- Windows Phone 7.8 Starts Rolling Out to Nokia 800
- ‘Quartz’ Grows Roots in Social, Mobile as Traffic Nears 1 Million
- iPhone 5 Sales Top 2 Million on First Weekend in China
- 8 Family-Friendly Holiday Craft Tutorials on YouTube
- Offensive Tweets Demand Sunday Night Football Over Obama’s Newtown Speech
- IBM: Computers Will See, Hear, Taste, Smell and Touch in 5 Years
- 5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week
- Watch President Obama’s Speech at Vigil for Newtown Victims
- 10 Naughty Cats Versus Christmas Trees
- Samuel L. Jackson Might Have Dropped the F-Bomb on SNL
- 22 Best Mac Apps of 2012
- Amazon’s Monthly Visitors Could Fill 60 Disneylands
- Viral Video Recap Features Google’s Year In Review
- Anonymous Publishes Personal Information of Westboro Church Group
- PicsArt Transforms Your Smartphone Pictures Into Works of Art
- 9 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss
- Gun Control Petition is Most Popular Ever Posted to White House Site
- Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week
- How to Crowdsource Your Job Hunt
- Top 5 Apps for Kids This Week
- ‘I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother’ Post Sparks Intense Online Discussion
- Top 10 Tech This Week
- Twitter Rolls Out Downloadable Tweets to Select Users
- Huge Asteroid’s Earth Flyby Caught on Video
- Silent Night: ‘SNL’ Presents a Moving Commemoration of Newtown Tragedy
- Google Analytics Shows You What Bad Web Practices Look Like in Real Life
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 02:43 AM PST
Microsoft's not-quite-WP8 update for devices which launched with Windows Phone 7 will also be coming to Nokia Lumia 510 and 900, but Lumia 800 seems to be first to take the plunge.
After the update, Lumia 800 owners can expect a number of upgrades, including resizable Live Tiles, more theme and accent colors, and a Bing-adorned lock screen.
As far as other WP7 handsets go, Microsoft said those will be getting the WP7.8 update in early 2013.
Image credit: Nokia
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 12:37 AM PST
It's been nearly two months since The Atlantic Media Company launched Quartz, a digital-only news publication for business readers, and traffic is growing at a steady clip. The news site pulled in 840,000 unique visitors in October and 860,000 visitors in November, per numbers provided by a Quartz spokesperson via Omniture.
Quartz, like The Economist and the Financial Times, covers global economic news through a macro lens. Its tone, however, is less formal and more conversational than your average business publication -- it's more "webby," you might say. With an editorial staff of 25, its coverage abilities are somewhat limited in scope, and so Quartz opts to go deep on a few key topics,…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 11:13 PM PST
The Cupertino, Calif. company made the announcement Monday, just three days after the iPhone's Chinese launch on Dec. 14.
"Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products."
The news is a turnaround for Apple, which saw its stock drop 4% in early trading on Friday, falling to as low as $509 a share over concerns about low demand for the iPhone 5 in China. Locals responded to the smartphone wi…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 10:21 PM PST
1. Christmas Crafts for Kids
This video is great for young children. Former elementary school teacher Cherie Donohue gives a quick lesson on making handprint reindeer Christmas cards and tissue paper wreaths.
It's December, which means colder weather. Plus, the holidays are just around the bend. If the kids are getting restless, cooped up inside all day, or if you're just looking for a fun family activity, a holiday-themed arts and crafts project is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
SEE ALSO: 14 Holiday Movies You Can Watch Online
If crafting sounds up your alley, but you're lacking inspiration, you might find that these eight YouTube videos will spur your creativity.
Scroll through gallery above for fun lessons explaining how to create various crafts. The projects range in difficulty from cute handprint reindeer cards to beautiful luminaries for your front yard; there's so…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 09:35 PM PST
While many Americans gathered around their televisions to watch U.S. President Barack Obama pay tribute to the victims of the Newtown shooting, others complained on Twitter about missing Sunday Night Football.
Several users of the microblogging service published offensive tweets that condemned Obama's speech for interrupting a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots Sunday night. The president made remarks at a vigil for the victims of the Friday shooting at a Newtown, Conn. school.
The profanity-laced tweets included racial epithets directed against Obama, as well as demands for the return of the football game, which aired on NBC.
Obama you stupid sand ni…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 09:00 PM PST
Today's PCs and smartphones can do a lot -- from telling you the weather in Zimbabwe in milliseconds, to buying your morning coffee. But ask them to show you what a piece of fabric feels like, or to detect the odor of a great-smelling soup, and they're lost.
That will change in the next five years, says IBM. Computers at that time will be much more aware of the world around them, and be able to understand it. The company's annual "5 in 5" list, in which IBM predicts the five trends in computing that will arrive in five years' time, reads exactly like a list of the five human senses -- predicting computers with sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
The five senses are really all part…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 08:28 PM PST
1. There's poop on the moon.
Apollo 11 left a lot of crap at Tranquility Base, both figurative and literal. Among the things untouched since 1969: a U.S. flag, a pair of tongs, two empty food bags, a gold olive branch, two defecation collectors and four urine collectors. In fact, there's concern among World Heritage advocates that these droppings may be disturbed when space is commercialized. So if you take a moon tour in 2050, try not to step in anything, mmk? Image via NASA.
Check out this week's batch of Reddit Facts above.
Thumbnail photo via Flickr, NASA
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 07:52 PM PST
During the nearly 20-minute long address, Obama commended the six adults who died in Friday's shooting for their heroism.
"Dawn Hochsprung, Mary Sherlach, Vicki Soto, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel Davino and Anne Marie Murphy. They responded as we all hope we might respond in such terrifying circumstances: with courage and with love, giving their lives to protect the children in their care."
The president also stated the names of the 20 young victims, aged 6 and 7.
"Charlotte, Daniel, Olivia, Josephine, Ana, Dylan, Madeleine, Catheri…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST
1. Jazzy Knocks Over Christmas Tree
Cat 1, Tree 0.
We scoured YouTube for video footage of cats versus trees, and found 10 funny clips for your festive amusement.
Take a look through our cute collection of contrary kitties and Christmas trees in the video gallery, above. Let us know in the comments below if your cat has attacked your holiday decor.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, Susan Adams
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 06:30 PM PST
SNL cast member Kenan Thompson looked shocked after Jackson said his line and joked on camera, "That costs money," referring to Federal Communications Commission fines for profanity. Some say they also heard Jackson say "bullshit" during that same sketch.
SEE ALSO: Watch Tom Hanks' F-Bomb Slip on Live TV
Since Jackson allegedly said the word at around 12:35 a.m. ET, it's possible the FCC fines won't be as high. The commission's website notes that profane speech is banned between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 05:32 PM PST
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Apple has announced its list of the best Mac apps of 2012.
Taking top honors is Day One, a $9.99 journaling app for iPad and iPhone that lets users write about their daily thoughts and memories. Entries into the journal are saved to iCloud or Dropbox, so they are synced across all devices.
CameraBag 2 was this year's runner up in the Mac App Store. The $14.99 photo editing app has 100 built-in styles and filters that can be used to edit photos, as well as more than 25 manual photographic tools to make any picture look its best.
Check out the gallery, above, for a look at the full list of Apple's favorite Mac apps this year.
Did your favorite app make the list? Tell us in the…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 04:27 PM PST
Imagine Amazon is a brick and mortar store, with a sprawling parking lot and front doors that slide open as you approach. As you step inside, what do you see?
The number of products available on Amazon could fill 1,290 Wal-Mart Supercenters. If you've ever gotten lost in one of those shopping megaplexes, then this kind of scale should make your brain hurt.
Luckily, this infographic, courtesy of 500friends, can help put it all in perspective. Check it out and thank the Internet gods that you will never get lost in an Amazon Supercenter.
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 03:31 PM PST
Cats, Felix Baumgartner, Psy and more cats -- this week's most popular and iconic videos feature everything from the inspiring to the adorable to the hilarious.
Google compiled a Year In Review video posted on December 12. The nearly three-minute clip starts with Baumgartner's jump from 24 miles above the earth and progresses into clips of other history-making moments this year: Oscar Pistorius' competing in the Olympics as the first athlete to have carbon-fiber artificial legs; clips from this year's presidential debates; images from the Arab Spring and the protests in Greece, plus some adorable animal videos that kept us entertained.
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 02:41 PM PST
Hacktivist group Anonymous published the personal information of members of the Westboro Baptist Church after the group announced on Saturday it would picket Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where 26 children and adults were killed.
Anonymous published private email addresses, phone numbers and home addresses of various members, and teased the group about the hack on Twitter. Anonymous also posted a video condemning the group for "breeding hatred" and adding, "We will destroy you. We are coming."
The Westboro group holds p…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 02:23 PM PST
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 01:49 PM PST
Strum instantly turns your 15-second video clips into rock-and-roll masterpieces. The new video app comes with built-in filters, and when you add them to your video, they'll transform it into anything from a rap song to a love ballad.
Soundtracks are customized for your particular video, so even if you use the same filter on two different videos the results will likely be much different. The app has more than 20 different filters, including several themed filters for the holidays.
It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck -- we take care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.
This week we found an app that lets you create a movie video on your phone or tablet in just a few seconds, and a popular service for watching videos made its way to even more devices.
An app that lets you hail a cab directly from your smartphone rebranded itself this week, adding some new features in the process; and a popular mapping app finally made its way back to the iPhone.
Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's app highlights.
If you're still looking for more, check out…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 01:26 PM PST
A petition asking the White House to immediately press Congress for tighter restrictions on gun ownership became the most popular ever posted to the White House "We the People" website after less than 48 hours online Sunday.
The petition was filed in the hours following an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday that left 27 people dead, including 20 children. More than 120,000 people had signed the petition as of 1 p.m. Sunday.
Petitions posted to We the People that receive more than 25,000 signatures are guaranteed a response from the Obama administration. President Obama has pledged to take some action to respond to the shooting but has not yet offered specifics.…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 12:50 PM PST
"Cuz I'm Right Here, ain't nobody gotta hold ya." - Justin Bieber Photo stats: 55,400 retweets
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 12:14 PM PST
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 11:43 AM PST
Ages 4-up Overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars Why we like it: PHLIP is a spatial relations puzzle where you "flip" or turn your screen left or right, like a steering wheel, to change the orientation of the set of tiles, in order to reassemble the picture. You can use photos you take, or choose one from your photo library. Need to know: The more tiles, the harder the puzzle. You can lock any tile by tapping on it. The physical rotation of the device develops motor and cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination. It can also cause your heavy iPad to slip out of your hands. This is a game that works much better on an iPad Mini. Ease of use: 8/10 Educational: 9/10 Entertaining: 7/10 $0.99
Chris Crowell is a veteran kindergarten teacher and contributing editor to Children's Technology Review, a web-based archive of articles and reviews on apps, technology toys and video games. Download a free issue of CTR here.
In this week's Top 5 Kids Apps, your kids can play with a spatial puzzle that lets them reassemble photographs they upload themselves. There's also a chance to learn and have fun with geography trivia and explore Australia with an illustrated story.
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 10:20 AM PST
Liza Long has a profound situation on her hands. Her 13-year-old son scares her. She says he has serious mental health problems, and she writes about her struggle and its larger implications in an essay that has gripped the Internet with its frank discussion of coping with mental health issues in children.
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, on blogs and social media, we're debating violence, gun control and mental health issues. We're searching for reasons why something like this could possibly happen. In her post, Liza writes that it's easy to talk about guns. But she thinks it's time to talk about mental illness.
In her moving essay, she writes in detail about her own son's illn…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 09:48 AM PST
1. Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ Review
Barnes and Noble's large-format (9-inch) HD-screen entry, the HD+, is a quite similar to the 7-inch Nook HD, and is a tablet with a great screen and very good value. Read our full review. Photo by Mashable
Google finally rolled out its Maps app for iOS on Wednesday, ending one of the biggest controversies of the year, and giving iPhone users a good app to find their way home, at last. As expected, Google Maps puts Apple's counterpart to shame, and iPhone users rejoice.
In the futuristic developments department, scientists in Belgium are working on contact lenses with a tiny LCD display on board. Lenses like these could allow us to read texts or emails hands-free, with information displayed…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 08:58 AM PST
You'll soon be able to download all of your tweets since you opened your account, and some lucky users have already started doing so. Twitter has begun a gradual rollout of the ability to download every tweet you've ever created into an archive that resembles a calendar.
Everyone has access to a few thousand tweets they've posted to the site, but the ability to download all of your tweets is only available to a select few users so far. The first appearance of this capability confirms the multiple promises of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to make downloadable tweets a reality by the end of 2012. In a statement last month, Costolo said:
"By the end of the year I've already promised this,…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 08:05 AM PST
The asteroid Toutatis video, which is about 40 seconds long, combines 64 radar images taken Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 12 and 13) by NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. On those days, Toutatis was about 4.3 million miles (7 million kilometers) from Earth, or about 18 times farther away than the moon is.
The new radar images — which have a resolution of 12 feet (3.75 meters) per pixel — show the 3-mile-wide (5 kilometers) asteroid in striking detail. Toutatis is revealed to be an elongated, irregularly shaped object with multiple ridges, researchers sa…
Posted: 16 Dec 2012 07:22 AM PST
Saturday Night Live presented the New York City Children's Chorus at the beginning of its live broadcast, singing a simple a cappella version of "Silent Night" in commemoration of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.
What an appropriate and touching tribute to the victims.
Video and photo courtesy NBC, SNL
Posted: 15 Dec 2012 09:17 PM PST
Specifically, the service counsels companies on landing-page optimization, site search (see video above) and online checkout, by re-imagining these tools as situations in a grocery-store setting. Poor search, for example, is illustrated by customer Oli's difficulty in finding semi-skimmed milk due to inaccurate and restrictive search definitions.
In a blog post, Google Analytics makes recommendations on how to improve companies' online customer experience.
Check out the remaining videos, below; then, tell us what you think in…
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