Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “New iPhone 5 Ads Show Off Noise Cancellation and Photo Sharing [VIDEO]”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “New iPhone 5 Ads Show Off Noise Cancellation and Photo Sharing [VIDEO]”

New iPhone 5 Ads Show Off Noise Cancellation and Photo Sharing [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 04:24 AM PST

Apple has launched two new ads for the iPhone 5, showcasing two important new features -- the device's noise cancelling microphone and photo stream sharing.

In the first ad, we see how easy it is to share your Thanksgiving photos with your friends and family. Turkeys and pies abound, of course.

In the second (below), we're shown how the iPhone 5 automatically cancels background noise while you're making a call.

How do you like the new iPhone 5 ads? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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4 Ways Tablets Help the Modern Sales Rep

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 04:14 AM PST

The effective use of mobile technology is increasingly becoming a driver of selling success. In competitive industries, sales reps need anytime-access to account information, collateral and other materials – the kind of access that can be achieved through tablet deployment.

Many sales teams have been slow to fully embrace this technology, relying instead on the sales tools with which they are inherently most comfortable. But bulky catalogs and printed marketing materials can't deliver the speed or quality your company needs to compete in today's marketplace.

Regardless of the size of the organization, sales teams need to either integrate technology into the sales process or r…
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Epic Meal Time Gives Us Thanksgiving on Steroids [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 02:48 AM PST

Thanksgiving is a time for big appetites and hearty portion sizes, but the folks over at Epic Meal Time create a Turkey-Day dinner that will make any holiday feast look like a Happy Meal.

SEE ALSO: Now We Know How Much is Too Much Bacon [VIRAL VIDEO]

The YouTube cooking show, which develops monstrous high-calorie meals for your viewing pleasure, came up with the following recipe: five birds stuffed into one another (with bacon added), then stuffed into a pig. Oh, and there's also a side of "fast-food lasagna."

To see the disgustingly delicious meal, check out the video above. Then, tell us: What will you be serving at Thanksgiving dinner this year?

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Unlikely Tech Alliance Aids Recovery After Sandy

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 01:59 AM PST

ITDRC Mobile Technology Recovery Center

Last weekend, more than ten days after superstorm Sandy, and after many days of darkness, most residents of Red Hook finally had power back. But power isn't everything anymore. In the immediate aftermath of Sandy, people across the city used Internet and social media to communicate with their loved ones and let them know they were OK or needed some help. The Internet is no longer a frivolous thing, it's a critical tool during and after natural disasters like Sandy. And in Red Hook, a neighborhood mostly comprised of low-income public housing residents, Internet is sometimes a luxury very few people can afford.

It's in this low-lying neighborhood that an unlikely alliance was formed. A…
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Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus Might Not Be Finished Until 2016 [REPORT]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 01:28 AM PST

Apple's updated plans for its cutting-edge Apple Campus 2 design show four levels of offices, sprawling landscape, a cafeteria, corporate auditorium and a fitness center. The design shape is still the same as it was initially proposed back in June, with a sleek, circular main building and glass surrounding the exterior.

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According to an updated proposal that Apple submitted to the city of Cupertino on Nov. 14, the company's new futuristic headquarters might not be completed until 2016, Bloomberg reports.

Apple originally wanted to start building in 2013 and relocate in 2015; but based on the new timetable, it will more likely break ground on the site in 2014.

Apple seems to be at fault for the delay, as the company said in August that it would file an updated proposal in September, but only did so in November.

If local residents don't file any legal challenges, and if city council quickly approves the project, however, breaking ground in 2013 is still an option, according to David Brandt, Cupertin…
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White House Asks Facebook Users to Pick a Turkey to ‘Pardon’ for Thanksgiving

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 12:56 AM PST

Gobbler or Cobbler: Which turkey do you want pardoned? The White House is asking Facebook users to help decide the fate of two Thanksgiving birds.

But fear not -- the duo won't be dinner. Rather, the winner with the most votes will be dubbed "National Thanksgiving Turkey," while the loser will be his alternate, according to a White House blog post.

"No turkeys will be harmed during the selection of the National Thanksgiving Turkey," Erin Lindsay, deputy director of online engagement for the Office of Digital Strategy, wrote on Tuesday. "After the pardoning, both turkeys travel to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens to reside in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Verno…
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How Small Businesses Can Win the Web [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 12:07 AM PST

Between their Black Friday Best Buy expeditions and Cyber Monday mania on Amazon, many holiday shoppers plan to celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend.

Conceived in 2010, the "holiday" puts the spotlight on local mom-and-pop retailers. If you're looking for info about which small businesses have the best deals, however, you might not find it online. More than 60% of small businesses do not have a website, and many that are online do not show up in search results.

SEE ALSO: How 'Small Business Saturday' Helped Main Street Take Back the Holidays

The web is already a vital source of information, becoming more popular every day. These small businesses are going to have to…
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Senior Citizens Make ‘Call Me Maybe’ Young Again [VIDEO]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 11:16 PM PST

Some may have rung the death knell for Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe, but a few spunky seniors (in the video above) likely disagree with that assessment.

(Most were around before the Internet existed, so if they want more Carly, let's respect that.)

Of all the parodies we've seen, the residents at the Waverley Mansion in Ontario, Canada might just be our favorite. The group describes itself as "stayin' young and havin' fun!"

SEE ALSO: Lip-Dubbing Senior Citizens Make Retirement Home Fun [VIDEO]

According to the video's comments, the Internet-savvy seniors might have a Gangnam Style parody in the works. Clearly, the group is a gift that keeps on giving.

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6 Inspiring Companies Joining #GivingTuesday

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 10:28 PM PST

We're just one week away from #GivingTuesday, the new national celebration of giving, following the now-ritual post-Thanksgiving routine of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

#GivingTuesday will be celebrated for the first time ever Nov. 27, and Mashable's thrilled to be a founding partner. More than 1000 corporations and non-profits have joined the #GivingTuesday movement that brings the spirit of giving back to the holiday season.

The best part of this new day of giving? You can make it all your own. There's no one company or one cause driving the campaign. Your company can design an initiative that's entirely unique to your audience, clients or voice. This means a huge diversity o…
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NBA Development League to Stream Games on YouTube

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 09:46 PM PST

The NBA Development League will stream games on YouTube this season for the first time. Is this a hint at bigger things to come?

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Top 8 Amazon Deals for Black Friday

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 09:17 PM PST

1. Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera

In addition to saving $250 on this 16-megapixel DSLR, you can also save the same on select Nikon lenses. Cost: Was $696.95, Now $446.95

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Black Friday is not quite upon us, but online Amazon has been offering deals all week.

If you want to keep track of special offers from the web retailer you can sign up for the "Daily Deals" email, check out the "Gold Box" for "Lightning Deals" and the "Deal of the Day," or follow @amazondeals on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.

SEE ALSO: How to Avoid These Top 5 Black Friday Traps

In the meantime, we've pulled together eight excellent Amazon special offers which we think represent some great savings on some great gadgets. Check 'em out in the slideshow above.

Tune in for more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

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Researchers Design Bio-Bot Able To Move On Its Own [VIDEO]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 08:45 PM PST

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a so-called "bio-bot," a 3D printed, 7-mm long biological machine. Made with hydrogel and rat heart cells, it can walk on its own. The project aims to imitate nature to create more efficient robots that have a variety of applications.

"The idea is that, by being able to design with biological structures, we can harness the power of cells and nature to address challenges facing society," said Rashid Bashir, the project's lead researcher. "As engineers, we've always built things with hard materials, materials that are very predictable. Yet there are a lot of applications where nature solves a…
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Pro Athletes Never Have to Worry About Another Twitter Gaffe [VIDEO]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 08:15 PM PST

This comedic infomercial features big-name sports starts pitching "Tweet Discreet," which magically turns potential Twitter gaffes into innocuous posts.

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Sex is Better Than Facebook, or Is It? [POLL]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 07:44 PM PST

XXXFacebook and sex are two things people seem to like a lot. In fact we get a lot of surveys here at Mashable about these two topics. Just this week, a new study by the University of Canterbury found that having sex is the most enjoyable human activity — even more than checking Facebook.

Before you say, ''of course, that's so obvious" there's also this study from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business which determined that checking social media websites like Facebook or Twitter is a temptation that's really hard to resist. It becomes addicting, kind of like cigarettes. The study's leads lead author points to social media's high availability as a possible reason, meaning e…
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Human Rights Watch Urges Fully Autonomous Weapons Ban [VIDEO]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 06:59 PM PST

A nonprofit group released a report calling for a worldwide ban on all fully autonomous weapons, citing a potential "lack of human control."

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Brad Keselowski Turbocharges NASCAR’s Twitter Presence [INTERVIEW]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 05:59 PM PST

Champion racecar driver Brad Keselowski -- who became a social media legend in February -- talks all things Twitter and NASCAR in this Q-and-A.

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Cooking a ‘Breaking Bad’ Thanksgiving [VIDEO]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 05:38 PM PST

What would happen if the protagonists of "Breaking Bad," Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, cooked the Thanksgiving dinner instead of meth?

In this hilarious parody, titled "Breaking Bread," you can find the answer. Just like in the real series, Jesse and Walter have a very tense relationship. That surfaces in a heated exchange when the chemistry professor finds out that his former student made a mistake putting the yeast in the fridge. It only gets worse when Jesse has to take over the show after Walter has to leave to argue with his wife Skyler.

SEE ALSO: Larry David Reminisces About Thanksgiving [VIDEO]

In the end, and even after a fistfight, everything goes well. "You know what…
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iPad Hacker Trial Tests Pre-Internet Law

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 05:12 PM PST

Five weeks after the release of the original 3G-enabled iPad in April 2010, Apple and AT&T suffered a massive data breach, exposing the email addresses of hundreds of thousands of early adopters.

The embarrassing breach was, in a way, one of AT&T's own making.

When a 3G iPad visited AT&T's website, the iPad transmitted a unique ID number and generated a new URL for the AT&T site, which in turn called up the user information associated with that ID number from AT&T's databases.

By the time the AT&T website loaded onto the iPad, the user would see his own email address, which he'd provided when he set up the iPad, already filled in on an AT&T webpage.

Plugging in the Data

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Things to Be Thankful For, Technology Edition

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 04:39 PM PST

turkey tech

Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.

You know the scene. The family is gathered, the turkey is carved, the sweet potatoes are mere inches from your fork and have no idea of the fate that is about to befall them. Then someone pipes up: "I think we ought to go around the table and say what we're thankful for."

What are you going to say? You're hipster enough that you would rather die than spout a cliche like "my health" or "my job" or "this food"; that's a given, surely -- of course we're all thankful for such things. But you're also enough of a geek that you fear saying what you're really thankful for; reeling off the specs of that awesome phone you just bought would be met with blank stares.

Fear not, we've got…
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Cybersecurity Guru Calls for More Online Regulation

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 04:12 PM PST

According to cybersecurity guru Eugene Kaspersky, the Internet needs more regulation. And it needs more and better regulation especially on the use of government-sponsored cyberweapons like Stuxnet and Flame.

At an event in New York today, Kaspersky, the head of Russian antivirus giant Kaspersky Lab, said that the online world is a more dangerous place than ever. "There are different types of threats in the cyberspace," he said. "There are criminals, hacktivists and cyberweapons."

According to Kaspersky, governments have gotten better at understanding and fighting cybercrime, but cyberweapons are still something they don't get. And that's dangerous because, as he said, "we depend…
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10 Smart Tips for Buying an HDTV

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 03:44 PM PST

A general view of the HDTV monitors at the Haier booth at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 7, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For all the incredible things our phones and tablets do, everybody wants to spend at least a little time kicking back on the couch in front of a big screen. Some of us want to spend a lot of time doing that. In either case, it's important to have an HDTV that delivers the experience you want -- whether that's 8 hours a day or 8 hours a year.

On average, people buy a new TV every seven or eight years, so the set you buy will be something you're stuck with for a while. You don't want to buy an HDTV that ends up obsolete in just a few years. Or worse, something ugly.

An HDTV is still a pretty large expense. While the cost of a typical flat-screen has fallen drastically over the last f…
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Historic Mars Discovery: 14 Things It Could Totally Be

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 03:27 PM PST

The Curiosity rover has reportedly made a groundbreaking discovery on Mars. The problem is that we will have to wait a few weeks to find out what it is.

Curiosity made the finding onboard its mobile chemistry lab, Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument (SAM for short). While NASA has so far been mum on the discovery, Curiosity Chief Scientist John Grotzinger told NPR that it will be "one for the history books." In fact, the data is so revolutionary that the team has to double-check to make sure that it is actually correct.

Based on Curiosity's detailed reports, we do know what the rover has been up to since her August landing. Besides snapping selfies and checking into Foursquare, Cu…
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Satirical ‘Africa for Norway’ Group Offers Aid to Freezing Scandinavians

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 03:10 PM PST

Norwegian group Radi-Aid thinks there's enough sob stories out their about the dire situation in Africa. That's why it launched a YouTube campaign on behalf of freezing children in Norway, one of the Scandinavian countries with a long, rough winter.

Of course, the spirit of the video is satire. African youth are not in fact sending radiators up to Norway's frigid population. The music video aims to shed light on the positive activity going on in Africa, arguing that the continent is less of a mess than is sometimes portrayed.

The Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund created the video, hoping to drive funds toward solutions rather than exploiting ster…
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World’s Oldest Computer Gets a Reboot [VIDEO]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 02:57 PM PST

The National Museum of Computing is welcoming a new, two-ton computer to its collection -- the world's oldest. Named "The Witch" for Wolverhampton Instrument for Teaching Computation from Harwell, the supercomputer was used to aid scientists in the 1950s who were crunching large numbers -- though it took a while. For every two digits, the computer took 10 seconds to calculate.

SEE ALSO: Startup Wants to Make Supercomputers Affordable

After 15 years being out of commission, the computer has been restored. Three painstaking years thanks to a team of computer conversationists and 'The Witch" is back to the way it operated in its heyday.

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This Grandma’s Thanksgiving Rules Are Awesomely Harsh

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 02:38 PM PST

Helen Philpot's a grandma with attitude. She posted this hilarious set of Thanksgiving rules on her blog -- salads, as you'll see, are not preferred.

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This Scrappy Mammal Survived Dinosaur Extinction

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 02:24 PM PST

A scrappy family of mammals with unusual, mismatched features moved underground and, like living in a perpetual bomb shelter, managed to survive the mass extinction event 65 million years ago that wiped out the world's non-avian dinosaurs.

We know this thanks to new research on the fossil mammal Necrolestes patagonensis, whose name translates to "grave robber," referring to its burrowing and underground lifestyle. The animal, described in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, had an upturned snout, a sturdy body structure, and short, wide legs.

SEE ALSO: Post-Dinos Mammal Was Fat and Slow

It lived 16 million years ago, long after the dinosaur demise. But it…
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HP and Yahoo: A Tale of Two Iffy Comebacks

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 02:08 PM PST

Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo's paths seem to be cosmically intersecting. Very soon, Yahoo's market valuation may eclipse HP's as the two follow what in the short term looks like opposite trajectories. HP's stock is at its lowest level in a decade, while Yahoo's is the highest it's been in 18 months.

The stakes are relatively low in this race. HP's current valuation -- about $23 billion -- is less than the amount Apple's market value increased by on Monday alone. Yet, HP is poised to supplant Yahoo as a wholesale provider of tech schadenfreude, a commodity with seemingly endless demand. The real competition is for the title of Silicon Valley's reigning basket case.

In this arena, HP se…
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YouTube-Exclusive ‘Halo’ Miniseries Nets 26 Million Views

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 01:50 PM PST

Microsoft's experimental Halo live-action miniseries received 26 million total views on YouTube since it launched in October, paving a future for long form video content on the platform.

Halo: Forward Unto Dawn premiered on the Machinima YouTube channel at the beginning of October. The five-part miniseries was produced by Microsoft as a tie-in to the release of Halo 4's release, and Microsoft and its in-house studio 343 Industries spent $10 million producing it.

According to Matt J. McCloskey, the director of franchise business development at 343 Industries, the series was meant to give fans a deeper look at the early life of one of Halo 4's main characters, Thomas Lasky. It was a…
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Here’s How Nokia Creates Its Maps [VIDEO]

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 01:28 PM PST

Nokia Here, the company's upgraded and re-branded location services, launched on iOS today. The launch follows the company's big unveiling of the service last week, which takes advantage of Nokia's 3D maps.

After the event, Nokia was kind enough to show me how it creates its maps, taking me on a ride around San Francisco.

To create Here maps, Nokia is using a fleet of Volkswagen Jettas -- 45 of them to be exact -- to capture 3D representations of roadways and the surrounding environment. The cars don't just take into account the buildings they drive by, they're also capable of mapping street signs and even elevation.

That data can then be u…
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See Space Shuttle Atlantis Covered in Plastic

Posted: 20 Nov 2012 01:17 PM PST

Atlantis is currently wrapped in a protective plastic while construction crews finish building its exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando.

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