Saturday, 29 June 2013

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Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “20 Desperate Dating Songs on Spotify”

20 Desperate Dating Songs on Spotify

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 07:17 PM PDT


Breakups are never easy.

And there are significant differences in the way people cope. It's normal for some to sit in bed and indulge in gallons of Haagen-Dazs while grieving. Others bounce back immediately with little emotional hangover. Yet, whatever you do to get back on your feet, music is usually involved in some way as a coping mechanism.

However, when pursuing another relationship, it's essential to remain yourself and avoid becoming strongly attached too fast. Because no one wants a Stage-5 clinger.

So whether you're mourning or celebrating your recent breakup, here are 20 of the most desperate dating songs ever to get you through, courtesy of Spotify. Read more...

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Star Wars' C-3PO Busts a Rhyme in Vintage Rap Video

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 07:00 PM PDT


Star Wars fans, you probably didn't know that the series' gawky robot, C-3PO, had a secret rap career

But Everything Is Terrible recently uncovered this delightful video of the robot rapping about space, accompanied by his twirling sidekick R2-D2

Surprised? Well, a robot's got to do what a robot's got to do. The video comes from a 1986 television special called Vacation in Space, wich aired to promote Disneyland's Star Tours ride

If you're doubting C-3PO's rap skills, just watch the video avoce. The tune is pretty catchy, and there's a good chance it will be stuck in your head all day Read more...

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NeverWet Makes Everything You Own Water-Resistant

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 06:41 PM PDT


Ross Nanotechnology has developed a product called Rust-Oleum NeverWet that does just what its name says. Just spray pretty much everything you own with NeverWet and it becomes basically waterproof

NeverWet is designed to be used on multiple surfaces by creating a superhydrophobic barrier, which repels water. When any liquid hits this barrier, it forms beads that roll of the surface without clinging on. This is often referred to as the Lotus effect

One video put out by NeverWet shows people dropping a NeverWet-enhanced iPhone in water without destroying it. Another video shows how spraying NeverWet inside a cardboard box creates a quick DIY icebox Read more...

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Augmented Reality Glasses in the Classroom: An Inside Look

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 05:58 PM PDT


Scientists at Spain's Universidad Carlos III en Madrid developed a software system for augmented reality glasses that will allow professors to "see" how their students are understanding class material.

The proposed system, called Augmented Lecture Feedback System (ALFs), requires professors to wear augmented reality glasses in order to see symbols above students' heads and to facilitate communication between students and professors.

The symbols are activated by students via their cellphones, which allow them to indicate whether they are following the professor's explanations. In addition, professors will also be able to view a pie chart with the aggregate of students' answers. Read more...

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5 Midnight Snack Hacks To Daydream About

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 05:13 PM PDT


Everyone loves a midnight snack, but there's nothing worse than sneaking down to the kitchen, opening the refrigerator and finding nothing but condiments.

On those nights when it seems like there's nothing to nosh on, don't settle for gross snacks like ketchup on crackers. There are other fast and delicious ways to be resourceful with the ingredients you already have, like cooking an omelet in the microwave, or baking a crispy personal pizza in the toaster oven.

Try these five simple recipes and never eat a crummy midnight snack again. Read more...

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Pop Songs Get Old Hollywood Sound With Postmodern Jukebox

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:52 PM PDT


It's time to turn the radio dial back to your grandparents' generation

Postmodern Jukebox posted a video in February featuring a woman with her hair in 1940s-style victory rolls and a polka dot dress crooning into the microphone while a jazz band plays a bouncy melody behind her. But a few bars in, you notice that she isn't singing an Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday song. Instead you hear, "I'm gonna pop some tags / Only got twenty dollars in my pocket ..."

It's Macklemore's "Thrift Shop," of course, reworked into an elegant vintage arrangement. While most of Postmodern Jukebox's songs garner a respectable couple hundred thousands of views, their cover of "Thrift Shop" is by far their most popular, with a cool two million views on YouTube and counting. Read more...

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'The Wizard of Oz' Like You've Never Seen Before: In Legos

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 04:00 PM PDT


This year at Brickworld Chicago, a group of online Lego builders called VirtuaLUG (Virtual Lego User Group) recreated every major scene from the original 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie, including a motorized tornado.

The project involved 12 builders across three different countries, with scenes from Kansas to Munchkinland and poppy fields in the land of Oz.

In addition to the 10-foot long recreation, the group built a slow spinning tornado, driven by twin motors and a worm drive also created from Legos. The battery power is hidden under the Lego barn Read more...

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3D-Printed Fashion Show Draws Inspiration From Nature

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 03:44 PM PDT


When you think about it, the fashion and tech industries aren't so different. Both create products that people use daily, follow extremely fickle trends and insist upon remaining on the cutting edge

It's unsurprising, then, that the two worlds would eventually collide. While tech has been a presence in the fashion industry for years, it's only been in the past two that 3D printing has cropped up as a way for designers to rethink their process. This year, Belgium-based 3D printing company Materialise approached fashion designer Melinda Looi, who has won numerous awards for her experimental designs, to design a collection for Asia's first 3D-printed fashion show. Read more...

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Google+ at 2 Years: An Assessment

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 03:40 PM PDT


Two years ago Friday, Google unveiled its social network Google+ to the world.

In the early days, Google described Google+ as a "social layer" rather than a pure social network, partly because Google+ permeates lots of different services, and partly to offset the idea that Google+ was an attempt to directly compete with Facebook and Twitter.

Make no mistake, however, two years in, Google+ is most definitely a social network. There are more than 500 million Google+ users and reportedly more than 300 million of those users are active

Although Google hasn't formally made any Google+ anniversary announcements, the Google+ team is certainly in a celebratory mood. Read more...

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Facebook 'Compliments' Pages Promote Positivity on College Campuses

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 03:34 PM PDT


Last fall, a new Internet craze hit college campuses: Facebook 'Compliments' pages.

Four students at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, started a Facebook profile called Queens U Compliments. They encouraged fellow classmates to anonymously submit compliments about members of the university, which were then posted to the profile to be viewed publicly.

"We thought it would be an awesome project to spread happiness and positivity to the Queen's community," says Jessica Jonker, one of the site's cofounders.

SEE ALSO: 3 Tips for Creating Your Business' Facebook Page

It found enormous success immediately. Jonker remembers logging in to the account a few days after creating it and finding more than 200 notifications and friend requests. "I think that was the moment when we actually thought, ‘Wow, we might actually be on to something here!’" Read more...

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Meet Max, Netflix's Answer to Siri

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 03:19 PM PDT


Netflix has introduced Max, a new voice on its video streaming service that recommends movies and TV shows for users based on how they're feeling and their personal preferences

Available only for PlayStation 3 owners in the United States, Max reminds us of Apple's voice-recognition service Siri. Netflix even thinks so too, cleverly describing Max as a relation of Siri's:

Max, rumored to be the child of Siri and HAL 9000, asks a few questions about your mood or movie and TV show tastes to arrive at a suggestion ... One of the experiences Max offers is called the "ratings game," where you pick a genre to fit your mood and then rate a few titles on the familiar Netflix five star scale ..

Sometimes, when Max feels particularly confident, he will offer a fun, personalized suggestion after asking only one simple question ... Other times, when intoxicated by past success, Max will get a little cocky and offer a suggestion right away, no questions required. The catch ... this is a mystery suggestion and you’ll just have to press play and trust him Read more...

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Texas Teenager Arrested for Violent Facebook Comment

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 02:47 PM PDT


What you say on Facebook could land you in jail. That's the tough lesson that a Texas teenager learned in February, when an online argument with a friend led to his arrest. He's now awaiting trial and faces eight years in prison.

Everything started when the teenager, Justin Carter, then 18, was playing an online game of "League of Legends." After the match, Carter and a friend got into a heated argument on Facebook

"Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head,’ to which he replied 'Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still beating hearts,'" Carter's dad Jack recalled in an interview with ABC's affiliate KVUE. "The next two lines were lol and jk." Read more...

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6 Things We'd Change About Feedly

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 02:17 PM PDT


Google Reader is all but in the ground, and Feedly has risen up to take in the poor and forlorn Reader users who are wandering aimlessly around the web, looking for a new and comprehensive RSS experience

Feedly is trying to fill the void by updating their services, but still, some of the magic of our favorite RSS reader is gone. If Feedly wants to fill the hole in our hearts left by Google Reader's demise, these changes are a good place to start

Let us know what kinds of changes you'd make to Feedly, or which other Google Reader replacements you'll be using, in the comments below Read more...

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Is Microsoft Becoming the Do-Over Company?

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 01:56 PM PDT


At first glance, it looked like the big thing Microsoft revealed to its developers in San Francisco is week was Windows 8.1, the first major update to Windows 8

The real new product on display, however, was humility.

Through some of the changes in Windows 8.1 and other course corrections it's made recently, Microsoft is becoming notorious for retreating on key decisions. What does that mean for the company and its vision of the future? And what does that mean for its millions of customers?

The Windows 8.1 update has many new features, but those reversals were the things that stood out, including the return of the Start button and a “boot to Desktop” option that lets users bypass the busy, touch-friendly Start screen and go right into traditional Windows. Both garnered applause from the audience when CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned them in his keynote at Build 2013, even though they'd been announced weeks before. Read more...

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Judge: WikiLeaks Tweets Admissible in Bradley Manning Trial

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 01:52 PM PDT


The judge in the Bradley Manning trial ruled that two tweets from WikiLeaks can be used against the military whistleblower.

The decision came on Friday, the 12th day of the Manning court martial. In a blow to the defense, Judge Col. Denise Lind allowed the two tweets to be admitted as circumstantial evidence against Manning, which could help prove some of the most serious charges against him, including aiding the enemy, stealing government property, and violating the Espionage Act, as reported by the Huffington Post

The tweets date back to 2010 and, according to the prosecution, show that Manning was following WikiLeaks directions, and conspiring with Julian Assange when he started perusing the military network before leaking a treasure trove of documents to the pro-transparency organization. (The information would become WikiLeaks' most famous revelations.) Read more...

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Bing Maps Capture Stealth Russian Fighter Jet

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 01:41 PM PDT


Microsoft's Bing Maps looks like it could be the next major secret-spiller making headlines. The Internet search engine’s satellite-imaging service captured a stealth Russian fighter jet, which was previously thought to be ancient history.

The airplane, known as the Mikoyan Project 1.44, was reportedly launched during the fall of the Soviet Union and was thought to be put to bed in 2001

The jet was purportedly Russia's first attempt at a flyable stealth fighter — one that was meant to match one of America’s best-kept secrets, the F-22 Raptor. Some speculated that the fighter jet was sent to China to kick-start Beijing's own stealth development program. Read more...

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Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad' Wants You to Ride Shotgun in His RV

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 01:22 PM PDT


The man behind Walter White has launched a dream competition for Breaking Bad fans, and in a Mashable exclusive video, details his top 10 reasons to enter.

Through, contestants can vie for a chance to ride along with Bryan Cranston in an RV to attend the AMC show's season 5 part two premiere. The winner will also get to meet the cast, see the premiere before its Aug. 11 debut and attend an after party.

The trip includes a flight for four-star lodging for two. All the fun is for a good cause — each entry benefits The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a non-profit that provides assistance to law enforcement and families to help locate missing children, reduce sexual exploitation and prevent victimization. Read more...

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New Yorker's 'Sesame Street' Cover Gets Explosive Twitter Reaction

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 01:15 PM PDT


New Yorker Cover

For its upcoming cover story "Moment of Joy," The New Yorker released the cover art early Friday morning: an image of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street, snuggling on a couch and watching what appears to be the Supreme Court on television. This comes just days after the Supreme Court's overturning of DOMA on a 5-4 vote.

Artist Jack Hunter originally submitted his work to Blown Covers, a Tumblr full of "New Yorker covers you were never meant to see." The website is currently down, but here's the Way Back Machine link

There's long been speculation about the nature of the friendship between Bert and Ernie. Whether the artist is suggesting a romantic relationship — or just using iconic children's characters to make a statement — is still unclear. Read more...

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Mashable Interns Hack Their Way to DIY Glory

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 12:43 PM PDT


As summer kicks into full swing, it is finally time to build all those crafty projects you've been putting off this year. And if you need some inspiration or motivation — look no furtherMashable teamed up with The Home Depot to issue a "call to hacktion" — a challenge which asked our communities to take ordinary household items and hack them into something awesome, then tweet them with #HDHacks.

In true Mashable style, we tasked our interns to build tech- or social media-inspired hacks. We split our interns into four teams of three members, gave each team $100 and let them loose in Home Depot for 30 minutes to buy all the materials they might need. Then, the teams returned to Mashable where they would have three hours to build their hacks. Phew! Read more...

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12 Disney Moments Gone Terribly, Terribly Wrong

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 12:37 PM PDT


Disney characters bring magic and fantasy to the big screen. But in the hands of GIF-savvy Internet users, childhood memories of princesses and talking animals can go from delightful to twisted — very, very twisted.

Forget pleasant memories of happy endings. These bizarre Disney distortions would ruin even Jafar's day.

Lion King

Image courtesy of Reddit, iGoByManyNames

Snow White Exploding

Image courtesy of Reddit, Anaphase


Image courtesy of Imgur, DannyYorston

Lady Tramp

Image courtesy of Imgur, DannyYorston

Googly Eyes Disney

Image courtesy of Tumblr, cielmonvieuxlille

Kesha Woody GIF

Image courtesy of Tumblr, tpolisher

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This Network Is the ESPN of Competitive Gaming

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 11:56 AM PDT


This weekend, hundreds of screaming fans will pack into the Anaheim Convention Center to watch the best gamers around the world compete for thousands of dollars at Major League Gaming's Spring Championship. But that's only a fraction of the number of people who will watch the tournament unfold online

This is like the Super Bowl for gamers, except it happens four times a year. The Spring Championship will pit the best teams in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, League of Legends and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm against their rivals for a three-day long showdown that culminates in a $100,000 prize and months of bragging rights. There will undoubtedly be Cinderella stories and underdogs to root for, and nail-biting final matches. Read more...

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Facebook Will Remove Ads From Pages, Groups With Offensive Content

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 11:39 AM PDT


Facebook will restrict advertising from appearing on pages and groups with controversial content, the company announced Friday.

Facebook will conduct a review of ads on the social network beginning next week and said it will remove ads from all groups and pages that contain "violent, graphic or sexual content" by the end of that week, even though that content does not technically violate Facebook's community standards

"We know that marketers work hard to promote their brands, and we take their objectives seriously," Facebook representatives wrote in a blog post. "While we already have rigorous review and removal policies for content against our terms, we recognize we need to do more to prevent situations where ads are displayed alongside controversial Pages and Groups." Read more...

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Join Us for a Discussion About Social Media Day

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 11:34 AM PDT


In 2010, Mashable launched Social Media Day to celebrate the growth of digital and social media. Going into our fourth annual year of recognizing this revolution, Social Media Day has become a worldwide celebration with more than 300 communities coordinating events.

SEE ALSO: What Does Social Media Mean to You?

To showcase the growth and impact of social media across the world, we are hosting a Social Media Day-themed Google+ Hangout today at 3 p.m. ET on the Mashable Google+ page. Social Media Day coordinators from Canada, Costa Rica, India, Ireland, the Philippines and the U.S., among other regions, will join the Hangout to discuss the digital revolution and how their countries are celebrating it. Read more...

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Why Everyone Thought Alec Baldwin's Wife Tweeted at a Funeral

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 11:27 AM PDT


Pesky time zones. Even on Twitter, they can cause some confusion — as perfectly evidenced by the controversy surrounding whether actor Alec Baldwin's pregnant wife, Hilaria, posted a series of tweets while she was at James Gandolfini's funeral on Thursday.

Los Angeles-based reporter George Stark of the Daily Mail reported that 29-year-old Hilaria tweeted about anniversary gifts and retweeted messages from @RachelRayShow during the funeral, which was at New York City's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

Twitter users quickly criticized Hilaria's manners. Hours later, she defended herself on Twitter — so too did Alec in an obscenity-filled tirade of tweets (he later quit Twitter again) Read more...

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Doc Rivers' Son Bashes Analyst on Twitter During NBA Draft

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 11:00 AM PDT


The 2013 NBA draft Thursday night was a glorious affair. It was full of unexpected surprises, trades and rejoicing fans.

However, it was the heated exchange between an NBA coach and an analyst, and the resulting Twitter backlash, that was most memorable.

Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons were the ESPN analysts covering last night's events, sharing their opinions on the pros and cons of each player drafted. During the telecast, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets completed a blockbuster trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn. In exchange, the Celtics received Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks and Keith Bogans, as well as three first-round picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018. Read more...

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Your Xbox 360 Is Now a Time Warner Cable Box, Too

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 10:14 AM PDT


Time Warner Cable customers can now use their Xbox 360 as a bonafide cable box.

Microsoft announced the new partnership Friday that will let TWC TV customers access up to 300 of the most popular live TV channels on their Xbox 360. An Xbox Live Gold subscription is required.

The app, which is launching later this summer, is nearly identical to the app TWC started offering Roku users earlier this year. Simply sign-into the app with your TWC login details and you can enjoy live TV from networks such as AMC, CNN, Comedy Central and more.

Comcast Xfinity and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers have already had access to select content on the Xbox 360, but this is the broadest "live TV" deal Xbox has gained to date. Read more...

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20 Greatest Yearbook Trolls of All Time

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 09:46 AM PDT


Internet trolls have found their way out of online forums and into yearbooks.

Forget the cookie-cutter inspirational quotes that usually sit under student portraits and prepare yourself for pop culture allusions, meme references and straight up trolling.

Have a great summer, suckers.


Image courtesy of Reddit, scrapeandclean


Image courtesy of Reddit, Coooturtle


Image courtesy of Imgur, 1123581321345589


Image courtesy of Reddit, FierceLambda


Image courtesy of Reddit, remix1014


Image courtesy of Reddit, mbleep


One of the best yearbook pictures i've seen in awhile
Image courtesy of Imgur, kitzip

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Security Researcher Earns $20,000 for Uncovering Major Facebook Bug

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 09:04 AM PDT


A British security researcher recently uncovered a bug allowing him to take over someone else's Facebook account via text message, a vulnerability that could have compromised millions of profiles. The researcher reported it to Facebook and earned a $20,000 reward from the company

Jack Whitton, an application security engineer who also works as a security researcher in his spare time, discovered the bug on May 23. Whitton found that he could trick Facebook into sending him a password reset code for another user's account, potentially allowing him to hijack the account of anyone who had a profile linked to their cellphone number. He immediately reported the bug to Facebook, and it was fixed five days later Read more...

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Blackberry PlayBook Is as Good as Dead

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 08:27 AM PDT


Poor BlackBerry PlayBook. I’m not sure it ever had a chance. From the botched launch to the distracting corporate struggles and shuffles to its ultimate demise, BlackBerry’s 7-inch tablet has been a vexed product.

Today, BlackBerry (the company formerly known as RIM) essentially put a nail in the PlayBook coffin by announcing that it would not be converted to the new Blackberry 10 OS. That mobile OS is clearly the future of the company. QNX, though, bought and now developed by BlackBerry, is the past.

In a Q1 2014 earnings press release, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins outlined the company’s near-term strategy: “Throughout the remainder of fiscal 2014, the company will invest in BlackBerry 10 smartphone launches, and the roll out of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, to continue to establish the new BlackBerry 10 platform in the marketplace.” Read more...

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NBA Draft Pick Arrives Sporting Google Glass

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 08:01 AM PDT


The future of the National Basketball Association showed up to the draft last night wearing the future of technology.

Indiana University's Victor Oladipo arrived at NBA Draft in New York City on Thursday clad in Google Glass. He wore the high-tech specs during interviews throughout the day and on the bus with potential draftees, though he was asked to take them off during the ceremony.

NBA Google Glass

This created a lot of social chatter around Oladipo, even before the first pick was even made. The NBA tweeted a picture (above) and ESPN tweeted a Vine video to capture the moment. Oladipo was eventually drafted second by the Orlando Magic. Read more...

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