These Musical Drones Are More Talented Than Justin Bieber


Even the most skilled guitar god has nothing on these drones

KMel Robotics created a swarm of flying hexrotors to play some sweet music. The perfectly synchronized robots float through the air to bang on drums and pluck strings to create famous classical compositions.

The band of drones perform three songs, beginning with Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra," leading into "Carol of the Bells" and finishing with a rendition of "Star Spangled Banner" that even Jimi Hendrix would approve of.

The musical machines will be rocking out live at the USA Science & Engineering Festival April 26-27 in Washington, D.C. After that, perhaps these drones should take their act on the road opening for Kesha. Read more...

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Andrea Romano

Google, AT&T, Verizon And Comcast Each Spent More Than $3M In Q1 Lobbying Congress

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 3.21.07 PM The dollars flowing into the Capitol from tech companies are showing little signs of abatement: Google spent $ 3.8 million on lobbying in the first quarter, AT&T $ 3.7 million, Verizon $ 3.5 million, Comcast $ 3.1 million, Facebook $ 2.8 million, Microsoft $ 2.1 million, Time Warner Cable $ 1.9 million, Oracle $ 1.5 million, Apple $ 1.1 million, and Amazon $ 830,000. Read More

Alex Wilhelm

You’re More Than Your Last Few Tweets

Wait what? Our lives are not defined reverse chronologically, yet until now, that's strictly how our social network profiles portrayed us -- as a snapshot of our latest activity. Today, Twitter gave everyone the option to pin a tweet to the top of their profile "so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about." It's the first step towards a more holistic vision of identity online. Read More
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Josh Constine

Facebook Now Powers More Than Half Of All Social Logins

Social logins are a convenient way to sign in to services without having to go through lengthy sign-up procedures and setting up yet another password. According to the latest data from social login service Gigya, Facebook remains the absolute market leader here and now powers more than 51 percent of all social logins in North America. Google+ is the second most popular service, but at 31 percent… Read More
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Frederic Lardinois

News Bites: New Words on Google Analytics, Telerik Tries Open Source, More


And now, the news … Google Analytics provides a single view, Telerik open sources UI tools and launches newest Sitefinity and WebDam refreshes its platform and mobile app.

Plus, Ektron unveils a new content marketing platform and Gmail trials a new Grid View for promotions.

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NASA Tweets More ‘Cosmos’ Photos for Space Lovers


The universe is full of unseen elements, but the sixth episode of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey helps viewers visualize things they'd likely never see without a microscope or top-of-the-line telescope.

From entire ecosystems that exist in a droplet of water to the atoms that make up the center of a star, "Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still" explains how tiny particles may hold the key to understanding how the universe has expanded from the size of a marble into what it is now.

Cosmos is a revamped version of astronomer Carl Sagan's 1980s series by the same name, and aims to teach viewers about the universe. It is hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of the New York-based Hayden Planetarium, who was mentored by SaganFamily Guy creator Seth MacFarlane serves as executive producer of the show, which is slated for 13 episodes, and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Fox Read more...

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Colin Daileda

Must Reads: 1 Year After Boston, No Escape From Heartbleed and More


During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.

Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here). Read more...

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Megan Hess

Watch Coachella Day 2 Live: Lorde, Pharrell, Skrillex and 25 More Acts


Day one of Coachella has come and gone, paving the way for a stellar day-two lineup of nearly 30 musical acts — all of which you can watch via the live streams, below

Lorde, fresh off performing with Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is among the many highlights of the day. "Happy" man Pharrell Williams will also entertain the Coachella audience just before headliner Skrillex closes out the night.

The three YouTube videos, below, let you choose which performances to watch. We've provided a schedule for each channel to guide your online Coachella experience: Read more...

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Brian Anthony Hernandez

Verizon seems to have caught the startup competition bug.

Last year, the company launched its first-ever Powerful Answers award, which awarded $ 1 million prizes to innovative startups working on education, healthcare, and sustainability solutions. Now the contest is back for 2014, and it’s adding a new startup category: transportation.

If you’ve got a startup that’s focused on those four categories, you can submit an entry in the competition here. The winners in each category will once again receive $ 1 million, while two runner-ups in each category will receive $ 250,000.

“Last year was just us beginning from a standing start,” said John Doherty, senior vice president of corporate development at Verizon, in an interview with VentureBeat.

“It was just absolutely phenomenal; we expected wonderful things; but we really didn’t know what would come out of it.”

The original contest was announced by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam at last year’s CES as proof that the company was getting serious about using LTE for social good. And with the winners for last year’s competition, Verizon seems to have proved his point: Smartvision Labs is developing a way to conduct eye exams using smartphones; Lavamind developed the fantasy business simulation game Zapitalism; and BridgingApps is developing ways to use technology to help people with disabilities.

“One of the things we absolutely learned is that if you do something like [put on a competition like Powerful Answers], amazing things happen,” Doherty said.

As for the new focus on transportation, Doherty noted, “It made the most sense to us at this point in time. This contest is very much about innovation. We are a commercial institution; we want to make sure there’s also some relation to our business as well.”

“In transportation, we also have some use from companies that offer machine-to-machine products, and there are some things that connect back to our core business.”

Of course, while Verizon’s focus on social good is praiseworthy, the contest is also clearly a way for the company to ingratiate itself with the startup community. The company’s court case against the FCC ultimately led an appeals court to decide that the FCC couldn’t impose net neutrality restrictions on businesses. That’s a move that could have far-reaching implications for the way the internet works in the future.

The Powerful Answers Award also gives Verizon a way to promote its Innovation Centers. Located in San Francisco and Waltham, Mass., the centers feature tools for companies to test their technology on its network. Technology from Powerful Answers Award winners will also be featured in Verizon’s Innovation Centers.

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Devindra Hardawar

Six more years: Ludlam on track for Senate win

Greens Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam looks set to be re-elected to the Senate for another six years in Western Australia's Senate by-election, with projections late on Saturday night showing the technology-focused politician had easily won a full Senate quota.
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