Time passes quickly and change is relentless, particularly in the digital sphere. So, if your busy life kept you away from the Internet this week, there's plenty you may have missed.
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But don't fret -- Mashable, your cyber ally, is here to relieve your digital woes. Our staff tracked down every new gizmo, app, game, website and service they could find. Check them out in our weekly roundup of digital resources, below, and then visit the comments section to let us know which stories you found most interesting.
- AppAide Recommends Apps Based on How Often They're Actually Used AppAide sheds light on some of the more overlooked apps in the App Store by tracking the apps that are actually being used in real time.
- 7 Digital Diet Solutions to Help You Lose Weight Thinking about shedding some weight and getting fit before the New Year? Try these standout diet apps based on popular dieting methods.
- 14 Brilliant Tumblrs for Original Art and Illustration Tumblr can be a great source of inspiring illustrations, sketches, paintings and graphics — if you know where to look.
- Register to Vote With Google Google's Online Voter Guide has voting information for each state, plus an easy way to register for the 2012 presidential election.
- This Holographic Tablet Makes Your Desktop 3D Forget Tupac -- this hologram software can revitalize urban design.
- 5 of the Weirdest Apps in the World There may be weirder apps out there; we just haven't found them.
- 10 Tips and Tricks for Powerful Twitter Search Here are 10 useful tips for searching Twitter, including how to find tweets by location and how to save searches for future reference.
- Justin Timberlake Teases Sexy New MySpace Fifteen months after its acquisition by Specific Media, we're finally getting a sneak peek at the new MySpace.
- Woven App Keeps All Your Photos in One Place Woven is for those wanting to consolidate photos or who are tired of switching between applications.
- Facebook's iOS SDK Gets Huge Update Facebook's iOS SDK sees its most significant update since launch.
- Twitter Thinks It May Know Your Friends Twitter will begin suggesting "people you may know" in its weekly email updates to users.
- Always Keep Tabs on Your Friends with New Foursquare Notifications Foursquare unveiled updated notifications that lets users keep tabs on their friends no matter where they go.
- HootSuite Adds Real-Time Chat to Dashboard HootSuite integrated real-time chat onto users’ dashboards with the release of HootSuite Conversations, calling the addition an “epic release” for businesses.
- Facebook Groups Adds Dropbox Integration Now if you want to share files with friends through Facebook groups, you can do so via Dropbox.
- Social Media Etiquette for Journalists: The Rules Have Changed The rules around social media etiquette for journalists has changed in recent years.
- Facebook Welcomes Back Gifts Facebook is giving Gifts another shot. Now, the ability to buy and send real gifts to your friends will gradually roll out to Facebook users in the U.S.
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Business & Marketing
- LinkedIn Makes It Easier to Recommend Your Friends and Colleagues for Skills LinkedIn announced a new feature called Endorsements that gives users a simpler way to recommend their professional connections.
- The Atlantic Launches Mobile-First Business Publication, 'Quartz' The Atlantic has launched Quartz, a "mobile-first" business publication.
- 4 Ways Startups Can Leverage Employee-Owned Tech BYOD: Bring Your Own Device. It's a mantra for many startups, but it can cause problems as a company grows.
- 6 Etiquette Rules for Co-working Here are six tips to help make sure your co-working etiquette is up to snuff.
- Google Launches Online Resource for Entrepreneurs Google took the wraps off of "Google for Entrepreneurs," a microsite that brings together information about Google's programs and partnerships for startups and entrepreneurs.
- Dobango Is a Social Marketing Platform for Pinterest Dobango is a social marketing platform for Pinterest.
- Newspapers Join to Create Digital Circulars on Steroids Twelve major media companies hope to serve national advertisers and bump up e-commerce with a new platform that marries the performance of printed newspaper circulars with the interactivity and convenience of mobile.
- 7 Reasons Some Entrepreneurs Don't Meet Their Potential Being intelligent and at the top of your field doesn't always guarantee success. Here's what you should avoid if you're embarking on the journey.
- Coca-Cola Print Ad Doubles as iPhone Speaker An ad ran on the inside cover of a magazine, with instructions on how to create a loudspeaker device for the iPhone.
- New App Remakes the Tamagotchi for the Smartphone Era This new app prompts users to snap pictures and feed them to their Photogotchi, a digital creature inspired by the Tamagotchi.
Tech & Mobile
- 8 Mobile Apps Worth Paying For Here are some great mobile apps we think are worth the money.
- 10 Stylish Cases for Your Nexus 7 Tablet We have found 10 fabulous cases, covers and skins to fit the Nexus 7.
- Where Did Augmented Reality Come From? This is the history of bringing things to life in a virtual space.
- How to Set Up Multiple Email Signatures in iOS 6 iOS 6 lets you create separate signatures for each of your email accounts.
- 7 iPhone Cases That Charge On-The-Go The cases themselves hold a full charge and can transfer that power to your phone whenever you need it to kick in, or they can charge your phone in bursts throughout the day.
- HiddenRadio Wireless Speaker: Brilliant Design, Mediocre Sound [REVIEW] The HiddenRadio has an ingeniously simple design, and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The sound could be better, though.
- Behind Boxee: How to Design Sexy Consumer Electronics Michel Alvarez's projects have included work for multinational clients such as Nike, LG, Samsung, Nvidia, Microsoft and Logitech and product design for Boxee, OOMA and ASTRO Gaming.
- PETA Supports Frog Dissection -- So Long As It's Virtual [VIDEO] PETA is supporting software that allows students to digitally dissect frogs.
- This Glass Chip Could Store Your Data Forever Quartz glass may one day be the medium on which we store our data forever.
- 6 Arduino Gadgets You Can Build at Home Thanks to open source platforms like Arduino, anyone can build some of the coolest gizmos from scratch.
- Barnes & Noble Enters Big Tablet Market with Nook HD+ [HANDS ON] Barnes and Noble has upped the ante with a pair of new high-resolution, lightweight and affordably priced tablets: the Nook HD 7-inch and the Nook HD+ 9-inch.
- Microsoft Windows Update Hoax Steals Your Passwords An online hoax entitled "Microsoft Windows Update" aims to steal your passwords.
- Developer Tips for the New iOS 6 App Store Apple's iOS 6 means big changes for iTunes, and developers have to adapt.
- Graph Databases: The New Way to Access Super Fast Social Data Graph databases, unlike their NOSQL and relational brethren, are designed for lightning-fast access to complex data.
- 1 Billion Computers Vulnerable to Java Security Exploit According to an influential computer security developer, more than 1 billion computers with the Internet plugin Java are vulnerable to a security hole that would allow shifty-eyed hackers the ability to install malware.
- Libratone's Zipp Portable Speaker Looks Small, But Sounds Big [EARS-ON] At first glance, the Libratore Zipp doesn’t look like it’s going to be all that powerful, but turn it on, and prepare to be amazed.
- iExpander Gives Your iPhone Extra Features As its name suggests, this iPhone case on steroids expands a lot of your phone’s capabilities.
- Download All Your Original YouTube Videos With Google Takeout Google has expanded its Takeout service to include all the original videos a user has uploaded to YouTube.
- New Foursquare iPhone App Brings Personalized Search Categories Foursquare has updated its iPhone app with a simpler design and personalized search categories.
- 82 Gadgets and Products Worth Paying For In our Hot List series, we highlighted tech that's worth paying for in education, tech, fitness home and more.
- The Beginner's Guide to Gmail Everything you need to get started on Gmail. Or if you're already a pro, everything your mom needs to get started on Gmail.
- Google's New App Will Take You on a Field Trip Google's Field Trip app is "your guide to the cool, hidden and unique things in the world around you.”
- Netflix Updates App for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Netflix updated its iOS app to version 2.4, making it compatible with the taller iPhone 5 screen and iOS 6.
- PNC Is Latest Bank Hit With Major Cyberattack If you're a customer at a major bank, it's likely that it recently suffered a huge cyberattack.
- Camera+ Arrives on the iPad Camera+ -- one of the most popular photo apps for the iPhone -- is now available for the iPad.
- CheapAir Makes Searching For Travel Simpler, More Intuitive CheapAir.com launched a new search ability on its website that lets users enter natural language to search for travel deals.
- Who Do You Trust When it Comes to Healthcare Information? [INFOGRAPHIC] A study found most of the health seekers who go online in search of information prefer to use their PC over a mobile device.
- Is Your Kid Ready for a Cellphone? What's the right age for a first cell phone?
- RFID-Tagged Socks Keep the Sock Monster Away Not only can you track your socks by hovering a wireless remote over a pile of laundry until you hear a tone, you can tag a pair with a mobile app available for iOS.
- NotFound.Org Turns Your 404 Errors Into a Poster for Missing Children NotFound.org uses the space on the web taken up by 404 errors to raise awareness about missing children.
- 5 Apps For Perching and Bird Watching These birding apps can encourage exploration into the wonderful world of birds.
- 5 High-Tech Toys for Your Geeky Cat From remote-controlled rodents to toys with laser beams, these five options will keep your kitty happy for hours.
- 6 Safety Apps Every Student Should Download Here's our list of apps every student should have on their phone to stay safe on and off campus.
- Slim, Intelligent Accessories to Match Your Ultrabook Targus launched its new Ultralife accessories line this week for Ultrabook users. The slim and sleek accessories are thin, lightweight and versatile.
- 5 Household Robots That Make Your Life Easier Check out these household robots that take the "work" out of "housework."\.
- Parrot Zik Bluetooth Headphones: High End and High Comfort Parrot's Bluetooth headphones, designed by Philippe Starck, are gorgeous and have convenient controls. But are they worth $400?
- 12 Other iOS Games for Angry Birds Fans We've rounded up a dozen games worthy of any Angry Birds fan's time.
- HowAboutWe for Couples Mixes Love and Local Deals HowAboutWe debuts a dating service for couples. HowAboutWe for Couples features a datebook full of pre-planned one-of-a-kind experiences in New York City to choose from.
- 5 Ways Students Use Technology to Cheat – What Parents Need to Know Thanks to the Internet and connected devices, cheating in school is easier than ever before.
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