Thursday, 15 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Facebook Rolls Out Share Button on Mobile Site”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Facebook Rolls Out Share Button on Mobile Site”

Facebook Rolls Out Share Button on Mobile Site

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 04:21 AM PST

Facebook has introduced a "share" button to its mobile site.

The feature, which shows up on newsfeed posts alongside "like" and "comment" buttons, lets users post a link or photo to their own profiles, and gives them the option to add a comment. Like the desktop version, they can also choose to share with specific "audience" and "friends list" groups.

Long-requested by mobile users, sharing capabilities will soon come to iOS and Android apps, Inside Facebook reported.

"The company said there was no technical hurdle that made a share button difficult to implement on mobile,'" the website said. "Facebook simply never made it a priority."

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See the First 9 Minutes of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ in IMAX 3D on December 14

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 03:55 AM PST

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Die-hard Star Trek fans, rejoice: Although the upcoming Star Trek movie, 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' will not be hitting theaters until May 2013, Paramount Pictures will release the first 9 minutes of the movie in 3D IMAX theaters on December 14.

This first look into the sequel to the 2009's 'Star Trek' will be available in approximately 500 IMAX cinemas accross the U.S. It will be the first time, Paramount notes, such a preview has been made available in IMAX 3D.

Several sequences in the upcoming movie were captured with IMAX cameras, and Paramount claims they will bring "unprecedented crispness and clarity" into the Star Trek experience.

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More About: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, imax, trending

Lenovo’s Q2 Earnings and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 03:17 AM PST

Social Media NewsWelcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories.

Lenovo Reports Stellar Results for Q2 2012

Lenovo's financial report for Q2 2012 is in, and the numbers are very good for the Chinese PC maker. Lenovo reported a record $8.7 billion in sales -- an 11% year-over-year increase -- and a $206 million operating profit.

The company's PC market share rose to 15.6%, which is the largest market share Lenovo has ever had. Check out the full financial report here.

Apple Maps Turn-By-Turn Voice Navigation Goes Live in Australia
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More About: apple maps, features, first to know series, lenovo, mashable, pinterest

Developer Builds Pinterest-Inspired Neighborhood [PICS]

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 02:24 AM PST

The model home at Taylor Morrison's Ladera housing development in Bee Cave, Texas, looks like any other modern house when you approach it from the road. There's a large front door, five windows and a few plants to bring the place to life. It's more of the same when you walk through the door either. There's the landing to your left, a room immediately to your right.

In fact, it's not until you take a few steps inside the house that you notice things are slightly different.

"This, to your right, is the children's nook," Kristin France tells me as I turn inside the house. "It's got a full-on kitchen."

"Every kid who comes through here, this is where they stop. They'll just hang out…
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More About: home decor, home design, pinterest

How Do You Push a Brand Past a Plateau?

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 01:57 AM PST

A creative director of a branding agency knows there are three questions brands ask that keep the light on. They include: How do you launch a brand from scratch? And how do you turn a brand around that has begun to flag? But the third and focus of this article is: How do you push a brand past a plateau?

Obviously, there is no one simple answer to any of these questions -- but the first step lies in the approach or attitude that you take towards finding those answers. A common sentiment in the agency world is that fearless and innovative thinking will turn possibility into reality. But while this is all very nice (and sounds great in a pitch), what does that actually mean?

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More About: Small Business, branding, features, mashable, open forum

Big Data Will Be Big Business in India

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 01:17 AM PST

A little more than a decade ago, as the world panicked over what would happen when 1999 turned into the year 2000, India threw down the gauntlet, proving it could write software and manage big tech projects with the best of them. Now India is ready to prove that it's got the chops to tackle "big data."

You've probably been hearing a lot about big data lately. In fact, you probably can't get away from it. Literally. Your smartphone won't let you, nor will your TV set top box or even your car. Everywhere we look (and even some places we don't) we leave traces of information that Google, Facebook and countless other companies can piece together to get a better idea of what…
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Gmail Now Lets You Search for Emails by Size and More

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 12:27 AM PST

Gmail has unveiled new ways to make searching for messages "faster and easier," the service announced Wednesday.

Google's email client now lets users search by size, by exact match, with more flexible date options and more, according to a blog post written by Gmail software engineer Christian Kurmann.

For example, type in "size:5m" or "larger:5m" to find emails larger than 5MB, while searching for "older_than:1y" produces emails sent over a year ago.

These changes "go hand in hand" with other recent improvements to Gmail, including a feature that shows instant results when you search and improved autocomplete predictions, Kurmann wrote.

SEE ALSO: Here's How to Get the
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Flexible Smartphones May Be Here Sooner Than You Think [VIDEO]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 11:45 PM PST

It may not be long before flexible smartphones become commonplace on store shelves.

Samsung is reportedly moving forward with plans to make displays out of flexible plastic rather than glass, a move that would allow devices to be lighter and bendable, according to the Wall Street Journal.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Preparing Itself for Production of Flexible Displays?

The flexible displays are said to incorporate OLED technology, the same technology the company is already using in some of its television sets and smartphones. Extremely thin, OLED displays can be put on a number of different materials, including flexible plastic.

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Wallet TrackR App Aims to Stop You From Losing Your Wallet [VIDEO]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 10:59 PM PST

Losing your wallet is the ultimate inconvenience -- credit cards, I.D., money are all gone in an instant.

The Wallet TrackR and accompanying iPhone app aim to prevent this problem through the power of tech. Here's how it works: Place the "TrackR card," a rectangular Bluetooth device, into your wallet; when it gets separated from your iPhone or iPad, the app alerts you. In case you don't hear the alert, the app also photographs your wallet's location at the time it was lost.

For those prone to losing their phones, the technology works both ways: Your wallet can also alert you if you're leaving your phone behind.

Wallet TrackR works with the…
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Artist Creates Real Clouds Indoors [PICS]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 10:15 PM PST

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create clouds indoors by carefully regulating the space's humidity, temperature and light. This intersection of science and art was recently named one of TIME magazine's "Best Inventions of the Year 2012."

The fluffy white clouds are summoned up temporarily using a fog machine, creating a surreal experience in the middle of a room. Smilde has created his clouds inside different types of locations, ranging from corridors and hallways, to bedrooms and common spaces.

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Adobe Project Primetime: The Big Push to Bring Broadcast TV Online

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 09:32 PM PST

Adobe is releasing Project Primetime to beta on Thursday. It's the company's effort to streamline the process of bringing broadcast television to IP and connected devices.

The online TV industry is exploding. More than just original programming built for the web, we've seen a huge surge in availability of premium content across devices. This isn't just with rental and VOD services such as Amazon and Netflix; we're seeing more broadcasters adopt the TV Everywhere model.

In fact, the success of initiatives such as HBO Go and the Summer Olympics has shown that users are willing to look up their cable or satellite user information to login, in order to access live or premium content on…
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Employees Say Vacation Days Make-or-Break a Job [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 09:04 PM PST

How would you like to work somewhere with unlimited vacation days? For most people, that answer is a resounding, "Yes!" If you're a job seeker, the number of days a company allots its employees can make-or-break your decision to take the job if hired or cause you to look elsewhere if your company lacks sufficient time off. However, employees can't always find time to take off work, even though we know that a break in the form of a vacation is good for our stress levels.

A recent study conducted by Harris Interactive for shows just how important abundant vacation time is to workers, even if they're not using it: More than a third of people surveyed said unlimited paid time off wou…
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Shop Your Social Network’s Product Recommendations With Pickie

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 07:58 PM PST

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Name: Pickie

One-Liner Pitch:  Pickie is a tablet magazine that's created with the personal product recommendations from your social media feeds.

Why It's Taking Off: The Flipboard-like app is one of the easiest ways to browse the most-shared items on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter by category or brand.

Traditional shopping catalogs mailed to doorsteps are often ignored or quickly skimmed through. When we need a new dress or coffee machine, we rarely turn to catalogs.

Pickie [iTunes link] is a new iPad app that builds a personalized shopping catalog based on a user's Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter feeds. The startup aims to make shopping easy by harnessing a person…
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Living With Lumia: Day 2, The Story of Apps

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 07:12 PM PST

On my second full day with the Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8, it's time to start talking about two of the most important parts of a smartphone: the web browser and the app catalog.

Windows Phone 8 uses a version of Internet Explorer 10 that is remarkably similar to its desktop counterpart. There are some differences in plugin support and the HTML5 stuff isn't as robust on mobile (yet), but the engines themselves are now nearly the same.

This is a good thing because it means that the platform has a first-class web browser on board. Websites that are coded according to common standards load well and perform as expected. Note, I said websites that are coded correctly.

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More About: Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 920, Windows Phone 8, living with lumia, windows phone

Mentally Ill NBA Player Uses Twitter to Slam Team’s Treatment

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 06:36 PM PST

NBA rookie Royce White, who suffers from an anxiety disorder, has been using Twitter to blast the Rockets over their handling of his situation.

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Sports Trolls Heap Ugly Abuse on NBA Star After Big Miss

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 05:52 PM PST

In the latest example of sports trolls running amok on Twitter, Lakers "fans" brutally abused NBA star Pau Gasol after he missed a critical shot Tuesday.

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This Dog Absolutely Does Not Want to Go for a Walk [VIDEO]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 05:29 PM PST

Rikku, a four-month-old Tamaskan Wolfdog, really doesn't want to go outside for a walk.

He's quite happy lounging on the floor, thank you vey much. But really, can you blame him? When you're taking a nap, the last thing you want to happen to you is to be shaken awake and forced to move.

SEE ALSO: Feline Frisky With Cats That Look Like Pin-Up Girls

We get it, Rikku. We do.

BONUS: The 10 Cutest Videos of 2012

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Twitter Says We May Have Just Seen the Best Goal in Soccer History [VIDEO]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 05:03 PM PST

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the best goal in soccer history on Wednesday according to many on Twitter. Review the video evidence here and see if you agree.

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Why Facebook Won’t Give You a Straight-Up News Feed

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 04:39 PM PST

Ah, the news feed, Facebook's party central. Purveyor of addictive updates on friends and former acquaintances. And ground zero in the battle for what the social network was, is, and where it's going.

What shows up in that news feed, an interview with the relevant manager at Facebook reveals, is the result of an endless chess game of algorithmic amendments by the company trying to please its users -- as well as endless rounds of complaints from those users.

Case in point: earlier this week, a programmer uncovered a Facebook URL that appeared to show your feed unfiltered, algorithm free, with all of your friends' updates in chronological order. That was news to Facebook, which has…
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Even ‘Star Wars’ Characters Need Business Cards [PICS]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 04:21 PM PST

From Leia to Chewie, this collection of 'Star Wars' character business cards recently popped up on Etsy.

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Spending a Week With an Electric Car: Is the 2013 Chevy Volt Worth It?

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 03:54 PM PST

Is an electric car a vehicle you could live with? We drove a 2013 Chevy Volt for a week, and we have some answers for you.

More About: Chevy Volt, Electric Car, green energy

Tumblr Christmas Tree Decks the Tubes

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 03:31 PM PST

Regular ball ornaments get Tumblrified for a more jinglier experience that's worth reblogging.

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Startup Plans Ultimate Group Dates for Single Foodies

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 03:11 PM PST

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A San Diego-based startup is hoping mixing appetizers, drinks and dinner to the world of online dating will make for a low-pressure recipe for success. DinnerDate is for singles who love trying new foods, interesting conversation and meeting new people.

As a member of DinnerDate, you'll have access to your city's best restaurants, and conveniently, your mealtime companions will always be local foodies looking for love.

The startup is dedicated to bringing online daters together in a group setting because more than 80% of romances begin over dinner, according to the DinnerDate team, which includes creators Robert Earl, Planet Hollywood founder, and Grant Hosford, formerly of eHarm
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Is This the Best Worst Basketball Lowlight of All Time? [VIDEO]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 03:01 PM PST

This guy sucks at basketball. He's the worst. But the video's the best. All in all, it's possibly the best worst basketball lowlight in hoops history.

More About: NBA, Sports, Watercooler

Ready for the Rise of the Humanoid Robots? [VIDEO]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:51 PM PST

The robots are coming! The robots are coming! No, really, they are.

The fantasy of C-3PO-like or Rosie the Robot-like home helpers is finally starting to crystalize into a near-term reality. And a large part of that is due to projects like the Rethink Robotics' machine Baxter, and the work of Rodney Brooks.

Brooks is a legend in the robot world. He spent years serving as the head of MIT's influential Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, and was part of the team that brought us the world's first truly successful commercial robot: iRobot's Roomba robot vacuum.

The disc-shaped Roomba, however, was always a bit of a let-down co…
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10 Things to Argue About on Facebook (Besides Politics)

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:40 PM PST

1. Pirates vs. Ninjas

Images courtesy of Flickr, ryanrocketship and Jeyhun85

Click here to view this gallery.

If you're over the age of 12 and have a moderately stable Internet connection, you've probably witnessed or engaged in a nasty election-based argument online. You may have even dropped a few friends in the process.

But forget about "Obama vs. Romney" or "liberal vs. conservative." Heck, you can even drop "Eastwood vs. Chair."

SEE ALSO: After the Election, Time to Heal Your Facebook Divide

We've compiled a gallery of the most non-partisan, pro-awesome, quarrel-worthy rivalries as a substitute or, in other words, the perfect way to obliterate your online friendships just in time for the holidays.

Any good ones we missed? Let us know what non-political arguments get your blood bo…
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Pinterest Boards Disappear for Some

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:30 PM PST

When logging on to Pinterest Wednesday afternoon, some users were surprised to find that their personal boards had completely disappeared.

Many of those who were affected took to Twitter to voice their concerns. The first tweets began appearing at around 4 p.m. ET. Many of those who were affected found that their boards were restored around 5:30 p.m. ET.

Did anyone else lose all of their Pinterest boards today or was it just me?— Olivier Blanchard (@thebrandbuilder) November 14, 2012

Although users' personal boards mysteriously vanished, it appears that their pins and group boards did not. Such was the case for my colleague Seth Fiegerman, whose Pinterest account was…
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The 12 Online Scams of Christmas [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:14 PM PST

As the holiday shopping season approaches, cybercriminals are readying their scam list and checking it twice. And this year, no platform is off limits.

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Advertiser Turns Facebook Into Digital Flipbook

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 01:57 PM PST

If you think brands have exhausted all of Facebook's capabilities as a marketing medium, check out luxe goods brand Alfred Dunhill's Page.

The brand has used 200 still photographs of last week's Nippon Rally in Japan to create a digital flipbook. Click the photo and the action moves along, slowly but surely. Sure, the brand could just have loaded a video, but this is prettier and more notable. It's also like a very slow-moving GIF.

A rep from Dunhill's social strategy and activation agency, Holler, told Creative Review that the idea stayed true to the brand, which is about "creating incredibly well-crafted experiences." The rep also claims Dunhill is the first to try a digital…
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Ford Goes Overboard With ‘Cars Cannot Fly’ Disclaimer

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 01:57 PM PST

Companies have to be very careful to give proper disclaimers when they talk about their products, or else they can be held liable for situations outside of their control. This new commercial for the Ford Fusion, however, may be a bit much.

More About: Advertising, Watercooler, cars, viral videos

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