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Top 25 Digital Media Resources This Week



We know you've had a busy week, and that sometimes you don't have the time to read all of our tech tips and tricks. But since we love our readers so much, we want to make sure that they're well informed

So if you missed some tech tips this weekend, don't worry—we've got you covered. We've rounded up the top 25 Mashable digital media resources for your convenience. Skim through for even more iOS 7 secret features and a complete history of Pokemon

Have a good weekend everybody

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  • What 50 Years of Hurricane Data Still Hasn't Told Us
    During an unusually tame hurricane season, we speak to meteorologists about how storm patterns have changed over the last 50 years, and what's causing it. Read more...

  • More about Social, Twitter, Gmail, Social Media, and Features

    Posted on 14 October 2013 | 10:33 am

    8 Apps to Save and Back Up Texts on Android



    If you're reading this, chances are you spend a lot of time texting. Like, a ridiculous amount of time. Some might say too much time, but we wouldn't know anything about that — this is a judgment free zone.

    The point is, texting is a huge part of our daily lives. We use texting to make memories, share secrets, send complex late-night film ideas. So why are you erasing all of them?

    See also: 10 Free Android Apps You'll Use Every Day

    If you're looking to back up and save the texts on your Android, look no further than this gallery. Here, we've compiled eight reliable ways to keep a record of your texts. Read more...

    More about Mobile, Apps, Android, Sms, and Features

    Posted on 14 October 2013 | 7:55 am

    Google Nexus 5 Leaked in Detailed Video



    Following what appears to be a leaked manual for the next-generation Nexus 5 smartphone, a detailed, seven-minute video of Google's flagship handset leaked online this weekend.

    Posted to Android Police, the video gives an overview of the LG-built phone's hardware and software. Interestingly — or perhaps suspiciously — the phone says it's running the "Key Lime Pie" version of Android. The next version of Android is actually called KitKat, but perhaps Google engineers used the Key Lime Pie name until its marketing colleagues struck a promotional deal with Nestle to name it KitKat.

    The Nexus 5 in the video may be running a much older version of Android than it's slated to be released withPhotos of what appears to be another Nexus 5 running a more recent version of Android (perhaps KitKat), also surfaced this week. Read more...

    More about Google, Lg, Tech, Gadgets, and Mobile

    Posted on 14 October 2013 | 7:06 am

    Google Explains Quantum Computing in One Simple Video



    Although we’ll have to wait to discover what innovations Google’s secret “X lab” holds for the future, the company does have at least one bleeding-edge venture it wants to unveil to the public right now. In partnership with NASA, Google has embarked on a project to use a 512-qubit D-Wave Two quantum computer to tackle some of our biggest computational problems.

    See also: 6 Obscure NASA Sites Every Nerd Has to See

    And because visuals often help explain complex concepts, Google has posted a short documentary explaining what quantum computing is, and how it plans to use the technology to make new discoveries. Read more...

    More about Google, Video, Computing, Youtube, and Tech

    Posted on 14 October 2013 | 4:54 am

    7 Apps You Don't Want to Miss



    From an app that makes your Android device look like an iPhone to another that gives 2D pictures a 3D look — many interesting apps launched this week.

    Each weekend, Mashable creates a roundup of our favorite apps to keep you up-to-date on what's new.

    See also: iOS 7 Apps: Download These Now

    Notable apps include a zombified take on a popular vintage game, and an app that simplifies video-creation with your friends.

    Check about the gallery, above, for a look at this week's highlights.

    Still looking for more? Check out last week's Apps You Don't Want to Miss for more great apps worth downloading. Read more...

    More about Apps, Android, Ios, Tech, and Apps Software

    Posted on 14 October 2013 | 4:02 am

    MythBusters Experiment: Tweet at This Plant to Help It Grow



    Some green thumbs insist that talking to plants helps them grow and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is putting that popular idea to the test with a technological twist.

    As part of "MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition," the museum created an interactive experiment that lets anyone tweet at a plant at the museum through the project's official website. The unique message gets turned into robotic speech that then travels through a speaker to the plant

    The museum teamed up with the agency Carmichael Lynch, an organization that focuses on digital media, public relations and more, to create a special tweet-to-speech technology. Visitors to the official site can actually hear the technology at work; as a new tweet comes in, the robot sounds it out Read more...

    More about Mythbusters, Tech, Denver Museum Of Nature And Science, and Plants

    Posted on 13 October 2013 | 5:00 pm

    Iconic Homebrew Computer Club to Reunite Thanks to Kickstarter



    The legendary computer club where Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak first showed off their early retail computers is reuniting next month

    Tech-savvy members of the Homebrew Computer Club are scheduled to present at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., the same city where tech giants Google and LinkedIn now have their headquarters

    See also: Technostalgia: 20 Misty Memories of Personal Computing

    A Kickstarter campaign, which aimed to raise $16,000 to fund the reunion, announced that the event will take place on Nov. 11. Original members of the club will be on hand to "celebrate their legacy and to impart their wisdom to the next generation of hackers and creators whose innovations will shape the future," according to the Kickstarter page Read more...

    More about Apple, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Kickstarter, and Tech

    Posted on 13 October 2013 | 11:13 am

    Ask a Dev: What Are the Best Android Tutorials for New Developers?



    Starting out as a new developer doesn't have to be overwhelming. The latest video in our Ask a Dev series takes a look at the best tutorials for aspiring Android developers.

    Consulting architect Caldwell Shine suggests two resources for beginners: The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development and books by The Big Nerd Ranch.

    See also: 10 Free Android Apps You'll Use Every Day

    After selecting books to use, Shine encourages aspiring developers to set goals early. The first priority should be getting "Hello World" to work on your Android app, he says. Shine also recommends exploring other developers' apps, and trying to recreate ones that stand out as practice. Read more...

    More about Android, Developers, Tutorials, Droid Root, and Tech

    Posted on 13 October 2013 | 9:57 am

    Apps Crash Twice As Often on iPhone 5S Compared to iPhone 5



    If it seems like your apps are crashing more frequently since you upgraded to the new iPhone 5S, you're not alone.

    Mobile applications crash twice as often on the iPhone 5S than they do on both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C, according to tests by Crittercism, a mobile application performance management company

    See also: See Apple's iPhone 5S From the Inside

    But even with the doubled rate, crash frequency is still relatively low across all versions of the iPhone 5. The 5S has a crash rate of about 2%, compared to the original 5 and 5C's rates of just around 1%, Kalyan Ramanathan, Crittercism's chief marketing officer, told Mashable. Read more...

    More about Apps, Iphone, Mobile Applications, Iphone 5, and Tech

    Posted on 13 October 2013 | 8:59 am

    Russia Launching New Search Engine 'Sputnik' to Compete With Google



    The name Sputnik stands tall in history books as the vessel that helped spark a space race with the U.S. But a new Russian project with the same name is planning to play catch-up in an area where the U.S. already has a huge lead: search engines.

    See also: 20 Searches Made Ridiculous by Google Autocomplete

    Rostelecom, the country’s state-controlled telecom service, has been charged with creating a search engine to compete with the likes of Google, as well as well local search-engine leader Yandex, which is based in the Netherlands, according to Reuters.

    Even with state backing, however, Sputnik will face stiff competition. On its website, Yandex claims that it currently generates 62% of all search traffic in Russia. Read more...

    More about Startups, Tech, Apps Software, and World

    Posted on 13 October 2013 | 8:21 am

    Top 10 Tech This Week



    With mobile devices more popular than ever, we are becoming accustomed to having of our necessary functions at hand in an instant. Tech in the 21st century is about improving quality of life, including the relative ease of its accessibility. It's no surprise then that three different wireless devices you can attach to your body were released this week.

    BeLuvv's latest invention, Guardian, was made with parents in mind. The gadget comes with a chip that can be worn as a wristband or buckle on a child's clothing, that connects to an app via bluetooth. The parent then sets the parameters they will allow their child to travel, and the app will alert them as the child begins to leave those boundaries. Learn more about this gadget which can help parents to never lose their kid in a crowd again. Read more...

    More about Mobile, Gadgets, Features, and Tech

    Posted on 13 October 2013 | 8:05 am

    Google Prevails in Legal Dispute Over Browser Tracking



    A legal dispute over Google's practice of tracking users to create targeted advertisements ended Wednesday as a federal judge ruled in the company's favor.

    A class action lawsuit, titled Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation, was brought by web browser users who alleged that Google avoided browser security settings, using cookies to track usage on computers and mobile devices. The plaintiffs alleged that the company wrongfully maneuvered its way through browser security. They further claimed that this tracking information informed Google's use of targeted ads.

    See also: Your Face May Appear in a Google Ad Soon Read more...

    More about Google, Ads, Cookies, Tech, and Targeted Ads

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 5:00 pm

    Official Apple 'Spaceship' Campus Model Makes Its Debut



    It's been more than two years since Apple announced plans to build a new "spaceship" campus in Cupertino, Calif., and today, the Internet has been treated to a first look at a 3D model of Apple's proposed new "spaceship" headquarters.

    The San Jose Mercury News was given a sneak peek of a model of Apple's new proposed campus before it goes before the Cupertino City Council on Tuesday

    Apple Campus

    The committee will have to vote on the project before any construction begins.

    Although this is the first physical model the public has seen of the new facility, previous renderings revealed a dark-colored roof with solar panels, a corporate auditorium, additional parking and a jogging path. Images also included a 45,000 square foot fitness center. Read more...

    More about Apple and Tech

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 10:04 am

    CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox File Supreme Court Petition to Shut Down Aereo



    Broadcasters petitioned the Supreme Court on Friday to shut down Aereo, a service that streams over-the-air programming to Internet-connected devices.

    With Aereo, people can view live, local televisions broadcasts through the device, as well as record programming in a cloud-based DVR to watch later. Broadcasters claim that the device violates their copyrights and have now asked the Supreme Court to help in their fight.

    See also: 6 Great Alternatives to Netflix

    On Thursday, a federal judge issued a ruling in the case between Hearst and Aereo, denying Hearst its request for an injunction against the company. Read more...

    More about Tv, Supreme Court, Tech, Gadgets, and Mobile

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 9:45 am

    10 'Star Trek' Technologies That Actually Exist



    Whether it's deep space or the deepest depths of the ocean, truly brilliant machines can operate in all sorts of extreme conditions. While the U.S.S. Enterprise doesn't exist (yet!), there are other technologies out there that seem to be taking cues from Star Trek's amazing portrayal of the future.

    For the latest chapter in GE's Brilliant Machines story, let's consider 10 examples of tech that got their start in the scripts, but are now as real as the Higgs boson and its attendant field

    We set our course with the help of Joe Latrell, a "recovering" rocket scientist — yes, he's actually put payloads into space — and a longtime Trekkie. Read more...

    More about Gadgets, Star Trek, Tech, Apps Software, and Dev Design

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 9:11 am

    Americans Use the Most Mobile Minutes in the World



    Americans spend more time on their mobile phones than anyone else in the world. The average American logged 356 monthly minutes of outgoing calls in 2011. In contrast, the average German only logged 78 minutes of outgoing calls each month

    See also: 10 Free iPhone Apps You'll Use Every Day

    This chart, created by Statista using OCED data, shows the length of time that mobile subscribers in 10 different countries spent on the phone in 2011.

    131011_American_Talk_MashableImage: Flickr, Neil T

    More about Mobile, Tech, Phone Calls, Voice Calling, and Apps Software

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 8:43 am

    Google's Eric Schmidt 'Surprised' by Tablet Boom in Enterprise



    Google chairman Eric Schmidt admits to being surprised by the explosion of tablets in enterprise, but now believes that the trend will see a big shift in the way companies distribute software.

    Speaking for the second time in a week at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Schmidt expressed surprised at how tablets have stormed enterprise and said that he expected most employees to bounce between their PC and mobile phone.

    "I was actually surprised by this. I didn't call this,” he said in comments first reported by Business Insider.

    “Would the phone replace the PC? I figured employees would be using a PCs and a phone. But it was the tablet revolution. It looks to us like the majority of enterprise computing is being done on mobile devices, in particular on tablets. That broke the old model.” Read more...

    More about Google, Enterprise, Eric Schmidt, Tablets, and Tech

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 7:22 am

    Klout Users Can Now Customize How They Appear in Bing Search Results



    Microsoft and Klout extended their partnership Friday with the introduction of new Klout-verified photos on Bing.

    Now when people search for you on Bing you can dictate what photo shows up in search results. You can also add links to your social media profiles, as well as your pubic personal summery on LinkedIn.

    See also: How to Score a Job at Klout

    Photos and summary information are brought in only if you have a Klout account connected to your LinkedIn profile and mirror what you currently share on LinkedIn. If your Klout account is also connected to Twitter, then your two most influential public tweets over the past seven days will also be displayed below your profile. If your Instagram account is connected as well, then your most influential Instagram photos from the past 90 days will also be displayed. Read more...

    More about Bing, Klout, and Tech

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 6:19 am

    Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 to Debut in January



    The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone might debut sooner than expected

    According to Korean site Naver, which is run by former Samsung employees, the company is gearing up to launch its next-generation Galaxy device in January as a part of an effort to kickstart slowing sales of its current model.

    See also: 7 Photo Editing Apps to Use With Instagram

    The report indicates the Samsung Galaxy S5 could launch less than a year after its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, which was introduced in March.

    The S5 may be revealed at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, according to the report Read more...

    More about Mobile, Samsung, Tech, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Samsung Galaxy S5

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 5:12 am

    7 Ways to Stop iOS 7 From Killing Your iPhone Battery



    Just when you thought battery life couldn't run out any faster on the iPad or iPhone, enter iOS 7. One of the biggest complaints about the the new mobile operating system is how easily it drains your battery.

    SEE ALSO: 8 Great Hidden Features in iOS 7

    There are a few basic things you might be doing to make precious hours of running time slip away. Here are a few quick fixes to keep iOS 7 devices powered for much longer.

    1. Background App Refresh

    Background App

    The battery-draining culprit that perhaps bears the most responsibility is a new feature called Background App Refresh, whose default is set to "on" in iOS 7. It lets apps run in the background while you multitask and continually refreshes content when running on Wi-Fi or a cellular network. To disable this feature, visit Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Here, you can turn off the entire function or just disable that apps you don't need to refresh on an automatic basis. Read more...

    More about Mobile, Apple, Battery, Tech, and Apps Software

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 3:04 am

    10 Inspired iPhone Homescreen Wallpapers



    Chances are you look at your iPhone's homescreen around 4,192* times a day, so why not change the display to something that makes you smile?

    We have found 10 wicked wallpapers that work brilliantly as iPhone homescreens, thanks to witty visual puns and cunningly creative concepts

    See also: 7 Free Apps to Create Custom iPhone Wallpaper

    Take a look through the gallery above for the collection of cool examples we've found. In the comments below, share any other diverting designs you've seen online


    Homepage image: Flickr, Robert S. Donovan

    More about Gadgets, Iphone, Features, Tech, and Dev And Design

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 1:04 am

    6 Tips for Sorting Your Gmail Contacts



    You're proud of your status on team #inboxzero. You have labels, lots of labels. Your filtering system acts like a good defensive line; nothing's getting through there.

    But have you organized your contacts yet? The "Contacts" tab on your Gmail account is probably like most users': a desolate wasteland of misspelled versions of email addresses, networking connections you don't remember and personal contacts

    See also: 14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

    Well not anymore. We're going to give you our very best tips for cleaning out that contacts clutter and making your email address book useful again. For clarity's sake, we're focusing on Gmail as an email client here, but several of these tips will carry over to other services Read more...

    More about How To, Gmail, Social Media, Contacts, and Features

    Posted on 12 October 2013 | 12:03 am

    Commuter Series Wallet Combines Smartphone Case and Wallet in One



    Phone, keys, wallet: These are the three items nearly everyone makes sure they have before leaving home.

    But a new phone case from Otterbox might cut that list down to two. The Commuter Series Wallet is a protective smartphone case that provides a storage space for users to keep their money and cards, making it easy to keep track of everything all at once.

    See also: 4 New Google Maps Features That Make Travel Easier

    The storage space clicks into place when closed, and merges easily with the rest of the case. What's more, users can easily take out a credit card or cash while still looking at their phone. The case holds up to three cards and one bill Read more...

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    Posted on 11 October 2013 | 9:00 pm

    This Smartphone Charger Doesn't Need an Outlet — Just Fire



    We all want to disconnect from our mobile devices sometimes and escape outside. But during every camping trip, a sunset is begging to be posted on Instagram or a trail is too hard to navigate without GPS. But the great outdoors is devoid of outlets to recharge, leaving us with battery-zapped devices.

    FlameStower harnesses fire to charge your battery. The device is comprised of a USB port, small stand, container for water and flat end to put over the fire; it uses a thermoelectric process to charge small mobile devices. The temperature difference creates energy because the higher voltage of the flame helps send electricity to the lower voltage of the water (the colder component) Read more...

    More about Mobile, Technology, Camping, Mobile Devices, and Tech

    Posted on 11 October 2013 | 4:59 pm

    Instagram Adds Sound and Data Usage Controls to iOS, Android Apps



    Instagram released updates for both its iOS and Android apps Thursday

    The updates include sound and data usage controls for videos on both versions of the app, and the Android version now has a photo straightening feature, which was already available on iOS. If you take a photo that is crooked or tilted, the app offers the option to straighten it at the push of a button

    See also: 10 Must-Follow Instagram Accounts for Stylish Women

    Instagram didn't release a blog post fully explaining the update, the company simply tweeted about the changes from its official account (embedded below). Our request for comment was not immediately returned Read more...

    More about Android, Data Usage, Ios, Instagram, and Facebook

    Posted on 11 October 2013 | 1:39 pm

    If You Can't Open Your Smartphone, Do You Really Own It?



    A mile-long line formed outside London's flagship Apple store last month in the now-ritualistic rush of fans eager to be among the first to get the latest iPhones.

    The global release also condemned millions of older smartphones to an existence of gathering dust in a drawer or sitting in a landfill. Some are likely to be in perfect working order, while others will have a cracked screen or a faulty battery. But why bother repairing it when you can just have a new one?

    Regarding electronic devices as disposable items is a mentality Ugo Vallauri wants to change.

    "If the front wheel on someone's bike breaks, no one in their right mind would throw it away without trying to fix it," said Vallauri, an Italian researcher. "But if it was the screen on an iPhone that broke, people are more likely to just give up on it." Read more...

    More about Iphone, Smartphone, Recycle Gadgets, Tech, and Apps Software

    Posted on 11 October 2013 | 12:16 pm

    iPads Have Crippled the Growth of PC Sales



    Sales of PCs were on the rise in 2010 — that is, until the iPad's release on April 3 of that year.

    Since the launch of the signature Apple tablet, the quarterly growth of PC sales has fallen drastically. By 2012, PC sales have been in decline. In fact, there has not been an increase in sales in any quarter over the last year and a half.

    See also: The 25 Best Free iPad Apps

    Statista's chart, below, uses Gartner data to show the decline in quarterly PC sales growth over the last three years


    Have you forgone your PC in favor of sleek tablet? Let us know in the comments if these stunted stales reflect your habits Read more...

    More about Tech, Pc, Ipad, Gadgets, and Chart Of The Day

    Posted on 11 October 2013 | 9:30 am

    New Twitter App for Android Tablets Launches On Samsung Note



    Twitter announced an app specifically built for Android tablets on Thursday. The microblogging site has long had an Android app available to tablet owners, but the new app is the first designed for the larger screen and built specifically with the tablet experience in mind, according to a Twitter blog post.

    Users will still find content they're familiar with, including trending topics and follow suggestions. But the new app has some features that take advantage of the larger screen. Clicking on tweets in the new app, for example, will expand them to the right of the stream, and clicking again will expand videos, photos or stories across the full screen Read more...

    More about Twitter, Android, App, Tablets, and Tech

    Posted on 11 October 2013 | 8:11 am

    8 More Hidden iOS 7 Features



    Apple's iOS 7 hit the iPhone and iPad last month and packed the new release with not only a brand new design, but lots of new gestures, feature and capabilities. We've already discussed some of our favorite things in iOS 7, as well as some of our gripes and along the way have managed to learn a new trick or two.

    Thanks to your feedback — and some additional sleuthing — we've got even more hidden iOS 7 features that you might not have run across

    See also: 8 Great Hidden Features in iOS 7

    Some of these features are nice to have, and others — like some of the keyboard shortcuts — really make iOS 7 a more productive experience. Read more...

    More about Apple, Features, Tips And Tricks, Tech, and Apps Software

    Posted on 11 October 2013 | 7:32 am

    Double Robot Wants to Take Over the Office, Not the World



    “Aiiee!” I heard one woman scream as I silently cruised around the office, rolling up to coworkers, darting between aisles and popping into meetings. “What is that?” she said as she stared back at my rail-thin body and flat, shiny head. It’s a Double Robotics telepresence robot," I said, smiling, and then turned in place and sped off to startle someone else.

    Most people who saw me — or, rather the robot version of myself — test-driving the $2,499 Double Robotics telepresence robot called it “creepy/cool.” While there was no denying the utility of a robot that you can remotely control from anywhere in the world, most of my coworkers found the rolling, whisper-quiet Double robot a bit discomfiting. Read more...

    More about Review, Reviews, Robots, Robot, and Telepresence

    Posted on 11 October 2013 | 7:24 am