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Search engines only help if you know what it is you’re looking for. But what if you don’t? Social networking sites are a good source of interesting content. And then there are social media sites, which are curated either by editors or a community of voters. What follows are six social media sites full of interesting stories and intriguing articles.
Despite my complete lack of snobbiness when it comes to photography, the emergence of social networks and smartphones have combined to mean photos are an integral part of the Web, and I’m not convinced that’s a good thing. People shoot liberally and then post them online immediately. Which has led to certain trends emerging over the past couple of years.
Smartphones are slowly but surely taking over the world, with more people getting their hands on these portable devices with multiple uses. Feature phones aren’t dead yet, and probably never will be. As long as there are smartphone haters such as Justin around then there will always be a place for simple phoning and texting devices that eschew extraneous added features.
If you don’t actually think you need professional help you can just test yourself for fun on the Web. You don’t even need to visit a serious website to gain an informal assessment of your health, with YouTube videos offering a fun and innovative way of testing various states of being.
As our Hardware Stuff section shows, new gadgets are being released all the time, and we here at MakeUseOf like to keep abreast of the latest innovations being made in the technology world. Whether it be computers, tablets, smartphones, televisions, cameras, or video game consoles, the pace of change is so fast we can barely keep up. However, it’s easy to always look for the next big thing at the expense of what has gone before
Viral videos are an integral part of the Web we know and love. Videos were bit-part players on the Internet before YouTube came along and changed everything. Now there are dozens of online video websites, millions of videos, and billions of viewers watching them every month. Most don’t go viral, which is to say get spread across the InterWebs until even your grandparents have seen it. But some do.
Microsoft unveiled its next-generation console on May 21, 2013. Officially called the Xbox One — and not Xbox 720, Xbox Infinity, or Xbox Next, all of which were rumored — the new console is the final piece of the emerging next-gen puzzle. Once launched the Xbox One will go head to head with the PS4 from Sony and (to a lesser extent) the Wii U from Nintendo.
I suspect every person reading this has a horde of gadgets in their house, and many more gadgets they would like to own but either cannot afford or cannot justify buying. Whenever you buy a piece of technology it should be in the knowledge that it will be superseded very quickly. Most of us have decided to stick with what we already have at least once in our lives, and this is the avenue we hope to explore in this week’s We Ask You column.
Wikipedia is packed full of content. At the time of writing there are over 4 million articles contained within the English language version, with more being added all the time. All of these pages are free to view, not lumbered with ads, and are edited by people like us. It’s a resource that everybody knows about, but which very few people truly make the most of.
The Windows 8 sales figures have been solid so far, but the criticism from users hasn’t stopped since day one. Thankfully a major update, titled Windows 8.1 (formerly codenamed Windows Blue), is being released by the end of 2013. No one is yet sure what changes Windows 8.1 will bring, but we thought it was a good idea to seek your thoughts on the subject ahead of time.
Reddit proves its worth more with each passing day. As a source of entertainment, information, knowledge, memes, and LOLs, it is unrivalled in terms of the sheer scope of content it offers to the casual Web user. Which is why it totally deserves its place on the list of seven websites we could not live without. You don’t even have to join Reddit to enjoy the various pleasures it has to offer.
Arrested Development is back, with Netflix having given the show a lifeline by commissioning new episodes. Here’s hoping that this time Arrested Development is watched by the size of audience it deserves. To give the show the best chance of succeeding it’s a good idea to educate those who previously missed out on the goodness.
Microsoft released Windows 8 last year to a barrage of criticism from people who didn’t like the wholesale changes made to the operating system. Microsoft had legitimate reasons for building Windows 8 the way it did, but it has also listened to feedback from users and is preparing to release a major update. Windows 8.1 will be released before the year is out, with a public preview available on June 26. Your hopes for this update form the basis for this week’s ‘We Ask You’ column.
The Google homepage is intentionally minimalist, with a distinct lack of pointless detritus that would only serve to divert people’s attention away from the main purpose of the page. Which is to provide a kicking off point for exploring the wider Web. There’s the Google logo, a search bar, and a couple of buttons, and that’s it… most of the time.
New and emerging technology has always been associated with the younger generations. Older people tend to be set in their ways, leaving those under a certain age to discover gadgets and gizmos as they arrive on the scene. Younger people learn more quickly, and that goes for technology in the same way it goes for everything else. However, how young is too young for kids to be exposed to technology?