Friday, 26 October 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Apple Grudgingly Posts Notice Saying Samsung Did Not Copy the iPad in the UK”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Apple Grudgingly Posts Notice Saying Samsung Did Not Copy the iPad in the UK”

Apple Grudgingly Posts Notice Saying Samsung Did Not Copy the iPad in the UK

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 04:25 AM PDT

As directed by a UK court, Apple has published a notice on its UK website, stating that the court has ruled that Samsung did not copy the iPad while designing its Galaxy tablet.

"On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple's registered design No. 0000181607-0001," writes Apple.

Besides stating that simple fact, Apple takes great care to quote the most embarrassing (for Samsung) parts of the court's decision, including the one that explicitly states that Samsung's Galaxy Tab is "not as cool" as the iPad.

In a final act o…
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These Cheap Headphones Will Knock Your Socks Off

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 03:09 AM PDT

RHA SA 950i Headphones

They are so light, I could hardly tell I was holding them in my hands. And they're unusually small, too.

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The RHA SA 950i headphones set themselves apart from the crowd with a triple punch: They're relatively cheap at $59.95, they're feather-light, and they sound great.

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Preorders for iPad mini and New iPad Now Live

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 02:19 AM PDT

Apple iPad mini

Customers can now pre-order the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad from

The delivery date for Wi-Fi only versions is set at Nov 2., while the cellular models will be available mid-November.

The iPad mini starts at $329, while the regular, 4th gen iPad starts at $499. Check out our detailed overview of their features here.

You can order the iPad mini over at Apple's website.

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HallowMEME: Best Picks From the Internet Costume Party

Posted: 26 Oct 2012 12:20 AM PDT

Honey Boo Boo

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Ermahgerd, HallowMEME!

Internet meme aficionados made a dash out of the 'webs for an evening of costumed revelry in Brooklyn on Thursday night. Honey Boo Boo took the prize, which was well-deserved, since she spent $600 making her own custom dress.

The dancing hamsters came out of the archives -- and no, we're not talking about Kia's. And speaking of dancing, it should come to no surprise that there were plenty of Psy's getting their "Gangnam Style" on.

Stingrays were photobombing, Paul Ryans were pumping iron and women were chilling in their binders at the annual explosion of web culture.

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

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How Social Media Is Introducing NBA Fans to a Budding Star

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 08:54 PM PDT

Portland Trailblazers rookie Damian Lillard wasn't a highly touted high school player coming up in Oakland, Calif., and he didn't attend a powerhouse NBA-feeder college program like Duke or Kentucky. But the kid. Can. Ball.

Now, as Lillard begins his first season as a professional point guard out of Weber State University, social media is playing a key role in introducing him to NBA fans. Beefed up Twitter and Instagram presences coupled with an ongoing YouTube mini-documentary series have helped raise Lillard's profile among non-hardcore hoops fans in ways that wouldn't have been possible just several years ago.

Of course, none of that digital promotion would exist if not for Lill…
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Is This the Slimmest iPhone Case Ever?

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 08:54 PM PDT

Though iPhones may be beautiful just the way they are, you'll still need a case to protect them. But how minimalist can an iPhone case get?

Enter Slimline. Stanley Prato and Gaetan Policard are Miami-based entrepreneurs wanted to create a case that would simplify protection. Slimline was their answer. Raising your iPhone just enough off the any surface to keep it protected are two flexible polyurethane strips. The shell of the case is made of polycarbonate.

SEE ALSO: 7 Super Slim iPhone Cases

With the iPhone 5 being the slimmest and lightest iphone yet, the Slimline was designed to seamlessly protect your phone without looking like an ad-on.…
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The Blue Screen of Death: 6 Fatal Errors That Crushed Your Soul

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 08:11 PM PDT

1. Windows 3.x

The first Blue Screen of Death, native to the Windows 3.x series of the early '90s, justifies its user's failure with technical language most casual PC users of today wouldn't be able to decipher.

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They call it the "Blue Screen of Death," and that's precisely what it represents: the death of whatever you were working on and the destruction of your pride.

The dreaded critical error message (BSoD, for short) has lived on Windows from the system's inception and has tormented its users for almost as long. We've all been there, through fault of our own or otherwise. For such a peaceful hue -- the color of the sea and sky -- there is something incriminating and menacing about the flat blue screen.

SEE ALSO: The Evolution of Windows OS From Beginning to Present [INFOGRAPHIC]

Talk a stroll down memory lane with this retrospective to see how the BSoD has changed over the past 20 years…
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NBA Player Goes on Heartbreaking Twitter Rant After Suspension

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 07:32 PM PDT

NBA player Delonte West, who has been diagnosed as bipolar, went on an alternately bizarre, bitter and heartbreaking Twitter rant Thursday after being suspended by the Dallas Mavericks.

West was suspended indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team," according to a sparsely worded statement by team president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson on Thursday morning. The Mavericks plan to waive West permanently within the next few days, the Dallas Morning-News reported that afternoon.

West told that he was being unfairly blamed for an altercation between teammates that he was not involved in following an exhibition game loss on Wednesday night, and that he was to…
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The AR.Drone 2.0 Is the Ultimate Gift for Flight Nerds

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 07:31 PM PDT

Gift of the Day

AR.Drone 2.0

Who wouldn't love the gift of flight this holiday season? A cutting-edge take on the remote-controlled helicopter, the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is a smartphone-controlled (or tablet-controlled) quadricopter with a high-definition camera beneath its hull.

SEE ALSO: An In-Depth Review of AR.Drone 2.0

With the AR.FreeFlight 2.0 mobile app, you can record videos and take photos up to 165 feet in the air, and then share them from the palm of your hand. The app runs with iPhone, iPad and Android devices using a Wi-Fi connection. The AR.Drone 2.0 even comes with a removable indoor hull that protects your furniture, children and pets from the quadricopter's large rotor blades.

AR.Drone 2.0 Mobile Controls

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Facebook, Twitter Help Teens Develop, Says Study [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 07:04 PM PDT

Timeline posts, direct messages and retweets on Facebook and Twitter are directly shaping the social development of today's teens -- giving them a sense of belonging and identity.

That's according to Katie Davis, an assistant professor at the University of Washington's Information School. After interviewing 32 adolescents -- 15 girls and 17 boys who ranged from 13 to 18 years of age -- Davis believes "computer-mediated communication" helps teens achieve developmental milestones.

Davis' findings appear in the November issue of Journal of Adolesence.

"What they're doing is different from generations of teenagers from before the digital er…
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GIF Shows World Series Pitcher’s Line Drive to the Head

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 06:28 PM PDT

Detroit Tigers pitcher Doug Fister was hit square in the head with a line drive off the bat of San Francisco Giant Gregor Blanco in the second inning of Thursday night's World Series matchup. He did not appear to be seriously injured, however, and continued pitching.

The GIF here, which comes to us via the sports blog The Big Lead, shows the scary play.

We don't yet know how fast the ball was traveling, but similar drives have been clocked in the region of 130 miles per hour.

Have you ever seen a ball player continue with a major game after an accident like this? Let us know in the comments.

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Clinton: Facebook Post About Libya Attack Is Not Evidence

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 05:20 PM PDT

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is denying that an alleged Facebook post is "hard evidence" for who was responsible for last month's attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Emails -- leaked to the media this week -- that circulated in the State Department shortly after the attacks suggested the extremist group Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility for the violence via its Facebook page.

Clinton said the apparent post doesn't prove anything.

"Posting something on Facebook is not in and of itself evidence," she said during an appearance at the State Department. "I think it just underscores how fluid the reporting w…
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Jedi Oven Tricks Not Required to Make This Star Wars Cake [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 05:15 PM PDT

There is nothing scarier than the Great Pit of Carkoon and its terrifying inhabitant, the Sarlacc, from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

At least not to Jennifer Landa, a contributor to the Official Star Wars Blog. So, of course that's what she used as an inspiration for her Halloween cake.

"Being digested over the course of a thousand years is what nightmares are made of," she explains in her blog. How horrifyingly true.

SEE ALSO: Orchestra Surprises Shoppers With Star Wars Flash Mob [VIDEO]

The cake itself is simple -- store bought cake mix and frosting -- though we're sure the industrious baker could concoct their own. The true magic is in the decorations, whi…
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Are Apple’s Profit Margins at the Start of a Long Decline?

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 04:36 PM PDT

For the past few years, Apple has benefited mightily for having the second most-valuable brand on the planet by charging a premium on its products. Apple products have been more expensive than others in the category and the implicit agreement was that customers would pay more to get the Apple name.

That's still true, but it may be somewhat less true in the future. The change isn't dramatic: Apple's gross margin in its fiscal fourth quarter was 40% compared to 40.3% in the comparable period in 2011. However, some analysts -- including Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty -- are wondering if that's the long term trend. When Huberty posed the question during Thursday's call with analysts, App…
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8 Lytro Photos From Microsoft’s Windows 8 Launch

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 04:31 PM PDT

windows-8-event-640If Windows 8 is a shape, it's a rectangle. The iconography and design of the new user interface (what used to be called Metro) emphasizes right angles and shapes that line up edge to edge. Even the Surface, Microsoft's new prize tablet, hits the rectangle hard, particularly with its kickstand and Touch Cover.

The thing about rectangles is that they work well in perspective. And the Lytro camera, with its magical focus-after-the-fact abilities, does perspective in a very unique way. We had a Lytro on hand when we covered the the event and the armada of Window 8 devices on hand.

SEE ALSO: 13 Lytro Photos That Will Make You Look Twice

The Lytro camera, of course, uses what's called lig…
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Apple Will Never Make a 7-Inch iPad, Says Tim Cook

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 04:03 PM PDT

"Let me be clear: We would not make one of the 7-inch tablets," Cook said. "We do not think they are good products. We would never make one."

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Inside the Microsoft Windows 8 Launch [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 03:45 PM PDT

After many months of development, previews and demonstrations, Microsoft finally pushed Windows 8 and Windows RT out the door and into the marketplace as part of a lengthy, bifurcated and relatively calm event in New York City.

Company CEO Steve Ballmer and Windows lead Steven Sinofsky both took the stage to detail all that you already know about Microsoft's radically re-imagined, touch-friendly operating system and to highlight much of the new hardware built to support it.

The event was actually a two-parter: First Microsoft execs spent an hour or so talking through Windows 8 for laptops and convertibles (there wasn't a traditional box-style de…
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Pinterest Adds Website Verification to Profile Pages

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 03:33 PM PDT

Pinterest is rolling out a feature called website verification to profile pages, making it easier for users to find out more about who they are following.

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Apple on Microsoft Surface Tablet: ‘Compromised, Confusing’

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 02:55 PM PDT

Apple's CEO Tim Cook took a dig at Microsoft's soon-to-be released Surface tablet during Apple's earnings call on Thursday, referring to it as a "fairly compromised, confusing product."

"I haven't personally played with a Surface yet," Tim Cook said in response to a question about the Surface and the competitive landscape in the tablet market overall.

"What we're reading about it is that it's a fairly compromised, confusing product."

Cook went on to suggest that Microsoft and other competitors have failed to make the "hard trade offs" in their tablets that are necessary to make a successful product.

"I could design a car that flies and floats, but I don't think it would do a…
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Here Are All of the Windows 8 Ads So Far [VIDEOS]

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 02:33 PM PDT

Microsoft is said to be planning a "billion-dollar" global ad campaign for Windows 8, so you can expect to see lots and lots of ads for the OS over the next few months. Since the first ad broke on Oct. 14, the company has rolled out a few more.

It's fair to say the company is taking a page from Apple's advertising playbook for these spots. A common theme seems to be upbeat music, kids, smiles and lots of product-as-hero shots. As Apple did with its iPod ads over the past year, Microsoft is also showcasing up-and-coming bands like the Eagles of Death Metal and Best Coast. In Asia, the brand is also hopping on the urban running (Parkour) craze, and in Latin America, Microsoft's ads f…
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Amazon Reports $169 Million Loss on LivingSocial

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 02:15 PM PDT

Groupon's stock price isn't the only sign that the daily deals bubble has burst: In its third-quarter earnings report, Amazon took a writedown of $169 million, or $0.37 per share, for its stake in daily deals site LivingSocial. The online retail behemoth made a $175 million investment in the Groupon rival a little less than two years ago.

Net sales were up 27% to $13.81 billion in the third quarter. Despite that growth, Amazon reported its first quarterly net loss in four years -- $274 million, or $0.60 per share, for the quarter, compared to a positive net income of $63 million in the same period a year ago. Analysts were expecting $13.9 billion in sales and a loss of $0.08 per s…
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World Series: Relive Sandoval’s Historic 3-Homer Game in 46 Seconds [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 02:12 PM PDT

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Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols. Those three baseball legends were the only men in history to wallop three home runs in one World Series Game.

Until Wednesday. Until Pablo Sandoval.

Sandoval -- who sports one of sports' better nicknames in "Kung Fu Panda" -- went yard in the first, third and fifth innings to power the San Francisco Giants to a Game 1 home win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night at AT&T Park. Each dinger sent the Twitter world into a frenzy and the #KungFuPanda hashtag was spotted as a worldwide trend. According to Major League Baseball, more than 163,000 social comments included the words "Pablo," "Sandoval…
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251 Million People Are Gaming on Facebook, Up 35 Million From 2011

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 02:01 PM PDT

Some 35 million more people are playing games on Facebook today compared to a year ago, the social network has revealed.

In September 2012, 251 million people played games on Facebook, up from 226 million in September of 2011. That growth is attributed primarily to the thing Facebook is best at: social.

"When you sign up for a social game where only one or two of your friends are playing, it's not as fun as if 10 to 20 of your friends are playing, " said Facebook's Alex Shultz, during a private press event Thursday.

Games grow on the network in five ways: via App Center, Notifications, News Feed, Timeline, and games users have Bookmarked to play later on. Seeing in the…
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The Secret Service Wants You to Report Troubling Tweets

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 01:59 PM PDT

The United States Secret Service, the federal law enforcement agency which protects the president and other public officials, is asking Twitter users to report tweets "that concern you."

To report a tweet that concerns you, call the nearest field office in your state.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 23, 2012

Contact your nearest field office with time-sensitive or critical info or to report a tweet.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) October 24, 2012

These tweets are among the first the Secret Service has sent in several months -- it seems the agency rebooted its account specifically to encourage people to report…
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Apple Sells 26.9 Million iPhones in Q4, Beating Wall Street Estimates

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 01:47 PM PDT

Apple sold 26.9 million iPhones in the fourth quarter ending Sept. 30, beating Wall Street estimates of just more than 25 million, the company revealed in earnings report on Thursday.

Analysts expected Apple to sell fewer iPhones than the previous quarter when they sold 26 million, largely due to weaker demand as consumers waited for the iPhone 5 to be released in the final weeks of the quarter. The big question heading into the earnings report was whether Apple was able to produce and sell enough iPhone 5s to make up for that dip in demand, given reports about supply constraints.

Overall, the company reported earnings-per-share of $8.67 on revenue of about $36 billion, falling sl…
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45+ Social Media and Digital Marketing Events

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 01:43 PM PDT

Whether you're looking to make industry contacts or learn the latest trends in advertising, technology and media, Mashable's Events Board has something for you. We picked four of the latest events to be listed to give you an idea of the possibilities for networking, developing skills and moving your business forward. Check these out, or head over to the full listings to find relevant events in your area or preferred destination.

Our events board was recently updated so you can easily sort listings by when they were added. Many event organizers offer a discount code for Mashable readers and feature a YouTube video of a past event so you'll know what to expect. You can also subscribe to
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Assange: I’ll Stay in Embassy Until U.S. Backs Off

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 01:23 PM PDT

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, said Thursday he won't think about leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London until the United States puts an end to its investigation of WikiLeaks.

"I think we need the U.S. government to drop its investigation. . .it's an immoral investigation," Assange told CNN. "It breaches the First Amendment. It breaches all the principles that the United States government says that it stands for and it absolutely breaches the principles that the U.S. founding fathers stood for and which most of the U.S. people believe in."

Assange has been holed up inside the embassy since June, fleeing an extradition order to Sweden to answer for allegations of sexual as…
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Shazam Wants Your Smartphone to Enhance TV Experience

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 01:20 PM PDT

As consumers nationwide continue to engage with smartphones and tablets while watching TV to check everything from email to social networking sites, about 40% are surfing the mobile web to find out more information about programming.

U.K.-based Shazam -- the music-identification app with 250 million active users worldwide -- is working hard to leverage this need and expand its service to TV shows, commercials and movie trailers. The company is among a collection of other platforms such as Into Now and Zeebox aiming to connect mobile users with the TV experience.

"There is a tremendous opportunity to engage with people watching television," Shazam executive VP David Jones said durin…
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Apple to Launch Pandora Competitor in 2013? [REPORT]

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 01:05 PM PDT

Apple is on course to launch a Pandora-style customizable streaming radio service early next year, if a report from Bloomberg is accurate.

The report, which cites several sources who asked for anonymity, states that Apple has "intensified" negotiations with music companies over the service, with an eye to launching it in the first five months of 2013.

Executives from Vivendi Universal, Warner and Sony -- three of the big five music labels -- have apparently visited Apple's Cupertino HQ in recent weeks to learn more about the company's radio plan.

Rumors of a nascent Apple Radio service first dropped in September. However, reports just a couple of days ago suggested that Apple h…
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Charles Barkley Makes 16 Dick Jokes in One Ad [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 12:51 PM PDT

Ah, ye olde dick joke -- the timeless comedy genre that appeals to the 12-year-old in all of us (well, at least some of us). You can now apparently count NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and sponsorship partner Weight Watchers among the fans of phallus-focused funnies, judging by this new ad.

In it, Barkley calls roll for a total of 16 "names" including Peter, Johnson and Willie. The premise is simple, but perhaps a little too simple. According to Oprah's Dr. Oz, "If you lose 35 pounds, if you're a male, you are gaining one inch of penis length." Never heard that one before, but this isn't the first time Barkley (who was nicknamed the Round Mound of the Rebound for his chunky build…
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