• Samsung Tablets Overtake Kindle Fire in North America: Study

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    Samsung is selling a lot of tablets in the United States and Canada, a new study suggests. Samsung products were the most popular type of Android tablet that Americans and Canadians used to surf the web, beating Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets for the first time, online ad network Chitika found.

    As ever, Apple’s iPad (all versions) was the overwhelmingly dominant tablet, accounting for 77.2% of web surfing on tablets in the second quarter of 2014. Samsung, however, finished strong at 8.3% — a leap up from its 4.7% share a year agoAmazon actually declined over the same period, dropping from 7.4% to 6.1%. Read more…

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  • Happy 100th, Wrigley Field: An Iconic Ballpark Through the Years

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    It’s all grown up.

    On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Wrigley Field — home of the Major League Baseball‘s Chicago Cubs — turns 100 years old, making it the second-oldest ballpark in the U.S., behind Boston’s Fenway Park. Like Fenway, Wrigley has become a site of tremendous sentimental value to baseball fans, a brick-and-mortar incarnation of the game itself

    The Cubs play the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday a game in which both teams will commemorate the first game played in the old ball yard. Cubs players will wear throwback Chi-Feds uniforms, representing the baseball team that first played at Wrigley. Diamondbacks players will wear Kansas City Packers uniforms, honoring the first game played at Wrigley Field between the Chi-Feds and the Packers back on April 23, 1914. Read more…

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  • Watch the First 50 Seconds of ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2

    Orange Is the New Black’s sophomore season will begin with a seemingly delusional Piper Chapman in solitary confinement, facing punishment for pummeling fellow prison inmate Pennsatucky in the first season’s finale. That scene, below, has arrived onl…

  • Recycle Wine Corks Into Ready-to-Use Fire Starters

    When the wine bottle is empty, don’t throw away the cork that came with it. If you’ve got a fireplace, wine corks can easily be turned into ready-to-use fire starters to warm you up in winter, says Mrs. Adventure.Read more…

  • Russian Foreign Minister Threatens Ukraine, Then Takes Selfie

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    One minute he’s warning Ukraine of its annihilation, the next he’s taking a selfie.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday said Kiev had failed to live up to its side of the peace bargain — and then smiled for Russia Today’s Sophie Shevardnadze’s camera.

    Speaking on the interview program SophieCo, Lavrov warned Ukraine against taking military action in the country’s east — or else

    “If our interests, our legitimate interests, the interests of Russians have been attacked directly, like they were in South Ossetia for example, I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law,” said Lavrov, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation.” Read more…

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  • Scion announces heritage-inspired 2015 FR-S Release Series 1.0 special edition

    The 2015 Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 is hard to miss in its Yuzu yellow paint. Scion says this limited-edition model was inspired by the motorsport heritage of Toyota Racing Development.The post Scion announces heritage-inspired 2015 FR-S Release Ser…

  • This unassuming desk lamp eavesdrops and live-tweets private conversations

    Embedded inside this normal-looking lamp, there’s a small computer and a microphone that records conversations, transcribes them, and uploads them to Twitter.The post This unassuming desk lamp eavesdrops and live-tweets private conversations appeared f…

  • Netflix Launches First Spanish-Language Original Series

    Netflix is making good on its promises to focus on international growth with the announcement of its first Spanish-language original series.
    The new program will center on a family at odds over the inheritance of a soccer team. It will feature 13 epi…

  • What Facebook’s Great Unbundling Means for Mobile Content Promotion

    Mobile Internet usage is poised to overtake desktop usage, and that means that a brand’s content promotion strategy has to do more than include mobile—it has to make mobile a central element. With Facebook’s massive mobile user base, how should brands handle this latest move?

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  • Antarctic Lava Lake Churns in the Coldest Place on Earth

    The coldest place on Earth is also one of the rare spots where a roiling lava lake offers a window into the heart of a volcano.
    At Erebus volcano in Antarctica, a long-lived lava lake puffs steam and launches lava bombs at scientists who scale its sl…

  • How I Work: Jimmy Soni, Managing Editor of the Huffington Post

    The Huffington Post is, of course, one of the landmark blogs of the internet, and has grown into a diverse outlet that covers everything from politics to entertainment to local news. Overseeing the editorial operation is Jimmy Soni, whose own work has…

  • Shaq’s LinkedIn Profile Belongs in the Internet Hall of Fame

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    During his Hall of Fame NBA career, Shaquille O’Neal went by a plethora of nicknames — the Big Aristotle, the Big Shaqtus and the Big Shamrock among them

    Now, it’s time to add a new jumbo-sized moniker to Shaq’s list: The Big Networker

    The Internet at large discovered Shaq’s LinkedIn profile this week and lost its collective mind. Both SBNation and Business Insider deemed it “perfect” in headlinesDeadspin said that we should all aspire to have LinkedIn profiles like Shaq’s, while Complex posited that if your LinkedIn profile doesn’t look like like Shaq’s, you’re losing at life. Read more…

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  • NYPD Hashtag Sparks Backlash Against Police Across U.S.

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    The New York City Police Department asked folks to tweet some photos of regular people interacting with officers with the hashtag #myNYPD on Tuesday as part of a new means of communicating with the public. The Twitter public heeded the request, but not in the way the police department intended.

    Instead, many users posted a cascade of images of perceived NYPD brutality. The outrage has since spilled over to the Albuquerque Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and others across the United States (Warning: some of the photos are graphic).

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  • Why Habitable Exoplanets Might Mean Humanity Is Doomed

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    Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler 186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. Kepler 186f is special because it marks the first planet almost exactly the same size as Earth orbiting in the “habitable zone” – the distance from a star in which we might expect liquid water, and perhaps life.

    What did not make the news, however, is that this discovery also slightly increases how much credence we give to the possibility of near-term human extinction. This because of a concept known as the Great Filter.

    The Great Filter is an argument that attempts to resolve the Fermi Paradox: why have we not found aliens, despite the existence of hundreds of billions of solar systems in our galactic neighborhood in which life might evolve? As the namesake physicist Enrico Fermi noted, it seems rather extraordinary that not a single extraterrestrial signal or engineering project has been detected (UFO conspiracy theorists notwithstanding). Read more…

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  • 5 Tips for Improving Your Ecommerce Revenues

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    Online shopping has created an efficient and enjoyable shopping experience for its users, and now, brick-and-mortar shops are trying to do just the same — by moving the online experience offline

    Kate Spade Saturday, an innovative retailer in Tokyo’s fashion-forward Harajuku district, blends its online and offline worlds with in-store technology that emphasizes social sharing. Stroll through the flagship store in Tokyo, touch any of the oversized iPads embedded into the architecture and you’ll get a bottomless pool of product information, including clothing price, availability, design details and styling ideas. You can point at a coveted item, share with your social networks and ask your friends what they think about the dress that caught your eye. This kind of immersive shopping experience is exactly what the market — and the time-pressed, tech-savvy consumer — demands. Read more…

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  • How Indestructible Is Iron Man’s Suit?

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    The name says it all: Iron Man. When it comes to sheer indestructibility, Tony Stark’s suit is the stuff of legend

    Though the Iron Man suit is an ever-evolving technology, the most recent version — the Mark 42, otherwise known as the MK XLII — portrayed in the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures film Iron Man 3 showcases a truly impressive level of strength and durability. (After all, any suit that enables its wearer to travel in space has to be pretty intense.)

    In the below infographic, we take a look at what makes the Iron Man suit virtually unbreakable— as well as some of the real-life comparisons to the armor’s technology as seen in the film and portrayed in the comics Read more…

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  • Quick Control Panel Adds a Customizable Control Center to Android

    Android: Control Center is one of the better new additions in iOS 7 . If you want something like that on your Android device, Quick Control Panel does it for free and lets you customize it to your liking.Read more…

  • ‘Bing in the Classroom’ Filters Web Search for Students

    As more U.S. schools look to incorporate the Internet into lesson plans, Microsoft is rolling out a program that lets students surf and search the web in the classroom through a filtered lens that blocks adult content and ads.
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  • What Makes the Wolverine Unbreakable?

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    When you’re a superhero, your wardrobe matters; you can’t just roll out of bed and throw on the first shirt that isn’t flagrantly wrinkled.

    On the contrary, paladins like the Wolverine need to have their outfits in tip-top shape when they rush out the door to tangle with foes like Sabretooth

    They say that it’s what’s on the inside the matters most — and this is probably true for Wolverine, as his adamantium-fused skeleton makes him impenetrable to most missiles and bullets.

    That’s not the only thing, though, that makes Wolverine virtually indestructible. Check out this infographic to learn more about the features that make Wolvie unbreakable, such as his mutant healing abilities and rapid kinesthesis Read more…

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  • HBO moves a bundle of classic content to Amazon Instant, preps HBO Go for Fire TV

    HBO and Amazon struck a deal to give Prime Instant Video subscribers unlimited free access to classic series such as The Sopranos and The Wire. As part of the deal, HBO GO will become available as an app on Amazon’s Fire TV by the end of 2014. Let the …

  • Instagram Diverges From Vine By Personalizing Explore Tab

     Rather than just sunsets from foreign countries and selfies by fashion models, Instagram’s Explore page is now also personalized with top photos and videos Liked by people you follow. Personalization highlights Instagram’s focus on your own socia…

  • Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo: What Your $250K Flight Will Feel Like

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    The future of manned spaceflight is coming into focus. Whether it’s through NASA’s Orion program, its partnerships with private companies or in the form of the quick, space-immersion experiences that Virgin Galatic’s SpaceshipTwo spaceships are soon to offer.

    Billionaire Richard Branson recently placed a full-scale replica of his spaceship on the deck of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City. You can see it for yourself in the gallery above and Vine video below

    Despite the company working on private spaceflight for almost a decade, not many people have seen SpaceshipTwo (even an exact replica) in person or know a lot about what it will be like to fly in one of these things. Until now. Read more…

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  • $50 SodaStream, DIY Waffles, iPhone 5c, Five-Port External Charger

    11,000mAh external chargers are nothing new, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one with five USB ports. Read more…

  • Google Street View Now Has a ‘Time Machine’ Feature

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    You can now use Google Street Viewto explore locations all over the world, including some of the top zoos, national parks and even the ocean floor.

    With Google’s latest upgrade to Street View, users can travel back in time to see how specific locations have changed. Street View product manager Vinay Shet calls it a “digital time capsule of the world.”

    Google has collected images from its past street view collections — going back as far as 2007 — to create interactive timelines.

    “This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan,” wrote Shet in a blog post. “You can even experience different seasons and see what it would be like to cruise Italian roadways in both summer and winter.” Read more…

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  • Another World rating listings hint at console and Vita/3DS releases

    Newly spotted rating listings in Germany suggest that Eric Chahi’s classic platformer Another World is due for a re-release on multiple consoles and handhelds.The post Another World rating listings hint at console and Vita/3DS releases appeared first o…