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Zero In on Research Control With Zotero
August 28, 2013
With countless high school and college students heading back to school at roughly this time of year, now is a good time to get acquainted with Zotero, a great cross-platform tool for collecting, organizing, citing and sharing research sources. I have spent considerable time working in academic settings helping students manage their research assignments.
Shared FB Photo Albums Now In With the In Crowd
August 27, 2013
Facebook on Monday reportedly began rolling out a new feature that allows multiple users to upload images to the same online photo album. Whereas previously users could upload photos only to albums they had created themselves -- with a maximum of 1,000 photos per album -- the new feature allows up to 50 people to contribute to the same album on the social network.
Chromecast Update Snuffs Unauthorized Content
August 26, 2013
Google's Chromecast dongle may be built primarily to stream content from the likes of Netflix and YouTube, but that hasn't stopped app developers from expanding its reach. On Sunday, however, one such developer said that a recent Chromecast update had blocked his Android application. "Google's latest Chromecast update intentionally breaks AllCast," wrote Koushik Dutta, the app's developer.
No More 'Insta' or 'Gram' App Names, Instagram Says
August 22, 2013
In an abrupt about-face, Instagram has begun cracking the whip over developers using "insta" and "gram" in the titles of their apps. In a letter sent to several developers earlier this week, Instagram said it had "clarified" its guidelines and determined that "use of 'INSTA' and 'GRAM' for an application that works with Instagram is harmful to the Instagram brand."
Facebook Aims to 'Friend' the World - With Benefits
August 21, 2013
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday launched Internet.org, a project with a goal no less lofty than to provide Internet access to everyone on the planet. With other founding members including Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, the project aims to develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online.
Indie Games Play Starring Role at Gamescom 2013
August 21, 2013
Indie games and release dates for next-generation console games are among the big announcements that have dominated at the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, this week. While the upcoming consoles, slated to be released this holiday season, have been discussed in detail, however -- including the games for each system -- Microsoft stopped short of revealing the release date for its Xbox One.
Twitter Paints the Big Picture Around Embedded Tweets
August 20, 2013
Twitter on Monday unveiled a new feature that adds related headlines to embedded tweets, an addition that will help to tell the "story behind the tweet," the company said. "Starting today, you will see a new 'Related headlines' section on the permalink page of tweets that have been embedded on websites," explained Brian Wallerstein, a software engineer with the company.
No Bounty for Zuckerberg Page Hacker, Facebook Says
August 20, 2013
Facebook, which offers a bounty of $500 or more to anyone who discovers a bug in its system, has come under fire for refusing to reward an out-of-work Palestinian programmer who reported a vulnerability that let people post to strangers' accounts without authorization. The programmer, Khalil Shreateh, resorted to hacking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's page to prove his point.
By Hook or by Crook: B&N Bets on Apps to Buoy Nook
August 19, 2013
Barnes & Noble on Monday announced a suite of free video apps that will let users watch Nook Video movies and TV shows on a range of devices, including tablets that compete with its own Nook. This comes just a month after the retailer announced that it would cease designing and selling its color tablets. Also in July, William Lynch was replaced as CEO and director.
Legal Piracy: Antigua's Desperate, Fearless Ultimatum
August 17, 2013
About six years ago, the World Trade Organization sided with the itty-bitty Caribbean island of Antigua on its claim that the United States' ban on overseas remote gaming violated international trade agreements. The WTO upheld its ruling last winter, confirming once and for all that the island could suspend its obligations to certain U.S. intellectual property rights.
Library's Web Filter Decides Hamlet Access Not to Be
August 14, 2013
A British man was unable to access Shakespeare's classic Hamlet at a public library because the library's WiFi network detected "violent content." The snafu was caused by a new Web filter that weeds out smut and violence, the British Library said, adding that it is "tweaking" the service. Hamlet, violence and all, is now accessible.
Apple Slurps Up Matcha for TV Search Tech
August 14, 2013
Apple has reportedly acquired Matcha.tv, a startup that closed its doors in May following its creation of an iOS app that offered a comprehensive overview of the content available on TV. News of the acquisition was first published in a Tuesday report that cited "a source with knowledge of the deal." Terms of the purchase have not been confirmed.
Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Xbox One's Kinect Requirement
August 14, 2013
For the second time in the run-up to the Xbox One launch, Microsoft has made a complete reversal on one of its core requirements for the new console. Specifically, whereas the company had indicated previously that the Kinect peripheral would have to be always-on during Xbox One play, it said this week that it will be possible to turn the Kinect peripheral off or disconnect it from the Xbox One.
Porn, the UK and Search Engines' 'Moral Duty'
August 03, 2013
Britain's crusade against online pornography has ramped up. Prime Minister David Cameron recently gave a speech saying the pornography was "corroding childhood" and declared that every household in the UK should have pornography blocked by Internet service providers -- unless, that is, the homeowners specifically opt in to pornographic content.
Hulu Hankers for a Piece of Chromecast Real Estate
August 02, 2013
Google's Chromecast device has only been out about a week or so, but the ranks of participating content providers continue to expand. In addition to the Netflix support that launched with the streaming adapter, both Hulu and HBO now appear to be getting involved. "We are actively working with Google to bring Hulu Plus to the platform, said Hulu spokesperson Meredith Kendall.
Netflix Gives Household Members Their Own Library Cards
August 02, 2013
Targeting families and other multiviewer households, Netflix on Thursday introduced a new capability that makes it possible for each account to maintain individual profiles on the service complete with separate queues and personalized suggestions. Starting in the next few days, Netflix subscribers will be able to add up to five additional profiles to their accounts at no extra cost.
Zeebox Serves as Tonto to Second-Screen Lone Rangers
August 02, 2013
If you read my columns regularly, you'll know that I'm a second-screen proponent. For those unfamiliar with the dual-screen concept, it suggests that tablet or phone often accompanies big-screen television watching, resting on the viewer's knee and acting as a two-way, interactive, Internet-connected screen. Where the concept breaks down, however, is that no one really knows how second screens are used.
Facebook Extends Its Reach With New Embedded Posts
August 01, 2013
Hard on the heels of its recent venture into mobile gaming, Facebook on Wednesday debuted its latest social networking innovation: embedded posts, a feature that allows users to add public posts from Facebook to their blog or website. Embedded posts can be most any type of content seen on Facebook, including pictures, videos, hashtags and news articles.
Instagram Erases WinPho 8 Photos
July 31, 2013
Windows Phone 8 users with a penchant for posting photos on Instagram have been out of luck in more ways than one recently. Not only is there no native Instagram Windows Phone app, forcing users to resort to third-party apps instead, but this week, users of those outside apps began seeing their Instagram photos disappear without warning or explanation.
CBS, Time Warner Leave Customers Hanging in the Breeze
July 31, 2013
CBS viewers who get their broadcast TV service via Time Warner may have felt a little bit like the characters in summertime drama Under the Dome in the last 24 hours or so. Specifically, as part of a battle over retransmission fees, the cable giant on Monday briefly pulled CBS from its lineup in several key markets, effectively cutting off CBS for millions of viewers.

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