Sunday, 22 July 2012

Mashable: Latest 15 News Updates - including “This Stunning Timelapse Space Video Will Astonish You”

Mashable: Latest 15 News Updates - including “This Stunning Timelapse Space Video Will Astonish You”

This Stunning Timelapse Space Video Will Astonish You

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 03:56 PM PDT

If you are in need of a reminder that the world is indeed beautiful, look no further than this amazing timelapse video put together by photographer Knate Myers.

Myers says every photograph in the video was taken from the International Space Station. The awe-inspiring visuals are accompanied by music by John Murphy.

This timelapse is a must-watch. Sit back, relax and revel in the beauty that is our planet.

Video Courtesy Vimeo/Knate Myers

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Never Miss a Notification With This Flashing iPhone Case [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 03:08 PM PDT

Sometimes, vibrate is not enough -- a fact most iPhone users know all too well.

Anyone who has ever missed a call or Facebook update because they were at a noisy bar/club/sporting event would likely be interested in FLASHr, a slim case for iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S that doubles as a colorful visual alert system.

FLASHr works in conjunction with the "LED Flash Alerts" feature already built into your iOS device. The case illuminates when you receive a call, text or push-button notification so you never have to miss an update again.

Developers Trey DeArk, a mechanical engineer, and musician Terence Green -- known together as Phaze5 -- say Flashr…
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OUYA: Android Game Console’s Secrets Raise Questions

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 02:50 PM PDT

While the OUYA -- the Android-based, hackable video game console -- is still raking in funds on its multi-million dollar Kickstarter project, the secretive nature of the project is raising questions for game developers.

"How can the OUYA convince developers who are sitting on the sidelines to jump in?" asks Gree Vice President of Studio Operations Anil Dharni. "I am very interested, but where are the users? Where are the gamers?"

Until three months ago, Dharni was the Chief Operating Officer of Funzio, which released three well-received titles on iOS and one on Android. He and CEO Ken Chui sold Funzio to Gree for $210 million, giving Gree, a Japanese social network that has been ex…
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NFL Team Enhances Season Tickets With Augmented Reality

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 02:36 PM PDT

Time was, sports fans would get a bonus refrigerator magnet with their season tickets. But that's so last century. Now, season ticket holders for one NFL team are getting a much more high-tech perk through augmented reality.

The Philadelphia Eagles unveiled this week a new addition to their team app that will add a host of supplementary content for season ticket holders who hover their smartphones over game passes. Each game will feature a different combination of highlights, previews, messages from players and analysis, according to the team. Videos will be able to be played with the tickets in the actual background for an augmented reality effect, or fans can opt to simply watch on ful…
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EarTop Flow Makes Almost Any Audio Device Wireless [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 01:58 PM PDT

Finally, somebody figured out how to make any audio device wireless. Check out the EarTop Flow, a small Bluetooth device that plugs into the 3.5mm cable jack of just about any audio equipment. Pair it up, and suddenly, you're wireless.

The company is showing the EarTop Flow on a pair of Beats headphones at the moment, but it will work on home theater systems, your car if it has an auxiliary input, or any audio device with a 3.5mm input -- in case you're wondering, that's pretty much the standard audio input on smartphones and other devices these days.

Music and volume touch controls are built in, and there's a couple of noise-canceling mics on…
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More About: Headphones, bluetooth, earphones, eartop flow

Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 01:47 PM PDT

1. Marissa Mayer Dancing

Yahoo's new CEO broke it down in a 2011 campaign video for Ed Lee, mayor of San Francisco.

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This week we found another great collection of GIFs, including some that will make you laugh and others that will make you think.

We have the usual mix of adorable animals, in addition to new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer showing off her dance moves, Obama licking a fake ice cream cone, underwater vortex rings and light passing through smoke.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 GIFs of the Week, Ending July 14

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

More About: GIFs, Viral, Watercooler, features, humor, memes, trending

‘Will you visit me in prison?’ Asks James Holmes on Adult Sex Profile

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 01:20 PM PDT

While an online search for mass-murder suspect James Holmes across the usual social networks such as Facebook and Twitter has come up empty, TMZ is reporting Holmes's identity on a different kind of social network -- AdultFriendFinder.

AdultFriendFinder -- an adults-only website dedicated to connecting people for sexual purposes -- has reportedly verified Holmes's profile, according to TMZ.

While the profile contained personal information and some of Holmes's sexual preferences, it was the profile's headline, "Will you visit me in prison?" that stood out.

The photo in the profile shows Holmes with dyed orange/reddish hair. After apprehended, Holmes also reportedly told the po
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More About: James Holmes, aurora shooting, theater shooting, trending

Internet Flowchart Explains Why You Never Get Anything Done [COMIC]

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 01:07 PM PDT

The Internet will suck you into a spiral of procrastination, distraction, and GIF-based giggle fits. But how to explain it to non-Internet people?

Fear not. Doghouse Diaries understands the web's tight grip, and has illustrated the familiar browsing cycle in handy flowchart form. Check, recheck, refresh, repeat.

Image courtesy of Doghouse Diaries

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Aurora Police Confirm via Twitter: Controlled Detonation a Success

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 12:56 PM PDT

The investigation surrounding the theater shooting continues today as authorities attempt to get inside the mind, or at least the apartment, of suspect James Holmes.

The Aurora Police Department arrived at Holmes's one-bedroom apartment yesterday to find that it had been rigged with a number of "victim-initiated" booby-traps. Officials noted wires, trip wires, and what appeared to be jars full of liquid accelerant and ammunition. Techno music was blaring from the bedroom -- Holmes had apparently left it playing as he left for the theater.

In a media update earlier today, Aurora Police stated they would be releasing any breaking news via their Twitter account.

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More About: Twitter, theater shooting, trending

Alleged Killer Effortlessly Bought 6,000 Rounds of Ammo Online [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 11:47 AM PDT

It's easy to buy ammunition online, and theater shooting suspect James Holmes took advantage of that fact when he acquired 6,000 bullets with just a few clicks.

It was easy enough for Holmes to acquire the weapons he allegedly used in the crime -- he bought them at Denver area gun shops. But it was the purchase of the ammunition that raised our eyebrows. Picking up a few thousand rounds online was a bit more involved than the process you'd use to buy Beanie Babies, though, with ammo sites asking for documentation before they'll fork over the bullets:

Be at least 21 years of age
Submit a copy of a government issued identification that shows yo…
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10 Sharp Accessories That Celebrate the #Hashtag

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 11:06 AM PDT

1. Hashtag Chalkboard

Quite simply the most awesome item you could ever buy for your wall. Cost: $25

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Twitter has forever changed the way we view the number sign. While the "hashtag" is a relatively recent concept, it has now permeated popular culture as we know it.

To celebrate all things #hashtag, we have found 10 excellent accessories that pay homage to the simple sign.

SEE ALSO: 15 Cufflinks to Geek Up Your Formal Attire

Take a look through our gallery above. Let us know in the comments below what the hashtag means to you.

More About: Twitter, accessories, fashion, features, home, lifestyle

Internet Urges Batman to Visit Victims of ‘Dark Knight’ Shooting

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 10:19 AM PDT

The mass killings that occurred Friday morning at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado served as a tragic reminder that villains exist in the real world, not just in Gotham City.

James Holmes, a 24-year-old student from the University of Colorado, allegedly showed up in head-to-toe protective gear and opened fire on a packed and unsuspecting theater full of people, killing 12 and injuring another 59.

Social media users are calling for a hero.

Since late yesterday, Facebook pages, videos and petitions have been popping up all over the web urging actor Christian Bale to pay a visit to recovering victims of the massacre -- dressed in his Batman suit.

Many of…
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More About: 'dark knight' shooting, Facebook, christian bale, dark knight rises, petition, trending

Google Puts Social Twist on Ramadan Traditions

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 09:56 AM PDT

Google is making religion digital for the month of Ramadan with its launch of Islamic-geared YouTube channels and Google+ Hangouts.

For the duration of holy month -- when practicing Muslims fast from dawn to sunset -- a YouTube channel will broadcast live daily prayers from Mecca.

Another YouTube channel will be dedicated to special religious programming about Islam as well as Arabic soap operas. Google's official blog reports the channel will make more than 50 Ramadan shows available the same day they air on television.

Studies have shown that the rate of viewing Arabic soap operas has historically risen during Ramadan. Google's launch of the new channel may help capitalize…
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5 Best Reasons to Recruit With Facebook Ads

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 09:29 AM PDT


It's no coincidence that Ford and Coca-Cola have stepped up praise of Facebook ads in recent weeks. Despite initial skepticism resulting from both the novelty of the platform and the inaccurate comparisons to Google AdWords, big-ticket advertisers are beginning to realize Facebook ads' ability to drive sales.

But Facebook ads aren't just good for sales. They also represent a tremendous opportunity in the field of recruitment because they can essentially target and attract candidates who are unreachable through traditional channels. If you want to know why your recruitment efforts need Facebook ads, here's why.

1. Fish Where the Fish Are
To say that Facebook is the wor…
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More About: Facebook, contributor, facebook ads, features, job recruiting, job search series, online marketing

World’s Worst Movie Gets a Retro iPhone Game

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 09:11 AM PDT

In 1966, a suspense/horror film titled Manos: The Hands of Fate sought to creep out American audiences with the story of a wayward family ensnared by an insidious cult. In reality, it was hailed as one of the worst movies ever produced. It probably would have decomposed in a film vault somewhere, never to be spooled again, if it wasn't for the cult TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. In a 1993 episode, Joel Hodgson and his robot pals tore into the campy flick with their signature commentary, bringing it back into the zeitgeist. Among fans of the show, it's never left.

That's why we were delighted to discover that FreakZone games, a UK developer, has re-imagined the bizarre movie…
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More About: Film, Gaming, Movies, humor, iphone, trending

Epic ‘Indiana Jones’ Cover Will Knock Your Fedora Off [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 08:02 AM PDT

Grab your bullwhip. YouTube vocalist Nick McKaig is back with an outstanding a capella arrangement of the Indiana Jones theme.

The 62-track recording is silky smooth, and is -- as far as we can tell -- a note-for-note reproduction of John Williams' original score. It already has us reaching for our Raiders DVD.

SEE ALSO: Star Wars Day Celebrated With 90-Track Vocal Tour de Force

BONUS: Our Favorite Viral Videos of the Week

More About: Indiana Jones, Movies, Music, Watercooler, YouTube, trending

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