Sunday, 3 March 2013

Mashable: Latest 19 News Updates - including “15 iPhone Cases for ’90s Kids”

Mashable: Latest 19 News Updates - including “15 iPhone Cases for ’90s Kids”

15 iPhone Cases for ’90s Kids

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 09:00 PM PST

1. Dinos

AKA, the faded shirt you wouldn't take off in first grade. Price: $35

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You haven't stopped being tubular since 1994 -- why should your phone? Just like the replaceable shell on your old Nokia 5100, today's iPhones require the same customization. After all, you're a '90s kid. It's all about you, right?

SEE ALSO: 7 Super-Slim iPhone Cases

Surf through our selection of 15 wicked iPhone cases. What's your favorite pop culture reference from the '90s? Share your memories below.

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More About: accessories, cases, features, iphone, Mobile, nostalgia

Scout Security System Wirelessly Protects Your Home

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 08:00 PM PST

Home security systems can be costly, complicated and oftentimes require time-consuming installation. A new system seeks to get rid of these inconveniences by letting users wirelessly monitor their homes.

With the Scout system, users can watch over their home for free from a smartphone, tablet or computer via Wi-Fi, or pay for professional monitoring. The sleek palm-sized device, which has sensors, can easily be transported to another location, according to Scout's official website. Each system comes with a "base station," which plugs directly into an Internet router, and communicates with the sensors wirelessly.

Users are able to control and monitor their system remotely, with alerts…
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More About: bc video lead, home, Lifestyle, security, Video

Artist Embarks on Quest to Photograph All 788 of His Facebook Friends

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 07:05 PM PST

Connecticut artist Ty Morin, however, is on a quest to make his Facebook friend list come to life. He plans to track down all 788 of them in person, one by one, then photograph each person doing something meaningful to them.

More About: Facebook, kickstarter, Social Media

Here’s Where Gearheads Can Find Discounted Gadgets in One Place

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 05:57 PM PST

For the gadget-obsessed, online marketplace Grand St. gives members access to the latest in "creative technology."

The exclusive service, whose memberships are only available by invitation, acts as a one-stop shop by curating new products, then letting users view and buy them all in one place.

Much like Gilt, which provides members-only shopping for fashion and lifestyle items, Grand St. offers discounts on devices ranging from an iPad cover that makes typing more efficient to a motion-sensitive bicycle light.

First-time visitors to the site, which is currently in private beta, are greeted with the following prompt:

"Every other day we highlight and sell a new amazing product…
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More About: discounts, Gadgets, Grand St

Watch This Robot Figure Out How to Fly By Crashing

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 04:59 PM PST

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" seems to be the motto of a flying robot that picks itself back up after crashing into surrounding objects.

Called the AirBurr, the bot is equipped with a unique "Active Recovery System," enabling it to withstand collisions, relaunch and continue flying.

Researchers at EPFL, a Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, were inspired to create the AirBurr after observing the way insects move.

"Even though they manage to avoid most obstacles, they still manage to fly into windows and fly into walls -- yet it's okay; they don't break," said project leader Adam Klaptocz. "They fall to the ground, they get back up again and they keep flying."…
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‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ Trailer Leaks, Reveals Release Date

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 03:57 PM PST

A leaked trailer of Assassin's Creed IV confirmed the video game's release date after surfacing online Saturday.

Although it doesn't showcase any in-game footage, the trailer introduces protagonist Captain Edward Kenway aboard a pirate ship, doing what assassins do best. Watch the video, above, for lots of action and mysterious references to the new character's background.

The world-premiere trailer for Assassin's Creed IV was set to debut Monday, according to Ubisoft's official countdown site, but the leaked video made its way around the web early Saturday.

It reveals that the game will be available for purchase on Oct. 29, and is coming on next-gen consoles.

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More About: assassin's creed, Entertainment, Gaming, ubisoft

How the Internet Has Changed the World

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 03:15 PM PST

From hactivism to the flipped classroom, the Internet has sparked an online revolution with digital tools.

Classified documents on Wikileaks helped spark the Arab Spring, and protestors organized through Facebook. Daily tweets about the Egyptian revolution increased 100% after the overthrow of the country, showcasing the power of trending.

Not only has the World Wide Web assisted in shaping our political persuasions, but also our personal interests. While there are 139,500 professional photographers in the U.S., Instagram rekindled the snap-happy side of everyone, with 90 million active users each month on the social platform.

As the number of Internet users grow, the world change…
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More About: infographic, internet, Social Media, US & World

Viral Video Shows the Extent of U.S. Wealth Inequality

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 02:31 PM PST

The issue of wealth inequality across the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that imbalance in dramatic and graphic fashion.

The video, which started going viral on Friday and whose traffic continues to climb on YouTube -- reflects the facts as seen from many different sources. We present it without comment, letting you, our readers, be the judge.

So, what do you think? Is the current state of wealth inequality good for the United States, or has it gotten out of hand? Tell us in the comments, below.

More About: Politics, viral videos, YouTube

‘Harlem Shake’ Becomes Middle East Protest Anthem

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 01:47 PM PST

Almost everyone in the U.S. has come to know and love (or hate) the "Harlem Shake" meme as a mostly benign, viral YouTube craze. But in Egypt and Tunisia, it's taken on another meaning entirely: It's an act of political protest.

About 400 young men did the "Harlem Shake" while chanting for the departure of Islamist Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi outside the Muslim Brotherhood's main office in the Egyptian capital of Cairo Thursday night. Those inside the building decided to shut the office down and turn off the lights, according to the Associated Press, which called the event a "light-hearted expression" of political dissidence in a country that's been rocked by turmoil in recent years.…
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More About: Arab Spring, Egypt, harlem shake, middle east, Tunisia, World, YouTube

Evernote Resets All User Passwords After Security Breach

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 01:12 PM PST

Evernote implemented a service-wide password reset Saturday after the company discovered suspicious activity on its network.

The note-taking service issued a statement on its site, saying that no stored user content or financial data was changed or lost, but that hackers gained personal information including usernames, passwords and email addresses.

Though they were accessed, passwords stolen in the breach are protected by one-way encryption. The encryption makes it more difficult for hackers to crack the content, but Evernote users are still vulnerable.

Users will be prompted to change their passwords the next time they log in, and the change affects all other Evernote apps. Th…
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Can Beautiful Design Make Your Resume Stand Out?

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 12:28 PM PST

The amount of time a recruiter spends looking at your resume is roughly six seconds -- the length of a Vine video.

For people who are unemployed or underemployed, figuring out how to stand out in the job search is crucial. Despite discovering job openings that fit your experience, you send your resume out to the ether -- and feel you're continuously overlooked in favor of someone with equal qualifications. Many job seekers have taken to desperate measures.

SEE ALSO: Vine Resume May Be the World's First

"Visual design is a great way to differentiate yourself from other job candidates," says Dodd Caldwell, cofounder of Loft Resumes. "Design in general is increasingly important in th…
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Apple Keeps Top Spot on Fortune’s ‘Most Admired Company’ List

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 12:01 PM PST

Apple secured the top spot for the sixth year in a row in Fortune's Top 50 World's Most Admired Companies list.

The company beat out Google and Amazon, which came in second and third on the international list. The top ten positions are all held by American companies, with businesses like Coca-Cola, Starbucks and Walt Disney joining the ranks.

Apple was voted number one by 3,800 company directors and executives. Fortune explains that though Apple had a rough time with its stock price and the failure of its Maps feature, the company was the most profitable in the world last quarter, boasting $13 billion in net income.

"The company has its fanatical customer base, and it still refuses…
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More About: amazon, apple, Business, Google, Media, most admired companies, Tech

7 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 11:19 AM PST

Toy Story Smash It!

Buzz Lightyear blasted onto mobile this week in a brand-new Toy Story-themed game. In the 3D physics-based game you play the role of Buzz, who is trying to knock down the aliens and stop the evil Zurg with a number of different balls. Throughout the game's 60 levels, the aliens position themselves in new and unique ways on blocks, toys, and even model trains.

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It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck -- Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.

This week a Disney favorite launched a new game for iOS, and a popular social network updated its Windows Phone app.

A new Android app helps you be part of YouTube's latest craze, and a popular racing game is back with a brand new update.

Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's highlights.

Still looking for more? Check out last week's Apps You Don't Want To Miss for more great apps worth a look.

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If ‘The Shining’ Took Place in 2013

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 10:39 AM PST

"All work and no Wi-Fi makes Jack a dull boy." It doesn't have quite the same ring to it, but it's an adage fit for most members of the connected generation.

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TimeRabbit Measures How Long You’re on Facebook

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 10:13 AM PST

Facebook can be an never-ending vacuum of time. How many hours do you spend mindlessly scrolling and stalking through your friends list?

If you've ever wondered how much you browse on the social network, a new service measures your daily, weekly and monthly use. TimeRabbit, created by Breakpoint Software Development, works as a stand-alone Windows application to monitor your Facebook usage.

The average user spends nearly seven hours on Facebook each month. While there are other browser plug-ins that track your online habits, TimeRabbit works on your desktop and is compatible with all major web browsers.

When you log in to Facebook, the application automatically starts its timer. T…
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More About: Facebook, Social Media, social networks

50 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 09:38 AM PST

It has been another action-packed week here at Mashable. We've been covering the newest gadgets coming out of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Pope's last Tweet and the fate of Groupon CEO Andrew Mason.

We know you've been busy with your own lives, so we rounded up the most important updates in tech and social media to keep you informed. So read below for tons of digital media resources, new innovative apps and much more.

Editor's Picks

Become a Graphics Pro Free During Photoshop Week
CreativeLIVE is hosting the first ever Photoshop Week, consisting of 40 free online classes that began live-streaming on Monday, February 25.

Controversial 'Six Strikes' Anti-Piracy
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Tax Refund: What Will You Do With All That Money?

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 09:12 AM PST

You might already be getting ready to file your tax return. But let's think about the fun part: What will you do with your tax refund?

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Glitch (and Recovery) Shows Why Spaceflight Is Hard

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 08:49 AM PST

The struggles a private cargo capsule faced in orbit Friday reinforce the notion that spaceflight remains a challenging proposition, experts say.

The unmanned SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched smoothly atop a Falcon 9 rocket Friday (March 1), but only one of the capsule's four thruster "pods" activated after it reached orbit. After several hours of scrambling to identify the glitch, SpaceX engineers turned the situation around, fixing the problem and bringing all four pods online for an engine burn that set Dragon back on course for the International Space Station.

"Orbit raising burn successful. Dragon back on track," SpaceX founder and CEO Musk wrote in a Twitter post Friday.

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‘Modern Family’ Cast Gets Stuck in Elevator

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 08:17 AM PST

There's nothing like family bonding. And what better way to spend quality time than invading each other's personal space in a trapped elevator?

Modern Family cast members Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet tweeted a picture of themselves and Jesse Tyler Ferguson stuck in a Kansas City service elevator for nearly an hour on Friday night.

Stonestreet, who plays bubbly, stay-at-home dad Cameron on the show, looked less than thrilled to be trapped with co-stars and other elevator riders. However, he tweeted that he handled the situation better than he imagined.

I honestly handled being stuck in an elevator for 50min better than I thought. All @jessetyler did was pass wind. Th…
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More About: Entertainment, pics, Twitter, Vine, Watercooler

The Reaction to Yahoo’s Ban on Working From Home

Posted: 02 Mar 2013 07:08 AM PST

Yahoo Responds to Controversy Over Work-at-Home Ban

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to ban the work-at-home option for the company's employees was met with intense criticism from many online communities. Readers Jake Holloway and Sean Hoover argued that the policy wasn't actually intended to make the workers more productive, but rather was meant to send a message.

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This week at Mashable, our readers had a lot to say about Yahoo's response to the company's controversial ban on working from home.

Since Marissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo in July of 2012, she's already made moves such as the development of a mobile strategy, the acquisition of mobile app Stamped and free food at meetings. The working from home ban is arguably the biggest change yet.

We asked our readers, "Do You Value Working From Home?" and the responses were widespread. While the majority strongly believe the option to work at home should not be eliminated, many backed Mayer's decision, siting year-long-losses as a good reason to shake things up.

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