Friday, 22 June 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “How Much Data Is Created Every Minute? [INFOGRAPHIC]”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “How Much Data Is Created Every Minute? [INFOGRAPHIC]”

How Much Data Is Created Every Minute? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 04:53 AM PDT

Thursday's sporadic Twitter outages gave addicts like us the shakes. After all, Twitter users average over 100,000 tweets per minute, and the site was down for a whole lot longer than that.

Twitter is far from the only channel through which web users funnel data. Business intelligence company DOMO paired up with Column Five Media to create this infographic, which shows just how much data is generated every minute.

SEE ALSO: Top 5 Myths About Big Data

Next time you run a Google search, think about the fact that it's just one of 2 million that Google will receive in that minute. In the same amount of time, Facebook users post 684,478 pieces of content. Crazier still, online shoppers…
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More About: apple, data, email, Facebook, flickr, Google, infographics, instagram, Social Media, tumblr, Twitter, YouTube

Flipboard Comes to Android

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 04:19 AM PDT

After months of anticipation, Flipboard has finally come on board to Android and will available on devices including Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook tablets.

The company released the Android version on Friday after launching in beta on May 30.

In addition, the confirmed to The New York Times that Flipboard will come pre-installed on Samsung's Galaxy S III via AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA and Sprint. The move to Android comes after Apple named Flipboard one of its favorite apps of 2010. Evan Doll, a former Apple engineer who worked on iOS, told The Times that it was time to expand from just iOS.

"They would love for us to be iOS exclusive from now until the end of ti…
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Google’s Jelly Bean and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 03:49 AM PDT

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories.

Google Gives Sneak Peek of Jelly Bean

Google inadvertently gave a sneak peek of Jelly Bean, its next iteration of Android, by putting a mention of the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ phone on Google Play. Google quickly took the item down, but not before Droid Life took a screen shot of it, revealing its price, $409.

The mention on Google Play gives weight to reports that Google plans to sell the device directly, a la Apple. Google tried that route with the Nexus One in 2010, but consum…
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Microsoft Surface to Be Wi-Fi-Only at First [REPORT]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 03:00 AM PDT

The initial version of Microsoft Surface will only work with Wi-Fi and not with mobile phone networks according to a report.

Citing "two people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is equipping the phone with a short-range Wi-Fi connection. Microsoft could not be reached for comment on the report.

Microsoft introduced Surface, its latest tablet, on Monday. The company has been guarded about details for the product, withholding its release date and pricing. Details about connectivity has also been scant, but offering a Wi-Fi-only device would put Surface at a disadvantage against the iPad, whose latest iteration connects to LTE networks. However, Apple also sells…
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Google Gives Sneak Peek of Jelly Bean, the Next Version of Android

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 02:39 AM PDT

Google has inadvertently confirmed that the next version of Android will be called "Jelly Bean" and that it will appear in the new Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ phone.

The phone showed up briefly on Google Play before Google took it down. The blog Droid Life took a screen grab of the listing, which placed the price at $409.

The listing in Google Play also may confirm reports that Google plans to sell the next Nexus directly, a la Apple. That was also the game plan for the Nexus One in 2010, but Google eventually pulled the plug on that effort because of lack of demand for the $529 model.

Though the report lists Jelly Bean as "Android 4.1," other rumors have said that's the code-name for Andro…
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62% of Library Users Don’t Know They Can Check Out E-Books [STUDY]

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 09:08 PM PDT

As reading habits shift from printed to digital ink, public libraries are struggling to raise awareness of their digital offerings.

The introduction of tablets and dedicated e-book readers has changed the way we read. Now, you're just as likely to find fellow commuters or waiting-room dwellers reading an e-book as a physical one.

While our libraries are busy trying to keep up with the rise of e-books, it turns out their patrons don't know there are e-books available for lending.

Some 62% of respondents to the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project's latest library survey said they didn't know if their library offered e-book lending.

In reality, three-…
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More About: e-books, e-readers, features, libraries, Pew Internet, Pew Internet & American Life Project

5 Digital Trends Shaping the Consumer Experience

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 08:59 PM PDT

The impact of recent economic events has created a lasting shift in the average consumer. Consumers are no longer seeking to use social networks to just broadcast, connect, and share their lives. Now, they also want deeper online and offline experiences for fulfillment.

In fact, they prefer those experiences over products. So as marketers, what are the trends driving consumers from a socially-based consumption model to one of experience? Here are the top five.

1. Visual Thinking
Visual thinking -- the use and exploration of images as tools for communication -- began as a trend in education in an attempt to improve learning and retention. Over the past decade it has evolved and be…
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NASA’s World-Beating Supercomputer Gets 14% Faster

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 08:42 PM PDT

NASA's super smart computer Pleiades just became a whole lot more powerful. In order to keep up with the demands of scientists and engineers working for NASA, the computer's performance was enhanced by 14% earlier this month.

In a news release on NASA's website, it states the computer can now complete "1.24 petaflops -- or a quadrillion calculations per second."

"To put this enormous number into perspective, if everyone in the world did one calculation per second for eight hours a day, it would take about 370 days to complete what this supercomputer can calculate in 60 seconds," the release says.

The computer is one of the smartest supercomputers in the world. It is used by 1,200…
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Kyck: the Social Network for Soccer Fans

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 08:15 PM PDT

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Kyck

Quick Pitch: A social sports network tailored exclusively for fans of international and club soccer.

Genius Idea: Eliminating the clutter of other sports and giving soccer fans options to curate content relevant to them.

With Euro 2012's knockout stage underway, there are a number of ways to follow the action -- Twitter, TV, online news, or one of the social sports apps that have been proliferating over the past several months.

If you like your soccer with…
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More About: App, apps, mobile apps, sports, Startups

Is This the Best Internet Explorer Error Message Ever?

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 07:27 PM PDT

Internet Explorer seems to be the anti-Sally Field, realizing all of the sudden that the web hates it. It really, really hates it.

Last week, an Australian online retailer fanned the anti-IE flames with a publicity stunt in which it promised to tax anyone who visited the site using IE7. Now, an error message from a music website called Rage Chill has stirred up some IE hate with the message above.

The message landed Rage Chill on the front page of Reddit on Thursday. In typical Reddit fashion, the comment thread showed a range of opinions, with some questioning Rage Chill's move and others applauding it. "Joke is on Rage Chill, they're missing out on a huge market of people who use…
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Waze Now Offers Real-Time Gas Prices, Discounts

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 07:14 PM PDT

Social GPS and live traffic app Waze is getting a little smarter. It now offers real-time gas prices and fuel discounts in addition to driving directions and traffic information.

If you're not familiar with Waze, the service offers turn-by-turn directions and uses its collective user base to keep track of traffic and road conditions. When you have the app running during your commute to work, Waze is keeping track of how fast you're traveling. That information is then reported back into the app and provided to other drivers to help influence their driving decisions. For instance, you could see that other Waze drivers were traveling 10 mph on a highway where they usually go 75.

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More About: android, App, gps, iphone, waze

Microsoft Building Its Own Phone? Not So Fast

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 06:21 PM PDT

An analyst says Microsoft may be building its own phone. Microsoft says "not so much."

How did we get here? Let's just say: Microsoft started it.

This week, Microsoft did the unthinkable: It struck out on its own and introduced Microsoft-designed and -built tablet hardware, the Surface. It was a move that surprised many (including some Windows PC hardware partners), and got people speculating about Microsoft's other big move this week: unveiling Windows Phone 8.

This mobile OS overhaul will eventually come to partner devices from Nokia, Samsung, HTC Corp and Huawei.

Still, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund's assertion that Microsoft is busily lining up contractors to build its o…
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More About: htc, microsoft, Nokia, trending, windows phone 7

45+ Events in Business, Mobile and Marketing

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 06:08 PM PDT

It's the first week of summer -- have you organized your events itinerary yet?

Make sure to check out Mashable's Events Board for exciting business conferences and exhibitions that will give you an edge in your industry. Whether you're on the sunny California coast or globe-trotting internationally, we have the right kind of event to suit your needs and location.

Every week, we showcase new events that you definitely can't afford to miss, and even more listings are added every day. Keep an eye out for networking opportunities, meetings and expos that are sure to pack an extra kick into your summer plans.


Canadian Consumer Insights and Trend Spotting Conference

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Facebook Now Lets You Edit Comments

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 05:22 PM PDT

We've all done it. Your friend uploads a picture of their new puppy to Facebook, and you somehow manage to leave a comment congratulating them instead on their "new pappy."

So what do you do? Until now, the only thing Facebook would let you do to correct the error was delete the comment and start again.

But starting Thursday the site is also now offering the ability to edit your comment -- and change that pappy back to the puppy you intended in the first place. The edit option appears in the form of a small pencil icon on the right side of your comment. Clicking on the pencil will bring up a drop-down menu the option to edit your comment as well as the option to delete it enti…
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Twitter: No, We Were Not Hacked

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 05:22 PM PDT

Twitter's record-breaking downtime was not the result of a successful activist hack, contrary to one group's claim to responsibility, according to a blog post from the microblogging network Thursday.

"This wasn't due to a hack or our new office or Euro 2012 or GIF avatars, as some have speculated today," Mazen Rawashdeh, Twitter's vice president of engineering, wrote in a post to the company's official blog.

Earlier Thursday, a group of hackers known as UGNazi said it was the force behind the outages, which were Twitter's longest in eight months. In an email to Reuters, UGNazi said it targeted Twitter with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack because of the company's suppo…
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State Law Requires Sex Offenders to List Status on Facebook

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 05:06 PM PDT

Louisiana has enacted a new law requiring sex offenders and child predators to disclose their criminal status on their Facebook and other social networking profiles.

The law — a first of its kind in the U.S. — says sex offenders must include the crime for which they were convicted, the jurisdiction of their conviction, a description of their physical characteristics and a residential address within their profile. It will go into effect August 1.

Facebook already refuses to let registered sex offenders create profiles, according to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. But this new law, according to State Rep. Jeff Thompson, a Republican who sponsored the bill, is meant to…
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Q&A With Twitter’s Biggest Pest: @CascadedBug

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 04:53 PM PDT

It looks like the joke is on the Twitter bug.

Parody account @CascadedBug lived a very short life Thursday after quickly being squashed by Twitter. The account, which lasted a little over an hour, was created in the middle of a major outage on the social network.

It was then brought back to life, suspended again -- and as of this writing, it's still tweeting, but the account's future is undetermined.

Although it's impressive that anyone could create a parody account in such Twitter turmoil, let alone tweet from it, the company itself was not so thrilled.

Gnawing on a few cables in Twitter's mainframe. You'll never find me, engineering nerds!— Cascaded Bug (@CascadedBu…
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More About: conversations, humor, trending, Twitter, twitter down, viral

How to Build Your Own Cellphone [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 04:26 PM PDT

As beautifully designed as the latest batch of smartphones are, they're missing one thing -- individuality. If you are a crafty type and would like a one-of-a-kind cellphone, check out this DIY cellphone kit from MIT's Media Lab.

Just pop in a SIM card and it's ready to use. At about $150 for the parts (plus free printouts for the circuit board and covers from GitHub) you can have DIY bragging rights over your iPhone-mad friends.

If you want text messaging capabilities, however, you'll have to code that into the software yourself.

DIY is not just for home projects. Check out the other instructional videos we've featured, which show you how…
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More Than Half of Kickstarter Projects Fail. Does It Matter?

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 04:01 PM PDT

About 56% of the projects posted to Kickstarter don't get funded, according to a dashboard the site launched Thursday.

Around 7,000 of Kickstarters have never received a single pledge. (The site has hosted more than 60,000 projects in total.)

But you won't be able to find Kickstarter's flops via Google. The crowdfuding site prevents search engines from indexing its failed projects -- a practice that had led some to cry conspiracy.

"If you hide failure, it's hard to learn from others' mistakes," wrote Dan Misener in a blog post that prompted discussion about the practice everywhere from the New York Times to Hacker News.

Kickstarter has maintained that they're not trying to…
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NBA Social Media Awards: Durant, Kobe, Lin Win Big

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 03:36 PM PDT

Jeremy Lin, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant were among the big winners Wednesday night in the first-ever NBA Social Media Awards.

The awards mark the first time a major pro sports league has had a standalone event to recognize engagement on social media. Players and teams were celebrated for success on platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Lin was given the league's Social Breakout Award primarily for dominating the web during an improbable string of incredible performances in February.

Taiwanese-American and Harvard educated -- two descriptors essentially unheard of in the NBA -- Lin was an undrafted free agent who had bounced around a couple of teams before…
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‘SmartMoney’ to Fold Print Edition, Ousts Editor-in-Chief

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 03:13 PM PDT

SmartMoney magazine's September issue will be its last in print, parent company Dow Jones announced Thursday.

Twenty-five staff editorial positions, including the editor-in-chief, will be eliminated as a result.

The publication will shift resources to its website,, expanding its editorial team from nine to 15, a spokesperson tells Mashable. They will report to Raju Narisetti, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. Those who are laid off are welcome to reapply for those and other openings at the company, the spokesperson added.

The publication will also make its content and tools available in a personal finance section on fellow Dow Jones site Mar
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Apple Store Refused to Sell iPad, iPhone to Iranian Customers [REPORT]

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 02:44 PM PDT

Did Apple Store employees in Alpharetta, Ga., refuse to sell an iPhone and an iPad to Farsi-speaking customers because they said they would be sending at least one of the devices to a friend in Iran?

That's what Sarah Sabet, a U.S. citizen of Iranian heritage, told WSB-TV, calling the experience "discrimination" and "very hurtful."

Sabet, a 19-year old student at the University of Georgia, was reportedly at an Apple Store in a local mall with a friend to buy a pair of new iDevices.

After Apple Store employees overheard Sabet and her friend speaking to one another in Farsi, they asked them what language they were speaking, where they were from and where the devices were headed.…
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YouTube Joins Pinterest: Here’s What It’s Pinning

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 02:20 PM PDT

YouTube is getting in on the Pinterest action -- by launching an account of its own, the online video company announced Thursday.

Videos will be posted to one of several Pinterest YouTube boards themed around topics including crafts, lifestyle tips, beauty, food and fitness.

YouTube says it will also have numerous additional boards categorizing the videos it posts.

In Thursday's post on YouTube's blog, the company points out that it already has accounts on other major social networking sites including Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Pinterest made video pinning available in August 2011; its users have been pinning videos from YouTube since that time.

It makes sense that the…
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Twitter-Breaking Bug Parody Account Gets Suspended [UPDATED]

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 01:27 PM PDT

One thing Twitter is really good at is breaking news -- except for when the site is down.

Coincidentally, the other thing Twitter users love best is creating parody accounts of current events and other topical subjects.

So it should come to no surprise that today, when Twitter announced that a cascaded bug caused a major outage in the infrastructure, one user took advantage of the opportunity by creating a parody account.

We're not sure who is responsible for the @CascadedBug account, but it's provided a little bit of humor to an otherwise annoying work day for most of us.

UPDATE: The account has been suspended by Twitter. R.I.P., @CascadedBug.

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Hackers Take Credit for Twitter Outages

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 01:04 PM PDT

Twitter has been up and down throughout Thursday -- and now a group of hackers known as UGNazi is taking credit for causing the outages.

"We just #TangoDown'd for 40 minutes worldwide! #UGnazi," reads a tweet sent from @UG on Thursday afternoon that was directed at accounts associated with the more well-known and widespread Anonymous hacker collective, as well as the media outlet Russia Today.

#TangoDown is a term adopted by Anonymous and other hackers and botnet owners referring to a successful attack against a targeted website. Outages are most often caused by some combination of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and botnets. Both methods overload a target…
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Twitter’s Outage Is Its Biggest in 8 Months

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 12:55 PM PDT

Twitter suffered its most prolonged outage in eight months on Thursday as the site was down for more than an hour for the first time since October 2011.

However, the previous outage took place in a relatively quiet time of day for the service -- midnight to 1 a.m. EST on Oct. 7, according to tracking site Pingdom. Twitter was mostly down for another one-hour period on Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. EST, according to Pingdom, and suffered on-off periods for about an hour on Dec. 14, 2011, and Dec. 31 during peak times as well.

Still, according to Pingdom's figures, Twitter has enjoyed 99%-plus uptime for every month this year and hit 100% in April. That's a far cry from 2007 and 2008,…
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Tumblr’s iPhone App Redesign Is ‘Better in Every Possible Way’

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 12:55 PM PDT

Tumblr for iPhone has gotten an update, with Version 3.0 of the app now available on the App Store.

Announced last week at a F.ounders event, the update signifies a complete overhaul of the site's iOS application, bringing both new features and a redesigned interface to the application -- mimicking in some ways Tumblr's popular Android application.

"I'm incredibly proud of our Android development today," Karp said at the event, referencing the iOS app's similarities. "I think that app is worlds beyond a lot of the stuff going on on that platform today, and I think it's an incredible representation of Tumblr."

Described on Tumblr's blog as "Better in every possible wa…
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Udderly Ridiculous: School Principal Milks Cow as Lady Gaga

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 12:43 PM PDT

We may have found the coolest elementary school principal ever.

Roger Clap Innovation School's Justin Vernon willingly accepted a bet with his students -- even if it meant dressing up as Lady Gaga and milking a cow.

Vernon's side of the bargain would only be met if his students read 10,000 books by the end of the term. The kids went above and beyond the quota, reading 13,000 books instead.

SEE ALSO: Adorable Kids Try to Read Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious [VIDEO]

According to RCIS, the school enrolls nearly 150 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

"I couldn't be any more proud of the students," says a very glam Vernon in the video above.

More About: cow, Lady Gaga, viral, viral videos, YouTube

Photo Management: Which Tool Is Right for You?

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 12:22 PM PDT

In the age of affordable DSLRs, Instagram and ubiquitous photo-sharing on Facebook and other social networks, we're taking more photos than ever before.

The downside of taking all of these images is keeping them in order: There are over 18GB of photos on my iPhone alone and trying to figure out where a photo is from, when it was taken and what version is the best can be a complicated and stressful process. Fortunately, there are a number of great photo management apps for Mac and PC that make the process of organizing, sharing and processing your digital images a snap.

Still, figuring out what photo management tool is right for you can be a challenge. That's why we've rounded up some o…
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More About: aperture, Documenting Your Life Series, features, iPhoto, lightroom, mashable, photo management apps, Photoshop, picasa, Windows 7, windows live photo gallery

Control This LED Light Bulb From a Smartphone [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Jun 2012 12:11 PM PDT

SmartLabs Technology company Insteon has figured out how to get us out of the worst predicament ever -- lying comfortably in bed, on the edge of sleep and realizing the light is still on.

Insteon's first dimmable app-controlled light bulb lets home dwellers turn lights on and off from a smartphone app. The bulb works instantly once it's screwed into any light fixture. The remote control system's built right into the bulb's hardware. The energy-efficient LED light replaces and shines brightly like a 60W-100W incandescent bulb.

The light can be turned on and off with a lamp's native light switch or remotely by connecting it to the company's SmartLi…
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