Friday, 18 January 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Check Out the Sports Floor From the Future”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Check Out the Sports Floor From the Future”

Check Out the Sports Floor From the Future

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 04:15 AM PST

The floors on a German school basketball court just got smarter.

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Google+ iOS App Arrives in 48 More Countries

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 03:54 AM PST

Google has made its iOS application for Google+ available in 48 new countries and territories. The full list of new countries is as follows: Albania, Anguilla, Barbados, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chad, Republic of Congo, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, [...]

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How Tennis Star John Isner Aces Social Media

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 02:12 AM PST

John Isner is six-foot-nine, America’s best tennis player and holds the world record for longest match ever played. Other than that, he’s not so different from the rest of us — especially in his enjoyment of social media. Whether chatting with fans or tweeting about college sports or World Wrestling Entertainment, Isner is among his [...]

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Sony to Sell Its New York Headquarters for $1.1 Billion

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 12:31 AM PST

Sony Corporation of America (a subsidiary of Sony Corporation) is selling its U.S. headquarters building in New York City to a consortium led by The Chetrit Group, the company has announced. The price for the building, located at 550 Madison Avenue, is $1.1 billion. Sony will remain in the building for up to three years [...]

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New Video Recounts Historic Landing on Saturn’s Moon Titan

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 11:16 PM PST

Eight years ago this week, a European mission went where no one, or probe, had gone before, Saturn's huge moon Titan.

More About: ESA, NASA, saturn, space, Titan

This Gadget Knows When to Replace Your Running Shoes

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 08:51 PM PST

Your feet take a lot of stress. By the time you reach the age of 50, most people have walked 75,000 miles — perhaps many more if you’re a runner. Having the right running shoes is important for the health of your feet and knees. It’s usually recommended that running shoes are replaced every 400 [...]

More About: fitness, fitness tracker, Gadgets, health&fitness, runners, running

Hubble to Look Deeper into the Cosmos

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 08:12 PM PST

The Hubble Space Telescope’s iconic “Deep Field” photo wowed the world in 1996 by revealing a huge collection of galaxies hiding inside a patch of the sky that looked like nothing more than blank space. Now NASA plans to image six more “empty” bits of sky for a whole new set of deep fields that [...]

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Lance Armstrong Interview Stirs Outrage on Social Media

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 07:35 PM PST

Part one of Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong aired online and on Oprah’s cable channel OWN Thursday night — and Armstrong’s performance appeared to win over few critics on Twitter or Facebook. After years of denials to authorities and the public, Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs and blood doping prior [...]

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Mystery Online Theft Operation ‘Red October’ is Winding Down

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 07:13 PM PST

The mysterious global cyber espionage operation known as “Red October” appears to be ending. After being revealed by online security giant Kaspersky Labs on Monday, the operation is being dismantled, according to researchers. “Red October is disappearing quickly,” wrote Claudio Guarnieri, a security researcher at Rapid7. “I think the infrastructure has been almost completely dismantled, [...]

More About: cyber security, cyberespionage, cybersecurity, espionage, Kaspersky lab, malware, red october

Facebook Lost 1.4 Million Users. Does That Matter?

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 06:24 PM PST

You’ve probably heard that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” It’s fair to say the English poet who first wrote that wasn’t thinking about social network usage data. Still, in an age when we’re bombarded with statistics, the phrase has become more appropriate than ever. And it’s why you should take recent reports that [...]

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This Alarm Clock Will Shock You Out of Bed

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 05:51 PM PST

How many times do you press snooze in the morning? Five more minutes often turns into an hour, and it’s hard to say no to the allure of being wrapped in a blanket burrito. India-based designer Sankalp Sinha created an alarm clock that’ll make sure you get to work on time. The singNshock delivers an [...]

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FAA Grounds All Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 05:22 PM PST

The Federal Aviation Administration grounded on Wednesday all Boeing 787 Dreamliners operating in the United States following a string of malfunctions that have plagued the new model aircraft. 787s are prohibited from operating in U.S. airspace until the FAA completes a safety inspection. The FAA’s decision came after three separate problems involving the revolutionary composite-built [...]

More About: aviation, Boeing, Boeing 787, faa, US

Photo Captures Life-Saving Moment for Woman on Subway Tracks

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 05:00 PM PST

A woman in New York came just feet from getting hit by a train on the city’s subway tracks. A photo of the incident shot by a straphanger on the platform, and then captured by Humans of New York, has begun making its way across Facebook and Tumblr. The caption of the photograph describes what [...]

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How to Watch Oprah’s Lance Armstrong Interview Online

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 04:37 PM PST

UPDATE: The first screening of the interview has now aired on the east coast and online. See reactions here. Before Manti Te’o girlfriend-gate came along, sports fans were captivated this week by the build-up to cyclist Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, expected to be a watershed moment in the extended saga surrounding his alleged [...]

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10 Things We Learned From Facebook’s Graph Search

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 04:03 PM PST

On Tuesday Facebook unveiled Graph Search, a new way to search for information on the social network. Currently in a limited beta, the feature allows you to search Facebook for things centered around four focus areas: People, Places, Photos and Interests. Searches unearth information shared by your friends, as well as public information on Facebook [...]

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10 Things That Weren’t Exactly What You Thought

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 04:01 PM PST

So, the college football world got Catfish’d by the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax. If you too have suffered the experience of being epically duped, you’re probably just relieved it didn’t play out in front of everyone with a TV or computer (or tablet or smartphone or newspaper). Either way, we’d like to help with 10 [...]

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Playboy Fined $160,000 for Not Restricting Children From Online Porn

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 03:36 PM PST

Playboy is being slammed for failing to keep children away from hardcore porn on two of its websites. Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator and competition authority, fined the company £100,000 (about $160,200) for not having “acceptable controls” in place on Playboy TV and Demand Adult to ensure viewers are over 18 years old. Ofcom called [...]

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The Risk of Handing Over Your Genome

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 03:18 PM PST

Researchers found they could tie people's identities to supposedly anonymous genetic data by cross-referencing it with information available online.

More About: DNA, genetics, Genome, privacy, Science

How to End the iPhone vs. Android Debate

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 03:00 PM PST

“My screen’s bigger.” “Mine’s got more memory.” “Mine has a faster processor.” “Steve Jobs could balance the world on his nose.” “Google is God.” … blah, blah, blah. The iPhone versus Android debate is the modern evolution versus creation debate; Jacob versus Edward, Pepsi versus Coke, Christina versus Britney. It goes on and on, and [...]

More About: android, comics, iphone

‘Temple Run 2′ Is Necessary and Beautiful

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 02:50 PM PST

While many may say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” this is not true for Temple Run 2. The original was a smash hit, downloaded more than 170 million times across iOS and Android devices, but there remained a lot to be improved upon in the game. Temple Run 2 [iTunes link] represents those [...]

More About: Gaming, iOS games, Temple Run, temple run 2, video games

How the World Consumes Social Media

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 02:24 PM PST

If Pinky and the Brain taught us one thing, it’s that taking over the world is difficult. But then again, social media makes it look pretty easy. Over the past decade social media usage has been one of the most rapidly and universally adopted activities since the invention of breathing. More than half of the [...]

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6 Ways to Enjoy the Sundance Film Festival From Afar

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 02:15 PM PST

The 10-day Sundance Film Festival kicked off this week. For those of you who aren't attending the festival, here are ways you can get your fix online.

More About: celebrities, Entertainment, films, Movies, sundance, sundance film festival

Ugh, Teen Squirrels These Days

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 01:55 PM PST

Is laziness even a thing in the animal kingdom? We're guessing not so much.

More About: animals, comics, humor

Will RIM’s Battle for Survival Be Fought Overseas?

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 01:50 PM PST

There may be some light at the end of the tunnel for Research In Motion after all. The BlackBerry maker, whose market share and revenues have been in free fall, still has hope in overseas markets, where smartphones still have a lot of room to grow. A new study from Nielsen shows smartphone penetration in [...]

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Cyanide & Happiness Rejects TV Deal, Turns to Kickstarter

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 01:33 PM PST

Cyanide & Happiness won’t be coming to a television near you. The creators behind the popular webcomic announced that they walked away from a potential deal with a cable network to turn their webcomic into a television show, MediaBistro reports. Kris Wilson told readers that he and the other Cyanide & Happiness creators had been [...]

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Instagram Now Has 90 Million Monthly Active Users, Up 10% From December

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 01:20 PM PST

So much for reports that Instagram is suffering from an exodus of users. Instagram revealed Thursday that it now has 90 million monthly active users. That’s up 10% from the same period a month ago, according to a statement the company provided to AllThingsD. “Instagram continues to see very strong growth around the world,” Instagram [...]

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10 Sassy Quotes From Birthday Bro Ben Franklin

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 01:09 PM PST

To quote a venerable man, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.” The phrase is especially poignant today, on Benjamin Franklin’s 307th birthday. Even though he never became president, Franklin earned his spot on the $100 bill. The man wore more hats than Blossom, for crying out loud. Among his many roles, he was a revolutionary, [...]

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This Shows Why Dating in the 1980s Was Terrible

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 12:57 PM PST

The next time you find yourself grumbling while browsing eHarmony, take a second to reflect back on a time before online dating, when you couldn’t stalk potential dates on Facebook. That scary time was called the ’80s. Yes, curling up with your iPad on the couch to peruse mate candidates can be frustrating. But imagine [...]

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Here’s Why Michelle Obama Has 2 Twitter Accounts

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 12:52 PM PST

Michelle Obama started a new Twitter account Thursday — @FLOTUS — racking up 25,000 followers in a few hours’ time. But wait, you may be thinking. Didn’t Michelle Obama already have a Twitter account? You’re right — Michelle Obama has been on Twitter as @MichelleObama since late 2011, gaining 2.6 million followers in that time. [...]

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SmallNest App Helps Parents Keep Track of Breastfeeding

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 12:32 PM PST

Being a new parent is challenging enough with the lack of sleep and caring for a little one around the clock. And for many mothers, breastfeeding doesn’t always come easily. A new app aims to make that a bit easier by helping tired new moms track and record when they’ve breastfeed their baby. SmallNest is [...]

More About: apps, babies, iOS, parenting

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