You Can Now Make Restaurant Reservations via Foursquare

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See a restaurant you like on Foursquare? Instead of adding it to your to-do list, you can now make a reservation directly through Foursquare’s mobile apps. Foursquare has partnered with OpenTable to provide the service. It won’t work with every restaurant — just the 25,000 that allow online booking through OpenTable. Qualifying restaurants will have […]

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Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian Joins MashableReads

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Our second non-fiction selection for the MashableReads social book club is Alexis Ohanian’s Without Their Permission. We’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with Ohanian on Nov. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. You can discuss the book with the author personally, along with other participants from all over the world. In Without Their […]

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Hovertrax is Like a Segway Without Handlebars

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Vancouver, Wash.-based company Investist has a new idea for rolling in style. It’s called Hovertrax, and it’s an auto-balancing, electronic transporter with two-wheeled gyro technology — or, more simply, a wiggle board with power. The group is collecting funds for the gadget through Kickstarter, and, as of Wednesday afternoon, has already raised more than $50,000 […]

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Author Emma Straub on ‘The Vacationers’ and the Literary Internet

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Family vacations: they never seem to quite go according to plan. Fortunately for us, this fact of life provided the plot and setting for Emma Straub’s best-selling novel The Vacationers, which has been selected as an official MashableReads selection. We’re discussing The Vacationers with Emma Straub at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Bring your […]

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Yosemite National Park Bans Drones ‘of All Shapes and Sizes’

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A shot of Yosemite National Park on Nov. 10, 2008. Image: Wikimedia Commons Yosemite National Park officials are trying to rid the park of drones using a federal regulation that is unrelated to unmanned aircraft. A statement on the National Park Services’ website claims that drone use in parks violates Code of Federal Regulations clause Thirty […]

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Media Theorist Douglas Rushkoff Joins MashableReads

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Our next non-fiction selection for the MashableReads social book club is Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock. We’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with Rushkoff on Dec. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. You can discuss the book with the author personally, along with other participants from all over the world. In Present Shock, Douglas […]

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Air France Crews Petition to Stop Flights to Ebola-Affected Countries

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Image: Flickr, CpaKmoi More than 700 Air France staff have signed a petition asking the airline to stop flights to the West African countries hit hard by Ebola. Air France flies to Conakry in Guinea and Freetown in Sierra Leone. Despite assurances from world-health officials that Ebola’s spread by air travel is unlikely, British Airways […]

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Planning a Trip? Anchornote Keeps You on Top

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Complicated itinerary planning just got a lot easier with the Anchornote app, which gives users to ability to make and organize location-based notes. Organizing trips can be an informational nightmare. There’s often complicated logistical information like plane tickets, transportation and hotel stays to organize, as well as itineraries to plan and manage. And then there’s […]

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Gift Cards Are the Most Popular Presents for the Holidays

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If you’re looking to purchase gift cards for your loved ones this holiday season, you’re not alone. Purchased by 43% of Americans, gift cards are the most popular present for the holidays, according to data from Deloitte. Clothing comes in at second-most popular, with electronics and books in third and fourth place, respectively. Statista’s chart […]

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15 Provoking Works of Street Sign Art

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During a long road trip, there’s nothing more entertaining than coming across a (tastefully) vandalized street sign. We’re not technically condoning acts of vandalism — simply appreciating the artistic license. We’ve all seen crude street signs, such as speed limits becoming “pee” limits, or the heralded “For Lease Navidad.” But others with deeper messages blow […]

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Renault Unveils LED-Covered Electric Car

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Automaker Renault unveiled a new electric car designed to counter perceptions that eco-friendly vehicles can’t be fun. The Twin’Z, which made its first appearance at the Salon Internazionale del Mobile, echoes naturally occurring forms in its design and can travel as fast as 50 mph. The compact Twin’Z is modeled after more conventional city cars. […]

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