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Take Two: Lyft's NYC Launch Back on Track for Friday - http://mashable.com/2014...
Lyft is (once again) ready to launch in New York City. The ride-sharing startup that competes with Uber announced that it will start offering rides to NYC passengers for the first time Friday night. The app will begin to operate in all five NYC boroughs beginning at 7 p.m. ET Friday in what Lyft is calling a "beta launch." See also: Conan, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart Take a Lift with Lyft San Francisco-based Lyft previously planned to launch in Brooklyn and Queens two weeks ago, but those plans were quickly shot down by city regulators who threatened Lyft drivers with fines and possible vehicle confiscations Read more... More about Startups, New York City, Tlc, Uber, and Business
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Ukraine Releases Audio Implicating Rebels in Downing of MH17 - http://mashable.com/2014...
DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine’s Security Service on Friday released audio from a phone conversation it says it recorded between two Russian-backed rebels that proves the group is behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. In the tapped phone call — which the security service, known as the SBU, claims to have been made a mere two minutes before the Boeing 777 was purportedly shot out of the sky by a rocket, killing 298 people on July 17 — a rebel fighter tells his commander that a “bird” is flying toward his position. “Nikolaievich… a bird is flying toward you,” a rebel fighter who goes by the nom de guerre “Naimanets” tells Igor Bezler, referring to Flight 17, according to the SBU. Read more... More about Russia, Us World, World, Ukraine, and Mh17
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Amazon Fire Phone: Your Questions, Answered - http://mashable.com/2014...
In June, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the company's first smartphone, the Amazon Fire phone. Now, it's finally on sale The Fire phone is a truly consumer-first product and comes equipped with Fire OS, as well as Amazon-unique features such as Dynamic Perspective, Firefly and Mayday. See also: Amazon Fire: The Phone That Makes You a Star But Amazon's new flagship phone may take new users some time to work through the functionalities and quirks. To help ease the transition and answer all your Fire phone questions, Mashable is hosting a MashTalk Hangout on Air on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET. What do you want to know about the Amazon Fire phone? Share your questions in the comments below or tweet them with the hashtag #MashTalk. Read more... More about Amazon, Gadgets, Tech, Smartphones, and Apps Software
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Russia's Experimental Sex Geckos Are Lost in Space - http://mashable.com/2014...
Talk about space oddity Russian scientists have lost contact with a biosatellite containing five geckos as part of a sex study on living organisms. The flight was intended to be a 60-day mission which launched last week on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports. Communication with the spacecraft was lost the same day it launched. See also: 8 Facts About Space That Will Rock Your World The geckos, four females and one very lucky male, were packed into the Foton-M4 spacecraft so that scientist could study the effects of weightlessness on sex life and the ability to reproduce. Read more... More about Space, Us World, World, Conversations, and Watercooler
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Science Confirms What Every Dog Owner Knows: Your Pup Gets Jealous - http://mashable.com/2014...
Man's best friend does not like anything muscling in on that friendship. The first experimental test of jealousy in dogs shows that canines nip even at stuffed pooches when these fakes take away the attention of the dogs' owners. This new findings support the view that jealousy is a primordial emotion seen not only in humans, but in other animals as well, researchers said. The results also show that jealousy does not require especially complex minds, the scientists said. Understanding jealousy is an important matter, because of the damage this emotion can trigger. "Jealousy is the third-leading cause of non-accidental homicide across cultures," said lead study author Christine Harris, an emotion researcher at the University of California, San Diego. Read more... More about Dogs, Study, Jealousy, Us World, and Us
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A Game So Limitless, Even the Creators Can't Quite Describe It - http://mashable.com/2014...
Ask Hohokum's two creators to describe their game, and they actually get kind of stumped. "We always try to dodge the question, and just give them a controller and let them play," Hohokum co-creator Ricky Haggett said. See also: Here's Why MOBAs Are Taking Over the Gaming World Haggett and game artist Richard Hogg can eventually get around to explaining Hohokum, a whimsical adventure in which you use a flying creature to prod and explore several brightly colored connected worlds The game, which debuts for PlayStation 4 on Aug. 12, is is more of an experience than a traditional game. Coming from the company that published games like exploratory, cerebral games like Flower and Journey, that makes a lot of sense. Read more... More about Video Games, Entertainment, and Gaming
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Even Major League Baseball Wants Net Neutrality - http://mashable.com/2014...
The Federal Communications Commission has received more than 1 million comments on its website regarding its open Internet rules, which are considered an important step in ensuring a fair and open Internet. Add Major League Baseball to that tally of commenters. The organization filed a letter through MLB Advanced Media, which distributes the league's content on the Internet. And the MLB is not mincing words. See also: FCC and Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Re/code first found the comments. The letter argues that the proposed rules, most notably the "commercially reasonable" test, are not enough. Michael J. Mellis, senior vice president and general counsel for MLB Advanced Media, wrote: Read more... More about Baseball, Net Neutrality, Streaming Video, Mlb, and Business
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Take a Trial Separation From Your Smartphone - http://mashable.com/2014...
You know that overwhelming feeling of panic after you realize you've left your smartphone at home? Yeah, that shouldn't be normal. Do yourself a favor and consider a trial separation from your beloved iPhone. As Maria Scrivan illustrates in the comic below, the length of that trial separation is totally up to you. See also: 13 Signs You're in a Relationship With Your Smartphone Image: Maria Scrivan BONUS: The 10 Different Types of Texters Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Comics, Smartphone, Texting, Mobile, and Watercooler
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Puns Aside, Geology Really Does Rock - http://mashable.com/2014...
The most abundant mineral on Earth lies deep within the surface. You've heard of the lower mantle? This is the lowest mantle After years of research, scientists now have a name for it: Bridgmanite See also: 36 Embarrassing Google Street View Sightings Elliott talks about how it rocks (groan) in the newest episode of Mashable Minute. Like what you see? Subscribe to Mashable on YouTube to catch every episode Earlier this week, we took a look at a methane-sniffing supercomputer that could will detect alien life. Check it out: Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Videos, World, Science, Studies, and Us World
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Morgan Freeman's Voice Makes LeBron's 'Coming Home' Letter Even Better - http://mashable.com/2014...
Despite many valiant attempts, it's hard to replicate the deeply soothing, iconic voice of Morgan Freeman. His voice may be instantly recognizable, but imitating the delivery of his slow, southern tone is not something everyone can pull off gracefully Comedian Frank Caliendo's impression of Freeman is spot-on, though; he proved it earlier this week on ESPN's talk show Mike & Mike. Speaking in Freeman's famous drawl, Caliendo read LeBron James' dramatic "Coming Home" letter, in which he announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. See also: Who Sounds Better on Helium: Morgan Freeman or Jimmy Fallon? Read more... More about Viral Videos, Lebron James, Watercooler, Videos, and Conversations
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Ranking Hotels by Whether the Wi-Fi Actually Works - http://mashable.com/2014...
Some business travelers may choose their hotels based on promises of free Internet connections, but that's practically useless when the service is spotty and the bandwidth is limited. There's nothing quite like the frustration of faulty Wi-Fi when you just need to get online quickly to upload files or Skype into a meeting (or even just stream a TV show). A new website called Hotel Wi-Fi Test does exactly what its name promises — it tests the speeds of hotels in key markets (New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, London, Singapore, Bangkok, Amsterdam and Hong Kong), so you can decide whether or not to stay there. There's also a real-time feature that lets you determine how well the Internet is working at the hotel you're currently in Read more... More about Travel, Wi Fi, Hotels, Tech, and Mobile
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GrubHub's Second Course: CEO Opens Up About Life After Its IPO - http://mashable.com/2014...
Matt Maloney thought the day his company went public would be one big celebration, but that didn't turn out to be the case He walked into the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of April 4 to ring the bell and watch as GrubHub, the online food delivery business he cofounded a decade earlier, officially became a public company. There were some festivities put on for the company by the stock exchange, but soon enough he flew back to Chicago where GrubHub is based to return to the work of growing a company. See also: Investor Appetite Grows for Food Delivery Startups "If you’d asked me three months prior to the IPO or a year prior to the IPO, I probably would have had a different set of expectations post bell ringing," Maloney, CEO of GrubHub, told Mashable in a recent interview"But when it actually comes around, you’re tired and you want to move onto the next challenge." Read more... More about Grubhub, Business, Apps Software, Mobile, and Highlights
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10 Strange Food Combinations You Have to Try - http://mashable.com/2014...
Your tastebuds don't always get along with your eyes. We're all a little guilty of judging food before we've actually tried it. Mentally mashing two foods into one dish is simple, but don't be too quick to make a palatable decision — some food combinations taste better than they sound. See also: 15 Summer Cocktails That Deserve a Patio The following menu may sound like it was haphazardly thrown together by a 4-year-old, but we promise these cheap food fusions are actually quite tasty. Well some of them anyway. Have another oddly delicious food combination? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Lists, Recipes, Weird, Watercooler, and Health Fitness
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Amazon Is Unprofitable — and It's Completely on Purpose - http://mashable.com/2014...
Amazon has two basic options: invest in long-term growth to eventually conquer the world or cut costs and turn a profit to benefit investors. CEO Jeff Bezos continues to make it clear the company is going with the first choice. See also: Amazon Fire: The Phone That Makes You a Star This year, Amazon spent $19.4 billion from April through June to generate $19.3 billion, resulting in a not a entirely unexpected loss. Analysts had predicted the company would not turn a profit in the quarter. The only surprise was how much of a loss — more than had been anticipated It proved too much for investors. The stock moved steadily lower after the earnings release and the earnings call, during which Amazon executives made no attempt to convince investors that it is about to change its ways. Read more... More about Amazon, Jeff Bezos, Stocks, and Business
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40+ Events in Marketing, PR, Design and More - http://mashable.com/2014...
The Mashable Events Board is a great place to find leading conferences in your industry, whether it's advertising, technology, media or public relations. This week we're highlighting five events that we think can help move your career forward If you don't find something below that's right for you, check out the dozens of event listings on our board. You can sort listings by date added, receive exclusive discounts and watch videos of past events to get previews of what to expect. Also follow @MashableEvents on Twitter to catch the best events before they sell out. Incite Summit: East Date: Nov. 12-13 Location: New York, New York Read more... More about Events, Conferences, Business, Jobs, and Events Board
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'Seinfeld' Could Be Headed to Netflix, Jerry Confirms - http://mashable.com/2014...
Rejoice, Seinfeld fans. The TV show about nothing may be headed to a Netflix screen near you Jerry Seinfeld hosted a Reddit AMA on Thursday where he dropped the news, after Reddit user PolestarX asked if there was "any word on Seinfeld coming to Netflix." See also: Seinfeld Emoji Are Real, and They're Spectacular "You are a very smart and progressive person. These conversations are presently taking place," the actor responded Netflix has not yet responded to our request for comment Other gems from Seinfeld's AMA included doling out fashion advice (he called the second button of a men's shirt a "tricky button") and admitting he didn't drink much coffee in the '90s Read more... More about Netflix, Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld, Tv Shows, and Entertainment
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Who Sounds Better on Helium: Morgan Freeman or Jimmy Fallon? - http://mashable.com/2014...
Jimmy Fallon is taking Morgan Freeman's voice to the next level Fallon convinced the 77-year-old actor to inhale helium on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show. While Freeman called the act "undignified," he still did played along, proving his voice is just as iconic at a higher octave. This isn't the first time Freeman's gotten, err, gassy; he inhaled the noble gas to promote his Science Channel show Through The Wormhole earlier this year Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. 'American Ninja Warrior' Competitor Destroys Obstacle Course. Literally. Jimmy Kimmel Proves No One Understands Smartwatches Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright Turn and Face the Music Finally, a Movie That Panders to '90s Kids Read more... More about Viral Videos, Jimmy Fallon, Tonight Show, Tv, and Watercooler
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24 People Who Don't Know How to Beach - http://mashable.com/2014...
There are two types of people in the world: those who love the beach, and those who just don't get it. Many want nothing more than to spend the entirety of their days sprawled out in the sand, as they craft a perfectly even tan. Others find the beach a salty, sand-infested nightmare that houses sea monsters, sunburns, and countless ways to be uncomfortable. See also: 12 Sandsational Accessories for the Best Beach Day The beach is a wonderful place, but it's not for everybody. Some people should probably just stay indoors and leave beach-going to the professionals Read more... More about Lists, Summer, Humor, Funny, and Watercooler
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Special Case Gives Your iPhone Heat Vision - http://mashable.com/2014...
When Boston police found bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hiding inside a boat parked in a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, they didn't actually see him. They found his heat using a thermal imaging system known as FLIR (forward-looking infrared device) Now that same law enforcement and military intelligence technology has been shrunk down to smartphone size See also: 7 Creative Ways to Organize Your Mobile Apps FLIR One is an imaging accessory that weighs a hefty 3.9 ounces (almost as much as the phone), slides onto an iPhone 5 or 5s and adds a thermal imaging capabilities to the phone Unveiled at CES earlier this year, the device's sole job is to detect invisible heat. It combines the heat signature information with the live camera image from your phone to deliver a composite thermal heat image. FLIR Systems says FLIR One is useful for detecting ventilation leaks around doors and windows, car engine trouble, over-heating circuitry and wiring and even allowing you to see when...
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Google Wants to Create a 'Baseline' for Human Health - http://mashable.com/2014...
Google’s X division wants to know what’s up with human health. The company’s research arm is planning an initial study of 175 people to collect anonymous health data from biological samples, including blood and saliva. See also: Look Out, Apple: Google May Launch a Health-Data App According to the Wall Street Journal, Google’s Baseline Study will compile a database of full genomes for each participant. Researchers will be able to track an individual's genetic history, metabolic processes and even heart rate while under stress. The goal, says lead researcher Andrew Conrad, is to build a healthy human standard for comparison — a baseline. Read more... More about Google, Health, Lifestyle, and Health Fitness
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Ford Print Ad Uses Optical Illusion to Let You 'Park' a Car - http://mashable.com/2014...
Print advertising may be a bit passé as a medium, but that doesn't mean that clever advertisers can't have some fun within the confines of a declining channel of communication At least you could make the case that Ford and Israeli ad agency BBR Saatchi & Saatchi are still experimenting with the form. In this ad, the agency and client tap an optical illusion that's more than 100 years old to create an "interactive" print ad See also: OK Go's Mind-Boggling Music Video Is a Trove of Optical Illusions Try it yourself. If you stare at the black dot in the third car on the right for 30 seconds or more then your eyes will create a black car that you can "park" between the other two. Read more... More about Advertising, Ford, and Business
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16 Books to Read Before the Movie Version Comes Out - http://mashable.com/2014...
Good news: You'll have no shortage of things to read (and watch) in the next year. Books are the prequel to countless up and coming major films these days. Rather than waiting for the movie to come out, refresh your reading list ahead of time, and you'll be first in line to say that the book was better when it comes out. See also: 25 Literary Classics to Binge on This Summer Here's your definitive guide to the book-based movies releasing in 2014 and 2015. The films are sorted by release date so you can pace your reading. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... More about Books, Lists, Movies, Entertainment, and Film
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Unearthed Prints Suggest T. Rex Hunted in Packs - http://mashable.com/2014...
Some 70 million years ago, three tyrannosaurs stalked together across a mud flat in Canada, possibly searching for prey. The new insight comes from several parallel tyrannosaur tracks unearthed in Canada. The dinosaur tracks provide stronger evidence for a controversial theory: That the fearsome mega-predators hunted in packs. Track marks found on a mud flat in Canada. Image: Richard McCrea The ferocious beasts may have "stuck together as a pack to increase their chances of bringing down prey and individually surviving," said study co-author Richard McCrea, a curator at the Peace Region Palaeontology Center in Canada. Read more... More about Discovery, Canada, T Rex, Dinosaurs, and Us World
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'Penny Dreadful' Creator Teases Season 2 Antagonist - http://mashable.com/2014...
SAN DIEGO — Penny Dreadful creator John Logan was coy about Season 2 of Showtime's breakout hit, but one nugget he did share with audiences at the panel for the show at Comic-Con? Helen McCrory's Madame Kali will be next season's antagonist "Her supernatural world will then become the big threat to all the gentlemen on the stage," Logan said, pointing to fellow panelists and actors Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney and Harry Treadaway See also: A Lot of TV Shows Are Going to Comic-Con 2014: Here's Your Guide On Season 1, McCrory appeared in two episodes as the spiritualist. At the panel, a deleted scene from Season 1 featuring the character was shown. Read more... More about Tv, Television, Comic Con, and Penny Dreadful
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There's a Good Reason Someone Shot 3,192 Paintballs at This Family - http://mashable.com/2014...
What’s more disturbing: the 528 f-bombs dropped during The Wolf of Wall Street or this ad for a service that filters out sex and swear words from online streamed content? The answer depends on how squeamish you are about seeing a family of four get showered with nearly 3,200 paintballs unleashed by 50 simultaneous shooters in 5.3 seconds. That has to hurt, right? See also: Orabrush Parlays YouTube Success Into Walmart Deal [EXCLUSIVE] As it turns out, the behind-the-scenes details are every bit as fascinating as what shows up on screen in this commercial for a young company called VidAngel. Here’s a tease: the making of this cringe-inducing video involved eight stunt doubles, four high-speed cameras, two complete “living room” sets and more than 30 rolls of FiberFix super-adhesive tape Read more... More about Media, Advertising, Profanity, Business, and Marketing
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10 Ice Cream Truck Favorites You Can Make at Home - http://mashable.com/2014...
The sound of an ice cream truck may send you running with reckless abandon toward the door, but why risk a potential broken bone on your way to grab the last Drumstick? Many of your favorite frozen treats are simple enough to recreate at home with ingredients more delicious than the original. See also: 11 Things You Can Freeze in an Ice Cube Tray From fresh baked cookie sandwiches to home-churned ice cream, these recipes elevate your childhood favorites to grown up levels Read more... More about Lists, Recipes, Ice Cream, Watercooler, and Pics
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5 Amazon Sex Toy Reviews That Will Tickle You Pink [NSFW] - http://mashable.com/2014...
Let's talk about sex toys, baby. Specifically, let's talk about sex toys for sale on Amazon. As with other products on the site, users can leave thoughtful, detailed reviews. However, some users view the template as a chance to get in touch with their comedic sides and write something weird and funny. See also: The Man Who Turns Amazon Reviews Into Comedic Works of Art For example, reviewers had a field day writing a critique of a 55-gallon keg of lube available on Amazon for $1,433. The same applies to other sexual products, like dildos and fleshlights Check out these silly reviews for five other NSFW adult products Read more... More about Amazon, Reviews, Features, Funny, and Lifestyle
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3 Twitter Lessons From Brands That Have a Grip on Their Followers - http://mashable.com/2014...
Twitter users: Have you noticed a trend? Has anything about the way companies are tweeting these days caught your eye? It seems that brands are doing a Twitter marketing about-face. In other words, brand communications on Twitter are looking up. We've seen a huge shift in the way brands have embraced and employed Twitter in recent years. Four years ago, just 10% of all tweets came from brands. In 2012, when Twitter had 500 million registered users, major brands were buying in, but the learning curve was steep and they made mistakes, particularly with regard to customer service interactions. By 2013 brands were tweeting four times more than they were in 2012, with the 10 most-followed brands tweeting every six to 20 minutes. It seemed their transformation from skeptics to Twitter devotees eager to make an impact was finally complete. Read more... More about Chicago, Marketing Plan, Twitter Marketing, Amc, and Hyundai
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Lifestyles of the Awkward and Famous: 18 GIFs of Celebrities Being Weird - http://mashable.com/2014...
It seems nothing can touch the royalty that is celebrities. Except GIFs. While glossy, star-studded magazine tabloids can only reveal the celebrity lifestyle in a still snapshot, the Internet's favorite medium can capture (and recapture) every awkward moment in recorded history. Especially all the weird moments many celebrities would much rather forget. See also: 18 GIFs to Make You Smile on This Monday Sure, celebrities out of their element reassures the idea that they're just like us. But these GIFs leave us with more questions than answers. Read more... More about List, Pics, Film, Tv, and Gifs
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This Is the Right Way to 'Tell Me About Yourself' - http://mashable.com/2014...
The hour of your big interview has arrived, and you know you’re going to nail it. You’ve done your research and memorized your talking points. At this point, you could talk about the company in your sleep — right down to where the interviewer attended undergrad and the exact number of Wall Street Journal mentions the company has had in the past six months. But when the interviewer asks you to talk about yourself, you freeze, realizing with horror that you didn’t prepare enough to deliver your elevator pitch. You smile politely, shift in your chair and say, “well…um…” as your mind frantically struggles to string something together. Read more... More about Job Interviews, Business, Interview Questions, Jobs, and Career Advice
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