Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “See the Top 10 College Campuses for Tech”

Friday, 24 August 2012 by Irwan K Ch

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “See the Top 10 College Campuses for Tech”

See the Top 10 College Campuses for Tech

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 05:02 AM PDT

1. Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon, the private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was originally founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools in 1900. In addition to the Wi-Fi running throughout most of the campus, there are a myriad of departments and programs having to do with all aspects of technology. Carnegie Mellon's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation connects inventions developed on campus with companies that can bring them to market. The Quality of Life Technology Center focuses "on the development of intelligent systems that enable older adults and people with disabilities to live more independently." Carnegie Mellon is home to Professor Manuela Veloso, aka the "Robot Master," who teaches in the computer science department. Her longtime interest and study in automation and AI led to the creation of robot soccer which now has its own competitive league known as Robocup.

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We know about the top party schools and the best schools for sports. But which college or University is the most technologically advanced in the U.S.?

Unigo, an online resource for college information, polled students at hundreds of colleges across the country and came up with the top 10 Wired Campuses list -- as well as some interesting findings.

College students are more wired than ever before. Today, 98% of college students own a digital device. A majority of undergraduates report owning more than 12 digital devices, including computers, laptops, printers, smart phones, web-cams and digital cameras.

Though it's not commonplace, four out of five students believe campus-wide W
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What To Do If Your Facebook Account Gets Hacked [VIDEO]

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 04:44 AM PDT

Your friends, your messages, your personal photos and events -- so much of our lives is stored on Facebook. So what happens if a hacker interferes with your account?

That was the concern this week for many Facebook users whose accounts were doing things they didn't ask them to do, such as automatically adding blocked users as friends. Complaints and concerns lit-up Facebook's Help Center. Facebook said the problem was caused by user error -- the contact importer has a "friend all" feature that automatically friends all of the user's contacts with a Facebook account. This incident wasn't caused by a hack or a virus, but a bottleneck in the "friend a…
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Kodak to Sell Film Business and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 03:37 AM PDT

Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories.

Kodak to Sell Off Its Film Business

In order to pay back creditors and survive as a company focusing on printing, Kodak is looking to sell its film business, the Wall Street Journal reports. Kodak's patent portfolio is also for sale, along with several other of its businesses, including photo kiosk commercial scanning.

This might not be the end of the world for users of Kodak's products and services, though.

"As we move forward with the potential transition of these bus…
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No Computer Needed To Configure This Touch-Screen Wireless Router

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 03:26 AM PDT

If you have a hard time configuring your router -- or maybe it's just a pain in the neck -- a new touch-screen router aims to make setting up Internet simpler and faster than the traditional method.

Company Securifi has introduced a wireless N Router and range extender called Almond. The $80 router does not require a computer in order to set it up. Simply use the touch-screen to configure it. Securifi says Almond is the first touch-screen router.

This might be handy if you're setting up an Internet connection from another room, or if your computer has a virus and you need to replace an Internet connection.

The Almond was introduced at the 2012 CES this past January. Almond al…
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Why You Should Talk to Kids About Cyberbullying [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 12:54 AM PDT

There is a lot to do before your kid's school year gets started. Hopefully, having a talk about cyberbullying will be on your to-do list.

According to a recent study by internet security company McAfee, kids are witnessing and sometimes engaging in cyber bullying. Almost one in four of teens claimed to be a target of cyberbullying and two-thirds of all teens have witnessed cruel behavior online, notes the Teen Internet Behavior study.

But only one in 10 parents are aware that their teens could be targets of cyberbullying.

Today's schoolyard is Facebook, with slightly more than 92% of teens saying cruel behavior takes place on the site. Kids say bullies also make attacks on Twitte…
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Clothing Rental Startup Aims to be ‘Netflix for Fashion’

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 09:16 PM PDT

Name: Le Tote

Quick Pitch: Head-to-toe outfits delivered to your door for a monthly fee.

Genius Idea: Exchange your outfit for another at any time.

The average American buys 64 pieces of clothing per year. Driving that impressively high number are "fast fashion" retail chains like Forever21 and H&M, which produce trendy clothing meant to be worn a handful of times and then disposed of.

At the rate at which many young women are going through clothing, one begins to wonder: Why buy?

Le Tote, a San Francisco-based startup founded (and self-funded) by Ridgecrest Capital's

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Lance Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles? Internet in Shock

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 08:30 PM PDT

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong announced Thursday that he would stop his years-long fight against charges brought by the US Anti Doping Agency, though he admitted no wrongdoing. "I am finished with this nonsense," the legendary cyclist declared in an online statement.

The USADA shot back that Armstrong would be stripped of his Olympic medal, his Tour de France titles and prize money, and that he would be banned from cycling for life. Armstrong contends that the USADA doesn't have the authority to strip him of the titles.

Armstrong's lawsuit fighting the agency's right to bring the charges was dismissed in Austin earlier this week.

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A Tribute to Pop Culture’s Finest Temper Tantrums [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 07:42 PM PDT

NOTE: The language in this video is NSFW.

The cinematic freakouts of actors like Nicolas Cage, Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise have seen parodies, memes and other forms of jokes in pop culture.

But they are not the only hotheads known for their fits of rage -- there have been a lifetime of memorable moments from earlier films like Citizen Kane and Young Frankenstein.

YouTube user Zach Prewitt created this montage of memorable movie temper tantrums.

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New Facebook for iOS: Same Coat of Paint, Better Engine [REVIEW]

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 07:07 PM PDT

Timeline Comes to iPad

Facebook Timeline is finally on the iPad. The feature looks and acts exactly as you would expect. We're not sure why the team waited for the new app to unveil the feature, but we're sure it benefits from the performance enhancements.

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Facebook released an overhauled version of its iOS app Thursday that promises to offer a better, faster, more native experience to users.

Mobile is crucial to Facebook's development. The social network knows its future depends on having a strong mobile presence. That means having mobile users want to use its app -- and having a way to derive revenue from mobile ad units.

The main problem has been that for the last 18 months, the flagship Facebook mobile experience -- Facebook for iOS -- has become a burden for many users. I frequently hear friends, family members and colleagues complain about how poor its user experience is.

None of this was news to Facebook. In the lead-up to Face
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Microsoft’s New Logo: Top Brand Designers Weigh In

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 06:41 PM PDT

Microsoft unveiled a brand-new company logo Thursday morning, and graphic designers have given it a split vote.

While some believe the company has a winner with the new logo's simple, square design, others say it's too boring. (You can have your say in the poll at the end of this article.)

Sagi Haviv, who designed logos for the Library of Congress and Armani Exchange, thinks the logo simply isn't distinctive enough. By opting for a simple array of four colored squares, Haviv says Microsoft missed a big opportunity.

"Because they're so big they're in a position to do something great," he says. "And this unfortunately is not something great. And it's because it's a bit too generi…
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Autodesk Lays Off 7% Of Entire Staff

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 06:30 PM PDT

Digital design giant Autodesk laid off 7% of its workforce Thursday, sources tell Mashable.

That totals around 500 employees -- including a number of 3D developers and several product managers.

Many of the layoffs were handled on a one-by-one basis throughout the day, following the company's disappointing earnings report.

"Our own execution challenges, combined with an uneven global economy, resulted in disappointing revenue results for the quarter," said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. "The changes better position Autodesk to meet the needs of our customers. We are focused on working through our internal challenges as rapidly as possible."

Autodesk's fiscal…
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Reddit Launches Bus Tour to Defend the Web

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 06:10 PM PDT

While Barack Obama and Mitt Romney criss-cross the country in the quest to win the White House, another bus will travel from Colorado to Kentucky -- not in support of a candidate, but of an idea.

That idea: an open Internet.

The Internet 2012 Bus Tour, organized by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and General Manager Erik Martin, will travel more than 1,000 miles of highway to talk to startup owners, college students, political candidates and local media about the Internet and its importance to the American economy and way of life.

The tour will also organize meetups and voter registration drives along the way as well as help draw attention to candidates the organizers view as…
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Fat Cat Loses Weight, Gains Facebook Fame

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 05:38 PM PDT

This just in—the obesity epidemic has infiltrated the feline community.

Weighing in at 30 pounds, Tiny is one fat cat. The heavyweight was dropped off at New Brunswick's Fredericton SPCA in late 2011, where the staff quickly decided that he needed a diet plan—and a Facebook page.

Tiny's Weight Loss Challenge chronicles Tiny's mission to drop a few pounds. According to the diary, the cat's main eating issue was portion control, a problem that many of us can sympathize with.

As such, Tiny adopted an Atkin's-inspired diet and garnered support from his Facebook fans, much like humans do when they're trying to get back in shape.

We are ha…
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38% of us Would Rather Clean a Toilet Than Think of New Password [STUDY]

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 05:02 PM PDT

As our existence moves ever more online, digital security gets more important. Prominent breaches of that security show the havoc a determined hacker can wreak upon your personal and professional lives.

But increased security can come at a price -- way too many usernames and passwords to keep track of. If you find yourself overwhelmed by authentication overload, you're not alone.

Some 38% of us think attempting to solve world peace would be a more manageable task than trying to deal with yet another set of login credentials, according to a recent Harris Interactive poll.

Another 38% agreed with the statement, "I would rather do house chores (e.g., my laundry, the dishes, clean th…
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NASA, ‘Angry Birds’ Team Up to Explore the Red Planet

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 04:23 PM PDT

There is life on Mars -- and it's out for revenge against some nasty pigs!

Angry Birds creators Rovio announced a new chapter to Angry Birds Space will come out Thursday. The update is titled "Red Planet", and will send players to the fields of Mars for more bird-on-pig rivalry.

NASA helped Rovio create the trailer by giving them footage taken by the Mars Rover Curiosity from the planet's surface. In addition, the additional levels will include NASA vehicles as part of the architecture.

"Rovio is teaching huge new audiences about NASA's missions to Mars thanks to this collaboration," said David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington…
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Did Samsung Just Copy Apple With This ‘Samsung Store’? [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 03:08 PM PDT

You'd think Samsung would have waited until it was out of the San Jose courtroom with Apple, where it is currently locked in battle over charges of infringing patents, before it launched this.

In downtown Sydney, the Korean electronics giant has just launched the first of its new line of "experience" retail stores -- an experience not unlike one you'd have in say, oh, I don't know, an Apple store.

To be clear, there are other prominent downtown Samsung retail stores in the world -- one in New York at the Time Warner center, for example. But the Sydney store that opened Thursday is a new style entirely. Let's take a peek inside:

What Is Copying Anyway?

Now to be fair to…
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Alternate ‘Dark Knight’ Endings Rise to Animated Parody [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 02:06 PM PDT

Were you satisfied with the ending to The Dark Knight Rises, or left wanting more? You're in luck, because this cartoon of alternate endings might have the one you were looking for.

If you still haven't seen the film, you might not want to watch the video above, as there are slight spoilers.

The YouTube series "How it Should Have Ended" parodies alternate endings to famous films in cartoon animation.

It's the cartoon gag reel that the Internet deserves.

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7 Ways YouTube Can Grow Its Platform

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 01:53 PM PDT

Is YouTube going away anytime soon? No. Not when 72 hours of video are uploaded to it every minute, and it gets more than 800 million unique hits each month.

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3-Year-Old ‘Doodle Jump’ Adds Huge Free-To-Play Update — With Ninjas [VIDEO]

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 01:36 PM PDT

Mobile smash Doodle Jump received the biggest update on Thursday since the game was launched three years ago.

Players will now be able to access a Doodle Jump store that gives them several ninja-themed costume options, as well as upgrades to the items found in the game.

Doodle Jump is a simple title with quaint, hand-drawn graphics where you navigate a little green creature up a series of platforms. The game works through the phone's gyroscope -- tilting your device left and right to control the Doodler's ascent. Miss a platform though, and you'll fall back to the bottom again.

Mashable sat down with Igor Pusenjak, the game's co-creator. We ta…
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Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker to Speak at Mashable’s Social Good Summit

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 01:13 PM PDT

Mashable is thrilled to announce that Oscar-winning actor and humanist Forest Whitaker will speak at our Third Annual Social Good Summit, taking place Sept. 22-24 in New York City.

Forest Whitaker was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation in 2011 for his personal dedication and work in the field of conflict resolution, as well as his commitment to promote humanitarian ideals. He also founded the Los Angeles-based Peace Earth Foundation in 2012.

Mr. Whitaker joins our dynamic lineup of speakers at the Social Good Summit to discuss how modern technology is not only facilitating development around the world, but also bringing peace to troubled urban neighborhoods…
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Botched Fresco Restoration Paints the Internet With Delight

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 12:47 PM PDT

News of an elderly Spanish woman's well-intentioned but bungled attempt at restoring a 19th century church fresco reverberated across the Internet Wednesday.

Octogenarian Cecilia Gimenez took it upon herself to fix a deteriorated fresco of Jesus Christ originally painted by Elias Garcia Martinez. The result of the amateur painter's work was what a BBC Europe reporter described as "a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic."

The shocking image sparked a wave of giggles and dropped jaws, and inspired more than a few parodies. British blog The Poke even started a #FixTheFresco hashtag to solicit images from readers.

We scooped our jaws off the floor…
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New York City Launches Digital Toolkit for Small Businesses

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 12:34 PM PDT

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday announced the city's first Digital Toolkit for small businesses, a new education program aimed at helping the small businesses of New York City develop their online presence and social media strategies. The program will be administered by the city's Small Business Services department at their local education centers throughout the five boroughs.

NYC's Digital Toolkit is of a series of courses that will explain how a small business can incorporate technology and social media into their business strategy for marketing, sales and customer service. It will also include an online component with best practices and website design template…
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Betty White Does Facebook Live Chat With Tide Vivid

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 12:25 PM PDT

Betty White is breaking her own rules and doing a live chat on Facebook.

For years, White's fans have tried to get the 90-year old actress and comedian to join the social network but she has always demurred.

Today that changes. White is answering fan questions via a live video chat on Tide's Facebook page. White is now a spokeswomen for Tide Vivid, appearing in a series of cheeky commercials. The premise behind the ad campaign is to "break the rules."

The television star behind such hits as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls has developed a cult-following with the connected generation. In 2010, hundreds of thousands of Facebook fans petitioned for the actress to…
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Explore Mashable’s Enhanced Events Board for Your Next Opportunity

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 12:20 PM PDT

Mashable has been working hard to enhance the value of the Mashable Events Board for event organizers and our community. Since introducing the Events Board just a few months ago, we've featured nearly 150 events across a variety of industries and locations around the world, from search marketing in New York to the future of mobile in London to the Mashable Online Career Expo.

With the new features we've added to the Mashable Events Board, we're excited to bring you even more reason to connect, network, locate and list events related to social media, tech, marketing, advertising and PR worldwide.

Event seekers will enjoy even greater value both on and away from the Mashabl…
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10 Educational Products and Services Worth Paying For

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 12:04 PM PDT

The kids are heading back to school, and you might be yearning for the days of spankin' new Jansport backpacks, Trapper Keepers and sharpened #2 pencils. Luckily, you're never too old to learn something new, and new tools, services and gadgets are making that clear.

From apps for kids to language-learning software to IRL learning environments, the tech community offers a slew of ways to learn new things. We've rounded up 10 products that are worth paying for, whether you're an infant or a geriatric.

SEE ALSO: 7 Ways to Educate Yourself Outside the Classroom

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Bloomberg Sports Takes Teams, Fans Into the Future

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 12:04 PM PDT

Two years after launch, Bloomberg Sports is rapidly expanding its offering of data-driven technology tools, signaling the growing demand for advanced analytics by fans and teams alike as the digital capability to deliver such content matures.

The company released an enhanced package of tools for fantasy football players, called Decision Maker 2012, earlier this month. Also this month, it partnered with the Los Angeles Angels baseball team to bring the total number of MLB franchises using its products to 25. In September, it will launch its first soccer product in the United Kingdom. The number of professional baseball players using its personalized analytics tablet app is steadily increa…
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2tor, Inc. Co-Founder Jeremy Johnson Answers Reader Questions [LIVE CHAT]

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 11:50 AM PDT

Got a question for Johnson? Use the chat feature above to get it answered live!

Jeremy Johnson is the co-founder or 2tor, Inc., an education technology company that partners with top-tier universities to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online.
In 2008, Jeremy co-founded 2tor with John Katzman, founder of the Princeton Review, and Chip Paucek, former CEO of Hooked on Phonics. At 2tor, Jeremy has worn multiple hats, as chief marketing officer (2009-2012), and most recently, as president of strategic initiatives. In his current role, Jeremy is leading an exciting new division of the company, one that will further 2tor's mission of delivering quality course instruction…
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TweetDeck Updates Its Chrome and Web Apps

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 11:39 AM PDT

Twitter updated its TweetDeck Chrome and web apps Thursday, allowing you to interact with tweets wherever they appear in TweetDeck.

The update allows you to reply, retweet, and favorite tweets as well as access the More Sections menu when browsing tweets from a user profile or adding a column.

Twitter says the idea behind the update is to allow you to engage with tweets a little easier than you might have been able to before, without having to add a column before you do so.

SEE ALSO: 6 Ways To Acquire New Customers via Social Media

The update also fixes a few minor bugs in the service, and improves how it handles follow and unfollow actions on TweetDeck if you only have one…
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Amazon to Make Big Announcement Sept. 6

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 11:31 AM PDT

Amazon has just emailed out an invite for a press conference to be held the morning of Thursday, Sept. 6, in Santa Monica, Calif.

Amazon rarely holds press conferences beyond its annual press conferences in New York to introduce new models of its Kindle Fire and Kindle line of E-Ink e-readers each fall. The fact that the company is holding one in L.A. suggests that it's a big entertainment-related announcement -- perhaps an entertainment console, or something to do with its Instant Video service for Amazon Prime subscribers. Amazon has been bolstering its content offerings in the latter department over the past year, signing numerous deals with the likes of MGM and Warner Bros. St…
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Obama Becomes First Candidate to Accept Text Message Donations

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 11:16 AM PDT

Barack Obama's re-election campaign became the first presidential campaign in history to accept money via text messages, the campaign announced Thursday.

Obama supporters on most major cellular networks can now donate up to $50 each billing cycle by texting "GIVE" to 62262. The money will be charged to cellphone owners' bills, the same way donations have been collected in the past by non-profits such as the Red Cross.

The Federal Elections Commission cleared the path toward political donations over cellphones in June after lobbying from the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns to do so. However, the campaigns still had to work out arrangements with mobile phone providers to set up a sys…
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