Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “20 TV Shows With the Most Social Buzz This Week”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “20 TV Shows With the Most Social Buzz This Week”

20 TV Shows With the Most Social Buzz This Week

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 08:16 PM PST

This week in television was all about singing, football and cartoons. Oh, and vampires and zombies.

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."

SEE ALSO: SHARK JUMPED: 'Glee' Covers Gangnam Style

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Cellphone Addiction May Be Contagious, Study Finds

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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How Facebook Inspired One Woman’s Incredible ‘Tough Mudder’

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:14 PM PST

Ilene Boyar has one of the most inspiring sports stories you'll hear. And it may never have happened if not for an unexpected Facebook connection.

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This iPhone Bike Mount Is a Nifty Gift for Cyclists

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 06:31 PM PST

Like your iPhone? What about your speed bike? With the GoRide bike mount, you can combine both -- with style.

More About: Gift of the Day, Lifestyle, health and fitness, holidays 2012, iOS, iphone

Voyager 1 Spacecraft Enters New Realm at Solar System’s Edge

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 06:03 PM PST

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has discovered a new layer of the solar system that scientists hadn't known was there, researchers announced today.

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A Third of Young Adults Use Social Media in the Bathroom

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 05:44 PM PST

The Nielsen company's latest report shows that social networking has become ubiquitous while watching TV and while using the bathroom.

The report says that one-third of Twitter users in June tweeted about TV shows -- a 27% increase from five months earlier.

"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…
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How to Email Tweets Directly From Twitter’s Website

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 05:30 PM PST

More Button

A More button now appears beside the Reply, Retweet, and Favorite options at the bottom of each tweet.

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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.

SEE ALSO: Twitter Triples Down on Downloadable Tweets Promise

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5 Lesser-Known Fitness Gadgets to Fuel Your Workout

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.

We've heard a lot about the Fitbit, LARK and Nike FuelBand, but what about the Fitbug or Tinke?

SEE ALSO: Equinox President Shares Top 5 Health and Fitness Innovations

Many of these devices use Bluetooth to send information from a pedometer to an account accessible through an app or you…
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Here’s Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 05:01 PM PST

A new promo photo for the film about Steve Jobs shows Ashton Kutcher bearing an uncanny resemblance to the former Apple CEO, who died in October 2011.

More About: Entertainment, Film, Movies, apple, ashton kutcher, steve jobs, trending

McDonald’s Releases First TV Ad With Twitter Hashtag

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…
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25 Standout Apps From 2012

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.

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Instagram, Twitter and Facebook were, without a doubt, the most talked about apps of 2012, but they're not what we consider the top apps of the year.

More About: Entertainment, Mobile, Tech, Year End 2012, android, apps, features, iOS

Fugitive McAfee Says He Forged Location Data in ‘Vice’ Photo

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 04:16 PM PST

Guatemala Geolocate

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.

Robert King, the photographer who is with McAfee and Castoro revealed in a F
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Music Monday: A Fresh Start

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST

Fresh Start Rainbow

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.

What songs do you listen to when you need a new lease on life? Share them with us and we'll add a few to our Spotify playlist. Because there's nothin…
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Experience the 2012 Mashable Media Summit on Storify

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
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Kate Bosworth Partners With Topshop for Shoppable Music Video

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…
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The Elevator Zombie Prank From Hell

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 03:28 PM PST

Halloween has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you can't have some harmless (PARALYZINGLY TERRIFYING) fun with elevators and zombies.

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.

SEE ALSO: Ghost Prank Terrifies Elevator Riders in Brazil

Talk about nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

And the fact that we all are laughing at the shrieks of these…
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Writer Sued for his Twitter Followers Settles Case

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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DMX’s ‘Rudolph’ Is the Best Carol You’ll Hear This Christmas [VIDEO]

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 03:06 PM PST

Best carol ever? Here's video of DMX "singing" the Christmas classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," replete with ad-libs and tabletop beat-making.

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UN’s WCIT Conference: What You Need to Know

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.

Acronym Soup

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…
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Victoria’s Secret ‘Fallen Angel’ Reveals Sh*t Supermodels Say

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.

SEE ALSO: 'Sh*t Apple Users Say' Is So True — Admit It

We're not so sure Heidi, Miranda, Alexandria and the rest of the gang are usually backstage eating Doritos, taking selfies and inhaling steamer…
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Diesel’s ‘Pre-Internet Shoe’ Wants You to Party Like it’s 1993

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 02:31 PM PST

Diesel is trying a bit of reverse psychology by asking fans to refrain from posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The prize? A "pre-Internet shoe."

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Texting Turns 20: The History of SMS

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 02:19 PM PST

The first SMS was sent in 1992 by Neil Papworth. He sent the message "Merry Christmas" from his personal computer to his friend Richard Jarvis' Orbitel 901 handset over the Vodafone GSM network.

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…
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Is NFL Player’s Murder-Suicide a Warning for the Digital Generation?

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 02:11 PM PST

NFL player Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and himself this weekend. Here's why a teammate says the tragedy is a wake-up call for the social media set.

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Jimmy Fallon Crowdsourcing Ford Super Bowl Ad on Twitter

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.

For the Super Bowl, the brand has launched SteertheScript, a crowdsourcing effort that lets fans co-autho…
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Don’t Miss These Highlights From Mashable Media Summit 2012

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

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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…
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Scientists Develop Light Bulb of the Future

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:36 PM PST

Scientists have developed an entirely new lightbulb that could potentially replace the buzzing, fluorescent lights in offices and commercial spaces.

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Crappy Holidays From Grumpy Cat!

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:17 PM PST

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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…
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Social Media Use Leads to Real-World Actions

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:10 PM PST

A new survey shows that more than half of users on four of the top five social platforms have taken offline action as a result of an online interaction.

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Is Your Kid Smartphone-Obsessed?

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST

Kids obsessed with smartphones

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.

Common Sense Media, an organization that works to improve the lives of kids a…
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Burberry Fetes Digital at Chicago Flagship Opening

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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