Monday, 23 July 2012

Mashable: Latest 26 News Updates - including “Mashable Weekend Recap: 62 Stories You Might Have Missed”

Mashable: Latest 26 News Updates - including “Mashable Weekend Recap: 62 Stories You Might Have Missed”

Mashable Weekend Recap: 62 Stories You Might Have Missed

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 04:18 AM PDT

The weekend was dominated by the shocking story of a man who decided to kill a crowd of people in cold blood. As hard as that is to fathom, we pressed on here at Mashable, still searching for news and views of the tragedy that dwarfed all other stories.

Beyond that, we found all kinds of stories about a variety of topics -- and we noticed one genre did particularly well: humor. So as you try to make sense of the senseless things that happened last week, take a look at this Weekend Recap, where you'll see that there were plenty of good things going on at the same time.

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New iPhone Will Have a Smaller Dock Connector [REPORT]

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 02:38 AM PDT

Apple's next generation iPhone will have a 19-pin dock connector instead of the current 30-pin one, Reuters reports citing two sources familiar with the matter.

While Apple has declined to confirm this, the report is in line with earlier rumors that go as far back as February 2012, claiming the iPhone's dock is about to go on a diet.

The smaller dock connector will "make room for the earphone moving to the bottom," Reuters' sources say.

While a smaller dock connector would ultimately benefit users, it will cause problems for owners of various iPhone, iPod and iPad accessories which will not work with the new connector -- at least not without an adapter.

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10 iPhone Cases You’ll Never Fit in Your Pocket

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 11:21 PM PDT

1. Hand iPhone Case

This case from Japan offers an extra hand when you need one.

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The iPhone accessory market is a large and increasingly creative one. Whether they feature bunny ears or secret compartments, cases have evolved beyond simple protection. They've become toys, utilities and even fashion statements.

SEE ALSO: This iPhone Case Holds RFID Cards, So You Don't Have To

Sometimes case designs can stray far, far beyond utility. We found 10 iPhone cases so impractical that they can't even fit in your pocket. From a cover with wheels to a case that replicates a human hand, check out our gallery for some truly strange and bulky cases.

Would you actually buy any of these? Let us know in the comments below.

More About: Mobile, accessories, apple, cases, design, features, iphone, trending

‘Lucky’ to Launch Pinterest-Like Aggregator for Style Content

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 09:16 PM PDT

Every day, thousands of stylish women upload pictures of their outfits, their hair, their nails -- essentially, expressions of their style -- to personal blogs. Those images are viewed, collected and spread across aggregation sites like Pinterest, Tumblr and -- and soon, on the website of Lucky magazine.

The Conde Nast-title is planning to launch a vertical powered by user-generated content in mid-August. The vertical, dubbed "Community," will pull from a pool of bloggers who have applied to have their content featured on Lucky's web editors, using an app called Tidal, will then be able to sort through contributions to find the ones that are most likely t…
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10 Weirdest Things for Sale on eBay

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 08:15 PM PDT

1. Civil War Foot Prop

This isn't just any foot — it's a Civil War soldier's infected, severed foot. Well, it's actually a handmade prop. And it's all yours for just $39.99 plus shipping.

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As online shopping becomes more dominant than ever, Internet users seek incredibly creative entrepreneurial opportunities.

These are not your typical Etsy arts and crafts. Some people find whatever they can sell on ecommerce sites like eBay.

SEE ALSO: 10 of the Weirdest Pins on Pinterest

Whether a handcrafted Civil War soldier's infected, severed foot or a voodoo spell for one's exboyfriend, eBay arguably houses the weirdest things you can imagine — and they're all for sale.

Take a look at 10 of the strangest things we could find. What would you spend your money on? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Future of Feet: Biometric Shoe Insoles Revolutionizing Security [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 07:59 PM PDT

Everyone knows they have unique fingerprints, but what about a unique footprint?

Research has shown everyone has a personalized way of walking -- pressure of step, length of stride -- and a new lab is working to turn those individual foot features into a security measure.

The lab is developing biometric shoe insoles to monitor the characteristics of a person's feet. Sensors will record the patterns and a computer will compare the measurements to a person's master file. If it's a match, it will grant the person access to secured areas and the insoles will turn off. If not, it sounds an alarm.

"Within the third step, it knows it's you, an…
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Broadcast Your Tweets From Space With SkyCube [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 07:36 PM PDT

Turn the universe into your Twitterverse. Instead of broadcasting your 140 characters to just your followers, why not get your point across by broadcasting to infinity and beyond?

Kickstarter campaign SkyCube is trying to make that possible, but first the group needs help to get the satellite off the ground. SkyCube founder Tim DeBenedictis is hoping crowdsourcing will get enough funding for liftoff, and in return for investing, SkyCube will let you write a tweet to be sent to and from the satellite.

SEE ALSO: Your Tweets to Be Beamed Across Space. Will ET RT?

In addition, if you invest and get the SkyCube app you will receive the photos the…
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Google Stops Taking Orders for 16GB Nexus 7

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 07:02 PM PDT

Demand for Google's 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet seems to have well exceeded the tech giant's expectations.

Last week, Google posted a message to its online store saying that shipments of the 16GB model were delayed one to two weeks. Now, the store has stopped taking orders altogether.

Those who want to purchase the $249 version of the tablet are told to sign up to be notified by e-mail when it is back in stock.

The 16GB version is also sold out at GameStop, Kmart, Sam's Club, Office Depot, Staples, B&H, Best Buy in Canada and, according to The Guardian, Tesco in te UK. The only place to get the device online at this point may be eBay.

Google is still accepting orders for the 8GB versi…
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Kodak Loses Patent Case to Apple and RIM

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 06:36 PM PDT

Kodak has lost its patent case against Apple and RIM over technology for previewing digital images.

The International Trade Commission (ITC) said it agreed with a judge's ruling that stated neither Apple nor RIM violated Kodak's patent for digital image previews.

This loss could hurt the company -- which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January -- as it is hoping to sell its patents as a way to revive the company.

Kodak originally filed its lawsuit against RIM and Apple back in January 2010. At the time, Kodak was attempting to get RIM and Apple to pay licensing fees for using technology it said it patented over the way digital images are previewed on a screen. Kodak was seeking o…
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10 Unforgettable Olympic Moments to Get You Pumped for London 2012 [VIDEOS]

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 06:08 PM PDT

Kerri Strug, Atlanta 1996

The U.S. women's gymnastic team had never won a gold medal in the team all-around competition when the Magnificent Seven entered the 1996 Games. A first-place finish appeared within reach, but it all hinged on a solid vault performance from the American women. After two falls by her teammate, Kerri Strug was the United States' last chance for gold.

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Jaw-dropping victories, heartbreaking defeats, and world-class athletes pushing their bodies to unfathomable limits seize the attention of the world for two weeks every two years.

The Olympic Games play host to many of the sporting world's most memorable moments. In anticipation of the kick off to London 2012, we looked back at 10 extraordinary moments in Summer Games history.

Prepare to stand up and cheer or dab a tear from your eye because this is what the Games are all about.

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Top 6 Comments on Mashable This Week

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 05:18 PM PDT

This week, Mashable readers made comments that made us laugh, think and even scratch our heads. Between coverage of Digg being sold for a mere $500,000, Neil Armstrong's would-have-been Instagram and one music shop's list of artists to "Do Not Never Ever Buy," there was a lot for Mashable readers to talk about.

During an outdoor concert in London Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney had the plug pulled by order of the police before the curtain fall. Some of our readers felt the plug on their music wasn't pulled soon enough.

Digg was sold for a mere $500,000 last week. Following the rise and fall of the internet darling, our readers took a chance to debate its place in the social me…
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Jack Daniel’s Sends the Most Polite Cease-and-Desist Letter Ever

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 04:45 PM PDT


When Patrick Wensink was commissioning the cover for his book, Broken Piano For President, he probably wasn't expecting a cease-and-desist letter from Jack Daniel's Properties -- the owner of the Jack Daniel's trademarks.

Looking at the cover for the book, it's easy to see why the Jack Daniel's people might take issue with the design. The typeface isn't exactly the same, but the border and presentation is a dead-ringer for the classic black label of that sweet, sweet Tennessee whiskey.

Usually when we write about trademark disputes, one party claims that another party is using its size to "bully" to get its way.

Not this time.

In what might just be the nicest cease-and-
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This Robot Will Out-Dance You [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 03:54 PM PDT

From Presley to Jackson, the Twist to the Macarena, this robot will school you on dance floor.

Move over Britney, Madonna and Beyonce, this guy's got moves. Maybe it's his pre-dance stretch that does it, but we've never seen someone dance to "Ice, Ice Baby" and look good at it.

SEE ALSO: Robot Smartphone Docking Station Will Bring the Boogie [VIDEO]

And yes, that is a random Brady Bunch song thrown in there -- don't be ashamed you recognized it.

It's like he took every cliche wedding song for the ultimate mash-up, walk down memory lane, dance break. (We dare you not to start wiggling in your seat when OutKast's "Hey Ya" starts.)

Plus, there's little better in the world…
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Are These the Best Etsy Shops in the World?

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 03:51 PM PDT

1. CATatelier

The French word atelier refers to a workspace dedicated to the fine arts. We'd say cat accessories comply. The shop announcement reads: "Hats, accessories, and clothing for your fashion-forward feline. Handcrafted by a detail-oriented perfectionist cat-lover, trained in costume and prop creation."

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One day, you're sitting at home enjoying a glass of wine by the fire. But you can't completely relax -- not when that blank wall space above the fireplace mantle continues to taunt you, begging for a piece of fine decorative art.

Suddenly, a breakthrough! You've discovered the perfect solution to that dull, white wall space: a painting of a sloth, curled up in his tree with a bag of Cheetos.

And you know the perfect place to commission such an outstanding piece: Etsy. Comprised of creative, crafty and often kooky shop owners, the ecommerce platform houses nearly any handcrafted item you could possibly imagine.

SEE ALSO: 10 Weirdest Things for Sale on eBay

Whether you seek a wi…
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Watch the First Teaser For the ‘Man Of Steel’ Superman Reboot

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 03:29 PM PDT

Superman is back! The first teaser trailer for Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel is now online.

Snyder is rebooting the storied franchise (which last tried to get off its feet with Bryan Singer's 2006 film, Superman Returns) and this time, it looks ready to take flight.

In addition to Snyder, the film is getting a big boost from Christopher Nolan, director of the most recent Batman trilogy, including The Dark Knight Rises. Not only is Nolan producing the film, he also helped write the story on which the film's screenplay is based.

Warner Bros. released an extended version of this teaser at Comic-Con and is also showing it in front of The Dark Knight Rises in theaters.…
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3 Reasons to Recruit via Talent Communities

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 03:07 PM PDT

For all its efforts to adopt new technology and adapt to the communication tools and needs of the candidate pool, recruiting overall is still in the dark ages. Candidate submits resume and cover letter, recruiters select the candidates based on their hiring materials, on paper or their online application they seem like a good fit, so you advance them to the interview. You spend the time and money to interview, but you still have only a 50/50 chance that the candidate you selected is a good fit. The problem here is that candidate selection still is a veritable tossing of the coin by the time you reach the interview stage. This is a waste of time and is fraught with error. I guarante…
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Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 02:01 PM PDT

The more the sidewalks sizzle this summer, the hotter the technological landscape gets, and here's a group of 10 top tech innovations from the past week to prove it.

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Afghanistan Activists Urge Use of Social Media to Fight Politics

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 01:44 PM PDT

Free speech activists in Afghanistan launched Twitter and Facebook campaigns on Sunday to fight government media curbs as well as to dispel incorrect information being perpetuated by clashing NATO and Taliban claims.

Both NATO and the Taliban have used social media in the past to perpetuate arguments and campaign for individual causes. And Afghani journalists have been pushed against a wall with the government's new, strict press freedom laws, leaving the public confused about the current state of affairs.

Media advocacy groups like Nai have decided to fight back, encouraging the use of social media to provide the public with a more reliable and a somewhat more accessible form of i…
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Is This the Electric Bicycle of Your Dreams? [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 01:19 PM PDT

What happens when you combine a classic bicycle aesthetic with beautiful design and an electric heart? The designers behind the Faraday Porteur hope it's the bike that not only will make you look good on the streets -- but also get you pedaling on a more permanent basis.

Designed for city-living bike lovers, the Faraday Porteur features an electric-powered pedal assist system powered by lithium batteries hidden in the frame. Controlled by a thumb switch on the bike handle, the bike's "boost mode" gives riders up to 15 miles of support on a single charge.

The designers say boost mode is perfect for climbing that extra steep hill or just powering…
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Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 12:40 PM PDT

You won't want to miss our 10 favorite Pinterest pins this week. We found a variety of pins ranging from creative and crafty tips to stunning photos of very different cities.

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A tiny hidden wall safe disguised as an electrical socket caught our attention (and, it is available online for under $10), as well as the most elaborate Oreo cake we've ever seen.

In addition to the whimsical and helpful, Pinterest users also took on a more serious tone this week. We found an array of pins created in memorial of the victims of the Aurora shooting.

People love Pinterest for a variety of reasons: Some enjoy the pretty pictures and others are on the h…
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Hulu Reveals Sleeker, More Advanced Player [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 11:40 AM PDT

Hulu has revamped its video player, ditching its older look for a more user-friendly interface.

The clean new look integrates features like 10-second rewind, allowing users to easily cut back to moments earlier in video, and a more compact player that organizes buttons such as pop-out and closed captions within one menu.

The player will even automatically choose the best quality video for the available bandwidth with which you're streaming the content.

SEE ALSO: Hulu Plus for iOS Gets Retina Support, Improved AirPlay Mirroring

The new features are reminiscent of Netflix's video player. Netflix and Hulu are major competitors in the instant…
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Munster Does the Doggy Paddle, Kind of [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 11:04 AM PDT

Doggy Munster has his first swimming lesson, but looks like he's already pretty anxious to be an Olympic swimmer.

He starts his doggy paddle long before his tiny paws even hit the water. You'd think he'd speed up like a little road-runner once he's waterborne, but he'd rather get right out of the water and practice his breast-stroke above sea level.

SEE ALSO: If Life Gives You Lemons, Give Them to This Beagle [VIDEO]

It's okay Munster, you can swim all you want on dry land as long as you look that adorable doing it. And you can always invest in some duck-themed floaties, too.

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40 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 10:52 AM PDT

Looking for a guide to taking on the challenges of motherhood and a fresh CEO position in one fell swoop? Sorry, Marissa Mayer, we can't help you there! But for all our other readers, we've rounded up the week's top digital media resources to help you tackle your latest challenge.

If you're seeking additional mojo in the workplace, scroll down to Business & Marketing. Look out for this week's guides to daily deal sites, data science and seeking a job in the digital era. We've also got tips and tricks to power up your social reach, where to find the 10 must-follow Twitter accounts for foodies, home and garden lovers, and our list of the five things you didn't know you could do on Linke…
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ChargeCard Means You’ll Never Again Be Stranded With a Dead iPhone [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 10:35 AM PDT

For all of us who have forgotten our chargers, here's a great solution: ChargeCard, a rigid USB/iPhone charging cable that's the size of a credit card. Just think, you'll have it with you all the time, saving your bacon during those unfortunate occasions when your batteries run down to nothing.

At a slim 2.54mm (0.1") thin, this ABS plastic connector for iPhones is about the thickness of three credit cards, fitting in even an overstuffed wallet. So all you need is a hot USB port, and before too long, you and your iPhone will be back in business.

ChargeCard is a Kickstarter project that's already met its $50,000 goal with 35 days to go. But it…
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Video of Alleged Theater Shooter Emerges Online

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 09:40 AM PDT

James Holmes, 24, accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 people in a theater Friday, had minimal online presence at first glance -- no Facebook or Twitter accounts were located. However, in the days following the shootings, more information about his personal life has begun to materialize on the Internet.

ABC News was able to obtain video footage of alleged gunman Holmes as an 18-year-old speaking at a science camp Miramar College in San Diego.

The video was recorded six years ago when Holmes was 18.

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6 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 08:44 AM 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 favorite new and updated apps from the week.

This week we found an app that will let your friends and co-workers know when you're running late, and another that can turn you and your friends into a rap star.

If you're looking to make some new friends, a popular location-sharing app saw an update this week that makes finding people with common interests and friends easier to do.

While you're out and about, another new app lets you create a multi-camera video with people located around you.

If you're lo…
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Don’t Block These 10 Hilarious Twitter Bots

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 08:05 AM PDT

1. @_VonCount

Who loves to count? Count Von Count does, that's who -- and he will make sure that you know it if you talk about him on Twitter.

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Nearly every Twitter user has fallen victim to spam at one point -- there's no argument that it's annoying and detrimental.

But not all of it is bad -- in fact, some of those spambots are not bots at all. There are parody accounts that will filter through specific topics and respond to unsuspecting users, like @THEUNlVERSE.

There are still spam accounts using automated third-party applications too. As Twitter cracks down, the more sophisticated spambots find ways to avoid suspension.

SEE ALSO: Want to Hear a Song? Tweet at This Piano

For those who might crack a smile at a harmless spambot reply, see 10 of the funniest accounts in the gallery above.

Can harmless spam be fun…
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