Is Social Media Anxiety Disorder, known as SMAD, the newest affliction resulting from our love affair with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites? Researchers have stopped short of actually classifying SMAD as a disorder, but it's no doubt a problem.
Sure, you could quit using your social sites altogether — but then you’d be, well, bored and lonely. Science may someday shed more light on social media stress, but in the meantime, we've gathered the most common problems associated with popular social networks so that you know what to watch out for.Creative Flop
Are you one of the thousands of women suffering from Mason Jar Envy, the creeping sense of self-loathing that comes from feeling you're just not as crafty as the other women on Pinterest? The “Today” show recently surveyed 7,000 American mothers and found that 42% worry they're not crafty or creative enough. Some stayed up all night pouring through Pinterest photos, unable to stop the negative comparisons. Read more...More about Health, Social Media, Psychology, Health Fitness, and Work Play
In a post on its official G+ page Tuesday, the service said that posts now appear as "cards" in the stream, making them easier to read, +1 and re-share.
What's more, Profiles and Pages now include cover photos and larger "tap targets," the blog post revealed
Changes to the mobile version of Google+ are similar to those made for the desktop. At its Google I/O conference for developers, the search giant rolled out an image-centric design that resembles Pinterest's and Facebook's layouts. Google introduced 41 new features, including a multi-column layout, larger photos and automatic addition of related hashtags to the stream. Read more...More about Redesign, Google, Google Plus Profiles, Social Media, and Dev Design
Entitled "Fate of Your Planet," the nearly two-minute promo begins with a sinister voiceover by General Zod, a super-villain and one of Superman's nemesis. The rest of the trailer features intense battle scenes involving the Man of Steel (played by Henry Cavill) and Zod (Michael Shannon), as well as appearances by Lois Lane (Amy Adams)Youtube, Trailers, Entertainment, Film, and Video
There are plenty of changes to take in, but no need to feel overwhelmed — Mashable has got you covered. Check out our hands-on video of the new Flickr, above, for everything you need to know.
What do you think of the new Flickr? Do you plan to use it? Tell us in the comments, below
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Chanel doesn't even have an active account on Pinterest, but that didn't stop the Paris-based fashion house from ranking first in a study of luxury fashion brands on the platform.
Software developer Pivotal Labs and analytics firm Curalate came up with a list of 10 high-end fashion brands that rank well across social (per data from Kred, Klout, Unmetric, etc.), and assessed their performance on Pinterest in terms of pins, repins and total impressions. Chanel came out on top, generating an average of 400 pins and more than 3,600 repins per day. Pins were primarily pulled from chanel.com and elleandblair.com, a popular YouTube channel. Read more...More about Fashion, Marketing, Luxury, Pinterest, and Business
If an extreme solar storm aimed at the Earth hits in just the right way, it could put interconnected electrical grids around the world at serious risk, experts say.
In addition to creating beautiful auroras, extreme solar storms could knock out a wide range of electric utilities needed to keep life in the United States and around the world functioning normally, according to presenters here at the fourth annual Electrical Infrastructure Security Summit.
"What [a solar storm] can do — even if it isn't causing a continental-scale outage — it can really cause a regional blackout," said Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado. "Imagine something like, for example, Superstorm Sandy. Imagine that kind of severe storm — but causing regional outages for weeks. Living without power really cascades and propagates in remarkable ways throughout our society." Read more...More about Sun, Space, Nasa, Solar Flares, and Us World
Think you know the Marvel Universe? Well, your trivia knowledge probably can't match that of this four-year-old girl.
From the God of Thunder's common name to the substance that makes Captain America's shield, to Iron Man's girlfriend's identity and more, young Mia Grace has pretty much got it all figured out
"She's a superhero junkie all on her own as much as I'd like to take credit," writes her father, who posted the video on Reddit
Check it out for yourself, above; then let us know what you think in the commentsMarvel, Film, Watercooler, and Videos
In the run-up to Tuesday’s big Microsoft Xbox One reveal, many pondered the fate of the beloved Xbox 360 controller, perhaps the best gaming controller in the business. Would Microsoft make it radically different? Bigger? Unwieldy? Add a touchpad like Sony? Today we have our answer. It’s different and yet, based on what I now know and have experienced firsthand, it’s also somehow better.
Let’s start with the look and feel. Yes, it’s black (obviously, you could always get Xbox 360 controllers in a variety of colors). This is something I guessed at, as most modern-day gaming hardware favors the dark over the light. Despite the brushed finished, the controller is not rubberized. It’s hard plastic that feels good in your hands. It’ll be interesting to see how that finish responds to hours of game play. Will it make your hands more or less sweaty? Read more...More about Microsoft, Entertainment, Gaming, Gadgets, and Xbox One
One-Liner Pitch: Alcohoot is a breathalyzer that attaches to your smartphone.
Why It's Taking Off: The device fits comfortably in a pocket or purse and accuracy is comparable to police-grade devices, plus, a companion app ensures you're empowered to make safer choices based on your blood alcohol content (BAC)
While serving in the Israeli military, Jonathan Ofir and Ben Biron would drive by a sign outside their base that read "X soldiers killed from drunk driving" and the number steadily increased Read more...More about Startup, Iphone, Business, Startups, and The Launchpad
Here's a lesson in what not to do online, straight from the Twitter for Dummies handbook.
Our story begins on Sunday in Norwich, England, where an organized cycling event called the Boudicca Sportive ride was taking place. Tensions between cyclists and automobile drivers are well documented the world over, but this Sunday tweet from a local driver using the Twitter handle @EmmaWay20 took things to a new level:
Way probably thought her friends would get a good laugh out of how she put that road-hogging cyclist in his place — but she couldn't possibly have expected this Twitter response from the Norwich police: Read more...More about Entertainment and Sports
On the heels of the $610,000 coffee date with Apple CEO Tim Cook, online charity auction platform CharityBuzz is offering lunches with some of Silicon Valley's top venture capitalists. If you'd love to share your best ideas with or pick the brains of VCs — and have the cash to give to charity — this might be the perfect opportunity for you.
From now until June 11, you can bid on power lunches to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Greater Bay Area. More than 20 venture capitalists, including Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Shervin Pishevar, advisor for Menlo Ventures; and David Lee, co-founder and managing director of SV Angel, are offering lunches. Read more...More about Venture Capital, Charity, Startups, Social Good, and Online Giving
The Marshall Fridge is shaped like one of the company’s ubiquitous amps, complete with the Marshall logo and brass-finished faceplate. For $399.99, the mini-fridge comes with 4 cubic feet of storage space and a mini-freezer with 0.4 cubic feet capacity
There is a full-sized adjustable glass shelf and a half-sized glass shelf with spill protectors, a Marshall-branded tempered glass shelf, a spacious lower area for large items, a door rack that holds two-liter bottles and convenient can storage.
The “ultimate combination of rock and refrigeration” has adjustable temperatures in the fridge and freezer sections, genuine Marshall logos and authentic Marshall parts including control knobs that go up to 11 Read more...More about Beer, Musical Instruments, Fridge, Music, and Lifestyle
Steve Wilhite, father of the Graphics Interchange Format, has ended the heated debate on how to pronounce "GIF."
Wilhite, then working at CompuServe, debuted the file format in June 1987. He accepted a lifetime achievement award Tuesday at the Webby Awards for his creation.
Instead of giving a vocal acceptance speech, he flashed a GIF on the big screens:
"It's pronounced JIF, not GIF." ~ Steve Wilhite, the father of GIFs. Well that's settled#Webbys
— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) May 22, 2013
"It's pronounced JIF, not GIF," read his acceptance speech, which adhered to the ceremony's five-word speech limit Read more...More about Webby Awards, Gif, Entertainment, Gifs, and Animated Gifs
It's graduation season — can you smell the ambition in the air? Graduates everywhere are figuring out what's next, which can be as frightening as it is exciting.
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In this comic, Grant Snider of Incidental Comics has a message for the Class of 2013: With hard work, you'll find success, but you should never stop testing your limits. And that's some advice we should all take.
You can purchase Snider's comics as prints through his poster shop.Comic, Comics, Graduation, Humor, and Watercooler
Cleveland Indians pitcher Chris Perez was once among the team's most open and engaging players online. The closer would respond to fans, and became known for sharing a "song of the day" with followers
But all that is no more. Perez shuttered his Twitter account after incurring the digital wrath of fans who were upset over his recent struggles on the mound. In a somewhat surprising move, the Indians even released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying that Perez had, in fact, shut down his account
Many Cleveland sports fans piled on Perez after he gave up back-to-back homers to blow a save against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. Then, on Monday, he gave up another homer in the ninth inning of a tie game Read more...More about Mlb, Entertainment, and Sports
About 12 years ago, I happened to take my Palm Pilot (remember those?) to a friend's house. A friend of a friend asked if she could borrow it. Sure, I said. She proceeded to download a game called Bubblet, then curled up on the couch with it for the next hour
My curiosity was piqued, and soon I, too, was a Bubblet junkie. It was a simple game — you got a screen full of bubbles and double-tapped to pop connected ones of the same color. Once those popped, the others fell down, Tetris-like, to create new strings of bubbles
You could tap away like a maniac at small strings, but eventually you'd learn the strategy of creating longer ones, which scored more. The important thing was that the game kept your average score, which you were constantly trying to improve. Read more...More about Social Games, Betaworks, Words With Friends, Gaming, and Social Media
Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut spread brand, has soured many of its social media fans by cracking down on a superfan who has helped spread the word in social media for more than seven years.
Ferrero SpA, the Italian owner of Nutella, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Sara Rosso, the creator of the 7-year-old World Nutella Day. On Ferrero's orders, Rosso is pulling the plug on the holiday, which had been celebrated on Feb. 5.
"The cease-and-desist letter was a bit of a surprise and a disappointment, as over the years I’ve had contact and positive experiences with several employees of Ferrero, SpA., and with their public relations and brand strategy consultants, and I’ve always tried to collaborate and work together in the spirit and goodwill of a fan-run celebration of a spread I (to this day) still eat," Rosso wrote on her blog Read more...More about Facebook, Marketing, Business, and Nutella
For cyclists looking to pimp their bikes with smartphone integration, look no further — new stylish technology from startup Helios makes your bike "smart."
Helios Bars boast an integrated headlight and two rear LEDs, and riders can use the left and right lights as turn signals. But what sets the product apart is the ability to connect handlebars to a smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0.
Using smartphone connectivity though Helios' iOS app, the rear lights on the handlebars take advantage of a GPS connection — so they can help you navigate via Google Maps' API. After inputting a destination into Helios' app, your phone plots a route. Then, once you start biking, the rear left and right lights blink, indicating where to turn. Read more...More about Bicycle, Cycling, Kickstarter, Tech, and Gadgets
If you want to see what the Apple TV will look like, I hope you were tuned to Spike at about 1 p.m. Eastern today, because we got a pretty solid picture of the rumored device: a powerful all-in-one entertainment hub with a hands-free interface that smartly integrates live TV with a wealth of streaming and downloadable media.
I'm speaking, of course, of the Xbox One, Microsoft's freshly unveiled new game console. Except it's so much more than a game console. The Xbox One is intended to be the command center for any and all media you experience through a TV screen. Sure, the Xbox 360 already had that job, but the One is a considerable upgrade. Read more...More about Microsoft, Apple, Itv, Apple Tv, and Xbox
Arizona Senator John McCain gave Apple CEO Tim Cook a customer satisfaction review at Tuesday's senate hearing on corporate tax reform.
"What I really want to ask is why the hell I have to keep updating the apps on my iPhone all the time?" McCain said to Cook, who then responded, "Sir we're trying to make them better all the time."
Image via Allison Shelley/Getty Images Read more...More about Apple, John Mccain, Tim Cook, Apps Software, and Mobile