Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Mashable: Latest 26 News Updates - including “Samsung Galaxy S IV Rumored to Be Announced on March 14”

Mashable: Latest 26 News Updates - including “Samsung Galaxy S IV Rumored to Be Announced on March 14”

Samsung Galaxy S IV Rumored to Be Announced on March 14

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 01:26 AM PST

Samsung's upcoming flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, will be announced on March 14, several outlets claim citing unspecified sources.

First, Mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin said on Twitter that a "big announcement" is coming March 14. SamMobile and The Verge independently confirmed with their forces that Samsung is indeed planning to launch several devices on that date, including the Galaxy S IV.

The details about the device should be taken with a grain of salt, but they reportedly include an Exynos 5 8-core processor, a 4.99'' Full HD screen, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.2.2.

The unveiling is said to be taking place in New York. With HTC's big event
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Cat Battles With CD Drive, Lives to Tell the Story

Posted: 19 Feb 2013 12:18 AM PST

This cat is single-pawingly fighting on behalf of the technology revolution.

Because like many of us, this kitty is so over the CD-Rom overlord and vows to end its evil dictatorship of computer-land. We get it, CDs are so 2001. Clearly this feline is all about the USB drive.

SEE ALSO: Maru Will Get Inside This Box and Be Adorable

We also give a hearty hat tip to the cat's owner who has found the best way to entertain a bored (and rambunctious) cat -- it's his version of 21st century cat fetch.

BONUS: 10 Terrific Grumpy Cat Tributes on Etsy

Homepage image via iStockphoto, _Ella_.

More About: cats, cute animals

Outlook.com Officially Replaces Hotmail, Boasts 60M Users

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 10:24 PM PST

Outlook.com officially launched Tuesday, marking the demise of its predecessor, Hotmail.

Nearly seven months after unveiling a preview of the email service last July, Microsoft announced the end of its beta run in a blog post.

Microsoft, which acquired Hotmail in 1997, said it will switch users to the new service "soon," but won't force them to change their emails to an "outlook.com" address. It added that all users should expect to see the change take place by this summer.

"Everything from their @hotmail.com email address, password, messages, folders, contacts, rules, vaation replies, etc. will stay the same, with no disruption in service."

The software giant also reveale…
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Extreme Free Runner Conquers Snow Obstacles With Ease

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 08:55 PM PST

Sometimes snow flakes just gets in the way. Those slippery death traps will manage to land you on your butt every time. Unless you're Ronnie Shalvis, and you flip and glide over the icy tundra like a gymnastic Zamboni.

Shalvis shows off how he jumps, slides, skates and sprints through frigid temperatures by free running, an art form evolved from parkour that uses acrobatics. He can ninja climb his way up walls and land backflips off snow-covered railings.

SEE ALSO: Vining Nemo: Your Best Winter Storm Videos

Don't look away, or the only thing you'll see is a blur of Shalvis' footprints in the snow.

BONUS: Woof! These 15 Slush Puppies Are Crazy About Snow

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More About: viral videos, Watercooler, winter

China Unseats U.S. to Become World’s Top Smart Device Market

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 07:54 PM PST

China now has the world's most active Android and iOS smart devices, surpassing the U.S. for the top spot, according to a new report.

Flurry, a mobile-analytics firm, estimates that the East Asian country will have 246 million devices in its installed base by the end of February, compared to 230 million in the U.S. Just last month, China had only 221 million devices, while the U.S. had 222 million.

The firm also said China will continue to dominate the U.S., given its much higher population (1.3 billion people versus 310 million). Boasting a population of 1.2 billion, India is the only realistic challenger. Still, with only 19 million active smart devices, "China will not likely see…
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More About: china, smartphone, Tablet, united states

10 Totally Geeky Keychains

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 07:00 PM PST

1. Robot Keychain

This cute robot loves your keys. Cost: $8 Image courtesy of DeviceZero/Etsy

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Here at Mashable we're unashamedly geeky. Because of this, we like to sport as much geek "flair" as humanly possible.

We have taken a look at some keychains perfect for nerds, featuring designs ranging from robots to retro gaming.

SEE ALSO: 10 Unicorn Accessories to Sparkle Up Your Office

Take a look through our gloriously geeky selection in the gallery above. Let us know in the comments below which ones you'd like to look after your keys.

Image courtesy of DeviceZero/Etsy

More About: accessories, features, gallery, geek, home, Lifestyle

Watch Dubstep Kitties Save the Day

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 05:55 PM PST

Ever wonder why your socks go missing? According to the video, above, covert sock-stealing soldiers rifle through your drawers during midnight raids.

But if your room is equipped with Elite Feline Forces, there's no need for alarm, as the killer kitties will safeguard your hosiery. Watch the action go down, complete with slow-mo shots and mechanical meows courtesy of a dubstep soundtrack.

BONUS VIDEO: Kitties Droppin' Beats

Screenshot image courtesy of YouTube, CorridorDigital

More About: cats, dubstep, kittens

Ubuntu to Unveil Its Operating System for Tablets on Tuesday

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 04:58 PM PST

Ubuntu announced earlier this month that it would be bringing its Linux-based operating system to mobile phones later in 2013. Now, it looks like we might see the OS on tablets, as well.

A countdown clock has appeared on Ubuntu's website, along with the message "Tick, tock, tablet time!"

Canonical — the company behind the Ubuntu project — recently announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu will be available for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 on Feb. 21. It will also be installing the OS onto developer's phones at the Mobile World Congress, which takes place from Feb. 25 to 28.

Tuesday's announcement will likely be a tablet-optimized version of the OS av…
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Man Orders World’s Most Expensive Starbucks Drink at $47.30

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 03:57 PM PST

If you're feeling sluggish today, just head over to Starbucks and get yourself a Quadriginoctuple Frap. It'll give you 48 shots of pure caffeine, and will only cost you $47.50.

A now, what we imagine, very buzzed Beau Chevassus created the drink at a Washington branch of the shop in an effort to set the world record for the most expensive coffee concoction. Chevassus blew the last contender -- who last year created a $23.60 drink with 16 shots of espresso -- out of the caffeinated water.

SEE ALSO: Tired of Plastic? Upgrade Your Starbucks Card to Metal for $450

The record-breaking coffee included 48 shots in a venti mocha frappuccino with soy mocha drizzle, matcha powder, protei…
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No Two Web Pages Separated by More Than 19 Clicks, Study Says

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 03:05 PM PST

If you're ever feeling lost in the vacuum of cyber space, don't despair. The web is woven tighter than you might expect -- in fact, you're probably just a few clicks away from your homepage.

Apparently, no two pages on the web are separated by more than 19 clicks. That's according to research recently published in The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

The researcher, Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási, is something of an expert on network theory. He authored a book called Linked: The New Science of Networks, which was published in 2002.

SEE ALSO: The Internet Smells Like Urine

Still, the web's 19 clicks of separation may seem unimpressive since Kevin Bac
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Black Keys Drummer Thrashes Justin Bieber on Twitter

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 01:50 PM PST

Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is holding his own against an angry mob of Beliebers by, what else? Changing his Twitter name to Justin Bieber and mocking the pop idol mercilessly.

And while Biebers' fans are outraged by the social networking prank (outraged is the understatement of the century in this case), the non-Beliebers have found the hilarity in the all-out Twitter feud.

The rivalry began when a reporter asked Carney -- a three-time Grammy winner -- about Bieber's award snub.

Carney responded, "He's rich, right? Grammys are for music, not for money. He's making a lot of money. He should be happy, I guess."

Bieber quickly took to Twitter (what else do pop stars do?) r…
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Sex on Mars: A Dangerous Love Story

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 01:27 PM PST

If a Mars colony is truly in our future, how will we fulfill one of the most basic human needs?

More About: astronauts, features, health, Mars, Mars Colony, Mars One, Science, sex, space

To Celebrate Presidents’ Day, Here’s Bill Clinton With a Cat

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 12:35 PM PST

Happy Presidents' Day! You've probably already heard enough inspirational Abraham Lincoln quotes and read one too many scandalous stories about Andrew Jackson. Instead, let's celebrate this holiday about all things POTUS in true Internet style -- with cats.

Well, one cat. One really cool, White House hobnobbing kitty.

SEE ALSO: 12 Weirdest Things That Look Like U.S. Presidents

Socks the cat served as the Director of Feline Affairs during the Clinton Administration and rubbed elbows -- err, noses -- with the Commander in Chief. He was known to hold meetings in the Oval Office, socialize with local strays and take rides on Bill Clinton's shoulders.

BONUS: Vintage Bill Clinton and
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More About: Bill Clinton, cats, cute animals, presidents day, Watercooler

Your Monday Brain Needs 6 Minutes of Cute Animals

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 12:12 PM PST

What's up, Monday? Why you got to show up all surprise like? Even if you got to sleep in and catch up on The Price Is Right because it's Presidents' Day, it's still Monday and no amount of daytime television can fix that.

Help your brain ease into the work week with more than six minutes of kittens, hedgehogs and other cute animals.

SEE ALSO: World's Cutest Frog Puts Internet Cats to Shame

YouTube user TheHumpyObserver squished together clips of the Internet's most touching furballs -- and featherballs -- for a master adorableness compilation guaranteed to make you smile on this Monday.

BONUS: 10 Cute Animals and the Inanimate Objects They Love

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Inside Google’s Top Secret Glass Foundry Event

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 11:29 AM PST

Glass Foundry

Google's Glass Foundry was a developer event held in both NYC and San Francisco for developers to get some hands-on time with Google Glass.

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Earlier this month Google held two top secret Glass Foundry events in NYC and San Francisco. Developers who attended the closed-door events were required to sign pretty extensive non-disclosure agreements promising to not share what went on inside, which left many wondering what happened – until now.

On its developer Google+ page, Google posted a number of photos from the event, as well as a little bit of information about the Foundry events in general.

According to the post, during the two-day event Glass Explorers formed teams and built over 80 new ways to use Glass using the still-secret API the company has built. Everyone who showed off an application for Glass scored a special l…
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Hear the Oscars’ All-Time ‘Best Original Songs’

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 11:01 AM PST

We're in the final countdown to the Academy Awards, and everyone is making predictions about who will take home which golden statuette. There's no shortage of entertainment at the Oscars, from the Red Carpet fashion to the tearful acceptance speeches.

Of course, there's also the musical entertainment: the songs nominated for the coveted prize of Best Original Song and performed onstage at the Academy Awards. Before you tune in this Sunday, take a look back at our selection of our favorite nominees and winners for Best Original Song on this Music Monday.

The list of nominees for Best Original Song reveals just how much the movies have changed since the award was first presented at…
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More About: academy awards, Adele, disney, music monday, Oscars, Oscars 2013

7 Craigslist Alternatives to Try Out

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 10:52 AM PST

While Craigslist offers a unique way to find goods and services online, there are several setbacks to the online classifieds platform: Scams run rampant, spam ads are frequent and the minimalist design lacks user-friendly appeal.

Many still flock to Craigslist to post job listings or apartment rentals because of its large community, but the downfalls often outweigh the possible visibility of the ad. It just may be time to look elsewhere for online classified ads.

SEE ALSO: 5 Ways to Spot a Craigslist Scam

Here are seven sites that offer similar services, but eliminate a lot of Craigslist's hassle:

eBay Classifieds
This site gives you the same benefits of Craigslist with the cr…
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The 10 McFunniest Reactions to Burger King Twitter Hack

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 10:31 AM PST

Hackers pulling off a Hamburglar 2.0 move on Burger King's Twitter account livened up a ho-hum Presidents' Day for the Internet.

Twitter reacted with its usual 140 character McBites of snappy commentary, turning a whopper of a social media oopsie turned into tasty treat of entertainment -- unless you work for Burger King.

Check out 10 of our favorite funny reactions below and add your picks in the comments.

Somebody needs to tell Burgerking that 'whopper123' isn't a secure password.— Simon Osborne (@flibblesan) February 18, 2013

Is the Hamburglar behind this?— Jordan Cohen (@jorcohen) February 18, 2013

This is why Burger King should use 2 sauce authentication…
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Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Memorialized on Twitter

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 10:18 AM PST

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss passed away at the age of 80 Monday morning. He was hospitalized last week with an undisclosed form of cancer.

Buss purchased the Lakers, along with the Los Angeles Kings in 1979. He later sold the NHL team, but maintained ownership of the Lakers until his death. Buss' Lakers brought 10 NBA Championships to Los Angeles in just over three decades.

Longtime Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss passed away today at 5:55am after a long illness. He was 80. #RIPDrBuss twitter.com/Lakers/status/…— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 18, 2013

Upon purchasing the team, Buss ushered in an era known as the Showtime Lakers. He encouraged the team to play a…
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Burger King Twitter Account Hacked

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 09:40 AM PST

Hackers took over Burger King's Twitter account on Monday.

The cyber tricksters changed the fast food company's avatar and name to "McDonalds" and sent a McFlurry of questionable and offensive tweets. The Twitter mishap isn't all bad news for Burger King though -- the account added 5,000 new followers in the first 30 minutes since the hackers took over.

SEE ALSO: The 10 McFunniest Reactions to Burger King Twitter Hack

Mashable has reached out to the company and will update this post with any response.

UPDATE: As of 1:15 p.m. EST, it appears Twitter has suspended the @BurgerKing account.

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m. EST: Burger King shared a statement with Mashable regarding Monday's Tw…
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Sea World Seals Put Your ‘Harlem Shake’ to Shame

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 09:34 AM PST

The "Harlem Shake" may be so two weeks ago, but this YouTube video gives you the opportunity to watch seals shaking their fins and a walrus doing rhythmic sit-ups.

Now that's how you rejuvenate a dying viral trend -- get some rump-shakin' sea mammals to participate.

SEE ALSO: Watch Puppies 'Harlem Shake' Their Tails

It's also great marketing by San Antonio's Sea World. They may have to continuously perform this routine whenever visitors show up, but it's probably worth it for everyone involved.

BONUS: 17 Amazing 'Harlem Shake' Videos You Can't Possibly Live Without

Homepage image courtesy of YouTube, saseaworld

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Readers Respond to Porn Ban and Submit Their Harlem Shake Videos

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 08:48 AM PST

Iceland May Ban Porn

Iceland recently announced that it is considering enacting a country-wide ban on porn. Simon Shehata disagreed with the logic behind the law, arguing that a ban would actually be harmful to kids.

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Last week on Mashable commenters discussed a potential country-wide ban on porn by Iceland. If the ban comes to fruition, Iceland will be the first Western country to censor the buying or downloading of porn online. Some of our readers argued that porn encourages violence against women and hoped to see similar bans such as this one in other countries in the future. Other readers doubted the ability of the government to truly censor all online porn, and argued that attempting to do so would be an ineffective solution to a problem that could be solved with better parenting.

Earlier this month, an Applebee's server was fired for posting a snarky customer's comment online. This week, an OBGY…
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10 Excellent Apps to Improve Your Commute

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 08:07 AM PST

1. Waze

Community-based traffic and navigation app Waze has more than 30 million users, all of whom help generate up-to-date information on traffic and road alerts. With Waze installed, you can keep on top of road conditions in real time, utilize voice-guided navigation and even join or create groups to share your commute information with others. Price: Free Screenshots courtesy of Waze

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Commuting can be an extremely stressful and frustrating experience. No matter how many times you travel to the same destination, there are often unexpected obstacles. Road delays, train traffic -- even a crying baby in an overcrowded subway car can disrupt your trip.

SEE ALSO: 6 Apps That Make Mornings More Manageable

But it's nothing a few handy apps can't handle, right? A recent study shows that commuters who use connected apps tend to have a better time getting from point A to point B. Don't you deserve the same?

We've rounded up 10 apps that will make commuting life a little easier, from choosing the best route to finding cheaper gas. Check out the gallery above, and let us know…
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Zombies Invade Classic Movies

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 07:25 AM PST

The Corpse Wars

Image courtesy of Matt Busch and Neatoshop

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Zombies invade classic films -- noshing on the brains of E.T. and Dorothy Gale -- at the hands of artist Matt Busch. The iconic movies rise from the undead to undergo a makeover that makes them hungry for brraaaaaiiiiiiins.

Busch reimagines the posters for favorites like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, sketching new, more noggin-hungry versions.

SEE ALSO: Canadian Parliament Legitimately Discusses Zombie Apocalypse

View and purchase the entire collection at the Neatoshop.

Homepage image courtesy of Flickr, All Seeing Angler

More About: art, Movies, Watercooler, zombies

Bungie’s Destiny And Other News You Need to Know

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 06:27 AM PST

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. LG announced it will release the feature-packed Optimus G Pro in North America in the second quarter of 2013. Apple has launched new ads for its iPad, and Bungie, the company behind the massively popular Halo franchise, has unveiled its latest project -- "Destiny."

Check out the video above for more on these stories.

Image courtesy of Bungie

More About: apple, bungie, features, first to know series, LG

Dick Vitale Talks Internet, Baby!

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 05:55 AM PST

Dick Vitale -- better known as Dickie V to hoop-heads -- on Twitter, tech's impact on college basketball and an upcoming online auction for cancer research.

More About: college sports, Sports

10 Terrific Grumpy Cat Tributes on Etsy

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 04:29 AM PST

1. Grumpy Cat Coasters

Add some agnst to your coffee table with this set of four laser-engraved coasters cut from bamboo plywood. Cost: Approximately $34.58 Image courtesy of CirclesEnding/Etsy

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Although we all know by now that "Grumpy Cat" actually isn't, we still can't get enough of that adorabley miserable furry face.

We have scoured Etsy for the very best Grumpy Cat tributes. From clothing to coasters, you'll be surprised at the variety of gorgeous goods on offer.

SEE ALSO: 10 Unicorn Accessories to Sparkle Up Your Office

Take a look through our gallery of great finds. Let us know in the comments below which Tard tribute is your favorite.

Image courtesy of CirclesEnding/Etsy

More About: accessories, Etsy, fashion, grumpy cat, home, Lifestyle, memes, Watercooler

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