Sunday, 17 June 2012

Mashable: Latest 20 News Updates - including “How to Mystify Drive-Thru Employees [VIDEO]”

Mashable: Latest 20 News Updates - including “How to Mystify Drive-Thru Employees [VIDEO]”

How to Mystify Drive-Thru Employees [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 03:40 PM PDT

A YouTube magician used a simple magic trick to get some astonished responses from drive-thru workers.

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6 Tech Concepts Changing the World

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 03:30 PM PDT

In our social entrepreneurship series, The World at Work, Mashable interviewed the faces behind the startups and projects that are working to make a global impact.

These companies are tapping into the public's power to change the world through tech, whether it's encouraging others to take up the challenge of living below the poverty line or helping teens give back to their local communities. While the companies are diverse, they are all on a mission to change our lives for the better and improve society.

Here's a final roundup of the series, including exclusive video interviews with the founders of these innovative startups. To read more and watch the videos, click through to the full…
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Which Father’s Day Gifts Are Most Popular This Year? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 03:07 PM PDT

Can online searches and purchasing trends point you to amazing Father's Day gifts? If you believe in the power of the Internet, turn to the infographic below to find the perfect (last-minute) gift for dad.

About seven out of 10 people turn to the Internet to shop for Father's Day. These numbers are fueling these Father's Day gift results.

Here's what's popular by state. In New York, moms and children are searching for "spa gifts for men." In South Carolina, many men may be receiving new golf shoes, while across the continent in California, fathers are hoping to receive hiking sticks this Sunday. Down South, Texan fathers will probably receive grill tools that their kids bought online,…
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More About: Father's Day, Google, infographic, Search, trending

Leaked Documents Reveal Microsoft’s Next Xbox [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 02:56 PM PDT

A 56-page document from Microsoft, dating back to mid-2010, reveals company plans for a "Xbox 720." The recently leaked document has been removed since its discovery.

Notable features include Xbox SmartGlass, Blu-ray support, 3D glasses, cloud-based gaming and an improved Kinect system. If the Xbox 720 described in the document is true -- Microsoft's next-generation entertainment console could change the future of gaming.

The console will be loaded with a 1080p output with full 3D support, according to The Verge. Watch the video above to see what the follow-up to the Xbox 360 follow up might look like.

The sleek black Xbox 720 portrayed in t…
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More About: game consoles, Gaming, microsoft, trending, Xbox 360

15 Cufflinks to Geek Up Your Formal Attire

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 02:31 PM PDT

1. Smartphone Cufflinks

As well as looking cute, these cufflinks will serve as a reminder to silence handsets during important events. Cost: $49.99

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Summer is wedding season, and often requires formal wear. We have found 15 pairs of fabulous cufflinks that will look super-classy from a distance, and show off your geeky side up-close -- whether for the groom, best man, usher or guests.

SEE ALSO: 10 Geeky Wedding Gifts for the Happy Couple

Take a look through the gallery above for our fun and nerdy formal wear accessories. Let us know in the comments below which ones you think would look best adorning some crisp cuffs.

More About: accessories, fashion, features, geek, jewelry, lifestyle, trending

Watery Physics in ‘Angry Birds Seasons’ Update Takes You to ‘Piglantis’ [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 02:06 PM PDT

Seems like it's hard to get enough of Angry Birds, and developer Rovio is more than happy to oblige our need for more avian-flinging techniques. Now there's an update available for Angry Birds Seasons that introduces underwater physics, bringing a whole new dimension to the game.

See the particulars in this video, and then decide if there's good reason for you to continue your own personal Angry Birds adventure, extending it into a place called "Piglantis."

If you already have Angry Birds Seasons for iOS or Android, the good news is this watery update is absolutely free.

More About: angry birds, App, rovio, Update

7 iPad Accessories for Your Messy Kitchen

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 01:25 PM PDT

1. Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Mount

Belkin's cabinet mount is a great option for smaller kitchens as it takes up no counter space and, with its clamp fix, is easily removable for storage. Cost: $49.99

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With all the great foodie apps and cooking e-books available, many people use their iPads as recipe books. If this is the case for you too, consider an iPad stand designed specifically for kitchen use.

We have found seven superb solutions for iPad-owning chefs, from countertop stands to cabinet mounts to some nifty, disposable iPad protectors.

SEE ALSO: 10 Nerdy Accessories for Your Summer BBQ

Take a look through the slideshow above for our hand-picked selection. Let us know in the comments below which ones you'd consider for your kitchen -- and why.

More About: apple, cooking, features, Food, home, ipad, lifestyle, trending

Racecar Flips During Incredible Le Mans Collision [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 01:17 PM PDT

During Saturday's Le Mans 24 Hour race, British driver Anthony Davidson went airborne after his Toyota was clipped by a Ferarri.

The collision happened at the sixth hour of the race. According to, both drivers were able to pull themselves out of the cars and walk away from the scene. Davidson is receiving precautionary medical attention.

SEE ALSO: NASCAR Driver Tweets From Car, Gains More Than 100,000 Followers in Two Hours

Watch the video above as Davidson's car flips through the air.

More About: car crash, race, viral, viral videos, YouTube

60 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 01:00 PM PDT

Did Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference on Monday have your head reeling with excitement for the The New MacBook Pro's Retina Display or the revamped (and ultra sporty) Siri? That makes two of us. If you spent the last few days taking the iOS 6 beta software for a test run, then you might have missed out on some of Mashable's features coverage this week.

We'd ask you if it was worth it, but we already know the answer. So to ease your pain, we've rounded up the top resources in social media, business and tech to catch you back up to speed.

Parents, check out our features on kid-friendly book apps, social networks and Netflix-streamed shows. Plus, in honor of Father's Day, we…
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More About: Business, COMMUNICATIONS, Features Week In Review, Social Media, Tech

U.S. Will Send Amazon Tablets to Kindle Relationships Abroad

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 12:46 PM PDT

Can Kindle tablets bridge the gap between the U.S. and young people living in far-off corners of the globe?

The State Department and Amazon certainly think so. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos next Wednesday to announce a partnership that will send Kindles jam-packed with useful software to youth around the world.

Called the "Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative," the program will deliver Kindles that include english language instruction apps and other content in an effort to expose them to American culture.

"This public-private partnership with and the U.S. government will create a global e-reader program that introduces aspec…
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More About: amazon, amazon kindle, Hillary Clinton, jeff bezos, Kindle, Social Good, state department, tablets, US, World

Teens and Sharing Video: Is it Safe? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 12:29 PM PDT

Teens love to share using online video more than you might think.

Nearly four in 10 teens who use the Internet take advantage of video chat using Skype and other apps. More than a quarter upload video to the web, and over 10% stream live video online for others to watch.

Forty-two percent of female teens video chat, and it's also especially popular among people who use social networking sites.

But a recent episode involving the flirting app Skout highlights the dangers of over-sharing online. The app had to ban users under 18 after three separate cases of teenagers alleging that they were sexually assaulted by adults posing as teens on the platform.

Sure, a flirting app is a…
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More About: infographics, streaming video, video chat, video sharing

Battery Swap in New Retina MacBook Pro to Cost 54% More [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 12:27 PM PDT

As Apple MacBooks shrink in size and weight, customers will be paying more for repairs. For instance, just to swap the batteries in Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina Display will cost you 54% more than it did with previous MacBook Pro models.

The MacBook Pro With Retina Display debuted at this week's Apple WWDC conference to the delight of Apple enthusiasts. At just 0.71 of an inch thick and 4.46 pounds, it may be everything you want in a cutting-edge laptop. However, its repairability score is extremely low.

SEE ALSO: Apple Developers: We Love the Retina MacBook, But Want More From Siri

Watch the video above and find out how much more you'…
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More About: apple, Macbook Pro, Tech, Video, wwdc

Facebook Blames Nasdaq Errors For Its Weak Market Debut

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 11:51 AM PDT

For the first time, Facebook is acknowledging what went wrong on IPO day and in the days after its lackluster stock market debut. Facebook's fingers are pointing directly at the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

In a newly released court motion where some investors are suing Nasdaq, Facebook reveals Nasdaq's software crash caused a huge mess of its IPO.

Nasdaq tech glitches caused a 30-minute delay on May 18. Many traders reported trouble with canceling orders and trading, at times, on the platform. The motion reveals some investors are suing Nasdaq in six class action cases. These lawsuits allege Nasdaq is to blame for causing a lot of uncertainty and investor losses.

"As has been wide…
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More About: Business, Facebook, facebook ipo, Social Media, social networking

Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 11:21 AM PDT

From a ridiculously extravagant piece of bread to the NBA Finals, this week's top 10 Twitter pics gives us a truly diverse look into the Internet.

Sports ruled the net this week as Euro 2012 heats up Europe and the NBA Finals power on in America. Sports fans took full advantage of their phones to snap photos of the big games and share their images via Twitter.

SEE MORE: Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week

In addition to sports, Twitter users also displayed their reliable sense of humor with a ludicrous viral bucket list and a rule-defying 9Gag photo.

The top 10 Twitter pics are gathered and captioned by our partner at Skylines, Julie Donders (@lkbenJulie). Skylines uses…
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More About: justin bieber, sports, Top 10 Twitter Pics, trending, Twitter

If Facebook Cost Money, It Might Look Like This [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 11:08 AM PDT

Through all of its changes, Facebook has remained a free service. But how might the world's social network look like if it started offering premium accounts at say $9.99 a month or more?

New comedy site Jest tackles that question in a parody video starring a fake Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who gives you a rundown of the paid accounts available in world where extra Facebook features cost money.

The video skewers Facebook's stock price; Jest editor in chief Jeff Rubin told Mashable why on Friday:

"Mark Zuckerberg obviously has an ambitious vision for the future of Facebook, so we thought it would be funny to imagine what would happen if this sudden pressure to make money cause…
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More About: Facebook, humor, parody, Social Media, trending, viral, viral videos

Top 7 Mashable Comments of the Week

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 11:04 AM PDT

Whether it was talk about Apple's much-anticipated World Wide Developers Conference, discussion on the finer points of Internet spam or Ridley Scott's convoluted new film Prometheus, there were plenty of stories for Mashable readers to chime in on this week. And boy, did they.

Apple's release of its new operating system iOS 6, sparked big debates about which devices would be eligible for upgrades.

A social media campaign that encourages people to live below the poverty line, on just $1.50 a day, had readers questioning whether they could actually pull that off in New York City.

Reddit banned publications such as The Atlantic, BusinessWeek and PhysOrg, preventing Redditors from p…
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More About: apple, prometheus, reddit, top comments, WWDC 2012

High School Graduates Perform Nostalgic Pop Music Medley [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 10:35 AM PDT

Most graduates leave high school with an encouraging speech from the valedictorian or principal.

North Penn High School's class of 2012 received something a little more special -- a 12-minute walk through their entire school career, from kindergarten to senior year of high school, in the form of popular songs.

SEE ALSO: Watch This Drummer Tear Through Pop Music History [VIDEO]

The medley is performed by the trio String Theory. It starts in 1999 with Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way," leading up to 2012's hit song by Fun, "We Are Young."

And of course, anyone who's been waiting to graduate since 2000 knows that Vitamin C's "Graduation Song" will inevitably appear.

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More About: Graduation, Music, trending, viral, viral videos, YouTube

iPhone-Controlled Camera Light Does Entirely New Lighting Tricks [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 10:31 AM PDT

What makes a great image? While some shutterbugs believe it's particularly the camera body or the lens, a new Kickstarter project called The Kick is betting on light.

The Kick is a pocket-sized lighting studio for photos or video. It's a handheld, wireless device that emits bright light on demand. The Kick enables photographers to modify light for clearer images. Built-in effects such as rainbow lights, strobes or lighting effects can give photos or video a special touch.

The Kick-connected iPhone app is like a remote -- the effects and lights are adjusted on the iPhone. The phone's camera is ready to use after the brightness and temperature of…
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More About: camera, kickstarter, Mobile, photography, Tech, Video

7 Celebrities Who Should Tweet More Often

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 09:59 AM PDT

1. Beyonce Knowles, @Beyonce

Singer and actor Beyonce joined Twitter in April to promote her new website, and her following grew quickly. Her account, however, has proved disappointing -- her first tweet is her only one so far.

Follower count: 4,480,492

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Sure, you follow celebrities on Twitter, but what about those pesky celebrities who fail to actually tweet?

Matt Lauer, host of NBC's The Today Show, used to be one of those people. That is, until Friday morning, when Justin Bieber asked his Twitter followers to also follow Lauer. As a result, Lauer accumulated more than 40,000 followers within 15 minutes. How's that for pressure?

SEE ALSO: 25 Awesome Cartoon Variations of the Old Twitter Logo

In light of Lauer's follower boom, we've rounded up seven public figures who have the potential to rock their Twitter accounts, but for whatever reason, choose not to use the social network.

Which luminaries do you think should tweet more?…
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More About: celebrities, features, Social Media, trending, Twitter

8 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 08:55 AM PDT

Temple Run Brave

Brave, Pixar's newest film, officially hits theaters on June 22, but the mobile game for the movie became available this week. Based on popular endless-runner game Temple Run, Temple Run Brave is a new take on the game, where you play the part of Merida, the lead character in the film.

Available for iOS and Android, gameplay involves running through environments that resemble the Scotish landscape from the film and collecting coins. The game also has an archery element – a huge part of the movie itself – where you can tap targets along your journey to earn extra points.

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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 highlights from the week.

This week we found a new app to edit photos on your iPhone, as well as another that lets you heavily customize the videos you record with your phone.

If you're looking for a deal, a new coupon app will help you make sure you're getting the best discounts possible while you shop. If you're walking, running, or biking to your favorite store, another app will help you donate some cash to charity while working off those pounds.

While you're out and about, it's important to stay safe.…
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More About: android, App, apps, iphone, mobile app, trending

Millennials: Consider Looking Abroad for Tech Jobs

Posted: 16 Jun 2012 08:08 AM PDT

Growing up in the midst of global markets and cultures makes millennials ideal candidates for international job opportunities. Upon graduation, many young professionals choose to take positions overseas, with varying effects on their careers.

According to the Association of American Residents Overseas, about 6.3 million expatriates from the United States live abroad, and 1.6 million households are looking relocate. And, according to the U.S. News and World Report, adults ranging from 25 to 34 had the largest percentage of households looking to relocate abroad.

Kacey Weinberg, 27, is a marketing professional working for Aspera GmbH, a software asset management company in Aa…
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