It was a big week in tech, the week of Google I/O. But apart from the annual Google geekfest that its developers conference is, there was much more. We were in San Francisco to cover Google I/O, but we also kept an eye on the rest of the world of tech for Top 10 Tech This Week
The biggest story of the week — which in turn contained countless big stories — was Google I/O, the company's developers conference. Even though this time nobody parachuted onto the conference building wearing Google Glass, the conference was still full of juicy announcements: new Hangouts, new Google Maps, a 3.5-hour keynote featuring CEO Larry Page and much more Read more...More about Tech, Apps Software, Dev Design, Gadgets, and Mobile
Ah, the benefit of hindsight.
Those who rushed to buy Facebook stock at its initial public offering price of $38 per share on May 18, 2012, are likely a little disappointed with their investment one year later. Though the stock has recovered from its $17.55 September 4 low, the price of the stock today, at a little more than $26 per share, is still closer to its all-time low than its opening price.
What if investors had put their money into other technology or Internet companies? Statistics database Statista looked at how a $1,000 investment made on the day of Facebook's IPO would have performed nearly one year later in the chart below. Read more...More about Yahoo, Aol, Facebook, Facebook Ipo, and Business
It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck — Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.
This week Google launched its own streaming music service, and another music service got a new mode designed specifically to be used while driving.
Airbnb's Android app was updated with some new tools for hosts, and Highlight got a little more personal.
Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's highlights.Clipsyndicate, Standoutjobs, Apps, Tech, and Apps Software
There are two sides to every story, even a viral video.
In the top comments above, we've highlighted our readers' reactions to the contentious campaign against Abercrombie and Fitch. After the company's CEO Mike Jeffries publicly stated that he "doesn't want larger people shopping in his store," Greg Karber created a video in which he gives the company's branded clothing to homeless people for free.
Karber's intention was to publicly condemn Jeffries' statement, but some of our commenters had an adverse reaction to the video. We've highlighted the debate in the gallery above. Which side of the controversy do you agree with? Let us know in the comments section below Read more...More about Viral Video, Social Media, Top Comments, and Conversations
The obscure members of the Channel 4 News Team have assembled in the first trailer for Anchorman 2, the sequel to 2004's popular comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Dubbed Anchorman: The Legend Continues, the flick hits theaters Dec. 20.
Will Ferrell returns as anchorman Ron Burgundy alongside his misfit squad consisting of sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner), field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and meteorologist Brick Tamland (Steve Carell)Films, Entertainment, Movies, Trailers, and Movie Trailers
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If you think that's crazy, you haven't seen the worst of it. We took these animals to a whole new level of anthropomorphism, thanks to the power of Photoshop.Cat Eyes Pics, Lists, Animals, Humor, and Photoshop
In the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the title hero sets out to find the Holy Grail with only a diary and a map without any labels — and he has to find the grail before anyone else does.
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In this comic, Josh Mecouch of Formal Sweatpants shows us that there was an even more difficult final task than the one we saw in the film — and it's one that we non-adventurers often fail.Comic, Comics, Film, Humor, and Watercooler
Low-budget recreations of movie trailers are nothing new. We've seen plenty on YouTube, but one Star Trek Into Darkness fan this week leveraged Twitter's six-second video service, Vine, in a crafty way to imitate the new film's trailer
Frank Danna of Texas spent three hours storyboarding scenes, cutting craft paper and filming his stop-motion Vine trailer, he told Mashable.
"My focus was to make an incredibly simple, minimalist presentation of the trailer, wrapped up in a six-second loop," he said. "It wasn't intended to be a shot-for-shot comparison for obvious reasons, but I did want to highlight the main crux of the trailer in a simple way using lower-budget means." Read more...More about Social Media, Crafts, Trailers, Star Trek, and Vine
It's easy to forget how sky-high expectations were for the Facebook IPO. The day before the company went public, some investors reasonably assumed that by the close of the market, Facebook would be worth $140 billion since the average first-day pop for tech companies was 32%
Forbes also urged investors to "Buy Early And Buy As Much As You Can." A poll of 800 people determined that Facebook would close at $55 on its first day as a public company, putting it in that ethereal $140 billion range.
A year later, we all know how things actually turned out. Facebook's stock price jumped a mere $0.23 on that first day. Over the next few months, the stock bottomed out at $17.55 — less than half its opening price. The backlash was so fierce that there was even a movement to dump CEO Mark Zuckerberg in favor of a more seasoned chief executive. Viewed in cold economic terms, the Facebook IPO was a bust Read more...More about Facebook Ipo and Mark Zuckerbeg
NASA may have retired the space shuttle, but that doesn't mean amateur explorers need to stay grounded, right?
The Kua Fu Initiative is a photo project raising funds through Kickstarter to send a payload capsule into the lower stratosphere to capture HD photos and videos. Doug Cambron, the project's founder and a safety system supervisor from Perryville, Mo., said the idea for the mission stemmed from a lifelong curiosity of exploring the sky.
"Everyone who's grown up has thought at one point or another, 'Man, I really want to be an astronaut,'" he told Mashable. "This is a kind of a way to make that small bit of a dream come true." Read more...More about Space, Videos, Photography, Crowdfunding, and Kickstarter
When Marc Okrand graduated from Berkeley University with a degree in linguistics decades ago, he never guessed he'd become the mastermind behind a language with one of the biggest cult followings in the world.
Klingon — the official language spoken by the fictional warrior race in the Star Trek franchise — has taken on a life of its own. In addition to being newly added to Bing's language translator feature, it's been translated into Shakespeare, has its own language institute and is spoken all over the world.
Okrand visits the set of each new Star Trek film — the latest one opened this weekend — and teaches the actors how to pronounce and approach such a harsh-sounding, complicated language. So complicated, in fact, he still has to reference the dictionary he created to get it right. Read more...More about Language, Star Trek, Bing, Klingon, and Entertainment
Satellite TV provider DirecTV reportedly is considering buying streaming video service Hulu, which would strip away some or all ownership from Comcast Corporation, News Corporation and Walt Disney Company. A similar scenario took place two years ago when DirecTV initially wanted to own Hulu
Mashable has reached out to DirecTV. Hulu declined to comment. A source close to the matter told The Wall Street Journal that DirecTV is mulling an agreement that could expand its TV Everywhere service, which lets subscribers access programming from the web and on mobile devices. Meanhwile, Bloomberg Businessweek reports, via two unnamed sources, the discussions between DirecTV and Hulu are "at an early stage." Read more...More about Entertainment, Hulu, Streaming Video, Directv, and Tv
Sit back for a couple of minutes and take an exhilarating journey through Peru and Bolivia in this beautiful stop-motion video by Polish artist Piotr Wancerz of Timelapse Media. It's an elaborate composite of 12,000 photos and video frames, shot over a three-week period during Piotr's first trip to South America.
You'll see his model and traveling companion seemingly standing still while moving through breathtaking South American landscapes, some of which appear to spin around her. Notice the dazzling variety of locations in Peru and Bolivia, including Arequipa, Chivay, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Huacachina, Ica, Laguna Colorada, La Paz, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puno, Salar de Uyuni, Solar de Manana geysers, Termas de Polques and Valles de Rocas. Read more...More about Timelapse, World, Watercooler, Videos, and Stop Motion Video
At the beginning of this year, Facebook overtook Google Maps as the most-used mobile app in the U.S. The social network giant also recently introduced a controversial new mobile interface, Facebook Home. Earlier this week, Home hit 1 million downloads. Love it or hate it (or both), Facebook is a cornerstone of the mobile experience
But being in the spotlight means taking your share of criticism. And if the Facebook app represents our smartphone-centric lives ... well, it has a few issues. None of them are deal breakers, but Mashable loves to tinker. Read on to see our list of things we would change about the Facebook app. Read more...More about Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Social Media, and Features
It's a common practice for job applicants to use social media to stand out to employers. We've seen the Vine resume, the Kickstarter one and enough infographics to make you cry. But how often do you see a company get creative when making an offer?
Tech marketing firm ePrize posted a picture to Instagram this week asking its former marketing intern Samantha Bankey, who graduated from Ferris State University in Michigan last weekend, to join the company
"We used Instagram because Samantha is highly engaged on this platform, and we've watched her work progress over her senior year in college through her photos," said Janice Pollard, digital marketing and public relations leader for ePrize."She follows ePrize on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as well as some of our personal accounts. We cross-pollinated the job proposal photo across all of our social channels as well." Read more...More about Startup, Instagram, Business, Marketing, and Startups
Rapper Kanye West is always eager to grab attention in the most elaborate way possible. Now he's debuting a new song in the form of videos simultaneously displayed on the exterior walls of more than five dozen buildings — just in time for his May 18 performance gig on Saturday Night Live.
He announced the stunt to his 9.4 million followers on Twitter:
NEW SONG AND VISUAL FROM MY NEW ALBUM BEING PROJECTED TONIGHT ACROSS THE GLOBE ON 66 BUILDINGS, LOCATIONS @ KANYEWEST.COM
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 18, 2013Music, Entertainment, Celebrities, Music Videos, and Saturday Night Live
College grads and career-changers, be warned. When you search around for a job at your favorite startup (perhaps even on Mashable’s job board?), you’ll start seeing the buzziest of job descriptions: “Growth Hacker.” The name sounds simple enough, but it’s easy to be confused about what a growth hacker is meant to do around the office, and how it differs from other, more traditional positions.
Here’s a breakdown of what companies mean by “growth hacker” and when and how you can become one yourself.Growth Hacking is Marketing
Despite what you may think upon seeing the term, a growth hacker isn’t the same as a traditional technical hacker. So don’t expect that you need to be some kind of Internet wizard or high-level developer to be one. In fact, growth hacking is specifically geared toward marketing. Read more...More about Growth, Business, Hacker, Buzzwords, and Marketing
It has been another busy week as summer approaches, and everyone gets restless for the warm weather. If you've been too preoccupied soaking up some rays to check out the news, don't worry — we've got you covered.
We at Mashable have rounded up the most important updates in tech and social media to keep you informed. So read below for tons of digital media resources, including everything you need to know about the Google I/O keynote and a great roundup of apps to help you get around your city
For many, it's less about finding a job and more about finding a good job. Those are the underemployed in the Millennial generation who don't show up in unemployment reports
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Meanwhile, the older generations have one word for what Millennials are experiencing: Entitlement, or wanting to have things without working to earn them
However, a Pew Research Study shows Millennials are not entitled; rather, having a high-paying job is low on their list of priorities, underneath both helping others and being a good parent Read more...More about Job Search, Millennials, Job Search Series, Business, and Jobs
Here's how it works: You begin the experience by choosing which lifestyle aspect you'd like to change — say, quitting smoking or decreasing stress — before scheduling an alarm-like reminder to "take it" each day. Then, you can personalize it further by choosing exactly what you'll be taking (it doesn't need to be a picture of a pill)
The whole idea is to create a comfortable "happy place" to achieve the proper effect. With the right mindset, the group says, the act of routinely pressing buttons and watching your smartphone's screen will be equivalent to physically swallowing a sugar pill. Read more...More about Health, Videos, Apps Software, Mobile, and Newsy