Twitter Profile Redesign

Don’t panic: Your Twitter profile will soon look just like your Facebook profile

By on April 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

Don’t panic: Your Twitter profile will soon look just like your Facebook profile

Now that Twitter is a publicly traded company, it seems to be looking to neighboring social network Facebook for inspiration at every turn. We know that Twitter is in the process of beefing up its advertising products — if there’s one company that knows a thing or two about ads, it’s Facebook — and the company also recently acquired Cover, possibly in an effort to create a product similar to Facebook Home. Now, Twitter has announced an upcoming profile page redesign that is quite obviously inspired by Facebook. More →

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Twitter Android Cover Acquisition

Twitter may have just bought its own answer to Facebook Home

By on April 7, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Twitter may have just bought its own answer to Facebook Home

If no one wants to own a Facebook-centric phone, why should we think a Twitter-centric phone would fare any better? Nonetheless, it seems that Twitter might be trying to come up with a Facebook Home-type product of its own because it’s just acquired Cover, a replacement Android lock screen that was designed to help Android users manage the plethora of apps that clog up their device’s home screen.  More →

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Apple Green Energy Review

Greenpeace applauds Apple’s ‘commitment to renewable energy’

By on April 3, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Greenpeace applauds Apple’s ‘commitment to renewable energy’

Three years ago, Apple was slammed by Greenpeace for being one of the dirtiest tech companies in the industry, due in part to its decision to locate its data center in North Carolina. In 2014, Apple appears to have made a complete recovery as Greenpeace now lists Apple as one of the leaders of “green internet” innovation. The latest report from Greenpeace awards Apple straight A ratings in transparency, policy and advocacy, and a B in efficiency. More →

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Ellen's Oscar Selfie Twitter Record

Ellen’s Oscar selfie tweet breaks Obama’s retweet record

By on March 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Ellen’s Oscar selfie tweet breaks Obama’s retweet record

Ellen DeGeneres was not shy about using a Galaxy phone during Sunday’s 86th edition of the Academy Awards to take pictures of herself and others both on stage and backstage during the Oscars, Entertainment Weekly reports. One of Ellen’s pictures quickly became Twitter’s most retweeted tweets of all time, breaking the previous record held by a photo posted by President Barack Obama at the end of his 2012 reelection campaign. More →

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WhatsApp Messaging App History

WhatsApp exists thanks to Twitter and Facebook’s ignorance

By on February 20, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

WhatsApp exists thanks to Twitter and Facebook’s ignorance

The popular WhatsApp messaging app got even more attention following the unexpected $19 billion Facebook purchase, with various reports revealing even more details about the company. Interestingly, Brian Acton’s tweets from previous years reveal some of the factors that led to the creation of WhatsApp. Before starting the venture with Jan Koum, Acton applied for jobs with both Twitter and Facebook… and both companies shot him down.
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How To Avoid TV Spoilers

Here’s the one app you absolutely need to save you from TV spoilers

By on February 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Here’s the one app you absolutely need to save you from TV spoilers

Everyone hates spoilers, but now that Netflix is releasing entire seasons of shows overnight, it’s harder than ever to avoid them. Thankfully, Business Insider has drawn our attention to one mobile solution to the barrage of spoilers you can’t escape online. Spoiler Shield syncs with your Facebook and Twitter feeds and then gives you the option to decide which spoilers you want filtered from view. The app already has a relatively comprehensive list of shows and sports teams, so you won’t have to do any additional legwork. Posts that mention those shows or games will then be covered with a shield, but you can double tap a shielded tweet or Facebook post to reveal the message. The app is free for Android and iOS, so if you’re preparing for a weekend full of House of Cards, it might be safest to give Spoiler Shield a try.

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Dangers of Twitter Facebook

Precarious permanence: Cementing your legacy 140 characters at a time

By on February 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Precarious permanence: Cementing your legacy 140 characters at a time

It pains me greatly to acknowledge it, but blurting out whatever comes to mind on Twitter, Facebook or any number of social channels is a terrible idea. You already knew that, of course, but I’m talking about something more serious. Pecking out a furious tweet with a couple of typos is fairly embarrassing, but lately I’ve become fixated on the long-term consequences that are yet to be fully realized. It’s a notion I haven’t been able to shake since Justine Sacco was hastily fired from her job in December of 2013, and I’m not entirely certain that the world at large paused long enough to digest what that sequence of events truly described.

For those who were off preparing for the holidays, here’s a synopsis: Sacco fired off an admittedly less-than-glamourous tweet before boarding a long flight that was devoid of Wi-Fi. Hours before, she was relatively unknown from a celebrity standpoint. As she was passing through customs at her destination, it became clear that she no longer had a job.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve come to realize that her undoing wasn’t necessarily what she said, but where she said it. More →

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PayPal GoDaddy Security Issue

PayPal and GoDaddy will hand your data over to just about anyone

By on January 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

PayPal and GoDaddy will hand your data over to just about anyone

An app developer who had a rare Twitter username revealed he has been hacked by a person that wanted to own the @N handle at all costs, with PayPal and GoDaddy serving as unsuspecting accomplices in the ordeal. After blocking Naoki Hiroshima out of his PayPal and GoDaddy accounts, the hacker demanded to compromise – “access to @N for about 5 minutes while I swap the handle in exchange for your GoDaddy and help securing your data,” he wrote in an email. More →

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NSA Proof Twitter Alternative

New Twitter for paranoids uses Bitcoin and BitTorrent to hide from NSA

By on January 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

New Twitter for paranoids uses Bitcoin and BitTorrent to hide from NSA

Fearful of the NSA after all of the Snowden leaks, an engineer in Brazil is creating a secure and decentralized Twitter alternative that uses two tools beloved by digital renegades: Bitcoin and BitTorrent. More →

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Twitter Shark Tracking Australia

Twitter is now literally a life-saving technology

By on January 3, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Twitter is now literally a life-saving technology

If Twitter had been around in the 1970s, would Jaws have even been a threat? NPR reports that government researchers in Australia have started equipping sharks with electronic transmitters that post updates on their locations to Twitter whenever they get close to a public beach. Chris Peck, operations manager of Surf Life Saving Western Australia, explains that the goal of the project is to give beach goers real-time information so they can alert others to flee the waters before any sharks even get close to them. More →

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“We no longer have to seek news, we have to seek refuge from it.”
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Twitter Analysis

2013: The year Twitter became too big to actually follow

By on December 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

2013: The year Twitter became too big to actually follow

Do me a solid, will you? Imagine the sweet, succulent release in finally letting go of something that’s been dragging you down, and then take a moment to ponder the agony of having no choice but to admit defeat and move on from something good sans finality. I get the feeling that a lot of Twitter users are now finding themselves in one of those two camps. For me, 2013 has become the year that the white flag was waived over Twitter.

A service that once acted as a curation engine for all of the noise that eventually hits the web has now found itself in dire need of curation, and as the stream crests, I’ve found myself disillusioned with the prospect altogether. Twitter has long since attempted to mimic Facebook’s crème de la crème News Feed approach with its Discover tab, but most would agree that said attempt has failed.

When your only hope of ever keeping up with Twitter is to simply unfollow people, brands, and services that you truly do care about… one has to question the usefulness of the infrastructure itself. More →

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Twitter Facebook Apple Best Places to Work

Twitter, Facebook and Google workers are among tech’s happiest

By on December 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

Twitter, Facebook and Google workers are among tech’s happiest

A couple of months ago, a group of current and former Apple employees revealed what it’s like to work in the stressful yet rewarding environment that is the Apple Campus. Now that the year is coming to a close, Glassdoor has released its annual list of “Best Places to Work,” and although Apple did make the list, the Cupertino company fell behind some of the other giants in the industry. More →

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Always-on Lifestyle

Email, Twitter and the always-on lifestyle: Today’s double-edged sword

By on December 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM.

Email, Twitter and the always-on lifestyle: Today’s double-edged sword

Today, I made a choice. I made a choice to carve out a chunk of time to write this article, but I did so at the expense of communication. I very intentionally decided to cast my eyes in the other direction by ignoring a deluge of inbound inquiries, and to be honest, I’m still unsure as to whether it was the right decision. Five years ago, I might have suggested that those employed in the digital industry would understand where I was coming from, but today, I’m more inclined to believe that everyone in a developed country would get the gist. This is the era where personal time becomes a relic, silence is the new distraction, and 24/7 expectations bleed from petrol stations into every possible aspect of your life. Consider this: how many requests are you presently ignoring by taking the time to read these words?
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