- You Know the Old Social Media Saying [COMIC]
- Seafloor Platform Cloaks Big Ocean Waves
- 5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week
- Apple’s Black Friday Sale Goes Live
- Give This MP3 Player to the Underwater Music Fan
- 10 Completely Useless Websites We Found in 2012
- Cyber Monday vs. Black Friday: How Do You Prefer to Shop? [EXCLUSIVE]
- Celebrate Thanksgiving LOTR-Style With This Tolkien Cookbook [VIDEO]
- 10 Adorably Sleepy Animals That Ate Too Much Turkey
- 15 Thanksgiving Day Parade Photos from Mashable Readers
- Slow Websites Cost Retailers Billions [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Your Tablet-Happy Friends Will Worship This Magnetic iPad Keyboard
- What Does Your Black Friday Look Like? Send Us Your Photos
- 13 People to Watch Out for on Black Friday
- Gina Bianchini: 5 Talks That Inspired Me
- Laura Fitton: 10 Talks That Will Fascinate You
- This Is Your Thanksgiving Day [GIFS]
- YouTube Comes to Nintendo Wii U, Plays Nice With the GamePad Controller
- 5 Shopping Apps To Help You Save Cash on Black Friday and Beyond
- Happy Turkey Day: Celebrate With Google Doodles [PICS]
- Steve Case: 10 Unforgettable TEDTalks
Posted: 23 Nov 2012 04:43 AM PST
It's the little things in life.
Posted: 23 Nov 2012 03:32 AM PST
Floating offshore oil drilling platforms, offshore wind farms and buoys are vulnerable to waves, especially those from storm swells. But a team of engineers has found a way to make those ocean-faring structures invisible to waves. The technique could help protect marine structures from damage when big storms hit.
Mohammed-Reza Alam, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, have designed a rippled platform that sits on the seafloor directly below an ocean-faring structure. The ripples in the platform influence the the behavior of the water all the way up to the surface -- ultimately reducing the size of damaging surface waves. Alam calls…
Posted: 23 Nov 2012 03:00 AM PST
1. Abraham Lincoln was a really good wrestler.
We pity the fools who messed with this 1830s frontier grappler. "He can outrun, outlift, outwrestle and throw down any man in Sangamon County," said an Illinois store clerk, according to Sports Illustrated. Apparently, before he became American history's most beloved president, Abe Lincoln was a 20-something badass.
Posted: 23 Nov 2012 01:29 AM PST
Every year Apple has a special one-day shopping event on Black Friday, offering moderately lower prices for many of its gadgets, and this year is no exception.
Apple's Black Friday sale is now live in the U.S. and internationally, with savings mostly hovering around the 10% mark for more expensive items and climbing to 20-40% for cheaper ones.
This year, you can save $41 on an iPad, $31 on an iPad 2 and iPod touch, $101 on the new MacBook Pros as well as MacBook Air and $7-$21 on a range of gadgets, including the Apple EarPods, Apple Magic Mouse and the Time Capsule.
Posted: 23 Nov 2012 12:59 AM PST
If the next Michael Phelps is on your holiday shopping list, we've got the present for him or her.
The Finis SwiMP3 player brings music underwater so all those human-fish hybrids can finally jam out while doing laps. The player is completely waterproof (the sound actually is best when submerged) and stores approximately 500 songs (2GB).
And the best part -- there are no headphones. The player works through bone conduction audio transmission, so all you have to do is attach the SwiMP3 to goggle straps and the player rests against the swimmer's cheekbones. Music, podcasts, books are all then tra…
Posted: 23 Nov 2012 12:10 AM PST
1. OMFG Dogs
Sometimes, it's not the invention that wins but the innovation. An Australian developer remixed an old Swedish pop song with a GIF made by popular animator Paul Robertson. Combine the two and you have a rainbow-colored, looping pack of dogs running to save the Internet from a bad day.
Most of us spent an unfathomable amount of time on the Internet in 2012. At Mashable, most of that time was spent productively (look at all of these cool things we wrote). But we reserved a portion of that time to laugh our butts off at some seriously silly websites.
When you're not Tumbling, pinning, tweeting, tagging or deciding what filter to add over your brunch photography, sometimes all it takes is a very simple website to make you laugh.
Some of these websites required more work than others -- a few happened to grab the perfect domain. Check out our 10 favorite purposeless websites of 2012.
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 04:09 PM PST
While participation in either event isn't mutually exclusive, one infographic pits the two against each other, and breaks down modern-day buying trends. Its conclusion? Cyber Monday reigns supreme.
Created by the HSN Electronics Shop, the infographic says online exclusives, free shipping and convenience are big incentives for consumers to stay indoors. On the other hand, crowds, chaos and limited products repel customers from braving the malls, it adds.
Which experience do you prefer: Blac…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 03:10 PM PST
Ringers with a taste for pork pies and coney stew may soon be able to transport themselves to the world of Frodo, Merry, Sam and Pippin with the help of a J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired cookbook.
Entitled Medium Rare And Back Again: A Tolkien Cookbook, the 30-recipe tome would include dishes from the world of iconic fantasy novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. But creator Heath Dill hasn't published it yet -- first, he's looking to fund the book via a Kickstarter campaign.
"I aim to spend, for the initial funding goal, roughly a month and a half in early 2012 researching, cooking, photographing and writing at least 30 recipes," Dill writes. "Th…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 02:00 PM PST
1. Sluggish Pug
Image courtesy of Flickr, chriswaits
The tryptophan trance gobbles up unsuspecting turkey eaters every Thanksgiving. And it's not just Uncle Fred slumped on the La-Z-Boy suffering from the food stupor. Animals with a hankering for white meat and giblets may also find themselves knocked out before the pumpkin pie even makes it to the table.
SEE ALSO: Science Proves Animals Are Totally Bored
We rounded up the cutest critters that look like they ate too much turkey this Thanksgiving. You will find them in positions that may look familiar this holiday -- the sloppy slouch, the tongue-out loll, the couch sprawl. So instead of looking at Grandpa drooling and snoring the afternoon away, take a look through the gallery above.…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 01:18 PM PST
Charlie Brown, Spider-Man and Kermit the Frog were among the characters that hovered over the thousands of spectators that lined New York City's streets this year. Flip through the gallery above to see our favorites from #MashParade.
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 12:33 PM PST
The days of dialup are long gone. Most modern Internet users expect websites to load lickety-split. For e-commerce companies, having a fast website could be the difference between success and failure.
Research shows that most expect a website to load in about three seconds. If a site takes much longer, it will begin to lose its audience.
Check out the following infographic, created by SmartBear, for all the info on how a slow site could seriously affect a retailer's bottom line.
Image courtesy of Flickr, ogomogo
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 11:48 AM PST
For those who like their holidays with a hefty serving of Apple, there's a new keyboard for your tablet-happy friends and family.
iPads clicks into the keyboard and can be adjusted as needed for a user's preferred angle. The touchscreen features of the iPad still work when connected to the keyboard through Bluetooth.
This gift is perfect for friends who recently bought an iPad mini -- they can turn their older and bigger generations into laptops. However, it's still portable if needed.
Price: $150 - $210
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 11:01 AM PST
As the unofficial start of holiday shopping, stores offer sizable sales and promotions, frequently on big-ticket electronics like TVs and computers. Shoppers have been known, on occasion, to resort to Hunger Games-inspired tactics in the pursuit of the best deals.
To help you cope with the stress of holiday shopping, we are hoping that you'll share some images of your Black Friday experience with us. How crazy are the lines at your local Best Buy or Target? How early did you wake up this morning? Wha…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 10:17 AM PST
The Blind Spot
These physically fit shoppers will topple right over if you abandon their field of vision. Norberto Duarte/AFP/Getty Images
The season's most stressful holiday is upon us -- and we're not talking about Thanksgiving with your in-laws. Black Friday is the boss level for all retail customers. It's the one day of the year when retailers allow shoppers to tear displays to pieces and fight each other over a waffle iron.
If you're braving the masses and shopping in stores, there are a couple characters you might run into amongst the aisles. These Black Friday participants will look similar to the ones shown in the gallery above.
So grab your coffee and Santa hat, because you'll need plenty of caffeine and holiday spirit to get through this day. Leave yo…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 09:35 AM PST
As the co-founder of Ning, Gina Bianchini was a pioneer in social networking. As the current founder and CEO of MightyBell, she is continuing to help people use social software in a way that connects them both online and off. Bianchini is passionate about developing tools that allow people to share their ideas and interests by forging unique online identities and connect in intimate setting both on the web and in the real world.
It is those themes that draw her to her favorite TEDTalks. Below are five talks that intrigue Bianchini and notes on why she chose them.
Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?
"I particularly enjoy this talk as [my company] Mightybell just happens t…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 08:51 AM PST
Laura Fitton knows a thing or two about the transformative power of social media. The author, lecturer, business consultant and entrepreneur was one of the first people to recognize the potential of Twitter a tool that could bring people together to overcome obstacles. She was one of the first Twitter evangelists and used the platform to transform herself into one of the most sought-after voices on how create business value with social media.
Below are her favorite TEDTalks and why she thinks each…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 07:52 AM PST
Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you've been planning this extravagant meal for weeks or just getting started, the big day of feasting, friends and family is finally here.
Here at Mashable, we're grateful for our readers -- our online family. So, let's run through a typical Thanksgiving together before things really get started. Though we might not admit it at the table, we're also grateful for GIFs to keep us laughing when things get a little stressful over the holidays. Naturally, we've combined the two.
What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Share them in the comments below.
Better eat a small breakfast today.…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 07:04 AM PST
The app lets you view YouTube videos in HD (1080p) resolution and browse through your subscribed channels and various video categories.
It also takes advantage of the Wii U's GamePad controller; for example, when you're watching a video, you can see its details on the GamePad.
The app is available as a free download from the Nintendo Wii U main menu.
Have you tried out the new Nintendo Wii U YouTube app? How do you like it? Share your opinions in the comments.
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 06:35 AM PST
Want to make sure you're getting the best price on a particular item? ShopSavvy lets you scan the barcode on a product you're interested in and instantly compare prices at stores nearby as well as on the web. If you find a cheaper price online, ShopSavvy will let you "Slide to Pay" to buy the item instantly and have it sent your way.
Luckily, there are a number of apps out there that can help you make an informed purchasing decision.
After rounding up some of the best Money-Saving Apps for Black Fridayearlier this week, we decided to take a deeper dive into the app stores and pull out a few more great apps that will help you get discounts when you shop and ensure you're getting the best deal, and the most rewards, on everything you buy.
Check out some of our app picks in the gallery above…
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 06:22 AM PST
Google's second ever Doodle (following the "Burning Man" Doodle that started it all) celebrated Thanksgiving. Note also that this early logo still boasts the exclamation mark.
We have collated all the Thanksgiving-themed Doodles the search giant has ever created into one click-through image gallery.
SEE ALSO: Where Do Google Doodles Come From?
Hit play now to see the designs from way back in 1998 to this year. Let us know in the comments below whether you think this year's creation matches the brilliance of 2011's excellent interactive hand turkey.
Posted: 22 Nov 2012 06:01 AM PST
Steve Case -- who became a highly-esteemed entrepreneur as the co-founder of America Online -- is proof of the success of innovation. Case has been attending TED for almost two decades and feels very proud of its growth.
Case writes, "What started as a 'dinner party for a hundred of the world's greatest minds' (which is how founder Richard Saul Wurman initially conceived of TED) has now evolved to be a global platform for 'ideas worth spreading.' The decision by Chris Anderson to launch TED.com and make the talks available to the world has made TED all the more impactful, not just for the ideas, but for the people sharing them. Ken Robinson, for example, was respected for hi…
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