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February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The good news is Netflix has built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out. The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous features that could potentially be integrated into Netflix's service. Among them was "Sleep Tracker," a feature that capitalizes on the technology of wearable devices to detect if users have fallen into a slumber.
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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
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
June 17, 2010 | By Wailin Wong
Facebook still has plenty of friends. Even amid last month's firestorm, which forced executives to hastily revamp the site's privacy settings, the social-networking juggernaut has held steady in membership and traffic. Quit Facebook Day, an online campaign May 31, resulted in about 30,000 departures — a negligible percentage of the platform's nearly 500 million active registered users. Yet people do quit Facebook, often without fanfare. Their stories are varied, but there is a shared sense that what started as a personal, close-knit community turned into an alienating experience as the site began adding millions of members and more ways to share content.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter introduced a feature similar to Facebook's "Cover Photo" that allows users to post a large personal picture to their profile page. It also updated the apps for using Twitter on mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads as well as phones running Android. Users can now add large photos that will appear above their tweets on their profile page, a feature Twitter is calling the "Header Photo. " But the Header Photo is hardly innovative. Facebook introduced something similar called the Cover Photo back when it announced its new Timeline profiles late last year.
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
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 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking app, is the latest company to fall victim to hackers, and as a result, it asked its 50 million users to reset their passwords. In a blog post sent out this weekend, Evernote said hackers were able to gain access to users' email addresses, their user names and encrypted passwords. Fortunately for users, hackers were not able to access any of their files or their payment information, the company said. "While our password encryption measures are robust, we are taking additional steps to ensure that your personal data remains secure.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Remember when you needed an invitation to get a Gmail account? Google is using a similar system to sell its smartglasses to more users. The Mountain View, Calif., tech company announced Monday that current Google Glass users will be able to extend an invitation to buy one of the company's $1,500 smartglasses to three of their friends. Google has yet to release Glass to the general public, but earlier this year, thousands of users were able to buy the device after being selected and invited by Google to be "Glass Explorers.
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.
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