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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


'Man of Steel' TV Ad: 'You're a Monster, Zod'

"You're a monster, Zod, and I'm going to stop you," bellows Superman in the eighth TV spot for the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel movie

The short clip shows off the villainous General Zod's armor (filled by actor Michael Shannon). It also features Zod's menacing voice as well as choice words by Superman's father, Jor-El (Russell Crowe). Henry Cavill stars as the red-caped superhero from planet Krypton.

Man of Steel will arrive in theaters on June 14. Below are the other TV spots, which Warner Bros. began releasing in April. Two full official trailers are at the end of the gallery Read more...

More about Films, Entertainment, Tv, Movies, and FilmThe World's Most Contagious Prank

Yawning is more contagious than pink eye, bird flu and "Call Me Maybe" combined. That's science, people.

YouTuber Roman Atwood proves the yawn's infectious spreadability with what could be the world's most contagious prank. Atwood traveled the world, emitting giant yawns at each stop, to pull off his exhausting prank and make the stunt a global affair

The video of his jokester shenanigans is entertaining on its own, but think of the clip as a challenge as well. Try to watch the nearly three minutes of constant yawning without letting one loose yourself

Did you even get through reading this without yawning? Yawning. Yawning. Yawning Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Pranks, Watercooler, and VideosPC Outlook Drops as Tablet Demand Grows

The tablet may be the latest product darling of the tech world, but its success is hindering PC growth.

According to the market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), shipments of PC computers are expected to drop by nearly 8% this year, and by 2015 tablets will overtake the entire PC market, including both portables and desktop devices.

"What started as a sign of tough economic times has quickly shifted to a change in the global computing paradigm with mobile being the primary benefactor," said Ryan Reith, program manager for IDC's mobile trackers, in a statement. "Tablets surpassing portables in 2013 and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them." Read more...

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How Astronomers Make Gorgeous Space Images

Have you ever wondered how those space telescopes, like the Hubble, capture such stunning images of all the wonders the Universe holds?

Video series PBS Off Book thoughtfully interviewed astronomers and scientists about how it’s done and why these images are so important in the grand scheme of human society and knowledge. Spoiler alert: It’s because they’re so dang pretty.

The video above features Emily Rice of the American Museum of Natural History, Zolt Levay from the Space Telescope Science Institute and David Hogg of New York University. You'll also get to see a bunch of really awesome images from NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute. Read more...

More about Space, Nasa, Science, Astronomy, and PbsNetflix Loses Viacom and a Key Demographic: Toddlers

Like many parents with young children, my wife and I think Netflix is a godsend. While its streaming service has never been a good place to find current, high-quality titles, that $7.99 a month gets you truckloads of kids entertainment, including hits from Nickelodeon such as Dora the Explorer to SpongeBob SquarePants.

At least it did up until this weekend. Following the loss of almost 2,000 titles from its catalog a month ago, Netflix's contract with Viacom (which owns Nickelodeon) didn't get renewed, and a few days ago the consequences of the breakup hit its library. For myself and millions of other Netflix subscribers, all of Nick's titles — including the two popular ones I mentioned earlier as well as a host of others — abruptly disappeared. Read more...

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Mozilla and Foxconn Are Reportedly Building a Firefox Tablet

Mozilla is teaming up with Taiwanese company Hon Hai Precision Industry — better known as Foxconn — to launch a new device running the Firefox OS.

Mozilla confirmed the partnership to Reuters and although the company wouldn't share the exact nature of the device, it is believed to be a tablet. Mozilla is expected to unveil the plans at Focus Taiwan on June 3.

Mozilla has already signed partnerships with Alcatel (TCL), Huawei, ZTE and LG for Firefox phones but this would be its first tablet initiative.

Foxconn makes most of its money from Apple but is reportedly looking to diversify its customer base. It already makes Android devices but this would be its first foray into the Firefox OS space. Read more...

More about Mozilla, Tablets, Foxconn, Ios, and TechCourt: Comcast Didn't Discriminate Against Tennis Channel

Comcast didn't discriminate against the Tennis Channel when it rebuked the network's proposal to be placed in a cheaper and thus more widely transmitted sports programming tier, an appeals court unanimously decided Tuesday

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found Comcast rejected the Tennis Channel's proposal out of legitimate business interests, not due to discrimination. While Comcast showed how it would incur additional costs if it moved Tennis Channel to a more widely distributed tier, Tennis Channel showed no evidence Comcast had anything to gain by accepting its proposal, says the court's decision. Read more...

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Watch Kelly Clarkson Play a Misfit Scientist in 'People Like Us'

In the new "People Like Us" music video, three-time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson assumes the role of a misfit scientist trapped in black-and-white world where colorful people are inspected for being different. Tired of living the plain life, she helps a captive girl escape

Along the way, a few not-so-subtle product placements fill the colorless world with bright spots. A lime green Nokia Lumia phone makes a cameo at the 1:02 mark, and a red BMW Z4 sports car speeds away from the security guards at 2:58

"People Like Us" is a new track on Clarkson's Greatest Hits: Chapter 1, which also included "Catch My Breath" and "Don't Rush" as fresh music amid her older hits. "People Like Us" debuted last week on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart at number 99 Read more...

More about Music, Entertainment, Music Videos, Video, and Kelly ClarksonCheck Out Flickr's Clever Job Posting for Programmers

Yahoo unveiled a major redesign of Flickr's website last week, and now it looks like the company is taking a clever approach to recruiting engineering talent to Flickr's team.

Flickr has added a link to current job postings for engineers and designers in the source code of its redesigned main page:

Of course, you could just as easily type "Flickr jobs" into Google — or Yahoo, for that matter — and find the exact same link, but clearly the goal is to reach out to the kinds of users who may be casually checking the source code for Flickr 2.0.

Marissa Mayer has said attracting top talent is a key priority of hers as the CEO of Yahoo. This certainly isn't a bad way to go about it. Read more...

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Does This JCPenney Teapot Look Like Hitler?

A billboard ad for a Michael Graves-designed tea kettle from JCPenney has become an Internet sensation thanks to its uncanny resemblance to Adolph Hitler.

The ad on the 405 Interstate highway near Culver City, Calif., became the topic of hot debate on Reddit over the weekend. The conversation spilled onto Twitter on Tuesday:

LOL! Great moments in product design! RT @benarilee: No thanks, JC Penny. I don't think I want your HITLER…

— Harold Phillips (@haroldPDX) May 24, 2013

Actual LOL. RT @benarilee: Uh, no thanks, JC Penny. I don't think I want your Hitler…

— Michael Scott (@DorkmanScott) May 24, 2013

More about Reddit, Jc Penney, Business, Advertising, and ConversationsAstronaut Crew Launching to Space Station Today: Watch Live

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut, an Italian astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut will launch on the second-ever express trip to the International Space Station Tuesday.

NASA's Karen Nyberg, the European Space Agency's Luca Parmitano and Russia's Fyodor Yurchikhin are scheduled to launch to space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan onboard a Russian Soyuz spaceship at 4:31 p.m. EDT, arriving at the space station about six hours later.

You can watch the launch and docking live on via NASA TV. Launch coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT, although it will be May 29 local time in Kazakhstan. Arrival coverage starts at 9:30 p.m. EDT with docking expected at 10:17 p.m. EDT Read more...

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PayPal Stiffs Teen Who Found Website Bug

PayPal is withholding payment from a 17-year-old German hacker who found a vulnerability on its website, the teen claims.

Robert Kugler is not subject to PayPal's Bug Bounty program because he is not yet 18, according to PC World. Kugler will reach that milestone next March. Kugler told the publication that he found the bug on May 19, but PayPal responded via email that he was not subject to the program.

PayPal representatives could not be reached for comment. PayPal's Terms of Service for Bug Bounty don't mention an age guideline.

It's not clear how much Kugler would have received for identifying this vulnerability. Google has a similar program that pays anywhere from $100 to $20,000, depending on the issue. Facebook pays $500. Kugler has found bugs for Mozilla, and received as much as $1,500 in return, according to PC World. Read more...

More about Paypal, Hackers, Business, and MobileVideo Captures Inside an EF4 Tornado

Ever get stuck inside an EF4 tornado? No? That's probably a good thing, judging by this stormchaser footage posted to YouTube Monday evening.

The footage was taken by Brandon Ivey and Sean Casey, who drove their custom 14,300-pound "tornado intercept vehicle" into the heart of a violent tornado in Kansas to record nature's fury from the inside

The pair clocked wind speeds at 150-175 miles per hour before "the tornado ripped the instruments off the top of the [vehicle]," per the video description. The footage is currently on the front page of Reddit.


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17 Amazing Vines of Unexpected Pairs

From magical fruit to a bizarre food combinations, you'll want to check out these vines of quirky unexpected pairs.

We challenged you to use Vine to capture the best unexpected pairs out there. You definitely rose to the challenge and created standout vines that ranged from heartwarming to flat-out bizarre. (Quite a few people went the homonym route and featured actual pears in their vines!)

SEE ALSO: Vine: 12 Ways to Make Your Videos Stand Out

Just as Vine as a whole is a melting pot for animation, comedy and beyond, we saw entries of all styles. You might even recognize a few well-known vine-power users among those who entered the challenge. Below are just a few of our favorite entries. Be sure to search for #UnexpectedPairs on Vine to see all of the entries. Read more...

More about Vine, Social Media, Apps Software, and Vine ChallengeOnline Videos More Effective Than TV Advertising

Advertising executives admit the tide of ads is changing and online video ads are taking the lead, new research has found.

75% of ad agency executives say that online video ads are more effective than traditional TV ads, compared with just 17% who say they are less effective. That sentiment is shared when comparing online video ads with social media and search advertising ads as well. Ad executives feel that online video ads are also more effective than direct response and display ads, a new eMarketer report found.

"The popularity of digital video viewing is helping drive the expansion of the online video ad market," the eMarketer report read. "Ad execs may be responding to U.S. consumers’ seemingly endless demand for online video." Read more...

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Qualcomm's BatteryGuru App Improves Android Battery Life

Battery life is always a huge concern with any smartphone. If you’re not careful, especially with Android devices, you can wind up with quite a few applications running in the background, which drains battery.

Several smartphones now come with built-in software to optimize battery life. For those that don’t, Qualcomm released Snapdragon BatteryGuru, an Android application that monitors what’s going on behind the scenes on your phone, and adjusts your phone’s settings to maximize battery life.

The app has received over 100,000 downloads since its debut in beta February of this year, and is officially launching Tuesday. Read more...

More about Android, Smartphone, Qualcomm, Tech, and Apps SoftwareHow One Go-Getter Landed His Dream Job at a Hot Startup

If you've always wanted to work for a hot new startup, but you aren't sure if you've got the necessary experience, don't give up just yetMax Crowley is the senior community manager for Uber in Chicago, and he was able to convince the executives at Uber to give him a chance — even though his past experience didn't necessarily line up with this new position

San Francisco-based startup Uber is growing like crazy, as it has expanded its services in 32 markets and plan to hire hundreds of employees worldwide this year. If working for a hot startup is your idea of a dream job, read on to learn about how Max was able to land his job with Uber, and why Uber employees are so passionate about what they do Read more...

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Man Plays Guitar During Brain Surgery

Brad Carter undergoes surgery to treat Parkinson's disease and inadvertently invents a new Hospital Hardcore genre.

Image via iStockphoto, Digital_Diva

More about Viral Video, Vine, Watercooler, Videos, and Surgery35 Guilty Pleasure Twitter Accounts

Twitter is only as useful as the people you're following. For many of us, that involves a gaggle of accounts from members of our industry: entrepreneurs, marketing pros, journalists and developers. But the premiere micro-blogging platform is a far cry from all work and no play.

That's why we follow the accounts on this list. These reality TV stars, comedians, celebrities, athletes and parody accounts are the ultimate guilty pleasures to follow. We're sorry we're not sorry.

What accounts do you follow because they're so bad they're good? Add your favorites to the list in the comments below. Read more...

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Pentagon's Cybersecurity Woes and Other News You Need to Know

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. CNN is partnering with BuzzFeed to launch an ad-free YouTube channel called CNN BuzzFeed. According to the Washington Post, a confidential report that lists the United States' most sensitive weapons system designs has been compromised by Chinese cyberspies. And Daft Punk trends on Twitter after some pretty impressive feats

Check out the video above for more on these stories.

Homepage image via iStockphoto, Henrik5000

More about Youtube, Cnn, Cybersecurity, First To Know Series, and Daft PunkRand Paul Visiting Facebook and Google on Fundraising Tour

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will shake hands with top executives at Facebook, Google and eBay on a fundraising tour through Silicon Valley later this week.

Paul will begin his trip Thursday at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., where he'll take a tour and meet with Facebook higher-ups (no word on whether Zuckerberg will attend). Facebook has played host to conservative lawmakers before, welcoming Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) back in September 2011.

Paul will then disengage from the tech world for a moment to deliver a speech to the Hoover Institute. He'll then hop back in the Silicon Valley saddle with a visit to Google to meet with executives and answer questions from Google employees from around the world who are sending them in online. Read more...

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Lenovo Gets Arty for Yoga 11S Ad Campaign

It's safe to say that Lenovo's ad campaign for its Yoga 11S is unlike any other for a PC-type device. The only product feature touted in the ad is its ability to switch from laptop to tablet

That feature is demonstrated in silhouette as members of a dance troupe — called The Silhouettes, natch — morph their bodies into objects like streetlamps and cars. "We tried to find a unique way to demonstrate its flexibility," says Jeff Meredith, Lenovo's VP of marketing. Lynne Waggoner-Patton, creator of the Silhouettes, says the idea of a convertible device intrigued her: "When you think it's one thing, it turns into something else. It's like a Transformer toy." Read more...

More about Advertising, Marketing, Lenovo, and BusinessTesla Stock Breaks $100 for the First Time

Tesla certainly isn't a loser anymore.

The car company's stock topped $100 a share for the first time ever in early trading Tuesday, following a string of good news in recent weeks. Earlier this month, Tesla reported its first profitable quarter as a company, a hugely important milestone that helped send the stock up 25% in after-hours trading from its closing price of about $55, and sent it up more than 50% in the first three days of trading afterwards.

That stock surge prompted Tesla to raise more capital and to repay a government loan nine years early — with interest

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk Wants to Build an Electric Pickup Truck Read more...

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LG Reveals Google Nexus 4 in White

LG officially launched the Nexus 4 White, a milky-colored version of its black Nexus 4 smartphone, created in collaboration with Google. Aside from color, the two phones are identical.

The Nexus 4 White sports a 4.7-inch, 1280x768 pixel screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM memory

The phone will be available in Hong Kong starting on May 29, followed by a global rollout in selected markets in Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East over the next several weeks

Image courtesy of LG

More about Tech, Mobile, Nexus 4, Lg Nexus 4 White, and Google PhonLearn About Mining Bitcoin From a Redditor

Over and over, you ask yourself the same question:

"What are Bitcoins? Do they bite?"

Well, no, they don't. We can tell you that much from experience. The digital peer-to-peer currency was invented in 2009 and has only recently surged into the broad public consciousness. Though it holds no true inherent value, the decentralized cryptocurrency can easily be compared to traditional mining.

Redditor Artesian elaborated on this extended metaphor, which runs as deep as the Bitcoin mine itself — just imagine CPUs are pickaxes and GPUs are jackhammers Read more...

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This Is NASA's New Solar-Electric Propulsion Engine

NASA has posted an image of its new solar-electric propulsion thruster, which uses xenon ions for propulsion

The engine in the photo, blue with the glow of xenon gas, is being considered to become a part of NASA's Asteroid Retrieval Initiative, a proposed program to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it to a stable orbit around Earth. Such an asteroid could then be visited and explored by astronauts


Often mentioned in science fiction novels, ion propulsion is one of the most efficient known ways to travel through space. "The ion propulsion system's efficient use of fuel and electrical power enable modern spacecraft to travel farther, faster, and cheaper than any other propulsion technology currently available," claims NASA Read more...

More about Nasa, Tech, Gadgets, Ion Propulsion, and Solar Electric Propulsion25 Best Free Android Apps

Whether you're an Android newbie or a longtime user looking to boost your experience without breaking the bank, one thing is certain: You're going to need some apps. Not sure where to start? Mashable has you covered.

These are the essentials for your phone or tablet. You'll find apps to read, write, watch and stay connected. Apps to save time and to waste time. We've collected the unmissable, the obscure and the exciting, so you can get the most from your device — without spending a penny

Do you know an Android app that belongs on this list? Tell us about it in the comments. Read more...

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See the Champions League Final Recreated With Legos

This Saturday, Bayern Munchen won the Champions League final game against Borussia Dortmund 2:1, securing the team's fifth title in Europe's most prestigious football cup

The game was intense, with Arjen Robben scoring for his team in the 89th minute for the victory. Now, you have a chance to watch the shortened version of the match, recreated with Lego bricks, courtesy of The Guardian

The 3:14-minute long video has all the highlights from the game, including the three goals and the celebrations that followed the game

How do you like the video? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Image courtesy of Flickr, Dr Gray

More about Football, Lego, Watercooler, Videos, and BayernGoogle Maps Brings Bike Directions to 6 European Countries

Are you in need of turn-by-turn navigation for your cycling adventures in Europe? Cyclists rejoice, as Google Maps has just added bike directions to six new European countries: Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

Just like in other countries where biking navigation is enabled, users can now get a route that uses bike paths and avoids busy streets. They can also get voice turn-by-turn navigation to guide them on their way

For those who are more adventurous, Google has added some classic cycling routes to Maps, such as Tour de France. Users can also use the biking-directions legend — activated from the menu on the top-right of the Maps screen — to find nearby cycling trails. Read more...

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'Man of Steel' Trailer Painstakingly Recreated in Minecraft

For the past few weeks, Warner Bros. has been releasing trailers to promote its Superman flick, Man of Steel. One, entitled "Ideal of Hope," just received the Minecraft treatment — everything from the explosive action scenes to Superman himself were painstakingly recreated using blocks from the sandbox construction game

Created by media-creation studio Steelehouse Productions, the video — dubbed "Mine of Steel" — was posted to YouTube on Monday. It has since received more than 74,000 views.

Compare the Minecraft trailer with the original, below:

More about Minecraft, Entertainment, Film, Videos, and Man Of SteelSource: Mashable

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