Friday, 6 July 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Apple Fixes Server Bug and Two Other Stories You Need to Know”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Apple Fixes Server Bug and Two Other Stories You Need to Know”

Apple Fixes Server Bug and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 04:31 AM PDT

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories.

Apple Fixes Server Bug Which Resulted in Corrupted Apps

Apple has fixed the server issue which caused some iOS apps to crash immediately after launch, the company has announced.

"We had a temporary issue that began yesterday with a server that generated DRM code for some apps being downloaded. The issue has been rectified and we don't expect it to occur again," Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD.

Amazon Is Working on a Smartphone That Would Compete With iOS and
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Majority of Marketers Plan to Increase Mobile Budgets in 2013

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 03:54 AM PDT

A new study found 70% of marketers plan to increase budgets for mobile in 2013. But is this really necessary?

Scott Forshay, a mobile and emerging technology strategist for emarketing company Acquity Group, tells Mashable that mobile marketers do not need to increase their budgets, but rather should get smarter about their mobile strategies. In fact, budgets for mobile marketing could stay the same if more effective mobile campaigns are created.

"A lot of brands have spent far too much money on mobile applications," he said

This year, mobile ad spending in the U.S. is expected to reach $2.6 billion. That includes spending on display, search and messaging-based formats. And another…
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What If You Could Combine the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S III Into One?

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 02:03 AM PDT

Regardless of what your expectations of Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone are, there's probably a feature or two you've seen on Android devices which you'd like to see on the iPhone as well.

Some, like a memory card slot, have been desired by users for what seems like an eternity, but Apple wouldn't budge. However, one can always dream, and now that dream has been turned into a 3D rendering that looks quite desirable.

The iSung Galaxy V, as the folks from Techradar have imagined it, is -- simply put -- the best of both worlds; an iPhone and the Galaxy S III melded into one device. It has features such as NFC, ultra-shutter, a memory card slot and iPhone's singular butto…
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More About: iphone, iSung, Samsung Galaxy S III, trending

This Is Our Planet: Spectacular View of Earth From the ISS

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 01:13 AM PDT

Tomislav Safundžić, an 18-year old photography and video enthusiast from Croatia, has knitted together a wonderful time-lapse video of Earth viewed from the International Space Station.

The video, accompanied with some chillout music, turns the spectacular photos from NASA's Image Science & Analysis Laboratory into an exciting ride over our planet.

SEE ALSO: Amazing Eclipse Time Lapse Shows the Sun Like You've Never Seen It

Check out Tomislav's other time-lapse videos over at his Vimeo profile.

What are your favorite time-lapse videos? Share your faves in the comments!

More About: Earth, NASA, space, time-lapse, Tomislav Safundžić, Video

Just How Interested Is the World in SEO? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 12:11 AM PDT

How big is the SEO industry on the Internet? Really big, according to a new infographic by Spanish-based SEO service provider BlueCaribu.

In fact, the infographic reveals that 3.5 people look up the term "SEO" on Google each second and 9.1 million web users are digging up information on the topic each month.

People are getting their information about search engine optimization (SEO) from a variety of ways. There are 863 million websites worldwide that mention the term "SEO" and 164,000 YouTube videos are indexed with the topic.

Google Shows Startups How to Master SEO in 10 Minutes [VIDEO]

Los Angeles may be the number one city in the U.S. to search for SEO, but India is the top c…
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Wimbledon Fan Advises Backhand; Player Agrees, Wins Point [VIDEO]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 09:21 PM PDT

Can crowdsourcing work at a tennis match? If one piece of shouted advice at Wimbledon is any clue, the answer is yes.

The advice may have been a little sarcastic -- according to some fans, "go to his backhand" is the equivalent of yelling a request for "Freebird" at a concert. Or, the fan only knows, it could have been genuine.

Either way, when Viktor Troicki receives advice on his serve in this ESPN video, he uses it to win a point against Novak Djokovic.

Would Wimbledon be improved by crowdsourcing? Let us know in the comments.

Hot New Events in Social Media, Mobile and Dev Worlds

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 08:45 PM PDT

Summer's not even halfway done, but the events are already piling up for the fall. We're rounded up some great upcoming events from Mashable's Events Board below. Check out this selection of business conferences and exhibitions, where you'll have a chance to learn about fresh innovations in social media, mobile, dev and design. Our plans span the calendar and the globe, so there's definitely one that will suit your interests and needs.

Every week, we showcase new events that you won't want to miss, and even more listings are added every day. Check back for networking opportunities, meetings and expos that will give you a chance to learn and network with the pros in your industry.…
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Crowdtilt Wants to Make Your Vacation With Friends Actually Happen

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 08:19 PM PDT

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Crowdtilt

Quickpitch: Fund your trip with your best friends without the hassle.

Genius Idea: Allows groups to fundraise in a quick and efficient way.

The last time your friends tried to organize a trip, did it actually come to pass? Or did you toy with the idea and are, months later still thinking about it?

The leader of your group tries to work it out, they find great deals in Mexico or Park City, but no one can afford to, or is willing, to front the money for th…
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Live Shark Feed will Take a Bite Out of Your Evening [VIDEO]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 07:58 PM PDT

As if we needed more reasons to love sharks and the Internet. Discovery Channel and Georgia Aquarium are teaming up to present you with Shark Cam, a live streaming video from the world's largest single aquarium habitat inside the world's largest aquarium.

Shark Week begins on August 12; from August 13-16, UStream's Shark Cam will feature twice-daily feedings and daily live chats with an underwater shark expert.

We'll give you a minute to grasp this reality, pass out from the sheer awesomeness and then regain consciousness. All set?

For many, Christmas comes but twice a year; once on December 25 and once in the late summer: Shark Week. Shark Cam celebrates the 25th annive…
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More About: Discovery Channel, Entertainment, shark cam, Shark Week, sharks, ustream, Video

Bombfellows! This Site Does Your Clothes Picking For You

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 06:56 PM PDT

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Bombfell

Quick Pitch: Bombfell sends fashion-challenged gents curated clothing suggestions each month.

Genius Idea: Real live stylists use algorithms and personal opinion (like what color works best with your skin tone) to ensure the best possible fit and style matches for users.

Calling all gentlemen. Does your wardrobe need an upgrade? The free-to-try website Bombfell wants to turn you into the hottest-looking guy you can be, $69 at a time.

The name is short f…
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More About: bizspark, fashion, retail, startup

Patient Cat Suffers Drunk ‘Kiss From a Rose’ [VIDEO]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 06:36 PM PDT

"I was drunk. Please don't sue me," writes YouTube user Bard55 -- presumably the embarrassing human in this YouTube clip.

In this minute long clip, an admittedly drunk man goes to the floor to snuggle a cat while singing Seal's hit, "Kiss From a Rose."

The grey tuxedo cat, nervous but patient, awaits his chance to escape the overfamiliarity.

After circulating the web on Wednesday and Thursday, the video has more than 135,000 views.

Have you ever sung a song to your pet drunk? Own up in the comments.

[Via Jezebel]

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Google+ Hangouts Get Closed Captioning, Transcripts

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 06:12 PM PDT

You can read a transcript of what's going on in a Google+ Hangout in real-time -- Closed Captioning, essentially -- thanks to a new app released Thursday called Hangout Captions.

The app provides a transcript of a Hangout that can be read by those who are deaf or have trouble hearing, allowing them to participate in the conversation as well.

"By adding the +Hangout Captions app, you can either connect live text from a professional transcriptionist to your Hangout, or type right into a text box yourself to transcribe a Hangout for your friends," Naomi Black, technical program manager for accessibility engineering wrote in a post on Google+.

"Right now, we only support profess…
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Archos Unveils 97 Carbon — an iPad-sized Android Tablet for $250

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 05:06 PM PDT

Archos is taking on lower-priced Android tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire with its newest tab: The Archos 97 Carbon.

Announced Thursday, the tablet is the first in a line of slates from the company's entry-level Elements line. It runs Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

The 9.7-inch Carbon -- the same size as the iPad -- has a 1024 x 768 display, 1GHz ARM processor, and 1GB of RAM. The tablet offers both a forward and a rear-facing camera, 16GB of built-in memory (expandable via microSD up to 32GB) and has a "stylish premium aluminum" finish.

"We wanted to introduce a new series that not only combines affordability with a new slim design, but features th…
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Man Interviews His 12-Year Old Self [VIDEO]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 04:30 PM PDT

What would it be like if you could go back in time and talk to a younger version of yourself? Filmmaker and actor Jeremiah McDonald got to experience that process -- in a way -- thanks to a video tape he made for his future self back in 1992.

Twenty years later, McDonald cut together an interview combining footage of himself in 1992 (at age 12) and in 2012 (age 32).

The result is funny, poignant and ingenious in its presentation -- which cuts present-day McDonald against his improvised 12-year old self two decades ago. As precocious as the younger version is, he also has one or two things to teach the older McDonald.

And at least they still share a love of British sci-fi h…
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More About: Doctor Who, trending, YouTube

Facebook Tab Engagement Down 53% Since Timeline Launch

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 04:11 PM PDT

Facebook's Timeline redesign profoundly altered the appearance and the function of brand Pages.

It's also significantly affected the degree to which fans interact with tabs, which point you to different content at the top of the Page.

According to data provided to Mashable by PageLever, tab engagement has dropped off 53% since brand Pages began adopting Timeline.

The findings were drawn from approximately 500 Pages with more than 10,000 fans apiece.

You can see tab engagement begin to decline on Feb. 28, the day brands were able to opt-in to Timeline. There's a steeper leading into March 30, the day all Pages were forced to convert. The regular spikes you see in the chart are…
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Secret App Will Monitor Your Encounter with Police [VIDEO]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 03:51 PM PDT

The ACLU of New Jersey has just released a free Android app that allows individuals to discretely record their interactions with the police.

The app, called Police Tape [Google Play link] will record audio (and if you want, video) of an encounter with the police.

Unlike normal audio/video recording apps, the recording interface disappears when in use, so it doesn't look like anyone is recording anything at the time.

The app also allows users -- at their discretion -- to send backup copies of the video to the ACLU-NJ for backup storage or for analysis of possible civil liberties violations.

An iOS version is in the works, though it will onl…
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Google Hit With Lawsuit Over YouTube Sharing [VIDEO]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 03:22 PM PDT

Google is facing copyright infringement charges from New York start-up CamUp over a video-sharing feature used on Google's social network, Google+.

The lawsuit accuses Google of stealing the "watch with your friends" button from CamUp. The button currently directs users from YouTube to a Google+ Hangout page where multiple people can video chat while viewing video content together.

CamUp claims Google unlawfully implemented the concept after a meeting in 2011 where both groups met to discuss possible future collaboration. The company is seeking damages and an injunction to ban use of the button on YouTube and Google+.

Watch the video above…
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Did Apple Respond to App-Crashing Problem?

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 03:04 PM PDT

That problem where iOS apps crash immediately upon launch? It may be gone soon.

Apple appears to have responded to the issue, posting a message on a developer forum saying the company is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

The problem first received widespread attention Wednesday after Instapaper creator Marco Arment posted about it on his blog. Many users of his app began complaining on Twitter after installing an update that posted to the App Store Tuesday evening -- right before the July 4 holiday. Once installed, the app would not launch, only crash.

Since then, the same problem became apparent on many other apps. Although Apple does not appear to have responded directly…
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More About: app store, apple, apps, Instapaper, mac app store

Facebook Dating: This Site Rounds Up Single Friends of Friends

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 02:18 PM PDT

If your soulmate is still out there, chances are he or she is on Facebook. A new service called TheDatable seeks to make love connections within Facebook's global network of more than 901 million users.

TheDatable urges users to round up eligible Facebook friends for a new social dating experiment. Tag your "datable" friends for others to connect with. Users are also part-time matchmakers on the website because they will be facilitating introductions between friends. Braver singles can also directly message the site's bachelors and bachelorettes.

"Most of your friends are already on Facebook, so by using Facebook Connect it's simple and quick to tag the ones you think are datable," c…
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History of the Internet in a Nutshell [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 01:49 PM PDT

It is probably impossible to fully encapsulate every innovation and change that has come to the Internet since its inception more than two decades ago. But the interactive designers at Vizzuality and Hyperakt have come close, in this stunning and extensive graphic that debuted at Google I/O last week.

The graphic provides an immersive walk down digital memory lane, from the earliest days of HTTP to recent developments in HTML5 and full screen APIs. It documents the birth of browsers like Safari and Firefox and even pinpoints moments in the life of Javascript and Flash.

The interactive design shows the growth of digital life and culture, as well, analyzing how global Internet traffic…
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The Internet Has No Idea What the Higgs Boson Is [PICS]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 01:23 PM PDT

Homer Reacts to Higgs Boson

Science FTW! From QuickMeme via Reddit

Click here to view this gallery.

We're going to be honest -- we don't quite understand this Higgs boson stuff. While it appears that this discovery could help unlock some of the secrets of the universe, not even the best explainer cartoons and videos can really break it down for us.

What we do understand are memes. Glorious, wonderful memes. Thanks to Reddit, QuickMeme and the greater Internet at large, we've managed to find some great Higgs boson memes that match our excitement tempered with utter confusion.

What is the best Higgs boson meme you've seen? In the comments, let us know.

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Soccer Chiefs Approve Goal-Line Technology [POLL]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 12:47 PM PDT

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has approved the introduction of goal-line technology into soccer for the first time.

Two separate goal-line tech vendors, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, were given the go-ahead Thursday. The Sony-owned Hawk-Eye system is a camera-based computer system already in use in tennis and cricket. It employs four high-speed video cameras located at different locations and angles surrounding the field. The video feeds help determine the location of the ball by a triangulation method.

GoalRef, meanwhile, uses microchip technology instead of video. A microchip is placed inside the ball, and goals are determined using low magnetic waves deployed arou…
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The World Celebrates Social Media Day [PICS]

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 12:44 PM PDT

Dubai, U.A.E.

The perfect cake, presented at Social Media Day in Dubai on June 30. Photo by @rosie_y.

Click here to view this gallery.

Mashable community members around the world gathered Saturday to celebrate our third-annual Social Media Day. With hundreds of local events and thousands of attendees, the day was a win for all.

From day-long conferences to nighttime networking parties, people recognized the digital revolution in a variety of ways. But all events had one thing in common: celebrating online communities offline.

Meetups took place in all corners of the world. Some of the most well-attended events occurred in Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and the United States, including San Diego and Cincinnati. Eight cities and two U.S. states officially declared June 30 as Social Media Day this year, making a tot…
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6 Posts That Build Engagement on Facebook

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 12:23 PM PDT

When Mark Zuckerberg first built Facebook, the purpose of it was to keep people connected with their friends. That was its first purpose. And it worked well.

As Facebook grew, its purpose grew to accommodate businesses. Hence the addition of Facebook pages for brands. But many brand page admins make the mistake of thinking of Facebook users as "friends" who will look at company posts simply because a company posts them.

That's not true, and it's not true because not all posts are created equal. Think of it this way, your business is not automatically friends with your audience. That only changes if you engage with them. Engagement on Facebook is reflected in three forms: lik…
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More About: contributor, Facebook, features, Marketing, online marketing, trending

iPad Mini: Why It’s a Bad Idea

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 11:58 AM PDT

The tablet market -- specifically, the 7-inch tablet market -- got a jolt of excitement last month when Google debuted the Nexus 7, an affordable touchscreen device that also happens to be the best 7-inch tablet ever made. Now that the initial commotion has calmed a bit, many are casting their eyes toward Apple, wondering if (some say when) it'll debut a smaller iPad to compete directly with 7-inch devices like the new Nexus.

Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.Rumors about a 7-inch Apple tablet have circulated since even before the first iPad was unveiled. However, the Nexus 7 news has risen the conversation to new levels. First a financial analyst speculated Apple would debut a 7.8-inch iPad priced at $299, then both…
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More About: apple, ipad, ipad mini, kindle fire, Nexus 7, retina display, trending

X-Ray Scanning Vans Hit Streets, Raising Privacy Concerns

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 11:41 AM PDT

Is a roving, body-scanning van a needed surveillance tool or a another step toward eroding personal privacy?

Andy Greenberg of Forbes is reporting that American Science & Engineering, which provides x-ray scanners to governments and defense companies, has introduced a van capable of scanning nearby cars. The Z Backscatter Vans, or ZBVs, are used to scan for explosives, drugs and people, making them an ideal tool for security, law enforcement and border control agencies.

The vans work by emitting low-level x-rays off and through nearby objects to collect a visual snapshot of other vehicles. In an interview with Forbes, Joe Reiss, vice president of…
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More About: privacy, security, trending

Startup Tips From Serial Entrepreneur Loic Le Meur

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 11:28 AM PDT

For those who follow emerging technology, serial entrepreneur Loic Le Meur is a household name.

In 1999, he sold his first technology company, RapidSite, to France Telecom. Following a successful exit, he jumped back in with Tekora in 2000. In 2003, he purchased Ublog, a French blog hosting company and merged it with Six Apart in 2004.

He started Le Web, a conference that he says "brings Silicon Valley to Europe." Focused on the intersection of the web, business and society, Le Web attracts 3,000 people from 60 counties every December in Paris.

"Sometimes you try to be successful at one thing, and [you] focus on that, and then success h…
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More About: brian solis, europe, loic lemeur, revolutiontv, seesmic, Video

Is This the Netflix of Standup Comedy?

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 10:54 AM PDT

Louis C.K.'s business techniques have paved the way for comedians to experiment with self-distributed content -- and perhaps independent producers too.

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Lady Gaga Joins Instagram, Little Monsters Rejoice

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 10:38 AM PDT

Lady Gaga has joined Instagram.

The pop megastar delighted thousands of her "Little Monsters" earlier today with a tweet shared from her shiny new Instagram account.

Just posted a photo— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) July 5, 2012

Gaga has more than 26 million Twitter followers and though her Instagram activity is limited to only five self-portraits, the superstar already has nearly 120,000 followers on the service.

It looks like Gaga actually joined the service more than two weeks ago -- but chose until July 5 to actually start sharing photos with her wider fan base.

Gaga is one of the most socially savvy artists on the planet and she's used…
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Here’s What Facebook’s ‘Want’ Button Will Probably Look Like

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 10:20 AM PDT

It's been said that Facebook is developing a new "Want" button that would allow you to add products to a virtual wish list, and now we have a glimpse at what the icon could look like.

Tom Waddington, a web developer who recently found a disabled Want button included in Facebook's Javascript coding list of social plug-ins, told Mashable that the social network has been actively working on the feature. He embedded the code last week onto his personal blog and it has since turned from an error code into a clickable "Want" button. (See below for image).

"The button has been updated since last week, so it's definitely been worked on," Waddington said. "This shows that it's still under…
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More About: Business, Facebook, Marketing, pinterest, social commerce, Social Media, spotify, trending

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