- Google Glass Photographer Makes Picture-Taking Awkward
- Who Are the 3 Big Winners in the Smartphone Market?
- Yahoo's Design Chief Leaves Company
- The Truth About Company-Owned Gadgets
- Wikileaks Documentary Attacks Assange, Excuses Manning
- Is This Kickstarter Project the Future of Blogging?
- 10 Cool Parade Moments to Celebrate Memorial Day
- The Epic Journey Through Dieting
- Top 10 Tech This Week
- How Hackers Stole $45 Million in Two Days
- How the Facebook Developer Platform Has Changed How We Use the Web
- Google Buzz Is About to Finally Buzz Off
- 12 Cicadas Totally Trapped in 1996
- 15 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
- 10 Apps for Enjoying the Great Outdoors
- Are Today's App Companies Amusing Us to Death or Building the Future?
- Gmail Overhaul Might Be On the Way
- Hacker Turns Westboro Baptist Church Hate Page Into Donation Site
- GIF vs. JIF: Does It Even Matter?
- 25 Ways to Celebrate Geek Pride Day
- Hiring Interns: Do's and Don'ts
Posted: 25 May 2013 08:52 PM PDT
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, folksPhotography, Photographer, Youtube, Gadgets, and Watercooler
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...More about Apple, Samsung, Smartphone, Tech, and Gadgets
Posted: 25 May 2013 06:58 PM PDT
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. Read more...More about Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, Business, and Dev Design
Posted: 25 May 2013 06:23 PM PDT
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, Gadgets, Comics, Tech, and Humor
Posted: 25 May 2013 05:27 PM PDT
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...More about Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Us World, and Politics
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
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...More about Holidays, Lists, Photos, Celebration, and Us World
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?Health, Comic, Comics, Humor, and Watercooler
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.
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...More about Tech, Apps Software, Dev Design, Gadgets, and Mobile
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...More about Crime, Pictures, Hackers, Cyber Crime, and Infographic
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 Facebook.com 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...More about Facebook, Facebook Developer Platform, Open Graph, and Social Media
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...More about Google, Google Buzz, Tech, and Apps Software
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 JTTMore about List, Humor, 90s, Watercooler, and Pics
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!
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
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...More about Internet Week, Startups, Business, Us, and World
Posted: 25 May 2013 10:14 AM PDT
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.
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
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 GodHatesOklahoma.com, 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
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?Comic, Comics, Humor, Joy Of Tech, and The Joy Of Tech
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...More about Features, Holiday, Geek, Watercooler, and Pics
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...More about Features, Internships, Hiring, Careers, and Job Search Series
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