Sign in or Join FriendFeed
FriendFeed is the easiest way to share online. Learn more »
Mashable24
No Graffiti, No Alcohol: Why Hong Kong Protesters Are Keeping Order Amongst the Chaos - http://mashable.com/2014...
No Graffiti, No Alcohol: Why Hong Kong Protesters Are Keeping Order Amongst the Chaos
Hong Kong people are polite, and the city's streets are kept spotless even at normal times. Shopping malls gleam, escalator handrails and lift buttons in office blocks are disinfected several times a day – a hangover from the bout of SARS that shook the city in 2003. Spitting, commonplace in mainland China, is a big no-no here. Litter, and you may well be fined 5,000 Hong Kong dollars. The cleanliness that has characterized the demo that has held large parts of the city in its grip over the past few days is in part an extension of that. But is is also way more than that. See also: The Hong Kong Kids Standing Up to Beijing Read more... More about Hong Kong, Us World, and World
Mashable24
Join 'Bone Clocks' and 'Cloud Atlas' Author David Mitchell for a Hangout - http://mashable.com/2014...
Join 'Bone Clocks' and 'Cloud Atlas' Author David Mitchell for a Hangout
In September, the MashableReads social book club chose The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell as its official selection. Over the course of the month, we discussed this amazing novel on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Goodreads, and Mashable readers around the world participated in a Twitter contest inspired by The Bone Clocks and Mitchell's unique style of writing. On Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. ET, David Mitchell will join MashableReads for a Google+ hangout where we'll cover his latest novel, past works and plans for the future. Join the hangout live and tweet your questions using #MashReads, or use the Q&A app on Google+ to add your voice to the conversation. If you can't join at 2 p.m., be sure to check back once the hangout is over. Read more... More about Books, Entertainment, Videos, Google Hangouts, and Google
Mashable24
18 Twitter Short Stories That Prove Tweets Can Be Literary Too - http://mashable.com/2014...
18 Twitter Short Stories That Prove Tweets Can Be Literary Too
A good novel is like a teleportation machine — the story found within its pages can take you somewhere entirely new. But the novel isn't the only literary format that possesses transportive powers. So do tweets! That's what David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks and this month's MashableReads author, demonstrated in his short story The Right Sort. Written entirely through a series of tweets, The Right Sort tells a suspenseful tale about a boy named Nathan whose reality turns into a surrealist nightmare when he accompanies his mother to a piano recital. See also: 1 Book Told in 280 Tweets: 'Cloud Atlas' Author Writes a Twitter Story Read more... More about Books, Twitter, Social Media, Literature, and Fiction
Mashable24
Photographer Couple Logs Travel Adventures Kiss-by-Kiss - http://mashable.com/2014...
Photographer Couple Logs Travel Adventures Kiss-by-Kiss
Capturing life with your significant other can be tricky, especially if one person is always behind the lens. Photographers Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks are documenting their happy memories in a creative way. Whenever they travel to a new place, they photograph themselves locking lips in the same signature pose. See also: Lego Travellers Build Memories With Creative Vacation Photos "David and I have so many photos of each other...but this little pose documents a tiny happy memory of a beautiful place we went and we both appear in it for a change," Brinson tells Mashable. Even professional photographers can find themselves in a vacation photo rut Read more... More about Travel, Art, Photography, World, and Watercooler
Mashable24
Inside Jennifer Love Hewitt's 'Criminal Minds' Debut - http://mashable.com/2014...
Inside Jennifer Love Hewitt's 'Criminal Minds' Debut
Jennifer Love Hewitt is officially a member of the BAU The former Client List star made her debut on CBS's Criminal Minds Wednesday night as Kate Callahan, a seasoned FBI agent with a knack for undercover work who in the premiere episode goes from interviewee to team member in a blink of an eye See also: Working on 'Stalker,' Star Maggie Q Is More Wary of Social Media Than Ever "She's got a lot of Jennifer to her, and she's a great asset to the team," executive producer Erica Messer told Mashable. "And she has undercover experience that our team hasn't had; it's a skill set that's specific and different." Read more... More about Cbs, Television, Entertainment, Tv, and Criminal Minds
Mashable24
Vomiting Robot App Illustrates Why You Shouldn't Get High on Cough Syrup - http://mashable.com/2014...
Vomiting Robot App Illustrates Why You Shouldn't Get High on Cough Syrup
This is your robot. This is your robot on drugs. It pukes a lot. Any questions? A new mobile app aimed at teens who are at risk of abusing over-the-counter medications such as cough syrup lets them test the effects on a customized robot. The results? Lots of projectile vomiting. AWK-ward! The campaign, less in the vein of a traditional scare-tactic public safety announcement and more like a mobile game, comes from ad agency Tribal Worldwide on behalf of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Dubbed “DXM Labworks” after the dextromethorphan ingredient found in cough syrups, the free app puts teens in the hazy world of robo-tripping without having to actually go there in real life. Read more... More about Advertising, Robots, Drugs, and Business
Mashable24
Beijing Warns Hong Kong Protesters of Dire Consequences - http://mashable.com/2014...
Beijing Warns Hong Kong Protesters of Dire Consequences
Chinese-state newspaper The People's Daily released a scathing editorial on Wednesday, saying the end result for democracy protesters in Hong Kong would be "disastrous." The editorial, which called on the protests to cease immediately, was printed on National Day, a holiday meant to celebrate the People's Republic of China. But in Hong Kong, when the national flag was raised that day, protesters turned their back with their arms crossed in silent protest. The massive demonstrations in the central business district of Hong Kong are a result of public outrage over the selection process for candidates in the 2017 election. The potential chief executive, the leader of Hong Kong, would have to be screened by a Beijing panel before voting occurred. Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy supporters have taken to the streets over the last week in Hong Kong to show their opposition to the government and the election process. Read more... More about Beijing, Australia, Hong Kong, Us World, and...
Mashable24
Extreme Teeterboard Steps Up Your Classic Playground Seesaw - http://mashable.com/2014...
Extreme Teeterboard Steps Up Your Classic Playground Seesaw
The seesaw was such a peaceful playground activity, until that one kid decided to jump off his end, slamming you to the ground. Well that kid is all grown up, and he's joined the circus and mastered the teeterboard DevinSupertramp's newest video features three dudes who pull off flips that would impressive all the kids on the playground. Read more... More about Viral Videos, Watercooler, Videos, and Extreme
Mashable24
'MyBook' is a Game-Changing Piece of Technology That Doesn't Actually Exist - http://mashable.com/2014...
'MyBook' is a Game-Changing Piece of Technology That Doesn't Actually Exist
Everyone is talking about the brand new Mybook. Too bad it doesn’t exist. One City, a San Francisco based community initiative, released a comedy video about how products become viral and it’s pretty darn spot-on. Also, Joe Montana and MC Hammer are randomly in it. Watch as a simple gaffe at an interview leads to the rise in popularity of the MyBook, a game-changing mobile device that will alter the face of mobile technology once it actually gets invented. 2 'Modern Family' Actors Crashed a Frat Party at 2:30 a.m. Forklift Operator Drops Coin Into a Bottle With Expert Precision The Reality of GoPro Videos vs. Our Expectations Sarah Silverman's 'SNL' Promo Is 20 Years in the Making Read more... More about Watercooler and Videos
Mashable24
Report: Dallas Cowboys' C.J. Spillman Involved in Sexual Assault Investigation - http://mashable.com/2014...
Report: Dallas Cowboys' C.J. Spillman Involved in Sexual Assault Investigation
C.J. Spillman, special teams player for the Dallas Cowboys, is involved in a police investigation for sexual assault against a woman at a hotel, according to the New York Daily News. The investigation of the Sept. 20 incident comes amid a public image debacle for the NFL, which has been grappling with its mishandling of Ray Rice, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, who hit, and then dragged, his unconscious fiancée from an Atlantic City casino elevator. See also: California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Landmark 'Yes Means Yes' Sexual Consent Law In a botched press conference, just a day after the alleged assault, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell laid out plans to tighten league discipline, including developing a new personal conduct policy and establishing a conduct committee to monitor off-the-field issues. Read more... More about Entertainment and Sports
Mashable24
New York Launches a Web Portal to Match Its Tech Boom - http://mashable.com/2014...
New York Launches a Web Portal to Match Its Tech Boom
The dream of Silicon Alley, New York's first attempt at crafting a tech hub competitor to Silicon Valley before the "Web 1.0" dot com crash of 2000 to 2001, has been resurrected in the form of a new website called Digital.NYC Officially launched on Wednesday by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the website is hoping to become an online hub for everything tech in New York, including venture capital, technology jobs and incubators See also: How Will New York City's Tech Industry Fare Under Mayor de Blasio? Built in partnership with IBM and Gust, a local firm focused on supporting new startups that will maintain its web presence, the website aims to aggregate technology news and blog opinions from the around the web Read more... More about Media, Startups, New York City, Tech, and Silicon Valley
Mashable24
A Swim in the Black Sea - http://mashable.com/2014...
A Swim in the Black Sea
"Regardless of nationality or social status, spending a week of vacation on the shores of the Black Sea is a common dream." The Black Sea - mysterious, menacing and mythical - is at the heart of centuries of warfare, turmoil and historical drama. But to photographer Petrut Calinescu, the sea and it's surrounding resorts are "a show without an end... you never know the next chapter." Born along the coast in Constanta, a small town in Romania, Calinescu has always had a fascination with the sea and its "crazy energy, chaos and color" ever since he was a young boy See also: In Pictures, Nepal's Devastating Floods Read more... More about Us World and World
Mashable24
Windows 10 Preview and OS X Yosemite Look More Alike Than Ever Before - http://mashable.com/2014...
Windows 10 Preview and OS X Yosemite Look More Alike Than Ever Before
So just how similar are Windows 10 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite? My immediate takeaway from Tuesday's Windows 10 Preview event was "Wow, this looks a lot like OS X." I say that not with any judgment — just as an observation. On Wednesday, the Windows 10 Preview became available to advanced users and developers and I rushed to install it on a spare machine. I also happen to have a test machine running the latest OS X Yosemite GM. You know what that means? Operating system with ten in the title face-off! See also: With Windows 10, Microsoft Finally Gets It Up until Windows 8, the OS X and Windows desktop worlds were running on similar — if still unique — paths. Sure, one had a dock and the other a Start menu, but the overall trajectory had similarly aligned goals. Read more... More about Microsoft, Apple, Windows, Os X, and Tech
Mashable24
New California Gun Law the First of Its Kind in the U.S. - http://mashable.com/2014...
New California Gun Law the First of Its Kind in the U.S.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a landmark gun control bill Tuesday making California the first state in the country to allow those who suspect a close relative might pose a threat to seek a restraining order that would confiscate any firearms. The bill was introduced in response to a deadly rampage near the UC Santa Barbara campus on May 23 that left six students and the killer dead and 13 injured See also: Women Play a Surprising Role in Mass Shootings The new law allows immediate family members or law enforcement officers to approach a judge for a so-called "gun violence restraining order," which would temporarily confiscate guns from someone they believe may pose a danger to their self or others. The restraining orders can last up to 21 days and a hearing must be held within 14 days, at which point the term of the restraining order can be extended to up to a year. Read more... More about California, Us World, and Us
Mashable24
Ferguson Grand Jury Faces Misconduct Investigation Over Tweet - http://mashable.com/2014...
Ferguson Grand Jury Faces Misconduct Investigation Over Tweet
A tweet that appears to show a leak from the Grand Jury considering whether to charge the Ferguson police officer that shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked a misconduct investigation. The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is looking into the alleged breach after an activist sent the tweet to authorities Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. See also: Ferguson Protesters to Hong Kong: Stay Strong The tweet in question refers to a juror discussing insider information with a friend — specifically, that the jury hasn't seen enough evidence to arrest Officer Darren Wilson. Grand jury proceedings are confidential, and such a leak could mean the process must restart Read more... More about Us World, Us, and Ferguson
Mashable24
Working on 'Stalker,' Star Maggie Q Is More Wary of Social Media Than Ever - http://mashable.com/2014...
Working on 'Stalker,' Star Maggie Q Is More Wary of Social Media Than Ever
LOS ANGELES — Even before chasing down delusional creepy people on CBS's Stalker, Maggie Q was wary of sharing too much on social media "It's like blood from a stone getting me to post anything," she joked during a recent set visit. (And her spotty Twitter activity is evidence of that.) But she's hoping those active on various platforms will see a cautionary tale in the stories the new drama brings to life See also: '90210' Alum to Guest Star in 'Stalker' Episode About Obsessed Fans "I do hope it's a show that makes them think twice about what they're putting out there," she told reporters during a recent visit to the show's Burbank, Calif. set. "That's a big one for me — I do think we're not protecting ourselves the way I think we should." Read more... More about Cbs, Television, Stalker, Entertainment, and Tv
Mashable24
5 Hot Trends in Advertising - http://mashable.com/2014...
5 Hot Trends in Advertising
If you've ever wondered if it's possible to converse in vernacular consisting almost entirely of industry buzzwords, look no further: We're officially in the thick of Advertising Week 2014 The buzzwords are signs of an ever-evolving ad space, and never is that more apparent than during the annual conference, which attracts global advertising professionals to discuss the latest industry trends This year's event, which runs from September 29 through October 3 in New York, is full of opinions on the current state and future of advertising. A few of this year's hot topics include native advertising, mobile and video, programmatic advertising and women working in digital. Below, we've recapped some of the key discussions around each of these hot-button issues. Read more... More about Advertising, Digital Advertising, Business, Marketing, and Supported
Mashable24
Street Art and Music Inspire Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protesters - http://mashable.com/2014...
Street Art and Music Inspire Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protesters
The de facto symbol of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the umbrella, has taken on new life in street art installations amongst the demonstrating crowd. Aside from shielding protesters from pepper spray and tear gas as violence unfolded on the streets of Hong Kong's central business district on Sunday, the umbrellas also kept protesters dry amid heavy downpours during subsequent days of peaceful demonstrations See also: Hong Kong Protests: What You Need to Know About the Umbrella Revolution Now creatives are using umbrellas as artistic symbols and bringing music to the city's streets while the "Umbrella Revolution," shows no signs of waning Read more... More about China, Hong Kong, Street Art, Us World, and World
Mashable24
Report: Twitter Creates New Platform to Make Nice With App Developers - http://mashable.com/2014...
Report: Twitter Creates New Platform to Make Nice With App Developers
After repeatedly angering third-party apps by cutting off access to its API, Twitter will launch a new app development platform called Fabric to bury the hatchet with scorned developers, according to a report. The Information reports that Twitter wants to embed itself into more mobile apps and collect more data from mobile users. If Fabric officially launches, Twitter hopes it will open the doors to do that See also: Twitter Needs to Monetize You, Even If You're Not on Twitter Once upon a time, Twitter encouraged third-party developers to use its feed. A shift occurred in 2011, and Twitter began to limit outside applications' access Read more... More about Twitter, Apps, Social Media, Tech, and Apps Software
Mashable24
Michael Dunn Convicted of Murder in Shooting Over Loud Rap Music - http://mashable.com/2014...
Michael Dunn Convicted of Murder in Shooting Over Loud Rap Music
A jury found a Florida man guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday for the 2012 shooting of an unarmed black teenager following an argument over playing music too loudly. Michael Dunn, 47, had told Jordan Davis, 17, and his three friends to turn down their rap music outside of a convenience store in Jacksonville, Florida. When the teens refused, Dunn fired 10 shots with a handgun into their vehicle, three of which hit Davis, who later died of gunshot injuries. See also: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Confronts How Minority Deaths Are Portrayed in Media Dunn invoked Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law, arguing he felt threatened by Davis and was acting in self defense. The trial drew parallels to the controversial killing of Trayvon Martin, which occurred six months earlier, also in Florida Read more... More about Race, Us World, Us, Michael Dunn, and Jordan Davis
Mashable24
Plastic Spacemen! How the 501st Legion Conquered Star Wars - http://mashable.com/2014...
Plastic Spacemen! How the 501st Legion Conquered Star Wars
The following is our second excerpt from How Star Wars Conquered the Universe (Basic Books, 2014). Star Wars was the last thing on Albin Johnson’s mind on a grey, wet summer day in 1994 when he skidded into the back of a van in Columbia, South Carolina. The other guy didn’t seem to have any damage, but Johnson got out to check anyway. His hood had popped up, and his grille had broken. Let’s call it even, said the van driver. Johnson, relieved, stepped between the cars to put his hood down That’s when a third vehicle suddenly appeared, hydroplaned into the back of Johnson’s car, and all but sliced him in two. Read more... More about Star Wars, Entertainment, Film, and World
Mashable24
Intensifying Typhoon Phanfone Heads for Japan - http://mashable.com/2014...
Intensifying Typhoon Phanfone Heads for Japan
Typhoon Phanfone is gathering strength in the western Pacific Ocean, with projections showing that it may intensify significantly — likely to super typhoon status — before veering toward mainland Japan by Oct. 5 Computer-model simulations on Wednesday show that the storm will likely intensify over the next few days, while moving northwest, toward extreme southwest Japan or the open East China Sea. However, winds in the upper atmosphere should turn the storm north and then northeast, potentially making a direct hit on several Japanese islands, and scoring a direct hit on Tokyo as a Category One storm. Read more... More about Japan, Us World, World, Typhoon, and Climate
Mashable24
Tony Bennett Is Oldest Artist to Have No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 - http://mashable.com/2014...
Tony Bennett Is Oldest Artist to Have No. 1 Album on Billboard 200
For Tony Bennett, anything goes — like breaking records The 88-year-old music staple's new duets album with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek, has claimed the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, helping him break his own record of being the oldest living artist to top the chart. When Bennett was 85 in 2011, he shattered Bob Dylan's record with his star-studded Duets II project. Dylan was 67. See also: 8 Very Gaga Things Lady Gaga Said on Her Artpop Ball Tour Notably, last week, 72-year-old Barbra Streisand topped the albums chart with Partners. The duo's jazz album, which sold 131,000 copies its debut week, becomes Gaga's third chart-topper. She is the only female artist this decade with three no. 1 albums Read more... More about Music, Entertainment, Billboard, Lady Gaga, and Tony Bennett
Mashable24
2 'Modern Family' Actors Crashed a Frat Party at 2:30 a.m. - http://mashable.com/2014...
2 'Modern Family' Actors Crashed a Frat Party at 2:30 a.m.
When Modern Family costars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet get together, insane things happen. On Tuesday's episode of Conan, Ferguson detailed a trip the pair took to Stonestreet's alma mater, Kansas State University on Sept. 19. After hosting a panel discussion with students and doing a bit of bar hopping, Stonestreet decided it would be a good idea to visit his former fraternity house — at 2:30 a.m. The actors then took several pictures with a pair of mostly-nude college students. Hey, two famous guys taking pictures with underage college students — what could go wrong? Forklift Operator Drops Coin Into a Bottle With Expert Precision The Reality of GoPro Videos vs. Our Expectations Sarah Silverman's 'SNL' Promo Is 20 Years in the Making Tyler Perry Is Oddly Talented at Drone Racing Read more... More about Entertainment, Videos, Conan, Modern Family, and Tv
Mashable24
Tweet an Innovative Idea for Exploring a New City to Win a Trip to London - http://mashable.com/2014...
Tweet an Innovative Idea for Exploring a New City to Win a Trip to London
As advances in technology improve our everyday lives, they also make traveling more convenient. From jetlag-reducing apps and traffic maps to currency calculators and paperless tickets, gadgets are cutting costs and saving time every step of the way. See also: Where to Find the Best Food at Airports Around the World Next week, we're flying the five lucky winners of our travel innovation Twitter challenge from London to Austin, where they'll have a chance to dive into the city's culture with an exciting itinerary, as well as attend an exclusive party hosted by Mashable and British Airways. We are partnering with British Airways once again to host a similar challenge for all Texas residents who work or dabble in entrepreneurial or tech-focused industriesTweet your most innovative idea to help experience a new city, and tag #CurioCity and #Promo for a chance to win a trip to London Read more... More about Travel, Twitter, London, Innovation, and British Airways
Mashable24
Funky-Shaped Solar Car Can Transport the Whole Family - http://mashable.com/2014...
Funky-Shaped Solar Car Can Transport the Whole Family
You're not imagining things if you've recently spotted an oddly shaped car topped with solar panels in California. It was probably Stella — a family-sized solar car — which finished up its U.S. debut trip on Sept. 24. It's believed to be the first solar car that can comfortably transport four people — more than any other solar car, according to Tom Selten, manager of the team from the Netherlands that designed the car. See also: Faster, Better, Solar: Record-Breaking Student Car May Hit Streets by 2015 "A four-seated car is (in our opinion) functional and essential for families," Selten wrote in an email. Read more... More about Tech, Electric Cars, Solar Power, and Solar Energy
Mashable24
19th Century Artist Predicted Whale-Shaped Flying Cars by 2000 - http://mashable.com/2014...
19th Century Artist Predicted Whale-Shaped Flying Cars by 2000
In 1882 French illustrator Albert Robida (1848–1926) completed a wildly futuristic engraving: his vision of fashionable Parisian opera attendees, in the year 2000 In tandem, Robida wrote a science fiction trilogy in the late nineteenth century, which drew comparison to author Jules Verne's renown works, such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. In Robida's novels he predicted many phenomena of the forthcoming modern world: mass tourism, pollution, guided missiles, chemical weapons and the emancipation of women. Most striking was the Téléphonoscope, a flat screen television display delivering 24-hour news, programs, education and face-to-face communication. Read more... More about Art, Photography, History, Futurism, and Entertainment
Mashable24
Study Says Half World's Wildlife Has Vanished Since 1970. Is it Misleading? - http://mashable.com/2014...
Study Says Half World's Wildlife Has Vanished Since 1970. Is it Misleading?
Humans are causing populations of wildlife around the world to decline at a rate much higher than previously thought, according to a study released Tuesday by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). See also: 11 Great Shots of Wildlife in Its Natural Setting The environmental group's biennial Living Planet Report found the number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish in the wild dropped more than 50% between 1970 and 2010 Image: WWF Jon Hoekstra, Chief Scientist at World Wildlife Fund said the population decline is far greater than researchers initially anticipated "This is the tenth of our Living Planets Report, so we have been tracking it for years, but the scientists who crunched the numbers updated their methods and found far more than expected," he said Read more... More about Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund, Us World, and World
Mashable24
Prince Hosts Facebook Q&A, Answers Only 1 Question - http://mashable.com/2014...
Prince Hosts Facebook Q&A, Answers Only 1 Question
As it turns out, Prince's understanding of the Internet could makes doves cry. The artist formerly known as an unpronounceable symbol has finally joined Facebook. The rock icon’s official fan page launched on Tuesday, and has already amassed more than 1.7 million fans. As a reward for his fans' devotion online, Prince decided to host a Q&A session on his page. Fans flocked to get a rare glimpse during a live web appearance by the notoriously secretive musician. Three hours after the Q&A began, Prince answered his first question. One day later, Prince has still only answered one question. Of the nearly 4,000 fan-submitted questions, Prince has still only given a single three-word answer and a link to a random page about sound frequencies. Read more... More about Facebook, Prince, Music, Watercooler, and Conversations
Mashable24
Secret Service Director Resigns - http://mashable.com/2014...
Secret Service Director Resigns
Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced on Wednesday that Julia Pierson, director of the Secret Service, had offered her resignation. He accepted it. "I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation," he said. See also: 6 Embarrassing Times the Secret Service Screwed Up Pierson's resignation comes one day after a blistering Congressional hearing in which she said she took full responsibility for the White House intruder, who ran through the White House front door on Sept. 19 in what the Secret Service director said was a direct threat to President Obama's life. Read more... More about White House, Secret Service, Us World, Politics, and Us
Other ways to read this feed:Feed readerFacebook