Sunday, 24 June 2012

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “7 Apps You Don’t Want to Miss”

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “7 Apps You Don’t Want to Miss”

7 Apps You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 03:48 PM PDT

It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released each week. But you're in luck: We take care of a lot of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of some of our own new and updated app highlights from the week.

This week we found an app that will help you get directions to where you're going and get the best gas prices along the way, as well as an app that will help you find a hotel once you reach that destination -- even if you're arriving in the wee hours of the morning.

An update to a popular existing app will give you a fun game to play while you're riding in the car, and another significant update will let you document your travels and share them with the world…
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More About: android, App, apps, iphone, mobile app, trending

Google Announces Sharp Price Cuts for Google Maps [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 03:42 PM PDT

Google announced lower prices for sites and apps that use more than 25,000 downloads of its Google Maps per day over a 90-day period.

More About: Google, Google Maps, pricing

Electric Dreams: First Tesla Model S Rolls Out of Factory [PICS]

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 02:45 PM PDT

The mood was nothing short of jubilant Friday at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, Calif. Despite naysayers, electric car haters and the discontinuation of its predecessor the Tesla Roadster, the Tesla Model S -- Elon Musk's first crack at an electric sedan -- was rolling off the factory floor and out for delivery to its first customers.

The Model S has been basking in some stellar reviews from auto experts this weekend. It isn't cheap, ultimately selling for between $57,400 and $77,400 before electric car rebates. But if you have that kind of dough, you're getting something quite special, as considered in every detail as an Apple iPad. (Indeed, the car itself bears something that looks l…
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More About: elon musk, Tesla, trending

TV’s Biggest Highlights on Social Media This Year [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 02:30 PM PDT

With the 2011-2012 TV season behind us, networks are not only looking into ratings to gauge success, they're also diving into social TV statistics. Which series reigned supreme with the social media-wielding viewers?

Fox generated the most comments on Facebook and Twitter from September to May for primetime series programming and all series programming, with American Idol, Glee and The X Factor leading the charge online.

"Fox is clearly a leader in social TV," Bluefin spokeswoman April Conyers told Mashable. "But it's also interesting to note that when you expand beyond series-only to include sports and special events, CBS jumps to the top."

SEE ALSO: Summer TV Guide -- 20 Social S
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More About: american idol, celebrities, Entertainment, Facebook, Fox, GLEE, grammys, march madness, Music, pretty little liars, Social Media, social tv, the-voice, TV, Twitter, x factor

What Will the Bus Monitor Do With All That Money? [POLL]

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 02:11 PM PDT

On Tuesday, a YouTube video of bus monitor Karen Klein being verbally harassed by several 12- to 15-year-old boys ignited a crowd-sourced fundraiser that has raked in over half a million dollars.

But with 29 days left on the Indiegogo fundraiser, many are wondering: Where will it stop? What will the 69-year-old grandmother (who currently makes $15,506 a year) do with all that money?

The original fundraising goal of $5,000 was meant to send Klein on a nice relaxing vacation.  Now there is enough money for her to vacation, retire and then some.

Let us know how you feel by answering questions in the poll below, or ask a question you'd like to see answered.

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More About: crowdfunding, indiegogo

Fire Up Your Camping Trips With This Portable Heat Delivery System [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 02:09 PM PDT

Going camping just got a whole lot hotter. Meet the HeatStick, a heat delivery system that screws directly into a water bottle and uses an aluminum canister of propane/butane to heat up your water faster than you can start a bonfire.

That's right; no more hunting for logs, keeping your matchbook dry or dealing with your subconscious Smokey the Bear. With Danish company HeatGear's latest product, you can heat up to 9 liters of water almost instantaneously and while on the move.

HeatGear explains on its site that HeatStick was developed for freeze-dried rations, boil-in-the-bag rations, MREs, beverages and personal hygiene in extreme climatic cond…
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More About: camping, danish, Gadgets, heatgear, heatstick, Tech, tools, water heater

60 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 01:38 PM PDT

This week marked the beginning of summer, and we hoped you kicked it off right with some adventures under the sun. The only drawback to barbecues, picnics and days at the beach? You might have missed out on some of Mashable's features coverage this week.

Don't worry -- like a thick, even spread of 30 SPF, we've got you covered. Here's a roundup of the top resources in social media, business and tech that you may have missed while basking in the summer sun.

Check out a slew of infographics that will answer questions like, "Are you sharing too much on social media?" and "What would it be like to live in a world without internet?" Not to mention the age-old question: "Does Facebook k…
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More About: Business, COMMUNICATIONS, Features Week In Review, Social Media, Tech

7 Ways to Beef Up Your Sales Strategy

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 01:08 PM PDT

There's no need to be scared of selling; it's something that should be an integral part of every business. Startups are often focused on creating a great product. This is crucial to the success of any business. However, it is equally important to be able to convey the greatness of your product and company to the right people, in a way that makes them want to do business with you. Fail to sell your product effectively, and you sell your business short. If you have a solid product, it is important to be talking to the right people. Here are seven tips for closing deals.

1. Identify Your Targets

It's easy to get carried away when prom…
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More About: Behind the Launch Series, features, mashable, sales, Vungle

Amazon Picks First Original Projects for On-Demand Video Service [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 12:41 PM PDT

Amazon Studios -- the retailer's venture into the world of on-demand video -- announced its first four projects Saturday, including a handful of comedies and a children's program.

The comedies include an animated show about Hell, a "mockumentary" about the end of the world and another series about a magician's helpers turned arch-rivals. The children's show features a sheep named Buck with a penchant for high-speed driving.

SEE ALSO: Online Original Video: Amazon Studios Searching for Hit Series

The service will go head-to-head with other on-demand streaming platforms that have also been introducing original content, including Hulu and Netflix
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More About: amazon, amazon studios, Entertainment, hulu, netflix, on-demand, streaming, television, Video

5 Advanced Twitter Tips for Your Small Business

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 12:19 PM PDT

So you're running a small business and you've got the basics of social networking mastered: You tweet often, you've created a venue on Foursquare and your Facebook Page is beautiful. How do you move to the next level of social marketing mastery?

Devin Desjarlais, social media manager at Max Borges Agency, has five can't-miss tips for upping your Twitter game.

1. Don't Schedule and Split

Scheduling tweets with a platform such as HootSuite or Tweetdeck can be a great way to spread out your business' social sharing throughout the day. However, Desjarlais says that it's important to pay attention to any responses your scheduled tweets may elicit -- the follow-up conversation is jus…
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More About: Marketing, open forum, Small Business, Social Media, Twitter

Judge Dismisses Apple vs. Google Smartphone Patent Case

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 11:54 AM PDT

A federal judge in Chicago, Ill. has thrown the Apple-Motorola Mobility smartphone patent case out the courtroom window and locked the window behind it, making sure it never finds its way back inside his court.

Judge Richard Posner dismissed the patent case late Friday evening, writing in his opinion that neither side proved any damages caused by the other party. His ruling came with prejudice, meaning neither side can reopen the case to attempt to prove damages for a second time.

"It would be ridiculous to dismiss a suit for failure to prove damages and allow the plaintiff to refile the suit so that he could have a second chance to prove damages," reads Posner's opinion. "This case is…
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More About: apple, courts, Google, law, Mobile, Motorola, motorola mobility, patents, trending, US

Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 11:26 AM PDT

When we say "Top 10 Twitter Pics," we mean it. These were the 10 most-viewed photos from all across Twitter this past week.

Twitter was all about pop stars this week. Katy Perry, Rihanna and Justin Bieber shared photos, and their impressive social followings were there to retweet. There were also photos featuring Louis of pop sensation One Direction and Carly Rae Jepsen of "Call Me Maybe" fame. (See our impressive collection of viral "'Call Me Maybe" videos.)

In addition to the big names in pop, there was also an array of other viral images that represented the past week. Summer officially kicked off all over the world, and the single most popular photo was taken right here in N…
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More About: justin bieber, sports, Top 10 Twitter Pics, trending, Twitter

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Returns to Twitter, Promotes ‘Megabox’

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 10:44 AM PDT

Kim Dotcom, the quixotic millionaire founder of file-sharing service Megaupload who's wanted for extradition to the U.S., returned to Twitter this week to prove to the world he's still creating new platforms despite his entanglements with law enforcement.

Dotcom also used the new account to announce that "Megabox," a new music discovery and sharing service, is still on its way despite his still being under arrest. He's previously said that Megabox, which would compete with similar platforms such as Spotify, would let artists keep almost 90% of the profits made from their music.

Dotcom, arrested in New Zealand after file-sharing service Megaupload was brought down on charges of com…
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More About: Kim Dotcom, megaupload, new zealand, piracy, trending, US, World

Alan Turing’s 100th: 12 Celebratory Images From Across the Web

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 10:17 AM PDT


Courtesy of Facebook, George Takei

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Alan Turing represents different things to different people. He was a mathematician, logician, computer scientist extraordinaire and a persecuted gay man. Today would have been Turing's 100th birthday, and all over the web people are posting images to celebrate the man, his achievements and all he represents to them.

Widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Turing gained worldwide acclaim during World War II for breaking German ciphers and decoding the Enigma machine. He also created one of the first models for a stored-program computer, the ACE, while working at England's National Physical Laboratory.

SEE ALSO: Is This the Smartest Google Doo
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More About: 100, alan turing, birthday, LGBT, trending

Hands On: Can an Ultrabook Be the Center of Your Digital Life?

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 09:57 AM PDT

In case you haven't heard, laptops are getting thinner. And lighter. And sexier. The shrinking phenomenon is often attributed to the MacBook Air, and Apple deserves a great deal of credit for pushing the industry toward the compact-yet-versatile laptop.

After working with Apple to help craft some of the technology in the initial MacBook Air design, Intel took the ball and ran with it, launching the Ultrabook concept. Ultrabooks are the Air's ethos adapted to Windows PCs -- thin and light laptops that sacrifice a few rarely used features (like optical drives) to create a nimble machine that can actually perform.

The performance aspect is key, since substandard tech was the main crit…
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More About: dell, intel, laptops, trending, Ultrabook, Ultrabooks

6 Mobile Apps for Your Job Hunt

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 09:32 AM PDT

It seems like there's an app for everything now, and job hunting is no different. With unemployment holding steady at 8.1%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job seekers are using any tool available to get ahead of the crowd. Plus, what's easier than using your mobile device?

These days, you can use your phone to watch movies and set reminders -- among a host of other pretty snazzy and sophisticated tasks. As Zooey Deschanel proved, the iPhone's Siri can tell if you it's raining -- even looking out the window is a thing of the past. So why not utilize all that technology to get a leg up in the job arena? You certainly wouldn't be the only one with th…
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More About: features, job hunting, job search series, mashable, Mobile, trending

Insane Electric Superbus Goes 150MPH in Exquisite Luxury [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 09:11 AM PDT

Behold, a humongous luxury vehicle that stretches the definition of the word "bus." It's a "Superbus," designed by a team from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and it carries 23 passengers at 150MPH. And yes, folks, this actually exists.

As each rider sits in sports-car comfort, this electric vehicle zips along its own special road through the desert of Dubai, transporting its lucky occupants (including Virgin CEO Richard Branson) at dizzying speeds in the utmost luxury.

Check out the video for the full story of this $10 million road rocket that makes us wonder why its owners don't just spend a few extra bucks and get a helicop…
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More About: Electric Car, luxury, technology, trending

Craigslist to Popular Apartment-Finding Site: Cease and Desist

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 08:36 AM PDT

PadMapper, a popular apartment-finding platform that shows available pads for rent via Google Maps, is no longer aggregating data fromCraiglist after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from that company's legal team.

"It's with a heavy heart that I must announce that PadMapper is no longer including Craigslist rental listings -– they're currently being wiped from the search index," reads a blog post from PadMapper's CEO Eric DeMenthon. "I recently received a Cease and Desist letter from Craigslist, and wasn't able to get a meeting or convince Craigslist's lawyer that PadMapper was beneficial to Craigslist and apartment hunters in general."

PadMapper has mapped data from…
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More About: apartments, craigslist, law, padmapper, Small Business, small businesses, Social Media, Startups, trending

10 Terrific Accessories That Celebrate the Typewriter

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 08:10 AM PDT

1. "Dear John" iPad Sleeve

We're fans of this fresh and fun zip-up iPad sleeve. Cost: $39

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On this day in 1868 American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes patented the "Type-Writer." As it became the first commercially successful model, Sholes has since gone down in history as the creator of the machine -- as well as the QWERTY keyboard.

To celebrate this influential invention and the iconic looks of the vintage machine, we have found 10 tech cases that feature fantastic typewriter-influenced designs.

SEE ALSO: 10 Awesome Accessories Featuring the Vintage Apple Logo [RAINBOWS]

Take a look through our hand-picked selection of items. Let us know in the comments below if you would consider paying homage to the humble typewriter with such an accessory.

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More About: accessories, features, Gadgets, home, lifestyle, Tech, trending

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