After 30,000 votes across the polls, the results are in. Here are this year's champions of entertainment, according to your votes.
How big a hit was Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" when it came out? Spotify's Year in Review reports that it was streamed 1.5 million times in a day. The combination of Pharrell Williams' smooth vocals and the feel-good beat gave the song mass appeal, and it has remained a staple of 2013 all year long. Here are the top 5 vote-getters in our poll:
Gizmodo's coverage of the DARPA Robotics Challenge continues with day two at the Homestead Speedway south of Miami. The weekend has arrived and the crowds are here with their kids, cheering on the bots.
Some of our readers have complained that watching this thing over the live feed is kind of like watching paint dry. Another reporter at the Challenge, while watching one of the bots climb a ladder in slow motion yesterday, quipped a bit more poetically that it was like watching a sculpture in motion.
Charles Morgan was a wonderful man to be around when we went to visit him in January. He's a charming man with a true passion for the brand.
Magnus Walker is a man who simply loves Porsche 911s, so much so that his collection has been talked about all over the world. As car guys go, he's one of the coolest.
Horatio Pagani's enthusiasm for this work is infectious, and talking to him was an utter joy. When he speaks of his journey from Argentina to Italy, you can see the joy in his eyes as he reminisces about something that's changed his life so much.
Officials at Google, a company known for offering extravagant perks like meditation pods and beach volleyball courts to its employees, showed up at the Homestead Miami Speedway in southern Florida on the first day of the event to show support for its new team and to get a look at the Atlas robot, built by Boston Dynamics, and one of the stars of the challenge.
Last week, Google confirmed reports that it had acquired Boston Dynamics, a company known for creating impressive robots like the four-legged BigDog robot, as well as Atlas, a six-foot-tall, 330-pound two-legged robot designed to function much like a human.
Hey, Bay Area residents: Mountain View's hoping you'll bring its online shop your business instead of braving the crowds for some last-minute holiday shopping. Google's Shopping Express will continue doing same-day deliveries until 5PM Pacific on December 24th, so long as you place an order before noon. Even better, the portal now sells gadgets straight from Google Play. The selection's pretty slim at the moment, but if you have a relative dying for a Nexus 7/10 or a Chromecast, then you've got it made. Sadly, the service has yet to expand to other locations, so everyone else will have to find an alternative, or, you know, grab a Red Bull on the way to the mall.
The spirit of the holidays creates a warm atmosphere for families and friends to come together. For this week's Mashable Photo Challenge, we want you to photograph a celebration.
As many of you head home this weekend, you'll likely be greeted with decadent holiday feasts, ugly Christmas sweaters and dazzling decorations. You'll gather 'round the fireplace, share stories while opening presents and perhaps even sing some carols. All of these make for great photographic moments.
This challenge will run until Friday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. ET. Follow the directions, below, to submit your photos, and we'll feature some of our favorite ones on Mashable.
Snapchat just rolled out a big update with a bunch of new features, the most important being Replay. Now, every day brings a one-time chance to review the most recent message in your stream. If that makes you think twice about what you've been Snapchatting, maybe it's time to reevaluate your life.
The Replay option is opt-in for recipients, not senders, and only gives you one extra look at the message — it's still deleted from Snapchat's server after the first view. The rest of the app's updates include color and black-and-white visual filters, a larger Helvetica caption font, front-facing flash (using your phone's screen as a flash), and an option for up to 7 "best friends." And a little puzzlingly, smart filters, which overlay the time, temperature, or speed you were traveling when you took your snap. [Free]