Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Apple Reduces Chip Orders from Samsung and Two Other Stories You Need to Know”

Friday, 7 September 2012 by Irwan K Ch

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Apple Reduces Chip Orders from Samsung and Two Other Stories You Need to Know”

Apple Reduces Chip Orders from Samsung and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Posted: 07 Sep 2012 04:50 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.

Apple Reduces Memory Chip Orders From Samsung

Apple has ordered less memory chips for its upcoming next-gen iPhone from Samsung in order to diversify its sourcing portfolio, Reuters reports.

The decision, Reuters' sources claim, has nothing to do with the patent war between the two companies, as Apple has been looking to widen its supply chain for a while.

New Mac Pros to Feature Nvidia's Quadro K5000 GPU

Nvidia has announced its Quadro K5000 GPU will be a part of Ap…
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What Happens to Your Money When Kickstarter Fails? [VIDEO]

Posted: 07 Sep 2012 04:05 AM PDT

Since Kickstarter's inception three years ago, 30,000 projects have been backed by more than two million people, the company reports. But these are the success stories of Kickstarter, so what about the failures?

The company -- built on the concept of crowd sourcing funds for innovative, avant-garde, unexpected and often unimaginable projects -- has made its stake as a platform where inventors can take chances.

"The fact that Kickstarter allows creators to take risks and attempt to create something ambitious is a feature, not a bug," Kickstarter's blog states. "Some creators get in over their heads dealing with processes that are new to them."…
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HootSuite Acquires Seesmic To Snatch Up Its Enterprise Users

Posted: 07 Sep 2012 01:41 AM PDT

HootSuite has acquired Seesmic, one of its competitors in the social media management space, for an undisclosed sum, the two companies announced on Thursday.

HootSuite's CEO Ryan Holmes told TechCrunch that the main motivation for this acquisition is to build up its enterprise user base, which is currently about 4.5 million. According to TechCrunch, the final price of the acquisition will depend on how many Seesmic users end up switching over to HootSuite.

Seesmic is estimated to have roughly 30,000-40,000 monthly visitors, though the company's  founder Loic Le Meur told TheNextWeb in an interview that his company actually has "hundreds of thousands of active users." Regardless, i…
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Amazon’s New Kindles: Everything You Need to Know

Posted: 07 Sep 2012 12:12 AM PDT

Amazon had a big day. The online retail giant has refreshed and expanded its line of Kindle devices, introducing a new E Ink reader and some game-changing new tablets. Here's a summary of how Amazon shook up the tech world today.

What did Amazon reveal?

First up was a new E Ink reader, the Kindle Paperlight. This is a new touchscreen e-reader that blows the old black-and-white Kindles out of the water with its high-res screen and 25% better contrast. The new Kindle costs $119 and includes a built-in light for easy reading in the dark.

The tablets came next. Right away Amazon raised eyebrows by simultaneously dropping the price of its Kindle Fi…
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Watch the Obama Speech That Set a Political Record on Twitter

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 09:13 PM PDT

Barack Obama delivered a passionate defense of his record in office, and emphasized the differences between his platform and that of challenger Mitt Romney during his nomination acceptance speech delivered Thursday evening.

The speech was wildly popular on Twitter, peaking at 52,757 tweets per minute -- a new politics-related record for the platform.

That pushed overall tweets about the Democratic National Convention past the 9 million mark, more than double the number sent about last week's Republican Convention.

Obama's most popular line, according to Twitter? This, with 43,646 retweets:

"I'm no longer just a candidate, I'm the president." - @barackobama, to thunderous app…
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Obama Chooses Steve Jobs Over Google

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 08:43 PM PDT

We knew President Barack Obama was an Apple fan (he totes a Macbook and an iPad). Now we have more proof.

During his highly-anticipated acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, the President was supposed to give a shout-out to search giant Google. Instead, at the last minute, he opted to praise Apple's founder.

Here's the line from Obama's prepared remarks, as given to the New York Times: "We believe that a little girl who's offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the founder of the next Google."

And here's the line as delivered: "We believe that a little girl who's offered an escape from poverty by…
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18 Animated GIFs From MTV’s Video Music Awards

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 08:03 PM PDT

Rihanna + Katy = BFF

Rihanna, who won Video of the Year for "We Found Love," and Katy Perry spent the whole night giggling like best friends. SEE ALSO: Rihanna's 'We Found Love' Gets Banned, Just Like These 13 Steamy Videos

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There was no shortage of GIFs from Thursday's Video Music Awards, as MTV and viewers instantly transformed the show's best moments into this year's most addictive web format.

MTV simplified the GIF-making process by embedding "Snap a GIF" button in every video player. Some of the resulting creations are displayed on this GIF Wall and on MTV's Tumblr page.

"This is the vernacular of the audience, so we want to give them more tools to amplify this behavior," Colin Helms, MTV's SVP of digital media, previously told Mashable. "We don't want to make it hard for them."

SEE ALSO: One Direction Wins Most-Share Worthy Video at VMAs

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Amazon FreeTime Gives Parents More Control Over What Kids Watch

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 07:40 PM PDT

Along with its new line of Kindle tablets, Amazon unveiled a feature called FreeTime that "reinvents parental controls" at a press event on Thursday.

Kindle FreeTime lets parents control what media their children have access to, and for how long they can access that media. Need to put a cap on the amount of TV shows your child watches on their device? That's possible with FreeTime.

"With FreeTime, parents never have to worry what content their kids will access—parents select all of the content their kids can see and kids can't exit FreeTime without a password," reads an Amazon press release.

"FreeTime also lets parents limit their kids' screen time by content type—they ma…
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Watch the Final ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2′ Teaser

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 07:11 PM PDT

2012 VMA - Artists.MTV - Music

MTV aired an exclusive sneak peek of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 at the 2012 VMAs and you can now watch it online.

Breaking Dawns 2 is the final chapter in the Twilight saga; it will hit theaters on November 16, 2012.

The @Twilight Twitter account amassed 1 million followers last month, the first film franchise to reach that goal.

Thanks to the offline drama surrounding Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, the Internet's interest in the film is even higher than usual.

Are you ready for Twilight to be over? Let us know in the comments.

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This Video Understands How You Feel, NFL Fans

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 06:21 PM PDT

You made it through another long off season, football fans. The NFL season officially kicked off last night, so go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief.

'Tis the season for productivity-starved Sundays, obsessing over fantasy teams and absurd amounts of buffalo wings.

SB Nation made a video just for you, person who thinks there is nothing better than freezing your tail off outside in the snow in order to watch grown men repeatedly bash into each other.

SEE ALSO: 7 Fantasy Football Apps to Up Your Game

BONUS: This is every NFL fan in 90 seconds:

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Apple Working On Pandora-Like Service [REPORT]

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 05:52 PM PDT

We know Apple is vehemently against being copied, but the iPhone maker might be taking a page out of Pandora's playbook. It may be, according to a report on the Wall Street Journal, creating a similar service.

The music service from Apple would supposedly work with all Apple's existing products. It would operate similarly to Pandora in that users could select a musician they like and a station would play songs by similar artists.

The WSJ article says Apple is attempting to negotiate its own licensing deals with record companies as opposed to the government-set rates paid by Pandora. The story also suggests this new service might be unveiled at Apple's big event next Wednesday, Sept…
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10 Barack Obama Memes Worthy of Your Vote

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 05:40 PM PDT

1. Obama "Not Bad" Face

A press photo of Barack and Michelle making "O RLY" faces quickly spread around the web and eventually transformed into the Obama "Not Bad" meme. The POTUS himself even acknowledged the meme during his Reddit AMA. Image courtesy of Know Your Meme

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Voters decide in November if Barack Obama deserves four more years in the White House -- but win or lose, Obama's meme legacy will likely extend beyond 2016.

Whether he's lobbing snowballs at unsuspecting cats (not really) or demonstrating the perfect Ken doll smile, the Commander-in-Chief has been the subject of many a clever meme-ifications.

SEE ALSO: From Skateboarding to Door-Kicking: 12 Hilarious Obama GIFs

We combed through piles of GIFs and mounds of advice animals to find 10 of the most rib-tickling Obama-inspired memes. So prepare yourself for the upcoming election by taking a flip through the gallery.

What Barack Obama memes got vetoed from our list that you think des…
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Kindle Paperwhite Has a Screen You Won’t Want to Put Down [HANDS-ON]

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 05:29 PM PDT

When Barnes & Noble released the Nook with GlowLight earlier this year, we suspected that it was only a matter of time before Amazon answered with its own e-reader with a built-in light.

Today we saw that reader in the form of the Kindle Paperwhite. The e-reader has a backlit display, improved screen resolution and new hand-tuned fonts especially for the Kindle. Fonts are available in six different styles and eight different sizes, so you can read at just the right size for you.

The touch-only device -- you lose all the buttons with this one -- is light, easy to hold, and based on our first impressions, is an e-reader you're not going to ever want to put down.

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One Direction Wins Most-Share Worthy Video at VMAs

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 05:25 PM PDT

Boy band One Direction on Thursday night won the MTV Video Music Awards moonman for Most-Share Worthy Video, which pay homage to video parodies, lip-dubs, remixes and covers.

Fans voted more than 50 million times for the nominees using Twitter hashtags and got to see what was winning in real time, creating a heated competition. One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" just edged out Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend." Others vying for the crown were Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" and Beyonce's "Countdown."

SEE ALSO: Boy Band Parody Mocks You For Still Acting Like a Teenage Girl

The new category is just one additi…
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Watch MTV’s VMAs From the Audience’s Perspective

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 05:19 PM PDT

2012 MTV VMA | MTV VMA Live

Can't be at the 2012 VMAs? Never fear -- you can enjoy the show from the perspective of the crowd, thanks to MTV's All Access Live.

The network has put together multiple camera's on its live stream and we've embedded the MTV cut above.

So tune in on TV and get extra perspective on the web, Android and iOS.

We'll be following more #VMAs madness and viral moments throughout the night.

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Better Homes and Gardens Launches ‘Paint Anything’ App

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 05:00 PM PDT

DIYers, rejoice! Better Homes and Gardens magazine launched an iOS app that focuses on the most affordable DIY project -- painting.

The new "How to Paint Anything" app [iTunes link] is a digital catalogue of paint projects, for everything from walls to fabric to flooring. Items you can paint are arranged in six general categories, with more than 50 detailed painting project instructions. The 99 cent app works on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. No plans for an Android version yet.

Jill Waage, editorial director for home content at Better Homes and Gardens, tells Mashable they focused on painting specifically because "it's such an affordable way to update your space."

"Paint projects…
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Sharpie to Debut Interactive Music Video During MTV Awards

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 04:37 PM PDT

Sharpie, known more for its colorful markers than for its music cred, will reveal an interactive video for the California Wives song "Purple" in an ad during Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The 60-second TV spot will show Sharpie fans' drawings amid the band's performance in the music video and then encourage viewers to go online to create their own visual "Music Video Mashup" experience.

It's the latest interactive video offering in a recent wave of them. Linkin Park's video for "Lost in the Echo" let fans put their Facebook photos into the storyline. And Old Spice's "Muscle Music" ad tasked people to create sounds using as their keyboard the Old Spice Guy's muscles.

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Can Interest Targeting Improve Facebook’s Ad Model?

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 04:32 PM PDT

Most people don't hear the name "Leighton Meester" and think "jewelry," but there's a strong correlation between the Gossip Girl star and consumers who are in the market for some bling.

The relationship had been unexploited and probably unknown until SocialFlow, the New York-based social media marketing firm, crunched the numbers. Working on behalf of a large jewelry client, SocialFlow was able to buy ads against Facebook conversations about Meester.

The result, says Frank Speiser, co-founder of SocialFlow, was a 2x to 3x jump in click-through rates for ads.

Since CTRs for Facebook ads are notoriously low, the actual figures are unlikely to impress outsiders, but getting a 0.…
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Social Media Picks U.S. Open’s Most Sponsorable Stars [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 04:12 PM PDT

The U.S. Open is among the most high-profile events in tennis. It's a big deal for players who are looking not only for a major championship -- but also to improve endorsement potential.

While nothing can replace the marketability of competitive success, athletes' social media profiles are more relevant than ever.

So which U.S. Open stars are most attractive? SponsorHub thinks it has the answer. The company uses a scoring metric based on athletes' sporting performance combined with their social influence on Twitter, Facebook and Klout to rank their value to advertisers.

SponsorHub's findings: Roger Federer doubles as the top-ranked player in men's tennis and the sport's most mark…
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7-Inch Shootout: New Kindle Fires vs. Nexus 7

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 03:42 PM PDT

With so many 7-inch tablets hitting the market, we decided to stack Amazon's latest Kindle Fire products in this display range up against Google's Nexus 7.

And judging by specs alone, the Kindle Fire HD is the better buy.

Although the Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 both tout 1,280 x 800 resolution displays -- compared to the newly-revamped Kindle Fire's 1,024 x 600 display -- the Nexus 7 weighs in as the lightest (12 ounces). The Kindle Fire HD is almost two ounces more (13.9 ounces), and the Kindle Fire is 14.1 oz.

SEE ALSO: Amazon Unveils Kindle Paperwhite

Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire HD, which promises 11 hours of continuous battery life, beats out against Nexus 7 (10 hours) an…
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10 Most Shared 2012 Democratic Campaign Ads on YouTube

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 03:20 PM PDT

10. President Obama and the Fight for LGBT Rights

Glee star Jane Lynch narrates this documentary style ad (it's more than 5 minutes long) on a popular topic for the Democratic party -- LGBT rights. The ad builds up to the fact that Obama is the first sitting President to support same sex marriage. The President speaks candidly about "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and what it meant for him to repeal it. Obama places himself as the advocate for the LGBT community. And Lady Gaga makes a brief appearance. The ad had 73,064 shares.

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President Obama will speak Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention to formally accept his bid as the Democratic candidate for the 2012 Presidential election, and no one can predict how much his speech will stir up the social networks.

One thing's for sure, though -- Obama has already rounded up a powerful social following, with his campaign ads generating a significant amount of buzz this election season.

Unruly Media has analyzed that buzz, rounding up the top 10 most-shared ads on YouTube. Though this is Obama's second campaign, his ads have hit record shares -- his number one ad being shared more than 318,000 times on Facebook and Twitter.

The most shared Democrati…
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD Packs a Punch [HANDS-ON]

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 02:24 PM PDT

Amazon has announced the next-generation of its popular Kindle Fire tablet: the Kindle Fire HD. Available in both a 7-inch and a larger 8.9-inch model, the device improves upon the original model, while keeping some of the same features users have come to know and love.

Available for pre-order Thursday, the pint-sized tablet will keep the $199 price point of its predecessor (which saw a price drop today to $169), while buffing up its spec sheet.

One new feature called Free Time allows parents to customize what their children are able to do on the tablet. With support for several different profiles -- so you can have one for each child -- the feature can let you dictate how much tim…
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Meet the Citizen Journalists Livestreaming the Political Conventions

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 02:21 PM PDT

Journalists from publications all around the world swarmed on Tampa and Charlotte to cover the Republican and Democratic National Conventions over the past two weeks. Among the 15,000 of them were Jessica Wilt and John Ennis, two citizen journalists equipped with little more than an iPhone and iPad, a few accessories and social media accounts.

Wilt and Ennis had a mission: As winners of the Huffington Post's "OffTheBus" citizen journalism project, they were tasked with bringing their own perspectives and experience into their coverage of the conventions. They set up YouTube and Ustream accounts, received a few days' worth of journalism and technical training, then sent off to Tampa and…
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Google+ Goes Backstage at New York Fashion Week

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 02:07 PM PDT


Google is expanding its New York Fashion Week offerings this season. In addition to streaming 30 shows live on YouTube, a 17% increase from last year, the tech giant is also partnering with brands to bring on-the-spot Fashion Week coverage to Google+.

Beginning at 1:15 p.m. ET Friday, Teen Vogue beauty director Eva Chen will be hosting a Google Hangout on startup Lyst's Google+ page before fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff's show at Lincoln Center. Between four and five people, all pre-screened, will be invited into the Hangout to pose questions to backstage makeup and hair artists as well as Minkoff herself. Chen will moderate and also ask questions e-mailed in to…
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Faux Documentary Mocks Pretentious Instagram Photographers

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 02:06 PM PDT

Nothing can lead to delusions of photography grandeur quite like Instagram. Every average Joe is now just a filter or two away from becoming the next Ansel Adams.

Meet @thexavius, who is depicted in the YouTube video above as the world's premiere Instagram artist.

SEE ALSO: Facebook Completes $730 Million Instagram Acquisition

"What people don't understand about Instagram is that it has democratized the process of creating beautiful images," he says in the video.

"It used to be just people who knew how to use cameras."

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Calling All Bloggers! Join Our Digital Media Lounge During UN Week

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 01:47 PM PDT

The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference that will unite global leaders as they share how to use the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve the world's greatest challenges.

Taking place Sept. 22-24 at the 92Y in New York City, this year's Social Good Summit will feature the Digital Media Lounge, a comfortable work and networking environment for bloggers and journalists.

The Digital Media Lounge offers unfettered access to speaking sessions concerning UN Week and the digital journalism community, with topics covering women's health, emergency response, environmental conservancy, citizen journalism, digital diplomacy and cyber security.

The lounge is Wi-Fi…
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Amazon Blows Up the Tablet Market

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 01:33 PM PDT

This is war. Amazon's jaw-dropping new collection of Kindle Fire HD tablets recalibrates almost everything we thought we knew about the tablet market.

It lowered prices while offering enhancements and fresh technology in almost every area imaginable. It took the warning shot of the successful Kindle Fire tablet, based on Android 2.3 "Gingerbread," and turned it into a fusillade of tablet options.

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As Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled one Kindle Fire after another -- there were actually so many I got confused -- it became clear that there were no rules about prices, screen sizes, and component technologies.

Amazon eased into what would become landmark event with the new Kindle…
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Microsoft Asks Consumers to Compare Bing to Google Via a Pepsi Challenge

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 01:31 PM PDT

Microsoft is trying a new marketing gambit to get consumers to use its Bing search engine: A blind taste test.

The campaign, called Bing It On, asks users to compare any five search results for Bing and Google side-by-side without knowing which is which, and pick out the results that are the most relevant. Users can do this using and then find out whether they really prefer Google or Bing. It's basically the online equivalent of the Pepsi Challenge.

The Bing It On campaign comes on the heels of an independent study of nearly 1,000 Internet users commissioned by Microsoft, which found that people prefer Bing's search results to Google's two-to-one in blind comparison…
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eBay Acquires Shopping Discovery Site Svpply

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 01:14 PM PDT

eBay has acquired t3-year-old social shopping discovery site Svpply for an undisclosed amount, the company announced Thursday.

Like Pinterest, The Fancy and Lyst, all of which Svpply predates, users can use bookmarklet and repinning tools to index their favorite product finds from other users on the site and elsewhere on the web. Users are encouraged to discover new styles and click through to purchase.

In a corporate blog post, eBay implies that the acquisition is mainly about gaining "access to technology talent" to improve its own products. " assets -- including a talented team of six designers and developers -- are well-suited to help eBay advance more personalize…
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A Startup Competition for $100K, and 40+ More Events

Posted: 06 Sep 2012 01:10 PM PDT

Whether you're looking to make industry contacts or learn the latest trends in advertising, technology and media, Mashable's Events Board has something for you. We picked four of the latest events to be listed to give you an idea of the possibilities for networking, developing skills and moving your business forward. Check these out, or head over to the full listings to find relevant events in your area or preferred destination.

Our events board was recently updated so you can easily sort listings by when they were added. Many event organizers offer a discount code for Mashable readers and feature a YouTube video of a past event so you'll know what to expect. You can also subscribe to
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