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Microsoft OneNote Update Lures Students and Pros AlikeOpen in a New Window


Microsoft's OneNote productivity apps just got more competitive with challengers like Evernote.

The company updated OneNote for Mac and iOS with new features meant to appeal to the app's professional and student users.

The latest version of the apps includes improved integration between the OneNote and OneDrive, the ability to add files into notebook pages and organizational improvements like the ability to view password-protected sections.

Those who use OneNote on the Mac and iOS can now view and edit notebooks that are stored on the Office 365-backed OneDrive for Business. Changes made in OneNote documents will automatically be synced with OneDrive for Business and users now have the ability to sign into OneNote using their OneDrive or OneDrive for Business accounts. Read more...

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Microsoft Debuts a Windows Rival to Raspberry PiOpen in a New Window


Two years after $35 microcomputer Raspberry Pi hit the market, Microsoft is getting in on the DIY-PC action with its own version.

The Redmond, Washington tech juggernaut announced on its Windows blog in April that it was working on a dev board specifically for SoC (system on a chip) hardware

"Creating Windows drivers for SoC platforms poses certain challenges," the blog read. "Unlike PCs, which have PCI slots and/or USB ports, SoC systems such as tablets and clamshells use low-power internal buses that lack standard connectors, plug-and-play support or discovery mechanisms. In addition, they are typically protected by secure boot, and cannot be used for developing and testing third-party drivers." Read more...

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The Web Is Global, and Now There Are the Fonts to Prove ItOpen in a New Window


If you mostly read English or other Romance or Germanic languages, you've been spoiled for choice with digital fonts. The Latin alphabet has long been the subject of intense typographical exploration, with thousands of fonts available in more styles and weights than most non-designers would ever think necessary. Readers of non-Latin scripts — like Chinese, Hindi or Hebrew — have never enjoyed such diversity.

Now the globalization of fonts is erasing this disparity. Type design and delivery might seem esoteric, but the flattening world of type actually speaks volumes about the economic and technological changes that are creating a truly global Internet. Read more...

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In Pictures, Muslims Around the World Celebrate Eid al-FitrOpen in a New Window


Eid al-Fitr, also known as the "Feast of Breaking the Fast," is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is a three-day worldwide festival that started on Monday this year

The holiday begins with revelers waking up before sunrise, brushing their teeth, taking showers, and then putting on their best clothes. After the Eid prayer, family and friends celebrate together, while children are given small gifts and treats.

We've compiled photos of Eid celebrations worldwide in a colorful gallery. Check them out, below: Read more...

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Reddit Shows Redditors How to RedditOpen in a New Window


Reddit's plain interface and long strings of conversation can be intimidating at first. That's why more than 200 subreddits joined forces to create an official guide to the news and information aggregation site Monday, with the goal of educating new Redditors on the site's guidelines

Although Reddit is almost 10 years old, new users — some more mainstream than others — discover it every day. Frequently asked questions, rules and etiquette tips (cheekily called "reddiquette") are currently posted at the bottom of its homepage. But Redditors wanted to put all the rules in one place. (You can also take a look at Mashable's Reddit guide for beginners. Read more...

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Twitter Shares Soar on a Surprise Profit and Strong User GrowthOpen in a New Window


Twitter bounced back from a rough start to 2014 with a second-quarter earnings report that showed a surprise profit and user growth that beat expectations

Second-quarter earnings of $312 million in revenues and a profit of $0.02 per share beat analysts' expectations, which forecast revenue of $283 million and a loss of $0.01 per share

Most companies would be pleased with an unexpected profit, but growth in monthly active users, which hit 271 million, proved to be the real headline. Investors had grown cautious that Twitter's slowing growth limited the company's future upside, but the 24% year-over-year rise in users has put the company back in Wall Street's good graces Read more...

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Obama: Latest Sanctions Will Have an 'Even Bigger Bite' on RussiaOpen in a New Window


President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. is hitting Russia harder than it ever has before with a new round of sanctions that target an already weak Russian economy in its energy, arms and finance sectors. Now, with the European Union on board, Obama said these sanctions will have "an even bigger bite" on Russia.

Despite multiple warnings from Western leaders, Russia has intensified its military action near the border with Ukraine in the weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, slowly but steadily amassing more than 12,000 troops at the boundary line

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Netflix Signs Peering Deal With AT&T to Cut BufferingOpen in a New Window


Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T to give its streaming service direct access to AT&T's network, with the goal of reducing buffering when subscribers watch shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.

The so-called peering arrangement went into effect on Tuesday, said two people with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be named because an announcement isn't planed. The sources declined to provide financial terms of the deal.

Netflix has said it's paying some of the biggest Internet service providers in the U.S. for direct access to their networks in order to sidestep congestion that has caused frustrations for subscribers streaming high-definition videos. The company already signed similar "peering" or "interconnect" agreements with Comcast and Verizon this year. Read more...

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14 Weird Al Covers Illustrated in One Amazing White Board VideoOpen in a New Window


Whether you laughed or cringed your way through all eight of Weird Al Yankovic's music videos that he released over the course of eight days, the successful campaign sent him to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart

To congratulate Yankovic on his first ever number one album, Tru Scribe illustrated every Weird Al album cover in one incredible white board sketch video. From 1983 through 2014, this blast of nostalgia will leave you humming "Amish Paradise."

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New 'N Sync Album Surprises Lance Bass: 'I Didn't Even Know About It'Open in a New Window


'N Sync members were caught off guard when they found out a new 'N Sync two-CD compilation album, The Essential *NSYNC, would be released this week.

Lance Bass particularly has been vocal on Twitter and on his Dirty Pop radio show about not knowing the album was coming 12 years after the group split up (though the boy band memorably reunited last year an MTV Video Music Awards performance).

"No one knows about it, I didn't even know about it, OK?" Bass said. "[I found out] on Twitter. People were like, 'What is this?'" ... One CD is like all the hits and the other is all these random songs — the stuff we did on Sesame Street, 'When You Wish Upon a Star' at Disney and all of these random songs we would record that hardly anyone heard. ... I remember recording them, but I've never heard them before. ..Our label didn't even tell us. None of us, none of us knew at all." Read more...

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Tonight at 11: Local News Is Killing Your Funny BoneOpen in a New Window


Good evening, Internet, we're back with this month's edition of funny news bloopers.

Each month that passes brings us another set of news bloopers because there's something hilarious about watching a news anchor accidentally swear or attempt to report on a dangerous storm from inside the storm itself.

News bloopers, we love you.

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'The Maze Runner' Trailer Will Give You a Touch of Griever FeverOpen in a New Window


It's not from Marvel or DC, its Hall H panel did not include Jennifer Lawrence or Kristen Stewart, and yet The Maze Runner was one of the most talked-about films to come out of Comic-Con on social media.

That speaks to the strength of the following that James Dashner's dystopian young-adult fiction has as Fox prepares to launch its film adaptation in September. It also helps that the footage Fox showed in Hall H gave us a first good, long look at the Grievers, the maze's half-mechanical slug monsters that chase boys at night.

SEE ALSO: Why Was Comic-Con So Stingy With Movie News? Here's the Deal Read more...

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So, This Is Leonardo DiCaprio Running Shirtless With a Squirt GunOpen in a New Window


Leonardo DiCaprio is having a better summer than you.

In a photo released by New York Magazine, the Titanic star was seen, well, running shirtless with a squirt gun.

Leonardo Dicaprio shirtless squirt gun

Leo, showing great squirt gun form.

Image: CIAO/AKM Images / GSI Media

What we know is this: Leo was armed with a squirt gun in Italy, hanging out with friends near a pool. He could be running straight from the park to watch fireworks, or he could be going to eat ice pops until he throws up. But any context outside of Leo running aimlessly with a squirt gun is really unimportant; DiCaps is experiencing the summer of summers. Read more...

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EA Will Let You Play Its Newest Games for $5 a Month on Xbox OneOpen in a New Window


Electronic Arts will deliver some of its newest games via a subscription service on the Xbox One, giving players access to recently released and upcoming titles for $4.99 a month.

The EA Access program, which is only available on Xbox One, allows users to play as much Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14 and Peggle 2 as they want. Games that weren't already released or coming to Xbox One, such as back catalog titles, are not included in the service.

In addition, EA Access subscribers will get access to upcoming titles five days before their release dates. Fall releases Madden 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition will all be included in that package. Subscribers can also purchase these games digitally for 10% off the retail price Read more...

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5 Common Evolution Myths, DebunkedOpen in a New Window


Evolution*Deep sigh.*

It's right up there next to politics and religion on the list of things you probably shouldn't talk about at the dinner table.

Perhaps it's the nonmagical implications that cause a stir — the answer it offers to the ageless where do we come from question. Or perhaps because it's so dang personal

Whatever the case, it gets people talking. And lots of talk, especially online, often leads to false information.

In an effort to wade through some of the confusion, we've cleared up five of the most common myths surrounding evolution.

It's part of a new series we're trying out, called Debunked, where we'll tackle the misconceptions that matter most to you — in culture, tech, education and beyond Read more...

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Facebook Is Forcing Messenger on Users and They Aren't Happy About ItOpen in a New Window


If Foursquare's attempt to force users into Swarm taught us anything, it's that people really don't like being forced into using apps.

Facebook, never one to heed the lessons of history, will soon be forcing its iOS and Android users over to Facebook Messenger, and many users aren't happy about it.

Facebook sent an email to users Monday, alerting them that messages will soon be disappearing from Facebook's iPhone and Android app (for now, messages will remain available in the iPad and Windows Phone app, as well as on the mobile web and desktop.) Read more...

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Team Up for 'Cheek to Cheek' Jazz AlbumOpen in a New Window


Anything goes when it comes to Lady Gaga, the eccentric 28-year-old who isn't afraid to veer away from her pop pedigree to show an unfamiliar side to her

This time, it's her often hidden jazz proficiency. Lady Gaga is once again partnering with music staple Tony Bennett for a jazz album, Cheek to Cheek, which was named after the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' 1935 song that Bennett has also previously recorded

Gaga and Bennett announced Thursday that the album will arrive on Sept. 23, though their "Anything Goes" duet (watch above) is now available on iTunes. Read more...

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Blend Reality With Illusion for Our Photo Manipulation ChallengeOpen in a New Window


As editing software and apps drop costs and become more readily available, digital photo manipulation — commonly referred to as 'photoshopping' — has turned into a popular hobby for amateur and professional photographers alike

Although post-process work traditionally went against the rules of photography, creatively altering an image is now an art and a true skill in itself.

We partnered with Hewlett-Packard once again for this week's Mashable Photo Challenge. Instead of limiting yourself to minor tweaks like cropping or adjusting brightness and contrast, use editing software such as Photoshop and Paint Shop, or apps like Snapseed and Afterlight to give your images a whole new look. Read more...

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China Opens Microsoft Anti-Monopoly ProbeOpen in a New Window


One day after raiding four of Microsoft's China offices, the Chinese government officially opened an anti-monopoly probe against the U.S.-based software giant.

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce entered four Microsoft locations in mainland China, including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, on Monday and interviewed Microsoft senior executives, as well as those in finance and "other departments." Investigators also collected Microsoft internal documents and communications, financial statements and emails.

China launched the raid after a June investigation showed Microsoft may be breaking China's anti-monopoly rule. According to the translated document, the charges deal with how Microsoft links its Windows operating system and its Office Suite. China specifically points to "software compatibility" and "file verification." Read more...

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Listen to Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J's Chart-Topping 'Bang Bang'Open in a New Window


That didn't take long: Jessie J's "Bang Bang" collaboration with hitmakers Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande has rocketed to the top of the iTunes Top Singles charts.

Hashtag #BuyBangBangOnItunes became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter after "Price Tag" singer Jessie J released the new single on Thursday, helping it soar to No. 1 on iTunes in the United States, Brazil, Finland, the Philippines and multiple other countries.

"Bang Bang" is the first single from Jessie J's fall album, and it will be on Grande's My Everything deluxe album, with Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Ilya credited as producers. Read more...

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Here's How You Can Make Beer-Flavored Ice CreamOpen in a New Window


Two great jubilees of American culture are on the horizon

On Aug. 1, it's International Beer Day. Then, if that weren't enough, Aug. 2 is Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Sit back and let that sink in for a second. When you're done, treat yo' self to the recipe in the video above. Any bizarre food combinations you're into? Tell us your favorites in the comments!

BONUS: Strange Food Combinations You Have to Try

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Parents Gain Access to Marijuana Extract to Treat Childhood SeizuresOpen in a New Window


April Sintz is fighting to loosen marijuana laws for her 7-year-old epileptic son. She is one of hundreds of moms nationwide who have opened a new front in the drive to expand the drug’s legal use.

While supplying pot to a child is bound to raise eyebrows, Sintz said early evidence on the marijuana extract cannabidiol, also known as CBD, suggests it’s a potent anticonvulsant, with few dangerous side effects. That could help save the life of her son, Isaac, who has 30 seizures or so a day and suffers with kidney damage from his present treatments, she said.

“We’re probably going to lose our son to his kidneys or his seizures,” said Sintz, who lives in South Jordan, Utah, near Salt Lake City, and whose son had his first seizure at 6 months old. “We can’t find a medication to safely control those seizures, which is why we’re so excited for this oil.” Read more...

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Boston Whale Watching Boat Stranded at Sea All NightOpen in a New Window


BOSTON — They weren't castaways, but like the tourists on Gilligan's Island, a group of whale watchers expecting only a three-hour tour got much more after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts and they were forced to spend a long night at sea.

The Boston Harbor Cruises whale watch vessel was freed Tuesday and docked at Boston's Long Wharf shortly after 8 a.m., some 17 hours after the voyage began. No injuries were reported for any of the 157 passengers or six crew members, but a number of people suffered seasickness during the long wait, according to passengers.

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Walk This Way: Smart Shoes Lead the Way for the BlindOpen in a New Window


The days of burying one's nose in a phone trying to decipher directions could be over.

Indian wearable tech startup Ducere Tech has created smart shoes called Lechal that can give the wearer directions without needing to look at a smartphone. Lechal translates as "take me there" in Hindi.

The user enters her destination into the Lechal app using Google Maps or a similar navigation app. From this point on, the company claims, she no longer needs to look at her phone. The app connects via Bluetooth to a module that slides into the back of the shoe. The right or left shoe then buzzes depending on which direction the user should turn Read more...

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Booty-Shaking Retirees Recreate Pharrell's 'Happy' VideoOpen in a New Window


Finally, a "Happy" parody worth a bit of feet tapping.

Sixty residents and staffers at the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch, New Zealand pulled together their collective dance skills to create their own tribute to Pharrell's infectious single

The remake mirrors scenes from the original music video, including shots of one rhythmically-gifted man dancing before a gospel choir

But most importantly, Pharrell's bucket hat made an appearance. And if you nail the hat, the rest of the parody just falls into place. Read more...

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ManServants Startup Is Not a Joke and It's Not a Gigolo ServiceOpen in a New Window


This guy is so handsome he turns heads and so chivalrous he acts as a human shield between you and life’s harsh realities. He doesn’t mind the silly pet names you call him, and he never complains about anything. The words, “As you wish,” fall trippingly off his tongue, and he compliments you like clockwork every 15 minutes.

Is this the world’s most perfect boyfriend?

Oh heavens no, honey. You’ll have to pay for this dude. And, basically, he’s a rental.

A startup in San Francisco called ManServants aims to give every woman exactly what she wants: a man who does exactly what she wants. The company, founded by two advertising copywriters, wants to unleash your inner lady of leisure by providing you with a gentlemanly tailored-to-order mashup of butler, bodyguard and cabana boy. Read more...

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Sit Back and Enjoy These 6-Second Remakes of Classic MoviesOpen in a New Window


You know you've seen creativity at its finest when 120-minute movies are condensed into six-second segments

Last week, we challenged our Vine community to recreate movies in short-form videos. Submissions ranged from comedies like Office Space and Do the Right Thing to cult classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show and science fiction films like Back to the Future. We saw a good mix of stop-motion animation and live-action Vine videos, some illustrating overarching themes using everyday objects and others acting out a line or two from film scenes.

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George Zimmerman Is Now Guarding a Gun StoreOpen in a New Window


George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who was acquitted in the high-profile killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, is now working as a security officer in a gun and motorcycle store in Florida, according to a local police report.

After midnight on Sunday night, a police officer in DeLand, Florida, found Zimmerman inside Pompano Pat's, a firearms, ammunition and motorcycle store. Zimmerman told the officer that "he was watching the business due to a recent burglary" and that his friend, the store's owner, Pat Johnson, had asked him to do that, according to the DeLand police report seen by Mashable Read more...

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Halfway to Iron Man: Hands On With the Myo Motion Control ArmbandOpen in a New Window


Myo from Thalmic Labs is one of those smart and deceptively simple-looking inventions that has the potential to change the way we work and live

It’s as easy to put on as a traditional armband, but is packed full of technology that lets it track both your hand movements and arm motions, then lets you use those gestures to control virtually anything on your desktop, laptop or smartphone. It's a lot like Iron Man Tony Stark's gesture-controlled holo-computer, but without the super-cool imagery.

Myo sounded exciting and when Thalmic Labs unveiled its first demonstration video last year. It garnered a lot of buzz, especially around the idea that it might give you Jedi-like control over computers. Read more...

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Asana Users: The iOS App You've Been Waiting for Is Finally HereOpen in a New Window


Managing group projects can be overwhelming, particularly when you're dealing with a large team and need to make changes while in transit.

Task manager Asana launched a redesigned iOS app Tuesday that makes it easier for teams to collaborate and helps individuals focus on the most important tasks.

While Asana's apps have already been around for some time, they were geared more toward creating an experience that complimented the desktop app rather than standalone task managers, said cofounder Justin Rosenstein.

"Almost none of the code from those previous apps survived this," Rosenstein told Mashable." It really is a new experience that allows you to know what work needs to be done and who is responsible for what." Read more...

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