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Apple's tax evasion issue doesn't affect reputation says new study

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2012 7:28 pm

When the New York Times ran an article about GE's use of tax loop holes to not pay taxes, GE's brand reputation was significantly hurt and took two months to return to precrisis levels. However, just a month later the New York Times ran a similar story about Apple and Apple did not see the same result as GE.




Apple, as opposed to GE, saw an increase in brand reputation after the New York Times story ran. On YouGov's rating system, Apple went up from a brand reputation of 52 to 58 and is now running at 51. The reputation scores range from -100 to 100 and is calculated off of responses to the question of whether or not they would be "proud or embarrassed to work for this brand."


Apple's reputation is "virtually Teflon," in that nothing sticks to it. "The reaction [to the story about GE] was more pronounced and longer: the company's reputation took a steep drop and two months to recover to precrisis levels," YouGov said in a post. It's incredible that the two companies are treated differently, even though they do the same thing.

Principal accused of Facebook spying resigns

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 8, 2012 6:32 pm

Just last week, a British school principal threatened to turn parents of underage Facebook users into Child Protective Services. In yet another story of people in a position of power abusing Facebook, a Missouri high school principal has resigned after being accused of creating a fake Facebook profile and adding her students.




The St. Louis Post-Dispatch claims that a former school quarterback is the one who publicly accused Losos of being behind the profile Suzy Harriston. "Whoever is friends with Suzy Harriston on Facebook needs to drop them. It is the Clayton Principal," Chase Haslett reportedly stated.


While not outright confirming that this is the reason that Ms. Losos has left the post of principal, the district has issued a statement saying they and Losos "had a fundamental dispute concerning the appropriate use of social media." Adding more evidence to the claim, the Post-Dispatch says there is no one in the state of Missouri with the name of the alleged fake Facebook profile.


It's not clear what she would have hoped to gain by doing this, or what she would say if she had caught someone doing something they shouldn't. KDSK TV interviewed students who had received requests from "Suzy": "A group of penguins trying to add me and I denied the friend request," said Jonah Lindblad, a Clayton High junior. "Suzy"'s Facebook profile picture was indeed a group of penguins.

Unreal Engine 4 destined for unannounced machines Epic's Tim Sweeney says

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2012 5:31 pm

The sequel to Epic's massively popular Unreal Engine 3 is destined for machines that are yet unannounced. Unreal Engine 3 has had an incredible run. Featured at the heart of over 100 games, it runs said games on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, computer, and even the iPhone and Adobe Flash. The games range from massive, graphically incredible RPGs to lowly iPhone games.




Epic is still milking the last bit out of its aging engine, as demonstrated by the picture above. At the same time they are increasingly talking about their upcoming Unreal Engine 4. Epic has been developing Unreal Engine 4 since 2003 and says that it is still too early for a public demonstration. However, they are talking what machines it will be running on, and this includes unannounced machines!


"We've started a behind-closed-doors showing of the engine to developers; this is part of our very early ramp-up cycle," said Sweeney, "We went through this cycle with Unreal Engine 3 starting in 2003 and 2004. At some point we'll make public announcements and ramp up to the point where developers are shipping games, but it's very early right now. We're aiming very high, and the intended platforms this is aimed at haven't even been announced."


Its likely that the new game engine will make a public debut alongside the announcement of the Sony Orbis or the Microsoft Durango.

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Snapchat auto-deletes sent pictures after viewing for a set time

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 8, 2012 4:29 pm

Sending risque photos of yourself is pretty risky. Once the data that comprises that picture leaves your phone to another's, it can exist, be copied, or shared indefinitely. But what if you really want to send that picture of yourself in that tiny bikini to your boyfriend? Well, that's where Snapchat comes into play.




Snapchat facilitates the prevention of photos remaining on other people's devices after sending them. The person who sends the picture can choose how long the other person can view the image for after it is opened. The sender can choose anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds. After the time is up, the app deletes the data.


This isn't fully fool proof. The recipient could take a screen shot, but the app will notify the sender if this occurs. The recipient could also take a picture of the phone with a camera so that the app doesn't notify the sender. If a receiver goes this direction, however, there is a bit of quality loss. However, it is likely to aid in preventing some unwanted saving and sharing.

White and cyan Nokia Lumia 900 models are now available from AT&T

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2012 3:30 pm

If you are trying to get a white or cyan Nokia Lumia 900, you aren't alone. Due to high popularity of the phone, AT&T has been out of stock for a while now. However, the white and black models are now back in stock and ready to ship. The cyan model will force you to wait a week for it to ship, though. It seems as though Nokia has managed to speed up production to meet demand.




Other retailers are also showing that Nokia has ramped up production, however, the white model is still hard to get. Best Buy has the black and cyan models shipping in two to five days with no mention of the white model. Amazon is offering the black and cyan models with an estimated ship time of 24 hours, but an 8 day delay for the white model.


Certain countries haven't taken to the Nokia Lumia 900 so well. However, in the United States, the device is popular, even with AT&T being the only carrier with it. A Nokia rep stated last month that US consumer reaction has been "positive across the channel -- including direct stores and national retail."

Facebook users browse the site longer on their smartphone than a computer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 8, 2012 2:02 pm

Social networks really do take up a lot of a user's time as they try to read and respond to everyone. I'm not saying I don't spend my fair share of time of Facebook; I probably spend more than average. However, I mostly access Facebook from a computer. A new study shows that users spend more time accessing Facebook from their cell phone than they do the computer.




The study says that the average user spent more than seven hours pursuing Facebook via their cell phone, while only spending six doing the same from a computer. This is based off of data for the month of March. "Social networking proved to be a particularly popular activity on smartphones with several brands demonstrating exceptionally high engagement, in some cases higher than the corresponding time spent by users via traditional Web access," ComScore's report says.


It's not just Facebook that is doing well, either. Twitter users spent quite a bit more time on the site via cell phone. Whereas they only spent 20 minutes on Twitter from a computer, they spent on average just about two hours. Wow! Once again, this data is for the month of March. ComScore was able to collect this data using a new mobile behavioral measurement service called Mobile Metrix 2.0.

Deal of the Day: Dell Inspiron 17R, Core i3, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 17.3" screen for $479.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 8, 2012 1:24 pm

Our Deal of the Day is 17.3" HD Dell Inspiron 17R with 2nd Gen Intel Core i3, 6GB Memory, 750GB Hard Drive, DVD Burner for $479.99 with FREE Shipping!




This originally $739.99 Dell Inspiron 17R laptop has a $240 instant discount, plus a $20 stackable coupon, taking the price down to $479.99 with FREE shipping. It features a 17.3" HD+ (1600 x 900) TrueLife LED-backlit TFT, 2nd gen 2.3Ghz Intel Core i3-2350M processor, 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, 750GB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW DL, Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 with Bluetooth 3.0, 1MP HD webcam, 6-cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 1 year warranty.



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Mobile App of the Day: rowi for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 8, 2012 12:19 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is rowi for Windows Phone.




Rowi is an easy to use Twitter app for Windows Phone with a clean and simple interface.


If you are a serious Twitter user or a beginner, this is the app for you! Instead of focusing on a big list of features, we built Rowi with the overall experience in mind. You'll find Rowi has a simple, streamlined, easy to use Metro interface that feels like it's part of Windows Phone. It performs better than any other Twitter app today.




In addition to all the great features of Rowi trial, purchasing Rowi means you will not see any ads and you will get push notifications for mentions and messages.




Other than push notifications, no. The trial of Rowi is full featured with no time limits. You will get ALL the great features!




-Bug fixes and updated for the latest OS (Mango)

-Smoother scrolling

-Right to left (RTL) language support

-Context menus on lists of tweets for quick and easy access

-New settings to tailor Rowi to your needs

-Pin nearly everything as a tile to your start screen

-New column types like retweets and favorites

-Inline image previews

-Readability for better web browsing and "save for later" support

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Download of the Day: The Gimp 2.8.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 8, 2012 11:11 am

Our Download of the Day is The Gimp 2.8.0.




The latest version of The Gimp is out, if you haven't heard of it before, here's what it can do:


The GIMP is a multiplatform photo manipulation tool. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. The GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, and image construction.


It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

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Apple joins top 20 on Fortune 500 list

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2012 10:33 am

Fortune Magazine have released their annual Fortune 500 list, which list America's largest corporations. Last year, Apple placed at a respectable 35th position, but have zoomed right up to 17th for this years list. Apple rank second in technology to rival Hewlett-Packard.




Last year due to the undeniable success of the iPhone and iPad, Apple became the world's most value company, boosting its earnings by 85-percent to $25.9 billion. Fortune have predicted growrth for the technology sector at 3-percent, marking Apple's earnings as a "giant" contribution in the industry.


Apple looks to continue this runaway success, with another iPhone on the way, and I'm sure another iPad is being worked on as well as refreshed MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMacs. I'm sure there's things in-between those products, too. As well as their rumored Apple TV, too.

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