Friday, 15 March 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Philips Turns Pane of Glass Into a 3D TV”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Philips Turns Pane of Glass Into a 3D TV”

Philips Turns Pane of Glass Into a 3D TV

Posted: 15 Mar 2013 03:17 AM PDT


Philips has launched a new line of TVs called DesignLine, and they're definitely very different from most other TVs on the market

Aiming to create an "object of desire" rather than just another TV, Philips' designers have created a TV that looks like a seamless sheet of glass with a black gradient

And when we say "seamless," we mean it: there is no stand, no visible frame (when the TV is off), and the TV is meant to simply be leaned against the wall

We're a bit worried what effect will the inevitable cabling have on the visual impression of the device, but even with that in mind the Philips DesignLine TV will give a dash of glamour to almost any ambiance

How Video Games Help Fuel Space Exploration

Posted: 15 Mar 2013 02:50 AM PDT


Having traveled to other worlds in his game creations such as Ultima, Richard Garriott de Cayeux is now doing the real thing. He flew to the International Space Station in 2008 (on a reported $30 million ticket). And his company, Space Adventures, has organized flights on Soyuz craft for about a dozen other moguls.

At the South by Southwest conference in Austin this week, Garriott de Cayeux explained why he thinks that private companies can make spaceflight radically cheaper and more common. Ideas include having NASA contract with private rocket companies for human spaceflight instead of building all its own craft (which it already does to launch robots such as the Mars Rover Curiosity). Garriott de Cayeux also promotes reusable spacecraft, which he claims offer tenfold to hundredfold cost savings.

Samsung Appoints Two New CEOs

Posted: 15 Mar 2013 01:17 AM PDT


Besides the Galaxy S 4 announcement yesterday, Samsung also announced a big change in leadership, adding two new CEOs to the company

Presidents Boo-keun Yoon and JK Shin will join current CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon, meaning the company will now have three CEOs

All three CEOs will also retain their current duties: Yoon will stay in charge of Samsung's Consumer Electronics Division, including TV and appliance products; Shin will continue leading the company's IT & Mobile Communications Division, and Kwon will continue to oversee Samsung's component business.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S 4

The idea behind the move is to "clarify and enhance independent management" of the three divisions, Samsung explains. With its diverse portfolio of products and services, and a $6.6 billion profit in Q4 2012, it's no wonder that Samsung thinks it's getting too big for just one CEO

100 Dead Twitter Accounts That Deserve a Second Chance

Posted: 15 Mar 2013 12:06 AM PDT


There is nothing more frustrating than a perfectly good username gone to waste.

There is a large amount of brands, celebrities and other potentially valuable accounts being taken advantage of on Twitter. Users squat a celebrity or brand name and then assume the account will garner followers on the name alone. Of course, other users are usually smart enough to realize Steve Buscemi is probably not really advertising a website for "Father's Day Gift Ideas." (If anything, the egg avatar will always give it away.)

Twitter as a company is familiar with this annoyance. Its founders originally planned for users to text status updates to Twittr (the former name) using the matching five-digit short code. It turns out the number was already taken by Teen People: "txttp," or "Text TP."

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Is Your Personal Fitness Tracker

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 09:48 PM PDT


Samsung's new feature-packed Galaxy S 4 smartphone may actually be good for your health.

The new flagship phone, introduced at an event at Radio City Music Hall in New York, has a built-in pedometer and an app called S Health.

The phone has built-in sensors designed to measure the temperature and humidity of your location, which is then sent to the S Health app

"The combination of sensors built within the device systematically and automatically monitors your health, surroundings and so much more to help improve your quality of life," says Samsung

The S Health app will also work with third party devices such as glucose meters and blood pressure monitors.

Samsung Galaxy S 4: Everything You Need To Know

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 09:12 PM PDT


At a packed event in New York’s Radio City Music Hall Thursday, Samsung revealed its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 4. Following in the footsteps of the bestselling Android phone on the market, the Galaxy S III, the S 4 sports a number of unique new features, while keeping some favorite options from its predecessor.

A far from ordinary event, the announcement was full of song and dance numbers, some bizarre theater moments, and a few surprises.

A Familiar Look

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the Galaxy S 4 for the Galaxy S III. The phone sports a very similar look and feel to its predecessor, in a slightly thinner body, with a slightly larger 5-inch screen. The handset is made entirely of polycarbonate, and will be available in two options: black mist and white frost.

New Disease Registry Gives Patients Some Privacy

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 08:04 PM PDT


As advances in genomics, molecular analysis, and data processing have propelled disease research forward, scientists and drug developers still face a formidable challenge: recruiting patients for their studies.

Genetic Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for people with rare genetic disorders, is launching a new site called Reg4All that aims to entice more patients into clinical trials and disease research by giving them unprecedented privacy controls and greater say in how their data is used for research.

Reg4All’s emphasis on privacy controls and patient consent is unique. While many biobanks and DNA databases have participants sign broad consent forms that leave them little control over data, Reg4All allows patients to fine-tune how their information is used—sharing it with particular researchers, institutions, or people studying a specific disease. They will also be able to track who uses their data and how.

This Cover of 'Suit & Tie' Beats the Original

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 07:25 PM PDT


It's pretty hard to one-up Justin Timberlake, but Tori Kelly may just have done it.

Her acoustic guitar cover of the pop star's latest single, "Suit & Tie," has a natural and smooth flavor that we're sure even JT would applaud

This isn't the first foray into cover songs for Kelly. Her YouTube page has renditions of Michael Jackson's "PYT" and Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You," among many others

The singer also competed on American Idol's ninth season, but never made it to the finals. She seems to be doing pretty well, regardless — her video has accrued almost a million views in a few days, proving that Kelly is probably headed for stardom

Inside the New York Times Redesign

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 06:51 PM PDT


The New York Times is overhauling its article pages as part of its first major website redesign since 2006. The Times released an animated preview on Tuesday, and we stopped by their offices on Wednesday to get a closer look.

The first thing you'll notice about the new article pages — still in prototype phase — is how clean they are. There's a generous amount of white space bordering the text. The top navigation has been shrunken roughly in half, and the 728 x 90-pixel banner ad near the top of the page has been eliminated.

Images and other multimedia components, including video, have moved from thumbnail compartments into larger, more prominent placements above and in-line with the article text. Longer articles are no longer paginated because the Times found that readers read further and stay longer when they don't have those obstacles, Ian Adelman, the Times' director of digital design, says

10 Strange Pictures From the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Launch

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 06:18 PM PDT


Did Samsung just put on a Broadway play instead of a traditional tech press conference? Why yes, we believe it did.

Following weeks of marketing hype in the form of teaser trailers and even a flash mob, Samsung launched on Thursday its Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone with much fanfare. And it was interesting, to say the least.

Held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Samsung put on quite a show for tech journalists, featuring tap dancers, Broadway performers and that little boy from the ads. Not to mention Broadway actor Will Chase served as the emcee. Yes, there was actually an emcee.

If Doctor Who Had a Facebook Account

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 06:01 PM PDT


All we know about Doctor Who's real name is that there's only one reason why he would reveal it and there is only one time he could. Vague enough, Doctor?

So, what's the big secret? H. Caldwell Tanner of Loldwell ventures a guess in this comic

Finally, we understand why Doctor Who wouldn't want anyone to find out.

If Doctor Who Had Facebook

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

Exclusive: Lucasfilm Launches Star Wars 'March Madness'

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 05:50 PM PDT


Love the idea of March Madness — the betting and the brackets — but have no idea how to pick a NCAA team? Ever wish you could participate in something like March Madness, but with a little more geek cred to it? How about, say, a Star Wars-themed version?

That's what Lucasfilm is launching on Monday: a bracket-style tournament named "This is Madness" (after a favorite quote of C-3PO's). The goal: find out once and for all which Star Wars character is the fan favorite.

Fans get to vote on daily matchups between characters at Jedi will face off against Jedi, Sith against Sith, rebel against rebel, bounty hunter against bounty hunter, wookiee versus Ewok, and scoundrel against scoundrel. The winners in each bracket face off until we reach the final Force-filled matchup between light and dark sides

NBA Player Has the Best Reaction Ever to Getting Ejected

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 05:34 PM PDT


NBA player Larry Sanders earned two technical fouls during his Milwaukee Bucks' Wednesday night game against the Washington Wizards. The second technical led to an automatic ejection, which Sanders handled in historic fashion

He didn't get in the ref's face even more. He didn't throw a fit while leaving the court. He didn't whine like a spoiled child. Instead, he gave an exaggerated, sarcastic thumbs-up to each of the game's three refs before swaggering off into the sunset (as it were). Well played, Larry. Well played indeed. Check out the video above to see for yourself.

NSA Chief Says America Is Ready to Cyberattack

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 05:22 PM PDT


For the first time, NSA chief and head of the U.S. Cyber Command Gen. Keith Alexander admitted America is ready to attack in cyberspace. Never before has a U.S. official acknowledged that the U.S. government is working on or is in possession of malware capable of attacking a foreign nation in a cyber conflict, despite the fact that at least one attack — the famous Stuxnext worm — has been attributed to the U.S.

On Wednesday, in his annual testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, Alexander took the cyberwar rethoric coming out of Washington up a notch. "I would like to be clear that this team, this defend-the-nation team, is not a defensive team," he said. "This is an offensive team." In other words, this cyber army is ready to retaliate in case of a cyber attack against the United States

50 Common Misconceptions Debunked in 6 Minutes

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 05:16 PM PDT


This video is about to change your life. Not just because it is funny, informative, quirky and quick, but also because you're about to realize your entire life is a lie

All those fun facts, little gems of historical knowledge, tidbits of trivia and did-you-know brain teasers were wrong. You read it right: worthless, bologna, made-up, fictional, simply common misconceptions

Time to set things straight with this six-minute explosion of info via YouTuber MentalFloss

Click here to view this gallery

Image via iStockphoto, ericsca.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Coming in April

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 05:14 PM PDT


The new Samsung Galaxy S 4, which was unveiled in New York City on Thursday night, will be coming in April

The company announced during a very theatrical event held at Radio City Music Hall the latest smartphone to its lineup. Samsung did not specify any details on pricing.

The 5-inch device comes with what Samsung calls the first full HD Super AMOLED display (1920x1080). The smartphone weighs in at 4.6 oz. and boasts a quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 in the U.S. (8-core 1.8GHz Exnyos 5 Octa elsewhere).

It runs on Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean and comes with various storage options, including 16GB, 32GB or 64GB +microSD slot.

Galaxy S 4 Goes Multilingual With Instant Translator Feature

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 05:00 PM PDT


International travelers can put away the pocket bilingual dictionaries. Packaged along with Thursday's glitz announcing Samsung's new Galaxy S 4 smartphone was an instant translator function.

The Galaxy S 4 includes Samsung's "S Translator" feature, which lets you instantly translate your email or text messages, using text or voice translation. The feature can do language translation from both speech-to-text and text-to-speech.

At Thursday's unveiling event in New York City, Samsung executive JK Shin praised the feature on stage saying it will connect users with friends without a language barrier. Later on stage, actors demonstrated a hypothetical English-speaking traveler in China getting directions translated from a man speaking in Chinese.

Galaxy S 4's 'Group Play' Feature Shares Content With Those Around You

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 04:46 PM PDT


Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4 Thursday, the next generation of its popular Android handset. Group Play is one of the many new features introduced with the phone, and gives Galaxy S 4 users the ability to share content from their phone with those around them.

Galaxy S 4 owners can use the phone to share music, photos, documents and games with those nearby, or to co-create content.

The Share Music feature is particularly interesting, and allows the same tune to be played on several phones at once. A group of people, for instance, could use the feature to create a impromptu surround sound system and have an instant party.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Compared

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 04:37 PM PDT


As the Samsung Galaxy S 4 rolls out, you'd probably like to know how it compares with the iPhone 5, HTC One and Nokia Lumia 920. We offer you a stack of specs in this handy chart.

You'll notice the Galaxy S 4 has the biggest screen, fastest processor, highest-resolution camera and most-powerful battery on board

At the same time, Apple's iPhone 5 falls further behind compared with the specs of its three principal competitors:

Samsung Galaxy S 4 vs. iPhone 5 vs. HTC One vs. Nokia Lumia 920

Samsung Galaxy S 4
Galaxy S 4

iPhone 5
iPhone 5


Nokia Lumia 920
Lumia 920

Screen Size

5 inches

4 inches

4.65 inches

4.5 inches






Screen Type/DPI

Super AMOLED, 441 ppi

LCD, 326 ppi

S-LCD 3, 468 ppi

AMOLED, 332 ppi


4.6 oz

3.9 oz

5 oz

6.5 oz


Quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 in the U.S. (8-core 1.8GHz Exnyos 5 Octa elsewhere)

Dual-core Apple A6

Quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4


16GB, 32GB or 64GB +microSD slot

16GB, 32GB or 64GB, no card slot

32GB or 64GB, no card slot

32GB, no card slot



Apple Lightning



Operating System

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

iOS 6

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Microsoft Windows Phone 8

6 Questions With Tout CEO Michael Downing

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 04:36 PM PDT


Fifteen-second video network Tout had a colossal presence at South by Southwest as former basketball star Shaquille O'Neal attended to represent the startupShaq, who is on Tout's advisory board, launched a competition where startups submitted 15-second elevator pitch videos on Tout for a chance to win an investment meeting with him and Tout executives, including founder and CEO Michael Downing

Downing answered these six quick questions from Mashable

1. Shaq is part of Tout's advisory board. How is it to work with him?

We invited him to join our advisory board after he used Tout to announce his retirement from the NBA in 2011. People don't actually know this but Shaq is quite the product strategist

Samsung Galaxy S 4's Camera Is Star of Show

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 04:34 PM PDT


The new Samsung Galaxy S 4, which was unveiled in New York City on Thursday night, comes with a slew of new features, as well as stunning camera capabilities

Along with a 13-megapixel rear camera, the Galaxy S 4 features with a "‘Dual Camera" function that allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. Users can select how the second camera superimposes on to the main camera screen via an overlay or in true side-by-side mode.

There's also a Dual Video Call function, allowing you to make a receive video calls while showing people on the other end what you're looking at during the call

Samsung's Smart Scroll Is Not Eye Tracking

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 04:31 PM PDT


Following weeks of rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone would come with a few high-tech eye-sensitive features, the company announced on Thursday Smart Scroll and Smart Pause, which aim to take the reading and video-watching experience to a whole new level

Samsung Smart Scroll lets you scroll browsers and emails without touching the screen. But despite rumors that the feature would include eye tracking, it instead relies on facial recognition and tilt

By recognizing your face as you look at the screen and sensing movements of the wrists, the pages scroll up and down. As you near the bottom of the screen, more paragraphs of text will appear.

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S 4

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 04:31 PM PDT


NEW YORK — Samsung has just introduced its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 4 to the world.

The Galaxy S 4 follows the spectacularly successful Galaxy S III, which sold over 100 million devices in 2012.

From a design point of view, the Galaxy S 4 iterated from the Galaxy S III, while still offering a more streamlined, refined design. The screen is now 5 inches but the body of the device doesn't feel much larger than the Galaxy S III. Moreover, Samsung made the device slimmer and stronger. Gone is the plasticky feel of the Galaxy S III; the Galaxy S 4 is light, but feels higher quality.

Dog and Lion: A Story of Friendship

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 03:55 PM PDT


They are brothers from another mother. Or, the Romeo and Juliet of the animal kingdom

It's the story of a dog named Honey and a white lion cub named Kwanza who met at the zoo and instantly fell in love. Not even "BFFs 4 Eva" could represent the bond these two mammals share

YouTuber Adam Cox explains on his YouTube page that Kwanza's mother was originally rearing him but then stopped producing milk, which left him in the capable hands of the Darling Downs Zoo in Pilton, Queensland.

Unfortunately, the pals have an expiration date on their friendship. Cox writes that when Kwanza grows up, he will "need to work on his lion friendships," but reassures us that Honey will not be lonely because "she is adored by the zoo owners."

UV Wristband Tells You When to Reapply Sunscreen

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 03:41 PM PDT


If you love spending time soaking up the sun, a new Kickstarter project can protect you from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays

UVeBand, a slap bracelet, monitors your exposure to the sun and vibrates when you need to apply more sunscreen. The device works after you've applied your first layer of lotion or spray and automatically turns on after making contact with your skin. Check out the video, above, for more

The wristband sends subtle vibrations similar to your smartphone every 15 minutes to confirm that it's working. A hidden sensor monitors the two rays that can cause sunburn, UVA and UVB. Then, the detector calculates when it’s time to reapply based on a dermatologist-developed formula.

Why Does the Tech World Tear Down Successful Women?

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 03:17 PM PDT


It's the first stop on her first-ever book tour, and Sheryl Sandberg is beaming. In conversation with her friend Chelsea Clinton, the Facebook COO discusses the "ambition gap" women face in the workplace, which she admits is a touchy subject.

During the question and answer session in a New York Barnes & Noble Tuesday, Sandberg drills through her usual talking points: As men become more successful they are better liked, but as women become more successful they are less liked. Women hold no more board seats than they did one decade ago; the figure has staggered at 14%

We've heard the arguments about the challenges presented by men in the workplace, which is why I have a question for Sandberg: Are women holding other women back? (She answers me, but I'll get to that later.)

SXSW 2013’s Best Hacks

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 03:07 PM PDT


AUSTIN — At its core, SXSW 2013 is all about creativity and pushing the boundaries of tech, music and film. There was evidence of this all over the show, but maybe nowhere more so than the Creator Tent, which was nestled right behind the huge convention center.

Inside, we found researchers, DIYers, scientists, gadget freaks and children, either showcasing their own projects or getting some serious hands-on time with others.

We walked the dirt floor and spoke with as many of them as we could, and did our best to experience these hacks — which included musical bananas and lots of 3D-printed objects — first hand. Technology is an amazing thing.

Live From the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Launch

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 03:01 PM PDT


The Mashable team is on site at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the highly-anticipated launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone

If leaked pictures and videos are any indication, we're expecting a larger screen, a quad-core processor and Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean as its mobile operating system

But will the device feature eye scrolling and SmartPause? What about Floating Touch, rumored to let users hover fingers over the surface without needing to touch it? And does the Korean manufacturer have any surprises in the works?

Follow along with us below for analysis and answers from tech analyst Christina Warren and the rest of the team.

ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons From Twitter

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 02:54 PM PDT


ESPN has suspended superstar columnist Bill Simmons from Twitter after he criticized the network's controversial First Take show, according to a Deadspin report

On First Take last week, NFL player Richard Sherman eviscerated host Skip Bayless in an extended exchange that quickly went viral online. Bayless has long antagonized sports fans for what many see as convoluted rants and unnecessary criticism of athletes intended to generate controversy more than provide actual value to viewers. Sherman was widely celebrated for standing up to Bayless and dressing the host down

Simmons then posted these tweets to his 2 million followers:

Feds Charge Reuters Editor With Aiding Anonymous Attack

Posted: 14 Mar 2013 02:47 PM PDT


The world of social media journalism was in shock Thursday after Matthew Keys — deputy social media editor for Reuters — received a federal indictment alleging that he helped Anonymous hack his former employers.

Keys, 26, is a popular figure on Twitter, with 23,000 followers and a reputation for tweeting breaking news. (Full disclosure: though I don't know him personally, several of my colleagues at Mashable do. We've reached out to him for comment.)

A grand jury indictment, filed Thursday by the U.S. attorney in Sacramento, charges that Keys gave Anonymous hackers the means to break into Tribune Company servers in 2010 and vandalize their sites. Tribune owns a number of media properties including the Los Angeles Times and Fox 40, a local TV station

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