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Samsung is ditching its chip partner Qualcomm for the next version of the Galaxy S smartphone line, according to a new report
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...More about Samsung, Smartphone, Lg, Qualcomm, and Tech
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...More about Us World, Archaeology, and History
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"?
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...More about Fox News, Media, Watercooler, Videos, and Birmingham
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.Animals, Funny, Chips, Watercooler, and Videos
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
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...More about Hulu, Jason Kilar, Business, Media, and Startups
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...More about Crime, Features, History, Religion, and Holocaust
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.
"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...More about Amazon and Business
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
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.Video, Ontario, Us, Drone, and Watercooler
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.
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...More about Al Qaeda, Us World, World, Houthi, and Yemem
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.
Apple declined to comment on the acquisition, and the financial terms of the deal have not been publicly disclosed Read more...More about Apple, Business, Music, Apps Software, and Beats Music
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 ownMusic, Robots, Robotics, Tech, and Gadgets
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...More about Distraction, Business, Jobs, Work Play, and Career Advice
MASHABLE LIVE BLOG: Microsoft's Windows 10 consumer event
Microsoft is gearing up for its biggest update to Windows in years
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...More about Microsoft, Tech, Windows, Apps Software, and Apps And Software
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.
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:
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...More about Street Art, Gif, Watercooler, Pics, and Videos
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.Movies, Digital Distribution, Sundance Film Festival, Entertainment, and Film
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.
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...More about Lists, Art, Photoshop, Watercooler, and Pics
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.
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...More about Climate Change, Al Gore, Music, Us World, and World
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.
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...More about Tony Blair, Us World, World, Saddam Hussein, and Iraq War
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
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 sufferingLists, Humor, Funny, Fail, and Gifs
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...More about Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Tech, and Apps Software