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Report: Next-generation Samsung Galaxy will ditch Qualcomm chip

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:38am

Samsung is ditching its chip partner Qualcomm for the next version of the Galaxy S smartphone line, according to a new report

Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's latest microprocessor offering, overheated during Samsung's tests, anonymous sources told Bloomberg. The Korean company ultimately decided to not use it.

See also: Report: Samsung Galaxy S6 will come in regular and 'Edge' versions

Qualcomm is behind many of the processors we see in non-Apple phones; the Cupertino company uses its own semiconductor hardware instead. The processor is arguably the most important aspect of the experience of using a phone, responsible for the device's power and performance. Read more...

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New X-ray method could read scrolls burned in Mt. Vesuvius eruption

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:15am

Hundreds of ancient papyrus scrolls that were buried nearly 2,000 years ago after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius could finally be read, thanks to a new technique.

The X-ray-based method can be used to decipher the charred, damaged texts that were found in the ancient town of Herculaneum without having to unroll them, which could damage them beyond repair, scientists say.

One problem with previous attempts to use X-rays to read the scrolls was that the ancient writers used a carbon-based material from smoke in their ink, said study co-author Vito Mocella, a physicist at the National Research Council in Naples, Italy. Read more...

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Watch Jon Stewart's hilarious response to Fox News' Birmingham apology

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:14am

Remember when a terrorism analyst on Fox News said Birmingham in the UK was a "no-go zone" where non-Muslims don't dare venture? And then when British Prime Minister David Cameron called him a "complete idiot"?

See also: Fox News apologizes 4 times for error about non-Muslim 'no-go zones' in Europe

Fox News has since apologised four times for the debacle amid derision on both sides of the Atlantic, and now Jon Stewart has weighed in.

"It's the rare foxus contritus", he quipped, before asking what they could have done to cause such contrition. "How bad does bullshit have to smell before the odour is detected by people who live on a mountain made out of that substance?" Read more...

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Hungry goat gets his head stuck in a chip bag

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:05am

The smaller the crumb, the larger the challenge

Getting the final bits out of the bottom of the chip bag is no easy task, especially if you're, you know, a goat. But no challenge is too large for Buzz the goat, who fearlessly attempted to gobble down the leftover crumbs and got his head stuck in the process.

Fear not, brave Buzz — there are more crumbs in your future.

Aerial video shows a frozen Lake Erie in all its beauty

Obama's State of the Union address: The highlights

Cyclist collides with kangaroo on Australian road — and catches it on her GoPro

New special will show you just how hard it is to make 'Game of Thrones' Read more...

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Hulu's former CEO thinks his new venture can be the next ESPN

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:00am

Would you pay to watch a video three days before it appears on YouTube?

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is convinced that many people will

See also: 18 new shows we can't wait to see in 2015

Vessel, a new premium Internet video platform, launched in private beta on Wednesday. The site, co-founded by Kilar and Richard Tom, who worked with Kilar as the former CTO of Hulu, will feature video from a variety of Internet personalities, media companies and musicians available only through subscriptions for $2.99 per month

The concept of charging for early access to content is known as "windowing" — in that for a window of time, something is only available for a premium price. Movies coming to theaters before heading to DVD and then TV is a form of windowing. The concept is important in the media industry, and Kilar believes it can work online Read more...

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A Sunday stroll through Auschwitz

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:25am

A little girl in her Sunday best stopping to pick wild flowers, which grow at the Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration/extermination camp.

Image: Francois Le Diascorn/Rapho/Getty Images

The German Nazi concentration camp known as Auschwitz was located in the Silesian area of Poland annexed by the Third Reich. It was not a single site but instead comprised Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II–Birkenau and Auschwitz III–Monowitz, as well as 45 additional sub-camps.

In September 1941, members of the German Nazi Party began exterminating Auschwitz prisoners. By the time of the camp's liberation, 70 years ago, on Jan. 27, 1945, more than 1.1 million prisoners had died at Auschwitz alone, 90% of whom were Jewish. Read more...

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Amazon's diaper line gets off to a messy start

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:00am

Amazon needs a diaper change sooner than expected.

The ecommerce giant informed customers this week that it has pulled sales of the new Amazon Elements diapers barely a month and a half after it launched, according to an email first spotted by Gigaom.

See also: Google's 'Rivalry' With Amazon? It's Complicated

"Based on early customer feedback, we are making some design improvements to the diaper," Amazon wrote in the message. "In the meantime, Amazon Elements Soft & Cozy Diapers are no longer available, and we've stopped your subscription."

A rep for Amazon confirmed the move to Amazon and said it will let customers know when "new diapers" are available. Read more...

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Aerial video shows a frozen Lake Erie in all its beauty

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:52am

Capturing decent aerial footage used to be expensive and complicated, but drone technology is making it easier than ever

Case in point: this beautiful video of Lake Erie near Ontario, Canada

See also: Mesmerizing drone video reveals a foggy Dallas from above

Photographer and videographer Tim Warris captured the footage on Jan. 16, which he describes as a "very cold day," over the beach and harbor of Port Dover, Ontario. The lake has only recently iced over, shutting down the Lake Effect snow machine.

A newer video, posted on YouTube by Warris on Jan. 19, is a different but equally stunning take on the same scenery. Read more...

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Yemeni rebels hold president captive at his home

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:38am

Shiite rebels in control of Yemen's capital now hold the country's president captive at his home, his aides said Wednesday, putting in question who actually rules the Arab world's most-impoverished nation.

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi "cannot leave his house" after Houthi rebels removed his guards and deployed their own fighters there Wednesday, one aide said.

See also: Houthi rebels seize Yemen state media and battle soldiers

Another described the country being at the "point of no return." Hadi can't resign as president as the Houthis have threatened to prosecute him, that aide said. The two aides spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to speak to journalists. Read more...

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Apple buys music analytics startup Semetric to bolster Beats

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:30am

Apple has acquired London-based music analytics company Semetric, according to a report citing legal documents filed with the Companies House in the UK in January. The purchase appears to be designed to bolster Apple's Beats streaming music service, which the company reportedly plans to relaunch this year

Semetric appointed a new director, Gene Daniel Levoff, a former director of Apple Operations International, according to the Music Ally report. It also changed its registered address to the address of Apple Europe Limited.

See also: Apple Buying Beats? It Isn't About the Headphones

Apple declined to comment on the acquisition, and the financial terms of the deal have not been publicly disclosed Read more...

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These robots really know how to drop a beat

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:16am

We already know that robots know how to dance. Now, a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology is teaching them to make jazz music, too

In the video above, 27 year-old Mason Bretan plays the drums and guitar, joined by three smartphone-wielding robots called Shimi robots. Bretan, who is studying musical artificial intelligence, is part of Georgia Tech’s Robotic Musicianship group that developed the robots and programming that lets the bots not only listen to and understand music, but also create proper musical accompaniments of their own

See also: 9 jobs robots could replace in 2015 Read more...

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Even more proof that distractions are ruining your productivity

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 9:15am

You might want to persuade your boss to scrap those open-office plans. A study from Michigan State University found that distractions — even short ones lasting less than three seconds — can double the number of mistakes we make.

The researchers asked 300 MSU students to complete a complex, multi-step task on the computer. After roughly every sixth step completed, a “CAPTCHA” box would pop up on screen and remain there until students typed the characters into the text bar and pressed “Enter.”

In the first trial, the code was only four characters long, and students took an average of 4.4 seconds to get rid of the interruption. In the second trial, the code was two characters, and the mean interruption time was 2.8 seconds. According to the researchers, students made three times as many errors after the 4.4 second interruption and two times as many errors after the 2.8 second interruption. Read more...

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How to watch the Windows 10 event live stream

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 7:25am

MASHABLE LIVE BLOG: Microsoft's Windows 10 consumer event

Microsoft is gearing up for its biggest update to Windows in years

Though we've seen hints of the company's plan for Windows 10 — including a new Start menu and rumors of a new browser — Wednesday's event will be about much more than the desktop.

See also: What to expect at Microsoft's big Windows 10 event

The latest version of the operating system will also be integrated into the Windows Phone and Xbox platform and, possibly, an all-new piece of hardware.

Those who want to follow every second of what looks to be a jam-packed event can follow Microsoft's livestream beginning at noon ET to keep tabs on the latest news and updates from CEO Satya Nadella and other top executives. The livestream is above, or on Microsoft's site here. If you can't tune in live, Microsoft will post the full video at the same link in the hours following the event. Read more...

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GIF-iti artist takes mindblowing street art to next level

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 7:23am

INSA, the innovative GIF-iti artist who has already blown our tiny minds with pieces painted on street walls and converted into animated GIFs, has just raised his game.

See also: GIF-iti Is Street Art That You Can See Only Online

You may have already seen some of his works online, which are created from murals painted on walls, photographed, re-painted and then re-photographed before being converted into the format. The mesmerising result looks like this:

Image: INSA

Now, though, he's enlisted a team of 20 and a satellite 431 miles above the earth to create the world's largest GIF

Painted on the ground in Rio de Janeiro over four days, the artwork - inspired by his trademark 'Looking For Love' design - measures some 57,515 square metres made up of four images totalling 14,379 square metres each. Read more...

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Sundance unveils new tool to launch indie films everywhere at once

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 7:00am

PARK CITY, Utah — It's probably never been harder to get a movie made, but once your film is in the can, it's never been easier to get it out there.

That's especially true for the hundreds of indie filmmakers boarding flights for Park City, Utah (by way of Salt Lake City airport) this week for the Sundance Film Festival, which is the most visible part of the Los Angeles-based Sundance Institute, a year-round hive of all things indie filmmaking. And as Mashable can exclusively reveal, their tools for helping underdogs get their films onto digital services just got a nifty upgrade.

SEE ALSO: Virtual reality is exploding at this year's Sundance Film Festival Read more...

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12 freaky birds with teeth to keep you up at night

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:30am

Just when you thought birds couldn't get creepier...

Birds are like flying rats, and a slight dental modification can turn these feathery critters into mutant animals that are far worse than any land-dwelling vermin.

See also: 13 animals mashed up with their favorite foods

Introducing, Big Mouth Birds, the toothy, flying brainchild of artist Sarah DeRemer, who has a talent for mashing animals into weird hybrids

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

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Al Gore and Pharrell announce new Live Earth concerts

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 6:16am

Al Gore has teamed up with Pharrell Williams to announce a second round of Live Earth concerts to promote awareness of climate change. The pair made the announcement with producer Kevin Wall at the World Economic Forum in Davos Wednesday.

See also: Obama vows to block Congress from 'turning back the clock' on climate efforts

Live Earth Road to Paris will take place on six continents over 24 hours on June 18 and will be anchored from Paris and New York. Organisers are aiming for a global television audience of 2 billion across 193 networks. It will be supported by a yearlong campaign in partnership with leading brands, NGOs and non-profits, organisers say. Read more...

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UK's Iraq War inquiry to be postponed until after general election

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:34am

LONDON — The official six-year-long inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War will not publish its report until after the general election in May.

The inquiry chairman, Sir John Chilcot confirmed the news Wednesday in a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron.

See also: Hoax radio message sparks search for fake missing plane

In the letter, he promises to finish the work as soon as possible but says "it is clear that it will take some further months."

The news has been met with dismay, with Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg calling it "incomprehensible." Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon echoed his sentiments. Read more...

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17 times life just didn't work out

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:30am

Despite how hard we try, sometimes things just don't go like you expected.

Fortunately, some sick part of our brain can occasionally turn someone's bad day into a mood booster, because Schadenfreude is real and seeing people fall is funny sometimes

See also: 20 kids that are already having an awful new year

So the next time you trip on the stairs or accidentally punch yourself in the face in public, pick yourself up and try to remember that any witnesses secretly enjoyed your suffering

[H/T: r/nononono] Read more...

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The one thing Microsoft needs to get right with Windows 10

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:38am

On the eve of the consumer launch of Windows 10, I'm reminded of an oft-repeated theme in tech: That the idea of future technology can sometimes get way ahead of the reality. I saw a good example of this phenomenon at CES, where Sony showed off its vision of the smart home, called Life Space UX.

Sony had created a gorgeous modern apartment at its show booth, and one of its primary features was the idea of screens everywhere. There were several unbelievably small short-throw projectors strewn about the place, each able to instantly transform a nearby wall into a display, showing any information the user wanted. Read more...

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