08/26/2011, Scammers aren’t very nice people, in case you didn’t already know. They’re constantly taking advantage of the uninformed, seizing every opportunity to con a poor soul into revealing their personal details. One of their most common tactics are to take advantage of major events that draw people to their computers, like in this case – Hurricane Irene that’s scheduled to strike tomorrow. Fortunately there’s a solution to the problem of […]
08/26/2011, Google has decided to close Slide, a widget company known for “SuperPoke” or “SSP Ranch”, and Slide founder Max Levchin will leave Google to “pursue other opportunity”. Slide was a great success story, and it is clear that a $186M acquisition by Google is more than the large majority of startups would ever get. However, Google has decided that its time would be better spent on something else. Although Slide […]
08/26/2011, Apple announced its intentions to replace MobileMe with iCloud earlier this year at the WWDC 2011, and not long after that, phishing scams taking advantage of this update started to rise. While it wasn’t so huge back then, it looks like those phishing scams have started to rise again, according to a report from MacRumors.
08/25/2011, If you’ve always wondered about the steps that Google goes through to improve its search engine, you’re in luck. The company has just released a blog post detailing the work that it does each time they make a change or improvement to Google. They don’t just make changes to the search algorithm just because they feel like it: they actually put each feature through rigorous scientific testing, and if it […]
08/25/2011, While Japan’s Tweeting-robot won’t be in space until 2013, NASA’s R2 robot that has recently awakened at the International Space Station has started sending us Tweets from space. It has been reported that the R2 (Robonaut 2)’s twitter account @astrorobonaut is now keeping its 43,000+ followers updated about its activity in space. The R2 was designed to show how dexterous robots can cope in a weightless environment, and will eventually […]
08/25/2011, Diffbot making its visual learning application programming interface (API) available to developers who want to create apps that need to understand the structure of web pages in an efficient way. Traditionally, developers who wanted to understand a web page would start by looking at its code. From there, many algorithms can be used to extract information like an article content, an author name etc… However, because each page’s HTML code […]
08/25/2011, After failing to acquire Instagram this summer, it looks like Facebook will be taking matters into its own hands by creating its own filters instead, according to a report from the NY Times blog. According to two engineers working at Facebook who spilt the information, Zuckerberg (Facebook’s CEO) wants his engineers and artists to create more filters before it is officially released to the public.
08/25/2011, As technology is starting to become integrated more and more in our daily lives, the line that separates art and technology is starting to blur. So much so we’ve started calling computers with top of the line specs to be “pieces of art”, but perhaps this 1TB hard drive that’s being displayed on Art 404’s gallery with its own pedestal and all.
08/24/2011, If you have been using Google Docs, you have probably noticed that inserting an image can be much more painful than doing a copy/paste from an imaging up. Microsoft Word works like that, but unfortunately, Google Docs doesn’t and its web nature has probably something to do with it. The solution is to build a web clipboard, of course! Starting from today, Google Docs for Android gets juts that. Mobile […]
08/24/2011, OnLive has just announced some new features to its video game streaming platform to improve the service’s overall experience. First up we have the introduction of parental controls. Parents can now restrict the content available to their kids and remove features such as chatting with strangers, Brag Clips and spectating. Parents with access to the code can easily bypass restrictions when it’s their turn to game. Next we have the […]
08/24/2011, Downloading movies via torrents is illegal and pretty much everybody knows that, although if it’s “just” for personal use, perhaps a warning or some kind of incremental sanction might be enough to send the message, right? Turns out a teacher in Sweden decided to go all out and reported a student for illegally downloading movies via torrents, which has resulted in the 15-year old teenager possibly seeing jail time of […]
08/24/2011, Now that Twitter has been out for a few years, and its co-founders have already left the service, have you ever wondered about what’s next up their sleeves? It looks like you’ll find out soon enough. Today they’ve finally announced the name of their next project (under the guise of Obvious Corporation) – an upcoming app called Lift. It is supposed to be “an interesting new application for unlocking human […]
08/24/2011, Bloomberg has reported that Facebook, the world’s largest social network, has plans to improve the site and keep it ahead of the competition with the acquisition of even more technology/companies this year. With already 13 acquisitions in the bag this year, the company has its eyes on about 7 more purchases for 2011. Facebook already stands out from its main rivals: Twitter and Google+, but it looks like they’re thinking […]
08/23/2011, MySpace just won’t seem to die. After being revived so many times, each one more unsuccessful than the last, it has been reported that MySpace is going to be resuscitated once again. Specific Media, the latest owner of MySpace, has announced that the social networking service will be relaunched later this year with a new focus on what made it successful in the first place: the music. A good idea, […]