Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “OpenTable Offers to Build Free Mobile Websites For Restaurants”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “OpenTable Offers to Build Free Mobile Websites For Restaurants”

OpenTable Offers to Build Free Mobile Websites For Restaurants

Posted: 16 Oct 2012 05:00 AM PDT

Open Table wants to give the thousands of restaurants it partners with their own mobile-friendly website -- on the house.

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Avoid These iPhone Danger Zones in Your Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 16 Oct 2012 04:32 AM PDT

If you've ever dropped your iPhone in the toilet, cracked the screen after a kitchen table slip or thrown your phone in the washing machine, you're part of the 51% of Apple owners who are accident-prone at home.

The most common iPhone mishaps occur in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, driveway and bedroom, according to SquareTrade's Device Danger Zone Survey.

SEE ALSO: 7 Super-Slim iPhone Cases

The tech protection plans provider estimates Americans have spent more than $5.9 billion on broken iPhone damages since Apple's smartphone debut in 2007. In the last year, a recent study by SquareTrade also shows 30% of iPhones have incurred damage. Accidents happen at a rate 10 times highe…
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Watch the First TV Ad for Microsoft’s Surface Tablet [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Oct 2012 02:39 AM PDT

Microsoft debuted the first television ad for its Surface tablet on Monday, ahead of the company's Oct. 26 launch.

Entitled "The Surface Movement," it focuses on the device's magnetic, easily attachable keyboard as well as its kickstand, which makes a clicking sound. Software features are not featured prominently in the ad, which is an impressive display of dance, movement and acrobatics.

The Surface, originally unveiled in this June, is Microsoft's first foray into the tablet market, primarily envisioned as a vehicle for driving Windows 8 adoption.

Starting at $199, it's a 10.6-inch device that comes in two versions: one running Windows RT and the other running Windows 8 Pro…
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Zynga Sues Former CityVille Head, Says He Stole Game Ideas

Posted: 16 Oct 2012 02:04 AM PDT

In the midst of a mass employee exodus, Zynga is suing the former head of its CityVille game for stealing its ideas.

The embattled online company filed a complaint in a San Francisco Court last Friday, accusing Alan Patmore of "misappropriation of trade secrets" and "breach of written contract." Patmore, who was CityVille's general manager, joined Zynga last year. He recently left to be vice-president of product for competitor Kixeye, according to All Things D. As the number-one game on Facebook based on monthly average users, CityVille is among Zynga's most popular games, according to its website.

"Zynga respects the rights of its employees to resign and seek employment with othe…
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Twitter’s Surprising Reaction to the Meningitis Outbreak

Posted: 16 Oct 2012 01:31 AM PDT

When a dangerous disease outbreak hits social media, the connected generation trusts some governmental agencies more than others, and Twitter users tend not to panic. These are the main takeaways of an analysis of tweets sent in the past month in regards to the recent meningitis outbreak. The data was collected by iMedSocial, a social media consultancy in public health industries, using SDL|SM2, a tool that analyzes tweets and other social media.

Looking at tweets sent after news of the outbreak came out, Twitter users searched for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more often than the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meningitis outbreak, which was first repo…
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FBI Warns of Malware Targeting Android Phones

Posted: 16 Oct 2012 12:58 AM PDT


The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center is warning smartphone users of malware that targets Android operating systems.

"Loozon" and "FinFisher" are the latest known versions of this type of malware, according to the IC3, which investigates Internet-related criminal complaints. The organization is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Nation White Collar Crime Center.

The malware lures victims in different ways. One advertises itself as a "work at home" opportunity that promises a lucrative payday just for sending out email; an attached link then leads to a website that spreads Loozon to its target, IC3 says in a release.

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Asus Marries the Smartphone and Tablet Again With PadFone 2

Posted: 16 Oct 2012 12:30 AM PDT

padfone 2

Remember the Asus PadFone -- the tablet that hides a smartphone inside? Well, this concept just got upgraded with the faster and lighter PadFone 2, unveiled by Asus Tuesday in Taiwan, before its official launch in Milan.

The new PadFone 2 sports a 4.7-inch, 720p Super IPS+ display, a Qualcomm quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, NFC and a 13-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording. It is powered by Android 4.0 with a Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update coming in the near future.

If you thought that was impressive -- there's more. The tablet has a 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display and a 5000mAh battery. The whole package weighs 649 g -- a lot lighter than the original PadFon…
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Hide Your Stuff Inside This iPhone Case [VIDEO]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 11:59 PM PDT

Your iPhone can do just about everything -- it can tell you the weather outside, give you the latest sports updates and even store your most personal information. What your iPhone can't do, is hold your cash, credit cards and other nick-knacks, which leaves you relying on your wallet.

Eyn (Everything You Need) is a case that lightens your pockets by combining your wallet and and your iPhone case. Made for the iPhone 4S, the high-quality polycarbonate body protects your phone and offers space for credit cards, your I.D. and some cash, along with a handy carrying strap.

SEE ALSO: 10 Tidy iPhone Cases to Replace Your Wallet

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Samsung Aims to Top PC Market with Windows 8 Devices

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 11:16 PM PDT

Samsung Windows 8 lineup

Samsung is serious about being a contender in the PC market. The company officially unveiled its line of Windows 8 PCs in the U.S. Monday evening, including tablets as well as touch-enabled laptops and all-in-one designs. With the engine of Windows 8, Samsung aims to land in the top 5 American PC makers by 2015.

You might wonder why the Korean electronics giant didn't aim higher, but their current goal is more realistic than lofty. Right now, it barely registers in market share. When Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard were duking it out over the number-one spot last week, Samsung was relegated to the "Others" label, below Acer, Asus and Dell.

With Windows 8, Samsung aims to change…
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Friendship is Magic With This Fancy ‘My Little Pony’ Art [PICS]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 10:22 PM PDT

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Trot and sparkle, trot and sparkle -- such is the life of My Little Pony.

The fancy fillies and snazzy stallions revel in a pretty posh existence already, but add more glitz and sequins to their grooming routine and you have the recipe for a stable showstopper.

The My Little Pony Project made a stop in New York City over the weekend to showcase the fanciest horses this side of the Budweiser Clydesdales. The traveling charity art exhibition and pop-up shop features My Little Ponies decorated by artists including Tokyo-based fashion designer Shojono Tomo, Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and comic book illustrator Camilla d'Errico.

SEE ALSO: Don't Be Fooled: These Are Not Real M
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Photos of Alleged Sony Nexus X Smartphone Emerge Online [PICS]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 09:43 PM PDT

Is this the newest Nexus phone? Photos of a smartphone, purported to be Sony's contribution to Google's Nexus line of devices, emerged online Sunday.

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From Ada Lovelace to Marissa Mayer: The Rise of Women in Tech [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 08:18 PM PDT

Did you know that Ada Lovelace, a computer scientist from England, is considered to be the first computer programmer? With her code-like language, she created a model for Charles Babbage's analytical engine in the mid-1800s.

Nearly two centuries later, there are some very impressive women working in technology, such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. However, women still only make up just 25% of the workforce in STEM -- that is, science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- careers.

This infographic takes a look at some of the brilliant ladies whose contributions to the STEM fields are an inspiration to all women -- and men.

SEE ALSO: STEM Careers: Th
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Photobomb Duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Will Host Golden Globes

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 07:35 PM PDT

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who anchored Saturday Night Light's "Weekend Update" together from 2004 to 2006, are teaming up again -- but this time as co-hosts of the 70th Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 13.

During the 69th Golden Globes in January, a moment involving both comedians went viral online. Fey sneaked into the shot -- a.k.a. photobombed -- Poehler when the camera was locked on the latter during the presentation for Best Actress in a Television series Musical or Comedy.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the co-hosts Monday night. The Office creator Ricky Gervais, who recently released a voice-centric audio app called Just Sayin', hosted the show for the pa…
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Basketball Star’s Insane Workout Will Make You Feel Weak [VIDEO]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 07:13 PM PDT

The college basketball season officially got underway this weekend with the start of fall practice, and University of Florida opponents should be very, very, afraid. The reason? Six-foot-nine, 249-lb. Patric Young, who spent the offseason doing the most hardcore workouts we've ever seen from a basketball player. As seen in the video above, those workouts included flipping giant tires, using rope to pull small cars while seated on the ground and pushing pickup trucks around campus with nothing but his bare hands.

Young gave fans a look at his grueling 3-minute routine by using Twitter to share the above video during the offseason. The clip has bubbled up again on the social web over th…
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20 TV Shows With the Most Social Media Buzz This Week

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 06:42 PM PDT

If the past few weeks haven't sufficiently indicated that Americans love The X Factor, then this week confirms it -- the show topped our social TV chart yet again.

With more than 2.5 million social impressions, the vocal show was challenged only by The Vampire Diaries' season premiere, which logged just under 1 million. Competing show The Voice hit third with 838,006 mentions.

SEE ALSO: The 5 Most GIF-Worthy Shows on TV

However, the vice presidential debates earned an honorable mention. The televised event took over spots six through 10 on the chart and spanned six major networks.

The data is courtesy of Trendrr, which measures social media activity related to specific television…
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Twitter is Experiencing Outages

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 06:05 PM PDT

Twitter was having a rough night on Monday. The service was working intermittently, causing the term "Twitter is Over Capacity" to trend nationally on the microblogging service.

Twitter addressed the glitch on its blog Monday night, stating "Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue."

Pingdom, which monitors Twitter's uptime, reports that the service has not been down for a moment all month. Twitter also hit 100% uptime in September. Its last major outage was on June 21 -- the biggest the site had experienced in eight months.

The technical issues -- not a full-blown outage -- led to a few memorable tweets on the…
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Is it Possible to Travel Faster Than the Speed of Light? [STUDY]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 04:55 PM PDT

Albert Einstein first published his theory of special relativity back in 1905. Although the physics are complex, the theory has one simple rule: the speed of light cannot be broken. And, since then, it's kept its place as the universal "top speed."

Scientists at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, however, published a study that expanded on Einstein's original formulas. The new models, they say, suggest that speeds faster than the speed of light might be (theoretically) possible.

SEE ALSO: Baumgartner Leaps From 24 Miles, Breaks Sound Barrier [FULL VIDEO]

How? The scientists broke down existence into two categories: our observable…
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Don’t Be Fooled: These Are Not Real Muppets

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 04:26 PM PDT

1. Bert and Ernie

Image courtesy of Flickr, chattingjason

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Translating Muppets to humans is a challenging equation undertaken each Halloween by googlie-eyed wannabes hoping to put a dash of Henson magic into their trick or treating.

Even if you can get your hands on the perfect Kermit-colored fabric, how do you make the head not look like ping pong balls stuck in green slime? Or create a Bert look that doesn't just look like a unibrowed Simpsons character? #HalloweenProblems, man.

SEE ALSO: 25 Crazy Pet Costumes That Put Yours to Shame

We tracked down a few creative costume crafters that achieved varying degrees of replication success with their Muppet Halloween projects. Flip through the gallery above for a look at humanized Muppets th…
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Low Income Students’ Test Scores Leap 30% With Smartphone Use

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:54 PM PDT

Cellphones are banned from many schools -- at least from the classroom -- because students play games, text friends and do other activities that distract them from learning. But mobile technology for students in a classroom setting isn't always a hindrance to good grades and learning.

Qualcomm's Wireless Reach Initiative aims to conquer the digital divide between those who can and can't afford wireless Internet access. After smartphones were distributed to low income students, standardized test performance drastically increased because students could more easily communicate with their peers and access information throughout the day (and night).

Peggy Johnson, executive vice pres…
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Kit Kat Sent Chocolate Bar Into Space to Keep Felix Company [VIDEO]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:41 PM PDT

Red Bull's not the only brand to benefit from Felix Baumgartner-mania. Shortly before Baumgartner's stunt, Kit Kat sent one of its chocolate bars into space to give him a "fun break," according to JWT London, the agency behind the stunt.

SEE ALSO: Watch the Red Bull Stratos Jump — This Time in LEGO

The Kit Kat, which was attached to a weather balloon and launched from Cambridgeshire in the UK, reached 116,490 feet -- a bit short of Baumgartner's 127,000 feet. The brand also shared the footage online a la Red Bull thanks to a GoPro camera attached to the chocolate bar. However, Kit Kat's view count for the event -- 10,000 -- doesn't come close to Baumgartner's 8 million-plus.…
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Yahoo Poaches Top Google Exec to be New COO

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:18 PM PDT

Marissa Mayer just made her biggest hire yet.

Yahoo has poached Henrique de Castro, a top executive from Google (Mayer's previous company), to serve as its new chief operating officer, the company announced Monday. In his new role, de Castro will oversee Yahoo's sales, media and business development efforts, and report directly to Mayer.

De Castro played a key role in Google's global sales efforts as the president of global media, mobile and platform at the company. Before that he worked at Dell and McKinsey. For months, rumors have circulated that Mayer wanted to hire away de Castro fill an unspecified position at Yahoo.

Yahoo will reportedly pay de Castro an annual base sa…
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Twitter Seeks Woman for Its All-Male Board [REPORT]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 03:07 PM PDT

Twitter is seeking to fill a vacancy on its board of directors -- and the spot is reportedly reserved for a woman.

Citing "sources close to the situation," AllThingsD claims that Twitter has placed "top priority" on finding a woman to join its all-male board. Several candidates have already been interviewed for the role, but no one has been selected yet.

Twitter's current board includes CEO Dick Costolo, co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, former DoubleClick CEO David Rosenblatt, and a handful of well-known investors, including Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital, Ronald Conway of SV Angel and Peter Currie of Currie Capital, among others.

Flipboard CEO Mike McCue resign
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Microsoft Surface Joins Twitter and Facebook [VIDEO]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 02:56 PM PDT

Remember Surface, Microsoft's foray into the tablet market? Well, Surface is back stirring up the tech world again this weekend with the launch of Twitter and Facebook accounts. Surface is set to launch on Oct. 25, though not much has been heard from Microsoft since its unveiling earlier this year.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft Surface: Everything You Need to Know

Announced in June with a provocative YouTube ad, Surface hopes to compete with the iPad and Android tablets that dominate the market.

As of this writing the Twitter account has more than 10,000 followers and nearly the same amount of Likes on its Facebook page. Are you interested in the Surf…
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Music Monday: What Song Would You Choose for a Space Jump?

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 02:42 PM PDT

You're lifted by a hot air balloon, floating 128,120 feet above Roswell, New Mexico. You're wearing a space suit designed to keep you warm at a deadly altitude. You've already been set back in previous attempts to break the world record for skydiving. There are 8 million people watching you on a live stream. And, if it all goes according to plan, you're about to break the sound barrier. You take a deep breath, put in your headphones and jump.

SEE ALSO: Baumgartner Leaps From 24 Miles, Breaks Sound Barrier [FULL VIDEO]

OK, maybe Felix Baumgartner didn't have his iPod with him when he made his leap from the edge of space Sunday, but we can't help but wonder what song would get us p…
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‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ E-Book Series Goes on Pre-Order for Kindle

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 02:22 PM PDT

The popular children's book series, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is coming to Kindle for the first time at the end of October.

The series by Jeff Kinney is the best-selling children's series this year. Starting on Monday, you can order the first six books in the series from the Kindle Store. The books will be delivered on Oct. 30, and are also available for regular purchase on that date.

"It was important to Jeff and to Abrams (the publisher) that our Wimpy Kid e-books offer the same visual experience as the print books," Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of Abrams, said in a statement. "We are pleased that our respective digital teams worked together to faithfully reproduce the pri…
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Tap Dancing Zombies Star in Soulless Musical [VIDEO]

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 02:10 PM PDT

Now that The Walking Dead is back, what could possibly bring you more joy in life? A musical version, of course. But not everyone's so happy, especially the zombies.

When they're not eating brains and chasing meals, zombies apparently tap dance and sing about how hard life is for the living dead. Or at least those in YouTube AVbyte's parody do.

SEE ALSO: Dramatic 30-Second 'Walking Dead' Promo Slays 2 Zombies

Watch and listen to zombies complain about their problems in this catchy little number. Who knew those flesh-eating monsters were so choreographed?

BONUS: 9 Celebrity Zombies Show Brain-Eating Side of Fame

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Yes, the Space Jump Mattered

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 01:58 PM PDT

Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.

Now that Felix Baumgartner's supersonic freefall from the edge of space has entered the record books, it's time for the realists to step in and remind us that what we saw wasn't really all that big a deal.

You've probably heard their arguments already: it was a stunt, sponsored by a beverage brand that wants to associate itself with excessively energetic activity. It was only a few thousand feet higher than a jump U.S. Air Force officer Joseph Kittinger made, 52 years ago. Skydiving from 128,000 feet did not add a whole lot to our scientific knowledge.

All of which is essentially true. And all of which couldn't be further from the point if it tumbled out of a plane on the opp…
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Apple Hires Amazon Exec to Take Control of Siri

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 01:41 PM PDT

Apple has tapped William Stasior, an executive at Amazon with years of experience with search technology, to take over the Siri department.

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10 New York Comic Con Pictures You Can’t Unsee

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 01:30 PM PDT

1. The White Queen

Marvel's Emma Frost gets the hairy treatment from this dude we saw just outside the Javits Center.

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There are just some things you can't unsee -- like an extremely hairy man dressed as Wonder Woman.

The things that might look out of place in the real world are quite common at the Comic-Con. New York's edition of the cosplay and comics convention happened this past weekend and in a slew of Bane, Doctor Who, Batman and Ghostbusters wannabes, we found a handful of cosplayers who made their mark with memorable getups.

SEE ALSO: This Is What Happens When Comic Con Attendees Try to Impersonate Bane

Comic Con allows attendees to embrace the fun of dressing up and let their hair loose (sometimes, quite literally). While capes and special effects makeup aren't mandatory, many of the 115…
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MLB Scoring a Home Run With Apple’s Passbook

Posted: 15 Oct 2012 01:17 PM PDT

Fans who like to keep their ticket stubs to memorialize an event or momentous occasion at a big game may need to start buying T-shirts. More and more sports fans are using electronic tickets, giving them access to the stadium with a simple swipe of their smartphone.

Major League Baseball tested fan's reactions to Apple's new Passbook app by introducing it in the final two weeks of the regular season to four teams. Twelve percent of single-game tickets purchased in that two-week span were stored to Passbook.

"We were really pleased, obviously surprised given those parameters," Matthew Gould, vice president of communication for MLB Advance Media…
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