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Americans Want Future Tech, Just Not Drones, Implants and Humanoid Robots: Study

Tuesday Apr 22nd 2014

Good news ahead for tech and science innovators: American's are overwhelmingly optimistic about future tech, according to a new study.

Conducted by Pew Research and Smithsonian Magazine, the study polled 1,001 adults between Feb. 13 and 18 via phone.

See also: I, for One, Welcome Our New Robot Underlings

Asking respondents a wide range of questions that covered everything from edge technology to far-out science-fiction scenarios, the study revealed a surprisingly upbeat view future tech — despite the many movies and books depicting dark technological dystopias

However, it also revealed several counterintuitive takes on developing technologies that point to the need for more research into how some of them will be deployed commercially Read more...

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The 10 Highest-Paid Sports Teams in the World

Monday Apr 21st 2014

English Premier League soccer team Manchester City is the best-paid sports team in the world, according to the new Global Sports Salaries Survey published last week by Sporting Intelligence.

Man City's average annual pay per player is $8.1 million. The New York Yankees, a close second on the list, make an average of $8 million, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $7.8 million, Real Madrid at $7.6 million and Barcelona at $7.4 million. Five out of the top 10 teams are based in the United States.

See also: Two U.S. Soccer Stars Each Make More Than 15 MLS Teams

The following chart, created by Statista, ranks the 10 teams with the highest annual pay among sports teams in 2014. Read more...

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South Korean Ferry Death Toll Rises to 104

Monday Apr 21st 2014

The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster jumped to 104, after divers found a way to enter the submerged ship that capsized off the country's southern coast last week, authorities said Tuesday, local time.

Divers recovered 17 bodies on Tuesday, and focused their search on the ferry's decks, where many victims are believed to be trapped, South Korea-based Yonhap News Agency reported. There are still 198 people missing, according to multiple sources. Of the 476 people on board the Sewol, there were more than 330 students and teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan, a city near Seoul. The final death toll is expected to be around 300, with only 174 people rescued so far

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22 Songs to Celebrate Earth Day

Monday Apr 21st 2014

Tuesday marks another annual celebration of Earth Day, so it's time to get in touch with the beautiful world we inhabit.

Whether you plant trees, make your work area greener or simply take a moment to reflect, be sure to embrace the spirit of the event

See also: From Selfies to Thunderclaps: 7 Ways to Pump Up Your Earth Day Celebrations

To help you celebrate Earth Day, we compiled a Music Monday playlist of songs that are both catchy and environmentally-minded.

So throw on our playlist, and soak up some sun

Have something to add to our playlist? Share with us in the comments, below, or on Spotify, and we'll add it. Read more...

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Aaron Sorkin on the Steve Jobs Film: He's Part Hero, Part Antihero

Monday Apr 21st 2014

Aaron Sorkin's take on former Apple CEO Steve Jobs — "one of the very few times I ended up writing what I set out to write" — will reveal both hero and antihero, the Social Network writer said Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Sorkin, the hyper-prolific writer of West Wing and The Newsroom, spoke briefly about the Steve Jobs film, but avoided the drama around its director and cast at New York City's School of Visual Arts, where Mashable was in the audience.

See also: Ashton Kutcher Defends 'Jobs'

"It’s not a biopic; it’s not the story of Steve Jobs — it’s something much different than that," Sorkin said. "He’s a fascinating guy — part hero, part antihero." Read more...

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Twitter's Redesign Makes the Platform Ripe for Recruitment

Monday Apr 21st 2014

The Society for Human Resource Management recently found that more than 75% of companies use social networking sites to recruit job candidates — and recruiters are often going beyond professionally oriented platforms like LinkedIn.

66% of recruiters use Facebook for discovering talent, and 54% of recruiters turn to Twitter when vetting candidates. With Twitter’s redesign, that number is likely to increase

See also: Mobile Ads on Twitter Will Now Promote App Downloads

Twitter is already an inherently ripe social network for recruiting because of its huge professional audience and the unrestricted access it offers members to one another. New features aim to make the network even more interactive, providing plenty of opportunities for job seekers to up their game.

If you’re part of the 44% of Twitter's 974 million registered users who have never tweeted, you may want to reconsider that decision -– Twitter is emerging as one of the best vehicles for landing your dream job.

Here are four tips for making the most of Twitter’s redesign in your job search.

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49ers Fans Petition to Change Color of BART's 'Seahawks' Seats

Monday Apr 21st 2014

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency has just run into trouble with 49ers fans — because the seats in its brand new trains resemble the colors of the rival Seattle Seahawks

Nasir Safdar, a 49ers fan from Stockton, Calif. took to to file a petition requesting that BART change the planned neon green and blue color scheme as a part of the transit agency's car redesign

See also: 49ers Fans Crowdfund Billboard to Troll Seattle Rivals

Safdar's petition has since received more than 1,400 signatures. He writes:

The Seattle Seahawks are the chief rivals of the San Francisco 49ers. To outfit BART car seats in the team colors of the Seattle Seahawks (i.e. neon green and blue) is an outrage and a slap in the face of every San Francisco 49ers fan who rides BART. We call upon BART General Manager Grace Crunican (who oddly enough worked as Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation prior to joining BART) to scrap plans to adorn BART car seats in neon green and blue and instead choose other colors. Read more...

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Sorry, Powdered Alcohol Is Not a Thing — Yet

Monday Apr 21st 2014

Readers of the Interwebs may have been either elated or horrified to see over the weekend reports that the U.S. government had just "approved" a substance called Palcohol, or powdered alcohol, for sale in liquor stores in little packets to be mixed with water at will. (What could possibly go wrong?)

But it turns out that a Palcohol label, not a patent, was approved earlier this month by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the U.S. Treasure Department. And even that turned out to be a mistake: A spokesperson for the Bureau told the Newark Star Ledger that the label approvals "have been surrendered." Read more...

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Win or Lose, Aereo Is About to Make History

Monday Apr 21st 2014

Let's get ready to rumble.

In less than 24 hours, Aereo, the streaming television startup that has caused broadcasters fits, will fight for its life before the Supreme Court.

Aereo provides consumers with the opportunity to lease antennas for the purpose of accessing free-to-air broadcast television. The antennas are attached to a storage system that also allows subscribers to record shows and play them back later. Broadcasters took issue with Aereo and filed a lawsuit alleging breach of copyright law for the startup's retransmission of content without consent.

See also: A Simple Guide to the Aereo Supreme Court Case Read more...

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Netflix Getting Support for Amazon Fire TV's Voice Search

Monday Apr 21st 2014

Amazon's Fire TV can plan on another voice-search partner later this year: Netflix.

Buried in Netflix's Q2-earnings letter to shareholders was the following sentence (emphasis ours):

Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick, and Amazon Fire TV (on which we expect to support voice search later this year) push the quality of experience and price points for adapter products.

See also: Amazon Fire TV Is a Great Living-Room Companion

Last week, Amazon announced that Hulu Plus, Crackle and and Showtime Anytime would be getting support for the Fire TV's unified voice search later this summer.

Buy-in from Netflix, the largest subscription streaming service by a large margin, is encouraging for the Fire TV and its ecosystem of users. Read more...

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Aereo CEO: Broadcasters' "Strategy Was to Kill Us by Litigation"

Monday Apr 21st 2014

On Tuesday, New York-based streaming TV startup Aereo faces off against every major network broadcaster (including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, Univision and Telemundo) in a hearing in front of the United States Supreme Court.

I interviewed Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia about his company, the Supreme Court battle and what this decision will mean for the broader industry as a whole

See also: A Simple Guide to the Aereo Supreme Court Case

The broadcasters say that Aereo, which streams free-to-air broadcast TV to its customers over the web, is infringing on their copyrights. Aereo disagrees, arguing there is no difference between its service and having your own antenna to watch free TV. Read more...

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Boston Marathon Runners Carry Collapsed Racer Across Finish Line

Monday Apr 21st 2014

This is what it means to be Boston Strong.

A runner participating in the Boston Marathon on Monday collapsed at the 26-mile marker, but that didn't stop him from finishing the race. Four other runners came to his aid, picking him up and carrying him across the finish line

See also: 15 Uplifting Photos From the Boston Marathon

More than 35,600 runners competed in this year's Boston Marathon, making it the second-largest in the race's 117-year history, just one year after two bombs tore apart the race's finish line, killed three and injured at least 260. Lives were shattered that day last April, but fear would not keep people away this year Read more...

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Google Glass Update Adds iPhone SMS Messaging and Calendar App

Monday Apr 21st 2014

Just a week after Google made Glass available for purchase to the entire public for one day, it unveiled a new software update for the wearable computer

The latest software update adds SMS messaging for the iPhone, and includes a Calendar Glassware app

See also: 72% of Americans Refuse Google Glass Over Privacy Concerns: Report

Scheduled to be released over the next few days, the update will allow Google Glass users to view texts from their iPhone by turning on the "show notifications" option in the Bluetooth settings on iOS. The feature is already available for Android devices

However, users will only be able to receive texts, not send them, due to what the Glass team calls "limitations with iOS." So while reading texts on the device might save you a bit of time, until you can reply to them using Glass, the feature will be less than ideal for frequent users of the wearable device Read more...

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Nike Is Positioning Fuelband Software for Wearables Like the iWatch

Monday Apr 21st 2014

When news broke late Friday that Nike had laid off part of its Fuelband fitness tracker team and had plans to abandon the corresponding hardware, some considered the announcement a failure in the wearable tech space

At a time when wearables are on an uptick, the news raised questions about why Nike was making the unusual move to slash its hardware team and curtailing plans to make another fitness tracker. Some saw it as a proactive effort to avoid being squashed by the likely growth of smartwatches that bake both fitness tracking and smart notifications (email and phone calls) into one device. Read more...

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HBO Knows How Awkward It Is to Watch HBO With Your Parents

Monday Apr 21st 2014

We've all experienced it — the moment when you're devouring a movie or TV show on HBO and your parents wander in at the moment something awkward, like an explicit sex scene, pops up on the screen.

Sometimes, there's silence. Other times, well, your mom or dad chimes in with a comment, intensifying the awkwardness to dangerously creepy levels

See also: First Scenes Revealed From 'True Blood' Season 7: 'There's No One Left'

HBO perfectly captures these scenarios in its seven "Awkward Family Viewing" commercials, below, for its subscription-streaming service, HBO Go.

BONUS: The Complete Workout Guide for Binge Watchers

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Bryan Singer Accuser Names 3 More, Alleges Widespread 'Hollywood Sex Ring'

Monday Apr 21st 2014

The man who accused X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting him as a teen on Monday raised a fresh round of allegations against a trio of powerful Hollywood executives — all part of what the his lawyer described Monday as a “Hollywood sex ring.”

Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard were the three names in the new federal lawsuits filed Monday in Hawaii.

SEE ALSO: 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Accused of Drugging, Raping Teen Boy

Ancier is the former head of the Fox entertainment group, which produced of dozens of hit shows including The Simpsons and In Living Color, developed Home Improvement and created The Ricki Lake Show. Neuman is the former president of Disney, and Goddard is an off-broadway producer. Read more...

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'Low-Cost' Folding Telescope Under Development at DARPA

Monday Apr 21st 2014

The United States military's advanced research arm is working on a foldable space telescope that could image Earth in high resolution at a relatively low cost.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says the telescope design - known as the Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploitation, or MOIRE - would be of great use in geosynchronous Earth orbit, the spot 22,000 miles up where most telecommunications satellites reside.

"Membrane optics could enable us to fit much larger, higher-resolution telescopes in smaller and lighter packages," Lt. Col. Larry Gunn, MOIRE program manager, said in a statement. Read more...

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GitHub Cofounder Resigns After Investigation Into Gender Harassment Allegations

Monday Apr 21st 2014

Tom Preston-Werner, cofounder and president of programming network GitHub, has resigned from the company following an investigation into gender harassment allegations

GitHub launched an independent investigation, which found no evidence that Preston-Werner and his wife had engaged in "sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation, or of a sexist or hostile work environment."

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

"However, while there may have been no legal wrongdoing, the investigator did find evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment," Chris Wanstrath, cofounder and CEO of GitHub, wrote in a statement online. "In light of these findings, Tom has submitted his resignation, which the company has accepted." Read more...

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Researchers Determine Home of Chili Pepper Farming

Monday Apr 21st 2014

Chili peppers reign as the world's most widely cultivated spice crop; farmers grow them in bulk, and self-described chili-heads breed ever-spicier varieties of the fruit. But before they conquered cuisines around the globe, chili peppers were domesticated in Central and South America.

Now, scientists say they've found the hotspot where ancient farmers first cultivated Capsicum annuum, the most common kind of chili pepper.

By drawing on genetic, archaeological, linguistic and ecological evidence, the researchers found that chili farming was born in central-east Mexico.

SEE ALSO: Myth or Truth? 7 Ancient Health Ideas Explained Read more...

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Reddit in Turmoil Over Censored Posts

Monday Apr 21st 2014

One of the most popular sections on the user-driven news site Reddit was downgraded Monday after users discovered that moderators were removing stories that included popular terms such as "Bitcoin," "Tesla," "Anonymous," "Obama," "Congress," "National Security Agency" and "Snowden."

When users of the section in question, r/technology, tried to submit stories with those words in their headlines, their posts were mysteriously removed without comment. It turned out that the moderators of the section, who are all unpaid volunteers, had simply placed a filter on the section that automatically censored headlines with more than 20 popular words in them — simply because the moderators didn't want to deal with the large number of stories submitted on controversial topics Read more...

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