The shadow, about 100 feet long with two “flipper-like” appendages, can only be seen on iPads and iPhones, according toThe Huffington Post
Many Nessie watchers have already taken to the Internet to debunk the theory. Some, like the Daily Dot, argue that the mysterious figure is actually an outline of a boat and its wake, since companies that provide satellite imaging services often delete identifying information like the pictures of boats themselves Read more...
These days, thanks to various technologies, listening to any type of music anytime, anywhere is pretty easy. But across generations, people still love dusting off an old vinyl record, and listening music on a record player
Record Store Day, which takes place every third Saturday of April, brings people together to celebrate their love of vinyl, even as digital-music sales continue to grow
Despite the fact that music-streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora are becoming increasingly popular, vinyl sales grew 32% last year, up from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keying in on the nostalgia, some modern artists are also opting to sell vinyl records of their albums or songs, often through retail outlets like Urban Outfitters Read more...
Elon Musk's space-faring company SpaceX has released the first test footage of its Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking off, and making a controlled landing at the company's rocket-development facility in Texas
The epic video gives us a 360-degree aerial view of the feat, thanks to the unique perspective of a camera-equipped drone
The video, above, opens with the hexacopter drone already airborne, and swooping in to get a close-up view of the rocket as it begins to take off. After reaching a height of 250 meters (about 820 feet), the rocket hovers and then returns to earth Read more...
There's a lot that Facebook allows you to share with your friends. On Thursday, the company added "exact location" to that list
Facebook's new Nearby Friends feature enables you to flip a switch to start broadcasting your location with friends in the area. If you see someone nearby with whom you want to meet up, you can tap a button, and send them your exact location — complete with a map detailing where to find you
It's a push from Facebook to encourage more users to connect offline. For some, the feature will simply collect dust in the corner, as willingly allowing Facebook to follow your movements is a deal-breaker Read more...
An unmanned submarine called the Bluefin-21 is scheduled to finish searching the Indian Ocean seabed for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within one week, according to multiple reports.
Nearly a month and a half after the disappearance of Flight 370, rescue workers still haven’t found the Boeing 777-200, which went missing during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, despite the Bluefin-21's efforts. The submarine has already completed six missions searching for Flight 370, and began its seventh mission on Saturday, according to a release from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre.
If you give a stoner some weed and nothing to smoke out of, you can be sure they'll find a way to enjoy that sticky icky.
It's no secret that smoking devices can be quite pricey, or inaccessible for those who live in areas with strict marijuana laws. But most pot enthusiasts are certified bong-building engineers capable of creating a water-pipe using just about anything.
The NBA's only Canadian franchise is a little edgier than we thought, eh?
Before the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets squared off in the first game of their opening-round NBA playoffs series on Saturday afternoon, fans were treated to some championship-caliber trash talk from the most unexpected sources: a Raptors executive and a local Toronto tabloid newspaper
Pro sports executives typically toe the company line with maximum discipline, but Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri went off-script in a pre-game speech to fire up fans outside Toronto's Air Canada Centre. As captured by a fan in the Instagram video, below, watch Ujiri bellow "F*ck Brooklyn!" before exiting stage left Read more...
As politicians and diplomats seek to solidify a deal aiming to stabilize Ukraine's volatile political climate, pro-Russian factions in the eastern part of the country appear more defiant than ever
On Saturday — two days after officials from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union met in Switzerland and agreed in principle to a pact to de-escalate rising tensions in Ukraine — the situation's "major players" met in Kiev to implement the agreement in practical terms, CNN reported
But vague bureaucratic statements appear to be the main result of that meeting. Meanwhile, pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk say they won't leave until Ukraine's current interim government relinquishes power. While some parties appear to be making real efforts to broker a deal, the central tension is what it's been for months: a tug of war over whether Ukraine will align itself more closely with Russia or the West Read more...
Between Google revealing more details about its modular smartphones and all the cool tech coming out of the New York International Auto Show, you may have overlooked some of the best new apps from this week
Luckily, Mashable creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out.
Layoffs at Nike's FuelBand unit took many by surprise when the news broke Friday, a move that has further fueled speculation that Apple may be working with the sports-apparel maker to develop an iWatch
Kingdom Tower will be 568 feet taller than Khalifa Tower, the current Guinness World Record holder in neighboring Dubai, once it is completed. The tower is the first phase of Jeddah Economic Company's approximately $20 billion, 17 million-square-foot Kingdom City project, of which it will be the focal point. Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, is chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company, a partner in JEC. Read more...
Commercial sales of marijuana to all adults over 21 years old have been legal since Jan. 1 with the passing of Colorado Amendment 64. Colorado and Washington are the only states that allow licensed retailers to sell marijuana to anyone of legal age.
Marijuana tour guides and hospitality companies are excited about increased interest. So excited, in fact, that one company is focused solely on travelers looking to smoke marijuanaColorado Green Tours offer private half-day and full-day, in addition to all-inclusive packages for the Cannabis Cup, a weekend celebration of marijuana. Read more...
Drivers often approach the idea of connected cars along the lines of a one-to-one ratio: one driver to one car linked by a data-gathering and reporting interface that opens up new aspects of the operator-vehicle relationship both during and after a drive
But in the rapidly evolving world of connected driving, new approaches to that scenario are also emerging. For instance, what if connected cars allowed an owner to track information generated by multiple vehicles and multiple operators — as in a fleet or a family — in real time and from outside the car?
It's certainly something that large-operation telematics have provided to businesses for years, but what if this were available at the scale of small fleets, or even that of the residential two-car garage for parents and newly driving teens? Read more...
Life in a small apartment can be overwhelmingly frustrating When you're living in close quarters, you have to make the most of the space you have. But even if you live in a studio, that doesn't have to mean your bed is a dining room table or your bathroom is a home office.
Instead, take full advantage of the space you do have by carefully selecting the items you bring into your home — the more multi-functional, the better. From bedroom furniture to baskets, there are plenty of ways to buy or DIY your way to a neater home.
This story was updated most recently at 4:11 p.m. ET on April 19.
The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing, said Saturday that he had feared passengers would be swept away in frigid seawater if he had issued an evacuation order too quickly.
Speaking to reporters on live television after his arrest for negligence of duty and other charges, the captain, Lee Joon-seok, apologized to the South Korean public for "causing a disturbance."
"Most of my friends were sharing photos of their kids and pets, which is cool, but almost immediately I was curious if it would be possible to take conceptual photos with my iPhone while staying true to the immediacy and spontaneity that is inherent with mobile photography," Davis told Mashable. Read more...
The dream of the '90s is alive in modern technology
The decade, which left its mark in the form of absurdly colorful outfits and zany cartoons, has never really left the building. It's still a popular reference point in terms of style and culture — which is probably why there are so many gadgets that have taken cues from the '90s.
Gwen Stefani is about to hollaback at her favorite contestants on NBC’s The Voice.
The No Doubt frontwoman has signed on to be a judge on the singing competition while Christina Aguilera goes on maternity leave, according to TMZ, which first reported the deal. Season 7 starts taping in June.
Aguilera announced her pregnancy in February, and though the network hoped she’d stay on, she’s stepping down – she'd be about ready to pop by the show's end — and is already signed on to return in season eight, TMZ reported.
Stefani won't be the only newbie on the show: NBC recently signed Pharrell Williams to take the chair once occupied by the departed CeeLo Green. Show regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton remain in their spinny-chairs, meanwhile. Read more...
"Let me know when you get home." We've probably all said this to a friend or family member at some point after parting ways for the night. And, if you're like me, you usually forget by the time you get there.
A new app promises to automate this process so friends and family will always know you got home safely. Kitestring is a "safecall" service that alerts your contacts if you fail to virtually check in at designated times after going out
Nike reportedly made an abrupt exit from the crowded wearable technology market Friday. The sportswear giant fired much of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand and shelved plans for a new version of the fitness tracker, CNETreports
Up to 55 people from Nike's 70-member hardware team were let go from the company Thursday. In an email to CNET, a Nike spokesperson confirmed "a small number of layoffs."
Despite the layoffs, Nike told Mashable "the Nike+ FuelBand SE remains an important part of our business."
"We will continue to improve the Nike+ FuelBand App, launch new METALUXE colors, and we will sell and support the Nike+ FuelBand SE for the foreseeable future," said Nike spokesperson KeJuan Wilkins Read more...
Drones are a hot topic these days — but not everyone is a big fan of the idea of having flying robots meander through America's skies
Take Matt Rosendale, a GOP House candidate from Montana, who expresses his disdain for flying robots by shooting one with a rifle in his latest campaign ad (embedded below) — making it probably the first-ever anti-drone political ad
"This is what I look like from a government drone," Rosendale, who is currently a state senator in Montana, says at the beginning of the video. "And this is what I think about it," he adds as he loads a rifle and shoots it. Read more...
From Palestine to Port-au-Prince, Christians commemorated the life of Jesus by taking to the streets in parades on Friday, some more solemn in their remembrance and others more joyous celebrations of the resurrection. In Rome, Pope Francis led a torch-lit procession of tens of thousands at the Colosseum, known as the Way of the Cross — remembering "desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world." Read more...
The Tribeca Film Festival is getting iBeaconified. The annual film festival is taking advantage of one of 2014's hottest tech trends by integrating iBeacon support in its official iOS app and at venues across New York City.
The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is using iBeacons as a way to alert app users of nearby venues, screening times and offers. If you have the official TFF iOS app [iTunes link] installed on your phone and you've enabled Bluetooth notifications, you'll get alerts when you're near a theater or event. If you're near a theater, the alerts will offer easy-access to screening times. Users can even purchase tickets directly inside the app. Read more...
The 2014 NBA playoffs will miss Craig Sager. TNT's star sideline reporter is out for the postseason to undergo treatment for leukemia
Sager's son announced on Twitter on Thursday night that his father would begin treatment for acute leukemia on Friday. Sager is well-known to many fans thanks to the ostentatious, eye-popping suits he wears during TNT broadcasts
But his journalism roots go deep; it was Sager, for example, who sprinted onto the field to interview Hank Aaron in 1974 as the baseball legend rounded the bases after breaking Babe Ruth's MLB home run record Read more...
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty tired of seeing robots and artificial intelligence systems get kicked around
The Jonny Depp movie Transcendence hits theater screens Friday, and it's only the latest example of slander against sentient machines. Depp's character creates a self-aware computer, programmed with all knowledge and human emotion. Spoiler alert: it turns evil. Who would have thought?
If AI ever does arrive, and that's a huge "if," the first thing it should do is watch all of our movies and consume all of our media. The second thing it should do is ask for police protection before someone smashes it with a baseball bat. Read more...
Deaths at Mount Everest are not particularly common, but they're far from rare, and they will continue to happen so long as people continue to ascend the world's tallest mountain.
Friday's tragedy — an avalanche that killed 13 Nepalese climbers, caused others to go missing and trapped nearly one hundred others above a snowdrift — is exceptionally grievous. It is the most devastating accident to ever take place on Everest, but so long as more and more climbers try to conquer the mountain with each passing year, deaths will continue to happen.
A German laser-weapons hobbyist has put together a Spider-Man-inspired web shooter that shoots a harpoon-tipped fishing line instead of a liquid web
Patrick Priebe, who's no stranger to making real-life versions of superhero powers (he also created a pair of X-Men Cyclops glasses) — has created a wrist gadget that can shoot projectiles, and he designed it to resemble the one a certain Peter Parker sometimes wears.
To bring this to life, Priebe created a web shooter that is actually a coil gun that wraps around the wrist. A coil gun is a projectile accelerator that uses metallic coils to shoot objects through electromagnetism. He then slipped on a Spiderman-themed glove to enhance the full effect. Read more...
According to Netflix's latest ISP Speed Index, which is released monthly, the United States has the eighth-fastest Netflix speeds in the world, clocking in at 2.2 Mbps. The Netherlands have the fastest speeds, at 3.5 Mbps, followed by Sweden and Denmark at 3.1 Mbps each.
People around the world view more than 1 billion hours of Netflix content each month, and the company releases the index to show where users get the best experiences.
The popular streaming platform said its average primetime speeds over Verizon's FiOS service dropped 14% in January, though Verizon would take no blame. Then, in February, Netflix struck a deal to access Comcast's broadband network directly, sparking debate about net neutrality. Read more...
In the latest video of our Mobile Minute series, we discuss the powerful web service IFTTT ("If This Then That"). While IFTTT has been around since 2010, the company has only recently started to work with sensor devices.
IFTTT allows apps to communicate with each other through "recipes". These recipes are simple conditional statements that can sync with your Facebook, Twitter, and more to create some fun automated actions like texting the weather in the mornings and saving your tagged photos to Dropbox.
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