Sunday, 26 May 2013

Mashable: Latest 20 News Updates - including “Google Glass Photographer Makes Picture-Taking Awkward”

Mashable: Latest 20 News Updates - including “Google Glass Photographer Makes Picture-Taking Awkward”

Google Glass Photographer Makes Picture-Taking Awkward

Posted: 25 May 2013 08:52 PM PDT


With its efficient picture-taking capabilities, Google Glass could revolutionize photography — but not necessarily for the better, as one video shows

The nearly two-minute video follows a Google Glass photographer taking pictures that would be routine when using DSLR or point-and-shoot cameras. When using the high-tech specs, however, things get awkward and a little creepy. Check it out, above.

Don't be a Glasshole, folks

Screenshot image courtesy of YouTube, gogrovo

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Who Are the 3 Big Winners in the Smartphone Market?

Posted: 25 May 2013 07:51 PM PDT


Benedict Evans, a consultant at UK-based research firm Enders Analysis, has a great post describing the market for smartphones (and phones more broadly) in three charts and about 600 words. Admirable economy! Let me try to compress the argument even further.

If one looks at profits, only two companies make a substantial amount of money: Apple and Samsung. (Check out the chart, below.)

If one looks at market share in smartphones, Google's Android platform is increasingly dominant. The Android operating system is grabbing an ever-larger share of an ever-larger market.

"To put this another way, looking at 'smartphone share' or 'profit share' or 'platform share' all tell you something about the industry, but all three metrics mislead you if you try to treat them as a way to see who's 'winning', because 'winning' means different things for Apple, Samsung or Google," Evans concludes. And in one way or another, all three are making out all right. Read more...

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Yahoo's Design Chief Leaves Company

Posted: 25 May 2013 06:58 PM PDT


It's been a big week for Yahoo. The company purchased Tumblr for $1.1 billion, rolled out a major update to Flickr and reportedly put in a bid for Hulu.

On top of all that, it also lost its senior vice-president of user-experience design. Tim Parsey, who joined the company in 2011, has left, as first reported by AllThingsD.

Before Yahoo, Parsey held positions at Motorola, Mattel and on Microsoft's Xbox team.

Parsey told The New York Times that "the type of role I feel I'm better at is when I'm able to lead a transition of design at a company, and that job is done at Yahoo."

"I'm very proud of that," he added.

More about Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, Business, and Dev Design

The Truth About Company-Owned Gadgets

Posted: 25 May 2013 06:23 PM PDT


Tablet Bathroom Comic, PC Weenies

A 2011 study found that one in six mobile devices has fecal matter on it as a result of bringing them into the bathroom, but does that include company-owned gadgets, too?

In this comic, Krishna Sadasivam of PC Weenies shows us that we should be wary of the communal gadgets at work. "Employees Must Wash Hands" has become "Employees Must Wipe Down Touch Screens."

Comic illustration by Krishna Sadasivam, PC Weenies. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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Wikileaks Documentary Attacks Assange, Excuses Manning

Posted: 25 May 2013 05:27 PM PDT


Julian Assange is a villain, Bradley Manning is a hero: That is the message of We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, a new documentary now showing in theaters nationwide.

We Steal Secrets opens with the story of "WANK," a prank-worm that hit NASA in 1989. It did no damage and was unrelated to Wikileaks — though the film infers it was tied to a group of Australian hackers of which Assange was a part. The WANK sequence serves the role of Star Trek's constantly dying, red shirt-clad ensigns: establishing something is dangerous (in this case, computer hackers).

The film then moves into telling the story of Wikileaks with a focus on Assange, its founder and editor. At first, Assange is cast as a brilliant but rebellious programmer, while Wikileaks is shown as the collaborative effort of like-minded souls — though with Assange firmly at the helm Read more...

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Is This Kickstarter Project the Future of Blogging?

Posted: 25 May 2013 04:51 PM PDT


Ghost, an open-source blogging platform that hopes to shake up the personal publishing space, is nearing the end of its Kickstarter journey.

Almost a month ago, Ghost launched with what seemed like an audacious goal: Raise £25,000 to help create a new web platform dedicated to publishing. To date, the project has raised £150,000 (that's $226,000 in U.S. dollars), and it has a shot at making its £250,000 stretch goal.

So what is it about Ghost that has resonated with users, developers and writers?

I spent some time talking with John O'Nolan, the founder and project leader of Ghost, about Kickstarter, open-source software and the future of publishing. Read more...

More about Wordpress, Tumblr, Blogging Platform, Kickstarter, and Tech

10 Cool Parade Moments to Celebrate Memorial Day

Posted: 25 May 2013 03:59 PM PDT


Per tradition, Memorial Day in America is often observed with parades. Large or small, elaborate or simple, their purposes are always the same: to commemorate U.S. men and women who have died in military service

We searched for some cool photos from across the country, like the one above taken at the Memorial Day Parade in Chicago, Ill., in 2006, and compiled our favorites below

These are only a few neat ones we found. Do you have any captivating shots from Memorial Day parades in your town, either old or new? We'd love to seem them — share them with us in the comments! Read more...

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The Epic Journey Through Dieting

Posted: 25 May 2013 03:12 PM PDT


To say that dieting is tough is quite the understatement. In fact, sometimes we go to great measures to overcome the temptation of deliciously unhealthy foods.

In this comic, Josh Mecouch of Formal Sweatpants recasts Homer's epic poem The Odyssey in a very relatable way. Can you resist the siren song of saturated fats?

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

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Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 25 May 2013 02:26 PM PDT


As we enjoy Memorial Weekend, we look back to another great week in the world of technology. And if you're wondering what happened in the last seven days, worry not — Top 10 Tech brings you a list of the most important techno-stories of the week.

Undoubtedly, the biggest news of all was the much-anticipated unveiling and launch of the Microsoft Xbox One. It has the potential to be much more than just a gaming console.

SEE ALSO: Previous editions of Top 10 Tech This Week

Other than the big Xbox One launch, perhaps the biggest "other" announcement was the confirmation that Yahoo acquired Tumblr, in an attempt to revive the dormant tech giant. And it wasn't the only attempt. In fact, on Monday, Yahoo announced a new Flickr interface as well Read more...

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How Hackers Stole $45 Million in Two Days

Posted: 25 May 2013 02:01 PM PDT


It was a bank heist for the digital era: No masks, no weapons, no standoffs with police — just a few keyboards and an elaborate hacking plan.

In two sprightly operations, on December 12, 2012, and February 19, 2013, an international team of hackers and thieves stole a collective $45 million from more than 5,000 ATMs across the world. Eight suspects were charged in connection with the crimes on May 9 — still, the complex operation is one that should be understood, if only to better prevent future attacks.

This infographic, from fraud detection and prevention firm 41st Parameter, highlights the team's process — from raising the limits on prepaid debit accounts in banks in Oman to siphoning cash from machines in 27 countries — in colorful detail. Read more...

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How the Facebook Developer Platform Has Changed How We Use the Web

Posted: 25 May 2013 01:46 PM PDT


To say the Facebook Developer Platform changed the web as we know it would be a dramatic understatement. Originally launching in 2007 as a tool for developers to build apps for the social network, six years later it has evolved into a whole lot more.

Facebook has grown outside of the confines of and is not only a presence on many of the websites we visit — either through a Facebook log-in, or Share or Like capability. It's also a growing mainstay in the mobile world, allowing us stay connected and play games with our friends while we're on the go.

Friday, the Facebook Developer Platform turned six years old. We took the milestone as an opportunity to sit down with the Director of Platform Product at Facebook, Doug Purdy, to talk about the evolution of the Facebook platform over the past six years, what it all means, and where it’s going in the future. Read more...

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Google Buzz Is About to Finally Buzz Off

Posted: 25 May 2013 01:11 PM PDT


More than 18 months after announcing that it was shutting down Google Buzz, Google is taking the final steps in snuffing out the platform.

According to an email sent to Buzz users, as of July 17, 2013, Google will remove the posts from its public servers and archive them to users Google Drive acounts.

Google Buzz — for those of you who don't remember — was Google's first attempt at a broader social strategy. In many ways, the network can be viewed as a precursor to Google+

It took elements from Twitter and Facebook, but was focused on existing within a special tab in Gmail. The idea was that users could share quick updates with their followers or frequent contacts from within the inbox. The service could also syndicate content from other services — a la FriendFeed — and conversations could take place around that content Read more...

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12 Cicadas Totally Trapped in 1996

Posted: 25 May 2013 12:42 PM PDT


The East Coast cicadas, currently emerging by the billions, have spent the last 17 years underground, making today's world a bit of a shock for them

In 1996, Alanis Morissette was just a "Jagged Little Pill" and only 20 million Americans dialed up to the Internet. Clearly, Swarmageddon 2013 is making the bug population feel nostalgic for the '90s

Humans, please try to make the cicadas feel welcome by explaining iPhones and The Real Housewives of New Jersey

1. So much for AOL screen names. Sorry, "Cicaduh6969."


2. Never forget JTT

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15 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 25 May 2013 12:04 PM PDT


Memorial Day weekend has arrived in a hurry, spreading some unseasonably cold weather across the country. If you've been busy prepping for your weekend getaway plans and haven't had time to check out the news — don't worry, we've got you covered.

It has been another busy week for us at Mashable, and we rounded up the top 15 digital media resources in social media and tech for you here, including news on Microsoft's new Xbox One. So go ahead and get yourself caught up, and enjoy your holiday weekend!

  • 14 Twitter Tips and Tricks for Power Users
    Check out these tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Twitter experience. Read more...

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    10 Apps for Enjoying the Great Outdoors

    Posted: 25 May 2013 11:37 AM PDT


    When you think about enjoying the great outdoors, embracing the natural world and soaking up all of the sun's vitamin D, technology doesn't really enter the picture, does it? But using tech and being outside don't have to be mutually exclusive.

    There are plenty of mobile apps to help you connect with nature, rather than keeping you glued to your virtual life.

    We've put together a gallery of 10 apps that help you to make the most of your outdoor experience — mapping hiking routes, providing surf forecasts and even donating to charity while you exercise. There's something for every adventurer and nature-lover in this list. Read more...

    More about Mobile, Apps, Features, Nature, and Apps Software

    Are Today's App Companies Amusing Us to Death or Building the Future?

    Posted: 25 May 2013 11:08 AM PDT


    The national conversation of late has revolved around a trio of Washington scandals, a weather disaster, and the seesaw views in financial markets about whether crisis looms. Yet for all their prominence, none are as tied to trends that will shape our collective future as the myriad events that took place this week in New York City under the banner of "Internet Week."

    Now in its sixth year, Internet Week is a loosely coordinated series of gatherings ranging from daylong symposiums to open houses of tech companies large and small to the Webby Awards, which is the online version of the Oscars. Topics cover the gamut from health care in the digital age to marketing your startup to crowdfunding. The attendees are young and at times terminally hip. The whole thing is, quite frankly, fun. Read more...

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    Gmail Overhaul Might Be On the Way

    Posted: 25 May 2013 10:14 AM PDT


    Despite rolling out a major overhaul a little over a year ago, Google could be preparing to redesign the Gmail experience on iOS, Android and the desktop.

    Reports of a new look for the Android client came from the eagle-eyes at Android Police — who noticed the new addition of a navigation drawer UI element in a Google I/O session on Android design patterns.

    That change mimics the design of Gmail for iOS and of Sparrow — the Gmail-centric mail client that Google acquired last year.

    While an update or overhaul of Gmail for Android makes sense — and might even be expected — The Next Web is reporting that a larger visual overhaul is also headed for the desktop and iOS. Read more...

    More about Google, Android, Gmail, Ios, and Tech

    Hacker Turns Westboro Baptist Church Hate Page Into Donation Site

    Posted: 25 May 2013 09:55 AM PDT


    The Westboro Baptist Church can add another group to its "hate" list: hackers.

    The Christian fundamentalist group, notorious for its "God Hates Fags" protests, launched a website on Monday called, just hours after a mile-wide tornado hit the town of Moore, Okla., and killed 24 people.

    The site didn't last long. Whatever content was originally published — presumably a rant about how America's "sins" are being chastised, per the group's usual protests — was hacked and replaced by a photo of Jesus Christ giving the middle finger, along with the message, "Westboro Faptist Church — Even Jesus Hates You." (Faptist being a reference to the word "fap," Internet slang for "masturbate"). Read more...

    More about Donations, Hackers, Westboro Baptist Church, Us World, and Social Good

    GIF vs. JIF: Does It Even Matter?

    Posted: 25 May 2013 08:56 AM PDT


    At the Webby Awards this week, Steve Wilhite, father of the Graphics Interchange Format, used his five-word acceptance speech to end a popular debate: It's pronounced "JIF," not "GIF." Unsurprisingly, this outraged many Internet users.

    In this comic, our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech illustrate a different position — that neither is wrong, exactly. Do you agree?

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

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    25 Ways to Celebrate Geek Pride Day

    Posted: 25 May 2013 08:31 AM PDT


    You're surrounded by geeks every day. Your commute is filled with people playing Dots. Your best friend spends her Saturday nights creating Everquest fan art. And you constantly imagine scenarios in terms of endless loops.

    But May 25 is officially the time to let your nerdy flag fly — it's Geek Pride Day.

    Chosen for the anniversary of the first Star Wars film release in 1977, Geek Pride Day originated in Spain in 2006, where it was called "Día del Orgullo Friki." Yep, should you tire of the term "geek," you may refer to yourself as a "frik" (pronounced like "freak"). We'll take it. Read more...

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    Hiring Interns: Do's and Don'ts

    Posted: 25 May 2013 07:36 AM PDT


    Hiring interns for your company means more than just finding a pair of hands to get you coffee or feet to run your clothes to the dry cleaner. Interns can be the future of your company, so it makes sense to hire the smartest and most capable workers

    Last year, nearly 60% of interns were converted into full-time hires by companies. After all, interns learned the ropes through their experience

    Think of it this way: You’re not just hiring a talented employee. By using your internship program as a talent pipeline, you’re also ensuring you hire field-tested workers. You don’t have to worry if the interns can do the job or will fit into the company culture; they’ve already proven their abilities Read more...

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