Thursday, 13 September 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Moustache Madness: App Pays Homage to Rams Coach’s Burly Bristle”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Moustache Madness: App Pays Homage to Rams Coach’s Burly Bristle”

Moustache Madness: App Pays Homage to Rams Coach’s Burly Bristle

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 05:02 AM PDT

New Rams head coach Jeff Fisher doesn't just bring 147 career wins, a Super Bowl XXXV appearance and a wealth of football knowledge with him to St. Louis.

He also brings a pretty epic moustache.

To celebrate the arrival of Fisher, whom the Rams hope will lift them from the NFL basement, the team wants its fans to share in the coach's moustachioed glory. How? An app, of course.

The Fisher Stache app -- free for iOS [iTunes link] and Android [Google Play link] -- lets you superimpose the coach's bristly trademark onto your own mug. You can take a new photo of yourself or paste it onto an existing pic, then save it to your phone, email it to a friend or post directly to Facebook fr…
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Conan O’Brien Debuts $5 Amazon ‘Wendell’ Tablet [VIDEO]

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 04:19 AM PDT

Amazon is known for its affordable line of tablets, including the 7-inch Kindle Fire, which recently fell in price to $159.

But the company has debuted another cheaper e-reader that undercuts even its uber-cheap $69 baseline Kindle -- the "Wendell."

SEE ALSO: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Is a Great Tablet and a Great Value [REVIEW]

It (he?) may be a figment of Conan O'Brien's imagination, but for $5, the Wendell is a real steal -- however fictitious.

Sure, he may be larger and hairier than most other tablets, but the Wendell performs the same functions. As demonstrated in the hilarious faux commercial above, he can be used as an e-reader (reciting salacious tomes like Fifty Shade
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Facebook and Google Help Launch Online Safety Platform For Teens

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 02:58 AM PDT

Teenagers live online -- nearly 58% of teens own smartphones and make up the market's largest growing sector. However, mobile-crazed teenagers aren't as unconcerned about online safety as some people think.

Non-profit organization Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) partnered with nine tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft and Google to build A Platform for Good. The newly launched online resource provides teens, parents and teachers the tools to raise awareness about efficient online safety practices.

"At Facebook, nothing is more important than the safety of the people who use our service," The Facebook Safety team wrote. "We believe that helping families teach teens digital…
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Curious About the iPhone 5? This Funky Song Sings All [VIDEO]

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 02:33 AM PDT

If you've been following Mashable over the past 24 hours, chances are you know pretty much everything you possibly could about the iPhone 5. But you really don't know anything until you've heard this song. Set to a funky track that sounds like an Eminem beat, jazzman Paul the Trombonist raps and recites all the iPhone 5's key traits and specs.

Paul, you'll remember, is also the man who brought the world the techie hit "Playing With Your Phone While Sitting on the Toilet" last February. Check out his latest offering above, and let us know what you think in the comments.

More About: Watercooler, YouTube, iPhone 5, viral videos

Nintendo Wii U Coming to Japan This December

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 01:58 AM PDT

Nintendo's Wii U gaming console will become available in Japan on Dec. 8 at a starting price of 26,250 yen ($338), company president Satoru Iwata announced via Nintendo Direct's video stream.

That's the price for the basic set, which has 8GB of storage and comes only in white.

The black, premium set, which offers 32GB of storage memory, also brings a ton of extra goodies: the GamePad, a charging stand, play stand and an additional stand for the console, as well as two power adapters and an HDMI cable. It costs 31,500 yen ($405).

Both consoles will have 1GB of RAM for main operation, plus another 1GB for games.

The price and the release date for North America and Europe will be…
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Flipboard Set to Launch iPhone 5 Version

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 01:32 AM PDT

Apple's iPhone 5 launched Wednesday under the white-hot spotlight of global scrutiny. Yet within the walls of the cavernous Yerba Buena Arts Center demo room, where hundreds of journalists, guests, Apple employees and partners squeezed among gleaming tables of fresh Apple finery, there were far more smiles than frowns.

One happy camper was Flipboard CEO Mike McCue -- who told Mashable that his company is ready with a new iPhone 5 version of the Flipboard app, just as soon as the phone comes out on September 21.

Flipboard is one of the most popular apps on the iOS platform. The social reading, magazine-style content platform has taken its lumps
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Watch the Military’s New Robot Pack Mule

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 01:00 AM PDT

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) debuted a new version of its pack mule robot – also known as a Legged Squad Support System (LS3) – this week. The bot is designed to shoulder up to 400 pounds of supplies.

More About: DARPA, LS3, Robot, trending

Get Up to $400 For Your iPhone 4S

Posted: 13 Sep 2012 12:01 AM PDT

Interested in trading in your iPhone 4S for an iPhone 5? Most of the popular smartphone-buyback services are offering good prices for Apple's previous generation smartphone.

This can be a great way to recoup the cost of a new phone -- especially if you aren't eligible for an upgrade or are switching to another carrier.

The iPhone 5 announcement means that tons of older iPhone devices are about to hit the secondary market. As we've seen in the past, that flood of devices can lower the buyback amount companies are willing to pay for your device. If you're interested in selling your device to a buyback service, lock in now, rather than later.

THE LATEST: iPhone 5 Unveiled | iPhone 5 vs. Competitors | More of iOS 6 | Thinner iPod Nano | iPod Touch With Siri | New iTunes | New iPhone Dock Connector | New Earbuds, EarPods

We looked a…
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More About: apple, ebay, ebay instant sale, gazelle, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, nextworth, trending

5 Companies With Inbound Marketing Strategies That Work

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 11:30 PM PDT

Some companies seem to have an innate sense of just what it takes to attract a market. Or, perhaps it only appears that way. For most companies, it's more likely that they learn through trial and error, research, and testing until they get it right.

The following five companies have each developed inbound marketing strategies that truly work. Here's what those look like.

1. Salesforce: Leverages Content to Market the Cloud
According to Kieran Flanagan, inbound marketing manager for, "The new B2B purchase journey is search-initiated, social powered, and buyer-controlled." In fact, his take on the 80/20 rule is that for social success, it's more like 90/10. That me…
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That Time Dave Grohl Met Apple’s Jony Ive [PHOTO]

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 11:05 PM PDT

Jony Ive's cool-dude-o-meter ticked up a few notches Wednesday when he was spotted with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl at the iPhone 5 launch event. Not that the Apple product design mastermind needed any help racking up the cool points.

The Foo Fighters played at the Apple iPhone 5 launch party -- or the Ping funeral -- depending on your perspective.

During the band's unplugged set, Grohl reportedly reflected on the significance of the event.

"One of the incredible things about being here is that you're meeting people who are shaping our future," he said, according to the Guardian. "And just like Little Richard, Tom Petty, Jimmy Page, these are just people who took it upon…
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Watch the Entire iPhone 5 Keynote

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 10:30 PM PDT

Apple just posted a recording of the iPhone 5 keynote that took place Wednesday morning at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Company CEO Tim Cook emceed the proceedings, followed by presentations by executives Phil Schiller, Scott Forstall, Eddie Cue and others. In addition to the iPhone 5, Apple also unveiled new iPods, a revamped iTunes and brand-new earphones that will ship with every Apple portable product.

THE LATEST: iPhone 5 Unveiled | iPhone 5 vs. Competitors | More of iOS 6 | Thinner iPod Nano | iPod Touch With Siri | New iTunes | New iPhone Dock Connector | New Earbuds, EarPods

You can watch the keynote in its entirety here, and browse pics from the event below.

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This Startup Gives Couples Ingredients for the Perfect Date Night

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 10:05 PM PDT

Dejamor delivers discreet packages to couples with all the ingredients they need for romantic experiences, as curated by relationship coaches, psychologists and intimacy experts.

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iPhone 5: All the New Stuff

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 09:35 PM PDT

Bigger Screen

The most noticeable change in the new iPhone is its larger, 4-inch screen. The display actually isn't any wider than the previous one, but instead extends length-wise to a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its resolution is 1,136 x 640 pixels -- that's not quite high-def, but it still has the same pixel density -- what Apple calls a retina display. The taller screen allows for five rows of apps (plus the permanent row on the bottom), and Apple says its colors are better, too.

Click here to view this gallery.

The iPhone 5 is finally here, and it's -- in a word -- different. The new iPhone is the most radical redesign of Apple's flagship product since its inception, sporting a larger screen, a different shape, more features and even new accessories in the box.

Apple vice president Phil Schiller told a crowd of reporters and Apple fans that the new phone was "the most beautiful product we have ever made." It's certainly one of the most anticipated -- people have been predicting a radically redesigned iPhone for almost two years.

THE LATEST: iPhone 5 Unveiled | iPhone 5 vs. Competitors | More of iOS 6 | Thinner iPod Nano | iPod Touch With Siri | New iTunes | New iPhone Dock Connector | New Earbuds, EarPods

Now that it's finally here, the smartphone has delivered on some promises (LTE!) and fell short on others (no NFC?). First-time iPhone buy…
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Watch Simon Cowell Choke Up on The X-Factor [VIDEO]

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 09:01 PM PDT

Simon Cowell all choked up? Hard to believe, but the famously hard-hearted judge got misty-eyed after watching X-Factor contestant Jillian Jensen audition on the talent show.

The 20-year-old Massachusetts native sang Jessie J's "Who You Are" during a round of auditions, which aired Wednesday night.

"That was incredible," Cowell says, while holding back tears. (Go to the 8:05 mark in the YouTube video above to see his reaction). Record executive L.A. Reid, pop star Britney Spears and singer Demi Lovato, who also sit on the judges' panel, echoed his praise.

Twitter users responded to Cowell's uncharacteristic emotional display with disbelief.

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Dissed Fan Teaches NFL Team a Social Media Lesson on Twitter

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 08:11 PM PDT

The Kansas City Chiefs didn't know who they were messing with when a team staffer sent a brusque Twitter message to a disgruntled fan who had vented about the team's ownership on the social network this week.

It all started on Monday, when decades-long Chiefs supporter Travis Wright (pictured at right), who uses the Twitter handle @teedubya, was texting with a friend about what they felt was absenteeism and stinginess on the part of Chiefs owner Clark Hunt. The team last won an NFL playoff game in 1994, finished last year with a losing record and dropped its season-opener last weekend. Frustrated, Wright tweeted the following message:

I'm not much of a @kcchiefs fan anymore. Clark Hun…
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The Strange Details of the YouTube Clip Sparking Mideast Protests

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 07:46 PM PDT

Bizarre details about a YouTube film trailer that's continuing to fuel protests around the Middle East began to emerge late Wednesday evening.

The 14-minute trailer for the film, titled "Innocence of Islam," angered many Muslims across the world because of its derogatory stance towards Islam and its depiction of the Prophet Mohammad as a barbarian and abuser of women.

Early reports indicated that Sam Bacile, a California-based Israeli-American real estate developer, was behind the film. Bacile, who allegedly made the film to condemn Islam, was quoted as calling the religion a "cancer."

However, as the day went on, some wondered if the "Sam Bacile" name was an alias. One indict…
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Find Out If You’re Eligible for an iPhone 5 Upgrade

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 07:00 PM PDT

Apple just announced its iPhone 5 and the big question for lots of existing smartphone owners -- especially in the U.S. -- is "Am I eligible for an iPhone 5 upgrade?"

That's because upgrade pricing can be the difference between paying $599 for a new 16GB iPhone 5 -- or $199.

Each major iPhone carrier -- Sprint, AT&T and Verizon -- has different rules about upgrades and eligibility date. Fortunately, the carriers make it relatively easy to check to see if you're eligible for an iPhone 5 upgrade, or when your upgrade will become available.

Apple has a website dedicated to allowing users to check their upgrade eligibility here. You'll need the last four digits of the account h…
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Apple to Make Three Versions of iPhone 5

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 06:25 PM PDT

Bringing LTE to the iPhone 5 means that Apple will be releasing not one, but three versions of the handset.

LTE networks vary throughout the world. If Apple wants the iPhone to be LTE everywhere, it has to create devices specifically to run different regions and carriers.

What that boils down to: three different phones, each one supporting different LTE bands.

Historically, Apple has always tried to create a single iPhone. It strayed from that when it released the CDMA version of the iPhone 4, but came back to a single global model with the release of the iPhone 4S.

LTE is a different story than HSPA+, however, and requires the phones to be different.

As GigaOm points out,…
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Topshop to Debut Interactive, Shoppable Livestream During London Fashion Week

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 05:45 PM PDT


Imagine watching a fashion show live online, thousands of miles away from the actual event. A look comes down the runway, you click on it, and are able to browse all of its color options and add it to your cart without pausing the livestream. You could even, if you were quick enough, place an order for that look before the show finale began. Sounds pretty futuristic, if not entirely possible, doesn't it?

This is exactly what global high street retailer Topshop is planning to unveil during the livestream of its S/S 2013 show at London Fashion Week at 3 p.m. GMT on Sunday. Viewers will not only be able to click on clothes and accessories to browse color options in real-time, they'…
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iPhone 5 Launch Plays it Safe. Can Apple Still Surprise Us?

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 05:24 PM PDT

Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.

Wednesday's iPhone 5 launch had more than a touch of deja vu.

Apple CEO Tim Cook's performance, though slightly more polished than in his last three product launch events, was largely a retread of his WWDC keynote. Cook still leads by getting out of the way, ceding the all-important announcement of the iPhone 5 to marketing chief Phil Schiller, just as he did at the new iPad launch earlier this year.

The order of events was pretty much by the numbers, too. We started with an update on Apple retail stores, moved on to new numbers for the Mac and the iPad, had the main event -- the big reveal of the iPhone 5 and its new iPod brethren -- and closed with a musical guest, in this…
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Apple iPhone 5 First Impressions: A Remarkable Achievement

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 04:57 PM PDT

The media gets a first look at the iPhone 5

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Apple iPhone 5 isn't the biggest or most powerful smartphone on the block. But that may not matter to iPhone purists, those who have fallen in love with the original iPhone 4 designs and were horrified at the thought that their precious device might develop a glandular condition and grow to near-tablet sized proportions.

I got to spend a little time with one of the many iPhone 5 phones Apple had lying around the demo room (and in the hands of demonstrators).

At first glance, I'd say Apple has achieved something remarkable: making the iPhone bigger, more powerful, and possibly even better, without changing the way it feels in your hand.

In case you haven't seen, the new iPhon…
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‘X Factor’ Will Reveal Best Judge, Based on Tweets, During Premiere

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 04:23 PM PDT

Fox has pitted The X Factor judges against each other in a Twitter battle, urging fans to vote for their favorite judge with hashtags. The winner will be revealed during the show's season premiere Wednesday and Thursday.

Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid each chose their own hashtag for the competition:

The judges, their fans, former contestants and celebrities have rallied since Monday to sway the votes.
An amazing day, I also saved ten rescue puppies from drowning. #mrniceguy @thexfactorusa— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) September 10, 2012

Can't wait to watch my girl @ddlovato on @thexfactorusa tomorrow! You got this Demi! #GoodLuckDemi #QueenD&md…
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Rainn Wilson Proves Your Facebook Quotes Are False [VIDEO]

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 03:56 PM PDT

The inspirational quotes you all post to Facebook? They're false, and Rainn Wilson wants you to know why.

This video is part of the Malarious series, a collaboration between CollegeHumor and Malaria No More that has the lofty goal of ending all malaria-related deaths in Africa by 2015.

LEARN MORE: Celebrities Get 'Malarious' With CollegeHumor to Save Lives

The "Be the change you wish you see in the world" quote you just shared? Yep, it's wrong. According to Wilson: "Change is a transitive verb with no corporal body, human or otherwise."

Better stick to posting photos of your lunch.

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First Look: The iPhone 5 [VIDEO]

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 03:33 PM PDT

Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 Wednesday morning at an event in San Francisco.

The updated handset has a larger screen, faster processor, LTE connectivity and an improved built-in camera. It's all packed into a device that's even smaller than the previous iPhone 4S.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 5 Compared With Competitors [CHART]

Mashable Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff got up close and personal with Apple's newest smartphone shortly after Tim Cook unveiled it Wednesday afternoon. Check out his first look at the handset in the video above.

The iPhone 5 goes on sale Sept. 21 in the U.S., Canada, Japan, the U.K., Germany, France, Australia, Hong Kong and S…
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Polaroid Fans Will Love This DIY Kickstarter Project [VIDEO]

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 03:14 PM PDT

Still longing for the good old days when you were taking pictures with your beloved Polaroid camera? Do you wish you could have those beautiful Instagram pictures in your hands in an instant? Well, it's your lucky day. Impossible Instant Labs might soon let you turn your iPhone pictures into physical Polaroid-style prints.

The Impossible Project, started by 10 former employees of the historical company, was launched in June 2008 after Polaroid announced it would stop production of instant analog film. Impossible even bought the last Polaroid factory in Enschede, Netherlands, to keep the legacy alive.

Now, thanks to a Kickstarter project that rais…
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Apple’s Big Day: Everything You Need to Know

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 02:37 PM PDT

Wednesday was a big day for Apple. The company announced a new version of its iPhone, new iPods, and a number of updates to iTunes and the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6.

Do all the announcements have your head spinning? Here's a breakdown of everything you need to know from today's event.

iPhone 5

The biggest news out of today's Apple event was the iPhone 5. The next generation of Apple's popular handset has a larger screen than previous versions at 4 inches, and a 1,136 x 640 display, making it still qualify as "retina."

Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, says the iPhone 5 is �…
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Academy Award-Winning Actress Mira Sorvino Joins Social Good Summit

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 02:35 PM PDT

Mashable is thrilled to announce that Academy Award-winning actress & United Nations Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, Mira Sorvino, will join the 2012 Social Good Summit.

At this year's Social Good Summit, Sorvino will be on stage to discuss her fight against human trafficking and her role in the film Trade of Innocents, which she recently wrapped production on. The film is about a couple who, while grieving their daughter's death, set out to rescue girls sold into the sex slave trade in Cambodia. Joining Sorvino on stage will be Laurie Bolthouse, producer of the film, and Under-Secretary General Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on…
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Radio Personality Mike Francesa Falls Asleep On Air [VIDEO]

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 02:20 PM PDT

Mike Francesa, the polarizing American sports radio talk show host and television commentator, had a nice catnap today.

Unfortunately for him, it was while he was on air.

During an interview with WFAN Yankees reporter Sweeny Murti, Francesa nodded off for about 50 seconds.

At the :53 second mark, magic happens -- he wakes up.

Donning a look of complete and utter bewilderment, Francesa snaps in alarm after Murti says his name. We've provided a GIF of the wondrous moment for you below.

Imagine what would have happened if he didn't wake up until after Murti finished speaking. Then laugh.

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10 Ways to Repurpose Your Old iPhone

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 02:18 PM PDT

1. Professional Camera

Adapters attach everything from SLR and fisheye lenses to macro and micro lenses. Try this iPhone SLR Mount, which costs $249.

Click here to view this gallery.

After you've pre-ordered your iPhone 5 and marked the calendar for its arrival, you will begin to wonder, "What do I do with my old iPhone?"

Will you recycle it? Maybe pass it on to a friend or family member? A recent Mashable poll showed that 28% of respondents would rather sell their phones in hopes of buying new devices.

SEE ALSO: Getting Rid of Your Old iPhone 4S? Apple Will Pay You For It

However, if you choose to keep your iPhone, consider repurposing that old piece of tech. The web is filled with creative options to make your expensive paperweight, well, anything but an expensive paperweight.

Did we miss a cool or bizarre way to repurpose the iPhone? Let us know in the c…
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‘EVE Online’ Community Mourns Death of Ambassador Killed in Libya Attacks

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 02:04 PM PDT

A gaming community mourned the loss of one of its most prominent members, who was killed in the attack on the American Embassy in Libya that killed four Americans.

Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, better known as "Vile Rat", has been playing EVE Online for more than six years. He was a high-level official in the "Goonfleet" corporation, which was formed by members of the Something Awful forums. Smith was killed, along with the U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and two others, by a mob that attacked the embassy with rocket propelled grenades.

Smith was eulogized early Wednesday morning by Alex Gianturco, better known as The Mittani, another pr…
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