June 27, 2013 |
If you go to a gym to work out, you know the sinking feeling when you arrive only to find that it seems everyone who has a membership has decided to muscle up at the same time. But now there's an app for figuring out the times when the gym is going to be mega-crowded. GymFlow this week launched an early tester program for its Apple and Android app, which promises to give users a real-time measure of how crowded local gyms are. A group of USC students created the app last fall and tested it out at the school's Lyon Recreation Center.
June 15, 2012 |
What does your email address say about your energy consumption? According to energy efficiency software company Opower, it could say a lot . The company's resident number crunchers say that Yahoo! Mail users spend about $110 more a year on energy in their households than Gmail users do. And Opower is quick to point out that the extra kilowatt hours expended by these profligate Yahoo users in a year could power the island of Barbados. Data came from households across the country, and controlled for differences in climate, according to Barry Fischer, a writer and analyst at Opower.
July 10, 2012 |
Social media giant Facebook says it's boosting antivirus offerings to its users. Facebook is directing people to its new malware "checkpoints" if users suspect their computers have been infected with a virus, the company announced Tuesday . Through a self-enrollment system, users can access free antivirus programs from McAfee or Microsoft. Facebook this year created an “ antivirus marketplace ” where users could download trials of security software. The company also developed a system to notify users if their machines had become infected.
December 11, 2012 |
Facebook is opening its Gifts feature to all U.S. users, the social network said Tuesday. Gifts is one of Facebook's big attempts this year at creating additional streams of revenue to complement its advertising sales. The feature capitalizes on the birthday and congratulatory wishes people send one another via Facebook by giving them a quick and simple way to purchase someone a present and have it sent to them. Users can also use the Gifts feature to send an another gift cards or donate to charities and nonprofit groups.
November 12, 2013 |
Google is updating Gmail so that users can quickly preview files attached to emails they receive by using Google Drive. The tech company said it is updating its email service so that when users receive emails with files attached, small thumbnail previews of each file will be visible at the bottom of the email. Users can click on each thumbnail to get a full-size preview of each file. "You're probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your 'Downloads' folder," Google said in a blog post announcing the new feature.
November 25, 2013 |
Good news from everyone's favorite cryptocurrency. If you happen to be among the digital vanguard holding Bitcoins, then you're in line for some exclusive deals on Black Friday. A group of online activists, Bitcoin boosters and retailers have launched a website called Bitcoin Black Friday. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' The site says: "On November 29, Bitcoin takes holiday shopping by storm, with the best deals for Bitcoin users, and easy ways to buy all your presents and give to charity with the new, world-changing digital cash!"