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.
November 8, 2013 |
If you're having trouble loading up profile and other pages on Facebook on Friday morning, you aren't alone. A glitch appears to have affected several users of the world's most popular social network by leaving them unable to see their profile pages, their friends' or the pages of others whom they follow. [Update 10:03 a.m., Nov. 8: Facebook said this glitch has now been resolved. "Earlier today, we experienced an issue that prevented some people from loading Timeline or Pages content for a brief period of time," the company said in a statement.
November 14, 2013 |
Before being removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play, an app called InstLike duped Instagram users into sharing their login information with the app in order to gain 'likes' and followers, a report said. The app asked users to share their Instagram username and password, all the while reassuring users that it would not misuse the information. But once users shared the information, InstLike turned accounts into digital zombies that would follow other InstLike users who had paid to gain followers and 'likes' for their photos.
January 19, 2012 |
The push-back against rampant consumer culture has some new, mechanical muscle: the Swap-O-Matic vending machine, which distributes recycled goods among its users free of cost. Designed by Lina Fenequito -- a Parsons School of Design graduate -- and detailed over at FastCompany , the machine operates using items donated by some users and then snapped up by others. Donors' accounts are given "credits" every time they add to the machine's inventory; they can then "spend" the credits on others' castoffs.
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.