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In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who has ever used Facebook or is even slightly familiar with the Internet, there are a lot of liars on the world's most popular social playground. Millions, in fact. According to the company's 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Facebook contains as many as 83 million "false" accounts. Not all of those are outright fakes, or "undesirable accounts" intended to violate the company's terms of services (like spammers). Facebook also counts "false" accounts as those "where users have created personal profiles for a business, organization, or non-human entity such as a pet." Such accounts are permitted on Facebook, but... Read more...
Well, it's good to see broadcasters are getting with the times when it comes to major sporting events. NBC is going to be showcasing the 2012 Olympics from London, and naturally, they're doing everything they can to deliver the events in every way possible. But, there are a few catches. Coming soon, users will be blasted with over 5,000 hours of coverage, spread across NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, Two Specialty Channels & 3D. Sounds like quite the undertaking, and we're betting you'll be hard pressed to keep up. But for avid fans, this will be the first Olympics broadcast in 3D, and it'll surpass the coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by nearly... Read more...
For various reasons, not everyone owns a credit card or a debit card with a Mastercard or Visa logo on it. Perhaps you don't care for the concept of buying on credit, or maybe your credit rating is jacked and you either can't quality for a credit card, or can only quality for a high-interest rate card with an annual fee. Whatever the case, not having a credit card makes it difficult to shop online, particularly if you're a cash-only type of person (which rules out Paypal and online banking in general). Enter Walmart. According to a Bloomberg report, Walmart is tired of seeing potential customers flock to Amazon and has decided to do something about its sub par e-commerce operations. Starting... Read more...
Remember when Firefox releases were a big deal? You wouldn't know it nowadays, but there was a time when browser upgrades were few, far between, and highly anticipated. Like Google did with its Chrome browser, Mozilla has adopted a rapid release schedule for Firefox, taking some of the fun out of looking forward to new builds, though there are occasionally some things to get excited about. Whether or not Firefox 11 excites you is something you'll have to decide, and you won't have to wait long. In fact, you could have downloaded it as early as yesterday from third-party sites like Major Geeks. It's the final build and not some beta version, though Mozilla plans to roll it to the masses sometime... Read more...
Online shopping continues to grow in popularity in the U.S. where retail e-commerce sales totaled a whopping $49.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone, according to data from comScore. That's a 14 percent increase over the same quarter one year prior, and the ninth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth. It was also the fifth consecutive quarter of double digit growth. "The fourth quarter of 2011 capped off what was yet another strong year for online retail, one in which every quarter achieved double-digit increases versus the prior year," said comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni. "In the face of continuing uncertainty regarding the U.S. economy, consumers increasingly went... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) will cease to exist as of February 7, 2012, but fear not, the service isn't going belly up. It is, however, being renamed Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) which, along with a name change, will bring about changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement, as well as tweaks to the Privacy Policy, all of which are mandatory if you wish to continue using your merged account. Sony highlighted what it feels are the most important additions and changes to the above mentioned agreements, and they include: New terms for parents of minor, subaccount holders regarding the limitations of chat parental controls. Your reacceptance of the Terms of Service and User Agreement... Read more...
Google and Mozilla have a common enemy in the browser wars in Microsoft, but perhaps more importantly, the two software companies have an even greater common interest: money. Since that's the case, it would be in both of their interests to work together if it means lining their pockets with cash, and that's what the two have decided to do. If you poked your head on HotHardware over the weekend, you would have read how Google is in position to deal a death blow to Firefox, or at least make things very difficult for Mozilla (and if not, see here). The upside for Google is that without Firefox in the picture, Chrome becomes a ginormous No. 2 player in the browser market, and perhaps picks up enough... Read more...
A bustling shopping mall in Canada is ending a more than century old tradition of having kids line up for hours to sit on Santa's knee to tell the bearded gift giver what they want for Christmas. This year they'll need to sign up in advance for a one-hour story time session on Saturday morning, in which they'll also have a chance to sit on his knee and have their photo taken; the rest of the time he'll be on Skype. "Santa has gone digital! This year, only at the Toronto Eaton Centre, your child can have a one on one Skype with Santa!," the mall states on its website. Parents can register their child for a 10-minute Skype session with Santa Monday through Friday from 6PM to 8PM and never have... Read more...
Here's a little something to brighten your day heading into the weekend. DC Universe Online announced a new free-to-play option will be available starting November 1, 2011 (that's next Tuesday). This was originally expected to happen sometime in October, but we're willing to forgive a slight slip into the first of November if it means we can don our virtual tights and get our super hero fix for free. The freebie version gives you access to two character slots, with the option to purchase more. It also gives you 28 inventory slots, a dozen bank slots, 1500 maximum in-game currency, six chat messages per day for 30 seconds, and text-only email. You'll also be able to join player leagues, but can't... Read more...
Employers typically frown on workers surfing the cyber highway when they should be working, but as long as it's in moderation, they may want to lighten up. A new study shows that browsing the Web from work actually rejuvenates employees and makes them more productive. Don J. Q. Chen and Vivien K.G. Lim of the National University of Singapore presented the eye-opening findings in their "Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement," according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The study went like this: First, the researchers took 96 undergraduate management students and split them up into three groups, including a control group, a rest-break group, and a group free to surf the Web.... Read more...
It should come as no big surprise to hear that GameStop is starting up a program to sell digital versions of games at physical B&M stores. That's right: digital copies of games, at stores. Why such a mishmash? While customers could purchase the same thing online without messing with the whole in-store routine, it's also worth mentioning that those who visit will be able to apply game trade-in credit toward digital downloads. For those looking to do the swap-and-buy thing, that could a good option. GameStop is relying on technology from their recent purchase of Impulse, and it appears the company is hoping that these kinds of plans will keep the foot traffic up. It's probably just a matter... Read more...
Netflix unveiled major changes to its pricing plan today, much to the dismay and disgust of the company's customers. Up until now, Netflix has offered a $7.99 unlimited streaming plan with a $2/month DVD plan available as an add-on. As of now, Netflix will offer two separate plans, one for DVDs and another for streaming. The company's blog explains the situation as follows: Last November when we launched our $7.99 unlimited streaming plan, DVDs by mail was treated as a $2 add on to our unlimited streaming plan. At the time, we didn’t anticipate offering DVD only plans. Since then we have realized that there is still a very large continuing demand for DVDs both from our existing members... Read more...
OnLive seems to be the only major game-streaming company that's still hanging around to see if this really is the next great breakthrough in at-home entertainment, but they took the opportunity at E3 this year to unveil an iPad an Android tablet app. Why an app? Probably not for the reasons you think. With the app installed, your slate instantly becomes a touch / motion controller or standalone cloud gaming system. It offers seamless integration with or without your HDTV, and it's the first touch / controller game with a major publisher onboard. It's slated to ship this fall in the US and Europe, and the company's promising deeper social integration than any console announced for 2012. The OnLive... Read more...
In an effort to help users back up important files, Hitachi recently announced HitachiBackup.com, a cloud storage service that provides anywhere, anytime access to your digital files. With the service, the first 3GB of online storage are free. For $49 per year, you can upgrade to 250GB. With a paid account, you'll also get the Apple iPhone or iPad mobile digital device apps for free. Hitachi uses an encrypted SSL channel to help secure the files. HitachiBackup.com is compatible with both Mac and PC. Hitachi GST Launches Cloud Storage and Backup Service; First 3GB Free Protecting and Accessing Your Photos, Videos, Music and Documents from Any Web Browser Anywhere in the World is Only a Few Clicks... Read more...
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