Residents of the industrial city some 950 miles east of Moscow saw a white trail and a bright light in the sky, followed by an explosion which shattered the window glass from nearby houses.
No one has been killed in the incident, and most injuries were caused by the flying glass.
"I was driving to work, it was quite dark, but it suddenly became as bright as if it was day. I felt like I was blinded by headlights," said Viktor Prokofiev, a 36-year-old resident of Yekaterinburg.
Opera Software has acquired Skyfire Labs, the maker of mobile browser Skyfire, for $155 million, the company has announced.
Skyfire's other products include the Rocket Optimizer, which provides video delivery optimization for mobile operators, and Skyfire Horizon, a mobile browser extension which operators can customize and use for promotions and advertising.
Opera acquired the company mainly for its video optimization expertise. “Opera and Skyfire are a natural fit. Both companies have evolved far beyond their browser roots. Skyfire adds capabilities to our portfolio around video, app optimization, smartphones and tablets, and strength in North America. With video expected to cons…
The unmanned Dragon capsule, built by California-based firm SpaceX, will launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 10:10 a.m. EST (1510 GMT) on March 1 and arrive at the orbiting lab a day later.
Dragon will carry about 1,200 pounds of supplies and scientific experiments to the station, NASA officials said. It will return to Earth on March 25, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California with about 2,300 pounds of experiment samples and equipment onboard.
Whether you spent hours fighting Bowser, defeating evil as Link or catching every Pokemon in sight, video games defined our childhood. (They just don't make 'em like they used to, do they?)
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In the comics below, H. Caldwell Tanner of Loldwell gives us a double dose of nostalgia by combining beloved video games with cherished children's book covers.
Which made you smile the most? Let us know in the comments.
By now you have likely already used iMadeFace or seen your friends' cartoon avatars all over your news feeds. The popular new iOS app allows you to create a cartoon version of yourself in seconds. It's inspired users around the world to give themselves the animated treatment.
But just how close to reality can iMadeFace get? To find out, we want you to show us your avatars alongside a picture of yourself. We'll feature the most uncanny resemblances in a follow-up story here on Mashable.
We've already created a few versions of Mashable staffers. Do you think we captured their likenesses? Let us know in the comments, and then send us your creations. We can't wait to see what you've got!…
Fielding was on a flight over Utah, with his wife (it was her first time flying), his mother-in-law and baby. The propeller plane's pilot announced that they would be forced to make a crash landing.
Fielding's phone captured the subsequent moments, which were surprisingly calm. Things do get alarming when the camera begins to shake and cuts out as the plane flips over on impact.
All of the flight's passengers were safe -- but Fielding's cellphone chronicle gives…
The Pentagon wants soldiers to be able to scan people's faces, eyes and thumbs with their smartphones.
That's why the Department of Defense has inked a $3 million deal with California-based tech company AOptix, to develop its "Smart Mobile Identity System," as first reported by Wired's Military blog Danger Room.
AOptix is working on a tool that can be added to a regular smartphone and turn it into a device that can scan eyes, thumbs, voices, and faces. "They’ve asked us, based on what they’ve seen of our product, to work on some more specific needs and requirements for DoD," Chuck Yort, AOptix’s vice president for identity solutions, told Wired.
That's at least what our awkward friend here figured, setting out to snag a V-Day date using only lyrics from the pop star's billboard hits. He approaches ladies with lines like this gem: "I could be your Buzz Lightyear; fly across the globe."
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Much like a train wreck, you won't want to watch, but we know you won't be able to look away from all the rejection that's about to happen.
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You know the Harlem Shake viral craze is going in the right direction when puppies get in on the action.
There's not much context needed here -- do you really need a reason to watch a gaggle of puppies dance to some epic beats?
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Didn't think so.
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We've seen some pretty snazzy high tech refrigerators lately, but a fridge that has a sparkling water dispenser? That takes the cake.
Samsung has announced that its new 36” four-door refrigerator has the industry’s first-ever automatic sparkling water dispenser. It's powered by SodaStream, so you can get cold, bubbly water anytime of the day or night. The filtered sparkling water will come through the dispenser on the fridge door that already delivers water and ice.
The sparkling water dispenser uses a standard SodaStream 60L CO2 cylinder which is concealed inside the left refrigerator door. That way it's easy to…
In honor of Valentine's Day, Hulu and Criterion are opening up access to the Criterion Collection of streaming films for all users all weekend long.
If you're not familiar with Criterion, it's a company dedicated to preserving and publishing the best the film world has to offer, with a focus on classic auteurs such as Kurosawa, Bergman, Kubrick, Fellini and Truffaut. The company also focuses on more contemporary film…
Sweethearts -- better known to the rest of us as tiny, heart-shaped candies made from processed sugar and some other magical ingredient that renders them indestructible -- have come to define Feb. 14th. From children to adults, what better way to express your love than with a mini periwinkle-colored heart proclaiming "Be Mine?"
But those classic phrases were the result of years of brainstorming, experimenting and toying with the most romantic combinations of words.
This Valentine's Day, Twitter imagines all the unsuccessful and lost candy hearts of generations past with the popular hashtag #candyheartrejects.
The report was released by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that advocates for children and families with a focus on media. It analyzes the current information and studies done in recent years relating violence in the media to its effect on children. After looking at the data available, Common Sense Media determined that this information hasn't kept pace with rapidly changing content.
"The presence of violent images in advertising seen by children has barely been studied, comprehensive research on TV violence is nearly two de…
President Barack Obama pointed his finger at patent trolls, people and businesses who file patents and use them to aggressively sue others who produce potentially competing products, during a Google Hangout Thursday afternoon.
"They don't actually produce anything themselves," said Obama of patent trolls. "They're just trying to essentially leverage and hijack somebody else's idea and see if they can extort some money out of them."
Obama added that he believes his administration's efforts at patent reform "only went about halfway to where we need to go."
"What we need to do is pull together additional stakeholders and see if we can build some additional consensus on smarter patent l…