Monday, 8 October 2012

Mashable: Latest 21 News Updates - including “YouTube Expands Original Content With New European Channels”

Mashable: Latest 21 News Updates - including “YouTube Expands Original Content With New European Channels”

YouTube Expands Original Content With New European Channels

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 04:21 AM PDT

YouTube has expanded its roster of original channels with new, global channels from France, Germany, the UK and the US.

The new channels will cover a variety of topics, including sports, music, comedy, news, animation, local cuisine, health and wellness. So far, YouTube has launched 100 original channels; the new additions will bring this number to 160.

In the UK, for example, "Fast, Furious & Funny" is covering cars; in Germany, "Motorvision" will cover the same topic. The UK will have four sports channels, covering cycling and football among other topics. In France, a channel called "X-Treme video" is dedicated to extreme sports; in Germany, it will be "Boneless."

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Successfully Sent Toward the ISS [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 01:42 AM PDT

SpaceX has successfully launched a Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station Sunday night.

The Dragon is carrying half a ton of equipment and supplies, and if all goes well, it should arrive at the ISS Wednesday, Oct. 10.

After testing the Dragon capsule and the Falcon 9 launch vehicle in May, SpaceX has been approved by NASA to deliver a series of cargo shipments to the ISS, bringing a total of 20 metric tons of supplies into space.

SpaceX is scheduled to carry out 12 resupply fights for NASA in a $1.6 billion deal.

Bonus: SpaceX and NASA's Historic Dragon Capsule ISS Docking in Pictures

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Hop is a Suitcase That Follows You Around Hands-Free [VIDEO]

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 11:06 PM PDT

For those who tire of dragging a heavy piece of luggage through the airport, a new hands-free suitcase will do all the work for you.

Hop is a suitcase that follows close behind the user, as he or she moves out of range. It's named after bellhops, people who are hired -- often by hotels -- to carry guests' luggage, according to Hop's official website.

Check out the video above to see how it works.

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10 People You’ll Only See in New York City

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 10:28 PM PDT

Ah, New York.

Like all major cities, the Big Apple has its own share of unique and iconic places: the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge and many more.

But also iconic to New York are the people who live here. Maybe it's the large, diverse population of different cultures packed so tightly together -- or maybe it's just something in the water. Whatever the case, there's nothing quite like walking through the streets of Gotham.

(Really, where else can you take a casual stroll with a family of brightly colored rats on your shoulders and barely get a second glance?)

We've compiled a list of some of the people exclusive enough to on…
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20 Adorable Animals With Bad Cases of the Hiccups

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 09:57 PM PDT

1. Pekingese Fred — Dog Hiccups

Hiccups make Fred sad.

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If you think laughing at animals is unacceptable, then frankly, you're on the wrong site. Here at Mashable, we're certainly not above giggling at the animal kingdom's expense.

Here is a great example: 20 hilarious YouTube clips of animals with the hiccups.

SEE ALSO: 10 Cute YouTube Clips of Animals Playing Dead

Whether it's cats or capybaras, porcupines or pandas, one thing all these cute critters have in common is a bad case of the hic-burps. Take a look through our video gallery above, then let us know in the comments below which ones you found amusing.

More About: Video, Watercooler, YouTube, animals, features, humor, trending

10 Nifty Necklaces That Double as USB Drives

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 09:38 PM PDT

1. 8GB USB Memory Necklace

Hanging next to an 8GB chrome flash drive is a dainty antiqued silver key charm. Cost: $33.59

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USB drives are one of the most useful items you can carry. To ensure you're never without storage, consider a flash drive necklace to keep your portable memory on you at all times.

We have found 10 excellent examples of USB drive necklaces, to suit both feminine and masculine senses of style.

SEE ALSO: 10 Pieces of Gorgeous Geek Jewelry [PICS]

Take a look through our stylish selection in the image gallery above. Let us know in the comments below if you'd ever consider wearing USB jewelry.

More About: Etsy, Gadgets, Lifestyle, Tech, accessories, fashion, features, jewelry, trending

5 Characteristics to Look for When Hiring Talent

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 08:56 PM PDT

Best-in-class companies realize that making ongoing investments in grooming their workforce is important. However, starting off with a great team arguably has the highest impact.

Finding the right talent can be tricky, especially if your company is a startup that doesn't have a substantial hiring budget. But making an upfront investment of both time and resources can make a big difference to your startup's bottom line and growth potential. Adding top talent early on will bring a combination of new energy, ability, innovative ideas and the passion your team needs to become competitive in the marketplace.

Proof talent is so important: Large and mid-size companies are cont…
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Twitter Co-founder Jack Dorsey’s Role ‘Reduced’ Over Co-worker Difficulties [REPORT]

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 08:26 PM PDT

The role of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who returned to the company as executive chairman after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus from day-to-day operations, has been "reduced" after co-workers complained he was "difficult to work with" and "repeatedly changed his mind about product directions." Although he is still involved in strategic decisions as executive chairman, no one directly reports to him anymore.

That's according to The New York Times, which published a profile of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo over the weekend. The profile describes Costolo's leadership style and background in standup comedy.

The story claims that Dorsey, who is also a co-founder of mobile payments syste…
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YouTube Channel Spawns New TV Show: Recipe Rehab

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 07:43 PM PDT

Everyday Health's online video series Recipe Rehab has transformed into a Saturday morning televised competition show on ABC. It's the first series from a YouTube original channel to make it to broadcast TV.

"We've taken 11 of America's prime comfort recipes and twisted them on their head," host Danny Boome tells Mashable. "What we're trying to do is not telling people what to eat, we're just showing them a change."

"There's a truth and honesty about Recipe Rehab that a lot of people want in the home."Each 30-minute episode introduces a new family and one of their favorite dishes -- such as fried chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and macaroni and cheese -- then pits two acclaimed ch…
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Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 03:11 PM PDT

We know it's nearly impossible to keep up with all the amusing videos that pop up on YouTube throughout the week without losing sleep, your family and probably your job. That's why Mashable puts out a viral video recap each week to make sure you still get all the highlights.

This week, a flock of ducks try to swim for the very first time, the presidential debate gets auto-tuned and Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan gets a hilarious voice-over treatment from the team at Bad Lip Reading.  

We've also got the return of Bub the cat, the incredibly tiny but adorable feline who took the online cat world by storm earlier this year -- this time, she's…
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15 Brilliant, Spooky, Hilarious and Creative Cinemagrams

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 01:48 PM PDT

1. Roadtrip

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As the popularity of photography apps continues to rise on mobile platforms, people are finding creative new ways to share special moments with their friends.

Cinemagram, a free iOS app that creates animated "cines," lets users add filters and apply effects to clips before animating. The result is a GIF file the company calls "part-photo and part-video."

"Cinemagram has become a fun way for people to capture and share special moments of their lives," says Andre Charoo, head of partnerships at Cinemagram. "Users are sharing these moments by simply capturing two-second video clips that we've re-created in a format that's perfect for quick mobile consumption."

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More About: Mobile, apps, features, iOS, iphone, iphotography, photography, trending

12 Animals That Ran for Political Office [WOOF]

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 12:52 PM PDT

1. Hank

The son of a single mother who also spent time on death row -- does that not scream politician sob story? Hank the cat scratched his way into the Virginia senate race by promising a focus on job creation if he makes it to DC. The power-hungry kitty's official campaign website details what makes Hank the perfect choice for Congress: "Hank is a refreshing candidate -- energetic, inspiring, and real. Unlike so many others, he wasn't born with a "silver spoon" -- but earned his success and his name through hard work." Hank will have to defeat George Allen, Tim Kaine and the distraction of laser pointers if he hopes to have a chance in November. Image courtesy of Hank for Senate

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Tuning into the political dogfight playing out between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney might have you wishing a muzzle could put an end to the verbal scrapping. Unfortunately, with less than a month left until the election, not even a rabies shot could quiet down the race. That's not the case in every election though.

SEE ALSO: Romney vs. Big Bird: Internet Defends Scorned Muppet

Dogs -- and cats, chimpanzees and beer-drinking goats -- have tossed their leashes into the politics ring. While the White House still hasn't gone to the dogs, so to speak, animals have nabbed high-ranking positions in city governments and made runs for Congress.

We offer a mental break from the presidentia…
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Daily Deals: Who’s the Big Winner? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 12:20 PM PDT

When it comes to daily deals, nothing is as attractive as an offer for half-off at Starbucks.

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Top 5 Kids Apps of the Week

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 12:10 PM PDT

October can only mean one thing for kids -- Halloween! There are some great Halloween-themed apps for kids to play, keeping them busy until the main event. Some let you put your kids right in the action, others are wonderful renditions of classic children's books like I Spy, but with a spooky mansion to explore. All are sure to be a treat!

Children's Technology Review has shared with Mashable five top apps from its comprehensive monthly database of kid-tested reviews. The site covers everything from math and counting to reading and phonics.

SEE ALSO Top 5 Apps Your Kids WIll Love This Week

Check back next week for more Top Kids Apps from Children's Technology Review.

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Most of Facebook’s Billion Accounts Are Fake [SUNDAY COMIC]

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 11:44 AM PDT

Does Facebook really have a billion active users? Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech have their doubts, illustrated in this week's Sunday Comic.

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Google Doodle Celebrates Physicist Niels Bohr’s 127th Birthday

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 11:20 AM PDT

Sunday's Google Doodle celebrates the 127th birthday of Niels Bohr, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who revolutionized our understanding of the structure of atoms.

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Big Bird Appears on ‘SNL,’ Talks About Tweets [VIDEO]

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 10:40 AM PDT

After a three-day silence, Big Bird appeared on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" to comment about his newfound fame and his tweeting habit.

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iBell Combines with iPhone to Wake You Up Retro Style [VIDEO]

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 10:19 AM PDT

Feeling nostalgic for the old-school sound of a twin-bell alarm clock?

If you're tired of waking up with ringtones, the iBell lets users rise to the "metallic sound of bells," according to the accessory's official site.

At $38, the iBell takes the classic look of an alarm clock and combines it with an iPhone docking cradle. While no batteries are required, users do need to download an app for the alarm to work.

For more on the iBell and its smaller cousin, the iBell mini, watch the video above.

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Facebook Employees Have Lost $2 Million on Average Since IPO

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 09:59 AM PDT

Facebook's declining stock value hasn't just been bad for investors, it has also had a significant impact on the fortunes of Facebook's employees.

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SpaceX to Launch First Commercial Cargo Ship Sunday Night [VIDEO]

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 08:58 AM PDT

When SpaceX launches a Dragon capsule full of supplies toward the International Space Station Sunday night, it will be the beginning of a new era for space exploration. It will be the first privately funded commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo shipments to space.

After SpaceX successfully tested its Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon capsule in May (see its historic docking in the gallery below), now it's ready to actually deliver the goods, consisting of a half a ton of equipment and supplies. If all goes well with the launch attempt, set for 8:35 p.m. ET Sunday night, the Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the space station on Wednesda…
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Apple Officially Responds to iPhone 5 Purple Haze Complaints

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 07:43 AM PDT

Apple has publicly acknowledged the iPhone 5's purple flare issue with a response posted to its support page online.

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5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 07:06 AM PDT

1. Leo Fender, inventor of the Telecaster and Stratocaster, couldn't play guitar.

Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing made the first mass-produced electric guitar in 1950, but the inventor of the Telecaster didn't actually know how to play it. Leo Fender was an engineer by trade, whose early career was focused on radio repair and amplification systems. Reddit users discussed a dubious source of this claim, but Fender's own website confirms that "Ironically, the shy, somewhat introverted inventor wasn't a guitar player."

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Need something impressive to talk about at your next cocktail party? How about the rumbly bass notes coming from the Perseus galaxy cluster?

It's just one of the fascinating finds we stumbled on during our weekly Redditing. Check out the factoids above, and follow our weekly series for regular smatterings of TIL.

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