Foursquare held its first-ever global hackathon a few weeks back, with developers and hackers gathering in cities all over the world, including Paris, London, Ottawa, San Francisco, and New York. All of the hackers had one goal in common: create some out-of-the-box idea on top of the Foursquare API. Not only did they accomplish their goal, but some of them even won prizes for doing so. … Read more
Imagine you referred to your supervisor as a "scumbag" in a Facebook post read by your coworkers. You might expect to be looking for a new job very soon thereafter, especially if your employer has a policy that prohibits making disparaging remarks about the company or posting anything about the organization or its managers without permission.
In a case involving Facebook posts by workers for an ambulance service, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that the employee's name-calling was "protected activity" because it occurred away from the workplace and on non-work time.
The employer … Read more
In today's plugged-in world, "right now" is too slow. We're spoiled by the ability to discover the most obscure bits of information in less than a second simply by entering a word or phrase in a Web search engine. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
The need for search speed may not let up until Google is able to read our minds--a day that may not be far off, for better or worse. Putting aside fears of an information-utility monopoly, there's no denying Google's ability to save time. To ensure the productivity-boost … Read more
No sooner had Google taken the wraps off of Photovine than it turned around and killed the photo-sharing iOS app. If you uploaded photos to Photovine, you have some time to download them before Google gets rid of them. Google says Photovine photos will remain on its servers until February 6, 2012.
If you were a Photovine user like me, you received an e-mail this week instructing you on how to get your pics. In the e-mail, Google states:Just because the Photovine app is winding down, doesn't mean your photos can't live on! Now you can visit … Read more
Looking for a more hands-on way to share photos online? Flickr earlier this week introduced a new feature called Photo Session that lets you share a real-time, collaborative slideshow with up to 10 people. Any of the 10 can navigate the slideshow, which offers chat and drawing features. All viewers will see the same photo as the group browses through the slideshow.
To start a Photo Session, go to your Flickr Photostream or open one of your photo sets. Click the Share button in the upper-right corner and choose Start a Photo Session. From here, you can invite people to join your Photo Session. They'll get an e-mail inviting them to join.… Read more
The Chrome browser doesn't support the capability to sort bookmarks in any manner but manually. If you're tired of dragging and dropping bookmarks by hand, we can help. Here's how to sort Chrome bookmarks by name:
Step 1: Install the SuperSorter Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Step 2: Right-click on the SuperSorter button and select Options.
Step 3: Choose the options you prefer, including whether you want your bookmarks sorted in ascending or descending order, then click Save options.
Step 4: To sort your Chrome bookmarks, left-click the SuperSorter button. When it's completed sorting, … Read more
Along with Facebook's design overhaul comes a host of new privacy settings that can protect information you'd rather keep private, and prevent third parties from accessing your information.
In classic Facebook fashion, these important settings are hidden beneath a newly designed site, making it difficult for users to control their data.
After some exploring, we found several important Facebook privacy settings that you might otherwise miss on your typical visit. Watch the video for a complete walkthrough and check out the instructions below.1. Control app permissions
With the new redesign comes an interesting policy called "frictionless … Read more
In the past, adding pictures to Flickr from your phone meant using third-party apps that integrated into the Android gallery or could cross-post to your Flickr account. Now there's (finally) an official app from Yahoo! for its Flickr photo sharing service. It's still obvious that the app is brand-new, given the appearance of some bugs, but it is a good step in the right direction. Here's how to get started using it:
Mark Zuckerberg wants you to have "serendipitous experiences" with the new Facebook. Facebook Music is one of the ways he hopes to help you achieve this. With it, you can listen, share and discover music with others, all from within Facebook. If you're ready for the experience, here's how to use Facebook Music:
How Facebook Music works
The idea behind Facebook Music is that whenever you or your friends listen to music from one of Facebook's music partners, the music gets published to your Timeline for friends to see. The details also show up as … Read more
We all have two or three playlists on Spotify we would prefer our listening habits of be left private. With the recent changes to Facebook and the new integration with the various music services, hiding your guilty pleasures has become somewhat of a hassle.
Up until now, the only available solution to prevent your music selection from being displayed on Facebook is somewhat permanent. Thankfully, Spotify has rolled out a Private Listening feature to its desktop clients, allowing users to temporarily stop their music selection from being broadcast all over the Internet.
To enable Private Listening in Spotify on a … Read more