Redesign Angers Facebook Die-Hards

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

1.7 million users of Facebook are apparently appalled by the social network site’s new layout.  The concerned users felt strongly enough to start a petition, according to a gadgetell.com article.  The redesign, the second in 6 months, is an attempt by Facebook to compete with other sites such as Twitter.  The new design is sans Newsfeed, Livefeed, Photos and Status update feeds and were replaced with one page that combine them all.  Also, in the spirit of competition, the status update tool has been removed and replaced with “publisher”, a Twitter-like feature that allows users to enter Tweet-like updates that immediately show up on your page and your friends’.

The 1.7 million people who see this new layout severely affecting there lives, are up in arms about some of the inconvenient and somewhat annoying new features.  The new design comes with an overload of information.  Every time a friend sends an invite, for example, you get a notification for every friend they send it to, even if its 100 people.  I agree that this is a wee bit excessive, but definitely nothing to protest over.

The new design definitely has its pros and cons, but just like every other redesign that Facebook has introduced, users will eventually get used to it and will probably forget what the old one even looked like.  I know I will.

In conclusion, get over it! Redirect your enthusiasm for protesting towards something that will really affect society.

-Dana

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iPad part deuce

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

It appears that the people at Apple are ready for more of your money. Apple will be releasing the new Apple iPad in February, according to an article on digitimes.com.

Apple has already sold about 7.5 million of the popular tablet device since its launch in 2009. The device is so popular that the sales numbers of small net-books have dropped immensely.

The new iPad will likely feature things such as a camera for video calling and a thinner design.

Foxconn Electronics plants in china have been notified that the will ship 400,000-600,000 iPad within the next 100 days, according to forbes.com.

Hopefully, the new iPad 2 will be as useful as in this MadTv skit that predates the existence of the current iPad.

 

~Juan Rodriguez

Something I totally want, oh and there’s a tax increase for poor people

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

I. Love. Coffee. I heard about the Mypressi Twist last year, but I just saw Gizmodo’s review of it now (a bit late there, Gizmodo).

It’s basically just a portable espresso maker that uses N2O cartridges for heat. Pretttty dope.

 

And the latest on the tax cuts as reported by the NYT:

“In fact, the only groups likely to face a tax increase are those near the bottom of the income scale — individuals who make less than $20,000 and families with earnings below $40,000.”

Seems pretty unfair to me.

-Klara

Newsday’s redesign, a step in the right direction

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Newsday's new site.

So I thought I would end this blog where this class started. Newsday.com has recently re-designed their website and it took a look at mediabistro to find this out, shows how busy I have been lately.

So how about Newsday’s redesign. I would give it a solid B+. It looks much better, brighter and less dark and drab. One thing that I immediately noticed is the high wire act that was their navigation bar has changed. You can now click on one category and it will bring up a list of sub categories.

The featured story section is still there, but is customized for each section so you will get the top four stories in news and the top four stories in sports. Moreover, those stories each have under them a icon for video, comments and photos that accompany the story. This is great way to show off your multimedia.

There is also a bar on the bottom that will show the day’s most popular stories and gives the readers a chance to submit a news tip, video, photos and events. The best feature on this bar is the my headlines tab. It will let you customize so you will get the news you want all in one place.

What is most noticeable, however, is the site will be free to everyone until January 7th. This is probably some ploy to get more subscribers and it might work now that the site is much better and user friendly.

And that really is the test to see whether the redesign is a success. I think it looks much better and from the short time I spent with it, more user friendly. But we will see what happens.

-Frank

Wikileaks founder in custody till the 14th

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Julian Assange has been arrested in Sweden and transferred to London, where he awaits a second hearing on December 14 after being denied bail this afternoon. He is charged with having nonconsensual sex with two Swedish women. This supposedly happened in August. Assange claims the charges have been sensationalized because of what happened a week ago Sunday.

Assange is the founder of Wikileaks (website is currently severely slowed down), the organization responsible for releasing over 250,000 diplomatic cables for publication on the internet last Sunday. The cables contain many details of conversations between the U.S. and foreign officials, and what the government calls sensitive information that is dangerous to national security.

The release and publication of about 1,000 of these cables has sparked reactions among foreign nations, particularly Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Wikileaks has threatened that if something happens to Assange or the organization, that more cables will be published with the help of journalists all over the world.

It’s amazing that something so simple could get him in trouble. I’m talking about the sex charges of course. Not that it has anything to do with what he has done. Or does it?

"A virtual network of a thousand journalists around the world...muahahaha!"

Assange’s lawyers said he will fight extradition. More as it happens.

Check out The New York Times for this cool video.

                                                                                                   -Clesceri

WikiLeaks Founder Arrested in London

December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Julian Assange

Julian Assange turned himself in to a London police station to face charges of rape, unlawful coercion and two counts of sexual molestation.

Assange, who was told he could consent to be extradited to Sweden and declined to do so, is being held without bail for unknown reasons at the moment.

He also is facing a challenge of all his assets slowly being frozen from access. Julian intends to fight the courts on extradition to Sweden.

”Julian Assange has been the one in hot pursuit to vindicate himself to clear his good name.” Mark Stephens, Assange’s lawyer told BBC. Although Assange is in a legal battle, WikiLeaks is still proceeding with releasing documents and does not see Assange’s arrest as an obstacle.

In addition to his sex crime charges, Assange may face charges from the government for his recent release of diplomatic papers. Supporters of WikiLeaks are writing letters to the prime minister stating Mr. Assange should be able to return back to Australia.

Julian Assange

His one wild card left is that Assange released for download to thousands of WikiLeaks supporters what is called a thermonuclear device” which is a file that contains all the files ever received by WikiLeaks containing the names of spies, soldiers and sources. If harm is done to him or he is jailed the encryption code would be released allowing access to numerous amounts of private documents.

(Source:LA Times)

The Netflix Dilemma

December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment


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The Consumerist reports that Comcast is now charging delivery fees to Netflix customers.

The situation is this:

A company called Level 3 was hired by Netflix to deliver movies and TV shows to customers, but Comcast (the largest cable TV company in the U.S.) has set up what many people are calling an Internet “toll booth,” which charges Level 3 anytime a customer orders something.

Hmm, it sucks that Comcast views charging the middleman as the way to go in this issue. It doesn’t seem to be fair–if they absolutely have to tax, shouldn’t they tax individual Netflix customers?

This new development has sparked a mini comment war, and Comcast commented on Level 3 by saying:

“To be lasting, business relationships should be mutually beneficial.” (via)

The current economic model hardly seems “mutually beneficial” to me.

Additional article here.

 

-Klara

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