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- Twitter's CEO defends the company against sexism claims — FWD
- 3D printing won't be closing any factories down — ReadWrite
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- An animated lesson in Klingon and Dothraki — Redbubble
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're looking to gadgets and accessories with social consciousness this October. Hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed each year, and organizations are trying to reduce that number by spreading knowledge about how to lower risk and when to get mammograms. Support cancer research and awareness with one of these tech goodies that will donate some of the proceeds to pink-ribbon-friendly organizations.
- Komen iPad Stand ($30) — Secure a tablet with the cover's elastic corner bands, and protect its screen by snapping the case shut. The stand has three different viewing angles.
- MobiTour by iLuv ($50) — iLuc is donating 10 percent of the sales of products purchased with the code BCA2013 during the month of October. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will receive some of the proceeds of tech goodies like this Bluetooth wireless speaker.
- Running Ribbon iPhone Case ($15) — Susan G. Komen's "Running Ribbon" logo decorates the backside of this iPhone 4/4S case.
- Mobile Edge Milano Laptop Bag ($85) — Ten percent of this laptop bag's sale will go directly to Susan G. Komen For the Cure. It can easily fit a 15-inch laptop, plus a smartphone and various accessories.
- USB Mobile Charger ($40) — Devices with a micro USB port can get extra power on the go with this mobile charger.
- USB Car Charger ($20) — Power up to two devices during your commute with this USB Car Charger.
- Scorch Earbuds ($20) — These premium buds come with a matching case so you can safely store them in a purse or gym bag.
- Ring of Hope Pink Tire ($80-$100) — Radar Tires are selling this Ring of Hope Pink Tire for a limited time at Tire Centers Inc.
Seagulls and geese were caught in a candid shot by Instagram user zivanod, who submitted the image on Instagram with the #coolcapture hashtag.
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Nausea, headache, dizziness — feelings of motion sickness are plaguing Apple users who have upgraded to iOS 7 in the last month. A thread on the company's discussion boards is filled with quotes detailing physical reactions to prolonged use of the new operating system's quick motion graphics: "It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car"; "I wish the zooming would just go away! Makes me feel sick also!"
Opening and closing any app in iOS 7 results in a fast zoom into or out of the app. Flip through several apps in just a few minutes, and as many people have noticed, it triggers a feeling of motion in the eyes while the body stays in one place, which can then cause motion sickness and its symptoms.
The inclusion of a technology called Parallax makes the background and icons on the screen appear to slightly move with the angle that the phone is held. This subtle animation is designed to make the digital world feel a little more real, but it's turned out to be another way the operating system may cause physical reactions in users.
While Apple has yet to comment on this physical reaction that users are facing, a work-around may help ease the effects of the operating system's new animations. Head to the device's Settings > General > Accessibilty and turn on Reduce Motion. This will reduce some of the animations on the screen, though it won't slow the zoom of apps opening and closing (hopefully that's to come).
Also try taking more eye breaks from your iDevice, as you would when on a computer for a prolonged period. Focus on a still object to lessen symptoms of nausea.
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- The best Halloween decorations from an unexpected source — Home
- Derek Hough and Nina Dobrev go public — Celebrity & News
- How celebrities have dressed up their tots for Halloween — Moms
- The best social snaps from beauty stars — Beauty
- How to get rid of ghosts — Tech
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- Watch Miley Cyrus mock the government shutdown — Entertainment
Halloween is traditionally a pretty spooky holiday, and the scary movies that feature ghosts, spirits, zombies, and monsters that hit theaters in October only further that notion. Battling your own ghost, scary creature, or entity? Here's how to banish them for good (or prevent them from showing up) with hints from a few of our favorite scary sci-fi films.
The Doctor can travel from the prehistoric Mesozoic era to the Renaissance era and still make it back to present-day Earth before humans begin the evening commute. But could the science-fiction adventures actually hold some sort of science fact?
In special feature content in Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series ($80) DVD box set, scientists theorize about the old scientific wonder that could make the TARDIS move through space and time: the wormhole.
This week in the Twitterverse, Felicia Day chopped off her ginger locks, astronaut Karen L. Nyberg was shutter happy, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson lent a shoulder to his best science bud. See more pithy messages from Felicia, Karen, Neil, and others in the top 10 tweets of the week from geeks we love.
Geek & Sundry's Felicia Day is now working a pixie cut. You go, girl!
Messages from more of our favorite geeky celebs after the break!
We live on Facebook, but would you live at Facebook too? The social media site had some interesting real estate news to reveal this week. Catch up on that, plus the demise of a black market online trading post in the week's biggest tech news.
- The end of an online empire — A techie living in San Francisco was arrested this week for running the black market trading emporium Silk Road. Before being found by the FBI, the "Dread Pirate Roberts" told the media he was "proud of what I do."
- Living where you work . . . is it crazy? — Tech companies provide some fantastic perks to employees to help them stay productive at work. But with Facebook's announcement of a housing complex to be built on campus soon, is this a perk that tips work-life balance too far to the work side?
- A Fall photography session is in order — The seasonal change has us staying outdoors ready for more photography adventures before Winter arrives. Find out which gadgets and gizmos we're hoping to add to our photography bag this month.
- iPhone 5Cs for all! — For those on the fence about purchasing Apple's new colorful line of phones, this weekend may be the time to jump on it. The phone on a two-year contract is $50 for a limited time.
- Paid music streaming? How about FREE music streaming — Rdio is getting serious about attracting users away from Spotify with the news that the company will now have free and unlimited radio, without ads. There goes your data plan.
The agency celebrated its 55th anniversary with a government shutdown. As our partners at ReadWrite discovered, it's Twitter to the rescue!
By Selena Larson
NASA turned 55 on October 1, and to celebrate, the government is shutting it down. Because the United States Congress has failed to authorize continued spending, the federal government stops providing all but "essential" services. Unfortunately, unlike the postal service, air traffic management and armed forces, NASA and a number of other government science endeavors aren't considered essential.
But a growing number of people who follow NASA on social media, read science blogs, and share scientific articles with friends might disagree.
5 Million Space Fans
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration—NASA to most of us—took to Twitter to announce its closure, and apologized to its nearly five million followers.
Sorry, but we won't be tweeting/responding to replies during the government shutdown. Be back as soon as possible. http://t.co/qIx8cigrnb
— NASA (@NASA) October 1, 2013
NASA is one of the most popular science accounts on Twitter—and it's now becoming recognized as one of the largest targets of the shutdown. According to the Washington Post, only 549 of NASA's 18,250 employees will be expected to report to work.
But this might be a great time for NASA's huge social media following to turn their tweets into action and let Washington know: science is essential to them.
The ease of passing around links and articles on social networks is driving a wave of renewed attention around science, technology, engineering, and math—or STEM, as it's known in the education business. The dramatic NASA shutdown could be a test: Does interaction about these subjects on social media really translate into action offline?
The answer is far from clear, but practitioners are hopeful.
NASA’s Social Community
Some of us probably remember sitting in awe as NASA scientists or astronauts came to our classrooms and wowed us with stories of space exploration. Now that wonder is making an impact on an even larger audience through social media.
NASA's long been known for planting flags on unexplored turf. It's been quick to colonize social networks, including the launch of an Instagram account two weeks ago, where it quickly amassed almost 200,000 followers. The space agency’s long-established Twitter account has a following of almost five million. NASA also uses video platforms like Google+ Hangouts and YouTube to bring scientists and astronauts into classrooms and living rooms around the world.
“We’ve never had this citizen science experience prior to social media,” said Jason Townsend, NASA’s deputy social media manager. “This is going to change how we perceive science and discovery and research in ways we just don’t know yet.”
One big push for NASA is to find ways to reach more young people to encourage an interest in science and technology. Twitter has been a successful platform for engaging a younger audience, including megastar Justin Bieber and his almost 45 million followers. After tweeting an invitation to help the young musician take his act into space, NASA saw a huge uptick in its follower count, including many female fans whom it might have struggled to reach through traditional means.
"If we can reach just one or two girls and get them interested because of him, then we’ve been successful," said John Yembrick, a NASA social media manager.
Turning Followers Into Funding
Following NASA on Twitter is not an end in itself. The space agency hosts NASA Social meetups, events that allow followers to take part in behind-the-scenes events surrounding NASA’s milestones or important historical moments.
NASA Social allows online followers to become more active members of the NASA community. In fact, these events are compelling attendees to become more involved in the community by organizing campaigns and lobbying the U.S. Congress for more funding—or, in the wake of the shutdown, any funding at all.
One campaign, Penny 4 NASA, is a push to increase federal funding to one percent of the U.S. annual budget. As it stands, the space agency receives less than half a penny of every federal dollar spent—about 0.48 percent.
And yesterday, Penny 4 NASA called for action on Twitter:
— Penny4NASA (@Penny4NASA1) October 1, 2013
Participants in the NASA Social events created the campaign on their own. But the people who run the agency are savvy enough to know that popular support for space programs is the only way to preserve their funding.
How NASA's telling the public it's OK to be smart through social media, when you read on.