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September 05 2012

Nokia’s Upcoming Smartphones and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Social Media NewsWelcome 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.

Nokia Expected to Launch Two New Smartphones at Today's Event

Nokia is expected to launch two new Windows Phone 8 smartphones at today's event -- Nokia Lumia 920 and 820.

In what could be a particularly important announcement for both Nokia and Microsoft, all eyes are on Finnish company. Nokia needs a killer smartphone -- and one that won't fade in just a few days, when Apple announces its next-gen iPhone on Sept. 12. Here's our best guess of what you can expect from today's…
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More About: Nokia, apple, features, first to know series, mashable, microsoft

September 04 2012

Can Real-Time Data Give Your Site an Edge?

Data is having a moment. Analytics are sexier than ever before, and metrics are drive decision-making and thus, boosting revenue. Not surprisingly, there are lots of data tools out there to parse your referral traffic, pageviews, time on page and more. But some people need to know what's happening now, how they can improve traffic immediately. That's where real-time analytics comes in, and if you ask CEO Tony Haile, that's where Chartbeat dominates.

Chartbeat went into beta on April 2, 2009. Today, it's a 33-person team, and a product used by tech and publishing heavyweights Foursquare, the Wall Street Journal, Time and Gilt Groupe. Chartbeat is an analytics tool for non-analytics people,…
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More About: Tech Innovators Series, analytics, chartbeat, features, mashable

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This Guy Has the Coolest Job in Coding [VIDEO]

From playing with light sabers to developing music apps for iPhones, Ge Wang does a lot in 24 hours.

More About: Day In The Life Series, Smule, features, mashable

4 Ways to Budget Your Business Like a Pro

Nobody likes to talk about budgeting. Even more, budgeting is sort of a drag to do -- but all can agree it's incredibly important.

A few companies have launched software to make budgeting faster and easier. Plus, options for interaction with fellow entrepreneurs on sites like Twitter and Quora enables relevant feedback so you don’t pay excessive amounts for a service you don’t need. Read on to discover a few ways you can manage your company's spectrum of debits and credits without too much stress.

1. Use Software

If Excel spreadsheets, paper receipts and data entry don't match your cloud storage lifestyle, you're in luck: Many entrepreneurs felt the same and a few dec…
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More About: Bootstrapping Business Series, budget, features, mashable, startup

The State of Ecommerce [INFOGRAPHIC]

Between now and 2016, be prepared to spend an average of $1,472 per year online shopping. Right now, U.S. consumers hover somewhere around $1,200-$1,300 per year, but that number will increase by 44%, to $1,738, by 2016.

Now, keep in mind that includes all kinds of online shopping: groceries, daily deals, vacations, clothing, etc. Still, as traditionally brick-and-mortar businesses (such as travel agencies and fashion labels) transition to the web, we'll be faced with little other option than to spend, spend, spend.

SEE ALSO: How Mobile Trends Are Shaping Ecommerce [INFOGRAPHIC]

And which industry is sweeping up the cash? An online sales forecast by eMarketer projects that sales…
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More About: Business, Evolution of Ecommerce Series, ecommerce, features, forrester, infographics, mashable, retail, shopping

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media

The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility, whether you're just starting high school or finishing up college.

The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process. (And we're not just talking kids, either.) But most of those consequences are preventable, often with just a little foresight.

We've pinpointed 12 social media mistakes that students should avoid at all costs, because after all, it's never as simple as "be responsible." And it's never as finite as "don't friend your teacher on Facebook." So…
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More About: Back to School Series, Facebook, Kids, Social Media, Twitter, back to school, college, education, features, foursquare, lifestyle, mashable

August 31 2012

Amazon’s New Kindles and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Social Media NewsWelcome 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.

Amazon to Launch Kindle Touch With 'Paperwhite' Display

Amazon is about to launch a new version of Kindle Touch with a new "Paperwhite" display, which reportedly features ”higher contrast, high resolution, integrated lighting, and eight weeks of battery life.”

Furthermore, the Verge reports the company is about to launch a new version of Kindle Fire, though another source claims the image in the original article is not the device in question.

If the reports are true,…
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More About: amazon, features, first to know series, kindle touch, mashable

August 30 2012

This 25-Year-Old Designer Has Olympic Dreams

Good design starts somewhere -- either with nature, a physical object or another person's art form. Inspiration, especially online, can piggyback, with each creation building on the one before yet still putting something new on the table. You may have already seen the wrap designs smart commissioned; now meet the designer who turned inspiration into reality.

SEE ALSO: These 5 Bloggers Want to Design Your Next Car

Mashable spoke with Megan Flood, art director and designer at Maloney & Fox, who created the wraps for smart's blogger contest. Flood, 25, told us a bit about her creative background and the process she uses when she creates. Check out this Q&A with Flood and then vote
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More About: BrandSpeak, blogger, mashable

6 Fitness Tools You Need to Know

Fitness is something many aspire to, but it seems like only a few actually achieve. Let's face it, not everyone has it in them to be a three-time marathoner or to wake up at the crack of dawn every day to swim laps. On the other hand, too many people (who, me? Never.) get frustrated when they pay for a gym membership that they don't use. Fitness is something that can't be bought at any price, but we discovered a few apps and gadgets that can truly make a difference in how you reach your goals.

SEE ALSO: The 35 Fittest People in TechWhether it's a social network that keeps you accountable for the workouts you planned to do each week or a scale that tells you the details you need to kno…
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More About: Nike, The Hot List, features, fitbit, mashable

IFA Gadgets Galore and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Social Media NewsWelcome 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.

A Swarm of Tablets, Smartphones and Other Gadgets Unveiled at IFA Berlin

For the last couple of days we've been following the multitude of gadgets revealed ahead of the IFA Berlin 2012 consumer electronic show, and we've been impressed by what we've seen so far.

Beside showing us the next-generation Galaxy Note, Samsung has unveiled its first Windows tablet, its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone and an Android-powered Galaxy camera.

Sony has improved its offering on the…
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More About: HTC Desire X, IFA, barack obama, features, first to know series, mashable, reddit

August 29 2012

9 Gmail Plugins to Revive Your Productivity

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For years, Gmail has dominated as the standard -- even to the extent that the web savvy crowd tends to think less of people who use a more archaic email service, a phenomenon known as domain discrimination. The rationalization goes, why would you keep using a limited email interface when there's a better product out there?

Along those same lines, your Gmail might be outdated if you haven't tried some of these handy plugins. Mashable rounded up the best here, which are each available to install as a Chrome Extension, and a few are available on Firefox as well. If you've already tried these, tell us your verdict in the comments, and feel free to suggest plugins we might have missed!…
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More About: features, gmail, mashable, open forum, productivity

5 Student Projects That Just Might Transform City Life

The children are our future, and while they enjoy their fair share of Angry Birds sessions and Twilight marathons, they're a pretty innovative and impressive bunch. Below, we've outlined five projects that show the young'uns are in control and will use technology to make the world a better place.

"Showing young people how technology is a tool, and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit toward problem solving, can be incredibly empowering," explains Terry Howerton, chairman of the Chicago Tech Academy and founder of the incubator TechNexus. By starting students on a tech track at a young age, we're preparing the next generation to think outside the box and create innovative solutions to the w…
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More About: Global Innovation Series, education, features, innovation, mashable, students

Google’s Birthday Reminders and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Social Media NewsWelcome 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.

Google Starts Displaying Birthday Reminders on Front Page

Google has started displaying birthday reminders on its Google Search front page, proving once again that it's serious about integrating social features into its core products.

Starting today, users will see a reminder on Google.com when someone in their circles has a birthday. The feature will initially work only if you're searching in English on Google.com, and it will be rolled out gradually over the "next few day…
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More About: apple, features, first to know series, grooveshark, mashable

August 28 2012

How ‘Project Runway’ Uses Social Media to #MakeItWork

To kick off its 10th season this summer, Project Runway developed a highly visual, multi-pronged campaign designed to round up existing fans and get their friends involved.

The ongoing campaign, dubbed "#MakeItWork," riffs off an oft-delivered piece of advice from cast member Tim Gunn, who occupies the role of "mentor" to designers on the show. Since the show's premiere on July 11, Project Runway's Twitter following has jumped 12% to 130,000+, and its Facebook fanbase has grown by 6% to more than 1.5 million fans.

#MakeItWork extends across an impressive number of online and offline platforms, some large and established, others -- like Viddy and Piictu -- less so.

Here's a…
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More About: A&E, Behind the Social Media Campaign Series, Entertainment, Marketing, Social Media, TV, features, lifetime, mashable, project runway

YouTube’s One-Click Video Enhancer Started With a Crazy Idea

With an astounding 72 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, not all clips are going to be decent quality.

Thankfully, YouTube offers an innovative tool that can “magically” fix videos that are shaky, or suffer from poor light levels, with just one click.

This tool, called Enhance, was not created overnight, but was the result of years of development from a team of dedicated Google engineers.

We spoke to Rushabh Doshi, tech lead and manager of the YouTube Editor team, to find out how the tool evolved, starting with the introduction of the original “Editor” product.

"I took some snowboarding videos and I needed to put them together to make one video, but what e…
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More About: Google, Tech Innovators Series, Video, YouTube, features, interview, mashable, software, video editing software

How NASA Makes Scientific Data Beautiful

Hurricane Katia, seen from orbit.

How do you make education interesting and, more importantly, beautiful? When it comes to the work of NASA, attracting enthusiasts isn't difficult with the usual visuals of bright stars and colorful planets on hand. Look no further than the recent awe over Mars rover Curiosity's high-res pictures to see proof of humanity's fascination with space.

But not all of NASA's data is packaged into a neat little photos. In fact, some of the organization's most important findings about space come back in the form of numbers, beamed in by one of the many satellites orbiting our planet. And this information is brought to life by the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) -- a team of scientists and…
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More About: Leaders in Design Series, NASA, features, mashable, space

8 Samsung Phones Apple Wants to Ban and Two Other Stories You Need to Know

Social Media NewsWelcome 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 Lists Eight Samsung Devices It Wants to Ban in the U.S.

Apple has identified eight Samsung products it wants to ban from sale in the United States.

The list is as follows: Galaxy S 4G, AT&T Galaxy S2, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy S2 T-Mobile, Galaxy S2 Epic 4G, Galaxy S Showcase, Droid Charge and Galaxy Prevail.

Apple has published the list after a federal jury in San Jose, Calif. decided Samsung has “willfully” infringed on five of seven Apple patents, awarding…
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More About: apple, features, first to know series, mashable, samsung

August 27 2012

5 Great Gadgets for Latchkey Kids

Do your children spend time home alone? If you worry about them when you're not with them, there are gadgets that can make you feel more close by. Technology is obviously no substitute for proper childcare, but if you know your older children are safe in the house alone and just want some extra safety measures in place, these products can help.

From kid-friendly cellphones to smart door locks that will alert you when your kids get home, to ways to keep an eye on your offspring in the house, the innovative solutions we gathered might be of interest.

SEE ALSO: 7 Ways to Educate Yourself Outside the Classroom

Take a look through our gallery of gadgetry that can help protect yo…
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More About: Back to School Series, Gadgets, Kids, Mobile, Tech, family and parenting, features, home, lifestyle, mashable

These 5 Bloggers Want to Design Your Next Car

Originality is en vogue. We customize the tech we use each day, from screensavers to smartphone cases, choosing to reflect our personalities through visuals and express individuality. But for millennials, gadgetry has grown to new heights. Thanks to smart, the aesthetic of your mode of transportation can now be personalized to your tastes.

Like no other car, smart can be customized to be an extension of your imagination, your passions and your personality. So smart invited five unique bloggers to design a custom smart car wrap that best expresses their personality. Meet the bloggers and check out their wraps, then vote for your favorite. After a vote, you’ll be in the running to sc…
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More About: BrandSpeak, blogger, mashable

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