Shoot in Soft Pastel Colors for Our Photo Challenge

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Dreamy, ethereal pastel colors are commonly associated with spring and with Easter . The subdued contrasts can make for some beautiful photographs. For our Mashable Photo Challenge , share images that use this soft color palette. New York City photographer William Joos will guest-host this round. See also: 44 Photos of Lovable, Huggable Babies Joos is well known within the Instagram community, where he boasts nearly 45,000 followers on his account . Prior to the app's existence, Joos had already been photographing with his Hasselblad camera, which also shoots in a square format. "I can't even put into words how excited I was the day Instagram came out," he said. "It's like they were making an app just for me!" Read more.. Read more »

Easter Egg Hunt! We Found the Year’s Best Hidden Pop-Culture Goodies

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Easter eggs aren't just for the spring holiday anymore — they've become ubiquitous in our movies, TV shows, video games and all things pop culture, too. Nowadays, you can't watch anything without blinking through one of those little inside jokes, hidden messages, callbacks or subtle homages that writers and directors love to embed. So much so that the "Easter egg" — a phrase coined by Atari developers in 1979 after a colleague left a hidden message in the game Adventure — has practically become its own subgenre. SEE ALSO: 'Captain America: The Winter Solder': 9 Key Details You May Have Missed Read more... More about Tv , Movies , Video Games , Easter Eggs , and Entertainment Read more »

The Videophone Turns 50: The Historic Failure That Everybody Wanted

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Every day, around 50 million people a day stare at and speak to each other on computer or mobile device screens across the great expanse of the Internet via Skype , Apple's FaceTime , Google Hangouts or some other video conferencing software. This voluminous amount of video phoning would have made 19th and 20th century futurists smile and shake their heads, marveling at both how remarkably right and horribly wrong their visual telephone predictions would turn out. See also: The First Cellphone Went on Sale 30 Years Ago for $4,000 It was 50 years ago, on April 20, 1964, and during the subsequent months of the World's Fair at Flushing Meadow Park across from the brand-spanking-new Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, that Mr. and Mrs. America got their first chance to make a video telephone call on Bell's Mod I (Model I) Picturephone . Fair-goers had to wait on line at the Bell Telephone exhibit at the northeast tip of the Fair to hold a 10-minute visual talk with a complete stranger at a similar Picturephone exhibit at Disneyland in California Read more.. Read more »

The Loch Ness Monster: Only on iOS

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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... More about Google Maps , Us World , World , Pics , and Apple Maps Read more »

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

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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... More about Pandora , Spotify , Vinyl , Entertainment , and Music Read more »

Drone Shoots Epic Footage of SpaceX Rocket Launch and Controlled Landing

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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... More about Elon Musk , Spacex , Tech , Gadgets , and Videos Read more »

Hands On With Facebook’s Nearby Friends

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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 Read more »

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

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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... More about World , Record , Building , Saudi Arabia , and Us World Read more »

What Can IFTTT Do for You?

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In the latest video of our Mobile Minute series, we discuss the powerful web service IFTTT ("If This Then That"). While IFTTT has been around since 2010, the company has only recently started to work with sensor devices. See also: 11 Top IFTTT Recipes to Activate Now IFTTT allows apps to communicate with each other through "recipes". These recipes are simple conditional statements that can sync with your Facebook, Twitter, and more to create some fun automated actions like texting the weather in the mornings and saving your tagged photos to Dropbox. Our developer experts are from Mutual Mobile , a leading development and design firm that builds mobile strategies for top companies such as Audi, Google and Citigroup. The team is eager to answer your questions about mobile, so ping us with your top queries on Twitter, using the hashtag #AskaDev. Don't forget to check out our Ask a Dev YouTube channel and subscribe . Read more »

Man Eats 100 Peeps in 2 Stomach-Turning Minutes

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Peeps are both a blessing and a curse upon the Easter season On one hand, it's tough to resist these adorable little marshmallow critters. On the other, they're not something you actually want to ingest. That's why this video from competitive eater Matt Stonie will bring you and your dentist to tears. In the clip, Stonie manages to eat 100 pink and yellow Peeps in just over 2 minutes See also: 5 Peeps Meet Their Violent Demise The fun starts about a minute into the video, and it is truly a sight to behold. Watch as Stonie pushes row after row of marshmallows into his mouth, pausing only for gulps of water. Read more »