LinkedIn, everybody's favorite professional social media networking site unveiled its new "News" feature (still in Beta) today in conjunction with a press conference. "Today" is part of a suite of new features that the already successful startup is rolling out in the near future to further endear themselves to social professionals.
[I hope everyone appreciates the Inception-level of meta-irony here]
"Today" utilizes a LinkedIn user's already existing professional network and the industry in which that person currently works to share relevant and current news. It is yet another information aggregator, but there's not a heavy degree of customization required if you've already a LinkedIn user. And unless your industry is Aeronautical Internet Pancakes, "following" relevant industries is as easy as the click of a button in a conveniently located side bar.
The other two features are "InMaps", a visual depiction of your professional network, and a "Skills" interface that tells you what people are using what skills in which industry.
This last one doesn't seem that exciting. But, I am definitely excited to replace or otherwise enhance those weekly/daily email digests/alerts I get from LinkedIn.
Here's a somewhat campy promotional video from LinkedIn that made me laugh:
Google have just clicked the GO button on Instant Previews. Instant Previews provides a fast and interactive way to evaluate search results. Google Instant Previews is compatible with mobile for Android (2.2 and above) and iOS (4.0 and above) devices.
Similar to the desktop version, Instant Previews allows a user to visually compare search results from a webpage of snapshots, making it easier to choose the right result faster. In order to use Instant Previews on your Android or iOS-powered device, do a search on Google and tap on the magnifying glass next to any search result.
Google is currently investigating a problem with the e-mail portion of its company following complaints from some of their Gmail users saying that all of their messages, attachments and Google Chat logs have vanished.
Google issued a warning via it's App Status Dashboard saying they had been hard at work attempting to recover the lost data. "Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future," the website reads. "Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change. This issue affects less than 0.08% of the Google Mail userbase. Google engineers are working to restore full access. Affected users may be temporarily unable to sign in while we repair their accounts."
Google is a monster that never sleeps, it never stops pumping out new ideas and features to it's ever-growing collection of doom. The latest? Google Recipe View. Google Recipe View helps you find recipes across the web.
After searching for a recipe or ingredient, you'll now have the ability to click the little knife and spoon icon on the left of Google's site and will have options to choose from such as ingredients, cook time or calories. Usually when searching for a recipe or ingredients, you'd get lots of results but most of them wouldn't be for recipes - now you can narrow that search to just display recipes.
The print publishing world is finding that more and more of their advertising dollars and readers are heading to the web to get their news and information. That means that many print publications are hurting very badly today and some have even gone out of business.
Print publications are trying all they can think of to lure readers in and to get more interactive so people will want to read again. USA Today has announced that it has started adding Microsoft Tags to its paper with at least one Tag in each print section of the paper.
The readers can get a free app for just about any software platform and the app will allow them to scan the Tag and get multimedia content related to the tag. The Tags can shoot the user to information like video or photos and more when scanned by the phone app. The Tags are 2D barcodes.
Google, you know that I passionately love you and always will, but Google Weddings? Seriously? Yes, seriously. Google are making a splash into the wedding planning (sans J Lo) by launching a full fledged planning portal for bridges and grooms to be.
Google Weddings will feature wedding-specific templates in Google Sites, Google Docs and Picnik for save-the-dates, wedding websites, planning materials, invitations and more. Google has also chosen to partner with wedding planner Michelle Rago to provide tips and guidance on which designs to use.
Over 3,500 people voted on our previous poll and we asked, what do you want most these holidays?
This time around the votes were well mixed and not one-sided. 22% of TweakTown readers voted that they wanted either a new AMD or NVIDIA video card for the holidays. Who ended up getting one?
Second with 19% of the votes went to love and world peace, third with 15% of the votes showed that getting a super fast SSD was popular and forth 11% of the votes showed that still many wanted a new laptop or PC.
For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, will AMD Fusion platforms be hot in 2011? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Snorre Valen has nominated WikiLeaks for a Nobel Peace Prize. WikiLeaks has shown us the behind the scenes happenings of governments, where the governments would not have ever shown us this type of information.
He has been heralded as a diamond in the rough by the public and as a terrorist by the government. Governments saying that a normal man who has not deliberately killed anyone is a terrorist, yet, the confidential information he leaked makes him that said terrorist, funny.
A few Facebookers have today noticed a new "call" button when visiting their friends' profiles - clicking it did nothing so far, but the button is there in all it's glory.
The logical reason could be the Skype partnership that integrated your Facebook contacts. Now we're seeing it integrate directly into the Facebook site itself. Could it be? If it's true (and it seems to be) then it would be a great step forward. Now we just need some Facetime iPad 2 action and it would be some seriously heavy stuff.
People of the world are you ready for a change? AroundThe.Net is a female driven website and video blog about all sorts of tech related content. The ladies started off as a blog post and have exploded into a full-blown website.
And as all start-ups do, they start off with a bang with a interview done by porn star Raven Alexis who interviews Gigabyte's very own Colin. Now, I know that you're probably thinking "well, get to it, link us already" so here we go. TweakTown introduce, AroundThe.Net:
HTML5 has been given a makeover with a new dedicated logo from it's parent organization, the W3C. The new logo (to me) looks like something a superhero would put on their chest.
W3C has talked about the logo, saying "It stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write. It shines as bright and as bold as the forward-thinking, dedicated web developers you are. It's the standard's standard, a pennant for progress. And it certainly doesn't use tables for layout."
Web monitoring site Pingdom is reporting that in 2010 alone, there were 107 trillion (that's 107, 000, 000, 000, 000) emails sent worldwide. Out of the 107 trillion, 10.9 percent of it were actual emails, the rest? Spam.
Supposedly there are 1.88 billion email users worldwide, 255 million websites (21.4 million are said to have opened in 2010). Twitter is a defining force on the web with 25 billion tweets last year and 100 million users added in 2010. Facebook of course takes the cake with 30 billion pieces of content (links, pics, videos, etc) each and every month!
Facebook has looked at Yahoo's traffic, laughed and sped past. Facebook has now surpassed Yahoo as the second-biggest website with 648 million visitors compared to Yahoo's 630 million (based on November 2010 traffic).
The top two spots are held by Google and Microsoft with 970 million and 869 million respectively. Microsoft has been increasing monthly for a the last quarter, where Google's traffic seems to be steadily flat-lining. Someone call McDreamy!
Are you the personal, family and friends tech support hotline? Most of us are, but Google in it's infinite wisdom is willing to lend you a hand.
Google's Tech Support Care Package lets you send your parents videos on tech subject such as how to change your desktop backround to cropping photos all the way to video chat.
WikiLeaks former partner Daniel Domscheit-Berg has said he is set to launch the next-generation of leaking 'software' in the "coming months". It's set to be called OpenLeaks and will try to fix the "problems" associated with the WikiLeaks model, mostly centralization.
The difference between OpenLeaks and WikiLeaks is, WikiLeaks publishes the information, vets it then releases it on it's site. OpenLeaks will simply be a "conduit" of information. Domscheit-Berg says it "aims to provide the technological means to organizations and other entities around the world to be able to accept anonymous submissions in the forms of documents or other information."
Ah Google Chrome - your extensions are like a big hug to your users. Well, even amongst the pillow fight between Google and Facebook (with Facebook removing the feature of importing your Google contacts from Gmail into Facebook), a new Extension is out that allows you to export your Facebook contacts through Chrome.
It will export your contacts into both Gmail and CSV files. The extension is not officially affiliated with Google or Facebook, obviously after a bit of airtime between sites (like this post) it might disappear. So quick, go export your friends to Gmail!
A new and expanded WePC community launched today and is open to anyone with a passion for technology, especially ASUS products with Intel Inside®. Building on its mission to bridge innovation and technology with consumers' needs, the new WePC.com has more ways for fans to present their ideas, interact with community members and drive product development for two of the world's leading technology brands.
As one of the first crowdsourcing communities, WePC.com empowered members to play an integral role in the PC design process of a number of cutting-edge technologies, such as intuitive touchscreen interfaces and kid-friendly netbooks. Last year at CeBIT, ASUS initiated the industry's first dual-panel concept notebooks, making intuitive control possible. The community also supported the direction for the development of future pad devices.
Looks like the fight between Internode and Telstra Wholesale is beginning to benefit the customers...
Internode has today announced a speed boost to their suffering ADSL customers stuck on 512kb/1.5Mb plans - Internode have renegotiated their contract with Telstra Wholesale which means customers once stuck on ADSL/TW hardware can possibly now get ADSL2+.
Mark Zuckerberg calls the new messaging system a "modern messaging system" - I call it "about damn time".
Mark says it's not a new email system, email is "too formal" - the new system is designed to be seamless, simple and short when compared to email. Mark adds "We think we should take features away from messaging -- it should be simple."
I'll admit it; I thought it was pretty sweet when Ask Jeeves came about and you could type in a question and the site would answer it for you, whether by providing web links or more straightforward answers. Today Ask.com, formerly Ask Jeeves, has officially bowed out of the web search business that it entered in 1996. After years of not finding a suitable way to compete with big dogs Google and Microsoft, Ask.com's owner InterActiveCorp (IAC) is cutting 130 engineering jobs in China and New Jersey in the U.S.
Ask.com will now focus on their new community based Q&A service that was launched this summer. Ask.com's search engine will now deliver results from a competing company, although it is not clear yet whether this will be covered under IAC's current deal with Google or if Microsoft will poke their nose in there to get Bing results used.
All without telling the music labels? How nice of Apple!
With this news, Apple are increasing the preview of a song from 30 seconds to 90 seconds - for the consumer, us... that is great, but for the actual music labels - without telling them, is a bit harsh. Apple have said to them, that the change is happening - whether they like it or not as it's for their own good.