Saturday, 16 February 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Goats Yelling Like Humans Will Delight Your Ears”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Goats Yelling Like Humans Will Delight Your Ears”


Goats Yelling Like Humans Will Delight Your Ears

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 07:11 PM PST


All those childhood tales of goats saying "Baaaaaaa" were just plain incorrect. The noise goats make more similarly resembles the drunk guy squawking outside your window at 4 a.m.

SEE ALSO: Goat Headbutts TV Reporter — Twice

And, boy, are these farm animals the chatty type, as witnessed in this supercut of goats just going off.

In case you can't get enough, just for giggles, here's a video from 2008 that showcases a goat that sounds like Usher (yes, the singer):

Video courtesy of YouTube, sitrucflaw.

Video and image courtesy of YouTube, RSVLTS

BONUS: Bunny Playing Dress Up Will Brighten Your Day

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Touchscreen T-Shirts Only a Few Years Away

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 06:02 PM PST


Most people have to keep their smart phones within reach. But what if instead of having your technology an arm's length away, it was actually on your arm? Imagine clothing with touchscreen capabilities built right into the fabric -- a truly "wearable" technology.

Under Armour is working on it as we speak, but the technology isn't quite there... yet.

Earlier this week, Under Armour officially unveiled Armour39, its next generation of wearable technology. Armour39 is an athletic performance monitoring system that measures "what matters most: WILLpower." WILLpower is Under Armour's proprietary measurement for how hard an athlete pushes him or herself during a workout on a scale of…
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More About: athletes, t-shirt, Under Armour, Wearable Tech, wearables

Experience the Magic of LA in This Spectacular Time-Lapse

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 05:16 PM PST


From the sun to the architecture, the palm trees to the bright lights, the celebs to the beach, Los Angeles has it all.

SEE ALSO: Take a Mental Time-Out With Stunning Time-Lapse of World Landscapes

This video shows the glitz and the glamor of the city in stunning visuals that will have you booking a flight to SoCal in no time.

Video and image courtesy of Vimeo, iVideoMaking.

More About: time-lapse, Timelapse, Vimeo

WeeWow Turns Your iPhone Into a Talk Box

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 04:50 PM PST


Not only are we inseparable from our devices, we can make ourselves sound like machines, too. If you're a fan of autotune, there's an app for that, or, a WeeWow.

WeeWow turns your iPhone into a talk box with an adapter and tubing. The device routes your speaker's sound through the tube and lets you use your lips and teeth to shape the tone.

Talking like a robot has never been easier. Check out the video above to see how it works.

Ridiculo.us, WeeWow's creators, explains the device takes advantage of the iPhone's sound-making capabilities. You can use any sound app, from synthesizers to guitars.

Kyle Scheele stumbled across the idea while accidentally covering a phone's speake…
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More About: bc video lead, iphone, kickstarter, Music, technology, Video

Ubuntu for Phones Hits Developers Next Week

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 04:24 PM PST


While the first Ubuntu-based smartphones won't be available to the general public until October, developers will gain access to preview builds of the OS next week.

Canonical -- the company behind the Ubuntu project -- announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu will be available for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 on Feb. 21, 2013.

Canonical says the Touch Developer Preview is designed for enthusiasts and developers -- giving them a chance to "familiarize themselves with Ubuntu's smartphone experience and develop applications on spare handsets."

Even better, Canonical will install the new OS on the phones of developers who want it and are attending Mobile World Congress (M…
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How Social Media Is Making Over the Fashion Industry

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 04:13 PM PST


Technology made its mark at New York Fashion Week this year with the rise of social media on the runway.

One study from eBay Deals looked into data from five social networks during NYFW and found more people are using social media for wardrobe advice, inspiration and the latest trends. Top fashion accounts live tweeted from the shows and two brands, Badgley Mischka and Bergdorf Goodman, co-previewed their collections exclusively on Pinterest. Fashion-related tweets doubled from last year's events and profressional photographers made use of Instagram.

As the New York shows comes to a close, social media will be a major factor at London Fashion Week starting Friday. Fashionistas can ke
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More About: Facebook, fashion, pinterest, Social Media, technology, Twitter

Ex-NFL Player Tweets With His Eyes in Fight Against Disease

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 04:01 PM PST


Steve Gleason was once part of one of the most poignant plays in NFL history. Today he's an inspiration to thousands and he uses technology to battle ALS.

More About: nfl, Social Good, Sports

The Ultimate Mashup of Movie Heartbreak

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 03:29 PM PST


Now that Valentine's Day is over, you can go back to fighting with your significant other and enjoying the more sinister things in life. And what is more sinister than the brutal end of a relationship?

SEE ALSO: Watch This Guy Propose — And Get Rejected

No one does heartbreak better than Hollywood. So relive the most painful break-ups in cinema history with this video montage.

(Or maybe your sweetie dropped you like a hot potato yesterday. In that case, consider this something to commiserate with).

Which break-up do you think is the best? Share in the comments below.

BONUS: Spend Valentine's Day Forever Alone With 11 Netflix Favorites

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R.I.P. Posterous

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 03:03 PM PST


Posterous, the blogging platform acquired by Twitter early last year, announced Friday that it will be shutting down its services in April.

"On April 30th, we will turn off posterous.com and our mobile apps in order to focus 100% of our efforts on Twitter," Posterous founder and CEO Sachin Agarwal wrote in a blog post. "This means that as of April 30, Posterous Spaces will no longer be available either to view or to edit."

Posterous launched in 2008 to simplify the blogging process and Twitter acquired it three years later, snatching up the startup's talented team of employees in the process. In the year since it was acquired, Posterous has continued to roll out some new features,…
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Bizarre Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the Praying Mantis

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:57 PM PST


Everything you ever wanted to know about the praying mantis -- narrated in a Morgan Freeman-ish (emphasis on 'ish') voice.

More About: Morgan Freeman, videos, Watercooler

3D-Printed House Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:52 PM PST


Just last month, Dutch architects unveiled plans to build the world's first 3D-printed house out of sand, with a construction time of 18 months. Now British architecture collective Softkill Design has announced that it too is planning to build a 3D-printed house, but it can be printed in three weeks and built in one day.

Rather than sand, the structure, known as the ProtoHouse, will be built out of highly fibrous laser-sinted bioplastic. The company does not see it as a race, they don't even see the Dutch as competition. A member of Softkill Design, Gilles Retsin told Dezeen:

We actually don't even consider that a 3D-printed building because he is 3D-printing formwork and then po…
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More About: 3D printers, 3d printing, architecture, home design

3 Companies You Hate But Investors Love

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:40 PM PST


There's a disconnect between companies that are popular with consumers and companies that are popular with investors.

This infographic sets out to show you a microcosm of that phenomenon, picking out three companies that are loathed by many but the favorite of many investors, and three companies that are loved by consumers but might cause investors to be more wary.

Created by GreatBusinessSchools.org, the infographic taps sources such as BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, resulting in a boatload of illustrated data. It shows how well the stocks of those disliked companies have done over the past three years, and explains why they've ended up in this list of q…
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More About: apple, Facebook, microsoft, Philip Morris, stock

World’s Cutest Frog Puts Internet Cats to Shame

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:24 PM PST


Sorry, Lil' Bub and Grumpy Cat, the Internet has a new cutest animal and it doesn't even use a litter box.

A little Namaqua Rain Frog we'll just dub "Bud" has the web vocalizing a collective "awwww." YouTube user Dean Boshoff posted a thirty-second clip of what is most likely the world's cutest frog chirping like a squeeky toy.

SEE ALSO: Watch Puppies 'Harlem Shake' Their Tails

Are frogs the new cat? Expect more hopping and less hairballs, web-izens.

BONUS: 10 Cute Animals and the Inanimate Objects They Love

[H/T Tastefully Offensive]

Image courtesy of YouTube, Dean Boshoff

More About: cute animals, viral videos, Watercooler

Internet Activists Deliver 300,000 Anti-CISPA Signatures to Congress

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:03 PM PST


An army of Internet freedom activists immediately leapt into action after the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, was recently reintroduced to Congress. Among them have been Demand Progress and Fight for the Future, who this week helped 300,000 citizens send a petition against CISPA to the lawmakers behind it.

Those 300,000 online signatures were e-mailed to the House Intelligence Committee, which is currently debating the reintroduced CISPA. A dedicated Twitter account, @CISPApetition, has been tweeting a set of signatures every hour to the chairman and ranking member of that committee -- who together authored the bill -- with the hashtag #NoCISPA:

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More About: CISPA, congress, Politics, US

Facebook Says It Was Victim of ‘Sophisticated Attack’

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:00 PM PST


Facebook issued a statement on its official blog on Friday that it was hit with a "sophisticated attack" in January, but no user data was compromised.

More About: Facebook, malware, Mobile, security

Iron Man Blasts Bad Guys in Free Storybook App

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:52 PM PST


The whole world knows that the armored Avenger, Iron Man, is actually genius billionaire playboy Tony Stark. The high-flying superhero will land in theaters again this May in Iron Man 3, but if your child wants to read up on his adventures before that, check out the latest installment of Marvel Reads.

SEE ALSO: Iron Man 3 Super Bowl Trailer Leaves Heart-Pumping Metallic After-Taste

This line of storybook apps offers an interactive reading experience for kids on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad mini. The newest release features the Mandarin, Iron Man's arch-nemesis (played by Sir Ben Kingsley in the upcoming film). There's also a 3D mini-game and plenty of customization options for th…
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More About: apps, ipad, iron man, kids apps, Lifestyle, Marvel

How Popular Are Your Vine Videos? This Tool Tells You

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:37 PM PST


Brands are among the crop of users testing Twitter's new Vine app, but who is to say making the six-second video clips are worth the time and creativity?

More About: Twitter, Vine

Malware-Serving LA Times Page Went Unnoticed for 6 Weeks

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:24 PM PST


Malicious code lived on the website of the Los Angeles Times for six weeks, clandestinely redirecting visitors to another site booby-trapped with the Blackhole exploit kit.

The problem first came to the attention of security blogger Brian Krebs, who on Feb. 7 followed up on tips from readers by reaching out to his Twitter followers.

Jindrich Kubec, director of threat intelligence at Czech security firm Avast, confirmed the problem in a tweet shortly thereafter and said the malicious code had been in place since Dec. 23.

L.A. Times spokeswoman Hillary Manning originally told Krebs the problem was caused not by the newspaper, but by a widespread bug in an ad network that had affected…
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How to Connect With Top Influencers in Your Industry

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:23 PM PST


LinkedIn may be useful for helping professionals research and connect with others in their industry, but Relationship Science hopes to go a step further by showing users how to connect with top influencers who may not even have a social media presence.

The service, which launched earlier this week, provides a comprehensive database of profiles to map out how each user's interests and contacts could connect them to more than two million "influential decision-makers" across finance, business and non-profit industries. If you want to get in touch with an executive at a hedge fund or just find a good contact at a particular venture firm, Relationship Science will help you find the right go-be…
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12 Bill Cosby GIFs for National Jell-O Week

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:14 PM PST


Happy National Jell-O Week! J-E-L-L-WOAH.

The jiggliest holiday this side of International Santa's Belly Day was started in 2001 by the Utah State legislature. (Fun fact: Jell-O is the official snack food of the Beehive State.)

SEE ALSO: The Internet Smells Like Urine

To celebrate this delicious holiday, we skipped around the Internet looking for the best GIFs featuring Jell-O's most famous spokesman, Bill Cosby. Beep bippity flippity flip, gelatin fans.

Image courtesy of Tumblr, cheesequesadila

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Georgia Politician Wants to Ban Lewd Photoshopping

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:07 PM PST


What's wrong with a little Photoshop pranking? Plenty, if you ask Georgia State Rep. Earnest Smith.

Smith is calling for such mock-ups to be made illegal in his state and punishable by a $1,000 fine, after being embarrassed by a blogger who photoshopped the politician's head on a nude male porn star's body. The bill was first introduced by a different politician last year, after a teenage girl was the victim of a similar act, but it failed to reach a vote.

"It's clear that we need to do something," Smith told Savannah Now.

The image in question (NSFW-ish) was whipped up by Andre Walker, who runs local politics blog Georgia Unfiltered. What does Walker have to say about the o…
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More About: Photoshop, Politics, US

Neighborhood Watch Moves Online With Social Site Nextdoor

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:05 PM PST


Nextdoor, the social networking site for neighborhoods that launched in 2012, is becoming the digital version of the neighborhood watch.

With Nextdoor, communities can share vital information about crime, lost pets, home repairmen and general neighborhood happenings. However 20% of Nextdoor posts deal with crime and safety. So with the recent $21.6 million in funding, plus the launch of Nextdoor 2.0, the site will focus more on helping neighbors connect when it comes to preventing and reporting local crime.

"According to a recent survey, nearly 30% of people say they know none of their neighbors by name," Nextdoor co-founder and CEO, Nirav Tolia, tells Mashable. "Yet when it comes to…
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More About: family, neighborhood, neighbors, safety, social network

How to Find a Jedi Warrior for Your Company [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:00 PM PST


Looking to find top talent? Believe it or not, a company's website is the best way to find new hires -- beating out social media and job boards.

More About: careerbuilder, hiring, Jobs, linkedin, Social Media, Star Wars

Sesame Street to Release Secret Video After 1 Billion Views

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:00 PM PST


The Count is about to count his way to a milestone.

Sesame Street is about 22 million views away from becoming the first nonprofit organization and the first U.S. children's company to reach one billion views on YouTube, Geekosystem reported. At press time, the channel's videos have 978,247,378 total views.

"It blows me away to think about how popular and strong a platform (YouTube) has become for us," Terry Fitzpatrick, executive vice president of content and distribution for Sesame Workshop, told the Associated Press.

They want the fans and viewers to keep watching their videos in order to get them past that one billion hurdle, but there's only so many times we can watch "Upsi
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More About: education, Kids, sesame street, YouTube

Elon Musk vs. The Times: Why This Can’t End Well for Tesla

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 12:43 PM PST


Mashable OP-ED

"Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel." That line, often misattributed to Mark Twain, used to mean something in the glory days of newspapers. Ink was a scarce commodity, as were presses and trucks; you couldn't very well print or distribute as many copies of your version of the facts as the New York Times could.

Electrons, however, are the opposite of scarce. In the era of social media, you have just as many potential listeners for your argument as those ink-slinging hacks, especially if you're futuristic entrepreneur extraordinaire. And so it was that Elon Musk, normally a very cautious interviewee, decided to fire indiscriminately at the New York
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Bionic Eye Implant Approved for U.S. Patients

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 12:34 PM PST


A prosthetic device that can restore some sight to the blind has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company that makes the device, Second Sight, based in Sylmar, Calif., can now market the retinal prosthetic to patients with advanced retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that can cause blindness. This is the first approved treatment for the disease in the United States.

"This enables people who are completely blind to see enough to improve their mobility," says Mark Humayun, a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles who has been developing the device for the past 25 years. "It allows people to ma…
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More About: Bionic Eye, medical, medical technology, Science

Soccer Star Comes Out on Blog

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 12:17 PM PST


A former U.S. national team soccer player announced he's gay in a powerful blog post, making him one of the biggest-name athletes to do so.

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NJ Transit Authority Should Bring Us E-Tickets, Not More Paper

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 12:05 PM PST


Mashable OP-ED

To expand its fare payment technology, New Jersey Transit will now give you paper dollar bills in some of those vending machines that sell paper tickets. Yes, they're finally moving away from using $1 coins (which no one wants as a form of change anyway). But here's a thought: Why not bypass the change and the paper tickets altogether and move to e-tickets?

I take NJ Transit trains to commute into New York City every day. If you follow me on Twitter, you've likely read my grumblings about how insane it is for conductors to make their way through cars -- filled with people standing shoulder to shoulder -- taking and punching holes in paper tickets.

Last week I needed…
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The Social Psychology of the Selfie

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 11:55 AM PST


The "selfie." I kind of cringe every time I hear that word, imagining Myspace-style angles, duck faces, peace signs and dirty mirrors. I'm not alone either. Many are hesitant to take and share photos of themselves, for fear of looking vain, vulnerable or being scrutinized.

But still, photo sharing sites like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr are filled with self-portraits. Some upload entire albums to Facebook of their Mac Photo Booth sessions. Others take filtered pictures of what they wore that day, or caption a closeup with mild to severe self-deprecation.

Among the many self-portraits are ones of celebrities, like Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian. When I asked comedian Chelsea Peretti…
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More About: Facebook, features, instagram, photography, psychology, tumblr

5 Retro Asteroid Games to Play While Awaiting Earth’s Destruction

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 11:18 AM PST


While awaiting the fly-by of the 150-foot wide asteroid 2012 DA14, you might want to take some time to play some asteroid and meteor-based classic games in your web browser.

We've tracked down five of our favorites, all with an asteroid and meteor twist. Even better, each game is playable in your web browser (you don't even have to install Java!).

Asteroids

Released by Atari in 1979, Asteroids remains one of the most influential and popular video games of all time. A hit at arcades, the game has found its way to nearly every game console in modern history.

The game is simple -- score as many points as possible by destroying asteroids and flying saucers.

In August, Mic…
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More About: Asteroid, Asteroids, descent, features, lunar lander, star fox, super r-type


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