Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “Democratic National Convention: What to Expect”

Monday, 3 September 2012 by Irwan K Ch

Mashable: Latest 18 News Updates - including “Democratic National Convention: What to Expect”

Democratic National Convention: What to Expect

Posted: 03 Sep 2012 05:01 AM PDT

This year's political conventions, with all of their intensity and importance to both campaigns, are marking the point when Mashable takes our political coverage and shifts it into overdrive.

During last week's Republican National Convention, we brought you interviews with Facebook's political team, a first-hand look at the protests outside the convention, an interview with the most popular parody Twitter account to come out of the event and much more.

Now, it's the Democratic Party's turn: Tuesday marks the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mashable will once again be on the scene, reporting on the biggest political events, the funnies…
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Mashable Weekend Recap: 52 Stories You Might Have Missed

Posted: 03 Sep 2012 04:08 AM PDT

These past few days were all about politics, as Clint Eastwood's chat with a chair at the Republican National Convention, and the White House's release of its coveted beer recipes, dominated headlines. Mashable brought you those stories, as well as other tech and social media news, over the Labor Day weekend.

Our team kept an eye on the latest stories and more, so don't worry if you missed a few. Catch up on all the coverage in our Weekend Recap below.

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White House Unveils Beer Recipes [VIDEO]

Google, Facebook and Twitter's Friendly Rivalry at GOP2012

The Agriculture Industry Goes Social

6 Apps You Don't Want To Miss

YouTube Video Takes
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Windows 7 Overtakes Windows XP As the Most Popular Desktop OS

Posted: 03 Sep 2012 02:36 AM PDT

Windows 7 is now the world's most popular desktop operating system, according to the August report from Net Applications.

In August, Windows 7 had a 42.76% market share, a fraction of a point more than Windows XP's 42.52%. Windows Vista sits at third place with a 6.15% market share, followed by Mac OS X 10.7 and Mac OS X 10.6 with 2.45% and 2.38%, respectively.

All in all, older versions included, Microsoft controls some 92% of the market.

It took three years for Windows 7 to become the world's most popular OS. Microsoft's desktop operating system, which was launched in October 2009, will soon be replaced by a newer version -- Windows 8.

Windows 8, which is scheduled to go on s…
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More About: Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, microsoft, trending, windows xp

Cruxskunk Keyboard Case Turns Your iPad Into a Laptop

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 10:56 PM PDT

Cruxcase has debuted a new keyboard case that turns your iPad into a laptop.

For $155, the Cruxskunk has a full-sized QWERTY keyboard with raised keys, Bluetooth connectivity to hook up to your iPad and a patent-pending hinge that allows for 360 degrees of rotation, according to the company's Kickstarter page. It is compatible with the newest iPad and the iPad 2.

Put together, the keyboard case and iPad combination is 19 mm tall -- slightly more than a Macbook Air at 17 mm. The Cruxskunk alone is 6 mm tall.

The three main parts of the case are made from "a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum in the exact same process that Apple machines its Macbooks and iPads," the creators…
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More About: Cruxskunk, apple, ipad, keyboard, laptop, trending

Take a Tour of the Twitter Political Index [VIDEO]

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 10:18 PM PDT

Twitter has been tracking your election-related tweets for months, and using that data to build the Twitter Political Index -- or "Twindex" for short.

What is the Twindex? Simply put, it's a day-by-day guide to the online conversation and sentiment surrounding Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and other key players in the 2012 presidential election.

SEE ALSO: Here's Why Twitter is Tracking Your Election Tweets

Want to learn more? Let Adam Sharp, head of Twitter's government, news and social Innovation team, take you on a video tour of the Twindex, above.

View the Twindex yourself at

Video credit: Alex Fitzpatrick

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More About: 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney, Politics, Twitter, US, barack obama, trending

Super Sleek BMW Mouse is a Gamer’s Dream [VIDEO]

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 09:08 PM PDT

A futuristic-looking mouse designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA, called Level 10 M, aims to change the gaming space. The makers write that comparing this gaming mouse to a basic gray mouse is like comparing a high-performance car to a family van.

The top part of the mouse, where a gamer's hand would rest, can be adjusted for both height and lateral inclination. Drilling in the top of the mouse allows for ventilation, cooling the player's palm. Made from an alloy that's also used in aeronautics and architecture, it has software that can read out DPi-rates for gaming visuals. And for those interested in aesthetics as well as function, the mouse lights…
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More About: BMW, mouse, trending

YouTube Video Takes You on a Journey From Ages Zero to 100

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 08:34 PM PDT

A captivating YouTube video shows a montage of people from infancy to 100-years-old in mere minutes.

Filmed in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the video captures close-up shots of individuals' faces, as they state their ages out loud in Dutch.

It starts off with a newborn crying out, followed by a tight-lipped one-year-old (whose mother says "one" off-camera, presumably), but starts to pick up with a boy who sweetly says "twee" -- or "two" in Dutch.

YouTube user Filmersblog started filming in Amsterdam last October, asking people to say their ages in front of the camera.

"My aim was to 'collect' a group of 100 people, from age 0 to 100. At first my collection grew fast, but slowed d…
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How To Find Hidden Talent For Your Tech Company

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 06:26 PM PDT

At companies with tech-focused positions in which advanced skillsets are required to get the job done, top talent is few and far between. To make the talent shortage even more of a challenge, the best of the best aren't searching for a job, so how do you find them?

There are a number of reasons why tech employers should be proactive when it comes to maintaining their current employees and attracting new ones. Regardless of the state of the economy, qualified candidates for these jobs remain in high demand.

It can be tough to find real talent hidden among a stack of job applications. But if you reconsider your recruitment strategy, it doesn't have to be. Take a different app…
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Romney Digital Director: Obama Running Facebook ‘Like It’s 2008′

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 05:30 PM PDT

Zac Moffatt, digital director for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, argues that Obama's digital team is running much the same playbook they did in 2008 -- something he believes will give the Republicans an online edge in 2012.

"Obama's campaign is still running their Facebook campaign like it's 2008," Moffatt tells Mashable when asked about Obama's reputation as the "social candidate." He compares the Democratic campaign to the historical rise and fall of successful technology companies.

"There's a belief among the mainstream that in [digital politics], when someone is good at one iteration, they'll be good at the next," he says. "If that was the case, Google wouldn't be adaptin…
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More About: 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney, Politics, Social Media, US, barack obama, trending

Top 10 Comments on Mashable This Week

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 04:30 PM PDT

Between Samsung's losing verdict to Apple, a mysterious 100-year-old package from Norway and the president getting in on all the internet jokes, there were a lot of stories that Mashable's readers commented on this week.

The Reconnect Project, an initiative that aims to spur creativity with an online blackout, left our readers conflicted. Some thought it was a great way to tap back into what's important in our lives instead of staying isolated behind a computer screen, and others felt technology and the Internet aren't the root of the problem.

Google decided to promote advertising directly on its homepage for the first time, which left Mashable's Chris Taylor asking: Has Google j
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10 Animals Confused by Their Own Reflections [VIDEOS]

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 02:42 PM PDT

1. Kitten Freaks Himself Out

Well, he's got spunk.

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If, like us, you believe animals were put on this earth solely for the purpose of creating amusing YouTube videos, then we have a treat for you.

Specifically, take a look at the very special "animals vs. mirrors" genre. As you might imagine, cats and dogs feature heavily, but a few other cute creatures star in our gallery, too.

SEE ALSO: 10 Infectious YouTube Clips of Babies Laughing at Dogs

Take a load off and a look through our video slideshow of very silly critters. Link in the comments below to any other pet clips you find particularly funny.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Christian Holmér

More About: Entertainment, Video, Watercooler, YouTube, animals, features, trending, videos

Boss Installs Stand-Up Desks, Employees Revolt [SUNDAY COMICS]

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 02:07 PM PDT

In the latest Sunday Comic, our pals Snaggy and Nitrozac at The Joy of Tech discovered a whole new way to keep employees happy.

More About: Sunday Comics, The Joy of Tech, stand-up desks, treadmill desk, trending

How Do You Sort Out Fake Followers From Real Ones on Twitter? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 01:42 PM PDT

Do you have fake followers? The number of live humans following you on Twitter might be significantly lower than your profile's "followers" number states.

More About: Fake Followers, Twitter, trending

Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 01:09 PM PDT

This week's hottest videos run the gamut from instructional to adorable to just plain nutty. Take a look.

More About: YouTube, viral videos

Top 10 Tech This Week

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 11:50 AM PDT

This week was one of the liveliest for technology news we've seen all year. Catch up with the best, here on Top 10 Tech.

More About: Asus, HP, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Top 10 Tech, logitech, sony, trending

Find Your Most Popular Facebook Posts With This Cool App [REVIEW]

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 10:29 AM PDT

How popular was that cat video you posted on Facebook? Or how about those vacation pics? Find out with a new iOS app, Good Sort.

More About: Facebook, Mobile, apps, trending

10 Desirable Docks That Turn Your iPhone Into a Desk Phone

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 09:31 AM PDT

1. Native Union Curve Bluetooth iDock

This design offers a striking way to dock your iPhone at your desk. You can charge and sync your phone, plus make calls via the Bluetooth handset. Cost: $99.99

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Do you work at a desk and own an iPhone? Then we have some stylish dock designs for you -- these devices turn your Apple smartphone into a landline-style phone, complete with standalone handset.

Whether you seek rad retro styling or minimalist modern looks, there's a dock to suit your personal style in our roundup.

SEE ALSO: 10 Detachable iPhone Lenses for Mobile Photographers

Take a look through our hand-picked selections in the gallery above. Let us know in the comments below which desk-happy iPhone cradle you crave -- and why.

More About: Gadgets, Mobile, Tech, accessories, apple, features, home, iphone, lifestyle, office, trending

59 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 09:11 AM PDT

We're sure you spent most of the week talking to invisible presidents in a chair -- in true Clint Eastwood style -- so we don't blame you for missing out on all the digital resources and news that unfolded in the past few days.

Meanwhile, millions of students are heading back into the classroom. We know that's a stressful time for both students and parents, so our resources list is overflowing with organization, productivity and learning apps for kids of any age and grade level.

And since it's even harder to stay up to date on all the changes social media platforms have been making, we explain some of the biggest changes that happened in Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

So don't…
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5 Apps to Take on Your Next Shopping Adventure

Posted: 02 Sep 2012 07:07 AM PDT

1. Shopkick

If you're a fan of loyalty rewards programs, set up Shopkick on your iPhone or Android device before your next shopping trip. You can collect collect points, or "kicks," by scanning items in U.S. partner stores, including Target, Macy's, Best Buy and American Eagle Outfitters. You can then exchange kicks for various rewards. For scale, you'll get 60 kicks simply for walking into most partner stores, and 500 kicks will get you a $2 gift card to Target. If you connect your Visa card to Shopkick, you'll get even more kicks for making purchases: Toys 'R Us, for example, rewards customers with 520 kicks for an $85 purchase.

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Want to shop smarter? Shop with your smartphone.

You're likely already aware that your smartphone can help compare prices and review items you're shopping for in stores. But did you know certain apps can also help you determine what you can afford to buy, or help you automatically get cash back on certain purchases, just by checking in?

SEE ALSO: 5 Companies Changing the Way We Shop

Check out our top picks for essential in-store shopping apps, and add your own suggestions to the comments below.

Thumbnail image courtesy of iStockphoto, Eva-Katalin

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