Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Mashable: Latest 11 News Updates - including “‘WTF?! I Wanted a White iPhone’ Entitled Christmas Tweets Exposed Again”

Mashable: Latest 11 News Updates - including “‘WTF?! I Wanted a White iPhone’ Entitled Christmas Tweets Exposed Again”

‘WTF?! I Wanted a White iPhone’ Entitled Christmas Tweets Exposed Again

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 12:36 AM PST

Every Christmas, people take to Twitter to talk about the gifts they received. Some folks -- intentionally or not -- come off as spoiled brats, complaining about getting the wrong gadget, the wrong color gadget, or not enough gadgets.

And just like last year, comedy writer Jon Hendren (@fart) is retweeting entitled tweets, most of them being from people complaining they want an iPhone in a different color.

"My mom went directly against me. she asked me if I wanted the black or white iPad. I said white, of course. tell me why mine is black," tweeted one user. "I hate my white iPhone ... I just wanted to have my black one," tweeted another.

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Ouch, Charlie! YouTube Sensation Kids Talk Christmas Toys

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 11:40 PM PST

We caught up with the "Charlie Bit My Finger" kids to talk about Internet fame and holiday toys.

More About: christmas 2012, viral content, Watercooler

First African Designed Smartphone, Tablet Hit Market

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 03:10 PM PST

Congolese entrepreneur Verone Mankou wants his tech startup VMK to be for Africa what Apple is for the U.S. and Samsung is for Asia. That is, he wants the majority of people on the continent to use the African-designed smartphone and tablet he is making.

VMK makes a tablet called Way-C, which means "the light of the stars," and now a smartphone called Elikia, which means "hope."

SEE ALSO: 5 Tech Innovations That Could Change the Developing World

The tablet is the size of Samsung's Galaxy Tab and costs $300. The Android-based smartphone costs $170 without a contract.

Thumbnail image courtesy of VMK

More About: africa, developing world, smartphone

16 Whimsical White Christmas Instagram Photos

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 02:44 PM PST

"Waking up to white Xmas!" This is my view right this minute

Image courtesy of Instagram, mariannehope

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There are few things like waking up to a snow covered lawn on Christmas morning.

Instagram users across the country whipped out their smartphones and captured the frosty landscapes nearby them on Christmas.

Lovely photos were shared from Texas, Maryland, Washington state, Colorado and dozens of places in between.

SEE ALSO: 16 Soulful Photos of 'Rhythm' From Mashable Readers

We rounded up 16 beautiful photos marked with the hashtag #WhiteChristmas. Did you see snow today?

Thumbnail image courtesy of Instagram, shelbwaldorf

More About: Christmas, instagram, photography

10 Holiday Stock Photos That Make Your Christmas Look Normal

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 01:58 PM PST

1. Foam Face Santa

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, VikaValter

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Have holiday commercials and made-for-TV Christmas specials given you a case of perfect family envy? Sure, you love your fam, but when dirty gym socks play the part of Christmas stockings and mom starts crying before 10 a.m., it can cause a case of the bah humbugs.

SEE ALSO: The 12 Memes of Christmas

If your Christmas looked a little less than Hallmark for your liking, we have something to help. Ten things, actually. Take a virtual sleigh ride through the gallery above for 10 holiday stock photos that might make your Christmas look more normal.

Thumbnail photo courtesy of iStockphoto, camrocker

More About: Christmas, Holiday, humor, photography, Watercooler

Jesus Would Be on Facebook if He Lived Today, German Priest Says

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 01:11 PM PST

Head of Germany's Catholic Church, Robert Zollitsch, has given everyone celebrating something new to think about the Christmas story. Zollitsch told a German newspaper that if Jesus were alive today, he'd be Facebook friends with all of his followers.

"Fundamentally all media are suited to bring the word of God to the people," he told German paper The Local. "Jesus would certainly today be on Facebook and Twitter."

SEE ALSO: Pope Benedict to Get Personal Twitter Account

Zollitsch's statement comes after the Catholic Pope joined Twitter (@Pontifex) earlier in December, and has seven different language accounts.

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More About: catholic church, religion, World

8 Festive Christmas Tumblrs, Presented by Santa Dogs

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 12:30 PM PST

365 Days of Christmas

Image courtesy of Flickr, nicktakespics

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If the endless loop of Wham and Mariah Carey Christmas tunes still hasn't put you in the holiday mood, let the Internet help.

SEE ALSO: 20 Amazing Christmas Surprises

We ho, ho, ho'ed around Tumblr in our digital sleigh to track down eight Christmas-themed Tumblr pages. As if the jolly Tumblrs weren't enough, we also paired each of our favorites with a dog dressed like Santa Claus -- or Santa Paws.

Merry Christmas, Internet!

Image courtesy of Flickr, jacilluch

More About: Christmas, tumblr, Watercooler

Telepresence Robot Brings Remote Co-Workers Into the Office

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 11:04 AM PST

Having meetings with colleagues who aren't in the room can be challenging. Conference calls feel inpersonal and video chats can be full of glitches. Outside of meetings, though, it can be difficult to make remote workers feel like they're a part of company culture.

Now a 5-foot-tall robot called Beam, that has a large video screen for a head, can bring people from around the world into the office. The robot can see, hear, talk and "walk."

Beam, made by Suitable Technologies, is just one of dozens of telepresence robots currently on the market. One thing that may halt its widespread adoption is the hefty $16,000 price tag attached to each robot.

Do you think telepresence robots can i…
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6 Animals Confused by the Holidays

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 10:09 AM PST

1. Santa's Coming to Town

And this pug is gettin' the hell out.

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The holidays are stressful. And for these animals, they've terrifying.

More About: cats, dogs, holidays 2012, videos, Watercooler

Apple Guideline Changes Give $140,000 Kickstarter the Green Light

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 08:56 AM PST

POP charger, a $140,000 Kickstarter project to create a universal charger for phones -- including Apple devices -- was killed last week due to its incompatibility with Apple's strict guidelines for Lightning accessories.

In an unexpected turn of events, Apple has revised its Lightning guidelines, which means the POP project once again has the green light.

The Kickstarter campaign for POP raised nearly $140,000 -- more than double its goal -- before the project was shut down. Now, one of the project's founders, Jamie Siminoff, claims the project will continue to go as planned.

"As you know on Thursday we sent you an update that because of Apple's rules around Lightning we would…
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What to Do With Your New Kindle

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 08:03 AM PST

So you received (or have a pretty good idea you're going to receive) an Amazon Kindle e-reader this holiday season. Well done, you.

Now it's time to begin taking advantage of your device. Our guide below applies to all four of Amazon's current E Ink e-readers -- the basic Kindle, the Kindle Keyboard 3G, the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Paperwhite 3G -- as well as most older editions.

Setting Up

After you've unboxed your Kindle, you'll want to create an Amazon account or sync it with your existing one. You'll also want to familiarize yourself with your e-reader's menu and navigation systems. You can find instructions for those steps here.

Get Free E-Books

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How ‘Doctor Who’ Kept Its Big Christmas Secret Off Twitter

Posted: 25 Dec 2012 05:56 AM PST

Tonight Doctor Who fans get to gorge on their annual Christmas fix -- a full-length special episode the series has produced every year for the holiday since 2005. This time, however, there's some extra spice in the form of a new regular cast member: Jenna-Louise Coleman debuts in "The Snowmen" as the Doctor's next companion.

Except it's not her debut. Coleman actually made her first appearance in the series premiere back in September. Actually, make that surprise appearance. In preseason interviews, Doctor Who's producers had explicitly told fans they'd have to wait until Christmas before they'd see Coleman in the show.

But there she was, fighting Daleks and making soufflés, way ahead…
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More About: Doctor Who, Twitter

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