Friday, 29 June 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Watch the Entire Google I/O Day One Keynote [VIDEO]”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Watch the Entire Google I/O Day One Keynote [VIDEO]”

Watch the Entire Google I/O Day One Keynote [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 04:27 AM PDT

If you've missed out on some of the action from the first day of Google's I/O conference, here's a chance to relive it: Google has made available the video of the entire 2-hour opening keynote.

And what a keynote it was! Google has arguably outdone even Apple with an action-packed event, showcasing a bunch of exciting new products, including Android Jelly Bean, Nexus 7 and Nexus Q.

Even with all these new products, the highlight of the event was definitely Sergey Brin's bit, who showed the attendants a spectacular demo of Project Glass.

See the entire keynote in the video above and tell us what you think in the comments.

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RIM’s Quarter From Hell And Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 03:36 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.

RIM Reports Huge Drop in Sales, Announces Layoffs

Canadian BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has reported an abysmal Q1, with a 43% drop in sales on the previous quarter and a delay of its upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphone line, which will not arrive until 2013.

Furthermore, the company has announced it would cut 5,000 jobs. Even so, RIM expects to report an operating loss in the fiscal Q2 as well.

Google Launches Google Compute Engine

Google has launched Google Compute Engine
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More About: blackberry, features, first to know series, foursquare, Google, mashable, RIM

iPhone: The 5-Year-Old That Changed the World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 02:31 AM PDT

Love or hate Apple products, there's no denying the iPhone's indelible mark on technology, culture and business. Five years ago, the first iteration was unleashed on throngs of early adopters, who ogled its touchscreen interface and poked at little icons. Today, the smartphone concept is no longer the bastion of tech nerds and fan girls. It has become standard issue, thanks in large part to the iPhone's overwhelming success and iconic design.

The device revolutionized Apple itself. iPhone sales were a tiny slice of Apple pie in 2007. In 2012, it accounts for 58% of the company's revenue (which, overall, has skyrocketed, thanks to a culture of iTunes and apps propagated by the iPhone).…
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Teen Chat Bot Wins Largest Turing Test Challenge in History

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 01:16 AM PDT

If Alan Turing were still around, what would he have thought of thirteen-year old Eugne Goostman? Turing, widely considered the father of computer science, became famous for cracking the Nazi's Enigma machine and his Turing Test has become the de facto method for determining a machine's artificial intelligence. But recent news from the largest Turing test in history suggests even Turing himself might have been fooled by the seemingly normal teenage Goostman.

To many attendees, Eugene was just a typical seventh-grader from a middle-class family, awkward with peculiar sense of humor. It was that distinctive personality that led to Eugene winning the t…
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More About: artificial intelligence, turing test, weird stuff

Court: Kim Doctcom Search Warrants Were Invalid

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 10:45 PM PDT

When New Zealand police set off to arrest Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three of his staff this past January, they forgot a crucial police procedure: a proper warrant.

New Zealand judge Justice Helen Winkelmann decided Thursday that the warrants New Zealand authorities used for seizing Dotcom's property -- including almost 20 vehicles, computers and pieces of art -- were illegal, according to Australia's ABC News.

Justice Winkelmann also declared illegal the warrants used by the FBI to copy Megaupload data and bring it to the U.S.

"The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related," said Justice Winkelmann in her ruling. "Indeed, they fell well short of…
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More About: Kim Dotcom, megaupload, new zealand, piracy, US, World

The Best Photos From Google I/O

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 08:37 PM PDT

Google I/O 2012 Hits San Francisco

Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, brings together thousands of developers who want to see the latest and greatest Google projects. They weren't disappointed this year, seeing the launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet and a spectacular demo of Google Glass.

Click here to view this gallery.

The annual Google I/O conference brings together developers, analysts, press and other interested parties to see the latest and greatest goodies from the search and software giant.

And Google did not disappoint.

The show kicked off with the unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet and the new version of Android (version 4.1 or "Jelly Bean"), and peaked with the eye-popping skydive demo of Google Glass.

And that was just the Day One keynote. For the past 48 hours, attendees of Google I/O have laid their eye on those products and more, taking them for a spin on the colorful show floor. San Francisco's Moscone Center has been completely tricked out with Google products and artifacts. Distincti…
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More About: android, Google, Google Glass, google io, jelly bean, Nexus 7

Looking for Developers? Try This Geeky Community

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 08:18 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: Geeklist

Quick Pitch: Geeklist is a community for geeks and developers.

Genius Idea: A place for geeks to share their accomplishments and connect with great companies and other developers.

While Christian Sanz worked at startups, he realized that there was a need for an effective way to recruit developers for jobs at top companies.

"The only ways for developers to connect with companies were through recruiters and résumés," Sanz told Mashable. "I wanted to c…
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Managing Millennials: Why Gen Y Will Be Running the Country by 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 07:44 PM PDT

In just eight short years, 46% of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of millennials. Whether you're frightened or excited by the prospect, the fact remains that young adults born between 1976 and 2001 will be running this country.

UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School and the YEC have teamed up to compile research and create this infographic, which details the who, how and why of managing millennials.

SEE ALSO: How Gen Y Women Fare in Today's Workplace [INFOGRAPHIC]

Aside from their preference for engaging work environments, millennials value jobs that encourage social media activity. One-in-three indicated he would prioritize social media freedom, device flexibility and work m…
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More About: Business, infographics, jobs, millenials, Social Media

2012 Olympics: How to Watch 3,500 Hours of NBC Coverage Online

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 06:48 PM PDT

NBC is going social and digital like never before for the 2012 Olympics.

The network announced this week that customers can begin pre-verifying their credentials to access 3,500 hours of live-streamed coverage from London this July and August. The streaming video will be delivered via and mobile apps that will launch in mid-July.

During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, NBC sports group chairman Mark Lazarus said that live coverage anywhere at anytime was an easy choice given the current pace of innovation.

"The decision was made because we think that as times have changed that there is a sense to satisfy all people and with using technology," Lazarus sa…
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Robot Smartphone Docking Station Will Bring the Boogie [VIDEO]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 06:19 PM PDT

This smartphone docking station just wants to dance all night long.

Shimi is the name of the one-foot tall dancing robot and smartphone dock designed by Georgia Tech's Center for Music Technology. Just clap your hands to a beat you want to hear, and Shimi will find it, play that track and boogie to the beat.

This smart robot also uses facial recognition technology via the phone's camera to track the listeners' faces -- so that it can position its speakers in their direction.

"Shimi is designed to change the way that people enjoy and think about their music," Professor Gil Weinberg, director of Georgia Tech's Center for Music Technology…
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Google+ Events: Brought to You by One Googler’s Vacation

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 05:46 PM PDT

One of the new features of Google+ that may be the most useful is Events. More than just an calendar and invitation service, Events allow Google+ users to very easily pool their event photos, displaying them in chronological order regardless of who took them or when they were uploaded.

The first official Google+ Event -- Google's Day 1 party here at the Google I/O developer conference -- provided a testing ground for the popularity of the feature, and by that measure it was a smashing success. Attendees pooled more than 13,000 photos, Google's Vic Gundotra revealed at today's keynote.

In fact, it was Gundotra who helped inspire Google+ Events, telling Mashable the idea was at least par…
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Google Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean: Kindle Fire Can’t Touch This [HANDS-ON VIDEO]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 04:40 PM PDT

With the Nexus 7 tablet, Google just gave notice to the Amazon Kindle Fire: You will not be the only media-centered Android tablet in town. The widgets on the Nexus 7's home screen are gateways to Google's media apps, and the new system software, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has a number of tricks the Fire can't touch.

One of the key ones is simple usability. Google put a lot of work into making Jelly Bean's user experience seamless, with a revamped interface, "Project Butter." The system's animations got a boost in frame rate, making them appear extremely smooth, and there are a couple of tweaks to make touch input more responsive. By contrast, the Kind…
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More About: android, Google, jelly bean, Nexus 7, tablets, trending

Tumblr Introduces Pinned Posts [PICS]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 04:24 PM PDT

Tumblr introduced a new ad product Thursday -- one that enables users to pin their posts to the top of their followers' dashboards for 24 hours, thereby giving their content more exposure.

This is the fourth ad product Tumblr has rolled out since the beginning of the year. In February, Tumblr launched Highlighted Posts, which for $1 (it since doubled to $2) lets users draw attention to posts that appear in followers' dashboards (a.k.a. newsfeeds). Its red labels say things like "Big News!" or "Sale!"

In May, the blog network introduced two ad formats aimed at brands: Radar, a display unit that lets companies advertise their accounts on the right rail of followers' dashboards,…
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Why One Couple Turned to Twitter to Adopt a Baby

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 04:02 PM PDT

After almost three years of waiting to adopt a baby, a Michigan couple has turned to Twitter to get their profile across.

Rick and Erica Jones have been on a small local adoption agency's waiting list for more than two years. Unlike larger adoption agencies, their Berkeley-based organization doesn't have the financial means to extensively market their clients. Nor do Rick and Erika have the money to go through a larger adoption agency.

Before turning to Twitter, Rick says they followed the agency's suggestions to use fliers, newspaper ads, business cards and Facebook. None of those "traditional methods" got their case any traction.

That's when Rick decided to turn to Twitter,…
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More About: lifestyle, parenting, Social Good, Twitter

Chrome for iPhone, iPad: It’s Safari with Smart Extras [HANDS ON]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 03:41 PM PDT

Chrome for iOS is Here

Chrome for iOS is here. Available for the IPhone and iPad, how does it compare to the third-party browser competition?

Click here to view this gallery.

As promised, Google's Chrome web browser is now available for iOS.

We've spent some time playing with the app -- which you can download from the App Store now [iTunes link] -- and trying it out alongside Mobile Safari, iCab Mobile, Opera Mini and others.

Understanding the Trade-Offs

Because Apple restricts the way third-party web browsers can work with iOS, Chrome isn't substantially different from any other mobile web browser. In fact, it's basically just the UIWebView (geek speak for the basic Mobile Safari rendering engine) with a customized skin.

That's not a bad thing -- Mobile Safari is a great mobile web browser -- but it mean that users have to accept a few trade-offs…
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More About: Browsers, chrome, chrome ios, Google, iOS apps, trending

Instagram’s Major Expansion: Now You Can Like, Comment on Web

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 02:57 PM PDT

The photo sharing app Instagram has redesigned its web view, allowing users to comment and like photos in the browser -- making the popular mobile app an interactive web experience for the first time.

The switch comes just three days after Instagram's first update since its acquisition by Facebook.

Instagram aligned the aesthetics of its website with its app, adding a blue banner on the side. The website also show the images much larger, as TheNextWeb pointed out, taking advantage of the increasing picture quality of camera phones.

Still, some users reported trouble with commenting, and many people were surprised to discover it absent a big announcement from the company.

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Google Claims Chrome is World’s Most Popular Browser [VIDEO]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 02:37 PM PDT

At Google I/O Thursday, vice president for Chrome and apps Sundar Pichai described Chrome as the world's most popular browser. To celebrate, the company just posted a video to YouTube that illustrates Chrome's journey since its launch in September 2008.

Pichai, and Google's history lesson video, both claim 310 million Chrome users worldwide. The video doesn't claim a source, and Pichai was pretty vague about sourcing, according to reports from the conference.

The digital analytics service StatCounter backs up Google's claim to the throne, however. Over the past six weeks, Chrome just edged out Internet Explorer in web traffic served.

According to StatCounter, Chrome account…
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RIM Collapsing? BlackBerry Sales Drop 43% in a Quarter

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 02:02 PM PDT

Canadian tech giant Research in Motion, the beleaguered maker of BlackBerry phones and tablets, suffered what was arguably its worst hit yet Thursday.

The company revealed that sales were down a stunning 43% on the previous quarter -- a loss per share of 28 cents.

How bad is that? Analysts, prepared by abstract warnings of bad news from CEO Thorston Heins, had been predicting dire outcomes, but few had gone higher than a 14 cent per share loss. The average was a 3-cent loss. (The company halted trading Wednesday afternoon before the earnings report was released; shares slid 18% in after-hours trading.)

RIM's share of the global smartphone market had dropped by half in the firs…
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More About: blackberry, BlackBerry 10, RIM, thorston heins, trending

Photo Challenge: What Does Your Commute Look Like?

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 01:48 PM PDT

Whether you travel on a train, ferry or bicycle, during the day or at night, or even through a tunnel, the journey to work can be a welcome distraction from the destination.

For this week's Music Monday, we published a Spotify playlist of songs to listen to on your way to work. We polled the Mashable staff and included the songs that get us going and ready to face the day. We also invited you to share your favorite commute songs.

Now that we know what you're jamming to on the way to work, we want to know: What does your commute look like? Does the mode of transportation make your journey special? What sights do you see while in route?

SEE ALSO: 20 Sharp Photos Showing Off Angl
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YouTube’s Official Comedy Channel Is Coming Soon

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 01:38 PM PDT

YouTube revealed a small taste of its comedy smorgasbord Thursday, and it's actually funnier than the "funniest YouTube video."

The Official Comedy channel is part of Google and YouTube's original programming initiative. It will kick off with web series like "You're An A-Hole," "Jokes Through The Ages," "Behind the Heckle," and "Funny Cause It's True."

Big names in comedy like Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan have also provided previews and directors' cuts for their comedy specials.

SEE ALSO: The Future of Funny: How Old and New Media Collaborate on Comedy

Official Comedy's lead series, "You're An A-Hole," follows standup comedian and commentator, Christian Finnegan,…
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More About: aziz ansari, comedy, Jim Gaffigan, Louis C.K., Video, YouTube

5 Strategies for Marketing on the iPad

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 01:26 PM PDT

Just 22% of the top 50 retailers in the country have an iPad app. Yet the iPad is the fastest-growing consumer computing device on the planet. Why haven't brands embraced it as quickly as they have the iPhone?

Clearly, brands have been slow to launch apps for this device – and other tablets – for a combination of reasons. Many marketers have already sunk millions into creating iPhone apps and assume these apps will works just fine on the iPad. Sometimes, this strategy works. After all, some apps offer an almost identical experience on the iPhone as the iPad. But to really get maximum marketing impact, brands do need to create iPad-specific apps that take advantage of the table…
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Network With Industry Pros at These IRL Events

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 01:11 PM PDT

Mashable is celebrating Social Media Day in 510 cities around the world on Saturday. To make sure you're getting your fill of social media meetups and events, we've rounded up some exciting business conferences and exhibitions, where you can learn about the latest trends and news in the business. So whether you work in social media or are just looking for new ways to integrate it into your business, we've got an event that's sure to get you ahead in the game.

Be sure to check out Mashable's Events Board for postings of events and conferences in business, marketing and mobile. We'll fill you in on the latest networking opportunities, meetings and expos that are sure to spice up your wo…
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72-Hour ‘Zelda’ Marathon Raises Money for Sick Kids

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 12:54 PM PDT

GameToAid, a small Australian non-profit that live streams charity gaming marathons, has kicked off another epic quest to help children battling life-threatening illnesses.

The Zelda Timeline Marathon pits two teams head-to-head on a mission to finish six Legend of Zelda classics in 72 hours. Team Beedle and Team Tingle (named for some of the franchise's quirkier characters) are racing to complete the games in story-chronological order, according to the official Legend of Zelda timeline released by Nintendo in December. Fans can view the live stream and comment in the chat. There are t-shirt contests and fan art showcases throughout.

The games on deck:

Skyward Sword (Wii -…
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More About: charity, Child's Play, Gaming, Legend of Zelda, Social Good, Zelda

How Playing Games Makes You Live Longer

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 12:40 PM PDT

EDINBURGH, Scotland -- It's easy to write off our gaming addiction as a waste of time. But game designer Jane McGonigal argues the exact opposite; that games can actually extend our life expectancy. And she has the data to support it.

McGonial, who in a previous TED Talk advocated that the world collectively play 21 billion hours of games per week, started her presentation at TED Global on Thursday by citing a widely-circulated study of the most common regrets of people on their death beds.

She then detailed how games address all of them, drawing on her personal experience of suffering a serious concussion that left her unable to do most of the things she loved, like play…
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Own the Seattle Skyline — Made Out of RAM [PICS]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 12:40 PM PDT

A miniature version of Seattle's skyline -- primarily made out of green circuit boards -- is up for grabs for $99 on Craigslist. Engineer Ali Difaez recycled old gear for his creation, which sports the iconic Space Needle.

The Craigslist ad explicitly asks for people to make legit offers, not laughable $1 or $5 bids.

SEE ALSO: Magician Pairs Tech and Illusion to Tell Story of Famous Inventor [VIDEO]

"He gathered up a bunch of DDR2 RAM modules, some RJ45 to RS232 serial converters, heat-sinks and a couple of memory modules along with an obsolete Cisco 6148 line card and glued them together to make a city," says Geekwire writer Todd Bishop, who hunted down Difaez to ask for speci…
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More About: craigslist, Tech, trending, viral

Amazon to Launch Two New Kindle Fire Tablets Soon [REPORT]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 12:24 PM PDT

Amazon is gearing up to launch two new Kindle Fire tablets next month -- a 7-inch device called the "Coyote" and a 10-inch "Hollywood" tablet, according to a new report.

Tech blog BGR is reporting that the e-commerce giant is expected to launch the two devices as early as next month. The news comes on the heels of Google's announcement of its Nexus 7 tablet, a powerful inexpensive tablet ($199) that many are calling a "Kindle Fire Killer."

The Coyote is rumored to have a dual-core processor -- which also runs the existing Kindle Fire tablet -- while the Hollywood is said to tout a more powerful quad-core processor.

SEE ALSO: Google's Nexus 7 Takes on Amazon's Kindle Fire
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More About: amazon, Google, google io, Kindle, kindle fire, Nexus 7, trending

Warriors Give Fans Rare Glimpse Inside NBA Draft With Social Media

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 12:09 PM PDT

Golden State Warriors fans will get what appears to be unprecedented candid access to their team's NBA Draft machinations Thursday evening with live tweets sent directly from within the team's "war room" throughout the event.

As the Warriors' coach, ownership, managers and advisors hunker down in Oakland to consider trades, debate picks and track who other teams choose, Kevin Cote, team's head of digital marketing, will be embedded next to consultant Jerry West and others, smartphone and laptop at hand. He'll document strategy and reactions, post photos from inside to Instagram and answer fan questions about the process.

Fans are encouraged to follow along with the @warriors Twitter…
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More About: NBA, Social Media, sports

This iPhone Case Can Float Like a Boat

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 12:09 PM PDT

1. LifeProof Case Exterior

First, make sure the screen is clean and free of dust particles or small hairs.

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Everyone knows you should have a lifejacket handy when you're out on a boat. We've even seen instances of people putting them on their dogs just in case. But what about protecting your iPhone from an accidental tumble overboard? LifeProof, maker of the sturdy cases that already protect your phone from water and dust, now has a LifeJacket for your phone.

Its sturdy, protective, bright orange casing is bouyant, so it will float on top of the water. That means if you accidentally drop your iPhone overboard, you can grab a boat hook and scoop it back up by the lanyard, or use a net to bring it in. And when you finally fish it back onboard, it will work work just fine.

SEE ALSO: 10 Water
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Top 10 Brands on Socialcam

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 11:49 AM PDT

1. Brooklyn Nets

One of two New York City-based NBA basketball teams, the Brooklyn Nets' Socialcam page includes nutrition tips, shots of the construction of the new stadium and messages from players and general manager Billy King.

Followers: 765,331

Click here to view this gallery.

Video-sharing platform Socialcam's tagline is "the easiest way to take and share videos," and brands are taking note.

The relatively new web, iOS and Android app allows individuals and companies alike to engage their audiences and increase their social scope by sharing videos. Socialcam doesn't impose any time limits on its videos like some of its competitors -- Viddy, for example. According to Michael Seibel, CEO of Socialcam, the average length of a Socialcam video is between 60 and 90 seconds.

Brands such as Lipton Iced Tea and the New York Jets have followings that just keep growing. Video is one of the best ways for brands to tell compelling stories while showcasing their missions…
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More About: Business, features, Marketing, Social Media, socialcam, videos, YouTube

‘Ron Swanson’ Reads Teen Celeb Tweets [VIDEO]

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 11:48 AM PDT

Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on NBC's Parks and Recreation, appeared on Conan this week for the return of a hilarious segment in which he reads the tweets of Hollywood's young female celebrities.

The video is set in Offerman's workshop, where he dons carpenter garb and manhandles heavy machinery. In his true Ron Swanson deadpan voice, Offerman does a verbatim reading of the Twitter updates from celebs like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. And it's clear the Conan O'Brien writers did their best to find the girliest tweets for Offerman to recite.

I love feathers & love dream catchers...combine the 2 & I practically explode from happiness😌
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More About: conan o'brien, demi lovato, nbc, Selena Gomez, taylor swift, trending, Twitter

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