Wednesday, 12 June 2013

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PayPal Teases Cash for Registers Program with Goofy Video

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 04:50 AM PDT


Who knew PayPal had a sense of humor?

The online payment giant is attempting to create some buzz for its Cash for Registers program with this goofy video, a spoof of Law & Order and other cop shows that features a couple of detectives attempting to answer the question: "Who killed the cash register?"

Best supporting actor role should go to the cash register, which manages to be deadpan throughout

PayPal announced Cash for Registers last month. The program waives credit, debit, check and PayPal processing fees for the rest of the year in exchange for "dusty old cash registers." The initiative is PayPal's latest attempt to compete with others in the space — notably Square Read more...

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This App Will Let New Yorkers Find a Parking Spot

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 04:18 AM PDT


Technology is coming to the rescue for the perennial conundrum of finding a place to park your carParkWhiz, which has helped Chicagoans achieve that feat, is now available in New York City.

Though ParkWhiz has long offered special event parking in New York in Yankee Stadium and some other locations, the company's web and mobile apps will now let New Yorkers purchase daily or monthly parking in advance and avoid circling around looking for a spot. Prices for New York City parking range from $125 to $1,000 a month, depending on the location and amenities. The average price is $350. Though customers are guaranteed rates for a minimum of six months, agreements are made on a monthly basis and don't require long-term contracts Read more...

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10 Bill Cosby Sweaters for a Dip-Doowop Father's Day

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 03:57 AM PDT


This Father's Day, step away from the cringeworthy slippers, overpriced car wash kits and poncy artisan beer gift boxes. Give your dad the gift he deserves, the gift of awesome, the gift of wonder, the gift of a Cliff Huxtable-style pullover

Take a look through our rich-patterned selection of sweet, sweet sweaters in the glorious gallery above. Oh, and did we mention we've accompanied each garment with a parenting-related Cosby quote, so you can absorb some of Bill's wisdom as you browse? You're welcome

Homepage image courtesy of Etsy, Vivatiger

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Travel the World With These 25 Vine Posts

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 03:10 AM PDT


Micro-video sharing platform Vine is ripe for capturing poignant moments in time. In the five months since Twitter launched the app, Vine creators have used the app to capture stunning video clips from across the globe.

Just as we've traveled the planet through Instagram photos, the time has come for a whirlwind trip through Vine videos. On this "Vinecation" we'll visit Thailand, Panama, Mauritius and Spain, with several more stops along the journey.

One great way to find travel videos on Vine is via the hashtag #6secondpostcard, introduced by San Francisco Chronicle travel editor Spud Hilton, through a Twitter prompt in February. We found several of these videos through the hashtag. Read more...

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Everything You Need to Know About Waze

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 01:43 AM PDT


You may have heard that Google purchased a popular social traffic app called Waze on Tuesday for a reported $1.03 billion. For those who aren't familiar with Waze, we've detailed everything you need to know about the app, below

Like other mapping services, Waze offers voice-guided GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions. But what's really unique about the app is its social layer: Waze's active community of users share real-time traffic and road information. That means it gives you a heads-up about reported obstacles on your route (e.g. road closures, accidents, police traps), and can then redirect you to your destination Read more...

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'The Dark Sorcerer' Demo Shows the Power of PlayStation 4

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 12:49 AM PDT


Quantic Dream, the company behind the video game "Heavy Rain," has made available the entire PlayStation 4 tech demo shown at the E3 conference

Somewhat unusual for demos of this type, the 12-minute long "Dark Sorcerer" not only has a story with a lot of dialogue — it's actually funny

In a blog post, Quantic Dream's David Cage explains how challenging it was to create a tech demo that also works as a comedy

"Making people feel fear is actually fairly simple. Creep up behind someone without a sound and suddenly shout, and you’ll startle them. Moving people by telling a sad story is more difficult, but if you have a moving story and you tell it the right way, you can manage to move your listeners.The problem with comedy is that you need a good story, pacing, and talented actors in order to get even a smile from your audience," he writes Read more...

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Burberry, Google Partner to Send Kisses Around the World

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 12:01 AM PDT


Signed and sealed with with a kiss: Burberry and Google put their own spin on the digital postcard with the launch Wednesday of "Burberry Kisses," a visually immersive experience that allows you to send a digital copy of your lip imprint through the world of Google Maps.

Head over to using your desktop Chrome browser or the web browser on your smartphone or tablet. You'll then be prompted to capture a kiss by pressing your lips to the screen — or, on the desktop, by capturing the shape of your lips with a webcam. The longer you press, the bolder the imprint.

Once you've captured your kiss, you can fill out a postcard to send from your town or city to that of a friend. Send a postcard from Newport Beach, Calif., to Tokyo, for example, and you'll catch a glimpse of your letter taking leave from Newport Beach's ocean-facing Cliff Drive, watch it fly across the ocean and descend upon the Tokyo skyline. Its journey will be set to the tune of Burberry Acoustic singer Misty Miller's "Evergreen Love." Read more...

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Is Twubs the Next Big Twitter Chat Management Tool?

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 11:31 PM PDT


The Twitter chat is one of the best tools for a social media professional to communicate with fans and customers, driving the conversation around the brand. Tuesday's version of existing chat platform Twubs promises to make that job even easier

Twubs, the 5-year-old hashtag platform that aggregates tweets, pics and videos into a branded page, has debuted a free, Twitter API-compliant chat tool.

SEE ALSO: 15 Essential Twitter Chats for Social Media Marketers

The service, which may remind users of Tweetchat, streams tweets from chats to allow hosts to more effectively moderate the conversation. And because it was built within the guidelines of Twitter's new update to its API, it looks like the add-on won't be targeted by the San Francisco-based company. Twitter has taken issue with other third-party piggyback services in the past, like Tweetchat, which was acquired this week by Internet Media Labs, the maker of the social database site oneQube. Read more...

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Forget Cat Beards — It's All About the Cat Fro

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 10:59 PM PDT


Hey, cat lovers, there's a new way to embarrass your feline and find fame on the Internet.

Behold, the Cat Fro. The latest Instagram photo fad has cat owners posing with their furry friend on their head. It's the new Cat Beard, which is so three weeks ago.

Web-famous, curmudgeonly kitty Colonel Meow popularized the #catfro hashtag, sharing his favorite shots on Facebook. With 4,000 Likes and counting for the Colonel's Cat Fro album, you can expect to see your newsfeed filled with cat-topped humans.

Just don't forget to give Fluffy extra tuna treats after humiliating her for all the Interworld to see. Read more...

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Mom's Photographs Capture Amazing Talents of a Superbaby

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 10:00 PM PDT


Babies are adorable, magical blessings that bring endless joy to their parents' lives — but they can also be a bit of a handful

It's probably for the best that their fresh motor skills limit them to sitting, crawling and spitting sweet potatoes on your freshly laundered t-shirt. In these amazing photographs, Swedish photographer Emil Nyström imagines what life would be like if her daughter ran the show

"The perfect shot usually comes pretty fast. Because anyone who has shot a baby knows that their patience is not the best," Nyström told Mashable. She creates as much of the image as possible with her camera, using Photoshop only when the scene would be impossible otherwise. Read more...

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10 Other California-Inspired Names Apple Could Have Used for OS X Mavericks

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 08:56 PM PDT


In a move that shifted Apple from its long-held tradition of naming its operating systems after cats, the company announced at WWDC 2013 that it's latest OS X would be called Mavericks, a popular surfing town in California

So in honor of this momentous change, we thought we'd suggest a few other California-inspired names that Apple could have used. Maybe for OS X 10?


Mashable composite: Images via iStockphoto, SKrow; courtesy of Flickr, Trey Ratcliff


Mashable composite: Images via iStockphoto, SKrow; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Liz West Read more...

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RoboRoach Lets You Control an Insect's Mind With an App

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 08:26 PM PDT


Remember in high school, in your bio lab, when you had to dissect that fetal pig? You learned all about physiological systems and their processes. And remember in chemistry, when your professor made a liquid nitrogen bomb to send a trashcan rocketing into the sky? You learned what happens when liquid nitrogen is boiled in a sealed container and turns into a gas

Now, recall your neuroscience class, when you used Bluetooth-operated cyborg cockroaches to learn about brain spikes and adaptation. No? Well, probably because that hasn't happened — yet.

Brought to you by the minds behind Backyard Brains, a neurological education and outreach company, the first commercially available cyborgs are, in fact, here for the general public. They landed on Kickstarter Monday, and they're wooing support from Internet backers worldwide Read more...

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The Inside Scoop on Google's Visual Design Guidelines

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 07:56 PM PDT


What makes Google look like Google?

A group of Google designers have shared the various quirks and guidelines behind the tech giant's visual aesthetics, giving us a glimpse at how Google works to keep a coherent look across its products.

In a two-part project posted on online portfolio site Behance, Google's Roger Oddone, Yan Yan, Zachary Gibson and Christopher Bettig said their "solid, yet flexible, set of guidelines" have been helping both internal designers and vendors produce work that supports the company's brand identity. The guide includes tips for designing logos, icons, illustrations and infographics. Read more...

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Pro Baseball Player Suspended Indefinitely After Twitter Rant

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 07:28 PM PDT


One day after he went on a lengthy Twitter rant, the Chicago Cubs have suspended Ian Stewart indefinitely

Stewart was a first-round pick in the 2003 MLB draft. In his Monday tweet rampage, the baseball player lamented being relegated to the minor leagues, criticized Cubs manager Dale Sveum and hinted that the team should release him from his contract — in which case they'd still be obligated to pay his salary

When a fan suggested that he simply quit, Stewart replied with this gem:

@believesumner why would I quit? I'm making 2 mill in AAA like u would give that up by quitting

— BeefStew2 (@IAN_STEWART_2sc) June 11, 2013

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Lefties vs. Righties: It's All in Your Head

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 06:59 PM PDT


Whether you're right-handed or left-handed, you've probably stopped noticing how often you rely on your dominant hand. But have you ever stopped to wonder why you only eat with your left or doodle with your right?

SciShow aims to answer that question in today's video titled, "Why Are There Righties & Lefties?" According to host Hank Green, while there is an enormous divide between righties and lefties (90% of humans versus 10% of humans, roughly), hand dominance is unique to humans among primates

And while dogs and cats tend to favor a paw, he adds, the split between righties and lefties is just about even. So why are humans different in this respect? Blame the brain hemisphere. Watch the video above to find out. Read more...

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Tweets 'Hercules' Photo Teaser

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 06:28 PM PDT


Nothing beats Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's Twitter musings.

Not only is the actor full of priceless quotes, he also shares a stream of photos that showcase his ripped physique and otherworldly workout regimens. In addition to his usual tweets, Johnson gave his followers a cool social-media treat on Tuesday: a behind-the-scenes pic from the set of his latest project, Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

3 hr daily process w/ multi-time Academy Award nominated hair & make up artists. Love the transformation.#HERCULES…

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 11, 2013

Directed by Brett Ratner, Hercules: The Thracian Wars is slated to hit theaters on July 25, 2014 Read more...

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12 Sketchbooks of the Pros

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 05:59 PM PDT


If you're an artist, your sketchbook probably looks pretty standard. But what if you're an "anthropomorphist architect?" Or an elephant?

In this comic, Grant Snider of Incidental Comics illustrates sketchbooks for a variety of professions, but somewhere between marine biologist and "frustrated origamist," things get a little strange. Which is your favorite?

You can purchase Snider's comics as prints through his poster shop.

Sketchbooks of the Pros, Incidental Comics
Comic illustration by Grant Snider, Incidental Comics. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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LeBron James Trash Talks Digital Self in NBA 2K14 Spot

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 05:55 PM PDT


LeBron James is the cover boy for the upcoming NBA 2K14 video game. In this clever reveal spot, he does a bit of bantering with his digital doppelganger.

In addition to the creative premise, the ad shows off some pretty sweet graphics for the latest installation of the always-popular line of NBA games from 2K Sports. Check it out, above, then let us know what you think in the comments

BONUS: Retro Ads Starring NBA Players

Homepage image courtesy of 2K Sports via YouTube

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Did Apple Just Ally With Microsoft Against Google?

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 05:40 PM PDT


It was one of those blink-and-you-miss-it moments. In Monday's WWDC keynote, Apple executive Eddy Cue was running through the new iOS 7 version of Siri, when he happened to mention Siri's default search function would be powered by Bing, not Google

That means the first default search engine on Apple's voice assistant, baked into 600 million iPhones, will be brought to you by Microsoft. It's a huge win for the giant of Redmond, which has long been hunting for more fronts to open up on Google in the search wars. "We are excited to work with Apple to deliver Bing to Siri users this fall," Microsoft VP for Bing Derrick Connell said in a statement Read more...

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7 Hot Engineering Jobs in Portland, Chicago and More

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 05:17 PM PDT


Unemployed, underemployed or somewhere in between? The Mashable Job Board is here to help.

Since 2005, Mashable has been dedicated to providing the hottest digital, social and tech news to our readership of 20 million and counting. Top companies know you excel in the digital world, so they come to Mashable to find the best and brightest minds. New jobs — including ones exclusive to us — are added every day to the Mashable Job Board. Take a look.

Below, we've gathered 10 recently posted marketing positions. Keep coming back to the Mashable Job Board for new openings, and don't forget to read our Job Search Series for advice on how to achieve your dream job. Read more...

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'KU Boobs' Twitter Account Embroiled in College Controversy

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 04:40 PM PDT


The Kansas University variety, it seems, may have just become an endangered species of boob

Confused? Here's some background. There is a certain Twitter account called @KUboobs. It does all it can to support Kansas Jayhawks sports (as well as, reportedly, breast cancer awareness) by posting user-submitted photos of bosomy women decked out in KU gear

Yes, it's random, and possibly sexist. But it's also popular; the account has accumulated more than 56,000 followers since launching last year. The official @KUAthletics account, for comparison, has 63,000 followers

But the fun may be over, after the account tweeted that it had been hit with a cease-and-desist letter by the university threatening to have it shut down for trademark infringement Read more...

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Facebook, Microsoft Join Google in Government Transparency Request

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 04:02 PM PDT


Following Google's lead, on Tuesday both Microsoft and Facebook released statements requesting the U.S. government's permission to publish data and be more transparent about surveillance.

Earlier Tuesday, after last week's revelations about the NSA surveillance program PRISM, Google published a letter it sent to Attorney Genral Eric Holder. In the letter, the search giant asked permission to publish more data about the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests that it has received over the years to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the program


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NASA Rover Opportunity Makes Big Discovery, Keeps on Truckin'

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 03:28 PM PDT


NASA's 9-year-old Mars rover Opportunity is on the move again after making a momentous discovery on the Red Planet and defying the limitations of Father Time.

Opportunity — which is nearing its 10th anniversary and has spent the last 20 months working in Cape York (trek below), a raised segment of the Endeavour Crater's western rim — in May inspected a pale rock, called "Esperance" on Matijevic Hill. According to preliminary interpretation, Oppy discovered clay-mineral content formed via intensive alteration by water. The findings, per scientists, suggest that neutral-pH water might have once flowed through the area. Read more...

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iOS 7 Updates Look a Little Too Familiar to Some Apple Developers

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 03:10 PM PDT


Stephen Orth wondered why Apple didn't use the metadata in photos to better organize pictures in the iPhoto app so, last September, he started developing an app of his own in his spare time to do just that. The result was Photowerks, a 99-cent iPhone app released last month, which lets users sort their photos by date and location.

"I always thought it sounded strange that Apple didn't do that in its photo app," Orth told Mashable in an interview. "I figured it was just a matter of time before they did do it."

As it turned out, it was less than a month before Apple did just that. During the keynote event at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple announced a new option for iPhoto called Moments that automatically organizes a user's photos and videos by — you guessed it — date and location. Read more...

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Lonely Island on New 'Wack Album:' Watch Your Back, Rihanna

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 02:52 PM PDT


Comedic rap trio The Lonely Island — whose T-Pain-assisted track "I'm on a Boat" earned a Grammy nod — released a third studio album TuesdayThe Wack Album features funny collaborations with Adam Levine, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Solange Knowles, Robyn and Billie Joe Armstrong.

"Watch your back, Rihanna," Andy Samberg says in this quirky video interview with Mashable. Samberg cracked the joke when asked whether Billboard's addition of YouTube views to the way it ranks top songs would be an advantage for The Lonely Island.

But it's not as though the group needs any advantage. The Lonely Island — whose Justin Timberlake-infused tune "Dick in a Box" won an Emmy — has the five highest-selling songs ever on Billboard's Comedy Digital Songs Chart. And The Wack Album's lead single "YOLO" (below) debuted at number 60 on the Hot 100 singles chart. The song also claimed the top spot on iTunes's Top 10 Comedy Songs charts when it was released in January Read more...

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Zuckerberg Offers Another PRISM Denial

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 02:30 PM PDT


Facebook has nothing to do with PRISM. That's what Mark Zuckerberg said for a second time on Tuesday

At Facebook's annual shareholder meeting, the company's founder and CEO said pretty much what he said last week.

"We don’t work directly with the NSA, or with any other program," he said. "Nor do we proactively give user information to anyone, nor has anyone approached us to do that."

Zuckerberg added that no agency has "direct access" to Facebook's servers. But that doesn't necessarily close the book on PRISM, the secret NSA program that allegedly allows the NSA to wiretap the communications of Internet companies' foreign users. Read more...

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Apple Customers' Verdict on New Products: A Mixed Bag

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 02:27 PM PDT


Apple fans were underwhelmed by the latest product updates revealed on Monday, with most of them more curious about when the next iPhone will launch

Consumers who gathered outside the flagship Apple Store in New York City on Tuesday said they were unimpressed with the company's announcements from the day before at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, although the reaction from Apple customers in San Francisco was more enthusiastic.

"Everything was relatively incremental," said 26-year-old Tim Schultz, who was traveling to New York from Orlando, Fla. "iOS 7 has some interesting new graphics and I'm sure it will be an improvement, but it's more of the same. There hasn't been any groundbreaking innovation from Apple in the past year or so, especially in terms of hardware." Read more...

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17 Handwritten Notes That Will Make You Smile

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 02:23 PM PDT


While handwritten notes can cause a lot of problems (see: Romeo and Juliet; your biology class), they haven't lost their appeal. Especially when they're sweet and sincere, like the ones below.

1. Found tied to a balloon — the most emotionally charged balloon since the one in Up.

Image courtesy of Reddit, ChrevanGohas

2. Found after the dog owner put the pet down. This kid has mastered the condolence card.

Image courtesy of Reddit, vexillifer

3. Found after a teacher confiscated a student's note. If kids today are creating low-tech versions of classic memes, there might be hope for the next generation after all.

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See How Siri Works in iOS 7

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 02:16 PM PDT


With iOS 7, Apple is giving Siri a big revamp. Not only is the iPhone's voice assistant getting an optional male persona, but it's also getting some enhanced abilities, including better integration with Twitter.

The gang at TechSmartt (who also did a very thorough Galaxy S4 drop test) got their hands on the developer beta of iOS 7 and took the upgraded Siri for a spin.

Right away you can see Jony Ive's translucent design when Siri appears, with the out-of-focus colors hinting at the apps in the background. The list of potential commands Siri suggests at launch are given new prominence, and now float in from the bottom, part of the trend toward more animation in iOS 7. Read more...

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4 Reasons Google Bought Waze

Posted: 11 Jun 2013 02:05 PM PDT


For Waze, mapping software proved to be a road of riches. The company's nine-year journey culminated on Tuesday, when Google agreed to pay a reported $1.03 billion to acquire the company. That price may have been inflated by a bidding war among Google, Facebook and Apple, according to rumors.

Waze claims around 45 million users, but there's a good chance you're unfamiliar with the company and its app. If you're wondering why the Israeli firm became such a hot property of late, here are a few theories:

1. There aren't that many mapping software companies. Waze didn't have any real competitors. "I'm usually in sectors where there are 14,000 startups," says Scott Rafer, CEO of Lumatic, which provides mapping software for walkers, not drivers. "But in maps, you can't do it lean." Read more...

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