184 mph. The B12 only takes about three seconds to surpass 0-to-60 mph.



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Cheap HP Slate 7 Tablet Reaffirms: You Get What You Pay For

Posted: 29 Jun 2013 05:58 PM PDT


You know how you fall off a bicycle or a horse and you're sort of hesitant to remount? It's been nearly two years since HP fell off its tablet bicycle/horse with the wreck that was the HP TouchPad.

HP has gotten back on the bicycle/horse (and, I promise, that's the last of this metaphor) with the pedantic HP Slate 7, a bargain $140 (after a $30 instant rebate) 7-inch Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" tablet that should be a much stronger entry, given HP's tablet history. While it contains some bonuses, most prominently Beats Audio sound, HP ought not to have scrimped in such a literally in-your-face place — the Slate's screen. Read more...

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How Fashion Brands Are Using Vine

Posted: 29 Jun 2013 05:22 PM PDT


The fashion industry immediately embraced Vine, Twitter's 6-second video app, after it launched in February. It was no surprise Vine was suddenly so popular: The app was released just two weeks before New York Fashion Week kicked off, a time when behind-the-scenes runway shots were readily available to capture and share in 6-second loops.

But Vine is much more difficult to make look beautiful and polished than Instagram photos, and brands quickly discovered that to participate, they needed to relax their typically stringent production quality requirements. Perhaps that's why, following the shows, most fashion houses dropped the platform altogether, only returning to it, in some cases, for the menswear shows in London and Milan earlier this month. Read more...

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25 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 29 Jun 2013 04:45 PM PDT


It's been another lively week in the digital world. Here at Mashable, we've been so busy preparing for Social Media Day and running through Home Depot that we can't blame you if you've fallen behind on your tech news. So for those of you who have been busy celebrating the fall of DOMA, we've got you covered.

Here are 25 digital media resources for the week, including suggestions for optimizing your Wi-Fi signal, apps for summer road trips, festivals and more

Editor's Picks

  • Is It the Dawn of the Encryption App?
    Amid surveillance programs like PRISM and Project Tempora, it might be time for privacy-enhancing cryptography apps Read more...

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    DOMA Decision Spurs Celebrations and Other Top Comments

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 04:04 PM PDT


    Much of the Internet erupted in celebration Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on a 5-4 vote. The decision was a historic win for LGBT activists, and came just in time for this weekend's pride parades.

    Brands such as Facebook, YouTube, Gap and MasterCard showed their support for the decision on social media, and celebrities tweeted their reactions on the ruling.

    SEE ALSO: 9 Sweet LGBT Proposals to Celebrate Pride Month

    A limited edition line of Game of Thrones Legos was released, featuring five popular (or not so popular) characters from the show. Fans were especially excited about the fact that the minifigs' heads are detachable. Oh, let the beheading begin. Read more...

    More about Facebook, Google Reader, Lego, Social Media, and Top Comments

    6 Apps You Don't Want To Miss

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 03:15 PM 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 we found a new and interesting way for you to wake up in the morning, and a new way to plan your day once you've made your way out of bed.

    A update to a popular app helps you connect even better with your friends, and a popular chatting app turns off its chatting feature for kids, making an entirely new experience.

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

    More about Apps, Android, Tech, Apps Software, and Mobile

    Vine Withers as New Instagram Video Shares Take Lead on Twitter

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 02:11 PM PDT


    It has been only about 10 days since video on Instagram debuted, and Twitter-owned competitor Vine is already losing ground.

    Marketing Land used analytics tool Topsy to compare Instagram versus Vine link shares on Twitter. It found that Vine shares on Twitter dropped almost 40 percent between June 19 and June 20 — the day Instagram video launched

    In the week that followed, the Topsy data shows Vine shares on Twitter continued to fallMarketing Land reports that on June 26, less than 900,000 Vine links were shared on Twitter, compared with nearly 3 million shared on June 15.


    More about Twitter, Social Media, Mobile Video, Vine, and Instagram

    Hockey Used to Be Even More Dangerous

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 01:52 PM PDT


    The fact that the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup earlier this week in an epic comeback reminds us: Hockey is the only sport with large, angled sticks, and blades on shoes — and oh yeah, fighting is actually part of the game.

    In this comic, Josh Mecouch of Formal Sweatpants illustrates a fun fact — the NHL didn't require helmets until 1979. You'd think that would have been a priority, huh?

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

    More about Entertainment, Comic, Comics, Hockey, and Humor

    Top 10 Tech This Week

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 01:05 PM PDT


    Summer's here and the tech is hot. If you're looking for all the latest and most important developments in the techno-world, you came to the right place: Top 10 Tech has you covered.

    Google made two announcements this week, both related to Street View. iPhone users can rejoice because Street View has finally come to iOS. Google is also inviting people to be part of the project as Street View Trekkers

    SEE ALSO: Previous editions of Top 10 Tech This Week

    At Build 2013, Microsoft announced it was launching Bing Platform to help developers build more services around apps.

    And in taking tech to outer space, Paypal officially announced PayPal Galactic, a way to make payments and solve payment issues while exploring the cosmos. Read more...

    More about Tech, Apps Software, Dev Design, Gadgets, and Mobile

    The Rise Of E-Smoke

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 12:50 PM PDT


    Puff, puff, pass the e-cigarette. To the tune of about $2 billion in retails sales this year. That's a lot of smokeless vapor for an industry that only a few years ago looked like a fad. Now with substantial consumer adoption and brands and techies on the bandwagon, e-smoke might be the next big thing to blow.

    Napster cofounder Sean Parker is part of a group that invested $75 million in NJOY, an electronic cigarette manufacturer. Also part of that deal is Founders Fund, a venture capital group started by PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, who ironically helped finance the anti-tobacco film "Thank You for Smoking." Read more...

    More about E Commerce, Marketing, Gadgets, Lifestyle, and Health Fitness

    You Really Should Follow the Interior Department on Instagram

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 12:05 PM PDT


    Government is not known for its excellence in using social media — but the Interior Department, which oversees the country's federal parks, has totally figured out Instagram. Just look at some of these gorgeous recent shots:

    Interior Instagram 1

    Interior Instagram 2

    Interior Instagram 3

    Interior Instagram 4

    The Interior Department has been on Instagram for almost exactly a year, Director of Digital Strategy Tim Fullerton told Mashable

    "We launched our Instagram just basically to show the public all of the amazing lands that we have across the country," Fullerton said.

    Most of the Interior Department's Instagram photos come from department staff or from the public's submissions to photo contests. Interior is running one such contest this summer — the "Summer in America’s Great Outdoors" project, which asks parkgoers to submit their park photography to this Flickr collection. Read more...

    More about Photography, Instagram, Us World, Us, and Travel Leisure

    Missouri Officially Recognizes June 30 as Social Media Day

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 11:34 AM PDT


    Missouri has officially declared June 30 as Social Media Day.

    Though many cities in the U.S. have officially recognized the international celebration, Missouri is one of the first states to issue such a proclamation.

    Event organizer Gus Wagner submitted the proclamation request online to Governor Jay Nixon's office and after a few follow-up calls, the request was accepted in just two weeks.

    Missouri Social Media Day Proclamation

    SEE ALSO: The Celebrity and the Superfan: A Match Made on Twitter

    Wagner says a proclamation for the entire state was important for Social Media Day celebrations to come. "We're trying to set up a series of events across the state to tie them all together to make it a bigger, streaming event," he said. Though the plans didn't come together in time for this year's event, Wagner said the proclamation will help organize statewide social media events for the future. Read more...

    More about Social Media, Social Media Day, Us, and Work Play

    Happy 6th Birthday, iPhone!

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 11:07 AM PDT


    It was exactly six years ago to the day when Apple's iPhone made its debut in the U.S. market. More than 356 million iPhone sales later, this smartphone has become a worldwide tech staple, a recognizable cultural icon and a product that's transformed the Cupertino company's business.

    Online statistics portal Statista chronicled the iPhone's six-year journey in the infographic below.

    Since the first iPhone model became available on June 29, 2007, the device has been through more than five updates, with the most recent iteration — the iPhone 5 — released in September, 2012. With each update, the latest iPhone generated a media frenzy and long lines at Apple stores across the world. Read more...

    More about Iphone, Apple, Smartphone, Smartphones, and Apple Iphone

    11 Coolest Places to Take Your GoPro

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 10:12 AM PDT


    If you own a GoPro camera, you probably possess at least a little bit of an adventurer's spirit. But where are the best and most thrilling places to record your experiences and share them with the world?

    We've rounded up 11 videos that show some the coolest views through GoPro — at the top of a ski slope, underwater with marine life, in the front seat of a roller coaster and more.

    Have you taken your GoPro camera somewhere exotic, or have you seen someone else's breathtaking video? Share them in the comments below.

    Homepage image courtesy of Flickr, Mike Baird

    More about Video, Features, Camera, Gopro, and Gadgets

    Facebook Addiction Runs in the Family

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 09:04 AM PDT


    Facebook Comic, PC Weenies

    Who is spending more time on Facebook? It may be easier to blame the younger generation, but we all know our parents are just as addicted to commenting on every status that passes through their feeds.

    In this comic, Krishna Sadasivam of PC Weenies explores how a teacher's requests for students' full attention in class may fall on deaf ears.

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

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    What to Do When You’re Overqualified for a Job

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 08:09 AM PDT


    You’ve been a dutiful job seeker for a while, and finally, you’ve found a position ... that you could do blindfolded. But after you’re called in for an interview, the hiring manager utters the dreaded “o” word — overqualified. Still, you really want this position. Here’s what you need to do when you’re overqualified for a job.

    Be Honest

    It will be immediately obvious to your interviewer that you are overqualified for the position, and there’s nothing wrong in saying so. After all, if you don’t bring it up, the hiring manager surely will. So, have a game plan ready for when the question comes up. There are many reasons for someone to take a position that is considered below them. Maybe the job offers you the option to telecommute, which is what you need at this stage of your career. Or maybe it’s a fifteen-minute commute door to door, or a job with a company that you’ve always wanted to work for. Whatever the case, you should be honest about your intentions. Read more...

    More about Careers, Job Search Series, Business, and Jobs

    How One Woman Entrepreneur Is Breaking Pakistan's 'Cement Ceiling'

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 07:47 AM PDT


    In 1984, Nora Frenkiel coined the term glass ceiling: "Women have reached a certain point — I call it the glass ceiling. They're in the top of middle management and they're stopping and getting stuck."

    "The glass ceiling is the ability to visualize getting to the top but not reaching there. In Pakistan for female entrepreneurs, you can neither see what it looks like nor aspire to be something you cannot imagine," Maria Umar says. "It’s more of a cement ceiling here in our case in Pakistan."

    Umar is challenging the cement ceiling as an international entrepreneur and a key player in Pakistan's burgeoning tech scene. She is revered as one of the trailblazers in the female entrepreneurial revolution, and focuses her efforts on furthering work opportunities for women in Pakistan. Read more...

    More about Features, Entrepreneurship, Pakistan, Social Media Day, and Freelance

    15 Saturday Morning Cartoon GIFs

    Posted: 29 Jun 2013 07:06 AM PDT


    Whether you were watching One Saturday Morning or Kid's WB, Saturday morning cartoons were a childhood staple. They marked the beginning of a two-day reprieve from school, when it was too early to worry about homework or even your afternoon play date.

    If you have time to fully commit to your fit of nostalgia, grab a bowl of Lucky Charms and watch entire episodes of your childhood favorites on Youtube or Netflix

    For a more time-friendly trip down memory lane, try GIFs coupled with the theme songs that will end up (pleasantly) stuck in your head for the next week. Read more...

    More about Lists, Cartoons, Tv, Gifs, and Watercooler

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