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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 Introduces Photo Upload Service to Developers

Written on August 17, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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With Twitter's new photo upload service, third-party clients and other apps can now upload pictures directly to the site -- like Twitter.com presently does.

Twitter has just released a new photo upload service, which allows users to attach images directly to the site and utilize Twitter’s photo-sharing and uploading features from their third-party apps. According to the company, they have already introduced the photo upload functionality to developers.

Last Monday, Twitter kicked off its new media upload API, allowing developers to upload images with PNG, JPG, and GIF formats into tweets. The said feature was launched just before Apple’s Twitter-infused iOS 5 update; and perhaps the purpose of this action was to drive the app makers and users into the new photo-sharing option.

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Twitter Silently Launches a New Reply Feature

Written on August 13, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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With Twitter's new subtle feature, you can now post instant public reply to any profile pages which you visit today.

Twitter quietly kicked off a new subtle feature, allowing you to post a public reply to any profile pages that you’ve visited. According to the company, this move was an attempt to enhance the interface of its web application and also to support such social interactions.

Although Twitter just released their new Activity tab yesterday, the social site decided not to introduce this reply feature to the public. The reasons behind that remain undisclosed, but some rumors claimed that maybe the company did not want to interfere with the social gaming battle that’s currently arising between Google+ and Facebook. So far, Twitter’s only public statement regarding the feature was affirmed when Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, tweeted back to user Jeevan Gill (@jsammy17) and said the feature was new as of today.

Knowing that the user interface has been revamped, locations of the activity streams, photo uploaders and media galleries have also been changed. The new reply feature allows you to send Direct Messages to other Twitter users when you have visited their profile pages, and you are also entitled to start a conversation with a follower or non-follower.

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Twtrland: Telling You Who to Follow

Written on August 12, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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To follow or not to follow? Twtrland will help you answer that burning question.

If you can’t decide on who to follow on Twitter, then this new Twitter Analytics service – Twtrland – is for you! Twtrland converts Twitter streams into detailed profiles, making it easier for you to decide on who to follow. Just plug in the Twitter handle you want to analyze, and Twtrland will build a profile for you.

The Twtrland profile features information like how often is the tweet retweeted, his or her number of tweets per day, a breakdown of tweet contents, most-retweeted tweets, top followers, and sampling of tweets.

According to its official website, they help users in “Deciding if someone is follow-worthy. These are not your real life friends, but people that are supposed to interest you. Hard to decide based on last 10-15 tweets, avatar and description. We go deep in his history, and sum it all up to the simplest profile we could think of to help you decide in a glimpse. To follow or not to follow.”

Although the service is not the most visually stunning at present, and not yet fully operational, Twtrland is still a neat way to lay out and analyze a user’s info.

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“Stumble” Button Hits 25 Billion Clicks

Written on August 11, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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StumbleUpon's famous "Stumble!" button has reached more than 25 billion clicks.

StumbleUpon, a social discovery website, has indeed reached another achievement. Just now, the “Stumble” button has been clicked by users for over 25 billion times. According to a tweet posted by StumbleUpon Community Manager, Monica Semergiu: “Today we celebrate 25,000,000,000 clicks of the Stumble! button.”

Ever since the company emerged from eBay last 2009, they have successfully produced satisfied members. In fact, through recommending the best websites and offering a good service, StumbleUpon had reached more than 12 million users.

Last month, the social site hits 27.5 million stumbles in just one day, and even outruns its mobile usage record with the Super Bowl 2010’s stumbles. Starting April, the company had reached over one billion stumbles every month.

Even though StumbleUpon could not outrun the popularity of other social sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or Google+, they still believe that their services are good enough to produce billions of loyal members. The company, in fact, will be celebrating its 10th birthday on November.

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Bit.ly Acquires Twitterfeed, Enhances Social Media Functions

Written on August 10, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Bit.ly has acquired automated social publishing tool, Twitterfeed, extending its capabilities into the social media platform.

Bit.ly, a popular URL shortening service on the micro-blogging website Twitter, has just bought Twitterfeed.

Twitterfeed is a program which lets bloggers publish their write-ups and RSS feeds into Twitter, Facebook, and other social services. According to the company, the purpose of this acquisition was to improve the functions of the two services, making it easier for web users to organize, shorten, and share their links. Bit.ly is probably the best URL shortener to date – in fact, it is the default URL shortening service of Twitter before they’ve planned to develop their own.

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Twitter.com Officially Rolls Out #newTwitter

Written on August 09, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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It's official! Twitter.com had completely rolled out the new Twitter UI that was introduced last year.

According to a tweet, Twitter has finally rolled out its new version, which was first announced last year. The company is requiring all members to use the #newTwitter and abandon the old version of the site.

Twitter’s newest version is said to be having a revamped design and web interface, providing a better experience and features to its users. Though it will still be using the same-old application, the #newTwitter is expected to change some of its buttons — the @mentions, retweets, searches, and lists is now placed above your timeline. On the right side of the screen, you will then be able to see your current activities, such as whom you recently followed and who recently followed you, favorites, and Trending Topics.

Learn more by hitting the play button at the video after the cut.

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Google Plus, to Roll Out an Easier Way of Inviting Friends

Written on August 08, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Google+ is opening its door a bit wider by offering an easier way of sending friend invites.

Google+ will be kicking off another great feature that will surely boost up their services. Now, aside from inviting friends through emails, you can also encourage other users to join in the Google’s social network just by sharing a link. The company will be having a limit on this feature though. Users will only be able to send invites to 150 friends.

This announcement was recently delivered by Google+ engineer, Balaji Srinivasan, who also wrote in a post: “Since we’re still in field trial, we’re limiting sign-ups from these links to 150 per person for now” (See the video after the break).

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Virgin America, to Hold a Special Twitter Scavenger Hunt

Written on August 06, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Virgin America will mark its fourth-year anniversary through running a Twitter scavenger hunt in San Francisco Giants Game.

Virgin America will be celebrating its fourth anniversary soon. And to make their event more exciting, the new airline will host a special Twitter contest wherein participants could grab the chance to win a free flight.

The event, also known as “Virgin America Day” which will be held on August 8 in San Fancisco, is said to be a scavenger hunt. All attendees of the Giants-Phillies game are asked to find the flight attendants that are hiding inside the ballpark. Fortunately, they can get photo clues just by following the Virgin America on Twitter and tracking the #FlyTheBeard hashtag through their mobile phones. The first participant to find the missing flight attendants will be entitled as the winner, and would likely to receive a Giants/Virgin swag and the promised free flight.

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Old Version of Twitter To Be Eliminated This Week

Written on August 03, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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After nine months of introducing the new version to users, the Twitter company announced today that they will be eliminating the old version this week.

Several months ago, the social media company – Twitter – announced that they will be eliminating the old version of the micro-blogging website “very, very soon.” Now, the company has yet released another message stating that the old version has completely retired and urged users to utilize the new version of Twitter starting this week.

“If you’re currently using Old Twitter, we want to let you know that you’ll be upgraded to New Twitter this week,” the company affirmed in a tweet.

Ever since Twitter introduced the new version to users, they have been releasing messages, asking people to leave the old version and switch to the new one. Last June, the company made the announcement more urgent. They changed the color of the top bar into yellow as an alert for Tweeps, and even posted tweets stating: “You will automatically be upgraded to New Twitter very, very soon.”

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White House Staff Revealed Tweets Influenced Debt Ceiling Deal

Written on August 01, 2011 by Lulu

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A conversation on Twitter revealed that President Obama used Twitter to get the Senators and Congressmen to come to an agreement for the debt ceiling.

A White House aide stated during a Twitter conversation on Sunday night that the micro-blogging site influenced the upcoming result of the agreement on the U.S. debt ceiling. The said conversation is between Brian Stelter, a reporter from The New York Times, and Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director.

The House and Senate are expected to vote on the debt ceiling bill on today.

President Obama asked people to tweet their congressmen Friday to persuade them to come to an agreement on setting the debt ceiling with the hashtag #compromise. Then his staff spent a day tweeting out names of Republican legislator from every state of US. Due to the said move, the @BarackObama account lost 36,000 followers. However this new information might indicate it may have been worth it.

Following the said conversation, members of the Congress also took the opportunity to fire back to the president using Twitter.

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