- iOS 6 Users Complain About Wi-Fi, Connectivity Issues
- HowAboutWe for Couples Mixes Love and Local Deals
- Sony Rescues Olympus With a $644 Million Investment
- Voice-Guided Directions Dispute Torpedoed Google Maps for iOS 6
- Inside Adidas and Derrick Rose’s Digital ‘Return’
- YouTube-Grown Duo Karmin Make the Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’
- Camera+ Arrives on the iPad
- Facebook, Gates Foundation Team Up to Create Apps For Future College Students
- Arrested Decision 2012: The Bluth Family Gets Political
- Time Inc. CEO Promises Less Free Content
- AOL’s Awesome Social Video Game is Like ‘Taboo With Friends’
- Action! 15 Jaw-Dropping Videos Shot on a GoPro
- Justin Bieber Fan Tribute Gets 200,000 Retweets — Almost a Record
- Apple Maps App Gets Lost on Twitter: Only 10% of Tweets Approve
- When Closed-Minded Is a Good Thing [COMIC]
- E-Reader Glitch Blemishes J.K. Rowling’s Big Book Release
- Bing Partners With Klout, Marrying Search and Influence
- Sikh Woman Teaches Reddit a Lesson in Tolerance
- Facebook Welcomes Back Gifts
- When Should You Buy Your Child a Cellphone – Parents Weigh in
- Parrot Zik Bluetooth Headphones: High End and High Comfort
- RIM Reports $235 Million Net Loss, Ships 7.4 Million BlackBerry Smartphones
- Dish Network Offers Satellite Broadband, May Offer Internet Streaming
- PNC Is Latest Bank Hit With Major Cyberattack
- Check In on Foursquare to See a Company’s Political Donations
- More Americans Getting News From Mobile and Social as Print, TV Decline [STUDY]
- Could Your Office Use This Lower Cost 3D Printer? [VIDEO]
- Battle of the Bubbles: Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi [INFOGRAPHIC]
- The 10 Pages That Lost the Most Fans From Facebook’s Purge
- Photo Challenge: Broaden Your ‘Horizons’
Posted: 28 Sep 2012 04:25 AM PDT
Some iOS 6 users are complaining about Wi-Fi and connectivity issues with their devices.
Some are simply unable to turn the Wi-Fi on after upgrading to iOS 6; others' Wi-Fi is seemingly working but they're unable to connect to a network.
The usual "reset network settings" fix doesn't seem to solve the problem, and no complete solution has been found yet.
The thread about the issue on Apple's support forums is 94 pages long, indicating that these problems affect quite a number of users.
"Just upgraded 4S to iOS6 OTA and upon completion my WiFi is greyed out and disabled. I've rebooted the phone, turned On/Off AirPlane mode. Still unable to turn WiFi on," says one user.
Posted: 28 Sep 2012 03:54 AM PDT
One of the golden rules of online dating says: Turn off your profile after you've successfully found a mate. For two years, singles have flocked to the dating website HowAboutWe to meet their future significant others. As its users get engaged and married, HowAboutWe loses its best customers.
"There's a core paradox in online dating," its co-founder Brian Schechter told Mashable. "The better you do with your service, the more quickly your users aren't going to need you."
The dating service has launched HowAboutWe for Couples to tackle the "rapid turn" of users and to remain a relevant resource for its core customers. HowAboutWe's secret sauce has always been its user-generated da…
Posted: 28 Sep 2012 03:30 AM PDT
Sony and Olympus have entered a "business and capital alliance," with Sony buying 50 billion yen ($644 million) worth of Olympus' shares, and gaining a 51% stake in a new joint venture focusing on medical business, Sony has announced.
Under the terms of the agreement [PDF link], Olympus will issue 34,387,900 common shares to Sony, ultimately representing 11.28% of Olympus' total shares.
The new joint venture between the two companies doesn't yet have a name -- it's currently called simply "medical business venture." It should be established by the end of December 2012 and combine Sony's research with Olympus' strong position in the surgical endoscope market.
The agreement between…
Posted: 28 Sep 2012 02:49 AM PDT
Still bitter your iPhone 5 or newly-upgraded-to-iOS 6 device doesn't have Google Maps? Wonder why?
You're now stuck with the screwy, much-maligned Apple Maps app because Google and Apple couldn't reach and agreement about voice-guided, turn-by-turn driving directions, according to an AllThingsD report.
People who use Google Maps on Android mobile devices have long since been able to get voice-guided driving directions. But iPhone users of Google Maps have never had that. As the rivalry between Apple and Google/Android has ramped up recently, the competitive disadvantage that discrepancy created for Apple became a bigger deal.
"There were a number of issues inflaming negotiations…
Posted: 28 Sep 2012 01:08 AM PDT
If you're a sports fan who spends much time on the Internet, chances are high you've come across something called "The Return of D. Rose." It's a series of web videos, produced by Adidas, that chronicle the return of star point guard and sneaker pitchman Derrick Rose from a major knee injury.
Last week, we did a short rundown of how the player and brand have used the web to turn misfortune into great marketing. More recently, we caught up with Ryan Morlan, Adidas' director of marketing for basketball, for the inside story behind the digital-first campaign.
A star sneaker endorser going down with a serious injury would typically be a brand's worst-case senario. But Morlan says an…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 09:05 PM PDT
Karmin, whose astronomical success on YouTube lead the pop duo to a record deal in 2011 and a guest performance spot on Saturday Night Live this year, will now grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
The issue hits newsstands Friday with Amy Heidemann -- the female half of Karmin -- front and center. Karmin earned the cover slot by winning Rolling Stone's crowdsourced "Women Who Rock" competition.
"Are you serious? Oh my god. ... The fans are going to be so excited," Heidemann said, holding back tears when Karmin discovered it had beated out British singer-songwriter Rita Ora to be on the cover.
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 08:26 PM PDT
Camera+ -- one of the most popular photo apps for the iPhone -- is now available for the iPad.
The iPad app comes a little over two years after the original app. In that time, Camera+ [iTunes link] has gone on to sell over 9 million copies, making it the most popular paid photo app in the App Store.
So why would you want a photo app on the iPad? Not so much for taking pictures as for editing them.
Sure, Camera+ can help users take better photos with the iPad (especially if you use the improved rear camera on the retina iPad) But the real benefit is that the ap…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 07:52 PM PDT
Facebook hosted a hackathon in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Thursday, kicking off the foundation's College Knowledge Challenge. That's a $2.5 million investment fund to encourage developers to make apps that meliorate the college process.
Thursday's Hackathon, "HackEd," aimed to mesh the digital Facebook crowd with the Gates' altruistic mission in hopes of creating apps that are useful to students (and their parents) nearing college years. At the end of the hack, a panel of judges will announce winners and give out prizes.
Stacey Childress, deputy director for the foundation's College Ready Challenge, tells Mashable the app developers will focus on one or…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 07:13 PM PDT
"Now, the story of a wealthy country which lost everything ..."
More good news for Arrested Development fans still rejoicing at word of a fresh season coming to Netflix. A Tumblr parody page featuring America's favorite dysfunctional family promises to make the political season more entertaining.
Let's just hope the SEC isn't called this time.
The Tumblr page, cleverly called Arrested Decision 2012, has photos from this year's election season paired up with the show's most memorable quotes.
We've compiled some of the best tricks -- excuse us, illusions -- in the gallery below. Be careful not to burn yourself on t…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 06:32 PM PDT
Laura Lang, who took the reins as CEO of Time Inc. 10 months ago, sent a memo to staff Wednesday outlining how she plans to rescue the struggling company.
The magazine publisher witnessed a six percent decline in advertising revenue to $855 million in the first half of 2012, and a seven percent decrease year-over-year in subscription revenue to $581 million.
Lang, who previously served as CEO of ad agency Digitas, outlined a three-point "growth strategy" for Time Inc. -- focused on developing new advertising products, protecting paid content and developing a better content management system.
Although Lang didn't outline the "exciting suite of [ad] products" mentioned in the memo,…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 06:07 PM PDT
If you're not familiar with Taboo, it's a card game where you have a limited amount of time to describe a word to your teammate. The catch is you can't use the word itself, or a selection of additional words on the card.
Clucks [iTunes link] modernizes that concept for the world of smartphones, video and social gaming. Think of it as "Taboo With Friends."
The iPhone game works like this:
You are given a word to describe, along with a list of other words that you cannot say. Then you have 12 seconds to describe the word on video, taken with your phone's camera.
The next part is where the gam…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 05:21 PM PDT
1. Mountain Biker Gets Wiped Out by Antelope
Waaaiiit for it ... ouch.
A camera that can survive shark bites, skydiving free falls and probably a stomping by Godzilla is bound to produce some pretty stellar footage. The GoPro line of durable, wearable digital cameras has filmmakers and amateurs alike testing the limits of the device.
Whether the camera is hanging ten on massive waves in Hawaii or taking a ride in the mouth of a mischievous seagull, the result is almost always impressive. So we put on our adventure caps and scoured YouTube for 15 of the most incredible GoPro videos.
Take a flip through the gallery above for a front row seat to some wondrous experiences. Got any to add? Le…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 04:42 PM PDT
NFL player TJ Lang gained widespread attention online for a pair of viral tweets he sent about the NFL officiating crisis.
But, like the rest of us on social media, he's got nothing on Justin Bieber.
This tweet was posted by Bieber on Wednesday, and has since gained more than 200,000 retweets on the social network:
RIP Avalanna. i love you— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 26, 2012
The pop star's tweet references six-year old Avalanna Routh, who died of cancer Wednesday. Routh was known to fans as Mrs. Bieber after a widely publicized meeting she had with the pop star -- the result of a Facebook campaign to connect with her idol as she battled a rare childhood ill…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 03:23 PM PDT
If you thought that the chatter about Apple's Maps app in iOS 6 was overwhelmingly negative, here's proof that it wasn't just the folks in your social stream.
Twitter analysis firm Crimson Hexagon grabbed more than 50,000 tweets that mentioned the Maps app, which comes standard on the iPhone 5, over the last six days. Just 10% of those expressed interest, approval or excitement, such as this review from pastor Charlie Campbell: "I was a little nervous about losing Google maps ... but I must say I like Apple's maps even better."
SEE ALSO: Apple's Maps App: Just How Bad is it?
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Microsoft and Klout have announced a new partnership between the two companies, which will see Klout's data get incorporated into the Bing search engine. At the same time, Klout scores will begin to take into account Bing search results and queries.
The exchange of data is part of a long-term "strategic investment" that Microsoft is investing in Klout. In a Bing blog post, Microsoft says the sharing of data between the two companies is just the beginning of the relationship. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bing already incorporates social results into its search -- mainly data from Facebook, Quora, Foursquare…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 02:32 PM PDT
A Sikh woman's classy, thoughtful response to a mean-spirited photo of her posted on Reddit has not only warmed the hearts of people around the globe, it has even forced the man who posted the photo to look at his actions and repent.
The original poster, a student at Ohio State University who goes by the handle "European_Douchebag," posted the above photo with the caption "I'm not sure what to make of this."
Classmates of the woman in the photo, Balpreet Kaur, a neuroscience and psychology student who also attends Ohio State, alerted her to the post on Facebook. Kaur is Sikh, and will not alter her appearance because of those religious beliefs.
In a response to the post, Kaur s…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 02:18 PM PDT
The ability to buy and send real gifts to your friends will gradually roll out to Facebook users in the U.S.
Facebook closed its "Gift Shop" in August 2010, in favor of focusing on Photos, News Feed, Inbox, games, comments, the Like button and the Wall.
At the time, it seemed that Gifts just wasn't popular enough to be in Facebook's list of priorities. But now the social network is ready for a new revenue stream.
You'll know if you have the ability to send a gift by looking for the "gifts" tab -- a little present box with a red bow alongside photo and post tags, or next to the person's name if it…
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Posted: 27 Sep 2012 02:18 PM PDT
With school back in full swing there's one thing your child is more than likely talking about with their friends: who's got a cellphone? And if they don't already have one, they likely asking you, "Can I have a cellphone?"
Experts say there's no one age that's right. Ultimately, whether a child is ready for a phone is something only a parent can determine, based on their child's maturity level and the needs of the family.
Mashable asked parents what they thought was an appropriate age for their child to first own a cellphone and we got over 500 responses. About 66% of you said the right age is somewhere between 11-14 years old.
There is a range, however. 12% of those who respo…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 02:06 PM PDT
Parrot Zik Bluetooth Headphones
The big question is are the Parrot Zik headphones worth the $400 price tag?
Choosing headphones can be a difficult decision. There are many options to consider, and there is no right answer. A lot really comes down to personal preference. Do you want an in-ear, on-the-ear, or over-the-ear design? Do you want them wired for better sound quality or do you prefer Bluetooth for more convenience?
The options available for women have grown exponentially in the last year or so. We had no problem rounding up these 14 headphones designed exclusively for women. Apple has released it's new earpods, designed to fit and sound better than the old earbuds. But with so many choices, it's difficult to decide what's right for you.
The bottom line is it really comes down to l…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 01:50 PM PDT
Research in Motion reported a net loss of $235 million, or $0.45 a share, and generated $2.9 billion in revenue in the third quarter, handily beating Wall Street's low expectations.
Factoring out the company's pre-tax restructuring costs, RIM actually ended up with a net loss of $142 million for the quarter, or $0.27 a share. The consensus estimates were that RIM would report an adjusted net loss of $0.47 a share. RIM's revenue also beat Wall Street estimates of $2.49 billion for the quarter.
The company's stock shot up by as much as 19% after hours to more than $8 a share. RIM's stock ended Wednesday up more than 5% after the company announced at an event that BlackBerry's user b…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 01:49 PM PDT
Satellite TV provider Dish Network has mounted what appears to be a two-pronged effort to bring satellite television to homes via the Internet. The company announced it will offer satellite broadband service aimed at rural users starting Oct. 1, and at the same time, the company is said to be negotiating with content providers and TV networks to offer their channels in their entirety over the Internet.
Dish says it will offer satellite-delivered broadband service priced in two tiers. The first will cost $39.99 per month for 5Mb per second (Mbps) download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed, and a 10GB per month cap on the amount of data you can use. The second tier, for $49.99 per month, offers…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 01:33 PM PDT
If you're a customer at a major bank, it's likely that it recently suffered a huge cyberattack.
PNC Bank is the latest national bank who has reportedly fallen victim to a series of Distributed Denial of Service attacks, a list that also includes Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. As of Thursday afternoon, PNC.com was still down.
A hacker group from the Middle East is reportedly behind the attacks, which allegedly sent large amounts of traffic -- up to 10 to 20 times the normal rate -- to the site at once. Data is typically not hacked during denial of service attacks. Instead, the aim is to temporarily crash websites.
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 01:30 PM PDT
How much money is a company giving to a political candidate? Now you can find out by simply checking in on Foursquare.
GeoPollster, a new "connected app," links with your Foursquare account then shows the political contributions of every company to which you've ever checked in, when the data's available.
"We added the 100 companies with the most venues [on Foursquare]," said Adam Kraft of GeoPollster.
The platform's results are based on data from the 2010 and 2012 political cycles. OpenSecrets.org, an independent campaign finance watchdog, provides those results.
GeoPollster also assigns "partisan points" to its users, resulting in a score that the company says "help users…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 01:13 PM PDT
The amount of time Americans spend on mobile devices and social networking sites is accelerating rapidly -- and their news consumption habits are shifting accordingly.
In a Pew Research Center survey of 3,003 U.S. adults, 17% said they accessed news on cell phone or tablet device the day before. Even more -- 20% -- said they regularly get news from social networks like Facebook or Google+, nearly the triple the number that did a year ago.
Interestingly, Twitter did not prove a popular news source for most, because its userbase is still comparatively small. Just 13% said they have used Twitter or read Twitter messages, 11% said they have seen news on Twitter and three percent…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 12:53 PM PDT
You might have heard of 3D printing and wondered what exactly it is. The concept of printing typically brings to mind a paper-printer spitting out documents stamped with ink. A 3D printer works like this: Designers create images of models on their computers and print them in 3D from these printers that use a resin to create the objects layer-by-layer. Imagine you're a designer or in a profession where holding, examining and testing an exact but miniature replica of your product would do wonders for the final result. While 3D printing appeals to a wide variety of professionals, quality and low cost don't often go hand-in-hand, according to the designers…
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 12:53 PM PDT
It's a rivalry that goes way back -- Coca-Cola's been around since 1886 and Pepsi was created in 1898 -- and social media is just the latest front. But how do they stack up against the other in this new arena?
True, Coca-Cola has by far the higher number of Facebook likes, 51 million to Pepsi's 9 million. But if you look at other numbers, the situation is different and, if anything, Pepsi might be winning in the social media world.
Check out the infographic below to see who wins in this epic social media soda battle.
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 12:37 PM PDT
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If you look at art that predates the 15th century, you'll notice that most artists didn't include horizons. Without a vanishing point, the scenes appear flat and, let's face it, oftentimes boring. At the onset of the Renaissance, artists began realizing the power of perspective and included the horizon as the backbone of their visual art.
The horizon not only grounds us in our present reality, it often represents a distant goal. For this week's Photo Challenge, we ask you to send us your most inspiring photos of horizons.
Of course, we could look at beautiful photos of horizons all day and be happy. But feel free to interpret…
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