- 5 Big Trends You’ll See at CES 2013
- Gingerbread Still Dominates Android Landscape, Jelly Bean Reaches 10 Percent Share
- Apple’s U.S. Smartphone Market Share Rises to 35 Percent
- jOBS: The Dumbest Movie Name in History?
- Teens Without Internet Are ‘Educationally Disadvantaged’
- Meet Tumblr’s First Artist in Residence
- Cats Get Their Own Social Network
- What Couples Fight About Most: the Remote
- This Robot Security Portal Defends Against Terror Attacks
- Taco Bell Comes up With Another Epic Social Media Win
- Facebook Starts Sending Out Notices for Sponsored Stories Settlement
- See the 5 Finalists For Doritos’ Crowdsourced Super Bowl Ads
- Blogger Makes $333,000 Online in One Day
- Watch Italian Soccer Teams Quit Mid-Match After Racist Chants
- Nyan Cat Art Worth Meowing About
- Meet the Adorable Bulldogs That Rule College Sports Social Media
- What Does 2013 Hold for a Gaming Industry in Flux?
- This Was the Best Thing That Happened on Twitter Today
- Bill Clinton to Attend Samsung Keynote at CES
- Watch G-Form Drop Its New Xtreme iPhone 5 Case From Space
- Never-Before-Seen Stage of Planet Birth Revealed
- Mom Tricks Son Into Thinking He Bought a $50,000 Car on eBay
- This Is What the OUYA Kickstarter Console Looks Like
- Facebook Adds Voice Messaging to Its Messenger App
- Online Holiday Spending Tops $40 Billion for First Time Ever
- Watch Local TV Royally Fail at Live NYE Broadcast
- Compare Cities Instantly With VERSUS IO
- Steve Jobs Film Coming in April
- Only 3 of the 79 New Congress Members Don’t Have Twitter Accounts
- NASA May Give the Moon a Smaller Moon of Its Own
Posted: 04 Jan 2013 02:43 AM PST
Despite its uncertain future, the annual CES is always the year's first taste of the new technologies that will define it. With hundreds of companies peddling thousands of products, it's easy to get lost in the noise of pre-show chatter, but out of the chaos, various patterns are emerging, and some will grow to become bona fide "trends."
International CES 2013 officially begins on Tuesday, Jan. 8, but like the presidential primaries, companies are unveiling new products earlier and earlier in advance of the show in order to be heard before the din of the show gets too loud. LG, for example, began announcing TV news as early as Christmas, and Samsung dropped news about PCs and cameras earl…
Posted: 04 Jan 2013 02:08 AM PST
Android 2.3 or Gingerbread is present on 47.6% of devices -- down from 55.8% in October 2012 but still very dominant. Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich is powering 29.1% of devices, and the latest and greatest Android, 4.1/4.2 or Jelly Bean now has a 10.2% share.
Unfortunately for developers who have to keep all these versions in mind, even the ancient Android 2.2. or Froyo is still very alive and present on 9% of devices, while Android 2.1 Eclair powers 2.4% of all Android devices.
Check out the rest of the stats over at Android Developers.
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Posted: 04 Jan 2013 12:58 AM PST
In the three-month period ending November 2012, Google had a 53.7% market share, up from 52.6% in August. Apple's market share rose from 34.3% to 35%, while RIM, Microsoft and Symbian all lost market share, dropping to 7.3%, 3% and 0.5% respectively.
On the manufacturer front, Samsung's share rose from 25.7% in August to 26.9% in November, while Apple chalked an ever bigger gain, rising from 17.1% to 18.5%. That second place is looking increasingly distant for LG, which dropped from 18…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 10:42 PM PST
By now, thankfully, most Apple watchers have stopped making wild product-based pronouncements about the company that begin with the words "Steve Jobs would." As in: Steve Jobs would have nixed Apple Maps; Steve Jobs would never have allowed Siri to launch in such a disappointing form; Steve Jobs would have annihilated Android already.
Not only is it impossible to know where Apple would be today with its founder at the helm, but Jobs himself insisted to his successor that all such questions were out of bounds. "I never want you to ask what I would have done," he told Tim Cook back in 2011, referring to the in-fighting at Disney after its founder died. "Just do what's rig…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 08:11 PM PST
new study by Oxford University's department of education has shown that teenagers without web access are actually at a serious disadvantage educationally and socially.
The National Office of Statistics has recorded that approximately five percent of British households with children are currently lacking Internet access. These offline students reported difficulty completing school assignments and not feeling included in social activities.
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 07:36 PM PST
For more than 100 years, artist-in-residence programs at colleges, museums and municipalities have allowed artists to immerse themselves in a new community to create original works and build their portfolios.
In September, that opportunity was offered to Roger Biersborn by one of the biggest art communities in the world: Tumblr.
In 2012, the blogging network made the top 10 list of the most visited sites in the world, thanks in part to more than 20 billion posts. More recently, "Tumblr" surpassed "blog" as a more popular Google search time. Both feats are symbolic of the site's towering online presence, boasting a staggering 83 million blogs that run the gamut from celebrity accounts t…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 06:55 PM PST
Fellow cat owners: ever caught your feline stealing jealous glances at your laptop? Wonder why they keep walking all over your keyboard?
Turns out they're not trying to catch your attention or steal your lap heat. They just want you to get off Facebook so they can have their turn.
OK, not really -- but the world's smartest pets are long overdue for their own social network. And now, thanks to a couple of developers in Malaysia, they just may have found one worthy of them.
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Posted: 03 Jan 2013 06:31 PM PST
It's the remote.
According to 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair, 36% of couples fight over the TV remote control, arguing about which show they'll be watching next.
It's not just an educated guess, either. The poll sampled 1,100 adults, and it found that many of the disputes had to do with one of the members of the couple wanting to watch sports, and the other wanting to watch anything but sports.
We're curious about the demographics that participated in this poll. Were they a bunch of people who call the…
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If you receive a message purporting to be from Facebook with the subject "LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION" -- don't worry, it's legitimate.
Facebook is sending proposed settlement notices to members of a class-action lawsuit against the company's use of Sponsored Stories. Facebook's offer of $20 million to settle the case was granted preliminary approval by the courts in December.
An email detailing the reason behind the lawsuit as well as the terms of the settlement was sent to users it believes are class members of the lawsuit, "according to available records."
The lawsuit was initially filed on behalf of Facebook users objecting to the use of their names and pictur…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 05:11 PM PST
"Goat 4 Sale"
It's that time of year again. While there have been drips and drabs of Super Bowl announcements over the past few weeks and months, the season has begun in earnest with the airing of Doritos' "Crash the Super Bowl" contest.
For the sixth year in a row, the PepsiCo brand is crowdsourcing its ads in the big game. After casting for entries from Oct. 8 to Nov. 16, the brand has settled on the five finalists above. Two of the ads -- one chosen by the people and one by Doritos execs -- will run during the Super Bowl. If the ad scores number one on USA Today's AdMeter, the ad's creator will get $1 million and the opportunity to work with Michael Bay on the next Transformers sequel, which is set…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 05:02 PM PST
It may sound like the first line of a particularly fiendish piece of spam. But a blogger has now in fact brought in a third of a million dollars in roughly 24 hours -- all while working from home, presumably at some point in his PJs.
Of course, it helps that the blogger in question was Andrew Sullivan, commentator extraordinaire. It also helps that he's spent the last decade or so brewing his blog, the Daily Dish, into a potent mixture of serious moral analysis, must-read aggregation, and palate-cleansing videos (the "mental health break"). So no, this isn't necessarily something you could replicate at home.
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TODD JAMES, Untitled (Nyan Cat)
What do those three things have in common? If you said "subjects of famous paintings," you hit the brush on the canvas. Nyan Cat might not have reached the same level of fame as da Vinci and Botticelli's famous ladies, but a recent art show starring the Internet famous feline could land the Pop Tart kitty at the Louvre.
Last month, the New York Art Department held a fundraiser to benefit Printed Matter, a non-profit focused on promoting publications made by artists that had much of its archives damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Artists donated their Nyan Cat-inspired artwork to raise money that will help Printed Matter digitize the archives before t…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 04:14 PM PST
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After Double Fine's record-breaking Kickstarter, a gold rush began as indies funded their dreams with the masses. Facebook reported 235 million of its users play games each month. Nintendo launched a console that faced "second-screen" entertainment head on. A live-action series about Halo was watched millions of times on YouTube. These are but a handful of trends that forecast the future.
Mashable spoke to 16 prominent figures across the games industry to discern what might be coming down the pike in 2013. Many of those quoted below talked about similar themes: freemium games, the rise of digital distribution, new console and ta…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 03:22 PM PST
Today on Twitter, William Shatner -- a.k.a. Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the Starship Enterprise -- tweeted at real astronaut Chris Hadfield. The response was pretty great, and by far the best thing that happened on Twitter during the hours of Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2013.
Live long and prosper.
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Case maker G-Form demonstrated its new durable line of cases Thursday with a video dropping its new iPhone 5 case from the stratosphere, 100,000 feet in the air.
To make the fall happen, the company tied one end of the case to a weather balloon, and sent an iPod touch 5 -- which can also fit inside the iPhone 5 case -- into space. During its travels the case had to endure negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures, as well as high winds and maximum drop speeds.
The iPod touch survived the fall in perfect working condition, and the whole experience was captured on the touch's built-in camera.
XTREME Cases for iPhone 4 and 5, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch and Samsung Galaxy S III…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 03:00 PM PST
Large gas giant planets appear to be clearing a gap in the disk of material surrounding the star, and using gravity to channel material across the gap to the interior, helping the star to grow. Theoretical simulations have predicted such bridges between outer and inner portions of disks surrounding stars, but none have been directly observed until now.
An international team of astronomers have used the partially completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to study a young star about 450 light-years from Earth. The…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 02:41 PM PST
An 8-year-old boy just wanted a look at a Mustang for sale on eBay, but almost purchased the $50,000 car on the auction site. To teach him in lesson, his mother pretended he accidentally bought it and it couldn't be returned. She recorded the incident and posted it to YouTube.
In the video, the mom tricks her son by telling him he bought the car, adding that his family would have to sell everything. He cries, saying, "I'm horrible," but after about a minute of misery, she tells him the truth and they both laugh. The comments on the video range from applause to outrage at the mother's actions.
Some parents love pranki…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 02:37 PM PST
OUYA vs Soda Can
The OUYA, the $99 Android console, is indeed smaller than a soda can.
The $99 hackable Android-based gaming console OUYA is fulfilling its orders for Kickstarter backers by sending the first units out to developers. Backers began receiving their OUYA consoles as early as last Friday.
According to the OUYA blog, 1,200 consoles have been sent out to developers. While these aren't the final run of the OUYA that consumers will receive, they have enough pieces to get developers started making games for the console. Developers receive a rooted console, along with two transparent, prototype controllers specially designed for the console.
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 02:09 PM PST
Facebook added the ability to send voice messages to its Messenger app for iOS and Android Thursday.
To send a voice message, tap the + button beside where you traditionally type a message in the Messenger app. Then select Record, holding the button down to speak. When you release the Record button, your voice message will be sent to your recipient.
Along with today's update, Facebook has also started testing VoIP functionality in Canada. iPhone users in the country can try the feature by tapping the "I" button in the top right corner of a conversation with a person they would like to call, and then tapping Free Call.
Important to note: While free to use, these VoIP calls will u…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 01:55 PM PST
U.S. consumers spent $42.3 billion online during the holiday season, the first time online spending has ever topped $40 billion for that time period, according to comScore's latest shopping data for November and December.
While online sales grew by about 14% from the previous holiday season's total of $37.2 billion, sales still fell short of the $43.4 billion (or 16% growth) that comScore had forecasted.
"That is obivously a nice growth rate, certainly when you compare it to offline channels," Andrew Lipsman, VP of industry analysis for comScore, told Mashable. "But it did fall a little bit short of expectations, which is probably consistent with reports that retail ended up soft this…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 01:45 PM PST
This poor Los Angeles station was simply over having to follow Eastern Standard Time rules and ring in the new year three hours early. So KDOC decided they could one up Times Square with Jamie Kennedy and its own bash.
Except KDOC forgot to invite enough people to the party. And it forgot to hire staff to run the show. And instead, had what we can only believe are drunk interns from the sales department direct the show into a flurry of random cuts, dead air, misplaced commercials and Kenned…
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 01:42 PM PST
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Call it the "Social Class" -- all but three of the 79 new lawmakers who entered the halls of Congress on Thursday have public Twitter accounts.
Some, such as Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, might even qualify for elite Twitter status with 72,600 and 39,000 followers respectively as well as verified accounts.
So who are the odd legislators out?
Photo via Win McNamee/Getty Images
First, there's Angus King, incoming Senator for Maine, former governor of that state and a political independent. King's campaign website links to a Twitter account -- @AngusKing2012 -- but visitors are met with the Twitter equivalent of a 404 error.
Posted: 03 Jan 2013 01:01 PM PST
One of 2012′s oddest and most interesting ideas in space exploration may be getting a renewed lease on life in 2013. According to New Scientist, NASA is "mulling over" a proposal from researchers at the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) to give the moon a moon of its own.
In this proposal, NASA would snag an asteroid from deeper in space and tow it back to the moon, where it would take up orbit around the Earth's only natural satellite. It may sound far-fetched, but NASA is considering funding the idea in its next round of budgeting.
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