Sunday, 4 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “Will Ferrell Will Do Anything to Get You to Vote in Comedic PSA [VIDEO]”

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “Will Ferrell Will Do Anything to Get You to Vote in Comedic PSA [VIDEO]”

Will Ferrell Will Do Anything to Get You to Vote in Comedic PSA [VIDEO]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 08:34 PM PDT

GIve you a tattoo, eat underpants and human toenails, punch himself in the face ... These are just a few of the things that Will Ferrell will do to get you to vote in Tuesday's U.S. election.

In a roughly minute-long YouTube video, the comedian shares a laundry list of tasks he will perform, ranging from the mundane to the bizarre.

Viewers can apparently hold Ferrell to his promise, as he proclaims, "I'm not kidding."

He concludes the video, posted to Barack Obama's official YouTube page, by endorsing the president.

Will you heed Ferrell's call to action? Tell us in the comments below.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Eva Rinaldi Photography

More About: U.S. presidential election, election 2012, voting, will ferrell

Never Worry About a Flat Again With These Airless Bike Tires [VIDEO]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 07:29 PM PDT

A Colorado-based designer has developed a unique solution to the dreaded flat tire: airless tires.

Brian Russell created a bicycle tire that wraps rubber around carbon nanotube-reinforced composite rods to provide a cushioned, airless solution. While it's still a prototype, the Energy Return Wheel (ERW) offers a much-needed solution to the inevitable flat.

What are some creative solutions you've seen for fixing flats? Let us know in the comments.

Airless Tires

More About: airless tires, bicycle

Kickstarter Project Lets You Wear Facebook Photos in Real Life [VIDEO]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 06:46 PM PDT

Your perfectly posed profile pics can now get offline attention with a new Kickstarter project.

"Top Charms" lets users create wearable charms that hold Facebook photos; it includes a "photo charm kit" and accompanying app.

San Francisco-based creator Peter Reis says he wanted to capitalize on Facebook's success by using it as a springboard for his product.

"I figured, if I could design a consumer product that incorporated the popular features of Facebook, people would want to use my product too!" Reis says on Top Charms' Kickstarter page.

How does it work? First, users edit a photo using the Facebook app; then they must print their image…
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More About: Facebook, kickstarter

5 Common Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 06:02 PM PDT

In a time when job seekers can send literally hundreds of applications without hearing back from employers, the invitation to a job interview can feel like winning the lottery. The odds are long, the chosen ones few. Once you've been invited to come face to face with your potential employer, you don't want to mess things up by committing a common, easy-to-avoid job interview mistake. Here are five common job interview mistakes, and how to avoid them.

1. Forgetting the Interviewer's Name

When you go to a job interview, your interviewers all have a piece of paper with your name on it, but for you it's not so simple. To prepare yourself, ask for the names of anyone who'll…
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More About: features, job interview, job search series, mashable

This Inexpensive HondaJet is a Steal at $4.5M [VIDEO]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 05:16 PM PDT

Thrill-seekers can travel like James Bond -- on a budget -- with the HondaJet from the Honda Aircraft Company.

The HA-420 HondaJet business jet can carry six passengers comfortably, and has a unique engine design that helps reduce drag. The two HF120 turbofan jet engines run over the wing, and can maintain a cruising speed of 483 MPH. Straight out of a flight-simulator fantasy, the cockpit is equipped with a customized Garmin G3000 avionics system.

The $4.5 million price tag is relatively inexpensive considering that a comparable Gulfstream jet sells for $14 million. The HondaJet has passed all necessary tests, and full-scale production is unde…
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More About: HondaJet, honda, private jet

Read This Touching Email Louis C.K. Sent to His Fans

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 04:23 PM PDT

Louis C.K. sent out a heartfelt email to fans shortly before his Saturday Night Live debut, revealing an insider's perspective of New York during Sandy's aftermath.

More About: Hurricane Sandy, Louis C.K., new york, saturday night live, snl

See New York Magazine’s Arresting Sandy Cover [PIC]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 03:34 PM PDT

The city that never sleeps shrouded in darkness: It's something that was unfathomable to New Yorkers until last week. When Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. Northeast hard Monday night, many were left without power, food, water and gas. Over the past week, Americans united to provide each other with support, distributing help where it was needed the most. Out of the darkness, people saw hope and neighborly kindness.

SEE ALSO: 7 Ways to Help Victims of Superstorm Sandy Online

Images of Sandy's destruction and subsequent tranquility captivated social media users everywhere. Indeed, fake photos and fake news was shared on Twitter.

But New York Magazine's cover for this coming Monday, relea…
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More About: Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy, new york

Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 02:24 PM PDT

It was another exciting week in tech, with a lot of new product reviews and more. Check out our gallery and read the full stories right here on Top 10 Tech.

More About: Top 10 Tech, trending

Kids Discover a Halloween Without Candy [VIDEO]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 01:59 PM PDT

What's the best part about Halloween? Candy. Sweet, glorious, chocolatey candy. Now imagine Halloween without it.

Like the year before, Jimmy Kimmel encouraged his viewers to upload videos to YouTube of parents admitting to their children that they ate all their candy. And just like the year before, the results were hysterical.

The one difference in this year's submissions was clear near the end of the video and probably the most heartwarming part. But we're not spoilers so you'll have to see for yourself.

Halloween Child

More About: Halloween, YouTube, jimmy kimmel, trending

Technology Creating a Generation of Distracted Students [STUDY]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 01:41 PM PDT

A new study by the Pew Research Center has found that though digital technology has reshaped the way students conduct research, it has been harmful in the way students process material and their overall ability to distinguish quality content from unreliable sources.

87% of teachers in the study -- performed in conjunction with the College Board and the National Writing Project -- said technology is creating an "easily distracted generation with short attention spans." And 64% of teachers (from middle and high schools) say today's digital technologies "do more to distract students than to help them academically."

Teachers, though, remained somewhat optimistic about digital…
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More About: parenting, technology in education, technology in schools

Barnes & Noble Drops Price of Nook Color and Tablet

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 01:21 PM PDT

Barnes & Noble announced on Saturday it will lower the price of both the Nook Color and Nook Tablet.

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Consumer Reports Names Top 10 Most Reliable Cars [UPDATED]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 12:43 PM PDT

Looking for a reliable car? Consumer Reports has the results of its 2012 Annual Auto Survey, listing which cars are the most dependable.

More About: cars, consumer reports, trending

Chris Rock Is Voting for the Whitest Candidate [VIDEO]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 11:48 AM PDT

Chris Rock urges voters to make the right decision during this election and vote for the whitest candidate -- Barry.

More About: election 2012, trending

6 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 11:17 AM PDT

It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck -- we take care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated smartphone applications.

This week we found an app that stitches together 3-second video clips you record into a movie, and another that lets you delete the photos you send to a friend's smartphone.

A popular music app got a huge overhaul this week, and Google put out an update to one of its apps that give Apple's Siri a run for her money.

Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's app highlights.

Still looking for more? See last week's Apps You Don't Want To Miss for more highlight…
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More About: android, apple, apps, iOS, iphone, trending

How Tech Startups Helped During Hurricane Sandy

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 11:04 AM PDT

See how New York tech companies and startups altered their unique services in ways that helped victims of Hurricane Sandy.

More About: Hurricane Sandy, Startups

Say Farewell: Apple’s Skeumorphism Hall of Shame [PICS]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 10:10 AM PDT


Check it out: It's your own personal bookshelf, much like the one you probably have for your collection at home.

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Jonathan Ive will replace Scott Forstall as Apple's Human Interface chief, which may spell the end of Apple's skeumorphism.

More About: Jony Ive, apple, iDevice, scott forstall, trending

Glow-in-the-Dark Highways Coming to the Netherlands

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 09:14 AM PDT

The Netherlands is hoping to spice up its highways, with a futuristic solution for safer driving conditions and greener technology.

By mid-2013, the country will use photo-luminizing powder to replace road markings and ultimately produce glow-in-the-dark tarmacs, Wired.Co.UK reports.

The powder will charge on sunlight, soaking up enough energy to power 10 hours worth of highway light during nighttime. Special paint will also be used to draw snowflakes across the roads. The snowflakes will only become visible when the temperature dips to a certain point, indicating to commuters that the surface is likely slippery.

Within the next five years, the Netherlands hopes to add intera…
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More About: Netherlands, driving, trending

How is Facebook Addiction Affecting Our Minds? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 08:18 AM PDT

Receiving and responding to a Facebook notification makes you feel good, but does that mean you're on your way toward Facebook addiction?

More About: Internet addiction, mental health, popular science, psychology, trending

8 Hacks to Make Google Calendar More Useful

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 07:10 AM PDT

More than just a calendar, Google Calendar can be useful for just about any task that is relevant to either days or times.

More About: Google Calendar, efficiency, features, google apps, mashable, open forum, trending, workplace

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