- Facebook Rolls Out Share Button on Mobile Site
- See the First 9 Minutes of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ in IMAX 3D on December 14
- Lenovo’s Q2 Earnings and Two Other Stories You Need to Know
- Developer Builds Pinterest-Inspired Neighborhood [PICS]
- How Do You Push a Brand Past a Plateau?
- Big Data Will Be Big Business in India
- Gmail Now Lets You Search for Emails by Size and More
- Flexible Smartphones May Be Here Sooner Than You Think [VIDEO]
- Wallet TrackR App Aims to Stop You From Losing Your Wallet [VIDEO]
- Artist Creates Real Clouds Indoors [PICS]
- Adobe Project Primetime: The Big Push to Bring Broadcast TV Online
- Employees Say Vacation Days Make-or-Break a Job [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Shop Your Social Network’s Product Recommendations With Pickie
- Living With Lumia: Day 2, The Story of Apps
- Mentally Ill NBA Player Uses Twitter to Slam Team’s Treatment
- Sports Trolls Heap Ugly Abuse on NBA Star After Big Miss
- This Dog Absolutely Does Not Want to Go for a Walk [VIDEO]
- Twitter Says We May Have Just Seen the Best Goal in Soccer History [VIDEO]
- Why Facebook Won’t Give You a Straight-Up News Feed
- Even ‘Star Wars’ Characters Need Business Cards [PICS]
- Spending a Week With an Electric Car: Is the 2013 Chevy Volt Worth It?
- Tumblr Christmas Tree Decks the Tubes
- Startup Plans Ultimate Group Dates for Single Foodies
- Is This the Best Worst Basketball Lowlight of All Time? [VIDEO]
- Ready for the Rise of the Humanoid Robots? [VIDEO]
- 10 Things to Argue About on Facebook (Besides Politics)
- Pinterest Boards Disappear for Some
- The 12 Online Scams of Christmas [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Advertiser Turns Facebook Into Digital Flipbook
- Ford Goes Overboard With ‘Cars Cannot Fly’ Disclaimer
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.
"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."
When users click to view a post, suc…
Posted: 15 Nov 2012 03:55 AM PST
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.
Just like the 2009 movie, 'Star T…
Posted: 15 Nov 2012 03:17 AM PST
Welcome 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…
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…
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?
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
A flexible smartphone…
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…
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.
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…
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 Ask.com 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…
Posted: 14 Nov 2012 07:58 PM PST
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…
Posted: 14 Nov 2012 07:12 PM PST
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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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.
We get it, Rikku. We do.
BONUS: The 10 Cutest Videos of 2012
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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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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…
Posted: 14 Nov 2012 03:01 PM PST
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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…
Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:40 PM PST
1. Pirates vs. Ninjas
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."
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…
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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Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:14 PM PST
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…
Posted: 14 Nov 2012 01:57 PM PST
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