Saturday, 23 June 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Do You Suffer From Social Media FOMO? [INFOGRAPHIC]”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Do You Suffer From Social Media FOMO? [INFOGRAPHIC]”

Do You Suffer From Social Media FOMO? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 08:52 PM PDT

Do you know FOMO? That's not some fancy latte -- it's Fear Of Missing Out, and something that's become a recognized thing by many social media users these days.

You're probably familiar with the concept, if not the name. Here's an example: It's been a long workweek and you really just want to spend Friday night at home watching a movie. But then that old familiar urge hits, and you can't resist grabbing your smartphone for a jolty fix of quick-burst information. One friend's Twitter post mentions an awesome concert. On Facebook, someone else put up photos of a raging house party.

Suddenly, your mellow evening feels entirely inadequate and you wonder what else you're missing out on. Y…
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Craigslist Too Troublesome? Try This Site for Neighborhood Consignment

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 07:59 PM PDT

The Spark of Genius Series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. Each post highlights a unique feature of a startup. If you'd like your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: HipSwap

Quick Pitch: An online consignment store for designer fashion and home goods.

Genius Idea: A more visual, more secure alternative to Craigslist.

There are many things to love and despise about Craigslist. In the former category, it's got a clean, simple interface with adequate search and browsing capabilities, it's free to use and it's incredibly easy to list goods you want to get rid of. But anyone who's used Craigslist also knows it can be a headache: Without a veri…
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Meme Karaoke: Advice Animals Cover The Police [PIC]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 06:00 PM PDT

What goes hand-in-hand on a Friday, aside from your hand in a happy hour drink? Music and memes!

Internet users have compiled a thread of memes, appropriately captioning each advice animal to the chorus of The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."

To kick off the weekend, we've embedded the classic song to enjoy while you sing along with what users are calling "Every Little Meme She Does Is Magic."

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Forget HD: Watch the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy as Animated GIFs

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 04:53 PM PDT

The force is strong with this animated GIF, which captures the story of The Empire Strikes Back through pixel art.

The GIF, created by Folds Five, is one-third of the trilogy - part of PixelMash Theater, which animated other iconic films like Indiana Jones and Back to the Future.

Folds Five created PixelMash Theater a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away known as 2008.

However, one Reddit user

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San Diego Is the Latest City to Officially Recognize Social Media Day

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 04:52 PM PDT

San Diego is the latest addition to the growing number of cities that have officially declared June 30 Social Media Day.

Mayor Jerry Sanders signed the proclamation, honoring the growing presence of social media in the city known for its up-and-coming tech startup scene and tight business community. More than 60,000 of its small businesses are listed on Facebook, with another 42,000 on Foursquare.

"San Diego loves social media," said Alex Roth, spokesperson for Sanders. "The mayor knows it's a great tool for keeping the public informed." Roth added that the mayor's office relied on Twitter to communicate with local residents during a citywide power outage last September.

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Hilarious Precision Beer-Tossing Video Will Make You Laugh Out Loud [UPDATED]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 03:34 PM PDT

In a deadpan video that exemplifies the awesomeness that is the cheesehead state, this YouTube masterpiece shows you how it's done here in Brew City (home of your humble narrator).

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Why LeBron James’s Championship Is a Win for All Athletes in the Digital Age

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 02:59 PM PDT

A terrifically joyous tweet from NBA superstar LeBron James is currently going viral on Twitter. "OMFG I think it just hit me, I'm a CHAMPION!! I AM a CHAMPION!!" it says.

James posted the message early Friday, hours after winning his first NBA title. As of this writing, it had been retweeted more than 75,000 times, showing yet again Twitter's ability to connect sports stars and the fans that idolize them in ways never before possible.

Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.

But before Friday, James hadn't tweeted since way back on April 27 -- not coincidentally, the day before the NBA Playoffs began. He didn't announce a break of any sort but his absence was conspicuous and the message was clear: It's time for b…
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Which of These Concepts Might Be the iPhone 5? [PICS]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 02:47 PM PDT

The real iPhone 5 might resemble one of these lovely designs. Take a look.

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Korean Band 2NE1 Dominates Social at Cannes Lions [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 02:11 PM PDT

Although the Cannes Lions Festival revolves mostly around brand innovation, there's always room for some good, old-fashioned entertainment -- especially in a location as coveted as the south of France.

Korean band 2NE1 entertained the crowd and the Twittersphere with its unique pop/hip-hop beats. The performance of their hit song "Can't Nobody" launched the "2NE1" keyword to the top of Cannes social buzz, where it earned nearly 3,000 mentions.

SEE ALSO: Twitter's Jack Dorsey Wins Media Person of the Year at Cannes Lions

Attendees snapped pics of the band, as well as photo ops of celebrities like Jon Hamm and indie band OK Go. All the shutter activity contributed to 4,043 Instagr
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10 Crazy Animals Dancing on Food [GIFS]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 01:53 PM PDT

1. Baby Sloths

Four baby sloths bobbing their heads on candy.

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What do you get when you combine three of the Internet's favorite things: GIFs, animals and mashups? The amazing Tumblr Animals Dancing on Food.

The quirky site places multiple, moving animal images on top of various food backgrounds. Try to stop staring at six velociraptors moving over bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, I dare you.

SEE ALSO: 12 Funniest 'Animals Being Dicks' [GIFS]

The best part is you can even submit photos of your own pet -- the site's creator has turned past submissions into GIFs, though increased popularity will make it more difficult to meet every request.

We've gathered 10 of our favorites from Animals Dancing on Food. What do you think of the unique Tumblr s…
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Social Media Documentary ‘Undroppable’ Shows Off Kids Who Stay in School

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 01:52 PM PDT


Producers Adam McKay, Jason Pollock, Sharon Chang and Scooter Braun have announced the first six American high schools selected to be part of their new social media education documentary, Undroppable.

Undroppable isn't just a documentary -- it's also a social media campaign focused on raising awareness about the high dropout rate in American high schools. The goal is to highlight the students and communities that are grappling with high dropout rates but are still pushing on and persevering, despite the obstacles.

Producer Adam McKay, co-creator of FunnyOrDie and director of Anchorman 2, said of the project, "these schools are remarkable in their willingness to stand up and…
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How Does Social Media Affect Your Local Community? [CONTEST]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 01:31 PM PDT

Social media enables people to connect across the world, but it can also help people connect locally unlike ever before.

Social Media Day will kick off on June 30 with events all over the world to celebrate the tools, technology and people that are bringing together a connected generation.

This year we want to dig deep and find out exactly how social media has affected your community. Whether it's using Twitter to break down barriers to your local government or creating new ways to communicate with your neighbors, let us know. We want to hear from you.

How has social media impacted your local community? Tell us your story in the comments. We'll select five of the most inspired ans…
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Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 12:49 PM PDT

1. Bath Time

This little guy can't help monkeying around in the sink.

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This week we have quite the eclectic collection of top GIFs -- some are new to the animated image scene, while others have been around for a while but gained traction over the past few days.

We've got the ever-popular selection of adorable animals, but also a GIF of Johnny Carson trolling an elderly potato chip collector. Here's a look at our favorite GIFs of the week.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 GIFs of the Week, Ending June 8

Which GIF in the gallery above gets your pick for best of the week? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

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McDonald’s Reveals Photoshop Magic Behind Burger Ads [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 12:48 PM PDT

Ever experience a twinge of disappointment that your McDonald's burger doesn't look exactly like it did in advertisement photos? A customer from Toronto named Isabel M. took to a website created by McDonald's Canada, which allows customers to ask all kinds of questions.

"Why does your food look different in the advertising than what is in the store?" she asked.

In a video that is quickly going viral on YouTube, director of marketing for McDonald's Canada, Hope Bagozzi, addressed the question directly.

SEE ALSO: 9 Astounding Photoshop Transformations [VIDEO]

Using documentary-style camera work, Bagozzi enters a typical Canadian restaurant and orders a quarter pounder with c…
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Brick-Size Snooze Button Connects to Your iPhone [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 12:35 PM PDT

Anyone who uses their iPhone as an alarm clock doesn't "hit the snooze" button -- rather, they tap or slide to get a few more minutes of sleep.

But if you miss the big ol' snooze button of traditional alarm clocks and still want the reliability of your iPhone alarm clock, a company on Kickstarter wants to give you the best of both worlds with its snooze button that attaches to your iPhone.

For $50 ($40 if you get in on the early bird special) you can purchase the Snooze and support the Kickstarter project -- or "keep the dream alive" as the company says (pun intended).

The boxy alarm clock allows you to charge your iPhone while it's plugged…
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Is This the Smartest Google Doodle Yet?

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 12:20 PM PDT

Another day, another awesome interactive Google doodle. This one -- which hits Saturday in the U.S., but you can see it already in the Australian and New Zealand versions of Google -- celebrates Alan Turing, famed British computer scientist, artificial intelligence pioneer and all-round math whiz.

Turing, who died a heartbreaking and utterly avoidable death at the age of 41, would have been 100 on Saturday. So the Google team is honoring his memory with a virtual version of the Turing Machine -- a concept that helps explain how a CPU thinks in binary, ie. 1s and 0s.

The doodle is incredibly hard to figure out if you're not a comp sci geek, so we hope it isn't giving too much away…
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Robotic Fingertip Can Feel Textures Better Than You

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 12:09 PM PDT

Robots are one step closer to becoming more like humans. Engineers have equipped a robot with a sensor that is able to identify textures through touch, similar to the sensation in your fingertips.

The technology is so successful that the robot's tactile sensor actually outperforms humans in identifying different materials, which could be a major step in creating better prosthetic hands or industrial robots.

The BioTac sensor uses intelligent algorithms to select, control and interpret data for "exploratory" movements (like grasping, holding, etc.) that are similar to the way humans feel a piece of clothing or a hard surface. The sensor -- a fluid-filled fingertip that's the same…
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Do You Share Too Much on Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 12:06 PM PDT

Sharing is the basis of social media, and it can be a beautiful thing. Keeping up with family and friends as kids grow, relationships become marriages and adventures are had -- social media can be tons of fun and helps us feel connected to one another.

But when does all that sharing become too much? And when can what you share online actually become dangerous?

A recent study commissioned by Intel found that 90% of American adults think people share too much, and nearly half of adults find the deluge of information to be overwhelming.

The abundance of information isn't just annoying -- it can also make overeager posters targets for scams and other crimes. According to a recent Con
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22 Exquisite Meryl Streep Memes

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 11:55 AM PDT

Acclaimed American actress Meryl Streep turned 63 on Friday. Streep, who is often considered one of the greatest living actresses, is famous for her ability to transform into an array of different characters.

Streep has earned three Academy Awards. Her most recent win came this past year for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. To members of sites such as Tumblr, she is perhaps best known for her role as Miranda Priestly, the icy editor in chief of Runway Magazine in The Devil Wears Prada. This performance spawned countless memes and Tumblr creations.

Dedicated Meryl Streep fans have even dubbed themselves "Streepers."

One of the mo…
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Twitter Expands Sports Presence With Curated Euro 2012 Page

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 11:42 AM PDT

Building off a partnership with NASCAR to corral relevant tweets and photos for the Pocono 400 earlier this month, Twitter on Friday launched a curated destination for the Euro 2012 soccer championship.

The new page -- -- is a home for the "best and most relevant Tweets from commentators, broadcasters, journalists, players, former players and lots more" during the world's second biggest international soccer tournament, according to a post to the official Twitter blog by Omid Ashtari, the company's head of sports and entertainment.

The page also provides a group of top follows for soccer fans and collects Euro 2012 photos from around the Twittersphere. Friday's q…
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Can a Wi-Fi-Enabled Bathroom Scale Help You Lose Weight? [REVIEW]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 11:40 AM PDT

In the increasingly connected world of 2012, WiFi-enabled household gadgetry is becoming more and more common. We have televisions with Internet browsers, refrigerators that offer built-in computers and thermostats you can control remotely.

So, how about bathroom scales that beam the results of your latest weigh-in to the cloud? Fitbit's Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale tracks weight, body fat percentage and BMI, and automatically uploads the data, via Wi-Fi, to a Fitbit online profile.

SEE ALSO: Ace Your Workout With This Bluetooth Wristband [REVIEW]

The Aria costs $129.95, considerably more than a traditional set of scales, but many consider the price tag a worthy investment. We have teste…
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MashTags: Tweet Us Your Funniest #DisappointingYouTubeVideos

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 11:24 AM PDT


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There's nothing worse than wasting three minutes of your life on a lame YouTube video. (OK, there are many, many worse things, but you know what I mean.) You scour the web for the perfect clip to share with friends -- one that will surely go viral -- only to be completely let down.

This Friday's MashTag is dedicated to just that: #DisappointingYouTubeVideos

Think of your favorite viral videos and imagine what it would take to make them completely un-shareable.

A few examples:

Nyan Catfish #DisappointingYouTubeVideos— Todd Olmstead (@toddjolmstead) June 22, 2012

it gets worse #disappointingyoutubevideos— lauren drell (@drelly) June 22, 2012

The Evoution of…
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Politico Reporter Suspended After Controversial Tweets, TV Appearance

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 11:24 AM PDT

Politico White House correspondent at Joe Williams was suspended late Thursday night after sending controversial tweets and suggesting during a television interview that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is more comfortable around white people than other racial groups.

The video clip of that interview is embedded above. Williams' Twitter account, @jdub321, has since been made private, but screenshots of some of his tweets can be seen below:

Williams' television appearance was first noted Thursday by conservative news site Washington Free Beacon. Later, a series of Williams' tweets that poked fun at Romney and his personal wealth was flagged by, an…
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5 Organizations That Produce Excellent Content

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 10:57 AM PDT

In a world of content farms and commodity news cycles, it looks like the pendulum is starting to swing back towards hi-fidelity content, with a focus on content created for niche audiences.

The value of such content lies in the effect it can have on readers, but also specific groups. Here are five examples of companies that have been tremendously effective with content, and what they can teach others trying to do the same.

1. New York Philharmonic

Why It Matters: The New York Philharmonic has made their entire archive of sheet music available to anyone with a browser. In the next 10 years, the Philharmonic plans to digitize its entire collection of eight million pages of docume…
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On Lumia, Windows Phone Update Is More Than Skin Deep

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 10:38 AM PDT

Microsoft's Windows Phone keynote Wednesday brought with it the official announcement of Windows Phone 8. The updated version of the operating system is headed to phones this fall, however it won't be headed to any existing Windows Phone devices simply because those device's hardware won't be able to handle the features set coming in the update.

That news was particularly upsetting for Nokia Lumia 900 owners. The flagship Windows Phone launched just a few months ago, and news that it wasn't going to be updated to the next full version of Windows Phone left many customers unhappy.

Although the phone won't be getting Windows Phone 8, Nokia doesn't plan to abandon Lumia owne…
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Do Couples Need Their Own Apps? [POLL]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 10:22 AM PDT

The "thumbkiss" may be one of the most clever inventions of our mobile-phone-centric age. Pioneered by an app called Pair, the feature simulates touch by buzzing when both members tap the same point on their respective phone screens. It's cute.

Or you might see it as an unnecessary component of an unnecessary concept: apps made specifically for couples.

Pair was the first of the breed to garner significant attention, and it has more than 220,000 users. Its main utility is a private shared timeline for couples that allows them to easily swap messages, photos, videos and locations. Couples can also doodle together, share a to-do list and, of course, thumbkiss.

This week, a pair of ex-…
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Why It’s Not So Hard to Develop for Multiple Mobile Platforms

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 10:05 AM PDT

In Mashable's new video series, Behind the Launch, we're taking cameras behind the scenes at Vungle, an in-app video advertising startup. New episodes air every Monday and Wednesday, but we're running bonus footage throughout the series to provide a deeper look into the startup experience.

Google Ventures is one of the investors who helped Vungle score a $2 million round of funding. The firm has also sent some design partners to consult with Vungle, and in the extended footage above, we see the Vungle guys meet with Rich Miner, a Google Ventures partner and co-founder of the Android platform. He explains that technological advancements have made…
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3 Mobile Platforms Your Brand Should Leverage

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 09:23 AM PDT

It's clear that Twitter and Facebook have been incredibly valuable to marketers. But the reality is that they are saturated by a ton of brands, and unless a marketer has a solid game plan, it can be difficult to reach the right audience.

It's time to leverage platforms and communities where your brand can be unique, be heard, and engage with smaller target markets. This is the next phase of the social web: connecting with fewer people and making a bigger impact.

And given the proliferation of smart phone and tablet adoption, mobile is the place to be. Here are three platforms to use in that space.

1. Pinwheel
Still in private beta, Pinwheel is generating pre-launch buzz due t…
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LeBron James Tweets ‘OMFG … I AM a CHAMPION!!’

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 09:09 AM PDT

After the Miami Heat won the NBA Finals, LeBron James needed time to absorb the moment. He turned to Twitter to share his emotions Friday.

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Inside the Mind of a Freelancer [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 22 Jun 2012 08:52 AM PDT

Thinking about skipping out on your 9-to-5 in favor of becoming a freelancer? There are a few key factors to weigh out before making the decision.

Our friends at JESS3 teamed up with 24 Seven to create this infographic that rounds up the opinions of freelancers who participated in their 2012 Salary Survey & Job Market Report. Overall, freelancers seem pretty happy with the career move.

The majority left their traditional employment in search of freedom and flexibility. Apparently, being worry-free isn't a part of that package; freelancers' top concerns are about staying professionally relevant, meeting deadlines and their lack of a clear direction.

The good news is that according…
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