Sunday, 24 February 2013

Mashable: Latest 17 News Updates - including “Earth’s Smallest Space Telescopes Launching Monday”

Mashable: Latest 17 News Updates - including “Earth’s Smallest Space Telescopes Launching Monday”

Earth’s Smallest Space Telescopes Launching Monday

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 08:06 PM PST

Two tiny satellites billed as the world's smallest space telescopes will launch into orbit Monday (Feb. 25) on a mission to study the brightest stars in the night sky.

The Bright Target Explorer (BRITE) nanosatellites look like little cubes and will blast off atop an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) on Monday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India.

While tiny nanosatellites have launched into space before, they have been mainly used to study Earth or test new spaceflight technologies. But the BRITE satellites will be the first spacecraft of their small stature to peer into the cosmos, their builders say.

The diminutive
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4 Job Search Performance Enhancement Tips

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 07:20 PM PST

If you're looking for a job right now, it might be time to take a step back and evaluate your job search tactics: check out these tips to aid your search.

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50 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 06:27 PM PST

It has been another busy week in the digital world. Catch up on the latest digital media resources with our weekly features roundup.

More About: Business, digital resources, Feature, features roundup, mashable, Social Media, Tech

Security Flaw Gives Hacker Full Access to Facebook Profiles

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 06:23 PM PST

A web developer is claiming he was able to access personal Facebook profiles through a security hole.

More About: Facebook, facebook privacy settings, Newsy, OAuth, Video

Samsung Launches the Galaxy Note 8.0

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 05:59 PM PST

BARCELONA: Although Samsung will likely show off its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S IV, mid-March, the company did not come to this year's Mobile World Congress empty-handed.

Almost two days before the official event starts, Samsung gave journalists a glimpse of the Galaxy Note 8.0, an 8-inch tablet with a decent set of specs and support for Samsung's stylus, which the company calls the S Pen.

With the Galaxy Note 8.0, Samsung is revisiting a space it helped pioneer with its original Galaxy Tab back in late 2010: the mid-sized tablet.

Although the Galaxy Note 8.0 has a larger screen than Samsung's older 7-inch tablets -- including the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Tab Plus
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Horrific Race Video Hits YouTube, NASCAR Has It Taken Down [UPDATED]

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 04:30 PM PST

When a multi-car accident punctuated the end of a NASCAR race at Daytona on Saturday afternoon, fan-shot footage of the disintegrating cars, pieces of debris flying into the stands, and a tire landing between the bleacher seats quickly found its way to YouTube. Minutes later, the clip (that you see above) was removed by YouTube at the request of NASCAR, citing copyright concerns:

NASCAR blocks race footage

According to the Orlando Sentinel, at least 15 race fans were injured, with eight of them requiring hospitalization. None of the race car drivers were seriously injured in the crash. Update: According to Reuters, 14 fans were taken to the hospital and 14 were treated at the scene. Reuters added that one o…
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Social Media Predicts Oscar Winners

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 03:42 PM PST

With the Oscars 2013 broadcast less than a day away, everyone's wondering who will win. Social media has an answer, and we've compiled the data into the infographic, below.

The Meltwater Group has been tracking social media for the past month, gathering information about the Oscar nominees from Twitter, Facebook, blogs, comments and YouTube videos. Researchers delivered data on the Oscars' top six categories.

While the actual names of the Oscar winners are safely sealed inside envelopes to be opened on Sunday night, the popularity contest that is social media offers hints at what might transpire.

During the collection of this social-media data, there's been one especially tight race
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‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Premieres Ahead of Season 3

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 03:04 PM PST

Epic battles and stormy rivalries return to television with the third-season debut of Game of Thrones.

Viewers are getting a sneak peek at the latest chapter of HBO's fantasy saga in this YouTube video. The minute-long trailer teases clips from the upcoming season, premiering March 31.

Are you excited for season three of Game of Thrones? What do you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments.

Image courtesy of YouTube, GameofThrones

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 02:27 PM PST

1. Google Chromebook Pixel

The search giant and OS upstart unveiled its first high-resolution touchscreen laptop on Thursday, the Pixel, and turned the Chrome OS and Chromebook from an entry-level platform for cash-starved netizens into a powerful tool for cloud-friendly business people. Find out more about Google's surprising and expensive gamble: Image by Chris Taylor, Mashable

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Another big week in tech is coming to a close, and this has been a good one -- lots of interesting unveilings, speculations, hacks and oh, yeah, Google Glass, making this Top 10 Tech especially exciting.

Microsoft was just the latest big tech company to admit it was hacked, joining The New York Times and other newspapers, Twitter, Facebook and others.

The biggest revelation came from Google, which finally told us more about its secretive project Glass, unveiling some of its uses and publishing videos of people wearing them. And this wasn't Google's only revelation. The Mountain View company also launched the Chromebook Pixel, a touchscreen laptop with premium features -- and an expens…
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Student Suspended for Organizing ‘Harlem Shake’ Flash Mob

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 01:44 PM PST

Perhaps school administrators were sick of the meme?

A 17-year-old high school student was arrested and suspended for five days after organizing a failed "Harlem Shake" video shoot on campus Friday, according to the New York Post

Arnis Mehmetaj, a senior at Forest Hills HS in New York, tried to call it off at the last minute, but word had spread too far among the school's 3,000 students.

Mehmetaj's classmates created a now-removed online petition protesting his punishment, which they deemed too harsh. In response, administrators reversed their decision. For more on the story, watch the video, above.

Image courtesy of YouTube, hiimrawn

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Online Campaign Nets Homeless Man $100K for Returning Lost Ring

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 12:57 PM PST

An online fundraiser has accumulated more than $100,000 for a Kansas City homeless man after he returned an engagement ring to its owner.

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6 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 12:18 PM PST


Need to send files from your phone to a friend? How about a group of friends? ProxToMe is a new app that lets you see other iOS devices around you, and then send a file from your phone to theirs, instantly. The app can be used for everything from sending a movie to your best friend, to sending your band's latest single to concertgoers.

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It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck -- Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.

This week, we found a new social-calendar app for keeping track of all your plans, and another app that makes sharing files with friends -- or people you've just met -- a snap.

Just in time for SXSW, one popular location-sharing app saw a huge update, while a typing app for Android has gotten even smarter.

Check out the gallery, above, for a look at this week's highlights.

Still looking for more? Check out last week's Apps You Don't Want To Miss for more great apps worth a look.

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LEGO Pre-Enactment Shows ‘Harlem Shake’ Meme in 2015

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 11:29 AM PST

Ah, the fleeting life of an Internet meme. Will we remember the "Harlem Shake" craze in 2015? This humorous skit investigates -- using LEGO.

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The Worst Way to Reject a Job Candidate

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 10:44 AM PST

Employers who leave rejected job candidates with a bad taste in their mouths may see the bottom line suffer for it, new research shows.

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10 Banana Portraits That You’ll Go Ape Over

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 09:57 AM PST

Steve Jobs

Images courtesy of Tumblr, hoooneyyyimhooome.

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Bruised bananas are the worst. They should really be exiled from the fruit world, unless of course you can turn a rotting fruit into an absolute masterpiece like this artist.

When Honey, a graphic artist and illustrator, realized she had a surplus of potassium-packed fruit laying around the kitchen she figured they woud make the perfect canvas for her work. She began the process by using pens, she told Mashable, but soon realized the pen punctured the banana skin too easily, which is when she switched to safety pins.

SEE ALSO: 10 Works of Art on Vine

"I make a lot of small punctures in the banana's skin, which exposes the interior to air, causing it to turn brown," Honey said. "…
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7 Oscar Nominees Like You’ve Never Seen Them

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 09:15 AM PST

1. Joaquin Phoenix: Superkid

This clip, taken from a 1989 episode of Superboy, shows a young Joaquin Phoenix -- with flowing blonde hair, we might add -- standing up to schoolyard bullies in the best way possible. Spoiler alert: He gets the girl, too. Phoenix is up for a Best Actor award for his performance in The Master. Video courtesy of YouTube, Superboyrob

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Joaquin Phoenix as an '80s superhero -- plus more. Check out our list of this year's Oscar nominees' lesser-known sides.

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Hacking Hollywood: How Digital Insurgents Are Disrupting Film

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 08:04 AM PST

Mashable OP-ED

When Seth MacFarlane takes the stage at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday to host the Academy Awards, it will be 84 years after the first such ceremony in 1929 and 44 days after the death of Infogami co-founder and anti-Hollywood/anti-SOPA activist Aaron Swartz.

I love films. My father, an opera singer, taught me at an early age to appreciate the dramatic arts, and I was a theater actor in my youth. Some of my greatest heroes in life are filmmakers like Passolini, who gave so much of themselves to their work. I'm an indie film director, and I've been on the other side of the spectrum in big-budget filmmaking. I should be working in Hollywood today -- but I'm not.

The reason…
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CDC iPad App Lets You Solve Disease Outbreaks

Posted: 23 Feb 2013 07:02 AM PST

In the age of social media, we can track disease outbreaks like never before. Now, a new game from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes the armchair epidemiology to a whole new level.

The CDC created "Solve the Outbreak," a new iPad app, to increase awareness of public health outbreaks. If you were a fervent fan of movies like Contagion or 28 Days Later, you can put those hours of Internet research to work.

Users take on the role of a disease outbreak investigator in the agency's Epidemic Intelligence Service and tackle three outbreak scenarios including "Birthday Party Gone Bad." The narratives are based on real events solved by EIS officers.

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