Saturday, 30 June 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Google Nexus Q: Ready for Party Fouls, Not Prime Time [REVIEW]”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Google Nexus Q: Ready for Party Fouls, Not Prime Time [REVIEW]”

Google Nexus Q: Ready for Party Fouls, Not Prime Time [REVIEW]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 07:23 PM PDT

Google is calling the Nexus Q the "world's first social media streamer." When connected to your TV, this $299 ball can be used to stream tunes and videos from your favorite (Gingerbread or higher) Android device.

If you have Android-toting friends over, you can also give them the ability to control the Q and play their own music and videos.

Set to ship in mid-July, the Q is much more expensive than most music and media streaming devices.

And sad to say, it isn't worth it. The Q is fun to play with, but it also has some significant flaws.

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When Google designed the Q, it was looking to create something that you'd want to display on a bookshelf or beside…
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Custom Menswear Etailer Indochino Sets Its Sights Offline

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 07:13 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: Indochino

Quick Pitch: Made-to-measure menswear ordered online.

Genius Idea: Takes less than 30 minutes, no appointment necessary.

It was 2006 and Heikal Gani was in need of a suit. Gani, then a student at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, exhausted the inventories of offline and online retailers, eventually settling for what he describes as a "generic, off-the-rack garment" that required "extensive and expensive" tailoring.

This experience was the genesis fo…
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Moms Are Biggest Brand Boosters on Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 06:48 PM PDT

Moms lead the pack when comes to liking brands on Facebook, according to a recent survey by Burst media. Fifty eight percent of moms follow or like brands on social media sites.

The survey showed that moms are the group of consumers most likely to follow their favorite brands on social media. It also found that 2 in 3 readers learn about brands via "likes" from blogs, with moms and 18-34-year-olds particularly influenced by brand mentions. Sixty-six percent of blog readers answered that a promotion by a blogger influences their purchase decisions online.

The survey, provided by Burst Media, uncovered some other interesting stats: 49% of respondents are loyal to brands online and occa…
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Why Olympian Nick Symmonds Is Gold on Social Media

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 06:24 PM PDT

Among Olympic athletes, there may not be a more effective -- or by-the-bootstraps -- user of social media than runner Nick Symmonds.

How's this for -- as the phrase goes -- "leveraging social media"? In January, Symmonds held an eBay auction for the rights to his left shoulder. Symmonds would apply a temporary tattoo of the winning individual or corporate bidder's Twitter handle to his shoulder for every competition of the 2012 track and field season, including this summer's London Olympics.

The marketing company Hanson Dodge Creative eventually shelled out $11,100 for Symmonds' real estate offer, but he's been forced to cover their handle with a piece of tape for many events and wil…
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This Paintable Battery Can Be Used Virtually Anywhere [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 06:10 PM PDT

Researchers at Rice University in Texas have created a paintable battery that can be used anywhere. Also impressive -- the battery is rechargeable and can hold a 2.4 volt charge for six hours.

To create this sprayable battery, the team disassembled the chemicals of a lithium-ion battery and converted them into five paints. These paints were then sprayed in a particular order, like a conventional battery cell, onto ceramic tiles. Then the nine tiles were lined up parallel and placed with one tile topped with a solar cell that converted power from a white laboratory light. This produced a steady 2.4 volts for six hours.

The battery was sprayed on…
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Apple Gets Judge to Block Sale of Nexus, Android’s Only Jelly Bean Phone

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 05:36 PM PDT

It's not how Google would have wanted to end one of its best weeks ever.

On the last day of a stellar Google I/O conference, where the search and software giant unveiled a slew of new products including Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, rival Apple successfully blocked the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

That's the Jelly Bean-capable phone -- currently, the only Jelly Bean-capable phone -- which Google had been handing out all week to developers.

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, based in San Jose, just down the road from Apple's Cupertino campus, granted Apple the preliminary injunction Friday afternoon in an ongoing patent dispute. It won't go into effect until Apple posts a $96 mill…
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Dora the Explorer Isn’t Playing Around Anymore [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 05:23 PM PDT

We all know that a young Dora the Explorer from the popular Nickelodeon show is a crime-fighting machine especially when Swiper the Fox's sticky fingers are at work. (What criminal wouldn't fear those haunting, taunting words, "Swiper, no swiping!"?)

But when College Humor teams up with Ariel Winter (the know-it-all middle child on Modern Family) to parody the kids' cartoon in an action-packed movie trailer, we find out that Dora (or at least a somewhat older, live-action version of her) can easily out spy James Bond and out assassinate Jack Bauer.

And of course, how could Dora keep the gun-weilding Swiper at bay without her trusty monkey pal Boots, talking digitized backpack and…
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How Top Entrepreneurs Are Using Microsoft’s Kinect

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 05:21 PM PDT

Most people know Microsoft's Kinect as a the motion sensing device you can hook-up to your Xbox to track your moves onscreen while playing virtual tennis or bowling. An accelerator program at Microsoft challenged budding entrepreneurs to create innovative ways to use the Kinect technology -- and they created a lot more that just games.

Eleven teams of entrepreneurs worked 13 weeks with $20,000 to fine-tune their creations and presented their ideas to a room full of investors on Thursday in Seattle. The companies were selected from 500 that applied from around the world.

Microsoft accelerator presented by TechStars is a startup incubator that nurses innovative ideas. For this round of…
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Cities in New Hampshire, New York and Texas Declare Social Media Day

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 04:45 PM PDT

The cities of Buffalo, N.Y.; Manchester, N.H.; and McAllen, Texas, have all proclaimed June 30 as Social Media Day. This brings the count to 17 cities and three U.S. states that are celebrating Social Media Day under an official proclamation.

The Buffalo Social Media Club is holding its event at Lobby Bar at Statler City. Proceeds from the $5 entry fee will be donated to Computers for Children, Inc. The celebration will have food and drink specials, a live DJ, networking and informational tables from organizations in the surrounding area.

Social Media Day Manchester N.H. is sponsored by Altos Marketing and will be hosted outdoors at The Patio Manchester. This will be Manches…
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Watch Android Jelly Bean Transfer Photos and Videos with a Tap [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 04:16 PM PDT

Alongside many other new features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google has rolled out an updated version of Android Beam -- one that allows you to transfer photos and videos between two devices equipped with Near-Field Communication technology, or NFC.

First offered in Ice Cream Sandwich, Android Beam already allowed you to share things like web pages, contacts, directions, and apps by tapping together two phones.

If you're already familiar with Android Beam, the new functionality is going to look and feel much like the Ice Cream Sandwich version. To send a picture or video you just have to load the photo up on your device and then hold it up aga…
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How Social Media Is Helping Colorado Wildfire Relief

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 03:52 PM PDT

In a crisis, social media is ideal for spreading information fast -- and helping disaster relief organizations get up-to-the-minute information about the situation on the ground.

This week's wildfires in Colorado are no exception. Grassroots campaigns, alongside major relief organizations, have analyzed social media data to help people in the fires' way.

Waldo Canyon Fire Tracker

Two Colorado Springs, Colo. residents, Scott Seibold and Robbie Trencheny, crafted a Twitter application which aggregates tweets that use the hashtag #WaldoCanyonFire, #WaldoFire, #waldocanyon and Colorado Springs. The tool also separates out official tweets from the city and pictures.

You can in t…
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Michigan Officially Recognizes June 30 as Social Media Day

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 03:49 PM PDT

The list of places celebrating Social Media Day continues to grow. This week Michigan became the third state to officially proclaim June 30 as Social Media Day.

Governor Rick Snyder (whose Twitter handle is @onetoughnerd) signed the proclamation on June 27, making this the first year that Michigan will officially recognize Social Media Day statewide.

Michigan has a strong social media presence. The state's government maintains 137 social media accounts across Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Its Facebook presence is the second-largest of any tourism agency and @MIgov has the third-largest state government following.

The governor and various departments do regular Q&A sessions…
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2012 Olympics: USOC YouTube Channel Tells Athletes’ Stories

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 03:32 PM PDT

Want to learn about the stories behind the American athletes you'll watch compete in London this summer? Intrigued by injured military veterans now representing their country in the Paralympics? Want teaching tips from Olympic coaches?

These are among the goals of four new shows launched this month by the United States Olympics Committee (USOC) on its official YouTube channel. The shows will run through the lead-up to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, during the Games and for several weeks after.

Mashable recently spoke with Lauren Pasquale, the USOC's digital media director for content development, to learn more about how the YouTube programming fits with the organizations' increas…
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Livestrong CEO: ‘Social Media Is Changing the World’ [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 02:44 PM PDT

Mashable's third annual Social Media Day will bring together thousands of people worldwide to celebrate the digital revolution this Saturday.

We talked with Doug Ulman, President and CEO of Livestrong, about how social media is mobilizing initiatives for a better world. He notes that people are not only using digital to coalesce around causes but also to connect with one another and share their stories. "Social media is worth celebrating because it gives us all a voice," Ulman says.

Watch the video above to hear more about Ulman's thoughts about social media's ability to inspire change throughout the world.

We invite you to join fellow social…
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Why the iPhone Was Truly a Disruptive Product

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 02:37 PM PDT

Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.Chances are, the smartphone in your pocket bears little resemblance to the cell phone you were carrying 5 years ago. That's largely because of what happened on June 29, 2007, the day the iPhone was released in North America.

As I wrote on the anniversary last year, "every major smartphone that has gone into production since the iPhone's release has, in some way, been a response to the iPhone itself."

Since 2007, I've written hundreds of thousands of words about the iPhone, iOS and the modern smartphone ecosystem. I have chronicled the impact the iPhone has had not just on Apple, but on the telecom industry, the smartphone market and computing as we know it.

Now, on the fifth anniv…
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Twitter: The Romantic Comedy [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 02:06 PM PDT

Soon after The Social Network came out, people created a Twitter parody of the hit drama. But it seems we're still craving some silver screen Twitter action.

Actors Jason Ritter, Alison Brie, Daniel Franzese and Kimmy Gatewood star in a romantic comedy spoof called You Got Retweeted, which follows the burgeoning relationship of two people who communicate lovingly over Twitter but who hate each other IRL.

The film already has associated Twitter presences, like @BabyGooseFinder and #HashtagLove, which when you say it out loud, sounds pretty silly.

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Smackdown: Google Voice Search vs. Apple’s Siri [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 01:44 PM PDT

With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google is taking a shot at iPhone digital assistant Siri.

The next-generation Android OS, announced this week at Google I/O, offers the ability to search for and find information about anything you can imagine by simply asking.

Using the power of Google, the company has incorporated its Knowledge Graph into searches, making its answers more informative than Apple's digital assistant in some cases.

In other cases, the Android-based voice search not so hot.

SEE ALSO: Google vs. Bing, Battle of the Search Engines

So which is best? We pitted Google Voice Search against Siri, asking a few simple questions suc…
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By 2020, We Still Won’t Live in Smart Homes [STUDY]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 01:27 PM PDT

The future, according to movies and books, looks like this: homes with multi-touch interfaces, voice-activated devices, interactive buildings and driverless cars. By 2020, tech-enhanced homes and buildings will be possible. However, experts predict average consumers will continue living the simple life.

Smart appliances are here; gesture-sensitive interfaces and everyday robotics are coming. The question is -- will the market soon be saturated with high-tech houses? Probably not, according to results of a Pew Research Center opt-in survey of 1,021 Internet experts, researchers and critics discussing the "home of the future."

It's projected that by 2015, 25 billion connected device…
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Twitter Drops LinkedIn Partnership

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 01:07 PM PDT

UPDATELinkedIn announced via a blog post on Friday that Twitter would no longer be partnering with the business-networking site to sync updates from one site to the other.

This ends a partnership that began in 2009. LinkedIn users can still create updates on the site and click a button to share to Twitter as well, but the the reverse is no longer possible.

The LinkedIn post by Ryan Roslansky, head of content products at LinkedIn, pointed to Twitter's own Friday blog post about "delivering a consistent experience on Twitter."

It's possible, though doubtful, that Twitter wants to separate itself from the business networking company after the recent password breach in which 6 millio
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Facebook App Recommends Songs for Your Romantic Encounters

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 12:54 PM PDT

Have you ever tried to create the perfect romantic evening only to fall flat when the wrong mood music plays? Durex -- yes, the condom company -- has an app for that.

The Facebook app for connecting couples is called the Durex In-Sync Song Generator and works by asking couples a set of questions completely unrelated to lovemaking like, "How loud is your personality?" or "At what time of day are you at your best?" The app then compares your responses to find the ideal song in Spotify for setting the mood.

Durex, which has long been the number two condom company behind Trojan, hopes the app will help the company attract a younger demographic. In…
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How Web APIs Unlock Value in the Cloud

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 12:38 PM PDT

The cloud is where it's at. It's where business data resides. It's where social user-generated content sits, where forward-thinking creators place their tools. Unfortunately, the cloud is also the place all that good stuff stays, unused and unloved. That is, unless you offer smart ways to access it. That is where a web API comes in.

Just as the power of crowds has populated the social content repositories of Web 2.0 -- YouTube videos, Facebook updates, tweets, and more -- the web API enables designers and developers to re-purpose the body of knowledge that is the cloud. Here are some examples of how companies have used a web API to create more value.

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Heart-Stopping Photos of Attempted Hijacking in China Go Viral

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 12:18 PM PDT

On-Board Struggle

A struggle between hijackers and passengers developed on board the aircraft.

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An attempted airliner hijacking was fought off by passengers in the skies above western China on Friday, and photos of the incident went viral almost immediately on Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo.

A passenger onboard took the pictures and sent them to Weibo user seland, who uploaded them for all the world to see. They seem to show a struggle between the would-be hijackers and passengers aboard the aircraft, who reportedly subdued and restrained the assailants.

SEE ALSO: The Censorship Game: Chinese Twitter Will Score User Behavior

Six hijackers attempted to take control of the plane early after takeoff over China's Xinjiang provence, a region with a substantial Uighur pop…
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AMC Ramps Up Programming Feud With Dish Cable

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 12:04 PM PDT

As Pete Campbell haters everywhere know, the gloves came off repeatedly throughout AMC's latest season of Mad Men. Now the network is following suit -- a snarky viral ad campaign is just the latest jab in AMC's feud with satellite broadcaster Dish Network.

AMC Networks -- which encompasses AMC, Sundance and WE -- is urging viewers to drop their Dish subscriptions with its Save the White House campaign. The ad refers not to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but to the home of fictional meth dealer Walter White -- the main character in AMC's hit series Breaking Bad.

The billboards are part of a larger initiative to make viewers aware of Dish's plans to drop AMC networks from the cable servic…
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MashTags: 24 Funniest #FacebookFilms

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 11:50 AM PDT

Gerasimos Manolatos

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You're likely familiar with The Social Network, an award-winning film about the birth of Facebook, and how it came to consume our lives. But could there be more movies about Facebook worth watching?

We're not sure about that, but the titles are fun to make up.

This week's MashTag is: #FacebookFilms.

the mighty zucks #facebookfilms— lauren drell (@drelly) June 29, 2012

Poke Back Mountain #FacebookFilms— Stephanie Buck (@StephMBuck) June 29, 2012

Fear and Liking in Las Vegas #FacebookFilms— Christine Erickson (@christerickson) June 29, 2012

Use the hashtag on Twitter, not in the comments. We'll be showcasing the funniest hashtagged tweets in…
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Tulsa Is 14th City to Proclaim June 30 Social Media Day

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 11:31 AM PDT

Tulsa, Okla., has officially named June 30 Social Media Day, making it the 14th city in the world to recognize the day.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett signed the proclamation earlier this week after Cheryl Lawson, the organizer of Social Media Day Tulsa, submitted a request for the proclamation in April.

The city has been celebrating Social Media Day since Mashable launched the event in 2010.

Tulsa has a vibrant social media community that meets monthly. The group regularly holds events and conferences, and participates in community projects. "Social Media Tulsa has grown into so much more than a Meetup group," Lawson said. "People are just really into social here."

Tulsa recen…
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Twitter Literature [COMIC]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 11:21 AM PDT

Twitter is great for sharing quick inner thoughts. Less great for composing esteemed works of literature.

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Wits Come Out of Hiding for Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Split

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 11:08 AM PDT

Tweet via @MegTripp

Twitter reacts to the news of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' split.

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It didn't take long for Twitter users to crank out reactions to the news that actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after five years of marriage.

Following the news from People magazine that the couple -- who have a 6-year-old daughter named Suri -- will be separating, Twitter members flocked to the site to share their reactions.

SEE ALSO: Guy Behind 'Back to the Future' Hoax: It Was an Accident [EXCLUSIVE]

The couple's relationship has been highly criticized over the years, with many saying it was more of a business deal than a unity of love.

"This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family," Holmes's attorney Jonathan Wolfe told People. "Katie's p…
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Researchers Prove Drones Can Be Hacked

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 10:59 AM PDT

A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Austin won a $1,000 bet with the Department of Homeland Security by hacking into an airborne drone and wresting control from the pilot.

The researchers, headed by Dr. Todd E. Humphreys, got control of the drone by overloading it with false signals that were precisely matched up with authentic satellite signals. Once that happened, the drone ignored the original pilot, instead obeying the hackers' every command.

"We knew about the vulnerability and bought a drone to test it," Humphreys told Mashable. "We tested it in midair to see if we could overtake signals from the GPS satellite. You've got to get the trick signals perfectly a…
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Basketball Star’s ‘Bulging Dicks’ Cost Him Millions [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 10:47 AM PDT

Former Ohio State basketball star Jared Sullinger experienced some draft night disappointment Thursday -- but ESPN's reporting on the situation produced a viral sports TV blooper tailor-made for the YouTube era.

Sullinger would have likely been a top-10 pick in last night's NBA Draft. During the intense pre-draft review process of workouts and medical examinations over the past couple months, however, doctors found back problems that made many teams wary of drafting him.

Sullinger was eventually selected with 21st overall pick, meaning he missed out on a much fatter rookie contract. Sports business reporter Darren Rovell pegs the lost wages at about $2 million over two seasons.…
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Google+ Creators: Stop Calling It a Social Network

Posted: 29 Jun 2012 10:15 AM PDT

Google+ has a problem.

It's not engagement or the lack of a clear way to monetize itself. It's not those sometimes-unwieldy friend-organizing circles, or even the perception that no one other than nerds uses the service.

The problem, its creators believe, is that many people keep comparing it to Facebook -- or, more broadly, social networks. While social interaction is a key part of Google+, the project is much more ambitious. Google+ is nothing short of a wholesale upgrade to all of Google's products and services, but with the identity of the user incorporated.

Mashable sat down with Vic Gundotra, Google's senior vice president of social business, and Bradley Horowitz, Google+…
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