- Amazon Lowers Price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 by $50 in One-Day Deal
- Google Pays Tribute to First Computer Programmer Ada Lovelace
- McAfee in Live Video Q&A: ‘I Had Absolutely Nothing to Do With the Murder in Belize’
- Australian Police Are Telling People to Stop Using Apple Maps
- The 10 Best Indie Games for the Holiday Season
- 10 Kickass Kickstarter Projects From 2012
- Transporter Provides Your Own Private Off-Cloud Storage for Sharing Files
- 10-Year-Old Creates Fun ‘Call Me Maybe’ Parody With Harvard Educators
- 5 Top Pick-Me-Up Movies for the Job Search Blues
- Barnes & Noble Cuts Nook Price From $99 to $79
- How Not To Network Online During The Holidays
- Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week
- Road Trippers Will Brake for This Virtual Car Assistant
- Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week
- Do Your Emails Annoy Your Co-Workers?
- Sunday Comics: What Would Steve Jobs Do?
- Opinion: Microsoft’s Astonishing Windows 8 Boondoggle
- Review: Is Apple’s 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Worth the Money?
- Updated: Instagram Disables Support for Twitter Cards
- SpaceX Poised to Enter Space Again With Two New Missions
- Top 5 Kids Apps of the Week
- Apple and Google Reportedly Working Together to Buy Kodak Patents
- 5 Innovations Transforming the Entertainment Industry
- Top 10 Kisses of 2012 [PICS]
- Johnny Manziel Tweets Heisman Trophy Thank-You
- ‘How Black Is That?’ Asks Jamie Foxx in Hilarious Monologue on ‘SNL’
- John McAfee Just Wants to Come Home
- Is it Time to Close Your Business?
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 04:50 AM PST
Amazon has lowered the price of its 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD by $50 in a special one-day deal.
The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD sports a 1920x1200 resolution screen, a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, a front facing HD camera and 16 or 32GB of storage memory. The standard price for the 16GB variant is $299.
Though the deal is valid only today, it might end before the end of the day, as Amazon warns that quantities are limited.
You can check out Amazon's offer here.
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 02:43 AM PST
Today's Google Doodle is a tribute to the woman that's considered to be the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace.
Born on December 10, 1815, Ada was the daughter of Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Byron.
She was interested in science and math, and is best known for her work on Charles Babbage's mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the machine are considered to be the first-ever algorithm encoded to be processed by a machine.
Ada Lovelace died of cancer at the age of 36, on Nov. 27, 1852. Today's Doodle marks the 197th anniversary of her birth, depicting her writing the famous notes, alongside a progression from the first mechanical com…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 01:15 AM PST
John McAfee reiterated his innocence in a live video session Sunday night, during which he updated viewers on his current situation, and answered questions from the press.
Wearing black square-frame glasses and sporting a goatee and mustache, the former tech entrepreneur who is wanted in connection to the murder of American expat Gregory Faull, hosted the news conference from a bare white room while in custody at a Guatemalan jail. McAfee was arrested for illegally entering Guatemala after fleeing to the country from Belize, where local authorities want him for questioning.
"Did I kill Mr. Faull? No. Let me be clear: I had absolutely nothing to do with the murder in Belize," he said.…
Posted: 10 Dec 2012 12:38 AM PST
According to the Mildura Police, Apple Maps puts Mildura in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, some 70 km away from Mildura's actual location.
To make matters worse, temperatures in the park can go as high as 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit), and there is no water supply. According to the police, some of the drivers that ended up there have been stranded without food or water for "up to 24 hours". Some had to walk long distances through dangerous terrain just to get phone reception.
The Mildura Police ha…
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 10:14 PM PST
1. Torchlight 2
The fantasy-RPG sequel to the wildly popular 2009 game Torchlight, Runic Games' latest installment in the franchise, doesn't mess with its recipe too much. And in this case, that's a big positive. Part steam-punk treasure hunt, part magic-heavy flight of fancy, Torchlight 2 capitalizes on the fast-paced, action-filled environment crafted by the designers of Diablo, Diablo 2 and Fate. Expect a lot of loot-grabbing from this game, as a bulk of the fun takes place in expansive and randomly generated cave systems practically filled to the brim with treasure and fancy equipment for your specific character class. Torchlight 2 really gilds the lily with a long-awaited and happily embraced local LAN option — meaning you can raid dungeons with three of your closest friends. This makes the experience, for the first time, a cooperative one, and has been one of the best new features. This game is really a continuation of that old-school play style seen in the previous Diablo installments, so if solo (or small group) hunting is your thing, download away. Price: $19.99 on Steam Platform: Windows
You or someone you know is probably one of those fickle gamer types. While the regular masses would be awed by a freshly minted copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, you're searching for something deeper and more refined than the average franchise from your big box store.
Whether you want to be the "cool indie guy" who passes out sweet games to your friends, or you're looking to snag some new and interesting games to get you through that lull between Christmas and New Years, here are 10 indie games worth picking up.
SEE ALSO: 50 Winning Holiday Gifts for Gamers
From survival horror to puzzle platformers, there's a little bit of everything to satisfy all types of gamers. So, what are…
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 09:13 PM PST
Goal:$100,000 Pledged:$1,192,793 Singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer spent four years writing a record and putting her band together. Formerly part of the Dresden Dolls duo, Palmer broke away from a major record label to do her own thing. The album, supported by Kickstarter, was the first million-dollar music project on the platform. It debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Charts a few months later. Image courtesy of Shervin Lainez
Crowdfunding has become a popular way to introduce products to people directly and raise awareness on important issues. Consumers no longer have to wait for a brand to innovate a product. Instead, they're finding simple solutions themselves and bringing it straight to consumers.
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 08:29 PM PST
Users of free cloud-storage providers, such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Apple iCloud, are often faced with file-size limitations and lack of privacy. What's more, upgrades typically require recurring fees.
One Santa Clara, Calif.-based company is offering an alternative way to share, access and protect files. Called "Transporter," the device stores user data exclusively on your local network and the local networks of other Transporter users you authorize for access, according to the company's Kickstarter page.
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 07:45 PM PST
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The E-Ink e-reader, which previously cost $99, packs essentially the same hardware as the Kindle: Both devices have 6-inch black-and-white screens, Wi-Fi connectivity and 2 GB of storage. (Via a microSD card slot, Nook storage can be expanded to 32 GB -- only useful, really, if you want to store all your books and PDFs on your device, instead of archiving them in the cloud.)
The Nook is slightly wider, thicker and heavier than the Kindle (6.5 inches x 5.0 inches x .0.47 inches and 7.5 ounces, versus 6.5 inches x 4.5 inches by 0.34 inches and 6 oun…
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 06:03 PM PST
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On lazy Sundays just before the workweek starts, there's nothing better than curling up on a comfy couch -- and giggling over viral videos.
So, here at Mashable we've rounded up a recap of the best ones, featuring cats, a rescue dog, a sleepy student and Mr. Burns' explanation of the U.S. fiscal cliff.
Check out this week's viral video recap, above. Then, tell us in the comments: Which is your favorite?
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 03:57 PM PST
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Stitch Macbook Decal
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 02:14 PM PST
Considering that email is the primary form of communication in most offices, we don't always choose our written words as wisely as we should. Especially when we're trying to get through a packed inbox quickly or answer messages between meetings on our phones, it's easy to be annoying, abrasive, or just plain rude without realizing it. With just a few words typed (or omitted), a quick email can go from a friendly message to a total disaster.
Well, it's time for an email intervention. Here are a few of the most common workplace blunders we unconsciously make -- and some quick-fix strategies to avoid them in the future.
1. The Subject is the Message
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 01:38 PM PST
Do Apple products seem just a little less "insanely great" since the untimely demise of Steve Jobs? Should Apple be wondering what Jobs would have done? Our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech found a pair of Mac users getting into a circular argument about that point:
Comic illustration provided by The Joy of Tech. Published with permission; all rights reserved
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 01:12 PM PST
The other day, I got a Skype video call from my mother. This was unusual since she rarely calls me via Skype. I answered the call and saw my mother sitting in her living room, the camera at an odd angle as I looked up at her.
"I hate Windows 8," she said to me.
This sentiment, I assured her, was completely natural.
Mother was in the midst of testing her new Window 8 tablet, trying to figure out the interface and get some work done. Calling me was her version of figuring out Skype on her newfangled but imminently confusing device.
Herein rests a problem for Microsoft. People just do not like Windows 8. My mother is computer-savvy but a bit set in her ways. She likes her iPad but c…
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 12:30 PM PST
13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro, Side View
The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro has a great screen and performs well. But is it good enough to justify the price tag?
In June, Apple released its first Retina display-capable laptop, the phenomenal 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Last month, the company unveiled the next member of the high-resolution family, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina.
Apple boasts that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina has the second-highest resolution screen on the market, a jaw-dropping 2,560 x 1,600 pixels (compared with 2,880 x 1,800 for the 15-inch beauty). Like the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina, the 13-inch model loses the optical drive –- a decision that both saves weight and allows for a larger battery.
Similarly, the machine is also decidedly upgrade-unfriendly. The RAM chips are soldered into the com…
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 12:13 PM PST
Instagram images are not displaying on Twitter cards as of Sunday afternoon. Instead, users are being shown an empty white space where a photo should live. A link to the Instagram photo is still included.
Update: A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to AllThingsD that Instagram has disabled all support for Twitter cards. Instead, Instagram shots shared via Twitter will only include a link to the photo's Instagram URL.
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 11:49 AM PST
While NASA is placed on the back burner due to U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to cut the agency's planetary science funding, its private counterpart SpaceX has been green-lit to return to space.
The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV)-class missions to the company: DSCOVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) and STP-2 (Space Test Program 2). The missions will be launched on SpaceX's Falcon vehicles in 2014 and 2015, respectively, according to a release.
For more on the mission, check out the video above. Then, tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
Image courtesy of Flickr, jurvetson
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Posted: 09 Dec 2012 11:41 AM PST
Ages 2-6 Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars Why we like it: Twenty well-designed, extremely simple mazes are found in this excellent starter app; ideal for introducing even very young children to the mechanics of multi-touch screen operation. Need to know: This is an excellent app for younger children that provides a solid spatial learning experience, though it would be nice if children could see the trail of their fingers. Ease of use: 10/10 Educational: 8/10 Entertaining: 9/10 $1.99
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 11:07 AM PST
Typically vicious enemies in the patent wars, Apple and Google are reportedly forging an alliance to snatch up photo-sharing patents from Kodak, the now-bankrupted company whose once-innovative products brought instant photography to the masses.
Apple and Google are offering more than $500 million to buy Kodak patents that "relate to the capture, manipulation and sharing of digital images," reported Bloomberg while citing "people familiar with the situation."
Bloomberg also reported the two companies each led separate groups in failed quests to buy the patents last summer before joining forces in this fresh bid.
The report of the joint Apple-Google effort comes in the midst of a spa…
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 10:25 AM PST
We all know that Justin Bieber is the Midas of social media. But he doesn't work alone -- he has a stellar team behind him, including a certain filmmaker. If you've seen Never Say Never or the Biebs' newest music video, Beauty and a Beat, you've probably admired the creative handiwork of director Jon M. Chu. He's also the brains behind dance films Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D, which have grossed more than $300 million, and he's currently in post production on his next film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Chu does more than feature films and music videos -- he's also the writer and creator of The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, an original web series that was described as "the most beaut…
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 09:49 AM PST
In 2012, love was in the air. From the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to the running of the bulls in Pamploma, Spain, kisses all over the world were captured in photos. Here are our top 10 picks.
9. Lassie and Uggie
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 09:02 AM PST
Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman in history to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Soon after he received college football's top award, he took to Twitter to celebrate.
As of Sunday morning, the tweet's been retweeted nearly 5,000 times.
Known by fans of the sport as "Johnny Football," Manziel had a combined 4,600 total yards and led his team to a 10-2 record in their first season as members of the SEC. He's also the first freshman to throw for 3,000 yards and…
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 08:54 AM PST
The ultra-talented Jamie Foxx rocked Saturday Night Live last night with his opening monologue, calling out a variety of hilarious examples of how things are changing with race in America.
Hosting the show and promoting his upcoming movie Django Unchained (releases Dec. 25 in the U.S. and Canada) at the same time, Foxx not only made us laugh, but showed us he's also a wonderful singer, not a bad dancer, and the consummate actor.
Pic courtesy NBC/SNL
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 07:59 AM PST
In his strange cross-country journey, he claimed to have used a body double to distract authorities. He is accused of illegally sneaking into neighboring Guatemala, where he was denied political asylum and arrested, and he was rushed to the hospital following complaints of chest pains -- all the while keeping a blog detailing his saga.
Now, McAfee just wishes it was all over.
In a new interview with Reuters, McAfee said his goal "is to get back to America as soon as possible."
"I wish I could just pack my bags and go to Miami,"…
Posted: 09 Dec 2012 07:15 AM PST
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