Twitter Vine Does PornYou might have heard of Twitter Vine before, and if you haven’t, let us bring you the low down in a nutshell. Basically, Twitter’s Vine functions as an app which enables you to create (and of course, share – after all, that is what modern day social networking is all about, isn’t it?) six-second videos. Launched at the end of last week, thousands of folks on Twitter began to tweet short videos in no time at all, and it goes without saying that such an app could achieve a high adoption rate due to the hardware that we carry around these days. Even the most basic featurephone would in all probability come with a camera of sorts, what more a full-fledged smartphone.

Technology, being a double-edged sword, has reared its ugly head again by some of the short videos showing off more than they should. I’m referring to the naughty bits of folks being exhibited for all to see, in short, pornography. Vine claims that users are able to report such content, and the offending video (to certain quarters) will carry a warning message beforehand. Both Twitter and Vine claimed that they will only remove the video should it violate the guidelines laud out beforehand.





RIM Reduces Pricing Tier For Apps On BlackBerry World Just over the weekend after renaming its BlackBerry App World to the much simpler and bolder BlackBerry World, Research In Motion revealed plans of updating the pricing tier on its apps on the storefront. RIM says that it will first update the British Pound (GPB) and Euro (EUR) currencies, and that updates to other currencies will follow shortly. Citing the reason for the adjustment, RIM says that it wants to make sure that prices are in line with currency fluctuations and that its apps within BlackBerry World are competitive.
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Facebook OutageWell, earlier this morning we talked about how PayPal experienced an outage, and here we are with word that Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, too, has experienced an outage. Thing is, when you type in the “www” prefix, you will be able to access your Facebook account, but just typing in “facebook.com” to enter into the root domain will yield a no go. Not only that, there are reports making their way around online that Chrome users seem to be the majority who are affected by the outage.

While performing some digital forensics, it seemed that at approximately 5:15 p.m. Pacific Time, this issue started to crop up for Facebook users who realized that they were unable to access the page. It is a high possibility that this will be a service disruption, and it remains to be seen whether the Facebook outage is part of an internal gremlin wreaking havoc, as history has shown that such a thing happened in October last year no thanks to a DNS misrouting blip. Perhaps if Facebook is down for you, now might be a good time to, you know, socialize with real people.


Google Wallet Gets A New LookGoogle did not just update its Google Drive app for iOS. The Mountain View-based technology behemoth also improved its very own mobile payment system, Google Wallet. Google Wallet now supports any credit or debit card, whether it is a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Google says that these cards are available for in-store purchases or for online purchases at participating merchants. This means that all your cards will be housed in the “My Wallet” tab, with your default card displayed.
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Google Drive For iOS Adds Multiple Photo And Video Uploading FeaturesGoogle Drive users on iOS will be happy to hear that the app has just been updated to support multiple uploading functionalities. Albeit the update was not officially announced, a quick check of the app on iTunes reveals an update to version 1.2.2 dated January 28th. Apart from the capability to upload multiple photos and videos on iOS, version 1.2.2 also allows QuickOffice users to open and save back to Drive. As for Docs, Helvetica Neue has been added to the list of supported fonts. Furthermore, Google Sheets now supports diagonal scrolling and cell formatting, and Slides now adds a pinch-to-zoom functionality as well as improvements to animations and slideshows. The update is now live and users can download the update automatically on their device or manually by visiting the App Store.


iPad 5 Back Plate LeakedEarlier today, we reported about the rumor that Apple is brewing up a new iPad model with a 128GB storage that will be priced around $799 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $929 for the Cellular-compatible model. Well, 9to5 Mac is now adding the rumor by posting an “unverified” image submitted by a Chinese iPad accessories manufacturer. The image, as seen above together with iPad mini, appears to be the black of the next-generation iPad, which the source says is a prototype back piece for the fifth-generation iPad with a 9.7-inch display.


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GammaTech Intros Durabook TA10 Rugged TabletWe’ve seen and loved GammaTech’s tough tablets and notebooks in the past. Today, it’s introducing a newest toughy called the Durabook TA10. GammaTech has engineered the rugged tablet to run the most demanding applications. It sports a 10.4-inch multi-touch panel with tempered glass and ultra-high brightness LCD, and it is powered by an Intel Ivy Bridge processor. The Durabook TA10 is also an outlier, thanks to its two six-cell battery packs, Military Standard 810G certification for drop and shock resistance, and IP65 certification for dust and water resistance.
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Pinterest Testing New Features To Keep Users InterestedIn a move to keep its users interested, Pinterest plans to revamp its photo sharing service for the good. The company announced today that it is testing some new features with a small group of users, with the end goal of sharing it to more users soon. Pinterest is basically touting three new features – better navigation, larger pins, and faster service. First, Pinterest improved the navigation in such as way that it is now “faster to get to where you want to go.”
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Rdio Offers Six Months OF Free Music Streaming To 15 CountriesRdio, an ad-free music subscription service created by Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, announced today that it is expanding to other countries, 15 to be exact, except for Germany and Brazil. The list, which includes the U.S., comprises U.K., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. And to top all of that, Rdio is also offering music lovers up to six months of free music on the web.
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Sony Offers PlayStation Plus One Year Subscribers Three Bonus Months For Free

Sony has been pushing its PlayStation Plus premium service ever since it was announced at E3 2010. The service first offered early access to betas, the ability to send voice messages to friends playing other games and a subscription to Qore, but has since then blossomed into a service that easily rivals competing services.

Now, PlayStation Plus offers free titles on a somewhat regular basis, automatic updates and cloud storage and still continues to cost only $50 for an entire year of service. Today, Sony is attempting to further entice potential PlayStation Plus subscribers by offering three additional months of service if you purchase a one year subscription by March 3.


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