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April 12, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
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.
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BUSINESS
December 10, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Let's get ready to grumble -- Twitter has announced it will be forcing its latest profile page redesign onto all users starting Wednesday. Users have been able to opt into Twitter's latest profile page design since September , but now the San Francisco-based social network will be bringing the design to all of its users -- regardless of whether they want it. The new design emphasizes Twitter's header photo feature, which places a large picture...
BUSINESS
November 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has begun asking users wishing to leave reviews on Google Play to start using their Google+ names. Previously, users could leave anonymous reviews for content sold on the digital store, including apps, movies, books and songs, but no more. Now, if you try to leave a review for a product, Google will send you a message saying "From now on, reviews you write will be posted publicly using your Google+ name and picture. " To go ahead and write a review, you are prompted to either press "Continue" or sign up for a Google+ account if you don't already have one. Google might be making this change for two reasons.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Sorry Tumblr fans, ads are coming to the social network's mobile app. Tumblr, the social network known for its following among teens and young adults, said it will start letting companies promote their posts to mobile app users within the next three months. The mobile ads will work similarly to those added to the website version of the social network a couple of months ago, said Tumblr Vice President Derek Gottfrid, according to Bloomberg . That means companies have to pay to promote their own Tumblr blogs so they'll be seen by more people.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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: TopĀ 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.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Do you have Instagram? Well, pick a team -- #TeamAndroid or #TeamiPhone ? Now that Instagram has launched its Android app, many iPhone app users with a not-in-my-backyard approach are crying, "There goes the neighborhood!" Can you blame them? For the past year and a half, iPhone users have graduated through the stages of development with Instagram. First, you shoot and share everything you see -- food and pets, mostly -- but without any discipline. Eventually, you develop an eye, a style, a flair, if you will.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Most cloud-service privacy policies address how they deal with your personal information and data about your usage, but less clear is whether they would tell you when and if law enforcement sought access to your files residing on their servers. As the virtual reality online storage wars gear up, many consumers and privacy advocates have expressed concern about the policies that will be applied to the content that they would be moving into remote servers. All of the services include a clause expressing that they will act in accordance with legal requests for data.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Maybe Instagram needs a better filter for how it announces its deals. Its user base seems to have a twitchy reaction with every announcement. Last week, it was the end of the world as they knew it for iPhone users, who had the Instagram universe all to themselves until Android users were given the keys. It seemed a photo joust might have been in order. And now Facebook has announced it's buying the super popular photo-sharing app and social network for $1 billion. As @HmSeb put it on Twitter, Instagram is in a relationship now, and it's complicated.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
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.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Social networks have found a promising new source of advertising revenue: targeting users with ads for products they browsed online. The latest form of advertising, called "retargeting," is expected to not only get more pervasive but intensify worries over privacy. Tania Mulry, an entrepreneur from Santa Clarita, said she and other people are noticing and talking about the flood of retargeting ads. One of Mulry's students in a mobile app design class at USC was unnerved that a swimsuit she browsed on Nordstrom.com showed up as an ad on her Facebook page.
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