- Nokia’s $755 Million Q3 Loss and Two Other Stories You Need to Know
- Presidential Town Hall Debate Gets Auto-Tune Treatment [VIDEO]
- Unmonday Ceramic Speaker Simplifies Wireless Music Playing
- Google Play Update Brings Wishlist, Improves Upgrade Notifications
- Apple to Acquire Struggling Startup Color Labs [REPORT]
- Foodspotting Makes Finding Your Favorite Foods Even Easier
- Amazon Whispercast Helps Teachers Manage Students’ E-Books
- Where in the World Does Spam Come From? [VIDEO]
- Fall in Love With 15 Unforgettably Quirky Weddings [PICS]
- Who Will Social Media Users Vote For? [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Help Romney Catch Binder Full of Women in Online Game
- Hacker Tour Links Startups With College Coders
- This Is How Your Cat Spends Halloween [ME-BOO-W]
- Google Employs Stormtrooper to Protect Data Centers [PIC]
- 10 Mind-Bending Photos of Opposites From Mashable Readers
- Google Invites Press to Android Event in New York Oct. 29
- Runaway Teens Met and Planned Escape on Xbox Live [VIDEO]
- Usher Moderates Groovy Political Debate in ‘Dance Central’ Ad
- Microsoft Surface Tablet Team Reveals New Info During Reddit Q&A
- Watch Stunning Time-Lapse of Shuttle Endeavour’s L.A. Journey
- App-Connected Toothbrush Tracks Your Habits, Rewards You With Free Stuff
- Fact-Checking Obama and Romney on Apple and China
- Politicians Will Spend Up to 12% of Their Campaign Budgets on Digital Media
- Cannonball! Frozen Pool Fail Will Melt Your Funny Bone
- Tom Cruise in New ‘Jack Reacher’ Trailer: I Am Not a Hero
- Spirit Airlines Launches ‘Binders Full of Sales’ Offer
- Presidential Motown Band Turns Debate Into Song [VIDEO]
- Watch Oracle’s $10 Million America’s Cup Yacht Capsize in S.F. Bay [VIDEO]
- Facebook Mobile Ad Unit for Apps Now Available to All Developers
- How Do Computers Talk to Each Other on the Internet?
Posted: 18 Oct 2012 04:34 AM PDT
Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories.
Nokia Reports $755 Million Loss in Q3 2012
Nokia has trimmed down its Q3 losses to €576 million ($755 million), down from the net loss of €826 million ($1.08 billion) in the previous quarter, the company has announced.
The struggling Finish mobile giant generated €7.2 billion ($9.4 billion) in sales and sold 2.9 million Lumia devices in the quarter.
Apple Loses Tablet Patent Battle in the UK
Apple lost its appeal over a court's ruling that Samsung did not copy…
Posted: 18 Oct 2012 03:09 AM PDT
Perhaps certain audience members at this year's second presidential debate would've been energized by the not-so-dulcet tones of auto tune.
Created by The Gregory Brothers, famous for their previous "songified" gems such as the first presidential debate in Denver, the video features the group asking -- or make that singing -- questions as audience members.
Since being posted on Wednesday, "Town Hall Debate Songified" has attracted more than 185,000 views. Share your thoughts on the video in the comments below.
Posted: 18 Oct 2012 02:17 AM PDT
Inundated with too many speakers? Tired of loose wires? Struggle when it comes to pairing devices? No more, says a Finnish company that wants to make it easier and more enjoyable to use sound systems.
Unmonday launched a Kickstarter campaign for an independent, ceramic speaker that would pair with other speakers over Airplay. The Unmonday 4.3L can be used as a mono, stereo or Dolby Surround sound system by simply turning the unit on one of its sides.
The team wanted to get rid of wires and confusing transmitters, so they implemented a motion sensor that detect…
Posted: 18 Oct 2012 01:35 AM PDT
Among its new features is the Wishlist, which lets users save a list of apps and other Play store items to look at for a later time. They can also add items to their list by visiting an app page, and clicking the Wishlist icon on the top-right corner.
App upgrade notifications have also been improved; they are now expandable, and enable users to see a list of apps that are ready for an upgrade.
Lastly, users can easily delete apps from the My Apps panel, which lists all the apps you've ever downloaded and can become quite crowded. They can select multiple entries…
Posted: 18 Oct 2012 12:45 AM PDT
Posted: 18 Oct 2012 12:35 AM PDT
Foodspotting, a service that helps you find delicious dishes near you, launched a redesigned version of its website Wednesday.
Often called the "Pandora of food," this marks the first redesign of the site since 2010. The updated Foodspotting unifies the website and apps and lets you search through the 2.5 million different dishes on Foodspotting in several different ways.
"We redesigned Foodspotting to make the 'foodseeking' experience shine," FoodSpotting co-founder Alexa Andrzejewski told Mashable. "This year we've turned our attention to helping foodseekers -- not just foodies or food photo takers, but anyone looking for something to eat -- navigate that information in ways…
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 11:57 PM PDT
It'll be easier to get students and teachers on the same page with Wednesday's launch of Whispercast for Kindle. The online tool allows administrators and teachers to distribute e-books and school communications to many students through Kindle devices.
If your child has a personal Kindle or school-provided one, administrators can use Amazon's free Whispercast tool to wirelessly send books and other learning materials to his or her e-reader.
Not every child h…
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 11:27 PM PDT
Ever wonder where all that spam you receive in your inbox comes from? Apparently, most of it comes from India.
One in six spam messages come from India, with Italy and the United States coming in second and third in the rankings, according to SophosLabs, a computer and data security company. In its latest "dirty dozen" report, the company also notes that the number might be misleading. Spam might just be relayed through Indian computers that have been turned into zombie spam machines; it doesn't necessarily come directly through the country.
Regardless, the findings reve…
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 11:01 PM PDT
There's nothing more romantic than a couple who truly gets each other -- so much so that you can tell by the wedding photos alone.
Themed nuptials often depict a couple with a shared passion and sense of humor. As nerdy as it may seem, these unusual weddings and spontaneous moments often make for the best photos. Many require just as much (if not more) planning and attention to detail as any standard ceremony and reception.
The gallery above features 15 weddings that don't take themselves too seriously. What's the most unique wedding you've ever attended? Share your memories in the comments below.
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 09:59 PM PDT
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You know how rock bands tour around in those huge, tricked-out buses? Imagine that same bus plastered with the logos of 26 tech startups, driving around the country from university to university looking for young, talented programmers. That's the concept behind Hacker Tour 2012.
Hacker Tour is the brainchild of ReadyForce, a startup in its own right. Anna Binder, vice president of client services for ReadyForce, describes the company as a sort of dating site that aims to match students and potential employers.
"The idea is that people get jobs that they're excited about, that change their lives," Binder tells Mashable.
The site itself is still in beta, but it has generat…
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 08:04 PM PDT
Your cat leads a secret life. And that secret life get hairball-flying exciting on Halloween. And, FYI, your cat has been planning for the ghoul-tastic evening since early August (the things you learn!).
Luckily, your cat let us follow him around this year to see the loads of time and preparation that went into pulling off a gangbusters Halloween. So don't be upset when he comes home past curfew on a sugar high. It's his day.
In his own words, here's how your cat spends Halloween.
Furst, I Search Costume Ideas
Shud I Be Scary?
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 07:02 PM PDT
Darth Vader knows all about your embarrassing Internet searches. How, you ask? The former Anakin Skywalker has a spy at Google.
The web giant opened the doors to its vast data centers and in doing so, revealed a traitor lurking at a North Carolina facility. A life-size Stormtrooper can be seen standing at attention amongst the tubes and cables.
The Galactic Empire serviceman isn't the only Star Wars cast member -- look closely and you'll see a mini R2-D2 in the foreground. Honey, the Stormtrooper shrunk the droid.
[via The Atlantic]
BONUS: Look at These 35 Star Wars Memes, You Will
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Posted: 17 Oct 2012 06:37 PM PDT
Running and Rolling
Two adorable opposites from C Merry.
They say that opposites attract. Any kid who plays with magnets knows this is the case, and the axiom holds true through adulthood. How else can we explain the happy marriage of opposites -- like apple pie and cheddar cheese, bacon and chocolate ... Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey?
We gladly embraced unlikely pairings for this week's Photo Challenge, asking our community to capture two opposites in one photo. We weren't entirely sure what we'd see, but our readers responded with some amazing interpretations of the prompt. Check out the gallery above to see the creative combinations of colors, elements and even animals.
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 05:39 PM PDT
Google sent invitations to the press Wednesday for an Android event in New York on Oct. 29. The invitations didn't disclose what exactly would take place, though the tagline, "The playground is open," suggest the event will have to do with Google Play, the recently rebranded Android Market.
The event will take place at 10 a.m. ET at Basketball City at Pier 36 in Manhattan. If you didn't receive an invitation, Google will help you stay up to speed on the news, with a YouTube live stream.
What do you expect Google will announce? Are you excited for the event? Let us know in the comments.
BONUS: 10 Free And…
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 05:12 PM PDT
Forget decreased attention spans, neglected studies and pasty complexions. Parents of teenagers can add a new talking point to their anti-gaming rhetoric: meeting co-conspirators to runaway from home with.
Four Iowa teens went missing this weekend, and parents and authorities think the seeds of the escape were planted during a chance encounter on Xbox Live. The four missing kids are: 16-year-old Corey Sunderman and 13-year-old Austin Boggs, both from the town of Atlantic; and 15-year-olds Jazlyn Visek and Skie Floyd, both of Shellsburg.
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Posted: 17 Oct 2012 04:42 PM PDT
A TV commercial for Dance Central 3 on Xbox Kinect took advantage of current events, roping in Usher to play a moderator for a fictitious -- yet groovy -- political debate.
Stumped for words during a rebuttal, one candidate expresses his opinion via some surprising dance moves.
Dance Central 3 came out Tuesday, the same day as the second presidential debate.
Hasbro recently ditched the classic Twister mat for its latest version of the game -- Twister Dance. Britney Spears recorded a full Twister remix music video of her song "Ti…
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 04:16 PM PDT
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 03:50 PM PDT
Space shuttle Endeavour settled into its new home at the California Science Center last week. But it made one epic journey through the streets of Los Angeles to get there.
A Toyota Tundra pulled the 155,000-pound shuttle on a 12-mile route to the museum, leaving a trail of once-in-a-lifetime photo-ops on its way. One dedicated photography crew was so committed to the perfect shot, they never left Endeavour's side during the three-day journey.
Today, the team released a time-lapse video of Endeavour's unforgettable trip. "Mission 26 The Big Endeavour" condenses days of footage into three beautiful minutes.
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 02:53 PM PDT
A clean bill of health from your dentist isn't the only reward you'll get with this Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush. Keeping track of your good brushing habits through the toothbrush's app can earn you real rewards.
The Beam Brush plays two minutes of music while you brush, so you can scrub your pearly whites the recommended amount of time, while the tracking sensor will let you track your brushing habits. The rewards layer built into the app will give users real stuff for good oral hygiene: video games, movie tickets, plus deals on purses, shoes and clothes.
"We'll monetize those two minutes," Alex Frommeyer, cofounder of Beam Technologies, tells Mashable.
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 02:39 PM PDT
Late in Tuesday night's presidential debate, the candidates made Apple the focal point of the discussion on Chinese labor and outsourced jobs when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were asked, how, if it all, the United States can entice the company to bring its manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
China and its trade and business practices have been a hot topic throughout this election and will likely arise once again at the foreign policy-focused third debate early next week. But the question uniquely framed the issue around a the well-known technology company.
Obama and Romney answered the question in very different ways. Romney, first to respond, mostly argued the answer lies in fore…
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 02:16 PM PDT
The infographic below underlines how much social and digital media's influence has grown from the last election in 2008 and how much campaigns are increasingly moving their operations online. In this election cycle, $9 billion will be spent on campaigns across the country. Of those, $159.2 million will be spent online, a 616% increase compared to 2008.
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 02:15 PM PDT
A German fellow in tight swim trunks didn't make quite the splash he was hoping for when an attempted cannonball ended with a painful thud.
The amateur diver's friends shared the entire frozen pool fiasco on YouTube, offering giggles for the Internet and a cautionary tale for ice acrobats. Remember, kids -- butt padding and helmets are recommended for all winter activities.
BONUS: 10 Cringe-Worthy Belly Flops
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 02:08 PM PDT
Tom Cruise plays the title character, whose demeanor in the trailer comes off darker than his previous movie personas. "Do you think I'm a hero? I am not a hero," Reacher asserts in one scene.
In Jack Reacher, Cruise's character tries to prove a man in custody -- for allegedly firing six bullets that killed five people -- was framed. The trailer introduces veteran filmmaker Werner Herzog, who recently directed a concert live stream for The Killers, as a vil…
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 01:58 PM PDT
The deal, which the airline announced on its website Wednesday, is a reference to Mitt Romney's much-lampooned "Binders full of women" remark during Tuesday night's debate. It hasn't even been 24 hours since the remark was made in the debate and already a "Binders Full of Women" Facebook Page has more than 300,000 fans, which is more than IBM has.
Spirit has eagerly jumped on hot media stories in the past for quick punchlines. In 2011, the brand made light of Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter scandal with a "Wiener sale" and mocked Tiger Woods' domestic trouble…
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 01:48 PM PDT
Politics can get messy, argumentative and a little dull sometimes. Fortunately, a little bit of autotune will cure boredom and make sparring presidents look like the leads of a motown band.
The Gregory Brothers are notorious for autotuning the news, and Tuesday night's second presidential debate has already gotten the same treatment. Watch Candy Crowley whip out a keytar as a member of the "would-be motown band, Crowley and the Town Hallians."
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney then croon town hall members who ask, "Who's gonna work it out?" Then try to get the catchy song out of your head.
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 01:24 PM PDT
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is many things, victory-obsessed yachting enthusiast among them. His Oracle Team USA is hosting next year's America's Cup yacht race in the San Francisco Bay, and on Tuesday afternoon took a 72-foot carbon fiber catamaran -- the largest high-speed racing yacht around -- out for a test run.
One problem, however: The boat flipped over and capsized while trying to pull some swift maneuvers, with its broken pieces drifting out past the Golden Gate Bridge before they were finally brought ashore. The boat was worth an estimated $8-10 million. Russell Coutts, who oversees the Oracle-sponsored racing team, said the boat's hulls are probably salvageable but that its $…
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Posted: 17 Oct 2012 01:12 PM PDT
The company first introduced the unit in August and is now bringing it out of beta after claiming success with a handful of partners including Fab, Kabam, Big Fish and TinyCo. The latter in particular saw 50% higher click-through rates and "significantly higher" conversion rates vs. other mobile channels, as well as an increase in engagement, according to a blog post Wednesday from Facebook software engineer Vijaye Raji.
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 12:52 PM PDT
Its name refers to the two most important protocols in the suite -- the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP). TCP/IP specifies how devices connect to the Internet and how data transmits between those devices.
TCP/IP was originally developed by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, while under contract at the U.S. Department of Defense. It's the de facto standard way that local and wide networks communicate. It allows computers to connect to one another and for applications to send data back and forth.
There are four different abstraction layers within TCP/IP, and each one…
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