Archive | June 2015

MTV’s new ‘Scream’ series is death in the digital age

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The opening minutes of MTV’s Scream — based on the 1996 movie that was scary at the time — throw the viewer into the belly of the digital beast: a teenager’s social (media) life

It all starts with a salacious YouTube video that quickly spreads like an STD during prom season

The video, which features a young girl named Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus, who was fantastic on CW’s Arrow) making out with another girl, is meant to be cyber bullying. The person who filmed and shared the footage aimed to do some damage. And it sort of works …

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This entry was posted on June 30, 2015, in Mashable.

Greece defaults on $1.8 billion IMF payment

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ATHENS, Greece — Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone.

With its failure to repay the roughly 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the IMF, Greece became the first developed country to fall into arrears on payments to the fund. The last country to do so was Zimbabwe in 2001.

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This entry was posted on June 30, 2015, in Mashable.

Stan Lee wants Spider-Man to ‘stay as he is’: white and straight

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Amid recent casting news for the newest film adaptation of Spider-Man, Stan Lee has come forward to reaffirm that he’d like his Marvel characters to stay exactly as they are. Though that’s not to say that he’s necessarily opposed to diverse representation — just not in his own creations.

On the red carpet of the Ant-Man premiere in Hollywood on Monday night, the comic book creator told E! News, “I’d like Spider-Man to stay as he is, but I have no problem creating a superhero who’s homosexual. I have no problem with having a black one, a Latino one, a Chinese one, anything — the whole world is our playground. The whole world has heroes we can draw from.” …

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This entry was posted on June 30, 2015, in Mashable.

Mystery woman with English accent and Australian memories turns up in San Diego

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Authorities are trying to identify a woman who appeared in Carlsbad, California in February, with apparently no memory of who she is or how she arrived there.

Speaking with an English accent mixed with unknown tones, the woman who calls herself “Sam,” was discovered by firefighters on a street corner in the beach community of San Diego in February. She had no belongings on her person, and could not recall personal informationNBC San Diego reported she was found in a dishevelled state, and in a bad way mentally and physically.

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This entry was posted on June 30, 2015, in Mashable.

Apple’s new iTunes update arrives for some and not others

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On the same day Apple released its much anticipated new streaming service, Apple Music, the company also offered users a new iTunes update that frustrated more than a few Apple fans.

iTunes 12.2 was meant to be available Tuesday, but the roll out was not without hiccups. For one thing, many users could not immediately access the update and took to social media to share their irritation.

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Hey Apple? It would be really nice if I could get that iTunes update.

— Chad (@lionsworld) …

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This entry was posted on June 30, 2015, in Mashable.

Gmail boosts its emoji game, adds themes you can edit

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Google is constantly tweaking usability features on Gmail, but a new update focuses on fun — emoji style

Now, when you compose a Gmail message you’ll have an even larger array of whimsical and descriptive emoji to accent your text-based missive

Gmail has offered an emoji option for several years, but the expanded number of emoji characters puts the software, which is often used on desktops, more on par with the kind of mobile communications most texters are familiar with.

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In addition to the emoji upgrade, Google has also added hundreds of new high-resolution themes to its existing bank of themes that place stuning photography and graphics unobtrusively behind your Gmail interface. The big difference now is that you can edit your theme’s background photos …

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Hillary Clinton emails from 2009 released by State Department

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WASHINGTON — The State Department has released roughly 3,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s correspondence from 2009, her first year as the nation’s top diplomat.

The emails, covering March through December of that year, were posted online Tuesday evening, as part of a court mandate that the agency release batches of Clinton’s private correspondence from her time as secretary of state every 30 days starting June 30.

Clinton’s emails have become a major issue in her early presidential campaign, as Republicans accuse her of using a private account rather than the standard government address to avoid public scrutiny of her correspondence. As the controversy has continued, Clinton has seen ratings of her character and trustworthiness drop in polling. …

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This entry was posted on June 30, 2015, in Mashable.

Slack, Netflix, Pinterest crash and you can’t blame the leap second

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Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides the backbone Netflix, Slack, Pinterest and thousands of other websites and services, appeared to suffer widespread outage Tuesday.

Slack, Asana, Netflix, Pinterest, and many other apps and websites that rely on AWS were suddenly unresponsive Tuesday evening. Newly-launched Beats 1 radio was also reportedly down more than 40 minutes

The status dashboard for AWS, which reports service disruptions, was among the sites that were unavailable during the disruption. Amazon later acknowledged the “connectivity issues,” citing an “external Internet provider,” on its status dashboard but said AWS services are “not affected.” …

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This entry was posted on June 30, 2015, in Mashable.