Unlike streaming video, which is a hot trend in online dating sites, users are limited to standard telephone communication like voice calls, SMS, and voice mail. Both sites are using a version of JaJah that's focused specifically on privacy permissions. Users can't just call someone without the person on the other authorizing it first. The same goes for both voice and text messages. Also, neither party gets … Read more
MB Astrology Kundali Match provides users with an opportunity to learn about their compatibility with a mate and more. This program's slightly confusing layout is overshadowed by its impressively in-depth results.
The program's interface asks for some strange information about your birth, but is easy to navigate and fill out. In addition, reading the results also requires some understanding of Vedic astrology, but is mostly easy to interpret and very intuitive to use thanks to organizational tabs. A Help file is available, though it only defines the program's functions and not the terminology of astrology. Determining our … Read more
We recently became aware of two iPhone applications striving to improve your dating and romantic experiences. The popular online dating service Match.com created one, and the other is offered by iDear Applications Combined, the two have the potential to make your love life a bit more...interesting.
Match.comMatch.com's native iPhone application brings mobile dating to the site's over 15 million members. The app, Match.com ( iTunes link), is free and lets users edit their profile, upload photos, and even use an opt-in location-based feature to find singles in their area.
The location-based feature might … Read more
Update: March 19, 2009, 1:00 PDT: Best Buy's replies to our follow-up questions have been added since this article was originally published.
Responding to a March 17 Crave article, which pointed to an article on HDGuru.com describing how Best Buy employees refused to honor the store's own price matching policy, the electronics retailer has supplied a written statement.
According to the statement, "The price match in question was over $700 difference from our pricing at the store; while our pricing may vary from our competition, such huge fluctuations in price are rare and rightfully set off red flags to our employees." The statement encourages dissatisfied shoppers to contact customer service.
We asked the Best Buy representative who sent us the statement whether the policy had a price limit, and he said that it did not.
Since March 17, we have received further information from readers regarding this issue. For example, a February article at StoreFrontTalkBack.com describes a class-action lawsuit filed in 2008 where former Best Buy employees alleged the company's management actively discouraged honoring the policy. According to the deposition of one former employee:
"Best Buy had a corporate undisclosed policy of discouraging and denying customers the benefits of its price match guarantee. Management mandated that all price match requests that resulted in a product being sold at less than 5 percent above cost would be denied. Best Buy provided a financial incentive for denying proper price match requests."
Update March 19: Best Buy has responded with a statement, and we have posted an update.
The report goes on to provide advice to customers interested in obtaining a price match themselves. Here's the meat of the HDGuru's exchange:
When asked to match the price, salesmen at all three stores said, "no," giving the same excuse: "The advertised Panasonic was on sale for three days, and Best … Read more
Wilson's back on the show to prove that two Chinese men are always better than one. He brings back news of the Kindle 2, which leads us to a discussion about the books of Scholastic yore- like Goosebumps, Choose Your Own Adventure, Flowers in the Attic, Bunnicula, and the Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Okay, I might be the only one who read that last one. We quickly move on to less awkward topics, like FarmersOnly.com--an online dating site catered to farmers looking for love...from other farmers, get your mind out of the gutter. … Read more
Forget your laptop stand and hideously mismatched secondary display, because Samsung's Lapfit series offers external LCD monitors that will match your laptop beautifully. The Lapfit External Display, which coordinates with the design of Samsung's latest laptops and comes in 19- and 22-inch versions, connects to your notebook, considerably enlarging your workable display area.
The pair of low-profile, wide-screen monitors, the LD190G (19-inch) and LD220G (22-inch), sit at the height of your typical laptop and have adjustable tilt angles from 10-30 degrees. Both monitors offer 1,360x768 pixel resolution (16:9 aspect ratio), 4ms response time, and a 20,… Read more
Yahoo has thrown in the towel in Europe for Content Match, an advertising partnership program that let people put Yahoo-selected ads on their Web sites.
"Yahoo Europe is closing Content Match as we do not wish to invest further resources in developing this product," Yahoo said in a statement Wednesday. "We have other products which, in the current climate, are attracting a growing proportion of advertiser spend and we would like to focus our efforts on these. These include Sponsored Search and Display, including Direct Response solutions."
Content Match competes directly with Google's AdSense program. … Read more
The MySpace suicide case concluded last week, with the jury finding Lori Drew guilty of three misdemeanor counts of gaining unauthorized access to the popular social-networking site.
While most of the press attention has been focused on the specifics of the case, the more important issue is the potential impact this could have on the Internet in general.
Web site terms of service, which end users universally ignore, suddenly have teeth: violating them is a federal hacking offense, punishable with jail time. The days of being able to freely lie on the Web could be coming to an end. This … Read more