Monday, 9 July 2012

Mashable: Latest 23 News Updates - including “Sharp to Pay $198.5 Million to Dell and Others to Settle TFT Case”

Mashable: Latest 23 News Updates - including “Sharp to Pay $198.5 Million to Dell and Others to Settle TFT Case”

Sharp to Pay $198.5 Million to Dell and Others to Settle TFT Case

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 04:54 AM PDT

Japan's electronic maker Sharp has agreed to pay $198.5 million to Dell and two other companies to settle a TFT-related lawsuit, Reuters reports.

The other two companies are unnamed, and the exact nature of the settlement is unclear at the moment, but the case could be related to a lawsuit dating from 2009, when Nokia and AT&T sued Samsung Electronics, LG Display, Sharp, Hitachi, and Chunghwa Picture Tubes for price fixing.

Last week, Toshiba was found guilty for fixing the price of display screens and ordered to pay $87 million in damages. Samsung and Sharp were named as some of the companies which have agreed to settle buyers' civil claims.

More About: dell, Sharp

Next Twitter for iPhone Version to Bring Interactive Tweet View

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 03:13 AM PDT

Twitter is preparing a major new version of its iPhone app, which will include an interactive tweet view, enhanced notifications and more, 9to5Mac reports.

The info comes through leaked release notes which bring a detailed list of all the new features in the next Twitter for iPhone version, 4.3.

These include a more interactive tweet view experience, letting you see content previews, videos and images within tweets containing links to "partner websites," as well as the ability to choose whether you want to receive push notifications when certain people tweet.

Other improvements include highlighted tweets about selected events, autocomplete in the Connect tab, and the ability to t…
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Why Social Media Will Reshape the 2012 Olympics

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 07:55 PM PDT

The 2012 Olympics in London are being touted by some as the world's "first social Games." While some question just how social they'll actually be, there's no doubt that networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will play an unprecedented role in how information is disseminated from London, and how the global sports conversation is driven during July and August.

Why the big shift? It's simple: Four years is an eternity in Internet time and since the last Summer Olympics in 2008, social media has exploded.

Web use in general has grown rapidly, too. In 2008, there were about 1.5 billion Internet users globally, according to the International Telecommunications Union, making…
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More About: Facebook, olympics, Social Media, sports, Twitter, YouTube

Social Media Fuels Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety [STUDY]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 07:17 PM PDT

Social media may do more harm than good when it comes to personal well-being, a small study from the University of Salford in the UK indicates.

About half of the survey's 298 participants, all of whom identified themselves as social media users, say that their use of social networks like Facebook and Twitter makes their lives worse. In particular, participants noted that their self-esteem suffers when they compare their own accomplishments to those of their online friends.

In addition to confidence issues, two-thirds claim they find it difficult to fully relax or sleep after spending time on social networks. A quarter cited work or relationship d…
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More About: anxiety, Facebook, Social Media, stress, uk

The Evolution of the Job Application [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 06:42 PM PDT

Just as it's revolutionized everything from grocery shopping to travel, social and digital media have had an enormous effect on the job hunt. With technology moving forward every day, the job discovery and application process is constantly evolving and in flux. To embrace the future, however, we must look to the past.

The infographic below, compiled by Spark Hire, examines the evolution of applying for a job, chronicling innovations as seemingly mundane as the invention of the post office (remember snail mail?) to the development of a little thing called the Internet.

How have you applied for the jobs you've held? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kindle Fire 2 to Feature Camera, High-Res Display [REPORT]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 05:59 PM PDT

Come November, Amazon's Kindle Fire Android tablet will be a year old, which means that its successor is shortly on the way.

Sources "familiar with Amazon's plans" have told AllThingsD that the next-generation Kindle Fire will be thinner and lighter, and feature a built-in camera. It will also have a display resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels -- about the same as the iPad 2, and a substantial upgrade from the current Kindle Fire's 1,024 x 600-pixel screen. (The iPad 3's "retina" display is 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, for comparison.)

The Kindle Fire 2's screen won't only be sharper, it will also be slightly more square, AllThingsD's sources said. The screen of the next Kindle Fire will have an…
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More About: amazon, android, android tablet, ipad mini, kindle fire, kindle fire 2, Nexus 7

10 Stellar Space-Themed Accessories For Your Office

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 04:38 PM PDT

1. A Good Use of Space Bookends

What could more more appropriate to keep all your astronomy books in order? Cost: $35

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When you were a little kid, did you want to be an astronaut when you grew up? Well here at Mashable, some of us still do.

To keep the dream alive while we're doing more humdrum jobs, we've found 10 awesome space-themed accessories to intergalactic up our workspaces.

SEE ALSO: Defend Your Home From These 10 'Space Invaders' Accessories

Take a look through our stellar selection in the slideshow above. Let us know in the comments below which ones give you that "Neil Armstrong" feeling.

More About: accessories, features, gallery, home, lifestyle, office accessories, space

RoboCop Is Back — This Time With a Viral Trailer [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 04:07 PM PDT

Do you love the '80s? Good news: RoboCop is coming back. But the '80s didn't have viral videos to help market new flicks. That's why, this time around, the sci-fi film -- slated for release in the summer of 2013 -- is getting the hype ball rolling early with a fictitious website that recently launched for the evil OmniCorp company.

The video above lives over on that site, but the YouTube version above has already racked up more than 50,000 views since Saturday.

Will you go see the new RoboCop? Let us know in the comments.

More About: Movies, viral videos

Here’s the Most Stunning Photo of Mars the World Has Ever Seen

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 02:57 PM PDT

NASA has released a new panorama from its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, showing the terrain where the robot spent the four-month Martian winter.

The full-circle scene combines 817 images shot by the panoramic camera (Pancam). You can download the complete image and learn more about the expedition on NASA's website.

More About: Mars, NASA, photography, space, trending

15 Mouthwatering Summer Recipes from Pinterest

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 02:40 PM PDT

Summer is here, and you'll need a refreshing menu to go along with the sunshine and good times. We scoured Pinterest for our own digital summer cookbook.

The Food & Drink category on Pinterest is one of the most popular -- with pinners sharing recipes from food blogs, culinary sites and their own family cookbooks.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week

We've got all of the basics covered in our roundup -- from a flavorful tropical avocado salad to (what Pinterest users call) "the perfect burger," you'll definitely want to repin these recipes and make them for yourself.

For easy repinning and reference to the pinners we found the recipes from, check out our recipes boa
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More About: cooking, pinterest, trending

Andy Murray’s Teary Wimbledon Speech Is Why We Love Sports [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 02:24 PM PDT

Scotsman Andy Murray lost a thrilling Wimbledon 2012 final Sunday after erstwhile tennis legend Roger Federer overcame a slow start to take his 17th Grand Slam title. As great as the match was though, it was Murray's speech to the crowd afterwards that really reminded us why we love sports so much in the first place.

In a YouTube video that's being shared like crazy around the social web, a teary Murray overcomes a couple of false starts before complimenting a smiling Federer, thanking his family and thanking the Wimbledon fans -- who cheer on in approval and support. Such class. Such humanity. Such sports!

More About: sports, YouTube

Facebook Deletes Post About Syria’s Human Rights Violations, Apologizes [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 02:00 PM PDT

Facebook has apologized for accidentally deleting a post by British non-profit Article 19 that linked to a Human Rights Watch report about Syrian torture centers.

"@hrw publishes a shocking report into #torture in #Syria including geo-tagged detention centres ^OS," the post read.

According to the Guardian, Facebook had flagged the post as offensive.

"The link was reported to Facebook. We assess such reports manually and because of the high volume, occasionally content that shouldn't be taken down is removed by mistake," a Facebook spokesperson told the Guardian. "We're sorry about this."

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Cyberbullying: Scourge of the Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 01:39 PM PDT

The explosive growth of social media in recent years has enabled a lot of new opportunities for kids and teenagers -- sharing achievements with family, making plans with new friends and reliving past memories with old friends, just to name a few.

But the proliferation of social networking has also come with an unfortunate downside. Bullying and nastiness become easier when all they take is a few keystrokes and can be hidden by online anonymity.

Cyberbullying isn't new; a 2004 study found that 42% of kids had been bullied online -- and that's before Facebook, Twitter and other networks eclipsed MySpace and started a social revolution. With more and more kids maintaining online profile…
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Meet the Volocopter, an 18-Blade Chopper [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 01:02 PM PDT

Now here's something you don't see everyday: a helicopter with 18 rotors.

It's called the "Volocopter." It was created by the inventor and physicist Thomas Senkel. It's described by its creator as resembling a blender. And it's attracting major attention in the aviation world for innovation and sustainability.

Last October, Senkel released a popular video of himself test-flying the Multicopter, a Volocopter predecessor with a piddling 16 rotors. That video had been viewed more than 3.5 million times on YouTube and gained Senkel and his Multicopter widespread notoriety among techies and futurists.

The Volocopter, however, is bigger, better…
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More About: Startups, Tech, Video

37 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 12:45 PM PDT

Being an American can get distracting. Making fun of absurd American traditions? Even more so. Whether you were basking in the red, white and blue stateside or laughing from afar at such age old traditions as Joey Chestnut's hot dog conquest, you might have missed a couple of this week's Mashable features. And that, my friends, is unAmerican.

Don't worry; we're back with the roundup of this week's top digital media resources to get you back in the know.

Embarrassed to phone a friend about how to tie a tie or change a tire? There's a Mashable post for that; check out our roundup of 10 Youtube videos that teach some pretty handy life skills. Scratching your head as to why we don't…
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More About: Business, COMMUNICATIONS, Features Week In Review, Social Media, Tech

Dying Cancer Patient Turns to YouTube to Try to Meet Katy Perry

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 12:32 PM PDT

In a series of YouTube videos, 20-year-old Anthony Harrison shares his battle with cancer and his wish to meet Katy Perry before he dies. Harrison explains in his videos that after an ineffective bone-marrow transplant, the doctors told him "there's not much they can do," and gave him months to live.

Harrison created a YouTube bucket list that includes activities such as skydiving, taking a helicopter ride and riding in a hot air balloon.

His list also included one very special item: to meet his "celebrity idol," Katy Perry. Harrison, a musician himself, is a fan of Katy and says that she seems like "a great person overall."

The singer's fanbase, the "Katy Kats" have latched…
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Hey Tweeps, I’m Taking a Vacation [SUNDAY COMICS]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 12:02 PM PDT

Summer heat is on in full-force and if there's one place we want to be hanging out (other than the Internet, of course) it's at the beach.

But just because we're off getting some much-needed R&R on secluded beaches, that doesn't mean we can't tweet about it.

The clever folks over at The Joy of Tech put together this comic that sums up why you should tell Twitter where you're vacationing (to induce FOMO in your followers) and why you shouldn't (security concerns, anyone?).

SEE ALSO: Previous Sunday Comics

Do you tweet your summer happenings? Are you worried about disclosing your whereabouts to strangers? Let us know in the comments.

Comic illustration provided by The Joy
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How the Flaming Lips Helped the O Music Awards Score an Offline Win

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 11:53 AM PDT

A popular Internet maxim is that no one watches longform video. So what do you do if you want people to watch 24 hours of it?

If you're MTV, you bring in an established band with a loyal following and you blend the old (music television) with the new (reality television).

This is precisely what MTV tried to do with the latest installment of its O Music Awards. For the show, the company enlisted the Flaming Lips to go on a 24-hour mini-tour of the American south on a quest to set a Guinness World Record for the most live performances in that single period. As if that stunt wasn't big enough, Viacom (which owns MTV) planned to live stream the entire production.

This would b…
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More About: features, mtv, Music, o music awards, The-Flaming-Lips

Google Launches Gay Rights Campaign ‘Legalize Love’

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 11:26 AM PDT

Google wants to further gay rights across the world, launching a new campaign called "Legalize Love" on Saturday.

The tech giant hopes to advance marriage rights for gay, lesbian and bisexual people in countries where it has offices, beginning in Poland and Singapore.

Google exec Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe introduced the campaign at the Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London, reports dot429.

"We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office," Palmer-Edgecumbe said. "It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work."

Google plans to develop relationships between companies and support grass-roots camp…
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More About: activism, gay rights, Google, trending

10 Weird iPhone Games You’ve Got to Try

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 11:01 AM PDT

1. Velocirapture

If you are worried about the rapture coming, imagine how the extinct dinosaurs must have felt. In Velocirapture, you play a wrathful, yet benevolent god, who is out to save all the good velociraptors while smiting all the bad ones. You swipe all the good dinos into the outstretched godly hand, and kill all the bad ones -- who are really bad, and will knock other dinos into a pit. It's a game by Adult Swim, so you expect a lot of silliness and fun mechanics.

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Are you looking for iPhone games that have strayed very, very far off the beaten path?

If you're looking for some of the strangest stuff available in the iTunes Store, we've picked out 10 titles are just plain weird. Some are have bizarre main characters, like zombie Chopin in Frederic - Resurrection of Music or a giant, rolling pizza in Pizza Vs. Skeletons.

SEE ALSO: 15 Vintage Video Games You Can Play on Your iPhone

Others are unique because of their weird animation or strange twists on gameplay, like one title where you swipe at a mutant face growing out of a hand.

Have you played any strange iPhone games lately? Let us know what you think of our list in the comments.

More About: Feature, games, iphone, Mobile, trending

Amazon Building an iPhone Competitor [REPORT]

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 09:52 AM PDT

As competition in the fast-growing mobile web space continues to heat up, Amazon is working on a device to grab a slice of the pie currently dominated by the iPhone and Android smartphones, according to a Bloomberg report.

Interestingly, the hardware, cloud computing and e-commerce juggernaut is said to be working with Foxconn -- which has come under intense scrutiny in the past year for working conditions in the Asian factories where it manufactures Apple gadgets -- to create the Amazon iPhone competitor.

Bloomberg's report is based on "two people with knowledge of the matter."

Amazon is also reportedly seeking to acquire a wide range of smartphone-related patents to guard agains…
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Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 09:32 AM PDT

1. Ron Swanson's America

Parks & Recreation character Ron Swanson openly hates government, but he was quite the popular patriotic symbol this July 4.

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This week we found an assorted mix of popular GIFs, and it proves what we already knew: the Internet loves adorable animals and Ron Swanson.

We also have Katy Perry turned into a cat, Mitt Romney on a jet ski and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga getting hit between the legs by a tennis ball -- all of which sounds about right, too.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 GIFs of the Week, Ending June 29

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

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Warner Bros. Releases 13-Minute ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Featurette

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 08:25 AM PDT

Can't wait two more weeks until the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy hits theaters?

You're in luck. Warner Bros. has released a 13-minute extended sneak-peek for The Dark Knight Rises, featuring interviews with the cast, a behind the scenes look at the movie-making process and scenes from the flick set to hit theaters July 20.

"Chris [Nolan] was able to amp up the stakes for this last movie," says Dark Knight star Anne Hathaway, "and really take it to places that I don't think anyone's expecting."

SEE ALSO: Latest 'Dark Knight Rises' Trailer Hits YouTube

The upcoming Batman movie is easily one of the summer's most anticipated movies…
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How To Hire for Positions That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

Posted: 08 Jul 2012 06:51 AM PDT

What do app developers, social media managers, cloud computing administrators, virtualization engineers and Chief Listening Officers all have in common? These positions didn't exist 10 years ago. Thanks in part to continuous technological innovation, there is a new set of roles that did not exist until recently, and existing jobs now have new requirements and skill sets. These dynamic digital positions are now some of the most popular and highly sought-after jobs in the market, but they can be difficult to recruit for.

New jobs and skills require new ways of recruiting for these positions. How people and organizations communicate with each other has completely evolved the w…
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More About: contributor, features, hiring, job search series, linkedin, mashable, Recruiting

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