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Amazon Brings Cloud Drive and Kindle Personal Documents Together

Category: Internet
Posted: April 16, 2014 04:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Personal documents that were once only available on individual Kindle libraries can now be accessed via Amazon Cloud Drive, following an announcement made by Amazon through an email to its customers. These files include items that were sent to a Kindle device, such as pictures, news articles, Microsoft Word documents, and more. While Amazon will automatically convert the personal documents into formats that can be read on Kindle devices, just like before, it will now keep a backup of the original files, thus preserving the native format.

Amazon users will be able to access their important Kindle personal documents on Amazon Cloud Drive seamlessly, as no user involvement is needed in regards to the change.

Source: TechCrunch



Facebook Reworks Right-Hand Column Advertisements

Category: Internet
Posted: April 9, 2014 02:36PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Facebook just recently implemented its auto play feature for advertisements found within the News Feed, the company has just announced that it is reworking advertisement designs found within the right-hand column of the social networking website. The new advertisements found within the right-hand column will mimic those located within the News Feed, and advertisers can even use the same image for both if they so choose. Fewer advertisements will be displayed as well, and distribution overall will be more efficient. With the new design, Facebook is claiming that engagement of advertisements is three times better than previously.

Later this month, some advertisers will be able to make use of the newly designed advertisement option. Others will not be able to access the new design until later this year, though Facebook will support both until the old advertisement design is phased out.

Source: Facebook for Business



Spotify Reduces Subscription Price for Students

Category: Internet
Posted: March 26, 2014 04:29AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Spotify eliminated its web client listening limits during January of this year, it is attempting to do even more to bring additional individuals to its music streaming service. Spotify has announced that United States college students will be able to access the premium version of the music streaming service for $5 per month instead of $10 per month. This price reduction is good for up to four years, and is meant to cover students that are enrolled in junior, two-year, and four-year college. Verification of college student eligibility will be taken care of by SheerID, which is a trusted third-party verification service.

Source: Re/code



Twitter Investigating Missing Tweets

Category: Internet
Posted: March 26, 2014 03:58AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Various media outlets as well as general users of Twitter have noticed that certain tweets have begun to disappear from the popular online social networking website. Some of the more popular tweets that have seemed to vanish as of late are the selfie photo taken by Ellen DeGeneres and the tweet of actor Cory Monteith before his death. Twitter has confirmed the issue, and revealed to users that it is researching the bug that has caused some tweets to seemingly vanish from the service.

Source: CNBC



Google Chrome Receives Google Now

Category: Internet
Posted: March 24, 2014 02:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In an announcement made by Google, its personal assistant known as Google Now has made its way into the Google Chrome web browser. The latest stable version of Google Chrome supports the service, and users will be able to see Google Now cards within the system tray or notification area of their operating system. Google Now within Chrome works basically the same as the mobile version, offering commute traffic information, event reminder cards, sport scores, voice search capabilities, weather, and more. Some information provided by Google Now within the Google Chrome web browser is actually based off of location information of mobile Android devices.

Users will be able to access Google Now within the latest stable version of Google Chrome throughout the next few weeks as the update makes it way to the masses.

Source: Engadget


Twitter Music to Shut Down

Category: Internet
Posted: March 22, 2014 03:38AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The music service offered by Twitter has only been available for a year, but download numbers have been reportedly abysmal since the launch of the service. In an announcement made by Twitter Music, which presents some of the best new music broadcasted on Twitter, the service is set to shut down next month. As of now, the iOS application for Twitter Music is unavailable from the Apple App Store for download, as it was removed yesterday. The application will continue to work for users who downloaded it, but only until April 18, 2014, which is when the shutdown is set to be final.

Source: Engadget



Google Services Suffer Downtime

Category: Internet
Posted: March 17, 2014 03:14PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Earlier today, some key Google chat services were unavailable to users. Google+ Hangouts and Google Talk suffered disruption of service for roughly three hours today, spanning from around 12:22PM EST to 3:28PM EST and 12:27PM EST to 3:28PM EST, respectfully. Initial reports of the services being down came in just before Google noted the issue, and as the disruption of service was fixed for both, more and more users were able to slowly access Google+ Hangouts and Google Talk. Google Sheets was also affected, with its service disruption lasting from 12:27PM EST to 2:44PM EST.

Due to the update, Google has apologized to users of its affected services, and has noted that reliability of its system is a top priority.

Source: Google Apps Status



Yahoo Maps Implements Indoor Location Navigation

Category: Internet
Posted: March 6, 2014 04:56PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Google has had the ability to provide users with maps of indoor locations for some time, the feature has just been announced for Yahoo. Director of Product Management, Fred Benz, notes that users of Yahoo Maps can now find maps for select indoor venues around the world. The implementation of the new feature is likely due to a prior partnership that Yahoo made with Nokia, using the maps and navigation services offered by Nokia. Some of the locations that have been added to Yahoo Maps include airports, shopping malls, and train stations. Contact information for businesses located within the select venues, along with an interactive building directory, is available for many of the indoor locations now found within Yahoo Maps.

The new indoor feature is only available to Yahoo users on a computer platform.

Source: Yahoo Search



Yahoo Ditches Third Party Logins

Category: Internet
Posted: March 5, 2014 01:21PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Yahoo has begun the process of eliminating third party logins from its website and services, requiring users to have and utilize a Yahoo ID in order to access various services owned and operated by the company. Yahoo announced that to access Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em up for example, users have to use their Yahoo login and cannot access the service using Facebook or Google credentials. The same Yahoo ID focus will be implemented soon with other services offered by Yahoo, including Flickr and Fantasy Sports. Yahoo states that by only allowing a Yahoo login to access various services owned by the company, it is able to provide a more personalized experience for users.

Source: CNET



Kickstarter Hits Pledging Milestone

Category: Internet
Posted: March 3, 2014 06:34PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Announced by Kickstarter, the incredibly popular crowdfunding platform has received a total of $1 billion in pledges by 5.7 million people for various creative projects. At the beginning of this year, the platform announced that it had roughly $480 million in pledges coming from around 3 million people during last year, with 2013 bringing in almost half of the $1 billion announced today. Kickstarter has announced some interesting facts behind the service, revealing that pledges have occurred from 224 countries across the world, that the most popular day for pledges is Wednesday, that the first half of any given month receives the most money in pledges, and that the United States Is the most generous support for projects. With the growth that Kickstarter is experiencing, it should be interesting to see the amount of startups that turn to the crowdfunding platform for product and service support.

Source: Kickstarter


Microsoft Offers 100GB of Free OneDrive Storage

Category: Internet
Posted: February 26, 2014 08:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore

As the online storage scene continues to see much competition from Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Box, and others, Microsoft is attempting to entice potential users with a new offer. By using the Bing search engine, users have been able to earn points that can be redeemed for rewards. Now, Microsoft has put in place a new reward, which offers Bing users 100GB of OneDrive storage for one year. The excellent part about the offer is that the reward costs 100 points, which can be earned in just a week of searching, or by inviting a friend to use the search engine rewards service. While the storage deal is only good for one year, Microsoft has stated that the files stored within OneDrive will remain while any unused storage space will disappear from the total allocated amount.

Source: PCWorld



Facebook to Remove Email System

Category: Internet
Posted: February 25, 2014 02:37PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Implemented in November, 2010, the Facebook email system has been available to all users of the social networking site for quite some time. It was initially intended to provide a singular mailbox for Facebook related communications, traditional emails, and SMS messages. The email system, which provided users with a @facebook.com email, has had a poor track record for adoption since its initial implementation however. Due to this, along with the restructuring of communications that Facebook is taking with its recent purchase of WhatsApp, the company has informed users that their Facebook email address will no longer be available starting early March of this year.

Source: BBC



Facebook Auto Play Advertisements Close to Fruition

Category: Internet
Posted: February 20, 2014 02:14PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Facebook has been in the testing process for its auto playing video advertisement feature for months. However, the social networking giant has just confirmed that the feature is within its final stages of development and that it will shortly graduate from its testing phase. David Lawenda, the head of global marketing solutions at Facebook, stated that the video advertisement feature will be brought to the market soon. Facebook has been focusing heavily on video advertisements as well as editing lately, which can be seen from the initial video advertisement announcement made last year along with the personalized video that was delivered when the company celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

Source: PCWorld



Kickstarter Site Hacked Wednesday Night; Customer Data Compromised

Category: Internet
Posted: February 15, 2014 04:00PM
Author: ClayMeow


If you have a Kickstarter account, you most likely received an email earlier today informing you of a security breach. According to the email, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter Wednesday night, alerting the company that hackers "had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of [its] customers' data." Kickstarter says that no credit card data of any kind was accessed by the hackers, but several pieces of customer information were compromised, including "usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords."

While actual passwords were not revealed, since it's always possible to crack encryption, Kickstarter is advising all members to change their Kickstarter account password, along with any other accounts that may use that same password. As of the time of this writing, there are 5,633,641 total backers on Kickstarter, but it's quite possible that the actual user number is higher since you can create an account without backing a project. Nevertheless, it's unclear just how many customers were affected. The email I received says, "There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on your account," which could mean my data wasn't accessed, or maybe it just means there was no fake pledging detected. Either way, I changed my password, and I advise you to do the same.

Source: KickStarter Security Notice Email



Facebook Acknowledges Various Genders

Category: Internet
Posted: February 13, 2014 05:02PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In a move that has received a relatively positive response, Facebook has implemented additional terms that can be used to describe the gender of an individual. In all, around 50 new terms have been added to the social media website in order to describe gender, and include but are not limited to terms like gender fluid, intersex, and transsexual. Facebook has also integrated additional pronouns that users can select to be addressed as, such as he or his, she or her, and they or their. In working with multiple leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations, Facebook publically announced that it wants users to feel comfortable expressing who they are. While the new gender options are available to all Facebook users immediately, the ability to keep gender private is still an option for those who choose to do so.

Source: USA Today



Wander Acquired by Yahoo

Category: Internet
Posted: February 11, 2014 03:54PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Yahoo has acquired application developer Wander, which develops a diary application for the iPhone called Days. The application focuses on giving images context, allowing users to share photos along with animated GIFs in one package. The team that oversees development of Days will join the mobile and emerging products unit at Yahoo, located in New York City. The five member team expressed that they will continue to develop the application separately from Yahoo, but that they are also working on projects that are being developed by the Yahoo mobile unit.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed to the public, but the acquisition marks another large milestone for Yahoo as it continues to bring in talent to its workforce.

Source: PCWorld



Bing Introduces Bitcoin Currency Conversion

Category: Internet
Posted: February 10, 2014 07:50PM
Author: Brentt Moore

For years, Bing has been able to provide currency conversions for currencies all across the world. As Bitcoin continues to grow in use and fluctuate in value as it matures, the virtual currency is gaining popularity and making headway in world markets. Bing announced today that it is now supporting currency conversions to and from Bitcoin, allowing individuals to view how much their Bitcoin stash is worth. The addition of Bitcoin currency conversion into Bing can be accessed the same as other currency conversion, with search results providing the values of each currency entered. As a bonus, the value displayed for Bitcoins changes on the fly as the currency fluctuates.

Source: Bing Search Blog



Facebook Turns Ten; Sends Everyone a Personalized Video

Category: Internet
Posted: February 4, 2014 01:32PM
Author: ClayMeow

That social media giant known as Facebook turned ten years old today, and while it has certainly matured over the years, there's no sign of aging any time soon. To celebrate Facebook's tenth birthday, a personalized video has been created for every Facebook user, highlighting key events, photos, and status updates during your life on Facebook. To access your personal video, simply go to www.facebook.com/lookback. Your video can only be seen by you unless you decide to share it on your wall. Below is Facebook's birthday video, not my own personal one:

 

Source: Facebook



Gmail Incorporates Additional Calendar Holidays

Category: Internet
Posted: February 3, 2014 02:51PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In a minor update to the popular Gmail service, Google has integrated additional country holiday calendars into Google Calendar. Users of Gmail are now able to choose from over 30 different countries, not including the ones already available, and add the holidays for the additional countries within Google Calendar. The update also ensures that holidays further in the future are displayed, allowing users that rely on the calendar feature plenty of time to make adequate travel preparations. The additional country holiday calendars will roll out over the next couple of days to all Gmail users, according to Ronnie Falcon, an Associate Product Manager Intern at Google.

Source: Official Gmail Blog



Build With Chrome: Google's Virtual LEGO Playground

Category: Internet
Posted: January 30, 2014 01:00PM
Author: tpsreport

Google stated in its blog on Tuesday, "the creative freedom of LEGO bricks shouldn't be limited to plastic bins." Hence why LEGO and Google have teamed together to create Build With Chrome. 

The web application is powered by Chrome, a WebGL technology that uses JavaScript API to render 3D graphics without plugins in web browsers. This allows users on a computer or device with touch screen capability to build anything they imagine in a web browser. Google Maps can then be used to share what they have built with the world.

If you have built something, please share it with us by commenting below.

Source: Google Blog



Evernote Sync Receives Backend Overall

Category: Internet
Posted: January 29, 2014 10:38AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Evernote informed the public roughly a year ago that it would be undergoing a major redesign of its synchronization process. That upgrade is now complete, and with it comes a major increase in the time it takes to sync files. Evernote stated that the upgrade makes syncing files about four times faster than before, and while users of smaller accounts may not see a notable increase in speed, users with larger accounts will. In order to make synchronization faster, Evernote replaced its hard disk drives with solid state drives and also improved indexing by using a master table. Additionally, the company has gone from utilizing multiple servers to over 700.

Evernote is planning future upgrades that will support the improved synchronization speed, including updated APIs, developer guidelines, and all Evernote applications.

Source: TechHive



The Pirate Bay Now Freely Accessible in the Netherlands

Category: Internet
Posted: January 29, 2014 10:01AM
Author: Brentt Moore

A recent ruling from an appeals court located in the Netherlands has ruled that IP addresses associated with The Pirate Bay no longer have to be blocked by Internet service providers. Before this ruling, Internet providers were required to block The Pirate Bay due to the large amount of copyright infringement activity associated with the site, or face a fine of $13,650 per day when the site was accessible by customers. Although the ban was in place for two years, customers were able to use proxy servers and cloned versions of the site to access content. A study confirmed that BitTorrent traffic remained at normal levels throughout the period that the ban was enforced.

The new ruling allows The Pirate Bay to be accessed freely once again, though it only covers two Internet providers, known as XS4ALL and Ziggo. Another similiar case is still pending, which may allow other Dutch ISPs to access The Pirate Bay without hassle.

Source: CNET



Google Adds More Content to Searches

Category: Internet
Posted: January 23, 2014 03:22PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In a minor tweak to the Google search engine, a feature has been added that allows users to view more content about a specific webpage before actually clicking on a link. Google has added the ability to click on the name next to the Internet link to view more information about the site. This new feature is only available on searches performed from a desktop client. Bart Niechwiej, Software Engineer at Google, noted that this type of information will only be available on well-known sites when there is enough information to display, or when it may prove useful. The information shown is based off of the interconnected understanding of specificities that are existent in the world, known more commonly as the Knowledge Graph.

Source: Inside Search



Facebook Alters News Feed Formula

Category: Internet
Posted: January 22, 2014 09:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to Facebook, the formula behind News Feed is getting changed again. The changes to the formula involve page owners mainly, where their text-only status updates will be delivered to a smaller amount of their followers. Chris Turitzin, News Feed Ranking Product Manager at Facebook, stated that while page managers may see decreases in terms of the overall distribution of their text-only statuses, they will see increases in the overall distribution and engagement of other story types. Page administrators are likely to be controversial to the change, since most administrators already feel negatively about what updates are delivered to users of the social media service. Facebook noted that the News Feed update is being made in order to match the actions and preferences of its members.

Source: CNET



Spotify Eliminates Web Client Listening Limits

Category: Internet
Posted: January 16, 2014 09:53AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Spotify users within the United States have been able to listen to music in an unlimited fashion through the Spotify web client, users in many other countries were unable to say the same. Some of these users, depending on the country that they resided in, were limited to 2.5 hours of listening per week after a six-month trial was over. Spotify has now dumped this limitation, allowing all users of the streaming service to listen to as much music as they desire, albeit through the web client with advertisements included. Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify, has revealed that through a combination of advertisements and converting freemium users into paying customers, the company was able to eliminate the time limits previously imposed.

The announcement from Spotify comes less than a week before the new Beats Music service is set to launch, which will only allow a limited free trial to potential customers and no free listening option after the trial expires.

Source: TechHive



Cyber Attacks Temporarily Affect Microsoft Twitter Accounts

Category: Internet
Posted: January 11, 2014 05:26PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft confirmed today that there was a temporary breach in two Twitter accounts that the company frequently uses. The Microsoft News and Xbox Support Twitter accounts were targeted by a group known as the SEA, or Syrian Electronic Army. The SEA posted on both of Microsoft’s Twitter accounts, warning on the Microsoft News page that users should stay away from Microsoft emails due to supposed monitoring of accounts and the selling of information. This entity is a well-known hacking group that shows sympathy towards President Bashar Assad, and has targeted Microsoft previously.

A spokesperson for Microsoft notified the public that while the cyber-attacks did occur, both accounts are now functioning properly and no customer information was compromised.

Source: CNET


Three Million People Backed Kickstarter Projects in 2013

Category: Internet
Posted: January 9, 2014 07:47PM
Author: ClayMeow


Now that 2014 is upon us, Kickstarter has released its stats for 2013 and they're certainly impressive. 2013 was unsurprisingly the best year yet for Kickstarter, with ~3 million people pledging ~$480 million to Kickstarter projects compared to just ~2.2 million pledging ~$320 million in 2012. In fact, 2013 accounted for more than half of the total dollars pledged to Kickstarter projects for the life of Kickstarter ($940 million as of this writing). That comes out to $1,315,520 pledged a day or $913 a minute in 2013. Equally impressive is that the three million backers came from a whopping 214 countries and territories with all seven continents represented – yes, even Antarctica!

You can view these stats and more in the special "The Year in Kickstarter 2013" section. In addition, Kickstarter goes through several major projects that were backed and/or launched during the year, including Oculus Rift, Ouya, and the resurrection of Veronica Mars.

Source: Kickstarter
 



Gmail Deepens Google+ Integration

Category: Internet
Posted: January 9, 2014 05:39PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has announced that over the next few days, all Gmail users that have a Google+ profile will be able to email their Google+ contacts, even if the user does not know the email address of the recipient. The new feature actively being implemented in Gmail automatically suggests Google+ contacts when typing recipient names in an email. The goal of the integration is for Google+ users to be able to communicate via Gmail more easily. For privacy concerns, there are a few ways that Google+ users can limit this feature from autosuggesting their name. Users of Google+ can either allow the feature to anyone who has a Google+ profile, limit the feature to users within their own Circle, limit the feature to a second tier of Circles separation, or completely opt out of the feature.

Source: PCWorld



Vine Launches New Website

Category: Internet
Posted: January 4, 2014 08:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Twitter, which owns and operates the popular Vine video service, has launched a new website that accompanies the mobile Vine application. The new website allows users to share their profiles with others and also allows for the sharing of past Vines, something that was previously unavailable unless using a third-party viewer. An interesting feature built into the new website, called TV Mode, allows videos from a specific user to continuously play in full screen. With the introduction of the new Vine website, which is accessible at vine.co, Twitter is making the service available to a more mainstream audience. Vine videos are still only able to be created from mobile devices however, reinforcing that the service continues to focus primarily on mobile platforms.

Source: TechHive



Steam Reportedly Down After DDoS Attack

Category: Internet
Posted: January 3, 2014 01:37PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Two Twitter users today claimed responsibility for using a botnet in order to a takedown Steam servers with a Distributed Denial of Service attack. The Steam service, owned by Valve Corporation, was down for a few hours early this morning as the Holiday Sale came to an end. Steam was offering some of the most popular deals on games and software during the final hours of the Holiday Sale. Not only was the actual Steam service down, the community and support sites were also unavailable for access. Many users flocked to social media websites such as Facebook in order to voice their concern over the outage. The takedown of Steam by a DDoS attack comes just days after the sheer growth that Steam is experiencing was reported.

Source: PCWorld



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