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5 ways Facebook is going all out to win over India

Facebook is going all out on India. That makes sense. With Mark Zuckerberg looking ahead at saturation in mature markets like Europe and North America, and with his social network locked out of China, he's pushing forward a lot of things to ensure that Facebook gains plenty of growth from India. 130 million Indian people now use Facebook actively. But Facebook wants a lot more. It wants "the next billion people," as the company has called them, who'll use Facebook and all its sister apps, like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Asia as a whole is vital to Facebook's future. The site hit 496 million monthly active users in Asia-Pacific at the last count. Soon, the region will have more active Facebook users than Europe, the US, and Canada combined. Read more... More about Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, India, Social Media, and Internet Access

You can now follow Tumblr searches on your dashboard

If you've ever wished you could see all the pizza-related content the Internet cooks up, Tumblr has granted you a chance to do so. The blogging platform has launched a new feature that lets you follow specific Tumblr searches, just like you would a blog. If you're on your Dashboard screen, type in a search (i.e. "pizza," "Drake" or "puppies") and hit enter. It'll take you to the Search page. Once you're there, click the Follow button that appears on the right side of the search bar. Posts related to that search will appear on your Dashboard along with the posts from blogs you already follow. The only difference is that there will be a follow button for the blog the post is from, as well as a magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the post indicating that it's a search post. Read more... More about Tumblr, Social Media, Apps Software, Dev Design, and Mobile

Bestselling Indian author Chetan Bhagat doesn’t know what historians do

Chetan Bhagat is famous for churning out bestselling novels, writing scripts for Bollywood films, penning weekly columns, judging a dance reality show, and stirring up the occasional fight on Twitter. Today morning, Bhagat sparked off a Twitter war by tweeting about a recent statement of protest signed by over 50 top Indian historians, expressing concern over the growing intolerance in the country. This was Bhagat's first response to the statement.

We had so many historians?

— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 30, 2015

He soon followed with another tweet.

More about Twitter, India, and Social Media

This might just be the scariest social media game ever

For the most part, the Internet is harmless. Social media connects people all over the world and gives us a platform to amplify our voices

But, in the chilling video below, it's also the platform for an insidious game that pits friend against friend. You pick the winner, based on your own criteria and personal preference. Seems like a pretty sick thing to do, but trust us ... it actually gets worse.

Watch this short horror video, created by Mashable Studios and Crypt TV, and see for yourself how social media can have grim consequences Read more...

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A 3D hologram app will bring your manicures to life

This tech startup wants to bring your manicure to life

Metaverse Makeovers launched a new feature in its MM Nails app on Wednesday that captures live 3D videos of your nails and sends them to your friends

Image: Metaverse Nails

The hologram function in the free iOS app lets users add animations to images of their nails (think fireworks, sparkles and dancing animals). They can also save the videos and share them on social media; friends don't need to have the app to view your cooky creations

"Virtual GIFs pop from the surface of our fashion nails," Thea Baumann, CEO of Metaverse Makeovers, told Mashable. "3D emoji fly out of your fingers." Read more...

More about Fashion, Social Media, 3d, Beauty, and Apps Software

Facebook just made it easier to share content from other apps

Facebook is redesigning the way its iOS users share content from third-party apps inside of Facebook.

The social network showed off a new share extension for iOS Wednesday that makes it easier for people to control what they are sharing and who they share updates with

Share extensions are used by third-party apps to allow their users to share content back to Facebook. While this functionality has existed within iOS for some time, the experience up until now hasn't always been great, Facebook product manager Alyssa Levitz explained Read more...

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10 Instagram video posts filled with your favorite things

Candy, flowers and mounds of garlic. These are a few of your favorite things!

Last week, we challenged you to fill the frame up with your favorite things in a photo or videoMashable and SanDisk brought you this challenge as part of their new line of mobile flash drives that will help free up the memory space on your phone

This is the first time we integrated video into our challenge and the results blew us away! Below are some of our favorites from your submissions.


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Now you can use emoji to look up cat videos on YouTube

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emoji with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search engine that uses the tiny icons to search videos.

Called Emoji2Video, the search engine was made by researchers at the University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm Research as a way to show how emoji can be used to give a dense, easy-to-understand representation of what's happening in images and videos — something that you can comprehend no matter what language you speak, or whether or not you can read.

Visitors to the site can click on one or more emoji from a curated list of 385 (the current full list curated by a group called the Unicode Consortium contains nearly 1,300 of them, but the researchers excluded ones they didn't think would be that relevant to video searches, like symbols and numbers, and ones that were somewhat duplicative)The pictograms you choose will be used to search a data set of 45,000 YouTube videos for relevant matches. Read more...

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Which should you buy – LED or CFL, and why?

When we consider home or office lighting, all of us are keen to save power and go green. So, switching from age old incandescent bulbs is a necessity. However, today, we have two alternatives to saving energy and going green – CFLs and LEDs. Hereon, let us see which should we switch to and why?

When we visit a home improvement store to source bulbs, the argument of CFL Vs LED is always at the forefront. This argument goes neither way since LEDs are more efficient than CFLs, but CFLs are comparatively much cheaper than LEDs. LEDs will pay for themselves over time, but many of us are not willing to invest today, at least not as much the difference that there is.

In the real world, the scenario is a little different. We need to understand that all of the above mentioned facts are true; however these are based on optimized laboratory environments. In real life, they do translate to truth; however, most of the stated efficiencies may not be as much.

As an example, a LED manufacturer claims to have developed an LED chip that can deliver 230+ lumens per watt. The same manufacturer does not sell LED bulbs in the market that are rated above 75 lumens per watt. Why? Because, the development was in a controlled environment and under entirely different conditions, far different from reality.



The above comparison chart shows that LEDs are far more efficient, however, some real world factor come in play here.

  1. Price: This is the clinching factor for the CFL. Though, it does not last as long, the cost of a CFL is about 33% of an LED. So, for replacement, a consumer might consider the end-of-life of a CFL before opting for an LED. Hereon opting for an LED will be a better choice although the price is three times since the cost of operation and the life of the LED beat the CFL hands down.
  2. Maintenance: In this scenario, LED bulbs are recommended since they come with zero maintenance costs and need to be replaced at the end of their life which is considerable at 25,000 hours.

Also, consider that an LED is non-toxic and gives out much cooler light compared to the CFL. LED is technical marvel and is the future of domestic as well as commercial lighting considering that it is an eco-lighting solution in addition to being cost effective and efficient.

All in all, the price of an LED lamp may deter the best of customers, but once they stop and think in terms of energy savings and shelf-life, the decision would certainly go in favour of the LED.

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