Thursday, 1 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Kim Dotcom Announces Mega, a Cloud-Based Online Storage Service”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Kim Dotcom Announces Mega, a Cloud-Based Online Storage Service”

Kim Dotcom Announces Mega, a Cloud-Based Online Storage Service

Posted: 01 Nov 2012 04:31 AM PDT


Kim Dotcom, best known as the founder of (now defunct) file sharing service Megaupload, has announced a new project called Mega.

The service, previously referred to as "Megabox," will enable users to store their data in the cloud, with support for encryption and cross-account folder sharing.

"You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us," says a message on the project's website.

Mega will also offer a browser-based download manager, as opposed to Megaupload, whose Mega Manager had to be installed on users' computers.

"Before, you had to install the Mega Manager on every computer you used Megaupload from. Now, high-speed parallel batch uploading and downloadi…
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Movember App Turns Your Mustache Growth Into an Animated GIF [VIDEO]

Posted: 01 Nov 2012 03:56 AM PDT

November is here, and that means It's time for men across the world to put down their razors to raise awareness and funds for men's health. That's right, it's Movember.

The annual month of mustaches has a new mobile twist this year -- an app, Movember Mobile, that lets you track your growth progress. The app is connected to Mo Space, the Movember social network, which serves as a hub for raising funds and connecting wither other Movember participants.

A sweet new feature of the app this year is that if you document your growth using the Mo Tracker, you can export a time-lapse image or GIF once your 'stache is complete. You can share your facial…
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More About: App, Social Good, movember

Facebook Testing New Timeline Format With Single Column of Posts [REPORT]

Posted: 01 Nov 2012 02:39 AM PDT

Be prepared for another change to your Facebook profile: Timeline could soon be getting a makeover.

The social networking giant is testing a new design for profile pages that places all posts in a single column on the left, while activity updates, friends, places, apps and other sections are on the right.

SEE ALSO: Facebook Timeline: Zuckerberg's Biggest Gamble Yet

The current format, a two-column layout, includes posts on both sides, forcing users to look back and forth. When Timeline rolled out site-wide last December, many complained that it was confusing. One Facebook page, "I hate FB Timeline, and want to disable it ASAP," was started shortly after its launch, and now has…
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Waze Now Lets You Know When Your Friends Will Arrive

Posted: 01 Nov 2012 02:17 AM PDT

Now when you head out to meet friends, you can see real-time ETAs for everyone you're meeting as well as see who has already arrived and parked at your destination using Waze.

The social GPS and live traffic app released a new version for iOS and Android Wednesday with newly designed maps, moods and interface as well as new social features for keeping up with your friends while you're on the go.

"We may be alone in the car, but most of the time it's only because we're on our way to meet others at work or at home, or out to join up with friends," says Yael Elish, VP of Product & Marketing at Waze.

"It's only natural to be better informed about the location and timin…
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iPhone App Teaches Exotic Dancers Their Rights [VIDEO]

Posted: 01 Nov 2012 01:26 AM PDT

Exotic dancers are some of the most exploited professionals by their managers -- and they're not equipped to advocate for their own rights.

Researchers from the Sociology Department at the University of Leeds found that dancers at UK clubs don't know their rights, which is why they don't act on them. To address the problem, they created an iPhone app, Dancer Information, to teach dancers about staying safe at work, and how to have positive relationships with management and customers.

The team spent two years researching misinformation in the industry, surveying some 300 female dancers. Their findings showed extreme financial exploitation, in w…
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More About: App, iphone, online education

New Star Wars Film Will be ‘Original Story’ [REPORT]

Posted: 01 Nov 2012 12:41 AM PDT

Forget all the rumors. The upcoming Star Wars film won't be based on any existing plot — it'll be entirely original.

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Olympic Badminton Star Invites Facebook Fans to His Wedding [VIDEO]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 11:57 PM PDT

Weddings are generally intimate gatherings of friends and family. But that's not the case for Malaysian badminton player Lee Chong Wei, who is offering his top 10 Facebook fans invitations to his wedding.

If you like Chong Wei's Facebook page and comment on why you'd like to attend his wedding, the Olympic silver medalist and his bride-to-be will pick their 10 choice guests, Reuters reports.

SEE ALSO: Fall in Love With 15 Unforgettably Quirky Weddings [PICS]

If you want to take your shot at attending the wedding, be sure to get your comment written by Nov. 5 to attend the Nov. 9 wedding.

What do you think of the athlete's invitation to f…
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More About: Facebook, Sports, World

The Knot Uses Facebook to Salvage 2,300 Weddings Disrupted by Hurricane Sandy

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 11:14 PM PDT


Hurricane Sandy's path of destruction has put life on hold for millions of residents in states along the Eastern Seaboard. The Knot estimates the weather disrupted wedding plans for more than 2,300 brides-to-be this week.

The Knot created a Facebook page as an online forum to connect brides with venues and vendors to reschedule this week's weddings and to keep the more than 4,000 November ceremonies on track.

The Facebook page called "Helping Brides in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy" is a place where East Coast couples can share tips, find available venues and talk to local experts. Helping couples tie the knot as scheduled is the main goal for The Knot, the most-trafficked wedding…
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Police Chief Could Lose Job After Spam Filter Fail

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 10:28 PM PDT

Oakland's police chief could lose his job after he missed a slew of important emails after setting his spam filter to reject messages with terms including "Occupy Oakland" and "police brutality."

Police Chief Howard Jordan had city staff put the email filters in place last October after a spate of violence following a police raid of an Occupy encampment in Oakland, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He said he did so because of a deluge of anonymous critical messages, but then missed emails from city officials and a court monitor overseeing a potential federal receivership -- or takeover -- of Oakland's embattled police department.

Also among the filtered terms: "stop the excessive…
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Human Wikipedia Remembers Birth, Death Dates of Any Famous Person in History

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 09:47 PM PDT

Quick -- who was born in 1926 and died in 1962? Unless you're a superfan, chances are you wouldn't have known offhand that the answer is Marilyn Monroe.

Steve Ellison, on the other hand, can answer in seconds. Also known as the "Human Wikipedia," Ellison has the rare ability to remember the birth and death year of any famous person in history.

Posted Wednesday, a YouTube video shows random crowds of strangers testing his memory. From Michael Jackson to the trickier John Steinbeck, Ellison consistently gets it right -- and even corrects a few people along the way.

The video, uploaded to YouTuber Charles Trippy's account, claims to be real. Check it out, above; then tell us in th…
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Pipsqueek: The First Bluetooth Smartphone for Kids [VIDEO]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 08:57 PM PDT

Do your little ones constantly ask to play with your cellphone? Maybe it's time for them to have their own -- one made especially for kids.

A company called Yip Yap developed a cellphone called Pipsqueek for children, ages three and older.

The cellphone, created by husband-and-wife team Michael and Angela Smith, works by connecting to mom or dad's cellphone through Bluetooth. Its Kickstarter page says there are no contracts or monthly fees.

The reason for a kids-only phone? Durability. In a Pipsqueek promotional video, Smith shows what happens when she hands one of her kids a "$600 smartphone" to talk to dad: The phone's dropped on toys, pl…
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ShadowMe App Lets You Pretend to Be Someone Else on Twitter

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 08:18 PM PDT

Ever wonder how your friends stay up on the coolest viral videos? Ever wonder how your favorite reporters and pundits stay in the know? Enter ShadowMe.

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Shoppers to Retailers: Focus on Cyber Monday [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 07:57 PM PDT

Fancy parties, presents, home cooked meals -- there's a lot to look forward to as the holiday season approaches. But the American public has a message for retailers: not so fast with the Christmas decor; focus on preparing for Cyber Monday instead.

According to a new survey of 2,346 American adults, 75% think stores shouldn't put up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. That same number of people think stores should focus on Cyber Monday preparations, and dedicate a website to Cyber Monday shopping only -- just in case the immense traffic causes a popular online shopping destination to crash.

What's more, many shoppers (73%) hope stores redirect their energy into mobile a…
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10 Clever Cats That Learned to Open Doors [VIDEOS]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 07:29 PM PDT

1. Maine Coon Cat Opens Door!

Maine Coons ain't little, which explains how easily Gizmo gets through the door.

Click here to view this gallery.

Cats are cunning. We assume our human inventions -- such as doors -- can foil them, but this is not always the case. We have found YouTube video evidence of at least 10 kitties clever enough to open doors.

SEE ALSO: Forbidden Love: 10 YouTube Clips of Dogs and Cats Snuggling

Take a look through our video gallery of funny feline capers above. Let us know in the comments below if your kitty has managed to master the art of human portals.

Thumbnail image courtesy of psyberartist

More About: Video, Watercooler, YouTube, animals, cats, features, humor

You Should Fear a Zombie Apocalypse — It’s Science

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 06:56 PM PDT

Should you be stocking up on brains to feed the undead that will rise on Halloween night? Well, not quite. But according to this highly scientific whiteboard drawing, a zombie apocalypse is technically possible.

No, you won't see rotten corpse hands clawing their way out of graves, but it is possible that an incurable illness could kickstart a zombie apocalypse. But we already know this from The Walking Dead.

The video above, written and created by Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE, illustrates how a zombie virus could infect parts of the human brain and control our thoughts and actions. It's all bad news. But it's set to a friendly soundtrack, so we don't feel too…
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Facebook Profile Pics Could Go on Display at Louvre, Met Museum [VIDEO]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 06:31 PM PDT

Da Vinci, Monet, van Gogh and Picasso: They've created some of the world's most remarkable and memorable paintings, but do they really have anything on your Facebook pictures?

A group of Londoners thinks its time for these artists to make some room on museum walls for the art of the digital age -- a social network profile photo.

The Profile Picture Exhibition is working to get profile photos shown at leading art museums like the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The institutions have accepted the proposition, CNET reports, but require that the project reach one million likes on Facebook (they currently have a…
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Robot Makes Your Salad and Cleans the Table

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 06:06 PM PDT

Why go out to a restaurant and order a $15 salad when this robot can make one right in your own kitchen?

The CIROS robot has free movement of both arms and hands, allowing it to chop vegetables and add dressing to your salad. But the home-service bot's capabilities aren't limited to food preparation.

The machine, which stands just a little taller than 5 feet, is able to recognize objects and keywords. So, it can also set and clean the table and provide beverage service, giving you the complete restaurant experience.

SEE ALSO: German Robot Learns How to Play Ping-Pong [VIDEO]

Developed by the Center for Intelligent Robotics in South Korea, the robot in this video is the third…
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Hurricane Sandy is 2012′s No. 2 Topic on Facebook

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 05:37 PM PDT

Hurricane Sandy has been dominating Facebook chatter over the past week, making it the second most talked about event on the social network in 2012.

Facebook's "Talk Meter" rated Sandy an 8.34, CNN reports. Data also showed that men and women are equal in talking about the storm, but older users (over 55) are posting more about the hurricane than younger users.

SEE ALSO: After Sandy, 'We Are OK' Is Top Facebook Status

Politics was another hot topic on Facebook's 2012 Talk Meter. The first presidential debate scored an 8.18, the vice presidential debate got a 6.79 and the announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan as Gov. Mitt Romney's vice-president…
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Sad French Kitty Says Boo to Halloween [VIDEO]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 05:21 PM PDT

The star of the best cat video on the Internet is back for a dose of ghoulish wisdom.

Henri's take on Halloween is pretty standard for his take on life -- altogether, not impressed.

"How do frightening ghouls have anything to do with a squash?," he asks. Touché.

SEE ALSO: Sad French Kitty Wins 'Best Cat Video on the Internet'

He also waxes eloquent on the prevalence of cat costumes. "They say black cats are bad luck in an obvious ploy to hide their jealousy."

Just like a cat, Henri. Just like a cat.

BONUS: Most-Viewed Cat Videos of All Time

More About: Halloween, Watercooler, viral videos

Facebook: We’re Like a Swimming Pool

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 05:09 PM PDT

Remember when Facebook was like chairs? Well, no more. Today, Facebook is like a swimming pool.

That's according to the social network itself, which just posted the above (rather unseasonal) picture in its Timeline. "Swimming pools are filled with people," reads the caption. "Some you know. Some you don't.

"And every once in a while you see something that maybe you shouldn't. That's why swimming pools are a little like Facebook."

The odd comparison drew more than 2,000 comments in two hours, most of them containing exactly the kind of urine-based humor you'd expect. Though some did use it as an opportunity to have a dig at the social network's new "promoted posts" option.…
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‘The Walking Dead’ Gets ‘Dear Photograph’ Treatment [PICS]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 04:52 PM PDT

Dear Photograph, a popular nostalgia blog showcasing photos within photos, gave its visitors a terrifying surprise Wednesday: The Walking Dead-inspired posts.

Dear Photograph creator Taylor Jones told Mashable he teamed up with FOX International Channels on the Halloween Day images, which folks at The Walking Dead created for their international ad campaign.

Each of the two blog posts showcases a zombie and a post-zombie-apocalypse caption. The captions for the photos above and below were written in the familiar Dear Photograph fashion:

"Dear Photograph, It was a perfect day. My daughter had always been reluctant to take her first step, but I couldn't wait -- wanting so bad to…
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More About: Advertising, BLOGS, TV, dear-photograph, social tv, walking dead

New York City Subway Needs a ‘System Restore’ [PIC]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 04:29 PM PDT

Yes, crashed Windows OS, we know the New York City subway system was unable to restart after Hurricane Sandy. And, yes, we would love to run a system restore.

After Sandy ravaged the East Coast Monday evening, the subway system in New York City was left crippled. Not immune to inclement weather, the Windows-based display above the 77th Street subway stop seemed to have hit a snag as well.

Before you cry "Photoshop!," we assure you no editing was done to this photo.

If only fixing all the damage from Sandy will be as easy as a reboot.

Check out a magnified image of the error message text below.

More Coverage of Hurricane Sandy

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21 Winning Instagrams from the S.F. Giants’ World Series Parade [PICS]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 04:16 PM PDT

Hundreds of thousands of fans gathered in San Francisco to celebrate the Giants' World Series sweep.

via @raz

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Let's! Go! Giants! A collection of the most joyous Instagram photos from the team's World Series victory parade in San Francisco on Wednesday.

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Microsoft Is Right About Touchscreen Computers

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 04:03 PM PDT

Not a Touch Screen

I miss my touchscreen computer. Trapped in my house, thanks to Hurricane Sandy's dismantling of the NYC transit system, miles away from the Microsoft Surface tablet I've been testing, I'm reduced to poking at an unresponsive Windows 8 Ultrabook screen and left wondering why every single computer doesn't include a touchscreen. Spend enough time with the Windows RT-running Surface or any of the myriad Windows 8 computers arriving over the next few weeks and you'll realize that the end of dead-screen computers is upon us.

Two-Faced Interface Now Makes Sense

When I wrote about Windows 8 over a year ago, I was unconvinced that the interface formerly known as "Metro" and traditio…
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More About: Microsoft Surface, Windows 8, Windows RT, apple, microsoft, steve jobs, tablets

The Spooky Side of Cybersecurity [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 03:52 PM PDT

Fear comes in many forms, and on Halloween things get creepier and crawlier than usual. But for some of us, the scariest thing of all has nothing to do with snakes and spiders -- and everything to do with cybersecurity.

Lax attitudes towards online accounts have led to major digital break-ins for years, which is why content security software Trend Micro realized we should all be a little bit more scared of password protection and less scared of heights and elevators.

The company found that one in four of us use the same password, or a variation, for all our accounts. One in four people in the U.S. also don't bother to back up files.

SEE ALSO: 'Password' Tops List of Worst Pas
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Smartphones Extend Our Workdays by Two Hours [VIDEO]

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 03:39 PM PDT

With smartphones and gadgets in hand, we're having a hard time dropping our work load when 5 p.m. rolls around.

Even after an average 9- to 10-hour work day, UK office employees report checking emails and taking work-related calls after hours, according to a study by British tech retailer Pixmania. Having constant access to our mobile communication streams tacks on an extra two hours of work a day.

SEE ALSO: 25% of Young Adults Are Facebook Friends With Their Boss

"The advent of smartphones has had a massive benefit for people all over the UK," Ghadi Hobeika, marketing director of, said. "However, there are drawbacks. Smartpho…
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Scared Twitless: Our Favorite 140-Character Halloween Stories

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 03:30 PM PDT

There are countless horror movies and terrifying novels. But, have you ever been seriously unsettled by a tweet? Read these Twitter horror stories… if you dare.

More About: Halloween, Twitter, community

11-Year-Old Starts Pop-Up Internet Café to Raise Money for Red Cross

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 03:19 PM PDT

Superstorm Sandy left much of Hoboken, NJ underwater, but one enterprising 11-year-old found a way to help those around her in need.

Lucy Walkowiak, with the help of her father, established a pop-up Internet café and charging station to help dozens of neighbors get a much needed gadget charge and Internet connection to the outside world.

To plug in, Walkowiak simply asks for a small monetary donation to the Red Cross.

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

Her father, Steve Walkowiak, told The Philly Post that he gives full credit for the idea to his daughter.

"Lucy does a lot of community service through her school," he told the blog. "This is on…
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More About: Hurricane Sandy, Watercooler, red cross

10 Clever Instagram Costumes From Typical Users

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 03:12 PM PDT

1. The Realist

Filter: Lo-fi Via ktqueen

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Halloween is a high photo-sharing time. It's how others show off and compare costumes that they've labored over for weeks. (OK, maybe hours.)

It should come as no surprise, then, that varying Instagram hashtags like #HalloweenCostume are filled with creative, cute and scary examples.

Then there are those who take it to a whole different level. Those meta Instagram users who are being the app itself for Halloween.

SEE ALSO: 24 Touching Photos That Make Instagram Great

We've gathered different examples that just happen to compliment typical Instagram user characteristics. What kind of Instagram user would you be? Let us know in the comments below.

More About: Halloween, Halloween costumes, Watercooler, instagram

How East Coast Towns Are Keeping Residents Informed After Sandy

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 03:05 PM PDT

Hurricane Sandy left a wake of destruction in its path. Many residents of the hard-hit Northeast are still dealing with the aftermath of power outages and dangerous road conditions. If you're one of the lucky ones with access to electricity and have a cellphone or laptop with a charge left, there are some websites and social media channels that can keep you informed of your city's latest updates.

A number of cities have been utilizing Twitter and Facebook to keep residents informed about their neighborhood's post-Sandy status.

Elected officials have taken to Twitter to post updates in 140 characters. The official Twitter account for the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, @NYGovCuo
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More About: Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy, apps, natural disaster

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