Friday, 9 November 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Google to Offer Music and Movies to Google TV Owners in Europe”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Google to Offer Music and Movies to Google TV Owners in Europe”

Google to Offer Music and Movies to Google TV Owners in Europe

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 04:53 AM PST

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Google will start offering Google Play music and movies to Google TV owners in the UK, Germany and France starting November 13, the company has announced.

Google previously announced the service will also be available in Canada and Australia on that date as well, but that hasn't happened. Google has apologized for that announcement, adding it's bringing Google Play to more countries "all the time."

The ability to buy or rent movies, TV shows and music through Google Play on a Google TV device was initially launched in the U.S. in October 2012. Users can buy or rent content directly on a Google TV, and purchases they've made on other devices are automatically made available on…
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Four Steps for Using Your Mobile Device to Jumpstart Your Love Life

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 03:52 AM PST

Girl texting

It's easy to celebrate the benefits of technology, particularly the access to information and connectivity provided to us by our mobile devices. However, there is at least one major drawback to living in an era where there are more cell phones than people. It's much harder to have real, serendipitous, potentially romantic run-ins with people we might have otherwise met if we weren't constantly drooling over a retina display. Think
about it: how many times have you avoided a conversation with the cute stranger on the bus or at the bar or in the waiting room because you'd prefer to look at Taylor Swift's Instagram feed?

SEE ALSO: 10 Sex and Dating Experts to Follow on Twitter
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More About: Mobile, advice, apps, dating, online dating

Watch Out Rebecca Black: Is ‘Thanksgiving’ the New ‘Friday’?

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 02:12 AM PST

Is 'Thanksgiving' the new 'Friday?' Campy child singer Nicole Westbrook aims to be Rebecca Black 2.0.

More About: Music, Rebecca Black, YouTube, music videos

Happy 8th Birthday, Firefox!

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 01:24 AM PST

On November 9 2004, eight years ago today, the Mozilla foundation has launched the first version of Firefox.

This anniversary may be confusing for some, as we've recently compiled a timeline of Firefox's first 10 years. This is because the browser that would eventually become Firefox, called Phoenix, was actually launched as a beta in 2002. When the first full version of the browser was launched in 2004, it was renamed to Firefox.

Mozilla's open source browser was seen as a breath of fresh air at the time when Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 dominated the market share, annoying many users with its numerous security issues.

Over the years, Firefox captured a sizable chunk of the m…
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Flower Pot Doubles as Mini Grill

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 01:03 AM PST

The Hot-Pot BBQ not only allows users to grow herbs, but you can also use it to cook your next meal.

The terracotta pot is divided into two layers, where the top half that houses the plants can be lifted to reveal the grill. The stainless steel BBQ also includes a pair of tongs inside and features heat insulating ceramic coating.

The versatile product is created by Black+Blum, a two-person design team based in London that provide solutions for sustainable living. The Hot-Pot BBQ gives a whole new twist on what it means to eat local.

Would you use this flower pot grill in your backyard? Tell us in the comments below.

More About: bbqs barbeque, cooking, foods, gardening

Gramophone Amplifies Your iPhone, Edison-Style

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 11:54 PM PST

Listening to music from your phone is tough. Without headphones, and with the volume turned all the way up, you still need to connect to a speaker to really enjoy what song is playing.

But what if you're in the mood for something a little more vintage? Say, 1877-vintage? Restoration Hardware recently released the iPhone Gramophone -- and, yes, it's just what you'd think it is.

SEE ALSO: One Speaker Dock for the Entire iOS Family

The sound dock is designed to look like a traditional gramophone, with a walnut base and an iron and brass horn. Your iPhone plugs directly into the base, and the horn amplifies sound right from its speaker -- so n…
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More About: Newsy, iOS, ipad, iphone, pirate speak, speakers, videos

Nanotech Gloves Heat Hands to Ideal Temperature

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 08:39 PM PST

It's difficult to keep your hands toasty in cold weather, even when you're wearing Thinsulate-lined everything. We take gloves on-and-off, making it more challenging to keep our hands warm on cold days or when we're skiing the slopes.

But there are some pricey high-tech gloves that fit the bill -- using sensors to detect when our digits get too chilly, so the gloves can warm them back up.

The Chaval Response-XRT gloves ($390) are for the ultimate outdoors person -- or anyone who intends to spend some time in freezing conditions. If you slip your hands into the gloves and one of your fingers is cold, the proprietary nanotechnology (in the form of a thin film inside the glove) wi…
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More About: gloves, winter gear, winter sports

Lung-on-a-Chip Passes a Crucial Test

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 08:03 PM PST

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have shown that their "lung-on-a-chip" technology can mimic a life-threatening lung condition. They also report that scientists can uncover new aspects of the disease using the lung chip that would not be found with animal experiments.

The study, published in today's Science Translational Medicine, is the first definitive demonstration that the institute's organ-mimicking chips, which include a gut, a heart, and a kidney, can be used to model a disease and even test candidate drugs.

The lung-on-a-chip device is a clear, flexible thumb-sized block of polymer perforated by two tiny c…
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More About: disease, health science, medical technology

iPad Mini Wins in Eye-Tracking Study [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 07:43 PM PST

When it comes to buying tablets, do the eyes have it?

A recent study by EyeTrackShop placed the top 7-inch tablets in front of participants and tracked their eye movements in a study to determine which one was most popular among consumers.

Facing off were the iPad mini, the Nexus 7, the Nook HD and Kindle Fire HD. Shown to test subjects along with the company's current advertising campaign, the iPad Mini created a 40% higher purchase intent than its competitors.

That means that by simply looking at the iPad Mini, users were more interested in buying from Apple than the others in the line up.

It's no wonder, then, that Apple applied for a…
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More About: Nexus 7, Nook HD, ipad mini, kindle fire hd, tablets

The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 07:08 PM PST

If you were asked to name the most important innovation in transportation over the last 200 years, you might say the combustion engine, air travel, Henry Ford's Model-T production line or even the bicycle. The list goes on.

Now answer this one: What's been the single biggest innovation in education?

Don't worry if you come up blank. You're supposed to. The question is a gambit used by Anant Agarwal, the computer scientist named this year to head edX, a $60 million MIT-Harvard effort to stream a college education over the web, free, to anyone who wants one. His point: It's rare to see major technological advances in how people learn.

Agarwal believes that education is a…
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More About: education, higher education, online education, online learning, students

Yes We Cry: Obama Tears Up Thanking Campaign Staff [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 06:22 PM PST

This is the Barack Obama you don't see on TV: quiet, candid, emotional and deeply grateful to his campaign staff for helping him secure a second term.

More About: 2012 presidential campaign, Politics, barack obama, trending

Facebook Friendships Get a Timeline Upgrade

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 06:02 PM PST

There's a page for just about anything you can imagine on Facebook -- including every friendship. Whether you knew they existed or not, friendship pages have been there since October 2010, displaying every jot of information the network has about you and any given friend.

Now Facebook is giving those friendship pages an upgrade, in order to make them look more like Timeline profiles. And as a bonus, it's adding a new page for you and anyone you're in a relationship with: the adorably-named

SEE ALSO: Facebook Testing New Timeline Format With Single Column of Posts

To see the friendship page you share with anyone else, go to their profile page. Then click the ge…
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Insane Attempted Plane Theft Ends in Big Crash [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 05:46 PM PST

Here's something you don't see everyday: a man attempting to steal a plane from the airport and using reverse thrust -- typically deployed to slow a plane down after landing -- to drive the plane backward, then crashing into a terminal. This all happened at the SkyWest Airlines home base airport in St. George, Utah, back in July, according the news site, but the astonishing video of the incident (embedded above) just became available on Thursday.

The plane "sheared its right wing into the terminal, plowed through the perimeter fence and collapsed its nose gear before taking out six cars and coming to rest in a ditch adjacent to a car parking lot," NYCaviation reports.…
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Connect Your WordPress Blog With Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 05:29 PM PST

Automattic, the company behind has given its Jetpack plugin a big update.

Think of Jetpack as a bridge that brings functionality from the hosted service to self-hosted blogs. It adds in lots of the core features, such as stats, social comments, email subscriptions and more.

With Jetpack 2.0, the plugin gets lots of new functionality, including the ability to automate sharing posts to various social networks.

With Publicize, users can configure their self-hosted WordPress blogs to share posts with social networks including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo and Tumblr.

In my tests, the Publicize feature worked incredi…
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Watch Rihanna’s Dazzling New Video for ‘Diamonds’

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 05:13 PM PST

Rihanna just unleashed her music video for "Diamonds," a song that topped singles charts on iTunes in 27 countries when it debuted in October. "Diamonds" is Rihanna's 23rd top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

The release of the stunning video coincided with her Facebook Live chat in which she discussed her more than 62 million Likes on her Facebook page and her forthcoming seventh studio album, Unapologetic.

.@rihanna on having 62M FB fans: "It doesn't feel real. ... That's a lot of people to even think or imagine what it looks like together."— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) November 9, 2012

Rihanna on passing Eminem as the most-liked person on FB: "Sick. 'Cause i…
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More About: Entertainment, Music, celebrities, music videos, rihanna, viral videos

Cheers! Now You Can Buy Wine From Amazon [VIDEO]

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 05:00 PM PST

Amazon is getting into the wine business for the second time after shuttering its efforts in that area three years ago.

The online retailer took the wraps off of Thursday morning. Currently, a little more than 1,000 wines, divided into five categories (red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert) are available for delivery in 12 states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, as well as the District of Columbia.

Shipping costs a flat $9.99 for up to six bottles of the same wine. There are no free or reduced shipping options for Amazon Prime members.

Wines are listed and warehoused not…
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Michael Vick Tells Brother to ‘Shut Off the Twitter’

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 04:42 PM PST

Sounds like embattled NFL quarterback Michael Vick has put his brother in check after young Marcus went on an epic Twitter rant on Monday night..

More About: Sports, an inconvenient tweet, nfl

This Siri Smartwatch Could Change Everything

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 04:22 PM PST

For those hoping Apple will come out with a smart iWatch design to compete with the Pebble, this concept will make you long for that day even more.

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One Direction Puts on Football Gear in Follow-Up to Viral Ad [PICS]

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 04:04 PM PST

1. One Direction Teaser Photo for New Pepsi Ad

Photos given to Mashable from Pepsi

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An alternate ending to Pepsi's popular commercial featuring boy band One Direction and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will debut Thursday night during The X Factor broadcast. This time, the guys will be decked in football gear, as seen in the above teaser photos Pepsi shared with Mashable.

The original ad came out Oct. 10 and sparked heavy buzz on social media before, during and after its premiere.

Thursday's follow-up will air after One Direction's performance on The X Factor, the U.S. spin-off of the UK show on which the guys were discovered. The spot drove 70% of Pepsi's social TV commentary during launch week and helped Pepsi become the most-discussed brand on Twitter f…
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More About: Advertising, Entertainment, Music, One Direction, Pepsi, Sports, Viral, football, nfl, videos, x factor

NASA Builds Interplanetary Internet, Controls LEGO Robot From Space

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 03:47 PM PST

In the annals of geeky space experiments, it's going to be hard to top this one.

NASA and the European Space Agency announced Thursday that it had successfully tested a new kind of communications protocol -- the backbone of a future interplanetary Internet. And how had it tested it? By having the International Space Station commander remote-control a LEGO robot back on Earth.

"The experimental [Internet] we've tested from the space station may one day be used by humans on a spacecraft in orbit around Mars to operate robots on the surface, or from Earth using orbiting satellites as relay stations," said Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for space communications and navig…
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10 Remixed Music Videos You’d Never Expect

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 03:29 PM PST

1. Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" (Death Metal)

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Imagine if the Beatles were born in the U.S. during the metal era of the early '90s. What if Kurt Cobain grew up in Jamaica and developed a Reggae-like sound? Wonder and imagine no more, music fans -- Andy Rehfeldt has you covered.

SEE ALSO: Watch These Epic iPhone 5 Vs. Android Music Videos

Rehfeldt remixes music videos of popular songs and famous artists by changing their genres. By rearranging instruments and vocals from live performances, Rehfeldt creates unique covers of songs by the artists themselves. Go through the gallery of YouTube videos above and let us know which cover is your favorite.

More About: Music, Watercooler, YouTube

Apple Patents Packaging That Doubles as a Dock

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 03:16 PM PST

While many people were displeased when Apple announced it wouldn't produce an official dock for the iPhone 5, the company apparently isn't done with the dock altogether.

According to Patently Apple, a recent patent filing details a new form of iOS device packaging that transforms into a dock.

As pictured, the concept looks very similar to Apple's current iOS device packaging. But the magic happens after the lid is removed from the packaging as the base can be converted into a dock that could accommodate something like an iPhone or iPod touch.

And the packaging could also be sized to hold a number of items – like other personal electronic devices, and even an iPad.

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‘Jurassic Park 3D’ Trailer Will Leave You Feeling Rapturous

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 03:00 PM PST

Prepare to see dinosaurs like you've never seen them before -- which shouldn't be difficult. It has been almost 20 years since Steven Spielberg first amazed audiences with authentic looking Brontosauruses, Velociraptors and a giant T-Rex. Now the original Jurassic Park is coming back to theaters, this time in 3D.

The film is set for an April 5, 2013, release date. The original debuted in 1993. At the time of its release, Jurassic Park's special effects were considered revolutionary. It won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in 1994.

SEE ALSO: DNA Half Life Discovery Rules Out Real Life Jurassic Parks [VIDEO]

Based on a book by Michael Crichton, the film's stars include S…
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More About: 3D, Jurassic Park, Movies, Universal Pictures, trailers

How to Install Windows 8 Without Ditching Windows 7

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 02:46 PM PST

Here's how to keep your Windows 7 installation and have the option of booting into Windows 8 on the same machine.

More About: Dual Boot, How-To, Windows 7, Windows 8, features

More Smartphone Users Turning to Mobile for Health Info [SURVEY]

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 02:28 PM PST

Quick, look at your smartphone and count how many of your apps are health-related. A new survey on Mobile Health from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds 19% of smartphone users have at least one health app downloaded onto their device.

Perhaps you use a fitness app like MyFitnessPal or a calorie counter such as Lose It! Or maybe you just use your phone to gather health data and look up info on headache remedies or caregivers.

If so, you're among a growing trend, according to Pew Associate Director Susannah Fox, who authored the report. It found one in three cell phone owners have used their phone to look for health information. That's up from 17% which is what a simi…
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‘Settlers of Catan’ Gets a New Game Board Thanks to Kickstarter

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 02:27 PM PST

Catan Playing Surface

It was a hot June night in San Luis Obispo, Calif. At about 1 a.m., after a marathon session of The Settlers of Catan, two friends decided to solve a problem that has plagued players since the game's release in the mid-1990s -- the flimsy cardboard playing surface.

Feeling frustrated, Bill Trammel posed a simple question to Nate Veldkamp: "Why don't we just solve this whole Catan board problem?"

Even though it was past the witching hour, Trammel and Veldkamp got right to work designing a sturdier playing surface. They posted their work on Facebook, and when their friends reacted positively to the idea, they decided to take it a step further.

Here's the original rendering th…
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More About: Entertainment, Gaming, Startups, The Settlers of Catan, board games, features

How Is Google Like Poetry? Let Me Autocomplete the Ways

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 02:16 PM PST

1. I Think

This is quite an alternative to the story of the birds and the bees.

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Remember those magnets that had random words and phrases written on them, helping you to create works of poetry on your fridge? Well, now there's a new way to put together snippets of poetic genius -- and all from your web browser.

The Tumblr blog Google Poetics documents autocompleted search terms as if Google were writing a poem on relevant topics. Created by Sampsa Nuotio and Raisa Omaheimo of Helsinki, Finland, Google Poetics shows that the web giant's search suggestions can offer hilarious and sometimes poignant stanzas of insight into a variety of topics.

SEE ALSO: 7 Mobile Apps for Discovering and Creating Poetry

"Google's algorithm offers searches after just a few keystrok…
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More About: Google, Literature, Social Media, Watercooler, poetry, tumblr, writing

New Xenoceratops Dinosaur Discovered in Canada

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 02:15 PM PST

Meet Xenoceratops foremostensis, a brand-new species of ceratopsid, or horned dinosaur. The species was discovered in the plentiful fossil beds of Canada. Weighing in at 2 tons and about 20 feet long, Xenoceratops — meaning "alien-horned face" — lived about 80 million years ago, making it one of the oldest big-bodied horned dinosaurs known to paleontologists.

Though it has only recently been identified as a separate species, Xenoceratops was identified from fossils discovered in 1958, only to be misidentified for several decades before taking its rightful place as a separate species.

Xenoceratops' name comes from its enormous and elaborate set of facial horns, suggesting to…
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Groupon Stock Falls to New Low Following Earnings Miss

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 02:04 PM PST

Andrew Mason 

Groupon's stock tanked in after hours trading following the company's disappointing third-quarter earnings results. Shares dropped more than 15% to a new low of $3.30‎ in after-hours trading.

Groupon reported a net loss of $2.98 million, or zero cents a share, on revenue of $568.6 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30. Analysts were expecting earnings of 3 cents a share on revenue of $591 million.

Earlier in the day, the Chicago-based company announced that it was laying off 80 employees from its sales department -- a small fraction of its overall staff, which numbers above 10,000.

Groupon made headlines late last week when its share price fell below $4 a share for the…
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Priceline Acquires Kayak for $1.8 Billion

Posted: 08 Nov 2012 01:52 PM PST

Priceline is acquiring Kayak for $1.8 billion in cash and equity, the two companies announced Thursday after the stock market closed.

Priceline, an online travel booking service, will pay $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in stock options to acquire Kayak. That works out to be about $40 per share paid out to Kayak's shareholders.

Kayak launched eight years ago and went public in July at $26 a share. The company's stock has bounced around since then, ending Thursday at around $31 a share.

The boards for both Kayak and Priceline have reportedly approved the acquisition and the deal is expected to closed by the first quarter of 2013.

Based on the announcement, it appears the…
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