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Tuesday: January 8, 2013

Netflix testing out personalized profiles for their streaming services.Netflix testing out personalized profiles for their streaming services.

The test version showed separate viewing histories and recommendations for each profile. Users are able to fine-tune their profile by telling Netflix about their movie preferences, and profiles for kids under 12 are automatically based on the service’s Just for Kids UI. In addition, parents are able to restrict the type of content displayed on a kids profile based on movie ratings.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Television @ 11:51 AM | Tags (7) | gigaom | netflix | personalized | profiles | service | testing | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 24 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: December 18, 2012

Why Google's GMail outage may be a sign of things to come.Why Google's GMail outage may be a sign of things to come.

The answer is that most of the coders behind today’s popular websites and services are deploying their code when it’s ready—not at some pre-determined point when downtime may not be noticed. It’s called continuous code deployment, or some variation on that theme, and everyone from Facebook and Netflix to smaller services do it. While it may occasionally cause a few blips, those blips should be shorter and less catastrophic.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 12:52 PM | Tags (7) | google | gmail | outage | technology | coders | deployment | services |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 10, 2012

Australian police issue warning about using maps on iOS 6 for driving directions.Australian police issue warning about using maps on iOS 6 for driving directions.

Local Police have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple iPhone. Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura. Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 10:32 AM | Tags (9) | victoria | police | apple | ios | mapping | stranded | australia | maps | app |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 14, 2011

Wired would like you to know Amazon's Jeff Bezos owns more of the web than you think.Wired would like you to know Amazon's Jeff Bezos owns more of the web than you think.

An interesting read for those of you who want to have a little more insight as to just what Amazon does these days on the Interwebs besides selling everything under the sun. There's an interesting chart about half-way down he page that discusses how some important companies rely on Amazon's web services to power their products. If AWS shut off today, well - it's best not to think about it.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 10:38 AM | Tags (8) | amazon | aws | jeffbezos | magazine | owns | services | tech | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: November 9, 2011

You won't be seeing Siri on older iDevices anytime in the near future.You won't be seeing Siri on older iDevices anytime in the near future.

That's a shame but it makes sense given Apple's strategy and history of making certain features exclusive to particular iPhone models. Not clear on why devices other than iPhones have to miss out on this. The iPad 2 should have enough horsepower to run Siri without an issue (same for their notebook line as well).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:53 AM | Tags (8) | apple | support | siri | older | devices | macrumors | iphones | ipads |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 29, 2011

Some self-help advice for those of you looking to improve upon your self-improvement needs.Some self-help advice for those of you looking to improve upon your self-improvement needs.

I've been reading a lot of Coding Horror lately. This particular post resonated with me a lot more than I initially thought it would. It might be because there is a lot of noise these days (read Internet noise: twitter, facebook, work emails, etc) to distract me from a given task at hand (either that or my perpetual procrastination). If you happen to be in need of some motivational advice this will prove to be a good read.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Self Improvement @ 1:53 PM | Tags (7) | codinghorror | help | improvement | motivation | needs | advice | jeffatwood |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Watch Dan Castellaneta chat about the inspiration behind some of his voices on The Simpsons.Watch Dan Castellaneta chat about the inspiration behind some of his voices on The Simpsons.

This is an interesting / fun video for anybody who happens to be a fan of The Simpsons. Dan Castelleneta does an alarmingly high number of voices on the show (somewhere in the neighborhood of 12-15 characters). Fun fact, you'll usually see a random Simpsons quote (less random now with the new design) in the header of GLM. Guess the episode, win a cookie.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Television @ 1:36 PM | Tags (9) | barney | characters | homer | quimby | quote | simpsons | video | voices | youtube |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 28, 2011

More people returned Logitech's Google TV box than actually purchased it in the first quarter.More people returned Logitech's Google TV box than actually purchased it in the first quarter.

Ouch, with news this bad it can only mean one thing... price drop! If you are so bold to purchase one of these boxes you'll only be paying $99 bucks as opposed to the $249 you would have originally had to spend. You'll learn to love the clunky interface and all it's complicated intricacies, that is unless your cable company hasn't blocked you from using it. Good luck!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 2:56 PM | Tags (10) | boxes | clunky | google | googletv | interface | logitech | pricedrop | q1 | returns | revue |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Nintendo decides to drop price of the 3DS from $249 to $169.Nintendo decides to drop price of the 3DS from $249 to $169.

But that's not all! If you were an early adopter and have managed to come out of the ordeal eye-strain free you'll have twenty free games waiting for you for being such a loyal customer. Those free games will be comprised of titles from Nintendo's eShop - ten of which have to be NES and the other ten GBA... but hey, free games!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 2:47 PM | Tags (6) | 3ds | engadget | free | games | nintendo | pricedrop |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 26, 2011

Old Spice commercial guys to do battle via Internet popularity contest.Old Spice commercial guys to do battle via Internet popularity contest.

Dear Old Spice, there is no need for a contest here. Isaiah Mustafa should be your permanent spokesman. If you want more information other than the previous two sentences know that Mustafa's opponent happens to be none other than Fabio. You can watch some of the back and forth videos between Mustafa and Fabio over on Mashable. It's all in the delivery. Night vision top hat!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Silly @ 1:57 PM | Tags (10) | battle | contest | fabio | interwebs | mashable | mustafa | oldpsice | silly | videos | youtube |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 7, 2011

Installing spy camera software on laptops at the Apple Store may not be the smartest idea.Installing spy camera software on laptops at the Apple Store may not be the smartest idea.

So the story kinda goes like this, an artist wanted to capture various people as they stared blankly into computers, you know for purposes of art (better explanation via source link). The computers happened to be the public ones at a New York City Apple retail store. No big deal, right? The Secret Service apparently felt differently and issued a search warrant for computer fraud. Whoops.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Scary @ 4:47 PM | Tags (11) | apple | artist | camera | confiscation | exclusive | fraud | secret | service | spy | store | warrant |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


James Spader to take over for Steve Carell for next season of The Office.James Spader to take over for Steve Carell for next season of The Office.

It's official: The employees of Dunder Mifflin are getting a new CEO and his name is Robert California. James Spader’s ultra-confident and sexually charged character featured briefly in the NBC hit’s May finale is set to join the cast of the show's upcoming eighth season, NBC confirmed. 'James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior,' said Paul Lieberstein, one of the series executive producers and a series regular. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 9:05 AM | Tags (9) | dunder | jamesspader | mifflin | nbc | neat | office | stevecarell | television | tv |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 18, 2010

Microsoft to give Hotmail service a makeover at some point this summer.Microsoft to give Hotmail service a makeover at some point this summer.

...users will encounter a first screen that’s on overview of new messages, sorted into categories, with e-mails from known contacts in the top heap, updates from services like Facebook and Twitter at the bottom, and a bar up top that lets you send a status message.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 12:39 PM | Tags (8) | competition | email | gmail | google | hotmail | microsoft | service | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 10 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

Rumors swirling that Apple might make their MobileMe service free for all.Rumors swirling that Apple might make their MobileMe service free for all.

This is an interesting rumor and would certainly make a lot of sense given that most, if not all, of the current functionality of MobileMe can be done elsewhere - for free. If this happened, I'd drop some of current Google services I currently use in less than a minute.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 9:00 AM | Tags (14) | apple | apps | calendar | competition | contacts | email | linking | mail | mobileme | rumors | service | services | sync | syncing |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 10, 2010

Borders joins the e-reader party, taking pre-orders for Kobu device.Borders joins the e-reader party, taking pre-orders for Kobu device.

Let's see - so now we have a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad, and a Kobu. I'll admit that I see many a Kindle on the morning commute into Manhattan and I've spotted the Nook on the subway just once in my travels. I'll also admit that the name Kobu sounds like something you'd eat for dinner.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 3:37 PM | Tags (10) | borders | ereaders | device | gadget | ebooks | reading | books | digital | epaper | store |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 34 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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