Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “Apple May Already Be Testing the New iPhone and iOS 7”

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “Apple May Already Be Testing the New iPhone and iOS 7”

Apple May Already Be Testing the New iPhone and iOS 7

Posted: 02 Jan 2013 03:45 AM PST

Apple undoubtedly has plans for a new version of iOS and a successor to iPhone 5, but now we have the first signs that the Cupertino giant is already testing them in the real world.

According to developer logs The Next Web has seen, Apple is testing a device with a new, "iPhone 6.1" identifier running iOS 7. Furthermore, the device was sending requests from an IP address on Apple's Cupertion campus.

Even if the developer logs are genuine, they don't bring us any specifics about the new device or the software it's running.

Still, it's possible that the next generation iPhone is already undergoing testing at Apple, even though it's not likely to be launched before fall 2013. For co…
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Leaked Photos Show Sony Xperia Z and ZL

Posted: 02 Jan 2013 01:23 AM PST

Press shots of Sony's upcoming smartphones, the Xperia Z "Yuga" and Xperia ZL "Odin", which showed up on Sony's website, give hope that the Japanese tech giant is finally ready to launch a flagship phone worthy of its name.

The photos did not come with any additional info, but the rumored specs for both devices include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon quad-core CPU with Adreno 320 graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera.

Oddly, even though the Sony Xperia ZL looks a bit shorter than the Xperia Z in the photo, the screen sizes for both devices are rumored to be the same -- 5 inches. Also, the front camera on the ZL looks to be positioned in the lower right corner.

As far as looks go, it see…
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More About: sony, Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL

World’s First Eye-Tracking PC Accessory to Launch in 2013

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 09:01 PM PST

Tobii REX

Tobii plans to launch the world's first consumer eye-tracking PC peripheral in 2013. A little larger than a pen, it's a thin device that attaches below the monitor of any Window 8 PC.

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Eye-tracking technology has been slowly emerging as a viable technology the last couple of years, and it comes in real handy when you want to know which parts of a Facebook profile people actually look at. One of the leaders in the space, Tobii, is set to bring the tech to consumers in 2013 with a peripheral that works with any Windows 8 PC.

Tobii will show off its eye tracker, called the REX, next week at CES. The REX is a strip that attaches beneath your monitor (desktops and laptops are welcome), and it plugs into a USB port. Once it's in place, the device works with special software called Tobii Gaze to track exactly what you're looking at on the screen, letting you do things as munda…
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More About: CES, CES 2013, eye tracking, Tobii, Windows 8

10 Very Successful Small Businesses That Don’t Use Social Media

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 06:03 PM PST

Some industries tend to have more use for social media than others.

More About: features, mashable, open forum, Small Business

Score Your Next Job With LinkedIn Premium

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 05:36 PM PST

It may not be the sexiest gift to get your friend for the holidays, but few things are as useful to someone looking for a job as a LinkedIn premium account.

More About: job search series, linkedin

Barack Obama’s AMA is Reddit’s Top Post of 2012

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 05:02 PM PST

Do you remember that Barack Obama AMA on Reddit this past August? The one that started with "Hi, I'm Barack Obama, President of the United States. Ask me anything."

That was Reddit's top post of 2012 with 5,598,171 page views. Reddit compiled a list of it's top posts of the year we just said farewell to.

SEE ALSO: President Barack Obama is TIME's Person of the Year

The site also handed out some "best of" awards along with a few other tidbits of info. To see if your favorite post ranked, check out the video above.

BONUS: 20 Silliest Questions Posed to Obama in reddit AMA

More About: 2012, barack obama, reddit

Remembering 2012 in Tweets

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 04:13 PM PST

Life gets busy and information moves fast. Sometimes it's hard to remember all the big news that came down over the course of a year. Twitter is a record, but sifting through it is nearly impossible.

SEE ALSO: 50 Most Memorable Tweets of 2012

One intrepid curator by the name of Jeremiah Warren has been collecting noteworthy tweets throughout 2012 and created the video retrospective above.

From a stranded Italian cruise ship, to the acquisition of Instagram, to the Supereme Court health care ruling, to the heartbreaking mass shootings, to the riots in Libya, to a Disney-owned Lucasfilm, to the Mayan apocalypse, this is the news and commentary that streamed onto our desktops and s…
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More About: Social Media, Twitter, Video, videos, Year End 2012

Apple Store in Paris Robbed on New Year’s Eve

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 03:35 PM PST

There was a huge heist at an Apple Store in Paris on New Year's Eve. As police were monitoring the area around the Champs-Elysees for the New Year celebrations, armed thieves broke in and made off with an estimated million euros worth of goods, or just over $1.3 million.

According to a report in The Telegraph, four masked men forced their way into a back entrance of the Apple store in Paris' Opera district, and threatened a security guard. A janitor is said to have been "lightly injured" in the heist.

French police say they were a well-organized crew, making off with boxes of stocked material and loading them into a nearby, parked truck just three hours after the flagship store closed…
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6 Ways to Recharge Your Business in 2013

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 02:26 PM PST

For the entrepreneur, this time of year typically means a mad dash to wrap-up remaining projects, close deals, and squeeze in time for family and friends. As the days get shorter, it starts to feel like time accelerates faster than ever – leaving you less and less time to accomplish your year-end goals.

More About: features, mashable, open forum, year-end

12 Animals With Hangovers Worse Than Yours

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 01:28 PM PST


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The calendar says January 1st, which means there's an 82.4 percent chance you have a nasty hangover.

Did you try the Pepto-Bismol, ginger ale, chia seed, pickle juice cocktail (don't try that at home, kids) and still feel like your head got crushed by the Times Square ball? No worries -- you're not alone because Fido and Fluffy partied hard last night too.

SEE ALSO: 20 WTF New Year's Resolutions

Sure, your pets may look like their normal, lazying-around-the-house selves, but don't let their heavy eyelids fool you. Cute animals can't pass up the biggest party night of the year and, golly gee, can feel the effects today. Take a swing through the gallery above for 12 adorable animals…
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More About: cats, cute animals, dogs, new years, pets, Watercooler

Mom Gives Son a Christmas iPhone — With Strings Attached

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 12:17 PM PST

This mom gave her teenage son an iPhone for Christmas. She also gave him an 18-point contract lining out what is and isn't acceptable use of the new toy.

More About: Lifestyle, parenting

Netflix May Be Down Again

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 11:21 AM PST

Netflix once again appears to be down during a high-traffic holiday.

Downrightnow shows sporadic outages for the video service starting New Year's Eve. While there's been no official confirmation from Netflix, Downrightnow cites user reports on its own service as well as Twitter.

This latest issue comes after a prolonged outage on Christmas Eve caused by problems with Amazon Web Services' Electronic Load Balancing. While that outage wasn't an issue caused by Netflix (the company issued a statement clarifying the issue), many users were upset at missing out on their holiday entertainment.

Update 4:15 p.m. 1/1/2012: Netflix said on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that everything was fine o…
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Watch Times Square Dance ‘Gangnam Style’ on New Year’s Eve

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 10:57 AM PST

Psy closed out his billion view 2012 with a rowdy performance of "Gangnam Style" in Times Square in front of a million New Year's Eve revelers.

More About: gangnam style, new years eve, viral videos, Watercooler

Press Pause and Learn How Your DVR Actually Works

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 10:45 AM PST

Back in the late '90s, the brand "TiVo" was eponymous with the term "DVR" -- after all, it was the first successful digital video recorder aimed at consumers. And although TiVo use is down from its 2006 sales peak, many of us have fond memories of the service. Remember the bubbly little sounds as you clicked fast forward? Or perhaps you recall rewinding the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, when Justin Timberlake ripped off Janet Jackson's top, exposing her breast in the now-infamous "wardrobe malfunction?"

Indeed, DVR technology has impacted the way we interact with entertainment in general, not just television. Most of us are familiar with the optional DVRs incorporated into the set-top bo…
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More About: DVR, Entertainment, Gadgets, snapdragon, TV, What's Inside

WordPress Blogs at Risk Due to Plug-In Flaw

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 09:21 AM PST

A security flaw in the default configuration of a popular plug-in for WordPress has put blogs hosted on the platform at risk of data theft.

The flaw, discovered by researcher Jason Donenfeld, is in W3 Total Cache (W3TC), a plug-in to the blog-hosting platform that caches content in order to speed up request times.

Since data are stored similarly and in searchable form, Donenfeld says it's possible to extract sensitive information like password hashes and database cache keys from any directory that has been enabled.

Even directories that aren't enabled wouldn't be very difficult to guess, a post on the matter said.

At present, all versions of WordPress are vulnerable t…
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7 Apps for Creepers

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 08:19 AM PST

1. Sneakypix

Ever been waiting on the train platform, minding your business, only to glance to your left and find yourself face-to-face with a grown-up nose picker? In this day and age, our first inclination is to snap a discreet photo. Sneakypix makes it appear as if you're on a phone call, but instead, aim your camera lens at the nasal aficionado and the app will fire off a series of stealth photos or video. Price: $0.99

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Do you have a smartphone? Then chances are you've been a creeper.

Now don't get all defensive, just yet. How many times have you snapped a photo of some hipster's pink beard on the subway? How often do you send racy pictures to your husband during his business trips? How many times have you wondered whether your teenager was smoking pot on the Williamsburg Bridge or visiting his grandma in Queens?

SEE ALSO: 5 Apps To Prevent Your Teen From Texting While Driving

While we're not advocating sinister, paranoid behavior (take a hike, stalkers), sometimes it's helpful and downright fun to act like James Bond. And it turns out, you don't need all the slick gadgets to do it.

These seven…
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More About: android, apps, features, iphone, Lifestyle

Time Machine App Transports You Back to 2012

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 07:14 AM PST

It's 2013. By now there is a mobile app for that, this and the other thing. It's safe to say, however, that there is a brief list of feats that mobile apps will never accomplish.

There will never be an app to raise the dead. No app will ever have a recipe for spagetti sauce that tastes as good as your grandma's. And even the most innovative hacker will never be able to transport you back in time with the push of a button.

How do we know this? Stephen Hawking said so.

If you've already come down with a bad case of 2012 nostalgia, however, there may be a cure. An iOS app called 2012 Time Machine will help you remember the year's highlights with thoughtfully curated videos.

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9 Apps to Fast-Track Your New Years’ Resolutions

Posted: 01 Jan 2013 06:20 AM PST

Whether your goal in 2013 is to lose five pounds, manage your finances, or spend more time with friends and family, there are a growing number of apps that fall into the self-help category and can assist you in accomplishing these resolutions.

At Mashable we've tested a lot of them out, but we're still always hearing about new ones. There are a ton of fitness and health apps to chose from, but you might be pleasantly surprised to know they're not all about weight loss. A device and app called Tinke monitors your stress levels and how deeply you're breathing. An app called Fig will remind you to drink more water, skip fried foods and take breaks at work to keep you feeling good. Arianna H
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More About: apps, goals, New Year's Resolutions, NYE

The 10 Best New Podcasts of the Year

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 04:57 PM PST

Some of the top podcasts from 2012 came from big names like Chelsea Peretti, Kevin Smith and Alec Baldwin. Here are the shows that emerged strong, got even better and will have a big year in 2013.

More About: alec baldwin, kevin smith, podcasts, radio, wnyc, Year End 2012

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