Monday, 26 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 24 News Updates - including “Don’t Fall For Fake Facebook Privacy Notice”

Mashable: Latest 24 News Updates - including “Don’t Fall For Fake Facebook Privacy Notice”

Don’t Fall For Fake Facebook Privacy Notice

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 04:59 AM PST

A 'privacy notice' that's been virally spreading on Facebook, supposedly protecting one's personal details and data from unauthorized copying, is fake.

The notice started spreading a few days after Facebook posted its new privacy guidelines, announcing it would let users comment on proposed changes to its governing documents, but not vote.

The text of the notice starts as follows: "In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!"…
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Microsoft to Launch Windows Phone 7.8 on Wednesday [RUMOR]

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 03:27 AM PST

Microsoft will release the next iteration of its WP7 mobile platform, Windows Phone 7.8, next Wednesday or Nov. 28, WMPoweruser reports citing unnamed sources.

The report doesn't offer many more details, except for a few tidbits we already know: the update will bring WP7 devices a new start screen, Bing-based lock screen and the ability to keep Wi-Fi alive on Nokia devices in suspend mode.

Announced in June 2012, Windows Phone 7.8 is the update which should soothe the hearts and minds of WP7 device owners. Those devices won't be getting an update to the next major iteration of the platform, WP8, but WP7.8 brings some of its features to older devices.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Sales Hit 5 Million

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 11:43 PM PST

Galaxy Note II with stylus

Five million units of Samsung's Galaxy Note II have been sold worldwide, the company has announced.

The milestone comes exactly two months after the device was launched globally, on September 26, 2012. It took approximately a month for Samsung to sell the first three million units, and sales are obviously still going strong after Samsung brought the device to the U.S. on October 24.

The Galaxy Note II is a 5.5-inch smartphone/tablet hybrid with a stylus. It sports a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (further expandable to 128GB via memory cards).

With 5 million units moved in only two months, there's no question of its success on the market. This…
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Justin Bieber Responds to ‘White Trash Prince’ Criticism of Overalls via Instagram

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 11:31 PM PST

Justin Bieber is fighting back against critics who condemned his choice of attire when meeting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Clad in overalls and a backwards baseball cap, the pop idol met Harper to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on Friday.

Twitter exploded with criticism of Bieber, with many calling him "disrespectful." Gossip blog Gawker was particularly vocal, labelling the singer a "white trash prince."

I know I shouldn't be attached to social norms, but I think Bieber wearing overalls to see the Prime Minister is pretty disrespectful— Christin Spencer (@Christalite61) November 26, 2012

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Printer Creates 3D Tissue to Help Injured Patients Re-Grow Cartilage [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 09:46 PM PST

A hybrid 3D-printer can create cartilage implants that may eventually help injured patients re-grow cartilage, according to a new study.

Combining a traditional ink-jet printer and an "electrospinning machine," scientists can build implants made from synthetic and natural materials, science journal Biofabrication reported. The former ensures the implant is strong, while the latter promotes cell growth, researchers said.

To test their performance in a living being, the implants were inserted into mice for two, four and eight weeks, with successful results.

"After eight weeks of implantation, the constructs appeared to have developed the struct…
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Is Cyber Monday Losing Its Luster?

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 08:48 PM PST

Seven years ago, Cyber Monday was established as the online counterpart to Black Friday, a day when Internet retailers would band together to lure holiday shoppers to web storefronts through steep discounts, free shipping and other promotions.

So far, Cyber Monday has delivered on its mission, becoming the biggest single shopping day of the year for online retailers. And it keeps getting bigger: Sales on the day amounted to $1.25 billion in the U.S. in 2011, up 22% from 2010's record highs, according to comScore. Sales on the second biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, tallied $816 million.

But a number of trends -- online retailers' increasing participation in Black…
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A Washable Keyboard Is the Perfect Gift for Messy Co-Workers

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 06:51 PM PST

Gift of the Day

Logitech Washable Keyboard

It's happened to all of us. We're working on our computer and sipping coffee on a particularly tough Monday morning. Then the unthinkable happens: The mug somehow slips out of our hand and spills coffee all over the keyboard. If this happens to you more often than not, or if you know somebody who's particularly clumsy around keyboards and drinks, then this Logitech Washable keyboard is the perfect gift for the holiday season.

The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 is designed to be very easy to clean. It can even be submerged in up to 11 inches of water and it will still work like new, thanks to drainage holes on the back.

SEE ALSO: FitBit Is the Gift for Health-Conscious Data Ne
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4 Hiring Lessons From the Best Cities For Millennials

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 05:43 PM PST

The Millennial workforce is the future. Some of the biggest companies today were founded by Millennials looking to innovate. Just look at social media giant, Facebook. Your company might not be located in a dorm room, but this doesn't mean a great Millennial candidate wouldn't be a welcome addition to your team.

Besides, your company can't really afford to ignore Millennials. By 2014 they will comprise up to 36% of the workforce, and by 2020 that number will jump to 46%. Realizing the importance of these young superstars, many cities have begun working overtime to lure Millennial workers to take up residence.

A recent survey by Best Colleges Online looked at cities clued in t…
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Umbrella Shield Defends You From Epic Rain and Wind [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 04:43 PM PST

On particularly stormy days, even the sturdiest umbrellas often fail to protect against howling winds and heavy rainfall, leaving you soaked and shivering.

Shaped differently from your typical triangular umbrella, the "Rain Shield" is designed specifically to combat torrential downpours.

With its dome-like top, the umbrella is formed using only a steel wire. An added side-flap made from "waterproof cloth" acts like a shield against water that hits the user from an angle, according to an official video.

After use, the Rain Shield can fold up into a small 7-inch (18-centimeter) diameter plate.

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11 Biggest Social Media Disasters of 2012

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 03:41 PM PST

1. McDonald's Promoted Trend Goes Wrong

Back in January, McDonald's tried to promote its brand and engage with customers through two promoted trends: #meetthefarmers and #mcdstories. Unfortunately for McDonald's, many Twitter users decided to post their horror stories at the fast food chain using the second of those hashtags. In essence, McDonald's paid to promote a trend that showered the company in bad publicity. McDonald's later admitted that "#mcdstories did not go as planned."

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A look back at the biggest blunders brands made on social media this year.

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You Should Avoid the Stores This Holiday Season [SUNDAY COMIC]

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 02:47 PM PST

The holiday shopping season is upon us and that means lots of hard-to-resist deals in stores and online.

But really, you've probably already spent too much this year and should avoid the malls, stores and online shops. Our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy of The Joy of Tech totally agree.

That is, you should leave all those awesome sale items to us. Happy holidays!

Comic illustration provided by The Joy of Tech. Published with permission; all rights reserved

Searching for the perfect gift? Check out our helpful tips and tricks for holiday shopping:

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Red Flags for Job Searching on Craigslist

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 02:18 PM PST

If ever there were a go-to place for, well, everything, Craigslist might just be it. Founded in 1995 as an email list of events happening in the San Francisco area, Craigslist has grown to be one of the most well-known websites for free classified listings and community forums. From housing to garage sales to personal ads to, of course, jobs, craigslist has it all -- including scams.

Because Craiglist was never set up as a job search website, its job listings have both pros and cons. On one hand, small businesses and startups love Craigslist because it's a free, easy way to list their open jobs. On the other hand, scammers love Craigslist because there's no oversight except…
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Pocket-Sized Virtual Keyboard Projects Onto Any Surface [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 02:10 PM PST

It would be much easier to bang out those text messages with a full-sized keyboard, but lugging a collapsable one around would just add too much weight to your ever-growing collection of tech.

Brookstone's answer is an ultra-portable virtual keyboard, which its selling for $99. Attach it to your bag by keychain and unhook it when you want to use. The device connects to your laptop or smartphone through bluetooth or USB and projects a laser keyboard onto any flat surface. With a rechargeable battery, the compact device can sustain typing for up to two hours.

Though this device would have been perfect for the traveling tech-guru in the family, hol…
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Disney Robots Play Catch With Your Kids [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 01:41 PM PST

Attention all parents: Disney, the company that wants to absorb all childhood happiness, both past and present, is planning to replace you with robots. Unsatisfied with the secondary love and attention they receive from controlling your favorite characters and cartoons, Disney means to spend quality time with the world's children in an attempt to feel what it's like to have a child of its own. (No, having subsidiaries like ABC and ESPN doesn't count.)

Although the Mom-and-Pop-a-Tron 5000 isn't ready to hit the street yet, Disney's making serious progress. For example, the robotics experts at Disney's lab in Pittsburgh have created a humanoid robot that can play a game of ca…
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Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 01:12 PM PST

Magnetic Floating Sofa Cloud

"Magnetic floating sofa cloud concept. Everyone should have one!" Pinned From: Ricktastic Mulvay, Walk your dog daily Source: DK & Wei

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There is more to Pinterest than just weddings and recipes. Here are our top 10 Pinterest pins this week.

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Google Nexus 4 Owners Complain Over Earpiece Defect [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 12:25 PM PST

When Google launched their Nexus line earlier this month to much anticipation, it was met with certain excitement. But now, a growing number of users are experiencing a clicking or buzzing sound emitting from the device's earpiece. Other users say they're experiencing issues while making phone calls.

SEE ALSO: Google Nexus 4: When Good Isn't Good Enough [REVIEW]

Watch the video above for what could be causing the issue and let us know in the comments if your Nexus 4 device is having similar issues.

BONUS: Google Nexus Lineup

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Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 12:10 PM PST

Take a break from all the offline and online shopping you've been doing, grab some of that leftover Thanksgiving pie and settle into this week's Viral Video Recap.

This week's roundup includes the cutest cat that won't take no for an answer, Maru won't share his newest toy, a child takes on Cam Newton in an NFL commercial and finally, the NBA gets into the holiday spirit.

SEE ALSO: Past Viral Video Recaps

Watch the video above to see them all and tell us which one you liked the most in the comments.

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Why Mobile Phones Make Economies Grow Faster

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 12:00 PM PST

Studies have shown again and again that mobile-phone networks help economies grow. And it's not just because people need to be employed to build the networks and sell the phones. By increasing the flow of information, mobile phones improve productivity and efficiency, and open up new markets and new kinds of business all across the economy.

Now there is evidence that improving mobile Internet access helps economies too. A recent study examined the effect of faster 3G wireless data connections replacing slower 2G ones. The study by the GSM Association mobile trade group, Deloitte and Cisco, looked at 96 developed and developing markets from 2008 to 2011. When a market experienced a 1…
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Top 5 Apps Your Kids Will Love This Week

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 11:41 AM PST

Puzzles, mazes and spatial relations. Might sound bland, it's the theme of this week's top apps -- perfect for your kids to learn while having a blast.

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7 Cyber Monday Deals From Best Buy You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 11:13 AM PST

1. Beats Solo HD

$179.99, down from $199.99

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The craziness of Black Friday has passed and it's time for Cyber Monday to begin with several awesome offers from Best Buy.

Many stores kicked off their online deals a day early this year following record-high Black Friday sales with many shoppers sticking to online retail to avoid customer stampedes at megastores.

SEE ALSO: Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Begin Sunday

Click through the deals in the gallery above and check out the other posts below for holiday gift guides. Let us know what deals we've missed in the comments.

Searching for the perfect gift? Check out our helpful tips and tricks for holiday shopping:

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Black Friday Online Sales Top $1 Billion for First Time

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 10:23 AM PST

Apparently, there's no need to wait until Cyber Monday to snag great holiday shopping deals online.

For the first time ever, Black Friday online sales topped $1 billion, proving that lining up outside brick and mortar retailers isn't the only way to jumpstart your holiday shopping.

ComScore announced Sunday that online sales rose 22% from 2011, when cyber purchases totalled $816 million.

Online shopping is expected to rise to 17% of total shopping this holiday season, equivalent to $43.4 billion, comScore says. in 2011, online retail rose 15% on the year before.

In contrast, ShopperTrak, which monitors foot traffic into physical retail stores, estimates in-store Black Frida…
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Facebook HQ Posters Urge Employees to Ditch iPhone for Android [PIC]

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 09:51 AM PST


Facebook urged its employees in August to switch from iOS devices to Android so that flaws in the company's mobile app could be addressed more rapidly.

Now, photos have emerged of posters hung around the Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters of Facebook, which further urge employees to make the switch that they're calling 'Droidfooding -- as in testing your own product.

SEE ALSO: Android Outnumbered iPhone 2 to 1 in Summer Sales [STUDY]

The posters boast that by 2016 Android devices will consume the market and outsell iOS devices, a projection from the International Data Corporation. Below the chart is the Facebook helpdesk's email address, which will help employees "switch today."…
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Control Your Colorful Pantone Kitchen Appliances With Your Smartphone [VIDEO]

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 08:47 AM PST

Antonio Lanzillo & Partners have created a kitchen concept that let's you control your appliances -- colored in Pantone hues -- with your smartphone.

The innovative facades of the color appliances have embedded OLED touchscreen control pads.

Watch the video above and let us know in the comments if you'd want to add Pantone colors to your kitchen or dinning areas.

Pantone Kitchen

Image courtesy of Antonio Lanzillo & Partners

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8 Tips for Safe Shopping on Cyber Monday

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 07:25 AM PST

If you're staying home this Black Friday weekend, opting instead for online shopping, you're likely avoiding the mobs of shoppers and keeping yourself safe from flying elbows and possibly getting trampled in the crowds.

But for the growing number of people who prefer to shop on Cyber Monday rather than face the crowds at the mall, be warned; shopping online isn't entirely safe, either.

With so much money exchanging virtual hands, and the growing threat of cyber crime, it's important to take precautions. In the first 18 days of this November, online spending surpassed last year's figure for the same number of days by 16% -- reaching $10.1 billion in online transactions alone, accordin…
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Oppa, Christmas Style! Watch This Incredible ‘Gangnam Style’ Light Show

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 06:53 AM PST

Parodies, remakes and covers of "Gangnam Style" continue to flood the social web as the holiday season rolls forward. Here's another great one to add to the canon -- an incredible "Gangnam Style" Christmas light show.

SEE ALSO: 15 Cheesy Christmas Music Videos on YouTube

Just as we're saying goodbye to Thanksgiving and hello to Christmas, South Korean rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style" recently passed Justin Bieber's "Baby" as the most-viewed video of all time on YouTube. Not surprisingly, YouTube's biggest video ever has been the subject of parodies since it streamed into our hearts this summer.

Do you think there's an end in sight for the social web's "Gangham Style" obsession?

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