Monday, 29 April 2013

Mashable: Latest 26 News Updates - including “10 Terrible Vintage PSAs That Should Stay in the Past”

Mashable: Latest 26 News Updates - including “10 Terrible Vintage PSAs That Should Stay in the Past”

10 Terrible Vintage PSAs That Should Stay in the Past

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 04:32 AM PDT


A lot has changed in the last 60 years ... and that's probably for the best

The Cold War is over, schools are no longer segregated and women have improved their lot in society

While we can't produce a time machine, YouTube offers a similar experience. Watching the videos in the gallery above, you'll travel back to an era in which women were treated as property, Communists were hunted by the U.S. government and homosexuality was considered a mental illness.

Still keen on time travel? We'll let you reconsider. Besides, you'd have to give up your iPhone and Netflix. Yeah, we don't really want to go back, either. Read more...

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15 Vintage Tech Tattoos That Won't Ever Go Out of Style

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 02:03 AM PDT


Including your favorite gadget in a tattoo may be an obvious choice. But what about vintage tech that no one uses anymore? Or tech that's hot now but may not be in five or 10 years?

In the tattoo photos below, you'll find everything from floppy disks to Polaroids to cassette tapes. Queue nostalgia...

Here are some of our favorite tattoos of old technology. Call them old or outdated, but we prefer to think of these gadgets as classic vintage.

1. GameBoy Color

Image courtesy of FYeahTattoos

2. Cassette Tape

Image courtesy of FYeahTattoos

3. Gramophone

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Samsung Unveils 7-Inch Galaxy Tab 3

Posted: 29 Apr 2013 01:53 AM PDT


Samsung has updated its tablet lineup with the Galaxy Tab 3, a 7-inch tablet running Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean

The device sports a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8/16GB of internal storage memory (expandable to 64GB via memory cards), and a 3-megapixel camera on the back, coupled with a 1.3-megapixel one on the front

The 7-inch screen has a 1024x600 pixel screen, which sounds awfully low by today's standards, but the device is capable of Full HD video playback

Samsung has stuffed all that into a 111.1 x 188.0 x 9.9mm package that weighs 302g if you choose the Wi-Fi version, or 306g for the 3G variant Read more...

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LG Launches the World's First 55-Inch Curved OLED TV

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 11:39 PM PDT


Well, that came sooner than expected. Two weeks after LG's announcements it will launch a curved OLED TV "later this year," the first such 55-inch device here, available for pre-order in South Korea

The 55EA9800, as it's called, brings what LG calls an "IMAX-like" experience of the home, with the entire screen surface being equidistant from the viewer's eyes. We haven't thoroughly tested a curved OLED screen yet, so we can't vouch that this entire curved screen business makes the viewing experience better, but it sure looks good, as you can see in the picture above

The TV is 4.3 millimeters (0.17 inches) thin, weighs 17 kilograms (37.48 pounds), and features LG's WRGB and Color Refiner technologies, which should result in great color and vibrant, natural images. Read more...

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Watch This Funky Cockatoo Groove to Daft Punk

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 10:00 PM PDT


Back in January, we saw a cockatiel lay down some fat, feathery beats worthy of Skrillex, and now, there's a new musically inclined bird in town.

One funky cockatoo was caught on video bobbing its head to Daft Punk's electronic rhythms, and in the process, putting human dance moves to shame

Watch our feathered friend groove to the music, above; then tell us what you think in the comments

Image courtesy of Flickr, junctions

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Met Gala Dresses to be Sold Online Day After

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 08:59 PM PDT


First it was "straight from the runway" and soon, it will be straight from the red carpetModa Operandi, an online luxury retailer that kickstarted its business by offering fashion goods for order within days — rather than months — of their runway debuts, is now extending that model to next week's Costume Institute Benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Moda'Operandi is the biggest sponsor of this spring's Costume Institute exhibition, "Punk: Chaos to Couture." It kicks off with a gala event— punk-themed, of course — on May 6. Last year's benefit attracted a long roster of leading designers and celebrities, including Marc Jacobs, Valentino Garavani, Beyonce Knowles, Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten Dunst. The retailer will be live-streaming red carpet arrivals on its website beginning at 7 p.m., which will simultaneously stream on the Met's website, and Read more...

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Gamer Tests 'Surgeon Simulator 2013' With Hilarious Results

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 08:29 PM PDT


Disclaimer: The video, above, contains imagery and language that may be offensive to some viewers.

YouTube user Birgirpall tests video games in an online series called "I Broke..." to hilarious effect, providing over-the-top commentary and ridiculous captions (sometimes translating from his native Icelandic). In his latest video, Birgirpall takes on Surgeon Simulator 2013, a sim game in which players assume the role of shaky-handed surgeon Nigel Burke, and must perform life-saving surgery on patients

Posted on Sunday, the nearly five-minute video has gone viral, with over 8,500 likes on YouTube. Watch all of "I Broke Surgeon Simulator 2013," above Read more...

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Zach Braff Funds 'Garden State' Follow-Up Through Kickstarter

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 07:28 PM PDT


Zach Braff is the latest celebrity to successfully fund a film through Kickstarter

The Scrubs actor raised $2 million in three days to fund a follow-up to his 2004 film, Garden State, according to the Associated Press. Currently, more than 30,000 backers pledged over $2.1 million to Braff's Wish I Was Here, with 25 days left in the campaign.

The actor said he was inspired to turn to Kickstarter after seeing fans flock to the crowdfunding platform to back a Veronica Mars movie.

"After I saw the incredible way Veronica Mars fans rallied around Kristen Bell and her show's creator Rob Thomas, I couldn't help but think ... maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn't involve signing away all your artistic control," Braff wrote on Kickstarter. Read more...

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This Week's Greatest Moments in 30 Photos

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 06:30 PM PDT


This past week was filled with all types of memorable events around the world. As usual, we bring you the best ones, captured in photos. From demonstrations and protests to a robot sports competition, there really was a little bit of everything.

For the former, a large anti-government protest took place in Madrid, Spain. There was also an anti-same-sex marriage demonstration in France, as well as an anti-gun protest in Washington D.C., following the White House's failed attempt to push new gun-control laws through the Senate

It was also a big week for Australia and New Zealand, which celebrated the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day; it commemorates the time when the two countries' First World War forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The day pays tribute to the Australians and New Zealanders who fought and died in all wars. Read more...

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Polyvore iOS App Update Adds Search

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 05:27 PM PDT


Polyvore, the official iOS app of the popular fashion-focused social e-commerce site of the same name, has just received a major update. In addition to the obligatory bug fixes, the new update brings search (finally!), pinch-to-zoom, trends and profile editing.

Beginning with the new version of Polyvore, you can now perform searches across the Polyvore network right within the app. The app now has a handy search button at the top right corner of the main Browse screen. Tapping this lets you search for Polyvore products, sets and members.

The app now also has support for pinch-to-zoom. Something caught your fancy in the app? Just pinch to zoom into the details of the sets or products you're interested in having a closer look at. Read more...

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Viral Video Recap: Must-Watch Memes of the Week

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 04:26 PM PDT


Looks like spring is finally here, so you've probably spent more time outside, enjoying the nice weather and the blossoming trees than watching memes on YouTube — at least we hope. In that case, worry not, that's why we're here

The runaway king of the viral videos this week was certainly the bizarre — and yet amazing — video of a cat in a shark suit, riding a Roomba, chasing a duck. Yes, that really exists. Speaking of following, having a new follower on Twitter is always a good thing, but how about having a giant Twitter bird following you in real life? Not so delightful.


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Ask Hugh Jackman 'Wolverine' Questions for May 2 Twitter Chat

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 03:26 PM PDT


Golden Globe winner Hugh Jackman will use Twitter on Thursday to answer fans' burning questions about The Wolverine movie — in which he will play the disgruntled hero with degenerative abilities for the sixth time in the X-Men film franchise

20th Century Fox exclusively told Mashable that the May 2 Twitter chat will begin at noon ET, and will involve Jackman responding to questions via video. People can tweet questions using hashtags #AskHugh and #TheWolverine before and during the Q&A. Answers will appear on the @RealHughJackman or @WolverineMovie accounts.

The film hits theaters July 26, and tackles Wolverine's immortality. "Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before," according to 20th Century Fox Read more...

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GifBoom Update Adds Voice and Music to Your GIFs

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 02:30 PM PDT


The jury may still be out on whether GIF is pronounced with a hard G or a soft G. But here's one thing that's certain: the popular GIF-sharing app GifBoom has just gotten its biggest update yet.

What exactly makes this update the biggest yet for GifBoom? For starters, you can now add voice and music backgrounds to your GIFs. A new step in the GIF-posting process has been added, and this lets you choose between recording your voice or selecting some music to attach to your GIF. If you choose to do the former, you just have to press and hold a button to record your voice and let others hear what you have to say. And if you choose to do the latter, you just need to tap a different button to search GifBoom's database of popular song snippets and select one to go with your GIF. Read more...

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'EVE Online' Player Stories Will Turn Into TV Series

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 01:38 PM PDT


Icelandic video game developer CCP Games plans to bring the science-fiction universe of EVE Online, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game, to television using stories written by some of the game's more than 500,000 subscribers.

CCP Games announced the news on Eve Online's Facebook page in a post saying the TV series will be "Based on a true story, 20,000 years into the future."

CCP Games will create the TV series with director Baltasar Kormákur, whose 2012 film The Deep was Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

"The EVE universe is full of astounding stories of epic battles, daring heists, and gripping political intrigue, all of which will make for an amazing television series," Kormákur said in a statement this weekend. Read more...

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Teen Builds Incredibly Realistic-Looking Iron Man Suit

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 01:21 PM PDT


Fans can do all kinds of things to show their love for their favorite superheroes. In the case of Archie Whitehead, a 17-year-old high school student from Welwyn Garden City, a town 20 miles outside of London, that means building an amazing, highly realistic costume of Iron Man. The homemade suit is so good, you can barely distinguish it from the one used in the movie.

In January, Whitehead wanted to make an Iron Man suit. He saw somebody in the United States had made a DIY Iron Man costume in fiberglass, but that wasn't going to be possible. "That's real expensive," he thought. "At 17, obviously I don't have the kind of money to make something like that." But then he saw somebody else had made a Halo costume with foam, and he thought, "Why can't I make the suit out of that?" Read more...

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The Real Mission of 'Early Bird News'

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 12:18 PM PDT


Early Bird News Comic

We've all seen news organizations and social media users relay inaccurate information in order to be first, especially after recent events

In this comic, we see the truth about these broadcasters' goalsEarly Bird News is in dire need of a revamped mission statement.

Comic written by Larry Lambert; illustrated by Jerry King. Read more...

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Hands-On With the Week's Top Apps

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 11:32 AM PDT


Some interesting apps launched this week. The long-rumored Draw Something 2 finally made its way into the App Store, and popular Android app Drippler finally made its way to iOS.

Amazon released a new version of its Kindle app for Android, borrowing some design elements from the Kindle version of the app, and Nike launched a new app for its Fuel Band that lets you share not only information about your latest run with friends but photos as well.

Curious what all these new apps look like? Check out the video above for a hands-on look at some of our favorites from the past week.

Have you tried any of this week's picks? Tell us about your own top apps in the comments. Read more...

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MTV Is Bringing 'Scream' to TV

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 11:01 AM PDT


MTV is turning Scream, Wes Craven's 16-year-old slasher film franchise, into a TV series for the Millennial Generation, the network revealed this week during its star-studded upfront presentation to announce new programming to advertisers.

MTV has greenlit a one-hour pilot of Scream with Dimension Films, the production company behind the popular 1996 original and its three sequels featuring the "Ghostface" killer. Dimension is in talks to get Craven to direct the reboot, which is scheduled to debut in summer 2014. Although the cast and writers have yet to be finalized, MTV says DiGa Vision has been tapped to produce the potential series Read more...

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Watch Obama and Conan O'Brien's Best Jokes From Nerd Prom

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 10:33 AM PDT


Check out some of the highlights, including quips from President Obama and Conan O'Brien, from Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Photo via Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images

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How a Mentor Can Accelerate Your Career

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 10:04 AM PDT


At the beginning of your professional career, everything in front of you can appear daunting. During these formative years, you are deciding what you want to do, who you want to be and where you are going to start. Many of us change our minds about our future career before we hit the workforce, and then there are, of course, job changes throughout your career.

The overwhelming stress of this phase can be alleviated by finding a mentor to give you guidance and help you achieve your career goals. Learning from a successful mentor in your field of interest can elevate both your professional capabilities and confidence better than any Internet search results or well-intentioned parental advice Read more...

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The Perils of Speed Dating

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 09:28 AM PDT


Speed Dating Comic, Maria Scrivan

Speed dating is always a bit of a risk. What if you don't like the other person? What if he or she thinks you're terribly boring? What if your soul mate is sitting in a coffee shop thousands of miles away?

In this Sunday Comic by Maria Scrivan, we see that it could be a lot worse, like when a female praying mantis eats her mate. Just remember that on your next blind date, and your worries will fade away.

Comic written and illustrated by Maria Scrivan. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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Twitter Activity Will Affect Vampire Weekend's Concert Live Stream

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 09:06 AM PDT


Indie rock band Vampire Weekend will share new music Sunday night during a concert at the Tribeca Film Festival, and fans not at the show can watch it on YouTube.

The concert live stream, directed by Boardwalk Empire star Steve Buscemi, airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET and is part of the American Express Unstaged concert series

.@vampireweekend's concert starts at 9 p.m. ET. Watch it here ► #AmexUnstaged

— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) April 29, 2013

Viewers' Twitter activity during the concert will influence whether the band plays a digital encore.

Viewers' Twitter activity during the concert will influence whether the band plays a digital encore.

If enough viewers tweet reactions to the show using #AmexUnstaged, they will unlock online-only access to Vampire Weekend's post-show antics, which will include a backstage performance of "White Sky" alongside Buscemi and actor Fred Armisen's quirky character Ian Rubbish. Read more...

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Hilarious 'House of Cards' Spoof Opens White House Correspondents' Dinner

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 08:30 AM PDT


Kevin Spacey reprised his House of Cards character in a hilarious six-minute video that opened the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, also known as "Nerd Prom," Saturday in Washington, D.C

In the skit, Spacey uses his character's Machiavellian maneuvers to complete the seating chart at the dinner and, in the meantime, pokes fun at a long list of personalities attending the dinner. A number of them even participated in the spoof, including Sen. John McCain and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Spacey even makes some tongue-in-cheek criticism. Referring to the night's host, comedian Conan O’Brien, he says that "it must be so hard to write jokes about a town that already is one."

"Democrats, Republicans, the White House, Congress, you all came together to make this spoof. That's what real bipartisanship looks like," he says at the end, addressing the camera. "I may lie, cheat and intimidate to get the job done, but at least I get the job done. So I hope some of you are taking notes." Read more...

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Daniel Day-Lewis Plays 'Obama'

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 08:11 AM PDT


Here's a spoof video with Steven Spielberg from Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images

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What If You Could Bid to Meet Other CEOs?

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 07:48 AM PDT


Online charity auction site Charitybuzz posted a unique opportunity last week — for the right price, two lucky Apple fans can have coffee with Apple's CEO, Tim Cook. The auction has exploded across the web, so far reaching more than $600,000 with 17 days left to bid (a record for Charitybuzz).

In this Sunday Comic, our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech pose an amusing question: What if other, less auspicious companies' CEOs followed suit? Would their auctions be nearly as successful? Probably not.

Auctioning the CEO Comic, Joy of Tech

Comic illustration provided by The Joy of Tech. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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6 Winning Vines From Tribeca Film Festival

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 07:19 AM PDT


Films, like many things in life, come in all shapes and sizesTribeca Film Festival gave new meaning to short films this year, however, when it challenged people to create six-second films using Twitter's Vine app

After narrowing the field of 400 submissions to 40 earlier this month, judges for this #6SecFilms contest announced the winners this weekend.

"We were most impressed with the creativity at play when it came to the submissions, after all, making a film or even telling a story in six seconds is not an easy feat," said Genna Terranova, Tribeca Film Festival's programming director.


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What the Heck Is P-Commerce?

Posted: 28 Apr 2013 06:49 AM PDT


First there was ecommerce, a term developed in the early '80s to abbreviate "electronic commerce," or sales made possible through electronic funds transfer (and later, the Internet). Since then, marketers have gleefully affixed various letters to the word "commerce" to describe sales (or the potential for sales) made through different platforms: m-commerce for mobile, f-commerce for Facebook and p-commerce, which I've discovered recently, is an abbreviation for both "participatory commerce" or "Pinterest commerce."

What Is Participatory Commerce?

A few quick Google searches reveal that the phrase participatory commerce was first coined in 2005 by Mark Pincus, founder and CEO of gaming juggernaut Zynga. It was popularized (to a degree) five years later, when entrepreneurs Daniel Gulati and Vivian Weng used it to describe the model for their new online retailing startup, FashionStake (acquired by in January 2012). Read more...

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