Friday, 23 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 20 News Updates - including “You Know the Old Social Media Saying [COMIC]”

Mashable: Latest 20 News Updates - including “You Know the Old Social Media Saying [COMIC]”

You Know the Old Social Media Saying [COMIC]

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 04:43 AM PST

Twaggies Comic

It's the little things in life.

SEE ALSO: What to Do When Instagram Goes Down [COMIC]

Josh Hara's tweet is illustrated by Twaggies. Be sure to check out more great Twaggies comics on Mashable, and let us know if you've spied a funny tweet that's just begging for a visual.

More About: Social Media, Twaggies, Twitter, comics, instagram

Seafloor Platform Cloaks Big Ocean Waves

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…
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5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week

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.

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Did you know that Abe Lincoln and Hulk Hogan have more in common than odd facial hair?

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Apple’s Black Friday Sale Goes Live

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 01:29 AM PST

black friday apple

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.

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Give This MP3 Player to the Underwater Music Fan

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 12:59 AM PST

Gift of the Day

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).

SEE ALSO: Your Favorite Music Fan Will Treasure This Twistable Wireless Speaker

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…
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10 Completely Useless Websites We Found in 2012

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.

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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.

SEE ALSO: 15 People Made Famous by the Internet in 2012

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.

More About: Watercooler, Year End 2012, features, humor, websites

Cyber Monday vs. Black Friday: How Do You Prefer to Shop? [EXCLUSIVE]

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 04:09 PM PST

With the biggest shopping weekend of the year upon us, consumers are faced with two options: Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

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.

SEE ALSO: Shoppers to Retailers: Focus on Cyber Monday [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Celebrate Thanksgiving LOTR-Style With This Tolkien Cookbook [VIDEO]

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…
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10 Adorably Sleepy Animals That Ate Too Much Turkey

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 02:00 PM PST

1. Sluggish Pug

Image courtesy of Flickr, chriswaits

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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.…
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15 Thanksgiving Day Parade Photos from Mashable Readers

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 01:18 PM PST

Amy Kirby Streger

Crowd smurfin'.

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This Thanksgiving, we're thankful for your photo submissions of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Many Mashable readers -- some up close and personal, others watching from the comfort of their homes -- captured images of the iconic event, and sent them our way via Twitter and Instagram.

SEE ALSO: Sneak Peek at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons [PICS]

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.

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Slow Websites Cost Retailers Billions [INFOGRAPHIC]

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.

SEE ALSO: Pinterest Tops Facebook in Driving Ecommerce [VIDEO]

In fact, a one-second delay in load time would cost Amazon an estimated $1.6 billion annually.

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.

Poor Web Performance Infographic

Image courtesy of Flickr, ogomogo

More About: Business, amazon, e-commerce, infographic, infographics, retail, web design

Your Tablet-Happy Friends Will Worship This Magnetic iPad Keyboard

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 11:48 AM PST

Gift of the Day

For those who like their holidays with a hefty serving of Apple, there's a new keyboard for your tablet-happy friends and family.

Although the iPad is great for activities on the go, in coffee shops or meetings, sometimes it's nice to use a few extra keys. Brydge will close the gap.

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

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What Does Your Black Friday Look Like? Send Us Your Photos

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 11:01 AM PST

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, millions of Americans wake up before sunrise, make their way to the local mall and prepare themselves for the insanity that is Black Friday.

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…
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13 People to Watch Out for on Black Friday

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

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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.

SEE ALSO: 10 Black Friday Deals You Can't Afford to Miss

So grab your coffee and Santa hat, because you'll need plenty of caffeine and holiday spirit to get through this day. Leave yo…
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Gina Bianchini: 5 Talks That Inspired Me

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?

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Laura Fitton: 10 Talks That Will Fascinate You

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.

Now the Inbound Marketing Evanglist at HubSpot, Fitton is also the co-author of Twitter for Dummies and was the founder of oneforty, the Twitter app store acquired by HubSpot in 2011.

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This Is Your Thanksgiving Day [GIFS]

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.

SEE ALSO: This Grandma's Thanksgiving Rules Are Awesomely Harsh

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.

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YouTube Comes to Nintendo Wii U, Plays Nice With the GamePad Controller

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 07:04 AM PST

nintendo wii u youtube

YouTube has launched a Nintendo Wii U app, enabling users to browse and view YouTube videos using the console.

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.

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5 Shopping Apps To Help You Save Cash on Black Friday and Beyond

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.

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Black Friday is known for its bargains. Just because something is on sale, however, doesn't mean that you're getting the best price possible.

Luckily, there are a number of apps out there that can help you make an informed purchasing decision.

SEE ALSO: Your Age Might Give Away What's on your Holiday Wish List [SURVEY]

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…
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Happy Turkey Day: Celebrate With Google Doodles [PICS]

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here at Mashable we like to celebrate Turkey Day not just with huge amounts of food, drink, football, family and friends, but with Google Doodles too!

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.

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Steve Case: 10 Unforgettable TEDTalks

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 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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