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But that’s where Spotflux comes in. This interesting new VPN service comes packed with useful functionality — encryption, ad-blocking, antivirus and more — yet really couldn’t be any easier to configure.
We downloaded and launched the client, for example, which walked us through a simple setup process…
So long Read It Later, Hello Pocket
The rebranding is more than just a change of name; there are also new features that you can take advantage of as well as a redesigned interface…
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Want to Improve Your City? There’s an App for That
The Global Innovation Series is presented by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles — it delivers smart mobility services. Visit bmw-i.com or follow @BMWi on Twitter.
We’ve all been through it before in one way or another: While spending some time cruising around your community, you spot some unsightly graffiti, a broken manhole cover and a blown-over chain link fence on public property…
Adapter 1.4 converts video for new iPad’s retina display
Free video downloading and converting tools, such as MacTubes and Handbrake exist, but you end up mixing and matching to get the functionality you want. Not any more: now Mac users can get all these features in a single free tool, called Adapter 1…
How Social Media Is Taking Over the News Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]
American forces’ raid on Osama Bin Laden, Whitney Houston‘s death, the Hudson River plane landing — these are just a few of many major news stories ordinary citizens broke on Twitter first. Professional journalists, meanwhile, use Twitter all the time to break news quickly before writing up full articles…
Google Proposes New Metrics for Online Advertising
Attempting to move the industry behind click-throughs and impressions, Google on Wednesday introduced a plan to measure online advertising that it hopes will become the industry standard.
Dubbed Brand Activate, the plan is designed to “reimagine online measurement for brand marketers,” according to a blog post from the company. The idea is that with better metrics, marketers will feel more comfortable allocating more of their money to online advertising. “We believe that the industry’s significant investment in brand measurement efforts can substantially grow the online advertising pie, for all,” the post continues…
Today’s Top Stories: Yahoo Preparing Big Cuts, Flashback Malware Still Rampant
Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories.
Yahoo Plans to Drastically Decrease the Number of Online Properties
In order to return to profitability, Yahoo must focus on what works, and drop the unnecessary load – that, at least is the new direction the company is heading in. “Yahoo has been doing way too much for too long and was only doing a few things really well,” said Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson…
When you buy a car and opt to get the basic, no-frills stereo, the really rad sound system isn’t also included somewhere in the vehicle, just waiting for you to plunk down some money to activate it. If that were the case, the car-maker has to know that buyers are going to be tempted to figure out how to turn that better system on without forking over the cash.
Such is the current situation with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Street Fighter X Tekken, which was shipped with not only a mouthful of a title, but also, lurking locked somewhere on the disc, $20 worth of “downloadable” content to which the buyer has no access…
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J. Crew Divides Rewards Points Between Me And Evil Twin
Julie has a secret evil twin with the same name. That’s the only possible explanation for why her favorite store, J. Crew, has decided to split her reward points between two different accounts, neither of which receives enough points to get actual rewards. She wrote to Consumerist not only to complain, but to find out whether there are other customers experiencing the same problem.
I haven’t been receiving rewards from J. Crew recently and I chalked it up to simply not spending enough, but when I went to the site, I found that’s not the case…
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Canceling Super 8 Reservation Somehow Leads To More Reserved Rooms
Reserve on the Web, cancel on the Web. Wouldn’t that make sense? Mike thought so, and he didn’t see anything indicating otherwise when he made his Super 8 reservation. But somehow, his reservation for one night turned into a two-night reservation after he canceled it because he was supposed to call the motel directly to cancel. Who knew that canceling a reservation could have the opposite effect?
I booked a room at this Super 8 on a Monday for the upcoming Thursday night. I ended up not needing the room so I cancelled on Wednesday which, per their website and the confirmation email I received, would result in no charge as I cancelled before the 4:00PM Thursday deadline…
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How Being Too Competent Can Get You Fired
Being the weakest performer in the company or performing a service that’s utterly dispensable is dangerous to your continued employment, especially in a weak job market. But working hard and being good at what you do is potentially dangerous as well, especially if your bosses are insecure, paranoid, and just not a good as you are. To people who think this way, having a bright future within the company makes you a threat. Your future endangers theirs.
Over at Five Cent Nickel, Jeffrey Steele explains the phenomenon, using the example of a talented employee named “Ned…
Nudity Is Always A Fun Way To Protest The TSA
Perhaps the man who stripped naked at the Portland International Airport security checkpoint last night just figured he was saving the TSA the step of having to pat him down for concealed items?
According to KATU-TV, around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the man took off all of his clothes at the TSA checkpoint at PDX, apparently in protest of what he views as harassment by the agency.
The man managed to get all the way down to what the good lord gave him, in full view of other travelers, at least one of whom was on-the-ball (no pun intended, but why not?) and snapped the above photo…
Etsy Establishes Online Policing to Sustain its Credibility
Etsy is essentially an online fair of crafts & arts where people making handmade goods are allowed to set-up shop. There is little to doubt about the domination of Etsy in this niche of online retail, with its 800,000 sellers and nearly 15 million members…
Delta Air Lines Trying Its Best To Raise Domestic Fares By $10-20
Whatever you do, other airlines, please don’t follow the leader. Delta Air Lines just pushed through an airfare hike for domestic flights, and if their plan works, other airlines will follow suit and that increase will go into effect across the board. Sort of like when the popular girl tells everyone else they have to wear the right scrunchies or be ostracized.
This is the sixth attempt this year to push prices up, this time by about $10-$20, says the Chicago Tribune. Thus far only three hikes have been successful…
Setster.com Unveils Scheduling Application Program Interface for Daily Dealers
Setster.com believes it has now solved a major problem faced by daily deal companies. Under current situations, merchants that use daily dealers to offer their specials often find themselves in a bind when it comes time to cover the additional flow of customers created by the deal. Lack of coverage creates a plethora of problems some of which evolves the generation of negative feedback for both the deal company and the merchant.
The gorilla in the deal space, Groupon, solved that issue by buying an established company that offers a scheduling solution…
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Olympics Unveil Social Media Hub to Connect Athletes and Fans
With 100 days left before the Games begin in London, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched an online athletes’ headquarters designed to serve as a social media platform enhancing the digital connection between fans and competitors.
The Olympic Athletes’ Hub aggregates the verified social media feeds of more than 1,000 current and former Olympians. It will post content directly from their Facebook and Twitter accounts and incorporate a gamification layer incentivizing fans to interact with the site…