Sunday, 8 July 2012

Mashable: Latest 14 News Updates - including “6 Ways to Stay on Top of Social Media”

Mashable: Latest 14 News Updates - including “6 Ways to Stay on Top of Social Media”

6 Ways to Stay on Top of Social Media

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 05:16 PM PDT

To be successful in social media and community management you need to keep track of the constant changes to that ecosystem. That's because everything you know about Facebook, Twitter, and other social spaces today will somehow be different in six months. Layouts will be altered, features will be added or removed, and new social networks may pop up.

So how should you keep track of all these moving parts? Here are six tips for staying on top of social media.
1. Blogs
There are hundreds of blogs focused on social media. Keep it simple by signing up to RSS feeds and spend twenty minutes every morning catching up on your social media news. Stick to blogs that are updated daily and focus…
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More About: contributor, features, Marketing, Social Media

Apple May Not Include NFC in the iPhone 5 [VIDEO]

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 04:57 PM PDT

In the battle for your mobile wallet one company has been noticeably silent: Apple.

Google has its own mobile payment service: Google Wallet, and Microsoft even announced in June that it would be adding a digital wallet service with NFC capabilities to Windows Phone 8 that would store credit card and mobile payment information.

So, where is the world's favorite fruit company?

In its announcement of iOS6 mobile payments were left off the agenda. The company unveiled Passbook, a service for keeping track of tickets and coupons, but not credit cards.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some Apple engineers fought for mobile payment func…
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7 Top Comments on Mashable This Week

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 03:52 PM PDT

As always, tech and pop culture news came streaming down our news feeds, and Mashable readers were quick to respond.

When the Internet hijacked Walmart's campaign in order to send Pitbull to a remote island, readers took the opportunity to poke fun at "Mr. Worldwide," advising him to dress warmly for what looks like an impending trip to Kodiak Island.

The unveiling of the cover of J.K. Rowling's new novel for adult readers also inspired a spirited discussion -- leading fans to debate the true meaning of judging a book by its cover.

Readers also reacted strongly when the U.S. Patent Office granted Apple a patent for a "peripheral treatment of head-mounted displays" -- in other wor…
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More About: COMMUNITELLIGENCE, community, top comments

Tabletop Forge Lets You Play Games In Google+ Hangouts [VIDEO]

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 03:27 PM PDT

Tabletop Forge is a Google+ application that allows you to play online board games inside a Google+ Hangout. It allows users to play a variety of dice games and strategy games with players around the world, while using the video chat feature. Users can also create and play on user-generated boards, or load maps and monsters to play within the app.

A campaign on Kickstarter to fund the project asks for $5,000. With nearly $40,000 raised so far and 41 hours left on the campaign, we can say it was very well received. With the Kickstarter funds, the team behind Tabletop Forge wants to hire developers to make the code more robust and employ artists to…
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More About: Gaming, Google, kickstarter

Next Angry Birds May Be From The Pigs’ Point of View [REPORT]

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 03:04 PM PDT

The next version of Angry Birds may put the pigs in the driver's seat, having them fight to protect the eggs they stole from the birds.

According to Pocket-lint, Rovio has plans to release the game before Christmas this year. Much like Angry Birds, the pigs will have different strengths and skill sets that can be used to defeat the birds. Also like the original, the game will also have a catapult and wooden and stone structures.

While Pocket-lint claims to have seen screenshots of the game in action, it does not have any of those shots available to be published. Based on those photos, the site believes that the mission of the game would be to protect eggs from oncoming birds in a t…
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7 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 01:33 PM PDT

It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released each week. But you're in luck: We take care of a lot of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of some of our own new and updated app highlights from the week.

This week we found a few water-based games that require you to come up with a little strategy in order to win, and we found an old favorite game that has finally made its way over to Android.

iPhone owners saw an update this week to a popular music app, and got a new photography app that will let you take some pretty unique shots.

Another app will help you keep up-to-date on everything going on at the Tour de France, and another will keep you in-the-know w…
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More About: android, App, iphone

Jordanian Politician Brandishes Gun on Live TV

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 01:16 PM PDT

The BBC reported a Jordanian politician threatened an opponent with a gun on live TV.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt. Before pulling out the gun, the man threw a shoe at the other candidate.

Should Your Small Business Join Tumblr?

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 01:00 PM PDT

Tumblr has become the Internet's blog darling, with more than 60 million accounts worldwide. Its users are also highly engaged and eager to interact with compelling content, so it's no wonder why major brands have flocked to the platform. As a small business owner, those facts might persuade you to quickly switch over, too.

But before hopping on yet another platform, there are a few things to consider, especially if you're already running an established blog elsewhere.

First of all, platform adoption depends on your initial goal: Are you looking for engagement, awareness and advocacy? How heavily would you rely on Tumblr as a business? Is it an integral source of revenue or data, o…
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More About: features, mashable, open forum, Small Business, tumblr

The Bay Parties It Up For Social Media Day 2012

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 12:14 PM PDT

There was a full house at The Box SF for Mashable's third-annual Social Media Day celebration in San Francisco on Saturday, June 30, 2012. The sold-out event featured networking, dancing, gadgets and, most importantly, commemorating the importance of social media in the world today.

Mashable staff and fans danced the night away to San Francisco-based DJ Duo A Plus D - a.k.a. Adrian and Mysterious D. A Plus D, creators of Bootie, the biggest mashup bootleg party in the world - kept the party going all night with their amazing mashups including an unforgettable mix of Beethoven with House of Pain.

See Mashable's complete coverage of Social Media Day

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Moonwalking Man Thrills Crowd With Moves

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 11:45 AM PDT

Commenters say this is "the super moonwalk" and "moon running." The fast moving, backwards moonwalker in this clip is Eric Nash, according to his Twitter account.

He goes by the handle @Onelovecandyman on Twitter and YouTube. He posted the video on July 5 after doing this move somewhere outside after what appears to be a rain shower. So far the video has more than 630,000 views.

Nash's Twitter account says he's based in Santa Monica, Calif. and is a performer in the Los Angeles-based group Street Performers United.

The Internet seems to love Michael Jackson's legendary dance move. In 2010, this video of the "Walmart moonwalker" went viral. Shortly after Jackson's death in 200…
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Explore Gotham City in 3D With Nokia Maps [VIDEO]

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 11:17 AM PDT

Nokia is showing off its mapping software with a new 3D replica of Gotham City.

Built to help promote the newest Batman film Dark Knight Rises, the map lets you navigate through a 3D reconstruction of Gotham. You can pan over the city as a whole, as well as get up close and personal with city landmarks such as Wayne Tower and Arkham Asylum.

Sound effects such as wind and rain are present throughout the city replica, and each landmark has a hidden bat-shield that when found will enter you to win "exclusive Dark Night Rises" prizes, including a special edition Nokia 900 phone.

Definitely intriguing to Batman fans, the site also shows off wha…
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‘Text from Dog,’ Other Accounts Imagine What Pets Might Say

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 10:32 AM PDT

The web is home to many animals who have been personified on various social media accounts.

An imaginative Tumblr account called "Text from Dog" posts SMS conversations between a dog and his owner. Apparently, if your dog could text, he might ask about bacon or if he can chase the postman. The account's funny text conversations have garnered lots of attention from tens of thousands readers who have liked and rebloged the posts. The dog featured in the Tumblr account just goes by dog and desires to be a superhero named "Batdog."

Another account called "Louis vs. Rick" is about a man who taught his cat to use instant messaging.

There are a be…
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Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 09:36 AM PDT

Our top 10 Pinterest pins will brighten up your day with beautiful photos and refreshing ideas.

Each week Pinterest brings us an array of wonderful images and tips, and we choose 10 to share with you. One of the things Pinterest is known for is its helpful tips and craft ideas. From a pin that will change the way you set up your home electronics, to a pin that shares a handy eye-brightening Photoshop tip, we hope these pins add to your Pinterest experience.

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In addition to tips and recipes, there is no shortage of gorgeous imagery in this week's top 10 pins. There is a gorgeous shot of Nordic fog from Pinterest power-user Jennifer Chong and a pho…
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20+ Beautiful Camera-Themed iPhone Cases

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 06:09 AM PDT

Vintage Camera Case

This classic-looking, colorful option is available in pink, red, beige and mint. Cost: $16

Click here to view this gallery.

Has your iPhone become your primary camera? Then why not get a case that celebrates it? There are a wide variety of camera-themed iPhone cases, covers, skins and decals available.

Spanning eras from twin lens reflex cameras to retro-styled compacts, right through to cases that are designed for fans of current iPhone photography apps, we have a wide selection for you to peruse.

SEE ALSO: 10 Cassette Cases for Your iPhone

Take a look through our hand-picked choices in the gallery above. Let us know in the comments below which case best suits your iPhotography style.

More About: cameras, features, Gadgets, gallery, iphone, iphone accessories, iphone cases, iphotography, Mobile, photography, Tech, trending

Social Media Day 2012 Around the World

Posted: 07 Jul 2012 06:08 AM PDT

One week ago, thousands of people celebrated Social Media Day with hundreds of meetups held around the globe.

Mashable started Social Media Day to recognize the importance of social media and its role in empowering individuals and strengthening connections. Now in its third year, it has grown into a worldwide celebration. This year, 17 cities and three states proclaimed June 30 a day of recognizing the power of social media. Many more held meetups around the world. Some of the most popular events occurred in places such as Morocco, Brazil, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

Our Storify offers a glimpse into what people were doing around the world. Whether it was through…
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