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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fireworks (Web Exclusive)

With Last Week Tonight on hiatus, John Oliver takes to the internet to cover the most important story of the past week: Fireworks.

Dubai to Create the World's First Climate-Controlled City

Dubai has announced plans to create the world's first climate-controlled city.

Chicago's Brutal Weekend Ends With 82 People Shot

It was a bloody Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, where at least nine people were shot to death in one of the biggest crime surges the city has seen this year.

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Self-Driving 'Future Truck' on Germany's Autobahn

With the Future Truck 2025, Mercedes-Benz reveals its vision for self-driving cars of the future.

The Youths Are Totally Confused by Game Boys [VIDEO]

The kids have spoken and Game Boys just don't make sense anymore in the age of Wii.

Virality: How Does It Work and Why Do We Share?

In the latest video of our Mashable Explains series, we try to figure out virality and memes.

A Fuse Here and a Wire There, and You've Got a DIY Game Boy

Adafruit has created instructions for 3D printing and assembling a Game Boy replica that uses a Raspberry Pi.

Humans Ride Verruckt, the Tallest Water Slide in the World

The first humans to ride Verruckt, the tallest water slide in the world, have taken the plunge.

This Is How a 'Go-Around' Avoids Disaster at an Airport

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PlayStation Owners Can Hop into Bungie's Destiny Beta on July 17

To be fair, PlayStation owners won’t have it for a full week. According to Bungie, the beta will be offline on July 21 and 22 for “scheduled maintenance.” And then it’ll only run through July 27 at 11:59pm PT. When I spoke with Bungie at E3, my understanding was that they were planning multiple beta phases, so this probably won’t be the last chance you’ll have to play Destiny before it launches on September 9.

Oculus to launch developer conference this fall

Oculus to launch developer conference this fall Virtual reality company Oculus VR plans on launching its own developers conference kicking off this fall. The Oculus Connect event takes place in Los Angeles on September 19-20, and will invite engineers and Check out this story on

Nokia and Microsoft May Be Working on an Android-Powered Lumia

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 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 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.

Uncharged Phones And Laptops Banned From US Flights

Speaking last week US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned additional security measures were imminent for “certain overseas airports with direct flights into the United States”. He said “We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry. We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible.”

Former Superman Brandon Routh Joins Arrow as The Atom - IGN

This will actually be the fourth comic book-derived project for Routh (who had a recurring role on Enlisted this past season), following Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Dylan Dog: Dead of Night.

Google Backtracks On Harshly Criticized Censorship Decision

(Reuters) - Google Inc GOOGL.O GOOG.O on Thursday reversed its decision to remove several links to stories in Britain's Guardian newspaper, underscoring the difficulty the search engine is having implementing Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling.

Box reportedly brings in $150M in new funding; pushes off IPO

Box’s long-awaited IPO is being pushed out, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, as the storage and file sharing company takes in a hefty sum of investment.

Step Inside Napster Cofounder Sean Parker's New $55 Million Mansion

DeGeneres bought the house for $40 million earlier this year, and while she didn't intend to flip it, Parker reportedly approached her with an offer and the deal was inked in just eight days, leaving DeGeneres with a nice $15 million profit.

A Big Spanish Tech Company Was Accused Of Being A Fraud — 5 Days Later The Company Collapsed

Gotham City's report, which it published after eight months of diligence on Let's Gowex, was initiated after the firm found a number of red flags at the company, among them that Let's Gowex failed a basic "smell test" of investing: performance relative to peers. On that basis, Let's Gowex's double-digit revenue growth far outpaced peers like Towerstream, Boingo, and iPass that also provide wifi services. 

Who’s the new guy running the NSA?

In addition to serving as the face of public relations for the Defense Department's "silent service," Rogers has taken on two formal roles that come bundled with the NSA director position: head of the Central Security Service, another arm of the US’ 17-tentacled intelligence apparatus, and commander of US Cyber Command, the hub of the military’s cyber efforts.

Amazon Web Services' Achilles heel: Complexity

Good news: Amazon has more instance types and higher-level services than any competitor. Bad news: that means a ton of complexity and tracking challenges for users.

Beacon Reader's crowdfunding platform now lets supporters fund topics as well as journalists

Beacon Reader, a platform through which supporters can crowdfund journalists, has launched a new feature that allows readers to back a specific topic such as climate change, with contributions split among the writers who are participating in the project

Can Cartoons Help Chat Apps Reap Profits? - Digits - WSJ

So goes the plot for “ Prison Camp for Born-To-Be-Solo’s ,” one of the latest “webtoons,” or highly popular digital cartoons, from South Korea’s dominant internet portal, Naver. Perhaps a North Korean solution to a South Korean problem, webtoons like “Prison Camp” may also be part of the solution to another head-scratcher: how can mobile chat app operators translate their large users bases into healthy profits.

New Kinect For Windows Now Available For $199, Shipping July 15 | TechCrunch

So far, at-home Windows computer use of the Kinect is still fairly specialized, so this will probably appeal to a limited circle. Microsoft has even moved away from its requirement that new Xbox One consoles ship with a Kinect bundled, so even the company behind the tech admits that its unique interaction method has limited appeal. Still, for those building advanced software that incorporates robotic vision elements, it’s a solid, affordable option and probably the closest to being something with mass adoption potential.

15 debuts new store for wearable tech

Those who have questions on what to buy can visit the “Learning Center” portion of the store. Here, consumers can read more about product details and compatibility information. Additionally, they can browse reviews from experts before making a decision of their own. People who prefer video content can make choices based on the Video Library section, which hosts numerous educational videos on these type of devices.

16 raises another $150M, bumping estimated value to $2.4B | ZDNet

Summary: UPDATED x2: The delayed IPO for the enterprise cloud darling looks more promising following another round of last-minute funding.

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete

As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it's used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over

The Rich Kids Of Snapchat Will Make You Cringe

Just when we thought we'd seen the worst of "rich millenials gone wild" on Instagram , they've taken over another social media platform: Snapchat.

I’m Blocking Your Baby’s Facebook Photos

Now he's sleeping better than he ever has. We're on to other challenges like potty training and sharing toys, which puts us back on common ground with a lot of parents. This fall, he’ll become a big brother, and I’m sure I’ll want to talk to friends about that change. But I'm still cautious about what I record, and even more circumspect in what I share. When I first became a dad, I found it hard to relate with the crowd of parents publishing their Peacable Kingdom scenes on Facebook. They were living a different reality, and I’m not ready to rejoin them if it makes me focus on sharing and not on him. I want to be present in these moments, however harrowing they feel.

She's Still Dying on Facebook

On March 2, more than four years ago now, Lea died of substance-abuse-related liver failure. June 10 would have been her 27th birthday. This time of year is when she’s always most on my mind, and I’m sure that some Facebook technician who keeps track of what we all do on the site would report that my visits to Lea’s profile increase exponentially as the weather gets warmer. I don’t know how, exactly, I managed to open up my old messages with Lea. I want to say that Facebook put the messages there—that I didn’t click the button, that they just appeared, Lea’s face popping up because she had something to say, she wanted to chat. But I must have clicked. Maybe by accident. Still, I can’t ignore the pull of my bookworm’s interpretation, arguing that technology is the closest human beings come to magic. I know nothing about the way the Internet works. I still half-believe the Internet is simply air. So why isn’t it plausible that Lea’s messages appeared in response to how much I miss her, to my own guilt about her death.

Taylor Swift: Forming a bond with fans in the future will mean constantly providing them with the element of surprise.

Every album Taylor has made has sold at least 5 million copies ( 5x platinum ) and that is just in the USA ( Not world wide ) >>>  This shows you how far behind everyone else is to Taylor >>> Taylor has 59 hot 100 hits >>> 59 >>> Lady Gaga has 19 and Carrie Underwood has 15 = People buy Taylor Swift songs! >>> Since people are not buying albums and songs from most other singers besides Taylor, Billboard is now counting 100 youtube video views as 1 song sold = It makes everyone else look like they are selling more songs when in fact they are not >>> Taylor is about the only singer that really sells her songs and albums now >>> The rest are a lot of gimmicks and tricks to make it look like a singer is doing well >>> Taylor has bought 4 mansion's ( and 1 for her parents ) = 5 mansion's >>> Lady Gaga lives in a 2 bedroom apartment in NY >>> You can not buy Mansions with gimmicks and tricks! >>> You have to sell your albums and songs and concerts to buy 5 mansion's :)

Nowhere to Hide? Three Ways to Protect Your Privacy on Facebook - NBC News

Using Facebook doesn't have to mean a total loss of privacy.

How to speak so that people want to listen

Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.

A Table For Two That Forces You To Ignore Your Phone And Be Mindful

The resulting table for two is a cross between a napkin and a picnic blanket. Each diner attaches one end of the table to themselves with a strap, and then the fabric stretches in between, making a surface that holds plates, drinks, and silverware with a little bit of balancing. After you're done, everything folds up into a small portable case.

36-Year-Old NASA Probe's Engines Successfully Fired Up by Private Team

ISEE-3 needs to be moved to put it in an advantageous position to communicate with Earth. In past interviews with, Cowing has said the group will focus on what to use the spacecraft for after rescuing it. Another priority will be seeing how well its 13 scientific instruments function.

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Shut up and spend: inside the electronic music money machine

But then the internet happened, and everything got messed up. Suddenly, there were a billion different hashtagged microgenres: bloghouse, raptronica, country-rave, Tumblrwave… all the products of a new kind of music consumption led by the democratization of production and the free exchange of music all over the world. For old-school music biz people, this sucked ! Without a prevailing cultural wind to guide them, they had trouble marketing to fans, and without physical album sales, it was difficult to stay in the black. But as people born in the ’90s grew up, a seemingly new cultural force emerged that the record industry saw as a pulsating white light at the end of a long, Napster-induced coma: EDM. Some clever marketer decided to package the pervasive electronic sound of pop music into Electronic Dance Music, and the move worked in a big way. The EDM industry, along with its corresponding superstars and festivals, has become such a force that it has generated the need for its own type of trade show in Las Vegas, called EDMBiz, where I found myself a few weeks ago. But before we go to the desert, let’s step back in time a couple decades.

Leave it to Australians to resurrect gladiator duels with carbon-fiber suits

“We had to solve a bunch of problems before we built the prototypes” Pysden explains. “People have been building armor for thousand of years, but what they’ve never had to do before is encase all of this technology in the armor and make it work. But more importantly, when the knights were fighting back in the medieval days, they weren’t throwing kicks to the head. They were generally on horses or on foot, and typically weren’t using marital arts as part of their combat. That’s the big difference here — we wanted to develop suits where you had the articulation and mobility to fight as you would in unarmed, unarmored combat, but to be able to do that with weapons.”

Tim Cook's recasting of Apple is in full boom

In the first few years of his tenure, Tim Cook's Apple Inc. looked a lot like the company he inherited from Steve Jobs. Then, over six weeks starting in late April, Mr. Cook's image of Apple came into sharper focus. Apple agreed to buy back $100 billion of its shares—more than any company in U.S. history—after years of hoarding cash. Mr. Cook settled a feud with Google Inc., a rival that Mr. Jobs once targeted for a "holy...

10 top indigenous books for your summer reading list

If you are looking for summer reading suggestions, you are in luck. Check out 10 new releases by indigenous authors — from fiction to non-fiction, poetic prose, science, politics, romance and traditional stories — brought to you by the editors of Muskrat Magazine.

The Science Behind the Birth Control in the Hobby Lobby Case

If you've read the Supreme Court’s ruling in  Hobby Lobby or the reaction to it, then you know what sparked the lawsuit. The Affordable Care Act says that employer-provided insurance must include essential health benefits, including all medically authorized forms of contraception. The owners of Hobby Lobby objected to this requirement, because they believe that four common forms of birth control — two versions of the "morning-after pill" and two kinds of intrauterine devices (IUDs) — are "abortifacients." In other words, the owners of Hobby Lobby think these contraceptives end pregnancies rather than prevent them. And they believe that is tantamount to ending a life.

7-Year-Old Raises More Than $49,000 to Fund Friend's Surgery

We all know how the saying ends. That's exactly why 7-year-old Quinn Callender of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, made lemonade when he found out that his friend Brayden Grozdanich, who has cerebral palsy, needed an expensive surgery to help him walk.

The Finger Your Phone Can't Live Without (It's Not Your Thumb)

Grab your smartphone and do a simple task, like check your email. Like a trusty steed, carrying the weight of your contacts, apps and messages upon its tiny, boney surface, the pinky is most likely propping up the device. I've asked both men and women to participate in my "where's your pinky?" test; nearly always, the results were the same. (Note: You might see your pinky resting on the smartphone's side until you start to navigate through the user interface.)

Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist"

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.

Why Today's Parents Must Replace Sex Talk with Tech Talk

Born into the digital age and exposed to technology and the internet very early, this generation of kids are effectively guinea pigs in the lab of life. How – and when – will we know how much is too much for developing minds?

10 Crazy Vacation Ideas for Thrillseekers

So if jumping out of a plane or chasing deadly storms sounds better than hopping on a cruise to the Caribbean or backpacking across Europe, a blood-pumping, adrenaline-fueled vacation may be just what you need to step away from reality for a bit.

How to use Google Maps offline mode on iOS, Android - CNET

The moment your phone reads "No service," Google Maps suddenly drops out. That is, unless you've saved your maps for offline access. With this feature, you can store large map areas for guidance, even when you're stuck without reception.

42 Trippy Rock Songs to Psych You Up

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We Answer Your Burning Questions About the Return of Sailor Moon | Underwire | WIRED

The version on Hulu will be subtitled, at least initially. Toei Animation also plans to redub the original series, due in part to the seething fan hatred of the original dub. As I’ve mentioned, it was pretty bad, not only changing all the character names to make them Western (e.g., Usagi became Serena, Mamoru became Darien) but adding some extremely unfortunate slang to Sailor Moon’s speech. (Actual dialogue: “Luna, you’re trippin’ when it comes to knowing what’s on a girl’s mind!”)

Breathe! Pink Floyd's First Album in 20 Years Is Coming This Year

Don't get too comfortably numb with Pink Floyd's two-decade absence from releasing new music. The English rock band — or what's left of it — will release its first studio album since 1994's The Division Bell sometime this October.

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will | Business | WIRED

Beneath its slick interface and crystal clear GPS-enabled vision of the world, Google Maps roils with local rivalries, score-settling, and deception. Maps are dotted with thousands of spam business listings for nonexistent locksmiths and plumbers. Legitimate businesses sometimes see their listings hijacked by competitors or cloned into a duplicate with a different phone number or website. In January, someone bulk-modified the Google Maps presence of thousands of hotels around the country, changing the website URLs to a commercial third-party booking site (which siphons off the commissions).

'Maleficent' Is 2014's Only Non-Superhero Film to Cross $600M Mark

On an average summer at the movies, you'd see a healthy mix of properties raking in some serious money. With the multitude of options one traditionally has during this time of year, records are broken left and right, and the high-water mark is usually set at a breakneck pace. Unfortunately, this summer's options haven't been as diverse as audiences would like, which has resulted in a glut of superhero films ruling the box office roost. However, there's one movie that's slowly worked its way to the top of the non-comic book heap, and it's the only movie of its type to cross $600 million this summer: Angelina Jolie's  Maleficent .

Bulletproof Coffee, The New Power Drink Of Silicon Valley

I am overweight due to meds the doctor says I must take for the rest of my life. I started at 200 lbs and am now 245 (2 years it took). The drug is Lyrica for Fibromyalgia. I am 5'8" and cannot and should not carry that much weight. I also, according to doctor have neuropathy in my left leg after a complete knee replacement on same side. I have no thyroid left as it was radiated out years ago. point, I am not looking for the "miracle"....I suffer from extreme brain fog and memory loss. I want to feel better and want my body to work like it did before this surgery. I am contemplating gastric bypass surgery now.I own a coffee shop and have recently added DR SMOOTHIE...which is an excellent, although spendy drink and an alternative to coffee. I also added Matcha Green Tea Lattes which are good, but you have to add honey or vanilla syrup otherwise it tastes like grass.I am interested in your Bulletproof coffee phenominim. contact me at

Facebook May Have Violated Principles Of Academic Research

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The scientific journal that published a study by Facebook and two U.S. universities examining people's online mood swings regrets how the social experiment was handled.

'Keep Calm and Carry On': The Unlikely Success of a Failed Slogan

"Keep Calm and Carry On" is now one of the most recognizable slogans in British history. Its resilient message has become extraordinarily commonplace, with the phrase used to sell everything from mugs to flight bags and baby clothes. An engraving shop on my daily commute even invokes its customers to "Keep Calm and Order Signage". Its formula is instantly recognizable, whether referring to zombies or knitting .

This Fourth Of July, Stop To Thank Chinese Alchemists

Chinese alchemists have a long tradition of working with all three of these chemicals. Saltpeter is relatively uncommon in Europe, because it’s more likely to form at higher temperatures. But it’s abundant in China, and records indicate that alchemists were able to determine whether they’d found saltpeter by burning it back in the 3rd century C.E. (Saltpeter turns a bright purple when you burn it, thanks to the potassium.) Saltpeter had been used for centuries prior to that, with its first mentions coming in the second century B.C.E., but it was probably in use in the 4th century B.C.E. or earlier.

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59 Keith Rabois’ Homebuying Startup OpenDoor Raises $9.95M From Everyone | TechCrunch
60 3 Israelis Confess to Murdering 16-Year-Old Palestinian Boy
61 Buzzfeed Is Officially A Case Study In Media Industry Disruption
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68 Next Generation of 3D Printed Prosthetic Hands – The Flexy-Hand 2 – Looks and Feels More Realistic
69 Google Founders Talk About Ending the 40-Hour Work Week
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76 A Google Employee Says Google Employees Are Too Confident, And Too Isolated From The Real World
77 Survival and defeat in Silicon Valley slum
78 From Google to Amazon: EU goes to war against power of US digital giants
79 How the Internet is Democratizing Luxury
80 13 Short Stories With Unexpectedly Shocking Twists
81 The Beginner's Guide to Airbnb
82 MTV Creates Social Media-Powered Music-Video Chart
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