Thursday, 22 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Google Celebrates Thanksgiving With a Doodle and a Holiday Guide”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Google Celebrates Thanksgiving With a Doodle and a Holiday Guide”

Google Celebrates Thanksgiving With a Doodle and a Holiday Guide

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 04:59 AM PST


As is customary in the past couple of years, Google has a Thanksgiving Doodle on its U.S. Search page today.

This time, however, Google went a little bit further, posting a guide on how to take advantage of its many services to help you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The guide reminds you that you can set up a Google+ Hangout for your friends and family, search for recipes on Google or follow your favorite football teams on YouTube.

While most of these are known to many Google users, it's always nice to see how much Google has grown and how you can put its multitude of services and features to good use.

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How to Plan Your Next Vacation in One Breezy Sitting

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 03:56 AM PST

Planning a vacation should be as relaxing and eye-opening as the actual journey.

The traditional way of planning vacations — flipping through travel books and magazines — is an exhausting time suck. Lately, we've been planning our dream holidays using travel-planning applications. Globetrotters can find trip inspiration, affordable flights, off-the-map sights, delicious local eats and the best hotels deals right on their smartphones, tablets or computers.

Grab a cup of coffee (or a piña colada if you see a tropical getaway in your midst), plop down on a comfy seat and we'll show you how to map out your next adventure — all from the comfort of your home, office or favorite ca…
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Stuck at Work This Holiday? Here’s Your Survival Guide

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 03:10 AM PST

If you're stuck working on a holiday, hopefully your tasks are at least somewhat cheery. Still, being in the office when everyone else is celebrating isn't ideal, so we've rounded up a few tips to make the day a little more bearable.

Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate

Sometimes, working on a holiday is unavoidable. After all, can you imagine what would happen if every doctor, airline pilot, taxi driver and police officer insisted on taking Thanksgiving off?

That said, you often have a little room to negotiate. Depending on the nature of your job, ask your boss if you can work from home. If that's not an option, inquire about splitting a shift so that you only work half of the…
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10 Black Friday Disasters That Will Convince You to Stay Home

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 02:34 AM PST

1. Waffle Riot

We've heard of Bread Riots, Pussy Riots and even Quiet Riots. But this, my friends, is a Waffle Riot. Anarchy reigns as this crowd of Walmart shoppers struggles to get their hands on some $2 waffle irons.

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By now, we've all heard the Black Friday horror stories. The cast of characters is always the same: stampeding shoppers, pushy patrons and bellicose bargain-hunters.

Along with great deals, the post-Thanksgiving shopping "holiday" can bring out consumers' more agressive natures. Before you foray into the retail free-for-all, check out the videos in the gallery above. You might think twice about leaving the house.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, alashi

BONUS: 10 Black Friday Deals You Can't Afford to Miss

Tune in for more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

Photo via iStockphoto, alashi

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Play Tetris in Reverse With ‘Dream of Pixels’

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 01:29 AM PST

Need a time-waster for the Thanksgiving holidays? We've got one for Tetris fans: Dream of Pixels is a game that takes the Tetris concept, turns it upside down and adorns it with some dreamy graphics.

The game, which was out for iOS last week, starts with complete grids of blocks (clouds), and your job is to "unpack" them. It boasts "ever-changing" visuals, loads of achievements and six game modes -- Classic, Puzzle, Zen Puzzle, Pro, Nightmare and Shattered Dream.

The game's music and visuals set a certain relaxing mood not usually seen in these types of games. Watch out: the soothing sounds, coupled with the addictive gameplay, might make you forget about your Thanksgiving tu…
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New Google Initiative Promotes Web Content in Arabic

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 12:52 AM PST


Google announced today a month-long initiative to promote Arabic on the Internet. The program is called "Arabic Web Days" and aims to increase the amount of online content in Arabic, a language that is under-represented on the Internet.

"Arabic content on the web represents just 3 percent of the total digital content online," Google said in its blog announcement. "Yet Arabic speakers make up more than 5 percent of the global population."

Along with various partners, Google is organizing a series of online and offline events, including Google Hangouts with "industry experts," an infographic competition and the celebration of "Arabic Web Day" on December 12.

SEE ALSO: Google Take
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Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 11:34 PM PST

1. Mona Lisa — Smile!

Via thinking:made:violet

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Whether you're digesting Thanksgiving dinner in blissful boredom or need an end-of-week diversion, we're here to provide some easy entertainment.

SEE ALSO: The History of GIFs

We've located quite the collection of GIFS this week. So relax, serve yourself another steaming plate of leftovers and surf our sweet collection.

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This App Curates Gifts From Startups for Your Trendy Friends

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 06:33 PM PST

A new app called JustBecause helps you find gifts for friends any time of year -- but the holidays are the perfect time to give it a whirl.

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Throw a Dance Party for World AIDS Day with (RED) and Mashable

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 06:26 PM PST

Help usher in the first AIDS free generation by throwing a dance party with (RED) and Mashable for World AIDS Day 2012.

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Facebook Tests Photo Sync For iOS [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 06:07 PM PST

iOS users may have reason to rejoice -- seamless photo syncing to Facebook is on its way.

Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing apps to allow photos taken on an iOS device to be instantly uploaded to a private Facebook album. Earlier this year Facebook tested the same feature for Android users.

Google+ added a similar feature, Instant Upload, for its iOS app in February 2012.

SEE ALSO: Facebook App Update Beats Twitter to Punch With Photo Filters

Facebook's synced photo album will be able to hold 2GB of images.

The company is only releasing this option to a small group of users at this time. If you have the option, you…
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Danica Patrick’s Divorce Is a Hit on Facebook

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 05:49 PM PST

NASCAR driver and GoDaddy covergirl Danica Patrick used Facebook to break news of her divorce, and the post has received an astounding number of likes and shares.

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Facebook to Slow Down After Move to HTTPS [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 05:29 PM PST

Facebook will load more slowly than usual for North American users after the company begins to roll out HTTPS to users, a move which backtracks from the speed gained with HTTP service.

While a more secure connection, HTTPS tends to load at slower speeds. Users who have entered credit card information online will be familiar with the lock icon in the browser that denotes the use of an HTTPS connection. (The 'S' stands for secure).

The switch was announced last year in a blog post on the company's website by Facebook's Alex Rice. "We feel that HTTPS is an essential option to protect the security of Facebook accounts," he wrote.

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Try Out Mozilla’s Mobile Operating System in Your Browser

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 05:02 PM PST

Mozilla has made a new prototype of its mobile operating system, Firefox OS, available to the public. An early (and still a little buggy) build, the release lets you run the operating system as a Firefox add-on on your computer, allowing you to get a taste of the OS without actually installing it onto a mobile phone.

An exceptionally open operating system, Mozilla's main target for Firefox OS is emerging markets. The company is currently conducting research in Brazil to learn how the middle class in the country uses their mobile phones, in order to customize the Firefox OS experience to meet those needs.

"Much like various versions of Firefox, the overall concept here is premiu…
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This Smart Bag Charges All Your Gadgets [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 04:44 PM PST

A Kickstarter project is hoping to launch Phorce, a "smart bag" that stores and charges all your gadgets.

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Makerbot 3D Photo Booth Creates Personal Portraits

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 04:25 PM PST

At the official launch of its NoHo store, Makerbot introduced its own 3D printing photo booth where users will get a monochrome version of their head.

While not as detailed as the one we recently profiled in Japan, the service does take photography beyond the digital realm. And, amazingly, it only costs $25. Customers will sit in the booth for a $5 scan and pay an additional $20 to get their face printed.

This initiative was made possible through a collaboration with Shapeshot, a 3D printing company focused on applications that relate to personalization.

While it is unlikely that this printing method will replace existing printing and photography methods, Makerbot is driving th…
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Share Your Photos of the Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 04:11 PM PST

Kermit the Frog at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

It's hard to say which Thanksgiving tradition is more iconic: carving a turkey, catching a football game or watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. While we know that images of Thanksgiving dinners are likely to overtake Instagram tomorrow, we're also sure that many people on the ground in New York City will be capturing some amazing photos of the parade.

Thanks to Twitter and Instagram, we can now experience the parade from thousands of different viewpoints, rather than just the feed offered by our television stations. That's why we want you to share your photos of the Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 with us. Whether it's the massive crowd surging from Central Park West to 7th Ave…
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Sneak Peek at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons [PICS]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 04:09 PM PST

1. Hello Kitty

Image courtesy of Anthony Quintano

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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are getting pumped up -- literally -- for their big performance in New York City on Thursday morning. Before Papa Smurf, Kermit and other classic characters float through the streets of midtown, they undergo the helium treatment to ensure maximum float-ability.

SEE ALSO: Nicole Westbrook Talks Turkey With New Yorkers

Instagram and Twitter users helped to offer a sneak peek of tomorrow's festivities by sharing snapshots of the half-inflated balloons.

Take a float through the gallery above and let us know in the comments which classic balloon is your favorite.

Thumbnail courtesy of Flickr, drivingthenortheast

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The World’s Scariest Place to Read a Book [PIC]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 03:53 PM PST

Rock Climbing

This couple is enjoying some down (or is it up?) time chillaxing on a portaledge attached to what looks to be a very steep cliff.

A Redditor summed this picture up better than we ever could: "Even with climbing bolts it's still hanging off of a motherf*cking rock. My idea of excitement is occasionally taking my tea with sugar."

Stay safe this holiday season, no matter if you care to spend it on the ground or in the air.

BONUS: You know what's scarier than heights? Clowns.

Image courtesy of Redditor, jillillac

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This 3D Lego Model of NYC Is Awesome

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 03:36 PM PST

The Big Apple has gotten the Lego treatment before, but not like this. Motion designer and 3D artist J.R. Schmidt created this unthinkably detailed map of New York City. In Lego. To scale.

J.R. took satellite imagery, then simplified the map down to pixels, with each colored pixel representing a different elevation. He rendered the pixels into Lego blocks to create a one-of-a-kind, true-to-life 3D model art piece.

You can own this mesmerizing rendition of New York City. It is available in print ($15), an iPhone case ($35) and an iPod skin ($15) at society6.

Craving more creative inspiration? Check out other equally breathtaking digital pieces by the artist, like these geometri
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Thanksgiving Etiquette, Martha Stewart Style [COMIC]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 03:23 PM PST

What happened to Thanksgiving etiquette? The Joy of Tech found a forceful solution for boorish Thanksgiving behavior from none other than Martha Stewart.

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Obama Says Nate Silver Picked the Right Turkey

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 03:15 PM PST

Nate Silver's done it again.

The data guru (or "witch" as some believe) has taken a break from correctly predicting the next U.S. president and brought his magic to Thanksgiving.

Or so the president jokes.

During the annual White House Thanksgiving pardon ceremony, Obama quipped that Nate Silver (who also forecasted that Obama would win the election weeks ago) guessed which turkey -- Gobbler or Cobbler -- would win the race to be the next official National Thanksgiving Turkey of the free world.

"Once again Nate Silver nailed it," Obama said, before gesturing a cross over the turkey and completing the pardon. "The guy is amazing."

SEE ALSO: White House Asks Facebook Use
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Apple Now Owns the iMessage Name

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 02:57 PM PST

Apple's iMessage is now a registered trademark. The company's newest trademark officially became registered on Nov. 20. It was first submitted for review in September 2011, according to Patently Apple.

Launched at WWDC in June 2011, iMessage is now available on iOS and OS X devices. It allows text and photo communication between devices without a costly data plan.

Meanwhile, the same report confirms that Apple has now submitted its fourth Passbook-related trademark application. This time, the filing covers the app's icon under International Classification 035. This includes a number of industries including advertising, marketing and other goods and services.

Previous tradema…
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Nicole Westbrook Talks Turkey With New Yorkers

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 02:45 PM PST

Nicole Westbrook went viral with her music video "It's Thanksgiving." Currently, the video has more than 10 million views on YouTube.

Westbrook stopped by Mashable HQ in on Wednesday. She took to the streets of New York City to ask people a few questions.

PS: If you have yet to see the Thanksgiving viral sensation, you can get caught up below.

Nicole Westbrook Mashable

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9 Black Friday Deals For iPhone Owners

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 02:40 PM PST

1. GoSmart Stylus

From Friday Nov 23 from 3:00 am to 11:59 pm PST you can buy two GoSmart styli and get the third free. Use the promo code WERSMART at the Amazon checkout to claim this offer.

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If you're an iPhone owner looking for some brilliant Black Friday deals this Thanksgiving, we can help you out. We've found nine tasty discounts on cases, speakers and other peripherals.

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

Take a look through our slideshow of savings in the gallery above. Link us in the comments to any other iPhone-themed deals you've seen online this Holiday season.

Tune in for more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

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‘Hipster Thanksgiving’ … You’ve Probably Never Heard of It [VIDEO]

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 02:14 PM PST

From the minds that brought you "Boys Will Be Girls" comes a parody just in time for the holidays. "Hipster Thanksgiving" features a group of friends honoring time-honored Thanksgiving traditions like Instagramming their meal and reciting beat poetry about turkey.

SEE ALSO: William Shatner Gets Autotuned in Deep-Fried Turkey PSA [VIDEO]

Thanksgiving is, of course, the world's most hipster holiday. Its main focus is cooking up elaborate recipes and buying things before anyone else can (Black Friday, anyone?). Just don't try to celebrate Hipster Thanksgiving on Facebook. We obviously deleted our accounts before the social network got too cool.

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Facebook Is No Longer a Democracy

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 01:53 PM PST

Sorry, democracy fans. The world's largest virtual nation, a billion citizens strong, just officially became an oligarchy.

You probably weren't even aware of it, but until Wednesday, you had voting rights on Facebook. The site used to put major changes to its governing documents -- that is, the rules for how it treats your information and your privacy -- up for a vote.

The last time this happened, however, so few virtual citizens came out to vote that it made the U.S. midterm elections (with their average 40% voter turnout) look like a triumph of participation.

In June, the company proposed two alternative versions of its statement of rights and responsibilities, and let users…
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Jack Taylor’s Insane 138-point Game: Everything You Need to Know

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 01:40 PM PST

Jack Taylor shattered the NCAA hoops scoring record Tuesday with a surreal 138-point game. Here's all you need to know about the week's most viral story.

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How Big Companies Can Thrive on Risks

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 01:25 PM PST

Business is inevitably risky. How do large companies manage their financial, operating and even sometimes reputational risk? Shellye Archambeau, CEO of Metricstream and author of Marketing the Works takes her seat on today's episode to explain.

Companies are often heads-down with their sights on things like product, sales, international expansion or other pressing responsibilities. Unforeseen circumstances could throw companies for a loop. This is when a risk management firm comes in.

But using a company like Metricstream to predict risk may be a better option. In fact, Twitter recently selected Metricstream's GRP platform to help with its ow…
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Tomb of the Unknowns Facebook Photo Gets Woman in Hot Water

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 01:16 PM PST

A Massachusetts woman has been placed on unpaid leave from her job after posting a prank photo to her Facebook page that stirred up controversy.

The photo shows Lindsey Stone, an employee at LIFE (Living Independently Forever) in Hyannis, giving the finger and miming a loud yell in front of a sign at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, D.C., next to a sign asking for "silence and respect." Stone and Jamie Schuh, who took the photograph, posted the pic on their Facebook feeds and word quickly spread. On Tuesday, a Facebook Page called "Fire Lindsay Stone" was formed. By Wednesday afternoon it had more than 19,000 fans.

The site also came close to accomplishing its goal. ABC report…
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Sandy Prompts FCC Hearings on Communications Outages

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 12:59 PM PST

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday it will hold field hearings examining ways to keep communications systems up and running during natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy.

Lawmakers called for probes into communications outages after Sandy left as much as 25% of cell sites in its path inoperable when it hit the East Coast in October.

"This unprecedented storm has revealed new challenges that will require a national dialogue around ideas and actions to ensure the resilience of communications networks," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.

The hearings will start in 2013, with the first round in New York and continuing in other disaster-…
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