- Microsoft Planning a Huge Marketing Push for Windows 8 and WP8
- Apple Replaces ‘Samsung Didn’t Copy’ Notice With a New One
- Apple’s Tablet Market Share Drops to 50.4 Percent [REPORT]
- 100K Android Apps in Google Play Are ‘Suspicious’ [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Write On! November Is National Novel Writing Month
- 13 Popular E-Books That Cost Under $3
- 12 Extraordinary LEGO Creations [PICS]
- The Election and Mobile: Dialing For Democratic Dollars [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Hipstamatic Graces the Cover of ‘Time’
- Bow & Drape Opens Custom Dressmaking E-Shop With $32K in Kickstarter Funding
- Look Back on Your Favorite Gadgets With ‘Decade of Tech’ Infographic [EXCLUSIVE]
- New Jersey Governor Tweets at Justin Bieber for Help With Sandy Relief
- Top Comments on Mashable This Week
- George Lucas to Inflict ‘Star Wars’ Characters on Disney? [SUNDAY COMICS]
- 60 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
- Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week
- Nexus 10: Can Google Compete With the iPad? [REVIEW]
- iPhone Loyalty Wanes After Apple’s Latest Smartphone Release [STUDY]
- Dress with 2,000 LEDs Receives and Displays Tweets [VIDEO]
- The Secret of Viral Videos, in One Hilarious Parody
- How Portrait Mode Is Changing the Way We Use Computers [OPINION]
- Newspaper Websites With Paywalls Doubled in a Year [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Everyday Objects Photographed as Childlike Adventures
- NBC Sites Hacked
- Apple Fires Forstall, Siri Is Heartbroken [SUNDAY COMICS]
- Top 5 Apps Your Kids Will Love This Week
- Facebook Survey Asks All the Wrong Questions [HUMOR]
- Bloomberg’s Interpreter Is the Star of This ‘SNL’ Skit
- Social Media Experts and Politics Clash in ‘SNL’ Skit
- The Force Is Strong With These Star Wars Flash Drives
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 04:45 AM PST
Microsoft plans to do more marketing and advertising for its Windows 8, Surface tablet and Windows Phone 8 group of products, than any other product in the company's history, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Speaking at a company event in Israel, Ballmer admitted that Windows Phone 8 is still far from where Microsoft wants it to be. "We're still relatively small ... I expect the volumes on Windows Phone to really ramp quickly," he said.
Ballmer also said Microsoft plans to be the third force in the smartphone market, behind Apple and Google. "With the work we have done with Nokia, HTC, Samsung and others ... there is now an opportunity to create really a strong third partici…
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 03:52 AM PST
After grudgingly posting a notice stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad on its UK website, Apple was reprimanded by the UK court, which claimed the notice was "untrue" and "incorrect". Now, Apple has replaced it with a new notice, which follows the court's order to the letter.
The new notice is considerably shorter than the original one, merely stating that the "High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple's Community registered design No. 0000181607-0001."
Originally, Apple added a number of snarky remarks and elaborated that the c…
Posted: 05 Nov 2012 02:17 AM PST
Apple's tablet market share has dropped to 50.4% in Q3 2012, down from 59.7% in the same period last year, IDC's latest report reveals.
Samsung, on the other hand, has experienced huge growth, jumping from 6.5% to 18.4% in that same period. Amazon holds the third place with 9%, followed by Asus with 8.6% and Lenovo with 1.4%.
The old Silicon Valley joke, which claimed that "there is no tablet market, only an iPad market," is obviously no longer true. According to IDC's numbers, Samsung shipped 5.1 million tablets worldwide in 3Q12, up 115% from 2Q12 and 325% from 3Q11.
Things are looking very good for Amazon, also, whose rapidly expanding Kindle Fire lineup has helped it d…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 10:46 PM PST
Out of 412,000 apps in the store, this 25% pose a security risk to mobile users, according to Bit9, the security software firm that analyzed the apps' security permissions.
Among its findings: 72% of apps use at least one high-risk permission; 42% access GPS location data (including wallpapers, games and utilities); 31% access phone numbers or calls; 26% access personal data such as contacts and email; and 9% use permissions that can cost users money. For more details, check out the infographic, below.
"A significant percentage of Google Play apps have acc…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 09:25 PM PST
For aspiring Hemingways, right now is a particularly appropriate time to shake off the writer's block and glue yourself to a keyboard, because November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. (No, I didn't just make that up; it's the official abbreviation.)
Signing up is simple and free at NaNoWriMo's website. Then, the race is on. The goal is for participants to write a 50,000-word novel before the clock hits midnight on Nov. 30.
For point of reference, 50,000 words is just over one word per minute for the entire month. But since we're already a few days into November, you might have some catching up to do.
The event is run by a non-profit organization in Berkel…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 08:44 PM PST
1. Eternal Eden
Author: Nicole Williams Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy Price: Free Availablility: NOOK, Kindle Description: The first book in a four-part series begins with Bryn living a normal life — until she meets William Hayward, and she slowly discovers more about herself and the world she lives in.
The average prices for Kindle and NOOK e-books are $6.48 and $8.94, respectively, but there's no need to shell out the full cost.
Instead of sorting through the misplaced free and low-priced books on your own, we've compiled some of the best low-cost options to download on your e-reader.
Whether you're into vampires, historical fiction or memoirs, the gallery above features a range of reads that won't empty your bank account. Let us know some of your favorite finds in the comments belo…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 08:14 PM PST
Ryan McNaught created the Colosseum. Half of it is in ruin, while the other half depicts the structure as it was in 80AD. Image courtesy of Ryan McNaught
Here at Mashable, we love LEGO. In celebration of those brilliant Danish building bricks, we have searched the Internet for some amazing LEGO creations.
From a stegosaurus to an Olympic stadium to Star Wars characters, we think you'll be impressed with the skill and creativity in our selection.
SEE ALSO: Top 10 LEGO Movie Tributes on YouTube
Take a look through our image gallery of incredible LEGO creations. We know there are plenty more out there, so tell us about any other amazing creations you've seen.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Sean Kenney
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 07:44 PM PST
During this year's U.S. election, candidates channeled the power of apps and text messaging to appeal to voters, promote their party platform and fundraise.
CallerSmart analyzed how much telephones -- smartphones, texts and anonymous phone banks -- are bringing democracy to a digital environment. As it turns out, President Barack Obama or Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could thank cellphones for being elected on Nov. 6.
Obama and Romney developed personalized mobile apps to tap into a more connected constituency. The president's app was more popular on Androids, while Romney's was downloaded more on iPh…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 07:13 PM PST
There's something a little unusual about the Nov. 12 cover of Time magazine: It was shot using iPhone photography app Hipstamatic. The cover, "Lessons from the Storm," was shot by photojournalist Ben Lowy, and is one of three in rotation for the issue.
Hipstamatic offers an array of cheaply priced films, lenses and other photo effects. Unlike Instagram, which invites users to apply filters to photos they've already taken, Hipstamatic users must pre-select the films and lens they intend to shoot with. The final result is therefore less predictable, and more like traditional print photography.
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 06:48 PM PST
Name: Bow & Drape
Quick Pitch: Customizable women's clothing manufactured in classic silhouettes in the U.S.
Genius Idea: A "fit kit" helps shoppers overcome sizing concerns.
Over the past few years, startups as well as existing brands, have begun to invite consumers into the design process. Companies such as Blank Label and Gemvara allow shoppers to design their own shirts and jewelry, respectively, from a range of different forms and materials. On its website, Burberry lets users choose the style, color and details of their own "Bespoke" trenches, which come in more than 12 million combinations.
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 06:38 PM PST
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Christie tweeted at super-celeb Justin Bieber to help spread the word about the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
In response, Bieber retweeted the governor, resulting in more than 1,300 retweets and nearly 700 favorites by Sunday night. The singer previously expressed support for the Red Cross in its push to help Sandy victims.
Gonna try to work with Red Cross…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 05:45 PM PST
After Sandy brought rain, wind, toppled trees and flooded subways, this beautiful rainbow over New York City was a sight for sore eyes. As inspirational as nature's prismatic display, however, were the responses of our readers and the support they offered to those affected by Sandy.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, people up and down the East Coast were left devastated, whether displaced from their homes, faced with property destruction or, in the most tragic cases, having lost their loved ones. At Mashable, we've been inspired by watching how members of our community -- both online and here with us in New York City -- have reached out to neighbors to lend a hand in whatever way possible. Their support and altruism made the top comments this week on Mashable truly memorable.
In many ways, tragedies like Superstorm Sandy bring out the very best in people. We saw that in many acts of kindness performed by residents of New York and New Jersey, and in those who are donat…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 05:15 PM PST
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 04:48 PM PST
Hurricane Sandy ravaged the northeastern U.S. this week, and whether or not you were in the area, odds are it captured a great deal of your time and attention. Understandably, you might not have been able to keep tabs on what has been happening in the tech world and around the Internet.
Although the majority of Mashable's staff works from lower Manhattan, where there is still no power, we've done our best to continue to provide coverage of the best digital media resources. Here is a recap of our feature stories from the past week. In addition the regular topics -- social media, business, tech and lifestyles -- this week's roundup includes stories from our Gift of the Day series, which wi…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 03:46 PM PST
It's been a tough, busy week. East coasters were getting their power knocked out by Hurricane Sandy. Most of the world was getting dressed up to go trick-or-treating. And then there were those waiting in line to snatch up an iPad mini.
So, if you didn't have time to keep posted on this week's hysterical viral videos, we've got you covered.
SEE ALSO: Past Viral Video Recaps
Jimmy Kimmel couldn't resist taking a jab at Apple's latest product release with his very own "suckers commercial;" Darth Vader and his band of stormtroopers hung out at Disneyland to celebrate becoming the newest addition to Mickey Mouse's family; and while the upcoming U.…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 03:17 PM PST
The Nexus 10
The Nexus 10 has a gorgeous 10-inch display with a resolution of 2560x1600.
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"Buyral" seems to have tapped into the future of viral and is working to make viewers themselves obsolete -- as long as it gets the clicks.
And Buyral looks like it has the edge in viral innovation, not only enlisting the elderly, but even the youngest of tots to be click engineers. And don't forget those "clickterns," making it possible for videos to explode, all without the messy job of getting real people to watch them.
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1. Zesty Mower
"It was so like Patty. Right idea. Wrong execution." Image used with permission by Christopher Boffoli
As we grow more familiar with our surroundings, things become "normal" and lose that sense of wild curiosity.
Photographer Christopher Boffoli created the series Big Appetites with that same imaginative, childlike mindset. The photos, shown above, play on object scale and words, adding tiny, detailed figurines of people to real food environments. A cup of tea turns into a scuba diving adventure, and cylindrical pasta becomes a pipeline factory.
"As a child you live in an adult world that is out of scale with your body and proportions. And you constantly exe…
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We've got quite the variety for you this week: Apps to help settle your kids down for bed and introduce them to the basic steps of cartoon animation. Plus, one particularly fun app that lets them (digitally) smash their food.
The folks at Children's Technology Review provided us with these apps from its comprehensive monthly database of kid-tested reviews. The site covers everything from math and counting to reading and phonics.
Check back next week for more Top Kids Apps from Children's Technology Review.
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 09:36 AM PST
This evening while I was casually browsing my Facebook news feed, the site asked me if I'd like to take a survey, giving some feedback about my Facebook experience. I'd seen plenty of surveys on Facebook before, but never one from Facebook. I excitedly clicked my approval and began my quest to help improve the service.
It soon became clear the survey was more about making Facebook feel good about itself than actually improving its service (Sample question: "How much fun is Facebook overall?"). The questions were extremely general, and made no reference to any specific features, recent news or the wicked-cool Instagrams I've been sharing. Are they even paying attention?
When I asked…
Posted: 04 Nov 2012 09:19 AM PST
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Long ago, in an Internet era far, far away, files were saved and shared with an archaic piece of technology called "floppy disks."
The plastic squares held about 1 to 2MB of data -- hardly enough to share an entire Facebook album's worth of family holiday photos.
Looking to impress your favorite techie nerd over the holidays? Those are not the disks you're looking for. However, the Star Wars-themed flash drives by Mimoco are a perfect gift.
Each of the designer USB flash drives are disguised as a Star Wars character. Mimoco offers a variety of them, including include Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt, among others. (In case you wer…
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