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Obama Will Attend UN Climate Summit in New York - http://mashable.com/2014...
President Obama will attend the high-level climate change "summit" that the United Nations plans to hold in New York on September 23, the White House said on Friday. The summit falls during the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting as well as the yearly Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York, which both attract world leaders. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will lead the summit, which aims to build momentum toward a new global climate treaty when negotiators meet a year later in Paris. The U.N. has also invited other leaders, including mayors of cities worldwide and business interests, to attend the meeting and make new commitments to addressing global warming Read more... More about Obama, Global Warming, Un, Us World, and Politics
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Drought-Stricken Southwest Has Lost a 'Shocking' Amount of Its Precious Groundwater - http://mashable.com/2014...
THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, Colorado — Even in mid-summer, the air is cold and restless atop the dividing line that separates the Colorado River watershed to the west from the drainage basins that eventually feed into the Mississippi River to the east Above the tree line in Rocky Mountain National Park, flowers have bloomed but are stunted, clinging to the surface to anchor themselves against the constant, battering windsPikas, which look like a cross between a chipmunk and a marmot, thrive at these cold, high altitudes, darting in and out of rock formations to the delight of summer tourists See also: California Drought Causes Largest Water Loss in State History Read more... More about Nasa, Southwest, Drought, Us World, and Us
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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Coulson's Big Promotion 'SQUEEEEE!' - http://mashable.com/2014...
Clark Gregg is pretty pumped about his promotion: The actor who plays Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel universe — promoted to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the final episode of the ABC show — reminded the Comic-Con crowd Friday what a Marvel nerd he is in real life when he recalled hearing the news of his new title: "Agent Coulson ... and Clark ... have been merging over time," Coulson said. "And both of us said, very loudly, inside my head: 'SQUEEEEEEEEEEE.'" SEE ALSO: A Big, Bold Prediction for Marvel's 'Expanding' Cinematic Universe Plans Standing-O and chants of "Coulson-Coulson" for the entrance of Clark Gregg at #SDCC https://t.co/vRYpfD3V3W — Josh Lincoln Dickey (@NotoriousJLD) July 25, 2014 Read more... More about Tv, Comic Con, Entertainment, and Marvel S Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Trailer Has Arrived — And It's Awesome - http://mashable.com/2014...
SAN DIEGO — Rick and Co. are a little worse for wear in the new trailer for Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead. We last left the gang in the hands of total creepers Terminus, but in the trailer for the upcoming season, screened first at Comic-Con, our good guys seem to be making some progress in convincing Terminus not to, well, terminate them. Specifically, the gang's case is that if they can make it to Washington, D.C., they can save the world See also: The Cute and the Crazy: 32 Scenes From Comic-Con Day 1 Our only complaint about this trailer? Needs more Daryl. But we say that about everything ... and every day of our lives. Read more... More about Television, Comic Con, Entertainment, Tv, and The Walking Dead
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Buzz Aldrin: We'll Be on Mars 'Before 2040' - http://mashable.com/2014...
Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin has walked on the moon, and now he's touched down in Menlo Park. Aldrin, one of three astronauts who were part of the historic Apollo 11 space mission that successfully landed on our gravitational neighbor on July 20, 1969, stopped by Facebook headquarters for a Q&A on Friday. See also: 'The Eagle Has Landed:' The Apollo 11 Mission, 45 Years Later Post by Buzz Aldrin. Aldrin responded to all sorts of questions from Facebook users — ranging from technical questions regarding NASA's past and current space endeavors to the future of traveling to Mars to what his favorite sandwich is (note to Buzz: we're not sure a quesadilla really counts as a sandwich, but they are definitely the most delicious). Read more... More about Facebook, Space, Buzz Aldrin, Social Media, and Us
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15 NSFW Coloring Book Corruptions to Ruin Your Childhood Fun - http://mashable.com/2014...
Childhood activities just aren't the same once your adult mind has been corrupted by the harshness of the real world. Take coloring books for instance — Navigating a crayon in-between the lines as an adult is a simple task, so our crooked minds may tend to wander towards sex, drugs, murder and even Satan. See also: 21 Weird GIFs You Can't Unsee Introducing the subreddit r/ColoringCorruptions, where innocent childhood coloring books become hours of NSFW adult entertainment. Now get your debauched minds to a 64-pack of Crayola, stat. Read more... More about Reddit, Lists, Nsfw, Funny, and Weird
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Why 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Is Worth Getting Excited Over - http://mashable.com/2014...
With the newly released Game of Thrones Season 5 cast list, you can be sure that the murder rate in Westeros isn't going to be decreasing anytime soon — not that anyone expected that. HBO announced the new cast members at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday afternoon, revealing a strong fifth season focus on the Martell family, a group of fearsome warriors from Dorne (all related to the recently departed Red Viper). See also: 6 Blunt Character Changes HBO Made to 'Game of Thrones' While the show hasn't focused much on the Martell family yet, they're a pivotal and intimidating force in George R.R. Martin's novels. Equally exciting is the casting of the High Sparrow, a religious figure within Westeros with legions of loyal followers, who is sure to cause some trouble in King's Landing. Read more... More about Entertainment, Television, Hbo, Comic Con, and Tv
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'Outlander' Writer Initially Thought Star Sam Heughan Was 'Grotesque' - http://mashable.com/2014...
SAN DIEGO — Outlander star Sam Heughan drew massive screams from the crowd at a panel for the show on Friday at Comic Con, but during the casting process to find the perfect Jamie Fraser, author Diana Gabaldon's reaction to the actor was significantly different "They sent me Sam's audition tapes and I was driving somewhere so I said, I can't look at it until tonight.' But they'd given me his name and I was Googling him, looking up his IMDB photos saying, 'This man looks grotesque, what are you thinking?'" she said His audition, however, proved that he was right for the part. "Five seconds in, I said, 'He's fine. He doesn't look anything like his photos.' He was gone and there was Jamie Fraser. I've never been so astonished in my life." (Later, a fan admitted that she, too, had the same reaction, "but he's going to be a great Jaime.") Read more... More about Tv, Television, Comic Con, Starz, and Outlander
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Threat of War With Russia Darkens Ukraine - http://mashable.com/2014...
Russia is intensifying its military action near the border with Ukraine, slowly but steadily amassing troops along boundary lines Powerful rocket systems from Russia are being moved closer to the Ukrainian border and the Pentagon says the arrival of those heavy artillery systems in the country is now "imminent." The weapons systems could be in separatists' hands as early as Friday, said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren "It's that close," Warren said. Though Warren didn't have an exact timeline, he said the U.S. has new evidence that Russia intends to deliver more — and more powerful — rocket launchers to the rebel militias, who Western intelligence officials say are responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Read more... More about Russia, Us World, World, Ukraine, and Mh17
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Woman's 'Cards Against Harassment' Campaign Fights Everyday Chauvinism - http://mashable.com/2014...
When an ordinary Minneapolis woman started filming herself confronting the men who hassled her in the streets, she never thought her videos would garner 1.5 million YouTube views. Now, she's helping women fight back against harassment worldwide Lindsey, prefers to keep her last name private, first decided to take action against street harassment when a man stood behind her on an escalator and started to flick her hair, asking "Hey blondie, where are you going?" When she asked why he didn't just say hello, he began screaming that she was ugly and not cute enough for him anyway. "That's when I realized it's clearly a kind of gender abuse," she says, which is part of why she prefers to protect her identity. Read more... More about Us World and Us
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'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Cast Announced at Comic-Con - http://mashable.com/2014...
Blood, betrayal and a few more Martells to stir up trouble — Game of Thrones Season 5 promises more drama than a Lannister wedding. HBO announced the new cast members at Comic-Con on Wednesday afternoon (along with some Season 4 bloopers), matching the announcement with a YouTube video featuring the fresh faces talking about their excitement to join the hit show New members include Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell; Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell; Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon; DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah; Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon; and Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand. Read more... More about Viral Videos, Comic Con, Entertainment, Tv, and Game Of Thrones
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George R.R. Martin: Not Even the Most Murderous 'Game of Thrones' Writer - http://mashable.com/2014...
You're No. 2, George R. R. Martin. The Game of Thrones author copped to his reputation as a ruthless killer of characters, but says he's not nearly as bad as everyone thinks — at least not compared with showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Beniott, who joined him at the show's Hall H panel at Comic-Con on Friday. SEE ALSO: Arya Stark Actress Considering Lead Role in 'The Last of Us' Movie "Dave and Dan are far bloodier than I," Martin said, referring to their tendency to kill characters on the show before they die in the books — if they die at all. Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark (one of the few panelists who raised their hands to indicate that they're still alive on the show), addressed the discrepancy ... and how she deals with it Read more... More about Tv, Hbo, Comic Con, Entertainment, and Game Of Thrones
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How I Crowdsource My Grocery Shopping With Instacart - http://mashable.com/2014...
Grocery shopping in a city is hard. Lugging your goods in bags (which often break and insinuate a clumsy, mid-street re-stuffing of items) and enduring the incredibly long lines at popular stores will make you consider the unthinkable: buying a car. To avoid that Doomsday scenario (and the New York City parking tickets that inevitably follow), I've tried everything — from FreshDirect to HelloFresh, a startup which sends you ingredients for easy-to-assemble meals, to make shopping for groceries — more tolerable. The only time I enjoy in-store shopping is late at night to avoid the crowds, and between after-work events and coming home starving, who has time for that? Read more... More about Startups, Tech, Apps Software, Mobile, and Instacart
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'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Bloopers Are Better Than the Purple Wedding - http://mashable.com/2014...
Laughter is coming Game of Thrones has released its first blooper reel, and it is as magnificent as owning a dragon. The video was revealed during the GoT panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday See also: 'Game of Thrones' Conspiracy Theory Explains Jon Snow's Parentage The two-minute video combines the funniest moments of Season 4's filming, including Tywin Lannister screwing up his lines, Jamie and Tyrion dance parties and lots of cursing Who knew the Seven Kingdoms had such a sense of humor? BONUS: 5 'Game of Thrones' Facts Every Fan Should Know Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Viral Videos, Tv Shows, Hbo, Entertainment, and Tv
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Hamas Unmasked: Who Are the Militants Fighting Israel? - http://mashable.com/2014...
In recent weeks, Israel has shelled Gaza with missiles and sent ground troops into the strip to root out the militant group Hamas So far, more than 800 Palestinians have been killed, many of them civilians, and at least 36 Israelis have been killed, most of them soldiers — sparking a debate about the civilian toll, and the price paid especially by children. See also: 'Am I Going to Die, Daddy?' The Child in Gaza Asked In part, this lopsided casualty rate is a function of the effectiveness of Israel's aerial defense system, the Iron Dome, which has protected civilians in Israel from Hamas' rockets. During the weeks of fighting, Hamas has fired thousands of rockets back at Israel, according to The New York Times. Read more... More about Israel, Gaza, Palestine, Us World, and Politics
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Thanks for Helping Us Hit a Vine Milesone - http://mashable.com/2014...
It seems like only yesterday that we were posting about a new looping video app that dropped in the App Store Now, almost three hundred videos, millions of loops and one Shorty Award later, Mashable's main account on Vine has hit 100,000 followers, and we couldn't be more grateful for each and every one of you See also: Vine Wants You to Watch These 27 Completely Mesmerizing Vines To celebrate, take a look at some of the highlights from our first year and a half on the platform. Some of the videos were created by our staff, and others come from the incredibly inspiring community that takes part in our weekly Vine Challenges. Read more... More about Community, Social Media, and Vine
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Remember Mr. Sketch Scented Markers? They're Back, With a Sketchy Ad - http://mashable.com/2014...
Have you seen the new commercial for Mr. Sketch scented markers? It’s a total gas. No, really, it stars a gaseous piece of fruit. See also: Ewwwvertising: Why Advertisers Want to Creep You Out The CGI-enhanced ad, running on cable TV channels and online, shows how one of those fruit-scented coloring pens got its smell. (Hint: a flatulent blueberry.) It’s a twist you may not see coming, considering the spot’s highbrow and vaguely British voiceover, but one you might not soon forget, given the high-pitched sound effect at just the right moment. The 30-second spot is the first advertising for Newell Rubbermaid’s classic drawing pens, Mr. Sketch, in nearly two decades.Ad agency BBH New York, now working with a variety of brands under that corporate banner like Sharpie, Paper Mate, Rubbermaid and Calphalon, is leading the reintroduction of the aromatic markers for the key back-to-school buying season. Read more... More about Advertising, Business, Marketing, and Mr. Sketch
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Arya Stark Actress Considering Lead Role in 'The Last of Us' Movie - http://mashable.com/2014...
While Arya Stark sails off to Braavos, the actress who plays her on Game of Thrones is considering taking a lead role in The Last of Us, an adaptation of the 2013 hit video game Producer Sam Raimi and The Last of Us video game writer Neil Druckmann, who is also writing the screenplay, took the stage at Comic-Con on Friday to promote the project, which doesn't yet have a release date. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a fungus has turned many humans into zombie-like monsters, and tells the story of an older man and 13-year-old girl who reluctantly become a team to survive. See also: 16 Books to Read Before the Movie Versions Come Out Read more... More about Entertainment, Gaming, Movies, Comic Con, and Film
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An Amazon Employee Flew a Drone a Bit Too Close to Seattle's Space Needle - http://mashable.com/2014...
Police came knocking on an Amazon employee's hotel door on Thursday after he used his drone to capture video of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, and gave him a "crash course" in Seattle's history with drones According to some reports, the drone crashed into the needle, but the video doesn't show evidence of that, and neither does any part of the building. Police identified the Amazon employee after being notified about the drone by Space Needle security, but neither party seemed too concerned by the incident See also: 6 Crazy Drones You Won't Believe Exist .@space_needle still standing after reported drone strike: http://t.co/nGYBpvlXnH — Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 24, 2014 Read more... More about Video, Amazon, Police, Gadgets, and Us World
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Mark Cuban Advocates Selling Shares of Tax-Dodging U.S. Companies - http://mashable.com/2014...
Mark Cuban, the billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, took to Twitter on Friday to rail against companies that adopt overseas addresses to avoid paying U.S. taxes. He urged investors to sell shares of those companies. Cuban, who expanded on his remarks in a CNBC interview, echoed comments by President Barack Obama, who yesterday said the practice, while legal, is ethically wrong. By avoiding taxes, Cuban said companies create an unfair burden by requiring the government to collect more money from everyone else. See also: Mark Cuban Crowdsources New Mavericks Uniforms Read more... More about Mark Cuban and Business
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Plane Crashes Are in the News, But Air Travel Is Still Pretty Much the Safest Ever - http://mashable.com/2014...
The aviation industry as a whole may be at its safest since the beginning of flight, but airline travel still requires a leap of faith for passengers who must trust airlines and regulators to keep them safe. Thursday's crash of Air Algerie Flight 5017, likely due to bad weather, was terrible news in the wake of terrible news. See also: Major Airlines Avoid Ukraine Airspace After Crash of Malaysian Plane The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March, combined with the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine last week, amounts to 597 deaths, more than twice the total global airline fatalities in all of last year. Read more... More about Airlines, Transportation, World, Lifestyle, and Travel Leisure
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'Retail Jedi' and 14 Other Absurd Job Titles - http://mashable.com/2014...
In a bid to achieve maximal hipness and happiness, companies, particularly in the tech world, have collectively begun to create bizarre new positions or to attach peculiar names to the same old corporate paper-pushing nine-to-fives. A lot of these jobs have a bizarrely spiritual flavor — “evangelists” and “prophets” — while others try and infuse excitement where there is none — “Jedi” and “heroes.” Much of this might be a way of skirting around the grim reality that life in a cubicle is neither exciting nor godly, or that work on the retail line often lacks excitement and moral stakes. Earlier this week, I wrote about the rise of  Read more... More about Tech Industry, Business, Job Titles, Jobs, and Work Play
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Bose Sues Apple's Beats Over Noise-Canceling Patents - http://mashable.com/2014...
Bose has filed a lawsuit against headphone-maker Beats, alleging patent infringements centered around noise canceling technology. The lawsuit names 36 ideas patented by Bose that allegedly appear in Beats headphones, according to a report from CNBC. Bose has been a long-time player in the high-end headphone market, focusing on quality over style. Beats grew as quite the opposite — with flashy, stylized and equally expensive products with a sound that had not been particularly well-received. Despite the sound issues, Beats took less than six years to become the dominant player in the premium headphone industry with 64% of the market. Read more... More about Patents, Headphones, Bose, Beats By Dre, and Beats
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Vision-Correcting Display Could Free Users From Their Glasses - http://mashable.com/2014...
Those of us who need glasses to see a TV or laptop screen clearly could ditch the eyewear thanks to a display technology that corrects vision problems. The technology uses algorithms to alter an image based on a person’s glasses prescription together with a light filter set in front of the display. The algorithm alters the light from each individual pixel so that, when fed through a tiny hole in the plastic filter, rays of light reach the retina in a way that re-creates a sharp image. Researchers say the idea is to anticipate how your eyes will naturally distort whatever’s onscreen — something glasses or contacts typically correct — and adjust it beforehand so that what you see appears clear. Read more... More about Ipad, Display Screens, Glasses, Tech, and Dev Design
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What's the Best Way to Use Apache Cordova? - http://mashable.com/2014...
In our latest Ask a Dev video, web developer Alex Wasner discusses using Apache Cordova to create cross-platform applications via web technologies Apache Cordova puts your HTML, CSS and JavaScript into a native web view and uses plug-ins to give you access to native features like the camera and GPS. See also: 5 Phone Charging Myths, Debunked Consider that you'll be limited to the power of the rendering engine on the platform you're targeting. Plus, with community-driven plugins, you'll be relying on their code to be up to date. Most importantly, you'll still need to dedicate the time to optimize everything and make it look and feel like a native app. Read more... More about Videos, Html, Javascript, Tech, and Apps Software
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Medal of Honor Recipient Accidentally Smashes NYSE Gavel - http://mashable.com/2014...
Sometimes, we just don't know our own strength. Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts knows this all too well. His week started off on a high — President Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor on Monday for his outstanding service during a battle in Afghanistan, and then he was invited to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Pitts was visibly excited as he began to bash the ceremonial gavel. His first whack was strong, his second was even harder, but his third strike was delivered with such force that it broke the gavel handle right in half. His reaction, as well as everyone's around him, is perfection. Read more... More about Viral Videos, Nyse, Watercooler, and Videos
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Photos on Facebook, Instagram Go Viral in Support of Gaza and Israel - http://mashable.com/2014...
As fighting in Gaza continues between Israeli forces and Hamas militants, users of Instagram and Facebook are getting creative. See also: Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War A campaign on Instagram voices support for the Palestinians with users from around the world taking photos of the hashtag #IStandWithPalestine scribbled on hands holding their passport. Gramfeed, a website for viewing Instagram photos, shows more than 4,000 results under that hashtag — many, however, aren’t of the passport meme. In Israel, meanwhile, a very different campaign has gotten underway. A Facebook page was created on Thursday for Israeli women to show their support of the Israeli Defense Forces as the military is known — by posting erotic selfies. Read more... More about Us World and World
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Browncoats, Rejoice! 'Firefly' Cast to Reunite for Online Game - http://mashable.com/2014...
If you're still pining for a return of Firefly, then you might be able to get your fix in the online game based in its universe. In an announcement at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, it was revealed that the the entire main cast of the short-lived show — which only ran for a season on Fox in 2002 — will reunite to voice their characters in Firefly Online. Actor Nathan Fillion, who played Captain Malcolm Reynolds, even appears in the game's first trailer, viewable above. See also: The Cute and the Crazy: 32 Scenes From Comic-Con Day 1 Firefly Online is a massive multiplayer game where each player becomes captain of his or her own ship and builds a crew. Not much additional information is available about the game, which was announced at last year's Comic-Con. It is "coming soon" and will be available for Windows, Mac and mobile devices. Read more... More about Entertainment, Gaming, Tv, Firefly, and Comic Con
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19 Kickass Lady Superheroes You Should Know More About - http://mashable.com/2014...
They kick butt. They take names. And they look great in spandex. Now that the god of thunder is officially a goddess, she joins the ranks of many superheroines who have made an impact on the comic book world for several decades, even if their manly counterparts are the ones getting all the press. See also: 10 Superheroes Who Will Never Score a Movie Deal These super-ladies may not have big, blockbuster movie deals, but that doesn't mean they can't dish out some cold, hard justice. Fair warning, this is a damsel-in-distress-free zone. Read more... More about Comics, Lists, Comic Books, Superheroes, and Watercooler
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Reports of the iPad's Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated - http://mashable.com/2014...
The tablet is dead. At least, that's what an array of breathless news reports would have you believe. Yes, it's true that tablet sales are on the decline in many markets and growing slower than others. But don't believe the unhype; the tablet isn't going to suffer the same fate as the netbook. See also: The 25 Best Free iPad Apps Apple on Tuesday announced its third quarter 2014 earnings. And in what has become a trend, iPad sales failed to meet analyst expectations. Perhaps even more troubling, sales of the iPad were actually down year-over-year, a rarity in a growing market. Looking at these figures, you can see that although the iPad is still boasting big sales — especially during the holiday quarter — it isn't continuing to sell in the numbers many analysts predicted it would. Read more... More about Apple, Ipad, Tablets, Tablet Sales, and Tech
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