Amazon seems to be taking some cues from the social network Pinterest. The e-commerce giant launched a feature on Thursday dubbed Amazon Collections, which lets users categorize shopping wish lists into different categories.
While Collections has more of a lean toward shopping, it has the look and feel of Pinterest. Like Pinterest, which lets users "pin" and categorize images of items they've found across Web, Collections lets people follow other users and add images to various lists.
"Collections are a way to gather and share things you like, want, or recommend," the site reads. "… Read more
Will Google Glass soon flood the world with documentary filmmakers? That's one possibility the company is encouraging through a partnership with film and design schools dubbed the "Glass Creative Collective."
Announced this week via Google+, the program works to get Google Glass into the hands and onto the heads of film students so they can "start exploring how Glass can be used in production, documentary filmmaking, character development and things we haven't yet considered."
So far, five schools -- The American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, UCLA … Read more
These days, big-budget blockbuster movies are usually accompanied by story-driven mobile games. They usually tie in with the movie plot in many ways, and sometimes they put you in the shoes of the main character. The idea behind these types of games is great, but more often than not, they are completely disappointing.
With that in mind, I found four that are actually not so bad. Sure they're not perfect or even great, for that matter. But they do have specific qualities that make them enjoyable, especially for big fans of the movies.
The U.K.'s top privacy watchdog has decided that Google won't be hit with any fines over its collection of Street View data.
The Information Commissioner Office (ICO) announced on Friday that it has placed a "legal requirement" on Google, forcing the company to delete any data it still has on hand related to its Street View snooping. The company had offered to delete data back in 2010. But Google kept some data on hand, leading the ICO to reopen its investigation in April 2012.
"Google has...confirmed that it still has in its possession … Read more
Google has three months to clean up its privacy act in France or else.
On Thursday, French regulator CNIL (Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertes) charged that Google's policies for collecting user data continue to violate French law. If the company doesn't modify those policies within the next three months, it would be fined 150,000 euros (almost $198,000). A second fine of 300,000 euros (almost $396,000) would follow if Google still fails to comply, Reuters reported.
Specifically, Google has been ordered to implement the following changes, as outlined by the CNIL:Define … Read more
Verizon and T-Mobile USA have been a tad bit of a headache for the National Security Agency when it wants to collect data, according to a new report.
Because both Verizon and T-Mobile USA have owners that are based outside of the U.S., the U.S. government is not allowed to collect data directly from the carriers, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the collection.
But before you get too excited, be aware that this doesn't really mean much. According to the sources, while the NSA is not able … Read more
In a twist on recent revelations about classified U.S. intelligence gathering, thousands of companies are reportedly supplying national security agencies with sensitive information in exchange for classified intelligence.
U.S. Internet and telecommunications companies are providing government agencies with information such as vulnerabilities and equipment specifications rather than customers' private communications, sources tell Bloomberg.
Software makers, Internet security providers, and telecommunications providers, among others, have agreements with the National Security Agency, as well as the CIA, FBI, and U.S. military to provide information that could be used not only to defend the nation's infrastructure but to infiltrate … Read more
With its sleek interface and convenient features, Xee for Mac delivers a worthy alternative to Preview or any other Mac OS X image browser.
At around 3.8MB, this app downloads within a minute. Xee for Mac features a neat and clean, typical interface for image browsers. All options are easily located within a well-organized menu. Previous and Next buttons are on the left upper side as well as options for zooming. Options for automatic orientation and rotation are positioned on the upper-right side. In the Preferences menu the user can view and set up keyboard shortcuts for many options … Read more
Verizon Wireless already sells its customers' mobile data to marketers. Now European enterprise-software giant SAP is taking things a step further by testing a service that will sell data collected by a number of wireless providers.
SAP announced its Consumer Insight 365 mobile service this week at the CTIA 2013 wireless show in Las Vegas. The service will, the company said in a release, pull data from SAP's "extensive partner network" including "over 990 mobile operators;" aggregate and analyze it "without drilling down into user-specific information;" and make results available to subscribers through … Read more