Sunday, 23 September 2012

Mashable: Latest 24 News Updates - including “Apple Wants More Damages, U.S. Sales Ban Against Samsung [REPORT]”

Mashable: Latest 24 News Updates - including “Apple Wants More Damages, U.S. Sales Ban Against Samsung [REPORT]”

Apple Wants More Damages, U.S. Sales Ban Against Samsung [REPORT]

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 11:14 PM PDT

After winning more than $1 billion in damages from Samsung last month, Apple is going after the Korean electronics giant once again.

The Cupertino company filed a motion Friday that seeks additional damages of $535 million, plus $172 million in supplemental damages, on top of its previous award -- for a total of $707 million. It has also requested a court order for a permanent U.S. sales ban on Samsung Electronics products that allegedly violate its patents, Reuters reports.

Apple wants the injunction to cover "any of the infringing products or any other product with a feature or features not more than colorably different from any of the infringing feature or features in any of th…
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62 Digital Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 08:03 PM PDT

Wow, is the week over already? It seems like only yesterday we were upgrading our iPhone software to iOS 6.

Perhaps you skipped the update altogether, and decided to camp out and get yourself a shiny new iPhone 5. Or maybe you just spent the week playing video games in your underwear, and watching reruns of Lost. Don't worry, we're not here to judge.

What we are here to do is keep you updated on all the resources around the Internet you may have missed. Much of the content this week focused on updates, both to Apple's mobile software and Twitter profile layouts.

There were also some tips for you movers and shakers in the business world. We had advice on how to avoid job scams,…
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More About: Business, COMMUNICATIONS, Features Week In Review, OpenSocial, Social Media, Tech, trending

ITU Secretary-General: OK to Make Profit When Helping Developing Nations

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 07:32 PM PDT

Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson, and Dr. Hamadoun Touré, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), discussed the future of broadband at the 2012 Social Good Summit on Saturday. The underlying sentiment? That high-speed internet has the potential to "transform" developing nations.

In the panel, moderated by Mashable's editor-in-chief, Lance Ulanoff, Vestberg said that the pace of global technological change is getting faster.

"Today, [there are] 6.3 million mobile subscriptions in the world, 1 million broadband subscriptions in the world. That's just going to blow the next five years. [By] 2017? 5 billion mobile broadband subscriptions," he…
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More About: Social Good, africa, broadband, infrastructure, telecommunications

Bicyclean Pedals Toward Safer E-Waste Clean-Up

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 07:14 PM PDT

The world throws out millions of pounds of electronics every year, but not everything that ends up in the garbage is junk.

In Ghana, people sift through e-waste dumping sites to pick out resalable materials. The scavenging relies on crude methods of extraction that put both the rummagers and local environment at risk.

Harvard engineering grad Rachel Field witnessed the dangerous scavenging firsthand while visiting the west African nation, and was inspired to work on a solution. Field developed the Bicyclean, an affordable, environmentally friendly device that safely separates valuable bits of discarded electronics.

So how does Bicyclean work…
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Peter Gabriel Makes Case For Internet Freedom

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 06:54 PM PDT

Music phenom Peter Gabriel took the stage at this year's Social Good Summit to tout the power of connectivity on Saturday.

Gabriel said he believes that connectivity has caused humanity evolve. It's now a place of awareness and empathy, where people can recognize their own experiences in the lives of others, share their own stories and ultimately create change, he said.

"It's just this whole other way of working," Gabriel said. "It's part of what makes people feel so powerful."

Andrew Rasiej, a self-described "professional doer," social entrepreneur and founder of Personal Democracy Media, spoke with Gabriel. Rasiej commented on the Arab Spring, and how the protests could not…
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More About: Mobile, internet access, social good summit, trending

Sound Taxi Turns City Noises Into Soundtrack You’ll Want to Hear

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 06:14 PM PDT

The noise of urban living turns into a harmonious soundtrack behind the wheel of the Sound Taxi.

The London cab cruises city streets, while blasting a melodic tune created from common city sounds such as blaring sirens, beeping horns and chattering pedestrians. While that might sound like a cacophonous combination, the specially outfitted vehicle manages to transform the noises into something pleasing for the ears.

Created by artist Yuri Suzuki and headphone maker AiAiAi, Sound Taxi is equipped with microphones and 67 speakers that absorb and morph the sounds of the city.

Take a listen.

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Getting Started with Twitter Ads for Small Business

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 05:45 PM PDT

Are you among the one-third of small businesses in the U.S. using Twitter to promote your products and services? If so, you're on the right track: Research from digital intelligence firm Compete shows Twitter followers are more than 60% more likely to visit your website and more than 50% more likely to make a purchase and recommend your company.

Many companies are content to allow Twitter accounts to grow organically, but some are looking to accelerate growth of their follower base and increase the reach of promotions. To that end, Twitter recently rolled out two new paid advertising options for small businesses, currently available via invitation: Promoted Accounts and Promote…
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More About: Advertising, Small Business, Social Media, Twitter, features, mashable, open forum

Top 10 Brands With Highest Social Media Engagement This Week [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 04:29 PM PDT

Samsung topped this week's chart for brands with the highest social media engagement.

The Korean electronics maker continues to dominate the social landscape, thanks to its recent product launches of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 10.1, according to Starcount. The data aggregator, which tracks metrics from 11 networks to measure social popularity, compiled a top 10 list for this week.

Samsung's new video for its Galaxy Note tablet garnered 2.5 million hits in a little more than seven days, helping push the company's total YouTube views to nearly 8 million this week.

In other findings, ecommerce retailer Amazon's activity surged on Facebook this month, while Red Bull broke 30 mil…
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Spectacular HD Farewell to Space Shuttle Endeavour [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 04:05 PM PDT

The space shuttle Endeavour's journey to retirement continued this week, when a specially outfitted Boeing 747 transported the winged spacecraft to Los Angeles International Airport.

Photographer and director Vincent Laforet captured beautiful HD footage of the shuttle's landing at LAX.

SEE ALSO: Spot the Shuttle: Endeavour Makes its Final Flight [PICS]

The Endeavour farewell tour takes a two-week break at the airport's United Airlines hangar, before making its way through the streets of Los Angeles on Oct. 12. The shuttle's final destination will be the California Science Center.

BONUS: Amazing Photos From the Endeavour's Last Space Voyage

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U.S. Adds Robot Fish to Homeland Security Forces

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 03:38 PM PDT

Alongside tanks and jets, the U.S. government has added robot fish to its security forces.

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is funding the development of an unmanned underwater vehicle designed to look like a tuna fish, according to news site Science, Space and Robots.

Called the BIOSwimmer, the fish-shaped vehicle can navigate efficiently through harsh environments and hard-to-reach areas, such as flooded bilges and tanks. It can also inspect and protect harbors.

"We're using nature as a basis for design and engineering a system that works exceedingly well," David Taylor, program manager for the Scienc…
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9 Mildly Disturbing Scenes Discovered At Legoland

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 03:08 PM PDT

Crab Attacking a Man's Face

via Raymond Walsh

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Sometimes you need to look at things a litter bit closer than usual to see the humor -- or the harsh realities -- that they really hold.

At Legoland Florida's Miniland USA, this is absolutely the case.

Over the course of two years, travel writer and blogger Raymond Walsh found and photographed a number of unexpected Easter Eggs that are built into the giant Lego structure.

According to Walsh's blog, more than 100 Master Builders from North America, Europe, and Asia worked for two years to complete the Miniland USA attraction. According to the photos he collected, some of them had a very twisted sense of humor.

"I first noticed a Speedo-clad LEGO man with a crab attacking his…
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3 Interview Tips for Hiring Outstanding Developers

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 02:23 PM PDT

According to the ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage survey, 49% of U.S. employers are struggling to fill open positions. Technicians currently rank as the second most difficult position to fill, underlining the challenges tech companies face in staffing their organizations to meet current and future needs.

The problem isn't simply a shortage of applicants. In today's job market, there are plenty of people willing to fill every available position. The challenge is identifying highly qualified developers among the rest of the field.

My colleagues and I have found that incorporating nontraditional elements into the interview process is the single best way to identify the m…
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More About: Jobs, Recruiting, developer, interview, job search series

Apple Explains Why Maps Are Dreadful — Sort of [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 01:54 PM PDT

Did you hear? Everyone hates Apple maps in iOS 6. So, what does that mean?

The bad news: You'll get lost -- like a lot.

The good news: There's plenty of room for spoof-ability on YouTube.

SEE ALSO: London Agrees That Apple's Maps Are Terrible [PIC]

If Apple maps can't locate a watering hole to help drown your navigation sorrows, settle for drinking in front of your computer while watching a faux apology from the tech giant.

BONUS: The World According to Apple Maps

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How Is Social Media Changing Diplomacy?

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 01:33 PM PDT

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advocates for what she calls "twenty-first century statecraft," the use of technology and social media by ambassadors and their staff to connect and engage with their local communities. But can Facebook and Twitter really change the art of diplomacy?

That was one question posed to Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs for Digital Strategy at the State Department Victoria Esser, Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana and American Ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray during a panel at the 2012 Social Good Summit.

"[Social media] is an integral part o…
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12 Celebs Doing Stuff and the Tumblr Pages That Love Them

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 01:22 PM PDT

Barack Obama Eating Things

Somehow we can't see the First Lady's "Let's Move!" attitude thrilled about all that unhealthy food.

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People do things. People photograph things. People photograph other people doing things. People take photographs of other people doing things and put them on Tumblr. Now, we are the people who make a gallery of Tumblr accounts dedicated to all of the above.

The single-serving Tumblr is a tough act to keep up — especially when famous people are involved. We know the universe will eventually get bored with or run out of President Obama eating pictures, but let's enjoy it while it lasts.

SEE ALSO: 10 Tumblrs That Quit While They Were Ahead

Click through the gallery above to see some of our favorite "people doing something" accounts on Tumblr, and leave some of your best singl…
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Can Mobile Phones Help Fight Pediatric AIDS?

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 01:06 PM PDT

Can mobile phones help eliminate pediatric AIDS? "No," said Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile, not on its own. But it turns out the people who have those mobile devices, Nesbit said, definitely can.

At this year's Social Good Summit, Nesbit joined Anu Gupta, Director of Corporate Contributions of Johnson & Johnson, and Robert Fabricant of Frog Design, a company that tries to bring marketing to "meaningful products and services," in a conversation about the needed connection between tech and healthcare.

Nesbit and Fabricant have been working on initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa and India, where they say every 90 seconds a child is born with HIV. Their ultimate goal is to find new ways…
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8 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 12:47 PM PDT

It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck -- we take care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.

This week we found an app that will help you give your Android tablet a whole new, and more useful look.

Another app will help you find a pickup basketball game going on around you, and another will let you livestream the game when you get there.

If you're not much for live video, another app that launched this week allows you to share photos, text and audio clips to your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's app highlights.

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How the U.S. Chief Technology Officer Is Making Data Awesome

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 12:26 PM PDT

Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer at the White House, gave the audience at the 2012 Social Good Summit on Saturday a high-energy lesson in the importance of making government data more useful and available to anyone.

Park, who previously served as Chief Technology Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, became the White House's second CTO in March of this year.

"We've really embraced the power of open innovation," said Park, who broke his job down into three primary tasks: making new data available to the public, take already publicly available data that's unusable and make it usable, and making entrepreneurs and innovators aware of government data.

"You take t…
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Occupy Wall Street: The Year’s Most Memorable Videos

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 12:12 PM PDT

A year ago, Tim Pool traveled to New York to see the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations for himself. On a whim, he came from Virginia with only a smartphone and a battery pack. Pool, who worked as a community outreach director at a non-profit, then began live-streaming the protests and clashes with NYPD.

Pool quickly gained followers to his channels on Ustream and Twitter where he reported on what was happening at the time in Zuccatti Park. He became a source of information for the outside world by covering what was happening as it happened and soon received the title "citizen journalist" -- though that's not exactly what he'd call himself.

SEE ALSO: How One Occupy Broadcaster Is Ch
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6 Best Games to Play This Weekend

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 11:26 AM PDT

Borderlands 2

Mashable has already said a lot about how fun Borderlands 2 was, but it was still worth including in this post, probably because it's what some of us will be playing this weekend extensively as well. The shooter-RPG hybrid will have you running all over the futuristic wild West of Pandora, collecting as much loot as you can while facing up against hordes of robots, yetis, bandits, and weird monsters beyond compare. The action is fast-paced but accessible to everyone, and the story and characters will really crack you up (but also get you misty a couple times.) Borderlands 2 is available for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $59.99.

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Another week is over, finally, so that means it's time to unwind. What better way than by picking up a game?

If you aren't sure what to play this weekend, Mashable has you covered. We've compiled a list of the best games that are recent releases you don't want to miss. We've tried to cover all the platforms, too, so there is something included if you want to play on your phone, your console, or your PC.

Check out the list above, and please tell us what you're playing this weekend in the comments below.

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iPhone 5 Zips Past Galaxy S III in Speed Test [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 10:29 AM PDT

The war between the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III continues and the latest battle pits the smartphones against one another in the crucial speed test. Can Apple's A6 processor live up to the hype?

The short answer: absolutely.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 5 Humiliates Galaxy S III in Drop Test [VIDEO]

Austin Evans set up a good old fashioned gadget duel with a series of speed tests using benchmark tools like Geekbench and GLBenchmark. With speed scores rivaling the latest iPad, the iPhone 5 takes the victory for this round.

Speed isn't everything, so how else would you like to see the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III duke it out? Tell us in the comments.

Unboxing the iPhone 5

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Hillary Clinton Opens the Social Good Summit [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 10:07 AM PDT

The third annual Social Good Summit kicked off Saturday in New York with a surprise address from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Leaders around the world are coming together around at the United Nations seeking solutions for some of the toughest challenges we might face," Clinton said. "At the same time a revolution in social media is helping people everywhere take part in a global conversation about how we can work together to advance the common good."

Clinton encouraged the connected generation to get involved helping to build a better future.

"We need your help," she said. "Please use this unprecedented opportunity to become involved.…
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Watch the Global Conversations at Social Good Summit Live

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 09:51 AM PDT

The Social Good Summit kicked off Saturday in New York -- but you can still join in the global conversation even if you couldn't make it to New York.

This year's Social Good Summit expands beyond the 92nd Street Y's New York walls. Partner events, forming The Global Conversation are taking place in Beijing, China; Nairobi, Kenya; and Mogadishu, Somalia on Monday.

As part of the Global Conversation, Social Good Meetups are taking place across the world, in 235 different communities. Here's a tweet from Saturday's Meetup in Oman, one of the first communities to host an event.

Right now from the Social Good Global Conversation in Oman.#SGSglobal…&mdash…
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Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 08:41 AM PDT

1. Google Gon' Give it to Ya

This week, rapper DMX learned about something we like to call Google. The search engine left him confused and frustrated, and all of us nerds entertained.

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There were so many GIF-worthy moments this week, you might get dizzy from catching up with all of these animated loops. First, make sure you're sitting down. Now let's catch up, shall we?

Ruff Ryder DMX was adorably confused by the mechanics of Google. Apple fans are going gaga over the iPhone 5, and political nerds went crazy over a brief West Wing reunion. Fall TV is back, and with it comes a whole slew of funny GIFs.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 GIF Sounds of the Week

If your eyes don't hurt from looking at these yet, check out more GIFs of the week here.

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5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week

Posted: 22 Sep 2012 07:16 AM PDT

1. Pirates Didn't Actually Talk Like That

Despite the popularity of Talk Like a Pirate Day, English-speaking pirates of the 17th and 18th centuries probably talked like regular sailors. The pirate lingo we toss around today comes mostly from the 1950 Disney movie Treasure Island. Deal with it, Internet.

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It's time to get your learnin' on, compliments of our pals in the Reddit community.

Last week, we learned about some crafty sea otters and how data encryption actually works. This week, we've got five more scientific and historical tidbits culled from the Internet by curious Redditors.

Be sure to follow our Reddit Facts series to keep up with the weekly trivia.

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