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April Fools' Day prank round-up (2015)

April Fools' Day means three things: Pranks, pranks and more pranks. Here are some of the best from around the Web this year.

YouTube megastar Michelle Phan launches new lifestyle network

The 27-year old will serve as creative director, mentoring a new breed of online personalities with ICON.

The new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is the absolute craziest yet

Deserts are incredible settings for anything on film, but that is apparently so much truer when it comes to insane action sequences and strange post-apocalyptic cults. Mad Max's gorgeous wasteland...

As April Fools' arrives, Google flips out and T-Mobile goes to the dogs - CNET

The search giant pulls an about-face and the wireless carrier puts on a dog-and-pony show for April Fools' Day. Also: Microsoft's MS-DOS Mobile and Samsung's smart knife.

Announcing Surface 3 - Surface Blog

When we developed Surface Pro 3, we set out to design the tablet that can truly replace your laptop – even your high-end laptop. Today we feel both fortunate and proud…

Jay Z's Tidal Is Great for Artists, But Maybe Not for Fans | WIRED

Tidal, the new streaming service backed by hip-hop mogul Jay Z, is being touted as an "artist-owned" endeavor. But is it any good for fans?

Amazon Is Going To Let Your Gadgets Order Groceries Automatically | WIRED

Today Amazon announces the Dash Button, a one-touch device for re-ordering common goods in your home. It's tied to a program that's designed to keep you from ever running out of things again.

Cat and fish take a surprisingly successful bath together [VIDEO]

Cats and fish are not natural friends, but isn't that the appeal of every interspecies friendship?

This self-stabilizing pen helps people with Parkinson’s write legibly again

The ARC pen uses a number of high-frequency vibration motors to nullify small involuntary hand movements in Parkinson's patients.

Amazon Dash Buttons bring consumerism to Internet of Things

All that glitters isn't (Apple) gold

Apple risks appearing elitist with the pricing and marketing strategies of the gold Watch Edition.

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The Verge on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

Alcatel’s device has a circular face, and at launch will ship with a black sport band (with more options set to be made available later on this year). It uses Bluetooth LE to connect to your device, and has a 42 mm watch face, with a 1.22-inch 240×204 display. The device uses touch-based input, but depends on a tapping interface using the home area that takes up a small chunk of the bottom of the round screen, similar to the Moto 360’s bottom black bar. A printed exterior bezel with number markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 helps hide the fact that it isn’t a full circle.

Hadoop powers big data digital marketing platform

And that is what brought Splice Machine and RedPoint to the decision to form a strategic partnership today to bring together Splice Machine's massively scalable database technology and RedPoint's cross-channel marketing and data quality technology to deliver a big data digital marketing platform that can serve as a complete omni-channel marketing solution.

Two-thirds of Apple Pay users running into problems at checkout, survey claims

I've had similar issues with it. Over the weekend, I had to try three times and it said "Done" each time, but didn't actually go through. I finally had to give up and use a regular credit card. I've used it about twenty times and have found that it generally takes longer for me to complete the process than it would to just take out and use my credit card. I see the benefit with regards to security, but in the end, the credit card companies are on the hook for any fraudulent charges and the banks are seeing higher fraudulent charges anyway because of their implementations of Apple Pay. In the end, it seems like just another way to pay that also has its problems.

Tech sites lead on April Fools gags

Microsoft used the background image for its main Bing search page to tout its April Fools joke in which it claimed the search system could read palms and minds to ensure people got the results they really wanted.

The Right Way To Make Tough Decisions

What to wear to work? That's easy. How to tackle a major work issue? Less so. But these tips that can make tough decisions that much easier.

Your 2015 April Fool's Day Spoiler

Over the years, we’ve updated Google Maps to make it more accurate, comprehensive and useful. From imagery of the coffee shop down the road to the Taj Mahal, or turn-by-turn navigation that helps you get to your first date on time or find your way to a famous landmark...we’ve worked hard to give people the best possible experience of the world around them. And today we’re introducing our most ambitious update yet: PAC-Maps.

I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life

Then a funny thing happens, because I’m really dumb. I’d left my cell phone at the restaurant. I realize when we got back to the hotel that I left it there. Bro goes into full big-brother mode and runs to the restaurant with me. Of course this happened. I shouldn’t be allowed to have a phone. I’m an idiot. Bro and I have a good laugh.

Can we create new senses for humans?

As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces — such as a sensory vest — to take in previously unseen information about the world around us.

These Are 20 Of The World's Best Photos Taken With Cell Phones

There were more than 96,000 entries across the Youth, Open and Mobile categories. Mobile alone saw 10,200 photo submissions, and winners in the category were chosen by an online vote from a shortlist of 20 photos. The entry that won first place got 6,718 votes, Sony says.

Twelve Tomorrows

Paul Graham Raven is a postgraduate researcher in infrastructural futures at the University of Sheffield. He’s also a writer, science fiction critic, and essayist, as well as a persistent gadfly in the futurological ointment. He lives a stone’s throw from the site of the Battle of Orgreave, with a duplicitous cat and three guitars he can barely play.

Google Maps turned your streets into Pac-Man today

Your streets can be an iconic arcade game right now. Google Maps has a Pac-Man option just in time for April Fool's Day. With the click of a button, your streets will be dotted with yellow pellets and the four famous ghosts. New York City, with its perpendicular streets, is perfect for Pac-Man's maze. I zipped around the block for a few minutes, until I ran into Pinky outside Webster Hall. Even though everyone's streets probably won't convert into a Pac-Man-like grid, Google might be getting better at gags after years of trying and failing .

Dropbox Versus The World

The question gnaws at Houston: how can he ensure that every new employee is as passionate about ridding the world of digital inconveniences as he is? "The big challenge will be growing the company in a way that allows people coming in to quickly get up to speed and contribute," says Woodside. It’s particularly hard for someone as obsessive as Houston. Described as an extremely hands-on "engineer’s engineer," Houston participates every year in the company’s Hack Week, in which developers work on individual projects that often get fast-tracked to product status. He’s positioned his desk right next to the other engineers in Dropbox’s open office. The day I visit, multiple half-full water jugs have been abandoned behind three vertically positioned monitors while an open can of sour-cream-and-onion Pringles sits in front. "He’s gotten a lot better at it," VP of engineering Aditya Agarwal tells me. "Being able to frame problems and then relying on other people to come back with solutions."

New ARM-powered chip aims for battery life measured in decades

The L21 MCU uses a 42 MHz Cortex M0+ CPU core—the smallest 32-bit ARM processor. It also carries up to 256 kilobytes of Flash memory, up to 32 kilobytes of static RAM, and up to 8 kb of separate low-power static RAM that is kept powered at everything short of the deepest sleep mode—even off a low-power backup battery when the main battery is exhausted.

Google Unveils a Stick That Turns Any Display Into a PC | WIRED

The Chromebit is really just an extension of this idea. Equipped with much the same hardware as a Chromebook laptop, Sengupta says, it’s more powerful than a Chromecast, which just means it’s better at running more applications. Google believes the devices—equipped with an HDMI port—will provide a way of quickly upgrading existing PCs and perhaps even accelerate the rise of computerized displays inside stores and restaurants. Rajen Sheth, another Google VP who has helped lead the company’s push onto business hardware, says that the price of PC hardware and displays has dropped so low, it may now be cheaper to built digital signage than a traditional paper sign. If you print out a 42-inch paper sign at a place like Kinkos, it’ll cost about two hundred dollars, he says, and that same price will eventually get you a 42-inch LCD and a Chromebit.

Amazon's Dash button: 'Indeed, it is real'

This may seem, to some, to be an excess of convenience. Few people have complained, as of yet, about the laborious walk to a laptop where they have to sweat and agonize over Amazon's "one-click" shopping button. But for those weary souls who are tired of having to pull out a smartphone and go through the motions to order more Tide detergent, the cavalry has come.

Genius Faceplate Puts USB Ports on Your Wall With No Wiring Needed

The SnapPower Charger is simply a replacement cover plate featuring a pair of metal prongs that reach around an existing outlet and make contact with the screws holding its electrical wiring in place. Once the cover plate is snapped on and screwed into place so it's secure, the USB port instantly has power.

That Time Martha Stewart Delivered The Sickest Burns At Justin Bieber's Roast

"When I did my stretch, all the hood rats on my cell block wanted to break off a piece of Martha Stewart’s ass. So I decided some bitch needed to get got. I walked into the chow hall, picked out the biggest bull dyke and I stuck her. From then on, prison was easier than making blueberry scones. And Shaq, I hope your mom still doesn’t hold a grudge."

Dynasty TV Opening Theme

The main theme song from the night time soap drama called Dynasty

GoDaddy is 18 years old, unprofitable, has a mountain of debt, and is now going public

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Boycott Indiana: Who's doing what to protest 'anti-gay' law

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Costa Rica Is Now Running On 100% Renewable Electricity

Compare that to the U.S., where renewables generate only around 13% of electricity. Of course, Costa Rica is tiny in comparison—with a population only about the size of Alabama. Because most people are relatively poor, energy use per household is low. And the country's economy relies on tourism and agriculture, not energy-sucking industries like manufacturing. Costa Rica also has some natural advantages. Like Iceland, which already runs on fully renewable energy, Costa Rica is filled with volcanoes and can tap into geothermal power.

The equivalent of “It’s all Greek to me” in 30 other languages

English speakers say, “It’s all Greek to me,” when they find something hard to understand. Shakespeare used the phrase in “Julius Caesar” (“Those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but for mine own part, it was Greek to me”). It’s also common in Spanish, where some people think it gave rise to the word “gringo” (from “hablar en griego,” to speak in Greek, or to speak unintelligibly).

Don’t Read The Comments — Let Diffbot Analyze Them Instead

Diffbot ‘s mission, according to CEO Mike Tung, involves “teaching a robot how to read and understand web pages.” Today it expanded that understanding to include forums, comments, reviews, and other online discussions.

Twitter launches Curator, its free Storify competitor

First unveiled in February, Curator is now available to any media outlet that applies on Twitter's website for access to the tool. It allows organizations to collect tweets and Vines based around specific topics, perform more advanced searches and get access to better analytics.

Study: Facebook Tracks Users in ‘Violation’ of EU Law

This report contains factual inaccuracies. The authors have never contacted us, nor sought to clarify any assumptions upon which their report is based. Neither did they invite our comment on the report before making it public. We have explained in detail the inaccuracies in the earlier draft report (after it was published) directly to the Belgian DPA, who we understand commissioned it, and have offered to meet with them to explain why it is incorrect, but they have declined to meet or engage with us. However, we remain willing to engage with them and hope they will be prepared to update their work in due course.

“It felt like robbery”: Tomb Raider and the fall of Core Design

The atmosphere within the studio seemed more akin to a collective of bedroom coders than a professional company with offices, and the building that they worked in only added to the feeling. "I've heard it described as a mansion," says Rummery. "It was a big Victorian house… and [it] had been converted into offices. It was really higgledy-piggledy inside. All the teams were in small little rooms, so we couldn't have fitted more than six people in our [ Tomb Raider ] room."

Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn't define me

Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.

Asus's new Chromebook Flip is a tiny, touchscreen, convertible Chromebook

The new Asus Chromebook Flip is unlike any other on the market. At 10.1 inches, it's even smaller than most Chromebooks on the market, but the all-metal chassis is much stronger and premium-feeling than most of its plastic-built relatives. And like a number of Windows laptops, the Flip’s hinge can bend all the way around so the device can be used in tablet mode. Of course, that means the Flip’s screen is a touchscreen, something only seen on a few other Chromebooks thus far. The onboard accelerometer means you can easily use the Flip in either portrait or landscape; the preproduction hardware and software made the switch without any trouble.

Glitter, GIFs and galactic princesses: 20 questions with Michelle Phan

19. What hair/makeup look was the hardest to master? Any of the very eccentric special effects makeup looks that I did, like the zombie look or the face painting one. Those are pretty hard to master because you have to be very meticulous on every brush stroke. Often times people don't realize when you're filming a tutorial, it's not the same as when you're looking at a mirror and doing your makeup. You're just using an either really small panel of your reflection or sometimes you don't see it at all and you're just using a small mirror and you can't put the mirror in front of your face, because it's going to be in the way. There's a lot of trickery to it. So, anything that involves any Halloween makeup is pretty tough. Challenging, I would say. But fun, nonetheless.

Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak is testing a photo feature

Yik Yak is in the early stages of testing the feature on some college campuses for limited periods of time, sometimes as brief as several hours, in order to get feedback from users, according to sources familiar with the matter. Yik Yak confirmed the development to Mashable .

Why Is My Dog Such a Picky Pooper? | WIRED

Specific canine rituals and routines will vary based on breed, age, location, weather, and a bunch of other variables, but in general the act of expelling solid bodily waste is not the simple, opportunity-based activity it is for humans. There is sniffing and wandering. There is spinning and digging. Sometimes there’s additional wandering, and maybe even a false squat or two before the final package is delivered. As many dog owners will attest, this hunt for an elusive fecal bullseye can be exhausting.

Is This Startup The Apple Of The Filtered-Water Market And Can It End Brita’s Dominance?

Soma has a strong ethical core: it works hard to use sustainable materials and also donates a portion of its revenues to Charity:Water with the goal of giving one million people access to clean drinking water. All of this comes at a cost to its bottom line, but Del Ponte believes it is well worth it, because millennials will see their own values in the product. As Soma scales up through this Target partnership, Del Ponte believes the charitable aspect of the business model will allow the company to stay honest and true to its values. Since the donation system is based on each product sold, Del Ponte says the company is willing to make less of a profit on each sale if it means it will allow them to get to their charitable goal faster.

5 experienced crowdfunders share their best campaign advice

Running a successful crowdfunding campaign feels a bit like winning the lottery. The results are all over the board: instant successes, slow and steady fundraisers, unfunded flops, and underdogs that rise to the challenge just in the knick of time. But all of these campaigns have one thing in common: Success or failure, they were learning experiences.

Space station camera captures ominous video of Super Typhoon Maysak

The International Space Station's High-Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment captured views of Super Typhoon Maysak from space and broadcasted it live on Ustream.

Tensions rise in Turkey after bloody hostage standoff in Istanbul courthouse

ISTANBUL, Turkey — The tragic and bloody end to an hours-long hostage standoff inside an Istanbul courthouse on Tuesday has raised the tensions that still linger in Turkey nearly two years after nationwide anti-government protests put the country’s divisions in stark relief.

All 40 Runners Fail at 100-Mile Tennessee Mountain Race

(Bloomberg) -- None of the 40 runners who attempted to finish the 100-mile Barkley Marathons in the mountains of eastern Tennessee completed the race, the first time since 2007 that the endurance test had no finishers.

Two giant slides are coming to London

Now a pair of giant slides are making their way to London as part of the Southbank Centre's forthcoming survey of contemporary artist Carsten Höller's work.

Star Wars villains get a moody re-imagining by Square Enix

Square Enix, the gamesmaker that gave us the Final Fantasy series (alongside plenty of other games ), also has a sideline in fancy high-end action figures. Its latest collection tackles the Star Wars universe, well, the darker side of said universe. Alongside Darth Vader (which was teased late last year), Play Arts Kai (the brand Square Enix releases them under) has revealed two more additions: a particularly stoic-looking Stormtrooper and Boba Fett. But reimagining action figures (or perhaps licensing) ain't cheap: Each one retails for around 12,000 yen (roughly $100), but (but!) they can be articulated at 14 different points, with three joints on each arm for maximum dramatic posturing... not to mention reminding yourself (and younger family members) that these aren't for kids.

How to avoid getting pranked on April Fools' Day

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Why you should quit obsessing about how your job interview went

It's totally understandable that you want to know if you'll be hired, preferably as soon as possible. But trying to decipher the signs — which holds real benefits early in the job search process — will only serve to drive you crazy after you interview. So, listen to those well-meaning friends: Remember the advice above and stop obsessing.

File-sharing Service Infinit Launches on iOS and Android

You can share files with any of your contacts, even if they don’t use Infinit. The interface is easy to use, and makes light work of sending across images and video clips from your device. And if you use the app on your desktop, it allows you to quickly send files to your mobile devices with just a couple of clicks.

Large medieval burial ground under Cambridge is similar to modern cemeteries

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 42 million unique visitors worldwide and 21 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

Free Tool Shows What Your Apps Are Doing Behind Your Back | WIRED

For $3, you can can upgrade to the full version, which is where things get really interesting. You can then see how dangerous SpyAware thinks each app on your phone could be based on “risky” permissions such as the ability to read your text messages, take pictures or record audio. You can also see how much data each app uses, how often it collects your location information, and where it sends data. Importantly, it lets you know what the apps that came preloaded on your phone—the ones that you never gave any permissions to at all—are doing.

As Internal Threats Rise, Investors Back New Security Tech

Finally, new companies are even taking a run at HyTrust’s market of securing against internal threats in a network. Baltimore-based RedOwl Analytics raised $4.6 million in a round of funding to develop its network monitoring and security technology, and Fortscale has raised $12 million from investors including Intel Capital looking at a similar market. “This category builds on top of security compliance, and adds a bunch of data sources to do predictive analytics,” the investor said.

Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best phone in the world

Of course things could change in the coming months with the LG G4 and Huawei Ascend P8 both tipped to launch very soon - but for now let's all bask in the glow of the Galaxy S6's 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display.

13 creative April Fools' Day pranks inspired by Instagram

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Google Lab Puts a Time Limit on Innovations

Google Inc. is embracing a leaner, faster way to find the next big thing amid questions about the Internet giant’s heavy spending on long-term research projects.

How to delete all your embarrassing tweets before you become famous

And although it would be nice to think that people would understand that sometimes, stuff we tweet in 2010 doesn't represent who we are in 2015, that's just not how the world works. Despite the fact that a whole generation is growing up online, more connected than ever, the Internet hasn't yet decided on a set statute of limitations for Social Media Dumbassery™.

7 big names in tech that were almost wildly different

Yahoo remains one of the most popular websites on the Internet, but back when it launched in 1994, it was called "Jerry and David's guide to the World Wide Web." Stanford University classmates Jerry Yang and David Filo created the website as a searchable directory for all the other webpages that were popping up online at the time. The clunky, verbose name lasted an entire year before the duo renamed it Yahoo, which stood for "Yet Another Hierarchically Organized Oracle."

51 SnapPower Charger Adds a USB charger to Every Power Socket
52 How Many Internet Users Are Fake? [Infographic]
53 Oneplus' Latest Product Is A Palm-sized Drone
54 Jay Z's Music Service, Tidal, Arrives With A Splash, And Questions Follow
55 U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure
56 Meteor Development Platform Hits 1.1, Now Out For Windows
57 A closer look at Project Spartan, Microsoft's Internet Explorer killer
58 Etsy IPO Price Expected At Between $14-$16 A Share, Starting Roadshow Tomorrow
59 An Action Plan For Getting More Women In Tech
60 Footage shows every angle of burglars smashing into a mall
61 Dyson's new bladeless fan is also a powerful air filter
62 Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: The iPhone 6 Has Met Its Match
63 Facebook’s New Photo “Scrapbook” Lets Parents Give Kids An Official Presence
64 Is Cloud-Based Collaboration For Everything
65 New tech creates buttons and shapes in mid-air -
66 Truefilm Wants to be a Lightroom Replacement on your iPhone
67 Surface 3: Finally, A $499 Device From Microsoft That Makes Sense
68 12 European festivals you have to experience this summer
69 Park officials warn drivers in Wyoming to beware migrating wildlife
70 8 hidden features every Samsung Galaxy phone user should know
71 When April Fools’ Day Gets More Love Than Good Policy
72 Google Says 5% Of Visitors To Its Sites Have Ad Injectors Installed
73 Charges say crooked feds used Bitcoin as a license to steal
74 Why You Won't Find an April Fool's Day Joke on TNW
75 7-year-old girl gets 3D printed 'robohand'
76 Reviewing UX Designs While Drunk Makes Way More Sense Than You Think
77 See You This Week In Montreal And Toronto
78 Your Face Alone Can Reveal Your Biological Age to a Computer
79 Service Marketplace StarOfService Takes On Thumbtack
80 Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi: Not quite a laptop replacement [REVIEW]
81 Once upon a time, my mother ...
83 The good news about PMS
84 How Netflix Is Creating the Ultra-High-Def Future of TV | WIRED
85 Social Media Management Company Sprinklr Raises $46M, Now Valued At More Than $1B
86 Sinch Blasts To $60M Run Rate In 10 Months
87 Husky walks on water, rapture is probably coming
88 ARC Welder Lets Devs (And You) Test Android Apps in Chrome
89 Xiaomi Launches Special Edition Mi Note and Redmi 2 Phones