Monday, 4 February 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Super Bowl on Facebook: Beyonce and Power Outage Steal the Show”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Super Bowl on Facebook: Beyonce and Power Outage Steal the Show”

Super Bowl on Facebook: Beyonce and Power Outage Steal the Show

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 02:41 AM PST

Facebook has compiled a list of top moments from yesterday's Super Bowl game, revealing that two of the three most talked-about moments actually had little to do with football.

The top moment from the game was, of course, the ending: Ravens winning the Super Bowl. The second and third most talked-about moments were Beyonce's energetic half-time performance, and the power outage which left half of the Superdome in the dark.

By 8:22, Facebook claims, mentions of Beyonce's name had jumped nearly 49,000%. The fact that the phrase "killed it" jumped in popularity right after she left the stage proves that she, well, killed it. And when the power went out at around 8:37, mentions of "light…
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HP Launches Its First Chromebook for $330

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 02:21 AM PST

Hewlett-Packard has launched its first ever Chrome OS-based laptop: the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook.

The 14-inch device, whose existence was first confirmed in a leak last week, comes with a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage memory, and a 1,366x768 pixel screen.

The device is quite heavy for a Chromebook: according to HP, it weighs "just under 4 pounds."

On the connectivity front, it sports three USB 2.0 sockets, Ethernet, HDMI and an SD memory card reader. Buyers also get 100GB of Google Drive space for two years.

The specifications are quite good, but the price of HP's foray into Chromebooks is high compared to the competitors: $330. For co…
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The Squirrels Are on to Us

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 01:15 AM PST

This squirrel's friend told him all about that instructional Reddit thread on How to Cook and Eat a Squirrel.

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Discounting iPhone Apps Increases Revenue by 159%

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 10:49 PM PST

Dropping prices on iPhone and iPad apps drastically improves revenue and download volumes, according to one study. Developers can gain a revenue increase of 159% in a week with price changes on iPhone apps, mobile app analytics firm Distimo reports.

Price cuts have a greater effect on iPhone software, with average downloads growing by 1665% in a five-day span. For iPads, downloads increased by 871%.

Developers can see an impact in a short period of time. Distimo's study shows that in just three days, an increase is already visible. And the positive effect is lasting: the longer the sale, the larger the revenue growth.

SEE ALSO: Apple's App Store Has Record Revenue, Google Play Bo
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Viral Video Recap: Must-Watch Memes of the Week

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 08:36 PM PST

If you were too busy planning your Super Bowl party and missed out on this week's viral video recap, we've got you covered.

We've scoured the interwebs for all things cute, crazy and just plain weird. From the unlikely, budding friendship between a kitten and a hedgehog to a bizarre flurry of tumbleweeds in Texas, this week's best viral goodness is showcased in the video above.

The Slow Mo Guys take their talents to another level by blowing up five, enormous cooling towers, and of course we've left room for what really matters in the Super Bowl: cute animals.

Watch Jimmy Fallon use the power of puppies to predict the outcome of the big game (these hungry guys are Baltimore fans),…
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GIFdown! Super Bowl Memes Win Big Game

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 08:28 PM PST

The Ravens won, the 49ers lost and Beyonce sashayed so hard that the Super Dome lights went out. Super Bowl XLVII -- or the Harbowl, if you insist -- packed in the drama, making the game ripe for meme-ing.

We intercepted the best Super Bowl memes from the Internet and pass them off to you below. Try not to fumble Grumpy Cat.

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Top 5 Apps for Kids This Week

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 08:11 PM PST

1. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

Ages 6-12 Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Why we like it: One of the joys of digital media is that you can dig up old classics that your local library probably would not have on hand. Take this 1938 Theodor Geisel (Dr. Suess) story about a king's fascination with hats. Need to know: This is one of Dr. Seuss' earlier works, with black and white illustrations. Also note that this is a rather wordy book -- better suited for middle and upper elementary age children. Ease of use: 10/10 Educational: 9/10 Entertaining: 8/10 $3.99

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Flip through the gallery to see this week's collection of the 5 best apps for kids.

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Supercomputer Will Simulate the Human Brain

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 08:00 PM PST

Even in the 21st century, there are still a lot of unsolved mysteries when it comes to the human brain. It is a complicated machine that neuroscientists continually try to understand.

A new scientific endeavor hopes to unravel some of these mysteries by creating a highly detailed simulation of the human brain. Essentially, researchers will use a supercomputer to build a working replica of our minds.

With $1.6 billion in funding and more than 200 researchers, the Human Brain Project is the largest, most ambitious cooperative experiment of its kind. Serious hardware is necessary for a project of this kind -- to pack the simulation into a single computer would require a system 1,000 time…
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Super Bowl 2013 Commercials: Watch Them All Here

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 07:50 PM PST

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Danica Patrick watches "sexy meet smart" as supermodel Bar Refaeli experiences #TheKiss in this 2013 Big Game commercial. Get your #PerfectMatch of a Domain Name and Website at

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We all know the commercials are the best part of the Super Bowl (OK, maybe not all of us know that), but they are often the most neglected of the game experience. After all, commercials were simply built into television as perfect little pitstops for us to refill on snacks and have bathroom breaks.

Now that the game is over, you can spend Super Monday (and let's be honest, Super Tuesday through Friday) catching up on the ads that make capitalism oh so awesome, funny and sometimes sexy. And these little 30 second spots deserve their moment in the spotlight considering their $4 million price tag.

SEE ALSO: The 10 Best Super Bowl Ads of All Time

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Watch Destiny’s Child Join Beyonce in Super Bowl Show

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 07:19 PM PST

Beyonce's snazzy Super Bowl halftime show was shrouded in mystery right up until go time on Sunday night -- even though she had teased the spectacle in a series of videos.

Pepsi even spilt some secrets, but the setlist and guest performers remained unknown.

Come showtime, the pop star roared onto the stage with "Love on Top" before entertaining the audience with such songs as "Crazy In Love," "End Of Time" and "Baby Boy."

Then, fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined for "Bootylicious," "Independent Women" and "Single Ladies." Beyonce closed with "Halo."

SEE ALSO: Super Bowl Show in 10 Fierce Photos | Watch Alicia's National Anthem

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Pot Farm Activates Farmer Force, and Other Top Conversations

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 06:46 PM PST

11 Bizarre Facebook Apps You Won't Believe

We rounded up a list of some of the most bizarre apps on Facebook. Pot Farm was on the second slide, to the dismay of many of the app's fans. R. Scott Wells, Lewis Newton, and Sharon Melton are just three of almost a thousand commenters who lobbied for Pot Farm to be moved to the number one spot.

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With almost 1,000 comments, 11 Bizarre Facebook Apps You Won't Believe was by far our most-discussed post this week. The catch? Even though each comment was posted by a unique reader, they all basically said the same thing:

Why the hell isn't Pot Farm on the first slide?

Although the order of the list was random, Pot Farm's Facebook and Twitter account promised free in-game goods if its pot farmers commented on the story to "correct" the alleged mistake of listing the app in the second slide. The first app listed, ironically, was a religion-focused app called "God Wants You to Know."

SEE ALSO: 18 Facebook Fossils We'll Remember Forever

Our story on Apple's 128GB iPad also saw a l…
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Beyonce’s Super Bowl Show in 10 Fierce Photos

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 06:26 PM PST

Beyonce dominated the Super Bowl half-time with a fierce performance. Queen B was so electric, she may have even knocked out power to the Super Dome.

If you missed Bey's marvelous performance -- or just want to relive it over and over -- take a scroll through 10 photos below.

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BlackBerry’s Super Bowl Ad Shows All the Things the Z10 Can’t Do

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 06:14 PM PST

The BlackBerry Z10 does so much that BlackBerry gave up trying to explain it all and instead released an ad showing fanciful things it can't do.

That's the premise of the brand's first-ever Super Bowl ad, which just ran in the third quarter of the game. The ad, from London's AMV BBDO. The spot is designed to confuse the viewer at first by showing a guy using the phone to set himself aflame and then put himself out. Then he grows elephant legs, disappears into a colorful puff of smoke, reemerges from a manhole cover and turns a careening oil truck heading his direction into thousands of rubber ducks.

A voiceover delivers the punchline: "In 30 seconds, it's quicker to show you what…
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Someone Give This Oreo Employee a Raise

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 06:12 PM PST

In all the Super Bowl blackout noise, Oreo had the best response by far on Twitter.

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15 Things That May Have Caused Super Bowl Power Outage

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 05:58 PM PST

Video courtesy of NowThisNews

Power to half of Mercedes-Benz Superdome, including the scoreboard, went dark with 13:22 left in the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

Gameplay resumed at 9:10 p.m. ET after nearly 35 minutes of head scratching.

During the outage, Twitter lit up with speculation as to what caused the outage. Oreo also shared a yummy reactionary tweet.

Is this the part where Bane comes out?— Joe Fernandez (@JoeFernandez) February 4, 2013

Beyonce used up all the power with this: #SB47— NowThis News (@nowthisnews) February 4, 2013

Who backed up against the light switch?— Bill Maher (@billmaher) February 4, 2013

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Coke Super Bowl Game Is More Fail Than Win

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 05:36 PM PST

Coca Cola had big plans for Super Bowl XLVII. Not only would it run an entertaining ad during the big game, but it would also launch a concurrent online competition, tied to the ad. It was supposed to fun and innovative. Instead, the online portion failed as soon as Coke ran its first in-game Super Bowl TV ad.

In the ad, three teams -- bus-driving Vegas Show Girls, Mad Max types and cowboys-- all compete to reach a giant Coke bottle first. Online, viewers could vote for which team would actually achieve this goal. Unfortunately, as soon as the ad ran, the site lost all interactivity, though it came back at times. For many viewers, there was no more voting, no video, just the lonely Coke b…
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Oreo Super Bowl Spot Attracts Thousands of Instagram Followers

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 05:25 PM PST

A 3-second call-to-action at the end of Oreo's Super Bowl commercial, which debuted during the game Sunday, has increased Oreo's Instagram following by tens of thousands.

"Something we can all disagree on: Choose your side on Instagram @Oreo," the final frame read.

Oreo began promoting its Instagram account on Facebook beginning Thursday. Before the commercial aired, Oreo had around 2,200 followers, a company spokesperson told Mashable. Shortly after, its following climbed to nearly 20,000, and is now nearing the 30,000 mark.

According to CNBC, about half of Super Bowl commercials have included a hashtag to spark conversations on social media during and after the game.

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Exclusive Details About Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 04:59 PM PST

A full official video of Beyonce's performance will be made available on immediately after the game and will be there for only one month, Pepsi exclusively told Mashable.

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Alicia Keys Plays Piano Version of National Anthem

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 04:13 PM PST

Unlike recent Super Bowl national anthem performances from other musicians, Alicia Keys opted to play piano while singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Her rendition drew mixed reviews.

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See Disney’s New ‘Lone Ranger’ Trailer

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 04:02 PM PST

Disney aired a new trailer for its coming movie The Lone Ranger Sunday night during the Super Bowl.

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, Armie Hammer stars as The Lone Ranger's title character, and Johnny Depp plays his stalwart sidekick Tonto. Disney released the first peek of the trailer back in October.

The Lone Ranger hits theaters on July 3.

Will you see Disney's movie this summer? Tell us in the comments below.

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Second Graders Correct NFL Players’ Tweets

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 03:38 PM PST

In the battle between elementary school students and pro football players, second graders reign supreme. When it comes to grammar, that is.

Second graders at a New York school had some help from Twitter for their grammar lessons, using the tweets of NFL players to correct spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.

While working in groups, the students "found several mistakes in these tweets, including the incorrect spelling of 'a lot,'" explains a post on Elmwood Franklin School's Facebook page.

The students corrected one gem from 49ers' Chris Culliver who posted, "I pray to God I'm never dieing broke" (tweet has since been deleted), along with other statuses from Patroits' We…
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5 Rejected Animal Planet Super Bowl Show Ideas

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 03:00 PM PST

Each Super Bowl Sunday, Animal Planet counters burly NFL players with roly-poly, fuzzy-wuzzy doggies for the Puppy Bowl. Imagine if Animal Planet expanded its cute animals line-up for the big game.

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Live Blog: Super Bowl Ads

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 02:27 PM PST

There's a lot at stake as gladiators go head to head to win the hearts of fans across the USA. No, we're not talking about the action on the field, we're talking about the Super Bowl ads.

Actually, we're talking about the ads right now, and you're invited. Join me, ad industry legend Lee Garfinkel, branding guru Hayes Roth of Landor Associates, Amy Vale, vp of global research & strategic communications at Mojiva, and many others as we live-blog the Super Bowl ads. The action started at 6 p.m. ET, so tune in right here.

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Watch Barack Obama Talk Seriously in Super Bowl Interview

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 02:24 PM PST

Barack Obama made his mark on Super Bowl Sunday in a pre-game interview with CBS's Scott Pelley at the White House. The U.S. president discussed more than just the big game, touching on topics about tax breaks, women in war and gays in Boys Scouts.

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Watch the Puppy Bowl Live Online

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 01:58 PM PST

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Feeling left out on all the Sunday fun because football isn't your thing? Tired of watching the same B-roll footage leading up to the big game? Well puppies are everybody's thing, and today is the biggest day in dog "competition": the Puppy Bowl.

Animal Planet is hosting its annual cute pup showcase, and you can watch it live online. At the time of publication, the Puppy Bowl puppies were sound asleep. But hey, everyone needs a good Sunday nap, right?

SEE ALSO: 5 Rejected Animal Planet Super Bowl Show Ideas

Discovery has plenty of videos analyzing these puppies' best plays, so you can watch those until the dogs are up and running around aga…
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Looks Like Alicia Keys Will Play Piano During Super Bowl National Anthem

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 01:36 PM PST

Alicia Keys tweeted a rehearsal photo of herself behind a piano in an empty Mercedes-Benz Superdome. If Keys plays the piano during the national anthem tonight, she will be the first to do so at a Super Bowl since Billy Joel in 2007.

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Pop Culture Showdown: Baltimore vs. San Francisco

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 01:17 PM PST

Super Bowl XLVII is not only a game between San Francisco and Baltimore -- it's a bi-coastal competition for bragging rights.

Trash-talking between the East and West Coast has already commenced in preparation for Sunday's game. The winner will determine the size of each side's egos for the following weeks, but maybe we should take more into consideration. (Especially if you don't care about football.)

SEE ALSO: The Many Faces of American Football

We've already mashed up Full House against The Wire. These other pop culture face-offs will help you choose which legion you're siding with.

Which city will come out on top in the Baltimore vs. San Francisco pop culture battle? Cast you…
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Super Bowl Sunday Calls for Drastic Measures

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 12:59 PM PST

Super Bowl, by Jerry King

Instant replays just won't cut it on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Comic written and illustrated by Jerry King.

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20 Notable Black Innovators in Tech

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 12:55 PM PST

Recent studies show that only approximately 1% of tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are black. Many people blame the U.S. education system and its inadequate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula. Others find fault with a deficiency of basic information to help students enter these fields.

The 1% figure, however, doesn't mean there aren't black entrepreneurs and pioneers who have made noteworthy breakthroughs in the tech world.

SEE ALSO: Startup Accelerator Supports Minorities and Women in Tech

Below, we've listed 20 notable black leaders and innovators in STEM fields. Some are well-known, some should be better known, and others might still be consider…
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Watch This Pooping Dog Interrupt Baby’s First Steps

Posted: 03 Feb 2013 12:41 PM PST

A baby's first steps are a milestone for any parent. It's one of those unforgettable moments, especially when your child's first walk around the living room leads her into a fresh pile of poop.

Most are eager to capture the momentous occasion on camera, and we're certainly glad Grandma was around to record this one for posterity. Adorable baby Lydia shuffles toward the camera with a bit of help from mom, and the family dog wants in on the action.

SEE ALSO: 10 Infectious YouTube Clips of Babies Laughing at Dogs

Watch Lydia strut with confidence toward the couch, followed by her ecstatic giggles and grandma's encouragement. Yay! As if another cute baby video isn't enough, littl…
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