Sunday, 13 January 2013

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “Franciscan Friars Want You to Text them Your Prayer Intentions”

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “Franciscan Friars Want You to Text them Your Prayer Intentions”

Franciscan Friars Want You to Text them Your Prayer Intentions

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 09:25 PM PST

Just a month after Pope Benedict XVI launched his official Twitter account, other representatives of the Catholic faith are giving new meaning to the term, "religious text."

The Holy Name Province, self-described as the largest group of friars in the U.S., announced that they are now accepting prayer intentions via text.

Called "Text a Prayer Intention to a Franciscan Friar," the program encourages participants to text the word "PRAYER" to 306-44, according to a release. Senders will then receive a welcome message inviting them to submit their prayer intentions. After they are sent in, participants will receive another text confirming that their prayer has been received and will be pra…
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Find Your Child, Pet or Suitcase With ‘I’m Here’ GPS Tracker

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 08:31 PM PST

LAS VEGAS – The CES show floor was home to several GPS trackers this year. One of the most interesting was I'm Here, a tracker developed by the same company that created an Android smart watch called I'm Watch.

Unveiled during the company's CES press conference, I'm Here is a pint-sized tracker designed to help you keep up with everything from your suitcase to your kindergartener.

The tracker works using the same technology found in cell phones. Users can find out where the device is located -- whether it's in a bag or tied to a shoe -- whenever they want.

If, for example, you arrive at your destination without your bag, simply ping the device to find out where it is. The…
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Samsung Smart Fridge Dishes Up Recipe Ideas and Coupons

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 07:28 PM PST

Technology has helped solve many problems for us. We make phone calls and read emails from wherever we are (most of the time) using cellphones, and record our favorite TV shows and movies to watch later.

But it hasn't helped solve the age-old dilemma of figuring out what's for dinner -- until now. Samsung showed off a smart refrigerator at the 2013 International CES that can offer recipe suggestions based on what you have in your fridge at the time.

No photo magnets here -- the front of the 32 cu. ft. capacity four-door fridge is adorned with a 10-inch tablet pre-loaded with apps designed to help you and your family get organized.

There's Evernote for shared grocery lists, so y…
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Suspected Thief Posts His Photo on Victim’s Facebook Page

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 06:27 PM PST

One alleged tablet thief in South Africa may be the newest addition to our list of dumb criminals caught through Facebook.

James and Barbara McCall experienced a recent spate of burglaries at their guesthouse in Hillcrest, KwaZula-Natal, and found their Samsung tablet missing after the latest incident, South Africa-based IOL News reported.

Upon discovering the theft, McCall changed the login passwords for his social networks; that's when he saw a man's photo had been uploaded to his wife's Facebook page. He said he believes the man is one of the burglars.

"He probably did not realize he was doing it. Usually you never log off from a tablet, so it could have happened quite quickly."…
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The Most Blinged-Out iPhone Cases and Headphones Spotted at CES 2013

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 05:30 PM PST

Minnie Mouse Headphones

iHome's new line of licensed Disney accessories includes these sparkled Minnie Mouse headphones.

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From rhinestone-studded Minnie Mouse headphones to bejeweled iPhone cases, here's a look at what glistened on the show floor.

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Disguise Your iPad Mini with this Holy Bible Case

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 04:30 PM PST

LAS VEGAS -- We saw quite a few eccentric items at CES this year: an iPad man, the Direct TV kangaroo starting a impromptu dance mob, and even sumo wrestlers -- but one of our favorites was this iPad mini case by Japanese brand Ozaki. It looks like a Bible. Genius.

This takes the "disguise your dirty magazine in a textbook" idea to a whole new level. I would have appreciated it, had such tech been around during my brief stint attending catechism classes.

iPad mini cases

If the Bible isn't for you, Ozaki also has plain leather-bound cases that give the look of classic novels, and other book titles including The Old Astronomy Book, a dictionary, and even Dare to Play Your Tune, as seen above.

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How to Create a Winning Meme

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 03:28 PM PST

What's the recipe for a winning meme? While you may prefer grumpy cat videos, there are a wide variety of memes that have seen viral success.

Compiled by Pelican PR, one infographic looks at patterns in 100 memes from 1980 to today, and determines the necessary ingredients for a video or photo to take off.

Entitled "How to Cook up a Winning Meme," it reveals that the ideal equation for the perfect meme = picture + cat + Reddit. For the exact breakdown, check out the entire infographic, below:

What ingredients does your favorite meme include? Share with us in the comments.

Image via YouTube screenshot

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Tina Fey Thinks Most People Are Too Boring to Use Twitter

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 02:36 PM PST

Tina Fey doesn't like Twitter. In fact, she thinks most Twitter users are downright boring.

That's what the comedian said in a short video, answering a question from a fan who wanted to know if she used Twitter. "I have never used it," she said. "I do look at other people's twit of things sometimes."

Why doesn't she use it? "I think you should have to get a license to use Twitter because most people are so fucking boring that they should shut up," she said.

SEE ALSO: Marlon Wayans Gets Inspiration for His Tweets on the Toilet

In fact, the actress even jokingly volunteers to be the one deciding who should get a license to tweet. Check out the video above to see Fey's entire a…
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Our Favorite Photos from CES 2013

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 02:00 PM PST

CES Unveiled

The drink louge at CES Unveiled was a welcome surprise for the press.

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LAS VEGAS-- This year's CES was a whirlwind ride through a techie kaleidoscope. We didn't miss a thing, (except for that exclusive ride on the Albatross One which was supposed to land on Lake Mead, because of high winds-- rats!)

Cameras in hand, our team got some spectacular shots on the ground in Las Vegas. What was in all of our camera bags? The photo editor (that's me) carried two Canon 5D's, a Sigma 28mm f/1.8 prime lens, a Canon 24-105mm L f/4, and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L. Our tech editor, Pete Pachal, was armed with a Canon T4i mounted with a shotgun Rodemic for interviews, and our reporter, Emily Price, carried the identical set-up. Tech reporter Samantha Murphy carried a Panason…
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Liar, Liar? How to Know if Your Client is Telling the Truth

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 01:25 PM PST

Ever think a client is saying one thing ("Sure, I think it's a good idea, but I'll need to run it by the team") but thinking another?

Hint: They do it all the time. But by understanding a few simple facial cues, you'll be able to match people's words to their actions, and see who's telling the truth every time.

Check out this visual guide to what your client is really saying.

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Infographic courtesy of AmExOPENForum via, photo via iStockphoto, P_Wei

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42 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 12:41 PM PST

It's the weekend. Time to kick back, relax and catch up with all the reading you were too busy to do during the week. If technology and social media is your thing, you've come to the right place.

The reporters and editors at Mashable spent the week buzzing around the Internet like digital bees, checking out all the best new apps and gadgets. To help you get up to speed in a hurry, we gathered all our most usable stories into this one post.

In addition to the topics we normally cover -- social media, business, tech and lifestyles -- this week's features roundup contains a couple of comedy posts. The Internet is nothing if not funny, right?

Editor's Picks

5 College Classes Yo
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Things Get Weird and Wonderful at CES 2013′s International Pavilion

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 12:05 PM PST

I'm not immune to charms of giant ultra HD screens, glowing white booths filled with futuristic sports cars and celebrities sporting the latest headphones, but my favorite part of CES 2013, by far, is the back alleys -- especially the tiny booths in the International Pavilion.

They're kind of off the beaten path. You won't find them in the giant Central Hall, or the auto-filled North Hall or even the lower floor and tiny and quirky booths of the South Hall. No, they're a walk away in the ballrooms of the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton).

Inside are dozens of tiny booths full of tiny -- and mostly Asian -- companies peddling unusual wares. When they saw me and my camerama…
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Top 10 Tech This Week, CES 2013 Edition

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 11:30 AM PST

1. Intel's Awesome Future Laptop

Intel knows what computers will look like next year, and the chip manufacturer gave the world a sneak peek at CES 2013 with its reference PC design for the next generation of Core processors. Take a look at what the future looks like: Photo by Mashable

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The long-anticipated 2013 International CES came and went in a flurry of techno-goodness. Luckily, Mashable's team was in Las Vegas so that nothing that happened at this year's CES stayed there. And there was definitely a lot to remember and report on at this year's gadget bonanza.

It was really hard to narrow down all the tech stories that came out of CES to just 10, but we think these are the 10 biggest ones. They also reflect the wide array of diversity that was on display in Las Vegas. This year, there were giant tablets, Ultra-high-def TVs, super-fast processors and the world's first 1TB USB 3.0 flash drive.

SEE ALSO: Previous editions of Top 10 Tech This Week

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uNu iPhone 5 Battery Case Doubles Your Battery Life

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 10:47 AM PST

The uNu DX Protective Battery Case for iPhone 5 doubles your talk time, letting most iPhones last for two days on one charge.

While that's still far from what feature phones can manage, it's a significant improvement and would come in handy in many situations. The great thing about this case is how little bulk it adds. It's 15mm thick and actually looks quite good.

Another case discussed in the video below is an LED case that's still a prototype. It increases your battery life, protects your phone, and adds an LED panel to the back of it. The cool thing about the LED panel is that you can connect to it with Bluetooth and push custom notifications to it.

You can already use the the…
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Facebook Reveals Which NFL Teams Are Getting the Most Chatter During Playoffs

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 10:15 AM PST

The NFL playoffs are back this weekend with four thrilling divisional matchups, and the U.S. is abuzz, waiting to see who's going to survive these games and advance to the conference championships. Now, thanks to a powerful new tool on Facebook, you'll be able to see what everyone's talking about before, during and after the big games.

A collaboration between Facebook, CBS Sports and Mass Relevance, the Facebook Football Insights dashboard gives you a detailed look at which teams and players are dominating the chatter on Facebook.

An interactive map of the United States allows you to see which NFL teams receive more mentions in each state. And the numbers can be filtered by gender an…
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Sizzle Up For a Smooth Face With Bacon Shaving Cream

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 09:17 AM PST

What's great about the morning? Bacon. What's not so great about the morning? Having to shave. Thankfully, now you can combine both.

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Turns Out Apple Might Still Be Considering a Cheap iPhone

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 08:37 AM PST

There's been some confusion around the rumors indicating that Apple is considering a cheaper version of the iPhone. As of today, no one really knows what's going on. So much so that even Reuters misfired, pulling a story based on comments made by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller to a Chinese daily that appeared to debunk the rumors.

As it turns out, Schiller didn't really mean it. Or, at least, he was misquoted.

On Thursday, the Shanghai Evening News ran a story with the headline: "Apple will not push a cheaper smartphone for the sake of market share." The piece then quoted Schiller saying Apple would not launch a cheap iPhone just for the sake of expanding its market share.

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5 Ways to Avoid Being a Costly, Bad Hire

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 08:11 AM PST

New research shows the effects of a bad hire go beyond a minimum cost; 41% of employers estimated the costs of a bad hire to be more than $25,00.

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10 Top News Stories This Week

Posted: 12 Jan 2013 07:21 AM PST

It was another busy week at Mashable and in tech news, as our staff literally ran around Las Vegas testing and viewing some of the newest gadgets at CES 2013. In case you missed any of our top stories out of Vegas or the other news stories happening elsewhere, we've got you covered.

Here are some of the top news stories published on Mashable this week.

Check Out The First Concept Design For iPhone 6
Lego-Inspired iPhone 5 Cases Will Make You Geek Out
Facebook Timeline Change: It's Starting
Intel Shows the Awesome Laptop You'll Be Using Next Year
Google Rolls Out Biggest Free Wi-Fi Network in New York City
Bluetooth Sticker Ensures You'll Never Lose Your Cellphone or Keys
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