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My Neighbor's Using Water in a Drought! Quick, Someone Yell at Him! -
Faced with one of the state's worst droughts on record, some Californians have taken extreme measures to force their neighbors to use less water: publicly shaming them on social media, using the hashtag #DroughtShaming The trend does not have the backing of water authorities, however. State officials told Mashable they would much rather residents anonymously report each other to their local water board. See also: California Drought Causes Largest Water Loss in State History Last week, the California Water Resources Control Board announced an unprecedented emergency regulation to crack down on excessive outdoor water use: For at least the next 270 days, residents would be subject to $500-per-day fines for washing down driveways and sidewalks, watering lawns and other landscapes, or turning on outdoor fountains (unless the water is recirculated) Read more... More about Twitter, Us World, Us, and California Drought - Blog Profit Expert
New App or New Ad? Instagram Teases Us With Bolt -
What exactly does Facebook have up its sleeve? An ad for a new app called Bolt mysteriously appeared on Instagram on Wednesday. Android users reported seeing a new banner-style app-install ad on on the service, according to TechCrunch, which featured a "one tap photo messaging" app called Bolt. See also: 11 Creepiest Things You Can Do on Instagram The ad included what appeared to be an install button similar to the app-install ads from your Facebook News Feed The button was a dead link, however, and the ads were removed shortly after they appeared, according to The Verge. "We don’t have anything to share right now," an Instagram spokesperson told Mashable. Read more... More about Facebook, Bolt, Instagram, Social Media, and Apps Software - Blog Profit Expert
DreamWorks Animation Kicks Off Comic-Con With 'Home,' 'Penguins' -
DreamWorks Animation kicked off Comic-Con 2014 with an exclusive look at Home, bringing out Tim Johnson, who directed the 'toon due out in March 2015, and Jim Parsons, who voices the main character, for the first panel of 2014. DWA brought Craig Ferguson to San Diego to moderate its panels Thursday, which included The Penguins of Madagascar. "I am here because I am frightened of (DreamWorks Animation CEO) Jeffrey Katzenberg," Ferguson quipped, among the first of many big laughs The Late Late Show host would get in Hall H. SEE ALSO: What's Cool and New at Comic-Con's Preview Night: A Look Inside Read more... More about Movies, Comic Con, Entertainment, Film, and Benedict Cumberbatch - Blog Profit Expert
The Insider's Guide to Comic-Con -
Holy sculpted chest plate, Batman — it's here Comic-Con 2014 is officially upon us. But are you ready? See also: 18 Pieces of Sage Wisdom From Batman Take a look at our insider's guide up top. And don't forget to subscribe to Mashable on YouTube for more videos like this BONUS: 5 Biggest Moments in Comic-Con History Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Entertainment, Gaming, Videos, Film, and Comic Con - Blog Profit Expert
'The Coalition Has Fallen Apart': Ukraine's Prime Minister Resigns -
DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk tendered his resignation abruptly on Thursday after two parties abandoned the ruling coalition in parliament, a move that would allow President Petro Poroshenko to call early parliamentary elections. Addressing lawmakers inside Kiev’s Verkhovna Rada, Yatsenyuk said he was relinquishing his post because parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws. “The fact is that the coalition has fallen apart, that laws haven’t been voted on, that soldiers can’t be paid, that there is no money to buy rifles, that there is no possibility to fill gas storages,” Yatsenyuk said, according to Interfax news agency Read more... More about Us World, World, and Ukraine - Blog Profit Expert
Turbo the Tiny, Two-Legged Chihuahua Uses a Wheelchair Made From Toys -
Turbo the teensy, two-legged chihuahua has a new set of wheels thanks to some creative engineering. Staff at the Downtown Veterinarian in Indianapolis, Indiana built the disabled puppy a make-shift wheelchair using parts of a deconstructed toy helicopter and a toy welding kit See also: 10 Dogs That Will Break Your Heart, Then Make You Smile Turbo came into the practice's care two weeks ago when a couple brought him in wrapped in a towel. Their chihuahua had given birth to a litter of pups, and Turbo was the only one with this particular genetic defect. They'd visited multiple veterinarians who said they couldn't help, and were beginning to lose hope. Read more... More about Pics, Dogs, Cute, Cute Animals, and Watercooler - Blog Profit Expert
Walking Dead's Norman Reedus Talks Comic-Con, 'GoT' and Emmy Snubs -
Zombies on the set of The Walking Dead come alive in the most flattering way when the cameras aren't filming them. Norman Reedus, who stars as the popular crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon, has on a few occasions caught them mimicking his behaviors "After the scenes, I’ll walk over to them and be like, ‘What were you doing over there?’ And they'll say, ‘Actually, I cosplay as Daryl Dixon quite a bit so I was just trying to get your movements down,’" Reedus told Mashable. "It’s crazy. I love it." See also: Walter White Battles Rick Grimes in 'Breaking Bad' vs. 'Walking Dead' Rap So it should be no surprise when a few Daryl Dixons walk up to him at Comic-Con San Diego, which started Wednesday. Maybe one will even win the "King and Queen of Cosplay" contest he's part of with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and Courtyard Hotels at Petco Park Read more... More about Entertainment, Tv, Comic Con, Walking Dead, and Cosplay - Blog Profit Expert
Iraq Now Censoring Websites Critical of Government -
As the terrorist group known as the Islamic State began its march through Iraq, the government tried to answer both on the ground and online, blocking large social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But now, Iraq seems to be taking advantage of the turmoil to censor websites critical of the central governmentAl Jazeera and Al Arabiya have been blocked for weeks, and the government is also blocking smaller sites as well. In the meantime, sites affiliated with the Islamic State, also referred to as IS, or ISIL, remain largely accessible, according to researchers who have been monitoring Internet censorship in Iraq since the crisis began. Read more... More about Censorship, Iraq, Internet Freedom, Us World, and World - Blog Profit Expert
Kristen Bell Sings for a Minimum Wage Increase as Mary Poppins -
It seems not even the magic of Mary Poppins can solve living below the poverty line. In this political Funny or Die parody, Kristen Bell channels the legendary Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins. She's not here to sing about spoonfuls of sugar, but rather for an increase the federal minimum wage. And we can all probably agree that Poppins deserves a raise. See also: 14 Disney Movies Made Better Out of Context At least the parody solves the one Mary Poppins mystery: She buys all her magic birds in bulk from Mexico. BONUS: 5 Facts You Didn't Know About Disney Read more... More about Video, Viral Videos, Funny Or Die, Disney, and Parody - Blog Profit Expert
Creating a Fake Person Shows How Digital Anonymity Is Nearly Impossible -
On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio. Inside was a blank thank-you note and an Ohio state driver’s license. The ID belonged to a 28-year-old man called Aaron Brown — 6 feet tall and 160 pounds with a round face, scruffy brown hair, a thin beard and green eyes. His most defining feature, however, was that he didn't exist. I know that because I created him. As an artist, I've long been interested in identity and the ways it is represented. My first serious body of work, Springfield, used the concept of a Midwestern nowhere to explore representations of middle-American sprawl. A few years later, I became interested in the hundreds of different entities that track and analyze our behavior online — piecing together where we’re from, who we’re friends with, how much money we make, what we like and dislike. Social networks and data brokers use algorithms and probabilities to reconstruct our identities, and then try to... - Blog Profit Expert
Start a Prank War in Cartoon Network's Latest iOS Game -
Cartoon Network has just unleashed another iOS game based on its popular anything-but-regular animated show, Regular Show. The new game is none other than The Great Prank War. As shown in the trailer below, The Great Prank War begins with East Pines manager Gene wanting to win the prank war and take over the Regular Show protagonists' park after he takes possession of a time machine. Now, the future of the besieged park lies in the pranks of Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man and Skips. The Great Prank War lets you play as any of the Regular Show heroes and pull pranks on Gene and his minions in order to reclaim the local park. Read more... More about Pranks, Cartoon Network, Ios Games, Entertainment, and Gaming - Blog Profit Expert
'Extant' Episode 3 Recap: The Secret's Out -
If episode 3 is any indication, Extant is emerging as a series that deftly juggles out-of-this-world sci-fi spookiness, alongside relatable human problems While viewers see Molly Woods (Halle Berry) grapple with visions of her dead former lover Marcus Dawkins (Sergio Harford), crop circle-esque rings popping up from under her skin and searing stomach pains, we are also privy to the challenges of her home life. For instance, Molly's struggle to reconnect with her humanoid-robot son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon), is reminiscent of the difficulties some parents face when raising non-birth (e.g. adopted or foster) children Read more... More about Cbs, Television, Entertainment, Tv, and Halle Berry - Blog Profit Expert
Jimmy Kimmel Proves No One Understands Smartwatches -
So what do you think of Apple's new smartwatch? Oh, haven't seen it? Of course not — it hasn't been released yet But people on Hollywood Boulevard are blissfully unaware of that factJimmy Kimmel and his team (as per usual) pranked pedestrians by trying to pass off a $20 Casio watch as the new Apple iTime. And they loved it "It's kind of, like, old school, but still in style." Sure. Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright Turn and Face the Music Finally, a Movie That Panders to '90s Kids 'I'm on Vacation' Is Your New Anti-Work Summer Anthem 20 Pounds Thinner, Jake Gyllenhaal Works Butt Off in 'Nightcrawler' Trailer Read more... More about Viral Videos, Apple, Jimmy Kimmel, Tv, and Gadgets - Blog Profit Expert
European Regulators Chide Google Over 'Right to be Forgotten' -
European regulators are not happy with the way Google has handled the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling. In May, the European Court of Justice ruled that citizens had a right to ask search engines to have links to outdated, irrelevant or misleading information about them removed. Since then, Google has complied with the ruling creating a web form to request a link removal and trying to draw as much public attention to the issue as possible, even publicly criticizing the ruling. See also: What Europe's 'Right to Be Forgotten' Means for Google (and You) On Thursday, Cristopher Graham, Britain's Information Commissioner, said that he expects a "tsunami" of requests. And referring to Google, added that "the polluter pays, the polluter should clear up." Read more... More about Google, Europe, Privacy, Media, and Us World - Blog Profit Expert
The 50 Best Swimming Cities in the U.S. -
Get your goggles bathing suit, it's time to go for a dip in America's top swim cities According to a new study commissioned by USA Swimming and Speedo, the following cities are the most swim-friendly in the United States See also: Top 10 Water Parks for a Wet Hot American Summer The scoring was based upon the percentage of active swimmers in the area, the number of swim clubs, accessible pools and top-level swimmers from the area relative to the population. Topping off the list is Ann-Arbor, Michigan. Despite the city's lack of swim-worthy weather for the majority of the year, the area has produced more than 60 Olympian swimmers. Read more... More about Travel, Lists, Lifestyle, Watercooler, and Travel Leisure - Blog Profit Expert
Location, Location, Location: Why Place Matters for a Small Business -
Permits. Contracts. Licensing. Zoning. As if starting your own business and projecting sales weren't hard enough already, setting up shop in major cities also calls for an abundance of paperwork and bureaucratic hurdles, often unforeseen and potentially detrimental. In this next episode of Setting Up Shop, Azalina and Stephen discuss the importance of finding the right location — and how the city can help or hinder the entrepreneurial journey. In case you missed it, previous episodes of this series are below: Episode 1: Meet Stephen Episode 2: Meet Azalina Be sure to check out the show on our Mashable Originals YouTube channel. Read more... More about Business, Small Business, Mashable Videos, Supported, and Setting Up Shop - Blog Profit Expert
Humans Mimic Facial Expressions From Certain Robots -
Without thinking, humans tend to mimic the facial expressions of others. When other individuals smile, people smile and feel warmth. When others frown, people frown and share their sadness. This empathetic response is so strong that people might even instinctively copy the facial expressions of creepy robots, a new study suggests. Researchers observed how students interacted with a robot made to look like physicist Albert Einstein to explore the phenomenon of facial mimicry. This instinctive human quirk, also observed in chimps, causes individuals to subconsciously mimic each other's facial expressions. Read more... More about Robots, Mimic, Face Detection, Dev Design, and Us World - Blog Profit Expert
Google Chromecast Turns 1, Hits 400 Million 'Casts' Milestone -
Google's media streaming gadget Chromecast launched one year ago Thursday, and to celebrate its big birthday, the company announced an impressive stat: It has streamed more than 400 million casts and sold "millions" of devices. The Chromecast, a dongle which "casts" (or streams) online videos from your tablet, smartphone or computer to HDTVs, has added hundreds of apps in the past year, including HBO Go, ESPN, PBS Kids, Gooogle+ Photos and Hulu See also: 7 Reasons 2013 Was the Year of Google More than 6,000 developers are actively developing apps for the device across Android, iOS and Chrome, Google said. One incentive for investing in the device is Chromecast's $35 retail cost, which puts it ahead of its pricier competitors like the $100 Apple TV and the $50 Roku. Other features the device has added in the past year include mirroring and the ability to stream content from a central TV to multiple phones using ultrasonic sound. Read more... More about Google, Media Streaming, Tech,... - Blog Profit Expert
Snoopy's Latest Playground Is 'We Heart It' -
Snoopy is branching out on social media and taking his sister, Belle, with him. The iconic Peanuts character is joining an expanding list of brands on the small but growing social network We Heart It. We Heart It, which reports 30 million members and recently added ads, is something of the social media lovechild between Instagram and Pinterest. It has the artsy images of the former and the grid-style pinup board of the latter. It differs from most networks, where hateful comments seem to inevitably bubble up, focusing on more positive imagery and banning comments of any kind. See also: 14 Simple Ways Peanuts Taught Us What Love Is Read more... More about Entertainment, Tv, Peanuts, and We Heart It - Blog Profit Expert
Chief Happiness Officers Could End Up Making Employees Miserable -
Happiness isn’t something you find, or work toward — it’s something you buy and have delivered. Or at least that’s the premise of one of the newest jobs over in the C-suite. Now, alongside the CEO, CFO and their ilk, we have the CHO, or chief happiness officer. As the name clearly suggests, the CHO is responsible for the contentment of individual employees, sort of like an HR manager, but on steroids; the theory goes that happy workers are productive workers, so happiness turns out to be in the company’s best interest. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many CHOs reside in Silicon Valley — both at startups and more blue chip tech companies. Read more... More about Privacy, Business Productivity, Happiness, Business, and Jobs - Blog Profit Expert
Why Killing the Check-In Was the Wrong Move for Foursquare -
The Foursquare check-in officially is no more. The newly revamped Foursquare is now a Yelp-like local discovery app, while check-ins have been relegated to Swarm But the transition to Swarm, which first launched in May, has not been an easy one for Foursquare's base. See also: Swarm, Foursquare's Other Half, Takes Over the Check-In For his part, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley is confident the new Foursquare-Swarm combination is the right model for the now five-year-old company that pioneered the check-in "In the first two quarters of this year, we'll make more money than we did all of last year," Crowley predicted at a ReadWriteWeb event in San Francisco last month. Read more... More about Tech, Swarm, Foursquare, Location Based Service, and Apps Software - Blog Profit Expert
Finally, a Movie That Panders to '90s Kids -
Get ready to kick your nostalgia into overdrive There are no shortage of '80s and '90s toy-themed movies like The Lego Movie and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hitting theaters, but this parody trailer from The Wil Wheaton Project tops them all. As Wil Wheaton commented on YouTube, "We at the Wil Wheaton Project believe it's finally time for the most pandering nostalgia film of all time!" 'I'm on Vacation' Is Your New Anti-Work Summer Anthem The Confusing and Crappy World of Hip Bathroom Signs Queen's Guard Plays a Regal 'Game of Thrones' Cover Conan, Dave Franco Try (and Fail) to Find Love on Tinder Read more... More about Viral Videos, 90s, Nostalgia, Watercooler, and Videos - Blog Profit Expert
GM Expects to Pay at Least $400 Million to Ignition Switch Victims -
General Motors has finally given an estimate for how much it plans to pay victims of its faulty ignition switch GM revealed in its second quarter earnings report Thursday that it expects to pay at least $400 million for a compensation program for the defective ignition switch that resulted in dozens of crashes and 13 deaths. See also: GM Issues 60th Recall, Bringing Year's Total to 29.7 Million "There is no cap on this program, but this charge is the company’s best estimate of the amounts that may be paid to claimants," GM said in its earnings report, noting the amount could increase by another $200 million. Read more... More about Stocks, General Motors, Business, and Recalls - Blog Profit Expert
'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer Gives Steamy First Look at Romance -
The trailer for the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey has dropped and — no surprise here — it's a steamy one We get a first look as innocent college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) gets involved in a sadistic love affair with bad boy billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). And then, the moment we've all been waiting for: a glimpse at Grey's "red room of pain." See also: The First Look at Christian Grey in the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Johnson and Dornan appeared on The Today Show Thursday to premiere the trailer and discuss the process of filming the sex scenes Read more... More about Viral Videos, Films, Beyonce, Film Trailers, and Entertainment - Blog Profit Expert
How to Reclaim Your Goals When the Path to Success Gets Foggy -
I want to have an extraordinary career — and really make an impact inside my company, and out in the world. But there are so many little things that need to get done every day. It’s so hard to stay focused on the big picture. Sound like you? If so, I can relate. In running my own business, I know how challenging it can be to get all of the “little things” done, while still making progress toward your bigger, more meaningful career goals. Some days, it can feel like you’re drowning in minutia, totally disconnected from the “bigger work” that you feel called to do! It’s a frustrating feeling — and all of that fretting can seriously stifle your productivity. But you can overcome it — it just takes a little strategy. Here’s how to get re-focused on the big stuff, while still getting everything else done. Read more... More about Discovery, Success, Business, Jobs, and Career Advice - Blog Profit Expert
How Many Yelp Reviews Say 'YOLO'? Its New Trends Tool Shows You -
If you've ever wondered when kale became popular, Yelp's new tool may have the answer. The premise of Yelp Trends, which debuted on Thursday, is simple: It tracks the popularity of search topics over a 10-year span, honoring the company's 10-year anniversary. See also: How to Spot a Fake Online Review "It's something that we built in-house and it's pretty straightforward," Eric Singley, Yelp's vice president of mobile and consumer products, told Mashable. "You type in a word and we just grasp the frequency of that word as it appears in our reviews over time." The concept was born at Yelp's hackathon several years ago, when some engineers and a data scientist developed the concept of pulling key words from Yelp's 57 million-plus reviews. Singley says plans are not in the works to make Yelp Trends a marketing tool. Read more... More about Trends, Reviews, Yelp, Business, and Apps Software - Blog Profit Expert
Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright Turn and Face the Music -
Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright boast many talents, including improv dancing. The Tonight Show host and House of Cards star practiced their spontaneous line delivery, followed by unexpected dance breaks, ranging in musical stylings from Lil John's "Turn Down for What" to traditional line dancing. At least we know that if either of their respective shows get cancelled, they'll have a successful improv theatre/dance career. 'I'm on Vacation' Is Your New Anti-Work Summer Anthem 20 Pounds Thinner, Jake Gyllenhaal Works Butt Off in 'Nightcrawler' Trailer It's Wednesday, So Here's a Deer Licking a Camera Army of Baes Invades Pharrell's 'Come Get It Bae' Music Video Read more... More about Viral Videos, Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show, Entertainment, and Tv - Blog Profit Expert
What's Cool and New at Comic-Con's Preview Night: A Look Inside -
Comic-Con's buzzy, newsy movie panels really get cranking on Thursday, starting with a morning session for DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures in the afternoon But Wednesday night had its own special place in the Comic-Con universe. Preview Night is all about roaming the more than 600,000 square feet of the main floor at San Diego's Convention Center in search of freebies, sneak peeks and shiny objects to fill up your camera's memory card. See also: Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here's What You'll See This Year The cosplayers don't generally come out on Preview Night — they tend to emerge as the weekend approaches — but really, its purpose is for badge holders to marvel at all enormous displays that brands, movie studios and TV networks have erected to attract attention at the 'Con before the homemade costumes steal the show. Read more... More about Movies, Photos, Comic Con, Entertainment, and Film - Blog Profit Expert
Rebel Commander Backpedals After Admitting Fighters Had Missile System in Ukraine -
DONETSK, Ukraine — In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Russian-backed Vostok Battalion, admitted that rebels possessed a BUK missile system — the same system Kiev and Western intelligence agencies say downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine “I knew that a BUK came from Luhansk. At the time I was told that a BUK from Luhansk was coming under the flag of the LNR,” Reuters quoted him as saying, referring to the Luhansk People’s Republic, one of two rebel strongholds in eastern Ukraine. They also control the eastern region of Donetsk. See also: The Nightmare Ukraine Has Been Living for Months Read more... More about Russia, Us World, World, Ukraine, and Mh17 - Blog Profit Expert
How Apple Is Forging Deeper Connections Between Desktop and Mobile -
In our latest Ask a Dev video, iOS engineer John McIntosh discusses how Continuity will work in iOS 8 and Yosemite Continuity is one of the biggest new features that Apple announced at this year's WWDC, and it gives a look into their entire product vision. For Mac OS fans, it’s reassuring to see Apple focus on integrating the desktop with mobile, rather than merging both into a single platform. See also: The Mac Never Looked So Good: OS X Yosemite Beta From Handoff that will allow you to easily share documents between devices, to SMS and calls right from a Mac — Continuity looks to bring ease to the multi-device lifestyle Read more... More about Videos, Apple, Tech, Mac Os, and Apps Software - Blog Profit Expert
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