- 20 TV Shows With the Most Social Buzz This Week
- Cellphone Addiction May Be Contagious, Study Finds
- How Facebook Inspired One Woman’s Incredible ‘Tough Mudder’
- This iPhone Bike Mount Is a Nifty Gift for Cyclists
- Voyager 1 Spacecraft Enters New Realm at Solar System’s Edge
- A Third of Young Adults Use Social Media in the Bathroom
- How to Email Tweets Directly From Twitter’s Website
- 5 Lesser-Known Fitness Gadgets to Fuel Your Workout
- Here’s Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs
- McDonald’s Releases First TV Ad With Twitter Hashtag
- 25 Standout Apps From 2012
- Fugitive McAfee Says He Forged Location Data in ‘Vice’ Photo
- Music Monday: A Fresh Start
- Experience the 2012 Mashable Media Summit on Storify
- Kate Bosworth Partners With Topshop for Shoppable Music Video
- The Elevator Zombie Prank From Hell
- Writer Sued for his Twitter Followers Settles Case
- DMX’s ‘Rudolph’ Is the Best Carol You’ll Hear This Christmas [VIDEO]
- UN’s WCIT Conference: What You Need to Know
- Victoria’s Secret ‘Fallen Angel’ Reveals Sh*t Supermodels Say
- Diesel’s ‘Pre-Internet Shoe’ Wants You to Party Like it’s 1993
- Texting Turns 20: The History of SMS
- Is NFL Player’s Murder-Suicide a Warning for the Digital Generation?
- Jimmy Fallon Crowdsourcing Ford Super Bowl Ad on Twitter
- Don’t Miss These Highlights From Mashable Media Summit 2012
- Scientists Develop Light Bulb of the Future
- Crappy Holidays From Grumpy Cat!
- Social Media Use Leads to Real-World Actions
- Is Your Kid Smartphone-Obsessed?
- Burberry Fetes Digital at Chicago Flagship Opening
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 08:16 PM PST
FOX's popular vocal competition The X Factor dominated the broadcast TV social rankings in predictable fashion, as it has virtually all season. This week it drew in more than 4.6 million mentions on social media, a slight improvement over last week's impressive score.
NBC's talent search, The Voice, also finished high on the charts, but nowhere near The X Factor. Another FOX show, Glee, jumped to sixth place on the broadcast social chart, perhaps buoyed by this week's cover of Psy's YouTube viral hit "Gangnam Style."
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:47 PM PST
Think you're addicited to your smartphone? Turns out that cellphone addiction might be contagious.
According to a new study conducted by the University of Michigan, people are more likely to pull out their phone when someone around them does the same.
In the study, researchers watched groups of students, documenting their cellphone use every 10 seconds. Overall, students were on their phones 24% of the time they spent with a friend, and were 39.5% more likely to use their phone when the person they were sitting with had done so in the previous 10-second interval.
SEE ALSO: Texting Turns 20: The History of SMS
Researcher Daniel Kruger s…
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Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:14 PM PST
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The Nielsen company's latest report shows that social networking has become ubiquitous while watching TV and while using the bathroom.
"Twitter has become the second screen experience for television," Deirdre Bannon, vice president of social media at Nielsen, said.
The U.S. lags behind other parts of the world for social media use while watching TV. In the Middle East and Africa, 63% of people user social media during TV time, and 52% in Latin America.
Twitter has also gone beyond entertainment time in our lives and no…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 05:30 PM PST
A More button now appears beside the Reply, Retweet, and Favorite options at the bottom of each tweet.
Twitter has started rolling out the ability to email tweets from its website.
Announced mid-November, the feature allows you to send a tweet directly to someone else, complete with your own personal comments, regardless of whether or not that person is a Twitter user.
Available in Twitter's mobile app for some time now, on the web it exists as part of a "More" button beside the Reply, Retweet, and Favorite buttons.
When clicked, the "Email Tweet" option appears below the More menu in a drop-down style that suggests Twitter may add additional options to the menu in the future.
We gave the feature a spin a…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 05:19 PM PST
Your workout is not the time to disconnect from your gadgets. Keeping track of important details like steps, perspiration and blood oxygen levels can be key to figuring out the best workout for your body. There are a number of well known fitness, health and wellness gadgets on the market that do these things, but there are also some great devices that are up-and-coming or not well know just yet.
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 05:01 PM PST
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 04:53 PM PST
McDonald's is testing the waters for a Twitter hashtag campaign again with its first TV ad directing users to join the conversation on Twitter.
The effort, which began Monday, supports the brand's Pro Bowl tie-in. For 20 days this month, McDonald's will drop one ticket a day to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii in a package of 20-piece McNuggets. (The item will contain a paper certificate saying so, in the tradition of Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket.) The brand will also give away one ticket on Twitter and randomly award prizes to people who tweet with the #mcdprobowl hashtag from the ad. Prizes include coupons for a free 20-piece McNuggets, a year's supply of McNugget sauce and personalized tweets…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 04:32 PM PST
When entering a dangerous situation, movie characters warn, "If I'm not back in an hour, call the police." Meet the app equivalent. With Checkon.me, set emergency contacts from your address book, then set an alarm. If you don't check in before the designated time, the app alerts your contacts. There is also a panic button in case of unexpected danger. It works even if your phone gets turned off at some point, and will even tell your contact the last known location of your phone.
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 04:16 PM PST
The John McAfee escape saga just got a little weirder. A photo of the estranged antivirus guru, who is wanted for questioning in Belize, after his neighbor was found dead in a pool of blood on Nov. 10, appeared on the website of Vice magazine. Vice published the picture of McAfee and Editor-in-Chief Rocco Castoro, without stripping the metadata from the file, revealing the picture was taken in Guatemala.
A Twitter user pointed out that the location was easily accessible by taking a look at the metadata of the picture published online, but subsequent reports seem to indicate that that location was forged.
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST
2012 is almost over, and even though we'll miss the year that brought us the Olympics, a riveting election and, of course, Gangnam Style, we're looking forward to 2013. A new year means a fresh start, and for Music Monday we're putting together a collection of songs that get us pumped to start over.
It's fitting to be celebrating fresh starts because Mashable will be launching a completely new look for our site starting Tuesday. As much we love to remember the past, as the new year approaches we can't stop thinking about the future.
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Posted: 03 Dec 2012 03:47 PM PST
The trends forecasted at Mashable's Media Summit can be summed up in three words: mobile, social and native. As digital media moves from the desktop to the mobile device, new media organizations are hard-pressed to keep up with the trends and to engage audiences in increasingly more innovative ways.
Traditional organizations like NPR, Hearst Magazines and PBS spoke in the same forum as new-media trailblazers like Reddit, LinkedIn and Tumblr. Speakers discussed the challenges they face, including building a digital community while moving to monetize a brand. The event also asked how social media is influencing the world outside of the digital sphere, with one talk discussing how Twitt…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 03:47 PM PST
Topshop is launching a multi-pronged holiday campaign featuring actress Kate Bosworth.
On Tuesday, the fast-fashion retailer will debut a music video on YouTube featuring the actress's cover of "Winter Wonderland." The makeup Bosworth is wearing in the video will be available immediately for purchase on Topshop.com.
Shoppers can also sign up to be on the waiting list for the heels and matching dress -- a sequined, knee-skimming, burgundy-colored affair designed by Bosworth in collaboration with Topshop's design team. They will both go on sale in February in conjunction with Topshop's LA store opening, Topshop CMO Justin Cooke told me over email.
In addition to YouTube, the video…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 03:28 PM PST
Brazilian variety show, Programa Silvio Santos set up unsuspecting elevator riders once again, by "accidentally" leaving a coffin inside the elevator car, and having a dead body fall out mid-ride. To make it even more uncontrollably fear-inducing, the corpse springs to life and chases them around in the elevator -- one that has momentarily broken down, sealing the doors shut.
Talk about nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.
And the fact that we all are laughing at the shrieks of these…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 03:17 PM PST
Remember the curious case of Noah Kravitz, the tech blogger who was sued by his former employer for his Twitter followers -- in a lawsuit that set the worth of a Twitter follower at $2.50 each?
If so, you can stop being outraged about it. Kravitz and the former employer, tech site PhoneDog, have settled the case after a year and a half of tough mediation. And although no one is offering details about the settlement, it sounds like no money is changing hands for Twitter followers.
PhoneDog, a mobile reviews site, currently has 27,000 followers on Twitter. When Kravitz left the site in October 2010, he took his @phonedog_noah account and turned it into @noahkravitz, which now has 23…
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Posted: 03 Dec 2012 03:06 PM PST
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 02:53 PM PST
By now, you've likely heard something about a United Nations meeting revolving around, and possibly determining, the future of the Internet. It's called the World Conference on International Telecommunications, or WCIT, and it started Monday. Here's what you need to know.
First, let's stop by the UN cafeteria and get an order of acronym soup: WCIT, being held in Dubai, was convened by the International Telecommunications Union, or ITU. The purpose of WCIT is to discuss and possibly act upon updates to the International Telecommunications Regulations, or ITRs, a global treaty that governs cross-border communications. The ITRs haven't been updated in more than two decade…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 02:42 PM PST
It's just about that time. When girls don sparkly angel wings and strut down the runway of our TV sets right into our hearts -- or more accurately, the place in our hearts that's filled with envy over Victoria Secret models. Specifically when they make the rest of us in pajamas, eating cookies, look anything but shiny.
But these international beauties are more than just supermodels, they are the subject of the latest Sh*t [People] Say parody. Meet the "fallen angel," Angelique.
We're not so sure Heidi, Miranda, Alexandria and the rest of the gang are usually backstage eating Doritos, taking selfies and inhaling steamer…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 02:31 PM PST
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 02:19 PM PST
The text message was first commercially deployed a year later, in 1993, and after a relatively slow start is now one of the most popular ways for people to communicate with one another.
SEE ALSO: Is Texting Really on the Decline? [POLL]
Text messages are used for companies to send news to subscribers, as a way to enter contests, and were even used as a way to campaign during this year's political election.
Check out this infographic created by Twilio for a look at how the text mess…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 02:11 PM PST
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:48 PM PST
Ford has hired Jimmy Fallon to create a 60-second Super Bowl ad for its Lincoln brand based on script suggestions it is soliciting on Twitter.
The attempt to reach out to a younger consumer comes as Lincoln has lost 63% of its sales since its 1990 peak. The effort to re-establish the brand began on Monday with a new ad that shows an actor playing Abraham Lincoln emerging from a fog. The ad then shows vintage Lincoln models along with images of Clark Gable and Dean Martin. The tie-in with the president comes as Stephen Spielberg's well-received Lincoln is playing in theaters.
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:48 PM PST
Media Summit 2012
The stage was set the morning of Friday, Nov. 30, as attendees arrived. Image courtesy of Erica Gannett
During Friday's 2012 Mashable Media Summit, renowned journalists, media influencers, brand executives and more gathered to discuss how new forms of technology and innovative business models are transforming the media landscape.
The event, which garnered a full house at the TimesCenter in New York City, featured speakers and panelists from across the media world, including Facebook, The New York Times, Hearst, Reddit, Tumblr, NPR, Condé Nast, PBS Interactive and many others.
In addition to our coverage on the day of the summit, we rounded up photos and memorable quotations from the event. If you couldn't make the summit, check out these highlights to see what is currently on media prof…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:36 PM PST
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:17 PM PST
Crappy Holidays and Dreary Christmas from Grumpy Cat!
Tardar Sauce, better known to the Internet as Grumpy Cat, stopped by Mashable HQ on Monday to spread holiday gloom one hairball under our desks at a time.
SEE ALSO: Ermahgerd! The 12 Best Memes of 2012
The web's most curmudgeonly meme kitty reluctantly donned (or Donner-ed, in reindeer speak) a Santa Claus hat and posed for a series of photographs that put the "no" back in Noel.
We captioned our favorites, but now it's your turn to release all the bah humbugs you have stored up. Grab one of the photographs below and add your own bit of Grumpy Cat holiday gloom by sharing with us on Facebook. You can also share your creation…
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:10 PM PST
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST
Instead of teddy bears, today's kids sleep with their smartphones tucked into bed with them. A recent story about children being addicted to smartphones in USA TODAY highlights a growing concern for parents -- kids who exhibit signs of addiction when it comes to their phones.
The 11-year-old girl in South Korea highlighted in the USA TODAY story is almost constantly connected to her smartphone. She writes messages to her friends and even takes time to "feed" a digital hamster.
Her story is not uncommon. Parents of children with smartphones know it can be a challenge to get their kids to take a break.
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 12:48 PM PST
Few companies outside the tech industry have endeavored to brand themselves as "digitally forward" as Burberry. At the opening party for its Chicago flagship last week, the UK fashion house combined live performance with in and out-of-store projections to create what the company describes as "an immersive physical and digital experience."
Like Burberry's recently unveiled Regent Street flagship in London, large screens have been installed in the Michigan Avenue store, functioning as digital content displays. During the event, photos of Chicagoans in Burberry trench coats appeared on the screens in a local extension of its "Art of the Trench" campaign. The exterior of the building was…
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