Sunday, 14 April 2013

Mashable: Latest 16 News Updates - including “Watch Conan O'Brien's 'Late Night' Audition From 1993”

Mashable: Latest 16 News Updates - including “Watch Conan O'Brien's 'Late Night' Audition From 1993”

Watch Conan O'Brien's 'Late Night' Audition From 1993

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 09:04 PM PDT


Twenty years ago, Conan O'Brien was just as goofy, and his hair just as orange. Take it from a clip of the talk-show host's 1993 audition for Late Night

In the minute-long video, O'Brien chats up actress Mimi Rogers (who was briefly married to Tom Cruise in the late 1980s) and Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame

"That's the end of my mock show. If that's all I ever get, it was a lot of fun, I had a good time," the self-deprecating host says at the show's conclusion.


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Stunning Shadow Act on 'Britain's Got Talent' Will Move You to Tears

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 08:16 PM PDT


Upon the return of Britain's Got Talent Saturday night, viewers enjoyed praiseworthy performances from the usual suspects — that is, singers and dancers — but the show's most impressive act was one in which audience members could neither see nor hear the performers

Following its moving portrayal of one couple's love story and subsequent tragedy, a Hungarian shadow-theatre company called Attraction left the live audience in tears, and brought judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden to their feet.

Conveying strong emotion through their exquisite movements, the troupe created many memorable scenes, which were projected as shadows onto a screen. Watch the entire performance, above Read more...

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Tiny Games App Is Packed With Hundreds of Real-World Games

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 06:58 PM PDT


Tiny Games is an app that lets users play games with their friends — no matter where they are, or who they're with.

Designed by developer Hide&Seek, the smartphone app suggests the ideal game to play based on answers a user provides to questions about their current company and surroundings. To help cover expenses for the game, Hide & Seek launched a Kickstarter campaign.

“We're bringing together every kind of game you can think of: chase games, people-watching games, word games, creative games, shopping games, strategic games, storytelling games and a bunch more words we can't even think of right now,” the company says on its Kickstarter page. Read more...

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47 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 06:10 PM PDT


It has been another busy week as spring approaches, and everyone gets restless for the warm weather. If you've been too preoccupied with spring cleaning to check out the news, don't worry — we've got you covered.

We at Mashable have rounded up the most important updates in tech and social media to keep you informed. So read below for tons of digital media resources, including a bunch of different apps to help you through your day and full coverage of Facebook Home for Android

Editor's Picks

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8 Top Comments on Social Media This Week

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 05:01 PM PDT


Discussions can and will pop up anywhere — that's one of the things we love about social media. From Facebook to Instagram and everywhere in between, no story is complete without the variety of voices adding to the conversation.

The Mashable community is extremely engaged on social media, so for this week's top comments we're focusing on the discussions that happen across all of our social media channels

SEE ALSO: LinkedIn Acquires Pulse Newsreader for $90 Million

You can weigh in on which superhero would win in a fight on our Facebook Entertainment page. If you'd rather talk about professional development topics like the recent LinkedIn @mentions or the best project management tools, you should go to our Fans of Mashable LinkedIn group Read more...

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The 10 Most Stressful Moments in Gaming

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 04:05 PM PDT


Gaming is meant to be a form of stress relief — an escape from the troubles of work and home.

But sometimes, games do just the opposite: Your palms sweat, your eyes are glued to the screen and you’re holding your breath just to get through that one moment

Many levels of nail-biting stress can be endured by seasoned gamers, but sometimes there are times when even the most experienced player will start praying to deities for success, and maybe even tearing up a bit.

These 10 moments are so stressful, they never cease to raise our blood pressure and make us cry for our mommies Read more...

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 02:57 PM PDT


It was another exciting week in tech. If you missed it, worry not — that's why we're here with out Top 10 Tech

The biggest news this week was perhaps Google's announcement to bring the vaunted and speedy Google Fiber network to Austin, the third city in the United States that will receive the 1-gigabit fiber network. It was such a big announcement that AT&T felt compelled to publish a press release announcing its own fiber network in Austin, although it's not clear if it's just a bluff or a stunt to steal Google's thunder

In the "cellphones are getting bigger" news department, Samsung announced what is the biggest smartphone yet, the gigantic 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega. Meanwhile, tablets are getting smaller. Rumors this week indicated that Microsoft plans to shrink the Surface to 7 inches Read more...

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ZenDock, the MacBook Pro Accessory that Cleans Up Your Messy Wires

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 01:57 PM PDT


Not only are tangled wires unsightly and frustrating to manage, they're prone to internal damage, and hazardous to unsuspecting passersby. If you have a recently manufactured MacBook Pro, ZenDock will fix that.

It's made by Zenboxx, a San Francisco company that seeks to prevent these problems and eliminate clutter by combining multiple wires into one "docking solution." The ZenDock Pro is compatible with the 13-, 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro, while the ZenDock Retina is compatible with the 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro

Both versions enable access to the USB port, flash-card reader and headphone and microphone jacks "without interruption," according to Zenboxx. What's more, they provide a space to hold your power cord Read more...

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6 Apps You Don't Want To Miss

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 12:57 PM PDT


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 Facebook launched a whole new experience on Android, and a new iOS application made it easier than ever to keep up with everything that's important to you.

A popular cloud storage service enhanced its experience on Android, and launched a new music discovery app for the iPhone.

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 software worth a look Read more...

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Facebook Home Rated Just 1 Star by 44% of Google Play Reviewers

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 12:11 PM PDT


It looks like Android users aren't happy about Facebook Home moving into their Android phones.

A day after launch, an astounding 44% of users who have reviewed the app on Google Play have given it just one star, with a mere 19.4% of users opting to give Home a 5-star rating. All that equates to an average 2.5-star rating in Google Play, not exactly an ideal first-day showing.

SEE ALSO: Getting Started With Facebook Home

As of Saturday afternoon, only 2,588 people have reviewed the app, likely a far cry for the actual number of people using it. In the time it took the write this post, that number grew by hundreds, so that 2.5-star rating could certainly head up (or down) fairly quickly. Read more...

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Korean Conflict Could Nuke Your Next Phone

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 11:52 AM PDT


Chances are that the smartphone tucked away in your purse, the TV in your living room and the laptop sitting on your desk wouldn't exist without components from South Korea. Mega manufacturers such as Samsung and LG are located in Seoul near the border of North and South Korea, a border that's primed to explode if recent tensions between the two nations boil over.

If North Korea's heated rhetoric and missile tests evolve into a full-fledged Korean conflict, there could be major disruptions in the supply chain for products such as LCD televisions, smartphones and tablets, analysts have said.

"Anything that disrupts the work flow of supply is going to be an issue," said Thomas J. Dinges, Senior Principal Analyst, Outsourced Manufacturing for IHS. Read more...

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Screaming Goat Featured in Funniest Facebook Home Ad Yet

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 11:09 AM PDT


Facebook launched its third Facebook Home ad late Friday. And look who makes an appearance: it's a screaming, yelling goat.

Keep watching this new commercial, entitled "Launch Day," and you'll see it's all a fantasy of one completely absorbed user, who's not all that excited about listening to Mark Zuckerberg's stilted delivery about the launch of his new baby. And what a maelstrom of distractions he encounters while checking his Facebook feed!

The 60-second spot, which Facebook says was shot on location and features the actual product team, brings up a key feature of Facebook Home: Its mission is to distract you from anything else you might be doing Read more...

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3 Social Media Tax Resources for Last-Minute Filers

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 10:11 AM PDT


This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

When tax season rolls around, small businesses have to work by different standards and timeframes than most individual taxpayers. This typically means that droves of information and resources start flooding the airwaves and Internet at the end of the calendar year, but can get lost in the deluge — only to leave you scrambling for resources as deadlines sneak up. Taxes are complicated, but breaking down deadlines and deductions shouldn’t be a burden. So how can a small business harness this wealth of information in ways that are useful and makes sense of the legal mumbo jumbo? Enter social media. Read more...

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Six Reasons Why Chinese People Will Drive the Next Bull Market in Bitcoin

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 10:00 AM PDT


Whatever the case against Bitcoin as an alternative currency, there's one country where people probably won't need much persuading to join the craze. Here's why China could drive a further bit-boom:

1. They 've already done the whole virtual currency thing — with Q Coin.

Or at least 100 million of them did. Back in the mid-2000s, internet company Tencent launched Q Coins, virtual currency with which users could buy items for their avatars. Tencent accepted points won by online gamers in exchange for Q Coins, making it a virtual central banker of sorts since it was issuing Q Coins without hard-currency backing. And users started exchanging Q Coins among themselves, and since they were untraceable by the Chinese government, Q Coins began being used for black market transactions. Eventually Q Coin trading volume hit several billions of yuan per year, rising at 15-20% annually Read more...

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Giving 100% Won't Land You a Job

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 08:58 AM PDT


We all want to look and act our best in job interviews, and let's be honest — we'll say just about anything to get hired ("Well, sir, my biggest flaw is working too hard").

This comic by Josh Mecouch of Formal Sweatpants, however, shows that prospective employers might not find your best effort good enough.

Where do you land on the effort scale? Do you give 112%, or are you more of a 30-40%? Be honest.

Job Interview Comic, Formal Sweatpants

Comic illustration by Josh Mecouch, Formal Sweatpants. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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Psy Video 'Gentleman' Released on YouTube: Is It a Hit?

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 08:07 AM PDT


Will South Korean rapper Psy top his "Gangnam Style" video that caused an international sensation? It's hard to say so far — the video for his new single "Gentleman" was released early Saturday morning

The song's catchy beat, charismatic dancing, and humorous video production are all there, but it's not going to be easy for the superstar to beat his first breakthrough hit on YouTube. "Gangnam Style" is still smashing records with more than 1.5 billion views and counting.

The audio version of "Gentleman" first debuted on Thursday, and now it's time to see if lightning strikes twice for Psy's video prowess Read more...

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6 Ways to Spring Clean Your LinkedIn Profile

Posted: 13 Apr 2013 07:07 AM PDT


Jennifer Parris is the Career Writer for FlexJobs, an award-winning service that helps job-seekers find professional opportunities that offer work flexibility, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or alternative schedules. To learn more about Jennifer, visit or tweet @flexjobs.

Sure, it may not feel like it just yet, but spring is here. As you tackle spring cleaning in your home, take a closer look at your LinkedIn profile as well.

“LinkedIn is highly ranked within search engines and trusted by many industry leaders and recruiters,” says Richard Fallah, an account executive with “If a recruiter or a company is searching for you, your LinkedIn profile will most likely be one of the top results on search engines.” Read more...

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