Make Purchases Through American Express Amex Sync and Look Like a Twitter Spammer at the Same Time! 297 views (comments)
Twitter is trending with the promoted hashtag #AmexSync. Do you get annoyed with the "deals" that your Facebook friends "like" showing up in your newsfeed? Well prepare for it to get even worse on Twitter, as American Express and Twitter introduce Amex Sync, the service that connects your American Express credit card directly to your Twitter account. And rest assured, as Twitter has proven time and time again, your private information is secure behind their hack-proof system. (Not!)
Top Designers and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Put Fashion Shows Online 73 views (comments)
Big name designers such as Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Badgley Mischka and Carolina Herrera have taken advantage of digital media by showing their fashion shows online during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Major designers are realizing that online fashion shows are a great way to bring their collection to wider audience, and new designers can produce online fashion show for a fraction of the pricetag of an in-person show, which can cost upwards of $100k.
Washington Post Columnist Suzi Parker Erroneously Reports Satirical Story About Sarah Palin Taking Host Position with Al Jazeera 1,172 views (comments)
The hashtag #SuziParkerScoops is swirling around Twitter in response to Washington Post columnist Suzi Parker reporting that Sarah Palin will be the new host for the Al Jazeera America channel. To be clear, Sarah Palin is not the new host. It was just last month that a satirical article from the Onion named North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the Sexiest Man Alive for 2012, causing Asian media to report the story as if it were real.
California Law AB 242 Would Require Privacy Policies to be Written at an 8th Grade Reading Level and be No Longer Than 100 Words 118 views (This article has 1 comment)
Hacker Guccifer Hacks Email Accounts of Former President George W. Bush and His Family and Friends 344 views (comments)
A hacker, who goes by the name "Guccifer", has hacked the email accounts of former president George W. Bush, as well as the accounts of his family and friends, and has taken to posting his findings online, including private photos, emails and private home addresses. Guccifer told The Smoking Gun, who broke the story, that he isn't worried about the feds coming after him because they have actually been investigating him for awhile and this latest stunt is "just another chapter in the game.”
Virtual Garage Sale Site ‘GTS List’ Perfect Place for Recovering Craigslist and FreeCycle Users 57 views (comments)
Tired of having to resort to eBay or Craigslist to sell the stuff you no longer want? Or trying to give it away on FreeCycle only to have some overzealous moderator reject it? So was the creator of GTSList.com, the online garage sale where you can sell your stuff to friends and family, for free, and while keeping it private so you are not opening your home to random strangers. GTS List takes the idea of the online yard sale that often takes place on sites such as Craigslist, and combines it with the experience of having an old-fashioned yard sale, by making it a virtual yard sale. While a virtual garage sale is nothing new, we think they're on to something by giving sellers the ability to keep their sale as private as they'd like.
‘So God Made a Farmer’ Dodge Ad Makes Some Wonder Where to Listen to All of Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story Shows Online 128 views (comments)
While this year's Superbowl ads did not disappoint, one of the clear winners was the Dodge Ram truck commercial which pays homage to farmers. Perhaps the most poignant part of the ad was the recording of Paul Harvey's 1978 speech called, "So God Made a Farmer." It got some wondering as to where to listen to all of Paul Harvey's Rest of the Story shows online? Well the good news is that, even though Paul Harvey died in 2009, his voice and stories do indeed live on.
Internet “Save Your Token” Facebook Campaign Leads to Monopoly Replacing Iron Playing Piece with Cat 63 views (comments)
The people have spoken and the iron token from the Hasbro board game Monopoly will be retired for good, being replaced by a cat. In a vote on the Monopoly Facebook page, people from 120 countries voiced their opinion, voting to keep the Scottie dog, shoe, wheelbarrow, race car, thimble, top hat and battle ship, and to get rid of the iron. The tokens proposed to replace the ousted token included a guitar, a helicopter, a diamond ring and a toy robot, but the cat was the clear winner, garnering 31% of the votes.
Post Office Announces it is Ending Saturday Delivery, as People Contemplate Alternatives to the Declining Postal Service 85 views (This article has 1 comment)
The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that it is ending Saturday delivery in August of this year. While your local post office will still deliver packages, letters will only be delivered Monday through Friday, leaving many to turn to alternatives such as email and Internet faxing services. Email is already the alternative that has led to a huge decline in traditional snail mail, crippling USPS with a loss of tens of billions of dollars in most recent years. USPS estimates that it will save approximately $2 billion annually with this plan.
Windows XP Users Can’t Connect to Internet After Latest Kaspersky Anti-Virus Update 72 views (comments)
If you are a Windows XP user running Kaspersky anti-virus and you can't connect to the internet from your computer, you are not alone. The latest update to the AV software is preventing many users from being able to connect to the internet, causing users to swarm to the Kaspersky forum to grumble.
SuperClean and DroidCleaner: Android Malware That Jumps to Your PC and Infects Your Computer 69 views (comments)
If you are an Android user and have either of the apps called Superclean or DroidCleaner (AKA DroidClean), you are advised to remove them immediately to avoid malware jumping to your PC. The app, which has been removed from the app store, infects the computer with a virus that will open files, gather photos and obtain contact information.
Facebook Rallies to Save So-Called Gay Dog From Euthanasia 69 views (This
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Facebook has proven to be a time again, but this time Facebook has risen to the occasion. Well, its users have. Facebook users banded together and have saved a gay dog from certain death, at least, a dog that was surrendered to animal control by his owners, on the basis that he is gay.
The Anonymous Social Network Where Nobody Knows Your Name (But Everybody Has Your Number) 79 views (comments)
If you're tired of the privacy concerns of Facebook, the anonymous social network called Social Number may be right up your alley. Giving the question, "what's your number" a whole new meaning, Social Number lets users pick a user number, which is their only identifier on the social network. That means users will not have user names or identifying photos, just assigned numbers.
Paid Subscriptions Coming to YouTube 78 views (comments)
YouTube (or "Utube" for those who are too lazy to type "Yo") is preparing to launch channels with paid subscriptions to its video lineup. Channel owners can apply to have a premium channel, and YouTube is hoping that channels with specially designed content will draw more users. It looks as though premium channel subscriptions will cost somewhere between $1 and $5, with the first channels launching as early as the second quarter of this year.
Lookout Grumpy Cat, Sam the Worried Cat Takes Internet by Storm 101 views (comments)
There's no denying that Internet cat videos are here to stay, and when the now famous "Grumpy Cat" appeared on the scene, it seemed that the world of Internet cats would never be the same. But now it looks that Grumpy Cat has a new contender: Sam the Worried Cat. Or, as he is better known on Instagram, Sam Has Eyebrows. Sam quickly rose to #catsofinstagram fame and could be added to the arsenal of Internet cats with serious attitudes.
Fake Amazon Page Resume for Philippe Dubost, Web Product Manager Goes Viral 119 views (comments)
We don't know what his return policy is, but French citizen Philippe Dubost's resume, which looks like a fake Amazon page, complete with fake Amazon reviews, has quickly become an Internet sensation. Residing in Paris, the web product manager designed PhilDub.com to look for a job abroad, as he is ready to travel.
Google Reveals Law Enforcement Requests 80 views (comments)
Google is making clear how they will be handling warrants and subpoenas for users' personal information. With January 28th being Data Privacy Day, Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, shared three initiatives on the Google blog, which detail how Google plans to protect user privacy when faced with a warrant or subpena to hand over private user information.
Twitter Vine Overrun with Porn Videos, Becomes Repository for Six-Second NSFW Videos 113 views (comments)
Well, we all saw it coming and it certainly did not take long - Twitter Vine is the newest hub for porn videos. And unfortunately it got worse when one six-second NSFW clip made it to the top as an Editor's Pick, appearing at the top of the Vine screen when users first opened their apps. Even though it was quickly taken down as Editor's Pick, fast-spreading word of the clip caused it to make the "Popular Now" ranking.
Hacking Group Anonymous Takes Down the US Sentencing Commission Website in Retaliation for Aaron Swartz’ Death 541 views (comments)
Hacktivist collective Anonymous, citing Operation Last Resort (#OpLastResort and #WarHead1) took control of the website belonging to the United States Sentencing Commission Saturday with a clear message: the government must agree to reforming the legal process and allowing for freedom of information, or else the collective will begin releasing internal documents that they claim they collected from the systems of the Department of Justice (DOJ). They cited the recent suicide death of Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz as motivation for this latest mission.
New Android Lookout App Emails Photo of Thief to Owners of Stolen Android Phones and Tablets 64 views (comments)
An Android app that helps you catch your smartphone or tablet thief is an idea whose time has come! If you are the owner of one of these phones, a stolen phone is one of the worst fates that can fall upon your phone, behind being left behind or falling in a toilet. Well now Android users can rest assured that they now have a way to increase the chances of recovering their phones; with the Lock Cam app, by Lookout Mobile Security service.
What is Twitter Vine? We Explain 104 views (comments)
Twitter released their new video sharing service, Twitter Vine, Thursday, which allows Twitter users to film and share small, six-second-long looping video clips. Twitter says that these small little snippets are in line with its model of Tweets being limited to 140-character-or-less model for Tweets. Michael Sippey, Twitter’s vice president for product, wrote about Twitter Vine on Twitter's blog on Thursday, “Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create.”
France Gives Twitter 2 Weeks to Start Turning Over Info on Racist Tweeters 60 views (comments)
The French-language version of Twitter has been an ugly and contentious place lately, and the French government is taking action. With recent hashtags of #SiMonFilsEstGay (if my son is gay), #UnBonJuif (a good Jew), and #SiMaFilleRamèneUnNoir (if my daughter brings home a black guy), the Grand Instance Court in Paris has ordered Twitter to create a way to alert French authorities of illegal content when an offending tweet is sent out.
Manti Te’o Sort of Admits to Knowing About the Hoax – Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Confesses to Being the Voice of Fake Girlfriend, Lennay Kekua 48 views (comments)
Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o, during an interview with ABC News' Katie Couric, has confessed to at least having some knowledge of the fact that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua was fake. At least in the end. And in an even more bizarre turn of events, one of the hoax perpetrators, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, has admitted through his attorney that he was the voice of Lennay in phone calls to Manti.
Poshmark Fashion and Beauty App: Sell the Contents of Your Closet Through Your Phone 94 views (comments)
There may be extra money in your closet, and not just the kind you find hidden in your pockets from the last time you wore or used the item! If you are like many and have clothing, handbags and accessories in your closet that you have not worn in a some time, or you are simply tired of wearing, you can easily sell clothing, jewelry and purses through your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (not yet for Android users), using the app Poshmark.
Google Releases Transparency Report Which Shows More Government Surveillance 41 views (comments)
Today Google posted some news on their blog, along with the release of their Transparency Report, which shows increasing requests from the government for private user data. In fact, the report shows that, of all the governments in the world, the U.S. leads the pack in personal information requests.
Online Effort to Get Rid of All Cats in New Zealand 95 views (comments)
If you have cats, you may not realize that you are living with cold-blooded killers, at least you are according to New Zealand man Gareth Morgan. According to him, the country of New Zealand must eradicate cats, and then ban cats, in order to save the birds. Garrett Morgan has launched an online petition to completely get rid of cats in New Zealand, and even suggests euthanasia as an option for current cat owners.
Kim Dotcom Launches New Mega Dropbox-style File Storage and Sharing Site 77 views (comments)
The scene was a pudgy man being chased around by scantily clad girls, but it wasn't an homage to Benny Hill, it was Kim Dotcom's launch party for his re-emergence back into the .com world - his new site, Mega (not to be confused with his now defunct file sharing website, Megaupload). Mega outdoes Dropbox by offering 50GBs of free file storage, unlike the 2GBs offered by Dropbox.
Yes Twitter is Down Today, January 21, Martin Luther King and the Presidential Inaugural Day 53 views (comments)
If you cannot access Twitter, you are not alone, Twitter is down. In a short status update, Twitter announced, "Some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue."
Laurenzo’s Prime Rib Server Michael Garcia Dubbed a Hero by Internet for Standing Up to Customers Who Insulted a Special Needs Child with Down’s Syndrome 126 views (comments)
A story by the popular food section of Houston food blog 29-25, Whine + Dine, is sweeping the Internet and quickly earning Houston food server Michael Garcia, of Laurenzo's Prime Rib, the title of "Hero," after refusing to serve a group of Lorenzo's regulars who heckled a special needs child with Down's syndrome.
Facebook Graph Search Reveals Who Likes the Ku Klux Klan, and Who Likes Some Good Old Fashioned Raping 51 views (This
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Facebook's new graph search feature is proving that it is good for so much more than just finding which of your friends watches The Walking Dead. You can also find out who on Facebook likes sexism, or young women with large breasts.
Job-Seeking Finance Student’s Blunt Cover Letter Goes Viral on Internet, Here’s Why 76 views (comments)
We all know that half the battle of getting a job interview is a killer cover letter. One student majoring in finance who is looking for an internship on Wall Street in New York has written a cover letter that has become a viral Internet sensation because of how blunt and honest it is.
Facebook Quietly Turns Off Ability of Users to Hide Their Facebook Profiles From Searches, Says it Has Nothing to Do With New Graph Feature 76 views (comments)
It has come to the surface that Facebook took away the ability to hide profiles from search results this past December, which is awfully suspicious timing with the subsequent announcement of their new "graph search" feature. With graph search relying on Facebook user profile content for its search results, Facebook needed the extra information from previously private profiles.
Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te’o Victim of Internet Girlfriend Death Hoax? 59 views (comments)
Notre Dame athletic director, Jack Swarbrick has confirmed that the school's star football player, Manti Te'o, is a victim of an Internet hoax. Te'o's girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, was a complete fabrication and reports that she died from leukemia during the 2012 football season are a lie. Initial reports had Te'o as part of the hoax, but Te'o and his family are flatly denying this, saying that Te'o is profoundly hurt and embarrassed by the entire situation.
The Facebook Graph is Deceptive, Offering Bad and Unreliable Data 76 views (comments)
Yesterday we mentioned that Facebook announced their new Graph Search, which is essentially a way to stalk your Facebook friends and family. In a fiery blog post, engineer and contributing Tech Crunch writer Steve Cheney went on to call it a con, saying that it is the equivalent of him yelling across an auditorium for a recommendation for a doctor to see for his cough.
Employee Caught Red-Handed Outsourcing Own Job to China 51 views (comments)
We've all had days where we didn't want to work, but according to Andrew Valentine, a principal for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, a man he calls "Bob" took it to a new level by by outsourcing his own six-figure-salaried job to China for $50,000/year, while he surfed Reddit and looked at cat videos.
eBay and Craigslist Agree to Not Allow the Selling or Scalping of Tickets to Obama Presidential Inauguration 64 views (comments)
Wondering where you can get tickets to President Obama's inauguration? Well you can't get tickets to the president's inauguration on eBay or Craigslist, at least if eBay and Craigslist follow through on their promise to not allow anyone to sell or scalp tickets to Pres. Obama's inauguration on either site.
Finish App by High School Students for High School Students: Simple Homework and Deadline Management Done Right 43 views (comments)
Like many high school students, Ryan Orbuch and Michael Hansen had a problem, managing everything from mid-terms, to a simple homework deadline. But unlike your average high school student, these two did something about it, they created task management app "Finish," (available for the iPhone, but not yet Android).
The White House Officially Responds to Online Petition to Secure Resources and Funding to Begin Construction of a Death Star by 2016 44 views (This article has 1 comment)
The government's sponsored online petition site "We the People" promises a White House response for all petitions with more than 25,000 signatures, and sticking to that promise, they issued an official response to the online petition entitled “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.” The petition received over 34,000 signatures.
SOPA Activist and RSS Author Aaron Swartz Kills Himself While Under Threat of Federal Prosecution 45 views (comments)
SOPA Activist and RSS author Aaron Swartz, co-founder of Reddit, has been found dead in his Brooklyn, NY apartment, from a hanging suicide. The 26 year-old was facing Federal prosecution for allegedly stealing 4.8 million documents from MIT's computer networks, as well as from JSTOR, or Journal Storage, a nonprofit organization that offers journals and scholarly books to subsidized institutions. The death came as a shock to Swartz's parents and girlfriend, who never expected him to hang himself, and they contend that the suicide was as a result of a "criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach."
Computer Users Urged to Disable Java Because of Security Flaws 56 views (comments)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security alerted users of Java to a serious and urgent security risk, recommending that users disable Java until a suitable fix has been released. In the statement, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), the branch of the federal government that manages computer security risks, warned that any system using Oracle Java 7 (1.7, 1.7.0) including Java Platform Standard Edition 7 (Java SE 7), Java SE Development Kit (JDK 7) and Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE 7) are at risk.
Free Wi-Fi in New York City Courtesy of Google 73 views (comments)
We first reported that Google was aiming to provide free public wifi Internet access to the world over seven years ago, and they kicked off that goal by offering free wi-fi to Mountain View, and now they've announced that the area of Chelsea in New York City is the latest recipient of free Google wifi as they do their part to grow Manhattan's Silicon Alley.
Slut Shaming, the New Scarlet Letter with Much More Dire Consequences 82 views (comments)
"Slut shaming" is what many are calling the new scarlet letter. The game is the same as it has been for years, it just has a new face with the popularity of social media. Young girls and teens being bullied, or slutshamed, by their peers, namely other girls, for provocative behavior, be it sexual in nature or manner of dress, in which they may or may not be engaging. This time, unfortunately the bullying, has a far wider and quicker reach with the slut-shaming being done online. And the consequences have become much more dire. Two sides of the coin have recently come to light: with high school student Temitayo Fagbenle speaking out against the trend, and college student Michael Nodianos being one of the worst examples of it.
Target Vows to Match Amazon’s Prices – Here’s How to Get that Amazon Price at Target 63 views (comments)
We've all done the in-store/Amazon price matching game: perusing the aisles of a nearby retailer and then whipping out our smartphones to see if we can find better online prices at Amazon. Well Target wants everyone to know how to get Amazon prices at Target: just ask. They have announced that they will match prices of Amazon, all year round. And Target is not stopping with Amazon, they will also price match qualifying merchandise to the prices advertised on the websites of Best Buy, Toys R Us, and Walmart!
Waterproof Cell Phone Using HZO Technology Available Soon 60 views (comments)
How has the world lived without a waterproof cell phone for this long? Water is the kryptonite of cell phones and for all of the money we pay for them, it seems that they should be a bit more resilient. Well, we can all rejoice and start using our phones around toilets, showers and pools with reckless abandon because technology company HzO has developed a new nanofilm waterproof coating, WaterBlock, that will protect your phone should it come into contact with water. And the first water proof cellphone is due out shortly - with Sony, Samsung and, reportedly, Apple, all planning to bring out a waterproof phone this year.
Flexible Smartphones Due Out This Year – Includes Video of Flexible Phone and Flexible Tablet 50 views (comments)
It won't be long before we see flexible smartphones and flexible tablets on the market! The likes of Sony, Nokia, LG, Philips and Sharp are all fervently working on technology to bring foldable phones to consumers in the very near future. Prototypes of the flexible phones are already creating a buzz at trade and gadget shows, with news that the foldable phone can be bent, folded and rolled. The excitement of the flexible smartphone and flexible tablet is growing as the possibilities of rolling it up to stick it in a pocket or handbag are wildly appealing to users on the go. Not to mention that a flexible phone is quite the conversation starter.
Lenovo is First to Announce the new ‘Table PC’ Concept – a Touch Screen Table 229 views (comments)
PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd. has introduced the table PC, a 27-inch table computer that allows users to play boardgames, with the screen responding to up to ten fingers at the same time. Users can stick the 27-inch screen device on top of any table, or create a touch screen table with the optional coffee table that fits the device, and features sliding glass panels to cover the device when you are through playing board games.
Review of the New MySpace: Better Than Pandora, Nothing Like Facebook, Pinterest or Even the Old MySpace! 60 views (comments)
The social media world is buzzing with opinions about the new Myspace now that they have released the new version. Ever since it was announced that Justin Timberlake was one of the new partners involved in reviving the dead social media site, the Internet has been flooded with speculations as to how the newly revamped site will compare with Facebook, Pinterest, Pandora, Songza and, of course, how it compares with the old Myspace.
iPhone Contract Between Teen and Mom Goes Viral on Internet 64 views (comments)
Like any kid or teen, thirteen-year-old Greg Hoffman begged his parents for a new smart phone, specifically, an iPhone. On Christmas day, he got that coveted iPhone, but not without an 18 point contract from his mom, outlining the rules for having a phone. Not quite what a child or teenager with a new iPhone expects, but Mom made it clear, with a great phone, comes great responsibility.
Apple Promises Automatic Fix to Broken iPhone and iOS6 Do Not Disturb Feature by January 8th 39 views (comments)
Yesterday we reported a few fixes for the bug affecting the “Do Not Disturb” feature on iOS 6, which resulted in the feature to not turn off once it was set, causing the users of iOS6 devices to miss appointments, phone calls, and alerts. But it appears that Apple is promising an automatic fix by January 8th.
Apple iOS6 Calls, Alerts and Notifications Not Working: Do Not Disturb Feature Broken Causing Feature to Be Stuck On – Here’s How to Really Fix it 318 views (comments)
If you're an Apple iPhone 5 or any other type of iOS6 user who missed a few appointments or an important notice today, you're not alone. It seems that with the roll over of the new year, those who used the "Do Not Disturb" feature on iOS 6 found that it won't turn off, causing their phone to be stuck on "Do Not Disturb" mode through New Years Day, and so not sending them notifications as usual.
“Girls Around Me” Girl Finding App May No Longer Be in the App Store but It’s Still Out There 45 views (comments)
Hailed as a rapist and stalker's haven, "Girls Around Me" is not only a creepy app in its concept, it enables iPhone and android users to track nearby women based on their geographic location. The information is aggregated from check-ins through Facebook and Four Square, and perhaps what makes it the creepiest app, and why it is being called the "stalking app," is because if a user of the app likes what he initially sees about the girl, he can see more information about her as pulled from her Four Square account and Facebook link, including more photos of her.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Initiates Internet Grassroots Efforts, Has Baristas Write ‘Come Together’ On Cups to Encourage Lawmakers to Fix Fiscal Cliff Issue 34 views (comments)
Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz took to the Internet to announce an online grassroots campaign by having his DC Starbucks employees write "Come Together" on the cups of all of their customers to send a message to lawmakers about the fiscal cliff. While Internet grassroots efforts are not typically led by wealthy corporate CEOs, Schultz has instructed the baristas to write the message on the cup of each customer all this week, through December 28th.
Facebook Testing New System to Charge Users $1 to Send Messages to Non-Friends 254 views (This article has 1 comment)
Facebook proves once again that they can make the most underhanded actions seem like they are doing a favor for their users by testing a new feature: pay $1 to send a message to users with whom you're not connected on the socia media site, in the name of reducing spam.
Twitter Announces New Feature That Allows Users to Access Archives to Download Tweet History 79 views (comments)
Twitter users will soon start seeing #TwitterArchive trending. Twitter has announced that they are now allowing users to download their entire archive history to store for their own personal files. The archiving feature will allow users to download past tweets and retweets, and users can look at their archives by month and search keywords, hashtags, usernames and phrases.
Facebook: Now that We Own Instagram, All Your Pictures Are Belong to Us and We Can Sell Them With No Royalty to You 128 views (This article has 1 comment)
#Boycottinstagram is trending on Twitter and with good reason. Now that Facebook officially owns Instagram, they can use your pictures to sell and use however they want, royalty-free, and short of deleting your Instagram account, you have waived your rights and can’t opt out. Facebook has proven time and time again that they care little about user privacy, but now they are blatantly stating that they can use your own content for revenue, and they don’t care a lick about paying royalties.
The Amazon Replacement Order Scam, and How to Avoid It 1,021 views (This article has 1 comment)
If you, like many, have been using Amazon.com for some of your Christmas shopping, then your account may be vulnerable to a scam using your order number that is genius in its execution, and uncovers some of Amazon's failings in inventory control. It all comes down to the individual order numbers assigned to your orders. Those order numbers are for sale, along with the corresponding email address (as in your email address), and scam artists are using that information to get duplicates of your orders sent to them.
Texas Teen Fights School Over Electronic Tracking via RFID Chip in High School ID 48 views (This article has 1 comment)
15-year-old Texas teen Andrea Hernandez has launched a fight against the Northside Independent School District to avoid wearing the electronic tracking RFID chips embedded in her high school ID. Hernandez, from a deeply evangelical religion, believes that the ID is "the mark of the beast," as talked about in the Book of Revelation. But even without the religious aspect, this is an important issue, and the religious nature of her objection helps to provide a more solid basis over which to object to the microchipped school I.D.
The Best Must-Have Apps for 2013 124 views (comments)
We brought you some of our favorite apps for 2012, and here is our list of top must-have for 2013! These apps are designed to make your life better, faster, more efficient and happier. Ok, we cannot promise that they will make you happier, but they certainly are handy little helpers.
The Internet Patrol’s Picks for Best Apps of 2012 68 views (comments)
The year is quickly coming to an end and we have written about several apps over the past year. While some weren't the best, like the false sense of security provided by the Wickr app (link), there were several we loved. Here is a list of some of our favorite apps of 2012.
Kids’ Gaming Apps, Such as Mobbles, Being Preemptively Pulled Off the Market as FTC Gears Up to Launch Privacy Violation Investigation 45 views (comments)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is gearing up to launch a children's mobile game privacy investigation that is so massive, kids' game makers, such as Mobbles, are hastily yanking titles before the FTC investigation becomes official. Mobbles was unofficially informed that their software is part of the some 200 titles being investigated in connection with accusations that they are storing the private information of its young users, including their locations.
AARP Offers Online Dating for Seniors with Partner HowAboutWe.com 882 views (comments)
American Association of Retired People (AARP) has partnered with HowAboutWe.com to offer online dating, for older, senior singles. While Internet dating may seem to undermine the old fashioned (i.e. face-to-face) way of dating that single folks of the retired generation may appreciate, HowAboutWe.com has created a way to mix old fashioned dating with online dating, in a way that users from any generation can appreciate.
Apple Maps Turn Potentially Deadly, Say Australian Officials 52 views (comments)
We all quickly figured out that Apple Maps is a debacle of epic proportions (link), but deadly? Australian authorities are warning motorists to use another mapping option, calling Apple Maps a "potentially life-threatening issue."
Gmail is Down and Chrome is Crashing 60 views (comments)
If you cannot access Gmail, or Chrome continues to crash for you, you are not alone. Their status page is confirming that there is a service disruption.
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Get a Jump Start on Your New Years Resolution to Get in Shape with the Fitness Buddy Exercise App 47 views (comments)
New Years Eve is fast approaching, which means that it won't be long before remorseful holiday indulgers make their New Years resolutions to get in shape. The Fitness Buddy app is an excellent way to help you achieve your goals of getting fit and is designed to be your own virtual personal trainer.
Chris Lee and Volunteers Building Full Scale Millennium Falcon on Site Near Nashville, Tennessee – Want to Join Them? Here’s How 55 views (comments)
If you've ever dreamed of walking on the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars, the Full Scale Millennium Falcon Project could make that dream a reality. A group of Star Wars fans, led by project founder Chris Lee, are calling 88 acres in Tennessee the new home to the 1:1 scale version of the ship that they are slowly building. The only difference between this model and the 'real' one is that this one won't have an engine.
Hacktivist Group Anonymous Takes Action as Revenge Porn Peddler, Hunter Moore Plans to Reopen Website that Allows Users to Upload Naked Pictures of Others, with Published Personal Addresses 169 views (comments)
Hunter Moore, the guy who invented revenge porn, is at it again and this time Internet hacktivist group Anonymous, specifically Kentucky Anonymous (@kyanonymous), has vowed to not let him get away with it in a campaign they've dubbed "Operation Hunt Hunter," or, #OpHuntHunter. Despite the fact that he sold his original revenge porn website IsAnyoneUp.com, where users could submit naked pictures of others without consent, to an anti-bullying organization, and wrote what appeared to be a heartfelt letter apologizing for the mayhem his site caused, he told BetaBeat.com, "I literally had a half pound of cocaine on a fucking table with like 16 of my friends and we were busting up laughing taking turns writing this stupid letter."
Wickr Self Destructing Messaging App Allows You to Set a Time for Timed Automatic Deleting of Messages 73 views (comments)
The Wickr self-destructing message app (pronounced "Wicker") gives you complete messaging security. This is because you can set your messages to self-destruct after a certain time, assuring that your privacy is protected. Wickr works with both email and text messages, and the intention is that the self-destructing Wickr message app will also be able to be used with services like Twitter and Facebook, one day.
Pope Benedict Officially Joins Twitter as Pontifex, Creates AskPontifex Hashtag 69 views (comments)
Got a question for the Pope? Well it's not quite carrier pigeon, but you can now tweet your question to the Pope, @pontifex, with #askpontifex. Pope Benedict has officially joined Twitter and, despite not having sent out any tweets yet, he already has over 400,000 followers.
Big Bang’s Bill Prady Live Tweets Customer Service Nightmare with United Airlines 309 views (comments)
Bill Prady, executive producer of the hit show The Big Bang Theory, took to Twitter to air his grievances with United Airline's customer service department. We've all been there, stuck in a never-ending customer service nightmare, being passed around from department to department, trying to reach an actual person, and then being disconnected and having to call back and start all over again.
About that MY2K That You Are Seeing All Over Facebook and Twitter 49 views (comments)
In an unprecedented presidential move, President Obama has called upon people to start using a Twitter hashtag: MY2K, in regards to the fiscal cliff. The MY2K (as in "my 2k" - the extra $2,000 that would come from the current tax cut extension being proposed) campaign calls upon Twitter users (and has crossed over to Facebook) to tweet what they would do with an extra $2,000 and use the hashtag MY2K.
Indian Woman Arrested After Facebook Post Sparks Riot 95 views (This article has 1 comment)
Most Facebook users have said something on their Facebook pages that they regret, but probably not many like Indian citizen Shaheen Dhada, who was arrested and faced angry mob riots in India over comments she made on her Facebook timeline. Comments that many charger were aimed to malign Muslims with the Shiv Sena party.
Facebook Privacy Hoax Lulls Users Into False Sense of Security by Using Facebook Status to Declare Copyright on Contents of Their Facebook Accounts 555 views (comments)
A Facebook hoax has, yet again, monopolized Facebook status updates, as panicked users have been advised, by the hoax, to declare copyright in response to Facebook privacy changes. Of course, if simply declaring something on your Facebook status made it so, then the color of your bra strap would have cured breast cancer, Casey Anthony would have been found guilty, and a simple relationship status change from "married" to "divorced" would save thousands in lawyer fees.
NASA Mohawk Guy Bobak Ferdowsi: Where is He Now After His 15 Minutes of Internet Fame? 91 views (comments)
Good looking genius nerds are not only fictional characters on The Big Bang Theory, as proven by NASA flight director, Bobak Ferdowsi. Known as the "NASA Mohawk Guy," Ferdowsi shot to fame for not only helping to successfully land the Curiosity rover on Mars, but for sporting a much-televised mohawk while doing so, spawning an Internet meme.
The Antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Charities Encourage Giving on “Giving Tuesday”, Host “Giving Tuesday” Twitter Party 78 views (comments)
Thanks to Henry Timms, deputy executive director of the Jewish community center 92nd Street Y, Giving Tuesday and its upcoming Twitter party is the answer for those who have looked on in disdain at Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While some are stampeding (literally) to get those Black Friday deals, and servers are crashing while consumers are virtually stampeding to Cyber Monday, there has been an air of disgust by many on social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, at the blatant, frenzied consumerism that seems to make those rabid shoppers a parody of the typical American.
Google Maps Allows You to See Floor Plans of Malls, Museums, Airports and More 338 views (comments)
Google had made shopping, sight-seeing and travel even easier, by making the indoor floor plans of malls, museums, libraries, transit stations and airports, worldwide, available through Google Maps. The feature, previously exclusively available through Google Maps for Android, is now available on your desktop so that it can be used by all.
Senator Patrick Leahy and the ECPA Privacy Amendment That Proposed Only a Subpeona, With a Warrant Not Required, to Search Private Email 740 views (comments)
Update: We have just learned that Senator Leahy has withdrawn his support for the amendments to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). He received resounding criticism from many groups and private citizens who felt that the revisions are unconstitutional and a gross invasion of privacy. In a series of tweets, below, Senator Leahy said that he did not support the bill amendments, and seems to deny that he ever did.
Oprah Winfrey Tweets That She Loves the Microsoft Surface …From Her iPad 205 views (comments)
The Internet is buzzing with Oprah Winfrey's latest snafu - tweeting how much she loves the Microsoft Surface - from her iPad.
Bug in iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 Running iOS6 Causes Phone to Automatically Start Playing Podcasts and Music After Phone Call – and Workaround 378 views (comments)
Some iPhone 4, 4s, and 5 users who are running iOS6 are finding that they have a rather annoying issue - iTunes music or podcasts automatically starting to play after they receive a phone call.
Android People App on Google 4.2 Operating System Jelly Bean Omits Entire Month of December from Calendar 210 views (comments)
If your Android is operating on the 4.2 operating system, AKA Jelly Bean, you may notice something in your calendar is missing - the entire month of December. Those running the 4.2 operating system on the Nexus 4 device, Nexus 10 device, Nexus 7 tablet and Galaxy Nexus smartphones have reported the issue.
Founder of Internet Security Company John Mcafee Using Internet Connections to Stay on the Lam in Belize Murder Case. 246 views (comments)
Do you know the name John McAfee? Well, if you have a PC with McAfee virus protection, then you just might. John McAfee is a computer programmer and the founder of the McAfee security software that just about anyone with a PC has already installed on their computers. McAfee is one of the first people ever to develop both an anti-virus software, and a virus scanner.
Baby Joey Powling Becomes ‘Ridiculously Good-looking Surgery Baby’ After Undergoing 7 Hour Heart Surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot 233 views (comments)
Three-month-old baby Joey Powling has captured the collective heart of the Internet, and has been dubbed 'Ridiculously Good-looking Surgery Baby'. A few days after undergoing major heart surgery due to being diagnosed with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, the family snapped a picture of the little guy, all smiles, and then uploaded it to Reddit. From there, an Internet star was born.
Anti-Obama Twitter Twit Teen Kristen Neel Shuts Down Her Twitter Account Days After Comment About Australia’s Male Christian President 344 views (This
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"I'm moving to Australia, because their president is Christian and actually supports what he says" Tweeted Kristen Neel, in her now famous tweet. And the backlash that the anti-Obama teen faced because of that comment has finally caused her to disable her Twitter account. It was not because the comments she received were threatening, it was because they were merely pointing out what a twit she is.
Facebook ‘Profiles for Couples’ Initiative Believes Couples Should Have Shared Facebook Profiles 252 views (comments)
The new Facebook "Profiles for Couples" movement is quietly growing on Facebook. If you feel that your shared Snuggie or email address does not make you and your significant other enough of an amorphous couple blob, never fear, there is a group of co-dependant couples aiming to create shared Facebook pages. Because nothing says "healthy relationship" quite as much as a lack of personal identity.
Internet Tells Man He Has Testicular Cancer After He Jokingly Takes Pregnancy Test That Comes Back Positive 257 views (comments)
We've heard of crowdsourcing medical diagnostics before, and it seems that the users of Reddit may be the new collective Web MD of the Internet. The friend of a Reddit user was surprised to see the pregnancy test he jokingly took come back positive. After finding an old pregnancy test in his medicine cabinet, left behind by an ex-girlfriend, he decided to pee on it.
Twitter Resets Thousands of Passwords After Unconfirmed Hacking Attempt While Denying Anything was Hacked 284 views (comments)
If you received an email from Twitter prompting you to change your password due to a possible hack, you're not alone. It was a mistake from Twitter, who has issued a statement explaining what happened.
The New William Shatner Shatoetry App Allows Shat Sharing Throughout the Shatting Community 269 views (comments)
William Shatner lovers rejoice: you can now carry the Shat in your pocket at all times, via the new iPhone app Shatoetry. If you want to hear the sultry velvet vocal stylings of Captain Kirk himself, you can now whip out your phone and make him say whatever you want, however you want.
How to Change what Siri Calls You 508 views (comments)
Did you know that you can change the name that Siri calls you? The name Siri uses for you can be anything you want, whether your nickname, or "Overlord of this Phone," Siri will use it when she addresses you.
Google Quietly Unveils Soon to be Released Physical Google Wallet Card 284 views (comments)
News broke that Google's Help section had a new, discreet addition: the announcement of the Google Wallet Card. The site slyly kept the announcement subtle, but it certainly did not take long to be noticed. Google says that devices that are running Android 2.3.3 will soon be able to use an actual payment card with the Google Wallet app.
Ann Coulter Calls Obama a “Retard” on Twitter, Draws Outrage from Community, and is Subsequently Schooled by Special Olympics Athlete 535 views (comments)
Ann Coulter is drawing ire after publicly tweeting the word "retard," in reference to Barack Obama. When Coulter not only used the word publicly, but then staunchly refused to apologize for it, the community fired back in outrage, calling her remarks careless and offensive.
New Facebook Page, Staten Island Strong, Rallies to Provide Direct Assistance to Those Ravaged by Superstorm Sandy 337 views (comments)
There is no doubt that Staten Island is one of the areas that Superstorm Sandy hit the hardest. Stories of heartbreak and heroism are trickling out, leaving those who fared better in the super storm coming up with ways to help.
Chrysler VP Ralph Gilles Tells Donald Trump He is Full of Sh*t 327 views (comments)
Donald Trump has yet again managed to create controversy just by opening his mouth, or rather, updating his Twitter account. This time he got his behind handed to him by Chrysler Veep Ralph Gilles for perpetuating false claims stated by Romney, when Giles told Trum - very publicly - that he was, and we qoute, "full of shit."
Bloomberg Calls Off New York City Marathon After Backlash From New Yorkers on Facebook and Other Places 251 views (comments)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called off the New York City Marathon after a growing backlash mounted on the marathon's Facebook page. Now he is getting new backlash from the marathon runners who either think it could have at least been called off sooner, or should just go ahead regardless. For the latter, it is only causing more growing tension from those who think the out-of-towners are being insensitive.
Why the Newly Improved Google Voice Search App Beats Siri Hands Down (and You Can Use it on Your iPhone!) 648 views (comments)
For those of you who are fed up with Siri's lack of understanding you when ask to do a search, then the Google Voice Search app may be just what you need. When you ask Google Voice Search where the nearest taco shops around you are, unlike Siri, which will likely come back with a list of the nearest tackle shops, the Google Voice Search app will deliver your request with consistent precision.
Apple Ousts iOS Chief Scot Forstall Over Personality Clashes, Refusing to Sign iOS Maps Apology Letter 271 views (comments)
Apple has reportedly ousted iOS chief Scott Forstall for refusing to sign the apology letter released after the iOS Maps mess. The announcement of his departure came as a shock to not only the public, but even to several Apple insiders, who were informed of Forstall's departure mere minutes prior to the official press release.
Geek Squad Now Available at Target 291 views (This article has 1 comment)
If you walk into a Target store and see someone from the Geek Squad hanging out, don't worry, you didn't inadvertently walk into Best Buy. Chances are you've walked into one of the Target locations that has their very own Geek Squad. A joint venture between Best Buy and Target, the new program will put Geek Squad agents in 29 Target stores, to start, with the first one wave concentrating heavily in the Denver, Colorado area.
Forbes Reveals How Facebook and Facebook Advertisers are Invading Your Privacy for Fun and Profit 288 views (comments)
It is no secret that Facebook harvests the personal information of its users in order to sell it to advertisers. From allowing advertisers, to allowing marketers to match your phone number and email address to your Facebook profile and allowing Facebook to follow you around from site to site, Facebook has happily turned a profit to the detriment of their users' privacy. Nissen tech lead Shinichi Yokote outlined how they use a tool called "True Teller," which takes all of the data mined from Facebook to turn it into the data that would be useful for Nissen's personalized targeting.
Ongoing List of Sites Down Due to Hurricane Sandy 411 views (This
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With Hurricane Sandy having battered the East Coast and Eastern Seaboard, and she has left several websites, such as gawker, gizmodo, jezebel, jalopnik and kotaku, offline as servers are flooded with sea water, and other related problems combine to knock Internet service and sites offline.
Capture and Document Your Whole Life Online: New Life-Capturing Camera, Memoto, Lets You Record Your Life for Posterity 1,173 views (This article has 1 comment)
If you ever wanted to match the face to a name you just learned, or if you find yourself kicking yourself over missing a fabulous photo opportunity, then the tiny little Memoto clip-on camera may be just the device for you. Still in its concept phase, the device is promising to hold pubic interest, having already raised $245,000 on Kickstarter, far surpassing their goal of $50,000.
Google Rolls Out Backpack Cam for New Google Street View Trekker 2,509 views (comments)
Google is going beyond Google Street View and rolling out the backpack cam operated Google Street View Trekker, a wilderness cam that offers a wilderness view of all the corners of the world that Google Street View has previously left untouched, namely woods views and forest views. The backpack cams can be carried by hikers and campers who are on foot and already headed to spots where cars and planes cannot easily go and Google is starting with the Grand Canyon.
How to Block or Otherwise Thwart or Deal with Spam Phone Calls on Your Land Line and Mobile Phone 516 views (This article has 1 comment)
Yesterday we featured an article on the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) contest challenging anyone from the public to come up with a way to beat spam phone calls. The reason for expanding their efforts, says the FTC, is because complaints about spam phone calls, or, "robocalls," more than doubled in April of 2012, from their last high in October 2010 . So what should we do to avoid these nuisance calls until our unknown hero steps forward with the answer?
Smell Something Fishy? It Could be the Chat Perf – the First Smell-o-Vision Accessory for the iPhone 343 views (comments)
If you've ever felt that your iPhone experience would be enhanced if you could only smell scents that go along with your browsing experience, then the Chef Perf iPhone app may be right up your alley. The app, developed by Japanese company Chaku Perfume, smells via an attached scent delivery device that contains an atomizer, also being referred to as a "smell tank."
Federal Trade Commission Offers $50,000 Bounty Reward to Whomever Can Stop Automated Phone Spam with First Ever “FTC Robocall Challenge” 706 views (comments)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is responding to what they say is a huge surge in automated phone calls, or, "robocalls," by offering a cash reward and prizes to the person, or group of people, who can thwart these calls in the "FTC Robocall Challenge." According to the FTC, complaints about robocalls skyrocketed to a high of 212,000 this past April, compared to the last high of 65,000 complaints in October of 2010.
Romney’s ‘Women in Binders’ Gaffe Launches Hysterically Funny, and Pointed, Reviews for Avery Binders on Amazon 388 views (comments)
Mitt Romney's "Binders full of women" comment is continuing to make waves as the Avery Durable View Binder on Amazon.com is gaining reviews, not so much for their organizing ability, but for their ability to keep women.
The Secret, Underground Jamba Juice Menu – Yes It’s Real, and Only Available Online, and Here it Is! 513 views (comments)
Many are not aware that smoothie experts Jamba Juice have a secret underground menu, in addition to their regular Jamba Juice menu in stores. The secret menu contains flavors like Fruity Pebbles, White Gummi Bear, Butterfinger, Blue Gummy Bear and even a Screaming Orgasm.
Uber Shuts Down on Taxi Service App in New York City 1,331 views (comments)
Uber, the popular iPhone app that allows you to schedule a private car or taxi through your mobile device, is closing the doors on its Uber NYC taxi service, just a month after opening it to beta. Citing too much ride demand for not enough taxi supply, the app makers said that they are hoping they will have better luck in the Big Apple in the coming year.
FTC Gears Up to File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google 290 views (comments)
Google is yet again finding themselves in hot water as the Federal Trade Commission is poised to slap them with an antitrust lawsuit. The FTC staff recommendation for the antitrust lawsuit is not unexpected given the swift investigations of Google by California, New York, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. On top of the U.S. investigation, there is also an antitrust investigation of Google taking place in Europe.
Amazon’s Kindle Readers to See Credits After Antitrust Lawsuit Settlement with Apple, Harper Collins, Macmillan, Hachette, Pearson, Penguin and Simon and Schuster 545 views (comments)
This weekend Amazon sent an alert to all of their Kindle customers, informing them of a recent antitrust lawsuit settlement over ebook pricing (some people are calling this a 'class action' lawsuit, but it was actually an antitrust suit filed by the government). The settlement is expected to be approved sometime in February 2013, at which time those who have purchased Kindle books can expect to see an estimated credit of $0.30 to $1.32 per each eligible Kindle book that they purchased.
iPhone 5′s iOS 6 Automatically Opts You In to Being Tracked by Advertisers by Default – Here’s How to Turn it Off 502 views (comments)
Perhaps iOS 6's Mapplegate was simply meant to be a great distraction from the fact that Apple is now covertly tracking users through IFA (or IDFA) tracking technology with the iOS 6 update. While Apple had disabled the tracking of iPhone users by advertisers by disallowing app developers from using the data from Apple devices through the unique serial number permanently assigned to each device, it seems that iOS 6 has brought tracking back.
Google Slapped for Continuing to Collect Personal Data from Safari 361 views (This article has 1 comment)
Google is again blaming technical glitches for violating privacy policies and collecting personal data, this time from those using Apple's Safari web browser. Google has agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $22.5 million - the largest amount that the FTC has ever fined - because they sneakily undermined the privacy settings of millions of Safari users by using computer code to trick Safari into granting Google access to user activity through cookies.
New iPhone and Android App Treater Allows You to Send Treats to Your Facebook Friends 434 views (comments)
The new iPhone and Android app, "Treater" makes it easier than ever to send a little gift of love or appreciation to a friend or coworker. With Treater, you can send various treats to friends, loved ones and co-workers with a few taps on the screen of your mobile device.
Apple Announces New iPod Lineup with Brand New iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle 386 views (comments)
Today Apple announced their new iPod lineup full of upgrades and the usual array of bright bubblegum colors. The iPod Touch is revised with the same anodized aluminum that is used in the MacBook. The colors come in black, silver, turquoise, neon green and pink. This is the lightest iPod Touch to date, and comes with a detachable wrist loop as an easy way to keep your iPod Touch close, without having to actually carry it.
Woman with Mystery Illness Takes to Facebook for Diagnosis, Offers Reward 367 views (comments)
Australian resident Kathy Divine has taken to social media network Facebook for a rather unique purpose: to find a diagnosis for a medical condition that has eluded a diagnosis from doctors. Divine is offering a bounty on her illness: $500AU to anyone who can successfully diagnose her condition.
California Governor Jerry Brown Approvals Senate Bills 1052 and 1053, Providing Free Online College Textbooks for Students 400 views (This article has 1 comment)
Undergraduate students of California's public college and university system will now be able to access many of their textbooks for free, online. Governor Jerry Brown signed senate bills 1052 and 1053 into law, which will establish online libraries that contain digital textbooks for the 50 most commonly taken lower-division courses.
Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Author Robin Sloane Releases App Fish: a Tap Essay for the iPhone 382 views (comments)
An app as an essay, that is what is behind Robin Sloane's, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hours Bookstore, app, Fish: a Tap Essay. It doesn't do anything like allow you to play games or find friends. It is simply an essay with some thoughts on the Internet, and the way that we treat and view online content.
Facebook Promoted Posts: Now Everybody Can Be a Marketer and Earn Facebook Money While Alienating Your Facebook Friends 495 views (This article has 1 comment)
Facebook has found yet another way to monetize their product users. Their Promoted Posts feature, coming to the U.S. allows users to butt their way to the front of the line, gaining posts that they feel are important more visibility in their friends' news feeds, for a $7 per post fee.
Google, Facebook and Twitter Join Forces to Fight New Child Privacy Efforts 468 views (comments)
The Obama administration is proposing to strengthen child privacy laws, and Internet giants Facebook, Twitter and Google are not happy. According to the three websites, the proposed law changes will interfere with their user's ability to tweet, share information on the Web, and to "like" Facebook posts. They also say that these changes hamper free speech.
Google Comes to iOS 6 Map Users’ Rescue with New Mobile Mapping for Mobile Browsers Including Safari 467 views (comments)
Google Street View is back for iOS 6 users. It seems that Google is the knight in shining armor to the whole Mapplegate fiasco that has left scores of iOS 6 users frustrated with the quality of Apple maps. The victory is small, but at this point, iOS 6 users will take any scrap thrown their way.
Conclusive Proof that Wikipedia Doesn’t Let a Little Thing Like the Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story 447 views (This article has 1 comment)
College professor Timothy Messer-Kruse didn't think that something as small as making a tiny edit a Wikipedia page would spark national headlines, but it has. After finding proof that a historical event, the Haymarket Square riot, did not quite happen the way historians have long believed, Messer-Kruse decided to update the Wikipedia page of the event to reflect his findings. What he found was that it was going to be an uphill battle to make that change.
Where to Watch the Colorado Presidential Debate Online 465 views (comments)
Want to watch the Colorado presidential debate online? We have you covered!
Gangnam Style Internet Parody Video by Filipino Inmates of Thriller Fame Goes Viral 420 views (comments)
Fans of the performance of Michael Jacksons's Thriller by the inmates of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Phillipines will be delighted to hear that their favorite dancers are back. Dancing to the song "Gangnam Style," by Internet sensation and Korean rapper, Psy, 1,000 inmates performed for a wildly cheering audience.
California Says “No Warrant Needed to Get Location-Based Data”, Can Other States be Far Behind? 421 views (comments)
California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill on Sunday that would have required a search warrant in order to obtain location-based personal information obtained through cell towers from mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets, and also GPS systems. The veto came with the message that Brown felt that information based on a user's location is important to the processes needed by law enforcement.
Rumors Leak of Apple’s New Tiny Micro Mini iPad, is it Really That Small? 324 views (comments)
The tech world has been abuzz over rumors that Apple is gearing up to release the tiny mini iPad, so far having been dubbed the "iPad Mini." Speculations based on various "unnamed insiders" and forecasts from technology experts have offered some insight into what we can expect.
Justin Bieber Threatens Popular ‘Joustin Beaver’ App With Legal Action 372 views (comments)
It appears that Justin Bieber does not have much of a sense of humor, or at least his lawyers don't. A popular app, Joustin Beaver, has prompted Bieber's camp to send a cease-and-desist letter to app maker RC3, also requesting financial records pertaining to any revenue collected from the 99 cent app.
Study Reveals that as Many as 16% of All Visits to Websites are from Bots, and 26% of All Traffic is “Aberrant” 1,193 views (comments)
Bots generate at least 10% of all online traffic, according to data released today by Solve Media, a company that provides security authentication solutions through CAPTCHA-based advertising technology. Solve Media indicates that they have seen a 400% increase in what they term 'aberrant' traffic across web-based services such as commenting, voting, registration, contact and commenting.
7-Eleven 7-Election Website: Accurate Presidential Election Prediction One Coffee Cup at a Time 823 views (comments)
If only the real presidential election came with a free cup of 7-Eleven coffee, but the 7-Election coffee cup election campaign promises to be just as accurate as it has been for the last three presidential elections. And if you hit up your local 7-Eleven between 6-10 a.m. today, National Coffee Day, 7-Eleven you can cast your vote for free with large coffees, cappuccinos, lattes, or tea, in one of their two new custom coffee cups, and then check how your candidate is doing over at the 7-Election website.
Facebook Unveils Facebook Gifts, the New Way to Send Actual Gifts to Friends 383 views (This article has 1 comment)
Facebook unveiled their new online commerce plan, Facebook Gifts, and many hope that this will help the company's slumping advertising revenue. Facebook introduced the new feature today, and it gives users the option to send gifts from 100 different merchants with which Facebook has partnered, including Starbucks, 1-800-Flowers, and Magnolia Bakery.
List of Problems with the iPhone 5 Getting Longer 725 views (comments)
To iPhone 5, or not to iPhone 5? That is the question. User complaints and problems with the iPhone 5 seem to be growing daily. While no phone release comes without grumblings, Apple's latest phone release seems to be rife with problems that has users less than pleased. Especially those who had to pay full price.
List of States Where Driverless Cars are Legal 376 views (comments)
With the news that California has become the second state, after Nevada, to permit self-driven cars (also known as 'self-driving cars', 'robotic cars' or 'robot cars'), many are waiting in anticipation for other states to follow suit. With Google co-founder Sergey Brin estimating that driverless cars are going to be a reality for the public within five years, many car and tech enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the day that they can get their hands on one and start driving it, or rather, being driven by it.
California Makes Self-Driving Car Legal, Google Says Their Driverless Car a Reality Within 5 Years 374 views (comments)
On Tuesday California Governor Jerry Brown passed Senate Bill 1298, legalizing robot-controlled cars, or self-driving cars (also known as 'self-driven cars', 'robotic cars' or 'robot cars'), with high praise from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who says that driverless cars will be a reality within 5 years.
Iran Creates Internal Internet for Iranian citizens, Blocks Gmail, Google, and, Eventually, Maybe Even the World Wide Web 348 views (comments)
The Iranian government has blocked Gmail and Google until further notice. In an announcement, that included sending a notice to citizens via text message, government officials stated that the services would be filtered, and indeed it appears that, while Google is accessible, it doesn't actually work for searching purposes.
MySpace Comes Back from the Dead Fully Reanimated. New MySpace Site Includes Gorgeous Video and Eye-Popping Graphics 290 views (comments)
Justin Timberlake is again bringing sexy back, this time to Myspace. Unveiling the new Myspace on Monday, Justin Timberlake and his two fellow investors, Chris and Tim Vanderhook, premiered a video presentation to company employees. The new design is sleek, graphically pleasing, is easy to use, imports Facebook contacts, and brings together users and their favorite artists. As Tim Vanderhook put it, “In a single sentence, it’s a social network for the creative community to connect to their fans."
Rumors of Facebook Privacy Leak Untrue, for Once. And How to Lock Down your Old Facebook Messages and Keep Them Private 410 views (comments)
It appears that rumors saying that Facebook has made private messages of millions of users' public is just that - a rumor. The alleged privacy issue began with reports from the French newspaper Metro, and it spread like wildfire from there, and it wasn't long before Facebook and the Twitter-sphere were abuzz with the rumor.
iOS 6 Maps So Bad, Parodies and Tumblr Page Already Gaining Traction 635 views (comments)
Mapplegate is taking over the Internet world. Apple released their iOS 6 two days ago with one change in particular that has people buzzing - their new Maps app. Many are comparing this to Apple's infamous 2010 "Antennagate," when Apple released an iPhone with shoddy antennas, prompting a hasty PR cleanup job by then-CEO Steve Jobs.
Blackberry Outage on Day of iPhone 5 Release, on Heels of Being Dropped by Yahoo 383 views (comments)
From the BlackBerry outage, to Yahoo giving it the boot, BlackBerry makers Research in Motion (RIM) have not been having the best week, and many are concluding that it is the beginning of the end for the beleaguered company. Whether it is the end, or just a series of unfortunate events, there is no doubt that they're are struggling fiercely to stay afloat amidst market-dominating Apple, and their runner-up, the Android market.
Apple’s 1984 Commercial Ironically Predicts Their Sheep-like Followers 802 views (This
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Apple's iPhone 5 has been released with mixed reviews. Many people are outraged at the fact that Apple has released a new cord, which will force most to buy adapters at around $30 a pop, just to make their new phone compatible with their accessories. And according to senior analysts from ABI research, Apple stands to make roughly $40 million in revenue from the adapters alone in the next fiscal quarter. Over the next year, the adapters will make Apple a minimum of $100 million in revenue. And despite consumers largely being outraged at this switch, and underwhelmed with the latest iPhone, many will still devotedly follow Apple because they are devout fans.
Network Solutions Accidentally Deactivates Countless Domains 472 views (comments)
First it was Go Daddy going down for the count due to a hacker, now it seems that the granddaddy registrar of them all - Network Solutions (NetSol) - has just 'lost' countless customer domains, when they accidentally somehow deactivated those domains in the wee hours of the morning. As of this writing, nearly 12 hours later, these lost domains are still down.
The Full Text of the “47%” Romney Video Transcript 1,196 views (This article has 1 comment)
Mother Jones has released the entire full recording of Mitt Romney speaking at a May 17th fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. Since the initial snippets were released Romney has remarked that he wanted the full video to be released so that the quotes from the initial clips could be heard in full context. Mother Jones was apparently happy to oblige, and NBC news released the full transcript of the full video. Here it is.
How Will Mother Jones Internet Videos of Mitt Romney Insulting the 47% Affect the 2012 Elections? (Includes Full Video!) 498 views (This article has 1 comment)
Mother Jones has released Internet video that some are saying are pretty damning for the Romney campaign. Between insulting 47% of Americans as being lazy, entitled victims living off the government, and saying that he thinks that Palestinians aren't interested in peace and so Romney himself is not that concerned about a middle east peace process, all in his own voice, on video, it's hard to see how he can recover from this. Is this the sign of a new era of Internet video having the power to change entire presidential campaigns? (See the full video below!)
Judge in Disorderly Conduct Trial of Malcolm Harris of Occupy Wall Street Orders Twitter to Turn Over Deleted Tweets 383 views (comments)
Twitter has been ordered to turn over the deleted tweets of Occupy Wall Street protestor, Malcolm Harris, after he was charged with disorderly conduct during an Occupy protest. In a controversial move, presiding Judge Matthew Sciarrino Jr. demanded that Twitter turn over Harris' records for the period of time during the incident because, Sciarrino believes, there are tweets that could be relevant to the case.
How to Make Sure You’re Not Reading Fake Reviews on Expedia, Trip Advisor, and Other Review Sites 506 views (comments)
Many consumers rely heavily on the reviews of others before making purchase decisions. Whether Amazon, Yelp, Trip Advisor or Expedia, consumer reviews tend to heavily influence all types of purchase decisions, from toasters to vacations.
Egypt, Libya, Romney and Obama, How the Internet Played a Role in it All 460 views (comments)
U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was one of several Americans killed during attacks on the US embassy in Libya, after protesters and armed men stormed the embassy. It appears that the Internet, namely Twitter and online statements, may have been a large factor in all of this. A string of Internet events appear to have led up to the disruption, which killed a total of four Americans, including the Ambassador.
Everything That You Need to Know About the New iPhone 5: Not Much 521 views (comments)
Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5 and their new connector cable, Lightening. What Apple today called “the biggest things to happen for iPhone since iCloud,” eager Apple fans are calling, “meh.” Apple unveiled the official iPhone 5, which does not appear to be much different from the iPhone 4S. The phone was introduced as being, “designed and built to an exacting level of standard unlike anything we, or anyone in our industry, have made before." Except the last iPhone, apparently.
Toys R Us Introduces Tabeo Tablet Made Specifically for Kids 1,008 views (comments)
Toys R Us is throwing their hat, or rather tablet, into the ring by introducing the Tabeo. The Tabeo is a tablet made just for children, and is proving that it might be a worthy adversary for the new kid-friendly Kindle Fire HD.
Pandora Stock Plummets Amid Rumors of Apple Streaming Radio 440 views (This article has 1 comment)
Streaming radio service, Pandora, may soon be regretting opening its music box. Apple is apparently sticking with what should be their official mantra, "anything you can do, I can do better," after reports began to leak that they are working on a streaming radio option of their own. With this one announcement, Pandora shares went into a tailspin, plunging 19%.
Is GoDaddy Down? Yes, GoDaddy Goes Down, Anonymous Ally Claims Responsibility 476 views (comments)
With one simple tweet, "#tangodown godaddy.com…Hello everyone who wanna me to put 99% of the global Internet in #tangodown?" one lone hacker, with the Twitter handle, "AnonymousOwn3r," took down internet giant GoDaddy.com, causing an outage to the GoDaddy site, 1000s, if not millions, of sites that have GoDaddy-hosted sites, and their DNS, GoDaddy hosted e-mail accounts, and GoDaddy phone service. #tangodown is taken from a military term, meaning a target was successfully attacked. Hackers also use it when it means that a website has been taken offline.
The New Kindle Fire: The First Tablet to Get it Right and Offer Full Parental Controls? 612 views (comments)
The new Kindle Fire HD has broken the mold by being the only tablet to finally offer parental controls over what their kids access. While parents go to great lengths to control their child's TV and PC usage, the tablets have managed to slip by the radar, allowing children unhindered access to the very same things that parents have kept them from on other devices. And at only $199, this kid-friendly tablet has quite an attractive pricetag.
Google Doodle Pays Tribute to 46th Anniversary of Original Star Trek Series 382 views (comments)
Google has made every geek heart sing with the unveiling of today's Google Doodle: an homage to the 46th anniversary of the original Star Trek series. Google has outdone themselves by taking users through a little vignette, quickly re-enacting the well known scene from the "Arena" episode.
Bliss Control: Manage All of Your Social Media Accounts from One Place 473 views (comments)
We can all probably agree that one of the most frustrating things about belonging to so many social networks is managing all of them. Different passwords, profile pictures, and account and privacy settings can be a lot to keep up with in your regular day. Enter BlissControl.com, the website that now allows you to manage the settings on all of your social media accounts with the click of a button.
Facebook Allowing Marketers to Target YOUR Facebook Account by Uploading Email Addresses and Phone Numbers to Match to Facebook Users 493 views (comments)
Well, Facebook has finally done it, they've found a way to allow unscrupulous marketers to spam your Facebook account. Facebook will allow advertisers to target users based on personal information such as phone numbers, user IDs, and email addresses. In a confirmation to PCMag.com, Facebook relayed their new marketing program which will begin next week, targeting ads to their "existing customers."
The Copyright Alert System: Did You Get a Warning from your ISP for Downloading Copyrighted Material? Here’s Why 650 views (This
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Be prepared for a series of virtual hand slaps if your ISP is saying that you downloaded copyrighted or infringing material or files. A "graduated response" program, aimed at cutting down on illegally downloaded files, was rolled out at the beginning of July and has drawn widespread criticism for both its intent, and execution. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) CEO, Cary Sherman, is at the helm of a new initiative that aims to punish those accused of illegal downloading.
Feds Take Stealing Technology Trade Secrets Seriously: Motorola Employee Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Stealing Motorola Trade Secrets for China 582 views (comments)
A Chinese American Sun Kaisens employee, an ex employee of Motorola, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for stealing trade secrets from Motorola, including their IDEN technology, and attempting to smuggle them to a Chinese technology company in China. Hanjuan Jin, a 41 year old female employee, was a software engineer with Motorola for nine years. During sentencing, U.S. District Judge, Ruben Castillo, found that Jin made a "purposeful raid to steal technology." In addition to being charged with three counts of stealing trade secrets, Jin was also charged with three counts of economic espionage.
Will Future Artificial Intelligence Defeat All CAPTCHAs? Death by CAPTCHA Already Offers a CAPTCHA Defeating Service 537 views (This
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Death by CAPTCHA is a company that has figured out a way to bypass security CAPTCHAs by offering their technology to solve CAPTCHA phrases. While this may sound like celebratory news for those who are tired of face-palming every time they try to read the twisted words provided by websites looking to make things secure for their users, in reality, it is a gateway to spam.
Old Spice Guy Terry Crews Makes Beautiful Muscle Music in Interactive Old Spice Video 708 views (comments)
If you liked Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa and his "I'm on a horse" commercial (and hey, who didn't?), you may like the new interactive video from Old Spice in which you get to make music with new Old Spice guy Terry Crews.
‘Bic for Her’ Lady Pen Burned by Internet Review Flames 553 views (This article has 1 comment)
A pen for women must mean that it has lipstick on one end, right? BIC pens is the latest group to find themselves in hot water with women. Did they make politically incorrect commentary on the anatomy and physiology of women? No. Did they donate $100 million to the "I hate women for life" campaign? No. What they did make, though, is a pen. A lady pen, to be specific, and it has the women of Amazon.com fuming.
Ad Hawk and Super PAC Apps Tell You Who Is Behind All Those Annoying Political Ads 373 views (comments)
The Ad Hawk App has made a timely and welcome appearance. After all, it's that time of year when political ads are on just about every TV and radio in America and Adhawk (there is both Ad Hawk for iPhone and Ad Hawk for Android) has answered our political prayers. Ok, ok, probably not the exact political prayers you had, but the app, a sort of Shazam for political ads, certainly helps decipher these ads that are playing everywhere. And not just your cheerful, "Vote for me, I'm great" ads, but those nasty, mud-slinging political attack ads.
Smart Meters: Are They Eavesdropping On Your Internet Usage? 413 views (comments)
Are smart meters (or as some call them "smartmeters") the next great energy saver, or are they a privacy risk for someone hacking your wifi, Internet, or electricity usage data? Maybe both. Some are calling them a great way to save energy and money on our monthly energy bills, some are saying they are a sign that big brother is tightening his grasp, but either way, smart meters are stirring up some serious controversy. From public meetings in Vermont, to gun-toting homeowners chasing utility company workers who are aiming to install smart meters off their property, these tiny little devices have not arrived quietly.
Facebook to Delete All Fake Accounts 548 views (This
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If you have been Facebooking on behalf of your pampered pooch via his own Facebook profile, or have been playing it safe with a separate Facebook profile for coworkers only, then you may want to get as much use out of it as possible before it is deleted. It appears that Facebook is going to disable the over 83 million fake Facebook profiles that are currently inflating their numbers.
Microsoft Introduces New Logo to a Lukewarm Reception 414 views (comments)
If Microsoft wanted to play it safe when designing their new logo, they pulled it off flawlessly. While a few are calling the new logo "great," and a few are calling it "awful," it seems the overwhelming response is "meh."
Apple Wins Big Over Samsung: Federal Jury Awards Apple Over $1 Billion from Samsung for Patent Infringement 395 views (comments)
The verdict is in: Samsung must pay Apple $1.5 billion for smartphone patent infringement. The lawsuit, filed by Apple Inc. last year, accused Samsung of copying the design of iPhones and iPads. Jurors on Friday produced a 20-page verdict, agreeing with Apple's assertion that Samsung's smartphones copied the design of the Apple iPhone, in both design and features. Apple lawyers produced pictures of the Samsung smartphones both before and after the introduction of the iPhone.
T-mobile Set to Roll out Unlimited Data Plan 519 views (comments)
T-Mobile USA is bending over backwards to keep their dwindling customer-base by offering a new unlimited data plan. The new plan will roll out in September and is hoped to rival their competitors, who have started putting a cap on data use. T-Mobile's new plan will run users between $70-90 per month, depending on which smart phone you choose, and will allow unlimited voice, text and Internet usage.
Walmart iTunes Gift Card Deal Not a Great Privacy Deal – You Sell Walmart Your Privacy Soul for That $20 Off ($100 Card for $80) 455 views (comments)
Nothing in life is free, and with Walmart's latest iTunes gift card deal - $100 of iTunes credit for $80 - that is especially true. Sure you receive $20 of "free" turns through this deal, but it's going to cost you - your personal information.
Groupon Goes Down in Flames has Investors Bail 442 views (comments)
Investors are quickly bailing as Groupon experienced a new closing low on Friday, with shares down 5% at $4.75. Their stock-price declined even more last week after their second-quarter results reflected a decline in customer growth and revenue.
Expecting a Baby? Facebook Delivers Expectant Parents Into the Snares of Opportunistic Advertisers 391 views (comments)
With the announcement that they are introducing, "expecting a baby," as a life event option for parents-to-be, Facebook is once again proving that they have mastered the art of capitalizing on their users' lives. And in true Facebook fashion, they claim that, no, this is just another thoughtful tool for excited expectant parents to share their overwhelming joy with their loved ones...but that perhaps they will consider using it for advertising at a later date.
Rising Social Media Site Pinterest Announces New iPad and Android Apps 475 views (comments)
Popular social media website, Pinterest, has announced that they have launched an app for both Android and iPad. If the scores of Pinterest users who liken it to "online crack" didn't have enough access to it, they do now. Additionally, version 2.0 of the iPhone app is available for download in iTunes, offering a new format and some bug fixes.
Square Android and iPhone Mobile Payment App Lets You Leave Your Credit Cards at Home 587 views (comments)
Paying for your morning latte just got easier with the new Pay with Square app, which allows users to pay for purchases without swiping their credit card. Instead, users can pay for their purchases directly with their Android or iPhone. The app can be downloaded directly from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Users must be running at least iOS 4.1 or Android 2.2 in order to use the app.
New Songza App Offers Amazing Playlists of Popular Tunes, Giving Pandora a Run for Its Money 595 views (This
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Music app Songza is quickly proving itself to be a worthy opponent of Pandora. This free music app is available on Android, iPhone, and Kindle Fire, and plays music based on what seems an endless bank of playlists.
App.net Founder Dalton Caldwell Moves to Create an Ad-Free Social Network 441 views (This
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Would you pay to belong to an ad-free social network? Dalton Caldwell, mastermind behind App.net, akin to an ad-free Facebook or ad-free Twitter, thinks you just might. While he doesn't presume that App.net will score the huge user-base of Twitter or Facebook, he does think that he will amass enough of a following that the $50 per person annual fee, coupled with the an ad-free and developer-friendly platform, will build a sustainable network that instills trust among both users and developers.
Musician Seth Horvitz Orders TV From Amazon, UPS Delivers Military-Grade Semiautomatic Rifle 578 views (This
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DC resident, Seth Horvitz, had quite a surprise when he got the Amazon.com package for which he had been waiting. It's not every day that you open your door to find a military-grade semiautomatic rifle sitting there, but that is exactly what happened when musician Horvitz retrieved the package that UPS left for him.
Students Can Now Rent Textbooks on Amazon 491 views (comments)
Gone are the days when paying through the nose is the only option for students who need textbooks, now students can rent textbooks from Amazon.com. While renting textbooks is not a new idea, the ability to do so through Amazon offers an attractive, easy, and simple textbook rental option, especially since so many students already have Amazon accounts.
Compare Flights, Find Insanely Cheap Flight Deals and Book Those Flights Online with Google Flights! 665 views (comments)
If you want insanely cheap flights while still being able to book flights online, you can now get cheap flight deals, and compare flights, through Google flights. And these are not cheapo flights from some sort of questionable airline that you have never heard of, these are discounted flights from well known airlines such as US Airways, United, JetBlue and Delta.
Dropbox Drops the Ball on Security 554 views (comments)
While Dropbox file-sharing service is intended to be a mostly consumer-based product, many companies use it as a means to share files between employees. The problem with using cloud-based services, such as Dropbox, for business purposes is that businesses don't have proper controls over the data stored in the cloud. This was driven home this week when Dropbox announced that an employee's password was stolen and the hackers made off with some sensitive information, including user email addresses which led to the spamming of Dropbox's European user-base.
Socialcam Quickly Outshining YouTube in Eyes of Mobile Users 510 views (comments)
It is being hailed the "Instagram of Video" and, much like Instagram, has taken off like wildfire in the mobile and social media communities. Socialcam, a free video-sharing app, is quickly becoming a worthy adversary for YouTube on account of the fact that it is strictly a mobile app, and is tailored to be such. Many complain that uploading videos to YouTube from their phones is kind of a pain and being able to do so is a mere side product of YouTube's focus on a computer-based user experience.
Now You Can Watch Amazon Prime Instant Video on the iPad! 769 views (comments)
Amazon made an exciting announcement today that users can now watch Amazon Prime Instant Video on the iPad. It appears that Amazon is slowly acknowledging that a large portion of its Prime member base has, and is loyal to, an iPad. With many Prime members frustrated that the free book lending benefit of a Prime membership only works on an actual Kindle device, Amazon seems to finally have learned to play nice with their Kindle's adversary with today's announcement that Amazon Instant Video is now able to be used on the iPad.
Privacy Experts Warn that Skype’s New Technology Upgrades Only Serve to Compromise User Privacy 494 views (comments)
Skype has found themselves in a privacy PR nightmare as reports are slowly coming out that the online voice and video chat company may be cooperating with governing authorities to make private conversations more accessible. As those with privacy concerns fear that yet another communications company is selling out user privacy, Skype is quick to deny that anything is changing. They do acknowledge that they have made technical upgrades to the Skype systems, but are quick to assert that these upgrades have nothing to do with helping police spy on those who are possibly using Skype to discuss illegal activity.
Eric Auld and the Great Craigslist Job Posting Experiment 495 views (comments)
A Craigslist job posting experiment by recent grad, Eric Auld, highlighted just how dire the job market is for many. For those who are freshly out of school, such as Master's graduate Auld, finding a job should be a fun prospect, full of possibilities of the dream career after the fruits of one's academic labors. The higher one's education, the better it would seem their chances of getting their foot in the door with the desired employer and climbing that corporate ladder.
NBC’s 2012 London Olympic Game Coverage; the Birth of the Twitter #NBCFail 718 views (comments)
The massive NBCFail heard around the world has now turned into the massive #NBCFail on Twitter. If we were to be keeping track of NBC's colossal Olympic coverage failures, it would look like this: 1) NBC assumed that Americans don't relate to mourning London's 7/7 terrorist attack victims and chose to not air the victim tribute section of the opening ceremonies, 2) NBC is airing Olympic games results before they actually air the games, 3) NBC has ensured that anyone with a US-based IP address cannot access live Olympic event coverage through other online venues, such as the BBC.
Apple Pulls App Clueful from App Store Under Cloud of Suspicion 607 views (This article has 1 comment)
While we love Apple and Apple products, they surprised many iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users by pulling popular app, Clueful, from the app store. In a move that seems suspiciously shrouded in mystery, Apple pulled the app under the same set of rules that the app was approved, prompting Clueful development company, Bitfender, to immediately begin working on redeveloping the app so that it could be re-approved.
YouTube Strongly Encouraging Real Names When Leaving a Comment 670 views (This article has 1 comment)
YouTube now strongly encourages real names before leaving a comment. As the subject of cyber-bullying continues to be at the forefront of everyone's mind, theories have been swirling that people are more emboldened to make inflammatory comments online because they can hide behind anonymity. Now YouTube is proposing to counteract that by encouraging users to use their real names when leaving comments on YouTube videos.
Yes, Twitter is Down… Again 435 views (comments)
Yes, Twitter is down again for some users. Twitter has acknowledged this and are looking into the problem to fix the issue as soon as possible. A posting on a Twitter website said: "Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue."
Cyber Attack Unleashes Most Brutal Attack Yet on Iranian Nuclear Plant: AC/DC 472 views (comments)
There are few things as comforting to hear as, "Our nuclear program has been compromised again" from an Iranian nuclear facility, but it appears that someone behind a cyber attack, or possibly some snickering 12 year old boys in their parent's basement, have unleashed a cyberattack on Iran's Atomic Energy Organization; hard rock-style. That's right, the latest Iranian nuclear cyberattack has the nuclear physicists shaking all night long to AC/DC rock music; "Thunderstruck" to be exact.
Facebook Defends Their Facial Recognition Technology to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law 569 views (comments)
Facebook is certainly no stranger to defending its practices, especially when those practices threaten the privacy of their users. Now they are finding themselves, yet again, in a position to have to do so. Facebook employees had to defend the social media giant's facial recognition technology, which is used to help users tag people in their online Facebook photos. While Facebook maintains that its purpose is to provide a better consumer experience, some feel that it raises privacy issues.
Growing Chink in Facebooks Armor Could Prove to Fuel Rise of Google Plus 567 views (comments)
The latest survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index shows that Facebook is at an all-time low in customer satisfaction, and that Google+ rated higher in customer satisfaction. In fact, Facebook’s rating was so low that it was it was among the five lowest-scoring companies in the entire social media category. And that is out of over 230 companies surveyed.
What to Do When You are the Victim of Identity Theft or Credit Card Fraud, Including if it is a Family Member who Steals Your Identity 671 views (comments)
It’s one of those things that you never think will happen to you. You’re going along in life, hunky-dory, then boom! There are fraudulent charges on your credit card, or an unknown credit card shows up on your credit report, or you get a call from a collection agency demanding payment on an account that you never even knew existed. Unfortunately, credit fraud and identity theft protection are not one of those things that you think about until it is too late. And if the person who stole your identity is a family member, such as your mother, father, sibling or even your own child, you also have an additional set of special circumstances to deal with.
Yahoo Names New CEO Marissa Mayer; Could She Be Yahoo’s Ticket to Salvation? 550 views (comments)
Yahoo surprised the world by announcing that they have hired Google executive - and Google CEO Larry Page's ex - Marissa Mayer, making her Yahoo’s 5th CEO in as many years. This move puts Mayer, 37, among the tech business female elite, with the likes of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this move is Mayer's young age and lack of experience for such a big undertaking.
Silicon Valley Venture Firm In-Q-Tel: Venture Fund to the CIA 846 views (comments)
Next time you use that iPad or iPhone, give a silent thanks to In-Q-Tel (pronounced "in q tel" or "incutel"), the CIA-run venture capital fund that has been integral in many technologies commonly used today, such as the touch screen. In q tel, also responsible for investing in what was the beginnings of the technology that became Google Earth, began in the late 90s and was born out of the CIA’s need to manage their huge mountain of data.
Google Admits it Did Not Erase All of the Personal Data it Promised 402 views (comments)
Google has found themselves in hot water over privacy issues yet again. As we previously reported, it was discovered that the Google Street View vehicles were collecting data illegally, while taking street pictures in the US, Australia and Europe. In fact, they were doing it for three years, between 2007 and 2010, by harvesting personal data through open wifi routers as the Street View car drove by. This data included entire emails, site visit history, passwords, and other private information that the average citizen probably does not want floating around.
How to Report Text Message Spam to T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and ATT 1,246 views (comments)
Isn't it frustrating when you receive an SMS text message and it turns out to be SMS spam? Don't you wish that you could report those spammers to your wireless carrier? Well, you can! Whether you want to report text spam to ATT, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint - or any other North American carrier, it's as simple as forwarding it right from your phone. Here's how to do it.
Your New Facebook Email Address (That You Didn’t Know You Had) is Now Your Primary Address 773 views (This article has 1 comment)
Have you checked your Facebook email lately? Us neither, since we never started using it. Well it appears that Facebook is determined to thrust Facebook email into the spotlight, as today they replaced your public primary email address with your new Facebook email address.
How to Edit Comments on Facebook 810 views (comments)
Ever leave a comment on Facebook, only to realize that you embarrassingly misspelled a word, or perhaps the comment sounded a bit more harsh in written form than was intended? Sure, you could delete it and write it again, but how much easier would it be to just edit that comment? Well, Facebook has a fix for that: all you have to do is click an icon and the comment will be opened for you (and just you as the commenter) to edit.
Newt Gingrich Campaign Smacks Supporters and Donors in the Face by Selling Their Email Addresses to Spammers 877 views (comments)
In a move that is not unheard of, but completely reprehensible, defeated Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is selling off his campaign’s donor and activist email list as the campaign attempts to crawl out of their $4 million hole of debt. And perhaps "slithering" is a better word as Newt is slapping his donors right in the face by not just selling their email addresses to other political campaigns, but to any unscrupulous company with equally slippery ethics.
Gmail is Down, Outage Error Message Received by Many Gmail Users 950 views (comments)
Gmail appears to be down, world-wide, for many users. We are not clear as to what the specific issues are at this point in time, but it does appear that this outage is affecting thousands, if not millions, of Gmail users. Users who are affected are receiving the same error, “Temporary Error (500) We’re sorry, but your Gmail account is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest trying again in a few minutes.” First reports of outages began appearing at approximately 11:30EST.
US Government Files Anti-Trust Collusion Lawsuit Against Apple and Publishers Over Alleged eBook Price-Fixing 920 views (comments)
Much of the technology world was stunned to learn that an antitrust lawsuit against technology giant, Apple Inc, and several book publishers, was filed by the US. Government Wednesday morning. The lawsuit charges that Apple and the named publishers conspired to raise the retail prices of electronic-books in order to shun the competition, namely Amazon.com, who many say has monopolized the e-book industry.
What is Joseph Kony 2012? Why is it Important? 1,479 views (comments)
If you are a part of virtually any social network: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and even Pinterest, you have likely seen either, “Joseph Kony 2012” or, “Let’s Make Joseph Kony Famous” meme’s cropping up everywhere. Who is Joseph Kony and why is everyone trying to make him so relevant?
The Facebook “Get Started” Tab 1,128 views (This article has 1 comment)
With Facebook’s upcoming $5 billion dollar IPO, they must figure that they can do anything they want (like they didn't before?). Of course, now that they will have stockholders they are going to have to focus even more on earning money, more than anything else, and of course they do that on the backs of their users.
Saudi Women Showing Body Parts Online in Effort to “Liberate Themselves from Social Restrictions” 2,047 views (This article has 1 comment)
Reports are coming out that there is a new trend amongst Saudi women looking to rebel, where they post pictures of various parts of their bodies to Facebook. While Americans may be used to the "Girls Gone Wild" brazenness of young women in in the US, the pictures posted by Saudi women are much more tame by American standards, but some Saudi people are extremely unhappy with what is displayed in the pictures.
Twitter to Censor Certain Tweets in Some Countries 1,032 views (comments)
Twitter made a surprising announcement that has the social media world buzzing. They announced that they would be censoring Tweets in certain countries, when requested to do so by officials in the specific country.
The Apple iPad Textbook Initiative 1,006 views (comments)
With the launch of textbooks for the iPad, Apple Inc. has set in motion the potential for students to say “so long” to the days of lugging around heavy book bags. The textbook initiative was announced last Thursday, January 19th, and begins with a small selection of standard high school books.