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Seoul City Threatens to Crush Uber

Is Uber becoming unter?<p>Sharing-economy flagship and global investor darling Uber found itself on Monday facing an outright ban in a major global capital.<p>But while Uber is facing a barrage of regulatory problems in cities worldwide, the irony in this case is that the capital threatening the move is …

How one man bypassed internet congestion and fixed his Netflix streaming

On today's internet, the shortest route is sadly not always the best<p>Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO living in New York City, was unhappy with his Netflix service. He pays Verizon for FiOS service that promises 75Mbps down. But when he tried to stream video, it was a miserable experience, with …

How Kindle Unlimited compares with Scribd, Oyster

Amazon is the latest — and largest — company to offer unlimited e-books for a monthly fee. Here's how Kindle Unlimited, which Amazon announced …

Is the World Ready for a Video Game About Slavery?

<b>By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson)</b><p>Speaking about Miguel Oliveira's <i>Thralled</i> using the language of video games can be difficult.<p>"<i>Thralled</i> is an interactive experience about a runaway slave in 18th century Brazil who becomes traumatized over the disappearance of her baby boy," Oliveira told me as we met …

Human Geography

Quidditch lifts off and (mostly) leaves Harry Potter behind

Non-airborne version of JK Rowling's sport of wizards has a world association, certified coaches and a growing player base<p>The Nike-clad coach barked out the words as they appeared on the screen: Rules! Opponents! Officials! Teammates! Self! Her audience was still attentive more than an hour into …

U.L. Harper's Blog - The Reinvention of Man AS64H - July 09, 2014 00:32

I don’t know if this is the best way to use a blog or social media but it’s not wrong so I’m going to go for it.<p>August 15th In Blackness: The …

14 People Who Got Fired For Tweeting

It's not terribly difficult to imagine some people losing their jobs over inappropriate or contentious use of Facebook, but surely Twitter and its 140-character limit don't pose a danger, right?<p>You obviously still need to be mindful in how you use it.<p>The "medium is the message," as we've heard, but …

Osama Bin Laden

London firm creates mind-controlled commands for Google Glass

Forget voice commands and touch gestures: A London firm has developed a way for Google Glass users to control their devices just by thinking.<p>This Place, an agency that specializes in creating user interfaces and experiences for programs used in the medical industry, developed a software called …

Google Glass

Electric Objects' EO1 Frame Brings the Internet to a Wall Near You

You’ve heard of electronic picture frames. Here’s something that looks somewhat similar in concept, but diverges wildly in execution. It’s Electric Objects’ EO1, a self-contained computer that mounts on your wall or tabletop to display your choice of framed art.<p>Launched today as a Kickstarter …

Google Glass hack allows brainwave control

<b>Google Glass has been hacked so that it can be controlled by brainwaves.</b><p>By combining the smart glasses with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, the software makes it possible to take a picture without moving a muscle.<p>London-based start-up This Place said the tech could be utilised in …

Google Glass

Funded by Bill Gates, this remote-controlled contraceptive chip could be available in 2018

Imagine pushing a button on a remote control and having a computer chip disperse a hormonal birth control drug through your body — it could happen …

App Offers 1,000 Ways to Beat Writers' Block

Getting stuck with writer's block is a huge pain. Since each person's writing style differs, creative prompts can be very hit-or-miss.<p>The Prompts app …

New York Times is About to Release an App Without ALL the News

The paper of record will soon launch a new app that puts the paper second.<p>At an event on Saturday at SXSW, the <i>New York Times</i> gave <i>Mashable</i> a look at …

Exclusive: Learn More About David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ With This Teaser Evidence Poster

Exclusive: Learn More About David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' With This Teaser Evidence Poster<p>With all the hype starting to pour in for David Fincher’s …

Entertainment

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Artificial Intelligence

Five myths about the chemicals you breathe, eat and drink

All too often the use of the word “chemicals” in the news, in advertising and in common usage has the implication that they are bad. You never hear …

2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunities for Indie Authors

Welcome to the 2014 Smashwords Survey, our third annual survey that reveals new opportunities for indie ebook authors to sell more books.<br>As in prior …

Gatecrashing the Cosy Consensus on Amazon

A group of bestselling traditionally published authors – including James Patterson, Scott Turow, and Douglas Preston – engaged in an act of …

Should Barnes and Noble and Kobo Suspend their Self-Publishing Programs?

Barnes and Noble and Kobo have been running their self-publishing programs for a number of years. The two companies do very little to promote their …