Why Newt Gingrich Won’t Call a Smartphone a Smartphone



You know that shiny new iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 in your pocket? You probably call it a cellphone, right? Well, Newt Gingrich says you’re wrong.

Gingrich recently posted a three-minute video arguing modern cellphones shouldn’t be called cellphones at all.

“Think about it,” petitions Gingrich, who’s been attempting to shape himself as a Republican thought leader on high-tech issues from moon colonies to flying cars. “If it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cellphone

“If it has a McDonald’s app to tell you where McDonald’s is based on your GPS location, that’s not a cellphone. If you can get Wikipedia or go to Google, that’s not a cellphone.” Read more…

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20 Songs for Space Exploration



Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made history on Sunday when he filmed the first ever music video in space (fittingly, a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”). To commemorate his accomplishment, we’ve dedicated this week’s Music Monday to the most epic songs for space exploration. We curated the selection of songs you tweeted to us, and added in a few of our own. These songs range from gravity-defying newer releases like “Crest” by The Antlers to old school, space-related jams like “We Are All Made of Stars” by Moby

So dim the lights, power up your glow-in-the-dark star generator and go on your own space odyssey with this playlist. Know of a song that should be included? Send it to us on Spotify and we’ll add it to the playlist! Read more…

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Twitter Acquires Data Analysis Startup Lucky Sort



Twitter has acquired Lucky Sort, a startup that specializes in data visualization, the two companies announced Monday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lucky Sort was founded two years ago and launched its first product called TopicWatch last February. TopicWatch let users analyze real-time trends on social media (including Twitter) as well as from other news sources. As part of the acquisition, Lucky Sort will shut down its services in the coming months.

“Our goal was to make huge document sets easier to analyze, summarize and visualize by building elegant and user friendly tools for text analysis,” Noah Pepper, CEO of Lucky Sort, wrote in a blog post. Today I’m very excited to announce that our journey has entered a new phase: Lucky Sort has been acquired by Twitter!” Twitter confirmed the acquisition in a tweet. Read more…

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Amazon Gives Away ‘Tens of Millions’ of Dollars in ‘Coins’



If you own a Kindle Fire, you’re now $5 richer — sort of.

Amazon on Monday rolled out Amazon Coins, a virtual currency for Kindle Fire, by giving all registered users of the device 500 free coins, each of which is valued at $0.01. The currency, which Amazon first teased in February, can currently be used to buy games, apps and in-app purchases

In total, Amazon says it has added “tens of millions of dollars” in Amazon Coins to the accounts of Kindle Fire customers — if you’re eligible, you should have received an email notification.

Amazon isn’t the first Internet company to introduce a virtual currency for its customers. Facebook launched Credits for buying gifts on the social network, but eventually killed off the currency in 2012 Read more…

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Vine User Inks Deal With ‘Peanuts’ Gang



Khoa Phan‘s stop-motion animations on Vine have caught the attention of Peanuts Worldwide, the new owners of the popular Peanuts comic strips starring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends

In a deal announced Monday, Phan will create 12 Vines using Twitter’s six-second video service for Peanuts Worldwide. The Vines will focus on specific themes: Snoopy, his dog house, Linus’s blanket, Lucy’s psychiatry booth, Schroeder’s music, Woodstock, football, baseball, the Great Pumpkin, the kite-eating tree — and of course, the Little-Red-Haired Girl.

“The Khoa Phan-Vine deal is part of a larger strategy we’ve had in place for Peanuts for several years — which is to continue to make Snoopy relevant with the young and hip crowd,” Cory Cole, social media director for Peanuts, told Mashable. “The brand really lends itself to social media with its simplicity and ability to emote.” Read more…

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Here’s How Reddit’s Communities Are Interconnected



The best part of browsing Reddit comments (besides the awesome pun threads) is discovering a new subreddit — a community so niche or fine-tuned to your interests that you can’t imagine life before subscribing to it.

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In fact, if you spend time in certain subreddits, you’ll find common links to others. For example, users in r/books often link to r/scifi and r/fantasy. And r/Android links frequently to r/AndroidDev and r/AndroidApps. The resulting “cliques” are great places to find and trade content about related topics.

If you’ve ever wondered what these interconnected communities might look like mapped out, you’re in luck. Using data provided by a Reddit admin, user sharkbait784 has plotted every Reddit post since 2008 into an interactive graph, revealing the subreddit connections. The result looks a lot like an organism or a galaxy, and zooming down into the cliques is fascinating. It’s also a great way to discover new subreddits you might be interested in. Read more…

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Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ Available to Stream on iTunes



Electronic music duo Daft Punk are teasing their upcoming fourth studio album in a new video set in what looks like a futuristic spaceship filled with buttons and switches for who knows what. Despite the digital bells and whistles onboard, however, the spaceship’s occupants pull out a vinyl version of the new album Random Access Memories.

When the vinyl hits the record player, the album’s lead track, “Give Life Back to Music,” plays for a few upbeat secondsUpdate: Fans can stream the entire album on iTunes (and Grooveshark) ahead of its May 21 release in the United States. The album comes out earlier in Australia (May 17) and the United Kingdom (May 20) Read more…

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