In a world full of people trying to get the next extreme Instagram shot, it's nice to know there are simpler ways it rack up Insta-likes.
Cooperative of Photography shared their favorite DIY tips to get the most out of your smartphone's camera with large helium balloons, gradient sunglasses and a little creativity.Viral Videos, Photography, Diy, Instagram, and Watercooler
Tony Hawk is up to his old tricks — literally — in this first gameplay trailer for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5.
Old school fans of gaming's most well-known skateboarding sim (sorry, OlliOlli) should find themselves in familiar territory when they hit play. At first glance, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 looks like a faithful continuation of the series that's been mostly dormant since Proving Ground in 2007.
The footage on display here shows skaters pulling off sweet tricks in a variety of settings, some of which — notably, a warehouse space and a school — recall those featured in earlier games. THPS5 supports up to 20 players online — PlayStation 4/Xbox One-only feature — and includes tools that allow players to build their own skate parks. Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Activision, Tony Hawk, and Tony Hawk S Pro Skater 5
Fifteen years ago, cell phones announced their presence with a long and sometimes silly ring. Now, our devices are less likely to ring than emit a single beep or boop. Even a muted vibration might indicate a text or a new score or a Facebook message.
A new study from three researchers at Florida State University suggests that merely receiving a push notification is as distracting as responding to a text message or a phone call.
The study asked more than 150 students to complete a well-known test of sustained attentional performance. For that test, subjects are shown a series of single digits on a screen. A new digit is displayed about every second. Students are supposed to tap the keyboard every time the digit changes, unless the new digit is 3. (Though it's not interactive, you can see a version of this test on YouTube.) Everyone took the test twice: the first time, they did it uninterrupted by their devices; the second time, assistants placed calls or texts to some of the students' phones. Read more...More about Mobile Phone, Communication, Text Message, Cellphones, and Push Notifications
The ninjas of Lego Ninjago have a new challenge: the obstacle course from NBC's American Ninja Warrior.
This video reimagines the American Ninja Warrior course as created by LEGO bricks — but it still features classic obstacles like the Warped Wall, Salmon Ladder and Spider Climb. The video mimics the course expertly; the play-by-play is even narrated by Ninja hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.Videos, Lego, Viral Video, Tv, and Watercooler
Warning: You may not be able to see clearly after viewing this video because of the happy tears rolling down out of your eyeballs
An optometrist diagnosed 10-month-old Piper with extreme farsightedness and outfitted the little girl with glasses. Piper's mom, Jessica Sinclair, shared a video on Facebook of Piper's seeing the world in focus for the first time ever.Viral Videos, Baby, Watercooler, and Videos
Malala Yousafzai is not your typical teen. Unsurprisingly, her 18th birthday was anything but average: the Nobel Peace Prize winner marked the milestone by opening a school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
The Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School located near the Syrian border will provide an education for more than 200 Syrian girls who live in informal camps and settlements in the Bekaa Valley,after they were forced to flee their home country due to Syria's civil war, she announced on her website.
While Yousafzai said she was "honored" to spend her birthday with the "brave and inspiring girls of Syria," she was also critical of international leaders for turning a blind eye to the needs of refugees. Read more...More about Social Good, Syria, Us World, Refugees, and Malala Yousafzai
LONDON — Londoners love pulled pork while Tokyo is obsessed with curry - at least if Instagram hashtags are anything to go by.
Photo printing company Photoworld has created a interactive infographic that combines the two things the photo sharing app's users love the most, hashtags and food, to find out who's eating what where.
Their Food Capitals of Instagram visual collected over 100,000 pics over the course of a week and came up with some surprising revelations.
First, London rules the roost when it comes to burgers and pulled pork, with 4.7% of the app's burger photos and 7.5% of its pulled pork pics coming from the UK's capital. Read more...More about Uk, London, Instagram, Lifestyle, and Food
It’s common knowledge by this point that YouTube is a spectacular place to grow an audience, and we know many ways to leverage consumer demand when creating content. However, less is understood about how to become a general success on YouTube. A whitepaper from Grapevine, a YouTube influencer marketing marketplace, exploring how much work it takes to reach the top.
The first point of consideration for anyone seeking success on YouTube are the videos themselves. While interesting content plays a big part, there are other factors that influence channel growth. Grapevine’s survey of 1,861 creators turned up many common practices.
89 percent of all creators surveyed were \"builders\" with fewer than 5,000 subscribers, while nine percent were \"trendsetters\" with fewer than 100,000 subscribers, and only two percent were \"celebrities\" with more than 100,000 subscribers.
Patience and dedication are perhaps the most important traits of successful creators. Given popular subject matter, consistent publishing schedules, skilled demographic targeting, and plenty of time spent on each video, builders will see an average subscriber growth rate of 216 percent in the first five years.
The longer a creator dedicates themselves to YouTube, the more likely they are to gain a substantial subscriber base. If a channel is still producing consistent content after five years, the creator has a one-in-five chance of becoming a trendsetter or celebrity.
Celebrities spend the most time working on each individual video, with 67 percent of them spending more than six hours per video. By contrast, 49 percent of builders only spend up to five hours on each video.
Upload frequency is also extremely important, but there is a point of diminishing return. Monthly or weekly uploads have big impacts on subscriber growth for builders, while trendsetters and celebrities see the most growth from uploading several times a week. Daily uploads have much smaller impacts, with 11 percent subscriber growth for trendsetters.
Only one-in-14 users who make a living from YouTube upload daily, so perhaps it isn’t worth the effort.
For more information about maturing with your audience, and how the average channel compares to the largest channels, view the whitepaper here.
When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft makes its closest pass of Pluto on Tuesday morning, eastern time, it will mark a reunion of sorts between the dwarf planet and the scientist who discovered it in 1930
A portion of Clyde Tombaugh's ashes are aboard the spacecraft, which will bring him within about 7,750 miles of the dwarf planet he discovered using a telescope at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona
Tombaugh, a farmer turned astronomer, was credited with finding Pluto as well as at least 200 asteroids and other space objects during a long stargazing career. He died in 1997, and his children, Annette and Alden Tombaugh, provided a small portion of his ashes to NASA in order to place them aboard the spacecraft when it launched in 2006 Read more...More about Space, Us World, Us, Pluto, and New Horizons
Harpy eagles nesting high above the understory of the Peruvian rainforest have been captured in a series of stunning new photos.
One of the eagles is a mama bird, while the other is an adorable eagle chick.
Because the giant bird of prey lives in the darkest portions of the rainforest and hunts its quarry in dead silence, many Peruvian Amazon birders can go their entire lives without seeing one, said nature photographer Jeff Cremer, who photographed the eagles.
"It's about as rare as seeing a unicorn," Cremer told Live Science. Read more...Rare creaturesMore about Animals, Peru, Birds, Us World, and Eagle
BRUSSELS — This is a truly wonderful time of the year to be in the Greek capital again; the typical soft summer rain; the lovely cobbled squares with carefully tended shuttered houses in the Flemish style; the aroma of steak and frites and the multi-lingual conversations of the suited hordes of Euroland staffers
Yes, welcome to Brussels the new capital (double entendre, permettez-moi) of Greece, as of Monday morning.
The men staggered before the camera looking haggard, showing every bit of the overnight talkathon they had gone through Read more...More about Greece, Us World, Angela Merkel, Brussels, and Alexis Tsipras
LONDON — Air traffic control company NATS handles 2 million flights in UK airspace every year, with 1.2 million of those arriving at or departing from one of the five main London airports.
That makes more than 3,000 flights daily on just six runways.
When those flight plans are turned into colourful trails, they merge into a mesmerising visualisation of aviation over a 24-hour period.
That third runway at Heathrow is looking unlikely.Uk, Travel, London, Flights, and Plane
Late-'90s boy bands are coming back from the dead to make a movie together
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is writing, directing and starring in Dead Seven, a Western zombie movie that will also star his bandmate A.J. McLean and 'N Sync's Joey Fatone. The trio announced the movie, which will air on SyFy, at Comic-Con over the weekend
Buzzfeed reports that the team behind the epic of our time, Sharknado, will be working with Carter to execute his vision — so his dreams are in good hands. Carter and Fatone will be playing good guys, while token bad boy McLean will play a villain's apprentice Read more...More about Comic Con, San Diego Comic Con, Film, Music, and Watercooler
Siri is your harshest critic.
Your cellphone's little know-it-all helper is apparently not a Rihanna fan. When you ask her to "play loud farts" — because that is an important task that you would definitely need an automaton to do — she will play (or attempt to play) "What's My Name" by Rihanna, featuring Drake.
Mashable decided to try out this little experiment on our own phones. To our amusement, the brilliant Facebook user's tip worked beautifully — even if it's a little bit of a dig toward the music superstar. Read more...More about Videos, Apple, Siri, Funny, and Rihanna
LONDON — Deep breaths, everyone: Zayn has spoken.
The ex-1D member shared some not-so-friendly thoughts about producer and co-worker Naughty Boy, who he's been working with since leaving the band in March, on Twitter.
Zayn's tweet follows a leaked snippet from the video for his new solo track, a cover of Rae Sremmurd's "No Type." The source of the leak is unknown as of yet. Hmmm.
@NaughtyBoyMusic you fat joke stop pretending we're friends no one knows you .
— zaynmalik (@zaynmalik) July 13, 2015
Naughty Boy had no qualms about throwing some indirects into the Twittersphere last night, perhaps (almost definitely) prompting Zayn to hit back this afternoon. Read more...More about Music, Watercooler, Conversations, One Direction, and Zayn Malik
Uber is suddenly becoming a talking point in the 2016 presidential race.
During her first major economic policy address since entering the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton praised the innovation of startups that let "many Americans" make extra money by renting out spare rooms and offering rides in their cars, but she nonetheless tossed out a veiled threat at the way these and other businesses operate.
"I'll crack down on bosses who exploit employees by misclassifying them as contractors or even steal their wages," Clinton said in her economic speech at the New School in Manhattan on Monday Read more...More about Hillary Clinton, Uber, Business, Us, and Sharing Economy
The volunteer moderators that run the boards at Reddit, an online community built of thousands of themed discussion groups, recently staged an uprising against the firm's management. That this uprising ultimately claimed the scalp of Reddit chief exec Ellen Pao says much about how the world of work is changing, particularly the challenges of managing relationships between paid and unpaid workers in an increasingly virtual workplace.
To recap: Victoria Taylor, a member of Reddit's staff who worked with moderators to help them run the popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) discussions was sacked by management. The moderators, who liked Taylor and regarded her as an important advocate, were furious. Many shut down their boards and demanded her reinstatement and apologies. When none were forthcoming, a petition demanding Pao's resignation was signed by 200,000 people, more moderators shut more boards, and AMA-geddon ensued. It took a week for management to apologise, but the rot had already set in. Read more...More about Reddit, Business, Media, and Ellen Pao
Small businesses often spend a majority of their social media efforts focusing on establishing their brands on the most popular social networks: Facebook and Twitter. While each of these networks can certainly fill specific small business marketing and branding goals when executed correctly, LinkedIn is often only seen as a personal network that benefits the individual or job seeker.
In reality, a comprehensive LinkedIn strategy can help small businesses analyze their competitors’ networks, increase sales opportunities, hire top talent and establish industry influence, along with many other benefits. Take a look at these four tactics your small business can establish today to better optimize your LinkedIn strategy moving forward.Analyzing the competition (and admirable brands)
Building a strong understanding of what your competitors are up to on social media can be an important aspect when considering your own strategic marketing and social planning in the future. Differentiating your brand from your competition can be better informed by conducting thorough research of your competitor’s LinkedIn profiles.
To execute this tactic, start by finding your competition or brands that you admire on LinkedIn; generally, you can find their profile directly from their website, a Google search, the LinkedIn search box or through one of their employees’ profiles. From here, you can get in-depth information on how your competition is positioning themselves in the industry by researching the details they publish about themselves on their LinkedIn company page.
In this example from BioFlorida, you can determine how popular its brand is by the amount of followers it has, details about its employees and what other companies its audience is interested in under the \"People Also Viewed\" section.
Learning more about your competitor’s staffing composition from their company page can help guide the direction of your future hires and give you a better idea of much they are spending on their teams, as well.Increasing sales opportunities
One common goal among B2B companies both big and small is to increase sales with social media, and LinkedIn provides a comprehensive feature set that helps sales professionals accomplish these goals.
Find and qualify target audience: Start by targeting ideal companies that would be interested in your products. Next, browse their current employees on LinkedIn and select the employees who are most likely to be interested in your B2B products or services.
Gather context before reaching out to leads: Once you’ve found the ideal candidate, study their profile information and create a pre-email or pre-call plan. Look for any mutual connections, shared work experiences, alma maters or any other areas that could provide talking points to guide your next sales correspondence to be more human.
Get introduced to leads through mutual connections: If you have mutual connections with a targeted lead and you have a strong relationship with those mutual connections, consider asking for an introduction. A proper introduction can change a cold call into a warm lead—which can increase your chances for success.
Send InMails to expand your sales outreach: Another way to reach your prospective leads and deliver your message into their email box is to experiment with sending InMails. This feature is only available to paying members of LinkedIn, but since its boasts a nearly three times higher open rate than the typical email, it may be worth exploring to get your pitch in front of the right people.
Use LinkedIn as a free customer-relationship manager: A smart way for small B2B companies to make the most out of LinkedIn is to use its free CRM capabilities after making a connection. This feature is labeled \"Relationship,\" and it is available under the profile image and headline section. In this section, you can see past conversations that you’ve had on LinkedIn, view when you connected, add detailed follow up notes and organize connections with the tag feature. While not as comprehensive as a high-end CRM, this LinkedIn feature can help small businesses enjoy many of the benefits of a CRM without the hefty price tag.
Using the search function on LinkedIn can help you more easily seek out professionals with skill sets that can help grow your small business—and you don’t necessarily need the pricey LinkedIn Recruiter package to accomplish this.
Sometimes the best talent options for your business are already working for other companies and may be passively interested in new careers. To find these professionals, perform a search for the position or skills that you are looking for in the LinkedIn search feature.
From there, you can select options to narrow down your search and only display professionals that are within your geographic location, first- or second-degree connections, have completed a certain education level or a variety of other factors.
For example, say that your company is interested in hiring a content manager to maintain your online marketing and digital content creation. By performing a search for content managers in your areas, you can have a list of professionals that are likely to have the skills that you’re interested in.
From here, you can browse and reach out to potential candidates. Take note of their job titles, listed skill sets and the content that they share on their profiles to better inform your hiring needs and required terms for later searches.
Additionally, by completing and publishing new content to your own company page, you can position your brand to appear more interesting for potential hires, which can increase the likelihood that they’d want to join your team.Developing industry influence
Your company and employees can showcase their industry expertise and appeal to potential clients by using LinkedIn as a platform to publish content to build leadership. Yes, you should use LinkedIn to develop a well-branded company page and feature updates about your business, but you should also try using each of your employees’ profiles to promote your business.
Each of your employees’ LinkedIn profiles can help to tell the story of your company—the type of talent you hire, the personality of your people and the level of expertise on your team. Optimizing these networks is particularly important for small businesses to make their mark on their prospective industries since their branding is not yet as recognizable as the more established companies.
Encourage your employees to highlight the culture and experience of your company to their audiences and monitor the key performance indicators that indicate your brand’s growth through LinkedIn. For more tips on how small business can better utilize LinkedIn, refer to LinkedIn’s Small Business program or follow it on Twitter.
It's been a whirlwind few days for Jackie Fox of the Runaways
The former bassist for the iconic '70s band, whose real name is Jackie Fuchs, was the subject of an devastating story recently published in the Huffington Post. The article revealed that when she was 16, Fox was allegedly raped by Runaways manager Kim Fowley
Fox has written a lengthy Facebook statement about the revelation, the intensity of revisiting this dark part of her past and the extensive reporting HuffPo did in order to be as accurate as possible
"In the wake of the Rolling Stone rape-reporting fiasco and the well-known past disagreements among members of the Runaways, they were leaving nothing to chance," she writes of reporter Jason Cherkis and an unnamed fact checker. Read more...More about Music, Entertainment, Joan Jett, The Runaways, and Jackie Fox
In a world where students generally use Google for 100% of their research papers, the concept of actually turning pages to find the information you're looking for was shocking to teens. When asked to look up "reading" in their encyclopedias, some teens didn't even realize that encyclopedias and reference books are organized alphabetically
Luckily, the generation of the future isn't entirely ignorant to the benefits of books. When asked how they felt about books becoming totally digital, most were pretty appalled by the idea: "I don't want to see the books go away, I love books!" Read more...More about Viral Videos, Teens, Encyclopedia, Watercooler, and Videos