Monday, 19 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 27 News Updates - including “SkinnyScoop Brings the Conversation Into Pinterest-Style Recommendations”

Mashable: Latest 27 News Updates - including “SkinnyScoop Brings the Conversation Into Pinterest-Style Recommendations”

SkinnyScoop Brings the Conversation Into Pinterest-Style Recommendations

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 05:01 AM PST

Where virtual bulletin board Pinterest is great for setting goals and daydreaming, SkinnyScoop wants to take these dreams and turn them into action.

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Leak-Resistant Lingerie Could Revolutionize ‘That Time of the Month’

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 03:59 AM PST

Name: Dear Kate

One-Line Pitch: Leak-resistant underwear for women.

Why It's Taking Off: Provides peace of mind for menstruating and pregnant women.

Ladies, we've all been there. In the middle of class or on a date. While wearing white jeans at a Memorial Day barbecue. Wouldn't it be great if you could get seamless backup protection on the days of your period, or during a pregnancy -- just in case?

Meet Dear Kate, a line of leak and stain-resistant underwear for women. They're designed to provide an extra layer of protection on days you're having your period or while pregnant. (Pregnant women's growing fetuses often increase pressure on the bladder, leading to a
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Cisco Acquires Cloud Networking Firm Meraki for $1.2 Billion

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 02:57 AM PST

merakiCisco has acquired cloud networking company Meraki for $1.2 billion in cash, the companies have announced.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco's 2013 fiscal year.

"When compared to other opportunities, Meraki built a unique cloud-based business from the ground up that addresses the broader networking shift towards cloud, not just within wireless. Meraki created a massively scalable architecture that offers easy to deploy, secure, and manage networks," wrote Cisco in a blog post announcing the acquisition.

Meraki is a San Francisco-based company, founded in 2006 by MIT PhD candidates, and was funded by Sequoia Ca…
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Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 12:25 AM PST

Feel like you missed out on all the viral video fun from last week? What, you were actually working during the week?

More About: Video, Viral Video Recap, trending, viral videos

Impressive Kohler Shower Head Doubles as Wireless Speaker [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 11:22 PM PST

While it may seem counterintuitive at first sight, Kohler's "Moxie" shower head pumps out sound while water flows through it.

Integrated with a wireless speaker, the Moxie pairs with any Bluetooth-enabled device, up to 32 feet away. From playlists to podcasts, it can deliver up to seven hours of sound, according to Kohler's official website.

Users pop the capsule-like magnetic speaker into the center of the shower head, docking it securely in place. To see the Moxie in action, check out the video, above.

Would you use this product? Tell us in the comments below.

More About: Kohler, speakers

How to Cook a Complete Thanksgiving Meal Using YouTube

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 10:46 PM PST

1. Turkey

The pièce de résistance of Thanksgiving is the turkey. For a first-timer, the bird can seem intimidating, but there are dozens of YouTube tutorials, depending whether you choose to stuff the bird. Don't forget to buy the turkey a couple days ahead of time, or you'll be stuck with a frozen block of ice bird.

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For many, Thanksgiving kicks off the most stressful time of year. Getting together with family and friends during the holidays is always enjoyable, but playing host can be a burden -- especially if you're not prepared.

If you've yet to pin a single recipe on your well-intended Thanksgiving Pinterest board, don't panic. There's still plenty of time to prepare a meal fit for two, or twelve. YouTube is chock-full of cooking videos that will show you how to make all of the classic dishes served on Thanksgiving.

SEE ALSO: 16 Online Resources for Preparing the Perfect Thanksgiving

While the gallery above will take you step-by-step through the perfect meal, it's important to grab the ingre…
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More About: Video, YouTube, cooking, features, food, holidays 2012, thanksgiving

How to Find Top Tech Talent on Social Media

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 10:16 PM PST

In today's world of serial applicants, recruiters are having trouble finding top talent.

Most recruitment processes are costly and ineffective. Hiring managers are bogged down by unqualified applicants and an excess of resumes. In fact, Bradford Smart, president of the recruiting firm Smart & Associates, says that only 25% of hires are considered top performers.

Worldwide, companies spend an estimated $120 billion per year on recruiting. The Novo Group's 2012 HR and Recruiting Trends Survey reported that 78% of HR leaders naming the search for top talent as their number one challenge. But if all of this money and effort results in only one in four top performers, there has to be a…
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Late-Night Gadget Use Damages Your Sleep Cycle [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 09:42 PM PST

Does this sound familiar? You're lying in bed, ostensibly ready for dreamland. But first, you grab your smartphone and set the requisite six alarms (all of them blaring the Star Wars theme). But while you've got your phone out, you might as well text your buddy back like you meant to. Plus, now is the perfect time to plow through those 11 games of Gems With Friends that have been on hold. Oh, and there was that sloth video you never got around to watching on YouTube. Then, maybe it's time for bed. But you should probably throw something on Netflix to help you pass out.

SEE ALSO: Free iPhone App Tracks Sleep, Gives Expert Advice

It's a perfectly normal routine. In fact, 95% of people s…
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More About: Lifestyle, health, infographics, smartphones

Ex-Apple Employee Wants to Create the Best Toy Blocks Ever

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 09:03 PM PST

ATOMS Kickstarter

Imagine a child's building blocks. Now imagine them moving around, lighting up and even interacting with each other, while being controlled by your iPhone. That's the idea behind ATOMS, a Kickstarter project that launched Monday.

Ex-Apple employee Michael Rosenblatt assembled the Seamless Toy Company from the startup scene in Boulder, Colo. over the past few months. In four weeks, the company has cranked out 13 prototypes of ATOMS, tiny devices that kids of all ages can use to build working interactive toys.

If the idea sounds like Lego Mindstorms, you're not far off. Rosenblatt, whose day job is at Samsung, says he aims to help kids build toys that actually do things, rather than…
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American Music Awards Goes Paperless, Uses Galaxy Note II to Announce Winners

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 08:16 PM PST

And the winner is ... Samsung's Galaxy Note II.

The smartphone took center stage -- literally -- at the American Music Awards Sunday night, as presenters used it to announce winners, according to website Run Around Tech.

In the video above, U.S. Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno and actress Kerry Washington present Linkin Park with the Alternative Rock Award after reading the band's name from a Galaxy Note II. Product placement at its most visible.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note II: A Giant Phone That Grows on You [REVIEW]

By replacing old-fashioned envelopes and notecards, Samsung is likely promoting the Galaxy Note II just in time for the holiday gift-buying season.

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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2′ Sales Smash Records, Makes $500M in One Day [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 07:23 PM PST

Call of Duty: Black Ops II delivered the "biggest entertainment launch of the year," after sales of the popular video game hit $500 million worldwide in 24 hours, according to publisher Activision.

"We believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row," Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in a release Friday. "Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded worldwide theatrical box office receipts for Harry Potter and Star Wars, the two most successful movie franchises of all time."

SEE ALSO: 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2′ Will Be Holiday Season's Best-Selling Game, Bookies
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Your Favorite Music Fan Will Treasure This Twistable Wireless Speaker

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 06:17 PM PST


Give the gift of noise this holiday season. HiddenRadio is a uniquely designed, portable wireless speaker that you can "unwrap" each time you use it.

Rather than traditional button volume adjustment, twist HiddenRadio's outer shell to increase or decrease volume. As you would expect, the volume increase as more of the speaker becomes exposed.

In a promo video, co-creator John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen call's HiddenRadio "the world's simplest and most intuitive Bluetooth and radio speaker, ever." The device itself looks like a futuristic canister. It comes in three colors -- pure white, graphite black or metallic silver, which matches Mac laptops.

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More About: Gadgets, Gift of the Day, Music, Tech, bluetooth, holidays 2012, speakers

iMessage and FaceTime Back Up, Apple Users Complain About Outage on Twitter

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 05:29 PM PST

Apple users took to Twitter to vent their frustrations over iMessage and FaceTime service interruptions.

iOS devices and Macs with OS X 10.6.6 or higher experienced a nearly five-hour outage, from 11:45 a.m. to 4:32 p.m. PT (2:45 to 7:45 p.m. ET) after the Cupertino, Calif. company's instant messenger service and video-calling app suffered from downtime.

Apple confirmed the outages on its status page around 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET), saying that some "users are unable to use" use iMessage or place FaceTime calls.

At the time of writing, the company's system status page says, "Normal service has been restored." It's unclear what caused the downtime. Apple did not immediately…
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Top 5 Apps Your Kids Will Love This Week

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 04:18 PM PST

In this day and age, learning a different language -- especially at a young age -- is essential. This week, take a look at an app that helps your kids learn Spanish; plus, a few others sure to get their creative juices flowing.

SEE ALSO: Teachers Say Media-Use Is Harming Kids' Performance

The folks at Children's Technology Review shared with us these 5 top apps from their comprehensive monthly database of kid-tested reviews. The site covers everything from math and counting to reading and phonics.

Check back next week for more Top Kids Apps from Children's Technology Review.

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Money-Saving Apps for Black Friday

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 03:20 PM PST

Black Friday comes once a year and for most of us, once is enough. The sleep-sucking mega shopping day has morphed into a major shopping weekend. With the growing popularity of Cyber Monday, and brick-and-mortar retailers clamoring for a piece of the pie by offering deals all weekend, it has turned into a four day shopping extravaganza.

For those of you who plan to leave your Thanksgiving parties early to hit the stores at midnight, or maybe wake-up at the crack of dawn with a turkey hangover, you know how packed the stores can be with shoppers, but the deals make it worthwhile.

To make your shopping trip as efficient and hassle-free as possible, use these apps to find the items you'…
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Drobo Mini, the Sophisticated Backup System In a Small Package [REVIEW]

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 02:22 PM PST

The Drobo Mini is a backup system that's scarcely larger than your hand, and with its Thunderbolt ports, it can back up boatloads of data at blazing speed.

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How to Use Pinterest to Recruit

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 02:01 PM PST


We are a visual society. We enjoy looking at beautiful and interesting things. A 2012 study by ROI Research confirmed this. They found when users engage friends on social media sites, it's the pictures they enjoyed the most. If brands post pictures over any other media, 54% of respondents said they're more likely to engage.

If this is how we respond to our friends and the companies we like, then why wouldn't we want it to be the same for jobs? Instead of just telling people about a job or making them read a job description, we now have the ability to show people the job, the company, and the corporate culture using the social media platform Pinterest.

The Advantages of P…
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Many Black Friday Shoppers to Begin Before 3 A.M. [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 01:44 PM PST

Which do you prefer -- Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Is Black Friday as money-saving as it used to be? Find out what your fellow shoppers think.

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Man Controls ‘Call Me Maybe’ With His Actual Heart

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 01:15 PM PST

This is what happens when you control the tempo of "Call Me Maybe" with your heartbeat.

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Meet the Super Fan Who Waited in Line for a Month for a Wii U [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 12:57 PM PST

Triforce Johnson spent almost a month outside the Nintendo World store to be first in line for the Wii U launch.

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Is Apple Bipolar? [SUNDAY COMICS]

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 12:24 PM PST

With Apple's stock going up and down like a roller coaster, investors are skittish. Is the company bipolar? Isn't there medicine for this?

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Analysis of NFL Analysts: Which ‘Experts’ Get It Right?

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 11:28 AM PST

Football Questions

One thing that distinguishes all NFL fans: they think they know more about the league than every other NFL fan in the country -- or at least that's what they think. Basically, every fan is an expert in his or her own mind.

That's why each week of the season, fans of the sport

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Marijuana Vending Machine Maker’s Stock Skyrockets and Everybody Freaks Out

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 10:55 AM PST

MedBox, maker of medical marijuana vending machines, has seen its stock rise by 3,000% since the 2012 election.

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Study: People Like Sex More Than Facebook

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 10:22 AM PST

A new study reveals that people prefer sex to Facebook, contrary to what other recent studies seemed to indicate.

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Wii U Launch Day: Everything You Need to Know

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 09:07 AM PST

For Nintendo fans, the big day has arrived. Nintendo's newest console, the Wii U, began selling at midnight on Sunday morning across the United States.

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‘SNL’ Turns Drones into a Terrorist-Killing Boy Band [CARTOON]

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 08:37 AM PST

This cartoon aired on Saturday's SNL features a quartet of "cool drones" who kill terrorists while moonlighting as a world-famous boy band.

More About: Drones, Entertainment, cartoons, saturday night live, snl

Governor Chris Christie Makes Fun of Himself on ‘SNL’ [VIDEO]

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 08:04 AM PST

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie showed up on Saturday Night Live, riding the wave of popularity after his widely praised response to Hurricane Sandy.

More About: Entertainment, Sandy, political humor, saturday night live, snl, trending

10 Excellent iPad Apps You Should Download Right Now

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 07:09 AM PST

1. AudioNote

Taking notes at a meeting, meet-up or conference? AudioNote lets you link audio recordings to the notes you keep along the way. Later, select a place in your typed notes and the recording from that moment will play. The app also works with a stylus, so you can also link recordings to free-hand notes and drawings. Price: $4.99

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Let's face it, a lot of folks spend their days using their iPads to play Angry Birds and read their email. But your iPad can get you through the day in other ways, augmenting what you do with creative apps for both work and play.

SEE ALSO: 7 Apps You Don't Want To Miss

We assume you've already got some of the basics covered. But these 10 excellent apps take you a bit further into the thick of things than Pages and Instagram alone.

Expand your mobile life — one 16 to 64 GB improvement at a time. And be sure to share additional suggestions in the comments below.

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