Tuesday, 18 June 2013

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Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Learn How to Cook in 15 Vines”

Learn How to Cook in 15 Vines

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 03:56 AM PDT


Vine is quickly becoming the go-to place for, well, everything. Users of Twitter's video-sharing service have uploaded six-second clips to scare you, impress you, and now, to help you become the next Iron Chef

We've assembled our 15 favorite cooking Vine videos here. Check out the list and let us know which are your favorites.

Do you think six seconds is enough to learn a thing or two? Did you create your own cooking Vine? Share in the comments below.

1. Omelettes

2. Spaghetti and Meatballs

3. Veggie Pizza

4. Tarragon Chicken with Spring Greens


5. Tzatziki Sauce

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'Dumb Ways to Die' Wins 2 Grand Prix Awards at Cannes

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 02:25 AM PDT


CANNES, FRANCE — Dumb Ways to Die, a catchy public service announcement from Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia, won the Grand Prix in the public relations and direct marketing categories at the Cannes Lions festival, representing a world conquest for the little PSA.

The video, which features various animated characters singing a catchy tune warning of the dangers of acting unsafely around trains, was expected to pick up at least one prize at Cannes. The film may end up winning a third Grand Prix since it is favored to win in the Films Lions category later this week. The PSA beat out contenders including Dove's "Beauty Sketches" campaign and Oreo's Blackout Tweet Read more...

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10 Subreddits for Pro Tips

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 02:01 AM PDT


Is your financial knowledge a little rough around the edges? Do you ever experience the burning desire to handcraft a sail boat? Have you frequently found yourself wondering if you should button the top button or just leave it open, and how that decision will affect the rest of your day and, subsequently, the rest of your adult life?

If you answered yes (or a tentative maybe) to any of these questions, we're here to let you know: There's a subreddit for that.

Aside from being a place where standing U.S. Presidents go to field your questions, Reddit can also be used as a source for DIY life hacks and pro tips (if you know the right subreddits) Read more...

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Yahoo Received 12,000+ Requests for User Data from Agencies in 6 Months

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 01:39 AM PDT


Following in the footsteps of Apple, which released a statement about privacy yesterday, Yahoo now released a similar statement, disclosing the number of requests for user data from government agencies the company has received

According to Yahoo, law enforcement agencies made between 12,000 and 13,000 requests for user data between December 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013. The most common of these requests, claims Yahoo, concerned "fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations."

Yahoo also vowed to issue its first "global law enforcement transparency report" later this summer. The report will be refreshed with current data twice a year Read more...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Comes to AT&T on June 21

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 12:28 AM PDT


AT&T has announced the pricing and availability for Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung's 8-inch tablet will arrive on June 21 for $399 on a two-year contract, but customers who also buy a smartphone will be able to get it for $199

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Can't Touch the iPad Mini

The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a 1280x800-pixel screen, a 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel back camera (plus a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video calls), 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage, which can be expanded with microSD cards.

The tablet runs Android 4.1.2, and also features Wi-Fi, assisted GPS and a 4,600mAh battery Read more...

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Instagram's Kevin Systrom Cancels Cannes Appearance

Posted: 18 Jun 2013 12:00 AM PDT


CANNES, FRANCE — Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has canceled his appearance at this week's Cannes Lions advertising festival

A rep for the festival said Systrom actually gave notice that he was pulling out about a month ago; however, he still appears on the event's website. The Instagram co-founder was scheduled to give a talk called "Facebook: Creative Revolution: Rich Content..." with Facebook product manager Justin Shaffer.

Facebook will still be represented at the show. Mark D'Arcy, the social network's director of global, is set to host a seminar on Tuesday called "Creativity at Scale." David Droga, founder of ad agency Droga5 and Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's director of engineering, will also join him Read more...

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Disney's 'Infinity' Is a Toy Box Like No Other

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 11:30 PM PDT


When I was a child I used to love to play with all my toys at once. My Barbies went on dates with the Ninja Turtles, and the Ghostbusters were found riding around on the back of a My Little Pony more often than inside the Ecto-1.

Intermixing toys is something we all did at some point in our childhoods, and Disney is taking this practice to a whole new level with its Infinity collection due out later this year.

More than just a video game, Infinity is a platform that lends itself to endless possibilities.

During E3 last week, I had the opportunity to play with Infinity, and was generally impressed with what I saw. Read more...

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18 Reasons to Be Excited for Summer Even if Others Aren't

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 09:34 PM PDT


Pesky bugs and unbearable heat are just two gripes in a laundry list of complaints about the sunniest time of the year. And while you may have an innate appreciation for summer's virtues, other people have to be sold on the season

Luckily, for every one of summer's supposed flaws, there's also a bright side. We've compiled a list of them. below:

It's so hot and gross out all the time

Image courtesy of Reddit, ew0t

1. But you can cool off in the pool

The dog thermometers say it is hot out

Image courtesy of Reddit, zonambula

All my favorite shows are on hiatus

Image courtesy of Reddit, LockesKidney

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Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, His Site

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 08:32 PM PDT


Kanye West jumped the gun on the June 18 release date for his sixth studio album, Yeezus, making it available to buy at KanyeWest.com a day early Monday night for $11.99. West skipped selling pre-orders of the album on iTunes.

UPDATE: For some Spotify users, Yeezus is already available to listen to online. Meanwhile, on iTunes, the album costs $11.99. And over on Amazon, it's a few bucks cheaper at $9.99.

Visitors to the KanyeWest.com are greeted with an American Psycho-themed short film promoting the album. The clip — featuring Scott Disick and Jonathan Cheban from reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians — debuted last week during a private listening party in New York City (watch below), but this site-version is higher quality. Read more...

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Hilarious Video Asks 'What if Dating Was Like Reddit?'

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 07:57 PM PDT


Many people are avid users of Reddit, but if the conventions of dating had similar quirks and social cues, they'd likely down-vote it to oblivion

For its latest video, web series "If Dating Was Like..." looks at how courtship would work if it functioned like the social-sharing site — and the results are spot-on

Obviously, there would be lots of topic-jumping, maybe some trolling, an Internet meme here or there. It's the kind of stuff that works online, but probably not IRL

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian agrees that the video accurately represents the spirit of Reddit. Indeed, he left a comment on YouTube, giving his stamp of approval Read more...

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Superman Is a Super Advertiser

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 07:05 PM PDT


When it comes to promotion deals that rake in millions of dollars — 160 million, to be precise — Superman is as super human as ever. The Man of Steel, the subject of the new film that opened on June 14, has over 100 promotion partners, AdAge reports.

The Hardee's and Carl's Jr. burger chains have produced an ad for the Super Bacon Cheeseburger that features Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in “Man of Steel,” and is directed by Zack Snyder, the film's director. And from Gillette to Warby Parker to Twizzlers, there has been no stopping advertisers from capitalizing on the man who's faster than a speeding bullet Read more...

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Incredible Model of 'Friends' Apartment Made Entirely Out of Paper

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 06:34 PM PDT


It's been nine years since Monica and Chandler Bing packed up and moved out of their oversized apartment in the series finale of Friends (mind-boggling, right?). But take a look at this model by Brazilian artist Bruna Salvador Conforto, and a wave of nostalgia just about knocks you out.

The incredibly intricate model, made entirely of paper, took Conforto nearly two years to complete. Some of the items in the apartment were so tiny — like the glasses on the kitchen shelves — that she needed to use tweezers to build them. More impressive yet, this was Conforto's first attempt at a paper model. Read more...

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'Question Bridge' Project Inspires Dialogue Among African-American Men

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 04:50 PM PDT


The Question Bridge project, a multimedia art initiative meant to "represent and redefine Black male identity in America," has taken to Kickstarter with Question Bridge Interactive. Through the funding effort, the creators hope to expand their message by developing a multimedia online platform through which the project can go viral.

Question Bridge attempts to combat stereotypes and public misconceptions about African-American men by presenting a video dialogue among people of diverse socioeconomic, geographical, cultural, and religious backgrounds and ages.


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Beyonce Goes Online to Congratulate Kanye, Kim on Baby Kimye

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 03:47 PM PDT


Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby girl, born into mystery Saturday morning, has received no name (that we know of). But mini Kimye and her parents have received a lot of attention, including a nod from the Queen Bey.

A mother herself, Beyonce took to her website Monday afternoon to fete West and Kardashian with a big congratulatory photo (below), as well as a nice, concise post: "Congratulations Kim & Kanye, enjoy this beautiful moment together."


At time of writing, Beyonce's post had bagged more than 100,000 likes on Facebook. Nothing from Sasha Fierce on Twitter, though. Of course, that didn't stop others: Read more...

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7 People Who Think Kimye's Baby Is the Messiah

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 03:02 PM PDT


Holy Yeezus, it looks like the birth of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's baby girl on Saturday sparked a new pseudo-religion devoted to the already-famous newborn. It's unclear what the scriptures might be, but hopefully it's something written by Aunt Khloe.

Fans, haters and new believers took to Twitter to weigh in on the Kimye baby's entrance into the world. Most agreed she is the Messiah — or Lucifer.


Kim went into labor within hours of Yeezus leaking. You cannot tell me this is a coincidence. Baby Kimye is the messiah.

— clare ✌ (@clare4lyfe) June 16, 2013

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Watch Superman's Life Unfold on a White Board

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 02:58 PM PDT


Unfamiliar with the story of Superman? If you don't have much time, but still want to learn about his life, then this video is perfect for you.

In honor of the release of Man of Steel, the folks over at AV Byte created this video depicting the life of the estranged Kryptonite and his rise to one of the great superheroes of our generation

Equipped with comical drawings, theatrical music and singing, the clip explains everything — starting with Superman's very first moments on Earth.

Image courtesy of YouTube, AVbyte

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'Tearaway' Makes You the God of PlayStation Vita

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 02:50 PM PDT


Media Molecule is known for pushing boundaries in gameplay. Its LittleBigPlanet franchise was lauded for letting gamers create their own unique worlds, and now, Media Molecule plans to recreate new magic with Tearaway for the PlayStation Vita handheld.

In Tearaway, you form a special connection with a papercraft character and then help her explore the 2D world. The goal is for that character to relay a message back to you, and since the character's message is specific to each player, her message is really meant for youTearaway also uses Vita's hardware to make the experience as immersive as possible. Read more...

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OpenAirplane: Finally, a Zipcar-Style Service for Airplanes

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 02:25 PM PDT


Rejoice, oh aeronautical adventurers of American airspace: There's finally a Zipcar-style service for renting small airplanes.

OpenAirplane launched Monday at airports in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Jose, Kissimmee and Detroit with the goal of dramatically simplifying aircraft rental.

OpenAirplane members first take a standardized flight exam before they're allowed to borrow an airplane from a variety of airports. Previously, private pilots who don't own their own planes had to do "checkout flights" with every new rental firm before receiving the keys — a time-consuming and expensive process. Read more...

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Just How Convenient Are Citi Bikes?

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 02:20 PM PDT


"New York City is the greatest place on earth — but living here is a huge pain in the ass," says filmmaker Casey Neistat in his short documentary

And what makes it oh-so-painful? The simple task of getting from Point A to Point B.

Neistat put New York City's new bike sharing program, launched on May 27, to the test. He conducted a study by commuting to work using Citi Bike, taxi and his personal bike, then evaluating each experience by its "pain-in-the-ass factor."

The verdict: The Citi Bike isn't such a pain, after all. Actually, Neistat liked it so much he signed up for a yearly membership. Watch the YouTube video above to see why Read more...

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10 Unbelievable Ballpoint Pen Drawing Time-Lapses

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 02:13 PM PDT


Ballpoint pens can do so much more than just help you take notes. They can help perform tracheotomies, serve as spitball shooters and create really gorgeous art.

In honor of the beloved ballpoint pen's 75th anniversary, we present you with these beautiful photorealistic drawings, all made using a Biro.

Don't believe they were really made from ballpoint pen? Just watch these videos below, and see them materialize in front of your eyes.

1. Emma Watson

2. Audrey Hepburn

3. President Barack Obama

4. Jessica Chastain

5. Gollum


6. Young Boy

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Star Wars Elevator Prank Freaks Out Students

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 01:52 PM PDT


It's safe to say that Star Wars is one of the most idolized movie franchises of all time. So when a group used the film as the basis of a prank, it was widely appreciated — by onlookers.

During a visit to King's College London, a group called the JesterLads targeted students who attempted to use the elevator. With a hidden camera in place, one of the pranksters stood in the middle of the elevator, pretending to use sheer force to open and close the door

Watch the video above to see students' hilarious reactions, and then let us know what you think in the comments. Read more...

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The New Mac Pro: 4 Things You Didn’t Know

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 01:18 PM PDT


Apple suffered its share of derision over the unusual shape and design of the new Mac Pro, but the reality is that the workstation's unique look (for a desktop computer, at least) may be a near-perfect example of form following function.

The new desktop-ready workhorse computer made its debut at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference last week. While observers couldn’t stop talking about its Duracell-like frame, it was the specs that truly excited the Apple Mac Pro faithful: a workstation-level Xeon processor (up to 12 cores), ECC memory and six Thunderbolt 2 ports. Those ports can power up to three ultra-high-definition 4K displays, if you can find one for sale. Read more...

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If You Love Watching Videos Online, This Is Your Dream Job

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 01:05 PM PDT


Americans watch upwards of 38 billion videos a month, according to comScore data. On many video-hosting sites, a majority of those videos might feature the Harlem Shake or cats, but on one site in particular, video content tends to be a bit more creative and highly produced.

Vimeo is a video-sharing site founded in 2004 by a group of filmmakers who wanted a clean and beautiful platform through which to share their work and preserve personal memories. The site attracted other filmmakers and creative types, and quickly earned a reputation for high-quality content. The site was bought by IAC in 2006, and it became the first video-sharing site to support HD playback, in October 2007. That feature catalyzed growth of the user base, as creative individuals and brands flocked to the site to host their best video content. Vimeo videos aren't preceded by pre-roll or flanked by banner ads; the interface is clean, and the focal point is the video itself. Read more...

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20 People Who Just Can't Waterpark

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:59 PM PDT


When things start to heat up outside, there's only one place to go — the waterpark. Those magical places filled with fun rides, where it's perfectly normal to strut around in just your swim suit and flippy-floppies. They are beacons for summer vacationers, that is, only if you can correctly waterpark

Many people lack the coordination to gracefully catapult from a slide into the water like the love child of a synchronized swimmer and a swan. But clumsy (and sometimes plain dumb) people offer the rest of us a hilarious arsenal of GIF-worthy fails


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Spooky PS4 Game Will Be Free for PlayStation Plus Subscribers

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:29 PM PDT


To incentivize gamers to join its 'PlayStation Plus' network on the upcoming PlayStation 4, Sony has secured deals with several indie game developers to release their games free for a month on the network.

One of those games is Outlast, a spooky survival horror game that made a splash at PAX East this year. In Outlast, the player investigates an insane asylum where things have gone terribly wrong. Only armed with a camera for light, the game plays on one's worst fears. The user must explore the asylum without being detected by the terrifying monsters roaming within, and climb through dark spaces with only his wits to help Read more...

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Radio Host Apologizes for Mocking Steve Gleason's ALS Battle

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:13 PM PDT


Ex-NFL player Steve Gleason has become a powerful force of inspiration while publicly fighting the disease ALS. But that didn't stop a sports talk radio show from taking some cheap shots at his condition on Monday morning

The tasteless attempts at humor quickly had one host backpedaling on Twitter and drew an unspecified number of indefinite suspensions by the station

Gleason (pictured above) was a defensive back for the New Orleans Saints in the mid-2000s and produced one of the most iconic plays in franchise history. For a city struggling to bounce back from disaster, he became a symbol of hope and renewal. That's only intensified in recent years as Gleason has used the Internet and social media to rally support for ALS research while he battles the crippling nerve condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. We covered his story in-depth this February: Read more...

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Aaliyah Comes Back to Life in Chris Brown's 'Don't Think They Know'

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 11:58 AM PDT


In his new "Don't Think They Know" music video, R&B crooner Chris Brown resurrects a familiar face in digital form. The late singer Aaliyah, who died in 2001 in a airplane crash, appears several times as a projection beside a dancing Brown.

Aaliyah's appearance, which is reminiscent of the 2012 Coachella music festival performance in which the deceased Tupac Shakur performed as a life-sized hologram, marks yet another instance in which her vocals and now her figure have been used posthumously

The "Don't Think They Know" video tells the story of rival gangs setting aside their differences. The digital Aaliyah first appears briefly at the 2:28 mark before re-emerging a few more times. The song is from Brown's upcoming X album, which comes out July 16. Read more...

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Fail Fast: How 5 Startups Got a Second Chance

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 11:33 AM PDT


"Pivot" is often viewed as a dirty word in the startup world, with the assumption being that the founders failed in some way. But sometimes failing — or at least acknowledging you're on the wrong course — is the best path toward success.

While founders at some companies like Evernote have prided themselves on staying 100% true to their original vision, many other well-known startups chose to overhaul or outright abandon their original idea early on, in favor of a different business strategy

Here's a look at some of the predecessors to today's hottest startups, several of which are now valued in the billions of dollars: Read more...

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U.S. Open Golfer Sinks Miraculous Hole-in-One

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 11:11 AM PDT


You don't always see someone hit a hole-in-one at one of the world's biggest golf tournaments. But even when you do, it's never this ridiculous

PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani had one of the most incredible aces you'll ever see on Sunday during the U.S. Open at Pennsylvania's Merion Golf Club

What makes his shot so amazing? As you'll see in the video above, the ball doesn't even land on the green originally, instead hitting the rough, taking a fortuitous reverse-bounce and then rolling some 50 feet into the cup. It's the first U.S Open hole-in-one ever at Merion. It, of course, also made Stefani a viral sports hit online Read more...

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'Arkham Origins' Pits Young Batman Against New Foes

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 10:57 AM PDT


Warner Bros. Interactive pulled back the mask on Batman: Arkham Origins at E3, giving fans more insight into Batman's budding crime-fighting days.

Batman: Arkham Origins is set on Christmas Eve, early in the Dark Knight's career, when he encounters the Black Mask, a villain younger fans of the franchise might be less familiar with. The Black Mask has invited 12 assassins to Gotham to kill Batman for a juicy reward, and other popular villains like the Joker have also come for a piece.

This title builds on the foundation of the other Arkham titles — Arkham Asylum and Arkham City — in which Batman uses a host of gadgets and skills to sneak by or fight through enemies. The title is with a new studio this time, Warner Brothers Games Montreal, but it still has the hallmarks of the franchise. Read more...

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