- LeBron Tackles Fan After Epic Half-Court Shot Worth $75K
- SelectaDNA Gun Will Tag Criminals For Weeks
- Rise of Infographics: Marketing in the Social-Media Age
- Dear Dog, Leave a Message at the Tree
- Mixed Reviews of ‘jOBS’ Hit Twitter After Sundance Premiere
- Why Do Instagram and Facebook Want to See Your Photo ID?
- Lance Armstrong ‘Sings’ Radiohead’s ‘Creep’
- Billboard’s Website Redesign Makes Music Charts Playable
- Warning: Graphic Porn Invades Vine
- 7 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss
- What’s the Best Way to Issue a Correction Online?
- 5 Games You Should Play This Weekend
- Watch The Best Pep Talk Ever — Given by a Kid
- Top 10 Tech This Week
- 40 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
- Pinterest Introduces ‘News’ Feature to Improve Content Discovery
- 10 Awesome Pranks to Play On Your Facebook Friends
- NASA’s Beloved Curiosity Rover Hasn’t Even Driven a Whole Mile Yet
- World’s First Driving Dog Goes Viral
- Vinepeek Opens a Window on the World, Six Seconds at a Time
- Prepare For an Online Job Interview in 24 Hours
- Vine Is Teaching Everyone This Terrible Habit
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
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.
"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…
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.
For more on the most viewed, liked and commented-on infographics in recent history, amon…
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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…
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 03:55 PM PST
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.
Image courtesy of Vimeo screenshot
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 03:06 PM PST
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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.
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.
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 01:06 PM PST
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 12:51 PM PST
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]
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.
What are you playing this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.
Image courtesy Revolutionary Concepts.
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.
Screenshot courtesy of YouTube
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: http://on.mash.to/SNJf9U Home page photo by David Becker/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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…
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.
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…
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
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
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 Space.com's Karl Tate gives the breakdown so far:
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…
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 09:31 AM PST
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…
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.
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.
More About: Vine
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 08:19 AM PST
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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