Why Australians cackle within the face of Halloween


SYDNEY — Halloween is right here. Besides a random road get together held by 20-yr-previous college students and a lonesome home coated in cobwebs, there's a stillness within the air. There are not any knocks on the door, there are not any teams of youngsters cackling as they hurry down the road, there are not any free sweets. That is Australian Halloween.

Yearly, the talk is thrown round — why can we ignore probably the most sensible vacation of all of them? (Whenever you take away Australia Day and Boxing Day, in fact). This yr is not any totally different. Individuals are FREAKING out.

That is what I need to do and say to individuals who have fun Halloween in Australia pic.twitter.com/VIgDe8YQaw

— NZ (@normyzee) October 30, 2014

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Weapons, weed and abortion: The problems up for a vote in 2014


It is a lot simpler to border an election round two candidates exchanging verbal punches than it's round a problem resembling growing the minimal wage or legalizing marijuana, however a lot of what's up for vote throughout this 2014 midterm election season has as a lot to do with points, as politicians

Residents round the USA will determine whether or not their states ought to improve early voting days, loosen or tighten gun management restrictions, and extra

Under, we have mapped out a few of the extra essential poll points in every state

Voting Issues Map

Picture: Mashable Christopher Mineses and Bob Al-Greene

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Photograph problem: Deliver out your darkish aspect


For this week's Mashable Photo Challenge, deliver out your darkish aspect. Discover the outside after sundown, search for shadows on darkish pavement and entertain your superstitions

Your submissions may be Halloween-associated — orange and black, spirits and haunted issues — however they definitely do not need to be. You are free to experiment with shadows, nonetheless life, and low mild settings in basements and warehouses. Benefit from late nightfall and early daybreak. We need to see quite a lot of uncooked pictures, heavily edited photographs and even movie pictures with classic results. Read more...

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The creators of Google Inbox clarify why it is the way forward for Gmail


Google's on a mission to reinvent e mail. Its weapon: Inbox, a standalone app that launched final week.

Inbox goals to make e-mail extra helpful with a number of new instruments. It surfaces related content material (pictures, for instance) and knowledge from inside particular person messages so you do not have to open something to get at what you actually need. Bundles type your messages for you, letting you discover necessary messages quicker. Plus you'll be able to add your personal reminders that work with Google Now.

However there's one thing essential that Inbox is not: Gmail. Though the entire purpose of Google Inbox is to make e-mail extra helpful, it isn't meant to exchange the Gmail expertise. But. Read more...

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Andy Rubin, Google’s robotic chief and Android founder, steps down


Andy Rubin, the person on the helm of Google's robotics initiative and the co-founding father of the Android cellular working system, is stepping down from his publish.

The robotics group, which Rubin took over lower than a yr in the past, is to be led by James Kuffner, a Google analysis scientist, when Rubin leaves, a Google spokesman informed The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the chief shuffle Thursday. Rubin left his leadership role with Android in March 2013. Google acquired Android in 2005.

Up subsequent for Rubin: Creating an incubator for startups within the know-how-hardware area, the Journal reported. Read more...

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Nextdoor’s deal with map exhibits you the place to seek out sweet on Halloween


Trick-or-treating could also be the perfect a part of Halloween — however not all neighborhoods are equal in relation to sweet distribution

That is why Nextdoor, a social community aimed toward connecting neighborhoods, rolled out new mapping options to assist customers plan the perfect trick-or-treating routes.

The objective of Deal with Map is to assist mother and father determine the most effective areas for visiting Halloween night time. Customers point out whether or not they plan to provide out sweet or arrange a haunted home. This info then seems on the app's fundamental neighborhood map.

"We’re taking the guesswork out of Halloween to make sure you discover the perfect, most handy route potential on your trick-or-treaters." the corporate wrote in statement. Read more...

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Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Begin A Hardware Incubator

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 4.59.03 PM Andy Rubin, greatest recognized for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the corporate. In accordance with The Wall Road Journal, Rubin will construct an incubator for what it describes as corporations working with “know-how-hardware” merchandise. Google confirmed the departure to us with a canned assertion from Google CEO Larry Web page: “I need to want Andy all one of the best with what’s subsequent.… Read More