Monday, 31 December 2012

Mashable: Latest 10 News Updates - including “Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week”

Mashable: Latest 10 News Updates - including “Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week”

Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 04:38 PM PST

Welcome to the holiday edition of this week's viral video recap.

In the video, above, watch our favorite clips of an ecstatic father receiving a ticket to the big game, a boy who's "so happy" after opening his gift and one puppy's adorable first Christmas.

Which viral video do you like the most? Tell us in the comments below.

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4 Things to Leave Off Your Resume

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 03:59 PM PST

With too much information and you'll lose recruiters, but too little information and recruiters won't be sure you're qualified for the next step.

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Google Chrome Blocks TwitPic as Malware

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 03:32 PM PST

If you tried to log in to TwitPic or Twitter using a Google Chrome browser on Sunday, you may have encountered a problem.

Google has been displaying malware warnings whenever visitors try to access either TwitPic or a site that relies on the service, although direct links and embedded images stil work. TwitPic says it is currently trying to correct the problem.

Working to fix the google chrome malware notice when visiting as this is not true or the case, trying to contact google— TwitPic (@TwitPic) December 30, 2012

Twitpic has been updating users on its progress in resolving the issue. Meanwhile, to access your feeds, use services such as TweetDeck and other soc…
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I Sent My First Tweet in 1986

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 02:59 PM PST

In the 1980s, Evan Rudowski ran the 80-character-count news ticker at One Times Square, making him the gatekeeper of news for all New Yorkers.

More About: history, journalism, new york city, times square

Top 5 Kids Apps: Best Games

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 01:55 PM PST

1. Bugs and Bubbles

Ages 3-up Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars Why we like it: Fun, fast and good for building emerging math skills, Bugs and Bubbles contains 18 leveled sorting, classification games set in Uncle Bob's Bubble Factory. The goal is to collect stickers by harvesting bubbles, requiring kids to apply skills of counting, sorting and remembering patterns in an elegant fashion. Need to know: The better you do, the greater the challenge, and progress can be saved over time on different devices. Watch a video review of this app here. Ease of use: 10/10 Educational: 10/10 Entertaining: 10/10 $2.99

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We've rounded up the best kid's games that were included in our weekly Top 5 Kids Apps this year.

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Viral Video of Russian Plane Crash Captured on Dashboard Camera

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 12:58 PM PST

A video of what is reportedly the Russian plane crash that killed five people in Moscow Saturday, has surfaced on YouTube.

In the 30-second video, captured on a dashboard camera, two cars are hit by debris from the airliner after it slams into a highway. One of the vehicles is struck by what looks like the front landing gear, as the other car careens across the highway and over what appears to be a row of seats.

The deadly crash occurred moments after takeoff with just the crew onboard, killing five and leaving one in critical condition. We have not been able to confirm the authenticity of the video at this time. Watch it, above, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
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14 Solutions to Your New Year’s Midnight Kiss

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 11:57 AM PST

Find a Baby

There's got to be one crawling around somewhere. What's cuter than kissing a baby's fat cheek? Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

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Do you find yourself in a panic every New Year's Eve because everyone's counting down and Billy Crystal has yet to explain all of the reasons why he's madly in love with you?

No? Oh okay -- me neither.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Kisses of 2012

But the final holiday of the year can put a lot of unnecessary pressure on people. We want to end and begin each year with a bang -- this often means the perfect outfit, an amazing soiree and the midnight kiss that will sweep you off your feet.

Instead of starting 2013 in a state of panic, then promising to be better later, enjoy New Year's Eve and stop worrying about a silly superstition. We've come up with a couple solutions to the big smooch at…
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More About: humor, new years eve, pics, Watercooler

Foursquare Updates Privacy Policy to Display Full Names

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 10:57 AM PST

Foursquare sent out an email on Saturday detailing updates to its privacy policy and planned service changes that will take place in January.

Currently, usernames are displayed with full first names and an initial for surnames (e.g., Kenneth R.) on the location-based social network. Starting next year, however, profiles will display both full first and last names.

"We get emails every day saying that it's now confusing. So, with this change, full names are going to be public," the email said, adding that users can alter their full names under the "settings" tab.

What's more, companies will now be able to view a more detailed overview of visitors that have checked in throughout the…
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7 Bad Moves That Hurt Facebook in 2012

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 09:57 AM PST

Mashable OP-ED

Facebook has made strides in 2012. A billion users and a smart new Timeline UI punctuate a banner year for the world's most important social network.

But 2012 also marks aggressive moves to expand and monetize -- some might say at the expense of user experience and community. At best, Team Facebook is making tough choices in a delicate balancing act. At worst, they are tone deaf to conscientious users.

While we're a far cry from mass exodus, there are only so many missteps to take before someone eats Facebook's lunch.

Here's what went wrong in 2012.

1. Personal Promoted Posts

In October, Facebook rolled out a curious feature called Personal Promoted Posts. Us…
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More About: Facebook, features, Opinion, Year End 2012

Bicymple is Functional Minimalist Design on Wheels

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 08:56 AM PST

As if the chain and two-tire design of a traditional bicycle couldn't become more basic, a Kickstarter project is taking minimalist bicycle design to a new level of minimal.

Bicymple is like any ordinary bike: it has two wheels, handlebars and pedals. But what it doesn't have is a chain. Instead of the drive chain running from a sprocket in the rear to the crankset the pedals are directly mounted to the rear axle.

SEE ALSO: Laser-Shooting Bike Kickstarter Could Save Lives of Cyclists

This allows the wheels to be closer and another modification lets the rear wheel move independently. This severely decreases the turn radius compared to a standard bike.

The campaign has raised $16,6…
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10 Auld Lang Syne Covers You Shouldn’t Forget

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 08:03 AM PST

1. Beer Bottles

Because what else were you going to do with all of those empty bottles at the end of the party?

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Should old acquaintances be forgot? Not this year, no. Actually, not any year. Bring on the Auld Lang Syne!

Sing the traditional folk classic and holiday staple from the rooftops or in front of the neighbor's house. Or keep to yourself, and record a video in your room -- like many of the videos we've found above. From a beer bottle rendition to a special meow-ledy as a bonus.

Watch the videos above to see different takes on the classic New Year's song and send us your favorite versions in the comments below. We challenge the really brave to create their own cover.

Photo courtesy of Flickr, bayassa

More About: Auld Lang Syne, Holidays, new years, Watercooler

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