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If you’re a famous person, you have a lot of demands on your time, but there is no demand so great as the demand to interact with the fans. Thanks to social media, a good celebrity is one who talks to his or her fans, and that’s a lot of pressure. Not on the celebrities, but on the social media services. Facebook has been pushed to its limits by Twitter, which offers instant ability to interact with fans. To respond, Facebook has launched Facebook Mentions, a special celebs-only iPhone app for the famous to interact with us poors.
“With so many people connected to public figures, it’s really hard to manage those interactions,” said Facebook product manager Allison Swope. ”We realized we could create a way to make that easier.”
Mentions is a great help to celebrities, as it helps them keep track of fan trends, keep up (and follow) other famous people and media influencers, and even host a live Q&A session from their iPhone directly. According to the celebrities involved, it has made interacting with fans a lot easier, and Facebook says that it has improved celebrity use by 50 percent, though it’s still a very new service. Facebook expects to roll it out internationally in the coming months; for now, the service is US-only.
“My fans are so important to me,” said singer Austin Mahone. ”They’re the reason why I make music, and I love sharing my life with them. (Facebook) Mentions has made it even easier to keep my fans updated on what’s going on in my world, and to respond directly to their posts.”
Feel free to check out Facebook Mentions, if you’re famous.Technorati Tags: facebook, facebook app for celebrities, facebook app for famous people, facebook for celebrities, facebook for the famous, facebook mentions, facebook mentions app, fan interaction app, mentions, social media, unusual apps
My parents have four cats, and that means that feeding time for the kitties quickly becomes chaos. The calico wants to eat everyone’s food. The gray one needs special food because she’s diabetic. The brown and white one is an adult cat who eats normal adult cat food. The calico and the orange one are still kittens and need kitten food. Everyone wants to eat everyone else’s food. Believe me, it’s a mess, especially when I have to go over there and feed for them. That’s what makes the idea of the Bistro smart cat feeder so genius. Taiwan design team 42ARK have created the Bistro, which monitors cat eating habits and uses facial recognition to keep cats from misbehaving around the food bowl.
Perhaps more interestingly, it can also be used to track the food intake of the cats to figure out who needs to go on a diet, who needs to eat a little more, and which cat is the one that eats everyone else’s food. There are also weight sensors in the food bowl to make doubly sure that the right cat has the right food.Technorati Tags: 42ARK, bistro, bistro cat feeder, cat facial recognition, cat feeder, cat feeder gadget, feline facial recognition, Taiwan, unusual pet gadgets
If you’re rapidly running out of reading material for your Kindle, then you’re not alone. There are a lot of services that offer all the books you care to read for a certain price per month, but not all of them come with the ease of use that Amazon Prime’s one book a month offers. So that’s why Amazon, who started out as an online book seller, is getting back to their roots and offering a great book deal. Amazon is launching Kindle Unlimited today; Kindle Unlimited is an all-you-can-read-and-listen-to plan for $9.99 a month. Unlimited books AND unlimited audiobooks, all for one low price.
For someone like myself, who doesn’t have a lot of time to read, it’s not a great deal. However, if I could listen to audiobooks in the car or at work or wherever I might happen to be… well, then the deal is looking a lot better, especially if these are unabridged audiobooks rather than truncated versions. If I’m listening to something, I want to listen to the whole thing, not just the hits.Technorati Tags: amazon, amazon book rental service, amazon kindle, amazon launches unlimited book service, kindle, kindle unlimited, kindle unlimited service, unlimited book rental service, unlimited book service
The Chromebook isn’t the best computer out there, but for the price point, it’s a pretty top notch device. It can’t do everything, but it can enough to take care of the needs of most users. Of course, that is what’s going to cause some issues for Microsoft, the company behind Windows and one of the biggest software providers in the world. Chromebooks are an attack on their partners, and that’s an attack on Microsoft’s operating systems. Microsoft is fighting back, cutting prices for OEM software and pushing for $199 laptops.
“We are going to participate at the low-end,” says Microsoft COO Kevin Turner. ”We’ve got a great value proposition against Chromebooks, we are not ceding the market to anyone.”
HP has been the first company to announce their $199 laptop, the HP Stream device. They didn’t announce much about it, but the fact that it even exists–alongside a couple of other $99 table-style offerings–is great news for the lower end of the marketplace. The more inexpensive computers in the world, the better off everyone will be. .
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Posting has been a bit slow around these parts, but it’s been for a very important reason. Or rather, for a very irritating reason. Right now, there are seven different devices around me that either can connect or are connected to the Internet: four laptops, two tablets, the cable box, and my Blu-Ray player (that streams Netflix).
Not all of these devices are currently on or currently drawing bandwidth, but when there are two or three of them running at one time, there’s a little problem. When I moved to my house, we had to downgrade from high-speed Internet to DSL Internet connectivity. Normally, that’s fine; 6MB is enough to do most normal activities online; however, the purchase of a new laptop means there has to be a backup of iTunes from the ancient MacBook Pro, which is too old to connect to the cloud. So the files from iTunes have to be moved from the MBP to Google Drive, and that means that my bandwidth is all gone whenever those files are being moved.
It’s not as though I can free up more bandwidth just by willing it, and we can’t get any non-Time Warner high-speed Internet at our house, which means we can’t get any high-speed Internet service at the house. So that means for vast swaths of time, I haven’t even been able to connect to the Internet, let alone do my usual writing and blogging work. It’s very frustrating, and it’s a good example as to why you should get as much broadband as you think you’ll need, because too little is not good.Technorati Tags: bandwidth, broadband access, dsl, high speed internet, internet, internet access, internet connection, online access
So you’re wondering just where your child is, and while you can probably just call them on their phone, that won’t tell you if your child is actually somewhere safe or if they were out somewhere doing something dangerous. That’s where technology comes in. There are probably some tracking apps out there, but good luck getting the kid to use said app, or not disable said app. That’s where the Kizon comes in; it’s a cool-looking wearable device that keeps a parent app updated with location information. LG has announced the Kizon, a child-tracking smartband that pairs allows parents to keep tabs on their child.
It’s not just a band, though. The Kizon is also a phone, and parents can control just who calls, who the child can talk to, and so on. If the child doesn’t answer the phone, the Kizon automatically activates its microphone so you can hear what’s going on. And if your child happens to need you, you can preprogram a phone number into the device that the child can call with the push of a button. Privacy concerns aside, that’s a really cool way to keep tabs on your little ones, should they need that.
If you’d like more information, check out LG’s Kizon website.Technorati Tags: child tracker, child tracking apps, kizon, lg, lg kizon, lg kizon child tracker, lg kizon smartband, lg smartband, smartband, unusual apps
Video games cross over with the general world in some very strange ways. Once upon a time, World of Warcraft was a phenomenon on every television thanks to the South Park episode featuring the game. Other games, from the Super Mario Brothers to Halo, routinely pop up on television or in movies, too. However, it’s pretty rare that you outright get someone to borrow a video game’s logo for their own purposes. Not so much anymore. Fox News was apparently inspired by the logo for Bioshock Infinite.
“Glad to help, Fox. Glad to help,” said Bioshock creator and Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine in a Facebook post about the incident.
Of course, the logo being so similar to the television graphic might be just a coincidence, but both the Fox News report and the game Bioshock Infinite have a strong political component, so perhaps there’s more cross-over than you might expect between the two. Either way, I’m sure Fox will be either making sure this doesn’t happen again or making sure it happens again, depending on how much they like the publicity.Technorati Tags: bioshock, bioshock infinite, bioshock logo fox news, bioshock logo shows up on fox, fox news, fox news bioshock logo, irrational games, ken levine, logos, television graphics
Tyler Hedrick is a student at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, so it’s safe to say that he’s pretty smart when it comes to, well, lots of things. One of his many tricks has been his work as an app designer. Inspired by the Yo App, which just texts the word yo to people, he’s come up with something even better. Combining his app design skills, parodying the Yo App, and channeling the mighty power of HBO’s smash sensation Game of Thrones, Tyler Hendrick has created the Hodor App. That’s right, now you can Hodor at your friends.
The app is currently only for devices running Apple iOS 7 and greater, and there’s no designs on making an Android version of the app. Plus, I imagine HBO could shut it down any time they want, but so far nobody’s done anything about the app quite yet. If you’re looking into designing a Hodor app for Android, Hendrick says he would welcome that with open arms. If that’s you, then I suggest you Hodor Hodor to Hodor Hodor’s Hodor.Technorati Tags: carnegie mellon, funny apps, game of thrones, HBO, hodor, hodor app, hodor message app, Tyler Hedrick, unusual apps
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