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Tired of being underpaid, Apple, Yahoo bus drivers vote to unionize

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

The bus drivers who shuttle Yahoo, Apple, eBay, Zynga and Genentech employees to and from their offices voted to unionize Friday after complaining about being overworked and underpaid.

The Compass Transportations drivers voted 104-38 to join the Teamsters union Friday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

See also: From D.C. to Silicon Valley: Political figures find second careers in tech

The decision comes more than three months after Facebook bus drivers voted to also join the Teamsters union in November

Teamsters representatives plan to continue to court Silicon Valley drivers, who they say are not benefitting from the overall growth in the region Read more...

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These Buddhist warrior monks excel at Kung Fu

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

In China, it is said that “all martial arts under heaven arose out of Shaolin.”

Shaolin Kung Fu is believed to be the oldest institutionalized style of Kung Fu and is one of the most famous martial arts, according to Getty. It was created in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in the Songshan mountain in China and has developed over the last 1500 years. It and it's various forms are marked by both barehanded and weapon styles

Shaolin monks, who are known to be the ultimate Buddhist warriors, demonstrated their skills in Chinatown in London, England earlier this week. Read more...

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6 predictions about the future of video and job interviewing

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Imagine it’s 2025 and you’re preparing to interview candidates for an open position. Are you setting up your office for the interview? Or are you charging up the latest wearable technology and getting ready for a live video chat — right from your wrist?

Close to two-thirds of hiring managers already are using video interviews to locate and hire top talent, according to an OfficeTeam study. As this trend continues to grow, what can we expect for the next phase of video interviewing?

See also: 8 Common Myths About Working From Home

There’s no doubt the modern workplace is transforming into a video chat-focused world. Because of this, employers need to adopt the latest video interviewing trends to help them identify the best talent for their organizations Read more...

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'House of Cards' Season 3 delivers the moment you've been waiting for

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Warning: This post discusses in detail episodes 10 and 11 (Chapters 36 and 37) of House of Cards Season 3. Read with caution. You can find coverage of other episodes here.

The most important moment of House of Cards Season 3 has finally happened. And, no, I'm not talking about Claire going back to blonde after a brief flirtation with life as a brunette

I'm talking about the grand return of everyone's favorite squeaking bundle of adorable, Cashew

See also: Surprise return on 'House of Cards' provides one of Season 3's most affecting moments

Fittingly, he got a big unveiling


Image: Netflix

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Regain your dignity after these embarrassing new job blunders

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Starting a new job is an exciting adventure. But it's also riddled with landmines of potential awkwardness — think getting lost on the way to the copier or mistaking your new colleague for the mail guy. The gaffes and blunders may be inevitable, but they can still catch you off guard if you're not prepared.

The best teacher is experience, and luckily for you, I've had my share of cringe-worthy new job encounters over the years. Here are few of my favorites and how I recovered with my dignity — and my job — intact after each horrific incident

1. The CEO I didn't know

It was literally my first day on the job, and one of my colleagues was walking me around the office to introduce me to everyone. Our office wasn't particularly large, but after working in a 10-person shop for the past several years, having more than 60 people in the office was overwhelming. Read more...

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Miami under water: Severe thunderstorms flood streets

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Slow-moving thunderstorms dumped up to 8 inches of rain in the Miami metropolitan area Saturday, flooding downtown and elsewhere. Some parts of South Florida saw 10 inches of rain, according to radar estimates

As up to 50 mile-per-hour winds whipped through the region and swaths of water flowed through the streets, drivers experienced a bumper-to-bumper bummer. The heavy rain also prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood advisories in some areas, including Boca Raton and Coconut Creek

Flash flooding is a frequent event in south Florida during the wet season, but the region tends to be drier in February and early March. Sea level rise is complicating drainage in parts of Miami by making storm drains less effective at getting rid of excess water quickly. Read more...

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The latest Mac mini is low-priced, but doesn't skimp on power

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Desktop computers aren’t dead. Plenty of people use those anchored computers day in and day out, and for good reason: They’re more powerful and less expensive than their mobile counterparts.  

The Mac mini has been Apple’s on-again off-again de facto low-budget desktop, but recently it hasn’t received the love many have hoped for. Then for the holiday season Apple upgraded the processor, chipset, hard drive, and everything else. That includes the price. The Mac mini now starts at $499. Full stop.

See also: 16 Best Free Mac Apps

There are only a handful of very low-end PCs less expensive than the Mac mini with current components. It’s $400 less than the newest MacBook Air. If you’re a school looking to buy new computers, a parent interested in growing an already existing Mac family, or just interested in starting up iOS/OS X development, there is nothing lighter on your wallet. Read more...

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5 can't-miss apps: 'Sheepop,' Clinique, Nat Geo View and more

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Between freedom-loving llamas on the loose in Arizona and the dress that broke the Internet, you may have overlooked some of this week's best new apps.

Luckily, each weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out.

See also: Why that dress looks white and gold: It's overexposed

This week's list includes a new photo-focused app from National Geographic, a game called Sheepop that challenges you to throw sheep, and an app to help you manage all your subscription services

Check out the gallery, below, to see all the apps that made our list of top picks. And if you're looking for more, take a look at last week's roundup of can't-miss apps. Read more...

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Join us for the unveiling of Samsung's Galaxy S6

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

BARCELONA — Samsung, at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, will show the world its latest flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S6

Rumored to come in several versions — one of which reportedly has a curved screen — the S6 might be the company's most exciting launch in recent years

See also: Samsung and HTC are poised to reclaim the biggest show in mobile

What makes this year's event even more interesting is that while the Mobile World Congress officially kicks off Monday, nearly all of the smartphone makers present decided to show off their wares on Sunday. Samsung's announcement is among the day's last, and it'll likely be the cherry on top Read more...

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Leaked video shows Huawei smartwatch in action

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

With only one day left before the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, footage of Huawei's new smartwatch has been discovered online

The two videos, spotted by Droidlife, but not yet officially released, are high production value spots that show off both the design of the Huawei Watch as well as its software functionality, the latter accompanied by an onscreen message stating that the demo is "created by visual effect."

See also: Tim Cook on privacy and the Apple Watch retail experience

Despite the software demonstration caveat, the promotional spot is impressive. Featuring a rugged outdoorsman traveling through the snowcapped mountains of Chamrousse, France, we see the Huawei Watch being used to check the wearer's heart rate, the current outdoor temperature and to vocally interact with Google Now Read more...

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How to write a speech for any occasion

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

There's nothing worse than staring at a blank screen, and wondering how you'll begin to write a speech. Oh wait, there is something worse: Staring at a blank screen, and wondering how to start your speech — while your deadline is hanging over your head. Add some pressure to a confused mind and a dreaded task and, well, you're likely to throw something together, throw up your hands, or throw in the towel.

But don't get mad — get strategic. In my work coaching busy people (from powerful Hollywood movie moguls to nervous maids of honor) to make speeches, I have found that following these three simple steps can quickly take you from ideation to oration Read more...

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Fussy macaw cleans her lovely plumage in a sink

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Even birds need spa treatments once in a while.

Iris, a 13-year-old hyacinth macaw, takes a shower in the sink to clean her feathers. She's a demure little bird, dipping her tiny claw under the tap to test the temperature, and fussing with the faucet to get just the right pressure.

Birds: They're just like us.

'Mortal Kombat X' trailer shows the descendants of our favorite characters

Leonard Nimoy's greatest hits: So much more than Spock

We're all crying over the Spock funeral scene in 'Khan'

Prepare for 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 with Forte Tenors' opera tribute Read more...

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Harsh winter weather snarls Dallas airport traffic, leaving hundreds stranded

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Shades of the harsh winter weather that has plagued the East Coast for weeks touched down in Dallas this weekend, as ice reportedly forced the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on Saturday

The troublesome conditions at one of the United States' busiest airports comes shortly after similar weather-related travel issues at DFW earlier this week, which were caused by a separate winter storm. On Friday, 5,000 people were reportedly forced to spend the night at the airport due to cancelled flights.

See also: Winter weather is making Dallas travel miserable Read more...

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Leonard Nimoy explains the unexpected origin of the Vulcan salute

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

With the help of his rabbi, Leonard Nimoy learned how to live long and prosper long before he became Mr. Spock.

The classic Vulcan greeting made famous by his Star Trek character was inspired by a blessing from the Jewish faith, Nimoy, who died on Friday, told the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project in 2014

See also: 12 times Leonard Nimoy's voice prospered beyond Spock

The hand gesture is also in the shape of the Hebrew letter "shin," Nimoy explained.

"People don't realize they're blessing each other with this. It's great," Nimoy said in the video.

BONUS: 10 Leonard Nimoy quotes that inspired us to boldly go Read more...

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Surprise return on 'House of Cards' provides one of Season 3's most affecting moments

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Warning: This post discusses in detail episodes 8 and 9 (Chapters 34 and 35) from House of Cards Season 3. Read with caution. You can find coverage of other episodes, here.

Frank's worst nightmare has come true: A hurricane barrels toward the United States just month after he pulled all of FEMA's resources to (potentially illegally) fund a DC version of America Works.

While he prays—perhaps hopes is a better word, since Frank isn't doing much praying these days — the storm will turn or dissipate, Congressional leadership seems downright thrilled at the opportunity to politically destroy AmWorks Read more...

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Grateful Dead 'farewell' tickets now selling for as much as $15K

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

LOS ANGELES — Miracles for sale. Price: $15,000 and likely climbing.

Demand for the Grateful Dead's July 3-5 farewell shows at Chicago's Soldier Field has been so staggering that by the time the public Ticketmaster deal went down on Saturday morning, secondary market sites like StubHub were offering single tickets for $1,000 and up, with some three-day packages going for as much as $15,000.

SEE ALSO: Grammys prove Rock 'n' Roll isn't dead — but it's sure getting old

It wasn't supposed to be this way, but hey, capitalism always finds new ways to skin the goat.

When the surviving members of the band announced the shows last month, Deadheads were cheered to hear that the old-fashioned mail-order system was back, too: Byzantine instructions, meant to separate 'heads from scalpers with No. 10 envelopes and index cards and postal money orders, were supposedly designed to gave fans a reasonable shot at a face-value ticket. Read more...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson answers all of your curious questions about space

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson is doing what he does best: blowing minds.

The acclaimed astrophysicist sat down with Mashable to answer SnapChat users' interesting and downright strange questions about the universe.

See also: Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals meaning of life to 6-year-old: 'Explore as much as you can'

The most pressing conundrums that have been weighing on your mind have finally been answered, from whether aliens exist to what dogs smell like in the cold, empty vacuum of space.

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

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Tim Cook on privacy and the Apple Watch retail experience

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

During a trip this week to Apple's European operations, CEO Tim Cook revealed a bit more about the company's position on customer privacy as well as the upcoming Apple Watch retail experience in a new interview

"None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information," said Cook, sounding a familiar note regarding government surveillance, just days after Citizenfour, the documentary detailing Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA, won an Oscar for best documentary

See also: First Apple Watch ads in U.S. magazines favor fashion lovers over techies Read more...

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Mathematical! An 'Adventure Time' movie is in the works

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Oh my glob, Jake the dog and Finn the Human are coming to the big screen.

Warner Bros. is developing a full-length Adventure Time movie under the guidance of The Lego Movie producers Chris McKay and Roy Lee, Deadline reported on Friday. No release date has been set as of yet.

See also: Artists Reimagine 'Adventure Time' as Other Iconic Characters

For the uninitiated, the popular Cartoon Network TV show follows Finn, the last human in the Land of Ooo, and his best friend, a morphing yellow dog named Jake. The pair go on wild adventures to protect the citizens of Ooo, who range from magical creatures to anthropomorphic candy (yes, candy) Read more...

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Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov's life in pictures

Saturday Feb 28th 2015

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in front of the Kremlin on Friday

See also: Boris Nemtsov's murder sends shockwaves through Russian opposition

Photographer Evgeny Feldman spent time with the charismatic activist before he was assassinated. We've compiled a gallery of Feldman's photos of Nemtsov, below:

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

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