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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.
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NEWS
November 6, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Computer science student Martin Gingras has created an F-bomb map. The interactive map shows where in the world Twitter users are dropping the F-word into tweets, and it's a little bit mesmerizing. Little puffs of smoke appear at different locations on the global map at fbomb.co , then a tiny signpost drops in. Click on the signpost to read the tweet. (You may not want to read the tweet.) Gingras, 22, is a student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He said he came up with the idea for the app while talking with colleagues at lunch about "how people misuse the English language....
SCIENCE
July 11, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Were you planning on running this morning, but wasted too much time reading Twitter messages on your iPhone? When you do make it to the gym, do people give you the evil eye because you sit on a weight machine and text with a friend? If you answered yes to either question, you may be turning into a "hyper-connected" couch potato. According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity , frequent cell phone users were far more likely to forego or disrupt physical exercise and scored lower on fitness assessments than peers who used cell phones less frequently.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Photo-sharing social network Instagram announced this week that it now has 200 million monthly active users. The milestone is an indicator for healthy user growth on the service, which Facebook purchased for $1 billion nearly two years ago. Instagram said it reached 100 million users in February 2013, so the service managed to double in about a year. VIDEO: Unboxing the Rocki music streaming device "To the 50 million of you who've joined in the last six months, welcome," Instagram said in a blog post . "We're so glad you're here.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Snapchat, the popular app known for letting users send photos that disappear after a few seconds, announced Tuesday that its users are now sending more than 150 million pictures per day. Evan Spiegel, one of the app's founders, announced the impressive tally at a mobile technology conference held by AllThingsD on Tuesday. By comparison, Snapchat said that its users were sending 20 million photos a day in October, and currently the users on Instagram, a photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, are sending 40 million photos a day, according to the company's media page.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starbucks has come under fire in the tech world this week for the security measures -- or lack thereof -- that it uses to protect user information stored within its mobile payment app. Security researcher Daniel Wood published a report Monday that says Starbucks stores user passwords, email addresses, user names and GPS location files in plain text in its mobile payment app -- a claim that has been confirmed by the coffee company. Potentially, this put users at risk should anyone steal their smartphone.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Hungry for doughnuts? Let Doughbot guide you to the nearest shop. Doughbot is a new app released this month for the iPhone and iPad that helps users quickly find the nearest doughnut shops in their vicinities. "Never be lost without doughnuts again. Ever," the app's description reads.  PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8), iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5 Pulling information from users' smartphone GPS, Doughbot quickly finds the closest doughnut shops. Users can see the shops in a list, scroll through them or see them all on a map -- represented by big round sprinkled doughnut icons.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram says it continues to see daily user growth despite a flap over its terms of service that prompted threats by some users to drop the service. The Facebook-owned social network was responding to a New York Post report that said the popular photo sharing app had lost a quarter of its daily users as a result of Instagram's controversial move to change its terms of service. The change would have allowed the social network to let companies pay to place users' photos in advertisements that would run within the Instagram app. Instagram withdrew the change after protests from Instagram users, but some users still vowed to drop the service.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Roku 3, the latest version of Roku's media streaming device, gets an impressive speed improvement that will appeal to new users. But existing owners of Roku devices may want to skip upgrading to the new one unless speed is a priority. The Roku's new media streaming box sells for $99 and replaces the Roku 2 XS, a model of the same price with essentially the same features. Like its predecessor, the Roku 3 is capable of streaming full 1080p HD video and has a motion control for use with games like Angry Birds.
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