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If Dante was writing his Divine Comedy today, he would have added another layer of Hell to his masterpiece and it would have been called “The YouTube Comments”. Yes, if you want to see how low human nature can sink to, you only have to participate in, or just read, the comments section on a YouTube video. Some of the language there is enough to make a sailor on shore leave blush.
If you own an Android phone (2.2+) or an iPhone, and you are addicted to push notifications, then you’re in luck. The automation service, IFTTT, which we have featured quite a few times here on MakeUseOf, has partnered up with Pushover to give you your push notification fix. And to promote their partnership, Pushover is selling their app at the discounted price of 99 cents which is an absolute bargain, and a good investment.
If you ever decide to play a little game of word association, and someone says “search on the Internet”, the chances are you will immediately reply “Google”. “To Google” has become the everyday verb for searching online, due to the site’s near-total dominance in the search industry. But I say “near-total” because one search engine, despite operating at a loss, is making themselves a continual irritant, and an obstacle to Google’s aim of total Internet domination.
In the world of gaming, the two most recognisable icons in the world are Mario, and Sonic the Hedgehog. But they both come from separate companies, one of which has been around for 123 years, the other for 72 years. Who am I talking about? Nintendo and Sega of course. But in the days before the Italian Plumber and the Blue Hedgehog stormed onto the scene, what were Nintendo and Sega up to?
Remember back in the dark days before the Internet arrived, when you wanted to make an international phone call? First, you had to take out a bank loan to pay the extortionate charges that your phone company wanted to charge you. Then you dialed your number, and after getting cut off a few times, you finally manage to get through to the other caller. But they sounded so far away, as if they were underground.
I’ll let you into a little secret. When I was at school, I was bullied very badly. Mainly because I was one of the few people in class serious about doing any work, plus wearing geeky looking prescription glasses didn’t help. But I always took solace in the fact while they were bashing the hell out of me and taking my lunch money, that when I went home at 3.15pm, they couldn’t touch me anymore. At least not until the next morning anyway.
Ever since it was first introduced in 2009, Klout has seen its fair share of fans and critics. Fans use Klout to highlight their online influence in order to snag freebies, and businesses use Klout to identify socially influential customers whom they can give upgrades to, in exchange for some nice press.
I can’t remember the last time I actually went into my bank in person. Simply because there is no longer any need to. My salary is electronically transferred to my account, my bills are paid via online banking and automatic transfers, my account statements are available online as PDF files…..gone are the days of paper checks, going to the bank to deposit my salary, and getting paper statements in the mail.
As someone who spends at least 12 hours a day in front of two computer monitors, my desktop wallpaper has become very important to me. After all, this is what I am staring at all day, and I’ve found that having the same picture on my screen is rather boring to say the least. Wouldn’t it be nice instead to see a wide variety of rotating images, so that you never know what is coming next?
We are heading into an era of huge technological advances and achievements, especially in the field of medicine. Problems and conditions that may have literally been the death of you a hundred years ago may now be cured, simply by taking advantage of the latest medical technological breakthroughs. And 3D printing may have a huge part in that.
Hot on the heels of our last Q&A session with the Windows Live Hotmail team, is our next Q&A with Erik Martin who is the “General Manager and Nerd Herder” at the popular social network Reddit. For the next few days, Erik has graciously agreed to answer all of your questions relating to Reddit. Have you got a burning question you want to ask him? Then put it in the comments section and Erik will check in periodically and try to answer you.
Seems hard to imagine, doesn’t it? A world without Internet (or as I like to call it, The Dark Ages). A time when the latest technology consisted of a Sony Walkman cassette player and a VHS video recorder (or Betamax, if you are REALLY that old to remember that far back). A time of newspapers instead of Google News, and a time of posting letters through a mailbox instead of email. I know, scary stuff.
When the Internet hit the mainstream and everyone jumped into email, personal websites and online banking, it became inevitable that the criminals and organised crime gangs would not be far behind, with their devious plots, schemes, scams, hustles and heists. There’s always enough gullible people that will fall for the craziest stories which makes it easy for the gangs to make a profit.
Nothing on the Internet ever stays the same way for long. The Net is an ever-changing, ever-evolving thing and what is hot today may not be hot tomorrow. I mean, when was the last time you heard of the Netscape browser? Or the Alta Vista search engine?
After several months of owning an iPhone, I am still learning new things about it every day, things I never realised I could do with it. For example, did you know you can make phone calls with it? That is utterly amazing. Here I was thinking that an iPhone was only good for checking email and updating Instagram, and suddenly it rings and someone is talking to me at the other end! Absolutely amazing technology.