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Snapchat settles FTC charges regarding deceptive privacy practices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2014 8:52 pm

It looks like Snapchat and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to an agreement stemming from a case in which the FTC accused Snapchat consumers about collected personal information. The company promised a private and secure service, though that isn't what users were ultimately receiving. Snapchat is now no longer allowed to misrepresent its business practices related to user privacy, security or confidentiality.

 

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"While we were focused on building, some things didn't get the attention they could have," Snapchat said in an official blog post. "One of those was being more precise with how we communicated with the Snapchat community. This morning we entered into a consent decree with the FTC that addresses concerns raised by the commission."

 

Meanwhile, the FTC had this to say:

 

"If a company markets privacy and security as key selling points in pitching its service to consumers, it is critical that it keeps those promises," said Edith Ramirez, FTC Chairwoman, in a statement. "Any company that makes misrepresentations to consumers about its privacy and security practices risks FTC action."

Spouses of H-1B visa holders can now legally work in the United States

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2014 8:14 pm

The Obama administration has made a change to the country's immigration laws, allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work legally in the United States. Before the change, only the H-1B visa holder could work, hamstringing spouses to keep them from the workplace. Republicans immediately criticized the decision, saying there are still up to fifty million working-age citizens in the United States out of work - and this only increases competition.

 

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"Once enacted, this proposed rule would empower these spouses to put their own education and skills to work for the country that they and their families now call home," according to the Obama administration.

 

In just five days, all 85,000 H-1B visas for 2015 have been claimed, as critics continue to plead with the administration to stop turning away skilled labor. An immigration bill that would raise the cap to 115,000 - and up to 300,000 - was blocked by the House, and will continue to be a lively debate.

LG sets launch date and price on its upcoming Chromebase AIO

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 8, 2014 7:18 pm

When LG first unveiled its Chromebase all-in-one Chrome OS-Based PC the tech community was set abuzz, and while many doubted that a Chrome OS desktop was worth the space it took up, more industry experts thought that the Chromebase was an excellent idea, and an indication of where the industry is going. Today LG announced that the Chromebase AIO would be arriving later this month on May 26th at Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct.

 

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"Personal computers have obviously become central to each member of the family, regardless of age, which is why it's important to have one that's easy to use," said Thomas Lee, senior vice president, LG Electronics USA. "Google's suite of programs, ability to update software and cloud-based storage allow the LG Chromebase to offer a simple, modern computing experience."

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Tt eSPORTS releases its new Draconem aluminum mouse pad for $40

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 8, 2014 6:26 pm

This morning Thermaltake and Tt eSPORTS released its new all aluminum Draconem mouse pad. Thermaltake says that the Draconem is a premium aluminum mousepad built for serious gamers who need an edge over the competition. The Draconem is one of the largest aluminum mousepads on the market at 300mm x 300mm and features a dual-surface design that allows for some restriction as well as a free floating uber-smooth surface when needed.

 

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I got to spend some time with the Draconem in Las Vegas during CES 2014, and have to say that this 2mm thick mousepad was one of the most solid and smooth-feeling gaming surfaces I have ever used. The Extreme Precision surface is just a little more controlled than my current mousepad, but the Effortless Glide surface literally made the mouse feel like it was floating on air. Tt eSPORTS says the Draconem will retail for $39.99 and is available today.

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Google Street View shows us what coastal cities look like under water

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 8, 2014 5:17 pm

Close your eyes for a second and imaging a world where New York City and Colosseum in Rome lie under six feet of water. Its a scene featured in almost every post-apocalyptic movie, but many scientist and climatologist say that this is exactly what will happen if climate change continues to melt the polar ice caps. To help the masses better realize what this new world might look like, a new website called World Under Water, utilizes Google Street View to show you what any place in the world might look like if sea levels rose by six feet.

 

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While the underwater view is set to the map marker location for a given city on Street View, the images are still pretty powerful and really showcase the effects just six feet of water would have on the world. Most of NYC, Miami, Rome, Charleston, Savanna, and the rest of the coastal world would be uninhabitable. Imagine Tokyo or Dubai under water... or just look them up yourself with the source link provided below.

Apple pulls iPhone 4 from India only four months after launch

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2014 4:00 pm

Apple re-launched the iPhone 4 in India four months ago as a way to target people in the country that have very limited budgets. The phone sold for under Rs 20,000. It would appear that the phone hasn't sold well in the country with Apple pulling it from the market after only a few months.

 

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Apple has reported a significant decline in average selling price of its smartphones around the country. The ASP for Apple iPhones had declined by $41 and most of that was blamed on the lower price of the relaunched iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S price cuts in emerging markets.

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Pinterest users are mostly women according to statistics

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2014 3:10 pm

Pinterest is a website where people can go and pin things they like to a virtual bulletin board. The site is used by both men and women, but most feel that the site is typically used by women. Some recent statistics show that women are by far the majority user of Pinterest.

 

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Statistics show that 80% of all Pinterest users are women leaving the other 20% of users as males. That lowly 20% of males who use the site make even less of the pins that are performed on the site. Men account for only 8% of all pins by gender with women accounting for 92% of all pins.

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T-Mobile market share is growing thanks to aggressive tactics

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2014 2:00 pm

For a long time T-Mobile languished and it seemed like its only hope for growth was to be bought out by another competitor. After it became clear that regulators didn't like the idea of the fourth of the major carriers being gobbled up by one of the other firms, T-mobile decided on another tact.

 

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T-Mobile has now managed to grab a bigger share of the mobile market thanks to its plans to pay termination fees to get people to leave other carriers. One analyst says that T-Mobile was an also ran in the past, but in Q1 2014 it "crushed" the competition when it came to growth.

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DOT says Chevy cars with ignition defect can keep driving

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 8, 2014 1:00 pm

Two senators have tried to get the US DOT to advise owners of Chevrolet cars affected by the ignition switch problem that led to 13 deaths to stop driving their cars until repaired. The DOT sent letters to both senators that said, "such an action is not required at this time."

 

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The problem the senators have is that the ignition switch defect has already been tied to several deaths and it will take GM months to get replacement parts ready to repair these vehicles. Affected vehicles include Chevy Cobalt, Saturn Ion, and other models.

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Mink 3D makeup printer lets people create their own cosmetics

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: May 8, 2014 12:01 pm

When we talk about a 3D printers, we are usually talking about something that prints items out of some sort of plastic or resin material. A new 3D printer has surfaced that is aimed straight at the person who loves makeup. That stuff can get expensive, especially if you buy lots of colors.

 

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Mink is a 3D printer that will let anyone create their own lipstick or eye shadow in their home. The printer is able to replicate any color into a wearable cosmetic. The creator of the cool Mink printer is Grace Choi, a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

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