The package, wrapped with brown paper and a white ribbon, contained a wooden block, 4 inches long and wide and 1.75 inches thick, covered with a printed Instagram shot and a slot in the back so it can be hung on the wall. The included note invited the press to "share a moment with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team." The event will kick off at 10 a.m. on December 12 in Midtown … Read more
When words get twisted, feelings get trampled, ululations soar, and hearts descend to pitiful infernos -- the flames only dampened by tears.
It's happening all around San Francisco, Calif., and it's very concerning. It seems that those who work in the tech community are raging. They feel they are being insulted and they want to disrupt the insults.
What is hurting them so? It's the very word "techie."
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a word that once might have signified sophistication now carries more than a nuance of spectacularly entitled, money-grabbing, socially unaware, nauseatingly … Read more
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- More than 1 million people help Facebook test its Android app, the social network said Wednesday.
Christian Legnitto, Facebook's manager of mobile release engineering, said the company has more than 1 million users who have signed up for the company's beta testers program and 50,000 users for its alpha program. The two programs let users try out early versions of Facebook's app before it's released to the public. That means the apps are buggy and unpolished, but users can give instant feedback within the app. This lets the company improve its … Read more
"A theft is a theft."
These are words that many a lawyer has used to justify condemning a thief to a sentence in the clink.
They are also the words of a police officer in Chamblee, Ga., after a man was caught in the alleged commission of a heinous crime.
Kaveh Kamooneh partook of 5 cents' worth of electricity that wasn't strictly his. As WXIA reports, Kamooneh was at Chamblee Middle School, where his 11-year-old son was gracing the tennis courts.
Perhaps the tennis practice was electric and this sparked Kamooneh to remember that his Nissan Leaf needed a little charge. He had some errands to do on the way home.
He spotted an external socket near the courts and availed himself of a little electricity. He spent 20 minutes charging his Leaf with nutrients.… Read more
Facebook is tops among mobile users, at least based on the results of a recent survey.
In a report released Wednesday, research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners asked mobile phone users for the names of the three apps they use most frequently. Facebook scored the top spot, ranked by 45 percent of those polled. Twitter came in second at 13 percent, followed by Candy Crush at 11 percent.
"Facebook just dominates mobile phones, in terms of most frequent use, not just downloads," CIRP partner and co-founder Mike Levin said in a statement. "For most other apps, including … Read more
Ephemeral-message app Snapchat is proving to be a rather adamant thorn in Facebook's side.
Less than three weeks after rebuffing Facebook's $3 billion acquisition offer, Snapchat has stolen away Emily White, the social network's business lead responsible for bringing advertising to Instagram, to fill its COO spot, AllThingsD reported Tuesday.
White said she couldn't pass up the offer to take on a leadership role at the app that just last month announced it surpassed Facebook in daily photo uploads and is cruising toward a massive multibillion dollar valuation. "I have always been captivated by the … Read more
All too often in public life, prude defeats rude.
It infects the world of electronics. Steve Jobs always wanted you to know that there was no, never, any possibility of porn on Apple products.
Try typing "f***" into your iPhone and see it chastely insist that you must mean "duck."
Now Android's KitKat has released its latest rigorous list of words that are not automatically de rigueur. These are words that when you start to type them don't exist in your phone's life experience -- which in the case of 4.4 KitKat is 165,000 English words.
Unsurprisingly, "gonadotrophia" is on the list. Any suggestion of stimulation to private parts must be kept in private. Your Android phone is far too public for such talk.… Read more
The wise will always tell you that the minute a new car drives off the lot, it's a used car. But that car has probably been driven around a little already during test drives anyway, so why worry about this "new" thing?
Does this apply to, say, a new iPad Air? It comes sealed in a beautifully designed box. So you wouldn't think it would have hundreds of someone else's pictures on it, would you?
Yet Robin Crowley, a policewomen from Cambridge, Ontario, had a surprise when she opened up her brand-new Black Friday bargain iPad Air that she purchased at Target. She said she found contact lists and pictures already on it.
No, it's not that Apple just knew she would choose this particular iPad Air and downloaded her private information from Facebook. These pictures and other information appeared to belong to someone who wasn't her.… Read more
If it's been awhile since you applied to college, here's a bit of news to make you feel your age: it's not just about SAT scores, transcripts, and personal essays these days.
Social networking plays a role, too.
Starting this college admissions season, teens can use the professional networking site LinkedIn in two ways: to research universities and to create profiles highlighting accomplishments that would otherwise be hard to include in a traditional application. LinkedIn made these features possible by lowering the age requirement for users to 14 in the United States and by launching what it calls university pages. … Read more
Does evil love itself?
Does it crave to stare at its own image and perhaps even one day sext?
This might seem possible after witnessing a selfie posted to the new "Star Wars" Instagram account.
For here is Darthness itself, in the person of the Lord Vader, behaving like a 13-year-old high school student.
He chooses his best side and he shoots.
Of course, this is all publicity for "Star Wars: Episode VII," whose premiere is a full two years away.
Will Disney be able to maintain Instagram interest for those two years? And look at … Read more