It looks like spring has finally sprung over different parts of the United States, and if you’ve been outside enjoying the bursts of sunshine you probably haven’t had time to check out some of the developments in tech and social media.
As always, we at Mashable have been hard at work, gathering all the updates and breaking news from Facebook’s Home announcement for Android, to Disney announcing the sequel “Finding Dory”, to hit theaters in 2015.
So kick back, and read on to get yourself caught up on this week’s features.
- Disney Pixar’s ‘Nemo’ Sequel ‘Finding Dory’ Arriving in 2015
Ellen DeGeneres confirmed a sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo will splash into theaters in 2015. Dubbed “Finding Dory,” the flick will star DeGeneres as Dory.
- Use 5 or More Social Networks? You’re a Better Employee
Hey, bosses who block employees from using social media at work: You’re doing it wrong.
- Introducing Mashable Choice
Mashable has been reviewing products, apps and services for years, and we work hard to let you know when we like these products (and when we don’t). For a clear answer to “Should I buy it or use it?” we’re now providing Mashable Choice.
- 5 Fascinating Facts We Learned From Reddit This Week
This time, we learned about Super Mario, weird gravitational fields, and murder. Yes, MURDER.
- Facebook Home: Everything You Need to Know
Everything you need to know about Facebook Home and the HTC First Facebook Phone.
- ‘New York Times’ Kicks Off Poetry Month With Haiku Tumblr
The New York Times launches a Tumblr of article-generated haiku for National Poetry Month — and claims it is isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke.
- 25 Songs You’ll Hear at Music Festivals in April
As the weather heats up, so do music festivals around the world. Check out our Spotify playlist based on festivals in the month of April.
- Twitter Relaunches Twitter For Business, Offers Companies Tips For Success
What can your business do in just 140 characters? Twitter wants to help you find out.
- How to See EVERYTHING in Your Facebook News Feed
If you don’t want to miss any updates whatsoever, you can kick it old school and set Facebook News Feed to view every single post in real time.
- Twitter Cards Add Mobile App Deep-Linking, New Cards
Twitter Cards has unveiled an update, adding the ability to share even more information on Twitter within a single tweet.
- How to Make an Award-Worthy Vine Movie
You might be surprised at what can be done with six seconds of video, but the Tribeca Film Festival is going to find out. The New York-based festival has invited people to submit entries using Vine, an iPhone app that makes six-second, looping videos.
- Exclusive: ‘American Idol’ Letting Viewers Pick Show Theme via Twitter
American Idol producers — for the first time in the show’s history — will let the public determine one episode’s theme, Idol sponsor AT&T told Mashable.
- 10 YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter
YouTube hosts a stable of educational channels with hundreds of videos apiece, just waiting to blow your mind.
- Facebook’s New APIs Help Brands Monitor, Respond to Comment Replies
Just a week after launching comment replies on Facebook pages, the company updated its API Wednesday to help brands better monitor and respond to them.
- 10 Innovative Uses of Pinterest
Among Pinterest’s 48 million users, here are 10 that have found innovative ways to use the social platform.
Business & Marketing
- Tesla Turns First Profit
Tesla announced Monday morning that it achieved profitability in the first quarter of this year for the first time ever.
- Twitter Co-Founder Confirms He’s Working Full Time on New Startup
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone confirmed Monday that he is working full time on a new mobile-focused startup called Jelly.
- Why B2B Marketers Are Busting the Company Budget
Nearly half of B2Bs will increase their marketing budgets in 2013. Check out this infographic that shows where resources are being allocated.
- The Financial Times Has a Secret Weapon: Data
A new business model is ensuring the Financial Times‘ digital future is brighter than its print past.
- 10 Job Skills Startups Will Kill For
Which skill sets are in high demand at a startup near you? Check out what these 10 entrepreneurs had to say.
- SEC Says It’s OK for Companies to Make Announcements via Social Media
The Security and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that businesses can use social networks like Twitter and Facebook to reveal company information to the public — as long as they give investors a heads-up first.
- Financial Times Relaunches Web App With “Live” and “Morning” Editions
You can now see live updates from the Financial Times‘ website as well as the morning print edition through its new web app.
- Twitter, Weather Channel Ink Deal to Create Custom Content
The Weather Channel and Twitter have inked a deal to create custom content for weather-related events.
- Disney Shutters LucasArts, Cancels Upcoming Star Wars Games
LucasArts, the game publisher and developer behind two decades of games, is being closed by Disney.
- Bitcoin Plunges By Nearly $30 As Largest Market Suffers Outage
The value of digital currency Bitcoin fell $30 Wednesday as the largest market for trading the digital currency crashed for approximately an hour.
- TV Advertising Still Dominant, Still Growing
Spending on TV advertising is expected to increase steadily through 2017, though not as fast as digital.
- YouTube Signs Major Music Deal With Universal
YouTube’s takeover of the pop music landscape appears to be going global.
- Kareer.me Helps Recruiters Find Talent Before They Need It
Kareer.me fills in a gap for recruiters by providing a new talent pipeline.
- ‘Harlem Shake’ Hits 1 Billion Views in 40 Days
“The Harlem Shake” has surpassed 1 billion views, but the phenomenon seems to have peaked in late February.
- LinkedIn Adds Facebook-Style Mentions to Boost Conversations
LinkedIn just made it much easier to start a conversation with other users on the social network.
- Tweets Coming to Bloomberg Terminals
Bloomberg announced Thursday that it is integrating Twitter feeds into its terminals, the real-time, financial data delivery systems found on the desks of Wall Street traders.
- Reddit Founder on Early Days: “We Really Didn’t Know What We Were Doing”
Mashable‘s Chief Strategy Officer Adam Ostrow sat down with Ohanian to talk about the power of the Internet, the Washington Redskins and Spider-Man’s mantra.
- How Small Businesses Can Take Advantage of Facebook’s Graph Search
If you missed the search revolution the first time around, you may have a second chance with Facebook Graph Search.
Tech & Mobile
- The Pirate Bay Moves Servers to the U.S., Becomes Freedom Bay
After trying its luck to North Korea, world’s largest BitTorrent tracker, The Pirate Bay, has announced it has moved its servers to the U.S.
- 7 Kickstarter Gaming Sensations: Where Are They Now?
Still wondering what those long-ago Kickstarter-funded gaming projects are up to? Here’s an update on some of the biggest crowdfunding hits.
- Students to Free Subscriptions to Popular VPN Client Hotspot Shield
VPN provider Anchorfree announces they will give out free subscriptions to Hotspot Shield to college students, as well as $50,000 in scolarships.
- Cut Your Smartphone Bill With These 2 Smart Tricks
Get more out of your phone, for less, with these helpful and little-known tricks, courtesy of Hack College.
- Amazon’s Cloud Drive Takes on Dropbox With File Syncing
Is Amazon gunning to replace Dropbox and Google Drive? Its latest file syncing feature for Cloud Drive may indicate so.
- Amplify Your iPhone 5’s Sound Without Speakers
A new iPhone speaker amplifier could help you better hear music or movies when you’re in an environment that’s just too darn noisy.
- Why Too Many iMessages Will Crash Your iPhone
iOS hacks are nothing new, but there are ways to crash the system without complicated exploits or intimate programming knowledge.
- $25 Raspberry Pi Comes to U.S., Sells Out in Hours
Raspberry Pi, the tiny, ultra-cheap, Linux-based PC, went on sale yesterday in the U.S. through retailer Allied Electronics, but it’s already out of stock.
- 10 College Courses for High-Tech Job Prep
Check out these 10 innovative STEM courses you could take today.
- The Best iPad App for Google Reader Is Now Free
If you’re mourning the impending demise of Google Reader, you may be happy to know that Reeder, a popular app for using the service, is now free.
- How to Turn Your iPhone Into a Drone Ground Station
New Indiegogo project wants to turn your iPhone or iPad into a powerful drone ground station.
- 20 Excellent Wireframing Tools for Mobile
Check out these 20 wireframing tools for mobile websites and apps, each with unique features and capabilities.
- Baidu Eye Is China’s Answer to Google Glass, Company Confirms
Baidu, a Chinese-language search engine, is reportedly producing a Google Glass-like eyewear called “Baidu Eye.”
- How U.S. Copyright Law Holds Back Tech Researchers
Last week, the Daily Dot and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture explored the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) detrimental effects on artists, creators, teachers, fans and other participants of online media.
- Apptopia Projects An App’s Future Revenue, True Value
Ever wish you could look into a crystal ball and know what a mobile app will be worth in the future? Mobile app marketplace Apptopia thinks it has discovered the secret formula, and in the process created the perfect brokering company for the sale and acquisition of mobile apps.
- Skype Users Spend 2 Billion Minutes a Day Connecting
Skype announced Wednesday that users are spending more than two billion minutes per day connecting with each other via the video-chat platform.
- Amazon Will Give You Free MP3s Of Your Vinyl Record Purchases
Amazon is extending its popular AutoRip program to include vinyl records purchased as far back as 1998.
- Cell-ebration! 40 Years of Cellphone History
The cellphone turned 40 on Wednesday, April 3. This infographic pictures a timeline of pivotal moments in cellphone history.
- See The Many Robotic Faces of Fritz
Fritz, a robotic puppet head currently raising funds through Kickstarter, is both a toy and educational tool.
- Portable Solar Charger Powers Up an iPhone in 2 Hours
This folding USB solar charger from Brown Dog Gadgets offers plenty of power from the sun, delivered to you in an portable fold-up package.
- Samsung Gets Its Own “Stores” Inside Best Buy
Best Buy and Samsung have teamed up to bring special Samsung-branded sections — called the Samsung Experience Shop — to Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile.
- Mark Zuckerberg Reveals “Facebook Home” for Android
The so-called Facebook Phone is here, but it’s not what you think. Facebook today unveiled a new way to integrate its network on Android devices.
- Facebook Home ‘Chat Heads’ Let You Message Within Apps
Facebook’s new “chat heads” feature will open up a new way to communicate with friends, regardless of what you’re doing on your Android phone at the time.
- How to Get Facebook Home on April 12
Eager to try Facebook Home? Here are four different routes to getting it in front of you on April 12.
- 5 Tricks to Improve Your Phone’s Battery Life
Hack College is back with another helpful quick-hits video on how to keep your phone running all day.
- 8 Solar-Powered Mobile Chargers
Solar energy can be a lot more fashionable than unsightly panels. These gadgets use the power of the sun to charge your mobile devices, and they look great.
- 10 Creative Ways to Use Your Favorite Running App
Running apps can really improve your workout, but how else can you use them? We’ve rounded up some ideas for you to try.
- ‘Dash’ Wirelessly Monitors Your Driving
Dash, a Bluetooth low energy device, works with your smartphone and car to analyze your trips using the engine computer.
- Digital Tools Provide Limited Support for Diabetes
A new study reports that digital tools to monitor diabetes have short-lived effects on users.
- 10 Exciting Indie Games We Can’t Wait to Play
We’ve been following the development of many indie projects over the last few years. Here are a few promising titles we’re keeping an eye on.
- 10 Tech Resources for the Autism Community
Check out our gallery of recommended apps and resources for Autism Awareness Month.
- 5 Tips to Clean and Speed Up Your Filthy PC
In the spirit of spring cleaning, here are a few easy ways to organize and streamline your computing experience.
- Club W Is Your Wine Matchmaker
Club W, an online wine club, wants to change the way you shop for and buy wine.
- 10 Floral Fonts to Put a Spring in Your Step
We found 10 flowery typography designs that’ll put a spring in your step — literally.
- Video Games Help Treat Kids With Chronic Pain
The Children’s National Medical Center opened a new pain care complex with video games to monitor children and change treatment in real time.
- 5 School-Worthy iPad Alternatives
Think Apple’s iPad and iPad mini are the only go-to tablets for educators? Well, think again, because here are five iPad alternatives that offer great specs, pricing and school-friendly features.
- Indecision 2.0: Are Apps Taking Away Your Power to Decide?
With decision-making apps helping us choose what to eat for dinner or where to go on a date, are we becoming too dependent on social media?
- 9 Great Apps and Gadgets to Help Your Garden Grow
Check out these garden tech tools to help get ready for spring.
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