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Start a Prank War in Cartoon Network's Latest iOS Game

2 hours 46 min ago

Cartoon Network has just unleashed another iOS game based on its popular anything-but-regular animated show, Regular Show. The new game is none other than The Great Prank War.

As shown in the trailer below, The Great Prank War begins with East Pines manager Gene wanting to win the prank war and take over the Regular Show protagonists' park after he takes possession of a time machine. Now, the future of the besieged park lies in the pranks of Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man and Skips.

The Great Prank War lets you play as any of the Regular Show heroes and pull pranks on Gene and his minions in order to reclaim the local park. Read more...

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How Many Yelp Reviews Say 'YOLO'? Its New Trends Tool Shows You

5 hours 22 min ago

Kale and Zumba have fallen in and out of favor over the years, and Yelp's new tool might be able to help you pinpoint when and where.

The premise of Yelp Trends, which debuted on Thursday, is simple: It tracks the popularity of search topics over a 10-year span, honoring the company's 10-year anniversary.

See also: How to Spot a Fake Online Review

"It's something that we built in-house and it's pretty straightforward," Eric Singley, Yelp's vice president of mobile and consumer products, told Mashable. "You type in a word and we just grasp the frequency of that word as it appears in our reviews over time." Read more...

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How Apple Is Forging Deeper Connections Between Desktop and Mobile

5 hours 59 min ago

In our latest Ask a Dev video, iOS engineer John McIntosh discusses how Continuity will work in iOS 8 and Yosemite

Continuity is one of the biggest new features that Apple announced at this year's WWDC, and it gives a look into their entire product vision. For Mac OS fans, it’s reassuring to see Apple focus on integrating the desktop with mobile, rather than merging both into a single platform.

See also: The Mac Never Looked So Good: OS X Yosemite Beta

From Handoff that will allow you to easily share documents between devices, to SMS and calls right from a Mac — Continuity looks to bring ease to the multi-device lifestyle Read more...

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New Google Maps for Android and iOS Takes a Jab at Foursquare

10 hours 42 min ago

Google has announced a new version of Google Maps for Android and iOS devices, adding a new Explore function that lets you find interesting spots near your location.

Located in the bottom right corner of the app, the Explore button gives you an overview of what's nearby. It's not only location-sensitive — the feature also pays attention to the context, meaning you'll get different results depending on the time of day and the weather.

See also: Google Maps App Will Show Cyclists the Flattest Route

To get the best results, you need to have both location reporting and history turned on.

And to find out more about a location, Android owners can tap on the "My Location" button at the bottom right or on the blue dot on the map and get info such as restaurant reviews and transit schedules. Read more...

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Sensor-Powered Seatbelt Could Save the Lives of Sleepy Drivers

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 17:40

Wearable tech has done a lot to foster the rise of the "quantified self" space, but surprisingly few of these devices focus on enhancing our safety

Now a new prototype system looks to harness the kind of heartbeat and respiration monitoring features present in some wearables to alert drivers as to when they are dozing off behind the wheel

See also: This Powerful Driving-Safety Ad Will Give You Goosebumps

Developed by the Biomechanics Institute (IBV) in Valencia, Spain, the Heart and Respiration In-Car Embedded Non-Intrusive Sensors (Harken) system works by measuring the heart rate (via seatbelt sensors) and respiratory pace (via seat cover sensors) of the driver Read more...

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Skype for Android Update Makes It Easier to Find Your Contacts

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 16:00

Skype updated its Android app Wednesday, and the 5.0 version syncs users' address books from their phones to their Skype accounts.

First, users will have to verify their phone numbers in the app to sync contacts. Then, the phone's address book will instantly import information on the Skype contact list. Those who have Microsoft accounts will also be able to automatically import contact lists from other Microsoft programs like Outlook.

See also: The Beginner's Guide to Skype

Here's how the updated layout looks:

Image: Skype

Previously, users had to input each contact. The new update promises a smoother transition from phone to Skype. Read more...

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Categories: Mobile Tech News

Pebble Exec: Batteries Are Top Challenge for Wearables Right Now

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:22

With more than 45 million wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smartwatches projected to ship by 2017, tech manufacturers and major brands are already starting to brace themselves for the upcoming wave.

While the category is already heralded as a hot trend, adoption isn't quite there yet — many consumers still need to be convinced that they want a smartwatch in their lives. The smartwatch aesthetic isn't quite there, either; most are clunky, unattractive and look too much like computers.

See also: Why Are Smartwatches So Ugly?

During the 2014 Wearable Tech Expo in New York City on Wednesday, Myriam Joire, chief evangelist at smartwatch startup Pebble, said many of these issues stem from one culprit: the battery Read more...

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Foursquare Checks Out of the Check-in Game, Reveals New Logo

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:56

Foursquare's attempt to transform itself from a check-in app into Yelp continues with a new app and a new logo.

Back in May, Foursquare announced that it was taking the check-in out of the main app and wrapping it into Swarm, a new distinct app. When Swarm was released, users who didn't download the app could continue to use Foursquare to check-in to their favorite locations.

See also: 6 Uses for Foursquare You Never Considered

Starting Thursday, that will no longer be the case. If you want to check-in, you'll need to install and use Swarm. The official Foursquare app will have check-ins removed and focus primarily on local discovery and recommendations Read more...

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Microsoft Admits to Killing the Surface Mini

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:30

Microsoft has confirmed it cancelled plans to release a Surface Mini tablet in the spring.

During Tuesday's quarterly earnings call, CFO Amy Hood said that part of the reason revenue from the company's line of Surface tablets took a hit was because it had decided to kill an unreleased product.

See also: There Was No Surface Mini Because Microsoft Already Lost on Tablets

"During the quarter, we reassessed our product roadmap and decided not to ship a new form factor that was under development," Hood said. While she doesn't identify the Surface Mini by name, other reports claimed Microsoft has scrapped plans to release the tablet late in the game, then the company accidentally confirmed the product's existence in a user manual that referenced the Mini directly. Read more...

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Your Chance to Win an iPad Mini and 1 Year of Free Wi-Fi

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:00

Making your next career move can be daunting, especially if you don't have the tools to help you search.

Mashable partnered with Wakefield, a guide to startups and new jobs, to help you out

See also: The 25 Best Free iPad Apps

Enter our sweepstakes here for the chance to win an iPad Mini and free Wi-Fi for one year from Karma, a portable hotspot. With it, you can continue your job search during your commute, at your local coffee shop and at the airport or hotel

You can also check out Karma’s job openings on the Mashable Job Board if you’re seeking new career opportunities at a startup in New York City (for positions like senior firmware engineer and graphic designer). Our board connects you with leading employers in tech and digital; just uploading your resume to the board means you may get noticed by companies like American Express, Digitas, Edelman, Google, NBCUniversal, Yelp and Uber. Read more...

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10 Apps That Will Help You Sleep Better

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 05:02

We've all heard it before — the general rule of thumb is that a good night's sleep consists of about seven to eight hours. But with late-night work, stress or Netflix binges, achieving the perfect amount of shut-eye can be difficult

From guided meditations to nature sound playlists, there are a handful of apps out there to help you get the sleep you need and want. You probably already sleep next to your smartphone, so why not take advantage of what these apps have to offer?

See also: 6 Apps That Make Mornings More Manageable

We rounded up a list of 10 apps to help you prepare for a restful night and turn off your brain. Check them out below Read more...

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Amazon Fire: The Phone That Makes You a Star

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:00

Amazon took its time in launching the Fire phone, and it shows. Where you might expect a device carelessly thrown together to capitalize on the popularity of the Kindle Fire tablets, you instead find a remarkably well-designed piece of technology. And it's fun to use, too.

Even without its fancy marquee features, the Fire phone is an odd duck. It's the first and only phone to run Amazon's forked version of Android, Fire OS. Yet Amazon's smartphone experience doesn't feel anything like a 1.0. The company has learned a thing or two about user experience from its Kindle Fire tablets, and it shows in the Fire phone. Read more...

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Apple Denies Security Researcher's Claims of iOS 'Backdoor'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:22

For the second time in less than two weeks, Apple is defending itself against claims that call into question the security of iOS.

The company has denied a security researcher's claims that iOS has a "backdoor" that enables third parties to potentially gain access to users' personal data.

See also: Hard Proof That Wiping Your Phone Doesn't Actually Delete Everything

The researcher, Jonathan Zdziarski, detailed the alleged security flaws in a presentation at the Hope X security conference and in a journal paper. The problem, he explains, arises from the way Apple encrypts — or fails to encrypt — data from the iPhone's native apps, leaving personal data vulnerable to third parties Read more...

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Xiaomi's Mi 4 Smartphone Unlocks With the Tap of a Fitness Tracker

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:05

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi launched its fourth-generation smartphone on Tuesday, swapping its signature neon plastic casing for a metal finish and overall classier look

Retailing at $322, the Mi 4 comes in only two flavors this time around (black and white, with wooden covers available) and a full HD 5-inch display. The Android-based Mi 4 runs on a 2.5GHz Qualmcomm Snapdragon 801, an Adreno 330 graphics processor and a 13-megapixel camera.

See also: Apple's 'iTime' Patent Hints at Possible iWatch Features

The move from a plastic to a metal design emphasizes how the brand wants to create a high-end look with strong specs, while still keeping a moderate price tag. Read more...

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Samsung Ad Makes Fun of Apple for a Product It Hasn't Even Released Yet

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:28

Samsung just hit a whole new level of trolling

The company's latest ad for the Galaxy S5 pokes fun at Apple and its customers for a product that hasn't even launched yet: the larger iPhone 6 models

See also: Samsung Finally Shows the Outcome of Bizarre 'Galaxy 11' Soccer Ad

In the ad, which has the cheeky title Screen Envy, one friend asks another if he's heard about the rumor that Apple will put out an iPhone with a larger screen. That's when the narrator interjects.

"You know that thing you've been waiting on for like two years and how it's supposed to be awesome and how it's going to blow your mind? Well it's been here this whole time," the narrator says in the ad. "But maybe you just like waiting." Read more...

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6 Ways Your Smartphone Can Replace Your Entertainment Center

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 06:06

They can text, tweet and take pictures — but can smartphones replace an entertainment center?

Sure, you can download Netflix or the HBO Go app, but it's not always ideal to watch Game of Thrones on your tiny phone screen.

See also: 7 DIY Tips for Better Photography on a Shoestring Budget

Naturally, plenty of people have figured out numerous ways to tackle that challenge.

From DIY projectors to adaptable tripods, there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your smartphone viewing experience. Get your mobile movie marathon going with these six products and tips.

BONUS: 5 Phone Charging Myths

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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Verizon FiOS Uploads Are Finally Going to Get Faster

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:55

Verizon FiOS is increasing its upload speeds to match its download speeds

The update, which the telecom company announced Monday on its website, is free for current customers. However, users may not notice a difference immediately, as the faster speeds will be rolled out to Verizon's more than 6 million home Internet users over the next few months

See also: 8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books

Customers who have registered, or plan to register soon, with Verizon's rewards program My Rewards+, will be the first to upgrade, with regular residential customers to follow. Small businesses that use the Internet service will upgrade by the beginning of this fall, Verizon spokesperson Bob Elek told Mashable Read more...

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Robot Wearable Adds 2 Fingers to Your Hand

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:25

Have you ever tried opening a jar with one hand? What about peeling a banana? You could use your teeth, but wouldn't an extra pair of fingers come in handy? Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) think so and have developed a wearable robotic device that could someday add two strong fingers to your hand.

See also: Hands On With Rotimatic: the World’s First Robot Roti Maker

Seven fingers may sound like some kind of joke. In fact, the last time we can recall seeing someone with seven digits was when comedian Jim Carrey tried to fool God in Bruce Almighty.

Bruce Almighty gets seven fingers.

Image: Universal Studios Read more...

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An iPhone 6 Knockoff Is Going on Sale for $160

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:23

Goophone, the Chinese phone company known for its uncanny smartphone knockoffs, is back with its latest adaptation

The i6, an imitation of the still-unannounced iPhone 6, rolls out online on Aug. 1. Designed based on supposedly leaked images and videos, the i6 is priced at $159.99 for the 16 GB model. For comparison, the 16 GB iPhone 5S retailed for $199 with contract and $649 unlocked.

See also: How the iPhone 6 Might Look With a Larger Screen

While it sounds like a sweet deal, consumers should know that i6 uses a different processor than the iPhone and comes equipped with Android instead of iOS. It also only has a 1.4GHz processor, a downgrade from the 2GHz offered with Goophone's i5S model, which is — you guessed it — a knockoff of the iPhone 5S. Read more...

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Latest Beta of iOS 8 Reveals Apple's New Tips App

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:35

Apple just revealed more details about the upcoming iOS 8.

The Cupertino-based company rolled out the iOS 8 beta 4, which includes a new built-in app called Tips, to developers Monday.

See also: The 18 Most Important Features in iOS 8

In addition to the new Tips app, the latest version of the iOS 8 comes with a redesigned control center and new menus in Settings, including separate panels for wallpaper and display and brightness, according to iDownloadBlog.

The iOS 8 beta 4 includes a redesigned control center and new menus in Settings.

Image: Apple, via iDownloadBlog

While the control center and settings tweaks aren't major changes, the Tips app is a brand new addition. The app is apparently designed to give users tips and tricks for using iOS 8's features, according to iDownloadBlog. The app will be updated weekly with new tips from Apple, such as navigation shortcuts or tutorials on dictating text messages or how to get the most out of Siri. Read more...

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