Sunday, 27 January 2013

Mashable: Latest 21 News Updates - including “LeBron Tackles Fan After Epic Half-Court Shot Worth $75K”

Mashable: Latest 21 News Updates - including “LeBron Tackles Fan After Epic Half-Court Shot Worth $75K”

LeBron Tackles Fan After Epic Half-Court Shot Worth $75K

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 08:28 PM PST

One Miami Heat fan had two strokes of luck Friday, when he sank a half-court shot for $75,000. But Michael Drysch's good fortune, which took place during a timeout at a home game against the Detroit Pistons, didn't stop there.

After winning the prize with a one-handed hook shot, Heat forward and NBA champ LeBron James excitedly tackled Drysch to the ground. Watch the 50-year-old computer technician make the one-in-a-million shot (and then get a bear hug from a million-dollar player) in the video, above.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Keith Allison

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SelectaDNA Gun Will Tag Criminals For Weeks

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 07:59 PM PST

It's something straight out of an episode of CSI: An orange gun fires a green pellet that carries DNA traces, which, according to the manufacturer, lasts on a target for weeks, making it easier for authorities to identify him or her.

Called the SelectaDNA High Velocity System, the gun uses non-lethal bullets. It is useful in situations where police are having difficulty catching a particular target on the spot.

SEE ALSO: NYPD Radiation Scanners Identify Concealed Guns From Afar

"On contact with the target, the uniquely-coded SelectaDNA solution leaves a synthetic DNA trace mark that will enable the relevant authorities to confirm or eliminate that person from their involvement in…
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Rise of Infographics: Marketing in the Social-Media Age

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 06:46 PM PST

Infographics break down data visually, helping viewers make sense of complex information. Their popularity has increased with the rise of social media, fuelling the need for instant results by providing content in bite-size, digestible chunks.

So, what's the science behind an infographic's success? Allow an infographic to explain.

Created by Nowsourcing, a social-media marketing company, it shows that infographic posts dwarf traditional posts when it comes to sharing on social networks. The most popular topics for infographics include: business, technology, social media, the economy and health.

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Dear Dog, Leave a Message at the Tree

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 05:59 PM PST

"Hi, this is Dog. I'm not home right now, but go ahead and take a pee, and I'll call you back as soon as possible."

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Mixed Reviews of ‘jOBS’ Hit Twitter After Sundance Premiere

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 05:28 PM PST

The film about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Here are the good, the bad and the funny reviews from viewers of "jOBS."

More About: ashton kutcher, Entertainment, films, Movies, steve jobs, sundance

Why Do Instagram and Facebook Want to See Your Photo ID?

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 04:54 PM PST

Over the last week, several Instagram users began reporting that the photo-sharing app was locking them out of their accounts, and asking them to confirm their identity by showing photo ID.

These incidents, which CNET first covered Tuesday, were reportedly a result of Instagram's new terms of service, which came into effect on Jan. 19.

At first, users were worried that their accounts were hacked. But Talking Points Memo confirmed Friday that the ID requests were actually legitimate, and came from Instagram and Facebook, which now owns the photo-sharing app.

"This is just a general practice for both Facebook and Instagram to request photo IDs for verification purposes depending on w…
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Lance Armstrong ‘Sings’ Radiohead’s ‘Creep’

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 03:55 PM PST

If you ever wondered how Radiohead's "Creep" would sound if Lance Armstrong sang it, you're in luck.

After Armstrong's confession to Oprah that he did, indeed, use performance-enhancing drugs, videos making fun of the former cycling champion have begun surfacing on the Internet. In a parody made from snippets of the now-infamous Oprah interview, Armstrong "sings" Radiohead's classic song.

Watch the video, above; then, tell us what you think in the comments.

BONUS: 20 Entertaining YouTube Videos Under 20 Seconds

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Billboard’s Website Redesign Makes Music Charts Playable

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 03:06 PM PST

Billboard this week gave a facelift to its magazine and launched an iPad app. To cap things off, the global music brand unveiled a revamped

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Warning: Graphic Porn Invades Vine

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 02:18 PM PST

It didn't take long for Twitter's new mobile service Vine to get its first collection of porn uploads.

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7 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 01:20 PM PST


Twitter launched Vine this week. Currently iOS only, the app lets you create GIF-like 6-second looping video clips and then share your finished creations with friends on Vine or Twitter or Facebook.

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It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck -- we take care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.

This week Twitter released a new application for sharing video content on the web, and another company released one for sharing your opinion on literally everything in the world.

A popular iOS game finally made its way to Android, and we saw a few new apps that make reading news on your mobile device a little more interesting.

Take a look at the gallery above for a look at this week's highlights.

Still looking for more? Check out last week's Apps You Don't Want To Miss for more great apps wo…
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More About: android, App, iOS, iphone, weekly app roundup

What’s the Best Way to Issue a Correction Online?

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 01:06 PM PST

You can put corrections in brackets and red italics, but they still won't stick in people's minds if they don't want to believe the truth. That's one of the conclusions of a new study about the effectiveness of corrections to information online.

More About: corrections, online journalism

5 Games You Should Play This Weekend

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 12:51 PM PST

1. Gesundheit

Gesundheit, Apple's App of the Week, is an adorable puzzle game Gesundheit, and it's absolutely worth picking up while it's free for a week. This mobile gem was originally in the App Store in 2011, but was pulled because of conflicts with the original publisher, Konami. It's a good thing Gesundheit is back, so even more people can enjoy the charming nature of this game. You play a sick pig using his snot, yes, his snot, to clear the world from evil monsters and save his friends. The biggest charm of this game is the hand-drawn art and adorable characters. The gameplay is no slouch either, and you'll easily find yourself addicted to solving its puzzles. Snag Gesunheit this week while it's free. [iTunes link]

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While the nation is under a bracing cold snap, it's the perfect time to relax on your couch and game.

If you aren't sure what to pick up and play, we've got you covered. PlayStation 3 owners, it's a good week for you: there are some great console-exclusive titles and sales that will keep you busy for a while. We've also included some great mobile titles, too.

SEE ALSO: Finally, A First-Person Shooter You Can Play on a Tablet

What are you playing this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

Image courtesy Revolutionary Concepts.

More About: features, Gaming, video games

Watch The Best Pep Talk Ever — Given by a Kid

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 12:20 PM PST

Forget about Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday, this might very well be the best inspirational pep talk ever. And the one who gives this speech is none other than a young, very classy, kid.

SEE ALSO: Top 24 Most Inspiring Photos of 2012

We don't know his name -- he goes by Kid President -- and in this video he delivers a touching and inspirational speech that sometimes borders on the poetic.

The video is dedicated to Gabbi, a child who is fighting cancer "like a boss," Kid President says.

Watch the video above to see Kid President's uplifting speech.

BONUS: 20 Entertaining YouTube Videos Under 20 Seconds

Screenshot courtesy of YouTube

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 11:42 AM PST

1. LG Optimus G Pro Debuts in Japan

The LG Optimus G was already a powerful smartphone, but now LG is taking it up another notch with the Optimus G Pro, which has a large 5-inch screen with full HD resolution -- 1,920 x 1,080. Learn more about this impressive phone: Home page photo by David Becker/Getty Images News/Getty Images

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It was another exciting week in tech, with a wide range of exciting news. There was really something for all tastes: 3D printing, futuristic planes, medical breakthroughs and a new social video app.

The launch of Vine, a social video app developed by Twitter, took the social-media world by storm. Vine allows users to easily create six-seconds movie loops with a smartphone, and so far, it's been a hit. The other big tech announcement came last weekend, with the official launch of Kim Dotcom's new start-up Mega, the successor of the infamous Megaupload.

SEE ALSO: Previous editions of Top 10 Tech This Week

There were gadgets, too. First, the surprising debut of a new LG phone, the Opt…
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40 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 11:23 AM 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.

More About: Business, Feature, Features Week In Review, Lifestyle, mashable, Social Media, Tech

Pinterest Introduces ‘News’ Feature to Improve Content Discovery

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 10:49 AM PST

In place of Pinterest's activity feed, the company has installed a new tool called "News." The feed displays boards where your recent pins have been repinned, creating a feed of potentially relevant content that users can peruse from their own profiles or those of others.

According to a blog post introducing News, Pinterest explains the tool is meant to foster content discovery. "To make relevant and interesting content easier to find, we are introducing News," Pinterest writes. "We think this will help pinners like you find more relevant boards and pins more easily."

Pinterest began rolling out News to a gradual population of users on Jan. 16. It is unclear precisely when News will…
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10 Awesome Pranks to Play On Your Facebook Friends

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 10:37 AM PST

1. Delete Your Comment After Your Victim Has Answered

Facebook lets you delete comments after you've posted them. So, make an utterly random comment on one of your victim's posts, wait for his off-topic response and then delete your original remark. This way, your victim will look like he's talking nonsense. To delete a comment after the fact, simply hover over it until the pencil icon appears, then select "Delete." Screengrab courtesy of Facebook

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Whether you're after sweet revenge, a fresh online battle or just a little harmless mischief, Facebook is a fertile ground for pranking.

We have gathered 10 devious tricks you can play on your Facebook friends, from freaking them out with photos to fooling them with alternate realities.

SEE ALSO: 10 Skype Chat Tricks for Power Users

Take a look through our suggestions in the gallery above. Please remember, only play such pranks on sturdy souls you're sure can take it -- and never use your powers for evil.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Franco Bouly

More About: Facebook, features, How-To, humor, Social Media, tips and tricks

NASA’s Beloved Curiosity Rover Hasn’t Even Driven a Whole Mile Yet

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 10:26 AM PST

NASA's Curiosity Rover arrived on Mars last August to much fanfare, but its trails on the planet so far are pretty meager -- not even a mile. Extra-planetary rovers travel slowly. In fact, all of the man-made rovers combined, both Lunar and Martian, have only explored a grand total of 113 miles -- less than what you would cover in two hours on a highway without traffic.

A new chart from's Karl Tate gives the breakdown so far:

Extraterrestrial distances driven

You've got to hand it to the Mars Rover Opportunity, which today celebrates its ninth anniversary of life on the Red Planet. If it can last just a little longer, it stands a chance of overtaking the Apollo 17 vehicle, and maybe even Lunokhod 2, which…
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World’s First Driving Dog Goes Viral

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 09:31 AM PST

We told you about the world's first driving dogs back in December when they were in training, and now a video of one of them driving around a track has reached viral status on YouTube.

Teaching dogs to drive is a project of the Auckland, New Zealand SPCA, where the organization teamed up with carmaker Mini Cooper in a social media awareness campaign.

What they're trying to prove in this publicity stunt is that many abandoned pets are whip-smart, trainable and can even do surprising things.

Heck, they can even be molded into good drivers if you so desire (all well and good, but not in my backyard -- keep that part in New Zealand).

As you can see in the video, Porter, the wor…
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Vinepeek Opens a Window on the World, Six Seconds at a Time

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 09:07 AM PST

A newly launched website gives you a chance to glimpse into what's going in the world, six seconds at a time. Vinepeek aggregates Vine videos in real time, showcasing an endless stream of six-second snippets of everyday lives.

Vinepeek takes inspiration from This Is Now, a real-time aggregator of Instagram pictures, and does the same thing with videos created with Twitter's newly released social video app, Vine.

SEE ALSO: Vine Is Teaching Everyone This Terrible Habit

As of now, the website is stripped-down and very simple, with just a few introductory sentences explaining what the site is about and the Vine videos in the middle of the screen -- but it's still compelling.

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Prepare For an Online Job Interview in 24 Hours

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 08:19 AM PST

How do you prepare for a virtual job interview when you have limited time -- say, only 24 hours? Check out this timetable as a guide.

More About: features, interview, job search series, Jobs, mashable

Vine Is Teaching Everyone This Terrible Habit

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 07:09 AM PST

"No more vertical videos." - Joan Crawford's message for the digital generation.

Twitter's new snap-and-share video service, Vine, has forced users to break the first rule of iFilm making: never shoot vertical videos.

SEE ALSO: Vine Mania! 10 Creative Vines on Twitter

Of course, Vine's videos appear as a square, so you could argue it doesn't really matter. But after years of comment shaming and PSAs to break novice video shooters of this deplorable habit, will Vine reverse all the progress made?

BONUS: How to Use Vine

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