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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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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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