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Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

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

Cornell University has built a grass lawn inside their school library as a part of a project of their institution's Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The department is currently conducting a r...

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Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Meet, the Scrubba, a portable washing machine, in form of a bag. This wash bag, allows people to do their laundry, on-the-go. The Scrubba is a lightweight, foldable bag that features small nodules to help sc...

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Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Thanks to Japan's new invention, the Deoest underwear, extreme farters can now release their foul smelling gas and prevent people near them from fainting. It is a fart-deodorizing underwear, created by Profe...

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Twitter Adds Five New Regional Languages

Written on September 15, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Twitter now supports five new languages: Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog and Malay.

As part of their goals of reaching out to Asian users, the Twitter company has added five new regional languages into their service, bringing a total number of 17 languages.

Hindi, Tagalog, Malay, and both Simplified and Traditional Chinese are the newest additions that would aid numerous Asian users in having access to non-English versions of the micro-blogging service. Each language will be having its own non-English access point and service. And like other online services, Twitter is heavily relying on volunteers for translation. If you’re interested to join in, all you have to do is head over to Twitter’s translation service.

“With these new languages Twitter will now be more easily accessible to almost half a billion people around the world,” the company stated.

Moreover, Twitter also announced that they are planning to add six more languages into its Translation Center: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish and Hungarian.

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Samsung’s Twitter Account, Accidentally Reveals Galaxy S II Processor Details

Written on September 14, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Samsung unintentionally tattled the processor info for T-Mobile's Galaxy S II model.

It seems that Samsung’s Twitter account, @GalaxySsupport, accidentally revealed the type of processor that will be included on T-Mobile’s upcoming variant of Galaxy S II.

Twitter user, Julian Medeiros, pinged the Samsung Galaxy S account to ask about the handset’s possible processor. He then found out that the manufacturer is targeting for a dual-core option. Unfortunately, @MedeirosMusic was not satisfied with the answer, forcing Samsung’s account to reveal the official processor info. He got the answer: “The Samsung Galaxy S2 comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm APQ8060 processor.”

Anyway, this unintentional revelation would not be considered as a “confirmation” from Samsung, since they haven’t publicized any official reports with regards to this matter. The 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor has been speculated as the possible replacement for T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II’s Exynos chipset.

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Twitter Announced Web Analytics

Written on September 14, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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With the acquisition of BackType, website owners can now track site traffic coming from Twitter with the new Twitter Web Analytics.

BackType founder, Christopher Golda, announced last Tuesday via Twitter’s developer blog the micro-blogging site’s new feature — the Twitter Web Analytics. The new feature will aid website owners to understand how much traffic they receive from Twitter, and the effectiveness of its integration to their sites. The Twitter Web Analytics was driven by the acquisition of BackType last July.

Twitter Web Analytics provides three key benefits:

* Understand how much your website content is being shared across the Twitter network
* See the amount of traffic Twitter sends to your site
* Measure the effectiveness of your Tweet Button integration

This week, Twitter Web Analytics will be rolled out to a small pilot group of partners. In relation to this, it will be available to all website owners in the coming weeks. The micro-blogging site is also committed to a releasing an API for developers interested in incorporating Twitter data in their products.

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NBC’s Twiiter Account, Hacked by Script Kiddies

Written on September 12, 2011 by Lulu

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NBC's Twitter account was hacked by Script Kiddies, falsely reporting that a plain crashed on ground zero in New York.

Hacker group – Script Kiddies – attacked the Twitter account of the NBC News, falsely reporting that an airliner crashed down into the Ground Zero in New York. The said group nfiltrated NBC’s Twitter account on Friday evening with the first message showing up on Twitter at 5:48pm.

After NBC requested Twitter to temporarily shut down its account, chief digital officer – Vivian Schiller – released a statement regarding the said incident on her Twitter account. She tweeted on Sunday morning that the NBC News Twitter account is back in their control.

Script Kiddies is the same group who hacked Fox News’ account early on the morning of July 4, and released a false report that President Obama was assassinated. The group is currently under investigation by the FBI, as NBC News reported on its Today news website on Saturday morning.

Talking on how the hackers gained access to NBC Twitter account, the network admitted that one of their employee clicked a malicious email attachment that might have allowed the Script Kiddies to get their password — which is only in the hands of the company’s three executives.

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Twitter Gets 100 Million Active Users Monthly

Written on September 10, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Twitter's CEO unveiled that the social site gets 100 million active users, along with 55 million monthly visitors on mobile platforms.

Twitter just marked another milestone, as CEO – Dick Costolo – revealed that the micro-blogging service has now attained over 100 million active users logging in once a month and more than 50 million active members per day. According to Costolo, Twitter currently holds a record of 200 million registered users, wherein half of them logs in every month — a number that is up to 82% since the first half of 2011.

The CEO also pointed out Twitter’s growing performance on mobile platforms. Based from his breakdown, there are exactly 55 million users logging into the site from their handsets or tablets every month. Web-based members were also on the rise, as Twitter now has 400 million visitors a month — up from only 250 million at the Q1 of the year. Aside from that, Dick Costolo noted that there are 40% of users who have not tweeted over the last month. “We’re excited about that number,” he says. “That’s super healthy.”

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Twitter Renews Social Search Deal With Bing

Written on September 07, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Twitter has extended its contract with Bing, allowing the social site to continue hosting its real-time "firehose" in search results.

Last Summer, Google has ended its partnership with Twitter and decided to roll out its own G+ network. This matter did not seem to bother the social site, since they also had another real-time deal with Bing for the same services.

In a recently publicized Twitter chat, the two networks announced their plans of extending their real-time search partnership. Both accounts recalled the past two years that they have been working together as partners to include all Twitter’s tweets into Bing’s search engine, and have agreed to “stick together and do bigger and better things.”

After the jump, you can see the summarized version of the companies’ comic Twitter chat, as disclosed by Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner — the person who noted in an email that the “partnership has been extended.”

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Comic: Examples of Social Media Avatars

Written on September 05, 2011 by Lulu

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The Joy of Tech gives you examples of social network avatar, and what they mean.

In this generation, almost everyone have an account on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and all of them uses different types of avatars to represent themselves. That’s why The Joy of Tech shows us various types of social media avatars that an individual could encounter in any social network.

Check out the examples of social media avatar after the leap and see what they might mean.

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“Twitter Terrorists” Could Get 30 Years Imprisonment

Written on September 05, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Spreading and inciting chaos through social media could tantamount to serious charges under the law.

According to Gerardo Buganza, interior secretary for Veracruz state in Mexico, the 2011 version of Orson Welle’s War of the Worlds could the recent “Twitter terrorism.”

Two people, a private school teacher and a radio presenter, were said to spread to false reports of gunmen attacking schools and kidnapping children. The said reports caused panic to parents who scrambled around the city to fetch their kids. As a result, dozens of car accidents occurred and the emergency phone lines were jammed. The “Twitter terrorists” now face 30 years imprisonment under the terrorism law. However, both defendants claimed that they only repeated what they saw elsewhere in the Internet.

According to the Guardian, a 30 years in prison could be the most serious charges a person could get from inciting chaos or violence through Twitter.

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Hurricane Irene: “Follow me on Twitter!”

Written on August 29, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Hurricane Irene has co-opted New Yorker Irene Tien's Twitter account to provide helpful updates.

Do you want to be updated regarding the current Hurricane Irene news? Then it’s time for you to follow her on Twitter.

The moment Hurricane Irene began to move eastern, 28-year-old Irene Tien from New York decided to post punch lines for her co-workers. It even became more interesting when people have mistaken Ms. Tien for the hurricane. “I’m very, very calm and pretty relaxed and laid-back—pretty much the opposite of a hurricane,” she stated. “I guess that’s funny.”

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Twitter Rolls Out Image Galleries, Improves User Profiles

Written on August 23, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Today, Twitter continues to enhance user profiles by adding a new photo gallery tool.

Over the last several months, Twitter has rolled out some great improvements into their service, allowing users to experience an enhanced search functionality and photo uploading. Now, the site had once again added a new tool that will surely keep you interested. Starting Monday, your photos can be displayed on your Twitter profile in an image gallery. You can either publish images through the site’s photo-uploading tool, or you can use third-party apps such as yFrog, TwitPic or Instagram.

The so-called user galleries are capable of featuring over 100 images (beginning January 2010) that you have recently posted via Twitter and other photo-sharing services. The galleries will be displayed automatically on your profile, and visitors could click the “view all” button to see more images. The photos can either be shown through a grid view, thumbnails, or in a detail view — headlining the image’s caption or the tweet that was posted along with it.

Although this enhancement is expected to change the layout of Twitter profiles, the galleries would still be a good way to show people that Twitter is not only a website for 140 characters. Instead, it’s also the best place for sharing photos. The galleries will be an image-only tool, and it will be available to users starting Monday. “We’re rolling out one of my fave features today: user galleries! View photos an account has shared on Twitter. Sit tight – it’s coming soon,” Twitter Communications Manager – Carolyn Penner – posted in a tweet.

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