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Microsoft's age-guessing site says it doesn't keep your photos — sort of

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 3:42pm

The viral Microsoft site designed to guess your age, How Old Do I Look, may have a down side: keeping your photos in the company's product ecosystem

Some users have noticed that despite the site's front-page message saying, "We don't keep the photo [uploaded to the site]," its terms of service suggest something different

See also: Microsoft demos Windows 10 apps on HoloLens, and it's stunning

Following a sentence declaring that "Microsoft does not claim ownership of any materials you provide," a subsequent passage in the site's terms of service reveals an important caveat:

However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing, or submitting your Submission, you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies, and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat your Submission. Read more...

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Astronauts may suffer brain damage during a Mars mission, study suggests

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 3:06pm

Astronauts exploring the solar system on a Mars mission might experience brain damage because of exposure to space radiation, a new study suggests.

If the results are confirmed by other research, they could have implications for the feasibility of NASA's planned Mars mission, set to take place sometime in the 2030s.

In the study, published Friday in the journal Science Advances, scientists bombarded mice with doses of charged particles that simulate those that astronauts would be exposed to on a trip to Mars. The researchers' goal was to see how the brains of the rodents changed afterward, and the results weren’t exactly heartening for future space explorers Read more...

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GoFundMe stops donation campaign for Baltimore cops charged in Freddie Gray's death

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 2:58pm

The six Baltimore police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray won't be getting GoFundMe's support

The crowdfunding site suspended an account started by the Baltimore Police Union, which attempted to raise money for the officers' legal defense.

In a press conference on Friday, Baltimore's top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers involved in Gray's arrest. They included included false imprisonment, assault and involuntary manslaughter.

See also: The damning new details of Freddie Gray's treatment by police

The officers charged with Freddie Gray's death. Top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White.

Image: Baltimore Police Department via AP/Associated Press Read more...

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NBC removes Brian Williams from 'Nightly News' podcast artwork

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 2:26pm

Could NBC have tipped its future plans for a Brian Williams-free NBC Nightly News in its podcast feed?

An eagle-eyed tipster told Mashable on Saturday that the artwork associated with the NBC Nightly News podcast on iTunes changed from a photo of Brian Williams, featuring the title "Nightly News with Brian Williams," to a more generic thumbnail with simple Nightly News branding.

See also: NBC may give controversial anchor Brian Williams a $30 million kiss goodbye

L: NBC Nightly News podcast cover art as of April 30, 2015. R: New NBC Nightly News podcast cover art

The change appears to have occurred between the posting of the April 30 and May 1 episodes Read more...

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After deadly earthquake, Nepal's heritage faces an uncertain future

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 1:57pm

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The blue-rimmed eyes of Kathmandu's gold-spired Swayambhunath stupa stare silently from a hilltop overlooking this city in the Himalayan foothills.

But since Nepal was shattered by a mammoth earthquake Saturday, those eyes have gazed upon a nation in mourning — and on a microcosm of destruction and despair inside the ancient temple itself.

See also: Aerial footage from Nepal reveals earthquake devastation

Here, monkeys scurry across the demolished ruins of a pair of precious bullet-shaped edifices built by King Pratap Malla in the 1600s. Saffron-robed monks haul golden relics and carpets out of a ruined monastery. The temple now has its own population of displaced — priests and vendors huddle under tents, sleeping in darkness waiting as authorities try to repair downed power lines. Read more...

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Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey CEO and Sheryl Sandberg's husband, dies suddenly at 47

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 1:33pm

Dave Goldberg, CEO of online survey startup SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died suddenly Friday evening. He was 47.

“We are heartbroken by this news,” a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable on Saturday.

See also: Sheryl Sandberg's bold plan to get more women to code

Goldberg, who also leaves behind a young daughter and son, was a longstanding, respected figure among Silicon Valley's elite. A Harvard University graduate who majored in history, Goldberg had served as CEO of SurveyMonkey since 2009. He also served as an advisor to TPG Capital, one of the world's largest private-equity firms. Read more...

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LG's leather G4 is the swiss army knife of smartphones with a killer camera

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 1:30pm

With LG's new flagship G4 Android smartphone, life really is good. No, scratch that, life is great.

The best Android smartphones all have compromises. The Galaxy S6 has a fantastic camera, but dumped the removable battery and storage expansion Samsung so proudly trumpeted on the GS5HTC's One M9 has great speakers and a sleek design, but it's camera is junk. The Nexus 6 runs unaltered Android and has a big screen, but it's too damn big.

The G4 cuts no corners. I dare say, it's the first no-compromise Android smartphone, and that's no joke.

See also: Qualcomm: Get ready for 4K smartphones

The G4 is better everything. Better design, better cameras, better software, and a better display. It's not like last year's G3 wasn't great — it had the best smartphone display at the time — but LG's somehow improved it even more. The 5.5-inch QuadHD (2,560 x 1,440) IPS Quantum display has 20% better color reproduction and 50% greater contrast. It's also 25% brighter and 11% more power efficient. Read more...

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An affordable, real gold Apple Watch can be yours for just under $1,000

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 12:34pm

Delayed delivery times and ink-driven glitches are taking some of the sheen off the Apple Watch.

But for luxury obsessives, a new option could spark new excitement — namely a "real" gold Apple Watch for just several hundred dollars extra.

See also: Why Apple is obsessed with gold: It's all about Asia

A California-based company, normally devoted to customizing guitars and motorcycles, has launched a new service called WatchPlate that will layer your stainless steel Apple Watch in 24 karat gold for $399. And if you own one of the metal bands, the price includes covering it in the precious metal, as well Read more...

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Will Windows 10 close Microsoft's 'app gap' once and for all?

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 11:44am

The long, dark night for Windows apps may be ending.

One of the hallmark features of Windows 10 is its ability to run Universal Windows Apps. These apps, sometimes abbreviated as UWAs, can adapt to whatever device they happen to be on, as well as to how the user is running it.

See also: Microsoft unveils universal Office apps for Windows smartphones and tablets

For any universal app, a Windows user downloads the same app to both a phone and a PC, but it appears differently on both, with navigation of the user experience suited to each environment. More importantly, the app can transform its functionality on the same device, depending how the user is interacting with it. Read more...

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MayPac by the dollars: $2.3 million just to be featured on Manny Pacquiao's shorts

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 11:39am

It's the Fight of the Century — and the Purse of the Century

When Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, their meeting will be seven years and millions of dollars in the making.

See also: The Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown: Boxing's richest match by the numbers

Thwarted until now by everything from prison sentences (Mayweather's) to retirements (Mayweather's, again) and financial negotiations, the boxing match is the most anticipated fight of the decade. Mayweather, undefeated in his bouts and indefensible in his history of domestic violence, has retired once and, if he wins, may be able to do so again with a legendary fight record Read more...

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12 beautifully random comments on Walmart's Facebook page

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 11:30am

The retail giant Walmart has over 32 million likes on their Facebook page, so with that amount of reach, you can expect a variety of comments, ranging from genuine feedback, to trolling and confusion

Some people have a different approach to social media. We're not sure which category these customers' comments fall under, but we're happy that they exist

See also: The most awkward hover hands in awkward dude history

Except for the woman looking for socks —someone please help her find socks

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The two Floyd Mayweathers: One undefeated, one indefensible

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 11:05am

Wherever undefeated Floyd Mayweather goes, indefensible Floyd Mayweather follows. Though they inhabit the same body, burn through the same mountains of money and possess the same uncanny elusiveness, they are obviously divided in our minds.

They must be, as there is no other explanation for our endless fascination with — and willingness to lavish more riches upon — a man whose track record for domestic violence is demonstrably worse than many athletes' whose careers and reputations are now in ashes.

SEE ALSO: Floyd Mayweather's ridiculous 'Big Boy Mansion' has its own Instagram account

Half admirably untouchable athlete, half maddeningly untouchable chronic abuser, Floyd Mayweather will fight Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, his 48th (and likely last) professional bout. If he wins and retires, a special place in history awaits him. But that legacy will always be compromised. Read more...

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Blues legend B.B. King in hospice care, daughter claims elder abuse

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:58am

LAS VEGAS — Blues legend B.B. King was in hospice care Friday at his home in Las Vegas, according to a longtime business associate with legal control over his affairs.

The 89-year-old musician posted thanks on his official website for fans' well-wishes and prayers after he returned home from a brief hospitalization, according to Laverne Toney, King's longtime business manager and current power-of-attorney.

"Mr. King is where he wishes to be," Toney said. "He's always told me he doesn't want to be in a hospital. He wants to be at home."

Prayer for BB King! As in this icon...@BBKingMuseum @BBKingBluesNYC @BBKingsMemphis @BBKingNashville

— Randy Houser (@RandyHouser) May 2, 2015 Read more...

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15 brands jumping on the royal baby bandwagon

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:38am

The brands are coming. The brands are coming!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Prince William and Kate Middleton, welcomed a royal baby girl to their family early Saturday, dominating media coverage worldwide. And when major events like this happen, there's one thing you can guarantee: Brands will tweet about it.

See also: Betting on the second royal baby name: Favourites, odds and outsiders

From Coca-Cola to Subway, the royal baby news seems to bring out the cute and corny in some brands, while others capitalize on the announcement to shill their products.

Let the royal tweets begin! Read more...

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10 books to challenge and inspire graduates of all ages

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:30am

As spring starts to bleed into summer, graduates of all kinds leave the comforting cocoons of their education institutions and emerge into the real world.

Many people like to give graduates gifts that are practical and provide a head start in life, or a cushion if they need to fall — things like cars, money, or a place to stay. Other gifts are motivated by inspiration, most often in the form of a book

See also: 7 inspiring children's books to motivate your young activist

The books in this list are concrete symbols of wisdom, full of lessons and advice culled from years of experience. They will move with your graduate from apartment to apartment, always ready to dole out life advice or help them out of a rough patch Read more...

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8 ways you never knew you could masturbate

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:05am

Note: The following article contains images and language that may be considered NSFW.

Friday is the first day of the 20th annual National Masturbation Month

The holiday was started one year after Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the U.S. surgeon general at the time, was fired for saying that masturbation was “something that perhaps should be taught.”

Which begs the question: How is our culture of getting off currently getting on?

See also: 'Nearly naked' pageant rewards real bodies in real panties


“If one thing has really changed about self-pleasure, it’s that the stigma has been lifted,” says New York-based clinical psychologist and sexpert Dr. Belisa Vranich who advises everyone to mix up their routines this May. Currently, 7.9% of women between the ages of 25 and 29 masturbate two to three times per week versus 23.4% of men, according to Indiana University’s National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior.

(Ladies, let’s please start catching up.)

Part of the reason the act is more acceptable now is that technology has collectively taken so many people far out of their comfort zones. Think about it, Vranich says: Skype sex is just two people masturbating separated by computer screens. Read more...

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17 people who really couldn't care less about the royal baby

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:02am

LONDON — It's dominating media coverage in the UK and other parts of the world, but not everyone really cares that much about Kate Middleton and Prince William's new daughter

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the newest royal baby and Prince George's younger sister in a central London hospital Saturday morning. Some had been eagerly anticipating the arrival for weeks, with a group of die-hard superfans even camping outside

See also: These people are ridiculously excited about the new royal baby

The birth trended on Twitter and Facebook in the UK, as people buzzed about William and Kate's new addition — although some felt there were more important things worth paying attention to Read more...

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14 Mother's Day gifts for the lady who deserves more than last-minute

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 9:30am

Mother's Day is a maker's time to shine.

It's mom's special day and she deserves a special gift. Naturally, you want to make her something as wonderful, beautiful and perfect as she is — and that means not giving in to procrastination.

See also: 15 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts to DIY

With just a little planning and thoughtfulness, you'd be surprised what you can make. Show your mom you care with the best DIY gift she has ever received

Plus, it's the perfect opportunity to show-up your siblings.

Image: A Beautiful Mess

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Grooveshark thought it would live forever, but the record industry had other ideas

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 9:00am

Even after every major record label sued Grooveshark simultaneously for copyright infringement in 2011, the company refused to entertain the possibility of defeat

"There were reports that I thought were pretty amusing of us being dead," Sam Tarantino, co-founder and CEO of Grooveshark, told me during a long interview in 2013. We were sitting in the company's tiny office above a dive bar in New York, where a scattered staff, trimmed in size because of the company's legal costs, still peppered the desks. "I've been doing this since 2006, we're not going anywhere," Tarantino added.

Almost exactly two years after Tarantino confidently declared that Grooveshark was here to stay, it has folded. The company was effectively sued out of existence. Last week, a judge determined that the company could be forced to pay $736 million or more in damages because Grooveshark employees, including Tarantino, allegedly personally uploaded nearly 5,000 copyrighted songs to the service Read more...

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11 Kentucky Derby facts to saddle up for the races

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 8:30am

On Saturday, jockeys will prepare for "the most exciting two minutes in sports": the Kentucky Derby.

The 141st race will go down at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, well over a century after the first race in 1875, making the Kentucky Derby the longest-running sport in the U.S. Each year, more than 150,000 people attend the Derby, dressed in their best floppy hats and linen suits.

See also: 12 Southern Recipes Fit for Kentucky Derby, Y'all

But before you pull on your weekend best and pull out your silver julep cups, brush up on a bit of the Derby's history

Racehorse Zev wins Kentucky Derby with Martingale second and Vigil third on May 21, 1923.

Image: New York Daily News Archive / Contributor/Getty Images Read more...

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