Saturday, 19 January 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “First Grader Becomes Youngest Person to Ever Develop a Mobile Game”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “First Grader Becomes Youngest Person to Ever Develop a Mobile Game”

First Grader Becomes Youngest Person to Ever Develop a Mobile Game

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 08:48 PM PST

Remember the name Zora Ball. At seven years old, she's the youngest person to ever create a mobile game app, which was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania's Bootstrap Expo last month.

Zora used the Bootstrap programming language, and lest you think her older brother Trace, who was a STEM scholar of the year at Zora's charter school, did the work for her, she reconfigured her app on the fly when asked, according to the Pittsburgh Courier.

This could be the beginning of a long career as a programmer and developer for Ball. But first she has to get through first grade.

Homepage image courtesy of iStockphoto, Dean Mitchell

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NHL GameCenter App Is a Hockey Fan’s Best Friend

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 08:32 PM PST

NHL GameCenter lets hockey fans get more than their full share of hockey during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

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Hands On With Facebook Messenger’s New Calling Feature

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 08:21 PM PST

On Wednesday Facebook added the ability to make voice calls to its stand-alone Messenger app. The feature is only available for iPhone users, and only works if both the caller and the recipient have Facebook's Messenger app installed on their phone.

While the feature is definitely good news for Facebook users who use the app, Facebook isn't the first company to offer free voice calls over data networks using your iPhone.

Check out the video above for a closer look at how to make calls using Facebook Messenger, as well as a look at some of the competition.

Will you use Facebook Messenger to place calls, or do you have another favorite app? Let us know your thoughts in the commen…
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11 Pets With Real-Life Careers

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 08:06 PM PST

1. Monkey Waiters

Kayabukiya Tavern, a restaurant in Japan, employs macaques, certified by authorities to work as waiters. Aside from wearing little outfits, they serve drinks and give customers hot towels. How much do you tip these guys? A handful of soya beans. Photo courtesy of Flickr, Anton Novoselov

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Some jobs are so easy, a monkey could do it. Don't underestimate your animal's abilities, though, because he may actually be able to hold down a regular 9-to-5.

Animals have long been trained to carry out tasks, acting as beasts of burden or herders. But you might be seeing them more around the workplace these days -- then who knows who'll be getting that next promotion?

SEE ALSO: 12 Animals That Ran for Political Office [WOOF]

At the risk of being spit on, you can get a llama to carry your golf clubs, or ask that a monkey serves your lunch. From Navy dolphins to a cheetah ambassador, check out our gallery of pets with careers (that are probably cooler than yours).

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More About: animals, cute animals, features, gallery, Jobs, pets, Watercooler

Carbon Fiber: The Secret of the 2014 Corvette Stingray

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 07:44 PM PST

The Corvette has been redesigned only six times since its debut 50 years ago, so for the seventh version that it unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week, GM brought to bear some of its most advanced car technologies. A notable one: the addition of carbon fiber into the construction of the sports car.

By using carbon fiber and replacing its steel frame with aluminum, the 2014 Corvette managed to shave 100 pounds off its weight, says Tadge Juechter, the executive chief engineer in charge of Corvette. The car is also 60% stiffer, he says.

Carbon fiber makes up both the car's hood and roof panel, but composite materials also reduce the weight of the fenders, doors, rear quarter and und…
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Pandora Listeners Created 1.6 Billion Stations in 2012

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 07:27 PM PST

2012 was a busy year for Pandora.

Pandora users created over 1.6 billion stations over the course of 2012, and listened to over 1 million different songs by over 100,000 different artists. All that added up to an astounding 13 billion hours of songs listened to throughout the year by a pretty amazing amount of people -- 10,000 of the artists who have songs on Pandora had more than 25,000 unique listeners.

"When we created the Music Genome Project thirteen years ago, we had a dual purpose: connect people with music they love and help talented artists find their audiences," Pandora CEO Tim Westergren said in a blog post announcing the numbers. "We knew if we could get the first part rig…
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Never Forget This Naked Privacy Violation

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 07:02 PM PST

Mashable OP-ED

Farewell, then, Rapiscan machines at airports. It's been genuinely horrible to know you (or rather to not know you, hidden TSA agents in back rooms). If we see invasive public technology of your kind in a hundred years, it'll be too soon.

After quietly removing many Rapiscans late last year, the TSA admitted Friday it was junking all 174 of them, $40 million worth of machinery, from airports around the U.S.

The agency made it clear it wasn't doing so voluntarily. Rapiscan was set to miss a deadline to turn all its scanners into ones that use generic cartoon images of bodies, a deadline mandated by Congress. (No, that isn't a typo: Congress did something right.)

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Armstrong Says Infamous Yellow Jersey Tweet Was a ‘Mistake’

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 06:49 PM PST

In Part 2 of Oprah Winfrey's exclusive interview with Lance Armstrong, the disgraced athlete said a defiant tweet he posted last fall was a "mistake."

After the USADA stripped the seven-time Tour de France winner of all his titles and banned him from sports for life over charges of taking banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood doping, Armstrong tweeted to his followers a phot of him lying on the couch in his basement, surrounded by the framed yellow jerseys from his seven wins (shown below).

Winfrey asked him if that was the "cocky, arrogant jerk self" that Armstrong described in Part 1 of the interview. Armstrong, wincing at the question, said the tweet was "more defiance" and "…
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Instagram Is About to Start Sharing Your Data With Facebook

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 06:10 PM PST

The revised Instagram Privacy Policy and Terms of Service finally kick in on Saturday -- and in case you missed it, the part where the service said it might sell your photos to advertisers has been redacted. You can relax on that front.

The only major change for users? Instagram is now allowed to start sharing their data with its parent company, Facebook.

"Our updated privacy policy helps Instagram function more easily as part of Facebook by being able to share info between the two groups," the company wrote on an unsigned blog post.

"This means we can do things like fight spam more effectively, detect system and reliability problems more quickly, and build better features for ever…
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Google+ Communities: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 05:39 PM PST

On Google+, users have the ability to manipulate their circles to control the groups of people and brands they receive information and content from, but there's no guarantee those brands or users will circle you to receive your updates.

This is where Google+ Communities come in, Google's version of a group or forum, built to bring people together around particular topics. Launched in December, the types of Communities available to the Google+ audience seem endless -- ranging from science, animals, development and more.

Communities are places where users can share specific questions, comments or content relating to a particular topic with other users who are just as interested in the c…
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Nike+ FuelBand Integrates With Lose It! App

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 05:06 PM PST

Nike+ FuelBand is partnering with the popular calorie tracking app Lose It!, it was announced on Friday.

Now, people who wear the Nike+ FuelBand can see their activity on the Lose It! app. This way users can access both the calorie-tracking abilities of Lose It! and the fitness-tracking data of their Nike+ FuelBand for a more comprehensive fitness and health profile. You can learn about how to sync your Nike+ FuelBand to Lose It! on the company's support page.

SEE ALSO: How Everyday Tools Can Help You Lose Weight

The fitness-tracking space is packed full of apps and gadgets that compliment each other well. It seems developers have realized it's best to let consumers share their…
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More About: fitness, fitness trackers, Gadgets, health & fitness, Nike+ FuelBand, running

This Is How Astronauts Clip Their Fingernails in Space

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 04:58 PM PST

Chris Hadfield, of the Canadian Space Agency, gives the one-two on how to best cut your fingernails in space.

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Wi-Fi Smart Scale Lets Parents Monitor Weight of Infants and Kids

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 04:27 PM PST

Childhood obesity has tripled in the U.S. since 1980 for children and teenagers ages 6-19. Now, the CDC reports approximately 17% of children and adolescents ages 2-19 years old are obese.

One way you can make sure your children have a healthy start from infancy is to monitor their weight. A new scale from Withings, for babies and children, features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology so you can keep a record of all your child's weigh-ins. The Smart Kid Scale can be used from infancy to eight years old, and sends all weight information to an app on your smartphone. You can keep track of you child's growth and share that information with doctors. The app also allows you to enter your child's h…
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Musician Literally Wins Fight for Your Right to Party

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 04:08 PM PST

Did you know that someone has literally been fighting for your right to party?

Or for legal use of the term "power hour," anyway. It's commonly known as a drinking game, during which players take one shot of beer every minute for an hour. The term was actually trademarked in 2010 by realtor Steve Roose, who markets a DVD game named "Power Hour."

Musician and party enthusiast Ali Spagnola has spent the past three years battling Roose over use of the term. Spagnola has an album titled Power Hour, that doubles as a drinking game. She developed and manufactured a shot glass USB as a way to distribute it.

SEE ALSO: Check Out This Keyboard Made of Beer Cans

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Stream Radio Stations From Around the World

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 03:46 PM PST

Tunein is an app that streams radio stations from around the world. One this episode of the Valley Girl Show, CEO Jon Dunham talks the future of radio.

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Watch First Trailer for ‘Twilight’ Competitor ‘Beautiful Creatures’

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 03:28 PM PST

The first trailer for supernatural romance flick "Beautiful Creatures" has arrived, and people are continuing to pit the film against the "Twilight" saga.

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Windows 8 Will Cost You $120 After Jan. 31

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 03:13 PM PST

Microsoft launched Windows 8 in the fall with attractive pricing -- just $39.99 for Windows 7, Vista or XP users -- but come February the price goes up. Way up.

After the promotional upgrade offer ends on Jan. 31, anyone running an older version of Windows will have to pay $119.99 for the privilege of running Windows 8, a Microsoft blog post reveals. And that's just the basic edition; if you want Windows 8 Pro, it'll cost you $199.99.

While it's a steep increase, jacking the price up on Windows 8 upgrades makes some sense. Although Microsoft has provided few details about how many machines are actually now running Windows 8, reports suggest the platform isn't performing as well as expe…
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Funny or Die Takes on Te’o in eHarmony Ad Parody

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 02:43 PM PST

As the strange story of Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o and his fictional dead girlfriend unfolds -- and becomes even more complicated and bizarre -- jokes about the incident continue to bubble up across the Internet.

Piggybagging on the Teoing trend, Funny or Die has posted its own parody video to the tune of those hokey eHarmony ads. An actor playing Te'o pretends to feed his imaginary girlfriend strawberries, gives her flowers and discusses their love.

It was revealed earlier this week that the linebacker's girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who of leukemia after being severely injured in a car accident, never existed. Their story of love and loss captivated Americans' hearts this pas…
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Go Home, Folks — Joe Biden Won the Internet Today

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 02:20 PM PST

Joe Biden's TransAm driving, f-bomb-dropping alter ego made an appearance on Reddit Friday afternoon for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) sesh with the people.

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NHL + Muppets Make New ‘SportsCenter’ Ad One Big Win

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 02:06 PM PST

Henrik Lundqvist and the Swedish Chef team up to make a stupendous "SportsCenter" ad just in time for the new NHL season.

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Alicia Keys Will Perform National Anthem at Super Bowl

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 01:54 PM PST

CBS and NFL have tapped singer-songwriter Alicia Keys to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" before kick-off at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Feb. 3.

Her pre-game performance will be broadcast globally, marking the third time Keys has lent her voice to Super Bowl festivities. Keys helped ring in Super Bowl games in 2005 and 2008.

Kelly Clarkson sang the national anthem in 2012, a year after Christina Aguilera flubbed the song's lyrics at the previous Super Bowl (watch below). Other past performers include Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Jewel, Harry Connick Jr., Dixie Chicks and Cher.

SEE ALSO: Alicia Keys Unleashes I
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Kim Dotcom’s Mega Begins Early Rollout

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 01:35 PM PST

Kim Dotcom's new service Mega has started to roll out for early-access users, revealing a wide-array of ambitious features and the service's premium prices, as reported by TechCrunch.

Mega is the new venture of the founder of the now defunct Megaupload, which was seized by the U.S. government almost a year ago. The service will launch to the general public over the weekend, but it's already available to some beta users. The features already available, among others, are mobile access, instant messaging and word-processing. Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch explains that the site basically looks like a "simplified version of Dropbox."

SEE ALSO: Kim Dotcom Chooses New Zealand as Home for His '
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Te’o'd: Baseball Star Shares His Own Catfishing Tale

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 01:24 PM PST

Catfishing -- which has ruined the name of college football star Manti Te'o -- may be more common than we thought, according to this baseball star's story.

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Take an Incredible Bird’s-Eye Tour of Manhattan

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 01:23 PM PST

Tour New York City from a unique aerial perspective with this panoramic photo project.

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Did ‘Glee’ Rip Off Web Musician Jonathan Coulton?

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 01:15 PM PST

Musician Jonathan Coulton claims Fox's teen musical drama Glee borrowed heavily from his own music for an upcoming episode -- without notifying him.

Coulton, famous for releasing geeky songs online under a Creative Commons license, debuted an acoustic cover of '90s rap hit "Baby Got Back" in 2005. Friday morning, Coulton tweeted that Glee had a version that sounded much like his.

Hey look, @gleeonfox ripped off my cover of Baby Got Back: Never even contacted me. Classy.— Jonathan Coulton (@jonathancoulton) January 18, 2013

The tweet points to a YouTube link for "Baby Got Back," presumably to be included in next week's episode of Glee, titled "Sadie Hawkins…
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Lawrence Lessig Responds to Aaron Swartz’s Prosecutor

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 01:09 PM PST

Internet guru and academic Lawrence Lessig wrote a new blog post, sharing his feelings a week after Aaron Swartz's death and addressing Swartz's prosecutor's statement.

"Why was he being charged with 13 felonies?" Lessig asked.

In an emotional post, Lessig confesses that he hasn't slept since finding out about his friend's death. "I have been frantically trying to explain, to connect, and to make sense of all of this," he wrote. And even though there have been smiles in the midst of these sad times, that hasn't been enough.

"But these smiles have been drowned by endless sadness, and even greater disappointment -- and none more pronounced than the utterly profound disappointment in…
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Seamless Shares Bizarre Special Requests From Flu Sufferers

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 12:46 PM PST

Living in a big city means germs bombard you in every subway car, taxi and cramped elevator. Seriously, urban air is like 7.6 percent phlegm -- ask science.

While calling a city home means more people are randomly sneezing on your face, it also gives you access to certain services, like food delivery at all hours of the day. This little perk comes in handy when you're stuck in a tiny apartment hacking up mysterious green substances and wiping boogers off your face.

Food delivery service Seamless knows about cold and flu season. Since 2013 began -- and flu germs really started flying -- Seamless has seen a 35 percent increase in chicken noodle soup orders compared to January 2012. Orde…
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Winter Warmers: 10 Gadgets to Keep You Cozy

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 12:31 PM PST

1. Marshmallow Out USB Foot Warmers

We can't imagine a cuter way to warm your tootsies than these fun slippers. Cost: $34.99 Image courtesy of Mod Cloth

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During the winter months we're especially grateful for the technology that keeps us cozy. We have found 10 great gadgets, gizmos and geeky accessories that will help you beat the chill.

Whether you want to keep snug on the sofa or stay warm at your workplace, we think you'll find something to suit in our selection.

SEE ALSO: 10 Wicked Cool Snow Toys to Kick Winter's Butt

Take a look through our toasty-tastic selection of winter warmers in the gallery above. Let us know in the comments below how you stay warm when the cold weather hits.

Photo courtesy of Mod Cloth

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What Is Internet Freedom Day?

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 11:54 AM PST

Friday, Jan. 18 marks the one year anniversary of the technology community's Internet blackout over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister bill, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). SOPA was intended to curb online content piracy, but Internet advocates warned it would have disastrous consequences for online free speech and worked to fight the bill. SOPA was shelved by its author soon after the blackout.

The story of SOPA's demise has become such an integral part of the Internet advocacy canon that some opponents of the bill decided the date of the blackout deserves to be documented with a holiday: Internet Freedom Day.

Internet Freedom Day was first proposed by lawyer Marvin Ammori…
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A Log-in Finger Ring? Google Working on Password Alternatives

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 11:22 AM PST

Consider logging into Gmail with a high-tech ring worn on your finger or a key card that plugs into your computer's USB port.

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