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.
Google Drive is Google's version of popular online storage tools such a Dropbox, Box.net, and SugarSync. There was very little ceremony about the new tool, it just suddenly appeared. This article gives reasons why it is useful.
This article interested me because Google has always been very helpful to me. There are many tools that were already beneficial to a student on it, such as Google Docs, Google Reader, etc.
There is a controversy going on in school districts across the country contemplating whether or not it is appropriate for teachers and students to be friends on Facebook. They are trying to balance the risks of inappropriate contact, and inappropriate content being shared with the academic benefits of social networking.
This article interested me because I am not sure of my position/opinion in the controversy, but I enjoyed seeing other people's opinions.
In Arizona, the Arizona House Bill 2549 paseed through both legislative houses last week and is awaiting approval by the governor. If this law is approved, it could eliminate the right to be obnoxious on the Internet, commonly called "trolling."
This article interested me because there are many laws trying to limit our rights on the internet, and I worry when the laws will go too far.
Best Buy isn't doing well at all at the moment. For it's fourth quarter it has reported a $.17 billion loss. Best Buy is having trouble competing with other consumer-electronics retail stores, such as the Apple Store and Amazon(.com), which have proven to be much more efficient than Best Buy.
This article interested me because many of the electronics I own were bought at Best Buy. I've never had a huge problem with Best Buy, but this article pointed out a lot of its interesting shortcomings.
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In my opinion, the videos are helpful for explaining topics which we are unable to cover in class time. They teach us useful things that we will definitely need in the future. I believe no one commented or responded to the previous video(s) because there were either no questions about the content or no need to respond.
It would be the most helpful and convenient to only post videos when there are topics which are necessary to cover which we do not have time for in class.
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This article reports about the less than ideal battery in the new iPad. Apparently, when the iPad is charging and the screen displays that it has reached 100% charge, when it actually needs a full extra hour before being ready. This article also has tips for saving battery power in the new iPad.
This article interested me because I've considered getting the new iPad, but I would like to know more about it before I get it.
Apple's future vision of the iPhone is to have immense modular functionality in a small device which can fit in your pocket. They hope for the iPhone to house a powerful processor, operating system, custom data files and user interface and can be accessed anywhere.
This article interested me because I am an iPhone user, and the future capabilities of the phone are inspiring.
While Google Street View already can show you the way from San Francisco to New York City and every street on the way from Paris to Beijing, they are extending their reach even further to the Great Barrier Reef. They are trying to give people everywhere the chance to virtually explore one of the most beautiful places in the world.
This interested me because I've always wanted to visit the Great Barrier Reef, although I doubt I ever will get the chance to. This could allow me to see it without ever having to leave my house!