Bryan Singer is pulling out of future press events for X-Men: Days of Future Past so as not to distract from the “extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved,” the embattled director said Thursday in a statement. In it, he also called sexual abuse allegations against him “outrageous, vicious and completely false.”
It was the first in-his-own-words reaction from Singer since Michael Egan, now 31, filed a lawsuit in a Hawaii federal court alleging that the director drugged and raped him as a teen at parties in Los Angeles and Hawaii.
Four tech companies — Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel — have settled a lawsuit against involving an illegal no-poaching agreement that prevented the firms from hiring each other's staffers
A class-action lawsuit, filed by thousands of tech employees back in 2011, claimed that the companies conspired not to poach employees as a part of an effort to keep salaries lower. The agreement created "no contact" lists, preventing recruiters from contacting people at competing companies
General Motors is now the subject of five different government investigations after a series of recent recalls, the car company confirmed on Thursday.
"We are also the subject of various inquiries, investigations, subpoenas and requests for information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Congress, NHTSA, the SEC, and a state attorney general in connection with our recent recalls," GM revealed in a filing. "Such investigations could in the future result in the imposition of damages, fines or civil and criminal penalties."
Aubrey Peeples, star of ABC's Nashville and the SyFy cult hit Sharknado, will play the lead in the live action Jem and the Holograms film, director John Chu and his team announced Thursday on the project's website.
The other "Holograms" — members of Jem's band, if you're old enough to remember the '80s cartoon — include Stefanie Scott (No Strings Attached) as Kimber, Jem's sister; Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana; and Hayley Kiyoko (Velma in two Scooby Doo! films) as Aja.
As a writer by trade, it's not easy for me to utter these words, but I'm not going to lie: On social media, a picture is worth a thousand words. It's true. Content may be king, but visuals rule. All the latest studies and statistics suggest that images on social media command more attention than text alone.
If you want more likes, comments, shares, retweets, and clicks, you want to include pictures with your social media posts. You want to be more visual. As Carla Gates says here on her 3 to 5 Marketing Blog...
"Images used in your social media (and by definition, your blog content) are far more attention-grabbing than text or plain old links, more likely to be shared, evoke emotional reactions in viewers (and emotion SELLS), and can portray a lot of information quickly and more efficiently than text." Read more...
Microsoft posted solid fiscal third-quarter 2014 earnings on Thursday with revenues of $20.04 billion, which was in line with analysts' estimates and GAAP of $0.68, which beat estimates by a nickel.
“This quarter’s results demonstrate the strength of our business, as well as the opportunities we see in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. We are making good progress in our consumer services like Bing and Office 365 Home, and our commercial customers continue to embrace our cloud solutions. Both position us well for long-term growth,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, in a press release. “We are focused on executing rapidly and delivering bold, innovative products that people love to use.” Read more...
America’s tornado drought looks like it may end as early as this weekend, as a potent weather system moves into the Plains states and slowly lumbers toward the Mississippi River Valley. The storm system is likely to set off a multi-day severe weather outbreak, with thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes forming on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
If it occurs, the potential tornado outbreak would boost 2014’s tornado tally, which is currently in record low territory, and could end the long stretch without a tornado-related fatality as well.
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a Wednesday night game against the Boston Red Sox for having a swath of pine tar on his neck, then suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday. After Pineda's ejection, many casual followers of the sport had similar reactions: Pine tar? What's up with that? What is this, 1919?
The first step to understanding Pineda's pine-tar-gate is accepting that baseball, more than any other sport, relies on a set of codified standards that don't always jive with what you'll find in the rule book. To wit: Pine tar is illegal for use by pitchers seeking to improve their grip on the ball, but's it's widely acknowledged that pitchers use it on an extremely regular basis Read more...
First Lady Michelle Obama is making a guest appearance on Thursday night’s Parks and Recreation, the season six finale titled "Moving Up." NBC shared some stills from the shoot with Mashable, filmed two months ago in Miami.
Pawnee, Ind., has attracted political luminaries aplenty, from Vice President Joe Biden to Senators John McCain of Arizona and Barbara Boxer of California. But clearly, Leslie Knope is especially thrilled to have the First Lady walking the halls:
The Home Depot is taking its "more saving, more doing" slogan an environmental level. This weekend, it's hosting nationwide water conservation workshops to encourage homeowners to start conserving more water.
Drought conditions across the Southwest are not expected to improve or end anytime soon and homeowners are being forced to restrict their water usage. In response, Home Depot is holding a series of 10 water conservation workshops on Saturday, April 26, in each of its 1,977 stores
After Steve Jobs unveiled updates to the entire iPod line and revealed that movies would soon be sold in the iTunes store, he made one final product announcement.
"This next thing is a little unusual for us," Jobs began during an Apple event in June 2006. "It's a sneak peak of a product that will be announced in the first calendar quarter of 2007. We usually keep things pretty corralled until we are ready to ship them, but in this case I think it completes the story."
That story, as Jobs told it, was about building a more complete ecosystem, which would let consumers access their entertainment content across what were then the three major screens: the computer, portable music player and television. In order to bring in the biggest of those screens, Apple planned to release a set-top box, referred to in the demonstration as iTV. Read more...
There's nothing wrong with being a bit wicked, Jaguar would like us to believe
That's the sentiment behind Jaguar's recent "Good to Be Bad” campaign, a smattering of placements, commercials and activations (e.g. an ad that wraps around a New York subway) that celebrates the calculated and sophisticated villainy of British film actors and the brand's heralded new sports car, the F-Type Coupe.
Jackson explained it in a Facebook post on Thursday:
There and Back Again felt like the right name for the second of a two-film telling … but with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the Desolation of Smaug.
Though he's spinning this as a purely creative choice, no doubt marketing is at play here: Battle of the Five Armies is certainly a more action-packed sounding title, as it references the epic siege of the Lonely Mountain, where the dwarves are holed up with their treasure following the death of the dragon Smaug. But the men of Dale and the elves join forces with the dwarves after discovering that they are being marched upon by a host of goblins and their wolf-like wargs.Read more...
Wes Anderson has a very specific — and some would say predictable — style
Filmmaker Louis Paquet perfectly reimagined the opening credits for the 1994 classic Forrest Gump as though Wes Anderson directed the Tom Hanks movie. Besides the obvious yellow text and bright, primary colors that are typical for a Anderson film, each character is represented by their own set of items, neatly arranged and perfectly centered in the frame, of course.
Fortunately, the harmless antics of felines are oh-so-entertaining for us slightly terrible humans. Whether they're stuck in a cardboard box or fleeing for dear life from the scary carpet monster in the hall, it almost makes up for the fact that we have to clean out their poop boxes.
Vic Gundotra, the Google executive who heads Google+, is leaving the company.
News of Gundotra's departure made made the rounds on Secret for a few days before it was first reported on Re/code. However, Gundotra fittingly announced it on Google+. (See below.)
Gundotra, a former Microsoft exec, joined Google in 2007 after taking a year off because of a non-compete clause in his contract with his former employer. According to Re/code, VP of Engineering David Besbris is set to replace Gundotra. Brad Horowitz, Google+'s product head, was a top candidate for the job, but was passed over, according to the report. Read more...
As shown below, tweets that link to Fandango pages about the two films will display a large image with information about the movie's stars, release date and rating. Twitter users can click on a "Buy Tickets on Fandango" button to find nearby theater options. Read more...
In a South African ad for Chinese social networking giant WeChat, a guy named Mark who started a social network visits a therapist. The ad never explicitly states that the "Mark" in the ad is supposed to be Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but the clues are all there, including the wavy brown hair and what look like Adidas flip-flops
"I invented the social network and now my friends — they're unfriending me," the Mark in the WeChat ad tells his therapist
Maker Studios just made a powerful new viral partner in Jukin Media, the video entertainment network that specializes in swift licensing and distribution of viral video clips — like last week’s train-kick-in-the-head selfie.
Under the new strategic partnership, Maker and Jukin will collaborate to manage and monetize their channels and videos on YouTube. Maker gets access to Jukin's vast library of viral clips, while Jukin gets to use Maker's well-established video platform, marketing prowess and talent stable.
Among Jukin’s more than 30 viral video channels is the high-profile FailArmy brand. As a part of the new partnership, Maker will develop and launch Jukin’s new standalone FailArmy website, hosting its videos on its proprietary web platform and video player. Read more...
It's no national secret anymore: John Oliver's first guest for his new HBO show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, will be former head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command Gen. Keith Alexander. It will be Alexander's first interview since retiring.
Alexander stepped down in October, four months after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked top-secret documents. Alexander's deputy, John Inglis, retired in January.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a weekly half-hour satirical look at the news, the gig Oliver scored after his successful stint standing in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last summer. It premieres on Sunday at 11 p.m. ET on HBO. Read more...
As the FCC prepared new rules that could allow Internet service providers to give preferential treatment to digital content of their choosing, the commission's chairman said Thursday that he had no intention of reversing existing policy, denying reports that the principles of net neutrality would be gutted.
The FCC's proposal would potentially allow Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate with online content providers like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu, and charge them for faster delivery of their content to U.S. consumers. As word spread about the proposal on Wednesday, critics viewed it as a reversal of the FCC's Open Internet rules, which are supposed to bar ISPs from discriminating against Internet traffic. Read more...
On the heels of opening a new massive headquarters in San Francisco, mobile payment company Square is now expanding its presence in New York City
Square, which allows users to accept credit card payments via mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones, will be opening an East Coast headquarters in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan this summer
This isn't Square's first set up in New York. When it acquired design agency 80/20 in 2012, it opened a small Manhattan office, but the new space has room to fit 350 employees.
The news comes amid rumors that Square could be acquired in the near future, with both Google and Apple reportedly interested in acquisition bids. But in a statement provided to Mashable, a Square spokesperson denied acquisition talks. Read more...
A new app will allow users to control nearly every aspect of how their credit or debit cards are used directly from their smartphones.
CardControl is a service that aims to reduce the prevalence of credit card fraud by letting users set controls that determine how each card can be used from their smartphone. The hitch is that banks must opt in to the service before individuals can use it
"You use your card at a merchant the way you normally would, but you use your phone as a remote control to determine when, where and how the card can be used," Ondot's CEO and cofounder Vaduvur Bharghavan told Mashable. "We're putting intelligence into the card without touching the card in any way." Read more...
Lyft, the ridesharing service that matches regular drivers with passengers in need of a ride, expanded into 24 new cities on Thursday, the company's largest single-day expansion to date
The move means Lyft now operates in 60 U.S. cities, surpassing competitor Uber which currently operates in 46, according to Uber's website. Uber does have more cities worldwide, however, and announced its 100th on Wednesday
Lyft has been preparing for this launch for months, Lyft cofounder John Zimmer told Mashable. The process is more complex than simply flipping a switch on the app, he explains. To ensure supply can match the expected demand, Zimmer says that each new city will start with roughly 100 drivers, who have all been vetted by Lyft employees ahead of time Read more...
Apple CEO Tim Cook is willing to have lunch with you and a friend at the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, but it might set you back a couple thousand dollars.
Cook is putting his time up for an online auction as a part of the 8th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Center Spring Auction for Human Rights, in partnership with Charitybuzz.com. The highest bidder will get a one-hour sit-down lunch at Caffe Macs, the cafe at Apple's headquarters, to discuss anything.
While startups and entrepreneurs will likely claw at the chance to have Cook's undivided attention, the opportunity may come at a high price. Last year, Cook auctioned off a 30-minute coffee date at the Apple campus that sold for $610,000 (an all-time high for the RFK Center); it was the first time ever he agreed to a celebrity auction. According to Charitybuzz, last year's coffee date ran over the scheduled time to about an hour, with a good bit of time spent in Cook's office. This year, he's offering a full lunch meeting Read more...
The ride, which was captured on video, offers a unique view into the city's tense streets. It also shows the fear average citizens have over the unidentified "little green men" — a name that has been used to describe the masked gunmen that have taken power. Read more...
E-cigarettes are a hot topic this year. One minute they're public nuisances; the next they're helpful tools for quitting smoking. Other times they make users look like Boba Fett
People just can't seem to agree on them.
The latest alleged danger is the liquid form of nicotine, called "e-liquid," which is used in both e-cigarettes and customizable mods. See a March New York Timesarticle called "Selling Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes." The piece references several poison control calls from 2013 by parents whose kids had accidentally drunk the liquid
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed its first set of rules toward regulating e-cigarettes and related products on Thursday. It's a standard first step that would prevent anyone under 18 from purchasing e-cigarettes and would also require manufacturers to disclose the products' ingredients and manufacturing processes to the FDA Read more...