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Twitter's 'while you were away' feature expands to Android

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:27pm

Twitter's new recap feature officially debuted on iOS a month ago, but now "while you were away" has arrived on Android devices.

The feature moves away from the chronological format that Twitter has long relied on. Instead of displaying the most recent tweets, "while you were away" also displays the "top" tweets since the last time you've opened the app. It is based on an analysis of tweet engagement and users habits

See also: This tool could make your tweets more popular

Update! Now rolling out on Android: a recap of top Tweets to help you keep up w/ your world

— Twitter (@twitter) February 24, 2015

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These people are leaving London and telling the world why

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:27pm

LONDON — People who've reluctantly left London have been sharing their reasons for making the move via giant digital billboards. This is the opposite of leaving quietly and it's probably just what the city needs to see.

See also: 13 of the strangest designs for London's new Thames bridge

The London is Changing project has been calling on people to submit their reasons for moving away from London. It's also sought reasons for why people are moving to the city, but so far those submitting stories are mostly leaving. A selection of the anonymous stories are then posted on large digital billboards in Holborn and Aldgate Read more...

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Lego master recreates 'Grand Budapest Hotel' scene shot-for-shot

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:20pm

This boy is building his dreams, one brick at time.

Morgan Spence, a 15 year-old from Scotland, has been playing with Lego since he was a wee plastic brick layer. Recently, he's taken his Lego obsession to new heights by recreating famous movie scenes such as E.T., The Shining and Wayne's World

See also: 11 whimsical Wes Anderson characters that need to exist

At Jimmy Kimmel's request, he debuted his latest project, the recreation of a scene from The Grand Budapest Hotel.

If there was an Oscar category for Lego, this boy has it in the bag.

For comparison, here is what the original scene looked like: Read more...

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'All-American Makers' tries to push next-level bicycle to 70 miles per hour

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:06pm

This is one way to interpret the phrase "ride of your life."

On Wednesday's episode of the Science Channel's All-American Makers, a Shark Tank-esque series for tech innovators, the show's experts are put in the hot seat of the Raht Racer, "a pedal-powered electric vehicle" that, it's designers say, has the ability to reach 70 miles per hour

See also: 6 reasons why Apple is not building a car

Or so they're told

In the sneak peek above, one of the show's panelists, Brook Drumm, takes the "bicycle alternative" for a test drive, with promising results

To see how it turns out for inventors Rich Kronfeld and Lyon Smith, watch the season finale of All-American Makers on Wednesday at 10 p.m. on the Science Channel. Read more...

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'Charlie Hebdo' now has 25 times as many subscribers as before deadly attack

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:58pm

Prior to the attack at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris on Jan. 7, when two gunmen stormed the magazine's office and killed 12, the satirical publication had a print run of between 24,000 and 50,000 copies a week, with 8,000 subscribers.

On Wednesday, some 2.5 million copies of the latest issue hit stands, and Charlie Hebdo has more than 200,000 subscribers. The cover features French politician Marine Le Pen; former French President Nicolas Sarkozy; and a bishop, a jihadi, a banker and a TV news crew, portrayed as a pack of baying hounds. The cover line, "C'est Reparti" ("Here we go again"), drives home the idea of a fresh start Read more...

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How Big Spaceship fosters creativity through organizational design

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:43pm

The internal structure is the most important thing about an agency, CEO of agency Big Spaceship Michael Lebowitz tells Mashable. It's important to think strategically about who you are hiring, but also how the organizational structure and physical space will play a part

Big Spaceship doesn't have creative directors, and it doesn't separate the agency physically by departments. "There is no template anymore," Lebowtiz says. "We need to make everything unique, custom, and — I hate to use this word — but bespoke every time." And to do this, an agency — or a company of any kind — must think about how physical space can affect work behavior"The physical space is a canvas for the people who work here. You need to build as elastic a space as you can, so that there is a right space for the challenge at hand," he says. "Some of that is making it so that people are sitting together, so they can speak openly, and so that it's not just designers sitting with designers." Read more...

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The career path of a professional chef: Realities, rewards and challenges

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:33pm

This question originally appeared on Quora.

What is it like to be a chef at a high-end restaurant?

Answer below by Christian Lemp, former chef de partie at Jean-Georges.

It is incredibly demanding and rewarding.

The standards for freshness and quality are non-negotiable. All mise en place was made fresh, with fresh ingredients every other day, no questions asked. Still tastes fine? Don't care — make it fresh. That is the attitude and the philosophy that drives the ship in a restaurant like Jean-Georges.

It's competitive. 100 applicants sent in their resumes yesterday [for your job] — if you can't do the work, then someone else surely canThe restaurant industry at any level is fierce. In fine dining, it's amplified. Cooks are constantly reminded that we are in an elite and highly coveted position that every other cook in the kitchen is vying for. The people working next to you gave up everything and moved to New York City for a chance at your job; if you can't handle it, the guy over there would love the opportunity to do the job just a little better. This attitude is pervasive. Read more...

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Winners and losers: A breakdown ahead of the net neutrality vote

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:23pm

We're just a day away from the Federal Communications Commission's vote on major changes to how the regulator handles broadband Internet and the companies behind it.

Just about every indication is that the FCC will pass the changes on a 3-2 vote, split per usual between the Democratic majority and Republican minority

A quick reminder: if passed, the proposal would allow the FCC to watch over the broadband industry in a similar fashion to utilities, which are highly regulated. It would also allow the FCC to ensure net neutrality, preventing Internet fast lanes

See also: The nuclear option: The FCC's proposed Internet rules are going big Read more...

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Watch BRIT Awards performances live on YouTube: Kanye, Taylor, Ed, Sam

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:23pm

LOS ANGELES — The BRIT Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammy Awards, will stream live globally (except in the UK) on YouTube Wednesday, starting at 12 p.m. PT (see above)

Viewers in the UK can watch the show on ITV 1 or on the ITV website

Performers include Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood, George Ezra, Paloma Faith, Take That and more at London's O2 arena.

See also: Kanye West debuts Sia-assisted 'Wolves' during Yeezy shoe launch

Kanye's performance, announced on Tuesday, is his first at the BRITs since 2006, when he delivered a memorable medley of "Diamonds from Sierra Leone," "Gold Digger" and "Touch The Sky." He's expected to debut a new song this year. Read more...

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Google lures businesses with new Android for Work program

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:11pm

Businesses: Google really wants your company using Android.

The company is finally rolling out Android for Work, a new program that optimizes Android for large businesses and organizations, Google announced on Wednesday.

First previewed last year during the Google I/O developer conference, the company's plan is for employees at a range of companies and organizations to be able to use a single Android device for both business and personal use, regardless of company IT policies. To enable this, the company built a series or new features into the Android operating system itself and partnered with a wide range of device and enterprise software companies. Read more...

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There's nothing weird about KFC's edible coffee cup that smells like grass

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:45pm

KFC, best known as purveyors of breaded, salty chicken in buckets, is partnering with Seattle’s Best Coffee to release an edible coffee cup.

The future is now.

See also: 8 Wines to Pair With Your Fast Food

Called a "Scoff-ee" — which, gosh that's a terrible name, you guys — the edible coffee holders are essentially cup-shaped cookies, lined with white chocolate. The paper around the cup is made of sugar and is also edible.

Michael Keaton had a similar idea in 1982.

The cups were created by food scientists from the Robin Collective. A spokesperson for that company told Metro UK that they'd infused different aromas into each cookie cup as well, including "coconut sun cream, freshly cut grass and wild flowers." Read more...

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Motorola's new Moto E is bigger, faster and has 4G LTE for $150

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:43pm

Smartphone makers often focus on making premium devices with big screens, gorgeous metallic designs and high-performance specs, although many — like Motorola — also build their brand by not neglecting the low end.

With last year's first-generation Moto E, Motorola embarked on a mission to kill the feature phone with barely passable specs. Now, the company's ready for round two. The second-gen Moto E is here to bury feature phones once and for all.

See also: Motorola Droid Turbo: Killer battery, but it won't last unless you baby it

Starting today, Motorola's selling two new Moto E models running Android 5.0.2 "Lollipop" — one with 3G $119 and one with 4G/LTE for $149 — in over 40 countries. Read more...

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NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover sends stunning selfie

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:32pm

The Mars Curiosity Rover has just sent back an awe-inspiring selfie from what is known as the Mojave site — an area of rock at the base of Mount Sharp on Mars

The images were taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager camera that is located at the end of the rover's robotic arm. NASA stitched the picture together from a series of images taken last month, and released it Tuesday

The rover's drill recently collected the mission's second sample from Mount Sharp, near the Mojave site. The Mojave location is thought to contain dissolved salts as well as crystal-shaped minerals that may have been formed by the evaporation of lake or river water. Read more...

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3 New York men arrested for supporting ISIS and planning terror attack

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:19pm

Three Brooklyn residents were arrested on Wednesday on charges of attempting to provide material support to Islamic State (ISIS) militants

At least one of the men was planning to carry out a domestic terror attack that included targeting President Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island, according to the FBI.

See also: My Childhood Friend, the ISIS Jihadist

Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, a citizen of Uzbekistan; Akhror Saidakhmentov, 19, a citizen of Kazakhstan; and Abror Habibov, 30, a citizen of Uzbekistan will all appear in court later today

Sairdkhametov was arrested at John F. Kennedy international airport Wednesday while attempting to get on a flight bound for Istanbul. Jubraboev was arrested in Brooklyn while Habibov was arrested in Florida. Read more...

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ISIS kidnaps dozens in separate attacks in Syria and Iraq

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:16pm

Islamic State (ISIS) militants reportedly captured dozens of Christians in northeastern Syria on Monday and may have kidnapped several civilians in a separate attack in Iraq, according to reports.

Activists and Syrian state-run media said Wednesday that those kidnapped in the Hassakeh province of the country had been targeted in a series of early morning attacks on Monday in the countryside near Tal Tamer and that ISIS is holding the hostages in a city controlled by the group.

See also: My Childhood Friend, the ISIS Jihadist

Though numbers remain unclear, women and children are believed to be among around 90 people taken from several villages along Syria's Khabur River, as thousands of others fled the area. Read more...

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Photographer shrinks Mulder and Scully in miniature 'X-Files'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:10pm

The truth is out there, and it's in 1:12 scale.

Even though The X-Files was a geek culture staple of the '90s, its riveting plots and peculiar characters seem like they were made for the Internet, especially when you shrink them down to miniature size.

See also: 13 Reasons Fox Mulder Was the Original Bro

Los Angeles-based Digital Producer and X-Files fan Tori, who chose to keep her last name stay anonymous, took on her nerdy side project, a series of photos called The Miniature X-Files Office, after being inspired by an X-Files-themed art show.

"At first, I started making the scenes just as an excuse to take pictures of the office. But then I realized these little silly scenarios were just as much fun," Tori told Mashable. Read more...

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Study unearths impacts of our growing carbon emissions — and it's not pretty

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:04pm

Scientists have directly confirmed what they have long assumed to be true: Increasing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, are trapping heat from escaping back into space and are thereby causing global warming

The observations of what is known as radiative forcing were made over the course of 11 years between 2000 and 2010 from two locations in North America, in Oklahoma and the North Slope of Alaska. Highly specialized instruments in both locations were used to measure thermal infrared energy fluctuations and analyze the source of such changes

See also: The white-hot beauty of Iceland in 11 stunning photos Read more...

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Photographer puts Marvel superheroes in not-so-super situations

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:00pm

We've seen Hulk smash, Iron Man fly and Thor crush the frost giants

It's no secret that Marvel is nailing the world-saving, action-packed aspect of their super heroes' lives. What we haven't seen is what goes on during the days the world doesn't need saving.

Until now, that is.

See also: The Entire 'X-Men' Series in 3 Minutes

Using action figures and seamless photoshopping, photographer Edy Hardjo has created several images of superheroes doing less than super activities. Whether that's roasting marshmallows on Ghost Rider's skull or hazing a rookie Spider-Man, the images give a fun, behind-the-scenes style look into the lives of the Avengers (and friends). Read more...

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22 tips for navigating New York like a pro

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:00pm

With 8.4 million people crammed into a tiny space, New York has some unwritten rules which allow the city to operate at supreme efficiency.

Unless you're one of the seasoned New Yorkers that grew up here (they'll let you know who they are), you either once were, currently are, or soon will be a fresh-faced inhabitant of this vibrant city. New York and its residents are like no other city in the world: A fact that makes the city a special place while simultaneously giving a bad reputation

See also: 12 New York City Easter Eggs You'd Otherwise Blink and Miss

Regardless of how long you've been here, there are unspoken tips to getting around. Sure, there are manspreading signs that are so clearly being ignored, but there are some things you might not know — or maybe you could use a refresher. Read more...

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How to sharpen your personal brand

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:54pm

Mashable's latest #BizChats Twitter chat broke down the basics of building a strong personal brand

Brand experts Alexis Grant, entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist; Lolly Daskal, leadership consultant, president and founder of Lead From Within; Maria Duron, personal branding expert and trainer; and William Arruda, personal branding expert, motivational speaker and bestselling author, shared their insights on Tuesday.

See also: How to choose the best platform for your personal website

Over the course of an hour, @mashbusiness posed various questions, ranging from how someone can maximize their digital footprint to the best ways people can build their brands offline Read more...

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