Mobile users in North America are hanging up and using email, text or social networking at a rapid pace, according to a survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Postpaid subscribers, who pay a regular bill for mobile service at the end of each month, spent an average of 673 minutes per month talking on the phone in the year as of June 30, 2012. That was down from 714 minutes per month a year earlier, while those same subscribers' monthly data use grew from 548MB to 694MB, according to a PwC survey of North American mobile operators released on Friday. Read more...
In the 1995 sci-fi thriller Virtuosity, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, the virtual bad guy from a supercomputer crime simulator (played by Crowe), managed to escape the world of software and make it into the real world as a nano-tech self-generating Android. That's a far-fetched premise, but Virtuosity was a great movie anyway.
In any event, the code sometimes does become real, at least in the world of social networking. As norms and conventions from sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram become popularized online, entrepreneurs and artists are finding ways to bring them to life.
A company called Egobook will download the content from your Facebook profile and print a hardcover book called a Likebook.
The book is printed in the colors and broad look-and-feel of Facebook and includes your photos, status updates, comments, albums and more. It's just like your Facebook profile, but made out of dead trees. Read more...
With TV screens and social networking in mind, the music video site VEVO has launched a significant redesign.
The new VEVO features a bigger player, continuous playback of videos and personalized playlists synced with user iTunes libraries and Facebook pages.
VEVO, which is co-owned by Sony Music and Universal Music, debuted the new design Friday. Read more...
Facebook copycat Renren has announced it will make the first social networking app for Microsoft's Windows 8 app store.
The Chinese site said that high-def app Renren HD will feature full integration with the new tablet-friendly platform, allowing citizens to share web pages, pictures, videos and other stuff via the social network in a single click.
"We are very proud to be selected as the first social networking service partner for Microsoft's new Windows store," said Joseph Chen, CEO of Renren, in a canned statement.
"Renren shares the vision of Windows 8 in its aspiration to revolutionise how content is delivered and shared between the next generation of digital devices. Renren HD was designed with the same philosophy." Read more...
"We're excited to confirm that Gowalla co-founders Josh Williams and Scott Raymond, along with other members of the Gowalla team, are moving to Facebook in January to join our design and engineering teams," Facebook said in a statement. "In talking with the Gowalla team, we realised that we share many of the same goals: building great products that reach millions of people, making a big impact quickly, and creating new ways for people to connect and share what's going on in their lives. While Facebook isn't acquiring the Gowalla service or technology, we're sure that the inspiration behind Gowalla will make its way into Facebook over time." Read more...
One hundred billion dollars. That's the eye-popping amount at which Facebook's swoon-worthy 2012 IPO could value the social media giant, according to The Wall Street Journal. Here, a brief guide to the figures and the forecasts:
Net worth gained by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg if the IPO values his company at $100 billion Read more...
Analysis Warren Buffett, the world's most famous investor, may have diluted his usual hostility to hi-tech stocks by betting more than $10 billion in IBM, but he remains averse to social networking companies (as well as to Apple) because he thinks it is "extremely difficult" to determine their value and understand their future plan.
Few share his cynicism about the social boom, especially as it gains new momentum in combination with mobile devices and location awareness.
Major web firms' interest in social location has led to a bonanza for start-ups in this area, the latest being Katango, which Google acquired this month. And Microsoft is reported to be the latest to take on Facebook, with leaked plans that it is preparing to launch its own social network.
This is no mean feat, as Google knows, although it does now claim 40 million users for its third attempt, Google+. But Microsoft knows its future power will rest in web and cloud services spanning all kinds of devices, not in tight control of a single client operating system as in the past, so it will need to expand its Bing search engine into a full web platform – a goal also targeted by Facebook. Read more...
The recent iOS 5 announcement highlighted several interesting additions to Apple's app-focused operating system, such as the new Siri voice command interface, which will be available only on the iPhone 4S. In contrast, Microsoft's new Mango version of Windows Phone 7 (which is actually version 7.5) helps fulfill that platform's promise of helping people focus on the tasks they want to accomplish and the information they want to receive, rather than the apps they run -- especially when it comes to social networking and communications.
I had a chance to try Mango out using a Samsung Focus. My conclusion? Windows Phone 7 now feels like a complete, polished operating system rather than a work in progress.
Changes to social networking and contacts
Microsoft has clearly targeted social networking and contacts with Mango. For a start, it fixes the most glaring issue with earlier versions of Phone 7 -- incomplete support of social networking and difficulty with multitasking -- and now supports Twitter and LinkedIn.Social networking is now woven through the entire Windows Phone 7 experience. You don't need to consciously launch a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn app in order to gain the benefits of social networking, because their capabilities are integrated directly into the way you use the phone. Read more...
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday he is considering a ban on social networking to help curb the riots that have rocked the country.
Speaking to the nation's House of Commons, Cameron said he is working with Scotland Yard and U.K. intelligence agencies to put an end to the rioting and looting that has shaken London and other British cities. And one tactic under consideration is to try to prevent rioters from using social media , which has reportedly been used to coordinate criminal activity.
"Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill," Cameron said Thursday. "And when people are using social media for violence, we need to stop them." Read more...
Al-Qaeda has explicitly called for a "cyber jihad", the Government has warned.
The UK's updated report on counter-terrorism strategy said the use of social networks and video sharing websites among terrorist groups was now "commonplace".
The report, published by the Home Office, also cited the use of Twitter by terrorist groups to share extremist content quickly and widely: "Twitter will be used to repost media or forum articles enabling extremist content to be shared more quickly, widely and amongst people who would not normally search for extremist content." Read more...
Well, you 're not alone. And some people are looking to make a little cash on people's desire to get in to some Google+ circles.
Entrance into Google's Facebook competitor, is free, but limited to a very small number of people. And it's that limit that seems to have inspired people to find their way onto the site, which Google has said is still in a field test stage. Read more...
The next time you are prompted to enter your facebook or twitter password after clicking on some nice ad, make sure the location bar of the browser says 'facebook.com' or 'twitter.com.'
Gone are the days of alluring emails asking you to part with your bank account details to claim your million dollar prize, cyber criminals now prefer to 'hang out' at your favorite social networking site.
According to the Security Intelligence Report -- a quarterly security-related update from the World's biggest software firm Microsoft -- social networks accounted for 84.5 percent of all attempts to steal personal data from users in December 2010. Read more...
Borrowing a page from Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., a growing number of technology giants and software start-ups are trying to make business applications more "social," as business-software vendors and customers look to take advantage of people's growing interest in social networking.
But corporate technology buyers said tapping such software poses some challenges, such as justifying the costs of the software and ensuring that corporate information remains secure. Read more...
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