Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Murder Suspect McAfee Blogs While on the Run From Police”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Murder Suspect McAfee Blogs While on the Run From Police”

Murder Suspect McAfee Blogs While on the Run From Police

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 04:53 AM PST

Fugitives generally try to keep a low profile while running from the police, but murder suspect and tech entrepreneur John McAfee has done the opposite: He started a blog.

McAfee, founder of the eponymous anti-virus software company McAfee, launched "The Hinterland," a blog detailing his experience hiding from authorities in Belize, on Saturday. He is the prime suspect in the murder of an American expat named Gregory Faull who was shot in his San Pedro Town home two weeks ago, Gizmodo reported.

Entitled "Introduction," the first entry of McAfee's "official blog" begins as follows:

"With lots of time on my hands and very little to do with it, I've been reflecting on the recent d…
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HTC’s Peter Chou: We Don’t Pay Apple $6-$8 per Android Phone

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 03:14 AM PST

HTC Apple

HTC is happy with its recent patent dispute settlement with Apple, and the media estimates the company is paying Apple $6 - $8 for every Android phone it sells are wrong, claims HTC CEO Peter Chou.

"I think that these estimates are baseless and very, very wrong. It is a outrageous number, but I'm not going to comment anything on a specific number. I believe we have a very, very happy settlement and a good ending," Chou said at a KDDI Corp product launch in Tokyo.

In November 2012, HTC has announced it has ended its patent dispute with Apple, without giving away any specifics about the agreement. "HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on inno…
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Friction May Someday Charge Your Cellphone

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 02:35 AM PST

A nanogenerator made from inexpensive materials harvests mechanical energy and produces enough power to charge personal electronics.

More About: Science, charger, wireless charging

New E-Textbooks Report Student Study Habits

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 01:59 AM PST

Students may no longer enjoy the luxury of slacking off in privacy because of new electronic textbooks that report their study habits.

Teachers can track the time spent reading e-textbooks and see the notes or highlights made by students through the new service offered by CourseSmart Analytics. Three U.S. universities and colleges have signed on to test the e-textbook service before it becomes widely available in 2013 -- a way to identify students who need help and gauge the e-textbooks that hold student interest.

"With the CourseSmart dashboard, professors will be better able to fine-tune lesson plans, critique student performance, and even tailor suggestions for specific students…
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Google Maps Helps Man Walk 5,000 Miles Across Asia [VIDEO]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 01:34 AM PST

While most of us consult Google Maps to get directions to the mall, one man used the app to trek 5,000 miles across Asia.

Equipped with an Android phone running Maps, U.S. Marine Sgt. Winston Fiore set out on a journey to raise money and awareness for the International Children's Surgical Foundation, a charity that provides free facial-reconstructive surgery for children with cleft palates in developing countries.

Fiore walked across Brunei, China, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam in a mission he called "Smile Trek," which began last October and ended Monday. Along with his Android, Biore also brought "sturdy boots" and "a 20-pound vest c…
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Windows Phone 7 Handsets Will Be Updated Past 7.8 [REPORT]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 12:57 AM PST

If you purchased a Windows Phone last year, then you might continue seeing updates to the handsets for a little bit longer.

A leaked Nokia slide references "Windows Phone 7.x, " which is set to arrive after the Windows Phone 7.8 refresh. Obtained by Phone Arena by an anonymous tipster, the slide doesn't provide any information on what the update may include.

When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 earlier this year, it also announced Windows Phone 7.8, an update for Windows Phone 7 handsets that brings the updated home screen to the phones.

Due to hardware limitations, no Windows Phone 7 handsets can be updated to Windows Phone 8.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft Mobile: From Pock
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Gmail Gets Support for Cherokee, Raises Language Count to 57

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 12:31 AM PST


Gmail is now available in 57 languages, and one of them is Cherokee, the only Southern Iroquoian language that's still spoken.

While very few people speak Cherokee today, the update helps preserve the language, and encourages native speakers to use it in their everyday communication.

To make this even easier, Google has added a Cherokee virtual keyboard to Gmail, just like it did with Google Web Search, which has supported Cherokee since last March.

Interestingly, Apple's iPhone and iPad have supported Cherokee since December 2010. At the time, Cherokee Chief Chad Smith persuaded Apple to include support for the language. Similarly, Gmail's latest update came about after V…
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Seqinetic ‘Sun’ Glasses Lets You Wear Daylight to Fight Winter Blues [VIDEO]

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 11:57 PM PST

While a quick getaway to sunny Mexico may cure your winter blues, one company has devised a cheaper and longer-term alternative to escape shorter, darker days.

Seqinetic "sun" glasses, which includes six LEDs and a reflector, let users wear daylight.

"The reflector bounces soft white 'daylight' around your eyes, but not directly into them, improving your mood," according to the company's Kickstarter page from last year.

To re-energize during long winter months, Seqinetic recommends users wear the glasses for up to 30 minutes a day. It adds that the light is "harmless" and "100% UV-free." Check out the video, above, for more.

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6 Tech Fixes for Your Thanksgiving

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 11:00 PM PST

Starting with Thanksgiving, the holiday season is set to arrive, often with big helpings of stress — especially if you're still scrambling to get ready for Thursday. But there's no reason to face those Thanksgiving tasks alone: You've got technology on your side.

From apps to gadgets, tech can make the holidays easier. These six essential tools will help you get through the season, from planning before the meal to burning off calories afterwards.

1. Thanksgiving Menu Maker (iOS)

First things first: What to cook? This free app helps you pick out a menu, including starters, main dishes, sides and desserts. It offers recipes to go with the choices, generates a shopping list and h…
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Nintendo’s Wii U: First Impressions

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 10:01 PM PST


The Wii U GamePad has a 6.2-inch touchscreen.

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Nintendo's newest console has only been available for one day, but that's still enough time for early-bird consumers to get their hands on the Wii U, and test out its features and games.

We spent the last 24 hours playing with the Wii U, and have organized our early thoughts on the system. Read on if you're on the fence about buying one.

Out of the Box

Setting up the Wii U is easy, but installing the software is more of a process. Nintendo issued a day-one patch to activate features such as MiiVerse, the company's social features; this means users will spend between one to three hours (depending on connection speed) downloading and installing a patch that bricks their system. Not a…
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AC/DC Is Finally Available on iTunes

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 08:57 PM PST

Legendary hard rock band AC/DC has added a new way to deal the crunchy grooves you need: iTunes.

More About: Entertainment, Music, iTunes Store

Man Tells Heartbreaking Story of Grandfather’s Lost Building [VIDEO]

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 07:57 PM PST

The latest StoryCorps animated video tells the story of an Italian man, named Rocco, who loses his apartment after working in it for 18 years.

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These 3 Charts Tell the Story of Intel’s Otellini Era

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 06:55 PM PST

Three charts tell the story of Intel boss Paul Otellini, who will step down in May after eight years at the helm of the chip giant.

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CBS Analyst Apologizes for ‘Homoerotic’ UFC Tweets

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 05:57 PM PST

CBS Sports analyst Seth Davis is on the defensive after calling the UFC a "homoerotic" sport he doesn't want his son to watch on Twitter.

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Get Your Kicks With Time-Lapse of Route 66

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 05:36 PM PST

Over the summer, Brian DeFrees drove from Chicago to L.A. on Route 66 and made a three-minute video-lapse of the entire journey.

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How an NBA Star’s YouTube Series Gives Fans Inside Access [VIDEO]

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 05:15 PM PST

We recently wrote about how NBA fans are being introduced to budding star Damian Lillard through his YouTube documentary series, as well as how a similar Adidas project called "The Return of D.Rose" is giving fans a window into injured superstar Derrick Rose's comeback from injury.

Fellow NBA guard Nate Robinson, however, has been in the YouTube mini-documentary game longer than either of them. He's among the first players have made use of the genre's easy storytelling potential and his series, "State of Nate," is now midway through its second season.

Robinson says he initially wanted to make the mini docs as a way for his kids to be able to look back on their childhoods later, b…
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Non-Secession White House Petitions Surge

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 04:57 PM PST

The White House's online petition site We the People has been inundated since president Obama's reelection with more petitions than at any time since its 2011 launch.

About 37% of those 187 new petitions are from disenchanted Americans who want their state to secede from the union. Another 5% are from people criticizing or mocking the would-be secessionists.

Nearly 58% of the new petitions are unrelated to secession, though. Those 108 petitions alone represent the second-largest crop of We the People petitions. The only larger batch came just after the site's September 2011 debut.

Here's how those non-secession petitions are broken down as of noon on Monday:

Weed Doesn't Lead
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Self-Taught Teen Prodigy From Sierra Leone Wows MIT Engineers [VIDEO]

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 04:40 PM PST

The latest installment of the THNKR's Prodigies YouTube series highlights Sierra Leone teen Kelvin Doe, who is visiting the U.S. as a guest of MIT.

The 15-year-old is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class. Combining scrap metal, baking soda and acid, he created a battery to power his family's home. He also broadcasts news and music as DJ Focus on the radio, using an RF transmitter he created.

Kelvin is the youngest invitee ever to MIT's Visiting Practitioner's Program for international development-- and watching THNKR's look into his trip you'll understand why. The teen scours trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries,…
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Mumbai Women Arrested for Political Facebook Comment

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 04:27 PM PST

Members of the Indian Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party light candles as they pay tribute to chief of the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, Bal Thackeray in Amritsar on November 18, 2012.

Following the death of Bal Thackeray, leader and founder of the Shiv Sena political party, 21-year-old Shaheen Dhadha was arrested for a Facebook comment that didn't please many Indian citizens.

"People like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that," Dhadha wrote on her Facebook wall.

NDTV reports that the Facebook post also said, "Respect is earned, not given and definitely not forced. Today Mumbai shuts down due to fear and not due to respect."

A bandh is a city wide shutdown, and in the wake of Thackeray's death, Mumbai came to a near standstill. But Dhadha's Facebook status got the city reawakened.

Dhadha's Facebook friend Renu (…
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iPhone-Syncing Bike Mount Makes Your Apps More Accessible

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 04:09 PM PST


If you're a weekend cyclist or maybe someone who bikes to work for exercise, there's a new gadget that's a real game-changer for bikers who are also iPhone owners.

Company Wahoo Fitness develops iPhone-syncing devices. Its latest gadget, RFLKT (pronounced "reflect"), is an iPhone powered computer for street bikes expected to launch at the end of December or early January.

The two-ounce device attaches between your handle bars using the strap pictured and the ties that come with it. It works with the company's iPhone app and Cyclemeter. It also connects to a number of other devices and apps using Bluetooth. This way, while you're cycling, you can view your biking stats from Waho…
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How Should Apple Name the Next Mac OS Series? [POLL]

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 03:50 PM PST


The reign of the big cats is almost at an end at Apple, and we don't know what will replace them.

With the rumor mill now pointing to the name "Lynx" for Mac OS X 10.9, the company is almost running out of big cat names it has already trademarked. We've already seen Mac OSs named for the Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. (The only other one remaining is "Cougar," which has acquired something of an alternate meaning since Apple trademarked it in 2004.)

Regardless of whether Apple continues the Mac OS X series with version 10.10, starts afresh with Mac OS XI, or merges the Mac and the iOS systems -- all of which are possibilities…
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Are You Safe From Cybercrime?

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 03:35 PM PST

SOPAIn our Cybercrime Series, presented by Norton, Mashable explores some of the web's greatest security breaches. From celebrity hacks to mobile hacks to Facebook hacks -- these anecdotes will remind why it's always good to use protection, and that rock-solid passwords and two-factor authentication are the first step toward security.

Take a look at the summaries below and click through to read the whole article. You'll be glad you did.

SEE ALSO: What You Can Learn From Wired Reporter's Epic Hack

1. 65% of Internet Users Are Cybercrime Victims [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Ponemon Institute survey of 583 U.S. companies found 90% had been hacked in the past 12 months. Of those companies, most ad…
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25 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Gaza-Israel Conflict Updates

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 03:19 PM PST

972 Magazine (@972mag)

Bio: Independent news and commentary from Israel and Palestine

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Twitter has been abuzz with news from Gaza and Israel for much of the past week, where conflicts have recently escalated between Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces.

On Nov. 14, the IDF launched Operation Pillar of Defense when it killed the military chief of Hamas' Gaza operations, Ahmed Jabari. The attack was in part a response to the onslaught of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel. The IDF has continued its airstrikes in Gaza, and many speculate a ground invasion could come at any point. Hamas has continued to fire rockets into Israel, and is targeting the country's two largest cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, for the first time.

Journalists and civilians living in both Ga…
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Music Monday: Celebrating What We’re Thankful For

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 03:08 PM PST

Nicole Westbrook Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, which means your preparations are probably already well underway. Whether this means hours of grocery shopping or house cleaning, Thanksgiving isn't always the most relaxing holiday.

But, if there's one thing we've learned from every television special out there, it's that Thanksgiving gives us the chance to reflect on the things we're grateful for. Through the hazy fog of tryptophan, we get a chance to enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie and enjoy the company of family and friends. Even if it's just for small portion of the year, this day gives us a chance to appreciate the people and things that are meaningful in life.

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Killer Whale Plays With Dog [VIDEO]

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 02:48 PM PST

A cute Labrador has a playful close encounter with a killer whale on Matheson Bay in the Auckland Region of New Zealand.

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So What if Oprah Used an iPad to Tweet About Microsoft Surface?

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 02:31 PM PST

Oprah Winfrey recently gave Microsoft's Surface her seal of approval when the gadget made her annual "Favorite Things" list. Oprah has been using Twitter and hashtag #FavoriteThings to endorse the Surface.

On Monday, however, criticism began bubbling up on blogs and social sites because it appears Oprah is typing her tweets on Apple's iPad (see screenshot above).

But, we have to ask, does that really matter?

Technology users own more than one gadget -- often made from different companies -- and as my colleagues point out, people use an iPad differently than a Surface. And for Oprah, that's no different. She did put the iPad on her "Ultimate Favorite Things" list in 2010, saying…
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Opera Web Browser Thrives in Europe’s Last Dictatorship

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 02:20 PM PST

Opera lives on in Belarus. Not musical drama, but the fifth most popular web browser. Why is the former Soviet republic a ruby of web browsing rarity?

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20 TV Shows With the Most Social Buzz This Week

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 02:06 PM PST

It should come as no surprise to anyone who follows the social TV rankings that The X Factor has once again topped the chart this week.

FOX's singing competition spurred more than 4.5 million mentions on social networks, rising 15% from last week's total as season two nears its conclusion. Season three has already been confirmed, though next year's judge lineup has not been announced. Whether or not judges Britney Spears and Demi Levato will return alongside Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid remains to be seen.

SEE ALSO: Competitive Gaming Seeing TV-Levels of Viewership in 2012

The X Factor season two premiere broke records to become the most talked about premiere for a series ever back…
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Handball Player Drops Shorts in Extreme Meltdown [VIDEO]

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 01:58 PM PST

Talk about taking the bait. A sarcastic kiss by a handball player sends his foe into a frenzied freak-out that includes...well, you gotta see for yourself.

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Apple Stock Jumps More Than 7% After Falling to 6-Month Low

Posted: 19 Nov 2012 01:47 PM PST

Apple's stock may have finally hit its bottom, as the stock rebounded by more than 7% in trading Monday.

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