- Syrian Hackers Hijack CBS Twitter Accounts
- Order Pizza on Your Xbox 360 With the New Pizza Hut App
- Google's Eric Schmidt Says Glass for Consumers 'a Year-ish Away'
- BBQ 'Supercharger' Says it Starts Grill in Under 10 Minutes
- Bud Light Surprises NBA Player with 1,100 Cases of Beer
- Eight Fun and Funky iPhone Cases You'll Love
- Soccer Star Bites Opponent, Gets Twitter Follow From Mike Tyson
- Prosthetic Hand Controlled With iOS App
- 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Director Tweets First Photo of Storm
- Engineers Call for 'Repairable' Cellphones to Save Money, Environment
- Smart Prescription Drug Bottle Polices Painkiller Usage to Curb Abuse
- 14-Year-Old Hoops Phenom's Viral Highlights Are Ridiculous
- New Malware Hijacks Twitter Accounts for Financial Fraud
- Reddit Apologizes for Boston Marathon 'Witch Hunt'
- NASA to Webcast Lyrid Meteor Shower Tonight
- iPhone Users Go on More First Dates
- Psy's 'Gentleman' Sets Record for Most YouTube Views in Single Day
- Kobe Bryant: No More Tweeting During Lakers Games
- Rookie News Anchor Fired After Viral Gaffe
- One-Way Mars Mission Will Be World's Best Reality TV Show
- A Very Dramatic Reading of a Very Insane Sorority Email
- Reddit Blacks Out Some Comments to Protest CISPA
- Netflix Adds 3 Million Streaming Subscribers, Stock Tops $200
- Vine Your Earth Day Good Deeds With #GivingVine
- Social Media Day Returns June 30, 2013
- 33 Songs to Speed Up Spring Cleaning
- Wearable Computing Pioneer: How Google Glass Makes Life Better
- A Dance to the Music of Earth
- Report: 8 Million iPhones Returned Due to Problems
- Syrian Hackers Hijack World Cup Twitter Account
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...More about Twitter, Cbs, Hackers, Syria, and Business
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...More about Microsoft, Pizza Hut, Tech, and Apps Software
Posted: 23 Apr 2013 12:03 AM PDT
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...More about Video, Views, Youtube, Tech, and Apps Software
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...More about Gadgets, Lifestyle, Home, and Travel Leisure
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...More about Nba, Entertainment, and Sports
Posted: 22 Apr 2013 08:55 PM PDT
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 Read more...More about Mobile, Gallery, Gadgets, Iphone, and Apple
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
Soccer, Entertainment, and Sports
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.
SEE ALSO: Bionic Eyes Are Coming to the U.S.
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...More about Hand, Medical, Bionic, Apps Software, and Lifestyle
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 filmsTwitter, Films, Entertainment, Movies, and 20th Century Fox
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...More about Environmentally Friendly, Cellphones, Save Money, Lifestyle, and Work Play
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...More about Health, Engineering, Students, Prescription Drugs, and Medicine
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...More about Entertainment, Videos, and Sports
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...More about Twitter, Malware, Phishing, Cybersecurity, and Tech
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...More about Reddit, Us World, Us, and Boston Marathon
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...More about Space, Nasa, Meteor Shower, Us World, and Us
Posted: 22 Apr 2013 03:53 PM PDT
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...More about Dating, Online Dating, Match.Com, Mobile, and Lifestyle
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...More about Entertainment, Music, Conversations, Gangnam Style, and Psy
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 gameNba, Entertainment, and Sports
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...More about Media, Business, Videos, and Watercooler
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...More about Space, Mars, Entertainment, Tv, and Us
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...More about Viral Videos, Funny Or Die, Humor, Watercooler, and Videos
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...More about Reddit, Media, Us World, Politics, and Us
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
Posted: 22 Apr 2013 01:07 PM PDT
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 deedsGallery, Social Good, Hashtag, Earth Day, and Vine
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...More about Events, Community, Social Media, and Social Media Day
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.
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...More about Music, Community, Spring, Music Monday, and Social Media
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...More about Tech, Gadgets, Mobile, and Google Glass
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...More about Music, Dance, Earth Day, Watercooler, and Videos
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...More about Iphone, Apple, Foxconn, Tech, and Dev Design
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.
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...More about Films, Hacking, Social Hacking, World Cup, and Fifa
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