A pilot attempting to land a Boeing 777 airplane was forced to abort after heavy winds made him miss several approaches
According to YouTube user miskolcfr, who uploaded the video, the Emirates airline was trying to land at Birmingham Airport from Dubai. The video's description states that the pilot missed two attempts at landing before diverting to London Gatwick.
Another smaller plane was also unable to land at Birmingham, due to heavy winds
Gale-force winds have wreaked havoc across Great Britain for the past 24 hours, causing more than just flight delays and relocated landings. On Thursday, the storm created the worst tidal surge to hit the east coast of Britain in 60 years, the Telegraph reports. Read more...More about Viral Videos, Storm, Planes, Airplane, and Us World
Babies might not seem like your biggest adversaries, but they apparently intimidate enough people to warrant a video tutorial
In this week's viral video recap, watch a grown man show off the best moves for fighting babies. You know, in case you ever find yourself in a particularly intense quarrel with a cute toddler.
Other must-watch memes of the week include Chatroulette users getting a surprise that comes in like a wrecking ball (hint, hint), a photographer that sends his camera into the wild and more.
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Apple is beating Android phones in at least one area: getting users to update to the latest operating system.
Nearly three quarters (74%) of Apple's mobile devices are now running iOS 7, the operating system it introduced in mid-September, according to an updated chart published on Apple's developer support center page. The data is based on devices connecting to Apple's App Store
See also: 8 Great Hidden Features in iOS 7
Android, on the other hand, suffers from much worse device fragmentation. Just 1.1% of Android devices are currently running Kit Kat, the latest operating system, which is only available on a limited number of devices. By comparison, Gingerbread, a operating system that is three years old, is running on 24.1% of devices Read more...More about Android, Apple, Tech, Apps Software, and Ios 7
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and the anti-apartheid hero, died at the age of 95 on Thursday, South Africa President Jacob Zuma confirmed. Across the globe and even on the International Space Station, leaders and organizations paid their respects to the world legend.
“No one did more, in our time, to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations. Nelson Mandela showed us what is possible in our world," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said
In the Johannesburg, South Africa, people poured into the streets to express their support for the late leader. Read more...More about Us World, World, Nelson Mandela, and World Leaders
In a Today Show interview on Friday hyped as a bit of a scoop, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo offered jokes, some insight on what it's like to be the oldest guy in the room and an important goal: bringing a few high-profile female comedians to the service.
Everyone, including Today Show host Matt Lauer, expected something more.
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Interviewing Twitter CEO @dickc after the show. He's going to tell me something he's never told anyone else. No pressure Dick.
— Matt Lauer (@MLauer) December 4, 2013
However, when Lauer asked Costolo about the "secret" that was apparently promised, the only response he got was, "Sometimes at night I cry." About what? "The fact that I don't have any secrets." It was a deflective joke that may indicate Costolo changed his mind about sharing information on the Twitter roadmap. Read more...More about Twitter, Tina Fey, Dick Costolo, Today Show, and Matt Lauer
Twitter is partnering with U2opia, a Singapore-based mobile applications provider, to bring aspects of its Twitter service to users on phones that don't have Internet capabilities. Users will need to type in a short code and will then have access to trending topics on Twitter from their respective areas.
See also: 25 Twitter Accounts to Make You Laugh
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the partnership to Mashable but did not comment on how many international users will have access to the new service. According to Reuters, users will only have access to trending topics, meaning the majority of tweets will not be viewable. It does not appear users will be able to send tweets using U2opia's application. Read more...More about Facebook, Twitter, Social Media, World, and Internet Free
Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.
Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting storiesSpotify will soon launch free music streaming on mobile devices, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Bloomberg, analysts from Bank of America say Bitcoin has potential for e-commerce. Finally, Instagram got creative with its latest press invites, sending Mashable and other news organizations physical Instagrams
Check out the video above for more on these stories.
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While Google is still working on its self-driving car, a new YouTube video offers a humorous look at what life might be like if Apple’s Siri were given the keys to a car today.
The video, done in the style of the videos Apple typically does in conjunction with a new product launch, is the work of John Dabrowski and Mark Odlum, a pair of 36-year-old filmmakers from West Hartford, Conn. who are in L.A. these days, hoping to get their big break in Hollywood. In the meantime, they are doing short comedies for YouTube under the name Smart Department.
“We kept hearing about this Google ‘Driverless Car,’ right around the time Siri was becoming popular, and John happened to go for a ride in his friend’s new car,” Odlum said. “They decided to test out the fancy voice-activated navigation system. It didn’t work, and immediately tried to send them to Iceland — no kidding.”
The pair decided to imagine what it would be like if voice navigation was the only way to drive, and thus, Steeri was born.
A company called Tactical Haptics wants to give video games a sense of touch in a way that could put rumble packs to shame.
Founder and CEO William Provancher told Mashable that his company has built a virtual reality device called Reactive Grip, a combination of software and hardware that lets video game players use a specialized controller to experience physical sensations unlike anything previously seen in gaming. Reactive Grip does a couple of things to create a more lifelike experience for virtual reality users, and he hopes the technology will spark the next step in immersive gaming.Video Game, Computer, Rumble, Virtual Reality, and Entertainment