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6 Expert Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media

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Today’s kids are more social media savvy than ever. A whopping 80% of teens online use some form of social media, and they’re sharing more information about themselves on social networks than they have in the past.

While growing up online has its benefits, it poses new risks. Between cyberbullying, oversharing and giving into peer pressure, a child’s misuse of a social network can turn into a serious problem.

For many parents, navigating their child’s social media presence is not only worrisome, but also challenging. But with the right approach, parents can set positive examples for their kids and teach them how to use social media responsibly and respectfully Read more…

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8 Places That Are Pricier in Times Square Than the Rest of NYC

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Times Square is nothing short of glitz and glam

But along with its neon lights and flashy billboards come some heavy price tags. As 50 million tourists flock to the heart of New York City each year, megastores and big-name chain restaurants in the area have no problem inflating their rates.

But just how high are these markups? Take a look at the infographic below to see how prices in Times Square stack up against prices elsewhere in New York City

Prices in Times Square vs. Prices Elsewhere in NYC

Image: Mashable, Christopher Mineses

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9 Flashy Camera Accessories for the iPhone 6

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With the launch of the iPhone 6 comes a flood of accessories

The new smartphone’s camera is impressive on its own, but there are several ways to take your mobile photography to the next level. From tripods to lenses, various camera accessories are available for you to trick out your brand-new toy

Below, we’ve highlighted nine camera accessories that are compatible with the iPhone 6, helping you take perfect pics in no time.

BONUS: The History of the iPhone

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One Man’s Lonely Quest to Build ‘Bitcoin for Native Americans’

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RAPID CITY, South Dakota — Payu Harris’ apartment is in shambles.

Pots clutter the kitchen sink; the dish rack holds a cellphone charger. The room smells of stale cat litter and the bathroom tap runs dry. But Harris has more important things on his mind than chores – things that, if he were to have his way, could change the future of the Oglala Lakota tribe.

Harris is the founder of MazaCoin, a digital currency described as “the first Native American cryptocurrency.” On a Wednesday night in late July, he discovers MazaCoin has been delisted from an online currency exchange.

He fires off an email demanding an explanation from the site moderators. He is ready for a fight. “Is it because of the low volume?” Harris wonders aloud. “Is it because they lost faith in it?” Read more…

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Artist Defines Untranslatable Words Through Charming Illustrations

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There will never be an English translation for the word “razliubit.”

The Russian term means “to fall out of love, a bittersweet feeling.” It’s a heady concept, for which there is no direct equivalent in the English language. These are the kind of linguistic treats you’ll read about in Ella Sanders’ new book, Lost in Translation

The UK-based writer and illustrator was working as an intern for Maptia last year when she was tasked with illustrating 11 untranslatable words. As far as internships go, it was a fun assignment among other regular fare, like “making serious amounts of tea and coffee, emailing too many people than was strictly necessary [and] compiling photo essays,” Sanders, 21, tells Mashable via email. Read more…

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Artist Defines Untranslatable Words Through Charming Illustrations

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There will never be an English translation for the word “razliubit.”

The Russian term means “to fall out of love, a bittersweet feeling.” It’s a heady concept, for which there is no direct equivalent in the English language. These are the kind of linguistic treats you’ll read about in Ella Sanders’ new book, Lost in Translation

The UK-based writer and illustrator was working as an intern for Maptia last year when she was tasked with illustrating 11 untranslatable words. As far as internships go, it was a fun assignment among other regular fare, like “making serious amounts of tea and coffee, emailing too many people than was strictly necessary [and] compiling photo essays,” Sanders, 21, tells Mashable via email. Read more…

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Nearly 10% of Americans Go to Work High on Weed

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Puff, puff, pass the paperwork.

About 9.74% of Americans have gone to work under the influence of marijuana, according to a survey conducted by SurveyMonkey for Mashable. About 534 Americans shared their marijuana and prescription drug taking habits when it comes to the workplace. The sample was gathered using SurveyMonkey Audience.

Of that group, a whopping 80.77% admit to getting their hands on the drug illegally. According to Mother Jones, an estimated 22 million pounds of marijuana is grown each year in the U.S. The drug is legal to purchase recreationally in Washington and Colorado, while it’s legal for medicinal purposes in 23 states and Washington, D.C. Read more…

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10 Incredibly Realistic Minecraft Creations

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Uncharted territories and new worlds lie beyond the pixelated screen of Minecraft.

Players of the video game often take to building lifelike creations, inspired by both reality and fiction alike. Thousands of hours pass as players, either flying solo or working as a group, attempt to recreate Hogwarts, Middle Earth or the entirety of Denmark within the game’s seemingly endless map.

The game, whose parent company Mojang was recently purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion, fosters an enormous wealth of virtual imagination. Read more…

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8 Awkward Times the Media Tried to Explain the Internet

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It’s easy to forget that the Internet is only 25 years old.

In a short period of time, we’ve quickly grown accustomed to online jargon and all things in cyberspace. But when the World Wide Web was first introduced in 1989, many found it particularly puzzling. As the Internet has evolved, its meaning and descriptions have changed

We took a look at how the media has covered the Internet from its onset to present day. Some moments are awkward, while others are flat-out hilarious

From the definition of blogs to the rise of Twitter, here are eight memorable times the media tried to explain the Internet. Read more…

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6 Interactive Sites to Create a Completely Customized Wardrobe

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Customizing what you wear has never been easier.

Thanks to a handful of online custom-tailor stores, you can forget about off-the-rack purchases and become your own fashion designer. With 3D customization studios and realistic graphics, many of these sites have made it easy to digitally craft shirts and shoes from start to finish.

Once you’ve decided on details like style, fabric and fit, you can order your masterpiece straight to your doorstep.

Here’s a roundup of six interactive sites that can bring your clothing and shoe designs to life Read more…

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