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Obama 'four more years'
Obama 'four more years'




Abbey Torrance and Lexi Brown round up the best social and mobile news from the past week. 

2012: A Social Review

2012 has seen some significant global events and all of these have been played out on social media. After Google released their annual “Google Zeitgeist” showcasing the most popular searches and search trends throughout the year, both Facebook and Twitter have followed suit capturing the vital moments of 2012, from Hurricane Sandy to London 2012.

Twitter has released their annual “Year on Twitter” collection, with President Obama’s tweet, “Four more years,” securing Twitter’s Golden Tweet of 2012.  Before Obama took the stage to affirm his election victory he marked his win via Twitter. Within hours, the tweet was retweeted more than 810,000 times by people in more than 200 countries around the world. For the rest of Twitter’s 2012 highlights, watch the video here to see the highlights of 2012.

This year, Twitter has also partnered with Vizify to offer an interactive infographic service for Twitter users, who can have their own account analysed for their personal Golden Tweets and trends. Users can then share their top tweets and topics, or the entire infographic, with their own network.

Facebook has released its "Year in Review” summarised by country, with the UK trends broken down into songs, most talked about topics, and check-ins. For a full Facebook list click here. Here are the top 10 topics for the UK:

Most Talked About on Facebook
1. London 2012 Olympics 
2. Fifty Shades of Grey 
3. Rylan Clark 
4. Death of Whitney Houston 
5.The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II 
6. One Direction 
7. The Avengers 
8. Goodbye Blue 
9. YOLO (You Only Live Once) 
10. Usain Bolt 

To relive ‘your 20 biggest moments’ from 2012, just click here to see  your top photos, a list of the friends you’ve added this year and the pages you’ve liked.

Elf Yourself 2012

Personalisation can turn videos into viral gold, and we’re not short of examples, from Old Spice to O2’s Santa’s grotto. But ElfYourself is still the clear winner when it comes to Christmas. This year however, Jib Jab has created a new animation which is likely to be a top competitor. Gangnam style yourself! Psy’s ‘Gangnam style’ is now the most watched YouTube video of all time, and thanks to JibJab you can replace Psy and take centre stage.

A two screen mobile: A Kindle and a Smartphone

A new connected Smartphone has just been revealed by a Russian mobile company, called the ‘YotaPhone’. This handset is Android based, featuring an LCD HD resolution screen with a black and white reading screen (like the Kindle display) on its back. The theory behind this design is that you can game and watch videos on the colour LCD screen, then on the black and white reading screen you can read publications and receive e-mails and other notifications. By using the reading screen instead of the LCD screen, you preserve battery life and cause less ‘eyestrain’. It also acts exactly like a kindle, keeping your page in the book if you lock your Smartphone, but it also receives notifications from any of the user’s social media or e-mail accounts in real time.

Consumers may find this two screen Smartphone ingenious or they might feel that they won’t use both screens. Consumers might also be concerned about scratching either of the screens. The ‘YotaPhone’ should be released towards the end of 2013 and it will be interesting to see how this handset fares in the Smartphone market.

Mobile Phones to have X-Ray Vision

Smartphone’s are getting even smarter. A microchip has been developed at the California Institute of Technology which can act as an X-Ray tool. When this small silicon chip is inserted inside a mobile phone, it generates and radiates high- frequency electromagnetic waves, THz waves, which can penetrate many different materials. This enables the user to detect a variety of things using this X-Ray vision – it can identify biological weapons, illegal drugs, explosives or pharmaceutical drugs. Engineers have managed to produce this compact chip at a low cost and also designed it so that it can be used in a variety of devices. This clever microchip will almost certainly become widely used in areas such as healthcare and security. It would be useful to have small devices with this chip to be used alongside the standard airport security check.



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