Monday, 14 January 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Watch This Kid Drive a Bulldozer Like a Pro”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Watch This Kid Drive a Bulldozer Like a Pro”

Watch This Kid Drive a Bulldozer Like a Pro

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 03:16 AM PST

Plenty of small children have a favorite toy bulldozer in their collection -- but how many of them could handle the real deal?

YouTube user Su Jiang gifted the Internet with this video, showing a young child who can't be more than six years old at the helm of a full-size bulldozer. The little tyke commands the construction vehicle with ease, expertly navigating and making use of the blade to move dirt.

SEE ALSO: Puppy Tackles the Stairs in Cutest Video You'll See Today

The video got viral traction after it was posted to Reddit over the weekend. Would you trust a small child behind the controls of a bulldozer? Share in the comments.

Image courtesy of Su Jiang

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Samsung Has Sold More Than 100 Million Galaxy S Devices

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 01:21 AM PST

Samsung has sold more than 100 million Galaxy S devices, the company has announced.

Samsung reached this milestone in 2 years and 7 months after the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy S back in May 2010.

A big chunk of this success Samsung owes to its Galaxy S III, whose average daily sales are currently 190,000 units. All in all, the company sold 40 million Galaxy S III devices in 7 months. It took 20 months for its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, to reach that same milestone.

For comparison, Apple sold more than 250 million iPhones to date, but it had a big head start, given the first iPhone was launched in June 2007.

Image credit: Samsung

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GetGlue-Viggle Merger Canceled

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 01:12 AM PST

Television check-in app GetGlue is no longer merging with Viggle, the startup announced in a blog post Sunday.

"The two companies remain friendly and think highly of each other," GetGlue said, adding that it is "moving forward as an independent company."

In an unexpected move, Viggle acquired GetGlue for $73 million last November. The three-year-old startup, which describes itself as a "loyalty program for television," paid $25 million in cash and 48.3 million shares of stock for its competitor.

Commentators expressed surprise at the acquisition, as Viggle is a much newer and lesser-known brand. GetGlue, which launched in 2007, has 1.2 million registered users, while the latter boas…
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Listen to Coldplay if You Want to Stay Safe on the Road, Study Says

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 12:24 AM PST

Want to stay safe on the road? Wear a seat belt, check your blindspots, avoid texting while driving and ... listen to Coldplay.

Strange as it may sound, the British band's soothing tunes could help you avoid accidents while driving. Coldplay's "The Scientist" landed on a list of "ultimate safe driving songs" compiled by, the creator of driving app MotorMate.

From the data, London Metropolitan University professor Simon Moore concluded that the optimum music volume for driving is 55 to 65 decibels, while the ideal tempo should mimic the human heartbeat at around 60 to 80 beats per minute.

Based on Moore's findings, created a safe-driving playlist that inclu…
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Anonymous Hacks MIT, Leaves Farewell Message for Aaron Swartz

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 11:38 PM PST

The Anonymous hacktivist group appears to have hacked MIT's website, leaving a tribute for Aaron Swartz, the online activist who recently committed suicide.

Swartz was a the co-founder of Demand Progress and founder of Infogami, a service later merged with Reddit. He committed suicide in New York City on Jan. 11.

MIT's website was defaced with a message claiming the prosecution of Swartz, who was arrested in 2011 for allegedly harvesting academic papers from the JSTOR online journal archive, was a "a grotesque miscarriage of justice".

"The situation Aaron found himself in highlights the injustice of U.S. computer crime laws, particularly their punishment regimes, and the highly-qu…
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Chevy Unveils 2014 Corvette at Detroit Auto Show

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 10:46 PM PST

Unveiling of the 2014 Corvette Stingray

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The 2014 Corvette has been completely redesigned, and Chevrolet rolled it out for the first time on Sunday night at the Detroit Auto Show.

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20 Tweets That Prove Skittles’ Social-Media Team Inhaled the Rainbow

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 10:30 PM PST

The Skittles social-media team tasted the rainbow, and then threw it up all over Twitter and Facebook.

Whether social-media gurus of the web world label the effort brilliant or bizarre, it's hard to deny that the candy company keeps 140 characters (or less) quite entertaining.

SEE ALSO: 9 Terrible Instagram Filters You'll Never Use

Skittles' Twitter feed includes a lot of references to animals -- both real and mythical -- as well as musings that might sound familiar to anyone who has spent a lot time with -- cough, cough -- Puff the Magic Dragon.

What do you think of Skittles' social-media strategy? Finish noshing on the rainbow, then share in the comments.

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Justin Timberlake Returns With ‘Suit and Tie’ Single Featuring Jay-Z

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 09:58 PM PST

After teasing a musical comeback a few days ago, singer Justin Timberlake unleashed a new song featuring Jay-Z on Sunday night. It's called "Suit and Tie."

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And the Golden Globe Goes to … GIFs!

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 09:25 PM PST

No, we don't have a bootleg copy of the Golden Globes broadcast, but we do have a collection of GIFs that sum up the night quite nicely.

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Golden Globes Recap: Best Moments and Winners

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 09:08 PM PST

Several big moments brought the Golden Globes attendees to their feet Sunday night. Here's what happened and who won Golden Globes.

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Tommy Lee Jones Is Not Impressed by the Golden Globes

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 08:25 PM PST

There's a lot to be impressed by at the Golden Globes. The lights, the cameras, the action, the starlets in low cut sparkly dresses and -- ahem -- George Clooney. Amirite, ladies?

But if you're Tommy Lee Jones, it's just another damn day at work. And he's not impressed.

SEE ALSO: Golden Globes Recap: Best Moments and Winners | Golden Globe GIFs!

When Will Ferrell and Kristen Wig had the rest of the Hollywood big-wigs giggling with their antics while presenting an award, Jones was doing his best McKayla Maroney impression. And thus was born the Tommy Lee Jones is Not Impressed meme. Good job, Internet.

Best part of the #GoldenGlobes tonight, Mr. Tommy Lee Jones! on Twitpic

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Ha! RT @rctruitt: @todays
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Come for a Tour of China’s Unlicensed ‘World of Warcraft’ Theme Park

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 07:56 PM PST

World of Warcraft Theme Park

Image credit Francesca Timbers

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Changzhou, China is home to a bizzarre world of rides, food and fun: A World of Warcraft-style theme park that's completely unlicensed by Blizzard, maker of the Warcraft series.

The park opened in the summer of last year. It reportedly cost $48 million to build and is "pretty huge," according to Reddit user Francesca Timbers who originally posted these pictures republished here with permission.

"I thought it was great," posted Timbers. "A lot of the rides used 4-D and special effects, which I hand't experienced much of before. There was a good roller coaster with loops, where you are lying horizontally, face forward, like you are flying. That was my favourite ride. The water log ride (…
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Listen to Winners From the Golden Globes: Adele and ‘Life of Pi’

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 07:29 PM PST

Adele took home the trophy for Best Original Song for "Skyfall" and Mychael Danna won Best Original Score for "Life of Pi" at the 70th Golden Globes.

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Twitter, Hollywood Flip for Bill Clinton at Golden Globes

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 06:54 PM PST

Bill Clinton continued his "Remember How Awesome I Am" tour, this time stopping by the Golden Globes to introduce Best Motion Picture nominee, Lincoln.

Fresh off of his CES appearance, the husband of Hillary Clinton -- as host Amy Poehler so delightfully referred to him -- brought the room of Hollywood elite to its feet, and Twitter users to their keyboards.

SEE ALSO: Golden Globes Recap: Best Moments and Winners | Golden Globe GIFs!

Bill Clinton has been onstage for two minutes and has already winked 37 times at Lena Dunham. #GoldenGlobes— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) January 14, 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis does an amazing Bill Clinton impersonation. #GoldenGlobes— Gr…
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10 Epic Works of ASCII Art

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 06:31 PM PST

1. "The Scream"

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ASCII art is an early graphic-design technique, dating back to the 1890s when typewriters became more than just a new tool for writing. Public speed-typing competitions and typewriter drawings were a popular form of entertainment and artwork. The earliest preserved example of typewriter art was made in 1898 by a woman named Flora Stacey.

As computers advance, so does the ability to create unique artwork. ASCII art is an outdated practice, but people are still blowing minds by incorporating typography and shading techniques.

SEE ALSO: 10 Kinetic Typography Music Videos

Some of these pieces of ASCII art have seen slight Photoshop alterations, while others stick to the more traditional…
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10 Wicked Cool Snow Toys to Kick Winter’s Butt

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 05:55 PM PST

1. The Snowball Slingshot

Boasting that it will "bring snowball battles into the 21st century," this slingshot will make you king of the block. Cost: $39.95 Image courtesy of Hammacher Schlemmer

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With the snow comes the fun. To help you find amusement in the colder weather, we have found 10 toys, gadgets and gizmos for the next snow day.

From contraptions that will help you win snowball fights to different ways to hurl yourself down snowy slopes, you'll find something in our superb selection.

SEE ALSO: 6 Great Gloves for Touchscreen Gadget Lovers

Take a look through our ice-cool selection of snow-themed toys and gadgets in the gallery above. Let us know in the comments below how you celebrate the snow.

Image courtesy of Sharper Image

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10 Amusing Cubicle Makeovers [VIDEOS]

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 05:31 PM PST

1. Jordan's Lawn Cubicle

Yes, that is actual live grass.

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While there are many cool and creative office pranks you can play on your co-workers, a true classic that never goes out of style is the "cubicle makeover."

We have found 10 amusing YouTube clips showing various offices, desks and cubicles given a new look while their unsuspecting owners spend time away from the workplace.

SEE ALSO: 8 Easy PC Pranks to Trick Your Friends

Hide in your cubicle and take a look through our video slideshow. Share in the comments below any workplace remodelling you've been party to in the past.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Christine Krizsa

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MIT to Investigate its Role in Aaron Swartz Case

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 04:57 PM PST

Leo Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, announced in a statement Sunday that the school will be conducting an investigation of its involvement in the case of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old programmer and digital rights activist who committed suicide in his New York City apartment Friday.

"Now is a time for everyone involved to reflect on their actions, and that includes all of us at MIT," Reif wrote. "I have asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT's involvement from the time that we first perceived unusual activity on our network in fall 2010 up to the present. I have asked that this analysis describe the options MIT had and the dec…
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Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 04:32 PM PST

If the winter blues are getting you down, take a gander at this week's viral video recap.

Our most recent edition features curious creatures, including: a cat's single-minded obsession with bubbles, a puppy's fixation on half an orange and a baby panda's first steps in public at the San Diego Zoo.

For some belly laughs, be sure to check out one magician's drive-thru "invisible driver" prank, and celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves.

Finally, to cap off your viral-video viewing, take a look at these epic slam dunks from Hungary's acrobatic sports team.

Which viral video do you like the most? Tell us in the comments below.

Image via YouTube screenshot

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8 Vintage Computer Books That Will Reboot Your Memories

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 04:00 PM PST

Boot up a trip down 128KB memory lane.

Did thoughts of floppy disks, DOS and "portable" computers that weigh more than an anvil just flood your mind? It's cool, computer geeks, we all keep it stored somewhere in the personal hard drive known as the brain.

SEE ALSO: Command-A(ttention) With These Vintage Apple Shoes

Recall a few of those old-school memories by taking a click through eight awesomely vintage computer books pictured in the gallery below.

(Side note: R2-D2 and C-3PO could have totally been the Mac and PC guys of the Star Wars universe, right?)

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Megan Fox Goes Silent on Twitter, Asks ‘What Is the Point?’

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 03:34 PM PST

Six days after Megan Fox joined Twitter, the actress pondered why she's using the service. What would you tell her is the purpose of Twitter?

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Brickstagram: A Man’s Journey Through Cancer With LEGO

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 03:06 PM PST

1. One With The Plastic

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Jason Pike, a Chicago-based entrepreneur, has more than 500 Lego pieces. Naturally, there's a Tumblr page about it.

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Creative Genius Makes Full-Length Live-Action ‘Toy Story’

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 02:32 PM PST

Toy Story, released in 1995, became an instant classic: Telling the story of a child's toys come to life, it was the first feature-length animated film. It set the bar extraordinarily high for producer Pixar, which has mostly been delivering blockbusters ever since. Toy Story pulled in nearly $362 million at the box office and was nominated for three Academy Awards.

But what if Toy Story wasn't animated, but instead shot in live-action with real toys and people? That's exactly what YouTube user "jonasonsMovies" did.

His project, Live-Action Toy Story, combines his own footage with the film's original audio, clocking in at one hour and 20 minutes. It has more than 83,000 views and…
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Top 5 Apps for Kids You Don’t Want to Miss

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 01:56 PM PST

1. Star Walk HD-5

Ages 8-up Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars Why we like it: You can turn your iPhone or iPad into a planetarium -- how cool is that? Point your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone at the sky (or ceiling) to harness the power of an augmented reality system paired with a database of the stars. The program uses your camera, compass, current location and accelerometers so you can turn your screen, like a periscope, to line up a celestial object. Need to know: There's not much to not like about this app. This is one of the best science apps you can buy. It's especially great for clear winter nights. Ease of use: 9/10 Educational: 10/10 Entertaining: 10/10 $2.99

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A mini-planetarium at the tips of your fingers, for one. See what else is on the docket for this week's top apps for kids.

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6 Ways to Enjoy the 70th Golden Globes Online

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 01:07 PM PST

Winners of the Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be revealed Sunday. Enhance your night with our tips to get more from the show online

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5 Kids Who Will Never Like Cats

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 12:32 PM PST

The preference for cats or dogs can stem from allergies, familiarity or just stepping in pooch poop one too many times.

Bad experiences with Fido or Fluffy may cement a pet bias for life. Just ask the five kids GIFed below.

SEE ALSO: Cat Friend Vs. Dog Friend: If Humans Were Pets

Worry not, cat lovers, it's not all flying kitties. Scroll past all the eeks moments for a gallery of six children who will likely always have a soft spot for the Internet's favorite animal.

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Annnd, finally, one cat that will never like kids.

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7 Tech Essentials for Any Kind of Travel

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 12:05 PM PST

I'm what you would call an International CES veteran. I've been covering the trade show long enough to know what kind of items I need to have on hand to get me through the long days and nights -- and I'm not just talking comfy shoes.

Reporters walk a lot during the course of the day, and we carry plenty of gear. We depend on our laptops and cellphones to communicate with the rest of our team, as well as to file stories. Wi-Fi and cellular signals are also essential, but don't always work the way they're supposed to when there's a lot of network traffic, so bringing backup is key.

Here are the essentials I take with me when packing for any kind of travel:

Innergie Magic Cable Trio
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To Predict Crimes, ‘Minority Report’ Precog-Like Software Tested

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 11:20 AM PST

More and more lately, we're witnessing technologies from our favorite sci-fi films and television shows getting closer to reality. The latest is like something from Minority Report -- it's a new kind of software meant to predict the actions of criminals.

Police in Baltimore and Philadelphia are already using the software to prevent murders, and Washington D.C. is next on the list. Don't worry, no one is keeping psychics in a pool. Well, not that we're aware of ....

The technology was developed by Richard Berk, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The hope is to decrease murders and other crimes.

But how does it work? The software isn't used to predict what you or I migh…
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Sunday Comic: Mom, This’ll Teach You to Give Me an iPhone With Strings Attached

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 10:42 AM PST

We've seen the contract a mom gave her son along with a Christmas gift of an iPhone, but what did the recipient think of those strings attached?

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Technology’s Greatest Minds Say Goodbye to Aaron Swartz

Posted: 13 Jan 2013 09:53 AM PST

The technology community's brightest minds are memorializing Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old programmer and digital rights activist who committed suicide Friday months before his trial over computer fraud was set to begin.

A Prodigal Mind

Swartz was nothing short of a prodigy: at the age of 14, he helped develop the Real Simple Syndication (RSS) standard, paving the way to services such as Google Reader. He worked on the Open Library, which has a goal of putting one page online for every book ever published. He founded Infogami, which was eventually incorporated into Reddit before the sale to Conde Nast, a move that gave him the means to detach and take up various causes at his pleasure.…
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