- Apple Drops Sweet Christmas-Themed iPad Ad
- Rise Alarm Clock App Makes Waking Up Pleasant
- New Species of Spider Named After President Obama
- A Spotify Subscription Makes a Stellar Last-Minute Gift
- $140,000 Kickstarter Project Learns: Don’t Mess With Apple
- NASA Captures Solstice Solar Portrait
- 2012′s Biggest Winners and Losers
- Facebook Poke App Is Frustrating as Hell
- Google XPhone: Long on Mystery, Short on Details
- Maximize Your Safety with AfterShokz Sport Headphones
- This Year in Twitter: 9 Important Milestones
- Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Hamlet Book Breaks Kickstarter Record
- Scientists Explain Why Rudolph’s Nose Is Red
- The Trash We’ve Left on the Moon
- Why xkcd Is Wrong About Instagram
- This Is How Facebook Tried to Make Money Off You
- Psy and Bieber Face Off as ‘Gangnam Style’ Hits a Billion Views
- Is This Jet Pack the Future of Flying?
- Facebook Introduces Snapchat Competitor, Poke
- 83 of 2012′s Best Viral Videos Crammed Into 4 Minutes
- John Kerry Could Be a Socially Savvy Secretary of State
- The Official Mashable Community’s Holiday Wish List
- Seinfeld Plays Ball in ‘Who’s on First?’ Remake
- 10 Hot PC Game Bargains for the Holidays
- 10 Adorable YouTube Videos of Baby’s First Christmas
- 10 Terrific Gifts for the Apple Fan in Your Life
- Report: Apple Maps Most Popular iPhone App in 2012
- Spin Magazine Halts Print Publication
- NRA’s Call for Armed Guards in Every School Prompts Immediate Backlash
- Soul Singer’s Blues Receive New Life on Kickstarter
Posted: 22 Dec 2012 03:29 AM PST
The ad, from TBWA\Media Arts Lab, shows a girl singing the venerable "I'll Be Home For Christmas" while strumming a ukulele on an iPad. Meanwhile, on an iPad Mini, we see what looks like her beaming grandpa nodding along and smiling. The ad ends somewhat poignantly as she concludes that she'll be home for Christmas "if only in my dreams." Ironically, it looks like she won't be home for Christmas, but at least the two can have some face time anyway.
What do you think of the ad? Let us know in the comments.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Apple
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 09:04 PM PST
The unique alarm clock is intelligently intuitive. Fresh out of slumber, you won't have to rummage around for the right button to shut off the harsh tones. A simple swipe and pull will turn off the alarm. Click once to give yourself another five minutes of blissful sleep.
Before going to bed, simply move your finger up and down to set a time to get up the next morning. Turn the alarm on or off by swiping the iPhone screen. There are…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 08:32 PM PST
Barack Obama now officially has a species of spider named after him. President Obama made an appearance in a Spider-Man comic back in 2008, and this picture of him adorably getting caught in a young Spider-Man's web is making the rounds, so we can't think of a better president to bestow his name to an arachnid.
Check out the video for the full story.
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 07:36 PM PST
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 07:08 PM PST
How would you like a portable battery that could charge any kind of phone -- including the latest iPhones -- without any kind of adapter. That was the whole thrust of Pop, a rechargeable battery that would have built-in cables for almost every kind of port, the Lightning connector included.
If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it was. Pop is dead before it even went into production, even though it had a very successful Kickstarter campaign that raised almost $140,000, more than double its original goal.
Why is it dead? It's because Apple has the final say on which devices use its connectors, and it had issues with the Pop. Find out more in the video above.
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 06:13 PM PST
At 11:12 UT (6:12 a.m. EST), the world didn't end (as far as I can tell), but it was a significant time none-the-less. That was the exact minute of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere (or the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) -- when the daylight hours are shortest and the sun reaches its most southern position in the sky at noon. This is all due to the Earth's tilt relative to the sun (read more on the Earth's axial tilt and how it affects the seasons).
The ever-watchful NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured the time of solstice from orbit. Although the SDO is always imaging the sun through a multitude of filters, this is a great excuse to showcase the fanta…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 05:24 PM PST
It's been the most manic of years, with extreme highs and heart-breaking lows. Ultimately, we all have our good times and our bad. With that in mind, I hope we can cheer 2012's winners and empathize with the year's losers.
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 04:53 PM PST
Facebook Poke: Startup Screen
Poke, the new iPhone app from Facebook, lets you send short messages, photos and videos to friends that automatically self destruct after a few seconds. If you have the Facebook app on your phone already, logging in is effortless.
I was never a big poker on Facebook. When I joined the social network in 2007, giving someone a "poke" was still pretty common. It was a connection that stopped short of an actual friend request, a way to test the waters of a reconnection with, say, an ex.
The new app, Facebook Poke (as it's listed in the App Store), doesn't have much in common with poking of old. It's essentially a clone of other texting apps where all the messages have a built-in self-destruct. It's ideal for clandestine activities, shall we say.
Here's how it works: Let's say you have a sudden urge to send one of your Facebook friends a photo of a, er, cucumber. But you don't want to just send them a cucumber pic th…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 04:20 PM PST
Google's newly-acquired Motorola division is working on a next-generation iPhone competitor known internally as the XPhone, according to one report.
But details are scant when it comes to what the device is, and what exactly makes it next generation.
The report, in the Wall Street Journal, suggests the previously undisclosed device is due for launch "sometime next year" and has already gone through a number of iterations.
A flexible screen has apparently been considered and abandoned on the XPhone, as have ceramic molds that would allow for unusual shapes and a panoramic camera with better color saturation. Some of the potential features were nixed as a drain on battery life. What…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 04:06 PM PST
If you find yourself taking your headphones on-and-off constantly when you need to chat with someone, a new pair lets you listen to the sounds around you while also having a jam session.
AfterShokz recently released its second generation headphones that uses an "open ear design" in which sound is transferred by way of bone conduction. The AfterShokz Sportz M2 don't go into your ear, or cover your ear. Sound is transferred along your jaw line through two small transducer pads that sit in front of your ears on your temples. Sound is transferred to your inner ear via vibrations.
This experimental de…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 03:30 PM PST
With tweets flying through cyberspace every second of the day, we're writing history with the touch of our fingertips. In 2012, Users documented events, political battles and heart-wrenching moments throughout the past year, and Twitter itself made history on a few occasions.
Here's a look back at the nine biggest Twitter milestones of 2012.
Twitter's Sixth Birthday
Single-digit birthdays are usually celebrated with cake, balloons and confetti, but on March 21, 2012, founder Jack Dorsey, recognized Twitter's six-year accomplishment with a tweet — what else would you expect?
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 03:06 PM PST
Webcartoonist Ryan North's Kickstarter campaign has broken the all-time record for being the most funded publishing project ever. His reinvention of Shakespeare's classic, Hamlet -- To Be Or Not To Be: That Is the Adventure -- is a choose-your-own-adventure style story.
The illustrated book is described as "80,000 words of comedy and mayhem," with jokes, swordfights and ghosts. It allows readers to either choose the actual path through the book by following the choices marked by Yorick skulls or make their own decisions and find themselves in comical alternate universes.
North set a goal of $20,000 and asked $20 for a signed paperback copy plus a digital version. He reached his goa…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 02:37 PM PST
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 02:12 PM PST
The image above shows the remains of the Apollo 17 site in the moon's Taurus-Littrow Valley -- an image, released in 2011, sharp enough to show the tracks of the astronauts and their lunar rover in unprecedented detail.
At top left you can see the mission's ALSEP, or its package of scientific instruments. In the center is the lunar module's descent stage ("Challenger"), as well as the module's experimental pallet, the ladder leading down to the lunar surface, and the life-support backpacks (PLSS) that crew members Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt tossed out of their ascent module just before leaving the moon.
You can also see paths left by walking astronauts and tracks left by lunar bugg…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 01:48 PM PST
First, let me state for the record: There will always be a special place in my heart for xkcd. Randall Munroe's webcomic has been a reliable source of amusement and enlightenment since it began in 2005. That former NASA robot programmer and his stick-figure 'toons have choked me up, made my jaw drop, and soothed my fears with science.
But sometimes, just sometimes, Munroe gets things profoundly wrong.
That's the case with his latest strip, an analogy that's supposed to take Instagram's side -- a side even Instagram itself isn't taking any more -- in its terms-of-service kerfuffle. And before you say "dude, it's just a webcomic," consider that this particular web…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 01:26 PM PST
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Posted: 21 Dec 2012 12:40 PM PST
Who doesn't want to zip around with a jet pack, Iron Man-style? A new Kickstarter project is trying to make personal flying more of a reality.
Called the Jet Vest, the personal flying belt uses micro-jet turbines instead of the traditional hydrogen peroxide rocket engines to propel users into the air for about four minutes of flight. Not only is the Jet A fuel it uses a lot safer, the cost of each flight is less pricey too: About $20 for each flight, compared to $1,200 - $1,400.
SEE ALSO: Dude, Where's My Flying Car?
But the team says it doesn't plan on selling them just yet.
"The function of the Jet Vest will be used for flying in large scale special events such as the Super Bow…
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Posted: 21 Dec 2012 12:32 PM PST
Like Snapchat's app, Poke (named after the famous, much-derided Facebook feature), lets you send a message, photo or video to Facebook friends. The messages expire after 1, 3, 5 or 10 seconds, though. The utility of such an app has prompted some debate. Snapchat's name has been widely linked to sexting, though the company denies it was designed for such use.
What do you think? Will you use Poke? Let us know in the comments.
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 12:20 PM PST
Anyone with an Internet connection busted moves to "Gangnam Style" or cringed at a half-naked dude's icy pool flop. The seemingly endless flow of viral videos clocked up billions of YouTube views in 2012. You probably watched so many, they're all jumbled up in your head anyway, which puts you in perfect mindset to watch the clip above.
SEE ALSO: The Least Watched Viral Videos of 2012
BONUS: The 10 Most Viral YouTube Vide…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 12:02 PM PST
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 11:44 AM PST
The wish list is synonymous with the holiday season. It's the one time of year where we can selfishly list all the gadgets and devices we've been drooling over, in the hopes that we get to unwrap them when the time comes.
Here at Mashable, we wanted to participate in this yearly tradition and find out what is on your annual wish list. In a series of polls, we asked you which devices were your hearts' desires in the categories of laptops, tablets, smartphones, video game consoles and cameras.
We took your responses, and compiled the master wish list of the Mashable communi…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 11:33 AM PST
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 11:17 AM PST
1. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
If you like your fantasy dark and brooding, The Witcher (based on a series of Polish novels) is the game franchise for you. This gorgeous sequel has exciting combat mechanics, a rich plot and serious difficulty. Just make sure your PC specs are up to snuff -- you'll need a modern graphics card to run this bad boy at full capacity. Sale Price: $11.99 Get it from: GOG.com
'Tis the season for deep discounts on the great PC games you've been dying to play all year. Cloud delivery platforms like Steam and GOG are a treasure trove of bargains on classics and top sellers. Grab them for yourself, or gift them to friends for the holidays.
SEE ALSO: 50 Winning Holiday Gifts for Gamers
But be quick! Most of these deals end in early January -- some even expire within the next day.
What will you be playing over the holiday break? Post your faves in the comments.
Thumbnail image courtesy of CD Projekt RED
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 11:04 AM PST
Who needs presents? The wrapping paper is entertainment enough.
'Tis the season for adorable videos. "Baby's First Christmas" is a landmark event in every parent's life, and we've put together some of the cutest videos on YouTube, which show little kids getting their first taste of holiday cheer.
If a special little someone came into your life this year, check out this video and learn how to craft your own commemorative ornament. Otherwise, just watch these videos and let your heart grows a few sizes.
Want to show off your kid's first big holiday? Let us know in the comments below.
Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr, wfyurasko
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 10:46 AM PST
If your Apple lover hasn't yet taken the plunge, now is the time. The iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet; it's thin and light and has serious processing power. Plus it has an improved camera for capturing and sharing those spontaneous moments. Price: From $199 with a 2-year contract. Photo courtesy of Flickr,Brett Jordan.
Picking the perfect holiday gift can be difficult, especially if you're not quite sure what the recipient likes. Luckily, if someone on your list is an Apple fanboy or girl, you can be sure anything related to their precious iDevices will surely be a hit.
Check out the gallery above and let us know which ones are on your list, or if we missed any.
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 10:23 AM PST
iPhone owners may not have loved Apple's Maps, but they used that app more than any other on the platform in 2012, according to Nielsen.
Maps was used by an average of 32.4 million iPhone owners a month, besting Facebook, which ranked second with 28.6 million users. Here's the full list:
Apple's Maps was a pr disaster for Apple. After users complained, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an apology. Earlier this month, Google Maps became available on iOS 6, netting 10 million downloads within its first 48 hours of release.
The Nielsen study only looked at data from January through October, so information on usage for Google Maps was not included. It's also worth noting that the data for…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 10:13 AM PST
The publication, which is owned by Buzzmedia, broke the news to subscribers on Friday: "Spin has halted publication of our print edition to invest more deeply in our digital properties, including Spin.com, Spin Play for iPad, and Spin mobile," the company wrote on its site. "Special arrangements have been made with alternative publishers to fulfill your Spin print subscription for the remaining term: you will automatically receive your new magazine in the mail, with the option to ask for a full refund. We appreciate your patience during the transition of your subscription."
Two weeks after the onl…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 10:13 AM PST
During and after the press conference where the plan was unveiled, NRA-related hashtags dominated Twitter trends across the United States.
From transcript of NRA presser: "Herp, derp, herpitty derpiitty derp derp."— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) December 21, 2012
NRA I am disappoint. Please use my membership fees to educate yours…
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 09:55 AM PST
Lester Chambers of the 1960s soul group The Chambers Brothers has been waiting a very long time for his time to come. The 72-year-old blues singer has shared the stage with legends like B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash -- just to name a few. The artist shared a photo in March that revealed his troubling experience with the music industry.
"The music giants I recorded with only paid me for seven of my albums. I have never seen a penny in royalties from my other 10 albums I recorded," writes Chambers, holding up a gold record. "I am now 72, trying to live on $1,200 a month."
Internet users flocked to Chambers' story, and their support might give the artist his long-awaited du…
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