Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “9 Fresh YouTube Shows You’ll Love”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “9 Fresh YouTube Shows You’ll Love”

9 Fresh YouTube Shows You’ll Love

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 02:22 AM PST

1. Bite Me

Everyone loves zombies, right? Bite Me is a comedy more in line with Shaun of the Dead than The Walking Dead. The show features some gaming elements, which makes sense. Machinima, a video entertainment network for gamers that collectively has nearly 4 billion (with a "b") video views, produces Bite Me.

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YouTube probably isn't your number-one option when you're looking for an entertaining series. With the amount of professionally produced content available on Netflix and Hulu+, it doesn't make sense to pour through YouTube's seemingly endless archives in search of something resembling a TV show.

And anyway, even if there are great indie shows out there somewhere, YouTube doesn't offer a really intuitive way to find them. Well, save the hugs for later -- we did it for you.

SEE ALSO: 10 Epic Office Pranks Caught on YouTube

After much digging (aka, sitting on the couch, watching shows), we've produced a list of nine YouTube shows very worth checking out. Most have short, highly enterta…
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NEC Medias W: A Smartphone With Two 4.3-Inch Screens

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 01:27 AM PST

NEC launched the Medias W N-05E for Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo on Tuesday, and it's definitely one of the most interesting smartphones we've seen.

Its specs are fairly standard: Android 4.1, a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, an 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage memory that's expandable via microSD cards.

What makes the phone stand out is its two 4.3-inch LCD screens, both with a 540x960 pixel resolution. The device can be folded in such a way that it shows only one screen, but when users need extra space, they can open both and enjoy all that added visual real estate.

What's more, users can stretch one app over both screens, or run different apps on each screen.

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Groupon Shelves All Its Gun-Related Deals

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 12:55 AM PST

Groupon has halted all of its gun-related promotions, the company said in a statement.

"All scheduled and current gun-related deals featured on Groupon North America, including shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting, have been placed on hiatus while we review internal standards that shape the deal inventory we feature," Groupon spokesperson Julie Mossler told Daily Finance on Sunday.

"The category is under review following recent consumer and merchant feedback."

Although Groupon provided no further explanation for its decision, some commentators point to last month's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. for the sudden move. The tragedy, which left…
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3 Unexpected Uses for Emoji Icons

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 11:56 PM PST

Emoji was the biggest thing to happen to texting since... texting. Here are three inventive applications for Emoji that you might not know about.

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Technology Ranks World’s Most-Trusted Industry in 2013

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 11:28 PM PST

The technology industry has been ranked most-trusted for the second consecutive year, ahead of the automotive, and food and beverage industries, according to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer.

"As an industry, I think tech companies pre-anticipate and solve problems for consumers," Ben Boyd, Edelman's corporate global practice chairman, told Mashable. "I also think in today's world where technology is connecting people, it's the companies that get credit for making it happen. It really creates a halo effect for the industry itself."

The findings of the Trust Barometer, an annual survey of 31,000 people in 26 countries evaluating trust in leaders, institutions and industries, were releas…
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Can a High-Tech ‘Biological Passport’ End Sports Doping Forever?

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 10:58 PM PST

Lance Armstrong says it helped scare him off performance-enhancing drugs forever. It's already been implemented in track and field as well as cycling, and world tennis authorities are now considering adding it to their arsenal as well.

It's called the "biological passport," a DNA fingerprint of sorts that may well be the next high-tech weapon to gain widespread use against doping in sports.

In his recent highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong pointed to the biological passport as one of the main factors that thwarted his ability to take performance-enhancing drugs without detection.

"It's a question of scheduling," Armstrong said. "I know that sounds weird, bu…
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Watch These iPhone Knockoffs Get Bulldozed

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 10:33 PM PST

Try not to cringe, as you watch these iPhones get demolished -- they're just knockoffs.

The video, above, does not document the demise of Apple's beloved smartphone, but rather its lesser clone. Before getting flattened by a bulldozer, the boxes of iPhone 4S models looked almost exactly like the real deal, complete with branded packaging and white cables.

Were you fooled by the counterfeit iPhones? Tell us in the comments below.

Image courtesy of Flickr, BENM.AT Live Coverage

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Ashton Kutcher to Attend Macworld as Steve Jobs

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 10:04 PM PST

Apple hasn't officially made an appearance at Macworld since 2009. But this year, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak will still be there, or at least the actors who play them will be, according to Macworld.

Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad play Jobs and Wozniak in the upcoming movie, jOBS. To promote the motion picture, both will help kick off next week's Macworld/iWorld conference in San Francisco. They will attend a session where they will talk about portraying two of the three Apple co-founders. Also in attendance will be musician Will.iam and Intel's Brian David Johnson.

The first Macworld Expo was held in 1985 in San Francisco. It was often used by Jobs as a forum to announce new Apple produ…
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Every Senator and 90% of House Members Now Use Twitter

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 09:33 PM PST

All 100 United States Senators are now using Twitter, while 90% of House of Representatives are on the network, according to Twitter.

Those numbers have increased dramatically in the past two years: When the 112th Congress began in 2011, 44% of the Senate and 35% of the House were on Twitter, said the company in a recent blog post.

Some states have adopted Twitter more than others: 29 states have all of their legislators in the Senate and House on Twitter, while every state has at least 70% on Twitter.

SEE ALSO: Only 3 of the 79 New Congress Members Don't Have Twitter Accounts

Lawmakers use Twitter in different ways: Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is famous for his t…
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Library Patrons Want More E-books, But They Want to Keep Print Books, Too

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 09:04 PM PST

While residents of Bexar County, Texas, may be embracing a proposal for the nation's first local library free of printed books, not all Americans are crazy about the notion, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

The survey reveals just how important libraries are to their communities, and ranks the popularity of the services they offer. According to Pew, six in 10 Americans above the age of 15 either visited a library or bookmobile, or accessed a library website, in the past year. Uses varied: Most (around 73%) visited a library to borrow print books, and nearly as many (66%) used the Internet. More than half stopped by to do research or solicit the help of a…
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More About: ebooks, libraries, Pew Internet & American Life Project

With Obama Inauguration, NASA’s Deep-Space Mission Continues

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 08:27 PM PST

President Barack Obama's inauguration kicks off four more years for NASA to pursue its goal of sending astronauts farther into deep space than ever before.

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E-bookstore Lets You Read First, Pay Later

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 08:02 PM PST

The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Total Boox

One-Liner Pitch: An e-bookstore and e-reading platform that lets you pay only for what you read.

Why It's Taking Off: Total Boox lets you sample e-books, and take in single pages or chapters, without forking over the full purchase price.

In the days when books were only available in wearable and tearable bound editions, it made sense for buyers to pay money upfront. But with the advent of e-books, that model may no longer be desirable or even necessary, contends Israel-based entrepreneur Yoav Lorch. Lorch, who is also a published author, is the founder and CEO of Total Boox, a web and app-based system in early beta that lets you "read first…
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Justin Timberlake’s New Song ‘Suit & Tie’ Breaks Records

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 07:45 PM PST

Singer Justin Timberlake strolled into the record books with "Suit & Tie," the first single from the 'N Sync alumnus since 2006. The track features Jay-Z.

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‘Hussein,’ ‘Haley,’ ‘Lamar’ Top Twitter Inauguration Names

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 07:27 PM PST

During today's inauguration, Twitter lit up with a discussion of the name -- the willingness of some to finally say it, and the reluctance of others, most notably the event's emcee, Sen. Chuck Schumer, to utter it.

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Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 06:57 PM PST

1. Hey There, Japan

"Sooooo Hi Japan!" -- Harry Styles Photo stats: 35,579 retweets

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Nickelodeon reunions and Severus Snape-styled vegetables -- yep. Check out this week's top 10 pictures shared on Twitter.

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Make Your Password ‘Gooder’ With Bad Grammar, Research Says

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 06:31 PM PST

According to a new study, including poor grammar in your passwords makes them safer.

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Google Removes ‘Make Me Asian’ App After Protests of Racism

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 06:06 PM PST

"Make Me Asian," an app that allowed users to slant their eyes and don a rice paddy hat, received much backlash over its stereotypical depictions. On Thursday, Google pulled the app from its Play Store after thousands signed an online petition calling for its removal.

App developer KimberyDeiss created the face-changing application which yellowed users' skin and decorated faces with a Fu Manchu mustache.

"You can for a few seconds to make (yourself) a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asians," the description said, according to CNN.

Another app by the same developer, called "Make Me Indian," broadened a person's nose, gave them long black hair, war paint and a feathered head…
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Stan Lee Creates Special YouTube Message for Shooting Victim

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 05:31 PM PST

Stan Lee created a YouTube account just to send a special message to his fan Bowe Cleveland, who was injured in a recent school shooting.

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5 Clever Artistic Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 05:04 PM PST


Hand drawn by Mashable's very own editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff to commemorate the holiday. Photo courtesy of Flickr, Lance Ulanoff.

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Artists capture the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legendary words with pictures. Their paintings, sketches and mosaics are one of the many creative ways people paid tribute to the historic figure that forever changed America.

SEE ALSO: 11 Martin Luther King Quotes to Keep the Dream Alive

Take a look through the gallery to see some of the inspirational art people have shared online.

Photo courtesy of Flickr, Cocoabiscuit.

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‘FT’ Announces Job Cuts as it Shifts Focus From Print

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 04:50 PM PST

Twenty-five positions will be eliminated at the Financial Times as the paper shifts resources from print to digital, FT Editor Lionel Barber announced Monday.

In a memo e-mailed to staff, Barber said the FT needs to spend less money (and time) producing the paper so it can invest in improving its online presence. "We need to ensure that we are serving a digital platform first, and a newspaper second," he wrote.

"Our common cause is to secure the FT's future in an increasingly competitive market, where old titles are being routinely disrupted by new entrants such as Google and LinkedIn and Twitter," he explained. "Our competitors are harnessing technology to revolutionise the news busin…
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Music Monday: Inauguration Artists Over the Years

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 04:41 PM PST

There were many memorable moments during President Obama's Second Inauguration Ceremony on Monday -- from the President's historical speech to Vice President Joe Biden's enormous bible.

Especially impressive were the performances by Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson. Both women were able to put their own personal spins on songs that many Americans learn at a young age. What other artists have performed at inauguration events in the past?

In honor of the inauguration on this Music Monday, we've compiled a list of some of the performers at inaugural ceremonies, galas, and celebrations since Franklin D. Roosevelt's inauguration in 1941.

Since many of them are popular musicians of their era…
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Sync Calorie Counts From BodyMedia Armbands to SparkPeople Website

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 04:00 PM PST

If you own one of the fitness-tracking armbands by BodyMedia, you can now sync that information to the free website, SparkPeople, thanks to a partnership between the companies.

On SparkPeople you create a fitness profile where you track your goals and progress. The BodyMedia armband tracks your calories burned throughout the day. You can also wear it at night to track your sleep.

BodyMedia currently sells two armbands that will sync to the SparkPeople online tracking website. You can no longer buy the original Armband Advantage, but it also will sync to SparkPeople.

BodyMedia sells the LINK armband, which is Bluetooth enabled and costs $149. The BodyMedia CORE is one-third the si…
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Watch President Obama’s Inauguration Speech in 3 Minutes

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 03:45 PM PST

President Barack Obama was sworn into office Monday marking his second term in the Oval Office.

In his inauguration speech, Obama referenced the polarized politics that took hold of the election season and asked the American people to begin calling upon collective action.

The speech, held at the Capitol, went on to mention the founding fathers, quoted the Declaration of Independence, and discussed the economy, climate change and gun control. Obama even became the first American president to use the word "gay" in an inaugural address.

SEE ALSO: 15 Inspiring Photos from the Inauguration

Our friends at NowThisNews condensed the 18-minute speech into just 163 seconds to highlig…
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RIM Competes With Google For Attention With Conference Announcement

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 03:37 PM PST

RIM is going head-to-head against Google this May, holding its main yearly conference in direct competition with Google's the third week in May.

Renamed BlackBerry Live, RIM will be using the conference to let developers get more hands-on time with BlackBerry 10, meet the leaders behind the platform and to talk about what's next for BlackBerry.

Registration for the event will be open soon.

Google I/O, Google's annual developer's conference, will be taking place at roughly the same time, May 15-17, 2013, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As I/O is known for huge announcements and product giveaways, RIM will have a lot to compete with.

At last year's conference, Googl…
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BlackBerry Z10 Looks Like iPhone 5, Takes on Siri

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 03:30 PM PST

RIM is set to announce the first devices running its new BlackBerry 10 operating system at an event on January 30. A lucky few, however, have already gotten their hands on what looks to be the new hardware, including German site TelekomPresse.

The site has the BlackBerry Z10, a touchscreen device with a similar look to some of the other popular smartphones out there -- especially the iPhone 5.

Curious to see how the two compared, they put them side-by-side in the video above, running through both the physical design of both devices as well as some of their features.

Notably, the video shows a Siri-like voice control functionality in BlackBerry 10, that we haven't seen previous…
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Obamas Star in Best Photobomb of 2013

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 02:46 PM PST

Alright, everyone whose New Years' resolutions included spectacularly photobombing their friends and family: you can go home. It's over. Malia Obama has won.

The first daughter jumped into the path of her sister Sasha, who was attempting to take an iPhone snap of her parents smooching. The image above -- a screengrab from CNN -- was rapidly shared on social networks. "Sasha and Malia", "first family" and "Obamas" quickly became top Twitter trends in the U.S.

Here's a GIF of the whole perfectly-timed moment, courtesy of Now This News and NBC. The slightly curious look from Dad at the end is priceless.

Admittedly, Malia had the best seat in the house with which to photobomb. But w…
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Ad Blocking Gets Personal: Chrome Extension Targets Hulu

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 02:29 PM PST

Technology that blocks or skips TV ads is becoming ever more controversial and more widely known. And with the recent launch of a Chrome extension, it got personal.

No Hulu Ads, which is free, isn't the first browser extension to black out TV commercials for your viewing pleasure. It isn't the first to offer notifications letting you know when the blacked-out commercial break is over, pausing the show automatically until you return to that tab.

But it is the first to block the warning Hulu has put in place -- the one that asks you to disable your ad blocker, and that strongly suggests you might not be able to see the service if you don't.

It's also the first extension we've seen t…
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Al Roker Scores Inauguration ‘Interviews’ With Obama and Biden

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 02:10 PM PST

Al Roker has an inauguration parade tradition -- the NBC weatherman and anchor waits on the sidelines for the president and vice president to pass and tries to get them to acknowledge his presence. Or, better yet, actually reply.

In 2009, Roker got President Barack Obama to crack a joke about the weather. This year, Roker went two for two, getting a thumbs-up from the president and a full-on handshake from Vice President Joe Biden.

Both moments lit up the Twitterverse. Watch them online (alas, the videos don't work on mobile devices):

Al Roker for SECRETARY OF ALL INTERVIEWS. theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/…— Mike Roe (@MikeRoe) January 21, 2013

Both Joe Bid…
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‘So Help Me Internet’: Funniest Inauguration GIFs and Pics

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 01:51 PM PST

George Washington's inauguration was probably really boring because the Internet didn't exist. Martha could have targeted John Adams with the stink eye, but no one could GIF it and then share it on Tumblr. Bummer, right?

Thanks to the magic of modern technology, we never have to worry about missing those most excellent moments again.

SEE ALSO: 10 People Annoyed That Inauguration Poem Didn't Rhyme

Barack Obama's second inauguration provided plenty of moments worthy of giggles and, because of the web, we can all enjoy them until we break the share button. God bless America (and the Internet)!

Malia showed off a few cute dance moves.

Image via Digg

Red fedora guy and his
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Oscar Nominees Star in ‘Les Zero Silver Djargo of Southern Pincoln’

Posted: 21 Jan 2013 01:44 PM PST

Someone dreamed a dream that footage from the nine Best Picture Oscar nominees were spliced together to create a simple short film. The dream spawned this.

More About: academy awards, Entertainment, films, Movies, Oscars, viral videos

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