Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Tumblr-Based Store ‘Of a Kind’ Grows Up, Tests Marketplace for 3rd-Party Sellers”

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 by Irwan K Ch

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Tumblr-Based Store ‘Of a Kind’ Grows Up, Tests Marketplace for 3rd-Party Sellers”

Tumblr-Based Store ‘Of a Kind’ Grows Up, Tests Marketplace for 3rd-Party Sellers

Posted: 18 Sep 2012 04:29 AM PDT


Of a Kind is growing up and out. The online retailer, which launched a store for limited-edition fashion accessories on top of Tumblr almost two years ago, is expanding its offerings and moving beyond the blogging network that gave it its start.

In late August, Of a Kind launched Collections in private beta, inviting 10 designers to set up their own shops on the site. Around 2,000 people, primarily existing U.S. customers, currently have access. Collections is scheduled to launch publicly next spring.

In an interview with Mashable last week, co-founders Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo acknowledged that their current model -- introducing two to three limited-edition products mad…
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LG Optimus G and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 18 Sep 2012 04:11 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.

LG Officially Announced the Optimus G

LG's upcoming Android-powered flagship smartphone, the Optimus G, is no secret -- it's been unveiled back in August. Now, however, the company has officially launched it, promising it'll go on sale in Korea next week, followed by "key global markets" in October.

As far as specifications go, it is one of the most powerful smartphones today, with a quad-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 4.7 WXGA screen, 2GB of DDR RAM memory…
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These Business Travelers Would Sacrifice a Lot For Their iPads [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 18 Sep 2012 03:12 AM PDT

If you were taking an all-day flight, breathing in circulated air and possibly losing hours of your day, you'd probably wish you had iPad?

In a recent study of more than 1,300 iPad owners, 44% said they'd go without water (41%) and food (48%) than go without their iPad on a day-long business trip. If you think that's an intense iPad addiction, check out this stat: 35% said they'd forgo bathroom breaks. Now that's roughing it.

Traveling is not the only place people desire to be hands-on with their iPad: 60% of survey respondents said they use their iPad while on the toilet; 34% use their iPad while naked.

There is a long list of stats that show just how attached business…
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Google+ Has 400 Million Members

Posted: 18 Sep 2012 02:33 AM PDT

Google's social network Google+ has more than 400 million members, Google's Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra has announced.

Gundotra posted the news on his Google+ profile today, adding that Google+ also has 100 million monthly active users -- if you count in the mobile app.

"This week we also hit an important milestone--over 400,000,000 people have upgraded to Google+. It was only a year ago that we opened public sign-up, and we couldn't have imagined that so many people would join in just 12 months," wrote Gundotra.

For comparison, Google+'s biggest competitor, Facebook, had 955 million active users in July.

Of course, the methodology of counting active us…
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Defense Contractor To Launch New GPS Security Technology

Posted: 18 Sep 2012 01:46 AM PDT

Everybody knows about the Global Positioning System (GPS), a ubiquitous, free utility which we rely on everyday. We use it to find directions on our road trips, or to move through the maze of city streets. Airplanes use it to navigate our crowded skies. But, as most people don't know, it also provides timing information. And that's used to control the power grid and banking operations. It's a system that has become part of our life and whose security we never worry about. Experts call it a stealth utility: we don't even think about it until something goes wrong.

After researchers at Texas University hijacked a drone fooling its GPS receiver, feeding it wrong coordinates, experts warne…
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Twitter to Dump Third-Party Image Hosts From Apps [REPORT]

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 11:41 PM PDT

Twitter will reportedly stop supporting third-party image hosts on its official apps.

The changes will likely roll out in the next round of updates, according to a Buzzfeed source.

Currently, users are able include photos in their tweets that are hosted by Twitter's own official photo service, as well as third-party websites such as Twitpic and yfrog.

On its Help Center page for "How to Include Pictures in Tweets," the microblogging service says users will be able to "view images hosted on most third-party images providers indefinitely."

Twitter has contacted companies that will be impacted by the change, Buzzfeed reported.

"They're trying to control those eyeballs on thei…
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Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard for Mobile Devices Fits in Your Pocket [VIDEO]

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 10:32 PM PDT

Sometimes a four- or five- inch smartphone screen just isn't enough to type out those lengthy emails.

For those who think haptic feedback is no replacement for the real deal, Jorno is a foldable bluetooth keyboard that works with the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Weighing 8.8 ounces, the pocket-sized device has a five-way fold that opens up to display a full QWERTY keyboard, according to Jorno's Kickstarter page. It connects wirelessly to mobile devices via Bluetooth.

The keyboard comes with a detachable cradle that holds a phone or tablet either vertically or horizontally.

Jorno has been around since 2010, but is asking for support to…
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Sound Waves Make Liquids Levitate, Develop Better Drugs [VIDEO]

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 09:44 PM PDT

Liquids can levitate, thanks to the magic of science.

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have designed a device, fittingly called acoustic levitator, that uses two speakers that generate sound waves in order to make small droplets of liquids float. The high-power sounds waves, which are imperceptible to the human ear, interfere with each other and create what's called a "standing wave," a place where liquids effectively get trapped and stand still.

Researchers hope this experiment will help develop amorphous drugs. These type of drugs require a smaller dose to reach the desired effects, and thus have gentler side effects. Normally, howeve…
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Borderlands 2: Even Better Than the Original [REVIEW]

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 09:03 PM PDT

In 2009, Gearbox Software and 2K Games released a game made from love, but one that wasn't expected to earn much commercial success. Three years and 5 million copies later, the original Borderlands is a hit. And now its highly anticipated sequel must live up to fan expectations.

Thankfully, Borderlands 2 achieve just that by building on everything that succeeded in the first title, and by addressing the problems brought up by Gearbox's rabid community of reviewers. Borderlands 2 succeeds because it builds on what was already a fantastic shooter. Plus, it beefs up the previously weak story and skill tree elements.

Pandora Has Changed

Instead of giving us a simple objective ("Ther…
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Microsoft Urges Internet Explorer Users to Protect Against Targeted Attacks

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 08:30 PM PDT

On Monday night, Microsoft urged users of Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions to deploy a toolkit that could help protect against a series of attacks hitting its system.

It was revealed earlier in the day by security forum Rapid7 that Internet Explorer was hit with a new zero-day exploit, which takes advantage of a security hole within websites to carry out attacks. This means that anyone using IE to visit a website that has malicious links could have their computer compromised.

The exploit is said to affect Windows XP, Vista and 7 systems.

"We have received reports of only a small number of targeted attacks and are working to develop a security update to address this iss…
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Blue Apron Delivers Recipes and Ingredients to Make Cooking at Home Easier

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 08:13 PM PDT

Blue Apron makes cooking at home easier by delivering recipes and ingredients for three dishes to subscribers each week.

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Take Gorgeous Underwater Photos With This iPad Case

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 07:17 PM PDT

The LifeProof nüüd for iPad is made for being in the pool, fresh water and ocean, so it doesn't matter what kind of water sports you're into. The new waterproof case from LifeProof makes your iPad virtually invincible and aptly prepared for submersion in 6.6 feet of water.

The buff case provides protection for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad from water, shock, dust, grime and snow.

The iPad case is thinner than most protective covers on the market. The company takes pride in its "naked screen technology." There's only a sleek covering on the iPad's screen enabling optimal touch sensitivity and response -- no thick glass or plastic.

SEE ALSO: This iPhone Case Can Float Lik
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This Kitty Eats With a Fork [VIDEO]

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 06:47 PM PDT

That time the cat stole your dinner right in front of you, but didn't have the decency to chew with her mouth closed. The audacity!

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20 TV Shows With the Most Social Media Buzz This Week

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 06:15 PM PDT

The season premiere of The X Factor marked the debut of new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. Spears and Lovato joined holdovers Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid in the competition's second season. The premiere garnered 1.4 million comments from viewers on Twitter and Facebook, making it the most talked about premiere for a series ever -- the audience was encouraged to tweet at their favorite judges, and moving auditions inspired viewer comments.

SEE ALSO: X Factor Premiere Breaks Record for Most Social Media Comments

This weekend also saw the premiere of the 38th season of Saturday Night Live, with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean. The premiere featured a spoof of the…
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Romney Assails 47% of Americans — Twitter Users go to Town

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 05:13 PM PDT

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney became the focus of another Twitter trend Monday -- after he was caught on video telling an audience of wealthy donors that 47% of Americans "believe they are victims" and "will vote for this president [Obama] no matter what."

The hidden camera video, above, was taken at a fundraiser earlier this year by an anonymous source, who then handed the tape to a Mother Jones reporter. Romney stuck to traditional campaign talking points for much of the event, but gave this answer in response to a question asking how he was going to win.

"There are 47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who…
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Supermanket Turns Men Into Online Products

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 04:44 PM PDT

What if finding your next date could be as easy as shopping for your next box of cereal?

That's the idea behind startup dating site Supermanket, a site that lets women shop for men on virtual store shelves categorized by the specific type of guy they're in the market for.

"We found out that 87% of things that are bought in the world, are bought by women. So we thought that if shopping was fun for them, shopping men was the best idea ever," Supermanket co-founder Tadashi Takaoka told Mashable.

If you're a man, then you can sign up for the service as a "product." When potential female buyers visit the store, they narrow down the items available by three criteria, much li…
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iRobot Gobbles up Evolution Robotics for $74M

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 04:16 PM PDT

Guess what Roomba got for its 10th birthday? A nice, shiny new company to play with.

iRobot, the company that makes the Roomba robotic vacuum will acquire competitor Evolution Robotics for $74 million in cash, according to a joint announcement.

Though iRobot went public in 2005 and Evolution Robotics remains a privately-held company, the two companies have otherwise followed a somewhat similar trajectory for the last decade. Both are run by scientists -- Evolution by Dr. Paolo Pirjanian, iRobot by co-founder Colin Angle, who graduated from MIT. Both companies build consumer-focused robotics products and technologies, which include home-cleaning robots.

Evolution Robotics develo…
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ESPN Personality Gets Mad at ‘Onion’ Article He Thought Was Real

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 03:55 PM PDT

Anyone familiar with the opinionated, loud and -- ahem -- outspoken ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith can imagine how funny it would be to overhear him giving his (fictional) son the ol' birds-and-bees talk. That was precisely the premise of an Onion article that came out Monday, titled "Stephen A. Smith Thinking Son Is Finally Ready For The Sex Argument."

In the article, the Onion's tireless scribes created this hypothetical Smith quote, assumedly delivered in Smith's trademark semi-controlled yell:

He's at that age where he's starting to hear some things about sex at school, so it's important for me as a parent to corner him on his logical inconsistencies and force him…
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Under Review: NFL Refs’ Social Media Use

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 03:11 PM PDT

An NFL replacement referee was pulled from the officiating crew of a game on Sunday morning due to a Facebook photo he posted of himself decked out in a hat and sweatshirt supporting one of the teams involved.

Now, the league says it's reviewing social media use the temporary referees who are overseeing games while the league and its regular officials union negotiate a labor dispute.

"We are doing a thorough review of the situation involving the current officials and social-media sites," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Bloomberg in an email.

Side judge Brian Stropolo was removed from assignment for Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers after a repor
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‘Quest for Glory’ Creators to Kickstart New Adventure Game

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 02:53 PM PDT

In 1989, husband and wife game designers Corey and Lori Cole set out to shake up a genre. Mixing the best of tabletop role-playing with the era's influential narrative-driven adventures, the duo created Quest for Glory, a decade-spanning PC game franchise released by Sierra On-Line that endeared a legion of loyal fans.

The games were notable for their rich mythology and humorous story lines. Three character classes allowed players to approach puzzles and plot points from different angles -- the kind of replayability we take for granted in today's RPGs.

But by the release of Quest for Glory V in 1998, Sierra was plagued by corporate troubles, and the sun was setting on the point…
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Wikipedia Founder to Speak at Social Good Summit

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 02:42 PM PDT

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikimedia Foundation and creator of, will speak at the 2012 Social Good Summit to discuss crowdsourcing's potential to improve global health.

Wales launched the online encyclopedia Wikipedia in 2001. It is now one of the top-five most visited websites. He also started in 2004. Wales' innovative ideas have earned him many accolades; he was named one of the "Young Global Leaders" at the 2007 World Economic Forum and one of the "TIME 100" most influential people in 2006, under the "Scientists and Thinkers" category.

Wales will be joined onstage by Gabriel Jaramillo, general manager of the Global Fund, who will discuss a new digitally fo…
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WordPress Is Probably Powering Your Favorite Candidate’s Website

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 02:27 PM PDT

What platform is powering your favorite political candidate's website? WordPress, probably.

Thirty-five percent of U.S. congressional races, 40% of U.S. Senate races, 44% of U.S. gubernatorial races and 41% of state political parties rely on the WordPress platform for their website, according to Automattic, which powers

Why is WordPress so popular for politicians? It's simplicity and ease of use, according to Peter Slutsky, director of platform services at Automattic.

"[WordPress] allows politicians and candidates a beautiful, fully integrated website that has all of the backbone you need for politics -- social features, mailing list signups, voter contact tools," sai…
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‘Gangnam Style’ + ‘Call Me Maybe’ = This Is Crazy

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 02:11 PM PDT

What happens when you combine the most viral song of the spring with the most viral song of the summer? Let's find out.

With the potential to completely shut down the Internet, Michael Simmons has mashed up Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" with Psy's "Gangnam Style."

We're either sorry, or you're welcome -- but please, use with caution.

BONUS: Today Show Goes Gangnam Style

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Microsoft Reveals Pricing for Office 2013

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 02:02 PM PDT

Microsoft just announced how it's going to sell the next version of Office, called Office 2013. The new edition has changed dramatically to better match Windows 8, and not just in terms of user interface: This will be the first version of Office that Microsoft sells via subscription.

Microsoft revealed the subscription model when it first unveiled Office 2013, but now we know exactly how much it will cost: $8.33 a month or $99.95 a year. That's for Office 365 Home Premium, which includes all the client software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and others), but as a subscriber you're now entitled to all software updates and access to web services included with Office, such as…
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Here’s What Angry Birds Sequel ‘Bad Piggies’ Looks Like

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 01:55 PM PDT

We finally got a look on Monday at the next-generation of Rovio's popular Angry Birds franchise: Bad Piggies.

Launching September 27, the game makes the pigs the center of attention rather than the birds in what Rovio is calling "The Piggest Game Ever!"

A video trailer for the game shows the pigs flying through the air in wooden contraptions, powered by balloons and miniature helicopters. The vehciles appear to be created by players through a contraption-builder of sorts.

Building appears to be the focus of the game, with completing each level perhaps contingent on you creating the perfect vehicle for your pigs to make it through. The fact that building is playing a key r…
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Nintendo Wii U Preorders Sell Out at Online Retailers

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 01:39 PM PDT

The iPhone 5 isn't the only gadget that's racking up massive preorders, preorders of Nintendo's new Wii U console are already sold out at online retailers across the United States.

The Wii U will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 18, 2012 but lots of online retailers are already taking preoders for the console. Or, at least they were.

As first reported by IGN, most major retailers have already sold out of the Wii U. Nintendo is offering the console in two packages, a Basic bundle for $299.99 and a Deluxe bundle for $349.99. The Deluxe bundle includes a game, more storage and additional accessories -- so it's clearly the better bargain.

Best Buy, Toys R Us, Sears, Walmart and Ga
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Why Monopolistic Telecoms Threaten Internet Equality

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 01:26 PM PDT

It was only a couple of days after Barack Obama was elected president when Susan Crawford's phone rang in the middle of the night. "We want you to come work with us," said a member of the transition team. Susan couldn't believe it.

Crawford, 49, a calm, charming, blue-eyed woman with short and curly hazel hair, recalls that moment vividly. "I started jumping up and down," she says. She was excited by the chance to help the candidate she voted for, the man she watched through tears while he spoke at Grant Park in Chicago. "I had this strain of earnestness in me 'Oh! I get to help! I get to help!'"

For this Yale-educated professor of law, leading the Federal Communications Commission (F
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Watch Obama and Romney Duke it Out, 8-Bit Style [VIDEO]

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 01:26 PM PDT

Here's a way to get more people voting: turn it into a video game.

That might not actually be the best way to raise awareness for the presidential campaign, but it makes for a pretty entertaining video.

The Gregory Brothers -- best known for Antoine Dodson and auto-tuning the news -- have created this song that puts Obama and Romney head-to-head in the style of an old-school video game.

"Though we can't yet know who will win in November, we hope this Op-Doc provides you with some insight into how the game is played," The Gregory Brothers explain in a New York Times op-ed.

SEE ALSO: World Leaders Go Head-to-Head in Rock, Paper, Scissors [VIDEO]

Watch the two presidentia…
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Apple Stock Hits $700 for First Time Ever

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 01:09 PM PDT

Apple finally joined the elite 700-club on Monday.

The company's stock passed $700 a share in after hours trading for the first time in its history. Apple's stock had been teasing the $700 mark in recent days, on the strength of iPhone sales estimates following the company's iPhone 5 announcement last week. The stock opened Monday at $699.33 and dipped down for much of the day before closing at $699.78.

Some analysts have upped their price targets for the company based on the news that Apple will launch the latest iPhone in dozens of countries before the end of this month, helping boost sales for the September quarter.

Apple revealed in a press release Monday that two million iP
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Internet Explorer Could Have a Huge Security Hole

Posted: 17 Sep 2012 01:01 PM PDT

Users of several Internet Explorer versions are being urged on Monday to switch to other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox amid news of a major security hole.

According to Rapid7 security forum, a new zero-day exploit for Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9 has hit computers running Windows XP, Vista and 7. Zero-day exploits involve software that takes advantage of a security hole within a site to carry out an attack.

This means that computers actively using Internet Explorer can be compromised by visiting a malicious site and give cybercriminals "the same privileges as the current user."

SEE ALSO: 9 Things Businesses Need to Know About Web Security

"We're aware of targeted attac…
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