Monday, 1 October 2012

Mashable: Latest 25 News Updates - including “Nokia Inks Map Deal With Oracle”

Mashable: Latest 25 News Updates - including “Nokia Inks Map Deal With Oracle”

Nokia Inks Map Deal With Oracle

Posted: 01 Oct 2012 03:54 AM PDT

Nokia has signed a deal with Oracle to providee mapping and location services across Oracle's range of applications.

The deal, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal and is expected to be officially announced Oct 1., will see Nokia Maps significantly expanding its user base and establishing a solid grip on the enterprise market.

By purchasing Navteq exactly five years ago, Nokia bought its way into the automotive navigation market and laid down the foundation to perfect Nokia Maps, which is today integrated into Nokia's mobile products.

Among other features, Nokia Maps offer turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance, live traffic info, terrain maps, satellite maps…
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Mashable Weekend Recap: 67 Stories You Might Have Missed

Posted: 01 Oct 2012 02:47 AM PDT

The fallout from Apple's Maps debacle was among the top headlines this past weekend. Mashable brought you those stories, as well as other tech and social media news while you were out of the office.

Our staff kept tabs on all the latest happenings, so don't worry if you missed a few articles. Check out all the coverage here, in our handy Weekend Recap. Take a look at the links, below.

Editor's Picks

Obama Has '99 Problems' but a Mitt Ain't One [VIDEO]

Think Apple Maps Is Bad? Remember the Tale of MobileMe

Take 100 NASA Photos, Stir, Make Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'

Cute Images Make Us 44% Sharper [STUDY]

China's Internet Is Getting Faster [INF
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Illegal Downloaders in Japan Face Two Years in Prison

Posted: 01 Oct 2012 01:23 AM PDT

Pirate KeyUnder a new law that goes into effect Oct. 1, Japanese internet users who illegally download files face a 2-year prison sentence or a fine of up to 2 million yen ($25,700), the BBC reports.

Theoretically, pirating just one file could get you in jail and -- under one interpretation -- using a service such as YouTube, which temporarily stores video files on your computer, could be illegal.

Downloading copyrighted material has been illegal in Japan since 2010, but it did not incur such penalties. Uploading, on the other hand, is a far worse offense, with a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a 10 million yen ($128,400) fine attached.

The law was passed under influence of the Recordi…
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Watch These Quadrotor Robots Learn to Play Catch [VIDEO]

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 10:39 PM PDT

While they may not be as fluffy as man's best friend, a trio of quadrotor robots have learned to play catch.

Researchers in Switzerland attached a net to the quadrotors, which cooperate to catch objects thrown their way. The drones then slingshot the objects back up, and try to retrieve them again.

SEE ALSO: Fly This Mind-Controlled Quadrotor Using Your Thoughts [VIDEO]

The scientists created algorithms that help the bots learn in real time, thereby increasing their accuracy after repeated throws. Even for quadrotors, practice makes perfect.

Check out the video, above, for more; then tell us what you think in the comments.

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10 Funny YouTube Clips of Sleeping Dogs

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 10:12 PM PDT

1. Sleeping Puppy Dreaming

This adorable pup makes some super cute noises.

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You know the phrase "let sleeping dogs lie?" Well, we quite agree, but would also add -- "and be sure to grab your camera."

We have found 10 funny YouTube clips of sleeping canine companions, only they're up to all kinds of tricks, from sleep-barking to sleep-running.

SEE ALSO: 10 Cute YouTube Clips of Animals Playing Dead

Take a look through our selection of sleepy pooches in the video gallery above. Tell us about your own funny pet stories in the comments below.

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

65 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 09:39 PM PDT

Time passes quickly and change is relentless, particularly in the digital sphere. So, if your busy life kept you away from the Internet this week, there's plenty you may have missed.

But don't fret -- Mashable, your cyber ally, is here to relieve your digital woes. Our staff tracked down every new gizmo, app, game, website and service they could find. Check them out in our weekly roundup of digital resources, below, and then visit the comments section to let us know which stories you found most interesting.

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AppAide Recommends Apps Based on How Often They're Actually Used
AppAide sheds light on some of the more overlooked apps in the App Store by tracking the…
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HP Shows What Windows 8 Tablets for Business Will Look Like [PICS]

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 09:01 PM PDT

HP ElitePad

The HP ElitePad is a Windows 8 tablet engineered for the needs of enterprise customers. Backed by HP's management and security software, it packs Intel's latest Atom processor, ensuring power efficiency and compatibility with older Windows apps.

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We now know what a Windows 8 tablet for business looks like, and it's the Hewlett-Packard ElitePad: a slim, Intel-powered slate loaded with security software and backed by an armada of accessories, including adapters, a rugged case and a stylus.

While Windows 8 tablets have a near-impossible battle on their hands against the iPad, there's one weak spot they can take advantage of: the enterprise market. Many businesses use iPads for some tasks, but Windows is the PC platform of choice for most IT departments, so a Windows tablet like the ElitePad has the homefield advantage.

The ElitePad packs Intel's latest Atom processor -- a.k.a. "Clover Trail" -- meaning it's a low-power design but…
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Twice as Many Mobile News Readers Prefer Browsers to Apps [STUDY]

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 09:00 PM PDT

News organizations have invested significantly in native apps for iOS, Android, WP7 and even, for a time, webOS -- yet nearly three times as many tablet owners and twice as many smartphone users access news primarily through browsers rather than apps, according to a Pew Research Center study released Monday.

Sixty percent of tablet news readers and 61% of smartphone news readers in the survey said they get most of their news through web browsers on those devices. Twenty-three percent of tablet news readers and 28% of smartphone news readers claimed they use apps, while 16% and 11%, respectively, said they use apps and web browsers equally.

(Perhaps The Financial Times, which pu
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More About: Mobile, News, journalism, smartphones, tablets, trending

7 Free Android Apps for Killing Time in Lines

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 07:56 PM PDT

With smartphones, tablets and the cloud, we've gotten used to multitasking and efficiency. God forbid we spend five minutes disconnected from our devices. Next time you find yourself stuck in a long line or waiting out a seemingly never-ending flight delay, look to your Android device for some entertainment.

We've rounded up seven apps, below, that are worth downloading. (We didn't include Twitter, since we feel it's a given).

1. Reddit is Fun


Reddit is a treasure trove of links, pictures and facts; but let's be honest, the social news site's interface isn't the best. Android users can benefit from Reddit Is Fun, which lets users browse Reddit's homepage and "subreddi…
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‘Dexter’ and ‘Homeland’ Premieres Available in Full on YouTube

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 06:57 PM PDT

Showtime has posted Sunday's season-seven premiere of serial-killer drama Dexter on its YouTube channel, with the brief description, "Debra attempts to reconcile with Dexter."

Leading up to the Sept. 30 premiere, Showtime had teased fans with a 120-second trailer in August and the

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the Best E-Ink Screen You Can Buy [REVIEW]

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 06:01 PM PDT

Kindle Paperwhite

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One thing Amazon is not afraid of is change. It alters product designs as often as some people change shirts or at least hairstyles. The point is: The way your Amazon Kindle looks today is not necessarily the way it'll look tomorrow. The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-ink-based e-reader is, for example, quite a departure from the most recent Kindle Touch. Unlike that ugly shirt or bad hairdo, though, Amazon once again gets its new look just right.

You might not notice at first, but viewed separately, a quick glance at the two devices released just one year apart reveals a host of significant changes. The Paperwhite is smaller, thinner (6.7" x 4.6" x .36" versus 6.8" x 4.7" x .40") and bla…
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Watch These Epic iPhone 5 Vs. Android Music Videos

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 05:21 PM PDT

YouTube vocal heavyweights J Rice and Peter Hollens pit the iPhone 5 against Android devices in these two funny music videos, featuring "Gangnam Style" elevator dance moves and plenty of smack talk.

"All my Apple sons and daughters, give praise to the Jobfather," belts Hollens, who recently released a slick cover of the Game of Thrones title song.

J Rice fires back in verse two: "You need to chill with the iPhone talk; I'm just annoyed ... These Droids are taking over, don't act like never told ya; get a Samsung, HTC or Motorola."

SEE ALSO: Steve Jobs Vs. Bill Gates in Epic Rap Battle [VIDEO]

The video above is the iPhone version while the video below is the Android rendition…
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Viral Video Recap: Hottest Memes of the Week

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 03:56 PM PDT

From a grumpy cat to history's greatest high school football play, check out the week's best viral videos.

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Smartphone Camera Shootout: iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S III vs. iPhone 4S

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 02:57 PM PDT

Smartphone cameras are getting better all the time. Optical zoom lenses aside, it's not uncommon for a high-end smartphone camera to match or even beat the quality from a small pocket digital camera.

This rapid improvement in quality has dovetailed with a broader trend of sharing digital photography online -- whether it's through Facebook, Instagram, 500px or one of the many other photo sharing sites.

Two of the hottest smartphones on the market are Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S III. Both sport 8-megapixel cameras and promise ultra-fast shutter speeds.

So how do they compare? To find out, Nina Frazier -- Mashable's excellent photo editor -- and I spent a lot of time d…
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More About: features, galaxy sIII, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, photography, trending

Simon Cowell and Planning Show to Find the Next Steve Jobs

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 02:12 PM PDT

Would you watch an American Idol or X-Factor show for finding America's next great entrepreneurial talent?

Simon Cowell and hope the answer to that question is a hearty "yes," because they're reportedly planning exactly that show, reports The Sun.

"We're working on a project called X Factor for Tech — and it's going to be out of this world," told The Sun. is a known techie and tech education advocate, often calling for better STEM education in low-income schools and recently having his song beamed from Mars.

"It's about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that's in science or mathema…
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Xi3 Packs a Fully Functional Desktop PC Into a Tiny Cube [VIDEO]

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 02:04 PM PDT

The demise of the desktop computer industry can be attributed to several factors including the ubiquity of laptops, mobile technology and rise of cloud computing. Traditional desktops can be heavy, expensive and largely immutable, especially when compared to the highly modifiable models of the Xi3 Corporation. Xi3 says it aims to design universal, energy-efficient and cost-effective modular computers.

"This concept of built-in obsolescence is a real problem," David Politis, Xi3's chief marketing officer, said in the project's Kickstarter video. "It fills our landfills, it uses more natural resources and at the end of the day, it's more expensive."…
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Here’s Why Tumblr Will Be Down Next Weekend

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 01:00 PM PDT

Tumblr announced a planned major service outage for next weekend. Here's why.

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 12:42 PM PDT

It was another exciting week in tech, filled with a slew of futuristic developments -- and we found the best of the best for you right here in Top 10 Tech..

More About: Top 10 Tech, driverless car, iPad 4, iPhone 5, trending

Which is Sorriest, Apple Maps or Siri? [SUNDAY COMICS]

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 11:48 AM PDT

Hey Apple Maps and Siri, our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy of The Joy of Tech think you both owe us an apology.

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Book About Kickstarter Fails to Raise Enough Money on Kickstarter

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 11:34 AM PDT

Look up the definition of irony in next year's edition of the dictionary, and you're bound to read about Crowdfunding: A Guide to What Works and Why.

According to author Glenn Fleishman, it's a book that "distills hard-won lessons of successful projects into well-documented advice alongside case studies." The problem? Fleishman turned to Kickstarter to raise $35,000 for his goal, and this weekend, he failed to reach his goal.

That's right: as Nik Cubrilovic pointed out on Twitter, a Kickstarter project for a book about running successful Kickstarter projects failed to raise enough money on Kickstarter.

SEE ALSO: About 41% of Kickstarter Projects Fail [INFOGRAPHIC]

We mean no…
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Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 10:53 AM PDT

1. GIF Museum

In the future, museums will be filled with 18th century art and GIFs...or at least I like to think so. Via The GIF Connoisseur

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This week's spectacular round of GIFs will have your eyes swirling and twirling.

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5 Mobile Photographers Capturing the World With Android

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 09:58 AM PDT

With advances in smartphone technology and camera resolution, it's now easier than ever to capture quality images with the mobile device you carry everywhere. The rise of photo editing apps has added to this movement toward mobile photography, which is becoming a burgeoning and reputable art form.

It may seem like iPhone users, or "iPhoneographers," dominate this art form, but there's a sizeable "Androidographer" community as well, especially on platforms like Google+, Instagram and Flickr.

We spoke to five photographers who use their Android devices -- exclusively or in addition to other cameras -- to shoot, edit and share beautiful photos, and they offered some advice for those l…
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Facebook to FTC: Let Us Advertise to Children

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 08:52 AM PDT

Facebook wants the FTC to clarify proposed changes to COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

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Does This Video Show the iPad Mini?

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 08:38 AM PDT

A new video purports to show a mockup of the long-rumored but still-unannounced Apple iPad Mini.

The model, first posted by Macotakara, shows Apple's new Lightning connector on the bottom of the device, in the same spot as the new iPhone 5. The headphone connector, however, remains on top.

If this video is accurate, the iPad Mini will serve as a middle-ground between the iPhone or iPod Touch and the current iPad -- it's expected to measure approximately 7.85 inches.

SEE ALSO: The iPad Mini Is Inevitable. This Chart Explains Why

Rumor has it the device will be announced in October, but there still hasn't been an official word from Apple on…
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4 Tips to Avoid Work-From-Home Email Scams

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 08:00 AM PDT

It's no secret that jobs that allow you to work from home are on the rise, but as their popularity grows, so do inventive ways to dupe job seekers. Get-rich-quick offers and promises of lots of money for very little work should immediately put your guard up. If you haven't already, familiarize yourself with what a standard job posting looks like.

Legitimate jobs are looking for specific skill sets and job requirements, and do not over-promise. Too many "$$$$" or "!!!!!" should forewarn you it's not likely a trustworthy opportunity. As you pursue your dream of a "shoes optional" position, keep an eye out for these sneaky tactics.

1. Double-Check the URL

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Top 5 Apps Your Kids Will Love This Week

Posted: 30 Sep 2012 07:14 AM PDT

Ever wanted to explore NASA's Curiosity rover? Want to customize a a book to help your early reader? Maybe you just want to sing along with your child in a jamboree. Check out this week's five apps your kids will love.

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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.

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

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