- Qloo Finds New Things For You To Watch, Read, Listen, Eat and Wear
- Apple’s New Santa Clara Campus and Two Other Stories You Need to Know
- Apple Could Release iTunes 11 on Thursday [REPORT]
- 10 Family Christmas Cards on YouTube
- Microsoft: Windows Phone 7.8 is Coming in Early 2013
- Cat Friend Vs. Dog Friend: If Humans Were Pets [VIDEO]
- Monster Black Hole Is Biggest Ever Found
- How to Master Instagram Tilt-Shift
- Phishing Scams and Spam Reportedly Down in October
- Dropcam Launches New iPad App
- Gadgets Make Cameos in Britney Spears and Will.I.Am’s New Video
- Making the Burly Tumbler Batmobile From ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ [EXCLUSIVE]
- Munchery Offers Same-Day Deliveries of Fresh Meals From Local Chefs
- This Is How Much Time You Spend on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr
- Zynga Holiday Campaign Turns Virtual Goods Into Real-World Donations
- Permanent Samsung Printer Password Puts Networks at Risk
- From Condoms to Beef: 5 Goody Boxes to Send Your Dude
- LivingSocial Slated to Lay Off 400
- Space Weather Forecast System Could Cost $2 Billion
- Facebook Wants Your Credit Card Information
- Let’s Face it: Most Social Media Marketing Is a Waste of Time
- 10 Free Facebook Cover Photos Full of Holiday Cheer
- ‘Angry Birds: Star Wars’ Has an Evil Twin
- A Hilarious Guide to Texting for the Elderly
- Siri Is Useless When it Comes to Picking Powerball Numbers
- Apple’s Latest iPad Mini Ads Are Genius
- 21 Great Minds on What it Means to Be an Entrepreneur
- Patent Dispute May Halt BlackBerry Sales
- Radio Stations Offering to Split Powerball Winnings With Facebook Fans
- Ermahgerd! The 12 Best Memes of 2012
Posted: 29 Nov 2012 04:34 AM PST
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Welcome 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…
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…
Posted: 29 Nov 2012 01:30 AM PST
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?
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.
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…
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, "…
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 11:36 PM PST
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 10:55 PM PST
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.
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.
Don't let bad shift happen to you. Heed these tips, and you'll be pinching and spreading your…
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 10:28 PM PST
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…
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…
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 09:31 PM PST
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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…
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…
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…
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?
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 05:25 PM PST
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…
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…
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 04:22 PM PST
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…
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 04:02 PM PST
1. Ornamental by Fcoverphotos
This design's great grungy tones give it a contemporary feel.
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.
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
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:39 PM PST
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…
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:04 PM PST
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Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:39 PM PST
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:26 PM PST
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…
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.
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…
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:00 PM PST
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.
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
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.
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