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Monday, August 20, 2012

Twitter Users Remember Director Tony Scott
5:00:12 AM
British director Tony Scott, 68, died in an apparent suicide Sunday, after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, Calif. at around 12:30 p.m. Twitter users and filmmakers, including Ron Howard, Robert Rodriguez and Adam Goldberg,...



Samsung Teases Galaxy Note II Ahead of Mobile Unpacked Event [VIDEO]
3:53:17 AM
Samsung has posted a new teaser video for its Mobile Unpacked event, which will be held in Berlin on Aug. 29, and though it never explicitly says so, it seems to focus on the upcoming Galaxy Note II. Samsung has already said the tablet/smartphone...



Curiosity Rover's Laser Zaps First Martian Rock
1:59:13 AM
NASA's Curiosity rover fired its laser for the first time on Mars, zapping a rock on the red planet. Set phasers to stun. The rover's Chemistry and Camera instrument, known as ChemCam, blasted a fist-sized rock called "Coronation" with 30 pulses...



Top 8 Comments This Week
1:24:29 AM
Facebook gaffes, computer-generated meat and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan certainly got Mashable readers talking this week. A story about 20 of the things your most annoying friends do on Facebook provoked readers to come up with their...



The Sound of a Dying Star
12:36:18 AM
When a star gets consumed by a black hole ... what, exactly, does that sound like?  Well, nothing, officially: There's no sound in space. But what would it sound like? Would it whine, or howl, or moan, or scream? John Miller, a professor of...



McDonald's Tests PayPal Hot on Heels of Starbucks-Square Deal
Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:46 PM
McDonald's is testing a new payments system in which customers use the fast food chain's mobile app to order and pay for meals. PayPal, eBay's mobile payments platform, would power the transactions. Customers using the PayPal method at the 30...



Sony Unveils Successor to Xperia S Smartphone: The Xperia SL
Sunday, August 19, 2012 10:59 PM
Sony has quietly introduced the successor to its Xperia S smartphone, the Xperia SL. The Xperia SL boasts a faster processor -- it has a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, versus the S's 1.5 GHz -- but few other improvements. Reviewers of the S...



Fifty Shades Generator Spices Up Dummy Text
Sunday, August 19, 2012 10:18 PM
A new play on Lorem Ipsum -- that is, placeholder text for publishing and design -- is getting the interwebz all hot and bothered. Fifty Shades Generator is a website that automatically generates filler text inspired by the popular erotic novel,...



Apple v. Samsung Case Decided by Verdict-O-Matic [SUNDAY COMICS]
Sunday, August 19, 2012 9:23 PM
Wondering what the verdict will be in the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit? There's no need to dive into all those complicated legalities when you have the Verdict-O-Matic, a magical chart created by our good friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of...



World's Tallest Ferris Wheel Proposed for New York
Sunday, August 19, 2012 8:37 PM
New York City's Staten Island may soon be home to the world's tallest ferris wheel. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is in talks with a company to build a "giant observation wheel" that would be bigger than the London Eye and...



Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week
Sunday, August 19, 2012 7:40 PM
We love Pinterest because it captivates us with sensational imagery. This week's top 10 is no exception. A good Pinterest pin elicits reactions from viewers that range from, "I can't wait to try this," to "I want to go to there." The pin of the...



U.S. Military Designing Anti-Suicide Spray
Sunday, August 19, 2012 6:40 PM
A scientist from the Indiana University School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Army to design a nasal spray designed to suppress thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense that the military would be looking into...



Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]
Sunday, August 19, 2012 5:46 PM
Technology made even more great strides this week, with companies figuring out ways to change the way you watch TV, use power tools, and wake up in the morning. Heck, someone's even figured out how to make a car run on thin air. Meanwhile, rumors...



Congressman's Remarks About Rape and Pregnancy Rebuked on Twitter
Sunday, August 19, 2012 4:23 PM
Missouri Republican Rep. and Senate nominee Todd Akin said in an interview Sunday that in the case of what he called "legitimate rape," the "female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." "From what I understand from doctors...



The 35 Fittest People in Tech
Sunday, August 19, 2012 4:01 PM
Years ago, few people conflated technical prowess with physical fitness. The archetypical techie of the early 90s, for instance, was Dennis Nedry, the portly computer programmer in Jurassic Park played by Wayne Knight, a.k.a. Seinfeld's Newman....



 
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