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Coin Is One Credit Card

15 Nov , 2013  

There are lots of companies, including Google and Apple, that would like to replace your wallet with a digital version, but a startup has a somewhat less ambitious goal — replace your handful of credit cards with one super card.

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Coin, a credit-card-like device, is set for a summer 2014 launch. As the video below explains, Coin swipes like an ordinary card. The difference is, the card holds up to eight credit cards, debit cards or gift cards. Coin provides a dongle device to users that connects to their phone and an app that lets you download the card info.

The device will cost $100, but the company is charging $50 for early adopters that preorder now. Founded by former PayPal developer Kanishk Parashar, Coin uses a patent-pending magnetic strip. The reader device employs Bluetooth Low Energy and Coin’s battery lasts two years, according to the company.

With so much energy spent towards turning smartphones into digital wallets, Coin’s idea seems a bit like a throwback, or at least a stopgap solution until those initiatives go mainstream. (Coin’s debut coincided with the U.S. launch of Isis, a mobile wallet initiative backed by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.) Assuming the traditional wallet sticks around for a while, though, Coin might carve its own niche, especially if it can somehow incorporate drivers’ licenses, tickets and library cards, among other stubbornly analog forms of ID.

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The next iPhone: What We Think We Know

3 Aug , 2012  

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Apple rumors — or tech rumors in general, for that matter — are frustrating. They tend to come from anonymous sources who may or may not be familiar with matters, briefed on plans or even awake. They can sometimes spin out of control and lead people to believe that the next iPhone will cost $800 or be made of a material that’s not quite ready for primetime.

In an attempt to throw some sanity into the world, we’re going to review the latest iPhone rumors — and tell you which are likely to be true.

Ready? Let’s go!

 

What will it be called?
It would be shocking if the next-generation iPhone is announced as anything other than the “new iPhone” when it is finally revealed to the world.

Calling it the “iPhone 5″ not only clashes with what appears to be Apple’s current naming strategy — think “new iPad,” new iMac,” “new Apple TV,” “new MacBook Pro,” and so on — but it would also be awkwardly inaccurate. As we’ve said in the past, the next-generation iPhone will be the sixth-generation device in the line, following the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.

And of course, skipping right to “iPhone 6″ would be inelegant, not to mention bear a faint whiff of Microsoft’s naming schemes.

When will it arrive?
Both iMore’s Rene Ritchie and All Things D’s John Paczkowski — people with credible track records when it comes to nailing the dates of Apple events — say that Apple will be holding a very special event on Sept. 12.  Ritchie additionally suggests that the new smartphone will ship nine days after it is announced, on Sept. 21.

These dates do line up with what we’ve been hearing for a while — that the next-generation iPhone will hit shelves in the fall — so we’re circling them on our calendars for now.

How will it look?
We suspect that the next-generation iPhone will be pretty darn similar to the iPhone 4S, but with a slightly thinner and larger screen. It sounds like its display will be 4 inches instead of 3.5 inches and more elongated, so that the aspect ratio is wider.

The folks at 9to5Mac recently posted some photos showing what is supposedly the equivalent of a fully-assembled next-generation iPhone — and judging by those, our guesses might be right on the money.

Some reports have suggested that the next iPhone may be made out of “Liquidmetal,” a strong, durable and versatile material. But Dr. Atakan Peker, the creator of the material says that this rumor likely won’t pan out. He explains that the material is most certainly good enough for the iPhone, but that the manufacturing techniques and infrastructure to implement it properly, and on a large scale, do not exist just yet.

What sort of guts will it have?
9to5 Mac’s Mark Gurman says that prototype versions of the next-generation iPhone are rocking 1GB of RAM (which would double what is believed to be the current device’s amount of RAM).

When it comes to cameras, TechRadar’s John McCann offers that Sony’s new back-illuminated stacked CMOS image sensors would be perfect for the next-generation iPhone as they are ideal for super-duper-slim phones. (And slim it will be, if you believe the Wall Street Journal’s sources.)

iMore’s Rene Ritchie suggests that the device will be 4G LTE compatible — just like the new iPad.

The new smartphone will also likely use a smaller 19-pin port rather than the wider 30-in port found on current iPhones, iPads and iPods.

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Facebook Admits That 8.7% of Users are Fake!!!

3 Aug , 2012  

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Online fakery is a hot topic at the moment.  Mitt Romney was accused yesterday of buying thousands of fake Twitter followers after his account gained 140,000 new followers in two days.  Researchearlier this year revealed that as many as 50% of the followers of big brands were in fact fakes.

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Facebook has not been immune from criticism though.  The BBC conducted research last month and found that many new fans of a fictional page were in fact fake accounts.  This combined with a high profile claim by retailer Limited Run that 80% of clicks on Facebook ads were not from real people has prompted an official response from Facebook.

The company published a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission stating that 8.7% of its active user total could be violating their terms of service.  This means they are either duplicate, mis-categorized or undesirable accounts that are designed to spam.

In the filing they suggested that there are as many as 83 million illegitimate accounts on the site.  4.8% of the total user base are said to be duplicate accounts, with for instance people creating one account for work and one for family/friends.

Facebook says 2.4 percent of accounts are likely mis-categorized accounts where users have created personal profiles for a business, organization or pet. These entities should be represented on Facebook with pages, not profiles, according to the social network’s terms of service.
Facebook also estimates that 1.5 percent of monthly active users are “undesirable accounts,” which are false accounts that are created for spamming or other purposes that violate terms. Earlier this week, a music startup claimed that 80 percent of clicks on its Facebook ad campaign came from bots. Facebook says it is investigating the claims.

They went on to say that most of these accounts originate from developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey.  The figures represent a growth in fake activity after they revealed figures of just 5-6% in March.

 

 

 

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10 Hottest Digital Creative Jobs

18 Jun , 2012  

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The world has gone digital. At this point, most companies big and small have a website, Facebook Page and Twitter handle. With these new digital properties comes a slew of digital jobs — with that comes the demand for new staff members to create digital assets, design logos, manage a website and transform sketches on napkins into actual products.

In the infographic below, produced by OnwardSearch, you can see how much dough you’d net for various jobs in the digital sector, from interactive design to front-end developers. Do you work in these fields? Do the numbers stack up with what you’ve seen in the industry? Do you think these positions and the salaries make sense, given the rise of digital media? Do you want to move to a market that pays better? Let us know in the comments below.

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Is Social Media Destroying Real-World Relationships?

15 Jun , 2012  

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There’s no doubt social media enables us to organize our real-world relationships, and even meet new people outside the digital realm — both of which can be great, life-enhancing things.

But could social networking have an adverse effect on our quality of life?

Consider this: 24% of respondents to one survey said they’ve missed out on enjoying special moments in person because — ironically enough — they were too busy trying to document their experiences for online sharing. Many of us have had to remind ourselves to “live in the now” — instead of worry about composing the perfect tweet or angling for just the right Instagram shot.

Worldwide, Facebook users spend 10.5 billion minutes each day surfing the site — and that doesn’t even include mobile use, according to the company’s IPO filing. Collectively, that’s nearly 20 years per day that people spend living online instead of offline.

Facebook users in India, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore all spend an average of more than 20 minutes on-site every day. In Singapore, the figure is a whopping 38 minutes.

A survey by the social site Badoo, meanwhile, found that 39% of Americans spend more time socializing online than in person. 20% actually prefer communicating online or via text message to face to face conversation, while a third said they’re more likely to approach someone new online than off.

The online education portal Schools.com recently culled findings from a variety of media and research outlets to create the infographic below, which details the positive and negative ways social media impacts real world relationships. Check it out below for the fuller picture.

What are the positive and negative effects of social media in your own life? Share with us in the comments.

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How a Google Search Travels Around the World

14 Jun , 2012  

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Google has put together an infographic that shows the journey of a search on the site, from how a query travels 1,500 miles at nearly the speed of light to hit different data centers around the world to how it ranks its results.

In an infographic given to media, Google likens the web to a book with millions of pages. The search engine giant has spent one million computing hours building the index, which consists of over 100 million gigabytes. When you conduct a search, Google’s algorithms kick in and the query travels hundreds of millions of miles per hour to hit different data centers and retrieve relevant results.

“We find the fastest path to the data center near you because we don’t want to be slowed down by even the speed of light,” a Google spokesperson told media. “1,500 miles is an average number, and it may be much less for you at certain times, depending on the traffic of the web, data center proximity and the features that are triggered.”

The algorithm also uses 200 signals — including freshness of content, URL and title of a webpage, words on a webpage and quality of content on a site — to decide which pages are most relevant.

Not only do Google users search for billions of keywords each day, the search engine has answered 450 billion new unique queries it had never seen before. In fact, about 16% of daily Google searches are new.

The company has been relatively candid recently about how a Google search works. In April, a Google software engineer head detailed in a YouTube video how it scours the web on a daily basis to provide the most up-to-date results to users.

For more information on how a Google search works, check out the infographic below.

Image courtesy of iStockphotogmutlu

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Now There Are More Internet Addresses Than Stars in the Universe

8 Jun , 2012  

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Long story short: After this week’s switchover to a new protocol called IPv6, there are a whole lot of IP addresses on the Internet.

How many more?

Just one day after the world wide web made a permanent and forever change on Wednesday, CNN reported the Internet now has 340 trillion trillion trillion unique addresses. That’s 340 undecillion.

We knew the switch from IPv4 to IPv6 would make a bunch of new addresses available. But this is a growth of 79 octillion (billion billion billion), according to the report.

But we have no frames of reference for a number that large, so let’s put it into context for a moment.

340 trillion trillion trillion is:

•More than the number of stars in the universe, according to some estimates.
•More than the number of cells in the human body.
•More than the number of gallons of water on Earth.
Does this blow your mind? Does IPv6 make a lot more sense now? Tell us in the comments.

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Age Limit For Facebook Users

14 Mar , 2012  

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Although it is required by law for Facebook users to be at least 13 to join the network, many believe the age limit should be higher, a new study says.

According to a poll conducted among 2,000 consumers on the opinion-based community SodaHead.com, about 34% of respondents said Facebook users should be at least the age of 13 to join. However, most voters selected ages older than 13 as a minimum requirement, as 29% want ages 14 – 17 to be the earliest and 19% said the site should be limited to those over the age of 18.

Only 13% said users between the ages of 10 and 12 were acceptable for the site, followed by 5% approving of people joining between the ages of 7 and 9.

Child privacy laws necessitate Facebook’s age minimum of 13 years old.

Teens are also on board with age restrictions on the site. About 57% of those ages 13 to 17 said the 13-year-old requirement is fair, while only 18% said it should be younger. About 25% said Facebook should raise its age requirement to over 13.

Monica Vila, co-founder of parent blog site The Online Mom told Mashable that parents do tend to agree that 13 and older is the right age for kids to join the site.

“The reality is that most [parents] either agree to allow their younger kids on Facebook after repeated requests or are unaware that their kids have accounts much earlier than 13,” Vila said. “In that sense, the train has left the station — kids under 13 are using Facebook.”

Vila urged parents to focus on instilling best practices on the site to ensure their safety and proper use.

“Let’s stop focusing on what the right age should be and devote the energy instead on how best to guide them to make good use of these platforms,” she said.

Do you agree with Facebook’s minimum age of 13? Do you think it should be higher, lower or based on maturity level? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Infographic courtesy of SodaHead.com

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Growth Of Mobile App Market Economy

14 Mar , 2012  

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Since the launch of the first iPhone in 2007, the production and mainstream usage of smartphones has exploded. The device opened a world of innovation in mobile technology, which was soon followed by a similar boom from apps.

Today, we rely on apps to do just about everything, from keeping us organized to pure entertainment. Millions of downloads later, the app economy is as strong as ever.

App development has created 466,000 jobs across all available platforms, according to a survey performed by TechNet. This includes local baristas, since many developers rely on coffee shops to get work done.

Our friends at Frugal Dad have created this inforgraphic about the economy and how it’s been affected by smartphones and apps.

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How Employers Are Paying in 2012

5 Mar , 2012  

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For those of you who have been working hard for your companies under tight financial constraints during the last few years, a silver lining might be coming your way. Thanks to rosy outlooks of employers in companies of all sizes across the country, it looks as though 2012 is going to be the year of the raise.

According to the infographic below, which was researched and compiled by PayScale.com, more than 93% of employers surveyed plan to give compensation adjustments to their workforces. That’s significantly more than the percentage of employers who actually gave their employees salary adjustments in 2011 (60%) and 2010 (about 30%). The good news isn’t just for the already-employed, either: A large percentage of companies in the business support services, information/telecommunications and retail sectors expect financial growth in 2012 — a sure sign of new jobs to come.

Check out the infographic, which also maps out employer performance in 2011 in areas such as recruiting, social media and overall growth. Do you think 2012 will be a boom year for employees? Let us know in the comments below.

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