Saturday, 5 January 2013

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Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “ Finds the Best Dishes to Order at Restaurants” Finds the Best Dishes to Order at Restaurants

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 07:10 PM PST makes sure you don't order the wrong thing on the menu at a restaurant.

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Father of the Internet on Tech: ‘It Should Just Work’

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 06:27 PM PST

While thousands upon thousands of new products and technologies will be shown off at CES 2013, getting underway just a few days from now, one thing is clear: Without the work of Vint Cerf, we wouldn't be where we are today.

Cerf and his colleague Robert Kahn developed TCP/IP, or the computer communication protocol that shaped the Internet's architecture.

Cerf, who is often called one of "the fathers of the Internet," today works as Google's Chief Internet Evangelist. He's also delivering the keynote address at the Silver Summit conference taking place at the International CES 2013 on Tuesday.

We had a Google Hangout with Cerf, where he talked about the 30th anniversary of the Int…
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Art Organizations Say Social Media Plays a Major Role in Operations

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 06:11 PM PST

Nearly 1,300 art organizations said the Internet has played a major role in today's art world -- from expanding audiences, finding new artists and art appreciators, and even broadening the definition of art itself.

The study was conducted by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The organizations surveyed have all received funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in recent years.

Seventy-seven percent of respondents agreed with the statement that the Internet has "played a major role in broadening the boundaries of what it considered art."

SEE ALSO: Meet Tumblr's First Artist in Residence

All participants in the study are kept anonymous, but P…
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Twitter Voting Comes to ‘NFL Countdown’ as the Second Screen Expands

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 06:00 PM PST

Having already taken a number of steps to further incorporate social media conversation into its sport media offerings, ESPN will add live Twitter voting to its hit show Sunday NFL Countdown this weekend.

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People Meet Their Fatter Selves for Weight Loss Campaign

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 05:40 PM PST

Just when you think the weight-loss industry has run out of ideas, here's an inspired ad campaign from Medifast that features people interviewing their fatter selves through the magic of video.

The ads use video shot in January 2012 and later on in the year when the participants had reached their weight-loss goals. For instance, the video above features Kimberley Vandlen, who lost more than 30 lbs. Vandlen has a tearful conversation with herself before and after that's both poignant and kind of weirdly reminiscent of Jeremiah McDonald, the guy who interviewed his 12-year-old self this summer.

As the making-of video below demonstrates, Vandlen's weight loss didn't happen overnight…
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Engineer Petitions White House for Real-Life Starship Enterprise

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 04:59 PM PST

An engineer is petitioning the White House to study the possibility of building a real-life starship Enterprise like the fictional vessel "Star Trek."

More About: NASA, online petition, space, Star Trek, we the people, White House

5 Predictions for Mobile Tech in 2013

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 04:27 PM PST

If denial isn't just a river in Egypt, then mobile isn't just a city in Alabama. And if 2012 proved one thing, it's that there's no denying mobile is the present and future of technology.

Sales figures for mobile devices reached new heights in 2012. Market research firm Gartner predicted tablet sales would near 120 million, about doubling the total sold in 2011.

In addition, the number of active smartphones eclipsed 1 billion during the past year. That's one for every seven people on the planet. And while it took almost two decades to reach 1 billion active smartphones, research firm Strategy Analytics projects there will be 2 billion by 2015, fueled by growth in developing economies…
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How to Prepare for CES 2013

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:59 PM PST

CEA president Gary Shapiro gives his personal suggestions on how to "survive" this year's CES forum.

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Tweenchronic Poised to Be New Rebecca Black Times Two

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:54 PM PST

In case you enjoy skipping rope and have always needed a little jingle about your pastime, Tweenchronic has got the record of the year for you.

This new tween duo has a fairly catchy, dubstep-y song about a hot new dance craze called the "skip rope." The video for the song also makes subtle nods to drug dealing and alcoholism. And what's with the kid in the paper mustache?

SEE ALSO: Watch Out Rebecca Black: Is 'Thanksgiving' the New 'Friday'?

These Amanda Seyfried and Willow Smith wannabes are prodigies of Patrice Wilson. Wilson was mastermind behind Rebecca Black and her stain on the music industry known as "Friday." He then tried it again with Nicole Westbrook's "It's Thanks…
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CEA President Gary Shapiro Talks SOPA, CES

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:41 PM PST

CEA President Gary Shapiro talks to Mashable about CES and the people that make it possible.

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This is Why You Can’t Access Google Maps on Windows Phone

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:20 PM PST

Todays' Internet lesson is simple: rendering engines matter.

If you're a Windows Phone 8 user, chances are you are unable to access Google Maps in Internet Explorer. Attempting to access Google Maps from a Windows Phone device redirects the user to Google's main homepage.

Earlier this afternoon, this behavior was noted by forum users on The Verge. We were able to confirm the behavior on our own Windows Phone devices and on a desktop web browser with a modified user-agent string. Sure enough, attempts to access or led to a redirect to the main Google homepage.

Was this the latest move in a growing mobile feud between Microsoft and Google? It was curio…
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Late Night With Joe Biden? Petition Calls for VP’s Own Show

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 02:39 PM PST

Anthony Bourdain, Bear Grills, Bobby Flay...Joe Biden? That's right: The latest White House petition getting traction on the social web calls for Vice President Joe Biden to host his own show.

Specifically, the petition, which was created Friday, demands the Obama administration "authorize the production of a recurring television program featuring Vice President Joe Biden."

Here's the full request:

"Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner. We, therefore, urge the Obama Administration to authorize the production of a recurring C-SPAN television program featuring the daily activities an…
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5 Lessons Companies Can Learn From the Instagram Fallout

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 01:45 PM PST

Here are five key lessons have emerged for companies looking to sustain credibility, cultivate online communities and ultimately monetize users

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Hulu CEO and CTO Step Down

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 01:40 PM PST

Founding Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Rich Tom have decided to leave the video-streaming company by the end of the first quarter.

In an e-mail to staffers, which was later reposted to Hulu's corporate blog, Kilar said he is coordinating with Hulu's board of directors "to ensure there is ample runway to manage this transition" and that his decision "has been one of the toughest [he's] ever made."

Reports that Kilar planned to leave Hulu have been circulating for some time. An internal company memo obtained by Variety over the summer cited a plan to transition to a new CEO.

At the time, the trade magazine speculated that Kilar was planning to leave as early as September 2012, the mont…
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ESPN Reporter Tweets Pic of Horribly Racist Troll Letter

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 01:18 PM PST

ESPN reporter Jemele Hill used Twitter to share with her 137,000 followers the type of bigoted abuse she says she receives every day.

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How Square’s Transparent Office Culture Pays Dividends

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 01:05 PM PST

What if you gave your newest employee access to the same information about your company as you do one of your VPs? That's the idea behind the inner-workings of Square, and one that is contributing to the mobile-payment company's success.

"Whether it's your first day, or third year at the company, you're given the same amount of information and opportunity to contribute," Kyle Zink, director of experience at Square, told Mashable. "We want you to be as valuable and effective as you want to be, as soon as you're ready."

Zink, who came to Square from a career at Google says that, while Google was transparent with its employees, he was shocked at the level of transparency at Square.

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Bluetooth Sticker Ensures You’ll Never Lose Your Cellphone or Keys Again

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 12:45 PM PST

We know you've had to call your cellphone more than a few times to try to remember where you left it. And the car keys? They're never where they're supposed to be.

StickNFind solves that problem for you. Stick these tiny Bluetooth-enabled, coin-sized discs directly onto an object and then track them through an app. The app basically turns your smartphone into a radar screen so you can track the location of the sticker. In fact, for the really forgetful, you can track up to 20 stickers at one time. The app will be available for both iOS and Android.

Jimmy Buchheim, founder of StickNFind, gave us a demo at Mashable headquarters in New York, before heading out to International CES 2013 w…
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Actress Megan Fox Joins Twitter and Tweets About ‘Star Wars’

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 12:28 PM PST

Less than 24 hours after joining Twitter, actress Megan Fox has confessed her love for Star Wars with a funny hashtag and photo of a certain character.

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Gorilla Glass 3 Gets New Formula, CES Debut

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 12:15 PM PST

Corning's Gorilla Glass, the transparent material on most of our smartphones and tablets, has a brand new formula.

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Cruise Control App Matches Music With Your Running Pace

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 11:55 AM PST

The right playlist can make or break your workout.

We've all been that person fiddling with our iPhone or other music player while on the treadmill. It might be worth the temporary lack of focus to change the song to something faster to pick up our pace, but it is still a hassle.

A new app for iOS called Cruise Control bumps up the speed of your music or slows it down based on how fast you're moving. You can set your target pace in the app, and your music will adjust to that desired pace.

SEE ALSO: Half of Consumers Use Smartphones While Working Out [INFOGRAPHIC]

There are four ways to use the app. First, you can just launch it and start running. Your music will adjust to yo…
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Filmmakers Have Earned $102.7 Million in Pledges on Kickstarter

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 11:37 AM PST

Film projects on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter have raked in $102.7 million in pledges since April 2009. Here's how those finished projects performed.

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Postal Service to Host Cloud-Based ID Protection Network

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 11:21 AM PST

The U.S. Postal Service is testing technology that allows citizens to register for online services at multiple agencies without obtaining multiple passwords.

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Google’s Street View Car Starts Mapping Sandy Damage

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 11:00 AM PST

Google's Street View car was spotted Thursday snapping pictures of Staten Island homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy for updated imagery on Google Maps.

The car's presence, first reported by the New York Post, triggered an outcry among some residents who don't want their wrecked homes on the Internet for all to see. Residents' complaints about the maps ranged from privacy issues to concerns about property value.

However, at least one Staten Island local told the Post that Google's maps might generate more awareness and support. And Google will be making repeat visits as recovery continues -- New York City Mayor's Office Deputy Press Secretary Julie Wood said in a statement that Google…
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Would You Make Your Kid Sign a Contract to Use an iPhone?

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 10:49 AM PST

Earlier this week Mashable told you about a mom who gave her 13-year-old son an iPhone for Christmas, plus an 18 point contract stipulating what he can and cannot do with the phone.

Janell Burley Hofmann posted the contract on her blog.

This post garnered a lot of varied reactions from readers. Some parents thought the contract was a great way to set clear guidelines for the young teen and help ensure he's a responsible smartphone user. Others said they didn't have a problem with the rules but were bothered by the fact she chose to publicize her rules online. And considering how permanent one's digital footprint is, this information could show up throughout her son's life whenever so…
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Blogger Malala Yousafzai Leaves Hospital After Taliban Attack

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 10:42 AM PST

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani blogger who was shot and severely injured by the Taliban in October 2012, was released Thursday from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. The hospital shared a video on YouTube of Malala leaving inpatient treatment.

Malala will continue her rehabilitation in the UK, living for a few weeks in her family's temporary home in the Birmingham area. The hospital says she will be readmitted to undergo reconstructive cranial surgery later this month.

Members of the Pakistani Taliban shot Malala on her way home from school in the Swat valley region of Pakistan on Oct. 9.

The then 14-year-old had previously won the country's first Peace P…
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First Lab Inside a Glacier Houses Incredible Experiments

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 10:29 AM PST

In the world's only lab located inside a giant chunk of ice in the Arctic Circle, researchers carry out some of the best glacier experiments ever done.

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Kobe Bryant Adds 100,000 Followers 75 Minutes After Joining Twitter

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 10:27 AM PST

After years of not meeting a shot he didn't like on the hoop court, Kobe Bryant is already hogging all the followers mere hours after joining Twitter.

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Forbes Magazine Finally Hits Apple Newsstand

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 10:11 AM PST

Forbes Magazine is now available for download on Apple's Newsstand. The move comes just a couple of weeks after The Wall Street Journal finally entered Apple's digital newspaper and magazine service.

Forbes Magazine has long been available on iOS via the third-party magazine app Zinio. Plus, the publication already maintains several supplementary apps in the App Store, including Forbes Photos and Videos and Forbes Lists.

But it's only now that the popular business magazine itself is natively available on iOS -- albeit on iPad only -- via Newsstand.

As an integrated Newsstand app, Forbes Magazine for the iPad offers subscription options. Those costs are directly charged to your iTu…
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Keep an Eye on These Web Design Trends in 2013

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 10:10 AM PST

Brian Casel is a Web designer and the founder of Restaurant Engine, a web design service made for restaurants. Connect with Brian on Twitter @CasJam.

As we roll into 2013, our world of web design and development is changing more rapidly than ever before.

For web creators everywhere, living and working on the bleeding edge of design innovation is as exciting as ever.

To kick off the new year, now seems like a good time to highlight the important trends and developments in the world of design and dev during 2013. Without further ado, here's what you need to know about web design for the year to come.

The Craft

Let's start with trends in the way we will create websites.

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‘Star Wars’ Game to Introduce Same-Sex Romance

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 09:51 AM PST

Star Wars: The Old Republic has always revolved around the choices you make with your character in the video game -- joining the Rebels, embracing the Dark Side. But this year, BioWare will introduce a new dynamic for players to explore: same-sex romance.

Starting this spring -- and leading into further updates that will come later in 2013 -- players will be able to romance more than just the opposite sex. They'll be able to flirt with characters of the same gender, and eventually get to the point that the flirting evolves into a deeper relationship.

It will begin with the launch of the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion pack, which will be released sometime in the next few months. With…
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