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Does the world need another Web browser on the desktop? That remains up in the air and up for debate, but if you're RockMelt, you clearly think that there's not enough competition yet. This company has just introduced a brand new browser into a market already dominated by Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Opera. So, why do this? Because their browser is different. It's a web browser that has been retooled for the existing era, the era of social networking. Most Internet users of today tend to spend at least some time looking at Facebook updates or Twitter profiles, and now that information is more present than ever with RockMelt. Rather than forcing users to visit Twitter or Facebook's homepage,... Read more...
Have you ever been approached by some higher-up at work to be their "Friend" on Facebook? If so, you might have accepted their Friend request out of respect / fear. Jimmy Kimmel has called for a National Unfriend Day (NUD) to get rid of these faux friends. Jimmy Kimmel used the Wednesday’s episode of his "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show to declare November 17, 2010 National UnFriend Day. He hopes the new "holiday" will unite Facebook users in a move to unfriend those social networking contacts they have that aren’t real friends. Naturally this could extend to any other social networking service, as well. Here's what his site says: Jimmy Kimmel has declared a new holiday on November 17th -... Read more...
These days, people don't "call each other." They simply "Skype." Skype is definitely making a mark in how people communicate, and with more and more people signing up for their VoIP services each and everyday, it's becoming harder to ignore. The service just keeps getting better with each release, and today Skype version 5.0 is available for Windows users in order to bring them even more new extras. Version 5.0 had previously been in beta, but now it's fully out in the open and ready to integrate your Facebook friends. Integration is becoming the name of the game; with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and countless other social networking sites, pulling them together in Skype 5.0 is making it easier... Read more...
The box office success of The Social Network has spurred Hollywood to get a move on with a movie about Google.  Groundswell bought the rights to adapt Ken Auletta’s bestseller Googled: The End of the World as We Know It and has begun the hunt for a screenplay writer in earnest. Groundswell picked up the movie rights to Googled in August. At the time, no one was sure when the film would make it to the screen if ever. With critical acclaim being heaped on The Social Network, the producer is now hot to find a writer who can do for the Google story what Aaron Sorkin did for Ben Mezrich's then-obscure tale of Facebook, The Accidental Billionaires. (Mezrich is better known for his New... Read more...
General Motors has been pushing OnStar in their vehicles for what feels like forever. At this point, OnStar and GM just go hand-in-hand. We've come to expect it in new GM vehicles. But the technology hasn't really evolved a whole lot over the years, at least to technology driven consumers. But the world has moved on, and the world now lives on Facebook and Twitter. And so, Facebook is coming to OnStar. Yes, really! General Motors has announced a "relaunch" of OnStar, with the brand and focus now pointing to "responsible connectivity." Apparently that also involves adding Facebook audio updates, so users can hear the status updates of their friends without having to take their eyes off of the... Read more...
You do realize we're a social sort of group here; demented and sad but social.  (Insert your personal favorite Breakfast Club line...)  That said, though we're enslaved to Tech goodness, it doesn't mean we don't have time to mix it up with the masses on the various new social networking and social media platforms.  No doubt, if you're not just a single-cell organism of some sort, you've likely got a Facebook profile.  And of course we'd invite you to subscribe or "like" our HotHardware page on FB; go nuts, you know you want to. Ahh but we're perhaps even more omnipotent than you probably realize.  Or do you?  Yes, you too can follow us on Twitter if you're feeling... Read more...
Do you recall a day when the Internet was first referred to as the "Intergalactic Network?"  Perhaps you recall a little company called CompuServe?  Okay, you're dating yourself now, so be careful.  The sad truth is we recall CompuServe all too well and a few other milestones along the way in this interesting infographic sent over to us from MBA Online.  Ahh, those dial-up modems chirping away at you upon connecting with that BBS you so loved to frequent.  Or maybe you have fond memories of that blazing fast 14.4K modem from U.S. Robotics?  Don't let the kids hear you strolling down memory lane like this or you might find yourself labeled an esteemed member of the... Read more...
Delta Air Lines and Alvenda are teaming up to give users the ability to book flights with friends directly on Facebook. Touted as the travel industry’s first ecommerce capability on Facebook, this initial release of Delta's Ticket Window lets users book a flight and share arrival times with their Facebook friends directly from the confirmation page. “Our cus­tomers are spend­ing more time online and are look­ing for new ways to con­nect with us. We’re now bring­ing Delta to our cus­tomers rather than the other way around – on our own web­site, on Face­book, on travel web sites, on Inter­net news sites, and beyond,” said Bob Kup­bens, Delta’s Vice Pres­i­dent... Read more...
Facebook is a popular way to communicate with friends. However, one form of communication is lacking from Facebook: voice. That is, it was lacking until now. Recently, Vonage launched a new mobile application that will let Facebook users make VoIP calls. The app is currently available for iPhone and Android smartphones. To use the Vonage app, you must download and install the app from the App Store or Android Market and enter your Facebook log-in. After this, you'll be able to instantly start making free calls by tapping a friend's name. The app will even show which of your friends have installed the app and who is available for IM chats. Of course, if you download and install the app, you're... Read more...
You may not have heard of Zynga, but you have probably heard of one of its creations, Farmville. The founder of Zynga, Marc Pincus, 44, has high expectations for his firm, aiming, the New York Times says, to become the Google of gaming. Notice that Pincus didn't say the Google of social gaming, although that's what the Zynga Game Network specializes in. Instead, he's aiming for games, period. Based on recent history, it's not out of the question. For example, Facebook needed 4 1/2 years to reach 100 million users, but Zynga required only 2 1/2 years. Money seems to be a non-issue. Recently, it was reported that Google invested a sum of money in Zynga, and the NYT comfirmed that. Zynga recently... Read more...
It seems we can't go a month without talking about privacy concerns surrounding one of today's popular social networking sites. Whether it's a new Facebook setting or other security breach, keeping one's private information private isn't always easy. A recent poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion claims that half of all US residents who use a social-networking site are concerned about privacy. Of this group, close to half describe themselves as very concerned. As one might expect, fears concerning privacy increased as the age of survey respondents went up: only 43 percent of respondents between 18 and 29 said they were concerned compared to 63 percent of those over 60. In terms of gender,... Read more...
According to Mike Nelson, the relevance of the Internet in all facets of modern life is decreasing as cloud computing takes the stage. Nelson, a Georgetown University professor, gave a speech at the World Future Society in Boston on Friday, where he predicted cloud computing would eventually be more important than the Internet as services evolve. "In the mid-90s there was a clear conscience about what the Internet was going to be," Nelson said. "We don't have as good a conscience as we did in the '90s, so we may not get there...the cloud is more important than the Web." One of the problems when discussing cloud computing is that there's still no exact definition for what cloud computing actually... Read more...
Well, this is one way to come back against the pundits who say that Facebook's privacy efforts aren't good enough. The world's most famous social networking site has been hit with a barrage of complaints over the past few months for not providing enough privacy to its users, and that really came to a head when Peter Chapman pretended to be a 17 year old male in order to lure a female in and murder her back in October of 2009. It may be a few months late, but we have to confess that it's better than "never." Facebook has just enabled what essentially amounts to a "Panic Button," which allows users to hit a button if they enter into an uncomfortable chat or situation. What that button does is put... Read more...
Earlier this week, Blizzard dropped a bombshell. Almost two weeks ago, Bliz introduced a feature it calls "RealID", which allows friends on two different WoW servers or playing two different Blizzard games to communicate. Then, last Tuesday, the company made an announcement. [I]n the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID -- that is, their real-life first and last name -- with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World... Read more...
Samsung is bringing social networking and location based services to your TV and entertainment system with the addition of Facebook and Google Maps to Samsung Apps. Samsung Apps is an HDTV-based application store that provides users with downloadable apps for their 2010 Samsung Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems, and some Samsung TVs. Announced earlier this year, the Samsung Apps platform also offers applications from more than 30 other partners including Blockbuster, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, USA TODAY, and Vudu. Samsung Adds Social Features and Location Based Services to Samsung Apps with Availability of Facebook and Google Maps Applications New Applications Showcase Versatility... Read more...
Facebook has been in the news a lot lately, but not for reasons that the service is particularly proud of. For as many million users as it has, Facebook's biggest issue now is dealing with pundits and those who are focused on privacy holes that need to be patched up. Facebook is quickly garnering a negative reputation, one that sees the service as careless with user information and incapable of effectively protecting images and other personal data. Basically, the trust in Facebook has been questioned lately, and it has led to more than a few high-profile "Facebook deletions," where Web celebs are removing their accounts entirely in the name of privacy. Of course, polling the general public during... Read more...
Microsoft may not actually make their own phones (the KIN One and KIN Two are both manufactured by Sharp), but they're stamped through and through as an official Microsoft product. After being introduced in early April in hopes of luring tweens and fans of social networks, the company's newest two featurephones have gone on sale at Verizon Wireless, the company's exclusive launch carrier in the U.S.Both phones are designed to let users "share life as they live it," with each phone being tightly integrated into Twitter, Facebook, etc. Today, both phones are now available to order online from Verizon, with availability in stores set for May 13. The pricing has us a bit stumped, though. The KIN... Read more...
InstantAction made their official debut at GDC earlier this year, but the company wasn't quite ready at the time to reveal a shipping product. This week, that changes for the better, as the company's first offering is now available to all via the Internet. The outfit's claim to fame is their innovation in the browser-based gaming space, an area that might just explode with the explosion of netbooks, tablet PCs and other machines that primarily look to the Web and the cloud for entertainment. The new direct-to-consumer online video game distribution service is now live, which enables game publishers to embed premium video games anywhere on the Web, including blogs, and social media sites such... Read more...
So Apple has already sold over 600,000 iPads in less than a month, and a spate of other tablets will soon begin flooding the marketplace. All of these threaten to shake things up in the ebook reader market, but don't go counting Amazon's Kindle out of the game. Further blurring the line between standalone ebook readers and multifunctional Internet devices, Amazon's upcoming 2.5 software update will introduce a handful of new features, including Facebook and Twitter integration. Kindle owners will be able to post book passages with friends on Facebook directly from their ebook reader, which will come in handy when you run across a witty quote or inspirational tidbit you feel compelled to share... Read more...
Former rapper Will Smith had it completely wrong when he waxed poetic about how parents just don't understand. It's the principal who has it all backwards, or at least that's what you'll hear if you talk to the students of Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. So what is it that has students in an uproar? In an email to parents earlier this week, Anthony Orsini, the school principal, pleaded with parents to turn their children away from social networking and to more closely monitor their text messaging. Here's part of what he wrote: Please do the following: sit down with your child (and they are just children still) and tell them that they are not allowed to be a member of... Read more...
How often do you feel compelled to log into Facebook or Twitter and see what your friends are up to? An even bigger question is, would you ever shove your partner away during an intimate moment to see what's happening in your online world? If so, you're not only addicted to social networking, your priorities are also way out of whack.According to a recent study by Retrevo Inc., an online electronics vendor and review site, social networking may be more habit forming than you imagined."The latest Retrevo Gadgetology study asked social media users questions such as when, where, and how much time they spend on sites and services like Facebook and Twitter. We were not surprised to learn how many... Read more...
As part of its latest attempt to make its site more useful, Yahoo announced a partnership with Twitter. Although most of the new features won't be available until later this year, one of the upcoming features will allow anyone with a Twitter account to tweet and see the updates of people they're tracking while they are logged in to the Yahoo Web site. One change has already taken place: Yahoo is now displaying a wider range of Twitter updates in its search results. Google and Microsoft have been displaying Twitter search results since late last year. Like its rivals, Yahoo will pay Twitter for better access to its data. Prior to this announcement, Yahoo had been using Twitter's free tools to... Read more...
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