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Posted: 03 Dec 2012 04:50 AM PST
Pope Benedict XVI has launched an official Twitter account with the handle @pontifex.
The move was announced in November, when a Vatican official said the Pope (or, more precisely, whoever handles his Twitter account) would be tweeting fairly infrequently, with his tweets "not veering far from his texts."
The Pope's account currently doesn't have any tweets. It follows 7 other accounts, which are all versions of the same account in different languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, French and Arabic.
The new account is not the Pope's first encounter with Twitter; last year, he sent a tweet from the Vatican's official account, coinciding with a new Vatican inform…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 03:50 AM PST
When Apple released the iPad, media organizations rushed to launch robust native applications for the device. Given the amount of traffic publishers are seeing from mobile-web browsers, coupled with improvements in HTML5, the success of the Financial Times's mobile web app, the difficulties of constantly iterating for new versions of iOS, and the rise of Android and other mobile software platforms, does it make sense for publishers to continue to invest in native apps for tablets and smartphones?
That was the question that repeatedly cropped up in a panel with Google's Bonita Stewart, the Financial Times's Rob Grimshaw, New York Media's Larry Chevres and Mashable's Adam Ostrow at the…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 12:28 AM PST
Ever wonder whether your Google search results boost or batter your online presence?
A Facebook app called "Google Grader" assesses them by asking users to mark each hit as "postive," "negative" or "not me." After completion, the app gives a grade that can be share over social networks.
Google Reader was created by BrandYourself, a company that aims to help people improve their search results and online reputation
For more on the app, watch the video above. Then, tell us in the comments: What turns up when you search for your name in Google?
Image courtesy of Google
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 11:26 PM PST
As is customary with all new Apple gadgets, the folks from iFixit have torn the new, super-thin 21.5-inch iMac to bits. This time, however, the most interesting detail from the teardown was not found inside the device but etched into its casing -- a sign saying "Assembled in USA".
Most of Apple's gadgets from the last decade or so were assembled in China, which makes this marking quite unusual. Per FTC's rules, "a product that includes foreign components may be called "Assembled in USA" without qualification when its principal assembly takes place in the U.S. and the assembly is substantial."
FTC even gives an example that directly relates to an iMac:
"Example: All the major c…
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 10:30 PM PST
An op-ed from Mashable Business Editor Todd Wasserman inspired an insightful debate from the community. Reader Laurenette thought that the size of the brand is important when measuring the impact of social media.
This week in Mashable's top comments, we saw just how many different kinds of stories can go viral. A baby with an #unfortunate name, a terrifying elevator ride in Brazil and a kind-hearted cop in New York all made the rounds on the social web. Our readers were, as always, ready to comment on the traction of these stories with various levels of disgust and admiration.
We also saw that not all viral stories are worth sharing -- or true. Our Facebook feeds clogged up with a supposed threat to user privacy which turned out to be bogus, and Mashable also pointed out that all the hype over the Mars Curiosity Rover discovery was just that: hype. You also may have heard that Google was acquiring…
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 09:59 PM PST
Deck the halls with this intricate and classy holiday ornament. The Merry Bird and its hinged swing are produced within the cage -- a design only made possible through 3D printing. Price: $29
Every time the holiday season comes around, the pressure is on to find the perfect gifts for friends and family. But now that 3D printing is affordable to the average consumer, rather than just major manufacturers, shopping for something unique may be easier than you think.
SEE ALSO: 5 Sites to Score 3D-Printed Gifts
The concept of 3D printing is simple to understand. A designer creates a 3D image on a computer and sends the design to a printer, where the object is created in layers. The possibilities of 3D printing are virtually endless, which is why there are plenty of gift options.
We've rounded up some of the best and most innovative gift ideas that you can purchase right now. F…
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 09:29 PM PST
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One Christmas light show in Meridian, Idaho puts all others to shame, with its not-so-traditional take on festive decorations.
Synchronized to bass-heavy dubstep, the light show illuminates a home's entire front facade and lawn.
Lights flash spastically in time to the music's rapid-fire pace, making for a dynamic feast for the eyes.
Uploaded to YouTube last week, the video has attracted more than 100,000 views. Watch it, above, to see dubstep lights in action.
How have you decorated your home for the holidays? Tell us in the comments below.
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST
Mashable's Gift of the Day series highlights cool, interesting and fun products for that special someone on your holiday list.
What do you buy the Star Wars fan who already has every lightsaber, mask and action figure? The magic of the force.
Created by the Uncle Milton toy company, the glove uses magnetic force to attract and repel objects. A flippable magnet is embedded in the palm; and the "force" will push or pull objects based on polarity. The kit includes two Star Wars-themed target objects.
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 07:14 PM PST
A Facebook profile dedicated to making students feel good about themselves has gone viral, spreading kindness to colleges across the U.S. and Canada.
"Queens U Compliments," the brainchild of four students attending Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, publishes anonymous compliments, and tags the objects of affection.
"If there is something nice you have to say about someone but don't feel comfortable saying it to their face, inbox away," the profile says. "Keep in mind that hateful or rude remarks will be completely disregarded."
Some sample compliments include: "Annie Dearden smells like rainbows and happiness" and "Your spirit is that o…
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 06:28 PM PST
This is a simple, graphic advent calendar with separate designs for boys and girls.
Each of the five offers a different way to count down to Christmas, encompassing traditional advent calendars, customizable timetables and an app that lets you know how many "sleeps" until the big day.
Take a look through our tried and tested selection of free apps in the above image gallery. Let us know in the comments below if you're going digital with this year's countdown.
Thumbnail image courtesy of AForestFrolic
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 05:01 PM PST
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We've all bought items for our home that just don't quite coordinate once we got them home. Photos, on the other hand, are an easy way to add some style and personalization to your space without having to worry if it matches your furniture -- aside from what frame you choose. In fact, one survey finds 9 out of 10 people think photos "are key to home decor."
There are numerous creative ways to use these photos in your home, too. You can do more than just slap pictures in a digital album. Turn your photos into beautiful works of art, display them on chandeliers or on stickers. At a recentShutterfly open house,…
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 03:30 PM PST
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Tired of dealing with the December cold already? Distract yourself with some hot cocoa, a treat from your super secret stash of leftover Thanksgiving desserts and our roundup of the funniest viral videos from this week that you might have missed.
SEE ALSO: Past Viral Video Recaps
Watch the video above to see them all a…
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Posted: 02 Dec 2012 02:31 PM PST
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In a range of colors, each Booqpad ships with a 50-sheet A5 notepad. There's also a holder for a pen or stylus and business cards slots. Cost: From $49.95
If you're an iPad owner who still uses old school pen and paper, then an iPad case with a built-in notepad might be a useful tool. We have found seven excellent options offering just that.
Take a look through our stylish selection in the slideshow above. Let us know in the comments below if an iPad case enhanced with old-fashioned paper appeals to you.
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BMW i3 Coupe Concept
BMW recently rolled out its i3 concept car, and now in Los Angeles it's showing its i3 Coupe concept, a two-door plug-in electric hatchback that the company says will be able to zip from 0 to 62 mph in less than 8 seconds. It has a 170hp electric motor on the rear axle, and its range is reported to be 80 to 100 miles. For those with range anxiety, BMW says the i3 Coupe's high-speed charger package will get you back on the road in about the amount of time it takes to eat a leisurely lunch, charging its batteries to 80% of their capacity in 60 minutes. BMW i3 Coupe
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