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10 Countries With the Fastest Netflix Speeds

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:30pm

According to Netflix's latest ISP Speed Index, which is released monthly, the United States has the eighth-fastest Netflix speeds in the world, clocking in at 2.2 Mbps. The Netherlands have the fastest speeds, at 3.5 Mbps, followed by Sweden and Denmark at 3.1 Mbps each.

People around the world view more than 1 billion hours of Netflix content each month, and the company releases the index to show where users get the best experiences.

See also: 11 Things You Never Knew About 'House of Cards'

The popular streaming platform said its average primetime speeds over Verizon's FiOS service dropped 14% in January, though Verizon would take no blame. Then, in February, Netflix struck a deal to access Comcast's broadband network directly, sparking debate about net neutrality. Read more...

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10 Countries With the Fastest Netflix Speeds

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:30pm

According to Netflix's latest ISP Speed Index, which is released monthly, the United States has the eighth-fastest Netflix speeds in the world, clocking in at 2.2 Mbps. The Netherlands have the fastest speeds, at 3.5 Mbps, followed by Sweden and Denmark at 3.1 Mbps each.

People around the world view more than 1 billion hours of Netflix content each month, and the company releases the index to show where users get the best experiences.

See also: 11 Things You Never Knew About 'House of Cards'

The popular streaming platform said its average primetime speeds over Verizon's FiOS service dropped 14% in January, though Verizon would take no blame. Then, in February, Netflix struck a deal to access Comcast's broadband network directly, sparking debate about net neutrality. Read more...

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What Can IFTTT Do for You?

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:00pm

In the latest video of our Mobile Minute series, we discuss the powerful web service IFTTT ("If This Then That"). While IFTTT has been around since 2010, the company has only recently started to work with sensor devices.

See also: 11 Top IFTTT Recipes to Activate Now

IFTTT allows apps to communicate with each other through "recipes". These recipes are simple conditional statements that can sync with your Facebook, Twitter, and more to create some fun automated actions like texting the weather in the mornings and saving your tagged photos to Dropbox.

Our developer experts are from Mutual Mobile, a leading development and design firm that builds mobile strategies for top companies such as Audi, Google and Citigroup. The team is eager to answer your questions about mobile, so ping us with your top queries on Twitter, using the hashtag #AskaDev. Don't forget to check out our Ask a Dev YouTube channel and subscribe. Read more...

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No Yolk, These Painted Pop Culture Eggs Are Insane

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:45pm

Before you scoff at the silly idea of dying eggs for Easter, consider these art pop masterpieces that dwarf the ones you made at home.

Using paint instead of dye, artist Barak Hardley uses eggs like a canvas, filled with caricature-like dedications to pop culture. The eggs feature some of the most iconic, well-known faces of today — including Miley Cyrus, who is appropriately represented by a giant tongue

See also: 14 Egg-ceptionally Nerdy Easter Eggs

The references range from Adventure Time to The Big Lebowski, so there will surely be an egg that scrambles your fancy.

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

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No Yolk, These Painted Pop Culture Eggs Are Insane

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:45pm

Before you scoff at the silly idea of dying eggs for Easter, consider these art pop masterpieces that dwarf the ones you made at home.

Using paint instead of dye, artist Barak Hardley uses eggs like a canvas, filled with caricature-like dedications to pop culture. The eggs feature some of the most iconic, well-known faces of today — including Miley Cyrus, who is appropriately represented by a giant tongue

See also: 14 Egg-ceptionally Nerdy Easter Eggs

The video, from AWEme Channel, references everything from Adventure Time to The Big Lebowski, so there will surely be an egg that scrambles your fancy. Read more...

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Plan a Trip to These Ancient Destinations Before Everyone Does

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:10pm

Friday is World Heritage Day, an annual celebration of the many monuments and historical sites around the world.

Most people are familiar with famous world heritage sites like the Egyptian pyramids or Machu Picchu, but there are many amazing historical sites that UNESCO has not recognized

See also: 125 Years of 'National Geographic' in 10 Incredible Photos

The Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is highlighting five new sites in the hopes of preserving the cultural heritage they represent while also building a local sustainable economy. GHF executive director Vince Michael spoke to Mashable from China, where he was on his way to visit one of the highlighted sites, the Minority Villages in Guizhou, China Read more...

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Despite Paywalls, Newspapers Still Bled Red Ink in 2013

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:58pm

Circulation growth, mobile ads and digital paywalls narrowed newspapers' losses, but failed to offset declining advertising revenue as newspaper income continued to drop in 2013.

Overall revenue was off 2.6% to $37.6 billion, a sharper drop than the 2% decline from 2012, according to a report from the Newspaper Association of America.

See also: Online Journalism Is Growing, But That Doesn't Mean Much

Ad revenue accounted for the entirety of the losses for newspapers. Print ad revenues fell 8.6%, and overall, ad sales for newspapers declined 6.5%

A 3.7% jump in circulation revenue, including digital paywalls helped alleviate some of the losses. Read more...

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Man Eats 100 Peeps in 2 Stomach-Turning Minutes

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:30pm

Peeps are both a blessing and a curse upon the Easter season

On one hand, it's tough to resist these adorable little marshmallow critters. On the other, they're not something you actually want to ingest. That's why this video from competitive eater Matt Stonie will bring you and your dentist to tears. In the clip, Stonie manages to eat 100 pink and yellow Peeps in just over 2 minutes

See also: 5 Peeps Meet Their Violent Demise

The fun starts about a minute into the video, and it is truly a sight to behold. Watch as Stonie pushes row after row of marshmallows into his mouth, pausing only for gulps of water. It's a totally gross challenge just in time for Easter Sunday. Read more...

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With Bagpipes and Bobbleheads, Rob Ford Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 4:25pm

Canada is "Ford Nation," and we don't mean the car.

Rob Ford kicked off his re-election campaign for mayor at an event on Thursday in Toronto, complete with bagpipes blaring, signs reading "Ford Nation," and lots of swag on sale — bobblehead dolls, mugs and buttons. The first 1,000 in the door received a free Canadian flag and, naturally, a "Ford Nation" t-shirt

The mayor strolled into the Toronto Congress Centre with bagpipes blaring, then got up on stage and declared he would not "back down" from the fight ahead. He mentioned this several times, according to the Toronto Sun.

See also: Rob Ford Messes Up Daylight Saving Time Read more...

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Internet Freedom Crackdown: China Jails Blogger, Shuts Down Sites

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:25pm

China is stepping up its long-running crackdown on Internet freedom this week, launching a new campaign to purge the web of porn while jailing a blogger for spreading "rumors" online.

Qin Zhihui, a blogger with a large following, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in jail for posting inaccurate reports on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, according to news reports. He is the first Chinese netizen to be sent to jail under an anti-rumors law enacted last year

See also: Is Turkey Really Going to 'Pixelate' Tweets It Doesn't Like?

Qin, 30, was arrested in August and accused of defaming celebrities and the Chinese government, as well as spreading several rumors on Sina Weibo, according to the state news agency Xinhua, which defines him as a "rumormonger," and an "Internet celebrity" with "only high-school education." Read more...

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Internet Freedom Crackdown: China Jails Blogger, Shuts Down Sites

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:25pm

China is stepping up its long-running crackdown on Internet freedom this week, launching a new campaign to purge the web of porn while jailing a blogger for spreading "rumors" online.

Qin Zhihui, a blogger with a large following, was sentenced on Thursday to three years in jail for posting inaccurate reports on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, according to news reports. He is the first Chinese netizen to be sent to jail under an anti-rumors law enacted last year

See also: Is Turkey Really Going to 'Pixelate' Tweets It Doesn't Like?

Qin, 30, was arrested in August and accused of defaming celebrities and the Chinese government, as well as spreading several rumors on Sina Weibo, according to the state news agency Xinhua, which defines him as a "rumormonger," and an "Internet celebrity" with "only high-school education." Read more...

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NBA Fan's 'Mount Spursmore' Haircut Belongs in the Louvre

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:20pm

Here's an abbreviated list of art masters: Picasso, Rembrandt ... now Joe the barber.

The haircut you see below is called "Mount Spursmore" and it's just the latest masterpiece from San Antonio barber Joe Barajas. Featuring San Antonio stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, it comes just in time for the Spurs' NBA playoff push, which begins Sunday.

See also: NBA Playoffs: 9 Reasons to Get Pumped for Highest-Level Hoops

Barajas shared his creation — the head reportedly belongs to friend Mike Bazan — in a Facebook post on Thursday:

Post by Joe Barajas.

“I came up with the idea,” Barajas told MySanAntonio.com of giving his pal the special cut. “I told him I’ve been wanting to do it. Mt. Rushmore, but Spurs. He’s going to the game (on Sunday). He asked me to do it, so we set it up. I always challenge myself to do something to separate myself from other barbers.” Read more...

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NBA Fan's 'Mount Spursmore' Haircut Belongs in the Louvre

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:20pm

Here's an abbreviated list of art masters: Picasso, Rembrandt ... now Joe the barber.

The haircut you see below is called "Mount Spursmore" and it's just the latest masterpiece from San Antonio barber Joe Barajas. Featuring San Antonio stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, it comes just in time for the Spurs' NBA playoff push, which begins Sunday.

See also: NBA Playoffs: 9 Reasons to Get Pumped for Highest-Level Hoops

Barajas shared his creation — the head reportedly belongs to friend Mike Bazan — in a Facebook post on Thursday:

Post by Joe Barajas.

“I came up with the idea,” Barajas told MySanAntonio.com of giving his pal the special cut. “I told him I’ve been wanting to do it. Mt. Rushmore, but Spurs. He’s going to the game (on Sunday). He asked me to do it, so we set it up. I always challenge myself to do something to separate myself from other barbers.” Read more...

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Airbnb Closes Funding Round at $10 Billion Valuation

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:13pm

Airbnb has closed a large round of funding at an 11-figure valuation, according to multiple reports

The Wall Street Journal reports hearing from sources that Airbnb has sealed a deal to raise $450 million led by TPG, a private equity firm, while TechCrunch reported that the round was for $500 million. Both publications put the valuation at $10 billion.

Reps for Airbnb did not immediately respond to our request for comment

See also: 10 Startups to Watch in 2014

The current valuation for the room rental service is higher than the market cap of some large hotel chains like Hyatt Hotels and puts Airbnb in league with other fast-growing tech companies like Dropbox Read more...

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Airbnb Closes Funding Round at $10 Billion Valuation

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:13pm

Airbnb has closed a large round of funding at an 11-figure valuation, according to multiple reports

The Wall Street Journal reports hearing from sources that Airbnb has sealed a deal to raise $450 million led by TPG, a private equity firm, while TechCrunch reported that the round was for $500 million. Both publications put the valuation at $10 billion.

Reps for Airbnb did not immediately respond to our request for comment

See also: 10 Startups to Watch in 2014

The current valuation for the room rental service is higher than the market cap of some large hotel chains like Hyatt Hotels and puts Airbnb in league with other fast-growing tech companies like Dropbox Read more...

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SpaceX Launches Rocket to International Space Station

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:07pm

SpaceX launched a rocket bound for the International Space Station on Friday — but what happens next has everyone sitting on the edge of their seats.

With the Dragon capsule safely in orbit and well on its way to the space station, the first stage separated and is now re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere. As the helium-filled rocket slows, it will extend four 25-foot-long landing legs and use its thrusters to briefly hover over the Atlantic Ocean before plopping down ever so gently onto the surface

See also: Elon Musk on Risky SpaceX Test: If It Works, It's the Biggest Thing We've Done

If all goes to plan, it will be the most important thing SpaceX has accomplished to date, CEO Elon Musk tells Mashable. Musk has already made two of 12 slated cargo deliveries to the ISS as part of his $1.6 billion contract with NASA, and that is this launch’s primary goal. But Musk has been working behind the curtain to test out the reusability of this rocket Read more...

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Watch Live: SpaceX Launches Rocket to International Space Station

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:07pm

If everything goes to plan, SpaceX will be launching a rocket bound for the International Space Station at 3:25 p.m. ET on Friday — and you can watch live on Mashable. It will be the most important thing SpaceX has accomplished to date, CEO Elon Musk tells Mashable, as long as he can pull it off.

See also: Elon Musk: How SpaceX Saved the Dragon Spacecraft from Certain Doom

Musk has already made two of 12 slated cargo deliveries to the ISS as part of his $1.6 billion contract with NASA, and that is this launch’s primary goal. But Musk has been working behind the curtain to test out the reusability of this rocket. If things go as planned on Friday, he will attempt something he’s never tried before. When the Dragon capsule is safely in orbit and well on its way to the space station, the first stage will separate and re-enter Earth’s atmosphere. As the helium-filled rocket slows, it will extend four 25-foot-long landing legs and use its thrusters to briefly hover over the Atlantic Ocean before plopping down ever so gently onto the surface. Read more...

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The Internet According to Bill Clinton's White House

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:48pm

Let the record show: Bill Clinton's White House was one of the first to warn us that not everything we read on the Internet is true — way back in 1995.

Approximately 7,500 pages of records from Bill Clinton’s time in the White House were released today, including one that caught our fancy: “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce.”

See also: Bill Clinton Sings 'Blurred Lines' With Swagger

The 1995 report states that the Internet was a mode of communication "employed by the right wing" used to "convey their fringe stories into legitimate subjects of coverage by the mainstream media." Those "fringe stories," at the time, included reports about a major real estate controversy known as Whitewater, allegations of President Clinton's extramarital affair with Gennifer Flowers, and rumors about Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee who would later sue President Clinton for sexual harassment. Read more...

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NASA Moon Probe Crashes Into Lunar Surface as Planned

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:45pm

NASA's newest moon probe met its end during a vaporizing crash into the lunar surface Thursday night.

The space agency's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADEE for short) made its planned crash into the lunar surface between 12:30 a.m. EDT and 1:22 a.m. EDT on April 18, after orbiting the moon since October 2013. Scientists expected the impact, predicting that LADEE would hit the far side of the moon on or before April 21 because the probe was running out of fuel — as intended.

The impact itself was probably a violent event. NASA engineers think that the loveseat-sized probe broke apart as most of it heated up to several hundred degrees. It's even possible that some of the material from the spacecraft vaporized during the crash, NASA officials said in a statement Read more...

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Awkward Moment Seal Is the Meme for All Your Slippery Situations

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:30pm

In case you tried to forget all those embarrassing moments when you just wanted to crawl out of your own skin, never fear: Awkward Moment Seal is here

The newest meme-ber of the advice animal kingdom is an adorable baby seal whose awkward captions match his nervous face

See also: Reddit's Newest Meme is All Business, Baby

The pup, which has more neck rolls than humanly possible, started on Reddit as Squeamish Seal. As all memes evolve in one way or another, this one has shifted to caption all the awkward moments that cause serious social anxiety. Think Socially Awkward Penguin, but cuter and more likely to talk at a party. Read more...

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