- FoodSmart App Guides Consumers to Make Healthy, Delicious Choices
- Acer’s Touch-Friendly Windows 8 PCs Also Come as Monitors [HANDS ON]
- Digital Stationary Startup Paperless Post Embraces Paper
- Where Apple Maps App Shines: Offline
- Google’s Biggest Doodle So Far Remembers Winsor McCay’s ‘Little Nemo’
- Logitech K810 Keyboard Can Control Three Devices at Once
- Apple to Unveil 13-Inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display [REPORT]
- Final Numbers Are In: Space Jump Breaks YouTube Record
- 9 New Cases for the 7th-Gen iPod Nano
- Reddit, Google and StumbleUpon Join the Mashable Media Summit
- Japan’s Softbank Buys Majority of Sprint for $20 Billion [UPDATED]
- NASA’s ‘Iron Man’ Exoskeleton Suit Helps Astronauts, Paraplegics [VIDEO]
- How to Impress Potential Employers in a Video Interview
- Watch the First Television Ad for Windows 8 [VIDEO]
- ‘New York Times’ to Launch Online Edition in Brazil
- 5 Games You Should Play This Week
- Stars Stress Value of YouTube, Vimeo For Teen Filmmakers [PICS]
- Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week
- #HollywoodAssistants Tumblr Blog Will Turn Into TV Sitcom [VIDEO]
- China’s Not the Only One Spying On You [SUNDAY COMICS]
- Space Jump by Felix Baumgartner Dazzles the Social Web
- Top 10 GIFs of the Week
- Listen to the Space Jump Montage Song [AUDIO]
- Felix Baumgartner’s GIF from Space
- Baumgartner Leaps From 24 Miles, Breaks Sound Barrier [FULL VIDEO]
- Space Jump Live Stream Already Breaks YouTube Record by 10x
- Watch the Red Bull Stratos Jump — This Time in LEGO
- Top 5 Kids Apps This Week
- Watch NOW: Supersonic Freefall From Space [UPDATED]
- Why You Should Keep Facebook and Your Job Search Separate
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 05:01 AM PDT
Pick up any health magazine, and you'll likely come across a guide to "great tasting, low-calorie foods."
Michael Segal, co-founder of FoodSmart developer wHealthy Solutions, tells Mashable that it combines the communal wisdom of food ratings -- similar to Yelp -- with nutritional advice to help consumers make better decisions while they're grocery shopping or about to eat something at home.
When users scan the barcode on a food item, they're taken to a screen that provides a summary of…
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 05:01 AM PDT
Acer Aspire 7600U
Acer's new all-in-one PCs have a beautiful design that's very slim and features both a transparent base and a minimalist stand that lets the PC lay almost flat. The 27- and 23-inch designs are also available as touchscreen monitors that are ready for Windows 8.
If you're thinking about Windows 8, you should also be thinking about a PC with a touch screen, and Acer is serving up a couple. The company's two new all-in-one PCs support 10-finger capacitive multi-touch -- the key ingredient for the ever-so-touchable Windows 8 interface.
The Acer Aspire 7600U and 5600U have 27- and 23-inch screens, respectively. While the larger model is touch screen only, you can opt for a regular, non-touch model in the smaller size. No compromises on resolution, though -- both size screens are full HD (1,920 x 1,080) panels.
The first thing you notice about the two new machines is their beautifully slim design (just 1.4 inches deep). It features a transparent ba…
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 04:04 AM PDT
Paperless Post is paperless no more: The online stationary startup announced Monday that it is releasing a line of paper stationary later this month, dubbed "Paper by Paperless Post."
Now, you can design a card at PaperlessPost.com and opt to send it electronically, have it printed, or both. Only a small selection of designs are being made available to start, costing between $1 and $2.50 per piece, depending on the weight of the paper and other specified embellishments, like envelope liners. Electronic cards cost around $0.10 each.
"We don't want [the printed cards] to be astronomically more expensive than the digital product," Paperless Post co-founder James Hirschfeld remar…
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Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:47 AM PDT
Out there beyond the towns and cities, beyond the reach of 3G and Wifi, are the places where map apps on your smartphone are most needed. It's also where most of them run into problems.
Try calling up a Google or Nokia map when you're outside digital civilization, and you'll find little if any information has been preserved. Google Maps for Android lets you select a 50-mile square to download for offline viewing, but woe betide you if you stray outside that 50 miles -- you'll be greeted with an unusable blur.
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:04 AM PDT
Today's interactive Google Doodle commemorates Little Nemo, the main character in the comics strips of Winsor McCay, published in the New York Herald and the New York American from 1905 to 1914.
The strip debuted on October 15, 1905 -- exactly 107 years ago.
While not a big success in its time, the strip was later adapted for the theater and influenced many artists, including comic book writer Alan Moore and children's book author Maurice Sendak.
The Doodle itself is animated and interactive, gradually expanding into the biggest Doodle we've seen.
BONUS: Our Favorite Animated Google Doodles
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 01:18 AM PDT
It's handy to have a mobile keyboard for your tablet, but wouldn't it be great if your phone could share the love? With Logitech's K810, it can -- the Bluetooth keyboard can pair with up to three devices simultaneously, letting your smartphone, tablet and computer all share in its chiclet-style keys and brushed aluminum finish.
Switching between devices is as easy as a keystroke -- just tap one of the first three function keys to relay the connection. The keys are tailored for Windows 8 machines, but don't be fooled: The keyboard is compatible with PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and even Android devices (version 3.0 "Honeycomb" or later).
Ever better, the K810 is backlit. If you're thin…
Posted: 15 Oct 2012 12:40 AM PDT
At its iPad mini event, rumored to be held Oct. 23, Apple will also unveil a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a high-resolution Retina display, 9to5Mac reports citing a "reliable source."
Details about the device are scarce: It will reportedly inherit the thin and light enclosure from the 15-inch Retina model, and it will be sold in two configurations, alongside the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro which was updated with faster processors in June.
If true, the report confirms an earlier rumor which claimed Apple plans to release a smaller Retina MacBook Pro before the end of the year.
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 10:47 PM PDT
It's official: Felix Baumgartner's jump from the edge of space broke a record for the "live stream with the most concurrent views ever on YouTube," according to the video-sharing website.
Baumgartner, an Austrian diver, had already set an online record before his jump when more than 7.1 million people tuned in to watch him on YouTube at once; that number continued to climb to a high of 8 million.
The daredevil also broke some non-digital records, including the highest jump from a platform (128,100 feet), the longest distance f…
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 09:40 PM PDT
The dual material Holster boasts a clip on the back to attach to clothing. Cost: $19.99
Apple's 7th-generation iPod nano is the thinnest incarnation yet, but boasts the largest ever screen. It's also a completely fresh form factor, meaning new cases are incoming. If you're looking for a protective case for your new touchscreen nano, we can help.
We have found five solutions that will help protect your shiny new iPod. Take a look through the photo gallery above for our selections. Let us know in the comments below what kind of features you're looking for in a case for your nano.
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 08:58 PM PDT
The biggest leaders and influencers in digital will be at this year's Mashable Media Summit on Nov. 2. Will you be there, too? A limited number of tickets are still available.
We have some great speakers lined up: Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, will discuss online community monetization, and Bonita Stewart, Vice President, Americas Partner Business Solutions at Google, will discuss the future of HTML5. Teal Newland of StumbleUpon will speak about StumbleUpon's future plans for content discovery, partnerships and business models.
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Posted: 14 Oct 2012 08:27 PM PDT
Japanese telecom and Internet provider Softbank has reached an agreement to purchase a 70% stake of Sprint for $20 billion, it was announced Monday.
Softbank says it has agreed to purchase $8 billion in shares for $5.25 each directly from Sprint, and another $12 billion in shares from existing stockholders for $7.30 per share. Shares of Sprint closed at $5.73 on Friday.
Sprint has approximately 55 million subscribers and is the third-largest mobile phone carrier in the U.S. Combined, the companies would have 96 million users.
News of a potential acquisition first surfaced on Friday.
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 07:59 PM PDT
Watch out, Iron Man.
While it may not have the superpowers of Tony Stark's armor, NASA has built a robot exoskeleton called "X1″ that helps astronauts exercise in space, and paraplegics walk on earth, according to the space agency.
Humans wear the 57-pound device over their body to "assist or inhibit movement in leg joints," NASA said in a release. In the inhibit mode, X1 would be used as an exercise machine to provide resistance against leg movement in space's zero-gravity environment; while, the very same technology could be used in reverse on earth, by helping some people walk.
"NASA is examining the potential for X1 as an exercise dev…
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 06:57 PM PDT
For many, the video job interview is an intimidating proposition -- and for good reason. You're familiar with chatting with friends or a significant other online, and bringing your professional game to the office, but when you're ask to blend the two, it can be disorienting. Many people opt to dress as if they're going to the office (at least from the waist up), and others wear makeup as if they're on camera to be sure their souped-up appearance translates through to the viewer.
The prepping applies to your space, too -- turn off any devices that might beep (and warn family members or roommates who might wander in). Finally, make eye contact the best way you can on a video call by loo…
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 06:02 PM PDT
Entitled "Windows 8 is Coming Soon," the 31-second video opens with a countdown that starts from 10, but ends at eight -- alluding to the name of Window's latest operating system. Naturally, images of the number, as well as the OS' touch-centric interface, dominate the ad.
A tagline, "WIndows reimagined," shows up near the end of the video, and references the fact that Windows 8 is Windows' most radical redesign in recent memory. That is followed shortly by "10. 26. 12," its official launch date.…
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 05:06 PM PDT
The New York Times is expanding its digital reach with the launch of an online, Portuguese-language edition in 2013, the newspaper announced Sunday.
The forthcoming edition will target readers in Brazil, and include both translated stories and original work produced by local writers, the Times said in a statement. Readers can expect between 30 to 40 articles per day on global affairs, business and culture. The Times is also investing in original photography; graphics and multimedia will come later.
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 04:26 PM PDT
If you are looking for a game that adapts to whatever play style you throw at it, Dishonored is for you. This stealth-action game is set in the fictional world of Dunwall, which has a little bit of a steampunk feel. You play Corvo, a bodyguard framed for murder of the Empress who must win his honor back... by killing everyone. Dishonored is a stealth game, but it reacts a lot to the choices players make. You can choose to kill your assassination targets with physical attacks, magic, by possessing a swarm of rats or through other non-violent means. These choices affect your game's progression and yield different results. One of the creative minds behind Dishonored is Harvey Smith, who also helped make one notable classic game, Deus Ex. Dishonored is available now for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
If you aren't sure what to spend your time playing, then Mashable is here to help. We looked through the biggest, most-popular games this week and picked the five that really deserve your time and attention. There is something for every kind of play style on the list, from hardcore strategy games to quirky arcade titles.
Take a look at our list above, and let us know in the comments what you are playing this weekend.
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 03:29 PM PDT
Comedian Al Madrigal, a regular correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, thinks it's "an amazing time" to be a young filmmaker. Why? They have video-sharing websites.
"Now, it's a generation of people growing up with platforms on which they can launch their own stuff," he told Mashable at a gala benefit for Reel Works. "You've seen so many cases of things becoming popular just out of nowhere and getting viral."
Madrigal and other celebrities at the recent New York City event for Reel Works, which provides mentorship and training to teenagers interested in filmmaking, touted the importance of such sites as YouTube and Vimeo.
The fundraising event honored Emily Mortimer…
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The social web had record-setting responses to the Red Bull Stratos space jump Sunday. To start with, more than 8 million viewers tuned into YouTube's live video stream of Felix Baumgartner's leap. A number of Stratos-related topics trended on Twitter, including #SpaceJump, #RedBull and #FelixBaumgartner. We'll keep you posted when we have numbers in from Twitter and other networks about the volume of comments on the record-setting space jump.
In the meantime, we've rounded up some memorable reactions from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, demonstrating just how taken the Internet was with the Red Bull event.
Twitter user David Armano pointed out that the event was a majo…
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 12:47 PM PDT
This week, we have creative works of art, funny moments and things that make you say, "what?"
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 12:26 PM PDT
After Felix Baumgartner successfully jumped 127,900 feet from space and landed on his feet on Earth, a closing montage on Red Bull's live stream used Scottish band Twin Atlantic's song "Free" to end the spectacle.
The alternative rock band's fans and curious YouTube viewers quickly gave the song a boost on Twitter, mentioning the band and song in a flurry of tweets. More than 8 million people simultaneously watched the YouTube live stream, shattering the previous record for most viewers on a live web video.
Twin Atlantic, like seemingly everyone else in the world, had been tweeting about the space jump. They had recorded a remix of "Free" (listen above) specifically for the Sunday…
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 11:46 AM PDT
Felix Baumgartner successfully jumped from 127,900 feet Sunday -- breaking the record for the highest altitude skydive in the process.
But what would an epic jump be without an epic GIF? Thus, we bring you Baumgartner's jump, in GIF form.
Gallery of the Space Jump:
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 11:35 AM PDT
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 10:38 AM PDT
On top of the world record for longest freefall jump, Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos space jump has already broken an Internet record. More than 7.1 million people are tuning in to watch the live video of the jump on YouTube, setting an Internet video record.
According to All Things D, the previous YouTube viewing record was set during the London Summer Olympic Games, when about 500,000 people concurrently tuned in to live video.
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner is ascending up to the edge of space, and once he reaches 120,000 feet (23 miles) above ground, he'll leap from the capsule and freefall to e…
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 09:49 AM PDT
We can't keep our eyes off the live video of Felix Baumgarten's fall from space, but this LEGO creation is well worth a two-minute distraction.
In this whimsical short, you can watch the Red Bull Stratos jump reenacted entirely by LEGO. You'll see the team of toy men and women watch from below as Baumgarten's helium balloon is inflated, he floats up through the air and finally descends, and then jumps to a safe landing.
All of us are watching the live video on YouTube -- in the platform's largest ever live broadcast -- are hoping the real Baumgarten's jump goes as smoothly as LEGO Baumgarten.
The video was cr…
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 08:44 AM PDT
Last week we introduced you to several apps that were perfect for the spooky holiday season. This week we focus more on the lighter side of things and embrace the fall season. And there's a haunted house thrown in for good luck!
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.
Posted: 14 Oct 2012 07:53 AM PDT
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Can Facebook help or hurt your job search?
Most employers are looking you up online -- and most job seekers are aware of this. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 37% of employers are looking up candidates' Facebook profiles, and while they may not intend to look at your profiles for reasons not to hire you, they could find them. Most look to see if the candidate is a good fit for the company, whether or not they conduct themselves professionally, and how well rounded they truly are. However, 12% say they look up candidates' Facebook profiles in order to find reasons to not hire them.
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