Yaara (@ylancet) is a freelance writer, tech blogger and chocolate lover, who's also a biologist and a full-time geek. Find her also at lnct.org.
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Do you remember your excitement as a student when the teacher rolled in that huge TV on a cart and announced that you were going to watch a movie? Those were usually the best and most memorable classes. Google figured this out, and so have launched a special YouTube network, just for schools and universities.
The end of the year is the list lover’s favorite time. The year is ending, and many networks and websites are publishing their top (something) lists for 2011. We just finished reading Twitter’s top stories list, and now Facebook has released their 2011 Memology – the very top trends and memes on Facebook during 2011.
As some of you may know, I am not a huge fan of Twitter. One of the major things that constantly annoy me is people who, whether knowingly or not, engage in lengthy personal conversations on everyone’s timeline. True, when someone writes something you have a really good answer to, it’s only logical to write it right away in a mention. But when does it stop being OK and start being spam?
Facebook has launched a major update for its Android app which improves on photo viewing, navigation, search and speed. The new update brings the app closer to the experience the iOS version provides – definitely good news for Android users, who have had to deal with an inferior version up till now. The new version brings three major changes.
Christmas is almost upon us again, and whether you celebrate it or not, it’s a difficult holiday to ignore. The trees, the presents, the cookies and carols, all of these are seemingly never-changing when you stay in the same neighborhood. But being such an international holiday, Christmas is celebrated in dozens of different ways – every country has its own unique take on the same old holiday.
Angry Birds has been with us for a while. In fact, it’s hard to remember a time when it wasn’t around. There’s almost no quarrel about the addictiveness of the game, but what do you think about it? Is it the best thing since Super Mario Bros 3 or is it an annoying and overrated fad?
Twitter has announced the beginning of another major redesign project, which will encompass the Twitter website, all of Twitter’s mobile apps and the desktop client, TweetDeck. The update brings four new tabs: Home, Connect, Discover and Me.
On December 10th only (today), Amazon will give a 5% discount on up to 3 items for anyone who buys products through Amazon’s Price Check app. According to Amazon, the discount is valid “on selected items in electronics, toys, sports, music and DVDs, just by checking a price”. So what do you have to do for this?
Buying holiday gifts can be quite a task. Getting gifts for women is sometimes even harder. Gifts for geeky women? Don’t get me started. Before you jump on me for saying so, let me clarify: I’m a tech-loving woman myself, and being one, people often think that all they can get me are gadgets. Well, gadgets are expensive, and you might not want to spend hundreds of dollars right now.
If you’ve ever studied math, be it in high school, college or university, you must have had some dealings with functions. Back when I was in high school, we used to have to manually draw graphs on special graph paper based only on the functions. Boy, do I wish we had Google’s new graphing functionality back then! So what is this graphing functionality all about?
Bored with your old PC games? Why not try seven new games for any price you choose? Indie Gala is a bundle of indie games which you can buy for any price you feel like paying, and even decide who the money goes to. The bundle includes five PC games which range from zombie shooters to a hacking simulation game.
Streaming video websites are such a big part of our lives, it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist. These websites revolutionized our computer video experience – no longer do we have to download every single video we want to watch – it’s all right there! But the opposite is also true. Sometimes sending a link or embedding a video is not enough.
Google is getting deeper and deeper into the flight-search business, and is now offering immediate flight search results on Google.com. The service currently supports only US domestic flights, and only selected routes within those, but more routes should be added in time, hopefully worldwide ones as well.
The browser scene keeps changing on us, and while Firefox 4 might not have been for everyone, Firefox 8 is a whole different story. Chrome and Safari are getting much more stable, and IE is not such a bad option anymore, either. So when you update your parents’ computer this year, what browser will you choose to install?
Music service Spotify has announced recently that they are opening their servers to developers, who will be able to create apps that integrate with Spotify’s desktop app. In short, third-party developers can now expand on Spotify’s native functionalities by using Spotify’s API.