The biggest challenge to making Google+ a viable competitor to Facebook is that people must reproduce their social graph--their collection of connections--at the new service. But a Chrome extension makes that process a lot easier by automating the extraction of contact information that your Facebook contacts have shared.
Some people are simply obsessed with monitoring every part of their lives. I don't know if it's sheer ego or sheer paranoia.
But when trackers like Fitbit come along, they tap into this need like Justin Bieber taps into the need for little girls to have boyfriends with hair like theirs.
Fitbit is a fitness tracker that enables people to log all of their moods and calorie intakes and usages. However, it seems to have one characteristic that will be entertaining for some and perplexing for others: it seems to let the world know, among other things, when … Read more
What do you do to dethrone the iPad?
Well, you could simply make a device that is so obviously better that people stream to your doors like raccoons to the garbage.
Just in case that doesn't convince everyone, reach for one more resort: make them laugh.
How's this for irony:
It was less than a year and a half ago that Owen Van Natta was ousted from his job as CEO of MySpace.
But last week--just as the failed social-networking site sold for a paltry $35 million--Van Natta could have bought it himself for a fraction of his stake in Zynga, the social-gaming phenom that just filed for its IPO and where he's a top exec and shareholder.
As the San Francisco-based Zynga's chief business officer, he was listed second after CEO and founder Mark Pincus on its S-1 on the list … Read more
For those who live for seeing someone rise from obscurity to reach the heights of temporary fame, seeing "American Idol" once a year just isn't enough.
In any case, it's only on two nights a week. What are you supposed to do with the other five? Pray that Simon Cowell's new show "The X Factor" will somehow be entertaining?
It seems that Justin Timberlake, he who is one of the new purchasers of MySpace, is at one with human feelings.
When you give techies a new plaything, it is always instructive to stand by, watch, and measure the degree of their fulmination.
This week's launch of Google+, the search conglomerate's vast, effortful attempt to finally show its human side, has managed to engender huge feelings--some of glistening hope, some of disdainful despair.
Everyone wants to predict the success or failure of this new, new social thing. However, when it comes to the potential success or failure of a gadget, the last people to ask are techies.
Techies are just too immersed in that world. "What trees? What … Read more
Google+ is being tweaked to move it in an even more privacy-sensitive direction.
Google said today that it was completely eliminating the ability to share certain semiprivate posts more widely. That option was previously available as an option for users.
At the moment, if I created a post and specified that it could be viewed only by family members, they would nevertheless have the option to share it publicly--the Google+ equivalent of forwarding e-mail--unless I remembered to select the "Disable reshare" option.
Hulu acknowledged this afternoon that an attempt to integrate itself with Facebook didn't go exactly as planned.
Far from aiding the "entire social experience," which the video streaming service had promised in its announcement earlier in the day, the attempted integration allowed some Hulu users to access other users' accounts.
In a followup blog post this afternoon, Hulu Vice President Richard Tom said the security breach was the result of a programming error, not malicious activity, and did not expose passwords or credit card numbers.
"When we launched our Facebook Connect feature early this morning, we … Read more
Thirty years ago, Andy Hertzfeld was a young computer engineer working at Apple Computer on the first Macintosh under the leadership of Steve Jobs. As Jobs had repeatedly promised the small team, their creation would change the world, and he was right.
Today, Hertzfeld's passion for technology and his experiences at Apple have been baked into a new product that Google unveiled to the public this week. Called Google+, it's a suite of features for helping people communicate across the Web with friends, family, and co-workers. If that sounds like Facebook, it should. Google+ is openly described as … Read more
Just like any organization with charity at its core, WikiLeaks needs money to operate.
And, as exclusively revealed by CNET, MasterCard was at the forefront of making donations a little more cumbersome by withdrawing its own very useful service to that cause.
So what could WikiLeaks do but make an ad that encourages the charitable to find other ways to donate? Oh, and as a touching tweak to the nose of the official financial industry, WikiLeaks decided to use MasterCard's famous "Priceless" campaign as its inspiration.