Monday, 10 September 2012

Mashable: Latest 20 News Updates - including “Mashable Weekend Recap: 60 Stories You Might Have Missed”

Mashable: Latest 20 News Updates - including “Mashable Weekend Recap: 60 Stories You Might Have Missed”

Mashable Weekend Recap: 60 Stories You Might Have Missed

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 04:02 AM PDT

With mere days until Apple's big reveal of its latest iPhone on Sept. 12, news of the Cupertino company dominated headlines this past weekend. Mashable brought you those stories, as well as other tech and socia media news, during your downtime.

Our team kept up-to-date on the latest viral videos and breaking stories, so don't fret if you missed a few. Catch up on all the happenings in our Weekend Recap below.

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Breaking Bad Intro Re-Envisioned With Motion Graphics [VIDEO]

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 02:36 AM PDT

Want to see something really cool? Well, you could do a lot worse than to look at Martin Woutisseth's motion graphics version of the Breaking Bad intro.

The French graphic designer created the intro to the hit series just for kicks -- and to improve his motion design skills. "I'm also a big fan of the TV serie Breaking Bad (...) So I decide to just make a tribute to Walter White by making an illustration," he explains in the video's description.

The impressive result features 13 characters from the series, along with fully illustrated backgrounds and a new tune to accompany the imagery.

How do you like the video? How does it compare to the original Breaking Bad intro? Sh…
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Twitter Puts You in Front Row for Fashion Week

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 01:16 AM PDT

If you can't get front row for this year's New York Fashion Week then turn to Twitter to be your all-access guide.

The social network curated a fashion guide complete with the "it" designers, bloggers, models and fashion icons whose tweets will keep you posted on what's happening at the shows and what new trends are coming back in style.

The list includes more than 50 different people and companies from Nina Garcia to Vogue Magazine that will be live tweeting runway shows. Twitter has also created the hashtag #DayInTheLife to give the Twitterverse a one-stop place to find news and pictures behind-the-scenes of the shows, it's blog announced.

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HP Debuts Four New All-in-One Windows 8 Desktops [PICS]

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 09:58 PM PDT

Hewlett-Packard unveiled four all-in-one PCs on Monday, most notably the super-slim SpectreOne.

Interestingly though, while HP is known for its TouchSmart line of devices, the SpectreOne is not a touchscreen. At just 11.5-mm thin, however, it is the company's slimmest all-in-one PC. A spokesperson told Mashable that the desktop is not touch because HP wanted to focus on the thinness of the panel.

With a 23.6-inch flush-glass full HD display and a curved back, the SpectreOne is equally sleek. It features a wireless trackpad with multi-touch technology (a la Apple), so users can easily scroll, swipe and tap through Windows 8's tile-based user interface.

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Top 8 Comments on Mashable This Week

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 08:58 PM PDT

1. 'Sh*t Apple Users Say' Is So True — Admit It

Reader J B had some ideas for "Sh*t Android Users Say."

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This week, Mashable readers debated everything from political preferences to technological know-how. And rumors ran rampant about Mitt Romney's tax returns and the iPhone 5 launch next week.

When Twitter caused a stir by announcing it would limit third-party clients, our readers shared their worries about the upcoming changes in the social network's evolving API.

Some things never change, however, like the tensions between parents and children. Mashable readers with children sounded off on parental do's and don'ts when using social media.

The community also shared its thoughts on the new product launches this week, as the industry kicks off holiday season gadget sales. Nokia an…
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Crowd-Sourced Documentary to Tell Story of NFL Fans’ Season

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 08:13 PM PDT

Sports fans are a tried-and-true subject for compelling sports stories. But a documentary project currently underway puts a new twist on the genre by encouraging fans themselves to provide the footage from their mobile devices.

Called "The Season of Your Life," it will follow Detroit Lions fans during the current NFL season. The project claims to be the first "social" sports documentary, and asks fans to upload footage they shoot to the film's website. Traditions, tailgates, hopes, memories and reactions to the season's big moments are all encouraged. The Lions' official site and stadium Jumbotron will feature popular clips throughout the season, and the full 85-minute documentary will b…
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This Qbotix Robot Is Solar Power’s Best Friend [VIDEO]

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 07:26 PM PDT

Solar power is great, but it isn't a perfect system. Panels are only in optimal ray-catching position for a small part of the day. Moving them and their own individual motors takes energy and hurts efficiency, especially with large solar fields.

Enter the Qbotix Solbot.

The small, battery-powered robot rides a monorail track underneath the panels of a solar farm. It travels from panel to panel, rotating each one so that it faces the sun for maximum efficiency. The panels get as much sun as possible, and don't have to waste any of the power they generate, by rotating themselves.

"We are the first company to use mobile, intelligent robots to…
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5 Ways Your Business Should Use Twitter Hashtags

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 06:45 PM PDT

Assuming you already have a Twitter account dedicated to your small business, you should also be investing in hashtags as part of your social media strategy.

But let's back up a bit, in case you're unsure what a hashtag even is in the first place. Designated by a number sign (#), the hashtag is paired with a word or phrase to perform a variety of functions. Twitter users attach hashtags to tweets as search mechanisms, categorizing tools and marketing tactics.

In your business' case, you may choose to attach a hashtag, such as #smallbiz, or even your brand's name itself, as #nike might do. This improves the chance that other Twitter users will find your tweet in targeted Twitter s…
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6 Apps That Let You Text for Free

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 06:06 PM PDT

With mobile carriers charging anywhere from $20 to $30 a month for unlimited plans, smartphone users with a love of texting might feel like coughing up this kind of cash is their only option. In reality, there are several great apps available that allow users to text for free.

Many of these apps also offer additional perks like group chat and video. Here are several options that will save you money and offer you more than just your basic text.

1. imo

More than just your basic free texting service, imo allows you to message friends and family on most instant messaging networks -- Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Skype and AIM -- by allowing you to sync your accounts. It also allows…
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Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 05:19 PM PDT

Sunday is a time for reflection about important things -- like this past week's funniest viral videos. Maybe you were too busy working or actually, you know, being outside, to watch these clips. But, fear not: Here at Mashable, we endeavor to make sure you can still keep up with Monday's watercooler conversation.

This Sunday brings us an eclectic potpourri of comedy and cuteness. We've got a cat cuddling with baby chicks, some hilarious Twilight overdubs, sleepwalking shenanigans and a charming mother-and-son "Gangnam Style" dance session. Oh, not to mention a robotic cheetah that can run faster than Usain Bolt.

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Google Glass Graces the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 04:37 PM PDT

Google Glass and Google co-founder Sergey Brin made a surprise appearance at New York Fashion Week Sunday afternoon.

Models walked down the runway at Diane von Furstenberg's Spring/Summer 2013 collection show wearing Glass, the upcoming headset/eyewear device that Google is developing. The augmented reality-enhanced glasses have many smartphone-like functions; users can take pictures, record video, receive messages and check calendars, among other things.

The bands of each pair were modified to complement the collection's palette of corals, blues, whites and grays. It was the first time Glass had ever appeared on a runway.

Models recorded video using Google Glass, which wi
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5 Games You Should Play in Your Downtime

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 03:30 PM PDT

1. Super Hexagon

Super Hexagon is described by its creator Terry Cavanaugh as an action game. I might describe it as shapes causing you pain. Yet, this simple iOS game is extremely addictive. The concept is to navigate a point on a hexagon around past waves of incoming lines. You only have the ability to rotate left and right, and have fractions of a second to avoid being crushed. The visuals are hypnotizing, and are paired with a great soundtrack. While this game description might not make much sense, all I can say is: If you like high-speed action and very difficult games, this is completely worth the 99-cent price tag. [iTunes link]

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If you have time to kill, and just can't figure out what to play, Mashable is here to help with a list of great games to pick up during your downtime.

While this week was light on AAA releases, plenty of great mobile and indie content came out to whet our gaming appetites. Along with some new iOS releases, we also threw in a game or two you might have missed.

SEE ALSO:The Secret Lives of Speedrunners

Check out our list above, and let us know what you're playing in the comments.

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Teen Launches Space Camera, Grabs Gorgeous Shots of Earth [PICS]

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 01:45 PM PDT

Nineteen-year-old Adam Cudworth got these photos using a camera he bought on eBay.

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NASA's space missions cost millions and millions of dollars, but a British teenager has managed to get some stunning shots of planet Earth using just a camera he bought on eBay and a do-it-yourself spacecraft.

Nineteen-year-old Adam Cudworth spent just 40 hours and about $600 to grab the images you see above, according to a Telegraph report. He placed the camera, a simple Canon A570, in an insulated box with a GPS device, radio transmitter and microprocessor. Then he used a balloon to send the makeshift spacecraft more than 20 miles into the sky -- high enough, his photos show, to capture dramatic views of the Earth's curvature.

The device took about two and half hours to ascend, the…
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What Will It Take to Get You to NOT Buy a Mac? [SUNDAY COMIC]

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 01:17 PM PDT

First-time computer buyers might be wondering what they might do with such a machine. But according to one particular Mac found by our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy of The Joy of Tech, there are a multitude of reasons to go without computers.

However, as this Mac discovers, suggesting reasons for not buying a Mac sometimes tends to have the opposite effect.

SEE ALSO: Previous Sunday Comics

Comic illustration provided by The Joy of Tech. Published with permission; all rights reserved

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 12:04 PM PDT

Gadgetry gurus got creative this week, showing us astonishing technology ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

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Puppies: Best Gifts in the World? [VIDEO]

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 11:17 AM PDT

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If you're having a bad day, we promise it's about to get better. We combed YouTube to find clips of people receiving one of the best surprises ever: adorable, brand new puppies.

Watch as a kid gets his first dog, a grandpa meets his new pal and a mom finally receives the present she deserves. Each video has at least one thing in common: They will most certainly bring a tear to your eye.

SEE ALSO: 10 Infectious YouTube Clips of Babies Laughing at Dogs

If you need cheering up, take a look through our gallery of cute clips. Let us know in the comments below which pup is your favorite.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Steve Jurvetson

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Apple Patent Would Disable Smartphones by Location [VIDEO]

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 10:43 AM PDT

Apple has been granted a patent that would make your smartphone useless when entering an area deemed too sensitive for mobile photo and video.

The technology, if implemented, would likely be welcomed by many. It could, for example, be extremely useful to Hollywood executives worried about mobile-savvy bootleggers and teachers concerned about less-than-honest students.

But it also has some darker potential implications. Recent political and populist movements -- most notably the Arab Spring -- have relied heavily on the power of mobile devices and social media. Disabling protesters' ability to record police actions or other events would be a pow…
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Beam Me Up, Crafty: 15 Quirky Star Trek Finds on Etsy

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 09:56 AM PDT

1. Spock Cat Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

The Etsy description says it all: "Live Long and Prospurrr." Price: $25.00

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Crafting: the final frontier. These are the cross-stitches of the starship Etsyprise. Its five-year mission: to decor strange new worlds, to chic out new life and new civilizations, to boldly sew where no man has sewn before.

Crafty Trekkies show off their devotion to all things Star Trek on Etsy with delightfully kooky creations that warp drive beyond the usual Starfleet-themed merchandise.

SEE ALSO: Google Doodle Boldly Goes Where No Doodle Has Gone Before

Beam through the gallery for 15 fun Star Trek-themed goodies found on Etsy. Think you can refrain from purchasing a customized Spock portrait or Captain Kirk cat pin cushion? Resistance is futile.

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Reversal: Amazon Offers Opt-Out of Ads on New Kindle Fire Tablets

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 09:04 AM PDT

Now you can opt out of those ads on new Amazon Kindle Fire tablets for a one-time payment of $15. This is a reversal from a policy the company revealed the day after the new tablets were introduced.

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So You’re a Graphic Designer, What Next?

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 08:04 AM PDT

Once you've learned to design, whether it's in school or on your own efforts, the world is a wide open space of opportunities. There are websites hungry for more beautiful navigation, storefronts that could use better signage and more. But how do you get your hands on these projects, and turn your ideas into reality?

SEE ALSO: How Much Money Can You Make Working in Digital?

Job title, location, salary potential and type of firm are all things to consider when making employment moves as a designer. You might want to start at an agency, but what size? This handy infographic produced by Invision reveals some tips, and also names a few startups with a designer co-founder (and doesn't this…
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Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week

Posted: 09 Sep 2012 07:10 AM PDT

We're back again with our top 10 Pinterest pins. Each week, we keep an eye on our Pinterest feed for handy, inspiring and gorgeous photos that are especially popular.

This time, we found snacks ranging from exceptionally healthy to playfully indulgent. Our attention was also captured by creative furniture for your home, including a cassette-shaped coffee table and shelves made from suitcases.

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What were some of your favorite pins this week? Send us your favorites over the next week, and we might feature them in an upcoming post.

BONUS: Our Previous Top Pins

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