Taylor Swift has a lot in common with Disney princesses. She likes to twirl around in pretty dresses, she sings about love and heartbreak, and sometimes, she rocks a tiara.
The singer/songwriter turns 24 on Friday, and upon closer examination, it looks like the princesses aren't the only Disney characters she's channeled over the years.
She's had a few villainous moments too. But to her credit, they were the best-dressed villains
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In early August, at the height of a wave of revelations about far-reaching NSA surveillance programs, President Obama promised he would consider reforming some of the NSA's more controversial practices. "It is right to ask questions about surveillance," Obama said at the time
Four months later, an external task force appointed by the president is about to reveal its proposals. But it's unclear if those will really lead to meaningful reform, as some of those reported proposals have already been ruled out by the White House, just a few hours after they started leaking
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HBO is calling on Twitter to roast the most-hated man on TV: King Joffrey from Game of Thrones.
The two-day event, which kicked off Thursday, encourages users to reflect on that deep-seated hatred for the young king of Westeros. To participate in the burn session, attach the #RoastJoffrey hashtag to your snarkiest tweets.
Here are some of the best scorches so far:
.@GameOfThrones Joffrey signed the orders to halt the production of Sriracha. He couldn't handle the spice#roastjoffrey
— AmberNAmbrose (@AmberNAmbrose) December 13, 2013
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I've got 99 problems...
and Joffrey is most of them
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Kilimanjaro's shrinking northern glaciers, thought to be 10,000 years old, could disappear by 2030, researchers said Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
The entire northern ice field, which holds most of Kilimanjaro's remaining glacial ice, lost more than 140 million cubic feet of ice in the past 13 years, said Pascal Sirguey, a research scientist at the University of Otago in New Zealand. That's a cube measuring roughly 520 feet on each side.
The loss in volume is approximately 29% since 2000, while the total surface area lost is 32%, Sirguey said. Last year, the ice field split in two, revealing ancient lava that may not have seen the sun for millennia Read more...More about Research, Science, Global Warming, Us World, and Us
Beyoncé's surprise release of her fifth studio album, which features 14 songs and 17 videos on iTunes, has been referred to in at least 1.2 million tweets, a Twitter spokesperson told Mashable.
Without any promotional marketing, the self-titled "visual album" debuted to much fanfare because of its unconventional release, elaborate music videos and emotional songs
The stunt, at its peak on Twitter, sparked more than 5,300 tweets per minute — higher than the previous record set by the hubbub around Syfy's Sharknado (5,000 TPM). For further comparison, NBC's Sound of Music Live! netted 449,540 tweets during the three-hour show. Read more...More about Twitter, Music, Entertainment, Social Media, and Beyonce
Time is money. Time is the enemy. Time is on your side.
We talk a lot about time, but the one thing we definitively know about time is there's never enough. For a marketer, that means you're going to have to work hard to get a minute or two from a consumer. You need to earn it, so if your site can garner a high time spent, pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
"Time spend is not a very actionable metric, it's more a sign that you've done the right thing," says David Marks, VP of product at StumbleUpon, whose average session length is an impressive 30 minutes for women, 22 minutes for men. Marks attributes the site's high time spent to the experience on StumbleUpon. "There are many reasons why people come to StumbleUpon, but a lot of it is focused around inspiring them, surprising them, entertaining them with unexpected content," he says. When users are browsing a category, they see hundreds of things they've never seen before that are very high quality about a specific topic of interest. Read more...More about Marketing, Analytics, Business, Advertising, and Apps Software
At 6'2", 275 pounds, NASA's latest robot look like a decent football player, but Valkyrie could be earmarked for another human profession — astronaut.
The android — which was built to be a search-and-rescue bot — comes with sonar equipment, cameras embedded from head to feet and a giant backpack battery. Its arms, legs and hips aren't as flexible as a person's, but it moves in a similar fashion, which could be important for studying the limits of human motion on Mars.
"Likely NASA will send robots ahead of the astronauts to the [red] planet," Nicolaus Radford, head of the Dexterous Robotics Lab at NASA, said in a video about Valkyrie. "These robots will start preparing the way for the human explorers. And when the humans arrive, the robots and the humans will work together in conjunction." Read more...More about Nasa, Robot, Mars, Iron Man, and Gadgets
Remember when Michael Jordan played beer pong? Now we're just waiting for Wayne Gretzky to loosen up and play some alcohockey.
What's alcohockey, you say? Behold, dear reader, this glorious crossbreed of beer pong and air hockey:
That photo was uploaded to Imgur Thursday night and shot to the top of Reddit's front page Friday morning. Even better, here is how the photo's uploader captioned his mega-popular image:
Alcohockey - Canadian variation of beer pong. I am inventor of this. I am drunk. I am Canadian.
Bring on the weekend
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Microsoft officially announced the dates for its three-day Build 2014 developer conference. It will take place from April 2 to 4 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.
This will be the second consecutive Build held in San Francisco, a move the company made last year in a bid to cultivate more developer interest in Windows 8. Build conferences in 2012 and previous years were held in Microsoft's home territory of Redmond, Wash.
Microsoft is also kicking off developer season early this year. By holding Build in early April, it will likely come before Google I/O, BlackBerry Live and Apple's WWDC. No dates have been set for those other conferences, but they typically begin in late April or early May. Read more...More about Microsoft, Build, Windows 8, Tech, and Apps Software
Sex sells, according to today's advertising world. But one health technology company is using nudity in a more positive way.
The video above used 100 nude models in a stop-motion video to tell the story of a man named Sam, who struggles with how he looks naked. The models lie on the floor, forming everything from Sam's pudgy body to rainclouds and fireworks.
Withings, the company behind the campaign, wants to promote the general healthy practice of "listening to your body," rather than a specific product
London-based creative agency Man+Hatchet shot the video for Withings over the course of three days in a basketball stadium in Tallinn, Estonia. The video is comprised of 2,000 images Read more...More about Viral Videos, Health, Beauty, Naked, and Body Image
Nobody in Cairo was dreaming of a white Christmas, but it looks like they'll get one. The worst snowstorm in more than 50 years hit the Middle East, blanketing Cairo, Jerusalem and areas of Syria in white powder. It was the first time in 100 years that Egypt had seen snow.
Instagram quickly filled with images of snowball fights and landscapes, but in areas like Palestine, some were caught off guard. The United Nations expressed concern for refugees caught in the cold, but many families are ineligible for help because they are not registered with the UN, according to Al Jazeera. Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, was forced to close its doors briefly after snow clogged its main highway. Read more...More about Israel, Middle East, Christmas, Iran, and Jerusalem
Kmart has remade its massively popular "Ship My Pants" ad with all the same actors and the same script, but recast everyone in garb out of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and has given the original dialogue a Victorian spin
Why? Because the Internet.
The retailer has had three viral videos this year — the original "Ship My Pants," "Big Gas Savings" and the holiday-themed "Show Your Joe" — that have more than 40 million views so far this year. This one, which hit on Friday, may help the brand top 50 million, at least if enough fans of the original are in the holiday mood Read more...More about Advertising, Kmart, Business, and Marketing
One of the best meteor showers of the year is set to put on a performance Friday night, but if you can't catch the cosmic display in person, you can watch it live online.
The Geminid meteor shower — named for the constellation Gemini — is peaking late tonight into Saturday morning, potentially treating stargazers in light-free areas to about 90 to 120 meteors per hour. Observers can expect to get the best views of the shower, weather permitting, at around 4 a.m. local time in the wee hours of Saturday morning after the waxing moon sets, according to Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Read more...More about Space, Science, Meteor Shower, Meteor, and Us World
As Newtown, Conn., prepares to mark one year since the shooting that left 28 people dead, broadcasters say they will respect the wishes of the town and refrain from sending news teams to the area to cover the anniversary.
NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, and HLN all told Mashable that planned coverage would not include sending reporters to the area.
Newtown is located in southwest Connecticut and has a population of about 27,500. The town was deluged with media after the shooting, which led to requests that journalists leave the area. Read more...More about Journalism, Business, Media, Us, and Newtown
Candy Crush Saga just received a massive game update, adding an additional game world and 65 brand new levels. You know what that means: Prepare to spend even more time and money on the seriously addictive puzzler.
The update introduces a new game mode, Dreamworld. Any player that has completed at least 50 levels of the original Candy Crush Saga can access the new area by tapping (or clicking in Facebook) on a new character, Odus the Owl, on the game map.
When you enter Odus' Dreamworld, you have a chance to play a new set of levels, this time, with a twist. Read more...More about King, Social Games, Ios Games, Entertainment, and Gaming
The PlayStation 4 topped sales of Microsoft's Xbox One system in November, marking the highest first-month sales of a game console ever.
According to the NPD Group, Sony's next-generation video gaming system sold the most consoles last month. But those winning numbers also had a one-week lead on the Xbox One, which hit stores seven days later on Nov. 22. The PlayStation 4 is also $100 cheaper than the $499 competing system.
"When looking at sales on an average per-week basis, Xbox One led PS4," NPD said in a statement. "Keep in mind, however, that supply typically becomes constrained in the second week after launch.” Read more...More about Microsoft, Gaming, Sony, Xbox, and Playstation 4
Seventeen-year-old Lorde, best known for her breakout viral hit "Royals," unexpectedly dropped a new single on iTunes titled "No Better." The song arrived Friday, just hours after Beyoncé surprised everyone with a secret album featuring 14 songs and 17 videos
It's been a big year for the electro pop singer-songwriter from New Zealand. Most recently, Lorde earned four nominations for next year's Grammy Awards on the strength of "Royals" and debut album Pure Heroine. To boot, her music video for "Team" crashed Vevo.
Her Twitter and Facebook accounts offer no explanation about the release, both places she routinely turns to as a way to fill fans in about her music. But it's not a bad way to end a breakout year, right? Read more...More about Music, Entertainment, Itunes, and Lorde
After three weeks of pulling 150-pound sleds, UK's Prince Harry reached the South Pole with his trekking team as part of a charity expedition.
Harry was involved with the three-week-long Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge, a charity event during which teams of wounded servicemen were supposed to race against each other. The challenge aimed to show support for wounded soldiers and raise awareness of their strength, but the competitive element was cancelled due to harsh conditions, which organizers thought would place unnecessary strain on the participants.
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The sign language interpreter for Nelson Mandela's memorial service has a checkered past that includes murder and rape charges, according to a report by South Africa-based eNews Channel Africa (eNCA)
Thamsanqa Jantjie, who is being treated for schizophrenia, faced charges for murder, attempted murder and kidnapping in 2003, rape in 1994, theft in 1995, breaking and entering in 1997 and malicious damage to property in 1998, eNCA reported.
Jantjie stood on stage at a soccer stadium in Johannesburg for more than three hours Tuesday, providing sign language translations — which were later revealed to be gibberish — for speeches from world leaders including President Barack Obama, South African President Jacob Zuma and Cuban President Raúl Castro. Read more...More about Barack Obama, Crime, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and Thamsanqa Jantjie
Rameet Chawla had a career in finance, in which he primarily analyzed risk. He was ready to leave finance and wanted to do something new in the tech world. But one thing stood in his way.
"Starting a technology startup was fairly high-risk," he says. "It was questionable whether I wanted to do my own startup because I knew the chances of success were really slim."
He analyzed the ways in which a business could be more successful, and noted that a service company traditionally had a higher probability for success than a typical product startup. He developed the idea for Fueled, a mobile app development firm that would take a brand's idea and bring it to life, typically on mobile platforms. He applied the agency model, in which his team would create multiple projects for multiple people. But he didn't have a team (until he found freelancers on Craigslist), and he didn't have clients. So he hustled. Read more...More about Business, Startups, Mashable Videos, Supported, and Inflection Points
If you want to build an app, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is whether to build it on the web or "go native," meaning write it specifically for iOS or Android.
Our developer this week, Jake Riesterer, says the best performance is likely to come from designing the app with a particular operating system in mind. Both iOS and Android provide frameworks to make writing the app easier; your app will probably look better than anything designed through the web because you can use the graphics processing unit that comes with the hardware Android and iOS devices use.
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House of Cards returns Feb. 14, and Netflix is teasing its season two premiere with a dramatic trailer that foretells no mercy-level pain for many characters
Netflix describes the new season as such:
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Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has masterfully maneuvered his way into the vice presidency, but his ascension faces threats on all fronts. Investigative reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) is inching closer to the truth about Frank and Peter Russo (Corey Stoll) and will stop at nothing to break the story. And Frank's wife Claire (Robin Wright), the newly appointed Second Lady, must deal with the bright glare of the spotlight and how the intense scrutiny eats away at their once private existence. Read more...
Now that the Furby is back, it might be time to resurrect a few other toys from the '80s and '90s.
If they were good enough for us, they're good enough for this generation.
After all, do kids really need these newfangled tablets and phones, or would they be happier with a Tamagotchi?
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If you're walking around wishing you could give your wardrobe a little more whimsy, we're here to help — well, us and our stylish Muppet pals.
Kermit and company offer inspiration on how to inject some colorful fun into your outfits. Whether you find yourself with an inner frog who knows it isn't easy bein' green or possessed by a fuzzy blue cookie fiend, you can find way to work Muppet into your closet
After digging around Etsy, we found all the items you need to channel your favorite felt friends
Maybe this year you'll rock the Miss Piggy look for your office holiday get together — or just cozy up at home with a big comfy sweater and your favorite book of "knock knock" jokes. Read more...More about Fashion, Pics, Etsy, Muppets, and Film
From Sean Lowe to Arya Stark, a number of popular television stars and characters made their way into our hearts — and our search bars — in 2013.
Below, we've compiled a list of the U.S.'s top 10 most-searched television shows of the year, according to BingTrends.com. Reality television had a stronghold on this year's rankings, with 5 of the top 10 showsThe Big Bang Theory was the only sitcom; premium cable drama Game of Thrones on HBO and AMC's The Walking Dead also made appearances. A staple of the morning show lineup, The Today Show made it to the top 10 list this year as well.
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.
Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. After making a change to its blocking functionalities, Twitter reverted back to its original policy following a slew of user complaints. Amazon is planning to take on the consumer packaged goods market. Finally, Gmail announced a safer, easier way to view images within emails.
Check out the video above for more on these stories.
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Product Name: Japanese Blinking Eyeballs
Who would like this?: Your quirky colleague or cubicle-mate, eyebomber extraordinaires, anyone you’d like to keep an eye on
We know, we know. Every time you look at your filing cabinet, you think, "Something's missing."
That something, my friend, is almost definitely a pair of giant blinking eyeballs. We're not entirely sure what's so awesome about these Niko Dama blinking desk accessories, but we know we want them in our offices.
In all seriousness, who doesn't love a quirky office gift? If you're stuck in a cubicle day in and day out, why not kick things up a notch with your office decor? If you're familiar with eyebombing, the meme online (and in life in general) that involves attaching googly eyes to inanimate objects, trees, posters, etc. to give them a little bit of character, you'll appreciate this odd gift Read more...More about Holidays, Gifts, Japanese, Watercooler, and Memes
Steve Mollenkopf was named CEO oof Qualcomm after a report surfaced that he was on the shortlist of candidates for the next Microsoft's CEO.
Mollenkopf was formerly COO of Qualcomm, but Friday morning the company announced he would become president and CEO. The move came shortly after a Bloomberg report cited "people familiar with the matter" who said the 44-year-old was possibly in line to become Microsoft's next CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer. Mollenkopf is set to start as CEO of Qualcomm in March 2014. Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm's current CEO, will become executive chairman of the company.
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No one likes a gossip, we know. And we would never condone catty behavior. But Facebook just makes it so easy
We don't remember how we stalked our exes, judged our enemies or kept track of so much drama before social media, but we've certainly developed a knack for it now
However, as useful as Facebook can be for these tasks, the social network does tend to sugarcoat the more dramatic bits of our News Feed. So-and-so "changed their relationship status to single?" Come on, we all know there's more to the story.
Here are the eight types of Facebook notifications we'd love to see. Go ahead, revel in the drama. We won't tell Read more...More about Facebook, Social Media, Features, and Facebook Profile
Ikea Switzerland wants to help populate some of its furniture this holiday season via "No Empty Chairs," a program that aims to match up lonely people this Christmas season.
The company's website lets you register as a host or a guest at someone's home. When Christmas rolls around you will either host a stranger or be invited to a stranger's house, depending on how you choose
As Creativity Online points out, the program sounds like the premise of a Hugh Grant holiday comedy. Of course, it could be a tragedy as well, but Ikea is claiming no legal responsibility if you happen to invite a serial killer to your house Read more...More about Marketing, Ikea, Christmas, and Business