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Archives: November 2013

‘Supernatural Hero’ is Today’s Free eBook Download

supernatural heroToday’s free eBook download is a story for young readers, Supernatural Hero, from writer Eran Gadot. Perfect for those ages 9-14, the story is about a nerdy young boy who uses his new paranormal powers to overcome his role as class outcast.

“I’m the class nerd, the only kid who doesn’t get invited to birthday parties… Maybe it would be better if everyone gave me the silent treatment. At least they would be paying attention to me…”  Read more

Alcohol Brands on Twitter Now Have Age Verification

twitter age verificationAge screening is coming to Twitter – at least for alcohol brands like Budweiser and Heineken. The new changes were announced yesterday evening on Twitter’s blog:

One of the biggest challenges for alcohol brands is how they connect with an age-appropriate audience. To address this on Twitter, we’re rolling out an improvement to the age-screening experience on Twitter.com, iOS, and Android devices. Starting today, alcohol brands can safely grow their of-age network of Twitter followers in a way that’s simpler than before. Read more

Smartphones and Computer Use Are Hurting Our Sleep

tech seepA recent study from the National Sleep Foundation found that 95% of those surveyed reported using electronic devices right before sleep – despite its unhealthy side affects.

According to Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep.” Read more

Barnes & Noble’s Nook See 32% Staggering Decline in Business

nookIt seems like Barnes & Noble’s Nook is performing as poorly as expected. The book retailer announced its second quarter financial results which showed major declines from last year’s sales – $109 million compared to last year’s $160 million in the quarter ending in October.

The NOOK segment, which consists of the company’s digital business (including digital content, devices and accessories), reported revenues of $109 million for the quarter, decreasing 32.2% from a year ago.  Digital content sales were $57 million for the quarter, a decline of 21.2% compared to a year ago, due to lower average selling prices and lower device unit sales.  Device and accessories sales were $51 million for the quarter, a decrease of 41.3% from a year ago, due to lower unit selling volume and lower average selling prices.

The struggling bookseller also saw declines in overall revenues – Barnes & Noble lost 8% of revenue, including sales in its brick and mortar stores. To see the retailer’s full financial report, go here. 

Lonenote, a Charming Photo App for Sending Handwritten Notes

catPhoto apps, you’re never going to stop hearing about new ones, but from time to time, there’s one that brings charm and appeal in the form of something personal. That’s why we love Lonenote, it’s a great way to mark your photos with your own handwriting, scribbles, or just a mark.

To make your own Lonenote, just take a photo, leave your note using your hand, and then share it anonymously. The makers think the app is the perfect way to memorialize quiet, peaceful moment when you’re alone, but we think it’s great for sending a special thought to someone on your mind.  Read more

Google Travel Now Shows Interior Photos of Airport Terminals and Airplanes

Travel is getting a big update on Google, users can now plan their trips with more insight onto the places where they start and end – the terminal. For the most part, people are more excited about their destination, but terminals can often be exiting. For example, the Madrid-Barajas Airport’s Terminal 4 is a spectacular piece of architecture worth experiencing. Designed by Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers, it’s one of the world’s largest terminals topped with undulating wooden structure.

Madrid

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New York Troopers Find New Way to Halt Texters

DrivingTexting while driving in New York? Watch out. New York’s state troopers just got handed 32 “tall, unmarked SUVs” to help them look into vehicles zooming along the state’s highways for illegal texters, according to the AP.

Use of any hand-held mobile phone or device, including texting, gaming and browsing while driving is illegal in New York, where violators risk a $50 to $150 fine, plus points docked from their driving record. This goes for bus and taxi drivers, too. Read more

BitTorrent Hits 40 Million Mobile Users

BitTorrent_AndroidBitTorrent gained 15 million new mobile users in less than six months, bringing its total number up to 40 million app users, the company said.

The music, video and general file sharing site runs a variety of apps across Android, iOS and Windows. Its Android offering is the most robust with simply more app options, including its namesake Torrent App, the Remote app, which lets existing users access files on their home computers, and the uTorrent app lets you search and download new content straight to your smartphone. The relatively new Sync app lets users share files across their devices. It is also available on iOS and Windows. Read more

Website Uses Facial Recognition to Photoshop Instagram Selfies With Nicolas Cage Faces

The weird part of the internet is full of Nicolas Cage, but it’s likely to be full of selfies, your’s included. It’s Called Feeling Cagey?, and it’s full of creep factors. First, the website is not an Instagram approved app. It’s just a robot that seeks out Instagram photos with faces, then replaces the faces with a Nicolas Cage Face. The stream is constantly filled with new material from unknowing users, which is why they disappear after 5 minutes.

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Textastrophe: Why You Shouldn’t Post Your Number Online or in Public Places, Ever

textastropheThe internet often portray hilarious stories, but there’s also a sad and mean side to the internet that abuses the public forum as a way to harm strangers as entertainment. That’s the impression I was given when I found Textastrophe.com, a website written by an internet persona who claims to be making examples of people who post their phone numbers in public places – professionally, or otherwise.

It’s bullying in the worst form, and unfortunately, it exists for entertainment. Here’s an example:  Read more

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