NBC's three-hour televised musical The Sound of Music Live!, starring country music star Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp and True Blood's Stephen Moyer as Captain von Trapp, airs live tonight (Dec. 5) at 8 p.m. ET.
For the uninitiated, The Sound of Music tells the story of aspiring nun Maria's adventure to become governess for the widower Captain von Trapp's seven kids, but her romantic emotions for the Captain kick in and she begins to doubt her religious calling
But before you watch Underwood take on the iconic role national TV, here are six fun facts to digest and share with your friends family Read more...More about Music, Entertainment, Tv, Nbc, and Musical
On news of former South African President Nelson Mandela's death, the world — from citizens to media outlets — shared their memorials. Here, we offer a sampling of some of the most inspiring and moving tributes
South Africans are shown, in the photo above, lighting candles outside Mandela's home in Johannesburg.A 10-Page Multimedia-Rich Obituary, From The New York Times
An excerpt from the obituary by Bill Keller:
When the question was put to Mr. Mandela in an interview for this obituary in 2007 — after such barbarous torment, how do you keep hatred in check? — his answer was almost dismissive: Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate. Read more...More about Us World, World, and Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and the man who fought to end apartheid, died at the age of 95 on Thursday.
While tributes to his life almost immediately flooded Twitter, many of those came from world leaders, a selection of which are posted below:
Nelson Mandela was inspirational. On behalf of NZ I’d like to express my sincere condolences to his family and all South Africans.
— John Key (@johnkeypm) December 5, 2013
A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 5, 2013 Read more...More about Twitter, Obama, Tweets, David Cameron, and Us World
Nelson Mandela died today in Johannesburg at the age of 95. Earlier this year, during Mandela's illness, Eve Fairbanks prepared this assesment of his life and legacy.
Soon after I moved to South Africa in 2009, I rode through Soweto, the historic black township south of Johannesburg, with a young black journalist and public relations guru named Brian Mahlangu. The editor of a new design magazine, Mahlangu wanted to show me the township’s nascent sexy side. But the more we drove around, the more agitated he became. Soweto has some glorious houses, but where the lawns end and the sidewalks begin sit drifts of bleached-out Coke bottles, cheese-curl packets, empty KFC containers, chicken bones. South Africans litter profusely; Soweto’s parks are landscaped with garbage. Read more...More about South Africa, Africa, Us World, Us, and World
It's still unclear exactly how Apple plans to use Topsy, the social media analytics firm the tech giant acquired on Monday for a reported $200 million. The possible theories are intriguing and numerous; speculation includes improvements to Siri, building social integration into Apple TV, and even the creation of an Apple search engine to rival Google on mobile devices
Regardless of Apple's motivation, though, other companies that make money by analyzing social data such as public posts and tweets are taking away a major positive from the news: validation.Apple, Startups, Topsy, Gnip, and Social Data
In March 1990, one month after Nelson Mandela's release from prison, John Carlin — then a South Africa correspondent for The Independent in London — discussed then-president F.W. de Klerk's decision to release the political activist, despite protests from pro-apartheid forces. Carlin saw in Mandela a unique set of political skills: "Mandela has set himself up as a statesman just as much as a liberation leader. He has seen that the two roles must go hand in hand. Apartheid is founded on white fears. Remove those fears, and apartheid is gone."
During Nelson Mandela's ride from prison to Cape Town on the afternoon of his release, he spotted a white couple and their children on the side of the road and, to the dismay of his security men, asked his driver to stop. The man had been trying to take a photograph of the 12-car convoy as it passed. Mandela stepped out of his car alone and walked over to the couple. He talked to them for about 10 minutes and played with the little boy and girl. There was much laughter, not to say stupefaction on the part of the couple. Before leaving, Mandela posed with the family and asked one of his party to take the picture. Read more...More about Politics, South Africa, Africa, Us World, and Social Good
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died at age 95 on Thursday after months of fighting illness and lung infection, South Africa President Jacob Zuma confirmed.
The anti-apartheid revolutionary and the country's first black president was known for his compassion and progress through peaceful resistance. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for treason of the white minority government and was released in 1990 after negotiating with his captors. He went on to lead the first fully democratic election in the country's history. His contributions and the number of people he inspired are innumerable Read more...More about Videos, Us World, Politics, Us, and World
Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at the age of 95. President Obama made a statement from the White House shortly after South African President Zuma confirmed Mandela's death.
"He achieved more than could be expected of any man," Obama said in his statement Thursday evening. "Today he has gone home [...] He no longer belongs us; he belongs to the ages."
President Obama also said he was one of the millions who drew inspiration from Mandela's life, noting that his very first political action was a protest against apartheid
"I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set," he said. "So as long as I live, I will do what I can to learn from him." Read more...More about Barack Obama, White House, Us World, Politics, and Us
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and the anti-apartheid hero, has died at the age of 95.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma confirmed Mandela's death on Thursday. In a televised address, Zuma said, "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father." Mandela died at 8:50 p.m. local time
Mandela passed away after almost a month of being in intensive care. He was admitted into a Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 8 with a recurring lung infection, an illness that traces back to his years in prison. During the rule of the white racist government and apartheid, Mandela spent 27 years behind bars, before being freed in 1990 and becoming South Africa's first black president in 1994 Read more...More about South Africa, Us World, World, and Nelson Mandela
Whether you're just launching or in your third year of business, you won't succeed without loyal customers and brand ambassadors. Customer relationships and feedback are essential, but you need to understand how to toe the line between respectfully receiving feedback and giving in to every request. The customer might always be right, but as Steve Jobs is notorious for saying, customers don't know what they want until they see it
See also: 8 Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy
This is where customer relationship management (CRM) comes in, and your success here can make all the difference. It's a balancing act, sure, and it may at first seem like a curse. Users will be blunt. They will be honest. They may hit your idea where it hurts. But they (usually) aren't trolls. CRM will help you develop personal relationships with customers — a huge advantage over big businesses — who will get everyone they know to shop with you if you simply give them the time of day and let them know you care about their experience. Read more...More about Crm, Customer Relationship Management, Business, Marketing, and Small Business
Two Netflix originals are among the 2014 Writers Guild Awards nominees
Orange Is the New Black, Netflix's most-watched original show, is nominated for best new series as well as best comedy series. Two of its episodes, including the show's pilot, are nominated for best comedy episode. Meanwhile, House of Cards is up for best new series as well as best drama series, with one specific episode picking up its own nomination as wellEntertainment, Netflix, Tv, House Of Cards, and Streaming Tv
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian general who played a key role in ousting former President Mohamed Morsi, has won the reader poll for Time's Person of the Year. To claim the title, he beat out Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, viral star Miley Cyrus, and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Time closed the poll at midnight on Wednesday, and Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, often referred to as simply General Sisi, came out on top with 26.2% of the vote, for a total of 449,596 votes. The Person of the Year title won't necessarily go to Sisi though — the magazine's editors will have final say.Media, Miley Cyrus, Time Magazine, Us World, and Us
Different types of businesses require different measures of success or growth — one man's metric is another's trash, you might say. This is especially true for revenue per user
Revenue per user is calculated by dividing total revenue by total users, and is used to understand growth and distinguish if some customers are more valuable than others. As business models evolve, it may be more accurate to calculate revenue per user strictly for your monthly active users as opposed to total users
The metric was historically used for service providers such as a telecommunications company. The main revenue stream would be a subscription, but value-add services and other revenue streams could be taken into consideration with revenue per user Read more...More about Marketing, Business, Supported, Metrics That Matter, and Revenue Per User
It's more rewarding to give than receive (or so they say), and the holidays are no exception.
But if your family and friends are geographically spread out, or too busy with work, present-buying can be a difficult task — especially if you don't know what the person you're shopping for really wants.
See also: 15 Holiday Gifts That Give Back
Elfster is an online platform for gift-giving. Launched in 2004, the website serves as a social media network for "Secret Santa" schemes and holiday wish lists. It's free to use, so long as you have an email account, and it has more than 1.8 million users.
Gifts, Social Media, Features, Tech Innovators Series, and Tech Innovators
On his 44th birthday, rapper Jay Z gifted something for his fans and critics: a ranking of the 12 studio albums he has released since 1996. He published the list on Dec. 4, with a photo of the 12 albums in order from best to worst, on his Life + Times website.
From top to bottom, taking the No. 1 spot is Jay Z's critically acclaimed debut album, Reasonable Doubt. His latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, claims the No. 6 position
Jay Z unleashed Magna Carta Holy Grail in 2013, giving away one million copies of the album, purchased for $5 each by Samsung, to one million Samsung Galaxy owners, who had to download an app to snag a copy. The marketing stunt influenced the Recording Industry Association of America to "modernize" its 55-year-old certification process to immediately include digital sales. Read more...More about Music, Entertainment, Celebrities, and Jay Z
Instagram has sent out invites to multiple members of the media, including Mashable, for a mysterious press event in New York City on Dec. 12
The invitation is particularly vague and doesn't reveal much other than the fact that Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom will be present. The media is invited to "share a moment" with the Instagram team. One could take that as a reference to a new private messaging feature, the focus of many rumors. Or one could take it to mean pretty much anything
See also: 12 Most Cliché Photos on Instagram
Rather than send the invite through email, though, Instagram sent a physical invitation through FedEx. That is an unusual move, though not unprecedented: Facebook, which owns Instagram, mailed out paper invitations for an event earlier this year that introduced Instagram Video. Read more...More about Facebook, Instagram, and Business
The Rockefeller tree in New York City is all decked out, officially ushering in the Christmas season
But if you couldn't attend the extravagant ceremony held at Rockefeller Center Wednesday night, NBC News has a time lapse packed full of holiday cheer that shows the world's most famous tree get installed, decorated and lit in just 62 seconds
The Rockefeller tree is a 12-ton, 76-foot Norway Spruce that is covered with 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped with a 9.5-foot-wide Swarovski star. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg had the honor of flipping the switch to illuminated the colossal tree Read more...More about Viral Videos, Christmas Themed, Christmas, Christmas Lights, and Time Lapse
Research firm Keyhole tracked all the instances in which someone used "@tweetacoffee" in conjunction with a friend's Twitter handle and found that more than 27,000 fans used the program. Some 34% of users bought multiple gift cards and 32% of the purchases occurred on the first day.Twitter, Marketing, Starbucks, Business, and Advertising
The U.S. pregnancy rate has fallen almost continuously over the last decade and reached a 12-year low in 2009, according to a new government report.
Researchers analyzed information on U.S. pregnancy rates for women ages 15 to 44 over the last two decades, with 2009 being the most recent year with data available.
During that period, the U.S. pregnancy rate fell 12%, from 115.8 pregnancies per 1,000 women in 1990, to 102.1 pregnancies per 1,000 women in 2009.
The total number of pregnancies in 2009 was about 6.3 million, which resulted in 4.1 million live births, 1.1 million induced abortions and 1.1 million pregnancy losses, according to the report. Read more...More about United States, Parenting, Family, Pregnancy, and Pregnant
Lawless is an arcade-style shooter for iOS set in a gritty, 1990s Los Angeles. Players take on the cops to become the nastiest criminal in the city.
You'll Like Lawless if You Like: Playing Time Crisis 2 in the arcade, and watching '90s action film Heat.
Who Makes It? DeNA, a mobile games company that started in Japan and is expanding quickly to Europe and North America. The game was also designed by Ben Cousins, who created The Drowning, which creatively solved the accuracy problem of putting a first-person shooter on mobile
What's Special? The touch controls for shooting are reminiscent of a light gun, offering precision with the tap of one or two fingers. The graphics and detail are sharp, but they actually capture the gritty feeling of '90s L.A Read more...More about Entertainment, Gaming, Mobile Games, Ios Games, and Game Break