- Video of Golden Eagle Snatching Baby Goes Viral
- Samsung Dethrones Nokia as Top Cellphone Brand in 2012, Beats Apple
- GM to Unveil Cadillac ELR Electric Coupe Next Month
- How World Landmarks Look in Apple vs. Google Maps
- Fig Wellness App Reminds You to Drink Water, Call Your Mom
- These Tiny Robots Can Self-Assemble into Different Shapes
- LEGO Santa Claus is One Tough Dude
- Apps That Will Save You From the Zombie Apocalypse
- Radio Pulls Kesha’s ‘Die Young’ After Newtown Shooting, She Tweets Reaction
- Experience The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Tumblr GIFs
- Awesome Teen Wins Fight Against Sexist Easy-Bake Ovens
- How Social Media, Mobile Are Playing a Bigger Part in Healthcare
- Zuck Gives $500 Million in Facebook Stock to Charity
- This Ain’t Over: National Geographic Goes Dark on Instagram
- Inside ‘The Voice’ Social Media Engine That Powered Season 3
- Zuck’s Wedding Photographer: Where Instagram Went Wrong
- See the Winner of Mashable’s Caption Contest
- 5 Key Lessons Tim Cook Learned in 2012
- Neil Patrick Harris Preys on Unsuspecting Puppets
- 5 Free Alternatives to Instagram
- Smartphone ‘Lab’ Detects Allergens in Food
- Is This Instagram’s Netflix Moment?
- Instagram Vows: We Won’t Use Your Photos in Ads
- Goodbye ‘Gossip Girl,’ Social Media Pioneer
- Deck the Halls With These 15 Muppet Christmas Songs
- NRA Breaks Social Silence With First Tweet Since Newtown Shooting
- Instagram, Treat My Work With Respect. Love, Your Biggest Fan
- Brain-Powered Robot Helps Paralyzed Woman Take Control
- Instagram Responds: ‘We Hear You’
- Here’s How Police Get a Suspect’s Facebook Information
Posted: 19 Dec 2012 04:44 AM PST
In the video, uploaded by user MrNuclearCat, the author is filming the huge bird as it's circling over a meadow. Suddenly, the eagle drops down and catches a baby with its claws, but lets it go after a few seconds, giving its mom and the cameraperson a good scare.
It's hard to tell whether the video is real or fake, but it looks convincing enough to rapidly become popular on social networks, with "OMG" being the most common comment.
What do you think? Is the video real or fake? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Posted: 19 Dec 2012 02:55 AM PST
The Korean electronics giant is expected to capture 29% of worldwide cellphone shipments; that's up from 24% last year, the IHS iSuppli Mobile and Wireless Communications Service said in a release. In comparison, Nokia's market share will fall to 24% from 30% last year, the research firm added.
Trailing in third place is Apple, which is predicted to take 10% of shipments (up from 7% in 2011). ZTE follows in fourth place with 6%, remaining steady since last year, while LG ends up in fifth place with 4% (down from 6%).
As last year's runner-up…
Posted: 19 Dec 2012 01:30 AM PST
General Motors will unveil its 2014 Cadillac ELR electric coupe on Jan. 15 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the company announced Tuesday.
Aside from the car being "design driven" and "electrically powered," Cadillac did not reveal many details about the coupe. According to Autoblog, however, the ELR was tested with the same range-extended electric drive system as the Chevy Volt.
GM also provided a single, shadowy image of the coupe, revealing a vehicle that looks si…
Posted: 19 Dec 2012 12:35 AM PST
1. Eiffel Tower - Paris, France
When Apple Maps launched in September, there was a funny picture of the Eiffel Tower looking like it had been run over by a gigantic steamroller. The image was one of the many iconic examples of how Apple's app came up way short. Now Apple's Eiffel outshines Google's washed-out looking image.
If Apple is the Superman of tech companies, the iOS 6 Apple Maps app would have to be its kryptonite. The company revealed its iPhone 5 and iOS 6 at a ballyhooed press event in September. Ever since, all anyone seems to want to talk about is the shortcomings of Maps.
Now, Google Maps is back with a vengeance. The free app became available in the Apps Store last week and within hours it shot to the top of the most downloaded list. The app reached 10 million downloads within 48 hours of its release.
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 11:27 PM PST
Fig was created by a Palo Alto-based team that believes overall wellness depends on great nutrition, sufficient sleep, healthy relationships and other factors unique to each of us. Users are encouraged to start off small by setting mini personal goals on Fig. They can be daily, weekly or monthly goals — whatever makes you feel good.
Only you know what your body, mind and spirit needs. So, you can choose to wake up 15 minutes early this week to…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 10:26 PM PST
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 09:28 PM PST
Santa Claus is coming to town, and he kind of looks like he can destroy it. Hope you've been nice, or he's decking you instead of your halls.
Cartoonist Mark Anderson built these Christmas-themed Santas complete will ability to launch coal at your front door -- or at least look more menacing than the jolly ol' fat man who hugs elves all day.
Just make sure to start building up your own LEGO fortress for when this guy comes a knockin'. Because LEGO Santa isn't climbing down the chimney, he's busting through the wall.
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 08:28 PM PST
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Don't worry about missing out on the ball drop action this New Year's Eve if you accidentally begin to snooze a few minutes before midnight. Tumblr has you covered.
Tumblr selected three GIF makers from their community of bloggers to create and upload animated images in realtime. The GIFs will appear on GIFwich.com, much like during the Presidential election debates, when the blogging site contributed to the conversation with memes.
This will be Livestream's fourth year…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 05:43 PM PST
Hasbro will unveil black, silver and blue models in 2013, broadening its classic line beyond popular pink and purple models traditionally marketed solely towards young girls, the multinational toy maker announced on Monday.
After meeting with McKenna Pope, who started the Change.org petition urging the company to embrace gender-neutral toy packaging and ads, Hasbro announced they will release the new line of "unisex" Easy-Bake Ovens at New York's Toy Fair in February, according to the Los Angeles Times. The eighth…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 05:24 PM PST
It's tempting to see if we can find an answer to our health questions in an instant when a world of information is at our fingertips, rather than leaving work or home. Flawed and inaccurate as some of that information may be, there are also many useful sites and forums with advice from actual doctors.
A study compiled by Demi & Cooper Advertising and DC Interactive Group shows that more than 90% of people ages 18-24 said they would trust health in…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 04:51 PM PST
Mark Zuckerberg announced his and wife Priscilla's second major charitable contribution to date -- a gift of 18 million Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The gift was announced, not surprisingly, by a post on Zuckerberg's timeline Tuesday evening.
Facebook shares are currently valued at $27.71 each, so the 18 million share gift is valued at $499 million.
The Facebook founder signed The Giving Pledge in 2010, a commitment to donate the majority of his wealth to charity during his lifetime. A few months prior, he gave a $100 million gift to the Newark City Public School System. That time around, however, he made the announcement on Oprah.
"I'm really prou…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 04:38 PM PST
Case in point: National Geographic, or @NatGeo, one of Instagram's most popular accounts with 638,629 followers -- and certainly one of its most storied names. @NatGeo stunned the Instagram world late Tuesday by announcing it was suspending its posts to the service.
"We are very concerned about the direction of the proposed new terms of service," NatGeo's post (likely the last for a while) reads. "If they remain as presented, we may close our account."
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 04:34 PM PST
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Last week we asked our witty readers to caption this comic. After sorting through submissions on the Mashable comic and via Twitter using the #mashcomic hashtag, we deemed one reader's caption worthy enough to take the top spot.
Without further ado, the comical crown goes to ...
Alex Watts (@t3chy) via Twitter.
Here is his original tweet from Dec. 12:
To Alex, we send our highest of virtual high fives.
Do you think there was a better caption for the comic? Tell us in the comments below.
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 03:43 PM PST
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 03:32 PM PST
Neil Patrick Harris' puppet dreams take a turn for the creepy in the actor's latest video installment for Nerdist. The puppet parody of To Catch a Predator was eerily spot on.
If you've got any cotton stuffing, stay away from Doogie Howser.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Nerdist
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 03:14 PM PST
Streamzoo lets you follow users (@) or subjects (#) and incorporates a badge and reward system to encourage participation in the community. Choose from 20 filters, 15 borders and six crop shapes, then share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Flickr. Platform: iOS and Android
The popular photo app is on the verge of a mass exodus in light of new Terms of Service, which many interpreted as giving Instagram the right to sell your pics to advertisers starting Jan. 16. The backlash has been notable, with celebrity users tweeting their concerns and disaffected Instagrammers casting about for a new service to call home.
The response was so vocal, in fact, that Instagram released a statement on its blog this afternoon to clarify some of the points from the new Terms of Service. The statement reads, in part:
We've heard loud and clear th…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:58 PM PST
A smartphone that can be transformed into a lab with the ability to detect food allergens is the latest in add-on technology from inventor Aydogan Ozcan. He and his researchers are creating prototypes of these devices that turn the phones into precise lab instruments.
The iTube, Ozcan and his colleagues' new device, converts smartphones into colorimeters that are able to detect minute amounts of allergens, such as peanuts, in food. It's designed for use at home or in public, such as at a restaurant, said Ozcan, an engineering professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
"People will be able to quantify the amount of allergen and have the ability to upload their results to th…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:40 PM PST
While user backlash against tech services is nothing new, it's stunning to observe the change of sentiment regarding Instagram in just 24 hours. The last time I remember a company shifting so rapidly in the hearts and minds of users was when Netflix made a series of blunders that caused it to shed users and lose more than two-thirds of its stock value.
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:30 PM PST
"The language we proposed ... raised questions about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement," Systrom wrote in a blog post entitled "Thank you and we're listening."
"We do not have plans for anything like this, and because of that we're going to remove the language that raised the question."
The overall tone of the blog post is one of clarification, rather than retraction. Systrom does apologize that the language wasn't clear enough. "Legal documents are easy to misinterpret,…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:27 PM PST
As fans and critics rehash the last six seasons of The CW's Gossip Girl after Monday's finale, most recollect the cutting edge fashion, the soap opera-like plot lines that went downhill over time, and guest appearances from the likes of Vera Wang, Lady Gaga and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
But they're missing an important story behind this show. Gossip Girl was the first about the lives of the Connected Generation -- the millennials who grew up with the Internet, consider their cellphones an essential accessory and share content comfortably with friends and strangers on social networks.
From the first episode, which premiered Sep. 19, 2007, it was clear the characters' li…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:26 PM PST
'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' -- feat. John Denver
Simple, yet awesomely soothing. Rowlf and John Denver make the perfect holiday duo.
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:04 PM PST
The National Rifle Association broke its four-day social media silence Tuesday by announcing via Twitter a "major news conference" in Washington, D.C. set for Friday. In a linked release, the NRA promised "meaningful contributions" to "make sure this never happens again."
The NRA's Facebook page has also returned after being disabled, featuring a link to the release and a new cover photo reading "PRESS CONFERENCE."
The NRA's full statement is copied below:
National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daug…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 01:56 PM PST
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 01:52 PM PST
Jan Scheuermann is paralyzed from the neck down, but with the help of a robotic arm controlled by her brain, she's now able to pour herself a glass of water to drink.
Lancet Medical Journal ran a study using brain implants to control the robotic arm. Two sensors were placed in the motor cortex of her brain. Pulses of electricity inside her brain are translated into commands for the robot arm, which includes a bending elbow and wrist. In about two weeks, Scheuermann perfected the use of her new robot limb.
Scheuermann has progressively lost control over her body since she was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration 13 years ago.
Image courtesy of Flickr, Arenamontanus
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 01:35 PM PST
The tweet simply announced that user complaints had been heard. It promised, in apparently rushed and slightly garbled grammar, that there would be more information soon:
We've heard yo…
Posted: 18 Dec 2012 01:27 PM PST
When major media outlets (incorrectly) identified the name of the suspect in Friday's elementary school massacre, journalists immediately flocked to Facebook to learn more about him. Pictures, status updates, comments -- anything that might give more insight into the killer's motivations.
Putting aside the media frenzy and subsequent reflection over what went wrong in newsrooms on Friday, journalists aren't the only ones who have learned to check social media for more information about a suspect -- the police are doing it too.
Mashable reached out to Facebook, Twitter and several law enforcement agencies to learn more about what happens behind-the-scenes immediately following a high-pr…
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