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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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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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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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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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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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