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You can now tweet Barack Obama: @POTUS

Published by on May 20th, 2015, No Comments

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While the President of the United States (POTUS) is one of the most powerful people in the world, the government has never created its own Twitter account for the position. Until now, that is.

The White House announced today that @POTUS is the official handle for the commander in chief. Of course, president Obama has his own Twitter account (managed by his campaign workers), but whomever hold office will from now on be using the @POTUS handle to talk to the Twitter-verse.

With this new username, updates will come directly from the president himself as he continues working to make “his Administration the most open and participatory in history.” Shortly after the account was created, ex-president Bill Clinton and Obama exchanged some witty banter: (more…)

BitTorrent’s messaging app Bleep goes public

Published by on May 13th, 2015, No Comments

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Oh, you didn’t know that BitTorrent created its own secure chat client? Don’t worry, neither did we.

While Bleep had only previously become available as a closed beta, now the news comes that the secure messaging client is moving from open alpha to a release aimed at the general Android and iOS owning public.

As you can imagine given BitTorrent’s roots, Bleep comes with peer-to-peer messaging. You are able to communicate without your friends being online, though, meaning that no servers are required. This, in theory at least, means that there is no threat of hacking. (more…)

You can play with shelter cats from your work desk

Published by on May 12th, 2015, No Comments

 iPet Companion

If we could play with little kittens and friendly furry cats all day, we would, am I right?

Unfortunately, most of us have to adhere to things such as ‘work’ which requires us to be present and then prevents us from spending our entire day surrounded by fluffy, purring catties.

You could possibly bring your cat to work, but the mass hysteria would not sit well with your cat’s royal status and someone in the office will no doubt be allergic.

Luckily for us, we’re living in an age where virtual reality is a thing and robots can magically help us do things – even if we’re not physically there.

That is exactly what the iPet Companion is; a sort-of virtual reality where you can play with real, live cats from your work desk.  (more…)

Twitter is still losing money, even with 300 million users

Published by on Apr 30th, 2015, 1 Comment

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In the world of social media it is certainly difficult to stand out these days and very few have become successful and carved out a niche market for themselves. Twitter is hardly a company we would expect to need a niche to survive as it has been around for ages – 9 years this past March. That being said, Twitter is still not making money, even with 300 million active users as of Q1 in 2015. (more…)

Here’s an app to help get rid of your embarrassing posts on social media

Published by on Apr 23rd, 2015, 1 Comment

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We all have one or two (or perhaps a couple) of rather embarrassing posts somewhere one one or more of our social media profiles.

Whether it’s a philosophical post by a slightly inebriated, younger version of yourself, an adolescent Facebook rant, or any ‘I-can’t-believe-I-said-that’ post – we know that while you might forget about these little gems, the internet doesn’t.

While everyone has an embarrassing post or two, and of course that’s perfectly acceptable, the problem may come in when your potential new boss stumbles across any f the aforementioned posts and then promptly decides to not hire you.

You know, first impressions…

Luckily for us all, you will now be able to get rid of these embarrassing (read: incriminating) posts way easier; because just like for everything else in this world nowadays, there is an app for that.  (more…)

Twitter testing new “Quality Filter” which will remove abuse from your timeline

Published by on Mar 24th, 2015, No Comments

Twitter_Abuse2Social media has become a platform where everyone can speak their minds without worrying too much about the consequences. Twitter wars and abuse has become common place and sometimes it just isn’t worth it to open up your timeline and spoil your day.

Well, after admitting that it’s failed to adequately combat abuse and harassment, Twitter has been moving swiftly to weed out its worst users. Or at the very least making them much easier to ignore… (more…)

Vine launches VineKids

Published by on Feb 2nd, 2015, 1 Comment

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There is no denying that Vine’s 6-second, looping videos are really popular. With an estimated user-base of 40 million, these little videos have a substantial market share in the social media landmark.

Vine has also catapulted many a internet star to fame – so much so that they are now being called ‘Vine artists’ – and the 6-second video format has become a go-to platform for internet bloggers, artists, performers and pranksters.

Of course the ‘funny’ Vines are without a doubt the most popular on the platform, closely followed by ‘prank’ Vines and extreme stunts. While this is all good and well and sometimes really impressive, sometimes a certain viral Vine can be a little NSFW and PG13.

Considering the fact that a large portion of Vine’s user-base are pre-teen teeny-boppers and kids under 10, as a parent, you might be concerned as to what exactly it is that your child is watching on the platform – albeit only 6-seconds long.

Vine, obviously concerned with the same matter, has decided to give kids’ the entertainment they want, all while giving parents peace of mind with the launch of the new VineKids app.  (more…)

Need a personal stylist? Theres an app for that

Published by on Jan 27th, 2015, No Comments

Closet Space

As a woman, I am most certainly familiar with the dilemma of “I have nothing to wear” – even though I have a closet full of clothes. I am sure there are many women and men that can relate to this feeling of distress.

Of course, an option is to enlist the help of a stylist. but, this costs (a lot) of money and not all of us are Hollywood celebrities. Luckily, we are living in 2015, so naturally there is an app that will act as your personal stylist and even schedule outfits for you weeks in advance – so you never feel like you have nothing to wear.

ClosetSpace is the brainchild of Stylistics – who has developed other fashion-based apps – and will essentially create a completely unique, curated outfit for you from the clothes that you own. That’s right, those same pieces staring at you from your closet that you have no idea how to put together.

As the company calls it, ClosetSpace is a ‘style management platform’. Pretentious name aside, the app is extremely detailed and would be an excellent tool to use for fashion forward people.  (more…)

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