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Facebook Testing Comments on Comments on Comments (Oh My God My Head)

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5959323/facebook-testing-comments-on-comments-on-comments-oh-my-god-my-head

Facebook Testing Comments on Comments on Comments (Oh My God My Head)The top secret labs at Facebook are in overtime right now: another experimental FB feature has been spotted in the wild. Soon we might be commenting on comments.

As it stands now, the best way to talk to someone else within a status comment thread (mouthful!) is to tag them in your reply. But according to Facebook, which confirmed the new feature to Mashable, we might soon be able to reply directly underneath someone, old-school blog style. This will make it a lot easier to see who’s talking to whom, but could also twist our Facebook statuses into complicated message boards instead of just… statuses. How deep will the comment comments go? It also opens a conceptual future for Liking a Like, which would in turn open a wormhole into hell. [Mashable]

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Friday, November 9th, 2012 news No Comments

Google is The Least Diversified Business In Tech (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT, EBAY)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-google-is-the-least-diversified-business-in-tech-2012-2

We love this chart from Dan Frommer at SplatF.

He calls it the “Eggs In One Basket” index, because it charts out the largest source of revenue as a percentage for all the major tech companies. (Profits would be a different story altogether.)

Google gets over 90% of its revenue from one source: Advertising. The next closest is Amazon with product sales. But, Amazon’s product sales are a mix of goods, so it’s not exactly the same as relying on just advertising.

For now, this isn’t a big problem for Google. The online ad market is still growing, and Google can capture a lot of the market. But, if things were to change, or advertising were to slow down, then look out.

What’s incredible about this chart is how diverse Microsoft is from a sales perspective. Its most dominant business group, Office, only accounts for 30% of sales. Read more on the chart from Frommer here →

chart of the day, revenue source by percentage for tech companies, feb 13 2012

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5882546/us-military-to-get-secure-android-handsets

US Military To Get Secure Android HandsetsIn a war zone, a standard mobile phone, with its countless possible security flaws, is no use — which is why the military doesn’t rely on them. But now that’s changing, as the US military is investing in secure Android handsets.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard about the army handing out smart phones — hell, they even run competitions to develop apps. But CNN is reporting that the US military is, after two years of testing, intending to “install its custom software on commercially available phones.” It’s starting out with a custom modification of Android’s kernel. The ideas is to give fine-grained control over data, applications and information transmission, as well as providing officials with detailed usage feedback.

Interestingly, this looks set not just to be limited to the military, as CNN reports that “each version of the Android OS [will] be certified once for all federal agencies”, suggesting that these new secure Android handsets may become standard issue across the whole of the US government. That would be bad news for BlackBerry, because RIM currently provides most federal phones — even Obama’s. The new secure handsets are to be shipped out to soldiers by March for testing. [CNN; Image: U.S. Air Force]

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Monday, February 6th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Um, Google’s “Search, Plus Your World” Sucks So Far

Google’s “Search, Plus Your World” launched with some fanfare and with jilted partner, Twitter, crying foul.  But the real proof is in the “pudding” and so far, from my own taste testing, the “puddin’s not all that good.” In fact, it’s downright spoiled.

In theory, returning results based on my own activities, photos, shares, etc. plus the social sharing activities of my circles of friends seems to make sense. After all, my friends should share similar interests, etc. However, in reality, this appears to be far from the truth.

Either my friends all suck at what they are sharing OR what I search for has very little to do with (or very little overlap with) what I and my friends are sharing. And I think the latter is more likely the case, because my friends are all awesome and I usually find what they share to be super informative and I always learn something new from them and the insightful curation they do.

So what is wrong with Google’s new personalized search, flavored with +1? And will it ever get better with time and more usage?

My current hypothesis is NO .. it won’t get better with time.  Here are a few reasons why I think so:

– what I search for (what I need at this moment) is not necessarily what I share (what I think my followers would be interested in)

– news items and other cool information that is shared are things I “discover” through the curation of my circles of friends and I like to browse these things to learn; this contrasts with things that I search for at any moment in time, which could include things that I need now, gifts for other people, research for clients in other industries that I am not in. What this means is that those search terms and the sites that I visit don’t necessarily have any bearing on any future searches and what I am interested in.

– finally, among all my friends, I would probably only ask 1 or 2 of them for restaurant recommendations (in New York) because they live here and are known for their expertise in food; I would ask different friends for advice on digital cameras (@designerguy), keyword research platforms (@glenngabe), ad networks (@jonathanmendez), etc. you get the idea. So canvassing my entire social graph for keyword based ways to personalize search results is actually making the results worse (see examples below).

Search ( photos )

[Redacted] – I don’t need to see my own photos from my own Picasa, which I already know is there.

Search  ( italian restaurants in New York  – no quotes )

 

 

Search ( spend polarization – no quotes )

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 SEM, SEO, social networks No Comments

Comcast testing pay-per-package, still afraid of a-la-carte

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/07/comcast-testing-pay-per-package-still-afraid-of-a-la-carte/

Charleston, South Carolina might be famous for the eponymous knee / hand dance, but this week sees it become the second location in the US to get Comcast’s MyTV Choice. Rather than buying all the channels, or paying á la carte for just the ones you watch, you pick a platform and then bolt on a package of channels, grouped by theme — you get “Entertainment & Lifestyle,” “Movies,” “Kids” or “News & Info.” These smaller, cheaper bundles are in response to being forced to carry channels owned by the same group, if you’re paying for MTV, you’re also paying for TV Land, for example. Still, those in the city (when not dancing their knee joints away) should be interested to know that the Get Started platform costs $25, Get Started Plus $45 and each additional package is $10.

[Thanks, Saye]

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Friday, October 7th, 2011 news No Comments

A Predictable Failure: Kimberly-Clark Offering Kleenex Hand Towels

Source: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=124023&nid=112103

Kleenex hand towels

“Kimberly-Clark’s Kleenex brand is offering an at-home version of a product that people take for granted in public restrooms: disposable hand towels. The new Kleenex Hand Towels are intended to address consumers’ growing concern with hand hygiene.

The product is on sale now with a retail price of about $3 for a box of 60 towels, per the company.

The Kleenex Hand Towels come in box packaging, with pop-up delivery. The product is intended to complement bathroom décor and space limitations — i.e., it can go on a towel bar or countertop.

Kleenex Hand Towels performed well in preliminary testing with consumers, the company says: Approximately two-thirds said they would use Kleenex Hand Towels as a substitute for cloth towels, and more than 90% reacted favorably to how the product and package design looked in their bathrooms.”

They used FOCUS GROUPS! And 2/3 said they would use! But think about it: $3 a box versus cloth towels I already have at home. At home, I don’t use disposable hand towels and at home I am not concerned about “hand hygiene” as I am in a public bathroom.

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Thursday, March 11th, 2010 digital No Comments

HP Mini 311 Nvidia ION Netbook Hackintosh’ed

screenshots to come

Source: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=189621&pid=1296786

Specifications pertinent to Mac OS X:
Memory – 1024MB onboard with one open DDR3 SO-DIMM slot for up to 2048MB expansion, giving 3072MB total memory – Postpunk confirmed
Chipset – STATUSNVIDIA ION LE
Graphics – STATUSNVIDIA GeForce 9400M based (NVEnabler, LCD, 1366×768, QE/CI) – adachis/supervisa confirmed DSDT may be an option
HDMI Port – UNKNOWNTESTING NEEDED
VGA Port – UNKNOWNTESTING NEEDED
Universal Serial Bus – STATUSNVIDIA ION LE
Microprocessor – STATUSIntel Atom N270/N280 – Researching better fixes to remove need for NullCPUPowerManagement
Keyboard – STATUSPS/2 based – ApplePS2Old – adachis confirmed
Trackpad – STATUSAlps Electric – PS/2 based – ApplePS2Old – adachis confirmed
Local Storage – STATUSNVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
Wireless – G-STATUS / N-STATUSBCM4312(G) (adachis confirmed) and BCM943224(N) (PZZ confirmed)
Network – STATUS10/100 NVIDIA nForce MCP79
Wireless WAN – UNKNOWNHP un2420 Mobile Broadband (Qualcom2000)
Bluetooth – STATUSUSB/PCIe Broadcom based – superviza confirmed
Audio – STATUSNVIDIA HDA (VoodooHDA works large amount of static overlay, try 16-bit – adachis confirmed) DSDT may be an option
Webcam – STATUSUSB Based HP Webcam-50 – superviza confirmed
External Optical – STATUSHP External 556s Optical Drive – theproto confirmed

Feature status:
Battery Status – STATUS VoodooBattery shows some functions – (adachis confirmed) so does AppleACPIBatteryManager (superviza confirmed)
Sleep/Hibernate/Suspend – STATUS MORE TESTING NEEDED – Not looking good OOB (superviza confirmed)
Trackpad Options – STATUS VoodooPS2 not recognizing trackpad – adachis confirmed
Shutdown/Reboot – STATUS superviza confirmed
Clamshell Switch – STATUS superviza confirmed
Power Button – STATUS superviza confirmed
SpeedStep or P/C-States – STATUS AppleLPC loaded and P/C-States are present –superviza/theproto confirmed

Status legend:
VANILLANo fixes needed or DSDT/EFI fixes used only
EXTRASExtra KEXTs needed but not located in /S/L/E
MODIFICATIONSModifications or additions to /S/L/E or any other system file
UNSUPPORTEDNo useable driver exists for the device/chipset
UNKNOWNInitial status indicating further testing/verification is needed

For download packages see:

http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=189621&pid=1296786

Another thread making progress:

http://myhpmini.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=2402

source: http://www.liliputing.com/2009/10/hp-mini-311-ram-can-be-upgraded.html

HP Mini 311 RAM can be upgraded

hp mini 311 ram upgrade

The HP Mini 311 (or Compaq Mini 311C in Europe) comes with 1GB of RAM soldered to the motherboard. At first glance, that might make this NVIDIA ION-powered laptop a bit less attractive, since it somewhat limits your upgrade options. But Blogeee reports there’s good news: There is another RAM slot that users can take advantage of to upgrade the RAM.

All you have to do is pop open the back and slide in a 2GB module to upgrade the memory to 3GB.

Source: http://www.liliputing.com/2009/10/hp-mini-311-with-ion-graphics-can-run-os-x.html

HP Mini 311 with ION graphics can run OS X

311 osx

Want an 11.6 inch mini-laptop with high performance graphics, and the ability to run OS X? It looks like the HP Mini 311 fits the bill.

ASRock ION 330 hackintosh

Source: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=178372&st=0#entry1217787

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