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drag2share: ALERT: Your ‘Secret’ Snapchat Relationships Aren’t So Secret

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/0LUQ-S7jNRw/alert-your-secret-snapchat-relationships-arent-so-secret-2013-9

Snapchat is a smartphone app you can use to send a picture or video of yourself to a friend.

It’s big with the kids, and increasingly, the rest of us.

 

Snapchat’s key feature is that those pictures and videos will always self-destruct after, at most, 10 seconds.

This means that you can use Snapchat to send people all sorts of videos and photos you would not ordinarily send. Maybe that’s super silly photos and videos. Maybe it’s super sexy photos and videos, if that’s what you want.

But be careful!

While your photos and videos can’t be seen by anyone but the person you are sending them to, everyone you are friends with on Snapchat can, in fact, see who you are sending most of your photos and videos to.

In Snapchat parlance, any of your “friends” on Snapchat, can go to their friends list in the app, tap on your name, and see who you are “BFFs” with. “BFFs” are the people you communicate most with.

If my Snapchat friends were to do this, they’d see I chat most with some guy named Jay Yarow and my wife, Anna.

Check it out:

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This is a weird feature for Snapchat to include. Maybe! it help s juice the apps “network effects.” Maybe it’s helpful for new users to see who their friends chat with, so they know who to chat with.

But can’t you imagine the feature causing problems for some teenage (and more adult) romances out there?

Also, isn’t it just weird for a communications platform to publish who its users are communicating most with? For example, as a reporter, I wouldn’t want anyone to see my most frequently dialed list.

Anyway. Heads up!


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Saturday, September 14th, 2013 news No Comments

Google’s Stock Has Done Surprisingly Well Under Larry Page (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-google-stock-under-larry-page-2012-8

While we spend much of our time focused on Apple’s incredible stock run, Google has also been experiencing a nice little run of its own lately.

Under Larry Page the stock is up 15%, which is somewhat surprising because Page is not exactly favorable to Wall Street, or investors.

In fact, Page’s actions as CEO have been somewhat hostile to investors. He split Google’s stock giving himself even more power. Google is releasing all sorts of new, weird products like Google Glass, and self-driving cars. Investors tend to frown on these odd ball products.

So, what’s working for Google? Well, it’s not Facebook. And it’s pretty evident Facebook’s ad sales aren’t coming at the expense of Google’s. Perhaps that’s helping propel the stock forward.

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 news No Comments

Stephen Wolfram reveals the personal analytics of his life

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/09/stephen-wolfram-reveals-the-personal-analytics-of-his-life/

Stephen Wolfram may now be best known as the creator of Wolfram Alpha, but he’s been involved with data in one way or another for decades, and it turns out he’s been collecting plenty of data about himself all that time. Now, he’s taken things one step further and made some of that data public, offering a detailed analysis on his blog of his daily email and phone use, and even things like steps, keystrokes, and the occurrence of years in the 230,000 odd pages of documents he’s scanned. What’s perhaps most interesting, though, is that Wolfram only sees this as the beginning of personal analytics. He eventually hopes to be able to ask Wolfram Alpha all sorts of things about his life, with it not only able to “act as an adjunct to my personal memory,” he says, “but also to be able to do automatic computational history — explaining how and why things happened — and then making projections and predictions.” Interested in doing the same thing yourself one day? Better start hanging onto all that data.

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Friday, March 9th, 2012 news No Comments

An Evolutionary Step In iPad Gaming [Ipadapps]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5582559/osmos-for-ipad-ambient-gaming-tailor+made-for-the-tablet

Osmos for iPad: An Evolutionary Step In iPad GamingWhen the iPad was unveiled and I started to imagine the types of games a 9″ touch screen might engender, I envisioned gorgeous, intuitive and, above all, immersive experiences. Osmos for iPad is one of the best I’ve found yet.

The game, which is adapted from a well-regarded PC version and costs $5 in the App Store, puts you in control of a tiny blue organism, a mote, which you direct around the screen, growing in size as you absorb the smaller blobs around you. Of course, all sorts of challenges, including bigger motes trying to absorb you, complicate that mission.

But what’s really special about Osmos is the experience of controlling that game play. Tapping behind your mote scoots him around the screen, predictably, but at any time you can pinch to zoom in or out, allowing you to navigate a tight passage or survey the level at a distance. Additionally, you can swipe with one finger to alter time—drag left and all the motes slow to a crawl, drag right and they shoot around like bouncy balls. Different speeds and levels of zoom have situations in which they’re uniquely useful, and these elegant controls are the perfect complement to the game’s polished visuals.

Osmos teaches you these gestures in early levels, but after that there’s little instruction. You’re given a basic goal and left to your own devices to go about achieving it. Depending on your style, the game play can be rambunctious or meditative, and often it’s both in the course of one level.

There’s not a huge variation in the game play, admittedly, and it’s so engrossing that I imagine most players will zip through the Odyssey track pretty quickly (there’s an arcade mode that lets you play levels one at a time, too). But in some ways this simplicity is the game’s biggest asset, because it allows for a remarkable cohesiveness between all of its elements, from game play and visual style down to the soundtrack and menus. It’s not only a “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” type thing; here, the whole is so dazzlingly packaged that you don’t really think of the “parts” as parts at all.

For me, Osmos on the iPad is an experience first and a game second, and it uses the iPad to achieve game play that would be impossible—or, at least, not nearly as compelling—on any other platform. At its best, the iPad isn’t just an app machine or a gaming device but a portal into some other environment all together, and I hope that developers will follow Osmos’ lead and strive not just to adapt familiar gaming experiences to the tablet but to create new ones for it entirely. [iTunes]

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Friday, July 9th, 2010 news No Comments

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