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A Soccer Star's Transition From the Pitch to YouTube

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

Jimmy Conrad was a reserve defender for the U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT) at the 2006 World Cup, getting onto the field against group-play opponents Italy and Ghana

He's going to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup in June — this time, however, in a completely different role. Conrad has become one of the Internet's go-to sources for soccer video content, thanks to his multi-pronged role with the popular YouTube channel KickTV.

Along with revolving around the world's favorite sport, Conrad's contrasting World Cup roles have something else in common: He's living a reality most can only dream of

See also: Proof That Brazil Is World Cup Soccer's True Home Read more...

More about Media, Soccer, World Cup, Entertainment, and Sports

The Loch Ness Monster: Only on iOS

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

Apple Maps did what Google Maps never could -– it found the Loch Ness Monster

Members of the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club identified a shadow in the loch's waters that can be seen only in Apple Maps' satellite imagery –– the same form was not found on Google Maps

See also: Food Maps Turn the World Into Delicious Art

The shadow, about 100 feet long with two “flipper-like” appendages, can only be seen on iPads and iPhones, according to The Huffington Post


The disputed outline of the Loch Ness Monster spotted on Apple Maps.

Image: Apple Maps

Many Nessie watchers have already taken to the Internet to debunk the theory. Some, like the Daily Dot, argue that the mysterious figure is actually an outline of a boat and its wake, since companies that provide satellite imaging services often delete identifying information like the pictures of boats themselves Read more...

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A-Sides and B-Sides: Record Store Day Lives On

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

These days, thanks to various technologies, listening to any type of music anytime, anywhere is pretty easy. But across generations, people still love dusting off an old vinyl record, and listening music on a record player

Record Store Day, which takes place every third Saturday of April, brings people together to celebrate their love of vinyl, even as digital-music sales continue to grow

See also: 11 Musicians on Tumblr Who Hit the Right Note

Despite the fact that music-streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora are becoming increasingly popular, vinyl sales grew 32% last year, up from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Keying in on the nostalgia, some modern artists are also opting to sell vinyl records of their albums or songs, often through retail outlets like Urban Outfitters Read more...

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Drone Shoots Epic Footage of SpaceX Rocket Launch and Controlled Landing

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

Elon Musk's space-faring company SpaceX has released the first test footage of its Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking off, and making a controlled landing at the company's rocket-development facility in Texas

The epic video gives us a 360-degree aerial view of the feat, thanks to the unique perspective of a camera-equipped drone

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

The video, above, opens with the hexacopter drone already airborne, and swooping in to get a close-up view of the rocket as it begins to take off. After reaching a height of 250 meters (about 820 feet), the rocket hovers and then returns to earth Read more...

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Hands On With Facebook's Nearby Friends

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

There's a lot that Facebook allows you to share with your friends. On Thursday, the company added "exact location" to that list

Facebook's new Nearby Friends feature enables you to flip a switch to start broadcasting your location with friends in the area. If you see someone nearby with whom you want to meet up, you can tap a button, and send them your exact location — complete with a map detailing where to find you

See also: Facebook Launches 'Nearby Friends' Location Feature for Meet-Ups IRL

It's a push from Facebook to encourage more users to connect offline. For some, the feature will simply collect dust in the corner, as willingly allowing Facebook to follow your movements is a deal-breaker Read more...

More about Facebook, How To, Geo Location, Hands On, and Social Media

Healthcare.gov on Heartbleed: Actually, Do Change Your Passwords

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

After the massive online-security vulnerability known as Heartbleed was discovered earlier this month, Healthcare.gov officials said customers of the new medical-coverage site had nothing to fear

Now, however, the site is is singing a different tune: Users who visit the Healthcare.gov homepage are presented with a message reading: "Reset your password to access your Marketplace account."

See also: The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

That's right, users can't even log in to Healthcare.gov without changing their passwords first. But the site said this is simply a precautionary measure. Read more...

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Submarine-Led Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 May End Within a Week

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

An unmanned submarine called the Bluefin-21 is scheduled to finish searching the Indian Ocean seabed for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within one week, according to multiple reports.

Nearly a month and a half after the disappearance of Flight 370, rescue workers still haven’t found the Boeing 777-200, which went missing during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, despite the Bluefin-21's efforts. The submarine has already completed six missions searching for Flight 370, and began its seventh mission on Saturday, according to a release from the Joint Agency Coordination Centre.

See also: The Underwater Drone Helping Search for Flight MH370 Read more...

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22 Victorious Accomplishments in Stoner Engineering

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

If you give a stoner some weed and nothing to smoke out of, you can be sure they'll find a way to enjoy that sticky icky.

It's no secret that smoking devices can be quite pricey, or inaccessible for those who live in areas with strict marijuana laws. But most pot enthusiasts are certified bong-building engineers capable of creating a water-pipe using just about anything.

See also: Marijuana Vending Machine Rolls Out in Colorado

These marijuana MacGyvers have crafted a collection of unusual DIY smoking devices that deserve some sort of award. Or maybe just a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos

Happy 4/20! Read more...

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Toronto Already Won the NBA Trolling Championship

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

The NBA's only Canadian franchise is a little edgier than we thought, eh?

Before the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets squared off in the first game of their opening-round NBA playoffs series on Saturday afternoon, fans were treated to some championship-caliber trash talk from the most unexpected sources: a Raptors executive and a local Toronto tabloid newspaper

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

Pro sports executives typically toe the company line with maximum discipline, but Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri went off-script in a pre-game speech to fire up fans outside Toronto's Air Canada Centre. As captured by a fan in the Instagram video, below, watch Ujiri bellow "F*ck Brooklyn!" before exiting stage left Read more...

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Ukraine Deal Resisted by Pro-Russian Factions in East

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

As politicians and diplomats seek to solidify a deal aiming to stabilize Ukraine's volatile political climate, pro-Russian factions in the eastern part of the country appear more defiant than ever

On Saturday — two days after officials from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union met in Switzerland and agreed in principle to a pact to de-escalate rising tensions in Ukraine — the situation's "major players" met in Kiev to implement the agreement in practical terms, CNN reported

See also: Chaos Grips Kiev as Ukraine's Military Struggles to Defend the Homeland

But vague bureaucratic statements appear to be the main result of that meeting. Meanwhile, pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk say they won't leave until Ukraine's current interim government relinquishes power. While some parties appear to be making real efforts to broker a deal, the central tension is what it's been for months: a tug of war over whether Ukraine will align itself more closely with Russia or the West Read more...

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5 Can't-Miss Apps: Solar Walk for Android and More

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

Between Google revealing more details about its modular smartphones and all the cool tech coming out of the New York International Auto Show, you may have overlooked some of the best new apps from this week

Luckily, Mashable creates a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out.

See also: 10 Apps You Need to Dominate Your Work Day

This week's list includes the newest Farmville game, the Ashton Kutcher-backed app for contextual selfies and Solar Walk, an interactive 3D model of the solar system.

Check out the gallery, above, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you're looking for more, check out last week's edition of can't-miss apps. Read more...

More about Android, Tech, Ios, Apps Software, and Weekly App Roundup

Nike Layoffs Add Fuel to Apple iWatch Rumors

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

Layoffs at Nike's FuelBand unit took many by surprise when the news broke Friday, a move that has further fueled speculation that Apple may be working with the sports-apparel maker to develop an iWatch

A CNET report described the first rumblings of trouble at Nike's wearable-tech unit on April 9. Soon after, an anonymous post appeared on Secret, which said much of the FuelBand staff had been dumped; that was followed by another story on Friday that claimed the same

See also: Apple iWatch Concept Combines Nike Fuelband with iOS Apps

But if a follow-up statement from Nike is any indication, reports of the FuelBand's demise could be premature Read more...

More about Apple, Nike, Iwatch, Tim Cook, and Wearable Tech

Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Building

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

Big things are coming to Saudi Arabia.

The Middle Eastern country is set to begin visible construction next week on what is expected to be the world's tallest building at 3,280 feet, according to Construction Weekly.

See also: There's a Ford Mustang on the Empire State Building, But Good Luck Seeing It

Kingdom Tower will be 568 feet taller than Khalifa Tower, the current Guinness World Record holder in neighboring Dubai, once it is completed. The tower is the first phase of Jeddah Economic Company's approximately $20 billion, 17 million-square-foot Kingdom City project, of which it will be the focal point. Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, is chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company, a partner in JEC. Read more...

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Travelers Head to Colorado to Celebrate 4/20

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

It's a big weekend for Colorado.

Commercial sales of marijuana to all adults over 21 years old have been legal since Jan. 1 with the passing of Colorado Amendment 64. Colorado and Washington are the only states that allow licensed retailers to sell marijuana to anyone of legal age.

See also: The Legal Stoner's Guide to Colorado's New Marijuana Law

Marijuana tour guides and hospitality companies are excited about increased interest. So excited, in fact, that one company is focused solely on travelers looking to smoke marijuanaColorado Green Tours offer private half-day and full-day, in addition to all-inclusive packages for the Cannabis Cup, a weekend celebration of marijuana. Read more...

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Turn the Family Car Into a Connected Fleet Vehicle

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

Drivers often approach the idea of connected cars along the lines of a one-to-one ratio: one driver to one car linked by a data-gathering and reporting interface that opens up new aspects of the operator-vehicle relationship both during and after a drive

But in the rapidly evolving world of connected driving, new approaches to that scenario are also emerging. For instance, what if connected cars allowed an owner to track information generated by multiple vehicles and multiple operators — as in a fleet or a family — in real time and from outside the car?

It's certainly something that large-operation telematics have provided to businesses for years, but what if this were available at the scale of small fleets, or even that of the residential two-car garage for parents and newly driving teens? Read more...

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9 Helpful Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

Life in a small apartment can be overwhelmingly frustrating When you're living in close quarters, you have to make the most of the space you have. But even if you live in a studio, that doesn't have to mean your bed is a dining room table or your bathroom is a home office.

Instead, take full advantage of the space you do have by carefully selecting the items you bring into your home — the more multi-functional, the better. From bedroom furniture to baskets, there are plenty of ways to buy or DIY your way to a neater home.

See also: 10 DIY Projects to Refresh Your Apartment for Spring

Check out these useful ways to gain a huge return out of your small space Read more...

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South Korean Ferry Captain Says Frigid Waters Delayed Evacuation

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

This story was updated most recently at 4:11 p.m. ET on April 19.

The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing, said Saturday that he had feared passengers would be swept away in frigid seawater if he had issued an evacuation order too quickly.

Speaking to reporters on live television after his arrest for negligence of duty and other charges, the captain, Lee Joon-seok, apologized to the South Korean public for "causing a disturbance."

See also: What Went Wrong Aboard the Sunken South Korean Ferry

"I bow my head in apology to the families of the victims," Lee said, according to a translation by the BBC. Read more...

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Artist Turns Everyday Objects Into Clever Artwork With an iPhone

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

Artist Brock Davis doesn't just rely on pen and paper to manifest his wit. From fruits and veggies to googly eyes, the mediums that make up his extensive portfolio are endless

One of his ongoing projects turns everyday objects into mini scenes and concepts. The photos are captured simply with his iPhone

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"Most of my friends were sharing photos of their kids and pets, which is cool, but almost immediately I was curious if it would be possible to take conceptual photos with my iPhone while staying true to the immediacy and spontaneity that is inherent with mobile photography," Davis told Mashable. Read more...

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8 Modern Gadgets That Look Like They Macarena'd Out of the '90s

Saturday Apr 19th 2014

The dream of the '90s is alive in modern technology

The decade, which left its mark in the form of absurdly colorful outfits and zany cartoons, has never really left the building. It's still a popular reference point in terms of style and culture — which is probably why there are so many gadgets that have taken cues from the '90s.

See also: 14 Tech Supplies That Made School Tolerable in the '90s

From portable CD players to the high-tech return of the Furby, here are eight modern contraptions that creators lifted right out of the not-so-distant past.

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

More about Gadgets, Technology, Features, 90s, and Tech

Don't Speak — Sing! Gwen Stefani Tapped for Judge's Chair on 'The Voice'

Friday Apr 18th 2014

Gwen Stefani is about to hollaback at her favorite contestants on NBC’s The Voice.

The No Doubt frontwoman has signed on to be a judge on the singing competition while Christina Aguilera goes on maternity leave, according to TMZ, which first reported the deal. Season 7 starts taping in June.

SEE ALSO: Pharrell Williams to Replace CeeLo Green on 'The Voice' Season 7

Aguilera announced her pregnancy in February, and though the network hoped she’d stay on, she’s stepping down – she'd be about ready to pop by the show's end — and is already signed on to return in season eight, TMZ reported.

Stefani won't be the only newbie on the show: NBC recently signed Pharrell Williams to take the chair once occupied by the departed CeeLo Green. Show regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton remain in their spinny-chairs, meanwhile. Read more...

More about Tv, The Voice, Entertainment, and Gwen Stefani
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