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6 May


  • 14:20
    Planning a trip with bus and train travel can get complicated, quickly, but booking startups are trying to make it as simple as possible. Wanderu, which offers a comprehensive resource for bus and train travel, launched a new Android app Thursday after launching an iOS app in February. See also: United and Orbitz are suing a 22-year-old who exposed cheap airfare hack CEO Polina Raygorodskaya says that the company, which she founded in 2011, is focused on millennial travelers and sees about half of its traffic from mobile devices. “We are now able to serve users on nearly every mobile (...) -- Travel, Transportation, Apps Software, Lifestyle, Travel Leisure
  • 13:06
    If you think your apartment is the size of a closet, raise your hand See also: 5 Amazon Sex Toy Reviews That Will Tickle You Pink [NSFW] We see you, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since the median rental price for a studio or one-bedroom in the United States is $769, according to Apartment Guide, some high-demand cities can only offer meek square footage. But for others, like Portland, that gives you (or a dog!) lots of space to run around Software company AppFolio visualized 13 possible apartments in different cities, all correlating with that same price tag. And in case you were (...) -- Features, Home, Living, Infographics, Travel Leisure
  • 13:01
    Tesla cars receive a lot of media buzz, but it seems the average American still does not consider the car to be a viable option. In our recent series, we looked at some of Tesla's earliest adopters and their motivations for purchasing the car — from its luxury status to its fuel efficiency to its speed. See also: Tesla is now selling used cars online for thousands of dollars less So while it's clear Silicon Valley-based techies aren't the only people purchasing Teslas, we're still curious what it would take for the average person to consider switching to a Tesla. Take a few minutes to (...) -- Tesla, Tech, Dev Design, Gadgets, Tesla Motors
  • 12:38
    A NASA balloon that crashed to the ground in remote Queensland, Australia last week has been discovered in remote Queensland, Australia. Cattle station workers discovered the broke-up super pressure balloon in a field, according to ABC News. The flight was terminated on April 27 after controllers detected a leak developing in the balloon. It had been 32 days since the balloon launched from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand See also: NASA successfully tests shape-changing airplane wings Marianne McCarthy, from Bulloo Downs station near Thargomindah, was one of a group of workers who went (...) -- Nasa, Australia, Us World, Space, Nasa Balloon
  • 11:59
    LONDON — The Who have been confirmed as the Sunday night headliners for this year's Glastonbury Festival. Roger Daltrey will be chucking microphones in the air while Pete Townshend windmills his way through their greatest hits on June 28, closing the mammoth weekender. Paul Weller has been added to the bill as the penultimate act before the band. See also: Some awesome acts have been announced for Glastonbury 2015 Punters who head to the famous Pyramid Stage can expect a number of hits; the band's 50th anniversary tour, which is rolling across the U.S. having hit London this spring, (...) -- Entertainment, Music, Travel Leisure
  • 11:47
    Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight which crashed in the French Alps in March, may have practised the crash on an earlier flight, according to a report by the French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority (BEA), who's investigating the incident See also: Germanwings co-pilot researched suicide and cockpit security before crash Lubitz is suspected of crashing the Germanwings' Airbus A320 into a mountain deliberately, after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf crashed on March 24; all 150 people on board were killed (...) -- Us World, Germanwings, Germanwings Crash
  • 11:12
    LONDON — We're less than 24 hours away from the polls opening but the verdict is in on where most of the British newspapers stand. See also: The first-time voter's guide to the UK election The main papers are split on what people should do on Thursday — some are pushing for another five years for David Cameron as Prime Minister, while others have thrown their weight behind Labour's Ed Miliband, calling for change The only common ground between the red-tops and broadsheets: dramatic headlines and awkward photos BONUS: The Game of Thrones guide to UK elections (with the real Jon Snow) (...) -- Uk, Us World, Politics, General Election
  • 10:38
    NEW YORK — A painting Vincent van Gogh created while briefly working side by side with his friend Paul Gauguin in the south of France brought in $66.3 million at auction Tuesday. "The Allee of Alyscamps" was offered at Sotheby's impressionist and modern art sale. The autumnal scene was painted in 1888 during a two-month period when van Gogh and Gauguin worked together in Arles, France. #AuctionUpdate: Vincent van Gogh's ‘L'Allée des Alyscamps' fetches $66.3m, highest price for the artist since 1998 pic.twitter.com/Zxz0BzktCV — Sotheby's (ⓐSothebys) May 5, 2015 The painting, which had a (...) -- Auction, Us World, Us, Vincent Van Gogh
  • 10:26
    With the goal of having their solar-powered race car on the streets of Sydney by July this year, a student team from Australia's University of New South Wales is hard at work. See also: An interactive map lets you watch solar energy grow in real-time Sunswift eVe, as the car is called, will have to be completely redesigned to comply with the Australian Design Rules' official car reliability and safety standards To make it the first road-legal solar car in the Southern Hemisphere, the team of volunteers are taking a second look at everything from the suspension to the windscreen and (...) -- Cars, Australia, Solar Power, Tech, Dev Design
  • 09:40
    One of India's biggest and most popular movie stars, Salman Khan, has been found guilty of running over five men sleeping on a sidewalk, killing one in a hit-and-run case that has dragged through the courts for more than 12 years. See also: Fish drying is the livelihood of thousands in West Bengal A Mumbai court on Wednesday convicted Khan of culpable homicide, saying all charges against him had been proved, Press Trust of India said. Khan, who faces up to 10 years in prison, was expected to appeal. The court was expected to announce the sentence later Wednesday. The 49-year-old actor (...) -- India, Bollywood, Us World, Salman Khan
  • 09:10
    TEDx Sydney, an offshoot from the world famous TED Talks, is taking over the Sydney Opera House on May 21. As has come to be expected with the ideas incubator, the festival is bringing with it a bunch of innovative characters — who are taking a creative axe to the tech scene and helping to reshape the world. Mashable Australia got in touch with a selection of the human disruptors that plan on spreading some insightful ideas around technology at this year's TEDx conference in Sydney. See also: 15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life Daniel Pauly, Marine Biologist French-born Pauly is (...) -- Australia, Us World, Australia Tedx, Tedxsydney
  • 08:54
    LONDON — The UK general election is but hours away, and across the country schools, village halls and some more unusual venues are being converted into temporary polling stations ahead of the big vote. Over 40,000 stations will record the votes of millions of people on Thursday as the country decides who they want in power for the next five years. See also: The first-time voter's guide to the UK election If you're unsure of whose name deserves your X, our voter's guide should help. In the meantime, here are some facts and figures about the general election. Read more... BONUS: The Game (...) -- Uk, London, Us World, Politics, General Election
  • 06:30
    It is not often a telecommunications merger gets much attention — but customer concern over the bidding war to acquire the Perth-based Internet service provider (ISP), iiNet, has made the potential deal one of the most high profile in Australia in recent years. See also: Two Aussie Internet companies in battle to buy iiNet To recap the story so far: Two Australian Internet companies are vying to buy iiNet — TPG Telecom and M2 Group. In an indication of how much it wants the company, TPG put A$1.4 billion cash on the table. M2 Group, in an attempt to outbid TPG, laid down a share-based offer (...) -- Australia, Us World, Iinet, Tpg, M2
  • 06:07
    The game of fetch has seen little innovation since a person first threw a ball at a dog Sure, balls got bouncier and easier for humans to throw, but what dogs really needed was an RC car to chase after Unfortunately, fetch will never be as satisfying for these dogs after they enthusiastically chase this high-speed RC car around the dog park. [H/T:Tastefully Offensive] Game show asks tough question: Is this a sex toy or dog toy? Adorable kitten tests the limits of two very large dalmatians' patience Elated dog plays on his very own pup-friendly swing set Woman can't contain tears (...) -- Viral Videos, Dogs, Watercooler, Videos
  • 05:37
    From water to your dating life, most droughts are tough. But in the case of major hurricanes, a dry spell can be a good thing. And the U.S. has been in one for nine years. Every day that passes without a major hurricane hitting the U.S. stretches the current record-setting hurricane drought just a bit further. The last major hurricane — defined as a Category 3 or greater — to strike the U.S. was Hurricane Wilma, which made landfall in Florida in October 2005. Just how odd is that? According to new research, a drought of this length would occur on average only once every 177 years. Prior (...) -- Hurricane, Drought, Us World, Us, Climate
  • 05:09
    Google searches on mobile browsers will soon look a little different. The company introduced a new lineup of mobile ads Tuesday, which include specialized ads for cars, hotels and home mortgages. One of the driving factors behind the new mobile-focused ads is the increasing dominance of smartphones, Google said. See also: Now Google lets you save your search history Speaking at an AdWords event Tuesday, Google's VP of product management for Adwords, Jerry Dischler, noted that Google searches on mobile devices have surpassed those on the desktop in more than 10 countries, including the (...) -- Google, Tech, Google Search, Adwords, Apps Software
  • 05:05
    Our recent coverage of CES and the New York Auto Show showed how auto brands are slowly morphing into software companies The latest proof of that trend is Volkswagen's announcement of its own Apple Watch app See also: This is how Swiss watchmakers are fighting back against Apple Watch Volkswagen's Apple Watch app will be an addition to the company's Car-Net system, which already works through an iOS app on the iPhone Through that app, users can remotely track their car via GPS, set speed and distance limits (when children borrow the car) and can be automatically assisted by VW when (...) -- Software, Apple, Volkswagen, Tech, Apps Software
  • 04:36
    Australia's Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, had nothing but appreciation for one of the sharing economy's shining stars, Airbnb, on Wednesday at the CeBIT technology conference in Sydney. Airbnb has "added more than 10,000 rooms to Sydney's holiday rental market, without a single brick being laid and planning permit being approved," he said "In seven years, Airbnb has added more than one million rooms globally compared to the century-old Hilton chain's 700,000 hotel rooms." See also: NYC politician goes undercover at Airbnb listings in illegal hotel sting Airbnb — a platform (...) -- Australia, Airbnb, Uber, Us World, Malcolm Turnbull
  • 04:28
    We went Western last week for a duel between two talented stop-motion artists Since Viners Alicia Herber and Tee Ken Ng were in town, we invited them to stop by Mashable HQ. Little did they know what we had in store for them. See also: Striking ballet dancers pose against gritty urban backdrops As they walked in, we handed them cowboy hats with no explanation. We led them upstairs to our roof, and briefly explained the concept of our video: a speed Vine duel. Then we filmed their game faces. Back in our Vine studio, we gave Ng and Herber a handful of random materials — patterned paper, (...) -- Vine, Stop Motion Animation, Social Media, Apps Software, Videos
  • 04:18
    Honestly, this guy probably knows Metallica better than Metallica knows Metallica. While most people opt to play guitar songs from beginning to end, Rob Scallon plucks the ol' 6-string the best way he knows how: He records the whole song backwards and then later reverses the backwards song to make it, you know, the normal version. You can watch the unedited version of Rob playing Enter Sandman on YouTube. Game show asks tough question: Is this a sex toy or dog toy? 'The Price is Right' just gave a treadmill to a contestant in a wheelchair A 200-foot natural water slide is way cooler (...) -- Viral Videos, Metallica, Watercooler, Videos
  • 04:07
    Aliza Licht, also known as DKNY PR Girl to her hundreds of thousands of Twitter nofollowers, is known as a mentor in the fashion industry. As the senior vice president at Donna Karan International, she's become the go-to source for anything social media and self-branding related Now, she is imparting the tips she's gained throughout the years in her first book, Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. “The book isn't an advice book; it's a mentorship,” she says Read more... Image: Courtesy Grand Central Publishing The book, which debuts Tuesday, (...) -- Tips, Features, Business, Internship, Mashable Video
  • 03:42
    Soon, you'll be able to write like a genius without actually being one Typographer Harald Geisler from Frankfurt, Germany wants to turn Albert Einstein's handwriting into a font that you can use in your digital writing The idea behind the project, aside from the german-born physicist's exceptionally beautiful handwriting, is to capture a piece of Einstein's genius in your own writing. See also: What your résumé font choice says about you Image: Kickstarter "I like to imagine that when one uses Einstein's handwriting as a font that a spark of his genius potentially could reflect in (...) -- Fonts, Crowdfunding, Albert Einstein, Watercooler, Conversations
  • 02:24
    The famed fried chicken candle simply wasn't enough. Kentucky for Kentucky, a company that promotes, engages and informs the world of all-things Kentucky, is bringing a familiar smell to their collection of Kentucky-inspired scents: The Double Down Candle, which is inspired by the popular "sandwich" from KFC See also: Impress Your Prom Date With a Fried Chicken Corsage We're using the term "sandwich" lightly here, because the Double Down consists of bacon, sauce and cheese between two pieces of fried chicken Much like the "food", the Double Down candle starts with the scent of fried (...) -- Kfc, Watercooler, Conversations, Food, Fried Chicken
  • 02:17
    Sheryl Sandberg broke her silence on Tuesday about the death of her husband and SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, who died suddenly from severe head trauma after collapsing while exercising last week. In a heartfelt Facebook post, Facebook's COO thanked family and friends for the "outpouring of love" and recounted memories including how she met Goldberg almost 20 years ago after moving to Los Angeles. See also: Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey CEO and Sheryl Sandberg's husband, dies suddenly at 47 "He showed me the Internet for the first time, planned fun outings, took me to temple for the (...) -- Social, Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, Social Media, Us
  • 01:54
    LONDON — He's a distant cousin of the Kardashians, enjoys playing table tennis with world leaders and has on occasion been called "bro" by Obama But David Cameron is also the subject of a key question as the UK heads to the polls on Thursday: What will become of him? Will he still have either of his jobs, as Prime Minister and as leader of the Conservative Party, at the end of the week? See also: The first-time voter's guide to the UK election The key polls have the two major parties — Cameron's Conservatives and Ed Miliband's Labour — in a statistical dead heat with two days to go. (...) -- Uk, Politics, Us World, Uk Election, Uk Politics
  • 01:07
    Between all the announcements coming out of Microsoft Build and Tesla's unveiling of Powerwall, last week's tech news brought as many questions as it did answers. Can Microsoft really get 1 billion users running Windows 10 in the next two to three years? How big an impact will Tesla's Powerwall have out of the gate? See also: Everything worth saying about the Apple Watch We address these questions and more on the latest episode of MashTalk, which you can listen to on Soundcloud, above Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...More about Microsoft, (...) -- Microsoft, Podcast, Tech, Tesla, Apps Software
  • 01:00
    The long overdue Apple TV update may come with a new touch-enabled remote control. The new version of the Apple TV will be revealed next month at Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference and will come with a redesigned remote that is equipped with a touch pad control, according to a new report. See also: The next Apple TV likely won't support 4K video Citing "an employee briefed on the product," the New York Times reports the touch pad will be used for navigation to allow users to scroll around within apps. The remote will also be thicker — closer to the size of the remote of the (...) -- Gadgets, Apple, Wwdc, Tech, Apple Tv
  • 00:12
    HAVANA — The Obama administration approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba on Tuesday, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in goods that travel between Florida and Havana each year. Baja Ferries, which operates passenger service in Mexico, said it had received a license from the Treasury Department. Robert Muse, an attorney for Baja Ferries, said he believed that other ferry service petitions had also been approved. The Treasury Department said it could not immediately confirm (...) -- Travel, Transportation, Destinations, Cuba, Us World
  • 00:07
    In her first trip since being appointed, Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore on Tuesday to meet Freddie Gray's family members and local leaders Lynch spoke privately with Gray's family at the University of Baltimore. On Friday, six police officers were charged by the state's attorney for their involvement in the death of the black Baltimore resident. Gray, 25, sustained a fatal injury while in police custody on April 12 and died one week later See also: Self-policing calms demonstrations for Freddie Gray in Baltimore The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division is (...) -- Us

Boing Boing

Wired News: Top Stories


  • 13:46
    The first virtual reality headset to make waves finally has a full release date. The Oculus Rift headset will be available as a full product at retail during the first quarter of 2016, its maker Oculus VR announced Wednesday morning. See also: Virtual Reality Is Ready to Manipulate Your Memories Oculus VR hasn't released a price or exact release date for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, only promising it will ship with "compelling content, a full ecosystem, and a fully-integrated hardware/software tech stack designed specifically for virtual reality." The Oculus Rift was first (...) -- Entertainment, Gaming, Tech, Virtual Reality, Gadgets

Cool Tools

  • 11:00
    The Slice Precision Cutter features a high-tech Zirconium Oxide non-replaceable micro-ceramic blade that lasts longer than steel and never rusts. A safer alternative to dangerous craft knives and blades, the Slice Precision Cutter is an artful combination of function and style with a distinct respect for ergonomics. Kent Barnes Slice Precision Cutter $8 Available from Amazon -- Craft

The Daily WTF

  • 13:00
    On April 10th, I hosted The Daily WTF: Live! in Pittsburgh. It was a blast. We had a great crowd, and some great performances. Today's installment investigates exactly how a conference comes into being, told from the inside of Steel City Ruby Con. Direct Link (mp3). This episode is brought to you by our sponsor, Puppet Labs. Check out their intro video, it gives a pretty good overview of how they help their customers get things done. Start a [free trial](http://puppetlabs.com/download-puppet-enterprise) today! Transcript We'll elide the boiler-plate of your host and get straight to (...) -- The Daily WTF: Live

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

The Adam Carolla Podcast


  • 05:19
    The #TwitterTuesday theme we announced yesterday was #hands, a theme that simple yet not so simple. We’ve got tremendous submissions not only in amount but also the creativity. You showed us so many possibilities that our hands could do, so as your imaginations. Here are our best loved ones from all your submissions in our Twitter feed. Take a look, fave and share them if you love them too. --


hack a day

  • 10:01
    If you’re building a robot for off-road or rough terrain, chances are you’ve thought about using a tank-tread style drive. There are a ton of kits available with plastic tread and wheels, but they are typically really expensive or pretty flimsy. Instead of going with an off-the-shelf solution, [Paul B] designed a heavy-duty tank tread made with common bike chain and conduit. Some DIY tread designs we’ve featured just use a single bike chain on either side of the tread pieces. This gets the job done, but each section of tread is usually bolted through the chain. This means that you can’t use (...) --

Yahoo! News: Technology News

  • 11:04
    Google is focusing more firepower than ever before on meeting the demands of mobile users, and with good reason: the company has confirmed it's now serving more Google searches on smartphones than desktop computers in 10 countries — including the US and Japan. Google told Search Engine Land that these figures bundled together searches made on tablets with those on desktops, but refused to reveal the eight other countries where mobile was king — or give a hint as to the global ratio of mobile to desktop searches. Google is responding to this change by rolling out new, smartphone-optimized ad (...) (The Verge)
  • 09:54
    The LTE modem dominance of the San Diego company has been almost total over the past few years, and because of the integrated nature of its systems-on-chip, it's also spilled over into giving Qualcomm a significant lead among mobile processors as well. Nvidia is now formalizing Qualcomm's supremacy by announcing that it's winding down its Icera division, which was responsible for developing competing LTE modems. Nvidia acquired Icera back in 2011, and intended to "engage the smartphone revolution" in much the same way that Qualcomm is doing now, but its LTE hardware (...) (The Verge)
  • 06:08
    Three months after Lenovo was called out for installing dangerous software onto its computers, the world's largest PC manufacturer has once again been accused of lax security measures. Security firm IOActive reports that it discovered major vulnerabilities in Lenovo's update system that could allow hackers to bypass validation checks, replace legitimate Lenovo programs with malicious software, and run commands from afar. Through one of the vulnerabilities, IOActive researchers explained that attackers could create a fake certificate authority to sign executables, allowing malicious (...) (The Verge)
  • 10:55
    (Reuters) - The first of Inmarsat's high-capacity GlobalXpress satellites is being used in Nepal after the country was hit by an earthquake and ahead of a global launch for the technology set for later this year, the company said on Wednesday. "We were able to rush terminals into Nepal, and the feedback from that has been great," Chief Executive Rupert Pearce said nofollowing release of the British satellite maker's first-quarter earnings. He said worldwide commercial service would start in August or September, slightly later than planned due to launch (...) (Reuters)
  • 10:06
    This movie explores the nature of artificial intelligence, and more, while building to a gripping (and violent) climax. (ZDNet)
  • 10:00
    Unfortunately, the State of Indiana's infant mortality rate is higher than the national average. Part of the problem in solving this statistic lies in the many varying and evolving factors that contribute to the problem. However, with a new solutions that runs on SAP HANA and SAP Lumira, the state is gathering factual, real-time information in a collaborative environment to help solve the problem. (ZDNet)
  • 10:39
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Online shopping has arrived in North Korea, though it's as isolated from the rest of the world as the country itself, and the vast majority of North Koreans lack the technology to use it. (Associated Press)
  • 10:36
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday. (Associated Press)
  • 10:30
    When Joss Whedon deleted his Twitter account yesterday, certain segments of the internet were sure they knew the reason. The Buffy creator, fresh off the back of a directing gig on the second Avengers movie, had received so much criticism from feminists about his portrayal of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow in the recently released Age of Ultron that he couldn't take it any more and ran for the hills. "Believe me, I have been attacked by militant feminists since I got on (...) (The Verge)
  • 10:02
    HOOVER DAM, Nev.-Ariz. Border (AP) — Daimler officials rolled out their truck of the future Tuesday night, a driverless big rig that negotiated some very tight turns — but with a driver. (Associated Press)

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