Sunday, 28 October 2012

Mashable: Latest 24 News Updates - including “Windows 8 Must Battle XP for Large Chunk of User Base”

Mashable: Latest 24 News Updates - including “Windows 8 Must Battle XP for Large Chunk of User Base”

Windows 8 Must Battle XP for Large Chunk of User Base

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 09:39 PM PDT

While Windows 8 rolled out to great fanfare Thursday, it still has to fight fellow Microsoft operating system Windows XP for users.

The 11-year-old program has nearly 30% "usage share" worldwide, reports web analytics firm StatCounter. Although Microsoft stopped selling it in 2010, XP remains one of the most popular OSes today.

As of September, XP holds 27.64% usage share worldwide -- second only to Windows 7 at 52.2%, according to StatCounter. In the U.S., XP has 16.42%, while Windows 7 sits at 49.36% (the latter debuted in 2009).

SEE ALSO: How to Get Windows 8 Now

"Our stats confirm the theory that business users in particular have been reluctant to move from XP," said St…
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Headphone Round Up: Our Top Picks [PICS]

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 08:28 PM PDT

Tinkering in his kitchen, electrical engineer Nathaniel Baldwin created the first set of headphones more than a century ago and sold them to the U.S. Navy. Since that time headphones have evolved from a military tool to a consumer product. By 2016, the headphone manufacturing industry is expected to increase by $1.18 billion, according to market research firm IBISWorld.

Headphones are for more than just hearing your music or taking a call on your mobile -- these days, they're a fashion statement. And there's no lack of options when it comes to color, size and design. Of course, sound quality and price are key factors, too. Whether you're looking for a top-notch set (there are a lot of go…
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Hilarious ‘Missed Connection’ Seeks Woman Who ‘Farted in the Bread Section’

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 07:59 PM PDT

It's one of the more unconventional Missed Connections ads we've seen: Boy sees girl. Boy accuses girl of farting in grocery store. Girl storms off.

Still, it seems there was a love connection -- for the boy, at least.

Eloquently entitled, "You farted last night in Sobeys!" the Missed Connection was published Friday on Kijiji, a hub for posting online classified ads, similar to Craigslist.

SEE ALSO: Top 12 Oddest 'Missed Connections' Listings on Craigslist

A man based in Moncton, Canada spotted the object of his desire at Canadian supermarket chain, Sobeys. He wrote:

You were the tall brunette with the near perfect body that farted in the bread section last night. I…
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More About: Kijiji, craigslist, missed connections

Oakley’s Heads-Up Airwave Goggles Will Make You a Robo-Skier

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 07:32 PM PDT

1. Oakley Airwave

Oakley's Airwave ski goggles use the latest heads-up display technology from Recon Instruments.

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A sweet heads-up display lets you see your speed, altitude and track other information while ski or snowboard, taking your runs to the next level.

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Top Comments on Mashable This Week

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 06:56 PM PDT

Apple Surprises With iPad 4

45% of iPad owners were not pleased with the release of the iPad 4 this week, and one of them was our own Christina Warren. Her editorial attracted support, disagreement and fascinating commentary from readers.

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Apple's big product launch dominated the news and your opinions at Mashable this week.

The iPad mini's Tuesday arrival came with a few surprises. in addition to the mini tablet, Apple also launched a new generation of the iPad, a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and an ultra-slim iMac.

Apple wasn't the only company releasing new tech this week. Microsoft officially debuted Windows 8, its latest operating system, shortly after Apple's big announcement. The new OS will work with Microsoft's other hot new item, the Surface tablet. Mashable was on the scene at both events, and we had an engaging discussion with readers about the merits and drawbacks of this new technology; the conversation cont…
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More About: Microsoft Surface, apple, ipad, ipad mini, microsoft, top comments

Kids Learn to Draw Mickey With Disney’s Creativity Studio

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 06:16 PM PDT

Gift of the Day

Know a Disney fan or a wannabe artist? The Disney Creativity Studio app makes a great gift. Through the app, a real Disney artist teaches you how to draw Mickey and other beloved characters with step-by-step tutorials, using your iPad and a stylus.

The Smart Stylus is your creative tool. It feels comfortable in your hand and, of course, features a cheerful picture of Mickey. The stylus magically draws different shapes and textures, like markers, crayons and stamps, as well as a variety of colors and brush sizes. A color palette appears across the top of the screen, and there's an eraser for those inevitable oopsies. Simply flip the stylus over, just like a pencil.

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More About: Gaming, Gift of the Day, Kids, apps, disney, features, holidays 2012, ipad, toys

A Sneak Peek at This Year’s Exciting Media Summit

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 05:27 PM PDT

Mashable Media Summit Speakers 2012

With less than one week until the Mashable Media Summit, tickets are selling out fast. Now's your chance to purchase your ticket to learn about the hottest trends from the biggest leaders in media.

The Mashable Media Summit is a one-day conference that explores how new forms of technology are redefining media. The brightest minds in the industry will come together in a few days on Nov. 2 at The TimesCenter in New York City to explore the latest innovations in the space and the future of journalism. Get your tickets now.

Eventbrite - Mashable Media Summit 2012

We'll be hitting on the biggest trends in media and what to watch for in 2013. Here is some of what you can expect to hear about at the Mashable Media Summit:…
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5 Apps to Digitize Your Business Cards

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 04:44 PM PDT

Granted, it might be easier to accept a physical, paper business card, but you still have to enter that person's email address and phone number into your contact book. Instead, import or share business cards with two or three taps to eliminate post-event busy work.

These five mobile apps either scan paper business cards into the cloud for easy organization or shun paper all together, so you can manage contacts from your smartphone.

SEE ALSO: 4 Shared Calendar Apps For Team Efficiency

How do you handle business cards in today's digitally inclined climate? Which app do you find the easiest? Share your tips in the comments below.

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More About: Business, Jobs, Mobile, apps, features, mashable, networking, open forum

How To Get Hired In 30 Days Or Less

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 03:58 PM PDT


Sometimes it seems that a job search is a race against the clock: How soon can you get hired? Everyone's search is different, but no matter what your situation is, there are certain techniques that are guaranteed to push you in the right direction.

Follow these tips to kickstart your job search and be signing an offer letter in 30 days or less.

1. Get Organized

Organization is key to staying on track (and on time!) in your job search. Keep track of places you're interested in applying and what step you're at in the application process. One good strategy is to create an Excel spreadsheet with the following columns: company name, relevant position, link to job posting, mat…
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Google Maps Gets a Makeover [VIDEO]

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 03:15 PM PDT

Google Maps has gotten a fresh new look, adding some "visual improvements" to its design.

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Google’s Nexus 4 Prototype Lost and Found in a Bar [PIC]

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 02:38 PM PDT

Nexus 4

An employee of one of the world's biggest tech companies loses a hotly anticipated new smartphone in a bar, only for it to be found, photographed and posted on the Internet -- sound familiar?

In a case of history repeating, the Google Nexus 4 -- a yet-unannounced model rumored to be running Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie -- turned up at a bar after closing hours.

According to Wired, Jamin Barton, bartender at San Francisco's 500 Club, found the phone but wasn't able to figure out what it was: It was locked and didn't include a SIM card, but did have a "not for sale" sticker and Google logo.

Dave, a tech-knowledgeable regular at the bar, apparently went ahead and called Google HQ about…
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1,872-Pound Zombie Pumpkin Will Blow Your Gourd

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 02:21 PM PDT

This is what happens when master carver Ray Villafane is turned loose on three of biggest pumpkins grown in the U.S.: a zombie pumpkin extravaganza.

More About: Halloween, Watercooler, trending, viral videos

6 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 02:00 PM PDT

It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck -- here's our app roundup.

More About: App, android, apps, iOS, trending, weekly app roundup

Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 12:59 PM PDT

This week in tech was dominated by tech behemoths Apple and Microsoft. Check out our gallery and read the full stories, right here on Top 10 Tech.

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‘Typing Karaoke’ Game Lets You Rock Out With Your Keyboard Out

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 12:37 PM PDT

"Typing Karaoke," an addictive new Flash game, is quickly becoming a viral hit -- find out why.

More About: Entertainment, games

5 Emergency Apps to Download Before Hurricane Sandy Hits [VIDEO]

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 12:12 PM PDT

Hurricane Sandy is approaching. Download these five emergency apps to help you stay safe.

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58 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 11:58 AM PDT

While this week marked the beginning of baseball's World Series, there was another world series of sorts going on -- in the tech world. The giants of the computing industry, Microsoft and Apple, competed for holiday shoppers' attention by releasing a flurry of new products. (Note: There were no tigers in the "tech world series," only giants.)

In case you were busy with work, play or other, we've compiled all the Mashable stories from the previous week that include information about digital products and resources. In addition to the details on new gadgets, with blockbuster movies like Lincoln and The Hobbit on the horizon, we found a must-have app that tells you the best times to use the…
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More About: Business, Features Week In Review, Lifestyles, Social Media, Tech

Treat Yourself to 21 Halloween Desserts From Pinterest

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 11:23 AM PDT

1. Witch Fingers

Via Emily Vanicek, original: gandcjohnson

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If you've outgrown the trick-or-treating age, it can be difficult to find an excuse to eat candy on Halloween.

Don't worry, though, because instead of collecting treats in your pillowcase, you can make them in your kitchen, and we want to help inspire you.

SEE ALSO: 15 Unbelievable Halloween Makeup Tutorials on YouTube

The gallery above contains 21 of the most beautiful (and probably delicious) Halloween-themed desserts we could find on Pinterest. Be sure to share your favorite spooky recipes with us in the comments.

Image courtesy of wonder_cake

More About: Food, Halloween, desserts, features, pinterest, trending

Hurricane Sandy Forces Google to Cancel Android Event

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 10:28 AM PDT

Google's event, rumored to revolve around the launch of Android 4.2 "Key Lime Pie" and a 10-inch "Nexus 10" tablet, will have to wait for Hurricane Sandy.

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Stolen Ideas: Apple Didn’t Build That [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 10:03 AM PDT

How did Apple become such an 800-pound tech gorilla? Did it create all the ideas folded into its shiny gadgets, or did it beg, borrow and steal them?

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Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 09:29 AM PDT

1. #believetour

"I LOVE U... #believetour." — Justin Bieber Photo stats: 60,413 retweets.

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Check out a gallery of the most re-tweeted and shared pictures this week on Twitter. Warning: May contain Bieber.

More About: One Direction, Top 10 Twitter Pics, Twitter, features, justin bieber, photography

Bathtime! 10 Adorable Animals Enjoying the Tub [VIDEOS]

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 09:01 AM PDT

1. Dog Loves a Bath

We're not entirely sure if this is a dog or a polar bear.

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While most cats scram, and most dogs hide, a small minority of pets actually seems to enjoy bathtime. Here are 10 such peculiar creatures.

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

Play ‘Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’ on Your Phone Very Soon [VIDEO]

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 08:50 AM PDT

Nostalgic for the days of getting home from school or work, firing up the PlayStation 2 and popping Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in the tray? Then get your smartphone ready: Rockstar Games on Friday officially announced the game will be ported to Android and iOS later this fall.

Rockstar made the mobile versions, which will have some all-new bonus features and top-notch graphics, to celebrate the game's 10-year release. That's right: Vice City, the sixth Grand Theft Auto title, came out way back in 2002.

"Grand Theft Auto: Vice City gave players the freedom of a massive open-world in one of the most iconic and vibrant settings ever realized in a…
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More About: Entertainment, Gaming, Mobile, apps, grand theft auto

Here’s What Hurricane Sandy Looks Like From Space [UPDATED]

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 07:53 AM PDT

Hurricane Sandy is crawling her way up the eastern seaboard of the United States. We have video.

More About: Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy, Science, Video, Weather, hurricane, trending

James Bond: All His Awesome Cars [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 27 Oct 2012 07:12 AM PDT

James Bond always has the sweetest rides. This infographic gives the details about each one and the films in which they appeared.

More About: Movies, infographics, trending

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