Nov 162012
 

(AdWeek) Laina Morris, who became an overnight sensation with the Overly Attached Girlfriend video she made for Justin Bieber, stares wide-eyed and creepy from your screen and raps as an ‘Overly Attached Computer’ in this Viral Factory ad for Samsung’s SSD 840 drive, designed to encrypt and protect user data.

via Samsung Gets Overly Attached Girlfriend to Play a Possessive PC | Adweek.

 November 16, 2012  Posted by at 11:34 am Comments Off
Nov 022012
 

(BBC) The free-to-download app uses algorithms to process news stories into summaries which users can then swipe to see in full if they wish.

“We worked hard on an interface that looks like nothing else on iPhone,” he told the BBC.

“We merged algorithm with beautiful design. It’s summarising thousands of articles every minute.”

‘Big visions’

Mr D’Aloisio, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Thursday, has appointed Bart Swanson, who oversaw the roll-out of retailer Amazon in Europe, to chair the company behind Summly.

Nick D’Aloisio talks to Jane Wakefield about the app in December 2011

“I see big visions for the company longer term,” the teenager said.

“We can really become the de-facto format for news on mobile. People are not scrolling through 1,000-word articles – they want snack-sized information.”

via BBC News – Summly: Teenager launches top-selling news app.

 November 2, 2012  Posted by at 7:48 am Comments Off
Sep 262012
 

By David Kravets (Wired) Seven rent-to-own companies and a software maker are settling charges with the Federal Trade Commission that rental computers illegally used spyware that took “pictures of children, individuals not fully clothed, and couples engaged in sexual activities.”

As per the course, the FTC slapped the hand of DesignerWare of North East Pennsylvania and the rent-to-own companies. The settlement, announced Tuesday, only requires them to halt using their spy tools, which have been employed on as many as 420,000 rentals.

The software, known as Detective Mode, didn’t just secretly turn on webcams. It “can log the keystrokes of the computer user, take screen shots of the computer user’s activities on the computer, and photograph anyone within view of the computer’s webcam. Detective Mode secretly gathers this information and transmits it to DesignerWare, who then transmits it to the rent-to-own store from which the computer was rented, unbeknownst to the individual using the computer,” according to the complaint.

Under the settlement, the companies can still use tracking software on their rental computers, so long as they advise renters, the FTC said.

via Rent-to-Own Laptops Secretly Photographed Users Having Sex, FTC Says | Threat Level | Wired.com.

 September 26, 2012  Posted by at 11:29 am Comments Off
Sep 212012
 

(Spiegel) Encouraging free sharing of files on the Internet, including copyrighted material, is an official platform of Germany’s Pirate Party. This week, however, a senior member of the party has been policing illegal downloads of a book she published through a subsidiary of Random House. Will the party continue to promote its “information must be free” line?

via Information Mustn’t Be Free: Pirate Party Member Insists on Copyright for Book – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

 September 21, 2012  Posted by at 8:48 am Comments Off
Jun 182012
 

By Trip Gabriel (NY Times) As millions tune in to the Olympics in prime time this summer, just before Mr. Romney will be reintroducing himself to the nation at the Republican convention, viewers are likely to see “up close and personal” segments on NBC about the Romneys and dressage, a sport of six-figure horses and $1,000 saddles. The Romneys declared a loss of $77,000 on their 2010 tax returns for the share in the care and feeding of Rafalca, which Mrs. Romney owns with Mr. Ebeling’s wife, Amy, and a family friend, Beth Meyers.

via Romney Horse Wins Spot on Olympic Dressage Team – NYTimes.com.

 June 18, 2012  Posted by at 5:49 am Comments Off