- Democratic National Convention: What to Expect
- Mashable Weekend Recap: 52 Stories You Might Have Missed
- Windows 7 Overtakes Windows XP As the Most Popular Desktop OS
- Cruxskunk Keyboard Case Turns Your iPad Into a Laptop
- Take a Tour of the Twitter Political Index [VIDEO]
- Super Sleek BMW Mouse is a Gamer’s Dream [VIDEO]
- YouTube Video Takes You on a Journey From Ages Zero to 100
- How To Find Hidden Talent For Your Tech Company
- Romney Digital Director: Obama Running Facebook ‘Like It’s 2008′
- Top 10 Comments on Mashable This Week
- 10 Animals Confused by Their Own Reflections [VIDEOS]
- Boss Installs Stand-Up Desks, Employees Revolt [SUNDAY COMICS]
- How Do You Sort Out Fake Followers From Real Ones on Twitter? [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week
- Top 10 Tech This Week
- Find Your Most Popular Facebook Posts With This Cool App [REVIEW]
- 10 Desirable Docks That Turn Your iPhone Into a Desk Phone
- 59 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
- 5 Apps to Take on Your Next Shopping Adventure
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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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.
Posted: 03 Sep 2012 02:36 AM PDT
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…
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.
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.
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 election.twitter.com.
Video credit: Alex Fitzpatrick
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Posted: 02 Sep 2012 02:42 PM PDT
1. Kitten Freaks Himself Out
Well, he's got spunk.
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.
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
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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
Whether you seek rad retro styling or minimalist modern looks, there's a dock to suit your personal style in our roundup.
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.
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.
Posted: 02 Sep 2012 07:07 AM PDT
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.
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.
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