All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Features’

Facebook May Not Let You Edit Article Headlines Anymore So That ‘Publishers’ Content Is Not Misrepresented’

Though it’s not an entirely new phenomenon, headline skimming has most certainly increased in the social media era. Who the hell has time to read every article someone posts on Facebook? Most of the time, it’s sufficient to read the headline, check out the brief article preview description, look at the attached image and move on. Even if you aren’t …

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Go Enable Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ Feature Right Now

In what could be a lifesaver for many, Google has finally graduated a particularly helpful Gmail feature from Labs to primetime. Gmail on the web now has a formal “undo send” feature. So, you accidentally sent a racy email meant for your wife to your boss? Awkward. So, you just hit reply all and are about to let the whole …

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Twitter Grabs More Control Over Your Timeline

Recently, you may have seen some tweets in your Twitter timeline that confused you. Why? Because the tweets are coming from people that you don’t actively follow. This may have pissed you off, and if so, you wouldn’t be alone. If you fall into that camp, I have some bad news – it looks like this Twitter ‘test’ is here …

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Facebook Says It’s ‘Not Always Listening’ as Petition Against New Feature Nears 600,000 Signatures

A lot of people, both Facebook users and otherwise, don’t really trust Facebook. So, when Facebook announced a new feature that can passively listen to users’ background activity in order to easily identify songs, TV shows, and movies for status-sharing purposes, it wasn’t surprising when it struck people as a bit creepy. Or as one petition put it, a “massive …

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Ultrabooks: The Next Generation Of Laptops

The ultrabook, a new revolutionary laptop, has been released and they have all kinds of features for people to get excited over. There are plenty of brands and designs to choose from, and while a lot of it may be personal preference, each one is designed slightly different from the others. Some weigh more or less than others and the …

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Facebook Launches Shared Photo Albums for Your Weddings, Holidays, Vacations, and More

With over 300 million photos uploaded every single day, Facebook calls itself the “most popular photo uploading service on the web.” Facebook isn’t the only service that can boast impressive photo data, however (services like Google+ and Flickr are still powerful players in the photo-hosting game). So today, they’re making a move to cater to their users who wish to …

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Famke Janssen’s Apartment Burgled

Have we seen this feature film before? Famed movie starlet, Famke Janssen, alone in her home, fearful after something bizarre has happened to her? Well, unfortunately, it’s a creepy reality, yet again, for the 47-year-old, Dutch actress. Most recently, Janssen reportedly told police that just this past weekend, she came home to her New York City penthouse to find a …

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Adobe Flash And AIR Updated With New Features

Adobe Flash and AIR are nigh inseparable these days. Developers wanting to create high quality Flash games for mobile devices use AIR to take advantage of the same technologies, and each update brings a number of enhancements to the platform. Adobe announced in July that Flash and AIR had both been updated with a number of new features and enhancements …

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Twitter Asks You to ‘Welcome Back’ Previously Inactive Users in Order to Promote Engagement

It looks like Twitter is making a small, non-intrusive push to promote more interaction between members of the service. Some users are seeing a new message appear atop their streams on Twitter.com. It notifies them that someone (a particular @person) is “back on Twitter.” “Welcome @person back to Twitter,” it reads. “You friend @person is back on Twitter. Mention them …

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Facebook Makes Weekly Movie Nights Easier with New Repeat Event Option

Facebook has just pushed an update to the site that makes creating repeat events easier by populating new events with all of the previously saved information and inviting all of the same guests for you. The new feature was announced by Facebook engineer Bob Baldwin. “I built a new feature for Events. You can now go to any past event …

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Amazon Bolsters Parental Controls with FreeTime for Kindle Fire HD

Attention parents: Amazon is hoping that a new update to the Kindle fire HD makes you feel more comfortable about leaving your children alone with the tablet. In the latest over-the-air update to hit the device, Amazon is introducing Kindle FreeTime, which “provides a dedicated space for kids to interact with books, movies, TV shows, apps, and games.” FreeTime allows …

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Shazam App to Expand TV Identification

Shazam, the makers of the popular smartphone app of the same name that allows users to identify a song from a short sample, today announced that it now has 250 million users worldwide. Shazam also announced an expansion of its “Shazam for TV” feature, which allows users to identify TV shows the same way the app allows music identification. The …

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Facebook To Spread Organ Donor Initiative to Asia

It looks like South Korea will be the first Asian country that Facebook will tap in their ongoing organ donation awareness initiative. South Korean news site Yonhap is reporting that Facebook is planning to allow users in the country to display their organ donor status by Wednesday. Apparently, Facebook worked with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to …

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Netflix Solves an Ultimate First World Problem with New “Post-Play” Feature

I (and you as well) should probably blame our sloth, impatience, and general inability to say no to anything on Netflix Instant. I’m so used to watching TV series in marathon blocks of 5, 6, 7, and even 10+ episodes in a row that watching a new series week-to-week nowadays is brutal, brutal torture. Sometimes, I’m even tempted to let …

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Facebook Will Soon Let You Save Posts on Your News Feed for Later

Although it’s unclear whether or not any of your friends actually post anything on Facebook that you would feel compelled to revisit later (my friends simply aren’t that witty or informative), you’re about to get the ability to do so. Facebook is unveiling a “save for later” feature that will allow users to easily save their friends’ posts for later …

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Facebook Pushes The Still-Optional Timeline In Chat

Is everybody enjoying Facebook Timeline? No regrets? Have you even switched your old profile page over to Timeline? Despite saying months ago that the Timeline would soon become mandatory for all users, Facebook has yet to pull the trigger and force users to adopt the still-controversial feature. Although my informal poll of friends suggests that a majority of people have …

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Careless? Poor Speller? Drunk? Facebook Is Rolling Out Comment Editing [UPDATE]

Facebook is in the process of giving a gift to the clumsy, hurried, and drunk. Over the next few days, the company will roll out full comment editing to all users. For a little while, Facebook has allowed users to edit comments within a few seconds of posting. So, if you spotted that typo quickly you could save yourself some …

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Twitter Cuts Out Replies From Verified Accounts’ Timelines

One of the most endearing qualities a celebrity, brand, or otherwise verified Twitter account can have is user engagement. Sure, it’s interesting to follow them for the humor, the information, or the insight into their day-to-day lives. But if Twitter account is enough of a BFD to be verified, and they still take the time to respond to the little …

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Facebook Tests Paid “Highlighting” Of Users’ Posts

We already know that world of Facebook in some way mirrors the offline world – especially for kids. On Facebook, you can still get that daily dose of embarrassment, rejection, isolation, and inane bickering that has been a part of offline life for hundreds of years. Now, Facebook is testing a new feature that would make it conform to another …

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This iPhone 5 Will Self-Destruct In 3…2…1

Speculation surrounding the upcoming iPhone (iPhone 5…6? New new iPhone?) is unsurprisingly furious. Rumors have been flying around about a liquidmetal body, a thinner touchscreen, and larger display, and even a redesigned home button. The newest feature that might grace the new iPhone blows all of those out of the water. Don’t worry about losing your next-gen device, because chances …

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Auxiliary Search? New Google Search Feature Spotted In The Wild

Is Google about to make it easier for users to find relevant information without ever leaving the search page? Reddit user philosyche just spotted what looks like an experimental Google search feature in the wild. Considering it’s legit, the feature would continue Google’s push to provide more direct answers in search results, something that has far-reaching implications for websites around …

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Google+ Hangouts Get Free Calls To U.S. & Canada

Another feature has graduated the Hangouts with Extras class and is now a core part of the Google+ Hangouts experience. As of today, you can now place free calls anywhere in the U.S. and Canada right inside your Hangout box. In the past few months, we’ve graduated two widely-used features from Hangouts with extras to the main Hangouts experience: screensharing …

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Gmail’s Clean Out Your Inbox Week Is Underway

For the 5th time, Google has begun its annual “Clean Out Your Inbox Week,” focusing of course on Gmail. They’ve asked a (rather personal and oftentimes embarrassing) question of email users: what’s your inbox number? Well, it’s officially 2012. And now that we are four weeks in, it’s the perfect time to get organized so you can make the most …

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Google+ Gets A Round Of New Features, Redesigns For The Holidays

Bradley Horowitz has a fairly lengthy blog post up this morning detailing various updates and improvements to the Google+ platform and according to him, these aren’t just “bells and whistles” but “really deep improvements.” These new features will be rolling out over the course of the next few days. This looks to be the culmination of Google’s #seasonforshipping, which was …

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Google eBooks Adds Define, Translate and Search Features

Google has announced some new features for their eBooks, available from the Google eBookstore. Google’s eBookstore has around 3 million books, both free and paid and they are available on the web, Nook, iOS devices and Android. These new features apply to the eBooks web reader. Now you can define, translate and search specific words within the text easily, with …

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