Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Syrian Hackers Hijack CBS Twitter Accounts”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Syrian Hackers Hijack CBS Twitter Accounts”

Syrian Hackers Hijack CBS Twitter Accounts

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 02:09 AM PDT


The branded Twitter accounts for the CBS television network news shows 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, as well as the Twitter account of at least one CBS affiliate TV station, were hijacked over the weekend by pro-Syrian government hackers.

The accounts were used to send bogus messages that claimed that the United States government was aiding terrorists in Syria.

"Exclusive: Terror is striking the #USA and #Obama is Shamelessly in Bed with Al-Qaeda," the hijackers tweeted from the @60Minutes account.

"New Evidence of CIA Arming Al Qaeda Terrorists in #Syria," read a bogus tweet from @CBSDenver, the Twitter account of KCNC-TV. Read more...

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Order Pizza on Your Xbox 360 With the New Pizza Hut App

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 01:04 AM PDT


Pizza Hut is launching an app for Xbox Live, letting users order a pizza through their Xbox 360

Once you've linked your Xbox Live account with a Pizza Hut account, and chosen the nearest pizza parlor, orders can be made using the game controller, voice input or Kinect gestures. And for those looking to combine ingredients for that perfect pizza, custom orders are also available

This, of course, is not the only way to digitally create an order your pizza online — Domino's iPad app comes to mind — but given the historical link between gaming and pizza, it might be the most natural

"If you look at our audience, they love pizza. I mean, who doesn't? It has international appeal, and Pizza Hut is a recognized brand that matches up well with the Xbox brand," Xbox's Larry Hryb told Polygon Read more...

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Google's Eric Schmidt Says Glass for Consumers 'a Year-ish Away'

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 12:03 AM PDT


For those itching to get their hands on Google Glass, executive chairman Eric Schmidt has good news: The high-tech specs will likely go on sale for consumers in a year.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4's World at One on Monday, Schmidt said, "It would be fair to say that there'll be thousands of these in use by developers over the next months. And then based on their feedback, we'll make some product changes, and it's probably a year-ish away."

For the uninitiated, Glass is a $1,500 pair of augmented-reality glasses that includes a heads-up display, works through voice command and can take picturesExplorer editions of Glass began rolling out to early adopters — many of whom are developers — last week. Read more...

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BBQ 'Supercharger' Says it Starts Grill in Under 10 Minutes

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 10:54 PM PDT


With the weather getting warmer, many folks are firing up the grill for meaty barbecued goodness

But according to one company, there's a downside to BBQs — long wait times. A quick scan of the interwebs shows that those who prefer charcoal generally have to wait anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes for the grill to reach appropriate cooking temperature, after it's lit.

A "fire-starting tool" called BBQ Dragon, on the other hand, claims to reduce the start time of charcoal grills to less than 10 minutes, according to its Kickstarter page. The device, which works by "blowing large amounts of low-velocity, cool air" at fires, is also battery-powered, hands-free and micro-USB rechargeable. Check out the video, above, to see it in action. Read more...

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Bud Light Surprises NBA Player with 1,100 Cases of Beer

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 10:01 PM PDT


During the Miami Heat's incredible 27-game winning streak earlier this season, forward Shane Battier told NBA.com that he's a superstitious fellow. As the Heat won game after game, Battier said he was sticking to one beer to keep the streak's mojo intact. That beer? Bud Light

Now, nearly a month later, Bud Light has paid Battier back for the love. How? A surprise delivery of some 1,100 cases of the goes-down-easy brew. The special drop-off is documented in the YouTube video, above, which we recommend checking out. Whether you're a fan of mass-produced light beer or are a craft-brew snob, there's one thing we can all agree on: Having 1,100 cases of beer laying around is never a bad thing Read more...

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Eight Fun and Funky iPhone Cases You'll Love

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 08:55 PM PDT


Apple reportedly has started planning production on a new iPhone this year, but there's still plenty of time to stock up on cool cases for your iPhone 4's and 5's

We've found eight accessories — including an eye-popping 3D protector, a rechargeable battery case and a squeegee-like screen-cleaning contraption — that will keep you even more attached to your smartphone as you, and the rest of us, wait it out for the newest iPhone. Check out the gallery above.

Are there any cool new cases you've seen hit the market? Share them with us below

Image by Mashable

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Soccer Star Bites Opponent, Gets Twitter Follow From Mike Tyson

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 07:56 PM PDT


Only on Twitter, folks. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up

Luis Suarez, our antagonistic protagonist here, is something of a bad boy in the soccer world — that is, not necessarily known for his sportsmanship or sense of fair play. Suarez's latest misstep? Biting an opponent during his Liverpool squad's 2-2 draw with Chelsea over the weekend

The bite, of course, drew all sorts of criticism and outrage. But it also gained Suarez a very famous new Twitter follower: ex-boxer Mike Tyson, a notorious biter in his own right

Tyson famously took a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 fight (then last year tweeted a reference to the carnage while pimping Holyfield's barbecue sauce) Read more...

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Prosthetic Hand Controlled With iOS App

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 07:33 PM PDT


A new prosthetic hand lets wearers have better control — thanks to an app.

Users of Touch Bionics' next generation "i-limb ultra revolution" prosthetic device can configure parts of the hand using the companion iOS app, as shown in the above video. The "biosim" app allows wearers to activate 24 custom grip modes, which can help with daily tasks (e.g. tying a shoe or holding a pen). It can also run diagnostics to ensure the i-limb is working correctly.

New electrodes in the updated i-limb model enable users to better control the strength of their grip; this feature is useful for performing a wide range of tasks. The device also features a powered rotating thumb that improves dexterity. Read more...

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Director Tweets First Photo of Storm

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 06:28 PM PDT


X-Men: Days of Future Past, the seventh installment in the X-Men film franchise, doesn't arrive in theaters until 2014. But fans are already getting an early glimpse of the movie on social media, particularly from director Bryan Singer on Twitter

Singer gave his followers a treat Monday, tweeting "Storm watch" along with the first public image of actress Halle Berry as the weather-manipulating Marvel character Storm during filming for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Berry also played Storm in the first three X-Men films


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Engineers Call for 'Repairable' Cellphones to Save Money, Environment

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 05:57 PM PDT


Reduce, reuse and recycle is the foundation of sustainable living. However, it's time to add another "R" to the list — repair.

Repairing electronic devices is equally as important as the other three green watchwords, the IEEE, a professional association for engineers, said in a statement. But most manufacturers must first make their devices more "repairable," the statement said.

In 2013, more than 1.7 billion mobile phones will be shipped to retailers. Each phone uses 165 pounds of raw materials in its manufacture and more than eight gallons of water in the making of its microchip. Extending a phone's life to four years through "modest design changes," could reduce the device's environmental impact by about 40%, IEEE said. Read more...

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Smart Prescription Drug Bottle Polices Painkiller Usage to Curb Abuse

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 05:49 PM PDT


Sometimes, too much of a substance that's supposed to help can cause serious harm.

Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just in 2008, for example, the CDC says there were 14,800 deaths in the U.S. caused by prescription painkillers.

Considering this problem, a group of Brigham Young University (BYU) students reimagined the prescription drug bottle and have developed a high-tech regulator.

Their invention, called Med Vault, basically lets a pharmacist give instructions to the bottle, which then dispenses painkillers accordingly to the patient. Via a USB connection, a pharmacist can use special software to load the pills and program how many can be dispensed per day. Read more...

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14-Year-Old Hoops Phenom's Viral Highlights Are Ridiculous

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 05:28 PM PDT


Meet Seventh Woods. He's got an awesome name and is a high school hoops prodigy who dominates on the basketball court. Oh yeah, and one more thing: he is, apparently, just 14 years old

No 14-year-old should be capable of doing the things young Seventh does in the video above. He soars above the rim to swat shots, shows little regard for human life in dunking on opponents' heads and, perhaps most impressively, shows the polished game and advanced skill of someone who's at least 17

Seventh's jaw-dropping highlight reel comes by way of Hoopmixtape, which uploaded this video last Thursday afternoon. Four days later, it's got more than 3 million views on YouTube. And if the name Hoopmixtape rings a bell, dear Mashable reader, here's why: tiny b-ball phenom Aquille Carr Read more...

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New Malware Hijacks Twitter Accounts for Financial Fraud

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 05:11 PM PDT


Cyber criminals are always looking for new ways to avoid detection, escape cyber sleuths, and carry out their cyber crimes. So it shouldn't be surprising that malicious hackers are now taking advantage of social media. A newly discovered malware, designed to gain access to users' banking credentials, uses Twitter to spread itself and reach more victims

According to a blog post published by online security firm Trusteer on Monday, the malware basically uses Twitter like traditional malware uses emails — to carry out spear-phishing campaigns and spread itself to other ususpecting victims. Call it "twishing." Read more...

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Reddit Apologizes for Boston Marathon 'Witch Hunt'

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 04:54 PM PDT


Last Thursday night, as police in the Boston area engaged in a deadly shootout with two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, much of the social web was sure that Reddit users had successfully identified one of the two fugitives

Sunil Tripathi had gone missing from Brown University about a month prior. He bore a passing resemblance to grainy footage the FBI had released of its "Suspect #2." When a rumor spread that his name had passed over a police scanner from the shootout scene, Reddit's miraculous moment seemed all but assured.

Tripathi's name became a worldwide Twitter trend as thousands upon thousands of reporters, digital onlookers and self-appointed media pundits speculated on his motive and lauded the power of the Reddit crowd Read more...

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NASA to Webcast Lyrid Meteor Shower Tonight

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 04:32 PM PDT


The annual Lyrid meteor shower may have peaked overnight on Sunday and Monday, but if you missed the celestial fireworks show don't fret. NASA's got you covered.

Scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Ala., will broadcast live images of the Lyrid meteor shower Monday night and early Tuesday (April 22 and 23) for stargazers stuck with bad weather or light-polluted night skies.

The NASA broadcast will begin at 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 April 23) and run throughout the evening. You can watch the Lyrid meteor shower webcast on SPACE.com courtesy of NASA's MSFC feed.

"If you'd like to catch a last look at 2013 Lyrid meteor shower, this is your chance!" MSFC officials said in an announcement today. "Although a bright moon may interfere with viewing, you should still be able to see Lyrid meteors at an anticipated rate of 10-20 meteors per hour." Read more...

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iPhone Users Go on More First Dates

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 03:53 PM PDT


Sorry, singles with Android, BlackBerry, Windows or old-school cellphones. Your iPhone-toting compatriots are getting more first date action than you, according to a recent survey of singledom.

The survey, conducted by Match.com, drew on singles both in and outside its service. Some 5,000 non-married men and women in the U.S. were asked more than 200 questions, including whether they had been on one or more first dates in the last year. None were in a serious relationship.

The results, broken down by type of smartphone, look like this: 49% of iPhone singles went on at least one first date in 2012. Next up were Windows Phone users, 46% of whom had first-dated; for Android users, it was 44%. BlackBerry owners were the least likely to have been on a first date that year; only 42% of them had done it Read more...

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Psy's 'Gentleman' Sets Record for Most YouTube Views in Single Day

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 03:33 PM PDT


Korean pop star Psy had the bar raised high for his first song since "Gangnam Style" and, believe it or not, he's breaking records again.

In the first 24 hours after its debut, his video for the new song "Gentleman" — which launched April 14 on YouTube — was watched 38 million times, according to new YouTube statsYeesh, that's a lot.

The previous record holder for the most views in one day was set by KONY 2012 (30 million views) last March. As of now, "Gentleman" has 200 million views and still a long way to go to reach "Gangnam Style," the most watched video ever on the site with 1.5 billion views. Read more...

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Kobe Bryant: No More Tweeting During Lakers Games

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 03:17 PM PDT


Kobe Bryant, NBA superstar and recent master of the social media arts, did a pretty cool thing this weekend

His Lakers played their first playoff game of the season on Sunday, against the San Antonio Spurs. Bryant couldn't play — he's recovering from a ruptured achilles that will have him sidelined until at least the beginning of next season

But the injured future Hall of Famer gave fans the next-best treat after watching him on the court. How? by live-tweeting his thoughts and reactions about the game

For sports fans, that's a pretty good deal. Live, unfiltered commentary from one of the NBA's all-time greats about two teams he knows well. Here's a taste from Sunday: Read more...

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Rookie News Anchor Fired After Viral Gaffe

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 02:54 PM PDT


The Internet giveth, and the Internet taketh away

One day after a viral gaffe brought rookie news anchor A.J. Clemente some short-lived fame on Twitter, the good-natured — but apparently mistake prone — reporter said he's been fired by his local station

Sunday night was apparently Clemente's very first stint anchoring for a local news station in Bismarck, N.D. It did not go well

First, he muttered the dual-obscenity "F-S bomb" under his breath just as he appeared on camera, seemingly not realizing that he and his co-anchor were, in fact, on air. Then he had about the most awkward self introduction imaginable, struggling to string together a series of words that resembled the English language but didn't really make any sense. But this description can't do the moment justice, so check out the YouTube video embedded below for yourself: Read more...

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One-Way Mars Mission Will Be World's Best Reality TV Show

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 02:38 PM PDT


Coming up next: Contestants from around the globe duke it out to become the first humans on Mars. Their life stories are inspiring; their training is fierce, and around every corner is another dramatic love story. Which four will win the chance to settle the Red Planet? It's up to you, Earth

This is Mars One.

It sounds like a pitch for the next scripted network reality show, and that's not too far from the truth. Netherlands-based company Mars One is serious about colonizing another planet, and this week it launched the application process to find the astronauts who will land on Mars on April 22, 2023 Read more...

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A Very Dramatic Reading of a Very Insane Sorority Email

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 02:18 PM PDT


Warning: The above video is NSFW

Last week, the women of the University of Maryland chapter of the Delta Gamma sorority got told; told bad. In what may be the most insane, expletive-laden email of all time, one of the sorority's board members told the girls they needed to get themselves together and stop being "so f***ing BORING."

The letter instantly went viral for being so damn dramatic (with an unbelievably strong emphasis on how sorority girls should really not be this boring). To truly accent the tenor of the situation, Funny or Die employed Boardwalk Empire star Michael Shannon to perform a dramatic reading of the letter Read more...

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Reddit Blacks Out Some Comments to Protest CISPA

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 02:00 PM PDT


Reddit, already a vocal opponent of CISPA, is attempting to raise awareness for the issue by blacking out some comments on the site.

The blackouts appeared on some subreddits beginning Monday morning. The call on whether to join the protest and how to protest were made by moderators, Reddit GM Erik Martin told Mashable in a phone interview. For those subreddits that took part, the comments are still legible, but feature a hard-to-read format in which white letters appear against a black background. Atop the page is a banner stating, "Why is this subreddit blacked out? Click here to learn more about CISPA!" which leads to this CISPA discussion thread. A discussion about which subreddits are taking part can be found here Read more...

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Netflix Adds 3 Million Streaming Subscribers, Stock Tops $200

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 01:28 PM PDT


Netflix added 3 million subscribers to its streaming video service in the first quarter, bringing the total number to 36 million viewers, the company reported on Monday. Those viewers streamed 4 billion hours of programming during the quarter.

The increase prompted a surge in afterhours trading for the stock, which broke $200 for the first time since 2011. Revenues for the quarter also broke $1 billion in revenues and reported earnings per share of $0.32 — higher than analysts had predicted

In a letter to shareholders, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells credited the original series House of Cards with giving Netflix some social media buzz. "The global viewing and high level of engagement with the show increased our confidence in our
ability to pick shows Netflix members will embrace and to pick partners skilled at delivering a great series," they wrote. "The high level of viewer satisfaction implies we are able to target the right audience without the benefit of existing broadcast or cable viewing data and the strong viewing across all our markets gives us faith in our ability to create global content brands in a cost-effective, efficient way." Fewer than 8,000 people took advantage of a free trial to watch the show and then cancel, according to the letter. Read more...

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Vine Your Earth Day Good Deeds With #GivingVine

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 01:07 PM PDT


In celebration of Earth Day, a website called HooplaHa.com is asking for people everywhere to submit their own Vines of Earth-friendly acts of kindness under the hashtag #GivingVine

HooplaHa, a self-proclaimed "feel good" website that produces original, guaranteed-to-make-you-smile videos, started the #GivingVine campaign earlier this year with the sole purpose of collecting Vines of good deeds. This new initiative, which they're calling #GivingVine Goes Green: 2013, is asking for the same thing, only with Earth Day-specific deeds


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Social Media Day Returns June 30, 2013

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 12:52 PM PDT


Social Media Day is a day to celebrate the ways in which social media has changed our lives for the better. It's also a celebration of people — you, the people who make social media so fun, useful, informative, and enlightening

We are thrilled to share that this year's Social Media Day will be held Sunday, June 30, 2013!

Last year, hundreds of meetups involving thousands of people took place across the globe. Diverse locations such as Morocco, the Philippines and Sri Lanka hosted some of the most well-attended events, while eight cities and two states here in the U.S. officially declared June 30 as Social Media Day Read more...

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33 Songs to Speed Up Spring Cleaning

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 12:33 PM PDT


Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. But the right playlist turns any mundane chore into a chance to discover new songs and to remember old favorites

For this week's Music Monday, we've compiled a playlist of upbeat songs that will make you want to sing (if not dance) along while cleaning. Don't be afraid to turn your Swiffer into an air guitar or your Magic Eraser into a microphone. Vampire Weekend makes us want to get our groove on too.

SEE ALSO: Spring Clean Your Gadgets With These 10 Weird Products

This playlist mixes together newer releases by bands like Chvrches and Phoenix with classic hits by Hall and Oats, Depeche Mode, and A-ha. We make these playlists for you to enjoy, so we want to know: Do you like when we include both old and new songs, or do you like them to be exclusively one or the other? Let us know in the comment section below! Read more...

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Wearable Computing Pioneer: How Google Glass Makes Life Better

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 12:16 PM PDT


Long before it was a gleam in Sergey Brin's eye, Thad Starner was sporting a bulky, comparatively prehistoric version of what would ultimately become Google Glass.

Starner introduced wearable computing to MIT in 1993; he now has two decades of experience in computer-aided perception. His accoutrements got the attention of Brin and Google co-founder Larry Page back in 1998, who later made him the technical lead manager on Glass

Now that Google Glass is poised to become a mainstream product, Starner (second from right, above, in a photo from 1996) reflected on some of the benefits and limitations of wearable computing. He claims that wearable computing has made him calmer, more creative and a better conversationalist Read more...

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A Dance to the Music of Earth

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 11:59 AM PDT


Remember back in October when NASA discovered the Earth was "singing" to us?

Or to put it more prosaically: radio waves emanating from the Van Allen belts that circle the planet were sampled at a CD-like bit rate by orbital probes. The result of all those dangerous loose electrons whizzing around up there was called "Chorus," and it turned out to sound like whale song mixed with crickets

Well, it was only a matter of time before that soothing noise was accompanied by the two things humans tend to do with music: a remix and some interpretive dance. The music came courtesy of Kerry Muzzey, a writer of TV and movie themes (including one from Glee); the dance is by DS2DIO (pronounced D-studio), a popular YouTube lifestyle channel with nearly 10 million total views. Read more...

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Report: 8 Million iPhones Returned Due to Problems

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 11:36 AM PDT


Apple returned up to 8 million iPhones to Foxconn “due to appearance of substandard or dysfunctional problems.” This could cost Cupertino’s top manufacturer up to $1.6 billion, according to a report from China Business

The report doesn’t mention specific problems with the handsets. Additionally, we don’t know which models were returned

If the batch was made up of existing models, such as the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, this could eventually show up as a hole in Apple’s supply chain. However, if these defective models were in fact “iPhone 5S” models, Apple may be forced to delay the launch of its newest handset. Read more...

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Syrian Hackers Hijack World Cup Twitter Account

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 11:08 AM PDT


The official Twitter accounts of the World Cup and FIFA's President Joseph Blatter have been hacked, apparently by Syrian hackers.

On Monday afternoon, both @FifaWorldCup and @SeppBlatter started sending weird tweets, hinting that hackers had taken over control of the accounts. And it quickly became clear that the messages posted were not from their real owners.

Joseph Blatter Hack

Both accounts started sending tweets about Joseph Blatter allegedly stepping down due to corruption charges stemming from an imaginary FIFA investigation that found that the Emir of Qatar had bribed Blatter to convince FIFA to select Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup Read more...

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