Saturday, 17 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Startup Takes the Legwork out of Giving a Helping Hand”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Startup Takes the Legwork out of Giving a Helping Hand”

Startup Takes the Legwork out of Giving a Helping Hand

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 08:56 PM PST

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, food banks are struggling to figure out how to keep up with the need for donations this time of year. In some areas of New York and New Jersey thousands of people remain out of their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. All too often, as the news cameras leave, the donations sometimes slow down.

How can you help? Perhaps you've thought, "I'll buy a few extra items while I'm grocery shopping" but never do because you don't know where to take them. Maybe you simply don't have the time or can't get to a shelter.

A start-up called YouGiveGoods is hoping to remove that barrier and get more items flowing…
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More About: Hurricane Sandy, online donations

Republicans Flame Romney’s Digital Team

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 08:32 PM PST

Zac Moffatt, digital director for Mitt Romney's failed presidential bid, is emerging as a leading scapegoat for the Republican loss.

Conservative media voices such as Erick Erickson at Red State and Mike Flynn at Breitbart are beating up on Moffatt on Twitter and in the press for what they say was an inept and overpriced digital effort.

On Wednesday night, Flynn unleashed a stream of tweets articulating what some veteran Republican digital operatives have been hinting at. "@ZacMoffatt made millions while he screwed the country because of his incompetence. Can we please agree that he is done in politics?"

In a conversation with National Journal on Thursday, Moffatt joked th…
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More About: Mitt Romney, election 2012, political campaigns

Social Video App Vodio Rolls Out Deeper Social Integration

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 07:45 PM PST

Video discovery app Vodio has rolled out a new iOS design which turns any Facebook Page or Twitter profile into a video channel.

More About: Mobile, Tablet, Vodio, apps, iOS

Traverie Crowdsources Your Facebook Photos for Travel Planning

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 06:49 PM PST

Traverie, a new site launched this week, wants to turn your friends' Facebook photos into your next vacation. The virtual travel magazine compiles photos from friends' albums to suggest places to visit and sights to see.

The Traverie team is made up of former members from Microsoft's Bing, Yahoo and Tivo, who developed an algorithm to pull travel-specific photos from friends' pages. You must have a Facebook account to use the site, but each profile remains private.

"We're bringing photos into a magazine-like experience that's visually very rich, and you discover places in a more natural way," says founder Gaurav Agarwal. "Friends tell you about experiences and inspire you to trav…
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Queen Nabs Galaxy Note 10.1 for Royal Collection [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 06:13 PM PST

The BBC reports that the Royal Commonwealth Society charity is choosing Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 to be added to the Royal Collection.

More About: Newsy, royal family, tablets, videos

Science Turns the Earth’s Atmosphere Into Art [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 05:37 PM PST

A beautiful new video from NASA shows how the Earth's atmosphere moves and changes as tiny particles swirl around the planet.

More About: NASA, atmosphere, satellite imagery, space

Twinkies? Chris Christie Doesn’t Want No Stinkin’ Twinkies [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 05:07 PM PST

Twinkies? We're talking about Twinkies? Chris Christie wants no part of the social web's Hostess hysteria.

More About: Chris Christie, Viral Vidoes, Watercooler

This iPhone App Rewards You for Photos of Your Favorite Brands

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 04:35 PM PST

The location-based app shows users a list of businesses nearby in entertainment, fashion, food, home, shopping and travel.

More About: The Launchpad, kapture

The World’s Most Expensive Scrabble Set

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 03:54 PM PST

The world's most advanced Scrabble board comes complete with LEDs, RFID chips and software that transmits the game to the Internet in real time. It's also the world's most expensive.

Worth $30,000, the board -- clad in carbon fiber -- was created for the upcoming Prague Mind Sports Festival which starts on Dec. 1 and runs through Dec 4th. The board houses 225 RFID sensors underneath each square that detect the presence of tiles with corresponding RFID sensors.

Throughout the game, the software scans the board every 974 milliseconds to transmit the game to a live-stream on the web. Though expensive, it's sure to be the most heated game of Scrabbl…
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More About: board games, led, rfid, scrabble

Wii U Will Launch With 24 Games This Sunday

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 03:20 PM PST

Assassin's Creed III

A version of the latest chapter in the Assassin's Creed saga, a week after it was released on other console.

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Nintendo's newest console is out this Sunday, and there are already people lining up outside retailers to get one.

There are 24 games available for the Wii U at launch. Some are highly anticipated Nintendo staples, like New Super Mario Brothers U, and some are interesting and creative titles from third-party developers, like Scribblenauts Unlimited and ZombiU. Many games already out on other systems are being released for the Wii U as well, including Assassin's Creed III and NBA 2K13; some of these games even have extra functionality that's been added to take advantage of the Wii U GamePad.

If you don't see a game in the gallery above that you thought was coming to the Wii U, it's bec…
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More About: Gaming, Mario, Nintendo, Wii U, video games

Tiny Metal Fitness Tracker Is Sleek Enough for Any Occasion

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 03:05 PM PST

It looks like a mini flying saucer and is about the size of a quarter, but new fitness-tracking gadget Shine is different from the competition in more ways that just its appearance.

The Shine by Misfit Wearables is a mini fitness tracker that can sense your movements and measure your swim strokes, bike pedals and distance traveled when walking or running. You can wear it on your shirt collar, pants pocket, bra, or on the wristband available for purchase with the device. Set fitness goals through the app, which is now available for iOS, and tap the Shine to see how close you are to achieving your daily fitness goal. Your daily goal is measured in a…
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More About: Gadgets, fitness, health & fitness

Why Rich Countries Can’t Have $20 Tablets — Yet

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 02:56 PM PST

Students in India can now buy a fully-functional 7-inch tablet, the Aakash 2, for about $20 after a government subsidy, or about $45 retail.

These are prices that could bring computing to hundreds of millions in the developing world, and their effects in rich countries could also be profound. But if you live outside the developing world, don't run down to your local electronics retailer just yet; you simply can’t get this much functionality at this price.

The reasons are myriad, but they boil down to this: These tablets are already so cheap that your distance from the supply chains that build them can add 100% to their final cost. In this way, they’re like many other g…
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More About: developing countries, india, tablets

Relive All of 2012′s Pop Hits in One Mega-Mashup [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 02:46 PM PST

Oh no, they're not dead yet. Yes, those catchy (read: will never get unstuck from your head) pop tunes of 2012 are back, but this time they've joined forces.

Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, One Direction, Psy, Gotye have brought their top 40 hits of the year along with them for this mega-mashup of pop.

SEE ALSO: 'Call Me Maybe' Mashup of 75 Videos Will Haunt You

But this remix does at least gives us a new take on all the songs. And let's be honest. Were we really ready to give up Carly Rae Jepsen's hits yet?


What was your favorite pop song of the year? Share in the comments below.

More About: Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction, justin bieber, katy-perry, mashable rocks, mashup, music videos, pop culture, viral videos

10 Deliciously Weird Things Made Out of Bacon [PICS]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 02:33 PM PST

1. Bacon Skyrim Mask

Image courtesy of Reddit, Liktwo

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After the bacon shortage announcement in September, the Internet went crazy -- like pork-mad crazy -- for more bacon.

While one man drove across America using glorious bacon as currency, it seems that Internet users everywhere found surprisingly entertaining and weird ways to show their bacon devotion.

SEE ALSO: Bacon Rock Makes Nature Look Tasty

Behold, a tribute to the Internet star of food porn. Click through the gallery above and let us know in the comments how you like your morning/lunch/dinner/fourth-meal bacon!

Thumbnail image courtesy of Reddit, Liktwo

More About: Bacon, Watercooler, food, weird

Twitter’s New API Rules Kill Windows 8 App

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 02:18 PM PST

What happens when third-party Twitter developers hit the API limit for user tokens? The results aren't pretty.

When Twitter announced its big API changes back in August, one of the most controversial changes was the decision to cap applications that "replicate the core Twitter experience" to 100,000 user tokens (Twitter accounts that can access the app).

Twitter clients that had built up large user bases before the API changes went into effect -- such as Twitterrific and Osfoora -- were allowed to double in size before Twitter said it would pull the plug.

The same cannot be said for Twitter clients that saw sizable audiences after the new rules were implemented. Enter Tweetro, a…
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More About: Twitter, Twitter API, Windows 8, tweetro

Netflix CEO: Amazon Losing Up to $1 Billion a Year on Streaming Video

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 02:11 PM PST

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings estimates that Amazon is spending up to $1 billion a year on streaming content for Amazon Prime.

Hastings (pictured), who spoke with Dow Jones editors, said he was basing that stat on deals in which Netflix and Amazon have competed head to head, according to AllThingsD. Hastings also believes Amazon splits the spending fairly evenly between the U.S. and Europe, where Amazon runs the Lovefilm streaming service. Amazon reps could not be reached for comment about the claim.

Netflix will pay about $2.1 billion acquiring content this year. The company faces competition for such content not only from Amazon but from Hulu as well. Amazon recently increased co…
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More About: amazon prime, netflix, reed hastings

Coach Drops Gum on Court, Eats it Anyway [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:57 PM PST

Meet YOLO Tom Crean, the coach who drops gum on the court but picks it back up and keeps chewing. Because opening a new one? Ain't nobody got time for that.

More About: Sports, Watercooler

How Droughts Can Cause Power Outages

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:50 PM PST

Hundreds of millions of people in India lost power this summer, in part because of a delayed monsoon season. Rainfall may seem far removed from power plants, but the fate of water in a region often affects the power there, too. In India's case, the late rains meant farmers took more water from rivers to water their crops. The rivers were left with too little energy for the country's hydropower plants.

In the future, water shortages could lead to simultaneous electricity and fuel shortages, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. The Paris-based agency studies the global energy market and helps 28 nations coordinate with each other during an oil supply emergenc…
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More About: drought, national weather service, power outage

Justin Timberlake Brings Sexy Back to Myspace [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:37 PM PST

Myspace is going musical, and it hopes Justin Timberlake's vocal cords will put some sexy back in the social network.

On Thursday, the pop-star revealed the new and improved site that now focuses on being a platform for artists and exposing music in a social way.

Timberlake announced his investment in the site last year. At the pinnacle of its success, Myspace was a $580 million company but went into free fall, after which Timberlake and partners Chris and Tim Vanderhook acquired it for only $35 million, Rolling Stone reports.

SEE ALSO: Bringing MySpace Back: Timberlake Unveils TV Service

The new look leaves the site fresh and clean with…
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Does Facebook Drive Sales? New Tool Helps Advertisers Find Out

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:22 PM PST

Does Facebook drive sales? That's a question posed by many an online retailer active on the social network -- and one Facebook is looking to answer with a new conversion tracking tool for advertisers.

Here's how it works: Under Ads Manager, marketers can find a unique snippet of code to add to the pages on their websites -- say, the page that thanks visitors for signing up for a newsletter, or for completing an order. Every time someone who clicks over from a Facebook ad lands on one of those pages, it registers as a "conversion" in the Ads Manager console.

Until now, marketers could only track the numbers of clicks and, depending on the ad unit, app downloads their ads were ge…
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College Athlete Suspended After Tweeting Sandusky Rape Jokes

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 01:12 PM PST

She posted a series of tweets mocking the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal before her team's NCAA Tournament game against Penn State on Friday.

More About: Sports, college sports

Apple Patents the Virtual Page Turn

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:51 PM PST

Apple is now the proud owner of the page turn.

In a patent approved this week by the United States Patent Office Apple was awarded a design patent for "Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface."

The patent illustration shows three images: One with the corner of a page being turned slightly, the next with it halfway, and a third showing the page almost entirely turned over.

A feature used in Apple's iBooks, and books in general, the patent represents one of 38 different patents granted to Apple this week.

The New York Times points out that this isn't the first "seemingly obvious" patent that Apple has been awarded. Previously the comp…
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New Touchscreen Tech ‘Listens’ to Your Taps

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:44 PM PST

A new technology called FingerSense adds a tiny acoustic sensor inside a smartphone to listen for and measure the vibrations of the object that touches it.

More About: smartphone, touchscreen

Skype Interview Interrupted by Gaza Bomb Blast [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:34 PM PST

A Skype interview between CNN's Isha Sesay, Israeli citizen and Ashkelon resident Nissim Nahoom, and Mohammed Sulaiman, a Palestinian resident of Gaza, was suddenly interrupted by repeated bomb blasts.

The two interviewees live on the two sides of the Israeli, Gaza strip border, separated only by a 15 minute drive, the CNN anchor notes. After the first few blasts, Sulaiman tried to keep talking and ignoring them, until a louder one gets him offline and interrupts the call.

"You can hear everything," says Sulaiman after the blasts go off. "What was that noise we just heard?" asks the anchor.

The simultaneous Skype interviews were set up by CNN as a way to underscore the danger…
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More About: Gaza, Israel, airstrike, bomb scare, war

How Does GPS Know Where You Are?

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:15 PM PST

Are we there yet? No, but your GPS-enabled device can tell you exactly when you're due to arrive. Here's how it works.

More About: Did You Know, features, gps, mashable, navigation, traffic

Share Your Next Airport Taxi With This Website

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 12:10 PM PST


You know the drill. You touch down at the airport and claim your luggage; maybe grab some coffee, run to the restroom or make a quick phone call. But your trip's not over quite yet. You still need to get into the city. Outside, there's a line of people -- bags in hand, tempers short -- waiting for cab rides. You could get lucky and find someone who's willing to split one if they're going the same direction as you. It's a tough find, though. Chances are, you end up waiting for ages.

And on it goes.

A new website called Shairporter aims to fix that. It's a basic platform that connects you with others to share taxi rides to and from New York City airports -- the end goal being to save…
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The 10 Worst Memes of 2012

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 11:54 AM PST

1. Superstorm Sandy Memes

Tragedies should not be comically memed. Ever. Laughing at someone else's misfortune? Not cool, Internet. Image courtesy of @dmataconis

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All types of content goes viral on the Internet -- some because it's awesomely adorable, funny or catchy.

Occasionally, however, viral moments go horribly wrong, whether they're in poor taste, aren't funny or become so overplayed that you wish you could ban them from the web all together.

SEE ALSO: The 10 Most Viral YouTube Videos of 2012

These are Mashable's picks for the worst memes of 2012. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments below.

More About: Watercooler, Year End 2012, features, memes

Soundslice Will Revolutionize How Guitarists Learn From YouTube

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 11:40 AM PST

As of yesterday, there were only two ways to learn guitar music from the web: Googling a tablature file and emulating another guitarist on YouTube. While both are easier (and cheaper) than buying a book of sheet music, they are not without tedium.

Tablature files (or "tabs" -- a simplified guitar notation in plain text format) are aggregated by shady content farms with strong SEO and dubious quality control. YouTube videos provide audio and visual instruction, but require patience and the ability to "read the fingers" of the performer.

That's why Soundslice is a revelation for self-taught musicians. Built on YouTube's API, it's a transcription interface that syncs tablature and…
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More About: Music, Startups, YouTube, guitar

How Much Is the Internet’s Electric Bill? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 11:25 AM PST

While surfing the web, you're probably more concerned with the charge left on your laptop's battery. But how much power does it require to keep the Internet itself running?

Powering worldwide data centers for major web companies like Google and Amazon is a huge undertaking. Between the servers and their cooling systems, these "data barns" consume 30 billion watts annually, about 1.5% of global electricity. And at the rate the Internet is growing and adding users, expect that to rise significantly in the next several years.

SEE ALSO: The Internet a Decade Later [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are these centers being run efficiently? What toll does it take on the environment just to make sure your Fac
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More About: data, data centers, infographics, internet

You’re Not the Only One Mooching HBO GO [VIDEO]

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 11:11 AM PST

Warning: If you're using someone else's HBO GO password, the world is onto you.

This new College Humor video exposes the hidden secret everyone knows -- everyone is mooching HBO GO passwords from friends (who sometimes just steal those passwords from other friends or their parents).

SEE ALSO: Ditching Cable for Internet TV? Read This First

In "The Secret of HBO Go," a guy desperate not to end a date asks his father for his HBO password, which sets off a ridiculous chain of password stealers that gets crazier and more convoluted the further down the chain it goes.

More About: HBO GO, Watercooler, college humor, viral videos

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