Sunday, 28 April 2013

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “I/O Denim Are Jeans Designed for Your Smartphone”

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “I/O Denim Are Jeans Designed for Your Smartphone”

I/O Denim Are Jeans Designed for Your Smartphone

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 08:45 PM PDT


From skinny to flared, jeans come in a wide range of styles — and now, you can add denim designed for smartphones to the mix.

Combining fashion and technology, I/O Denim are jeans that have a pocket on the left leg, in between the knee and the hip along the seam, according to the company's website. Trademarked the I/O Pocket, it fits any smartphone that has a 4.8-inch screen or smaller, including Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S devices.

While they're hardly groundbreaking, I/O Denim's creators say their jeans cater to people who struggle to access mobile phones from standard jean pockets. CEO Anand Venkatrao was inspired to create the line after nearly getting into a car accident on the freeway while trying to retrieve his phone. Read more...

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9 Apps to Keep Couples Hot

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 07:41 PM PDT


As the weather gets warmer, it’s only natural to sidle up to your significant other and start feeling the love. But sometimes it takes a little more time to defrost from the doldrums of winter and heat up the romance.

Why not speed it up a little with the help of technology?

These websites — some catered specifically to couples and others that are just plain fun to use — will help take care of rekindling that spark. What are you waiting for? Time for some romancin’!

What’s your favorite app to use with your special someone? Let us know in the comments. Read more...

More about Dating, Apps, Features, Sex, and Romance

10 Spooky Videos That Will Give You Nightmares

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 06:34 PM PDT


Do you enjoy a good scare? See if you can handle these terrifying YouTube videos of ghosts, ghouls, poltergeists and other goblins that go bump in the night

Take a look through our scary selection (with some NSFW language) in the gruesome gallery above. Share any other spooky sightings that have given you chills

Homepage image courtesy of iStockphoto, Peepo

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Apple Seeks Feedback From Residents On 'Campus 2' Expansion

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 05:28 PM PDT


Apple recently mailed a letter from its chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, to residents living in the vicinity of Infinite Loop, Cupertino, asking for feedback on the company's forthcoming "Campus 2."

This letter comes just days after Apple revised its proposal for the futuristic campus, adding in designs for pedestrian walkways, bicycle paths and staff parking. In the updated proposal, Apple notes that it is still looking to move into the new building sometime in mid-2016.

From Friday, numerous residents living in the neighborhood of Infinite Loop, Cupertino, Calif., revealed that Apple has mailed another letter concerning Campus 2, in which CFO Peter Oppenheimer has once more solicited feedback from locals. As a reminder, Apple did the same thing back in May 2012. Read more...

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10 Cats Preparing for Liftoff

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 04:34 PM PDT


Cat acrobatics never cease to amaze and amuse us, so we took a look at some awesome images that show kitties in action. We found 10 perfectly-timed images that expertly capture cats in the act of jumping.

Take a look through our athletic selection of fabulous felines in the gallery above. Have you snapped a great pic of your cat mid-air? Please share it in the comments below

Homepage image courtesy of Flickr, Adam Minter

More about Photography, Features, Animals, Cats, and Watercooler

MorePhone, the Smartphone Screen That Changes Shape to Alert You

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 03:42 PM PDT


When you watch this video, realize that you might be peeking into the future of flexible smartphone technology. Sure, today's handsets can alert you with noises and vibrations, but what if your phone were like the shape-changing MorePhone, bending and twisting when it receives a text or call?

Now you're getting the idea. Created by researchers at Queen's University Human Media Lab in Canada, the phone is in its prototype stage thus far. Its e-Ink display uses special memory wires, curling up to a certain angle when they're electronically activated.

This early iteration looks crude, but use your imagination. Read more...

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7 Apps You Don't Want To Miss

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 02:21 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 we found an app that helps you voice your opinion about different topics, and another that will help you get where you're trying to go.

We found an app that lets you shift the focus of photos you take with your iPhone later on, and another that will help you learn about all the latest new apps and accessories for your device.

A new version of a popular mobile drawing game hit the streets, and LinkedIn made it easier than ever to connect with people who are important to you. Read more...

More about Iphone, Android, App, Windows Phone, and Tech

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Joins the $1 Salary Club

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 02:03 PM PDT


Facebook confirmed in a filing that Mark Zuckerberg, the social network's founder and CEO, is taking a $1 salary this year, and foregoing any bonuses.

But he's not exactly taking a vow of poverty. When Facebook went public last year, Zuckerberg exercised 60 million stock options, then worth nearly $2.3 billion, buying those shares for next to nothing. (He sold half of the stock to cover his tax bill.) And he's still sitting on another 60 million stock options that can be exercised on Nov. 7, 2015, for the same dirt-cheap price of $0.06.

All of those shares give Zuckerberg plenty of incentive to keep Facebook in good financial health, although he is on record saying, "We don't wake up in the morning with the primary goal of making money," and isn't really beholden to shareholders, since he controls a majority of proxy votes. Read more...

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The Disturbing Truth About Dog Dreams

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 01:16 PM PDT


If you have a dog, you already know how entertaining it is to watch him sleep. With soft growls and frantically running paws, Rufus is adorable as he frolics through dreamland.

But in this comic, Josh Mecouch of Formal Sweatpants shows us what Rufus is really dreaming about — and it isn't pretty. You'll never look at your sleeping pup the same way again.

Dog Dream Comic, Formal Sweatpants

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

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 12:38 PM PDT


It was another exciting week in tech. If you missed it, worry not — that's why we're here with our Top 10 Tech. This week had a bit of everything, from an exciting new technology for long-distance lovers, to NASA launching smartphones in space

At Mashable, we also had the chance to fully review the much-hyped Samsung Galaxy S 4, which our senior tech analyst Christina Warren called "the best Android phone ever."

Meanwhile, Tokyo-based entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi unveiled another Google Glass competitor, called "Telepathy." The entrepreneur will try to get it to market first to steal Google's thunder, but it remains to be seen if consumers will respond to his product with the same kind of excitement Read more...

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Android Phones Pinpoint Snipers

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 11:41 AM PDT


The military has high-tech equipment to track sniper fire, using microphones carried by soldiers or stationary mics mounted at strategic points. Now that technology is getting shrunk so it can be used in the hands of civilian bodyguards with Android phones.

A team of computer engineers from Vanderbilt University, led by Akos Ledeczi, has developed an inexpensive piece of hardware and related software to turn an Android smartphone into a sniper finder. The Vanderbilt team described the new system at the 12th Association for Computing Machinery/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks in Philadelphia earlier this month. Read more...

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5 Games You Should Play This Weekend

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 11:24 AM PDT


The weather may be getting nicer, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't spend part of this weekend playing some great games.

While there weren't really any major console releases worth noting this week, there were plenty of new games released for downloadable systems. All the games we highlighted are fun, charming and engrossing, and none of them cost more than $15.

Check out our list above for suggestions. What are you playing this weekend? Share your thoughts in the comments

Homepage image courtesy Adult Swim Games.

More about Gaming, Features, Video Games, Telltale Games, and Entertainment

The Cost of Being Iron Man and Other Top Comments

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 10:50 AM PDT


How much would it cost to fund the high-tech lifestyle of Iron Man 3? Being the "hero" in the third installation of the Iron Man series raised in price from $1.6 billion in the first movie to over $10 billion. This infographic breaks down the costs associated with being Iron Man, from the Tesla Roadster to the artificial intelligence computer in Tony Stark's home. In this week's top comments, many of our readers took to making their own financial assessments. But really, isn't being the real Iron Man priceless?

Would you watch a reality TV show about the Mars One pioneers? While it may sound far-fetched, it's not as radical an idea as you might think. Red Bull's Felix Baumgartner made YouTube history in a death-defying supersonic jump as more than 8 million people watched the live-streamed event. In general, our readers reacted to the idea of a reality show with skepticism and scorn. Let us know what you think in the comments section: Would you watch the show? Read more...

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How You Get Hacked at Starbucks

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 10:22 AM PDT


For those who frequently use the free public Wi-Fi in coffee shops such as Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, you're likely already aware of how easy it is for hackers to steal your personal and financial information over the shared network

But what you may not realize is how cybercriminals could gain access to sensitive data in other ways that might not be on your radar.

According to ThreatMetrix, a provider of cybercrime prevention solutions, some hackers even leave malicious USB drives on tables for curious customers to plug into their devices. This allows them to retrieve personal information and even social network passwords. Although this may seem unlikely, ThreatMetrix says the scenario actually occurs. Read more...

More about Mobile, Hacking, Starbucks, Infographics, and Cybercrime

10 Must-Have Apps for Conception and Pregnancy

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 09:44 AM PDT


Pregnancy is a wonderful, crazy, exciting, scary and often confusing time in a woman's (and her partner's) life. Seeing that positive pregnancy-test result can be overwhelming, whether a couple has been trying to conceive or it's a total surprise. The moment that double pink line appears, the journey — as well as the questions — begin

Babymaking has been around long before there were iPhones, iPads and ultrasounds. But in this digital age, it only makes sense that there is a cornucopia of mobile apps to help you do everything from conceiving to tracking the day-to-day growth of your baby in utero during pregnancy. Read more...

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47 Digital Media Resources You Might Have Missed

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 09:08 AM PDT


It has been another busy week as April wraps up and everyone is taking every opportunity to enjoy spring's late arrival. If you've been too preoccupied basking in the sun 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 user's guide for Twitter music and details on the return of Social Media Day.

Editor's Picks

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Budweiser 'Buddy Cup' Connects New Bar Friends to Facebook

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 08:24 AM PDT


It's a universal ritual to clink drinking glasses together to make friends, but believe it or not, toasting is about to undergo a high-tech upgrade.

Budweiser Brazil is testing new concept called "The Buddy Cup," a beer glass integrated with Facebook. Thanks to a microchip embedded in the bottom of the glass, two people can instantly become Facebook friends when cups touch.

To get started, drinkers have to connect their cup to their Facebook profiles by snapping a picture of the chip via a smartphone app. Check out the YouTube video above to see how it works.


More about Mobile, Facebook, Marketing, Budweiser, and Tech

What's the ROI for This Article?

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 07:46 AM PDT


Return on investment is a pretty fundamental goal of any business endeavor. Yet the term didn't really gain much currency until the mid-1960s. As this Google Ngram chart shows, since then, the term "ROI" has greatly increased in popularity.

Why? It's clear that the idea of getting a return on one's investment was always been a topic of conversation among the business-minded. But it used to be called something else: Return on Capital. In fact, this Ngram shows that ROI took off just as ROC was waning. Meanwhile, a more down-to-earth description of ROI, "bang for your buck," appeared to rise in popularity with ROI. Read more...

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6 Tips to Help You Land Your Dream Job

Posted: 27 Apr 2013 07:18 AM PDT


Alexis Grant is an entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist. She blogs about careers and the new world of work at

The web is transforming our workplace — and that means new possibilities for you. Here are six strategies you can employ to grow your professional opportunities and land your dream job.

1. Share Your Ideas

Because it is easier than ever to share your ideas, you don't need permission to create something awesome. You no longer need approval from some higher-up to put your product out into the world (see also: Quirky). You no longer need an official job title to start doing the type of work you were meant to do. You no longer need a publisher to say your book idea is valid. Read more...

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