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    Watch Venus Williams Play a Game of Tennis in Hyperlapse

    28th August 2014 22:17

    Shots of bridges and ferries are cool and all — but we think the real use case for Instagram's new Hyperlapse app might just be sports. At the US Open Wednesday night, I Hyperlapsed a game between Venus Williams and Timea Bacsinszky. With a few taps, a six minute game of tennis became 30 seconds of furious back and forth action. It's like the ultimate game of Pong, but in real life. See also: 20 Creative Hyperlapses From Instagram's New…

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    Tony Stewart to Race for First Time Since Hitting Driver

    28th August 2014 21:57

    Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus after his car struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since Aug. 9, when he hit Kevin Ward Jr. at a sprint car event in upstate New York. Stewart hastily pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen the next morning, then skipped races at Michigan and Bristol Motor Speedway. Stewart…

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    Recreate Your 'Friends' Fantasy by Visiting the Real-Life Central Perk

    28th August 2014 21:42

    Is your job a joke? You're broke? Your love life's D.O.A.? If it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year, don't worry — this pop-up shop will be there for you In honor of the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Friends (we're all old), Warner Bros. is setting up a Central Perk pop-up coffee shop in Manhattan, complete with iconic orange couch and appearances by Gunther. See also: Jimmy Kimmel Got the 'Friends' Gang…

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    7 Sins of Social Media Marketing

    28th August 2014 21:40

    This article is part of SWOT Team, a new series on Mashable that features insights from leaders in marketing, brand-building and public relations. Remember when social media was a new, unchartered territory for brands? Consumers flocked to platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn overnight and marketers knew that, in order to stay relevant, they had to follow suit. Fast forward to today: 97% of marketers use social media to connect with buyers. The problem is, most still haven't figured out…

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    Quora Launches iPad App, Hints at Growth

    28th August 2014 21:30

    Quora, the Q&A website where users answer everything from requests for travel tips to philosophical queries like "Why does war exist," isn't the most widely-discussed service these days. It certainly hasn't gotten the same amount of attention as, say, Biz Stone's Q&A app Jelly But Quora is more popular than ever, its CEO insists. The company rolled out its first iPad app Thursday (nearly three years after the launch of its iPhone app); cofounder and CEO Adam D'Angelo wrote in…

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    Photographer Creates Nude Portraits, But Not in the Way You Think

    28th August 2014 21:28

    The following photos are nude portraits — except the subjects are entirely clothed. If you want to see some real nudity, you'd have to look behind the camera. Utah-based photographer Trevor Christian decided to take a fresh approach to nude portraits. Instead of his subjects stripping down, Christiansen takes their photograph while he is completely naked. See also: Artist Mixes Photo and Illustration to Create Surreal Self-Portraits "This project first started as a way to get a laugh," Christiansen told…

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    Instagram Back After Experiencing 'Technical Issues'

    28th August 2014 21:26

    Instagram's app and website are back up, following a two hour-outage, an Instagram spokesperson confirmed. The company did not reveal what caused the disruption, which left the service's app and website unusable for most users Thursday afternoon. See also: 12 Facebook Statuses You Need to Retire Earlier, in a tweet that has since been deleted, the company said it was aware of the outage but did not reveal the source of the problem or how long a fix would take.…

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    50 States and 500 People in 1,000 Days: Entrepreneur Helps Americans Overcome Recession

    28th August 2014 21:23

    On January 5, 2011, Greg Hartle stood in the pouring rain near Pike Place Market in Seattle, drenched and alone. Though he intended to travel across the country and inspire hundreds of Americans who'd lost their jobs in the Recession to reinvent themselves, Hartle, two hours into his journey, was the one who needed some encouragement. See also: Choose Your Next Adventure From the Top 25 Destinations of 2014 “Those two hours could have been the most nerve-racking two hours…

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    Prank Phone Call Captured on Twitch Results in Dramatic On-Camera Arrest

    28th August 2014 21:10

    A prank phone call to police sent SWAT teams bursting through the doors of a Colorado office Wednesday, all of which was captured in an online stream on Twitch. Those detained were not engaged in a standoff, as the caller claimed, but were instead playing Counter-Strike and streaming it online for their fans. This unfortunately common prank, called swatting, has plagued celebrities and tech leaders for years, but has gained steam on live game streams as popular players are targeted.…

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    $1 Will Buy You Free Taco Bell for Life — If It's the Right Dollar

    28th August 2014 20:46

    It’s a simple idea that is likely to make Americans double-check their pockets: Taco Bell launched a campaign this week in which anyone who finds one of 11 specific $1 bills can win a $10,000 gift card. The brand is touting it as “a lifetime of free Taco Bell," which is based on average consumption ($216 per year) for 46 years. See also: Why Taco Bell Went Loco for Snapchat Taco Bell has distributed 11 "everlasting dollars" around the country,…