- Are Books Doomed? The Rise of E-Reading [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Slimmer PlayStation 3 and Two Other Stories You Need to Know
- JetBlue Wants to Keep You Connected, Upgrades In-Flight Wi-Fi
- Facebooker LOLs About Car Crash — And Gets Jailed
- PlayStation Plus Comes to PS Vita in November
- Meet Baxter: A Robot With Common Sense [VIDEO]
- Redditor Builds Portable Laptop-Sized Xbox 360 Mod [PICS]
- Voting Info Is Now Easier to Find
- Sony Unveils Thinner PlayStation 3
- German Government: Stay Away From Internet Explorer
- Sexting Among Teens Means Risk [STUDY]
- AT&T’s FaceTime Blocking Leads to FCC Complaint
- Fight Oddjob in ‘Goldfinger’ Mission of Upcoming ’007 Legends’
- Parker Posey Teaches You How to Accept an Emmy [VIDEO]
- iPhone 5′s Lightning Connector Means Headaches for Businesses
- Twitter CEO: Apple is our Mentor, Facebook our Opponent
- Digital Storage Has Come a Long Way [PIC]
- Marissa Mayer’s Plan to Give Yahoo Employees the iPhone 5 Is Brilliant
- Meet the World’s First Gesture Control TV Box
- Hey, Sexy Sailors: Navy Officer Cadets Do ‘Gangnam Style’ [VIDEO]
- Why Did a Jobs Site Acquire a $20 Million Tech Aggregator?
- NFL Star Uses Facebook to Announce ‘South Park’ Appearance
- iPhone 5 Review Roundup: Apple’s New Baby Makes a Big First Impression
- New Twitter: How to Unite Your Avatar and Header Image [VIDEO]
- Jennifer Aniston Addresses Those Rumors in SmartWater Ad [VIDEO]
- Motorola’s Droid Razr i Packs Intel Inside
- R.I.P. ‘Call Me Maybe’
- Twitter’s New Profile Pages Look Horrible on Android Tablets [REVIEW]
- Mr. Wizard Is Still Making Kids Feel Bad [VIDEO]
- What Twitter’s New Apps Mean For Developers
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 04:26 AM PDT
The tactile pleasure of worn pages between your fingers is hard to replace. But when it comes to encouraging people to embrace the written word, e-readers trump their physical counterparts.
According to the infographic below, people who own e-book devices say they read more than people who don't, at a rate of 24 books per year to 15. Education, escape, relaxation and entertainment rank as people's main motivations to plow through books -- proving that, whether electronically or via dead tree, reading remains a popular pastime.
E-readers are also rising in popularity, signaling that it may not be impossible to imagine a world without traditional books sometime in the not-so-distant fut…
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 03:28 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.
Sony Announces Slimmer PlayStation 3 and More
Sony has announced a plethora of news at its Wednesday event at the Tokyo Game Show. Most importantly, the PlayStation 3 will get revamped, with a slimmer body and a new CD tray mechanism.
Furthermore, PlayStation Vita owners will be able to enjoy the benefits of the PlayStation Plus premium subscription, including free games, discounts and automatic software updates.
Finally, the company announced two new colors for the PS…
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 03:10 AM PDT
What's worse than being 30,000 feet in the air stuck between a crying baby and a lousy meal? Being 30,000 feet in the air stuck between a crying baby, a lousy meal and shoddy Wi-Fi access.
That's about to change.
JetBlue is expected to announce a new high speed, in-flight Wi-Fi option later this week at the World Low Cost Airline Conference, according to a company email obtained by The Verge.
The best part? It will be free of charge. (Free for the meantime, while they activate the service on 30 planes.)
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 02:39 AM PDT
A Kentucky teen's refusal to delete her Facebook account now has her eating her own words -- or, rather, her own letters.
Paula Asher, 18, was jailed for two days last week after she posted an update on Facebook about hitting another vehicle while under the influence. Here's what she said:
"My dumbass got a DUI and I hit a car LOL."
According to Louisville, Ky., NBC affiliate WAVE, the parents of the four people in the car Asher struck -- who, by the way, are all fine -- contacted a local district judge after reading the post. When the judge ordered Asher to delete the post, she refused -- and was quickly slapped with a two-day sentence for contempt of court.
She apologized a…
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 02:10 AM PDT
The benefits of the subscription for Vita users will be similar to those for PS3 owners -- free games, discounts, cloud storage and automatic software updates as well as trophy synchronization.
Users will only need one subscription to enjoy the benefits of PlayStation Plus on both the PS3 and the Vita.
At its pre-Tokyo Game Show event Wednesday, Sony has also announced two new colors for the Vita console in Japan: "cosmic red" and "sapphire blue."
Japan's manga fans also have something to be joyful about: PS Vita is getting a m…
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 01:46 AM PDT
Baxter is like most reliable employees -- he uses common sense to do his job, and works well with others -- except, he's a robot.
To be precise, Baxter robots are a new line of androids that can apply common sense behavior in manufacturing workplaces.
Developed by Boston-based Rethink Robotics, Baxter automatically adapts to changing environments through cameras, sensors and software that enable it to "'see' objects, 'feel' forces and 'understand' tasks," according to the company's website.
For this reason, Rethink claims that a Baxter robot can safely work alongside humans. It can also be trained like a person, with the robot capable of juggling multiple tasks, and learning a…
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 01:20 AM PDT
Brand-new Xbox Slim ready for disembowelment
Redditor DBrizzle spent eight months solving this problem by modifying his Xbox 360 to play in a portable case with an LCD monitor. He showed off his creation on Reddit Tuesday. The whole enclosure is only 2.5 inches thick, and it's easy to see how it can pick up and go anywhere.
"Since finishing, my favourite thing was a visit to see friends on the release of the latest DLC for Battlefield 3 - I took it along and when I met them we gave it a go IN THE PUB!" DBrizzle said.
Check out the gallery of DBrizzle's images above, taken from his Imgur post.
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 01:08 AM PDT
Some of the world's biggest tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook and Google, have teamed up with Pew Charitable Trusts to help voters research candidates and successfully cast their ballot on Election Day.
The Voting Information Project (VIP) is a non-partisan effort to distribute information voters need -- registration details, polling place locations, issues on the ballot -- in the places they're most likely to look: search engines, news websites and social media platforms.
VIP works like a middleman between difficult-to-navigate government sites and more commonly frequented destinations on the web. Because it's linked to official elections' board websites, it has the mo…
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 12:20 AM PDT
Due to be launched this fall, the new PlayStation will keep the same name as its two predecessors, but will be 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the second-generation model, Sony says. It will available in two versions: black and white, with either 250GB or 500GB of storage memory.
As far as physical differences from the previous model, the new PS3 will be thinner; it will also have a disc tray (instead of a slide-in disc mechanism) and a grooved design on top.
The "charcoal black" model should hit the market on Sept. 25, while the "classic white" should arrive Nov. 22 i…
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 12:02 AM PDT
The security flaw, which affects Windows XP, Vista and 7, was made known to the public over the weekend. When IE users on these operating systems click a malicious web link, they can open their computers to hackers.
The flaw has affected hundreds of millions of IE users around the world and has yet to be fixed.
"A fast spreading of the code has to be feared," said the German government in a statement. The German Federal Office for Information Security recommended that IE users switch to an alternative bro…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 11:41 PM PDT
Wary of getting your child a cell phone? A new study shows that teens who "sext" aren't leaving it to just that.
The study of nearly 2,000 teens found that those that sexted – sending explicit pictures or text messages – were more likely to engage in sexual activity, raising their risks for sexually transmitted diseases.
"No one's actually going to get a sexually transmitted disease because they're sexting," Dr. Eric Rice, a researcher from the School of Social Network at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, told Reuters. "What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty reso…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 11:19 PM PDT
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 11:03 PM PDT
The upcoming 007 Legends game will include a mission inspired by the iconic Goldfinger James Bond film, publisher Activision announced Tuesday.
007 Legends already will include chapters from Die Another Day, Moonraker, Licence to Kill and On Her Majesty's Secret Service, all tied in one story arch. It will also include a chapter that ties in to the upcoming Bond film Skyfall.
Daniel Craig, the current James Bond, will appear as the actor through all the Bond sequences. The game, which is a first-person shooter, is set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise.
SEE ALSO: Bond is Back in '007 Legends'
Goldfinger was re…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 10:33 PM PDT
There are great Emmy award acceptance speeches, and there are terrible ones. Actress Parker Posey, playing a character named JA,N, or "Just Act, Naturally," wants to make sure that Emmy nominees have honed the skills they need before their names are called to accept the award.
"The Emmy acceptance speech is the first time you get to show the world who you really are," one of the "students" in the short says. "Well, not who you really are, but the character that JA,N says you should be. And I like that, because I don't like me very much. "
She also prepares nominees to lose, recommending a "nodding strategy as the winners names are being announced, so when you lose you don't have e…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 10:04 PM PDT
While Apple fanboys and girls anxiously await the latest iPhone, some businesses aren't so excited.
Unlike its predecessors, the iPhone 5 will come with the "Lightning," an eight-pin, all-digital connector. The Lightning is reversible, and reportedly more durable and 80% smaller than the original. But the updates are causing headaches for hotels and gyms outfitted to accommodate Apple's old 30-pin connector, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Michael Mueller, chief executive of Dallas-based hotel chain NYLO Hotels LLC, for example, told the Wall Street Journal that he b…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 09:23 PM PDT
"Apple is in many ways a mentor company for us," Costolo told PBS interviewer Charlie Rose. He said the companies had "a great relationship." Facebook, by contrast, got this chilly description: "We're very different companies."
Facebook was pursuing symmetric networks, Costolo said, but Twitter saw the world as asymmetric. They were fundamentally opposed, and competed for ad dollars.
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 08:44 PM PDT
Do you get frustrated when your flash drive is out of storage space? It's all a matter of perspective.
Take a deep breath, look at this photo, and remind yourself: at least it's not 1990.
Imagine what this photo would look like if they tried to compare it to cloud computing.
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Posted: 18 Sep 2012 08:21 PM PDT
Notably absent from the list: BlackBerry. Yahoo is going to move its users off of BlackBerry devices in 22 countries and onto something more consumer friendly.
Mayer is encouraging her staff to think and act more like Yahoo's users. In fact, that was a big part of the rationale for the new smartphone program, aptly named, "Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun."
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 08:05 PM PDT
You've misplaced your remote before and have felt too lazy to get up in search of it. What if you could simply switch channels with a wave of your hand?
The nTobeBox, running on Android's Ice Cream Sandwich OS, turns any ordinary TV into a SmartTV that goes past conventional televised broadcast viewing, but allows for streaming content, apps, video calls, Internet connectivity and intuitive hand gesture recognition.
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 07:40 PM PDT
So you thought "Gangnam Style" was over when K-pop star PSY popped up to perform it on the Today Show? Perhaps you felt it was played out once the song passed 100 million YouTube views, inspired a SNL spoof, or after it got mashed up with "Call Me Maybe"?
Oh no, my friend. This meme is just getting warmed up. We likely have at least a dozen good lip-sync videos waiting in the wings. Case in point: the officers and gentlemen of the United States Naval Academy, 22nd company, who produced the spirited version above.
Wherever the Navy goes, of course, the other armed forces will have to follow -- so expect Army, A…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 07:21 PM PDT
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 07:00 PM PDT
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley found a fun way to share news of an upcoming South Park appearance with his fans late Monday night: He posted an image of his cartoon self hanging out with the show's main characters on Facebook.
His fans appeared to love the news and its direct delivery, as the update gained more than 19,000 Likes, 2,200 shares and 900 comments in less than one day.
Woodley isn't the only social media-savvy Steeler, however. Earlier this season, star wide receiver Mike Wallace came back from an extended holdout over a contract dispute with the team. But his…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 06:33 PM PDT
The iPhone 5 is set to hit store shelves on Sept. 21. A few lucky reviewers, however, have already gotten the chance to spend a few days with the device and craft their reviews of the latest-generation of the iconic smartphone.
So what are they saying?
Overall, reviewers are pretty impressed with the update. The phone's hardware has earned accolades from every reviewer across the board -- they love both how the new phone feels and looks.
Reviewers also laud the iPhone's new 4-inch screen, although not all are in love with how some current apps -- not yet having been adjusted for its new size -- look on the latest device's screen.
The same can be said for Apple's new Light…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 06:11 PM PDT
Now that you can upload a fancy-shmancy image to the top of your Twitter profile, we've already seen some impressive uses. Some of them employ a fluid design -- the avatar is actually part of the header image.
Will you go this route with your header? Do you even like the new Twitter profiles?
If you're still stumped, check out these examples for inspiration.
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 05:49 PM PDT
As the ubiquitous Ryan Seacrest explains, the video was leaked from a security camera at the actress's home. Among the revelations: She's pregnant. No wait, maybe she's not. She has at least two sons, including Jimmy Kimmel and an alien. She fills her pool with SmartWater. Every night she puts "The Rachel" wig to bed and has frizzy black hair underneath.
Though some will argue that Aniston's SmartWater video last year was better, as the supermarket tabloids show, the public has an inexhaustible appetite for all things Aniston. SmartWater hopes that they…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 05:21 PM PDT
The most interesting feature of the phone is not what it looks like, but what's inside. The Razr i boasts an Intel Intel 2GHz CPU, one of the first phones created from a collaboration between Intel and Motorola.
Touted as the "the full-screen phone," the handset has a 4.3-inch edge-to-edge display much like the Razr M, which Motorola says "gives you more screen with less phone."
Other specs include…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 04:56 PM PDT
Don't "Call Me Maybe" ever again, Internet, but let's get ready to "Kiss."
Believe it or not, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" has been around for almost a year, and with the launch of her Kiss album Tuesday, it's time we say goodbye to the good times we've had with the catchy original and its countless parodies, lip-dubs and dance remixes.
On Sept. 20, 2011, the song came out in Canada, gaining little airplay. But then something "so absolutely shocking" happened, as Jepsen's manager Jonathan Simkin told Mashable: Social powerhouse Justin Bieber tweeted about it and followed that with an appearance in a viral lip-dub video:
Call me maybe by Carly Rae Jepson is possibly the…
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 04:24 PM PDT
The New Twitter on Tablets
With Version 3.4, Twitter updated its Android app to incorporate the big changes to profile pages. However, the experience is ruined on the larger screens of tablets, like the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, with down-rezzed cover art and poor positioning of elements like the profile picture.
Android is a phenomenal platform in many ways. It's powerful, it's easy to make hardware and develop for, and it's everywhere. It's also super-easy to push out new editions of your app, just as Twitter did this morning with Version 3.4.
But it's also suffers from the plague of fragmentation. Since it's so easy to build Android devices, their specs and capabilities vary widely. And so does the experience. This weakness is plainly evident in the new Twitter app. While it displays decently on an Android phone, when you launch it on something with a bigger screen (say, a tablet), things start to get ugly.
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 03:55 PM PDT
Mr. Wizard crushes the spirits of mini scientists harder than the Large Hadron Collider smashes atoms in the encore installment of "Mr. Wizard's a Dick."
The video once again chops and stitches together -- or dissects and agglomerates, in science-y terms -- clips from Mr. Wizard's World to make Mr. Wizard, aka Don Herbert, look like a jerk.
SEE ALSO: Mr. Wizard Kind of a Jerk [VIDEO]
If you don't count yourself as one of the 1.2 million views from the first meanie Mr. Wizard YouTube video or would like to keep your childhood idolization of the TV science king alive, consider watching the vintage clip below of Herbert disassembling an Atari 1200XL instead.
Posted: 18 Sep 2012 03:31 PM PDT
While the iPad app received some fairly significant changes, the biggest change in the iPhone and Android apps -- header photos aside -- was in how Twitter handles third-party services.
As rumored, Twitter has decided to remove the ability to upload images to a third-party service within its official Twitter clients.
Even after Twitter unveiled its official photo-uploading service back in June 2011, the company still provided users with an option to upload photos to other services -- including TwitPic, img.ly, yFrog and Mobypicture.
That ends today. While Tw…
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