Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “See How Red Bull’s RB9 Race Car is Made in Fascinating New Video”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “See How Red Bull’s RB9 Race Car is Made in Fascinating New Video”

See How Red Bull’s RB9 Race Car is Made in Fascinating New Video

Posted: 05 Feb 2013 02:55 AM PST

Like watching how things are made? Like fast cars? If you've answered those two questions with a "yes," we have a video treat for you.

Titled "RB9 Rhythm of the Factory," the video shows us fascinating details from the production of Infiniti Red Bull's new racing car, the RB9.

In the video, in which the manufacturing sounds are mixed with the music to create a cool soundtrack, you can see how the car's transmission is made and assembled by hand as well as bits and pieces of the testing process.

Check out the video above and share your thoughts in the comments!

Image via YouTube/redbullracing

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Earth Safe From Asteroid’s Close Flyby Next Week

Posted: 05 Feb 2013 01:50 AM PST

An asteroid will give Earth a historically close shave next week, but there's no chance that the space rock will slam into our planet on this pass, experts say.

The 150-foot-wide (45 meters) asteroid 2012 DA14 will zoom within 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometers) of our planet on Feb. 15, coming nearer than the ring of satellites in geosynchronous orbit. While the flyby will be the closest ever known in advance for such a large asteroid, there's no reason to retreat to the doomsday bunker.

"NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict the asteroid's path with the observations obtained, and it is therefore known that there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a colli…
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$25 Raspberry Pi Computer For Sale in Europe, Coming to Rest of World ‘Soon’

Posted: 05 Feb 2013 12:00 AM PST

A stripped-down version of the Raspberry Pi is now available in Europe for $25, and will debut to the rest of the world "very soon."

Called the Model A, the Linux-based microcomputer comes with one USB port and 256MB of RAM, but has no Ethernet, the UK-based developer announced Monday.

The pocket-sized PC consumes around one-third of the power of its $35 counterpart, the popular Model B. For more on the bare-bones device, watch the video, above.

SEE ALSO: This $35 Computer Is an Interactive Gift for Geeky Kids

Would you purchase the Raspberry Pi? Tell us in the comments.

Image courtesy of Raspberry Pi

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Barack Obama ‘Sings’ the Pokemon Theme Song

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 11:14 PM PST

Another day, another lip-dub parody of Barack Obama.

This time around, the U.S. president is "singing" the Pokémon theme song, courtesy of the folks from Barack's Dubs.

Be sure to watch the video until the end, or you'll miss a message from a special guest; then, tell us what you think of the video in the comments, below.

SEE ALSO: The Many Faces of Barack Obama

Image courtesy of YouTube, baracksdubs

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Les Mean Girls Tumblr Is So LeFetch

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 10:49 PM PST

God Anne, you can't sit with us today. Photo courtesy of Tumblr, Les Mean Girls.

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It's the story of outsiders finding their place, love, loss, the constant struggle between good and evil, and a revolution to quell unfair leadership.

And of course, Tina Fey. Wasn't Mean Girls awesome?

If you ask us, replace Tina Fey with Anne Hathaway and you've got yourself a dead ringer for the Les Miserables screenplay. And yes, Les Mis technically came first and all but that's besides the point.

The true point is that Les Mis and Mean Girls just have so much in common. Regina George and Javert were clearly cut out of the same vicious cloth. Amanda Seyfried plays a dumb blonde in both movies (mind blown, right?). And high school is pretty much the same thing as revolutionary…
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Pinterest Updates iOS App to Make Editing Pins Easier

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 08:53 PM PST

Pinterest updated its iOS apps Monday, adding some new editing options as well as improving how users scroll while navigating the app.

Now, users can edit a pin's description, change its board location or delete the pin entirely -- directly from the mobile app. Comments can also be deleted anywhere on Pinterest using the app, so users can remove offensive comments from their own pins, or fix typos in comments they make on other pins.

Pinterest first launched its app for iPad last August, alongside the first version of its Android app.

The latest version of Pinterest's iPad app is now available on the App Store.

Thumbnail image via iStockphoto, maxphotography; screenshot cour
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BlackBerry’s Canadian TV Ad Outshines Super Bowl Stinker

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 07:55 PM PST

Now this is an ad. BlackBerry may have fumbled with its commercial during the Super Bowl, but the company redeems itself with its first ad spot targeting Canadian customers.

BlackBerry posted an ad called "BlackBerry Z10 Keep Moving" to its YouTube channel on Monday night, just before the handset goes on sale in Canada.

Frankly, this ad -- or a variation thereof -- is what should have aired during the Super Bowl. It's engaging, well-shot and most importantly, it highlights some of the coolest features of the Z10 and BlackBerry 10.

SEE ALSO: BlackBerry Super Bowl Ad Fails to Bring the Brand Back

Even the song -- "Elephant" by Tame Impala (iTunes link) -- is catchy. Plus, inten…
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Facebook Is Creating Location-Sharing App, Report Says

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 07:36 PM PST

Facebook is developing a new app that keeps track of user location, and reports that information to friends when they're nearby, according to a report.

The app will be released mid-March, and will run even when it isn't open on users' phones, Bloomberg reports. For example, Facebook user Shirley may get a notification that says Bob is around the corner -- even if neither of them happens to be using the app at that time.

Facebook is showing a keen interest in location-sharing. The company tested a "Find Friends Nearby" feature in its mobile app last June. Designed to facilitate meeting new people, users can quickly add the "John Smith" they meet at a party, without confusing him wi…
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Celebrities Unite to Support World Cancer Day in PSA

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 06:43 PM PST

Emma Stone, Vanessa Williams, Tom Hanks and Samuel L. Jackson are among the celebrities who are uniting to "stand up to cancer."

In a new video PSA, above, the famous faces reveal who they supported on World Cancer Day, which took place on Feb. 4.

Viewers are urged to participate on social media by using the hashtags #istandupfor and #worldcancerday on Twitter, and to visit the Stand Up To Cancer Facebook page.

Did you participate in World Cancer Day? Tell us in the comments, below.

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How Skype Is Helping Topple a Dictator in Syria

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 05:46 PM PST

The toolbox of the average rebel fighting in Syria is full of things you have probably never touched: an AK-47, grenades, sniper rifle. But it also has something you might use every day: Microsoft Skype.

Skype is the go-to social network for communication between rebels, anti-government activists, journalists and officials inside and outside of Syria.

Why? Skype uses wiretapping-resistant Voice over IP (VoIP) technology, making it safer for transmitting messages while under the watchful eyes and ears of government censors. It's free to download and easy to use, both positives for cash-strapped rebels and activists. Its video-based chatting makes it easier to identify the person on the…
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Toy-Like Robot Could Revolutionize NASA’s Planetary Explorations

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 04:57 PM PST

NASA plans to use a toddler's toy robot designed for "sensory exploration" to explore something else -- planets. Yes, you read that right. The robot, which looks like a lattice of cables, rods and beads could be NASA's future rover.

At least that's the idea the space agency is working on at a lab in Silicon Valley, Calif., under its Innovative Advanced Concepts Program.

"The components are very simple," Adrian Agogino, a NASA engineer, told the the BBC. "They're just rods and cables connected together, and rods never connect to rods and cables never connect to cables. A child can hit themselves over the head with it and they won't get hurt. That happens to be great for what we wan…
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3 Super Bowl Ads That Look an Awful Lot Like Other Ads

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 04:20 PM PST

Taco Bell & Pepsi's "Shady Acres"

Not an exact copy by any means, but the visual pun of having seniors cavort like teens had been done before in Pepsi's 1990 "Shady Acres" ad.

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Allegations of idea appropriation are nothing new in advertising. However, when the stakes are as high as they are as in the Super Bowl, the charges have a bit more weight.

Thanks to YouTube, the accusations began well before the game as Lee Garfinkel, the chairman of Havas Worldwide NY, noted the similarities between an ad he worked on in the '90s and Taco Bell's Game Day ad. The other two ads were called to task almost immediately, thanks to social media.

What do you think? Do these people have a case?

If ‘The Walking Dead’ Were an ’80s Sitcom

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 03:51 PM PST

Charles in Charge? Not in this town. Check out this intro of 'The Walking Dead' recut in an '80s sitcom style.

More About: 80s, galleries, parody, sitcom, the walking dead, viral videos

Jawbone Buys Massive Health to Improve User Experience

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 03:35 PM PST

Jawbone, a wearable technology company, announced Monday that it has acquired Massive Health, a mobile app developer, for an undisclosed sum.

Jawbone started out as a wireless gadget maker, but then took a step into the health industry in 2011 with the release of UP, a bracelet that tracks your diet, sleep and exercise similar to Nike+ Fuelband and Fitbit. Massive Health was founded in 2010 and attracted a fair amount of press and venture funding for its goal of using apps and big data to foster healthy living. The startup's first app, the Eatery, encourages users to eat healthier through an Instagram-style community.

Massive Health's team -- along with the team of Visere, a seperate…
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BlackBerry Super Bowl Ad Fails to Bring the Brand Back

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 03:28 PM PST

Mashable OP-ED

From concept to execution, BlackBerry's comeback ad fell flat.

When the company formerly known as RIM announced that it was doing a major Super Bowl ad, the idea seemed to be that this was an opportunity to show off BlackBerry 10 and its new Z10 handset. Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben told Mashable that "the objective with the Super Bowl commercial is to let people know that the BlackBerry is back."

Instead, the lackluster ad was a wasted opportunity for the new brand and the new product.

If you haven't seen the ad, check it out:

A company struggling for market share and relevance spends $4 million for air time alone and that is the result? Seriously,…
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More About: blackberry, BlackBerry 10, Opinion, Super Bowl

Never Eat Alone Again With the Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 03:23 PM PST

It's not enough for us to constantly be plugged into our devices, avoiding each others' eyes while texting and walking down the street or reaching for our phones during awkward silences. Now, you can stay easily connected to your beloved iPhone during meals.

The Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl gives new meaning to face time. Designed to keep solo diners entertained, the noodle bowl has a built-in iPhone dock placed on one end so you can comfortably view your device while slurping away. Your phone may be vulnerable to splashes of soup, though, as the design does leave it a little exposed. Check out the video, above, for more.

The dock's positioning and sound amplification lets you watch yo…
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Oscar Nominees Among Most-Pirated Films

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 03:18 PM PST

Despite attempts by Hollywood to curtail the practice, movie pirating continues to be quite popular amongst Internet users.

TorrentFreak provided a list of the top 10 films pirated through BitTorrent for the past week, and several popular favorites made the list, including several that are still in theaters — and up for contention at this year's Academy Awards.

Leading the list at number one, however, is Wreck-It Ralph, lighter fare not nominated for an Oscar. Disney's CG-animated comedy/adventure features a video game villain trying to create a new life for himself. The film has made $183 million at the box office, so pirating hasn't done too much damage to its earnings, though…
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You Will Dry Your Hands in the Sink in the Future

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 03:15 PM PST

Dyson unveiled on Monday a new way we'll likely dry our hands in the future -- directly within the sink itself.

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5 Flight Fails From Back in the Day

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 03:01 PM PST

It's easy to take flying for granted nowadays. NASA is developing an airplane that will cut fuel consumption by half. Filmmakers are trying to use robot planes to shoot Hollywood flicks. We live in a world where 3D-printed planes are a reality.

But before Orville and Wilbur Wright built the world's first successful airplane, hundreds of wannabe inventors tried to find a way to take flight. Some came up with planes similar to the now-famous Wright Brothers Flyer. A few more went for bicycle-powered flying machines. And a couple of chaps even strapped on giant wings and roller skated off a cliff. Masters of aviation they're not quite.

Watch Mashable's compilation of funny flight fai…
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Beyonce Announces World Tour on YouTube

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 02:54 PM PST

Looks like Queen B is embracing her title.

After an explosive performance at this year's Super Bowl, the diva took to YouTube to announce plans for her upcoming world tour. Beyonce will kick off "The Mrs. Carter Show" (in honor of hubby Jay-Z's real name, Shawn Carter) in Europe, then return stateside, ending at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in August.

The YouTube video is nothing short of regal, showing B donning her sparkliest corset and jewels and parading in front of her court.

SEE ALSO: Watch Destiny's Child Join Beyonce in Super Bowl Show

The tour title has already received some flak, many wondering why the advocate for "Independent Women" and "Single Ladies" everywhere…
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Twitter, You Won the Super Bowl

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 02:46 PM PST

This year's Super Bowl was intense, but the experience was my a dozen times better by Twitter.

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Heroic Hitchhiker Is the Next Viral Local News Star

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 02:35 PM PST

Meet Kai the hitchhiker. Chances are he'll be a staple of your Internet diet for some time to come.

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Super Bowl Social Media Activity 3 Times Higher Than 2012

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 02:29 PM PST

When you factor in a power outage, killer ads and Beyonce, is it any surprise?

In addition to Jacoby Jones' 108-yard touchdown, social media users chatted about the Superdome's 34-minute electricity outage. Conversations during the technical difficulties topped 5.8 million social mentions, or 11% of the day's total conversation.

For perspective, Beyonce's halftime show ran from 8:10 to 8:22 p.m. and totaled approximately 3.1 million mentions, not including the "halo" effect after her performance (pun intended).

SEE ALSO: Super Bowl 2013 Commercials: Watch Them All Here

Overall, the social sentiment was 49% positive, 25% neutral and 26% negative. About 88% of the social conversa…
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Beyonce’s Super Bowl Sloppy Swish

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 02:22 PM PST

Did Beyonce take a bit of dance inspiration from Saturday Night Live? Bey's Super Bowl performance included a move that looked identical to Mokiki's Sloppy Swish.

Redditor colorblindkeys pointed out the eerie similarity in rhythmic leg flailing under the caption "Beyonce does the Sloppy Swish."

SEE ALSO: Beyonce's Super Bowl Show in 10 Fierce Photos

Judge for yourself:

Do you think Mrs. Carter got splashed with Mokiki's green slime venom?

BONUS: 20 Entertaining YouTube Videos Under 20 Seconds

Screen shot courtesy of CBS

[H/T HyperVocal]

More About: beyonce, GIFs, snl, Super Bowl, Watercooler

The High-Tech Miracle That Found King Richard III

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 02:15 PM PST

Mashable OP-ED

On Bosworth Field he lost his life, England's most infamous monarch, the supposed killer of princes. His body was taken from the battle and rushed by monks, the Red Cross of the Middle Ages, to the nearest monastic institution, the Gray Friary in nearby Leicester.

There it was buried, perhaps in an unmarked grave to prevent tomb-robbing retribution from the new king, the Welsh usurper Henry Tudor. There the body remained, despite rumors that the Tudor king had exhumed it and used his coffin as a horse trough.

Richard's body was undisturbed 50 years later, when Henry Tudor's son and his minister Thomas Cromwell started knocking down monastic buildings, including the…
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YouTube Will Not Live Stream New York Fashion Week

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 01:58 PM PST

YouTube, which has live streamed shows during New York Fashion Week for the past three seasons, will not be doing so this season, a spokesperson for the Google-owned video site confirmed to Mashable on Monday. NYFW kicks off on Thursday, and runs until Feb. 14.

YouTube, in partnership with its sponsor, Maybelline, has served as the live video hub for NYFW, hosting as many as 30 shows during the last NYFW in September.

This season, host IMG has partnered with video distribution platform Rightster to live stream all 54 of the shows taking place at Lincoln Center on its own website, mbfashionweek.com. The nine shows taking place at NYFW's other (significantly smaller) hub, MADE Fashion We…
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Samsung Announces New Fund to Drive Business Creation

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 01:54 PM PST

Samsung introduced a new innovation center, investments funds, and international R&D center Monday, all part of the company's "Global Engine to Accelerate Innovation and Drive New Business Creation."

The new Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (SSIC) will have a headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., with offices in Korea and Israel. The project is being led by Samsung's President and Chief Strategy Officer of device Solutions, Young Sohn.

Sohn was on hand in Menlo Park Monday afternoon to make the announcement.

"We're in a very disruptive time," says Sohn. "It's a time of post-PC era."

Initial focus for the center will be in cloud infrastructure, mobile privacy, Inte…
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When Will the Rest of Us Get Google Fiber?

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 01:32 PM PST

Google may choose to expand its service, but there's no incentive for established players to come up to speed.

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10 Cheeky Valentine’s Day Tees for Couples

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 01:10 PM PST

1. Two Pixel Heart T-Shirt

This design is pixel-perfect for two players. Cost: $29 Image courtesy of Nastalgame/Etsy

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On Feb. 14 you can be as mushy as you like with your significant other. If you're all loved up, why not tell the world with an adorable pair of matching t-shirts?

We have found 10 cute designs perfect for couples to wear on the day of love.

SEE ALSO: 10 Valentine's Day Cards for Your Geeky Sweetheart

Take a look through our selection in the gallery above. Let us know in the comments below if you and your sweetie would consider wearing the same tee -- or if you think it's just a bit too icky.

Photo courtesy of alli

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GameStop Establishes $10 Million Fund to Help Indie Game Developers

Posted: 04 Feb 2013 01:01 PM PST

Video games retailer GameStop is pledging $10 million to help independent mobile game developers refine and distribute their creations.

The program is being run through Kongregate, the web game distribution platform GameStop purchased in 2010. Kongregate will offer developers financial services, consultation to improve their product and marketing support. Most importantly, it will offer developers a distribution platform across Kongregate (which has 15 million monthly unique visitors), GameStop's mobile apps, the company's website and its more than 6,000 stores.

Kongregate is bringing on former Zynga general manger Panayoti Haritatos as the vice president of the mobile division. Harit…
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