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The Loch Ness Monster: Only on iOSOpen in a New Window


Apple Maps did what Google Maps never could -– it found the Loch Ness Monster

Members of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club identified a shadow in the loch's waters that can be seen only in Apple Maps' satellite imagery –– the same form was not found on Google Maps

The shadow, about 100 feet long with two “flipper-like” appendages, can only be seen on iPads and iPhones, according to The Huffington Post

Pictured here is the disputed outline of the Loch Ness Monster spotted on Apple Maps.

The disputed outline of the Loch Ness Monster spotted on Apple Maps.

Image: Apple Maps

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...

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A-Sides and B-Sides: Record Store Day Lives OnOpen in a New Window


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...

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Drone Shoots Epic Footage of SpaceX Rocket Launch and Controlled LandingOpen in a New Window


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...

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Hands On With Facebook's Nearby FriendsOpen in a New Window


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...

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After the massive online-security vulnerability known as Heartbleed was discovered earlier this month, officials said customers of the new medical-coverage site had nothing to fear

Now, however, the site is is singing a different tune: Users who visit the homepage are presented with a message reading: "Reset your password to access your Marketplace account."

That's right, users can't even log in to without changing their passwords first. But the site said this is simply a precautionary measure. Read more...

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Submarine-Led Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 May End Within a WeekOpen in a New Window


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.

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22 Victorious Accomplishments in Stoner EngineeringOpen in a New Window


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.

These marijuana MacGyvers have crafted a collection of unusual DIY smoking devices that deserve some sort of award. Or maybe just a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos

Happy 4/20!

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Toronto Already Won the NBA Trolling ChampionshipOpen in a New Window


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...

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Ukraine Deal Resisted by Pro-Russian Factions in EastOpen in a New Window


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...

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5 Can't-Miss Apps: Solar Walk for Android and MoreOpen in a New Window


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.

This week's list includes the newest Farmville game, the Ashton Kutcher-backed app for contextual selfies and Solar Walk, an interactive 3D model of the solar system.

Check out the gallery, above, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you're looking for more, check out last week's edition of can't-miss apps. Read more...

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Nike Layoffs Add Fuel to Apple iWatch RumorsOpen in a New Window


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

A CNET report described the first rumblings of trouble at Nike's wearable-tech unit on April 9. Soon after, an anonymous post appeared on Secret, which said much of the FuelBand staff had been dumped; that was followed by another story on Friday that claimed the same

But if a follow-up statement from Nike is any indication, reports of the FuelBand's demise could be premature Read more...

More about Apple, Nike, Iwatch, Tim Cook, and Wearable Tech


Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia Will Soon Be the World's Tallest BuildingOpen in a New Window


Big things are coming to Saudi Arabia.

The Middle Eastern country is set to begin visible construction next week on what is expected to be the world's tallest building at 3,280 feet, according to Construction Weekly.

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...

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Travelers Head to Colorado to Celebrate 4/20Open in a New Window


It's a big weekend for Colorado.

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...

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Turn the Family Car Into a Connected Fleet VehicleOpen in a New Window


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...

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9 Helpful Storage Solutions for Small SpacesOpen in a New Window


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.

Check out these useful ways to gain a huge return out of your small space Read more...

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South Korean Ferry Captain Says Frigid Waters Delayed EvacuationOpen in a New Window


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."

"I bow my head in apology to the families of the victims," Lee said, according to a translation by the BBC. Read more...

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Artist Turns Everyday Objects Into Clever Artwork With an iPhoneOpen in a New Window


Artist Brock Davis doesn't just rely on pen and paper to manifest his wit. From fruits and veggies to googly eyes, the mediums that make up his extensive portfolio are endless

One of his ongoing projects turns everyday objects into mini scenes and concepts. The photos are captured simply with his iPhone

"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...

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8 Modern Gadgets That Look Like They Macarena'd Out of the '90sOpen in a New Window


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.

From portable CD players to the high-tech return of the Furby, here are eight modern contraptions that creators lifted right out of the not-so-distant past.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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Don't Speak — Sing! Gwen Stefani Tapped for Judge's Chair on 'The Voice'Open in a New Window


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.

SEE ALSO: Pharrell Williams to Replace CeeLo Green on 'The Voice' Season 7

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...

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Kitestring App Texts Your Friends If You Don't Make It HomeOpen in a New Window


"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

The app is web-based, so anyone with a phone number can sign up. Accounts, which can be created on Kitestring's website, must be linked to a cellphone number Read more...

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Nike Fires FuelBand Team in Move to Ditch WearablesOpen in a New Window


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, CNET reports

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...

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Republican Candidate Shoots Drone in Campaign AdOpen in a New Window


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...

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How Christians Observe Good Friday Around the WorldOpen in a New Window


Before the celebration of a resurrection on Easter, Christians pay respect and remember sacrifice.

In the Christian faith, Good Friday — the Friday before Easter Sunday — marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the last day of Holy Week, or Jesus' last week of earthly life.

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...

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iBeacons Are Ready for Showtime at the Tribeca Film FestivalOpen in a New Window


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...

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Get Well, Craig Sager: 5 of His Sweetest SuitsOpen in a New Window


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...

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I, for One, Welcome Our New Robot UnderlingsOpen in a New Window


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...

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Climbing Mount Everest Will Always Be DangerousOpen in a New Window


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.

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This Fan-Made Spider-Man Web Shooter Really WorksOpen in a New Window


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...

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10 Countries With the Fastest Netflix SpeedsOpen in a New Window


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...

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What Can IFTTT Do for You?Open in a New Window


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.

Our developer experts are from Mutual Mobile, a leading development and design firm that builds mobile strategies for top companies such as Audi, Google and Citigroup. The team is eager to answer your questions about mobile, so ping us with your top queries on Twitter, using the hashtag #AskaDev. Don't forget to check out our Ask a Dev YouTube channel and subscribe. Read more...

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