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Is your mom telling you what you can and can't look at on the Internet? Do you have Web surfing restrictions? Back in the day, these restrictions were seemingly everywhere, and the media made it a priority to inform parents about the kinds of trouble their kids could get into online. Now, that has died down somewhat, and despite age restrictions attached to a number of Websites, a new survey found that more kids are using them than ever before. According to the findings, the amount of U.S. parents who would allow kids ages 10-12 years old to have a MySpace or Facebook account has "doubled" in the span of just a year. 17% of parents in the U.S. that were questioned said that they had no problem... Read more...
Believe it or not, people have had their grocery orders made online for years now. It's not nearly as popular as you might think, mostly because these services are generally reserved for city-dwellers, but it definitely exists. Now, Walmart wants in on the action. The mega-retailer has just announced a trial run for online grocery delivery in California, with San Jose being the lucky duck. It's being called "Walmart To Go," and as the retailer has spread their wings into groceries more and more, the move makes a ton of sense. Walmart has thrived with selling foods because it's a one-stop shop, and that's easier on consumers. But as more and more people buy repeat goods online, there's obviously... Read more...
Sony over the weekend ensured gamers that it's working frantically to rebuild its PlayStation Network and bring everything back online. PSN was taken offline last week when an "external intrustion" to Sony's system wreaked havoc with both PSN and Qriocity services. "We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online," Sony said in a blog post. "Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security." Sony continued... Read more...
Well, this is sure to upset some people. Ticketmaster has been one of the "necessary evils" in the ticket business for a long, long time. Average artists don't like 'em, average consumers don't like 'em. It's hard to find anyone actually with a glowing thing to say about Ticketmaster. And now, there's even more reason to complain. The company has just launched a new Dynamic Pricing Tool, which they claim will allow fans to buy more seats rather than having to find them on the secondary market. But that's twisting the story. The truth is, Ticketmaster hates losing out on all of the money in the secondary market, particularly for huge shows where front-row seats can demand thousands on StubHub... Read more...
Like you, Google is fed up with useless sites that consist of little more than keywords to attract visitors to increase ad revenue, but unlike you, Google has the power to do something about it. And so it is. Google's making a bunch of changes to its search algorithm, most of them subtle, but one of them is big and will impact nearly 12 percent of search queries. "In the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking -- a change that noticeably impacts 11.8 percent of our queries -- and we wanted to let people know what's going on," Google explained in a blog post. "This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites -- sites which are low-value add... Read more...
NBC Universal pulled the plug on an a two-year-old advertising arrangement with Google, according to a Los Angeles Times report. The search giant had been selling ad space on NBC Universal's Syfy, Oxygen, MSNBC, Sleuth, and Chiller channels. "We're not currently contributing inventory into the Google marketplace, but we continue to work with Google on multiple projects involving advanced advertising," NBC Universal spokeswoman Liz Fischer said in a statement. This latest blow to Google's business model underscores exactly what the sultan of search is up against in extending its advertising arm beyond the Web. Since the beginning, NBC Universal only allowed Google to fill advertising space on... Read more...
Good to see TiVo is still out there listening to consumers and beefing up their services. An online "Season Pass" manager has been a highly requested addition to TiVo's services, and considering that it's one of the few standalone DVR options out there that require a monthly fee, consumers have been eager to push the company to comply with their demands. Today, TiVo has launched an online Season Pass manager, which gives consumers the ability to manage and transfer their Season Pass recordings online. This new feature joins TiVo's online scheduling functionality on tivo.com for browsers and m.tivo.com for mobile devices, both of which allow customers to schedule recordings from anywhere they... 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...
Isn't it ironic? Or maybe that's not even the best term to use here. Isn't it...weird? Wikipedia has quickly become the go-to place for knowledge on the Internet, and while it cannot always be trusted completely, it's usually a great place to start searching for information on pretty much any topic you can think of. It's certainly better than the paper-based encyclopedias of old, which is what makes this whole situation so strange. We've always heard that history repeated itself, but it literally is with this bit of news... Wikipedia is now offering books, as in paper books. There's no mistake or typographical error here.  PediaPress is the official print-on-demand partner of Wikipedia,... Read more...
Well, wouldn't you know it? Consumers hate, hate, hate waiting for web pages to load, and they have no sympathy whatsoever if the site is being hammered during a "peak time." That's the conclusion drawn by a soon-to-be-published survey by Gomez, which found that while consumers were more than willing to wait in long checkout lines in retail stores during the holidays, they had little to no patience for waiting in digital checkout lines as sites get slammed during the end-of-year rush. A curious world we live, yes?The survey, which was conducted in December of 2009, found that the vast majority of consumers expected web pages to load quickly regardless of what time of year the site was visited,... Read more...
McAfee recently launched an online backup service that lets you store and encrypt photos, videos, music, emails, and other files. To make things even easier, McAfee Online Backup is a completely automated service that provides unlimited capacity. After installation, the backup process is automatic and takes place in the background at regular intervals so you won't have to worry about remembering to back up your files. Furthermore, since storage is unlimited, you don't have to prioritize data. Should a catastrophe or device failure occur, your files are easily retrievable with a few clicks from a secure remote server. “The McAfee Online Backup service addresses many of consumers’ concerns about... Read more...
Apple has long maintained that its Apple TV product was nothing more than "a hobby," so it makes sense to think that it has seen the fewest amount of updates when looking at its array of non-computer devices. The firm's Mac lineup and iPod/iPhone lineup gets refreshed at least once per year, while the Apple TV sees a firmware update maybe once every two years.Since launching a few years back, the device has remained largely unchanged. The design has stuck, the functionality has only increased slightly and the internal capacity has only been bumped a time or two. Now, however, it sure smells like Apple may have bigger plans at work with regard to its own set top box. Suddenly, the company axed... Read more...
We're not quite sure when it happened, but media streaming has taken off in a big way. Just about every consumer electronics company with any experience in the HD/Wi-Fi/routing businesses has decided to jump in, with Netgear being no different. The new Digital Entertainer Live is a step-up from the EVA9150 introduced last year, as evidenced by the EVA2000 model name. The Internet-connected box enables users to watch YouTube videos and a wide range of online content right on their television, and it'll also play back material stored on USB storage devices and networked drives/computers around the house. In addition to personal media collections and YouTube, consumers can now easily browse, download... Read more...
Wikipedia. What would you ever do without it? It really makes you wonder how difficult homework is these days given that nearly every subject on the planet is covered in one form or another on the know-it-all website. Of course, that "easy homework" is really only easy if the information that one finds is accurate, and that's why the site's founders are cracking down on misinformation in hopes of making the pages we frequent so often more trustworthy. In an effort to curb the rampant posting of bad information, the company is hoping to impose new restrictions on article editing, a move that will certainly anger those who favor a more hands-off approach yet please those who want a little more... Read more...
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