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Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Double S4's Launch-Day Record

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:04am

The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone just launched on Friday and is already showing a much stronger start than its predecessor, a new report suggests.

Launch-day sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone are reportedly double those of the Galaxy S4's launch-day numbers from 2013 in some markets, according to ZDNet Korea.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S5 Is the Upgrade You Can Skip

In other markets, launch-day sales of the new flagship device were up to 30% higher than launch-day sales of the S4. The S5, which launched in 150 countries, is also reportedly sold out in various global markets

Although Samsung hasn't confirmed launch-day sales, the report quoted a spokesperson saying the numbers were in the millions. Last year, the Galaxy S4 topped 10 million in sales in one month, marking a new record for Samsung smartphone growth. In comparison, it took the Galaxy S3 smartphone about 50 days to reach the same sales milestone. Read more...

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Job Openings in Marketing at HBO, Adidas and More

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:00am

Are you searching for your next great career opportunity in the digital space? The Mashable Job Board is here to serve you as the leading destination for digital talent.

Since its launch five years ago, the Mashable Job Board has been a hiring hub for more than 3,000 employers. We have showcased career opportunities from companies such as Google, Edelman, Viacom, Yelp, American Express, NBC Universal, Digitas and many others seeking to attract our audience.

In August, we relaunched the Job Board with a fresh design and many new features. Job seekers can now create user profiles, upload resumes and application materials, sign up for job alerts, browse our employer directory, and search and apply for jobs through mobile. Read more...

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49ers Star Aldon Smith Arrested at Airport for False Bomb Threat

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:42am

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was released from jail after an incident at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend.

Smith was arrested after he was randomly selected for a secondary security screening at Terminal 1 and then became uncooperative. A statement from airport police said he made "a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding towards the gate area."

See also: The Comparative Anatomy of the Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4

You can see him gettng handcuffed and surrounded by police in a video obtained by TMZ on Sunday. According to the outlet, Smith told authorities he did nothing wrong and that they will be “embarrassed.” Read more...

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SpaceX to Test Reusable Rocket During ISS Resupply Mission

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:42am

It's an audacious plan, the odds of success are low, but SpaceX is going to do it anyway: The private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk will launch a rocket with landing legs into orbit Monday, then try to bring part of it back and park it in the ocean.

The chances of success? Maybe between 30 and 40 percent, said SpaceX vice president of mission assurance Hans Koenigsmann.

"If we can pull this off ... we'll be super-thrilled," Koenigsmann told reporters yesterday. You can watch the SpaceX's Dragon launch live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. The webcast will begin Monday at 3:45 p.m. EDT. Read more...

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Report: Facebook Planning E-Money Service in Ireland

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:19am

Facebook is moving closer to becoming more of a checkbook, at least according to one report.

The Financial Times reports that Facebook is "weeks away" from gaining regulatory approval in Ireland for a service in which users can store money on the social network and transfer funds to one another.

See also: Facebook in 2014: Fighting for Social Supremacy

The electronic money service would work throughout Europe, according to the report. Facebook is also looking to partner with several startups for international money transfers online.

Reps for Facebook did not immediately respond to our request for comment Read more...

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12 GIFs That Celebrate a Certain 'Game of Thrones' Character's Death

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:14am

Warning: Major Game of Thrones spoilers to follow.

Rejoice! It's a Game of Thrones wedding, which inevitable means death in Westeros. And this time around, it's a death we can all cheer — Joffrey Baratheon

The evil king got all choked up at the festivities when poisoned wine and/or pie ended his reign as the smarmiest ruler on the Iron Throne

See also: 'Game of Thrones' Recap: 9 Reasons to Be Sad Someone Really Important Is Dead

Fans had a field day celebrating the Purple Wedding, doing this:

Image: Tumblr, raebird5

as this happened:

Image: Tumblr, muffinthepyro

So in case you need any more reasons to not mourn Joffrey's demise, here are just a few of the many times he and his stupid smirk made us want to throw lemon cakes at his face Read more...

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Twitter Cofounders and CEO Have No Plans to Sell Shares

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:13am

Twitter's stock shot up by more than 3% in early trading Monday after the company announced that its CEO and two of its cofounders have no immediate plans to sell shares.

In a filing with the SEC, Twitter noted cofounders Evan Williams and Jack Dorsey, as well as CEO Dick Costolo, "have no current plans to sell any of their shares of Twitter common stock."

See also: Twitter Fights For Mainstream Adoption With Facebook-ish Updates

The news comes just a few weeks before a major stock lockup period ends, allowing an additional 480 million shares of Twitter stock to hit the market

Twitter went public just more than six months ago and saw its shares nearly triple from its IPO price at one point. In recent days, however, Twitter stock tumbled back near its all-time low due to concerns about the lockup expiration and broader declines with Internet stocks Read more...

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Google's Larry Page Earned Just $1 Last Year

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:00am

Google had an active 2013: Its stock price rose 56% and it introduced such products as Google Glass and Chromecast

So how did the company's CEO, Larry Page, fair?

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Not so well, at least in terms of salary. In a report analyzing the executive pay for the top 100 corporations, Page was at the bottom of the list, with just $1 in total compensation

The study, executed by Equilar on behalf of the New York Times, revealed that Page made $1 in salary and nothing in any other form of compensation, including stock options and bonuses Read more...

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Disney Has a New Rival in Bid for Maker Studios

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:56am

Disney's acquisition of Maker Studios, the YouTube-centric production company, is getting messy, according to various reports.

Relativity Media, a mid-size film and television production and distribution company, has offered Maker a counterbid of $500 million in stock, with a bonus of another $400 million in stock conditional on achieving certain financial targets, according to The Wall Street Journal.

See also: Disney's Doing Great, So Why Buy a Bunch of YouTube Channels?

In addition to that $900 million, the deal is said to include a $100 million bonus pool for talent and executives.

"Relativity's proposal fully values Maker Studios while providing its shareholders far more upside potential for growth than the Disney offer," Maker said in a statement Sunday, according to the publication. Read more...

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10 Scrumptious Passover Recipes to Help You Survive Without Bread

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:00am

Passover is upon us, and even scarier than spending forced holiday time around a table with family is the never-ending supply of matzoh.

During the Jewish holiday (which ends after eight days, or seven days in most reform Jewish communities), all leavened and grain-based foods are given up. That means no pasta, no cookies, no brownies.

See also: 7 Savory Cocktails to Celebrate Spring

But that doesn't have to mean matzah for every meal. Skip some of the traditional recipes in favor of ones with more creativity: From a spicy take on roast chicken to matzoh brei in cupcake form, we've rounded up 10 unexpected Passover dishes to win over your friends and family, one bite at a time. Read more...

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Windows Phone 8.1 Review: Cortana Leads a Feature-Packed Update

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 8:00am

Windows Phone has come a long wayMicrosoft's phone platform has enjoyed a lot of critical success over the past few years, but the praise was mostly for things like design, cool tricks like live tiles, and the fact that it's not made by Apple or Google.

Even when Windows Phone received kudos, it was usually in an "attaboy" kind of way — a backhanded compliment that subtly hinted the truth: that for all its pizzazz, the operating system was, in some ways, months or even years behind its chief competitors, iOS and Android.

See also: The Year in Microsoft: 10 Defining Milestones

No longer. With Windows Phone 8.1 — which gets distributed to developers today, with the first handsets coming in a couple of weeks — the software on Windows handsets has caught up with its rivals. In a few use cases, Microsoft even offers a better experience. Read more...

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My Escape From Eastern Ukraine

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 7:50am

SLOVIANSK, Ukraine — As you drive into the outskirts of Sloviansk, a small town of just around 130,000 deep in eastern Ukraine, it becomes clear that the country’s crisis is reaching new levels.

See also: Ukraine President Sets Deadline for Pro-Russia Militants to Disarm

I have spent the last week traveling across the region with another British journalist, and on Saturday, as we approach the city, the first thing we see is a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia militia mingling with police blocking the road. A bus filled with men dressed in combat fatigues is parked on a grass verge nearby. It is clear that these people are now in control of who enters or leaves the city Read more...

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Could Russia Use Cyberwarfare to Further Destabilize Ukraine?

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 7:28am

Eastern Ukraine is full of rioters ready to separate from their nation's government in Kiev — at least, that's the message the Russian government may want to project to the world. And analysts believe the Kremlin could use cyberattacks to create more chaos and support its objectives.

Protesters in eastern Ukraine have clashed with police and stormed government buildings. A group of separatists who took over a building in Donetsk declared a "People's Republic of Donetsk" and demanded a referendum for independence on May 11. In Luhansk, rebels raided an armory and took 56 hostages.

But U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russian "special agents" of inciting the ruckus. Others claim there's a Russian hand at play behind the curtain of what seems like a looming crisis, manufactured either as pretext for a Russian invasion or as a means to distract from the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea. Read more...

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'Mad Men' Recap: Still Seeking Satisfaction When 'Having It All' Isn't Enough

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 7:15am

"Are you ready? Because I want you to pay attention. This is the beginning of something."

Those three sentences delivered by Freddy Rumsen direct-to-camera lead off a potential ad campaign pitch for Accutron watches. But ultimately, Freddy's speech marks the beginning of the end for AMC's beloved and highly-stylized period drama, Mad Men.

SEE ALSO: If Other TV Shows Adopted 'Mad Men' Opening

Mad Men's seventh and final season picks up in January 1969, a handful of months following season six's finale that left Don Draper's personal and professional life in turmoil: the partners at SC&P informed Don that he'll need to take a leave of absence from the company with no set return date following a slew of unprofessional incidents; and Don's marriage to Megan continued to buckle under the weight of his self-destructive ways, climaxing with word that the couple's move to California would have to be cancelled, even though Megan had left her job in New York to start over in Los Angeles. Read more...

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5 Virtual Assistants That Are More Productive Than Siri

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:30am

Siri, Apple's sometimes snarky virtual assistant, is supposed to be able to help you streamline appointments by knowing where you are supposed to be and when. While I've found Siri can be useful for this, I've discovered several alternatives that have their own advantages.

There are several third-party apps that are stronger for personal productivity and organization, especially given that much of what Siri performs is pretty consumer-focused. Here are some choices that will prove to be a good virtual assistant for the day-to-day business user.

Speaktoit Assistant

This app offers much that you would find in a service like Siri - talk to it and it will perform actions. You can dictate an iMessage, open web site, create calendar entries, and a myriad of other tasks. Read more...

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9 Green Gadgets to Replace Your Everyday Products

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 6:07am

Earth Day, the annual celebration of eco-friendliness, is approaching fast, which means it's a better time than ever to become more environmentally savvy

If you're not literate in the ways of green living, we've uncovered some quick fixes that help you get started

See also: 4 Ways to Recycle Your Old Gadgets

Here are nine everyday products you can switch out for greener, more efficient alternatives.

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

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Harrison Ford 'Excited' About a Possible 'Blade Runner' Sequel

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:51am

During a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session on Sunday, Harrison Ford said he's excited about a possible sequel for cult sci-fi movie Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott

"I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it's a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again, he's a very talented and passionate filmmaker. And I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character," wrote Ford when asked about his thoughts on the Blade Runner sequel.

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Ed Sheeran Covered Beyonce and Now the World Is Better

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:34am

Ed Sheeran covered Beyonce's hit song "Drunk in Love" while promoting his new album on the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show Friday morning. It's like a whole different song that somehow remains just as amazing as the original. That's the power of Beyonce, y'all

"I did around 12 seconds of it and everyone online was like ‘We wanna hear full versions,’” the singer said. “This is a fun happy song that will make you groove."

See also: Fall in <3 With Emoji Version of Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love'

Nothing really gets better than Sheeran saying "surbordt."

And while Ed skips Jay Z's rap interlude in this version, we're thinking he should get his buddy Taylor Swift in on the action Read more...

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55 Best Twitter Reactions to the 'Game of Thrones' Purple Wedding

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:59pm

This post contains several spoilers about Game of Thrones season 4, episode 2. Do not continue if you have not watched.

Break out the party hats, the king is dead!

Joffrey Baratheon, perhaps the most hated man-child in Westoros, croaked on Sunday's Game of Thrones, at his own wedding, no less

See also: 'Game of Thrones' Recap: 9 Reasons to Be Sad Someone Really Important Is Dead

The King, poisoned by an unknown hero of sorts, came as quite the shocker (what in this show isn't a shocker?), as he twitched into oblivion in Cersei Lannister's arms in just the second episode of the fourth season

Fans dubbed the messy affair the Purple Wedding — for the color of Joffrey's face — as a callback to season 3's penultimate episode, the Red Wedding, where three Starks were killed at the behest of the Lannisters Read more...

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If Your Photos Are Untidy, There's an App for That

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:22pm

The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Tidy

One-Liner Pitch: Tidy Photo is a mix between functionality of Mailbox and nostalgia of Timehop

Why It's Taking Off: Smartphone photo albums are exploding and users need a better way to sort and thus enjoy their photos.

The camera in your smartphone is one of its best features, but the photos are catching up with us. If you have photos by the thousands of everything from last month's vacation to a picture of your home Wi-Fi password, you might appreciate Tidy Photo app, which aims to help you sort the trove Read more...

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