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Satya Nadella in hot water over sexist comments

Published by on Oct 20th, 2014, 1 Comment

Satya Nadella

Microsoft’s smiling CEO, Satya Nadella, seems like a really nice guy for the most part. He seems to care about his employees, he took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and is always well spoken.

However, sometimes nice guys do something that’s not so nice and end up putting their foot in their mouth, saying something that they probably should’ve kept to themselves. This is what happened to poor old Satya last week, when his comments about gender equality in the tech industry – specifically relating to salaries – got him into quite the bubbling cauldron of angry women.

As the CEO of a mega company like Microsoft, you should know better than to publicly say stupid stuff about gender equality and women’s salaries in public.

Gender equality – or lack thereof – in the tech industry is already a very pressing issue. Big companies, like Microsoft, are frequently under the microscope, being scrutinized for their apparent inequality when it comes to gender within the company.

And now, it seems, Satya Nadella made the issue even bigger – no doubt causing somewhat of a headache for Microsoft.  (more…)

Skype launches Skype Qik: a disappearing video-message app

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

Skype Qik

With the rise of video messaging services and disappearing photo messaging services, it was only a matter of time before some company decided to jump on the bandwagon and release an app that combines the two. 

Today, that company is Skype, who just released Skype Qik – a disappearing video messaging app. 

Skype Qik is based on ‘asynchronous video messaging’ as the company likes to call it, which basically means that you can create and send video messages to your friends – even if they are not online.

Qik will allow for your friends to watch your video once they log on to the service. 

The app is obviously mobile focused and is part of Skype’s overall plan to accommodate more for their mobile users. It comes as no surprise that the company – who’s roots are on desktop – is making mobile use better for users. 

Many of Skype’s users now use the service on mobile – as much as half, according to the company. Qik is a way to tap into the  video messaging market, as well as providing users with a cool new mobile feature.  (more…)

113 year-old lies about age to join Facebook

Published by on Oct 14th, 2014, 3 Comments

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It seems that Mark Zuckerberg and friends over at Facebook may have made an oversight that no-one thought would ever be a problem when creating an account on Facebook. It is a known issue that very young people join under the pretense of being older than they actually are, as Facebook has a minimum age restriction of 13 years old. (more…)

‘Selfie’: a new sitcom that exposes our social media obsession

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2014, No Comments

Selfie

When last did you get invited to an event through a different avenue other than Facebook? Have you recently bought a newspaper instead of checking the headlines on your Twitter feed? And can you honestly say you haven’t social media-stalked your new crush? Probably not, because this is the world we live in now.

The revolution that is social media has consumed us and in the process changed the way we interact socially. Of course, it’s wonderful and we are more connected now than ever, but it has also deprived us of real social interaction, in the real (non-virtual) world.

‘Selfie’ is a new sitcom produced by ABC that aims to expose the world in which we operate nowadays – meaning being social through the dozens of social media platforms and not IRL (that’s ‘in real life’ in case you didn’t know.)

Let’s face it, millenials are obsessed with social media and everything digital. It’s the centre of their (our) world and has shaped the way we operate irrevocably.

Satire has long been used to show the world its faults through a relatable, non-threatening, funny way. And this is exactly what ‘Selfie’ is doing. (more…)

Facebook overhauled their research process

Published by on Oct 3rd, 2014, No Comments

Facebook-buy2Facebook is a company that likes to experiment on their users, maybe not in an evil lab kind of way but still in ways that would make users uncomfortable. A few months ago the social networking giant came under fire when it revealed that they had manipulated some users’ news feeds in an experiment to track mood changes. This had users and news sites abuzz with talk from legality to morality issues. It seems though that Facebook has learned from it’s mistakes… (more…)

Facebook to allow drag queens to keep their stage names

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Sparkles Smith will no longer be forced to use her birth name of Benjamin Smith on her Facebook profile, thanks to the company (finally) amending their identity policy following backlash from drag queens and the like all over the world.

Being a drag queen or transgendered person means fully embodying the ‘persona’ which naturally includes using your new self-given name in everyday life. However, the world’s largest social network didn’t quite seem to grasp this as their ‘real-name’ policy put a stump in the world of these people.

Facebook’s ‘real-name’ policy forces people to use their legal names or names used on legal documents as a security measure. However, the policy has long since been under fire from various groups and especially the LGBT community who made a case for drag queens and kings and transgender people who use pseudonyms or stage names, and who would like to use these names on their social media accounts.  (more…)

Smartphone Etiquette: The do’s and don’ts

Published by on Sep 26th, 2014, No Comments

Smartphone EWe live in an interconnected world. We have information at our fingertips, can communicate with anyone in the world instantly and digitally capture and share memories and feelings for all to see. What is even more amazing is that we can do all of this from just one device. Yes, many products these days allow for a better experience in one of the aforementioned categories but no device currently available does it with the ease, mobility and speed that the modern day smartphone offers.

It has become an essential tool for the everyday individual. With technology becoming smarter and easier to produce, even very low income groups have the ability of owning a smartphone. The little device has become our constant companion, eating electricity at night to be able to obey your commands during the day. But has this ever present companion taken its toll on our social abilities and the way we interact with those around us? (more…)

China now has special sidewalk lanes for those using cellphones

Published by on Sep 15th, 2014, 1 Comment

Cellphone lanes China

The City of Chongqing in China seems to fed up with people walking while texting on their cellphones. Obviously, this can become quite the hazard when people are so engrossed in their conversations, that they don’t look where they are walking.

So, the city has enforced new ‘rules’ that look to try and curb this annoying millennial problem.

On a 30 meter stretch of sidewalk, the city has made two lanes; one for those using cellphones and the other for those who don’t. Painted on the sidewalk, in both Chinese and English, the sign reads: “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk” and the other reading: “No cellphones.”

Sure, it may seem a little strange and over the top, but as anyone who has ever been stuck behind a person staring at their cellphone screen, or has had a complete strange walk into them as a result of texting and not looking, can testify, this might not  be such a bad idea at all.  (more…)

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