YouTube channel owners appear to be taking the stance that the Google+ cure is worse than the common YouTube comment.When Google announced that it was going to replace its original commenting system with one powered by Google+, reactions seemed split between a positive reception for improving the level of discourse and giving channel owners more moderation tools, versus the concerns of commenters who felt that their free speech would be infringed. However, in the aftermath of the Google+ comments rollout, some longtime YouTubers are taking their displeasure with the new system public, posting their videos on YouTube but moving … Read more
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is set to speak at the upcoming 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Consumer Electronics Association, which puts on the annual tech conference, announced Tuesday that Mayer will deliver a keynote address at CES as part of its Tech Titans series. Mayer is slated to speak at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7.
While we don't know exactly what Mayer will choose to talk about, the CEA describes the Tech Titans series as a chance for "CEOs from the most powerful companies in technology [to] present their vision for products, … Read more
It's the big screens on the phones, right?
Or if it isn't that, it's the sheer scale of the operation.
Maybe it's simply the very funny ads that make Apple cult members look like, well, tools of the establishment. One Samsung executive was recently moved to declare that bashing Apple works.
Each element, in its way, might describe a part of why Samsung has made such significant inroads into Apple's consciousness.
But, when asked at the Business Insider Ignition conference what it was that drove the company to its heights, David Eun, executive vice president … Read more
Twitter said Wednesday that it has introduced a set of tools that allow marketers to target ads at mobile users based on a wide range of criteria, including their operating system, their device, and even if they're on Wi-Fi.
In a blog post, Twitter explained how it's expanding the mobile-targeting options it's giving advertisers. Previously, the company said, it allowed mobile targeting only by operating system. But now marketers will be able to direct ads at Twitter users based on which specific version of iOS or Android they're using, as well as their specific mobile device, … Read more
I don't know why robots do things. I don't even know if there is a why.
All I know is that other mechanical gadgets like my toaster, my car, and MacBook Air seem to have minds of their own. So why not a cleaning robot?
I digress to these difficult areas because an Austrian robot has been accused of committing suicide.
It does seem extreme, I agree. But the rumor is that this robot was so fed up of housecleaning that it switched itself on, slid along the kitchen counter, and immolated itself on the kitchen stove.… Read more
I was immersed in learning that Lady Gaga doesn't care that Madonna doesn't like her when I had this thought: "Physics doesn't seem that interesting anymore."
No sooner had this vexing notion entered (and exited) my head than I learned I was not alone. For famed physicist Stephen Hawking feels the same way.
Yahoo has been doing some housecleaning and stumbled across some dusty and musty domain names it had registered for forgotten reasons long ago. Wisely, Yahoo has decided it doesn't need to keep jockeys.com in its back pocket for a rainy day.
Netflix has already recast itself as the Internet's leading television network. Wednesday, it overhauled how its service looks and behaves on actual TVs.
Chris Jaffe, vice president of product innovation from Netflix, said the process was a two-year effort that makes users think there is more, better content available to them. It also has subscribers watching more.
A new user interface was created specifically for the big screen; it's heavier on images and draws in more informative descriptions and personalized details about why Netflix is suggesting a particular title. For the first time, the new TV experience is … Read more
We are approaching the stage of civilization when people are becoming more tolerant of each other's objects of affections.
The question some philosophers are asking, though, is: "What if that object is an object?"
I confess to have occasionally felt a frisson of affection for inanimate things. They might have been cars, clothes, or the British when they speak.
However, I have never really considered what it would be like to have an exclusive relationship with something that doesn't talk back, breathe, snore, or tell me to put on a tie.
Most people are shedding no tears over Blockbuster's decision to close its remaining stores.
Still, there was one last special moment to commemorate: the final rental. And that movie was (drumroll, please)..."This is the End," a 2013 comedy about the apocalypse.
It was the perfect kiss-off to a voyage that began with the first store opening in 1985.
The final rental at the once-ubiquitous video rental chain took place in Hawaii at 11 p.m. local time November 9. The moment was captured in a photograph for posterity, though posterity probably won't spend a lot of time looking at it.… Read more