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Intel and Toshiba aren't exactly strange bedfellows, but put the two of them together to collaborate on a Hollywood-quality film and, well, things tend to get a little weird. To two technology firms are working on a social film titled "The Power Inside" starring Harvey Keitel ("Reservoir Dogs"), Craig Roberts ("Submarine"), Analeigh Tipton ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"), Reid Ewing ("Modern Family"), and Zack Pearlman ("The Inbetweeners"), and possibly you as well. First things first. "The Power Inside" is described as a blockbuster-class experiment in social entertainment. This is actually the third... Read more...
If you're an avid Twitter user, you're probably aware that a few kinks still exist in the system. In terms of apps, one is particularly glaring: Direct Messages that are opened and replied to on one device look as if they're unread on another device. As of today, that's changing. The company has updated seven of its apps (BlackBerry and Windows Phone excepted), with Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, twitter.com, mobile.twitter.com and TweetDeck being refreshed to support DM syncing. For all of these platforms, you’ll now be able to sync direct messages (DM) across all your devices and Twitter accounts.... Read more...
New York City's a special place, but this special? We'll let you be the judge. NYC has become one of the first cities in the universe to grab its own top-level domain, or TLD. The city has been progressing when it comes to integrating technology and making the lives of citizens and visitors alike better through the use of tech, and this is just one step in that overarching goal. .nyc has been approved for use for the city, allowing New Yorkers and visitors to easily find local businesses, services and information online. A .nyc address will show that a business or individual is located in New York... Read more...
Oh Facebook - couldn't this have come at a better time? Mere weeks after news of NSA's PRISM project being leaked, which is said to involve tight integration with the likes of Facebook and other popular Web entities, we learn of a bug that caused six million user's worth of phone numbers and email addresses being exposed over the past year. The New York Times reports that the cause was a "technical bug", and so far, Facebook has seen no evidence that it was exploited or used maliciously. What it does mean, however, is that if anyone synced their Facebook account to their phone or any other device,... Read more...
It would probably take most of us a few lifetimes to earn a billion dollars, but it evidently only takes a few days to officially spend it. The extravagant purchase of Tumblr by Yahoo has officially closed this week, making the site formally a Yahoo property. CEO Marissa Mayer is once again assuring users that Tumblr will continue to function as a separate business, led by CEO David Karp. According to Mayer, "Their product roadmap, their team, and tone will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators and curators alike to do what they love best: create." It's still tough to see... Read more...
TV is about to get a lot more social. Twitter has made no bones about its ambitions to become the go-to source when it comes to mapping out popularity of television programming, and now, Viacom + Twitter have announced a partnership to deliver social video advertising campaigns around the most popular shows and biggest events throughout Viacom's network portfolio. That portfolio is mighty robust, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike and more. Viacom is the latest media company to join the Twitter Amplify program. The partnership will launch with the 2013 MTV Video... Read more...
Facebook is officially in the big leagues in terms of events. In fact, we're pretty sure the social networking company has held more events in 2013 than even Amazon. Who would've thought that just a year or so ago? As Facebook morphs into more than just a community of friends, the company is taking ever larger risks. Just look at Facebook Home, for example, as well as the Social Graph from a few months ago. Now, Facebook is readying another new product, and it may be the biggest one yet: a news reader. With Google Reader shutting down, there's a huge open hole for a big name to fill. Yes, Feedly... Read more...
Twitter is evolving quickly. Very quickly. Lately, it has been integrating things like Vine videos, and adding in-line Promoted Posts to make ends meet. And now, it's challenging users to take an archived look at their Twitter history via a beautiful new visualization. #FollowMe is a platform launched in concert with Vizify, enabling users to circle up their photos, Vine videos, and Tweets -- toss them together, and you get a personal Twitter highlight reel. To get started, sign in to Vizify, which will ask you to authorize Vizify to access your Twitter account. Once Vizify has made your video,... Read more...
Remember that Yahoo! e-mail address you started in high school, but forgot to keep using as you entered the real world? Perhaps there are a lot of people just like you, and it's because of people like you that Yahoo! is running short on great usernames for people who actually want to use the company's services in the here and now. A post on the company's blog has made clear that Yahoo! IDs that are going unused for a year will be freed up for use by a new person. Here's the crux of it: "We’re freeing up IDs, that have been inactive for at least 12 months, by resetting them and giving them... Read more...
Twitter has had more than its share of security breaches on its accounts of late, from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times to CBS to Burger King and Jeep, and now the social platform is addressing security by rolling out login authentication. In a blog post, Twitter’s product security team said, “We occasionally hear from people whose accounts have been compromised by email phishing schemes or a breach of password data elsewhere on the web. Today we’re introducing a new security feature to better protect your Twitter account: login verification.” Essentially, it’s... Read more...
Of all the social networks that one might have expected to flop, Pinterest is probably in that list. But, what is lacks in convention it makes up for in uniqueness, and obviously the user base is just exploding. Now, those who use the service will find it to be even more useful. The company has today launched "more useful pins," and it's also making it easier to pin regardless of where you are. The company has aligned itself with various websites in order to institute product pins, recipe pins and movie pins. These were already amongst the most popular items pinned, and now it seems that the company... Read more...
Nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned cat-fight between social networks, huh? That's evidently what's ongoing between Facebook and Path. If you haven't been watching, Path has been taking a lot of heat recently for spamming contact lists with invites to join. Essentially, Path users inadvertently spammed just about everyone in their address book in recent weeks, and Facebook took notice. Now, Facebook has blocked Path's access to FB's social graph, which will disallow Path's "Find Friends" feature from working with FB data. Of course, Path users can still login via Facebook and share content... Read more...
Do I look a little crazy to you? If I do, it's probably Facebook to thank, since I, and apparently many others, have "Internet addiction". Well, truth be told, I don't have an addiction to the extent that some do, as Dr. Uri Nitzan exposed in a paper published to the Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences this past fall. Some can become so addicted, that they become dependant on it, and can even head toward psychosis. In his study, Nitzan evaluated three people who became addicted to social networks - Facebook, namely - with all three recovering in the end thanks to proper treatment... Read more...
Guess what? Instagram is getting more social. Hardly a surprise given that Facebook is the current parent, and there's hardly a better way to see that a piece of shared media goes viral than by enabling tagging. Once someone sees that they're tagged, they're more likely to interact with that content, and perhaps even share it once again to yet another network of friends. And that's the network impact. Now, Instagram is introducing "Photos of You." When you upload a photo to Instagram, you’re now able to add people as easily as you add hashtags. Only you can add people to your photos, so you... Read more...
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