Poor Ping: Despite sharing the same name as a Flash Gordon supervillain (well, there's the slight difference of one letter), Apple’s music-themed social network has become something like a tech version of Rodney Dangerfield in the respect department. But Cupertino is working hard to change all that.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team of developers have just announced several more new features for the massive social networking site, but maybe you're like us and had a problem deciphering anything from the constant blurping during Facebook's live streaming presentation. Either way, it's always good to go back and do a bit of a recap, and that's why we're here. Because whether you're on a PC or a Mac, there's probably someone in the room with trolling through Facebook profiles right this second.
Facebook is a really undergoing some structural changes lately. First, they tried their hand at knocking FourSquare out of the race with Places, and now the site has completely overhauled its Photos feature with a faster UI, batch tagging and high resolution photo uploading. We went and tried out these new features to see if they're all that they're cracked up to be.
By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard the heavy buzz surrounding The Social Network, the movie about how Facebook ultimately came to be, and whose toes and feelings had to be stepped on for it to get there. You might have also seen the salacious headlines detailing the controversy of whether the movie is really an accurate depiction of its creator, and some of you might have even drooled at the fact that Aaron Sorkin wrote the script and David Fincher directed it. With all this hype, you might have wondered if this is the kind of over-dramatized film worth paying for, and I’m telling you that it’s worth every penny.
The Social Network is almost flawless, and where it does fall short has only to do with its portrayal of college life, and the use of the word “Silicon Valley” to refer to a demographic of people. The script for the story was phenomenally written, the witty (and oftentimes humorous) dialogue kept the audience engaged, and the storyline managed to peak a little bit with each act. When the film finally hits its climax, I realized that the story of Mark Zuckerberg really isn’t finished, and I left the theater wanting more. Read on to read a bit about my impressions on the film, and how a story like this really gives us a glimpse inside the lives of our favorite tech titans.
Using our bright and shiny Apple gear to navigate the web, it’s easy to think the Internet is all LOL Cats and sunshine, and that everyone who interacts with our social-networking profiles and other online presences really is our friend. Sadly, that’s not always the case. Depending on what you share online, where you share it, and how you control it, people who may not have your best interests at heart can find out an awful lot about your life--and potentially use that information against you.
Apple issued a rare weekend update to iTunes, and if you happen to be one of the few, the proud who actually use Ping, you’ll want to pay attention: They just made the social networking service much, much better.
By now we’ve all heard about the drama between Apple and Facebook over the introduction of Ping back on September 1. Apparently the drama doesn’t end there, as a new report sheds some light on Cupertino effectively leaving the record labels out in the cold prior to the launch of iTunes 10.
While Apple’s new Ping social networking service for iTunes 10 was launched with great fanfare three weeks ago, users were discouraged to find that Facebook integration was not part of the mix -- and still isn’t today. But if you think waiting a few more weeks might help, think again.
Twitter made a big announcement this afternoon from its west coast offices. The microblogging service has announced a new Twitter.com. The new site will feature a new user interface with a much bigger sidebar that will take up half of the screen real estate on your monitor (or, if you prefer, your mobile device). The right pane will also have mini profiles of users with their recent tweets. Twitter calls it a, "richer, faster experience"
September has arrived, and that means iTunes 10 has landed as well, complete with a swanky new icon, a streamlined (and mostly colorless) new look and a new social networking feature called Ping. But what exactly is Ping, and does it live up to all of Apple’s hype?