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Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “A Password You Wear on Your Wrist”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “A Password You Wear on Your Wrist”

A Password You Wear on Your Wrist

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 08:57 PM PST

Mobile security startup PassBan offers smartphone owners a slew of authentication options—including one you can wear.

More About: Android apps, Google Play, password management, passwords, wristwatches

Portable Bluetooth Speaker Lets You Listen to Emojis

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 08:37 PM PST

Sometimes a smiley just isn't enough. If you've ever wanted to send a sound to express anger or delight -- or you just love cat noises -- the creators of TeleSound have got you covered.

TeleSound, a portable sound messenger, allows people to send more than 1,000 sounds from a smartphone or tablet. The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and uses a free iPhone or Android app to send emojis.

Each icon is linked to a corresponding noise, from clinking coins for a money bag to a surprised gasp for the shocked face. Check out the video, above, to see how it works.

SEE ALSO: Read 20 Great Books in 2 Minutes, Emoji Style

Once you send an icon, it automatically plays on your frie…
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More About: bluetooth, emoji, Gadgets, Mobile, technology

Online Gaming Giant to Buy Atlantic City Casino

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 08:12 PM PST

After being drummed out of the U.S. two years ago, the parent company of several of the internet's biggest online gaming sites is looking to reestablish itself with a brick-and-mortar toehold on the Jersey shore.

Even before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law this week a bill that would let the state's casinos offer online gaming, the parent company of Pokerstars and recently acquired Full Tilt Poker had already sought initial approval to buy the floundering Atlantic Club Casino.

The proposed deal represents the first time a virtual casino company would join with a physical gambling location in the East Coast gaming capital of Atlantic City. But the prospective buyer will h…
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More About: Full Tilt Poker, gambling, New Jersey, online gambling, online gaming, poker

Like, You Will: Star Wars Nesting Dolls

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 07:33 PM PST

Images courtesy of Andy Stattmiller.

Click here to view this gallery.

J.J. Abrams might have been tasked with bringing the Star Wars characters back to life on the silver screen, but artist Andy Stattmiller is trying to shrink the whole franchise.

Stattmiller has created an entire set of nesting dolls replicating the galaxy far, far away. Everyone, from Han Solo to Obi Wan, C3PO to Vader, makes an appearance -- just much smaller than we've seen them before. The R2D2, Stattmiller says, is just three-quarters of an inch tall.

SEE ALSO: Star Wars Spinoff Movies: Which Character Should Come First?

The set of dolls took about three weeks to paint, Stattmiller tells Mashable.

"I had previously made a Ghostbusters set, followed by a Simpsons set. For…
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Venture Capitalist Tip: Shake Up Traditional Markets

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 06:48 PM PST

The behind-the-scenes impact of Uber on the taxi industry and AirBnB on the hospitality trade are just two ways startups have innovated stagnant markets.

More About: brian solis, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, revolutiontv, venture capital

Take a Look at Facebook’s Redesigned Timeline

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 06:13 PM PST

Facebook is testing a new Timeline design. Currently live in New Zealand, the new look brings a slimmed down toolbar to the top of profile pages and repositions other content.

First spotted by The Next Web, we had a friend in New Zealand grab some screenshots of the update for us so we could take a closer look.

Check out the two photos below. The top is the new design, while the bottom is the older version:



The toolbar at the top of the page is where the most drastic of the changes takes place. Where there are currently large photographic tiles, there are now just text buttons for your About information, Friends, and Photos.

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The Evolution of a Coffee Addict

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 06:01 PM PST

It started with one cup when you were 17 years old. You probably didn't like the bitter taste, but you just needed a boost to finish that sociology paper before your 8 a.m. class.

Nowadays, you finish your second cup of coffee before even stepping foot into the office. (Or maybe you're on a whole new level, like this this guy who ordered a $50 Starbucks drink.)

SEE ALSO: More Comics on Mashable

In the comic below, H. Caldwell Tanner of Loldwell maps out the Pokémon-inspired evolution of a coffee addict. Are you still in the Roastyke stage, or a full-on Brewking?

Evolution of a Coffee Addict, Loldwell

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

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More About: comics, humor, Loldwell, Watercooler

Shocking New Adidas Basketball Uniforms Invite Mockery Online

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 05:36 PM PST

An unveiling of some, uh, creative new Adidas basketball uniforms Thursday was widely -- and hilariously -- panned by the online peanut gallery.

More About: college sports, Sports

Girlfriend Leads Man Around the World in Breathtaking Pics

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 04:57 PM PST

Image courtesy of Murad Osmann

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Flip through this amazing collection of photos -- under the theme "Follow Me" -- by Instagram user Murad Osmann.

More About: instagram, photo gallery, photography, pictures, travel

Humongous 320-Gigapixel Photo Shatters Record

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 04:45 PM PST

A 360-degree panoramic photo of London comes in at a record 320-gigapixel resolution.

More About: camera, london, pics, pixels

Watch LeBron James and the Miami Heat Do the ‘Harlem Shake’

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 04:42 PM PST

Just when you thought it was dead, the "Harlem Shake" meme rides again! LeBron James and his Miami Heat have made their own rendition, and it's quite solid.

More About: harlem shake, lebron james, NBA, Sports

Where Was the Orchestra During the Oscars? Not Where You Think

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 04:38 PM PST

The Jaws theme song reminded Oscar winners on Sunday to hurry up and end their acceptance speeches during the 85th Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday. The orchestra played the ominous music as a forthright cue that inspired significant -- and hilarious -- banter on social media.

But while TV viewers could hear the song, they couldn't see the orchestra in the Dolby Theatre. That's because the orchestra was about a mile away from the stage.

Nestled in Capitol Studios, the orchestra did their live and pre-recorded duties from afar.

"The main purpose is space," Oscars broadcast engineer Hugh Healey told Mashable in Los Angeles, adding that producers still wanted them involved in real t…
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More About: 85th Academy Awards, academy awards, Entertainment, films, oscar, Oscars, TV

Baby Elephant Playing in the Mud Redefines Cute

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 04:04 PM PST

Baby elephant Navann here is just having the time of his life. No cares, no worries, he's just a little kid and wants to play in some mud.

The energetic pachyderm does more slipping and sliding than actual standing in those mud baths but seems to be living by the Hakuna Matata school of thought.

SEE ALSO: Sledding Pugs Will Make You Appreciate Winter

Navann lives with his mom and nanny at the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand.

Video and image courtesy of YouTube, elephantnews.

BONUS: 10 Adorable Pets Up for Adoption

More About: cute animals, viral videos

Ricky Gervais Returns as David Brent From the Original ‘Office’

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 03:57 PM PST

Some good news for fans of the original and best version of The Office: Ricky Gervais is coming back as antihero David Brent.

Gervais, who looks remarkably unchanged in 10 years down to his Van Dyke beard, has evolved the character somewhat. Brent, shown in this trailer -- the video above is a teaser -- is now moonlighting as a manager of musical acts. Yet he still lacks self awareness. In the cringe-worthy trailer, he's pushing one of his acts to do a reggae tune he wrote called "Equality Street," replete with improvised patois lyrics as the musicians look on, horrified.

The video promotes what The Hollywood Reporter calls a "short episodic skit" on BBC One that supports charity Comi…
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More About: Ricky Gervais, the office, viral videos

Damon Lindelof Goes on Hysterical Twitter Rant Against Bieber’s Hat

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 03:30 PM PST

Justin Bieber was photographed leaving his London hotel room in a yellow spiky hat, thus providing fodder for a millennium's worth of Bieber jokes.

And while there are plenty of Bieber haters to call out the pop idol for his hideous life choices, the last person we expected to take a swing was Damon Lindelof, of Lost fame. The multi-millionaire, respected (questionable) writer felt so strongly against Bieber's fashion statement he spent hours -- over two days -- tweeting about it.

The result was a hilarious spree of tweets (see below) in which Lindelof seems to lose his mind while contemplating why the hat exists and which members of Bieber's team allowed him to emerge in public with…
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More About: justin bieber, Twitter, Watercooler

‘Deception’ Star Mocks Beyoncé’s Twitter Use

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 03:22 PM PST

Facebook Buys Atlas Ad Business From Microsoft

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 02:54 PM PST

Facebook has acquired Microsoft's Atlas Adviser Suite, the online ad business and management service.

More About: Facebook, microsoft

Bing Maps Adds Ocean Topography, More Satellite Images

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 02:46 PM PST

Want to take a look at the depths of the ocean without leaving your chair? Now you can with Bing Maps.

More About: bing, Bing Maps

Tweeting Bikes Coming to South by Southwest

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 02:37 PM PST

Digital ad agency Razorfish will peddle its services at South by Southwest via some 20 self-tweeting bicycles.

The bikes, which will be planted strategically or "bike bombed" at events during the Interactive portion of the festival, will include GPS devices that will transmit location data to Razorfish's social media team. Each of the 20 bikes will have its own Twitter ID ("PennyTheBike" is one) and will tweet in its own personality. In addition to tweeting about their location ("Hey, I'm at the Capitol") the bikes will also talk about the weather and other topics, like Austin's various food trucks. The bikes will also have QR codes that sends riders to (The agency is pu…
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Making a Harlem Shake Video? There’s an App for That

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 02:13 PM PST

A new Android app promises to help make your Harlem Shake video dreams come true. Called Harlem Shake Video Creator, the app offers step-by-step directions for creating your own Harlem Shake clip, as well as a built-in music track for making the magic happen.

Once your masterpiece is complete, you can upload your creation directly to YouTube from the app.

SEE ALSO: Here's How You Can Make Any Website Do the 'Harlem Shake'

The Lite version of the app is free to download, and contains some ads.

Shake-enthusiasts can shell out $1 for the Pro version, which removes the ads and adds the ability to save your finished videos to the library on your phone.

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Carly Fiorina: Workers Need Flexibility, Not ‘Edicts’

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 02:07 PM PST

There are far more female CEO's today than when Carly Fiorina first took over the top job at Hewlett-Packard in 1999. In fact, when Marissa Mayer took over as CEO at Yahoo in July of 2012, there were 20 women on the Fortune 500 CEO list -- a new record.

Today Fiorina is a former CEO, as well as a former political candidate, after an unsuccessful run for Barbara Boxer's seat in the U.S. Senate. She speaks out as a political commentator and has much to say on the topic of women in leadership and the current debate over working from home.

Mashable got a chance to chat with Fiorina after her keynote at the Harvey Nash Leadership Lecture in New York.

Work From Home Debate

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More About: carly fiorina, Hewlett-Packard, leadership, Yahoo

Upstart Video Conferencing Firm Uses Billboard Ad to Tweak Marissa Mayer

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 01:57 PM PST

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's stance on telecommuting has proved an irresistible marketing opportunity for Blue Jeans Network, an upstart firm that provides videoconferencing.

Blue Jeans finished painting the billboard above on Thursday. The ad, which is positioned on Highway 101, just north of the San Francisco Airport, presents Blue Jeans as the official sponsor of work from home and beckons Mayer to "call us."

Mayer made headlines last week when she mandated that all Yahoo employees who were working remotely must now come into the offiice.

[Via AllThingsD ]

Image via Blue Jeans Network

More About: Advertising, marissa mayer, Marketing, Yahoo

Groupon Fires CEO Andrew Mason

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 01:48 PM PST

Twenty-four hours after reporting disappointing first-quarter earnings (a move that sent its stock down more than 25% in after-hours), Groupon announced Thursday afternoon that co-founder and CEO Andrew Mason will no longer hold the top post at the company.

Groupon Executive Chairman Eric Lefkofsky and Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis will assume leadership of the four-and-a-half-year-old daily deals business while its board of directors seeks out a new chief executive, according to a release issued by the company.

In a letter sent to employees and copied publicly, Mason admits he was fired from the company, citing "controversial metrics" in Groupon's S-1 filing, missed earnings expectations…
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A Musical Tribute to the Adult Onesie

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 01:41 PM PST

Remember this morning when you had to get dressed? First the pants, then the shirt, then the socks, jacket, hat, belt. Sheesh, it's enough work to send someone straight back to bed.

Enter the adult onesie.

SEE ALSO: Your Tumblr Dashboard Sings the Hilarious Truth

There's a style for everyone, some even come with hoods. No need to shed those last 10 pounds, the magical onesie's fit will mask that winter flesh. And if you think you can't bring sex appeal in a onesie, just ask these rock stars who have created a (surprisingly catchy) musical homage to said clothing item.

Goodbye pants. hello comfort (this is where you say #yolo).

Video and image courtesy of YouTube, TheJavi
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Dunkin’ Donuts Now Accepts Passbook Payments

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 01:34 PM PST

The next time you visit Dunkin' Donuts, you'll be able to use Passbook on your iPhone to pay your bill. This new feature is available via the company's latest app update.

First released in August, the free Dunkin' Donuts app gives customers the option to purchase items via their DD Card or through the Passbook app. Both work through a barcode system and are usable at any of Dunkin' Donuts' 7,000 U.S. locations.

Version 2.5 also brings iPhone 5 resolution to the app for the very first time. The Dunkin' Donuts app is available now in the App Store.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Mr. T in DC

More About: apple passbook, dunkin donuts, iphone app, mobile payments, passbook

MySpace Tom’s Twitter Feed Will Make You Feel Worse

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 01:29 PM PST

He may have been your first online friend back in 2004, but today MySpace Tom's giddy Twitter feed will make you question your own self-worth.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Tweets Have Been Removed

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 01:24 PM PST

After tweeting his farewell, the entire Twitter history of Pope Benedict XVI has been deleted today from the @Pontifex account.

No official statement has yet explained why Benedict's past tweets were deleted. The name on the account has also been changed to "Sede Vacante," which in Italian means "vacant seat." To read the old tweets, there's a link to the Vatican's official news website, where they are all stored.

SEE ALSO: Watch Pope Benedict XVI's Final Address

At the same time, and contrary to what was reported before, the account will not immediately be shut down now that Benedict has retired, according to Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Com…
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The Tech That Makes the Pebble Watch Tick

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 01:09 PM PST

The Pebble smart watch is the most successful Kickstarter project in history, raising more than $10 million from more than 69,000 backers.

At CES 2013, the company revealed final details of the device, and showed off the shipping device to the public.

SEE ALSO: Hands On With Pebble, the Internet's Favorite Smart Watch

Now that the device is shipping to Kickstarter backers, we have a much better idea of how the watch works from the inside out.

The Internals

The Pebble isn't your average watch; this is what it has under the hood:

An ARM Cortex-M3 processor
Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR as well as Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy)
4 buttons
A vibrating motor
3 axis accelerometer w…
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More About: kickstarter, pebble, smart watch, What's Inside

Why Limiting Emails to 50 Words Is a Great Idea

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 01:00 PM PST

Mashable OP-ED

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason came up with a great idea the other day that has nothing to do with daily deals. Mason, who' was ousted after his company reported poor results in the fourth quarter, tweeted a proposal that would have profound implications for anyone struggling to reach Inbox Zero nirvana:

Possible to write a gmail script to autoreply & bounce emails longer than fifty words?— Andrew Mason (@andrewmason) February 25, 2013

As Business Insider has subsequently reported, a software engineer at the company took the challenge and wrote a script to apply the 50-words-and-under limit to Gmail.

When compared to Twitter's 140-character limit, this i…
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YouTube Updates iOS App, Adds Send-to-TV Feature

Posted: 28 Feb 2013 12:36 PM PST

YouTube updated its iOS app Thursday, adding the Send-to-TV feature it introduced for Android in November of last year.

With the update you can use your iOS device to send YouTube clips to Google TV, Xbox or PlayStation 3 and watch them on the big screen.

In January, we spoke to YouTube reps about the company's plans for TV, a future it feels will be smartphone-oriented, with your phone replacing your television remote.

SEE ALSO: Inside YouTube's Plan to Dominate Your TV

"We're trying to build this infrastructure that scales everywhere, from watching 1080p HD-quality video on your TV all the way down to using a dial-up modem in a developing country," YouTube's director of product…
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