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Parallels Desktop 10: Run Windows on Your Yosemite Mac

Wednesday Aug 20th 2014

Fall is around the corner, which means a new version of OS X is almost here. That also means a new version of Parallels — the software that lets you run Windows on a Mac — is almost here, too, and this time there's a big emphasis on speed.

With Parallels Desktop 10 installed on your Mac, you won't just be able to run Windows on a "virtual machine" within your Mac, you'll be able to do it significantly faster then previous generations. Windows documents open 48% faster, and Office 2013 apps launch 50% faster, the company claims. At the same time, battery life is extended up to 30%, and the Windows "machine" uses 10% less memory. Read more...

More about Windows, Parallels, Virtualization, Os X, and Tech

Missouri Governor Calls for 'Vigorous Prosecution' in Michael Brown's Death

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

In a video statement released Tuesday night, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said "vigorous prosecution must now be pursued" in Michael Brown's death, prompting some to criticize him for what they perceived to be biased language

My message to the people of #MO about the difficult but important test facing us all in #Ferguson https://t.co/FWXHQLdWcw

— Governor Jay Nixon (@GovJayNixon) August 20, 2014

See also: Live Updates: Protesters Demand Charges for Darren Wilson in Latest Protests

Governor Jay Nixon says "vigorous prosecution must be pursued." Note he didn't say "vigorous investigation." #Ferguson

— Nicholas J.C. Pistor (@nickpistor) August 20, 2014 Read more...

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Your Mobile Phone Late Fees May Be Unlawful, Lawyers Claim

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

SYDNEY — Those pesky $15 late fees charged by your mobile phone company are now at the centre of a proposed class action lawsuit.

The major Australian telecommunications companies (telcos) are charging set fees for bills not paid by the due date and ACA Lawyers believe this is unlawful. They have announced a plan for a multi-million dollar class action suit against the telco giant, Telstra, with a view to also target the other major telcos and they want consumers to get on board.

See also: Pizza and Other Weird Things to Come Out of Vending Machines

Telstra charges customers a $15 fee for not paying a bill above $70 on time. Optus charges a late fee of $15 if the owed amount is between $50 and $100, or $15 plus interest if the due amount is over $100. While Vodafone charges a flat $10 fee for all amounts overdue. Read more...

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Google Glass App Connects Patients With Specialists Quickly

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

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: Remedy

One-Liner Pitch: Remedy is a Google Glass application that enables patients to see specialists faster, through the eyes of a physician.

Navigating the healthcare system as a patient can be a real pain in the aspirin. You've got your annual checkups, and if anything looks fishy, bring on the wild goose chase of specialist visits. If you've ever been referred to a specialist, you've likely experienced weeks of waiting to get into his or her office, and then sat dumbfounded when you went through roughly the same procedure as you had with the first doctor, all to find out, "You're all good." Read more...

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Even Turkish Soccer Fans Are Protesting With Ferguson

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

Protests over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, have officially gone worldwide, even reaching a Champions League soccer match in Turkey.

The photo above comes from Tuesday's Champions League play-off match between Premier League side Arsenal and host Besiktas in Istanbul, nearly 6,000 miles from where the unarmed Brown, who was black, was shot dead by a white police officer. The fans shown are wearing Besiktas jerseys.

See also: Has the Media Become a Third Force in Ferguson?

Witnesses say Brown was gunned down Aug. 9 while standing in surrender with his hands up. Nightly protests since then have seesawed on the brink of utter mayhem as frustration among residents builds. Read more...

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Hands On With Sprint's Sharp Aquos Crystal Smartphone

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

Sharp's first U.S. Aquos-brand smartphone entry, available now on the Sprint network, is no spec-buster, but its elegant, edge-to-edge screen does evoke the nothing-but screen phones typically seen in most sci-fi television and film fare.

The 5-inch, 4.9-ounce Aquos Crystal is not as thin as all that, though. Yes, the 1280x720 resolution LCD screen comes within millimeters of the metal edge (except for the narrow, bottom edge), but the Sharp phone is actually thicker than, for example, Apple's iPhone 5S

See also: Sharp Intros World's Largest LED HDTV


In fact, once you get past the rather stunning screen, it becomes crystal clear that the Sharp Aquos Crystal is an attractive, if fairly pedestrian, LTE smartphone. Read more...

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In Wake of James Foley Beheading Video, Journalists Rush to Self-Censor

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

It took only minutes before screenshots of a video claiming to show the brutal murder of James Foley spread widely on Twitter.

Just as quickly, journalists realized that this social media dissemination is exactly what extremist group the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) had hoped for

See also: Islamic Militants Post Video Claiming to Show Beheading of U.S. Journalist

I do not believe in censorship but I believe those who promote #ISIS filth must be stopped, and that gives sufficient grounds for censorship

— Ruwayda Mustafah (@RuwaydaMustafah) August 19, 2014

Social media can seem like a runaway freight train at times, barreling forward with little control or consideration about its impact. The images of Foley will almost certainly be found in perpetuity in the dark corners of the Internet. However, most media outlets and journalists declined to share the graphic video or photos, recognizing that word was already spreading without them. Read more...

More about Terrorism, Social Media, Isis, Media, and Us World

Ginger Baker Turns 75: The Strange Life of Rock's Wildest Drummer

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

The percussive genius behind the legendary British rock trio Cream turned 75 on Tuesday.

Ginger Baker, born Peter Edward Baker on Aug. 19, 1939, is regarded as not only one of the greatest drummers to ever grace the instrument — a man many have called a natural with the sticks — but also one of the rock world's craziest musicians off the stage.

On his 75th birthday, let's take a look back at some of the wildest turns in Baker's long and bizarre life.

See also: 42 Trippy Rock Songs to Psych You Up

He had early dreams of becoming a Tour de France cyclist.

Before the redheaded Baker became a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, he wanted to be a professional cyclist. But a car accident at the age of 16 would dash that dream. His bike was crushed and, thanks to a dare by his friends, he sat at the drums for the first time. He would soon become the father of the rock drum solo — and there's more of a connection between cycling and drumming than you might think. Read more...

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NFL Reportedly Asks Halftime-Show Candidates to Pay to Play

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

The National Football League sees its Super Bowl halftime show as such a valuable promotional platform that it's asking potential artists — including Coldplay, Rihanna and Katy Perry — to pay the league for the gig, according to a new report

That would be quite a departure from years past, when the artists essentially played for free, other than having their travel expenses covered.

SEE ALSO: Rihanna Vevo Is First YouTube Channel to Top 5 Billion Views

Citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the NFL had narrowed its list of 2015 performers down to the aforementioned three, and have asked at least one whether they'd consider contributing post-show tour revenue, or make another type of financial contribution. Those sources told the WSJ that the pay-to-play suggestion was not well-received. Read more...

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Gets a Mug Shot

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn't exactly camera-shy. But few would argue that he was happy to pose for his most recent photograph.

Perry had his mug shot snapped on Tuesday at Travis County Court in Austin, having been indicted Friday on felony charges for allegedly abusing his authority as governor, and strong-arming a public official.

See also: 10 Hysterical Political Parodies on Twitter

“The actions that I took were lawful, they were legal and they were proper," Perry said in a brief press conference following his trip to the court house. "This indictment is fundamentally a political act that seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box.” Read more...

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Little League Star Mo'ne Davis Hits Sports Illustrated's Cover

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old girl whose steely demeanor and ace pitching skills have captivated the nation and powered her team from Philadelphia deep into the Little League World Series, is now gracing the cover of America's most iconic sports publication.

See also: The Secret to Little League World Series Success? Girls, Girls, Girls

Sports Illustrated's national cover for the this week (dated August 25) features Davis on the mound hurling a pitch toward home-plate.

Image: Sports Illustrated

Davis and her 70-mph fastball propelled her squad through qualifying rounds into the nationally televised final rounds of the World Series, where on Friday she threw a complete-game shutout and earned tweets of praise from celebrities near and far. Davis became the first female athlete to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series; just 18 girls have participated in the event since it was first held in 1947. Read more...

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Google Brings Android 360-Degree Photo App to iPhone

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

Google tries to make sure its most popular Android apps are also available to iPhone users, but not everything makes the cut

Now Google's Photo Sphere app, designed to help you capture three-dimensional views of your world, has finally come to iOS.

See also: Interactive Map Site Lets You Travel the World Through the Lenses of Drones

Like Google's other Android-to-iOS app ports, Photo Sphere blends in well with the operating system's minimalist interface while delivering snappy performance

After you launch the app, click on the camera menu option and you'll immediately see an orange positioning dot and a targeting frame prompting you to begin creating your immersive photo Read more...

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Air France Crews Petition to Stop Flights to Ebola-Affected Countries

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

More than 700 Air France staff have signed a petition asking the airline to stop flights to the West African countries hit hard by Ebola. Air France flies to Conakry in Guinea and Freetown in Sierra Leone.

Despite assurances from world-health officials that Ebola's spread by air travel is unlikely, British Airways and Emirates have already canceled routes as a precaution. At least 1,145 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola on record.

See also: What Life Is Like in a Country Haunted by Ebola

Some crew have even refused to board flights to the countries, a spokesperson for Air France told Agence France-Presse. Although some scheduled crew have refused assignments, however, the flights have continued. Read more...

More about Airlines, Us World, World, Travel Leisure, and Ebola

Griffin von Porkchop: The Snaggletoothed Cat That Will Steal Your Candy

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

Don't let that cockeyed scowl fool you. Behind those copper eyes and snaggletooth lies a heart of gold.

Griffin von Porkchop, a 4-year-old exotic shorthair living in Vancouver, Canada with three other felines, just began his Internet cat career. Griffin was born with an asymmetrical jaw, which causes his snaggletooth.

See also: The Complete Hiss-tory of Cats on the Internet

His owner, Quil, received him from a cat breeder at only eight weeks old, and other than his minor facial abnormality, Griffin is a healthy cat.

Besides his normal kitty quirks, Griffin is an adventurous feline who enjoys walking on a leash and has a particular fondness for fruit and candy Read more...

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Islamic Militants Post Video Claiming to Show Beheading of U.S. Journalist

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

Editors' note: There are images in this post that some readers may find distressing.

Islamic State militants on Tuesday released a video that purported to show the beheading of James Foley, an American freelance journalist who has been missing since he was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012.

The authenticity of the video could not be immediately verified, but Foley's mother released a statement praising the journalist for "trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people " and asking for privacy "in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim."

Post by Free James Foley.

When contacted by Mashable, NSC spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said, “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL. The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity." Read more...

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Taylor Swift and Groot 'Shake It Off' in One Perfect Vine

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

Taylor Swift and Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot have joined forces in the ultimate pop culture mashup

In this Vine from Uproxx's Andy Issac, Groot and Tay share a six-second dance number to Swift's latest single "Shake It Off."

See also: 18 Reactions to ‘Shake It Off’ That Taylor Swift Could Write a Song About

Say what you will about Swift's new song, but we're pretty sure this is the best use of dancing Groot. Well, at least since this:

Read more...

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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite for 'Barely Legal' Exploits

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

Is it an TV show ad? Is it a car ad? Is it a spoof of reality show Pawn Stars? Is it a weird Breaking Bad binge-watching-induced dream? Yes

In a six-minute Audi-sponsored Emmys ad, titled "Barely Legal Pawn," Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunite to run a very legitimate (but creepy) pawn shop. Enter Julia Louis-Dreyfus, shy on cash due to a drunken island purchase (relatable), who is trying to make some money by selling her old Seinfeld Emmy award

Yeah, b***h

(Pause the video at 4:20 for a special Los Pollos Hermanos shoutout.)

Cranston and Paul are up for Emmys for their roles in the final season of Breaking Bad and Louis-Dreyfus is up for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep. The 66th Annual Primetime Emmys air on Monday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC Read more...

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China's MIUI 6 Is the Most Blatant iOS 7 Ripoff Ever

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

And you thought Samsung's TouchWiz was bad

Over the weekend, China's biggest smartphone maker, Xiaomi, released the latest version of its customized version of Android — the MIUI 6

See also: 10 Emoji Meanings That Might Surprise You

MIUI 6 has a new design that bears a striking resemblance to iOS 7. This isn't the first time Xiaomi has dipped into the well of Apple-inspired design; from the way its CEO dresses, to the name of products (the Mi 4, the Mi Pad, its Mi Cloud service) to the way the company markets its products, Xiaomi clearly takes inspiration and design cues from Apple, Steve Jobs and Jonny Ive. Read more...

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China Is Growing Pears That Look Like Babies

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

We've heard of talking to plants to help them grow, but not turning them into tiny humans.

Using a plastic mold, Chinese farms have started to grow pears that resemble babies and are distributing them in supermarkets.

See also: Peach Butts in Panties Are China's Cheeky New Fad

The mold gets clamped onto the fruit while it is still small enough to fit and then taken off when the fruit fills the mold. It will then continuing growing in the special shape

In addition to baby pears (sometimes called Buddha pears), Fruit Mold manufactures heart-shaped cucumbers, square watermelons and more deliciously odd shapes. Read more...

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What Is ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Tuesday Aug 19th 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge has exploded online as a viral phenomenon, prompting new interest and attention towards the ALS disease

ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a muscular degenerative disorder that affects the muscle neurons of the body. Eventually, it leads to paralysis, vital organ failure and, in some cases, death

Since the Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral, the ALS Association has received over $14 million in donations — a huge boost from the $1.7 million in donations during the same time period last year.

See also: The 50 Best Celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

We take an in-depth look at both the disease and the social media campaign in the newest episode of our Mashable Explains seriesSubscribe to our channel on Youtube to catch more videos like this. Read more...

More about Videos, Conversations, Lifestyle, Health Fitness, and Ice Bucket Challenge
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