Thursday, 29 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Qloo Finds New Things For You To Watch, Read, Listen, Eat and Wear”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Qloo Finds New Things For You To Watch, Read, Listen, Eat and Wear”

Qloo Finds New Things For You To Watch, Read, Listen, Eat and Wear

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 04:34 AM PST

New discovery engine Qloo offers recommendations — based on things you already enjoy — for music, film, TV, dining, nightlife, fashion, books and travel.

More About: Dining, Music, Qloo, TV, books, discovery, fashion, films, nightlife, travel

Apple’s New Santa Clara Campus and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 04:09 AM PST

Social Media NewsWelcome 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.

Apple Breaks Ground on New Campus in Santa Clara

Apple has signed a deal with developer Peery Arrillaga to build a new campus for 1,200 or more workers in Santa Clara, Calif., Mercury News reports. The two-building campus is being built on a 296,000-square foot property, located only a short distance from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.

Sharp Offering a Stake to Dell, Intel

Sharp is offering a stake of the company to Dell and Intel in order to improve its balance shee…
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Apple Could Release iTunes 11 on Thursday [REPORT]

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 02:26 AM PST

Apple could launch the latest desktop version of iTunes as early as Thursday (Nov. 29), according to a report.

The potential release date was revealed in a Wall Street Journal profile of Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services.

iTunes 11 is "more closely integrated with iCloud and resembles the mobile version," according to the newspaper. It will also let customers stream music, movies and television shows purchased from iTunes from one Apple device to another. They can do this via via iCloud's syncing service, and won't have to re-download the files, the newspaper added.

SEE ALSO: iTunes 11 Coming in 'Next Few Days'?

The new iTunes has b…
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10 Family Christmas Cards on YouTube

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 01:30 AM PST

1. Slade Family, 2011

If you don't have a pool to swim in this Christmas, don't feel bad about it. And if you do have a pool, well, can we come over?

Click here to view this gallery.

The holidays are all about traditions. Decorating the tree. Untangling endless light cords. Embarrassing yourself on the Internet.

More About: Entertainment, Lifestyle, Social Media, Video, YouTube, features, holidays 2012

Microsoft: Windows Phone 7.8 is Coming in Early 2013

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 12:32 AM PST


Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.8, the next iteration of the WP7 platform, is coming in early 2013, the company announced Wednesday.

The news disproves a recent rumor that pegged the release for Nov. 28, though Microsoft did publish a blog post revealing the actual launch time on that day.

In the post, Microsoft says the Windows Phone 7.8 update is coming to WP7.5 devices, but that there will also be new devices launched with the new OS, mostly at lower price points.

The post also mentions several of the most important (and mostly already publicized) new features in 7.8, including resizable Live Tiles, double the number of theme and accent colors (now totaling 20), Bing-adorned l…
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More About: Windows, Windows Phone 7.8, microsoft, windows phone

Cat Friend Vs. Dog Friend: If Humans Were Pets [VIDEO]

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 12:02 AM PST

A new YouTube video sets out to answer the classic question: Do you prefer dogs or cats?

But rather than feature the furry rivals in an animalistic showdown, the video has humans starring as our favorite pets. There's "dog-friend" and "cat-friend" -- both of whom live with a nameless Average Joe, our human (acting as a human).

Much like their real-life counterparts, the two pet-friends live up to their respective stereotypes. Dog-friend greets Average Joe with hysterical excitement, and constantly lavishes him with attention. Cat-friend, on the other hand, basically glowers and ignores Average Joe throughout the entire two-and-a-half-minute video.

Since going online last week, "…
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More About: cats, dogs

Monster Black Hole Is Biggest Ever Found

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 11:36 PM PST

Astronomers have discovered what may be the most massive black hole ever known in a small galaxy about 250 million light-years from Earth, scientists say.

More About: NASA, astronomy, space

How to Master Instagram Tilt-Shift

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 10:55 PM PST

Instagram Tilt-Shift

Instagram's tilt-shift effect is the finishing touch on a work of smartphone art. It can be a masterstroke or a muddy mess, depending on how you use it. Too often, we've seen tilt-shift overused, misappropriated or misunderstood.

SEE ALSO: How to Choose the Best Instagram Filter for Your Photo

For the uninitiated, the tilt-shift effect is used by photographers to highlight a plane or exaggerate a minimal depth-of-field. It's simulated in Instagram with a blur tool that comes in two flavors: linear and circular. Though simplified, the tool can be powerful if used wisely.

Instagram Tilt-Shift

Don't let bad shift happen to you. Heed these tips, and you'll be pinching and spreading your…
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More About: How-To, Photos, Social Media, features, instagram, tilt shift

Phishing Scams and Spam Reportedly Down in October

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 10:28 PM PST

Phishing scams on social networks have shrunk considerably in October, and spam in general has decreased too, according to a report by Internet security giant Kaspersky Lab released last Friday.

Compared to September, phishing attacks -- emails that trick users into sharing private or financial information with hackers that can then steal their money -- decreased by more than 10% last month. Even though that's clearly good news, it wasn't exactly a surprise for the analysts at Kaspersky Lab.

"The fact is that in summer phishers mostly attack schoolchildren and students who spend lots of time surfing the Internet during their holidays," writes Darya Gudkova, Kaspersky Lab's head of…
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More About: Kaspersky lab, facebook phishing, malware, phishing, phishing scam

Dropcam Launches New iPad App

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 10:00 PM PST

Dropcam has recently launched a new iPad app that allows users to watch multiple streams on an Apple tablet. The app is designed to allow you to take a peek at what's going on in front of your Dropcam camera at anytime, from anywhere.

With both your Dropcam installed at home and the app, you can watch up to four simultaneous streams -- both from your own cameras or from a shared or public stream. You can also set up the app to receive push notifications on your tablet or phone as well as emails anytime something happens (for example, if somebody unplugs it or if there's noise in the house). Unfortunately, the notifications can't currently be customized, so you can't set the app to not…
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More About: Kids, family, ipad apps, parenting, surveillance video, video surveillance

Gadgets Make Cameos in Britney Spears and Will.I.Am’s New Video

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 09:31 PM PST

The manically paced new music video for and Britney Spears's "Scream and Shout" throws in cameos from several gadgets. Which ones do you spot?

More About: Entertainment, Music, Tech, britney spears, music videos

Making the Burly Tumbler Batmobile From ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ [EXCLUSIVE]

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 09:01 PM PST

This exclusive video clip from 'The Dark Knight Rises' Blu-ray package gives a very cool glimpse at the Tumbler, the savage vehicle Batman uses in the Christopher Nolan trilogy.

More About: Movies, The Dark Knight Rises

Munchery Offers Same-Day Deliveries of Fresh Meals From Local Chefs

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 08:00 PM PST

Munchery offers fresh meals prepared daily by local, professional chefs that you can order and have delivered the same day for dinner.

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This Is How Much Time You Spend on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 07:27 PM PST

Social media now accounts for 18% of time spent online, according to a new infographic.

Since 2006, the amount of time that the average person spent on social-networking sites has more than doubled, from 2.7 hours to 6.9 hours per month. More people are using social media, as well. While only 24% of Americans had a single social-media profile in 2008, 56% of Americans do now.

Between the different social media sites, Facebook is, unsurprisingly, king. The average Facebook user spends almost seven hours each month on the site -- that's well ahead of Tumblr and Pinterest, which tie for second place for most time spent. The average visitor to Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ spends less tha…
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Zynga Holiday Campaign Turns Virtual Goods Into Real-World Donations

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 07:05 PM PST

Zynga launched its first-ever holiday philanthropy campaign Wednesday, turning the virtual goods in its addictive games into real-world charitable gifts.

For as little as $1, customers can purchase an in-game good that will benefit Toys for Tots, as part of the "Oh, What Fun" campaign, which runs through Dec. 31. You can give while playing CityVille, CastleVille, Words With Friends, FrontierVille, Bubble Safari, Draw Something and FarmVille.

SEE ALSO: 12 Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Although this is Zynga's first holiday-specific campaign, the social-gaming company's charitable goods have generated $13 million in donations to date, through 2.5…
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Permanent Samsung Printer Password Puts Networks at Risk

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 06:28 PM PST

A permanent password built into Samsung printers could give an attacker access to sensitive networks, information system configuration controls and any information the printer receives, a United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) advisory warned Monday.

The flaw does not affect models released after Oct. 31, Samsung said, but does affect Dell printers manufactured by Samsung.

Samsung has a patch to fix the flaw in the works and administrators and IT departments can mitigate the threat by only allowing connections to trusted networks, the CERT advisory said.

This security flaw is a reminder that network vulnerabilities can be exploited on devices other than comput…
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From Condoms to Beef: 5 Goody Boxes to Send Your Dude

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 05:50 PM PST

Manpacks, a subscription service for men's products (see gallery below), asserts that most men hate to shop, but whether you love it or hate it, finding time to buy all the little things you need in life is difficult.

Subscription delivery services are popping up for all sorts of goods, from beauty products, clothing, shoes, healthy snacks and more. Some of these services have a targeted audience in mind. The latest crop of delivery services are directed at men.

Check out this gallery of subscription and mail order service for men's products and let us know: Would you order grooming products, condoms or Kobe beef for yourself or your significant other?

Photo courtesy of iStock
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More About: men, men's clothing, subscrip services

LivingSocial Slated to Lay Off 400

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 05:25 PM PST

LivingSocial, the D.C.-based daily deals site, is reportedly preparing for major layoffs from its U.S. team.

More About: daily deals, living social

Space Weather Forecast System Could Cost $2 Billion

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 05:07 PM PST

Variations in space weather have the potential to disrupt the electric power grid, telecommunications and Global Positioning Systems -- virtually all public infrastructure. To predict such disruptions, a comprehensive space weather forecasting system could cost between $1 billion and $2 billion during the next decade, space scientists told members of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee on Wednesday.

Costs would include replacing the Advanced Composition Explorer satellite, which provides data for geomagnetic storm warnings issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center, which has operated 13 years beyond its two-year…
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Facebook Wants Your Credit Card Information

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 04:41 PM PST

After the re-launch of Gifts, Facebook seems extra motivated to get your credit card information and physical address, in what could be another attempt to gather more data about you and sell more targeted ads.

The social network recently launched its Gift service after shutting it down in 2010 for lack of traction. The re-launch is seen as a way to appease investors, generate a new revenue stream and, of course, keep harvesting data.

"Gifts should also contribute more to Facebook's treasure trove of user data, which has the benefit of a virtuous cycle, driving more personalization of the site, leading to better and more targeted ads, which im…
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Let’s Face it: Most Social Media Marketing Is a Waste of Time

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 04:22 PM PST

Mashable OP-ED

The social media marketing backlash has begun. Blame the unlikely team of The Onion and IBM. The former dropped a pitch-perfect takedown of socmedia "experts" right before Thanksgiving. Then Big Blue released data that showed Facebook had almost zero effect on Black Friday sales, and Twitter actually had zero.

The one-two punch confirmed my deep suspicion that a lot of the buzzword-laden blather around social media marketing the past few years was itself a form of marketing for self-conferred experts looking to make a buck off scared blue-chip companies. That's not to say there aren't bright, honest people plying their trade. It's just that I keep waiting for one of…
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10 Free Facebook Cover Photos Full of Holiday Cheer

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 04:02 PM PST

1. Ornamental by Fcoverphotos

This design's great grungy tones give it a contemporary feel.

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You decorate your home, your workplace and sometimes even your car for Christmas time, so why not your social media sites, too? We have found 10 excellent Facebook cover photos perfect for the holidays.

SEE ALSO: Facebook Timeline: 5 Sites for Customizing Your Cover Photo

Take a look through our options in the image gallery above. Let us know in the comments below if you'll be changing your Facebook cover photo for the holiday season.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, lakewentworth

More About: Facebook, Social Media, dev and design, features, photography

‘Angry Birds: Star Wars’ Has an Evil Twin

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:39 PM PST

Criminals create an app that looks similar to Angry Birds to obtain identifiable information,commit fraud and wreak havoc on users' devices.

More About: android, angry birds star wars, security, spammers, trojan

A Hilarious Guide to Texting for the Elderly

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:16 PM PST

Texting can be difficult to master, especially for people who grew up communicating through snail mail and tin can phones. Yes, we're talking about elderly people. Sure, Grandma and Grandpa are trying to be all hip with their smartphones, but do they really understand the subtleties of texting?

Probably -- they're pretty smart, you know -- but that didn't stop Conan O'Brien from offering a handy set of tips to help older folks adopt more quickly to this newfangled thing called texting. Enjoying the technology experience allows the older people in your life to send you on a guilt trip without ever looking you in the eye.

Watch the video above and let us know in the comments what a…
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Siri Is Useless When it Comes to Picking Powerball Numbers

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:04 PM PST

Siri is somewhat less-than-helpful when it comes to picking great random numbers for the $550M Powerball drawing.

More About: apple, iPhone 5, lottery, powerball, siri

Apple’s Latest iPad Mini Ads Are Genius

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:55 PM PST

Apple's latest print ads for the iPad Mini cleverly show off what the reading experience is like on the device.

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21 Great Minds on What it Means to Be an Entrepreneur

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:39 PM PST

Are entrepreneurs creative, confident, driven or just plain insane? Favorite Valley Girl Show guests weigh in.

More About: entrepreneurs, small business tips, startup, valleygirltv

Patent Dispute May Halt BlackBerry Sales

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:26 PM PST

A patent dispute between Nokia and RIM could ban BlackBerry sales.

The dispute centers around a WLAN (wireless local area network) patent owned by Nokia which allows RIM devices to connect to Wi-Fi networks.

RIM licensed a number of standards-essential patents from Nokia in 2003, thinking the patent in question was included in the deal. Nokia, however, did not think the patent was included in the bargain and on Wednesday a Swedish court agreed, ordering RIM to cease manufacturing and selling any WLAN products until it reaches a royalty agreement with Nokia to do so.

Nokia released the following statement explaining the issue:

"Nokia and RIM agreed [on] a cross-license for…
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Radio Stations Offering to Split Powerball Winnings With Facebook Fans

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:12 PM PST

Looking for a slice of the $550 million Powerball pie? Try checking your local radio station's Facebook page.

Several radio stations across the country are posting pictures of their Powerball tickets to Facebook, then offering to share their winnings with Facebook fans who like or share the photo.

SEE ALSO: Powerball Photo Fever! 5,000 Players Instagram Their Tickets

Given that any individual is more likely to be killed by falling airplane parts or become president of the United States than winning the Powerball jackpot, these photos are a pretty safe way for stations to jack up their social engagement rates.

95 WIIL Rock, a Wisconsin/Illinois station, has nearly 54,000 share…
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Ermahgerd! The 12 Best Memes of 2012

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:00 PM PST

12. Photobombing Stingray

Five years ago, three college girls on a Caribbean vacation got a serious case of the heebeejeebies when a stingray photobombed their "say cheese" moment. The hilarious photograph could have ended up as just a fond vacay memory if it weren't for a friend, who shared the image on Reddit in September of this year.

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Holy smokes, Internet, you treated us to a bucket of laughs this year. High-profile events like the Summer Olympics and U.S. presidential election provided an abundance of meme-able moments. But not every highly shareable piece of web culture debuted on a big stage.

SEE ALSO: The 10 Most Viral YouTube Videos of 2012

Curators like Reddit surfaced the Internet's hidden gems, and Tumblr shined the spotlight on bits of hilarity that may have gone ignored elsewhere.

After consulting a jury of highly respected cats and corgis, we put together a list of picks for the top 12 memes of 2012. If our selections make you ermahgerd in disbelief, tell us your favorites in the comments below.

More About: Watercooler, features, humor, memes

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