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Astronaut captures a difficult photo — the pyramids from space

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 20:54

A NASA astronaut is due to fly back to Earth from the International Space Station Thursday, but he had to accomplish one last space tourist task before heading home: Terry Virts wanted to take a nice picture of the pyramids in Egypt from space.

The pyramids, and other man-made formations like the Great Wall of China, tend to blend in to the land surrounding them from space. It's actually really difficult, if not impossible, to see the Great Wall from space with the unaided eye, according to NASA

See also: 30 Stunning Images of Space

It took me until my last day in space to get a good picture of these! pic.twitter.com/BChtFZBvk7

— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) June 10, 2015 Read more...

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Chris Hemsworth is joining the 'Ghostbusters' cast

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 20:32

The new Ghostbusters team has just landed a hot blond receptionist — Chris Hemsworth

Director Paul Feig subtly tweeted out the announcement, posting a photo of Hemsworth with the caption "Our receptionist. #whoyougonnacall." The Avengers actor, better known to most as Thor, will be joining the core all-female cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon.

See also: ‘Spy’ director Paul Feig made a sneaky cameo in his new film

Our receptionist#whoyougonnacall pic.twitter.com/wGTzs8KdUs

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 10, 2015

The much-hyped film is a remake of the 1984 comedy classic about a ghost removal service. It starred Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. Read more...

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Life-sized moving R2-D2 refrigerator is cooler than you can possibly imagine

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 20:15

It is almost exactly 38 years since the release of the original Star Wars, and we still don't have a fully functioning C-3PO. Still, at least fans can now get their hands on an arguably more useful droid — Haier Asia's remote-controlled R2-D2 refrigerator.

See also: Finally, an X-Wing drone is added to the fleet of DIY 'Star Wars' airships

Japan is a particularly popular region for all manner of Star Wars-licensed paraphernalia, which often borders on the cheesy. But not only is this device useful, it can actually make you feel like you're living in a galaxy where droids serve drinks (as Artoo himself did for a while, on Jabba the Hutt's sail barge) Read more...

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Twitter can now show you ads based on apps you've downloaded

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 20:01

Twitter is about to get a lot better at showing you ads for news apps.

Advertisers are now able to show you ads based on the apps you've previously downloaded, Twitter announced Wednesday.

See also: Twitter to begin tracking which apps you download

The new tool, which is available now to advertisers, is officially called "installed app category targeting." The goal is to allow marketers to target their ads specifically to users who have previously installed similar apps.

"For example, an advertiser who wants to drive installs of a task management app can select the “Productivity” category to reach users who have recently installed similar apps," Twitter's project manager for revenue, Deepak Rao, writes in a blog post. "That same advertiser may know that productivity app users also tend to use finance apps, so they can target the “Finance” category to connect with new people who are likely to be interested in their app." Read more...

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A capella version of 'Jurassic Park' theme song rivals the original

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 19:55

Hold onto your butts, it's nostalgia time.

With all the hype around Jurassic World, it's nice to remember the series' humble beginningsThe Warp Zone teamed up with YouTube a capella superstar Peter Hollens to take us on a journey back to the original film with a dino-tastic cover of its ending credits.

Barry the Bedlington terrier likes to ride his tricycle

TV on the Radio's 'Game of Thrones' theme cover encourages everyone to chill

Ayn Rand's philosophy on love is a scary and inspiring relationship manifesto

Man surprises high school sweetheart with proposal during her last chemo session Read more...

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California oil spill cleanup has cost $69 million so far

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 19:41

GOLETA, Calif. — The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $69 million so far, an official of the pipeline company said Wednesday.

Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete, Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press.

See also: Santa Barbara in 1969 v. 2015: Cleaning up oil spills hasn't changed much

About 76% of 97 miles of coastline — mostly sandy beaches — have been cleared of oil. Crews are using tools to scrape oil off rocks and cobble beaches. Read more...

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Facebook Messenger games are here

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 19:23

We know that Facebook Messenger has more than 600 million users and now we know how Facebook wants to keep all those people on the app: games.

Facebook launched its first round of apps for the Messenger platform back in March of this year, but no games were included with the lineup. Most apps were for sharing gifs, still images and videos with friends, which makes the new Doodle Draw for Messenger the first game for Facebook Messenger as reported by Tech Crunch.

See also: 5 tips to make Facebook Messenger work better for you

Back in May, we reported that Facebook was in talks with various developers to create games for the Messenger platform, so assume Doodle Draw will be the first of many games for Messenger Read more...

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What it's like to ride a WWII motorcycle on a frozen Siberian lake

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 18:43

The bar for adventurous travel has been raised.

Matt Prior and Dennis Malone spent two weeks circumnavigating a frozen lake in Siberia. And as if the destination and the itinerary weren't adventurous enough, they did it in a World War II-era Russian Ural motorbike and sidecar.

See also: 10 Crazy Vacation Ideas for Thrillseekers

"I had a burning desire to do something that was on the next level compared to what I had done previously," Prior told Mashable. "I’d had a look around the world for inspiration and found it when I came across Lake Baikal, Siberia. I was in awe."

“I’ve been waiting to do something big like this for a while," said Malone. Read more...

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Pizza Hut box turns your phone into a movie projector

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 18:27

Pizza Hut in Hong Kong just made movie nights much more entertaining with a pizza box that helps turn your phone into a movie projector

As a marketing stunt, the pizza chain is delivering special boxes to customers that morph into movie projectors, according to designboom.

See also: Woman uses Pizza Hut order to save family from hostage situation

The design of the pizza box movie projector is quite ingenious: It comes with a specially-designed pizza table — the white little contraption that holds your pizza in place — with a detachable projector lens at the top, which fits into a perforated hole at the front of the box. A QR code on the side of the box brings you to a webpage with four pizza-themed movies for your viewing pleasure. Once you've picked a film of your choice, you prop up your phone with the pizza table. And voila, you have cinema! Read more...

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You can now push locations from Google Maps to your iOS device

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 18:22

Sometimes the smallest features can differentiate a good app from a great one

With its latest iOS update, Google Maps will now allow users to send an address from their desktop to their iPhone or iPad in the form of a push notification.

See also: Google Maps provides directions for travel by dragon

If you're logged into the same Google account on your desktop and mobile device, you'll see a little link that reads "Send to device" under the location's address. This feature, first reported by The Verge, is something that Android users have enjoyed since April.

You'll receive a push notification on your iPhone or iPad once you click on the link. It will then open up the address in Google Maps Read more...

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Swiss police hit FIFA's Zurich headquarters for latest data seizure

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 18:20

Another day, another update to the ongoing investigation into the FIFA corruption scandal as Swiss police seized data from the soccer organization's Zurich-based headquarters on Wednesday, including information from the office of outgoing president Sepp Blatter, according to Reuters.

See also: How to fix FIFA: Tear it down and start again

Breaking: Swiss Attorney General office confirms to BBC it "seized IT data" from Fifa hq today.

— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) June 10, 2015

According to the BBC, some of the data seized belonged to FIFA's Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and Chief of Finance Markus Kattner Read more...

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Bill Nye looks to the future after tumultuous solar sailing mission

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 18:18

As the Planetary Society's first LightSail mission comes to a close, people working with the organization are looking to the future

The bread loaf-sized LightSail spacecraft is designed to surf on the sun's rays, using photons contained in the sun's rays to propel itself through the solar system. The spacecraft successfully deployed its solar sail on Sunday after multiple glitches.

This kind of technology could open up the doorway to space for people around the world in the years to come, Bill Nye, the CEO of the Planetary Society says

See also: A spacecraft is soaring through space by riding the sun's rays Read more...

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4 ways the yuccie can find happiness at work

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 18:12

Here's how to succeed as a yuccie without really trying.

Yuccies — the young urban creative professionals who are replacing hipsters — are foregoing full time salaries in favor of freelancing to do the creative work that they love, including photography, web designing, painting, and writing

That means yuccies are hard workers. They are not tied to a cubicle, or a salary, or a clock

“The money ranges from 'very bad' to 'sometimes OK,'” Writer David Infante wrote in the Mashable piece that coined the term, “but the sense of personal validation is fucking great.”

This new demographic, if it is to survive, has to eat. Let our yuccie career guide help Read more...

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Ohio mom blasts Target for sexist sign in children's toy aisle

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 18:12

It's 2015, and unnecessary gendering of children's toys are still not a thing of the past

Blogger and mom Abi Bechtel of Green, Ohio noticed some peculiar qualifiers being used in her local Target. While shopping in its children's toy aisle, Bechtel noticed the signs for the play building sets were separated as "Building Sets" and "Girls' Building Sets."

See also: Teen buys crop top on Amazon, mom reviews it with help from cat

Don't do this, @Target pic.twitter.com/cfh3cp5Nqa

— Abi Bechtel (@abianne) June 1, 2015

"The signage struck me as problematic on a couple of levels — first, because the way it's written sets up boys' building sets (and boys in general) as normative/generic and girls' as specialized/other; and second, because it's such an encapsulation of how Target (and many other retailers) persistently genders toys that don't need to be gendered," Bechtel told The Daily Dot. Read more...

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Twitter erupts in patriotism after U.S. soccer team defeats Germany

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 18:01

Close your eyes and travel back with us: The year is 2014. It's the World Cup

The U.S. Men's National Team pairs up against Germany. We lose. Remember the pain? Remember the defeat? The completely expected disappointment?

See also: Exaggerated Soccer Injuries Look Ridiculous Off the Field

Now, it's 2015. It's a friendly match between USMNT and Germany. The game basically means nothing in the grand scheme. The U.S. wins. We immediately declare world soccer domination

Wednesday's victorious match saw Twitter abuzz for beating the world's top-ranked soccer team. Earlier in the week, the USMNT also beat the Netherlands (the #5 team), leaving Americans feeling a sense of patriotism only sports can evoke Read more...

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Sorry guys, beards are over

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 17:40

Beards are officially dead

With the advent of the yuccie—that is, the Young Urban Creative—there’s been a slow demise of the hipster tribe, with millennials now flocking toward more sophisticated shores

See also: Your beard is dirty as a toilet

Joel Alexander, among many of the yuccies set, have opted to shave their beards. "Beards are now over," he says

Image: Joel Alexander

They’ve now been adopted into the new “creative class,” and have opted for a cleaner, sleeker look. That means banishing their hoodies and flannels, becoming more streamlined in their life choices, and leaving behind that artifact of post-adolescence: rebellious facial hair. Read more...

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4 lessons on how to achieve a successful 'second act' as an entrepreneur

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 17:17

This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.

It's not just ramen-eating 20-somethings who start companies today

More mature entrepreneurs are showing that experience counts for a lot in starting up.

See also: How to successfully manage startup offices across multiple countries

Some of the lessons learned in your early days will still apply to your career, and some things you'll have to learn all over again

Here are four lessons from starting a company that can still be applied the second (or third, or fourth) time around. Read more...

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Sony announces trio of cameras that record 4K video, starting at $1,000

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 17:15

Sony is putting its weight behind 4K video recording in a huge way this year

The company announced on Wednesday three new cameras capable of recording 4K video, which are targeted toward the amateur, advanced and professional shooter

See also: Panasonic's G7 mirrorless camera records 4K video for only $800

However, the RX100 IV, RX10 II and A7R II won't shake up the camera world with dazzling new designs, as they look virtually identical to their predecessors. Take a look:

RX100 IV

The Sony RX100 IV looks virtually identical to the RX100 III.

Image: Raymond Wong/Mashable

First up is the RX100 IV, the follow-up to the RX100 III, a point-and-shoot camera that blew me away last year. (I loved it so much I bought one after I reviewed it.) Read more...

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Reddit's biggest crackdown yet on hate speech shows the Wild West days are officially over

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 17:15

Reddit just sent a clear message to its sprawling community: the Wild West days are over. It's time for some law and order.

The top execs at Reddit informed users on Wednesday that five subreddits, or custom Reddit communities, have been removed from the social news site for breaking the company's recently updated rules to crack down on harassment of users

The names of the banned subreddits had offensive names or abusive purposes: transfags, neofag, shitniggerssay, hamplanethatred and fatpeoplehate, which was the only group with more than 5,000 subscribers

See also: Aliens in the valley: The complete and chaotic history of Reddit Read more...

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15 signs your cat is a spy for the CIA

Mashable - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 17:05

Let's just get down to business — cats are highly trained CIA agents

Sure, you might think your kitty is nothing but an adorably fluffy pet that gets you more attention on Instagram. But if you sheeple would open your eyes, you might recognize the work of a master spy who is inviting the government to keep a close, non-digital eye on American citizenry

See also: Man calls 911 when his cat won't let him back inside the house

If for some reason you still trust the big-eyed master of espionage currently sleeping in a sunbeam somewhere in your house, consider this tweet sent from the CIA itself

1: Or….maybe we’ll run out of stories and have to tweet cat photos#CIACat
#Twitterversary pic.twitter.com/nql9d0Gsmr

— CIA (@CIA) June 10, 2015 Read more...

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