Sunday, 16 June 2013

Mashable: Latest 16 News Updates - including “Wearable Tech Bracelet Brings You Smartphone Notifications”

Mashable: Latest 16 News Updates - including “Wearable Tech Bracelet Brings You Smartphone Notifications”

Wearable Tech Bracelet Brings You Smartphone Notifications

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 08:23 PM PDT


Wearable tech fashion is dominating the headlines, with excitement brewing over Google Glass and potential smart watches by Apple and Samsung

Tech giants aside, smaller companies are also entering the wearable tech space, including Embrace+, which alerts wearers to smartphone notifications "through a combination of visual and tactile cues." What's more, this happens all while the mobile device remains inside a purse or pocket.

"Through a simple set-up of some basic parameters on the smartphone you already have, the Embrace+ will show you what you want, and when you want to know it," according to the company's Kickstarter page. "What it shows, how it displays your information and how frequently you see the information is completely up to you." Read more...

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5 Apps You Don't Want To Miss: E3 Edition

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 07:04 PM PDT


At Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the annual gaming conference that took place in Los Angeles earlier this week, the unveiling of Sony's new PlayStation 4 dominated the gaming news cycle.

In addition to fanfare surrounding the much-hyped console, however, there were also several mobile-game announcements and launches this week: A popular Facebook game arrived on mobile, while a well-known social-gaming company launched an action-packed MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena). What's more, some of our beloved movie and television characters made appearances in a few Android and iOS games. Read more...

More about Android, App, Ios, Entertainment, and Gaming

40+ Events in PR, Digital Media and More

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 04:56 PM PDT


There's nothing more important to your career than expanding your network and building upon your skills. That’s why Mashable's Events Board is here to help you make valuable connections when you attend your industry’s leading conferences. Whether you work in advertising, technology or media, we can help you find the perfect conference.

This week we’ve gathered up five events, in cities including San Diego, London and New York, to help propel you in the right direction. And if you don’t see something that strikes your fancy, check out more than 50 events on our complete listings.

Sort listings by date, get discount codes exclusive to Mashable readers, or maybe watch a video of a past event so you won’t be caught by surprise. You can also subscribe to our events newsletter or follow our events account on Twitter so you'll never miss a thing. Read more...

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'Offline' Beer Glass Stops Antisocial Phone Use in Bars

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 04:09 PM PDT


A man walks into a bar; he stares at his phone all night

It's the punchline of modern society — people visit a public establishment to grab a drink with their friends, only to ignore them for an electronic device

One bar aims to discourage such antisocial behavior by introducing a beer mug that can only stand upright when placed on a cellphoneSalve Jorge Bar in São Paulo, Brazil, unveiled the Offline Glass to help drinkers focus on their friends, as opposed to their screens, according to The Telegraph.

Typically, patrons would put down their mugs to pick up their phones, but doing so with the Offline Glass would result in spillage. Check out the video, above, for more. Read more...

More about Mobile Phones, Beer, Bar, Gadgets, and Mobile

Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 03:05 PM PDT


This week was filled with unpredictable weather, feverishly anticipated conferences and big announcements. It was almost too much to keep up with, but fear not. Top 10 Tech is here to catch you up on all the latest, hottest techno-news of the week.

The biggest announcements of the week came from Apple’s WWDC conference on Monday. With the launch of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Apple aficionados will be seeing a lot of changes in their objects of desire

SEE ALSO: Previous editions of Top 10 Tech This Week

Facebook also announced integration with hashtags. The announcement, like most of Facebook’s changes, was met with mixed reviews Read more...

More about Tech, Apps Software, Dev Design, Gadgets, and Mobile

Happy 26th Birthday, GIF! Let's Party

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 02:11 PM PDT


Hey, GIF, we're going to party like it's your birthday — because it is. Really.

On Saturday, the animated GIF celebrated 26 years of entertaining the Internet. That's right, cool kids of Tumblr, those looping bits of low-res goodness are older than some of you.

This call for a party ... a GIF party. Grab your dancing shoes, comb your hair and consider wearing a helmet

Let's get this shindig rolling.

Invite Your Coolest Friends

Image courtesy of photobucket

Image courtesy of blogspot

Who's Bringing the Burgers?

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More about Humor, Gif, Gifs, Watercooler, and Pics

The Alternate Universe of Over-Employed Web Developers

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 01:12 PM PDT


Pretend you're sitting in a cafe and overhear a conversation next to you, between two tech recruiters. If you're not already ingrained in the tech industry, what you hear might sound like it's coming from a different planet. There are more Web developer jobs than candidates, and it takes months — not years — to climb the career ladder

James Somers, a developer, writes in a recent essay:

"I have a friend who decided, part way into his second year of law school, to start coding. Two months later he was enrolled in Hacker School in New York, and three months later he was working as an intern at a consultancy that helps build websites for startups. A month into that internship — we’re talking a total of six months here — he was promoted to a full-time position worth $85,000." Read more...

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Cannes Lions: 60 Years of Ad Innovation

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 01:01 PM PDT


The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity — the world's foremost brand communications conference, located in the French Riviera — celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

This infographic by SapientNitro explores the festival's history, highlighting its growth through the decades and this year's notable speakers.

The festival, beginning Saturday, welcomes an expected 12,000 delegates from around the world — up quite a bit from the inaugural year's 130. Expect to hear more about 2013's award recipients in the coming days; the festival runs until June 22. Read more...

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iOS 7 and Facebook Hashtags Debut and Other Top Comments

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 12:47 PM PDT


This week's major news can be summed up with a clean "#iOS7."

Facebook (finally) rolled out hashtag support, and Apple debuted the next "biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone" since the last "biggest thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone": the bright new iOS 7. And of course our readers had much to say about it.

Announced at WWDC, iOS 7 drew a lot of criticism for its lighter color scheme, even inspiring a Tumblr account, "Jony Ive Redesigns Things," which mostly paints Apple's vice president of industrial design to be a Lisa Frank for 2013

Some commenters said iOS 7's shiny design — which moves away from much of the skeuomorphic look that Steve Jobs prided himself on for setting Apple apart from other mobile operating systems — is an insult to Jobs' vision and suggested that since Jobs' passing, Apple's been losing its lead in innovation against Microsoft, Android and other companies. (New features and designs in iOS 7 noticeably similar to existing apps and mobile systems.) Read more...

More about Facebook, Apple, Wwdc, Hashtags, and Ios

Survey: Why Wouldn't You Want Google Glass?

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 12:15 PM PDT


While some people can't wait to get their hands on Google Glass (myself included), many have no interest in acquiring Google's not-yet-released wearable technology device.

The potential for distraction and cost were the two most-cited reasons against Google Glass in a recent survey conducted by Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. Interestingly, the study found that awareness of Google Glass was high: Of the 1,210 mobile device owners between the ages 49 to 59 included, more than half said they had heard of Google Glass. Awareness and interest in using the device was slightly higher among men, the study noted. Read more...

More about Google, Tech, Gadgets, Google Glass, and Work Play

25 Creepy Paintings of Renaissance Babies

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 11:03 AM PDT


The Renaissance was a time in our history characterized by major cultural and scientific innovation. Aided by great thinkers such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, it brought about the appreciation of beauty and the desire to create it. For that, we give them some serious props.

But in that noble quest, one thing missed the mark — the ability to paint a cute, snuggly, human-like baby. It's a question that still puzzles museum goers and art lovers today:

Screen Shot Renaissance Babies

As for why Renaissance melodies are so easy to sing, we'll have to save that for another post.

So without further ado, I introduce the best of the worst Renaissance and Medieval baby paintings, with some help from the glorious Ugly Renaissance Babies. Read more...

More about List, Art, Cute Kids, Watercooler, and Pics

25 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 10:44 AM PDT


Another busy week has gone by. Here at Mashable, we've been swamped with E3 and WWDC news, and we know that you probably fell behind on your tech news. No sweat. For those of you who were busy fitting in your father/son bonding time — we've got you covered.

Below are 25 digital resources to keep your tech know-how at its peak, including plenty of Father's Day advice and a list of apps to help you find a new apartment.

Editor's Picks

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Google Launches Balloons to Bring the Internet to Remote Regions

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 09:52 AM PDT


Google is launching huge balloons to bring the Internet to remote and difficult terrain — think mountain ranges, archipelagos and jungles — beginning with New Zealand.

Last week, Google launched 30 Internet-enabling balloons in the Canterbury region of New Zealand, with plans to launch 20 more. The balloons, which resemble white, effervescent jellyfish, use a combination of wind, solar power and "complex algorithms" to stay in a fixed part of the sky, says project leader Mike Cassidy. The balloons communicate with antennas placed on the ground tens of thousands of feet below to provide Internet access to those areas. Read more...

More about Google, New Zealand, Us World, and World

How Not to Be Productive

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 09:02 AM PDT


Productive Comic, PC Weenies

Between gaming, social media and online shopping, there are myriad distractions while you're at work. Sometimes, don't you just want to turn everything off so you can get something done?

In this comic, Krishna Sadasivam of PC Weenies shows us a character who has good intentions, but maybe doesn't have that whole productivity strategy completely worked out yet

What do you do to keep focused at work?

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

More about Comic, Comics, Humor, Pc Weenies, and Watercooler

Job Hunting? 140+ Openings at Viacom, Reebok and More

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 08:27 AM PDT


Unemployed, underemployed or somewhere in between? The Mashable Job Board is here to help.

Since 2005, Mashable has been dedicated to providing the hottest digital, social and tech news to our readership of 20 million and counting. Top companies know you excel in the digital world, so they come to Mashable to find the best and brightest minds. New jobs — including ones exclusive to us — are added every day to the Mashable Job Board. Take a look.

Below, we've gathered 10 recently posted marketing positions. Keep coming back to the Mashable Job Board for new openings, and don't forget to read our Job Search Series for advice on how to achieve your dream job. Read more...

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10 Keys to the Best Road Trip Ever

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 07:58 AM PDT


Summer is upon us, and with it come longer days, warmer weather and a greater sense of adventure — but if you're stuck at your desk five days a week, summertime can feel like a bit of a drag

When the weekly grind's got you down, a well-deserved road trip is one of the best ways to recharge. With the help of these traveling pets, we've compiled our top 10 keys to taking the best road trip ever

Ready? Let's go!

Image courtesy of Reddit, pizinch

1. Pack carefully.

Road trip to NJ
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You and your friends want to be as comfortable as possible. Don't over-stuff the car with unnecessary items. Read more...

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What the Internet Wants to Know About GIFs

Posted: 15 Jun 2013 07:06 AM PDT


Everybody put on your low-resolution, heavily watermarked party hats, because June 15 marks the 26th anniversary of the GIF!

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To celebrate this grand occasion, we've gathered the top 10 GIF searches from the past 30 days on Yahoo, with the hope that the list will reveal something about Internet culture and the psychology of web users around the globe.

Also, we just really like GIFs. They make us happy.

Excited Fan

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The Top 10 GIF Searches on Yahoo

1. Sex GIFs

Image courtesy of imgur

No surprise here. Did you know that 30% of all data transferred across the Internet is pornography? It makes sense, then, that the majority of GIF searches are related to sex. People love sex, and when you can combine what you love with GIFs, everyone wins. Read more...

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