Monday, 28 January 2013

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Mashable: Latest 28 News Updates - including “These Scooter Stunts Will Leave You Breathless”

These Scooter Stunts Will Leave You Breathless

Posted: 28 Jan 2013 01:22 AM PST

Sure, we've all seen the likes of Tony Hawk and Dave Mirra do crazy things on skateboards and BMX bikes, but did you know you can do some incredible stunts on a scooter as well?

YouTube user Devin Super Tramp has recently posted a compilation of freestyle scooter stunts, both on the street and in a park, and they can hold their own against the best BMX videos we've seen.

Though scooters aren't an official part of the X Games yet, based on this (and similar) videos, we wouldn't be surprised if they become so in the near future.

How do you like the video? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Image credit: YouTube, devinsupertramp

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Apple Reportedly Ready to Release a 128GB iPad

Posted: 28 Jan 2013 12:15 AM PST

Apple is getting ready to release a new iPad model, and it's likely to have 128GB of storage memory, 9to5Mac reports citing unnamed sources.

This iPad would not be an entirely new model, but an upgrade to the current fourth-generation iPad. According to 9to5Mac's sources, the device will come in both black and white, as well as Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi+cellular variants.

It is likely that the biggest upgrade, compared to the current iPad lineup, will be in the memory department, though it's not certain. Apple internally calls its 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPads "GOOD," "BETTER" and "BEST," while this upcoming model is referred to as "ULTIMATE," which suggests it will come with 128GB of memory.…
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SAG Awards Recap: Best Moments and Acceptance Speeches

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 10:51 PM PST

The SAG Awards, which honors motion picture and primetime TV performances, had several standout moments from Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.

More About: celebrities, Entertainment, films, Movies, SAG Awards, TV

69% of People Track Health Stats, But Often Without a Gadget

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 08:59 PM PST

A new survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project shows 69% of U.S. adults track some sort of health indicator for themselves or a loved one, such as exercise routine, weight, diet, blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches or sleep patterns.

With the proliferation of fitness tracking devices, you might be surprised to know that at least in this survey, only 21% of the respondents said they used a gadget, app or website to track this information. Nearly half of those surveyed (49%) said they keep this information in their heads. Thirty-four percent say they track the data on paper, like in a notebook or journal.

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More About: fitness, fitness tracker, health, Pew Internet & American Life Project, survey

This Pen Translates While You Read

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 02:49 PM PST

Learning a new language comes with its difficulties, but three designers are looking to put translations right at your fingertips.

The Ivy Guide, a device that fits over pens and pencils, scans words and projects its translation directly onto the document. Check out the video, above, for more.

The scanner tip adjusts to any writing tool with a flexible sponge, and while pressing the translating button, readers can underline text. The word is then projected in the chosen language, and cleared by pressing again. The scanner connects to a USB for easy charging.

SEE ALSO: 15 Mobile Translation Apps for the International Businessperson

Designers Shi Jian, Sun Jiahao and Li Ke say
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More About: language, reading, Tech, translations application

7 Superb Gadgets to Encourage You to Eat More Fruit

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 02:38 PM PST

1. Frozen Fruit Soft Serve Processor

This cunning countertop contraption takes frozen fruit and churns it into a soft-serve dessert sans all the fat, sugar and preservatives in store-bought alternatives. Cost: $69.95 Image courtesy of Hammacher Schlemmer

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We all know we should eat more fruit, but sometimes it can be a struggle to consume the recommended five servings of fruit (or vegetables) per day.

To try and encourage us all to get more fructose in our faces, we have taken a look at cool kitchen gadgetry that makes eating fruit easier, quicker and more fun.

SEE ALSO: 9 Cooking Gadgets for Your Geeky Kitchen

Take a look through our healthy options in the image gallery above. Share in the comments below any great gizmos you use to help you get your five-a-day.

Thumbnail image courtesy of James

More About: cooking, family and parenting, features, Gadgets, health and fitness, home, kitchen gadgets, Lifestyle, Tech

San Francisco Bridge to Become Stunning Light Show

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 02:34 PM PST

The San Francisco Bay Bridge is gearing up to become the world's largest light sculpture when a new art exhibit comes to the landmark in the near future.

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Top 5 Kids Apps You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 02:29 PM PST

1. Vampire -- Kids Story Book

Ages 3-up Overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars Why we like it: This playful 10-page ebook would be wonderful around Halloween, but will hold a child's attention all year around. But it has the added bonus of being a good early-language experience. Each screen contains narrated text with highlighted words; plus such things as a finger-eating plant and a bug-squishing game, not to mention a piano keyboard made of screaming coffins. Need to know: Don't miss the face-decorating activity that uses your front-facing camera, and lets you paste weird eyes or fangs onto your face. You can record your own narration or toggle between English, Spanish and Portuguese. Ease of use: 9/10 Educational: 7/10 Entertaining: 10/10 $2.99

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See what's on the docket this week for the best kids apps.

More About: contributors, family and parenting, galleries, Lifestyle, mobile apps, Top Kids Apps

JuiceCAN Charger Scales Up to a JuiceCane, Powering Almost Anything

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 02:19 PM PST

It seems like you can't be too rich, too thin, or have too much battery power. That's where AmpTec's JuiceCAN can help, bringing you enough power to charge an iPhone 5 three times over. One of these cans can even charge up a power-hungry iPad a couple of times.

It works with anything that gathers power via a USB port, and this colorful device is scalable. That means you can stack these JuiceCANs into what the company calls a JuiceCane, giving you additional power when you need it.

Its stackable nature lets you add utility caps, which have myriad uses including USB ports, an LED flashlight and even, ahem, a vibrator.

More About: accessories, chargers, indiegogo

Not a Hoax: Facebook Might Have to Give You Ten Bucks

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 02:08 PM PST

Yesterday a friend told me about the very convincing bit of spam he received from someone posing as Facebook's legal department telling him he is part of a class action lawsuit. Turns out, it's not spam.

Facebook just settled a class action lawsuit for $20 million and is looking to pay out. There won't be much left if the 150 million U.S. Facebook users claim their cut, but it's better than nothing. Although if too many people file claims, then nobody gets anything.

The suit was settled last month over Facebook using people's pictures in sponsored ads without their permission. To avoid having to take the case to court, Facebook offered $20 million and the court approved the settlement…
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Hands-on With The Week’s Top Apps

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 01:43 PM PST

It was a big week for apps.

Twitter released Vine, a new way for creating and sharing video content, and Temple Run 2, the app that garnered an astounding 20 million downloads in its first 4 weeks in the iOS App Store finally made its way to Android.

We saw a few new apps for reading your news, and a new app for sharing your opinion about literally everything.

Curious what some of these new apps really look like? Check out the video above for a visual run-through of our top apps from the week.

Have you given any of this week's top apps a try? Tell us about your favorites in the comments.

More About: android, App, apps, iphone, weekly app roundup

10 Qualities of an Effective Community Manager

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 01:35 PM PST

As more companies and more industries buy into the benefits of social media and community development, the number of job opportunities available for professionals with community-building skills also continue to grow.

Companies are looking for professionals who can blend their skills to effectively deliver updates to a community, but also have the ability to tap into that community to collect feedback for a company to use for improving its product or delivering its message.

While the job opportunities grow, so to do the number of professionals who include community skills on their resumes and profiles. On LinkedIn alone, the number of people who have added "Community Management" to thei…
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More About: community, community management, community manager, Jobs, skills, skillz, Social Media

Grammy Amplifier Wants to Boost Social Reach of Undiscovered Artists

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 01:09 PM PST

Ahead of the 55th Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy has launched Grammy Amplifier, a tool designed to help musicians boost their reach on social media.

More About: Entertainment, grammys, Music, Social Media, soundcloud

Vine Quietly Adds Verified Badges for High-Profile Users

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 12:59 PM PST

It's not exactly easy to tell if someone is who they say they are on Vine, Twitter's new video-sharing app. Case in point: There's an account with the username Vine. Who is it? Hard to tell -- maybe it's run by the company; maybe it's an unknown, opportunistic individual.

Duplicate usernames and easily faked profiles mean it's difficult to ascertain the legitimacy of high-profile Viners (if that's what we're calling them). For now, our best way to tell who's who on Vine is if verified Twitter accounts plug their six-second videos, or if they pop up when you look for people to follow via connected Twitter accounts.

Now it appears that Vine is playing around with ways to verify accounts.…
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Pro Secrets Revealed: How to Price Apple Stock

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 12:42 PM PST

What is Apple stock really worth? Our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech consulted the pros, and discovered many of their best-kept secrets.

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The Death of ‘Foodstagram’? Readers React

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 12:31 PM PST

Death of Foodstagram?

Sophie Holland points out that in either situation, the customer walks away angry.

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One of the biggest stories in social media this week was the report in The New York Times that restaurants in New York City have begun banning customers from taking photos of their food.

Usually our weekly top comments roundup features discussions pulled from various stories, but this week we were particularly impressed by the ideas and discussions you offered in reaction to this one.

The potential death of "foodstagram" brought on a much larger debate about the etiquette involved in being part of the connected generation. Is it rude to snap a picture of your food at a fancy restaurant? How can restaurants take advantage of these customer interactions? What does the future of food ph…
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Sure Way To Get Fired: Post ‘I Wish I Could Get Fired Some Days’ On Facebook

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 12:06 PM PST

We've all had work days in which we wished we'd be asked to leave and never come back. Then comes the hard-hitting reality that unemployment is about as bad as it gets in the professional world.

Phoenix resident Amy McClenathan, who is still heartbroken over the loss of her mother, learned this lesson after updating her Facebook status with the confession, "I wish I could get fired some days, it would be easier to be at home than to have to go through this."

Whether you're Facebook friends with anyone from work or not, a comment of this nature never brings anything good, and McClenathan wound up losing her job.

"It was a very small sentence, but it was one of the most powerful se
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Viral Video Wrap Up: The Best of the Week

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 11:31 AM PST

It was quite the week for viral videos, so in case you missed any, we've wrapped them up in one nice little package for your viewing convenience.

More About: maru, Newsy, Viral, viral videos

Nokia Music+ Offers $3.99 Premium Streaming Service

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 11:19 AM PST

In an effort likely to better compete with Spotify, Nokia is expanding its free music streaming service with an enhanced paid version of Nokia Music.

More About: Mobile, Nokia, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Music, Windows, windows phone

Star Wars-Style Lasers Will be on Fighter Jets in 2014

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 11:12 AM PST

As technology progresses, sometimes science fiction becomes reality. Soon, lasers could leave the realm of imagination and a galaxy far, far away. Thanks to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the futuristic arm of the U.S. military, this year liquid-cooled, solid-state laser weapons will be installed on fighter planes.

DARPA and General Atomics announced they finished working on the laser turrets in 2012, and will now start integrating them on bomber and combat planes, with a goal of starting to test the technology in 2014.

The program is called HELLADS (High Eenergy Liquid Laser Area Defense System) and DARPA has been working on it since 2008. The laser turrets wi…
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Bud Light Starts Its Super Bowl Ad Party Early on Social Media

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 10:43 AM PST

Anheuser-Busch seems as much a fixture to the Super Bowl as the pigskin itself, yet that generally positive association doesn't necessarily buy love on social media.

That's why A-B's Bud Light brand is starting the party early this year. As in 2012, the brand is hosting a Bud Light Hotel near the big game and hoping that recruiting some social media-friendly fans and hosting some high-profile concerts will prompt buzz well before kickoff.

Bud Light has transformed a 200-room hotel in New Orleans into Bud Light Hotel and will host EA Sports' Madden Bowl shortly after the hotel opens its doors on Jan. 31. In addition, the brand is running a contest on Facebook to find a Bud Light Hotel F…
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5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 10:24 AM PST

1. Coyotes are faster than roadrunners.

Despite the premise of the iconic Warner Bros. cartoons, the Greater Roadrunner, native to Texas, can only reach speeds of 20 MPH. The coyote more than doubles that, maxing out at 43 MPH. The equation changes drastically though when you factor in anvils and TNT. Image courtesy of Flickr, TexasEagle.

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Did you know that John Wilkes Booth attended Abe Lincoln's second inaugural address? Or that you can work out with Richard Simmons for the low, low price of $12? You do now, thanks to this week's edition of Reddit Facts™.

More About: features, reddit, reddit facts, Social Media

How Not to Handle Internet Security

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 09:58 AM PST

Computers Watching Me by Drew, Toothpaste For Dinner

Sometimes Internet security can be a difficult concept to grasp, but it's nothing some old-fashioned office supplies can't handle, right?

SEE ALSO: More Sunday comics

This hilarious (and, sadly, realistic) comic is brought to you by Drew at Toothpaste For Dinner. Come back each week for more Toothpaste For Dinner comics on Mashable, and be sure to check out our Sunday Comics section.

Comic illustration by Toothpaste For Dinner. Republished with permission; all rights reserved.

More About: comics, internet security, Sunday Comics, Toothpaste for Dinner, Watercooler

2013 Cadillac XTS Is Bristling With High Tech

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 09:34 AM PST

A Cadillac is a huge, ostentatious land yacht, usually piloted by grandpas wearing Hawaiian shirts and lots of gold chains, right?

Not any more. It's time to change those stereotypes now that there's the 2013 Cadillac XTS, a performance sedan that's packed with the latest car tech. It's a car Gramps wouldn't even recognize as a Caddy.

Let's take a look at what it's like to drive the XTS. The centerpiece of the company's in-car tech is CUE (an acronym for Cadillac User Experience). It does away with knobs, dials and switches in favor of a tablet-like touchscreen interface, with a few dashboard buttons thrown in for good measure. And yes, it lets you pinch to zoom, just like you'd do wi…
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When the Object of a Search Ad Is a Phone Call

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 09:00 AM PST

Search advertising was based on the premise that if you put the right information in front of consumers while they're looking for a product or service, then they're likely to click on it. However, mobile has ushered in another option.

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‘SNL’ Gets YOLO Treatment With Hilarious Digital Short

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 08:31 AM PST

SNL put a hypochondriac spin on "YOLO" in its first digital short of the season, featuring guest host Adam Levine and Lonely Island.

More About: Digital Short, saturday night live, snl, YOLO

Apple Patents Smart Shoes That Tell You When to Buy New Ones

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 07:57 AM PST

Apple has applied for a patent of "smart shoes" that would come with embedded sensors to track your activity and tell you when you need a new pair.

Instead of wearing an additional sensor, people would just have to wear the shoes, where the technology would be less visible and be a more seamless part of your lifestyle, rather than an external tracker.

The patent application notes the importance of a good pair of shoes:

Shoes (including sneakers or boots, for example) provide comfort and protection for feet. More importantly, shoes provide physical support for feet to reduce risk of foot injuries. A shoe is often necessary to provide support during intense physical activity, such as…
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3 Ways Facebook Graph Search Could Transform Recruiting

Posted: 27 Jan 2013 07:21 AM PST

These are the top three ways we predict Facebook's newest tool will transform talent acquisition for the better.

More About: acquisition, contributor, Facebook, Feature, job search series, Jobs, mashable, talent

Watch This Bad Lip Reading of Beyonce’s Lip-Syncing

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 09:12 PM PST

Now that the Internet's collective tears have dried following the Beyonce Lip-Syncing Debacle of 2013, let's make way for the parodies.

Watch Queen B soothe you with her dulcet tones, and inspire you with the lyrics, "My dog, you can't see him. Put your mouth next to me. All night, I scratched your pig."

SEE ALSO: 8 Lip-Syncing Moments Worse Than Beyonce's

Created by the folks at Bad Lip Reading, the YouTube video parodies Beyonce's lip-syncing of "The Star Spangled Banner" at U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration last week.

Check it out, above; then, tell us in the comments: Do you prefer the original or the parody?

Image via YouTube screenshot

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