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Start a Prank War in Cartoon Network's Latest iOS Game

30 min 10 sec ago

Cartoon Network has just unleashed another iOS game based on its popular anything-but-regular animated show, Regular Show. The new game is none other than The Great Prank War.

As shown in the trailer below, The Great Prank War begins with East Pines manager Gene wanting to win the prank war and take over the Regular Show protagonists' park after he takes possession of a time machine. Now, the future of the besieged park lies in the pranks of Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man and Skips.

The Great Prank War lets you play as any of the Regular Show heroes and pull pranks on Gene and his minions in order to reclaim the local park. Read more...

More about Pranks, Cartoon Network, Ios Games, Entertainment, and Gaming

'Extant' Episode 3 Recap: The Secret's Out

45 min 38 sec ago

If episode 3 is any indication, Extant is emerging as a series that deftly juggles out-of-this-world sci-fi spookiness, alongside relatable human problems

While viewers see Molly Woods (Halle Berry) grapple with visions of her dead former lover Marcus Dawkins (Sergio Harford), crop circle-esque rings popping up from under her skin and searing stomach pains, we are also privy to the challenges of her home life. For instance, Molly's struggle to reconnect with her humanoid-robot son Ethan (Pierce Gagnon), is reminiscent of the difficulties some parents face when raising non-birth (i.e. adopted or foster) children Read more...

More about Cbs, Television, Entertainment, Tv, and Halle Berry

Jimmy Kimmel Proves No One Understands Smartwatches

59 min 57 sec ago

So what do you think of Apple's new smartwatch? Oh, haven't seen it? Of course not — it hasn't been released yet

But people on Hollywood Boulevard are blissfully unaware of that factJimmy Kimmel and his team (as per usual) pranked pedestrians by trying to pass off a $20 Casio watch as the new Apple iTime. And they loved it

"It's kind of, like, old school, but still in style." Sure.

Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright Turn and Face the Music

Finally, a Movie That Panders to '90s Kids

'I'm on Vacation' Is Your New Anti-Work Summer Anthem

20 Pounds Thinner, Jake Gyllenhaal Works Butt Off in 'Nightcrawler' Trailer Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Apple, Jimmy Kimmel, Tv, and Gadgets

European Regulators Chide Google Over 'Right to be Forgotten'

1 hour 4 min ago

European regulators are not happy with the way Google has handled the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling.

In May, the European Court of Justice ruled that citizens had a right to ask search engines to have links to outdated, irrelevant or misleading information about them removed. Since then, Google has complied with the ruling creating a web form to request a link removal and trying to draw as much public attention to the issue as possible, even publicly criticizing the ruling.

See also: What Europe's 'Right to Be Forgotten' Means for Google (and You)

On Thursday, Cristopher Graham, Britain's Information Commissioner, said that he expects a "tsunami" of requests. And referring to Google, added that "the polluter pays, the polluter should clear up." Read more...

More about Google, Europe, Privacy, Media, and Us World

The 50 Best Swimming Cities in the U.S.

1 hour 14 min ago

Get your goggles bathing suit, it's time to go for a dip in America's top swim cities

According to a new study commissioned by USA Swimming and Speedo, the following cities are the most swim-friendly in the United States

See also: Top 10 Water Parks for a Wet Hot American Summer

The scoring was based upon the percentage of active swimmers in the area, the number of swim clubs, accessible pools and top-level swimmers from the area relative to the population.

Topping off the list is Ann-Arbor, Michigan. Despite the city's lack of swim-worthy weather for the majority of the year, the area has produced more than 60 Olympian swimmers. Read more...

More about Travel, Lists, Lifestyle, Watercooler, and Travel Leisure

Location, Location, Location: Why Place Matters for a Small Business

1 hour 18 min ago

Permits. Contracts. Licensing. Zoning.

As if starting your own business and projecting sales weren't hard enough already, setting up shop in major cities also calls for an abundance of paperwork and bureaucratic hurdles, often unforeseen and potentially detrimental.

In this next episode of Setting Up Shop, Azalina and Stephen discuss the importance of finding the right location — and how the city can help or hinder the entrepreneurial journey.

In case you missed it, previous episodes of this series are below:
Episode 1: Meet Stephen
Episode 2: Meet Azalina

Be sure to check out the show on our Mashable Originals YouTube channel. Read more...

More about Business, Small Business, Mashable Videos, Supported, and Setting Up Shop

Google Chromecast Turns 1, Hits 400 Million 'Casts' Milestone

1 hour 36 min ago

Google's media streaming gadget Chromecast launched one year ago Thursday, and to celebrate its big birthday, the company announced an impressive stat: It has streamed more than 400 million casts and Google has sold "millions" of the devices.

The Chromecast, a dongle which "casts" (or streams) online videos from your tablet, smartphone or computer to HDTVs, has added hundreds of apps in the past year, including HBO Go, ESPN, PBS Kids, Gooogle+ Photos and Hulu

See also: 7 Reasons 2013 Was the Year of Google

More than 6,000 developers are actively developing apps for the device across Android, iOS and Chrome, Google said. One incentive for investing in the device is Chromecast's $35 retail cost, which puts it ahead of its pricier competitors like the $100 Apple TV and the $50 Roku. Other features the device has added in the past year include mirroring and the ability to stream content from a central TV to multiple phones using ultrasonic sound. Read more...

More about Google, Media Streaming, Tech, Apps Software, and Gadgets

Snoopy's Latest Playground Is 'We Heart It'

1 hour 48 min ago

Snoopy is branching out on social media and taking his sister, Belle, with him. The iconic Peanuts character is joining an expanding list of brands on the small but growing social network We Heart It.

We Heart It, which reports 30 million members and recently added ads, is something of the social media lovechild between Instagram and Pinterest. It has the artsy images of the former and the grid-style pinup board of the latter. It differs from most networks, where hateful comments seem to inevitably bubble up, by focusing on more positive imagery and banning comments of any kind.

See also: 14 Simple Ways Peanuts Taught Us What Love Is Read more...

More about Entertainment, Tv, Peanuts, and We Heart It

Chief Happiness Officers Could End Up Making Employees Miserable

1 hour 59 min ago

Happiness isn’t something you find, or work toward — it’s something you buy and have delivered. Or at least that’s the premise of one of the newest jobs over in the C-suite. Now, alongside the CEO, CFO and their ilk, we have the CHO, or chief happiness officer. As the name clearly suggests, the CHO is responsible for the contentment of individual employees, sort of like an HR manager, but on steroids; the theory goes that happy workers are productive workers, so happiness turns out to be in the company’s best interest. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many CHOs reside in Silicon Valley — both at startups and more blue chip tech companies. Read more...

More about Privacy, Business Productivity, Happiness, Business, and Jobs

Why Killing the Check-In Was the Wrong Move for Foursquare

2 hours 9 min ago

The Foursquare check-in officially is no more. The newly revamped Foursquare is now a Yelp-like local discovery app, while check-ins have been relegated to Swarm

But the transition to Swarm, which first launched in May, has not been an easy one for Foursquare's base.

See also: Swarm, Foursquare's Other Half, Takes Over the Check-In

For his part, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley is confident the new Foursquare-Swarm combination is the right model for the now five-year-old company that pioneered the check-in

"In the first two quarters of this year, we'll make more money than we did all of last year," Crowley predicted at a ReadWriteWeb event in San Francisco last month. Read more...

More about Tech, Swarm, Foursquare, Location Based Service, and Apps Software

Humans Mimic Facial Expressions From Certain Robots

2 hours 29 min ago

Without thinking, humans tend to mimic the facial expressions of others. When other individuals smile, people smile and feel warmth. When others frown, people frown and share their sadness. This empathetic response is so strong that people might even instinctively copy the facial expressions of creepy robots, a new study suggests.

Researchers observed how students interacted with a robot made to look like physicist Albert Einstein to explore the phenomenon of facial mimicry. This instinctive human quirk, also observed in chimps, causes individuals to subconsciously mimic each other's facial expressions. Read more...

More about Robots, Mimic, Face Detection, Dev Design, and Us World

Finally, a Movie That Panders to '90s Kids

2 hours 30 min ago

Get ready to kick your nostalgia into overdrive

There are no shortage of '80s and '90s toy-themed movies like The Lego Movie and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hitting theaters, but this parody trailer from The Wil Wheaton Project tops them all.

As Wil Wheaton commented on YouTube, "We at the Wil Wheaton Project believe it's finally time for the most pandering nostalgia film of all time!"

'I'm on Vacation' Is Your New Anti-Work Summer Anthem

The Confusing and Crappy World of Hip Bathroom Signs

Queen's Guard Plays a Regal 'Game of Thrones' Cover

Conan, Dave Franco Try (and Fail) to Find Love on Tinder Read more...

More about Viral Videos, 90s, Nostalgia, Watercooler, and Videos

GM Expects to Pay at Least $400 Million to Ignition Switch Victims

2 hours 34 min ago

General Motors has finally given an estimate for how much it plans to pay victims of its faulty ignition switch

GM revealed in its second quarter earnings report Thursday that it expects to pay at least $400 million for a compensation program for the defective ignition switch that resulted in dozens of crashes and 13 deaths.

See also: GM Issues 60th Recall, Bringing Year's Total to 29.7 Million

"There is no cap on this program, but this charge is the company’s best estimate of the amounts that may be paid to claimants," GM said in its earnings report, noting the amount could increase by another $200 million. Read more...

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Bares All in First Official Trailer

2 hours 58 min ago

The trailer for the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey has dropped and — no surprise here — it's a steamy one.

We get a first look as innocent college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) gets involved in a sadistic love affair with bad boy billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). And then, the moment we've all been waiting for: a glimpse at Grey's "red room of pain."

See also: The First Look at Christian Grey in the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie

Johnson and Dornan appeared on The Today Show Thursday to premiere the trailer and discuss the process of filming the sex scenes. Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Films, Beyonce, Film Trailers, and Entertainment

How to Reclaim Your Goals When the Path to Success Gets Foggy

3 hours 4 sec ago

I want to have an extraordinary career — and really make an impact inside my company, and out in the world.

But there are so many little things that need to get done every day.

It’s so hard to stay focused on the big picture.

Sound like you?

If so, I can relate. In running my own business, I know how challenging it can be to get all of the “little things” done, while still making progress toward your bigger, more meaningful career goals.

Some days, it can feel like you’re drowning in minutia, totally disconnected from the “bigger work” that you feel called to do!

It’s a frustrating feeling — and all of that fretting can seriously stifle your productivity.
But you can overcome it — it just takes a little strategy. Here’s how to get re-focused on the big stuff, while still getting everything else done. Read more...

More about Discovery, Success, Business, Jobs, and Career Advice

How Many Yelp Reviews Say 'YOLO'? Its New Trends Tool Shows You

3 hours 6 min ago

Kale and Zumba have fallen in and out of favor over the years, and Yelp's new tool might be able to help you pinpoint when and where.

The premise of Yelp Trends, which debuted on Thursday, is simple: It tracks the popularity of search topics over a 10-year span, honoring the company's 10-year anniversary.

See also: How to Spot a Fake Online Review

"It's something that we built in-house and it's pretty straightforward," Eric Singley, Yelp's vice president of mobile and consumer products, told Mashable. "You type in a word and we just grasp the frequency of that word as it appears in our reviews over time." Read more...

More about Trends, Reviews, Yelp, Business, and Apps Software

Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright Turn and Face the Music

3 hours 21 min ago

Jimmy Fallon and Robin Wright boast many talents, including improv dancing.

The Tonight Show host and House of Cards star practiced their spontaneous line delivery, followed by unexpected dance breaks, ranging in musical stylings from Lil John's "Turn Down for What" to traditional line dancing.

At least we know that if either of their respective shows get cancelled, they'll have a successful improv theatre/dance career.

Finally, a Movie That Panders to '90s Kids

'I'm on Vacation' Is Your New Anti-Work Summer Anthem

20 Pounds Thinner, Jake Gyllenhaal Works Butt Off in 'Nightcrawler' Trailer

It's Wednesday, So Here's a Deer Licking a Camera Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show, Entertainment, and Tv

What's Cool and New at Comic-Con's Preview Night: A Look Inside

3 hours 23 min ago

Comic-Con's buzzy, newsy movie panels really get cranking on Thursday, starting with a morning session for DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures in the afternoon.

But Wednesday night had its own special place in the Comic-Con universe. Preview Night is all about roaming the more than 600,000 square feet of the main floor at San Diego's Convention Center in search of freebies, sneak peeks and shiny objects to fill up your camera's memory card.

See also: Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here's What You'll See This Year

The cosplayers don't generally come out on Preview Night — they tend to emerge as the weekend approaches — but really, its purpose is for badge holders to marvel at all enormous displays that brands, movie studios and TV networks have erected to attract attention at the 'Con before the homemade costumes steal the show. Read more...

More about Movies, Photos, Comic Con, Entertainment, and Film

Rebel Commander Backpedals After Admitting Fighters Had Missile System in Ukraine

3 hours 36 min ago

DONETSK, Ukraine — In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Russian-backed Vostok Battalion, admitted that rebels possessed a BUK missile system — the same system Kiev and Western intelligence agencies say downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine

“I knew that a BUK came from Luhansk. At the time I was told that a BUK from Luhansk was coming under the flag of the LNR,” Reuters quoted him as saying, referring to the Luhansk People’s Republic, one of two rebel strongholds in eastern Ukraine. They also control the eastern region of Donetsk.

See also: The Nightmare Ukraine Has Been Living for Months Read more...

More about Russia, Us World, World, Ukraine, and Mh17

How Apple Is Forging Deeper Connections Between Desktop and Mobile

3 hours 43 min ago

In our latest Ask a Dev video, iOS engineer John McIntosh discusses how Continuity will work in iOS 8 and Yosemite

Continuity is one of the biggest new features that Apple announced at this year's WWDC, and it gives a look into their entire product vision. For Mac OS fans, it’s reassuring to see Apple focus on integrating the desktop with mobile, rather than merging both into a single platform.

See also: The Mac Never Looked So Good: OS X Yosemite Beta

From Handoff that will allow you to easily share documents between devices, to SMS and calls right from a Mac — Continuity looks to bring ease to the multi-device lifestyle Read more...

More about Videos, Apple, Tech, Mac Os, and Apps Software