- Apple Meets With Turkish Officials on Tablets for Schools
- Listen to Super Bowl Mayors’ Dueling Game Tunes
- Watch Students Send Hello Kitty to the Edge of Space
- Durex App Promises Discreet Condom Delivery on Demand
- Woman Finds Birth Parents Through Viral Facebook Photo
- Ravens Use iPads for Super Bowl Prep
- Homeless People Anchor the Weather in Striking Awareness Campaign
- 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Special Geek in Your Life
- Pizza Hut Super Bowl Ad Gives Quarterbacks a Shout-Out
- 38 Predictions About the Future
- White House Considering Response to Chinese Cyberattacks
- Facebook Campaign Rescues ‘Gay Bulldog’ From Execution
- Twitter Attacked: Quarter-Million Accounts May Be Compromised
- A Nerd’s Guide to Football
- Bang With Friends Debuts Same-Sex Option, But Questions Remain
- Congresswoman Posts Revamped ‘Aaron’s Law’ on Reddit
- What the Flicka: Felicity Huffman’s Digital Wisteria Lane
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Posted: 01 Feb 2013 08:54 PM PST
Turkey's presidential website posted a photo and video of Couch's meeting with president Abdullah Gül. MacRumors reports (via local source Elma Dergisi) that the meeting concerned the country's $4.5 billion tablet program.
"Apple has reportedly been pushing for the contract, but negotiations are said to still be underway," said the source, adding that the meeting also tackled the layout of Turkey's unique F-keyboard on iOS devices.
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 08:23 PM PST
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 08:21 PM PST
Well, this sure makes me want to do some science this weekend. Seventh graders at Cornerstone Christian School performed this experiment on "the effects of altitude on air pressure and temperature." And presumably also on a Hello Kitty doll inside a lovingly spray-painted rocket ship.
Image courtesy of melody green via YouTube
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 08:08 PM PST
"Ever noticed you never seem to have a condom when you need one?" asks a new app from Durex that promises to save you from those awkward situations. The SOS Condoms iOS app claims to provide discreet delivery of the protection you're looking for.
Just fire up the app, locate yourself, choose the product you need, and a delivery person -- disguised as a pizza delivery man, police officer or tourist (apparently so as not to draw suspicion) -- will deliver it to you for cash on delivery, says the app.
Don't get too excited about this lifesaver though. So far it's only available in Dubai (but the app's website is taking votes for which cities should get it next). And while we're tryin…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 06:59 PM PST
Never underestimate the power of social media.
One woman in search of her biological parents found her apparent birth mother and father after posting a picture of herself on Facebook. On Jan. 27, Jenessa Simons shared a photo of herself holding a handwritten sign with her birth information.
Two days later, her birth mother reached out to her.
Simons' search began when she was 18, but she had to wait three years before submitting paperwork to the state. She decided to try her luck on Facebook while waiting, after seeing the success of posters who garnered 1 million likes for a puppy.
Her photo included what little information she knew: her birthday, hospital, parents' dates of…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 06:59 PM PST
NFL players are used to lifting weights and rigorous workouts, but they're probably happy to replace bulky playbooks with iPads. The tablets come loaded with apps that detail all the Xs and Os of the paper version as well as video clips of opponents.
Almost half of the NFL teams use iPads with digital playbook apps, including the Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens, who are in New Orleans preparing for this Sunday's big game.
In fact, the Ravens were the first team to go digital with their playbooks, according the Wall Street Journal. And when Chuck Pagano left the Ravens to coach the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, he converted the team to digital playbooks as well.
The iPads replaced…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 05:59 PM PST
In a new campaign called "Days of Hope," people who are homeless stand in place of TV weathermen to bring awareness to the harsh impact of the cold winter in Europe, Osocio reports. Real men and women are invited from the streets to read the weather. When they're done presenting, they can ask the audience to make donations to local charities.
The above news cast is from Romania, a similar weather program is running in Russia, and more will soon roll out in Germany, Poland and Switzerland.
Though these stand-in weathermen don't give particularly exci…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 05:39 PM PST
This awesome Nyan Cat magnet got a heart-shaped makeover for Valentine's Day. Cost: $17 Image courtesy of OlechkaDesign/Etsy
We have found 10 great geeky gifts for the special nerd in your life. Get your dork on and take a look through our superb selection of romantic geekery in the gallery above.
Please share in the comments below any other love-themed nerd gifts you've seen online this year.
Homepage image courtesy of Etsy, LoLo Ma
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 05:16 PM PST
Ever wondered what exactly the "hut" a quarterback shouts at the center actually means? If you'll believe Pizza Hut's Super Bowl 2013 ad, it might be quarterbacks giving a shout-out to the restaurant. And in return, Pizza Hut salutes quarterbacks in this year's Super Bowl commercial.
Check it out, above.
Image courtesy of Pizza Hut, via YouTube
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 04:59 PM PST
Our friends at Information Is Beautiful Studio have compiled 38 predictions about the future of tech, science, and humanity in general -- with an educated guess as to their odds of actually becoming reality. There are predictions for all kinds of tastes: your computer will have a sense of smell, Pinterest will be bought by Google, the appearance of the first human clones, the territory of the moon will be claimed by china, and many more.
Check out the infographic below and see for yourself what t…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 04:47 PM PST
The Obama administration, frustrated by a lack of cooperation from the Chinese government, is now considering a range of options in retaliation for Chinese hackers' attacks on U.S. businesses, according a to a report.
The Director of National Intelligence is working on a new report that will argue the Chinese government is directly involved in cyberattacks against the United States, reports the Associated Press. The report will focus on the negative impact of economic cybercrime on the U.S. economy, per former U.S. officials who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Hackers have long infiltrated foreign business' computer systems to steal intellectual property in order to sell or…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 04:32 PM PST
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 04:24 PM PST
Twitter issued a blog post late Friday announcing a possible security breach and live attack that may have given hackers access to 250,000 users' information.
From the post:
This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.
Twitter's director of information security, Bob Lord, said in…
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Posted: 01 Feb 2013 04:11 PM PST
Are you a fair-weather football fan? The type who jumps on the bandwagon when Super Bowl time comes around just to make sure you have plans on a Sunday night? Do you actually question the nacho-dipping, beer-chugging traditions?
Well you can stop hiding that deep dark secret because this guy is blowing the roof off this thing we call the Super Bowl.
Turns out, there are actually a lot of people who are just as baffled by America's obsession with the sport (though most of them are overseas) as you are. And for good reason.
SEE ALSO: 8 Unforgettable Super Bowl Moments
It seems our obsession with the sport is in reality just a fixation with ads, since the time that is devote…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 03:48 PM PST
"We've had extraordinary feedback and requests to bring this to the gay community," C, one of the app's three California-based co-founders told Mashable over the phone. (The 20-something men have chosen to remain anonymous for the time being.) He added that they received over 1,000 emails requesting the feature.
Bang With Friends, which anonymously hooks users up with their Facebook friends, claims to have seen 235,000 sign-ups, and matched over 15,500 couples, since its controversial launch last week.…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 03:14 PM PST
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) has revised and expanded "Aaron's Law," her proposal to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in honor of Aaron Swartz. The congresswoman posted the revised bill on Reddit Friday afternoon.
"Thank you, Reddit and everyone else who provided feedback to the original rough draft bill to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and the wire fraud statute -- the laws the government used to unfairly prosecute Aaron Swartz," Lofgren wrote in the post.
The new draft addresses some of the concerns that were raised when the first proposal was made public. The bill still de-criminalizes terms of service violations, just like the first version did, but it als…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:53 PM PST
Actress Felicity Huffman may have given up the close knit neighborhood of Wisteria Lane when Desperate Housewives came to an end, but she's created her own community on the Internet at WhattheFlicka.com.
It's a website for women and moms where they can "gather, make mistakes, say they're losing their mind, trade tips and offer advice to one another," Huffman told Mashable.
She discovered, after having kids, that it was a tough job and there wasn't a lot of opportunity to talk about it. "There's no conversation for parenting, no one to say 'it's hard' to." When she finally met someone who could relate, she felt a strong sense of community -- so she created that community for other mom…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:36 PM PST
Coca-Cola | Mean Joe Green
Coke's Mean Joe Green ad may be the most well-known Super Bowl ad of all time -- if not the most well-known commercial period. The ad originally aired during the 1979 game and shows a child melting Mean Joe's heart by offering him a bottle of Coke.
Just like football teams need to bring their A-game on the field during the Super Bowl, advertisers need to bring their A-game for the commercial breaks -- especially now, considering how costly the ads are this year.
There have certainly been plenty of lousy ads over the years, but there have also been dozens and dozens of creative and entertaining commercials from brands big and small. In some cases, the ads have lived longer in our cultural memory than any single play or outcome from the game itself.
Who could forget the iconic Coke ad when Mean Joe Green tossed his jersey to a fan who gave him a coke to the Star Wars-themed Volkswagen ad from 201…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:35 PM PST
The app was designed to be a one-stop shop for Star Trek fans. It includes a news feed feature that shows off Star Trek news articles from around the web. When the film gets closer to release, users will also be able to pre-order tickets for the app from Fandango.
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Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:06 PM PST
You love .GIFs, right? Of course you do -- tweeting them, Tumbling them, sending them via Google Chat.
The only problem with the Internet's favorite animated art form is that it can be a real challenge to find the absolute perfect .GIF for a given situation -- but not anymore. Allow us to introduce Giphy, your new favorite search engine.
Giphy's user interface is dead simple: just search for a .GIF the same way you'd search for something on Google. Searching for "Doctor Who," as an example, brings up 363 results of animated Time Lord goodness.
Thankfully for load times, the results won't start GIFing until you hover your mouse over them.
Giphy's homepage, also has links…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 01:40 PM PST
The San Francisco-based company, which makes a mobile app that lets users focus on private updates from close friends and family, must set up a "comprehensive privacy program" and get "independent privacy assessments" every other year for the next 20 years, the FTC announced Friday. Path is also required to pay $800,000 to settle charges that it violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by illegally collecting personal information from children without parental consent, the commission added.…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 01:36 PM PST
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Posted: 01 Feb 2013 12:56 PM PST
Do Not Track is designed to block third parties such as advertising networks from tracking your activity on the web. It's becoming increasingly popular as many plugins and several of the newest browsers offer it as a feature with varying degrees of efficacy.
Advertising companies argue tracking is necessary for delivering relevant ads. Tracking is also used by many websites to remember your login information and for other web experience-enhancing features. However, some people view Internet trac…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 12:30 PM PST
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 12:01 PM PST
Users of the social news site Reddit have helped raise more than $10,000 in less than 24 hours for an Atlanta shopping mall manager turned Internet hero.
Property manager Darien Long became an overnight Internet celebrity after an eight-month-old video of him dealing with two violent women collected more than 1 million views in less than three days.
The video shows Long telling two truculent women to back up outside Atlanta's Metro Mall while a group of young children looked on. After about three minutes worth of yelling at the women to stand down, one decides to attack Long, who was wearing a video camera on his bulletproof vest and had a pistol in his possession. Long was hit on the…
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 11:42 AM PST
The iPad has proven to be an especially useful communication tool for young people with autism. It provides a way to express themselves through words and images; it can be used to teach them about everyday scenarios and give them more independence. It's also far less bulky than some communication devices of the past.
Jonathan Izak's 12-year-old autistic brother inspired him to develop the AutisMate app for iPad. His brother, Oriel, is mostly nonverbal and used to struggle to communicate, sometimes throwing tantrums when he was unable to get his point across, Izak t…
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