Hewlett-Packard's latest ploy to get consumers looking its way: Take over a Walmart.com product page with a home shopping network-like live video presentation of its Chromebook 14.
But HP is going beyond pale imitation; hosting the live-streaming demo is company pitch-woman Christine Kane, the prototypical home shopping network-style host with an equal mix of bubbly enthusiasm and keen product knowledge, and who happens to be a regular guest on QVC. She'll be touting the Chromebook 14 to anyone who happens on Walmart's site on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Mix alcohol and a smartphone, and at some point in the evening, there will probably be drunk-tweeting. But what if Twitter's blue bird mascot and his buddies had a cocktail party of their own? That's what San Francisco graphic artist Josh Ellingson pondered when he started his whimsical "Drunk Tweets" series of paintings.
"I've drawn characters drinking before, but I wanted to make the birds full-on inebriated," Ellingson told Crave. "A lot of my friends are pretty inspirational when they've had a few and I'd make mental notes while toasting to their health. Watching TV while cranking out paintings really helps keep me glued to the drawing table. I watched the Ken Burns' 'Prohibition' series while painting drunk birds. And yes, I've been watching back-to-back episodes of 'Cheers' on Netflix." … Read more
Internet industry and standards groups have been working since 2004 to get e-mail providers to use authentication to put a halt to e-mail address impersonation. The challenge was both in creating the standards that the e-mail's sending and receiving domains would use, and getting domains to use them.
Elie Bursztein, Google's anti-abuse research lead, and Vijay Eranti, Gmail's anti-abuse technical lead, wrote that these standards -- called DomainKey Identified Email (… Read more
Android-based Google TV has struggled to find its footing, but the planned reboot of Google's Web-enabled television box next year could come with a familiar name.
The set-top box could be called Nexus TV, tying the Google TV redo to the company's successful line of flagship Android phones and tablets, according to a report Friday in The Information (subscription required).
The report also says that Google will be re-launching Nexus TV sometime in the first half of 2014, which follows Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai's statement to CNET that there would be a Google TV announcement … Read more
Twitter makes less than 10 percent of its revenue from the advertising product known as Promoted Trends, the company wrote in a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of its public offering.
Promoted Trends sit atop the list of Twitter's trending topics and are offered to advertisers on a geographic basis. The social network for 140-character exchanges charges a flat fee to run the sponsored trends for an entire day.
In the lead-up to the IPO, the SEC, curious about the revenue earned from the fixed-fee product, instructed Twitter to disclose more about it if it was … Read more
When most people lose a dog, they put up posters, call the local animal shelters, and perhaps post an ad on Craigslist. Reddit contributor p1percub turned to the massive online community earlier this week and posted to the Houston subreddit with a plea for help.
Jack the pit/lab mix got away from p1percub, ran into the street, was hit by a truck, and took off at a pace the redditor couldn't keep up with. She posted an Imgur photo that generated nearly 40,000 views. Local redditors got busy sharing the image around, creating a digital dragnet for the lost pooch.… Read more
"Estonia teaches it from third grade and up. Vietnam teaches it from third grade and up," said Hadi Partovi, Code.org's founder. "America is the leader in software and technology, and we are … Read more
A British teen recently dropped $735 on what he thought was an Xbox One Day One special edition on eBay. Unfortunately, he chose to ignore the item description specifying the auction was for a photo of the console, not the actual console. He was upset when the photo, and not a console, arrived in the mail.
That teen will be getting his money back thanks to eBay stepping in and calling the auction misleading. What the seller did was scammy, though plenty of people have called the teen out for not heeding the warning signs and plunking down his money … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- For months, Twitter has been fending off criticism that its board was an all-male club. But the company's choice of Marjorie Scardino as a new board member had as much to do with her ability to fill other gaps as her gender.
"We have a number of gaps on the board," Costolo said. "The board [was] all men...The board is also all US executives, and all these things. So we were absolutely looking for a person who filled … Read more