Friday, 1 February 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Can The Cloud Help You Make Better Decisions?”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Can The Cloud Help You Make Better Decisions?”

Can The Cloud Help You Make Better Decisions?

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 01:55 AM PST

The service rounds up data from services such as Mailchimp and Quickbooks for easier monitoring and can cross the data for more meaningful applications.

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Report: Sony to Launch PS3 Successor in February

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 01:18 AM PST

Sony will launch a PS3 successor on February 20, the Wall Street Journal reports citing sources familiar with the matter.

Sony has officially announced an event on that date, saying the fans will "see the future" of PlayStation, but has not disclosed what, exactly, will be revealed at the event.

According to WSJ's sources, Sony will start selling its next-generation PlayStation later this year, competing for attention with Microsoft, which is also likely to launch a new gaming console in 2013.

With the PS4 (if that's what it'll be called), Sony plans to focus more on the social gaming aspects than on the machine's specifications. The next-gen PlayStation will reportedly keep an o…
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Your Facebook Profile Could Determine Mental Illness

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 12:53 AM PST

Everyone has that one crazy Facebook friend. They overshare, write cryptic statuses or worse, type in all caps.

Those seemingly annoying posts, or lack thereof, could be more than just news feed fodder. Facebook profiles could be used as insight into mental health issues, a new study says.

According to researchers at the University of Missouri, whether you post once an hour or once a month can be an indicator of your psychological state. Researchers surveyed more than 200 college students to gauge their levels of extroversion and support of strange beliefs, then asked participants to print their Facebook activity. Students had the option of blacking out portions of their Timeline.…
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More About: Facebook, health, mental health, psychology, Social Media, social networking

This Is How Your Brain Works

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 11:50 PM PST

Quick, what's 23 times 46? No time to think, your mind has already figured it out.

Confused? No need for an explanation, your mind is two steps ahead of you.

Sometimes your brain is working so fast it's getting everything wrong. And sometimes it's working so well, it makes you blind.

It doesn't make much sense, until ASAPScience lays it out. It all boils down to the fact that our mind is constantly playing tricks on us, but for our own good. This video explains that without a system of "slow" and "fast" thinking, our brains would be exhausted from menial tasks and we'd treat brushing our teeth like long division.

SEE ALSO: Why Your Mind Is the Most Powerful Thing in the U
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Web Search Tool Answers Your Tricky Questions

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 08:49 PM PST

A startup called SkyPhrase brings a better understanding of complex questions to the web.

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The Apple Versus Android War Song

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 08:37 PM PST

Haven't you heard? It's not just a phone, it's a war.

So pick a side and choose wisely. You're making a lifetime commitment; is it Apple or Android? And there's no going back for fear of being called a traitor, a war criminal even a flip-flopper.

SEE ALSO: How to End the iPhone vs. Android Debate

And if you're spending any time liaising with the other side, prepare to sever ties. There's no sleeping with the enemy when it comes to this conflict.

This song is your official war cry, begin preparing for battle.

Video and photo via YouTube, Meri Amber

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Mini-Drone Will Watch Wherever You Go

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 07:39 PM PST

If you're one of those people who feel the urge to document each and every breathing moment of your life, but think it's annoying to have to get out your smartphone to snap pictures and upload them every time, you're in luck.

Thanks to startup Always Innovating, you'll soon be able to have a mini-drone hover over your shoulder and do that job for you.

It's called MeCam and it's essentially a small quadrocopter flying robot that will be able to continuously follow you, snap pictures or videos with its built-in digital camera, stream them to an Android or iOS phone or tablet, and upload them to social networks like Facebook or YouTube.

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Puppies Adorably Predict Super Bowl Winner

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 06:46 PM PST

If you're betting on the outcome of this year's Super Bowl, we think we've found a way to zone in on the winning choice.

Puppy predicting -- a long practiced and perfected art -- uses a streamlined mathematical formula which promises 100 percent guaranteed results. It has absolutely nothing to with the dogs just trotting over to the closet bowl filled with Kibbles 'n Bits.

SEE ALSO: Super Bowl Puppy Cam Is Here — and It's Too Cute for Words

Accurate or not, Jimmy Fallon recruited an elite group of puppy psychic types to sniff out the result of Sunday's Super Bowl.

See who the puppies pick, and tell us if you agree in the comments below.

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Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 06:06 PM PST

1. The View From Above

"The view from the room is unbelievable! Beautiful city!" -- Niall Horan Photo stats: 32,709 retweets

Click here to view this gallery.

See which pictures were shared and retweeted across Twitter the most this week.

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Vinecats: the Purrfect Way to View Vine?

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 05:46 PM PST

Feeling down? This site is guaranteed to put you in a good mewd. Meet Vinecats, a vine aggregator that shows nine random six-second cat videos, in a grid, all the time.

The creation of q30 Design, the site's home page shows 9 different cats Vines at a time, simultaneously.

SEE ALSO: 12 Cats That Don't Want to Star in Your Stupid Vine

When you're ready for more, a "Gimmie More Cats" button refreshes the selections, providing you with more nap-taking, paw-licking action.

What do you think? Is this the purrfect way to browse Vine videos? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Thumbnail Image Courtesy Flickr User ihasb33r

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R2-D2 Heels! Need These, You Do

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 05:31 PM PST

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the winner of Star Wars item of the week: R2-D2 shoes for ladies.

These beauties, featuring R2s clinging to their heels and a blinking R2-like front panel up on the foot, showed up Wednesday on Instructables -- a site that documents its users' creations, so you can make your own. (And yes, that light on the front does blink like R2.)

R2-D2 heels are the proud creation of Mike Warren, aka Michaelsauras, the veteran West Coast-based "Play Editor" at Instructables. Warren's previous creations have graced the New York Times and Wired.

So make them yourself, you shall? Well, if you're proficient with a MIG welder, handy with a soldering iron, comfor…
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Super Bowl Monday? Man Petitions to Create Football Holiday

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 05:21 PM PST

One man has petitioned the White House to make the day after the Super Bowl into a national holiday.

More About: online petition, Super Bowl, we the people

8th Grader Has Best Breakup Line Ever

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 04:53 PM PST

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"It's not you it's me. I just need some space to work on myself. It's really just the timing. You deserve someone better."

Puh-lease. Those breakup lines aren't foolin' anyone. We've all heard 'em, we've all used 'em. It's time the dating world was injected with some creativity, some wit and, for goodness sakes, some honesty.

Enter an 8th grader mature beyond his years. He knows when a gal this needy is barking up his tree, he's got to tell her to love it or leave it. Because he's got his priorities straight -- fried chicken over girls any day.

SEE ALSO: Upbeat Heartbreak as Couple Announces Breakup With Song

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Mega’s First Search Engine Gets Blocked

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 04:43 PM PST

Kim Dotcom's new sharing website Mega got a little closer to resembling its old, closed-down version, Megaupload on Wednesday. Anonymous users launched a search engine that indexes files uploaded on the new sharing service, potentially making it easier to find copyright-protected material.

On Thursday, less than 24 hours after the first news reports of the existence of the third-party engine surfaced, Dotcom blocked it. The engine, called, is not available anymore. A message in French on its home page reads (according to a Google Translate translation): "Due to a script developed by Mega to delete all files indexed in Mega-search, the engine is temporarily unavailable. A s…
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Swimsuit Model Blasts Body Image ‘Haters’ on Twitter

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 04:21 PM PST

Nina Agdall is a beautiful woman. She's also on the skinny side. But she won't stand for critics and took to Twitter on Thursday to set the record straight.

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Is Sony Launching a New PlayStation Next Month?

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 04:05 PM PST

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Could Sony finally be unveiling the PlayStation 4?

The company is holding an event Feb. 20 to talk about the future of PlayStation. Announced via its Twitter account, a page for the event simply shows the date and time of the event (6 p.m. EST) along with the short teaser version shown above, with no other information about what it has in store.

See the future: #playstation2013— PlayStation (@PlayStation) January 31, 2013

Earlier this month, Sony announced that it will stop selling the PlayStation 2. The PlayStation 3 has been on the market since 2006, which makes the company due for a next-generation console. The PlayStation 4 has been he…
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Student Project Helps Disabled Kitten Walk

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 03:59 PM PST

Someone get the students at Conifer High School a Nobel Peace Prize -- They are saving the world one kitty at a time.

Thanks to these kids, Flipper, a cat with a twisted spine, has a chance at leading a normal life of mouse-chasing and bedpost-scratching.

Flipper was born with a condition that doesn't allow her back end to walk on the same plane as her front. And while veterinarians at Aspen Park Vet Hospital in Conifer, Co., were ready to put her down, the Blitz Robotic Club stepped in with some true ingenuity.

(We'd also like to point out that the robotics club is probably the coolest afterschool activity in the world, and I'm totally jealous that my high school didn't have…
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Former Obama Cybersecurity Czar Warns Against Use of Cyberweapons

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 03:44 PM PST

Talks of cyberwar and a cyber Pearl Harbor seem to be a regular fixture of news reports in the last few months, with prominent U.S. administration officials like Janet Napolitano or Leon Panetta regularly touting the threat of a cyber attack on the United States. But not everybody is buying it. For one, Howard Schmidt, the former chief cybersecurity advisor to President Barack Obama, is skeptical.

"I don't share the viewpoint that we're on the brink of disaster every time a new worm comes out or a new DDoS (distributed denial of service) comes out," he told Mashable. In fact, he even disagrees with the terminology that's being used. "I don't like using the word cyberwar, and I don't like…
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Here’s How Data Can Solve the World’s Most Challenging Problems

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 03:26 PM PST

Swedish academic and Gapminder Foundation co-founder Hans Rosling says data doesn't always back up our conceptions about the world. In the video above, Rosling explains that our ideas about developed and developing countries largely reflect the reality of fifty years ago, rather than today.

The video, The River of Myth, was released to coincide with Bill Gates' annual letter, and shares its emphasis on the power of measuring to achieve progress.

Rosling begins by examining the huge gap between child mortality rates in developed and developing countries fifty years ago, in 1963. By 1990, many countries had made progress, while others, such as Ethiopia, had hardly moved. In the las…
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Super Bowl Teams Are Losers on Facebook Likes

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 03:13 PM PST

If Facebook Likes were touchdowns, both Super Bowl teams would be losers. In fact, both teams combined can't compare to the champion of Likes: the Dallas Cowboys.

With more than 5 million Likes, the Cowboys far outpace the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, whose Like counts stand at about 1.7 million and 1.4 million, respectively. Maybe that's why they call the Cowboys "America's Team."

SEE ALSO: Super Bowl XLVII: The Social Media Guidebook

On the other hand, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most active fans on Facebook. The Steelers contingent posted more than 350,000 comments throughout the season.

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How Nvidia Kept Project Shield a Secret

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 03:06 PM PST

Nvidia surprised the world at CES 2013 when it unveiled Project Shield, a portable Android gaming device that also works the PC games. Everyone expected the Tegra 4 mobile processor, but no one saw Project Shield coming. In this age of a hyperscrutiny of tech companies, how did Nvidia keep it a secret?

Three ways: simple security precautions, very little outside involvement and an incredibly tight development schedule. Nvidia describes the inception and subsequent creation of Project Shield in a blog post, revealing the product went from barely functioning prototypes to the working models we saw at CES in just 19 days.

Nvidia's decision to use in-house talent to create Project Shield w…
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‘Wall Street Journal’: China Hacks Us, Too

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 03:04 PM PST

The Wall Street Journal revealed Thursday that it has been the victim of Chinese hackers "on and off during the past few years."

"Evidence shows that infiltration efforts target the monitoring of the Journal's coverage of China and are not an attempt to gain commercial advantage or to misappropriate customer information," Paula Keve, chief spokeswoman for Dow Jones & Co., said in a statement Thursday.

Keve told Journal reporters that the paper is working with "authorities and outside security specialists" to secure its network. The Journal completed on Thursday efforts to increase network security, possibly anticipating further attacks.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been l…
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Tablet Shipments Hit Record Levels While Apple’s Market Share Declines

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 02:47 PM PST

Global tablet shipments reached a record of 52.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new report.

Jumping from 29.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, the tablet market grew a staggering 75.3% year over year. It also increased 74.3% from 30.1 million units in the previous quarter, the International Data Corporation wrote.

"Lower average selling prices, a wide range of new product offerings and increased holiday spending all acted as catalysts to push the already climbing tablet market to record levels."

Although Apple's iPad was the best-selling tablet, the Cupertino, Calif., company saw its market share dip for a second quarter in a row, due to…
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Pitbull Puppy Is All the Exercise Motivation You Need

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 02:39 PM PST

It is so difficult to get in a workout these days. You try and make time but there's always someone hogging the treadmill at the gym.

If all your fitness efforts fail, do like this puppy, and hop alongside your workout buddy. And while paws offer the best traction for dealing with incline and speed, there is an important lesson to learn from this agressive and persistant puppy -- if at first your exercise efforts flop, try and try again.

SEE ALSO: Puppy Tackles the Stairs in Cutest Video You'll See Today

Now get to sweating -- this pitbull is about to lap you.

BONUS: 20 Entertaining YouTube Videos Under 20 Seconds

Video and photo via YouTube, peaceloveandpitbulls.

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BlackBerry’s Secret Weapon: Women

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 02:31 PM PST

The two most significant words that BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said during the company's big launch event this week may not have been "BlackBerry 10," but rather "working moms."

Sometime between unveiling the two new BlackBerry 10 smartphones that had already leaked weeks before and announcing that Research In Motion would finally change its name to BlackBerry, Heins revealed that the company wants to expand beyond those who work in a corporate setting and appeal to "artists, working moms, hundred-meter sprinters, you name it." Yet, it was the second group on that list that proved to be a focus of the event.

Heins talked about women multiple times during the event and drove the poin…
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Posted: 31 Jan 2013 02:18 PM PST took to the stage at Macworld Thursday to talk about the future of tech. Speaking alongside Intel's resident futurist Bran David Johnson, the pair talked about where the next big changes are coming from. thinks that education is a particular area important to tech, specifically teaching kids that's its "cool" to become an engineer.

He's sees a future where kids are saying, "I can't wait to change my ghetto," rather than having aspirations of getting out of it. He hopes that some of the work he's doing personally –- some of which is with the help of Steve Jobs' widow, Laurene Jobs -- will help give kids the tools they need to succeed.

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Remember When Hillary Clinton Won a Grammy?

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 02:14 PM PST

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to retirement, news outlets are sure to write deep reflections on her legacy. But let's not forget something many will not include on a list of her achievements: The outgoing secretary is a Grammy Award winning artist.

Yup, she won one back in 1997 for the audio version of her book It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us. The award was for best spoken word album. "I didn't even know people who couldn't sing a note and who were tone deaf were eligible for any Grammys," she told reporters after the win.

Listen to her talk about it to the press in the video above.

Photo courtesy of Flickr, sskennel

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Have the NFL Playoffs Killed Nate Silver’s Mojo?

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 02:04 PM PST

Nate Silver picks the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, but given the nerd demigod's futility so far this NFL postseason, maybe Ravens fans should be excited.

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Dazzling Photos Capture Nighttime NASA Rocket Launch

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 01:57 PM PST

When NASA's newest satellite soared into space late Wednesday, a team of photographers captured dazzling views of the rocket streaking into orbit.

A series of long-exposure rocket launch photos released overnight by NASA show the unmanned Atlas 5 booster carrying the agency's new Tracking and Data Relay Satellite K (TDRS-K) as a bright arc of light climbing spaceward from a pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket lifted off at 8:48 p.m. EST, rising like an artificial sun as it flew into space.

One image, by launch photographer Tony Gray, shows the Atlas 5 rocket just seconds after liftoff as it appeared from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, which is near the Air Force…
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1949 Device Could Be the First E-Reader

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 01:52 PM PST

E-readers started surging in popularity during the late 2000s, but the first such device may have debuted over 60 years ago.

A Spanish teacher named Ángela Ruiz Robles invented the "Mechanical Encyclopedia" in 1949 -- way before Nooks and Kindles hit store shelves -- and historians claim it's the first of its kind, according to the New York Daily News.

In Robles' patent application, the then 54-year-old described her device as follows:

"It has some coils where you place the books that you want to learn in whatever language. By a movement of the same [COILS] it passes over all the topics, making it stop where you would like it to."

Alas, Robles' project never hit market because s…
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