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Google to Offer More 3-D, Offline Maps - Current Event 19 06/06/12
How Xbox SmartGlass Will Work - Current Event 17 06/06/12
Netflix Builds its Own Delivery Network - Current Event 16 06/06/12
Poll Says Four Out of Five Facebook Users Aren 06/06/12
Some LinkedIn Passwords Stolen and Leaked Online - Current Event 14 06/06/12
Chatroulette 2.0? Napster Founders Launch Airtime Video Chat - Current Event 13 06/06/12
Hands On with the Wii U, Nintendo's Next-Generation Game Console - Current Event 12 06/06/12
Brush Up On Your Furbish: New Furby Coming 05/17/12
Countries and States I Have Visited 05/15/12
Facebook Now Lets Organ Donors Tell Their Friends - Current Event 10 05/01/12
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Article posted June 7, 2012 at 01:00 AM GMT • comment • Reads 61

Google to Offer More 3-D, Offline Maps





















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.





Simon, Dan. (2012, June 06). Google to Offer More 3-D, Offline Maps. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/06/tech/web/google-maps-update/index.html

Article posted June 7, 2012 at 01:00 AM GMT • comment • Reads 61



Article posted June 7, 2012 at 12:46 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">How Xbox SmartGlass Will Work

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.

Gross, Doug. (2012, July 5). How Xbox SmartGlass Will Work. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted June 7, 2012 at 12:46 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34



Article posted June 7, 2012 at 12:39 AM GMT • comment • Reads 42

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">Netflix Builds its Own Delivery Network

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.

Goldman, D. (2012, June 5). Netflix Builds its Own Delivery Network. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted June 7, 2012 at 12:39 AM GMT • comment • Reads 42



Article posted June 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM GMT • comment • Reads 35

Poll Says Four Out of Five Facebook Users Aren't Persuaded by Site's Ads





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.





Wagstaff, K. (2012, June 5). Poll Says Four Out of Five Facebook Users Aren't Persuaded by Site's Ads. Retrieved from http://techland.time.com/2012/06/05/poll-says-four-out-of-five-facebook-users-arent-persuaded-by-sites-ads/

Article posted June 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM GMT • comment • Reads 35



Article posted June 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM GMT • comment • Reads 35

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">Some LinkedIn Passwords Stolen and Leaked Online

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.

(2012, June 6). Some LinkedIn Passwords Stolen and Leaked Online. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted June 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM GMT • comment • Reads 35



Article posted June 6, 2012 at 11:23 PM GMT • comment • Reads 35

Chatroulette 2.0? Napster Founders Launch Airtime Video Chat





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.





Wagstaff, K. (2012, June 5). Chatroulette 2.0? Napster Founders Launch Airtime Video Chat. Retrieved from http://techland.time.com/2012/06/05/chatroulette-2-0-napster-founders-launch-airtime-video-chat/?iid=tl-main-feature

Article posted June 6, 2012 at 11:23 PM GMT • comment • Reads 35



Article posted June 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM GMT • comment • Reads 46

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">Hands On with the Wii U, Nintendo's Next-Generation Game Console

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.



McCracken, H. (2012, June 5). Hands On with the Wii U, Nintendo's Next-Generation Game Console. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted June 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM GMT • comment • Reads 46



Article posted May 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM GMT • comment • Reads 39

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">U Nye Loo Lay Doo? Brush Up on Your Furbish: New Furby Coming

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.

Aamoth, D. (2012, May 17). U Nye Loo Lay Doo? Brush Up on Your Furbish: New Furby Coming. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted May 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM GMT • comment • Reads 39



Article posted May 16, 2012 at 02:07 AM GMT • comment • Reads 36

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Article posted May 16, 2012 at 02:07 AM GMT • comment • Reads 36



Article posted May 1, 2012 at 04:10 PM GMT • comment • Reads 43

Facebook Now Lets Organ Donors Tell Their Friends





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.





Newman, J. (2012, May 1). Facebook Now Lets Organ Donors Tell Their Friends. Retrieved from http://techland.time.com/2012/05/01/facebook-lets-organ-donors-tell-their-friends/

Article posted May 1, 2012 at 04:10 PM GMT • comment • Reads 43



Article posted April 26, 2012 at 05:27 PM GMT • comment • Reads 36

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">5 Reasons to Give Google Drive a Shot

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.

Peckham, M. (2012, April 25). 5 Reasons to Give Google Drive a Shot. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted April 26, 2012 at 05:27 PM GMT • comment • Reads 36



Article posted April 19, 2012 at 09:59 PM GMT • comment • Reads 34

Should Teachers and Students Be Facebook Friends?





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.





(2012, April 19). Should Teachers and Students Be Facebook Friends? Retrieved from http://techland.time.com/2012/04/19/should-teachers-and-students-be-facebook-friends/

Article posted April 19, 2012 at 09:59 PM GMT • comment • Reads 34



Article posted April 3, 2012 at 04:40 PM GMT • comment • Reads 34

Arizona Looks to Outlaw Internet Trolling





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.





Newman, J. (2012, April 3). Arizona Looks to Outlaw Internet Trolling. Retrieved from http://techland.time.com/2012/04/03/arizona-looks-to-outlaw-internet-trolling/

Article posted April 3, 2012 at 04:40 PM GMT • comment • Reads 34



Article posted March 31, 2012 at 06:00 AM GMT • comment • Reads 45

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">The Decline of Best Buy: How It Can Fix Its Business Model

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.

McCracken, H. (2012, March 29). Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted March 31, 2012 at 06:00 AM GMT • comment • Reads 45



Article posted March 31, 2012 at 05:51 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34

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.

Article posted March 31, 2012 at 05:51 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34



Article posted March 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM GMT • comment • Reads 34

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">Fuzzy Math: The New iPad’s Battery Keeps Drawing Power Past 100%

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.

Peckham, M. (2012, March 23). The New iPad’s Battery Keeps Drawing Power Past 100%. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted March 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM GMT • comment • Reads 34



Article posted March 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">New Translation Software Lets You Speak 26 Different Languages

Researchers at Microsoft have developed a new program with translates spoken words in to 26 different languages. Also, it preserves the original voice of the speaker.

This article interested me because this program seems like it would make learning new languages much easier, which could be very convenient.

Wagstaff, K. (2012, March 12). New Translation Software Lets You Speak 26 Different Languages. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted March 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM GMT • comment • Reads 34



Article posted March 6, 2012 at 02:24 AM GMT • comment • Reads 49

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">Next iPad Rumor Roundup: The Good, the Plausible and the Just Plain Silly

Apple will be having a big media event on March 7th, where they are rumored to release the iPad 3. Many rumors are circulating about the features of the new iPad, but no guarantees have been made.

This article interests me because I've always wanted an iPad, and knowing a new one is coming out is very encouraging.

Peckham, M. (2012, March 5). Next iPad Rumor Roundup: The Good, the Plausible and the Just Plain Silly. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted March 6, 2012 at 02:24 AM GMT • comment • Reads 49



Article posted March 1, 2012 at 12:06 AM GMT • comment • Reads 45



This is the video I used for my handshake on Ning!

Article posted March 1, 2012 at 12:06 AM GMT • comment • Reads 45



Article posted February 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM GMT • comment • Reads 45

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">Why the iPhone Has a Head Start on the Future of Personal Computing

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.

Bajarin, T. (2012, February 27). Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted February 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM GMT • comment • Reads 45



Article posted February 24, 2012 at 02:02 AM GMT • comment • Reads 38

[LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]">Google Street View to Map Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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!

Wagstaff, K. (2012, February 23). Google street view to map australia’s great barrier reef. Retrieved from [LINK]" target="_blank">[LINK]

Article posted February 24, 2012 at 02:02 AM GMT • comment • Reads 38



Article posted February 8, 2012 at 02:28 AM GMT • comment • Reads 36

Hello, is this working? I hope so.

Article posted February 8, 2012 at 02:28 AM GMT • comment • Reads 36



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