- YouTube Favorite ‘Charlie the Unicorn’ Returns After 3 Years
- Enloop Will Write Your Business Plan For You
- Dear Today Show, Here’s Why You Need to Know Social Media
- 3 Apple Computer Designs That You’ve Never Seen
- Facebook and One Direction Among Top Wikipedia Articles in 2012
- An Epic Walk From Beijing to London Fueled by Social Media
- Why Solar Costs More in the U.S. Than in Germany
- What to Do With Your New Android
- Control This Roach Via Twitter
- Kate Winslet Is Going Into Space
- Twitter Fans Marvel at Stan Lee’s 90th Birthday
- Instagram Didn’t Lose a Quarter of its Users, But it Is at Risk
- Airbnb’s Quest to Make Traveling Less Touristy
- Here’s a Depressing Look at Man’s Impact on Earth
- In-Flight Broadband Is Set for Takeoff
- OneTesla Is a Singing Tesla Coil
- 11 Must-Have Games and Accessories for Your New Xbox
- Hulu Names Top 5 SNL Sketches of 2012
- Watch the Scariest Skiing Lesson of All Time
- 5 Ways to Backup Your Hard Drive
- I Dreamed a Meme: Les Miserables Meets the Internet
- Israeli Lingerie Company Uses Facebook Poke for New Ad
- 5 Fun Ways to Learn a New Language
- Family Christmas Gift Leaves Dad Speechless
- Chuckle at the Best News Bloopers of 2012
- Extraterrestrial Oceans Could Host Life
- Congress Votes to Let Government Continue Spying on Your Emails
- It’s Easy to Save Videos From Facebook Poke Permanently
- Parents Slapped With Stalking Order After Tracking Daughter’s Phone
- Smartphones Will Replace Your Car Keys by 2015
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 08:09 PM PST
One of YouTube's early viral hits, Charlie the Unicorn is back with its first installment in three years.
Charlie the Unicorn 4 is a mini-adventure in which Charlie visits the moon, defeats the mysterious Millipede (but only after singing a psychedelic tune) and narrowly escapes death with the help of his friend, the Starfish. If you're a fan of past Charlie videos, this will not disappoint.
The first Charlie video was released in 2005, the same year YouTube launched, and became one of the network's big successes with more than 60 million views. Sequels to the short film hit YouTube in 2008 and 2009.
What do you think? Does Charlie still have it? Let us know in the comments.
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 07:37 PM PST
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 07:07 PM PST
It's not OK to know nothing about social media or the Internet anymore. It's especially not OK if you are an anchor for a major network TV news program.
This happened after a segment about Randi Zuckerberg's private family photo being shared publicly. Today's Willie Geist, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales -- three TV journalists at the top of their profession -- laughed about their lack of knowledge about Facebook, Twitter and privacy on social media.
"What's the takeaway here?" Guthrie asked after several minutes of banter about technological ignorance. "We don't know either."
(For the full clip, see below.)
It was meant to be cute, but it came off…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 06:28 PM PST
Some Apple designs never made the cut. They weren't always the sleek, ubiquitous devices we see today. They went through years of trial and error, some of which are much more bizarre and beautiful than you'd think.
Before Jony Ive, Hartmut Esslinger was the lead industrial designer -- an innovator and a creative whiz. In his new book, titled "DESIGN FORWARD: Creative Strategies for Sustainable Change," Esslinger discusses the designs that Steve Jobs commissioned from him for $2 million in 1981.
What we see are slight nods to the future of Apple's design ethos, though some may surprise you. Watch the video above for more and…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 05:53 PM PST
Facebook, One Direction and the Mayan apocalypse-that-wasn't were among the most visited English-language Wikipedia pages in 2012, according to a list complied by Swedish software engineer Johan Gunnarsson.
The Avengers, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games also made the list:
Facebook tops the list for other languages, too -- perhaps, as some have argued, the result of confused Internet searchers who want Facebook itself but find themselves on Wikipedia as a result of web search gone wrong.
A look at…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 05:35 PM PST
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Posted: 28 Dec 2012 04:13 PM PST
So you got a shiny new Android for Christmas? Before showing it off to all your Apple-loving friends, the device should be fully optimized at the start. Taking a couple measures ahead of time will make for a better experience later.
If you're a brand new Android owner, the phone's operating system is likely Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich. You shouldn't have to upgrade anything, but there might be newer versions of built-in apps. (We'll get to that later.)
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 03:34 PM PST
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 02:44 PM PST
Kate Winslet scored a nice gift from new uncle Richard Branson: a $200,000 ticket to space on a Virgin Galactic flight.
The Titanic star married Branson's nephew Ned RocknRoll (yes, that's his legal name) earlier this week in a secret ceremony in New York. However, the ticket wasn't a wedding gift, or anything to do with RocknRoll's official job title: Head of Marketing Promotion and Astronaut Experience at Virgin Galactic.
Instead, Branson offered the ticket after Winslet saved his 90 year-old mother Eve from a fire on Branson's Necker Island retreat last year, according to British newspaper The Sun.
Virgin Galactic expects to start offering flights into space next year. Other ce…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 02:13 PM PST
Another legend of nerd culture, Shatner was one of the first on Twitter to wish Lee a happy birthday.
Comics icon Stan Lee celebrated his 90th birthday Friday, inspiring a flood of congratulations on Twitter, where he posts as @TheRealStanLee. Fans, celebrities, colleagues and even a few superheroes sent their love to Marvel Comics' "Generalissimo," and Lee's trademark catchphrase, "Excelsior," got the hashtag treatment.
This was a busy year for Lee: The legendary co-creator of classic characters like the X-Men, Iron Man and the Hulk launched a YouTube channel, Stan Lee's World of Heroes, this summer. He also hosted his own comic convention, Comikaze, in September. This year also marked the 50th birthday of perhaps Lee's most famous creation: the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 02:13 PM PST
You can tell you've really become a part of the national discourse when the New York Post writes a sensationalist story about you.
That's what happened to Instagram Friday morning, when the Post seized on numbers from AppData that showed the photo-sharing service had lost a quarter of its daily active users in the week since its Terms of Service debacle. But the data was misleading for so many reasons, it would make a good case study for a statistics class.
First of all, the Post article was cherry-picking numbers. AppData's record of Instagram's Daily Active Users plummeted from 16.4 million on December 19 to 12.4 million today. But the number of people who used Ins…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 01:57 PM PST
Wondering what's happening at your favorite bar, restaurant or hangout spot? Localmind was an app that let you contact a random patron at your favorite spot (or maybe a new place) to ask what the scene is like, if the place has Wi-Fi or anything else you're wondering.
The app finds people at your destination using Foursquare or other location-based apps. You send the message and that person is contact through whichever app they used to check-in. They can respond to you in real-time.
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 01:45 PM PST
Man. Earth. The battle is on.
In this corner, weighing in at 198 lbs., we have man. Annnd, in this corner, weighing in at 13,227,735,700,000,000,000,000,000 pounds, we have the Block'em Sock'em Third Rock...planet Earth.
SEE ALSO: The Story of Earth in 90 Amazing Seconds
YouTube user Steve Cutts illustrates the fight between humans and the place we all call home. Who will triumph? Watch all three-and-a-half minutes to learn the surprising identity of the winner.
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Posted: 28 Dec 2012 12:53 PM PST
Aircraft are one of the few unconnected sanctuaries left in our lives. Unless you shell out the cash for an often-unspectacular bit of airborne bandwidth, a flight typically promises at least a few hours' worth of uninterrupted time to read a great novel, take in a fine film or just sit in deep, relaxing thought.
The notion of the airborne oasis, though, may be coming to an end: The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced rules changes that will make it easier for airlines to install in-air broadband technology on their aircraft.
Since 2001, airlines have gotten approval for in-flight broadband technology on a per-case basis. The changes announced today will standardize…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 12:51 PM PST
Sing praise for the power of Tesla. No, literally -- make the power of Tesla sing. A group of students started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a DIY solid-state Tesla coil that plays music.
Developed in MIT's Miters hacker space, the group created kits to build a Tesla coil that plays music using sparks. Called oneTesla, the 10-inch coil, when connected through a MIDI port, shoots out sparks that reach nearly two feet. The kit comes complete with all the parts necessary to construct your own. All you need are some basic tools: soldering iron, solder, glue and small hand tools.
The campaign has raised $5,109 out of a $20,000 goal wit…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 12:31 PM PST
You're the proud owner of a shiny new Xbox 360. With scores of classic games and plenty of add-ons, there are so many different options available that it can be overwhelming to choose what's right for you. And as a new gamer, it's even more difficult to feel like you're making an informed decision.
Well, worry no longer. Here's a handy guide to everything you'll need to get the most out of your new system. From the best accessories to the most engaging games, there's not a bad investment in the bunch -- and you'll enjoy your Xbox 360 more than you ever thought possible.
What's your Xbox must-have? Let us know in the comme…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 12:17 PM PST
Hulu subscribers got a little year-end refresher on the year's funniest and most popular Saturday Night Live skits -- according to Hulu, that is. The 38-year-old franchise remains a benchmark for comedy, and despite 2012 seeing the end of an era with the departure of Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig after seven years, Hulu's list proves SNL is still relevant, fresh and funny.
1. Disney Housewives
This spoof of Real Housewives may have been Lindsay Lohan's one moment to shine in 2012, but the real scene-stealer in this perfect parody was Wiig's trashy, vodka-guzzling Cinderella.
2. Undecided Voter
In this hilarious, Onion-inspired pre-election skit, voters ask hard-hitting questi…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 12:16 PM PST
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 11:53 AM PST
To ensure your programs and apps are salvageable in the event of a crash, you might want to consider taking an image of your hard drive or cloning it. Instead of having to reinstall your operating system and your applications if your computer crashes (which takes hours), just recover your hard drive from an external source. This way, you only lose what you have installed after you saved your hard drive.
The difference between imaging and cloning is that cloning is usually for when you want to replace your hard drive with…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 11:31 AM PST
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 11:10 AM PST
The ad agency Grey Group used Facebook Poke to film and distribute a short video advertisement for Delta, a lingerie company in Israel. The 10-second video shows a model getting dressed with Delta's lingerie and features a promotional message at the end for a sale on Delta's website.
Daniel Barak, who developed the ad with Grey Group, told Mashable that the prompt for the video was to advertise a "one-time sale" on Delta's lingerie. That made it a good fit for Poke because messages can only be viewed once and a…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 10:41 AM PST
For many of us, the start of the new year is the time we often dust off our language dictionaries and workbooks and resolve to learn a new language. We conjure up dreams of communicating seamlessly with locals during our next trip and impressing our friends with newfound skills. But most of the time, as we get caught up in work and life, our plans get shelved along with our books.
But the truth is, learning a language shouldn't be a chore. After all, reading, listening and chatting with others are all great, enjoyable activities and learning should be, too. And it also can be easy—if you approach it in a fresh way.
So put down the books, and try one of these other ways of learning…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 10:19 AM PST
Every holiday season, almost nothing feels better than giving someone you care about the one gift he or she truly wants. But sometimes, the right present can completely overwhelm that person with emotion.
While the memories of that moment may suffice, those lucky enough to catch it on video have evidence of that awesome present to look back on annually.
This holiday season, we asked you to share your most memorable gift reaction videos, whether they happened this year or in years past. One video, shared by Phillip Hess of New York City, stood out as the clear winner.
Watch the video above to see how Hess' fathe…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 10:04 AM PST
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 09:44 AM PST
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 09:43 AM PST
The Senate on Friday voted in favor of extending for five years the FISA Amendments Act, which allows the government to monitor American citizens who communicate with foreign citizens when terrorism is believed to be involved.
As part of the monitoring program, the government can get court orders -- which do not require probable cause, like typical search warrant -- to access citizens' phone calls as well as electronic messages such as emails, provided there is evidence those communications involve "foreign intelligence information."
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 09:31 AM PST
Apps like Snapchat and Facebook Poke let users send short messages, photos or videos that automatically self-destruct after a few seconds. However, it's actually very easy for a recipient to save some of those messages permanently -- and without the sender knowing.
Both apps will alert the sender if the recipient takes a screengrab of whatever was sent, of course, but by connecting your phone to a PC or Mac, the messages can be secretly offloaded without the sender knowing -- a possibility first reported by BuzzFeed. For an iPhone, all you'll need is a third-party file manager like iExplorer.
For Poke, only videos can be permanently stored in this manner, and only videos that you haven…
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 09:18 AM PST
Posted: 28 Dec 2012 09:05 AM PST
South Korean Hyundai Motor Company predicts by 2015 drivers will be able to unlock car doors and start the engine with a swipe of a smartphone over an embedded near-field communication tag.
But, that's not all your smartphone can do. Connected car systems will be able to detect your phone automatically to stream your favorite music, phone contacts and radio station preferences seamlessly. Seat and mirror settings will also automatically change depending on who is at the steering wheel. The best part is your battery will wirelessly charge while it's sitting in the center console, according to Hyundai.
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