Google unveiled some upgrades to Google Maps. Similar to Street View, where you can see the houses and buildings on certain streets, Google is now chartering planes to fly and take pictures of cities, mountains, etc. This will compete against Apple, who have recently announced that they will ditch Google Maps on the iPhone and all related products.
I thought this article was interesting because I love using Google Maps, and I've always found Street View to be especially interesting. I'm sure the "Sky View" that they are releasing will be even more exciting and interesting.
The most important thing to happen this year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles was the unveiling of Xbox SmartGlass by Microsoft. SmartGlass is an app that promises a lot more than just video games.
This article was interesting to me because I have an Xbox and I enjoy it very much. I have a feeling I will enjoy the Xbox SmartGlass even more if I got it.
Netflix has said that it created its own delivery network exclusively for it's content. It will be called Open Connect, a series of servers, routers, and fiber that can send Netflix video from the source to Internet Service Providers.
I think this article is interesting because I've used Netflix a lot and if there is an easier delivery system, it would be much easier for me, the customer, to enjoy their products.
There is an issue with Facebook and that is that it is not fully monetizing the traffic it gets from it's 900 million users. A new poll shows that four out of five Facebook users "have never bought a product or service as a result of advertising or comments on the social network site."
This article interested me because I have been annoyed by the ads on Facebook for a while, and I always wondered if anyone actually took the time to look up the things being advertised and go buy them. Evidently not many people have.
The social network known as LinkedIn said on Wednesday that many of its users' passwords were stolen and leaked online. Apparently, over six million passwords were distributed online, but not all of them were accurate. The company is currently investigating this manner.
I found this article interesting because I never understood why people bother stealing passwords on the internet. After reading this article, I still don't know why, but at least I know more details about the severity of this issue.
If you've ever used or know someone who has used Chatroulette, then you know it is a less than desirable method of random video chatting. Airtime is a new website that is a cleaned-up version of Chatroulette. You have to connect through Facebook, which makes pairing with other people much safer.
I chose this article because I always found Chatroulette to be really creepy. I never even really liked the idea of random video chatting with strangers, but maybe Airtime can change my mind.
The Wii initially changed gaming for eternity with the "Wiimote" using motion technology to control the game. With many new technologies coming out to surpass it, such as Kinect, Nintendo needs something fresh and inventive. The company hopes that this will be the Wii U.
I chose this article because it interested me. It interested me because I've had a Wii since around the time when it came out. While it was very entertaining in the beginning of the time, it got boring after a while. Hopefully Nintendo can recapture their customer's (including me) interest.
If you were a 90s kid, then you must remember the infamous Furby. The always interesting, but semi-creepy toy caused a toy craze bigger than Beanie Babies. Later this year, a new Furby is coming out hoping to get the attention it's predecessor did.
I chose this article because I had a bunch of Furbies as a child, and the arrival of a new one brings back many memories.
Since the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is no longer content with just just changing the world, he thinks now he can save lives. Facebook users can now post organ donor status to their Facebook Timelines.
I think this could be a great idea, if it is handled well. If handled properly, it has the capability of raising the awareness of organ donors for people who need them, and especially for people near you.