Friday, 22 February 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr Notify of Security Breach After Zendesk Hack”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr Notify of Security Breach After Zendesk Hack”

Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr Notify of Security Breach After Zendesk Hack

Posted: 22 Feb 2013 01:31 AM PST

Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr have all warned their users that some of their data might be compromised after a security breach at Zendesk, a company which provides customer support services for all three companies.

In a blog post titled "We've been hacked," Zendesk explains that a hacker has accessed their systems and probably downloaded user info from Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest users.

"We've become aware that a hacker accessed our system this week. As soon as we learned of the attack, we patched the vulnerability and closed the access that the hacker had. Our ongoing investigation indicates that the hacker had access to the support information that three of our customers store o…
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Steal These 3 Social Marketing Tricks From Top Brands

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 11:30 PM PST

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

Do you follow a brand in social media? Are you glad you did? If that's the case, they are either doing one of three things:

Connecting with one of your passions and/or interests.
Entertaining you with their engaging personality.
Providing interesting and/or important information to you.

If you're a small business owner, you may want to consider which of the three strategies you're following. You might also mull following one of the strategies exclusively. However, it's fine to dabble in each. "These…
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More About: communication, Feature, mashable, open forum, social media marketing, strategies

10 Awesome Things That Happened at the Star Trek Reunion

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 09:00 PM PST

The cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation reunited for a 25th anniversary celebration. Here's how it all went down.

More About: Levar Burton, reunion, Star Trek, television

MediSafe App Makes Sure You Take Your Pills on Time

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 08:50 PM PST

Keeping up with when to take different medicines can be a chore, especially if you need to take something at the same time everyday.

Enter MediSafe, a virtual pillbox that can remind you to take medicines at the right time. If you're responsible for someone -– for instance a child or elderly parent -– then you can also track their medications.

The app launched just a few months ago, and reports that users are taking pills on time 81% of the time. That's 31% higher than the World Health Organization's estimated average medication adherence rate of 50%.

Part of its success comes in its reminder functionality, but accountability plays a huge role as well.

If your spouse, f…
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Bubble Bursting in Extra Slow Motion Is Incredible

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 08:33 PM PST

Bubbles -- they're a staple of every childhood (and some adulthoods), but they're so short lived, seeming to disappear as soon as they appear.

You swish all that watery goodness around and wait for that magic wand to do its work but, alas, the bubbles are gone in microseconds, popping right before your eyes, leaving you wet and soapy, never having had the chance to say goodbye.

SEE ALSO: Watch Water Balloons Smash Into a Shirtless Dude in Slow Mo

Thanks to the SlowMoGuys, though, we can now see the stages of the bubble as it grows and then sadly bursts -- slowed down by 700 times.

It's the slowest video Gav and Dan have produced, using a Phantom v1610 camera shooting at 18…
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3 Ways Pinterest Could Be Even Better

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 07:59 PM PST

The Pinterest team hasn't been idle over the past year; it has a major redesign in the works. But what pinners want most isn't included in the new design.

More About: pinterest, pinterest tools, redesign

Baby Jams Out With 5 Instruments at Same Time

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 07:39 PM PST

Baby Q here is one talented tyke. He doesn't need any backup for his jam sesh; he's got it covered himself.

Watch in amazement as he plays five instruments in his own one man (baby) band, and begin to feel worse that you still can't play that keyboard you bought on Craigslist three years ago.

SEE ALSO: Cute Alert: Dad and Daughter Collaborate on 'Mahna Mahna' Cover

Props to Q's proud dad, Joey Angerone, who edited the video for this baby prodigy. We're sure in a few decades Joey will be editing Q's music videos for MTV (or wherever they will be playing music by then).

H/T Laughing Squid. Video and image courtesy of Vimeo, Joey Angerone

BONUS: The 10 Cutest Videos of 201
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More About: babies, cute kids, free music

2014 World Cup Will Be First to Use Goal-Line Technology

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 07:27 PM PST

FIFA, soccer's global governing body, confirmed this week that goal-line technology will be used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

That will mark the first time the planet's biggest single-sport event uses the high-tech method of determining whether or not the ball crosses the plane of the goal.

Goal-line technology was used at the Club World Cup in December and will be used again at this summer's Confederations Cup -- a World Cup preview of sorts held in the big event's host nation one year before the World Cup.

High profile soccer matches have been beset by a number of did-he-or-didn't-he scoring controversies over the years. Judging controversial goals in soccer is especially d…
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Man Faces 18 Months in Jail for Twitter Parody

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 07:10 PM PST

A man in Chile is facing 18 months in jail after a businessman accused him of identity theft over Twitter parody accounts.

Rodrigo Ferrari Prieto is accused of being behind three now inactive accounts that mocked Chilean business mogul Andrónico Luksic and his family, according to Global Voices.

Luksic's lawyer said tweets were posted under Luksic's name, along with personal photos and "inappropriate comments" that damaged his client's reputation.

Ferrari Prieto claimed he was behind only one of the three accounts, which used an avatar of money falling and a description that read "we have tons of money." He said account was a joke and should not be considered a crime.

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More About: chile, crime, lawsuit, parody, Twitter

Here’s Who Needs a Chromebook Pixel

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 06:50 PM PST

Mashable OP-ED

The tech pundit jury has apparently reached a solemn, sober verdict on the Chromebook Pixel laptop Google launched Thursday. And the verdict is ... "Oh my God, look at the sticker price!" (Tech pundits faint with shock.)

This rush to judgment, most of it without so much as seeing the device, is a great pity. I've been using the Pixel all day, and it's one of the most gorgeous pieces of hardware I've picked up in a while.

The Pixel is a pleasure to use, with a screen that's just as eye-poppingly beautiful as a Macbook Retina -- except you can navigate it by touch like a retina-display iPad. (And if you don't want to touch the screen, the giant glass trackpad on the k…
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More About: chromebook, Google, LTE

The Video Game Entertainment Curve

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 06:24 PM PST

Between Angry Birds and Skyrim is a wide spectrum of video games. Some are two-dimensional and others have complex graphics; some have little-to-no learning curves, while others take hours to get the hang of them.

SEE ALSO: More Comics on Mashable

In the comic below, H. Caldwell Tanner of Loldwell charts the correlation between the type of game and how long it takes to properly enjoy it. Do you agree?

Video Game Entertainment Curve, Loldwell

Comic illustration by H. Caldwell Tanner, Loldwell. Published with permission; all rights reserved.

More About: comic, comics, Gaming, humor, Watercooler

Samsung Debuts More Affordable Galaxy Camera

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 06:02 PM PST

Samsung announced on Tuesday that it's going to release a new, cheaper version of its popular Android-powered Galaxy Camera. The new Galaxy Camera will have all the features already present in the model launched in November except for a 3G/4G connection -- it will be Wi-Fi only.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S IV Rumored to Be Announced on March 14

While Samsung hasn't announced the price, the new model will be "more affordable for a user who does not need the always-connected benefit of the Galaxy Camera," said the official announcement. So expect it to be considerably cheaper than the current $499 price tag.

To find out more about this announcement, watch the video above.

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Watch This LEGO Robot Set the Mood With Candles

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 05:29 PM PST

This robotics LEGO kit delivers the heat -- by lighting 5 candles on its own.

More About: Lego, videos, Watercooler

Are You Human? This Test Will Tell

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 04:53 PM PST

Ever fear you weren't a human and maybe you were just a robot trapped in skin?

Relieve your fear -- "Morgan Freeman" is here with the definitive list of human experiences that can finally tell you if you really are a Homo sapien or should be tested in a lab somewhere.

SEE ALSO: True, Hilarious Facts About the Life of Morgan Freeman

General human characteristics for which to be on the lookout include oddness, awkwardness, OCD-ness and frequent confusion. Check, check, check annnd check.

BONUS: Seriously, Evolution ... WTF?

Video courtesy of YouTube, zefrank1. Image iStockphoto, graphixel.

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Millionaire Space Tourist Reportedly Planning Mars Trip

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 04:32 PM PST

Buzz is building about a planned 2018 private mission to Mars, which may launch the first humans toward the Red Planet.

A nonprofit organization called the Inspiration Mars Foundation — which is led by millionaire Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist — will hold a news conference on Feb. 27 to announce the 501-day roundtrip mission, which will aim for a January 2018 launch.

"This 'Mission for America' will generate new knowledge, experience and momentum for the next great era of space exploration," Inspiration Mars officials wrote in a media advisory on Feb. 20. "It is intended to encourage all Americans to believe again, in doing the hard things that make our natio…
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Oreo Animation Will Have You Craving a Cookie

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 04:13 PM PST

These guys are taking playing with their food to the next level.

"Oreogami" shows just how creative you can get with the cream of that Oreo if you just use a little imagination.

SEE ALSO: Someone Give This Oreo Employee a Raise

One point for Team Cream -- we don't see the cookie part having mad skills like these.

Video and image courtesy of YouTube, Larry Moss

More About: animation, food, oreo

Apple Getting Sued for ‘Planned Obsolescence’ of iPad 3

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 04:01 PM PST

A Brazilian organization claims the quick release of Apple's iPad with Retina constitutes planned obsolescence with regards to its predecessor, the New iPad

More About: apple, Brazil, ipad, ipad 3, lawsuit, legal

Improve Your Smartphone’s Photo Quality With This Chip

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 03:49 PM PST

MIT researchers have developed a chip that integrates into your smartphone to help give your photos professional quality.

More About: mit, Newsy, photo editing, smartphone, videos

Digital Harassment Linked With Physical Abuse Among Dating Teens

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 03:37 PM PST

Social networks, smartphones and other connective technologies allow teens to stay in touch all hours of the day -- but they also give way for new methods of abuse.

One study on teen dating shows one in four teens is harassed by their partner online or through texts. While new technology hasn't increased overall rates of abuse, it creates new platforms for the abuse to occur. Check out the video, above, for more.

The abuse extends further than Twitter jabs and menacing Facebook messages. Ninety-six percent of high school and middle school teens who experienced it online were also victim of other forms of abuse. Victims of digital harassment are twice as likely to be physically abused…
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LEGO Michael Jackson Is a Thriller

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 03:21 PM PST

We always knew Michael Jackson could move. But this video proves that the King of Pop can bring rhythm to just about anything.

The animation, by Annette Jung of Talking-Animals in Berlin, shows Jackson shakin' his thing via animated LEGO blocks.

SEE ALSO: Tell Time With This Slick Clock Made of LEGOs

He's got just as much swagger and beat as we remember. (It's almost like looking at the man in the mirror!) Now can we request a remake of the entire "Thriller" video in LEGO?

Video and image courtesy of Vimeo, Talking Animals.

BONUS: 20 Entertaining YouTube Videos Under 20 Seconds

More About: animation, legos, michael jackson, stop-motion animation, Vimeo

ESPN Black History Month Facebook Post Brings Out Racist Trolls

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 03:09 PM PST

You can file this one in either of two well-stocked cabinets: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, and The Internet Is Full of Creeps.

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Nikon D7100 Has Features Found in Cameras Costing $1,000 More

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 02:52 PM PST

Three-Quarter View, with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens

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The Nikon D7100 rolled out on Thursday, giving advanced photographers capabilities that until now were only found in the company's highest-end DSLR cameras.

Aimed at discerning shooters who are not quite professionals, this lightweight 24.1-megapixel camera has a new image sensor that Nikon hasn't used in any of its other cameras. That new CMOS imager brings with it a tremendous benefit: better low-light performance with a native ISO range of 100-6400.

If our experience with Nikon is any indication, you'll be able to shoot clean-looking photos all the way up into that 6400 ISO setting. That means you'll be able to shoot in candlelight, and get even sharper pictures whenever the light…
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More About: digital cameras, DSLR, Nikon

Baby Pandas Learning to Walk Are a Delight

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 02:44 PM PST

This video could just as easily be titled simply "pandas," because we're going to watch them no matter what activity they are partaking in. In this specific video, infant balls of black and white fur frolic around and take a few shots at using their limbs for standing purposes.

SEE ALSO: Pandas Play on a Slide, Cuteness Ensues [VIDEO]

It doesn't go so swimmingly for them, but you'll be squealing the entire time while watching them tumble around a crib.

Pandas for the win!

Video and image courtesy of YouTube, NBCNews

BONUS: 20 Adorable Animals With Bad Cases of the Hiccups

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11 Job Boards for Careers in Social Good

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 02:36 PM PST

1. Give to Get Jobs

Run by a mother-daughter team, Give to Get Jobs is a hub for listings at for-profit companies committed to social responsibility.

Click here to view this gallery.

Finding a career that gives back can be tough. But if you're someone who wants to combine philanthropy with your everyday work, you know the long hunt is worth it. The trouble is, non-profits rarely expand and few do-good organizations can regularly hire.

We want to help you land that dream job in the social good world, so we rounded up some helpful resources in the gallery above. And we're not just talking about non-profit opportunities. This list includes volunteer gigs, for-profits with a social responsibility angle, and government and public service jobs.

SEE ALSO: 6 Ways Nonprofits Attract Top Tech Talent

If you're looking to move your career forward in the social good world,…
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50 Embarrassing Songs Invading Your Facebook News Feed

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 02:22 PM PST

A new music station on digital streaming service Slacker plays only 50 songs -- the ones your Facebook friends cringe at when they see them in their News Feeds.

The audio ad for "The 50 Most Embarrassing Facebook Songs" station says it all:

"All the songs you're ashamed of in one convenient place."

Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks, co-writers of the recently released book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, curated the list (see below) and provide funny commentary between each song.

SEE ALSO: 'Harlem Shake' Is No. 1 After Billboard Adds YouTube to Chart Formula

If you listen to any of these songs, just remember you can easily change your privacy
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More About: Entertainment, Facebook, Facebook Music, internet radio, Music, Slacker, Slacker-Radio, streaming music

The Best Picture Oscar Nominees — As Told by Vines

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 02:09 PM PST

The 85th Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, which means unless you live under a rock, someone has asked your opinion about which pic will take home the Best Picture Oscar.

You don't dare say the last movie you saw was Guilt Trip (starring the illustrious Seth Rogen). But, really, who among us has seen all nine of this year's Best Picture nods?

Image courtesy of Know Your Meme.

Most likely you'll catch this year's winner whenever it's available on Netflix, but in the meantime, CollegeHumor has done a great public service by Vining all the nominees, so you can at least pretend to know the movies' plots at that Oscar party your cousin is hosting.

SEE ALSO: And the Winner
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More About: 85th Academy Awards, academy awards, collegehumor, Oscars, Vines

PlayStation 4 Gets Early Support From Publishers and Developers

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 01:49 PM PST

The PlayStation 4 unveiling Wednesday night proved to be just as much about the games and publishers already planned for the system as it was the new hardware. Sony took the time to trot out several different companies to showcase what each had been working on in secret for the console.

The PlayStation hardware will be powerful enough to run beautiful games; that was one thing made clear from the presentation. The system's powerful x86 processor and 8 gigs of memory should lead to some splendid graphics and simulation.

Epic Games showed off its Unreal 4 engine for the PlayStation 4. While gamers had seen a tech demo of this engine at last year's E3, it was on PC hardware. Epic says the…
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More About: capcom, epic games, Gaming, PlayStation 4, PS4, sony, Square Enix

Brooklyn Nets PR Is the New Best Thing in Sports Twitter

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 01:43 PM PST

The Nets PR Twitter account has gained widespread popularity among sports fans for its offbeat tweets.

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Cute Alert: Dad and Daughter Collaborate on ‘Mahna Mahna’ Cover

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 01:32 PM PST

Sorry dads, this dude has a big lead in the race for World's Coolest Dad. And, sorry kids, this talented little lady has a big head start for the World's Cutest Kid title.

The father-daughter team pay homage to a song made famous by the Muppets with a perfectly executed version of "Mahna Mahna."

SEE ALSO: Twin Baby Girls Rock Out to Daddy's Guitar [VIDEO]

Let your ears take a listen and realize that all problems can be solved by a Muppet-y music break.

BONUS: 10 Delightful 'Sesame Street' Openers from Around the Globe [VIDEOS]

Homepage image courtesy of YouTube, Jesse Teeters.

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Google Chromebook Pixel Is an Expensive Gamble

Posted: 21 Feb 2013 01:21 PM PST

Mashable OP-ED

The rumors were true. Google's Chromebook is going upscale. 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.

It's a big bet and one has to wonder, can the Chrome OS survive at this altitude?

While there were some who speculated that the next big Chrome OS announcement would be Chrome tablets, I knew that would be nothing but trouble for Google's Android partners. It would only further confuse people who wondered why Google continued to work on two distinc…
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