Tech News – December 31st 2012:
F.A.A. Rules Make Electronic Devices on Planes Hazardous – NYTimes.com
If the Federal Aviation Administration does not re-evaluate its ban on device use during takeoff and landing, someone will be hurt, but not because of interference with the plane’s avionics.
Amazon Is Not A Commerce Company | TechCrunch
Same-day shipping became the big retailer craze this holiday season. Why? As the New York Times points out, retailers are living in fear of Amazon.com
and trying to match what the online retailer offers. The fear factor — Wal-Mart once had a trance on retail. Now it’s Amazon.com
. But it’s not just retail that has begun to show deeper anxiety about Amazon. It’s the enterprise giants, too, that pay far more attention to the moves Amazon makes. Commerce came first, and now Amazon is prepping to ha… show all text
Google Blocks TwitPic, Chrome Denies Access to Twitter Pages:
Google’s malware checker on Sunday has for some reason detected TwitPic.com
as a threat. As a result, if you try to access the site from Google.com
using any browser (link), you’ll get a malware warning. Furthermore, if you use Google Chrome, TwitPic.com
pages as well as Twitter pages that rely on the service will result in a blocking prompt as well. Update: According to TwitPic, Google has removed the block and access should be restored. To try this for yourself, head to Google.com
, search for… show all text
Kim Dotcom To Host Mega’s Launch Event At His New Mega Zealand Mansion Next Month | TechCrunch:
Kim Dotcom doesn’t do things small. The man behind the Megaupload empire is about to launch his next service dubbed simply Mega. But don’t expect a simple press event in a hotel conference room. Nope, on January 20, 2013, exactly one year after his over-the-top takedown, Dotcom is hosting the Mega launch event at his sprawling New Zealand estate — effectively giving the finger to the RIAA, MPAA, and the shady US Justice Department. Members of the media who like to be at the press conference of … show all text
Will Google+ Ever Get A Full Read/Write API? | TechCrunch:
Depending on who you ask, Google+ is either a thriving social network and the most important backbone of Google’s social efforts, or a deserted wasteland where a small clique of fans keeps the lights on. I tend to think it’s doing quite alright for Google, but I also know that I would use it far more if I could use a desktop client (and maybe one that combines Twitter, Facebook and Google+) to read and post updates. Google, however, has steadfastly refused to launch a full read/write API for Go… show all text
Why Intel’s New IPTV Service Will Do What Google, Apple, and Microsoft Can’t – Forbes:
Apple and Google have been attempting for years to entice customers to ditch cable television for set top boxes that deliver TV shows, movies and more via the internet. For the past year or so, Intel has also quietly been working on a top-secret set-top box that could not only […]
Ryan Block, the co-founder of Gdgt, explains why he is quitting Instagram.
CinemaNow Introduces Buggy At Home Disc-to-Digital UltraViolet Service | The Digital Media Zone:
Another big name, Best Buy, joined the UltraViolet ecosystem this month with CinemaNow’s innovative, but buggy, new disc-to-digital conversion service. Tagged as a “limited participation beta,” Best Buy’s service attempts to one-up Walmart’s in-store disc-to-digital service where customers can take their DVD or Blu-ray discs to a local Walmart retail outlet to redeem UltraViolet digital copies in VUDU. Best Buy tags Disc-to-Digital as “beta,” but it’s CinemaNow’s site, applications, services, a… show all text
Tech news – December 9th 2012 to December 12th 2012:
Yesterday, Twitter announced that it was launching its own version of photo filters and photo editing tools. And like all news around social networks — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — it got the treatment normally reserved for the Kardashians. But, then we do live in the golden age of narcissism thanks to this weapon of amplified narcissism.The news was announced by a Twitter designer. Nowhere was it mentioned in the post that Twitter didn’t really build these filters and photo editing too… show all text
- Why 2013 Is the Year of Responsive Web Design –
And why does a vegetarian “like” McDonald’s, while a guy who has never owned a car “likes” Subaru? The weird side of Facebook likes.
- Microsoft Increases Production and Expands Retail Distribution for Microsoft Surface With Windows RT –
Makes Surface available at additional retailers, extends successful Microsoft holiday stores into new year.
- Delta Takes 49% Stake in Virgin Atlantic for $360 Million – NYTimes.com –
The deal will provide Delta Air Lines with more access to Heathrow Airport in London, one of the world’s busiest hubs, where takeoff and landing rights are limited because of high demand and tight capacity.
Google60 – Search Mad Men Style. An art project to explore distances and heroism in user interfaces.
- Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator Now Available With Retina Display Support –
– Jesus Diaz
The only complaint I had about my new MacBook Pro 15 is now gone. Well, not all of them, but only the one about its gorgeous Retina display: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are now both available with Retina display support. What a change! More »
Every day, millions of people come to Twitter to connect with the things they care about and find out what’s happening around the world. As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences. Starting today, you’ll be able to edit and refine your photos, right from Twitter. The latest versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android introduce a few new ways to enhance the images you tweet. We’re grateful to our partner, Aviar… show all text
Pinterest has given businesses the ability to create business-specific accounts.
Now is the time to stop thinking about Pinterest as a personal playground for cooks and fashion lovers.
Pinterest should be an important part of your B2B or B2C social media marketing strategy.
This article will show you what you need to know to set up a Pinterest Business account.
Differences Between Personal and Business Accounts
Although the outward appearance of a business account is the same as a personal acco… show all text
- Iran Debuts Its Own Version of YouTube – Mike Isaac – Media – AllThingsD –
– Mike Isaac
The government of Iran on Sunday launched the Mehr.ir Web site, the country’s homegrown flavor of a user-generated video content site.
The site aims to spread the influence of Islamic and Iranian culture throughout the Persian-speaking world.
Mehr’s debut comes after years of the Iranian government blocking its population off from many YouTube videos. It also comes after Iran recently expressed its intent to create a domestic Internet network, cutting off access to the international Web at large show all text
- 7 Predictions for Cloud Computing in 2013 That Make Perfect Sense – Forbes –
Every year at this time, analysts, prognosticators and pundits alike try to size up the year ahead in technology. And — no surprise — cloud computing is this year’s hottest topic. Cloud is already a force to be reckoned with on the business technology scene — IT executives, vendors and […]
For a company at the peak of its game, Apple sure had a dismal week. The stock slumped 9 percent without any negative news, and in the midst of what could be its strongest quarter ever.
In fact, Apple’s stock is down 24 percent since Sept. 21. Months after people started predicting Apple would be the first trillion-dollar company in the world, the stock’s market value is having trouble holding above $500 billion. That’s still a massive figure, but it’s also cheap: Apple’s price-earnings ratio of show all text
is building a business around helping people store personal data about themselves as a way to manage their online reputations.
- Contact Lenses Can Display Your Text Messages –
As we first discovered in the iOS software code a year ago, Apple is finally ready to implement Bluetooth in its Apple TV products. The latest Apple TV beta not only has a new Bluetooth menu but you can pair wireless keyboards to both the second- and third-gen Apple TV.
Once connected, you can use a wireless keyboard to completely control the Apple TV without using the included remote. The arrow keys function for navigation, the Return key is the play/pause, and the Escape key maps to ‘menu’ or… show all text
You may have heard the disappointing news that Instagram (now a Facebook property) recently decided to tweak its support for Twitter cards such that users wil..
You’ve heard all the warnings about being on the lookout for fake websites when shopping online, and you know you should have an antivirus program running on your computer.
- Groupon Surges on Google Takeover Speculation: Chicago Mover – Bloomberg –
Groupon Inc. surged to the highest price in three weeks on speculation that Google Inc. might consider buying the online coupon provider.