Monday, 27 May 2013

Mashable: Latest 26 News Updates - including “Samsung to Unveil New Galaxy and ATIV Devices on June 20”

Mashable: Latest 26 News Updates - including “Samsung to Unveil New Galaxy and ATIV Devices on June 20”

Samsung to Unveil New Galaxy and ATIV Devices on June 20

Posted: 27 May 2013 04:54 AM PDT


Samsung has just announced an event called the "Samsung Premiere 2013," held on June 20, 2013 in London.

Absolutely no details were given about the event except four cryptic, black and white images (two of which you can see above) and two words: "Galaxy and ATIV." This suggests that the company plans to launch new Galaxy (meaning: Android) devices, as well as Windows devices which fall under Samsung's ATIV brand.

The event will start at 2PM ET on June 20, and will be livestreamed at Samsung's YouTube channel

What kind of devices would you like to see from Samsung on June 20? More smartphones, or tablets? Are you more excited about the company's Galaxy or ATIV lineup? Share your thoughts in the comments. Read more...

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'Need for Speed Rivals' Trailer Showcases the Game's Jaw-Dropping Graphics

Posted: 27 May 2013 01:44 AM PDT


Electronic Arts has announced Need for Speed Rivals, the next iteration of the popular racing game, for the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

The game will also be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the PC

The new game throws players into an open world-style gameplay, in which they can choose to become racers or cops, with each side offering its own set of challenges and rewards

Players can work together or against one another — or they can independently engage virtual challenges in the same game world.

Ferrari lovers will be happy to know that the brand has returned to the Need for Speed franchise, and that includes the prestigious F12berlinetta Read more...

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Would You Enrol Your Child in a LEGO School?

Posted: 27 May 2013 12:50 AM PDT


Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen is the billionaire grandson of the founder of LEGO. He was born in the Danish town of Billund — a rural municipality in Jutland that Copenhagen residents refer to as "hicksville" — and has made it his mission, given his means, to turn the area into the "Capital of Children." In addition to sponsoring an airport, several community centers, a church, a theater and a library in Billund, Kirk Kristiansen is also developing more kid-friendly fare: a parkour area. And an interactive park called the Dance Arch. And a playground filled with rubberized toys known as bObles. Oh, and Read more...

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Motion-Activated Bike-Wheel LEDs Light up as Graphics

Posted: 26 May 2013 11:26 PM PDT


A Northern California company is taking bike lights to a new level by developing LEDs that light up wheels with custom images and animations.

MonkeyLectric's Monkey Light Pro system for bicycle wheels creates a LED light show when the bike is moving. Monkey Light Pro is a set of four rows of LED light strips, which are waterproof for riding in the elements. Using companion web-based software, you can program images and animations that can be sent to the light system via Bluetooth.

When travelling at speeds of 10 to 40 MPH, the Monkey Light Pro LEDs light up when installed on your bicycle's existing wheels. Because of a phenomenon known as the "persistence of vision," humans see and process those flashing lights into a recognizable image. It's quite a sight to see in action; check it out in the video, above Read more...

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Yahoo's Hulu Bid Is Between $600M to $800M: Report

Posted: 26 May 2013 10:08 PM PDT


Yahoo has bid between $600 million to $800 million for premium video-streaming service Hulu, according to sources.

The wide range is due to the fact that Yahoo has tabled several different offers that vary depending on certain factors, including the length of licensing rights for content, as well as the control that Hulu's current owners — Comcast, Disney and News Corp. — will maintain over their content, All Things D reported Sunday.

Company sources also told the site that Yahoo is considering buying a mobile company and a communications company, each for a price of around $150 million to $200 million Read more...

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Take a 3D Tour of Mount Everest With This App

Posted: 26 May 2013 08:57 PM PDT


A new app lets users explore Mount Everest in lifelike detail without ever having to leave the couch.

Called Mount Everest 3D, the iOS app shows the world's highest mountain from "any perspective" in the form of a 3D map, according to its App Store description. =

Created by German company 3D RealityMaps, the map is based on high-resolution images from WorldView satellites, and details common routes, base camps and weather stations. Users navigate Everest via touch gestures

"In absolutely photorealistic quality, free and unrestricted navigation through the mountain region is possible with this unique 3D app," Mount Everest 3D's official website says. Read more...

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Rare Apple 1 Computer Sells at Auction For $671,400

Posted: 26 May 2013 07:59 PM PDT


A very rare Apple 1 computer sold for a record $671,400 in a German auction on Saturday, according to The New York Times.

As Mashable reported ahead of the auction, the Apple 1 computer is a low-powered PC from Apple's humble beginnings, which began with original co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve WozniakThis specific computer that was up for sale at German auction house Auction Team Breker is still functioning. It is reportedly only among six Apple 1s left in existence.

The New York Times reported that the buyer wants to stay anonymous, but is a wealthy entrepreneur from the "Far East." Saturday's sale was higher than Auction Team Breker's recent sale of another Apple 1 that went for $640,000. Read more...

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Man Transforms Plane Into Street-Legal Race Car

Posted: 26 May 2013 07:27 PM PDT


What do you do when you have an abandoned airplane and a van? If you’re Officer Jeff Bloch, you get some buddies together and weld them into the a plane that’s also a car, and call it "The Spirit of LeMons." I’m not saying that this street-legal plane/car isn’t cool to look at it, but a car that flies is cooler than a plane that drives. That should be your next project, Officer Bloch.

The Spirit of LeMons was first built to participate in a race called 24 Hours of LeMons. It’s an endurance race for crappy cars, and sometimes people enter things like cars that are also planes. Bloch and his plane/car won the prize for the car that, as Bloch put it, “has no business being on the race track, and yet is really cool and comes out there and does its very best anyway.” Read more...

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6 Ways Yahoo Can Become Cool Again

Posted: 26 May 2013 06:57 PM PDT


Yahoo has had quite a week. Within a matter of days, the company, led by CEO Marisa Mayer, revamped the design of its photo service Flickr, bought gaming platform PlayerScale and entered the bidding for video-streaming service Hulu.

After all that, is Yahoo as cool as Google or Apple?

In this Sunday comic, our friends Nitrozac and Snaggy at The Joy of Tech show the six ways Yahoo can become cool again. Former CEO action figures would probably do pretty well, actually.

Yahoo Cool 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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Hands-On With the Week's Top Apps

Posted: 26 May 2013 06:29 PM PDT


It was an interesting week for apps.

Shazam and Flickr got a whole new look, and a new video app brought filters and pro-effects for mobile video editing. What's more, Google's Ingress received a huge upgrade, and the final version of Opera made its way to Android.

Curious about what all these apps look like?

Check out the hands-on video, above, featuring our favorite apps from this past week

Did you find a new app that didn't make the list? Be sure to tell us about your favorites in the comments

Image by Mashable

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How to Create a Top Secret Facebook Group

Posted: 26 May 2013 06:00 PM PDT


Did you know that you can create a totally, top secret group on Facebook that only you, and people you invite to join, can see?

We have taken a quick look at how to make such a group, and some essential settings once you've got it all set up.

Take a look through our easy-to-follow walkthrough in the how-to gallery above. Let us know in the comments if you use private Facebook Groups — and what you do with them (without giving away all your secrets)

Image courtesy of Flickr, Val Pearl

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5 Tips to Design the Best YouTube Channel Page

Posted: 26 May 2013 05:28 PM PDT


If you create and share your own videos on YouTube, then you've already taken the first step in putting your face out there. But there's another way to put your best face forward: Craft your channel page

Though your channel's landing page might appear simple (and it's grown simpler over the years), there are a number of features you can fine-tune to optimize a viewer's experience. You can't customize like you used to, and there's a lot of white space, but there are very specific ways to make your page stand out. Read on to find out how you can turn curious viewers into devoted subscribers


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12 Cute Letters From Kids to Soldiers

Posted: 26 May 2013 04:51 PM PDT


Kids have the most creative, fascinating imaginations. These little tikes have no filter and no problem saying exactly what's on their mind.

It's that curiosity and wide-eyed view of the world that brightens the days of so many soldiers. While honoring those lost this Memorial Day, we also salute the kids that have shared words of encouragement and kindness to the military

SEE ALSO: 15 Notes That Prove Kids Write the Darndest Things

Organizations such as Kidz4Troops, Operation Gratitude and Savannah's Soldiers are just some of the many that help make this possible

Below are 12 of the thousands of letters sent every year to those serving to protect the United States. Read more...

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When One Social Network Is Enough

Posted: 26 May 2013 03:56 PM PDT


If someone asked you how many social networks you actively use, how many would you list? To start, you need Facebook to share your personal updates, Twitter to share the latest news, Google+ for Hangouts, Pinterest for recipes, Instagram for your photos, Foursquare to share your location-based tips, LinkedIn for professional updates, Tumblr for cat GIFs and, before you know it, you're reflecting on how you find time to use all of them.

In a post on Quora, a user wrote, "I have noticed in myself … that becoming continuously and actively involved in a new social network often leads soon to the cessation of involvement in another one." A user in the thread replied, "It's difficult for any single person to maintain relationships in more than three communities at a time, [but] I'd say that a very social, highly engaged person can manage up to nine with success." Read more...

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10 iPhone Apps to Fill Up Your 'Fun' Folder

Posted: 26 May 2013 03:09 PM PDT


With the power of iPhones, we can do incredible things on the go. We can manage bank accounts without speaking to a teller; water the lawn at home while on vacation; monitor and track our heart rate.

Then there are apps that have absolutely no use, aside from curing boredom.

These are the ones you probably hide in a folder to avoid explaining yourself to nosy friends. Well, it's your phone, and you can have a virtual boyfriend if you want to!

SEE ALSO: 8 Fun and Funky iPhone Cases You'll Love

If you need to pass the time or keep yourself entertained, consider these 10 apps for your "fun" folder. Read more...

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Samsung Accidentally Places Galaxy S4 mini Image On Apps Site

Posted: 26 May 2013 02:19 PM PDT


It looks like all those Samsung Galaxy S4 mini rumors might be true.

While Samsung hasn’t officially announced the pint-sized version of the phone, the handset has shown up in images on Samsung’s official apps site.

Originally spotted by TGSpot, Samsung's apps site allows you to sort apps by device, letting you see at a glance what might be compatible with your particular device. Devices are listed by name and photo, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini being one of those devices.

The Galaxy S4 mini is expected to be slightly smaller than the Galaxy S4, shrinking the screen size from 5-inches to 4.3-inches. Rumors point to the handset sporting a 1.6GHz processor, Super AMOLED 960x540 display, and 8-megapixel camera. Read more...

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Worldwide Protest in 436 Cities Targets Monsanto and GMOs

Posted: 26 May 2013 01:55 PM PDT


More than 2 million protesters in 436 cities across the world took to the streets Saturday, in a unified charge against agribusiness giant Monsanto and genetically modified foods. The AP reported that the "March Against Monsanto" protests took place in at least 52 countries and 436 cities

The movement grew from a Facebook page — reportedly created months ago — that called for the May 25 demonstrations. The organizers advocate for boycotts against Monsanto-owned companies that use GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and pushed for GMO labeling, in addition to further studies of the health effects of GMOs. Read more...

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Console Showdown: Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4

Posted: 26 May 2013 01:27 PM PDT


On Tuesday Microsoft announced the Xbox One, the next generation of its popular gaming console. The announcement came roughly three months after Sony announced its own next-generation console, the PlayStation 4.

So, how do the two stand up against each other?

Ralph Cifra, a visual artist from the Philippines, created this infographic comparing the two unreleased consoles side-by-side. One key difference you’ll notice as you scroll down: We know a lot more about the Xbox One at this point than we do about the PlayStation 4

SEE ALSO: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know

While Microsoft showed off its console — and even let us do a hands-on with it — Sony has yet to reveal the final hardware and many of the final specifications for the PS4. Read more...

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How Apple's Alleged Tax Avoidance Changed Its Image

Posted: 26 May 2013 01:01 PM PDT


Apple Taxes Comic, Jerry King

The U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations claims that Apple didn't pay taxes on at least $74 billion in overseas income by setting up subsidiaries in other countries.

In this Sunday comic, we see how this scandal has changed the tech giant's image — literally. Taxes really do take a bite out of earnings.

Homepage image courtesy of Flickr, Dennis Goedegebuure. Comic written by Larry Lambert; illustrated by Jerry King. Read more...

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6 Apps You Don't Want To Miss

Posted: 26 May 2013 12:36 PM PDT


It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you're in luck — Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.

This week Flickr got a whole new look on the web as well as on Android. A new app brought Instagram-like features to editing mobile video, and several popular apps got even better.

Check out the gallery above for a look at this week's highlights.

Still looking for more? Take a look at last week's Apps You Don't Want to Miss for more great apps worth a download

Think we left one off the list? Let us know in the comments below about your own app highlights from this week. Read more...

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Klipsch KMC 3 Portable Speaker Will Knock Your Socks Off

Posted: 26 May 2013 11:24 AM PDT


When Klipsch decided to insert a new wireless music system at the top of its line of Bluetooth speakers, it wasn't messing around with the Klipsch KMC 3 Wireless Music System

The 17-inch-wide Bluetooth speaker can hardly be described as pocket-sized, but its 7.8-pound weight and handy carrying handle invite you to take it along on your next picnic or beach bash. Fill it up with eight D-sized batteries, and Klipsch says you can play it wirelessly for 8 hours at its maximum volume.

When Klipsch mentions maximum volume, watch out. The company claims 105 dB of maximum acoustic output, loud enough to damage your hearing if you listen to it long enough. Its amplifier cranks out an impressive 65 Watts (130W peak) of bi-amped goodness. A couple of 2-inch aluminum diaphragm mid/high-frequency drivers handle 15 Watts each, accompanied by a 5.25" long-throw subwoofer that's driven by a hefty 35 Watts. Read more...

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Keep Plants Alive with These 3 Techie Tools

Posted: 26 May 2013 10:32 AM PDT


Since this Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, you might be dusting off those gardening gloves to spruce up your home.

But if you're looking for an easy way to keep plants alive this year, check out these three products featured in the video above that make it quite simple.

1. "Let's Patch" Self-Watering Planter

Sometimes knowing just how much water plants need is tricky. The Let's Patch self-watering planter is specially designed so you won't over- or under-water your plants or herbs. Basically, the soil is layered above a water reservoir in the planter, which self-regulates the watering process. It does this through capillary action, which is sort of like how a sponge soaks up water. Read more...

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'Arrested Development' Creator Leaves Viewers a Note on Facebook

Posted: 26 May 2013 09:55 AM PDT


If you stayed up all night watching season 4 of Arrested Development — released Sunday in its entirety on Netflix at 12:01 AM PT — you might be too bleary-eyed to read this candid note from the show's creator, Mitch Hurwitz.

Written slightly over four hours before the season 4 premiere, Hurwitz admonishes detractors while thanking everyone for giving him the opportunity to "bring these characters to life."

In case you can't read his handwriting on the Arrested Development Facebook page (a graphic of the actual letter is at the bottom of this page), here's the full text of his letter to viewers: Read more...

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How Cavemen Used Social Media

Posted: 26 May 2013 09:02 AM PDT


Caveman Social Media Comic, Maria Scrivan

Whether you consider the advent of social media to have started with Usenet systems in the 1970s or with the creation of Facebook in 2004, it's been around for a while. But what about cavemen? How did they interact virtually?

In this Sunday comic, Maria Scrivan shows us that there may have been a very early inspiration for the Facebook Like.

Comic written and illustrated by Maria Scrivan. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more...

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Apple Might Have Flashed an iWatch in Latest Ad

Posted: 26 May 2013 08:48 AM PDT


Hey wait a minute, is that the Apple iWatch we caught a glimpse of in the company's latest soft-sell image spot, released on Thursday?

As you can see in the screen grab above and in the video below, the guy's clearly wearing some sort of electronic watch on his right wrist, and it's certainly not the Pebble Smart Watch, which has a more overall rectangular shape and a rectangular face as well.

Perhaps the Cupertino company is trying to lull us into a trance with its soothing piano music, vibrant visuals and upbeat expressions on everyone's faces while they use Apple products to listen to music, and then slipping in an iWatch for a subtle dose of subliminal suggestion Read more...

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How to Get Started as a Consultant

Posted: 26 May 2013 07:53 AM PDT


Want to be a consultant? If you’re looking to switch career gears but still stay within your industry, a consulting job just might be for you. Here are tips showing you how to break into the consulting business.

Study the Industry: Sure, you’ve worked day in and day out as a marketing manager, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking a look at the bigger picture. Step back and assess the overall industry. See where changes could be made that would benefit a company and use those as an advantage when pitching for future projects.

Research the Competition: Go online and find people who are working successfully as consultants. Research their styles to discover what gives them an edge over other consultants in the field. Then contact them on LinkedIn and see if they can offer you fresh tips for breaking into the consultancy bizFocus your efforts for maximum efficiency. Read more...

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Let's Talk 'Arrested Development' Season 4

Posted: 26 May 2013 07:07 AM PDT


After a more than seven-year absence, Arrested Development returned to Netflix on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. PT.

And we couldn't be more excited — so excited, in fact, that we stayed awake to watch all the new episodes as soon as they dropped. We know we weren't alone.

The biggest issue now: Where can fans go to discuss the show without worrying about spoiling it for others? That's where we come in.

If you can't wait to talk about everything new in the Arrested Development universe — but don't want to inundate your friends on social media with potential spoilers — feel free to come to our liveblog and use it as a place to have a chat about the Bluth family, banana stands, juice boxes, loose seals, women named Marta and more. Read more...

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