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Society & Education: May 2013


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Google’s Siri-Not

May 1, 2013
Source: TIME

Google Now, which has voice-controlled capability, has been released for Apple devices allowing users to search just by talking. Google Now’s functions include sharing the weather, informing about news and sports, as well as pushing local attractions. Unlike Siri, which is directly integrated with iOS, Google Now does not allow full ...
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Death by Efemr

May 1, 2013
Source: The Verge

Tweets now self-destruct with the Efemr web app, which grants users the option to remove their tweets after a specific length of time set. The application works by limiting the shelf-life to a tweet using hastags. Entering #5 will mean a tweet’s lifespan is a mere five minutes, and #1h ...
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Guest Room Entertainment? No, Thank You

May 3, 2013
Source: New York Times

Len Markiden, a marketing consultant who frequents stays in luxurious hotels,uses the hotel’s Wi-Fi signal and a portable router to stay connected to his shows on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. However, most hotels now require guests to purchase Internet access instead of offering it as a complimentary service. Other ...
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Byook: Third time’s a charm

Ashley Yeo. May 10, 2013

In this review of Byook, a mobile app that brings books to life, Ashley Yeoh uncovers a new reading experience.
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Happy Techno-Mama’s Day!

May 10, 2013
Source: Indianapolis Star

Based on a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, close to 14% of shoppers will opt to purchase electronics as Mother’s Day gifts. About $20.7 billion is expected to be spent this year on electronics for mom as compared to $747 million back in 2007. Electronics also go as ...
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Internet and the Video Beanstalk

May 16, 2013
Source: Gigaom

  According to Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report, video applications such as BitTorrent, YouTube, and Netflix, take up the biggest percentage of Web traffic, with YouTube’s share increasing to 17.11 percent from 13.8 percent a year ago. While the reason behind the huge traffic spike is because of the size ...
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BBM to be Available on iOS and Android this Summer

Melissa Zhu. May 17, 2013
Source: Gizmodo

As cross-platform chat becomes an increasingly important area of competition for mobile companies trying to win consumers, BlackBerry has finally made the significant move of making its popular BBM service available to iOS and Android users. BlackBerry CEO Thorston Heins said the service will launch with only the messaging and groups ...
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Google Earth: From Dawn to Dusk

May 17, 2013
Source: CNN

Bernhard Seefeld, product management director of Google Maps, demonstrated the new and improved Google Earth on a Web broswer. The realistic satellite 3-D images showcase not only the outer landscape of a city like Paris, but also allows users to look into any of the nearby attractions. The 3-D architectural tour is ...
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Wearable Twitterverse

May 17, 2013
Source: Bloomberg

According to Dick Castolo, Chief Executive Officer of Twitter Inc., users are increasingly tweeting from their wearable devices and this “proves a huge opportunity in the health-care space.” Through introducing Twitter’s service onto a greater number of devices, the company seeks to expand user base and also the number of ...
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