Five years ago Mashable started covering the intersection of technology and social change. We held the first Social Good Summit to open up the conversations that take place during the United Nations General Assembly to anyone and everyone with a digital connection.
Since then, millions of people around the world participate in the Social Good Summit each September. But everyday, we see people doing amazing things and sharing them online.
We wanted a way to further these global connections on and offline.
We’ve teamed up with our Social Good Summit partners: the U.N. Foundation, the 92Y, the UNDP, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with additional support from the Case Foundation, to create +SocialGood, a platform to connect global communities around technology and new media for social change. We hope +SocialGood will fill the gap in the tools available online to assist in creating social good events, and will be a platform to build a global community around social good. Read more…on May 27, 2013
Samsung has just announced an event called the “Samsung Premiere 2013,” held on June 20, 2013 in London.
Absolutely no details were given about the event except three cryptic, black and white images (below) and two words: “Galaxy and ATIV.” This suggests that the company plans to launch new Galaxy (meaning: Android) devices, as well as Windows devices which fall under Samsung’s ATIV brand.
The event will start at 2PM ET on June 20, and will be livestreamed at Samsung’s YouTube channel
What kind of devices would you like to see from Samsung on June 20? More smartphones, or tablets? Are you more excited about the company’s Galaxy or ATIV lineup? Share your thoughts in the comments Read more…on May 27, 2013
Normal service will be resumed tomorrow, but in the meantime, we've gathered together a few of the highlights from the last week here on the site for your enjoyment:
An InMobi report showed that mobile has surpassed TV and desktop to become the top media in the UK by time spend – at least, among mobile web users.
We shone a spotlight on Numbrs, the personal finance app start-up that's just landed $7.7m (£5.1m) of investment, and spoke with CEO and co-founder Julien Arnold about how it intends to make money out of mobile money.
Swiss-army-knife-esque OTT messaging app MessageMe came to our attention as it garnered 5m downloads in just 75 days. Packed with features – it can send everything from video to doodles, music to money – the app looks set to become the first major competitor to WhatsApp's dominance in the West.
Finally, sit back and enjoy our video report from Clear Channel's Playground lab, where it showcases and prototypes its latest outdoor advertising technology.on May 27, 2013
A new app lets users explore Mount Everest in lifelike detail without ever having to leave the couch.
Created by German company 3D RealityMaps, the map is based on high-resolution images from WorldView satellites, and details common routes, base camps and weather stations. Users navigate Everest via touch gestureson May 27, 2013
It was an interesting week for apps.
Shazam and Flickr got a whole new look, and a new video app brought filters and pro-effects for mobile video editing. What’s more, Google’s Ingress received a huge upgrade, and the final version of Opera made its way to Android.
Curious about what all these apps look like?
Check out the hands-on video, above, featuring our favorite apps from this past week
Did you find a new app that didn’t make the list? Be sure to tell us about your favorites in the comments
Image by Mashable Read more…on May 27, 2013
Did you know that you can create a totally, top secret group on Facebook that only you, and people you invite to join, can see?
We have taken a quick look at how to make such a group, and some essential settings once you’ve got it all set up.
Take a look through our easy-to-follow walkthrough in the how-to gallery above. Let us know in the comments if you use private Facebook Groups — and what you do with them (without giving away all your secrets)on May 27, 2013
If you create and share your own videos on YouTube, then you’ve already taken the first step in putting your face out there. But there’s another way to put your best face forward: Craft your channel page
Though your channel’s landing page might appear simple (and it’s grown simpler over the years), there are a number of features you can fine-tune to optimize a viewer’s experience. You can’t customize like you used to, and there’s a lot of white space, but there are very specific ways to make your page stand out. Read on to find out how you can turn curious viewers into devoted subscriberson May 26, 2013
If someone asked you how many social networks you actively use, how many would you list? To start, you need Facebook to share your personal updates, Twitter to share the latest news, Google+ for Hangouts, Pinterest for recipes, Instagram for your photos, Foursquare to share your location-based tips, LinkedIn for professional updates, Tumblr for cat GIFs and, before you know it, you’re reflecting on how you find time to use all of them.
In a post on Quora, a user wrote, “I have noticed in myself … that becoming continuously and actively involved in a new social network often leads soon to the cessation of involvement in another one.” A user in the thread replied, “It’s difficult for any single person to maintain relationships in more than three communities at a time, [but] I’d say that a very social, highly engaged person can manage up to nine with success.” Read more…on May 26, 2013
It looks like all those Samsung Galaxy S4 mini rumors might be true.
While Samsung hasn’t officially announced the pint-sized version of the phone, the handset has shown up in images on Samsung’s official apps site.
Originally spotted by TGSpot, Samsung’s apps site allows you to sort apps by device, letting you see at a glance what might be compatible with your particular device. Devices are listed by name and photo, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini being one of those devices.
The Galaxy S4 mini is expected to be slightly smaller than the Galaxy S4, shrinking the screen size from 5-inches to 4.3-inches. Rumors point to the handset sporting a 1.6GHz processor, Super AMOLED 960×540 display, and 8-megapixel camera. Read more…on May 26, 2013
It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you’re in luck — Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.
This week Flickr got a whole new look on the web as well as on Android. A new app brought Instagram-like features to editing mobile video, and several popular apps got even better.
Check out the gallery above for a look at this week’s highlights.
Still looking for more? Take a look at last week’s Apps You Don’t Want to Miss for more great apps worth a download
Think we left one off the list? Let us know in the comments below about your own app highlights from this week. Read more…