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Friday, 29 March 2013 15:03

Does this ad offend you?

HONG KONG (CNNMoney) The India-based advertising agency that created artwork depicting women tied up in the back of a Ford has fired some of the employees responsible for the images. The cartoonish drawings, produced by WPP unit JWT, were never part of a paid campaign. But they have struck a nerve as India institutes new rules to protect women following a series of high-profile gang rapes. One of the images depicts Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister of Italy, driving a Ford Figo with three tied-up women in the back. Another image depicts Paris Hilton driving a Figo with what's meant to be the three Kardashian sisters tied up in the back. A third image shows three male race-car drivers tied up in the back. "After a thorough internal review, we have taken appropriate disciplinary action with those involved, which included the exit of employees at JWT," the company said in a statement. "These were necessary steps owing to the direct accountability of the concerned individuals as we work to ensure that both the right oversight and processes are strictly enforced so that this never happens again." Deepa Sridhar, a spokesperson for JWT, declined to say how many employees had been…
Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:31

Sharing sexy pictures: a good or bad idea?

A new public service announcement has just hit the web, urging young girls to steer away from sending sexy pictures to their significant others. "There's no such thing as 'just one photo.'" a message on the video reads. "Protect yourself from sexual exploitation. Be safe." The PSA is targeted toward young girls but the message can be applied to women of all ages. Although it seems like everyone is doing it, before we arch our backs and snap away in our bathroom mirrors, maybe we should really weigh the pros and cons of this decision. For starters, with the Internet and use of social media nothing is private these days. When it comes to texting nude or partially nude photographs, you run the risk of having your most intimate parts emailed, posted or retexted anywhere. Look at the countless celebrity victims — Chris Brown, Kanye West, Adrienne Bailon, Trina, Cassie, Amber Rose, Ron Artest, Rihanna...the list just goes on and on. When you text a playful or naughty photo, essentially you are saying, "I trust you with this content." While you are exposed and in your most vulnerable state, you run the risk of possible shame or embarrassment. Just think…
Thursday, 21 March 2013 18:58

Seven years, seven lives changed by Twitter

(CNN) -- Twitter turns 7 on Thursday, and in some ways, it's like a lot of 7-year-olds. The social-media platform can be bratty and combative. Its idea of a good conversation sometimes devolves into short bursts of shouting. It can have the attention span of a gnat, loving a shiny new plaything one day (ooh, Bronx Zoo's Cobra!) and then forsaking it for another without a second thought. But it can also make you smile with the things it says. It can keep you more aware, and alert, than you've ever been before. And it can make you look at the world around you in a different way. It's easy to take shots at the microblogging site, which debuted March 21, 2006, when founder Jack Dorsey typed the words "just setting up my twttr." (Creators had considered that abbreviated style for the company's name before settling on the full word.) Read more at http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/20/tech/social-media/seven-years-twitter/index.html?hpt=te_t1
(CNN) -- Almost three years ago Dell launched a phone called the Streak, an Android-based handset with a 5-inch display that was marketed more as a tablet with phone capabilities than the other way around. Critics blasted the device for being too large. Most smartphones at the time were still 3.5 to 4 inches, after all. That was the norm. We didn't see many more mobile phones from Dell after its blunder with the Streak. Now let's jump to the present. A Samsung Galaxy S III, left, next to an iPhone 5. The new Galaxy phone will be bigger. Last Thursday, Samsung introduced its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S IV. It also has a 5-inch screen, like the Dell Streak. But this time no one complained. In fact, the reaction was quite the opposite. Critics have been praising the Galaxy S IV's gorgeous display, which is slightly larger than its predecessor. And suddenly the iPhone, which was once the standard for all other smartphones to copy, looks puny next to Samsung's new phone. How'd we get here? Read more at http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/19/tech/mobile/bigger-phone-screens/index.html?hpt=te_t1
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:42

Is this your password? Change it.

(Money Magazine) For your account passwords or personal identification numbers, easy-to-recall codes are way too easy for others to guess. Yet the most popular passwords are "123456" and, yes, "password," reports app developer SplashData. One in 10 four-digit PINs is "1234," according to consulting firm Data Genetics. Says president Nick Berry, "It's staggering, people's lack of imagination." Go big and random: Longer passwords are harder to hack. Avoid actual words, years, and calendar dates; instead, devise memorable nonsense from abbreviated sentences. "The best TV show was Sanford and Son," for example, becomes "TbTVswS&S." Store codes in the free, multi-device app Dashlane. Don't repeat: Never reuse a password for sensitive accounts such as banks, email, or social media. You can, however, recycle a password for sites that don't store your personal info, such as Internet radio stations or online publications. Tell lies: To keep people from guessing your password-reset questions -- that's how Scarlett Johansson's e-mail got hacked -- go crazy. "Tell them your mother's maiden name is Superman," says Adam Levin, chairman of IDentity Theft 911. But now that he's said that, pick another name.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:39

5 things we learned at SXSW 2013

Austin, Texas (CNN) -- Hoopla surrounding South by Southwest Interactive, the techie festival that wrapped up here Tuesday, has exploded in recent years. The event is famously known for helping to boost Twitter in 2007 and Foursquare three years later, giving it a rep as a launching pad for new digital tools. Fresh-faced startups converge on Austin, hoping to get venture capital and buzz. It's one of the reasons attendance at SXSWi this week swelled to an all-time high of 30,621, up some 25% from last year. It also has created big expectations. One of the most commonly asked questions among attendees here is, "What's the coolest new thing you've seen?" "That hype has been good for growth. But it's also proved to be a double-edged sword," said Hugh Forrest, director of the festival, in an interview here Tuesday. "People expect something to launch here Friday and be as big as Facebook by Sunday. There are things here that may not hit the mainstream for a couple of years, because they're not fully developed." SXSW has gotten so big and diffuse that trends can be hard to quantify. But if you go to enough panels and talk to enough people,…
When Samsung launches the S4 later this week it will be the last time that they operate within the Apple mobile computing paradigm. Right now that is where it is stuck. With Apple's form factor and Apple's design language, chipping away and trying to make a good iPhone, iPad-like product. This generation of smartphones is defined by Apple. Samsung will not break out in March 2013. On Thursday they will unveil yet another good iPhone competitor. But they will struggle to convince us they have an iconic product. Read more at http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughnessy/2013/03/10/the-galaxy-s4-samsungs-last-act-in-apples-shadow/
Friday, 08 March 2013 16:20

What does the internet look like?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) You go online every day, but have you ever wondered what the Internet actually looks like? Now, thanks to Peer 1 Hosting, there's an app for that. The Internet hosting company's new app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices displays an interactive 3-D map, showing links between all the interconnected networks that make up the Internet. Read more at http://money.cnn.com/2013/03/06/technology/innovation/map-of-the-internet/index.html
(CNN) -- Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone might be controlled by nothing more than the user's eyes, according to a new report in advance of its March 14 unveiling. "Eye scrolling" will do things like scroll down a page of text when the user's eyes have reached the bottom of the screen, according to a New York Times report. Quoting an unnamed Samsung employee who has used the phone, the Times said the Samsung Galaxy S IV, the next generation in its popular Galaxy S line, will be more heavily geared toward new software than a physical reboot of the Android-based device. The Korean company has for all practical purposes announced the Galaxy S IV will be unveiled at a New York City event on March 14. New gadgets at the Mobile World Congress Photos: A visual history of the telephone Samsung takes a bite out of Apple The Times interviewed Kevin Packingham, Samsung's chief product officer. While he declined to talk about software upgrades, he said hardware upgrades will be significant. "It's an amazing phone," he said.Reports of an eye-control innovation make sense. Samsung has filed in Europe to trademark a technology called "Eye Scroll" and another named "Eye Pause."…
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:59

How to make Netflix like normal TV

Netflix's streaming library might be nearing peak excellence. The political drama "House of Cards" has proven a bona fide smash hit show; the fourth season of "Arrested Development" has American workers planning vacation days; and full seasons of "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men" and "The West Wing" have launched a thousand lost weekends of binge viewing. It's a back catalogue that would make any television network envious -- a feast of full seasons of hit shows that are perfect for your living room set. Yet, many of the 20+ million Netflix subscribers are still watching Walter White and Buster Bluth on comparably tiny tablet screens. Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/netflix-tv-apple-roku-console-cord_n_2811573.html?utm_hp_ref=technology
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 15:32

Phones and tables go waterproof

(CNN) -- Call it a tech-induced hydrophobia. Consumer electronics and water don't mix, and for many, there are few things more nerve-racking than a smartphone or tablet that's been accidentally doused. A rainy day or a trip to the beach means gingerly baby-sitting our devices. And kitchens and bathrooms are fraught with danger zones: sinks, bathtubs and worse. "I can't tell you how many people I know who've accidentally dropped their phone in the toilet, or their kid spilled their juice box all over it," CNET senior writer Maggie Reardon told CNN. A soaked phone or tablet has traditionally meant shelling out for a costly replacement. But new technology has moved beyond waterproof cases and "rugged" cell phones designed to withstand rough conditions. Devices highlighted at this year's Mobile World Congress and Consumer Electronics Show suggest the future is bright for phones and tablets that are both stylish and waterproof -- or at least water-resistant. Best and buzzworthy at CES 'Phablets': A big trend in Barcelona The future of mobile devices? PayPal's mobile bet Sony's Xperia Tablet Z was a hot item at last week's Mobile World Congress because of its sleek design and functionality, with the ability to withstand…
As the possibility of an emergency financial manager looms over the city, Detroiters have taken to social media to suggest potential candidates.Lately, the Twitter world has been a buzz with residents throwing out the names of individuals they only wish would be sent to take over the local government. Some of the requests have been unexpected, while others spur possible conspiracy theories. Perhaps the most standout suggestion is former President Bill Clinton. Many would love to see the powerhouse politician pay a trip to the Mitten State to help its largest city resolve its biggest challenges. Clinton may be known in infamy for narrowly escaping prison time, yet that doesn't stop residents from making him one of their top fantasy prospects. Others have even joked that the Pope's resignation is a sign that Governor Snyder might have summoned the Vatican leader to another calling. As Detroiters and the world alike watch the clock with anticipatication, social media users will undoubtedly continue to give suggestions for candidates they only hope would assume the role. Friday at noon might still be too far away for some who early anticipate Governor Snyder's possible announcement. Until then, the ideas will continue to roll in…
Is Detroit Tigers' player Miguel Cabrera looking to start a singing career? Not exactly. But, a new video has gone viral that features Cabrera parodying one of pop superstar Rihanna's biggest songs. "Get Back to the Diamond" is a collection of funny shots that show the player lip-syncing with highlights of him playing in the background. Cabrera goes on a whimsical adventure that is sure to make you laugh as he catches a wave and snorkels. Teammate Adam Jones also makes an appearance. Giving nods to other MLB teams like the Mets and Rays, Cabrera ends the video with a smile and simple statement. "It's time to go to work." Check out the video and let us know whether or not you think the sports star should keep his day job. Follow Britney Spear on Twitter @MissBritneySp
Friday, 22 February 2013 17:15

Google Unveils Touchscreen Laptop

(CNN) -- Google unveiled a groundbreaking new Chromebook laptop Thursday — one with touchscreen capability, powerful chipset and an extremely high-resolution display. The Chromebook Pixel, available for order on the Google Play store and shipping in April, features a 12.85-inch touch-sensitive Gorilla Glass screen. The resolution is 4.3 million pixels, which works out to 239 pixels per inch. (The average Windows laptop has about half that; technically, it also beats the Macbook Retina.) The Pixel will come in two versions, both boasting an Intel Core i5 processor. The basic model is Wi-Fi only; a more expensive model has the ability to connect to Verizon's superfast LTE network. Google claims a battery life of five hours on the device, which has QuickOffice built into the browser and an SD card slot for automatic photo uploads to Google+. Those features can also be used offline (uploads queued for later, of course). The price, however, is relatively steep: $1,299 for the Wi-Fi only version, $1,449 for the LTE model. Google was careful to emphasize that the Pixel isn't for everyone. "This is for power users who live in the cloud," Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai repeatedly told a select group of…
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