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In Pictures, a Poppy for Every Fallen Allied WWI Soldier

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:00pm

In honor of fallen soldiers from World War I, artist Paul Cummins is creating a ceramic poppy field in the middle of London, England

Cummins project, titled "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red," involves creating 888,246 poppies, each representing a the death of one member of the Allied forces. The poppy is particularly significant as it was a symbol of the end of the war. After the winter fighting of 1914 to 1915, spring saw a large number of poppies bloom over areas that were previously battlefields. Later, Moina Michael would turn the poppy into the symbol of remembrance for WWI.

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Microsoft OneNote Update Lures Students and Pros Alike

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:47pm

Microsoft's OneNote productivity apps just got more competitive with challengers like Evernote.

The company updated OneNote for Mac and iOS with new features meant to appeal to the app's professional and student users.

See also: 10 Ways to Be Productive in 60 Seconds

The latest version of the apps includes improved integration between the OneNote and OneDrive, the ability to add files into notebook pages and organizational improvements like the ability to view password-protected sections.

Those who use OneNote on the Mac and iOS can now view and edit notebooks that are stored on the Office 365-backed OneDrive for Business. Changes made in OneNote documents will automatically be synced with OneDrive for Business and users now have the ability to sign into OneNote using their OneDrive or OneDrive for Business accounts. Read more...

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Microsoft Debuts a Windows Rival to Raspberry Pi

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:42pm

Two years after $35 microcomputer Raspberry Pi hit the market, Microsoft is getting in on the DIY-PC action with its own version.

The Redmond, Washington tech juggernaut announced on its Windows blog in April that it was working on a dev board specifically for SoC (system on a chip) hardware

See also: How to Start Building Your Own iOS Hardware Accessories

"Creating Windows drivers for SoC platforms poses certain challenges," the blog read. "Unlike PCs, which have PCI slots and/or USB ports, SoC systems such as tablets and clamshells use low-power internal buses that lack standard connectors, plug-and-play support or discovery mechanisms. In addition, they are typically protected by secure boot, and cannot be used for developing and testing third-party drivers." Read more...

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The Web Is Global, and Now There Are the Fonts to Prove It

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:30pm

If you mostly read English or other Romance or Germanic languages, you've been spoiled for choice with digital fonts. The Latin alphabet has long been the subject of intense typographical exploration, with thousands of fonts available in more styles and weights than most non-designers would ever think necessary. Readers of non-Latin scripts — like Chinese, Hindi or Hebrew — have never enjoyed such diversity.

Now the globalization of fonts is erasing this disparity. Type design and delivery might seem esoteric, but the flattening world of type actually speaks volumes about the economic and technological changes that are creating a truly global Internet. Read more...

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In Pictures, Muslims Around the World Celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:26pm

Eid al-Fitr, also known as the "Feast of Breaking the Fast," is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is a three-day worldwide festival that started on Monday this year

The holiday begins with revelers waking up before sunrise, brushing their teeth, taking showers, and then putting on their best clothes. After the Eid prayer, family and friends celebrate together, while children are given small gifts and treats.

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We've compiled photos of Eid celebrations worldwide in a colorful gallery. Check them out, below: Read more...

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Reddit Shows Redditors How to Reddit

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:20pm

Reddit's plain interface and long strings of conversation can be intimidating at first. That's why more than 200 subreddits joined forces to create an official guide to the news and information aggregation site Monday, with the goal of educating new Redditors on the site's guidelines

Although Reddit is almost 10 years old, new users — some more mainstream than others — discover it every day. Frequently asked questions, rules and etiquette tips (cheekily called "reddiquette") are currently posted at the bottom of its homepage. But Redditors wanted to put all the rules in one place. (You can also take a look at Mashable's Reddit guide for beginners. Read more...

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Twitter Shares Soar on a Surprise Profit and Strong User Growth

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:17pm

Twitter bounced back from a rough start to 2014 with a second-quarter earnings report that showed a surprise profit and user growth that beat expectations

Second-quarter earnings of $312 million in revenues and a profit of $0.02 per share beat analysts' expectations, which forecast revenue of $283 million and a loss of $0.01 per share

See also: 10 Must-Follow Breaking News Accounts on Twitter

Most companies would be pleased with an unexpected profit, but growth in monthly active users, which hit 271 million, proved to be the real headline. Investors had grown cautious that Twitter's slowing growth limited the company's future upside, but the 24% year-over-year rise in users has put the company back in Wall Street's good graces Read more...

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Obama: Latest Sanctions Will Have an 'Even Bigger Bite' on Russia

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:11pm

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. is hitting Russia harder than it ever has before with a new round of sanctions that target an already weak Russian economy in its energy, arms and finance sectors. Now, with the European Union on board, Obama said these sanctions will have "an even bigger bite" on Russia.

Despite multiple warnings from Western leaders, Russia has intensified its military action near the border with Ukraine in the weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, slowly but steadily amassing more than 12,000 troops at the boundary line

See also: Threat of War With Russia Darkens Ukraine Read more...

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Netflix Signs Peering Deal With AT&T to Reduce Buffering

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:07pm

This story has been updated to include a statement from AT&T confirming the peering deal.

Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T to give its streaming service direct access to AT&T's network, with the goal of reducing buffering when subscribers watch shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.

The so-called peering arrangement went into effect on Tuesday, said two people with knowledge of the situation, who asked not to be named because an announcement isn't planed. The sources declined to provide financial terms of the deal. AT&T confirmed the deal in an e-mailed statement.

See also: Why Is Netflix Slow? The FCC Wants to Find Out Read more...

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14 Weird Al Covers Illustrated in One Amazing White Board Video

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:57pm

Whether you laughed or cringed your way through all eight of Weird Al Yankovic's music videos that he released over the course of eight days, the successful campaign sent him to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart

To congratulate Yankovic on his first ever number one album, Tru Scribe illustrated every Weird Al album cover in one incredible white board sketch video. From 1983 through 2014, this blast of nostalgia will leave you humming "Amish Paradise."

Barefoot Waterskiing Behind an Airplane Is Too Extreme for Words

Tonight at 11: Local News Is Killing Your Funny Bone

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New 'N Sync Album Surprises Lance Bass: 'I Didn't Even Know About It'

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:34pm

'N Sync members were caught off guard when they found out a new 'N Sync two-CD compilation album, The Essential *NSYNC, would be released this week.

Lance Bass particularly has been vocal on Twitter and on his Dirty Pop radio show about not knowing the album was coming 12 years after the group split up (though the boy band memorably reunited last year an MTV Video Music Awards performance).

See also: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Team Up for 'Cheek to Cheek' Jazz Album

"No one knows about it, I didn't even know about it, OK?" Bass said. "[I found out] on Twitter. People were like, 'What is this?'" ... One CD is like all the hits and the other is all these random songs — the stuff we did on Sesame Street, 'When You Wish Upon a Star' at Disney and all of these random songs we would record that hardly anyone heard. ... I remember recording them, but I've never heard them before. ..Our label didn't even tell us. None of us, none of us knew at all." Read more...

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Tonight at 11: Local News Is Killing Your Funny Bone

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:29pm

Good evening, Internet, we're back with this month's edition of funny news bloopers.

Each month that passes brings us another set of news bloopers because there's something hilarious about watching a news anchor accidentally swear or attempt to report on a dangerous storm from inside the storm itself.

News bloopers, we love you.

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10 Weirdest Things Found in Outer Space

Medal of Honor Recipient Accidentally Smashes NYSE Gavel

'American Ninja Warrior' Competitor Destroys Obstacle Course. Literally.

Finally, a Movie That Panders to '90s Kids

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'The Maze Runner' Trailer Will Give You a Touch of Griever Fever

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:17pm

It's not from Marvel or DC, its Hall H panel did not include Jennifer Lawrence or Kristen Stewart, and yet The Maze Runner was one of the most talked-about films to come out of Comic-Con on social media.

That speaks to the strength of the following that James Dashner's dystopian young-adult fiction has as Fox prepares to launch its film adaptation in September. It also helps that the footage Fox showed in Hall H gave us a first good, long look at the Grievers, the maze's half-mechanical slug monsters that chase boys at night.

SEE ALSO: Why Was Comic-Con So Stingy With Movie News? Here's the Deal Read more...

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So, This Is Leonardo DiCaprio Running Shirtless With a Squirt Gun

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:40pm

Leonardo DiCaprio is having a better summer than you.

In a photo released by New York Magazine, the Titanic star was seen, well, running shirtless with a squirt gun.

See also: Leonardo DiCaprio's Career in GIF Form

Leo, showing great squirt gun form.

Image: CIAO/AKM Images / GSI Media

What we know is this: Leo was armed with a squirt gun in Italy, hanging out with friends near a pool. He could be running straight from the park to watch fireworks, or he could be going to eat ice pops until he throws up. But any context outside of Leo running aimlessly with a squirt gun is really unimportant; DiCaps is experiencing the summer of summers. Read more...

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EA Will Let You Play Its Newest Games for $5 a Month on Xbox One

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:24pm

Electronic Arts will deliver some of its newest games via a subscription service on the Xbox One, giving players access to recently released and upcoming titles for $4.99 a month.

The EA Access program, which is only available on Xbox One, allows users to play as much Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14 and Peggle 2 as they want. Games that weren't already released or coming to Xbox One, such as back catalog titles, are not included in the service.

See also: Sometimes Game Glitches Are Just Perfect

In addition, EA Access subscribers will get access to upcoming titles five days before their release dates. Fall releases Madden 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition will all be included in that package. Subscribers can also purchase these games digitally for 10% off the retail price Read more...

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5 Common Evolution Myths, Debunked

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:07pm

Evolution*Deep sigh.*

It's right up there next to politics and religion on the list of things you probably shouldn't talk about at the dinner table.

Perhaps it's the nonmagical implications that cause a stir — the answer it offers to the ageless where do we come from question. Or perhaps because it's so dang personal

See also: The Hunt for Killer Asteroids

Whatever the case, it gets people talking. And lots of talk, especially online, often leads to false information.

In an effort to wade through some of the confusion, we've cleared up five of the most common myths surrounding evolution.

It's part of a new series we're trying out, called Debunked, where we'll tackle the misconceptions that matter most to you — in culture, tech, education and beyond Read more...

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Facebook Is Forcing Messenger on Users and They Aren't Happy About It

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:05pm

If Foursquare's attempt to force users into Swarm taught us anything, it's that people really don't like being forced into using apps.

Facebook, never one to heed the lessons of history, will soon be forcing its iOS and Android users over to Facebook Messenger, and many users aren't happy about it.

See also: The Top 10 Reasons You're Still Clinging to Facebook

Facebook sent an email to users Monday, alerting them that messages will soon be disappearing from Facebook's iPhone and Android app (for now, messages will remain available in the iPad and Windows Phone app, as well as on the mobile web and desktop.) Read more...

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Team Up for 'Cheek to Cheek' Jazz Album

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:52pm

Anything goes when it comes to Lady Gaga, the eccentric 28-year-old who isn't afraid to veer away from her pop pedigree to show an unfamiliar side to her

This time, it's her often hidden jazz proficiency. Lady Gaga is once again partnering with music staple Tony Bennett for a jazz album, Cheek to Cheek, which was named after the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' 1935 song that Bennett has also previously recorded

See also: These 8 Funny Videos in 8 Days Earned Weird Al His First No. 1 Album

Gaga and Bennett announced Thursday that the album will arrive on Sept. 23, though their "Anything Goes" duet (watch above) is now available on iTunes. Read more...

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Blend Reality With Illusion for Our Photo Manipulation Challenge

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:50pm

As editing software and apps drop costs and become more readily available, digital photo manipulation — commonly referred to as 'photoshopping' — has turned into a popular hobby for amateur and professional photographers alike

Although post-process work traditionally went against the rules of photography, creatively altering an image is now an art and a true skill in itself.

See also: These 24 Unexpected Photos Will Inspire You to Bend Your Fashion Rules

We partnered with Hewlett-Packard once again for this week's Mashable Photo Challenge. Instead of limiting yourself to minor tweaks like cropping or adjusting brightness and contrast, use editing software such as Photoshop and Paint Shop, or apps like Snapseed and Afterlight to give your images a whole new look. Read more...

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China Opens Microsoft Anti-Monopoly Probe

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 1:39pm

One day after raiding four of Microsoft's China offices, the Chinese government officially opened an anti-monopoly probe against the U.S.-based software giant.

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce entered four Microsoft locations in mainland China, including Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, on Monday and interviewed Microsoft senior executives, as well as those in finance and "other departments." Investigators also collected Microsoft internal documents and communications, financial statements and emails.

China launched the raid after a June investigation showed Microsoft may be breaking China's anti-monopoly rule. According to the translated document, the charges deal with how Microsoft links its Windows operating system and its Office Suite. China specifically points to "software compatibility" and "file verification." Read more...

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