SmartphoneA new Kickstarter project called Elphi aims to help you keep control of appliances when you’re not around. The device plugs in to any electrical outlet and syncs with appliances via its iPhone and Android app. Not only can you turn devices on and off, you can also check power activity. This means if you’re monitoring an elderly grandparent, you can see when they turned on the light in the morning.

Alexis-ohanian-whats-trending-600“You don’t need to be a billionaire with anger management issues to help save the Internet,” said Ohanian at the Personal Democracy Forum on Monday.

Password-security-600. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks: Without the big security budgets of Fortune 500 companies, they’re seen as easy prey by digital information thieves and corporate espionage experts. And if you’re hit by an attack, you should be prepared to face a revenue loss of up to $10,000 (or more) if your website goes down in the process. That’s a lot of money for a small business to lose, and it can happen at any time.

CameracaseA new Kickstarter project launched by Portland-based company Trygger aims to fix the problem with the Camera Case, a case that features a polarizing filter similar to one found on a professional camera.

World_wide_web-600These companies have harnessed technology to empower people all over the world, whether it’s rewarding volunteers with prizes or empowering travelers to deliver much-needed aid while visiting developing countries. While the companies are diverse, they are all on a mission to change our lives for the better and improve society.

Mobile-smartphone-600New York-based startup bMobilized has released a new do-it-yourself tool that instantly converts a website into a full-featured HTML5-enabled mobile site in just a few clicks. Even better, it only costs $5 a month to keep the mobile site running.

Airtime-600A political science student at George Washington University in Washington D.C., Wein hadn’t been able to find an internship for the summer. Potential employers were interested, but when they found out Wein was leaving to study abroad in Australia in 6 short weeks, they were suddenly “going in a different direction,” he says.

Facebook-promoted-posts-600But there are a few things that you shouldn’t do. Mashable spoke with Facebook’s Communications Manager Elisabeth Diana, Head of Measurement Platform and Standards Sean Bruich and Director of Online Operations Sarah Smith, as well as Buddy Media CEO Michael Lazerow to learn more about the most common Facebook marketing mistakes.

Sean-parker-and-olivia-munn-demo-airtimeThis lightweight, powerful tool for social discovery based on shared Facebook’s interest graph and Facebook friends has relatively rich store of tools for enhancing your video conversations and controlling who you end up meeting.

Linkedin600“While our investigation continues, we thought it would be a good idea to remind our members that one of the best ways to protect your privacy and security online is to craft a strong password, to change it frequently (at least once a quarter or every few months) and to not use the same password on multiple sites,” LinkedIn wrote in a blog post on its site. “Use this as an opportunity to review all of your account settings on LinkedIn and on other sites too. Remember, no matter what website you’re on, it’s important for you to make sure that you protect your account security and privacy.”