Tuesday: January 8, 2013
- 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.
Tuesday: December 18, 2012
- 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.
Monday: November 14, 2011
- 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.
Thursday: July 7, 2011
- 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.
Tuesday: May 18, 2010
- 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.
Tuesday: May 11, 2010
- 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.
Monday: May 10, 2010
- Verizon customers would really like to have an iPhone to call their own.
Of those polled who are currently Verizon subscribers, 19% said they were 'very likely' to buy an iPhone if it became available to the carrier, with another 34% answering that they were 'somewhat likely' to buy. Both numbers were higher than those for either Sprint or T-Mobile subscribers.
- Cablevision decides not cripple their DVR service for their customer base.
Don't worry, you won't be losing the ability to fast forward through commercials for now. The article has some interesting tidbits about how your DVR habits are tracked and the legal purposes as to why their DVR system functions the way it does.
Friday: April 9, 2010
- Always wondered what America's top fifty franchises are? Wonder no more.
Wow, look at all those orange slices. If you're thinking that McDonald's is the top American franchise, your close - but try again. I'll give you a hint: their best-selling product rhymes with Shmurpee.
Tuesday: March 9, 2010
- Location services might be coming to your Facebook account in near future.
Soon you'll know exactly where all of your friends are and where you can find them. Isn't it great when mystical items from movies and books somehow make their way into real life? It's almost like magic.
Monday: March 1, 2010
- Ten of the all-time greatest free downloads and services according to PC World.
I find it a little strange that Spybot: Search and Destroy isn't on this list. On almost every PC I've ever had to troubleshoot I usually start by running a scan of Spybot to get a quick glance at what's going on.
Wednesday: February 17, 2010
- Microsoft decides to go with AT&T for their upcoming Windows 7 phone.
Interesting move considering how much AT&T is bashed for their poor and spotty coverage as it relates to all things iPhone. Although, I have to admit I've never had a real issue with AT&T in terms of service here in the NYC suburbs. Maybe I have a magical account.
Tuesday: December 15, 2009
- Google reveals URL shortening service for some of their products.
Google said that it may eventually roll out the service as a standalone site, but that for now it's being built into Google products. Such a feature would likely allow third party sites to build Goo.gl link shortening into their own products.
Tuesday: December 8, 2009
- AT&T releases iPhone app so users can complain about poor service.
So AT&T would like you to reach out to them with this iPhone app if you happen to hit a dead zone or if you become a dropped call victim. So how are you supposed to actually make the complaint when there isn't any service?
Thursday: November 12, 2009
- Over one million users have just been banned from Xbox Live.
The timing of the statement coincides with the release this week of 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,' a highly anticipated Xbox 360 game. The game's release means big sales — but also sales of pirated copies, which are illegal.