This Braille learning tool could be a game changer for the blind community


Illiteracy in the blind community is a human rights issue that activists have struggled to address for decades. But a new innovation may provide a solution. 

The is a Braille learning device that, simply put, teaches blind and low vision people how to read Braille. The simplicity of its purpose belies the complexity of the technology behind this new device, which was meticulously conceptualized and created to provide blind and low vision people with unparalleled instruction in Braille skills.  

“The Read Read can change the course of history for kids who are blind,” Kate Crohan, a Braille and technology teacher at the Perkins School for the Blind.  Read more…

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Apple will return excess heat from new data center to the heating system of the local community

There is no doubt that Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, and it’s aiming towards being as eco as possible. Its next step in that direction comes in the form of an interesting way to power one of its new data centers and deal with the excess heat it will produce.

The new facility will be built in the Jutland region of Denmark, and it will be powered only by renewable energy. A portion of this energy will come from recycled farm waste.

Apple is working with Aarhus University on a system to process agricultural waste products with a digester, which in turn generates …

What happens when the LGBTQ community celebrates? A 24-hour party and great photos.


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The streets of Sydney ran rainbow with plenty of sequins and leather on show Saturday night as the city hosted the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The parade, which celebrates LGBTQ culture and activism, began as a march and protest in 1978. Met with police violence at the time, the annual event now draws crowds from around the world. 

Getty Images has covered the event since 2000, and this year, photographer Brendon Thorne chose his top 10 images of the night for Mashable.

“Sydney’s Mardi Gras is one of the most thrilling and enjoyable events to photograph,” he said. “Everyone is ecstatic to be involved in the celebration, and the atmosphere is truly alive and buzzing. A highlight of the night is definitely seeing everyone express themselves, whether it be through the breathtaking wardrobe choices or an unforgettable drag queen look.” Read more…

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Show Us Your iMadeFace Doppleganger – Create yourself cartoon iOS

By now you have likely already used iMadeFace or seen your friends’ cartoon avatars all over your news feeds. The popular new iOS app allows you to create a cartoon version of yourself in seconds. It’s inspired users around the world to give themselves the animated treatment.


But just how close to reality can iMadeFace get? To find out, we want you to show us your avatars alongside a picture of yourself. We’ll feature the most uncanny resemblances in a follow-up story here on Mashable.

We’ve already created a few versions of Mashable staffers. Do you think we captured their likenesses? Let us know in the comments, and then send us your creations. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Here’s how you can share your photos:
Tweet a photo of your side-by-side iMadeFace  with the hashtag #MashFace. If you need more than one tweet to write your caption, just send us another tweet. OR

Drop your photo into the comments below using a link from imgur, flickr, tinypic, or any other supported format.

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