Saturday, 2 March 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Juggling + Solving A Rubik’s Cube = Life Domination”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Juggling + Solving A Rubik’s Cube = Life Domination”

Juggling + Solving A Rubik’s Cube = Life Domination

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 08:26 PM PST

The student can juggle and do something most of us can't do by itself -- solve a Rubik's Cube.

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Unmasked, But Unfazed: Chinese Hacking Group Is Still Active

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 08:02 PM PST

An exposé of its methods and technology may not have deterred a group targeting U.S. corporate secrets.

More About: china, Chinese hackers, security

YouTube’s 20 Most-Shared Ads in February

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 07:20 PM PST

1. Budweiser - The Clydesdales: Brotherhood

This vignette celebrates the relationship between the famous Budweiser Clydesdales and their trainers. With nearly 2.5 million shares, the ad has more than doubled any other's share count during February.

Click here to view this gallery.

A highly-competitive February drove some of the most memorable ads we've seen in a long, long time.

More About: Advertising, features, Marketing, Social Media, Video, YouTube

Innovative Plastic Helps Mend Broken Bones

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 06:41 PM PST

A new type of plastic someday could make fixing broken bones a snap.

More About: medical technology, plastic, Science

Yahoo Killing Message Boards Site and Other Products

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 05:48 PM PST

Yahoo announced in a Friday afternoon blog post that it's killing seven products from its line of consumer offerings.

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Google Shows ‘How Search Works’ With New Site

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 04:32 PM PST

Ever wondered how Google's search works? The company launched a new website Friday, appropriately called How Search Works, to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the process from start to finish.

"Here you can follow the entire life of a search query, from the web, to crawling and indexing, to algorithmic ranking and serving, to fighting webspam," Google Product Manager Jake Hubert said in a blog post announcing the page.

"The site complements existing resources, including this blog [Google's Inside Search blog], the help center, user forums, Webmaster Tools, and in-depth research papers. We hope the site helps to illuminate the split-second journey from algorithms to answe…
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Start Your Weekend Right With NBA Player’s Dancing Videobomb

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 03:57 PM PST

If you can channel your inner Mickael Pietrus over the next few days you're bound to have a solid weekend, as this fantastic dancing videobomb shows.

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DARPA BigDog Robot Throws Cinder Blocks, Proves It’s Boss

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 03:46 PM PST

Boston Dynamics' BigDog has an arm that can effortlessly toss cinder blocks clear across the room.

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FAA Cracks Down on the ‘Harlem Shake’

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 03:21 PM PST

The FAA is investigating a video of the 'Harlem Shake' being performed on an airplane.

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What Do Genes Have to Do With Law? The Supreme Court Doesn’t Know

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 03:11 PM PST

DNA was discovered 60 years ago this week, and since then it's been muddling up the legal system.

More About: DNA, genetics, law, Science, Supreme Court

Amy Poehler Pranks Seth Meyers on Late Night Talk Show

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 02:57 PM PST

Comedy queen Amy Poehler just can't keep her hands off a good prank.

When her buddy and former Saturday Night Live costar Seth Meyers was on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Poehler took the questions-from-the-phone segment into her own hands.

She called in as someone from New Hampshire (Meyers' home state) and, in a disguised voice, asked him, "What's your favorite part about working with Amy Poehler?"

SEE ALSO: Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Funniest Golden Globes Moments

Meyers answered genuinely, making the prank that much more hilarious. But host Andy Cohen saw right through it all and busted her.

We hope you learned your lesson Meyers -- always beware of Poehle…
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More About: amy poehler, pranks, seth meyers

‘The Simpsons’ Do the ‘Harlem Shake’

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 02:45 PM PST

"Harlem Shake" meme videos keep piling up on YouTube, and today Homer Simpson and his animated companions on The Simpsons threw their rendition into the mix.

Fox will use the show's ever-changing opening segment on an upcoming episode to do the "Homer Shake," a colorful version of the viral phenomenon set to a Homer-ized cover of Baauer's 2012 single "Harlem Shake." Baauer's song is featured in the other versions of the meme.

SEE ALSO: 'Harlem Shake' Is No. 1 After Billboard Adds YouTube to Chart Formula

"Harlem Shake" catapulted from unranked to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on Feb. 20 after Billboard added YouTube views to the way it ranks the top 100 songs. Billboard a…
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More About: Entertainment, Entertainment News, memes, Music, the simpsons, TV

Learn Jedi Tricks From This ‘Star Wars’ ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Mashup

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 02:31 PM PST

Where would we be without Schoolhouse Rock? Unable to tell the difference between prepositions and adverbs, that's where.

Luckily those Saturday morning 'toons taught us the lessons of the world through whimsical little ditties that have remained with us to this day.

On the other side of the entertainment spectrum lies Star Wars. Another age-old classic packed to the brim with life lessons like "There is no try" (shout out to Yoda for that gem). So thank goodness some higher force has developed this mashup between two huge franchises, in what can only result in pure, unadulterated wisdom.

SEE ALSO: Like, You Will: Star Wars Nesting Dolls

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Judge Cuts $450 Million From Apple’s Jury Award in Samsung Case

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 02:22 PM PST

A judge cut $450 million from Apple's $1.05 billion winnings in its Samsung case and ordered a new trial to decide damages on some products.

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Inside MoMA’s Classic Video Games Exhibit

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 02:21 PM PST

The Museum of Modern Art

The exhibit is held on the third floor of the Museum of Modern Art on 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Image by Nina Frazier, Mashable

Click here to view this gallery.

On Friday, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City invited visitors to its third floor to view its newly acquired collection of 14 video games. The games, which include beloved classics like Pac-Man, Tetris and Myst, as well as lesser-known titles like flOw and Dwarf Fortress, are part of an exhibit called "Applied Design," on view until next January.

Fourteen screens are set into the black walls of the gallery. Resting beneath most of those screens are controllers inviting visitors to sample games one at a time. For games that require a considerable time investment (say, more than 10 minutes) to get into the heart of gameplay, such as EVE Online or Sim City 2000, visual demos, captione…
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More About: art, Gaming, moma, museum of modern art, museums, video games

It Took 85,000 Rubik’s Cubes to Make This Mural

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 02:01 PM PST

Solving one Rubik's Cube is no easy task, but putting together 85,794 of them to create a giant mural is even harder.

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Urbee 2 Is the 3D-Printed Car of the Future

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 01:42 PM PST

We've already seen all kinds of 3D-printed items, from jewelry, to guitars, and even football cleats. Now, we might soon have an almost entirely 3D-printed car in the Urbee 2.

The hybrid car, created by engineer Jim Kor, is designed to be light, cheap, easy to reproduce and very efficient. It's made entirely of 3D-printed plastic parts, all except the engine and base chassis, which are metal. It has three wheels and can carry two passengers.

SEE ALSO: This 3D Printing Pen Lets You Draw Sculptures in Midair

Currently, it takes almost three months for the car to be printed and assembled. But once ready, the car is extremely lightweight. According to Wired, the Urbee 2 has a curb weig…
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Skydiver Pulls a Mary Poppins, Uses Umbrella for a Parachute

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 01:17 PM PST

Mary Poppins was a true role model for many of us: nannies, people who love big bags, those of us who enjoy spoonfuls of sugar and -- mainly -- skydivers.

Because, to those skydivers, Poppins was truly the only person to defy gravity with such style.

Extreme athlete Erik Roner paid homage to the original Supernanny by jumping out of a plane using an umbrella as his makeshift parachute. Granted, no one is as gangster as Mary, so Roner's umbrella broke midway down, forcing him to trigger his back-up parachute.

SEE ALSO: Chilling Footage of 80-Year-Old in Skydiving Accident Goes Viral

Roner captured the entire experience on a GoPro Camera, so we can all see what it looks like to…
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White House Totally Owns Obama’s ‘Jedi Mind Meld’ Mistake

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 01:04 PM PST

The White House's digital team is spending Friday afternoon trying its hardest to own President Barack Obama's sci-fi slip-up during a press conference earlier in the day.

Obama said during the conference that he can't perform a "Jedi mind meld" to get Republicans to agree to a sequester deal. Science fiction nerds across the country immediately blasted Obama for mixing his mind-meld metaphors: Jedi are peaceful protectors of the Star Wars universe, while the "mind meld" is a thought-sharing ability possessed by Star Trek's Vulcan species, the most well-known representative of which is Mr. Spock.

Sci-fi fans responded to Obama's gaffe by tweeting Wars-Trek mashup jokes:

But I was go…
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More About: barack obama, congress, Politics, sequester, Star Wars, US

Spotify vs. Pandora: Which Is Better?

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 12:40 PM PST

With so many ways to listen to music these days, how do you choose the best option?

Here's a look at how two of the most popular music streaming services, Spotify and Pandora, compare to each other. Spotify may have a chance to gain a larger share of the market, since Pandora announced Wednesday that they were going to cap mobile streaming at 40 hours per week.

SEE ALSO: 5 Alternatives to Consider After Spotify's Free Music Cutoff

Although the two competitors are both music providers, the services they offer are quite different. While Spotify is available is 23 countries, Pandora is only available in three. However, Pandora boasts 65.6 million active users, while Spotify has only…
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Google Throws Motorola Under the Bus, Says Phones Lack ‘Wow’

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 12:18 PM PST

Google Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette had some very frank comments about Motorola's phones at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference.

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Ousted Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Worth $228 Million

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 12:08 PM PST

Don't feel too bad for ousted Groupon CEO Andrew Mason: He's worth about $228 million, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal's Digits blog crunched the numbers and found that Mason's 7.1% stake in combined Class A and Class B shares left him with a nest egg in the hundreds of millions. The $228 million is also in addition to the $31 million the 32-year-old Mason made off the company prior to its IPO, Digits reports.

The bad news: Mason was actually a billionaire when Groupon initially went public in November 2011, but the stock has fallen about 85%. The good news: Since he was fired on Thursday, Mason's fortune has increased by about 7% as investors cheered the decision.

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Here’s How You Can See Invisible Movement in Video

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 11:47 AM PST

Researchers at MIT have discovered a way to amplify tiny motions in video clips and watch minute motions invisible to the naked eye.

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Rovio Releases Non-’Angry Birds’ Title Tying in With ‘The Croods’

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 11:36 AM PST

Rovio Entertainment, a firm that has become synonymous with its Angry Birds franchise, is venturing into non-avian territory with a new game that ties in with the upcoming DreamWorks Animation flick The Croods.

The company didn't give many details about the game, which is based on the CGI movie set in the fictional Stone Age "Croodaceous" period (hence the title). A press release describes it like this:

This all-new game finds the Croods breaking out of the Stone Age with the use of a new r-evolutionary tool: the IDEA! The Croods will Hunt & Gather their way through spectacular new landscapes as they tame fantastic and never-seen-before creatures. Help The Croods survive the wild…a…
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Baseball Back Flip Catch Is YouTube Home Run

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 11:22 AM PST

When you're in the outfield, you've got one job: catch that ball.

North Carolina State center fielder Brett Williams was taking that job pretty seriously even if he had to bend over backwards to make it happen -- literally.

Williams landed a backflip just in time to catch the ball, and even Williams' teammates seemed pretty surprised to see his moves. Looks like he was keeping his gymnastics training under wraps until just the right moment.

SEE ALSO: 5 Insane Catches by the Best Outfielder You May Not Know — But Should

Baseball's new slogan? Embrace your inner Gabby Douglas.

BONUS: 25 of YouTube's Funniest Sports Fails

Video courtesy of YouTube, ncstateathletics
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Obama: ‘Jedi Mind-Meld’ Won’t Solve Budget Crisis

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 11:14 AM PST

President Barack Obama mixed up Star Wars and Star Trek today, enraging the nerd caucus.

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HitBliss Lets You Pay for Movies and TV Shows by Watching Ads

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 11:02 AM PST

Hitbliss lets users select targeted ads to watch in exchange for earning cash towards renting movies and purchasing TV shows.

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NBA Star Gives Sad Teammate Beautiful Advice We Should All Live By

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 10:57 AM PST

Anyone who's ever had a bad day could have really used a pep talk like this one from NBA star Ricky Rubio.

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Amanda Palmer Wins TED

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 10:40 AM PST

Ask attendees what they most remember about the TED 2013 conference, wrapping up Friday in Long Beach, and here's one of the most frequent answers you'll get: Amanda Palmer.

The former Dresden Dolls singer is the first to admit, as she does in her TED talk, above, that her punk cabaret music isn't for everyone. But Palmer did pluck some universally applicable lessons from her performance art career -- about encountering strangers, dealing with commercially-minded managers, and how to get people to pay for something they can get for nothing.

In short: don't make them, ask them.

The Dresden Doll's first album for a major label was considered a failure by the music business because…
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Demi Lovato’s Twitter Challenge for Video Is Now Global Trending Topic

Posted: 01 Mar 2013 10:31 AM PST

Singer Demi Lovato challenged her fans Friday morning to unlock her lyric video for "Heart Attack" by tweeting words from the new single along with "#UnlockHeartAttack."

The hashtag quickly became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter and remained in the top spot up until Lovato's camp unleashed the video (watch above).

"Demi has some of the most passionate and supportive fans in the world and we wanted to do something new for them," a Hollywood Records spokesperson told Mashable.

Think you guys can unlock the lyric video for "Heart Attack"?! #UnlockHeartAttack— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) March 1, 2013

Lovato's call to action included a link to UnlockHear
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