Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Nokia’s Lumia 510 Is the Cheapest Lumia Yet”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Nokia’s Lumia 510 Is the Cheapest Lumia Yet”

Nokia’s Lumia 510 Is the Cheapest Lumia Yet

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 03:00 AM PDT

Nokia has launched the most affordable phone in its Lumia lineup, the Lumia 510.

The device brings a 4-inch, 480x800 pixel screen, an 800MHz Qualcomm processor, a 5-megapixel camera, 256 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage memory.

On the software side, it's powered by Windows Phone 7.5 or Mango with a WP 7.8 update promised for the future.

Yes, besides the screen size, this particular Lumia does not have thrilling specifications, but Nokia promises it will be its most affordable Lumia yet.

Lumia 510 will cost around $200 when it hits the market in India, China, South America and Asia this November.

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10 Ways to Smell Like a Geek [PICS]

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 02:42 AM PDT

Boric Acid-For Him

Breathe it in, ladies. That's the smell of confidence -- the smell of someone who's not afraid to breeze past traditional aromas like cocoa, lavender or "ocean breeze" (whatever that is) and venture instead into the fragrance realm of the not-so-frequently-sniffed.

SEE ALSO: 15 Cufflinks to Geek Up Your Formal Attire

A true pioneer of perfumes is someone who says, "Hey, you know what? I like to smell like the animated masculinity of a 1987 video game superhero. Sometimes, with a hint of bacon." Above everything, it's the sign of a real innovator -- proud, bold and fearless.

(Or maybe just someone really, really dorky. We'll leave that for you to decide.)

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Boca Raton is Least-Tweeted U.S. Presidential Debate of This Election

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 02:15 AM PDT

Monday night's showdown in Boca Raton, Fla. was the least-tweeted presidential debate of this election.

The third and final face-off between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, which focused on foreign policy, generated 6.5 million tweets -- less than New York's 7.2 million tweets and Denver's 10.3 million. The vice-presidential debate between incumbent Joe Biden and Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan clocked in at 3.5 million tweets.

Update: 6.5 million tweets tonight in the last of the 2012 #debates.— Twitter Government (@gov) October 23, 2012

In a Monday blog post, Twitter said the night's total number of tweets…
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More About: 2012 election, Mitt Romney, Twitter, U.S. presidential election, barack obama, president obama, presidential debate, presidential debates, presidential election

How Pinterest Is Getting More People Into Crafting

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 02:04 AM PDT

Get ready for some homemade gifts this holiday season.

Pinterest, and copycat sites, are bringing out the crafter and DIY-er in users.

Pinterest tells Mashable it's been popular among crafters and "do-it-yourselfers" since its launch.

"They love using Pinterest as a resource to discover ideas or get inspiration for projects from people around the world who share similar passions," a Pinterest spokesperson said of the site's users. "The 'DIY & Craft' category on Pinterest is one of our most popular and an endless feed of things people are making, or are inspired by, around the globe."

They don't have exact figures about how many people are pinning and repinning crafts and…
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New Office Web Apps Go Live on SkyDrive

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 01:40 AM PDT

office web apps

The updated versions of Office Web Apps, available on preview since July, are now available for SkyDrive and Outlook.com users.

The apps, which currently work with the final version of Internet Explorer 10, Windows 8, and iOS 6, unveiled many new features and improvements.

Word Web App has new page-layout tools, picture tools and word count. Excel lets you rename or add sheets as needed, and also enables printing from the browser. PowerPoint brings audio and video playback support; it also has the ability to insert images, apply transitions and animations, as well as add pre-designed themes to a presentation from the browser.

Finally, the new OneNote Web App has enhanced…
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More About: SkyDrive, microsoft, office, office web apps

Are You a Pumpkin Pro? Show Us Your Best Jack-o-Lantern

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 12:55 AM PDT

1. Jack Skellington

Our favorite character from The Nightmare Before Christmas who embodies both spooky and festive behavior. Image courtsey of teeshajamie

Click here to view this gallery.

These days, pumpkin carvings go way beyond your traditional jack-o-lantern. Halloween celebrators are getting super creative with their carvings.

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LifeSwap Is Airbnb for Careers

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 12:30 AM PDT

A new startup called LifeSwap aims to ease the stresses of networking during the job search by coordinating career shadowing opportunities throughout the Bay Area.

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20 TV Shows With the Most Social Buzz This Week

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 11:56 PM PDT

In a week defined by the second 2012 presidential debate, FOX's The X Factor once again took the top spot on our social TV chart.

The vocal competition, now in its sixth straight week atop the broadcast rankings, earned 1.7 million social media impressions, more than twice the score of debate coverage by NBC, CBS or ABC.

SEE ALSO: Watch Tom Hanks' F-Bomb Slip on Live TV

Meanwhile on cable, The Walking Dead staggered into first place with almost 2 million mentions in the second week of its third season. It's not all good news, though -- the zombie drama logged the lowest positive sentiment rating of any show on the chart.

The data is courtesy of Trendrr, which measures social medi…
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More About: Entertainment, Social Media, TV, Trendrr, infographics, social tv, social tv charts

UMass Football Players Get Served — With Scholarships [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 11:26 PM PDT

If you're about to make someone's year, why not scare them a little bit first to add to the drama?

The head coach of the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, Charley Molnar, awarded two of his student athletes with scholarships for their efforts both on and off the field.

To do it, he brought in some well-armed help -- two police officers. The students thought they were being arrested, not being given thousands of dollars towards their education.

The captured moment of fear turning to joy is truly priceless.

More About: Sports, Watercooler, football, viral videos

Giant Dandelion-Shaped Ball Blows Up Landmines [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 11:02 PM PDT

A dandelion-shaped ball aims to protect people from undetonated landmines -- just by blowing in the wind.

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Master Face Painter and Band Collaborate on Bizarre Music Video

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 10:28 PM PDT

James Kuhn likes to paint his face in ways that trick the eyes on put smiles on faces. So when the visual artist from Michigan was approached by the band Young Revival to collaborate on their latest music video, he jumped at the opportunity.

The video for "Two Reasons" -- from the band's album due out Oct. 23 -- features Kuhn fascinatingly transforming into the likes of Queen Amidala, Chewbacca, a monkey butt and a slew of characters.

See the gallery below for a roundup of the master face painter's cool artistry seen in the video.

More About: Watercooler, lipsyncing, viral videos

Xbox SmartGlass Changes the Second-Screen Playing Field [PREVIEW]

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 09:50 PM PDT

With Xbox SmartGlass, Microsoft wants to revolutionize the second screen.

Microsoft is committed to extending the appeal of the Xbox brand beyond gaming and beyond the console. This was clear with last week's unveiling of Xbox Music, and it's even truer with Tuesday's official unveiling of Xbox SmartGlass, along with the news that Xbox Video and Xbox Games are coming to Windows 8.

SmartGlass, which was first announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, will launch alongside Windows 8 on Oct. 26. It allows users to view content on multiple devices, and to control or enhance that experience.

At its most base level, SmartGlass wil…
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More About: Wii U, Windows 8, Xbox 360, microsoft, second screen, xbox smartglass

Presidential Debate GIFs Ride Into the Sunset on Horses Armed With Bayonets

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 09:18 PM PDT

Another night, another POTUS hopeful face-off. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for the third and final presidential debate of the 2012 election season Monday night. With the serious topic of foreign policy on the agenda and no audience, the GIF opportunities might have seemed limited.

Luckily, Tumblr and the rest of the Interwebz tapped into their finest GIFing talents to offer an animated summary of the evening's political smack-down.

So, if you missed all the horses, bayonets and other GIFable moments, we put together a handy wrap-up for your viewing pleasure.

Image courtesy of Jest

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More About: 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney, Watercooler, barack obama

Teenagers, E-reader Owners Still Visit Libraries

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 09:02 PM PDT

kindle paperwhite If you have an e-reader, chances are it's helped you plow through the pages of book after book -- and even with all that content, you probably still visit the library.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center published Tuesday, 16-29 year olds are reading more often, largely because of the mass amounts of e-content that is available to them on mobile devices. They're not just reading short blips of content, either -- people under 30 are reading more long-form content on their smartphones and tablets, but also continuing to visit their local libraries.

Eight in 10 Americans ages 16-29 read a book this past year, and more than six out of 10 used their local public library. Of t…
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More About: Pew Internet, e-readers, education, libraries

Xbox Video and Xbox Games Apps Come to Windows 8

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 09:00 PM PDT

Xbox Video and Xbox Games are coming to Windows 8; this means that starting on Oct. 26 -- when Microsoft's latest OS launches -- users will be able to purchase and rent content from the Xbox Video store on their Windows 8 devices.

What's more, they can browse the Xbox Games catalog for titles that are PC-compatible, including games that can interact with the Xbox console. Along with the new Xbox Music service, this brings a host of new entertainment options to Windows 8 right at launch.

Until now, Microsoft hasn't offered access to its video catalog outside of the Xbox. When Windows only ran on laptops and desktops, this made sense. After all, users could download or stream video f…
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LG Scares the Crap Out of People in an Elevator to Show Off Its Monitors [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 08:35 PM PDT

Just in time for Halloween, LG has introduced this video of people getting a big scare thanks to the company's high-res monitors.

To show off just how life-like the picture on its monitors can be, the company re-fitted the bottom of an elevator with the screens. The brand then recorded people's reactions as the monitors -- screens pointed up -- displayed what looked like the bottom of the elevator floor dropping out. True, you could probably do that with a lot of monitors, but LG thought of it first.

Luckily for the brand, no one had a heart attack during filming. Of course, it's also possible that these people are actually actors, too. If not, some of these guys deserve a Carlsberg
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More About: Advertising, LG, viral videos

Erin Andrews Receives Death Threats From Strange Twitter Troll

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 08:16 PM PDT

Sportscaster Erin Andrews has become a global celebrity over the past few years. The easy-on-the-eyes hostess and sideline reporter shot up the ladder at ESPN and augmented her recognizability with appearances on non-sports shows such as Good Morning America and Dancing With the Stars before leaving this summer to join Fox Sports.

But the dark side that can come along with fame in the digital age became apparent again Monday morning when Andrews posted this message to her 1.5 million Twitter followers:

Why twitter needs policing RT @hyuncmartinez: @erinandrews You make eye contact with me and I will chop you apart. You are just a bad thing— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) Octobe
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Top Hat Monocle Transforms Tech From Classroom Distraction into Teaching Tool

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 08:01 PM PDT

Name: Top Hat Monocle

Quick Pitch: Transform tablets and smartphones from classroom distractions into teaching tools.

Genius Idea: Top Hat Monocle lets college students use smartphones, tablets and laptops instead of traditional classroom response systems to engage with their professor's lectures.

If Top Hat Monocle has its way, teachers won't yell at students for taking out their cellphones in class -- they'll encourage it.

The Toronto-based startup is rethinking the way students engage with teachers during college lectures by replacing so-called "clickers" -- the remote-control response systems used in classrooms -- with web-based applications that work on students' sma…
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If Facebook Flopped, Zuckerberg Would Have Headed to Microsoft

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 07:46 PM PDT

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent interview that if he hadn't struck gold with the social network giant, he would've liked to work at Microsoft.

Zuckerberg spoke at Stanford University disspelling rumors about the site's early days and what he would've done if Facebook never took off.

He said that he's "always respected Microsoft" and could've seen himself as an engineer for them. Zuckerberg said that a summer spent in Palo Alto left him in awe of the tech companies rampant there.

The social networking pioneer also pointed out that he was always in favor of using online ads on Facebook, even in the early days. The ads…
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Debate Tweet Cha-Chas Into History

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 07:37 PM PDT

UPDATE: Mashable community member PresHarryTruman pointed out to us that on Oct. 16, the Twitter account PimpTJefferson sent a nearly identical tweet to the one that Curran sent out on Monday night. It appears that the tweet may have been re-shared by Curran without giving credit to the original author. We wrote about that account here.

Patrick Curran is a college student at Boston University, set to graduate in 2015. He is in a fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He has 395 Twitter followers.

He's just another guy -- and a perfect example that anything that anyone posts can go viral on the Internet.

The tweet below, which he sent a few hours before the foreign policy debate betwee…
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Obama’s ‘Horses and Bayonets’ Zinger Sinks Twitter Battleship

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 07:17 PM PDT

Horses and bayonets. Yes, you heard that correctly during Monday's night third and final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. And, no, you didn't fall into a time machine and end up in the year 1900. When squabbling about the size of the U.S. military force, the president delivered a one liner that sent Twitter into a wisecracking frenzy.

The exchange went a little something like this:

"You mention the Navy, for example, and the fact that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets," Obama said. "We have these things called aircraft carriers and planes land on them. We have ships that go underwater, nuclear su…
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More About: 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney, Twitter, Watercooler, barack obama

Seven-Foot NBA Center Stars in ‘Gangnam Style’ Flash Mob [VIDEO]

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 05:53 PM PDT

More than 527 million YouTube views later, you may be sick of "Gangnam Style," the bizarre and baroque Korean music video that's become a viral grand slam. But if you think the song and dance are dead and over, you clearly haven't seen this video of a seven-foot, two-inch NBA star surprising mall shoppers with a "Gangnam Style" flash mob.

Yes, that is indeed Indiana Pacers All-Star center Roy Hibbert dancing at Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis on Sunday as shocked fans whip out their smartphones and pick their jaws up off the floor. The video has become an unsurprising hit online since going up late Sunday evening, and is just another reason why Hibbert is one of the most entertain…
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Apple’s Big Launch Event: What to Expect

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 05:31 PM PDT

When Apple announced last week it would be holding its latest launch event at the California Theatre in downtown San Jose (pictured above) this Tuesday, there was a fair amount of head-scratching in the blogosphere.

Why there? Why choose an obscure old-timey theatre for what is likely to be the company's first new product line in years, the iPad Mini?

In recent years, the company has opted to launch gadgets at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (as it did for the iPhone 5 and new iPad events earlier this year). When it wanted a more intimate venue, as for the iPhone 4S launch last October, the company invited journalists to the Apple campus at 1 Infinite Loop it…
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Watch Kids React to the Presidential Debates

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 05:16 PM PDT

"They are like 5-year-olds fighting over a toy -- and the toy is America."

Such are the words of 13-year-old Bryson, upon watching footage of the presidential debates.

In the latest installment of the Kids React series, a panel of children ages 6 to 13 watched videos from both the Obama and Romney campaigns, as well as footage from the first two debates.

The children chime in with their opinions on the politicians and the issues addressed -- everything from taxes to Sesame Street.

"I watch PBS!" 11-year-old Dylan exclaims. "I'd vote for Obama right away."

SEE MORE: 9 Ways to Watch the Foreign Policy Presidential Debate Online

Some of the children are remarkably astute…
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More About: 2012 presidential campaign, Kids, Watercooler, viral video, viral videos

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Dresses New Spin-Off in Social Media Guise

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 04:51 PM PDT

RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race premieres Oct. 22 with a barrage of social media initiatives aimed at giving fans live video experiences with the show's talent, web-only content and crowdsourced contests.

"All Stars is a team experience with the queens competing in groups, so our strategy this season focuses on getting fans to choose sides" Morgan Greco, marketing director for the Logo channel, tells Mashable.

Here's a quick look at some of Logo's pre-season and in-season social tactics for RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, a six-episode spin-off of RuPaul's Drag Race, which will debut its fifth season in January:

Comic Caption Contest: Logo hired one of the show's artistic fans to cre…
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Watch the Presidential Foreign Policy Debate Live Stream

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 04:28 PM PDT

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney's third and final debate at Lynn University University in Boca Raton, Fla. is slated for Monday at 9 p.m. ET. Mashable readers can watch the presidential debate live stream right here, along with a live blog featuring a panel of foreign policy experts and Mashable staff.

Monday's presidential debate is focused on foreign policy. Thus, we've collected a panel of foreign policy experts to bring Mashable readers up-to-the-second analysis of what's happening during the debate:

Stephen Schlesinger, Author and Adjunct Fellow at the Century Foundation
Michaela Bendikova, Research Associate for Strategic Issues at The Heritage Foundation…
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More About: 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney, Politics, US, barack obama

Music Monday: Our Favorite “Mini” Songs

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 04:08 PM PDT

Puppy wearing headphones

Sometimes, less is more.

In the tech world, smaller is almost always better. In two decades we've gone from massive desktop computers to ultra-thin laptops and tablets. We keep on demanding "less" from our gadgets, and yet we haven't changed our preferred song length in a century. An unwritten law dictates that the optimal duration of a song is between three and five minutes. This has its roots in the technology that limited the length of tracks recorded in the 1920s. Of course, technology has advanced quite a bit since the early 20th century, so why does a four-minute single remain the industry standard?

It turns out that this is the perfect song length for advertisers, who can…
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Marissa Mayer Pledges to Take Yahoo Back to Its Roots

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 03:46 PM PDT

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer outlined her plans for Yahoo's future in her first earnings call as CEO of the beleaguered digital media enterprise. The company's third-quarter earnings were better than expected: Earnings-per-share were 35 cents on revenue of $1.09 billion, compared to analysts' estimates of 26 cents per share on revenue of $1.08 billion.

Mayer began the call by talking about recent changes to Yahoo's culture, which has a new commitment to "open dialogue" and "transparency." Employees' quarterly individual goals have been mapped to company goals. They have also been given free phones and free food in an effort to make Yahoo "the absolute best place to work."

Mayer identified Yahoo's…
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Unzipping the Mystery: How ZIP Files Work

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 03:21 PM PDT

Unzip Universe

If you've ever had to email, upload or download several large files or programs, you've most likely encountered ZIP files. Also known as compressed or archived files, ZIP files condense multiple files into a single location with the extension .zip or .ZIP, reducing the overall size and making them easier to transmit.

Phillip Katz invented the ZIP file in 1986, and it was first implemented with the PKZip program for Katz's company, PKWare, Inc. Eventually, Katz's compression method became common usage within popular operating systems. Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS include built-in utilities to compress and unzip files, and programs like WinRAR, WinZip and StuffIt can expand them…
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Popular Android Apps Leaking Private Password, Credit Card Data

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 03:03 PM PDT

Here's some bad news for Android users: Various apps are leaking sensitive data, from credit card information to passwords, new research suggests.

More About: Android 4.0, Mobile, android, apps, security

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