- Judge Rejects Apple’s Request for Permanent Ban of Samsung Smartphones
- Sony Xperia Jelly Bean Update Schedule Revealed
- ‘Gangnam Style’ is YouTube’s Top Trending Video of 2012
- Watch the Most Awkward Blind Dates Ever
- ‘The Voice’ Pays Tribute to Newtown Victims with ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus
- Turn Your Video-Game Consoles Into a Retro Arcade With This Device
- What if Charlie Brown Was Like Louis C.K.? [NSFW]
- Yog’s App Makes Sure You’ll Always Have Someone to Go Jogging With
- Which Camera Are You Hoping for This Holiday? [POLL]
- 50 Shows With the Most Social Buzz in 2012
- Here’s How Your Smartphone Is Ruining Your Sex Life
- NFL Star Spars With Fans on Twitter Over Newtown School Massacre
- Air Travelers Say Low Ticket Price Trumps Wi-Fi
- Instagram Will Basically Sign Your Life Away
- 8 Ways Kids Can Digitally Connect With Santa
- JetBlue Delivers Cousin’s Goodbye Letter to Newtown Child’s Funeral
- Will Sliding Images Make Captcha Less Annoying?
- Racist Obama Tweet Gets College Football Player Booted From Team
- 1 Million Sign Digital Sympathy Card for Sandy Hook Victims
- Window-Cleaning Robot Ready to Suck Your Glass
- Here’s What a Facebook Gift Looks Like
- Grumpy Cat Tattoo Could Impress Even the Crankiest Kitty
- 7 Lessons From Random Steve Jobs Encounters
- Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal With a Beer Can
- Homer Becomes a Social Gaming Addict in Latest ‘Simpsons’ Episode
- NBA Players and Old People Make for Adorable Instagrams
- Mashable’s 35 Top Songs of 2012
- DJ Deadmau5 Proposes to Kat Von D on Twitter
- MyFitnessPal Now Lets You Share Progress With Facebook Friends
- Most Scared Man in the World Is Hilarious to Watch
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:31 AM PST
Judge Lucy Koh has denied Apple's request for a permanent injunction against Samsung smartphones, Reuters reported.
Apple had been awarded $1.05 billion in damages in an August verdict. The trial's jury found that Samsung willfully copied features of Apple's iPhone and iPad.
The Cupertino, Calif. company also sought a permanent sales ban on the smartphones in question -- a formidable list of 26 devices.
Judge Koh decided against the ban, claiming that the features Samsung had infringed upon were only "a small fraction" of the phones' features.
"Though Apple does have some interest in retaining certain features as exclusive to Apple, it does not follow that entire products must…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 01:29 AM PST
Sony Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V will be getting the Jelly Bean update "during February and March," while Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go will be upgraded "from the end of March," according to Sony Mobile's official blog.
Finally, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S will get the update in "subsequent weeks."
Unfortunately for owners of the Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo and Xperia sola, Sony has decided not to upgrade these devices beyond Android 4.0.
The company also said it will provide more information on special Sony Xperia Jelly Bean features "in the new year."…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 01:04 AM PST
The addictive dance hit by South Korean singing sensation Psy was the video-sharing site's top trending video this year.
"Korean Pop music transcended boundaries and took the world by storm. Cover songs, parodies and 'do-it-yourself' music videos from all genres entertained us in countries near and far," YouTube wrote in a blog post Monday.
Check out the remaining top 10 trending YouTube videos of 2012, listed below:
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 12:00 AM PST
Few people utter the phrase, "Blind dates are so fun." After the initial moments of awkwardness upon meeting, more awkwardness follows. To cope, daters use fake smiles to pass the silence, and there's always the hope that things can't get any worse.
But one video, above, has done the unimaginable: make blind dates even more uncomfortable. In a series of pranks, one man confuses unsuspecting women by approaching them for a blind date that they don't know about. At best, he gets a laugh, and at worst, he makes the women believe they're losing their minds -- or at least their memories.
How do you feel about blind dates? Sh…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 10:58 PM PST
Cast members of The Voice, including judges Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, commemorated victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting by singing "Hallelujah" on the show's finale Monday night.
During part one of the singing competition's two-night finale, competitors and their coaches stood on a candlelit stage, singing Leonard Cohen's classic song. Every performer held one card, each printed with the name and age of a victim who died in last Friday's shooting.
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 09:59 PM PST
Gamers who miss the old-school feel of joysticks and buttons will rejoice in a new device that connects arcade controls to modern video-game consoles.
Kade is an open-source arcade interface that supports systems such as Playstation, PS2, PS3 and the original Xbox. For more on how the device works, check out the video above.
With five days remaining in its Kickstarter campaign, Kade has already raised nearly nine times its original goal of £750 (more than $1,200) -- earning just over £6,300 (more than $10,000).
Gamers, would you use this device? Tell us in the comments below.
Image courtesy of Kade / Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, simononly
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 08:57 PM PST
When our favorite Peanuts character gets a personality transformation à la comedian Louis C.K., the unimaginable happens -- he gets even more somber and dejected. And don't even get us started on the mess that is Lucy. She's now a middle-aged divorcée who has gained a few pounds, and still seems as evil as ever.
But Linus might be the saddest. Clearly, that blanket has only made him creepier with time. It's time to retire the blankie, and call it a day.
Not even Snoopy could survive the mid-life crisis of his good ol' pal; he's retired to the dog…
More About: Charlie Brown
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST
One-Liner Pitch: An app that connects you with runners around the world so you'll never have to jog alone again.
Why It's Taking Off: Yog is working to make running -- and exercise in general -- more social.
If you're planning to go jogging more as part of your New Year's resolution, you might want to give Yog a try.
Yog, a free iPhone app, helps runners around the world connect with each other and organize jogs with those at their skill level. With the app, users can quickly schedule a run and then invite friends through Facebook or their phone's contact list to go on a virtual run. If the scheduled run is listed publicly, random users on the…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 06:59 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 06:29 PM PST
If you follow Trendrr's social TV rankings week-to-week, then you've grown familiar with some of the programs on the list, even if you don't watch them regularly. Now it's time to look back on the year's top 50.
This has been a standout year for The X Factor, FOX's vocal talent competition. Welcoming new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, the show broke records for social participation in its season premiere. The X Factor placed predictably high in the year-end tally, edging out The Voice on NBC.
But in a year of singing competitions, the number one spot went to a pineapple under the sea. Yes, SpongeBob Squarepan…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 05:59 PM PST
Late-night web browsing causes individuals to go to bed 90 minutes later than a decade ago, according to an informal online poll conducted by British comparison website BroadbandChoices.co.uk (via the Daily Mail). Nearly 15% of respondents admit to having less sex because of web-surfing habits.
About 25% of respondents say they are browsing the web in bed, while 15% prefer catching up on their favorite shows at night. These trends apply towards the young crowd; older respondent…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 05:43 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 05:27 PM PST
In-flight Wi-Fi is one perk you're willing do without this holiday season, according to a new study. With all the presents and food you'll need to buy this holiday season, if you're buying airfare too, you're looking for just a bare-bones flight.
According to a recent survey, holiday travelers are most concerned with the price of airfare tickets -- not whether the airline has perks like Wi-Fi and on-board snacks and beverages. In a survey of 1,100 adults conducted by Research Now and commissioned by Qualtrics, only 25% said airline amenities like Wi-Fi, snacks, and in-flight entertainment are important to improving their h…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 05:13 PM PST
Instagram appears to be going through a sea change in popular perception at the moment -- and not one for the better.
First came founder Kevin Systrom's active and combative decision to cut support for Twitter cards, a move which seemed designed to anger and make less useful a service loved by many millions of his users.
(Do you look at many Instagrams in your tweet stream these days? No, me neither. As I tweeted last week, it's like watching two old friends who aren't speaking pass in the street; strange and sad.)
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 04:59 PM PST
Use the Portable North Pole app to send your daughter, son, niece or nephew a personalized message from Santa while he's preparing for his Christmas Eve flight around the world in the North Pole. Sugary sweet and naughty children alike will be delighted to see and hear a heartwarming message from Santa. Thanks to special customization features, Santa will be able to commend the little girl or boy about all the great things he or she has done all year. For the badly behaved, Santa has a few words of encouragement, so he or she can still make the good list before December 25. Portable North Pole is available online and as an $2.99 iOS and $3.01 Android app. Image courtesy of Flickr, David Blackwell.
In the digital age, Santa Claus is more connected than ever. We imagine the jolly man's North Pole abode is outfitted with holographic displays, touchscreen walls and Bluetooth-connected wireless speakers that play Christmas music everywhere he goes.
On his person, we assume Santa carries at least a smartphone, tablet, language translation device and GPS navigation system (in case Rudolph needs a break). Thanks to tech advances, Santa's easily available to respond to questions, letters and inquiries from children around the world by Skype, Twitter and email.
SEE ALSO: 7 Kid-Friendly Games for the Holidays
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 04:48 PM PST
This might not have been a challenge for local family members, but Noah's cousin lives across the country in Seattle. And Noah's uncle had already arrived in Newtown, Conn., for the young boy's funeral when his mother asked the family for notes.
Noah's aunt Victoria (@VDog) wanted her son's letter to be included, so she tweeted Sunday morning, asking her followers for creative suggestions to get her son's letter across the country. She needed to find an option to overnight her son's handwritten letter in order for it to arri…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 04:20 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 04:02 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 03:44 PM PST
More than 1 million people have signed the Sandy Hook Elementary School National Sympathy Card, which is now the largest ever petition on the site, according to Causes Community Manager Alejandro De La Cruz. Only one other Causes petition has ever topped 1 million before.
The e-card for the victims of the attack on the Newtown, Conn., school was receiving 1,000 signatures per minute at peak on Saturday. The card was started by David Paine, co-founder of 9/11 Day.
"Although it's not a true 'petition,' the user on our site improvised the tool to show s…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 03:31 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 03:08 PM PST
The FedEx package that showed up had Facebook Gifts branding in the top corner.
Last week, Facebook rolled out its own physical gifting service to everyone in the U.S, after testing the program in beta for a few weeks.
Mashable created a guide on how to order Facebook gifts for your friends, and what to do if you receive a Facebook Gift.
And since we actually ordered a gift, we thought our readers should see what a Facebook Gift looks like when it arrives up on your doorstep.
SEE ALSO: How to Buy Facebook Gifts for Friends
Facebook has made an effort to brand the gift experience. Everything mentions Facebook, from the logo on the FedEx package to the "Like" sticker we found inside. Check out the gallery above to see all the pictures of our Facebook Gift un…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 02:44 PM PST
Grumpy Cat now has a permanent way to spread her grouchy bits of a delight. Redditor trippindicular spotted this feisty feline ink at Philly's Deep Six Laboratory Tattoo Shop.
SEE ALSO: Heyyy Crazy Lady! Super Fan Gets 'Gangnam Style' Tattoo
Do tattoos leave a bad taste in your mouth? Sweeten your palate with this Grumpy Cat Gingerbread House.
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 02:30 PM PST
In fact, 2012's most popular question on the ask-and-answer site Quora was, "What are the best stories about people randomly meeting Steve Jobs?" Answers to this question offer up a few life lessons from the man in the black turtleneck.
1. Help strangers, to the extent you can
The top answer came from Tim Smith, a principal at Applied Design Group. Smith owned an old British Sunbeam sports car that broke down and rolled to a stop in front of the Jobs' house one evening. With the car hood up, Smith was about…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 02:07 PM PST
Weak Wi-Fi is a fate worse than death.
Not really, but it's pretty annoying. Thick walls and metal objects can mean the difference between streaming Netflix and '90s dial-up.
Image courtesy of Minute Hacks
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:50 PM PST
Homer Simpson becomes hopelessly addicted to playing a game called "VillageVille" on his myPad, in Sunday night's episode of The Simpsons, as the comedy takes a stab at popular Zynga Facebook games.
Homer is home faking a back injury when he discovers the game, and becomes so addicted he forgets to walk the family dog, Santa's Little Helper. In the clip above, Homer can be seen clearing a forest for his village, then adding buildings.
This isn't the first time The Simpsons has parodied a popular mobile game. Earlier in this season, Homer was seen playing "Words With Enemies," a scrabble-clone where you clobbered your opponents.
While creator Matt Groenig may have wanted to poke…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:37 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:34 PM PST
When putting together a list of the top songs of 2012, it is impossible to ignore how Carly Rae Jepsen's star experienced a meteoric rise thanks to YouTube (and the proclivity of its audience to create parodies). And, although the single itself dropped in 2011, we couldn't turn around in 2012 without someone offering their own take on Gotye and Kimbra's "Somebody That I Used to Know." Sharing, spoofing and sampling made for a year of music that felt not only creative but collaborative.
The Mashable staff put together a list of our favorite tunes of 2012. You'll find some artists who also topped the iTunes charts this year, such as Adele and Fun., but you'll also probably see a few music…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:22 PM PST
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:11 PM PST
Peer pressure can sometimes be a good thing. That's why apps and websites like MyFitnessPal, Fitbit and NikeFuel connect you with friends. You can also meet other users of your preferred fitness device and share stories, tips and goals.
MyFitnessPal has long been one of the best apps for tracking your calorie intake. The app's list of foods is massive, plus you can add in your own items and choose frequently eaten items to quickly add to your day's menu.
Social sharing is also a been a big component of MyFitnessPal. But now instead of needing to know a user's email address or username, you can connect t…
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST
Don't breathe too loudly because this guy will freak out.
Jumpy does not even begin to describe this man who lives in a constant state of gullible terror. And it doesn't help that his coworkers are always busy dropping things from ceilings or hiding in cardboard boxes. We'd pity him and his likely erratic heartbeats if his reaction weren't so hilarious.
On the positive side, he must never have the hiccups since he's always scaring himself back to normal.
Thumbnail image courtesy of YouTube, NRK Sørlandet
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