Facebook Wants To Cut Clutter

The website that has now more than 1 billion users is, once again, revamping their design. The new design or “template” is designed to cut useless clutter from Facebook’s “News Feed” and in return keep users happy as Facebook receives most of their income from users clicking on advertisements.


Facebook announced the changes during a media event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California. They also mentioned that the web version would start to roll out on Thursday, continuing over the next couple of weeks if not months. Facebook also announced that they are in the middle of updating their iOS and Android application and that we would begin to see the revamped versions in the coming weeks.

The news feed is sometimes the only page you will see when logging into Facebook and for that reason, we think, Zuckerberg wanted to revamp Facebook’s most-visited page as soon as possible.

“I think that there’s this important and social place in this world for this customized newspaper,” Zuckerberg said.

The Lytro Camera

The 3 Lytro Cameras

Well, they’re finally announced. Lytro officially presented the Lytro camera at a press conference earlier this week. These cameras are based on Plenoptics. Plenoptic (cameras) use microlens array to capture a 4D light field information about a scene. This is also based on light-field technology.

For a photographer, whether amateur or professional, the Lytro technology means that the headaches of focusing a shot go away.
-Steve Lohr, The New York Times

The theory behind the Lytro cameras is to capture living images. You can take a picture, and then refocus it later on any part of your photo. Lytro says with no auto-focus motor will mean no shutter delay. So in simple terms, that means capture the moment you want to capture without delay. They also say it will be integrated so all computers can view it, even your friends on Facebook and Twitter, and soon to a mobile device such as phones and tablets.

So the camera has a 8X optical zoom lens, with constant f/2 aperture (to capture maximum light). It is 4.4 inches long by 1.6 inches square, and weighs less than 8 ounces. On their website, they say the batter is a long-life Li-Ion battery. It has an aluminium casing, and the screen is multitouch. And of course, it’s very speedy because there’s no auto-focus meter, making it very quick and no time last trying to focus your image.

So with all these cool features, what’s the price and internal memory? Well, first off (and I find this weird), black and graphite cameras are 8GB only, at $399 USD. THese means it can take up to 350 Lytro pictures. There is a 16GB version, but only in red priced at $499USD. Your picture files are .lfp, which means Light Field Picture file. So expect that file type to merging soon.

However, at the current moment there are some drawbacks. You need Mac in order to view these pictures. But a Widows application is “in development.” Oh, and if you want a replacement lens cap, you’ll have to buy it separately. And it uses a micro-usb for data and charging, so maybe no wall charging at the moment.

So that’s the Lytro camera!

*As seen on Jordan’s Tech Stop

Thank You Steve, For Everything

On October 5th, 2011, former Apple CEO and Chairman Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56. This was such a sad and shocking day for the World, for Jobs had inspired millions around the World with his innovative and slick products. Steve was a one-of-a-kind, he will not be replaced within this century. Steve had been battling pancreatic cancer since 2004. It’s disappeared and reappeared throughout the years. Unfortunately it got the better of him on October 5th, as he died surrounded by his family and friends. The Apple Board of Directors, yesterday, released a statement saying:

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Over the years Steve as revolutionized the technology industry. He has brought so many new kinds of technologies to this planet, that otherwise might not even be here today. Look around your room… I bet you there’s at least one Apple product near you. It’s quite amazing and extraordinary how a man like Jobs has affected our living space, our favorite music, our favorite movies, and our favorite devices. Where would we be without this important man? Nobody knows; and thank god that this man founded Apple. I remember one of the first videos that I watched, regarding Steve Jobs, on YouTube, was his Stanford University Commencement Speech which took place in 2005.  Here’s one of the most powerful quote’s that you will ever read:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

We are extremely saddened by the death of a great technology mogul, and wanted to write our own message to him. This is our message to Steve Jobs & his family:

We are all shocked and stunned by the death of a hero. Steve was a one-of-a-kind technology mogul, he can’t be replaced. Not only was Steve one of the most successful CEO’s of all time, he inspired the World with his extraordinary and special products. He will be missed greatly, and our condolences go out to Steve’s family, his friends, his relatives, and his company.

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BEATbox – Real Human Beatboxing – A Must Have! [Review]

Haven’t you always wanted to create your own beat using beat boxing skills? What if you didn’t have those skills? Well, now you’re able to create your own awesome beat-boxing loops using BEATbox – Real Human Beatboxing! BEATbox was developed by Baseportal GmbH & has been on the Apple App Store for roughly 2 weeks now. As of right now it costs $0.99, and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, & iPad that run iOS 4.0 or higher.

BEATbox – Real Human Beatboxing is an awesome application that lets your create your own small beat. You’ll be able to use it anywhere, whether it be at home, at a party, at school, or at work. Once you launch the application, you’ll have the option to click anywhere on the default face displayed to make a beat. You can make each beat as fast or slow as your want to. You even have the option of changing the length of each part separately. If you made a mistake or want to change something, you’ll be able to move back & forth or just insert extra parts or overwrite existing ones. After you’ve finished creating your beat, you’ll be able to play the loop as a real video sequence in full-screen.

All in all, BEATbox – Real Human Beatboxing is a very fun, small, & addictive application! You’ll have an abundance of fun playing around with it & showing your newly created beat(s) to your friends & family. I rate this application a 5/5 stars! 🙂

If you want to find out more about BEATbox – Real Human Beatboxing, visit its website: http://beatbox.zuuw.com

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Facebook Announces New “Revolutionary” E-mail Service

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Facebook announced Monday that it is building a full-fledged e-mail system into its 500-million-member-strong social network. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new e-mail offering, which the company says will be introduced to users over the next couple months.

Zuckerberg announced a unified messaging system called Facebook Messages that blends e-mail, Facebook messages, SMS, and chat into a “modern messaging service.” Facebook’s 500 million users will be able to get an @Facebook.com e-mail address that will allow them to communicate within and outside the Facebook network.

Now users won’t have to leave Facebook to send e-mail to their friends, but rather click a new e-mail link in Facebook to compose and send messages. The messaging offering has been created from the ground up and is not just an improvement of Facebook’s existing limited Messaging system.

“We can do things that will help you see the e-mails that really matter on top. It’s a similar algorithm used with the news feed to put the most important people and content on top,” Zuckerberg says.

With the ability to communicate with people outside the Facebook system, Facebook will be capturing e-mail addresses and other information that didn’t already exist on its servers. Zuckerberg acknowledges this, but says that information is being captured to make the messaging tool smarter and easier to use. He denies that the information collected via Facebook’s messaging platform will be used to target ads, or shared with advertisers or marketers, or made accessible to Facebook app makers.

Do you think this idea will change the way people communicate with each-other? Will this be revolutionary? Tell us in the comments!

Twitter & Ping Get Together. Take That Facebook!

It looks like Apple has just introduced Twitter integration to its Ping music social network. When you navigate to the Ping page in iTunes, you’ll most likely find a dialog box at the top prompting you to connect to your Twitter account.

When connecting Twitter & Ping, you’re allowing Apple’s services to share your “Likes” & other activity on Ping with your Twitter followers. For example, liking a song/album, produces a tweet that shares a link to the song/album on the iTunes Store, & adds an #iTunes hashtag.

Your Ping landing page now shows a “Find people you follow on Twitter” link in addition to searching by name and inviting them by email. As of this writing, clicking that link just displays a screen telling me I “have no friends on Twitter who are also connected to Ping.”

Will Twitter integration help Ping become more relevant? Will it erase the sting of having no Facebook connection? Let us know what you think in the comments, as well as how it’s working for you.

Palringo: A Great Way To Stay Connected!

Have you every searched for an application that would allow you to connect with you friends using Facebook Chat, Google Talk, MSN, or even Jabber? I found an application that will let you do just this & a lot more things! It’s called Palringo! Palringo (Free) requires you to set up an account in order to add services such as Facebook Chat, MSN, & Google Talk. You can connect to your friends in all the different Instant Messaging for free, isn’t that great!?

Palringo also enables you to join & set up groups. You are able to create or join a group that’s interested in News, Sports, Games, etc… If you’ve created a group, then why not get people to join it? 😀 You are able to chat with-in the group (directed at all the members) or a private chat (Chat with a certain member of the group). Groups is definitely a great feature for setting up clans or even guilds if you may.

Palringo is a great app for connecting with people you know & people you have yet to meet! You can currently purchase Palringo for Free.  Who knows… it might go up in price, so you’d better catch it before it does!

To purchase Palringo, click here.

If you’d like to learn more about Palringo’s features, or even download it for your PC or Mac, visit it’s website.

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Are you willing to try out Palringo? Why or why not?

NFL 2011: The Free Version Now Available.

Gameloft released the free version of NFL 2011 today, October 25th. If you haven’t yet downloaded NFL 2011, you should definitely stick to the free version & see if you like it. NFL 2011 was developed & published by Gameloft. Below are some of the key features in the full version:

• The official NFL and NFL PLAYERS license brings every team and over 2,000 players to manage and control.
• An impressive level of animation detail and realism for players thanks to motion capture.
• New and even more intuitive controls for running, tackling and more.
• Endless tactical options thanks to the Playbook Editor or the over 200 plays already available.
• Thanks to the official NFL RSS feed, always keep in touch with news about your favorite NFL team.

You are able to upgrade to the full version for only $4.99, but are more than welcome to just stick with the Free version. 🙂 NFL 2011 is definitely a must-have for all football & sports fans!

You are more than welcome to follow Gameloft on Twitter and/or “Like” them on Facebook. Gameloft also updates their blog frequently, click here if you’re interested in reading some of their published articles.

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Angry Birds Halloween: No Free Update [Apps]

Angry Birds Halloween

All of you Angry Birds fans will most likely love the Halloween Angry Birds game that was recently released. The new Angry Birds Halloween game is not a free update for the original Angry Birds app, It’s actually a separate app costing $0.99. You might ask why they would bother to make it a separate app. Honestly, I have absolutely no clue. An interesting thing I noticed while looking at it on the App Store is that the Halloween app was published by Rovio Mobile Ltd. all though the original Angry Birds was published by Clickgamer.com.

The Angry Birds Halloween game consists of 45 Halloween levels, & includes Facebook & Twitter integration. It also contains online leader-boards for the comparison of scores. 🙂 The Halloween application is a bit short, but other than that it’s quite enjoyable to play. I would definitely not pay $0.99 for a one-time (Halloween) game. It’s only worth it, while it’s Halloween.

  • Facebook & Twitter Integration
  • Online Leader-boards
  • “Spooky” Halloween based theme
  • Only 45 Levels
  • Costs $0.99 (Isn’t a FREE Update to the original Angry Birds)

Find out more about Rovio by visiting their website at http://www.rovio.com/

Download Angry Birds Halloween here.

What do you think? Should it have been a FREE Update? Would you pay $0.99 for the Halloween Theme? Tell us in the comments! 😀

Friendly – Facebook Browser. A Lot Better Than The Real Facebook App!

Friendly – Facebook Browser is the way to go if you don’t like the original Facebook applications for the iPad. Friendly does all the things you would expect the real Facebook application to do. Friendly was developed & published by Oecoway Inc. It currently costs $0.99 & is only available for the iPad supporting iOS 3.2 or later.

Here’s evidence of what it does:

  • Read and comment your news-feed
  • Chat with your online friends
  • Read or write a Facebook messages
  • Update your status
  • View your photos, and friend photos full screen
  • View and respond to events
  • Keep up with your Facebook notifications

Those are just a few of several things Friendly actually does. Friendly acts like a real Facebook Browser & meets all users’ expectations. All though Friendly contains some minor bugs (Display Bugs), a must-have! There is no way you are able to compare the real Facebook application to Friendly.

To download Friendly – Facebook Browser, click the following link: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/friendly-facebook-browser/id382011064?mt=8#

To become a Fan of Friendly – Facebook Browser, click the following link: http://www.facebook.com/friendly.iPad#!/friendly.iPad?v=info

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