Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “How to Spot Saturn in the Sky”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “How to Spot Saturn in the Sky”

How to Spot Saturn in the Sky

Posted: 02 Apr 2013 04:42 AM PDT


We have enjoyed some incredible views of Jupiter over the last few months, and many people have been amazed at the giant planet's detail that can be seen through a modest telescope.

Well, now it's time to turn your sights to the second largest planet in the solar system: Saturn. It is most famous for its incredibly beautiful ring system, but there is plenty more to see if you know what to look for.

A good place to start is to know where to look. Saturn rises in the east about 2.5 hours after sunset at the start of April but rises just before sunrise by the end of the month.

It's quite easy to spot, too — it can be seen to the south east of the bright star Spica in Virgo by around 15 degrees (just over the width of your fist held at arms length). Along with Spica, it forms a triangle to the north east with Arcturus, the bright orange star in the constellation of Bootes. Read more...

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Twitter Relaunches Twitter For Business, Offers Companies Tips For Success

Posted: 02 Apr 2013 04:00 AM PDT


What can your business do in just 140 characters? Twitter wants to help you find out.

Twitter relaunched Twitter for Business Monday, an online resource for businesses to learn the best practices in incorporating Twitter into their marketing efforts. Online lessons include everything from mastering the basics and building your community to how to use Twitter Ads self-service functionality.

The site also includes some examples from people businesses such as Porsche and Hubspot who are already using Twitter as a way to connect with customers.

While much of the content is similar to what Twitter previously made available for businesses, that content is now organized in such a way that it’s easy for Twitter beginners as well as experts to get what they need from the site. Read more...

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The 'Financial Times' Has a Secret Weapon: Data

Posted: 02 Apr 2013 03:21 AM PDT


For more than a century, publishers knew very little about their audiences: who they were, their interests and professions, or what other materials they were reading. Since newspapers went online two decades ago — The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times all launched websites between 1995 and 1996 — publishers have been amassing a great deal of data about them, data the 125-year-old FT is using to hit record subscription levels and make its advertising products more competitive, its CEO says.

The FT enjoys a distinguished role in the sphere of financial news publications, namely for its commentary on UK and European markets and businesses, as well, of course, for the salmon pink tint of its print newspaper. Headquartered in London and edited by Lionel Barber, it employs more than 600 journalists worldwide and has an average daily readership of 2.1 million, a little less than the Wall Street Journal (though a subscription is about a quarter more expensive). Read more...

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$25 Raspberry Pi Comes to U.S., Sells Out in Hours

Posted: 02 Apr 2013 02:45 AM PDT


Raspberry Pi, the tiny, ultra-cheap, Linux-based PC, went on sale Monday in the U.S. through retailer Allied Electronics, but it's already out of stock

The A version of the computer, which only costs $25, has 256MB of RAM, a single USB 2.0 socket, an HDMI, SD card, and 3.5 audio sockets, but no Ethernet port. Available only through Allied, the A is now completely out of stock for U.S. customers

The $35 Raspberry Pi B is also out of stock at Allied, but it can be bought through Newark, another retailer, which only carries that particular model

The Raspberry Pi's more powerful version has 512MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 sockets and an Ethernet port Read more...

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Microsoft Warns Against Scam Promising 'Free Xbox Points'

Posted: 02 Apr 2013 12:23 AM PDT


Microsoft cautioned its users against a scam that promises "free Xbox points" for wishing the company a happy birthday on Monday

The software giant debunked the false rumor in a post on its Facebook page. Created by co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, Microsoft is celebrating its 38th anniversary this week.

"Please do not respond to [the scam]," it said in the post, which has just over 1,400 likes. "There won't be free Xbox points for the occasion, but we hope you'll celebrate with us nonetheless!"

As further evidence of a hoax, Microsoft refers to the points that users can buy to download Xbox Live Arcade games as "Microsoft Points" — not "Xbox points," according to Neowin.net. Read more...

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Sea Lion Bobs Head to Backstreet Boys in Groundbreaking Study

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 11:12 PM PDT


No, this is not another April Fools' Day prank

For the first time, a non-human mammal has proven its ability to "keep the beat" with music. Prior to the study by the University of California, Santa Cruz, this "rhythmic entrainment" was only seen in humans and birds talented in vocal mimicry

Scientists trained a musically inclined sea lion named Ronan to "bob her head in time with rhythmic sounds," according to a UCSC press release. Ronan later showed that she could transfer this skill to music and tempos she hadn't yet heard

Her sense of rhythm weakens the widespread theory that beat-keeping requires a capacity for "complex vocal learning," as sea lions are inflexible in the sounds they make, and can't perform vocal mimicry, the release explained. So, beat-keeping may be more common in the animal kingdom than previously thought. Read more...

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'Pineapple Express 2' Trailer Is April Fools' Day Prank — With a Twist

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 10:05 PM PDT


While some companies took advantage of April Fools' Day to troll people for laughs, Sony saw it as marketing opportunity for its upcoming film, This is the End

A promo for the apocalyptic comedy, starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill as on-screen versions of themselves, is disguised as a trailer for Pineapple Express 2 — the supposed sequel to popular 2008 stoner movie, Pineapple Express.

The spot's first minute is shot like an amateur video, leading viewers to suspect that something's awry; then, confirmation around the 1:08 mark: It's an April Fools' prank. For the last 30 seconds, the promo reveals itself as a scene within This is the End. Read more...

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Why Too Many iMessages Will Crash Your iPhone

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 08:58 PM PDT


iOS hacks are nothing new, but there are ways to crash the system without complicated exploits or intimate programming knowledge. By taking advantage of weaknesses in Apple's endemic iMessage system, some lads of ill repute have discovered a way to spam users until their phones lock up. iMessage is a text messaging service for users of Macs, iPhones and iPads, although this behavior only poses a threat to iOS devices.

Information comes by way of a number of software experts active in the iOS development and hacking scenes. Griefers (online users who act within the rules to harass others) can develop a simple script to flood an iMessage inbox with a constant stream of nonsense messages. Read more...

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'Game of Thrones' Cast Gets Auto-Tune Treatment

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 08:15 PM PDT


We all know what the residents of Westeros can do well — debauchery, violence, cursing, and general matters of backstabbing. But who knew the cast of Game of Thrones was so musically inclined?

This auto tune remix of Arya's list of enemies paired with everyone's favorite house motto, "A Lannister always pays his debts," is simply a delight.

It will help you remember that just because everyone is busy chasing dragons and fighting over a throne (or, in the case of Tyrion, being a straight-up boss), doesn't mean they don't have hidden talents and hobbies Read more...

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'Walking Dead' Chews Through This Week's Social TV Rankings

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 07:29 PM PDT


Television fans, rejoice. With spring, we welcome several great series back to our screens, be they TVs, laptops or tablets

This weekend saw AMC's The Walking Dead slip into a shallow grave (until next season), while Game of Thrones and Doctor Who began anew. The next two months feature the return of AMC's Mad Men and the long-awaited resurrection of Arrested Development on Netflix

The Walking Dead beat out basketball, hockey and soccer games to earn the rating of most social cable show of the week, surpassing its own previous record. Viewers mentioned the zombie drama on social media 2.2 million times on Sunday, for a total of more than 13 million comments during the course of the season — up from only 3.5 million during season two. Read more...

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This 'Dancing With the Stars' Writer Pens Judge Bruno's Odd Lines

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 06:43 PM PDT


Eccentric Dancing With the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli is a man of many quirky critiques. A new video from ABC hilariously reveals the source of his peculiar words.

"Bruno Tonioli’s Writer’s Room" is one of two sketches unleashed on ABC's comedy hub on April Fools' Day. The other digital short, "Taye Diggs Destroys Hip Hop," stars actor Diggs attempting to break into the music industry with help from YouTube favorite DeStorm.

ABC first launched the web series in 2011 to recap its Wednesday comedies before expanding to include more popular dramas in 2012. These two new videos begin ABC's effort to fill its comedy hub with "pop culture-inspired" shorts. Read more...

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Pro Golfer Drops Pants to Hit Shot From Water

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 06:00 PM PDT


Climbing a tree to hit a golf shot? That's so last week. Danish pro Andreas Harto takes things to a new level in this video, removing his pants (along with shoes and socks) to chip his way out from the edge of a water hazard at a tournament in Morocco on Sunday

Harto's shot landed within 15 feet of the hole, he finished tied for 15th at the Trophee Hassan II competition and the clip above became a hit on the sports web

Homepage image courtesy Giallo01Rosso via YouTube

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Amplify Your iPhone 5's Sound Without Speakers

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 05:44 PM PDT


Any iPhone 5 user out there can likely admit that listening to the smartphone's bottom speaker isn't that great when you're in a crowded place. Instead of straining your ears or popping on some headphones, a portable add-on might provide a simple solution.

Ariel Shtul has designed the "iPlifier" for iPhone 5, which slips into the phone's Lightning port and directs the built-in speaker's sound toward you. It's a similar effect to cupping a hand around your ear to direct sound toward you, as explained in the video above.

Shtul is trying to raise $7,500 on Kickstarter to begin mass production for the gadget. With 19 days left to go, so far the Kickstarter campaign has more than $2,800 in pledges, as of Monday afternoon. At a pledge of $8 or more, backers get their own iPlifier. Read more...

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The Next 2 iPhones Were Developed Under Steve Jobs

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 05:26 PM PDT


Apple has already designed the next two versions of its iconic iPhone, with both phones well underway before CEO Tim Cook took the helm of the company.

That’s according to San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, who says he was told this when he met with Apple’s government liaison Michael Foulkes in the last week

Presuming Apple sticks to its regular naming convention, the two phones Foulkes was referring to are the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6

Gascon has been trying to persuade Apple to implement technology that would disable an iPhone or iPad after it was stolen, making the device useless for thieves. If a device no longer worked after it was reported stolen, the DA felt, thieves would be less likely to attempt the theft in the first place Read more...

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25 Songs You'll Hear at Music Festivals in April

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 05:22 PM PDT


Today was April Fools' Day, which means you probably got punked online (a lot). But it also means that the month of April is finally here, and with it comes major music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza (the one in Chile).

Artists like The Black Keys, Crystal Castles, Passion Pit and even Nas will all be making their way to various venues and cities around the world as the 2013 music festival season heats up. If country is more your thing, you can check out bands like Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band at Country Thunder Arizona or the California-based Stagecoach festival. The New Orleans Jazz Festival will also bring talent south-bound as the end of the month approaches. Read more...

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Grumpy Cat Dies in April Fools' Joke

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 05:18 PM PDT


YouTube channel SourceFed managed to stop the hearts of an entire Internet nation Monday when they announced the death of Grumpy Cat

While it produced a pretty convincing news segment mourning the world's most famous — and beloved — meme, we remained skeptical because the reporters weren't weeping uncontrollably at the horrible news

It just goes to show that on April Fools' Day, no one is safe — not even Tardar Sauce, who probably does not appreciate the gags this day brings. Or perhaps, she was in on the prank, orchestrating a plan that would leave her out of the spotlight and in peace after the news came of her demise? Read more...

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April Fools in Space: Astronauts Order Pizza

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 04:55 PM PDT


It can get a little lonely up on the International Space Station — and there's a definite dearth of fresh-cooked pizza crust. So NASA astronaut Ron Garan took matters into his own hands.

In this video, released April 1, Garan and his NASA colleague Mike Fossum can be seen calling up a pizza place that promises to deliver within 30 minutes to anywhere in the Houston area code — which, thanks to their Cisco IP phone, is what the astronauts have.

It's a pretty awkward attempt at a prank call; thankfully, we discover at the end of the video, no call was actually placed, and the video was filmed during the astronauts' down time. (We're pretty sure most taxpayers wouldn't mind if our spacebound explorers did decide to relieve the monotony this way; prank calls might actually be one way to increase public awareness of NASA's mission.) Read more...

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Why B2B Marketers Are Busting the Company Budget

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 04:33 PM PDT


With so many concerns about the current economic climate, allocating resources and planning a budget have become increasingly important. Although many businesses are facing financial hardship, nearly half of marketers in the B2B space have decided to increase their budgets for 2013. Specifically, 67.2% of marketers plan to increase their digital marketing spending, and 52.5% of content marketers will up their search marketing budgets

This infographic, compiled by Ambassador, a service that helps turn your customers into brand ambassadors, illustrates where B2B marketers plan to increase their spending in 2013 Read more...

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Pentagon's Robot Changes Tires

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 04:01 PM PDT


Lots of jobs are now handled by robots. Soon we might add Indy pit crew to the list.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a robot that can change a tire, picking up the tire, getting it off and on the (simulated) wheel and using the lug wrench. This may sound pretty simple, but the point isn’t the changing of the tire — it’s holding the tools. Robots that can hold tools are a lot more versatile than those built for a specific task, because then they can adapt to doing whatever is asked of them — instead of a robot that only tightens nuts, it’s possible to ask one to pick up a screwdriver as well. Read more...

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Is This What the 'Facebook Phone' OS Will Look Like?

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 03:53 PM PDT


Facebook is holding an Android-centric event at its Menlo Park campus on Thursday. During the event, the social network will showcase its “new home on Android.” Details are sparse, however, on what exactly that new home will look like.

Many are speculating Facebook will unveil the long-rumored “Facebook Phone,” an HTC handset running a special flavor of Android designed specifically with Facebook in mind

Android-focused site Android Police posted photos Monday of what it claims is a leaked version of the Facebook Phone’s operating system. The traditional Android homescreen is replaced with a custom Facebook application called “Facebook Home,” which runs on top of HTC’s Sense 4.5 skin and Android 4.1.2. If the leaked screenshots are any indication, Facebook Home will look a lot like Facebook's existing Android application (pictured above), with added access to some of your handset's settings at the bottom of the screen. Read more...

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Listen to Children's Heartbeats in OneRepublic's Special Music Video

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 03:42 PM PDT


OneRepublic is trying to extend the life of "Feel Again" with a special edition video for the song, which already has an official music video that came out in August

Like with the original version, this new clip is for a charitable cause. The video features recorded heartbeats of healthy children in Malawi and Guatemala as part of a social good initiative benefiting Save the Children and Ad Council's "Every Beat Matters" campaign.

The Every Beat Matters campaign, which strives to prevent the death of infants and kids worldwide, began spreading in 2012 on social mediaEveryBeatMatters.org allowed people to click on the "Tweet This Heartbeat" button to tweet this message: Read more...

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10 Easy Pranks That Take Less Than 5 Minutes

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 03:26 PM PDT


So you got punk'd on April Fools' Day and had nothing planned for revenge? Never fear, because there are a couple classic pranks you can still pull before the national holiday of gags comes to a close

Granted, these are not nearly as fun as the elaborate, time-consuming pranks you should have started scheming days or weeks ago. But it's the prankee's reaction that's most important anyways, right?

SEE ALSO: 50 Amazingly Epic Pranks

Fortunately, these pranks can be pulled in five minutes or less. If you hurry, you could get one or two in before the day is over. Or, get really wacky and play one of these on April 2 — no one will be suspecting retaliation then. Read more...

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The Story Behind the Hashtag: #habitsifindhardtobreak

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 03:13 PM PDT


Trending topics hit Twitter every day. One of today's trending topics, #habitsifindhardtobreak, acts as a bit of a confession — everyone has bad habits after all, right? Today, Twitter users dished out their strangest addictions that, no matter what, they just can't seem to shake

In this recurring series, "Beyond the Hashtag," we'll take a look at the most intriguing topics — of any nature — being tweeted across the web

The hashtag began Sunday evening by Damn It's True, a "#1 Life Facts" account that primarily tweets inspirational quotes and statistics and has nearly 2.5 million followers: Read more...

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YouTube Picks the 10 Best April Fools' Prank Videos

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 03:00 PM PDT


YouTube trends guru Kevin Allocca spends his days tracking and analyzing viral videos. When it comes to the intersection between web videos and pop culture, he's sort of like the Nate Silver of viral content

In honor of April Fools' Day, Allocca and YouTube shared their favorite 10 prank and hoax videos with Mashable. From a hoax of an eagle snatching up a baby to fake celebrity pranks in New York City, here are a few classics that add to the mega-mix of jokes circulating the web today.

What's the best prank you've seen caught on camera? Let us know in the comments. Read more...

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Fear Tech Hacks Disney Pixar's 'Monsters University' Website

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 02:49 PM PDT


The college admission website for Monsters University was defaced by rival school Fear Tech on Monday — yes, on April Fools' Day. The "prank" on the fictitious site adds more marketing fuel to Disney Pixar's viral ad campaign for its Monsters University movie.

Monsters University, the prequel to the 2001's Monsters, Inc. flick, comes out June 21. Playing off of the movie's name, Disney Pixar created MonstersUniversity.com/edu in 2012.


Here's what the website looked like before "hackers" worked their magic


The hacked site isn't functional anymore. Clicking anywhere leads to the Fear Tech logo or mascot popping up. The website previously let users apply to MU, buy college swag and register for a student ID card, as well as learn about alumni, faculty, sports and Greek life. Read more...

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Facebook's Attempt to End Timeline Lawsuit Rejected by Judge

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 02:27 PM PDT


Facebook will have to face a copyright lawsuit related to its Timeline feature, a judge ruled Monday

Facebook was sued in 2011 for copyright infringement by Timelines, Inc., a website created in 2009 that lets users create visual timelines for events of their choosing. The lawsuit came almost immediately after Facebook announced Timeline, a profile redesign which organized users' personal history in chronological order. Facebook later counter-sued Timeslines, Inc., arguing Timelines, Inc.'s trademarks weren't distinct enough to warrant protection and should be canceled

However, U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah decided Monday that Facebook failed to show the disputed trademarks were in fact generic, forcing the case to move to a trial set to begin April 22. That case will either be decided in court or through an out-of-court settlement. Read more...

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Twitter Co-Founder Confirms He's Working Full Time on New Startup

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 02:13 PM PDT


Late last week, AllThingsD reported hearing that Twitter co-founder Biz Stone was close to launching a new mobile startup called Jelly. Stone confirmed Monday that he is working full time on the startup, but says that it won't be launching anytime soon.

"News of Jelly emerged unexpectedly early so I’ll wait a bit to share more about the team," Stone said in a blog post on the Jelly website. "In the meantime, I’ll say this. Jelly will be for everybody, it will be developed first and foremost for mobile devices, and it will be free. But, it won’t be ready for a while."

Stone stayed extremely vague about what kind of app Jelly will work on, other than to suggest that it will help people "do good," and that it will be free and developed "first and foremost for mobile devices." Read more...

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Tim Cook Apologizes to Chinese Customers for Apple Warranties

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 02:00 PM PDT


If it wasn't obvious that China is Apple's fastest-growing and potentially most important market, it is now. CEO Tim Cook has issued a public apology to its Chinese customers over the company's warranty policy.

The issue was how Apple warranties work in China vs. the rest of the world, and how consistent they were. Over the past few weeks, state-run media in China has accused Apple of short-changing Chinese customers when it comes to warranties, especially with how some models of the iPhone are dealt with.

A few weeks ago China Central Television, the state-owned national TV network, said for defective iPhone 4 and 4S models, customers typically get a refurbished phone instead of a new one. Too add insult to injury, customers had to keep the backs of their original phones; a new back would cost them about $92. Read more...

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NASA Wants You to Train Its Space Robot

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 01:49 PM PDT


Astronauts on board the International Space Station don't have a lot of free time, which means the last thing they want to do is expend energy on mundane chores like vacuuming. Enter Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space that takes on these everyday tasks.

R2, which has been on the ISS since 2011, has a mission: clean handrails, vacuum air filters and take air-flow measurements. The problem is it doesn't yet have the ability to learn and complete the work. So NASA is looking for someone to teach the bot. The Robonaut Challenge calls on contestants to write algorithms that allow R2 to interact with a training dashboard the space agency built. Read more...

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The Ultimate Roundup of 2013's Biggest April Fools' Day Pranks

Posted: 01 Apr 2013 01:39 PM PDT


April 1st is an odd day for us all. Half of the world's population spend the day cowering in fear of being fooled, the other half spend the day scheming. No one is safe, nothing is sacred

And really, you should be wary of all news that is announced on this day (and March 31st and maybe even April 2nd — actually, just always be wary). Nonetheless, April Fools' Day brings out some surprising hilarity in everyone, or at least a few product launches and webpage redesigns that will give you a chuckle or two

So here is every prank, joke, gag, hijinks and scam that we've found online that you should know about. We'll keep updating throughout the day as well. Don't forget to tell us which joke was your favorite in the comments below Read more...

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