September 17, 2013 |
Thanks to an app update for the iPhone and the iPad, Apple TV users can now watch movies and TV shows offered on Amazon Instant Video. The Seattle-based online retailer has updated the Amazon Instant Video app to support AirPlay, a feature that makes it possible for users to beam content on their devices to their TV sets via the Apple TV digital receiver. It's a way to get around the fact that Amazon Instant Video is still not available as an app on Apple TV the way Netflix and HBO Go are. With the apps, users can simply click on Netflix or HBO Go channels on their Apple TV to watch videos.
September 12, 2013 |
As you may have heard, Twitter has filed for a confidential initial public offering of stock, so in case you aren't too familiar with the company, here are five quick things you should know. It has 200 million monthly active users Twitter hasn't said how many active users it has since February, when it announced that it has 200 million monthly active users. Surely the company's user base has grown since then, but at 200 million, Twitter is losing to Facebook by nearly 1 billion users.
September 9, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - As part of its increasingly aggressive moves to get more people to use Google+ and to keep Facebook and Twitter from dominating the social networking business, Google is rolling out two new tools that it says will help authors and publishers build a bigger audience on the Web. The first it calls "author attribution. " If you sign in to WordPress.com and TypePad with Google, articles you publish will be automatically associated with your Google+ profile. That means users will see your name, picture and a link to your Google+ profile when content appears in search, news and other Google products.
September 8, 2013 |
Xbox Music, Microsoft Corp.'s entry into the ever-expanding music-streaming industry, will introduce applications for Android and iOS devices and allow free streaming on the Web, the company said Sunday. Microsoft launched Xbox Music about a year ago, and it's currently available through Xbox 360 consoles, a Windows 8 app and a version that lets subscribers stream through Web browsers. A subscription to the service, which allows access to some 30 million songs, costs about $10 a month or $100 a year.
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September 4, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Internet users would get more protection for their confidential information under a bill that lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday. The legislators also want Brown to extend carpool-lane access for owners of hybrid plug-in vehicles and to toughen state rules for storing guns. The Internet bill is an effort to keep up with technology, lawmakers said. Existing law requires that consumers be notified when database operators find breaches that disclose Social Security, driver's license and credit card numbers or medical records.
September 4, 2013 |
Mounted on cars, bikes and even snowmobiles, Google Street View cameras have been scouring the globe taking panoramic pictures of roads, alleys and buildings. The images have redefined the way people navigate, turning two-dimensional maps into a virtual tour guide. But Google is seeing even more possibilities for one of the most popular Web tools. The search giant wants to turn your smartphone into a Street View camera and help it take 360-degree, interactive pictures of every nook and cranny on Earth.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Even before Facebook begins displaying splashy video ads, it's preparing for a backlash from users like Amy Pittel. The 44-year-old writer and stay-at-home mother from Livermore, Calif., says she's weary of being bombarded by ads on Facebook and the rest of the Internet, most of which she ignores. "I shall continue to do as I always have when an unwanted video ad or commercial comes on: check my email or another Web page until the ad is finished," Pittel said.
August 29, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- As Twitter looks for some wind underneath its wings for an initial public stock offering, it is rolling out changes to its service to make it friendlier to and more popular with new users. The latest new feature, which rolled out this week on Twitter.com and in Twitter's iPhone and Android apps, was instantly and widely panned by Twitter veterans. It's a threading feature that makes it easier to find and follow conversations on Twitter (basically making conversations more like they are on Facebook)
August 29, 2013 |
August 27, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- You can thank former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden for a new report from Facebook on the inquiries it gets from governments around the world for information on its more than 1 billion users. According to the giant social network, governments in 74 countries sought information on more than 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of 2013. More than half of those requests came from the United States -- about 20,000 to 21,000 -- and Facebook said it produced some data in response to 80% of those requests.