- You Aren't Using These 10 Simple Security Settings
- 10 Weird Japanese Products That Are Actually Kind of Useful
- 18 Digital Dos and Don'ts for Weddings
- Video Captures California Fireworks Accident Which Left 28 Injured
- Watch the Empire State Building's Fourth of July Light Show
- 10 Fourth of July Photos From Mashable Readers
- Michael Jackson Was Top Pick to Star in 'Doctor Who' Film
- Cities Celebrate Social Media Day With Unique Twists
- Ecommerce Site Lets You Search for Clothes by Uploading Photos
- Where to Watch Major Fourth of July Fireworks Shows Online
- 'Anchorman' Stays Classy in 8-Bit Remake
- A New Way to Heal Broken Bones: 3D-Printed Casts
- Vibrating Train Windows Transmit Ads Directly Into Your Head
- Every Weird Johnny Depp Face in Under 2 Minutes
- Iceland's Pirate Party Wants to Make Snowden a Citizen
- Harry Potter's Diagon Alley Is Now on Google Street View
- Hundreds of 'Restore the Fourth' NSA Protestors March in New York City
- Dell Considers Move Into Wearable Computing
- 10 Epic GIFs From Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
- 12 Siblings Who Got the Short End of the Stick
- 7 People Who Think America Turned 2,013 Years Old Today
- 50 Patriotic Facts About the United States
- Vine's iOS Update Unlocks a Whole New Vine Experience
- Watch Fireworks Set Off in Slow-Motion 'Matrix' Style
- 44 Obscure Facts You Didn't Know About U.S. Presidents
- 10 Popular TV Characters Reimagined as American Revolution Figures
- France Accused of Spying on Citizens' Communications
- The 'Father of the Internet' Remembers Douglas Engelbart
- 15 Most-Followed Politicians on Twitter
- Yahoo Buys Xobni and Other News You Need to Know
Posted: 05 Jul 2013 04:11 AM PDT
Online security isn't just a good idea anymore — it's an essential safety measure for anyone using the web
In 2012, Wired senior tech reporter Mat Honan lost more than a year's worth of pictures of his newborn daughter after his Google and Amazon accounts were hacked. Earlier in 2013, the Syrian Electronic Army allegedly hacked the Twitter accounts of The Financial Times, E! Online and The Associated Press.
In response to such attacks, Internet companies are increasingly moving toward two-step verification policies. This feature, also known as "two-factor authentication," requires a user to enter a security code in addition to her password when logging in from an unrecognized device. The security code is usually sent via text to her mobile device. Read more...More about Mobile, Apps, Security, Social Media, and Features
Posted: 05 Jul 2013 03:31 AM PDT
Japan has a reputation for producing some downright weird stuff
In fact, the word "chindogu" even refers to inventions that are technically practical, but utterly eccentric in their execution. These products are so bizarre, they're not actually meant to be produced
But many questionably useful Japanese products actually exist in circulation, and we're defending some of the "strange" ones. Sure, they may be a bit excessive — but useless? Not quite
1. Banana Keeper
Image courtesy of Daiso
Have you ever experienced a squished banana at the bottom of your bag? Not fun. Not fun at all. Read more...More about Lists, Japan, Humor, Weird, and Weird Stuff
Posted: 05 Jul 2013 02:08 AM PDT
When it comes to technology, though, wedding etiquette gets hazy
However, it's possible to tastefully incorporate technology. We've rounded up the best and worst uses of technology when it comes to tying the knot. Let us know the worst tech wedding fails or best social media wedding ideas you've seen in the comments section below Read more...
1. DON'T: Vent on social media.More about Wedding, Social Media, Tips, Tech, and Conversations
Posted: 05 Jul 2013 01:47 AM PDT
A YouTube video has captured the fireworks accident in Simi Valley, Calif., which reportedly left at least 28 people injured, four of them seriously
According to ABC News, the "unintended" detonation ended up shooting fireworks into a crowd during the Fourth of July celebration
YouTube user Tim Pietrolungo has captured the entire incident from a high vantage point. The video clearly shows some of the fireworks shooting horizontally and exploding at ground level
A police investigation is ongoing. "We're still in the process of sorting out exactly what happened and treating the injured and evacuating them to area hospitals," said John Parks, the watch commander at the Simi Valley police department. Read more...More about California, Accident, Fireworks, Youtube, and Us World
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 11:51 PM PDT
During yesterday's 4th of July celebration, NYC's Empire State Building had another chance to show off its new lighting system.
The LED lights, first showcased in November 2012, were created by Philips Color Kinetics. The system can display 16 million colors, and is capable of showing effects such as ripples, cross-fades, sparkles, chasers, sweeps, strobes and bursts.
As you can see, nearly all effects and a lot of colors were on display on 4th of July. The video above uses a different song than the one that accompanied the light show, but it captured the visuals rather nicely. Check it out (above) and tell us how you liked the light show in the comments! Read more...More about 4th Of July, Empire State Building, Us World, Us, and Light Show
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 11:32 PM PDT
Meat, sweets and fireworks dominated your photo submissions for the Fourth of July.
Many Mashable readers — who spent the holiday basking in the sun's glow, captured images of their Independence Day — and sent them our way via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine, along with the hashtag #Social4th.
Relive the United States' 237th birthday by flipping through the gallery, above. Then feel free to add your contributions in the commentsPhotos, Independence Day, Fourth Of July, Social Media, and Facebook
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 10:34 PM PDT
David Tennant, Matt Smith, Tom Baker — these are the famous names that have become synonymous with BBC's popular sci-fi series, Doctor Who. Improbably, another well-known figure could have been added to this list: Michael Jackson.
In the late 1980s, the King of Pop was Paramount Pictures' top pick for the lead role in a Doctor Who movie. What's more, if Jackson wasn't available, Bill Cosby was the studio's second pick to play the alien time traveler
While both casting choices may seem odd now, they were not actually that outlandish, as Jackson was at the height of his fame, and just coming off the success of American anthology film, Moonwalker. For his part, Cosby was dominating television with The Cosby Show. Read more...More about Michael Jackson, Doctor Who, Entertainment, and Film
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 10:27 PM PDT
Social Media Day is a global event that celebrates the technologies that connect us across the world. This year, events took place on six continents, all in the spirit of the ways social media changes our lives and empowers us to do good.
Each year, the Social Media Day celebrations get increasingly creative. This year, many cities found ways to take advantage of the day's growing popularity by taking unique approaches to their events. Below, we assembled a Storify with photos from some of these events across the globe. From a scavenger hunt in Cork, Ireland to a massive sidewalk chalk drawing in Windsor, Ontario, we loved seeing how people came together Read more...More about Social Networking, Social Media, Social Media Day, Smday, and Pics
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 07:49 PM PDT
For ladies and gents looking to spruce up their wardrobe, a new social ecommerce platform lets users upload photos of a specific item of clothing, and then provides a results page that includes matches for that specific outfit
SEE ALSO: 7 Tablet Apps for Shopaholics
In addition to the reverse image-search feature, O'Share users can create lists of clothing and accessories, and they can like, share and comment on those items. (Check out the video, above, for more details.) Once the site is fully functional, users will reportedly be able to browse and buy products from Rakuten's online store. Read more...More about Fashion, Clothing, E Commerce, Dresses, and Newsy
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 05:23 PM PDT
If you can't go outside to see fireworks in person, are based in a town with a fire ban or live abroad, major Fourth of July fireworks shows from around the U.S. are being streamed online Thursday night.
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 05:02 PM PDT
Ron Burgundy is still in a glass case of emotion, but now that case is made in 8-bit
In a new video, YouTuber CineFix gives Anchorman the old-school gaming treatment, which perfectly matches the cult film's retro world
It manages to recap the film's entire plot in only three minutes, so fans can easily catch up on all of Burgundy's antics before Anchorman 2 debuts this December
And don't forget: You can "stay classy" in 8-bit, tooViral Videos, Movies, Will Ferrell, 8 Bit, and Film
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 03:55 PM PDT
Breaking a bone is unpleasant all around — and having to wear a smelly, clunky plaster cast is like getting kicked when you're down. At least, that's how Jake Evill felt after breaking his hand. He told Wired that his plaster cast felt "archaic."
Evill, a recent graduate of Victoria University in New Zealand, wants to update the process of healing of broken limbs with something a little more modern: 3D printing
Evill created the Cortex cast, a breathable, lightweight, recyclable and washable exoskeleton that mimics the body's trabecular, the small honeycomb-like structure that makes up your inner bone structure Read more...More about Medicine, 3d Printers, 3d Printing, Tech, and Newsy
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 02:41 PM PDT
Billboards. Radio ads. Pop-up banners. You see and hear advertising everywhere these days, and a new concept literally bring ads into your skull.
Sleepy commuters in Germany, who rest their heads on public train windows, have recently gotten a surprise when they heard an ad that no one else can, as explained in the video above. They're not dreaming: a transmitter on trains in Munich and North Rhine-Westphalia sends high-frequency vibrations to the windowpane, which a person can hear through bone conduction.
This ad campaign by agency BBDO in Dusseldorf, Germany, was launched with prototypes on behalf of broadcasting company Sky Deutschland, back in January. The ad that plays to a person's inner ear is about Sky’s new mobile app. Read more...More about Advertising, Germany, Trains, Bbdo, and Business
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 02:09 PM PDT
It's pretty much a universal truth that Johnny Depp has a beautiful face. But he can certainly contort it into some seriously goofy (and frightening) guises
This ScreenJunkies supercut highlights the best of Depp's kooky faces, highlighting everything from his early flicks like Edward Scissorhands to blockbusters like Pirates of the Caribbean and Oscar contenders like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
So grab some popcorn and reminiscence over the dozens of awkward expressions Depp has graced the silver screen with Read more...More about Film, Watercooler, and Videos
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 01:38 PM PDT
Members of Iceland's Pirate Party have introduced a bill that would grant Edward Snowden Icelandic citizenship. This would protect him from extradition to the United States should he make it to the North Atlantic country and receive asylum there.
Snowden is currently stuck in a legal limbo at the transit center in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport. The U.S. has revoked his American passport, making him largely unable to enter Russia or fly elsewhere. Snowden has made asylum requests to 21 countries, including Iceland, though none of his requests have been granted so far. Most countries require an asylum applicant to be in the country before asylum can be given. Read more...More about Iceland, Us World, Us, World, and Edward Snowden
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 01:18 PM PDT
The shops of Diagon Alley from Harry Potter are now on Google Maps' Street View.
It's no Marauder's Map, but Google now lets you explore the set of Diagon Alley from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. In Street View mode, you can see 360-degree images of Ollivanders Wand Shop, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes joke shop and Mr. Mulpepper’s Apothecary.
The Diagon Alley set brings to life the shop setting from J.K. Rowling's legendary Harry Potter series of seven best-selling books, which grew into a successful eight-movie franchise. Warner Bros. Studio Tour says the Diagon Alley set took more than three months to build, and it took six months to create over 20,000 products to put on the shops' shelves. Read more...More about Google Maps, Google Street View, Warner Bros, Harry Potter, and London
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 12:34 PM PDT
Approximately 300 protestors demonstrating against the National Security Administration's surveillance programs marched three miles from New York City's Union Square south to Federal Hall onThursday. The march was one of 50 such protests organized in cities across the country
The Restore the Fourth protests originated on Reddit less than a month ago. The name is a reference to the Fourth Amendment, which protects American citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures. Many of the protestors said the NSA's surveillance programs violate that amendment.Privacy, July 4th, Fourth Of July, Us World, and Politics
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 12:17 PM PDT
Dell is considering a move into wearable computing, a potential growth area that might offset sinking PC sales.
The company is "exploring ideas in that space," Sam Burd, Dell's global vice president of personal computing, told The Guardian. "Looking ahead five years, we expect devices and form factors to continue to change. There will still be a need for 'static' computing on desktops, but there will be a real need for mobile devices. There's a lot of discussion about how that fits into wearable devices like we've seen with Google Glass and watches. We're looking at a world of lots of connected devices." Read more...More about Dell, Business, Apps Software, Gadgets, and Pebble
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 12:05 PM PDT
The annual eating competition challenges participants to eat as many hot dogs as possible in a 10-minute time period, in front of millions of ESPN viewers and a live audience on Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y.
On Thursday afternoon, Joey Chestnut, 29, was crowned the winner of the men's competition for the seventh year in a row. The San Jose, Calif., native ate an impressive 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Earlier in the women's competition, Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, Va., won with 36.75 hot dogs. Read more...More about Contest, 4th Of July, Summer, Espn, and Independence Day
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 11:30 AM PDT
Those who grew up with brothers and sisters know it's all about fairness. Who got the larger slice of cake? Who took the car on Saturday night? Who picked the TV show everyone watched?
In most of these instances, one sibling triumphed. We've compiled 12 instances that will make you feel better about your own sibling quibbles — or perhaps dredge up bad memories.
Image courtesy of Imgur, dielorn
Image courtesy of Imgur, Mepikuphevythngsgud
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4.Pics, Lists, Family, Humor, and Relationships
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 10:12 AM PDT
If we're focusing on the positive then let's just say that there are a lot of very patriotic people on Twitter
But if we're being a tad bit critical (as all Americans should be), there are also a lot of people on Twitter who are unaware about U.S. history, the general calendar system and all things reality. Those people have sponsored today's post with their witless tweets proclaiming a "happy 2013th birthday" to America
Sorry birthday celebrators, America only turned a cool 237 today (2,013 minus 1776 — the year Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence). But a few enthusiastic patriots got a little confused, leading to an all out Twitter fail this holiday Read more...More about July 4, Fourth Of July, Watercooler, and Conversations
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 09:58 AM PDT
It's the land of the free and the home of the brave. From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters, this land was made for you and me.
So, you know the lyrics to "This Land is Your Land" — but how much do you really know about the states we call home sweet home? This Independence Day, brush up on your U.S. history with 50 facts about the grand ol' United States from list-maker extrodinaire Mental Floss
Afterward, we promise you'll have a greater appreciation for each state's quirks — including the National Hobo Convention in Iowa Read more...More about Viral Videos, Holidays, 4th Of July, Facts, and July 4
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 09:21 AM PDT
Among other enhancements, a number of Twitter features are now available within the app, as well as a few new features — including a dramatic update to the app's camera — which, in many ways, make Vine feel like a totally new app.
I took the new version of Vine out for a spin and walked away impressed with many of the new features.
New Camera Tools
If you’ve been using Vine for a while, especially to create stop-motion videos, the new camera features will wow you. Read more...More about Twitter, Itunes, App, Vine, and Ios
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 09:08 AM PDT
What do fireworks look like when they're filmed at 240 frames per second? Glad you asked
Jeremiah Warren used a GoPro Hero3 camera attached to a ceiling fan to simulate a famous scene in The Matrix in which Neo (Keanu Reeves) dodges a series of bullets. The result is a fireworks show like you've never seen before
Best of all, as Warren details in his blog, his experiment only cost around $50. For a full explanation, watch the video below.
Happy Fourth of July!
Image courtesy of YouTube, Jeremiah Warren Read more...More about Viral Videos, Fireworks, Fourth Of July, Watercooler, and Videos
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 08:29 AM PDT
Which president enjoyed skinny-dipping in the Potomac River? Who let their alligators run rampant through the White House? Who whipped out his — well, let's just say you probably didn't learn these facts in history class.
In honor of Independence Day, we've gathered a star-spangled list of facts about all 44 Presidents of the United States.
Scroll through the list to find out more about those who make us proud to be Americans, and then share your favorite fun fact in the comments below.
1. George WashingtonPics, United States, Lists, History, and Fourth Of July
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 08:02 AM PDT
"Some of [the matches] were pretty easy," The Connectivist's Benjamin Plackett told Mashable. "Molly Pitcher was easy because there was only really Khaleesi [a.k.a. Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones] who matches up to that, the idea that her husband died and then she took up her husband's cause." Read more...More about Tv, Mad Men, True Blood, July 4, and Fourth Of July
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 07:40 AM PDT
French newspaper Le Monde accused France's government of illegally monitoring citizens' internal and external communications in a report Thursday
Le Monde immediately compared the French program to the recently revealed PRISM surveillance program in the United States. The report says France's Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) collects metadata from citizens' phone calls and emails — but not the content of the messages — to visualize communications inside and outside the country.
In its report, Le Monde cited a mixture of anonymous internal sources and public reports. DGSE officials said the surveillance practices are legal, which the newspaper disputes. Read more...More about Privacy, France, Prism, Us World, and World
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 07:31 AM PDT
Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse who died on Wednesday at the age of 88, had tremendous influence over many of the computing technologies we now take for granted. There aren't many people with similar esteem, but Vint Cerf, often called the "father of the Internet" (along with his colleague, Bob Kahn) for his pioneering work on computer networks, is one of them.
Cerf worked directly with Engelbart in developing the ARPANET, the predecessor to the Internet that established many of its basic technologies. He sent Mashable his thoughts on the passing of his friend and colleague: Read more...More about Internet, Darpa, Arpanet, Tech, and Dev Design
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 07:14 AM PDT
When it comes to politicians, we don't always love what they have to tweet about — but it's a pretty direct way of obtaining information straight from their offices. Below, find 15 politicians with the highest follower counts (POTUS dominates the lead by almost 30 million).
Position: President of the United States
More about Twitter, World, Social Media, Barack Obama, and Features
Posted: 04 Jul 2013 06:34 AM PDT
Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.
Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. A group called Restore the Fourth is organizing street demonstrations across the country to rally against recently revealed NSA surveillance programsTwitter is revamping its ads to bring users more relevant promoted tweets. And Yahoo acquired San Francisco-based email management startup Xobni ("inbox" spelled backward) for upward of $30 million.
Check out the video above for more on these stories. Read more...More about Yahoo, Twitter, Features, Xobni, and 4th Of July
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