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Mom develops app so son can’t ignore her text messages

Published by on Aug 21st, 2014, 3 Comments

Ignore No More

Teenagers; they are constantly in their own world and are only interested in texting their friends – definitely not their parents.

And for one Texas mom this was not going to fly. She got so fed up with her teenage son not replying to her text messages or phone calls, that she decided to fight fire with fire – by developing an app that would force him to reply.

Ignore No More is an app that allows parents to block their kids’ phones remotely, even when they are not in the house.

The app essentially disables the child’s phone – that is until he or she decides to reply to mom or dad. It blocks them from texting or calling anyone else (or even use the internet) except contacts listed on an emergency number list or emergency responders like the police or paramedics.

To unblock their phone, they will be forced to call their parents to receive a passcode to disable the block.  (more…)

More tech giants accept ice bucket challenge

Published by on Aug 18th, 2014, No Comments

Gates Ice Bucket

Last week we reported on Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg who stepped up the ‘ice bucket challenge’ in support of ALS disease.

Both Nadella and Zuckerberg doused themselves with ice water in order to raise awareness and money for the destructive neurodegenerative disease.

As you probably know by now, the challenge works like any other social media challenge; once you have performed the challenge, you get to nominate other people to do the same within 24-hours.

Nadella nominated Google CEO Larry Page and Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, who accepted the challenge and posted his video on YouTube.

Bezos proceeded to douse himself with a bucket of ice water on stage during a company, ‘all-hands’ meeting. He did think ahead though, as he stood in a ridiculous looking inflatable kiddies pool while dousing himself.

His nominations seemed to have a theme – Star Trek. Bezos nominated Patrick Stewart, William Shatner and  George Takei.  (more…)

Zuckerberg, Nadella do ‘ice bucket challenge’ for charity

Published by on Aug 14th, 2014, No Comments

ice bucket challenge

If you have been paying any attention to you social media timelines lately, you may have noticed a new fad going around called the ‘ice bucket challenge’

Much like any other social media challenge (remember those idiotic neknominations…) it requires a person to perform – a usually ridiculous – task and then nominate or challenge other friends to do the same.

The ‘ice bucket challenge’, however, seems to support a good cause. Rather than simply dumping a bucket of ice water on your head for no apparent reason, the aim of the challenge is to raise awareness and money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease much like Motor Neuron disease.

Surprisingly enough, some high profile tech giants have also somehow caught wind of the challenge and has started challenging each other to dump a bucket of ice water over their heads and then donating money towards the fight against ALS. (more…)

BuzzFeed receives a further $50 million investment

Published by on Aug 11th, 2014, No Comments

Buzzfeed

Viral media company, BuzzFeed, has just secured themselves their fifth round of funding, to the tune of a whopping $50 million.

The news media website, that was founded in 2006, has grown to be one of the world’s leading news and entertainment websites – steadily covering more news worthy subjects than simply posting cat videos and pop culture memes.

Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, is the latest investor to jump aboard the BuzzFeed train. Co-founder, Marc Andreessen, announced the investment on Twitter this morning.

Starting off by saying that he was ‘tickled pink’ to announce the investment in BuzzFeed, he then continued saying that him and his company would like to help BuzzFeed “realize it’s dreams of a profoundly important new media institution.”

But just what is BuzzFeed going to do with their $50 million investment? Well, according to a New York Times interview with BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, the main goal looks to be expansion.

The company plans on opening more offices outside of the US. They are currently looking at expanding to Japan, India, Germany and Mexico.

Along with opening new offices around the globe, Smith also said that this new investment will be used to fund an in-house tech incubator, create new categories on the BuzzFeed website and also help fund acquisitions.

The company is also planning to launch something called BuzzFeed Distributed. This division will mainly focus on creating content for other platforms including Tumblr and Instagram – rather than just the BuzzFeed site. (more…)

Is Twitter delving into e-commerce?

Published by on Aug 7th, 2014, No Comments

Twitter e-commerce

By the looks of things, Twitter may be going beyond simply being a social network. Recent moves by the company strongly indicates that they are looking to add an e-commerce option to their line-up.

This past week, a couple of Twitter users reported seeing a new option in their Twitter settings menu. The ‘payments and shipping’ option appeared on the settings menu in Twitter’s Android app.

While the option was there, it was not yet functional. Users reported that they could not open or activate the function, but it didn’t seem to disappear either.

Could this be a foreshadowing of what Twitter is planning? Probably. Twitter regularly test new  features and functions on a select few users before a full scale roll out.

And this latest report isn’t the first indication that Twitter is seriously considering a move into e-commerce.  (more…)

WhatsApp for Android Wear – talking to your wrist

Published by on Aug 6th, 2014, No Comments

stacked

The very popular messenger app WhatsApp has once again received a software update and this time it adds Android Wear compatibility with voice messaging on your wearable.

WhatsApp has over 500 million active users, so expanding its functionality to all possible avenues is no problem, especially after receiving the massive cash injection from Facebook. Customers with an Android Wear device can now read and reply to messages directly from their wrist. (more…)

Anonymous attacks Israeli websites in support of Palestine

Published by on Aug 5th, 2014, No Comments

Anonymous

With the ongoing attacks on unarmed Palestinians and civilians in the Gaza strip, Israel is launching a full fledged war in Gaza that has already claimed the lives of thousands of men, women and children. And now it seems that the attacks have entered the cyber-realm, too.

While thousands of people on various social media sites have tweeted and expressed their support of Palestine with the hashtag, #FreePalestine, one group that is in the Palestinian corner can have a way bigger impact in the situation than just sending a supportive tweet.

The international hacking organization (or Hacktivists as they like to be called) Anonymous, has launched a scathing cyber-attack on Israeli governmental and military websites.

The attack is being done in protest against Israel’s bombings, shootings and attacks on Palestinians and the entire situation in Gaza. The group, which has been involved in various huge-scale cyber attacks in the last year or two, launched the attack on hundreds of Israeli government websites over the past week.

The group has successfully brought down a number of Israeli websites, although some of them have since been brought back up again.  (more…)

ManServants – a startup for the ladies

Published by on Aug 1st, 2014, No Comments

ManServants

Ladies, we all want the perfect boyfriend or husband. He needs to charming and witty and kind and he needs to do everything you ask him to without complaining, am I right? Well, now you can get your hands on the perfect man… at a price.

ManServants is a San Francisco-based startup that aims to provide women (or men) with the proverbial ‘perfect husband’ – at least for a day.

It’s important to note that ManServants is not an escort service, so you won’t be getting lucky with this service. Instead, the aim is to help or merely entertain customers for a day.

Your ManServant will basically cater to your every need. He can prepare meals and serve them, act as a butler for the day, be your handy-man and help you fix things around your house or merely keep you company when you’re alone. Almost like a bodyguard.

If you really need a pair of extra hands, your ManServant can also act as your PA or errand-boy and take you to and from meetings, deliver packages or documents or help you with your admin. All while being charming and friendly. (more…)

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