Emergency Responders Are Building a Star Trek-Style Communication Device

The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: OnBeep One-Liner Pitch: OnBeep is developing wearable devices that promise to let groups communicate without ever having to pull out their smartphones. Why It’s Taking Off: […]

Iceland Evacuates Area Near Bardarbunga Volcano Over Eruption Concerns

Authorities in Iceland have evacuated areas surrounding the country’s largest glacier amid worries that Bardarbunga, a sub-glacial volcano there, will soon erupt. Around 3,000 small earthquakes have been detected since Aug. 16, and unusual seismic activity continued into Wednesday. Iceland’s civil protection agency said a volcanic eruption “cannot be ruled out,” and evacuated about 300 […]

Netflix Plus Oculus Hack Shows What Binge-Watching in Virtual Reality Is Like

Netflix may be using Internet distribution as a means to disrupt the traditional broadcast and cable-network model, but this week, the company showed off a brand new experiment that could become a future reality: Oculus meets Netflix The mashup, appropriately dubbed Oculix, shows a user sitting in front of his laptop while wearing the virtual-reality […]

Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $8.6 Million in 24 Hours

The Ice Bucket Challenge raised $8.6 million in 24 hours, flooding the ALS Association with donations Barbara Newhouse, the nonprofit organization’s president, said she hopes the gift will be a “game-changer” in the fight against the degenerative disease. However, it’s not yet clear how the ALS Association plans to spend its windfall. The charity revealed […]

Docking Station Makes Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Indistinguishable From a Desktop

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is ready for work. I tote the tablet/ultraportable hybrid everywhere and am almost always pleasantly surprised by how, with its optional Type Cover, effective it can be in any situation that might require a full-blown PC. However, it hadn’t supplanted my go-to Lenovo laptop — until now. And that’s all thanks […]

SchoolGuard App Is a Panic Button That Alerts All Police Within 20 Miles

A new smartphone system may help law enforcement respond faster to school shootings or other emergenciesSchoolGuard is an app with a button that, when pushed, alerts all police officers within a 20-mile radius of the school at risk. Many school districts have police notification systems in place in case of an active shooter or other […]