Innovation

Eulerian Video Magnification – the new video tool that will blow your mind

Google Research earlier shared some breakthrough research to come out of MIT. This time, the research does not just influence the world of social or search — it is research that has the potential to break boundaries in medicine, the military and even law enforcement. The new video technique, called Eulerian Video Magnification, is designed to magnify subtle changes in the world. The system basically works by taking a video (or even still images) and comparing the changes that happen on ...

Social media

Half of the world’s biggest companies are getting one aspect of social wrong

Social media's a powerful business tool. In the wrong hands it can do serious damage to your company's reputation. In the right hands it can help avert a crisis. But if you want it to work, you have to get it right first -- and a lot of the world's most powerful companies are getting at least one aspect of it wrong. The latest findings from tech research company Gartner suggest that only 50% of Fortune 1000 ...

Mobile apps

Sorry Android, developers still prefer iOS

Think you're dedicated to Apple fanboy? Sorry but those Instagrammed photos of your Mac (taken with your iPhone of course) have nothing on the love developers have for the Cupertino-based tech giant. According to the latest findings from research company Flurry Analytics, nearly 70% of the new apps are built for iOS. A paltry 31% are built for Android. So while Google's mobile OS might be winning the mobile OS wars in pure number of handsets shipping with it, it's ...

Google, Social networking

4 reasons why Google+ is cooler than ever

Google Plus Black When Google+ launched in 2011, the new social network on the block was warmly received and lauded for its cool, user-friendly interface and innovative approach. It was also billed as a new competitor to the omnipresent Facebook -- which, in hindsight, probably set the whole thing up for an inevitable anti-climax. Despite keeping up a steady albeit sluggish growth, it was just becoming too easy to rip on the 'blunder' some saw Google+ to be. Just a few weeks back The ...

Blogs, LinkedIn

8 ways to put LinkedIn to work for your blog

Blog If you’re like a lot of bloggers, you’ve already got a LinkedIn account but probably don’t know quite what to do with it. Sure, you know you can build relationships through Facebook and find topic ideas on Twitter, but what of LinkedIn? Are there ways you can use this social network to benefit your blog? The good news is yes -- although LinkedIn is a highly under-utilised tool for bloggers, it’s also a powerful one, drawing more than 100-million members ...

Startup news

LoyalT: Bringing check-in rewards to sport

LoyalT We're always looking for hot startups and so it was with great glee that we were introduced to LoyalT, which brings location-based reward programs to life for small businesses by offering users special deals based on checking in, similar to Foursquare and Scvngr. The first implementation of LoyalT's technology is called SharksFrenzy for The Sharks Rugby Union in Durban, South Africa. According to Justin Raleigh, New Media Director at LoyalT, the concept of SharksFrenzy was started in August 2010 ...

News

Foursquare gets extreme makeover, finally adds a ‘like’ button

explore-copy-640x469 Popular location-based social network Foursquare has added a fresh coat of paint to the platform. The company has been hinting at a redesign for while now and it comes as no surprise that version five is finally here. The new version is set to change the app experience drastically and allow users to interact more with people they know and people they don't know. "After today, no one will be able to call Foursquare just a "check-in app" any longer -- ...

LinkedIn, News

How to tell if your LinkedIn password was hacked

LinkedIn Offices When you heard about some 6.5-million of LinkedIn's password's being leaked, you may have felt a twinge of panic (even if you hadn't been on there in months). Some opportunistic developers have built a tool called LeakedIn, which allows you to to check if your password was one of the ones compromised. All you do is feed in your password, which the tool hashes with JavaScript. It looks legit enough but, as always, you use it at your own risk. ...

News

Dating site eHarmony joins LinkedIn in password saga

Online dating site eHarmony has confirmed that it too suffered a hack on its password database. In an official blog post, the company said that the attack had affected a minority of its user base: After investigating reports of compromised passwords, we have found that a small fraction of our user base has been affected. We are continuing to investigate but would like to provide the following actions we are taking to protect our members. In the wake of news ...

News

Google Earth mobile gets radical 3D makeover

Google is set to give Google Earth for mobile a radical 3D makeover. The internet today announced that it will begin adding 3D models to entire metropolitan areas to Google Earth on mobile devices. According to Google's VP of Engineering for Google Maps Brian McClendon, this is possible "thanks to a combination of our new imagery rendering techniques and computer vision that let us automatically create 3D cityscapes, complete with buildings, terrain and even landscaping, from 45-degree aerial ...

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