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Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin has developed a new breathing sensor system that help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This syst...

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University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

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Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

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Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

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How Facebook Places Stacks up Against Foursquare

Written on June 04, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Who's better when it comes to check-ins: Facebook Places or Foursquare? Perhaps, Wildfire Interactive can answer that question.

Ever since Facebook entered the check-in game, many wondered how much the largest social network stacks up against Foursquare. With Facebook having almost 700 million users, Foursquare has boasted growth since the launch of Facebook Places. However, Wildfire Interactive released a data of the Top 10 most check-into locations on Facebook Places and Foursquare. But how do these world-famous designations stack up in terms of check-ins?

See the partial comparison after the break.

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Facebook and Foursquare Aids Localmind Q&A

Written on May 03, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Know what's up on your friend's current location with Localmind.

Localmind is a startup app for web, iPhone and Android that uses the combined user base of various check-in applications. It is actually a Q&A layer that is placed on top of Foursquare, Facebook Places and Gowalla. All that you got to do is sign up with Localmind, connect to one or more services, then you could start receiving a lot of inquiries about the venue you just checked in from curious users.

For instance, you checked in on a nearby restaurant, then one of your friends wants to know the place’s wait time. He’ll just pop on to Localmind, then ping you with a question. You will then receive your friend’s query via SMS or push notification, and you can give him a clue on what’s happening on your current location. Moreover, Localmind don’t just limits its services to local inquisitors. It also caters to far-away places.

Definitely, Localmind is a way better app than the other stalker-inviting check-in applications.

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Facebook Gives Focus on Mobile this 2011

Written on January 26, 2011 by B Waldorf

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“My sense is that mobile devices are inherently social… [mobile devices are] already filled with your contacts and your friends, and they also have access to your location.” ---Bret Taylor, Facebook CTO

Wonder why Facebook will focus on Facebook Mobile in the near future ?Facebook CTO Bret Taylor got the answers.

Facebook’s CTO Bret Taylor speaks of the company’s mobile platform this 2011, pointing the focus on delivering consistent user experience in its mobile franchise. During the Inside Social Apps conference in San Fo today, Taylor revealed that Facebook will be re-invent their mobile websites and apps.

Facebook has several mobile platforms. Not only for major smartphones iPhone, BlackBerry and Android but they also gave m.facebook.com to other mobile phones, touch.facebook.com for touch-based devices and the 0.facebook.com. The 0.facebook.com is a free Facebook data sharing designed for countries with expensive wireless connections.

Taylor said that the company’s goals for 2011 includes standard look and feel for applications and mobile sites. He also said that HTML5 will be playing a big role in achieving consistent user experience.

“My sense is that mobile devices are inherently social… [mobile devices are] already filled with your contacts and your friends, and they also have access to your location,” he quoted.

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Facebook Rolls Out Another Mobile Privacy Setting

Written on December 09, 2010 by B Waldorf

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Facebook's Privacy settings has been an long-discussed issue since the social network started. Some issues were resolved but some are not. Now, Facebook rolls out another security setting to keep the information about users private.

Facebook will pay more attention to privacy now, after their controversial profiles feature. Their first stop —Mobile Privacy.

According to a blog post by Facebook’s product manager, Rose Yao, mobile users will now be given the ability to view details about the information they shared on the web.

Users on the go can adjust their settings without the worries The Apps and Websites section of a user’s privacy settings will now be updated with a list of apps being used. Facebook users will now know when these applications were last accessed.

This feature also allows the possibility to tweak other settings, including the access to a user’s basic profile information, photos and videos, and friends’ information. To see this privacy controls on a mobile device, visit m.facebook.com/privacy, or just go to the Settings page and click on the “change” link next to “Privacy Settings.”

These new mobile privacy options are added extensions on the Facebook dashboard introduced last October. It provides users with information about the applications that gained their authorization and the data these apps currently use.

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Facebook Holds an Intimate Gala

Written on October 05, 2010 by B Waldorf

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At first we thought it's a victory party for the movie, The Social Network, but it's not. It's an intimate event that Facebook didn't bother elaborating what is it for. No hints, no clues. So we just made few quite good guesses.

It has been ages after Facebook launched a big stepping stone in the name of Places. They recently revamped the gaming focus nearly two weeks ago plus high-res for photos. An invitation unexpectedly appeared on our screens and it’s from Facebook. The date and time said Wednesday at 10 AM. No hints on why they are making a gala but we can always guess.

Few guesses include:

  • Places: The missing key features and campaigns that are needed to further develop the program
  • Credits: What more can we do about this credentials? How about the call and SMS features, Mark Zuckerberg?
  • Ipad: No there is no official Facebook for iPad app. Its been six whole months since iPad landed on our doorsteps but the official Facebook app is still nowhere to be seen.
  • Facebook Bar: They had announced this, a Meebo Bar clone. But still missing in action.
  • Facebook Phone: Okay, they’ve denied the phone ever existed. But rumors are still high.

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Nearby Friends–User-Friendly, or Stalker-Friendly?

Written on August 31, 2010 by Rudfer Tyron

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As if it was not interesting enough to track Facebook friends' locations, Nearby Friends suggests their check-in histories are even more essential information to get immersed in.

The app works like an investigative officer mapping out a suspect’s comings and goings within a timeline, only it has friendly connotations. Or is it just that? Friends profile photos stick out from the location points where they have checked in, from recent to point 1. Users can make a past-time out of spanning friends’ travels, and identifying their favorite places, workplaces, daily activities and whatnots.

The operative word here is “friends”. Users who publish their check-in information are founded on the fact that their receivers are degree friends, which imply a sort of already established relationships. Granted that, the tool cannot track anybody or anyone on Places, and not all the half-billion strong members are likely to use Places all the time or even once.

The essential thing to note at this point, is that Facebook is a network that keeps expanding by the day. Its purposes have crisscrossed over time, leaving a confusing array of privacy settings. It has been used for purposes other than connecting with friends. And its Nearby Friends app is one good case, for the tool can be used for cyber-stalking. But as Facebook continues to deal with its privacy issues, all growing by the day as well, it is protocol for every user to be wary of what personal information they publish on the platform.

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Facebook Places- Threat to Privacy?

Written on August 26, 2010 by B Waldorf

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Many have commented about privacy issue on Facebook before but when you use Facebook, do you really care about your privacy?

The launch of Facebook Places caused many critics to raise an eyebrow. The idea was to alert friends of users where they are in real time. These will also post information on the location itself.

The critics saw the flaw of the settings. First and foremost you can tag your friends even if they don’t happen to be there. The News Feed will take note of the activities in the said place. To critics, this is over sharing and we should specify the privacy setting of our accounts.

This wasn’t the first time Facebook received a criticism on privacy. In fact Facebook’s problems were stretch back to its founding when Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg hacked the school’s network to get pictures of the students. It masked the platform of this invention.

But who cares about privacy when you use Facebook?

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Foursquare is to Apple…So It Wants to Out-Apple Facebook

Written on August 23, 2010 by Rudfer Tyron

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Mayoralty mania is still exclusive to a relatively smaller number of social media users, but it did not escape superpower Facebook's attention. Facebook Places come to existence, with the possibility of dispensing Foursquare's mayoral majesty. But Foursquare's founder Dennis Crowley is not even batting an eyelash.

“It’s difficult to build services that are supposed to scale to you know 30, 50, 100 million users right off the bat, because they got to be kind of tailored down, by definition they have to be a little bit generic to speak to that large of an audience,” Crowley said in a recoding of the Gillmor Gang.

Facebook had to undergo an image change as it got bigger, but Foursquare does not come in trembling to the scene. It welcomes users in with the ideas of play and joy at its core.

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Facebook in the Year 2040

Written on August 23, 2010 by R. Depp

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In the new promotional video, Facebook foresees its future through Places.

There’ll be a fat chance that you have hooked your iPhone to try Facebook Places. In case you have not, Facebook is pushing you to try it out by sending out this promotional video.

The video showed random people giving testimonials on how Facebook Places changed their lives. It uses an emotional approach to make people see how this new application can strengthen bonds of families and friends.

If you listen attentively to the audio at around 2:10, there’s a statement which proclaimed the immorality of Facebook:

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Facebook Opens its Places API to Developers

Written on August 22, 2010 by Japhet Writ

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It's one big "Yes" to some developers as the API for facebook is now open for private beta. But, seriously, when will Facabook Places be open to its users? Do you have any idea how are you going to use this new apps?

Facebook opened its Places Read API to developers as of 2:00 pm today. The Read API will scratch Facebook’s data so that it can access a user’s check-ins. A user will be able to snatch up all check-ins made with Places and Places-enabled apps. The social media have its fingers crossed that this new application will hype up real-time outdoor experiences. A check-in data is also accessible from particular Places and Pages. However, they are only making the Write and Search APIs available in private beta with selected partners. But according to Facebook engineer, Ben Gertzfield, access to these APIs will be available in the next few months. A simple caution from Gertzfield to the developers though: All access to the Grid APIs location information respect’s user privacy control.

How does the new API works? To make the long documentation short, the Places data will be available through the Graph API. It contains objects that is represented by a check-in ID that is also tied to a specific location. But for in-depth understanding, you can check out the Graph documentation. For sure, these new feature from Facebook will harness the incredible power of knowing your friend’s location in real-time interestingly. In fact, even known brands can make the most out of it. How about you? What do you think is the best way to use the Places Read API?

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