Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Getting to Know Evernote Business”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Getting to Know Evernote Business”

Getting to Know Evernote Business

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 04:37 AM PDT


Ah, common office frustrations. There's the back-and-forth messaging between employees for triple-confirmation, the sharing and re-sharing of lost Google Docs, and those long and confusing email threads that never seem to die.

But imagine how efficient your workplace would be if everyone — designers, marketers, C-suiters, salespeople — had a shared knowledge of all of your company's information.

Enter Evernote Business.

The team behind runaway success Evernote found that, since two-thirds of its 65 million users utilizes the app at the office, it only made sense to create something that would benefit entire businesses (such as MailChimp) Read more...

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12 Movie Deaths That Shattered Your Childhood

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 04:22 AM PDT


If you ever had a heart and a VCR, you probably remember watching Simba desperately try to wake up his dad, and sobbing when he realized he never would. But just how tear-stained were your play clothes after a viewing of The Lion King vs Bambi? If someone mentions Charlotte's Web will your eyes well up at the thought of Charlotte's last song, or are you more heartbroken when you see a GIF from The Land Before Time?

The death scenes from your favorite childhood movies were sad, but there were different levels of sadness. Grab your box of tissues, and prepare to reminisce the most devastating moments in order of slightly bummed to skip school-worthy depression. Read more...

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5 Best Tablet Apps for Doodlers

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 04:05 AM PDT


The transition into a paperless world has been pretty rough on us doodlers. Until recently, the market was rife with clunky, low-functioning drawing apps that didn't exactly fulfill our inherent need to sketch.

Considering the fact that doodling during verbal exchanges has been shown to improve our attention spans and memory, an intuitive drawing app is essential to the wandering mind. Luckily, a new dawn has been ushered in for the connected doodler.

Whether you're a boardroom Picasso or the Michaelangelo of public transportation, these mobile art apps will keep your creativity operating at peak performance. Read more...

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15 Ways to Reblog Your Way Into a Tumblr User's Heart

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 03:05 AM PDT


Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Tumblr have a lot in common.

You know how once you open a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, you can’t stop eating them and the red chip dust gets all over everything you own? Once you start scrolling the Tumblr Dashboard, you won’t be able to stop. Soon, the site will pervade into all parts of your life: what you find funny; what you question; and most importantly, what food you crave.

SEE ALSO: The Dumbest Things Redditors Have Done for Love

With million of blogs and posts on a rapid-fire basis, Tumblr just keeps growing. Who knows, your soulmate could be out there! If the world of Beyonce GIFs and pictures of cats with food scares you, don’t fret. Here are some ways to reblog your way into other Tumblr users’ hearts. Read more...

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26 Bizarre Chat Stickers You'll Never Use

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 02:15 AM PDT


If a picture is worth a thousand words, an emoticon must be worth at least half that. Stickers, kind of like extra-large emoticons, are prominent on chat apps like KakaoTalk, and more recently on Path and LineFacebook recently introduced the new feature to its web chat, too.

With an abundance of stickers to choose from, even some at premium prices, it's no surprise some are much stranger than your average smiley face emoticon. We rounded up some bizarre stickers from various web and mobile apps, plus pegged oddly specific situations in which you might use them. Read more...

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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Wants to Build an NSA-Proof Messaging App

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 01:51 AM PDT


Peter Sunde, co-founder of BitTorrent search engine The Pirate Bay, needs your help to create a private messaging app

Called (Swedish word for "secret"), the app is an elegant messaging app for iOS and Android that uses end-to-end encryption to make sure no third party — governments and ISPs included — can intercept the users' communication

"We love the internet, social networks and the power it gives for sharing and social connections. What we don't love though is that private communication has more or less turned into an open stream for companies and governments to listen into," the team explains on the app's official page Read more...

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Meet the First Baby Born After Genetic Embryo Screening

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 01:20 AM PDT


What makes Connor Levy, a baby born on May 18, special is that his genome was sequenced for abnormalities before he was born — meaning the doctors examined him as an embryo to ensure he would have healthy cells

The process of gene sequencing is usually expensive and available at many IVF (in vitro fertilization) clinics. In Connor’s case, it was accomplished through next-generation sequencing (NGS), which may become a low-cost alternative

DNA is a relatively large molecule that consists of a chain of bases called nucleotides and DNA sequencing is the process through which we understand the precise sequence of these bases in some DNA. Early versions of commercial DNA sequencing methods looked at the entire strand of DNA from one base to the next, step by step. NGS is comprised of a new set of methods that don't go from top to bottom. Instead, researchers split up the strand into many parts, and then process all of them in parallel. Once that's done, the results are put back together. Read more...

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Google Maps for Android Debuts New Design, Better Navigation

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 12:33 AM PDT


Google has updated Maps for Android, adding several new features, including a new design for the app

The new version — for both smartphones and tablets — got a cleaner interface that's similar to that of the app's iPhone version, which launched last December

Other features include enhanced navigation with live traffic updates, incident reports and traffic rerouting. Finally, Explore offers a new way to browse and discover popular local points of interests

The app is expected to roll out to Android 4.0.3+ devices over the next few weeks

Image courtesy of Google

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Google Brings Voice Calling Back to Gmail, Now Under Hangouts

Posted: 10 Jul 2013 12:12 AM PDT


Gmail users who upgraded Google Talk to Hangouts back in May were up in arms after discovering that doing so removed the ability to make voice calls. Google addressed this issue on Tuesday after it finally introduced voice calls to Hangouts.

"For those of you who have taken the plunge and are using desktop Hangouts in Gmail, Google+ and the Chrome extension, we've heard loud and clear that you miss the ability to make calls from Gmail, so today, we're happy to announce it's back," Alex Wiesen, a senior software engineer, wrote in a blog post.

Citing new features such as adding multiple phone numbers and video participants to the same call, as well as playing sound effects with the Google Effect app, Wiesen said the newly dubbed "Hangouts calling" is "better than before." He added that calls to the U.S. and Canada are free from countries where Hangouts calling is available, while international rates are reasonably priced Read more...

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Foursquare Targets Feature-Phone Users With New Nokia App

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 10:58 PM PDT


Foursquare unveiled a new app designed for feature phones on Tuesday, specifically targeting Nokia's range of Series 40 handsets.

S40 is a software platform used on the Finnish company's line of mid-range feature phones, as well as on its Asha series, which are marketed as low-end smartphones. Foursquare will be preloaded on new Asha devices worldwide when they hit the market in several months

nokia feature phone foursquare

"Hundreds of millions of people around the world use Nokia S40 phones, and now they'll all have access to Foursquare," the location-based social network said in a blog post

In fact, last year, Nokia said it sold 1.5 billion units of its S40 phones. With mobile consumers in developing markets opting to buy feature phones over costlier smartphones, it seems the Finnish company is tapping into the lucrative low-end handset market Read more...

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Help Restore the Sea With a 3D Ocean Farm on Kickstarter

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 09:28 PM PDT


Sure, you've heard of going green. But what about blue-green?

Bren Smith, an ocean farmer for Thimble Island Oyster Co., is campaigning on Kickstarter for just that: a blue-green revolution. Smith wants to change the impact we have not just on our land, but also on our oceans. His solution? Controlled, submarine gardens.

Smith has already started in Long Island Sound, with what is essentially a small-scale 3D ocean farm: Seaweed, mussels and scallops grow at the top of a water column, stacked above oyster and clam cages.

Currently, Smith and Co. are using two lines (check the process out in the videos, above) to grow fresh seaweed and mussels, but they want to use at least 10 more — hence the crowdfunding campaign. Smith says the kelp absorbs five times more carbon than land-based plants, but can double as biofuel. On one acre, Smith says, he can grow 2,000 gallons of biofuel; if a network of farms were created that totaled half the size of Maine, all the oil in the U.S. could be replaced. Read more...

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Scat Cover of Kanye's 'New Slaves' Is Oddly Satisfying

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 08:58 PM PDT


Attention, Internet: A scat cover of Kanye West's "New Slaves" is now in existence. Rejoice! Or shrug? We're not sure about the appropriate reaction, but you just have to experience it to believe it

If this video makes you wish you could hear all your favorite songs in scat, do not despair. All signs point to "Marcellus Williams Scats the Hits," by Youtube user Gary Richardson, becoming a series. There is already a video of Williams scatting to Britney Spears' Toxic

See, scat daddies? Dreams do come true.

And just in case you haven't been listening to West's Yeezus on repeat on Spotify (who, me?), watch the video below for the original. Read more...

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Justin Bieber's Stanley Cup Pic Fuels Internet Rage

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 08:29 PM PDT


The NHL's Stanley Cup is among the most venerable and revered championship trophies in all of sportsJustin Bieber is, well, Justin Bieber

Worlds collided on Tuesday evening when Bieber, a Canadian known for his bandwagon-hopping brand of sports fandom, got up close and personal with the cup in the locker room of the NHL champ Chicago Blackhawks. Blackhawks marketing guy Peter Hassen then shared this photo of the historic meeting on Twitter:

The Biebs meets THE CUP!!!

— Peter Hassen (@PJHASSEN) July 10, 2013

How did sports fans respond? With rage

We're not sure whether it's Bieber's indoor sunglasses, the cup's historical significance or the Blackhawks jersey reading "Bieber" in the background, but something definitely rubbed folks the wrong way. Here's just a small sampling of the Twitter backlash the photo provoked: Read more...

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Zach Braff Plays Wingman in Touching YouTube Proposal

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 07:58 PM PDT


When Matt Hulbert decided to propose to his girlfriend Janice recently, he called in a high-powered wingman: none other than Garden State and Scrubs star Zach Braff

The result is a heart-warming YouTube video, above, featuring not only Braff but an original song by Hulbert and dozens of Janice's friends and family members

Hulbert writes in the video's YouTube description that he actually roped Braff into the touching scheme after pledging Kickstarter support for the actor's Garden State sequel, Wish I Was Here.

Making the video even better is a small screen showing Janice's ongoing reactions during the entire montage. Prepare to be filled with many fuzzy feelings yourself. Read more...

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Posted: 09 Jul 2013 07:31 PM PDT

Entertainment multihyphenate is steering his next creative endeavor into hairier territory. Or ... fuzzier.

Apparently, after a trip to Harrods in the UK, the musician-designer-dancer-producer was inspired by a toy dog to create a hybrid contraption that's a stuffed-animal-music-player. Tech implantation ensued: The toy dog, Frankenstein-style, was reborn with a speaker for a stomach and a wireless brain. put a phone in its mouth.

Don't be fooled, though. This isn't going to be just another rendition of the other iPhone dogs already on the market. reportedly wants his idea to be more like J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's, a.k.a. Iron Man's, artificially intelligent computer. He wants it to sing. He wants it to dance. But most importantly (and, perhaps, revolutionarily), he wants it to execute household commands. Read more...

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Facebook Data Says These Are America's Fittest Cities

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 06:58 PM PDT


El Paso, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Albuquerque are among America's 10 fittest cities, according to Facebook data

They're joined by Colorado Springs, Virginia Beach, Portland, Tacoma, Austin, and Livingston, N.J. Facebook came up with this list by tracking fitness-related comments and updates, check-ins and app usage over the past three months in cities where at least 200,000 people use the world's largest social network

Facebook also analyzed mentions of specific fitness-related activities to see what's popular in various cities. According to the data, people in Oakland like to get down as America's most dance-crazed city, San Diego has the most marathoners and folks in Austin are pretty obsessed with yoga Read more...

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The NBA's Most Spectacular Bench Celebrations of the Season

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 06:37 PM PDT


Sometimes, the best part of the SportsCenter top play isn't the dunk or crossover, but the teammates making fools of themselves on the sidelines.

In its latest two-minute clip, the NBA has released a montage of the best bench reactions of the 2012-2013 season. There's a fair share of chest-hugging, awkward arm-flexing and overall body-flailing. We even get an amateur karate chop sequence from Los Angeles Lakers' center Robert Sacre.

However, the real winners of this ordeal are the Golden State Warriors, whose jubilant team happiness is littered all throughout the video. Their celebration king, shooting guard Kent Bazemore, has even earned himself a nod in the upcoming 2K Sports basketball game NBA 2K14 for his incredible bench antics Read more...

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Books, You'll Always Have a Place in Our Hearts

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 06:00 PM PDT



It's no surprise that e-books are slowly replacing traditional print books, but that doesn't mean everyone is happy about it. After all, you just don't get that fuzzy feeling cuddling up with an e-reader as you do curling up with a worn-out paperback copy of your favorite novel

In this comic, Grant Snider of Incidental Comics illustrates what the world will miss most about those lovable books when e-readers reign supreme

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

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Movie Poster Debuts on Pinterest

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 05:33 PM PDT


Marvel tossed another Captain America: The Winter Soldier teaser to fans Tuesday, debuting a poster on social bookmarking site Pinterest

In the film, a sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, the serum-enhanced superhero (played by Chris Evans) partners with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) "to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C." It premieres April 4, 2014.

The poster (below) showcases Captain America's battle-scarred shield and comes three months after Marvel shared the movie's first teaser photo (pictured, above). Read more...

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You Can Rent This Incredible Hovercraft Golf Cart Soon

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 05:26 PM PDT


Golf will never be the same

Back in April, we brought you the story of an amazing hovercraft golf cart PGA star Bubba Watson demoed in spectacular fashion. Alas, we noted with some displeasure, the incredible vehicle was just a prototype and not available for public consumption.

Well, all that's about to change

The Windy Knoll Golf Club in Springfield, Ohio, has just bought two of the BW1 contraptions for its customers to use. The course paid $58,000 apiece for the nifty get-arounds and patrons will soon be able to rent them for a yet-to-be-determined rate for select events, SB Nation reports Read more...

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Russia's Floating Nuclear Power Plants Will Power Remote Areas

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 05:01 PM PDT


From cruise ships to oil tankers to houseboats, there's always a way to design a boat to fit our needs. Now, Russia has another iteration to add to the list: a nuclear power plant

That's right. The next nuclear power plant from Russia will float

The ships, which are expected to be fully functional by 2016, are really more like barges that can be towed to and from different destinations. The first ship in the fleet will be called Akademik Lomonosov, weighing in at 21,500 tons with a crew of 69 people.

Each plant contains two naval propulsion reactors and provides up to 70 megawatts of electricity — enough to power a city of 200,000 people. The video above takes you through some of the details Read more...

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PS4 Versus XBox One: The Pseudo-Musical

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 04:30 PM PDT


It's time to pick a side: Xbox One or PlayStation 4? Each console has its pros and cons, but only one can be the greatest gamer device to have ever lived

Antonius and Vijay Nazareth, the brother duo behind mini-musical YouTube channel AVByte, are settling the score with a West Side Story-inspired musical number.

"We're both huge gamers, and we knew we wanted to do something bigger than we had ever done before to address the 'Console Wars,'" Antonius told Mashable. The parody song takes cues from West Side Story's "Tonight Quintet," the scene in which the Sharks and the Jets duke it out Read more...

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New Flying Bicycle Can Soar 4,000 Feet Up in the Sky

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 04:01 PM PDT


Back in June, we brought you news about a Czech prototype for a flying electric bicycle. But now a British company claims to have designed a foldable flying bike that can travel 25 miles per hour — in the air.

London-based XploreAir designed the "Paravelo," a bicycle that transforms into a flying machine. As pictured above, it looks like bike with an attached trailer that holds a flexible wing and a biofuel-powered fan. On land, the Paravelo can travel 15 mph. But once the wing is unfurled and an electric starter motor spurs the powerful fan into action, the bike "can take-off from any open ground clear of obstructions" and fly at speeds up to 25 mph for three hours — the amount of time that its creators estimate for fatigue. Read more...

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30 Photos That Capture the Best Moments of People's Lives

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 03:33 PM PDT


Late Monday night, Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch tweeted, "How many of you have a photograph of the single best moment of your life? If so, what a gift." A flood of people tweeted back at him with photos of them at their happiest

Deitsch's inquiry was inspired by this photo of a fellow sports writer celebrating with his brother, who had just won an NCAA hockey championship at Yale.

Responses to Deitsch's question included everything from proposals, weddings, the birth and adoption of children to beating life-threatening illnesses. Thirty of our favorite emotional tweets are below — and yes, we teared up, just a little, while writing this. Read more...

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Amanda Seyfried Is '70s Porn Star in 'Lovelace' Trailer

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 03:13 PM PDT


We all know the name "Deep Throat," but what do we know about the woman behind the controversial 1972 film that became a pop culture phenomenon?

In Lovelace, Amanda Seyfried takes on the role of the world's first porn star, Linda Lovelace.

The film tells the story of Lovelace's meteoric rise to stardom in the 1970s and how it destroyed her personal life. Peter Sarsgaard plays Lovelace's husband, Chuck Traynor, in what looks like a powerful performance

Amanda Seyfried has covered a lot of ground since we first met her as ditsy but lovable Karen Smith in Mean Girls. Last year she showed off her singing chops as Cosette in the Academy Award nominated film Les Misérables, and now she moves on to a role that some critics at the Sundance film festival have predicted could get her Oscar attention. Read more...

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92% of E-Book Downloads in Russia Are Pirated

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 03:00 PM PDT


E-reading is on the rise in Russia, but piracy remains a big problem for the burgeoning market.

According to figures published by Russia: Beyond the Headlines, 70% of Russians read e-books, nearly a quarter more than the number who did a year ago. Yet 92% of those readers download their books from the Internet for free, compared to around 12% [PDF] in the U.S. (Other estimates place the number even higher, around 95%.) That's all the more surprising given that the average price of an e-book in Russia is relatively cheap, around $3 to $4. That's about half the cost of a hard copy, and just a fraction of the cost of the average e-book in the U.S. Read more...

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iOS 7 is Already Changing: The Differences You Need to Know

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 02:25 PM PDT


On Monday, Apple released the third beta for iOS 7 to developers, which packed a subtle yet important change to the company's mobile operating system: An updated default font.

The first two iOS 7 beta releases featured a brand new default typeface, Helvetica Neue Light for all on-screen text. This is a change from the Helvetica Neue (regular) typeface used in all previous versions of iOS. At larger sizes and in screenshots, Helvetica Neue Light is a great choice. It looks clean and modern. But at small sizes, the font becomes difficult to read.


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Kanye Tweets 'Fuk You' to Culprit Who Leaked Unfinished Music Video

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 02:12 PM PDT


In a brief tongue-lashing on Twitter, outspoken rapper Kanye West blasted the person who leaked his unfinished CGI-heavy music video for "Black Skinhead," confessing it is "heartbreaking" to see the project he's been working on for five months debut this way.

The video (watch below) leaked Monday and, to West's dismay, quickly made the rounds online. When the final version of the "Black Skinhead" video premieres, it will be the first from the 36-year-old rapper's sixth studio album Yeezus, which was released in June.

West is a well-known stickler for preventing leaks, although his protective nature appeared to have changed leading up to the release of Yeezus. At an impromptu Yeezus listening party, which Mashable attended before the album's release, West displayed the surprising nonchalant mentality, saying "this whole process is all about giving no f*cks at all." Read more...

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How Dropbox Plans to Replace Your Hard Drive

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 02:07 PM PDT


Dropbox wants to replace your computer’s hard drive.

During its first annual developer conference Tuesday in San Francisco, the company announced Dropbox Platform, a new suite of tools that simplifies how apps access data stored on the service across different devices and platforms.

With Dropbox Platform, the company hopes to replace saving files with syncing them, offer developers the opportunity to integrate heavily with the service, and allow users to essentially use Dropbox as their hard drive.

One Hard Drive to Rule Them All

Dropbox released the Sync API in February of this year, which simplifies syncing files to Dropbox for developers — dealing with complications like caching and network reliability (or lack thereof) — so developers can focus more on writing code for their specific apps. Read more...

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NASA Unveils Major Plans for 2020 Mars Rover

Posted: 09 Jul 2013 01:52 PM PDT


In what may be NASA's biggest mission of the decade, the agency's next rover will head to Mars in 2020 to collect samples that may one day travel back to Earth

After five months of research and more than 6,000 emails among a team of 19 scientists, NASA released a 154-page report Wednesday outlining its plans for the 2020 rover. The robot will search for signs of past life on Mars and obtain material that will be used in planning future human exploration missions

"[NASA] should only be seeking to answer the biggest questions, and the biggest question of humankind is 'are we alone?'" said Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, in a press conference. Read more...

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