Sunday, 20 January 2013

Mashable: Latest 17 News Updates - including “Wikileaks Says Aaron Swartz Was a Possible Source”

Mashable: Latest 17 News Updates - including “Wikileaks Says Aaron Swartz Was a Possible Source”

Wikileaks Says Aaron Swartz Was a Possible Source

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 09:12 PM PST

In a series of tweets, Wikileaks claimed Saturday that late Internet activist and hacker Aaron Swartz was an ally and possible source for the organization.

It also disclosed that Swartz, who committed suicide last week, was "in communication" with founder Julian Assange during 2010 and 2011.

Wikileaks, which exposes classified information provided by anonymous sources, said it decided to reveal these details in light of the U.S. Secret Service's involvement in Swartz's case. At the time of his death, Swartz was awaiting trial for allegedly harvesting millions of scholarly articles over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's network. He was charged with computer fraud and other cri…
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Samsung Galaxy Tablets Get Android Jelly Bean Upgrade

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 07:50 PM PST

Two of Samsung's best-selling tablets, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2, are finally getting the latest version of Google's Android 4.1 operating system, the so-called Jelly Bean version.

But Samsung has made it worth waiting for with the addition of Premium Suite, which the company says includes "dramatic improvements" to the tablet's multitasking features, as well as improvement to the S Pen stylus included with each device.

On the multitasking side, Samsung has now added several features that leverage the Galaxy Note 10.1's Multi Window view that lets you run two apps side-by-side.

The new Cascade View feature lets users freely resize, move and pin selected applications in
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Napster Documentary ‘Downloaded’ to Premiere at SXSW Film Fest

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 07:04 PM PST

A new documentary on the rise and fall of Napster, the peer-to-peer file-sharing service that revolutionized the music industry, is set to debut at South by Southwest.

Downloaded will have its world premiere on March 10 at the Texas festival, according to VH1, which financed the film. A panel including director Alex Winter (best known as Bill of Bill and Ted fame), as well as Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, will follow the screening on March 12.

The film focuses on the birth of digital-media sharing, and charts Napster's tumultuous journey from its founding in 1998 to its acquisition by online music store Rhapsody in 2011. It also looks at how the service paved…
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38 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 06:16 PM PST

Another busy week is wrapping up, and this weekend is the perfect time for catching up with all the news in social media and tech that you might have missed. With big announcements from Myspace and Facebook, and some unearthing of lies from Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o we've got you covered from industry updates to entertainment news.

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Minimalist Case Leaves Your iPhone 5 Nearly Naked

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 05:30 PM PST

It's the iPhone-case equivalent of Jennifer Lopez's infamous green Versace dress at the 2000 Grammy Awards: barely there.

The Radius is a minimalist covering that highlights the iPhone 5's design: "precise, simple and beautiful," according to its creators.

Designed to look like an "X," the case's frame is made entirely out of lightweight aluminum, and comes in either slate or silver. Its four "modules," which attach to the iPhone's four corners, are available in polished aluminum, red, cyan and slate.

The Radius' Kickstarter campaign ended Saturday, and raised around $56,000 -- more than double its original funding goal of $25,000.

Would you use this case for your iPhone 5? Tell…
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Can Storify Publish Your Private Facebook Status Updates?

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 04:43 PM PST

A woman claims users of the Storify app can bypass Facebook privacy settings.

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7 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 03:57 PM PST

Temple Run 2

Imangi Studios released the sequel to its popular endless-runner game Temple Run this week, aptly named Temple Run 2. Currently available only for iOS devices, the game is addictive as ever, sporting updated graphics and new characters and obstacles.

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Looking for the best apps? Here's our weekend roundup of our favorite new and updated apps for iOS and Android.

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5 YouTube Channels to Learn Amazing Video Effects

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 03:14 PM PST

Looking for easy tutorials for DIY video effects? Look no further -- we've got you covered. (Warning: May include explosions.)

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Your AIDS Awareness Tweet Can Appear on a Times Square Billboard

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 02:30 PM PST

Hoping to create an AIDS-free generation and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, a new social-media campaign is displaying tweets on a Times Square billboard and in an interactive art installation in midtown Manhattan.

When you tweet with the hashtag #ArchesofHope, your tweet will be part of an LED ticker tape (in the image above) in the installation and will be beamed onto jumbo screens in Times Square. The campaign is a joint effort between Lifebeat and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

"This is where we're at, it's all about social media. We're trying to promote safe sex and getting tests since that's not being talked about in the schools or the church or probably for some at home," said…
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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 01:44 PM PST

1. Google Glass to Hit Developers' Hands This Month

Google announced plans Tuesday to hold a "Glass Foundry" in San Francisco and New York in the coming weeks: Two full days of hacking that will allow developers to get an early look at Glass and start developing for the platform. Learn more about Google's announcement: Photo by Mashable, Pete Pachal

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It was CES 2013 "hangover week" in the tech world this week. With the gadgets bonanza in the rear-view mirror, the top tech news stories were understandably lacking some gizmos. But fear not -- the world of tech was still filled with exciting news.

The biggest announcement of the week was probably that Google Glass will finally be available for developers this very month, with two events planned in San Francisco and New York. So we'll soon know more about Google's secretive and futuristic project. The search giant also has new ideas regarding computer security. Or, more precisely, on how to replace passwords.

SEE ALSO: Previous editions of Top 10 Tech This Week

There were also a lo…
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Kim Dotcom’s ‘Mega’ Now Open to Public

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 12:58 PM PST

Kim Dotcom's long-anticpated 'Mega' file-sharing site is now open to the public.

More About: Dropbox, file sharing, Kim Dotcom, megaupload, Small Business

Nasty Client Website Lets Businesses Review Customers

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 12:24 PM PST

Think twice before skipping out on tipping your contractor, or else small businesses may end up blacklisting you.

A former landscape company owner created, a rating and review website that lets businesses file reports against its customers. Turning the tables on consumers, creator Matt Stachel allows owners to tell their side of the story.

Sites such as Yelp or Angie's List give an open forum for consumers to rave or rant about their experiences, but platforms for business owners aren't as accessible.

After dealing with his fair share of nasty clients for more than 20 years, Stachel started the site two years ago.

"It wasn't necessarily one person or one story,…
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Bulgarian Assassination Attempt Caught on Video

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:51 AM PST

Is this what an assassination looks like? If this assailant's gun had fired, yes. But Bulgarian politician Ahmed Dogan was unhurt after an as-yet-unnamed assailant rushed the stage and attempted to shoot him with a small handgun.

Dogan is the leader of Bulgaria's opposition movement for Rights and Freedoms. As he addressed that group's congress on Saturday, an attacker attempted to shoot him but the gun reportedly "misfired," according to the Sofia, Bulgaria news agency.

The agency said Bulgaria's Socialist party (one of several parties in opposition to the Movement for Rights and Freedoms in Bulgaria) issued a statement condemning the assassination attempt. "What happened cannot b…
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Lance Armstrong Movie in the Works

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:19 AM PST

Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot, owned by J.J. Abrams, will produce a movie about cyclist Lance Armstrong's life.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Uses the Most Flammable Battery on the Market

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:10 AM PST

Boeing chose to use the most combustible of the standard lithium-ion chemistries on the market in its flagship 787 Dreamliner. The advanced aircraft is grounded around the world after a battery burst into flames.

The suspension of all 50 working Dreamliners follows a Jan. 16 emergency landing by an All Nippon Airways pilot after he smelled something burning, and saw a cockpit warning light up indicating a battery problem. It turned out that one of the plane's batteries had caught fire. Investigators are working to determine why -- faulty wiring, design, system assembly, or the battery itself.

In the photo above, a leaking battery is carried out of an All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787…
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100 Years of U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 09:18 AM PST

On March 4, 1913, Woodrow Wilson took the oath of office. Nearly 100 years later, Barack Obama will take that same oath.

The U.S. presidential inauguration looks a tad different than it did a century ago. In 1913, women still did not have the right to vote and Wilson rode to the Capitol in a horse-drawn carriage. And don't expect to see President Obama wearing a silk top hat like Wilson either.

SEE ALSO: Watch Every President's Inauguration Since Reagan in 36 Seconds

Thanks to the digital archiving of government images, zipping through 100 years of presidential history doesn't even require a trip to the library. We've compiled the most memorable photographs and videos taken at pres…
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Robot Fish Swims Long Distances for Underwater Research

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 08:27 AM PST

A group of University of Michigan researchers have developed a robotic fish that, according to them, can swim practically indefinitely, gathering data on lakes and riverbeds.

The robot is called Grace, an acronym for Gliding Robot ACE and it's equipped with sensors to gather data and measure water's temperature and quality. Grace is able to autonomously swim both by flapping its tail as well as gliding through the water. This combination lets it travel long distances.

"Swimming requires constant flapping of the tail, which means the battery is constantly being discharged and typically wouldn't last more than a few hours," said Xiaobo Tan, the project's leading researcher. "This is w…
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The Ultimate Guide to Crushing Your Job Interview

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 07:13 AM PST

If you want to really kill it in the interview, whether that interview is in-person or through online video, here are 4 things you need to think about.

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