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Archives: January 2013

Twitter’s Vine Video App Recommends A Porn Video

Vine, Twitter’s new looped video sharing app that lets you edit six second videos as you shoot, is coming under scrutiny after a pornographic video called ‘Dildo Play’ was run as an Editor’s Pick this weekend.

According to a report on TheVerge.com, “the video is hidden behind a NSFW filter and doesn’t play automatically, but nonetheless it seems some users aren’t exactly happy with having porn automatically inserted into their feed.” For those who haven’t used the app yet, Editor’s Picks are a great way to discover cool videos and find people to follow, not a place you’d expect to check out NSFW videos.

The video has since been removed, but it raises the question of whether or not Vine has proper filters in place to manage what kind of content is being shared on its network. Over the weekend, Gawker called the app “America’s hottest new porn search engine.” Apple is known for being quite strict in the kinds of content it deems suitable. Just last week Apple made threats to pull 500px, a photography sharing app, after nude photos showed up on its network.

AppHiFi Dock Enhancer Joins Top iOS Apps List This Week

AppHiFi Dock Enhancer joins the top free iOS apps list this week at No. 4, according to research from AppData. The app lets you turn your iPhone into speakers for your dock, “creating the illusion of additional virtual speakers.”

Below, we’ve listed the top free iOS apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

To support Mediabistro’s Media App Summit which took place earlier this month, we have been spotlighting the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

‘Bang Bang’ is Free eBook of the Day

Bang Bang by Patrick Malloy is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The murderous novel is a black comedy about funeral home serial killers. Check it out: “The O’Rourke Funeral Home in West Philadelphia has fallen into obscurity, along with it’s two sole employees. Max and Bligh waste the days away sleeping in coffins and counting shovels until that fateful day that they decide to become serial killers. The drunken Bligh finds serendipitous instructions in the Beatles tune ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ and convinces his partner that it’s only right that Maxwell kill with a silver hammer.”

Smashwords has the eBook available as a free download until tomorrow.

For more free eBooks, check out our Free eBook of the Day.

Internet is Essential to Life, According to Latest German Court Ruling

A German court has ruled that an internet provider must compensate a customer after failing to provide internet service from December 2008 to February 2009.  The ruling, however, does not compensate the user for loss of phone and fax services. The court believes that cellular phones are more common and therefore not “essential.” Similarly, fax services are not important due to the primary use of emails as a communication tool.

The usability of the Internet is a commodity whose continuous availability for a long time in the private sector is responsible for its own economic standard of living typically crucial. The Internet world with extensive information in the form of text, image, video and audio files. Thematically, almost all areas covered and satisfies various qualitative requirements. For example, files with light entertainment are also available, such as information on everyday issues to highly academic subjects. The internet replaced because of the easy availability of information, more and more other media, such as encyclopedias, magazines or television. It also allows the global exchange between its users, for example via e-mail, forums, blogs and social networks.In addition, it is increasingly for the initiation and conclusion of contracts, used for making transactions and to fulfill public service obligations. The majority of people in Germany uses the Internet daily. That is it crucial to the way of life of a large part of the population develops a form of medium whose failure does significantly noticeable in everyday life. (Tranlated using Google)

 

While I am unaware of comparable US legislation or ruling, this suit brings the possibility for American imitators. The US is, after all, a litigation-hungry society. When it rains in San Francisco, my internet gets spotty or non-existent. Since I require internet service to do most of my work, I often go to coffee shops, meaning spending extra funds for tea and coffee. Is the internet essential to your work? Sound off below.

Via Reuters

Apple Rumored to Release iPad 5 & iPhone 5S in October

Apple is rumored to be releasing a new iPad, aka the iPad 5, as well as and a new iPhone, aka the iPhone 5S, in October.

Apple Insider has the scoop: “The details were published on Friday by Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge, who said he was given the opportunity to inspect a ‘supposedly accurate’ physical model of Apple’s fifth-generation iPad. He said the new device is expected to arrive in October — about a year after the fourth-generation iPad debuted, and later than some recent rumors which had pegged a March launch.”

Earlier this month, we heard rumors that the next generation iPad and the next generation iPad Mini would be coming out in March. These are just rumors at this point, and many of the Apple rumors in 2012 proved false.

Unlocking New Cell Phones After Tomorrow Will Be Illegal

Unlocking any new phones without your carrier’s permission will be illegal after tomorrow. The ruling came from the Librarian of Congress on October 28, 2012: 

Computer programs, in the form of firmware or software, that enable a wireless telephone handset originally acquired from the operator of a wireless telecommunications network or retailer no later than ninety days after the effective date of this exemption to connect to a different wireless telecommunications network, if the operator of the wireless communications network to which the handset is locked has failed to unlock it within a reasonable period of time following a request by the owner of the wireless telephone handset, and when circumvention is initiated by the owner, an individual consumer, who is also the owner of the copy of the computer program in such wireless telephone handset, solely in order to connect to a different wireless telecommunications network, and such access to the network is authorized by the operator of the network.

Carriers like Verizon offers iPhones already unlocked and AT&T unlocks smart phones at the end of a contract. The decision would most likely hinder companies like T-Mobile whose promotions include “bring in your own device.” Obviously this new law has plenty of opponents, there’s already a White House petition with thousands of signatures.

The same decision also makes it illegal for you to jailbreak your iPad, but not your iPhone. Confused yet? These “exemptions” are all under the Library of Congress’s authority per the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) passed in 2008. Since then, the Library has been “granting” exemptions to users of copyrighted products from eBooks to DVDs. Until the ruling on October 20, 2012, unlocking cell phones was allowed.

Find Girl Scout Cookies With This App

The Girl Scouts of the USA has just relaunched its Cookie Finder app, a tool that can help you locate the sweet treats in your area.

The Cookie Finder app uses your location to help you find where and when Girl Scout cookies are being sold in your area. The app also includes lots of details about the various cookies available and users are encouraged to vote on their favorites. The app encourages sharing and lets you post your favorite cookies and where they are being sold to Facebook and Twitter.

The app has been updated since last year to include branding that aligns more with girlscoutcookies.org. It also includes a new how-to sections including How to Buy Cookies section as well as tips for girls on how to become leaders.

The app is timed to support, National Girl Scout Cookie Day, which is February 8th.

Macmillan Makes eBooks Available in Libraries Via OverDrive

Macmillan Publishers has partnered with OverDrive, a company that distributes digital books to more than 22,000 libraries, to make a collection of its eBooks available to libraries through a pilot program.

As part of the pilot, libraries that have access to OverDrive will now have access to more than 1,200 titles from Macmillan’s Minotaur Books imprint. This includes pieces from authors Olen Steinhauser and Julia Spencer-Fleming. Macmillan is making one copy of each eBook available so that one copy can be check out at a time.

“We’re delighted to provide libraries and their readers with these sought-after Macmillan eBooks,” stated Erica Lazzaro, director of publisher relations at OverDrive. “Showcasing this rich collection of Macmillan titles in the digital library will generate fresh exposure for these books and authors, connecting them with millions of readers looking for what to read next.”

 

‘Ten Commandments for Creatives’ is Free eBook Today

Ten Commandments for Creatives: A Creativity Road Map by Andrew Zahn is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The book is designed to get your creative mind working. Check it out: “Ten Commandments for Creativesis a brief, yet powerful shot-in-the-arm bootcamp for you and your creative projects. Succinct enough to read in one or two sittings, this e-book is intended to be picked up multiple times to fuel your journey.”

Amazon has the eBook available as a free download until Sunday.

For more free eBooks, check out our Free eBook of the Day archive.

Stephen King Releases Essay on Guns Via Kindle

Author Stephen King has penned an essay about guns called Guns, and he has released it as an eBook through Amazon’s Kindle Singles Store.

“I think the issue of an America awash in guns is one every citizen has to think about,” explained King in a statement. “If this helps provoke constructive debate, I’ve done my job. Once I finished writing ‘Guns’ I wanted it published quickly, and Kindle Singles provided an excellent fit.”

The title is available for $.99. Here is more about the essay from its listing in the Kindle Store: “ Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King’s keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.”

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