Author Juan Gabriel Vasquez: ‘I Can Easily Kill a Character’

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Mashable’s social book club, MashableReads, met with author Juan Gabriel Vasquez for a Twitter chat on Sept. 24 to discuss his novel, The Sound of Things Falling. The novel deals with the aftermath of kingpin Pablo Escobar’s reign in Colombia. Mashable readers discussed their favorite characters and posed questions to the author. Vasquez shared his […]

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The Spooky Side of Cybersecurity

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Fear comes in many forms, and on Halloween things get creepier and crawlier than usual. But for some of us, the scariest thing of all has nothing to do with snakes and spiders — and everything to do with cybersecurity. Lax attitudes towards online accounts have led to major digital break-ins for years, which is […]

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Sphero Is the Gift for Mobile Gamers Who Have Everything

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Mashable’s Gift of the Day series highlights cool, interesting and fun products for that special someone on your holiday list. If you’re stumped shopping for the smartphone-touting gamer in your life, Sphero may be the perfect gaming accessory he or she never considered. Sphero is a robotic ball remotely controlled by apps on your smartphone. […]

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How to Hunt for a Job Using Social Media

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Image: Flickr, Jason Howie Securing a job is the tough part, but scouting an open position? All it takes is a strategic scroll through your favorite social media accounts. Sites like Twitter and Facebook can be fun and frivolous, but they’re also viable business opportunities. Plumbing through accounts, hashtags and personal pages could help launch […]

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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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Home Depot Shopping List: Shelving? Check. 3D Printers? Check.

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MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D desktop printer is on display at the MakeBot booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Image: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press For those with ambitions of 3D-printing utensils, figurines or other objects for the home, Home Depot may be your next stop. In a move […]

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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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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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10 Ways to Dress Like an Adult Baby

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Millennials love two things: living with their parents and dressing like adult-sized babies. Plastic shoes, one-piece jumpers and bucket hats are fine sartorial choices for the trendy, ’90s-obsessed hipster. And really, who wouldn’t want to dress like a baby? An outfit inspired by your favorite two-year-old rolls comfort and irony into one perfectly nostalgic package. […]

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16 High-Tech ’90s Gadgets That Are Pretty Lame When You Think About It

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90s “High-Tech” Gadgets 1. Talkboy First used by Kevin McAllister as a prop in the hit film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (heard of it?), the Talkboy was later released in 1993 to tween consumers everywhere. Manufactured by TIGER, the Talkboy functioned as a simple handheld cassette player with attached microphone, allowing for […]

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