Facebook friend tracker feature unveiled

April 22nd, 2014 at 2:03 am
Ever wonder where your Facebook friends are? The social media service will tell you with its latest friend tracker. Facebook rolls out a new feature on its mobile app that displays locations of “Nearby Friends” in real time. The intention is noble, enabling users to meet their Facebook friends easily in real life. The friend tracker feature is turned off by default, so users who do not want Facebook

Dutch student sells personal data for 350 euros

April 22nd, 2014 at 1:50 am
A Dutch student has decided to put his whole personal data, or what he calls “data soul,” in an auction. The decision has raised questions on the future of personal information, especially our own. Last April 12, Shawn Buckles sold is “data soul,” which includes is location records, medical records, personal calendar, all his emails, and every data from his social media communications. He

Twitter redesign looks like Facebook

April 15th, 2014 at 11:29 pm
Twitter has recently unveiled its latest redesign of user profiles, which the social media service has been testing since February. On the surface, the first thing you would notice on the latest Twitter redesign is that the profiles look like those on Facebook. The now-larger user photo is placed on the left-hand side, while the header image is laid out like FB’s cover photo. You can even pin one of your

Facebook on a mission against like-baiting posts

April 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm
You may have noticed your friend sharing a post on Facebook that encourages readers to click Like or share it to your news feed. These posts are called “like-baiting,” which has littered the news feed and Facebook is doing something about it. “The improvement we are making today better detects these stories and helps ensure that they are not shown more prominently in News Feed than more relevant

Heartbleed Internet bug can steal passwords without notice

April 10th, 2014 at 9:41 pm
A major online security firm has alerted on Monday both website companies and Internet users that sites running on SSL encryption are vulnerable to a major Internet bug called Heartbleed. These websites include Airbnb, USMagazine.com, Creative Commons, Pinterest, and NASA. The security flaw was reportedly discovered by a Google employee working on the company’s security group, as well as a software security

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns amid anti-gay stance

April 7th, 2014 at 5:42 am
Mozilla Foundation, the company behind Firefox browser, has announced its co-founder Brendan Eich has resigned as its CEO. In the official company blog, Mozilla chairman Mitchell Baker said that their CEO, the creator of Javascript, left his position voluntarily. This comes after it has been revealed that Eich contributed $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8, a ballot initiative in California that defined marr

Vine introduces direct video messaging

April 4th, 2014 at 12:41 am
Vine, Twitter’s hit video-sharing app, introduces a new feature wherein users can message other Vine members directly through video. It looks similar to Twitter’s direct messaging, but with text and video clips. To create a new Vine message, tap on the Messages section, record a video and send it to one or several users. All of the conversations, however, remain one-on-one like Snapchat. This means

Court declares Twitter ban in Turkey unconstitutional

April 3rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm
After weeks since the Turkish government imposed a ban on Twitter, the country’s constitutional court declares the Twitter ban as a breach in Turkey’s freedom of expression. The court has also directed the TIB–Turkey’s governmental office responsible in Internet regulations–to restore microblogging service, which could take several hours. Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether YouTube

Dating site OkCupid says, “Don’t use Firefox”

April 1st, 2014 at 1:12 am
In a bold act of protest against the promotion of a Mozilla co-founder to CEO, OkCupid posts a statement to its members using Firefox to switch browsers instead. “Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples,” the statement reads. “We would there prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.” The message also includes links to in

Google Maps lets you hunt for Pokemon for two days

April 1st, 2014 at 12:45 am
Google has been testing the potential of augmented reality and how it can be integrated into the tech giant’s services, and we get to experience that for a limited time. Just for two days from today, Google Maps lets you hunt for Pokemon. In a video presentation, players would have to hold their mobile devices out in front of them and spot wild Pokemon appear on the screen. Battle with them and throw virtu