Saturday, 24 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 11 News Updates - including “Mapping Thanksgiving Dishes With Twitter [VIDEO]”

Mashable: Latest 11 News Updates - including “Mapping Thanksgiving Dishes With Twitter [VIDEO]”

Mapping Thanksgiving Dishes With Twitter [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 03:00 PM PST

While Instagram users shared Thanksgiving-themed pictures at a rate of more than 200 photos per second, Twitter users also rung in Turkey Day with mentions of Thanksgiving food.

The tweet-mapping company, Floatingsheep, decided to map out which food was popular in different parts of the U.S.. Two things proved apparent in their analysis -- nobody eats mashed turnips and nobody tweets in the midwest.

Watch the video above for more on their findings and how they went about collecting the data. Let us know some of your favorite tweets in the comments below.

Twitter Map

Image courtesy of Floatingsheep

More About: Turkey Day, Twitter, instagram, thanksgiving

Google Maps Adds Indoor Floor Plans for Desktop

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 02:34 PM PST

Google Maps is already the easiest way to map and plan out your trip to Grandma's. Many iPhone users learned that when the app disappeared from iOS 6 and they had to find new ways of getting from point A to point B.

Now, Google wants to make it easier for you to map and plan out your holiday travel and shopping expeditions too, with indoor floor plans you can view on your web browser. Until now, indoor maps were only available on Android devices.

"Before heading home for the holidays or out to shop on Black Friday, check out indoor maps of the airport or shopping mall on your desktop to better plan your trip," Google Maps posted in a message on Google+.

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Black Friday Deals, Record Sales and Shopping Frenzy

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 02:08 PM PST

Black Friday shoppers scored some bargains this year with stores opening even earlier on Thanksgiving to allow for more shopping time. However, as shoppers descended onto stores, so did the chaos and unruly crowds.

Fights broke out, police had to be called in and there were even reports of someone pulling a gun in a crowd. In Washington, two people were injured when they were run down in a Walmart parking lot.

SEE ALSO: Cyber Monday vs. Black Friday: How Do You Prefer to Shop?

Despite many workers striking to protest having to work on Thanksgiving Day, Walmart reported record sales of up to 5,000 items sold per second between 8 p.m.…
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More About: black friday, holiday 2012

10 Tantalizing Recipes for Your Turkey Leftovers

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 12:41 PM PST

1. Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe: Turkey Pot Pies

This pot pie recipe uses not just the leftover turkey, but also the stuffing, vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy and even the cranberry sauce.

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No matter how much you stuff yourself on Turkey Day, it's an irrefutable fact that there will always be leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. It's what you do with it that counts. Rather than endless rounds of dry sandwiches, why not get creative in the kitchen this holiday season?

We have found 10 delicious and creative YouTube video recipes that will take your leftover bird and turn it into a standalone meal to relish.

SEE ALSO: 9 Cooking Gadgets for Your Geeky Kitchen

If you're looking for inspiration to help make the most of your leftovers, take a look though the video gallery above. In the comments below, please share with us any other turkey recipes you've tried and tested.…
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More About: Lifestyle, Video, cooking, family and parenting, features, gallery, home, thanksgiving

Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Begin Sunday

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 11:47 AM PST

1. Angry Birds King Pig Castle (Amazon Exclusive)

Play Angry Birds in real life with this board game. $29.99, down from $49.99

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Beging at midnight on Sunday, Amazon will open up their Cyber Monday online store. The site is live now, but deals won't be offered until after midnight.

SEE ALSO: 9 Best Cyber Monday Deals at Target | 9 Amazing Amazon Deals for Cyber Monday

Deals across the Internet are rampant, but below is a list of some of the better offers from Amazon. Click through the gallery above for the five you should keep your eyes on, and let us know in the comments if we missed anything awesome.

60% off a Panasonic VIERA 55-Inch TV
Samsung 40-Inch 3D Slim LED HDTV, $747.99
50% off Nikon COOLPIX S9200 Digital Camera
40% off Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7 Digital Camera
JBL High-Performance Complete 6-Pi…
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More About: amazon, cyber monday, holidays 2012

‘The Hobbit’ Theme Cover by Cello and Piano [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 11:08 AM PST

Can't contain your excitement and anticipation of The Hobbit premier in December? Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson of The Piano Guys have released their own YouTube cover of The Lord of The Rings theme song.

SEE ALSO: Watch 'The Hobbit' Come To Life From 2,600 Balloons

Watch the striking videography in the video above and let us know what you think in the comments.

More About: Movies, YouTube, the-hobbit

Thanksgiving Was Instagram’s Busiest Day Yet

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 10:05 AM PST

Amid pie-baking and setting the table, Instagram users paused to snap and share images to the mobile photo-sharing service, breaking usage records.

In a blog post Friday morning, Instagram said that more than 10 million photos mentioning "Thanksgiving" and other related terms were shared to the network on Thursday. At peak times, more than 200 photos about Thanksgiving were posted per second.

Instagram said Thursday was its busiest day to date. More than twice as many photos were shared on that day compared to the day previous.

That breaks the previous record set by Hurricane Sandy. More than 1.3 million Instagram photos were captioned with the hashtags #sandy, #hurricanesandy and #…
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12 Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 09:23 AM PST

1. Blanket America

Slogan: "Buy 1 Give 1" Blanket America sells quality blankets, comforters, sheet sets and other types of bedding, and in turn, the company makes a donation to Americans in need. You can also purchase goods through the "Choose Haiti" line of products, which helps provide disaster relief to people in Haiti.

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Supporting important causes can be easy to forget amid the hustle and bustle of shopping during the holiday season. Luckily, there's an easy way to give back to those in need while you find the gifts you need -- various companies and websites do the legwork for you.

SEE ALSO: Get Out the Give on #GivingTuesday

Companies like TOMS and Warby Parker have become known for one-for-one deals -- donating a pair of shoes or eyeglasses for every pair sold -- but they're not the only ones with gifts that give back. There are several places around the web that benefit others in many ways, whether it's by supporting impoverished artisans, providing clothes to babies who need them or curating the m…
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More About: Business, Social Good, Startups, e-commerce, features, holidays 2012

Black Friday Shoppers Rush Victoria’s Secret [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 08:47 AM PST

Now that the day of being thankful has passed, Black Friday is upon us and with it come monstrous savings and mayhem.

At this Victoria's Secret store in Overland Park, Kan., buyers push against a line of security guards as the manager opens the store. In the video the manager can be heard screaming over the crowd, "This is so scary. I don't even want to open the store."

Shoppers were in line for a range of deals, including buy-one-get-50%-off bras and a free tote bag. The lingerie retailer is also offering a free scarf with the purchase of a sweater and free slippers with the purchase of pajamas, among other in-store deals.

Shoppers began lining up in front of chain mega-sto…
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More About: WalMart, best buy, black friday, holiday shopping

‘Mysterious Animal’ Attacks Borneo Villagers

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 07:20 AM PST

According to a news story in The Borneo Post last week, an unknown animal recently attacked two men working on a farm.

"An Indonesian plantation worker and a 75-year-old farmer got the shock of their lives when they were attacked by an unknown animal species in two separate occasions earlier this month. The farmer, Aris Kuna of Kampung Paon Gahat, was attacked by the rare animal while attending to his pepper garden about noon. The foreigner was attacked a week later at a plantation near Kpg Baing while gathering oil palm fresh fruit bunches... The animal that attacked the duo was described as having a "bear and wild boar" resemblance. Fellow workers and villagers who saw the carcass,…
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Fake UK Government Ad Looks for Secret Agents, Codename 007

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 06:19 AM PST

An ad that appeared on the official job site of the UK Government is looking for a secret agent that doesn't scoff at "removing" individuals which pose a threat to public safety.

"From time to time the UK Government has a need to remove people whose continued existence poses a risk to the effective conduct of public order. So we require particularly skilled professionals who are prepared to work on a non-attributable basis to deal with these problems," the ad says.

The ad promises travel to numerous foreign countries and all the necessary equipment, dropping several quite obvious nods to a certain secret agent we all know and love. "This role is particularly appropriate for t…
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Learning Real Life Lessons in the Virtual World

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 05:32 AM PST

Contributor Rebecca Levey givers her top 10 lessons you can learn from your child's victual activity.

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