Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Listen to the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Soundtrack in Its Entirety”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Listen to the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Soundtrack in Its Entirety”

Listen to the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Soundtrack in Its Entirety

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 04:37 AM PDT

While you await for the next installment in the Batman film series, "The Dark Knight Rises," you can entertain yourself with several trailers for the movie, a 13-minute featurette about its making, and now, the movie's soundtrack in its entirety.

Empire has made available the soundtrack, signed by Hans Zimmer, who has composed music for over 100 films, including 'Gladiator,' 'The Last Samurai' and 'Inception.' It will officially be available from Amazon and iTunes come July 16.

Zimmer has also collaborated with James Newton Howard on the scores for two previous Batman movies: 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight.'

Listen to the soundtrack below and tell us what you think!

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OS X Mountain Lion Goes Gold and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 04:18 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.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Goes Gold

Apple has released the final developer version of OS X Mountain Lion, known as a Gold Master, on Monday. This version will be the same -- or very similar -- to the final version. Developers can get it right now, while the general public will be able to purchase it online by the end of July.

Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 To Go

At its Digital Worldwide Partner Conference Monday, Microsoft has revealed a USB stick that can run Windows 8 even on…
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Why Online Success is Crucial to Paralympics 2012

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 01:36 AM PDT

Social and digital media's role in making the 2012 Olympics unlike any previous incarnation of the event has been well documented -- but they will play an even more critical role in making this summer's Paralympic Games a success.

While the Olympics receive relentless hype from media for months in advance, and athletes from typically obscure sports become global celebrities, the Paralympics happen on a different plane -- low-profile in the media and largely ignored by sports fans.

That, says Craig Spence, the International Paralympics Committee's media communications director, provides a unique set of challenges and opportunities for the organization.

"There's no one website in t…
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More About: Facebook, olympics, Paralympic Games, sports, streaming video, Twitter

How Etsy Turns Artists Into Entrepreneurs [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 01:02 AM PDT

Etsy isn't just about coffee koozies and repurposed doilies. The ecommerce site may host online storefronts for handmade, vintage and repurposed items, but it also fosters a future for many an aspiring entrepreneur -- a pursuit far more priceless than the items it sells.

In fact, Etsy's user friendly interface and robust marketing tools have rendered it comparable to eBay, especially in terms of the companies' sales trajectories. Between 2010 and 2011, Etsy's sales increased by 71% -- its 875,000 shop owners now sell an average of 2.9 million items per month.

SEE ALSO: Etsy: A Beginner's Guide to the Crafty Ecommerce Site

Etsy even maintains a powerful presence offsite, too. Its…
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The Oatmeal Shows Off the $211,223 it Raised for Charity

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 12:22 AM PDT

This might be the final chapter in the Oatmeal lawsuit saga, but what a satisfying ending it is!

Comic artist Matthew Inman, creator of the popular web comic The Oatmeal, has taken a photo of the $211,223.04 in cash his supporters had raised for charity.

But to understand why that money was raised, we have to go back to the beginning of the story. About a year ago, Inman wrote a blog post bashing humor aggregator site FunnyJunk for allowing uncredited images of his work.

Strangely enough, it took almost a year for FunnyJunk to react, but the reaction was very unexpected, as the site's owner claimed defamation and asked for $20,000 in damages.

Very soon, the lawyer repre…
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Walk at Work: Treadmill Desk Could Make You Envy of the Office [REVIEW]

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 11:17 PM PDT

Front View

You can fit just about everything you need on the DT-5's expansive and solid desk area.

Click here to view this gallery.

Every so often, a tech product comes along that has the potential to change your life. Not in the way people say a smartphone or tablet changes their lives, but literally -- remove pounds, increase energy, maybe add years to your life expectancy -- all during your working hours.

We speak of the LifeSpan DT, one of the first mass-market entries in a relatively young category of gadget: the treadmill desk. We hope these things become commonplace, because the DT's current cost on the LifeSpan website, even with discount, is $1,299.

That's a lot of scratch. But what you get for it is the ability to shed calories slowly and consistently, almost without realizing it.

For the past two mon…
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All-You-Can-Read Magazine Subscription App Launches on iPad

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 09:01 PM PDT

Next Issue Media, a joint venture backed by five major U.S. publishers -- Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp. and Time Inc. -- is launching an all-you-can-read magazine subscription app for the iPad Tuesday.

For a flat monthly fee of $10 or $15, users can get access to the digital versions of 39 magazines from those publishers, including back issues. The lower-priced plan nets you access to monthlies and bi-weeklies, including Esquire, InStyle, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Wired. The $15 plan includes those magazines plus a small roster of weeklies, including People, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and Time. Users can also purchase individual subscriptions as well as single cop…
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20 TV Shows With the Most Social Media Buzz This Week

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 08:41 PM PDT

Animation flooded this week's social TV chart, with mainstays like Spongebob Squarepants, Family Guy and The Simpsons topping the bill.

Anderson Cooper 360 gained attention on the web, following the news that the show's host Anderson Cooper had revealed his homosexuality in a statement to The Daily Beast. "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself and proud," Cooper wrote in an email to columnist Andrew Sullivan.

Following the news break, Twitter and Facebook were abuzz; some users broadcast their support, while others debated the newsworthiness of Cooper's revelation.

SEE ALSO: Anderson Cooper: 'The Fact
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More About: Entertainment, infographics, Social Media, social tv, social tv charts, Trendrr, TV

Imagine Cup: Where Students Use Tech To Solve Real World Problems

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 08:24 PM PDT

Saving the world from hunger, preventing drought, creating speech where there was none; all sound like far-off solutions to existing problems. For the students competing in the Microsoft-sponsored Imagine Cup, a sort of high tech, geeky science fair, these are issued to be solved right now.

More than 350 students from 75 countries are in Sydney, Australia competing in the Imagine Cup 2012 Worldwide Finals. They're charged with solving some of the world's most pressing social problems -- hunger, the environment, disease and energy use, among others.

Now in its 10th year, the students use Microsoft's latest technologies as their tools, including Windows 8, Windows Phone, Kinect for…
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Plan and Enjoy Life’s Greatest Adventures With Unbucket

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 08:03 PM PDT

Name: Unbucket

Quick Pitch: Unbucket is an online platform for life lists. Users can plan and document all intended activities.

Genius Idea: Users can make a list of short-term and long-term goals. Shared lists between friends and family can be private or public. Invited members of lists can check off items when completed.

Often, careful planning helps us get the most out of an experience. Unbucket is an online planning tool helping users get the most out of life.

Users should utilize Unbucket to accomplish daily goals and more meaningful endeavors over a lifetime, the founders say. Unbucket is here to track your intentions. It's great for the small lists, such as keeping t…
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MLB All-Stars: The Social Media Champs [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 07:49 PM PDT

We already know Major League Baseball's 2012 All-Stars are superb on the field -- but who has dominated the social media conversation this year and when did they spark the most online buzz?

According to one social media analytics company, Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp rules the National League's Interwebs, while Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton reigns over the American League. Hamilton is followed in the AL by Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Joe Mauer and Adam Jones. Kemp is trailed in the NL by Joey Votto, Buster Posey, Carlos Beltran and Dan Uggla.

Taykey tracks conversations across the social web to optimize marketing for major brands including Pepsi, Sprint and Victoria's Secret. T…
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Facebook Yoga Teacher Fired For Banning Phones in Class [REPORT]

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 07:27 PM PDT

A yoga instructor who was hired to teach classes at Facebook in March says she was fired last month for banning students from checking their mobile devices in class.

SFGate, the website for the San Francisco Chronicle, reported on Monday that 35-year-old yoga teacher Alice Van Ness says her long standing 'no phone in class' policy was ignored by one student in particular. Van Ness shot the student a disapproving look and then the student stepped out of the class to complete what she was doing on her device. The student complained to Van Ness' managers and a couple weeks later, Van Ness says she was fired.

The fitness employer she worked, Plus One Health Management, allegedly told Va…
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Social Media Is the Top News Source for Brits Under 25

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 06:52 PM PDT

Social media is the news source of choice for Britain's under 25-year-olds residents.

According to the first Reuters Institute Digital Report, 43% of people between 16 and 24 get their news from social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, rather than search engines, such as Google, the Telegraph reports.

Over 45-year-olds' use of social media for getting news pales in comparison to the younger demographic -- just 11% say they get news from the social web. For 33% of British people over 45, search engines are the online method of choice.

Between different social networks, Facebook is the most popular place to share news. More than half (55%) of people share news on Facebook…
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Pinterest Leaves Palo Alto, Joins San Francisco’s Tech Revival

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 06:31 PM PDT

Pinterest has joined Twitter, Zynga, Airbnb and a host of other social-based tech companies in San Francisco after announcing Monday that it would leave Palo Alto -- where earlier this year the image-sharing network exploded into one of the fastest growing social networks of all time.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee -- who has made drawing tech startups to the city a top priority of his administration -- touted Pinterest's move north from Silicon Valley as a victory for the local economy.

"I am thrilled to welcome Pinterest to the 'Innovation Capital of the World,' and am pleased that our efforts to attract and retain the industry's best and most innovative companies are working,�…
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Parrot to Launch In-Car Virtual Assistant to Take Calls, Find Your Parking Spot

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 06:05 PM PDT

Parrot, the company behind the phone-controlling flying AR. Drone, has unveiled a voice-controlled device that allows drivers to focus on the road as it manages phone calls and text messages.

Called the Parrott MINIKIT Neo, the small gadget serves as an in-car virtual personal assistant. Not only can it respond to calls and texts, it also lets people know you're driving and reminds you where you parked.

It will cost $99.99 when it launches in September.

SEE ALSO: Meet the Connected Car of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

The small device attaches to the sun visor of a car and connects to two Bluetooth enabled devices at the same time. It also comes with a vibration sensor, so it se…
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Instagrille Brings New Features To Instagram From Your Windows PC

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 05:20 PM PDT

Instagrille, a free desktop app that brings Instagram to your computer, now offers some features -- such as looking at photos posted from nearby -- that aren't even available in Instagram itself.

Launched in April of this year, Instagrille is a desktop experience for Instagram, providing much of the same functionality of Instagram's mobile app on your PC. The desktop app was originally created by Ukrainian developer Denys Denysiuk as an entry into an application contest for Pokki.

SEE ALSO: Introducing Pokki, an Apple-style App Store For PCs

While the app only earned him third place in the content, the app –- and its success since launch -– caught the attention of the compa…
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Teen Comes Out to His Mom, See What Happens

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 05:16 PM PDT

Coming out to your parents is never easy. Especially if it's your mom, and she's driving, and you're filming the entire incident on camera.

Sometimes your parents will support you. Sometimes they'll be disappointed. And sometimes something completely unexpected will happen.

We won't spoil it for you: Watch the video and see how the story ends. And yeah, tell us if you like it in the comments!

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Apple Removes Green Certification From All Products

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 04:51 PM PDT

Apple's products are no longer considered environmentally friendly after the tech giant asked the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) -- the group that sets environmental standards for electronics -- to remove all 39 of its products from its green registry.

According to the Wall Street Journal's corporate-technology blog, CIO Journal, this request took place toward the end of last month. EPEAT made the announcement last week.

The standards, which were set by manufacturers, advocacy groups and government agencies, state that recyclers need to be able to disassemble products considered green. This means the average person should be able to take apart the green p…
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Super Status Light: This Tiny USB Device Will Color-Code Anything

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 04:30 PM PDT

Nobody should have to stay glued to their computer screen. But what if you step away for a moment and miss that vital email? Is there a way to tell from across the room that it came in? How about checking on the weather, or the health of your laptop, or any other digital information you can imagine, without waking your computer?

Now you can do all of that with the help of blink(1), an LED creation (and Kickstarter project) launched Monday by San Francisco startup ThingM.

Blink(1), a tiny device you plug into your USB slot, is a red-green-blue LED that you can program to discreetly alert you to virtually anything.

Set the gizmo to watch for t…
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MLB Gets Social With Home Run Derby, All Star Game

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 04:18 PM PDT

For many fans, Major League Baseball's annual mid-summer home run derby and all-star game are enough excitement on their own. This year, however, MLB is trying to increase the fun by making them what it says are "the most social events in baseball history."

How? A combination of in-game player tweets, curated content and social rewards for fans.

During Monday night's home run contest, players will tweet and post to Facebook from special social media stations as well as share video and photos shot from their own smartphones. Fans who check in to the home run derby and contest using the MLB at the Ballpark mobile app will be entered for prize drawings, and MLB will feature fan tweets u…
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Taco Bell Introduces Edible QR Codes

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 04:03 PM PDT

We've seen a website made of bacon, so I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that someone has now come up with an edible QR Code.

As this video demonstrates, the minds at Taco Bell have spawned a QR code made of lemons and avocados. The effort is for Taco Bell's new Cantina Bell menu, which includes gourmet-ish items from chef Lorena Garcia. The codes are running in print ads in US Weekly and People. As one YouTube wag notes, the chain is "really thinking outside the guacs."

[Via Adweek ]

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Website Defends Frank Ocean From Homophobic Tweets

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 03:46 PM PDT

Twitter users are countering negative remarks against artist Frank Ocean with kindness after his recent love letter received much attention online.

The letter, which Ocean posted on Tumblr, was about his first love at age 19. The person happened to be a man.

"By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life," Ocean reveals in the letter.

Many Twitter users have responded negatively to Ocean. Jacob Åström and his friends have created hatetweetstofrankocean.com, intending to fight back with a positive message.

Visitors to the site can scroll th…
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Where Are Your Mobile Manners? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 03:30 PM PDT

Good manners have gotten a whole lot more complicated. Gone are the days of please, thank you, pardon me — the mobile takeover has spawned bathroom phone calls, mid-sex texts and behind-the-wheel browsing. Emily Post did not prepare us for this.

Online College collected data and created this infographic about mobile bad manners. We think you'll blush at how relatable these stats can be. Among them, a Mashable favorite: 10% of people under 25 admit to texting during sex.

SEE ALSO: 4 Ways Your Business Can Avoid Being a Menace on Twitter

Even more unsettling are the statistics of the bathroom variety: 247.5 million cellphones have visited the bathroom. A fifth of those have seen th…
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Apple Releases Final Mac OS X Mountain Lion to Developers

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 02:58 PM PDT

Mac users, are you looking forward to getting your hands on the latest Mac OS X -- version 10.8, also known as Mountain Lion?

You won't have to wait long. Apple released the final developer version of the operating system, known as a Gold Master, on Monday. Barring small technical issues and tweaks, this is the same version that will be released to the public -- and it's right on schedule.

When can you download it, exactly? If you're a developer, right now. Otherwise, Apple has said the $19.99 Mountain Lion upgrade will be available online by the end of July.

SEE ALSO: Apple Unveils Mac OSX Mountain Lion: So Long iChat, Hello Twitter

The company hasn't specified an actual…
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Music Monday: Catchy Songs

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 02:40 PM PDT

Last week we introduced Watercooler. Our newest channel, and your destination for web culture and what's trending. We are happy to report that you love viral content just as much as we do. The channel has grown, and it is picking up steam.

Needless to say, we've spent the last week engrossed in all kinds of trending content. From adorable cat videos to the newest GIFs — you'll find it on Watercooler. Like its namesake, Watercooler is where you can hear what people are buzzing about around the web.

We are bringing you the Internet's finest memes, viral videos and outrageous pictures.

In honor of Watercooler's success, we put together a list of songs just as addictive. On th…
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Ouch! Baseball Fan Drilled With Foul Ball While Checking Facebook [VIDEO]

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 02:04 PM PDT

You know those guys you see at the baseball game who spend the whole time head-down in their smartphones? Here's a bit of karmic retribution from the baseball gods.

This gentleman says he was checking in on Facebook at a recent game between the Reds and Padres when he didn't notice a foul ball headed his way until it drilled him in the chest. Luckily he wasn't seriously hurt, and keeps a good attitude about it in an interview with a ballpark reporter. Check out the video above for a cautionary tale and consider it a public service message courtesy of Mashable and Major League Baseball.

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Malware Shuts Down Internet for Many, But Was It Overhyped?

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 02:03 PM PDT

Although a nasty piece of malware called DNSChanger was set to kick thousands of Mac and PC users off the Internet on Monday, no major companies experienced issues related to the so-called "Doomsday Virus."

The FBI shut down domains earlier this morning that had been affected by DNSChanger, which had been circulating the web since as far back as 2007. The malware redirected Internet traffic to sites with paid advertisements where cybercriminals reaped profit from unsuspecting visitors.

Although the FBI urged consumers for months to check if their systems have been affected by DNSChanger, about 275,000 computers were still at risk of not having Internet access on Monday, but no majo…
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12 Essential Social Media Cheat Sheets

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 01:20 PM PDT

Getting around a social media site is not always easy. For some users, it's a matter of getting used to social media. For others, the issue is keeping up with constant updates and changes to features, privacy settings, and account specifications. This, of course, is why social media cheat sheets exist.

Cheat sheets are basically infographics that can give a user a simple rundown of various features and how to use them. Here's a roundup of great cheat sheets for the most popular social networking sites.

1. Google+ Cheat Sheet by Simon Laustsen

This is a nice little cheat sheet that covers what most users are probably going to need. For example, you'll know how to crea…
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Michael Fassbender to Star in ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Movie

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 01:08 PM PDT

Michael Fassbender, the man who brought the android David to life in the film Prometheus, will star in and produce the film adaptation of the popular video game series Assassin's Creed, according to industry trade publication Variety. Assassin's Creed follows the story of Desmond Miles, a bartender who discovers he is part of an ancient line of assassins after being kidnapped by a secret organization with ties to the Knights Templar. The series spans centuries from the Crusades to the American revolution as Miles travels back in time to retrieve historical artifacts. Assassin's Creed is the most popular franchise for gaming company Ubisoft, which has sold more than 30 million copies o…
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Skip Stones in Real Time With Skippy the Robot

Posted: 09 Jul 2012 12:56 PM PDT

If you've been at work and fantasized about getting away from it all and just idly skipping stones at a mountain idyll, then this live-streamed robot is for you.

Skippy, as he's known, is skipping stones for your benefit at a lake somewhere in Sun Valley, Idaho. If you're willing to wait a bit, you can sign up via Facebook, Twitter or directly to virtually fling your rock and then share it. You can also watch Skippy do his thing for others, though be warned: This will make Andy Warhol's film oeuvre look like Raiders of the Lost Ark by comparison.

That said, virtual rock skipping will doubtlessly appeal to some. The effort, from ad agency Eleven, is designed to raise awareness for…
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