November 22, 2013 |
LG this week confirmed that its Smart TV sets are collecting information on users' viewing habits even when they have not been authorized to do so. The South Korean tech company's Smart TVs include a feature that gathers information on what users are watching and sends it back to LG in order to come up with recommendations for other content that they might like. LG gives users the option of turning the feature off, but LG said it has verified that its TVs continue to collect that information even if users opt out. LG looked into the issue after it was brought to its attention by a tech-savvy user . PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' "LG regrets any concerns these reports may have caused and will continue to strive to meet the expectations of all our customers and the public," the company said in a statement.
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.
December 19, 2013 |
Vine will begin letting users register for custom website URLs, like the ones they can already get on Twitter and Facebook, on Monday. The benefit to custom URLs, which look like "vine.co/salrodriguez," is it lets users direct others toward their profiles with short and easy-to-remember links, rather than links with seemingly random numbers. Users can head to vine.co on Monday to register for their custom, or vanity, URL. To do so, users will log in with the information for their Vine account.
September 7, 2012 |
Facebook sent out a rather strange survey to some of its nearly 1 billion users. The social network advertised a multiple-page survey at the top of select users' News Feeds. But when some people clicked on it, the survey stopped short and was incomplete. "For a brief period of time, an incomplete test survey was visible to a small percentage of users," a Facebook spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times. "This survey has been removed. " There were several pages of questions related to satisfaction regarding users' overall Facebook experience and about some specific features, such as the News Feed. That was followed by questions related to how users get their news, with Facebook mentioning Twitter, CNN and other outlets and mediums.
June 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Looking to shield itself from a growing public backlash over damaging revelations that it turned over user data to the National Security Agency's clandestine Internet surveillance program Prism, Facebook said late Friday it had reached an agreement to divulge some details about the government requests it receives for information about its users. Ted Ullyot, Facebook's general counsel, said the company had urged authorities "to allow more transparency and flexibility around national security-related orders we are required to comply with.
November 26, 2012 |
Following a hoax post that went viral, Facebook has reassured its users that they, not the company, own the copyright to the content they post on the social network. This weekend, a number of users on the site began re-posting the viral status update proclaiming that users, not Facebook, own the copyrights to their content. The viral post implies that Facebook owns the copyright. "In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details," the viral post says.
June 22, 2012 |
As part of its settlement in a class-action lawsuit, Facebook will allow users to opt out of its Sponsored Stories ads, which include users' Likes, names and pictures. Facebook reportedly agreed to a settlement last month, and news came this week that the social network will pay $10 million to a charity as part of the settlement. That's in addition to the $10 million it will pay for the plaintiff attorneys' fees. Also part of the settlement: changes to Facebook's advertisements.
April 12, 2012 |
If smartphones could talk, they'd probably tell of how much smarter they are than their owners. We users put them through all the elements and then some. Fire, water, wind, snow, safari -- they've seen it all. Consumer electronics warranty provider SquareTrade asked owners to post on Facebook some of the trials and tribulations their phones endured. Several met their demise by car -- either sliding off the top of the car into traffic or just being dropped by overwhelmed or clumsy hands and getting run over as the car backed out. Some got dunked in a coffee bath like a biscotti at breakfast.
March 18, 2013 |
Pinterest will roll out a new look it has been testing since January to the rest of its users starting Monday. The popular social network said in a blog post that users can expect an invitation in their email to check out the redesign. Among the changes coming in the redesign are bigger pins with more information. Pinterest said that when users click on a pin, they'll also be able to navigate to see other pins from the same pinboard, other pins from the same source and other pins by people who pinned the item users are looking at. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Under the hood, Pinterest said it has rebuilt its foundation, which will make the website more reliable and make it easier for the company to improve it in the future.
June 13, 2013 |
Ever wondered how many people click on the links you tweet? Wonder no more. Twitter appears to be giving all users access to analytics tools that can be used to see how many people are clicking on links they share. The analytics tools also show how many retweets and responses that tweets get, as well as how many users "favorite" a specific tweet. To access this data, users can head to the Twitter Ad dashboard , where they will be prompted to sign in with their Twitter account.