During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.
Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated collection of can't-miss stories to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here.)
According to new research, bomb disposal soldiers view their robots almost as pets — pets they name, train and care for. When their robots are blown to pieces on the battlefield, soldiers grieve for them and even hold funerals.
In the most complex and story-driven entry of the franchise, Grand Theft Auto V sets a new bar for open-world games overall, writes Mashable's games reporter Chelsea Stark. It balances an engaging story, a gigantic world and fun gameplay.
Since its inception, Facebook's focus has remained on one thing: developing for the web. Mobile has not been at the forefront of its strategy. Lately, however, Mark Zuckerberg and other key leadership at the company have begun to reevaluate.
Move over, Silicon Valley. This port city is emerging as a serious rival to global tech hubs — it ranks at No. 2 in the top startup ecosystems in the world, in a country with the most developed mobile system in the Middle East.
We tested out a new wearable gadget called LUMOback, which vibrates when you slouch. In theory, it's helpful; the device looks like a belt, unnoticeable under clothing, and pairs with an iOS app. The battery lasts three to five days. But there's one big problem: Old habits die hard.
Yael Cohen, the 26-year-old founder of F*ck Cancer, hatched an international movement to stop sugarcoating cancer (hence the non-PC name). Her site doesn't give treatment advice; rather, it specializes in "human advice," which Cohen says is crucial to its success.
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