January 21, 2013

Facebook Searches While Myspace Does Tunes


Facebook's new Graph Search was unveiled last week as they hope to keep their billion users to stick around. The people, place and thing service will help find information from friends and other user profiles. While most analysts seem to like the idea, this is something that will take some time for full implementation and acceptance.

Meanwhile, for those who eagerly awaited a rebirth of Myspace, the time is nigh. Out in beta for awhile, the new version is welcoming old and new users alike as it is a separate site. The site is heavily into music, including an audio player pinned to the screen. By the way, you will have to download Chrome to access the site.

Via Myspace

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December 10, 2012

Windows Users Prefer Version 7


We have a tendency here to avoid major changes. While we love the latest in technology, we are often reticent to update systems or tools. So we didn't jump on that bandwagon to Windows 8. It seems that not so many have according to a survey from The results clearly show that their 50,000 members prefer 7 over 8 by about 2 to one.

It often takes a while for a new version of something to catch on. We didn't want to give up XP until we absolutely had to make that switch. So this is our justification for now until the early bugs and complaints work themselves out. That way we take that $39.99 upgrade fee and buy a new electronic toy. What do you think?

Via Windows 8 Forum

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December 3, 2012

Latest iMac Released


Apple released their new 21.5" iMac last week that comes with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M at a starting price of $1,299. Go for one with a 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics and it will set you back $1,499. Both ship in December, just in time to fulfill your own holiday wish list.

Via Apple

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November 22, 2012

MasterCard to Adopt Display Card


MasterCard is working with a bank in Singapore for the planet's first interactive payment card. Beginning in January, the new card has an LCD display with buttons that the user taps on with a secret password. The combination combines payment with security. While the Display Card is only for banking interactions, they see future usage for checking balance, recent transactions and reward points.

Via MasterCard

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November 21, 2012

Jawbone Up is Health Conscious


Jawbone's latest contribution to the planet is Up, its health conscious bracelet. It measures lifestyle habits and displays data concerning eating, mood and activities. Available in 8 different colors and 3 sizes, it has an idle alert if you haven't been moving, can wake you from a power nap, is simple to operate and has a rechargeable battery with USB charger. Up connects to an iOS device, displays data with its free app and can be yours for $129.99.

Via Jawbone

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November 6, 2012

Instacane Features Sandy Images


Peter Ng of Ricochet Media and Facebook engineer Chris Ackermann grabbed photos that were tagged either #Sandy or #Hurricane. They then created the site Instacane. It is an amazing site and we expect that they will continue to add to it in the weeks to come. And, by the way, how can you not feel the utmost compassion for what they are going through? If you can spare it, please use your phone to text the Red Cross at 90999 to make a $10.00 donation or contact the Red Cross to volunteer and find other ways you can be of assistance.

Via Instacane

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October 30, 2012

Have Some Twitter Political Index Fun


With only a week to go, we have to admit we will be glad when the election is over. We can get away from annoying commercials and Super PAC offerings, not to mention polls that can reflect whichever political side of the fence you choose. We do have a tendency to peek at Twitter's Political Index that reflects the popularity of the two highest office contenders. It updates daily and we expect there some bias here because of the age range of tweeters and that while Romney has 1.6 million followers, Prez Obama has ten million of them.

Via Twitter Political Index

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October 8, 2012

Big Bird Shines at Presidential Debate


We find it quite interesting that the social networks were really the hit of last Wednesday's debate. The discussion sparked a record breaking 10.3 million tweets including some about health care vouchers and PBS. The Public Service TV supporters went as far a posting parody accounts and @BigBird attracted more than 20,000 followers.


There were various astute and comedic tweets, including one that mentioned that Romney's lapel pin was bigger than Obama's. So I say, let's pay attention and see what happens during subsequent debates. Does the size of the pin indicate political clout? Probably not, but we bet we see them getting gradually larger.


The good news here is that Sesame Street VP Sherrie Westin says most of their show's funding comes from corporate sponsorships, product sales and donations. That means that the large Muppet will still have employment. What will suffer are some of the small, rural stations who really depend on the subsidy. To not get access to PBS' fine programming, which was only .00012 percent of the entire federal budget in 2011, would be a shame.

Via ABC News

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July 11, 2012

Detroit Man Trapped in Trench


Nowhere is there more evidence of instant networking than watching a local story unfold. A man was working on a sewer or water line on Detroit's West side when he got buried up to his neck in dirt. The man is responsive and is wearing an oxygen mask. Another man was also trapped and freed.

Update: The man has been rescued by incredible emergency workers who toiled for about 3 hours to dig through the dirt that seemed never ending. With all the problems the D has seen lately, it is stories like these that renew our faith in humanity and prove that our city workers are worth even more than they earn.

Update: It turns out that there were three originally trapped and that the third man was talking to his rescuers after he was freed and taken to the hospital. It seems odd, after following along for the last three hours, that so many details, like how many were trapped, could have been conflicting.

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June 6, 2012

Politwoops Posts Deleted Tweets


Politicians who try to delete tweets that they are not proud of may find their comments on Politwoops. The Sunlight Foundation takes the ones that have been posted and deleted and displays them for the humiliation all over again. While Twitter policy states that once they are gone they should stay gone, enjoy the service while it lasts. You can comment on and retweet them before the buzz is killed.

Via Politwoops

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June 4, 2012

Vote on Facebook Privacy Policy


Want to make your minimal voice heard on the subject of Facebook's privacy and user rights policies? Until June 8, users can vote on whether to keep the existing policies or adopting their new ones. You certainly cannot contribute to the big picture, but you can help to decide about matters concerning how your information is shared. Hit the link to vote.

Via Facebook Governance

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May 28, 2012

Smart Si Thermostat Controlled Remotely


Ecobee recently released its latest Smart Si Thermostat that can be controlled by computer, smartphone or tablet. With a simple user interface and high-res color display, the built-in weather function is based on algorithms. There are auto- alerts for equipment malfunction and service tune-ups. In addition, a quick save button puts your home in an energy saving setting when you are away.

Via Ecobee

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May 7, 2012

Get Involved in Donate Life Month


It's nice that Zuckerberg is becoming more benevolent as he did recently by embracing National Donate Life Month. Facebook users can now share the fact that they are donors or connect with one of the 22 state registries. Donate Life America claims that before the drive about 400 would sign up daily, and by the end of the first day of release over 6,000 had joined. Over 24,000 registered in the first two days.

We watched a news story on Nightline last week that showcased Jessica Danielson, a young woman who is awaiting a double heart/liver transplant at the Mayo clinic. She expressed sorrow at the fact that for her to get one, someone has to die. Physicians say that members of the donor family often meet the donee to ease both parties.

Anyone can become an organ donor when getting a drivers license or ID card from the DMV and with as many as 18 deaths a day for those waiting for an organ, we hope our readers will consider becoming one as well.

Via Donate Life Facebook page

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April 26, 2012

One in Five Adults Don't Net Surf


Those who have grown up with the Net or adopted it in its infancy may be surprised to know that one in five adults don't bother with it at all. A new Pew Study has determined that 48% of this minority say it is not relevant and aren't interested. Others say the expense, amount of time spent or difficulty are the reasons they do not go online.

About 59% of the non-users are seniors, almost 60% did not finish high school, about 40% have low household incomes and often those with disabilities abstain.

Via Pew Research Center

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