- 3D Printing’s Next Frontier: Guns
- Facebook Hits One Billion Active Users
- Aris Wireless Speaker Takes Advantage of Windows ‘Play To’ Feature
- Google Launches Wallet for Web Content and Two Other Stories You Need to Know
- Gucci Unveils ‘Pinnable’ Banner Ad
- 7 Funky but Chic Cases for Your iPhone 4
- Worldcam Helps You Find Instagram Photos in Specific Locations
- Presidential Debate Most-Tweeted Event in U.S. Political History
- Virtual Grocery Shopping Eases Daily Commute
- Mitt Romney: Tesla Motors is a ‘Loser’
- 5 Inspiring Ways Developers Are Building With Google Maps
- Broadcom Teaches Kids to Program in an Hour Using Raspberry Pi
- You Didn’t GIF That: A Presidential Debate Recap
- Talking Guinea Pig Sounds a lot Like Ricky Gervais
- The Swizzle Cleans Your Inbox By Combining Promo E-mails Into a Daily Digest
- British Film Institute Plans to Digitize 10,000 Films by 2017
- KitchenAid Tweets Joke About Obama’s Dead Grandma [UPDATED]
- Romney vs. Big Bird: Internet Defends Scorned Muppet
- Adorable Halloween Costume Will Tug at Your Heartstrings
- Lockitron Lets You Unlock the Door With Your iPhone [VIDEO]
- The MetroPCS Deal Won’t Save T-Mobile
- Apple Maps App Was Actually an Art Project [VIDEO]
- MTV Hosts Live Twitter Fact Check During Debate
- 5 Online Resources for Fact Checking the Presidential Debates
- ROFL the Vote! Make the Political Debate More Fun
- ‘TJ Elevator Fan’ Takes Your Heart for a Ride [VIDEO]
- Halloween Costume Uses Smartphone App to Display Your Beating Heart [VIDEO]
- YouTube Introduces ‘Appeals Court’ for Copyright Fights
- Watch the Presidential Debate Live Stream [VIDEO]
- Text Messaging is the New Political Forum for Young Adults
Posted: 04 Oct 2012 04:37 AM PDT
Amateur gun makers are already at work on 3D-printed guns and at least one top 3D printing company, Stratasys, is using its technology to help manufacture weapons. The company is "working with some of the world's top firearms-makers" including Knight's Armament Co. and Remington Arms, according to Wired. Stratsys has also been a regular exhibitor at the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas, a forum for firearms companies.
As further proof, Wired cited the two-year-old video above, which shows a chas…
Posted: 04 Oct 2012 04:11 AM PDT
Facebook has officially reached one billion active users, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced.
"This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.
Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too," wrote Zuckerberg in an official blog post.
Posted: 04 Oct 2012 04:01 AM PDT
Windows 8 is set to hit the market later this month, and with it will come an assortment of new computers, tablets, and accessories.
While you might not be able to pick up the latest Windows 8 tablet quite yet, starting Thursday you can buy a new wireless speaker, the Aris, designed to work along with the operating system and Windows "Play To" feature.
Aris claims to be the first "certified compatible with Windows 8 speaker system;" however, it can also work with a Windows 7 PC.
Similar to how AirPlay works for Apple products, the speaker can play tunes from any Windows device -- computer or tablet -- connected to the same wireless network. The feature was already avail…
Posted: 04 Oct 2012 03:52 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.
Google Launches Wallet for Web Content
Google has launched a micropayments service, enabling publishers to charge small amounts of money for web content.
The service gives users the ability to sample the content (e.g. text or image) before they buy, which can be done with a single click. Those who are not satisfied can get their money back within 30 minutes. Of course, Google has safeguards in place to prevent users from abusing the refunds to get free content.
As the o…
Posted: 04 Oct 2012 03:01 AM PDT
First there were "save-able" banner ads -- now there are pinnable ones.
Gucci unveiled this week a banner ad with a small "Pin it" button on the bottom left-hand corner. The ad is part of Gucci's Fall/Winter 2012 digital campaign, and will run on five sites: WSJ.com, Polyvore, Style.com, Lifestyle Mirror and New York Magazine's fashion blog The Cut, a Gucci spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to Mashable.
Clicking "Pin it," will bring up two images to share on Pinterest: A full-size image of the ad, and a product shot of the shoes it features (see below). On Pinterest, both pins link directly to Gucci's e-commerce site.
The ad was developed in collaboration with Triple Point, whose anal…
Posted: 04 Oct 2012 01:59 AM PDT
Available in several color and pattern options. All sleeves are handmade in Tennessee. $75
Want to add some pizzazz to your iPhone 4/4S? There are plenty of options from popular case makers such as Griffin, Cellairis and the ever the ever-popular Otterbox. But if you want to truly stand out when you go for your phone, we've rounded up seven cases that will have those around you asking "where'd you get that case?"
SEE ALSO: 7 iPhone Cases That Charge On-The-Go
Click through the gallery and tell us what you think. What's the most funky/silly/outrageous case you've seen?
Let us know in the comments.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, beaugiles
Posted: 04 Oct 2012 01:30 AM PDT
Ever want to find Instagram photos taken in a certain location? Worldcam lets you do just that.
The service, built on Foursquare, Instagram, Geonames and Geoplugin's APIs, lets you search for Instagram photos of a specific location in any city in the world.
We tried looking for Mashable HQ in New York City and voilà -- we got a stream of Instagram photos taken in our office. As Gizmodo notes, the entire service could also be described as an easy way to look inside any building, since Instagram users often take photos indoors.
While that may be true, however, we prefer to look at the service as a nifty way to browse through images from Instagram. Since Worldcam sorts phot…
Posted: 04 Oct 2012 01:04 AM PDT
Wednesday night's U.S. presidential debate in Denver, Co. was the most-tweeted-about event in American political history, dwarfing records set by this year's Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention.
Tonight's debate was the most tweeted about event in US political history, topping the numbers from the RNC and DNC.— Twitter Government (@gov) October 4, 2012
In total, the debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney generated 10.3 million tweets in 90 minutes -- a political-event record, revealed @gov, the Twitter feed for the microblogging service's government and politics team. The following chart, pr…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 11:57 PM PDT
There it is again, that nagging feeling as you park your car at the train station. You're on your way to work and remember that you forgot to plan anything for dinner.
You won't have time to stop at the grocery store before getting home and your kids will surely be in an uproar about leftovers again. Now you can use the time you spend waiting at the train to pick up some groceries.
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 10:52 PM PDT
The Republican candidate took a jab at Tesla while discussing tax breaks to energy companies. He criticized U.S. President Barack Obama for providing "$90 billion in breaks to the green energy world."
"Now, I like green energy as well, but that's about 50 years' worth of what oil and gas receives," Romney said. "You put $90 billion -- like 50 years' worth of breaks -- into solar and wind, to Solyndra and Fisker and Tesla and Ener1. I mean, I had a friend who said, you don't just pick the winners and losers; you pick the losers."
While Solyndra and Ener1 went bankrupt…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 09:59 PM PDT
About More Than a Map
More Than Maps, a new series, highlights the work of developers around the world using the Google Maps API to improve their communities, start businesses, or save the environment. Weekly segments will be showcased on MoreThanMaps.com and Google's Geo Developers Blog.
Google launched a new project Wednesday,
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 09:00 PM PDT
Raspberry Pi, the $25 computer that can fit in your pocket, has gotten a lot of press for its low cost and small size. What you may not know, however, is that the pint-sized PC is also great for learning how to program.
This week, Broadcom put the computer in the hands of middle school students -- many of whom had no background whatsoever in programming -- and taught them how to make a game.
All of the students who participated were finalists in the Broadcom MASTERS program, short for Math, Applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Rising Stars. Originally a science fair-type competition between 1,500 middle school students, the Raspberry Pi event was held in D.C. from Sept. 28…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 08:50 PM PDT
In case you missed the first round of presidential debates Wednesday night, here is a basic recap of what happened in GIF form -- minus the audio, of course.
(Big Bird could not physically make the debate, but he was there in spirit, so we've included him in this roundup.)
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 08:24 PM PDT
Ricky Gervais has a new endorser for his voice on social media app Just Sayin'. It's not a Hollywood celebrity or a sports star. It's a talking guinea pig named Rory.
In a hilarious ad posted to YouTube, Rory complains about how nobody takes him seriously on the Internet because of his unruly hair. "That never points the same way twice!" he complains in the video. "For us guinea pigs, everyday is a bad day."
After reading a few of the jokes commenters made on his video blog, Rory announces that he has a found a solution: Just Sayin'.
Just Sayin' is an app that lets users share voice, text, photos and video (or any combin…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 08:14 PM PDT
Name: The Swizzle
Quick Pitch: Save your inbox from e-mail overload and engage with your favorite brands.
Genius Idea: The Swizzle cleans up commercial e-mails from your mailbox and combines the e-mails that you want to keep into a daily e-mail digest.
Just because you purchased an item months ago doesn't mean that your mailbox should be filled with e-mails from the store you bought it from.
The Swizzle, a service that launched this week, lets you easily and securely unsubscribe from commercial e-mails and combine any e-mails you do want to keep into a daily digest. The goal of The Swizzle, which is owned and operated by Adkeeper Inc., is to eliminate the e-mails y…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 08:01 PM PDT
The British Film Institute, as part of its five-year "Film Forever" blitz to revitalize the UK movie industry, will digitize 10,000 titles from its massive vault of 450,000 film cans by 2017. The goal? To offer them on-demand.
BFI says it will crowdsource which 10,000 titles will be digitized, and those films will then be made accessible on TV channels, a mobile app and a new video player dubbed BFIPlayer.
"Film Forever is founded on a renewed commitment to the future -- the future generation of audiences, the future generation of filmmakers and the opportunities presented by digital technologies," BFI CEO Amanda Nevill said in a statement. "We are investing where we think we can…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 07:30 PM PDT
"Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! 'She died 3 days b4 he became president'. #nbcpolitics," @KitchenAidUSA posted to 24,000 followers before quickly deleting the tweet.
Obama had mentioned his grandmother, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, during the debate. She died Nov. 2, 2008, just before Obama was elected president.
KitchenAid immediately issued this apology:
Deepest apologies for an irresponsible tweet that is in no way a representation of the brand's opinion…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 07:20 PM PDT
Don't mess with Big Bird, Mitt Romney. That's the message the Internet sent Wednesday night when the GOP presidential candidate confirmed that he "loves Big Bird," but would cut subsidies for PBS.
The zing had amateur Photoshoppers working in overdrive to defend the beloved Sesame Street character.
The comment also generated 17,000 tweets per minute for "Big Bird" and 10,000 tweets per minute for "PBS," according to @gov. Within minutes, parody Twitter accounts began popping up, including @FiredBigBird and @BigBirdRomney.
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 07:11 PM PDT
'Tis the season for candy corn, jack-o-lanterns, witches, skeletons and adorable children made even cuter by precious costumes.
The father of a boy named Carter, who is featured in the above video, wanted to make sure his son had a normal Halloween -- despite the fact that he uses a wheelchair. Carter has spina bifida, a birth defect that can cause paralysis and other congenital defects.
So, the inspiring father built Carter a costume that works with the wheelchair -- an ice cream truck, complete with music.
Best dad ever? Maybe, but either way, it's sure to tug at your heartstrings.
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Posted: 03 Oct 2012 07:05 PM PDT
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 06:50 PM PDT
When AT&T was forced to scuttle its bid to acquire T-Mobile last year because of regulatory roadblocks that stemmed from consumer concerns, an executive from T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom publicly said, "There is no Plan B." Today, Deutsche Telekom announced it was going ahead with its plan to acquire a majority stake in MetroPCS and merging its operations with T-Mobile's.
Well, we finally know what Plan B is.
Deutsche Telekom appears to be really making a go of it with T-Mobile by acquiring MetroPCS, adding its 9 million subscribers to T-Mobile's 33 million. Besides that, the spectrum both carriers use is very similar, meaning the merged carrier won't have as many he…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 06:33 PM PDT
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 06:07 PM PDT
MTV, for one, will be partnering with FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan research organization, to monitor the debate in real time via Twitter. The partnership is a branch off of Power of 12 -- an existing MTV effort to increase young voter participation.
"We think that there's a great opportunity to make sure our audience has the right information to come to an informed conclusion of who they want to vote for," Jason Rzepka, senior vice president of public affairs at MTV, tells Mashable. "There are 45 million Millenials who are registered to…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 05:59 PM PDT
Tonight marks the first of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney. It's the first time the two men will confront each other head-on about the rumors, issues and platforms from the campaign trail. But both men don't just have each other to fear -- they have the entire Twitterverse to answer to.
Social media has added a whole new, mammoth-sized layer to the way in which Obama and Romney field questions. Years ago, the candidates could fend off comments, re-interpret questions and captivate audiences until the newspapers hit the stands the next day, bringing to light the errs and oversights. With Twitter and the real-time web, it takes on…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 05:15 PM PDT
Even if you're not in charge of the entire nation, just listening to politics can induce headaches. That's why we've got the perfect solution to keep you sane and entertained during the 2012 presidential debate.
Whether you swing left, right or neither, this post is chock full of things to at least make you giggle.
From Bingo to drinking games, GIFs, memes and music -- we're putting the "fun" in politics (Editor's Note: there's actually no "fun" in politics) to at least kill time in between the presidential debate.
Presidential Debate Bingo
Politics can get pretty messy. Which is exactly why yo…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 04:31 PM PDT
There are many things we take for granted in our lives. Sometimes it's big things like family, friends, love or good health. Sometimes it's the small things; things we don't notice and don't appreciate because we have what we like to call "busy" or "complicated" lives.
Riding elevators is certainly not something that comes to mind when you think about stuff that can make people happy. But for TJ, a 12-year-old kid who was born with cerebral palsy and survived two critical surgeries before he even was 2 months old, riding elevators provides an unmatched thrill. He loves it.
When he was younger and doing physical therapy, his therapist would let him ride the elevator as a reward on…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 04:00 PM PDT
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 03:50 PM PDT
Ever had a video taken down on YouTube because a copyright holder claimed you're using some of their footage without permission? As of Wednesday, you've got one extra shot at appealing that decision.
Previously, if you believed your video did not infringe on copyrighted content, you could file a "dispute" with the video giant. But if the rights holder disputed your dispute, you were fresh out of luck. The video stayed down.
Now YouTube has added a second and third layer to the process -- the "appeal." If a content holder still insists you're using their material without permission after you appeal, they have to go the extra mile and file a DMCA takedown notice. In the meantime, y…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 03:13 PM PDT
Posted: 03 Oct 2012 02:47 PM PDT
Apparently sexting isn't the only heart-pounding activity young adults are getting into on their mobile devices. According to a survey from free texting app textPlus, half of young adults surveyed (ages 18-24) say they've discussed the upcoming election on their mobile devices via text message. More than half (56 percent) say they've specifically chatted about the presidential candidates.
The survey of 764 young people showed overall that they want to participate in voting and plan to use text messaging as the main mode of communicating about it.
SEE ALSO: The Rise of Mobile in Election 2012
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