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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 15:55

Best Apps for iPad Mini

You got a new iPad Mini for your religious holiday of choice! Congratulations! Take it out of the box, give it a good sniff and then power it on: We've got some apps to download. Below, we've got 13 of our absolute favorite apps for iPad and iPad Mini: The essentials, the best of the best. These aren't the only apps you need for your new Apple tablet, but they are certainly a good start. Let's get downloading. Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/26/ipad-mini-apps-best-download_n_2348524.html
Monday, 24 December 2012 17:26

Samsung Tops 2012 Mobile Phone Brand

Nokia had a good run for 14 years as the top mobile phone brand. With its recent troubles in the smartphone market and with Samsungs' successes, it has lost this spot to Samsung. Samsung has increased its orders from 24% in 2011 to 29% in 2012. Conversely, Nokia will see its share drop from 30% in 2011 to just 24% this year. Apple's share rose from 7% in 2011 to 10% in 2012. These figures include low end phones as well as smartphones. Senior Analyst for wireless communications at IHS said:The competitive reality of the cellphone market in 2012 was 'live by the smartphone; die by the smartphoneSmartphones represent the fastest-growing segment of the cellphone market—and will account for nearly half of all wireless handset shipments for all of 2012. Samsung's successes and Nokia's struggles in the cellphone market this year were determined entirely by the two companies' divergent fortunes in the smartphone sector. Whilst Samsung has a clear advantage over Apple in total mobile phone sales inclusive of low end, how does Samsung hold up in the Smartphone Market? Well, as you can imagine 2011 saw a very close race between Apple and Samsung with Samsung having 20% share…
Friday, 21 December 2012 16:26

Top Celebrity Tech Deals of 2012

Remember when celebrity perfumes and clothing lines were all the rage? Well, things have most certainly changed. Now instead of hocking brands like RocaWear and FUBU, many tech-savvy celebs are sporting everything from headphone companies to mobile apps. From Dr. Dre to Will.i.am, to LL Cool J, celebrity tech deals seemed to be the norm in 2012 as companies compete for an increasingly tech-centric audience. – Winston Ford CLICK HERE to read more http://www.blackenterprise.com/technology/top-celebrity-tech-deals-of-2012/
Thursday, 20 December 2012 08:24

Instagram Alternatives?

Popular photo app Instagram had many thinking that the new Terms of Service meant the platform had the right to sell our images to advertisers starting Jan 16. The platform changes caused numerous people to quit Instagram altogether. But not so fast, co-founder Kevin Systrom released a statement clarifying things. However, if you're still questioning the credibility of the Facebook-owned social networking service, Mashable outlines 5 free alternatives you should try: http://www.blackenterprise.com/technology/5-free-photo-sharing-apps/
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:29

Computers Will Have 'Five Senses'

IBM released its annual "5 in 5" report on Monday, highlighting what's next in computer technology. The new report from IBM claims that by 2018 computers will have the power to hear, smell, taste, see and touch. Computers will come equipped with advanced technology that IBM says will not only revolutionize the tech industry, but also the healthcare, retail and agriculture industries. The pioneer in information technology plans to create applications that allow for faster, easier detection and differentiation of healthy and diseased tissues in hospitals; identification and interpretation of images without tags, recognizing their textures and colors, as well as "a way to compute 'perfect' meals using an algorithmic recipe of favorite flavors and optimal nutrition." Researchers at IBM are also planning to allow smartphone displays to mimic the feel of fabrics to assist retailers when they're perusing through boutiques and shopping malls. And the next time you're flipping through a catalog, you can actually get an idea what that cashmere sweater feels like. In the future, computers will rely less on human programming and instead will begin thinking more like humans. This may sound a bit eerie but "in the era of cognitive systems, humans and machines will…
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:58

Instagram Owns Your Photos?

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Instagram users around the world seemed to issue a collective gasp when news broke that the social media giant is changing its intellectual property policy January 16 — and from then on can sell any photo taken with its app "without payment or notification." That means photos of your friends and family, that wacky weekend, even your honeymoon — could be used online, in magazine ads, even on billboards, without your permission. Is that OK? WWJ legal analyst and Talk Radio 1270 host Charlie Langton says it should be. "The Internet is the new public highway," said Langton, a lawyer. "This is a tech highway, you should have no expectation of privacy when you use Facebook." Langton said anyone can snap your photo when you're walking down the street and use it in any way they want, and users of Instagram are no different. Facebook bought photo app Instagram for $741 million this summer, and linked it with Facebook so users can immediately upload any photo to their Facebook page. More than 5 billion photos have been shared by people using Instagram; Facebook has nearly 1 billion members. And nearly 300 million images are reportedly uploaded to…
Monday, 17 December 2012 17:26

When Your Email Is Down

On Monday, 2% of Gmail users, including yours truly, experienced connectivity issues with Google's email service for an agonizing 18 minutes. According to Google's dashboard, "On Monday, 10 December 2012, we experienced an issue with Gmail and some users experienced slow performance or errors. For everyone who was affected, we apologize – we know you count on Google to work for you, and we worked hard to restore normal operation for you. Although our engineering team is still fully engaged on investigation, we are confident we have established the root cause of the event and corrected it." E-mail service failures are common, regardless of whether it's your office server or a webmail provider like Google, Hotmail or Yahoo. When this occurs, what is your plan B? Here are four tactics to keep your business running smoothly during the downtime: Pick up the phone While this form of communication may seem archaic for some, you can't go wrong with this form of communication when the system goes down. If you are waiting on something important, call the other person and let them know you are having e-mail connectivity issues. Be ready to provide that individual with an alternate method to send…
Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:49

911 text messaging service coming in 2014

(CNN) -- Most 911 centers can't receive text messages. But that doesn't always stop people from texting the familiar number in an emergency, not knowing their pleas for help won't be seen. A new initiative announced Friday will finally bring the 20-year-old SMS texting technology to emergency centers across the country in the coming years. The top four wireless carriers in the U.S. have agreed to speed up their efforts to support text-to-911 capabilities, making it available by May 15, 2014, according to a statement from the Federal Communications Commission released Friday. "Access to 911 must catch up with how consumers communicate in the 21st century -- and today, we are one step closer towards that vital goal" said FCC chairman Julius Genachowsk. Once the carriers are set up, local emergency response centers will still need the proper equipment, software and training, so the feature won't be available instantly. However, eventually the carriers and FCC hope to provide 90% of the population with text-to-911 features. The service will not support third-party texting apps or roaming users. In the meantime, the carriers will implement a much-needed alert message warning anyone who sends a text to 911 that their message was not…
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:14

Instagram Escalates Feud With Twitter

Welcome to the Photo Wars. Instagram on Wednesday disabled the ability for Twitter to properly display Instagram photos on its Web site and in its applications. The move escalates tensions between the two companies, which were once friends in the battle against Facebook but have now become direct competitors. In a status update on Twitter's Web site, the company said Instagram had disabled its integration with Twitter cards, which are used to display images and content within Twitter messages. "Users are experiencing issues with viewing Instagram photos on Twitter," the post said. "This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration, and as a result, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience." Read more: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/twitter-loses-ability-to-properly-display-instagram-photos/?smid=tw-nytimesbits&seid=auto
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 15:30

An 'Instagram for Words'?

(The Root) -- We've all shared them on Facebook: images of those inspiring quotes or those funny status updates. The interesting fonts and cool colors instantly attract your attention, and they tend to get a lot of "Likes," too. Now there's a new app that can turn your status updates into works of art. Whims is a free app for iOS that has been described as "Instagram for words." Developer Alex Khorram explained his motivation for creating Whims in the context of the evolution of social media. "Now that everyone is at the social media party, how do you get noticed? Whims puts you at the party in a better outfit." Using Whims is simple. Once you enter your Whim, which doesn't have a character limit, you can let your creative juices flow. There are 30 stylesheets to choose from that act as color and font templates for your Whim. For example, typefaces named after the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carrie Bradshaw, Willy Wonka and Barack Obama resemble the graphics and/or logo used by each brand or are thematic representations of those figures. You can adjust the font size, line height, justification and color scheme to your preference. Add a comment or…
Monday, 10 December 2012 15:30

Tips LinkedIn Can Help You

LinkedIn is, by far, the most active and successful social media hunting ground for talent utilized by businesses of all sizes. Moreover, third-party recruiters see LinkedIn as an indispensable tool, as their worth and ability to make placements for their corporate clients is largely dependent on both the size and quality of their networks. So too, LinkedIn has become an indispensable hunting ground for nearly every job hunter. There is no one "right" way to use LinkedIn, and you're bound only by your imagination. Here are three purposes you should seek to achieve, and some tips about how to accomplish each one: 1. Use LinkedIn to be found. Being found by a recruiter can give you a big advantage over other applicants. The only way you can be recruited, however, is if a recruiter or sourcing specialist can find you. Here's how to make sure they do: Make certain your profile is 100 percent complete. Make sure your branding statement is up at the top of your summary. Include a great photo of your smiling face, and fill in all the profile sections. Don't just dump into your profile a whole block of text listing your skills. Explain your skills,…
Friday, 07 December 2012 16:22

T-mobile To Get Iphone

T-Mobile customers, the wait is over: Your cell phone carrier is finally getting the iPhone. The fourth-largest mobile carrier in America is partnering with Apple after going over half a decade without America's most popular smartphone, the company announced Thursday morning. In its financial statement for the fourth quarter of 2012, T-Mo parent company Deutsche Telekom revealed that T-Mobile USA "has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013," meaning that the largest carrier in the United States that didn't offer the iPhone has now filled its most glaring product hole. (A brief caveat: You'll notice that T-Mobile doesn't actually identify which Apple products they'll be carrying. Most are assuming, however, that this announcement means an iPhone and iPad are indeed coming to T-Mobile. We've reached out to both Apple and T-Mobile for confirmation). UPDATE: T-Mobile is still playing coy about which Apple devices it will carry. "Additional details will be made available at a later date," a T-Mobile spokesperson said in an email in response to a question about whether the iPhone was one of the devices coming to the network. T-Mobile customers had watched for years as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and smaller…
Thursday, 06 December 2012 16:54

A DVR That Watches YOU?

Watching television tends to be a private affair between you and those on the couch in your living room, but Verizon is looking to change that by creating a DVR that watches you and listens to your conversations. Fierce Cable was first to report on a patent application filed by Verizon that indicates the company is interested in gleaning more information about its viewers for the purpose of delivering more targeted advertisements. So what might this spy-like technology look like? Well, as Fierce Cable points out, a couple who is arguing might see an ad for couples therapy on their television or their mobile phone, while a pair who is cuddling could receive an ad for a weekend getaway. The patent application, which was filed in May of 2011, states that the technology is intended to detect "ambient actions" of its users, including eating, laughing, talking, singing, humming, cleaning, and playing a musical instrument. The application also outlines plenty of other things viewers may do with others, including fighting, playing a game, and yes, cuddling. As Slate notes, the device would also be able to detect things like skin color and accents, as well as the inanimate objects people surround…
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 16:47

Safe Holiday Shopping Online

One of the biggest obstacles to online shopping is the fear of fraud or a security scam. Although longtime Internet users may already know how to protect themselves, we're seeing a lot of new people shopping online this year as Internet use become ubiquitous. And most of us are new to shopping from mobile devices. They too have security risks. While security is an issue, it's important not to overblow the fear. If you shop in physical stores you run the risk of getting into an accident on the way, having your car dinged in the parking lot or having your pocket or purse picked. There is even a risk of in-store credit card fraud, where a clerk copies down all your information. These risks are low, but so are the risks of online shopping. Most of us don't encounter fraud, identity theft or merchandise that never shows up. The most important thing you can do is to be sure you're dealing with a reputable site. Even if it looks like a merchant you know, take a careful look at the site's web address (URL). If it's Sears, for example, make sure it's really Sears.com and not something like Sears.somethingelse.com.…